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  1. Comment on Looking for a GitHub cli tool in ~tech

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    Glad you found something that works!

    Glad you found something that works!

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How would you explain your favorite sport to someone that knows nothing about it? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the advice :)

    Thanks for the advice :)

    1 vote
  3. Comment on How would you explain your favorite sport to someone that knows nothing about it? in ~talk

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    I got really into this a few weeks ago with some friends, and we're all hooked now 😄

    I got really into this a few weeks ago with some friends, and we're all hooked now 😄

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Looking for a GitHub cli tool in ~tech

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    I know that you had a bad experience with gh, but I really do think it is the best one.

    I know that you had a bad experience with gh, but I really do think it is the best one.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on How would you explain your favorite sport to someone that knows nothing about it? in ~talk

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    I'm in the interesting position where I don't follow any sports, but really want to begin to get invested in one. My candidates so far are Basketball, Football, or Soccer. The biggest barrier to...

    I'm in the interesting position where I don't follow any sports, but really want to begin to get invested in one. My candidates so far are Basketball, Football, or Soccer. The biggest barrier to entry, it seems to me, is context-building:

    • What teams are good?
    • Why are they good?
    • What are the most interesting players in the game right now?
    • What historical context should I know about certain teams? What rivalries are notorious?
    • What are the most interesting rule developments of the last ~30 years? Have any rules totally changed?
    • What's the structure of a season, and how to playoffs work?
    • How is the league structured, and what are the leagues that are notorious?
    • How does my local (or chosen) team stack up, and what are the things I should know about them>

    It seems like there's no single place which is set up to help a beginner in a sport understand this stuff. It's all sort of scattered around 100 different sources or sites. Most sports writing seems like quite in-the-weeds analytical writing that assumes the reader knows all of this stuff. Any advice for building context?

    4 votes
  6. Comment on World's biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland – operators say the Orca plant can suck 4,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air every year in ~enviro

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    Disclaimer: I work for a company that provides carbon offsets to individuals. There's a lot of negativity in here about scale, but I think this is a misconception of the use of this technology....

    Disclaimer: I work for a company that provides carbon offsets to individuals.

    There's a lot of negativity in here about scale, but I think this is a misconception of the use of this technology. The goal is not (and never was) to use these machines to sequester 100% of the current carbon emissions of the planet indefinitely.

    The goal is to build these machines to learn about and develop technology that could be useful for sequestering CO2 far in the future. There will always be emissions that we cannot avoid emitting - even once we transition to renewables. When total emissions are much lower, and the tech is cheaper to build and maintain, then these machines will probably have a critical role to play in maintaining consistent greenhouse gas levels across the planet.

    I'm happy they're making progress! This is good news.

    18 votes
  7. Comment on What's the best way to learn piano without an in-person teacher? in ~talk

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    Nice! Mine is a Casiotone CT-S1, a really cheap keyboard. Figured I would invest small, then sell it and upgrade if it sticks :)

    Nice! Mine is a Casiotone CT-S1, a really cheap keyboard. Figured I would invest small, then sell it and upgrade if it sticks :)

    3 votes
  8. What's the best way to learn piano without an in-person teacher?

    I recently bought a keyboard and am going to dedicate 30 minutes a day to practicing piano. My goal is to be able to play my favorite songs (jazz & indie mainly), improvise, and generally be...

    I recently bought a keyboard and am going to dedicate 30 minutes a day to practicing piano. My goal is to be able to play my favorite songs (jazz & indie mainly), improvise, and generally be competent.

    I also want to learn how to sightread, so I've been using https://sightreading.training which has been really useful! I have a background in music (guitar, mostly) and know music theory as well.

    Unfortunately due to COVID, Delta, etc, I am not really interested in in-person lessons at the moment, so I was wondering if any tilde users had advice about learning to play through resources online or books!

    I'm also really interested in any tips that anyone may have!

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    Glad you could corroborate our numbers! Also, yes, as I said in a previous comment these methods are not intended to be scaled up to “the entire emissions of the world” - offsetting is just one...

    Glad you could corroborate our numbers! Also, yes, as I said in a previous comment these methods are not intended to be scaled up to “the entire emissions of the world” - offsetting is just one part of the solution. Many, many other factors will need to work together to make emissions go down substantially. But every little bit does count.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I am absolutely flying through Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary. Hilarious and fascinating. I think I like it better than The Martian!

    I am absolutely flying through Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary. Hilarious and fascinating. I think I like it better than The Martian!

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    I'm a big fan of https://charmindustrial.com (bio oil) and https://www.heimdalccu.com (sequestration through concrete), and end of life strategies for old refrigerants (e.g., CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs).

    I'm a big fan of https://charmindustrial.com (bio oil) and https://www.heimdalccu.com (sequestration through concrete), and end of life strategies for old refrigerants (e.g., CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs).

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Pay cut: Google employees who work from home could lose money in ~finance

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    Hiring someone in a place like the Bay Area is more expensive because their rent will be higher, not because they are "worth more as a person." It's housing policy, mainly.

    To me, this seems like saying people who live in low COL places are inherently worth less than people in high COL places.

    Hiring someone in a place like the Bay Area is more expensive because their rent will be higher, not because they are "worth more as a person." It's housing policy, mainly.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Pay cut: Google employees who work from home could lose money in ~finance

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    This is true, in my opinion. To some degree, the high salaries of Bay Area workers are subsidizing the housing policy of the area. Most of that high-salary money goes directly to landlords. "Cost...

    This is true, in my opinion. To some degree, the high salaries of Bay Area workers are subsidizing the housing policy of the area. Most of that high-salary money goes directly to landlords. "Cost of living" is a clear and obvious part of any salary negotiation. I would not expect companies to continue to pay for a higher cost of living even when an employee chooses to live in a much cheaper location.

    I imagine many Bay Area salaries were negotiated by employees along the lines of "it's expensive to work here, so you need to pay me more." Can't have it both ways.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    Most of your questions are ones that are so far-reaching and difficult that I'm not sure there really exists a person who can give a true answer to them, much less myself. But I'll take a shot....

    Most of your questions are ones that are so far-reaching and difficult that I'm not sure there really exists a person who can give a true answer to them, much less myself. But I'll take a shot.

    How valuable are individual contributions to solve the problem?

    Individual contributions are helpful on their own, regardless of the other required systemic change, because they can add up to a lot when enough people join in. Think of it like a person in California conserving water. The systemic solution is "maybe tell the farmers that they can't grow billions of almonds in an area with chronic water shortages." Your personal shower changes might seem useless in context to the larger solution, but that doesn't mean that 3,000,000 people taking shorter showers doesn't have a meaningful effect anyway. Of course, vote for the anti-almonds guy, but in the meantime your shower can help. With the climate crisis, I'll take all the help we can get to extend our runway.

    “70% of climate emissions are done by 100 companies”

    These companies will not stop unless we make them stop. We need to make it impossible for these companies to exist. We will do this by passing policy and changing markets—if everyone buys electric cars and renewable energy these companies will have a tough time. Same thing if we pass clean energy standards/carbon tax. But either of those changes start from individual people taking action.

    What can they still do at this point?

    I'm not sure I understand this question. Wouldn't it still make sense to pass clean energy standards/carbon taxes/R+D incentives/combustion vehicle bans and all the other policy options on the table today? You may be making the point that at that point it's "too late," but what would be the alternative? Do nothing?

    Can mass airline tourism (tourism in general?) exist in a carbon-neutral world? Can globalized shipping and supply chains?

    The problem with these industries is not that the supply chains exist, but that they are based on quickly outdating technology that will need to be replaced. I cannot tell you the answer to this one exactly, but I am a techno-optimist so I am very bullish on future growth with low-carbon technology. For some of the reasons see this thread from Noah Smith. This doesn't exactly address your question, but I also have very little data with which to answer it specifically.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    We’re working on this! Sorry about the confusion, I know it’s not super clear. For the time being, I’d just divide any shared expenses by the number of roommates you have. That should take care of...

    We’re working on this! Sorry about the confusion, I know it’s not super clear.

    For the time being, I’d just divide any shared expenses by the number of roommates you have. That should take care of most of the difference. In the future, we’ll be adding much clearer instructions and calculations for households.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    Ah, I see - you're interested in the calculations used to arrive at some amount of CO2 which makes someone or something "carbon neutral" and how those work. That's a good question! These...

    Ah, I see - you're interested in the calculations used to arrive at some amount of CO2 which makes someone or something "carbon neutral" and how those work. That's a good question! These calculations for an individual can be extremely complicated (e.g. flights), or extremely simple (e.g. your car's MPG). It really depends. The calculations for Wren's personal carbon footprint calculator are based on numbers from World Bank and Berkeley's Cool Climate dataset. We then use your answers to adjust that average number up and down as necessary based on factors in your diet and energy use.

    For corporations, it's a whole other regulatory world known as "carbon accounting." A company's carbon footprint calculations typically include something like the following:

    • Building and electricity usage
    • Employee commutes and work-from-home electricity costs
    • Cost of capital, services, etc.

    If you're asking if I think that these numbers come out to something legitimate, my answer is yes. We're talking about orders of magnitude here, and, in general, these numbers are pretty accurate. For the calculations that I've personally vetted, I regard their results as generally true.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    It's a good method! There's lots of new direct air capture projects starting up lately. It's just incredibly expensive, and there's big doubts about these projects getting to an affordable price...

    It's a good method! There's lots of new direct air capture projects starting up lately. It's just incredibly expensive, and there's big doubts about these projects getting to an affordable price within a timespan that makes sense for climate action. It's not so useful if we affordably acquire this technology in 30 years.

    For context, projects like carbon engineering and https://climeworks.com have a cost per tonne of CO2 of about $600-$800, while traditional tree planting is something more like $15-20.

    There's a middle ground of prices that we like quite a bit, things like biochar (~$120).

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    I wish that more people understood that the reasons for climate inaction are not due to lack of evidence. There is plenty of evidence, and those opposed to immediate large-scale action do...

    I wish that more people understood that the reasons for climate inaction are not due to lack of evidence. There is plenty of evidence, and those opposed to immediate large-scale action do understand that there's a crisis. The reason people prefer inaction is that they prefer and like the institutions that they currently have over a change that introduces an unknown way of life.

    What we need to do as climate activists is to explain and manifest a vision of a world where the institutions and way of life that people know and love remain mostly unchanged, but where the bedrock that they lie on has been upgraded. The "Solarpunk" aesthetic is a perfect example of this kind of positive vision for the future.

    11 votes
  19. Comment on Climate change: IPCC report is 'code red for humanity' in ~enviro

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    The math is legitimate. However, the efficacy of the actual offset depends on the quality of the projects which claim to actually sequester the carbon. Unfortunately, carbon offsets are rife with...

    The math is legitimate. However, the efficacy of the actual offset depends on the quality of the projects which claim to actually sequester the carbon.

    Unfortunately, carbon offsets are rife with conflicts of interest - the people that issue the credits make money trading on the volume of those credits, the people who make the claims and do the documentation are paid by the people who earn the credits. Ultimately, we just don’t have any financially disinterested oversight. That makes vetting your offset quite difficult, and most companies do not do their due diligence on this matter.

    In Wren's case, we work around the issue by funding a very small portfolio of highly trusted projects. We know the people running these projects, and so we can collect tons of data and personal updates from them and send them to our subscribers each month to prove their efficacy. Some of our projects have peer-reviewed studies or are on the cutting-edge of sequestration technology.

    I would check out https://carbonplan.org for more resources on this! We really appreciate their work in this space.

    9 votes