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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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dublinben  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 14, 2021

I don't think you need a few years of experience as a PM in order to pursue your own thing. If you have a good idea, try to just start building it. There's plenty of "no-code" platforms these days, or you could hire some cheap contractors to make you a proof of concept.

dublinben  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 23, 2021

Congratulations doctor tie die! I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from the irrationality of your extended family. I wish you and your grandmother a speedy recovery.

dublinben  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Limits to Blockchain Scalability

The fact that they're not even trying to run this off the corporate cloud goes to show how poorly the "decentralization" aspect of this experiment is going. The barrier to entry here is obscene.

dublinben  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fierce Nerds

This, like most of his writing these days, seems to me like post hoc justification and defensiveness for his personal financial success. It's difficult to uphold a sense of worthy accomplishment when you are increasingly confronted with the inequity and unfairness of the system in which you 'won.'

The "7 of the 8 richest people in America" that he is lauding are all notoriously awful people to those around them. I would hate to have to work with a self-described "fierce nerd" at any level. I wish we would do more to promote and reward kindness amongst nerds and non-nerds alike.

This is why nobody likes architects.

dublinben  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 5, 2021

I'm impressed that you drag a 5d MK II up mountains. I have my own, much less expensive DSLR, and I barely take it anywhere these days. I think you'll enjoy the mirrorless camera much more. I'm convinced they're the future of prosumer grade photography.

dublinben  ·  87 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 28, 2021

It feels like we've started to turn a corner for the first time since this whole mess started. Most people I know are in some stage of getting vaccinated, if not already fully protected. I have long-delayed travel plans to see family to look forward to in the coming months. Some outdoor concerts that were rescheduled to this Summer look increasingly likely to happen.

It's incredible how nice it feels simply to have concrete plans for good things to look forward to again.

dublinben  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DC could become a State... soooo....

There are so many obvious reasons to be in favor of DC statehood, but I'm particularly excited for the opportunity for a totally urban state to be represented at the national level. Cities are structurally underrepresented in state and national politics, despite being the economic engines of our country. The creation of our first city-state could have significant long term benefits for the citizens of every city in the country.

dublinben  ·  94 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 21, 2021

Congrats. I hope it gets you everywhere you want to go.

I recently determined that I've driven mine fewer than 750 miles in the last 5 months. What a year.

dublinben  ·  94 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: One in Five Americans Own Cryptocurrency (n=1048)

God, I hope not. I can't wait for the bubble to pop.

dublinben  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why has climate economics failed us?

Everyone I know who is buying a house these days is already considering flooding and future water level risks. They're moving away from the beachfront property, not towards it.

I know I'll be researching fresh water resources and other existential risks as well before committing to a 30 year mortgage somewhere.

dublinben  ·  101 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

Great choice with Emory. I hope you're able to live close to campus and enjoy Atlanta. It's been getting a lot nicer in recent years with things like the Beltline.

dublinben  ·  117 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Extreme Poverty Isn’t Natural, It’s Created

Hickel expands on this point in his book The Divide. The neoliberal triumphalism of Pinker and Gates seems a little too convenient once you interrogate the data a little.