31C3 Packing List

I’m headed to Hamburg, Germany for the 31st Chaos Communications Congress, a week filled with hacking, geekery and strange German food. Thought I would make a post detailing the kit I am bringing with me since I have never done one before.

I was going to bring either my Kifaru Express or the E&E for this trip but I decided to get a new pack. The Express is way too big for the short time I’m away for and I have had issues getting it into a plane overhead locker. The E&E is just a bit too small to fit everything I want to take with me.

Enter the Goruck GR0. Plenty of room to fit what I need yet not unwieldy.

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  • Clothes in a Kifaru extra large pullout (2 pairs boxer shorts, 2 pairs socks, 2 tshirts, 1 pair sleeping boxers, merino wool thermal top
  • 1.2 litre (40oz) Klean Kanteen
  • Map of Hamburg
  • Notebook, Sharpie and passport
  • book
  • USB battery, mini and micro USB cables
  • Laptop and charger with EU plug (UK one in the photo)
  • Kindle (not shown)
  • Spork
  • Self aid kit
  • Towel, hygiene stuff and tissues

On me:

  • Tshirt, socks, boxers, trousers, hoodie, boots, hat
  • Pen, wallet, phone

Only 2 changes of clothes for a week? Won’t you smell? No. The plan is to wash the stuff I wore each day in the shower at the end of the day. Gives me 2 days for everything to dry which is easily doable. Rotate as I go. Trousers can go for a week without being washed though if they get dirty I can wash them and they will be dry in the morning. Gotta love synthetics.

Total pack weight: 10kg. Pack light, go fast.

Well that was easy

On Christmas Day last year, I made the decision to not consume any alcoholic drinks for a year. I am pleased to say that I have managed that goal. Like I thought, it was pretty easy. Five nights of drinking a year to zero is a pretty simple goal to reach.

Another year teetotal? Challenge accepted!

Joylent: the first batches

I’ve had a couple Joylent “meals” so far.

First one was weak. I don’t think I put in enough powder. Barely any chocolate flavour but still had a bit of the Weetabix dregs texture.

Second meal last night was much better. More pronounced flavour. I think I added more powder and gave it a good mix with a hand blender.

Third meal will be consumed for lunch today. I actually measured it out. One bag contains 515-520 grams of powder. I went with the high end and split into three which gives just over 173g of powder in the mixer bottle. Whisked that up and topped up to 600ml with water. Took a couple of sips and it has improved again.

Joylent: Unboxing

if you have been on the internet the past couple of years, you will have heard of Soylent. Not the stuff made from people but the nutritionally complete meal replacement milkshake stuff. Well, I wanted to get my hands on some. Sadly, they don’t ship outside America. This left a few options.

I could have it remailed at a hefty cost, about the price of the Soylent itself. No go. I could go across and bring some back but attempting to get a box of white powder across borders would prove very interesting. Last option was DIY.

Enter Joylent. The European answer to Soylent. Reformulated to match EU nutritional guidelines and only 5 Euros to ship to the UK from The Netherlands. I promptly placed an order.

wpid-wp-1416648279480.jpeg100%+ of the recommended daily intake of everything.

wpid-wp-1416648273781.jpegPretty much a box of powder.

wpid-wp-1416648268380.jpegAs I am a first time customer, they sent out a mixer bottle. Already have one for making up protein shakes for lifting but its a nice touch.

wpid-wp-1416648262400.jpegThe Joylent itself. Looks like milkshake powder. The packaging has since been upgraded to nifty looking bags. One bag equals one day of food. Ten bags in the box. Three meals per bag so 30 meals.

wpid-wp-1416648252416.jpegOil is supplied in these containers. Two of them in the box. One little tub per day. Not a fan of how the oil is packaged, looks prone to leaking.

wpid-wp-1416648245357.jpegIf nothing else, I won’t starve for a few days. Could make for good backpacking food, simple to prepare and doesn’t require any fuel. Also good for emergency rations though I am unsure about the lifespan of the oil.

I plan to have one or two Joylent meals a day. Not going full time for now.

Suppose I better make up a batch to try it.

Failure

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Didn’t make 5×5 on squats or overhead press. Bit bummed about the squats. Was progressing well until today. 2 more attempts until deload.

Oh well. Failure is just a step on the way to success.

Rationalist Tutor: What is this thing?

rationalist-tutor:

Welcome to this new blog: Rationalist Tutor.

This post is a short explanation on what this blog is, what I plan to do with it and who I am.

What is this blog?

Since my time on tumblr and my experiences with people in the tumblr rationalist skype group, I’ve noticed that LW-style rationality can be pretty intimidating, overwhelming and jargon-y to people who first encounter this. I made this blog to offer a softer introduction which, in the beginning at least, will be more structured and easier to comprehend than just reading the Sequences from beginning to end.

It’s also a place where you can ask questions about jargon, concepts and other things you don’t understand. In my experience people are intimidated by Less Wrong or are simply told to “read the Sequences” which doesn’t suit most learning styles.

Finally, I’m also going to try and offer resources outside of Less Wrong that explain the same or similar concepts.

What is the plan?

My current plan is to post at least one real introductory post per week. While I’m writing this, that seems manageable and might allow me to build up a queue. 

I’m also going to try and post or reblog other things that might help people understand concepts.

Between those kinds of content, I’ll do my best to answer any questions people might have.

Who am I?

I’m Yxoque.

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My real name is Mathias. I came across Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality some time ago and slowly became a member of the Aspiring Rationalist community, going to the occassional meetup, hanging out on skype with other aspiring rationalists and talking on /r/hpmor.

I don’t have real credentials for why I, specifically should take on the role of a rationalist tutor. My biggest claim to fame is hosting the Rationalist Masterlist (and ending up on Scott’s map because of it).

That being said, I’ll try my very best to do this self-suggested role justice and I hope people will get some value out of it.

Tolerance and Acceptance

Last week, one of the folk in an IRC channel I hang out in (#r4nger5 on freenode) came out as being transgender. The single negative comment? Your room is a bit messy.

Tolerance and acceptance, we has it.

yxoque:

scientiststhesis:

A while ago, Liz Tarleton shared a thing on facebook, and I just read it, and it’s great, so I’m copying it here. This Is Important.

Most people who know me eventually learn that I hate the phone. But most of them think I just have an adorable “preference” for email, or that I’m just being antisocial.

No.

love talking in person over a cup of coffee. I love email. But I bloody hate the damn phone for very good reasons. Here are a few:

  1. You are interrupting me.
  2. I am interrupting you. But mostly #1.
  3. I will have no record of what was said.
  4. I will also have no memory of what was said, or sometimes that we spoke at all. Sorry.
  5. But you will remember, and will be appalled when I don’t remember agreeing to x.
  6. I will say or agree to anything if I think it will shorten the conversation by five seconds. 
  7. Some people will do anything to lengthen the conversation.
  8. I like to think about what I’m saying without talking at the same time.
  9. I can’t parse language with one ear. Not sure why. But I’ll pretend I understood you anyway (see #6).
  10. (Which of my three phones was he going to call again?) 
  11. (Oh, the one that’s downstairs. Dammit.)
  12. My email never asks me to suddenly sprint across the house to answer it within 20 seconds.
  13. “What? No, you didn’t wake me.”
  14. “I wa…sorry. I wa…sorry. No you go first. No, you go.”
  15. “Wait, you’re breaking up. I….No, it just…you’re break…hello?” Dammit.
  16. (Okay, now am I supposed to call back, or will she call back?)
  17. My email never runs out of battery.
  18. Getting my voicemail messages takes time that I could use not getting voicemail messages.
  19. Some people will do anything to lengthen a voicemail message. 
  20. And then I call you back and get your voicemail.

I love you, don’t call me, xoxo, thx.

Yes. It’s in words now. This is brilliant.

theguilteaparty:

reindeerplaydate:

forfuturereferenceonly:

kowka:

haraii:

christmas eve what about christmas adam

happy christmas adam to all men’s rights activists

Please stop pestering us with things like this. This has nothing to do with men fighting for their rights. Eve is short for ‘evening’. Please don’t turn activism into a joke. Thanks.

Someone isn’t having a good christmas adam

Christmas Adam: December 23rd. Comes before Christmas Eve and is generally unsatisfying.

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Made it to Chicago. Long day, still got more to go. Bloody timezones.