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oluseyi
    Calling it an early night. Sweet dreams, #ADN
    oluseyi
      @literary Again, I'm not judging, but that rationale simply does not impress! @mps
      oluseyi
        @literary I mean, don't cars in other forms of motorsport also go over 200 mph? And have to deal with left *and* right turns? The top speed clocked at Monza is reportedly 223 mph! @mps
        oluseyi
          @cgiffard I see your Scott Speed and raise you Will Power. [willpower12.com]
          oluseyi
            @jws They can! I remember the day I decided to figure out all this "once removed" stuff, LOL. @chriskrycho
            oluseyi
              @chriskrycho We're conflating a historical mission (that predates many CS programs) with a more recent results-obsessed focus. The ideal of liberal education predates Java, and CS, and in many cases engineering colleges. @jws
              oluseyi
                @literary Gotcha. I'm trying not to be discriminatory toward NASCAR, even though I still don't understand where the challenge comes from—or the excitement, beyond wrecks. I'm an F1 guy myself, and was watching IndyCar this afternoon. @mps
                oluseyi
                  @remus Well, yeah, if parents abdicate the job of educating their children. Which they do all the time.
                  oluseyi
                    @jws It opens with a deprecating look at how people feel/think about math, including this excerpt of verse: «Is it wise is it even prudent; to bore thyself and bore thy students?» :-P @chriskrycho
                    oluseyi
                      @jws Mmm! There's a wonderful text, Mathematics: A Cultural Approach [www.amazon.com], which goes to great lengths to illustrate the interconnections between mathematics in the abstract and all manner of practical applications, from painting to farming. @chriskrycho
                      oluseyi
                        @chriskrycho Isn't that what the liberal arts courses STEM majors are required to take are supposed to tackle? @jws
                        oluseyi
                          @literary What's wrong with NASCAR? @mps
                          oluseyi
                            @awanicka Haha! The HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver does a segment called, “How is This Still a Thing?” and one of their recent targets was the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. [youtu.be] So much creepiness!
                            oluseyi
                              @awanicka …that’s when I get turned off. It backfires for the brand, because I resent their attempt at exploiting my maleness, and it often backfires for the model, at least temporarily, because I view her as complicit in this craven attempt.
                              oluseyi
                                @awanicka Again, I’m no prude; I’ve got nothing against looking. Want to watch the Youtube video of Kate in a bikini doing the “cat daddy”? Go ahead—I did, too! But when a brand wants to exploit that to create a positive association for its product…
                                oluseyi
                                  @awanicka No surprise, but some disappointment. I’m no prude, but I really hate the use of desire for a beautiful woman to sell… whatever!.
                                  oluseyi
                                    @jws Come on. How many of our programming practitioners read *academic* literature once they’re out of college? Even those interested in self-improvement read vocational works like Code Complete, or at best The Mythical Man Month—and I’m no exception.
                                    oluseyi
                                      @jws That sounds familiar. I’ll pull it down and read it during my commute tomorrow; thanks for sharing!