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Before we reached the forest, we stopped at another surf break, north of Ventura. A middle-aged man in a shiny Volvo station wagon pulled into the parking lot behind us. He’d seen us on the freeway and followed us, he said. He wanted to talk about vans, and self-sufficiency, and freedom. Just a few days into vanlife, I had become accustomed to this kind of encounter: the hunger in the eyes of middle-aged men at the sight of old Volkswagens, and how not entirely bad it felt to be a symbol that other people projected their fantasies onto. Smith smiled politely as the man kept talking. “You’re survivors,” the man said emphatically, thumping his steering wheel. “You’re living in reality.”
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We’d like to tell you a story of real-life wizardry from one of our favorite groups of real-life wizards: open-source North Korea analysts.
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You may have questions about Hawaii. Many Americans do. After all, Hawaii is quite far from mainland United States [...]. So perhaps it should be no surprise that at least one high-ranking federal official thinks of Hawaii as a distant island.

Here are some answers to questions about Hawaii.
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What followed was a toxic culture of conservative celebrity, where the public elevated personalities more because of their pugnaciousness than anything else. [...]

The cost has been a loss of integrity and, crucially, a loss of emphasis on ideas and, more important, ideals. There exists in some quarters an assumption that if you’re truly going to “fight,” then you have to be ready to get your hands dirty. You can’t be squeamish about details like truth or civility or decency. When searching for ideological gladiators, we emphasize their knifework, not their character or integrity.
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The Programmers’ Credo: we do these things not because they are easy, but because we thought they were going to be easy

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This would be good public policy, as would eliminating the mortgage interest deduction and replacing the regular income tax with AMT for everyone. Which means it's unlikely to happen.

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[H]ere is a useful bit of cognitive dissonance. Out in the world, I didn’t notice just how ridiculous my alternative behaviors were. [In the monastic academy], there’s just less to do, so it’s kind of obvious that I just spent all day browsing reddit and refreshing a few different social media pages in the hopes that someone smart would say something to me. It’s sort of obvious that this wasn’t all that productive.

So the pattern is visibly causing suffering, and the primary recipient of that suffering is me.

Yet here I am, still doing it.
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Forward-thinking companies are taking a two-pronged approach: They’re abandoning their hiring biases and scrapping outdated job requirements in order to open their pipelines to newer tech talent, and they’re reinvesting the money saved from hiring less-expensive engineers to create “farm teams” within their organizations — similar to sports franchises — in order to groom probationary hires for permanent spots on their teams.
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