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Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 1) 226

by surd1618 (#49593235) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down
The idea that a recording is worth money has been around for ~100 years. Why is an audio recording worth money? Well, the pressing, the artwork, the liner notes, are all cool things to have, but paying someone money for a copy of them playing...? It's kinda silly. Musicians make money from performing, educating, and from patronage. But patronage via records almost never primarily brings money to the artists; it's mostly going to record labels. Copies of music, I don't care where they come from. OTOH, if a DJ is playing other people's music for gain and not crediting them, well, that is just weak. If musicians can sell their artwork or collaborate with artists and make beautiful things to own that include copies of the music, I'm happy to pick them up sometimes for $1-30 depending.mostly on new versus used. But I hope the major labels choke and die.

Comment: Re:pretend you never heard of amphetamines (Score 1) 407

by surd1618 (#49555825) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
In point of fact, the market is extremely driven by the exact potential of methamphetamine. I know this because methcathinone (cat) is another powerful drug that can be prepared from pseudoephedrine even more easily than meth. It also has extreme abuse potential. But it never took off because it is not quite as pleasant for addicts as methamphetamine. So in this sense we have a luxury market where meth rules even though the feds track iodine purchases etc (cat doesn't require iodine to cook, or anything else that is normally tracked). Amphetamine a.k.a. Adderall actually has decent abuse potential (though not near meth or cat) but addicts have the luxury of passing it over for meth. In my opinion amphetamine is about 1 inch above caffeine in addictiveness, and I know that I go about 1 day max w/out caffeine.

Comment: pretend you never heard of amphetamines (Score 2) 407

by surd1618 (#49525319) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Here's a class of drugs you've never heard of before, called amphetamines. Here's a photo of what you look like if you take them a lot: those awful before-and-after photos

Now go take some Adderal. It's the same, just weaker. You'll be fine. Go make a little more money. Fuck sleep and living well.

Comment: Re:Yeah, no. (Score 1) 1089

by surd1618 (#49303457) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

They are just going to outlaw being poor. Seattle is at the forefront of this trend.

Ironically, Seattle is big in this outlaw-being-poor trend precisely because so many people in the PNW are nice and tolerant to poor people!
Seattle is facing this argument because it's a good place to find large vocal groups on both sides of the issue. Really, the leaders on the forefront of this trend are smaller cities with wealthy white populations e.g. Ft. Lauderdale, where it's now illegal to share food on the sidewalk, it's basically against the law to not sleep under a roof there. http://homelesshatelaws.blogsp...

Comment: Also Up In Olympia, WA (Score 1) 279

by surd1618 (#49217081) Attached to: California's Hot, Dry Winters Tied To Climate Change
It has been clear skies for over a week. At this time of year, this is, I think, totally without precedent. I've only been here for 5 years but it feels completely unnatural. Even when I first moved here it rained basically without ceasing from November until almost June. There's been comparatively almost no rain this winter. The climate is fucked!

Comment: Brains ain't all there is to it (Score 1) 93

by surd1618 (#49148651) Attached to: Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain
We can do a tremendous variety of things with our hands. Witness my typing for an example of the incredibly sophisticated and dextrous manipulation of my physical environment that I can effect with training and practice (especially considering how crappy the keyboard on my laptop is). I think that having a large terminal bundle of neurons is great, but you have to be able to do a lot of different things with it in order to learn to be a good learner.

One thing I have spent some time pondering: creatures that have stepped up to higher cognitive plateaus live in more 3-dimensional environments. For instance, horses and cows basically live on surfaces that we can hike, whereas our ancestors lived in forest canopies. Dolphins live in several different levels of aquatic environments. Birds get full overhead space, but they are hampered by weight considerations.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?

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