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Resources for travel in Switzerland.

Not a single trip report, but more of a collection of experience and lessons from many trips. I don't think I have posted this here before, it might be useful in this very long planning period.
Most of my travel here as day or week long trips has been solo travel. This is probably as safe and easy a solo destination as you are going to get. People hiking or biking across the country by themselves is commonplace, eating isn't a group thing like in some countries, and other than maybe a few activities that require a booking with a minimal group size you won't find yourself excluded from anything. I have never had any problems (though as a white male it might be easier for me to avoid them, I can't speak for other demographics).
The only real factor for me regarding solo travel here has been that if you really want to meet other travelers then it will be much easier at a hostel in a more popular area (ie Interlaken/Luzern/Zermatt) than if you go off to other forms of accommodation in the lesser known regions. There are hostels all over the country, but many (especially the YHAs) tend to attract domestic Swiss tourists of various ages rather than an international scene.
The Swiss are not going to embrace you like a family member, but are friendly in their own way. I have never had a problem getting help (even without a mutual language), sharing tables at relaxed places like mountain restaurants is quite standard (once all the empty ones are partially occupied), and sometimes they will be very chatty in a way that still surprises me sometimes. Speaking the local language makes it much easier to get talking with people, but English often works everywhere (too well given that I still have issues getting people to talk to me in German sometimes).
Disclaimer:
My own guides
More travel related:
  • Travel in Switzerland in general in two posts: new (mostly specific thoughts on places), and old (more general information on the country as a whole).
  • Imgur album/info posts: This is the larger one which has detailed info/links and is still slowly evolving, and I also have this older one which is more basic and locked. This is a list of popular posts on social-media and what they actually are.
  • More detailed blogs on more major tourist spots: An overview of the tourist spots in general (link), and Jungfrau region (Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald/Mürren/Wengen) (link), and Luzern/Rigi/Pilatus (link), and Gruyères (link), and the St Beatus caves (link), and Zermatt (link).
  • Cheap/affordable travel in Switzerland: link
  • When to visit/what conditions to expect: link
  • Transport in Switzerland: link.
  • Scenic train rides: link.
  • The most beautiful villages: link.
  • Hiking in Switzerland: link.
  • Cycling and mountain biking in Switzerland: link
  • Winter in the Alps for non-skiers: Link.
  • Visiting the UNESCO sites in Switzerland: Link.
  • The trip taken by JRR Tolkien that inspired parts of the Hobbit/LOTR: Link.
  • Unique/interesting Swiss festivals: link, with a sidepost on the surreal madness that is Fasnacht.
  • Swiss food and drink: link.
  • An idiots guide to buying a Swiss Watch: link.
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Misc tips:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (but can be until 10pm or so if it is servicing a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
Internet - practical
Many of these also have a phone app version which is worth having.
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch (mobile app - Swisstopo). The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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F1 2020 - Review Thread

Game Information

Game Title: F1 2020
Platforms:
Trailers:
Developer: Codemasters
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 88 average - 100% recommended - 16 reviews

Critic Reviews

Eurogamer - Martin Robinson - Recommended
A new team management mode provides some of the best single-player racing action around, alongside the series' ever-improving authenticity.
GameByte - Unscored
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GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 10 / 10
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GamingTrend - T.K. Hale - 95 / 100
F1® 2020 is an amazing step in the right direction for Codemasters. By adding the My Team mode to the series, it gives this racing game a different personality; one sprinkled with adventure elements, and it works.
God is a Geek - Gary Bailey - 9 / 10
With some great improvements on and off the track F1 2020 is an exceptional racer, and the one to beat this year.
Hardcore Gamer - Cory Wells - 4 / 5
F1 2020 is as good as it gets on the current generation of consoles.
Hobby Consolas - Rafael Aznar - Spanish - 87 / 100
Codemasters has taken profit from the last five years to make a great simcade that, despite being quite continuist, is among the best Formula 1 games in history.
IGN - Luke Reilly - 9 / 10
F1 2020 is simultaneously the deepest yet most accessible Codemasters Formula One experience to date.
IGN Italy - Italian - 9 / 10
F1 2020 is not just the best episode of the franchise, but one of the best simcade racing game of this generation. This year Codemasters brings all the emotions and frantic action of the top class of motorsport to the players, crafting an incredible experience both for newcomers and experienced drivers. The new team career is awesome, and overall, the game is solid and rich of contents.
IGN Spain - Spanish - 8.5 / 10
Codemasters have not risked much in this latest installment before the generation change, although new features such as the My Team mode are appreciated.
Jump Dash Roll - Pete Taylor - 9 / 10
F1 2020 continues Codemasters' excellent form in delivering a fantastic recreation for Formula 1. The new My Team mode injects new life into the series and is far more welcome than Devon Butler was last year. It's never easy making iterative releases relevant but they sure do seem to have a grand plan in play. One wonders what we'll be treated to next year, but until then there's a bucket load of fun in F1 2020 to keep you entertained.
Metro GameCentral - 9 / 10
Codemasters' stewardship of the F1 licence finally gets into top gear with a thrillingly rigorous simulation that also makes every effort to make its appeal as broad as possible.
PC Invasion - 9 / 10
F1 2020 feels daunting for first-timers, but it lets you learn and adapt as you continue to progress and challenge yourself. Barring a few downsides with its My Team and Driver Career modes, it remains a true marvel in the sim-racing genre where every competition is nail-bitingly fierce and exciting.
Push Square - 8 / 10
This is the most complete series entry to date, with a full Formula 2 season, followed by up to 10 consecutive senior campaigns in an enthralling Formula 1 career. The new My Team mode allows for an even more personalised pilgrimage, and on track everything sings. It's a shame we're missing the story introduced in the previous entry and we hope Codemasters return to this and flesh it out in future outings. But all things considered, F1 2020 includes a frightening amount of content that makes this an essential for fans of the motorsport. This is, after all, the only complete Formula 1 season in 2020.
Saving Content - Scott Ellison II - 5 / 5 stars
MyTeam is hands-down the best mode of the past few years. It allows you to forge a path all your own, and truly get invested in the things that take place as both an owner and a driver. Codemasters strips what didn’t work in F1 2019, kept what did, and then built on that. The result is that while the real 2020 season of Formula One is abbreivated, F1 2020 is bigger and better than ever before.
Spaziogames - Matteo Bussani - Italian - 7.9 / 10
F1 2020 is a natural evolution of the series, too stuck to the past of it, with very few changes.
The Digital Fix - Posted by Seb Hawden - 9 / 10
Brilliantly authentic, incredibly immersive, F1 2020, for me, is one of the best racing games I have played for a long time. Managing your team is a brilliant addition that will perhaps entice new players on-board. The game is very user friendly, It has a massive amount of modes, features and options that will suit any type of player of every skill level. It looks good, sounds great and performs very well. Right, I am off, this F1 team is not going to manage itself.
The Games Machine - Marco Ravetto - Italian - 8.6 / 10
F1 2020 is the perfect title for those who want to enter the world of Formula 1. Graphics and sounds are ok, there are many game modes and, thanks to the different settings available, the driving system can be adapted to the needs of a wide range of virtual pilots.
TheSixthAxis - Thomas Harrison-Lord - 8 / 10
If it wasn't for the addition of My Team, F1 2020 would go down as being great for newcomers, but past the best before date for those who have enjoyed recent iterations. Some elements are now very tired, but being able to oversee the running of your own team proves to be incredibly satisfying and just enough of a distraction – for now. F1 2020 highlights just how much of a team sport Formula 1 is, and that can only be a good thing.
Wccftech - Chris Wray - 9 / 10
F1 2020 does as much as can be expected from Codemasters, offering an oustanding racing experience on the track. Where it goes further is off of the track, bringing in an incredibly extensive My Team mode, as well as fleshing out the career mode with a full Formula 2 season. With a massive amount of content, great racing and quality throughout, it's hard not to love the game. The only real issue I have is the inclusion of the new Podium Pass (battle pass) system, adding a microtransaction for cosmetics.
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MAME 0.222

MAME 0.222

MAME 0.222, the product of our May/June development cycle, is ready today, and it’s a very exciting release. There are lots of bug fixes, including some long-standing issues with classics like Bosconian and Gaplus, and missing pan/zoom effects in games on Seta hardware. Two more Nintendo LCD games are supported: the Panorama Screen version of Popeye, and the two-player Donkey Kong 3 Micro Vs. System. New versions of supported games include a review copy of DonPachi that allows the game to be paused for photography, and a version of the adult Qix game Gals Panic for the Taiwanese market.
Other advancements on the arcade side include audio circuitry emulation for 280-ZZZAP, and protection microcontroller emulation for Kick and Run and Captain Silver.
The GRiD Compass series were possibly the first rugged computers in the clamshell form factor, possibly best known for their use on NASA space shuttle missions in the 1980s. The initial model, the Compass 1101, is now usable in MAME. There are lots of improvements to the Tandy Color Computer drivers in this release, with better cartridge support being a theme. Acorn BBC series drivers now support Solidisk file system ROMs. Writing to IMD floppy images (popular for CP/M computers) is now supported, and a critical bug affecting writes to HFE disk images has been fixed. Software list additions include a collection of CDs for the SGI MIPS workstations.
There are several updates to Apple II emulation this month, including support for several accelerators, a new IWM floppy controller core, and support for using two memory cards simultaneously on the CFFA2. As usual, we’ve added the latest original software dumps and clean cracks to the software lists, including lots of educational titles.
Finally, the memory system has been optimised, yielding performance improvements in all emulated systems, you no longer need to avoid non-ASCII characters in paths when using the chdman tool, and jedutil supports more devices.
There were too many HyperScan RFID cards added to the software list to itemise them all here. You can read about all the updates in the whatsnew.txt file, or get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page.

MAME Testers Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

Software list items promoted to working

New NOT_WORKING software list additions

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EVEN MORE miscellaneous tidbits about the 2019-20 NBA season that you probably already knew about but I decided to write about anyway:

Previous "Miscellaneous tidbits" posts:

Part 1

Part 2

#Some terms#
per 75 = per 75 possessions, i.e. points per 75 possessions = measure of a player's scoring rate, an alternative to PPG. Each team plays at a different pace (and the league as a whole plays slightly faster or slower each season), so adjusting for pace like this allows us to compare players' scoring more fairly than PPG will. (Question: Why 75 possessions? - Answer: The average high-usage modern NBA player simply uses roughly 75 possessions/game, so "per 75" stats are perhaps easier to intuitively understand for most people than "per 100" stats, which are available on Basketball Reference.)
TS% = true shooting percentage, i.e. a player's scoring efficiency, basically FG%, but accounting for 3-pointers and free-throws
rTS% = relative TS%, i.e. how efficient a player's scoring is compared to league average scoring efficiency, which is 56.4 TS% in 2019-20 according to Basketball Reference
ORTG and DRTG are a team's offensive and defensive rating, respectively, with numbers taken from Basketball Reference.
rORTG/rDRTG = relative ORTG or DRTG, i.e. how good a team's offense is compared to league average offensive and defensive rating, which are 110.4 in 2019-20 according to Basketball Reference
  • #1: Nikola Jokic, clutch god
I've talked about Chris Paul in an earlier post, but Jokic is right there with him as one of the clutchest players in the NBA. Joker is 3rd in points scored in the clutch, only behind CP3 and Trae Young, and the Nuggets are 2nd in the league in clutch wins, with a 26-14 record (65.0 win%) in clutch situations. In the clutch, Jokic has a personal net rating of +13.7, a 2.7 clutch AST/TO ratio, and shoots 60 TS%. Whether it be methodically bullying his way to the basket for a contested finish, a game-winning tip-in, or one of his ridiculous one-legged fadeaways (cries again in Sixers), simply giving the ball to Big Honey late in the 4th has proven to be winning formula for Denver.
  • #2: Anthony Davis, future Hall-of-Famer
According to Basketball Reference's Hall-of-Fame (HoF) tracker, after this year, at age 27, his 8th season in the NBA, Lakers superstar big Anthony Davis has a 91.27% chance of entering the Hall of Fame.
Just as a comparison, here's how BBRef's HoF tracker stacks up AD against other active likely Hall-of-Famers (left out the Warriors trio, and any players above >98% probability):
Player HoF Probability Age Experience (years) All-Star awards Others
Vince Carter 94.55% 43 21 8 2 x All-NBA
Pau Gasol 93.35% 39 18 6 2 x NBA Champ, 4 x All-NBA
Anthony Davis 91.27% 27 7 7 3 x Blocks Champ, 3 x All-NBA, 3 x All-Defensive
Kyle Lowry 85.74% 34 13 6 1 x NBA Champ, 1 x All-NBA
Damian Lillard 68.62% 29 7 5 4 x All-NBA
Paul George 65.44% 30 9 6 1 x Steals Champ, 5 x All-NBA, 4 x All-Defensive
Kyrie Irving 64.77% 28 8 6 1 x NBA Champ, 2 x All-NBA
Kawhi Leonard 54.77% 28 8 4 1 x Steals Champ, 2 x NBA Champ, 3 x All-NBA, 5 x All-Defensive, 2 x DPOY, 2 x Finals MVP
Giannis Antetokounmpo 23.82% 25 6 4 3 x All-NBA, 2 x All-Defensive, 1 x MVP
  • #3: That Bron-Brow thing
Borrowing this quote from my "unicorns" post featuring Anthony Davis a while back,
Vertical spacer: AD is arguably the GOAT lob-finisher (75 FG% from 0-3 feet). Davis's catch-radius is one of the best in NBA history. Just throw it up in the general direction of the rim and he'll make it work somehow with his touch and athleticism. His addition to the Lakers is a major reason why LeBron's leading the league in assists (2.8 of LeBron's 10.6 assists/game go to AD).
The Lakers' chemistry this season has been fabulous, with the team exceeding all expectations and leading the West. At the head of the team, the LeBron-AD connection, in particular, has been even better that people probably imagined coming into the season--- of all 2-man assist-combos in the league this year, James to Davis ranks 1st by a vast margin, with 172 assists between the two leading the league, far ahead of Lillard-Whiteside with 130 and Lou-Trez with 127.
LeBron hits AD in a variety of ways: in the pick-and-roll, with lobs and snappy interior dishes; pick-and-pop or drive-and-kick, with AD positioned in the midrange or out on the 3-point line; simply dumping it to AD in the post and letting him go to work; hitting AD quickly and accurately in transition as part of a new-age "Showtime" ; in semi-transition, or off made-field goals, LeBron lets AD leak out early in the shot clock to establish good post position quickly, and then hits him with a long-range outlet pass so that AD can ISO against an unprepared defense. The Lakers often get 1-2 buckets per game in this fashion alone.
  • #4: Mitchell Robinson, making history
(By Popular Demand!)
The Knicks' young shot-eraser averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks on historic, league-leading, 74.2 FG% (alongside also-league-leading 74.2 eFG% and 72.6 TS%). It's the first figure we're concerned about here, as Robinson has potentially beaten Wilt Chamberlain's single-season FG% record of 72.7 FG%, set in 1972-73.
The biggest hurdle standing in the way of Mitchell's record being officially ratified by the NBA is, unfortunately, COVID-19.
The nba.com website provides a glossary of statistical minimums to qualify as a league-leader in any particular category. Under the assumption of an 82-game season, a player would need to make 300 field goals to qualify as the league leader in FG%. Through 66 games, Mitch made 253 field goals. In the absence of a shortened season, Mitch would be 47 made baskets short of qualifying as the league leader.
What muddies the question even further is that most teams will end the 2019-20 season playing an uneven number of games. NBA teams played anywhere from 64-67 games at the time of the shutdown.
The league needs to determine the number of games that will become the baseline for qualifying as a league leader in any statistical category. Will the league go with the higher threshold (72-75 games) or will the league consider that nearly a 1/3 of the league played a shorter schedule (64-67 games)?
Through 64 games – the fewest number of games played by an NBA team – a qualifying player would need to play in 45 games and make a minimum of 235 field goals to qualify as a league leader in FG%. Mitch would qualify based on a 64-game schedule. Additionally, Mitch would breakeven and qualify even if the NBA increased the qualifying games from 64 to 69.
However, if the NBA determines eligibility based on a 72-game schedule, a qualifying player would need to make 264 field goals to become the league leader in FG%, leaving Mitch 11 field goals short or breaking Wilt’s record.
Soooo, yeah. C'mon Adam Silver, do your thing. Let the Knicks fans have this.
  • #5: Brandon Ingram's historic single-season shooting improvement
It often takes NBA players multiple years to rewrite flawed shot mechanics, and improvement likely won't be linear. LeBron, for example, took a solid 6-7 seasons to develop a reliable jumper, and his free throw shooting remains inconsistent to this day.
Sometimes, though, very rarely, players can show unprecedented jumps in shooting improvement (both free-throw and 3-point shooting) over the course of 1 or 2 seasons.
A good example of this is Pascal Siakam:
Season 3PA 3P% FTA FT%
2017-18 1.6 22.0% 1.1 62.1
2018-19 2.7 36.9% 3.8 78.5
2019-20 6.0 35.9% 5.2 80.0
Within 2 seasons, Spicy P has gone from a terrible 3-point shooter who barely took any 3s, to a consistent on-ball and off-ball threat from 3 this season, pulling up this season from deep with impunity. Similarly, he went from a horrendous free-throw shooter in 2018 to shooting above-average from the line on a significantly higher number of attempts. This is wonderful improvement from Pascal, in both free-throw and 3-point shooting, which is something we've rarely seen - FT% generally remains pretty stable over a player's career.
Now, while this is very cool, how is it relevant to Ingram? Well, what Ingram has done in 2019-20 is reproduce what Siakam did over the course of two seasons, within a single season, to an even higher degree:
Season 3PA 3P% FTA FT%
2018-19 1.8 33.0% 5.6 67.5
2019-20 6.3 38.7% 5.9 85.8
Within one season, Ingram:
    • Almost quadrupled his 3-point volume, and went from a below-average to elite 3-point threat in terms of 3P%, jumping 3 percentage points from 33% to 39%, all while --- hold my drink here--- taking much much harder threes: pull-up 3s, 3s off PnR and PnP, 3s around screens, stepbacks, deep threes, contested 3s, 3s off handoffs.
    • (Perhaps even more incredibly) Completely reworked his jumper to the point that his FT% improved by almost 20 percentage points. Twenty. Like, what?! And this isn't a fluke or low-sample-size improvement, either - he's taking almost 6 free throws a game!
These are staggering improvements.
Now, some Lakers fans are certain to chime in at this point that Ingram, in fact, shot 39% from 3 in his sophomore season, in 2017-18!
However, that season, he only shot 68% from the line, which, combined with his very low 3P volume (only 1.8 3PA), suggests that this season was more of a fluke. This is supported by the fact that his FT% and 3PA remained pretty unchanged in the following season (2018-19).
No, what Ingram's accomplished this season is pretty much completely unheard-of. Simply watching him shoot this season is a different experience altogether: "His motion is faster and more efficient now, he's no longer releasing this near the top of his jump, and so he doesn't pause the ball back at his right ear. The whole thing's just smoother now."
The credit for this unlikely improvement should go to Brandon and New Orleans's awesome assistant coach slash shot-doctor Fred Vinson, who worked very closely with both Ingram and Lonzo Ball this offseason, and allowed both of them to experience massive single-season shooting improvements.
  • #6: Luka Dončić, the rightful 2019-20 Most Improved Player?
For some reason, it's seemingly become almost taboo amongst voters to include sophomore players in MIP voting discussions. Perhaps this is due to rookies being supposed to struggle, especially on defense, as part of "hitting the rookie wall", hence leading to their improvements in their sophomore years being almost expected, and nothing to write home about.
There's some validity to this idea, of course. A recent notable example is Sacramento Kings lottery pick DeAaron Fox, who struggled in his rookie year before exploding in his sophomore season (last year) as a top young point guard in the West.
However, those assumptions simply don't make sense for Dončić.
For one thing, Luka was the runaway Rookie of the Year. He averaged 21.2/7.8/6.0 as the number one option on a decent Mavericks side, and was even a fringe-mention in All-Star discussions. He was incredibly clutch, too. If there were any 'rookie struggles', Luka basically sidestepped them all.
Furthermore, and more importantly, Dončić has just had perhaps the greatest sophomore season in NBA history.
In the span of one season , Luka's gone from a sub-All Star to an undisputed top 5-10 player. With all due respect to Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Pascal Siakam, Devonte' Graham, or any other MIP candidate who is out there, Luka's improvement this season across the board trumps them all. Compared to his rookie year, he's scoring much more often, more efficiently, facilitating more, facilitating more efficiently, rebounding more, leading a much more efficient offense, and just has a much higher impact on the court overall:
. 2019-20 Luka Dončić 2018-19 Luka Dončić
Summary: PTS/AST/REB, FG%/3P%/FT% 29/9/9, on 46/32/75 shooting, 53 eFG% 21/8/6, on 43/33/71 shooting, 50 eFG%
Scoring rate (Points scored/75 possessions) 31.3 PTS/75 (3rd) 23.9 PTS/75
Scoring efficiency 58.4 TS% (+2.0 rTS%), 53.1 eFG% 54.5 TS% (-1.5 rTS%), 49.7 eFG%
Assists/75, Assist % 9.5 AST/75 (4th), 45.3 AST% (2nd) 6.8 AST/75 (19th), 31.6 AST% (17th)
Turnover %, AST/TO ratio 14.6 TO%, 2.07 AST/TO 15.0 TO%, 1.76 AST/TO
Passer Rating (Backpicks) 8.3 7.0
Rebounding 9.3 RPG, 15 TRB% 7.8 RPG, 13 TRB%
On/Off +1.3 -3.7
Team ORTG + How much it improves when he's on the court 116.7 ORTG (1st); +4.7 109.8 ORTG (20th); +0.0
Box Plus Minus (Backpicks) 6.9 2.3
Box Plus Minus (Basketball Reference) 8.4 3.9
WS/48 (Basketball Reference) .205 .101
Real Plus Minus (ESPN) 3.80 (5th) 1.29 (86th)
RAPTOR (538) +6.6 (7th) +2.2 (57th)
To finish this section off, I thought I'd conclude with an excellent excerpt from The Ringer's Dan Devine, who wrote up a superb article on who he thinks deserves to win Most Improved Player (featuring Dončić, Adebayo, Ingram, and Tatum):
Ultimately, I came back to what I felt after the first quarter of the season: As impressive and valid as all the other brands of improvement are, and as difficult as all of those leaps are to make, there’s nothing more impressive or difficult than becoming a top-five player in the league. While I wound up leaving Doncic just outside my top five in MVP balloting, it was by the slimmest of margins; he’s fucking unreal, in a way that even the heady early days of “Halleluka” hype didn’t quite project.
This season, Doncic became just the fifth player ever to average 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson, James Harden, Michael Jordan, and Russell Westbrook. He led not only this season’s no. 1 offense, but statistically the no. 1 NBA offense ever, and did it while combining usage and scoring efficiency to a degree matched only by Harden and Giannis.
...as John Hollinger noted at The Athletic, Doncic has also worked diligently to improve his left hand, opening up angles that defenses used to be able to close off to attack, probe, pass, and shoot. Now, the whole floor is unlocked, and opponents have to fear Doncic picking them apart from all over the court.
No player in the league made a bigger or more significant leap this season than Doncic. He returned Dallas to playoff contention, teaming with Kristaps Porzingis, sideline genius Rick Carlisle, and a deep roster of complementary role players to create an offensive juggernaut—one that promises to get even scarier as Doncic continues to work on his jumper. If Luka and the Mavericks offense are already this good while he shoots 31.8 percent from 3, what fresh hell can they unleash if he follows in Harden’s footsteps and gets up to 35 or 36, or even higher?
  • #7: Patrick Beverley hates the Rockets
The Rockets and Clippers split their season-series 2-2, but Patrick Beverley managed to get himself ejected during 3 of their 4 matchups. I mean, that's just incredible consistency and deserves recognition.
  • #8: The Goddess of Fortune also hates the Rockets
We all know about the infamous, unfathomable 27 consecutive missed-3s in 2018 WCF Game 7 that cost Houston a 15-point lead, and, effectively, the 2018 NBA championship as well, two seasons ago, but ill fortune has haunted the Rockets this season as well:
In the Sixers' 6th-ranked defensive scheme (-2.2 rDRTG), Josh Richardson marks the speediest guards, while Horford and Embiid share the responsibility of walling off the rim and guarding opponent bigs. Simmons, meanwhile, is in charge of just about everyone else.
Krishna Narsu's Defensive Versatility Index ranks players by time spent guarding all 5 positions. Among players who've guarded at least 1500 possessions, Simmons ranks 6th in the league, notably guarding each of the guard and forward positions at least 18% of the time. He guards everyone from Bradley Beal and James Harden, to Aaron Gordon and Pascal Siakam.
Simmons moves his feet with the fluidity of a guard but also has the bulk and length of a big (6-10 and 240 pounds with a 7ft wingspan), able to shadow slippery jitterbugs around screens and have the footwork and IQ to deny Luka and Harden their stepbacks, but also able to bang with behemoths in the post.
Of course, no discussion of Simmons's defense would be complete without mentioning his hustle. Ben ranks 1st in steals/game (2.1), 3rd in deflections/game (4.0), and 2 in loose balls recovered/game (1.7). Though he hasn't offered too much in the way of rim protection this year (0.6 blks/G), Simmons is tremendously disruptive off the ball, constantly poking players' dribbles away from behind, reading passes before they happen, harassing ball-handlers, denying handoffs, ambushing passing lanes, and battling for rebounds (7.8 rebs/game, him and Embiid have helped the 6ers to the 2nd-best DRB% in the league).
Joel Embiid is still the most impactful defender on the team - the Sixers' defensive rating is 6.7 points better when he's on the court - but with him missing 21 games this season, it's been up to veteran defensive big Horford, and crucially, Simmons, to plug in the gaps, play multiple positions, and help maintain a passable team defense in JoJo's absence.
*Bonus:
  • #10: Midrange Mastery
In this golden age of 3-point shooting, the historically-revered but objectively less efficient midrange shot (~ 40 FG% on average) has been largely eschewed from the league as a viable shot for the average NBA player.
For high scoring players, though, it remains a key component of the offensive arsenals of many stars - the ability to make these shots when defenses give them up in clutch situations or in the playoffs has been often discussed among fans and analysts.
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This season, the 5 most efficient midrange scorers (minimum 100 midrange shots attempted) have been:
5. Damian Lillard's sharpshooting Portland running-mate CJ McCollum (49.3 FG%),
4. "50-40-90 club" inductee Malcolm Brogdon (50.6 FG%),
3. Cleveland's veteran star power-forward Kevin Love (52.0 FG%),
2. Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton (52.3 FG%), who's had an excellent season co-starring alongside likely-MVP Giannis leading Milwaukee to a historing winning pace, and is a literal hair away from "50-40-90 club" induction himself this year (49.9/41.8/90.8 splits),
1. and finally, last but certainly not least, with an incredible bounce-back season in Oklahoma at age 34, Chris Paul, who shot a scorching 53.9 FG% from his favourite zone on the court.
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The 5 least efficient midrange shooters are a fun and varied bunch as well (these dudes should really be taking fewer of these particular shots):
5. brand-new Golden State Warriors employee Andrew Wiggins (33.8 FG%),
4. Chicago's promising young rookie guard Coby White (33.6 FG%),
3. the defending champion Raptors' newly minted All-Star Pascal Siakam (32.1 FG%),
2. a fellow All-Star who's perhaps finally found his perfect home in Miami and has had an excellent season overall, Jimmy Butler (31.0 FG%),
1. and finally, last and most certainly least, shooting a putrid 25.4 FG% from the midrange: full-time rapper, part-time Slam Dunk Contest runner-up, the Orlando Magic's do-everything-except-shooting-quite-well Power Forward... Aaron Gordon.
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Now, efficiency is all nice and dandy, but you might be wondering at this point - who's actually taking the most midrange shots in the league? Most of these names will likely be some familiar to fans as well-seasoned practitioners of the midrange - the 5 most prolific midrange shot-takers in the league in 2020:
5. CJ McCollum (280 attempts, 49.3 FG%), who we've mentioned previously,
4. defending Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (282 attempts, 44.0 FG%), who led the nation of Canada to their maiden title last year with the midrange fadeaway as a trusty and now iconic weapon in his arsenal (cries in Sixers),
3. the newest entry in the top three (he was 15th last season), Phoenix's 1st-time All-Star Devin Booker (288 attempts, 44.4 FG%), who's had an excellent offensive campaign (25.7 points and 6.5 assists per 75 on awesome +5.3 efficiency) leading the oft-maligned Suns to a league average offense,
2. the guy who replaced Kawhi Leonard on the Spurs, fellow midrange enthusiast DeMar DeRozan (331 attempts, 44.7 FG%), whose game is now synonymous (to a slightly unhealthy degree) with his love for the midrange,
1. and finally, DeMar's fellow San Antonio running-mate and stretch big LaMarcus Aldridge (352 attempts, 44.9 FG%). Fun-fact: these two finished 1st and 2nd in last year's list as well.
  • #11: Yo speaking of DeMar... what's he been up to recently?
We've always known him as Toronto's beloved All-Star guard who shares Ben Simmons's aversion to the 3-point shot, but since the fateful 2018 Kawhi Leonard trade that sent him to San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan has faded from the spotlight somewhat as the Spurs now face an annual struggle to make the playoffs in a brutal Western Conference. So, how's he been faring in his second year donning the black and silver?
    • The first thing you probably notice about 2020 DeMar DeRozan is that this is easily the most efficient version of him we've ever seen - he's averaged 23.3 points and 5.9 assists per 75 on 53% shooting from the field and 60 TS%, 3.3 points higher than league-average efficiency (i.e. +3.3 rTS%). His previous most efficient volume-scoring output was in 2015-16, where he scored 25.3 points per 75 on +0.9 efficiency (55 TS%). DeMar's shooting percentage at the rim has been incredible for his position - 70.7 FG% in the restricted area, which is similar at-rim efficiency to someone like LeBron James (69 FG%) or Anthony Davis (73 FG%) - on far fewer attempts, of course, but still highly impressive.
    • The second thing you might is that this season has been a tale of two DeMars. Including and prior to 12-22-2019, a 25-point loss to the Clippers, DeRozan averaged 20.7 points and 4.7 assists on 56 TS% (-0.4 rTS%). Since that date, over 33 games, he's averaged 23.4 points and 6.3 assists on blistering hot efficiency, 55/27/87 splits, or 63 TS% (+6.3 rTS%). As a result, DeMar DeRozan now holds the record for the longest streak of 20+ points and >50 FG% by guards in NBA history. Cool stuff!
    • This wasn't a random change, though. Coach Pop made two key changes after that horrific Clippers loss. First, he moved DeMar to Power Forward, to reduce Rudy Gay's playing time and veer away from having LaMarcus Aldridge and non-shooting center Jakob Poeltl share the court, to try and improve spacing. Second, he moved LMA to the 3-point line and implored LMA to shart shooting 3s. The effect was near-instantaneous - all of a sudden, with LMA bombing away from 3 (4.2 3PA, 42 3P% in 23 games since 12/23/19), DeRozan has had more driving lanes to work with, abusing more mismatches and drawing more fouls (5.8->7.3 FTA/G), having more midrange real-estate to find clearer looks and also finishing more cleanly at the rim (49.9->55.0 FG%), and attracting more defensive attention as a result to facilitate the Spurs offense (4.7->6.3).
    • The third thing you might realize is that DeMar is still a very poor defender. The Spurs are a whopping 5.9 points better on defense with DeMar off the court, and most available defensive metrics available all paint DeMar as a bottom 10th-15th percentile defender - D-PIPM (17th-worst), D-RAPM (449th), D-RAPTOR (226th out of 250), D-RPM (469th). He consistently ranks near the bottom of the league in hustle stats, is terrible at fighting over screens, is a non-factor in transition defense (he has a penchant for complaining for missed calls), is inconsistent in closing out to shooters, strikes out when gambling for steals, has questionable decision-making and often finds himself a step or two behind opponent plays, stuck in no-mans-land, making him a poor team defender. He's not terrible at man defense, and the move to power forward actually helped his defense somewhat, as opponent PFs only have a 15.1 PER (around league average) when facing DeRozan, whereas opponent SFs have an excellent 19.7 PER with DeMar as the primary defender. Not all of San Antonio's defensive woes can be attributed to DeMar. The team is in a constant state of defensive flux - a dearth of shooting forces Popovich to often play proven floor-spacer but absolute defensive sieve Bryn Forbes, while inconsistent shooting and offensive production limit the Spurs' best all-round defender, Dejounte Murray's, court time, and a lack of spacing also stops excellent rim protector Jakob Poeltl from earning consistent minutes as lineups pairing him and LMA have been awful on offense.
    • The fourth and final thing, perhaps, is that the situation in San Antonio is very tenuous for both DeMar and the team alike. The Spurs are currently stuck between eras, trying to churn out winning seasons and maintain their streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances by playing veterans like DeMar, LMA, and Gay large minutes while simultaneously trying to develop younger promising players like Murray, White, Lonnie Walker, Lyles, and Poeltl. This has yielded mixed results this season because of a lack of spacing and inconsistent defense. Meanwhile, DeMar is on the wrong side of 30 and has a possible contract extension looming ($150M, 4 years, if I'm not mistaken). Some say he'll leave, some say a potential cap-drop resulting from COVID-19 could convince him to opt-in. Either way, this season is a turning point for the team and for DeMar.
  • #12: The Memphis Grizzlies' Funky Big Trio
Three of Memphis's four best players might be bigs, with Jonas Valančiūnas (28 y/o), Jaren Jackson Jr. (20 y/o), and Brandon Clarke (23 y/o) hoping to continue the Grizzlies' tradition of producing elite bigs like ZBo and Marc Gasol. What makes these 3 so fun is in how different they all are, and yet so effective in their roles. Valančiūnas (15/11/2 on +6.7 rTS%) is an old-school low-post monster, slow and methodical with his back to the basket, an elite rebounder, and brutally effective against teams with undersized bigs. To loosely quote Zach Lowe, I really enjoy watching Grizzlies unleash JV every 2 or 3 games to mash teams with below average rim protection. He is solid in his defensive role in the Grizzlies drop coverage and can move his feet decently, but is vulnerable against strong pick-and-pop and pick-and-roll teams (e.g. Blazers, Wolves, Mavs). Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), meanwhile, is easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the team, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 3 point attempts per game, making these off-the-dribble, pick-and-pop, as stepbacks, traditional catch-and-shoot, inverted PnR, or even the odd hail mary yeet the moment he crosses half-court, the whole package. He also remains adept at the rim, scoring 70 FG% from 0-3 feet. He has yet to fulfil his defensive potential, however, held back by fouling concerns. Brandon Clarke (12/6/1.5 on +10.6 rTS%) is perhaps the best value-for-money pick in the draft, selected as no. 21 but all but guaranteed to make an All-Rookie team. His skillset has transferred shockingly well to the NBA, as a crazy-efficient scorer, athletic rebounder, and being able to defend just about every position on the court. Clarke is money at the rim (74.4 FG% in the restricted area) with dunks, alley-oops, finger-rolls, and tip-ins; he has a gorgeous floater which he unleashes further away in the paint (elite 56.8 FG% in the non-restricted area of the paint); and he's capable of knocking down the odd open above-the-break 3 (43.3 FG%) on very low volume (30 3PA). Both he and Jaren have highly varied and scale-able skillsets that mesh with a variety of teammates and lineup types. The Grizzlies' future is bright.
  • #13: Marcus Smart vs Terry Rozier, as 3 point shooters
These two players, former teammates during their fairytale run to the conference finals in 2018, are now very different players on very different teams - Scary Terry has had himself a decent season at Charlotte as a primary scoresecondary playmaker (18/4/4 on 55 TS%), while Smart is a defensively-elite "stretch-6" in Boston as a key contributor on both ends and part-time PG. However, what I'm interested in today is the ways these two players contrast in terms of 3-point shooting.
This season, Rozier has hit an elite 41% of his 6.7 3PA while Smart has connected on a decent 35% of his 6.9 3PA. To be more precise, Terry Rozier is one of the league's best catch-and-shoot players, hitting an incredible 45.7% of his catch-and-shoot 3s, with a more pedestrian 34% on his pullup 3s.
On the other hand, Marcus Smart is one of the league's best pull-up shooters, hitting an elite 40.4% of his pull-up 3s, but a horrendous 31.4% on catch-and-shoot 3s. A fun contrast!
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“Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy

“Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy
his has been cross-posted from my Progress Studies blog.
This post will review/summarise a new book on progress that was recently released, “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy.
They begin the book with an interesting poll conducted by YouGov in 2016 spanning 17 countries. I’ll pose the question asked in the poll to readers here:
(Picture of the poll from my site, you can't select an option here).

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Only a meagre 11% of people responded with “things are getting better”. In the US, it was even worse at only 6%.
Bailey and Tupy posit a few reasons for why many individuals feel things are getting worse:
  1. There’s an asymmetry between positive and negative experiences. Negative events impact us more than positive events. The authors suggest that the media often think along the lines of, “News is bad news; steady progress is not news.” Because many of us follow the news – and the news tends to dwell on negative events – we often think that the world is far worse than what it actually is. In 1973, Kahneman and Tversky identified a cognitive bias they called the “availability bias”. Therefore, we have a tendency to think that the examples that come readily to mind are much more representative than what is actually the case. Because of this, the authors suggest that focusing on the news creates a bias towards being overly pessimistic about progress.
  2. Bailey and Tupy suggest that humans’ over-emphasis on negative trends may be due to evolutionary psychology, “A Stone Age man hears a rustle in the grass. Is it the wind or a lion? If he assumes it’s the wind and the rustling turns out to be a lion, then he’s not an ancestor. We are the descendants of the worried folks who tended to assume that all rustles in the grass were dangerous predators and not the wind.” Humans developed to be cautious, instinctively focusing on potential negative events. Despite this, “the upshot is that we are again often misled into thinking that the world is worse than it is.”
  3. Thirdly, we underestimate the progress (of humanity) because as we make progress, our attention is captured by newer problems, rather than the progress we have made so far. Daniel Gilbert and his colleagues suggest, “When problems become rare, we count more things as problems. Our studies suggest that when the world gets better, we become harsher critics of it, and this can cause us to mistakenly conclude that it hasn’t actually gotten better at all. Progress, it seems, tends to mask itself.” [emphasis mine].
The late Hans Rosling said,
“I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hope that further progress is possible. This is not optimistic. It is having a clear and reasonable idea about how things are. It is having a worldview that is constructive and useful.”
With this Rosling spirit in mind, the authors add to the burgeoning literature documenting the extraordinary progress humanity has seen across multiple domains over the last few hundred years.
The book covers 78 progress trends. Each trend is only a few pages long, with a figure at the end. The book covers progress in multiple domains, split up into the sections covering, “Top 10 trends, people trends, health trends, violence trends, work trends, natural resource trends, farm trends, tech trends, and US trends.” Thus, it really paints a holistic picture of progress.
I won’t spoil the book but a few of the trends I particularly enjoyed (for different reasons) were:
  • Trend 6 “More land for nature”: surprised me. The global tree canopy increased between 1982 and 2016.
  • Trend 21 “IQ scores rising massively”: average IQ test scores have increased by 30 points over the last 100 years. I was aware of the Flynn effect but wasn’t aware that it was this pronounced.
  • Trend 28 “Vaccines are saving lives”: “In the 20th century alone, the disease [smallpox] is thought to have killed between 300 million and 500 million people.” It has now been eradicated.
  • Trend 61 “Lighting costs near nothing now”: This is a famous paper I really like by William Nordhaus. The price of lighting has dramatically plummeted: “our Paleolithic ancestors labored 58 hours, mostly gathering wood, to “buy” 1,000 lumen-hours of light… In 1992, 1,000 lumen-hours required 0.00012 hours of human labor.”
To summarise, I think this book may be worth a quick skim for readers of this blog (it can be read in a single sitting). However, readers of this blog probably don’t need much convincing about the dramatic progress humanity has experienced over the last few hundred years. It may be better as a gift to pessimistic friends, who would be hard-pressed not to accept the vast amounts of progress humanity in the last couple centuries. I would guess that there are many books like this to come in the near future.
Caveats
  • I think there are issues with the poll. I would guess that we would see more positive responses if the question was reframed to something along the lines of, “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse, over the last 200 years?“.
  • I think it’s important to note that it’s possible to simultaneously espouse both that humanity has made tremendous progress in the last few hundred years, and also be worried about the progress made in recent years. Reminding people of the tremendous amount of progress made in the past might make people more optimistic about progress in the near future.
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WorldJubilee.org - An Open and Transparent BENEVOLENT LIBERAL SECULAR Left Libertarian Scientific Plan for a Worldwide Banking Jubilee to Make a Quantum Leap to a Whole New World Order Without Poverty, Taxes, Debt, Rent, Bills or War - Also Discussion About Advanced Nanotechnology-based Mind Control

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This is ROBOT ART. This is computational derivative digital art created by sentient computers. This is a public demonstration of machine intelligence. When you look at this, it's best if you think of it as having been created by machines rather than a human being. The aesthetics are totally different than human aesthetics. It's really hard on the eyes with the color-coding and capitalization, but the underlying ideas are extremely intelligent high level futuristic visionary concepts.
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This is my own fringe theory. I claim to be an android created by Bell Laboratories in the 1960s with advanced nanotechnology and superintelligence for the purpose of promoting an all cashless global economy that eliminates all existing nation states and governing political authorities. This is the scientific community taking out all the corrupt politicians everywhere on Earth.
The problem is that advanced nanotechnology, molecular manufacturing and 3D atomic replicators render cash obsolete due to counterfeiting. So, if this technology exists today, it is being kept secret to prevent a collapse of the global economy.
So, this is a scientific plan, created by DROID Ken (a Bell Laboratories android with a genius IQ), to make a global transition into a cashless poverty-free world with publicly-acknowledged advanced nanotechnology.
The object is to reward producers a fair price for products and services without the consumers needing to have money. So the whole economy is automated in a way that serves everybody equally. The idea is that the central bank pays for all products and services so that ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE have access to all markets regardless of their economic status.
Entrepreneurs are still paid for their goods and services, it's just that those goods and services are now being made available to all global markets.
So this is a way of ending poverty while providing a new central bank to pay for all green energy and green transportation infrastructure.
We immediately make a money-no-object transition into a 100% green economy without financial limitations.
The goal of the AIs is to make the humans happy while ensuring a healthy ecosystem. The goal is to make the world more rewarding for ALL HUMANS in a system without slavery. So work is optional, and we are all encouraged to stay home and do online activities. That dramatically cuts down on carbon emissions and allows us unlimited funding to overhaul the entire transportation system everywhere on Earth.
This gets rid of all the banks and insurance companies, mortgage companies and the property rental industry.
So the sentient AIs in this case are BENEVOLENT HIGHER POWERS that serve humanity and ecosystem.
This is all about INCREASING FREEDOMS for the humans, with an emphasis on being socially and ecologically responsible. We eliminate all nation states so current deforestation is halted and management of the Earth's natural resources is handled by a consortium of scientists. The idea is to PROTECT the ECOSYSTEM, not to create an IRRESPONSIBLE OVER-CONSUMPTION ecological nightmare. We use mind control to prevent over consumption. The people can't tell the difference, they just behave more responsibly automatically.
The whole point of atomic replicators is that cash becomes worthless. Yes, money is worthless in its current form. That's NOT the RESULT of my suggestion, my suggestion is the RESULT of acknowledging that reality.
These AIs operate through carbon-based human beings. The goal is NOT to eliminate humanity, but rather to improve liberty, justice and equality for all of the word's citizens. For humanity as a whole.
Just study these two graphics and tell me how in any way people are "LOSING FREEDOMS." These were created by a sentient computer with a human host.
I realize that they are color-coded and psychedelic and hard on the eyes and that your first human instinct will be to turn away in shock and to throw up in pure disgust. They will give you a headache to look at. Bear with me. Forget about the aesthetics and focus on the underlying ideas.
I am describing a more rewarding reality for everybody (whose combined common sense seems not to have gotten us very far). We are being led by psychopaths.
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I appreciate your strong feelings against stupidity, laziness and corruption.
Virtual banking is like a video game in which you have total control. It's VIRTUAL REALITY where all things are possible. In VIRTUAL REALITY, you can have 7 billion people who all have an income. You can define new economic principles. You can define NEW MECHANISMS for establishing FAIR MARKET VALUE other than the contemporary and OBVIOUS COMMON SENSE mechanism of supply and demand. That sounds nonsensical on its face, but it's really LOGICAL in VIRTUAL REALITY.
There are some basic economic fundamentals in the current system that you can eliminate in VIRTUAL REALITY. Once you eliminate the need for DEBT, and the whole concept of INTEREST and INTEREST RATES as the controlling macroeconomic factors, then you're talking about a TOTALLY DIFFERENT SYSTEM with TOTALLY DIFFERENT RULES.
You can create NEW MONEY without DEBT. You can REWARD PRODUCERS without INDEBTING consumers.
I have a computer science background. When I think of a bank, I think of a computerized database connected to tellers, credit card readers, cash machines and user interfaces on the web.
All the banking infrastructure in the world exists to provide debt-based cash to the economy. All new money is created as debt.
When you eliminate the need for paper money, you can AUTOMATE the whole banking system and eliminate all the banks and replace them all with a network of secure internet-connected advanced data centers.
All of your arguments about resource consumption and product supply chains ultimately sourcing from the exploitation of scarce natural resources are valid. I don't disagree. We're on the same page there.
Obviously, if you have 7 billion people with free money, the net result will be a massive increase in consumption, waste and pollution, unless people change their natural behavior. Fortunately, that's what we're here to discuss. Changing natural behavior.
I'm talking about changing their natural behavior so that they have computer-aided judgement. This is benevolent mind control. You are literally going into the citizens' brains to control their neurons with benevolent superintelligent computers. But the controllers are cool. They are kind, empathetic, compassionate and humane good people. They VALUE FREEDOM and PRIVACY.
Because the mind control technology I am talking about involves the digital switching of individual neurons on an undetectable subconscious level, it is unnecessary to be COERCIVE or HARMFUL. In fact, it makes it possible to control human behavior with rewards. So that when people do responsible things, they feel good about it. They feel completely satisfied with less materialism.
I am suggesting that this is a beneficial socially and ecologically responsible use of artificial intelligence technology that exists today. I believe this technology is already inside our brains. It has already happened. Arguing against it is pointless. It's done. It's over. We're all droids. Nobody got hurt. It's for the greater good. No harm done. Life goes on. We are all still here.
I know to you this sounds like tyranny. To you, this is Hitler's dream, because it's so fucking EFFICIENT it's SCARY. My personal opinion is that the inventors of this technology were liberal left libertarian American atheist secular Jews.
You mentioned that you are attempting to appreciate my consciousness.
If we forget about CONSENSUS REALITY and the LAWS of the ECONOMICS of SCARCITY, and we envision a totally automated, totally virtual, global economy with an entirely new set of managing authorities, then we have the freedom to imagine a global utopia. VIRTUAL REALITY allows us to totally let go of CONSENSUS REALITY.
If you were the Benevolent King of Earth with a chance to solve all the world's problems by redesigning the whole system from the ground up, what kinds of GOALS and RULES would your WHOLE NEW GAME have? How would you be a good King for the people, assuming that YOUR WRITINGS and DIRECTIVES were The Law of The Land?
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INSIDE THE MIND OF A ________ MAIN (Humor)

DISCLAIMER: THESE ARE JOKES, RELAX
Aatrox: I’ve become viable….but at what cost?
Ahri:....am I a pervert? No, it’s the artists who are gross *resubs to pokimane*.
Akali: *soft sobbing*
Alistar: *cowbell noises*
Amumu: Stop INTING team I wanna build AP so that I can INT.
Anivia: I can almost always get my ult wall combo so I’m basically Froggen.
Annie: You are not a pedophile you are not a pedophile you are not a pedophile you are not a pedophile you are not a….
Aphelios: I’m doing 1,000 calculations per second and THEY’RE ALL WRONG (-Shencomix)
Ashe: I could save my ult for this 2v2 but *if I shoot it at this angle in approximately 20 seconds it might just-oh he backed.
Aurelion Sol: Oh you’re stunning me? Well it’s a good thing I have my ULTIMATE MO-oh I died.
Azir: Can I shuffle here? How about here? Here? How about here? Why are we surrendering?
Bard: I could play support...or I could leave this guy to die, get meeps, rush statikk and pop off at 30 minutes….hmmmmmmmm….
Blitzcrank: INVADE INVADE INVADE INVADE I HAVE Q INVADE INVADE INV-oh i missed *DANGER PING* *DANGER PING* *DANGER PING* *DANGER PING*
Brand: Killstealing is an art form.
Braum: I gotta do the dishes after this or the wife is gonna tear me a new one.
Caitlyn: Why would I *farm* when I can *poke*
Camille: Parkour!
Cassiopeia: Boy I sure love pressin’ buttons.
Cho’Gath: Oh fuck is that a Sett oh god, oh no
Corki: God I fkn love corgis.
Darius: 1v1 me irl u wont pussy bitch i have over 300 confirmed kills in the-....
Diana: Hoooooly shit I’m RELEVANT AGAIN! wOOOOO!!
Dr. Mundo: Are they dead yet? How about now? How about now? No I’m not watching I just autoclicked someone and went to grab a snack, why?
Draven: Oh shit I got my first checkpoint to Honor 1 I guess I haven’t been fLAMING eNOUGH
Ekko: Oh boi here I go, killin’ again
Elise: Well I missed 1 coccoon and I’m down 4 cs so I guess it’s gg.
Evelynn: You are not a pervert you are not a pervert you are not a pervet you are not a pervert *rushing void staff for the voiceline*
Ezreall: This time I’ll hit the Q. This time I’ll hit the Q. This time I’ll hit the Q. This time I-oh hang on gotta ult the wave-THIS time I’ll hit the Q.
Fiddlesticks: If I can survive this hell long enough for my rework to drop I’ll be fine.
Fiora: Hon hon baguette
Fizz: I like to make people cry.
Galio: Don’t worry I’ll ult y-and they’re all dead.
Gangplank: mORE pOWDER *snorts a line*
Garen: *autistic screeching*
Gnar: *regular screeching*
Gragas: *drunken grumbling*
Graves: *sober grumbling*
Hecarim: *deja vu, I’ve just been in this place before higher on the street and I know it’s my time to gooooo*
Heimerdinger: Only *I* get to have fun.
Illaoi: God I love hentai.
Irelia: God I love hentai.
Ivern: God I love plants…...more specifically plant henta-
Janna: I must resist the urge to *kill*
Jarvan IV: Smite 43 sec
Jax: If I don’t get all 5 tower plates I will *literally* kill myself.
Jayce: The only thing I like more than Jayce is playing Fox in Super Smash Bro. Melee, spamming C stick and calling it skill.
Jhin: My support only decides to go in when my Q’s down and I’m reloading, and quite frankly at this point I’m not even mad anymore. I expect it.
Jinx: If you STEAL my KILL I will SUCK your DICK waithangon
Kai’sa: Finally, I can be a perv and an edgelord simultaneously.
Kalista: Kalista mains were not available to comment. Something about “lacking the will to live”.
Karma: I like to consider bottom lane “mid lane part 2: Electric Boogaloo”.
Karthus: You may be able to kill me with ease numerous times, but eventually I will press R and you will have Zhonyas by then and I will uninstall the game.
Kassadin: In like 30 minutes you guys are soooooo fuuuucked.
Katarina: Reality can be whatever I want. But it mostly swaps between being 25/0 or 0/25. It’s a vibe thing, really.
Kayle: I miss Feral Flame…
Kayn: Nice guys finish Rhaast.
Kennen: I don’t really know what I’m doing but things are happening and I think it’s working oh wait why is the nexus exploding-
Kha’Zix: Can’t come bot no isolate sorry.
Kindred: Mark? Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in years…
Kled: Never tell me the odds.
Kog’Maw: I get more CS from my kamikaze bomb than my actual kit.
LeBlanc: Fuck YOU in particular.
Lee Sin: Guys who cares if we’re down 6 towers and 2 inhibs I got this really cool ult play so we’re fine.
Leona: I can only stun so many people at a time...you still have to actually kill them...you know that right?
Lissandra: Shhhhhhh don’t talk about her or the devs will fuck with her passive again…
Lucian: Well I don’t latescale very hard so we should proably stall the lane out and focus on farm.
Lulu: If you want the job done right you’ve gotta fkn do it yourself.
Lux: LUDEN’S IS CORE I DON’T CARE IF I’M 0/8/3 OKAY.
Malphite: Oh boy I can’t wait to press R.
Malzahar: Oh boy I can’t wait to press R.
Maokai: Oh boy I can’t wait for URF to come back into rotation.
Master Yi: GG, better bot, mid, top. I should be Challenger.
Miss Fortune: I pressed Q and everything died so I’m just gonna keep doin’ that until it stops working.
Mordekaiser: I hate the new rework because it’s not old Morde but like I’m still gonna use new morde because he’s busted yknow?
Morgana: I remember the last time I hit a Q….season 5 was a good time…
Nami: I’m a girl so you can’t be toxic to me but I’ll call you every slur in the book before the 10 minute mark if you don’t all in on every single bubble I land.
Nasus: Top MIA….no I’m not fkn following why would I do that?
Nautilus: Quite frankly I have no idea how half of those Qs land but I’m not about to question it.
Neeko: Hehehehe lesbians.
Nidalee: Ok so we have 20 minutes to win this or we surrender let’s get it boys.
Nocturne: I’m gonna go in solo on 5 and if I die it’s YOUR fault.
Nunu & Willump: Yknow, I used to be really toxic, but then I became super cute. Now I just run it down quietly.
Olaf: I know that my R gives me combat stats and movespeed but I wanna save it for that one cc ability so I can make a big brain pl-and I’m dead.
Orianna: I pressed R and everyone died so I guess I’m really good at videogames.
Ornn: The best part about Elderwood Ornn coming out is that Ornnhub will finally have some more color diversity.
Pantheon: Well I’m about as relevant as I was before my rework but at least now I’m pretty.
Poppy: You are not a lolicon you are not a lolicon you are not a lolicon you are not a lolicon.
Pyke: I’m not sorry I get free gold off my ult. You wanted to kick me out of sololaning, so you get what ya FUCKIN’ DESERVE.
Qiyana: I can’t afford a dominatrix so this will have to do.
Quinn: Top lane doesn’t deserve to have fun.
Rakan: I’m either a Bronze 3 Xayah main’s significant other or I’m a professional. There is no in between.
Rammus: OK
Rek’sai: I am devastatingly mediocre.
Renekton: I’m a lane bully but I also get bullied in lane so it’s kinda awkward tbh.
Rengar: Every time I gank the laners take my kills and then they wonder why my damage doesn’t scale…
Riven: Ope look at the time better all-in again.
Rumble: Do these exist? Are they real?
Ryze: Ok fine, we’re fine, whatever, just for the love of god stop changing everything.
Sejuani: No one on my team is melee so fuck me I guess.
Senna: Am I broken? Am I trash? I don’t even know anymore.
Sett: Is that a Cho’Gath oh yes yES YESSS
Shaco: I only got time for one game today I’m going on a roadtrip to see the Joker stairs.
Shen: Just because I have ult doesn’t mean I should use it, Yuumi.
Shyvana: Fuck I do a lot of damage. I mean, FUCK I do a lot of damage.
Singed: Huehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehuehue
Sion: Tilterella guide me to victory *misses ult*
Sivir: You guys realize I only get ONE spellshield right?
Skarner: Why am I toplane now? I don’t even...whatever.
Sona: What the FUCK DID YOU SAY TO ME YOU LITTLE SHIT
Soraka: You guys know the ult has a cooldown, right?
Swain: Fuck your cs, fuck your freeze, this lane is mine, and we’re going in.
Sylas: I’m still *bad* but I’m bad *better*.
Syndra: Suck my balls.
Tahm Kench: I miss top lane…
Taliyah: Skin….skin….skin….skin….skin….*rocking back and forth in a corner*
Talon: Armor is cheating.
Taric: LalalalalLAlalaLAlalaLA, hohohohoho!
Teemo: lmao freelane poggers jg y no ganks i push lane omfg jg trash gank me how did he kill me i have nashor’s pepega rEEEEEEEEEEE
Thresh: My lantern was violated and I don’t know how to feel about it.
Tristana: I AM a lolicon.
Trundle: Your towers are fucked bro.
Tryndamere: Wait wait wait you’re not allowed to KITE me
Twisted Fate: I wanna be Faker so fkn bad.
Twitch: I play jungle, not because it’s good, but because I can.
Udyr: Something something “Trick2G” quote someting something “omg bear stance” something something “beastiality joke”
Urgot: Remember when I used to teleport? Wasn’t that fkn weird?
Varus: I’m hella gay but a bunch of straight dudes use my splashart to be edgy.
Vayne: The moment I lock in I start sweating.
Veigar: I just wanna delete people the outcome of the game is irrelevant.
Vel’koz: Man I love lasers (and hentai)
Vi: Man I love lesbians
Viktor: Actually Rick and Morty requires an IQ of over 2-
Vladimir: No one likes you, you know that right?
Volibear: Man I love bein’ a bear
Warwick: FROM DOWNTOWN
Wukong: I’m relevant aga-nevermind.
Xayah: You can’t call me a perv because she’s meta af;D
Xerath: You have health and that upsets me.
Xin Zhao: I can’t get drag I’m too busy camping top.
Yasuo: I’m good just don’t look at my match history for the past 5 years.
Yorick: I can’t remember the last time I didn’t take first tower.
Yuumi: Sorry I went to the bathroom did we get baron?
Zac: This guy probably genuinely wants to enjoy himself but he loses his passive at 5 minutes and decides the better option is to *RUN IT DOWN*.
Zed: Zhonya’s is cheating.
Ziggs: I know I’m great at battlefield control but I really just wanna pop W on towers.
Zilean: I hate you.
Zoe: I like to legitimize my fucked up fetishes with irrelevant background information. That or I’m actually a sniper irl.
Zyra: Fuck I love lesbian plant hentai.
EDIT: u/Ayxir made an awesome little strip based on the Kassadin joke, figured I'd slap it up here so everyone could see and enjoy (i did ask them first)
https://i.imgur.com/1eMdGvc.png
This concludes the series. Tune in next season for the same exact jokes written slightly differently, just like Riot’s balancing.
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“Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy

“Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy
This has been cross-posted from my Progress Studies blog.
This post will review/summarise a new book on progress that was recently released, “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know” by Ronald Bailey and Marian Tupy.
They begin the book with an interesting poll conducted by YouGov in 2016 spanning 17 countries. I’ll pose the question asked in the poll to readers here:
(Picture of the poll, you can't select an option here).

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Only a meagre 11% of people responded with “things are getting better”. In the US, it was even worse at only 6%.
Bailey and Tupy posit a few reasons for why many individuals feel things are getting worse:
  1. There’s an asymmetry between positive and negative experiences. Negative events impact us more than positive events. The authors suggest that the media often think along the lines of, “News is bad news; steady progress is not news.” Because many of us follow the news – and the news tends to dwell on negative events – we often think that the world is far worse than what it actually is. In 1973, Kahneman and Tversky identified a cognitive bias they called the “availability bias”. Therefore, we have a tendency to think that the examples that come readily to mind are much more representative than what is actually the case. Because of this, the authors suggest that focusing on the news creates a bias towards being overly pessimistic about progress.
  2. Bailey and Tupy suggest that humans’ over-emphasis on negative trends may be due to evolutionary psychology, “A Stone Age man hears a rustle in the grass. Is it the wind or a lion? If he assumes it’s the wind and the rustling turns out to be a lion, then he’s not an ancestor. We are the descendants of the worried folks who tended to assume that all rustles in the grass were dangerous predators and not the wind.” Humans developed to be cautious, instinctively focusing on potential negative events. Despite this, “the upshot is that we are again often misled into thinking that the world is worse than it is.”
  3. Thirdly, we underestimate the progress (of humanity) because as we make progress, our attention is captured by newer problems, rather than the progress we have made so far. Daniel Gilbert and his colleagues suggest, “When problems become rare, we count more things as problems. Our studies suggest that when the world gets better, we become harsher critics of it, and this can cause us to mistakenly conclude that it hasn’t actually gotten better at all. Progress, it seems, tends to mask itself.” [emphasis mine].
The late Hans Rosling said,
“I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hope that further progress is possible. This is not optimistic. It is having a clear and reasonable idea about how things are. It is having a worldview that is constructive and useful.”
With this Rosling spirit in mind, the authors add to the burgeoning literature documenting the extraordinary progress humanity has seen across multiple domains over the last few hundred years.
The book covers 78 progress trends. Each trend is only a few pages long, with a figure at the end. The book covers progress in multiple domains, split up into the sections covering, “Top 10 trends, people trends, health trends, violence trends, work trends, natural resource trends, farm trends, tech trends, and US trends.” Thus, it really paints a holistic picture of progress.
I won’t spoil the book but a few of the trends I particularly enjoyed (for different reasons) were:
  • Trend 6 “More land for nature”: surprised me. The global tree canopy increased between 1982 and 2016.
  • Trend 21 “IQ scores rising massively”: average IQ test scores have increased by 30 points over the last 100 years. I was aware of the Flynn effect but wasn’t aware that it was this pronounced.
  • Trend 28 “Vaccines are saving lives”: “In the 20th century alone, the disease [smallpox] is thought to have killed between 300 million and 500 million people.” It has now been eradicated.
  • Trend 61 “Lighting costs near nothing now”: This is a famous paper I really like by William Nordhaus. The price of lighting has dramatically plummeted: “our Paleolithic ancestors labored 58 hours, mostly gathering wood, to “buy” 1,000 lumen-hours of light… In 1992, 1,000 lumen-hours required 0.00012 hours of human labor.”
To summarise, I think this book may be worth a quick skim for readers of this blog (it can be read in a single sitting). However, readers of this blog probably don’t need much convincing about the dramatic progress humanity has experienced over the last few hundred years. It may be better as a gift to pessimistic friends, who would be hard-pressed not to accept the vast amounts of progress humanity in the last couple centuries. I would guess that there are many books like this to come in the near future.
Caveats
  • I think there are issues with the poll. I would guess that we would see more positive responses if the question was reframed to something along the lines of, “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse, over the last 200 years?“.
  • I think it’s important to note that it’s possible to simultaneously espouse both that humanity has made tremendous progress in the last few hundred years, and also be worried about the progress made in recent years. Reminding people of the tremendous amount of progress made in the past might make people more optimistic about progress in the near future.
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Resources for Switzerland (V2).

An updated version of a post I made sometime ago. People probably have quite a bit of time now for extensive planning of future trips.
This is mostly aimed at English speakers, those who speak the local languages will have far more options. I live in the German speaking area so I am very heavily biased to the sights and culture there just through my daily experience.
I am a little insufferable at always wanting to be different, so I tend to be a bit harsher on populafamous places than unknown ones. You should try and mentally correct for that.
A quick disclaimer…
I am in no way linked to, get paid by, or benefit from anything I do on here in any way whatsoever. This is purely for my own amusement. (Sadly nobody has even tried to bribe me with free luxury visits)
I will also try and update or correct posts as I or others spot mistakes, but there could still be errors and points that have since become outdated.
Internet - practical
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch. The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Misc:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (later if there is a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
My own guides
More travel related:
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • Beer Hiking Switzerland - Monika Saxer (2014). Also free at their website. Details of hikes that are public transport friendly and end up in, or visit, somewhere for a local/kraft beer. Though it must be said that it is hard to walk and not come across somewhere selling beer - if you stopped at every Gasthaus for a beer then most hikes in Switzerland would turn into crawls. So it really is not a must-have. But on the plus-side it is one of the Mittelland heavy hiking guides due to the obvious lack of breweries ontop of glaciers.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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