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I'm a 25 year old eternal student. I never want to stop learning. I'm interested in physics, math, philosophy, psychology, education, and literature. I'm optimistic about the world and the future.

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    “Tech . . . is primarily white men. And to be honest, you don’t see a lot of white men [at TWC meetings], which leads me to believe that, yeah it is a small minority that is driving this,”

I mean if you can equivocate "protesting because your company is working with ICE" with "scary minorities who want to end private property" why would you miss that opportunity?

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Happy Prime Day!

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Conversation pits (and the nouveau ones too) do look pretty dope. They have all the solution of those half-circle booths I remember sitting at with the college friendgroup, but with none of the common drawbacks like "everyone needs to stand up when someone needs to pee."


The above is a cavernous waste of money and space unless you've got a whole raucous friendgroup of people you invite over to your house all the time. Look how dumb it looks with only two people and a grand piano that neither of 'em probably knows how to play. It doesn't come close to belonging in my house unless I'm the Jerry Seinfeld of the group, and even he got along just fine with a kitchen counter. I dunno if I wanna go as far as Kate Wagner and say that people spend lots of money on formal living spaces because they're rich idiots, but I do think people spend based on how they'd like to see themselves, and not on how they actually are.

The one thing that she doesn't shit on, enough, I think, is the house that's perfectly well constructed, symmetric, and w/e according to architectural principles, but is still a cavernous garbage waste of space. By all her logic in this article and others, those should be just as bad. But there's a Liberal forgiveness of bourgeois excess on McMansionHell, that spending a lot and destroying the planet is forgiveable so long as you do it in Good Taste and preferably employ a licensed architect to design it. To some extent, I get where that's coming from given her background. But then again there's an inexorable divide between on one hand the bougie/aspirant people who make fun of McMansions because they're ugly and stupid and built by people who don't "belong" in the upper class, and on the other hand those that hate the McMansions for the same reason they hate "real" mansions, because they're impractical, wasteful, and get in the way of living.

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nah for some of them its the only way they survive

My go-to hummus recipe is pretty easy and yummy, and afaik it's also vegan.

Roasted red pepper hummus

1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup tahini

2 red peppers, seeded and cut into strips

3-5 cloves garlic

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Chopped fruits and veggies (apples, carrots, sugar peas, etc.)

Preheat oven to 450F

Place red peppers on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.

Cut garlic cloves most of the way in half lengthwise, place on baking sheet with

drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until peppers get black around the edges.

Puree peppers, garlic, tahini, and chickpeas in food processor or blender (make sure to add the roasted juice/oil mix from the pan)

Pour hummus into bowl, chill for at least 2 hours

Serve with veggies

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Yeah, that's fair, it's not a great study. But I think the article stands on it's own without secondary sources so I think I can give the author a pass.

seriously though... when i click on that link all i see is this.

    Anyone around? I'll be on IRC for the next 1/2 hour · 0

    save · hide · stick · !

    thenewgreen · 30 minutes ago · 1 shared · #thispostwillselfdestruct · #inhalfanhour · #

    Come say hello.


Though tbqh, I've had no idea what IRC even is or how I would join it for like, the past 15+ years of my life.

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    But this isn't really about that. One thing that does help balance it out is the “buy it for life” idea.

This doesn't get addressed later in the article, but just pointing out that most keyboards I've owned have only stopped working because I no longer have adapters to attach them to my computer anymore. A "BIFL" keyboard is an ugly $15 USB lenovo as much as it is a Cherry MX Stairmaster 9000

Thank fuck. Last time I was on a prop plane, I wasn't old enough to drink. It's a regrettable experience that I don't recommend.

Oh but there's a bunch. For example:

-We have no idea why liquid nitrogen superconductors actually work but we can make them.

-We know neutron stars exist because of how fast they're spinning. If they weren't literally the density of atoms, they'd tear themselves apart.

-"The boundary of a boundary is zero" is a seemingly meaningless mathematical statement that just happens to be exactly equivalent to the differential form of Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism.

- You can model antimatter as normal matter that's traveling backwards in time.

-If you could somehow rotate an electron 360 degrees around, it would turn upside-down.

-Statistical mechanics is based on the assumption that some numbers are so large that they don't change when you add something to them, and other numbers are so large that they don't change when you multiply them by numbers that don't change when you add something to them.

-Sophus Lie invented the concepts of Lie groups and Lie algebras approximately 100 years before they would become useful, but then they become incredibly useful and critical for quantum mechanics. In a similar, but unrelated historical event, William Rowan Hamilton did the exact same thing with the Hamiltonian

-Galois Theory, which provides the basis for most of abstract algebra, was invented by a mathematician who died at the age of 20 in a duel over a woman who never loved him.

-The Riemann Hypothesis is probably the most famous unsolved mathematical problem, but what's lesser known is that some theorems have been proven by showing that they are true if and only if the Riemann Hypothesis is either true or false. Also, there is nothing that is true about the Riemann Zeta function that is not also incredibly interesting.

- The Continuum Hypothesis, which states that no sets exist which have have a cardinality between that of the rational numbers and the real numbers, has been shown to be independent of the seemingly otherwise consistent theorems that define set theory.

-Srinivasa Ramanujan existed.

Did they really just conflate the colloquial term "ego" with the Buddhist definition of the self? And then use a loose definition of "self enhancement" mixed with some arbitrary measures of well-being to try to claim that meditation inflates your ego?

I guess this is science...

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