Predominantly Erroneous (Exohedron nonsense blog)

Discussion in 'Your Bijou Blogette' started by Exohedron, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    Today apparently wasn't a good day for driving. I passed two accidents on the way to work less than a mile apart. Fortunately the road was wide enough to switch to other lanes. I think that the accident in front was the first; the accident behind was what one might call a "merge conflict" which I'm guessing was the result of them trying to get around the other accident.
     
  2. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    Chainsawman is so good.
     
  3. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    It turns out that the combination of sending in undercover cops who reveal themselves in order to beat up protesters while also claiming that there's a core of violent protesters leads to people claiming that the violent protesters are actually all undercover cops performing false flag operations. Who would have guessed.
     
  4. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    What's the observational analog of Goodhart's law, where instead of classifying by the property you actually want because it's too hard to measure, you instead measure a proxy, which then becomes the property that you classify things by?
     
  5. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    One of the issues with purely language-focused attempts at progressiveness: making titles gender-neutral only results in people assuming that the prestigious titles always apply to men and the non-prestigious ones always apply to women [change axes of discrimination as appropriate] so that female doctors are told to their faces that "Doctor [name] is a man and therefore you aren't Doctor [name]".
    The Newspeak only papers over the issue of discriminatory stereotyping, which not only doesn't actually fix the problem but makes it harder to fix because it's harder to talk about. Sure, if "doctress" were a word then people would be demeaning doctresses as less worthy than doctors, but at least we'd be able to talk about the issue. Instead we get a "I don't see color" problem, where the interlocutor doesn't have or refuses to have the vocabulary to have a meaningful discussion.
    This is not to say that gender-neutral titles are bad, but there are issues with the usage and treatment of them in the current cultural environment. When the language is blind but the users are not, we get problems.

    I get the feeling that if I were to ever start a tumblr and get asked about social justice or accused of being problematic or called out or whatever the fuck, I'd probably deal with the issue by dumping a heavily-caveated wall of text that doesn't actually address whatever the complaint was.
     
  6. Exohedron

    Exohedron Doesn't like words

    Suddenly realizing that the two parts of the chorus of "Love is a Battlefield" aren't shaped the same way. The first part has four lines
    The first three lines of the second part are shaped the same way as the corresponding lines of the first part
    but then we get an extra line
    Honestly the first part of the chorus sounds a bit weird to me, because the way that the lines land, there's about a bar's worth of vocal rest after "Love is a battlefield" before "We are strong" hits.
     
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