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erandria
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I'm gonna resume work on my library, and i'm about retest the theory that you program better if you are a bit tipsy.

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  • 6
    How the hell can people code and drink :D
    I don't event want to see any computers while drinking.
  • 5
    Nice vim setup!
  • 7
    @possum hi five!
    @norman70688 it gets you in that slow motion state... I don't even drink that much, I have very low alcohol resistance...
  • 3
    Maybe there's the key- I'm getting to bars and all kinds of troubles usually :D
  • 4
    @norman70688 if only the @Condor story would have been taken as a cautionary tale smh
  • 7
    You definitely do. Well, I definitely do. The Balmer Peak exists and it seems to be about 3 drinks.
  • 3
    @Charon92 yes, that thing, the balmer peak
    lmao, was balmer like an alcoholic or something? poor guy... I mean I hate him with all my guts, but I would feel very sad if someone named this after me...

    unless he was actually involved, gonna do some googling now...
  • 5
    @erandria

    Well according to XKCD (the most venerable source of information) he "trialled" it at MS and they made Windows ME.
  • 2
    @Charon92 omg, what an idiot, forget about what I said of him being a poor guy
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    @erandria

    I mean, this is XKCD so take it with a pinch of salt haha.

    But I genuinely think I code better after a couple of drinks. It's easier to get into the state of "flow". I noticed it with gaming as well, anything where you need to focus intently on a thing.
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    @Charon92 (I was just editing this) haha ok, let me rephrase, I remembered I knew that, I guess it's just a joke xkcd did, not a real thing...
    the corona is doing its work
  • 5
    ok, so here's an update how the thing is going.

    so far I think I'm not disturbed by the usual day to day anxiety, so it is working.

    I also find myself yelling random nonsensical words, but it's not negatively affecting my performance, it's just scaring my neighbors.
  • 2
    I prefer drink and think about ideas how to make my coding life easier and how to upgrade my code flow etc. I figured few things I find **extremly** convinient.
  • 4
    Code drunk, debug sober. ;)
  • 2
    I actually think it has some legitimacy as a theory. Something in me makes me wander all over the code, when I'm a bit tipsy I diligently write my functions precisely and neatly without doing strange stupid things. When I have to do something more complex I take a piece of paper and write things down. Sometimes I even comment my code neatly.
    The day after I don't remember writing that code but it works.
    That or the gremlins in my computer like me drunk.
  • 2
    @norman70688 i only drink to get away from the servers
  • 1
    Nice to see Linux on Acer nitro 5. Have the same. Ryzen variant and running Arch Linux.
  • 1
    You definitely left the drink in the picture on purpose to see other people’s reactions
  • 2
    The worst part about drinking and programming is the eventual crap feeling when you've sobered up with a slight hangover and realized you haven't left your desk the entire time.
  • 1
    Are there other substances one can use other than alcohol ?

    Related link:

    https://observer.com/2012/04/...
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    @Nanos

    Perhaps this explains differences in my gaming performance given the same environmental conditions.
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    @Nanos

    https://quora.com/Is-there-any-trut...

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    My personal theory (based on my own experience using this effect periodically to overcome difficult probems) is that alcohol unfocuses the mind.

    This sounds bad, but problem solving is not about focus. Implementation is about focus, and, in fact, if you already know the solution to the problem, you should be on caffeine, rather than alcohol, because caffeine increases your focus.

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  • 0
    @Nanos

    I'm reminded of the difference between when I can't play chess to save my life, and when I can beat an established player within a few minutes into a game.

    But that seems a wide difference, shouldn't it be much narrower ?

    Or perhaps, the really gifted, do have such a wide gap between their worst work and their best ?
  • 1
    I wonder if there is a relation to Multiable Sclerosis ?

    Does thinking too creatively cause it ?

    It is interesting that some clusters have been spotted where there is also a high IQ population.
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    The Ballmer Peak definitely exists, though the needed alcohol level is most likely higher and might be different for each person

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    This reminds me of when I was over the legal age to drink, and wanted to get drunk.

    Before the days of the internet..

    But unlike medicine, bottles of alcohol do not come with recommended dosage levels..

    How was I to know how much to drink to get drunk ?

    Nowadays, with a bit of googling, you can find out how to work this out, by bodyweight.

    As to, how much did I drink, well, I thought, a whole bottle should do it..

    Note:

    https://foxnews.com/world/...

    I nearly died.

    One might say I have a habit of cheating death. :-)

    May that last for an infinite amount of time !
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    https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/...

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    specifically studies the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption (1.0ml/kg body weight) and creativity. According to my very rough calculations, this would correspond to a BAC in the range of 0.12–0.14 for a 73kg human.

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  • 2
    I'm reminded that many people who have met me in person have mentioned they thought I was drunk / high on something.

    When I hadn't taken anything at all !

    I'm just naturally a PITA..
  • 2
    I'm reminded of the benefits of meditation. (Not medication..)

    Though I appear to have a natural born talent to problem solve.

    Now, if only I could solve my own problems..
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