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  1. Comment on Unique things to do in Las Vegas? (and Los Angeles) in ~travel

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    Caveat that I've not actually been, but as somebody that's generally not interested in a lot of what LA presents in popular culture, I think the La Brea Tar Pits is a super cool thing to check...

    Caveat that I've not actually been, but as somebody that's generally not interested in a lot of what LA presents in popular culture, I think the La Brea Tar Pits is a super cool thing to check out. It's decently famous, but often overlooked.

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  2. Comment on Kelvin Kiptum, marathon world record holder, dies in car crash at 24 (gifted link) in ~sports

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    World record holder for the marathon just died in a car accident. I've loosely heard about his accomplishments and it's tragic for someone to die like that, especially so young.

    World record holder for the marathon just died in a car accident. I've loosely heard about his accomplishments and it's tragic for someone to die like that, especially so young.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Looney Tunes movie ‘The Day the Earth Blew Up’ launching at AFM from Warner Bros. Animation, GFM Animation in ~movies

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    Q2 2024? That seems like a remarkably fast turnaround. Not too versed in Hollywood affairs, but I hope this isn't rushed on the production side and fingers crossed this is a solid project that can...

    Q2 2024? That seems like a remarkably fast turnaround. Not too versed in Hollywood affairs, but I hope this isn't rushed on the production side and fingers crossed this is a solid project that can lead to more films down the line!

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  4. Comment on J. B. Pritzker: the billionaire US hotel heir—and progressive? in ~misc

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    Living in Chicago, he's pretty popular across the board. People I talk to--in the office, in bars, my cab drivers--speak pretty favorably of the job he's done. Plenty of early (and some remaining)...

    Living in Chicago, he's pretty popular across the board. People I talk to--in the office, in bars, my cab drivers--speak pretty favorably of the job he's done. Plenty of early (and some remaining) skepticism of his financial background, but the consensus I pick up is that he's interested in leaving a positive legacy and that's reflected in his politics.

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  5. Comment on Nintendo Direct 9.14.2023 in ~games

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    Christ, there's been so much rumormongering and teasing for an F-Zero game on the Switch. I have low (basically zero) expectations, but I want to believe.

    Christ, there's been so much rumormongering and teasing for an F-Zero game on the Switch. I have low (basically zero) expectations, but I want to believe.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Country music’s culture wars and the remaking of Nashville in ~music

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    Solid article and appreciate how holistically it approaches the weird politics around country music. I can't speak much for Nashville (I live in Chicago), but as someone that plays locally what...
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    Solid article and appreciate how holistically it approaches the weird politics around country music. I can't speak much for Nashville (I live in Chicago), but as someone that plays locally what the article and industry call "Americana," I have to mirror the awkwardness in defining what music can "belong." Whenever I interact with somebody not in the scene, I find myself struggling (and probably failing) to explain what old-time is or that bluegrass only really came around in the 1950s. That "musical redlining" and the resulting segregation of demographics that continues to manifest in algorithms is particularly troubling--I'm a pretty progressive fan of the genre and had never heard of many artists mentioned in the article!

    Will be checking out Adeem the Artist and others found within, but some recommendations for others that are interested in the non-Nashville scene:

    • Nick Shoulders is a phenomenal yodeler from Arkansas that performs in New Orleans. Thoughtful lyrics that are openly political with the occasional bit of education, plus fun covers (like Blondie's "Heart of Glass").
    • Defunct Carolina Chocolate Drops is a supergroup of black artists wanting to reclaim and recenter black identity within old American-style music. Some solid arrangements and they've won a Grammy for their work. Highly recommend finding YouTube clips of their live performances.
    • Rhiannon Giddens (of the CCDs), has her own solo career that has taken off. She's decently popular/commercially viable and has been nominated for and won tons of awards, including multiple Grammies.
    • Dom Flemons, also of the Drops and styled as "The American Songster," is a great multi-instrumentalist with a greater focus on the cultural/historic preservation. He's worked with museums and the Library of Congress and I adore his album Black Cowboys, which got a Grammy nomination.
    • Sierra Ferrell dabbles in a several different genres and is often country/folk-adjacent, but is generally spectacular. Solid stage presence, with a striking, heavily-tattooed appearance. (Though this may be cheating; I think she may actually be based in Nashville.)

    There are many more nationwide and there are YouTube channels specifically to corral and promote these smaller artists. Gems on VHS and Western AF are personal favorites for discovering new folk folx.
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  7. Comment on What is your favorite live album? in ~music

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    One of my favorite live albums is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah. San Francisco punk supergroup MF&GGs play an actual Bar Mitzvah and play punk covers of classic songs...

    One of my favorite live albums is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah. San Francisco punk supergroup MF&GGs play an actual Bar Mitzvah and play punk covers of classic songs (Beach Boys, Styx, Beatles, traditional tunes, etc.). It's fantastic; you can tell how much fun everyone is having as the band really hams it up throughout the album. They even get the Bar Mitzvah boy on drums at one point, so it sounds like a rousing success even if (or maybe because) they aren't taking themselves too seriously.

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  8. Comment on Any current or retired Peace Corps Volunteers here? in ~talk

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    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer here, served in Senegal 2017-19 doing economic development work. The biggest takeaway for somebody considering it is to keep in mind that every Peace Corps...

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer here, served in Senegal 2017-19 doing economic development work. The biggest takeaway for somebody considering it is to keep in mind that every Peace Corps experience is different, even within the same sector and the same country. While there are a ton of common tropes (typically around culture shock and the camaraderie of service), the different intersections of your individual site and each volunteer can create wildly different dynamics.

    If you can, try to find a wide range of the blogs, Reddit threads, YouTube vids, and more that talk about service to get an idea of what it can be like so you can get a feel for the sheer variety of service experiences. Above all: be dynamic, be patient, and don't overpack.

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  9. Comment on Where ya from? in ~talk

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    From Chicago, with love.

    From Chicago, with love.

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