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  1. Comment on How can I make "whereis" automatically open the file on Nvim when it is the only result? in ~comp

  2. Comment on Meetup.com pricing changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    I've guy that does meetups charges $3 per person for their Meetup fees. At first it felt reasonable, but now Ive figured it's this dude's side hustle and some math shows that he's probably...

    I've guy that does meetups charges $3 per person for their Meetup fees. At first it felt reasonable, but now Ive figured it's this dude's side hustle and some math shows that he's probably bringing in 500-1k/mo just organizing these meetups. Im guessing Meetup is after the revenue of guys like these...

    But that's a pretty myopic view as the one's willing to dish out the $3 for a free hike are likely singles trying to develop those "organic" relationships. I don't see the non single crowd going for those fees.

  3. Comment on What is something for which you feel unfairly judged? in ~talk

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    This is a really tough judgement for myself to get over and can say I'm terribly guitly of it. I think the way present ourselves, especially in our mannerisms and speech, provide short cuts for...

    This is a really tough judgement for myself to get over and can say I'm terribly guitly of it. I think the way present ourselves, especially in our mannerisms and speech, provide short cuts for inferring background and tastes. And with how people like to associate or at least build rapport for like-minded people, it's absolutely way too easy to just cast someone aside.

    The mere presence or lack of presence of certain words and phrasing immediately signal the investment that say someone put into their lives up to a certain point. Of course, having systemic disadvantages that prevented this type of intellectual investment is what people don't necessarily empathize with and is what needs work.

    All I can say is that it's an uphill battle, and good luck on developing on the journey of life.

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  4. Comment on How can I make "whereis" automatically open the file on Nvim when it is the only result? in ~comp

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    I'll have to edit this (on mobile) and confirm it but something like: Inside .bashrc alias wh=~/bin/nvim-whereis inside nvim-whereis #/use/bin/env bash Output=$(Whereis "$@") [[ $(Echo $output |...

    I'll have to edit this (on mobile) and confirm it but something like:

    Inside .bashrc
    alias wh=~/bin/nvim-whereis

    inside nvim-whereis

    #/use/bin/env bash

    Output=$(Whereis "$@")

    [[ $(Echo $output | cut -d: -f2 | xargs -n1 | wc -l) -eq 1 ]] && nvim $(echo $output | cut -d: -f2) || echo $(output)

    99% sure this won't work as is. Might be capturing random white space and what not, but maybe this gives you an idea of what you can do.

    The alias in the Bash just sets up a shortcut. You could just add ~/bin to you path, then you don't need the alias and just rename the script to something shorter

  5. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    On the aspect of Psychedelics, I'm outlining a potential protocol to maximize success based on my understanding of how they work. On a trip, it significantly reduces the activity of the Default...

    On the aspect of Psychedelics, I'm outlining a potential protocol to maximize success based on my understanding of how they work. On a trip, it significantly reduces the activity of the Default Mode Network (DMN) in the brain which is responsible for one's ego. An overactive DMN is thought to be the source of anxiety and maybe depression(?). One thing to understand is that while on trip, as the DMN is shut down and ego-death occurs to some extent, it becomes possible to analyze your deepest feelings as a 3rd party observer and provide objective feedback.

    It also releases(?) a bunch of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which from my readings describe it as miracle grow from the brain. It's essentially a catalyst to rework/rewire neural connections, or in other words very accelerated learning, so the aftermath has potential to be tremendously positive or negative on some long-term basis as there is a literal rewiring of connectivity.

    In the way the brain works, (no one knows), but I have a basic theory that what we behold/focus/contemplate, is what we become. So in this tremendously accelerated state of learning/rewiring, it acts as a compounding & leveraging mechanism. This is like investing with leverage. Use $100 to borrow $10,000 and buy an asset. If the asset price goes up to $10,500 and you sell, you've gained $400, a 400% return. If the asset price goes down to $9,500, and you sell, you are now -$400 in the hole and have lost your original $100. I suspect this is why bad trips can be so terrible for some and so rewarding for others, and thus I think it illustrates why preparation to maximize the chances of a good trip is so crucial.

    With a trip, the neural connections that can be obtained over ~6 months of therapy may happen in ~8 hours. This is the potential panacea that's offered.

    So, the way I think a trip should run is as follows over a 3 to 5 day period.

    Day 1 & Day 2:

    • strict sleep schedule for 2 days prior to the trip.
    • strict diet, high quality foods, no junk, no refined sugars, mostly fruits and vegetables.
    • journaling
      • what is bothering you
      • what do you want to work on?
      • are there any memories/trauma that you want to revisit and work through
      • where are areas of life to improve/focus on?
    • spend several hours in nature. hike, forest bathing

    Day 3:

    • have someone you trust to engage in experience with
    • hopefully this trusted person is also a wonderful conversationalist with which you can share
    • consume psychedelic
    • enjoy initial high
    • once you are initially stabilized, look back to journal and go through topics, ask question, revisit what you could have done better, done worse, where the blame wasn't on you, where the blame was on you and outline how you want to improve/fix/recalibrate your life

    Day 4:

    • after glow day, just enjoy it. maybe collect thoughts

    Day 5:

    • revisit session and thoughts and understand plan going forward.

    I think this could be compressed into say a 3-day thing, but I think taking the extra time is really useful. Perhaps it makes sense to do this on a week-long vacation. where you can approach the psych in a well-rested and positive state of mind.

    I suspect/theorize that being in non-optimal bodily health (sleep is sooooooo important for the brain) can just stress the brain out in a state to form connections where it should not.

    One thing from my experiences I can say is that, just taking the substance doesn't yield as much benefit. Just taking it can make one feed good for some time, then after it wears off, it was just a nice hit of serotonin for a while. One must put in the hard work and learning to then derive the benefits of the hard work.

  6. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    If you have a basement/garage handy, I've built a 5x8 sized one for about ~4k.

    If you have a basement/garage handy, I've built a 5x8 sized one for about ~4k.

  7. Comment on Bernie's CEO Corporate Tax Plan in ~news

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    The other minute detail I'm curious about is how to reconcile deferred equity based compensation and whether various loopholes will be found to reduce the pay gap. Executives at my company maybe...

    The other minute detail I'm curious about is how to reconcile deferred equity based compensation and whether various loopholes will be found to reduce the pay gap. Executives at my company maybe make 200-500k base salary; only the CEO has a 1M salary. However, they get paid 5-100M in equities along side some 1-4x multiple cash bonus of their base salary. If say the stock triples between receiving and selling, for a huge payout, I can see companies being up in arms about how their excellent stock price incurred an additional 1% of taxes that they were not anticipating.

    Perhaps executive travel

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  8. Comment on Advice for first home server? in ~tech

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    I do have FIOS gigabit so there's really just dynamic DNS to contend with. Upload bandwidth is sitting at close to 800-900 Mbit. Also runninf caching DNS resolver (pihole) forwarding to 1.1.1.1...

    I do have FIOS gigabit so there's really just dynamic DNS to contend with. Upload bandwidth is sitting at close to 800-900 Mbit.

    Also runninf caching DNS resolver (pihole) forwarding to 1.1.1.1 for excellent local performance.

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  9. Comment on Advice for first home server? in ~tech

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    I've been running an Ubuntu box with mdadm and LVM for a while. It's been fine for my 1-man or friends/family storage access and Plex server. MDADM has been useful as I went from a 5 drive raid 5...

    I've been running an Ubuntu box with mdadm and LVM for a while. It's been fine for my 1-man or friends/family storage access and Plex server. MDADM has been useful as I went from a 5 drive raid 5 to a 7 drive raid 6, then expanded the drives from 1.5T to 3T to 8T over the past 15 years or so.

    I remember looking into ZFS and it seemed like a tough proposition for dealing with volume expansion for a small budget versus an Enterprise budget that would be willing to put up the money for things like additional hardware for cutovers.

  10. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    sauna Not only is it healthy, (reduce all cause mortality risk up to ~40% depending on dose) it is tremendously useful for dealing with incoming stress as a proactive measure. health smoothies Our...

    sauna

    Not only is it healthy, (reduce all cause mortality risk up to ~40% depending on dose) it is tremendously useful for dealing with incoming stress as a proactive measure.

    health smoothies

    Our bodies are complex chemical machines, we need proper nutrition for all the chemical machinery to work effectively. Think of nutrition as limiting reagents in a chemical process.

    A simple rule for smoothies is greens, deep color, sulfur.

    I usually get everything pre-washed from Costco to make smoothies easy to reduce barriers.

    • Spinach, chard, kale mix
    • Baby carrots
    • Apple
    • Tomatoes
    • Frozen blueberries
    • Broccoli

    Plus any other good things to consume.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Unusual plan for disaster relief: just give survivors money in ~news

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    There's been other similar experiments where folks are given cash instead of benefits and it turns out to be wildly productive. It makes sense that giving direct cash is the most efficient as the...

    There's been other similar experiments where folks are given cash instead of benefits and it turns out to be wildly productive.

    It makes sense that giving direct cash is the most efficient as the spending on benefit distribution (eg conversion of cash to food, clothes, etc) which then many times get reconverted back to cash illicitly.

    By providing cash, the efficiency gains significantly outweigh the cost benefit distribution as people allocate the money to the most pressing priorities.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Plex makes piracy just another streaming service in ~tech

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    I have my plex with gigabit and about 36T and 20T free... Even does hardware transcoding with a GTX 1070.

    I have my plex with gigabit and about 36T and 20T free... Even does hardware transcoding with a GTX 1070.

  13. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    Proteins are just a variety of amino acids. As long as you get enough of the essential amino acids, it's fine. It is quite possible to get adequate protein intake on a vegetarian diet. In the body...

    Proteins are just a variety of amino acids. As long as you get enough of the essential amino acids, it's fine. It is quite possible to get adequate protein intake on a vegetarian diet. In the body building world, for muscle growth, most people need around .5-1.5g per kg of lean body weight to be building muscle. Amount less than that would only be for muscle maintenance.

    From an efficiency perspective, It is easier to get 50-100g of protein via a steak or chicken breast as opposed to the gargantuan amount of legumes and nuts that would need to be consumed, but now there are vegan protein powders anyway.

    Usually, the problem with nutrition in general is the acquisition of all the appropriate molecules. From a health perspective, vegetarianism that cuts out meat, but switches it out with mostly non-nutrient dense, processed foods would likely be better off eating meat and at least getting certain molecules second hand. But if the vegetarian diet includes nutrient dense, whole foods, it will typically be very successful.

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  14. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I got a Husqvarna Automower. It's like a Roomba for cutting the grass outside. Only requires installation of an invisible fence then it keeps the grass at a nice height. It works by constantly...

    I got a Husqvarna Automower. It's like a Roomba for cutting the grass outside. Only requires installation of an invisible fence then it keeps the grass at a nice height. It works by constantly cutting 1/8 to 1/4inchnof grass over long periods of time so The grass stays at a good height constantly as opposed to it getting shabby, then cutting it once a week.

    Only thing I really need to do is run the weed whacker around the edges every 1 to 2 weeks.

    3 votes
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  17. Comment on Boeing's 737 Max software outsourced to $9-an-hour engineers in ~news

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    I think it could be similar to the "build-a-wall" mentality that other rural Americans have. But I think it feels deep because there is a fundamental language barrier. In the book, Born a Crime,...

    I think it could be similar to the "build-a-wall" mentality that other rural Americans have.

    But I think it feels deep because there is a fundamental language barrier. In the book, Born a Crime, Trevor tells a story about how speaking the same language would disarm a person and establish trust. WIth the many tribes in Africa, there is something like 10+ languages, and Trevor spoke 7 or so (IIRC). One day a group of guys walks up to him to mug him. He knew they wanted to mug him because he understood them discussing it in their language...that he too could speak. When the guys came up to him and greeted the guys in their native tongue, they immediately changed course and chatted a while and let him be. They explained that their intention was to mug a non-speaker of their tongue and that they did not know he was one of them. Sure he was not part of their tribe, but speaking the language instantly converted Trevor from foe to friend.

    I too have seen this personally as an Asian American. My mother still waxes on about how there was an expensive Caucasian lawyer that she once spoke too, but upon answering the phone, the lawyer talked in perfect Korean. I made life long friends with all the international Korean students due to my fluent Korean, while other Korean Americans did not develop strong relationships at all.

    In my tech circles, every day, I see frustrations because of the difficulty in communicating because of the accents. I see this even amongst blue-eyed, blond Caucasian people from the west (Cali) and north-east (NY) going south (TN) and being repugnant of the southern accent. I think Asians seem to get along better as a lot of American born Asians can sound indistinguishable from their Caucasian counterparts, while it seems that the Indians in America are seem to skew as 1st gen immigrants. FOBs (Fresh-off-the-boat)

    Accents are like the holy wars of code syntax: tabs versus spaces, opening curly bracket lined up with closing curly? White space at the end of a line? We have all sorts of weird stereotypes like european accents are hot, australian accents are goofy, etc. I'd imagine that in another generation or two where American Indians don't have accents leading to difficulty in communicating, much of this hate will likely dissipate. We have other Indians like Hasan Minaj and Aziz Ansari who have made it, but.... they sound a LOT more white than they do Indian.

    As far as the software being the scapegoat, it's like what Lex Luthor in Smallville said, "Clark, there's plenty of blame to go around"

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  18. Comment on Boeing's 737 Max software outsourced to $9-an-hour engineers in ~news

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    The title is a bit misleading. The article in-depth really goes on about how Boeing sacrificed just about everything possible to rubber stamp the plane at the lowest cost possible, pointing out...

    The title is a bit misleading. The article in-depth really goes on about how Boeing sacrificed just about everything possible to rubber stamp the plane at the lowest cost possible, pointing out that outsourcing the inexpensive programmers was one of those missteps alongside other cost cutting measures. In reality, HCL, the company agreed to not take up-front payment and rather do a revenue sharing deal once the plane was bringing in revenue from being sold.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (June 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    As a US born Asian American, I've started to interview my mother and her 5 other siblings on their journey immigrating to the US starting in 1970. A small part of me thinks it could be a...

    As a US born Asian American, I've started to interview my mother and her 5 other siblings on their journey immigrating to the US starting in 1970. A small part of me thinks it could be a collection of stories of what it took to provide myself and 15 other cousins the opportunities to grow up in the US.

    Having a 6 sibling family lends to quite a bit of drama.

    Grandma on mom's side had 6 kids, 3 boys and 3 girls.

    • The eldest son came to America after blowing the equivalent of millions of dollars in inheritance as a last hurrah. Through his failed businesses, he had a friend who "hired" him under the guise of worker and somehow provided him a visa.
    • the youngest son came under a work visa as a laborer working at a wig factory making aroun 450/month in 1973.
    • Eldest son was "living" with a nurse in america while his wife waited back in Korea. The eldest son's social network introduced the youngest son to his current wife, even though he had a girlfriend in Korea he wanted to bring back to the States.
    • The youngest son eventually started up a clothing retail store and when his second child was born, the kid not being a son, he refused to visit the wife in the hospital. As the family couldn't raise the infant while starting up a business, he semi abandoned the second daughter in Korea with grandma after the sisters refused to take care of the child for the first couple years until they brought grandma over.
    • Eldest son managed to get youngest daughter (my mom) to the US under a work visa but as a "secretary" to which the immigration officer interviewing her scoffed at that job description claiming they had never seen someone immigrate as a secretary.

    There were many twists, turns and sacrifices on the story prior to making it in America living basically in poverty to an upper-middle class socioeconomic standing. Things from grandma attempting suicide at the eldest son's house (Asian obsession with eldest sons), to siblings fighting over the smell of food using their respective English and Korean vocabulary, to how the eldest daughter never got past an elementary school education because she "lied" about being the eldest child during her middle school interview because the family never reported the deaths of infants in order to get more rice rations.

    As the only one in the family fluent in both English and Korean, it seems like I need to step up and capture these stories before all my aunts and uncles time comes for they are all getting up there in age.

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  20. Comment on The health benefits of sauna use in ~health

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    Rhonda Patrick, PHD writes up her research findings on the health and longevity benefits of heat exposure.

    Rhonda Patrick, PHD writes up her research findings on the health and longevity benefits of heat exposure.

    1 vote