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Comment author: Capla 21 March 2015 11:20:07PM 0 points [-]

No stupid questions thread?

What make a person sexual submissive, sexually dominant, or a switch? Do people ever change d/s orientation?

Comment author: Adele_L 22 March 2015 04:50:51PM *  0 points [-]

Based on some experiences that transgender people I know have had, it seems like a change in sex hormones can change their d/s orientation. Also, age seems to push people more towards sexual dominance.

Comment author: Adele_L 08 March 2015 06:22:37PM 3 points [-]

Meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

1 Adele_L 06 March 2015 10:52PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

WHEN: 14 March 2015 07:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Norgate Manor 2388 Lawrenceville Hwy. Unit L. Decatur, GA 30033

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is coming to an end! Join us as we celebrate!

Feel free to wear costumes - in fact it is encouraged!

We will have snacks, games, and discussion. Bring any food or entertainment you would like.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizer, Adele or post a comment here.

All are welcome to attend! We'd love to see you there! Feel free to drop in later or leave early at your convenience.

From 285 - get off at Exit 38 for Lawrenceviile Hwy. Head east towards the city down Lawrenceville Hwy. The location is right after the light at Harcourt Drive at Norgate Manor on the right.

There will be cats present at the location. Please park in spots marked 'Visitor' - there are plenty at the front of the complex.

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta HPMOR Wrap Party

Comment author: BenLowell 03 March 2015 09:19:13AM 3 points [-]

Are there any known groups which have high conscientiousness? I would be especially curious to know about groups with high conscientiousness and openness to experience.

Comment author: Adele_L 03 March 2015 04:16:31PM -1 points [-]

I would be especially curious to know about groups with high conscientiousness and openness to experience.

Possibly startup-culture people?

Comment author: raecai 28 February 2015 11:13:53PM 6 points [-]

Harry obviousely needs to buy some time, so he'd better start speaking. Patronus V2.0 grants only the "good" kind of power and feeds on caster's maxHP, so it could be revealed easier than partial transfiguration. Some meaningful amount of time is going to be acquired (while explaining HPJEV's viewpoint) that way, because HPJEV and LV oppose death in entirely different ways (one wants to fight it and the other one flees). But that's too easy and either is not in the solution at all or is followed but something more clever.

By the way, nobody said that that quote about falling black robes was from the good ending. Nor we have a 100% proof that Patronus V2.0 blocks any AK: it could be only LV's AK, due to resonance.

Also, assuming that both HPJEV and Hermione survive with their memories intact and have a chance to talk, it's going to be very awkward. Being murdered by LV can be expected, at least, but it's not easy at all to tell Hermione that she has just been brutally resurrected with at least three Dark rituals, has her mind state constantly backed up to a Dark item and regereneration ability similar to the one of the weapon which killed her in the first place.

Comment author: Adele_L 01 March 2015 12:34:29AM 8 points [-]

The part that's going to really get to Hermione is the fact that someone (original Quirrell) was killed for her sake.

Meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

1 Adele_L 12 February 2015 11:40PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

WHEN: 15 February 2015 07:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 2388 Lawrenceville Hwy. Unit L. Decatur, GA 30033

This meetup we'll be talking about social skills and making and maintaining healthy relationships. If you'd like, take a look at these posts in advance: http://lesswrong.com/lw/818/how_to_understand_people_better/ http://lesswrong.com/lw/5p6/how_and_why_to_granularize/ http://lesswrong.com/lw/63i/rational_romantic_relationships_part_1/

Please park in a spot labeled visitor, because parking in a numbered spot can get your car towed. There are cats at the location.

As usual, there will be snacks, games, and good conversation. Hope to see you there!

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta February Meetup - Relationships

Comment author: naeserum 03 February 2015 02:40:29AM 2 points [-]

I think polyamory is big in the rationalist community; what is the consensus on the effects of experimenting with it on later satisfaction with monogamy?

Comment author: Adele_L 03 February 2015 11:15:43PM 1 point [-]

I don't think there are enough people who have tried it and then gone back to being monogamous for there to be a consensus - but there are a few people who have, for example, Patri Friedman.

I would guess that these people will find monogamy more satisfying after going back to it.

Comment author: Viliam_Bur 19 January 2015 02:39:36PM *  5 points [-]

An interesting point, but a bad way of saying it.

I find it credible that people with different genes could have different optimal diets. How much of those difference would be between different ethnic groups, and how much would be between individuals within the same group, I have no idea. I also have no idea how much "what my ancestors ate" is close to "what would be optimal for me to eat". Also, I have no idea whether a diet optimized for a specific human would be significantly better than a diet optimized for an average human, compared with the improvement we would get by switching from an average first-world diet today.

I would like to see this question answered, preferably by someone who already doesn't have their bottom line written either way.

(A few random thoughts: Food allergies suggest that at least some individuals need wildly different diets than their neighbors. I would expect ethnic group differences in eating dairy products, and in vitamin D requirements. If Soylent becomes popular among people from different ethnic groups, we could get some nice data.)

Comment author: Adele_L 21 January 2015 03:07:15AM 1 point [-]

Also, I'm curious if hybrid vigor might give people of mixed descent some advantages, as well.

Comment author: sediment 12 January 2015 09:25:20AM *  6 points [-]

Reposting this because I posted it at the very end of the last open thread and hence, I think, missed the window for it to get much attention:

I'm vegetarian and currently ordering some dietary supplements to help, erm, supplement any possible deficits in my diet. For now, I'm getting B12, iron, and creatine. Two questions:

  • Are there any important ones that I've missed? (Other things I've heard mentioned but of whose importance and effectiveness I'm not sure: zinc, taurine, carnitine, carnosine. Convince me!)
  • Of the ones I've mentioned, how much should I be taking? In particular, all the information I could find on creatine was for bodybuilders trying to develop muscle mass. I did manage to find that the average daily turnover/usage of creatine for an adult male (which I happen to be) is ~2 grams/day - is this how much I should be taking?
Comment author: Adele_L 12 January 2015 07:39:59PM 3 points [-]

Vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is produced by plants, and K2 is produced by animals and bacteria. They have very different functions in the human body, and you need them both. Supplements and fortified food are almost always K1, unless you look for K2 specifically.

Vitamin K2 is necessary for some proteins which modulate calcium in your body. Supplementing it has been found to protect both against osteoporosis and heart/artery calcification.

Comment author: a_lurker 29 December 2014 11:08:22PM 10 points [-]

I’m looking for a mentor who is in the software industry.

About me: I’m studying math at a university in Ohio, and I’ll graduate in May. I’m a mostly self taught programmer, but I’ve also taken a few CS classes at school and on Coursera. My most developed skills are in Python and Django, though I’ve also used C, C#, Haskell, SQL, Javascript and a few other technologies.

My goal is to find a job as a software developer, but I face several challenges: - I don’t have any job experience in software. - I don’t know many people in the industry. - My university’s Career Services isn’t very helpful.

So I’m looking for somebody who can answer some questions and give me advice on getting started in the industry. I know it’s a long shot, but there is no downside to asking. If anybody is willing to help, please PM me.

Comment author: Adele_L 01 January 2015 01:28:16AM 1 point [-]

I'm in a similiar situation - been studying math, but looking to get a programming job. I've been using the well-accliamed Cracking the Coding Interview book to prepare for interviews. If you're interested, I would be happy to trade advice, review, or questions.

Right now, I think the main thing I need to work on is building up my network. I've done most of djm's suggestions already.

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