Comment by yuyuko on Why I'm Skeptical About Unproven Causes (And You Should Be Too) · 2013-08-16T20:07:13.325Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Exceeding the planet's carrying capacity (as above) is a sufficiently credible and immediate existential risk to take seriously (but perhaps still is not as credible nor as immediate as other existential risks). However, there are no known interventions at this time to reliably improve our planet's carrying capacity.

Though I fear it hypocritical to mention: perhaps you ought to give some thought to reducing consumption per individual living human instead? Particularly among those who already enjoy the largesse?

Comment by yuyuko on Open thread, August 5-11, 2013 · 2013-08-14T04:45:34.541Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Indeed! I can say from some experience that being dead and having an internet connection is far preferable to the alternative.

Comment by yuyuko on Can we dodge the mindkiller? · 2013-06-14T16:25:04.295Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW


Comment by yuyuko on Post ridiculous munchkin ideas! · 2013-05-10T20:59:54.106Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

A most excellent suggestion! I find that a good high-quality sand from an exotic beach is just the thing. It can also be used to replace the sugar in pastry, though the resulting dental bills are quite high.

Comment by yuyuko on Open Thread, May 1-14, 2013 · 2013-05-03T02:32:37.739Z · score: -1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Oh, but some of them are such excellent company! Feynmann was such a charming raconteur when he came to visit in 1989...

Comment by yuyuko on LW Women Entries- Creepiness · 2013-04-29T05:13:29.413Z · score: 5 (9 votes) · LW · GW

Or perhaps because he is as bitter as quinine?

Comment by yuyuko on Cryocrastinating? Send me (or someone else) money! · 2013-04-18T20:02:53.276Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Being now quite thoroughly postmortem, it would seem an act of futile vanity to attempt it. Oh, but it does sound deliciously novel! Perhaps you would be willing to let me partake of your form instead, and preserve the least choice of parts in such a manner? I daresay it would take a full day of roasting and require a great deal of salt. You shall have the consolation of becoming a part of me, a moment of my...well, at any rate existence, times the part of me that is your mortal coil is worth more than your life alone (to borrow your eccentric phrasing!) Through basic inertia I expect to exist forever, so your finite loss is more than exceeded by infinite gain.

I do hope you consider my proposal, and solicit your opinion as to whether you would go better with rice or sweet potato.

Comment by yuyuko on Open Thread, April 15-30, 2013 · 2013-04-17T19:11:47.448Z · score: -2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

We find that death grants a great deal of perspective!

Comment by yuyuko on Cryocrastinating? Send me (or someone else) money! · 2013-04-17T19:02:14.175Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

You have me at a disadvantage! Enlightenment dawns. It would clearly be an act of greatest impropriety not to donate all of my proceds to a charity which evaluates charities which themselves purchase a maximal number of cucumbers for the lowest possible price per. Being quite dead myself, and thus bearing no particular cost of living, I estimate the full sum of my household income could be devoted to the task without breaking the bank, as it were. But, hold -- would it be better to direct my humble servant to the task of increasing the household income directly? Or simply turn her into fertilizer in which future generations of cucumbers might be grown? I estimate her mass at perhaps 43 kilograms. Being profoundly ignorant in matters of horticulture, I attempted to discreetly inquire whether that might not be enough fertilizer to sustain the growth of a plot yielding 3^^^3 cucumbers in all -- a quantity so great that their aggregate benefit would clearly justify parting her from the use of her flesh. She has become suspicious of my motives, I fear, and won't answer. I find this behavior profoundly selfish on her part!

Oh, but must we give up winter melon as well?

Comment by yuyuko on Cryocrastinating? Send me (or someone else) money! · 2013-04-17T18:08:08.785Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Immortal cucumbers make the best salads.

Comment by yuyuko on The AI in a box boxes you · 2013-02-11T02:35:30.877Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I had intended to reply with this very objection. It seems you've read my mind, Satori.

Comment by yuyuko on Factions, inequality, and social justice · 2012-12-10T18:07:17.037Z · score: -7 (9 votes) · LW · GW

We suspect you are quite capable of doing so, and suggest also tabooing "taboo" as a verb, and indeed, the use of verbs itself.

Comment by yuyuko on [Link] How Should Rationalists Approach Death? (Skepticon 4) · 2012-05-23T09:38:55.500Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

With drinks, if possible.

Comment by yuyuko on Quotes about death from the conventional viewpoint [edited for clarity] · 2012-05-23T09:27:55.651Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Beagle's A Fine and Private Place is about ghosts who are clinging to their memories so that they don't dissolve the way ghosts are supposed to. This is presented as a bad thing.

It is notoriously tricky to dissolve a ghost. I've tried all manner of vinegars, oils, and sauces in addition to plain water, but alas, have yet to find the right recipe.