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Comment by remizidae on Could we solve this email mess if we all moved to paid emails? · 2019-08-11T21:55:15.984Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You should probably say at the beginning of this what “paid email” is. I figured it out by the end, but it’s not a well-known term.

Comment by remizidae on Do you do weekly or daily reviews? What are they like? · 2019-08-07T00:07:13.465Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

What feels most important to me:

1) Having everything I need to remember in one place, not in my brain

2) Being cued to check and add to my system regularly

3) To-do lists consisting of small, actionable steps, not big, diffuse, intimidating tasks

My system is about ten years old; it was inspired by Getting Things Done. I basically write everything down in a notebook. I have weekly, daily, monthly and long-term sections.

Advantages of using paper are that I don't need to make any conscious effort to check the notebook; having the physical object triggers me to check it regularly. Also, I can use the notebook at times when I don't want to be distracted by a phone or computer. Disadvantages are that I need to carry more objects, and if I lose the notebook, there is no real backup.

Comment by remizidae on Nutrition is Satisficing · 2019-07-16T21:44:52.598Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Food is satisficing too. I found it liberating to realize I don’t need to come up with a new meal every day. Food doesn’t have to be exciting or novel or an amazing taste sensation most of the time.

Minor point of disagreement: unless you are actively working to build muscle, you don’t have to worry about protein. The vast majority of people in Western societies already get more than enough protein. Perhaps this is different for vegans, but I’ll let them weigh in if they choose.

Comment by remizidae on How much background technical knowledge do LW readers have? · 2019-07-11T18:54:06.098Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I notice a lot of people using programming jargon/codes to discuss things that have nothing to do with programming, and it always makes their point needlessly harder to understand.

Comment by remizidae on Personal musings on Individualism and Empathy · 2019-06-07T23:49:50.030Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This would make a lot more sense with some examples of what it means to fail to "mark most significant personal information about others as salient, unless I'm explicitly told to keep it in mind."

Comment by remizidae on Nutritional Supplements: A Potted Guide? · 2019-04-22T14:25:41.351Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The first question to ask, I think, is what you are trying to accomplish with supplements. Is there a specific problem you hope supplements could help with, or are you just trying to improve on the baseline of human functioning?

This could affect what supplements you want—anti-anxiety drugs are very popular, but it's not clear you'd want them unless you have problematic anxiety. It also could affect how much you're willing to invest—if you're struggling with a serious problem, spending more money/time is probably justified than if you just want marginal improvements to baseline.

Comment by remizidae on Sunscreen. When? Why? Why not? · 2018-12-28T19:50:09.093Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW · GW

No, that's not what social proof means. I'm saying a throwaway comment by a non-expert has very little probative value. Now, I'd give it more weight if Scott were actually to write a post about this topic concluding that we should all stop wearing sunscreen, because knowing him there probably would be some serious thought and research put into that. But the post you linked to basically says "it's more complicated than you might think, but the consensus is still wear sunscreen."

Comment by remizidae on Sunscreen. When? Why? Why not? · 2018-12-28T12:37:10.850Z · score: 4 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Well, weigh a throwaway comment by Scott against the consensus of dermatologists and skin cancer specialists.

Comment by remizidae on Sunscreen. When? Why? Why not? · 2018-12-28T12:36:37.257Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · LW · GW

If you're worried about Vitamin D deficiency, it's quite easy to supplement. Why not do that (IF you're deficient) and wear sunscreen?

As someone who actually tries to follow dermatological recommendations for sunscreen use, it's pretty hard. You have to remember it every time you leave the house, be motivated enough to go through a tedious and bad-smelling task, cover *all* the exposed skin. If you're outside for a significant time, you have to remember to bring the sunscreen and reapply every hour. So, it's hard to believe that most people who spend time outside and wear sunscreen are actually doing it enough to avoid D exposure.

My read of the research is that the controllable risk factors for D deficiency are never going outside + poor diet + not supplementing, rather than overzealous sunscreen use.

Comment by remizidae on In what ways are holidays good? · 2018-12-28T12:32:11.651Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW · GW
  • Why are holidays more relaxing than just lying in bed at home and paying somebody else to take care of you?

They're really not. If we just wanted to relax, we would continue our daily routines with fewer obligations. Holidays are about seeing new things, often accompanied by earned relaxation. E.g. it might be relaxing to lay around on the beach, but it'll be more satisfying if you've first gone to some effort to get there, explore, learn things.

  • Does visiting family count as a holiday in the relevant sense?

I wouldn't count a family visit as a vacation as it doesn't (typically) mean visiting a new place. Whether it's relaxing would depend on your family.

  • How much money should I be willing to spend on holidays?

Start with something very cheap and see whether you like it.

In general, people on vacation tend to pursue the same activities that people not on vacation do. So, if you like eating in restaurants, drinking, talking to strangers, going to museums, hiking, biking, reading, walking around cities, going to concerts, or spending time with friends in your normal free time, you'll probably like doing the same things on vacation.