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Cuttings / Things of interest.
Copywork vs Master Studies
One with which to drill, the other to open minds. By both, you learn.
Newton's Commonplace Beginnings
Isaac Newton's use of waste paper to learn and progress.
Lusa to Overmorrow, Kelmarin to Ereyesterday
Two days yore, and two days yet to be.
The Airplane Test of Fluency
Linguistic fluency and focus in flight.
AI Art Is Real Art
Synthesis and beauty makes art, not just the artist.
Hades And (Non-Ending) Desk Jobs
Office work ends not upon death.
The Unpreparedness Apology
To beautifully say, "I'm sorry, I wasn't prepared."
Cultists of Science
Keep not to discovered untruths - cast them into fire.
Deeds live on, akin to children.
Prepackaged Thought Cassettes
Think. If you don't, someone will, for you.
大蛇に嫁いだ娘 - The Girl Married to the Giant Serpent
A slice-of-life romance between a young bride and a gigantic snake.
Let stones lie as they were.
Supernatural dissections and dissectees.
Teach Thy Tongue to Say: 'I Do Not Know'
Judgments as opinions, and wisdom upon the uncertainty of opinions.
Counsel vs Client Perspectives
Advising fairness, and discouraging clients from litigation.
To Teach or To Paint
A common plight one faces as a craftsman.
Masters of A Fraction of A Dot
When be you so consumed with winning, above all else.
Basis for Base64
Reductionist SQLite storage.
Plants Are Maths
Cauliflowers grow mathematically.
Learning D3 with P5/Processing
I know D3, and wonder if I should learn P5/Processing too.
Learning ad infinitum, notwithstanding tangents, with forever projects.
The Problem With New Tools
New (software) tools can be difficult.
Chessboard - in which I review ternary operators.
One should love the exasperated tone of the bench here.
Counsel Citing Adverse Authorities
It's rare for counsel to cite adverse authorities.
46 Simple Python Exercises/#10
Define a function overlapping() that takes two lists and returns True if they have at least one member in common, False otherwise.
46 Simple Python Exercises/#02
Define a function max_of_three() that takes 3 numbers as arguments and returns the largest.
46 Simple Python Exercises/#01
Define a function max() that takes two numbers as arguments and returns the largest of them.
Rays of Circumstance
Shining light on circumstantial evidence.
The opus of clarity.
Write Like You Play Tetris
Drop it until you clear it.
Abstractions by choice, not by ignorance.
Triple Buffered Painters
Useful metaphor for buffering/rendering/switching canvases.
Decoding Code Specimens
Dissect code like 18th century scientists do their biological specimens.
A Case for Legalese (Or Not)
Singular interpretations and written objectivity.
Twitter Inspires Carmack
Get raged, or get inspired.
Consenting Pythonic Adults
Do it Pythonically, preferably.
Music and Neural Pathways
Musical memory can trigger motor neural paths.
A Traveling Minstrel's Piano
A Programmer & His Mechanical Friend
Harder isn't necessarily better.
How Science Should Be
Sticking to the science.
Sheets for People
Roll up the sheets.
The Artificers' Duty of Care
An admonishment to professionals who issue statements with abandon.
STEM, STEAM and Art
Arts should not be grouped with the sciences.
The Code Language Lawyers
Debating code of code.
Nostalgic Raging Streets
Streets of Rage 4 hits home, and it hits hard.
Code & Shame
Be critical with your code, and sometimes yourself.
Third Time's A Charm
Strive for two, but best make time for three.
You learn what you read and remember, not what you buy.
Git for Legal Practice
Version control for lawyers/advocates and solicitors, and its benefits.
Theory and Theatre
When complexity is used to hide ignorance and feign learnedness.
Reflections - 43 Things I Learned or Did In 2019
Some things I learned or did.
3D & 2D - The Demarcation
Exploring the two.
Legal Practice & Taking From Software Best Practices
My litigation style is gradually taking cues from software engineering best practices.
Max Payne 1 is from 2001.
Why classification based on moods makes sense.
Clarity of Liskov
Write clearly, especially with technical answers.
Why Plain Text
Excellent justifications for use of plain text.
Castles and Air
A clay of code made of thought-stuff.
Recursion, Succinctly Put
The rules of recursion.
The real ones, not from Final Fantasy.
Pining over something that never happened, thanks to musical stimuli.
Science (and the devil) is in the details.
Heinrich Schliemann's Learning Method
Dedication and perseverance beyond the average.
Roses as Time
The withering of roses, the ephemerality of time.
Mise en place: in vogue (potentially) since 1887.
Ne'er a time for sauntering.
Java Almost Requires An IDE
An IDE as an-almost compulsory requirement is not a desirable language trait.
Genuinely Technical Modesty
Humility in the face of proven expertise.
To Know C
Those who know C, and those who actually don't.
When Defying Simplicity
Of the obviousness of deficiencies in simple/complicated designs.
Sketch, Draft, Craft
Whatever your art (digital or analogue), we all experiment.
The Python Paradox
The programmer who gets the better job learn the things they don't need for it.
The Breakings of Julia
The low-level diving tinkerability of Julia.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
On the need to prove guilt, and of being innocent until proven otherwise.
The Song of Java Braces
When coders become song lyricists.
A Reputation Without Oil
Advocates known to be frank, honest and sound.
Declarative, Imperative, Functional Sandwiches
Programming paradigms and sandwiches.
Debugging: Twice As Hard As Writing Code
'Twice' is probably an underestimation.
Skies and seas of serenity.
SublimeREPL's Slow Printing/Freezing - A Solution
Applies when you're using the interpreter.
The Lawgiving Coder
Coders as creators of universes and law.
Transcript of Tifa Funk - Interlude Solo (Tifa's Theme by Tetrimino)
My transcription of the piano interlude from "Tifa Funk".
Rather Be (Alexa Goddard's Version)
Transcription of Alexa Goddard's acoustic cover of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be".
Eye to Eye (Jonathan Young's Version)
My transcription of Jonathan Young's cover of "Eye to Eye".
Prayers Like Magic
Your prayers to court are, in a way, akin to incantations.
Creators And Their Gems (Polished or Otherwise)
Not all work will turn out gems.
Emails and English Weather
The English sure love their weather.
Salomon v Salomon is Antiquated
Our courts shouldn't apply Salomon v Salomon so strictly.
Statements Without Data
This is supposed to be based on "research findings".
Don Ted E. Bear Waltz - Guitar Arrangement (Sam & Max)
My transcription of 'Don Ted E. Bear Waltz', from Sam & Max.
Subservient/Servile Written Malay
The differing tone of formal written English and Malay.
Mocking the Law - Excessive Judicial Discretion
When judges should be chastised.
Big Illegal Guns
Heavy-duty firepower, for the malaria-tainted protagonist's picking.
Proper Denials and Bare Denials
Denials in two kinds.
The Line Between Gifts and Bribes
Gifts and bribes in Malaysia - the difference/similarity.
Fair Judges of Fair Play
If only most litigants leave court satisfied.
Fascinating names/titles of games and their objects/venues/items.
José Mujica's Humility
Being both high and low.
No Social Transformation Without Representation
From Obergefell v. Hodges.
Mike Tyson on (His) Lawyers
As a lawyer, become your client.
Twitter's 140-character limit forces you to write crisply.
Supposedly Cultivated Tastes
The condescending and insecure feel superior by rejecting what others like.
Just the Two of Us (6-Bar Guitar/Sax Copy)
My transcription of Mindi Abair's solo part of the cover.
Sexism Against Modern Men
Steven Crowder's enlightening interview with Dana Loesch, a former feminist.
He Conquers Who Endures
The meaning/usage of 'vincit qui patitur'.
Learning the way branches branch.
Judges Should Not Fear Criticism
They should welcome it.
Indian Judicial Writing
Please don't write like this.
Grandma - Guitar Arrangement (NieR Gestalt)
My transcription of 'Grandma', from NieR Gestalt.
Ih Ah! (Devin Townsend)
Keep Learning Songs
Learn songs like a starving man at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
If I Cannot Strengthen Our Bench
...Then I shall certainly do nothing to weaken it.
Jack Hamm on (Artistic) Practice
On the virtues of practice (and of what/how to).
Don't Care Too Much About Gear
You don't need thousands of dollars to sound awesome.
Write With Vigour
Write, cut, write, cut.
Staring in teal and yellow.
Trine 2's developers are wizards of light(ing).
Strong colour contrasts.
Alien Blue Entrances
If nothing else.
A doll smiles hauntingly amidst plasmids and mind/body altering liquids.
Bouncing lights - orange, red, yellow and blacks.
美しい - Beautifully Woolly
Love for sheeps make beauty.
勉強 - Straining Studious Strength
Pushing through learning.
ガラケー Garakei Evolution
The Galápagos keitai.
ケチ - Scroogean Niggardliness
下戸 - Lower House
Of houses, families and drinking inclinations.
Red Riding Hood's Examination-in-Chief
Fairy tale examinations.
Craft Versus Discipline
The difference between crafts and disciplines.
Hunted By GLaDoS
Subtle GLaDoS destroys an entire room to (try to) prevent you from escaping.
When To Not Use Data Structures/Algorithms
Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to.
逆転裁判 (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) is fun, but messed-up.
Cinematic Mass Effect
Mass Effect is ridiculously cinematic.
A Misty Morgue's Bat
Batman's silhouette, as wispy steam and mist enwrap him.
Portal feels ghostly at times.
Abstract Wall Painting
In-game art from the equally artsy parkour game.
Skipping Galaxies Over Coffee
Apricot Orange Sunsets
This is not a real photo.
Virmire, the forested alien planet.
Upper and Lower Hengsha
Deus Ex's in-game literature.
Sentient Vocal Directives
Books which make oxen sweat, and which touch ceilings.
Of rusty swords and personal fault.
Cry of god - of thunder and gods who wear loincloths made from tiger skin.
Correspondences With Matt Treyvaud
Interview and Q&A.
Redder persimmons, darker blue doctors.
Love laughs at locksmiths.
You Have Reason
Other ways to say: 'You're right.'
Lost Nuances in 'Ivan the Terrible'
In Japanese: 'Ivan the Thunder Emperor'.
Old People of the Sea
A panther's change.
Basic Kanji Learning Principles
Quick principles to identification/construction.
A hundred flowers blossom riotously.
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