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Opinion | The Bitter Regrets of a Useless Chinese Daughter - The New York Times
Before my mother’s illness, I spurned what I saw as an excess of pragmatism among Chinese people, who want to ensure that all of their efforts go toward something useful. College degrees, jobs, friendships, marriages — all these should be chosen practically. “Be wise, pick an able man. Love doesn’t feed you,” my people like to say. Looking back on my high school years, all my relatives tried to talk me, a top-ranking student, into majoring in science or finance in college. But I was stubborn enough to stay with my favorite subject, literature. Now I understand them.
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august 2018 by sh
Hey Reddit, I just broke the overall piston-driven land speed record! 448.757MPH : pics
I use 1.5 feet per second is roughly equal to 1 mile an hour. It’s actually 1.46666666666666666 feet per second is equal to one mile an hour.

So, from the time their front bumper is equal with yours to the time their rear bumper is passing your front is the length of their car divided by 1.5’ per second, gives you how much faster they were moving.

A Honda Accord is about 15’ in length for reference. If they pass you in less than a second, it’s at least 10 mph faster than you.
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august 2018 by sh
Every argument is two arguments, or the rise of private-sector censorship | ERIC POSNER
It’s enough to make your head spin, but the pattern is pretty clear. Person #1 makes an argument. Person #2 might criticize the argument on the merits, in which case we have a rare single-argument encounter. But with increasing frequency, Person #2 says (in essence) that Person #1’s willingness to make the first argument shows that Person #1 is a “creep,” or a fascist, or is acting in bad faith, which always is meant to imply that Person #1 should be fired from his job, or deprived of a public forum, or not taken seriously—should be publicly shamed.
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may 2018 by sh
Best-selling introductory psychology books give a misleading view of intelligence – Research Digest
Other common inaccuracies included promotion of the idea that it is not possible to measure intelligence in a meaningful way (in fact, Warne and his colleagues point out that “it is actually easier to measure intelligence than many other psychological constructs”), and claims that intelligence is only relevant in academic settings (in fact, intelligence correlates with many non-academic life outcomes, from life expectancy to risk of dying in a car accident, and is among the strongest predictors of career success).
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march 2018 by sh
Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages | Hacker News
"Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know."
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january 2018 by sh
Am I a bad feminist? - The Globe and Mail
If the legal system is bypassed because it is seen as ineffectual, what will take its place? Who will be the new power brokers? It won't be the Bad Feminists like me. We are acceptable neither to Right nor to Left. In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn't puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated. Fiction writers are particularly suspect because they write about human beings, and people are morally ambiguous. The aim of ideology is to eliminate ambiguity
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january 2018 by sh
Ask HN: As an adult introvertish nerd what makes you happy? | Hacker News
Even as an introvert it's always people.

We noticed it wasn't just us: everyone we knew felt lonely.
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january 2018 by sh
The Great Attention Heist
The greatest gift you can give another person is your attention.
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january 2018 by sh
Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
THE SECRET(S) First, the preparation: I slip a queen of hearts in my right shoe, an ace of spades in my left and a three of clubs in my wallet. Then I manufacture an entire deck out of duplicates of those three cards. That takes 18 decks, which is costly and tedious (No. 2—More trouble than it’s worth).

When I cut the cards, I let you glimpse a few different faces. You conclude the deck contains 52 different cards (No. 1—Pattern recognition). You think you’ve made a choice, just as when you choose between two candidates preselected by entrenched political parties (No. 7—Choice is not freedom).

Now I wiggle the card to my shoe (No. 3—If you’re laughing...). When I lift whichever foot has your card, or invite you to take my wallet from my back pocket, I turn away (No. 4—Outside the frame) and swap the deck for a normal one from which I’d removed all three possible selections (No. 5—Combine two tricks). Then I set the deck down to tempt you to examine it later and notice your card missing (No. 6—The lie you tell yourself).
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april 2017 by sh
How We’re Building a Business to Last | Hacker News
Cloud didn't work because AWS/GCloud have enormous moats of pricing and brand recognition. They drive margins down to epsilon, and if your product sees meaningful adoption in the industry they launch their own service and take all your customers.
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january 2017 by sh
A $300 Check Brings Life Into Perspective - YouTube
A $300 check at $4.75/hour is 65 hours of work.
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december 2016 by sh
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"i can't believe i spend so much time on this" --> "this is great, i love it, life is good".
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september 2016 by sh
TSA UES - Service Status
Known Travel Number: TT116BYQ2
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february 2016 by sh
LSD: My Life-Saving Drug | GQ
And I was in good shape, relatively speaking. If you ever want to remind yourself that we’re all animals, clinging to our humanity by the thinnest of threads, hang out in the neuroscience ICU of a major hospital.
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february 2016 by sh
How to Fend Off a Jerk — Dave Delaney Daily
When someone is clearly trying to antagonize you, act happy. The worse they get, the happier you get. 
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january 2016 by sh
Brain Crack (Explicit Version) :: Best of the Show :: 07-11-06 - YouTube
don't worry about saving ideas; you'll just perfect them in your head (brain crack), while other people who actually do them and fail, will be perfecting them in reality.
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december 2015 by sh
Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions - The Atlantic
I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don’t pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing?
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november 2015 by sh
You're not a nerd, geeks aren't sexy and you don't "fucking love" science.
If you think geeks are so sexy or cool, bang one. Go to any university and find a computer or physics lab at 2AM and take your pick. Until then, go commit cultural fraud someplace else, and take your phony "I fucking love science" group with you.
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november 2015 by sh
University of Missouri #ConcernedStudents1950 protestors prevent student journalist from taking photos of their protest : videos
The deep onion-like nested layers of irony inherent in a feminist media scholar imploring her students to "get some muscle over here" to help her silence and eject a reporter from a publicly attended event are so exquisitely delicious I can barely believe that part of the clip is real.
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november 2015 by sh
An Entire Generation Sacrificed | Seeking Wisdom
“There’s a long tradition behind life in India that comes from a religion and philosophy that is thousands of years old. And although these people are not in India, they still pass on those traditions about what’s important in life — trying to build for the future and supporting their children in the effort — which have come down to them for centuries.”
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october 2015 by sh
ELI5: How has Russia been able to destroy so much of ISIS' ground facilities and supplies, while the US has been fighting and droning ISIS for years and hasn't made such victories in as little time? : explainlikeimfive
Russia has clearly observed that the 'funneling' strategy was cornering Assad's forces, with the CIA supported rebels & ISIL(S) hitting them on both fronts. Assad's supply lines were stretched and the regime was close to collapsing. Russia had to intervene and this time, their strikes are actual, targeting anything which is not Syrian government and its clear this is starting to rattle the opposing forces and disrupting the U.S military strategy. The Russians are not stupid, they have enough intel to know what's going on and reacted at the perfect time.
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october 2015 by sh
Mercury Spill | Hacker News
Insurance is such a scam. A friend of mine made two claims within about five years: once for water damage and once for a burglary.
The insurance company agreed that she was covered. So they paid her and then dropped her. No big deal, right? Wrong. Once you've made a claim or two against your insurance, it can be very hard to get any new insurance company to cover you. She finally did find a new insurer, but the price has gone way up -- negating her original claims.
Did you know every claim you make goes into a CLUE report? It's like a credit report, but few people know about it. Once you make "too many claims" - even if they're legit and beyond your control, you become an insurance pariah.
Because of this, I avoid making any claims unless absolutely required.
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october 2015 by sh
Recession-Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble To Invest In - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Demand for a new investment bubble began months ago, when the subprime mortgage bubble burst and left the business world without a suitable source of pretend income. But as more and more time has passed with no substitute bubble forthcoming, investors have begun to fear that the worst-case scenario—an outcome known among economists as "real-world repercussions"—may be inevitable.
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august 2015 by sh
The Day My Daughter Discovered I’m White — Medium
Denis Leary famously said in 1992 (and then recently tweeted): “Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.”
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july 2015 by sh
If you've nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear | Hacker News
"When you say I don't care about the right to privacy because I have nothing to hide, that is no different than saying I don't care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say or freedom of the press because I have nothing to write."
- Edward Snowden
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july 2015 by sh
Before I Go to Sleep | Seeking Wisdom
When exemplars like Daniel Coyle and Prof. Bakshi gives an advice it’s our duty to act on their advice.
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june 2015 by sh
China and Russia Almost Definitely Have the Snowden Docs | WIRED
I am reminded of a comment made to me in confidence by a US intelligence official. I asked him what he was most worried about, and he replied: “I know how deep we are in our enemies’ networks without them having any idea that we’re there. I’m worried that our networks are penetrated just as deeply.”
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june 2015 by sh
No Longer Wanting to Die - NYTimes.com
A few weeks after I arrived, I was enrolled in a dialectical behavior therapy skills group.
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may 2015 by sh
How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day | History | Smithsonian
Until 1926, it was illegal for black people to even move into the state.
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february 2015 by sh
Butterick’s Practical Typography
Among web-pub­lish­ing tools, I see Medium as the equiv­a­lent of a frozen pizza: not as whole­some as a meal you could make your­self, but for those with­out the time or mo­ti­va­tion to cook, a po­ten­tially bet­ter op­tion than just eat­ing peanut but­ter straight from the jar.

Be­cause Medium’s ho­mo­ge­neous de­sign has noth­ing to do with lim­i­ta­tions of the un­der­ly­ing tech­nol­ogy (in this case, the web). As dis­cussed above, it’s a de­lib­er­ate choice that lets Medium ex­tract value from the tal­ent and la­bor of others.

Whereas the tra­di­tional type­writer of­fered free­dom at the cost of de­sign, the bil­lion­aire’s type­writer of­fers con­ve­nience at the cost of freedom.
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february 2015 by sh
Clyde Aspevig
landscape artist
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july 2014 by sh
The House I Live In (2012) - IMDb
documentary about war on drugs
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may 2014 by sh
Becoming Those Around You--And Getting Out
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Jim Rohn

I worked at the big box electronics store Fry’s. I went there today, ... it really struck me how many people I recognized from my time there. Why would anyone would stay at that shithole (sorry) for so long.
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march 2014 by sh
What I'm Reading: Hooked Edition - James Clear
I’ve written about the power of environment design and choice architecture before, so it’s no secret that I think environment changes can be a powerful way to shape behavior.
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march 2014 by sh
Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.
DWYL assumes profit comes from enjoyment, which is demeaning to many jobs that are inherently unenjoyable. Profit actually comes from hard work.

See Job's extolling "DWYL" Stanford speech, when his work was enabled by thousands working in Chinese factories doing real work.

Being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, and sign of socioeconomic class. Yet practitioners often ignore this (having parents able to afford art school, leases in NYC), and blithely attribute their lifestyle to "DWYL".

"DWYL" pushes kids towards fashionable industries (media, arts, academics) that are overflowing with other kids also attempting to practice DWYL, instead of just doing what pays the bills.
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january 2014 by sh
how to avoid conversational narcissism
After a night out with friends, your brain likely felt aglow with satisfaction and pleasure. Absorbing conversations adds happiness and richness to our lives.

Americans make conversations into competitions.

Active conversation responses can be two forms: shift-response (steals attention) and support-response (gives attention).

Good support-responses are background acknowledgments ("yeah", "sure"), supportive assertions ("that's great"), and supportive questions ("what now?").
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december 2013 by sh
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