Welcome to Humboldt SSC [Edit With Your Details] 2019-08-15T16:35:20.904Z


Comment by benjaminikuta on ACX Atlanta February Meetup · 2024-02-28T08:08:32.880Z · LW · GW

Could I have the photos? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on ACX Atlanta February Meetup · 2024-02-25T02:45:59.437Z · LW · GW

Nice to meet you!

Comment by benjaminikuta on Dating Roundup #2: If At First You Don’t Succeed · 2024-02-19T05:55:10.679Z · LW · GW

One of the highest rated photos in the Optimized Dating discord server is a guy posing with his cats. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Prediction Markets aren't Magic · 2024-01-30T11:41:23.149Z · LW · GW

Couldn't they just tax bitcoin mining and come out ahead overall? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Taboo "procrastination" · 2024-01-15T12:25:28.095Z · LW · GW

I don't see how this can't reasonably be called procrastination. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on [Link] Bay Area Winter Solstice 2023 · 2023-12-27T13:12:19.949Z · LW · GW


Comment by benjaminikuta on [Link] Bay Area Winter Solstice 2023 · 2023-12-21T10:45:59.301Z · LW · GW

Link to the recording?

Comment by benjaminikuta on What are the results of more parental supervision and less outdoor play? · 2023-12-11T05:29:56.663Z · LW · GW

Parents think it's not okay to roll a toy down the slide, seriously? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Letter to a Sonoma County Jail Cell · 2023-11-30T00:53:50.118Z · LW · GW

Regardless of the cause, there's something to be said for being so dedicated. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Redirecting one’s own taxes as an effective altruism method · 2023-11-14T02:59:20.926Z · LW · GW

Seems impractical if your income is a salary, which is quite common. But anyway thanks for posting this, it's very interesting. It's cool that there's a whole well documented community devoted to the workings of tax collection from an adversarial perspective. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Redirecting one’s own taxes as an effective altruism method · 2023-11-14T02:57:22.468Z · LW · GW

High income rats are presumably disproportiatly likely to want a passport. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on How I Think, Part One: Investing in Fun · 2023-11-09T21:21:05.278Z · LW · GW

Don't be so influenced by what Netflix deems suitable to show you. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Fertility Roundup #2 · 2023-10-19T17:03:44.861Z · LW · GW

Worrying about extinction is one thing, and we're nowhere near that point, but does the pro fertility case rely on the philosophical assumption that more people is better? Surely you can see how some people might not find that very compelling.

Comment by benjaminikuta on Dating in 2023 sucks. Why isn't AI helping? · 2023-10-18T22:27:51.150Z · LW · GW

I think plenty of guys would be willing to settle for less than perfect. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on GPT-4 for personal productivity: online distraction blocker · 2023-09-26T19:55:42.297Z · LW · GW

Could this work with email? Some emails are productive, and some are procrastination. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on The commenting restrictions on LessWrong seem bad · 2023-09-16T22:41:17.359Z · LW · GW

I share your frustration. I made ONE downvoted comment and then was restricted for quite some time. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on How to take advanage of the market's irrationality regarding AGI? · 2023-08-30T18:00:22.680Z · LW · GW

By the way, did you ever find out more about this?

Comment by benjaminikuta on Automatic Rate Limiting on LessWrong · 2023-08-22T19:53:43.796Z · LW · GW

Just wanted to register my complaint that I find it somewhat annoying to be rate limited, and somewhat surprising this wasn't targeted more specifically at new users, which was the impression I got from earlier posts. Also I would have commented earlier, but each time I thought to do it was when I was rate limited, lol. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on How to take advanage of the market's irrationality regarding AGI? · 2023-08-18T09:15:48.747Z · LW · GW

You can get long term leverage buying deep in the money calls and rolling them.

Comment by benjaminikuta on New LW Meetup: Kyiv · 2023-07-04T12:26:38.046Z · LW · GW

Hey, is this still happening?

Comment by benjaminikuta on Why is violence against AI labs a taboo? · 2023-06-29T22:41:48.844Z · LW · GW

Related, but, I've talked with multiple rats who, after some convincing, basically admitted, "Yeah, assuming it would actually work, I suppose I actually would push the nuclear button, but I would never admit it, because saying so would have various negative effects." 

Comment by benjaminikuta on A Manifold market notice: Binance · 2023-06-23T17:17:11.780Z · LW · GW

I also oppose the prior against financial advice, especially crypto, considering Bitcoin is one of the ways "rationalists should win".

Comment by benjaminikuta on Put Dirty Dishes in the Dishwasher · 2023-06-12T18:45:19.465Z · LW · GW

"An underappreciated element is that dishwaters calibrate how much cleaning they do based on the amount of dirt on the dishes."

Interesting. How? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Lazy Baked Mac and Cheese · 2023-06-09T01:04:03.802Z · LW · GW

Kinda amazing that the dishwasher cleans the baked on cheese effectively. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on [Review] Two People Smoking Behind the Supermarket · 2023-06-08T22:56:10.294Z · LW · GW

When I canvassed for a political campaign, it was one of the most fun jobs ever because we all lived and partied together. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Rational retirement plans · 2023-06-07T23:59:41.786Z · LW · GW

The stock market has never declined over a 20 year period, but it has declined over 10 year periods, so if you're particularly risk averse, that could be quite the difference. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on How to have Polygenically Screened Children · 2023-05-30T21:38:49.317Z · LW · GW

Do you have a source for the misconception being common? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Childhood Roundup #2 · 2023-04-29T16:16:10.255Z · LW · GW

The reactionaries might say that the decline of fighting is indicative of the downfall of the masculine western man. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Can independent researchers get a sponsored visa for the US or UK? · 2023-04-07T17:06:47.269Z · LW · GW

Did you ever find an answer to this? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on What should we do about network-effect monopolies? · 2023-03-09T18:07:20.055Z · LW · GW

>standardization and interoperability (e.g. email, the Web

Unfortunately, we're seeing some unwinding of this, as the dominance of gmail makes it impractical to self host (because they refuse to deliver your mail), and with the rise of apps rather than web pages. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on reflections on lockdown, two years out · 2023-03-07T05:05:19.082Z · LW · GW

Was it worth it? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Contract Fraud · 2023-03-07T04:59:20.779Z · LW · GW

These posts are so very wholesome and I enjoy them thoroughly. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on 2023 ACX Predictions: Buy/Sell/Hold · 2023-02-17T17:26:10.003Z · LW · GW

The markets are in moderately fake money, but Manifold dollars do represent charitable contributions


They can also be redeemed for high quality shirts! 

Also some users are willing to trade real money for Manifold money. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Buy Duplicates · 2023-02-16T17:44:13.301Z · LW · GW

Backup citizenship! There were some posts about it here I think. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Buy Duplicates · 2023-02-15T23:24:24.322Z · LW · GW

Plenty more examples. Toiletries for an overnight bag, for one. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Monthly Shorts 12/22 · 2023-01-05T09:13:18.458Z · LW · GW

It makes sense that Ukrainian bond yields went up after the invasion, but why did they go up and down more recently? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Effective ways to find love? · 2022-12-30T01:46:02.394Z · LW · GW

I joined the Optimized Dating discord server and got better photos. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Things that can kill you quickly: What everyone should know about first aid · 2022-12-28T00:40:37.315Z · LW · GW

Hm, okay, let me just stand here and carefully research the legal technicalities of the definition of medical care while you're rapidly engulfed in flames. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Things that can kill you quickly: What everyone should know about first aid · 2022-12-27T23:23:05.853Z · LW · GW

The most important thing I learned is that if you find yourself in an emergency situation, it is better to do almost anything rather than nothing. Again, if someone stops breathing for any reason, they have only minutes to live. They are dead by default, unless someone intervenes. There is very little you can do to them that is worse than cutting off their oxygen.

In fact, it is probably better to attempt CPR or the Heimlich maneuver than to do nothing, even if you have never been trained and are only guessing, or mimicking what you have seen on television.


Unfortunately the legal system doesn't reflect this. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Slack · 2022-12-25T04:20:00.161Z · LW · GW

Does anyone have a link to the LessWrong slack? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Why Are Women Hot? · 2022-12-19T18:01:10.217Z · LW · GW

How can you tell he's sad? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Where's the economic incentive for wokism coming from? · 2022-12-09T16:25:24.039Z · LW · GW

Typically board members are elected by shareholders, and an attacker can win a proxy fight with a relatively small portion of the shares if he can convince other shareholders. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Where's the economic incentive for wokism coming from? · 2022-12-09T00:52:16.337Z · LW · GW

Aren't CEOs mostly Republicans? And what's stopping the shareholders from insisting on prioritizing profit?

Comment by benjaminikuta on Making friends · 2022-12-02T22:18:18.528Z · LW · GW

This wasn't a super popular post or anything, but it stuck out in my memory for some reason. I think it gets at something fundamental and meaningful, but hard to describe. I found myself returning to this recently, after noticing myself matching with nerdy girls even though no aspect of my profile or swiping would so filter. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on A list of Petrov buttons · 2022-10-26T21:34:00.609Z · LW · GW

Cool cake demonstration. I think I would vote for pushing the button. Eating cake is fun, but destroying cake is also fun while being much healthier. I suppose if we're doing the whole democracy thing, we could even let the no voters eat some before we destroy it. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Popular Personal Financial Advice versus the Professors (James Choi, NBER) · 2022-10-17T15:50:19.303Z · LW · GW

ARMs make sense in theory, but I've heard that in practice the embedded interest rate option tends to be underpriced because homeowners don't always exercise when it would benefit them. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Donohue, Levitt, Roe, and Wade: T-minus 20 years to a massive crime wave? · 2022-07-06T07:04:57.464Z · LW · GW

Oof. Come on guys, this post isn't THAT bad. 

Comment by benjaminikuta on any good rationalist guides to nutrition / healthy eating? · 2022-07-05T07:34:07.119Z · LW · GW

For what it's worth, Gwern says not to worry about it so much.

"(I wouldn’t take ‘health’ too seriously as a criterion. Diet/​nutrition research is one of the worst fields in all medicine. Don’t sacrifice your quality of life now for some small late-late QALYs which may not exist at all.)"

Comment by benjaminikuta on Are long-form dating profiles productive? · 2022-06-28T06:02:09.666Z · LW · GW

Not necessarily profiles, but intuitively I would expect a man's choice of words to form a pretty significant portion of how he's perceived by women. Surely you would agree that what happens during texting is nontrivial, right? 

Comment by benjaminikuta on Are long-form dating profiles productive? · 2022-06-28T05:05:50.885Z · LW · GW

How do you know that long form profiles suggest weakness?