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Comment author: purplerabbits 15 July 2017 10:52:19AM 1 point [-]

Will you be helping to coordinate crash space for the nights around the weekend again? It was very much appreciated last time, and would like to stay a bit longer in Berlin if possible...

Comment author: purplerabbits 26 March 2015 09:15:50PM 0 points [-]

I don't know how much of the reading I'll have done as I'm attempting to stay rational(ish) while moving, but I'll be there...

Comment author: purplerabbits 15 March 2015 12:16:16PM 1 point [-]

This is very interesting. When I was dieting I noticed that a taste of food (but not diet coke which I drink tons of) was often enough to give me more physical and mental energy, but that it also made me feel more hungry, possibly because it set off the stomach acids ready for digestion. I wondered at the time if it could be explained by glycogen. Glycogen as I understand it is how the body stores readily available sugars that are not in the blood but where they're a lot more easily broken down than in fat. (It's also heavier than fat per calorie so it explains a lot of high early weight loss effects). I thought that maybe tasting food prompted the body to release some glycogen into blood sugar so it had the energy for digestion.

Of course this doesn't mean that distractibility isn't a Thing too. Will power is almost certainly one of those things that's 'a bit more complicated than that'...

Comment author: scaphandre 03 March 2015 05:24:40AM 0 points [-]


If anyone else is planning going through from Edinburgh, let me know.

Comment author: purplerabbits 03 March 2015 10:43:42AM 0 points [-]

I'm coming from Edinburgh

Comment author: iarwain1 23 February 2015 12:52:26AM *  3 points [-]

but that they didn't really kick off much discussion

Any idea why not? Also, could be that the book version will increase interest. It could also be that we'll get an influx of new readers with the book's publication and HPMOR's conclusion, so that might help.

If I know that somebody had an insightful response to a question discussing a particular article, I can't just look in the comments of that article--I also need to check out the rerun page, and now I would also need to check out the book discussion page.

Encouraging people to link / quote insightful previous comments might mitigate this issue, at least somewhat. Also, the focus of the reading group would be mostly towards newer readers, so we wouldn't necessarily be aiming for super-high-value comments. That's not to say that people won't have important things to say, just that it's of secondary importance here.

I expect we're better off having a sidebar link to the book reading group article of the day/week/etc.

From what I've seen about the glacial pace of edits to site mechanics, this is almost certainly not going to happen. Unless you know of an easy way to do it?

and encouraging people to post on old articles

Having a sidebar will make for extremely low visibility, and I'm not sure exactly how to encourage people other than that.

Comment author: purplerabbits 03 March 2015 10:30:08AM 0 points [-]

Any idea why not?

When I was reading the sequences in reruns I felt like a first student in a class in a glass box with ALL the graduates looking on and free to shoot down my ideas :-) Plus I am not a naturally prolific commenter...

Comment author: kilobug 01 March 2015 08:39:06AM 7 points [-]

I am the only one quite upset about this and thinking it's mean from Eliezer ? There are at least three kind of reasons that makes me upset :

  1. It breaches an implicit contract between readers and authors. Especially when it's such a long work, each reader has invested literally hundred of hours to get to this point. Asking us to do something to get the real ending, that's already written, at this point is a kind of blackmail. And the only long-term answer to blackmail, as Dumbledore explained in HPMOR, is to not comply.

  2. What purpose does it serve, apart doing harm ? The purposes of HPMOR, in my understanding, are : 1. Bring awareness (and therefore, among other things, money/donations) to MIRI/CFAR. 2. Show people that rationality is awesome so they'll read more about it (ie, the Sequences, books, ...) and therefore "raise the sanity waterline". This undermines 1. by pissing off part of the reader base and making the story suboptimal, and this greatly undermines 2. if the super-rational Harry still fails.

  3. It's not a fair nor fun game at all, because there is so much we don't know about the laws of the settings, so we are reduced to blind guesses. We don't know how fast can Harry transfigure things. We don't know what he can transfigure (antimatter, monofilament, ...). We don't know what's in the moleskin pouch. We don't if he can transfigure while holding a normal conversation in Parseltongue. We don't know if Voldemort can detect him doing transfiguration. And so on. It's like having to devise a plan in a RPG without the stats of your character, without the (numeric) effect of spells/abilites, and without the ability to ask the DM "could my character do X ?". There are many times in HPMOR when things I didn't think should work did work, and otherwise, and it's fine, it's Eliezer's world, he sets the rules. But then, he can't ask us to blind guess a solution to a very hard problem where we don't know the rules of the world.

Comment author: purplerabbits 01 March 2015 11:44:26AM 8 points [-]

I don't think it's unfair at all, but your comment made me rethink something that may be relevant. Quirrel set a surprise exam, and it was surprisingly easy and everyone (except Hermione) passed. I think probably the worst thing that you can do in the face of a surprise exam is not attempt to answer, and maybe that's part of the lesson EY is trying to convey here :-)

I also note that Quirrel failed Hermione in the knowledge that he would be resurrecting her, and this is either very mean, or a very good lesson for resurrected Hermione, or both.

Comment author: purplerabbits 01 March 2015 10:34:44AM 0 points [-]

I'll the there

Comment author: WinterShaker 17 November 2014 05:13:13PM 1 point [-]

I exist. I'm actually more east coast, but it looks like attempts to set up an Edinburgh meet-up have fizzled out, so if I can make it to a future Glasgow one, I would be keen to come along.

Comment author: purplerabbits 19 November 2014 02:32:02PM 1 point [-]

I made it to this one and I'm Edinburgh based. If there's enough interest I'd be up for alternating Glasgow/Edinburgh

Comment author: Benja 25 May 2013 12:15:03PM 2 points [-]

I would love to go, but it would be difficult for me to afford, and I'll be busy Aug 3-9 and 11-16. So alas, all I can say is that if you set up a financial aid fund and the event was outside those date ranges, I would apply :-)

Comment author: purplerabbits 26 May 2013 02:25:55PM 1 point [-]

Thanks, there's most likely to be some kind of concession price if I can make the numbers add up.

Comment author: Morendil 26 May 2013 11:16:18AM *  1 point [-]

I'd come all the way from Paris, but probably not in August, which is all booked up as far as I'm concerned.

(Tip to event organizers: whatever date you currently think of as "comfortably far off" will come much sooner than you anticipated, and is probably too early for a non-trivial portion of your target market.)

Comment author: purplerabbits 26 May 2013 02:23:43PM 2 points [-]

I totally agree about timing! The reason for August is that there's a good deal on the venue, but if that's not viable I'm happy to go later. And if it is viable and successful I will likely be doing a similar event again.

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