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12:44 AM
@M.A.R. any good Persian podcasts?
 
12:54 AM
@Mitch You understand Persian now?
 
1:05 AM
Clean and simple.
"I am experiencing happiness right now", expressed in formulas even a third-grader will understand.
 
I wonder why they simplified the notation this much.
Now nobody can see they are Academics.
 
Former governor of my region proposed to print 15 trillion paper rubles to "make economy work".
Genius.
He is a millionaire, but he will go into the grave pandering to the system. An instinct.
Could have just lived peacefully somewhere abroad.
 
He will remain a millionaire if his plan is carried out. But he will be a poor one.
 
In July, regional budgets reported a shortage of some 20% in their monthly budgets, due to sharply declining tax incomes. Businesses have started to implode.
This is the largest tax inflow shortage since 2011.
 
It must be difficult.
 
1:20 AM
At the current rate, Russia will burn through the liquid part (gold, platinum, foreign cash) of its forex reserves by January 2024.
So there is about 15 months of relatively smooth sailing.
Provided the tax inflows don't get worse.
 
@CowperKettle Hmm I thought the inflow from sold energy was greater than in the past, because of high prices?
 
@Cerberus Yes, so the government is using the higher oil and gas profits to plug the holes in regional budgets, I'm sure.
 
@CowperKettle And is that not enough?
You said Russia was 'burning through' its reserves?
 
@Cerberus It might be enough. I'm reading "liberal" Twitter feeds, and they may be overly gloomy
 
OK.
 
1:28 AM
@Cerberus They write (anti-Putin people) that Russia is burning through its reserves. But who knows?
They may be just having some wishful prognostication.
 
There's too much propaganda on both sides.
 
I should stick to Sergey Alexashenko, he is more level-headed in his blog. An economist.
(by Sergey Alexashenko)
 
1:54 AM
Hmm I wonder how this increase and decrease fit together, when the exchange rate of the Ruble is fairly stable.
 
2:20 AM
Tsar overtook Czar in the 1920s.
I still like Czar better.
Since it's derived from Caesar
Just like German Kaiser
In Cyrillic, it's Царь
> As a small girl, I always wondered what happened next in the Russian fairy-tale in which Ivan the Fool turns into a Czar. Now I know..
(Ukrainian joke)
 
@CowperKettle same here. Tsar has the difficult for English word initial 'ts'
 
> Dead president's corpse in the driver's car
The engine runs on glue and tar
C'mon along, we're not going very far
To the East to meet the Czar.
(Lord Byron)
 
@Cerberus haha no. asking for a friend?
Also
I'm looking for balance in the world
But I guess I wouldn't care for a Persian Joe Rogan just as much as I don't care for the American one
Like maybe a podcast in Persian about... Talking about movies?
A podcast about Persian food?
A podcast about Persian video games? Anything like that @M.A.R.?
@CowperKettle "functional consciousness subsystems"
That's so ridiculous
How can these physicists actually think they know enough about consciousnesses or language to think that their very sophisticated math techniques apply to them
We know a boatload about language (external phenomena) a
And we know a little about brain physiology
But as much as has been written about consciousness by all cultures for thousands of years, little of that is knowledge.
It's just speculation
 
2:47 AM
Integrated information theory (IIT) attempts to provide a framework capable of explaining why some physical systems (such as human brains) are conscious, why they feel the particular way they do in particular states (e.g. why our visual field appears extended when we gaze out at the night sky), and what it would take for other physical systems to be conscious (are dogs conscious? what about unborn babies? or computers?). In principle, once the theory is mature and has been tested extensively in controlled conditions, the IIT framework may be capable of providing a concrete inference about whether...
 
So how can a math equation come anywhere near all these nebulous ideas?
 
It's not some crackpot idea. Obviously it's highly theoretical, but neurophenomenology is a real field.
 
It's ridiculous
Did I mention that it's laughable?
Also ludicrous
@forest it's a real field like phlogiston and dark energy and acupuncture
 
I'm guessing you're a dualist.
Neuroscientists do not consider it to be anything like phlogiston or acupuncture.
 
(full disclosure, I have done no looking in to Neuroceramic phenomenology, so I don't know if you're pulling sheep's clothing over my wolf eyes)
 
2:53 AM
Neurophenomenology. I don't know what neuroceramic phenomenology is.
 
@forest how are you!
 
?
Neurophenomenology refers to a scientific research program aimed to address the hard problem of consciousness in a pragmatic way. It combines neuroscience with phenomenology in order to study experience, mind, and consciousness with an emphasis on the embodied condition of the human mind. The field is very much linked to fields such as neuropsychology, neuroanthropology and behavioral neuroscience (also known as biopsychology) and the study of phenomenology in psychology. == Overview == The label was coined by C. Laughlin, J. McManus and E. d'Aquili in 1990. However, the term was appropriated and...
 
@forest it's pretty obviously a subfield of neurocosmolology
 
> The field is very much linked to fields such as neuropsychology, neuroanthropology and behavioral neuroscience (also known as biopsychology) and the study of phenomenology in psychology.
It's not a pseudoscience, even if it's something you don't understand.
That doesn't mean every theory presented is rock solid, but it does mean that "I can't comprehend how anyone could dare use math to analyze something as difficult to reason about as consciousness" is not a valid counterargument to any of them.
 
@forest dude
This is the internet
 
2:57 AM
Well
 
Valid counterarguments are for people who know things
 
I'm also kinda high so don't hold it against me if I fail at reading subtext.
 
Unlike that image with those multi subscripted math symbols
@forest I won't go beyond subsubtext
Well maybe...
 
As long as you don't cause a stack overflow in my brain with all the recursion.
 
May subsub1/2sub text
That's as far as I go
Maybe 2 and 3/4 subs
That's the absolutely furthest!
 
2:59 AM
sub {
    my $text = "oh my god perl";
    print "$text\n";
    sub();
}

sub();
 
I mean you'll allow me an extra log factor of course
I'm partial to e^((log n)^2)
 
Which is just a more manageable but less immediately understood version of n^(log n)
 
Hm, doesn't render.
Guess it doesn't end in .svg.
 
@forest but yeah that's a nice one
 
3:03 AM
convert-im6.q16: delegate failed `'rsvg-convert' -o '%o' '%i'' @ error/delegate.c/InvokeDelegate/1966.
convert-im6.q16: unable to open file `/tmp/magick-aSZNRs8v5id3SwlqW5NfBDd8_i6i0cfT': No such file or directory @ error/constitute.c/ReadImage/614.
convert-im6.q16: no images defined `foo.png' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3229.
wha
But that's approximate complexity of GNFS. It's sub-exponential.
 
@forest define consciousness first, then we'll talk
Attempt to define consciousness first then we'll talk
 
@Mitch The state of experiencing qualia.
 
Attempt to use no vague terms to start to start to explain things tangentially related to consciousness first then we'll talk
@forest go on
Or start to use no vague terms to explain any of those three words and then we'll talk
 
I'm too high for this.
 
In my phone's autosuggest, it keeps giving me the parrot emoji used in the title of the famous stochastic parrots paper.
@forest I think means your not high enough!
 
3:09 AM
Two things can be true. :^)
 
@forest three even
 
ya
I'm gonna get more high, so I'm gonna go AFK lest I get banned for ranting about Israel or something.
 
The current king of France is bald, most politicians are liars and some other third true thing
That third true thing is...
"Would the other knight (whether they are truth telling or always lying) say that I should take the left fork?"
@forest you only get banned if you say som_banned_ething controv
banned
 
what
I am confused.
some_banned_ething controv wha
afk, later
 
 
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4:43 AM
@Mitch Uhuh, uhuh...
 
 
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7:01 AM
@Mitch nah, sorry, can't help you there. I haven't heard of any Farsi podcasts. Never even looked for one.
As for English ones, listening to podcasts and audiobooks has been this lush 21st century thing people do thay I haven't given a try yet.
 
7:31 AM
@CowperKettle Yeah it's going up rapidly.
I hope there will be enough resources around the world...
 
 
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8:53 AM
hello
 
9:50 AM
@MattE.Эллен 😀
 
 
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11:23 AM
> Kyiv scumbags and their Western patrons seem ready to arrange a new Chernobyl. Rockets and shells fall closer and closer to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant reactor and radioactive isotope storage facilities... They say that it happens purely by chance. Like they didn't want to. What can I say... We should not forget that the European Union also has nuclear power plants. And accidents are also possible there. (Dmitry Medvedev)
 
11:43 AM
What is the name of this tool?
It's used for making holes in hard materials, such as brick or concrete walls
In Russian, it's шлямбур, but when I google the English terms used in Multitran, I come across something different.
 
@M.A.R. I haven't looked for them either. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a number of US based ones from the Los Angeles area.
I should look
 
But that would mean clicking
 
GoogleTranslate is at a loss, and calls the tool bolter
 
And I don't have time for that
@M.A.R. audiobooks/podcasts need a very particular user situation where you are doing something by yourself but you can't use your hands for clicking around
Like cleaning or riding the bus
Or both
@CowperKettle used for making holes in concrete or brick? Is it used with a drill?
Or do you just smash one end with a hammer?
How is it used?
@M.A.R. so both are great when driving a long distance
Or if you have headphones and can't do anything else (like you could read instead)
 
11:57 AM
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Q: What do we call this simple ragged-end cylindrical tool for making round holes in walls?

CopperKettleI came across the Russian word шлямбур, describing this kind of tool for making holes in brick/concrete walls, but I can't seem to find the correct English term. The entries in the Multitran dictionary seem to describe some different entities, because when I use Google Images on them, they all co...

@Mitch Yes, with a hammer
 
@CowperKettle oh
If it were used in a drill, it'd be called a 'ceramic bit'
Any kind of pointy thing you put at the end of a drill is called some kind of 'bit'
But with a hammer? I don't know all the hardware words
Just as obscure as sailing terms
How do you know 'bolter' is wrong?
 
The origin of the Russian term is presumably Schlagbohrer
@Mitch I asked GoogleImages
And GoogleImages was against bolter.
> the emergency protection on one of the power units was activated and one of the three operating power units is now disconnected
The largest nuclear power plant in Europe is having some trouble.
Would say a hand hole saw. These days you would probably need to search though 99 pages to find one, most are for use in different types of drills. Might find one on sites dealing with old tools. — crip659 1 min ago
 
12:34 PM
@CowperKettle It's not a hole saw, because it's impact-driven. Saws are rotary.
 
it's sort of like a brick punch, but with a serated head instead of a point.
 
> Carol Greider achieved success in molecular biology in the same way she overcame dyslexia as a child: with persistence and creativity. Greider is one of many Nobel Prize laureates that have dyslexia.
 
12:55 PM
it's almost a hollow mortice chisel
 
1:10 PM
which -sounds- right (even if the idea is new to me)
and is also compact enough
but there is also something here about the serrated end that might imply another word to differentiate it from other percussion drills.
Google image search (on US google) is giving pictures of the actual drill (the big motor thing that drives the bit).
image search for 'hammer drill bit' gives pictures of drill bits that are used fro masonry and ceramics but those bits looks like regular drill bits (for wood). ie spiral fluted metal, but special metal better for masonry.
adding 'serrated' or 'hollow' gives the same images
Google reverse image search (you input the image and it looks for similar images) gives a bunch of handles for stamping (you hammer one end of the handle and the other end has a metal stamp to place on leather or wood that leaves an imprint when you hammer it). None of those pictures has the serrated end.
so 'stamp handle' is what it found, but that's probably not the same implement (though they look really similar)
 
1:28 PM
Lexico.com is closing??? where can I get my oxford approved definitions???
 
@MattE.Эллен OMG, lexico we hardly new ye
but really?
 
yeah, on the 26th
 
googling for it...
 
OUP's Oxford Languages website still says to use Lexico, so I guess they're just super inefficient
 
all I get are various definitions of 'shutting down' from lexico.
 
> Don’t fear! Dictionary.com has all the 1) definitions, 2) synonyms, and 3) grammar and writing tips you need—and a whole lot more!
Oh... I fear.
 
yeah, but is it the same stuff the oxforddictioanries.com used to have?
I wonder how expensive OD API is... I could make a definitions bot for the room
 
@MattE.Эллен iT's just redirecting to dictionary.com, I don't think it is saying at all that dictionary.com is incorporating lexico's data.
 
@Mitch yeah, that's what I expect
 
except are OD's definitions... of quality?
 
1:36 PM
they're at least from the same company as the OED
 
I thought... nevermind, I'm looking up 'mugaccino' the word of the day at lexico. that'll spend a few brain cells with no return.
 
those Australians! so informal
 
so on the 27th we can check and see what happens.
THIS IS SCIENCE, MAN!
 
It's like we're Galileo, pointing a telescope at Venus and seeing the phases!
I'm so excited
 
1:42 PM
You'll get a nobel peace prize for sure
 
OK it's more like that astronaut who took a feather to the moon and dropped it with the hammer to see them land at the same time in a vacuum...
AS THOUGH GOING TO THE EFFING MOON WAS NOT ALREADY PROOF ENOUGH
@MattE.Эллен It's all to serve mankind
I'm so honored -and- humbled
 
but the hammer landed first because it was all done on a sound stage in Nevada
 
@MattE.Эллен Stanley Kubrick directed. He forgot to put the stars in the backdrop and why was the flag waving?
 
@Mitch it just wanted to say hi
 
@MattE.Эллен That's the conspiracy they're hiding. Flags are sentient
 
1:45 PM
lol
that video makes Eistein sound like a fool
OK, Einstein, if they're not moving, you stand under the bowling ball when we drop it, see how that goes for you
 
 
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3:02 PM
@Mitch As if there was any other way to serve coffee.
 
In Yekaterinburg, an AI system imposed a 1000 ruble fine on a truck driver because the toy cat on the windshield did not have a seat belt.
The gradual takeover of humanity by AI.
 
clearly the AI had a very sheltered childhood
tbf I can think of humans who would also impose a fine for such behaviour. luckily they wouldn't work in traffic enforcement
 
3:27 PM
Belief perseverance (also known as conceptual conservatism) is maintaining a belief despite new information that firmly contradicts it. Such beliefs may even be strengthened when others attempt to present evidence debunking them, a phenomenon known as the backfire effect (compare boomerang effect). For example, in a 2014 article in The Atlantic, journalist Cari Romm describes a study involving vaccination hesitancy. In the study, the subjects expressed their concerns of the side effects of flu shots. After being told that the vaccination was completely safe, they became even less eager to accept...
 
3:43 PM
Word of the day: hyperkatifeia
 
4:23 PM
Breaking news in the Guardian. Salman Rushdie was just attacked at an event in New York.
 
> Plant cells generate rhythms/oscillations in virtually all scales of spatiotemporal organization. sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0955067422000667
@FaheemMitha Sad news.
 
@FaheemMitha I keep asking people what he did that was so terrible.
I mean, by the standards of these savages, you'd think they'd target Harari or someone like that, people who are very vocally against Islam, not some immigrant who wrote about his experience and borrowed from the beliefs of the people around him
It's clear they haven't even read what he's said that's grounds for execution
I hadn't myself, until one of these bigots in his obligatory course made us find the book and read it. I kept searching for something sacrilegious, and could never find it.
 
4:42 PM
The Satanic Verses? I read it too.
 
is it good?
 
@CowperKettle haven't they been saying this, more or less eloquently, all across the internet, ever since the Trump cult sprang up?
 
I donated it to the local English-language library, because it was boring.
 
But I've read it through.
 
4:43 PM
It kinda feels redundant
@MattE.Эллен it's not bad, but it wasn't memorable. Of course, my experience is tainted.
 
My sister was angry at me for donating it to the library. She bought a new one.
I loved that library, it's there that I first took To Kill a Mockingbird and read it. They allowed one to take books home for several weeks.
 
@M.A.R. of course. I remember when all the hubbub started. it was in the news a lot, then slowly disappeared as stories do.
 
I actually liked what he was saying, the parallels he drew reflected pretty well my musings on my own situation as a . . . Cosmopolitan Muslim
But using such a touchy subject and a man shrouded in fourteen centuries of myth was a bit too eccentric, and diluted his messages somewhat.
 
@M.A.R. If you can't see it then you're not one of the chosen.
 
Word of the day: German tank problem
Intelligence photo: Iran prepares drones for Russia.
 
5:00 PM
took me a minute, but I get it now 😅
 
5:45 PM
Word of the day: neurotensin
> The findings suggest that the brain’s default state is negative and that neurotensin input is needed to switch it to something more positive. scientificamerican.com/article/…
 
6:05 PM
@M.A.R. The only thing that Rushdie has written that I am sure I have read is "Midnight's Children". And that might be in part because my birthday is 15th August too. But if I have superpowers, they've remained well hidden.
In any case, there's no justification for the ordeals he's been subjected to, regardless of what he may have written.
 

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