Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I have been letting them fester, and a few of them are moldy, but they all improved my life. Some more than others.

Dessert first!
  • The best thing I have found on the internet in a while. It takes any song, chops it up into discrete beats, and then puts random loops where a song is identical. Works best for songs that have a similar affect throughout, since it can jump from the middle to the beginning in a flash, and it gets jumpy when you do that. A repetitive chorus is also good. I think Tenohira and Kakusei Heroism come out well. Best feature: Just copy and paste the URL and you can send anyone your infinite song. Some songs process very poorly, but such is life.
  • Sarte's (fictional) blog. The New Yorker sticks to its snooty arrogant demo and does quite well at it
  • A fine Xmas list for the people of high taste in your life.
Vegetables :(
Tyler Cowan points us to a model that is simple. It is also wrong in every aspect.
People will have few really happy phases in their lives.
Then they need to quit moping around and do something they enjoy.
Indeed even if you lived forever you would have only finitely many spells of happiness.
Happiness is not a fixed resource. If you live infinitely, you will have infinitely many spells of happiness, moron. At the very least, Youtube uploads 72 hours of video every minute. Every 72 hours contains more than one minute of enjoyable content. If we do not assume immortality, you are set for any currently feasible life span even with nothing but that one place on the internet.
Most of the happy moments will come when you are young.
I cannot speak to that, having not yet grown old. This guy certainly seems like a miserable twit, though I know plenty of old people who seem quite happy. Especially with modern technology, there are fewer and fewer reasons why a very old person cannot enjoy life like a middle aged person, though that may not be the relevant comparison.
Happiness will be short-lived.
Then you are doing it wrong, dumbass.
The biggest cross-sectional variance in happiness will be among the young.
Possibly, though an adult in the same peer group can range from wealthy new parent to bankrupt in an abusive situation, while a child can be in an abusive situation at the bottom and, what, pop their cherry at the top? Certainly the ranges are different, and it is impossible to compare interpersonal utility, but at the least this point is substantially weaker than it is presented.
When expectations adjust to the rate at which your fortunes improve, chasing further happiness requires improving your fortunes at an accelerating rate.
I have very low expectations and very low standards, and am almost constantly happy. YMMV.
If life expectancy is increasing and we simply extrapolate expectations into later stages of life we are likely to be increasingly depressed when we are old.
Then try having realistic expectations, moron. I though age begat wisdom, but it certainly isn't in this guy. From visiting Grandma's retirement home, it sounds to me like the main cause of elder depression is the fact that your body is failing and all your friends are dying. If they die slower, and your body holds out longer, that would seem to argue for lessened depression.
There could easily be an inverse relationship between intelligence and happiness.
No. Stupid people screw up their lives. Intelligent people are smart enough to figure out how to live well. There are, of course, a number of external variables, but, all else equal, if you consider yourself intelligent and are unhappy, you should rethink your life or rethink your assumption.

More Dessert!

After dinner mint :)

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