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I've always been bad at spelling – not sure whether it's nature or nurture. -- Steven Wright

As I've gotten more confident as a programmer, I've really started to see the value in looking at the source code underlying APIs I'm using, and I've also learned that most software is hilariously bad

Most helpful statement of the year, from @ColinTheMathmo: "That's a list of 10 (in some base)"

Sometimes requires common sense. Here, a VMware "feature" recommended by a consultant, that disables console access. If you happen to lose your network, the documented thing to do is - rebuild your server. How about just locking console access huh?

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she changed her number.

From "Topology Fact" on the bird site:

‏"The real projective plane can be built by gluing a disk and a Möbius band together along their boundaries."

This is a happy medium between two disks giving a sphere, and two Möbius strips giving a Klein bottle.

Lovely stuff.

I'm trying to like people, it's just that it's so hard getting past the stupid ones. -- Becker (TV series)

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure. -- W.C.Fields(?)

Q: Why do the French only have one egg for breakfast? A: Because one egg is un oeuf.

Weeks ago bookmarked part 1 in a series on how to spin up a Mastodon Instance. Returned to it today, it's still not completed. Deleted.

Hotel free wifi needs login, including stating M(ale) or F(emale) - should they be named and shamed? Is this acceptable?

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup. -- Suzanne McMinn

Again, repeat after me: Can't fix all the stupid, can't fix all the stupid, can't fix all the stupid, can't fix all the stupid, can't ...

@fribbledom Cognitive psychology is not your enemy.

It just twirls its moustache a lot.

Body desperately wants some sleep. Brain wants to work some more. How come I'm always most productive when I really should go to bed?

@fribbledom Usually because fatigue brings reduced inhibitions, resulting in greater self-editorial freedom.

@jankoekepan That's the first sensible explanation for the "hacker and maker syndrome" I've ever heard. Thanks for sharing!