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  1. Comment on Mask Off in ~misc

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    I think social media platforms that are more siloed will become more known for being less prone to this kind of thing. It's hard to get several thousand people to focus on a single comment when,...

    I think social media platforms that are more siloed will become more known for being less prone to this kind of thing. It's hard to get several thousand people to focus on a single comment when, for example, it was made on a niche discord server with 300 total followers.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Evangelicals perfected cancel culture. Now it’s coming for them. in ~misc

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    It is very strange watching people trying very intensely, for months on end, to cancel Cardi B for WAP and Brie Larson for Captain Marvel etc etc, all the while making 'cancel culture' the central...

    It is very strange watching people trying very intensely, for months on end, to cancel Cardi B for WAP and Brie Larson for Captain Marvel etc etc, all the while making 'cancel culture' the central enemy of their lives.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Why I am obsessed with the forbidden Seuss in ~books

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    I'm going to reply so you see the reply notification yourself.

    I'm going to reply so you see the reply notification yourself.

  4. Comment on Why I am obsessed with the forbidden Seuss in ~books

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    Agreed. Nobody seems to be able to point to any popular campaign to get these books banned. Unfortunately I think "we are being censored" is just a marketable brand now, which is bad both for real...

    Agreed. Nobody seems to be able to point to any popular campaign to get these books banned. Unfortunately I think "we are being censored" is just a marketable brand now, which is bad both for real issues we should be focusing on and for genuine victims of suppression who are having their stories diluted by this kind of hystrionics.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on UK voters might regret Brexit, but most of them don't feel like reversing it anymore in ~misc

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    I have no doubt they will frame every downside to Brexit as a spiteful retaliation from the EU, instead of the obvious and predictable outcome of their decisions.

    I have no doubt they will frame every downside to Brexit as a spiteful retaliation from the EU, instead of the obvious and predictable outcome of their decisions.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    I wish more Irish people knew that the reason you never hear the Irish language spoken is just because people won't speak to you in a language unless they already know you speak it - it's not...

    I wish more Irish people knew that the reason you never hear the Irish language spoken is just because people won't speak to you in a language unless they already know you speak it - it's not because speakers aren't around, as people like to claim. The second you start being open about speaking it, you can draw out friends and acquaintances that you never knew could speak it, but they do, or they're relearning as adults, or they're rusty after a few years and they were too shy to speak it anymore. That was my experience when I started participating in Pop-Up Gaeltachts and the like.

    This is even more true in big cities where the population density is much higher.

    19 votes
  7. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #4: Update Thread 3 in ~creative

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    Jaysus, it has not gone well honestly.

    Jaysus, it has not gone well honestly.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #3: Update Thread 2 in ~creative

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    10k words written out of 50k. Probably won't be done on time, but I'm determined to finish it so I'm not too bothered about that.

    10k words written out of 50k. Probably won't be done on time, but I'm determined to finish it so I'm not too bothered about that.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #2: Update Thread 1 in ~creative

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    I think my mistake was trying to write in the morning when I normally only write at night. I thought I'd get twice as much done but I just tired myself out without really doing much.

    I think my mistake was trying to write in the morning when I normally only write at night. I thought I'd get twice as much done but I just tired myself out without really doing much.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on A list of TokiPonists on Twitter in ~humanities

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    You're right I was not very clear at all. I've edited my explanation to expand it.

    You're right I was not very clear at all. I've edited my explanation to expand it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on A list of TokiPonists on Twitter in ~humanities

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    Toki Pona is a minimalist conlang with a strong online community, famous for its small vocabulary of about 130 words. This list is for anyone interested in getting involved in the twitter...

    Toki Pona is a minimalist conlang with a strong online community, famous for its small vocabulary of about 130 words. This list is for anyone interested in getting involved in the twitter community. You can also search for #tokipona.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #2: Update Thread 1 in ~creative

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    7,104 words out of 50,000. Behind schedule a bit, but it's early days yet. Expected to get a lot done over the weekend but ended up doing very little.

    7,104 words out of 50,000. Behind schedule a bit, but it's early days yet. Expected to get a lot done over the weekend but ended up doing very little.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #1: Roll Call and Beginning! in ~creative

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    I'm doing the first full draft of my book, 'Cuisle Mo Chroí' as part of NaNoWriMo. This NaNoWriMo draft will be entirely in English for feedback purposes, but the final product will be an Irish...

    I'm doing the first full draft of my book, 'Cuisle Mo Chroí' as part of NaNoWriMo. This NaNoWriMo draft will be entirely in English for feedback purposes, but the final product will be an Irish language low-fantasy novel. The discovery draft I'm working from was about 20,000 - 25,000 words, so even if I don't hit the 50,000 word goal I'll have a substantial story drafted.

    NaNoWriMo project page.


    Here's a thrown-together plot synopsis:

    "The mysterious mineral 'pulse' has a straightforward usage: igniting it will retrieve whatever occupied that space over 50,000 years ago, be it water, minerals, plants or animals. It is this property that sustains the metropolis of Baile na nIarlaí, which has stood in a remote Spanish desert for the last 90 years, on an ancient dried-up lakebed.

    Nobody yet knows where the pulse came from or why it behaves as it does, yet they have trusted it with their lives.

    The year is 1702, and the local population of Gaelic exiles is happy with the status quo, but there are rumblings of concern that the supply of pulse is beginning to run out. If the mine runs dry before the people are convinced to change their ways, the result could be catastrophic..."

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2020! in ~tildes

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    If a NaNoWriMo project is acceptable, I'm there.

    If a NaNoWriMo project is acceptable, I'm there.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    I never knew about this one! Good find.

    I never knew about this one! Good find.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    (Do you know all your letter o's are appearing as number 0's?) I wouldn't say I 'create' concepts in my head in any particular language, but it is different expressing myself in different...

    (Do you know all your letter o's are appearing as number 0's?)

    I wouldn't say I 'create' concepts in my head in any particular language, but it is different expressing myself in different languages. When I'm communicating something in toki pona it leans more heavily on "how do I phrase this?" instead of "what's the best word to use here?". Basically, expressing yourself is no longer a memory exercise; you have a finite number of tools to communicate and its all about how you use them. It's a different experience, but I found it easier once I got the hang of it.

    It's much easier to learn than a real world language. Not only is the grammar simpler, but you don't have to invest time memorising tens of thousands of words of vocab. You can learn all the grammar and vocab in a few weeks, but I caution you: knowing these things does not automatically make you fluent. It takes further practice before you really "get" how to communicate fluently.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    mi pana e pona tawa sina kin!

    mi pana e pona tawa sina kin!

    1 vote
  18. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    The pronunciation AFAIK was chosen so that speakers of many world languages can easily pronounce toki pona words. It's more the minimalist structure that promotes positive mental health....

    The pronunciation AFAIK was chosen so that speakers of many world languages can easily pronounce toki pona words. It's more the minimalist structure that promotes positive mental health.

    Basically, describing a thing to the same level of detail as a normal language is still possible, but it would take a very large compound word and be very time consuming. So it causes you to simplify it down to only the most important attributes of the thing, keeps irrelevent information out of the equation and makes contradictory ideas easier to spot. "jan pona ike" is the classic example of this, as in theory it means "bad friend" but in toki pona it's an obvious contradiction: it directly translates as "bad good person".

    The idea is that your thoughts will be less cluttered, less troubled with distracting irrelevent details, and better able to parse events from different points of view (as all speakers of toki pona are obviously bilingual at a minimum)

    3 votes
  19. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities