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Comment by ixiel on Is there a way to hire academics hourly? · 2019-02-16T18:01:31.901Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Heh, we get so caught up in one path we forget others sometimes don't we? That's a great idea. Thanks!

Comment by ixiel on LW 2.0 Open Beta Live · 2017-11-09T10:22:51.441Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It seems to not be sending me the reset e-mail. I requested twice last night, separated by five minutes. I'll PM Hab, just in case the system forgot my e-mail address, but still a problem if so that there is no message to that effect.

ETA: Multiple messages sent with no reply. Shall I assume this project is no longer going forward?

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 · 2017-01-02T00:23:55.506Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Metaphor makes sense; I'dn't thought of that. Thanks!

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 · 2017-01-02T00:22:07.896Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks! That accords with what people have said and with reason better than the former reigning champion.

Sorry for delay; was at a wedding. When I start typing comments on my phone the submit button disappears, so I can only comment from my computer, and I'm trying to avoid thumbs until they fix the asymmetry.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 · 2016-12-29T01:37:36.507Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

How do folks use the term "bullying" these days? (links to dictionaries will be ignored)

When I was a kid it was simple: child on child violence. Then people started using it for just word stuff without real physical harm, then for adults, then with an implication of warranting the enforcement of authorities to stop...

I get the impression it's currently either used as "being mean in any sense one could perceive" broadly or "being mean in a way we should get people with some form of authority to force people to stop" but I don't know which, or which is closer, and the ambiguity is enough to change real meaning.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 12 - Dec. 18, 2016 · 2016-12-14T18:41:02.148Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

It appears so. I sometimes sleep past sunrise since retiring, but I almost never did when I worked at the bank.

All in all, mission success, priors updated :)

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 12 - Dec. 18, 2016 · 2016-12-14T11:51:24.717Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

To me, yes. I don't personally know many adults who stay up into the double digits more than occasionally, but it was brought to my attention that does not exactly mirror the global situation.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 12 - Dec. 18, 2016 · 2016-12-14T11:49:54.862Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Meant college, if one went to college, and whatever schooling one had if not.

College kids staying up into the double digits every night for parties and/or homework is not really what I was wondering about.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Dec. 12 - Dec. 18, 2016 · 2016-12-13T18:02:55.655Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Of people who are more than two years out of school: What was your average bed time last week?

[pollid:1177]

I've heard more grown adults stay up extremely late than I'd assumed. First time trying to do a poll; there may well be errors.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Nov. 28 - Dec. 04, 2016 · 2016-12-02T14:03:38.113Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Oops, solved

Comment by ixiel on Downvotes temporarily disabled · 2016-12-02T02:02:22.348Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

If only we could concurrently disable comments that detract from the reader ;) Any estimate how long until this is fixed?

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Nov. 14 - Nov. 20, 2016 · 2016-11-14T19:42:00.295Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I was not aware of the pod making process. I thought there was opportunity for something to be lost in the process, like how pepper is stronger freshly ground &c.

I'd still read a study, but that updates my baseline probabilities. Thanks!

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Nov. 14 - Nov. 20, 2016 · 2016-11-14T18:44:59.725Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I do.

I don't know why there would or wouldn't be; but if there is I'd brew more and pod less.

My intuition, which I do not find reliable for closing issues but sometimes opens good ones, is that brewed might be better. If there's a study I could close the issue one way or the other. Do you have evidence one way or the other?

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Nov. 14 - Nov. 20, 2016 · 2016-11-14T17:37:30.342Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Has anybody seen a good study on the health benefits of brewed versus pod based coffee?

My GP and I agree intuitively it seems brewed should be better but neither of us knew of an actual study (though to be fair my Google fu is very weak and she hadn't researched and came up wanting, just didn't have one on the top of her head)

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread, Aug. 8 - Aug 14. 2016 · 2016-08-10T03:43:40.954Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Just one point of data: I kept a spreadsheet when I lost 59 pounds in 96 days. I had values for my personal base burn as a function of current weight and per task (usually a rower and hiking), and a daily deficit of 2000 calories correlated fairly well with a daily loss of .55 pounds (in round numbers; I don't want to sound like the proverbial economist with a sense of humor. I also went over some and under some, used nutritional labels and activity estimates that rounded to the nearest 10, &c.)

I was not scientifically rigorous so grain of salt, but over three months or so, I anecdotally found that 3500 calories of deficit correlated very well with a pound of loss. After that I stayed pretty constant while I was paying attention, 1-2 years. Bit North of there now, but I don't do much counting anymore.

Comment by ixiel on Lifestyle interventions to increase longevity · 2016-06-14T18:57:46.010Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Out of baked beans?

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-14T13:38:12.449Z · score: -1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, that's a good tool if you have it. Of course, I would still have to convince the spokesman. Though I'm not trying to sell that the aliens and gods made the moon out of green cheese so it's not too hard there.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-14T13:35:50.710Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's a good point; sorry for the ambiguity.

I believe my point to be correct and want myself and my interlocutor to agree on the correct answer. Therefore I want both: If we both reach a truth that is not my prior belief, that's a win, and if I get my interlocutor to agree with a true point that's a win. If I'm right and fail to get agreement that is a loss, and if I am wrong and get agreement, that is a greater loss.

So basically: I'm greedy. Answers to both questions please :)

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-13T22:44:18.644Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is exactly the kind of thing I meant. Thank you for the reply!

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-13T16:20:48.969Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

You're quite right of course. I'll probably do both, point out the invalid argument AND have a rock solid argument of my own. Thank you for your input.

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-13T15:20:19.471Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, for want of a specific book counter that's what I figured. But I figured if there WERE a book method to bypass that this is the community that would know, and it'd be worth knowing. Thanks anyway.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-13T10:41:54.035Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, we have "Code Blue Saratoga" in the winter (branding, nothing to do with respiration) to provide extra shelter to the homeless when it gets below a certain temperature, so temperature is a factor.

It's actually quite a bit overfunded (charity, not taxes). I really hope it moves into some other ways to serve the people it's there to serve, even if not exactly in the way intended. I don't expect a "Red Cross didn't give my disaster relief check to the right disaster!" outcry here. Food is pretty much at equilibrium, but there might be some comfort items possible.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-13T10:36:18.445Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yup. And being at K&C for most of my life, any windfalls get passed forward, so I'm not competing with anyone for those going forward. But not especially helpful in replication.

Oops. Hit a one way button. Will just use edit to rewrite next time But now I know what "retract" does :)

Comment by ixiel on Open thread, Jun. 13 - Jun. 19, 2016 · 2016-06-13T10:28:26.341Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Overcoming Eager Evidence

Does anyone know any good way to make a point that one believes is true on its own merits but clearly benefits the speaker or is easier for the speaker?

Suppose a poor person is saying we should all give more money to poor people, are there ways to mitigate the effect of “You're only saying that to benefit yourself” beyond either finding someone else without that perceived (and likely actual, but maybe less than perceived) bias or just taking the hit and having a strong enough case to overwhelm that factor?

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-13T09:45:13.162Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Hmm, that's interesting data, thanks. None of that is true in my nearest city but that in no way proves it's not the norm. If a person is actually mentally incompetent you're probably quite right, and organized crime could be a wrench in a lot of systems if it's organized enough.

Though maybe economics should - if you'll forgive the allusion - remove the log from its own eye first, and maybe then if it has any spare juice move on to solving health care problems and law enforcement problems. I haven't given this enough thought to be sure about it, but it's a thought.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-13T09:37:45.441Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh I'm not worried. I was just saying I had assumed that it was that and missed the signal for the noise and might have picked up that I was making a mistake earlier if I hadn't. Though when "Thanks for your help" gets downvoted... maybe it's not zero effect :)

It's like when I waited tables. I don't think I'm alone here, but when I got a bad tip, as long as I didn't pour coffee on the customer's lap, there was only one reason for a bad tip. The customer was a cheap bastard of course. Might be why I never stopped being a very bad waiter until I stopped being a waiter :)

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-12T00:16:09.831Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I hadn't thought of that, good point. It still rings of the best example I have, but maybe not by as much. I have zero experience with actual people dying on actual streets so I use what I've got.

Yeah, I hope if experiments are done they're done well. A half-baked experiment could easily do more harm than good.

Comment by ixiel on 2016 LessWrong Diaspora Survey Analysis: Part Two (LessWrong Use, Successorship, Diaspora) · 2016-06-11T18:08:34.876Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks again In; this definitely answers a question about which I was curious.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-11T18:05:41.529Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Why do you think so? What I've seen from GiveDirectly and the conversations I've had with poor people don't bear this out. I'm not saying you're wrong, but do you have factual support for this I could see?

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-11T18:03:35.384Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Amen, and amen, and amen. I agree with everything you say here and consider none of it refutation.

Fresh eyes: I fell into a trap here. "Because I plan on doing some more serious campaigning for a more aggressive GBI (among other things) " was poorly phrased, and I fell into a pattern of defending it. I focused there because it seemed the nearest point of contact to this community. My intent was largely to dodge answering questions about my actual thesis because I'm not public with it yet.

In doing so, I sound like a bad parrot of all the other GBI plans that spend a lot of time talking about how pretty the island over there probably is and far less time on boat schematics. GBI is compatible and has a foothold, but is not my core thesis. And while I assumed the downvotes were just the social conservative faction doing what they do (I don't know anything specific I've done to tick them off, but I disagree more with them than any other LW faction and it's a documented tactic of theirs, so it was an easy out), I now think maybe some folks noticed this and didn't have time to type it up. Thanks guys, message worth hearing.

So I'll respond here and wrap up, unless you want more, because my question was already answered.

  1. I think there are a variety of preferences on the issue, and that policy is skewed toward accomodating the work-hard-play-hard group. I'd like that rolled back a bit.

  2. Golly that did read like a false dilemma didn't it? Sorry. My intent was to say that I have heard that argument a few times, and I can't beat it. I definitely agree there are compromise positions, and even though I'd love a non-means-based GBI with tax simplification, in practice I bet we end up with one in the best reasonable case. But 2a is a total strawman. It is uncontroversially true, nobody I've ever met denies it, and it has nothing to do with my argument. If I say "if you argue that gravity is a repulsive force originating from dark matter that only looks attractive because we're in gravity shadows I can't defeat that argument.," "nobody in America is being repelled by gravity under the current system" is not a rejoinder.

  3. Yup, medical care is a tough one. We're not immortal yet, and that's a problem. It's a good point, and I hope it gets a good answer in actual policy.

Anyway, thanks for your patience.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-11T13:14:29.064Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Just genetic lottery. My family owns a chain of convenience stores in upstate NY, and after some time in banking I decided I'd prefer not to work any more. I am writing a book, but I don't feel comfortable calling myself an author until I publish it.

I'm comfortable talking about it as long as I don't feel like I'm being perceived as bragging about something over which I have no control (which is stupid, and which I see in other people all the time)

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T20:39:36.620Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

1a. I don't think that follows. I'm not saying people should work according to their ability, but that on the whole, the output humanity will have anyway will run the world. As time goes by, we can and have gotten more inequality, and by some measure I saw once (citation needed, but I'm preparing to host a party soon. Delaying not deferring) the achievements of some group of say 100 people have done more than the rest of the world put together. I do not think most of them were in it to keep body and soul together, but more research is needed.

1b. Money, same as now. I'm not waving a wand and declaring superabundance here, just saying if we're not ready as a society to let people die of want, let's not mess about and let's just give everybody money. I do not have a counterargument to "He who does not work shall not eat," except to say that that is a coherent view and a different set of values than I think most of America holds. If you're okay with a lazy fella dying on the street, I don't know how to bridge the gap in basic premises.

2a. This is another "jury question" I'm afraid, and I don't have the data. Getting rid of make-work jobs (and fractional things in that vein) will free up people to not have to work for society not to collapse, but the big issue leads right into...

2b. This is really the bedrock question. Is it better to work five fewer hours a week to get to the moon a year later and keep the old iPhone an extra few months? What are the real numbers for that (those came straight from the rectal number generator)? I'm still working on that one, and as with most questions of value, it will likely vary, but it can still be clarified.

And OT, this right here is why I don't want LW to die. Every other venue of which I can think (apart from one friend, incidentally the one that introduced me to LW) would either say "that's dumb" or "Cool idea" with no further helpful commentary. Off to party setup if I don't reply it's not me being evasive.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T19:26:12.714Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW
  1. Well I have a much longer argument for this in the book, but I propose that the amount of work people will do because they want to is more than enough to run society. 40h per person per week (ish) is, in my view, largely makework.

  2. Of course.
    The markets have a major confound, imo, in the form of pro-job policy. I believe, and I have some support for this but not enough to prove the point yet, that if "jobs creation" did not occur as a political activity, the market would normalize below the level people would produce without, again using the provocative language descriptively not manipulatively, the lingering threat of dying of want.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T19:18:51.708Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Right on. Thanks!

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T18:04:53.205Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Because I plan on doing some more serious campaigning for a more aggressive GBI (among other things) than what a lot of people advocate. I plan on making the case that there is absolutely nothing wrong with someone deciding to just live off the dole and not work, and that people who choose that are often more in the way of people making progress than helping them when they show up to clock hours. I also plan to assert that people who don't have to work, effectively on penalty of death if I want to sound dramatic, will have a better wheat/chaff ratio for what they do do. Of course I want to make sure it's true first :P

If I get to design the study it'll be a little different from the study I seek because I don't think I can expect anyone to have done that study. And I'll be more interested in the whole study than the executive summary for exactly the reasons you describe.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T17:29:03.213Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for that Vil. I accept these benefits, and agree that there might be a better way, but it's always good to know what issues are likely to occur to one.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T17:26:31.082Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for that Walter. I feel like I have a sense of this phenomenon (I retired at 33 and was expecting to be WAY more bored and less satisfied than I am), and am very interested in a full study (I haven't found it; any of y'all run psychological studies for money?), but I hear more stories like yours than the alternative.

Were you looking for employment, or were you on the fence between retirement and a break? Knowing you have to go back eventually might be a factor.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 16 - May 22, 2016 · 2016-06-10T16:18:46.512Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Yeah, even scrolling up to my own comment, referring to NY as a "mostly rural state" only works since in most cases with which I interact, the NYC residents don't count as TRUE Scottsmen... ;)

Edit to comment on link also: Wow, that is definitely NOT the data I remember. Older, but still. Thanks for that. It all started in a stockholders' meeting for my family's business (employing 2500-7500 people largely in what this report calls the capital district depending how you count) so motivation for bad data is not hard to identify. This year's meeting is in a few weeks and I'll definitely be bringing this up. Thanks as usual.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T16:15:14.743Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I suppose that makes sense. Still raises my heart rate when I hear it, but that's my problem not the speaker's, and I'll defer to people with more experience on propriety.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T14:35:37.228Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Mentally challenged person. I wonder if it's considered less offensive among people who use etymologically similar words, like firemen (flame retardant) or biologists (to retard growth.)

Like for me, "faggot" is not in my calling-people-it vocabulary - AT ALL; I know like five gay people, all of whom cool, one of whom my uncle, and of none of whom am I afraid, so please don't think I'm homophobic - but in hearing others' reactions it seems to be more offensive to people who collect less firewood. If the 'n' word were also a day to day common noun, I wonder if I would be more okay using it demonstratively even with such an evil history.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 16 - May 22, 2016 · 2016-06-10T13:21:34.891Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Update: Gov's office didn't dig up the study. On facts in evidence, including a closer look at whatall is included in Manhattan, my most plausible explanation is that the study results were not what I remember, whether that was misdirection or misremembering. Even though I could see a case for the tax draws being even bigger, it doesn't overcome the prima facie implausibility.

Thanks for the update; "it ain't what you don't know but what you know that ain't so that kills ya," as I've seen attributed to Twain (but every quote has been attributed to Twain so grain of salt)

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-10T10:02:09.306Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

It's somewhere a little below the 'n' word or the 'r' word, but above "douchebag" or "liberal." As one might imagine, it doesn't come up much. And again, I was commenting on how it feels from the inside, not on how it looks to the audience.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-09T19:03:16.563Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I see similarities, but the differences are useful too. Thanks for the reply.

I've self-identified as three of those things as the same person (retired, housewife, and independently wealthy ("trust fund kid" feels like I'd imagine the 'n' word feels to a black man or "faggot" to a gay one. Pretty unoffendable myself, but just fyi) )as full disclosure.

If I find the study I want, I'll let you know. Thanks for the help!

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-09T17:42:46.473Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oh? I was thinking of a study I saw and lost, but differences in benefits to those groups sound fascinating to me also. I would not have guessed the answer to be all that different, again net of pay. I won't ask you to run me a free study (but if you want to... ;) ) but do you have any basic ideas on the matter philosophically?

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-09T17:39:04.684Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, compared to not having a job. Working for a certain salary vs. getting that salary and not working.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread June 6 - June 12, 2016 · 2016-06-09T13:19:06.014Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Does anyone have any good studies on the benefit of jobs, net of pay? I have a vague memory of some, but am not finding them when I look.

Edit: Might help to clarify purpose. I'm inclined to believe the answer is "not much," and that employment is generally a bad thing, apart from the not dying of want bit. I want to see the strongest arguments that I'm wrong, and y'all steelman better than pretty much anyone I know.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 23 - May 29, 2016 · 2016-05-28T13:25:26.786Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks K; good to have more supporting evidence. I won't bother checking out his issues at this time; I'll wait until I know who I get to choose.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 23 - May 29, 2016 · 2016-05-27T12:49:39.709Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks G, I feel more confident I understand. Can't wait to see the debates; I'm open to the possibility my judgement on the matter might be wrong about one or both.

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 23 - May 29, 2016 · 2016-05-27T12:46:15.529Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

That's what I had thought originally. Thank you for the speedy reply!

Comment by ixiel on Open Thread May 23 - May 29, 2016 · 2016-05-27T12:45:36.869Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't know the right number; I just used it as a set point rather than saying "Can he win?" and getting "Well TECHNICALLY..." Thanks for the reply; I'll keep current sleep patterns ;)