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  1. Comment on Who are your favorite artist(s)? What are your favorite works? in ~talk

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    I'll limit myself to two (I could go on for a while...): Denis Forkas does these astounding, occult paintings. Sometimes more representational, sometimes more abstract. Somehow he straddles the...

    I'll limit myself to two (I could go on for a while...):

    Denis Forkas does these astounding, occult paintings. Sometimes more representational, sometimes more abstract. Somehow he straddles the divide. I find myself looking at his paintings and just looking and looking and finding more and more unfolding the more I study.

    Rone is a local street artist with some serious scale. I've had the chance to see a few of his pieces; the Omega Project has been my favourite so far. I just find his work so beautiful and introspective.

  2. Comment on Do you have a personal website/blog? in ~comp

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    I have a dead simple setup: I have a little desktop here repurposed as (among other things) an nginx server. I write very rarely, so hand maintain an index and write in Markdown. I have a little...

    I have a dead simple setup: I have a little desktop here repurposed as (among other things) an nginx server. I write very rarely, so hand maintain an index and write in Markdown. I have a little template and use pandoc to generate HTML, which I manually copy to the server. No comments, no email, no bullshit.

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  3. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    I have a few drums of rose and also spiced mead aging at the moment. Still a couple of months before they're ready to bottle.

    I have a few drums of rose and also spiced mead aging at the moment. Still a couple of months before they're ready to bottle.

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  4. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    Aside from the politics and privacy issues others have discussed, I just don't give a shit. I don't need to be in constant contact with friends and family. All celebs can just fuck off and die and...

    Aside from the politics and privacy issues others have discussed, I just don't give a shit. I don't need to be in constant contact with friends and family. All celebs can just fuck off and die and I don't care for whatever the latest politicians drama is. I don't need to see the latest mindless meme. I don't need to see the best story of everyone's life. I don't need constant validation.

    I much prefer real, in person conversations. If something's on, someone can message me. If I want to catch up with someone I can message them and organise something. I'd much rather read an essay or technical article on some issue than some shitty mindless paragraph by some dropkick.

    I like IM and forums. They're good for discussion, and convos with people a good distance away. But social media has absolutely no value. It solves no problems. Actually, it really has negative value, given the way it shits on your mental health and fucks with politics.

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  5. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    As a touch of technical detail: the universe is filled with a dark energy field constant in space and time. This field contributes a fixed amount to the curvature of the universe, and its...

    As a touch of technical detail: the universe is filled with a dark energy field constant in space and time. This field contributes a fixed amount to the curvature of the universe, and its expansion. So expansion is constant. Consider a far galaxy, x metres away. After some time t the galaxy will have moved twice as far away 2x. After another time t the galaxy will have moved twice as far again i.e. 4x. So the expansion of the universe means exponential expansion.

    Whether or not the universe is infinite is debatable. But there is certainly a limit to how much universe we can see. This is because light has a finite speed and the universe expands so very distant objects are just too far away for their light to ever reach us. The calculation is straightforward but you need to know how much stuff is in the universe and the curvature. Works out to be a radius about 20 billion light years (more than the age of the universe suggests, because expansion).

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  6. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    If you can't tell if you're dreaming, does it matter? When the dream is indistinguishable from reality, and when an embedding reality has no effect on the dream, is the dream not essentially real?

    If you can't tell if you're dreaming, does it matter? When the dream is indistinguishable from reality, and when an embedding reality has no effect on the dream, is the dream not essentially real?

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    If you've heard it before it may sound trite, but the universe expands into nothing. There's no need to invoke some embedding space for the universe to expand into; general relativity gives a...

    If you've heard it before it may sound trite, but the universe expands into nothing. There's no need to invoke some embedding space for the universe to expand into; general relativity gives a model in which the universe just gets bigger, putting more space between us and distant galaxies.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    How then was matter and antimatter separated in the early universe? Why do we see no regions of recombination?

    How then was matter and antimatter separated in the early universe? Why do we see no regions of recombination?

  9. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    Why is there more matter than antimatter? Is Hawkings "time started with the big bang" interpretation the best? What does a periodic table for condensed matter look like? What's the most scalable...

    Why is there more matter than antimatter? Is Hawkings "time started with the big bang" interpretation the best? What does a periodic table for condensed matter look like? What's the most scalable approach for carbon sequestration? How do we resolve the measurement problem?

    I have many questions; we live in such a weird and interesting universe.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Andy Ngo was assaulted with milkshakes that contain quick-drying cement at the Antifa rally he was covering. in ~news

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    "They say there's violence on both sides, but only one wants genocide". Antifa have been around for decades. It's not fair to label it as any sort of organised group, more as a label. Some Antifa...

    "They say there's violence on both sides, but only one wants genocide".

    Antifa have been around for decades. It's not fair to label it as any sort of organised group, more as a label. Some Antifa groups are violent (like the very effective group in the 90s UK). Some groups are nonviolent. I think it's fair to criticise unjust violence in all cases, Antifa or not; it's unfair to criticise the entire label.

    22 votes
  11. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm having a Yule feast today. Started cooking yesterday; naturally, there's more to do today. Lots of good, hearty, soul food.

    I'm having a Yule feast today. Started cooking yesterday; naturally, there's more to do today. Lots of good, hearty, soul food.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Ranger, a console file manager for Vi/Vim users in ~comp

  13. Comment on How Iceland recreated a Viking-age religion - The Ásatrú faith, one of Iceland’s fastest growing religions, combines Norse mythology with ecological awareness – and it’s open to all. in ~humanities

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    There's something about the coupling of religion and politics that really bothers me. I'm not precisely sure how to explain it; something to do with the different goals and approaches to thinking...

    There's something about the coupling of religion and politics that really bothers me. I'm not precisely sure how to explain it; something to do with the different goals and approaches to thinking and responding that politics and religion have. Or maybe it's just seeing the awful effects religious politics has had on the world, recently and further in the past.

    I pretty much only wear my hammer with an anarchist shirt.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Some metal music in major key instead of minor in ~music

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    Sunwheel by Drudkh is a bit of a classic major key example. It's oddly bright for black metal, but is really quite beautiful; fits the themes ideally.

    Sunwheel by Drudkh is a bit of a classic major key example. It's oddly bright for black metal, but is really quite beautiful; fits the themes ideally.

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  15. Comment on Recommend me a song that _________. in ~music

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