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  1. Comment on Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 in ~tv

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    Never mind. I don't see spending 4.99 for another monthly service. I might just set up a simple way to track what I watch out of my growing collection. It's already a bit hard to keep up with...

    Never mind. I don't see spending 4.99 for another monthly service. I might just set up a simple way to track what I watch out of my growing collection. It's already a bit hard to keep up with where I am on the two series I'm currently on. Bingeing isn't my style, so this stuff lasts a long time.

  2. Comment on Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 in ~tv

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    This might come to replace the Pledge of Allegiance in the U.S.

    ...no matter what happens, at the end of 30 minutes, everything’s gonna turn out OK.

    This might come to replace the Pledge of Allegiance in the U.S.

  3. Comment on Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 in ~tv

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    I don't use a Plex server but may end up getting one. It's turning out to be easier and cheaper to purchase and watch quality content I own than dealing with myriad streaming services that offer...

    I don't use a Plex server but may end up getting one. It's turning out to be easier and cheaper to purchase and watch quality content I own than dealing with myriad streaming services that offer much duplicated and mediocre content. Any good sources for getting started?

  4. Comment on The Far Side - A new online era is coming! in ~books

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    The Publisher, Andrews McNeel, also handles Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts, as well as several young adult/children's authors including the creators of Big Nate and *Phoebe and Her Unicorn. *

    The Publisher, Andrews McNeel, also handles Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts, as well as several young adult/children's authors including the creators of Big Nate and *Phoebe and Her Unicorn. *

  5. Comment on Scientists Taught Rats to Play Hide-and-Seek With Them in ~science.natural

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    This is fascinating research. I'm not a neurologist, but having dealt with pets, often wonder just what the limit of non-human learning is. I don't buy the current wisdom that intelligence begins...

    This is fascinating research. I'm not a neurologist, but having dealt with pets, often wonder just what the limit of non-human learning is. I don't buy the current wisdom that intelligence begins and ends with the brain. Our entire body and even the microbiota the live on and within us have evolved together. And human society, an obvious source of our learned intelligence, should also have effects on the other life forms we routinely interact with.

    That's not to say that cats and dogs are going to take over the planet, just that we have a rather simplistic model of intelligence at this point. With further research on the brain I think this model will be evolving sooner than later.

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  6. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Take care. I hope everything goes fantastic for you.

    Take care. I hope everything goes fantastic for you.

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  7. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to commit asymmetric, vengeful acts of violence, despite feeling that you are otherwise well-adjusted? in ~talk

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    That's great. I tend to take out my aggression on inanimate objects, especially with language. This is something I've tried to curb. My kids had to hear that growing up and now I regret it.

    That's great. I tend to take out my aggression on inanimate objects, especially with language. This is something I've tried to curb. My kids had to hear that growing up and now I regret it.

  8. Comment on Do you ever feel like you want to commit asymmetric, vengeful acts of violence, despite feeling that you are otherwise well-adjusted? in ~talk

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    It doesn't matter if it's normal or not, the rush of adrenaline and other causes of uncontrolled anger have to be managed. If you're having problems with this to the point that it's affecting...

    It doesn't matter if it's normal or not, the rush of adrenaline and other causes of uncontrolled anger have to be managed. If you're having problems with this to the point that it's affecting others around you, (children and family members can be affected by even a verbal outburst), please seek help.

  9. Comment on Volfefe index in ~finance

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    Yes, that's why I get my news fix from National Enquirer. Might as well cut to the chase.

    Yes, that's why I get my news fix from National Enquirer. Might as well cut to the chase.

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  10. Comment on Democracy devouring itself: The paper predicting the end of democracy in ~science.social

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    My monkey sized brain tells me that some country somewhere is eventually going to attempt automating the whole governance decision making process as a desperate last ditch effort. But more likely...

    My monkey sized brain tells me that some country somewhere is eventually going to attempt automating the whole governance decision making process as a desperate last ditch effort.

    But more likely seems to be a caste society which it appears we're moving closer to every day.

  11. Comment on 93% of British Columbians want to scrap changing clocks for daylight time, survey says in ~news

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    Maybe I'll move there.

    Maybe I'll move there.

  12. Comment on Has Science Shown That Consciousness Is Only an Illusion? in ~humanities

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    And I'm certainly not a biologist. But the thinker in me can't help but wonder that our current attempts at artificial intelligence are taking a similar path by having relatively simple...

    And I'm certainly not a biologist. But the thinker in me can't help but wonder that our current attempts at artificial intelligence are taking a similar path by having relatively simple components, by the sheer law of numbers, arriving at efficient algorithms on their own. If consciousness is only an illusion, might intelligence also be a human-defined abstraction?

    From what I've seen, we've barely begun to understand the way our own biome works and it's importance to our being.

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  13. Comment on Strike with the Band - The world of classical music is neither noble nor fair, though its reputation says otherwise in ~arts

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    Quite true. I think the attitude of many music and art teachers is that the economical side of music isn't their worry. This love of music is all that matters to many of them. Teachers of Visual...

    I admire their skill and drive in the short term. But musical burnout starts with falling out of love with the music.

    Quite true. I think the attitude of many music and art teachers is that the economical side of music isn't their worry. This love of music is all that matters to many of them. Teachers of Visual Art historically the same way. In fact most of my art teachers informed me that being a teacher was the worst thing an artist could aspire to, because in their case it's the teaching that burns them out.

    After years of observation, this seems to explain why the majority of people involved with the arts are young. Their optimism and love of their craft has yet to be hit with the harsh realities of life. The relatively few oldsters that survive most likely suffer from the effects of survivorship bias.

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  14. Comment on Has Science Shown That Consciousness Is Only an Illusion? in ~humanities

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    I think it will be shown in the future that bacteria, in a collective sense, are not nearly as uncomprehending as we think. I also think that a bigger illusion than our consciousness is that of...

    We evolved from uncomprehending bacteria.

    I think it will be shown in the future that bacteria, in a collective sense, are not nearly as uncomprehending as we think. I also think that a bigger illusion than our consciousness is that of the assumption that consciousness is created in and confined to the brain.

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  15. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Like many others, I'm bearing the heat and staying hydrated in my forays outdoors. Fortunately this is in my back yard as I attempt to curtail the overgrowth and rapid decay that comes with...

    Like many others, I'm bearing the heat and staying hydrated in my forays outdoors. Fortunately this is in my back yard as I attempt to curtail the overgrowth and rapid decay that comes with temperatures that at times exceed 100 degrees.

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  16. Comment on Strike with the Band - The world of classical music is neither noble nor fair, though its reputation says otherwise in ~arts

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    As a child of a dedicated and talented musician, and having some familiarity with the second chairs in life, I'm surprised that the author was surprised and embittered to find out that the world...

    As a child of a dedicated and talented musician, and having some familiarity with the second chairs in life, I'm surprised that the author was surprised and embittered to find out that the world (of classical music included) is neither noble, nor fair. When choosing to pursue a degree in Fine Arts after making good marks in Sophomore Engineering, I was fully aware that I was trading a life of strict and relatively humorless monetary freedom for its opposite.

    The point is, with people born to skew to the arts, there's really no comparison, and no choice learning this lesson sooner or later. For a person who rises to their level of artistic incompetence below the poverty line, life can certainly be frustrating. I'm glad that Kate Wagner has found her place and hopefully a livelihood in writing about this, but sad that so many have been eaten alive by debt in pursuing what they thought would be a profitable life.

    In my opinion, the media which sells the non-existent, non-affordable happy life for everyone, only to line their own pockets, is something which should be avoided like the plague. I hope that more parents and students read this article than watch reruns of Fame! on their expensive streaming arrangements.

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  17. Comment on Who really cares about literary prizes? And what can they tell us about reading, publishing, and canon making today? in ~books

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    Such a cute entry:

    Such a cute entry:

    After all, one follows its protagonist through a ruthless, winner-take-all competition in a world that values crude and violent entertainments over social justice; the other is about Katniss Everdeen.

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  18. Comment on Jeremy Renner’s app is shutting down because of trolls in ~tech

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    Reminds me of an old comedy routine "I think we're all trolls on this bus." Hmmmm.

    Reminds me of an old comedy routine "I think we're all trolls on this bus." Hmmmm.

  19. Comment on Joker - Final Trailer in ~movies

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    That's not cynicism, it's realism. Still, I find myself wishing his last name was Dent. Or first name Bela.

    The cynic in me says they have trailers down to such a science these days that they can make anything look great.

    That's not cynicism, it's realism. Still, I find myself wishing his last name was Dent. Or first name Bela.

  20. Comment on The Outer Worlds – Come to Halcyon Trailer in ~games

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    Today I learned halcyon means the opposite of what I thought it mean. Also that it is a type of bird.

    Today I learned halcyon means the opposite of what I thought it mean. Also that it is a type of bird.

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