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Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread June 2018 · 2018-06-01T23:32:08.141Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Curious about this as well since neither of these recently-updated articles from the NYTimes-owned (meta)review site The Wirecutter mention being able to find any bone-conduction headphones they liked.

Comment by jam_brand on Sophie Grouchy on A Build-Break Model of Cooperation · 2018-06-01T08:05:32.877Z · score: 7 (2 votes) · LW · GW

These were my first ideas as well, albeit in reverse order ;) Having thought a bit more now, I might prefer yet another option -- what about "twirling"? (like "in circles" or "your hair")

Comment by jam_brand on Open thread, August 28 - September 3, 2017 · 2017-08-31T07:26:16.763Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Here's a post, though not from Alicorn, that has some info that may be of interest: http://lesswrong.com/lw/453/procedural_knowledge_gaps/3i49

Comment by jam_brand on [deleted post] 2017-01-23T07:41:39.599Z

FWLIW, I took "I've never heard of metatroll either, but I won't hold that against them :)" as intended to have a net-deëscalatory effect, even if it didn't seem to be entirely subtext-free. (and this combination of attributes is not something I have a problem with)

Comment by jam_brand on Deconstructing overpopulation for life extensionists · 2017-01-03T01:50:32.534Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Apparently it's supposed to link here.

Comment by jam_brand on Diaspora roundup thread, 15th June 2016 · 2016-06-22T08:57:22.108Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

FYI, this is the original source of that top line you're quoting: http://asofterworld.com/index.php?id=740

(the alt-text might[n't] also be noteworthy to you, which reads "Understanding is for terrorists.")

Comment by jam_brand on Open thread, Oct. 12 - Oct. 18, 2015 · 2015-10-12T23:23:05.190Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Feel free to comment -- since only the user you're replying to (and anyone that has chosen to subscribe to updates for that specific post) is notified, you don't need to fear being a distraction to masses of people who might no longer care.

Comment by jam_brand on A few misconceptions surrounding Roko's basilisk · 2015-10-08T17:52:25.685Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps the article you read was Yvain's The Virtue of Silence?

Comment by jam_brand on Meta post: Did something go wrong? · 2015-09-01T06:05:04.358Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Explanation here: http://lesswrong.com/lw/mo0/open_thread_aug_24_aug_30/couo

Comment by jam_brand on Open thread, Aug. 10 - Aug. 16, 2015 · 2015-08-17T20:27:38.404Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I strongly dislike this. The head seems too ornate and the outline reminds me of so-called "tribal" tattoos, which seems low status. The body being subtly asymmetrical is a slight annoyance as well and with the owl now being centered in the image I think the subtitle should be too.

Comment by jam_brand on Crazy Ideas Thread, Aug. 2015 · 2015-08-17T18:43:28.479Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

An additional reason to punish defection is to disincentivize would-be defectors in the future since they know they too would be risking such punishment.

Comment by jam_brand on We really need a "cryonics sales pitch" article. · 2015-08-17T17:01:03.770Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Seeing as how you're potentially willing to put money toward this, have you considering running a contest?

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 27 - Aug 02, 2015 · 2015-07-28T08:38:09.159Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

While I'm sure you've thought of setting silent alarms on your phone, a slightly less obvious idea would be to get a watch that has a vibrating alarm capability.

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-28T07:54:48.226Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

On the last night while searching at the end of the road she lives on, my cousin noticed some movement by a mostly empty lot and when she approached she saw Lily (the cat) run into some weeds there. I wish I could say there was "one weird trick" that definitely helped, but it was actually more like a flurry of facebooking -- as much for getting emotional support as for finding leads -- and being vigilant enough to be in a position to get lucky.

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-27T03:52:34.503Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

She did, yes. It took 9 days and predictably she lost some weight, but she's otherwise ok. Anyway, I hope you can report similarly good news yourself soon.

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-25T11:48:55.170Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Regarding MetaMed:

https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/the-thing-and-the-symbolic-representation-of-the-thing/

https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/in-a-world-of-venture-capital/

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-25T01:04:49.167Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Here are some links I compiled on this topic recently when my cousin lost her cat. Best of luck!

TIPS

http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-cat-shelter-tip-sheet/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-cat-behavior/ http://www.catsinthebag.org/

(CONSULTING) DETECTIVES

http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/lost-pet-help/find-a-pet-detective/pet-detective-directory/ http://www.getmycat.com/pet-detective-database/ (not all consult via phone & email, but it seems many do, e.g. http://www.catprofiler.com/services.html)

eBOOKS

The following book apparently has an epilogue regarding finding missing pets: http://smile.amazon.com/Pet-Tracker-Amazing-Rachel-Detective-ebook/dp/B00UNPGD9Y/ (there's also an older, dead-tree edition called The Lost Pet Chronicles - Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective)

http://smile.amazon.com/Three-Retrievers-Guide-Finding-Your/dp/1489577874/ http://www.sherlockbones.com/ http://www.lostcatfinder.com/lost_cat_finder/search_tips.html

FORUM: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MissingCatAssistance/info

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Jul. 20 - Jul. 26, 2015 · 2015-07-25T01:04:31.348Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In addition to talking to animal shelters, checking in with local veterinarians could be useful as well.

Comment by jam_brand on Leaving LessWrong for a more rational life · 2015-05-22T03:45:39.903Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure if this is what you were thinking of (seeing as how it's about a year old now), but "blog post summarizing the most useful bits of LW's lore" makes me think of Yvain's Five Years and One Week of Less Wrong.

Comment by jam_brand on LessWrong Experience of Flavours · 2015-04-25T05:52:28.298Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Asking about people's "preference on a 1 to 5 scale" (rather than, say, "their appreciation on a -2 to +2 scale" or "on a scale from strongly dislike to strongly like"), then seeing the next line begin "I like spicy things", I nearly interpreted the far left to be "I like this only a little" and the far right to be "I like this a lot".

Comment by jam_brand on Happiness and Goodness as Universal Terminal Virtues · 2015-04-23T06:55:52.432Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I commented in that thread myself and what you've said seems a worthy addition even without a disclaimer; it adds at least as much to the discussion as this post which nobody has downvoted. (of course, it might seem easy for me to say your comment should be posted if I'm not the once risking the karma punishment for doing so, so note that I'd be willing to copy/paste what you've said and take any punishment/reward for myself if you'd like)

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2015 · 2015-04-23T00:53:11.676Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Eliezer said it in http://lesswrong.com/lw/ul/my_bayesian_enlightenment : "That scream of horror and embarrassment is the sound that rationalists make when they level up."

Comment by jam_brand on Happiness and Goodness as Universal Terminal Virtues · 2015-04-22T10:57:42.531Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I don't have anything to add to the discussion, but in the interest of being phatic I just want to say that this is a great introductory post -- welcome to LessWrong!

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2015 · 2015-04-22T09:44:14.780Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I second the Yvain recommendation, the linked post is excellent.

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2015 · 2015-04-22T09:04:05.539Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I have no direct experience with this myself, but have heard good things about http://zhealth.net. A quick search turns up Will Eden once recommending it here on LW and apparently a practitioner was brought in for a lecture at one of the first rationality camps so perhaps CFAR staff or one of the alums listed at http://rationalitybootcamp.blogspot.com could say more about it.

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Apr. 20 - Apr. 26, 2015 · 2015-04-21T16:47:10.568Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I haven't had this experience myself, but apparently it's not difficult to induce: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134059271/creating-the-illusion-of-a-different-body

Comment by jam_brand on Open Thread, Apr. 13 - Apr. 19, 2015 · 2015-04-21T15:01:51.840Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

See also: http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/13/growing-children-for-bostroms-disneyland/

Comment by jam_brand on LessWrong experience on Alcohol · 2015-04-17T05:42:15.165Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I don't much like the taste alcohol; I wouldn't say I have a strong dislike, but I'm pretty ambivalent and will usually abstain when my friends drink. When I do drink, it's usually a single beer (amber ale's usually a safe bet; I don't generally enjoy IPA's) and I'd say I end up drunk on average less than once a year, which typically has happened when a heavy-handed friend has hosted parties and mixed the drinks. Regardless of how much I drink, I never really experience any pro-social effects, though drinking more I do tend to feel mentally sluggish and others have noted I can seem withdrawn and/or somewhat oblivious to the happenings around me. I read a post on Yvain's LiveJournal that suggested 3 drinks a week was probably good for one's health (not that the following applies to me, but I feel I should also note that later JohnMaxwellIV posted a link to a paper saying the average health gains for women were cancelled out by increased breast cancer risk), so I bought a 6-pack of beer and set alarms on my phone to remind me 3 nights a week to drink one, but the beer just sat in my fridge for months as, even with the alarms, I was never motivated to drink them.

As for some other flavor preferences: I loved green olives as a kid and still quite like black olives on pizzas and submarine sandwiches. I don't drink coffee, though it's one of my favorite ice cream flavors. I also enjoy foods that are decently spicy (at asian restaurants, I've found that requesting the spiciness of dishes to be a 7 on a 10-point scale to usually be pretty safe bet).

Comment by jam_brand on Cooperative conversational threading · 2015-04-16T05:36:06.221Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Robin Hanson's "EquaTalk" seems relevant: http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/equatalk.html

Comment by jam_brand on How I changed my exercise habits · 2015-04-14T06:04:31.712Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I imagine this may be the TDT post you were thinking of: http://lesswrong.com/lw/4sh/how_i_lost_100_pounds_using_tdt/

Comment by jam_brand on Open thread, Mar. 16 - Mar. 22, 2015 · 2015-03-23T21:57:12.519Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I'd be happy to take you up on this if it's still available, my email is jam.br4nd@gmail.com. Many thanks for the kind offer either way!