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Comment author: Sinal 27 May 2017 05:24:08AM 2 points [-]

This post makes me miss my days in marching band, or in the Boy Scouts. Honestly it doesn't sound all that authoritarian. Can you not accomplish the same thing using a traditional organization and a meeting place? Why does it have to be a house?

Comment author: ChristianKl 26 May 2017 10:33:57AM 4 points [-]

A "culture of abundance" in which food and leftovers within the house are default available to all, with exceptions deliberately kept as rare as possible

That reminds me of an event during a retreat where a cake couldn't get backed because they required chocolate that was brought to bake the cake was consumed beforehand. It was even baking-chocolate.

It seems like good cooking or baking leads to people buying specific ingredients and it's bad if they can't count on those ingredients not being consumed before the planned meal.

Comment author: Sinal 27 May 2017 05:06:58AM 0 points [-]

The food policy strikes me as one of the more trivial and unimportant parts of the proposal. I'm not saying you're taking it too seriously -- I think that shared living spaces should have clear rules about who gets to eat what. It's just that this particular food policy seems easily to change without changing the core "authoritarian" structure of the Dragon Barracks.

Funny story by the way, I really like it.

Comment author: sen 03 December 2016 01:21:39PM *  1 point [-]

Reading through this, it seems completely obvious and intuitive, and yet I see a lot of "thumbs up" (or whatever the LW colloquialism is). For the sake of metaoptimization, I have to ask... Has this post actually helped anyone here? Reading through the comments, it seems again like everyone already knew this, and that people are just commenting with their own experiences. If this post didn't actually help anyone here, the obvious follow-up question would be whether the "thumbs up" signal is actually conveying the intended meaning.

Comment author: Sinal 08 December 2016 03:55:27AM 1 point [-]

I personally found this post to be quite insightful. I previously made plenty of vague goals that I never did, such as "apply for internships", "fill out this form", and shower more often." I have heard the advice "set specific goals" before, but the idea of turning vague goals into if-then" goals has never occurred to me before.

Of course, since I just read this post a few minutes ago, I don't know whether the idea actually translates into increased productivity or not.

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Comment author: Sinal 03 December 2015 05:15:51AM 0 points [-]

Maybe rss feeds?

Comment author: MichaelHoward 17 March 2009 08:23:52PM 16 points [-]

I just performed this experiment, agreeing with the general point but still moderatly confident I'd be able to tell the difference.

I couldn't.

Comment author: Sinal 18 October 2015 07:58:42PM 2 points [-]

I just performed this experiment assuming I wouldn't be able to discern tap water from water cooler water, but I was able to--my tap water is slightly more metallic tasting.

Comment author: BrienneYudkowsky 13 May 2013 02:38:14AM *  15 points [-]

Learn how to remember people's names.

Of course you're horrible with names. That's because you haven't learned how to learn them. You evolved to know something like 100 names at a time, so your software needs an upgrade if you want to do more than that. Use the mnemonic technique called "linking" or "chaining". This video is cheesy, but it's exactly how I do it.

Calculate the VOI on giving this a try. If you go to conferences very often, or have lots of students, or live in a large city or something, it's probably really useful to you to be able to remember names. Especially given that you can google any name you manage to remember. And consider the psychological effects! A person's name is her favorite word, and knowing it is the password to her attention.

By the way, I'd be very interested to hear from any face blind people who have experimented with this.

ETA: This is also a fantastic party trick I use all the time.

Comment author: Sinal 10 April 2015 06:24:07AM *  2 points [-]

Link for the video doesn't work

Comment author: Sinal 07 November 2014 05:03:55AM 21 points [-]

Done, but I'm afraid the fingertip measurements were not very precise