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.
100%+ of the recommended daily intake of everything.
Pretty much a box of powder.
As 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.
The 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.
Oil 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.
If 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.
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?
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.
I don’t know where my fascination for fat bikes came from but after looking at some youtube videos, I am convinced I NEED one. Fat bikes are the Land Rover of the cycling world. Tough, go anywhere vehicles.
I figure I may as well get the original and best fatbike, the Surly Pugsley. However, places that sell such a beast in the UK are few and far between. I am pretty much resigned to having to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh to pick one up. That isn’t a huge issue.
The issue is the price. The Pugsley is an eye watering £1600. Ye Gods! I just don’t have that sort of ready cash lying about the place. I have no doubts that the bike is worth that much but still…ouch.
Thus I have a dilemma. I can save up the money in a few months, putting away a few hundred quid every payday will let me have a bike in time for winter and the potential snow which would be hella fun to ride in. But it means waiting.
The other option is some sort of credit. I really don’t like being in debt. Only time I got something on credit was my Land Rover and that was paid back in a year. Still wigged me out owing money. I can easily pay the money back but its the principal of the thing. Goes against my “if I don’t have the money, don’t buy it” mantra. But it means getting the bike that much sooner.
I started going along with the video a couple days ago when I hit a snag. Errors about not finding files, no such namespace etc. The versions of the libraries I was using were quite old, was that the issue? Has the syntax changed?. The answer is a lot more depressing.