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Thursday
Jan252018

Time up for the great Australian property dream?

I use the AFR iPad app for the free stories, because I choose not to pay for such luxuries as newspapers until I can afford my own dwelling (so ironic that it is my understanding that the AFR is owned by Fairfax media who also owns the Domain group).

Today brings a good piece from Patrick Commins:

A generational jam

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The idea that one generation's property riches have come at the expense of the next generation's ability to fulfil the traditional Aussie dream of home ownership is not likely to go away. Many of those who feel locked out of the market will be hoping for a property correction big enough to give them an entree. So far at least, the signs of an imminent bust appear remote, and property investors unwilling to sell.

Absolutely, because it's true. I am one living it hopping from AirBnB to AirBnB because of the many failures at many levels of Australian government to provide affordable shelter, a cornerstone of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, for its citizens.

Let the property market crash and burn

I actually feel more strongly than that - let the property market crash and burn - because markets (like the property one) are merely an aggregate of the supply and demand forces prevalent within them. Good thing I'd never be open to being radicalized (I'd kill myself first) and would rather go to a place in the world that actually cares about its citizens.

In that sense, while I have a social network who in general apart from my dad would have voted for Hillary, I believe Trump (if he lets me in) would be a far greater ally to me in the land of the free, home to the brave.

Wednesday
Jan242018

Can We Talk? It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission

Good general advice:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/can-we-talk-how-to-confront-someone-at-work

I am consistently surprised how awesome things tend to be for me, and as far as possible I always go straight to the source and cut to the chase in the interests of maximising everyone's time.

In other words, I assume the wonderful quote from Grace Hopper:

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission.

Thursday
Jan182018

Rust + Node = Neon looks quite promising

Neon has come across my radar a few times.

Today I started following it's really awesome Getting Started guide.

If you have a spare half hour, there's also the following really cool video on what it might all mean for upcoming systems programmers (source):

Tuesday
Jan162018

Web Developer Roadmap - 2018

Very cool:

https://github.com/kamranahmedse/developer-roadmap

Monday
Jan012018

Technology and bangs and smoke magic - River of thoughts - Part 3

From Harry Potter by the highly acclaimed modern literary genius Joanne Kathleen Rowling:

He had never seen a wizard work like this, simply by looking and touching; but Harry had long since learned that bangs and smoke were more often the marks of ineptitude than expertise.

- Harry Potter contrasts Albus Dumbledore's magical actions in the Horcrux Cave to bangs-and-smells magic.

Often I feel a similar way about technology, as Arthur Charles Clarke's Third Law states:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

There's a feeling when one discovers something delightful for the first time, it's hard to pin down precisely why, perhaps it's something novel or even unique, perhaps it does something or expands the mind in a way that seemed impossible on the first inspection but inevitable upon careful examination.

It's also often different for every person, for me it has been things like reinventing the "Hello World" program as "Hi Earth", or double tapping a Nao's chest to stiffen it and watch it stand under its own power. Both represent the sum of an almost unquantifiable amount of human progress over the past millenia to acquire the appropriate raw materials, manufacture them including tricking them into thinking, and then the human effort to harness those appropriately to do something meaningful, at least for oneself.