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Dear America

Posted by Ogged
on 02.07.16

--Calling it "The Superb Owl" wasn't funny the first time, and it's not funny now. This ends my message to America.

--I won't be watching (backbone.js*, I will learn you) but I will be rooting for Carolina. I've grown to like P.Man over the years, but he's still a white Republican playing against a brash young black man in post-Ferguson America, so it's not a tough call. (My kids are rooting for the Broncos because horses are bigger than panthers. Fair.)

*How old is jashkenas? How many fucking things is that dude going to make? And will I be forced to learn them all?

--The MarcoBot moment was amazing. And you don't dispel with a fiction. I'd like a word with that young man's programmers.

--Coding camp is good. Nuts but not unmanageably so. Honestly, I have the hardest time with the "yay team!" bits. Don't ask me for a fucking pep talk as we close out the meeting. Also, I forgot myself a few days ago and wrote a "your mom" joke to someone in a chat with 75 people in it. I got some thumbs down for that. Also fair.



 

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Unsold food

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 02.06.16

This is nice! We should do it, too.



 

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Hat

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 02.05.16

Chris Y writes: Ça Par Exemple!

heebie's take: Sacray blue!



 

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Solitary Survival

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 02.05.16

This is slightly annoyingly power-of-the-individual! in tone, but if you can get past that, it's about how, occasionally, people come out of solitary confinement mentally intact, and what they did to preserve their sanity.



 

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Frivolity

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 02.04.16

Okay, done. I actually only bet half my deposit, because I'm guessing odds will improve slightly after the NH primary.

If you guys still have an appetite for talking about this nonsense, have some Cruz from Trivers.



 

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Go to Hell, Dylan Matthews

Posted by Ben
on 02.03.16

AmeriCare achieves these savings relative to Sanders in a few ways, the biggest being cost sharing. Not only does eliminating deductibles and co-insurance cost money in and of itself, it also encourages people to seek more care, increasing health spending. AmeriCare doesn't have those problems …

Gotta avoid the problem of people seeking medical care!



 

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Airdynes

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 02.03.16

So at xfit, they replaced their old, normal Airdynes with slightly fancier Airdynes with electronic displays. The instructions are usually in terms of percent exertion: "60 seconds at 70%" or "30 seconds at 100%" etc.

That thing is exhausting like I don't remember being exhausted, at least not in a sprint-type setting. We had to do repeated sets the other day at 100% and I didn't feel right for 30 minutes afterwards.



 

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Guest Post: Mossy Character on Bitcoin

Posted by LizardBreath
on 02.03.16

What does the blog think about bitcoin? I don't really understand how it's supposed to work, but this from a longtime evangelist, along with this at the NY Times, make it sound like libertarianism-in-practice overtaking libertarianism-in-theory. What was supposed to happen was a decentralized, self-regulating financial system achieved solely through software and self-interest. What happens instead is:

  • A severely broken system
  • Consolidation of almost all power by a handful of individuals
  • Sabotage of repair efforts by said individuals
  • Rising fees also imposed by said individuals
  • DOS attacks by rival factions
  • Open source development utterly failing to fix anything
  • Zero-sum tribalist infighting
  • Censorship

Especially love this:
the financial crisis convinced [Hearn] that national currencies were vulnerable to politics and bad decision-making
and:
"It never occurred to me that the thing could just fall apart because of people getting crazy and having fundamental political disagreements over the goals of the project," Mr. Hearn said in a Skype interview from his apartment. "It's really shaken my faith in humanity."
Also:
The release of Bitcoin XT was viewed...as an act of betrayal. Yes, it was democratic, but they said that decisions about the core software should be made by technical experts -- not by populist campaigns.
I shouldn't be surprised by now, but the misunderstanding of human nature is still kind of breathtaking.



 

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