Forum logs for 18 Oct 2015

Sunday, 24 November, Year 11 d.Tr. | Author: Mircea Popescu
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mircea_popescu so many of em... [00:21]
asciilifeform << not to mention the concentrated, unadulterated retardation of the original concept of hero as imagined by monkey - that is, a hypetrophied monkey who rescues, for no apparent reason, his fellows, from their own idiocy [00:37]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 01:21:28; mircea_popescu: "the end which is so obvious and predictable but at the same time the only one that would speak to this generation of narcissists: when we need a hero, heroes are obligated to rise up and serve, but please have the decency to die afterwards so we can go back to second guessing the ethics of your actions. " >> and when "we" need a monkey that knows how to push the levers one has the mo [00:37]
asciilifeform *hypertrophied [00:38]
mircea_popescu i guess we should add to gabrielradio's list [00:42]
assbot Cel mai adevarat in gangsta rap on Trilema - A blog by Mircea Popescu. ... ( ) [00:42]
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asciilifeform since mircea_popescu unearthed tlp again... << exemplifies my least favourite aspects. [01:00]
assbot The Last Psychiatrist: The Rage Of The Average Joe ... ( ) [01:00]
asciilifeform per tlp, a man of action is ipso facto insane and incoherent. [01:01]
mircea_popescu this happens to be true. [01:02]
mircea_popescu all it says is that a system of thought is ipso facto worthless, but hey, i can see why he prefers the counterfactual statement of it. [01:02]
asciilifeform mircea_popescu: this piece especially reads entirely like the вялотекущая шизофрения crap. [01:18]
mircea_popescu haha. well, in truth the guy's politics are utterly indefensible. [01:18]
asciilifeform stack ? [01:19]
asciilifeform iirc he had no politics. just an airplane. [01:19]
mircea_popescu he just understands some stuff exceptionally well, but it didn't seem to have percolated through. [01:19]
mircea_popescu no, ballas' [01:19]
asciilifeform ah. [01:19]
mircea_popescu one could hope that the reason he dropped off the map is because existential crisis finally triggered [01:19]
mircea_popescu but it's a lot more likely he just found something to shut the brain up with [01:20]
mircea_popescu kids, job, xanax, whatever. [01:20]
mircea_popescu i do believe him when he keeps saying he drinks a lot. he'd have to. the damage imbecile "social agreements" do to smart people. [01:20]
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asciilifeform mircea_popescu: his dns last changed in... sept. 2012. entirely possible that the man is dead. [01:30]
mircea_popescu dead goes in the "kids, job, xanax, whatever" list. [01:30]
asciilifeform aha. [01:31]
asciilifeform took the best job. the biggest xanax. [01:31]
mircea_popescu but the point stands. the only thing you can definitely say about a paradigm (kuhn sense) is that it has nothing to do with reality. the one thing people involved WISH to say is that it is the only basis upon which science can be produced. which happens to be true. [01:31]
mircea_popescu once you buy into the theory that "the state isn't the CAUSE of criminality but the protection from it", you'll necessarily swallow the "science is the path to knowledge" string all the way into "paradigm good". [01:32]
mircea_popescu sure, it can be good, but it leaves you with some things you don't know what to do with [01:33]
mircea_popescu that in other times would have been your life. [01:33]
mircea_popescu but anyway, wine awaits. laters! [01:35]
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HeySteve < yes indeed. wanted to ask you, as a landlord, if a larger deposit or possibly additional contract terms outside the paper rental contract would entice you to look at something like this [04:41]
assbot Logged on 17-10-2015 00:19:08; pete_dushenski: ;;later tell heysteve re: real estate, you ever read ? [04:41]
HeySteve < it's true that tenants can threaten to withhold keys and/or trash the place but if this was common practice then this type of deposit fraud wouldn't be such a widespread problem. what many tenants do is refuse to pay the last month's rent but this is only viable if the deposit is set at 1x month's rent. many places it's at 2x or [04:44]
HeySteve as high as 6x [04:44]
assbot Logged on 16-10-2015 13:19:58; mircea_popescu: and if he doesn't, well, twice the deposit worth of damage + whatever it costs him to break in should be just about fair. [04:44]
HeySteve < not trying to save African children with magic cryptos, the point is there's a big demand for such a service [04:45]
assbot Logged on 16-10-2015 13:21:44; mircea_popescu: this "o noes we are opressed" talk is the stock in trade of the worthless class. for good reason. [04:45]
HeySteve < no driving involved, either a local rental agent will arbitrate (if necessary) or photo / video / expert testimony "evidence" will be uploaded somewhere to be judged [04:48]
assbot Logged on 16-10-2015 13:23:33; mircea_popescu: << so a) you'll spend your life driving between bickering nuts. this is a worse deal than what psychs get, at least there you gotta drive to his office. ; b) the blockchain and everything else is entirely superfluous here. your entire idea is "hey, make me the mp of renting in south africa". maybe they will or maybe they won't but [04:48]
HeySteve as for armed thugs, we certainly have those: - but this is aimed more at commerical and middle to upper class residential property [04:55]
assbot BBC News - In pictures: South Africa's ruthless 'Red Ants' eviction squad ... ( ) [04:55]
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assbot Logged on 02-08-2015 00:05:56; mircea_popescu: blocker's in past tense now ? [09:45]
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mircea_popescu !up iinaj [10:11]
-assbot- You voiced iinaj for 30 minutes. [10:11]
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mircea_popescu HeySteve the point is there's a big demand for such a service << yes, but the demand is from people who aren't willing to take any steps to enforce it. and it's for you to magically oppress property holders on their behalf. this isn't how property works, the fact that the landlords hold that property "free and clear" specifically means that they are immune from a guy named heysteve and his plans for the future. this is [10:12]
mircea_popescu the very POINT of holding property. [10:12]
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mircea_popescu and the dispute isn't whether "You have them" or not, the dispute is whether you are one. because that's fundamentally what you're trying to do here, redistribute resources "for fairness" is how the government calls it, but you're neither a government nor have the option to be come one. at the level where you go into business, the thing is not a government but a gang. [10:14]
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HeySteve mircea_popescu, I understand your point. my gf agrees with you. I can make this better for property holders if tenants pay a double (or even triple) deposit, or perhaps I must think on further improvements. those making a tidy living off scamming tenants will of course never go for it, but a good-faith landlord might appreciate having more insurance against property damage / non-payment. [10:49]
HeySteve also, landlords do compete for smart tenants with options, as as per pete's point 1. so here is an aspect other than lowering prices which owners can use to attract good tenants (who can appreciate the benefits of "no" custodial risk). [10:49]
mircea_popescu no landlord makes a tidy living off scaming tenants. [10:49]
mircea_popescu this is like saying the mcdonalds makes a tidy living off giving out wrong change. [10:50]
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mircea_popescu seems dubious landlords compete for passive-agressive tenants with no options. they do compete for rich tenants, but you don't have a value proposition for those guys. [10:50]
mircea_popescu if they get pissed off they just sue. [10:51]
mircea_popescu (and they can do A LOT of damage with that, many jurisdiction have the notion of problem landlord in some manner, and you can often get treble damages, heck in one case a guy i know got the landlord kicked out of town. as in, had to sell ALL his property and not buy there again, ever.) [10:52]
mircea_popescu anyway, not for me to change your mind. let me only suggest that once you get this business off the ground there's a ready avenue to expand : you could do the same for paycheck loans. [10:54]
mircea_popescu probably pond shops also. [10:54]
mircea_popescu none of this will ever work in any sense, but if you play it right and get lucky might get you dinner with obama, which... i hear the food sucks and the table manners are worse, but then again they're not inviting me so it's all good. [10:55]
HeySteve <+mircea_popescu> no landlord makes a tidy living off scaming tenants. <- perhaps I should say, "make frequent bonuses." there's a rental agency infamous for it in SA and also a few private owners I could mention. it's also very common for them to not keep the deposit in an interest-bearing account by law or to skim the interest. from that same rental agency, tenants apparently get back [10:56]
HeySteve <0.01% over a year's occupancy. [10:56]
mircea_popescu what's interest in sa ? [10:56]
HeySteve competing for rich tenants, well I offer them the guaranteed return of their deposit without the hassle of litigation. courts may be effective in some cases but there's always legal risk and time costs involved. [10:57]
mircea_popescu not really. you're offering them the opportunity to push up your venture for free on their own influence/dime. which they won't take - if they were the sort of derp to fall for that they'd be on reddit complaining about how they have no money and the landlord's scamming them. [10:59]
HeySteve standard bank interest is about 6% [10:59]
mircea_popescu so you're saying a tenant taking a property with a market value of 120k for a year at the usual ~10% ie 1k a month is being gypped for the fabulous sum of 60 bux ? this can't quite be right can it ? [11:00]
HeySteve well, what happens in practice is the agency spends those funds and claims the rate is that low to disguise the fact [11:01]
mircea_popescu anyway. if there's actually a problem agency you got there, the solution is either for the tenants to start an association/class action suit if you have them/whatever is the equivalent in the jurisdiction ; or else for a competitor to start advertising deposit fairness. [11:01]
mircea_popescu specifically : there exist two classes of solutions and they both come from stakeholders in the problem. [11:01]
mircea_popescu what's a property manager spend money on anyway ?! they're all cash flow positive, that's the point. [11:02]
mircea_popescu if they have expenses, the only reason can possibly be insanely shitty tenants, [11:02]
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mircea_popescu which keep damaging the property. [11:02]
HeySteve lol there's plenty of those here, could tell some stories. but in this case of this agency who are more high end market, it's the expense of running a slush fund [11:04]
mircea_popescu a what ? [11:04]
mircea_popescu what's this, the cia rental agency ? [11:04]
HeySteve like a hookers and coke fund, you know, it's bezzle [11:04]
HeySteve I don't know where the money goes but they are raking in all these deposits [11:05]
mircea_popescu a slush fund is money a government body, such as an embassy, secret service, captured "business" runs to bribe people with. [11:05]
mircea_popescu this is not in any sense related to the concept of bezzle. [11:05]
HeySteve ok, noted [11:06]
mircea_popescu well, if you don't know where it goes maybe it's legitimate ? maybe they actually spend ~1.1k after each tenant leaves, on average. [11:06]
HeySteve they inflate the repair and cleaning expenses at least 5x from the bills I've seen [11:06]
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HeySteve $25 light bulbs etc. [11:06]
mircea_popescu well... the new expensive ones are about there no ? [11:07]
HeySteve about competitors advertising deposit fairness, hope they will use this system I propose to enforce it. [11:07]
HeySteve well maybe for marijuana growers but I mean just regular 60W bulbs, shouldn't be more than $5 here [11:08]
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HeySteve the china cheapies are like $2.5 max [11:09]
mircea_popescu no but i mean the "energy efficient" mercury dispensers. [11:09]
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mircea_popescu they're often in rental units because hey, "energy efficiency". i have to take them out every time. [11:10]
HeySteve ah right, sure those are more but even if they're upgrading them it's still over-priced and outside contract [11:10]
HeySteve I read about you finding "MP" old style bulbs [11:10]
mircea_popescu you have NO IDEA what an impact quality of lighting has on quality of life. [11:11]
HeySteve what was the story there, random find or they actually made them for you? [11:11]
mircea_popescu haha no, actual light bulb (proper incandescents, not the bullshit halogens emplaced in an incandescent ampoule) is still produced, and still sold. [11:13]
shinohai I am glad that someone still likes incandescent bulbs. I have an entire case of GE 60 and 100 watts in my basement. [11:14]
mircea_popescu i have no problem flood-lighting industrial spaces in sodium lamps, or blowing the shit out of consumable beauties in the studio with halogen projectors. [11:14]
mircea_popescu but at home, ima have the warm tones of old style filament, tyvm. [11:15]
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shinohai I like them for reading, I mainly use them in my library/lab [11:16]
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pete_dushenski top o' the mornin', lads ! [11:17]
HeySteve I have a UV light from an old apparatus I should find a use for [11:18]
HeySteve hey pete_dushenski [11:18]
mircea_popescu anyway, as a take-away : if you're depressed, before you try seroquel or whatever, try changing your lightbulbs. [11:18]
pete_dushenski ^ [11:18]
pete_dushenski and fiddling with your computer's screen settings [11:18]
mircea_popescu yeah. evne if you don't have a crt, 6300k is better than 9 [11:18]
HeySteve heard about the SAD lamps but screen settings? [11:19]
pete_dushenski << there's nothing outside the paper rental contract at the end of the day. but i guess i'm still about foggy about what 'this' is [11:20]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 07:40:52; HeySteve: < yes indeed. wanted to ask you, as a landlord, if a larger deposit or possibly additional contract terms outside the paper rental contract would entice you to look at something like this [11:20]
shinohai I suppose when my supply runs out I will have to learn to blow glass and make my own. [11:20]
mircea_popescu shinohai or go to china town. [11:21]
pete_dushenski i set my screens at 5`500k in the daytime and dial it back to 4`100k before bed to wind me down [11:21]
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HeySteve yeah warm white bulbs look a lot better than cool blue, or however they call them [11:22]
pete_dushenski ;;seen mats [11:22]
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shinohai When I find them in my travels, I will generally buy them whether one or ten. I bought these cases from a store that went out of biz. [11:23]
pete_dushenski ;;ticker [11:23]
gribble Bitfinex BTCUSD ticker | Best bid: 265.13, Best ask: 265.23, Bid-ask spread: 0.10000, Last trade: 265.13, 24 hour volume: 24875.3493399, 24 hour low: 264.0, 24 hour high: 275.0, 24 hour vwap: None [11:23]
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pete_dushenski HeySteve: as high as 6x << that's. bananas. and not the kind for practising deepthroats either. [11:24]
mircea_popescu aww, ethereum only down 1% today ? [11:24]
HeySteve << there's nothing outside the paper rental contract at the end of the day. but i guess i'm still about foggy about what 'this' is < haven't reached clarity yet myself but this discussion is helping a lot. basically a multiple of the rental deposit normally paid to the landlord gets escrowed in cryptocurrency. [11:24]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 07:40:52; HeySteve: < yes indeed. wanted to ask you, as a landlord, if a larger deposit or possibly additional contract terms outside the paper rental contract would entice you to look at something like this [11:24]
HeySteve pete_dushenski, apparently that's the standard garantia in uruguay [11:25]
HeySteve pretty brutal but that's what I found when looking at renting that side [11:25]
pete_dushenski aha. well who gives a shit about uruguay ? [11:25]
pete_dushenski just cuz they legalised weed doesn't mean anyone wants to live there [11:25]
mircea_popescu so let me get this straight, you want to give people too poor to litigate, too stupid / desocialized to talk to the landlord and too scared to act the option "you can either pay 100 to the landlord as deposit or 300 to me and unlike the landlord I PROMISE to give it back (maybe), except im not anywhere near you and you can't burn my house down" ? [11:26]
mircea_popescu this is your idea ? [11:26]
mircea_popescu they'll take the 100. [11:26]
pete_dushenski HeySteve: standard bank interest is about 6% << also uruguay ? or mars ? [11:26]
mircea_popescu in fact, your idea sounds to alf like it was invented by the landlords in question, because the mere presence of this bad (horrible!) option on the table makes the miserable first more palatable than it would be on its own. [11:26]
mircea_popescu pete_dushenski aparently south africa. i have nfi. [11:27]
pete_dushenski mircea_popescu: aww, ethereum only down 1% today ? << sun's barely up. [11:27]
mircea_popescu "today" as in "past 24" [11:27]
pete_dushenski no trading on the sabbath [11:27]
pete_dushenski :P [11:27]
mircea_popescu lol [11:27]
HeySteve pete_dushenski in south africa [11:28]
HeySteve but I wouldn't recommend it as a carry trade destination [11:28]
pete_dushenski so THAT'S why fluffypony's so comfy there ! [11:28]
mircea_popescu lol [11:28]
mircea_popescu i have my doubts, tbh. [11:28]
pete_dushenski not just the hot wife with the sexy middle finger [11:28]
mircea_popescu you know "hot wife" is a term of art. [11:28]
pete_dushenski ok ? [11:29]
HeySteve mircea_popescu, no promise, 2 of 3 escrow [11:29]
mircea_popescu HeySteve what ? [11:29]
pete_dushenski HeySteve that's just MORE counterparties, y'know [11:29]
pete_dushenski not helping your case [11:29]
mircea_popescu the outcome is that he gets his deposit back SOMETIMES. so maybe. [11:29]
HeySteve well no, tenant and landlord are 2 parties. if both sides keep to contract, my only role is telling them how to set it up [11:29]
mircea_popescu but the tenant still only gets his deposit back maybe. [11:30]
mircea_popescu and you promise. for all he knows you throw dimes to figure out who to side with. [11:30]
HeySteve well, say landlord claims "but you broke lightbulb so I'm keeping it all." there's a process based on evidence. [11:30]
mircea_popescu leaving aside the failures of "evidence based" in "process", be it political, juridical or otherwise [11:31]
* pete_dushenski can't imagine the cost of this 'evidence gathering' [11:31]
mircea_popescu you are entirely unequipped to handle this. [11:31]
HeySteve and it's public, so if I take bribes pretty soon it'll become obvious [11:31]
mircea_popescu ... [11:31]
pete_dushenski lol [11:31]
mircea_popescu you mean, like it is "obvious" that the rental agency suycks ? [11:31]
mircea_popescu here, it's obvious : you take bribes. [11:31]
mircea_popescu i read it on the internet. [11:31]
shinohai "Dear Mr. Landlord: I knew you were probably gonna keep my deposit anyway, so I just went ahead and trashed up the place good so you can keep the deposit." [11:31]
mircea_popescu except they already did that and are lying about it now. [11:32]
HeySteve the evidence thing, at start and conclusion of contract, tenant and landlord document condition of property with photo and video [11:33]
mircea_popescu so ima spend two hours shooting amateur footage to (maybe!) save 60 bucks a year from now ? [11:34]
mircea_popescu what do you do when the landlord and the tenant each upload a video and they don't even look like they come from the same place ? [11:34]
HeySteve so you can say if damages or dirtiness occur and tenant loses fair cost to fix that, or landlord is trying to pull a fast one and doesn't get to keep deposit [11:34]
mircea_popescu you can tell if dirtyness occurs from amateur shot digicams ?! [11:34]
HeySteve maybe not a fine layer of dust [11:35]
HeySteve but if someone uses the microwave as a BBQ (happens here) then it's clear [11:35]
HeySteve you know, big expensive damages are obvious [11:35]
HeySteve and that's mostly the costly stuff, although trying to think of exceptional cases of subtle but costly damage [11:36]
mircea_popescu not only is this a horrible idea, but it is my considered opinion that you are very far yet from the intellectual maturity that'd allow you to marry, let alone raise children, and that running any kind of business is many many years in the future AFTER THAT. [11:36]
HeySteve those would probably need an expert [11:36]
mircea_popescu so let's talk of something else. [11:36]
HeySteve well, that's a bit blunt but I'll certainly consider the objections and problems. [11:38]
pete_dushenski HeySteve in large part, that's why ~people~ hang around here : the bluntness [11:40]
pete_dushenski << the pictures of the kids are the saddest [11:43]
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HeySteve pete_dushenski well I agree, it has made things clearer. helps me when approaching people who won't speak their mind, knowing how they will might it. [11:45]
HeySteve *might see it, rather [11:46]
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shinohai <<< Better for self-improvement, no? We can go back to reddit and have fellow narcissistic trolls tell you "it's not you, it's them." Now with more upboats for your feels. [11:53]
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mircea_popescu it's not like i hate you or anything. the problem is that you're intellectually imuno-compromised so to speak, by which i mean : you get ideas, which is fine, but also a common function of the human mind. but then when you go to evaluate them, your evaluator is broken, and when the evaluator is called into question it's discovered in turn that the building blocks are also broken and in turn the building blocks for thos [11:55]
mircea_popescu e. this is a very vulnerable position to be in, and it requires immediate and insistent attention. [11:55]
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mircea_popescu in other mews, [13:09]
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mircea_popescu omaigawd these idiots with forcing cigarette packs to depict whatever valuable messages. [13:15]
mircea_popescu manufacturers are putting stuff like "it's what's inside that counts" on the remaining space and winning with it. [13:16]
asciilifeform << correct. the idiot-poor imagine that the source of their misfortune is the malfeasance of a ~particular~ landlord. rather than the existence of landlords as a class. [13:17]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 13:49:52; mircea_popescu: this is like saying the mcdonalds makes a tidy living off giving out wrong change. [13:17]
mircea_popescu the existence of landlords as a class is no more to their detriment than the existence of fire as a phenomena. [13:17]
asciilifeform fire as a phenomenon is a downer when you're in hell. [13:17]
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mircea_popescu i know, i know, "british researches discover antioxidants hold secret to eternal lyf" [13:18]
asciilifeform l0l [13:18]
asciilifeform rentierism is not this inescapable thing, like oxidation. [13:19]
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mircea_popescu but it is. [13:19]
asciilifeform my grandfathers paid 0 rent. [13:19]
mircea_popescu and lived in a shithole. [13:19]
asciilifeform aha [13:19]
asciilifeform whereas i pay to live in shithole. [13:19]
mircea_popescu before fire people had 0 fires! [13:19]
mircea_popescu asciilifeform no. because none of the tools you hoard, your grandfather could have had. [13:20]
asciilifeform i'd trade it all for pen, paper, and zero orcs [13:20]
mircea_popescu they are, much like the jet, mere prongs. extensions. that require the whole story, and the whole story is that finance. [13:20]
mircea_popescu this is moot, because you are not engaging in commerce. [13:20]
asciilifeform naturally. [13:20]
mircea_popescu your grandfather traded the pen paper and 0 orcs for this, and this is what you have. [13:20]
asciilifeform nobody's showing up with time machine and asking 'wanne be peano?' [13:21]
asciilifeform grandfather traded; i - given half a chance - will trade right fucking back. [13:21]
mircea_popescu (note that the 0 orcs in THAT case comes from lack of differentiation. there's a lot fewer retarded children at 2 weeks than at 2 years of age. guess why ?) [13:21]
asciilifeform but let's pretend grandfather had lived in usa. there, folks paid for five-room house what today a schmuck pays for a car. (sums converted per any algo you like) [13:23]
mircea_popescu "all my grandcarbons traded soot for gaseous form, said the co2. and given half a chance, i'll trade it right the fuck back, said he. and so it was, and had been a number of times prior.) [13:23]
mircea_popescu but we can't pretend like this. [13:23]
asciilifeform hey all the co2 needs is to sit in the sun... [13:23]
asciilifeform a bit harder for man. [13:24]
mircea_popescu for a co2 this is hard work. from each according to his complexitits. [13:24]
asciilifeform l0lz [13:24]
mircea_popescu hehe [13:24]
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asciilifeform related lul: [13:25]
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mircea_popescu i've had this discussion with old folk in romania. they have a very distinct FEEL for the old style settled village life in that space. i have a very precise understanding of it, because they're cows and i'm the young lord. nevertheless, the point stands : [13:25]
mircea_popescu yes, "all the girls were happy and all the boys lalala". but did they know how to suck cock ? [13:25]
mircea_popescu "oh, we did without", is the answer, if the guy;'s not too much of an intellectual coward and the matter's even considered. [13:26]
asciilifeform they did without z80 even! [13:26]
mircea_popescu fine, so you did without this, and that. now you do without this other and that other. so what of it ? [13:26]
mircea_popescu "it was better". i'm sure. until it is and all you can think of is how to trade dad's old house for two shiny new ipads and a van. [13:26]
mircea_popescu IT MOVES111 [13:26]
asciilifeform mircea_popescu knows the old legend of how manhattan was sold ? [13:27]
mircea_popescu yes. [13:27]
asciilifeform same idea, no ? [13:27]
mircea_popescu no. [13:27]
mircea_popescu or moreover, perhaps, but i don't think you have the right idea. [13:27]
asciilifeform same from the white man's pov. the indians, of course, laughed, because they had no intention of vacating [13:27]
mircea_popescu here's the thing : at the time the sale completed you didn't know who is pulling the dud. they thought they got equal value. [13:28]
mircea_popescu THIS is why landlords. [13:28]
mircea_popescu some people want to go all in. some do not. [13:28]
mircea_popescu you have to have deals between them to allow each to get what he wants. [13:28]
asciilifeform sure. when i need a bulldozer, i rent it. [13:30]
mircea_popescu aha. [13:31]
mircea_popescu oxidation. [13:31]
asciilifeform but bulldozer shops, as a class, have not removed the option of keeping the bulk of my paycheque. [13:31]
mircea_popescu and fire as a class has not removed the option of keeping the bulk of your skin. [13:31]
mircea_popescu up to your stupid head. [13:31]
asciilifeform this'd be more like the uv background in new zealand. [13:32]
mircea_popescu so yes, you're right : the idiot-poor imagine that the source of their misfortune is the malfeasance of a ~particular~ event, rather than the large clump of shit they carry around on their shoulders. [13:32]
asciilifeform at a certain point, 'keeping your skin' becomes an all-consuming project. [13:32]
asciilifeform mircea_popescu makes it sound like 'these morons are stuffing their fingers into mains sockets, all they gotta do is stop!' [13:33]
asciilifeform but what would 'stop' look like? let's have a worked example ? [13:33]
mircea_popescu depends. what's the example gonna be scored on ? [13:34]
asciilifeform plausibility ? [13:34]
asciilifeform with 'yes you can take the finger out of the socket!' being a 1.0 [13:34]
asciilifeform (entirely feasible) [13:35]
asciilifeform and 'fly to mars on your farts, find phreedom there!' a 0.0 [13:35]
mircea_popescu so what exactly is the start situation, 25 derp with 100k in college debt, no skills, no resources, no social net, in the middle of a shitland like the us ? [13:36]
asciilifeform nah, this is cheating [13:36]
asciilifeform this fella is mega-loaded [13:36]
mircea_popescu well ? [13:36]
asciilifeform with not-being-bound-to-the-soil [13:36]
mircea_popescu so make the situation up. [13:36]
asciilifeform let's have a programmer, of some skill, no social net, no savings, pays 100K rent to make 120K in some godforsaken saltmine, in usa [13:37]
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mircea_popescu forget about it. go up to every woman over 50 you run into, kneel before her, kiss her shoes, beg her to give you something to do. explain that you have made such a mess of your life, this is actually the only sane avenue out. [13:38]
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asciilifeform mircea_popescu offers the broomstick ! [13:39]
asciilifeform i knew it. [13:39]
mircea_popescu there's no rule that you must LIKE IT. [13:39]
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asciilifeform mircea_popescu: work this example. so schmuck sat down on this broomstick. now what happens ? [13:39]
asciilifeform god forgives his sins? [13:39]
asciilifeform how does this work. [13:39]
mircea_popescu yes. [13:39]
mircea_popescu no, that's exactly what happens. his worthless existence is forfeit, but he'll hopefully have some kids a little less retarded than him [13:40]
mircea_popescu A LITTLE. [13:40]
mircea_popescu five or so generations out he might even have reached humanity. [13:40]
mircea_popescu with some luck, anyway. [13:40]
asciilifeform how does the >50 woman produce the kids ? [13:40]
asciilifeform out of clay ? [13:40]
pete_dushenski <--> [13:40]
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mircea_popescu no, see, it is not your job to contribute anything intellectually to this. [13:41]
mircea_popescu never you mind how she does it. you're the clay. [13:41]
mircea_popescu pete_dushenski aha. [13:41]
asciilifeform mircea_popescu will be delighted to learn that we already had this algo. it was called 'the last bullet health, life, and retirement pension co.' [13:41]
pete_dushenski mircea_popescu 99.5% 'smoking is bad'-ery [13:41]
pete_dushenski per pack [13:41]
mircea_popescu asciilifeform not even similar. [13:42]
asciilifeform entirely similar. schmuck: 'i have a problem.' commander: slides pistol with one round across the table [13:42]
mircea_popescu not at all. [13:42]
pete_dushenski << pretty weak effort imo [13:42]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 16:10:38; fluffypony: [13:42]
mircea_popescu the case here is, schmuck : when i drink coffee, my eye hurts. commander : take the spoon out of cup before driniking. schmuck : i would rather kill myself. [13:43]
mircea_popescu yeah, well, the problem is the broken brain that fails to comprehend how spoons work is also unsurprisingly going to incorrectly evaluate suicide as an option. [13:43]
pete_dushenski << ok spinoza. [13:43]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 16:20:12; asciilifeform: i'd trade it all for pen, paper, and zero orcs [13:43]
mircea_popescu spinoza had sand. [13:43]
pete_dushenski and ? [13:44]
mircea_popescu certainly no vagina. thinking of this... i wonder how vaginal diamond polishing would work. [13:44]
mircea_popescu "insert and twerk" [13:44]
mircea_popescu i wonder if one could make money with a new-age-y brand of "swarovki" crystals that you... personalize. [13:45]
pete_dushenski it's fairly mind-blowing how much money 'swarovski' makes [13:46]
pete_dushenski waaay bigger scam than even de beers [13:46]
mircea_popescu course. cheaper. [13:46]
asciilifeform actually the logic is there, even if mircea_popescu does not see it. [13:46]
asciilifeform 'this problem will not be solved for you personally, pray that your grandchildren get to live like people' <--> 'but i don't want to have children, i want to live like people ~myself~' [13:46]
asciilifeform ergo == 'last bullet pension fund' [13:47]
mircea_popescu asciilifeform the problem with diseased mental states is not that they don't have their own, often very well drawn out, self-consistent "logic". [13:47]
mircea_popescu the problem with diseased mental states is that THEY ARE IMPRODUCTIVE. [13:47]
mircea_popescu which is the original complaint you formulated [13:47]
mircea_popescu also happens to be how various nuts end up at the doctor. "what i do doesn't work" "don't do that" "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!??!?!?!" [13:48]
asciilifeform well you were the one who diagnosed the patient as terminal, no ? [13:48]
mircea_popescu i did ? [13:48]
mircea_popescu i diagnosed the patient's evaluatory mechanism as terminated. [13:48]
asciilifeform << [13:48]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 16:38:17; mircea_popescu: forget about it. go up to every woman over 50 you run into, kneel before her, kiss her shoes, beg her to give you something to do. explain that you have made such a mess of your life, this is actually the only sane avenue out. [13:48]
mircea_popescu aha. so ? [13:49]
mircea_popescu what, you think humiliation ends life ? [13:49]
mircea_popescu if only. so fewer politicians running around. [13:50]
asciilifeform not precisely. more that ~redemptive humiliation~ only exists for young woman. [13:50]
asciilifeform (and possibly young man, army recruit) [13:50]
mircea_popescu heh. [13:50]
mircea_popescu "for anyone not-me" ? [13:50]
asciilifeform roughly. [13:50]
mircea_popescu yeah well. so now you can look upon teh priors as such. [13:51]
asciilifeform << as here. [13:51]
assbot Logged on 11-08-2015 13:29:38; mircea_popescu: asciilifeform beating old people is a bad idea. [13:51]
mircea_popescu who said beating ? [13:51]
mircea_popescu yes, young people you can straighten out whether they want to or not. [13:51]
mircea_popescu old people, not so much, which is why it's upon you. [13:51]
asciilifeform 'beating' here as proxy of 'nobody needs a you for anything, find a way to stop being you' [13:52]
mircea_popescu this is not what it means. [13:52]
asciilifeform then what does it mean? work through the example with the old woman, for my education [13:52]
mircea_popescu old woman that never had children ? [13:53]
asciilifeform what happens? fella is lucky enough to encounter an old woman that will take him in as a servant? or what [13:53]
mircea_popescu im not sure what you're asking. [13:53]
asciilifeform 'go up to every woman over 50 you run into, kneel before her, kiss her shoes, beg her to give you something to do' [13:53]
mircea_popescu aha. [13:53]
pete_dushenski << romanian peasant farmers idem [13:53]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 16:30:17; asciilifeform: sure. when i need a bulldozer, i rent it. [13:53]
asciilifeform what does this look like in practice ? [13:53]
mircea_popescu from whose persepective ? [13:54]
pete_dushenski << "can you believe the run of bad luck i've been having ?" [13:55]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 16:32:23; mircea_popescu: so yes, you're right : the idiot-poor imagine that the source of their misfortune is the malfeasance of a ~particular~ event, rather than the large clump of shit they carry around on their shoulders. [13:55]
asciilifeform mircea_popescu: from the perspective of the schmuck [13:55]
mircea_popescu death. [13:55]
mircea_popescu i think the expression is "mortified" [13:56]
asciilifeform so last bullet ? [13:56]
mircea_popescu no. it LOOKS LIKE. [13:56]
mircea_popescu a healhy erect cock also looks like death to a good half of fifteen year old brides. [13:57]
mircea_popescu most survive. [13:57]
pete_dushenski death as in 'swallow your pride' [13:57]
mircea_popescu nah, that's easy. [13:57]
mircea_popescu the problem is that well, cutting the knife with the very knife in question. [13:57]
mircea_popescu we laugh when the only result of sponsored "scientific studies" is that they need more studies (ie, more sponsorship) [13:58]
asciilifeform what comes after the 'swallowed pride' ? [13:58]
pete_dushenski 'leave your problems at the door' [13:58]
mircea_popescu we kinda don't laugh when the only result of the stupid brain is more stupid. [13:58]
pete_dushenski then what walks through ? [13:58]
pete_dushenski asciilifeform pandora's box [13:58]
asciilifeform let's take this to the actual story. mircea_popescu, in the face of the old woman says, 'stop being a programmer, here is an address of a pub, you can become an apprentice cock-sucker there' ? [13:59]
mircea_popescu you think ?! [13:59]
mircea_popescu i've yet to see this one. [13:59]
asciilifeform then what, if not this? what happens after the humiliation ? [13:59]
asciilifeform in concrete terms. [13:59]
mircea_popescu what happens after death alfie ? [13:59]
mircea_popescu IN CONCRETE TERMS PLOX! [13:59]
asciilifeform worms eat ya [14:00]
mircea_popescu that's not happening to you. [14:00]
asciilifeform then you ain't properly dead [14:00]
pete_dushenski worms can survive the saline environment of the mines [14:00]
asciilifeform and are still having same problem [14:00]
pete_dushenski can't* [14:00]
mircea_popescu mno, i mean, you're not there~ [14:00]
mircea_popescu "i fear not my own death for when it is, i am no longer, and while i am, it isn't." [14:00]
asciilifeform then, supposing that the Magical Wand of Curative Humiliation exists, there is a zombie walking around with your passport in his pocket, while you are dead. [14:01]
pete_dushenski amor fati [14:01]
mircea_popescu wait, you actually dusted off the phylosophycal zombye ?! woot. [14:01]
mircea_popescu this is not a tool of thought, you know. it's a tool of grantsmanship. [14:01]
asciilifeform hence my great surprise at mircea_popescu appearing to ask for him ! [14:02]
mircea_popescu but i aren't! [14:02]
asciilifeform ok, then who is walking around after this 'death' ? [14:02]
asciilifeform and what does he do to earn a living ? [14:02]
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mircea_popescu well, you don't know. [14:02]
mircea_popescu that's kinda the point. [14:02]
asciilifeform so this is all obscurantist claptrap ? [14:02]
mircea_popescu if you will. [14:02]
pete_dushenski damn this pop-in-pop-out stuff... time to take the worm for a walk. bbl. [14:04]
mircea_popescu is anything that doesn't admit a technological approach (such as say, random number generation) obscurantist claptrap ? [14:04]
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asciilifeform anything that can't be modelled meaningfully [14:05]
asciilifeform (rng sure as fuck - can) [14:05]
mircea_popescu in every arbitrary context ? [14:05]
asciilifeform in some context, on demand [14:05]
mircea_popescu even in a context that is by definition constructed to not allow the modelling ? [14:05]
* asciilifeform has to go and change the canister in his sophistry gas mask now. bbl [14:06]
mircea_popescu "worms eat you psssh". i could have said "life goes on" for all the good that does anyone. and then I'M THE SOPHIST!!1 [14:07]
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mircea_popescu bwhaha and the next thing i run into is, of course, [14:43]
assbot The Last Psychiatrist: Can Narcissism Be Cured? ... ( ) [14:43]
mircea_popescu "VIII. The Solution No One Will Like [14:44]
mircea_popescu "I feel like I am playing a part, that I'm in a role. It doesn't feel real." [14:44]
mircea_popescu Instead of trying to stop playing a role-- again, a move whose aim is your happiness-- try playing a different role whose aim is someone else's happiness. Why not play the part of the happy husband of three kids?" [14:44]
mircea_popescu the solution is retarded in that it doesn't solute anything, but the MECHANISM is in fact exposed. [14:44]
assbot [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 6252 @ 0.00050528 = 3.159 BTC [+] [14:58]
ben_vulpes ;;later tell trinque yo deedbot- got calved off the b-assberg [15:01]
gribble The operation succeeded. [15:01]
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trinque pile of chairs indeed [15:05]
trinque ty ben_vulpes [15:05]
ben_vulpes mhm [15:06]
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BingoBoingo ;;later tell pete_dushenski I must have missed it [17:36]
gribble The operation succeeded. [17:36]
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BingoBoingo deedbot-: [17:47]
deedbot- Bad URL or network outage. [17:47]
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trinque BingoBoingo: needs the text one. [17:47]
BingoBoingo Ah, ty [17:47]
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trinque yw [17:48]
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jurov if the "after" you thinks and acts completely differently, then how is it different from death? [18:09]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 17:02:02; asciilifeform: ok, then who is walking around after this 'death' ? [18:09]
jurov you want to learn from him. but he does inscrutable things you may even abhor. [18:09]
mircea_popescu quite. [18:21]
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mircea_popescu this is an interesting quote, [18:36]
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mircea_popescu I will forgo any back story as to why I was in the situation I was in. Just know that it involved an absent dad and one very bad, pathological liar of a mom. [18:36]
mircea_popescu When I was 15-17 I was in DCFS custody for (honestly) "insubordinance". Don't ever underestimate the power of a sociopathic mom and a corrupt juvenile system. Eventually I found myself placed in a foster home under the pretext that I'd be on my way back home as soon as I "straightened up" and flew right. Among the many dozens of pathetic failings of the system I was now privy to, this post reminded me of one in particu [18:36]
mircea_popescu lar. While the foster family was at church one day, curiosity got the better of me and I snuck a peek at the file of reports they were required to submit to the company the state was outsourcing foster care to. Imagine my surprise (I was naive) when I discovered they were submitting false incident reports. [18:36]
mircea_popescu They were completely fabricating incidents in order to make it look like I not only belonged there, but needed to be there quite a bit longer. Of course, every report ended with them swooping in to save the day and resolve things in-house. For those that don't see why they'd do such a thing, most (yes, sadly it's most) foster parents do it for the MONEY. I ended up staying in 3 different homes. #1) I slept in a storage [18:36]
mircea_popescu closet with a sheet for a door. #2) I slept in a 10x10 bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds always running at full capacity. #3) I slept in the utility closet that contained the hot water heater. It was barely big enough to fit the tiny bed, but at least this time I had a door. [18:36]
mircea_popescu When it came down to it, they saw their choices as either telling the truth and risk me being sent home or filing fake incident reports to keep me placed there. I was an easy check every month. The only work they had to do was write false incident reports and fill out some paperwork in order to get paid. If I were to be sent home I'd be replaced by a kid that would most likely have real and serious behavior issues. If [18:36]
mircea_popescu you're only in it for the money, why do more work for the same pay? F#@$ that. It would take things like morals and integrity to do the right thing in the juvenile system in this country; two of the many virtues this system has little to none of. Corrupt judges receiving kickbacks and facility owners buying jets and boats with money obtained by falsely imprisoning minors is all business as usual in the juvenile justice [18:36]
mircea_popescu system. Things like this are only news to those who have never been a part of it. [18:36]
mircea_popescu (How I got out of it is just as far-fetched to most people as the lies that put me in it in the first place.) [18:36]
mircea_popescu always remember : for every aspirational derpy chick with delusions of self importance [18:37]
mircea_popescu there exist in the us-of-a at least a dozen juvenile females who go "at least i had a door". [18:37]
shinohai [19:04]
shinohai Sounds good until I get accused of plagiarism and hounded on twitter to return the $30-40 in BTC you "paid" me to write. [19:06]
mircea_popescu ahahah ouch [19:06]
shinohai He strikes me as the type of guy that would want me to pay him royalties just to quote him. [19:08]
mircea_popescu he;s the type of guy like that marginal tv derp what's his face, with the icelandic coin scam [19:09]
mircea_popescu keiser. [19:09]
mircea_popescu he'll read what the teleprompter says while pretending he's somebody. meanwhile he's nobody and it's too late for him to get an actual job anyway. [19:09]
assbot [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 17500 @ 0.00050289 = 8.8006 BTC [-] [19:10]
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mircea_popescu but in other news, [19:13]
assbot ... ( ) [19:13]
shinohai Now I crave asian food. :D [19:19]
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mircea_popescu apparently, suicide among physicians in the us is larger than for the general population. however - male suicide is LOWER, whereas female suicide is not only higher, it's actually highere than the male [19:27]
mircea_popescu (a trend never seen, anywhere, anytime.) [19:27]
mircea_popescu congrats "feminists", you're making women wanna kill themselves! or, [19:28]
assbot Hey, stupid women ? We need to talk. Smart women don't want to be with you anymore. on Trilema - A blog by Mircea Popescu. ... ( ) [19:28]
shinohai Living in America period is enough to make you wanna kill yourself sometimes, sex be damned. [19:29]
thestringpuller shinohai: You can always just play GTA and laugh at how ridiculous America is. [19:32]
thestringpuller or watch South Park, same effect. [19:32]
shinohai Or I can turn off the TV and read an actual book .... [19:34]
mircea_popescu tv has tits on display in this passive-agressive manner tho [19:35]
mircea_popescu almost like a lobotomized henry miller wrote it all. [19:35]
shinohai My gf's tits display pretty nicely ... in HD AND zoom works! [19:37]
mircea_popescu "look honey, you're the size of a cow. and i don't mean the cow's udder. i mean the whole enchicowada." [19:38]
mircea_popescu "I go priced out of my childhood neighborhood, then out of my childhood city, then out of the region, then the state. [19:45]
mircea_popescu I have spent the last ten years of my life putting a normal-sized American family in crackerboxes and apartments, living with roommates, not going on vacation, cooking and buying secondhand and making do and doing all the rest of the normal things that normal people used to understand you had to do if you couldn't afford to do different." [19:45]
mircea_popescu heh. [19:45]
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mircea_popescu << possibly the first actual use for an ipad [20:32]
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funkenstein_ evenin' y'all, some lulzy spam for you: [20:53]
assbot dpaste: 3ANHGWB ... ( ) [20:53]
funkenstein_ [20:55]
assbot There's So Much Porn No One Watches It Anymore - Slog - The Stranger ... ( ) [20:55]
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thestringpuller it's a pete_dushenski [20:59]
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pete_dushenski howdy thestringpuller [21:00]
pete_dushenski how goes it this fine sunday evening ? [21:00]
pete_dushenski ;;later tell BingoBoingo cheers ! [21:01]
gribble The operation succeeded. [21:01]
pete_dushenski << the silent majority indeed. [21:02]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 21:36:59; mircea_popescu: there exist in the us-of-a at least a dozen juvenile females who go "at least i had a door". [21:02]
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funkenstein_ <-- i bet thestringpuller knows why i choose to live in babylon [21:15]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 22:29:24; shinohai: Living in America period is enough to make you wanna kill yourself sometimes, sex be damned. [21:15]
funkenstein_ hint - not meatwot [21:17]
pete_dushenski funkenstein_: babylon eh. like with saifedean in lebanon or what ? [21:21]
pete_dushenski << source ? [21:21]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 22:27:22; mircea_popescu: apparently, suicide among physicians in the us is larger than for the general population. however - male suicide is LOWER, whereas female suicide is not only higher, it's actually highere than the male [21:21]
pete_dushenski << pic ? ;) [21:21]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 22:36:48; shinohai: My gf's tits display pretty nicely ... in HD AND zoom works! [21:21]
pete_dushenski << .js probably doesn't mean much to old lady with winbloze craptop. and what's to stop her from thinking to herself "oh my those nice people in the tall building down on main street sure are moving with the times. and saving paper too! how thoughtful." [21:25]
assbot Logged on 18-10-2015 23:52:41; funkenstein_: evenin' y'all, some lulzy spam for you: [21:25]
funkenstein_ yeah and "court date".. better see what they want eh? especially in babylon ;) [21:27]
pete_dushenski << dunno how credible nor wtf 'maya angelou' and her fucking commute are doing in amongst the respectable folks, but 7 hours of sleep seem so be pretty standard. [21:27]
assbot ... ( ) [21:27]
pete_dushenski seems* [21:28]
pete_dushenski also of note (if true) : milton was the most physically active at 4hrs per day, flaubert did the most reading at 5hrs per day, and balzac did the most writing at 13.5hrs per day [21:32]
funkenstein_ wow balzac wins i guess [21:32]
mircea_popescu da fuck is that nonsense. [21:33]
funkenstein_ reminds me of when i first visited buenos aires [21:33]
funkenstein_ oh hai [21:33]
mircea_popescu they expect people to reply to then sell them legal services or something ? [21:34]
mircea_popescu da fuck, the most. i read 8 to 10 hours a day. [21:35]
pete_dushenski i'm guessing that if these figures have any meaning at all that they're from their 'productive years' [21:36]
mircea_popescu and the other side of interracial : [21:36]
assbot ... ( ) [21:36]
pete_dushenski or whenever they wrote their magnum opuses [21:37]
pete_dushenski opii ? [21:37]
mircea_popescu oopses. [21:37]
pete_dushenski mircea_popescu: looks like 'old south' style interracialism [21:38]
mircea_popescu looks like two having fun but what do i know. [21:38]
pete_dushenski well that too [21:38]
funkenstein_ i went to a "music" event there, advertising 14 hrs. of music beginning at 1 am [21:40]
pete_dushenski "If you say you are an artist, but you make little money from selling your art, can your work be considered a profession in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service? In a ruling handed down late last week by the United States Tax Court and seen by many as an important victory for artists, the answer is yes." [21:40]
pete_dushenski "The I.R.S., which accused Ms. Crile of underpaying her taxes by more than $81,000 from 2004 to 2009, argued that based on several factors, such as her lack of a written business plan, her work as an artist was “an activity not engaged in for profit” and that she could not claim tax deductions in excess of the income she made from her art." [21:40]
mircea_popescu art, of course, has nothing to do with this. the irs does not get to decide is the core. [21:42]
ben_vulpes deedbot-: << positiion [21:42]
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mircea_popescu i'd be kinda surprised if the irs actually earnestly argued against this one. [21:43]
ben_vulpes :^) [21:43]
BingoBoingo ben_vulpes: The spelling should be the same in the other signed ones [21:43]
mircea_popescu "Girlfriends are another. Girlfriends say: I pretend to believe you when you say you know kung fu, because I love you. The boyfriend says, not hearing anything she said: I'll stay with you until either I know kung fu; or you realize I don't really know kung fu, and my shame makes me hate you. What does it matter? None of this is the real thing anyway." [21:43]
mircea_popescu owch. [21:43]
mircea_popescu but yes, it's reasonably persuasive. the west is broken because "the women". specifically, because the women would like to help and the men can't be helped by them. [21:44]
ben_vulpes "men" [21:46]
pete_dushenski dinner beckons too soon. bon soir ! [21:49]
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deedbot- [BitBet Bets Bets] 1.67225201 BTC on 'No' - BTC to reach $1000 or more in 2015 - [21:57]
mircea_popescu well yeah [22:00]
mircea_popescu terms used nominally ; no relation to actual contents of jar. [22:00]
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