Level 1 Intelligent Characters
There’s a scene in the movie The Hobbit II: The Desolation of Smaug which Tolkien did not put into the original book. The movie version goes like this: The thirteen dwarves and Bilbo Baggins have just…
Eleizer Yudkowsky (pronounced Eliza Dushku) is the writer behind
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and a big contributor at Less Wrong. His general arguments about writing Intelligent Characters are deeply valuable, even if they are deeply challenging.
Discover the Best Spaces to Work From in Portland, OR
Discover and share the best coffee shops and cafes to work or study from in Portland, OR.
I’m very excited about our 2014 Fourth of July party. I wanted to share some of the big fireworks we will burn off.
One of the 500 gram cakes is World Class Fireworks
Addiction. Let’s take a look!
“It hammers out 42 shots in a frenzy and then slaps you in the face with a huge 7 shot finale that covers your shoot area with awe.”
One of the smaller works is the 200 gram
Boiling Point, with it’s small single-burst set of tubes.
Of course, we will be firing off
Excalibur mortar shells.
I’m rather excited about this new find: the
Motor Mouth 200g box. It looks like saturn missiles, except the shots are more exciting and lovely. Oh, and no whistling.
World Class calls
Grave Digger “The Finale of all Finales”, so I guess I’m crazy, because I will probably be using the two of them I have in the middle of the show. Still, it’s an exciting 30 shots.
Legend Fireworks make
Bad to the Bone, and you can almost hear George Thorogood’s lower lip buh-buh-buhing when you see it tear off it’s shots.
The real showpiece is the
Peacock with it’s tearing 180 shots.
“When this mammoth cake spreads its feathers, it will leave 180 shots of golden waterfall with colored tips flying in the sky.”
Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked
The failure of most of the electronics around us to resist any real attention from hostile governments, criminals, or large corporations is very alarming.
Being Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Looking
Those blessed with good looks to make, on average, 10% to 15% more money over the course of their life than their more homely friends. People consistently assume that good-looking people are friendly, successful, and trustworthy. It pays to be good looking.
The cost of hand-to-mouth living – FT.com
Retailers and manufacturers are starting to develop databases and analysis to track their customers who live paycheck to paycheck. Payday becomes a big sales day.
Passion, Intellect, and Challenge Addiction
My career is a totally predictable sequence of events.
Join a new job.
Within the first 6 months establish myself as a key influencer on a team.
Within the first 12 months I gravitate to the organizations toughest problems. I want to be the one to solve them.
Solve the problem.
Look for even harder problems.
Solve those, too.
Run out of problems that were harder than the last.
Eventually go absolutely bonkers from boredom to the point it makes me extremely unhappy. I mean
extremely unhappy. Life sucks so bad when I’m bored. GOTO 1