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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Yeah, I think it was just a weak year for TV. So many of the Emmy nominees from years prior were either on extended hiatus due to covid or went off the air in 2019. I've had a lot of trouble...

    Yeah, I think it was just a weak year for TV. So many of the Emmy nominees from years prior were either on extended hiatus due to covid or went off the air in 2019. I've had a lot of trouble finding stuff to watch that isn't trainwreck reality nonsense, especially since we are being bombarded with content across multiple exclusive platforms. Hopefully we'll get a good slate of new and returning shows over the next 6-12 months.

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  2. Comment on ‘Can’t compete’: Why hiring for child care is a huge struggle in ~life

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    Yeah, I think you, @Rez, and @teaearlgraycold are all making good points about the heart of this issue. In my opinion it is the combination of our current economic model that requires two wage...

    Yeah, I think you, @Rez, and @teaearlgraycold are all making good points about the heart of this issue. In my opinion it is the combination of our current economic model that requires two wage earners for most families and the slow death of, for lack of a better term, traditional family/community values. When I say traditional family values it doesn't just have to be a parent who stays home with the kids, grandparents are just as important. When I was working in China, the overwhelming majority of kids in my school were picked up and/or dropped off by their grandparents. Having that kind of consistent support is extremely valuable but many families in the US don't have that, either because the families don't live close enough, or the grandparents also have to work.

    I suspect this also has significant implications towards how we approach early childhood education in the classroom. Most ECE curriculums in the United States place a lot of focus on social-emotional development, and I think some of that (maybe a lot of it) is due to the fact that young kids are often deprived of the growth and stability they should be experiencing from their life at home and with their families. When you have two tired working parents with limited external support, they're going to take shortcuts and the child's development will suffer as a consequence. When I compare my classroom experiences in America with those in China, there are noticeable differences in the children's social-emotional development which is bonkers because our curriculum in China rarely addressed social-emotional development and our approach was essentially the opposite of what the NAEYC considers developmentally appropriate. That's not meant to be an endorsement of my former school - there were a ton of problems there - but I think it does speak to the importance of having a consistent source of guidance, love, and support in a child's life.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to family structures, I don't think we are going to put that genie back in the bottle any time soon. I cant imagine a situation where one parent is willing or able to stay at home full-time, nor do I see a world in which grandparents live close enough and are able to retire early enough to care for their grandchildren. The only plausible way we can address this issue is to create a massive expansion in universal public pre-k/childcare, and make sure it is something that actually puts the needs of children first. That would also require qualified, dedicated professionals, so we should probably make sure those positions a little more valuable than, say, working at McDonalds.

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  3. Comment on ‘Can’t compete’: Why hiring for child care is a huge struggle in ~life

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    This really hit home for me. Before the pandemic, I worked abroad in a kindergarten and that experience made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. The only...

    “I can’t compete with sign-on bonuses and paying $20 an hour at the amusement park,” said Ms. Mossefin, who provides care for children from infancy through age 12. “Even fast-food places are hiring at $12 to $15 an hour here. I can’t because I can’t raise prices on my parents because we are all hurting.”

    This really hit home for me. Before the pandemic, I worked abroad in a kindergarten and that experience made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. The only problem is I can't afford it. Preschools in my area pay minimum wage, maybe a dollar higher at best. If I get a master's degree and add another year of experience I can work as a head teacher and make a whopping $25/hr, the same rate I make as a fucking busser at a mid-tier restaurant.

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  4. Comment on When is comedy NOT at the consequence of something else's tragedy? in ~talk

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    Wow, I am surprised no one has mentioned observational comedy. Guys like Seinfeld and Brian Regan have hours of material that point out the absurdity of everyday situations and most of it doesn't...

    Wow, I am surprised no one has mentioned observational comedy. Guys like Seinfeld and Brian Regan have hours of material that point out the absurdity of everyday situations and most of it doesn't come at the expense of others.

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  5. Comment on The history of the Atlanta Falcons in ~sports

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    I love these long-form Chart Party team histories. I watched the final chapter of this series last night even though I knew it was going to be painful as a Pats/Brady hater. They did a great job...

    I love these long-form Chart Party team histories. I watched the final chapter of this series last night even though I knew it was going to be painful as a Pats/Brady hater. They did a great job capturing the hopeless feeling of being a tortured sports fan in the midst of a devastating loss. The Harambe jersey, blaming the shoes, holding on to hope long after you should have known it was over - I have been all of those people at various points. It was beautiful and gut-wrenching all at once, like a heartbreak song that perfectly describes a painful experience you once had. I haven't come across anything like that since pre-dynasty Bill Simmons columns. Jon Bois is brilliant, I can't wait to see what they have in store next.

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  6. Comment on Michael K. Williams found dead in apartment in ~tv

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    This is so sad. I enjoyed seeing him in other roles but nothing will ever live up to Omar. I'm not just talking about Michael K. Williams though. IMO Omar is still the best character/performance...

    This is so sad. I enjoyed seeing him in other roles but nothing will ever live up to Omar. I'm not just talking about Michael K. Williams though. IMO Omar is still the best character/performance in TV history. Omar was a character that left a wake of chaos and destruction everywhere he went but Williams turned him into someone that you can sympathize with and actively root for every time he is on screen. I'd imagine there are quite a few users on this site (particularly those under 25) that haven't seen The Wire. If there is one show that every American person living in a democratic society should see, it's The Wire. RIP.

    Here's my favorite scene with him (minor spoilers)

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  7. Comment on China cuts amount of time minors can spend playing online video games to three hours a week, with an hour extra during holidays in ~games

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    I think the idea of needing to "fix" these places is a uniquely western/American one and it is deeply misguided (I'm not sure if you are American, but when I say 'we' that's who I'm talking...
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    I think the idea of needing to "fix" these places is a uniquely western/American one and it is deeply misguided (I'm not sure if you are American, but when I say 'we' that's who I'm talking about). Who is calling on us for help? What nation wants a group of foreigners who know nothing about the local culture to come in and meddle in social/political affairs? Take some of the problems in America, for example. I wish I could see something done about things like climate change, the corruption that led to the 08 financial crisis, or reproductive rights in the south, but I would hate it if the Chinese or Russians got involved.

    The governments of the world aren't getting any more virtuous over time. Certainly not when left to their own devices. What do you do with that? How do we steer this planet toward a brighter future for everyone on it, irrespective of the political borders they live within?

    At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves what issues deserve our attention. If you ask me, we should focus on getting our shit together. "Secure your mask before assisting others." Here are just a few of the problems America is facing right now: the west is on fire due to unchecked climate change and drought, the gulf coast just got pummeled by another hurricane, 1200-1500 people are dying of covid each day but actively resist the solution because of misinformation, and the biggest story this week is about how we ended a 20-year occupation that left a country in complete shambles and people are making the case for us to turn around and go back. Let's not forget that we recently had one of our two major political parties claim our last election was fraudulent, and in 2020 nationwide protests against racism and police brutality were met with, well, racism and police brutality. It takes a special kind of arrogance to think we should involve ourselves in the domestic affairs of other countries, or that we should be focused on anything other than our own issues (to be clear, I am not accusing you of being arrogant). Imagine how people would react if we kept the same headlines from the past 50 years but replaced any mention of the US/America with China. We're not the good guys. Given the United States' militarism and long history of imperialism and unjust wars of aggression across the world, we should be highly skeptical of anything that aims to paint a foreign adversary as evil or dangerous because it is most likely being used to drum up support for military intervention.

    I think the only thing we can and should do is take care of our own issues and hope to serve as an example for other countries. There are countries in the EU that do this for the US all the time when it comes to things like education, health care, parental leave, or infrastructure. It's not the most effective by any means, but I'd much rather stick with solving these issues internally than have a bunch of Danes show up with tanks, telling us how to build our railway network. If we fix things on our end, we can be the same kind of beacon for things like democracy and freedom of speech. If we continue to approach China the way we do now with all our disfunction and hostility it will only strengthen the CCP.

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  8. Comment on China cuts amount of time minors can spend playing online video games to three hours a week, with an hour extra during holidays in ~games

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    I've seen this story all over the place and it reminds me a lot of the social credit story from a few years ago in that it was made out to be a much bigger deal in western media. As I've mentioned...

    I've seen this story all over the place and it reminds me a lot of the social credit story from a few years ago in that it was made out to be a much bigger deal in western media. As I've mentioned before, I lived in China for a few years and that experience really opened my eyes to the anti-Chinese sentiment that we are constantly exposed to through western media. I reached out to some of my Chinese friends to see what they thought about this new policy and their takes were pretty similar to the reddit post linked above. One person likened it to piracy laws in the US.

    China is far from a perfect place but if you only knew of it from the things we see in the media (or on tildes for that matter) you would think of it as a terrifying country that is the greatest threat to global stability. It's clearly having an effect on how Americans see the country and that really scares me.

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  9. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

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    Maybe look into some fermentation ideas?

    Maybe look into some fermentation ideas?

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  10. Comment on If you've ever wore braces or any similar mouth/teeth focused apparel, what has your experience been like? in ~talk

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    Oh God, this is so true. I think if I wrote my own version of Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen (or the superior No Sex), it would be about wearing a retainer. I ditched mine almost immediately...

    When the braces finally come off, wear your fucking retainer.

    Oh God, this is so true. I think if I wrote my own version of Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen (or the superior No Sex), it would be about wearing a retainer. I ditched mine almost immediately and my top row shifted enough to make me need braces again. It is by far the biggest regret I have from my teenage years. OP, if you're reading this, wear your retainer! Also, make sure you always floss, or at the very least, use a waterpik.

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  11. Comment on The current affairs at Current Affairs is that everyone has been fired in ~news

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    This makes sense. I mentioned in another comment above that the majority of signatures on the vague google doc were from people who held non-creative/non-editorial positions at the magazine. IMO,...

    Now, I don't want to be a workplace dictator, and I think nobody can say that before this I acted like one in my day-to-day work, but I do feel a strong sense of possession over the editorial vision and voice of the magazine, having co-founded it and worked at it the longest. I had been frustrated at what I saw as encroachments on my domain (editorial) by recently-hired business and admin staff.

    This makes sense. I mentioned in another comment above that the majority of signatures on the vague google doc were from people who held non-creative/non-editorial positions at the magazine. IMO, taking that control away from Robinson and putting it into the hands of people who can't seem to draft a coherent letter or series of tweets is a terrible idea. Imagine going to a restaurant where the bussers and hosts have the same control over the menu as the head chef. That's not a recipe for success. This doesn't absolve him completely, but it does give some important context that justifies his decision.

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  12. Comment on The current affairs at Current Affairs is that everyone has been fired in ~news

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    What exactly are the means of production when we're talking about a magazine? While I'm disappointed by this news, I can understand his reluctance to cede control over the creative direction of...

    What exactly are the means of production when we're talking about a magazine? While I'm disappointed by this news, I can understand his reluctance to cede control over the creative direction of the magazine since the majority of the staff in question aren't writers. I'm not sure how much of that was ever at risk, though. Unfortunately, all we have for context is a letter and a series of tweets - neither of which go into details of what the restructuring would actually look like. I feel like I'm missing something.

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  13. Comment on The Completely Serious Running Eulogy for Tildes aka the "Why I Left Tildes" Thread in ~tildes

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    Sorry. A part of me did want to create a genuine goodbye thread but I got a little carried away with the sarcasm.

    Sorry. A part of me did want to create a genuine goodbye thread but I got a little carried away with the sarcasm.

  14. Comment on The Completely Serious Running Eulogy for Tildes aka the "Why I Left Tildes" Thread in ~tildes

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    Sorry if this isn't funny, Deimos.

    Sorry if this isn't funny, Deimos.

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  15. Comment on Doc Gooden's career was over. Then he did the impossible in ~sports

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    I am fairly new to baseball and MLB history so I have never heard this story. It is so improbable and touching that it sounds more like something out of a movie than a true story. This one hit...

    I am fairly new to baseball and MLB history so I have never heard this story. It is so improbable and touching that it sounds more like something out of a movie than a true story. This one hit close to home for me since I have my own history of substance abuse and a strong bond with my father that was formed by watching sports together. I got a little misty near the end.

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  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    That show strikes a great balance between drama and comedy that I haven't really seen since the heyday of Louie. The way that the show manages to create hilarious moments through situations...

    And finally, we're continuing to watch White Lotus. It's the best thing I've seen in a while.

    That show strikes a great balance between drama and comedy that I haven't really seen since the heyday of Louie. The way that the show manages to create hilarious moments through situations instead of witty dialogue is genius and a breath of fresh air coming off an era that emphasized the former in most comedy shows. I also have to mention that Steve Zahn's delivery of a few lines (worms/make them dance) was perfect. I love the show and I wish it could somehow be a full series.

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  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Aww, I miss hanging out with those ladies. How far along are you? I don't want to give any spoilers, but I remember thinking the show suffered from something I call Showtime disease which is when...

    Aww, I miss hanging out with those ladies. How far along are you? I don't want to give any spoilers, but I remember thinking the show suffered from something I call Showtime disease which is when a show (often one that airs on the Showtime network like Dexter, Californication, Weeds, or Homeland) has great early seasons but then gets progressively worse. You might get to a point where you think it's getting worse, but it ends up having a pretty strong final season.

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  18. Comment on When an NBA player's shoe falls off, chaos reigns in ~sports

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    I love Secret Base (and SB Nation). This is a bit off-topic, but the Dorktown series on the Seattle Mariners is a must-watch.

    I love Secret Base (and SB Nation). This is a bit off-topic, but the Dorktown series on the Seattle Mariners is a must-watch.

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