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  • guy's feelings on being a father don't match up with what society expects. photo essay, good
  • I can't help smiling at this because it illustrates the great difficulty persons of great computational ability (which I shall refer to as nerds) have in overlooking small matters of inaccuracy. It's not uncommon to see computer folk arguing over fine points of semantics or mathematics, or deliberately playing with words and puns, or laughing about the minutiae of some program, machine or situation. This comes about because nerds spend all their time worrying about details. Computers are exceedingly finnicky things. They do precisely what they are told (with heavy emphasis on precisely). Thus anyone who works with them (and by that I mean anyone who actually deals with computers rather than mere users) ends up training themselves to spot minute details that are incorrect or out of place.

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