March 2015 Media Thread

post by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:51:38.224Z · score: 7 (8 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 70 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 · 2015-03-02T18:52:18.762Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Nonfiction Books Thread

comment by Daniel_Burfoot · 2015-03-02T21:31:49.889Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I just finished Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, cofounder of YCombinator. I strongly recommend it for anyone who is thinking about doing a startup. The book consists of a collection of interviews with company founders. Some of the interviewees were extremely successful; others achieved a good modest success quickly, followed by a buyout; and others seemed like they were on a path to success but then failed.

One clear message from the book is that taking VC money is very decidedly not always a good thing.

Another depressing trend was how many companies startup, expand, and do very well, then are bought out by BigCorp, which then fails to manage them correctly, so the product effectively disappears.

comment by passive_fist · 2015-03-02T21:44:43.918Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Buying out is often done for this exact purpose.

comment by Vaniver · 2015-03-02T22:39:50.790Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I immediately thought of the last footnote (and accompanying text) of Growth.

But acquirers have an additional reason to want startups. A rapidly growing company is not merely valuable, but dangerous. If it keeps expanding, it might expand into the acquirer's own territory. Most product acquisitions have some component of fear. Even if an acquirer isn't threatened by the startup itself, they might be alarmed at the thought of what a competitor could do with it. And because startups are in this sense doubly valuable to acquirers, acquirers will often pay more than an ordinary investor would. [14]

[14] I once explained this to some founders who had recently arrived from Russia. They found it novel that if you threatened a company they'd pay a premium for you. "In Russia they just kill you," they said, and they were only partly joking.

comment by passive_fist · 2015-03-03T00:01:51.936Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Yes that's indeed a big part of it, and there are other issues to consider as well:

  • smallCo's product may be directly competing against a product that BigCorp has invested a lot of money in; pursuing smallCo's product seriously could imply abandoning that large investment.

  • By taking over the product and having it fail, BigCorp can try to make it look as if the product was destined to fail all along, justifying to investors why it wasn't the first to produce that product.

comment by advancedatheist · 2015-03-03T15:37:15.404Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Reading Humans 3.0, by Peter Nowak. He plays around with recent social trends made possible by new digital technologies. It reminds me of Glenn Reynolds's book a few year back titled An Army of Davids. I guess I would characterize it as an exit ramp from regular thinking to the borders of transhumanism.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:15.287Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Fiction Books Thread

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-07T16:26:17.304Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The tale of Hodja Nasreddin by Leonid Solovyov, translated into English and available on Amazon. Based on folk tales. A story about a man who falls in love, saves people from being sold into slavery, rehabilitates the Thief of Baghdad and never ever surrenders, no matter the odds.

And he said he'd live forever.

And there's a Beast called Cat in it.

comment by Locaha · 2015-03-08T10:24:07.658Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I second this one, I read the original, it is great.

The first book was written before author's 8 years bout in GULAG, and the second after. How this influenced the difference between the books is left as an exercise for the reader. :-)

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-08T10:38:51.699Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why, it made the second part grow into its full potential. Consider Hodja finding his own greatest belief. I always regretted there are only two books:)

comment by Locaha · 2015-03-08T11:09:50.361Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Do you have a link to the translation? In amazon maybe?

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-08T11:32:20.656Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Disturber of the Peace http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0034G663C/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1425813458&sr=1-1&keywords=Leonid+Solovyov&dpPl=1&dpID=41748wkTmhL&ref=plSrch&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

And the Enchanted Prince can be found under the same author.

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-06T13:56:47.064Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz

Never judge a book from its trashy-ass cover. This one shines inside. The story is about a bunch of magick-users, wiccans, witches, neopagans using magic to keep Hitler from invading Britain in 1940. The point is, the author presents all these occult practices so logically, so believably, such a down-to-earth way that I almost started to doubt if it this kind of stuff may even really work. For a non-fiction work that would be considered a dark art, but for a fiction work, it is just being truly excellent at creating a suspension of disbelief.

Highly recommended for Eliezer as it can give ideas for HPMOR.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-06T21:53:23.459Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Highly recommended for Eliezer as it can give ideas for HPMOR.

Uh, HPMOR is ending in a week or so... :-)

comment by lmm · 2015-03-03T22:40:15.623Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. Near-future that felt very plausible, I think because it avoids being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic. And the plot threads converged very nicely.

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T02:21:55.380Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW
  • Palimpsests, Scholz & Harcourt (meh; Scholz's bits are good, Harcourt's are bad, and the whole is less than the sum of it parts, as interesting as some parts of the final section are)
comment by Alicorn · 2015-03-03T01:27:18.797Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Floornight is an original work in progress by nostalgebraist. It reminds me of Fine Structure in some ways.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:06.648Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T02:20:43.237Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW
comment by sixes_and_sevens · 2015-03-09T00:45:02.330Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I recently watched After The Dark, which has a very neat storytelling premise, but isn't actually that good.

It features a philosophy teacher running a thought experiment with his class of 18-year-olds on the last day of term, in which they're all given an identity and have to argue for their inclusion in a bunker to survive a nuclear holocaust and repopulate the human race. We cut between their classroom discussions and cinematic depictions of the scenarios they're role-playing.

It's not brilliantly done, and the sentiment it ends up pushing would give most LW readers an apoplexy, but it's an example of a film which I'd like to see done well.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:31.274Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Short Online Texts Thread

comment by advancedatheist · 2015-03-05T05:40:26.673Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Death Is Optional A Conversation: Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman [3.4.15]

http://edge.org/conversation/yuval_noah_harari-daniel_kahneman-death-is-optional

The money quote:

KAHNEMAN: You seem to be describing this as something that is already happening. Are you referring to developments such as the plans to do away with death? That absolutely would not be a mass project. But could you elaborate on that?

.HARARI: Yes, the attitude now towards disease and old age and death is that they are basically technical problems. It is a huge revolution in human thinking. Throughout history, old age and death were always treated as metaphysical problems, as something that the gods decreed, as something fundamental to what defines humans, what defines the human condition and reality.

Even a few years ago, very few doctors or scientists would seriously say that they are trying to overcome old age and death. They would say no, I am trying to overcome this particular disease, whether it's tuberculosis or cancer or Alzheimers. Defeating disease and death, this is nonsense, this is science fiction.

But, the new attitude is to treat old age and death as technical problems, no different in essence than any other disease. It's like cancer, it's like Alzheimers, it's like tuberculosis. Maybe we still don't know all the mechanisms and all the remedies, but in principle, people always die due to technical reasons, not metaphysical reasons. In the middle ages, you had an image of how does a person die? Suddenly, the Angel of Death appears, and touches you on the shoulder and says, "Come. Your time has come." And you say, "No, no, no. Give me some more time." And Death said, "No, you have to come." And that's it, that is how you die.

We don't think like that today. People never die because the Angel of Death comes, they die because their heart stops pumping, or because an artery is clogged, or because cancerous cells are spreading in the liver or somewhere. These are all technical problems, and in essence, they should have some technical solution. And this way of thinking is now becoming very dominant in scientific circles, and also among the ultra-rich who have come to understand that, wait a minute, something is happening here. For the first time in history, if I'm rich enough, maybe I don't have to die.

KAHNEMAN: Death is optional.

HARARI: Death is optional. And if you think about it from the viewpoint of the poor, it looks terrible, because throughout history, death was the great equalizer. The big consolation of the poor throughout history was that okay, these rich people, they have it good, but they're going to die just like me. But think about the world, say, in 50 years, 100 years, where the poor people continue to die, but the rich people, in addition to all the other things they get, also get an exemption from death. That's going to bring a lot of anger.

comment by Vaniver · 2015-03-07T18:18:48.264Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The conversation is very nice, and Harari's book is fantastic so far (I'm about a fifth of the way through).

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T02:22:27.875Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Everything is heritable:

Politics/religion:

Statistics/AI/meta-science:

Psychology/biology:

Technology:

Economics:

Philosophy:

comment by advancedatheist · 2015-03-03T15:26:54.272Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

"Reed Richards Is Useless":

The TV Tropes article points out the absurdity of fictional situations where the characters invent supertechnologies to solve really hard problems in the plot, and then they put these new tools back in the box and you never see them again, even when these tools could solve other problems in the rest of the world.

I've noticed this in the Star Trek franchise, which tempers my nerd grieving over Leonard Nimoy's True Death. The various series have shown transhumanism in general, and radical life extension in particular, in a bad light. And in the original series, the Spock character, seconded by Dr. McCoy, often said that they had to stop the enhanced bad guy, or keep him from living forever, no matter what it takes.

Yet when a main character, other than a Redshirt or a walk-on, needs revival or rejuvenation, why, the ship's doctor can figure out how to do that. Yet these successful techniques mysteriously don't become part of Starfleet medical practice.

comment by James_Miller · 2015-03-03T17:43:51.370Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Does "Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory" have any validity?

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T19:12:03.147Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure. It has a lot of problems with timing and its global claims, but I could believe something like it is true since that would explain a number of otherwise puzzling things like the apparent extreme literality of religious beliefs in the distant past.

comment by DanArmak · 2015-03-09T19:01:43.526Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

the apparent extreme literality of religious beliefs in the distant past.

What evidence do we have about that? First-hand, Homeric or earlier historical evidence is very scant and selective to begin with. We don't have philosophical treaties written by the ancients of what they themselves believed and how literally they took it. The Homeric epics are also describing people who from to the writer were already old, different, and also heroic and not representative of the average man.

comment by Lumifer · 2015-03-09T19:08:08.824Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What evidence do we have about that?

The very widespread practice of non-symbolic sacrifices, for example.

comment by DanArmak · 2015-03-09T19:16:37.429Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

What sacrifices count as non-symbolic? Animal sacrifice? Human?

Why is this interpreted as taking (similar) religious beliefs more literally, rather than just having different beliefs?

Is there a quantitative argument to be made that more beliefs were more literal in older times, apart from some examples?

comment by Lumifer · 2015-03-09T20:17:50.386Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why is this interpreted as taking (similar) religious beliefs more literally

Because if you don't literally believe that the ritual will win you useful-in-real-life god's favor, each sacrifice reduces your chances to survive and prosper.

Is there a quantitative argument to be made that more beliefs were more literal in older times

If you want to get numbers involved, you first need to specify (with numbers) what does "more literal" mean.

comment by DanArmak · 2015-03-09T20:25:18.768Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Because if you don't literally believe that the ritual will win you useful-in-real-life god's favor, each sacrifice reduces your chances to survive and prosper.

The same could be said about most religious rituals. There are various theories of signalling honesty, in-group commitment, and riches though costly sacrifices.

Why ascribe the change in sacrifices, for example, to a less literal modern religious belief, rather than to a less central role for modern religion, or sacrifice becoming less important compared to other religious behaviors?

If you want to get numbers involved, you first need to specify (with numbers) what does "more literal" mean.

I don't know - gwern talked about more literal ancient beliefs, I only asked what he meant and how he knew it.

comment by Lumifer · 2015-03-09T20:31:46.357Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The same could be said about most religious rituals.

I don't think this is true. Take contemporary mainstream Christianity or Judaism, as the religions most familiar to LW. Do most rituals meaningfully reduce the chances to survive and prosper?

to a less literal modern religious belief, rather than to a less central role for modern religion

"Less literal" belief and "less central" role are correlated :-)

comment by DanArmak · 2015-03-09T21:18:05.662Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Take contemporary mainstream Christianity or Judaism, as the religions most familiar to LW. Do most rituals meaningfully reduce the chances to survive and prosper?

The rituals require money (tithe and other church collections), time (church attendance) and effort (e.g. kashrut and ritual cleanliness). They also forbid some useful things like contraceptives.

Whether this reduces prosperity depends on how you define that, I guess. As for survival, I'm not well familiar with the form modern Christianity takes in places where survival is a real concern, like some African countries. Anyway, there are some good arguments that especially for the poor and weak, modern social religious organizations improve the chances to survive, because the locally big religions also tend to provide most of the private social and welfare services, and help organize smaller-scale social networks.

Is this very different from ancient practice? Does it matter if a farmer brings an ox to the Jewish Temple for sacrifice, or pays tithe and other taxes and fees to the Catholic Church? In both cases he discharges a mostly-mandatory religious obligation by paying a significant sum of money, or an object that can be bought for money.

"Less literal" belief and "less central" role are correlated :-)

Yes, but something being more or less central is very weak evidence for it being taken more or less literally.

comment by g_pepper · 2015-03-09T20:33:29.481Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

In Orality and Literacy, Walter Ong suggests that what Jaynes attributes to the bicameral mind might be explainable by pre-literacy. He points out that Jaynes places the time for the breakdown of bicamerality around the time that the phonetic alphabet was developed, and that many of the characteristics that Jaynes attributes to bicamerality, e.g.:

lack of introspectivity, of analytical prowess, of concern with the will as such, of a sense of difference between past and future

are characteristics of oral cultures, including contemporary oral cultures.

comment by JoshuaZ · 2015-03-04T02:21:25.840Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

"What is Wrong with Our Thoughts? A Neo-Positivist Credo"

I'm not sure how I feel about this. A lot of it seems on-point but it seems unfair to take what may be complicated or subtle ideas and take paragraphs out of context to show that they are nonsense. If I took a random paragraph from a category-theory paper it might sound just as nonsensical to someone who didn't have the context. Heck, I strongly suspect that if on used a Markov generator with math terms, telling the difference between real and actual material would be difficult if one restricted to small segments. The author is correct that these things are meaningless (by and large) but simply quoting them in this way doesn't really establish it.

comment by DanArmak · 2015-03-09T18:44:16.437Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In your excerpt of "Intelligence: Is it the epidemiologists' elusive 'fundamental cause' of social class inequalities in health?":

As environments get better, genetics explain more of variance; as societies become more meritocratic, they become more unequal.

IOW, as environments get better, they become more uniform (in their effect). Is this saying that environments contribute mostly negative factors, not positive ones, to development, so the best environments affect outcomes least? And if so, how well established is it?

comment by Stefan_Schubert · 2015-03-02T22:25:33.055Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

The trustworthiness of a web page might help it rise up Google's rankings if the search giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links.

...

Instead of counting incoming links, [Google's system for measuring the trustworthiness of a page] – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.

The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings.

comment by seer · 2015-03-04T03:49:56.520Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I'm guessing that in practice means ranking websites by the popularity of their delusions. The problem is that you can't distinguish facts from fictions without reference to the external world. Furthermore, given how bad wikipedia is at getting its "facts" wright about any vaguely controversial topic, I don't have a lot of confidence in the ability of the internet to settle on the truth.

Edit: speaking of bad sources of "facts", why are you treating New Scientist as a reasonable source?

comment by moonshadow · 2015-03-02T22:43:33.643Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

"counts the number of incorrect facts within a page."

"Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth."

...wait, what?

...I guess they don't actually mean "unanimously"...

comment by [deleted] · 2015-04-01T17:43:42.589Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

J. E. Farnham. Unusual methods of antigen transport. - Grana. - 1986. - 25 (1):89-92. Available online. Not a conprehensive review, just a couple case studies, but (subjectively) beautiful. I wish TV medical shows were based on this kind of stuff.

comment by advancedatheist · 2015-03-03T15:16:13.976Z · score: -4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

What scares the new atheists The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/what-scares-the-new-atheists

comment by RowanE · 2015-03-03T17:17:56.661Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Seems to be a combination of "they say there's a high-variance trend, but look at all these short-term observations contrary to the trend!" and "here are some negative stereotypes of "the new atheists"".

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:26.614Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Online Videos Thread

comment by NancyLebovitz · 2015-03-20T18:33:28.496Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Tiesto at the Bellagio

Exultant music and fountains

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:22.754Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Fanfiction Thread

comment by Leonhart · 2015-03-04T23:08:02.356Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Every rational!Naruto fic I encounter keeps topping the preceding ones - I suspect my head will implode if I ever attempt to read the canon story at this point.

The best one yet is The Waves Arisen. Everyone is very sensible, shadow cloning is more broken than ever, and patiently listening to giant slugs pays off in the end.

comment by Baughn · 2015-03-05T18:46:00.963Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The only other one that springs to mind is the one with the Nine-Brained Kyuubi.

Got any more?

comment by Leonhart · 2015-03-05T22:08:42.347Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Rathanel's The Empty Cage (previously recommended on LW) and OmgImPwned's In Fire Forged. Can't remember if the first is finished, the second certainly isn't.

Waves Arisen is in a class by itself as regards sweet sweet ingroup jargon, however :)

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:10.662Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

comment by lmm · 2015-03-03T23:31:34.239Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Yurikuma Arashi (8 episodes in). From the creator of Utena and Penguindrum[1]; romance/drama with a lot of... weirdness. And bears. Has this repetitive structure where a lot of it calls back to itself; the first three episodes are slow but after that it becomes very gripping, with some really clever surprises that seem obvious in retrospect. Has just the right level of pretentiousness; lots of "what is love?" themes and a lot of what I'm told is metaphor but have no problem enjoying on the object level. Lots of fanservice but it usually manages to seem artistic about it.

[1] Though I'm not sure how much stock to put in that; I disliked Penguindrum, my friend liked it, and we both like Yurikuma Arashi.

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2015-03-03T03:18:20.098Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Mushishi. A relaxing and atmospheric anime series consisting of episodic, folk-tale-esque stories set in a slightly mystical old Japan where a man travels the countryside dealing with problems caused by insect-like spirits. The stories are generally really tightly written and satisfying with an above-average level of rationality for the subject matter. Several times I felt that the story was going somewhere dumb, only to be pleasantly surprised by the actual outcome. Also quite unpredictable in the sense that good, bad, and ambiguous outcomes are all common.

Touches on horror tropes often but I didn't find it scary (and I'm quite sensitive to horror). Also suitable for those who don't like typical anime tropes - it's quite serious and doesn't feature boob-falling reaction-face type shenanigans.

comment by lmm · 2015-03-03T22:52:41.929Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Watched it with a group not so long ago. Started very well but it felt repetitive by the end of the first series; this is a very strictly episodic show, nothing is learnt or changes from episode to episode. And it's often quite grim - not the scary kind of horror, but remorseless fate crushing humans who stray from the path. It became a running joke for us that characters we saw early on would die by the end of the episode.

Rational for the subject matter perhaps, but these are still fundamentally folktales; there is no logic to what constraints any given mushi will have, and so you can't use reason to predict what will happen in a given episode (storytelling logic, and the idea that the ending is at absolute best going to be bittersweet, yield much more reliable predictions).

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2015-03-04T01:55:34.953Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I see where you're coming from and I usually wouldn't particularly like this kind of show myself, but I found the execution here to be unusually strong, so for me the stories continued to feel fresh and smart despite the somewhat repetitive structure.

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T02:21:03.707Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW
  • Cowboy Bebop (no attempt at a review because come on, I'm not that arrogant)
comment by ShardPhoenix · 2015-03-03T03:27:09.105Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

no attempt at a review because come on, I'm not that arrogant

Fortunately I am so I'll do one in brief :P.

It's a story about a rag-tag ship of space-bounty-hunters in a Used Future. Each of them has a non-trivial backstory that sees development over the course of the series. The animation, direction and dialogue are superb, feeling far more naturalistic and movie-like than the talking heads of typical anime. On the downside, most of the episodes are standalone and I personally wasn't impressed with most of the plots, and while the characters are well-developed they were also lukewarm in terms of their personal appeal to me. Nonetheless it's not surprising that it's considered a classic.

(If you wanted a more positive review, should have been more arrogant!).

comment by moonshadow · 2015-03-04T09:54:41.740Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Finally got around to watching Tatami Galaxy. Found it a very pleasing take on the Groundhog Day closed timelike curve genre; a nice exploration of the idea that blaming external circumstances and even individual seemingly pivotal decisions is not enough to explain poor outcomes.

comment by lmm · 2015-03-05T23:11:52.107Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't like that; I felt it relied very heavily on authorial fiat for the conclusion, and the ultimate message seemed to be equivalent to wireheading.

comment by Baughn · 2015-03-05T18:51:51.908Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata.

It's an anime about... making a game... that appears fully congruent with the contents of the anime...

In short, it seems to be a metacircular anime. It's worth watching because of the way it plays with tropes, and the origin of those tropes; it's marginally annoying in that many of the tropes it plays with are of the harem genre. There may be something more going on in the background, but I haven't watched enough to tell. It may be especially interesting to people who have long experience with japanese animation.

The first episode is fully representative, so I'd recommend having a look if the above appeals.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:52:02.940Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Music Thread

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-03T20:40:52.958Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Artists I've been listening to recently:

comment by gwern · 2015-03-03T02:20:34.171Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Misc:

Doujin:

Touhou:

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-11T16:46:20.828Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Steelwing - Point of Singularity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2exXBdU-6a4

I'm honestly surprised the band (I did not search for the song) was never mentioned here.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:51:59.241Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Podcasts Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:51:55.530Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Other Media Thread

comment by [deleted] · 2015-03-05T20:57:51.889Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Powered by Osteons is about applied archeology, pretty cool stuff written very well.

Includes reviews of Bones.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:51:52.100Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Meta Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2015-03-02T18:53:09.053Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Apologies for the delay this month. Yesterday I failed to notice that February was over.