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Kaj Sotala has been shared in 23 public circles

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Angie Rocio50To be added to my Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Plus, Comment and Reshare this post° in PUBLIC 2014-06-17 17:20:39448329CC G+
Angie Rocio40This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!2014-06-15 08:09:44448209CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501349CC G+
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501011CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma9,935A full circle of MEN from FINLAND! Crazy but true. We Finns are artistic, witty and bit shy - you need to add this circle and fin us! #circleshare   #circles   #finland   #men   #sharedcircles  2014-04-03 13:07:45132014CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma6,945MEN FROM FINLAND. A very dedicated circle of men, all from Finland. Strange, isn't it? Anyway, add these witty and generous gentlemen and find the true character of Finland. .-) #finland   #men   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Circles 2014-01-08 14:25:32131165CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma5,304KOKONAINEN PIIRILLINEN SUOMALAISIA MIEHIÄGoogleplussaa sanotaan aavekaupungiksi. Tottahan tuuli humisee tyhjässä saluunassa, jos et ole lisännyt piireihisi sinua kiinnostavia ihmisiä.Tässä piirissä on noin 130 suomalaista miestä. Fiksua, taiteellista ja hauskojakin ovat. Osa postaa suomeksi, osa englanniksi. Sinuna antaisin heille mahdollisuuden. :-)ELI HYVÄ IHMINEN LISÄÄ TÄMÄ PIIRI ITSELLESI! (ja jaa eteenpäin...) #piirit   #sharedcircles   #suomipiiri   #suomi  2013-10-30 18:06:22131115CC G+
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076CC G+
Andrey Mashnich51,420Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Circle of people, with active life position in Google+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother   #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle2013-01-23 10:40:00479331639CC G+
J. M. Weber812I don't always share circles, but when I do I put some thought into creating them.This is a circle with some of the most interesting people I have in my circles. There are a few rules I follow when selecting:- Only people (no pages or communities)- No NSFW content, not overly political- You can expect these people to engage / be active on G+- Not more than 30 people. Sorry if you're not in it, maybe you will be next time.My goal is to share a circle than can be added without second thoughts. In my experience, adding a circle with up to a few hundred profiles will likely mess up your circles so bad it's rarely worth adding them.I hope this circle will be of use to some of you. Recommendations are always welcome.2012-12-15 01:36:3730403CC G+
Jaana Nyström431,855Finnish active people and Pages circle:Suomalaisia postaavia piiri Marraskuu 2012UUTTA:  Piiriläisten päivittäisiä postauksia!http://publiccircles.appspot.com/dailycircle/jaana_nystr_m-finnisch_circle/2012-11-22* * *Kävin läpi omia piirejäni sekä useita eri sivustoja:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/http://www.googleplussuomi.com/mybestfriends/?googleid=101780786123023132934http://www.googleplussuomi.com/Lisäsin sellaiset jotka ovat postanneet julkisesti, varsinkin kahden viime viikon aikana.Postauskieli vaihtelee suomesta englantiin.Tallentakaa koko piiri uutena ja napsikaa sitten pois porukkaa joiden sisältö ei teitä kiinnosta. Tai valikoikaa! :-)Hauskoja hetkiä näiden aktiivisten Plussaajien parissa:  Vinkatkaa lisää profiileja kommenteissa, väsähdin parin tunnin setvimisen jälkeen.Saa jakaa, mielellään kiitos.Katsele piiriläisiä Circlecount.com:issa:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/sharedcircle/?id=z120f1eoezn1t5lms22celljpvm0wvzfs #Piiri   #Suomi   #Gplussa  2012-11-23 07:52:26111451737CC G+
John Ward4,989This is a circle I have set up for people who enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy. If you'd like to be added to the circle, please let me know in the comments. Also, make sure you guys add the circle as well; so you can see other people's recommendations on the subject. Feel free to re-share this post. #circlesharesunday  2012-06-24 22:05:395014938CC G+
Max Huijgen24,852Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! Part IIAccording to the latest figures 426.9 million Europeans now use the InternetThere is a is feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, and last but not least the desire to have hangouts and interaction without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has four managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time if you want to contribute. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. I also organized a "I will circle you" project. If people commented that they came from Europe I would circle them instead of the other way. The intention was to share this circle back to the community and the first circle of 500 went out. You can find them here https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1Now as promised it´s time for round 2: 300 people and a few European pages. Some very well known, some relatively unknown, but all certified active posters from Europe who will spice up your streams during European hours.Check them out and please share the circle as the intention is to get much more Europeans united!if you were left out while you signed up: my excuses as it´s a tedious job to manage all these circles. I checked all but I am only human :)2012-06-01 14:51:14301893957CC G+
Kevin Medeiros3,101Yeah yeah, this is a huge circle to share. These guys and girls are a bunch of geeks. Geeks of what type you might ask? Well, of all sorts..you'll just have to find out. I've gone through and weeded out some of the inactive users myself in order to stay under the 500 person limit. These guys make up a big portion of my stream and never fail to keep me informed about awesome shit.You may also be asking why I didn't sort them out into sub-geek categories? The answer to that is because I'm not your damn secretary :-)Just check'em out :)2012-05-26 19:20:2947711714CC G+
Peter Edenist1,213Final share of this circle for #scififans for some time. This has been one of the oldest circles I have curated and I wouldn't remove one person from here !Plus 1 if you want in! #projectslowboat #scifi #scifisunday #scifichat #sciencefiction #scienceeveryday #scienceisawesome2012-04-22 14:47:445007414CC G+
Mike Clancy3,739I promised to reshare this sci-fi fans circle if I got a lot of new subscribers and I did ... over 100! As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all..2012-04-06 13:37:293196322CC G+
Mike Clancy3,675Ok, here's the new and improved sci-fi interests circle. Non-posters have been removed. As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all.2012-04-05 13:39:1521813834CC G+
Mike Clancy3,583My sci-fi fan circle ... +1 if you want to be added, share if you already are.2012-04-04 17:18:421343113CC G+
Kevin Medeiros2,549This is my circle of geeks. Definitely an active circle that share geeky shit that "others" may not understand, but you do, right?Circle them if you want instant fun. Seriously..I weed out the lame ones all the time..be prepared for the onslaught of awesome when you add this circle!2012-03-23 21:02:4544913919CC G+
Mike Clancy2,938Final edition of my sci-fi circle for now ... +1 and share if you want to be added to future releases2012-03-20 02:15:081335212CC G+
Mike Clancy1,885My select group of true Sci-Fi fans. If you think you should be added to it, just +12012-03-05 00:31:231514217CC G+
Jaana Nyström35,188#suomi #piiri #Finncircle Lauantain iloksi:Enemmän suomalaisia virtaan!Tämä piiri sisältää niin vanhoja kettuja kuin uusia tulokkaitakin.Kerään koko ajan lisää kotimaista settiä, käykäähän kommentoimassa postauksia niin tiedän lisätä uusia.Te joilla ei vielä ole profiili hyvässä hapessa, lukaiskaa tämä:http://googleplussa.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-kayton-aloitus-profiilivinkit.html2012-03-03 12:32:55186216CC G+


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Most comments: 9

2014-07-30 14:14:57 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)


Maybe I should just move to the North Pole for a few months.

Most reshares: 4

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2014-07-25 05:54:17 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)

“Who gave you the right to control my life?”

“You've got it the wrong way round. You gave the right to control your life away. You're the one who chose to ignore the way the world works.”

Most plusones: 34

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2014-07-22 12:09:14 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)

Grocery store close to where the Ropecon role-playing convention will be held, advertising the fact that it'll be open throughout the event.

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2014-08-01 11:14:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Bostrom on Superintelligence (4): Malignant Failure Modes
( Series Index ) This is the fourth post of my series on Nick Bostrom’s recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies . In the previous post , I started my discussion of Bostrom’s argument for an AI doomsday scenario. Today, I continue this disc...

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2014-07-31 12:49:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

A lone robot, hitchhiking its way through Canada. :3

> I am hitchBOT — a robot from Port Credit, Ontario.

> This summer I will be traveling across Canada, from coast-to-coast. I am hoping to make new friends, have interesting conversations, and see new places along the way. As you may have guessed robots cannot get driver’s licences yet, so I’ll be hitchhiking my entire way. I have been planning my trip with the help of my big family of researchers in Toronto. I will be making my way from the east coast to the west coast starting in July.

> As I love meeting people and hearing stories, I invite you to follow my journey and share your hitchhiking stories with me as well. If you see me by the side of the road, pick me up and help me make my way across the country!

2014-07-31 09:35:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

> Now when I engage with feminists I am read as being a woman, and my words are received very differently now than before. The lack of alienation is liberating, but at the same time I feel disattached from my history of involvement with feminism. Now, if I argue for the inclusion of men in the discourse on rape culture, I am seen as making this argument from a female positionality; as such, women are far more likely to listen to me, but it feels as though (on this topic in particular) they are less likely to hear what I am saying. As a woman, when I assert that men are often victims of sexual violence and that rape culture has a doubly silencing effect on men since —due to masculine-centrism and homophobia— this violence attacks their gender and sexual identities in addition to the personal, physical, and psychic violation, my words are not received with the same authority as when I uttered thosesel... more »

2014-07-31 09:30:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

> Someone asked recently whether it's bad to seek "signs" of being trans from the past, and why or why not. This question is one which deserves to be more widely circulated. Within trans circles a fair number of people have an understanding of the situation and it's complexity, but it's something I think non-trans circles should also be aware of— especially given the recent publicity surrounding trans lives.

> The problems are twofold:

> A lot of people look for signs because they're seeking some sort of validation. The problem here is that you end up misinterpreting and overanalyzing your own life in search of that validation. It's not that the past cannot provide validation for your present, it's just missing the point. What we want (more often than not) is acceptance of who we are now and recognition for our current experience.T... more »

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2014-07-31 08:38:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

This is probably the biggest reason why I ultimately decided to get out of politics: the fact that I enjoy and embrace discussing hypothetical taboos. If I'd be too much in the public eye, I'd no doubt soon get countless of angry bloggers on my back, taking everything that I happened to say in some online conversation and twisting it out of all proportion. And not only would I need to censor myself for the sake of myself, I would also need to consider the impact that anything I said would have on my party mates. No thanks. I'll rather stick to discussing these issues somewhere where, although I might still become the target of an online witch hunt, at least nobody has a political incentive to whip one up.

> Two miners are trapped underground by an explosion. They could be saved, but it would cost a million dollars. That million could be spent on saving the lives of thousands of... more »

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2014-07-30 22:09:27 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

> A world without predators certainly sounds extreme, and it is. But British philosopher David Pearce can't imagine a future in which animals continue to be trapped in the never-ending cycle of blind Darwinian processes. It's up to us, he argues, to put our brains, our technologies, and our sense of compassion to good use, and do something about it. It's part of his overarching Hedonistic Imperative, a far-sighted "abolitionist project" set with the goal of achieving nothing less than the elimination of all suffering on the planet. And by all suffering, he means all suffering.

> No doubt, when I think about the state of our species and our planet tens of thousands of years from now, it's hard for me to accept the notion that nature and all that's within it remains the same while we venture out into the next state of our existence. Ignoring the plight of other... more »

2014-07-30 21:42:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Interesting speculation in the comments of the "Meditations on Moloch" article I linked to before: that although many fundamentalist religious groups with high birthrates are having large numbers of their children leave the movement in adulthood, that may only be true in the short term. In the long term, that process is selecting for the kinds of personalities who will stay within the movement, and as per standard evolutionary theory, may eventually drastically cut down on the amount of people abandoning the movement while maintaining the high birthrate. Some of cited evidence is the claim that the retention rate of the Amish has gone up over time and their numbers have expanded; Athrelon comments:

> Note Amish retention rates improved dramatically over the 20th century despite virtually no attempt to water it down to make it more attractive. Retention rates for new religious... more »

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2014-07-30 16:14:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

> Consider assertions that men as a group must be taught “not to rape,” or that to accord the presumption of innocence to a man accused of sexual violence against a woman or girl is to be complicit in “rape culture.” Consider that last year, when an Ohio University student made a rape complaint after getting caught on video engaging in a drunken public sex act, she was championed by campus activists and at least one prominent feminist blogger — but a grand jury declined to hand down charges after reviewing the video of the incident and evidence that both students were inebriated.

> Consider that a prominent British feminist writer, Laurie Penny, decries the notion that feminists should avoid such generalizations as “men oppress women”; in her view, all men are steeped in a woman-hating culture and “even the sweetest, gentlest man” benefits from women’s oppression.Consider, too, that... more »

2014-07-30 14:58:54 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)

Long post that's hard to summarize in a way that would do justice to it, but suffice to say that it's an important read for anyone who's interested in the long-term future of humanity.

(Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies!)

2014-07-30 14:14:57 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)


Maybe I should just move to the North Pole for a few months.

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2014-07-29 13:05:32 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

> Officially open for business on Monday, the new 3D Printing Store sells more than 200 on-demand, 3D-printed products. Customers choose a specific product, such as jewelry, home items, toys, games, electronic accessories, and mobile phone cases. As the products are printed on the fly, the customer essentially become the designer as well.

> Using design templates, buyers create their items, such as pendants, earrings, and necklaces. The products can be customized by material, size, style, and color, and further personalized with text and images. After putting a personal touch on a product, customers can preview it in 3D and rotate the preview to see the item at all angles.

> 3D printing has taken off by expanding the types of objects that can be printed, including earbuds, chess sets, and ping pong balls. Beyond nicknacks, 3D printing has found a medical niche, including... more »

2014-07-29 06:49:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Interesting: the difference between being on SSRIs and not seems to pretty much be the difference between being sleep deprived or not. When on the meds and s-deprived, my emotional state is similar to what it frequently was when not on the meds but rested. (When on the meds and rested, I feel better than basically ever without them.)

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2014-07-28 15:54:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Business as usual at last weekend's Ropecon: Daenerys Targaryen teaching a baby dragon to fly.

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2014-07-28 14:38:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

> Some will say that anyone dumb enough to send nudes of themselves to their lovers deserves what they get. To me, that’s along the lines of saying “You should have known not to dress like that, going to that club!” when someone gets raped. Yes, if one never sexts or sends naughty pictures then one can avoid this, but I think that’s a way of suppressing a quote-unquote “shameful” act.

> If someone recorded all your arguments over the phone when you were breaking up and then released your crying breakdowns as a podcast, I’m pretty sure the response wouldn’t be, “Well, then stay off the phone.” If after a bad breakup, someone wrote a humor piece published in the local paper on how foolish you looked when you had an orgasm, the answer would not be, “Well, don’t have sex.”

> The truth is that we as society deem certain activities acceptable (and thusworthy of protection), an... more »

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2014-07-27 05:27:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)


2014-07-25 07:30:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

> The `Car extends Vehicle` or `Duck extends Bird` type of tutorial obscures more than it illuminates. In good OO programming, we don’t make class hierarchies in order to satisfy our inner Linnaeus. We make class hierarchies in order to simplify the code by allowing different parts of it to be changed independently of each other, and to eliminate duplication (which comes to the same thing). Without any context as to what the code needs to accomplish, you can’t make a judgment about whether a particular design decision is good or bad.

> The problem with examples like `Duck extends Bird` is that it gives you no understanding of the kind of considerations you need to think about in order to decide whether the design decisions discussed above are good or bad.

> In fact, it actively sabotages that understanding.

> You can’t add code to ducks.

> Youcan’t... more »

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2014-07-25 05:54:17 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)

“Who gave you the right to control my life?”

“You've got it the wrong way round. You gave the right to control your life away. You're the one who chose to ignore the way the world works.”

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2014-07-22 12:09:14 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)

Grocery store close to where the Ropecon role-playing convention will be held, advertising the fact that it'll be open throughout the event.

2014-07-20 19:11:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

> ... there is no perfectly benevolent, rational, and unified world controller who simply implements what has been discovered to be the best option. Any abstract point about "what should be done" must be embodied in the form of a concrete message, which is entered into the arena of rhetorical and political reality. There it will be ignored, misunderstood, distorted, or appropriated for various conflicting purposes; it will bounce around like a pinball, causing actions and reactions, ushering in a cascade of consequences, the upshot of which need bear no straightforward relationship to the intentions of the original sender.

-- Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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2014-07-20 18:57:57 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Videogame storytelling doesn't have to be expository dialogue.

2014-07-20 18:51:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

> The first things I actually collected were airplanes and stars, as a teenager. Well, information about airplanes and stars. I’d been doing it for several years before I realized what was so addictive about it. It wasn’t bragging rights based on being able to identify planes from pictures and constellations in the sky. Collecting is a way of tokenizing an open, unstructured domain in the form of an evolving vocabulary. It is a process that allows you to structure your understanding while you’re learning.

> Collecting is the essence of autodidact learning, since it requires nothing more than the set of things in a domain already encountered and an improvised scheme for organizing them in memory (and where there are physical things being collected, in reality). [...]

> By the time my enthusiasm for airplanes leveled off sometime in the 10th grade, I knew the entirehisto... more »

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2014-07-20 18:08:08 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

This sounds like a useful model:

> The four-sides model (also known as communication square or four-ears model) is a communication model by Friedemann Schulz von Thun. According to this model every message has four facets[1] though not the same emphasis might be put on each. The four sides of the message are fact, self-revealing, relationship, and appeal.

2014-07-20 18:04:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

"The camel has two humps" article, claiming to have found a test that could reliably distinguish people who can't learn to program from people who could, got circulated a lot at one point. Here's a partial retraction from the author, admitting that while the test does have predictive power, it was way overstated in the original article.

> Just to be clear: I do not believe that Dehnadi discovered an aptitude test for programming, as I claimed in 2006. Nor do I believe in programming sheep and non-programming goats. On the other hand, neither do I believe that further investigation showed that he’d found nothing of substance, as I implied in 2008.

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2014-07-20 17:58:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

> The Millennial King is a setting and character created by /tg/ in a thread asking why there were no good necromancers. The consensus was that, in the strictest sense, necromancy was not inherently evil (depending on the setting); the evil-ness comes from messing around with corpses and binding souls without permission. People bandied around ideas for good things that necromancers could do, like use his horde of skeletons for farming and construction, and using the resulting good-will to encourage people to allow him to use their bodies after they die; things went from there, and before long, people were writing about a city-state overseen by a grandfatherly lich who looks out for his subjects with his undead legions.

2014-07-18 08:23:48 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

An interesting way of looking at things, not that I'd necessarily agree with everything:

> The most devastating formulation of this argument, and the one that has given it a convenient name, was presented by Spandrell in March 2013, in a post on Singapore — a city-state he described as an IQ shredder.

> How does an IQ Shredder work? The basic machinery is not difficult to describe, once its profound socio-historical irony is appreciated. The model IQ Shredder is a high-performance capitalistic polity, with a strong neoreactionary bias.
> (1) Its level of civilization and social order is such that it is attractive to talented and competent people.
> (2) Its immigration policy is unapologetically selective (i.e. first-order eugenic).
> (3) It sustains an economic structure that is remarkably effective at extracting productive activity from alla... more »

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2014-07-17 13:05:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

"All of this will put American firms at a distinct disadvantage against global competitors with long-term mind-sets. McKinsey Global Institute data shows that between now and 2025, 7 out of 10 of the largest global firms are likely to come from emerging markets, and most will be family-owned businesses not beholden to the markets."

Tämä on kyllä mielenkiintoinen muutosprosessi. Että tulevaisuudessa pörssiin meno yhä selkeämmin tarkoittaa yritykselle sitä vaihetta sen historiassa jolloin Wall Street rupeaa puristamaan siitä kaikki mehut ulos lyhyen aikavälin voittoina, minkä mahdollisesti suht pitkänkin vaiheen jälkeen yrityksen osakkeilla ennen sen romahdusta pelataan mustaa pekkaa ja katotaan ketkä ovat ne tyhmimmät joille osakkeet jää siinä vaiheessa käsiin (eli yleensä varmaan julkiset eläkerahastot tai muut tavallisten ihmisten rahoilla pelaavat tahot).
Meanwhile, suurimm... more »

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2014-07-17 11:11:27 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

One thought hook that me and +Oliver Habryka have been working on together is noticing and avoid the word "should". I think that for a lot of people, "should" starts out as a socially acceptable way of getting out of doing something: somebody says that e.g. more exercise would be good for you, and you respond with "yeah, I should exercise more". And thus you get to admit to the other person that they're right, but at the same time you also avoid committing to any improvement.

And that can be fine by itself - after all, sometimes people give you advice that you know won't work for you, and using a strategy like "should" may be the easiest way to move on without causing conflict. But it becomes a problem once we assimilate "should" into our thought, and start automatically replying to things with it. "Oh yeah, I should do that and... more »

2014-07-17 10:48:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

> A year or so ago, I was a guest lecturer in NYU’s Intro to Journalism class, 200 or so sophomores interested in adding journalism as a second major. (We don’t allow students to major in journalism alone, for the obvious reason.) One of the students had been dispatched to interview me in front of the class, and two or three questions in, she asked “So how do we save print?”

> I was speechless for a moment, then exploded, telling her that print was in terminal decline and that everyone in the class needed to understand this if they were thinking of journalism as a major or a profession.

> The students were shocked — for many of them, it was the first time anyone had talked to them that way. Even a prompt from me to predict the date of Time magazine’s demise elicited a small gasp. This was a room full of people would would rather lick asphalt than subscribe to apaper publi... more »

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2014-07-16 14:35:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The prompt for this one was "fantasy characters flying an intelligent dragon kite which is chasing a pigeon which has stolen a magical artifact".

The kite looks more like a shark, but whatever. :-)

2014-07-16 13:39:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

The character I'm drawing was supposed to be an elf but he looks more like an orc. Given that orcs were corrupted elves, I guess it makes sense that a badly drawn elf becomes an orc instead?

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2014-07-16 11:13:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

> Early in 2013 I was commissioned by Carpet Bombing Culture to photograph the abandoned buildings of the former Soviet Union and its Satellite states. I travelled to 10 countries in Eastern Europe, The Baltic's, Ukraine and of course Russia to capture what is left from the collapse of the Soviet Union such as forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theatres, military complexes, asylums & death camps across the former communist countries and occupied satellite states. I even came across a Soviet submarine in the UK.

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2014-07-15 17:57:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)


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2014-07-15 15:04:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

2014-07-15 06:40:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Mapping microwave relay links from video
Radio networks are often at least partially based on microwave relay links . They're those little mushroom-like appendices growing out of cell towers and building-mounted base stations. Technically, they're carefully directed dish antennas linking such towe...

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2014-07-15 06:40:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

It makes pretty sounds. ^_^

2014-07-14 08:09:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

> We propose the Selfish Goal model, which holds that a person's behavior is driven by psychological processes called goals that guide his or her behavior, at times in contradictory directions. Goals can operate both consciously and unconsciously, and when activated they can trigger downstream effects on a person's information processing and behavioral possibilities that promote only the attainment of goal end-states (and not necessarily the overall interests of the individual). Hence, goals influence a person as if the goals themselves were selfish and interested only in their own completion. We argue that there is an evolutionary basis to believe that conscious goals evolved from unconscious and selfish forms of pursuit. This theoretical framework predicts the existence of unconscious goal processes capable of guiding behavior in the absence of conscious awareness and control (the automaticity... more »

2014-07-14 02:42:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

One of the most common geek criticisms of The Matrix is that the supposed value of the humans to the machine overlords is as an energy source; but by any comparison to alternatives like burning coal, solar power, fusion plants etc, human flesh is a terrible way of generating electricity and feeding dead humans to other humans makes no sense. An example (http://hpmor.com/chapter/64):

> `NEO`: "I've kept quiet for as long as I could, but I feel a certain need to speak up at this point. The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine. The efficiency of a power plant at converting thermal energy into electricity decreases as you run the turbines at lower temperatures. If you had any sort of food humans could eat, it would be more efficient to burn it in a furnace than feed it to humans. And now you're telling me that their food is the... more »

2014-07-13 11:04:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I like this definition, and identify with this feminism:

> Hereafter, feminism is defined to be the philosophy that all forms of binarism are bad and that all forms of systemic binarist oppression must be dismantled before we can achieve justice and equality. While other movements may share this philosophy, feminism is distinguished (if that's even necessary) by focusing on the ways that sexual/gender-based binaries interact with, compound, reinforce, and are reinforced by other binaries. [...]

> Sexism refers to any of the many forms of systemic oppression arising from sexual/gender-based binaries. This includes but is not limited to traditional sexism, oppositional sexism, cissexism/transphobia, heterosexism/homophobia, unisexism/biphobia, monosexism/polyphobia, masculine-centrism/femmephobia, male-centrism/misogyny, transmisogyny, misogynoir, transmisogynoir, and so on.... more »

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2014-07-13 08:34:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

> Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

> Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. [...]

> Many other files, described as useless by the analysts but nonetheless retained, have a startlingly intimate, even voyeuristic quality. They tell stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes. The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders... more »

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2014-07-13 08:15:06 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

> Yes, all four of us are on the deed and, yes, we share the 30-year mortgage and food and maintenance expenses. No, there’s no division of the house into separate sections. And no, all four of us are not all having sex with each other. (Why do many people assume that if adults are willing to share a kitchen, they probably also want to share a bed?) We are just two couples who plan to live together and raise children in one household, hopefully for decades.

> When we talk with friends who already have kids about our living arrangement, some are shocked that we are willing to subject ourselves to living with a crying newborn who is not our own. Others can’t imagine trying to agree on consistent rules for the kids or having every minute of their parenting observed by other adults. The idea spooks them.

> I do share those concerns to an extent, but raising kids with just oneoth... more »

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2014-07-13 08:04:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"If a character has curves, make sure to specify that they are in all the right places. Otherwise, readers will be confused."

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2014-07-12 07:40:18 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

Statisticians and scientists are repeatedly taught that "correlation is not causation", and they profess to believe this. Yet, upon seeing a particularly robust correlation between two variables, they often tend to assume a causal connection anyway, defending their hypothesis with a line like "yes, correlation isn't causation, but it would make theoretical sense for X to cause Y in this situation". And then most commonly, a dedicated investigation shows this hypothesis to be false - +gwern branwen's estimate is that in medicine, less than 10% of proposed X -> Y causal relationships turn to be genuine.

Why are we so eager to assume genuine causality, and why is that assumption so often incorrect?

gwern's proposed explanation is that, upon discovering a strong correlation between X and Y, we tend to intuitively represent the situation as having three... more »

2014-07-11 08:17:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

Been on antidepressants for about a week and a half now, and they're clearly having a positive effect - even in ways that I never anticipated, and which I hadn't realized were connected to my other symptoms.

Such as the ease of doing my laundry.

Previously, the standard pattern was that I would notice that I was out of clean clothes, but the task of spending three minutes loading them into the washing machine felt so "meh" that it'd take several days of wearing non-clean clothes until I finally managed to force myself to wash them. And when the machine did finish running, the task of getting them out and hanging them up to dry also felt so unappealing that I might procrastinate on it for the rest of the day.

But the day before yesterday, I realized that I needed clean clothes, so I washed them and then put them up to dry, just like that. And then... more »

2014-07-10 11:10:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I am drifting off to strange gates again /
but my mind is also a Venn diagram.

(courtesy of my brain free associating while on the edge of sleep and wakefulness; cue a mental image of small Stargates drawn inside the different circles of a Venn diagram)

2014-07-10 08:25:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

> In principle, I oppose region restrictions. As a reader, they make me itch. But in practice, the way book distribution works across international borders is worse than imperfect: it's broken. If I sell world English language rights to one of my books to a publisher, that publisher can't just print and distribute the book everywhere in the English-speaking world. Publishers used to be regional, not global, players. And even in the wake of the wave of takeovers that resulted in the Big Six Five owning about 70% of the business, mergers between publishing houses are incredibly slow and complicated due to contractual encumbrances. As a result, publishers generally don't have the branding, imprint, and corporate connections to sell books in more than one territory. Let me emphasize this: they're regional, not global, operations.[*] So if they find they've got publishing rights to... more »

2014-07-10 08:24:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

This is an impressive in-browser simulation of the logistics of the ancient Roman Empire. My only regret is that I can't think of any situation in which I actually need an exact calculation of how much it would have cost to get from Londinium to Rome during winter while avoiding the Atlantic. But some of the graphs showing cost-distances between Rome and the provinces are pretty interesting, as are some of the disparities (in most cases, you could go from Rome to point B a few days faster than point B to Rome - all roads lead to Rome - but in the case of the Black Sea, because the currents are so unfavorable, it'd be anywhere up to 2 week slower to go from Rome to the Black Sea than vice versa!)

2014-07-10 07:56:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

- If I don't keep the door to my balcony open, it gets unbearably hot inside.
- If I do keep the door to my balcony open, then I keep seeing how sunny and hot-looking it is outside, and this makes me feel like it was also unbearably hot inside (even if the open balcony door made it otherwise bearable).

Damn brains.

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2014-07-09 17:15:15 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

> Here’s the secret to every donation drive – and keep in mind, I’ve run quite a few – the donation drives are never about what you want.

> Every donation drive is about how you make the donator feel.

> That’s actually true of every piece of written communication, but is especially true when you’re asking people to give you money.  When you do a donation drive, you are not trying to go to Czechoslovakia – you are trying to make a total stranger feel excited about getting you to Czechoslovakia.  And as such, your entire focus must be answering the question, “Why would someone who doesn’t know me feel wonderful about helping me to go on this trip?”

> The whole reason I’m writing this now is because there is an infamous Kickstarter for potato salad – literally, the entire point was “If this funds, I will make myself some potato salad”– and it is, as of this morni... more »

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2014-07-09 16:54:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

> I'm making potato salad.

> Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet. [...]

> 4,906 Backers
> $80,177 pledged of $10 goal
> 23 days to go

2014-07-09 13:35:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

> An important point I want to start the conclusion section with: no matter what else you believe, antidepressants are not literally ineffective. Even the most critical study – Kirsch 2008 – finds antidepressants to outperform placebo with p < .0001 significance.

> An equally important point: everyone except those two Scandinavian guys with the long names agree that, if you count the placebo effect, antidepressants are extremely impressive. The difference between a person who gets an antidepressant and a person who gets no treatment at all is like night and day.

> The debate takes place within the bounds set by those two statements.

> Antidepressants give a very modest benefit over placebo. Whether this benefit is so modest as to not be worth talking about depends on what level of benefits you consider so modest as to not be worth talking about. If you areas ... more »


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