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wasoxygen  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Europeans are weird.

wasoxygen  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Oh, the sink test sounds great; I'll use that. I was going by shape to pick a winner. Now I see mk went for safety in numbers.

New plan: collect a dozen of the heaviest acorns available. Plant some in an indoor pot, and chill the rest for a month or two before planting.

wasoxygen  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Planning for Paris

You'd dig it the most.

The Louvre is huge, so I am sure there are many quiet corners where you could quietly contemplate the fine art, though it might be oil paintings of fruit and dead kings.

We stayed four nights. The main reason for the last-minute arrangements is that we travel standby, so we never know if we will even arrive. I also prefer to do more advance research, but many times we have changed the destination the day before based on flight loads.

On an earlier trip to Paris, we couldn't get on the JFK-CDG flight. We saw that there was a flight to London leaving in an hour, and figured that was close enough, got listed and got cleared. On arriving at Gatwick, we discovered that all the low-cost carriers flew out of Heathrow, or vice versa. A black cab was something crazy like £60, and the Underground was too slow and intimidating (without a smartphone).

We ended up taking the train, which wasn't cheap but worked out great. We arrived at the Gare du Nord and I booked a room using a pay phone and my prepared list of possible accommodations. Ready to settle in at last, we stepped outside to get a ride to the hotel and discovered a line around the block; the taxi drivers were on strike!

wasoxygen  ·  20 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

    Sucks for Hubski though...

Yes, how much of your relentless positive energy and failure to complain are we supposed to take? I enjoy your observations on the natural world, and I wouldn't mind some more comments on cars.

Maybe you could try the mk method and sprout your oaks indoors? It didn't work for me, but there are still acorns all over the sidewalk so I might try again.

wasoxygen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Here's another one.

I hate these things.

wasoxygen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Does your Oct 3 solution look like this?

wasoxygen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

I thought it would be a good puzzle to try and figure out from the photo how the months and dates are arranged underneath, but the two which are visible suggest that they are simply in order, with months on the first two rows and numbers 1-31 below.

Given that there is a solution for each month and date combination, it seems very unlikely that there would be a unique solution for each combination. Have you tried finding an alternate solution for a date?

wasoxygen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Hey mike, I don't see that puzzle in the KickStarter collection, and the DragonFjord inventory is low. Do you have to know somebody? Do you know somebody?

wasoxygen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Former President Jimmy Carter Celebrates His Record-Breaking 95th Birthday

four more years

This is a great analysis. There are costs and benefits to any approach, and no easy answers.

The only alteration I would suggest is to change "not giving a shit" to "prioritizing the interests of oneself and loved ones, friends and associated people over more distant people, and prioritizing clear present desires over uncertain future desires" as pretty much everyone, everywhere has pretty much always done.

I couldn’t find good evidence for a mass extinction either.


    Groups of human beings, left free to each regulate themselves, tend to produce spontaneous order, rather than the meaningless chaos often feared.

Do you have the book? It's one the architect of Hubski ought to read.

These objections are peripheral. The fact that the speaker is young does not make the message incorrect. Money is involved in all big policy issues, and institutions always promote their own interests, we don't learn anything from those facts.

Can you provide evidence that we are not in the beginning of a mass extinction? Do you disagree that carbon sequestration technologies "barely exist"? Should we not be concerned about #tippingpoints?

wasoxygen  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 18, 2019

Sub-optimal commute Tuesday morning as I received confirmation that it's time for new bike tires a mile away from the office. I changed the tube anyway and the new tube blew up as I used my third-to-last CO2 canister to inflate it. A 20-minute walk isn't so bad, if you haven't already spent 20 minutes getting your hands filthy and you don't have to push a bike on the bike path.

The new tires are the first made-in-Germany product I remember buying since the Audi we nicknamed The German Patient. Hopefully the tires will last longer than the car. I managed to get the rear tire mounted at work without my tire levers (a plastic knife broke and I found that stubborn thumbs can manage) and used my second-to-last CO2 canister to top it off after inflating with a hand pump. (Not quite: the recommended pressure is 110 PSI and I'm not sure if I reached half that; my car pressure gauge is useless for Presta valves.)

Heading home now with a single CO2 cartridge and mismatched tires, hoping the front won't die of old age and the rear won't pinch flat.

wasoxygen  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 18, 2019

You say they wiggle out like that's a bad thing. Any fastener has a failure mode. A spike that gradually wiggles out still has some holding power (mainly needed horizontally) while clearly advertising its weakened condition to a casual inspection. A bump wouldn't increase spike-to-wood contact area much, and could weaken the connection above the bump.

Screws are also used, the cost of pre-boring holes reduced by automated equipment.

wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace

Maybe they used a Mini.

wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Liquid Assets: How the Business of Bottled Water Went Mad

wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you make?

You can do a lot with a smart phone. A desktop with a large monitor is more comfortable for editing, and we used it to provide the literal green screen.

wasoxygen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you make?

The kid discovered Indiana Jones and wants to make a movie. He wants a green screen, but I won't buy him gear until he shows some commitment, so we are experimenting with what we have around the house.

wasoxygen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post your first bike.

I remember a red frame, banana seat, and coaster brakes, so I may have had a Sting-Ray like your brother's, or one of the "Copied but not equaled" imitations.

But the best memories came from the Big Wheel with handbrake.

wasoxygen  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: $70,000 minimum wage update

Can you point me to a sentence in the NYT piece that indicates that the $70K minimum is in effect? It talks about the announcement and drama that followed, and then the current state of the company.

    Staff members gasped four years ago when Dan Price gathered the 120 employees at Gravity Payments, the company he had founded with his brother, and told them he was raising everyone’s salary to a minimum of $70,000, partly by slashing his own $1.1 million pay to the same level.

    So I came to Seattle to see what had unfolded: Did Gravity succeed or crash?

    Business has surged, and profits are higher than ever. Gravity last year processed $10.2 billion in payments, more than double the $3.8 billion in 2014, before the announcement. It has grown to 200 employees, all nonunion.

    The pay raise also helped attract new employees — including some who yearned to join a company with values. Tammi Kroll, a Yahoo executive, took an 80 percent pay cut to move to Gravity, where she is now chief operating officer.

Kroll joined by 2015 before the minimum wage policy was in effect.

Maggie Goodall joined recently and received $70K, but as you point out that’s not exceptional salary in Seattle.

Why would they remove the minimum salary from the list of employee benefits, after it brought them so much positive publicity? If they had raised the minimum to keep up with inflation, why not promote the higher number? Anyway, they still advertise some positions paying $70K. And there’s no mention of the minimum wage for a Technical Support Representative position in Boise, where $70K would go a long way.

Company reviews have little information; only one mentions compensation, as a “Con.”

I share your enthusiasm for a company that experiments with innovative compensation packages. If it works and the business is successful, it’s an idea that other companies can copy. But it has to work! Their own web site has a dated “Gravity of $70K” page which still says “the current minimum salary is $50K at Gravity” in an infographic.

    It worked. Still works. And the company is booming.

I agree, the announcement went viral, the company enjoyed great publicity, and they seem to be doing well now. It’s a private company and they don’t have to reveal their internal policies. It just seems fishy that they would ride the $70K publicity train while the policy was a popular proposal, and then remove mentions of $70K after it was supposed to go into effect. Would you assume Amazon is keeping it’s $15/hour pledge if Bezos were not still talking about it?

wasoxygen  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: $70,000 minimum wage update

Some insider intel would be welcome; I can only find rumors online.

Almost all the publicity occurred after the announcement of the plan, especially during 2016, while the minimum was still $60K. Recent coverage in NYT and Forbes mention that Price "told them he was raising everyone’s salary" and "committed to giving every employee" 70K but don't specify whether the program was ever fully implemented or discontinued.

Given the amount of attention and praise the company received for the program, it's hard to imagine why they would drop mentions of a generous minimum from their web site, most job listings, and Twitter (which mentions a "living wage").

wasoxygen  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: UTAH TRIP REPORT or: How I Learned Not To Hike Alone by Breaking My Leg

Thanks for the great story, hope you heal up quick.

Can you spare some details of the mishap? How high was the jump? How deep was the water, could you see the bottom?

There's a secret pond (as secret as a pond can be in the satellite age) not far from my favorite running route. Getting to it requires some fording and possibly tresspassing, so I don't visit often, but have stopped by for a cooling dip on hot days. One time there were some kids taking turns jumping from a boulder 15 or 20 feet into the murky water. They invited me to join in, but I declined, and later kind of regretted missing the chance.

Will you make changes to your gear? I carry gauze with clotting agent in my bike bag. A "tactical" aluminium split is cheap, light, and may be a good idea.