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  1. Comment on Tips for moving to VA? in ~life

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    I grew up in the southwest part and still have family and friends there. Go down the blue ridge parkway in September or October to see the leaves change

    I grew up in the southwest part and still have family and friends there.

    Go down the blue ridge parkway in September or October to see the leaves change

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    With this news, I just went ahead deleted my Twitter account. Not to be dramatic, I just don't like the idea of me contributing any way to Musk's wealth. Ths guy just strikes me as hateful and I...

    With this news, I just went ahead deleted my Twitter account. Not to be dramatic, I just don't like the idea of me contributing any way to Musk's wealth. Ths guy just strikes me as hateful and I honestly can't think of any interaction I have seen from him where he seemed like a genuine, decent human being.

    It's not like it is a huge loss for me personally. I will miss the wholesome Twitter accounts that showed cute, heart warming stuff, but there are other places in the internet for that. Twitter is a time sink filled with mostly idle talk anyways. It is time for a change.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Has anyone here actually acted on their escapist fantasies? in ~talk

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    We both work in HR Information Systems (HRIS). Although we have shared the same job titles in the past, our jobs have been pretty different. I work on a bunch of systems such as Kronos, Taleo,...

    We both work in HR Information Systems (HRIS). Although we have shared the same job titles in the past, our jobs have been pretty different. I work on a bunch of systems such as Kronos, Taleo, ServiceNow, and manage a lot of projects, while she has only worked on one system, Workday, but specialized in specific areas of that application. At the end of the day though we can speak the same language and know what we are talking about. HRIS remote jobs are definitely out there, but I will admit getting into them can be a bit difficult.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Has anyone here actually acted on their escapist fantasies? in ~talk

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    6-7 years ago, both my partner and I quit our jobs on the east coast and moved out to California. We stayed in Fresno while the job hunt was underway. She found a remote job that was part time for...

    6-7 years ago, both my partner and I quit our jobs on the east coast and moved out to California. We stayed in Fresno while the job hunt was underway. She found a remote job that was part time for awhile until I found something. I was offered a few jobs and while my bank account was getting lower and lower, I rejected them and held out for the current company that I have been at since. At one point I even cashed out my 401k to keep is afloat for longer than anticipated. I was so close to getting a job at Starbucks if things didn't pick up. When we moved into the apartment a week before I started, we had ~$300 in our bank account. They have promoted me three times since starting all those years ago and my partner has had remote jobs since. COVID hit and suddenly I am now 100% remote as well so now we are planning our next steps. Not ready yet to leave California and it is by far the nicest place I have lived! In that time, both my partner and I have doubled our income from six years ago.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What do you love? in ~talk

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    Learning I'm usually always trying to teach myself something or taking some sort of class. There are times where I wish I could just attend university full time taking on different fields and...

    Learning

    I'm usually always trying to teach myself something or taking some sort of class. There are times where I wish I could just attend university full time taking on different fields and disciplines, or work on the job at different places. I never believe I am unable to learn or do something if I have enough time (or money) to take it on. It doesn't matter if it something physical or intellectual, I am happy to try anything at least once. I'm not particularly keen on pop-documentaries or YouTube channels, unless I need a surface level intro to something, but would rather jump into the nitty gritty lecture style or research papers.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Everything Everywhere All at Once in ~movies

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    I was so tempted to go and see it last night, but I was too tired. Hopefully I can try to go see it next week. It looks so good!

    I was so tempted to go and see it last night, but I was too tired. Hopefully I can try to go see it next week. It looks so good!

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I got my partner an apartment in Coronado for the month and spent the first few days of the week up there. I am unsure of how feasible it will be for us to move to San Diego with the rental prices...

    I got my partner an apartment in Coronado for the month and spent the first few days of the week up there. I am unsure of how feasible it will be for us to move to San Diego with the rental prices so I opted to give her one month near a good dog beach and in an area that is pretty safe overall. I had to fly back though because I want to continue my flight lessons and get as much done for my PPL as possible. So I had a flight lesson earlier this week practicing at a busy untowered airport which was pretty chaotic. I much prefer flying into and around a towered airport where ATC can give me instructions and route all the traffic safely. At untowered airports, you aren't even required to use your radio so you have to keep your head on a swivel at all times.

    Then I did a solo flight yesterday start to finish which was pretty great. I just focused on working on my landings and flying the traffic pattern. I wanted to get my technology set up working right but still had difficulties. I built the Stratux ADS-B receiver with my raspberry pi and it works great! I'm able to pick up traffic on a map from over 50 miles out and my GPS accuracy is ~3m. However, I tried tracking my flight yesterday using the auto-log setting in Garmin Pilot and it did not work at all. Apparently I have to keep the app running on the screen at all times for auto flight logging to work. So, I need to familiarize myself with what I can do on iOS to make this work. I have two flight lessons this weekend and a solo flight in the morning on Sunday so I'm hoping I get this all sorted out.

    Outside of the technology side of my flight lessons, I am trying to teach myself how to do a navigation log so I can fly on a longer distance flight. I have to do this a bunch of times manually so that I am familiar with the entire process in case of a technology failure in flight but there is just so much information to calculate out that I don't necessarily have readily available at my fingertips.

    Other than all that, I'm enjoying having the apartment all to myself! I love my partner greatly but it sometimes is just nice to have some quiet time and the option to choose a lot of my activities during the day without having to confer with someone else. I left my partner the car so she could drive herself around so I have been going wild riding my motorcycle on all my errands!

    4 votes
  8. Comment on The Quasi-Official 2022 r/place Atlas in ~tech

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    I spent about an hour or two on it this time around before I started noticing people using bots and alt accounts. I would place a square and then it immediately get overwritten. Then I just turned...

    I spent about an hour or two on it this time around before I started noticing people using bots and alt accounts. I would place a square and then it immediately get overwritten. Then I just turned it off and went on vacation. I feel that something like Place would be even better with smaller communities instead of so public.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I solo'd in a Cessna 150 earlier this week. I didn't think I was going to get to fly this week due to weather and scheduling conflicts but I found some time with my instructor and snuck away from...

    I solo'd in a Cessna 150 earlier this week. I didn't think I was going to get to fly this week due to weather and scheduling conflicts but I found some time with my instructor and snuck away from work for an hour and a half. Did three landings with him with me in the airport traffic pattern then he signed my endorsement and left. I was pretty nervous but all my landings were really good. I thought I had fucked up majorly though on my last landing.

    To solo, you have to record three full-stop landings, which means I have to take off, land, taxi off the runway and then taxi back to the start of the runway to take off again. On my second landing, I got the instructions to taxi and hold short of the runway. There is a line that separates a taxiway and runway, if you cross it, the FAA gets pretty upset because it is what is called a "runway incursion". Traffic was heavy that day so my instructions were to hold short and wait. I watched two planes land and got another instruction, "Line up and wait". Now, I thought I knew what that meant, which was to pull up on the runway as if I am about to take off but wait for clearance from ATC, but then I cross the line to go onto the runway and second guessed myself, "Was I sure this is what was meant??? What if line up, meant pull up close to the line and wait? Oh shit, oh fuck. starts sweating, presses brakes in even though I half past the line already, hoping ATC doesn't see how much of a moron I look like right now "

    ATC didn't say anything to me and they gave me the go-ahead to take off which I did, and because I thought I could have messed up, didn't fly a great traffic pattern and ended up having to burn a good amount of altitude after my turn to final. I land, taxi off the runway, expected to hear "Can you take a number?" which means I have to call the tower and explain myself. Didn't get it. I thought maybe they were gonna call my instructor and I would have my solo rescinded again. Nothing. Take the plane back, check out and pay for my time. Drive home. And then I finally googled what that command meant, and I HAD IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. That is when I finally relaxed and allowed myself to enjoy the moment.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I finally have a use for one of my Raspberry Pis that I have laying around. I bought all the parts yesterday to turn into an ADSB Receiver so that when I am flying I can have better situational...

    I finally have a use for one of my Raspberry Pis that I have laying around.

    I bought all the parts yesterday to turn into an ADSB Receiver so that when I am flying I can have better situational awareness of the aircraft flying around me. Specifically, I am building a Stratux which is an open source implementation of a receiver that can cost upwards of $500. So far, my total costs have been $180 so huge savings. Just waiting for all the parts to come in the mail for me to slap together in my Pi.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The mechanical transmission of power: Stangenkunst in ~humanities

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    If the linked site isn't working, you can access the link here. The linked article is run off solar power and may not be available 24 hours a day.

    If the linked site isn't working, you can access the link here.

    The linked article is run off solar power and may not be available 24 hours a day.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Nootropics and scams - Exposing fake reviews with Python in ~health

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    I took nootropics back in college so I can give some feedback on some: Caffeine plus L-Theanine is a good combo when you need energy but feeling down Piracetam plus Alpha-GPC, I remember being...

    I took nootropics back in college so I can give some feedback on some:

    • Caffeine plus L-Theanine is a good combo when you need energy but feeling down

    • Piracetam plus Alpha-GPC, I remember being okay but kind of a PIA to take all the time

    • Noopept - this one I could actually discern something happening and feeling a bit sharper. But it tasted like poison and I think the side effects of irritability and headaches were too much.

    • Modafinil - good for when I needed to stay awake. Tasted like butt too.


    I don't take nootropics anymore and I don't think I would necessarily advise it. I was drinking and smoking pot at the time I was taking these things and honestly, after not drinking for over 5 years and quitting smoking pot, my mind has never been clearer and sharper than it is today.

    Good exercise, good diet, and abstaining from mind altering substances are the best nootropics out there.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What examples of Goodhart's law have you encountered in your own life? in ~talk

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    There is an article from Academy of Management Journal that touches on this subject: "On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B" This was discussed at length in my graduate school when we...

    There is an article from Academy of Management Journal that touches on this subject:

    "On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B"

    This was discussed at length in my graduate school when we were reviewing how to best build performance management systems. There are many good examples listed in this article and details some of the causes of this phenomena. You might get some insights from it!

    4 votes