Beat Saber Tips

Bear Saber is a VR rhythm game with lightsabers. I’ve played it some casually and wrote up a few tips that might help others who want to play.

General tips:

Slow down in practice mode!

Lower the speed on a level in practice mode until you can get Full Combo. Raise the speed in 5% increments. This approach is beneficial whether you’re a total newbie or trying to clear an expert level at 200% speed.

One concrete way slowing down helps is by making it easier to see what the cause of you missing some particular sequence is.

Speed up in practice mode!

Though it may sound counterintuitive, sometimes speeding up the level some can help your gameplay. Dealing with the level at a faster speed can be beneficial in various ways. You might learn to deal with the level at a faster speed which will then make slower speeds seem easier. You might do more efficient/economical swings out of necessity and have that carry over to you doing slower runs of the level. It’s definitely something worth trying.

Adjust the room settings

Beat Saber lets you configure the room settings in Settings -> Room Adjust. This lets you do stuff like set the VR “floor” higher, which may make low-flying blocks easier to hit, especially if you have problems bending down quickly.

Try different controller grips.

Play around with different grip styles and see if one seems better. Note that if you’re trying a different grip, even if it’s overall better, you’ll suck at it the first time you use it. You have to give it a real trial in order to judge it.
Some Vive grips:
Some RIFT grips:

If you’re struggling with a particular part:

Focus on one color at a time.

Try focusing on one color of blocks and putting the other on mental “autopilot” if you can. It makes sense to focus on the blocks you’re having troubling with. For example, if you keep missing the red blocks (or more red than blue) on some sequence, try to hit the blue blocks without paying much attention to them. Instead, focus your visual/mental attention on the red blocks as completely as you can, and try to get those perfect.

Use practice mode to go over a particular section.

Use the practice mode and go over that particular block sequence until you master it. If you mess up the sequence pretty regularly, I recommend doing the sequence perfectly at least five times before trying the full level again.

You can combine slowing down and going over a particular section in practice mode. E.g. you could try down the final section of a level only at 75% speed.

Applying some of the advice above with an example technique issue.

Suppose you have a 4 block sequence. First a red down, then a blue down, then a red up, then a blue up. The red and blue blocks are spaced just ever so slightly apart in rapid succession.

In that situation, if you are messing up the sequence, the issue might be that you are swinging your red and blue sabers at the same time instead of waiting a tiny bit between the red and blue blocks.

You might not even realize this is an issue unless you slow down the level enough to figure out what the problem is.

If that particular block sequence is not right at the beginning, it would be inefficient to keep starting the level again just to play through that part. It is much better to start at that specific sequence in practice mode.

You can try a different, tighter grip. It may give you the extra control necessary to time your saber movements more precisely.

You can try just focusing on the red blocks in the sequence and hitting those every time 5 times in a row, and then doing the same with the blue blocks, and then seeing if you can do both. This process can be easier if you turn on No Fail mode.

For this specific problem, you can also try holding the sabers at different lengths from your body (e.g. red saber further away, since red comes first) and see if that physical change helps.

The Failure of the “New Economics” Chapter 2 Mindmaps

Some MindMaps made in MindNode of my interpretation of the content of chapter 2 of Henry Hazlitt’s “The Failure of the ‘New Economics'”.

My organization is based around what I thought made sense — I don’t follow Hazlitt’s organization of the chapter strictly. Any errors in interpretation are of course my own.

Hazlitt does some big picture criticisms of Keynes PDF

Keynes on Involuntary Unemployment PDF

Keynes vs. “the classical theory” PDF

Keynes wants to disprove that the most frequent cause of unemployment is excessive wage rates PDF

Force vs. persuasion, sanctioning school

Adapted from the Fallible Ideas Discord Chat (link at the end of this page)

Cleaned up the formatting and edited to remove off topic stuff

Mediocrites the Average
So how did you guys end up following the FI stuff?

JustinCEO
i was involved in youth rights years ago and from that discovered TCS

Mediocrites the Average
I would think it’s a rare sort of person to even find it.

G Neto
i found elliot at DD’s tweets

Mediocrites the Average
@JustinCEO Ah, OK. So you’re probably interested in the moral aspects of FI more than anything.

JustinCEO
well the epistemology connects to the morality a lot

Mediocrites the Average
@G Neto DD’s great. FoR really dropped a fuck on my epistemology.

G Neto
i didnt have any epistemology at the time i read FoR. i was interested in it but i couldnt understand the mainstream stuff

JustinCEO
using force instead of persuasion is immoral in part because you are thwarting the knowledge-creating process

JustinCEO
hard to think and engage in critical discussion when people are hitting you with sticks!

Mediocrites the Average
@JustinCEO wrt the link between morality and epistemology, I think the primary aim for some people is to get a better understanding of morality, and learning about epistemology just kinda helps with that. It’s like required reading. Whereas for others their primary goal is to work on their epistemology. I’m more interested in the epistemology side of things than morality, personally.

JustinCEO
people think, well, kids are dumber, i know better. but then it should be easy to persuade the kids. if you know way more and are in the right, what’s the issue? and if you can’t persuade them, why are you so sure you are right?

G Neto
i like godwin’s arguments that goes like that

JustinCEO
ya

JustinCEO
not my original argument 😇

JustinCEO
Mediocrites lots of people wanna go straight towards discussing what u might call higher level topics like politics

JustinCEO
but it’s hard to sort that stuff out without knowing epistemology stuff

JustinCEO
like you can’t even talk about what system of govt to have really well without talking about error correction, minimizing harm from bad rulers/policies, and thus engaging with popper, and so you’re in epistemology land

Mediocrites the Average
I think kids can often pick up irrational discussion-killing tactics from media and adults in their life. It makes debating stuff with them difficult sometimes. I’ll admit I have very few interactions with kids, and am pretty awkward around them.

Mediocrites the Average
I’ve seen little girls, for instance, fold their arms and parrot some sassy thing they’ve heard someone say in a song or on a TV show.

JustinCEO
they get socially rewarded for that kinda thing

JustinCEO
most people are hard to have a discussion with and kids are a subset of people so okay sure. but you know, with most people folks don’t think “okay this discussion to resolve the disagreement is going nowhere, time to settle it by literally using my size and strength to carry them around and make them do what i want.”

Mediocrites the Average
They’re learning not to try to sort things out

JustinCEO
and they’ve had like thousands and thousands of interactions with irrational adults (mostly their parents) before that sort of thing starts to manifest

Mediocrites the Average
Right. Like, like the mom will chuckle and say something like “she doesn’t fall far from the tree. her mother’s a bitch too. lolol”

Mediocrites the Average
Disgusting.

Mediocrites the Average
Since you know a lot about how to interact with kids, maybe I could get your opinion on something. My mother-in-law was a teacher. She asked me to bring in my dinosaur bone replicas to show to her class. I refused, because I’m anti-compulsory schooling. I didn’t want to be part of that. Do you think that was the right move, morally speaking?

G Neto

like you can’t even talk about what system of govt to have really well without talking about error correction

about this subject. What do you guys think of suporting UKIP in UK? about the problems of coalitions.

Mediocrites the Average
imo, it’s like being asked by kidnappers to come entertain their captives.

JustinCEO
Mediocrites that seems like kind of a tricky question to me. i can offer some thoughts but keep in mind curi or someone else might say something different

JustinCEO
so this isn’t like a CANONICAL FI answer

JustinCEO
this is just J’s off the cuff comments

Mediocrites the Average
@JustinCEO I got ya.

Mediocrites the Average
What I didn’t want to have happen is for those kids in her class to reflect (many years later) on public schooling fondly, recalling that awesome day they brought in a guy with really cool dinosaur bones.

JustinCEO
i think one needs to be very careful about interacting with or sanctioning school stuff in general. another thing is, is the class genuinely interested, or is it just the teacher? if you somehow knew there were kids in the class that were interested, that’d be different. but since it was the teacher asking u u can’t really know that. even if she claimed that kids were interested, that’s unreliable, cuz even if she ASKED the kids, they’re not gonna be like “oh fuck dinos, that’s a shit idea, hate dinos” to their teacher, even if that’s how they feel

JustinCEO
there’s also the issue of sanctioning the very condescending and awful student-teacher dynamic in class

Mediocrites the Average
yeah. I didn’t want to implicitly sanction the institution by helping

JustinCEO
like where kids would have to raise their hands to ask questions, agree to arbitrary restrictions (like maybe you’d be okay with the kids touching the bones, but the teacher just arbitrarily wouldn’t, and teacher is boss, so that’s BS. stuff like that)

Mediocrites the Average
I guess I just assumed kids would love dinos. That didn’t even occur to me. Good point.

JustinCEO
well that’s a stereotypical kid interest and you are personally interested in them even as an adult so it’s understandable you’d think so 😃

JustinCEO
but yeah

JustinCEO
but like if you wanna do a presentation on dinos just do a youtube and you avoid lots of these issues and almost certainly get a bigger audience if its any good ;p

Mediocrites the Average
I figured in a class of 30-40 kids, there is probably going to be a few dino-fans. But even so, there might be many kids that would be bored by the presentation, and I wouldn’t want to add to their suffering.

JustinCEO
yeah

JustinCEO
like best case is some kids are mildly interested, 1-2 super interested, some are less bored than usual, and you have to put up with dealing with teachery crap

JustinCEO
that is my guess

JustinCEO
#NotCanonicalFIAnswer

Mediocrites the Average
When I told my mother-in-law about my reasons for not helping, she kinda rolled her eyes. The reaction I got cemented my opinion that the decision was correct. I think she’s evil.

JustinCEO
ya lol

JustinCEO
not “wow that’s a perspective i don’t usually here, how interesting”

Mediocrites the Average
Right. I imagined her giving the same reaction to kids that expressed no interest in her curriculum for that day.

curi
my first thot @ school thing was i wouldn’t want to risk the dino being damaged. and yeah refusing to go sounds legit.

Mediocrites the Average
@curi glad I made the right choice. my other consideration was that since public schooling isn’t going away anytime soon, and the kids’ day is going to be rekt no matter what, I could at least make it better for some of them. But like Justin said, I don’t know what the kids want. There might have been some little girls in the class that had no interest in dinosaurs and would actually prefer learning about math or w/e. So I might end up doing more harm than good.