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Vynce Montgomery
Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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This magazine has changed, I think, since I first noticed it...
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Am I crazy? I would swear that I say and hear "chewn" as in "chewn up" (past of chew) but google n-grams says that's not what's written. What do you say, my now poisoned usage board?
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I say "chewed". Don't think I've seen "chewn", but it would be clear from context so I might have run across it without really noticing.
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Filed under jobs that wouldn't pay anything: anybody want to be my designated Python Apologist to whom I will bitch about minor annoyances in python, and then once in a while explain how i should be doing it instead that will suck less?

for example, when i discover that you can't put assignments in expressions for conditionals, like

while(line = raw_input()):
process(line)

or

if (captured = re.search(r'dothis:(\w+)', line)):

(also: .match matches only at the beginning of the line why, exactly?)

etc.

(grumbles off into the sunset)
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Sure, chained assignment is great and chained inequality operators are harder (and arguably better, despite potentially violating Least Surprise). And yeah, explicit breaking works, as does 

line = raw_input()
while (line): 
  DoThing(line)
  line = raw_input()

but both take more screen and (for me) more brain. 

The "because people screwed it up too much in C" argument is strong, but i think is mostly an argument for not teaching people C until they need it. Fact is, most programmers of the next generation won't. But that's a separate argument i've been losing for 20 years.
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My niece looks at me, confused, concerned ... "Uncle Vynny," she says, and this has clearly been bothering her for some time. "What really happened to your first two babies?"

I've never had children. I open my mouth to respond, but she keeps talking. "Did you open source them?"

#wut #StupidSubconscious #SoIWokeUp
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That's cute! I think she meant "did you outsource them?"
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Dear Google+:

most of your changes are fine, whatever. but when i click in the "create a new post" box, i expect to be able to start typing immediately, not to have to click again to start typing. wtf.

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Fuck infinite scroll.  Good night.
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Today, in the category unlikely email subject lines

"Last days to save on Avenue Q! Free enrichment classes for kids!"
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Fun for the whole family — build your own Princeton, Kate, Trekkie, and Lucy!
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"Old fashioned egg nog" made with carrageenan and pineapple juice concentrate. Um. What.
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well, that's an answer I hadn't considered giving.
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as a dude who rides his unicycle in rush hour traffic when he's not just too damn depressed to do so, i support this take, and apologize for whatever part of your anguish i may have contributed to.
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If your open source project's standard response to "I don't understand this in the docs..." is "then read the source" then you're doing it wrong. stop.


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The Devil always needs my help.  But that's just me. YMMV

Realistically, the point I'm trying to make is that documentation, like much of the open-source world, relies on circular arguments.  The docs are fine, because if they weren't someone would fix them.  There are no major bugs, because if there were someone would fix them.  It must be secure, because lots of people must have audited it.

Those arguments probably hold water if your project is oriented at people who write code and build applications for a living.  Everyone else wants it to "Just Work(tm)".

I recall someone I knew a long time ago saying that he didn't care how his car worked.  If it was powered by "voodoo squirrels" (his words), that was fine with him -- as long as it got him where he was going.

Documentation, like bug fixes and security audits, are things that fall into the "Just Works" category.

The key message that I tell people about open-source software:  "If you break it, you get to keep both halves."  Maybe you'll find what you need and someone to help you, but I only trust very mature and stable projects for critical things, and your definition of critical may vary from mine.  A big portion of RedHat's and WRS' business model is to provide that support to make it Just Work on-demand.

There's a parallel argument for Android vs iOS, if anyone wants to get into that.

As for your original "doing it wrong" comment -- that's entirely dependent on what they are trying to do.  If they are trying to create a project with an ecosystem of developer support, then they're probably on the right track.  If they want to create a solid and usable piece of software... well, that's why a lot of people get paid to write code, write docs, do security audits, etc. etc.
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Dear bars and restaurants: instead of flash animations showing me what your food would look like in a professionally lit studio, please publish, on your websites, typical decibel levels at various times of day. 
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I have  a dB reader on my iPod touch and use it often.  I found it very interesting that everywhere I went in Disneyland where things felt too loud, it measured exactly 85dB.  I went to a play once that pumped out up to 110 dB while people were exiting the theater, and I will never go back to that theater company again.

--Beth
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Geek, Programmer, Juggler
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Juggling, Unicycling, Perl, JavaScript, Board games, English, Pig Latin, American Sign Language
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Alameda, CA USA
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Louisville, KY - Richmond, VA - Troy, NY - Berkeley, CA
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A Joker with no Jokes, a Jester with no Queen.
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I dream big and in full color.  I make up songs and sing them off key.  I write Perl when I can and JavaScript when I should.
Bragging rights
Qualified 3 balls in one hand, unicycled 20 miles in a day, free mount ... sometimes
Education
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Engineering Physics, 1993 - 1994
  • Sage College
    1995 - 1995
  • St. Xavier High School
    1989 - 1993
  • Clover Hill High School
    math, 1988 - 1989
  • Swift Creek Middle School
    1985 - 1989
  • J. Graham Brown School
    1981 - 1985
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Vincent Leo Montgomery
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Fantastic little place for lunch in this neighborhood. Fresh delicious food is plated as you watch, and the friendly staff are as open to minor modifications as they can be. I had some delicious melt-in-your mouth braised pork belly, served on a generously balanced portion of vegetables. I believe the menu changes often -- daily? -- and that there's always a vegetarian option.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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I usually go for the Mexi-Mochas, but the selection of teas and tisanes is phenomenal. Try one of the ginger brews while you use the Free Wifi. One whole wall is covered in bulk teas; the others feature local artists. Outside is a lovely patio with both sunny and shady places to sit. As for food, it's mostly light items, with baked goods, eggs, salads, etc., with lots of vegetarian options, even a few vegan, plus a few meaty things for those who like that. The staff are all quite friendly and helpful; they seem to be there because they like it. They also manage to quite tactfully enforce the strict "no phone calls" rule, which helps keep the place welcoming. Plus, they have great taste in music, which is played at a good volume to allow conversation and a relaxed atmosphere. Tuesday evenings there's even live music, and Thursdays are a communal craft day.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago