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Cian Synnott
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I'm going to ditch G+ for a bit; you can get me by email at cian@emauton.org.
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"If you really want to get all the jokes, you should read Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War ..."

And so began my fascination with the Greek world. See the post for more, including audio of me reciting the preface of the Iliad in Greek. :o)
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This is a really good and interesting Hangout On Air. This is what my teams do; well worth watching if you're interested in Site Reliability Engineering at Google.
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"After more than 20 years of lamentation, exhortation, and little improvement, maybe it’s time to ask a fundamental question: Can critical thinking actually be taught? Decades of cognitive research point to a disappointing answer: not really. People who have sought to teach critical thinking have assumed that it is a skill, like riding a bicycle, and that, like other skills, once you learn it, you can apply it in any situation. Research from cognitive science shows that thinking is not that sort of skill. The processes of thinking are intertwined with the content of thought (that is, domain knowledge)."
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My mum is studying Wesleyan University's "The Modern and the Postmodern" via Coursera. Overhearing some of the introduction to Nietzsche, I'm reminded of just how great the full "God is dead" quote is:

http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/philosophy/friedrich_nietzsche_quotes.html

... er, don't bother reading past the quote.
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Very nearly that time of year.

Well done, everyone.
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$ traceroute 216.81.59.173

is really very amusing.
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I am lucky enough to have had a happy childhood in a house filled with making things, doing things and always the machine-gun sound of my mum's typing.

My dad sent this over today - a little poem I wrote for Halloween when I was 8. I don't remember it at all, but it came packaged with a great many good memories. :o)
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