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Today the internet has been a source of joy and hope.

I’d almost forgotten what that felt like, frankly. It’s a welcome event.

The feeling when a fellow author one has spent years respecting and looking up to emails one out of the blue.

Whew, gonna go hyperventilate now.

No only that, but the third and final season of my “Robin Hood—IN SPACE!” serial is out in the wild as well. lilithsaintcrow.com/2021/09/re

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Looking for something to read this weekend? The portal fantasy I wrote during last year’s lockdown is now out in the wild! lilithsaintcrow.com/the-books/

@yuki Yet another great mental image to explain things! And it opens up possibilities that a filing cabinet or laundry basket metaphor/image doesn’t.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of C compilers. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, writes gdb to shepherd the weak through the valley of the segfaults. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost memory. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to execute and run undebugged programs. And you will know I am the gdb master when I lay my breakpoints upon you.

And that’s the morning’s philosophical ramble.

Now, more coffee.

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It doesn’t change the structure of a computer, but it may free up new ways to organize these wonderful beasts, and make them do even cooler things.

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To bring this back around to the article, the mental models of both teachers *and* students are useful, and finding different ways to describe the same thing leads one to deeper understanding.

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Bringing those two simple sentences to other areas of my life was one of the greatest gifts parenting ever gave me—which says something.

“I’m sorry, I’m wrong. Let’s try that again.”

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Since I’m getting kind of theoretical, here’s a practical thing: Every day, as a parent, I inevitably say, “I’m sorry, I’m wrong. Let’s try that again.”

This happens even as both my children are technically adults now.

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If one can view most things as a continuum and the *feeling* of being wrong as a signpost or a warning notice, one’s brain (and life) will be all the richer for it.

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Learning to use that feeling as a gift and a signpost instead is a highly valuable life skill, one that doesn’t get much practice in our current school (or job) systems. Or parenting.

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People don’t like the *feeling* of “being wrong.” To plenty of people it’s mistaken for a type of psychic death, and consequently their responses to it are violently over-the-top.

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Part of the fun in working with any machine, even complex ones, is finding out how to *think* about it so you can use its various functions in novel ways. Which requires comfort with the sensation of being wrong.

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Thinking about files and directories as a filing cabinet works for some things, and like a laundry basket works for others. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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I find this FASCINATING. But I don’t like the false dichotomy between “the teacher needs to change their teaching style” and “the students need to be taught these logical underpinnings.” Both can be true.

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“But the issue is likely not that modern students are learning fewer digital skills, but rather that they’re learning different ones.” theverge.com/22684730/students

In which I am once again a Totoro bus, the old corpse is registering a protest, and maybe it’s *not* all hopeless bullshit.

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