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"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"

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blackbootz  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

    Trump supporters are by and large moral degenerates, and they know it.

I have trouble with statements like this. Then again, I'm remarking on the direction from where I've experienced weaponized shame—the left—and generalizing. It's helpful, if also reductive.

So here we are with our generalizations making us feel better about ourselves.

blackbootz  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Flattering, and I know all about the instagram scroll. Hope it was positive and not anything like the doom scrolling that I sometimes do

blackbootz  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Key to Trump's Appeal

As in, "Sam isn't listened to around here"? Or as in you find him unacceptable?

blackbootz  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

55 pounds. Time has gone down from like 36 minutes to sub 18 last session. Have one more session left. But I'm ok with not doing more swings for a while after this.

blackbootz  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Denver is still the shit. It so happened that the Twitter mutual that invited me to meet him was in Austin, and the visit turned magical.

A ranch out west isn't out of the cards.

blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

There's nothing like exercise to reset, induce the hormones and preferable body feedback loops, break up the monotony of a day job, boost the flow of feel good endorphins.

I pulled my MCL day 3 learning jiu jitsu. It sucked, I stayed off it for 6 months. It gets better!

blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Now that you mention it, I do have some lower back pain and it might be from that. I thought it was from the weird positions I get into when I sleep, but the swings sound more likely. Good thing I only have 1 set of 500 left.

blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

SQL, eh? I've the barest experience. I don't wind up using it for work, although I know it's something so many developers, data scientists, analysts use, so it does seem eminently useful.

I do most of my workouts at home, although I went to this gym and quite like it, feel good that it's largely outdoors.

I'm at ~11% bodyfat percentage per Amazon's Halo and am considering going all out and hitting 5 or 6 percent, just to have done it once in my life in peak shape. Take some pictures, eat ten burritos. It's a vanity project, and it's so hard. We'll see.

Congrats on the paper. Do you have a website? I'm curious, how much different a style is it written in than, say, the style you'd write it in if it were a blog post?

blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

It's on.

I don't have a car and, shockingly considering that I'm in Texas, have managed to not need one? Austin is dense and walkable and the odd times I need a ride I uber, but so far I've managed well without one. But those longer trips to San Antonio will be tougher for now. But a hit a brother up and come north! Austin is a jewel

blackbootz  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

You as well. How goes it? How has the last quarter or two treated you?

blackbootz  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Veen! It's great to be a part of the club.

I'm essentially a python developer using natural language processing frameworks and libraries. I'm building a medical records search platform. I turn unstructured medical data (a bunch of .txts) into indexed metadata that's made searchable by downstream business users. The systems guy works on the back end and we have a few web developers. Something like a hundred million records will pass through my machine learned model and entity attributor. I didn't know how to code 13 months ago.

How do I stay fit?? Funny you should ask: I have a twitter thread and a fitness instagram with highlights. Right now I'm doing the 10,000 kettlebell swing challenge; 500 per working day. My first set took 36 minutes. I broke 18 minutes just the other day, and I have two more days left.

How are you?? How's the turning code into money going? How are transportation reform efforts? How's the young and beautifully in love going?

blackbootz  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US Treasuries Never Wrong - well, not really

That's remarkable. I edited the typo in the prediction, because indeed I meant February 2019 not 2018. That said, to the extent my prediction counts for something because I was accurate about the cause, I feel I was wrong. My understanding of the yield curve is that it's something like a bet about the state of interest rates in the future. Implicit in estimates of low rates in a year or two (which gives the curve its inversion) is that the Fed pursued a course of accomodative monetary policy in response to some crisis or business cycle. Now, the Fed certainly did do that, but not for "standard" recession reasons which I prophesied, something original to the financial sector, not a pandemic. It feels hollow to claim victory.

But it's fun to follow up on these. More predictions!

blackbootz  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising

Damn. I was relying on hubski's dupe link detector, but the URL is long and filled with tons of those additional tags.

blackbootz  ·  218 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NIH begins study to quantify undetected cases of coronavirus infection

Thanks. Bethesda is an hour away from me, Hopkins Hospital five minutes. Emailed the contact address to be included in study.

And they also eliminated reserve requirements--dropped them to zero--for thousands of commercial banks. Not sure if that includes the big ones, but in an effort to boost spending, the Fed is pushing banks to have nothing in reserve. That seems cross-purposes to long or even medium-term solvency. That 5% cash to cover what's out will now drop to... near-zero? Or will banks bulk up on reserves so actually increase?

blackbootz  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

It doesn't start until September. But I'll be sure to update you. The pace is apparently steady but not overwhelming. And while there is some homework, there's a lot of help. We'll see how different the environment is from college.

blackbootz  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

Dudes and dudettes: There is this stuff called Spindrift. It's seltzer water with a tiny bit of actual juice, so a can will have 13 calories per. It's not sweet at all, it's mostly an aftertaste, but it's not aspartame or artificial sweetener! I recommend it.