April 12th, 2018

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Among various developer podcasts, there are ones that are pandering to newbies, and then there are ones that are targeting a more seasoned audience.

The first ones would ask their guests to pause and explain basic concepts, often phrasing their requests something like "for those who are new to the industry". I think most often I heard those interruptions on Javascript Jabber, and every time that happened would quietly grit my teeth. There is also Syntax.fm that falls into this group, but them I cannot listen to at all.

The second ones let the guests speak almost freely, or the hosts themselves are excited about a technology so much they would go into juicy details, and it's an amazing feeling as if you are not listening to an interview, but eavesdropping on a conversation between peers (which it often is). These aren't as frequent as I would love — for whatever reason podcasters tend to picture their audience as new and ignorant rather than experienced and knowledgeable. React Podcast's episode with Andrew Clark fell straight into this group. JS Party was in this category too (sadly, they stopped releasing new episodes... oh, wait, actually they are back). Toolsday belongs here as well. Web Platform Podcast varies from episode to episode. Frontend Happy Hour... perhaps. Magic Read Along definitely. Modern Web Platform I am not sure about, but that's because I can barely stand the host, Tracy Lee.

I wish the second group were larger.

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"You heard what the President of the United States has said about this"
— Nikki Haley, April 9


I imagine the shudder that went among those who regard whatever the President of the United States says as mere agitation of the air.

P.S.: Searching for the quote (that I remembered from yesterday), I watched parts of her address; couldn't bear to watch the whole. These sorts of speeches feel like they belong in a Sentimentalist (or perhaps a Romanticist) novel. Children, women, children, babies, mothers, toddlers, monsters, conscience, horror, horror, blood, shocked, ashamed. It's painful to observe that we have hardly progressed towards rationalism since then. At least in the public discourse.

P.P.S.: I feel I should link to Ben Lesh's twitter thread here (especially this remark), because it's so consonant with my attitude towards all this I'll probably want a reminder.

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Listened to the BBC about the unraveling Syrian crisis. Got scared shitless.

To a disinterested person (who wants to keep living their disinterested life, unconcerned with what's happening on the other side of the globe) this all looks insane. It seems common sense that:

Syrians had no business using poisoning gas (if they did).
Americans have no business preparing a missile strike against Syria (if they are).
Russians have no business being in Syria and vowing to defend it.

And the humanity watches amazed as it suddenly finds itself hostage to all this madness.