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Name Marco von Ballmoos
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Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.13

Published on in Movies

These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

Ambulance (2022) — 8/10... [More]

Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.12

Published on in Movies

These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

The Green Mile (1999)... [More]

Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.11

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These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

Neal Brennan: Blocks... [More]

Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.10

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These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

The Expendables 3... [More]

Links and Notes for December 23rd, 2022

Published on in Notes

Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.9

Published on in Movies

These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

Spider-Man: No Way... [More]

Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.8

Published on in Movies

These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

Ozark S04— 7/10
This... [More]

Links and Notes for December 16th, 2022

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Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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2 months Ago

Links and Notes for December 9th, 2022

Published on in Notes

Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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World Cup 2022

Published on in Sports

 Moroccan bicycle kick dead-on to the bottom near-postAs a friend of mine has repeatedly written, “I feel bad for anyone boycotting this World Cup because it’s the best tournament of our lifetimes.” He also felt bad for himself that he would have to “go back to watching shitty premier league and MLS after this.” He’s quite a bit younger than I am, it’s the best tournament I’ve seen as well. The football has been absolutely top-notch.

It may be highly corporatize and corrupt and awful and wrong, but on the field, it’s absolutely amazing. I’ve never... [More]

Capsule Movie Reviews Vol.2022.7

Published on in Movies

These are my notes to remember what I watched and kinda what I thought about it. I’ve recently transferred my reviews to IMDb and made the list of around 1600 ratings publicly available. I’ve included the individual ratings with my notes for each movie. These ratings are not absolutely comparable to each other—I rate the film on how well it suited me for the genre and my mood and. let’s be honest, level of intoxication. YMMV. Also, I make no attempt to avoid spoilers.

John Wick (2014) — 9/10... [More]

Terminology for CSS values

Published on in Programming

 The article ”Thousand” Values of CSS by Karl Dubost (Otsukare) clarifies the definitions for the various types of value in CSS. While there aren’t a thousand different kinds of value in CSS, there are quite a few. Each has its raison d’être.

The article is informative, but lists the values in what I consider to be an unintuitive order. I’ve changed the order and consolidated a bit. Each term links to the W3C documentation[1] and each definition starts with the official description, a layman’s translation, and a simple... [More]

Where we at with recommendation algorithms?

Published on in Technology

It is sad to think that, not only do the algorithms have a chance of influencing us, but that they are winning. I say this in light of the recommendations I keep seeing that demonstrates the utter vapidity of most of the algorithms we have so far.

I just finished The Last Wish, the first book of The Witcher series of books. These are fantasy novels about a master of sword and magic who travels the world slaying monsters.

They only have Sword of Destiny (a short-story collection that actually... [More]

Links and Notes for December 2nd, 2022

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Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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Crybabies in Qatar

Published on in Sports

 Crybabies surrounding the refereeWhatever happened to the rule where only the captain is allowed to talk to the referee? Now players fly from across the field to deliver the amazing news to the referee that they don’t think that their teammate committed a foul and that the referee should reconsider and retract the call. Which never happens. But they all line up to tell him anyway. It’s tedious and childish.

A friend clarified for me,

“the point is not to argue that call, its to encourage the ref to reconsider a future... [More]”

Response to an interview request in wealth-management

Published on in Miscellaneous

 I received a request to interview for a job in wealth-management some time back. I’ve been responding to every request, just to be polite (recruiters are people, man), and usually I send a boilerplate text. Usually “the job sounds like it would be a great fit, but I’m not looking” is honest enough, but for this position, that wasn’t true. So I wrote the following instead,

Instead of just writing “No”, I’ll give you my reasons.

  1. I am very happy with my current position.
  2. I am not interested in... [More]

Understanding a language

Published on in Miscellaneous

Recently, we’ve heard that Ukraine is getting a lot of weapons from all over the world, primarily from NATO. NATO weapons are industrial machines that have to be configured and maintained over time. They almost certainly leave some room for interpretation. They require training and experience to use efficiently and to be able to actually configure a working machine.

The instructions are in English.

 If you don’t speak another language, then you probably assume, hey, sure, they speak English.... [More]

A pretty good description of a DevOps position

Published on in Miscellaneous

 The DevOps AnalemmaI received an invitation to interview for a DevOps position at a large, well-known Swiss firm that was very well-written and also happened to describe what I do at Uster Technologies quite well. As a few colleagues with whom I’ve spoken about what I do have said: “that sounds like much more than standard DevOps.”

My job certainly is more than what most people would consider to be standard DevOps—but I think that might be because most people think of the implementors of DevOps rather than the... [More]

On Žižek and Russia

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

The following video is almost two hours long. I have not summarized it, but address the general tenor of Žižek’s argumentation and presentation.

An Evening with Slavoj Žižek: Why Do We Enjoy Feeling Ashamed? (YouTube)

I continue to be shocked at how terrible Žižek’s take on the Russian attack on Ukraine is. This video is very long and he spends most of the time fighting foolish strongmen, mostly people he calls his “friends”, who all seem to have the absolute worst reasons possible for not supporting Ukraine wholeheartedly.

I heard absolutely nothing about... [More]

Metrology beats Dataism and Post-Truth

Published on in Philosophy

 The article Measurement, Dataism and Post-Truth Ideology: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Luca Mari; Dario Petri (IEEE) is quite an interesting description of the state of philosophy vis à vis data science.[1] You can find the original, in Italian, at Tutto_Misure n.4 − 2021 (Issuu) on pages 103 and 104. Or you can just download a PDF of that article here.

“Dataism, at least in its most radical position, sees the universe as a gigantic computation system, whose state transitions are in fact “embedded” computations, so that empirical... [More]”

Closed: Not a bugWill not fix

Published on in Design

 It's not a bug, it's a featureThe issue report Can’t edit Wiki after default branch policy applied (Microsoft Developer Community: Azure DevOps) is about a nice feature in Azure DevOps called Branch Policies that allows you to protect the default branch in a given repository, or in all repositories. If you have a lot of repositories, it’s quite convenient to be able to set it once for all of them.

However.

However, Azure DevOps also has a nice feature called the Project Wiki, which includes an online editor that makes editing easy enough for any user with even the... [More]

How to evaluate dependencies

Published on in Programming

As software developers, we are constantly making the decision between make or buy.

Deciding to make something carries with it the obligation to design, develop, test, document, and support it. You’ll have everything under your control, but you’ll also have to do everything yourself.

If a component is not part of your project’s core functionality, then it’s often a good idea to look around and see if you can find someone who’s already built that functionality. Optimally, the component you find... [More]

At heart, everyone’s a reactionary

Published on in Philosophy

From Roaming Charges: Railroaded, Again by Jeffrey St. Clair (CounterPunch),

“Americans want nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can, even if it turns out to be only last week. Not to face now or the future, but to face backwards.”
Gil Scott-Heron

 Whitey on the Moon: Gil Scott-HeronI don’t know when Gil-Scott Heron wrote this, but it was probably around the time he wrote Whitey on the Moon, The Revolution will not be Televised, or Home Is Where the Hatred Is. Whereas he wrote and spoke about his home country, I can’t help but think that what he said resonates for... [More]

Railroading Railroad Workers

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

 Since at least July, I’ve been following the story of the railroad workers in the U.S. Their situation is awful. Their working conditions are extremely strict. They are not commensurate with those of a civilized society. It is only because of the extreme death of labor in the U.S. that there is even a discussion. But there is—because there is no support for labor in the U.S., only support for capital.

The U.S. is far from covering itself in glory, as we’ll learn from a spate of articles,... [More]

Let’s not pretend we have principles

Published on in Philosophy

Or, perhaps better: let’s not allow the elites the luxury of thinking that we believe that they have principles. We have to make it perfectly clear to them that we do not believe the fairy tales that they tell about themselves.

The article The World Cup Should Make Us Rethink Our Understanding of Human Rights by Neil Vallelly (Jacobin) writes,

“Whether spectators care or not is a different question, of course. But the signs are that most football fans would prefer that the World Cup was not taking place in a country... [More]”

Links and Notes for November 25th, 2022

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Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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But why go faster?

Published on in Quotes

“There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is... [More]”

Burn bright or go home

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles.”
Jack Kerouac (On The Road)

Links and Notes for November 18th, 2022

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Below are links to articles, highlighted passages[1], and occasional annotations[2] for the week ending on the date in the title, enriching the raw data from Instapaper Likes and Twitter. They are intentionally succinct, else they’d be articles and probably end up in the gigantic backlog of unpublished drafts. YMMV.

[1] Emphases are added, unless otherwise noted.
[2] Annotations are only lightly edited and are largely contemporaneous.

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A thirst for war

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

I think that one of the main things that sticks in my craw about the war in Ukraine is the absolute speed with which so many people capitulated to the idea of its inevitability. We acted like Liam Neeson in Taken, Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, Mel Gibson in Payback, or, most recently, Keanu Reeves in John Wick .

Look, you could still enjoy the movies, but you must be aware of how manipulative the initial scene of massive injustice toward our hero or his family... [More]