I’m not sure making a decision is a ‘one time’ thing but more a sequence of micro decisions you make over time. Duality of decision making , that is it must be yes or no, black or white, is inherently a model you’re imposing on your thinking process AND in my experience adds a lot of stress and importance to the outcome.

I wonder if we’re better off staying in the present and making micro decisions focused on daily events.

In experimentation terms, when there’s heaps of uncertainty and the outcome is unclear, perform lots of small experiments, observe the outcome and move forward based on that. It works in software, so why can’t it work for us?

Trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up, has way to much uncertainty and complexity. Take it one day at a time.

There is no silver bullet solution to mitigating the harm caused by #COVID. We need masks, clean air, vaccines, treatments and more. None of these things are perfect, and none alone are sufficient to prevent all the harm being caused. We need them all. Keep speaking up for layers or protections.

Things with a higher death rate than Mifepristone include:
- Tylenol
- Penicillin
- Viagra
- Pregnancy

"AIs might tell falsehoods but humans do, too" is not a great argument. You basically admit that you didn't improve the situation and actually made it worse because you remove responsibility.

Historians have a word for Germans who joined the Nazi party, not because they hated Jews, but out of a hope for restored patriotism, or a sense of economic anxiety, or a hope to preserve their religious values, or dislike of their opponents, or raw political opportunism, or convenience, or ignorance, or greed. That word is "Nazi."

Historians study their motives, but there is a broad understanding: their motives don’t exonerate them.

I recently created a new code kata. It's not a TDD kata, or a Refactoring kata, it's a Test Design kata. The idea is you're given a piece of code without tests, but which has bugs in. The exercise is to write tests for it. The bugs are generally well-commented so it's easy to fix them. The challenge of the kata is to pick a bug, design a test case that fails, then passes when you fix the bug. Repeat until no bugs are left. This is the starting code: github.com/emilybache/StrangeC

Pretty please Mastodon maintainers, add the features underprivileged communities need to move on from Twitter:

- Quote posts to add context
- Restrictions on who can reply to a post
- Add a "catch-up" timeline to see popular posts from people you follow
- Better, less technical onboarding & directly integrate e.g. fedifinder as a one-click checkbox without tech jargon "[x] Automatically find who I'm following on Twitter"
- Better support for higher quality media

Pinging @Gargron.

In exactly two months, on Tuesday 6 June, we'll be hosting our next #FroGSconf event! It's a free, online #LeanCoffee, from 4pm to 5:30pm CEST. For registration and more info go to frogsconf.nl/register/

Hope to see you there!

p.s. If you can't make this one, but would like an email whenever we organize a lean coffee or open space, you can sign up for that on our homepage: frogsconf.nl/

Today I remind myself that feeling inadequate is part of the work.

If I know what we’re doing, I’m not creating.

Sentient or not, bees deserve our care. Industrial agriculture has done great harm to the environment, including to its smallest inhabitants. ‘Bees are sentient’: inside the stunning brains of nature’s hardest workers theguardian.com/environment/20

Just sayin': We wrote a whole paper in late 2020 (Stochastic Parrots, 2021) pointing out that this head-long rush to ever larger language models without considering risks was a bad thing. But the risks and harms have never been about "too powerful AI".

Instead: They're about concentration of power in the hands of people, about reproducing systems of oppression, about damage to the information ecosystem, and about damage to the natural ecosystem (through profligate use of energy resources).


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I often describe my work as creating spaces where people can thrive and grow. Its what I love to do.

I’m reading radical compassion, that talks to creating clearings in your own life. it’s based on a quote from Martha Postelwaite

“Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life”

Yeah, that. Physician, heal yourself….

The "Paradox of Tolerance" completely disappears if you look at tolerance not like a moral standard but as a social contract.

If someone does not abide by the terms of a contract, then they aren't covered by it.

In other words, the intolerant are not abiding by the rules of the social contract of mutual tolerance. Since they have broken the terms of the contract, they are no longer covered BY the contract and their intolerance should NOT be tolerated.

Okay so this is just $5 with the code FLASHEXPLORE this weekend (until 11:59P March 26) so you have no excuse not to buy it.

Possibly the best book on understanding what your software does ever written. It lays out a method for systematically understanding the behavior of a complex piece of software that I use pretty much constantly.


Good testers are constantly thinking and learning, enabled by good managers--and unduly constrained by bad managers. Post by @maaretp "Bad ideas remove a lot of the good from testing. Great testers do good testing even in presence of bad ideas, but it is so much harder." visible-quality.blogspot.com/2

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