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  1. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2021 on the internet in ~misc

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    I got that myself last week. Hang in there, it might suck for a few days. Some of my coworkers were fine after 36–48 hours, I took five days.

    I got that myself last week. Hang in there, it might suck for a few days. Some of my coworkers were fine after 36–48 hours, I took five days.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    It doesn't, and I'm sorry if that wasn't clear. I don't touch controversial topics on the internet at all, unless I happen to be in a bad emotional place myself. I can only really deep dive in an...

    Why does your desire for stimulating discussion trump their desire for a place where their existence is accepted?

    It doesn't, and I'm sorry if that wasn't clear. I don't touch controversial topics on the internet at all, unless I happen to be in a bad emotional place myself.

    I can only really deep dive in an appropriate manner, handling such sensitive topics, with close friends and romantic partners. I guess I could compile my thoughts and will them into existence as a philosophical text, but like, that's way too formal. I like have conversations, learning moments, and teaching moments. But there's not really a way to do that online.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    I love going deep on a controversial idea. Really taking it apart, examining its pieces, projecting to extremes and looking for real life correlations. Looking at it from different philosophical...

    I love going deep on a controversial idea. Really taking it apart, examining its pieces, projecting to extremes and looking for real life correlations. Looking at it from different philosophical perspectives, noting what I see from the varied angles.
    The problem is the internet is too fast a medium. I can type much faster than I can feasibly speak, and BANG it's out there for everyone to read, get fired up over, and crank out a kneejerk emotional analysis, and everything quickly devolves. Not fun.

    Speaking IRL is sometimes too fast too. Some ideas are really complex when viewed in context of an individual scenario, and take time to think about thoroughly.

    Having a conversation online standing around a poison well—I feel—the only way to get the job done would be to have a very organized structure in place through which specifically controversial topics abide by. A controlled environment. Maybe minimum character requirements, maybe no comments and everything is just topic post, original content in the form of analytical essays and response essays. Maybe there'd have to be a panel of mods that had to reach majority consensus to approve a submission—like to prevent anything blatantly inflammatory from everything the conversation.

    It would be an effort. I think it's possible, even if I'm wrong about the way to do it. I'm just not sure anyone would expend that effort for such a specific situation.

    I still think some way of opting-out could help make the site more tolerable

    Those of us with the superpower to tag posts could make an executive decision to tag a topic as controversial, and then by default we could have that tag hidden, and a little thing on the bio about enabling the visibility of controversial topics. Then only those interested, or those seeing it before it got tagged, even know the topic exists. Make it opt-in. So people have to consent to engage in an uncertain, uncomfortable environment.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Half in the Worst: Release the Snyder Cut! in ~movies

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    If those hacks enjoyed it, it's worth my time. I still kinda don't really care about the DCU, but the guys make it sound worth putting on at least. I respect RLM's opinions, our taste in movies...

    If those hacks enjoyed it, it's worth my time. I still kinda don't really care about the DCU, but the guys make it sound worth putting on at least. I respect RLM's opinions, our taste in movies has quite a lot of overlap.

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

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    I love them so much. They're high-key my favorite artist currently putting out new material. Usually my favorite artists are dead or disbanded for twenty years. To find a favorite so early into...

    I love them so much. They're high-key my favorite artist currently putting out new material.
    Usually my favorite artists are dead or disbanded for twenty years. To find a favorite so early into their career, I'm so glad. I'll get to spend the next few decades—god willing—seeing what they can do. I'm really excited.

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

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    Tash Sultana's Terra Firma dropped recently, and I've mostly been vibing to that. I was pretty stoked for this to come out, after 2018's Flow State. It's got a wholly different energy, which threw...

    Tash Sultana's Terra Firma dropped recently, and I've mostly been vibing to that.

    I was pretty stoked for this to come out, after 2018's Flow State. It's got a wholly different energy, which threw me a bit at first. But it's funky, it's fresh, and it's got some top-tier earworms.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What's something amazing that many people take for granted? in ~talk

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    The sky is a window to eternity, and that's the most true during the night. Those living in cities miss a lot of what can be experienced, but they aren't entirely cut off. If you've never done so,...

    The sky is a window to eternity, and that's the most true during the night.

    Those living in cities miss a lot of what can be experienced, but they aren't entirely cut off. If you've never done so, I greatly suggest just staring into the sky during a clear night. Lay on the ground if you can. Pick a star, or look at the Moon. And just look.
    Look and think about what it is that you're looking at. Think about its size relative to yours. Think about its distance from where you lie. Think about its age relative to yours.
    As those dry, textbook facts begin to feel true, force your perspective to shift.
    The ground isn't the floor; it isn't down.

    Make the sky down, and feel what infinity is.

    This is probably as close to the Overview effect as we can get, without boarding a rocket.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    I prefer the ride the line on what I can get away with professionally, but this past summer in Kandahar got up past 113°F/45°C & COVID shut down our barber shop. Practicality won out. So shaved...

    I prefer the ride the line on what I can get away with professionally, but this past summer in Kandahar got up past 113°F/45°C & COVID shut down our barber shop. Practicality won out. So shaved bald, twice a week, every week since mid-summer.

    My hairline was going a bit... mature. And I must say I rock the bald+beard look quite well. But a decade ago on my life journey I had lovely, long-for-a-dude, wavy hair and it looked great. Big twink energy. I miss that. There's a big part of me that wants to try a finasteride+minoxodil regimen and grow it all back.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on After years of prep, NASA's Perseverance rover is ready to land on Mars Thursday in ~space

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    I hadn't heard about live video, but I had heard about a camera set up for video. I was operating under the assumption that streaming video wouldn't be a thing due to the distance and latency...

    I hadn't heard about live video, but I had heard about a camera set up for video. I was operating under the assumption that streaming video wouldn't be a thing due to the distance and latency involved, and that it would be uploaded at a later time. That might not be true; idk.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I saved a classical guitar (and tuner!) from the garbage, and I'm getting back into it. It's been a very long time since I've played. Like, a decade. Feels almost like starting over from scratch....

    I saved a classical guitar (and tuner!) from the garbage, and I'm getting back into it.
    It's been a very long time since I've played. Like, a decade. Feels almost like starting over from scratch. Certainly forgot how raw the fret-fingers get at the beginning, before those calluses build themselves up.

    So I've been strumming away at that for about an hour before bed every night this week.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Identity: A trans coming out story in ~lgbt

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    Not to take away from the video itself, and make this all about me, but whenever a personality I follow comes out as trans my brain does this thing where it asks me: "What does this mean for us,...

    Not to take away from the video itself, and make this all about me, but whenever a personality I follow comes out as trans my brain does this thing where it asks me: "What does this mean for us, then?"

    I've recognized for a few years now that I fall well on the trans-side of the gender identity spectrum, and feel a strong disconnect with the body I have. An entire disconnect, nearly.
    At first—and sometimes, still—I tell myself I don't have a gender. Or, I decide I'm gender-fluid. It's much easier. Because to fully embrace a trans identity, well, that raises the question that begs to be answered: does this mean I ought to transition, then? A question complicated by the decision I've made to not transition1.

    Sometimes I wonder what it means to be a trans person who won't transition.
    Is that a thing? What does that look like? What does that look like, for me?

    If I won't transition, does mean I'm not trans?

    But then Abby comes out with a piece like this:

    I don't know if I can really explain it, but it's like every time I see myself on the screen or, even in the mirror, I’m not sure I’m really there. I don't know if I’m real. It's like it's a different person. Not a bad person. Not someone I wouldn't want to be like, I’m just like, "Oop, there he is! That handsome devil! He looks chill, whoever he is." It's just this face and this body, it's not who I was expecting. But then I go out and people talk to me like I am him, and I just sort of pretend I am, I suppose.

    I didn't asked to be called-out like this.

    It's a strange place to exist. I dunno. It feels kind of like, my decision to not transition is invalidated by others' decision to transition, or others' decision to transition is invalidated by my decision not to. It's very weird.

    1 It's complex. Don't push me too hard on this, please. While there is a distinct lack of connect between my body, and my mind, I do not present either an imminent, or distant, danger to my mind, or my body.

    12 votes
  12. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I'm an Options Trader primarily, and this isn't my first rodeo—though the bull in this one is something special. Problem right now is, even if I wanted to roll over my current options into...

    I'm an Options Trader primarily, and this isn't my first rodeo—though the bull in this one is something special.

    Problem right now is, even if I wanted to roll over my current options into shares.. I can't. Because Robinhood and other brokerages have stopped allowing the purchase of $GME. I'm a dirty retail trader plebeian, so I don't get to buy. I can't just open another brokerage account somewhere either, because each I've tried so far is giving me issues (presumably there's a bunch of people fleeing Robinhood, and others).

    5 votes
  13. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

  14. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I was using Robinhood. I liked their UI, and how functional their website is on my work computer. After today, I'm researching alternatives. Which I end up with will come down to which—if any—have...

    I was using Robinhood. I liked their UI, and how functional their website is on my work computer.

    After today, I'm researching alternatives. Which I end up with will come down to which—if any—have not halted buying of $AMC, $GME, $BB, etc. and their compatibility with my work machine.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I put about $8k into Call Options about a week ago. This is not a lot for me at this point in my life, and if I lose it all my life will be negligibly impacted. At peak today, I was up $200k. I...
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    Is anyone on Tildes playing this game?

    I put about $8k into Call Options about a week ago. This is not a lot for me at this point in my life, and if I lose it all my life will be negligibly impacted.

    At peak today, I was up $200k. I did not sell. At the time of typing this, I'm up far less. I'm not selling. Volume is incredibly low, and it looks like the price is being artificially forced downward.

    My understanding is that there is a tradeable float of 34 million shares, and 71 million are short. On top of that, over 2 million Calls are In The Money. This works out to around a quarter-billion shares net short. There's not enough shares to go around, and there's an incentive to force the price downward or the financial institutions get fucked hard. They're not in a good place.

    I want to see how this plays out. I'm not selling.

    Fuck around and find out.

    18 votes
  16. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I'm having a lot of fun with the current environment—and crypto—for the exact reasons the author seems to be afraid of it. I suppose I could be projecting onto the author, but the...

    I'm having a lot of fun with the current environment—and crypto—for the exact reasons the author seems to be afraid of it. I suppose I could be projecting onto the author, but the "democratization" of value (call it whatever you want) appears to be a threat to the neo-aristocracy owning class. To that I say: good. Fuck 'em. Power to the People.

    Sure there are mavericks in that class who love to see it (silicon valley-types, Elon Musk, etc.)*, but I don't think inherently means this isn't a shift in financial power away from the historic elites, towards the common person—or, at least the opportunity for that. Maybe it'll backfire horribly, but I don't think it inherently must.

    *I guess it could be argued that silicon valley types aren't actually the same class as Old Money, even if they can have similar wealth

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food

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    Shakshuka – Say It With Me Now. Eggs poached in a (not too) spicy tomato-pepper sauce. video format Cheap, basic, delicious, and hearty. I've made it with pocket money. I've made it hungover. I've...

    Shakshuka – Say It With Me Now. Eggs poached in a (not too) spicy tomato-pepper sauce.
    video format

    Cheap, basic, delicious, and hearty.
    I've made it with pocket money. I've made it hungover. I've made it a million times, with a million little variations, and it hasn't failed me yet.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

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    No new information at this time. But this bodycam footage got released. Content Warning: Potentially Disturbing (atmosphere, general mayhem; no gore)

    No new information at this time. But this bodycam footage got released.

    Content Warning: Potentially Disturbing (atmosphere, general mayhem; no gore)

    4 votes