The Notebook

This is where I put links and other stuff I find interesting and/or funny.

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, AND OTHER HIDEOUS LIES

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DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, AND OTHER HIDEOUS LIES:

Defenders of trolling insist it’s all just a joke, but if trolling is inherently designed to get a rise out of someone, then that’s what it really is. In many cases, it is designed to look and feel indistinguishable from a genuine attack.

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You're Not Entitled To Your Opinion

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You're Not Entitled To Your Opinion:

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful.

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Conspiracy Theorists

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Conspiracy Theorists Aren’t Really Skeptics:

Conspiracy believers are the ultimate motivated skeptics. Their curse is that they apply this selective scrutiny not to the left or right, but to the mainstream. They tell themselves that they’re the ones who see the lies, and the rest of us are sheep. But believing that everybody’s lying is just another kind of gullibility.

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NCAA Picks 2017

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Alright people, I don't think I should keep you from riches. As I said, if you win, donate at least 25% of your winnings to an organization that will help immigrants or help advocate against the Republican health care plan

1st Round
Villanova
Wisconsin
Virginia
Florida
SMU
Baylor
Marquette
Duke
Gonzaga
Vandy
Notre Dame
West Virginia
Maryland
FSU
St. Mary's
Arizona
KU
Miami
Iowa St.
Purdue
Creighton
Oregon
Oklahoma State
Louisville
UNC
Arkansas
Minnesota
Butler
Cincy
UCLA
Wichita State
Kentucky

Sweet 16

Villanova
Virginia
Baylor
Duke
Gonzaga
West Virginia
FSU
Arizona
KU
Purdue
Oregon
Louisville
UNC
Butler
UCLA
Kentucky

Elite 8

Villanova
Duke
Gonzaga
West Virginia
KU
Louisville
UNC
Kentucky

Final 4

Villanova
Gonzaga
Louisville
UNC

Final Game

Gonzaga
Louisville

Winner
Louisville

Keep in mind that this strategy is optimal for pools of up to 20 entries. Winning in a bigger pool than that is mostly luck.

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San Francisco

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There are two options I see that we can implement to make living in SF attainable for the common person:

1. Demolish all residential buildings fewer than 100 stories tall and replace them with 100 story buildings. SF is nowhere to be seen on the list of the world's most densely populated cities. That has to change.

Or

2. Immediately began reclaiming land from the Pacific Ocean, until every man, woman and child who wants to live within the SF city limits is able to do so for the same price it would cost to rent an equivalent space in Topeka. I'm sure Tokyo and Honolulu won't like becoming SF suburbs, but you have to break eggs to make an omelette.

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Introducing Bureaucracy Into Marriage

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I have come up with an idea that will revolutionize marriage and all other romantic or cohabitation based relationships.

If one partner makes a special request of the other, they should utilize a workflow system that requires the submission of a “ticket” or work request. The system would help ensure that everyone is on the same page as far as what needs to be done and there would be estimated time frames for the completion of each task.

There would of course be a system to expedite urgent requests which would involve payment (the particular currency or set of sexual favors would be dictated by the scope and time for task completion). This market based solution will deter tasks merely masquerading as urgent from being treated as such.

Failure to complete tickets on time would lead to escalating penalties for the offending party, like having to go furniture shopping or being forced to watch football for nine hours every Sunday.

I am confident that given a chance, this type of system could lead to a lot less friction between people living together and/or involved romantically. It’s a win-win-win-win. The extra two wins are for your families and the world, who will be happier as a result of less fighting and tension.

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