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Seen On a Telephone Pole In Your Neighborhood
a:Sean-McGowan  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.16  w:500  satire  housing  advertising  from instapaper
2 days ago by bankbryan
Some Friendly Advice To New Law Students
"Learn to believe in things. If you're ever going to be an advocate, or an adviser, you need to be able to believe in things. When you get up and defend someone charged with a crime, you need to believe in something, or the judge and jury sees you're just going through the motions and nails your client. You don't have to believe your client is good or innocent, but you have to believe passionately in *something* – that the system or the charges are unjust, that the punishment is disproportionate, or that the system is *right* to give every accused person an advocate and by God you are that advocate and you believe in your duty. It's the same with a civil client. You don't have to believe they're right, but you have to get up there and believe that we resolve disputes through zealous advocates, and believe in being that advocate."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.08.16  w:1000  instructional  law  education  from instapaper
3 days ago by bankbryan
Basic Income, Not Basic Jobs: Against Hijacking Utopia
"'One of the biggest assumptions people make with UBI is that the problems of today and the near future are primarily ones of money. I don’t think the data supports this. [link to various charts showing that people generally have food and access to health care]'
On some level, if you’re tempted to believe this you should find a poor person and ask them how they feel about being poor. I predict they will say it is bad. They will not agree that our society has basically solved all of its money-related problems. They will say there is a very real sense in which their money-related problems remain unsolved. I guarantee you they will have very strong feelings about this."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.05.16  w:13000  work  basic-income  incentives  from twitter
7 days ago by bankbryan
Bar Joke
"'Free will is a null concept and determinism is a fantasy. You will neither know the joy of choice nor the contentedness of participation in a grand scheme.'
The man orders a whiskey.
The machine failed to predict this, but only out of apathy."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.20  comic  bars  humor  artificial-intelligence 
12 days ago by bankbryan
"Do... do they just follow you around everywhere?"
"This is how I got promoted at work."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.07.14  comic  relationships  social-media 
12 days ago by bankbryan
Varieties Of Argumentative Experience
"Imagine that, throughout your life, you’ve learned that UFO stories are fakes and hoaxes. Some friend of yours sees a UFO, and you assume (based on your priors) that it’s probably fake. They try to convince you. They show you the spot in their backyard where it landed and singed the grass. They show you the mysterious metal object they took as a souvenir. It seems plausible, but you still have too much of a prior on UFOs being fake, and so you assume they made it up. Now imagine another friend has the same experience, and also shows you good evidence. And you hear about someone the next town over who says the same thing. After ten or twenty of these, maybe you start wondering if there’s something to all of this UFOs. Your overall skepticism of UFOs has made you dismiss each particular story, but each story has also dealt a little damage to your overall skepticism. I think the high-level generators might work the same way. The libertarian says 'Everything I’ve learned thus far makes me think government regulations fail.' You demonstrate what looks like a successful government regulation. The libertarian doubts, but also becomes slightly more receptive to the possibility of those regulations occasionally being useful. Do this a hundred times, and they might be more willing to accept regulations in general. As the old saying goes, 'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they fight you half-heartedly, then they’re neutral, then they then they grudgingly say you might have a point even though you’re annoying, then they say on balance you’re mostly right although you ignore some of the most important facets of the issue, then you win.'"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.05.08  w:5500  conversation  social-media  politics  from instapaper
18 days ago by bankbryan
At Last, Gender-Flipped Movies for Him
"Manly Bird (given name Darren) is a high school senior, but like, a hard senior. He lives in Oakland, an inherently more masculine city than Sacramento because it appeared in Black Panther. When Manly Bird is begged to take a lead role in the school play, a teacher asks if his actual name is Manly Bird, to which he replies, “Yah, it’s my name given to me by my lacrosse buddies.” This is accepted and never mentioned again. Though not depicted on screen, it is assumed Manly Bird loses his virginity to a 26-year old model. Despite his middling grades, Manly Bird wants to go to Yale. So he does."
a:Brooke-Preson  a:Caitlin-Kunkel  a:Carrie-Wittmer  a:Fiona-Taylor  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.19  w:1000  satire  film  gender  from instapaper
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
Other Things You Should Let Sink In
"If you had a plant at all, it was a cactus. That’s not even a real plant. Those were the days. Now you have two dogs, all these real plants, and a baby on the way. Aim for a slow, deep watering once or twice a week. Tears don’t count. Tap water is fine. Let that sink in."
a:Kimberly-Harrington  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.12  w:500  satire  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
The One Where Everything’s 2018
"Chandler receives a prescription for OxyContin after he throws out his back trying to adjust his standing desk. Meanwhile, Joey lands in some hot water on Twitter when he complains in an interview for Soap Opera Digest that the #MeToo movement has become a witch hunt. Ross struggles to get by as an adjunct professor. Rachel returns to the U.S. from Rome to start her MBA at NYU and is unable to make long distance work with Paolo. Monica’s boss at the restaurant cancels her birth control coverage because of his evangelical Christian beliefs. Phoebe joins Antifa."
a:Andy-Newton  a:Michael-Bleicher  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.31  w:500  satire  television  from iphone
11 weeks ago by bankbryan
Updates to My Privacy Policy
"I value your privacy, at times, and want to make sure you’re aware of your lack of options in controlling the data collected by me. I discourage you from reading the policies in full, but below are some highlights."
a:David-Tate  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.23  w:500  satire  privacy  from twitter
11 weeks ago by bankbryan
Yammering on One More Time Regarding Google’s Duplex Recordings
"On the one hand, that makes me feel like maybe I *am* off my rocker for being so skeptical. Why in the world would Pichai say that if they weren’t at a stage in internal testing where Duplex works as the recordings suggest? But on the other hand, if they are that close, why haven’t they invited anyone from the media to see Duplex in action? Why not let Nieva hear it live? Why not let Nieva answer the phone and book the reservation himself, as though he works at the restaurant? If it’s 'weeks' away from rolling out in a limited beta to the public, that should be possible. The job of journalists is to verify these things, not just to take a company’s word for it."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.05.22  w:1500  Google  media  from iphone
12 weeks ago by bankbryan
"The truth is I've been replacing your morning coffee with a mixture of nicotine, oxycodone, midazolam, cocaine, and yes, a generous shot of espresso."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.05.13  comic  coffee  addiction  from iphone
may 2018 by bankbryan
I'm Your Outdoor Dream Girl and Not an Evil Wood Nymph Who Wants to Steal Your Soul
Outdoor people with wanderlust like ours just don’t belong in that messy, busy world. It’s like we should’ve lived in a different time. A simpler time when you’d build yourself a cabin in the woods, hunt for your food in the woods, and get lured into a seemingly perfect, but definitely not enchanted, glade in the woods. Why would you get lured into a woodland glade, you ask? For purposes of which I am not certain because I have NOT done that exact thing to hundreds, if not thousands, of men."
a:Madeleine-Trebenski  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.02  w:1000  satire  nature  from twitter
may 2018 by bankbryan
Recommendations vs. Guidelines
"My impression is that once you understand a field really well, you have something like a Guideline in your mind. I think if nobody had ever written a guideline for treating depression, I could invent a decent one myself out of everything I’ve pieced together from word-of-mouth and common-sense and personal experience. In fact, I think I do have some personal guidelines, similar to but not exactly the same as the official ones, that I’m working off of without ever really being explicit about it. Part of the confusion of questions like 'What diet should I do?' is sorting through the field of nutrition until you can sort of imagine what a guideline would look like."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.04.12  w:1500  medicine  process  depression  pharmaceuticals  weight-loss  from instapaper
may 2018 by bankbryan
Sorry, But I Don’t See How Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult Is Negatively Affecting American Discourse
"Honestly, I think we as a society have forgotten the art of civil discourse. There was a time when conservatives and liberals could disagree in a debate, and then buy each other a round afterwards. Now everyone’s shouting at one another about how wrong they are, how destructive and inhumane their policies will be, how we should be investing our tax dollars into the education of our few remaining children instead of a massive ziggurat aligned with some extra moon that suddenly appeared in the sky last week. We gotta figure out how to agree to disagree again."
a:Andrew-Paul  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.04  w:500  satire  media  Donald-Trump  from twitter
may 2018 by bankbryan
Historically Accurate Things to Shout at Your Cinco de Mayo Party
"Tequila! … Is a region in Mexico far away from Puebla, the city where we are fighting the French Empire’s forces."
"Cinco de *drinko*! … Oh, sorry. I’m saying nonsensical things because I’ve been hit in the head by a French bullet."
a:Felipe-Torres-Medina  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.05.04  list  satire  Mexico  from iphone
may 2018 by bankbryan
They Told Me My “Hive Mind” Posts on Facebook Could Be Solved With a Little Googling, But I Prefer to Stick to My “Hive Mind” Posts on Facebook, Thank You Very Much
"HIVE MIND: I’m looking for suggestions on a company that will help me move my stuff from one apartment to another. Any companies that do this sort of thing would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
HIVE MIND: Who prints business cards for relatively cheap? I’m looking for some cheap business cards by Tuesday. Companies or individuals — either would be fine.
HIVE MIND: What’s a good place to get a massage in New York City? Any suggestions will do. Also, what are the different types of massages, just generally speaking?"
a:Jory-John★  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.04.16  w:500  list  satire  Facebook  search  from iphone
may 2018 by bankbryan
"People who threw away their socks and bought all one kind"
"People who open bananas from the other end"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.04  comic  religion 
may 2018 by bankbryan
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