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Comment author: [deleted] 23 December 2012 07:30:58AM *  1 point [-]

(implausibly close?)

We have particle accelerators that achieve Lorentz factors of 7,500. I proposed a Lorentz factor of 22. Never mind a superintelligence, we, are on the brink of being able to accelerate nanomachines to that speed (assuming we had nanomachines).

The only implausible thing is being able to decelerate non-destructively at the target, and none of us have given that even 5 whole minutes of serious thought, never mind a couple trillion superintelligent FLOPS.

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Comment author: CannibalSmith 25 December 2012 01:32:39PM 1 point [-]

Here are my five minutes: nanomachines need to carry a charge to be accelerable, right? Well, it works the other way too - they will decelerate on their own in destination's Van Allen belts.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 20 December 2012 08:52:10PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: Rick_from_Castify 17 December 2012 04:36:37AM 0 points [-]

The only difference I see with releasing it under that license is that it makes it legal to distribute it for free, and worse someone could actually sell the content for their own profit. Unfortunately we can't afford to produce and manage the content for free.

I'd be interested to hear if there is a different reason for wanting the episodes under that license.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 18 December 2012 06:11:58PM 4 points [-]

That's why I'm asking how much. How much money do you want? As in, total.

The reason is that the pay-per-download model is detrimental for LessWrong's goals. As DSimon said, we want as many people as possible to be exposed to LW ideas. People who haven't heard of LW, people who would never themselves pay for such content. But I want your podcasts be played on the radio.

Instead I propose the Kickstarter model - you name your price, the LW crowd raises the money, you then have no problem giving copies away for free because you've already been paid.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 11 December 2012 05:21:23PM 0 points [-]

How much for releasing an episode under CC-BY?

Comment author: CannibalSmith 18 November 2012 05:02:41PM 6 points [-]

As many bottles of wine as can fit.

Comment author: iceman 15 November 2012 08:13:13PM *  29 points [-]

Three reasons:

  • Most people who read the beta version know why I specifically want chapter 4 to be released on a Friday. It was serendipitous and unplanned when I released the beta on a Friday evening, and I'm trying to recapture that in the real release. Making sure this happened was a design goal of my schedule.

  • My second roomate tried to read the entire thing in one sitting, and complained that once things got heavy and philosophical, he felt a bit overwhelmed. I want people to have some time to mull things over and think "what would I do in that situation?" before they see what happens next.

  • One of the Equestria Daily prereaders recommended that I do so. If I had written this chapter by chapter and posted as I went, I would get n chances on the new list on FIMFiction, but if I post the entire thing at once, I only get 1. Each time Friendship is Optimal is on the new list is a chance to introduce it to new readers. Posting in chunks corrects for a bias against writing and editing everything up front, since, IIUC, you get less attention than if you post as you go. Putting three days between releases is a trade off between not making people too antsy for the next chapter and trying to give other stories a chance on the new and featured lists.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 16 November 2012 07:51:36PM 5 points [-]

Wow, your answer exceeds all my expectations! Thank you.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 15 November 2012 07:11:27PM 4 points [-]

I respectfully request an explanation of the merits of publishing like this when you have the entire fic written already.

Comment author: PhilGoetz 05 September 2012 05:00:33PM *  15 points [-]

I write MLP fan-fiction under the name Bad Horse. I'll skip the reasons why I write fan-fiction. There are a few reasons I chose to write ponyfiction as opposed to other types:

  • There are only a few large, active fandoms: Harry Potter, Twilight, Avatar, Naruto, and My Little Pony.
  • The ponyfiction websites are much better-designed than those for the other fandoms. There are no fanfic websites for any other fandom that have a ratings system, so it's too much work to find anything good to read. And I didn't want to just write and not be a member of the community. Even if I were arrogant enough to do that, it wouldn't work very well even from a completely Slytherin viewpoint. This is the most-important factor.
  • You can write anything as ponyfic. If you want to write a story about an old woman whose children have left and who has refocused her attention on her flower garden, and a travelling salesman who figures this out and manipulates her love of flowers to sell her something, and you wanted to do it as a Harry Potter fanfic, you'd have to make her use spells to grow her garden, or something stupid like that. I can't even imagine how you'd do that as a Twilight or Naruto fanfic. But anything becomes a ponyfic when you make the characters ponies. This is probably why I like My Little Pony. Harry Potter is about the wizarding world. Avatar is about a world war. MLP is about people.
Comment author: CannibalSmith 12 November 2012 11:50:00PM 1 point [-]

Harry Potter is about the wizarding world. Avatar is about a world war. MLP is about people.

Mind blown, then blown again.

Comment author: CannibalSmith 12 November 2012 11:07:06PM *  1 point [-]

After two years of bronydom, I dreamed of ponies for the first time after reading this fic. So that's a 10 out of 10. I'm reminded of Eliezer's warning about imagining worlds so much better than reality that the act sucks out your soul.

In case you're interested in suggestions for improvement:

  • Make this fic more accessible to others, not just super smart LW bronies - the text has words that could be replaced with more common synonyms, for example.
  • Make it less silly. Computers in Earth's mantle and indestructible experience centers while possible are so impractical it's ridiculous. This isn't Star Wars!
  • What about all the people who care about reality? The story conspicuously completely ignores them. I imagine they would petition Celestia to make physical pony bodies for them so they could continue their work on or study of the physical Universe. And almost everypony would object to the destruction of life on Earth.
Comment author: Vaniver 03 July 2012 12:56:18AM 12 points [-]

Reality is the ultimate arbiter of truth. If your thoughts, beliefs, and actions aren't aligned with truth, your results will suffer.

--Steve Pavlina

Comment author: CannibalSmith 04 July 2012 05:48:57AM 1 point [-]

Haven't followed Steve since about 2008. What has he been up to? Is he still newageous?

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