Ryan McKenna


Most of these were written at earlier dates. Post date reflects nothing in particular really.

10/14/2020: We'll get to a point soon where everyone understands the same meme.

10/14/2020: When looking at the least of the common forms weighted, the President occupies a triangle while the Legislative and Judicial branch each occupy a quadrilateral of the overall weighted larger triangle scale. In abstract form theory, less sides are more direct in application although less sides won't equal more weight - just less vectors.

10/14/2020: Interesting claim. There are millions of people playing millions of cards right now. Really, what's the difference between a couple of days and couple of years? $$$ and people.

10/14/2020: Sometimes the 10,000 line monolith shouldn't be disturbed.

10/12/2020: We'll see what happens in the next 2 days but it seems like ACB will be confirmed. A confirmation will officially cement Trump as one of the top court shapers of any president in history. That's what a President and Senate majority will do.

10/12/2020: I've been sucker punched a few times now. They're bad and shake you up for sure, but there are worse strikes to be hit by. The worst I took was a knee to the nose when I use to train MMA - open weight class too, big guy hit me. I still wonder if they should be allowed in MMA today. Elbows for the most part are banned, not sure why knees aren't.

10/12/2020: The following statues that have been torn down by rioters on the west coast since June: Grant, Lincoln, Roosevelt.

10/12/2020: You know the tech elite are scared when their observable sentiment goes from boasting about X,Y,Z to complaining about other peoples speech and implementing somewhat broad censorship. Perhaps the most scared of them all are the ones who have been running funds and companies built on vaporware or unstainable valuation/leverage. They may be asking themselves right about now "Can we hold this image we've created?". Some people I use to see as visionary didn't evolve into where we are now. You can see they were built for yesterdays world and no longer will be the industry factors they once were.

10/11/2020: "I should have just learned C" is probably a somewhat common thought.

10/10/2020: Looks like twitter suspended me. Not sure why, but it's probably because I had 0 followers, 0 following, and 0 tweets. I appealed it but I'll see soon why they did it once I hear back.

Just another reason why I've reduced any need for these networks at all (as should everyone in favor of direct engagement through self publishing). These networks create and control all content, narratives, and user behavior according to a somewhat unaccountable terms of service and the demands of whatever the mob wants from day to day.

10/08/2020: There is nothing wrong with waiting. There is a lot wrong with waiting too long.

10/07/2020: If you're someone that says limitations are bad, you're ignoring everyone from history that used them to their advantage as they created each needed part in due time.

10/03/2020: There were years where I would "code" or "tinker" for 12-16 hours a day. Sometimes for months at a time. This kind of push is rarely necessary anymore. However, every six months or so I'll "build-out" some half completed concepts or libs that I've worked on from the previous year in hopes of getting everything to a better "checkpoint". Sometimes I'll put in huge sessions then. 24 hours straight isn't entirely crazy if there is something complex that just needs to be built-out and completed.

This way of thinking got me thinking a bit about what is ncessary once you've put in all the heavy learning pushes to get familiar with the big concepts in play. I've decided code output is best when it's consistent but purposeful. What do I mean by that? You need to be writing code often, but you should only be writing it in a diciplined way. Code that actually ends up being useful should be approached with maturity or it'll quickly morph into something that can be all consuming. Coding was never meant to be like that when it's your career. It got made into that by people obsessed with long/hard code hauls. They're sometimes necessary, but if someone is always putting in a huge push you have to ask yourself how productive they are.

Really, code shouldn't cut into normal parts of your life ever, like eating, sleeping, and social-time. A lot of people only get crushed by their assignments when the tooling they have in play isn't useful or not well understood by them. A self-limit is hard to understand when you first start out, but now it's something I plan and build in to any new project. Once your tooling is entirely useful (no extra tools are in use for the novelty of them, just tools that you actually know and need to deliver the project) code is something purposeful and driven by timelines. You're still working/coding if you're planning out code and not actually typing it into the terminal. Typing should only be reserved for finalizing your push.

10/03/2020: There are people alive today that are definitely once in a generation figures. I made a small list in my head the other day. I wonder if any of them will still be there 10 years from now? 4 people. Maybe some of them will still be on it and maybe it'll expand too.

10/03/2020: Someone is always putting on a show. Most of them aren't bad.

10/01/2020: I'm a huge supporter of eliminating gender specific titles and references in the public entities that exist today. We should be focusing on the mission which ends up blind to all things race, sex, and religion. "The Mission" focuses on achieving something together only. People hung up on the classifications of who and what may end up missing the opportunity of how and why.

10/01/2020: San Francisco isn't perfect. However, it has elements that make it top-tier if you're willing to put yourself out there and explore the good and bad of what modern urban communities have to offer. It's a harsh place, yes. But it's eye opening and represents the limits of what society has today.

10/01/2020: My battery died in my car recently and I didn't have the time to deal with it for a few weeks. I ended up studying the electric system and how to swap the battery out myself after getting quotes for $500-600 in service fees. That would be on top of the new battery itself. I spent some time learning about the Alternator too.

Overall, it's felt good to know learning the process after a few hours of studying is possible. I've had some other experience with electical system in other situations and a little in the car too. Swapping a battery out safely is entirely possible and I wish more people had the desire to learn how to upkeep old stuff that was still good. It's rewarding. Buying an old car has been more interesting than any other project I've worked on lately. To me, it's interesting because it's hands on and you can see the results when something works correctly. Working on my own car has brought some additional respect for good mechanics out there more than ever.

09/25/2020: I've found Zuckerberg to be on point most of the time over the years. Obviously if you're running as large a company as FB you'll have some edge cases that are impossible for anyone to get 100% right but for the most part he understands all of the issues facing media companies to the nth degree and beyond that. I think he'll eventually spend more time in the public eye on social issues than as the immediate face of the social network he started (although he will always be remembered for it). It's not a bad thing either because for his age he's had the most experience dealing with the public sector on the highest of levels too. If you listen to him talk over all the years, the past 5 years you've seen him approaching much more broad issues than social networks.

09/24/2020: I'm in favor of another round of stimulus but the payments should be even and without regard to income. I know it seems fair to give lower income familes more cash but it gets too partial when you start splitting hairs over all sorts of qualifying events. The reality is that without more stimulus money we're going to be facing an even worse situation come October-Nov. There are too many people in congress trying to get other items passed with the next stimulus as part of a bundled package. This isn't a good time for a bundle.

09/23/2020: The Kings come and go. Yes, the Kings, they come and they go.

09/23/2020: Documentation writing is an underrated part of developing serious software. Serious "coders" or "programmers" often create amazing projects but can't convey why the projects are useful or lack vision and clarity while explaining the code to others. Average coders who document well and have precise vision will eventually get serious code types on board to make everything industry quality. Really, the key to good software is having it work first, be well documented second, and finally optimizing it with high-level "coders" last.

09/22/2020: There are people that read the headlines and others that read the book. The headline readers are clueless and overconfident in their outspoken nature many times. The book readers are often quiet and reserved.

09/22/2020: If you're in the business of publishing content that is then paid for by a series of parties as a part of some contract having to do with quantity of engagement, you will have incentive to cut down on the cost of delivery as much as possible. What has been the ultimate cost cutter for publishers and many content distributors online for a few years now? AI generated "just good enough" systems. Systems that do the job say 97.5% of the time, or within some sort of similar error rate.

These AI systems are niche specific, special purpose, or general. Some have very specific purposes while others operate broadly and don't have as much definition. In content production they are paid for under use contracts or created in house and act as replacements for all kinds of internal/external functions. This is one of the reasons the news was so crazy in 2019 and beginning of 2020 and still is at times lately. It's because many humans aren't even writing the initial articles anymore because it isn't cost effective to generate just one article when you can generate 100 and then compare them all for effectiveness before roll out. For many in this business, effectiveness would be evaluated based off of it driving traffic, getting clicks for something of interest to a partner, or whatever it may be.

An editor will still edit whatever article is chosen by addding/subtracting certain details or errors made by the generator. However, the base article gets generated in many cases according to needed SEO trends, sentiment desired, or what may have happened before, what's happening now, and even what will happen after. Many articles just became one giant SEO fight since these models had incentive behind them. It brought in a certain insufferable style to "journalism" that many people now don't even like reading in some cases. The AI are getting excellent at killing off other companies trends and replacing them with their own reach purley as a tactical move to gain advantage.

I wonder what this will do to the news over the years? Will this eventually make people demand more or will no one notice?

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