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Odder  ·  4 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Comet NEOWISE: How to See It in Night Skies

Nah I'm in the 'burbs about 30 miles away. The light pollution from NYC is really strong.

Odder  ·  4 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An analysis of ways to decarbonize conference travel after COVID-19

Maybe just get rid of in-person conferences entirely? And strongly reconsider whether or not they need to be had at all, even virtually? This article doesn't really make much of an attempt to defend them, and I've mostly thought of them as an opportunity for people with nothing to say to network with each other while misunderstanding presentations that are only tangentially related to their field of study. I've personally never seen a conference talk that wasn't just a disastrous waste of time for everyone involved. It's not 1928 anymore... we have email and the internet for presentations, collaboration, and networking.

If this is the tool we're using to give academics an idea of what's going on in their field, maybe just... do something better and not horribly efficient instead? It's hard to imagine a less efficient way of disseminating knowledge than a conference. I'd love to see a website where scientists upload video presentations of their research and answer questions on them, maintained by librarians and archivists who can properly track each field of study. Like... if you walked up to the average scientist, put a gun to their head, and asked them to name the relevant publications in their field of study published in the last five years, I don't think most of them would be able to tell you anything more than what they and their direct collaborators were doing. Conferences don't fix that.

Odder  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Comet NEOWISE: How to See It in Night Skies

sadly I live in what I'll now call the "sadness donut" where i'm too far away from Gotham to see batman but too close to see stars.

Odder  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Comet NEOWISE: How to See It in Night Skies

Dang. Hope it's still around by the 27th - I won't be far enough from NYC to see anything in the sky until then.

Odder  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Laziness Does Not Exist

I think it's important to identify the correct barriers that someone has - and I agree that they aren't always as simple as what this author is talking about. Executive dysfunction is relatively simple and can usually be addressed with CBT but a lot of barriers are more deep-seated and personal and need "moments of clarity" or more involved therapy to uncover. For example, executive dysfunction might explain on a superficial level why an overweight person doesn't go out for a run, but listing out the steps might not help if the root cause of their dysfunction is self-sabotage because they've internalized their body image problems for so long that they don't think they're a person who deserves to be healthy and skinny. I think that's especially relevant for self-destructive behaviors - if someone is being self-destructive, chances are that they've got some deep, unresolved conflicts going on internally.

I think the important takeaway is that "laziness" isn't a useful label, and that there's a root cause that needs to be addressed rather than writing someone off as having low moral virtue, telling them they need to "buck up", or waiting for them to hit rock bottom and hoping they realize their own problems. Rock bottom has a low survival rate, and we can do better.

Saying "Oh I'm just lazy" feeds into the cycle of self-destructive or nonconstructive behavior, because a "lazy" person doesn't deserve to be happy, do they? But, if we discard the idea of "lazy" people, and talk more about it with language that confronts the barriers that individuals have to success, then we shift the focus from the moral virtue of the individual toward solutions to the problems that are actually preventing them from living the life they truly deserve.

Odder  ·  10 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier

I think it's just clickbait. Technically it is a deepfake, but the fact that it's a deepfake isn't relevent to the story - this is more like a catfish where the person isn't real.

It's unclear to me what, if anything, the benefit of using a picture of a fake person online to attack someone rather than using the picture of a real person. This reeks more of a pointed-haired boss at Mossad saying "we paid for this damned technology, so you have to use it" and the grunts going along because at least it isn't going to do any harm.

In general, I think using deepfakes this way isn't going to help the cause of totalitarianism. It was already possible for nation-state actors to create an illusion of consensus by hiring a lot of real people (or paying people to find pictures of real people) and making a bunch of comments online. I think this will help non-state actors more by lowering the cost for creating a false illusion of consensus. And, if everyone can use the internet to create a flase illusion of consensus, the illusion loses its power after enough people do it the same way SEO has mostly lost its power.

Odder  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 32 percent of Americans did not make a full on-time housing payment in July

COVID is white walker disease confirmed

Yeah, this study shouldn't have ever been approved by an IRB anywhere, let alone rubber stamped by Princeton. "Let's do jellybean studies until we can find a way to insult middle America for not listening to us" sure sounds ethical and sound.

The confession is in the original paper.

    We tested our hypothesis in two studies with a diverse group of 850 United States participants from the online Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk) experimental platform.

We drew a weak correlation between self-reported social distancing behavior and not half-assing our "cognitive test" on a platform that monetariliy rewards half-assing.

    This study reveals a cognitive root of social-distancing compliance during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want science to back up our bias that the people who disagree with us are stupid because that's easier than re-examining the fact that we've alienated a large portion of society.

Odder  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fuck the Bread. The Bread Is Over.
Odder  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fuck the Bread. The Bread Is Over.

    But also I wanted an office with a number. I wanted a university ID. I wanted access to a fancy library and benefits and students and colleagues and travel money. I wanted the whole stupid kingdom. “And then what?” says my mother. “And then nothing,” I say as I jump off the very top of a fairy tale that has no place for me. “You’re better off,” says my mother. I look around. I’ve landed where I am.

Better to learn it at age 45 than not at all, I suppose :) For all the supposed left-wing indoctrination the Academy does it is decidedly long on teaching you that you need to earn praise from others as currency, and short on teaching that life is meant to be lived, not earned.

Article is two months old, I wonder what she's doing now.

Odder  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

Assuming you aren't still on pain meds (it's a tearjerker), Violet Evergarden on Netflix is great. Anime where a former child soldier writes letters for people who've been affected by a recently ended war that's devastated the continent. Very Ghibli-esque.

Odder  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

yeah the main character carries the show

they did get a real chef to write the material, too - so the special techniques aren't (AFAIK) made up

Odder  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

Oh, they definitely do the "there are only 12 types of people who bake in britain" for the british one. Which is somewhat unbelievable that they coincidentally get basically the same types of people each time. But on the other hand, if they made the judgment of who should be accepted on baking ability alone, it probably would be a bunch of housewives who spend all their time baking and it would be a more boring show.

    I don't need to see people hating each other over cake.

Indeed :) this is why I stopped watching the Food Network and started watching British Reality TV on netflix. Sadly, they took one of my other favorites, "the great interior design challenge" down a while ago.

Odder  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

    Which is why no one in the US would dare of trying to pull off this shit after the fact.

Well, there was the infamous pea puree incident. And it's well documented that Top Chef keeps people who can be cut to look irritating on longer than they deserve.

Bake Off is more chill than American TV not because of any pretense of fairness (of which, admittedly, there is none), but because the prize of "a cake stand" instead of $75,000 or whatever Top Chef gives these days means you get less of the tragic GoFundMe stories and more focus on the actual baking. And because it isn't a bunch of rich people watching the lower middle class fight for scraps, it's cut more like Mary Poppins than CNN's "Battle for the White House."

I honestly wouldn't care, though, if the show was just as scripted and fake as House Hunters. Hell, I watched Shokugeki no Soma up until the train arc, and it's not only fiction, it's one of the trashiest of trash animes I've ever seen. But like Bake Off, it has the advantage over shit like McMansionHell that it actually bothers to get the details right on cooking and baking. And like real cooking, I'm sure 90% of the people involved are assholes especially those in power, but that doesn't really get into the food itself so whatever.

But all that said, I still have no clue where the "they always favor the white housewife" discourse comes from and despite talking about your time in showbiz you didn't even address that - two of the recent winners and many of the finalists were from the middle east or the Indian subcontinent. There's regular discussion of how to balance flavors like rose, cardamom, and pandan without having them taste like soap. And the second half of the show is a hazing exercise in making the contestants bake European obscurantae. It would seem if anything that they're trying to teach British people that there's more than milk biscuits.

Odder  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

    so that Cassie the Toothless from Colchester can win with her fuckin' milk-flavored crumpets in the end.

Have you... actually watched the show? Or are you just repeating what you've heard? I've heard other people, mostly redditors critique the show this way, but as someone who actually watched it I have to say I'm not even sure where it's coming from. Mary Berry can fuck right off and the show is noticeably improved by her absence, but of the seasons on netflix only Nancy fits this bill for "toothless housewife from colshire" And she bakes stuff like this windmill

I won't fight you on British food - it sucks. Cheese toast is not a delicacy. But Bake Off actually seems to make an attempt to include both continental European food and plenty of food from other cultures.

Oh that would be aggressively lame :(.

I was thinking more the prison logic of "start a fight with the toughest guy on your first day" Unsurprisingly exactly 0% of users who approach use of Hubski like it's a prison end up staying.

Dude. What are you doing?

This is not Reddit where you can just pop in, piss on the floor, and pop out and expect no one to notice. If you are just trying to troll a small internet community I assure you that Discord is far more entertaining for that. If you are somehow actually trying to get along with people here, I'd encourage you to re-evaluate many aspects of how you engage with the internet.