Written with a loving hand by kitt some time around 10:54 on 29 March 2015
So, I'm writing up my notes on my FluentConf talk, and realizing that I'm struggling a bit with the pronouns in the book. Gendered pronouns unwittingly make assumptions about the reader, assumptions I don't want to make. I also don't want to insult 51% of my readers by using an unassociated gendered pronoun (yes, I recognize the projection / assumption that my readership is nominally even for the two main genders, let's go with it).
I grew up learning the two grammar rules.
1. A pronoun's and its antecedent's numbers should match.
Use "her" referring to single female antecedents, and "him" to single male antecedents. "They" and "their" are for plural antecedents, don't match a single-numbered subject number-wise, and would be, therefore, incorrect.
Yeah, kitt finished writing this at 09:52 on 28 March 2015
I hadn't realized that GitHub provides suggestions on new repository names.
I was amused by the Glowing Tribble:
The Scaling Archer has promise:
Massive Adventure? Sign me up?
Okay, I stopped looking at Spawncamping Computing Machine. Do we really need spawn camping machines? I argue not.
Written with a loving hand by kitt some time around 19:46 on 27 March 2015
Oh, boy, Friday nights are great! Living the high life!
Posted by kitt at 10:25 on 26 March 2015
I went to a learning mindfulness class this morning. It was the first of an eight class introductory series on the practice of mindfulness. 15 people had signed up for the class, which was to start at 9:15. By 9:13, only 6 of us were there. One guy showed up 15 minutes late. It happens, even when we try not to be late.
We all took yoga mats, set them on the floor, and sat down. I noticed the same dynamic in most introductory classes: everyone lined up in the back of the class room. I understand on an intellectual level why people do this, I've done it myself in the past. What I don't really understand is why adults do it in a classroom setting for classes they have chosen to take. Which means you should be completely unsurprised that I sat near the instructor, and talked directly with him. It's one of those, "wow, this is outside my comfort zone, I best go all in," sort of things, I guess.
Yeah, kitt finished writing this at 17:52 on 25 March 2015
"Aren't you glad cars were invented?"
"Well, given that I haven't known a world without cars in it, I can only speculate whether the world is a better place with or without their having been invented. My personal happiness aside."
"Does that mean you're glad they were invented?"
"Consider what would exist if cars hadn't been invented. Maybe we would all have hoverboards instead."
"What's a hoverboard?"
"A skateboard that floats in the air."
"It wouldn't work in winter."
"How do you know? Do you have a hoverboard?"
"I don't have a hoverboard."
"So how do you know they don't work in winter? Maybe they have some kind of anti-snow repellant thing."
"You'd be cold!"
"Why? Hoverboards could have heaters."
"No, they couldn't."
"Well, how are cars heated?"
"I don't know."
"With heaters and from the engine's excess heat. Hoverboards could do that, too."