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Geeklinks for October 2020

Sousou no Frieren (“Frieren’s aftermath”) tells the story after the party saves the world …. and after the humans die of old age, leaving the elf her memories and regrets.

Quick, given a random google street view image, pick where it is in the world in 10s and score points based on how close you are. A rather amazing video (he gets not one but two answers wrong — out of the entire world — by 18 miles .. and even the ones he misses by thousands of miles are often impressive in how much he got right). There’s a few minutes you can skip before he starts. Related — The GeoGuessr website.

The 100 most influential scenes in animation.

Facebook AI can translate between various computer languages.

This is one of the rare groups where I lag behind most of the people in mathematical knowledge, but this numberphile video finally explained Conway’s Soldiers in a way I could remember.

Instragram Account “Accidentally Wes Anderson” — Scenes that look like they might be in his movies.

I’ve been watching more Among Us than playing it, and the Michael Jordan of this is Disguised Toast … which is also a great online vidoegamer handle, but should have been band name. (Here’s a video where they kill both imposters ….. before anyone dies! (Skip first two minutes), is a pretty nice trailer for blindsight, but makes no sense unless you’ve read the book. (I don’t think there’s an actual movie, somebody just decided to make a trailer).

I love the Kurzgesagt videos …. here is a visual comparison of star sizes.

Milgron & Wilson’s Nobel prize in Econ (yes, yes, I know) sent me on a rabbit hole of organizational theory (an interest of mine, mainly because the ones I’ve worked for make no sense), and then I stumbled on this rather curious, Lovecraftian article on management structure of programmers. (Things are Lovecraftian not because they are wrong, but because the truth is too horrible to bear). And now the world makes sense, and I think I’ll gibber for a while.

Written by taogaming

October 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm

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  1. Oh come on, that Parallel Tracks article is bullshit engineer propaganda from self-important white dude. I’ve worked in a bunch of engineering organizations, and the fantasy that there are engineers who are ONE HUNDRED TIMES more productive than others is a very toxic myth. Yes, there is a range of capabilities in engineers, and people are good at different things. And maybe a good engineer is vastly better than a completely incompetent one. But the idea that there is a 100x difference between a basically competent engineer and a superstar engineer is a fantasy told by Silicon Valley. And the idea that difference is attributable to the way their brains work rather than to training, experience, or situation is used to justify their racist, misogynistic libertarian-meritocratic fantasies. Software engineering is a job that’s hard, but it’s not mystical. It’s less difficult than many other engineering specializations or other specialized careers. It’s far less difficult than playing right field or being a concert pianist, and much of the scarcity really is artificial based on ruthless gatekeeping by working software engineers who think they are 100x better than anyone else. Effective project management is actually much harder. The reason management often looks useless is because the job is in fact quite difficult, and because tech companies tend to be extremely bad at hiring and promoting management talent – as bad as they are at identifying engineering talent – and the talent pool is much smaller. Just like engineers, management is clannish and likes to hire their buddies and people who look like them, but that doesn’t get the best people.

    Chris Farrell

    October 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    • Roughly 25% of programmers subtract value, so 100x is a lowball estimate. If management could tell which ones they were, I’d be more inclined to believe you.


      October 13, 2020 at 7:20 pm

  2. Yours is consistently my favorite blog. Your writings and suggestions are a welcome diversion from the crushing gears of career and adulthood.


    October 14, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    • Thanks, Ben. Adulthood and careers are bad ideas I am currently considering giving up on.


      October 14, 2020 at 10:48 pm

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