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katakowsj  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what is your ideal for personal wealth?

I think you pose a very empowering viewpoint. Monetary wealth can definitely insulate us from many, but certainly not all, of life's hardships. I agree that a large part of wealth is a state of mind. Your reply reminded me of "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional".

Our ability to reframe our life experiences and recognize our good fortune and over our shortcomings is definitely a path to wealth.

katakowsj  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: No to Chrome: Google want to automate us

Agreed. All that I can surmise is that Google has downloaded books they may not have rights to. They've also taken pictures of my home, which is weird, but not illegal. It is useful as they have taken pictures of everybody else's place too.

Irresponsible? Yeah. Evil? Not by the "No to Chrome" description at least.

katakowsj  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'It's cool now': why Dungeons & Dragons is casting its spell again

It’s always been cool with me. I’ve only recently played with my eleven year old son (I bought him his first set last year), but I’m expecting that a RPG explosion is set to go off.

I’m a middle school math teacher in Michigan. We’ve been beat into the ground over standardized testing in the misguided rationale that standardized learning goals are predictive measures of student success. All while top businesses are searching far and wide for the [soft skills](https://fortune.com/2019/01/02/linkedin-2019-trends-skills-jobs/ ) that role playing games foster.

My son has just joined his 6th grade D&D club after school and is loving it. He’s learning and having more fun than he does playing Fortnite.

katakowsj  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is Meritocracy Making Everyone Miserable?

Meritocracy, for what we may agree upon it’s meaning, appears to be the least worst system, at the moment, of achieving success. Markovits, it sounds, works really hard to describe a problem, yet no solution seems to be offered. Makes me skeptical.

No major system is completely fair. It seems, more fair, though as we know more about a system. If we’re aware of the inequities in a system, and the inequities are consistent, is that system more or less now a fair system? At least through our understanding, it now appears to be consistent, or fairly set up with inherent inequities. Depending on where we start, a random draw, no one chooses their parents, everyone has a fair shot to make their way.

katakowsj  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Don Cherry gets fired on Remembrance Day

Bummer. Canada at least keeps their Donald Trump on a shorter leash. Wish the US had done that.

katakowsj  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Damn Interesting - The Zero Armed Bandit

Is there a book or movie based on this? I’ve got to imagine it’s been done before.

Yeah. Seems like it may only work when you’ve got yourself all lathered up in smugness like this guy. I couldn’t do it. Especially since my Grandma was known around our family for her love of her favorite Bolivian poncho my uncle gave her sometime in the 1970’s. Too strong an association for me to overcome.

katakowsj  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.

The machine of industry is churning out uninspiring garbage at the theater. My kids, 9 and 11 years old, have only been to a movie theater a handful of times in their lives and look at going to the movies as very low priority event, maybe a couple of ideas below bowling. There's not much in it for them, they get pissed at the idea of a 4PM showing starting actually at 4:30 due to thirty minutes of ads beforehand. They prefer to explore what we can find on Amazon Video or our cable service OnDemand. They busted a gut a week ago watching "Monty Python and The Holy Grail".

I'm wondering if part of the reason that good cinema is missing is that it takes too much time and what does a movie theater really offer me that I cannot get now at home? $17 for two small drinks and popcorn? Or, make that $17 for my watered down movie theater Manhattan.

My wife and I have been watching "Mozart in the Jungle", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and "Shitt's Creek". There's some quality content out there, just too much and too varied for us to relate around.

Instead, here we are on Hubski talking about cinema. All in all, no so bad.