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This phenomenon is real and I find it disturbing. Don't really see any solutions though.
http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/05/01/neutral-vs-conservative-the-eternal-struggle/

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Hahaha this is so "on point"! This is exactly what college essays sound like, and somehow I am very sure of this without having read many/any.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/11/28/college-essay

(Reminded, while on the topic of imitating writing style: this post in the style of G. K. Chesterton: https://slatestarcodex.com/2017/04/01/g-k-chesterton-on-ai-risk/ — I actually find the content quite pointless, but the style is unarguably Chesterton, and both delightful and irritating in exactly the same ways.)

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An excellent interview of an interesting scientist; always a pleasure to read an interview where the interviewer has done their homework.

https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/any-ape-can-reach-for-a-banana-but-only-a-human-can-reach-for-the-stars

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” (Douglas Adams)

“… Some errands, like replying to letters, go away if you ignore them (perhaps taking friends with them). Others, like mowing the lawn, or filing tax returns, only get worse if you put them off. …” (Paul Graham, http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html — I think he's got the details wrong though.)

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What we know, and what we speculate.

Trying to sync a large number of files with Google Drive, and it's dumping a fair fraction of them to trash. This seems to violate the basic principle of never losing a user's data, and all one can find on the internet is various forums with concerned people (and no solutions obviously):

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/WE4DZPcBF44
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/prIRMDPHohk
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/7MKjuWwzjqs
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/lSguKUXOZSc
https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Google-Drive-automatically-moving-my-folders-to-the-trash-bin


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Prof. Donald E. Knuth doesn't use email. He explains why on his page titled “Knuth versus Email”: https://cs.stanford.edu/~knuth/email.html

> … I'd used email since about 1975, and it seems to me that 15 years of email is plenty for one lifetime. Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things.…

This has been very amusingly described by Wilf in his tribute to Knuth on the latter's 64th (1000000th) birthday (which birthday he has described as one of the highlights of his life): https://www.math.upenn.edu/~wilf/website/dek.pdf

The only emails that reach him are ones about errors in his books. And I can confirm that it is exactly as described on that page: every few months, a secretary prints out for him all accumulated emails, upon which he pencils in his responses, then another(?) person sends them out by postal mail.

I sent a couple of emails to taocp@ a while ago. I got a reply by post recently, which was my emails printed out, with Knuth's responses in pencil. I will treasure it forever :-)
(Alluded to it here: https://plus.google.com/+ShreevatsaR/posts/FQxd57S9wfe)

One of the things I pointed out was a missing diacritic in the name of a Sanskrit work. (Prof. Knuth is careful to include history where available, and has incredibly high standards of scholarship.) By what seems an inviolable a law of nature (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Muphry%27s_law&oldid=763027526), my correction itself had a typo; he caught it and pointed it out. About another one (which I knew was probably not an error) he added a short note explaining why that was his choice. I had snuck in my solution to one of his (non-mathematical) exercises, about which I got the comment "Beautiful" :-) About a minor error that (strangely) occurs only in the e-book version, he said he would pass it on the publishers. Finally, there was what I considered one error and he considered two, in one of the (mathematical) exercises that had not yet got enough attention I guess. (The “pre-fascicles” are several steps away from being "done" enough to be printed as books, yet he would like to know of errors in them, and awards one "hexadecimal dollar" ($2.56) for each error.)

All in all, am very happy with this cheque for $7.68, or 0x$3.00! https://cs.stanford.edu/~knuth/boss.html
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“For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently”
Much Ado about Nothing

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/muchado/page_188.html
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Not spam :)
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