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flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Lay lady lay

you've read my file

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hiking the Pecos Wilderness, NM


big bend is about ten hours depressing driving down i10 from austin


i don't want to discourage you from seeing either

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hiking the Pecos Wilderness, NM

    I think my next trip, if not to the Northeast, will be to split the difference between Mount Marcy at 5300' and the Trailriders Wall at 12,000'.

sounds like you didn't exactly fall in love with the arid beauty of the dry southwest, but there are options if you decide to return. the fort davis area is rugged, and big bend at the right time of year is green and wet in a few sheltered canyons

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flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 25th Sporadic Quotes Jubilee

    We have probably all at some time looked at some beautiful house and landscape in England, Italy, Tahiti, or wherever and thought: "There I could not fail to be happy!" Yet no thought could be more absurd than this one. For we all know perfectly well that not only every household, but every human being, contains the seeds of an ample crop of misery. In many cases, highly privileged surroundings merely enable human misery to assume uncommon forms.

sweet god! what a comment~

new okkervil river this week. there's a beautiful song about ray davies that works the melody from waterloo sunset into the outro. neatest piece of music i've heard in a while

otherwise, it's been a psychedelic furs week

yeah - which team? at least in the bundesliga you know the ultras will be singing nonstop the whole time and (i think) you don't have really the dramatic change that's happened at baseball games in the last ten or fifteen years.

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    routine anxiety

there's a joke in here somewhere about silicon valley

flagamuffin  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens

if you don't think i'm going to click on something called uncanny vulvas then you don't know me at all

edit: man! talk about playboy for the articles. booooring

    But in any future I can plausibly imagine where the government actually axes education, the savings go to things like enriching the leaders’ cronies and launching vanity wars.

and that's pretty narrow-minded, although of course he's just riffing. aaronson's politics tend to get in the way an awful lot, considering it's a physics blog mostly for physics. the adage about sticking to what you're good at comes to mind.

anyway, his objections mostly miss the point. mentions anti-research, doesn't mention the reproducibility crisis; claims that the system built for smart people is good at producing more smart people despite the obvious possibility that he's reasoning backwards, etc.


    Caplan has set himself against the values that are the incredibly fragile preconditions for all academic debate

remove the word academic from the equation and what do you lose

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