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Paul Graham

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It says a lot about the criminal justice system in your country when you're scheduling executions in the middle of the night. arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/…
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Looking at data can be comforting. Every time I read something alarming in the news, then look at the actual data, I feel better. News is intrinsically biased toward the exceptional. #manbitesdog
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Unbundling the university: Education - YouTube, Masterclass Accountability - Lambda Network/Alumni - Village Global, On Deck Credential - Github for X, P2P Flirting w/ Marxism - Read the NYT Dating - Tinder Moving away from parents - Airbnb, Common Friends - Clubhouse, Twitter twitter.com/eriktorenberg/…
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An implicit lesson in why "childcare" was less of an issue in preindustrial times. twitter.com/HenryRothwell/…
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"We have zero tolerance for any action that makes a sufficient number of people on Twitter mad." — de facto policy of most organizations
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Let’s talk about herd immunity. I’ve listened to some people argue that the rapid spread of cases is a good thing, and we need to reach herd immunity in Mississippi and elsewhere to survive. I’m not a health care expert by any means, but I am a math guy. And I have thoughts:
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The annual @FAO State of Food Security and Nutrition report is out: fao.org/3/ca9692en/onl… The world has not made further progress against undernourishment in the last 5 years. The share of undernourished people remained at close to 9%.
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Just show the series itself, not the change ft.com/content/da3027… This is the real "shape" of the numbers
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These things really did have hyper, super, meta, and control keys. twitter.com/RainerJoswig/s…
For those following along w the news on today's planned execution of Daniel Lee, there is *a lot* to this case that goes beyond the current litigation. Prosecutorial misconduct, junk science, evidence of innocence. I wrote about some of that here: theappeal.org/federal-prison…
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You can protect anything from unreasonable people by making them build something in order to attack it. Unreasonable people can't build.
One unexpected consequence of videos like this is that I'm less bothered by things people say to me on Twitter. The person shouting at you could be her. When all you see is text, without cues like body language and tone of voice, it's easier to attribute reason to people. twitter.com/_sagnikbasu/st…
People with CS degrees are not quite as fortunate as this graph suggests, because competition for programming jobs is so open. CS majors have to compete with programmers who didn't major in CS, and with those who don't have degrees.
'Heathrow from the Air', Norman Wilkinson, oil on canvas, 1948/50.
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People who commute by bike have: - a 52% lower risk of death from heart disease; - a 46% lower risk of developing heart disease; - a 40% lower risk of death from cancer - a 45% lower risk of developing cancer Via British study in @bmj_latest: bmj.com/content/357/bm…
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New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free bbc.com/news/world-asi…
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Irish Transport Minister rules out mandatory helmet law: "International evidence is that mandatory helmet legislation acts as a major disincentive to cycling such that the net impact of the legislation on public health is significantly negative "businesspost.ie/ireland/ryan-r…
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I have no idea how to test this but I suspect that that there is a strong correlation between number of history books someone has read and how moderate their opinions are. History is a list of simplistic ideologies failing to work as promised over and over again.
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"You're so bad, you're the reason ghosts shout 'Boo!'" "I pre-ordered you a cardboard box for when you're a grownup." — winning salvos by 8 yo in insult battle with 11 yo
When I click on "mute this conversation," I'm never sure how much of the subtree I'm lopping off, and by that point I never care.
This seemed barely plausible when I first mentioned it, but a couple days ago I found myself suggesting to a CEO that he consider moving the company to New Zealand. twitter.com/paulg/status/1…
You might think that when you're cutting stuff from an essay, the more you cut, the harder it gets. This is true at the end. But in the early stages it's sometimes not. Sometimes after cutting one bit, you look at another and think "well, I don't need this either."
"I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it's not." Those were the final words of a 30-year-old patient who died at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, this week after attending a so-called 'COVID party.' abcn.ws/3iSTCsc
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The movie stars of my kids' world are Youtubers you've probably never heard of.
Many fans of cancel culture have mentioned that it's mostly powerful people publishing opinions about it, as if that were some kind of contradiction. Of course it's mostly powerful people who are speaking openly about a phenomenon that gets less powerful people fired.
It's not about the signatories. A common email (example from this morning): "I left academia because I didn't conform to ultraleft views. I was walking on eggshells to avoid being denounced. No one knew I (horror) held moderate views...
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Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.
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"Stay out of this. This is not your problem." – 8 yo when I told him he needed a haircut
Hypothesis: When scholars say x is true and politicians and journalists say x is false, x is usually true.
A fact that will alarm many people but is nonetheless true: startup valuations are bets by professionals that the actual value of the company is significantly higher.
Jessica wrote this three years ago. It seems remarkably prescient now: foundersatwork.posthaven.com/the-sound-of-s…
1) A stranger than fiction Roman ring mystery thread: this enigmatic Roman gold ring was found in a ploughed field near Silchester in 1785. The square bezel has a portrait of the pagan goddess Venus, inscribed backwards SUNEV for use as a signet ring by the owner. Curiously...
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Maths Twitter is great! I thought I had a lake with no crossings orthogonal to both shores; @Lucretiel & @Quasilocal found my error; @KangarooPhysics, @NathanielVirgo & @mscibing found valid lakes. This is @mscibing’s. Plot is dot prod of crossing vector & far shore’s tangent.
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What’s something your parents did that you think was important for your development?
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States that opened without controlling Covid had to close. It's 100% predictable: schools that open with either extensive spread or without careful planning will have to close. It's SO important that our kids get back to school. That's why it's so important we do so thoughtfully.
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"There are many different ways to be wrong. What you think is a good idea may be one of them." — GPT3 trained by @arram on my tweets
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Part of teaching one's kids to think for themselves is teaching them that they can't express all their opinions openly except to trusted friends. This is not just a feature of our time. It's been true at every point in history.
2 months ago, had a conversation w/ Claire, a fierce public defender in P.G. County, MD. About brutal conditions in the jail. She had collected dozens of sworn declarations so painful, the people cried when she read them back. "No one's listening." We started to brainstorm.
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"Some epidemiologists have claimed that there is a relationship between viral load and severity. With more masks and more outdoor interactions, it’s possible that the recent surge is partly buoyed by an increase in these low-dosage cases." theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
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On every project I seem to end up using @imgix You plug it into source image sources like S3 bucket and can then request thumbnails, crops and a flurry of image processing via URL query parameters.
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Fundamental idea from information theory: information is proportional to degree of surprise. The more strongly you expected an answer, the less information it conveyed.
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Want a dose of optimism? Here's the future under construction. youtube.com/watch?v=g3r4lu…
@Architecturpic A blueprint of gas chamber and crematorium II at #Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Educated engineers and architects designed crematoria & gas chambers. They believed in Nazi ideology & gave their knowledge at its disposal. Education without morals and ethics can become very dangerous.
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The effect (and often the intention) of cancel culture is less to silence its immediate victims than to intimidate others with similar opinions into keeping quiet. So technically, it's exemplary punishment that induces self-censorship.
I've heard several people say that cancel culture isn't censorship, because people who get cancelled aren't prevented from speaking. This is technically correct, but only technically.
Surprise, disgust, and anger all in one facial expression. twitter.com/paulg/status/9…
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