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  1. Comment on The πŸ‘πŸ‘„πŸ‘ debacle sums up tech's race issues in ~tech

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    The tweet thread that the article linked is really something. I'm trying to wrap my head around the criticism and I feel like a moron. Can someone tell me if I've got this right? A handful of...

    The tweet thread that the article linked is really something. I'm trying to wrap my head around the criticism and I feel like a moron. Can someone tell me if I've got this right? A handful of people on tech twitter, many of them POC, started putting the πŸ‘οΈ πŸ‘„ πŸ‘οΈ sign in their bios and handles which gained quite a bit of interest and speculation. Then they posted about receiving seed funding, which amplified the interest and speculation due to "VC FOMO" (?) so much so that they realized they could turn this moment of fake hype into something positive by spreading rumors that people who donate to social justice charities will get a look at their product. By doing that, and selling some merchandise, they raised about 200k - is that right? Am I missing something critical? Because I dont understand the backlash, or how that makes a mockery of BLM.

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  2. Comment on What are three things you wanna do once the pandemic is over? in ~talk

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    This was a good idea, I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts. Meet my girlfriend and play a few games of checkers. Obviously, that's my first priority. Leave the United States. I was living abroad...

    This was a good idea, I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

    1. Meet my girlfriend and play a few games of checkers. Obviously, that's my first priority.

    2. Leave the United States. I was living abroad for two years and I really miss my old life. I barely missed the window to return home - my flight back was scheduled on the day after the borders abruptly closed. Fortunately, number one is willing and able to roll the dice and give number two a try, and I've loaded up on Greek food and Taco Bell during my stay so I won't be missing anything when I'm gone. I've had enough of the United States for a while.

    3. Go back to work. I'm a teacher and due to the pandemic and mind-blowing incompetence of the people running my school, I haven't had any contact with my students since January. I try not to think about it very often, but I really miss my job. I can't wait to be loud and dumb and make a bunch of four-year-olds laugh their asses off while they learn a couple things.

    Bonus round. I really want to play pickup basketball. Not having to work or worry about finances has given me a lot of extra free time which I've spent shooting baskets at a handful of courts around in my area. I love basketball, but I've always sucked at it so I rarely play. Now that I'm getting a few hours of practice every day, I'm getting petty good.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Why Jeff Bezos must be stopped before it’s too late in ~finance

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    Ok, there are a couple of things that I want to clear up. If you follow that link in my original comment, you'll see in the documentary that the people in Bezos's inner circle are the ones saying...

    Ok, there are a couple of things that I want to clear up. If you follow that link in my original comment, you'll see in the documentary that the people in Bezos's inner circle are the ones saying that he is in it for space colonization. It's not speculation or strangers trying to connect the dots. The difference between him and Musk might be one of patience or pragmatism, but I don't know enough to speculate on those kinds of details. What is clear though is throughout his time at Amazon, Bezos has had a clear long-term strategy that he prioritizes, even if it costs him in the short-term. There weren't many people that foresaw Amazon's dominance, but that was his goal from day one. Just because we don't see him investing a lot into Blue Origin right now, doesn't mean he won't do so in the future. We might end up viewing Space X and Blue Origin the same way we look at Yahoo and Google.

    As for my other comments, first, I don't think space exploration is insane or a meaningless endeavor - in fact, my feelings are quite the opposite. What is insane, however, is the sentence "Jeff Bezos's goal is to use Amazon to build space colonies," simply for how conspiratorial it sounds. Second, I'm not talking specifically about the people designing and building rockets being exploited, I was referencing the Amazon workers. If Blue Origin grows into something that realizes Bezos's dreams of space colonization, it would be a world wonder that would not have been possible without the exploitation of workers and the monopolistic business strategy that Amazon is infamous for. The question I keep asking myself is if it's worth it. It definitely makes me feel better than if there were no goal of space exploration.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Why Jeff Bezos must be stopped before it’s too late in ~finance

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    I don't know enough about Jeff Bezos to say that I have a good idea of how he thinks, but for what its worth, this article seems to run parallel to (or is based on) PBS's Frontline Documentary...

    I don't know enough about Jeff Bezos to say that I have a good idea of how he thinks, but for what its worth, this article seems to run parallel to (or is based on) PBS's Frontline Documentary about Amazon and Bezos. That Frontline documentary is pretty wild and it paints a similar picture of Bezos as a guy whose ultimate goal is to build space colonies.

    ...Hang on, I have to take a minute to get over how fucking insane that last sentence was...

    The documentary is really worth checking out (available here). I watched it a few weeks ago and couldn't stop thinking about the pyramids. You probably can't build the pyramids in 2500 BCE without slaves, the same way you probably can't build a space colony in the 21st century without exploiting some workers along the way. I'm pretty sure that's on a post-it note somewhere in Bezos's house.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 6 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm going through a similar experience with someone I met online during the pandemic. Like you, it was something I never thought I would do (unless I went to prison - something I haven't planned...

    I'm going through a similar experience with someone I met online during the pandemic. Like you, it was something I never thought I would do (unless I went to prison - something I haven't planned on doing). It is tough to get closer to someone without being able to see them in person. I feel for you. This is a bit of a left turn, but if you don't mind sharing, have there been any unexpected benefits? In my case, knowing we wouldn't see each other anytime soon gave us a carefree approach during the early stages. Neither of us really hid our insecurities and we were both really open about stuff, allowing us to really be ourselves rather than falling into the common trap of creating an alternate version that we think might be more appealing. It's nice having time to lay the foundation for a strong relationship for when the day comes where we can finally be together, but some days are pretty tough.

    I've contemplated posting about this for a while. I've been really fortunate to be in a position where I continue to get paid despite not being able to work, so I've been able to use a lot of this time for personal growth. I understand that my situation is incredibly rare and that many people are going through a difficult time right now, so I didn't want to come into this space with tales of my good fortune, but I would still encourage everyone to explore dating opportunities despite having to stay at home. I've always sucked at dating apps and had literally never had a good experience prior to this, but you never know when or where you'll meet the right person. Having something to look forward to makes quarantine a little bit easier.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    Oh boy, when did the bar get so low? This article reminds me of when I was in college and how my roommate and I used to joke about people who were missing "The Chunk" - the part of the brain that...

    Oh boy, when did the bar get so low? This article reminds me of when I was in college and how my roommate and I used to joke about people who were missing "The Chunk" - the part of the brain that picks up social cues. Our dorm was where people would come to hang out, and those without the chunk - a surprisingly high percentage - would ignore social cues and stay until we had to directly tell them to leave the room. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because, at its core, this is the same problem. Obviously, it's compounded by centuries of culture, social structure, and the trial-by-fire nature of how people learn to socialize, date, and flirt. I get that life is complicated, people get lonely, and that we find love in all sorts of places, but Jesus, read the room. One thing I wish the author would give more attention to is the difference between misreading the situation, which happens to everyone, and inappropriate/harassing behavior. But I guess this is flirting for morons. The message needs to be clear. As a kindergarten teacher, this is something I put a lot of thought into. We really need to do a better job of teaching kids to respect the word "no" and how to handle rejection. There are a lot of cases where the responsibility ends up falling on the kid that doesn't want to play, and we put too much focus on things like inclusion and letting the other person down gently. These are some of the long-term consequences. It's a very difficult thing to navigate, and it's the blind leading the blind, but its something we need to consider moving forward.

    It's so frustrating to see that the major conversations we're having about society boil down to "racism exists" and "don't force unwanted sexual attention on people."

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Would you give up flying to lower your environmental impact? in ~enviro

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    That has been such a disappointment. I remember voting for it in 2008. 2008!

    That has been such a disappointment. I remember voting for it in 2008. 2008!

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigns after controversy over treatment of staff members of color and insensitivity to racial issues in ~food

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    A couple of thoughts: As a fan of BA's web content, I wondered why Sohla wasn't featured in more videos ever since it became abundantly clear that she knows a lot about different techniques and...

    A couple of thoughts: As a fan of BA's web content, I wondered why Sohla wasn't featured in more videos ever since it became abundantly clear that she knows a lot about different techniques and seems to be the only person in that entire kitchen that knows how to temper the god damn chocolate.

    Second, and I know this is like walking across a minefield just to retrieve a stale doughnut, but is there more context to that photo that proves it was really bad? As someone that is constantly growing and cringing at the dumb shit I've done (especially as sensibilities continue to change), I'm terrified of having something I cringe at from 10-15 years ago brought up and scrutinized by a bunch of people. Just last night I was horrified thinking about an April Fools joke from 2008 that was laughed at and endorsed by about a dozen of my female friends, but by today's standards would be very insensitive and completely inappropriate. To be clear, that doesn't mean I ever have dressed up in black/brown face, and I wouldn't endorse someone that did. On the other hand, I certainly was one of the millions of Americans that came down with a serious case of Chingy fever. I've looked at the comments in this thread, reread the original article that shows the picture, and followed the tweets that brought up the picture, but I'm not seeing enough to show that the costume in the photo was bad in 2004. That was a very popular look in 04 and it very well could be a normal tan, or since it was 2004, a fresh spray-tan that wasn't related to the costume. If you look in the screenshot of the comments, there isn't any incriminating evidence, either. There does seem to be at least one person of color endorsing the photo, and while that person isn't Puerto Rican or Latinx, I can see why the poster came to the conclusion that nothing was wrong with the photo and left it up. Just to be clear, I'm not trying to defend the photo, nor would I ever defend the use of black or brown face, I'm just wondering where the evidence is that it's deliberately brown face, or even had anything to do with Puerto Rican. Was it because the caption said papi? Unless there was something done to deliberately darken their features for the costume, everything about that photo seems like it was socially acceptable in 2004 and possibly again in 2013. Am I totally off base?

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  9. Comment on What's your "hype song"? in ~music

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    The first 25 seconds of Backseat Freestyle gets me every. single. time. There are about 25 Rage Against the Machine songs that I could choose, but my personal favorite is Sleep Now in the Fire...

    The first 25 seconds of Backseat Freestyle gets me every. single. time.

    There are about 25 Rage Against the Machine songs that I could choose, but my personal favorite is Sleep Now in the Fire because of how great the music video is.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    Here are some of my favorites that I listen to. I recommend all of them, if you find the subject matter interesting. NEWS AND POLITICS Democracy Now! - Daily news from a left-wing perspective...

    Here are some of my favorites that I listen to. I recommend all of them, if you find the subject matter interesting.

    NEWS AND POLITICS

    Democracy Now! - Daily news from a left-wing perspective without any corporate sponsorship.

    Intercepted - Weekly news that focuses more on big picture stuff. This is from Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. Have you ever wondered what it would be like it you turned a Rage Against the Machine song into a podcast? If you consider yourself left-wing and need a little motivation to be active, this should do the trick.

    Pod Save America - Biweekly coverage of major headlines and their impact on politics from four former Obama administration officials (employees?). Unlike the previous two podcasts, this one covers politics from a more grounded and moderate approach for those who are idealistic but pragmatic.

    The Press Box - Biweekly discussion on the media and how major stories in news, politics, and sports are covered.

    The Daily - NYT daily podcast that covers one big story for about 20 minutes.

    SPORTS/POP-CULTURE

    The Bill Simmons Podcast - Semi hot takes on sports, pop-culture, and occasionally the news

    Book of Basketball 2.0 - Another Bill Simmons podcast about, you guessed it, basketball. This is an update to the widely popular Book of Basketball which was published in 2010.

    The Rewatchables - Again, another Ringer/Simmons podcast. This one is about classic movies that are "rewatchable"

    HUMAN INTEREST

    Small Town Murder - This isn't very laugh-out-loud funny, but it's amusing. Two comedians go on a deep-dive of a small town and the murder that took place in it. It's a little edgy and not recommended for people that don't have a morbid sense of humor.

    Joe Rogan Experience - I've made comments in the past about how frustrating this podcast can be, but it has a lot of cultural significance and is still pretty entertaining, especially when the guest is a comedian. Even if you disagree with the politics (as I assume many Tildarians will) it's nice to get out of the information bubble at listen to what other people have to say.

    Radiolab - Iconic radio show/podcast that covers interesting topics and stories, often in the world of science.

    This American Life - Another iconic radio show/podcast that covers interesting topics and stories.

    Revisionist History - Malcolm Gladwell's podcast that examines a wide range of topics that have been overlooked or forgotten about.

    Against the Rules - A podcast from Michael Lewis about the concept of fairness and how many systems in America seem less fair than they were in the past.

    Wind of Change - Did the CIA write an iconic pop song from a hair metal band in 1990?

    Boom/Bust - A look at HQ Trivia and what went wrong.

    PODCASTS I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE

    Wind of Change, Boom/Bust, This American Life, The Press Box, The Daily.

    Seriously, Wind of Change is the best podcast I've heard since Serial debuted in 2015.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Recommend me a movie that _________ in ~movies

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    If you like Annihilation and you can handle subtitles, I highly recommend Stalker. It has a similar premise with three men exploring a mysterious zone, but it has richer storytelling and raises a...

    If you like Annihilation and you can handle subtitles, I highly recommend Stalker. It has a similar premise with three men exploring a mysterious zone, but it has richer storytelling and raises a lot of philosophical questions.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Men quitting masturbation: "Porn addiction" support groups reinforce damaging gender stereotypes in ~life

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    Wow, the example provided for the Proud Boys rules checked a few boxes on the "Is this a cult?" questionnaire. I'm not very familiar with the structure of the Proud Boys, so I'm fascinated by the...

    Wow, the example provided for the Proud Boys rules checked a few boxes on the "Is this a cult?" questionnaire. I'm not very familiar with the structure of the Proud Boys, so I'm fascinated by the line: "no heterosexual brother..." Are there homosexual members of the Proud Boys, and if so, were they allowed to masturbate more often?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast will be exclusive to Spotify later this year, with a multi-year deal in ~tech

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    I remember when I first got into the JRE podcast. I was actually a pretty early adopter after coming across an AMA he did back in 2010 after about 30 or so podcasts. Back in those days, he really...

    I remember when I first got into the JRE podcast. I was actually a pretty early adopter after coming across an AMA he did back in 2010 after about 30 or so podcasts. Back in those days, he really only had comedians on the show, but the content was similar, with conversations going in all different directions. Those podcasts were very entertaining and perfect for having something on in the background while doing other stuff. It didn't take long, however, before I realized that a lot of the "deep" conversations were little more than hot air. I was in college at the time and occasionally Joe and his guests would touch on some of the topics that I was studying and they would be so wrong about even the most basic concepts. Yet they spoke with so much confidence and authority, I would sometimes go back and make sure I wasn't misunderstanding my coursework. Over time I phased it out of my regular rotation, but I still go back every now and then when I'm playing Civ or another game that doesn't require active listening. It's crazy to me that over the course of 10 years he has been able to cultivate an image as some sort of intellectual free thinker. In reality, he is more of an impressionable stoner that happens to be more interested in the world than your average person. You really can't trust anything he talks about unless it relates to pool, archery, or MMA. Every time I come back after taking a break from the show, he seems to have gone further to the alt-right/conspiracy loony land. I know he presents himself as a moderate, and he voiced support for Bernie and Tulsi, but his guest list skews pretty far to the right and he seems to hold liberals to a completely different standard in that he is a lot quicker to criticize the left (particularly anyone that might be an "SJW") than pretty much anyone on the right. There was a short stretch last year where I listened to a handful of episodes and I remember he kept going off on Carlos Maza, as if Maza was some radical psychotic moron, but would play devil's advocate for Trump every time his name came up. I can't listen to it anymore because I find myself saying, "Oh, shut the fuck up, " way too often.

    Having said that, I wish more liberals would try to get on the show. He seems pretty open to having just about anyone on, and it is a huge platform that would reach a large audience that might not be used to hearing that perspective. Plus he is pretty non-combative (no pun intended) with his guests. I'm worried that he is being lumped in with other conservative outlets that liberals/progressives/leftists/etc refuse to go on. I remember Yang and Sanders raised some eyebrows after going on the show. It's hard to imagine a scenario where someone like Natalie Wynn goes on the JRE podcast without facing some criticism for it.

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  14. Comment on Would it be beneficial to ban certain topics of political discourse? in ~tildes

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    In that sense, maybe we could experiment with an automated feature that locks down a thread after it has reached a certain number of 'malice' tags - relying less on Demios and other moderators (if...

    In that sense, maybe we could experiment with an automated feature that locks down a thread after it has reached a certain number of 'malice' tags - relying less on Demios and other moderators (if there are any with that level of authority) to constantly monitor every thread. In addition, it would give users more incentive to self-police threads and consider the implications of every comment. I'll admit, this idea just came to me after reading your comment. It isn't something I've put a lot of thought into, so feel free to tell me (politely) why it might suck.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Reddit introduces new "Start Chatting" feature across many subreddits, AskHistorians goes dark for 1 hour in protest to broken promises in ~tech

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    Do you (or anyone else reading this) ever promote tildes on reddit?

    Do you (or anyone else reading this) ever promote tildes on reddit?

  16. Comment on Who else is baking bread, or beginning a starter? in ~food

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    I've thought about posting this thread for weeks now. This is the first time in a few years that I've had access to an oven and low-heat stove, so I have been going nuts with cooking and baking....

    I've thought about posting this thread for weeks now. This is the first time in a few years that I've had access to an oven and low-heat stove, so I have been going nuts with cooking and baking. It's such a relaxing hobby (for me, at least). Pan-style pizza - like Detroit-style pizza or what Pizza Hut does - is one of the best ways to go when making one at home (clearly demonstrated here). My starter is still growing up, so I'm not sure if having sourdough crust is a real difference maker to the cooking process, but with I think you'll be ok without having to crisp up on the stove top. It certainly isn't necessary with normal pizza dough if you're going to oil up a pan or cast-iron and let the dough rise in it. I tried the stove-to-oven method once and it was tough to keep everything even when I was putting toppings on. The guy in the video I posted is much better at cooking than I could ever be, but you can still kind of see the bubbles it causes in the video. Either way, at long as there's some oil under that thing, it's gonna be good. The thing I can't stress enough is the importance of making your own sauce and getting a quality cheese that isn't pre-grated.

    As for non-pizza cooking and baking, the thing I've been obsessed with lately is making bagels. Having a good bagel with a crunchy exterior and a soft middle is so difficult to find in my neck of the woods, so making them myself has been one of the highlights of being back home. I don't have much knowledge around baking, outside of the occasional pizza and a basic bread loaf, so I was nervous about how they'd turn out but they're so easy to make! It took about a week or so to get barley malt syrup, but it was totally worth it. They're best when you keep them in the fridge overnight, which is great because you can wake up and get right to cooking them for breakfast.

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  17. Comment on Who else is baking bread, or beginning a starter? in ~food

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    I've been working off of this guy on youtube. I go to youtube for most recipes and cooking tips because I can't stand having to read through someone's blog before getting to the recipe (yes, I...

    I've been working off of this guy on youtube. I go to youtube for most recipes and cooking tips because I can't stand having to read through someone's blog before getting to the recipe (yes, I understand the irony). Also, watching things play out on video really helps for technique.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    For what it's worth, I really appreciate reading those threads. Changing the opinion of the person you're arguing with is extremely rare, but there are other people reading and taking interest in...

    For what it's worth, I really appreciate reading those threads. Changing the opinion of the person you're arguing with is extremely rare, but there are other people reading and taking interest in the two opposing viewpoints. When it comes to debating on social media, I like to think of it as an appeal to the undecided reader rather than the person I'm arguing with. I think there's a lot of value in those discussions, regardless of how they might end up.

    12 votes
  19. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I think we might be talking about two different things. I'm saying I don't think anyone here is deliberately trying to misinform or be an asshole. While it's certainly possible for someone to do...

    I think we might be talking about two different things. I'm saying I don't think anyone here is deliberately trying to misinform or be an asshole. While it's certainly possible for someone to do that, those users don't last long enough around here to make their presence felt. Personally, I think the most appealing aspect of this site is that users can engage in a discussion with the assumption that the person they're talking to is also trying to have a nice, insightful discussion. Having said that, you're definitely right; discussing complicated issues like coronavirus or politics can lead to bad information, and following up and asking questions is important. I just don't want tildes to turn into mini-reddit where everyone assumes the person they're talking to is either a total moron or a troll and asking for sources becomes a weaponized go-to rebuttal for any argument.

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  20. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I totally get where you're coming from, and I agree that it is naive to listen to strangers on the internet, but we need to be careful in how we apply this. One way to quickly turn a potentially...

    That or just treat everyone you meet like a high schooler and demand proof and evidence for basic claims, and demand an analysis for how they reach it like any professional in any field.

    I totally get where you're coming from, and I agree that it is naive to listen to strangers on the internet, but we need to be careful in how we apply this. One way to quickly turn a potentially good conversation into a shitshow is to dismiss a thoughtful comment by replying with "source?" or something else that ignores the big picture and demands proof for a smaller detail. It's definitely a good principle, but one that requires a respectful interaction if it's going to be helpful. When it comes to tildes, we should all expect that everyone is arguing in good faith. The moderation system has done a great job at removing people who don't abide by that standard. So hopefully we all keep that in mind when requesting additional information to back up someone's claim.

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