January 11th, 2020

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When asking panelists questions from the audience, BBC’s Question Time presumably ranks the questions in the order of their importance. Today’s first question was about prince Harry and Meghan Markle — how they intend to escape from the hardships of the royal life to the other side of the pond. It’s perfectly absurd that the inconsequential private life of a bunch of ceremonial stooges should grip the attention of the audience stronger than, say, the conflict in the Middle East (second question) or the looming departure from the European Union, but there we are. The seriousness with which so many Brits treat the news about the royalties mystifies me. Sure, they are fun to follow in the episodes of The Crown — but other that that?

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Don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me before — but if the word vasectomy means cutting (or tying, etc.) of the vas deferens (gosh, they are almost nowhere in the English texts called by their proper Latin plural, vasa deferentia), doesn’t it make this word a misnomer, since the suffix -ectomy means surgical removal of something? Wasn't is supposed to be vasotomy?

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It used to be right-wingers, like The Daily Mail or Mary Whitehouse, going "Ban this filth", you know? It used to be right-wing thing. Now it’s The Guardian and left-wingers going "Ban, ban this filth". It’s really weird.
— Tom Walker (aka Jonathan Pie), in an interview with CNN (at around 10:50)



(not a particularly original thought, but well repeated)

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There’s something about Typescript and Poland...

Typesafe-actions, a project to make the redux pattern friendlier to typescript, was started by a Polish developer.
Ditto for Nest.js (not to confuse with Next.js), a node-based backend framework that borrows heavily from Angular patterns.
Ditto for type-graphql, a code-first graphql framework for Node.