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The Economic Perspective On Moral Standards
"I think of society setting the targets for 'good person' a lot like a CEO setting the targets for 'good vacuum salesman'. If they’re attainable and linked to incentives – like praise, honor, and the right to feel proud of yourself – then they’ll make people put in an extra effort so they can end up in the 'good person' category. If they’re totally unattainable and nobody can ever be a good person no matter how hard they try, then nobody will bother trying. This doesn’t mean nobody will be good – some people are naturally good without hope for reward, just like some people will slave away for the vacuum company even when they’re underpaid and underappreciated. It just means you’ll lose the extra effort you would get from having a good incentive structure."
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2018.11.16  w:3000  ethics  charity  incentives  economics  vegetarianism  pricing  from instapaper
10 days ago by bankbryan
GRAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNTTTTTTTTTTTT | Popehat
"Helping me move the bag doesn't make you a BAGGER
It won't become who you ARE"
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.11.30  satire  investment  from iphone
12 days ago by bankbryan
Our Friendship is Transitioning to a Paid Subscription Model
"Starting today, I am rolling out a number of new features — and a few old favorites — that will make Friendship Plus more fulfilling than any of its predecessors."
a:Chandler-Dean  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.11.19  w:1000  satire  friendship  from instapaper
18 days ago by bankbryan
Morals
"If it's all signalling, why do we take these longs walks together? Why keep me as a friend?"
"We have kidney transplant compatibility."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2018.11.21  comic  society  from iphone
22 days ago by bankbryan
FiveThirtyEight Forecasts the National Dog Show
"This resulted in the following infographic. As is clear, each breed is represented by a circle. The size of the dot represents how many dogs there are of each breed, divided by how many contestants there were in the qualifying dog shows for that breed. The color of the dot indicates how big the dog is, times the country of origin of the breed. The Y-axis is the sum of a dog’s size (in cubic inches) and weight (in kilograms). The X-axis represents time, and also space. The Z-axis is invisible, but it’s incredibly important."
a:Matthew-Disler  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.11.20  w:1000  satire  dogs  analysis  from instapaper
22 days ago by bankbryan
Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables Might Come in Mid-2019 (Which Is Good, Because I Still Don’t Think iPhone Is Ever Going to Switch to USB-C)
"Remember the iPod Touch? Apple still sells them, but they’re so long in the tooth they still use iPhone 6-class A8 chips. I think the plethora of old hand-me-down iPhones has really put a crimp the market for iPod Touches. I can’t even remember the last time I heard someone say "iTouch'."
a:John-Gruber★★★  p:Daring-Fireball★★★  d:2018.11.15  w:2000  iPhone  hardware  from iphone
26 days ago by bankbryan
Japan's Hometown Tax
"The penetration rate of this system will likely continue quickly increasing. It’s socially viral: a tax optimization that virtually anyone can take advantage of, has the explicit backing of the government, and feels wholesome. If you’re one of the relatively few taxpayers in Japan who has an accountant, expect them to tell you about this in detail and strongly recommend you max our your contribution every year."
a:Patrick-McKenzie★★★  p:Kalzumeus-Software★★★  d:2018.10.19  w:2500  taxes  incentives  Japan  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Samples of College Admissions Essays Freely Available for Applicants to Build Upon
"Boy did I get on the wrong plane! Anyway, I helped overthrow the government. But in the end, it was the government who overthrew me."
a:John-Moe  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.11.01  w:1000  satire  education  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Stoning Our Neighbors to Death Makes the Corn Grow High, and Elitist Liberals Should Stop Attacking This Traditional Value
"The lottery is what brings towns together. Yes, whoever got the slip of paper with the black spot would be stoned to death, but no one forced you to live in America. Grab a rock, or get out."
a:Lincoln-Michel  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.10.19  w:500  satire  media  Republicans  from iphone
6 weeks ago by bankbryan
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
10 weeks 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
10 weeks 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
10 weeks 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
september 2018 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
september 2018 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
september 2018 by bankbryan
Translations of the Margin Notes From Your Freshman Composition Instructor
"'Unclear.'
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
september 2018 by bankbryan
Hydrocarbons
"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
september 2018 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 
august 2018 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 
august 2018 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
august 2018 by bankbryan
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