These are the final minutes of my time here in Turku – I am downloading the podcast I’ll be listening to as I drive back to Helsinki – and I just want to put a few words into text before I forget them
The overall trip went great – I met @socialjusticemunchkin who shall henceforth be my #1 goto guide in Finland, and together we visited some of the sights of TuFun By The Sea 2016rku which, it turns out, is a great city. Unfortunately, the very first thing I suggested doing was a walking trip through the town and oh look, my shoes were not nearly as good for walking as I remembered so blisters, blisters everywhere. This put a slight damper on the rest of the trip but not so much as to ruin it. I write as I sit here, nursing my feet.
But Promethea put up with my foot-related complaints and we visited the botanical gardens right outside of town, then today an…. alternative? cafe and after that the Aboa Vetus & Ars Novu museum where I shot the previous picture – an interesting place, built on top of an archeological dig into old TurkFun By The Sea 2016u and contrasting it with an exhibition of modern art – some of which I did not particularly enjoy, other pieces of which were excellent.
Also in between that, meals and talking. And now I know what Promethea is like when not interacting through text so that’s new.
All in all A++ experience**, can recommend to others that you try visiting tumblr friends when you have time.
**Well the actual trip was terrible, I got stuck in 1½ hours of completely unprecedented traffic on a bridge that is normally free. I ended up hitting the airport – not the gate, the airport – three minutes before boarding started so that was nice. I am not looking forward to seeing what the final cost of parking has been, what with my car being stuck for 3 days in an airport “priced for short term parking” spot :O
The study on “is promethea able to convince programmers to fly around Europe to buy them food” has been replicated and the results are once again: positive.
This suggests that the revealed value of promethea-company is consistently greater than the cost of flying around Europe to spend a couple of days in the corner promethea is still unfortunately mostly stuck in (YGM) and buying them some excellent food, and that people of a certain level of financial means are probably likely to be erring on the side of not trying it out compared to the rationally optimal amount of flying around Europe and buying promethea food.
Further research is absolutely necessary.
You joke, but I was actually heavily inspired by Timothy Ferris by way of Yudkowsky:
Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your “passion” or your “bliss,” I propose that they are, in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement.
This brings us full circle. The question you should be asking isn’t “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
And oh look, it turns the rationally optimal thing was doing as the Caliph tells us – seek new and interesting experiences.