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  1. Comment on The most advanced MySQL raytracer on the market in ~comp

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    Oh wow that does seem amazing the way you describe it! Okay last question because this is fascinating: so how would this compare to using something like Excel (or other spreadsheet software) for...

    Oh wow that does seem amazing the way you describe it!

    Okay last question because this is fascinating: so how would this compare to using something like Excel (or other spreadsheet software) for raytracing? Aside from the shit performance of Excel anyways. What I'm asking is: is the choice of MySQL arbitrary (as in, there are other equally "cool" options to demonstrate this, skill?) or does MySQL have something in it's favor e.g. the fact that it's specialized for storing/retrieving data?

  2. Where do you get your sense of community and belonging from?

    I watched this talk with David Brooks and I was blown away. It was an eloquent talk with strong words on how we need to find our sense of community again at a variety of levels (local to...

    I watched this talk with David Brooks and I was blown away. It was an eloquent talk with strong words on how we need to find our sense of community again at a variety of levels (local to national).

    So I'm curious, what communities are you involved in? If you don't have a sense of belonging, where would you like to belong?

    I suppose online communities would count, but I think the point is to have away-from-keyboard interactions because of the additional layers of intimacy.

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  3. Comment on The most advanced MySQL raytracer on the market in ~comp

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    Ah gotcha. I know of both of those techniques. But why would SQL be that insane? Isn't ray tracing heavily dependent on matrix calculations that requires a lot of memory, and that SQL would be...

    Ah gotcha. I know of both of those techniques. But why would SQL be that insane? Isn't ray tracing heavily dependent on matrix calculations that requires a lot of memory, and that SQL would be pretty apt for that? Or is there a huge divergence of the math involved/allowed?

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  4. Comment on The most advanced MySQL raytracer on the market in ~comp

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    Can someone explain what's going on here?

    Can someone explain what's going on here?

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  5. Comment on Headline Whiplash: Red meat is good for you now? (Research meta-review) in ~food

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    Indeed, this is not about recommending meat, at least not beyond it's standard nutritional value. It's about challenging the fad/hysteria of "meat causes cancer" exaggerations in the media,...

    Indeed, this is not about recommending meat, at least not beyond it's standard nutritional value. It's about challenging the fad/hysteria of "meat causes cancer" exaggerations in the media, blogosphere etc.

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  6. Comment on Headline Whiplash: Red meat is good for you now? (Research meta-review) in ~food

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    The reason I'm posting this Examine meta-review is because it is much more reliable than a news outlet, especially NYT. Examine actually employs doctors and researchers with expertise, namely in...

    The reason I'm posting this Examine meta-review is because it is much more reliable than a news outlet, especially NYT. Examine actually employs doctors and researchers with expertise, namely in reviewing literature (see their main wiki-style entries). That NYT post is quite shallow in comparison.

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  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    Oh man, so many non-fitness-orientated VR games really get my heart rate up. Especially when untethered like with the Oculus Quest. I love it! Now I just need more space to move around in.

    Oh man, so many non-fitness-orientated VR games really get my heart rate up. Especially when untethered like with the Oculus Quest. I love it! Now I just need more space to move around in.

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  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    Winter is here. Which means I can't reliably safely cycle to work anymore. Instead, I'm prepping for ski season. Starting it out easy with regular mobility warmups (see PDF summary towards the...

    Winter is here. Which means I can't reliably safely cycle to work anymore. Instead, I'm prepping for ski season. Starting it out easy with regular mobility warmups (see PDF summary towards the end) followed by a kettlebell workout series, primarily swings and shoulder presses with lunges and squats, and bodyweight core workouts. After another week or two I'll be introducing Tabata training. My favorite part is that I can do all of this at home!

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  9. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    Yes! Dancing/raving is the best cardio. Man I've had some exhausting nights. I sometimes put in some extra effort into my core and leg workouts when I see a festival coming up...

    Yes! Dancing/raving is the best cardio. Man I've had some exhausting nights. I sometimes put in some extra effort into my core and leg workouts when I see a festival coming up...

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  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    That's pretty standard though, it's rare that I don't see this. The exception being government/public or some university/academic institution recreation centres.

    That's pretty standard though, it's rare that I don't see this. The exception being government/public or some university/academic institution recreation centres.

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  11. Comment on What's something you think more people should know about/be aware of? in ~talk

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    Truth; that's an epistemological question in itself. The Sam Harris vs Jordan Peterson debates have stalled because of this question—what constitutes truth. Truth from metaphors are obviously...

    Truth; that's an epistemological question in itself. The Sam Harris vs Jordan Peterson debates have stalled because of this question—what constitutes truth. Truth from metaphors are obviously outside of the realm of reductionism and statistics, unless there is an equivalent human behavior (say, the hell that one brings upon oneself after committing a grievous crime).

    Purpose and meaning; again, a more subjective epistemological question. It can be based on "hard" numbers e.g. where you can be most effective with your time and abilities, but that's only for a select few people who define their purpose and meaning as such.

  12. Comment on What's something you think more people should know about/be aware of? in ~talk

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    If you are referring to neurophysiology, then yes (and progressively so). It you are referring to the hard problem of consciousness, then probably not.

    If you are referring to neurophysiology, then yes (and progressively so). It you are referring to the hard problem of consciousness, then probably not.

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  14. Comment on What's something you think more people should know about/be aware of? in ~talk

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    I would agree when it comes to new diagnostic protocols and for rare diseases. But, those example values of 95% and 80% for specificity and sensitivity are piss-poor to begin with and rarely is a...

    I would agree when it comes to new diagnostic protocols and for rare diseases. But, those example values of 95% and 80% for specificity and sensitivity are piss-poor to begin with and rarely is a diagnosis made with only one tool (think in terms of Bayesian stats).

    There's no point in screening for herpes virus, since most people carry it and there is nothing that you can do about it. But, it's valuable (and life-saving) to hypothesize that one has a stage-1 cancer or HIV to allow a more thorough follow-up and thus catch it early or to enforce containment.

    Also, saving the lives of those true-positive people far outweighs the transient discomfort (of being unnecessarily worried) for a few false-positive people.

  15. Comment on What's something you think more people should know about/be aware of? in ~talk

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    And don't forget the insurance companies that insure the primary insurers!

    And don't forget the insurance companies that insure the primary insurers!

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  16. Comment on Meatless meat is becoming mainstream — and it’s sparking a backlash in ~food

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    I thought you were going in another direction with this when I started reading your comment. Likewise for preachy vegans and vegetarians—they eat a sufficient amount of vegetables for the first...

    I thought you were going in another direction with this when I started reading your comment.

    Likewise for preachy vegans and vegetarians—they eat a sufficient amount of vegetables for the first time in their lives and they seem to know everything about nutrition.

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  17. Comment on What's something you think more people should know about/be aware of? in ~talk

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    I'd go one step farther and argue that current psychiatric medicine/pharmacology is the equivalent of medieval dentistry. Though the good news is that with recent re-legalization of psychedelics...

    I'd go one step farther and argue that current psychiatric medicine/pharmacology is the equivalent of medieval dentistry. Though the good news is that with recent re-legalization of psychedelics and their research we're finally starting the process of modernizing. Though still a while away...

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  18. Comment on What's a small thing that made you happy? in ~talk

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    Oooh I'm going to be in the same boat in a few months. Have you practiced daily? For how long? Before you moved or after? Any other languages that you speak? I'm trying to gauge how much time and...

    Oooh I'm going to be in the same boat in a few months. Have you practiced daily? For how long? Before you moved or after? Any other languages that you speak? I'm trying to gauge how much time and effort I need but 6 months is what I was thinking.

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  19. Comment on Being Sore After a Workout Doesn't Mean Your Muscles Are Growing in ~health

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    Is it really that bad, though? There's a massive difference between training as an Olympian, where every calorie and millisecond counts, and training to maintain a reasonable level of health as an...

    Is it really that bad, though? There's a massive difference between training as an Olympian, where every calorie and millisecond counts, and training to maintain a reasonable level of health as an average person.

    It's all about what is practical. And also the Pareto principle: the average person only needs to expend 20% effort to gain 80% of the benefits whereas the athletes need that extra 80% of effort to attain that final 20%. The former is sufficient to avoid most diseases that plague developed societies and the latter is necessary to win Gold medals.

    One easy rule to follow for nutrition: eat the rainbow.
    For fitness: be out of breath (for at least a 30 min interval) and once in a while lift some really heavy weights (with a straight back).

    In the end, doing something is always better than doing nothing. Don't let analysis paralysis become a barrier or an excuse.

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