Random Thought…

There’s a thought experiment known as Theseus’s paradox (and a couple of variants) and it goes something like this.

If you have a raft and replace the oars and planks due to them rotting or being old, or similar, to such a level that the entire raft is eventually replaced, is it still the same ship?

If you inherited an axe from your uncle and you replace the axe head because it’s blunt, and then the wooden handle because it broke — is that axe still the same one you inherited? Can you still call it your uncle’s axe?

Similarly, if all parts of a computer program are replaced by patches/hotfixes (not as full releases), is it still the same program? Can you, for example, call Microsoft Excel V1 a V1 if every part of it has been replaced with new code through patches and hotfixes? Can you even call it Microsoft Excel?

Post-Christmas Day holidays

Well, it’s the day after Boxing Day. The day where the majority of people who haven’t taken the interim days off on holiday, go back to work.

There was definitely a run-down feeling on the train ride into work and the trains were running a reduced (probably a Sunday service), so I ended up running for the earlier train since my normal one wasn’t there today.

Reviving running and new goal

I’ve been slacking in my running for a fair bit, and not doing my usual distances.

This last week, I’ve been through the painful process of saying goodbye to my uncle from the viewing in the mortuary, to the final viewing, the funeral, and the internment of the ashes.

Cancer is a horrible condition, indiscriminate and relentless. But it doesn’t always mean death. Research has allowed cancer patients a good quality of life compared to a few decades ago and it continues to grow as research progresses.

In 2014 I did the Royal Parks Half Marathon (completion post here). It was a painful experience, but one I’m going to attempt to go for again. I’m going to train up for another Half Marathon and this time nominate a cancer charity. The current primary charity I’m thinking of is Cancer Research UK.

This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia – CNN.com

Ever wondered what it’s like having dyslexia? This site will help you see. And this gif shows you at a glance what it’s like.

The person’s blog has been setup for letters to “jump around” like what sufferer’s see. If you find it hard to read, imagine what the sufferer’s have to cope with on a daily basis. Sure, you can probably adapt to it after a period – like reading mirror letters or reading another language. Heck, you could probably read Al Bhed fluently, given enough time. But unlike dyslexia, all the other languages are static – they don’t change constantly.

I used to wonder why dyslexic people had an extra 30 minutes in exams when I was at school. Seeing this helps me understand why. Just being told “the letters jump around” didn’t really help me grasp the size of the task sufferer’s had to put up with.

I had dyslexic school mates and they were often shunned because they were considered “slow” readers. Unfortunately, this mindset carried on throughout our school life, and although they were slower at reading they were amazing at absorbing the information they read, doing really well at their exams (with the extra 30 minutes of course). That itself silenced their bullies.

Source: This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia – CNN.com

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