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You can either do it or not. If you want to do it, delaying is only wasting time. There is no best time to start so just fucking do it.
This mix by Max Cooper:
- Politics is an extension of war by other means. Arguments are soldiers. Once you know which side you're on, you must support all arguments of that side, and attack all arguments that appear to favor the enemy side; otherwise it's like stabbing your soldiers in the back—providing aid and comfort to the enemy.
I'm not even sure this was an attempt (by the GOP) to be hip; I have a strong suspicion that she wouldn't have said this if the speaker were white. Either way I love the image of Bachmann saying this and everyone else at the convention shaking their heads in disappointment while Steele just looks at her like this.
I'm reading https://intelligence.org/rationality-ai-zombies/. It's a collection of Elizer Yudkowsky's essays on rationality and science. I'm enjoying it immensely, it's been extremely mind opening. He's an extremely good writer, and he has a particular style of passionate rationality that I haven't really seen anywhere else.
I'm also reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It's a self-help and motivational book written in the 30's. It's been extremely motivating so far and I've enjoyed it immensely (I've always had a soft spot for 30's style writing) Some of the advice is a little hokey, but it makes a lot more sense in the context of modern science. I'd definitely recommend reading Thinking Fast and Slow first, it explains why a lot of the things that Hill attributes to God (or "The Infinite Intelligence") actually work - he's basically talking about how to train your subconscious (or the fast system) to motivate and help your conscious mind (the slow system) towards a particular goal. Your subconscious directs your attention, selecting what your conscious notices and also gives your conscious commands (an example from "Thinking Fast and Slow" is a person having a strong urge to brake before they consciously notice the deer about to jump in front of their car), so if your train your subconscious to really really want something you'll be more likely to notice opportunities relating to that thing, and more motivated to work towards it. At least that's my take on it. Apparently a lot of this hokey sounding advice is removed from the abridged version, which probably makes it more palatable to modern audiences but also completely neuters the book, so if you want to read it make sure you get the unabridged version.
This is amazing and I just joined, please mention me every time there's an update. I'm getting paid on Monday so I'll be able to join a gym, and I just found You Need a Budget (thanks blackbootz). I'm a voracious reader, but right now way to much of my reading consumption is vapid shit like /r/tumblrinaction. Even more of it is stuff from HN, but I think that's worse in a way - it seems like it's good because it's thought provoking and often useful, but it's still undirected ultimately most of it is a waste of time. I'm going to start by not going on reddit or HN every other day, starting tomorrow (should be easy since I'm moving to a new apartment).
As for programming, I love to do it but I'm lazy. I want to (and have started) write a roguelike game. I also want to make money on the side. I'm thinking it'll basically be a simpler version of crawl stone soup and either put it in the store as a paid app, or make it freemium. It seems like freemium is where the money is, but it's also where the terrible unfun games are. My idea is to have it be classic roguelike hard - permadeath, random generation, one mistake and you're dead etc. but have it possible to ease that difficulty by paying me. For example when you die you can buy a continue like a classic arcade game - I might even add a countdown. You'll also be able to buy in game currency to get that awesome weapon that costs 5x your current stash. Of course the problem with the freemium route is becoming a slave to the Canadian devil. To combat this, I'm going to follow the rule "if it's not fun as a free game I've failed". But the problem with that is why would anyone pay if it's fun without doing so? I don't know quite how it's going to work, but I do know I'll never find out if I don't work on it.
I think the hardest goal will be talking to people and having social interaction. I just got a job in a town with about 7000 people, most of them families (there are 4 schools here - 2 elementary, a middle and high school). The job I got is as a programmer, and I got it because I spent all of my free time in middle and high school on the computer instead of socializing, so I don't really know how or where to meet new people. I'm turning 21 soon so I'll definitely go to bars, but it seems like there should be other places. If anyone's in the Corvallis area and wants to meet up, HMU I guess.
I love the philosophy page. Whoever made this really wants to help people find the best glue, and that makes me smile.
Man I wish I could do this, my phone has a persistent voicemail notification that's impossible to dismiss. The only way to get rid of it is to not have new voicemails. I don't even listen to them anymore, I just call it up and hit 7 until it says I don't have any new ones.
I know this is old, but I'd have liked to see that guy stick around (he's obviously intelligent and willing to write long thought out comments), and you both acted like dicks IMHO.