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Comment author: MaryCh 22 July 2017 04:34:43PM *  1 point [-]

We lost nomads' WOS (compared to ye good old times), including most people who spent months travelling not for the simple pleasure of it but just to get to certain places on Earth. (I don't think relief workers think like that, there have to be huge differences). All those different kinds of WOS of all those different kinds of slaves of the past. Alchemical WOS (I started typing why I think this would be educational, but it seems I need a whole-length post to do it:). Radio operators' WOS (largely, and not fully), etc.

Comment author: Epictetus 20 April 2015 07:19:15PM 2 points [-]

This is why I sometimes hate probability. The probabilities here strongly depend on how the family and boys are chosen.

If you took a list of families with exactly two children and threw out the ones that had no boys, then you'd find that of the remaining families, 1/3 have two boys.

If you took a list of boys who have exactly one sibling and asked how many of them had a brother, you'd get the answer 1/2.

The difference is whether the child is chosen at random. Even a minor change in the phrasing of the question can change the correct answer. Always be cautious with probability.

Comment author: MaryCh 22 July 2017 04:14:40PM 0 points [-]

Why 1/3?

Comment author: [deleted] 02 August 2015 03:13:31PM *  2 points [-]

Could someone point me towards good fictional stories set in Roman times, like those by Kipling in Puck...? Thank you. (Edit: spelling)

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Comment author: MaryCh 20 July 2017 04:40:29PM 0 points [-]

The Ides of March by Wilder

Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 11 July 2017 03:40:57PM 0 points [-]

Running the names through native speakers definitely was a good idea :D

Comment author: MaryCh 12 July 2017 04:39:13AM *  1 point [-]

I am a Ukrainian-born Russian-ethnic Ukrainian citizen :D

Comment author: g_pepper 10 July 2017 11:39:54PM 0 points [-]

There's quite a lot of Andreyev's work available in English. Some translations are apparently in the public domain as they are available for free on Amazon in ebook form. I don't really enjoy reading plays as a rule (The Black Masks is a play, I believe), so I downloaded the novella The Seven Who Were Hanged. It'll be a while before I get around to reading it, as my reading list is fairly long (and getting longer, thanks to your great suggestions!).

Is The Seven Who Were Hanged a good introduction to Andreyev?

Comment author: MaryCh 11 July 2017 03:07:59AM 0 points [-]

...I'll have to read it myself first. Probably, yes:)

Comment author: g_pepper 09 July 2017 01:49:01AM *  1 point [-]

I just ordered the volume containing Lieutenant Kije and Young Vitushishnokov. I'm in the middle of a couple of things already though, so I may not get started on Tynyanov right away. I'm looking forward to it though - thanks for the recommendation!

Also - you are working on a translation, aren't you? How's that going? And, is it a translation into English?

Comment author: MaryCh 10 July 2017 03:49:16PM 0 points [-]

...and Leonid Andreyev's The Black Masks. (I'm on the phone, so have not Googled it, sorry.) 'The God our Lord placed the sword in my hands, and with death I punished the mad Lorenzo, and yet he was a knight'...

Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 10 July 2017 10:09:44AM *  4 points [-]

I’d like to ask LW for feedback on names for my upcoming todo list app.

In summary, I spent the last 2 years developing a todo app to replace Wunderlist because I’ve always been unsatisfied with it. I mentioned the app on LW earlier. Microsoft recently announced that they plan to shut down Wunderlist, which is a one-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity, so I’m currently in scramble mode preparing everything (site, app, company) for the closure event.

The central idea of the app is that it helps you keep your todo list focused on what you can do right now, at this very moment (the approach is similar to Mark Forster’s Autofocus system and is heavily based on the concept of mental ‘ripeness’ of the task to be done).

So here’s my shortlist of names (all with .com domains I already own):

  • Matterlist
  • LumenList
  • PragmaPad
  • PragmaPlanner
  • Persisto

Which name do you like the most? Which ones sound bad to you?

When giving feedback, consider Paul Graham’s advice on naming: “It turns out almost any word or word pair that is not an obviously bad name is a sufficiently good one.” So if any of the names jumps at you as ‘obviously bad’, please let me know.

Comment author: MaryCh 10 July 2017 12:26:28PM 3 points [-]

'Persisto' is a supervillain in the guise of a window cleaner. I think.

Comment author: g_pepper 09 July 2017 01:49:01AM *  1 point [-]

I just ordered the volume containing Lieutenant Kije and Young Vitushishnokov. I'm in the middle of a couple of things already though, so I may not get started on Tynyanov right away. I'm looking forward to it though - thanks for the recommendation!

Also - you are working on a translation, aren't you? How's that going? And, is it a translation into English?

Comment author: MaryCh 09 July 2017 06:07:42AM *  0 points [-]

(Was considering two answers: "I am" and "It is". "It is" seems to be fitting:)

It's going very slowly, because I hate propaganda, my official job is in the state of "wtf is the central office THINKING?!", & akrasia. Shouldn't forget akrasia.

Comment author: Viliam 07 July 2017 06:43:24PM *  0 points [-]

Possibly, lone wolf self-improvement works better when your life is not full of distracting things. But with distractions, classes work better, because they keep returning your focus to the thing you wanted to learn. They provide you a distraction-free window of time.

If classes work better for most of the population, including students (which seems to be the case), I suspect that an average person is quite distracted even without marriage / kids / job. Probably normies cannot stop thinking about social drama and stuff.

Comment author: MaryCh 08 July 2017 05:25:27AM 0 points [-]

OTOH, I agree I am simply confused by what 'self-improvement' actually means. Do we define it 'by motive', 'by result' or in any other way (similarly to the recent SSC post on racism)?

Maybe I have just never really tried the lone-wolf style; I like brushing up some things like simple bits of math on my own, but I wouldn't call it improvement - just upholding the baseline.

Comment author: Viliam 07 July 2017 06:43:24PM *  0 points [-]

Possibly, lone wolf self-improvement works better when your life is not full of distracting things. But with distractions, classes work better, because they keep returning your focus to the thing you wanted to learn. They provide you a distraction-free window of time.

If classes work better for most of the population, including students (which seems to be the case), I suspect that an average person is quite distracted even without marriage / kids / job. Probably normies cannot stop thinking about social drama and stuff.

Comment author: MaryCh 08 July 2017 05:14:28AM 1 point [-]

Hey, I am a normie. And college was full of drama and stuff - more so, I think, than the job I now have.

OTOH, I would say drama and stuff easily improve people as well as classes do - many (most?) of us had been sheltered kids before that. My own specialty (botany of vascular plants) just happened to include classes, drama (angry landlords, poachers, etc.), and stuff (expeditions) - a very natural combination...

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