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Best of Twitter - week of May 20, 2019 (2/2)

Best of Twitter - week of May 20, 2019 (2/2)
By Alexey Guzey • Issue #17 • View online

Greg Egan
Bodies are very adaptable, but are not so good at 2nd-order effects. I’ve been weight training 3 times a week for 35 years, with an occasional week off due to illness. But whenever I restart, my muscles feign surprise. “You want me to do *what*? Didn’t we just retire, forever?”
12:57 AM - 24 May 2019
Elisabeth Bik
A new thread about a series of papers in legitimate scientific journals, all from the same author.
These papers have all been peer-reviewed, but no editor or peer reviewer noticed a huge problem.
Warning: this might make your jaw drop.
11:13 AM - 23 May 2019
(^ spoiler: your jaw will drop)
GitHub
There’s a new way to contribute to open source: GitHub Sponsors 💖

Now you can fund the developers who build and maintain the code you use and love.
#GitHubSatellite

https://t.co/sF0uAdzgtp https://t.co/tttLusNpx9
10:28 PM - 22 May 2019
^ I like this but have concerns about radically changing incentive structures — status competition turning into monetary competition; change in signalling via working on open source; etc. Very hard to predict the impact on the ecosystem a few years down the line. Thoughts?
Stephanie Hurlburt
I post this because this really caught us off guard the 1st year. Launched in fall, which is a pretty busy time & saw some success. Then NOTHING in the winter-- we thought, oh no, there's no product-market fit! Then it picked up wildly in the spring. I'm glad we didn't drop it.
7:38 PM - 20 May 2019
^ thread on seasonality in business
zkobrinsky
You're looking into the eyes of a worm's sex organs that detached and left on their own adventure. It's a dangerous world out there, so they've evolved to detach their sex organs that gow a head and eyes and swim to the surface to have an epic sex party for them. #WormWednesday https://t.co/CpzXig8oSA
1:43 AM - 23 May 2019
WW2 Tweets from 1941
German government has agreed "the Hunger Plan" to strip food from the Soviet Union after planned invasion of USSR: "no doubt tens of millions of people will die of starvation."
11:22 PM - 22 May 2019
Kevin Kwok
Excerpt from close friend's weekly update email on Caro's "Working"

Specifically about Frederick Lewis Allen Room in the NY public library

And how important community can be to encouraging ambition and nurturing people through the rollercoaster of creating

Love this so much https://t.co/0dfyjQKSFw
1:01 PM - 22 May 2019
^ I had to read this three times to fully appreciate the message and its implications
Ryan Singer
When graphic designers work, they put dozens of different versions side by side on a canvas. Why don’t writing apps support this? No app I’ve seen lets you keep two alternate versions of a paragraph in play, or try out a whole new take on a chapter without losing the current one.
12:38 PM - 20 May 2019
Garett Jones 🏛️
The correlation between 'financial literacy' & good financial choices has a lot to do with IQ.

IRL, financial education effects fade out totally in 2 years.

Remember:

"Correlation isn't causation" is just an appetizer.

"Causation isn't manipulability" is the main course. https://t.co/HHqrfHmzP5
10:36 AM - 22 May 2019
Joe Weisenthal
Just learned that there's a function on the Bloomberg terminal, where if you enter in two addresses, it will tell you a restaurant that's right in the middle of them, so that both people have the same distance to travel.
7:17 AM - 22 May 2019
Sebastian Good
The first step in solving any problem is to dramatically underestimate its difficulty.
2:06 AM - 22 May 2019
^ epistemic rationality overrated?
zooko
The FDIC forced all the banks in USA to lock people out of the economy who made their living in (legal) jobs that the FDIC morally disapproved of (payday-loan services, firearms dealers, porn stars): https://t.co/ZNPtDZxoiz HT @el33th4xor
4:53 AM - 26 May 2019
^ Reminds me of this bit about Marc Andreessen:
When we looked at an Internet pawnshop, people here said, ‘It’s immoral,’ and Marc went bananas. He said, ‘If you’ve got no fucking money, and you need to pawn your watch to pay for your kids to eat—you think that’s morally fucking wrong because it offends your sensibilities, you rich motherfuckers?’ He knew that guy who was pawning his watch because he’d missed the harvest, or whatever. (source)
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