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Joined 1 year ago
Cake day: July 2nd, 2023


  • That they could get the same level of table service if waitresses were paid a flat wage.

    That waitresses rely on tips to make up for a deficient wage instead of the other way around.

    That less ice will mean more drink in the glass.

    That the 185°F water from the coffee machine will clean the silverware better than the much hotter sterilizing rinse of the industrial dishwasher.

    That they should wait to complain to a manager instead of telling me right away if something is off so I can fix it.

  • Honestly, most accusations of passive aggression seem to be from people used to more blunt social mores towards people with more circumspect ones.

    But passive aggression IS real, and comes down to one thing: Trying to have conflict without confrontation; trying to attack or criticise others without allowing for response.

    Phrasing a request by stating a desire that someone do the thing is not passive-agressive. Writing an angry anonymous note IS passive-aggressive. Criticizing a problem to someone who can fix it is not passive-agressive. Criticizing someone for a problem to a third person IS passive-aggressive.

  • I upvote comments that contribute to the discussion, even if I disagree. I downvote comments that detract from the discussion or use slurs. Comments that add nothing but aren’t harmful I leave unvoted.

    Posts are a little different. I upvote posts that are interesting (or sparked interesting comments) and on-topic for the muni. I downvote posts that are off-topic and videos posted without a text summary. Posts which don’t interest me but are on-topic I leave unvoted.

  • The used Commodore64 my parents bought from my cousin included a book on programming in BASIC. I wrote a few games and was hooked.

    From there I moved on to ZZT and its internal scripting language, making dozens more games and sharing them with friends and Internet strangers. At the same time I was teaching myself HTML from online tutorials and making my first webpages.

    By the time I was in college I was writing my own blogging software and doing freelance projects for grad students who needed specialized data-processing widgets. Also learning the more mathematical side of CS like computability theory and complexity theory and graph theory, and some boring computer engineering stuff that wasn’t nearly as interesting to me.

    When I left college I needed a job and stumbled into teaching, first just web design and later into to CS. The senior teachers in the CS department taught me even more about both how computers really work as well as how to talk about information and the ways we use and manipulate it. I finally understood both the Fourier transform and JavaScript.

  • Definitely easier and you’ll get farther reading the works of ethical philosophers as seeing what makes sense to you than starting from scratch. For me, Kant, Adam Smith, Plato, and the Stoics were the most influential, but I also read a lot of Christian and Buddhist religious philosophers.

    I myself tend to think of ethics as having three components, as I alluded to above: What is moral, what is practical, and what is beautiful. And while beauty is mostly subjective and practicality mostly objective, morality is a lot trickier.

    A lot of us seem to agree, because we were taught it or otherwise, that some actions (or results, or thoughts, or attitudes) are morally good and should be pursued and some are morally evil and should be rejected, repudiated, or opposed. And we even agree most of the time about a lot of what is “good” and what is “evil”. Some say that this is because it’s subjective, others think that there are objective moral truths and we have discovered them, as yet, only imperfectly. Which if either of these camps you fall into isn’t really all that important for learning to think ethically, though; what’s important is to have moral precepts that you understand and can strive towards. If you can’t understand your own moral code, how can you seriously attempt to follow it?

    Once you have the ability to do moral reasoning, you learn to balance it against practical reasoning, eg. “How much can I afford to donate to charity each month and still pay rent? Are there more effective ways to use that sun for good in the world that donating it to this charity?” and weigh in your aesthetic preferences as well. After some practice, you’ll know why you did whatever you’ve done, and hopefully, be able to explain your reasons to others, even if they don’t share your practical concerns or moral code.