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Comment author: Alicorn 28 April 2017 06:10:51AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: Lumifer 07 April 2017 07:32:05PM 0 points [-]

No, you wouldn't. Cameras do anti-shake (image stabilization) very very well these days. With certain cameras people get sharp images from multi-second (!) hand-held exposures. For kids, the subject movement will be the determining factor, your hands can shake all they want.

Comment author: Alicorn 08 April 2017 05:43:59PM 0 points [-]

Wow, okay, I guess that might be worth it. Spouse has a "nice camera" but I don't know if it does this.

Comment author: Lumifer 05 April 2017 08:10:08PM 0 points [-]

Taking pictures of kids is a technically demanding thing. If you want good images consistently, you'll have to buy an actual photo camera :-/

Comment author: Alicorn 07 April 2017 05:41:21PM 0 points [-]

I would first have to get steadier hands.

Comment author: Lumifer 05 April 2017 02:59:31PM 0 points [-]

He is very difficult to photograph well

Advice: get a camera that focuses quickly (most point-and-shoots and all smartphones don't), can shoot in bursts, and has or can take bright lenses.

Comment author: Alicorn 05 April 2017 07:30:47PM 0 points [-]

My dad has a shoot-in-bursts feature on his phone which seems neat but I barely use my phone enough to justify having it, let alone replacing it. We've gotten some irregular good photographs of him (one person who sometimes comes over to help is particularly good at this).

Comment author: Alicorn 04 April 2017 11:16:35PM 3 points [-]

If anyone is curious about my stance on this now that I have reproduced:

  • My baby is cuter than most babies. Some people who are not related to him have agreed with me on this but there is probably still bias in the sample. He does have traits I have always considered advantageous in babies generally or desirable in mine specifically though.

  • He is very difficult to photograph well. He gets distracted by the camera and moves at inopportune times. Wildlife photographers probably have solutions to similar wildlife-related issues and maybe pro baby photographers do too. I don't know how this affects image quality ratios in Google results.

  • My baby is much more appealing as a process than a snapshot. He is soft and squishy and warm in addition to being nice to stare at, and has learned to smile and laugh in response to things we do, and he is endearingly incompetent at many tasks he attempts. Some animals can do that sort of thing too though.

I still think it's suspect that the cuteness response fires strongly in response to bunnies etc., but I may have stacked the deck more than I would have if I had known more at the time.

Comment author: ialdabaoth 23 March 2017 10:18:00PM 0 points [-]

On the other hand, if you actually need this to be somewhere near the Bay, then I don't know what to tell you, because I'd basically need to go to school for something like 12 years to get all the necessary certifications to prove that I know how to do what I know how to do.

Comment author: Alicorn 23 March 2017 10:39:22PM 1 point [-]

I would be happy to approve of a project elsewhere from afar but the Bay has the key ingredient of job density and preexisting community mass. Also in Arizona I would melt.

Comment author: ialdabaoth 21 March 2017 01:10:35AM 1 point [-]

I do not know how to build a dormpartment building and probably neither do you.


Comment author: Alicorn 22 March 2017 10:47:00PM 0 points [-]

Hi! What would you need to construct a dormpartment building?

Comment author: Dustin 19 March 2017 05:44:31PM 1 point [-]

Rationalists like to live in group houses.

Do they? This seems like a pretty strong claim to make.

Comment author: Alicorn 19 March 2017 07:55:52PM 1 point [-]

I considered adding [citation needed] after that sentence but thought it was probably pretty obvious. I guess not everybody goes to rationalist group house parties all the time.

Comment author: Vaniver 19 March 2017 03:13:44AM 4 points [-]

I believe this is what happened with Godric's Hollow--a four unit building turned, one by one, into a four unit rationalist building.

Comment author: Alicorn 19 March 2017 06:44:43AM 3 points [-]

I think this was helped along substantially by personal acquaintance with and HPMOR fandom of the landlord, which seems hard to replicate on purpose.

Comment author: username2 17 March 2017 08:49:43PM 10 points [-]

I feel a little bit morally obligated to point out the following.

The FBI estimates that each child has almost a 25% chance of being molested, that 4% of adults are sexually attracted to children, and that 70% of children were molested by people they knew and trusted. These number seems to at least roughly comport with my personal understanding of the world and my knowledge of the lives of people close to me.

The horrifying ubiquity of sexual predation of children must at least be mentioned under "Obstacles".

The unfortunate reality is that invitations to group living situations select for predators. No, your radar is not tuned to keep them out. No, you cannot sufficiently vet them after a few hours of interaction and observation of their children. If you think I'm being paranoid, I would argue that no, if 25% of children are likely to be molested, you're probably not being paranoid enough.

I would love it if this weren't true, but this is the world we live in.

I'm sure there are measures that can be taken to ameliorate this issue, but just ignoring it is not one of them.

Comment author: Alicorn 17 March 2017 11:29:30PM 8 points [-]

I'm pretty sure the solution to this problem is not "trust no one, be a hermit".

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