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#1399644 Golden Showers/Is Buzzfeed Journalism?

Posted by taion on 12 January 2017 - 08:03 AM

As usual, The Onion wins the new cycle: http://www.clickhole...nsible-buz-5318

#1399086 Problems with Popular Nonfiction

Posted by taion on 07 January 2017 - 02:18 AM

I think this is different because it is observable. I can introspect and say:

  • I read "The Great A.I. Awakening" in the NYT Magazine and thought it broadly constituted misinformation with respect to the mechanics and the significance of deep learning
  • I accept pieces I read in the NYT Magazine that cover areas where I have no special familiarity as being generally true

But this makes no sense unless I think the NYT Magazine is somehow especially bad at specifically at those things with which I'm familiar.


Or alternatively I think of the Gell-Mann amnesia thing more as an argument than an observation – namely that if you find the quality of pieces where you can independently verify said quality to be low, then you should not assume that pieces where you can't independently verify the quality generally have higher quality.

#1397250 Barcelona recommendations

Posted by taion on 10 December 2016 - 10:03 PM



#1395862 Are There Just Too Many Damn Chefs?

Posted by taion on 21 November 2016 - 06:46 PM



Probably I was replying more to Sneakeater's point on the Death Pool thread, since it seemed like you were trying to consolidate discussion here and stop a bunch of other threads from getting derailed.


To that point, I think there is a relationship between there being more chefs now and our having less to talk about, but I don't think it's the case that mid-level restaurants have gotten worse because there are more chefs. It's just that there are fewer novel points of discussion, given the saturation of the market.

#1395745 Specific Restaurant Annoyances

Posted by taion on 20 November 2016 - 03:30 AM

I mean, at least Adrian's server was being honest in only inquiring about the first few bites.

#1395021 Annoyances

Posted by taion on 09 November 2016 - 07:16 PM

Something something something horseshoe theory.

At least, if I look at who I find myself agreeing the most with today, anyway.

#1394445 Election Night Dinner at Il Buco...

Posted by taion on 01 November 2016 - 12:58 AM

I'm offended that IBAV still has three stars.

#1394190 Is NY Too Expensive for Restaurateurs?

Posted by taion on 29 October 2016 - 01:27 AM

In the category of restaurants that we care about – are there fewer of them now than there were on average? If we're -2 sigma on openings and unchanged on closings, then that's what we'd get?

#1394107 Depressing stuff

Posted by taion on 27 October 2016 - 07:46 PM

Just gain so much weight that you can't fit into them. Then they'll be easier to give away.

I actually already did that a few years ago :P

Move to a much smaller place that fulfills your needs better. Then you'll be forced to divest.
The highlighted statement is why it was suggested that you might need help, a professional declutterer perhaps.

I am seriously tempted to Marie Kondo up my life. That's what I meant when I said a lot of my stuff didn't spark joy.

#1393929 Acme Restaurant & Bar

Posted by taion on 25 October 2016 - 05:08 PM

That would be better as a bidet.

#1393903 Depressing stuff

Posted by taion on 25 October 2016 - 04:02 PM

Or did you mean a professional exterminator?

#1392950 Depressing stuff

Posted by taion on 14 October 2016 - 05:41 PM

Good luck!

#1392261 Two Items to Survive

Posted by taion on 04 October 2016 - 07:58 PM

I wanted to say "Soylent and Stagg" for the alliteration, but then joethefoodie would have made fun of me.

#1391267 The analytical structure of an argument from a blog post about the Replicatio...

Posted by taion on 23 September 2016 - 03:56 PM

Hey, Susan Fiske, it's not okay to use your position as the former president of the APS to denigrate the people tearing apart your shitty research as committing "methodological terrorism", just because they're threatening the rich speaker fees your co-authors get for overselling their research: http://www.businessi...errorism-2016-9

#1390416 Le Coucou

Posted by taion on 15 September 2016 - 02:23 PM

Never mind, I've decided that I don't like Le Coucou any more, because everyone else but me got comps.