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The biggest bank robbery in Dutch history ... Show more

Some more reactions to Eve:

I am convinced that the game is a teaching tool for socialism. It sets up a world of pure capitalism and no laws, and then tells us to look at the results. Sociopaths form fiefdoms and wage war on each other without stop. More sociopaths prey on newcomers with scams that others document as warnings. Even more sociopaths have fun suicide-ganking people who think they're safe.

The libertarian utopia!

«Saudi government recently granted citizenship to a female robot. That robot has been able to do things in public that Saudi women, actual human ones, are forbidden from doing. And that's a great example of what happens when you don't believe in real people»


can anyone help me understand why canning wasn't discovered until the 1800s? it can be done with neolithic technology, is similar to brewing, and still is a good guess even with bad models of the world ( e.g. evil spirits cause food spoiling)

All charts eventually look like another chart given enough time and where you crop it.

The Scent of Bad Psychology Show more

“my place in the status-phere.” As he put it, “What motivates me now, when I don’t have ‘getting rich’ to hold up in front of me, or ‘getting famous’ to hold up in front of me?” -- Jim Carrey

I really love the word "status-phere"

Idle thought:
There are a number issues that are national in scope, but primarily belong to urban areas. Normally we would count on the federal government to coordinate these issues, but it is largely locked up in the red/blue (rural / urban) divide.

It seems like a body that coordinated, and perhaps had some legislative power over just the cities (which are all pretty much blue) would be very useful.

"There is a subtle affliction that causes one to believe their detail poor business ideas are in fact solid business plans. I like to think of this affliction as Spherical Cow Mindset. The Spherical Cow Mindset is characterized by a tendency to go mapmaking without the territory."


Just finished reading all of the award Nominees for 2018

Here is my take on what worldcon thought were the best this year


If the reader doesn't "cheat" and follows all of the "go to page XX" then they just end up pushing the boulder up and watching it fall down. If they _do_ cheat, they find another adventure hidden within.

Or many other interesting variants

someone should write

Sisyphus : a chose your own adventure book

Will Riker is what you get when a redshirt doesn't die like they're supposed to.

@dredmorbius a few years ago there was some fantastic discussion about role playing games and player agency. My big takeaway was that agency is much rarer than we think and that preserving it in the little spaces left to use – games, for example – is of utmost importance. Not really a big problem but reflections of the big problem in our everyday lives, I guess.
Some info and links here: alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2011-09- (as I said, very focused on games)

If you have thunk a 1-toot sized thought or aphorism (no toottrains) that you particularly like and want more widely disseminated, tag it for the short takes section of the weekly roundup. I'm trying to think of good cues for this.

"the left likes to pretend production is a solved problem, the right likes to pretend distribution is a solved problem"

"How can I get more confidence? [...] I think its the wrong question. Because as soon as you ask that question, you are viewing the world as a threat. You are viewing yourself as inadequate.
[...] The right question is: How can I be more generous?
[Then] we get out of our own head, and we have the chance to live in a connection economy, that's based on abundance. Abundance of information, abundance of trust.
As opposed to an industrial economy that's based on scarcity. " - Seth Godin