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Comment author: jaibot 20 March 2017 03:57:42AM 1 point [-]

Seattle is thinking about putting together a Community Center. This would basically be a house that we collectively rent out, with maybe one or two people living there at below-market rates to take care of the space and do upkeep. Here's a post on Tumblr outlining the thinking so far by one of the people spearheading the effort: http://fermatas-theorem.tumblr.com/post/158612649028/what-if-seattle-earationality-got-a-community

Comment author: Strilanc 26 February 2015 06:02:52PM 4 points [-]

Dumbledore is a side character. He needed to be got rid of, so neither Harry nor the reader would expect or hope for Dumbledore to show up at the last minute and save the day

There's technically six more hours of story time for a time-turned Dumbledore to show up, before going on to get trapped. He does mention that he's in two places during the mirror scene.

Dumbledore has previously stated that trying to fake situations goes terribly wrong, so there could be some interesting play with that concept and him being trapped by the mirror.

Comment author: jaibot 27 February 2015 11:27:38AM 7 points [-]

Mirro!Dumbledore appears to not be time-turned: 110 was edited so that Dumbledore says:

"I am there," Albus Dumbledore said, "and also inside the Mirror, unfortunately for you. I have always been here, all along."

That doesn't sound like he just spun back - it sounds like there might be more than one Dumbledore running around.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 08 December 2014 03:34:57AM 1 point [-]

Try it-- "species" is definitely messy.

Comment author: jaibot 08 December 2014 06:19:52AM 0 points [-]

All of the organisms descended from a most recent common ancestor; we pick the MRCA semi-arbitrarily based on criteria like "sexual compatibility of descendents".

Comment author: jaibot 04 December 2014 03:02:31AM *  5 points [-]

Near the Pacific Northwest? Come to the Seattle Secular Solstice!

Facebook event

Comment author: CBHacking 01 December 2014 12:59:22PM 0 points [-]

Any more info available about this than what's on http://lesswrong.com/meetups/16r? It's on my calendar but I don't have much info about it and would definitely like to see it happening. I may be able to help out, if there's something needed.

Note: Explicitly not bragging here, just mentioning potentially-relevant info: I'm also looking into starting a Sequences-reading/discussing group with some other local aspiring rationalists. I know at least one of them is also working on the Secular Solstice thing.

I should focus more on making these things happen.

Comment author: jaibot 02 December 2014 03:19:52PM 0 points [-]

More info on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/929245180436645

Meetup : Seattle Secular Solstice

2 jaibot 11 November 2014 08:23AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Seattle Secular Solstice

WHEN: 13 December 2014 05:30:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: Seattle Creative Arts Center: 2601 NW Market St

Inspired by Raymond Arnold's Secular Solstice, we're putting together something similar. There will be song and dance and food and drink and small amounts of fire, reflecting on the darkness of the world and the light in it that is us. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/929245180436645

Discussion article for the meetup : Seattle Secular Solstice

Comment author: jaibot 08 October 2014 07:53:39AM 15 points [-]

I'm starting to get involved with the Seattle EA/LW group, and helping organize a Secular Solstice in Seattle.

Deal with it, internalized social anxiety.

Comment author: Larks 08 October 2014 12:11:02AM 23 points [-]

I finally submitted my Alcor application form.

Comment author: jaibot 08 October 2014 07:36:37AM 12 points [-]

Me too.

Cool.

heh

Comment author: jaibot 26 September 2014 05:20:18AM 4 points [-]

The tithe is a well-established Schelling point, and one that I follow. 10% Jaibot and Bride of Jaibot of income goes to GiveWell's top charities. I Use Google's one-a-day app for non-optimal warm fuzzies, and I pitch in to explicitly rationalist causes like MIRI or helping a dying person afford cryonics.

(here is where I notice Ambien kicking in. Post becomes less reliably representative of Jai from here on out.

The important thing is to measure yourself against what you are: You are a human. Humans are not very good at world optimization, when left to their own devices. They knock things over and cheat and steal - and some goof comes of it, sometimes...but if you can take actions to make life better for people, at all, you're already winning. You made the choice that almost no one else made, the choice which you amplified and echoes after you made it: "I want to help. I realy want to help. I don't mean "look busy" or "be complimented", I mean "alter the state of the world such that everyine gets the things they would want if they were better at being the sort of person I want them to gtow ::falls down::

Comment author: jaibot 02 October 2014 12:23:53PM 0 points [-]

Note from a week later: I have no memory of writing this and find it hilarious. I still endorse the general message, if not the descent into semi-madness.

Comment author: ciphergoth 25 September 2014 07:08:58AM 14 points [-]

The important thing is not to burn out, which would substantially reduce future giving. Right now I'm aiming only to max out Google's $6K/year matching limit. I probably won't increase that until I have a lot of savings, like on the order of several months of salary. Then if my partner is OK with it I'll head towards giving 10%, and after that I'd hope to give away 50% of future pay rises; whether we go beyond that will depend on how our income and outgoings compare at that point.

I wouldn't pay any attention to any comments that don't discuss the commenter's giving, by the way! You would probably get more informative answers if the question was "How did you decide how much of your income to give to charity?"

Comment author: jaibot 26 September 2014 05:20:18AM 4 points [-]

The tithe is a well-established Schelling point, and one that I follow. 10% Jaibot and Bride of Jaibot of income goes to GiveWell's top charities. I Use Google's one-a-day app for non-optimal warm fuzzies, and I pitch in to explicitly rationalist causes like MIRI or helping a dying person afford cryonics.

(here is where I notice Ambien kicking in. Post becomes less reliably representative of Jai from here on out.

The important thing is to measure yourself against what you are: You are a human. Humans are not very good at world optimization, when left to their own devices. They knock things over and cheat and steal - and some goof comes of it, sometimes...but if you can take actions to make life better for people, at all, you're already winning. You made the choice that almost no one else made, the choice which you amplified and echoes after you made it: "I want to help. I realy want to help. I don't mean "look busy" or "be complimented", I mean "alter the state of the world such that everyine gets the things they would want if they were better at being the sort of person I want them to gtow ::falls down::

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