November 2015 Media Thread

post by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:29:52.971Z · LW · GW · Legacy · 36 comments

This is the monthly thread for posting media of various types that you've found that you enjoy. Post what you're reading, listening to, watching, and your opinion of it. Post recommendations to blogs. Post whatever media you feel like discussing! To see previous recommendations, check out the older threads.



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comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:41.271Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Short Online Texts Thread

Replies from: gwern, g_pepper, None
comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:20:41.485Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Everything is heritable:








comment by g_pepper · 2015-11-18T02:56:25.401Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Good article for a general audience on Nick Bostrom and Superintelligence in the latest New Yorker:

The Doomsday Invention

comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-05T11:20:20.711Z · LW(p) · GW(p)


Refugee health


Evidence-based Health policy



Item design:

Survey design:


  • Ring signatures are the future of the anonymous cryptocurrencies? Zero knowledge proofs are probably impossible

  • Caplan's the Danger of Economics - most of which I think he's wrong about, but I appreciate that he's discussing topics and subtopics that I'm interested in.

  • Recent redditing about anxiety and toxaplasma here got my researching:Given that Amantadine actually kills the pathogen associated with depression, whereas causitive agents are not associated with most types of depression, could it be that Amantadine can cure and not merely treat depression and/or bipolar or other mood disorders (and speculatively due to research on associations with schiz.) and even psychotic disorders? Unfortunately the low sample size of the only available study, the unfashionability of bringing infectious disease and mental health silos together, and the lack of a follow up study for the longer term, or even cases studies contacting participants in the last study if they had remissed is going to hold back those answers. I wonder why the malaria drug makers don't enter this psych pahrma industry themsleves

  • codified of the 'honour code' of two American gangs

  • experiential avoidance](, social role valorisation and learned optimism

  • limits of computation. I wonder if this is telling about human cognition too?

  • chambers of commerce and the wiki

Robert Green's sick articles on getting jobs and not living in the present

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comment by gwern · 2015-11-05T20:10:58.113Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

How does that post show 'Zero knowledge proofs are probably impossible'?

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comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-05T23:38:05.193Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I don't know. I'm taking that argument from authority and posting it, in part, to remind myself to reprocess the ideas when I'm better prepared to receive them.

The following link trail conditioned my interpretation:

Zero-Knowledge Proof is a very new, very speculative field with few if any academic research - plus, it is currently plagued with the trusted accumulator issue (you have to trust the very first "user"), scalability issue and, more intrinsic to the procedure, issues with wholly obscured economy, which prevents detecting a bug/exploit until it is much too late. Also, ZKP is considered doubtful.

Where the author here hyperlinks to the above article with 'doubtful'

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comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-07T17:37:56.737Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

The blogpost you linked to is explaining, in detail, with a worked example, that zero-knowledge proofs are possible. The only thing in it that even slightly matches the reddit guy's view is the sidenote near the beginning pointing out that just because someone claims a cryptosystem is zero-knowledge, doesn't mean they're actually right, or that the cryptosystem is secure.

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comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-08T02:58:54.666Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thank you for your assessment! Glad I posted that.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:37.294Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Online Videos Thread

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comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-09T08:57:33.406Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This guy is really passionate about what he's talking about. But in a RSD kinda way, rather than a HappierHuman kind of way. It's still awesome

This guy is also really passionate:...


comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:33.594Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fanfiction Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:30.110Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Nonfiction Books Thread

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comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:20:55.597Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
comment by lmm · 2015-11-07T15:44:04.327Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Until the Sea Shall Free Them. Inherently partisan, and I have no real measure of its accuracy, but a compelling narrative that goes some way in expanding to the systemic ways things go wrong, while still very firmly rooted in its single example.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:26.394Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fiction Books Thread

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comment by lmm · 2015-11-06T21:48:01.542Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Light, by M John Harrison (based on the first 22%). I'm finding it genuinely hard to read - a bit like The Quantum Thief or The January Dancer, but more so than either of them. I can't yet say it's good per se - in particular the three narrative strands show very little sign of converging at this stake - but it's a striking, provocative experience.

comment by CronoDAS · 2015-11-01T23:24:00.274Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

I just read The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz, the sequel to his novel Flex. Short review: Like its predecessor, The Flux is the literary equivalent of a summer blockbuster film: it doesn't feel like High Art, but it's action-packed, suspenseful, and a heck of a lot of fun. Recommended for anyone looking for a good time; 4 out of 5 stars.

comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:21:06.686Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:19.383Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

Replies from: gwern
comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:21:40.268Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
  • Monogatari Second Season: Nekomonogatari+Kabukimongatari+Otorimonogatari+Onimonogatari+Koimonogatari (the long-awaited real followup to Bakemonogatari; the original sequel anime, Nisemonogatari, was more than a little disappointing in focusing too much on fanservice, fanservice which aside from the famous toothbrush scene was mostly a waste of time. Second Season, on the other hand, begins with followups on each of the main characters whose problems were solved in Bakemonogatari, but it turns out their problems were really only postponed to a more final reckoning. Beginning with Hanekawa, each sub-arc follows a fresh character's crisis while slowly shedding light on the larger story they are part of, a lengthy war between a mysteriously destructive interloper and a clairvoyant self-proclaimed to know everything in which they successively manipulate the main characters to create and resolve crises, respectively, with each arc getting closer and closer to involving Kanbaru Suruga in some way. The return of Senjougahara & her dialogue in Nekomonogatari is most welcome to this long-time viewer, and the final Koimonogatari likewise returns the fan favorite con-man Kaiki Deshuu to not just appearances but as protagonist for several episodes, which I especially enjoyed as an antidote to Araragi. I wouldn't say that it's better than Bakemonogatari, if only because I don't think any episode in Second Season has the same impact as episode 12, the overall plot can't be fairly judged just on the basis of Second Season as it ends right before the Kanbaru arc which seems to be the final arc, and I find the character Nadeko Sengoku impossible to understand or sympathize with in the least so the Otorimonogatari arc was a pain to sit through.)
  • A Letter To Momo (review)
Replies from: ShardPhoenix
comment by ShardPhoenix · 2015-11-02T04:01:05.035Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

the Kanbaru arc which seems to be the final arc

That's the final arc chronologically, but there are still a number of unresolved/unrevealed things that will be/are being dealt with in the ongoing season, Owarimonogatari, which is very good so far.

I find the character Nadeko Sengoku impossible to understand

Her issue was that she felt forced to act overly cute to please other people, and eventually got sick of it and lashed out.

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comment by gwern · 2015-11-04T19:42:34.877Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

will be/are being dealt with in the ongoing season, Owarimonogatari, which is very good so far.

I hope so. Hanamonogatari was a big disappointment after Second Season.

Her issue

No, I got that much. The dialogues were very blunt about that. The problem is that Nadeko is also explained at length to have several other issues, such as being so self-involved that she cannot understand or listen to other people besides her own delusions, and to have a fake love to insulate herself from other people, and these three character problems are practically mutually contradictory (if she's overly cute to please other people, then she doesn't need a fake love; if she's that self-centered & navel-gazing, then why does she need to be overly cute, and how did she fail at self-insight so consistently? if the love was just a convenience, what's with the whole homicidal rage, not to mention the rather sadistic treatment of snakes right from the beginning of her backstory? how does any of this really fit with the final twist of her being na nfcvevat znatnxn, juvpu lbh'q guvax jbhyq or nagvgurgvpny gb orvat hygen-frys-nofbeorq naq ynpxvat nal erny vafvtug vagb barfrys? and so on). The character makes no sense, but not in a good way, more of a 'Nise wrote himself into a corner and piled on too many problems to try to justify her homicidal rage' (ie 'the lady doth protest too much'). All in all, it left me feeling nonplussed and maybe a bit disgusted.

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comment by lmm · 2015-11-10T12:57:26.592Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Just for the record I really liked her arc. I think I saw part of myself in her? Would have to rewatch to be able to be any more specific.

comment by lmm · 2015-11-06T21:48:30.472Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Do you know how much more there is to go? We're still waiting for the prequel movie, right?

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comment by ShardPhoenix · 2015-11-07T09:56:01.712Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

There's Owari, Zoku-Owari, Kizu (3 movies), then the author has also announced some new books to be written. So who knows...

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comment by Artaxerxes · 2015-11-11T21:28:25.327Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Announced? Orokamonogatari came out in October.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:16.192Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

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comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:21:32.482Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
  • The Martian (a faithful but very Hollywood depiction of the novel; it is exactly what one would expect upon hearing that The Martian was being turned into a big-budget film starring Matt Damon & Sigourney Weaver, glossy special effects and overwrought soundtrack and all. What is cut from the novel was of no importance.)
  • The Great Gatsby (another glossy big-budget Hollywood adaptation; marred by the, thankfully brief, frame story in which Tobey Maguire ascends to heretofore unseen levels of schmarm and schmaltz as the narrator. The novel is so short that it's almost a scene by scene adaptation, and the main directorial choice seems to be to put a heavy emphasis on it happening to be set during the 'Roaring Twenties', so every scene or party is punched up as much as feasible. The narrator doesn't encounter Gatsby when the two are calmly sitting down at a party, but encounters him in the crush of a giant uproariously drunk crowd backlit by fireworks; the narrator cannot lunch with Gatsby at a dusty obscure roadside cafe, but they must lunch in a giant speakeasy with strippers/chorus-line dancers; in spending an afternoon with Tom's mistress & friends, he does not get tipsy on whiskey but he gets falling-down drunk with the half-naked women & popping up champagne bottles to bath in; women are not properly 20's flat-chested but all bare cleavage with pushup bras; Gatsby is not shot offscreen, but rather onscreen shortly after parting from the narrator while rushing to a phonecall he thinks is from Daisy; and so on. This damages the original atmosphere of the book, which conveys the sense of dusty dog days on rural LI in a way the movie does not at all, but I don't think it's a loss; the book is still the book, and it's fine for a movie adaptation to make more of a spectacle of itself and revel in audiovisuals. The party scene makes full use of its latitude. What is more annoying, or perhaps amusing, is noting the hamfisted touches of modernity. For example, the movie chooses to keep the part of the dinner where Tom alludes to Lothrop Stoddard; Fitzgerald brings this up not for being racist, but as part of his character study showing Tom to be pitiable as his athletic career is over & he's starting to realize his lack of worth, and the movie omits any hint of this in order, obviously, to simplify things by casting Tom as The Bad Guy, since of course bad guys must be racist - an edit which reflects the crudity & narrowness of the writers and also really does do harm to the literary qualities of the movie. A less significant, but much more amusing, example would be the attempt to whitewash the Meyers Wolfsheim character; never mind that he is repeatedly identified as Jewish, and that Jews at the time were deeply involved in NY organized crime & the numbers racket and the Wolfsheim character pretty much has to be Jewish or Italian, no, the movie determinedly edits out all uses of the word 'Jewish' from dialogue and goes so far as to cast Wolfsheim using an Indian actor! Because apparently there are no Jewish actors in Hollywood they could use.)
  • Back to the Future II
comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:12.455Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Music Thread

Replies from: gwern, polymathwannabe, None, None
comment by gwern · 2015-11-01T22:22:40.060Z · LW(p) · GW(p)


Kantai Collection:


  • "homephone TE" (Asahi feat.emaru; homephone TE {2014}) [electronica]
  • "yume" (Asahi feat.emaru; homephone TE {2014}) [electronica]
  • "tsuiraku" (Asahi feat.emaru; homephone TE {2014}) [electronica]
  • "sinwave" (Asahi feat.emaru; homephone TE {2014}) [electronica]
  • "handmade" (宮沢もよよ; PLAY {C85}) [electronica]
  • "IVY" (Fullkawa-P feat. Utau Kitchen; Girlfriend from Kyoto {2012}) [Jpop]
  • "Purl" (ITM; Bayside Dreamer {C88}) [house]
  • "Fresh Air" (Lumina; Bayside Dreamer {C88}) [house]


comment by polymathwannabe · 2015-11-05T04:40:21.884Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This month, Enya's back with Dark Sky Island. The title refers to the British island of Sark, the world's first whole island that freed itself of nighttime light pollution so that people can see the stars.

comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-07T04:59:59.773Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Escape from chaos - a light instrumental playlist that's good for concentrating and elevating my mood while reducing anxiety

The most awesome song. Awesome possum! It's awesome to win and awesome to lose!

Kiki's Delivery Service SVH ?????? (hope 'I wish') rap remix Dj Day&Go or this or this since it frequently gets removed wherever it's hosted, like the original youtube clip

One vision productions - amazing indigenous hip hop and my favourite song

Affirmation song 'I'm a man in control of my life'

comment by [deleted] · 2015-11-06T05:51:30.241Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Caught in a hustle - Immortal Technique

This song reminds me to be good. I use to listen to it as a socialist adolescent and teenager. Now I look past that and his leanings towards conspiracy theories and try identify the authenticity, anger, hatred, sadness, self awareness socially consciousness, compassion, passion and mercy in the lyrcist's minds and words as sharing a kind of EA sentiment. I was reminded of this randomly while having a really off day today, without a sense of direction. I haven't listen to it yet. I wanted to see what I remember about it before I do by sharing it here.

Avast fluttershy's ass

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:09.153Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Podcasts Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:05.347Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Other Media Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-11-01T21:30:01.179Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Meta Thread