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22Feb/17Off

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Forums is offline, bummer. Seems to be quite a bit of info here though.

Source: Hearing Aids Knowledge Base

22Feb/17Off

iHear Medical – hearing aids you can adjust at home

Know idea if these are any good but $600 for a pair plus a $99 "test kit" (and $49 software or is that in the kit?) is still under half the price of the ones I got from Costco. I'm pretty happy with those and with Costco's free adjustments, but the ability to tweak as needed would be really nice.

 

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15Feb/17Off

50 Things You Can Control Right Now

You can expel all your energy on things you can't control or use it to create positive change in your life. Here are 50 ways to start right now.

Source: 50 Things You Can Control Right Now

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13Feb/17Off

Playing with syntax highlighter

some text here

some more text down here

Hey look, it's a plugin for making code and config snippets pretty.

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10Feb/17Off

Get Rich Slowly

Get Rich Slowly

 

Interesting.  Wordpress inserted previews for other links but not this one.  I wonder what the difference is.

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10Feb/17Off

The “News”

I would agree with most of this but I wouldn't say to ignore the news completely, rather take in a broad but shallow stream.  Lots of sources but all you really want is the headlines to give you a general idea of what's going on, maybe read one or two articles, but don't wallow in the shit that has become global politics.  Also, buy a gun and a

 

Should We Avoid the News?

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10Feb/17Off

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

I'm currently reading The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt where he uses the metaphor of  the elephant and the rider.  The elephant is instinct, the rider is consciousness.  He talks a lot in the early section about how the rider often spends it's time justifying and excusing the snap decisions made by the elephant. I completely agree that this is what happens and even that it might be part of why consciousness evolved but he seems to argue that this is right and proper and I completely disagree with that.

The elephant is instinct.  It's a super fast pattern matching machine that's purpose built for for making snap decisions on limited information.  On the African savannah that was probably a really good thing. In the modern world it's a recipe for global destruction.  The elephant is always going to make that snap decision, that's it's job, and the rider is always going to feel an impulse to back up the elephant, but that's what a clever animal would do.  A human would feel that impulse, then set it aside and examine the elephant's decision, perhaps do a little research, and take a serious look at whether the elephant's choice, made in a second without benefit of logic or reasoning, was really the best decision for the modern world.

Haidt says that research shows that education doesn't improve the ability of the rider to control the elephant but I don't think the kind of education we do is likely to. I think that to control the elephant, or rather, to disregard the elephant, the education would need to be aimed at that specific skill. I think meditation might be part of that training.  My limited experience with meditation is that's all about disregarding your impulses.  Observing them but not getting caught up in them.  That seems exactly like the training you'd need to disregard the elephant.

28Oct/16Off

Tired, depressed

Yeah, that.  And my home phone is ringing.  I hate my home phone.  Why do I have one?

 

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9Nov/15Off

The Wisdom of Night Vale

  • It was a simpler time. Because I personally had less memories and so less to superimpose upon the world, and so it was much clearer, and also I was younger. Thus, the world was simpler.
  • Fear is a reasonable response to life.
  • ...what are people but deaths that haven't happened yet?
  • He'll be what he'll be. And we'll all learn to be okay with whatever that is.
  • “I mean I would never do that. I just think it. Does this make me a bad person?”
    “You are only a bad person if you do bad things,” said the second anchor.
    “Thank you.”
    “That’s not an acquittal, Diane. The counterpoint is that you are only a good person if you do good things.”
  • A good person is a person who does good things. It was a deceptively simple prescription because it implied that she or anyone else knew what good things are. What could she do in this situation that was good, and by what standard?
  • Jackie sighed but let her talk. She knew that messages were for the sender, not the receiver.
  • Of the stages of grief, Diane had already gone through denial, sadness, and despair. Now she had been on the verge of the final step, vengeance.
  • These possibilities and all other possibilities remain . . . possible.
  • Please know that our station exists because of donors like you. It also exists because a long and terribly improbable series of galactic events over the course of billions of years conspired to bring us to this very moment in our station’s existence. And we thank you for your support. Again, we apologize for the delay in receiving your items, and also for the absurdity of time.
  • You have helped many people with your many skills, but also you’re an irresponsible little shit. Both of those are true. Truth can be contradictory. You are not forgiven your lapses by your nonlapses.
  • I’ll always be a mother, she thought, but I’ll always be a lot of things. I wonder what the next of those things will be?
21Sep/15Off

Walter Jon Williams agrees with me, so there.

Yes! This!

I think this is part of why I keep complaining about books that are too long and editors not doing their jobs.

 


"This!" is a blog post by Walter Jon Williams online at:
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/09/dragging-it-out/

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