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    1. We've had a few threads recently criticising the direction of various shows cough Game of Thrones cough and @Amarok suggested a thread celebrating the good stuff on TV instead. Personally,...

      We've had a few threads recently criticising the direction of various shows cough Game of Thrones cough and @Amarok suggested a thread celebrating the good stuff on TV instead. Personally, television is by far my favourite means of visual storytelling, a good TV show can go into the kind of depth and complexity that the more time-limited format of movies just can't touch.

      A few of my favourite shows then, in no particular order:

      House MD - recently rewatched this and it definitely stands the test of time. Sure, there are a few weak episodes here and there but on balance it's solid. Hugh Laurie absolutely nails the role of Sherlock Holmes Greg House and the supporting cast are excellent too. It has one of my all-time favourite endings of all television shows, even knowing what was coming I still ended up a little moist of eye by the end. Also they grade the colour with increasing desaturation throughout season 8, almost to the point of it being monochrome - until the final scene is in glorious, bright colour and I love little touches like that. TV shouldn't just be actors reading lines, there is a whole medium to tell stories with (Game of Thrones also did this kind of thing well).

      Detectorists - BBC show about two metal detectorists. Gloriously paced, slow and gentle but insistent in telling it's tale, with really strong characters. Finishes beautifully, at just the right time. A gem of a show, it's very well written and nearly flawless throughout. Mackenzie Crook (writer, director) was offered more seasons but he declined because the show was finished and that takes guts to do but I love that he did. Also features Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) who is never not brilliant.

      Buffy The Vampire Slayer - I mean what can you even say about Buffy. Might have been the last show where my friends would meet up for a watch party every week, hanging out for hours discussing it and enjoying herbal cigarettes for the evening. Streaming is great and so convenient but in some ways I do miss TV being an event. There was someone very special about getting everyone together once a week to share in that world, and especially with Buffy because the characters were so close in age to me (I'm slightly younger than Alyson Hannigan and I had such a crush on Willow). Sure, it had it's wobbles (the entire Adam story arc, for example) but also some of the best TV moments of the 90s/early 2000s. Once More With Feeling and Hush are fan favourites for a reason.

      Hannibal - Produced by Bryan Fuller, who is always good, but absolutely outdoes himself here, and Mads Mikkelson is terrifying in the titular role. Visually it's stunning, the plot is engaging and deeply disturbing, the characters well drawn and believable (Hannibal particularly so, which is all the more horrifying) and the sound design is absolutely astonishing. I bought a whole new sound system literally just for this show and it was totally worth it. Sound design is one of those things which you only notice when it's particularly bad or particularly good and Hannibal is definitely the latter. It's such a well-rounded piece of television, it uses colour and light and sound and all the tools in the TV maker's box. the ending is a little on the weak side but they got axed early - Bryan Fuller had five seasons planned but they only got three.

      I could go on, but I won't because I'll go on for ages! Please add a couple of your favourite shows and maybe we can all find a few new things to watch.

      16 votes
    2. World Health Organization condemned for classifying intersex as 'disorder' Here's the open letter from intersex organisations around the world: Joint statement on the International Classification...

      World Health Organization condemned for classifying intersex as 'disorder'

      Here's the open letter from intersex organisations around the world: Joint statement on the International Classification of Diseases 11

      4 votes
    3. Friday afternoon just before an American long weekend probably isn't the best time for me to announce a major update, but oh well, I'm doing it anyway: There is now a basic wiki system available,...

      Friday afternoon just before an American long weekend probably isn't the best time for me to announce a major update, but oh well, I'm doing it anyway:

      There is now a basic wiki system available, with each group being able to have its own set of pages. I think this should help a lot for letting people collaborate on information through the site itself. @deing has been running an unofficial wiki (thanks!), but having it natively on the site should be much easier for people to find and help edit, so hopefully we can transfer over most or all of that content.

      As always, a number of aspects are pretty rough and I'm sure I'll keep tweaking it over the next little while as I see how it starts to be used, but it should be decent enough to get started with. Various things to know about it:

      • As of right now, permission to create and edit wiki pages must be granted manually. So if you'd like to get involved with editing wiki pages, please either comment here and say so or send me a message and I can give you permissions.
      • The editing history is being stored in git, which will give us a lot of neat functionality for "free". You don't need to know anything about git at all (or even know what it is)—it's all done internally, but it means that I can do things like sync the wiki pages to GitLab and take advantage of their existing interface to display changes, page histories, etc. instead of needing to duplicate all of those functions from scratch (which might be nice to do someday anyway, but it's neat to have them all already with this method).
      • Unlike other content you post to Tildes (such as your comments) which remain your own, contributions to the wiki will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike, in order to allow others to edit, reproduce, and so on. This is explained prominently on the wiki editing pages, and I'll update the Terms of Use shortly to reflect this as well.
      • I'm going to duplicate all the pages from the Tildes Docs site into the ~tildes.official wiki. This will allow people to be able to contribute changes to the docs without needing to figure out all the pieces for making changes to that repo directly. It won't update automatically or anything (and I wouldn't want it to), but I'll review any changes made through the site wiki and move them onto the Docs site.

      I think that should cover the main points, but let me know if you have questions. Also, it's been a while, so I've topped everyone back up with 10 invites again. Thanks!

      86 votes
    4. Hanging alone? Spending time with friends? Loved ones? Going out dancing? Drinks? Sitting down with a good book? Playing games online with friends? Going hiking? Cooking? Gardening? Also, how...

      Hanging alone? Spending time with friends? Loved ones? Going out dancing? Drinks? Sitting down with a good book? Playing games online with friends? Going hiking? Cooking? Gardening?

      Also, how often do you get to spend your Friday nights in the manner you most enjoy?

      15 votes
    5. Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      So, in a nutshell, the writing quality and character development declined a lot in the last season ... except I mostly didn't notice (or mind), until I started reading online about how much - and why - everyone else hated the last season.

      I got as far as S08 Ep03 (the White Walker battle) without reading any online commentary, critiques, etc. On my own, I did feel some characters' activities/behaviors were a bit 'off', but I still loved the episode overall (except literally too dark, hard to see some scenes).

      Then a friend commented on some disappointing thing in the episode, and how 'everyone' was bitching about it. I started reading online ... and that's when I started seeing the flaws in the last season.

      Granted, even if I had stayed offline, just watched it myself, there probably still would have been things that pissed me off ... Euron's magical dragon ambush, the whole Missandei capture/murder thing, and Dany embracing the Dark Side. I can't imagine I would have overlooked those.

      But, by reading everyone else's gripes online, watching bitter youtube reviews, etc., the last 3 episodes sucked a lot more for me, because I saw all the flaws, many of which I would have missed.

      So, to sum up, I blame all y'all for ruining GoT for me.

      Thoughts?

      23 votes
    6. Shouldn't there be loud and clear opposing voice to Trump overstepping historical boundaries? When Trump declares emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE or when he approves...

      Shouldn't there be loud and clear opposing voice to Trump overstepping historical boundaries?

      When Trump declares emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE or when he approves secret nuclear power tech sales to Saudi Arabia

      When Trump urges US Fed to cut interest rates

      When Trump lifts sanctions on firms linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and when Trump conceals face-to-face encounters with Putin

      17 votes
    7. Heya! The question is rather straightforward. Even though I said smaller, size doesn't really matter for this - the focus is more on the community aspect rather than it being small. Here's my...

      Heya!

      The question is rather straightforward. Even though I said smaller, size doesn't really matter for this - the focus is more on the community aspect rather than it being small. Here's my non-exhaustive list (in no particular order):

      1. Tildes - This is unsurprising. It's definitely large for a "small" community, but it's managed to preserve it's culture very well, which is rather impressive. It's cozy and has high quality discussion.
      2. Various Discord servers and IRC channels. This one is harder to pinpoint, to be honest. As far as IRC channels/Discord servers goes, some of the more niche gaming ones are probably some of the nicest environments. IRC-wise, I really haven't managed to find any particularly active ones, outside of the ones for the next list member...
      3. tilde.town and probably the larger tildeverse. Not affiliated with Tildes, but generally just... a nice place to be. It's rather quiet a lot of the time, but their main IRC channel is, frankly, quite great. When it's active.
      4. A lot of Mastodon instances, although of course not all. The fediverse is generally a nice place to be, although politics on there is kind of mushy and one sided. Genuine interactions on there, however, are extremely common and sorting by the global timeline is quite nice (most of the time.)
      5. rateyourmusic is a nice community of those who are passionate about music. It's quite nice overall, though.

      There's definitely a lot I've missed out, mainly because I probably don't know about them.

      So, what are some of the smaller (or not) communities that you enjoy?

      18 votes
    8. Here's a list of a things that came out in this past week, up through Friday. Of course, there's no way to be completely comprehensive with this and I avoided including things where information...

      Here's a list of a things that came out in this past week, up through Friday. Of course, there's no way to be completely comprehensive with this and I avoided including things where information was too lacking, so feel free to mention anything that isn't on here that you think is worth mentioning. Beyond that, if you have any thoughts of any of these albums, it would be great to hear them :)

      Artist Title Genre(s) Song Links
      Amyl and The Sniffers Amyl and The Sniffers Garage Punk, Punk Rock Song.link
      Andreya Triana Life in Colour Neo-Soul Song.link
      BAYNK Someone's II Indietronica Song.link
      Beast Coast Escape From New York Hardcore Hip Hop Song.link
      Black Mountain Destroyer Psychedelic Rock Song.link
      Blu & Exile True & Livin West Coast Hip Hop, Conscious Hip Hop Song.link
      Budokan Boys Dad Is Bad Experimental Song.link
      Cate Le Bon Reward Art Pop, Neo-Psychedelia Song.link
      Cold Showers Motionless Post-Punk Song.link
      Collie Buddz Hybrid Dancehall Song.link
      Deathspell Omega The Furnaces of Palingenesia Black Metal Song.link
      Dounia Not Good for the Ego EP Alternative R&B Song.link
      Duncan Lloyd (of Maxïmo Park) Outside Notion Lo-Fi Indie, Indie Pop Song.link
      Earth Full Upon Her Burning Lips Psychedelic Rock, Drone Song.link
      Faye Webster Atlanta Millionaires Club Alt-Country, Country Soul Song.link
      Fleshgod Apocalypse Veleno Symphonic Metal, Death Metal Song.link
      Flying Lotus Flamagra Nu Jazz, Glitch Hop Song.link
      GOT7 Spinning Top: Between Security and Insecurity K-Pop Song.link
      Guards Modern Hymns Indie Pop Song.link
      Hayden Thorpe (of Wild Beasts) Diviner Art Pop, Ambient Pop Song.link
      Honeyblood In Plain Sight Indie Rock, Indie Pop Song.link
      IRAH Diamond Grid Dream Pop, Trip Hop Song.link
      ISA Debut Album Pop Song.link
      J-E-T-S ZOOSPA Wonky, UK Bass Song.link
      Justin Townes Earle The Saint of Lost Causes Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Blues Song.link
      Kim Jae Hwan Another EP K-Pop Song.link
      Lovelyz Once Upon A Time EP K-Pop Song.link
      Luke Sanger Ancient Pathways Electronic Song.link
      Mavis Staples We Get By Southern Soul, Deep Soul Song.link - Spotify
      Middle Kids New Songs For Old Problems EP Indie Rock, Noise Pop Song.link
      Montana of 300 Views From The Generals Helmet Drill, Pop Rap Song.link
      Morrissey California Son Chamber Pop, Art Pop Song.link
      NCT 127 We Are Superhuman K-Pop, Dance-Pop Song.link
      Octave One Locus Of Control EP Detroit Techno Song.link
      Orla Gartland Why Am I Like This? EP Indie Folk, Folk Pop ​​ Song.link
      Petrol Girls Cut & Stitch Riot Grrrl, Post-Hardcore Song.link
      Pronoun I’ll Show You Stronger Indie Pop, Indie Rock Song.link
      Ramin Djawadi Game of Thrones: Season 8 (Music from the HBO Series) Orchestral Song.link
      Sebadoh Act Surprised Indie Rock Song.link
      Shay Lia Dangerous Contemporary R&B Song.link
      Steve Lacy Apollo XXI Neo Soul Song.link
      Steve Marino Fluff Indie Folk Song.link
      Sting My Songs Pop Rock Song.link
      Stray Cats 40 Rockabilly Song.link
      Swimming Tapes Morningside Indie Pop, Jangle Pop Song.link
      The 1975 Notes on a Conditional Form Art Pop Official
      The Aggrolites Reggae Now! Skinhead Reggae Song.link
      The Amazons Future Dust Indie Rock, Alternative Rock Song.link
      The Lonely Island The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Comedy Rap Netflix - Spotify
      The Waterboys Where The Action Is Heartland Rock, Pop Rock Song.link
      Thompson Egbo-Egbo The Offering Jazz Song.link
      Toebow Themes Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop Song.link
      Trudy And The Romance Sandman Indie Pop Song.link
      YG 4REAL 4REAL Trap Rap Song.link
      whenyoung Reasons To Dream Indie Pop Song.link

      Notes:
      The Waterboys - Where The Action Is || Deluxe album linked
      Sting - My Songs || Deluxe album linked
      Octave One - Locus Of Control || song.link says single, but it's EP
      Mavis Staples - We Get By || song.link spotify link is to single... linked spotify to album too
      Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno || Deluxe album linked
      The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form || No song.link... official site instead
      YG - 4REAL 4REAL || No "parental advisory" version linked... so NSFW
      The Lonely Island - The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience || no song.link, spotify and netflix instead

      Thanks @Cleb and @cfabbro for the help this week!

      10 votes
    9. I have been listening to "Darknet Diaries" and it's a great podcast, but I am looking for more. Maybe more technical. Does anyone have any good recommendations? Thanks! Edit: if you are like me,...

      I have been listening to "Darknet Diaries" and it's a great podcast, but I am looking for more. Maybe more technical.

      Does anyone have any good recommendations? Thanks!

      Edit: if you are like me, and learning about this stuff, here is an interesting and hilarious episode of mini-stories from Darknet Diaries: https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/22/

      8 votes