Happiness and living Danishly

Another digression, but who doesn’t want to be happy?  Denmark is the happiest country in the world and you too can learn its secrets.  You can buy this lady’s book or you can listen to her talk on Youtube for free.

So one of these thing is hygge, which is coziness or hominess.  It involves burning a lot of candles and stuff like food rituals. Since Denmark is dark and cold from October to March, this has a lot to do with the weather.

Another of these things is arbejdsglaede, or happiness at work. Danes focus on lifelong education, short work hours, and in July, the whole country goes on vacation, so they don’t have to worry about what might happen in the office if they are away.

Designer lamps.  I am not kidding, according to the video, every Danish home has something called a PH 5. This is a very expensive lamp with indirect light designed by Poul Henningsen.

The PH 5 consists of three reflecting shades that illuminate the lamp downward and laterally, creating 100% glare-free light. The PH5 gets its name from the diameter of the top shade, which is 5 dm or 50 cm.

It supposedly hangs over the table in every Danish home and makes every one look good. The price is around a thousand dollars, but they don’t even care, because happiness.

But find out from the lady directly,  I have been thinking about this video for more than a week now, and finally knew I had to go back and find it again to share it with my devoted fans.  There is no one with a greater need for happiness.


Eliza bot

Back before Siri, before Cortana, before Alexa, … back before the tech giants were making their female bots accepting of sexual stereotypes and harassment, not to mention sexual assault, …back before all of that, there was Eliza.

Eliza, the first chatbot, was developed in 1966 and programmed as a Rogerian psychotherapist.

Long after people have grown bored with talking like a pirate or talking like Yoda, they still want to talk like Eliza.

Not sure if this interaction between Eliza and Tay, the racist chatbot is real, but if it isn’t, it should be.

This one is real, a conversation between Eliza and PARRY—a bot programmed to model the behavior of a paranoid schizophrenic.

The rest is here.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

At first glance this looks like another puff piece about how Wikipedians are always improving. But look again. According to this chart, there are just as many if not more bot edits than human edits.

But see what they did there?  The bot edits are artificially divided into “group bots” and bots with “bot” in the name. Don’t all bots have “bot” in the name? (Ah, yes, they do except for “CommonsDelinker”, last edit Mar 31, 2018, and “D6”, last edit Mar 30, 2014. Hmm, no raw numbers.)

The result is to make it look like there are more human edits than bot edits, with only occasional bot bursts.  But what if you add all the bots together in the chart?

Looks more like the bots are taking over.

But this is all freehand, it is not even based on data. And the original chart is not sourced either. Chance are it came from somewhere here on these analytics pages, but how would you reproduce it, much less do your own data? (Oh look over there: SPARQL!)

In that case, what about the ACTRIAL trial, started September 14, 2017, ended March 14, 2018. Here is “new articles per day” for English Wikipedia, with some colors added for comparing ACTRIAL months with each other.

Mar 2018 1209986 6102 32946 3698 5.6 M 723 97.9 3.7 M 8.2 M
Feb 2018 1203884 4988 29491 3350 5.6 M 726 97.7 3.4 M 8.2 M
Jan 2018 1198896 5483 31584 3713 5.6 M 722 97.4 3.6 M 8.1 M
Dec 2017 1193413 5322 30072 3434 5.5 M 644 97.2 3.4 M 8.1 M
Nov 2017 1188091 6043 31678 3484 5.5 M 743 96.9 3.3 M 8.1 M
Oct 2017 1182048 5824 31080 3512 5.5 M 615 96.7 3.3 M 8.0 M
Sep 2017 1176224 5029 29243 3336 5.5 M 639 96.4 3.3 M 8.0 M
Aug 2017 1171195 5656 30112 3493 5.5 M 640 96.2 3.4 M 7.9 M
Jul 2017 1165539 5504 29983 3518 5.4 M 679 95.9 3.4 M 7.9 M
Jun 2017 1160035 5345 29406 3430 5.4 M 658 95.6 3.7 M 7.8 M
May 2017 1154690 6187 31820 3540 5.4 M 664 95.3 3.5 M 7.8 M
Apr 2017 1148503 6421 32060 3525 5.4 M 737 95 3.4 M 7.7 M
Mar 2017 1142082 7138 34010 3582 5.4 M 873 94.8 3.7 M 7.7 M
Feb 2017 1134944 5922 30539 3376 5.3 M 754 94.6 3.3 M 7.7 M
Jan 2017 1129022 6104 32043 3728 5.3 M 796 94.3 3.6 M 7.6 M
Dec 2016 1122918 5904 30456 3390 5.3 M 811 94.1 3.5 M 7.6 M
Nov 2016 1117014 6067 30440 3272 5.3 M 717 93.9 3.5 M 7.6 M
Oct 2016 1110947 5723 29721 3395 5.2 M 727 93.6 3.6 M 7.5 M
Sep 2016 1105224 5423 29195 3338 5.2 M 833 93.3 3.4 M 7.5 M
Aug 2016 1099801 5600 29548 3449 5.2 M 760 93.1 3.3 M 7.4 M
Jul 2016 1094201 5436 29162 3324 5.2 M 733 92.9 3.2 M 7.4 M
Jun 2016 1088765 5472 29063 3238 5.1 M 697 92.7 3.3 M 7.4 M
May 2016 1083293 6161 30777 3418 5.1 M 841 92.4 3.6 M 7.3 M
Apr 2016 1077132 6157 30820 3365 5.1 M 767 92.2 3.4 M 7.3 M
Mar 2016 1070975 6347 31736 3510 5.1 M 785 91.9 3.6 M 7.2 M
Feb 2016 1064628 5796 29838 3278 5.0 M 813 91.7 3.4 M 7.1 M
Jan 2016 1058832 5864 31051 3545 5.0 M 818 91.4 3.4 M 7.1 M
Dec 2015 1052968 5573 29397 3335 5.0 M 746 91.2 3.0 M 7.0 M
Nov 2015 1047395 6176 30581 3376 5.0 M 776 91 3.1 M 7.0 M
Oct 2015 1041219 6036 30579 3421 4.9 M 762 90.8 3.2 M 7.0 M
Sep 2015 1035183 5745 29526 3399 4.9 M 709 90.6 3.1 M 6.9 M

Kind of hard to see.

Looks like fewer articles right? So that’s good, right? Not so much work for patrollers? Maybe they can’t make a patroller bot. So how many of these articles were deleted? Were they useful articles? Can’t tell.

This page might make it easier: New articles per day by language. I have made the English wiki in red so you can see it.

Σ en ru de es
Mar 2018 6506 723 236 294 265
Mar 2017 9918 873 235 317 253
Mar 2016 9468 785 250 331 290
Mar 2015 10132 829 315 322 215
Mar 2014 7314 807 272 316 214
Mar 2013 25589 841 404 347 234
Mar 2012 8884 855 397 462 262
Mar 2011 7563 906 531 417 551
Mar 2010 7365 1015 400 466 40
Mar 2009 7433 1643 309 440 295
Mar 2008 7945 1472 540 523 327

So there were only 723 article per day this March, but ten years ago there were twice as many. In fact, there have not been this few new articles since 2004.

viking kittens overlordsSo Wikipedia is dying? And they are trying to hide it by counting bot edits as user edits?

You know, I can’t tell, and there isn’t enough data here to find out. But something here just doesn’t feel right. And you know what they say about that.

I for one welcome our new bot overlords.



As it turns out, the bot uprising theory is premature. Here is the chart for enwiki and meta.

enwiki edits by user type meta edits by user type

Also the new edits per month.  You can see the yearly dip in June.  But at this scale you can’t see that there are at least 100 fewer new articles per day compared to the previous year.
new articles

And my favorite, content vs.. non-content edits. How much is dramah.

enwiki by page type

Playing doctor

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

This is just gross.

Dr. Larry Nassar was only one of 450 doctors who were brought before medical boards on sexual misconduct charges in 2016 and 2017. According to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, half of those doctors are still practicing medicine, even after being convicted of a sex crime.

“Medical boards are unwilling to sanction physicians because ‘He’s recovering’ or ‘He wouldn’t have done it if he hadn’t been using drugs.’ They make all kinds of excuses,” said Dr. John K. Hall, a medical doctor and attorney who is a former executive director of Mississippi’s medical board.

Dr. Hall, who was brought in to reform the agency, was fired from the board after waging a fight against doctor-patient sexual assault. Mississippi ranks last in the nation in protecting patients from doctor sexual assault.

After the post was left vacant for nine months, Hall was finally replaced by a doctor who has been sued for malpractice 12 times.

Says Hall,

“I’m hopeful for continued change and transparency at the board. Ultimately, I’m not optimistic that the new director will have meaningful effect. The board has deep, irremediable conflict of interest that arise directly from its structure. By statute, the board members are nominated by the state medical association and appointed by the governor. This leads to the disciplinary body being controlled by the same ‘trade guild’ it’s supposed to regulate. Numerous recent cases demonstrate the board’s inability to subjugate physician interest to the welfare of the citizens. This is fundamentally a legislative problem.”

This is not the AJC‘s first investigation of doctors and sexual assault. In 2016 it published a report of more than 3,100 doctors who were publicly cited for sexual misconduct from 1999 through 2015.

Apparently #MeToo does not apply to doctors.

NYTimes and institutionalized rape

Ross Douthat

This is really unpleasant what the New York Times is doing, giving oxygen to this Ross Douthat character with his May 2 opinion piece “The Redistribution of Sex” trying to normalize the incels.  And no I’m not going to link to it.

Douthat is a convert to Catholicism, and is known for writing about religious topics. His current viewpoint seems to be summed up near the end of the piece, his only alternative to the incels’ “rape on demand” is the lost catholicism of the Holy Roman Empire, with its “virtues of monogamy and chastity and permanence and the special respect owed to the celibate.”

Robin Hanson

But never mind the false dichotomy, this has given him an opportunity to “explain what he was actually trying to say” on Twitter, and also to link to another creep who gets plenty of institutional protection, George Mason University economist Robin Hanson. A few days ago Slate published a piece “Is Robin Hanson America’s Creepiest Economist?” and Hanson responded on his blog with “Why Economics Is, And Should Be, Creepy”. Once again these exchanges are being used for professional advancement and to burnish some male resumes at the expense of the personal safety of women everywhere. Not surprisingly, the incels themselves, having regrouped over at incels.me after being closed down on Reddit have been pouring over Hanson’s blog, especially the parts that refer to violence, and linking to it.

Nothing specific yet from Hanson’s recent co-author, Kevin Simler, but a recent tweet casually referencing “normies”, the word the incels use for men they want to kill, is concerning.

But as they say, cream rises, and a few things worth reading have emerged.

From the NYT comments:

This is not about access to pornography or sex robots or sex workers. This is, once again, about power, control, resentment, and misogyny. Thought experiments such as this perpetuate the idea that women exist for the pleasure and edification of men. You would never guess that women are people, not some amorphous being or abstract concept. The Beckys and Stacys they talk about are gross caricatures. Do not make the mistake of symphathising, they do not think women are human and as such they should be controlled-like a commodity.

Many have the luxury of thought experiments because the reality has never and will never happen to them.

Hard to imagine these same “thought experiments” against Jews or blacks getting published.

I was familiar enough with incel culture before this happened in Toronto (call it a morbid curiosity), and let me underscore a point made by others, that needs to be loud and clear:

Incels HATE sex workers. With a passion. The idea they’re not getting it for free, and that women are making the monetized transaction for it direct, absolutely burns them and causes them to target SWs with their rage. And understandably, sex workers find men with this set of attitudes to be intolerable clients–violent, dangerous, disrespectful. They are all over Twitter talking about problems they have with men like this now./

Yep, the sex workers are definitely not happy, they’re getting lots of retweets.

Incels don’t want sex. They want to feel like they’re not losers. They fully believe that being able to “get sex” symbolizes that they’re winners.

This essay is irrelevant to the problem.

And this:

A “right to sex” that doesn’t require consent from both participating parties is called rape. And under the Taliban, which kidnapped Yazidi women and used them as sex slaves; Boko Haram; and the Japanese system of “comfort women,” to name but a few examples, we’ve seen exactly how governing systems that assume all men have a right to sex treat women.

So here are some voices that add light, rather than heat to the discussion:

Again, [Douthat] never touches on the true nature of incels — the worship of murderers, the calls for mass rape and ‘female genocide’.

The problem is not that they aren’t having enough sex; the problem is that they despise women, and will do so no matter how much sex they’re having.

They could have added that feminism, far from being [Elliot] Rodger’s enemy, may well be the primary force resisting the very system that made him feel – as a short, clumsy, effeminate, interracial boy – inadequate. His manifesto reveals that it was overwhelmingly boys, not girls, who bullied him: who pushed him into lockers, called him a loser, made fun of him for his virginity. But it was the girls who deprived him of sex, and the girls, therefore, who had to be destroyed.

The NYT went for the easy click bait, but only ended up with a lot to answer for. As one commenter tells Douthat: “Thanks for restating. Now it’s very clear that we didn’t misinterpret you at all. Someone with a poisonous and very dangerous set of ideas killed people, and your response was to immediately empathize with those ideas and write a column legitimizing them.”