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Comment author: adamzerner 14 September 2014 01:54:30PM *  2 points [-]

I think increasing traffic is a good goal for this site.


Comment author: lincolnquirk 15 September 2014 01:36:47AM *  2 points [-]

For the same reason the site exists, which is to spread rationality. This seems like the default position.

If you disagree, I think it should be because you think "spreading rationality" is not the goal (perhaps LW exists as a place for a certain group of people to hang out?) or that the current size is optimal or too large for its purpose (which seems quite unlikely).

Comment author: [deleted] 06 August 2014 04:52:57AM 2 points [-]

What's your startup?

In response to comment by [deleted] on Bragging Thread, August 2014
Comment author: lincolnquirk 12 August 2014 03:46:03AM 0 points [-]

Not quite ready to announce publicly. Will pm you though.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 03 August 2014 08:31:49PM 21 points [-]

My startup recently closed an incredibly important deal, and had amazing growth in July, and important people are interested in investing. Proud to have gotten this far. Excited to see what's next. A bit overworked but it feels kinda good.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 15 June 2014 04:18:48AM 1 point [-]

It's not obvious that you've gained anything here. We can reduce to total utilitarianism -- just assume that everyone's utility is zero at the decision point. You still have the repugnant conclusion issue where you're trying to decide whether to create more people or not based on summing utilities across populations.

Comment author: ephion 08 June 2014 06:16:46PM 19 points [-]

I learned enough HTML/CSS/JS to make a basic website and a few interactive apps, and also found a ton of cool resources on learning more CS stuff.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 08 June 2014 11:28:59PM 5 points [-]

Congratulations! I'm generally willing to answer questions from people who are self-teaching CS - I'm sure you have plenty of people in your world who are similarly willing. But just in case, feel free to contact me.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 08 June 2014 11:03:06PM 28 points [-]

I met an awesome girl who was single that I really liked, and followed the classic steps (1- be attractive; 2- don't be unattractive) correctly, and she liked me too!

I realize this sounds kind of trivial (especially since I've dated several attractive people in the past), but the reason it seems like an accomplishment worth bragging about was that I have never previously had a self-conception as an attractive person. I could always explain why others chose to date/sleep with me without needing to believe that I was actually attractive. But I have worked for several years on increasing my attractiveness (gym, social confidence, body language, posture, conversation skills, haircuts) and I am now starting to believe it, a little bit. Also I'm older, that probably helps too.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 05 June 2014 05:23:40PM 8 points [-]

I once posted to Main (http://lesswrong.com/lw/6uw/how_to_enjoy_being_wrong/).

Afterwards, I felt bad about it somehow - like I had done something wrong or unappreciated -- despite having a substantially positive karma balance on that post. I think the reason was that almost all the top-level comments were neutral or negative and there was not much encouraging discussion, and I think the post might have been moved to Discussion - it was certainly not promoted.

It's actually interesting to go back and look at that because I now realize that that was a reasonably successful post and probably should have encouraged me further. Instead it did not. I wonder if something similar has happened to others.

Comment author: AeroRails 04 May 2014 12:18:31PM 0 points [-]

Leechblock can be disabled so what's the point

Comment author: lincolnquirk 07 May 2014 05:45:20AM 0 points [-]

If you have a habit of checking other sites, LeechBlock is enough of an impediment that it breaks you out of your habit.

Comment author: iceman 22 April 2014 11:20:42PM 2 points [-]

I am moving in the other direction. I currently have two screens and am going back to a single big one. There doesn't seem to be great support for whether two monitors make us more productive. (That said, measuring pixels is also probably not really looking at what's really important here.)

I will once again plug the Kinesis Advantage keyboards; I've used them for over seven years now. I previously had really bad RSI and it's now rare that I get any pain in my wrists at all.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 23 April 2014 01:31:42AM *  0 points [-]

Yah, +1 for kinesis keyboard for ergonomics. I get wrist pain when I use my laptop (don't use my Kinesis) for about a week; switching back to it tends to quickly relieve the pain.

Comment author: lincolnquirk 18 April 2014 03:15:02AM 5 points [-]

The reference class of "companies" is the wrong class. Unfortunately I don't think there is a good reference class. "Organizations who exist primarily to survive, rather than grow / make money" would be a good class, but I can't think of anything else much like this.

Oh wait, people. Like survivalist organizations, humans exist primarily to survive and we consume resources at a predictable rate. On the other hand there are a lot of things that make humans different from organizations. The relevant differences: a) we die of natural causes, whereas organizations don't; b) we have one intelligence directing our actions and choices, whereas organizations have no intrinsic intelligence and depend on their human constituency/directorship for this. Are there other relevant differences?

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