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Meetup : Cologne - Monthly meetup: Saturday Feb 18 2017

0 caffemacchiavelli 08 February 2017 07:12AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Cologne - Monthly meetup: Saturday Feb 18 2017

WHEN: 18 February 2017 05:00:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: Thürmchenswall 27, 50668 Cologne

Meetup can be reached easily from the Ebertplatz subway station, it's just a minute away. Ring at "Schmidt", the apartment is on the second floor (for Brits: first floor, i.e. "one above ground level"). There's no fixed schedule, we just talk, eat and occasionally play a game or two. Feel free to join our mailing list for regular updates or any last minute announcements.

Discussion article for the meetup : Cologne - Monthly meetup: Saturday Feb 18 2017

Comment author: FrankAdamek 03 February 2017 04:47:11PM 0 points [-]

Cool. When the a regular meetup is included in the list I make it a link to an entry on the wiki meetup page (e.g. https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups#Hamburg.2C_Germany). I don't see one for Cologne, can you or someone else in the group create an entry?

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 03 February 2017 09:43:41PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 29 January 2017 11:21:47PM 0 points [-]

I'm not the organizer, but the Cologne meetup has been happening regularly for a while. The mailing list is here and the date is decided via online poll, but always a Saturday and usually towards the end of the month.

Comment author: James_Miller 07 May 2016 10:50:21PM 9 points [-]

In response to the Quora question "What are some important, but uncomfortable truths that many people learn when transitioning into adulthood?"

  1. Every person is responsible for their own happiness -- not their parents, not their boss, not their spouse, not their friends, not their government, not their deity.

  2. One day we will all die, and 999 out of 1,000 people will be remembered by nobody on earth within a hundred years of that date.

  3. Practically all of the best opportunities (in business, in romance, etc) are only offered to people who already have more than they need.

  4. The idea that you will be happy after you make X amount of dollars is almost certainly an illusion.

  5. The idea that you will be happy after you meet [some amazing person] is almost certainly an illusion.

  6. For most people, death is pretty messy and uncomfortable.

  7. When you don't possess leverage (go look up "BATNA"), people will take advantage of you, whether they mean to or not.

  8. Almost everybody is making it up as they go along. Also, many (most?) people are incompetent at their jobs.

  9. When talking about their background and accomplishments, almost everybody is continually overstating their abilities, impact, relevance, and contributions.

  10. Physical beauty decays.

  11. Compared to others, certain ethnicities and races (and genders, and sexual orientations, and so on) are just plain royally f*cked from the day they're born.

  12. Bad things constantly happen to good people. Good things constantly happen to bad people.

  13. Very few people will ever give you 100% candid, honest feedback.

  14. People are constantly making enormous life decisions (marriage, children, etc) for all of the wrong reasons.

  15. Certain people -- some of whom are in positions of enormous power -- just do not give a damn about other human beings. A certain head of state in Syria comes to mind.

  16. Often, the most important and consequential moments of our lives (chance encounter, fatal car accident, etc) happen completely at random and seemingly for no good reason.

  17. Your sense of habitating a fully integrated reality is an illusion, and a privilege. Take the wrong drug, suffer a head injury, or somehow trigger a latent psychotic condition like schizophrenia -- and your grip on reality can be severed in an instant. Forever.

From Patrick Mathieson

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 09 May 2016 08:57:16PM *  2 points [-]

Certain people -- some of whom are in positions of enormous power -- just do not give a damn about other human beings. A certain head of state in Syria comes to mind.

I'd also say that your ability to care about other people, along with overall sanity, will diminish under constant stress. That's why "Preserve own sanity" is #1 on my rules to be followed in case of sudden world domination list and something I need to stay aware of even in my current (and normally not that stressful or important) job.

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 20 January 2016 03:14:26AM *  0 points [-]

Happy to share my system. This isn't supposed to be a jab at zero inboxing, I just never felt the need to physically move email. I've been using multiple addresses, filters and tags since long before I actually had things to do and they actually continue to do the job pretty well.

My current set-up looks something like this:

  • Bulk inbox for everything unsorted.
  • Business inbox for everything sent to me about my job by a person.
  • Ad inbox for everything sent to me about my job by a robot.
  • Accounts inbox for bills I intend to keep and any financial mail.
  • Chat inbox for forum updates and responses to blog posts. >90% university-related discussions.
  • Private inbox for close friends and family. When my phone is not on priority mode, I also get a notification for these.
  • Subscription inbox for newsletters and advertisements at me personally. I go through these after work and sometimes tag stuff I want to read during dead time (e.g. waiting in line).

Bulk, Ads, Accounts and Subscription get automatically marked as read when I shut down the program.

Filters sort >90% of my mail for me and are mostly based on the address used, as it saves me the time to manually add the sender to my filters (and hope they only use one email). Since my starting screen shows the bulk folder, I can just glance at the other <10% and move on, as it's usually unimportant. Today's bulk mail includes two Japanese book shop coupons, Reddit, two seminar invites, a reminder at myself and a meetup proposal.

I also have an emergency email which has no inbox but forwards mails directly to my phone in all situations. Never been used, of course, because nobody remembers obscure email addresses in emergencies (and my life actually isn't as action-filled as one would expect the life of a business consultant with a dozen email filters to be...). Still, I like the idea of handing them out in the hope that it makes my other addresses "non-emergency" by contrast.

Each inbox currently holds several thousands of emails and after a few tantrums at having deleted that one email, they will likely stay undisturbed for the next couple of years.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 25 September 2015 10:30:50PM 2 points [-]

Nice to hear that. I got the impression that is a chore not only for the poster but also for the voter - "do we need to vote again?" - given how little the polls are upvoted.

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 26 September 2015 09:15:05AM 3 points [-]

FWIW: The idea of upvoting the poll itself kinda eluded my internal option mapper until right now, even though I like them. Guess my decision making process went straight past "If post interesting then upvote" to "If poll interesting then participate".

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 11 February 2015 03:18:55PM *  1 point [-]

I enjoyed it, thanks for sharing. (Btw, are there more general, practical utility lectures like this?)

When you talk about being underwhelmed with other students, could you go into detail what criteria you'd specifically assess when making that judgment?

I've noticed that most intellectual doujins tend to think of themselves as particularly special and of other people as not quite as much, even if the empirical evidence isn't all that convincing (Mensa can be notoriously bad about this, so is the "I have goals!" self-help crowd), so I always take some time to look at the actual data before adopting a similar belief.

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 11 February 2015 02:30:37PM 3 points [-]

Even if you, personally, happen to die, you've still got a copy of yourself in backup that some future generation will hopefully be able to reconstruct.

Is there a consensus on the whole brain backup identity issue?

I can't say that trying to come up with intuition pumps about life extension has made me less confused about consciousness, but it does seem fairly obvious to me that if I'm backing up my brain, I'm just creating a second version who shares my values and capacities, not actually extending the life of version A. Being able to have both versions alive at the same time seems a clear indicator that they're not the same, and that when source A dies, copy B just goes on with their life and doesn't suddenly become A.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure the same argument doesn't apply to one brain at different points in time, too. If you atomize my brain now and put it back together later, am I still A or is A dead? What about koma, sleep, or any other interruption of consciousness?

It's all kind of a blur to me.

Comment author: tog 12 January 2015 11:40:59AM 0 points [-]

What would be high on your list, out of interest?

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 12 January 2015 03:30:48PM 1 point [-]

For me personally, writing email faster. It's really easy for me to get immersed trying to write the perfect email or forum post and burn through 40-60min without noticing. They're not even necessarily long, just excessively pruned and reformatted. Getting comfortable with an email with all the important content and okay phrasing saves me a bunch of time.

On second place, priority filtering, i.e. separating email to respond to from subscriptions, offers and notifications. Category filters are nice, but I don't think they're making me more productive.

Anything beyond that is kind of marginal for me. Shortcuts for inserting phrases are fun, but I don't use them that often. If I had to deal with repetitive inquiries, they'd probably be more important.

Comment author: Dustin 10 January 2015 05:20:08PM 13 points [-]

This depends entirely on how you use email.

I do almost zero personal communication via email. It's all notifications, receipts, etc. Thus I check it maybe 4 or 5 times a week.

The frequency I would check my email would vary if I did personal conversations, or business conversations, or support, or etc.

On top of that, with GMail (or Google's Inbox), you can set up all sorts of filters and searches. My phone notifies me of new emails from my wife, whom I know doesn't abuse email, but new emails from my mom whom is likely to be forwarding me something...mom-ish...get read when I do my several-times-a-week look over my inbox.

Comment author: caffemacchiavelli 12 January 2015 04:30:56AM 0 points [-]

That would be a cool feature for phone calls. Depending on situation (or mood), switch between happy hours where everyone gets through, serious caller only mode for business hours, and emergency mode for anything social or serious.

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