Comment by clearthis on Are bread crusts healthier? · 2021-06-19T16:08:41.400Z · LW · GW

Interesting. I'm now wondering if dislike of crust is more widespread than I assumed. 
This strikes me as plausible because there is a lot of moral sentiment attached to not wasting food.
This consumer survey from Switzerland found that consumers see the crust as more indicative of bread freshness than the crumb [low quality online survey]. So maybe people are also mixing up the crust as an indicator for quality with the actual taste of the crust?

Comment by clearthis on Are bread crusts healthier? · 2021-06-18T18:43:45.569Z · LW · GW

Curious: Are you from a country without very good (crusted) bread?

In Switzerland, Germany and France (that I know of) the crust is often considered the tastiest part of the bread, at least when fresh. I only know of children and elderly people not eating the crust because it's harder to chew.

Comment by clearthis on Bakeoff · 2021-03-09T08:13:11.414Z · LW · GW

I'm interested in the distinction between vegan and non-vegan ovens in your household. I've never heard about something like that. Is it because of vegans not being comfortable about using the same device or is it a "smell issue"? 

Comment by clearthis on Texas Freeze Retrospective: meetup notes · 2021-03-05T10:06:03.808Z · LW · GW

I would recommend something like the Sawyer Squeeze (not the Sawyer mini) over the life straw. First of all, the normal life straw needs suction to push water through the filter, while with the Sawyer Squeeze you fill a water container or standard water bottle with dirty water and push it into a container.
Also it has a higher flow rate of almost 0.5 gallon per minute and will filter up to 100'000 gallons of water with proper backflushing (vs. 1'000 gallons with the life straw). It costs around $35 (vs $13) but you can hydrate your whole neighbourhood with enough non-drinkable water available.

Comment by clearthis on [deleted post] 2021-01-06T14:54:46.095Z

Never heard of this before but tried to get a sense of it. (I'm not a teenager nor do I live in the US. This is just some background information people might find interesting.) 

It's a meme on tiktok. Helen Keller not actually being death/blind is generally the premise of a sarcastic joke. You can watch some popular examples here:
#helenkeller Hashtag Videos on TikTok

The idea that Helen Kellers ability were exaggerated has been promoted through the popular "Painkiller Already" Podcast. The comments seem quite open to the idea, but it's unclear how much of it is edgy humor and how much is genuine belief. 
Taylor Proves Helen Keller Was A Fraud - YouTube


Comment by clearthis on Swiss Political System: More than You ever Wanted to Know (II.) · 2020-09-02T20:56:18.114Z · LW · GW

I've actually made the opposite experience of one commenter.

Once I tried to wash clothes in a hurry, hung them to dry and didn't get to take them down for half a day or so. I then found my clothes neatly folded on the washing machine.

Felt bad that somebody did my duties, and I wasn't even able to thank them and apologize. Because the new Waschplan is no Waschplan at all – pure anarchy!

Comment by clearthis on Property as Coordination Minimization · 2020-08-05T07:14:25.334Z · LW · GW
First, what even do we mean by property? Well, there are material things that are sometimes scarce or rivalrous. If I eat a sandwich, you can’t also eat it; if I sleep in a bed, you can’t also sleep in it at the same time; if an acre of land is rented out for agricultural use, only one of us can collect the rent check.

Why do you describe property as being material things here?

Possible Nitpick:

If I understand you correctly, you use 'excludability' as a defining feature of property. As far as I understand, property comes with varying degrees of excludability and are sometimes not excludable at all (e.g. public property, common property). Maybe it would be useful to think about property more generally as things that come with certain rights (the right to use and transfer it, the right to earn income/interest off of it).

Comment by clearthis on Swiss Political System: More than You ever Wanted to Know (II.) · 2020-07-25T06:36:56.839Z · LW · GW
The shared laundry room was, for example, what led to my very first contact with my neighbors. The very first week, a neighbor complained that I hadn't wiped water from the rubber band around the door of the washing machine and gave me a long lecture about the rules for using the shared washing machine and tumbler.

I am in switzerland and exactly the same thing happened to me.

(I'm saying this just to lend credence to apartment block politics being a real thing.)

Comment by clearthis on Raemon's Shortform · 2020-05-24T16:16:05.327Z · LW · GW

[EDIT, was intended as a response to Raemon, not Dagon.]

Maybe it's the way you phrase the responses. But as described, I get the impression that this norm would mainly work for relatively extroverted persons with low rejection sensitivity.

I'd be much less likely to ever try to join a discussion (and would tend to not attend events with such a norm). But maybe there's a way to avoid this, both from "my side" and "yours".

Comment by clearthis on Bag-Drying Clips · 2020-05-20T07:51:00.592Z · LW · GW

I see. Maybe pre-drying it with a kitchen towel would help?

Comment by clearthis on Bag-Drying Clips · 2020-05-19T21:09:24.998Z · LW · GW

Why don't you just dry them inside-out?

They dry fast and it takes no more time than clipping them onto your clips.

Comment by clearthis on The EMH Aten't Dead · 2020-05-17T06:18:43.972Z · LW · GW

Hm, all I can find are these small bumps in the end of January. [But I can't figure out how to attach screenshots here.] I also can't really see a plateau effect afterwards. An actual reaction, from a cursory view, only seems to happen on the 20. February. I'm not capable of saying whether these bumps show a market reaction or if it's largely noise. Looking at the time before, it doesn't seem like an unusual behaviour. [But I'm really not good at properly reading such charts, so I'd be interested in how you came to your conclusions.]

Comment by clearthis on The EMH Aten't Dead · 2020-05-16T06:57:58.504Z · LW · GW

I think one key question, when talking about the EMH, is what we mean for an information to be available.

It's plausible, that for the public it only became clear around 27. February that Covid19 would be huge.

But it seems some experts knew much earlier. Just a quick browse on epidemiological twitter, for example, and you can find quite some instances of people expecting this not to be contained in the beginning of February. There's also the case of a swiss epidemiologist who was one of the first to warn swiss national media about Covid19 and claims to have sold all his stocks on January 21 in order to avoid losses from the outbreak.

One reason why you might not regard this information as available, is because it's costly. In order to profit from it, you need to spend time and effort in order to receive and understand the information. I don't think that is super plausible, given large banks and corporations with substantial research budgets.

Maybe these researchers were just lucky, there were certainly other researchers at this time who were far less concerned. But given that the information existed with at least some authority and was quite available, I would have expected the markets to at least somewhat react before mid-january.

Comment by clearthis on [deleted post] 2020-03-14T09:03:49.853Z

I wasn't sure whether it was the right place to post, as I myself didn't feel able to judge how useful it really is. Thus I didn't feel comfortable having it as a shortform post.

Comment by clearthis on March Coronavirus Open Thread · 2020-03-09T18:04:02.898Z · LW · GW

Here's a tool to estimate how badly hospitals will be overfilled in your community.

It's by Richard Neher and colleagues and an early stage tool. Might nevertheless be interesting to play around with.

Here's the source and some explanations about the underlying model:

Comment by clearthis on [deleted post] 2020-03-09T13:10:30.567Z

Richard Neher and others created a tool to explore scenarios for hospital demand in your community:

It's still in early stages. Source:

Comment by clearthis on You've Been Exposed to COVID-19: What Do You Wish You Knew? · 2020-03-06T23:40:56.608Z · LW · GW

Just as a small piece of evidence:

I've read an interview of a patient released from a swiss hospital. She isn't allowed to leave her appartment but can spend time in her garden and is allowed to recieve deliveries (there was no specification about how deliveries are done). This points towards the doctors not being very concerned about aerosolized infections.

Comment by clearthis on What "Saving throws" does the world have against coronavirus? (And how plausible are they?) · 2020-03-04T20:55:41.479Z · LW · GW

1. Iran isn't especially warm at this time of year. Temperatures were between -2°C and 12°C this february.

3. There's loads of 'liberal' measures that governments can take to change the distribution of cases over time. Many of the estimates epidemiologists give are explicitly for scenarios without countermeasures. (For example, the estimate that 10% of the population will be infected at the peak of the epidemic.)

Comment by clearthis on What are sensible ways to screen event participants to reduce COVID-19 risk? · 2020-03-03T22:25:44.670Z · LW · GW

Maybe you've already done this:

Write a list of the names of everyone that attended. This way if any attendee turns out to have been infected you have a better chance of containing it within some section of your community.

Comment by clearthis on Coronavirus: Justified Practical Advice Thread · 2020-03-01T18:33:00.285Z · LW · GW

This advice may be individually rational but seems generally quite bad from a social point of view. Don't stockpile a medicine because you think the public health system will run out of it. Same goes for stockpiling a large number of surgical masks. I've heard that hospitals and institutions in Italy already fear running out of them, and masks are crucial in these places.

The case might be different for people with high age or a preexisting condition that puts them in danger.