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1: Comment of the week: themausch expands on binary junior/senior distinctions in the programmer job market.

2: Also, Woolyai analyzes the “have you cut off family members/been cut off over politics” question from the ACX survey: Who Cancels And Who Gets Cancelled? I don’t love the title, since I think cutting off family members is a noncentral example of “cancellation”. But I do love the data analysis, which is good and thorough.

3: Correction on the review of Programming And Metaprogramming The Human Biocomputer (subscriber only post): I wrote that the game Ecco The Dolphin was based on John Lilly’s bizarre theory of coincidences. Commenter Angela gave strong evidence that this is false - see here and also here, by the game designer - and all the resemblances are, uh, coincidental.

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