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Dogen



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that part of it will ever change. What will hopefully change is that specialists will develop. I say this because diabetes is a pretty well understood disease (with the exception of what causes it), but PCPs and family doctors (and anyone who isn't an endocrinologist) know nothing about how to treat it. So I can't imagine they'd ever be any better at handling the unique needs of a person who is trans*, either. But a specialist who focuses their practice on it seems like it would be a good development.

Unless you meant ignorant in the sense that, for some reason, some providers lose their damn minds in the presence of a person who is trans* and forget to treat them like a human being. That kind of ignorance we can hopefully cure them of.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant both. I think the problem with relying on specialists is there probably won't be that many of them, and they will not be as accessible for poor people in areas without many options. Maybe the ACA will change that, though. If there were people who specialized in healthcare for trans people that I could afford, I'd go see one of them.

Today (yesterday, really) I learned that Yosemite Sam is gay, thanks to a dream where he came out. I've decided to make this headcannon, and I want to enlist as many people as possible in adopting this idea.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stripeypants wrote:

Today (yesterday, really) I learned that Yosemite Sam is gay, thanks to a dream where he came out. I've decided to make this headcanon, and I want to enlist as many people as possible in adopting this idea.


I'm not entirely sure who that is (I suppose I could just google it, if I really cared), though it sounds vaguely familiar, like something from my childhood


but okay!

headcanon'd
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stripeypants wrote:
I meant both. I think the problem with relying on specialists is there probably won't be that many of them, and they will not be as accessible for poor people in areas without many options. Maybe the ACA will change that, though. If there were people who specialized in healthcare for trans people that I could afford, I'd go see one of them.

So, I will admit that as a consumer of highly specialized care for 20 years (anniversary in 3 days!) I don't think much of PCPs. Not that they aren't totally necessary, and probably great for what they do, but they're generalists. They take care of common ailments and conditions that affect large swaths of the population, and everything else gets referred to a specialist. Hell, they don't get much training in anything. Compare those 4-6 week stints to a specialist who spends usually three years in an internship/fellowship focusing on one thing. So, unless changes are made to the way PCPs are trained and practice it seems unlikely that they will, as a whole, become knowledgeable about the specific needs of transgender people. Or any other lifelong situation (like I said, I'm bitter). They don't even get in-depth training on reproductive health, and that affects the majority of the population.*



* and now the ACGME wants to strip contraception from mandatory medical school training.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I heard in a Numberphile video that if you ask people to pick a number from 1 to 10 that "45% of people pick 7." I had never heard it before, and I can't (in 10 seconds of googling) find anything empirical to support it, just this anecdote about turkers being asked to pick a number. Even then, while 7 was the most picked number (followed by 5 and 6), it looks like it was only about ~25%. I was hoping to find a neat real world example of the central tendency bias... but I've now officially spent more time writing this post than I did looking for support for the claim. Razz

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen wrote:
So I heard in a Numberphile video that if you ask people to pick a number from 1 to 10 that "45% of people pick 7." I had never heard it before, and I can't (in 10 seconds of googling) find anything empirical to support it, just this anecdote about turkers being asked to pick a number. Even then, while 7 was the most picked number (followed by 5 and 6), it looks like it was only about ~25%. I was hoping to find a neat real world example of the central tendency bias... but I've now officially spent more time writing this post than I did looking for support for the claim. Razz

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Well obviously a lot of people are aware of the fact so they pick a number that isn't 7.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, now I wanna see a study of
"(a) Pick a random number from 1 to 10 inclusively: ___"
"(b) What number do you think most other people put for (a)? ___"

(And possibly:
"(c) What number do you think most other people put for (b)? ___"
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I started learning to play Go aka igo 囲碁 aka that strategy board game that computers still can't beat humans at quite yet because it is so insanely complex

I started out here, first: http://playgo.to/iwtg/

It is not an easy game. Playing against the computer, I can barely beat GNU Go with a 5 stone handicap on the puny 9x9 board, and it took me several hours to get good enough to even do that.

went down to a 4 stone handicap and lost by 21 points and then by 13 and then by 4
(EDIT: WON wooooo time to lower the handicap again. Tomorrow. *plays another game and loses by 42* okay never mind)

I'm refusing to take a significant amount of time to think about any of my moves (except in retrospect) until I get a better feel for the game, though, so maybe if I slowed down a bit I could win with a lower handicap

once I can beat this thing at a fast game without a handicap I'll move on to the regular-sized board

I should probably start playing against real people, though. I'm sure the computer is teaching me all kinds of bad habits. GNU Go isn't very good at Go, after all, and it's probably consistently bad at it in the ways in which it is bad.

blaaaaah, all anyone plays around here is chess
and video games
booo, chess
double boo, video games



Wikipedia says that GNU Go plays at around 5 to 7 kyu strength on the 9x9 board, so if a stone equals a rank as per the usual way of going about handicaps I guess I'm at about 12 kyu on the 9x9? That seems like an overestimation of my skill so far, though. I mean, it is my first day playing.
Ah, right, the stone-per-rank thing is for the regular sized board, not the puny board made for puny weaklings. That would explain it.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heretical Rants wrote:
Today I started learning to play Go

Unless you live somewhere rural, I bet you can find some local players with a little searching. There are often school clubs, formal or informal. I used to play with some co-workers, who still have lunchtime meet-ups once a week.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's safe to say there's no organised Go playing happening anywhere within several hundred miles of me right now.

I will try and pester some friends with it, though
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen wrote:
Also horribly depressing to hear the story of Tyra Hunter and the transgender discrimination survey.


that is a truly horrific story. i always figured people who went into medical fields had some degree of empathy and interest in helping others...i appear to have been wrong.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah... I don't understand why the EMTs and ER physicians still have jobs. That survey is heartbreaking, too - the fact that any percentage of people report being physically assaulted by health care providers is unconscionable to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heretical Rants wrote:

once I can beat this thing at a fast game without a handicap I'll move on to the regular-sized board

well, that was fast

I played as white



on to the big and scary regular board, then
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learnt I passed an exam I definitely thought I had failed (it was a must-pass, if you fail it you get 49.5% in the course). Got a 54.5% on it, for a final mark of 72.9%.

The class overall mark average was 59%, the median was 54.5%.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen wrote:
Yeah... I don't understand why the EMTs and ER physicians still have jobs. That survey is heartbreaking, too - the fact that any percentage of people report being physically assaulted by health care providers is unconscionable to me.


i think i didn't get past the % that were flat-out denied care on that one. all in all, it suggests that a significant number of medical types are getting through school without understanding that all humans are humans, and deserve treatment as such.
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