Ops engineers always cross the street on green only. QA engineers cross on red, sometimes on yellow. Software engineers look for the traffic and make an educated guess regarding the safety of crossing. Scientists don't even look at the light.
TIL a piece of actual modern slang. Turns out, when high school kids wear fancy clothing brands (to school?) this is called "a flex" (as a noun), or "flexing" (as a verb). The etymology seems to stem from "flexing the parents' wallet".
TIL that the leader of Sendero Luminoso is still alive. The name of the organization sounds like such a blast from distant past, but turned out this wasn't that long time ago. The whole story of the bastard is surreal: a radical Maoist that was so hardcore that his group went even after other, not radical enough terrorist groups, let alone every category of Peru population (government officials, peasants, city folk, indigenous people, women, children), he was ultimately caught in part thanks to his psoriasis ointment. He was tried 4 times since, every time in more and more secrecy, and every time sentenced to life in prison. When he was captured he was displayed in a cage surrounded by snipers and police, and swore at everybody like a wild animal. The pictures of him in the cage are considered iconic. Oh yes, and of course he was a professor of philosophy.
"А ты ужасно занята - жуешь дубовые коренья": Депутат Госдумы Петр Толстой посоветовал россиянам кору дуба вместо западных лекарств https://www.znak.com/2018-04-14/deputat_gosdumy_petr_tolstoy_...
From an internal email thread: "How many world cultures from the last 200 years of photos do we have in our learning model for emotion? One culture's Happy is another culture's Selling." Sounds especially poignant considering we're Amazon.
Reading Bible stories to the 8-year old. The Pharaoh is stubborn, and Yahweh keeps telling Moses and Aaron about various plights he has planned for the Egyptians. Every time it goes like this: "...And I will kill all cattle in Egypt, everywhere except Goshen", "... And it will hail throughout all Egypt except Goshen", "...And the locusts will be in the air and in the ground, everywhere except Goshen". Eli listens closely, and then says: "You know what I would do if I were an Egyptian? I would go to Goshen".
"Papa, what was first - the tree or the sapling?" - "I don't know. The tree?" - "But what did it grow from?" - "Well, then sapling?" - "But where did the sapling come from?" - "Hm. Well, what do you think, what came first?" - "I think the sapling came first." - "But where did the sapling come from?" - "From the Big Bang!"