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nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: What Book (or Books) Changed Your Life, and Why?

When I was a kid I used to play a lot of competitive baseball. My grandfather played in at least a minor league and my father went far but never made it. So naturally I was surrounded by it growing up. We would go to games, we would play catch, we would play pickup games in the schoolyard. In grade 4 they started letting kids pitch. I couldn't tell you how many times I got absolutely drilled by a hardball and fell to the ground crying. I hated it. I wasn't having fun at all. But my dad still wanted me to succeed. By the time I was 10 playing baseball began to feel like taking out the trash or being told to eat my vegetables. So when I was 14 I started to refuse. I wouldn't do anything baseball related, not even for fun. I wouldn't even play catch with my dad. Could you believe that? A kid refusing to play catch with his own father? That's when I read The Boat Rocker by Terrence Mann.

nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 356th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Imagine pulling onto the highway and Land of Confusion starts to fucking slap.

nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

Wait, that actually exists? I thought I was kidding.

There's no way it still works.

edit: running this right now.


nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

Wicked, I'll add it to the Hubski Enhancement Suite. Thanks again.

nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

    1. Will 'people' tab make a comeback? This place isn't about 'muh stats', but it was a quick way to look-up popular comments/threads.

I also kind of miss the 8 different buttons that let you sort a person's posts by number of shares. I used that all the time to look for stuff.

edit: mk is a god

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

I think the usernames are cut off midway through on mobile. Like it will say "shared with you" and split some names between two lines.

    As a millennial woman who goes on a jog most mornings; maintains a few no-alcohol nights per week; eats a balanced lunch hunched over at her desk; and currently has an unread email from herself

Is it normal to drink that much? Like I do it but I'd probably get sick.

I read the report. It's quite depressing. But if you check the tables and the projected values for various causes of death it seems like a lot of guesswork. Hypertension due to stress due to depression and whatnot. Fortunately I'm GenZ by about six months so I'm going to live forever.

Table 3 and Chart 1 are giving me it. Table 3 is showing roughly equivalent alcohol/drug abuse rates even in the bad projection and Chart 1 looks like they ran a curve of best fit to extrapolate sideways.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is Online Advertising Working? We Simply Don't Know

Funny story about this actually - back when I was fresh meat out of high school and trying to BS my way into business studies I started an e-commerce site. Of course we were incorporated and everything. We sold bicycle parts, which was really just some convoluted drop-shipping scheme to make me look like an entrepreneur. I discovered apparently there are plenty of illegal e-bikes you can import from China. I spent days trying to figure out how to import these things and sell them at an obscene markup to make profit. That was my second business idea, after importing meditation cushions and other Eastern paraphernalia.

Surely enough I ran a brief AdSense campaign that was half-assed after finally fixing site issues and people started to call me with questions. My site looked like hot garbage with a logo I had made myself and yet google ads were somehow bringing me customers. It was bizarre. I had a business phone of sorts but some were initially directed to my personal line. My site was hardly well-designed. It was essentially a bad front for a Shopify store. But I had leads fam!

I don't think we'll ever know if advertising works. It's impossible to authoritatively connect cause to effect, even in the internet age. That's what bugged my about doing business cases, sure, mayyybe Facebook ads will bring us more traffic? The best any marketer can do is do a cost-benefit analysis and that's flakey at best. But advertising makes us feel good. It's absolutely more of an art than a science. Super bowl ads might not bring equivalent profits but companies and individuals still yearn for them for some reason. Maybe we just like putting on a show.

nil  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

My workplace is freezing cold. It's making me want to do absolutely nothing. I don't know how to handle this. I'm putting on another shirt.

edit: I had a turtleneck on under my work clothes. For a while there I was looking like Steve "The Elf" Jobs. It was pretty hysterical.

nil  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 355th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

nil  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Suspicion makes us human

    I begin to suspect, all those dumb-conspiracies we make fun of on Reddit and fb, are a ploy to hide the real conspiracy, and teach us to always side with the "official truth"

I think the problem is dumb conspiracies are always outlandish and real conspiracies tend to be banal. Secret government plot to brainwash millions? False flag attacks? Exciting! Ordinary people trying to avoid responsibility for their actions? Normal. It's way easier to just steal money or cook the books than get the shapeshifting lizards to help you win the election. Even in the case of 9/11, sure, there was a group to profit off of it but in reality it was just the excuse to start a war and make a boat load of cash. The link between Iraq and 9/11 was extremely tenuous at best - it would make sense to hop at any excuse to try and remove Saddam.

The real scary thing about government and/or societal institutions isn't that there's a secret force controlling everything. It's that we're just kind of organizing ourselves. Part of it is authority but a lot of it is just a desire to participate.

nil  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mindfulness: Deep or Dumb?

If anyone wants to reap some of these benefits without getting into hot water spiritually I would recommend taking a sabbatical from technology. It turns out lying around your apartment for hours bored out of your mind with nothing but your own thoughts tends to be good for your mental health.

nil  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 30, 2019

Some crazy stuff going on in my life. Finally got treated for undiagnosed ADD that had plagued me since I was a kid. Surely enough, I scored high on basically every symptom. Forgetting items all the time, general absent-mindedness, inability to concentrate for longer than five minutes on basically anything. I didn't realize that reckless behaviour fell into this category. My mother had to complete a sheet called "misbehaviour during teen years" regarding me, ughhh.

I'm sad at the time I've wasted in my life when I could have seriously benefited from medication. I'm angry at myself for all the irrational impulses. But on the other hand, I'm all too aware of how dangerous stimulants can be. I got on a very low dose of Vyvanse and I feel nothing... but that's the point. You don't feel hyperactive. You feel calm, collected, serene. You feel good about yourself. That's scary.

At this point one of two things are going to happen. I'm going to release a second mixtape and get a Ph.D, or start dealing meth in the back of an Olive Garden. Let's hope it's not #2. I've been losing contact with reality since day 1 but it keeps goin'.

Anyway, I don't know. I have a new motto, spread more love, spread less fear and hate. I'm going to try to be less of a jackass from now on.

nil  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on sympathy and empathy

I would also add that that first sentence is crucial though. People need sympathy as well as solutions. Jumping immediately to "how to solve this problem" can hurt others too.

nil  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thoughts on sympathy and empathy

Part of the issue with this is these are artificial categorical distinctions to begin with. I can not so much understand the "black" or "lesbian" experience as I can understand your experience right now. At which point all human beings become a chain of islands, and understanding becomes impossible.

Hence why I don't subscribe to a lot of rhetoric about experience. When I was young, I went on a school trip and helped build a school in a third world country. I was not able to "understand" their experience, but we had a good time, and they had a good time, and something got accomplished. Other classmates accused us of having a "white savior" complex, but if nobody was being exploited and nobody felt bad about it who cares? Similarly I don't need to completely understand the gay experience to care or make them feel like their feelings matter.

nil  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mindfulness: Deep or Dumb?

As someone who's been ground to death on this particular issue I would sadly have to agree. One of my former unlicensed "therapists" got me to meditate on a cushion every day. She was heavily into Buddhism and telling me to ask that girl out while collecting enough money to buy the G class and the nice house for her and her husband. Later opened a meditation "studio" in the area, siiiiiigh. This is why we need science education.

Myself, I became a full renunciate and got up to nearly an hour a day of mindfulness. I think smoking weed helped me more in the long run.