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Madelaine McMasters

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  1. This. I mentioned earlier my participation on the jury in a trial that involved a cop who's flawed behavior in the courtroom lost the prosecution a felony conviction. I could not understand why that cop was a cop. His behavior, every second I witnessed of it, was worrisome. How do people like that get in the front door of the police academy in the first place?
  2. The last sentence of the article gets at the reason the unions are responding with reforms. "Robert Harris of the Los Angeles Police Protective League says the changes will requires community involvement and defunding police departments will make it harder to accomplish their goals." They're trying to hang on to their funding, which I think really must be cut to fund alternative methods for handling some of the things police forces currently do. Though "defunding" may satisfy an angry public, it's probably a bridge too far. "Reallocating" is a more palatable solution, where some funding goes to medical/social services that can ameliorate conditions that lead to a true need for police intervention. A better response might be "Robert Harris of the Los Angeles Police Protective League says the LAPD will seek community involvement as they shift their goals and reallocate funds to better ways of serving and protecting the public." Nevertheless, progress is progress.
  3. If you really want a dose of humility, read Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow".
  4. From a very early age, I've been interesting in the how's and why's of my own thinking. Yes, I can noodle up the test results I desire, but I also attempt to make long term improvements. I have, however, met plenty of people who will reject tests like these out-of-hand, using them as evidence of a conspiracy to control their minds. These tests do reveal things, but we must be careful to understand they don't get at the full complexity of our thinking.
  5. I'm able to improve my scores on implicit bias tests without, I think, doing virtually anything to actually lessen my actual implicit bias. I can't prove this, but it seems unlikely that I can erase a lifetime of bias in an afternoon, though I can shift my scores around in an hour of noodling. It's pretty much the same with Myers-Briggs style tests, where I can park myself anywhere on the personality plot.
  6. When I learned to fly back in 1986, a nearby airport had a skydiving club. Their jump plane, which regularly swallowed skydivers on the ground, then disgorged them into beautiful blue skies was named... "The Flying Purple People Eater". I'm a li'l demon, not a dragon. But, if it's possible to dive off of you into the abyss, I'm in!
  7. How about this... https://asmruniversity.com In "The Science of ASMR->ASMR Research and Data" you'll find studies that distinguish musical frisson from ASMR, introduce the idea of "expectancy effect" (the creaking door I mentioned earlier) and suggest a "grooming" component. Jennifer Allen, the founder of the organization, who coined "ASMR" has evolved her thinking over time, as one might expect. If you peruse that website, I think you'll agree that some of the examples others brought here under the guise of ASMR would not be recognized as such by ASMR University.
  8. The Wikipedia page will give you some idea what it's about. The definition of ASMR is both imprecise and fluid. It means what people want it to mean and you'll find increasing evidence of that as this thread advances. I haven't listened to a lot of ASMR, but so far I've been fairly unaffected by it. In those cases where I do sense something, I've been able to modulate that feeling easily by "switching context". For example, in the chalkboard example above, though I do not find it terribly annoying or get any sensation from watching the video, if I look away and imagine myself sanding wood, the sound becomes mildly pleasant. I fairly hate the sound of people eating near me. That's not uncommon. Restaurants are aware of this, as well as the strong correlation between noise induced stress, appetite and loiter time. I don't like noisy restaurants, but I don't doubt that they make me eat more and exit sooner after eating. A quiet restaurant, in which I could hear the sound of my compatriots chewing and smacking their lips, would kill my appetite while inviting long discussion after dinner. https://flavourjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2044-7248-3-9 Years ago, I was a little surprised to discover that I am probably affected by the sound of my own chewing, too... https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308060 The spine tingling dread you feel when a door creaks in a scary movie is likely not ASMR. That's largely foreshadowing we've all learned from movie culture over time. The crinkling of a potato chip bag means approximately nothing to people until they develop an association of that sound with the treat inside. Dogs are "smarter" than humans, and learn that association PDQ. Mom quite enjoyed rustling bags of treats, or fiddling with the cookie jar lid to get the attention of her two children (Dad and me). We had so much fun plumbing the depths of that behavior that, at his funeral, we placed his ashes in... a cookie jar. There will be a lot going on in this thread, only some of which falls under my understanding ASMR.
  9. I like ya Beth, but... The moment other people started posting in this thread, it was no longer yours to delete. The specter of your fingers hovering over a delete request in any future thread you start would put me off participation. Don't do it! I understand and share your concern for the more important topics being discussed elsewhere, but Roxy's right, the rest of us can care about more than one thing at a time. Anyone who's seen your passion in this forum knows you can, too.
  10. I take all this stuff with a grain of salt. Scientific American would have you believe that black has been associated with evil for the past eternity. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-color-of-sin/ An analysis of the "bad guys wear black" in movies says otherwise. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-counterintuitive-history-of-black-hats-white-hats-and-villains Nevertheless, I enjoy finding new ways to think that move the needle on those implicit bias tests.
  11. Until you get your wish, we've got work to do.
  12. Gender-career test, neutral. Religion, neutral (more accurately, ambivalent) Weight - slight preference for thin This, I think, is the result of my awareness of the health issues associated with obesity and the difficulty people have with weight control, which leads me away from fat-shaming to fat-caring. I want everybody to be healthy. I have obese friends and I've explained my concern. So far I've had nothing but good responses. Sexuality - Strong automatic preference for gay over straight (where were these tests when I was a teen?!) Science - strong association with female (well duh!)
  13. My bias decreases as I spend more time, and the tests I've taken don't seem to penalize me much for that. I can slow down to perfection, but that's not how the real world works. I zip through them as quickly as possible, because I'm pretending to be in a situation where there's no time to think.
  14. A word of warning about Dura. The styles in my inventory are a decade old and made of large number of sculpts. As a result, they produce very high ARC numbers. My usual hairdo, Dura Boy-Girl 23, is about 80K. I have other short styles from other vendors that clock in at less than 5K. I have seen "mesh" advertised at Dura, so I expect they have more efficient styles today. Watch your ARC score when you try on hair, there's no point to wearing a cute 'do if nobody can see it!
  15. I've been taking such implicit bias tests for years. It's remarkable how difficult it is to shift my score meaningfully over time, though I have made progress. I took the weapons test and produced a "slight" association of weapons with black people. This is despite my real world experience being entirely of white people carrying weapons. My extended family contains a significant number of Second Amendment advocates with open carry permits. They are not allowed in my home with weapons. One of them has declined invitations to holiday celebrations as a result. His absence is greatly appreciated.
  16. Dura has lots of short styles. This is Girl 25...
  17. Since I bear some responsibility for the locking of the original peeves thread, I've started another and promise to stay out of it! Carry on, Kids!!!
  18. Imagine a population of one million people, 1000 of whom are black, the rest white. Imagine that C19 kills 1% of the white people and 100% of the black people. That's 9,990 white deaths and 1000 black deaths. Would you walk away from this thinking that C19 is a scourge for white people because it killed more of them? With the blackest of humor, I could argue that it couldn't be a scourge for black people. There are none. From American Public Media Aggregated death rates from COVID-19 across all states and the District of Columbia have reached new highs for all groups: 1 in 1,625 Black Americans has died (or 61.6 deaths per 100,000) 1 in 2,775 Indigenous Americans has died (or 36.0 deaths per 100,000) 1 in 3,550 Latino Americans has died (or 28.2 deaths per 100,000) 1 in 3,800 Asian Americans has died (or 26.3 deaths per 100,000) 1 in 3,800 White Americans has died (or 26.2 deaths per 100,000) Each of those statistics is per-capital within each subset of the American population. Notice that, if you are black, you are more than twice as likely to die from C19 than a white person. C19 has no eyes, so this disparity in per-capita death rates must have some other basis. There may be genetic factors at work, but I've yet to see any related to a genomic difference that correlates to perceived race (thereby giving C19 eyes). So what explains the difference? We know that C19 greatly stresses people with other vulnerabilities. Obesity (and correlated diabetes), high blood pressure (affected by sodium content in a culture's cuisine), anxiety, etc are all factors that increase one's chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from C19. Those risk factors can often be traced back to the effects of... systemic racism.
  19. @JanuarySwan, I've only skimmed the last few days of this thread, but see that you feel there can only be some monetary reasons or systemic racism. (Forgive me if I've misunderstood it, I most certainly have). I think there is some truth in this, but not necessarily in the way I think you think. First, racism is natural and predates money. Humans (and virtually all other animals) are wired to assess characteristic of other creatures in their environment, either for potential as threat, food, or for procreation. Those animals that have evolved social behavior extend this assessment to envelope their social groups, while continuing to assess differences within them. Ancient humans recognized people of their own tribes and welcomed them, while being wary of people who looked different. As populations migrated across the globe and forked their evolution into easily distinguishable populations (races), tribal recognition mechanisms became racism. Humanity's ability to record (and rewrite) its own history (verbally and in text) allows us to evolve our social structures at a far faster rate than natural evolution evolves our wiring. Over the very long haul, nature weeds out the unfit using selection rules we truly don't well understand. Over the short haul, humans select, via various mechanisms (public policy, wars, etc) by very different rules that produce effects and unintended side effects with potentially far more dramatic consequences than natural selection. Natural selection is effectively out of the picture now. ETA: though we evolved social structures at breakneck pace, we still contain all that slowly evolved wiring. In virtually any human conflict, there is a desire for something someone else has got, food, shelter, freedom, power, etc. Upon creating money, people will want that too. Almost anything you want is easier to get if you have power. Power is the lever at work here and everything else flows from that. Systemic racism is about power, not money. While money might exchange hands between groups in power over the maintenance of that power, the actual goal of power is to extract wealth from the powerless. Here's an example: https://lapa.princeton.edu/content/predatory-cities Google "Covid-19 wealth transfer" to discover more. Do keep in mind that any discussion of transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich correlates strongly with race, as the poor are disproportionately people of color.
  20. Beth's per capita example is spot on. Per-capita is the correct way to cite quite a few public statistics, like national deficit and debt, racial composition, incarceration rate, Covid-19 infections, deaths, etc. Once you are exposed to this idea, it should make sense to you. If a statistic relating to a subset of a nation's population is seriously out of whack with size of that subset, something interesting is happening. Per-capita expressions of those things makes it easier to spot the wackyness. I don't believe people should be allowed to hold public office unless they DO understand per-capita. We should ALL understand it. I see quite a few important statistics that are NOT presented in per-capita, but should be. I think this is often intentional. Someone presenting a statistic has a choice to make. Do they present one that most accurately portrays the underlying truth or one that most supports their particular agenda. Those needn't be different statistics, but often are. It's on the public to spot any subterfuge and note who's engaging in it.
  21. I just tested Alchemy on my iMac Pro. I didn't check every Graphics setting, but on Ultra with DD = 256, I got about half the frame rate of Firestorm.
  22. Hi, Kids!!! A decade ago, I dabbled with "reactive artwork" that responds to the proximity of the viewer, using llSensorRepeat() to drive changes in size, transparency, position, color, etc. in the object as people approach or retreat from the artwork. I'm noodling with these things again, and wonder if I might improve them before I give copies away to friends. The artwork must be fairly responsive to be enjoyable, so I used repeat rates of as little as 300-500ms. To reduce server load when nobody is near the artwork, the no_sensor() handler throttles back the scan rate to once every 10 seconds. It then takes up to 10 seconds for the art to first "see" you, after which it responds quickly again. I also have a touch toggle to enable/disable scanning, and I'm considering another level of dial back that reduces the scan rate to once every five minutes if the 10 second scan finds nobody for two minutes. I do limit the scan volume to only what's necessary. Does anyone think my artwork will be too burdensome on the servers?
  23. This sounds like texture thrashing. If you are using the standard SL viewer, go to Preferences->Graphics->Advanced Settings and make sure the "Texture Memory(MB)" slider is all the way to the right at 512MB. If you are using Firestorm, go to Preferences->Graphics->Hardware Settings and drag the "Viewer Texture Memory Buffer (MB)" slider all the way to the right, potentially as high as 2048. Hopefully, your computer has enough graphics memory to accommodate those settings. I hope that helps, Rayka!
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