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I've got to admit, I'm not a fan of tacos. This revelation often surprises my coworkers and friends, as tacos are quite popular. In fact, they have a dedicated day called Taco Tuesday which, due to its catchy name, has become a weekly celebration. However, for me, it's more of a dreaded occasion as I'm constantly bombarded with taco offers. Let me explain my aversion to tacos so you can understand my perspective.

It's not that I dislike the ingredients of tacos; I enjoy tortillas, seasoned meat, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and even occasionally onion and cilantro. The taste of a generic Taco Bell taco isn't terrible either. My issue lies in the messiness of eating tacos. I simply don't enjoy consuming messy food.

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Over nearly three decades of remote development work and team management, I've realized the importance of intentional communication for effective teamwork. Drawing from my experience with Rock River Star, a remote workplace must emulate aspects of a physical one. For instance, if a group of developers would typically exchange nerdy jokes or discuss football in person, their chosen remote communication platforms should support such casual interactions.

These seemingly inconsequential conversations actually serve a vital purpose: they foster human connection and facilitate work-related communication. Using chat applications like Slack, Teams, or HipChat for more than just addressing work questions helps build interpersonal relationships among team members. This foundation allows for better understanding and trust when tackling work issues.

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I've been pondering the Raven Paradox lately, which is not only an intriguing logical thought experiment but could also potentially shed light on server vulnerability assessment issues. Let me first give you an overview of the Raven Paradox and see if we can find any connections.

Imagine a hypothesis stating that all ravens are black. Logically, if something is a raven, it must be black. Taking the contrapositive, if something isn't black, then it isn't a raven. So, when either statement is true or false, the other follows suit. Now, consider an obvious example like "my pet raven is black," which supports the hypothesis that all ravens are black. However, applying this logic to the statement "this green apple is not black and not a raven" might lead you to believe that it also supports the idea that all ravens are black. And logically, it kind of does.

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I recently ditched my morning routine of playing word games, such as the New York Times mini crossword and Wordle puzzles. Instead of relying on published online tips for solving Wordle, I thought it'd be interesting to craft my own tool using a unique algorithm. This algorithm considers the number of words left in the dictionary that include the revealed letters from the Wordle puzzle, while also taking into account the frequency of those letters in other words.

Surprisingly, my algorithm has performed quite well. The Wordle bot, which seemingly aims for perfection using a "bits of information" approach, often rates my method as less lucky and skilled. However, my algorithm still solves puzzles in fewer guesses on average. I've reached out to the New York Times staff with screenshots of these results, but they haven't responded. They have, though, adjusted their luck and skill calculations, yet I still occasionally outperform the Wordle bot.

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Last Thursday, I joined a comedy show at Angry Jack's Axe Throwing Lanes. With only three other comedians and a tiny audience primarily consisting of friends, it's bewildering that I didn't win, given that the victor was chosen by audience vote. Nonetheless, I suspect one of my fellow comedians had COVID since I've now contracted it for the second time.

With the children away at college and a less stringent approach to isolation than my previous two-week confinement in the master bedroom over Christmas, my wife Berta has also developed some symptoms. Fortunately, our experience has been akin to a cold with mild achiness.