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  1. Comment on "What the hell is going on?" A thoughtful and thorough overview of the rising entropy in society by David Perell in ~misc

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    If I knew that I would have bought Apple at $30 a share years ago. My track record with macroeconomics is a solid 50%. Sometimes knowing that we know virtually nothing, especially about future...

    If I knew that I would have bought Apple at $30 a share years ago. My track record with macroeconomics is a solid 50%. Sometimes knowing that we know virtually nothing, especially about future shakeouts, is an advantage.

  2. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    In all seriousness, there are some here who do not always understand the sarcasm. Most linguistic aficionados I've read of are completely fine with sarcasm, among them William Safire, one of my...

    In all seriousness, there are some here who do not always understand the sarcasm. Most linguistic aficionados I've read of are completely fine with sarcasm, among them William Safire, one of my classic favorites. So I think it's appropriate here.

  3. Comment on Thieves Steal A Famous Painting From An Italian Church — But Don't Worry, It's Fake in ~news

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    Interesting, especially since the original painting itself was a reinterpretation of a painting by the artist's father, Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Brueghel the Younger made his career on copies...

    Interesting, especially since the original painting itself was a reinterpretation of a painting by the artist's father, Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

    Brueghel the Younger made his career on copies and reworks of his father's originals. Although the Crucifixion painting wasn't a direct copy, several of the figures in painting appear to be copies of working drawings by the Elder Brueghel's original.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_Brueghel_the_Younger

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    I simply can't stand it when I read the words "Purist" and "Revolutionist." Oh, and that other overused phrase, "Pet Peeve". /s

    I simply can't stand it when I read the words "Purist" and "Revolutionist." Oh, and that other overused phrase, "Pet Peeve". /s

  5. Comment on France’s EU minister names her cat 'Brexit' because ‘he meows loudly to be let out but just stands there when I open the door’ in ~news

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    Pretty much. It works for most celebrities. /r/celebrityshowerthoughts. /s

    Pretty much. It works for most celebrities. /r/celebrityshowerthoughts.
    /s

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  6. Comment on "What the hell is going on?" A thoughtful and thorough overview of the rising entropy in society by David Perell in ~misc

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    If you look up information on David Perell and find out anything, let me know. He seems very adept at marketing himself. His analysis of current trends is compelling, but the data offered seems...
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    If you look up information on David Perell and find out anything, let me know. He seems very adept at marketing himself. His analysis of current trends is compelling, but the data offered seems lacking and selective. Most of his ideas feel like recycled Marshal McLuhan. To be fair, I suppose few people have read Marshall McLuhan, and his ideas could use a popular refreshening. Still, I'd like to see Perell's credentials.

    I think his personal case is one that supports his thesis, that current events and trends and certainty are in upheaval and relative chaos. But that has been the case for many decades, if not centuries and millennia. Certainly the information abundance has snowballed within our lifetimes, but Alvin Toffler was talking Future Shock in the last century.

    Most of the differences of opinion seem to be in how the confusion will shake out. Will or won't the major tech corporations develop a new stranglehold on information? I thought the most insightful comments of Perell were on the ascendancy of Trump and the recognition that Trump and the Old Media played a win-win game of profit seeking, but with new adversarial rules, at least for a modern presidential campaign.

    If one looks back on history, every contemporary society always determines it's on the verge of a new unprecedented age, and maybe it is. It remains that the confusion is real time, and understanding is in the form of hindsight and analysis. Humans want to understand things, in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Perell, or PewDiePie? They're both in the same business.

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

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    I've been watching a Youtube of Scala and Kolocny 'Live in Bruges' and it's amazing. I've spoken of this musical choral group here before.

    I've been watching a Youtube of Scala and Kolocny 'Live in Bruges' and it's amazing. I've spoken of this musical choral group here before.

  8. Comment on Does anyone else get huge aimless bursts of inspiration? in ~talk

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    I've often related this phenomenon to what Carlos Castaneda calls a shifting of the 'assemblage point'. He has a technical sorcery way of describing it, but basically the whole gestalt of your...

    I've often related this phenomenon to what Carlos Castaneda calls a shifting of the 'assemblage point'. He has a technical sorcery way of describing it, but basically the whole gestalt of your reality shifts to a different place. Drugs also have this effect.

    Anyway, 'when the music stops' you gradually return to your 'everyday' experience of reality and it's hard to relate to what happened. I've become quite adept at shifting this way, sometimes to my detriment. And I have to avoid caffeine and other drugs, because then I become a really intense jerk.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Facebook’s News Feed era is now officially over: What Chris Cox’s departure means for the company in ~tech

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    Zuckerberg has an amazing and visionary business mind. And I'm so glad that I sold my stock in Facebook, because the rollercoaster ride isn't worth it.

    Zuckerberg has an amazing and visionary business mind. And I'm so glad that I sold my stock in Facebook, because the rollercoaster ride isn't worth it.

  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? #15 in ~books

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    Reading Compass by Mathias Enard. Usually dense, wandering narratives like this lose me, so I'm taking this book in small doses. But I like the style and also the content here. The narrator has...

    Reading Compass by Mathias Enard. Usually dense, wandering narratives like this lose me, so I'm taking this book in small doses. But I like the style and also the content here. The narrator has been diagnosed with a fatal disease and writes from his apartment in Austria.

    He writes about a woman who he seems very attracted to, but who is cool to him. She's a researcher obsessed with the "Orient," and he has a musical background. So far most of the story is based on Istanbul and the Bosphorus. I had to look that last one up on a map, it's a strait that runs between seas to the north and south of Turkey.

    Anyway, the narration makes you feel like you're there. It's languid and evocative, I feel it should be boring me, but I keep coming back. Also it's very easy to jump back into, because the narrative and prose seem to carry you along together. Here's a snippet:

    It’s pleasant to rediscover by surprise this dear handwriting, in ink, a little hurried, a little hard to read but tender and elegant — now that computers have taken over, we rarely see the calligraphy of our contemporaries, perhaps handwritten cursive will become a form of nudity, an intimate, hidden manifestation, concealed from everyone except lovers, lawyers, and bankers.

    I'm only a quarter of the way in, but I could float along there forever. I know nothing about the author and will wait to research when I'm done.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I would expect a breakthrough in power available through wearable solar or some other unexpected cause will send us to a new and unpredictable level with phones. Computer power needs electrical...

    I would expect a breakthrough in power available through wearable solar or some other unexpected cause will send us to a new and unpredictable level with phones. Computer power needs electrical power to be practical and it seems phones are pushing this level all the time.

    Although, such an advance may disrupt our entire idea of what form factor might emerge as smart devices will be able to be made small yet powerful enough to be VR/AR glasses, hearing enhancers, or super small drones following(-sorry, leading) us around and telling us what to do.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    Amazon Prime if I'm not mistaken. Thought I saw this at a friend's last weekend.

    Amazon Prime if I'm not mistaken. Thought I saw this at a friend's last weekend.

  13. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    My guess is most of the good stuff will be pay for view. It's annoying, but so many of the streaming services are doing this now. 1) Pay for internet/data 2) Pay for the specialized service 3)Pay...

    “It’s going to combine both the old and the new,” Iger continued. “All of the films that we’re releasing this year, [starting] with Captain Marvel, will also be on the service.”

    My guess is most of the good stuff will be pay for view. It's annoying, but so many of the streaming services are doing this now. 1) Pay for internet/data 2) Pay for the specialized service 3)Pay to view/own. Most likely, within a generation, content will be more expensive than going to Redbox, which won't exist of course.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Man of the Train in ~creative

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    This is wonderful. It put me right there.

    There was a lot I didn’t know, but that was fine, I knew I was, as was the fire and the smoke and the warmth and the tea.

    This is wonderful. It put me right there.

  15. Comment on Sleeping more on weekends does not make up for past sleep loss in ~health

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    I apologize and will be refraining from discussion on Tildes from now on. My feeble attempts at wit and sarcasm will mercifully be absent from this wonderful network. I'll still post links and...

    I apologize and will be refraining from discussion on Tildes from now on. My feeble attempts at wit and sarcasm will mercifully be absent from this wonderful network. I'll still post links and read comments from time to time. Tildes is an admirable enterprise.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Sleeping more on weekends does not make up for past sleep loss in ~health

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    Unfortunately the article doesn't mention the upcoming time change in much of the U.S. that plays havoc with sleep and other health factors twice a year....

    Unfortunately the article doesn't mention the upcoming time change in much of the U.S. that plays havoc with sleep and other health factors twice a year.

    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-adverse-health-effects-of-the-lunacy-that-is-daylight-saving-time/

    Of course this has been debunked. And rebunked. And again debunked. Don't lose any sleep over it.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Many companies like Lyft and Uber are going public without having profits - The last time this was so common was in 2000, right before the dot-com bubble burst in ~tech

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    Hope you're patient. Bezos began Amazon in 1994. The company's first profit was in 2003. Meanwhile, thedotcom bubble devastated so many others. I think we look at companies like Amazon through the...

    Hope you're patient. Bezos began Amazon in 1994. The company's first profit was in 2003. Meanwhile, thedotcom bubble devastated so many others. I think we look at companies like Amazon through the lens of survivorship bias. Also their business practices helped.

    From Wikipedia:

    In 2000, U.S. toy retailer Toys "R" Us entered into a 10-year agreement with Amazon, valued at $50 million per year plus a cut of sales, under which Toys "R" Us would be the exclusive supplier of toys and baby products on the service, and the chain's website would redirect to Amazon's Toys & Games category. In 2004, Toys "R" Us sued Amazon, claiming that because of a perceived lack of variety in Toys "R" Us stock, Amazon had knowingly allowed third-party sellers to offer items on the service in categories that Toys "R" Us had been granted exclusivity. In 2006, a court ruled in favor of Toys "R" Us, giving it the right to unwind its agreement with Amazon and establish its own independent e-commerce website. The company was later awarded $51 million in damages.[18][19][20]

    In 2001, Amazon entered into a similar agreement with Borders Group, under which Amazon would co-manage Borders.com as a co-branded service,[21] Borders pulled out of the arrangement in 2007, with plans to also launch its own online store.[22]

    On October 18, 2011, Amazon.com announced a partnership with DC Comics for the exclusive digital rights to many popular comics, including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Sandman, and Watchmen. The partnership has caused well-known bookstores like Barnes & Noble to remove these titles from their shelves.[23]

    In November 2013, Amazon announced a partnership with the United States Postal Service to begin delivering orders on Sundays. The service, included in Amazon's standard shipping rates, initiated in metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and New York because of the high-volume and inability to deliver in a timely way, with plans to expand into Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix by 2014.[24]

    In June 2017, Nike confirmed a "pilot" partnership with Amazon to sell goods directly on the platform.[25][26][27]

    As of October 11, 2017, AmazonFresh sells a range of Booths branded products for home delivery in selected areas.[28]

    In September 2017, Amazon ventured with one of its sellers JV Appario Retail owned by Patni Group which has recorded a total income of US$ 104.44 million (₹ 759 crore) in financial year 2017–18.[29]

    In November 2018, Amazon reached an agreement with Apple Inc. to sell selected products through the service, via the company and selected Apple Authorized Resellers. As a result of this partnership, only Apple Authorized Resellers may sell Apple products on Amazon effective January 4, 2019.[30][31]

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Memes Are Our Generation's Protest Art in ~misc

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    Post (n+1) irony: Talking about memes on social media.

    Post (n+1) irony: Talking about memes on social media.

    The word meme originated with Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins cites as inspiration the work of geneticist L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, anthropologist F. T. Cloak[19] and ethologist J. M. Cullen.[20] Dawkins wrote that evolution depended not on the particular chemical basis of genetics, but only on the existence of a self-replicating unit of transmission—in the case of biological evolution, the gene. For Dawkins, the meme exemplified another self-replicating unit with potential significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution. ~ Wikipedia

    Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. ~ Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene 1976

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Extract clean(er), readable text from web pages via the Mercury Web Parser. in ~comp

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    Any chance we'll see a Firefox add-on?

    Any chance we'll see a Firefox add-on?

    3 votes
  20. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    As a parent, I'm not torn at all. On the other hand, as a parent I wouldn't post anything about my children on social media or youtube at all. What happens or could happen is that any...

    As a parent, I'm not torn at all. On the other hand, as a parent I wouldn't post anything about my children on social media or youtube at all. What happens or could happen is that any representation of my child could be interpreted and used in any way, resulting in bullying or other abuse from friends, acquaintances, strangers. No. I don't want a child to run the risk of becoming an unwilling meme.

    But some parents aren't that bright, unfortunately. They're excited about the prospect of their minor child going viral and getting a lucrative contract or monetized following.

    23 votes