07/04/2017

if by notable you mean you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.




  • fakery (US n.): a bakery that orders frozen pastries from a distributor while presenting them as fresh. Surely most bakeries are by now.

  • en banc (Fr. / legal adj.): "In bench": heard before every judge in the court at once. Marker of severity.

  • to toggle into memory (1950s v.): to enter a program into an old mainframe, one bit at a time, using the switches on its front panel.

  • to vernalize (v.): to induce a plant to flowering by exposing it to prolonged cold (a la winter).

  • stim toys (n.): stress balls and widgets and fidgets that allow healthy displacement behaviour for autistic people in social situations.

  • outsider porn: literary novels.

  • pandonic (programming adj.): of idiomatic Pandas code.

  • to perp (v.): to perpendicularise. Term in geometry / computer graphics for effecting a 90 degree rotation with simple swap- and negate logic.

  • vidya (US pej. n.): 1) computer game. I got excited for a moment when someone said that teenagers were all really into 2) vidya.

  • randomista (n.): One who champions the use of RCTs in the formulation of policy, especially poverty policy.

  • Magic Circle firm (n.): One of four very prestigious London law firms, all among the highest-revenue in the world. "Set for life."

  • backpressure (n.): Crashing behaviour of gases in kinked pipelines. 1) 2) a Microsoft Mailbox server feature that queues up messages when load is too high.

  • memsec (n.): 'memory-second': the unit of consumption of cluster resources: 1MB RAM filled for 1 second.

  • Dead Sea effect (n.): the phenomenon by which a minor policy mistake in a IT shop causes long-term degradation of the staff: good people are more mobile, so they leave, so the work , so more good people leave, so meh people are left, so the shop bears a cyclical burden of mediocrity: hard to get good people in, and no one great stays. Coined by Bruce Webster.

  • the Surinder Singh route (n.): Circumventing British anti-immigration law by having your non-EU spouse live in the EEA for a bit, which opened up an alternative legislative route to UK citizenship by marriage. Named for the plaintiff who established the precedent. Will go soon, of course, but I love little legal easter eggs like these.

  • TEPES (n.): your talent, education, professionalism, experience, skills. Another good Bruce Websterism.




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