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  1. Comment on Natalie Wynn: The stylish socialist who is trying to save YouTube from alt-right domination in ~tech

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    She was on Chapo Trap House recently too and I think it's one of their better episodes for people that don't often, or have never, listened to the show. She gives a nice over view along with the...

    She was on Chapo Trap House recently too and I think it's one of their better episodes for people that don't often, or have never, listened to the show. She gives a nice over view along with the regular hosts of a lot of rightwing YouTube that can be pretty eye opening if you're not familiar with it. Chapo tends to be a little inside baseball about the on-line right, which is great if you follow that stuff, but can be opaque from the outside. This episode is a good introduction to stuff like incels, but also Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and other luminaries of the YouTube right.

    https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/episode-264-the-golden-ones-feat-natalie-wynn-aka-contrapoints-111818

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Is eating vegan really the best diet for the planet? I tried it for a month. in ~enviro

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    Really great read. As someone who started to weight lifts for fun in the last four years, I have been keeping track of my diet in a much more precise way and it's made me re-examine if I should go...

    Really great read. As someone who started to weight lifts for fun in the last four years, I have been keeping track of my diet in a much more precise way and it's made me re-examine if I should go back to being a vegetarian, or even go full bore in veganism. This is partially because I am a bit of a leftie, so I run into plenty of folks that do these diets for environmental and/or animal rights reasons. So, between my own regimented diet and talking with others, it's on my mind.

    While I knew some of this stuff, the thing about the processed meats, wine, beer, etc being more ecologically demanding than poultry really blew my mind. I've been a teetotaler my entire life and never really thought about the environmental impact of it. This really doesn't take animal rights into account, something I feel like my son's generation is going to judge mine harshly for. But the environmental concerns of diet are just so much more complicated than anyone seems to think.

    Thanks for sharing.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Hey, Tildes, what's a strong opinion you hold, but which you also feel like is the minority opinion? in ~talk

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    Here, I'll do one that's a bit niche. I don't believe Brett Favre is the best quarterback to ever play for the Green Bay Packers. Or the second best. Or even the third best. Brett Favre is the...

    Here, I'll do one that's a bit niche.

    I don't believe Brett Favre is the best quarterback to ever play for the Green Bay Packers. Or the second best. Or even the third best. Brett Favre is the fourth best quarterback to play for the Green Bay Packers. It speaks to the insane quality the team has had at that position over the years. My power ranking would go:

    1. Bart Starr
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Arnie Herber
    4. Brett Favre

    Herber gets forgotten, but he's an All Pro, Hall of Fame quarterback that won 4 NFL Championships (this was pre-Super Bowl era, so the NFL Championship was, at the time, the top game of the league).

    A lot of football fans and especially Packers fans, give proper respect to Don Hutson for basically redefining the wide-receiver position and really making the forward pass an exciting part of the game. But they almost all seem to forget who was throwing to Hutson for a good portion of his career: Arnie Herber. Herber, for his era, was pretty much a perfect quarterback.

    Plus, he was hometown kid making good.

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

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    I've also had these two on repeat for the last week. It has been an insanely good year for metal fans. It's been tough to give every album a fair shake. I feel like I haven't given Ice Nine Kills'...

    I've also had these two on repeat for the last week. It has been an insanely good year for metal fans. It's been tough to give every album a fair shake. I feel like I haven't given Ice Nine Kills' their due so far.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on FCPX Gets Another Big Update in ~creative

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    Final Cut Pro X updates to 10.4.4 today. Among the bigger upgrades include SRT caption support, a video noise reduction filter and additional color correcting features. FCPX launched to a lot of...

    Final Cut Pro X updates to 10.4.4 today. Among the bigger upgrades include SRT caption support, a video noise reduction filter and additional color correcting features. FCPX launched to a lot of criticism, but since that launch, it's never gone up in price and doesn't have a subscription based model while still receiving these rather large updates.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~movies

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    Well, appropriate username anyway.

    Well, appropriate username anyway.

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  7. Comment on Amazon in advanced talks about putting HQ2 in Northern Virginia, those close to process say in ~tech

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    Yeah, the betting markets had it at more than a 2/3s chance that it was somewhere in the D.C. metro area, with this rumored site leading the way, followed by one in D.C. proper and then buried...

    Yeah, the betting markets had it at more than a 2/3s chance that it was somewhere in the D.C. metro area, with this rumored site leading the way, followed by one in D.C. proper and then buried down the list was a Maryland site as well.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Destiny 2 base game for PC is free on Battle.net through November 18 in ~games

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    I hadn't even heard of it. 3rd person is definitely preferable to first for me. I will definitely take a look.

    I hadn't even heard of it. 3rd person is definitely preferable to first for me. I will definitely take a look.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Destiny 2 base game for PC is free on Battle.net through November 18 in ~games

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    I might give it a shot. I am looking forward to Anthem, which is basically BioWare's version of Destiny, from what little I know. Might be good to get a baseline experience on the genre.

    I might give it a shot. I am looking forward to Anthem, which is basically BioWare's version of Destiny, from what little I know. Might be good to get a baseline experience on the genre.

    2 votes
  10. Silent Planet - When the End Began

    Apple Music Google Play Spotify Progressive metalcore outfit Silent Planet has finally released their third studio outing after teasing with almost half a dozen singles released. Like their...

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    Progressive metalcore outfit Silent Planet has finally released their third studio outing after teasing with almost half a dozen singles released. Like their previous efforts, the album is drenched pathos.

    Garrett Russell's lyrics continue to impress and be the thing that truly sets Silent Planet apart from other heavy rock outfits on the scene right now. His employment of footnotes in his lyrics to help the listener know his purpose in word choice has become a hallmark of the band's output. But while Russell's lyrics have always been good, When the End Began marks a new level in his delivery. His guttural lows are booming and intense in songs like Northern Fires, while his understanding of timing and beat helps punctuate his words much better than he's ever done before, really shown off on Share the Body. Not to be content with that, he even attempts some clean vocals on the albums with a fair amount of success.

    This is all complimented by guitarist Mitch Stark's djenty riffs on the guitar. While Silent Planet has been known for their emotional aesthetic, Stark sneaks in a bit of catchy riffs in tracks like Firstborn. Planet has always straddled the line between ambient and heavy, and they continue to in When the End Began, as guitars will effortlessly switch from chunky riffs to fleeting noises.

    If there is a better heavy rock album coming out this year, I'd like to hear it, because I honestly want the feeling of being blown away that When the End Began gave me a second time.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    I work as a creative, so I don't know if this counts. I'm closing in on finishing production on a documentary about criminal pathology. Two more interviews to do and then some more b-roll...

    I work as a creative, so I don't know if this counts.

    I'm closing in on finishing production on a documentary about criminal pathology. Two more interviews to do and then some more b-roll (including some drone footage, I'm excited to have my first project with some drone shots). I'm working as the cinematographer during production with a producer/director. For post, I'm taking on editing while she moves to writing. It's been a slow process because it's mostly grant funded, so money will dry up for months at a time.

    That's probably my favorite thing I'm working on at the moment.

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

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    That Earth Caller track slaps. WSS definitely has transitioned a bit out of their more hardcore sound into a more mainstream rock sound. They haven't gone soft, but their last album was definitely...

    That Earth Caller track slaps.

    WSS definitely has transitioned a bit out of their more hardcore sound into a more mainstream rock sound. They haven't gone soft, but their last album was definitely more accessible than their previous stuff. Personally, I thought it was a great transition. I'm a little iffy on the new track, I think it's good but I hope they don't go much further away from their older sound than that.

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

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    You are definitely in for a treat if that's what you're looking for. Architects is drenched in angst, but unlike a lot of other groups, they seem to be a bit better about what they target with it....

    You are definitely in for a treat if that's what you're looking for. Architects is drenched in angst, but unlike a lot of other groups, they seem to be a bit better about what they target with it. That can be a bit of a downer, for example this new, upcoming, album is mostly dealing with the existential shock of losing the singer's brother (and former band member) to cancer. But at least their angst rings true.

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  14. Comment on Silent Planet - Visible Unseen in ~music

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    The final single released in the build up to their new album coming out tomorrow, Silent Planet's Visible Unseen is about the epidemic of homeless LGBT kids in the United States. While Silent...

    The final single released in the build up to their new album coming out tomorrow, Silent Planet's Visible Unseen is about the epidemic of homeless LGBT kids in the United States. While Silent Planet does not consider themselves a Christian band, this song is definitely like a lot of their early work: drenched in religious reference and allusions to the Bible.

    The lyrics are in the video description and are worth a look. As with many other Planet songs, there's a lot of footnotes to what exactly being referenced. For example, this paragraph is full of footnotes:

    Am I only flawed when I am alive? Only your child if I live denied? I ask of you, Benevolence, was I made just to be broken? (9) Our faith became a silver shield - insulated from compassion. (10) Praising the prosperity, (11) repressing their identity. (12) I’ll show you hell is a place - it’s in the secrets we keep. Oh God… How those secrets keep me. This isn’t love this is escape. Coerced conformity…fixed on the dust in their eye. Forest fires rage in mine. (13)

    1. Inspired by a conversation with a with a brave young friend, who is transgender.
    2. Tony Campolo, Red Letter Christians
    3. Prosperity “gospel” promulgated through the teachings of Joel Osteen and others.
    4. According to a 2016 report by the CDC, LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
    5. Matthew 7:3

    Getting good feelings about this being one of the better hard rock albums of the year, with half of it already released as singles in the build up to tomorrow.

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

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    New tracks dropped from two of my favorite UK bands: While She Sleeps and Architects. While She Sleeps - Anti-social: https://youtu.be/TuHv_QO8lV0 Architects - Modern Misery:...

    New tracks dropped from two of my favorite UK bands: While She Sleeps and Architects.

    While She Sleeps - Anti-social: https://youtu.be/TuHv_QO8lV0
    Architects - Modern Misery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kC_xaRs9lM

    Both are covering similar themes too: the banal evil of contemporary society. Pretty banging tracks, might add them both to my gym playlist.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Why I sold my Magic the Gathering collection to fund Arcmage in ~games

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    Wow, this is literally me. I had a deck that, for me being a teenager on free lunch and food stamps, was pretty expensive. Someone stole one day my junior year and that was the end of my...

    My cards were stolen in junior high, and I never got back into it after that foul experience.

    Wow, this is literally me. I had a deck that, for me being a teenager on free lunch and food stamps, was pretty expensive. Someone stole one day my junior year and that was the end of my involvement with that game.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Trump eyeing executive order to end citizenship for children of noncitizens born on U.S. soil in ~news

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    Exactly. His first two years are mostly a disappointment, even to his base, for the most part. Rare, unpopular, legislative victories, hugely unpopular Supreme Court pick, etc. This stuff is red...

    Exactly. His first two years are mostly a disappointment, even to his base, for the most part. Rare, unpopular, legislative victories, hugely unpopular Supreme Court pick, etc. This stuff is red meat for his base to get them fired up as recent polls have shown his approval rating tanking.

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