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Steelmanning The NIMBYs
"Some people really enjoy living in dense cities like San Francisco. Other people, for the reasons listed above, really prefer not to. Many of the people who prefer not to are in San Francisco anyway. I signed up to work in the suburbs, but just before I started, my group begged me to work a few days a week in San Francisco because that was where they needed more doctors. I grudgingly agreed. During my time there, I treated depressed San Francisco residents. One refrain I heard again and again was that they hated living in San Francisco, but had come anyway because their company pressured them, or because their companies would pay them extra, or because that was where all the best jobs in their industry were. These people’s long-term plan was to use San Francisco as a springboard to gain enough money or career capital to be able to achieve their dream of leaving San Francisco. Alon Levy describes the same thing his In The Mines, where he compares the outlook of people moving to San Francisco to that of people working in mines or oil rigs. Nobody likes working in a mine or oil rig. They go there because it pays really well, and if they grin and bear it for long enough, they can pay off their debts or save for the future or do something that allows them to live in a place that isn’t a mine or oil rig. But people have to grudgingly endure poor conditions aboard oil rigs because they’re the only place you can pump oil. Why do they need to grudgingly endure poor conditions in San Francisco?"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.10.01  w:5000  housing  development  cities  NYC  San-Francisco  work  public-transit  from iphone
14 days ago by bankbryan
Melatonin: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
"Sleep latency statistics are hard to compare to one another because they’re so dependent on the study population. If your subjects take an hour to fall asleep, perhaps melatonin could shave off thirty-four minutes. But if your subjects take twenty minutes to fall asleep, then no sleeping pill will ever take off thirty-four minutes, and even an amazing sleeping pill might struggle to make fifteen. I cannot directly compare the people who say melatonin gives back ten minutes to the people who say melatonin gives back thirty-four minutes to the people who say Ambien gives back twelve, but my totally unprincipled guess is that melatonin is about a third as strong as Ambien. It also has about a hundred times fewer side effects, so there’s definitely a place for it in sleep medicine."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.07.10  w:5000  sleep  pharmaceuticals  from instapaper
15 days ago by bankbryan
7 Kids Who Need To Shut The Fuck Up About Fossils Already
"This kid seems to think that geodes are fossils, even though they’re not and are actually just fancy fucking rocks. But that doesn’t matter to him."
p:ClickHole★★★  d:2016.06.10  w:500  satire  children  from twitter
18 days ago by bankbryan
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult
"There are those of us still wandering the labyrinthine halls of the mutated Capitol Building, looking for ways to constructively appease Nyarlathotep, despite continual smear campaigns by the elitist, now underground press. For instance, we replaced the orphans It absorbs every 'morning' with migrant laborers, and It didn’t seem to notice. When Its appetite turned to Idaho, one of us directed Its soulless gaze up towards the moon. No more moon, of course, but no one can say we ever turned our back on our core constituents."
a:Andrew-Paul  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.09.05  w:1000  satire  Donald-Trump  from iphone
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
In Defense of Our College’s Mascot, Sir Racist Von Genocide
"I understand that there is worry about how minority students are feeling, particularly those on sports teams. Well, I want to assure you and them that our traditional mascot does not mean their school is 'racist' or 'promotes genocide'.
Having Sir Racist Von Genocide as our mascot honors the legacy of our school and community, which does contain some light genocide."
a:Jonathan-Appel  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.09.05  w:500  satire  race  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
An Endless Cycle of Short Existential Plays Starring You and Your Coworkers
"[Beans, cheese, and lettuce rain down upon your COWORKER’S keyboard as she eats a burrito at her desk while she works.]
YOU: You’re spilling.
[Your COWORKER rotates her body so the burrito is no longer over her desk. It suddenly falls apart, spilling out of her hands and falling into her purse below.]
COWORKER: I dropped my burrito in my purse.
[YOU are too shocked and repulsed to speak or act.]
COWORKER: There is burrito all in my purse!"
a:Mike-Jungman  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.31  w:1000  satire  work  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Translations of the Margin Notes From Your Freshman Composition Instructor
Did I turn off the oven? Sylvia Plathing myself wouldn’t be the worst way to go. That would give Dale something to write about.
'Substantiate this claim.'
I drive without car insurance because I can’t afford it, and it’s the most alive I’ve felt in years."
a:Natalie-Sayth  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.30  w:500  satire  writing  academia  from iphone
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
"Wait, is this why you've been encouraging me to put on weight? I thought that was a fetish thing!"
"It's a lot of things, okay?"
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.08.26  comic  robots  batteries  from iphone
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Dark Matter Candidates
"Maybe these orbit lines in space diagrams are real and very heavy"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  space 
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
Voting Software
"I don't quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  voting  software 
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
First Yelp Reviews of Significant Human Inventions
“I am climbing more! I am dragging more! I am hoisting more! Rope has made me active, and my abs and confidence have never been better. Even my wife loves Rope!”
a:Alex-Baia  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.08.01  w:1000  satire  history  Yelp  from iphone
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
On ‘Shake to Undo’
"Here’s an anecdote I heard years ago about how Shake to Undo came to be. Scott Forstall charged the iOS team with devising an interface for Undo — everyone knew the iPhone should have it,1 but no one had a good idea how to do it. One engineer joked that they could just make you shake the iPhone to invoke it. Forstall said he loved the idea, and what was proposed as a joke has been with us as the Undo interface ever since."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.08.23  w:500  user-interface  iPhone  history  from twitter
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
9 Ways to Avoid Disclosing That You’re From Chevy Chase, Shaker Heights, Darien, or Scarsdale
"5. 'The geographic coordinates for my hometown are 38.9693° N, 77.0789° W / 41.4739° N, 81.5371° W / 41.0772° N, 73.4687° W / 41.0051° N, 73.7845° W and as you look that up on your phone I’m going to back away slowly before you learn that my hometown has three country clubs, each with its own proprietary china pattern and membership structure.'"
a:Kerry-Elson  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.07.27  w:500  list  satire  class  Cleveland  NYC  from twitter
7 weeks ago by bankbryan
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
8 weeks 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
8 weeks 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
9 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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 
10 weeks 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
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
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