Blog: On Not Going With One's Gut

On Not Going With One's Gut
On Not Going With One's Gut
Date: 2018-Mar-10 20:49:57 EST

NYC is a pretty rough place to get apartments. Earlier today I visited an apartment that I liked, but I was unhappy with the (sadly standard) high fee associated with it, so I was gonna haggle but someone else showed up and got it. There was nothing hostile about it; they wanted it more, and I stopped floating the idea of a different fee when it became clear they were gonna get it, only getting a brief confusion when they initially were not gonna grab it then and there. But when I said I'd keep negotiating they decided to. They were initially worried about blocking my effort, but I told them not to worry- that's the way these things work. They were probably nice people, but I think generally in life most people are when they don't have some reason not to be, and even often then too. So, back to StreetEasy for me.

I follow a bunch of people with politics reasonably different from mine ; freethinkers on the left, the right, centrists, libertarians. This plea for Asian-Americans to consider changing their voting habits came into my view recently, but it dodn't do much to convince me. The interesting failing in it is that it equates that negative change to the well-being of a group amounts to punishment. I think this is generally a bad argument - diminished wellness is necessary but not sufficient for something to constitute punishment; there must also be a punitive urge - the belief that whatever behaviour establishing the criterion is a negative thing; that's not the case here (despite occasional hyperbole). Beyond that argument, there's also the complexity in how people vote; are there any other parties for Asian-Americans that offer them some mix of material advantage, value-advantage, a good narrative, or other concerns? A solid argument would probably need to start from that. And as The Federalist is written for people near the edge of conservativism and right-libertarism, I think that argument would likely need to take the shape of economics. This is a bad line to take in a time when self-destructive populism is the dominant trend in the Republican Party.

This is an interesting article on hookup culture and whether/how it's hurting dating. I don't agree entirely with the author; I think what author calls "commitment culture" is generally a positive thing, and am comfortable seeing dating as "trying out" relations for the longer-term. Not just seeing; advocating. The purpose of dating, in my view, is to do that kind of experimentation. Initially just to figure out what one wants in a relationship, and later on to find the right person and dynamics for it over the long haul. I don't see it as damning that occasionally people put the ox before the cart, just an understandable error. The "just experience life and if it happens it happens" is a transparent lie, or perhaps something someone can use to remind themselves to take things at the right pace.

LINK alongside its economic aid. Not surprising that it would try; it saw the United States do exactly that for decades, the World Bank being a strong vehicle among many for this. Still, China's system is pretty shitty in most aspects; it's unfortunate that their economic muscle means this will likely see some success.

MongoDB is again slowly growing up and leaning from better databases. I always find this funny - the company has a knack for finding things other databases do to be unfortunate, until a few years later they figure out how to do it and then they announce it as if they're there first.

While we're talking about places I used to work, occasionally customers want the weirdest things. And when they come to you with cash you might build things that make no sense. Integrating Google Office with Dropbox is a weird idea because Google Office already is a cloud product, and replacing one cloud representation with another would mean ripping the product in half. The only benefit I can see frm this is that one can make all one's information policy in one place (in this case, in Dropbox) and have Google Docs policy not be a separate thing to manage. Maybe that's why this is a thing. If Dropbox were to make a spreadsheet (fair bit of effort), a presentation tool (easier), and replacements for the rest of G Suite, in compatible data formats, this would have no reason to exist.

I don't sympathise much with the reporter here; I don't think attacking people with a bat is a reasonable response, but it's very invasive to show up to someone unannounced, start filming them without consent, and try to confront them about alleged misdeeds. It's understandable (if unacceptable) that they might violently respond, and I'd at least say that this show is "playing with fire".

This weekend I'm hoping to put together a mock chaos exercise for a chaos engineering community I'm part of (found out about it because another former Dropbox engineer I worked with joined a company that does this and she was really good to work with). The idea is I'd define a mock infrastructure and ask people to design their first Chaos Day, performing this effort on Slack (maybe also GDocs or Paper) and having open participation and commentary. I find this fun; it also gives me a good excuse to daydream about ways infrastructure might be designed (I'll be using NNTP as a central protocol for one of these exercises).

Hopefully I'll find my next apartment soon, and feel confident enough to grab it if it feels right.