Oh haha yeah I gave that up after about a month but I'm picking it back up again after doing a few hours of tedious data entry work that I knew I could write a script to do in seconds if I had just stuck with Python a bit more. My roommate is starting to learn too so hopefully there will be some more accountability and also opportunities for collaboration.
There are certain kinds of toxic shit that I don't want on the forum, and I say that not as a mod but as a user which is why I didn't take moderator action on QT.
Also no one asked QT to leave, this dichotomoy is really what you've made where you perceive that maybe QT will get upset and leave or something. Which I can counter with the fact that trans people could leave too, if nobody adequately points out just how fucking disgusting the things QT said were (whether from ignorance or malice is irrelevant).
I don't intend to have 'cordial discussion' with people who're being highly prejudiced and outright insulting towards people based on their gender preference.
I would actually hope such people feel unwelcome and don't feel comfortable expressing that kind of hurtful ignorance. If they are really so desperate to have a platform to insult people they don't understand, people who often live entire lives in stigma for this one issue to boot, they can find a new platform.
I think the stuff QT was saying was fucking poison and if it's a choice between he leaves or other certain people leave because of him for that, I choose him. His words were not just 'problematic', they're the sort of words that cause these high suicide rates and stigmatisation of trans people in the first place. It reeks of the same rhetoric fundamentalist Christians use, and is ignorant, hateful and hurtful.
What about people who trans, are sensitive and suffer with low self-esteem? None of them deserve to be talked about in such a way if here on this forum.
I don't want people saying shit like that and still, the issue warrants discussion - but only if people are going to make the conversation be not absolutely toxic and hurtful for certain parties to read.
Hahah I was actually wondering if that was your cat.
As in applied for your first job? That's awesome. You'll be a wage slave like me in no time \o/
Can't really complain. Studying for the law school entrance exam but still waffling about on whether or not I want to go. Trying to get myself to at least apply. That way I have some sort of hedge against the tech bubble popping :D
Also have you seen the Full Stack Web Development specialization on Coursera? I'm currently on the third of the five courses (AngularJS) and it's alright so far... I'm refining front-end/JS skills because I have more experience with web development but think I want to change directions. Like I always do haha
Love the background image on your page and yes, the Alhambra is a definite must-see-in-one's-life sort of place. The whole country is fantastic but I wish I had had more time to spend in Granada while I was there. Do you have a special interest in Islamic Spain or the architecture itself, or both?
I'm a MOOC fiend but I've found the math MOOCs to be lacking. The guy who does Calculus One on Coursera is really great though, super entertaining and good at explaining things.
If you want to learn more about math conceptually and historically Morris Kline's "Mathematics for the Nonmathematician" is a really entertaining book and a good resource for curious/smart non-math types to have on the shelf for when you want to get a birds eye view of a part of math you're not familiar with quickly.
They were m8 it's okay. I was actually enjoying the discussion but I think we're on the same page in what you referred to as Agnosticism regarding metaphysics.
I think that you understood my POV and the implications of it, so I'm not sure where I'd really go with the conversation from there as it seems I've communicated adequately what I set out to communicate. At the very least I figure anyone intelligent enough and who's not being defensive about their worldview can digest it and understand.
Our work schedules are kind of random - we just have to make sure we give notice if we want time off. I work less than RB so we can do schtuff during the week - like explore aspects of Melbourne I have been meaning to explore but haven't had an excuse to get off my ass for yet.
You book for as long as you think - as I said, we have spare room and bed so we seriously don't mind if you hang around for a while and use our home as a base.
Anytime is a good time - if you book off peak season or last minute you can sometimes get really good deals. Book it so that it is optional for you, we are pretty flexible generally. Around new year and into March is hot (outback will be hell) - so if you want to get out there, from now until late November (or late March/April) is better. We have spare room and bed (Ikea bunkbed, lol), so you will have reasonable privacy, except the cats will probably want to sleep on your head.