curi blog discussion https://curi.us/comments/recent Explanations for the curious en-us Vaccinate California Job Available curi Open Discussion (2021)
> Do you want to get paid to Google vaccine stuff and do some data entry (with very high attention to detail!) for a few weeks? Bonus points if you can write tiny scripts because it'll go faster, but not a requirement. Please DM me, I have an *urgent* need for help.]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:38:17 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20091 https://curi.us/comments/show/20091
curi Politics Discussion
![](https://curi.us/img/0wih7iDUGGco5Xv-780x383.png)]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:14:17 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20090 https://curi.us/comments/show/20090
curi FI Learning Basecamp Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:23:25 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20089 https://curi.us/comments/show/20089 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
https://twitter.com/getongab/status/1366954798524887042?s=21 :

> [retyped from screenshot:] According to leaked database distributed by DDosSecrets the @realdonaldtrump Gab account the email address salesjss@kuhcoon.com.]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:56:31 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20088 https://curi.us/comments/show/20088
oh my god it's turpentine curi's Microblogging Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:01:49 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20087 https://curi.us/comments/show/20087 Max Max Microblogging Wed, 03 Mar 2021 07:33:38 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20086 https://curi.us/comments/show/20086 curi curi's Microblogging
This is unsafe. They can read or damage all your stuff.

What should you do about it? There are two reasonable options:

1. Create a non-admin user account that you only use for exams.
2. Install a separate copy of your operating system on a different disk, different disk partition, or in a VM. Use it only for exams. (More secure but harder.)

You should **never** give your school control over your regular user account on your computer.]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:20:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20085 https://curi.us/comments/show/20085
Anonymous RSI
This has many exercises that I've seen elsewhere, and seems to have a good variety too. Seems reasonable that the exercises would work for office/typing RSI as much as gaming related.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 22:13:41 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20084 https://curi.us/comments/show/20084
curi New Community Website Project
I do *not* want to do that with the Basecamp. That's a free thing for people who actually want to do stuff. But people mostly won't do stuff (e.g. no one has done 5 tiny projects with planning or, possibly even easier, retroactive planning, which could easily be done in one day). I think they need to do time tracking first but most of them either won't do that or won't share about what's going on.

A paid thing that's easier to use is good.

It's hard to set expectations on other stuff like a free forum b/c ppl mostly don't listen. (I did a post about expectations. No one replied. No one tried to discuss it until they actually understood what it meant.)]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 21:50:14 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20083 https://curi.us/comments/show/20083
Anonymous Google Is Culturally Racist
> "Strong No Move Forward. Couldn't handle basic algorithms. Couldn't handle working with java collections beyond absolute surface level. Does not understand code in any depth."

> TO BE CLEAR THESE ARE THE WORDS OF GOOGLE. The time I spent recruiting at HBCUs says otherwise by the way. The kids at Howard and every other school I worked with are simply BRILLIANT. Period.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 21:09:50 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20082 https://curi.us/comments/show/20082
Anonymous Google Is Culturally Racist
https://twitter.com/realabril/status/1354922395811811331 :

> Google’s stance was that “our interview feedback case studies and curricula analysis demonstrate that current HBCU CS Departments are not graduating strong technical talent. HBCU CS students struggle with the most basic of coding,

> The first step is to help Howard students meet the Google bar -- it’s also the right thing to do for the future of diversity in technology. With this huge percentage of the pool currently not hirable, we need to look at ways to impact change in the HBCU system.”

> “Banned interview questions and feedback, as asked through mock interviews at Howard University by Google Software Engineers. Howard CS students severely struggled with basic coding, algorithms and data structures.”

I don’t get the reference to “Banned” interview questions. I think it refers to an interview question your not supposed to ask, but I don’t understand how that fits in to the quote. Is it saying Google asked banned questions when interviewing HBCU students?

> “We interviewed CandidateA, a graduating CS Senior, in May 2013. CandidateA was a faculty referral and allegedly one of the best CS students at Howard. Interview score of 1.1;"

>]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 21:08:44 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20081 https://curi.us/comments/show/20081
curi Google Is Culturally Racist
Airbags were designed for men, not women or children. Car manufacturers have figured this out. Some cars will disable the passenger side airbags when they detect a child in the seat.

Kitchen counters are designed for women. They're at a better height for women than men.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:19:19 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20080 https://curi.us/comments/show/20080
curi Google Is Culturally Racist
And it's not just Google. Also Apple, Tesla, Amazon (who'd like to automate delivery vehicles rather than passenger cars), etc.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:07:33 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20079 https://curi.us/comments/show/20079
curi Google Is Culturally Racist
Allegedly some automatic soap dispensers at sinks don't detect black hands.

Last paragraph of article mentions other issues:

> The soap dispenser is another example of technology not recognising different body types, in 2010 Gadgetwise reported that the Xbox Kinect did not recognize the faces of dark-skinned gamers, Hewlett-Packard’s uneven facial recognition software also had problems and Google Photos’ auto-labeling system misidentified two black friends as ‘gorillas’.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:05:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20078 https://curi.us/comments/show/20078
curi Google Is Culturally Racist
> "The tech job funnel filters for class" is one of the most critical realizations about it, and one that I try to tell people about, particularly if they'll be selected against by that filter.

> Most people who are participants in the funnel would not agree that they, themselves, are filtering for class.

> This is a list of universities we have a high hit rate with, not a class membership check.

> That candidate didn't reply to an email correctly; not a class issue.

> We want our candidates to feel comfortable interviewing with us so we reimburse their airfare; how could that present a problem. Everyone in tech can float a plane ticket an indefinite amount of time, right.

patio11 has written good stuff about social-class-based discrimination in the past, too.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:59:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20077 https://curi.us/comments/show/20077
curi Google Is Culturally Racist Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:57:50 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20076 https://curi.us/comments/show/20076 curi Sources of Organization
If you get 10 books on the subject and pick and choose which parts to believe or pay attention to from which books, the teacher won't be happy (especially if you ever try to correct him using info you got in a different book) and you will be graded poorly on some test questions since you have different ideas than the answer key.

Schools teach people to learn from one authoritative viewpoint, not to use judgment.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:00:49 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20075 https://curi.us/comments/show/20075
Anonymous Sources of Organization Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:02:43 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20074 https://curi.us/comments/show/20074 Anonymous curi's Microblogging
> There are no welders in Congress. If there were, we would have Title IV for trucking school. Why can’t you get a Pell grant to become a trucker? Why only university? That’s because the people who make the laws, and decide what ought to happen to the rest of America, all went to Georgetown or Yale. If you look at Congress, it's literally something like 90% of the people come from six schools. It's not an exaggeration to say it’s aristocratic; the Supreme Court even more so, they’re like from two schools. The people making the laws are not making laws for themselves, they’re making laws for everybody else thinking that they [the lawmakers] live the optimal path, and that everybody ought to do the same. And that's just not true.]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 02:18:30 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20073 https://curi.us/comments/show/20073
Gab hacked Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> Free speech social network Gab has been hacked with over 70GB worth of public posts, private posts, and hashed passwords being compromised in the breach.

Leaking the hashed passwords wouldn't be a big deal for users who use randomly-generated passwords with enough entropy, but a lot of users don't do that.

Leaking the public messages isn't a big deal, because they were already public.

Regarding the private messages, Gab CEO Andrew Torba [told WIRED](https://www.wired.com/story/gab-hack-data-breach-ddosecrets/):

> DMs were only live for a few weeks and are not currently a feature supported by the site, so if a breach has in fact occurred in that domain we expect the number of affected accounts to be low...

It sucks that Gab had such poor security that users' private messages were leaked, but at least it's not a huge number of users.

Gab's poor security record with their "Dissenter" browser was [written about on curi.us in Jan 2021](https://curi.us/comments/show/19610).]]>
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 01:05:01 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20072 https://curi.us/comments/show/20072
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
The faster delivery is nice. However, I had a guy leave bags blocking my outside door (so it was hard to open from the inside) and use insufficient bags for heavier items, leading to a bag tear. I suspect the quality of personnel doing local deliveries may be low.]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 23:24:57 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20071 https://curi.us/comments/show/20071
curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.tiktok.com/@filmcooper/video/6926621545364278534

A million likes for a guy saying he isn't running for office so he shouldn't need any reasons for his political beliefs – but he still wants to have them instead of being neutral.

These people are hostile to straw men (that they aren't just making up out of thin air) like everyone has a duty to debate with random people.

If they were being honest, Paths Forward would satisfy them. I'd say:

1. They should have reasons in their own mind, which is separate from debating. (Some people mix up debating with knowing what you're talking about. Not all.) They should understand their own positions themselves instead of just listening to propaganda with no idea about what it means.

That's pretty standard. And here's the unique PF idea:

2. They should know of someone who does debate, who they respect and endorse. They should be able to say something like: "I don't debate but Joe wrote down the arguments here..." So if you disagree, go argue with Joe.

Not everyone has to spend time on debate. Most people don't need to. But your side should have some people who do debate. And before you think your side is any good, you should be able to name those people and look at some of their stuff and judge that it's actually good. And you should see for yourself that the debaters on your side actually debate and answer stuff. So if you meet me and I'm like "I can't get anyone on your side to debate and I can't find any answers to argument X that anyone on your side has written anywhere" you should be like "huh! that's odd. i will look into that and care, or refer you to someone else who i know will look into it and care!" that's what decent, reasonable people should be like. if their side is not addressing the other side, they should either stop being on that side or look into it.

ppl have stuff so disorganized they can't even tell what is being answered, by who, where, etc.

and when i try to organize it, i basically can't get anyone on the other side to debate me or dispute anything or answer questions/criticisms/issues, for a wide variety of things like econ, politics, animal welfare, epistemology, etc. i know that most right wing ppl are awful about Paths Forward too – that's not just a flaw of people i disagree with. the political left is significantly more hostile to trying to discuss or debate than the political right is, though.]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 22:26:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20070 https://curi.us/comments/show/20070
oh my god it's turpentine Open Discussion (2021)
DD video.]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 21:21:46 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20069 https://curi.us/comments/show/20069
curi curi's Microblogging
interesting article on lambda school, including how it helps people with social class differences so they can get coding jobs better]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 18:43:18 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20068 https://curi.us/comments/show/20068
curi curi's Microblogging
> BREAKING: Trump confirms he requested 10,000 National Guard troops for Jan 6 to defend the city. Says Capitol officials under Pelosi refused.

I saw this before brought up by a congressmen. Now Trump confirms it. This really clashes with the Dem/MSM narrative.]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 18:42:33 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20067 https://curi.us/comments/show/20067
Anonymous What To Read Mon, 01 Mar 2021 01:45:00 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20066 https://curi.us/comments/show/20066 A Deepness in the Sky Anonymous What To Read
In 1999, John Carmack, the primary author of the game engines for Doom and Quake, referred to *Deepness* as his "favorite SF novel":

> Focus is extremely important. Being able to maintain focus for the length of a project gets harder and harder as schedules grow longer, but it is critical to doing great work. (Side note - every time "focus" is mentioned now, I think of Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness in the Sky", currently my favorite SF novel)]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 01:42:49 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20065 https://curi.us/comments/show/20065
curi curi's Microblogging
somehow GTA makes tons of money but the makers never bothered to fix a lot of their players having 5+ min load times for online mode. and the fix was tiny if anyone had bothered to look.

https://nee.lv/2021/02/28/How-I-cut-GTA-Online-loading-times-by-70/]]>
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:58:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20064 https://curi.us/comments/show/20064
curi FI Learning Basecamp Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:52:02 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20063 https://curi.us/comments/show/20063 oh my god it's turpentine Politics Discussion
A video about a bitcoin scam called Quadriga CX.]]>
Sun, 28 Feb 2021 13:54:31 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20062 https://curi.us/comments/show/20062
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
Great explanation of how "rollback netcode" makes online play in fighting games like SSBM feel almost like you are playing your opponent locally on the same console. (This review is for everything up to "the technical side of rollback netcode", where I stopped reading.)]]>
Sun, 28 Feb 2021 04:44:00 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20061 https://curi.us/comments/show/20061
curi Deplatforming and Fraud
> On August 26, 2016, Curtis Yarvin, a well-known conservative blogger who has reportedly advised Steve Bannon, Peter Thiel, and other members of the Trump administration, visited the Google office to have lunch with an employee. *This triggered a silent alarm, alerting security personnel to escort him off the premises.*

My italics.]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 18:57:14 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20060 https://curi.us/comments/show/20060
oh my god it's turpentine Politics Discussion
A man has threatened to murder, torture and rape a woman and has spied on her. The government claims he's mentally ill so they won't lock him up.]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 07:41:19 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20059 https://curi.us/comments/show/20059
curi Alisa Discussion
> I think success on both of those tests would indicate that I'm good enough at writing and reading individual basic hiragana to move on.

Note: Moving on isn't binary. I think the concept you want is "be done with". You can do some further steps, and may find that useful, but you can't build on this very far/much until it's done.]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 06:07:08 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20058 https://curi.us/comments/show/20058
Alisa Alisa Discussion
> Title: Speedrunning applied to writing and reading basic hirigana

> Note: in previous posts on this page, I misspelled hiragana as "hirigana"

Oops – I also misspelled it in the title of that very post. I noticed the misspelling in the body when I was writing the post, but when I corrected it in the body, I didn't re-check the title field.]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 05:15:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20057 https://curi.us/comments/show/20057
Speedrunning applied to writing and reading basic hirigana Alisa Alisa Discussion
To get more confidence before moving on to the non-basic hiragana, I've timed myself at writing all the basic hiragana from memory in Japanese alphabetical order, not moving on to the next character until I write the current one correctly. I got my time down on this from 8m17s to 3m22s. I think a good goal would be to have my time somewhere around the time it takes me to write the upper and lowercase English alphabet, which has 26*2 = 52 characters in total.

The other thing I want to do is time how long it takes me to go through a shuffled basic hiragana flashcard deck, where I look at the hiragana side of the card and I have to respond with the [romaji](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Japanese) equivalent on the other side. I'd like to be able to do this in around the time I could do it for a deck of 52 English characters.

I think success on both of those tests would indicate that I'm good enough at writing and reading individual basic hiragana to move on.]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 05:11:20 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20056 https://curi.us/comments/show/20056
curi Open Discussion (2021) Sat, 27 Feb 2021 04:25:47 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20055 https://curi.us/comments/show/20055 Anonymous Politics Discussion Sat, 27 Feb 2021 01:25:10 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20054 https://curi.us/comments/show/20054 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
Yarvin agrees with you about disengaging. He talks about it at length. It's a major topic in his work :)

https://graymirror.substack.com/p/1-a-general-theory-of-collaboration

https://graymirror.substack.com/p/2-the-inaction-imperative

https://graymirror.substack.com/p/2a-positive-causes-are-vain-and-unaccountable

https://graymirror.substack.com/p/2b-negative-causes-are-frivolous]]>
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:25:36 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20053 https://curi.us/comments/show/20053
curi Open Discussion (2021)
He's majorly flawed. I want to discourage anyone from being an uncritical or only mildly critical fan of him. Put some serious thought into his flaws and your disagreements with him if you keep reading him. (Also consider disengaging from politics.)

One of the issues is his dark sense of life. I agree he has some positives, too. He's come up here before.]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:47:10 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20052 https://curi.us/comments/show/20052
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> lying is much harder than it seems; every lie you tell creates a surface area of mendacity that you have to permanently defendu]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:24:57 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20051 https://curi.us/comments/show/20051
Curtis Yarvin - Gray Mirror Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
https://graymirror.substack.com/]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 07:12:16 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20050 https://curi.us/comments/show/20050
curi Open Discussion (2021)
I think anyone who actually wants to ask for criticism on YouTube, and was intellectually serious, would offer somewhere else to share it in case YouTube blocked it.

The point is, I think a negative judgment can be reached without knowing whether Brook or his proxy removed the comments or whether YouTube's algorithm did it. (In this case, btw, even if it was the algorithm, I think it'd end up in the Likely Spam category and a moderator could approve it, so not doing that is a choice.)]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:58:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20049 https://curi.us/comments/show/20049
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) I then posted a comment asking about the removed comment. I can not see that comment either.
If Yaron and / or his team had anything to do with removing the comments I think that they suck and are dishonest.]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:24:35 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20048 https://curi.us/comments/show/20048
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:20:36 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20047 https://curi.us/comments/show/20047 curi Open Discussion: Economics Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:08:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20046 https://curi.us/comments/show/20046 NYT opinion: ignore sources that Wikipedia trashes Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> Mr. Caulfield walked me through the process using an Instagram post from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent anti-vaccine activist, falsely alleging a link between the human papillomavirus vaccine and cancer. “If this is not a claim where I have a depth of understanding, then I want to stop for a second and, before going further, just investigate the source,” Mr. Caulfield said. He copied Mr. Kennedy’s name in the Instagram post and popped it into Google. “Look how fast this is,” he told me as he counted the seconds out loud. In 15 seconds, *he navigated to Wikipedia and scrolled through the introductory section of the page, highlighting with his cursor the last sentence, which reads that Mr. Kennedy is an anti-vaccine activist and a conspiracy theorist*.
> “Is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. the best, unbiased source on information about a vaccine? I’d argue no. *And that’s good enough to know we should probably just move on*,” he said.

JFC.

> He probed deeper into the method to find better coverage by copying the main claim in Mr. Kennedy’s post and pasting that into a Google search. The first two results came from Agence France-Presse’s fact-check website and the National Institutes of Health. His quick searches showed a pattern: *Mr. Kennedy’s claims were outside the consensus — a sign they were motivated by something other than science*.

WTF.]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 01:47:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20045 https://curi.us/comments/show/20045
curi curi's Microblogging
James Randi says he made some rules restricting applying for his million dollar prize paranormal powers prize

you had to have some media coverage somewhere somewhat recognizable and at least one academic on your side

reminds me of my minor limits for applying for my open, public debate offer]]>
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:48:57 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20044 https://curi.us/comments/show/20044
Anonymous Open Discussion: Economics
from: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-money-boom-is-already-here-11613944730

has anyone researched M2? should we be super concerned? my my initial reaction was to think that "$4 trillion", "one-year increase of 26%" and "largest annual percentage increase since 1943" all sounded bad, but i don't actually know.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 23:54:55 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20043 https://curi.us/comments/show/20043
curi curi's Microblogging Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:54:57 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20042 https://curi.us/comments/show/20042 curi Politics Discussion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqqj_zHJQZo

> Trudeau Won’t Admit China Is Committing Genocide]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:32:42 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20041 https://curi.us/comments/show/20041
curi Gaming Discussion
Has anyone played Valheim? If so, thoughts? Like it? Problems?]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:18:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20040 https://curi.us/comments/show/20040
curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nuVhEdAgOY]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:05:47 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20039 https://curi.us/comments/show/20039
curi curi's Microblogging
> Basics are everything and repeating something the dog doesn’t understand 47x doesn’t help

It's a short video (like everything on tiktok). Watch it if you care about what I'm saying.

PS On Mac or PC, you can speed up tiktok videos and skip forward or back using a browser extension like Firefox (or Chrome) + Video Speed Controller or Safari + Accelerate.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:54:33 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20038 https://curi.us/comments/show/20038
curi curi's Microblogging
Dog trainer reports:

- 7/10 clients, on first contact seeking her help, think they're already great at the basics. They want to jump straight into their idea of some more advanced problem they think they're having.

- 0/10 clients have the basics figured out.

What sort of basics? E.g. the dog can understand and respond to a voice command. Lots of people think their dog can do that when, actually, it can't. They fool themselves by using gestures, facial expressions, and more.

How can you tell if your dog understands your words? Walk 3 feet away, face away from the dog, say a command. People think they have problems with complicated, advanced parts of dog training but they can't yet do that.

---

As I've been talking about for a while re philosophy, the main reason people fail at intermediate or advanced stuff is b/c they can't do the basics. People are impatient, dishonest or various other things, avoid mastering the basics, and get stuck indefinitely. It happens with learning and with projects in general. It applies to e.g. dog training, not just philosophical stuff.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:50:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20037 https://curi.us/comments/show/20037
curi Open Discussion (2021)
Loading the page now, my comment isn't there.

From memory, the text I wrote was something like "You have received criticism [link]".

A hint about what happens to Brook criticism...]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:38:38 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20036 https://curi.us/comments/show/20036
curi Politics Discussion
https://canarymission.org/campaign/NSJP2019

> National SJP now holds three key positions:

> 1. Israel must be destroyed.

> 2. The U.S. & Canada should not exist.

> 3. Terrorism against the Jewish population of Israel is legitimate.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:20:30 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20035 https://curi.us/comments/show/20035
curi curi's Microblogging
![](https://curi.us/img/xBNRr7ujzy88G48-681x1134.png)

Interesting claim. Makes sense historically that most books would have just had a little text on the cover when book publishing was newer. And I agree you get a lot of info about that book from its cover. A cover could be misleading but if so the publisher screwed up, and that's their fault not yours. Just like the abstract of a paper could be misleading, but that would be the author's fault.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:08:29 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20034 https://curi.us/comments/show/20034
curi Open Discussion (2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=995Riq8JdUo]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:04:41 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20033 https://curi.us/comments/show/20033
oh my god it's turpentine Deplatforming and Fraud
Universities are okay with professors who support a lefty who stalked and murdered a right wing protester, but not with professors who criticise reparations.]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:42:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20032 https://curi.us/comments/show/20032
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> I value criticism
> nobody criticises me

Starts at about 1:43:32
https://youtu.be/77K28gygAJQ?t=6212]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:57:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20031 https://curi.us/comments/show/20031
Earth Class Mail Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
I signed up for Earth Class Mail to try it out. I also updated my mailing address with some companies so that they will send mail to my Earth Class Mail address instead of my home address.

✱ https://twitter.com/patio11/status/1222354794003591168
† https://twitter.com/patio11/status/1343397304099774465]]>
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 02:04:57 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20030 https://curi.us/comments/show/20030
curi Deplatforming and Fraud Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:35:15 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20029 https://curi.us/comments/show/20029 oh my god it's turpentine Open Discussion (2021) Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:21:18 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20028 https://curi.us/comments/show/20028 curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TxkE_oYrjU

part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ujGv9AjDp4]]>
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:38:52 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20027 https://curi.us/comments/show/20027
Alisa Open Discussion (2021) Wed, 24 Feb 2021 03:48:56 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20026 https://curi.us/comments/show/20026 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) Wed, 24 Feb 2021 02:58:06 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20025 https://curi.us/comments/show/20025 Alisa Open Discussion (2021) Wed, 24 Feb 2021 02:51:22 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20024 https://curi.us/comments/show/20024 curi FI Learning Basecamp Wed, 24 Feb 2021 01:31:54 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20023 https://curi.us/comments/show/20023 curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITdFiq6cDZY

![](https://curi.us/img/zv6ktZe14lKJcbe-1587x733.png)]]>
Wed, 24 Feb 2021 01:15:51 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20022 https://curi.us/comments/show/20022
curi Politics Discussion Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:57:26 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20021 https://curi.us/comments/show/20021 oh my god it's turpentine Politics Discussion
The ATF has just retroactively made people who bought a T36 gun, which it approved for sale two years ago, into criminals.]]>
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:42:22 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20020 https://curi.us/comments/show/20020
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
UEG's review (I have not seen the movie nor had I heard about the movie before I started watching UEG's review):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOK0FrovKwQ]]>
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 06:14:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20019 https://curi.us/comments/show/20019
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) Tue, 23 Feb 2021 02:26:18 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20017 https://curi.us/comments/show/20017 Alisa Open Discussion (2021)
Kevin Buzzard, [Formalising mathematics: an introduction.](https://xenaproject.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/formalising-mathematics-an-introduction/) (January 21, 2021):

> Did you know that there are two papers ([this one](https://annals.math.princeton.edu/2004/159-2/p03) and [this one](https://annals.math.princeton.edu/2006/164-3/p10)) in the Annals of Mathematics, the most prestigious maths journal, which contain results that directly contradict each other ...? No erratum was ever published for either paper, and if you chase up the web pages of the authors involved you will see that (at least at the time of writing) both Annals papers are still being proudly displayed on authors’ publication lists.

Since 1933, the Annals of Mathematics has been [published jointly](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annals_of_Mathematics) by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. In 2019, among math journals, it [ranked 4th](https://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?area=2600&type=j) by [impact factor](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor).

The first of the two contradicting papers is "[Quasi-projectivity of moduli spaces of polarized varieties](https://annals.math.princeton.edu/2004/159-2/p03)" and was published in 2004.

The second paper is "[Non-quasi-projective moduli spaces](https://annals.math.princeton.edu/2006/164-3/p10)" and was published in 2006. According to its abstract:

> This contradicts a recent paper (Quasi-projectivity of moduli spaces of polarized varieties, Ann. of Math.159 (2004) 597–639.).

To check Buzzard's claim of a lack of errata, I looked at the full text of the 2004 paper with sci-hub and didn't see any retraction or errata mentioned. I also searched the web for errata or retractions for both papers (my search was: ["*title*" errata OR erratum OR retraction]). The search engine found only 20 different results for both papers combined, and I didn't see anything relevant there.]]>
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 02:05:28 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20016 https://curi.us/comments/show/20016
curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOOZeQ_tNgk]]>
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 21:03:07 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20015 https://curi.us/comments/show/20015
oh my god it's turpentine Politics Discussion
The US government's department of energy stopped the government of Texas from taking measures to prevent power cuts, because allowing people enough energy to stay alive isn't environmentally friendly.]]>
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:35:37 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20014 https://curi.us/comments/show/20014
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:35:23 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20013 https://curi.us/comments/show/20013 curi Politics Discussion
https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-false-and-exaggerated-claims]]>
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 01:47:45 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20012 https://curi.us/comments/show/20012
Alisa Alisa Discussion
For freewriting, though, I currently have no goal beyond spending a certain minimum amount of time each day. Maybe I should have a goal of writing some large number of words in freewriting or writing X posts based on freewriting.]]>
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 17:32:43 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20011 https://curi.us/comments/show/20011
Alisa Alisa Discussion
I don't know much about "flow state[s]". If I had something I wanted to finish writing about I might do that, but probably not as freewriting.]]>
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:31:43 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20010 https://curi.us/comments/show/20010
curi Alisa Discussion Sun, 21 Feb 2021 04:11:40 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20009 https://curi.us/comments/show/20009 curi Alisa Discussion Sun, 21 Feb 2021 04:09:58 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20008 https://curi.us/comments/show/20008 Daily project spreadsheet Alisa Alisa Discussion
To help me remember what I want to do each day, I made a spreadsheet that tracks how many minutes I spent on each project for each day. Here's a sample for the last two weeks or so:

![daily project spreadsheet](https://i.imgur.com/BgP0i2H.png)

The bottom cell in the "Poast" column is red because I haven't filled in my time there yet today. It would also be red if I had entered a value there that was less than the minimum.

The "Capital" column is short for "Capitalism" – it refers to my [project](https://curi.us/2204-alisa-discussion#19879) to read the first chapter of Reisman's *Capitalism* and answer the Q&A and essay questions.]]>
Sun, 21 Feb 2021 04:06:46 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20007 https://curi.us/comments/show/20007
curi curi's Microblogging
https://twitter.com/17cShyteposter/status/1362264300795006977]]>
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 03:15:18 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20006 https://curi.us/comments/show/20006
Andy Dufresne Politics Discussion
However, assault is probably not the right charge for such an act. Reckless endangerment (possibly with aggravating circumstance "with a firearm") should be available anywhere. Many localities also have a specific law against firing into the air or firing without an intended target or a broad definition of negligent discharge which can be charged. It's possible the store owner was purposely overcharged in hopes of getting him to agree to a plea deal on a lesser charge.

If the store owner wanted to intervene, drawing on an assault in progress and shouting "stop or I'll shoot" that might have been OK. The key consideration for whether it's OK would be if the mugging was violent enough to threaten death or serious injury to the muggee. If the mugger was using a gun or a knife or a blunt force weapon, was choking the victim or something similar, drawing on him would have been OK. If the mugger was a lot bigger than the muggee and the mugger was hitting/kicking, drawing was also probably OK. If the mugger and muggee were approximately the same size and no physical violence was actually occurring (only threatened), drawing on the mugger would be legally questionable and not advised. In that case simply shouting "stop" would have been the right course of action, and only draw if the situation escalates to where someone is in imminent danger of death or serious injury.

Alternately, if risk of death or serious injury to the muggee was readily apparent and imminent, the store owner could have simply shot the mugger. That's risky of course: Maybe the store owner misinterpreted the situation, or maybe the store owner would miss the mugger and hit the muggee or a bystander, etc. But if a shot was warranted at all, the only reasonable aim for the shot was at the mugger. If the store owner wasn't ready (or justified) in shooting the mugger, he should not have fired at all.]]>
Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:41:29 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20005 https://curi.us/comments/show/20005
curi Politics Discussion
> Only in a liberal-run state like California will a store owner get jailed for intervening in a robbery outside his shop. It's backasswards but true, according to local television station KTVU.

> In Oakland's Chinatown, a store owner was arrested Monday when he fired his handgun in the air to chase off a criminal who was mugging a woman outside his shop. No one was injured at the time of the incident, but the 36-year-old man was arrested and faces one felony assault with a firearm.

> Oakland's Chinatown has been hit with a recent wave of assaults and robberies. Members in the community have pooled together funds and hired private security guards to patrol the streets.

> Oakland's new police chief commented on Monday's incident at a press conference on Tuesday.

> "We don't want people to fire weapons into our community. There could be unintended victims," Chief LeRonne Armstrong said.]]>
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:04:03 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20004 https://curi.us/comments/show/20004
Anonymous Politics Discussion
> Through institutional soft power, white supremacy is becoming synonymous with capitalism, Christianity, and all the other traditional aspects of American society declared as opposition to the Cultural Revolution and the enemy of mankind.

I thought that was well put.]]>
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:58:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20003 https://curi.us/comments/show/20003
oh my god it's turpentine Open Discussion (2021) Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:58:47 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20002 https://curi.us/comments/show/20002 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021) Thu, 18 Feb 2021 04:49:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20001 https://curi.us/comments/show/20001 Time Will Run Back internetrules internetrules Microblogging
Basic semi-spoilery summary of the book: theres a guy who becomes dictator of totalitarian communist state, and implements capitalism to it step by step.

funny thing about that is: he didnt try to make capitalism, he just tried to make the economy more free, but that means capitalism.

i did not understand all the parts of the book describing capitalism, im trying to re-read it, and make notes about what each chapter had in it.]]>
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 03:48:51 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20000 https://curi.us/comments/show/20000
Anonymous Politics Discussion
> In an email sent out by the Oregon Department of Education, teachers were encouraged to enroll in a course called “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction.” The course came with an 82-page instructional guide that lists the ways in which white supremacy is perpetuated in math class.

> Examples of classroom actions that allegedly perpetuate white supremacy include asking students to show their work, focusing on getting the right answer, tracking student success, and grading students.]]>
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 02:14:42 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19999 https://curi.us/comments/show/19999
curi internetrules Microblogging Wed, 17 Feb 2021 23:18:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19998 https://curi.us/comments/show/19998 posting easy things internetrules internetrules Microblogging
if i write more easy things, then post the easy things, posting stuff will become easier.

then if i write a hard thing, posting will be an easy part of the hard thing, so i only have to worry about the hard parts of the hard thing.

i think i take to much time when trying to post messages, and i think that makes it so i dont post a lot of messages cuz i find it hard (idk if this is accurate but i feel like thats what it is)

im trying to write this within 5 minutes cuz that is an easy amount of time. i dont have to spend to much time on writing this.]]>
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:37:29 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19997 https://curi.us/comments/show/19997
Japanese project update Alisa Alisa Discussion
I've been using Heisig's *[Remembering the Hirigana](https://www.amazon.com/dp/0870407651)*. It has mnemonics for every character, some of which I use. For others, I make my own or just memorize them.]]>
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 06:07:23 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19995 https://curi.us/comments/show/19995
curi Gaming Discussion Tue, 16 Feb 2021 21:35:28 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19994 https://curi.us/comments/show/19994 curi New Community Website Project
I want the new community website to require less self-direction. I want to take the lead more and make it easier for people. People don't know how to self-direct or self-manage progress or learning, and need help getting started before they do that. (I'm available for hire for anyone who wants help now.) I want to figure out how to mass-produce help so lots of people can improve (at an easily affordable, mainstream price point, rather than the higher price of personal help just for you).]]>
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 20:56:42 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19993 https://curi.us/comments/show/19993
curi curi's Microblogging Tue, 16 Feb 2021 20:32:58 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19992 https://curi.us/comments/show/19992 curi Gaming Discussion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7qUswMsPA

nice video about some of the hardest speedrunning tricks.]]>
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:38:01 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19991 https://curi.us/comments/show/19991
curi Politics Discussion
https://amgreatness.com/2021/02/14/the-new-york-times-retracts-the-sicknick-story/

The NYT posted this update, essentially admitting they may have been wrong and are not in a position to confidently make the claims that they had published:

> UPDATE: New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.

I put some thought into it before posting that piece of MSM skepticism (in my #19962 ) and I decided I was confident enough to share it even though I hadn't researched the topic. I'm glad to see I was not tricked by fake news (sometimes right wing MSM skepticism is itself fake news). I try not to be fooled and I try not to share misinformation, even in the (many) cases where I just read a couple things instead of actually studying the topic in depth.

BTW, Media Matters had [accused](https://twitter.com/jackposobiec/status/1361179424104841216) Sicknick narrative skepticism of being a right-wing conspiracy theory. This is another example showing they are tribalist liars.]]>
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 22:08:03 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19990 https://curi.us/comments/show/19990
curi New Community Website Project
If those things concern you for a particular thing you write, put it elsewhere (e.g. here or your blog), and you can copy the text over to basecamp or share a link. If Basecamp is a bad fit for a particular discussion, just do it here. I think the main solution to Basecamp's limitations is: don't try to use it for everything.]]>
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 19:21:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19989 https://curi.us/comments/show/19989
curi New Community Website Project
https://3.basecamp.com/4983193/join/KEHzLZV59MYT

I think it's a lot better than Discord and I have been unable to get ppl to just use curi.us. I still prefer curi.us in general but Basecamp does have some nice aspects that I'd like to get more experience with and see how people respond to (maybe we can copy a few ideas for the new website). The project management design isn't a perfect fit for a public discussion group but *people should treat learning more like an organized project* and take it seriously, so there are upsides too. And Basecamp is a pretty simple, flexible, freeform tool, so it can be used OK outside a business colleagues context.]]>
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 19:19:19 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19988 https://curi.us/comments/show/19988
trying to be helpful Max Microblogging
> I think your msg is saying that, even if I have posted about this problem and mb recognise it a bit, that it's a bigger problem than I realise and has bigger impacts than I realise, even still. Also that if I want to get better at learning and thinking then I have to address this mistake as somewhat of a priority because [it's a major error](https://curi.us/2394-focusing-your-attention-discussion#3).

> Does this line up with what you meant?

Yes, that is what I meant. I know you recognize it as a problem. But I don't think that your view goes far enough. You still think there is merit in doing things from scratch, not building off of other people's knowledge.

I think you noticed a mistake in your thinking, but your analysis seems kind of like you think you are taking a thing that is good in a general way, and applying it in an area where it isn't good.

You aren't taking the mistake seriously enough - you are downplaying it, when you should be emphasizing it.

I think this mistake has come up in other places. You said something in discord the other day:

> I ~never look at solns for coding or maths stuff.

I think that view is mistaken, and is related to the mistake I am talking about in this post. You value starting from scratch, figuring things out on your own, not building off of existing knowledge. I don't think that is the best way to learn.]]>
Sun, 14 Feb 2021 04:11:19 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19987 https://curi.us/comments/show/19987
re: 19985 by 'trying to be helpful' Max Max Microblogging
I originally had trouble understanding your msg because I *thought* I rememberd/knew what I wrote, but after re-reading it, I didn't. I thought I had said something more like 'this is a part of my thinking that has a mistake' but really I just said 'this is a part of my thinking'.

Part of the reason I thought I'd said something more self-criticising is that I've talked a bit with curi about it in the tutorials and I've made some posts about it here, e.g. #18021 (I ctrl+f'd for 'exploratory' to find that, but I didn't find other examples, so I may not have posted about it as much as I thought.)

I think your msg is saying that, even if I have posted about this problem and mb recognise it a bit, that it's a bigger problem than I realise and has bigger impacts than I realise, even still. Also that if I want to get better at learning and thinking then I have to address this mistake as somewhat of a priority because [it's a major error](https://curi.us/2394-focusing-your-attention-discussion#3).

Does this line up with what you meant?

(my goal with this post was to ask the right q's that would give answers that let me figure out if I understood what you said or provide some way fwd if I still didn't understand)]]>
Sun, 14 Feb 2021 00:41:46 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19986 https://curi.us/comments/show/19986
trying to be helpful Max Microblogging
> ** --- (the rest of this post is some free-writing / reflection / notes) --- **

> This is mb also related to an attitude I have towards learning, where I like think it's better or more valuable to explore things on my own than bootstrap via other ppl's knowledge. Something like that. This is a bit funny, tho, b/c I am still bootstrapping via other ppl's knowledge (tutorial vids), just not as ~directly as Q&A that I could do via like an hour of consulting time.

> There's some merit to that learning attitude generally. like DD made some significant improvements WRT structural knowledge & Popper's ideas. he thought about them in a diff way that had more reach (or something like that); they were more useful b/c of the way that he understood them, and that understanding was possible b/c he didn't do too much like direct bootstrapping from contemporary Popperians.

> Mb that learning attitude makes some sense to do for a bit, or if you're a really good thinker and working on hard/complex philosophy, but I think I've just convinced myself that it's not worth doing most of the time (e.g. learning makeup).

I think you have some really big mistakes in your thinking here. They are the kinds of mistakes that could be affecting all the other learning you are doing too, so it's worth actually thinking about and figuring it out. It's not specific to the context of makeup (which is where it came up).

I know you identify that you may have a mistake in your thinking. But I think the mistakes are worse/bigger than you realize.

I just wanted to note this because I have seen other mistakes in your writing & learning processes that I think may be caused by this same line of thinking.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 20:57:27 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19985 https://curi.us/comments/show/19985
curi New Community Website: Features and Tech Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:59:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19984 https://curi.us/comments/show/19984 curi curi's Microblogging
https://3.basecamp.com/4983193/join/KEHzLZV59MYT

i think it’s worth a try, esp b4 new website is made.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:45:19 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19983 https://curi.us/comments/show/19983
curi New Community Website Project
mobile posting is fine for side comments or whatever we call the secondary type of messages. btw Basecamp kinda has that as "Boosts" and limits them to 16 characters. you can just do an emoji like a discord react or use it like a twitter like if you do a heart or thumbs up. u can also type a couple words. it's more flexible and seems better to me than emoji-only or a like button. my initial plan was to have side comments with a visual indicator and ways to filter them out or collapse them, but they allow full features. you can use them to say "+1" or "thanks" or an emoji and you won't clutter the main discussion. but i'd expect 1-3 sentences to be common, including saying afk until 2moro and meta questions like "Have you read BoI?"]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:12:34 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19982 https://curi.us/comments/show/19982
curi curi's Microblogging
https://jonathanstark.com/daily/20210213-0151-where-to]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:02:21 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19981 https://curi.us/comments/show/19981
SICP Project Anne B Anne Discussion
One goal I have is that I want my exercise solution write-ups to be clear enough to be helpful to other people who are trying to do the exercises. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m meeting that goal.

Another goal I have is to be able to do most (90%? 95%?) of the exercises without looking at anyone else’s solutions. Doing an exercise means writing code that does what it’s supposed to do, not necessarily writing the best code possible to do what it’s supposed to do. I think I’m meeting that goal at 95% but I haven’t gone back and checked.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 17:56:32 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19980 https://curi.us/comments/show/19980
GitHub Website Anne B Anne Discussion
Here’s the home page so far: https://aelanteno.github.io/sicp-exercises/ . Exercises 2.40 and 2.41 have links to my solution pages for them. I don’t consider any of these pages final yet.

The below are on my To Do list or my Question list for this GitHub website project. I’m putting them here as a status report rather than as a request for help, although if anyone feels like offering low-effort helpful information, that’s fine. Criticism welcome too.

- I used the GitHub website interface to do all of this. It looked like another layer of learning to do it via downloading apps and installing things and using a command line. Can I get away with continuing to just use the website interface?

- Do I want to change the title that’s shown at the top of every page? If so, to what, and how do I do that?

- I want to make the title banner shorter from top to bottom. How do I do that?

- If I want to change colors in some places, how do I do that? Examples: the colors in the top banner, the font or background color for block quotes, the font color for links and headings. I think I need to learn about css for that and about other things surrounding css. I would like to figure all that out eventually and I think I can do it even though it looks scary.

- I used syntax highlighting for my code blocks. I’m not happy with the way it looks (to my eyes and on my screen). The blue and the teal are too close to each other. The black and the red are too dark/harsh compared to the blue and the teal. I don’t like how it makes the argument to a lambda the same color as a procedure I’ve defined. Maybe I’ll look into how to change the colors. Or maybe I’ll remove syntax highlighting.

- If I continue to use syntax highlighting, is there a way to do it without typing “scheme” each time I make a code block? Probably. I want to look into that.

- Do I really want to move all my previous SICP answers to the new website and try to make them more clear and more geared towards people who are themselves working on SICP? That will take a lot of time.

- Is there a way to accept comments on each of my pages? I’d like readers to be able to comment. (What if people comment with spam? Is there a way to remove that and how do I decide what counts as spam?)

- I’ve been writing my markdown files in TextEdit for Mac. Maybe there’s something better to use.

- Is this project overreaching for me? I don’t think so, even though it’s hard. I’ve made progress and I think I can make more progress. My goal isn’t to figure everything out perfectly, just get more comfort with doing this stuff and learn how to make a basic website on GitHub. I’ve already made a basic website. I expect I’ll learn more. However, I could be looking at this wrong and be overreaching. Comments especially welcome on this.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 17:22:39 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19979 https://curi.us/comments/show/19979
Anne B Max Microblogging
>> Can you explain more about how “excess capacity and how it relates to constraints” helps us understand “that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas”? That connection sounds interesting but I don’t get it.
>
> yes. i think this would be good practice for me so I want to write a bit about it.
>
> first, tho, do you agree with the second bit you quoted? i.e.:
>
>>> the core of falliblism: that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas.
>
> (I included a bit extra of the quote for context)

The statement seems reasonable to me. I can't think of anything better. But saying I agree with the statement seems like it would require more knowledge of fallibilism and epistemology than I have.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 14:46:26 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19978 https://curi.us/comments/show/19978
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
Explains the solarwinds hack briefly.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 13:25:23 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19977 https://curi.us/comments/show/19977
Anonymous Politics Discussion
How to ask a job interview question about “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” and some tips for grading the candidate’s answer. Awful.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 12:58:18 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19976 https://curi.us/comments/show/19976
Max Max Microblogging
I recorded it with a capture card but didn't use HDMI throughput so there was a bit of input latency; it's not as difficult/inconsistent as it looks in the vid.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 12:07:56 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19975 https://curi.us/comments/show/19975
SMM2 afternoon project success Max Max Microblogging
level code **GL0-1HH-MVF**

I iterated on the level mostly while uploading, which took 45 min. There were some difficult jumps that I made easier; particularly at the end, and I reduced the difficulty of the 'consistent' phase to be more forgiving to the player since the hazards aren't meant to actually kill the player at that point, tho they can still die if not careful (that's deliberate).

the rest of the level dev was done fairly incrementally; I didn't change much after I put down an initial design and did some short play-testing (to make sure jumps worked and there wasn't any cheese).

I included 2 challenge areas, the first one of which is secret.

The second challenge area is right at the end and can kill the player if they're not careful. if they're really good then they will have been able to keep the mushroom this far, so it's easier.

the entire course, including secrets/challenges, can be done without damage.

I didn't alter the plan, but I think I had some oversights: I didn't plan for experiment/prototyping to overlap with the game-mode/level-theme choice. as it turns out there's a lot of flexibility here so the initial stuff I chose worked fine, but I should have planned some for some experimenting there. realistically it'd probs be okay to include it in the 'prototype' step I planned, but I feel like I should have included it. i count this as a minor error that I should be conscious of when doing future plans.

another minor error I made was spelling 'consistent' with an 'a': 'consistant' in the level. that error was also made in the diagrams I uploaded before.

I am surprised by how smoothly and quickly everything went compared with my past level-creation explorations.

I'm reminded of a line from *It's Not Luck* (ch29):

> We didn’t have time for mistakes, so we had to spend extra time planning!]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 10:06:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19974 https://curi.us/comments/show/19974
curi New Community Website Project
Less harsh idea: put a small label or color on posts from phones, and allow filtering them out.

On average, phone users are lower quality and dual-use people write worse stuff when on phones.

smartphones are a big part of the mainstreaming of using the internet but the mainstream is dumber than the early or more serious users.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 09:18:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19973 https://curi.us/comments/show/19973
afternoon project - SMM2 level Max Max Microblogging
**goal:** produce a fun SMM2 level that teaches and demonstrates the 3 steps of learning: do it right/once, do it consistently, and do it fast.

**ctx:** I own SMM2 and have a little experience with the level editor. I have played 10-20 hrs of SMM2 and am reasonably familiar with the game modes, their features, enemies, interactions, etc. I've done a bit of planning and pre-thought about this, including some exploratory level creation last weekend. I drew up a level concept last night that I think can work -- that was something I wasn't sure about for a while.

**obstacles:**
1- lack of knowledge about vertical levels and camera lock
2- haven't tried to create the level, mb there are inconsistencies with the features I need (e.g. vertical + rising lava in SMW or New SMB modes)
3- haven't uploaded a level before and don't know the process
4- might not have left enough time today
5- it might take me too long to clear the level if it's challenging
6- the level might be too easy so it doesn't effectively teach ppl anything
7- i might not be able to fit enough height in the level to make it interesting and challenging for the player
8- the level is boring or frustrating
9- ppl don't like it
10- i need a level concept+design
11- rising lava might not be fast enough to be challenging (used to demonstrate step 3 in learning process)
12- level isn't challenging

**intermediate goals/objectives:**
- learn about SMM2 level editing via the in-game lessons and supplementary stuff like YT vids; solves obstacles 1,2,3
- work quickly on things that matter (aesthetics last), pay attention to avoid inefficient creation patterns (e.g. use copy-paste); solves obstacle 4 and partially 5
- integrate quality of life features: good checkpoints, avoid lengthy resets, losing progress, softlocks, etc; helps solve obst 5,8
- 3 1-ups + THX, helps solve obst 9
- ensure there's a decent level of challenge, even for experienced players, helps solve 6,8,9
- use doors sparingly and only where necessary. helps solve 7; note: doors could be added at the end to help with quality of life stuff if I'm under the limit of 4 doors.
- **done** come up with a level design/concept to iterate on, solves obst 10.
- use tracks and saws, podoboos, or spinning fire things to create the necessary time pressure, if required, solves obst 11. i can also research more ways to create time pressure and look at what ppl have previously done (e.g. by searching for specific speedrun levels)
- adjust position of blocks to make jumping up harder if it's not hard enough, solves 12 (could also make the gaps in the ledges shorter to make jumping up a bit harder, or add spikes in strategic places to make the jumps a bit more challenging, put higher standards on the players method, and create tension)

I might not need to solve obst 5,7 and I only need partial success with 8,9 (I don't need to please everyone)

most of the intermediate goals are about level design stuff and already include some knowledge i have about level design. I could do exploratory learning if obst 8,9 is an issue at the end.

at this point I chose to re-read *it's not luck ch 26*. I noticed that there's a q Julie asks that I didn't write in my notes during this chapter: "Do you have enough intuition about the subject?" similar to Alex, my answer is "I think so." after reading the chapter I think my next steps in the project are to plan the order I'm going to meet intermediate goals (and the corresponding actions, but that's fairly trivial and can be done ad-hoc), and then to execute on the plan.

**sequence of actions:**
- do the relevant SMM2 tutorials, identify gaps in my knowledge or things I'm unsure of, and supplement with more SMM2 tutorials and/or watch relevant YT vids
- refine the level design with my new knowledge and decide things like possible game modes and the required maps (I think particular backgrounds/level-themes are required to do vertical levels the way I want to). ideally I should have several options for game mode and level theme combinations that can let me achieve the goal.
- create a prototype level without quality of life features to verify the design can work
- iterate on design if necessary, do additional research if necessary (in general I can do this after any step)
- refine the prototype level and include the quality of life features
- test the level start-to-finish and evaluate it against the goal. iterate as described if need be.
- refine and polish the level, test again, add aesthetic stuff if I have time.
- publish the level.

there are some trivial steps I haven't included like 'name the level', 'write the level description', 'turn on my switch', etc. don't think it's necessary to document those, tho. I can do all that with excess capacity and they can be done at any point (except like turning on the switch, etc).

**level design prelim**

the main tech the level teaches is to reliably climb up a cliff via 1-block wide ledges

![](https://s3.wasabisys.com/xert/steppes-1.png)
![](https://s3.wasabisys.com/xert/steppes-2.png)

note: the 2nd image is of the sub-world and the note on the bottom right that's a bit cut off says "enuf time for player to use pipe to reset".

**meta-goal of the project**

my meta-goal for this project is, having now planned it, to not need to alter the plan but still complete the project. if I fail this goal, then my goal will fall back to altering the plan, documenting what went wrong/what I missed, and continuing with the plan. (I might have to alter it more than once.) another way to put this goal is that this project and plan has a low error rate.

doing this plan took approx 1hr]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:27:02 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19972 https://curi.us/comments/show/19972
Max Max Microblogging
> Can you explain more about how “excess capacity and how it relates to constraints” helps us understand “that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas”? That connection sounds interesting but I don’t get it.

yes. i think this would be good practice for me so I want to write a bit about it.

first, tho, do you agree with the second bit you quoted? i.e.:

>> the core of falliblism: that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas.

(I included a bit extra of the quote for context)

If you don't agree with that then I guess that something I write that directly responds to your request would not be very useful to you.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 05:27:09 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19971 https://curi.us/comments/show/19971
kb layout + accidental post -- postmortem Max Max Microblogging Sat, 13 Feb 2021 05:22:09 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19970 https://curi.us/comments/show/19970 re: Makeup Mastery? Max Max Microblogging
> Max, do you think you achieved *mastery* of some significant, new things in your makeup project?

No.

I think I got better at some things (some makeup related, some video production related, some people/social related). Even if I gained mastery over those things, I don't think they're *significant* compared to the size of the project or the project's goals. I think that relative scale matters, e.g. mastering teeth-brushing is significant if the project is like 1-2 hours long (mb split up), but it's not significant if the project is days or weeks long or way bigger in scope.

It's not worth me spending 30+ hours on something just to get a relatively small skill like doing video editing quickly (relative to filming + copying + rendering), or knowing whether lipstick is applied well/badly. It's nice that I have those skills now, but I could have used movies or stock footage and just practiced editing them to learn that skill in a few hours. (I don't think I mastered those anyway, but I am consistent in some ways.)

> If not, I think you should have higher standards and stop overreaching.

It just occurred to me that 'high standards' and 'high ambitions' are, in some ways, contradictory. Or mb not contradictory, just that it's easy to mistake the two and, when they are mistaken, it can be really bad for the project (i.e. it'd fail).

> Can you self-evaluate the correctness of any of your new makeup knowledge with similar confidence to your self-evaluations of counting to three or judging whether the word "with" is spelled correctly?

No.

Not for anything significant, at least. Super basic stuff maybe, but a lot of that is just common sense.

A case in point is my claim that Mecca did color matching wrong (against my face, not my neck). I have an explanation for that, but I only learned it after like 8 days of watching videos about makeup, and I don't know other ways of checking if I'm right or not besides like asking ppl. I have lots of ways of checking 1,2,3 and the spelling of "with".

> The same goes for all your other philosophical work. Keep it simpler. Practice things. Aim for mastery.

I think I lack some of the skills needed to self-eval. If I think about trying to self-eval on e.g. Goldratt stuff, IDK how I can do that besides writing about it to find contradictions or holes in my understanding. Discussion helps, too, but that's not self-eval anymore. Convergence and non-contradiction with other knowledge is good, too, but I think that's more like a hint than self-eval; it doesn't help to decisively find that I'm doing something wrong. Finding contradictions does tho.

I think there might be some like good general methods that could help with self-eval of philosophical work, but I'm not sure of them. Like I suspect they're out there but don't know what they are yet.

Mb writing bridging explanations (roughly: doing integration) is a good way to self-eval some. Feels like that's only a partial strat tho.

> Aim for a low error rate where correct criticisms are uncommon, surprising and treasured.

This struck me as really important.

I think my mindset around criticism still has some serious issues, like I value crits a bit but I can't tell quickly and reliably if crits are correct, surprising, and valuable. Sometimes I can, but those are exceptions, not the norm. I think mb I am still chewing on the idea that crits are valuable/desirable. I know they are in a bunch of explicit ways, but the idea isn't fully integrated w/ my mindset yet.

I think I wasted some opportunities when replying to 'a girl anon' that I could have made better use of, but IDK exactly how.

An issue for me atm is that I can tell when crits are uncommon and surprising, but I don't treasure them. yet (i hope).

-----

Notes: I feel like mb some of my paragraphs that expand on my 'No' answers are like excising things or evasive but I'm not really sure. I wanted to write more than just 'no' and to think a bit about the ways that minor successes are used to justify major failures. If there's dishonesty in those paragraphs then I don't think I know how to expand honestly, yet. Mb they're okay as reflections. i also wanted to reconsider whether I should think of the makeup project as successful via writing things out, and I am changing my mind on that, but there's more to do.

Ctx: I thought off and on about this reply for approx 6 hrs. So I did slow down some. I didn't write down a goal for this reply, tho. It's much easier to think of goals for posts that aren't replies compared to posts that are replies. I guess I put some of my goals for the reply in 'notes' above, but IDK if I had all those in mind before starting, or if I added them later on / retroactively.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 05:13:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19969 https://curi.us/comments/show/19969
Alisa internetrules Microblogging
> I arbitrarily chose a couple of books on flying saucers; Randi took one and I held onto the other. “I’m going to riffle through the pages of my book, and you tell me where to stop,” he told me. He slipped perhaps a fifth of the way through before I stopped him — on page 47, as he showed me.

That would make the trick a lot more impressive. But I wonder if the reporter mis-remembered? Randi didn't show what page he stopped on at [DragonCon](https://youtu.be/7p2gWJ0ojoA?t=32).

There are ways to stop on a particular page if you can prep the book in advance, e.g., putting a coin in between the pages you want to stop on. But the Miami Herald guy says he chose a couple of books arbitrarily.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 03:14:07 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19968 https://curi.us/comments/show/19968
Alisa internetrules Microblogging
>> One part of the trick I still haven't figured out is this: what if the book actually has more than one uncommon word in the top line? This actually seems to be the case with the top line of page 91 in Edward Cayce's *Story of Jesus*:

> those who were entangled in matter, yet with a spiritual

> I don't get how Randi guessed "entangled" but not "matter" or "spiritual". Those are also words that are "not the kind of word that would occur on the top line of every page in this library".

I may have figured it out. I think Randi somehow tells the person or suggests to them that they should pick the first word in the line. At [73 seconds](https://youtu.be/Kor_L12bBB0?t=73), Randi says:

> Ok, what was the first word that your eye hit on there that you thought would be suitable?

The theory leaves something to be explained, though: at the time Randi told the guy to choose the word, he didn't suggest it should be the first prominent word. At [48 seconds](https://youtu.be/Kor_L12bBB0?t=48), Randi just said:

> "Look at the top line on... on 91. Choose a word out of there that is not the not the kind of word that would occur on the top line of every page in this library. Don't say it!"

However, the editors did cut out a lot of the trick. Maybe they cut out something where Randi suggested that the guy should pick the first word.

At [DragonCon 2012](https://youtu.be/7p2gWJ0ojoA?t=62), Randi says:

> Just read over that line to yourself... now if you come to a prominent word there... that you will settle on... don't use a word like 'he' or 'she' or [unintelligible]... something prominent there that wouldn't be on the top line of every page that you turn to... You have it? Ok.

Putting all that patter together, if you tell someone to read over the line, and when they come to a prominent word, to settle on that... that kind of suggests that they should pick the first prominent word.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 03:13:13 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19967 https://curi.us/comments/show/19967
internetrules Letter to Jordan Peterson on Antidepressants and Rational Discussion
i have not looked into this at all, but i feel like that might be correlation or something. im gonna make an example:

lets say there are 2 groups of suicidal people. group 1 is partially suicidal, there is a 10% chance they will kill them selfs in a year. group 2 is extra suicidal, there is a 20% chance they will kill them selfs in a year.

also lets assume hospitals do nothing to effect suicide chance.

group 1 are not suicidal enough to contact the hospital, but group 2 is. so all the ppl who contact the hospital are in group 2, the group that is already more likely to commit suicide.

so basically when you compare ppl who contact the hospital to ppl who dont contact the hospital, you are comparing ppl who are already more likely to commit suicide to ppl who are less likely to commit suicide

i might be completely wrong about this specific case, but i think this is a good example of correlation that could be applied to other things.]]>
Sat, 13 Feb 2021 01:04:39 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19966 https://curi.us/comments/show/19966
curi Max Microblogging
And these are not new things that I'm saying.

Start way smaller, get quick, clear wins, and iterate. Start with multiple successful (micro) projects per day. Finish 100+ in a month with a not-decisive-clear-success rate under 10%. Establish a baseline of what you can do that way and get the iteration started.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:57:21 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19965 https://curi.us/comments/show/19965
curi Max Microblogging Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:51:27 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19964 https://curi.us/comments/show/19964 Makeup Mastery? curi Max Microblogging
Can you self-evaluate the correctness of any of your new makeup knowledge with similar confidence to your self-evaluations of counting to three or judging whether the word "with" is spelled correctly? Those are examples of what mastery looks like.

The same goes for all your other philosophical work. Keep it simpler. Practice things. Aim for mastery. Aim for a low error rate where correct criticisms are uncommon, surprising and treasured.

Consider what you do have mastery of and build on it. Plan out projects intentionally with goals and trees, keeping issues like mastery and overreaching in mind.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:35:44 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19963 https://curi.us/comments/show/19963
curi Politics Discussion
https://www.revolver.news/2021/02/maga-blood-libel-why-are-they-hiding-the-medical-report/

via a thread:

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1359865412863819779

Democrat impeachers lie too:

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/impeachment-blunder-author-tweet-introduced-trial-says-it-was]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:56:53 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19962 https://curi.us/comments/show/19962
Alisa Alisa Discussion
> 〈a onclick="quote(3)"〉reply〈/a〉

That should be:

> 〈a onclick="quote(3)"〉quote〈/a〉]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:55:12 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19961 https://curi.us/comments/show/19961
Anne B Max Microblogging
> Goldratt has a lot of good ideas in his books, and concepts like 'excess capacity and how it relates to constraints' helps us understand the core of falliblism: that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas. it helps us answer why it's okay to use newtonian gravity in a toy simulation.

Can you explain more about how “excess capacity and how it relates to constraints” helps us understand “that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas”? That connection sounds interesting but I don’t get it.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:06:29 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19960 https://curi.us/comments/show/19960
Alisa Alisa Discussion
> [In #19795, Alisa wrote:]

>> We could discuss in the abstract what the best way to get to sub 5 minutes [in SMB1] is. I think I would argue that in a lot of cases, the way I'm doing it is actually one of the better approaches.

> I'm not sure what you mean by 'in the abstract' and 'a lot of cases'. My guess is that 'abstract' means like, for anyone generally rather than you, and 'cases' means instances of ppl trying to get sub 5. Is that right? I'm not particularly interested in SMB sub-5 strats without more reason to focus on that.

Yes, that's what I meant.

>> Goldratt suggests you should first make the improvements you can make with little investment (exploit the constraint), and only when you've run out of those, make the improvements that require a bigger investment (break the constraint)
>> The way I see it, trying to learn a trick, which is relatively difficult, when I still have easy gains available would be premature optimization. And I don't think making the easy gains is wasted effort. It gets me better at skills I'll still have to use anyway.

> This sounds like it makes some sense, but I wonder if the diff in contexts changes how one should approach this? In a factory, you might have a constraint that will stop being the constraint if you can get 5% more efficiency. Say you have 2 ideas for exploiting the constraint; one that gives you an extra 10% and is easy, and on that gives you an extra 25% and is hard. I think Goldratt's idea makes sense here, particularly, b/c either idea will introduce some excess capacity to the current constraint (and thus there'll be a new one somewhere else). so you get a nice way to incrementally improve without over-optimizing.

> IDK if the method carries over that well tho. Like with speedrunning you have a static goal (sub-5) and then some combination of optimizations/tricks to implement to get there. It doesn't matter which tricks you use, besides that some are easier/harder or more/less consistent - that could change with personal context too.

When you're doing projects, it's helpful to have an objective measure of progress. And in speedrunning, the clearest objective measurement is your best time. It's straightforward to get objective feedback from others (verifiers/moderators) about whether your run is legit and whether it's faster than your previous best. So progressively improving your time helps with speedrunning projects, provided that you're not wasting your time on approaches that ultimately won't get you where you want to go (like my Ice Climbers example from #19794). I don't think I'm doing that, but if anyone thinks I am, I'd be very interested to hear about it.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:41:47 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19959 https://curi.us/comments/show/19959
Alisa Alisa Discussion
> [PangaeaPanga has some interesting discussion of his speedrunning learning strats at 17:54 in one of his latest vids.](https://youtu.be/wz-RMhxX77c?t=1072)

> YT's transcript (slightly touched up)

>> the way i do this is we do progressively harder strats so that way i can get consistent at the later parts of the level or parts that i need to be consistent at. and once i'm consistent enough with those strats i can move on to faster strats. i don't go for world record strats on my very first run. that's how i approach speeding in general. like i used to speedrun sunshine. i did very moderate strats. and once i was comfortable with them then i would move on to the world record strats. and then eventually my movement got better as a result and i got a 116.

> I think there is a diff here between Panga's method and yours. I think the diff is that he skips any ~middle strats, like he goes from easy strats (w/ LOTS of excess capacity) to WR strats. IDK if that's actually how he does things but it makes some sense. But I think your method includes ~middle strats, which makes sense since you have incremental goals, rather than a goal like "get the WR".

It doesn't look to me like Panga says or implies anything about skipping "~middle strats". He says "The way Ido this is we do *progressively harder* strats" (emphasis added) and he explicitly mentions using "moderate" strats.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:32:33 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19958 https://curi.us/comments/show/19958
Alisa Alisa Discussion Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:23:41 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19957 https://curi.us/comments/show/19957 Alisa Alisa Discussion
> Did you get any feedback about [the frame numbers in your speedrun videos] from the verifiers?

No, not directly. However, my run that I submitted with frame numbers was verified in a few days, whereas previous runs took over a week.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:23:01 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19956 https://curi.us/comments/show/19956
Proposal for curi.us reply/quote js Alisa Alisa Discussion
Currently the reply and quote buttons look like this (angle brackets changed to avoid potential markdown issues):

- 〈a href="/2394-focusing-your-attention-discussion/reply/3#post-comment" rel="nofollow"〉reply〈/a〉
- 〈a href="/2394-focusing-your-attention-discussion/quote/19920#post-comment" rel="nofollow"〉quote〈/a〉

Change those to:

- 〈a onclick="reply(3)"〉reply〈/a〉
- 〈a onclick="quote(3)"〉reply〈/a〉

The number in parenthesis should be the number of the comment that is being replied to or quoted.

Add this JS code: https://pastebin.com/dygnQveS

I tested this by pasting in the code and using the inspector to change some reply and quote links. They seem to do mostly the same thing as the old links.

One thing they don't do is shrink the comment box to the minimum size necessary to contain the resulting comment. So, for example, if you click "quote" on a big comment and then click "reply", the comment box will be taller than it initially was. I think this could be fixed by replacing the `autogrow()` call with the code below, but I'm not sure if it's worth it:

```
commentBody.style.height = 'auto';
commentBody.style.height = commentBody.scrollHeight+'px';
```

My code tries to put the cursor at the end of the comment textarea. It works in my manual testing with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on macOS, but I'm not sure how well it'll work in other environments. This seems to be [complicated](https://stackoverflow.com/questions/511088/use-javascript-to-place-cursor-at-end-of-text-in-text-input-element) to do in a way that works across multiple platforms, browsers, and browser versions.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:15:04 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19955 https://curi.us/comments/show/19955
a small contribution to (the discussion/work that is) CF's integration Max Max Microblogging
one way that i thought about this after reading BoI was the idea of a "stand alone complex" (the subtitle of s1 of the anime *ghost in the shell*). The way i imagined things in my mind was like a graph of ideas/explanations that connected to each other. those idea-nodes only connect if they don't contradict. there are like 'bubbles' of ideas that are compatible with one another; all the bounded ones are parochial, but the single unbounded one (finite atm but forever growing and unbounded) is like the 'biggest self-supporting collection of ideas'; the "stand alone complex" (SAC).

integration is like creating stronger interconnections between the idea-nodes in that graph, and reducing the number of nodes via ~unification (not that this lessens the ~magnitude/measure of the SAC of ideas).

Goldratt has a lot of good ideas in his books, and concepts like 'excess capacity and how it relates to constraints' helps us understand the core of falliblism: that we can still 'know' things even if there are problems and ultimately all ideas will be refuted by ever-better ideas. it helps us answer why it's okay to use newtonian gravity in a toy simulation.

This sort of thing has already been integrated and expanded upon by IGCs, breakpoints, yes/no, and curi's other work.

I wrote this in part because I am continually surprised by the convergence between ideas as I learn more about CF and it's antecendents. I love it; it's great.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:24:17 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19954 https://curi.us/comments/show/19954
right/consistent/fast <-> eureka/chewing/integration Max Max Microblogging
I think the first way of thinking about the 3 steps can work for calculus (but it's harder to see for ToC or phil). With maths you generally get shown a method / proof / formula / etc and then get problem exercises of increasing complexity, and sometimes challenge questions. the exercises are usually: some basic ones first (completing them shows you can do step 1), then some complex ones (completing them shows you can use the idea consistently), then some more complex ones (completing them shows you can use the idea consistently enough to mix with prior/other techniques, mb with some creative thinking). challenge questions push your ability to use the idea (consistently and quickly) s.t. you can use the idea in creative new ways with previously learned ideas (this helps to create/improve structural knowledge). the progression of exercises maps well to correctly, consistently, quickly.

ToC and Philosophy ideas are harder to relate to the 3 steps. I think, roughly, the process follows the same pattern but doesn't make sense with those steps as they're currently named. WRT abstact ideas, what does "do it once" mean? excepting analogies to things like pyramids and structural integrity (like, engineering), how do the ideas of "consistency" and "speed" relate? They *sort* of have natural ~connotations, like consistency &lt;-> 'know how/when to use the idea', and speed &lt;-> 'idea has low overhead / it's intuitively able to be mixed with other ideas'. Even those ~connotations are a bit of a stretch, tho.

I think these steps are a good ~translation for the original steps: realise the idea (eureka), chew on the idea (so that you get a fuller understanding and develop structural knowledge), and integrate the idea (use the idea in new ways and in combination with your everyday thoughts). These steps don't necessarily happen all at once for a ~complete idea. Like "theory of constraints" is a big idea made up of lots of smaller chunks, some of which aren't documented in Goldratt's *The Goal*.

How can we still learn complex ideas, then? When we try to learn complex ideas, we learn them incrementally with smaller ideas. Some ideas are more easily learned than others, which can be due either to better (or more fortunate) structure, or because they're smaller ideas themselves (fewer components), or because they overlap a lot with stuff you already know. When ideas are big *and* unintuitive it means that there are a lot of new concepts that you need to learn all at once. That's hard. Sometimes it get's easier if you realise an instrumental goal that let's you use a subset of the idea (e.g. ToC applied to factories, rather than the full ToC). You can't rely on that, tho; a shortcut like that isn't always available.

The biggest idea you know is basically your full mind, and it's made up of lots of smaller ideas (sub-ideas), which are themselves still massive and complex compared to their sub-ideas, etc.

Learning complex ideas can have a long first step, and might involve some chewing on smaller ideas. When you get the big eureka moment it's because you've integrated the smaller ideas. I think the chewing process for the big idea will help work on integration for the smaller ideas, too (you can still have work to do with the smaller ideas *after* you start using them).

Note: I *think* I am using 'chewing' and 'integration' in the objectivist sense, but IDK. If I am not I would appreciate someone letting me know.]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:04:15 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19953 https://curi.us/comments/show/19953
Max Max Microblogging Fri, 12 Feb 2021 07:34:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19952 https://curi.us/comments/show/19952 finished *it's not luck* Max Max Microblogging
I like it. I found the audiobook was lacking in some parts b/c there are some important diagrams early on and about half way through. I'm going to review those sections particularly b/c I want to make sure I understand the methods and can replicate them. I looked at the diagrams (I have the print version too) but didn't follow them closely.

I like the end; there's like a quick-fire recap of the methods used. There's some info that was new (or at least I didn't spot it earlier) like: goals have obstacles; big goals have intermediate objectives (which are in some ordered dependency graph with both parallel and serial parts); each intermediate objective should address some obstacle. That sounds pretty common sense, but the related method is the simplest and clearest method of planning I've heard. (the main part of the method that's missing from that list is the "what are you going to do about it?" question/answer.)

I also like the company strategy stuff in the last few chapters, especially the idea of deliberately leaving excess capacity in market segments to keep a company flexible. The idea is that company resources are general/flexible across multiple segments, then you can prioritise resources to service high-profit segments, tho make sure to always leave some excess capacity in each market segment. When market segments lose demand or become unprofitable, you can always move to another market segment b/c you left excess capacity (i.e. didn't full exploit that segment). It also means that you can avoid over-saturation of a market becoming a bottleneck (which could also mean that a company becomes like over-specialised for a segment; i.e. loses flexibility).]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 07:30:01 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19951 https://curi.us/comments/show/19951
Anonymous Deplatforming and Fraud Fri, 12 Feb 2021 02:31:12 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19949 https://curi.us/comments/show/19949 curi New Community Website: Marketing
https://jonathanstark.com/daily/20210211-2100-what-they-want-you-to-do-is-not-what-they-want]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 02:23:26 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19948 https://curi.us/comments/show/19948
Alisa internetrules Microblogging Fri, 12 Feb 2021 01:49:26 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19947 https://curi.us/comments/show/19947 James Randi's book test Alisa internetrules Microblogging
The book test is sometimes done with two books that were picked in advance by the magician, but here, the guy was free to choose any of the "almost 4,000 books" in Randi's library, provided they were "approximately the same thickness and size". However! After being handed both books, [Randi opens Edward Cayce's *Story of Jesus* and actually glances inside it](https://youtu.be/Kor_L12bBB0?t=24). Randi might have memorized the uncommon words on the top line of whatever page he was looking at. [Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/dp/0425103277) says that book has 413 pages, and it looks like Randi peeked at around 25% in to the book, which would have been around page 91. He certainly didn't look near the end of the book.

Then Randi starts flipping through the other book, Lyall Watson's *Super Nature*. He stops around when the guy tells him to. Now Randi claims that the guy said "stop" just when he was at page 91. But he didn't actually *prove* that he stopped there. He just *claimed* it was page 91. Also, the guy took a long time to say "stop" the first time, and Randi claimed he slipped and had to start over.

[Amazon](https://www.amazon.com/Super-Nature-Look-Unexplained-Phenomena/dp/B002C0KO3O/) says that that edition of *Super Nature* has 310 pages. 91/310 is just under 30%. Judging by [how many pages are on each side of the pages where Randi stopped](https://youtu.be/Kor_L12bBB0?t=42), it looks to me like [he actually stopped about 20-25% of the way through, which would be somewhere between pages 62 and 78. I'm skeptical that Randi actually stopped exactly at page 91.

Randi intentionally writes his guess upside down. I suppose that adds to the surprise of the audience when he guesses correctly. Here are two other examples of him doing that:

- Glenn Garvin, "[At 86, James Randi is still amazing](https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1984560.html)", *Miami Herald* (2014-08-30)

- Susan Gerbic, "[James Randi Book Test @ Dragon*Con 2012](https://youtu.be/7p2gWJ0ojoA?t=230)", *YouTube* (2012-08-07)

One part of the trick I still haven't figured out is this: what if the book actually has more than one uncommon word in the top line? This actually seems to be the case with [the top line of page 91 in Edward Cayce's *Story of Jesus*](https://imgur.com/a/9WBUjD):

> those who were entangled in matter, yet with a spiritual

I don't get how Randi guessed "entangled" but not "matter" or "spiritual". Those are also words that are "not the kind of word that would occur on the top line of every page in this library".]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 01:44:26 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19946 https://curi.us/comments/show/19946
James Randi trick! internetrules internetrules Microblogging
in the first 2 minutes he does a trick.

the trick that it seems like he does is: he gets another person to pick a random word from a random book, and then he successfully guesses what the word is by writing it down, and then having the other person say what the word is.

here are a few things i noticed about the trick:

1. he tells the person to pick a word "that is not the kind of word that would occur on the top line of every page in this library", i think that excludes a lot of words. i think that would exclude words like: the, be, to, of, and, a, in, that. that is a lot!

2. when he is guessing the word he rights down like 4 things on a piece of paper, and then asks what the word is. when he is told the word he could then figure out a way to combine the 4 things in a way that would look like the word. he can also flip the paper upside down, and because of the way he wrote the letters they can look like different letters when he flips them upside down.

3. he guessed the word "entangled", i noticed that the way he wrote the "t" in "entangled" looked like it could be "j" it could be "t", if you flip it up side down it could be "f", i feel like it could even pass as an "I"

its a very cool trick, idk how its done, but i think it has to do with him telling the other person what kind of word to pick, and then writing down his guess in a way where it could be a lot of different words depending on how you look at it.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 23:48:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19945 https://curi.us/comments/show/19945
a girl anon Max Microblogging
> I specifically ask for help on this issue. I don't know if you're intending to be helpful or not

yes, I was trying to be helpful. I wouldn't have bothered commenting if I wasn't trying to be helpful.

Your response was long and detailed but failed to actually engage with most of my points, so it was difficult to respond back to. You also seemed defensive, and doubted that I was even trying to help you, despite you opening with "Thank you!"

#19941

> I think the project was successful

what were your initial goals? what do you think you succeeded at?

In your first blog, you said stuff about wanting to have a better understanding of women. From what I did watch and read, I didn't think you had a good understanding of my position or experience, or that of other women I know. (Not saying you should continue the project, btw - I don't think you were doing the project in a way that would help you gain an understanding of women either.)

I also don't really think you are interested in discussing it, or interested in the crits that I have. (Not saying you should be - not everything has to be a high priority for you.)

And, again, I am writing this as an attempt to be helpful.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 22:14:55 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19944 https://curi.us/comments/show/19944
patio11 on sales curi New Community Website: Marketing
Paul Graham:

>> Salespeople do a lot more than sell things. They're often the de facto project managers of their customers. But it suits both parties to give the job a narrow-sounding name that conceals this aspect of it.

patio11:

> Especially in enterprise, the sales job is "convince an enterprise to change a core aspect of their operations FROM OUTSIDE OF IT."

> If you've ever attempted to change an enterprise from the inside, on a topic you have formal authority on, you can appreciate the difficulty level.

> Too often in software we joke about steak dinners, etc etc, and don't realize that the actual work often involves a corkboard (virtual or physical) mapping the nature of power within the target organization, months long social suasion, cultivating local champions, etc.

> Usually industry prefers an anodyne phrase like "stakeholder identification" but the actual work that is being done is "identification of how power actually expresses itself in the real world and learning to influence and/or wield that power."]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 21:20:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19943 https://curi.us/comments/show/19943
curi New Community Website: Features and Tech Thu, 11 Feb 2021 21:16:40 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19942 https://curi.us/comments/show/19942 no vlog update today Max Max Microblogging
IDK if I'll do more in the way I've done them. I want to do a full routine a few more times at least (probably on weekend days), but I don't enjoy doing makeup and it's high overhead (both the routine and the video). I will at least make one more video wrapping things up, covering some of the topics I mentioned in 8 or 9. I'll probably leave the door open for further updates if I choose to produce them, but I'm not sure it's worth it.

I think it might have been an error to pursue the cadence that I did. There were good things about that, and I enjoyed making some of the videos, but producing videos is only an instrumental goal (the bigger goal being a track record). I ended up spending more time and energy on the project than I thought I would.

I think the project was successful even if I don't make more videos in the style I did; that is: I learnt a lot.

crits welcome.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:09:30 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19941 https://curi.us/comments/show/19941
RobertBarnesFan Politics Discussion
> Bridget Thorne ... was fired on Dec 16

Source: https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/bridget-thorne-election-whistleblower-terminated/2020/12/16]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 02:54:13 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19940 https://curi.us/comments/show/19940
Anonymous Politics Discussion Thu, 11 Feb 2021 02:54:12 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19939 https://curi.us/comments/show/19939 My idea to improve U.S. election integrity RobertBarnesFan Politics Discussion Thu, 11 Feb 2021 02:50:30 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19938 https://curi.us/comments/show/19938 Georgia Senate Election Fraud Hearing (Dec 3, 2020) RobertBarnesFan Politics Discussion
[00:02:17](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h02m17s): Georgia hearing opens up with a Christian prayer. Pretty cool.

[00:10:45](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h10m45s): Trump attorney starts listing the number of people who voted in different illegal categories.

[00:13:56](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h13m56s): Jackie Apic (sp?) starts presenting video evidence of the suitcases full of ballots. First she's talking about how you can see that the GOP observers weren't actually allowed to observe.

[00:56:09](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h56m09s): The witness says that Biden over-performed (compared to what?) by 5% or something in counties that used Dominion voting machines compared to counties that used other machines. But I think that could be partly explained by the fact that Democrats love Dominion, and conservative states like Texas won't use it. So yes, it's shitty that Democrats use Dominion, but that might not be evidence that there's a causative relation between using Dominion and over-performance by Biden. It could be a third factor that's causing that correlation.

[00:58:07](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h58m07s): He gives specific figures for the rejection rate and vast numbers of absentee ballots. He's basically going to calculate what effect it would have on the election if the true rejection rate were applied.

[00:59:06](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h59m06s): Basically, I think like 200,000 mail-in ballots never had a date recorded when they were returned, and yet votes were recorded for those ballots, even though they were never returned from the voter to the vote counters. And 96,000 of those remain. And prior to this timestamp he talks about votes being illegally altered.

[00:59:45](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=00h59m45s): The witness says it's very easy in the Dominion system to assign a voter to a mail-in ballot. So whether or not this person actually filled in that ballot, you can just sort of link them in. I wonder if they went through the polls, found people who hadn't voted, and assigned them to mail-in ballots.

[01:33:57](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h33m57s): The colonel says we have voice recordings of orders being placed for ballots for other states to be printed in China. He says there are indications that there were fake ballots printed up and pre-positioned for injection into the voting systems.

[01:47:22](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h47m22s): The lady talks about the pristine ballots. Some of them weren't aligned correctly, like the printer printed it diagonally or something, but they were all pristine. She says there were 110 ballots in one box instead of the usual 100.

[01:50:14](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h50m14s): The Georgia lady came back the next day, I'm guessing she reported an issue with the ballots the previous day. She and the rest of the people at her table were given only 60 ballots all day, while the tables around them had like thousands of ballots to process. They were told to go home at 10:00am. I guess they came in at 7am.

[01:51:33](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h51m33s): She says, we were there the night before, there were pallets of ballots to be counted, and when we got there the next day, they were non-existent.

[01:51:44](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h51m44s): She points out how extraordinary it is that they were asked to sign up for a 5-day consecutive period from like 7am to 7pm, some huge block, and then to be told to go home early on the second day.

[01:53:28](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h53m28s): She says why would 98 ballots have this identical filling in of that first little eclipse, all for Biden?

[01:55:22](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=01h55m22s): We already went through 6 boxes of ballots, these were totally different and not explainable by any normal duplication process. This is a lady with 20 years of experience in, I guess, counting votes in elections.

[02:02:03](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h02m03s): I guess dominion connects over the internet to fix issues with ipads being used as poll books. A legislator asks about this, saing, I thought the Dominion machines weren't connected to the internet? But this wasn't a voting machine, it looks like. It wasn't anything that counts votes. Then she says that they fixed the ballot marking devices at the same time. So *those* are connected to the internet.

[02:06:27](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h06m27s): She got a batch of 110 ballots that were 2 for Trump, 1 for Jorgensen, and the rest were for Joe Biden. She says that the source of those messed-up ballots was State Farm Arena.

[02:07:43](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h07m43s): She's been a *poll manager* for over 20 years.

[02:18:14](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h18m14s): Bridget Thorne was a contractor for Dominion, printing test ballots from 8am-5pm, and apparently she was the only one who was spoiling the ballots if they weren't used. These are real ballots, and no one else had any training about how it was supposed to work or anything. [She was fired on Dec 16]

[02:19:15](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h19m15s): She raised the issue [of unspoiled test ballots], and they were told, hey, you know, it's fine, they don't need to be spoiling anything. And she said, maybe they were Dominion workers, who were replacing the Fulton County workers, who had a COVID outbreak.

[02:20:33](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h20m33s): There were all of these suitcases full of ballots in the Dominion area where they were printing test ballots. And as far as she knows, she was the only one spoiling them. So they were unspoiled, and there was like no security. Anyone could have just driven in and taken them. And she said one woman even did just drive in and got kicked out later. Absolutely horrific.

[02:24:38](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h24m38s): There was no real chain of custody for the sample ballots, no way to show that they were returned or spoiled. Anyone could have done anything with them. There could be a lot of bad paper ballots around. This may warrant listening to again.

[02:25:39](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h25m39s): She attended a Board of Elections meeting to report the issue, having tried to report it up the chain numerous other times and heard nothing back, and she was *muted* 15 seconds into her presentation.

[02:26:06](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h26m06s): In Fulton County, they had ACLU clerks to process absentee ballots in every location. She says those clerks weren't trained well. Her clerk wasn't trained to take a deposition for an absentee ballot.

[02:35:02](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h35m02s): She was working with Dominion in this warehouse to print test ballots and test scanners. And she would always leave, thinking there was nothing to be done, but there would always be people staying, doing more, until like 2am. And these people just had complete access to print actual ballots with no meaningful chain of custody.

[02:37:00](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h37m00s): The ACLU clerks weren't trained to take an affidavit before they cleared the absentee ballot, which is kind of a huge SNAFU in her opinion.

[02:41:21](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h41m21s): One vote counting station reported 10,707 votes for Biden, and, I think, 13 for Trump.

[02:43:36](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=02h43m36s): The actual amount for Biden was like 1,081 not 10-thousand-something as they originally put in.

[03:02:18](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=03h02m18s): Lady goes to work as a poll worker/watcher (I forget which). It's freezing cold. Someone turned off the natural gas to the building overnight. The machines were not kept in a climate controlled environment. There's no chain of custody for those machines. Anyone could have come in and done something to them, or they might have been messed up by the cold. What a clown show.

[03:04:26](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=03h04m26s): One of the workers was walking around taking coffee orders on the special paper that's only supposed to be used for printing ballots. JFC. Anyone could just go grab that paper and print off whatever ballots they want to print.

[03:13:59](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=03h13m59s): Basically, her precinct had to send the ballots that were scanned, they get put into a bag, they were supposed to in a locked ballot bag with chain of custody forms, but they didn't have the right stuff to do that. She waited, forced them to bring the locks, but they still didn't have the chain of custody forms. The other worker just took the ballots away anyway. And when they went to do the recount, they were in boxes, not in the special bags, so she has no idea what happened to those ballots in between.

[missed timestamp] If you have a urine sample with no chain of custody, it gets thrown out. Some of the votes had less chain of custody than a urine sample.

[03:58:19](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=03h58m19s): Some Zuckerberg foundation dumped a bunch of money into Georgia unevenly. They really pumped it into the places that ended up having the most Democrat boost for Biden. It's the type of foundation that's actually helping run the *election infrastructure*, and of course the owners of that nonprofit are hard left.

[04:13:42](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=04h13m42s): Good point: If we just updated the NCOA change of address form that people file with the post office to have a checkbox of whether it's a temporary or permanent move, that would solve a lot of problems. There's an MVMA (motor voter) law (federal?) that somehow prevents Secretaries of States from cleaning up their voter roles enough. The only time he's ever seen someone removed is when they swear in front of a judge that they moved and that the move was permanent.

[04:15:52](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=04h15m52s): There's a 14th Amendment (equal protection) issue around these people who move within state. If you follow the law and odn't vote, you don't get counted, but if you break it and do vote, your vote is counted. So we're enabling the cheaters to vote.

[04:16:47](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=04h16m47s): The NCOA database is publicly available. So people could have moved away from Georgia, but since it's public, other people can track them down and get them to say that their move was only temporary, and then they can still vote in Georgia.

[04:40:49](https://youtu.be/e35f4pUIYOg?t=04h40m49s): Constitutional lawyer absolutely destroys a Democrat legislator who's trying to argue with him.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 02:49:40 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19937 https://curi.us/comments/show/19937
Nevada Judge Hears Voter Fraud Evidence (Dec 3, 2020) RobertBarnesFan Politics Discussion
[46:04](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=2764): The USB disks would be signed out overnight with one vote total and checked back in the next morning with a different vote total.

[47:32](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=2852): The manufacturer of the [voting or vote-counting] machine rests on claims of intellectual property to prevent people from auditing the code, but that's a problem with software that processes votes in an election, because we need to know if there is a bug in the code (either intentional or unintentional).

[52:03](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=3123): The same campaign that was encouraging people to vote illegally by paying them, in violation of state law, was also encouraging people to vote for Biden/Harris.

[1:02:56](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=3776): The number of voters that fell into different illegal categories. 8111 voted from fake addresses. 15,681 voted from vacant addresses and commercial addresses. It is supposed to be where you live because that is where you are represented. 1506 from dead voters. 19,218 from non-Nevadans. 42,284 votes from double voters. That last number alone is more than the apparent gulf between Biden and Trump.

[2:13:59](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=2h13m59s): The Trump attorney kind of shoots down one of the defendant's arguments. They were saying, 'cause Trump attorneys contend that 40,000 people voted twice, and he's saying the best the defense can come up with is, "40,000, that's a huge number!", but he points out that this was a really unusual election with universal mail-in ballots, initiated in a hurry, lots of people would have been sent two ballots because they changed their name or something else, and particularly because passions were so high during this election, they might have voted twice, or just by mistake. Also, the defense said, why didn't you show individual voters and prove who they voted for? And the Trump attorney said, well, they objected to 14 depositions, I can't imagine how they would have reacted to 130 or 13,000 depositions. Also, there's something about how they're reading a particular statute about whether signature matching machines should be allowed. Trump attorneys read it as them not being allowed, and Biden attorneys read it as them being allowed, and I don't actually know which it is. The Trump attorney also points out that all that the defense is doing is impugning the expertise and background of the expert witness who found the 40,000 duplicate voters and things like that. But he says, we gave them our exact dataset and told them exactly how we generated it, and they haven't pointed out a single problem with it. He didn't say this, but they could have brought their own expert to dispute it or something like that, but they didn't. All they're doing is attacking him and saying that he didn't know some error rate, but that shouldn't matter, I think, because they can easily look at it themselves and see if they find any problems with it.

[2:16:35](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=2h16m35s): The Trump attorney demolishes another one of the defense's arguments which is that the guy who testified that the votes changed on the USB drives when they were disconnected from the machines in the middle of the night, didn't actually *see* anyone change the votes, he was like, he admitted that! The Trump attorney is like, this is circumstantial evidence, this would be a textbook case. Of course he didn't see it, but he saw some things that looked pretty bad.

[2:18:59](https://youtu.be/YdPT2saxs18?t=2h18m59s): Apparently, the Agila (sp?) signature matching machine would automatically match 70% and kick 30% out for manual verification. The Trump attorney is saying that the other Does testified that there was a lot of pressure to accept signatures, even if they didn't match. He gave one example where the guy is like, this is a star, not a signature, and his supervisor was like, push it through. Horrible.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 02:06:08 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19936 https://curi.us/comments/show/19936
spreadsheet WW2 internetrules internetrules Microblogging
i guess they would have

computers are like really useful.

the amount of implications having a 1980-2020 computer in WW2 would be a fucking lot so im gonna stop here.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:40:31 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19935 https://curi.us/comments/show/19935
Max Alisa Discussion
> Ok. I edited the video link for my 5m 20s run on speedrun.com to point to the version with frame numbers.

Did you get any feedback about that from the verifiers? I'm curious if they agreed with me. I guess they didn't say anything about it tho (like someone did the verification then just pressed the green 'verify' button). I don't think mods can leave comments/msgs unless they click the red 'reject' button.

#19794

>> Whether an individual case is seeking local optima or not is goal dependent (particularly long-term goal dependant).

> If you start by learning the Ice Climbers character, you might make quicker progress initially than if you started off with some other character, but your progress would likely stall sooner than it otherwise would have.

Yup, that's exactly the sort of thing I meant.

#19795

> We could discuss in the abstract what the best way to get to sub 5 minutes is. I think I would argue that in a lot of cases, the way I'm doing it is actually one of the better approaches.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'in the abstract' and 'a lot of cases'. My guess is that 'abstract' means like, for anyone generally rather than you, and 'cases' means instances of ppl trying to get sub 5. Is that right? I'm not particularly interested in SMB sub-5 strats without more reason to focus on that.

> Goldratt suggests you should first make the improvements you can make with little investment (exploit the constraint), and only when you've run out of those, make the improvements that require a bigger investment (break the constraint)
> The way I see it, trying to learn a trick, which is relatively difficult, when I still have easy gains available would be premature optimization. And I don't think making the easy gains is wasted effort. It gets me better at skills I'll still have to use anyway.

This sounds like it makes some sense, but I wonder if the diff in contexts changes how one should approach this? In a factory, you might have a constraint that will stop being the constraint if you can get 5% more efficiency. Say you have 2 ideas for exploiting the constraint; one that gives you an extra 10% and is easy, and on that gives you an extra 25% and is hard. I think Goldratt's idea makes sense here, particularly, b/c either idea will introduce some excess capacity to the current constraint (and thus there'll be a new one somewhere else). so you get a nice way to incrementally improve without over-optimizing.

IDK if the method carries over that well tho. Like with speedrunning you have a static goal (sub-5) and then some combination of optimizations/tricks to implement to get there. It doesn't matter which tricks you use, besides that some are easier/harder or more/less consistent - that could change with personal context too.

The method carries over better if you have a incremental goals like sub-5:40, sub-5:20, etc. Incremental goals make more sense if you don't know what your final goal will be (which seems like your case with SMB).

[PangaeaPanga has some interesting discussion of his speedrunning learning strats at 17:54 in one of his latest vids.](https://youtu.be/wz-RMhxX77c?t=1072)

YT's transcript (slightly touched up)

> the way i do this is we do progressively harder strats so that way i can get consistent at the later parts of the level or parts that i need to be consistent at. and once i'm consistent enough with those strats i can move on to faster strats. i don't go for world record strats on my very first run. that's how i approach speeding in general. like i used to speedrun sunshine. i did very moderate strats. and once i was comfortable with them then i would move on to the world record strats. and then eventually my movement got better as a result and i got a 116.

I think there is a diff here between Panga's method and yours. I think the diff is that he skips any ~middle strats, like he goes from easy strats (w/ LOTS of excess capacity) to WR strats. IDK if that's actually how he does things but it makes some sense. But I think your method includes ~middle strats, which makes sense since you have incremental goals, rather than a goal like "get the WR".]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:36:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19934 https://curi.us/comments/show/19934
Max Alisa Discussion
>> Why don't you ust have an `onclick` function for the 'reply' and 'quote' links that fills in the textbox, and use the existing `&lt;a>` tags to href to `#comment-box`?

> IIUC, that's the same thing curi proposed.

Yeah, it sounds like it. I think I skimmed over curi's comment and didn't read it closely enough to notice. Mb I was also distracted a bit by your `window.location.href` bit.

> I think you and curi are proposing to:
> - change the value of the href attribute to something like "#post-comment" in order to scroll down to the comment form

yes, I think that's right. If you have *only* the anchor tag then it won't trigger an HTTP request for a new page (which AFAIK just like 302 redirects you back anyway)

> - add an onclick attribute to the〈a〉tag to fill in the post number in the comment body for a reply (or quote the whole post, if the 〈a〉tag is for the "quote" button)

Yup

> I haven't gone ahead with that approach immediately because, as I said, I don't know if the onclick would happen before navigation (i.e., scrolling to the bottom), after navigation, or not at all.

My intuition is that, since `onclick` is a callback, page scrolling would happen first. But IDK. I don't think it really matters, tho. I am reasonably certain that `onclick` will trigger like normal. [I'm wrong tho](https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7347786/html-anchor-tag-with-javascript-onclick-event) -- just googled; link is to stackoverflow.]]>
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:05:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19933 https://curi.us/comments/show/19933
Max Max Microblogging
> Even if it made sense to spend $1200 and to prioritize saving your time, it could still be an error to have spent $1200 *in the way you did*. I'm not saying it was - just that this is a possibility to consider. For example, maybe you should have spent some portion of the $1200 on hiring someone for a consultation.

Ahh, yeah. gp. I think I have some bad ideas still about things like money and paying ppl. paying for a bit of consultation didn't occur to me; maybe because I though I could have asked some women I know and gotten some advice for free? Hmm.

** --- (the rest of this post is some free-writing / reflection / notes) --- **

This is mb also related to an attitude I have towards learning, where I like think it's better or more valuable to explore things on my own than bootstrap via other ppl's knowledge. Something like that. This is a bit funny, tho, b/c I am still bootstrapping via other ppl's knowledge (tutorial vids), just not as ~directly as Q&A that I could do via like an hour of consulting time.

There's some merit to that learning attitude generally. like DD made some significant improvements WRT structural knowledge & Popper's ideas. he thought about them in a diff way that had more reach (or something like that); they were more useful b/c of the way that he understood them, and that understanding was possible b/c he didn't do too much like direct bootstrapping from contemporary Popperians.

Mb that learning attitude makes some sense to do for a bit, or if you're a really good thinker and working on hard/complex philosophy, but I think I've just convinced myself that it's not worth doing most of the time (e.g. learning makeup).

** makeup content / cost / social dynamics **

Also, I mentioned [vlog 9 at 4:27](https://youtu.be/YYaUXrxckJM?t=266) that there's like a lack of critical content about makeup; I think if there was more critical content about makeup then that would have helped me spend $ more efficiently.

This relates to some social dynamics in makeup vids too, like the section from Stephanie Bailey that I quote/show in [vlog 8 at 6:28](https://youtu.be/_8drQQ8r2Oo?t=388) where she claims that most ppl can't afford to wear expensive foundation every day. Those sort of attitudes can suppress good tips like: if you are willing to spend $1000 then buy expensive staple products up front. Also, expensive foundation works out to like $1/day which isn't like totally negligible, but it's pretty affordable if someone wanted it. *Most* of the $ i spent at Mecca was on other stuff where cheaper alternatives aren't as impactful.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:57:13 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19932 https://curi.us/comments/show/19932
Alisa Alisa Discussion
>>> for each comment, to make the 2 links*
>>> u link to # and then do an onclick attribute iirc
>>> well actually i’ll link to #comment-box or whatever i called it so it scrolls u down

After quoting curi, I wrote this in the same comment:

>> Would be good to find out if onclick even handling happens before or after navigation, or even if it happens at all when a link has both an href and an onclick attribute. I don't know that from memory.

In #19919, Max replied to my comment, asking:

> Why don't you ust have an `onclick` function for the 'reply' and 'quote' links that fills in the textbox, and use the existing `&lt;a>` tags to href to `#comment-box`?

IIUC, that's the same thing curi proposed.

Below is an example of the current HTML for the "reply" button. (I changed the angle brackets to prevent possible issues with markdown):

〈a href="/2204-alisa-discussion/reply/19919#post-comment" rel="nofollow"〉reply〈/a〉

I think you and curi are proposing to:

- change the value of the href attribute to something like "#post-comment" in order to scroll down to the comment form
- add an onclick attribute to the〈a〉tag to fill in the post number in the comment body for a reply (or quote the whole post, if the 〈a〉tag is for the "quote" button)

I haven't gone ahead with that approach immediately because, as I said, I don't know if the onclick would happen before navigation (i.e., scrolling to the bottom), after navigation, or not at all. I would like to understand the order in which things will happen, or understand why order is irrelevant in this case.

> something like `window.location.href = blah` should work too, but IMO if you're already using links (instead of like buttons) then doing `&lt;a href="#comment-box">blah&lt;/a>` is more elegant if it works for your script.

I agree.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 22:48:23 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19931 https://curi.us/comments/show/19931
curi Politics Discussion
> Here's how stupid Republicans are. https://dailycaller.com/2021/02/10/kevin-cramer-donald-trump-stephanie-ruhle-hallie-jackson-impeachment-trial/

> The actual reason Democrats are lynching Trump again is they are afraid no Democrat could beat him in 2024. In other words, this is the Democrats' war to rig an election they can win only by stealing.

The Daily Caller article title is:

> Republican Senator Says Democrats Should Hope Trump Can Run Again To ‘Better’ Their Chances]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:12:41 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19930 https://curi.us/comments/show/19930
Anne B What To Read
> One thing I have changed my mind on is: I think it's harder for women to be exposed to better political ideas b/c AFAIK the media that covers alternative PoVs doesn't cover stuff like makeup.

Interesting point.

I don’t read any of those magazines and I don’t read about makeup. I have in-person friends who are leftist and who are rightist. I read a lot of FI stuff and stuff that is recommended by FI people. Yet my guess is that I have more leftist background assumptions than rightist background assumptions. I don’t know how much of it is from childhood learning via family/school/tv and how much of it is from current/ongoing sources. It would be nice to be able to see some of that more consciously.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 15:01:54 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19929 https://curi.us/comments/show/19929
Anne B What To Read
I’m interested in background assumption ideas and how they get woven into something like a novel in a way that people like me don’t notice. When I first read your comment I couldn’t think of any political ideas in *Such a Fun Age*. After some thought, I came up with a few that one might think are in the book after reading its Amazon page:

- Black people are more likely to get stopped by police/security than white people are, and it’s because of their skin color rather than because of what they are doing.

- White people are more privileged than black people. They have easier lives because of the color of their skin. They don’t realize that they have easier lives, and they should. Because of their advantaged position, they owe it to black people to help them.

Are these the kind of political ideas you had in mind? What else am I not consciously seeing that might be influencing me?

***

The more I look at the Amazon description of the book, the more I find words, phrases, and sentences in it that contradict what I see in the book. Whoever wrote it has a different understanding of the book than I do, and/or they deliberately distorted the book in their write-up. I am open to the idea that I mis-read the book in significant ways, but as of now I think I am more right than the Amazon description is. I’m not sure if I should write up all my disagreements.

***

To answer your other questions:

I read books suggested by FI people. Many of those books are from non-leftist viewpoints.

I don’t remember why I picked this book, but it’s probably because someone recommended it to me and it seemed like it would be easy reading, which I like to do some of. I ended up enjoying it because I was able to see in it the things I wrote about in my first post.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:49:52 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19928 https://curi.us/comments/show/19928
Anonymous Max Microblogging
> #19925 Thank you!

>> It would have made more sense to research first before spending a lot of money.

> Yes. There are two things that I think are important here:

> 1. My surprise at how expensive it was is, I think, a worthwhile thing to learn (and something I didn't predict)
> 2. I'm fortunate enough that $1200 will not have a terrible impact on my life. I was prepared to spend $ to do this, and I chose to prioritise other things (like my time) than doing research on buying makeup efficiently.

> Because of these two things, I don't think it was a major error to spend $1200+.

Even if it made sense to spend $1200 and to prioritize saving your time, it could still be an error to have spent $1200 *in the way you did*. I'm not saying it was - just that this is a possibility to consider. For example, maybe you should have spent some portion of the $1200 on hiring someone for a consultation.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:21:43 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19927 https://curi.us/comments/show/19927
Max Max Microblogging
> It would have made more sense to research first before spending a lot of money.

Yes. There are two things that I think are important here:

1. My surprise at how expensive it was is, I think, a worthwhile thing to learn (and something I didn't predict)
2. I'm fortunate enough that $1200 will not have a terrible impact on my life. I was prepared to spend $ to do this, and I chose to prioritise other things (like my time) than doing research on buying makeup efficiently.

Because of these two things, I don't think it was a major error to spend $1200+.

> People can go colour math in drug stores first, and then buy it off amazon later. (At least they can in America. I don't know if Australia is different.)

Re Australia being different: sorta. Our drug stores are smaller. I've been to a CVS in SF and a Wallgreens in Vegas, both were much larger than any Aussie chemist I've ever seen. There are other places I could have gone to color match first, tho (e.g. Myer, which I referenced in like 2 or 3). In chemists they usually just have a printed pallet and some samples, but the samples can be unreliable. I could have sought more assistance from relevant friends or family members too. I definitely didn't do this the best way that I could have.

I also like the idea of paying for a product at the place you do color matching. Mainly this applies to the first instance. It could be an error in my thinking but I think it's also something that's low impact so I haven't thought much about it.

When I went to Mecca, part of the reason I was prepared to spend more $ was that I wanted to do these two weeks decently (not making too many compromises), and I had already decided that I didn't want the project to extend much (or at all) beyond two weeks.

> Also I don't know why you are so negative about drugstores.

If you're referring specifically to the comment/self-crit I made; I don't know either, that's part of the reason for the self-crit. If you mean a point in the video (other than me saying "drug store" in a funny voice) I would appreciate you linking me. I want to understand, too.

>> I think my change of voice implies something negative, either: about the idea of calling it a "drug store"; or about ppl who shop at a drug store for makeup e.g. poor ppl, whores (referenced in vlog 5), lazy/careless ppl, etc; or mb just like an anti-american attitude in general (I hope not this one).
>
> The one you hope it's not is the anti-American one. Do you think the other ones are all fine?

No. I think the anti-American attitude would be worse, tho, because it would point to a more substantial error in my thinking. I think the other errors would be easier to fix. I might be wrong, but based on my estimate of how big a problem it is, I think the anti-American attitude is a bigger issue.

> Why do you assume people who buy drugstore makeup are poor or lazy/careless?

I don't; the list I provided was meant to be brainstorming (so like an "or", not an "and"). They're attitudes that I guessed I could have, rather than things I think I believe. I apologize if that came off differently; that wouldn't be good, and I am interested in avoiding that sort of error in the future.

> Do you think not wanting to spend $1200 on makeup makes someone "poor"?

Not at all. I know I'm doing things from scratch (so spending a lot at once) and I know I haven't tried to spend money efficiently. WRT buying from a drug store, AFAIK that's the cheapest place to buy makeup, so *if* I have something against ppl who buy makeup at a drug store, then it might be that I actually have something against poor ppl. Without knowing what that attitude is, I can't fix it.

I think it's notable you didn't quote the last part of my self-criticising comment:

>> Anyway, I think changing my voice like that was bad and reflects something (which I don't fully understand atm) that is not a good thing. Like some bad or wrongly-judgmental attitude.
>> Ideas and crits (i.e. help) welcome

I specifically ask for help on this issue. I don't know if you're intending to be helpful or not, but I want to mention that at this point. You have helped me reflect from some PoVs I hadn't done so from previously, tho. Thx.

> Also, why use the word "whores" at all? That's not a neutral word.

The use of "whores" is a reference to [the clip from *The Simpsons* I played in 5](https://youtu.be/oSeDWKjSX8c?t=780). I agree it's not neutral. In hindsight I don't think I provided enough context to justify using it; like if someone was reading that comment without watching ep 5 then it will seem like an error, whereas I might have been able to make the comment -- just as effectually -- without using the word.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:38:46 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19926 https://curi.us/comments/show/19926
a girl anon Max Microblogging
You said you bought stuff off amazon without colour matching it first. But a lot of amazon makeup is available in drug stores. People can go colour math in drug stores first, and then buy it off amazon later. (At least they can in America. I don't know if Australia is different.)

Also I don't know why you are so negative about drugstores.

> I think my change of voice implies something negative, either: about the idea of calling it a "drug store"; or about ppl who shop at a drug store for makeup e.g. poor ppl, whores (referenced in vlog 5), lazy/careless ppl, etc; or mb just like an anti-american attitude in general (I hope not this one).

The one you hope it's not is the anti-American one. Do you think the other ones are all fine? Why do you assume people who buy drugstore makeup are poor or lazy/careless? Do you think not wanting to spend $1200 on makeup makes someone "poor"?

Also, why use the word "whores" at all? That's not a neutral word.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:30:22 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19925 https://curi.us/comments/show/19925
makeup vlog 9 Max Max Microblogging Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:33:29 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19924 https://curi.us/comments/show/19924 Max What To Read
> Did you have any criticism of the book's ideas or did you even notice it was sharing political ideas?

I think you mean political ideas other than second-handedness, but Anne did mention:

> some of the characters in the book are even more second-handed than most people are, and that led to bad consequences for them.

Is that not political? Is that not a criticism of those characters?

Also, you quote the amazon page as evidence of the political leaning, but it includes:

> [...] Vogue • Elle • Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping [...]

One thing I have changed my mind on is: I think it's harder for women to be exposed to better political ideas b/c AFAIK the media that covers alternative PoVs doesn't cover stuff like makeup. Like *Vogue*, *Elle*, *InStyle* all have fashion and makeup stuff, *Real Simple* advertises itself as having beauty tips, and *Good Housekeeping* is definitely women-centric -- have any of them ever been e.g. pro-Trump? IDK, but I suspect not. Granted that women *should* look outside those outlets for other ideas, but I think it's notable that the social pressures and material that overlaps with women-centric topics (e.g. makeup) is largely lefty. So I think this is a failure of *not just* the papers and magazines that are mentioned, *but also* of other news/media/etc outlets with better/alternative perspectives b/c they don't provide content that women are after.

Mb I'm wrong here, but I think it's notable and worth metioning.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:05:39 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19923 https://curi.us/comments/show/19923
Max Max Microblogging
---

> [... I quoted a thing here about being confident in decisions ...]

I don't know if you had the following in mind or not, but I think there's something pretty substantial here. There are two forms of confidence that occur to me that matter:

* confidence in a decision -- that it's a right / acceptable / good decision.
* confidence in *the error correction method associated with criticism and thinking*.

The first one is the typical, common sense, 'everyone gets it' meaning. The second one is the subtle one:

Confidence in a decision isn't just about the decision being correct. We're fallible creatures and there's ~always *some* knowledge that might exist that would change our minds.

Like, for any situation where you have type 1 confidence it's usually easy to think of new crazy-edge-case type knowledge that would change our mind. That demonstrates the fallibility, but we can't predict what the change-our-minds type knowledge would be for a given situation (in general: new knowledge is unpredicable and surprising; if it weren't, then it wouldn't be new!)

If you have **type 2** confidence, tho, then criticisms are *always helpful*. If you have confidence in your *methods* then a crit will always help you improve your decision; because a criticism is a reason that your previous judgement (idea) wouldn't work! *This* type of confidence is super-powerful, b/c it's the confidence to pursue a goal without fear. If you only have *type 1* confidence then -- being fallible creatures -- we can never be sure that an *individual decision* is right or not. But having *type 2* confidence means that *our methods of error correction* are good enough to handle *literally anything that reality can throw at us* and there *are no existentially fatal criticisms*, there are only *helpful* crits.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 07:08:55 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19922 https://curi.us/comments/show/19922
Max Focusing Your Attention Discussion
It seems like an important and worthwhile problem to focus on -- to me, at least.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 06:24:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19921 https://curi.us/comments/show/19921
focus on a crit if it would help with a major error Max Focusing Your Attention Discussion
You should prioritise a crit if not doing so would lead to a major error.

A major error is one that would cause a project (or step of a project) to fail; i.e. it's a place where you don't have excess capacity. e.g. this keyboard has enough battery ATM, but if it didn't then it would jeopardise the mini-project that is this post.

A minor error is an error in an idea where you have excess capacity, like that error wouldn't cause the project to fail. e.g. I just cleaned this keyboard and there's some cat hair in places it wasn't before which causes some key presses to not register or register twice, but a typo usually won't compromise the meaning or clarity of what I write.

If you focus on crits regarding major errors then you can solve those and continue with the project to completion.

Everything we do can be thought of as a project. This comment I'm making is a small project. My desire to get a lot better at philosophy is a large project. I shouldn't focus on crits that are relevant to the large project if I'm currently focusing on the small project. However, I should focus on crits of the large project when I have excess capacity, and ideally should resolve those problems before they become major errors.

Additionally, using knowledge/concepts like *critical path* and *CCPM* I can resolve tensions around priorities: if I know the critical path then I have enough info to know possible *orderings* and also to know whehter something is on the critical path or not. Ofc those can change over time (esp with 1 person projects) but I just need to revisit planning occasionally to make sure everything is in sync *enough* to keep going.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 06:09:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19920 https://curi.us/comments/show/19920
Max Alisa Discussion
> Would be good to find out if onclick even handling happens before or after navigation, or even if it happens at all when a link has both an href and an onclick attribute. I don't know that from memory.

Why don't you ust have an `onclick` function for the 'reply' and 'quote' links that fills in the textbox, and use the existing `&lt;a>` tags to href to `#comment-box`?

That sounds simpler.

I've done a bit with JS navigation; something like `window.location.href = blah` should work too, but IMO if you're already using links (instead of like buttons) then doing `&lt;a href="#comment-box">blah&lt;/a>` is more elegant if it works for your script.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:58:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19919 https://curi.us/comments/show/19919
Max Max Microblogging
> Try doing a more modern makeup look?

How do I know if a makeup look is modern or not? I did some research this morning but it's not that much clearer to me. I found some mistakes I was making too, but IDK how they relate to modernity. (like my eyebrows are the wrong shape, which I could have avoided if I'd plucked them differently)

> Are you using being male + wearing makeup as an excuse? The makeup you're doing is unrealistic for a woman to wear in public today.

Excuse for what? Doing an outdated look or doing an unrealistic makeup routine or something else?

IDK what you mean be unrealistic, also. I see women down the street with full coverage + lipstick + eyeshadow. Is there something else that's unrealistic about what I've been doing?

I am planning on doing a lighter makeup routine soon, tho IDK if you would think that's more modern or more realistic.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 05:24:44 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19918 https://curi.us/comments/show/19918
curi.us quote/reply js project Alisa Alisa Discussion
Here's the conversation that led to the project.

> [curi:] want to write js for me to replace curi.us quote and reply links so it doesn’t need a server request?

>> [Alisa:] Maybe @js. I could make it an FI project like capitalism etc.

> [curi:] would u prefer i ask someone else?

>> [Alisa:] I think you said successful project completion is worth getting better at. I failed at my last FI-related programming project. If doing this successfully would get me closer to my life goals, I’m interested. Otherwise, yeah, ask someone else I guess.

> [curi:] i think it’s fine as a mini project. i don’t think it’s particularly important for life goals but i’d say it’s compatible, not bad.

>> [Alisa]: Compatible is good. I’ll do it.

> [curi:] javascript:document.getElementById('comment_argle').value=document.getElementById('comment_argle').value.replace(/(%5E%7C%5Cn)(.*%5CS)/g,'$1%3E%20$2');
> that’s my bookmark which quotes all text in curi comment field
> i think i need the js in the form of 2 functions i can put on the top of the page, and then i’ll have rails output calling those functions for each link.
> they would take comment id number as input or something similar
> for each comment, to make the 2 links*
> u link to # and then do an onclick attribute iirc
> well actually i’ll link to #comment-box or whatever i called it so it scrolls u down

My plan is to write some javascript and use the inspector until I have something that works the way curi described. Basically it'll be two functions that are called with an onclick.

Would be good to find out if onclick even handling happens before or after navigation, or even if it happens at all when a link has both an href and an onclick attribute. I don't know that from memory. I'll look it up. If there's a problem, one thing I could do is just do the navigation in the function. It'd be like this as the last line of the function:

```
window.location.href = '#comment-box' /* or whatever */
```

I intend to spend at least 5 minutes per day on this until it is complete. Once I have something working, I'll submit it to curi for review.]]>
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 03:48:58 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19917 https://curi.us/comments/show/19917
UEG lightly shills some crypto Max Deplatforming and Fraud Wed, 10 Feb 2021 02:40:52 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19916 https://curi.us/comments/show/19916 curi Politics Discussion Tue, 09 Feb 2021 23:34:13 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19915 https://curi.us/comments/show/19915 curi Politics Discussion
https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/02/anti-trump-election-conspiracy-goes-public-matthew-vadum/

> The Anti-Trump Election Conspiracy Goes Public

> Time magazine provides a full confession.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:40:54 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19914 https://curi.us/comments/show/19914
curi Politics Discussion
> Trump Offered to Deploy 10,000 National Guard Troops in DC Ahead of Jan. 6: Mark Meadows

he was turned down, then blamed for the results and accused of trying to incite violence. he wanted to have plenty of troops there to make sure that what happened on jan 6 *didn't happen*. so not it wasn't his goal.

Trump was set up by other ppl who intentionally prevented there being adequate security so they could have an excuse to clamp down. they have a bunch of soldiers in DC *now* to protect against nothing and intimidate people.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:39:58 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19913 https://curi.us/comments/show/19913
curi curi's Microblogging
They do one other thing a bunch besides their main whistleblower journalism and the ambushes. It's covering legal stuff they're involved in, especially retractions when media outlets have to take back lies about Veritas. I think the 2min "retracto" vids with music are low content but the basic idea of communicating successes at getting retractions of lies is good. Sometimes they do more in-depth 10-15min videos covering retractions or legal stuff and I like those.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:24:33 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19912 https://curi.us/comments/show/19912
curi curi's Microblogging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OilEAOCbOWE]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:21:24 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19911 https://curi.us/comments/show/19911
Genshin Impact Stuff curi Gaming Discussion
I don't plan to ascend anyone to 90 until AR 55. Partly I planned to stay at 80 longer anyway to increase the game's difficulty. I got AR 50 a few days ago and haven't even ascended any weapons to 80/90.

I often play every other day. On the off day I go on my phone and craft 3 condensed resin (and possibly some of the blacksmith ore that costs resin) and do expeditions. I skip mostly of my dailies even when I play on PC. I haven't seen a rush to increase AR after I hit AR 45 so I could farm artifacts. I still have tons of artifact farming left that I can do.

My 5 stars now are: Diluc, Ganyu, Skyward Atlas (catalyst).

I leveled Barbara to 79 because she was my only catalyst user over 20. I'm trying her as a damage dealer instead of a pure healer. She's OK at it using the 5star atk% catalyst. I'm giving her atk% and hydro dmg% but not worrying about crit. She has some hp% but not as a artifact main stat. She currently has a healing% helm but I'll try critrate helm sometime.

I got Ganyu on purpose. I was at 60/90 pity and had missed the 50% chance on Childe earlier, so I was guaranteed to get her within 30 wishes. I'm now at 0/90 character banner pity and like 3/90 on standard banner, but I have like 12.5k primo gems and 5 intertwined fate.

I'm 100% free to play. I strongly recommend it. Paying money is pay to win. The game isn't too hard. Don't screw it up.

I've tried doing stuff without using my 5stars to check if the game is too hard that way. It's harder but still OK – sometimes better. Ganyu is stupidly OP against a lot of stuff. Diluc is strong but doesn't trivialize stuff like her. He just feels like a regular character with maybe 20% bigger numbers. A lot of stuff is a joke to Ganyu, e.g. she often 1-shots hilichurls with frostflake arrow headshots (the arrow damage + the bloom damage together kills it – over 20k is pretty common and that's with a crit rate helm not crit dmg helm which will increase dmg peaks a lot).]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:34:34 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19910 https://curi.us/comments/show/19910
Anonymous Max Microblogging
Are you using being male + wearing makeup as an excuse? The makeup you're doing is unrealistic for a woman to wear in public today. And there are men who wear makeup but you don't look similar to them either.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:12:54 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19909 https://curi.us/comments/show/19909
curi New Community Website: Marketing
> Who’s the most underrated [living] public intellectual (so, yes, one that *people in the know* must know about, books published, etc.)?

I'm sure there are many other similar topics.

It gives significant info about how people see public intellectuals and what interests or impresses them. You can take names on the list, esp ones that get repeated, and look at what those people are doing. It's also notable when people give answers that are a poor fit – e.g. someone already very popular as most underrated. They really wanted to promote that person and believe he should be even more popular. Actually most of the answers re underrated were not very obscure people, even though obscure people are going to be the most underrated both in absolute numbers and as a percentage or multiple (e.g. there's probably some guy with 20 fans who merits 1,000,000x more fans, and no one who already has 100k+ fans can compete with that).]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:05:12 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19908 https://curi.us/comments/show/19908
curi Open Discussion (2021) Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:00:11 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19907 https://curi.us/comments/show/19907 Gavin Palmer (HLFG) Max Microblogging Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:35:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19906 https://curi.us/comments/show/19906 curi Politics Discussion
Good article. Worrying situation. The dems literally have thousands of troops occupying DC.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 04:55:54 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19904 https://curi.us/comments/show/19904
curi Open Discussion (2021) Tue, 09 Feb 2021 04:51:53 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19903 https://curi.us/comments/show/19903 makeup vlog 8 | YT makeup tutorials and the best makeup tutorial channel Max Max Microblogging Tue, 09 Feb 2021 04:07:48 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19902 https://curi.us/comments/show/19902 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> My impression is that a group approach is the highest percentage play for approaching a super hot girl who is with her friends in a nightclub.

... and my understanding is that super-hot girls in nightclubs are essentially *always* with their friends.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 02:14:32 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19901 https://curi.us/comments/show/19901
Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> negging: yeah this has been misunderstood a lot. i think it's better than jmulv does (if you avoid the misunderstandings) but i agree with jmulv that it's not needed.

I think negging can actually be appropriate for super hot girls, which is what Mystery's method was supposed to be designed for. I think part of the theory is that girls like that almost never receive this kind of communication, so it makes you stand out to an extent, and also disqualifies you as someone who's trying to get in their pants.

In a Dec 2020 lay report by Alek from girlschase.com ("[Indirect Club Game Just After LOCKDOWN (A Case Study)](https://www.girlschase.com/content/indirect-club-game-just-after-lockdown-case-study)"), Alek pre-opens a hot girl by walking right by her and her friend while they are dancing in a club and checking his hair in a mirror. He even kind of physically moves them out of his way without paying them any more attention. That's a kind of situational neg.

I think this LR is interesting because Alek was a bit rusty due to lockdowns and he talks about how he played everything extremely conservatively and safe because he didn't want to mess anything up. Safe, solid game is another thing advocated by Mystery.

> talking to everyone in the group: jmulv says his methods focus on the target girl and only interact with other people as necessary. i think it's plausible that he can make that work.

I think group theory is another part of safe, solid night game. In the lay report above, Alek talks to the girl's group, befriends a guy who is hitting on his target's cousin, etc. My impression is that a group approach is the highest percentage play for approaching a super hot girl who is with her friends in a nightclub.

If you're not going after the ultra hot girls, or if you're approaching girls during the day, my impression is that talking to them individually could be fine and maybe even optimal.

> 4. ignore girl you like in a group: jealousy plotline, indirectly lowering her value. jmulv says he has more direct methods that work better. this is plausible to me.

Again, I think this advice is designed again as the conservative, high-percentage way to approach ultra hot girls in nightclubs. Mystery always said he was after 10s. When Alek approached the group containing his target (in [his LR from above](https://www.girlschase.com/content/indirect-club-game-just-after-lockdown-case-study)), he started by focusing on another girl, but it didn't work, and he quickly re-adjusted:

>> Since Ana was the hottest girl and seemed to be the “grumpiest” (or “most bitchy”), I went for her cousin. And that backfired.

>> Alek: Hey, so… (I got quickly interrupted by Ana)

>> Ana: She has a boyfriend (turns out some dude she knew from her social circle was dancing with her)

>> Alek: That’s great since I did not come over to talk to her, but to you

>> Ana: Oh? (She’s curious now!)

I think it comes down to how hot are the girls you're approaching (which includes, how hot do they think they are and how much attention are they getting) and the circumstances under which you are approaching them. Mystery's advice is designed for the hottest of the hot, model-level girls, in nightclubs. Most pickup artists don't address that problem situation.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 02:12:03 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19900 https://curi.us/comments/show/19900
curi Open Discussion (2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw1dpWDZksU

he keeps stuff simple and gets lots of leads and goes through them in an organized, methodical way.

he sets up Tinder leads in advance before arriving in a new city.

i can see how/why this would work.

before he's actually on a date with a girl, he's treating it like a marketing funnel instead of treating the girl like an individual.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 02:04:55 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19899 https://curi.us/comments/show/19899
curi Open Discussion (2021)
this is an understandable view given mainstream state of science and philosophy, but is refuted by universality ideas in BoI. the reason it appears to work or seems right is because of culture causing similar outcomes.

similarly, evolutionary psychology is pretty common with PUA info.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:53:09 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19898 https://curi.us/comments/show/19898
curi Open Discussion (2021) Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:48:39 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19897 https://curi.us/comments/show/19897 Anonymous Open Discussion (2021)
> peacocking: i think a lot of ppl do it wrong, but the actual idea (as I understand it from Mystery) is fine: wear at least one thing that a girl could comment on, instead of 100% bland stuff.

wearing one somewhat "loud"/notable thing also fits with the fashion principle of having a single "statement" piece that has a strong color or pattern while keeping the other stuff muted. the idea is that having one loud thing can be fine and get some attention, but if you have too many loud things you can clash and don't draw people's attention to anything in particular]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:48:07 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19896 https://curi.us/comments/show/19896
curi Open Discussion (2021)
disclaimer: i mostly think promiscuity is bad.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:41:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19895 https://curi.us/comments/show/19895
curi Open Discussion (2021)
around 2min in jmulv says he tells girls he has no social medias because if they see one thing they don't like, e.g. the wrong political view, it often just immediate kills his chances with that girl.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:37:59 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19894 https://curi.us/comments/show/19894
PUA: jmulv and Mystery curi Open Discussion (2021)
He did a second video with bad parts of MM: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yfkz9xyaUM](Everything Wrong With Mystery Method)

My comments on all 5 criticisms:

1. peacocking: i think a lot of ppl do it wrong, but the actual idea (as I understand it from Mystery) is fine: wear at least one thing that a girl could comment on, instead of 100% bland stuff. that gives her the opportunity to say something easy, if she wants to, instead of struggling to come up with something to say. and it makes you seem less boring or shy. jmulv seems to think *strong* peacocking is bad, and i agree that's bad for most people in most situations (Mystery personally made it work a lot for himself). jmulv doesn't explain it like this and just says peacocking is bad.

2. negging: yeah this has been misunderstood a lot. i think it's better than jmulv does (if you avoid the misunderstandings) but i agree with jmulv that it's not needed.

3. talking to everyone in the group: jmulv says his methods focus on the target girl and only interact with other people as necessary. i think it's plausible that he can make that work.

4. ignore girl you like in a group: jealousy plotline, indirectly lowering her value. jmulv says he has more direct methods that work better. this is plausible to me.

5. 7 hours of interaction before sex: jmulv criticizes this and says that the comfort needed isn't an amount of time and some things create comfort faster than others. of course. i think Mystery knew that and was just giving a decent rule of thumb.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 01:36:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19893 https://curi.us/comments/show/19893
curi Deplatforming and Fraud
Fidelity is blocking charitable contributions to Project Veritas. They lied to Veritas donors and slandered Veritas with false, damaging statements. Their own lawyer on the phone said they shouldn't be saying that and that he has no knowledge of any of the allegations against Veritas in question being true or having any basis in fact.]]>
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:23:05 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19892 https://curi.us/comments/show/19892
Anonymous What To Read
> A Best Book of the Year:
> The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • NPR • Vogue • Elle • Real Simple • InStyle • Good Housekeeping • Parade • Slate • Vox • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal • BookPage

And the Amazon plot summary indicates the book is highly politicized. And it's a little over a year old.]]>
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 23:57:03 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19891 https://curi.us/comments/show/19891
Some crits of HeroLFG's post "Casualties in the Information War" Max Max Microblogging
The introduction has two sentences:

> People need to understand and agree with the goal of a system.

What's the context here? All systems that ppl use? All systems? Designed systems? etc

In any case; I don't agree. I think ppl and systems can have different goals; what matters is the overlap. Provided that the actors' goals and the system's goals agree *enough* then things can work fine. Some goals are better than others; some goals have *reach*.

Take a traffic/road system. Let's ask some basic questions:
- What's the systems goal?
- What are the goals of the commuters?
- Do commuters need to understand things about traffic systems to use roads effectively?

I don't think ppl need to fully understand and agree with the goal of a traffic system to use it. They just need to understand *enough*: that they can use it to get from A to B. Provided the commuters have a goal like that (getting to work, the shops, home, etc) then it works out. The system might have other goals like: having multiple routes between points, having efficient routes so that it doesn't take too long to travel places, making sure there are enough lanes on the road to accommodate traffic merging and splitting, etc. Ppl don't need to know anything about these other goals to use roads.

> If people ignore the goal of a system, then the system is assuredly being wasteful and counterproductive.

I think this is problematic too, like these are the qs that come to mind:

Assured by what? By the people ignoring the goal of the system? What if the ppl using the system ignore the system's goals but have their own goals? Can the *"misuse"* of a system be efficient or must it always be inefficient?

Similar to above, I think exploring these qs will both provide examples of system use and misuse that isn't counterproductive (it doesn't need to be perfectly optimal) and show that ppl don't need to know/consider the goals of a system to use it. They only need to know enough to know how they can use it to achieve their goals.

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so far, at the end of the intro, I think I have some major disagreements with HeroLFG and I don't know much about what the blog post is meant to be about; like the title is "Casualties in the Information War" but the intro is about ppl knowing about the goals of a system. I also don't have a sense for the audience or purpose of the post.

because the purpose, audience, and topic of the post is unclear I think it's reasonable for ppl to stop reading b/c the lack of clarity is the first major error in the post.]]>
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 23:50:55 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19890 https://curi.us/comments/show/19890
Anne B What To Read
Side note: The description on the amazon page focuses on Alix, but I’d have focused it on Emira since I think she’s the main character.]]>
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 19:47:21 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19889 https://curi.us/comments/show/19889
Max Max Microblogging
However, if I just use decent editing techniques (like introducing a voiceover before content) then I can just cut together whichever clips I like from each entry without worrying about saying the line each time. The effect (a good intro for the viewer) still happens. I think it was a middle-level error to emphasise saying the line in my plans as much as I did. By "middle error" i mean that it could have been a major error if I focused on it more than I did, and it might have been a constraint at some point (goal-dependant), but as it turned out it was a minor error (doesn't affect much).

I have some thoughts on major and minor errors and how you can tell the difference. If anyone is interested in those things particularly, LMK and I'll focus on writing about that sooner than I might otherwise.]]>
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:34:41 +0000 https://curi.us/comments/show/19888 https://curi.us/comments/show/19888