February 2016 Media Thread

post by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:20:37.857Z · score: 3 (4 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 46 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 polymathwannabe · 2016-02-03T21:43:15.293Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

If you're a creator, self-promote here

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:14.367Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Nonfiction Books Thread

comment by Risto_Saarelma · 2016-02-02T04:59:27.911Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The Mind Illuminated by John Yates is my new favorite meditation instruction book. Has lots of modern neuroscience grounding, completely secular, and presents a very detailed step-by-step instruction on going from not having a daily meditation habit going to attaining very deep concentration states.

comment by CurtisSerVaas · 2016-02-04T01:43:07.120Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I also think John Yates's Progressive Stages of Mindfulness in Plain English is orders of magnitude better than all the other meditation books I've read.

From what I could tell from looking at the table of contents (and page lengths) for both, the book/pdfs I linked covers the same content, but is free! Though, I might consider buying his newest book, just because I liked the other one so much.

comment by Risto_Saarelma · 2016-02-04T18:10:52.917Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, The Mind Illuminated is basically the same ten-step model as the one in that article, but expanded to book length and with lots of extra practice advice and theory of mental models.

comment by Hohn · 2016-02-02T14:45:46.591Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I recently got hold of From Under the Rubble, a collection of essays by Solzhenitsyn and other Russian thinkers written in the 1970s and circulated surreptitiously among themselves.

It occurred to me that I'm not the first person to ask: "where do we go from here? How do we go there?" and these essays are thought-provoking responses.

They are decidedly not very rational-- I'm not sure there is a rational basis for optimism in 1970s Soviet Russia.

comment by CellBioGuy · 2016-02-06T01:04:17.366Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Hot Earth Dreams, by Frank Landis.


46 page sample available here. https://heteromeles.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/hot-earth-dreams-sample1.pdf

Ecology type writes about the likely shape of the next 400,000 years given the fossil fuel pulse of carbon we are producing, the natural cycles the Earth is subject to over that timescale, and how ecological realities have responded to crazy events in the past and human effects in the present. Short version: We will whipsaw up potentially all the way to Eocene level temperatures over a few hundred years, with seas responding in kind over a thousand or two years during which coastlines will be in flux and coastal infrastructure will be very difficult, and then slowly return to the current icehouse climate as geological equilibrium reasserts itself and plunge into another normal ice age some time between 200k and 400k years from now, the Earth's flora and fauna and civilizations getting a one-two punch from the big sudden excursion.

This kind of thorough exploration of a topic is very interesting to me and has inspired me to resume work on my astrobiology writing now that my ridiculous semester is done, such that another post is finally coming soon...

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:08.184Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

comment by Baughn · 2016-02-04T15:12:05.591Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Garakowa: Restore the World

It's a movie about a suspiciously humanlike pair of anti-virus AIs, and their attempt to protect a backup archive of human history from destruction at the hands of sapient viruses. It's compressed a bit more than would be ideal, but otherwise well done.

Practically anything else I could say about it would be a spoiler, so I won't. What happened to humanity? Why are they there? Where do the viruses come from? You'll need to watch it to find out.

The story is also interesting due to the central Friendliness failure being novel, fairly plausible, and extremely disturbing.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:24.788Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Short Online Texts Thread

comment by gwern · 2016-02-02T01:33:05.131Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

Everything is heritable:








comment by buybuydandavis · 2016-02-03T10:49:46.752Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

"Bayesian Belief Polarization", Jern et al 2009

I'm pretty sure that Jaynes covered this. Yep. Chapter 5. Converging and Diverging Views.


comment by MrMind · 2016-02-04T08:20:26.250Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

And I would say did a better job at clarifying the issue.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-02T02:47:15.766Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

"The Star Gauge" of Su Hui

Whoa. Everything old is new again; there's nothing new under the sun -- even the garden of forking paths.

EDIT: A translation probably due to David Hilton, but the publisher locked it away behind a paywall.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-07T05:53:37.002Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why did the author of the Be Happy post delete herLessWrong account?

comment by James_Miller · 2016-02-04T03:04:07.722Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

What really happened when NASA faced a "The Martian" like situation.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-04T04:45:04.536Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

A better title would have been "what a jaded ex-academic with no relevant domain knowledge thinks happened at NASA during the last Columbia mission."

Yes, they didn't launch Atlantis on short notice, which was probably in hindsight a mistake. But Greg's not even wrong when he asserts that "(the combined Atlantis/Columbia crew) could have sat on the (expletive) floor and been alright." The shuttle went through a complicated sequence of re-entry maneuvers to land safely. It's not just 3g in one direction until touchdown.

comment by James_Miller · 2016-02-04T04:56:03.832Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Is Greg's core point true?

The NASA honchos decided that even if there was damage (caused by a chuck of foam breaking off the external tank during launch and hitting the wing) nothing could be done, so decided not to check for damage (which could have been done with an EVA, or sophisticated ground-based imaging systems, or recon sats).

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-04T05:11:06.233Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Sure. But almost everything else is a fractal of tripe.

comment by James_Miller · 2016-02-04T17:40:55.514Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

OK, but doesn't that make NASA's actions evil, as in the people in charge deserved to spend the rest of their lives in prison.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-04T23:35:21.010Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Legally? No. They were not negligent. The Atlantis rescue mission would have been a heroic measure that could have easily killed yet more astronauts.

Morally? It depends on all this background evidence that we ourselves don't know and Greg merely speculated toward.

comment by James_Miller · 2016-02-05T00:12:51.744Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Morally? It depends on all this background evidence that we ourselves don't know and Greg merely speculated toward.

Greg's core point, which you agreed was true, seems sufficient to morally dam them.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:20.782Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Online Videos Thread

comment by sdr · 2016-02-14T10:47:51.407Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

A short on the FAI problemset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0PuqSMB8uU ("Rick and Morty - Keep Summer Safe")

comment by Furcas · 2016-02-02T02:48:34.563Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I strongly recommend JourneyQuest. It's a very smartly written and well acted fantasy webseries. It starts off mostly humorous but quickly becomes more serious. I think it's the sort of thing most LWers would enjoy. There are two seasons so far, with a third one coming in a few months if the Kickstarter succeeds


comment by Doradillo · 2016-02-02T04:35:28.136Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Present: A heartwarming short animation of a boy and his dog: https://vimeo.com/152985022

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-18T14:15:38.595Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) in Health: The ICER Man Cometh (Version 1) playlist

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) in Health: The ICER Man Cometh (V2)

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults

Infotainment and implicit attitude hacks

Dirty diaries: 12 feminist porn films produced with substantial support from the Swedish government

Immortal Habits- Tove Lo vs. Marina And The Diamonds (Mashup)

★ U.S. Armed Forces - We Must Fight - President Reagan (HD) 2015 ★

Dmx The Rain

The PURPOSE - Motivational Video

The Hero In You - Motivational Video

Awreeoh, Go head

Jetta - I'd Love To Change The World

Julien Blanc & Teal Swan Teach You How To Find The Feel-Good That’s Already In You

SELF DISCIPLINE - Motivational Video 2016

I Wanna Lick You From Your Head To Your Toes

Awreeoh, it's my turn now

Lil wayne's words of wisdom

Inspiring words from Kanye West

Lil Wayne, Drop the World

Lil Wayne six foot

Through Hell

Robert Greene on being self-reliant

Game Of Thrones - Chaos Chaos is a Ladder

Moment of Clarity

twenty one pilots vs Melanie Martinez - Soaped Out (Mashup)

Marina and the Diamonds & Melanie Martinez - Teen Idle vs Play Date (mashup)

Marina and the Diamonds: Porn is good for the soul

Mother Earth Remixes ft. RHCP, Joe Budden, Busta Rhymes - Fire vs. Snow (Hey Oh) Mashup

edit: wow, is this the first downvoted media thread post? Guess I wont share my love for dizzee rascal! I thought I lifted my game. In the past I got caught up in getting off on the reactions I was getting, rather than what I originally got into posting for: what can I share. That's the theory Julian from RSD has about his fall from grace and I reckon I've committed sins in the same vain. I hope I mature from that like he seems to have.

Can i change all this with a blog post? no. rsdtyler was portrayed as the bad guy in the game, millions of people read that, can he change even that with a blog post? he says no, he can't, in a video. so instead he dropped that mental function of self image..this will help me focus on the action itself, not the self image circuitry. And despite being one of the most vilified groups of people...they have all these videos of them having fun all the time. Karma is unpredictable reinforcement schedule. And it’s approval. Of course things are going to go wrong!

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:17.534Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Fanfiction Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:11.428Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Fiction Books Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:04.911Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

comment by JohnGreer · 2016-02-02T06:41:43.066Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Billions: Show about the war between a hedge fund billionaire and the U.S. Attorney. Recommended for anyone that likes dramatized power plays. It's House of Cards meets Wall Street.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:21:01.461Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Music Thread

comment by gwern · 2016-02-02T01:32:52.984Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW



comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-07T09:54:09.290Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How to save a life

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:20:58.029Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Podcasts Thread

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-18T00:46:39.545Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Limetown is a faux-NPR docudrama about a secret laboratory town, similar to Oak Ridge, TN. Reporter Lia Haddock starts out trying to piece together the story of how all of Limetown's residents suddenly disappeared, and then she gets sucked in to a rabbit hole of fringe science. It has exceptionally high production values (particularly compared to the other podcasts in this review), but sadly only six episodes were made, with a second season still in vapourware.

The Black Tapes is in the middle of its second season. Alex Reagan starts out making a podcast on paranormal activity and runs across the Strand Institute, a Randi-style debunking shop. Its president, Dr. Richard Strand, keeps his unsolved cases in the titular black VHS cases. (No word on where he gets them.) While it starts out monster-of-the-week, it quickly (and unsurprisingly) gathers up the loose ends into an overarching mythos by the end of the first season. The second season is widely held to be slightly better than the first season.

Tanis is a spin-off of The Black Tapes, in its first season. Producer Nic Silver studies "the last true mystery" in this Information Age: Tanis, a wandering phenomena currently in the Pacific Northwest that either grants you all your dreams or unleashes your greatest nightmare. Sadly, Nic has this thing where he tends to ask questions by repeating the last few words of the previous sentence. Otherwise the mythology is much richer and way more consistent -- this is The Invisibles to TBP's Promethea.

The Message is a downright bizarre 6-episode commerical for a non-consumer General Electric product. It makes less than any conceivable amount of sense.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:20:54.476Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Other Media Thread

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-10T05:50:13.508Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Firewatch is an exploration game/visual novel set in Shoshone National Park. You play a bearish guy with heartbreaking relationship problems who's decided to become a fire lookout to escape the aforementioned problems.

The park is very pretty; the narrative oscillates between Lost and Sleepless in Seattle, though not in the worst possible way. It's very short -- maybe 4 playable hours, which is a little short for $20.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-09T01:51:25.206Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The Witness is a Myst-like puzzle/exploration game with vaguely rationalist and/or humanist overtones, by the creator of Braid. All puzzles are mazes; however, there are a wide variety of maze mechanics. I managed a somewhat minimal ending condition after ten hours or so of game time.

Not recommended for the color-blind or hearing impaired. (One subsection is devoted to mazes depending on either modality, and color discrimination is needed almost throughout, particularly in the endgame.)

comment by MrMind · 2016-02-15T09:25:20.777Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I recently started playing The Talos Principle. I'm just at the first "stage", so I don't know how the game evolves, but it's about a robot whose creators have been evolving for quite some times (its software is version 99, while around you can find notes from versions 10, 11, etc.), and they present themselves as Elohim.
Mechanics-wise, it bears some resemblance to Portal, where you need to manipulate objects around an environment to solve puzzles and collect tiles that allow you to progress.
The graphics is OK (cute, but not at the level of say The vanishing of Ethan Carter), and the learning curve is smooth.
I suspect it's strongly about FAI, with a role reversal (you are the AI, the humans are god). It has a very high playability and I suspect every LWer would enjoy it.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-15T20:54:59.164Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I was pretty offended by the way some mechanics are not consistent. Can't pick up a jammer on the other side of a barrier, but you can pick it up from a ledge. Can't climb stairs with an item. Can't use a jammer with a fan, but you can put the jammer on a box and use the fan on both of them.


comment by MrMind · 2016-02-16T08:08:44.398Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Are you talking about the demo? Because the situations you describe are in the demo, but I've yet to encounter them in the game proper.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-16T22:43:11.290Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Nope, full game.

comment by [deleted] · 2016-02-07T09:15:07.546Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW
comment by Pfft · 2016-02-12T20:55:10.171Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Realistic kissing simulator to get over the fear of kissing

Ok, this is pretty amazing.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2016-02-02T00:20:48.953Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

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