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wijagain  ·  142 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Hunt for the Death Valley Germans

Love it, thanks for posting.

Around the time frame of this story, I would visit death valley once or twice a year. Would spend a week or so doing off roading, camping, hiking, etc. There are some lonesome parts out there, not for unprepared, and easily underestimated. Saw our share of vehicles abandoned part way through a stupid decision.

wijagain  ·  205 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tin-Can is now complete and available on Android and iOS.


Right, you had mentioned you wrote hubski in Arc and so I was interested to see what you thought about this.

No judgement about your choice of language, this is your project and you should do what feels right to you. And if you like it, more power to you.

About PG though, he is more a guru brand than an engineer, and has been for a long time. For Arc, he set his own goal posts as a "hundred year language", and then failed to meet them by a country mile. He also ignored his own advice about learning from feedback. His M.O. will continue to be: oversimplify a problem and make bold proclamations about it with authority, without regard for accuracy. His proclamations about wealth and economics follow the same vein. Arc is an cautionary tale about success, ego, luck, and bullshit in Silicon Valley.

As for the essay author I think he would admit his own failures in his own field, most working engineers will.

wijagain  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NYT | The Children of Pornhub

I do like it! Hope they make some serious changes

wijagain  ·  231 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NYT | The Children of Pornhub

No offense, but this reads like you might not have finished the article. Here are the solutions he, cautiously, floats in the article:

    I don’t see any neat solution. But aside from limiting immunity so that companies are incentivized to behave better, here are three steps that would help: 1.) Allow only verified users to post videos. 2.) Prohibit downloads. 3.) Increase moderation.

Nothing about limiting searches.

Nicholas Kristof is also not a technology journalist, he is an op-ed columnist (a rather famous one) who mostly writes about human rights and gender equality. Not saying I'm a huge fan of his, in fact I typically think the NYT op-ed is awful, but this article seems above average for them.

wijagain  ·  261 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

She def practices 40 hrs per day

wijagain  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

    There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ... the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed.

- Duke Ellington

In my experience, when I run into blanket judgments about musical genres or bands or individual musicians, it usually comes down to someone repeating an opinion they heard from someone else, without really examining it first. Opinions like, "the Beetles only knew 4 chords", or, "jazz is a corruption of classic music" or, "hip-hop has no merit".

At some point, someone offers a blanket opinion that leaves an impression on us. That opinion might come from someone we respect, like a teacher or a parent or a really smart friend. Then we go around repeating it like it's based on our own knowledge. And everybody does this, or at least everyone I've met. And not just about music either. I've done it, and I'm guessing everyone here has done it.

The quoted opinions above are all examples from real life:

The one about the Beetles was told to me by a good friend of mine. After questioning why she thought that, I realized she meant to say they are overrated. But she took a shortcut right around the truth based on an acquired opinion.

The following one about Jazz is from Ben Shapiro. When claiming rap wasn't music, he explained his theory of the de-evolution of music from classical down to hip hop. He got this from his dad.

The last one, about hip-hop, is from Wynton Marsalis. He agrees with Ben that hip hop is basically not music ("It has no merit, rhythmically, musically, lyrically."). Not gonna get into why Wynton thinks this, but let's just say some people question his knowledge of musical genres besides jazz.

Which brings me back to the first quote. There are simply two kinds of music...

wijagain  ·  264 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

I agree the hate on jazz is... Well.. We need Adam Neely back again apparently.

Although we don't typically improvise sonatas now, many sonatas and other pieces were originally improvised or had sections for improvisation. Especially Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart didn't write down the improvisation though. Many of the sections we have Mozart music today are transcribed from Beethovens improvisations on those sonatas.

Jazz is awesome. Classical is awesome. Hating on jazz says more about haters than jazz.

The last free and fair German election in 1932 had an 80% turnout, compared to 84%, 81%, and 75% in the previous three elections.

wijagain  ·  269 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

It's just good advice lol

wijagain  ·  269 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Yeah "sperm" is the least charitable translation of 精 in this case, and also the funniest. The 物 is upside down, and not because it's rotated, it's actually reflected along the horizontal axis lol.

Yeah I know the walking dude all too well. He literally means "stop and look first".

wijagain  ·  269 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Thing gratis sperm.

wijagain  ·  270 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Oh hi, I live here! This video is super well editied, thanks for posting it. That off ramp with all the scooters became a very famous spot after someone published the scooter waterfall photo

Scooters are the most common type of transportation in Taiwan, and are really a part of life and local culture. Unfortunately scooters are also contributing to Taiwan's already bad air pollution. The government previously committed to move to all electric scooters by 2035, but are walking that back.

Gogoro is a famous Taiwanese brand of electric scooter (at least here and in parts of Europe). They set up battery swap stations around Taiwan. The scooters look pretty good:

Gogoro also recreated the "scooter waterfall" photo:

Traffic can be very hectic looking, especially if you're a Westerner, but congestion isn't very bad compared to other places in E/SE Asia. Taipei has great public transportation as well, with lots of bus routes and one of the best metros in the world.

wijagain  ·  270 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The view from outside.

Yeah I don't use FB either for lots of reasons. The data mining, the self fulfilling algorithm decisions about me, Zuckerberg being a total fuck wit, etc. I've seen FB do serious national damage up close and personal in a former job, so I hate the echo chamber and disinformation aspects. Also, the product itself sucks now. Except! The events feature, that is actual useful and I would consider signing up if I had more time to go out (maybe when the kids are older if FB is still a thing).

I use Twitter as a topic reader, the lists feature is really good for building focused microblog feeds. I also share some lists with people I work with if I feel they should know more about what's going on in the industry.

A private Instagram account turned out to be the most efficient way to share family photos. Yeah, it's still FB. I just set it to private and treat it like a shared album that specific people can access regardless of platform.