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nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 23, 2018

Hey pubsters!

I'm taking two summer courses, Computer Science and Linear Algebra. I'm trying to worm myself out of the liberal arts and into a computer science/engineering degree. I had fun, but in addition to the economic anxiety those things should give me an opportunity to express myself creatively as well while making bank. I also found it to be too easy. I like math, and I shouldn't be doing what I feel is fuck all and still finishing poetry class with an 86.

Thank God I actually have the courage to pursue music again. I was in a funk band in high school and missed it SO FUCKING MUCH. I physically cannot restrain myself from picking up a guitar at least three times a week. At the end of the day, that kind of irrational love is what should drive one's career. I fully plan on it, I'm just trying to a) have a backup plan and b) make enough cash that I can funnel it into non-profits and art collectives.


Pinker might be optimistic, but in a pretty naive way. His method is ignoring the problems. He's very much an advocate of business-as-usual. There really isn't a lot of wiggle room in his philosophy as he (the thought daddy) has already figured out exactly how the "mind" works and therefore his political prescriptions MUST be correct. Christ.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Existential Comics: Utilitarianism Party

There's nothing like pretending it's possible to quantify human suffering in some absolute way.

Elon Musk's primary crime is having bad taste. His cars are visually unappealing. His attitude isn't sexy. His opinions are vapid and unoriginal. "I'm socially liberal and fiscally conservative", "America is the greatest country in the world", "AI is the greatest threat to humanity" (as opposed to climate change or actual nuclear bombs). Riveting socio-political analysis is unlikely to be delivered from the Tower of Musk anytime soon, in the same way Islamic Clerics aren't writing romantic poetry or releasing pop-rock albums. I feel bad about the dude on Reddit who in his dying breath said he regretted not being able to see the next Musk project. Don't define yourself by other people.

Existential Comics is pretty funny but they constantly advocated the fullcommunist angle (in spite of them having actual paid employees themselves). Still, pretty funny.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Make Frontend Shit Again

Hey wait a minute, jQuery isn't old school. Certainly not in the same era as <blink> tags. :)

No really, this is fantastic work. Everyone in the market of making dumb websites these days is either using some horrible commercial tool (hey I'm running for class president check out my Wix site!) or downloading WordPress or Bootstrap. We need to break free of these corporate structures and free the CSS.

PETA should lap this shit up in a heartbeat. They might be against killing dogs, but they're definitely more against dogs being bred for the sole purpose of human use in the War on Drugs.

    An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation. Should we be listening?


nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Passion of Jordan Peterson

    One does not need to follow a religion for decades or earn a doctorate to evaluate claims made by one of its adherents.

    That's EXACTLY what you need to do actually.

By that logic, the only way to agree or disagree with Heaven's Gate would be to follow them for two decades. By that logic, only Ph.D's are correct about anything, and only in their specific field (hint: Peterson has a psych degree, not a religion degree).

I'm familiar with Christian ethics. I was raised in a religious household. I practiced Buddhism for four years. I've been to church over 500 times. My priest recommended me a book when I was 14 called Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age in which an Orthodox priest lays out his case for a world centered around Biblical truth. It's very similar to Peterson's spiel, although more intense given it was written in the early-1960's. Peterson tones it down a lot more for modern culture but the central outlook is the same. It's anti-liberalism, pro-hierarchy, pro-God, anti-casual sex. It really has everything.

Much more important than being "nuanced and educated" is being correct. Arguments from authority have no place in rational discourse. Peterson could be piss-drunk and screaming his truth and it would be just as valid. History is full of nuanced and educated views that turned out to be wrong, disagreeable, or worse.

The only thing I find novel about Peterson is he's managed to convince young people to love something they normally hate. That takes skill.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Passion of Jordan Peterson

One does not need to follow a religion for decades or earn a doctorate to evaluate claims made by one of its adherents. I'm not really sure how you arrived at that conclusion.

nil  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Passion of Jordan Peterson

    That’s why I like it. When he says, ‘Life is suffering,’ that resonates very deeply. You can tell he’s not bullshitting us.

    Voluntary confrontation with the tragedy and malevolence of being.

Peterson is wired into a very bad head-trip. It's understandable why really depressed young people would resonate with concepts like this but Christ man, can't you be optimistic at all? It all just feels so dis-empowering.

I've been getting into a weird atmospheric mood recently. I don't usually listen to Radiohead but took a ride in my friend's car and got really into A Moon Shaped Pool. Deck's Dark is a really good track off that album (not on YouTube sadly).

Saw these guys last year when they came to my city. I danced my ass off. Felt more alive than I have in 20 years of existence.

Old Naked and Famous stuff is good.

And of course Harvey Danger because why not.

Awesome stuff. If this ends up being confirmed it's great news for the Drake Equation, that's for sure.

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