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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #165 on: September 18, 2018, 12:02:05 pm »
Looking forward soon to reading "Dr. Simon blogs". :P :thumbsup: :tal-silver:

I remember my first rant after passing: When you hand-write the digit 5 on paper, then move the hand to write another digit, but during the move, either you don't lift the pen properly or have the paper stick to the pen, you will draw a line through your 5 and make the 5 look like an 8. Digits should be designed more robust than this. :lix-evil:

Weight bet

In April 2018, I weighed 86 kg at 1.92 m and made a bet to lose 8 kg of weight to 78 kg over 7 months. This week, 5 months into the bet, the scale shows 77.7 kg and I merely have to maintain this weight for 2 months to win. :lix-grin: When I picked a new suit for the defense, the clerk even said: Skinny tall guy, it'll be easy to find something fitting.

During the bet, I still played only my feeble amount of sports. Instead, I ate in moderation and cut off-the-shelf snacks and sugary drinks. One idea behind the guinea pig diet (put cucumber on every bread in addition to your usual salami/cheese/...) is to make the food more elaborate to prepare, and you will stop easily when satisfied.

Occasionally, I still indulged in snack feasts with friends. That's fine: By then, one is accustomed to a moderated diet and will adapt to such extra intake, eating less the day after.

Mafia replacements

Mafia (social game, we played by forum) has downsides: Early and frequent player elimination, and a moderator who can't play themself. I preferred lean Mafia rules with few roles, but then you must debunk liers by pure face-by-face observation, very hard in a forum game. Others like many extra roles to give the community more substance for clues and discussion.

But whenever you're stuck with questionable design, plastering extra rules on top is rarely correct. You should instead attack the root problems. Secret Hitler (2016) and The Resistance (2010) fix both the early player elimination and obviate a moderator. Were I to play a hidden-role party game, I'd probably propose one of these over Mafia to the game group. Secret Hitler seems to have a large growing fanbase.

Still, I believe that Mafia will be played for many years to come, because it's the simplest. It captures the game idea and isn't obviously broken.

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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #166 on: September 18, 2018, 04:30:45 pm »
Hi Simon

It used to be a nightmare trying to get trousers to fit myself, it was the ones you would tend to wear for funerals and job interviews, weddings maybe. I'm around the 19 stone mark, I've been looking to trying to get back into the basketball as that was something I was quite good at back in the school and college days. My brother and I played a few one on one football games with a basketball. I ordered a basketball earlier this year and it has gotten my brother and myself out running a bit more. I can run at a fast pace but you do notice when you are at the 19 stone mark you do get out of breath a bit more. Still thinking about joining a basketball league in the future. :)

That's an interesting idea about making the food more elaborate when it comes to preparing that way you do tend to take steady approach to what you are eating. Do you play a little sports yourself, what's your favorite sport if you had to choose Simon?

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« Reply #167 on: September 19, 2018, 11:26:11 am »
Yeah, 19 stones (120 kg) sounds like the high end. Way to go with the basketball! :thumbsup:

Weight loss, slowly over time, happens via diet: Look up your daily food energy requirement and actual intake. But merely dieting loses both fat and muscle. The sports counterbalance that, and keep you fit and happy.

My sporting -- I rode the bike each day to the math department and back. Now, Tim (reallife friend) has taken up Disc Golf, occasionally I join him on his weekly round: I get to spend time outside, and throwing those discs feels like starting lawn mowers.

I haven't considered joining a sports club. But even at home, I should practice pushups again, just a few.

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« Reply #168 on: September 19, 2018, 11:46:10 am »
I've noticed lately that most of my trousers no longer fit me, and I think the reason is that my warehouse job, where I was for nine months, added up to a lot more physical activity than I realised. I haven't checked my actual weight any time over the last year, though.

When I visited Japan in 2013, I was there for three weeks and lost about 5kg very quickly. I guess that was a combination of visiting so many places, and Japanese food being so much healthier. I would love to go there again 8-)

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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #169 on: September 19, 2018, 04:45:40 pm »
I've been at around 57 kg for at least 6 years now. At 1.8 m tall, this means it's also difficult to find pants that fit.
If I exercised more than what I get at my job then I might not have this problem...

Still, I'll take that over being too far in the other direction. :D

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« Reply #170 on: September 30, 2018, 02:02:34 am »
Quote collections
  • random3.txt: My personal list of collected quotes. Most of them are about design, psychology, games, software. I don't remember why the file is called random3.txt anymore, I don't have any such files with numbers 1 or 2, but the name sticks. Random quotations.
  • Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design: Classic list about physical engineering. Most of it is applicable to software engineering, even though my instinct would tell that it is not. E.g., in software, the extreme solution is often the cleanest, and cleanliness has great value, but it pales against backwards compatibility.
  • Dutch Quotes: Collected by somebody unknown, but most likely by a Dutch. I'm rehosting this because the original disappeared from the net 10 years ago.
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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #171 on: October 10, 2018, 10:12:20 pm »
Aaaaaaa

I want to go to bed early, to fix sleep schedule by force. No computer time past 00:00 UTC+2 for next >= 1 week.

I sent email with missed attachment. Again because I didn't follow my own advice to always add attachment first, then write body, then write subject, then add recipients.

Had to resend, and now rant, and now it's 00:12. Good night.

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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #172 on: October 12, 2018, 07:10:41 am »
I sent email with missed attachment. Again because I didn't follow my own advice to always add attachment first, then write body, then write subject, then add recipients.

Do you use GMail? If so, GMail has an "Unsend" feature that can be very handy - you need to enable it though, it's not enabled by default.

This isn't a true unsend, of course - that'd be pretty much impossible (and even if possible, there are possible moral issues with such a feature). Rather, it delays sending the email for a time period of your choosing - the maximum I believe being 30 seconds - during which you can cancel the send. Very useful for those cases where you click Send then immediately realise you forgot something.
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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #173 on: October 16, 2018, 10:39:32 pm »
Right, I've used Gmail.

Undo-sent-email is available for a few seconds, it wouldn't have helped me that time. Interesting that one configure its duration, I've set it to 30 secs, the max.

I remember how they were annoyed about their internal delay on sending email, and turned it into a user feature. Very nice hack!

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Re: Simon blogs
« Reply #174 on: October 17, 2018, 06:52:43 pm »
Text-based configuration formats

All text-based configuration formats suck.

I'm considering to write Lix's trophies and options in a different place, and add trophy fields (author of level, title of level). I'm considering to write the trophies in SDLang, but there are many competing text file standards and they all have problems.

Why not use X, where X = JSON, Ini files, SDLang, TOML, YAML, XML, etc., for at least 10 formats, by the StrictYAML authors.
JSON as configuration files: please don't
YAML: probably not so great after all

Downsides of Lix's config file format: Hardly extensible. Even though the parser ignores lines beginning with unknown keywords, but the attributes after the keyword have no names, have a fixed order, and fixed types. Can't define nested structures. Tile groups in Lix levels already need a hack with an open-section-tag and a close-section-tag. (I will keep the level format and not change that anytime soon! This is only for options.)

Downsides of SDLang: Almost nobody uses it, few existing parsers for other languages besides D, complicated (does the application expect a tag with many values, or a tag with attributes, or a tag with child tags?)

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