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ButterflyEffect  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Does this sound crazy? Am I suffering from delusions of grandeur? I think I am starting to see a goal coalesce which will culminate in athletic performance from age 32 - 46, approximate, in which I would see myself on bolder routes, mountainous linkups, and possibly some expedition style ski touring and alpine climbing. There’s a non-zero chance I’m back in Bhutan in two(?) pandemic pending years, as well.

ButterflyEffect  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome


ButterflyEffect  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

I hope Ben had a good thanksgiving yesterday. If there’s ever a happy opportunity to share Ben with the site, please do!

ButterflyEffect  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 409th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

idgaf what the “hubskis” thinks so don’t even @ me

“stop this train” is a classic pop song

ButterflyEffect  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

oyster ya know, that was actually a part of the conversation last night. It's not even a laziness thing so much as a "crippling over-analysis of every possible outcome and scenario" thing...which does have it's benefits it certain situations, but I think is more a "using a hammer to solve every problem" mechanism right now.

ButterflyEffect  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 11, 2020

Here's a really interesting case-study in "Why Facebook is Terrible" and "Why Large Facebook Groups Are Killing The Planet" and "Why Digital Advertising Will Ruin You":

    Real talk: I'm seriously contemplating shutting down this group. This is not a threat, just the reality of my free labor situation. I will continue my daily reporting of dining information on my website and I will keep all social media related to <Removed>, except for this endeavor, this Facebook group that sucks so much of my time, it's unreal. It's become an unwieldy labor burden I don't know that I want to continue.


    I started a dining website in 2019 called <Removed>. This Facebook group is an extension of my website, of course.


    I spend 15 hours a week writing and reporting stories for my website and managing my other <Removed> social media. I spend 15 hours a week managing and moderating this group, which has become a major time suck.


    When this group was smaller, I had a much higher click-through rate. That gave me tangible rewards that made the labor I put into this group worth my labor.


    With 14,000 members, you'd think I'd have a big click-through to my website? Well, you'd be wrong. That number has plummeted to 1 percent. I do A-B testing in the group. I'll post a story here, and only here, to measure the click-through rate to my website. The results have been disappointing to me considering the amount of time I spend moderating and upkeep in this group.


    I get so much readership outside this group. My click through from my other social media, which I spend almost no time managing, is amazing and is carrying my website and my efforts at this point. But this group? You are not giving me enough support.


    The legal entanglements of my website and social media brand mean I will not be handing off this group to anyone or having admins help in the group. I cannot, for legal and branding reasons, have anybody else manage anything related to my website unless they are an employee. And, welp, I can't even afford to pay myself, let alone an employee.


    I'm giving myself 90 days to see if this turns around. January 2021, I'll be making some decisions.

    I want to be clear that there are ways you can help me and my mission of broadcasting the good news about dining in <Removed> that will make my labor here worthwhile. Two are free. One is a donation. They are:

    1. Click on all my stories at <Removed>. There's real value to my website in that. The more people who read my stuff, the higher Google pushes my site on search results, and more people will see the good news about dining in <Removed>. Then, I'll feel I get something tangible from 15 hours of labor a week in this group. My labor outside this group has paid off because my readership stats right now are where I was at in year eight of running my last dining blog for the local newspaper. But the people who are doing all the work to help me broadcast my devotion to dining in <Removed>? They're not in this group.

    2. Share my stories. Social shares by YOU improve my ranking for social media distribution and will result in higher readership. Facebook's algorithm favors content creators who get more shares. You can't share from a private group (Facebook's rules, not mine), so if you want this group to continue, go to my other Facebook page, <Removed>, and share my stories from there.

    3. Put your money where your mouth is. Like my content? Then send some cash my way to keep my operation going. Patreon is where you can contribute. Between income taxes and platform fees, I make about 50 percent of earnings through your pledge, but it's better than nothing and I like that Patreon handles the transactions and taxing so I don't have to. Patreon pays for my hosting, web, platform and design software fees, my licensing and business fees. I don't accept advertising on my website because it violates the ethics codes all journalists follow, so Patreon is the only way I earn money for my labor. <Removed>

    This has been a PSA. Carry on. I am turning off commenting because this isn't a debate, a call-to-action for arguments, or anybody needing to wax my ego, or an invitation for trolling. This is REAL TALK about whether or not this group continues and what you can do to help ensure this group is worth the labor I invest in it.

That’s an important distinction to be made - and one that applies to any size company, nonprofit, etc. I will say - I seem to rarely agree with you politically, but the conversation is always civil, and I appreciate that.

"I was just following orders"

ButterflyEffect  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post election discussion thread.

The last two elections have shown that “everything is made up, and the polls don’t matter”!

(Cue Drew Carey)

ButterflyEffect  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 4, 2020

Part of why I have been considering it more lately isn't even related to the election, but what I want my quality of life to be 20-30 years from now. Global warming isn't going anywhere, vast swaths of the United States will be irrevocably altered. Parts of Canada will, too, but by and large will be in a better place than the United States when it comes to environmental impact. Representation is a factor, as well, there a 7x difference in the Federal level of representation comparing Canada to the US. Somewhere around 760,000 US Citizens per House rep, and 112,000 Canadian Citizens per similar rep. "Slogging it out where I currently am" is me, living in one of the most blue regions of the country, having to somehow deal with the fact that almost half of the country in the interior and SE are diametrically opposed in ways I cannot engage with, participate in, or attempt to influence shy of throwing money at candidates in those states. Those some states are the ones greatly influencing our Federal government and everything that comes with it.

ButterflyEffect  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 4, 2020

It is so weird hearing from people who have functional or at least not actively hostile towards their own citizens federal governments.

ButterflyEffect  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (Live In London)

I certainly miss the Hubski days where we call David Bazan a wuss, that was hilarious. What a great thread!

ButterflyEffect  ·  84 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Woke up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria

Our idiot neighbor voted to rescind their mask mandate in two counties and may have to start using our excess hospital capacity.


ButterflyEffect  ·  158 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Virus? Let’s talk about showers

Is the part where we apply Seinfeld skits to public policy? Great episode!

Cruise ships, airlines, the hospitality industry...sports...all of it.

Meanwhile I can count of three local business that have announced they’re closing this week.

ButterflyEffect  ·  160 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all, researchers find

Your comment covers everything I have to say about this study. That it’s a bad conclusion/discussion and they should feel bad.

Especially relating it to that stupid jogger study that has to argue with everybody in real life over for three weeks but I would like to add that those authors had not-insignificant ties to Russia.

ButterflyEffect  ·  195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

Hah, no, though in a way only the Coen brothers can capture, yes. This goes back to the 50s/60s and the rise and fall and rise and current state fall (again) of bowling in the United States. I grew up bowling, bowled collegiate, and have lots of words to spare on this one between bowling leagues, USBC, the PBA, Bowlero, and the book Bowling Alone.

ButterflyEffect  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

I see a fair a bit of sharing themselves in chat ever since mk made the big change to it. But yes, I by and large agree with you - though to a small aspect of flagamuffin‘s point, it’s difficult to make the time to share myself in a way that’s satisfactory (see: the six months it took me to write up half of my Bhutan trip).

As an unrelated reason for this, I am less and less comfortable sharing personal details on any forum after seeing the ever increasing weaponization of the Internet. I am close to the point of wishing we all had our own private pay to enter bubbles with no inter connectivity.

ButterflyEffect  ·  201 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

That is so good to hear, stay healthy and safe. We’re all pulling for you, as always!

ButterflyEffect  ·  201 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

    If I'd had a moment with my computer prior to being escorted out of the building, I would have deleted all records of their account. They'd never be able to rebuild it.

I enjoy the part where you decide being unethical is the best option here.

ButterflyEffect  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Stable

Flashbacks to my college dorm...

ButterflyEffect  ·  214 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Stable

It says so on the box!

ButterflyEffect  ·  217 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US Supreme Court backs protection for LGBT workers

I am truly surprised to hear this from Gorsuch. Maybe I don't understand him well enough? Anyone have thoughts on where to start to dive into him a bit?

Especially considering, you know, I'm basically stuck with this guy for the rest of my life.

ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Antifa bus’ hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America

Isn’t it totally harmless for the President to say Antifa is a terrorist organization even if it’s not legally binding?????????

ButterflyEffect  ·  246 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Google, DoorDash, & Grubhub Conspire to Screw Local Restaurants

I want to see all of these services die. But, if people are supporting them because they don’t care or don’t know better, I don’t know what to do about that aside from continuing to live in my own little bubble.

    “This is not an unpredictable outcome with businesses opening in one location and people going to seek services there,” said Fitzpatrick, who has reviewed the findings by the university's Maryland Transportation Institute.

I am so tired of giving a shit about those states who's politics and beliefs are clearly going to have a negative impact on the health of those around them, and will result in this entire pandemic being prolonged.

ButterflyEffect  ·  262 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What if immunity to covid-19 doesn’t last?

I mean, any immunity that is seasonal or unable to be vaccinated against and I don’t see how anyone can reach an even remotely positive conclusion that doesn’t involve the decline of society as we know it.

ButterflyEffect  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

The FDA is kind of weird in this way. Well, I guess it makes sense on their end to not be overly prescriptive with how to accomplish something. I bet b_b can speak to this too from his perspective, I'm only speaking to interactions I've had with the FDA within the Food & Beverage industry...

    FDA has even said if you're a lab in good standing, whatever that means, and if you validate your test in some magic way, again super vague, that you're fine and don't need anything more. But this specific lab is not EUA approved.

They really don't tell you how to do something unless you bug them about it long enough, and figure out how to bug the right person. This is both good and bad - there's more than one way to do most things, after all, and all that needs to be provided is validation of the effectiveness of the work performed to meet the FDA regulation and guidance. It allows flexibility in manufacturing and in some cases, actual innovation! The downside is...a lot of the time it leaves it up what the fuck are you actually asking me to do!?!? and a lack of trust in the system...

ButterflyEffect  ·  265 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: Foodbank Fundraiser Brainstorming Session

A lot of foodbanks, unfortunately, aren't accepting new manpower right now :(

At least down here in Pierce County. If you're existing volunteer I believe you can still sign-up for shifts but new volunteers, not so much at the moment. And down here they're just as short on money as they are on people.

ButterflyEffect  ·  270 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: TNG PODCAST: COVID-19 Part 1

Yeah, I saw that. Was choosing to frame it a more positive light :)