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  1. Comment on The Banshees of Insherin | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Ditto! I only somewhat recently saw In Bruges and was absolutely smitten with it. If this is even half as good it'll be a winner!

    Ditto! I only somewhat recently saw In Bruges and was absolutely smitten with it. If this is even half as good it'll be a winner!

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  2. Comment on What’s the strangest thing you ever found in a book? in ~books

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    When I was in primary school I once got a second hand copy of an R. L. Stine book that had a bunch of pages covered in blood. That was pretty grim.

    When I was in primary school I once got a second hand copy of an R. L. Stine book that had a bunch of pages covered in blood. That was pretty grim.

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  3. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    Unsubstantiated opinion dump inbound: I have softened on MacOS a lot since I first got it, but I still feel like it fights me. Just little things like closing a window not closing the application...

    Unsubstantiated opinion dump inbound:

    I have softened on MacOS a lot since I first got it, but I still feel like it fights me. Just little things like closing a window not closing the application (particularly irritating because Firefox then doesn't remember my open tabs). Or not being able to tile/snap windows easily. Or using "maximise" and finding that my workspaces are now in a different order. Or Finder deciding for you that not snapping to a grid and just having files/folders akimbo makes life so much better. Or not being able to close windows from mission control. Or 3rd party apps not always being allowed to run because they're not security signed. Or the fact that notifications are even a thing. Or how system data has somehow ballooned to using over 80GB of storage, and I have no clue where that's coming from. Or that hitting enter on a file in Finder doesn't open it, but starts renaming it. I could go on.

    There are third party apps that will solve a lot of these niggles and that's great! I'm really pleased there is a thriving ecosystem for developers. But all those little £5 a month subscriptions, £30 a year unlocks, etc... They add up. I'm a student, and I don't have money to spend right now. And if I did, I would rather support the work of developers who are producing open source software than those who are creating extensions for an operating system that should (IMO) have at least some of these features out of the box.

    And above all, I'm coming at this from having spent 10 years using Linux as my daily driver, particularly Arch with an array of different tiling WMs. I'm with @vegai on this one: tiling is by far my favourite way to compute. I don't care that I can't rice my MacOS desktop, I'm not into that. But I do want to use a computer in a way that makes me feel the most efficient, and MacOS simply doesn't make me feel efficient. Individually all of those above niggles are just that. But they multiply and combine in a way that makes me irritated to use my laptop, and I don't want to be irritated by the tools I use.

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  4. Comment on Why Taiwan is not Ukraine in ~misc

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    A brief look into China's behaviour and attitude towards Taiwan, and how while on the face of it the situation may look similar to that in Ukraine, it's actually very different.

    A brief look into China's behaviour and attitude towards Taiwan, and how while on the face of it the situation may look similar to that in Ukraine, it's actually very different.

  5. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    There are good options for visualisation, but I've only very briefly dabbled with them. I've promised myself not to tinker with it until I finish my degree! UTM was the one that I played with, but...

    There are good options for visualisation, but I've only very briefly dabbled with them. I've promised myself not to tinker with it until I finish my degree! UTM was the one that I played with, but in my brief experiment I really struggled to get the display aspect working properly... it ended up being too large for my screen and I had no way of resizing it easily. Definitely something that I broke, but it was annoying all the same.

    AFAIR none of the virtualisation can run atop of Rosetta, so you're running the ARM versions of anything you spin up.

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  6. Highlights from the Cambridge Folk Festival 2022

    I go to the Cambridge Folk Festival every year with my dad, uncles, and various other family and friends. It's been cancelled for two years on the bounce due to the pandemic, and it was an...

    I go to the Cambridge Folk Festival every year with my dad, uncles, and various other family and friends. It's been cancelled for two years on the bounce due to the pandemic, and it was an absolute joy to return this year! I got back yesterday, and wanted to share a few musical finds with my fellow Tilderen :)

    Afro Celt Sound System

    These guys put on an absolutely fantastic live show. It's a great fusion of African, Celtic, and electronic music, although leaning more into the Celtic and electronic sides of things if truth be told. There were a lot of very cool percussion elements, and each performer took a brilliant solo. Fully enjoyable, although potentially better live than in recording. Have a listen to When You're Falling.

    Show of Hands

    Much more what you might think of when someone says "folk music," Show of Hands did two stunning sets. They're normally a three-piece, but their third member wasn't present for the festival. Even as a duo, they sang a load of incredibly heartfelt music, with wonderful harmonies and great stories. Have a listen to Roots and Cousin Jack.

    Julie Fowlis

    Julie did the soundtrack for the Pixar movie Brave, and while she didn't perform any of the tracks from the film in her set at the festival, she was still a really engaging performer, singing in Gaelic and playing some incredibly cool whistle and bagpipe tunes. Hùg Air A' Bhonaid Mhòir is worth listening to to get a feel for what she does.

    Spiers and Boden

    My daughter described these two as "giants of folk," a description which she may have stolen from the festival programme, but is very accurate all the same. The two founding members of the iconic modern folk band Bellowhead, their two-piece performance is as high energy and exciting as a Bellowhead live show. Old Maui is a great ear-worm, and Rochdale Coconut Dance is one of my favourite traditional tunes. I attended a tunes workshop with John Spiers (the melodion player) and picked up a couple of fun new tunes as well.

    Chico Trujillo

    My best friend and I danced for an hour straight to this set. Absolute 10/10 party music. They're a Chilean cumbia band drawing on all sorts of South American influences, as well as sprinklings reggae, ska, and punk. They're incredibly high energy, and definitely one to see live if you can. I didn't catch the names of any of their songs (they just played for an hour straight, and didn't waste any time chatting to the audience!), but have a skim through this live video to get an idea of just how excellent they are. My highlight of the weekend for sure.

    The Young'Uns

    I've seen these guys perform a couple of times before, and am always blown away by them. They were doing sea shanties before TikTok discovered their joys, and have absolutely top notch stage banter. One of their number is blind, but no less talented a pianist for it. Their vocal harmonies are crisp and clear, and all of the songs have a rich story to go with them. When I'm Cleaning Windows is a top tier parody, but also check out Tom Payne's Bones and Be The Man for some of their more serious stuff.

    Elephant Sessions

    All the way from the Scottish highlands, I only caught a couple of the songs from their set (my daughter wanted to see Passenger who was on at the same time), but they're astonishingly good. Real foot-stomping stuff. They play their tunes almost aggressively, and have an incredible light show to match. Sadly another band that aren't quite as exciting in recording as they are live. But check out Search Party all the same.

    The Spooky Men's Chorale

    They are men. They are a group. But They Are Not a Men's Group. Hailing from Australia and wearing an array of hats, they sing a mixture of silly songs and beautiful Georgian chants. More excellent harmonies, and a wonderful stage presence, they wowed particularly with Crossing the Bar and a pair of Ukranian traditional songs which I sadly cannot find links to.

    The Trials of Cato

    I'm still undecided on these guys. I was very excited to see them, but felt their set lacked a bit of energy (penultimate slot on the last day of the festival is always tricky, I suppose!). They have a new singer, and I'm not a huge fan of her singing voice either. With all that said, they had a whacking great sound, and added some fabulous electronic elements to their set. Fortunately, I think their recordings do do them justice, so give Difrrwch, Tom Paine's Bones, and Gloria your attention!

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    I'm very excited by the prospect of Asahi Linux. I have an M1 macbook air, and it turns out I really dislike MacOS, even though the hardware is excellent. I won't be installing it particularly...

    I'm very excited by the prospect of Asahi Linux. I have an M1 macbook air, and it turns out I really dislike MacOS, even though the hardware is excellent.

    I won't be installing it particularly soon, given the lengthy list of what's not yet working, especially the lack of a sleep mode. Still, I'm keeping an eye on the development progress, and will look forward to having a much less opinionated operating system on my (delightful) Apple hardware some time in the future!

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  8. Comment on Google’s new Play Store rules target annoying ads and copycat crypto apps in ~tech

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    I'll be interested to see how this impacts DuckDuckGo's privacy tools!

    Google’s also making changes to how apps can implement and use Android’s built-in VPN (or virtual private network) tools. Apps won’t be allowed to implement their own VPNs to collect user data unless they get explicit permission from the user, nor will they be able to use VPNs to help users bypass or change ads from other apps.

    I'll be interested to see how this impacts DuckDuckGo's privacy tools!

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  9. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    How's the view from your high horse? 😜

    How's the view from your high horse? 😜

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  10. Comment on Solving a Sudoku whose only clue is a single line in ~games

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    I tend to find Simon is good at explaining the rules in a fairly comprehensible way, although occasionally the extra rules are so complex that it defies all understanding whatsoever. More and more...

    It's the first Cracking the Cryptic video that I have seen where I thought the instructions were unclear.

    I tend to find Simon is good at explaining the rules in a fairly comprehensible way, although occasionally the extra rules are so complex that it defies all understanding whatsoever. More and more with CtC I am just along for the ride of watching them solve the puzzle!

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  11. Comment on The Great Fiction of AI | The strange world of high-speed semi-automated genre fiction in ~comp

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    An interesting dive into the world of AI-assisted fiction writing. There's a whole lot in this article which feels kind of dystopian to me: the level of churn required for an Amazon-based author...

    An interesting dive into the world of AI-assisted fiction writing. There's a whole lot in this article which feels kind of dystopian to me: the level of churn required for an Amazon-based author to retain readers and income; the fact that so much of that same author's income goes back to Amazon to pay for self-promotion; that when used carefully, people cannot tell what is written by AI and what is written by a human; and that of all the careers to be slowly subsumed by AI, it's the creative professions which appear to be most at risk right now.

    It starts to make you wonder, do I even have any talent if a computer can just mimic me?

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Is it possible to change my username on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    All sorted, new username inbound :) Thanks for the help, gang!

    All sorted, new username inbound :) Thanks for the help, gang!

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Interlinear Books: Learn between the lines (Subtitled books) in ~books

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    I'll keep an eye out for it! I've noticed a lot of language-learning apps/services cropping up in the last year or so, but that might just be down to ad trackers figuring out I'm doing my masters...

    I'll keep an eye out for it! I've noticed a lot of language-learning apps/services cropping up in the last year or so, but that might just be down to ad trackers figuring out I'm doing my masters in linguistics and thinking that I want to learn a new language. I do, but that's not why I'm doing the degree! Either way, I'm always curious to hear about what people's experience of language learning apps/services is.

    My view tends to be that they are good as a supplement to overall learning, but that to rely on them alone is essentially useless. Some services are doubtless better than others, but I do genuinely think that the best way to learn is through immersion, and production-first & ideally task-based methods.

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  14. Comment on Interlinear Books: Learn between the lines (Subtitled books) in ~books

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    It's a very different process when you're learning even as an older child vs. acquiring a first language. You can bring general learning mechanisms and strategies to the fore, and do develop the...

    It's a very different process when you're learning even as an older child vs. acquiring a first language. You can bring general learning mechanisms and strategies to the fore, and do develop the ability to learn from even a single correction. A very young child, acquiring language simply by existing in a linguistic environment on the other hand, is not applying the same kind of learning processes and strategies, using a brain primed for statistical learning to try to figure out what the patterns of sound that people around them make are, and how they map onto the world.

    This is why children end up over-generalising grammatical rules, such as English's VERB+ed = past-tense. You often hear utterances like "I goed to the park," and no amount of correction from an adult will get them to say it correctly. The child needs the relevant input from the environment to be able to figure out the irregularity of go -> went, and that it has the same properties as play -> played.

    Edit: In terms of language teaching, recasts are a really valuable tool in a teacher's arsenal, which is why you're noticing a difference between telling a student "no" and rephrasing what they said. Motivation and affective factors matter in teaching anything, and students tend not to respond so well to an explicit "you're doing it wrong" vs. a more gentle approach. You can seriously damage someone's motivation or increase their anxiety with the former.

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  15. Comment on Interlinear Books: Learn between the lines (Subtitled books) in ~books

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    This is a fair response, and if it works for you I'm glad to hear it! My own experience with translation methods left a lot to be desired, so I'm certainly biased against this sort of thing.

    This is a fair response, and if it works for you I'm glad to hear it! My own experience with translation methods left a lot to be desired, so I'm certainly biased against this sort of thing.

  16. Comment on Interlinear Books: Learn between the lines (Subtitled books) in ~books

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    Interestingly enough, the linguistic consensus is currently that young children who are still in the acquisition process do not respond to corrections and feedback from adults. Anecdotally, my own...

    Interestingly enough, the linguistic consensus is currently that young children who are still in the acquisition process do not respond to corrections and feedback from adults. Anecdotally, my own daughter and nieces never fixed a mistake based on adult feedback, they all just grew out of it.

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  17. Comment on Interlinear Books: Learn between the lines (Subtitled books) in ~books

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    No, IMO. I don't think that any kind of translation method results in good acquisition. It encourages the learner to parse input into their L1 before thinking of an answer in their LQ and parsing...

    No, IMO. I don't think that any kind of translation method results in good acquisition. It encourages the learner to parse input into their L1 before thinking of an answer in their LQ and parsing it back into the target language.

    Immersion is good, as is having a non-language related task to do in the TL. But learning to translate word by word doesn't accomplish a lot, because (surprise surprise) there are not always a lot of one-to-one mappings between languages.

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