TheLegendaryBirdMonster

TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote (edited )

these are the ones I'm reading at the moment - or plan to read in the near future (during christmas break after my exams).

  • the varitional principles of mechanics by cornelius lanczos (physics)

  • Peter F hamilton's commonwealth series (SF)

  • a book on solving linear systems (maths)

  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (CS)

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Reply to comment by TheLegendaryBirdMonster in Friday Free Talk by vMU9

TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I'm assuming you're American.

Americans travelling through europe make me cringe because they spend more time travelling from city to city than visiting the cities themselves. Everything will seem close to you (in American distances, it is), but imo it's a trap to try to visit every capital: they all have their own rich history, and you'll miss it if you only go to the tourist spots.

So my suggestion would be to spend (at least) ~3 whole days in each city you visit: one for walking around the city center, one to go to museums, and one to visit someplace outside of the capital.

It's hard to rank the cities themselves since they're all so different, but I really liked Rome. Maybe you could do an "Italy tour" with Rome, Venice, Florence...

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote (edited )

How real are the claims about uyghur muslims being abused is? Especially the part about them being killed for their organs.

I strongly believe that china is abusing this minority, but the claims about organ harvesting is so "comic book evil" that it feels like western propaganda. On the other hand, humanity has had it's fair share of absolute evil, so...

What do you believe?

edit:sorry for asking so late btw

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I go hiking!

In france, it's free/legal to bivouac in the national parks, if we stay next to the paths. I often go walking for ~1-2 week in summer with a friend. Once the upfront costs of bag/boots/tent/tarp are payed for, it's a really cheap way to go on holidays and walk away from civilization for some time.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

If we were fully rational, yeah, apologies would be useless.

We are a social animal thought, guided by emotions. So even if apologies are just made to make people "feel good", well that is in fact pretty big.

They also convey the acknowledgement of error, it's like anti-gas-lighting.

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Reply to comment by TheLegendaryBirdMonster in Friday Free Talk by vMU9

TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I've been using anki (flashcard app for computer and android phones) for some time now, and it's quite good:

  • I get to digest my lessons when I make the flashcards, by choosing what's important or not.

  • I can flick through them in the bus in the morning. It makes studying feel easy, while still clocking in ~30 mins a a day of revisions.

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