Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T12:18:25.148Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

As one of the downvoters, haven't we always downvoted bad jokes?

Somehow I haven't seen that happen in the ~3 months I've been here.

I'll take your word for it, though.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T11:47:54.704Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Why on earth is this in the negative? We downvote bad jokes now?

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-11T11:45:36.907Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

The Atlantis thing was proposed in a chapter titled "Hold Off On Proposing Solutions".

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T11:43:01.017Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

And why Voldie'd lay low for TEN YEARS waiting for a hero.

(Still... see Chris Halquist below. '73 to '81? He must've had some plan going.)

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T11:36:04.122Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I didn't foresee this being a plausible interpretation, and have just now edited the birthdate to 1927 to avoid further confusion. It was intended as a bit of an, "Oh no, is she about to identify Voldemort?" moment, to be contradicted soon after by the Gaunts not exactly being on the Wizengamot or having a patroness grandmother. But as it's plausible-to-the-reader that the Gaunts are different in this fic, I feel like I need to do something to cut down plausible misunderstandings I didn't foresee. (I've also edited Ch. 53, fyi.)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 15, chapter 84 · 2012-04-11T11:32:24.562Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Eliezer has jossed this. Page 118 or so of the TVTropes discussion.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 14, chapter 82 · 2012-04-10T11:47:01.225Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Duplicating the page, maybe, but he absolutely can't forbid quoting it or linking to it; those actions'd fall under fair use in most cases.

(That is, if you care about copyright law at all.)

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-04-10T11:45:24.618Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If he wanted to write sequels, the obvious way to do it would be to continue the fic.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality predictions · 2012-04-10T11:15:56.056Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Does anyone have any ideas on how to implement one?

Yes, many people do. Many others just need to google it.

For the record: I've been trying, on and off, to set up a development environment for PB for a while now, but always kept getting error'd because of version inconsistencies. But that was before I knew of Bundler. I'll try again in the near future.

Then again, I'm just starting out with rails and I have other things to do with my time, so don't expect any miracles.

EDIT: Retraction was accidental.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality predictions · 2012-04-10T11:00:01.781Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

So is this some sort of glitch in predictionbook which falsely records me editing the prediction, when in reality it was edited by some moderator?

Yes, that was gwern. The site doesn't keep track of who changed the prediction, so it just assumes the author of the prediction ( = you) did it.

(The sheer amount of "they just didn't care" inherent in the site design boggles the mind.)

Comment by anubhav on A Poisson process paradox · 2012-04-10T10:57:10.448Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

No it isn't.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality predictions · 2012-04-10T06:51:09.629Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

...

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality predictions · 2012-04-10T06:44:00.992Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

"ELF!" [said the Sorting Hat]

Huh? Harry remembered Draco mentioning a 'House Elf', but what was that exactly?

Judging by the appalled looks dawning on the faces around him, it wasn't anything good -

Chapter 11.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality predictions · 2012-04-10T06:41:22.336Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe he got it from you?

That is correct.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-31T02:32:08.442Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Jbeq bs Tbq fnlf bgurejvfr. (Pgey-S 'rnegu-funggrevat')

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-31T02:20:31.738Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I would be very surprised if there were a grand total of 0 voice-changing charms in existence.

And besides, it's a whisper. That's probably significant in some way.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T13:04:20.315Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

doesn't a squib child of a wizarding couple imply that Mom was getting some on the side?

Accurate deduction! Here, have a cookie.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T13:01:59.061Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Seconded. 2 threads in 3 days = BAD IDEA.

(Not that these comments will make a difference; someone or the other's gonna notice the comment-count and instinctively think "Over 500!! Ah, there's my chance to be of service! ...... HEY GUYS NEW THREAD HERE!")

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T07:46:07.398Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Pop quiz: What percentage of Muggles have ever heard the word "arbitrage"?

(Retracted because reply makes sense)

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T02:57:36.373Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Secondly, I noticed that Harry's first Transfiguration lesson includes a photograph of a Dementor. What would that look like?

Probably just a cloaked and hooded figure.

Next you'll be wondering why the robes in the picture don't decay.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-29T02:20:45.935Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

Being in debt is probably not the same thing as being a vassal, even temporarily.

(Well, maybe... Dumbledore still hasn't told us what rights Lucius now has over Harry.)

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T13:20:52.523Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

For that matter, why didn't Dumbledore mention the Imperius debt when they were talking about debts?

Dumbledore's being awfully incompetent... Wonder why that would be.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T13:00:36.932Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

He didn't marry Hermione.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T12:53:24.451Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If you had to look on the internet for all your original fiction, you'd have the same problem.

Kindle Store

Or so I heard, at least.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T12:48:26.449Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

... Now I want a Death Note fanfic where Ryuk is a Totoro.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T07:36:05.041Z · score: 16 (16 votes) · LW · GW

Or just that he's pissed with Harry for putting himself in Malfoy's debt.

Or for painting a giant bulls-eye on himself.

The icy glare could really mean anything.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T04:31:10.540Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Many thanks.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T04:28:36.828Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Self-Actualization.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T04:21:04.682Z · score: -3 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Well, Sturgeon's Law for a start, combined with the fact that people who don't bother to create their own universes are statistically going to be less-motivated, less-experienced, and/or less-competent programmers. There's a reason that the stereotype of hackers is 13 year old script kiddies. I'm glad for the exceptions, but they are exceptions.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 13, chapter 81 · 2012-03-28T04:14:01.198Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

What on earth are the Ree?

Google turns up nothing.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-28T04:01:28.038Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

New HPMOR discussion thread here.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-28T03:43:35.645Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Rather, what I'm saying is: [stuff you're saying]

In which case, I totally misunderstood what you were saying. Never mind.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T12:42:10.744Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Your explanation of the Groundhog Day attack is the only one I've seen so far that makes sense.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T09:06:11.894Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Implying that fanfiction is not written in the real world.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T08:14:15.864Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

if I saw legions of ridiculous, cockamamie theories about my story get treated with absolute seriousness on web forums and TV Tropes, I might purposely spoil the ending in my sarcasm-dripping condescension

That clinches it; 75th is my alter ego. You know, a la Tyler Durden or something.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T08:12:14.452Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe the reason McGonagall knew that Dumbledore was behind the Santa Claus portkey is because only the headmaster could create a portkey that would work inside the Hogwarts wards.

Then again, Snape didn't realize that just from hearing about the portkey. This theory's probably inaccurate.

Retracting as per pedanterrific's comment.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T07:57:37.297Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That's exactly the same behaviour we'd see if he really did just want to put the girl in Azkaban.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T07:53:04.849Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

First paragraph: Irrelevant.

Maybe it's just an inherent constraint of writing a Harry Potter fic.

In other words, you're talking about what makes a fic a Harry Potter fic, not about what HPMoR is about.

a story that eventually revealed that "prophecies don't really exist and are always cons" ... would be in the same class as a story that eventually revealed that "magic doesn't really exist, it's all sufficiently advanced technology controlled by aliens who are the real mastermind, villain, and Harry ends up teaming with Voldemort to defeat them". It might be a good story, but it's not a Harry Potter story.

In other words, a story where Arthur is king of Britain rather than a supernatural adventurer isn't an Arthur story. A story where Merlin is a major character isn't an Arthur story. A story where Mordred is actually an alien isn't an Arthur story.

What I'm saying here is that you're drawing a line in the sand between "Harry Potter stories" and "not Harry Potter stories", but that line doesn't correspond to any kind of sharp division in the real world.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-27T07:35:04.508Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

If that were true, it'd be really easy to detect an Imperius by examining the subject's memories... The subject wouldn't remember deciding to do anything the Imperius made them do. [Test Foo]

Instead, McGonagall's statement implies that the best way to figure out whether the subject was Imperiused is to see if they remember being Imperiused, even with all the information that would allow you to perform Test Foo.

Then again, McGonagall's speaking outside her area of expertise.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T15:31:28.314Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

We're given at least two hints about this during the trial

Mind spelling them out for those untutored in the Dark Arts?

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T15:12:30.126Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Consensus # 2 is retarded, says word of God.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T15:09:57.413Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I still can't figure out whether you're excluding the Imperius.

Miss Granger would remember the Imperius. Obliviation cannot be detected by any known means, but only a Professor could have cast that spell upon a student without alarm from the Hogwarts wards

chapter 79

'She was Imperiused and then Obliviated' looks like the likeliest hypothesis right now.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T15:07:20.894Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Miss Granger would remember the Imperius. Obliviation cannot be detected by any known means, but only a Professor could have cast that spell upon a student without alarm from the Hogwarts wards

'She was Imperiused and then Obliviated' seems to be the likeliest hypothesis.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T14:59:26.931Z · score: 11 (11 votes) · LW · GW

(There's an analogous, hilarious, inconsistency in canon; how did the twins never see Peter Pettigrew sleeping in Ron's bed?)

What makes you think they didn't?

(The obvious answer to this inconsistency is that they had no reason to spy on their brother/the first-years' dorm, but... He used to be Percy's rat. They never spied on Percy? BS.)

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T14:51:25.993Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Here's a real change from canon:

His eyes were as cold as anything Minerva had seen from him since the day his brother died.

chapter 18

No clue what it implies, though.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T14:47:00.130Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

... Has it occurred to you that "fanfiction" and "original story" may not be sharply delineated categories? Cases in point: every major story from before the Age of Copyright, like the Greek myths or the King Arthur legends or the Robin Hood stories. Pick two versions a couple centuries apart and you'll find changes way more drastic than this one, and yet you can't pick out a version in the chain joining them that wouldn't qualify as fanfiction of the earlier versions.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T14:34:33.168Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Second quote: Excellent catch.

Comment by anubhav on Rationality Quotes March 2012 · 2012-03-26T13:40:30.847Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I meant something along the lines of "When your hammer is too darn impressive, everything begins to look like a nail."

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-26T02:41:18.331Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I've said it many times, and I'll say it again... this is a better solution than most of what's been proposed in the discussion thread so far.

Comment by anubhav on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 12 · 2012-03-25T16:28:20.514Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

How on earth does the abstract relate to the putative topic?

[call-to-arms] Computer-based Math Education

2012-02-25T07:18:51.269Z · score: -3 (10 votes)

Sticky threads?

2012-02-06T04:12:39.976Z · score: 32 (34 votes)

HPMOR: What could've been done better?

2012-01-28T13:31:07.828Z · score: 5 (14 votes)