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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Why do patients in mental institutions get so little attention in the public discourse? · 2021-06-13T01:47:40.303Z · LW · GW

We occupy a low strata in society and we are afforded the consideration commensurate with that.

Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How hard is it to disguise my gait? · 2021-06-08T15:29:18.076Z · LW · GW

I can probably prevent this by wearing a face covering. What's the analogy here for gait recognition

The easiest method I can think of is the same principle as the face covering: wearing clothes that make it difficult for machines to recognise your shape. It can't classify something it cannot perceive correctly.

You can look at dazzle camouflage for an example of a visible pattern that messes with simple observers like cameras. In addition to that camera sensors can be fooled in spectra that the human eye doesn't perceive, so reflective/absorbing/emissive fabrics /devices could be a possibility.

It's a terrible idea but strapping and bracing are a good way to alter gait. The reverse of that is a slightly better idea: improving your flexibility and strength such that atypical positions and motion is less likely to harm you. 

Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Looking for reasoned discussion on Geert Vanden Bossche's ideas? · 2021-06-07T16:17:54.229Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Looking for reasoned discussion on Geert Vanden Bossche's ideas? · 2021-06-07T04:11:22.337Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Are there reasons to think mixing vaccines is dangerous? · 2021-06-04T16:40:58.510Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Are there reasons to think mixing vaccines is dangerous? · 2021-06-04T16:10:32.310Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Are there reasons to think mixing vaccines is dangerous? · 2021-06-04T07:48:54.359Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Are there reasons to think mixing vaccines is dangerous? · 2021-06-04T06:05:35.661Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on If individual performance is Pareto distributed, how should we reform education? · 2021-05-27T02:31:45.574Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on If individual performance is Pareto distributed, how should we reform education? · 2021-05-27T01:43:34.481Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on If individual performance is Pareto distributed, how should we reform education? · 2021-05-26T00:41:41.825Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on If individual performance is Pareto distributed, how should we reform education? · 2021-05-24T21:20:04.203Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on If individual performance is Pareto distributed, how should we reform education? · 2021-05-24T19:47:29.191Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Get your gun license · 2021-05-24T06:38:01.069Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Get your gun license · 2021-05-22T16:19:48.875Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Get your gun license · 2021-05-22T15:12:28.110Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Covid 5/20: The Great Unmasking · 2021-05-22T09:04:07.208Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Time & Memory · 2021-05-21T08:55:49.164Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How refined is your art of note-taking? · 2021-05-21T08:38:49.411Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Covid 5/20: The Great Unmasking · 2021-05-21T08:04:29.604Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How refined is your art of note-taking? · 2021-05-20T04:22:35.739Z · LW · GW
  1. I take a lot of notes because my working memory is shot to pieces. These notes are often unintelligible after even a short amount of time. These kind of notes are ephemera.
  2. I take notes and I consolidate notes. Consolidation is what turns my notes into something worth keeping or discarding. More important things get more consideration which translates to more editing which results in more coherent notes. These are notes that are more likely to be typed up (a good example of that is my reference sheet for my financial information and accounts. Nobody wants to try to remember account numbers or the like. This is currently a simple open office document. Nothing fancy).

    I want there to be a good filing/structural solution for notes but I find that largely gets in the way because there's no clear paradigm to follow. Most of my stuff ends up in a commonplace book format for that reason.
  3. A good example of non-note note taking for me is pintrest. Note taking software is notoriously horrible at dealing with media. It doesn't have any good reason for being terrible at that, and it seems like a logical point of competition with paper solutions.
  4. Scans go straight from my android phone's camera to my google drive or google photos, depending on use case.

    I will email notes to myself if I have to but I've deprecated that method.

    Every single wiki/note/knowledge management system you can think of I've used or still use. OneNote is a current dumping ground, notion if I can be bothered cleaning up the notes.

    My quick typed notes on PC are usually done in Notepad++. This is another one of those it just works solutions.

    I am basically paperless, which is something I didn't think would happen. That being said, having the devices to do it and having an ideal process are two very different things.

    I have my (android) phone which I can use to access data. A phone is a bad device for anything but photos/scanning and reading notes, editing is too much of a pain. Lots of problems that should be solved aren't solved (interoperability is a sore point everywhere), and for no good reason that I can see other than nobody has bothered to address it.

    Tip: sharing something to google tasks is a very quick and easy way to sync data between android and pc without any grief. It just works.

    I use a Boox Note, which is an android tablet with an e-ink screen and a wacom digitiser. Aftermarket Staedtler Norris digital stylus. Only the built in notetaking app supports fast refresh, and that's what you need for notetaking to work on e-ink. The api to implement fast refresh exists, as far as I know nobody has ever used it on public software. This device is a solid note taking experience. E-ink draws next to no current so the uptime is weeks. Syncing is mostly a non-issue (all these things have their own quirks. Provided you want to do things the way the vendors want you'll have no issues. I never seem to want to do things the way vendors do, so I always end up in the weeds at some point). This was my primary note taking device for several years, and I still use it depending on the situation.

    I recently bought an iPad Air for the drawing and note taking (mainly because I wanted colour and you can't get that with e-ink yet). The iOS ecosystem and I do not see eye to eye all the time, neither do I with various software within that ecosystem. Interoperability between ios, android, and pc can be annoying. The apple pencil isn't perfect but it is way better than most vendor offerings you typically get. I don't know how I feel about the optional handwriting input at the system level. Yes it works but it has some quirks. The pencil can also be a bit twitchy with double tap switching. Note taking software is a sticking point at present. Notes are mostly in GoodNotes, separated into books (which is pretty much the same as what I'm used to on the Boox). Apple notes is more of a scanner IMO. I want to love Concepts but I hate it - the idea is sound but the drawing and writing feel is all wrong. Syncing for all software is garbage (which is part of the interop issues).

    Tip: custom templates for note taking software will make your life better. In the past I've made paper forms that I've printed out to use back when that was difficult to do on pc. Making the digital equivalent of a custom form for capturing certain types of data is every bit as useful. A good example of that on my current devices are fashion design bodyforms - you don't care about the pose and you don't want to waste time on a task that never changes. Note taking is a data collection issue, optimise for whatever you collect a lot of.

    I am constantly looking for my Holy Grail of software that will magically solve all my note taking problems. I am always teetering on the edge of actually programming my own software, more out of the spirit of Fine then! I'll do it myself! than any sort of actual interest in the area. Digital should be more than paper (because we already have paper) and there are a number of obvious (eg. why can't I treat my ios or android as a printer from other devices? It is a display device) and less obvious ways (eg. if a device can perform OCR in real time and predictive text is a solved problem then why can't we have handwriting completion? Macro expansion would be even easier than that) that digital could easily have more value than simply aping paper.
  5. My working memory is garbage, so that's the first use case. If I can't see things, they don't exist. If I don't write things down then they'll probably be forgotten within minutes. Notes are a way to be able to pause and resume tasks that my brain can't do anymore.

    Consolidating notes is part of understanding the material. It's basically explaining it to myself in the future. I find this to be particularly useful when it comes to obscure tech support issues. Plenty of things in that realm make you think I never want to do that again and then document it so you don't have to.

    It's all reference material, it's all about outboarding memory and creating external indices. The day I can get a production ready neuroprosthetic hippocampus that outperforms what I have to hand then all my note taking is going into the garbage.

    I have no evidence for it but I think that handwriting may have particular effects on learning and retention that typing might not.
Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How refined is your art of note-taking? · 2021-05-20T02:51:03.645Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How concerned are you about LW reputation management? · 2021-05-18T01:53:17.545Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on How concerned are you about LW reputation management? · 2021-05-18T01:33:40.174Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What Would You Store to Maximize Value in 100 Years? A Thought Experiment · 2021-05-17T23:23:34.243Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What weird beliefs do you have? · 2021-05-16T23:26:52.837Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What weird beliefs do you have? · 2021-05-16T23:01:22.023Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Can Bitcoin transition from PoW to PoS? · 2021-05-16T22:45:34.379Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Can Bitcoin transition from PoW to PoS? · 2021-05-15T21:00:10.199Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Can Bitcoin transition from PoW to PoS? · 2021-05-14T12:50:00.452Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Migraine hallucinations, phenomenology, and cognition · 2021-05-09T03:01:38.262Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Voting Assistants · 2021-05-08T04:55:00.666Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Anger · 2021-04-22T14:08:19.460Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What weird beliefs do you have? · 2021-04-15T05:06:34.097Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What weird beliefs do you have? · 2021-04-15T02:34:35.440Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on A New Center? [Politics] [Wishful Thinking] · 2021-04-12T19:19:12.268Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Is there a mu-like term that means something like "why is this any of my business?" · 2021-04-11T10:54:28.711Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Covid 4/9: Another Vaccine Passport Objection · 2021-04-11T10:48:55.827Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Covid 4/9: Another Vaccine Passport Objection · 2021-04-11T03:29:50.001Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Is there a mu-like term that means something like "why is this any of my business?" · 2021-04-08T13:37:16.514Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Is there a mu-like term that means something like "why is this any of my business?" · 2021-04-06T18:19:59.130Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Some Complaint-Action Gaps · 2021-03-30T17:33:45.108Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on On LessWrong/Rationality and Political Debates · 2021-03-30T17:11:22.403Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on On LessWrong/Rationality and Political Debates · 2021-03-22T08:30:02.803Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Yes, words can cause harm · 2021-03-21T05:07:42.247Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on Ads are everywhere, and it's not okay · 2021-03-21T02:27:11.606Z · LW · GW

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Comment by Stuart Anderson (stuart-anderson) on What are the best resources to point people who are skeptical of getting vaccinated for COVID-19 to? · 2021-03-20T17:39:18.850Z · LW · GW

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