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Comment author: RainbowSpacedancer 15 February 2016 05:30:34PM *  6 points [-]

I had a very similar thought to this post. So similar in fact that I went ahead and wrote a kind of user guide for each CFAR's techniques (though it has changed a great deal even in the last 4 months since I finished writing). I also have never been to a CFAR workshop and drew on many of the same online sources that you have. It took about a month to compile of working in my spare time. My motivation for doing so was the cost of attending a workshop (financially and time costs) were simply too high for someone in my position overseas.

I've printed it and only use it personally. I've never shared it other than with one close friend. I'm concerned about you posting this now, for the same reasons that stopped me from sharing my compilation even though I could see a great deal of benefit in it.

My thoughts for not sharing it are,

  1. CFAR has all of this material readily available likely in a much more comprehensive and accurate format. CFAR are altruists. Smart altruists. The lack of anything like this canon suggests that they don't think having this publicly available is a good idea. Not yet anyway. Even the workbook handed out at the workshops isn't available.

  2. I highly value CFAR as an organisation. I want them to be highly funded and want as many people to attend their workshops as possible. It would upset me to learn that someone had read my compilation and not attended a workshop thinking they had gotten most of the value they could.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 17 February 2016 05:58:13PM 2 points [-]

CFAR has all of this material readily available likely in a much more comprehensive and accurate format. CFAR are altruists. Smart altruists. The lack of anything like this canon suggests that they don't think having this publicly available is a good idea. Not yet anyway. Even the workbook handed out at the workshops isn't available.

Having it publicly available definitely has huge costs and tradeoffs. This is particularly true when you're worried about the processes you want to encourage getting stuck as a fixed doctrine - this is essentially why John Boyd preferred presentations over manuals when running his reform movement in the US military.

Comment author: TimFreeman 11 March 2015 03:09:53PM 4 points [-]

Hyperventilating leads to hallucinations instead of stimulation. I went to a Holotropic Breathwork session once. Some years before that, I went to a Sufi workshop in NYC where Hu was chanted to get the same result. I have to admit I cheated at both events -- I limited my breathing rate or depth so not much happened to me.

Listening to the reports from the other participants of the Holotropic Breathwork session made my motives very clear to me. I don't want any of that. I like the way my mind works. I might consider making purposeful and careful changes to how my mind works, but I do not want random changes. I don't take psychoactive drugs for the same reason.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 13 March 2015 04:57:05AM 1 point [-]

Random changes can be useful. Human minds are not good at being creative and exploring solution space. They can't give "random" numbers, and will tend to round ideas they have towards the nearest cached pattern. The occasional jolt of randomness can lead to unexplored sections of solution space.

Comment author: CWG 13 August 2014 07:14:54AM 1 point [-]

How is your stenographic typing progressing? What has the return on effort been for you, so far?

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 18 December 2014 01:55:25AM 0 points [-]

It's been stuck, but I haven't barely been putting effort into it. I've been working much more on minimizing mouse usage - vim for text editing, firefox with pentadactyl for web browsing, and bash for many computing and programming tasks.

The low-hanging fruit is definitely not in getting better at stenographic typing - since I've started working as a professional software developer, there's been much more computer-operation than English text entry. I'd have to figure out a really solid way of switching seamlessly between Vim's normal-mode and stenographic typing in insert mode. And configuration and exploratory learning that I'm nowhere near capable of to adjust stenographic typing to writing code in addition to English. It's likely still my best option for getting super solid at writing English text, but it's simply lower priority at the moment than other tools.

Comment author: [deleted] 09 June 2014 09:53:39PM 4 points [-]

What do you do when you have nothing to do? I mean no phone, book, etc.

I like to kill time by just multiplying numbers or trying to ROT-x words, but it's kinda dull.

In response to comment by [deleted] on Open thread, 9-15 June 2014
Comment author: ThrustVectoring 09 June 2014 10:11:42PM 7 points [-]

Daydreaming is nice.

Comment author: shminux 09 June 2014 12:02:00AM -1 points [-]

why so cryptic?

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 09 June 2014 06:46:25AM 1 point [-]

Because I can't talk about what makes it awesome without spoiling it, and I forgot that rot13 is a thing.

Warning: massive spoilers below

Fpvba, gur ynfg yvivat tbqyvxr nyvra erfcbafvoyr sbe cnenuhzna cbjref, vf svtugvat Rvqbyba naq Tynvfgnt Hynvar. Rvqbyba vf bar bs gur zbfg cbjreshy pncrf, n uvtu yriry Gehzc - uvf cbjre tvirf uvz gur guerr cbjref gung ur arrqf. Uvf cbjre jnf jrnxravat bire gvzr, naq ur erpragyl svkrq vg, naq vf gnxvat gur bssrafvir gb Fpvba.

Sbe onpxtebhaq, gurer unir orra n frevrf bs pvgl-qrfgeblvat zbafgref pnyyrq "Raqoevatref". Gurl fubjrq hc nsgre Rvqbyba chg Tynvfgnt Hynvar vagb gur Oveqpntr, n fhcrecevfba sbe cnenuhznaf. Gurl'ir xvyyrq pbhagyrff pncrf naq jerpxrq n gba bs guvatf - Yrivnguna pbagebyf jngre naq fnax Xlhfuh, naq fpnevarff yriryf tb hc sebz gurer.

Abj, Rvqbyba unf fgnegrq npghnyyl cerffhevat Fpvba fbzr, fb Fpvba qrpvqrf gb hfr na rkcrafvir cbjre - gur novyvgl gb svther bhg jung ur arrqf gb qb va beqre gb jva. Vg gheaf bhg gung gur npgvba vf gb fgbc naq fnl sbhe jbeqf gb hggreyl gnxr gur svtug bhg bs Rvqbyba, naq gura oynfg uvz nf ur cebprffrf vg. Naq bire gur ynfg guvegl lrnef, Fpvba unf fnvq V guvax 2 jbeqf gbgny, znlor bar.

"Lbh arrqrq jbegul bccbaragf". Nyy gur crbcyr gung qvrq, nyy gur fnpevsvprf lbh naq lbhe sevraqf znqr - nyy gung unccrarq orpnhfr lbh arrqrq gb cebir lbhefrys, lbh arrqrq fbzrguvat gb svtug ntnvafg, fbzrguvat gb tvir lbh checbfr. Nyy orpnhfr lbh pbhyqa'g qrny jvgu gur checbfryrffarff bs abg univat fbzrguvat gb svtug ntnvafg. Naq fb, lbh tbg gur Raqoevatref - Orurzbgu, Yrivnguna, gur Fvzhetu, Xubafh, Obuh naq Gbuh.

Naq vs lbh qba'g ernq gur pbzzragf, vg'f rnfl gb zvff bhg ba ubj Rvqbyba gnxrf gubfr jbeqf.

Comment author: David_Gerard 03 June 2014 09:01:58AM 0 points [-]

Worm: The comments are actually worth reading to make sense of the thing along the way as well.

And a lot of stuff won't make sense until the second time through.

(For comparison, Worm is about the size of Mission Earth.)

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 08 June 2014 11:04:17PM 0 points [-]

There's a four-word chapter in worm. If you read one chapter's comment pages, read that one's.

Comment author: chrt 07 June 2014 04:53:21PM *  4 points [-]

Expected value (it tells you not to play slot machines)

Casinos are apparently still making money, so I question the extent to which this has been adopted by the Masses.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 07 June 2014 06:08:50PM 4 points [-]

Deciding to play slot machines is not a choice people make because they think it will net them money, it's a choice they make because they think it will be fun.

Comment author: brazil84 28 March 2013 07:31:24PM 0 points [-]

Great, thanks. I have been doing informal research on diet and weight loss for a while now and I think there is value in following up with people a year or two down the road.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 05 June 2014 05:08:23PM 2 points [-]

Update: I'm at pretty much the same place now as I was then. Dropped the keto diet since I was happy with where I was. Still fairly active but not hardcore about it.

Comment author: Lalartu 14 May 2014 01:46:00PM 0 points [-]

It should act in favor of its passengers of course.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 14 May 2014 02:28:19PM 2 points [-]

They'd be better off using a shared algorithm if involved in a situation with cars reasoning in a similar fashion.

In response to Ergonomics Revisited
Comment author: adrien0 23 April 2014 03:09:59PM *  3 points [-]

Keyboard use:

Ergodox keyboard: a split, fully programmable keyboard with matrix layout and a thumb cluster.

Dodohand: a promising project to revive the Datahand which is a keyboard minimizing finger movement.

Pentadactyl: a Firefox extension to fully control the browser via the keyboard.

Colemak: an optimized keyboard layout.

Asetniop: a method for chorded input available on various devices.

Comment author: ThrustVectoring 29 April 2014 06:00:42AM 0 points [-]

Plover is another option. I spent a month or so learning it and got to about 50 WPM, while those with a lot more practice can get 200 WPM. It's on hold indefinitely, though.

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