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rthomas6  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

Just wanted to say I like the web design aspect of this. I like the design of your site, how lightweight it is, how it's static, and how you use SVGs for images. What did you use to create the SVGs? What static generator, CMS, etc did you use?

I dabble with keto and intermittent fasting, but I'm not strict about it. Low carb is handy for losing weight because it decreases appetite. I find it gives me a more steady energy. No energetic highs, but no crashes either.

The important thing related to energy is that sugar (and high glycemic index foods that quickly turn into sugar) cause your blood glucose to go high, then low. This will make you feel more tired. Cognition also correlates with glucose levels, so eating a carb-heavy dinner before class is probably not optimal, due to the drop in blood glucose level.

L-theanine is a relaxant, but it creates a nice focus when in the right balance with caffeine. I like the way it makes me feel-- it's like I can calmly direct my attention where I want it, or just relax. Caffeine by itself is more energetic, but way more intense. I won't claim caffeine+theanine is a nootropic, but some people think it is.

You could try eating a low carb/low glycemic index dinner. Your body's insulin level spiking after you eat can lead to you feeling more sleepy and foggy-headed.

You might try Gyokuro green tea, or maybe Matcha. It's got a different mix of caffeine and L-theanine, and might keep you up less. It still messes with my sleep, though.

Don't underestimate the value of drinking enough fluids in general. Being well hydrated can make a big difference in wakefulness and concentration.

The thing is, Buddhism itself and its underlying insights are disappointingly different. Buddhism has hells, gods, ghosts, Buddhas who lived for thousands of years and were hundreds of feet tall, "Celestial Buddhas" that live in other realms, and other such things.

I agree with the things you mentioned. In that sense, I see Buddhism as fact too. I love the mindfulness-related parts of it. It has changed and is changing my life. But when you say you see Buddhism as fact, it's unclear what you include and what you don't.

The title of the book is incredibly misleading. Buddhism is not mindfulness + the insights into the human condition mindfulness grants. Buddhism without the reincarnation, the other planes of existences, the deities, the rules for living, etc. isn't really Buddhism. "Why the Buddha was right" might have been better.

This is a short article but I agree with everything I see in it.

    “One of the things that’s most lacking in the world is not emotional empathy, it’s cognitive empathy,” he told me, “meaning we have trouble seeing things from the point of view of other people ... That is more urgently needed than emotional empathy.”

This is something I haven't heard said before. I think I agree with it. How many times have I understood what someone felt but didn't bother trying to understand why they were doing what they were doing? It's easier to leave it an unknown and see them as a vague outsider threat. It's hard to be as angry at someone when you understand their point of view.

rthomas6  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Like Hootsuite for disinformation

This is really cool. One thing that surprises me is that they're still trying to create support for an invasion of Ukraine. Also notable how they are silent on Charlottesville, but play up other violence, and still talk about removal of statues.

I think that explorer looks pretty accurate without traffic. This is pretty cool.

Living in Atlanta (top left map), I am a bit skeptical. This map says you can get all the way to Cumming in an hour. Maybe there is a way, but I've done that drive, and it's taken me half an hour just to get to 400 before. Maybe this map is accurate if you start on the interstate, but even then, I'm highly skeptical you can drive 50 miles at 4PM on a Friday. I mean, it says you can go west and get to the edge of the state in an hour! I've went that direction in rush hour too, and it took me an hour to get a third of that distance.

rthomas6  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Writing Thread

You are the only member of the League of Superheros without any superpowers OR special technology. Your name is Siddhartha Gautama.

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A coffee machine malfunction leads to worldwide mass chaos.

rthomas6  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 16, 2017

This community is a nice place, and I would like to be a bigger part of it. So I figure the best way to do that is to show up and start saying things.


I recently came to the realization that vulnerability is hard for me and always has been. I've always felt like a peripheral in groups: Accepted, but not an integral member. I used to think that I had some quality that prevented me from being fully accepted, or that my social groups were just lacking that depth. But I realized the reason is how unwilling I am to be real with people. To be seen as imperfect, and to show things like pride, bitterness, bewilderment, and jealousy. And to empathize when people talk to me about those things, and not act like I don't struggle with them too.

Personal Projects

I've been reading Deep Work, and it's really eye opening for a lot of different reasons. It made me realize that I rapidly bounce my attention between different projects, and end up making substantial progress on none of them. So I made a list of all the projects I want to accomplish, and it's huge. Make web apps (and learning web development in the process), Finish learning Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3, do my new blog, write an ebook about FPGA development... too much to do at once. The next step is spending time prioritizing the most important projects, and then scheduling long blocks of time where I only work one thing, until they are done. This means I have to stop thinking about a lot of interesting things because I don't have time for them, which is hard.

I've also been reading The Name of the Wind, and it's so entertaining, but I just want to scream at Kvothe. Just... settle down, play your lute, make cool shit, be friendly to Ambrose, and things will blow over. You're causing most of your own problems. It's not fate that Hemme and Ambrose hate you and are doing things to mess up your life. You caused that, you little shit. Learn some diplomacy and get over yourself. Some people are jerks, but success is more important than revenge. You can take physical beatings but can't stand even a nick to your precious ego.

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