Comment by vizikahn on Jinnetic Engineering, by Richard Stallman · 2010-04-28T11:17:05.021Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks for this! I recently tried to find this story, but couldn't remember who wrote it or what the title was.

Comment by vizikahn on Attention Lurkers: Please say hi · 2010-04-16T23:23:35.145Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · LW · GW

Hi. Too bad High Five Day went already.

Comment by vizikahn on The Price of Integrity · 2009-07-23T13:13:58.879Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Cross one's fingers?

Comment by vizikahn on Do Fandoms Need Awfulness? · 2009-05-29T09:53:44.729Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I can imagine meeting another Vance aficionado in person: we just nod politely, in silent agreement, or talk in cryptic sentences like vorlons.

H. R. Giger is an excellent painter and sculptor, anyone can see that, but for most people his sculptures are just too... alien. I discoved that I really like Giger and Vance, but I can see that others would have to acquire the taste.

Comment by vizikahn on The Trouble With "Good" · 2009-04-17T10:00:59.313Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · LW · GW

When I had a job behind a counter, one of the rules was: "We don't sell 'I don't know'". We were encouraged to look things up as hard as possible, but it's easy to see how this turns into making things up. I'm going to use the term Counter man syndrome from now on.

Comment by vizikahn on Akrasia and Shangri-La · 2009-04-10T21:52:37.165Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

Some people are 'immune' to exercise.

Comment by vizikahn on Where are we? · 2009-04-03T07:33:31.830Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I live in Oulu.

Comment by vizikahn on Rational Me or We? · 2009-03-17T15:32:10.041Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

As a martial arts enthusiast I have to concur that the practical survivability impact of my training is somewhat limited. In fact, I would go as far as to say that my martial art training is far less likely to save my life than is my previous sporting hobby, running.

My krav maga instructor (a bouncer) used to emphasize that 90% of realistic self-defense is about avoiding trouble, and running is a battle-tested survival technique. I think running was the best way to keep your sanity in the Cthulhu role-playing too. So, the first line of self-defense: don't open that old book, run away and read what people at LW are saying.

Comment by vizikahn on 3 Levels of Rationality Verification · 2009-03-15T18:57:19.704Z · score: 2 (12 votes) · LW · GW

What we need is a rationality equivalent of a katana or a machine gun. One for each student, some basic training and even ninja masters go down pretty quickly (unless they really can dodge bullets). Occupatio "weapon of mass rationality".

Comment by vizikahn on Talking Snakes: A Cautionary Tale · 2009-03-13T10:16:52.100Z · score: 21 (26 votes) · LW · GW

If I were talking to a Muslim (on this level) about evolution, my next questions would probably be: "Are you aware that humans give birth to deformed babies?" and "Do you think a monkey could give birth to a deformed baby that looks like a human baby?"

Do I think that a snake could produce sounds that can be interpreted as words? Well, yeah. "Can I eat this apple?" "Sssss..." "Sounded like yessss to me, let's eat."