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I had no idea. I've never used PERL, so only vaguely interesting...

But a bit of looking, though and...

- PHP version -
- PYthon scientific stack -
- Scheme (which was the language of instruction for a CS course I took... you gotta love parentheses) -

Full list -

RE Python, there's this though from 2017 (which I assume is still correct):

To run python on WebAssembly you would have to compile the entire CPython executable, and every single dependency it has, into WebAssembly, then ship that giant executable with every page so you could then run Python code with it. You would then also most likely need a special library, which at some point someone will have to write or you'll have to write it yourself, to give Python a clean interface to the DOM. All of this together would be at absolute minimum 4.5 megabytes, which is absolutely unacceptably large for a frontend bundle.
WebAssembly is very cool techonology, but it's not going to deprecate Javascript because Javascript will be, at least for a very long time, the only scripting language that runs efficiently on the web, and also will always be the most well supported.

He used to dream in perl.

I remember dreams in Pascal way back when. I remember one in particular where I was trying to have a conversation and I would spin out a long, complex thought and then the person I was looking at would look back at me with an utter lack of comprehension because I had left out a semi-colon.

I haven't watched the video, but I assume it is based on her 2010 book

A couple of other things.

Paul Brodeur is the New Yorker science reporter who first brought to public attention the problems of asbestos and ozone depletion, which he considered his two big accomplishments (this is from my vague memory of reading his biography, "Secrets: A Writer in the Cold War" (1987).

At the time he wrote Secrets, he said that he had no strong epidemiological proof that radiation of high-tension power lines was dangerous, but the pattern of obfuscation and industry response was identical to what he had seen for tobacco, asbestos and similar stories he covered. That, of course, is from the 1980s. But that stuck in my mind as we became a wireless society.

Tim Ferriss claimed that he had very poor sperm count (or some measure of sperm health) and as an experiment, he put his cell phone in his backpack and kept it in airplane mode 80% of the time. After something like 3 months, his counts had improved dramatically, though he also says he made some dietary changes.

And finally, the strength of a radio signal decreases as a square of distance.

This is super important with respect to something like a cell phone that is transmitting (or pinging towers to see if it has any signal or messages). If you have it in your front pocket, 1cm from your testicles and move it to a backpack 32cm away, it is 0.1% as strong. If you have it on your ear and then move it to the passenger seat in the car, that's also perhaps 0.1% or less of the exposure to your brain.

Also, cell phones increase their power in areas like mine with worse signals. So if you're in a rural area with a cell phone in your pocket vs an urban area with a cell phone in the passenger seat, you are getting literally 10,000 times the exposure.

Similar math applies to your wireless router. Don't put it on the shelf right next to your desk.

Water Cooler / Re: And now their stealing... bees
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:58:25 PM »
What I find interesting about this story is that it's like the stories of wire and copper piping being stolen out of houses. It was an indicator of just how valuable copper had gotten.

So it's not that it's an odd thing to steal that piqued my curiosity, but that bees were now valuable enough to inspire organized rings of bee thieves

Economics & Investing / Re: Schwab starts talking about recession
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:30:45 PM »
Housing prices are not set by sticker prices, but monthly payments (obviously). So as insurance goes sky high in California (I'm at $7000 for a fairly modest home) and interest rates go up, sticker price has got to come down. Unfortunately, that drop in sticker price does nothing to make those houses more affordable.

A $500K loan (not uncommon in California) has a $2387 payment at 4%
A $2387/mo payment gets you $398,200 at 6%

If, as happened to us, your insurance goes from 2000 to 7100, that's another 425/mo, that takes you down to roughly $325,000 for your $2387/mo.

So, assume 
 - you are in a fire area and you are grandfathered in with a main line insurer
 - got your loan at 4% down at the bottom
 - new buyer will have to insure with a supplemental line (as we do now)
 - interest rate is 6%

The same payment that bought you a $625K house with 20% down and a $500K loan, that person now gets a $406,250 house with 20% down and a $325,000 loan.

They will be able to afford a bit more, because their tax bill will drop by roughly $2000. So roughly speaking, the can now afford more like $450. Still, for someone in the early stage of the loan where they haven't paid much principle, they'll either need to find a buyer who can afford an extra $1000 per month (600 in interest and 400 in insurance) or they will be underwater.

It's a lot less dire for people in large cities in CA without the insurance issues.

Web Development / Re: Increase Your Share Rate
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:15:09 PM »
You don't have to forgo complex sentences and specialized vocabulary

You do if you try writing with Hemingway!

But when I refer to my convoluted sentences, I don't mean well-written complex sentences. I mean sentences where I'm thinking as a write and pack multiple ideas into a single sentence, when the reader would be better served with a mental resting point between ideas.

Web Development / Re: Increase Your Share Rate
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:44:17 AM »
Yes, I use the Hemingway App. Not as a standard editor, but from time to time.

It's a great exercise to write "Hemingway Compliant" text (which, by the way, Ernest Hemingway does not do).

It can be constraining, but I also notice that my writing can have a lot more energy.

Hardware & Technology / Re: I need a W10 crapbook
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:29:30 AM »
Not sure if this will meet your needs

Sublime Text has a column selection mode (not all the features of Ultraedit column mode, so it depends on what you're doing with it) and Caret is an editor for Chromebook modeled on Sublime Text. Whether it has col selection, I don't know

Warning: search on "column" came up empty

Web Development / Re: Increase Your Share Rate
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:09:32 AM »
PS... it's harder than it might sound though. I find my tendency is long, convoluted sentences. Simplifying it takes serious effort.

If I recall, it was direct response copywriter Ted Nicholas who said to never go beyond the 8th grade level. He found that sales letters written to a max of 8th grade had better sales even when the mailing was going out exclusively to lawyers or groups with PhDs.

This surprises me though:

On Medium those articles using sentence case performed better than title case, averaging 20% more recommends.

Web Development / Re: Increase Your Share Rate
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:08:25 AM »
Some people take umbrage at the suggestion to write for a middle-school reading level
Winston Churchill's war-time speeches and among other things I found that they usually scored around the fifth to seventh grade level

Grapes of Wrath is reputedly written at a fifth-grade level. I just grabbed a multi-page extract and it got a Flesch-Kindcaid score of 4.9, AKA, fifth-grade.

>>As much as it pains me to say this

It should gladden you. The ability to agree on a specific issue with someone that you dislike and normally disagree with is a sign of intelligence and maturity and offers a point of contact/concession in conversations that are getting overheated.

Economics & Investing / Re: Schwab starts talking about recession
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:54:15 PM »
Where I read, they've been hollering for 6 weeks now. (As opposed to where Mackin reads, where they're *always* hollerin'. hhh)

Yeah, that was sort of my point. Schwab always responds to those hollers with "No, it's all okay. People aren't understanding X," to the point that I recently said to Theresa that I wasn't sure there was any market signal short of actual recession that would get them to say they are starting to worry.

Suddenly, they're not saying that. Suddenly, even Schwab, whose newsletter's purpose seems to be to calm investors and prevent them from withdrawing money from their accounts, seems kind of nervous.

Economics & Investing / Re: Schwab starts talking about recession
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:51:44 PM »
I'm working my way through Howard Marks "Mastering the Cycle" book.

I had never heard of him before, until last week when I listened to this

Hardware & Technology / Re: Max Htaccess redirects number
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:38:54 PM »
Thanks! Actually, I was wrong on multiple counts. Reading too fast. He actually agrees with me. He gives the quote I gave above and that's what I keyed in on, but at the end he says

Itís just not reasonable to say ďDonít use 1:1 redirects in an htaccess file because itíll slow down the site.Ē

So actually, my only disagreement was that he could have taken it a step further and added how the received wisdom he quotes at the beginning is actually bad advice.

As his results show, parsing those single-match redirects doesn't take much time. It takes 100,000 of them to have a 300ms impact.

But if you do your redirects according to the advice he quotes (regex then 1:1), you will almost always incur at least three hops for a www to non-www redirect and old page to new page. So that means that means that you burn and extra 600ms (good, non-overloaded 3G or Yosemite Faux Gee) to 1200ms+ (satellite) in order to save 300ms.

So to hit breakeven for a 3G user, you need something on the order of 200,000 lines of redirects to make up for the extra hops.

Ideally, you would do the custom single-line redirects first, then catch what you can with increasingly general regex, otherwise you end up with chained redirects and those cost you way, way more over slow connections than parsing through your single-match redirects to get to your regex.

So double wrong:
1. Yes, he's really measuring parse time, even though he talks about TTFB and page load (that's what drew my astray)
2. The advice he quotes at the top is bad, but his conclusion is good, but a little incomplete

Economics & Investing / Schwab starts talking about recession
« on: October 18, 2018, 05:36:19 PM »
I get the Schwab newsletter, which I almost always ignore for the simple reason that it seems like no matter how dire things, get, they always say "Despite the chatter, everything is rosy, stay the course, keep pouring money into your brokerage account, buy buy buy."

But something caught my eye in the current on and suddenly, there's a lot of talk of recession that isn't flat out dismissive. It's cautious.

It's not so much that their analysis is amazing. It's that there has been a sudden shift in tone in the newsletter, which is what I see as the real indicator that worry is growing.

The odd one is the idea that recessions are typically timed to when unemployment rate is equal to the inflation rate. I'd never heard that before. My first reaction was that there were so few data points, that could be a spurious correlation (and it might be), but it seems to hold pretty well since 1990 across a half-dozen countries.

I don't think my economics brain is sophisticated enough to see why that in particular would provoke/indicate recession

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