Monthly Archives: March 2021

A brief message from the occ, sponsored by the tobacco cult

It’s become a tradition of mine to smoke a cigar on exam days, because otherwise I have trouble mustering the executive function to go back and check over all my answers after a couple hours concentrating on shit I don’t … Continue reading

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Machine learning predicts big 5 traits from pictures with low-medium predictive power

From Ken: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-65358-6 0.2-0.3 is that magical region of correlation coefficients where you can’t ignore it, but you can’t apply it usefully either, so you’re pretty much fucked no matter what you do. This is comparable to the correlation of … Continue reading

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A glimpse of terrifying beauty except it’s a grind except it’s good practice

Refers to https://aeolipera.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/a-glimpse-of-terrifying-beauty/ All right, emergency triage writing time. If I lose the ability to trust myself to trust the plan, this entire thing I’m doing falls apart and I die alone like Carl. 12:30 in the afternoon and no … Continue reading

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On repetitive motion injury

This is just amateur opinion at this point, but I don’t think repetitive motion injury is a real thing. Cycling fixes runner’s knee because it develops the inner quad so the outer quad isn’t pushing your kneecap in. Well, I … Continue reading

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Vader as Ahriman

Shitpost for Ken. I really should have figured this one out sooner, what with the whole “black leather skull knight” thing going on. Here’s the accompanying associative horizon fodder: http://www.forcematerial.com/home/2016/12/02/the-origin-of-darth-vader-the-look As always, the best art comes from designing the characters … Continue reading

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Example of assimilating your Shadow vs. accommodating it (time preference)

Following up on my personal favorite post. Roughly speaking, your Shadow is the personification of your repressed awareness of the difference between your self-serving narratives and hard realities. Just as everyone has developed some defensive social coping mechanisms that are … Continue reading

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Is there any Christian capitalism available in a dying empire? (meaning not morally repugnant)

From the normies: How would you capitalize on a dying empire? Drugs and sex slavery. is there any Christian capitalism available in a dying empire?meaning not morally repugnant It’s going to be shades of gray, since everyone you do business … Continue reading

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Femto character design was inspired by Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

I’m up to my eyeballs right now, but Ken demanded more shitposts. So here’s an interesting bit of Berserk trivia: It makes me wonder if Kentaro Miura attended a writing class taught by Hideo Kojima. Femto, for you uneducated peasants … Continue reading

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A good meditation on mortal salience

H/T Ken: https://mobile.twitter.com/NibleyHugh/status/1067514057417142272 There are two sorts of situations where you really benefit from reading and ruminating on this sort of thing, times of intense pressure and times of rest and recovery. (Ken notes: “Seems like the ‘singular experience’ type … Continue reading

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On war

War is about achieving political objectives by doing evil things to enemy civilians until enemy fighters decide their competing political objective isn’t worth it. I used to think it was about things like logistics and infrastructure, but now I see … Continue reading

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