# nathan's recent activity

1. ## Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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The system design primer is mostly a resource for interviewing but is a good resource to discover some of the basics. I would also give designing data intensive applications a read if you do any...

The system design primer is mostly a resource for interviewing but is a good resource to discover some of the basics. I would also give designing data intensive applications a read if you do any kind of work with large scale datastores.

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2. ## Comment on Someone dead ruined my life ... again. (Tiffany follow-up) in ~humanities.history

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This was well worth the 20 minutes IMO, made me laugh out loud and also gave me a glimpse into a frustrating nightmare that I’ve thankfully never had to experience. One of my favorite videos of...

This was well worth the 20 minutes IMO, made me laugh out loud and also gave me a glimpse into a frustrating nightmare that I’ve thankfully never had to experience. One of my favorite videos of his for sure

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3. ## Comment on Reddit is raising up to \$700M in Series F funding, at a valuation of over \$10 billion in ~tech

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Fidelity doesn’t get to use the funds in retirement accounts to invest in whatever it wants does it? It’s invested in whatever you set your investments to Unless it somehow gets to work like a...

Fidelity doesn’t get to use the funds in retirement accounts to invest in whatever it wants does it? It’s invested in whatever you set your investments to

Unless it somehow gets to work like a bank, lending out multiples of its customers assets and I’m just not aware

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4. ## Comment on Primality test using regex in ~comp

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In case anyone else is confused, the numbers in this article are represented in unary. I.e. 0: 1: 1 2: 11 3: 111

In case anyone else is confused, the numbers in this article are represented in unary. I.e.

0:
1: 1
2: 11
3: 111

5 votes
5. ## Comment on Learning math / mathematical reasoning as an adult in ~science

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Just throwing out community college courses as an option. Most colleges will have a placement exam that will put you at the right level as well. Math is something you learn only by doing, and it...

Just throwing out community college courses as an option. Most colleges will have a placement exam that will put you at the right level as well. Math is something you learn only by doing, and it can be hard to identify exercises that help you really nail a concept and ones that are just rote calculation.

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6. ## Comment on Lockdown effectiveness: Much more than you wanted to know in ~health

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This persons articles always follow the same pattern for me, I get invested in the first 2/3rds or so when the author presents a coherent summary of current research, and then the last 1/3rd the...

This persons articles always follow the same pattern for me, I get invested in the first 2/3rds or so when the author presents a coherent summary of current research, and then the last 1/3rd the author starts bullshitting and multiplying numbers together to do unit cancellation and uses this to come to whatever conclusion they preferred in the first place. Like I don’t disagree with the conclusion here but just saying “oh there’s high error bars here” when you say that more strict lockdowns accounted for .6% of GDP loss some states is just ineffective communication.

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7. ## Comment on Attempting to use a software engineering approach to win at chess against my brother—and only my brother in ~comp

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This post is great, person spends a lot of time to get an edge in a chess game and hangs a back rank mate in 1. Mirrors my experience trying to play chess, it’s never too late to hang mate,...

This post is great, person spends a lot of time to get an edge in a chess game and hangs a back rank mate in 1. Mirrors my experience trying to play chess, it’s never too late to hang mate, especially if you’re not very good like me.

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8. ## Comment on Tab viewer/organizer? in ~tech

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Tree Style Tabs? I see a lot of people recommend it, I never found myself remembering to use it enough for it to be useful, but if you’re an organized kind of person it may work better

Tree Style Tabs? I see a lot of people recommend it, I never found myself remembering to use it enough for it to be useful, but if you’re an organized kind of person it may work better

8 votes
9. ## Comment on Turns out, Spock is kinda bad at logic in ~tv

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The chess scene from one of the early episodes always bothered me. Spock is playing Kirk and Kirk checkmates him, and then Spock complains, “The logical move was the Rook!”. What kind of logic...

The chess scene from one of the early episodes always bothered me. Spock is playing Kirk and Kirk checkmates him, and then Spock complains, “The logical move was the Rook!”. What kind of logic system has the winning move not be the logical move?

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10. ## Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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It could maybe generously be described as light brown? It gets some color from the sausage fat and can pick up some color when you cook the roux

It could maybe generously be described as light brown? It gets some color from the sausage fat and can pick up some color when you cook the roux

11. ## Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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Yeah Terraria is definitely an “alt-Tab” to the wiki every two minutes kind of game. At least until you’ve played it a couple times. The devs did release a journey mode which I haven’t tried but...

Yeah Terraria is definitely an “alt-Tab” to the wiki every two minutes kind of game. At least until you’ve played it a couple times. The devs did release a journey mode which I haven’t tried but was supposed to take some of the frustration away as I understand it

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13. ## Comment on I'm moving between apartments soon. Do you have any advice or protips on the logistics of moving? in ~life

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Regarding updating addresses, make sure to actually delete your old addresses from whatever app (Amazon Grubhub etc). I sent packages and food to my old apartment a couple of times before I wised up

Regarding updating addresses, make sure to actually delete your old addresses from whatever app (Amazon Grubhub etc). I sent packages and food to my old apartment a couple of times before I wised up

1 vote
14. ## Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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I missed the original thread, but I wanted to share my experience here in case it helps someone who was struggling quite a bit with internet addiction. I quit reddit 100% back in August, I was...
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I missed the original thread, but I wanted to share my experience here in case it helps someone who was struggling quite a bit with internet addiction. I quit reddit 100% back in August, I was really unhappy with how much of my time was spent just aimlessly looking at memes online and consuming digital carbs. I wrote down my schedule of when I would get up and get to work and how often I would take a break and it was just sad to see how much of my time was staring at my screen trying to get a hit of dopamine.

I took the plunge of quitting reddit and hackernews, and for about 4 months I didn't look at either. As I don't have any other social media this basically meant that I had very little reason to use the internet (I wasn't active on Tildes at this time either). I eventually started dipping my toe in particular reddits of interest to me (/r/financialindependence), but I still limit it heavily. I would strongly recommend at least trying a few weeks of this detox, it did wonders for my ability to sit down and focus on something and quite a bit of time that I previously would have spent on reddit I was able to better spend elsewhere.

I think the biggest lesson I would share from my experience is to set yourself up for success. On my work laptop, my personal laptop, my phone and my tablet I blocked reddit and hackernews at the domain level. On a laptop it's easy just edit the /etc/hosts file (or OS specific equivalent). For months after quitting I would hit ctrl+t and start typing in 'reddit.com/r/all', it took so long to break this habit I was starting to get concerned it would never go away. The other thing I did that made this attempt successful was to find something that scratched that free dopamine itch in the first few days, without it coming from the internet. In my case this was reading a fantasy series that was enjoyable but didn't take any mental effort to enjoy, similar to just scrolling reddit. I read the first three books in a week just because so much of my time that was previously internet went into this series. (Series is Cradle by Will Wight, recommend it if you're into progression fantasy, probably not otherwise). I also started reading magazines, The Economist, National Geographic, Scientific American.

I don't think the specifics of the magazines were important I think for me they just filled two critical gaps. One they gave me something to do with my time that was as easy as reading reddit. Previously when I quit reddit I tried to use the time to do something hard, learn a new skill, deep clean my house, exercise rigorously. When those things got hard I gave up on both doing the hard thing and quitting the internet. Two is that they fulfilled a similar desire of reddit which is just to consume information, I like that about the internet of always being exposed to new information. This was something that was missing in my previous attempts and I think ended up being key in making this one stick longer term.

The other thing I did was limit my screentime overall. I can't limit work, but I can track my phone's screentime and avoid my personal laptop if I so choose. I set a goal of having less than an hour of screen on time for my phone for a month. It ended up sticking for a long time, it's just now that I've slowly been ramping up on the screen time again, this time consuming various online news sources (and Tildes). It's something I'm keeping an eye on for now, but now I know the skills and challenges associated with quitting I don't think it will be quite so troublesome.

In short, if you want to quit I would make sure you set yourself up for success by making it difficult to access reddit, and finding something similarly easy to replace the time. Identify what you miss about reading the internet and find something better to replace it.

24 votes
15. ## Comment on Organizing life in checklists in ~life

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I’ve been experimenting with organization for the past month or so, after reading Getting things done. Since GTD is so analog in its design I feel like it’s not the right approach for me to use...

I’ve been experimenting with organization for the past month or so, after reading Getting things done. Since GTD is so analog in its design I feel like it’s not the right approach for me to use software to do tracking. Shell and Vim feel a lot more like pen and paper do, they occupy the same place in my head. So I use a directory structure where I have an in tray text file, subdirectories for projects (each project is a file) contexts (each context is a file) a someday directory (each someday project is a file, if I pick it up I move it into the projects directory) and a reference directory. Each project gets its own reference file.

I’ve been using this at \$DAYJOB and it’s been making things a lot easier to track.

I also structure the information in the text files so that I can grep recursively and get a list of all open loops, all “waiting for”s etc

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16. ## Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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Has anyone watched the second season of Sex Education on Netflix? I found the first season to be moderately enjoyable, but didn’t want to waste my time if the second wasn’t any good

Has anyone watched the second season of Sex Education on Netflix? I found the first season to be moderately enjoyable, but didn’t want to waste my time if the second wasn’t any good

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17. ## Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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Agreed, I just felt that in discussions online people either misread or mischaracterized what he was saying. What he was saying was shitty enough on its own, people didn’t need to change it to...

Agreed, I just felt that in discussions online people either misread or mischaracterized what he was saying. What he was saying was shitty enough on its own, people didn’t need to change it to something even shittier, that just leaves wiggle room for intolerant people to yell “he didn’t say that” and ignore what was actually said.

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18. ## Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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I think he was trying to say that Epstein did the coercing and Minsky was unaware. It seems obvious (to me at least) that Minsky had to be aware or chose to ignore the element of coercion in his...

I think he was trying to say that Epstein did the coercing and Minsky was unaware. It seems obvious (to me at least) that Minsky had to be aware or chose to ignore the element of coercion in his acts, but Stallman was trying to raise the point of who committed the crime if one person does the coercing and one person does the sexual act.

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19. ## Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 discussion thread in ~tv

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I felt sad at the end of the episode, which was weird after not feeling anything particularly strongly during the emotional climaxes of the episode. I realized I felt sad because the characters...

I felt sad at the end of the episode, which was weird after not feeling anything particularly strongly during the emotional climaxes of the episode. I realized I felt sad because the characters are acting so out of character it feels like they’re already gone, why be sad for Dany’s death of her child when Dany’s character is already gone. I went from dreading there only being six episodes left to being ready for the end of the series, and not in a good way.

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20. ## Comment on …and in the end there will be the command line. in ~comp

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We are the test suite :)

We are the test suite :)

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