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What benefits does the power badge bring? Why are people hankering for it? I seem to have it but I can’t tell what it does. My experience has remained the same it was all along
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Good
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Failure to communicate well isn’t just a shallow affect problem. It is a symptom of deeper blindness usually. Cf Miller’s law of communication
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shrug... some of those people will serendipitously stumble on interesting vectors of development I'd rather role the dice on people bullshitting while experimenting openly than foreclose on it because some noise offends some mavens
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copepunk is my best neologism of the month
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neither does he... he's mistaking some command of the math for intuitions about the technology
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90% of cozyweb conversations are culture war copepunk
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so sol is sticing yet again huh
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It basically doesn't matter. Strategic use of new technologies does not rest on prowess in precursor disciplines. They did the right thing in not listening to statisticians then, and are doing the right thing in not listening to data scientists now. Their blinders relative to the new are more of a liability than their fairly fungible expertise with the old.
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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know what they love, and those who six-sigma their font choices
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If your identity is primarily based on your prowess at various fields of endeavor, you will almost certainly end up a curmudgeon, gradually closing off your mind, viewing almost everybody as an idiot, and every bit of information that does not trigger your expertise as noise The only cure is to have a curiosity drive that exceeds your prowess, which means the greater your prowess, the more curious you have to be One reason for this is curiosity is best defined as "willingness to look foolish or ignorant" which prowess-identity people are generally not willing to
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10 years ago the self-professed "statisticians" were posting reactionary rants against "data science" and now the self-professed "data scientists" are posting reactionary rants against "AI." There is a deep tendency among people with a certain amount of first-principles technical knowledge to miss the forest for the trees and reductively map the new to their old expertise and dismiss whatever doesn't fit. The ranting curmudgeon bit doesn't actually land unless you actually make points besides I Implemented My Own Damn ML Libraries. Also this guy is 20 years younger than me but sounds 20 years older. Early curmudgeonism is not wise. https://ludic.mataroa.blog/blog/i-will-fucking-piledrive-you-if-you-mention-ai-again/
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Well, here I am 3 hours early sitting around in the pre-screened area of toronto airport
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why?? people dm each other all the time anyway... why the pen pal larp like it's the stone age of scarce comms?
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precisely
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Anxious drives towards both "taste" and "excellence" are often displaced impulses of care that cannot find an outlet. When you don't know what to care about (boss mode: what/whom to love), you end up worrying about "taste" and "excellence." They're not irrelevant, but are ideally servants to the caring/loving impulse. Not masters, and definitely not replacements. And you can actually do without either. Raw, unpolished caring without the refinements of taste/excellence is often more than enough.
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a cope for lacking actual power
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I’m in danger of developing “taste” in my late middle age This would be a personal crisis. Tastelessness has been my superpower so far
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This is good. Nails part of why I detest the idea of a “creator economy” and don’t identify as a part of it. Or as an artist. Or whatever I do as “self-expression”
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Healing is a beautiful thing 🙏
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