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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    5x5 Lots of art pop, including Kate Bush, AURORA, and Lorde. Also a good bit of Brockhampton and King Gizzard. Those 5 different artist binges almost covered up my rap consumption but not entirely :)

    5x5
    Lots of art pop, including Kate Bush, AURORA, and Lorde.
    Also a good bit of Brockhampton and King Gizzard.
    Those 5 different artist binges almost covered up my rap consumption but not entirely :)

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  2. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I guess I'm not alone with the tiny desk concert lol. I'm gonna add the link here, too. I will definitely listen to all he's released after my experience with this album. Definitely give it a...

    Glad you saw his Tiny Desk already, as that was going to be my next recommendation for you.

    I guess I'm not alone with the tiny desk concert lol. I'm gonna add the link here, too.

    But don't forget Yes Lawd! either. It was my favorite of his albums until Ventura, which has now usurped it.

    I will definitely listen to all he's released after my experience with this album.

    I haven't taken the time to listen to her album yet.

    Definitely give it a shot. It was quite worth 45 minutes of my time and has very much solidified me as a fan.

    p.s. that acoustic version you linked was amazing.

    I know! I think I saw someone in the comments of the official song mention it, so I looked it up, and it was just so powerful- a lot more raw and emotional than the final version.

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  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Hi, here's my first 4x4 (I'm a baby last.fm user). Right now, I'm mostly just going through (1st listens) newer releases and also have some albums present from casual listening. I can tell this...

    Hi, here's my first 4x4 (I'm a baby last.fm user). Right now, I'm mostly just going through (1st listens) newer releases and also have some albums present from casual listening. I can tell this 4x4 is much different from what everyone else who's posted so far listens to, but I still like to share:

    First listens of new albums:

    • Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats - Anger Management: I listened to this twice on Thursday and am really impressed. It has some bangers and some more chill tracks; admittedly, I like Rico's more rager-style tracks like "Rage," "Roof," and "Guap" among others, but I found myself enjoying the more relaxed tracks including "Relative," which was co-produced by Harry Fraud. I can't say I have a favorite here; it's great all-around.
    • Kevin Abstract - Arizona Baby: I, like many, thoroughly enjoyed Brockhampton's Saturation trilogy, but I'd never listened to any member's solo ventures. I found this project to be largely inconsistent. I enjoy the first half more than the last, and the first third more than the first half. "Joyride" is 100% my favorite track; it instantly changes my mood no matter what has been running through my mind.
      • American Boyfriend: I also listened to his 2016 project, American Boyfriend, and found it to be much more of a well rounded album. It was a very easy listen with nothing too bad and nothing that really stood out to me as astounding or groundbreaking.
    • Anderson .Paak - Ventura: Whew. This is probably my favorite release so far this year. Admittedly, I had never listened to .Paak before this, but I caught the two tracks he released before the album, and they had me anticipating the album. I definitely intend to listen through his the discography soon. (Sidenote: I also watched his Tiny Desk Concert with the Free Nationals, and it was amazing. The man has an infectious smile and seems like a great guy, not to mention artistic ability and voice.) Budding fanboying aside, "Come Home" is my favorite track off the album- 3k killed his verse, and .Paak was great, too- but overall there is not a track on here I'd skip. It is a great all around album that I am already coming back to.
    • BeyoncĂ© - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM: Ok, I'm only 12 tracks through out of 40- I'm working on it lol- and this is my first listen to any of BeyoncĂ©'s work. Some tracks are okay, but I'm really mixed about this so far. Not great through 12. I should also note that I have not watched the movie that I believe accompanies this project, so maybe the fact that it's a soundtrack of sorts means that it could fit the movie great but not exactly hold up as a stand alone project.
    • Billy Woods and Kenny Segal - Hiding Places: I was not familiar with either of these two, but Spotify recommended it after I finished Quelle Chris' new project I discuss below, so I gave it a shot. It was a really easy listen; it's the kind of album that you put on and then it's over before you realise- not because it's short but because it is a very cohesive piece of work. It seems like a solid project to play while getting some work done unless you can't handle listening to songs with words while working.
    • Quelle Chris - Guns: This was also my first time listening to Quelle Chris; he popped up as I scrolled through the new releases section on Spotify. Upon listening, it's an obvious commentary piece, mostly about guns but also touches on race and other topics. The music itself flows quite nicely outside of a couple tracks that don't sit right with me from a musical perspective like "It's the Law" and is a mostly very nice, cohesive listen. Though some tracks aren't my favorite to listen to or come back to, I definitely see and understand how they fit into the work in it's role as a commentary piece.
    • Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising: A lead single, "Everyday," popped up in my YouTube recommendations box one day, and I absolutely loved it; I played very often until the album's release, and it was my introduction to her work. The album is very tranquil, much more so than albums I usually listen to and love. Considering this, it was also a very unique body of work given its position in a genre that I think is hard to be inventive in. This is a great album and a close third behind Ventura (1st) and Anger Management (2nd).
    • Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?: The extremely popular and very mainstream Billie Eilish's debut album is very good. The invisalign bit in the intro track is a bit weird but not really a big deal, and the rest of the album is very consistent and was quite a good listen for me. My favorite track is definitely "wish you were gay," which also has a nice acoustic version that Billie first wrote and shared a few years ago, and is so far the only track that I have repeatedly come back to, but I definitely seem myself coming back to the rest of the project in the future.

    Other listens:

    • I have 3 Trippie Redd projects on there from when I had a quick binge session one day. I like them in order of oldest to newest: ALLTY, ALLTY2, and LAT.
    • I listened to some songs from from MBDTF: "So Appalled," "Runaway," and "Devil in a New Dress;" they happen to be the only ones I like off the project (aside from Monster). I actually haven't listened to any other Kanye projects yet and only first listened to MBDTF last month, but they are on my ever-lengthening list, near the top.
    • I had a day where I listened to "Check" by Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Playboi Carti over and over for some reason- the track is pretty good but nothing amazing. I also have a bunch of stuff from Lil Uzi Vert that I'll throw on now and then.
    • Jimi Hendrix is my favorite artist of all time, so there is usually never a month that passes where I don't go through a project of his.
    • I also listened to a ton of Uno The Activist, Playboi Carti, and Lil Keed tracks, but for some reason none of them made the chart, likely because SoundCloud scrobbling from my phone is a bit finicky. These types of artists down here (excluding Jimi and Kanye) are few of my go-to's for usually empty but easy/fun listen music for day to day things; admittedly but unashamedly, I listen to quite an absolute ton of 'this kind' of music; they just don't always go on last.fm because of how SoundCloud's user-controlled formats carry over to the platform.

    I suppose this is good for this week, but I listened to a lot of other stuff, too. Cheers!

    Sidenotes:

    • All album links go to the most official YouTube playlist of the album I could find; IIRC, the only unofficial ones were Arizona Baby and the Acoustic version of 'wish you were gay," and the 4x4 chart is hosted on imgur.
    • Some albums and artists stylise their names differently but I wrote them all uniformly to keep the reading experience, hopefully, nicer overall.
    • If it matters, the only albums that are listed as entirely non-explicit are When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Titanic Rising.
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  4. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    Hi, sorry, I haven't been around to read on here, but I have done some reading on my own time, too. Thanks for taking the time to write that up! Would I be correct in assuming that the majority of...

    Hi, sorry, I haven't been around to read on here, but I have done some reading on my own time, too. Thanks for taking the time to write that up!

    Would I be correct in assuming that the majority of the current push is only for socialism and not communism?

    I can definitely see how socialism would appeal to current Americans but I have a hard time seeing how communism would appeal to anyone.

    As for my own beliefs, I see the argument here, but I have to do a lot more reading before deciding where I stand. Thanks again!

  5. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    I didn't know that the desire for socialism/communism in America actually existed on any large scale. The way you worded it makes me think that you're in favour of it too; I'm just curious as to...

    I didn't know that the desire for socialism/communism in America actually existed on any large scale. The way you worded it makes me think that you're in favour of it too; I'm just curious as to why you (or anyone else) want such a system in place? (like what it offers compared to today's society, how it would improve things, etc.) I've only read a little on the subject, so I don't have a full understanding of what it means/offers.

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  6. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    I've never heard of any of these artists, which is great because now I have this week's new music to listen to. Thanks for all the recommendations!

    I've never heard of any of these artists, which is great because now I have this week's new music to listen to. Thanks for all the recommendations!

  7. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    I tried the mega overhaul a few times, and small steps are definitely the way to go. I now have a little bit of momentum that allows me to tackle some harder steps on my path to semi-waste-less...

    I tried the mega overhaul a few times, and small steps are definitely the way to go. I now have a little bit of momentum that allows me to tackle some harder steps on my path to semi-waste-less minimalism. Just keep doing what you can where you can because some is always better than none! (:

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  8. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    100% agree. The monotony is only cool for so long before it becomes tiring and bland. For me, this applies to anything. It's always sad when a good movement becomes a marketing scheme. That still...

    There's minimalism as trend - everything white and superficially uncluttered, "joy"-inspiring, etc. I don't think this is durable or sustainable.

    100% agree. The monotony is only cool for so long before it becomes tiring and bland.

    I object to trendy productized minimalism

    For me, this applies to anything. It's always sad when a good movement becomes a marketing scheme. That still won't stop me from practicing my own kind of minimalism. :-)

    It was a real struggle with emotional attachments ("this was the shirt I wore on my first date with X!") and fears ("what if I need that?").

    I still struggle with this, and I'm sure many other do, too. It was interesting because I never considered myself a very emotional person, but once I went through some boxes and stacks of things, boy was I wrong lol. I tried the picture thing after hearing about it somewhere else, but it didn't really work for me. Do you have any other tips for reducing these irrational thoughts?

    Thanks for the response! There's honestly a lot of valuable things in here to remember and apply to my life.

    e:

    I question the idea that people should cultivate "joy" through ownership. There's art that inspires me, clothes that make me feel pretty and so on, but these are transient sensations and subject to accommodation - we get bored with the stuff we have.

    These things don't necessarily add joy for me. Art can help me control my mood, but clothes are a big one I recently discovered. I bought a lot of simple, practical, functional things to wear year round and am still working on that. I found out that how I dress was a huge limiting factor in my personal confidence. Maybe I've just set that up as a placebo to justify buying clothes (which I almost never do, along with spending extra money), but wearing my clothes gives me a new confidence in myself and my voice that I didn't realise my old clothes were taking away. I guess I'm just trying to say there are some things to get from purchases other than artificial joy, which I don't think you were denying in the first place.

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  9. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    Wow! I don't think I could ever get down that much and be content. It looks like you compromised by having your one bag's worth of essentials and then more valuable things that satisfy you, but...

    my goal was to downsize so that I could comfortably live out of a single bag.

    Wow! I don't think I could ever get down that much and be content. It looks like you compromised by having your one bag's worth of essentials and then more valuable things that satisfy you, but are replaceable- except maybe your partner and cats. :-) This seems like a good happy medium.

    I find the less stuff I have, the less I worry.

    To an extent, I agree. I find it hard to work and concentrate at my desk with all this nonsense hanging around me.

    Trouble is, the privacy nut in me says, "are you fucking mad?"

    As a fellow privacy freak, you need to have that written or stored somewhere for loved ones to access in the event you suddenly die. Your life can't be accounted for in a few hours if others had no access to your accounts.

    So I can collect a little bit of vinyl of my favorite bands and have that experience for this time in my life.

    At least one hobby is very important for everyone to divert attention and keep sanity. Vinyl surely seems more ethical than some other hobbies. Unrelated: what kind of music are you into- genres, artists, etc.?

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  10. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    I personally like simpler design with some accents on my furniture, which happens to match with how I dress. I despise mason jars and pretty much any objects meant to be bought in bulk to create...

    Zero waste taken to extremes can feel tacky, and personally I don't desire to put thought in small things like having stereotypical mason jars for everything or carrying a set of multi use bags to stores all the time.

    not the cliche Scandinavian white furniture

    I personally like simpler design with some accents on my furniture, which happens to match with how I dress. I despise mason jars and pretty much any objects meant to be bought in bulk to create this mass uniformity environment. I do like my paper bags, though. :P

    I just think it's important, in essentially everything, to not just do what everyone else is doing in an attempt to fit some cookie cutter mold. You almost always end up repressing some part of yourself which isn't worth it in exchange for a picture-book empty Scandinavian space.

    having more free time than "maximalist" friends

    Honestly, this was nothing like the response I was expecting; I didn't even think of this being the main problem. Do you think that getting rid of all the stuff really creates that much more time? This seems like a great selling point, at least for me.

    Thanks for the response! I have never heard anyone I listen to mention essential backup items- I just kinda forgot that was a necessity.

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  11. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    Sure, zero waste is a little extreme/difficult to fully achieve, but it's not glorifying something that in itself is actually harmful. When I think zero waste, I just want to reduce my output...

    Sure, zero waste is a little extreme/difficult to fully achieve, but it's not glorifying something that in itself is actually harmful. When I think zero waste, I just want to reduce my output where feasible- from one trash bag weekly to one trash bag every one month+, biking or walking instead of driving when I can, more reusing and recycling, refusing plastic packaging or bags where possible, maybe try composting- because absolutely zero waste is essentially impossible.

    Minimalism used to seem more about quality of life than zero waste until I started to consciously note how much waste I create and learn about its environmental impact. The 'out of sight, out of mind' thing really applies because minimalism means getting rid of clutter you see every day, but zero waste is eliminating earth clutter that you would never see again after trash day.

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  12. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'm not sure that I believe those people with their tiny trash jars really only produce that much waste, but it's still inspiring to see. They usually offer many reasonable, applicable...

    Yeah, I'm not sure that I believe those people with their tiny trash jars really only produce that much waste, but it's still inspiring to see. They usually offer many reasonable, applicable strategies to reduce and eliminate waste; it doesn't even matter if they're exaggerating how little trash they produce because I can still apply some of what they say to my own life. It's definitely important to think realistically and not go crazy trying to condense years of waste into a jar.

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  13. Comment on Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life in ~talk

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    Impulse buys are a tough one with all the advertising and promotions everywhere. Some good advice I heard was to save the item you like and come back in a month to reevaluate and see if you still...

    Impulse buys are a tough one with all the advertising and promotions everywhere. Some good advice I heard was to save the item you like and come back in a month to reevaluate and see if you still need it or if there was a significant need for it during that month. If so, then go ahead and buy it. Otherwise, move on.

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  14. Minimalism and/or Zero Waste Life

    Hi there. It seems that minimalist and zero waste movements have picked up some steam recently in many first world countries as a reaction to the consumerist, greed-based lifestyles promoted and...

    Hi there. It seems that minimalist and zero waste movements have picked up some steam recently in many first world countries as a reaction to the consumerist, greed-based lifestyles promoted and upon realisation of our impact on the world. As an aspiring zero waste minimalist and general conversationalist, I am interested in your opinions, so I'll bombard you with some questions.


    Do any of you lead a minimalist or zero waste life, or are you aspiring to or making the transition right now?

    What is your opinion of the movements?

    Are you opposed to the lifestyles?

    Why are you/do you want to be minimalist or create zero waste?

    What is minimalism to you?

    Are you a minimalist in some or all parts of your life?

    What challenges did you run into when making the changes, and how did you overcome them?

    Is there anything you recommend to those who are still just aspiring?

    Does minimalism imply frugality?

    Do you have anything else to add?

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  15. Comment on Creating new groups? in ~tildes

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    No, see here and a dozen other places.

    No, see here and a dozen other places.

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  16. Comment on Repost check in ~tildes

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    This has been brought up a lot, but it's much needed. I've seen so many repeat topics and were only at ~1600 users. IIRC @Amarok tried to fix this with a faq topic, but the activity sort made it...

    This has been brought up a lot, but it's much needed. I've seen so many repeat topics and were only at ~1600 users. IIRC @Amarok tried to fix this with a faq topic, but the activity sort made it fall out of view.

    The docs, announcement page, and the faq topic would be good required reading, but I'm not sure if forcing everyone to read it is a good idea. Thoughts?

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Can we have a Save feature? in ~tildes

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    See the discussion of this 9 days ago here.

    See the discussion of this 9 days ago here.

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  18. Comment on Hi tilders; In my first relationship ever. Any advice? in ~talk

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    But should he listen to you? You told him to not listen to the internet through the internet. Hmmm...

    But should he listen to you? You told him to not listen to the internet through the internet. Hmmm...

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  19. Comment on Home screen icon for iOS devices in ~tildes

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    For android: download this picture to the gallery. go to the tildes.net and create a shortcut on the home screen. hold down on the shortcut and click edit. choose the picture from step 1, adjust...

    For android:

    1. download this picture to the gallery.
    2. go to the tildes.net and create a shortcut on the home screen.
    3. hold down on the shortcut and click edit.
    4. choose the picture from step 1, adjust it to size, and click done.

    All done! I'm sure most of you know this but it may help someone. Thanks for the cool icon, @Kraetos!

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  20. Comment on Automatically archiving posts in ~tildes

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    Related: if I comment on a post or another comment that is a week old or older, will people be annoyed by this? All the other forums and chat places I've been to get angry when someone does this...

    Related: if I comment on a post or another comment that is a week old or older, will people be annoyed by this? All the other forums and chat places I've been to get angry when someone does this so I've just been conditioned not to. The no archiving makes me think that's not an issue with the site but maybe it is to the user.

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