Monthly Archives: December 2018

Tradeoffs

By | December 10, 2018

All of life is tradeoffs. Too many people both politically and personally believe they can just opt out or negate this — which is itself a tradeoff. A lot of unhappiness and anomie I believe extends from not recognizing that better decision-making can occur when you embrace the necessity and even freedom of using the… Read More »

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Russian to Judgment

By | December 10, 2018

We have entered the stage, in the US at least, where elite liberals truly believe that any and all mass dissent or unhappiness is caused by 1) racism or 2) Russia, both being illegitimate. That's why they're so detached from any deeper analysis — Bullneck (@Bullneck) December 9, 2018 Indeed. Anything that upsets the status… Read More »

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Finding

By | December 10, 2018

A surprisingly large part of having expertise in a topic is not so much knowing everything about it but learning the language and sources well enough to be extremely efficient in google searches. — Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) December 8, 2018 Absolutely. I don’t know nearly everything about virtualization and networking. But I know a lot,… Read More »

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Crazy Crying Amazon

By | December 9, 2018

Hate Amazon? Try Living Without It. My dad was a longtime labor activist. He despises what Jeff Bezos built, but he can’t quit it. I have no plans to quit Amazon, but it’d be very difficult if I tried. Other retailers are comparatively terrible, despite Amazon’s deteriorating site. If other retailers were at all close… Read More »

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280

By | December 9, 2018

New personal record of 280 pounds on deadlift. I am lifting almost 100 pounds more than when I started a couple of months ago.

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The Waitresses

By | December 9, 2018

No. The best Christmas song is “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Also, she didn’t understand what quite a few of the songs are about.

CT

By | December 9, 2018

Evolution made a conscious mind (or something which perfectly mimics a conscious mind) out of atoms. So it's an engineering problem not science fiction for humans to do it. — GuruAnaerobic (@GuruAnaerobic) December 8, 2018 Agreed. That’s also what the Church-Turing thesis says, and I believe it. We aren’t based on magic, therefore we could… Read More »

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Climate

By | December 9, 2018

La Bastille de l'injustice sociale et de la lutte pour le climat est à prendre #GiletsJaunes #climat pic.twitter.com/iECvHL0EJo — Jacques Baudrier (@jacquesbaudrier) December 8, 2018 So much for the utterly moronic idea that the gilets jaunes are against doing anything about climate change. What they oppose is the wealthy getting tax breaks while the working… Read More »

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General

By | December 8, 2018

If you find that your admittedly-uninformed personal opinion disagrees with expert consensus on a technical topic, please consider that "all the experts know something I don't" is a more likely explanation than "I alone solved a complex problem experts have long been studying." — Dr. David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) December 7, 2018 I generally concur with… Read More »

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Anderson

By | December 8, 2018

How is it that Pamela Anderson (yes, that one) has a better take on the gilet jaunes movement than nearly all journalists and pundits? Don’t get me wrong — I was under no illusion she was stupid. But we have tons of “educated” journalists and commentators who have no understanding at all of what’s happening… Read More »