My Faults My Own

…beleaguered by the same

negation and despair,

show an affirming flame.

IN WHICH Ross Rheingans-Yoo, a sometimes-poet and erstwhile student of Computer Science and Math, oc­cas­ion­al­ly writes on things of int­erest.

Reading Feed (last update: April 14)

A collection of things that I was happy I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The importance of local milieus — "We find suggestive evidence that co-locating with future inventors may impact the probability of becoming an inventor. The most consistent effect is found for place of higher education; some positive effects are also evident from birthplace, whereas no consistent positive effect can be derived from individuals’ high school location."

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | How to upper-bound the probability of something bad — an algorithmist's guideline.

Blog: The Unit of Caring | Anonymous asked: you have the most hilariously naive politics i've ever seen... — "[in conclusion...] And I think anon is wrong about whether I need to grow a backbone."




A Liberal Critique

content warning: discussion of discussion of rape; discussion of critique of an instance of opposition to racism

"Charity over absurdity", 5 of \(\infty\).

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A friend pointed out on Facebook (I'm not going to hyperlink.) that they were seriously troubled that the first time I chose to write about race[1], it was against the idea that we should be doing more to fight racism:

The fact that the first thing that you have ever said about [race] is in defense of structural protections of racism -- even if I, personally, in this case... agree with you -- is highly suspicious, and it is important... to consider carefully how we choose the things about which to be passionate, [especially] publicly passionate, and how those choices influence those around us.

I'm actually pretty sympathetic to this view, though I was heartened by another friend's comment:

I'm not sure if I


Why So Few Male Feminists?

content warning: unrepentant naïveté, use and interrogation of the word "feminism" by a cishet white male, statistical mention of rape, sexual/domestic violence, and abuse

content note: in parts, speaking only to people who have the privilege of choosing, intentionally and with lightness, how they engage with issues of social justice. (more in a previous post)


Ozy Frantz[read this] is one of those bloggers who has significantly and dramatically changed the way I think -- and in this respect shares a reference class with Leah Libresco and Eliezer Yudkowsky. Though I've only been reading Ozy since they started Thing of Things last November, they're very quickly stepping into position as Possibly My Favorite Blogger Right Now. A perfect example of why is their recently re-run post, Thing of Things | Who Cares About Men's Rights?:

I do.

I care about every boy that was ever called a fag or

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