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Dear everybody: You're doing it wrong. Please stop.

Dave friendica
Midterm 2 marks are posted. If I get a weighted average mark not less than -8.6% (yes, that's a negative minimum value) on the remaining coursework, I get to graduate on the Dean's Honour List.

(This update also includes reweighting the first two assignment marks, since assignment 4 did indeed happen. A3 marks are not out yet so not included here.)

Dave friendica
According to my notes, a 60% on the midterm I'll be writing soon will bring the weighted average future mark I need to pass the course (and thus graduate) below zero. Based on the priors, I have a reasonable expectation of clearing that bar with plenty of room to spare.

A rare photo of Schrödinger's Cat...

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Dave friendica
Accidentally tarpitted prof's office hours by asking a question about one of the assignment problems. Turns out the obvious approach gives a non-physical result and he can't figure out why.

This sort of thing just follows me around, I'm not trying to cause trouble, I swear.
silverwizard friendica
I am curious what a non-physical even means in this context?
Dave friendica
Does not follow the laws of physics. In this case, the electric field has a nonzero curl even though there are no changing magnetic fields, which violates Maxwell's Equations.

(If any physics nerds want details, I can give a description of the problem and why the result is non-physical, but I'll hold off on that until somebody asks.)
silverwizard friendica
Bah - that guy's work is full of daemons anyway
Dave friendica
Different body of work. The daemons prefer the habitat on the thermodynamics side, this is E&M.
Dave friendica
Based on what the prof said today, it sounds like I accidentally tarpitted his whole day, not just office hours.

In summary: The answer key for the textbook he got it out of has the naive, non-physical solution. He and the TA got far enough to confidently say that the correct solution is absolutely not an undergrad E&M problem.

Dave friendica

I'm now dj3vande@convenient.email on the network named after pleistocene megafauna. If things are configured correctly, things I say there should still show up on twitter and things from twitter should land where I can see them.

In an attempt to protect your privacy, links to Twitter in this posting were replaced by links to the Nitter instance at https://nitter.net


Dave friendica
So twitter won't let me download an archive of my tweets without emailing to make sure it's really me. The email address they have on file went away years ago and I'm not about to trust them with a current one.
silverwizard friendica
I could 100% setup "davesbullshit@obscuritus.ca" for an afternoon
Dave friendica
I mean, I still haven't convinced myself I want to have the archive badly enough to do something like that (or even give them a deliverable address that filters directly to a mailbox I never look at), but if you want me to have it enough to poke at your config...

Dave friendica
Midterm 1 marks are out. If I get a weighted average mark not less than 25.4% on coursework for the rest of the term, I get to graduate on the Dean's Honour List.

Dave friendica
Automated email from the Registrar's Office confirming that they've received my application to graduate. I think that's the last paperwork I _need_ to do to get the degree (but I still have to decide whether to walk across the stage in June to collect it or just have them mail it to me).

Dave friendica
Second assignment marks are out. (Looking at the calendar, I'm starting to think there won't be an assignment 4.)
First midterm (of two) is written but marks aren't out yet.

If I get a weighted average of 43.9% on the coursework for the rest of the term I get to graduate on the Dean's Honour List.
Dave friendica
(For clarity, that's the number to meet _or exceed_.)

Dave friendica
Assignment 1 marks are up. If I get a weighted average of 48.6% in the coursework for the rest of the term, I get to graduate on the Dean's Honor List.

Dave friendica
Oh. It's going to be one of those courses.
(My 76% on A1 puts me in the 90th percentile. Marker comments either don't say anything about what they were looking for or ask for things that I wrote down right next to where they commented.)

Dave friendica
Was talking to an old coworker about what he's working on now over dinner today.

When I said "So you're basically building UUCP", he actually knew what I was talking about. I had thought he was younger than that.

Dave friendica
One of these weeks, I'm going to wake up the morning after dojo night without my body reminding me that it's been two and a half years since I've been getting more exercise than walking on a regular basis.

This isn't feeling like the week.

Dave friendica
If I average 50% in all my course work for the rest of the term, I get to graduate on the Dean's Honour List.

I expect the required average future mark to fall below 0% sometime in late November.

Dave friendica
So. I'm a full-time student for the next four months. If things go according to plan, I'll be (up to paperwork) an alumnus by Christmas.

Dave friendica
I continue to be astounded at the lengths companies whose business is selling transit via communication networks will go to to keep devices that access those networks out of the hands of consumers.

Dave friendica
Lenovo seems confused; they invited me to write a review of my new Thinkpad with Linux.
(The Thinkpad shipped with not-Linux and runs a different not-Linux. It's very nice. The only complaints I have are unreasonable expectations set by the Macbook that it doesn't quite meet.)

Dave friendica
The new Thinkpad feels like a real battery hog, but having run the numbers, I think it's just that the Macbook has raised my expectations a little bit too high.

Dave friendica
Me: OpenBSD because it's a no-nonsense system that just works and my computer is a tool, not a project.

Also me: I don't like the battery status reporting tools I've found, I'll make my own.

Also me: Why does all the prior art use polling? Time to look at the kernel source.

Dave friendica
I think I now have a list of things that aren't in # base that I can't use a computer without: git and rsync.

Of course if I want to use the computer *for* something, that's a longer list.
Dave friendica
It's probably noteworthy that base includes tools that occupy the same space as these. The ones in base don't quite meet my needs but come close enough that they'd do if they were all that was available.

Dave friendica
Just what I need, another computer.
At least I only have myself to blame for this one, whatever that's worth.

Dave friendica
Oh, look at that. Another course I need to talk to an advisor to enroll in because there's a bug in the calendar.
(Unlike the last one, this one might at least have a reasonable excuse.)

Dave friendica
Discussing an online purchase from a company whose location unexpectedly turned out to be relevant: "In hindsight I guess their willingness to quote me a price in CAD was a pretty good sign that they weren't from USA"

Dave friendica
Up for review at day job:
18 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 476 deletions(-)

I've done better absolute line deltas before, but that ratio might be a personal best.

Dave friendica
Today in easy to misuse interfaces: "Read the documentation and you'll get it subtly wrong in a way that causes an entirely different tool to dump core"

Dave friendica
New stickers from @J T ! Now anybody familiar with my interests will be able to tell my computer apart from all the other Macbooks out there. # #
A badly lit photograph of a space grey Macbook Air that, for now (at least in better lighting), looks just like almost all the other space grey Macbooks in the world.  On the Macbook is a pile of stickers, with one of them positioned in the corner where it will soon find a permanent home.  The sticker art shows Puffy, the OpenBSD mascot, wearing a gi and hakama and ready for a night at the dojo.

In an attempt to protect your privacy, links to Twitter in this posting were replaced by links to the Nitter instance at https://nitter.net

@J T

Dave friendica
So apparently being on @silverwizard 's instance is a cheat code for any questions one has about Friendica. Thanks to the tip and doc pointer from @Tobias I should have proper alt text on this picture: A drawing of a moomin holding a molotov cocktail.  If you know, you know.
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Dave friendica
I would not have predicted this would ever happen, but I've found a visual bell configuration that I actually like.
Dave friendica
I apparently need to find where Friendica allows specifying alt text. Image description: A screen grab of the MacOS terminal bell config; all of "Audible bell", "Visual bell", and Visual Bell's subfield "Only when sound is muted" are checked.
Tobias friendica (via ActivityPub)
Friendica is using BBCode for formatting of the postings @Dave for the ALT text of images, you can place the text in the middle of the [img][/img]-Tags. E.g.

[img=http://example.com/img/this_is_an_example.jpg]And this would be the ALT text for the image used on mouse over etc.[/img]

Have a look at your nodes BBCode documentation for more information about the implementation of the BBCode in Friendica, and things like the "abstracts" which other parts of the Fediverse use for CW.
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Dave friendica
Looks like @silverwizard 's DB crash means I need to re-run my posted tweet. (Is it still a tweet over here?)
silverwizard friendica
We call it a status


Or, if you're on Mastodon a "toot"
Jonathan Lamothe (he/him) friendica (via ActivityPub)
I like to use the generic term "post".
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