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Water Cooler / Re: Bomb cyclone warning for US Midwest
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:10:44 PM »
Yes, and time is running out. People are only now starting to realize that there's a big lag time on all this and even if we drop to zero tomorrow, things will get worse before they get better.

We basically need to get close to zero GG emissions AND develop carbon capture AND do it all very quickly.

It's unfortunate that Exxon, who had all the science on this back in the 1970s, opted for a campaign of delay and obfuscation, copying Big Tobacco. Small changes in 1980 would have made this process a lot easier. Now, we're pretty much screwed. If we don't see decisive action on this within 5 years (really BIG, decisive action), it will be game over. We are in triple overtime and the clock is ticking on this.

I know a man NoCal that I used to work with in real estate who has $150K in CC debt.

How? Why?

Most people I know who have huge non-mortgage debt have had a medical issue. I know people who have more CC debt than they should, but the bad cases are almost all the result of medical bills. In some cases, these are not even their own medical bills (kids who took on taking care of parents).

I did know one guy who was a single programmer making $50k/year (this was 1988), spending $500/mo on rent, no other bills. He got laid off and I assumed at least he would have a lot of savings. He said that no, he had $7500 in CC debt. I asked him how. He said, "I eat out a lot."

I asked him how often, and he said "Lunch and dinner most days." Now that's just being an idiot.

Marketplaces / Re: Shopify Fulfillment Network
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:26:48 PM »
That's brilliant. It's a great fit for Shopify and their clientele.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Slack is ruining my life and I love it
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:22:21 PM »
For me Slack is really desktop first. It is for people who peer into the blue muse all day long and want to type

Water Cooler / Re: Protect pollinators
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:12:42 PM »
>>Itís disconcerting that weíre still seeing elevated losses after over a decade of survey

This. This is the scary part

Hardware & Technology / Re: Slack is ruining my life and I love it
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:30:14 PM »
I think the use case for Slack is this.

- Slack: casual conversation, quick questions. If it goes on Slack, you are saying "go ahead and ignore this, anything important will come through another channel."
- Asana, Basecamp, etc: organizing, delegating and communicating about actual work
- phone or face to face: important communication that needs an answer now.
- email: Banned for team communication. Used for kitty videos, vendor and client communication if you can't get them on Asana (basically impossible with vendors, so email can't be killed).

Hardware & Technology / Re: Slack is ruining my life and I love it
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:20:25 PM »
My experience has been that most Slack channels I've been invited to die for lack of interest.

I found it worked great the first time I used it to encourage collaboration in a seminar. Worked so-so the second time. I'll probably try it again, but it's all group dynamics. You have to have a few active users and my seminars only have 8-10, so there's always a good chance nobody will take to it.

I suppose when you have a company of 30 you force onto it, then you're sure to have a few active users and sure to have it ruin your life.

Water Cooler / Re: Protect pollinators
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:20:08 PM »

2017, looking good

Honeybee colonies increase after years of decline
Environmental groups have expressed alarm about the more than the 90 percent decline during the past two decades in the population of pollinators, including wild bees and monarch butterflies. Pesticide manufacturers argue that their products contribute in a very minor way to the population trend.

2019, not so much
Last Winter's Bee Colony Death Rate Is Highest Reported Yet

Second link it same store as above RCs, just emphasizing that it is the highest death rate ever recorded.

Water Cooler / Re: Protect pollinators
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:16:12 PM »
US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year,

Haven't we been seeing that basic headline for years now?

Beekeepers can tolerate up to 15% losses of colonies over winter, but the US is massively above this threshold, having lost 28.1% of colonies over the 2015-16 winter.

Water Cooler / Re: The End of the Age of Paternity Secrets
« on: June 20, 2019, 02:02:01 AM »

Semi-awesome though!

Water Cooler / Re: Slaves in a data factory
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:45:10 PM »
But those slaves are getting paid!

Water Cooler / Re: The End of the Age of Paternity Secrets
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:43:42 PM »
A friend of mine who teaches genetics at college has had a lot of uncomfortable discussions way before 23 and Me just when doing the blood type unit and students realize that their blood type is an impossible combo based on the blood types of their parents.

Though sometimes, blood tests are wrong apparently, and so some are false... but some aren't. He wasn't prepared to do that sort of counseling when he decided on academia versus industry

Water Cooler / Slaves in a data factory
« on: June 19, 2019, 09:24:28 PM »
Listening to a Cal Newport interview and he tossed out this label to describe us and particularly teenagers who are coming awake to the fact that that is the role carved out for them by the big media companies

He says the thing that makes him happy lately is that more and more saying ďIím not on social mediaĒ is cool and counterculture for teens. Itís this generationís punk rock.

The website Mike linked to notes that about 30% of those people (homeless and addicted) have mental illness. I guess that's a third and precursor factor - lots of them are addicted because they are self-medicating.

Not familiar with this source BUT drugs play a large part...

Around here there are two big factors
 - affordability crisis
 - drug addiction

The affordability crisis is ultimately one that's easier to see a path to solution. The county is looking into buying land that would be long-term leased, changing zoning for higher density and developing off-the-shelf small home plans to avoid design and engineering costs. These all seem like smart solutions to get families into houses. EXCEPT when they're alcoholics or meth addicts... and that's a huge problem here.

I used to talk the a homeless guy a lot in Berkeley. He would stand in the rain begging for 12 hours and I would think, "Wouldn't it be easier to have a job?" The guy would literally put in 60-70 hours weeks. But then, he'd go on a bender and disappear for a month, come back looking like crap, and start begging 60 hours a week again. He had an incredible work ethic. But he was addicted to alcohol, and that meant that about twice a year he would take an action that no regular employer would tolerate. Thus he was jobless and homeless, even though he typically "worked" as many or more hours than I did.

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