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Cake day: June 26th, 2023


    • Soap is always tricky for me. I’ve recently been using Dr Bronner’s. It’s fairly concentrated and a travel-sized bottle covers my showering needs as well as my laundry. The incredibly minor thing I don’t like is that it’s a liquid soap, which is a small chore I have to handle when going through airport security.
    • Packing cubes are fantastic. They help bring a sense of order to a 35L bag.
    • Practice. I choose random weekends to pack my 1 bag and live out of it. It really helps build confidence in what you’re choosing to pack.

    • Separate batteries. Using a device for music and a standard phone drains from the same battery. You could carry a power brick, but then you’re carrying two bricks for worse audio.
    • No camera. Certain work assignments won’t allow me to bring a device with a camera into those zones. Or, if I do, the transition process is so intrusive that it’s not worth it.

    Those are the only unique characteristics. You can compensate other differences on a phone like adding an additional DAC and/or amp.

  • I own this.

    I’m guessing the author doesn’t have this issue, but the model sold in the US has a volume limiter limit on them. My daily headphones aren’t easy to drive, so this was a concern I have that many other people might not care about.

    I ended up having to import mine to get a device that doesn’t have this enforced.

    Edit: Sorry I was clumsy with my words. It’s a limit on volume, since it’s an option for high gain.

  • I take a very long-winded approach. I try to find a copy of the rules online, and then read through it (which is the first thing I would do if I had gone out to buy the game).

    Then, instead of watching a review, I try to find a play through video to see how it plays out. The video isn’t completely devoid of colorful commentary or random banter, but it does give me a realistic expectation of how long the game truly takes.

    I generally know whether I’d appreciate a game or hate it from reading the rule book. The video just saves me the cycle of buying, trying, and returning if I’m on the fence.

  • In 2016, the first known fatality linked to a self-driving car took place when a Tesla Model S failed to stop and crashed into a semitrailer truck.

    Ah, this one is hard to forget. I remember this one vividly because it sparked all sorts of philosophical discussions around the use of self-driving cars. Hypothetical scenarios like “Between a family of 5 with children, should the car choose to kill the driver to save the family” and the different variations of the trolley problem.

    Determining the responsible party was always a puzzle to me. The current state of auto-pilot requires hands-on attention from the driver, so the accountable party is arguably the driver. But with a fully autonomous vehicle, where the steering wheel isn’t installed, is the car manufacturer accountable for deaths and accidents?