RE: Hacker’s Brain – The Psychology of Programming

Hacker’s Brain – The Psychology of Programming

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This has led some people to suggest that learning to program may have similar cognitive benefits to becoming bilingual. I personally find this unlikely however, as the number of commands and lines of code that you use as a programmer are far smaller and most of them sound like English anyway: things like ‘IF’ and ‘THEN’ are pretty straightforward…

Which I disagree with.

When programmer gets a large piece of code in front of him, it doesn’t matter if it sounds like English with ifs and elses. That is because if the programmer would only look at ifs and elses at that level, the program as a whole would make no sense to him.

In reality what happens is that programmer tries to make sense out of why those ifs and elses are there, what they do and how they relate to the overall system.

In smaller pieces of code this is not so obvious, but for anyone whom has ever worked with large unknown code bases, for them it is obvious.

So while the code is written in known language, it is sort of a new dialect. The language doesn’t have to be different either. Perhaps best anologue would be to relocate yourself to some other western country, which is still western as your own, but with its own little differences. You would have to learn all those little differences, but it would still be very familiar. But you wouldn’t be able to operate unless you had learned them.

And a new language would then be a completely different culture like Asian or African culture. Where majority of the old rules might not work.

Also sometimes with unknown code with no comments you are forced to create the structure out of nowhere by taking in more and more code. That process is very similar to learning a language where by gathering more information you are eventually able to understand the structures of the language and communicate with it.

And once you have learned that structure, those previously unknown little things suddenly start to make sense because you have seen them previously and have learned what they do. Or in case of a spoken language: know what their meaning in real world context at any given time would be.

So no, looking at one line at language syntax level isn’t comparable to learning new language, but neither is looking “Achtung achtung” considered learning a foreign language. But reading a book in a foreign language or mastering a piece of large software most certainly come close to.

More casual Kevlar clothing sells some more fashionable clothing. I think I will get at least a t-shirt and for fall perhaps a hoodie. I don’t like hoodies because they have a hood, but I like it more than a sweater without a zipper.

£59.99 is probably the most expensive t-shirt I would ever have bought, but it should last awhile too since it’s Kevlar enforced I suppose.

But knives go through these pretty easily still. So one layer won’t protect you too much. But if you throw in a leather jacket on top of that then that could work quite well.

Functional clothing for messed up world

What a title but couldn’t come up with more suitable one. Pretty accurate to describe what I am about to discuss.


Ordinary office grade shirt? Not exactly. By the looks of it certainly yes, but deeper − not even close.

I have always liked functional clothing and as I have recently felt uneasy about the situation what is going on, I figured “why not take functionality to another level?”

The shirt above is Kevlar shirt. And if you buy all Kevlar and put couple layers on top of each other then the puncture resistance should go way up.

These are expensive pieces of clothing but they are very special pieces of fabric. More convenient and not as suspicious as walking around in full body armament bigsmile

If I could and if it was socially accepted I would certainly wear heavy armory. But it isn’t and it would get me in trouble on daily basis which is a shame because protecting oneself should be right for everyone.

Just today I read that someone had used machete to slash some woman in half in Germany, and these people seem to be popping up like mushrooms during rain. Not cool at all.


Got my wraps today and with the first try simply wrapping my hands; the difference to using gym gloves is huge. Hand feels extremely solid. The power difference that can be delivered with hands wrapped properly vs. using gym gloves is huge. So very happy with this 15 € purchase. Will add some professionalism.

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And if it has Japanese written all over it and it is red then I approve it for serious business. Hopefully I will still remember how to wrap these in couple days time. Next on the purchase list some good Hayabusa gloves. Not sure if I want MMA or more traditional boxing type of gloves. Probably some light weight boxing gloves. The bag at the gym is already getting quite a beating since I’ve got pretty strong back and my technique is only getting better. Getting faster too so the force is delivered in very short period of time.

One funny and interesting thing is to fight with both stands. That is because my left hand is way stronger than right hand, so I instintually bring the left hand forward, and fight with that stand. But it is disadvantageous to fight with strong arm front because it is then difficult to deliver powerful hits because it is “in use” and the weaker arm isn’t capable of.

And why it is interesting is that I can see and feel how the weaker arm gets stronger and better. And also as a weight lifter or bodybuilder I can feel how delivering those strong punches improves my physique. It also makes joints much stronger. Clearly synergistic with heavy weight lifting. Also acts as conditioning to take better use of those muscles. And works a lot of different angles. All very positive things.