Wiki Contributions

Comments

Less Wrong Community Weekend 2022

Hey Elias, good questions!

What we need a lot of help with can, for the most part, be separated in three different time frames: before, during, and after the event. This means, specifically:

  • Before the event: Buildup. e.g. Building the reception/welcome desk, preparing workshop rooms, hanging up signs where the workshop rooms are, building the cuddle fort, prepare snack tables, ...
    • Buildup will begin Friday at 9am at the location (official begin is around 6h later, so you'll probably need to sleep over in Berlin the day before
  • During the event: Ops. e.g. Primarily re-filling snack tables, and other similarly small miscellaneous tasks which can be done between sessions.
    • Continuously during the event, but I don't expect you to re-fill snack tables throughout the night or during meal times etc. Just have an eye out for the snack tables
  • After the event: Teardown. e.g. Bring back meditation pillows, dismantle the cuddle-fort, clean snack tables, remove signs, get the room keys from everyone back, ...
    • Teardown will take a few hours on Monday (should be less than 6h, but any help is appreciated)

 

I'd want volunteers to commit to one or more of these time frames. This makes planning and coordination significantly easier.

At this point, we have a number of volunteers during the event, but are short-handed for tear down. We also appreciate additional help for buildup.

 

Best regards
Felix  (Angel Coordinator)

How I fixed exercise

Oh yeah. This reminds me about a 'habit-building-trick' I've read somewhere else, basically: “You don't just want to do it, you want to become a person who does it, and then you can focus on something else”.

 

So yeah, rapidly adapting your identity might be a superpower after all. With all the downsides it entails.

Covid 10/7: Steady as She Goes

Achievement unlocked: more Up votes than original post.

Framing Practicum: Turnover Time

Intuitively, everything with something resembling a lifecycle comes to mind: humans, companies, countries - heck, even star systems. What I haven't seen before: estimates on politician turnover, friendships/relationships and ... chairs. Let's do it.

  • Politicians: from small parties, most simply 'dabble' a bit on the side, and stop after a few years/voting cycles when they have no success, or stay for 20+ years with success. So I'd guess average would be about 5 years, as I'd expect the distribution to be heavily skewed. Estimate is for Europe/Germany, particularly the county and federal level. Relevant for ...
    • shorter timescales: scandals and voting results.
    • longer timescales: Lobbying efforts.
  • Friendships/Relationships: I'd count about every positive interaction with everyone else as a 'relationship', and it's only an ongoing one if you're interacting at least once a month, but not e.g. interactions with restaurant staff. Since most interactions are with people you're together with rather frequently (school, uni, work, ...), and only 'rarely' have just a single encounter, I'd assume average turnover to be around 2-3 years. Relevant for ...
    • shorter timescales: moving, pandemics, travelling
    • longer timescales: pandemics, traumas, character development
  • Chairs: financially, you can write off most furniture over about five years, so I'd expect their average lifetime to be at least twice that. Realistically, most chairs are probably good for about 15 years (on average), though I'd expect more complex chairs to break down earlier while simple wooden chairs could live quite a bit longer.
    • shorter timescales: starting a new household/office/school, fire/water damage
    • longer timescales: city humidity, environment (private home with careful use vs. public library with abuse)
Delta variant: we should probably be re-masking

In Germany (as has most of Europe), we still have several mask-requirements, even for those fully vaccinated (e.g. for within shopping centers/supermarkets, most public buildings, ...). Honestly, I'm quite happy with that and don't think it'll change anytime soon.

Also, there are preventive measures known and correlated with incidence, though it's currently in discussion to couple it to hospital bed availability as well. So should cases go up, everyone already knows what is bound to happen, and when.

I'm quite happy with the current situation, and apart from a few exceptions it seems mostly stable, with delta being dominant for a few weeks now. Vaccination is progressing steadily as well (61% first shot, ~50% second).

The Point of Trade

First: I'm also thinking of 'getting paid for a job' as a trade, fundamentally it's 'generating value' for money. It's similar with most investment opportunities: they either provide (immediate) value or have the capability to generate value. This will stay at least until no one needs that anymore, maybe because everyone is being administered by an AGI and robots, so no one has to work.

Second: Sharing fruits of labor/economies of scale. Basically the physicalized version of 'expertise sharing', e.g. I'm going to build your house while you're out working, because I already have the trucks and everything ready and planned out. Will stay until we're in the simulation, and we don't have to care about (most) physical stuff.

Third: Rare Materials. Or rather: unequal distribution of resources (like food or diamonds). Even if we have the same preferences, we unlikely have the same access.

Fourth: Access to leisure experiences. If I want to go to a space hotel, that requires a few people working together for that, and not everyone has access to it or can offer it. So I'll have to trade my leftover 'generating value'-payment (subtracting costs for living and others) somehow to pay for their generated value - me being able to see outside a mostly black and very cold window. Same with sailing or other, someone owns the boat, someone owns the haven, they provide value for you so you've got to pay them.

The Apprentice Thread

[APPRENTICE] for character development / lessons for life. Not sure what exactly I expect, but I want to create workshops about these things eventually, as my contribution to raising the sanity waterline. I still have a lot of learning to do first, so I'm asking for an opportunity to do so.

What do I mean exactly: Basic useful skills like public speaking, charisma, communication (speech & text), financial intelligence, self-, and project management, teamwork-skills, leadership, and whatever else a 'master' would have at least a basic understanding and capability of. I'd be thrilled if you can just take on a single one I mentioned, or anything else I didn't.

The Apprentice Thread

[APPRENTICE] for anything biology-related. Bonus for working in bioinformatics or simulating (metabolic) pathways. Also interested in joining some startup doing work in this area.

I'm doing a computer science master’s degree and visiting introductory biology lectures on the side, I'd love to build up on those. Additionally, I'm getting deeper in ML and simulation, and would be interested in applying it to biological data. I am currently reading a number of biology papers for creating a presentation which is to be held next month.

Variables Don't Represent The Physical World (And That's OK)

The fish-weight example was intuitive for me, but the temperature one wasn't. Slightly reformulating the thoughts in my head:

  1. of course temperature measurement is local
  2. that's what temperature is, I don't care about the many possible distributions, only about the current local sample. That's what's affecting things around me, not some hypothetical distribution that isn't instantiated right now.

Maybe you wanted to make a different point here, and I didn't get it?

Variables Don't Represent The Physical World (And That's OK)

Sample-mean is not distribution-mean.

This is my key-takeaway from this post, thank you for writing it.

Load More