ReHacked #33: psychology, "arse fruit", monks stuck with cheese overload and more.

ReHacked #33: psychology, "arse fruit", monks stuck with cheese overload and more.
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Today’s issue is not as long as previous one but it doesn’t means it less interesting. At the beginning we have one nice read on psychology and two articles about history, then couple of technology (software) news, digital Louvre collection online and some fun stuff.

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Self-compassion is not self-indulgence: here’s how to try it #psychology #health

An interesting thing happens when we’re self-compassionate – it becomes safe for us to admit our missteps to ourselves. Think about it this way: would you rather share an embarrassing mistake with someone with a track record of responding kindly – or with someone who might fly off the handle with harsh criticism?

In this way, when mistakes or perceived failures arise, self-compassionate people are able to recognise them for what they are: normal human happenings. Then, without the heavy baggage of self-criticism and shame, it’s easier for self-compassionate people to grow, improve and move forward bravely.

Suicide in Medieval England was not simply a crime or sin #psychology #history

Suicide in medieval England was considered a felonious offence, the self-murder of the king’s subject, so the Crown confiscated that person’s goods and chattels.

The forgotten medieval fruit with a vulgar name #history

The polite, socially acceptable name by which it's currently known is the medlar. But for the best part of 900 years, the fruit was called the "open-arse" – thought to be a reference to the appearance of its own large "calyx" or bottom. The medlar's aliases abroad were hardly more flattering. In France, it was variously known as "la partie postérieure de ce quadrupede" (the posterior part of this quadruped), "cu d'singe" (monkey's bottom), "cu d'ane" (donkey's bottom), and cul de chien (dog's bottom)…

nixCraft on Twitter: "FileZilla now contains adware if you download from the official homepage. Be careful. You don't need FileZilla on Linux or Unix-like systems at all. On windows, try using WinSCP if you need that kind of stuff. WSL will also save you from such things." #software

Louvre site des collections #culture

The Collections database consists of entries for more than 480,000 works in the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène-Delacroix. Updated on a daily basis, it is the result of the continuous research and documentation efforts carried out by teams of experts from both museums.

French monks locked down with 2.8 tonnes of cheese pray for buyers #world

A French monastery in the heart of Burgundy has launched an emergency online sale to get rid of thousands of its artisanal cheeses, which are languishing in its cellars as Covid-19 keeps buyers away.

The Cîteaux Abbey, just south of Dijon, birthplace of the Cistercian Catholic order, usually sells its raw-milk, semi-soft discs only to restaurants or visitors to its on-site shop. But a drop in demand since the coronavirus crisis erupted last year has left the abbey’s 19 Trappist monks with 4,000 cheeses too many, a 2.8-tonne problem.

Formal Methods of Software Design: an online course by Eric Hehner #programming #learning

This course is freely available for any university to offer, and for any individual to take on their own.

"Formal methods of software design" means using mathematics to write  error-free programs.  The mathematics needed is not complicated;  it's  just basic logic.  The word "formal" means the use of a formal  language, so that the program logic can be machine checked.  Our  compilers already tell us if we make a syntax error, or a type error, and  they tell us what and where the error is.  Formal methods take the next  step, telling us if we make a logic error, and they tell us what and where  the error is.  And they tell us this as we make the error, not after the  program is finished.  It is good to get any program correct while writing  it, rather than waiting for bug reports from users.  It is absolutely  essential for programs that lives will depend on.

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