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Yeah, your concerns largely mirror my own. Whether intentional or not (and I'm really wary of any conspiracy that implies some grand plan for all this), seems to be a good example of how effective "divide and conquer" can be.
Oh believe me, I know some Banished. I bought it on the day it was released, and have sunk a whole heck of a lot into it (especially once I discovered Colonial Charter). Let me know if you need help with the food issue :)
Astroneer looked interesting from some let's plays I've seen, but still a little light on content for right now.
- I'm increasingly dependent on its use of WaPo as a mouthpiece for Trump-related intel.
I've been thinking about this a lot. Are we seeing what amounts to a slow-motion coup from the intelligence folks? I actually think it's far more likely that it's a case of them being pissed at Trump being a dick to them, and their being scared by his incompetence.
Turning to Obama's actions, I think WaPo gets it right in terms of Obama's cautious nature. But what I keep coming back to, in terms of US response and all, is that what Russia did never should've made a difference. It's not clear that it did, granted, but I have a hard time losing a lot of sleep over it for that reason. Beyond that, the idea that voting systems are subject to remote hack is the real worry for me.
I have a hard time saying he's wrong, really. As he says, we should figure out what happened, but we shouldn't pretend this is the only terrible thing he's done.
- Donald Trump rose peddling the politics of scandal — oblivious to policy, spreading insane allegations about birth certificates and other things — so maybe it’s just that he gets swallowed by it. But frankly, on my list of reasons Trump is unfit for the presidency, the Russia-collusion story ranks number 971, well below, for example, the perfectly legal ways he kowtows to thugs and undermines the norms of democratic behavior.
I'd read some inklings of this awhile ago, but this is a great summary of what's going on. I know I was surprised at how easy the whole process was when I bought my car (a 2015 model year purchased in December 2014): they asked for my income (but didn't verify), ran my credit score, and boom. $0 down, 0% interest for the six-year term of the loan.
I wonder to what extent it's an issue of incentives? The salesman basically acknowledged that the dealer breaks even at best on the car sale itself, and relies on maintenance for their money. But more than that, my loan isn't through the dealer. I wonder at what point they have a disincentive to look to close at someone's ability to repay as a result?
- “I’m not going to say that there were no violations out there,” said Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association. But, he added, they were “unintentional,” the result of market pressures that threatened to bankrupt trucking companies.
This is the problem. Even if a company wants to do better, they risk being run out of business by those who don't care. Market failure at its purest.
If you haven't seen it, my post on flow may touch on some of this. Let me preface this by saying you should be proud that you're even thinking about this -- I know I was easily 10 years older than you before I started figuring this out. Also, thanks for thinking of me!
The first thing is to not expect yourself to feel any different about the tasks that you have to do. In other words, there's no way to magically make yourself want to do certain things more, nor are you likely to feel better about them. At least not at first. It's about building habits, and fuck motivation. Motivation is the hot girl from the club who makes you think she's interested before she gets bored and moves on. Discipline and habit-forming is the girl who comes over to take care of you when you're sick. There are times when I'm literally saying in my head over and over some mantra of "I hate this and don't want to do it," while doing it. That for me is helpful - it means I can put more energy into doing it than into trying to make myself happy about it. I think we get off track (or at least I know I do) by thinking we can change how we feel about something in order to make it easier to do. I don't think that's true; the feelings come second. First you just have to decide you're going to do it even though you don't want to, and even though you may not be happy while doing it. This Zenpencils comic (using a quote by one of your countrymen) is also good.
Some people find scheduling helpful, and it definitely can be in terms of building those habits. I think at the end of the day it's about accountability - what's keeping you from slacking off? Having other people can help; it both makes the task less unpleasant and can be a strong motivator in and of itself. When I first started lifting weights in law school, I never would've worked half as hard as I did if I hadn't had someone to go with me. We weren't even super close friends or anything: I'm a hippy, anti-establishment, vaguely-pacifist guy, he is a Mormon who had recently become an officer in the Marine Corps. But we kept each other on schedule, and the result was that over the course of 1.5 years I gained close to 50 lbs. of muscle (I was that underweight when we started). Nowadays, knowing my kung fu school is there training gives me a big boost in forcing myself to come in, and it makes training much more enjoyable than it would be if I were just sitting on my own.
The other thing I'll mention is that you need to have a balance between short- and long-term goals. Long-term goals are why you start, but then you need to put those out of your mind. Or at least I do much of the time. I think that's been one of my problems with drawing - I can see what a good picture looks like, so all I see in the meantime is the difference. This gets into what I wrote about in the post I linked above: the need to find short-term goals and work on them, but have them be in service to the larger one. It also makes things less overwhelming. If you're training to run a marathon, you shouldn't spend all your time thinking about the marathon; it just gets too abstract. Instead, think about building up to running 2 miles. Then 3, then 4, etc. Eventually you're there.
I skimmed through the metafilter page, but didn't see anything especially weird - am I missing something?
Oh yeah, forgot to post this last time. A friend showed me this in early college. While the song is a little noisy for my taste in places, the percussionist is ridiculous.
The Young Gods - Kissing the Sun
Ministry - The Angel
Iggy Pop & The Stooges - Gimmie Danger