Interesting Links for 22-06-2017

22 June 2017 12:00 pm
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The only way I could work out to fix the formatting issues (where point size varied for no reason and underlining got tossed in at random) was to remove all formatting in the original document and reinsert links by hand.

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Facing reality

21 June 2017 12:08 pm
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Various attempts to shore up my dwindling income have failed to achieve their necessary goals so as of the 28th, I don't have a house. Friends and family are helping with the accommodations and moving my stuff into storage. I don't think I am quite up to doing five reviews a week and packing my household so review frequency may drop a bit for the next week or so.

Fig and Ibid will likely have to be re-homed.

ernest dowson

21 June 2017 08:40 am
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Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam


The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long. –Horace




They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

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21 June 2017 12:49 pm
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So, I've been listening to a lot of atheist Youtubes lately, which led me to Chris Shelton's videos about Scientology. And I was listening to the one about the escape of the present cult leader Miscavige's dad from the cult, and I thought of Maum Meditation, and then I wondered if there were any debunking videos. So I did a search, and like the third or fourth video was the one above, which is a short one of my friend YJ talking about Maum.

I wasn't expecting that, or the jolt of unresolved feelings I had when I recognised her in the thumbnail. It's been ten years already. YJ is a warm, loving person, and I'm sure she thinks she's helping people by being a Maum "helper", but I so wish that she wasn't still with them. I think that's all I want to say about that right now.

For more on Maum, click on the Maum tag below.

Interesting Links for 21-06-2017

21 June 2017 12:00 pm
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Challenge #21: Mint

21 June 2017 10:20 am
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*cough*
Ahem.
Sorry.
You may or may not have noticed we had a general election here in the UK, swiftly followed by the leader of my party resigning and lots of associated fallout. So non-politics things kind of fell by the wayside a bit.

Anyway, I'm still alive (just about) and I thought I ought to get back on the challenge posting horse. And my mint plants have gone BONKERS in the weather we've had here the last few days, hence, this week's challenge is: mint. Fresh mint, mint essence, mint sweeties, whatever form of minty thing you'd like to do.

Whoot!

20 June 2017 06:06 pm
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Another UWTC season is nearly over and once again I am permitted to leave my dress shoes in their bag in coat check.
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Final day in Stuttgart included a long walk through Rotwildpark, a thoroughly beautiful location, and a visit to Schloss Solitude which by good fortune had its rooftop open to visitors commanding some superb views. The journey back to Frankfurt was quick and uneventful and once again checked into the Hotel Colombus where, alas, a top floor has been allocated. In the rather warm conditions that is being currently experienced in western Europe it is a little unpleasant.

The main purpose of this European visit is, of course, the International Supercomputing Conference. The event is just the right size, and with a good combination of medium to some very low level presentations ("low level", as in dealing with the technical details). Of some note was the announcement at the conference that the United States has been edged out the top three supercomputer systems, with the delicate suggestion that the current administration may wish to revisit their committment to advanced research. Among the vendors the can be little doubt that NVIDIA's Volta architecture attracted much deserved attention especially with its performance, energy efficiency, and capability for artificial intelligence - the latter being an interesting focus among a number of presentations.

There has been some more social activities as well; I was subject to a film interview by Dell on the sort of HPC work conducted at the University, and had dinner with a number of their staff at the well-reviewed Immer Satt. I have also had the opportunity to catch up with several individuals from my last visit to this part of the world, including colleagues from Stuttgart and Freiburg Universities as well as establish contacts with well people from Auckland University of Technology (quite a trip) and GENCI (Grand Equipment National de Calcul Intensif) who I will be visiting in Paris this Friday.

question

20 June 2017 12:08 pm
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Is it the custom to pay babysitters at least minimum wage? On the one hand, if minimum wage laws do not apply, why spend a penny more than one has to on the person into whose care one is placing one's children? On the other, arguably it is wrong to teach young people to undervalue their labour. Others might argue that it is very good to teach young people not to value their labour overmuch, as that training will prepare them for a life of unpaid internships.

Context: in my day, it was not uncommon for kids to be expected to donate their labour out of duty and not being permitted to say no. And that was on a farm, where there was a certain risk of getting pulled into a bailing machine or run over by a harrow. But human litters were bigger back then, and you could lose one or two kids here and there without endangering the lineage.

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