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  1. Comment on Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix - Grand Final - songs and results in ~music

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    Pray for Me was my personal favourite, and it did better than I expected, losing to Attention by a fairly narrow margin in the final round of voting. I don't think any of these songs would have...

    Pray for Me was my personal favourite, and it did better than I expected, losing to Attention by a fairly narrow margin in the final round of voting.

    I don't think any of these songs would have had a chance to win Eurovision, but Attention is probably good enough to qualify from the semi-finals.

    Maybe the most strategic choice would have been I Am Gay. The last time we sent an artist born in the Soviet Union (Alexander Rybak) he won the whole thing.

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    Wait, scratch that, I forgot that we also sent Rybak in 2018, and he only has a 50% success ratio. Still respectable.

    2 votes
  2. Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix - Grand Final - songs and results

    Tonight ten songs competed to represent Norway in Eurovision. Akuvi - Som Du Er Didrik & Emil Solli Tangen - Out of Air Kristin Husøy – Pray for Me Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay Magnus Bokn - Over...

    Tonight ten songs competed to represent Norway in Eurovision.

    Akuvi - Som Du Er

    Didrik & Emil Solli Tangen - Out of Air

    Kristin Husøy – Pray for Me

    Liza Vassilieva – I Am Gay

    Magnus Bokn - Over the Sea

    Raylee - Wild

    Rein Alexander - One Last Time

    Sondrey - Take My Time

    Tone Damli - Hurts Sometimes

    Ulrikke - Attention

    (I couldn't find tonight's performance for all of these, so some of them are from the semi-finals.)

    The winner was Ulrikke with her song Attention, which will go on to represent Norway in Rotterdam. Did we make the right choice? Let's hear your opinions in the comments!

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    If that's true, wouldn't that have also happened after he pulled out after Super Tuesday? Or do you think he had a real chance to actually win the nomination?

    I'm also really sad and afraid because there's going to be a bunch of people going back to Trump because Yang stopped.

    If that's true, wouldn't that have also happened after he pulled out after Super Tuesday? Or do you think he had a real chance to actually win the nomination?

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    What does that mean?

    it's a workable republican olive branch

    What does that mean?

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are your thoughts on how romance is handled in gaming? in ~games

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    I realised another thing I like about the romance system in The Sims: It's not entirely one-sided. Your potential romantic partners have some agency of their own, and they can be quite...

    I realised another thing I like about the romance system in The Sims: It's not entirely one-sided. Your potential romantic partners have some agency of their own, and they can be quite unpredictable until you really get to know them.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are your thoughts on how romance is handled in gaming? in ~games

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    Well, they are games; they gamify everything. War games wouldn't be any fun if they didn't gamify war, management games would just feel like a second job if they didn't gamify management, etc. I...

    One thing that bothers me with romance systems in games is, well, "gameification" of the romance.

    Well, they are games; they gamify everything. War games wouldn't be any fun if they didn't gamify war, management games would just feel like a second job if they didn't gamify management, etc.

    I do understand what you mean though. It doesn't feel right to me that romance is a progress bar that gets filled by giving gifts and choosing the right dialogue options. Maybe romance (or human relations in general) is just harder to gamify than certain other concepts. Visual novels have the advantage that they can use hundreds or even thousands of words to describe what other games lets you do through other game mechanics. That way you can make anything believable, if you have a skilled writer on your team.

    Can you think of any non-visual-novel games that have good romance systems? I'm struggling to think of any myself that I've liked. Other than The Sims, I do like how romance works there, even if that too is highly simplistic. Maybe it works there because all human interactions in that game is kind of abstract, letting us fill in the blanks with our imagination.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    John Dies at the End The Ship of Theseus is of course an ancient thought experiment, but I love the deadpan delivery and the cold open to this absurd world.

    John Dies at the End

    The Ship of Theseus is of course an ancient thought experiment, but I love the deadpan delivery and the cold open to this absurd world.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    The Kyoto Protocol was a pretty big deal in 1997, I think that's when the greenhouse effect really entered the public consciousness here in Norway. That's also when we started our fine tradition...

    The Kyoto Protocol was a pretty big deal in 1997, I think that's when the greenhouse effect really entered the public consciousness here in Norway.

    That's also when we started our fine tradition of setting ambitious targets and not follow through on them.

    2 votes
  9. Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 5 - songs and results

    Tonight was the fifth semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision national selection (Melodi Grand Prix). This year there are 5 semi-finals, one for each region of the country, plus five songs that...

    Tonight was the fifth semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision national selection (Melodi Grand Prix). This year there are 5 semi-finals, one for each region of the country, plus five songs that automatically qualify for the grand final.

    Tonight four songs from Northern Norway competed for a spot in the grand final:

    Jenny Jenssen - Mr. Hello

    Elin & The Woods - We Are One

    Kevin Boine - Stem På Mæ

    Liza Vassilieva - I Am Gay

    The qualifier was Liza Vassilieva with her song I Am Gay, which will face 9 other songs in the grand final on the 15th of February. One of the automatic qualifiers was also presented during the show:

    Tone Damli - Hurts Sometimes

    Previous semi-finals:

    Semi-final 1 (Southern Norway) - songs and results

    Semi-final 2 (Eastern Norway) - songs and results

    Semi-final 3 (Middle Norway) - songs and results

    Semi-final 4 (Western Norway) - songs and results

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations? in ~games

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    Have you played Draugen? It's by the same studio that made Dreamfall, but might be more what OP is looking for.

    Have you played Draugen? It's by the same studio that made Dreamfall, but might be more what OP is looking for.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    If I'm reading the article correctly, Casper gets paid $675,000 to store 870 windmill blades: ~$776 per blade. If the recycling company can match that price, they should do fine.

    Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the blades can’t easily be crushed, recycled or repurposed. That’s created an urgent search for alternatives in places that lack wide-open prairies. In the U.S., they go to the handful of landfills that accept them, in Lake Mills, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Casper, where they will be interred in stacks that reach 30 feet under.

    If I'm reading the article correctly, Casper gets paid $675,000 to store 870 windmill blades: ~$776 per blade. If the recycling company can match that price, they should do fine.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    This seems to be a follow-up of sorts to an article from last summer. On its own the article is kind of pointless, but if there really are lots of people out there who think windmills is a bad...

    It hardly seems worth writing an article about.

    This seems to be a follow-up of sorts to an article from last summer.

    On its own the article is kind of pointless, but if there really are lots of people out there who think windmills is a bad option because they fill up landfills, I think it's important that a few articles like this one are written to clear things up.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills - Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. in ~enviro

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    I knew windmills have a limited lifespan, but I always assumed the blades were made of metal that could be recycled. Fiberglass is of course a lot harder to recycle.

    I knew windmills have a limited lifespan, but I always assumed the blades were made of metal that could be recycled. Fiberglass is of course a lot harder to recycle.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Democratic National Committee members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention in ~news

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    Not even a mention of Sanders among the conspirators. It's just people who have lost power wanting to regain that power. (Them being establishment Democrats, they'd probably vote for an...

    “I do believe we should re-open the rules. I hear it from others as well,” one DNC member said in a text message last week to William Owen, a DNC member from Tennessee who does not support re-opening the rules.

    Owen, who declined to identify the member, said the member added in a text that “It would be hard though. We could force a meeting or on the floor.”

    Not even a mention of Sanders among the conspirators. It's just people who have lost power wanting to regain that power. (Them being establishment Democrats, they'd probably vote for an establishment candidate (not Sanders), but that's not actually the reason they want the rule change reverted, as far as I can tell from this article.)

    4 votes
  15. Comment on The Sandman comic series has probably been the strongest influence on my life in recent times. Does this resonate? in ~books

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    I've always been told how amazing this comic is, so a few years back I finally got around to start reading it. To be honest: I don't get it. The first volume (Preludes and Nocturnes) was fine....

    I've always been told how amazing this comic is, so a few years back I finally got around to start reading it. To be honest: I don't get it.

    The first volume (Preludes and Nocturnes) was fine. There was certainly some potential in it, but it seemed awfully rough around the edges. I figured it's probably one of those comics that have a weak start and improve massively as it goes on, so I decided to give it another chance and buy the second volume.

    The second volume (The Doll's House) was also fine. Somewhat of an improvement over the first, but still not great.

    I gave it a third chance, and volume three (Dream Country) was ... also fine. That was a couple of years ago now, and I haven't really felt the desire to read more of it.

    There are definitely things I like about the comic. Gaiman is good at creating interesting characters and scenarios, but I'm continuously disappointed with how the story arcs end. Most of them seem to end with Dream showing up to declare that this shit has gone too far, and it ends now. And then it ends, because Dream said so. It's always a disappointment, and feels like wasted opportunities for something more interesting.

    So yeah, I don't really get the praise this comic has received over the years. Am I missing something? Am I not the target audience? Have I just not reached the good parts yet?

    4 votes
  16. Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix semi-final 4 - songs and results

    Last night was the fourth semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision national selection (Melodi Grand Prix). This year there are 5 semi-finals, one for each region of the country, plus five songs that...

    Last night was the fourth semi-final of the Norwegian Eurovision national selection (Melodi Grand Prix). This year there are 5 semi-finals, one for each region of the country, plus five songs that automatically qualify for the grand final.

    Last night four songs from Western Norway competed for a spot in the grand final:

    Magnus Bokn - Over The Sea

    Oda Loves You - Love Who We Love

    Nordic Tenors - In This Special Place

    Hege Bjerk - Pang

    The qualifier was Magnus Bokn with his song Over The Sea, which will face 9 other songs in the grand final on the 15th of February. One of the automatic qualifiers were also presented during the show:

    Ulrikke Brandstorp - Attention

    Previous semi-finals:

    Semi-final 1 (Southern Norway) - songs and results

    Semi-final 2 (Eastern Norway) - songs and results

    Semi-final 3 (Middle Norway) - songs and results

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret in ~space

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    I'm working on it now. :-) I've been travelling this weekend, visiting family, so I didn't even have time to watch Saturday's show until tonight. edit: typo

    I'm working on it now. :-) I've been travelling this weekend, visiting family, so I didn't even have time to watch Saturday's show until tonight.

    edit: typo

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret in ~space

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    @mycketforvirrad: Thanks for moving this post. I somehow forgot we have a ~space group.

    @mycketforvirrad: Thanks for moving this post. I somehow forgot we have a ~space group.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret in ~space

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    Well... According to the article, 10.000 G doesn't seem to be much of an issue for the payload. Yeah, that surprised me as well. I have no idea if a propulsion system can handle those forces...

    As covered in the thread posted by @asoftbird, any gains in performance are going to be immediately offset by the additional mass you need to add to structurally enhance the vehicle (and payload!) against the incredible acceleration

    Well...

    Over the next few years, the team ran hundreds of high-speed tests. Most of them were to study and improve the system, but some were to mollify skeptical investors and potential customers who didn’t believe a payload could withstand the extreme forces. The team sent solar cells, radio systems, telescope lenses, batteries, GPS modules, and control computers whirling at high speeds; they all survived with little to no damage. In one test, Yaney attached an iPhone to the tether and spun it up until it experienced forces 10,000 times stronger than gravity. Afterward, he used the phone to FaceTime a colleague.

    According to the article, 10.000 G doesn't seem to be much of an issue for the payload. Yeah, that surprised me as well. I have no idea if a propulsion system can handle those forces though.

    and thermodynamics that the rocket will need to deal with after ejection.

    That's my personal biggest worry; ejecting an object from vacuum to 1 atmosphere of pressure at incredible speeds in an instant, that doesn't sound like it's going to end well. What if we placed the centrifuge at the top of a mountain though? Lower air pressure means less thermodynamics to worry about, and shorter distance to orbit means a lower launch speed is required.

    companies practicing "traditional" launch are iterating, improving, and optimising, to the point where any gains from SpinLaunch's technique will be rendered moot

    I think there's definitely some merit to electrifying the first stage of a rocket launch, but I'm not sure a centrifuge is a good solution. The advantage of a centrifuge in this case is that they give a high speed compared to the size of the facility, but maybe it would be better to instead construct a kilometre long rail gun up the slope of a mountain, for a more gradual (and single-directional) acceleration.

    2 votes