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A friend of mine just just tried debugging why he couldn't compile various pieces of software (for example cmake) and stumbled upon something rather hilarious:

As it turns out the compiler checks during the configure stage fail because they do a string match on the word "warning". If it finds that word in the output it rejects the compiler, as it assumes it to be not working correctly.

My friend's username? Oh, nothing special, it's simply "m_warning".


Also, I bought another melodica just so I can play the high notes in Indifférence.

Latest book arrived today: French Folk Tunes for Accordion. To me it all sounds like computer game music. There is even a song named Zelda.

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I think I finally understand what "self-recommending" means.

This is probably the first convincing computer-generated music I've heard (that doesn't sound like random noodling around):

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Me: I bet this song is burned into your brain by now.
Wife: All your songs are burned into my brain.
Me: I'm sorry! Should I close the door when I practice?
Wife: no.

Finally recorded a version of "Le Dénicheur" that I'm happy with so I can stop obsessively practicing it.

Then I found a video of a cute 11-year-old girl playing it much better than me:

Is it okay to reply to disagree with a boost? I mean, there's a comment box and everything, so it seems like it's allowed. But I'm not sure people really want to discuss stuff with strangers who disagree with them.

Why do we have boosting anyway?

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Made a snowdecahedron. Not as nice as some people on the web, but still, I deserve a beer.

It seems like any community where you follow people instead of topics is vulnerable to being taken over by Irresistible Conversations. This happens on Twitter, Facebook, and even Mastodon. (Though only twice here so far, that I've noticed.)

This is because even if you don't care about <topic in the news> and didn't read about it directly, some of your friends will inevitably comment on it.

By contrast, Reddit and Usenet (in the old days) have some natural immunity to Irresistible Conversations due being topic-based and having rules against cross-posting. So your friends will likely write their comments about the I.C. in a forum you're not subscribed to.

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This is not a cinnamon bun. It's actually a 160 million year old fossil snail shell from Madagascar, roughly the size of a large fist (or cinnamon bun). I don't think it's particularly rare or valuable; I picked it up because I liked its shape.

Oops, I read that too quickly, It's from the point of view of the mother.

Someone shoots the horse. It's unclear how this is related.

On a whim, I bought "Eastern European Folk Tunes for Accordion" because the reviews were good, and now here I am listening to the few versions I can find of an obscure Albanian folk tune apparently about a women whose fiancé got kicked by a horse and died. (Though I can't find a full translation.)

The tunes are an interesting challenge. Some are pretty simple, but it takes a few listens before they start making sense.

Based on the docs, Rust's numeric libraries consist mostly of hundreds of trait implementations. How do people figure out what to use?

I'm used to Go where you don't know or care about all the interfaces that a type might satisfy, but you do see all its methods, which is what you really need anyway.

Rust doesn't have a specification? Weird.

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