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  1. Comment on Vulfpeck - Lost My Treble Long Ago (2018) in ~music

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    If you're into funk and you don't know Vulfpeck, you're missing some of the best stuff of all time. I only recently discovered them and I'm so disappointed I went so long without their music. As a...
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    If you're into funk and you don't know Vulfpeck, you're missing some of the best stuff of all time. I only recently discovered them and I'm so disappointed I went so long without their music. As a friend of mine put it, they are "yessir, the funkiest."

    Other Vulfpeck track recommendations of mine would be Dean Town, Cory Wong, Fugue State, Adrienne and Adrianne, Soft Parade, Funky Duck, and Rango II.

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  2. Comment on Snarky Puppy - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert in ~music

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    The fact that League was able to get a group of 50 interns to correctly play a 4:3 polyrhythm in five minutes is crazy. Maybe it wouldn't be as difficult as it seems to get a group to do it; I...

    The fact that League was able to get a group of 50 interns to correctly play a 4:3 polyrhythm in five minutes is crazy. Maybe it wouldn't be as difficult as it seems to get a group to do it; I haven't tried that. I do know that it took me several days of practice to be able to do it consistently, and several weeks to be able to do it fairly effortlessly. He makes a point about always listening to the other musicians, but in this case that can almost make it MORE difficult since you'll naturally gravitate to the other rhythm you're hearing.

    Regardless, this stuff is why I love Snarky Puppy.

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  3. Comment on Are 'Exemplary' labels no longer visible? in ~tildes

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    I'm not around here much and I'm not colorblind myself, so maybe it's been established that the colors are safe, but this seems like a major issue to me. Not having some additional form of...

    it's an issue with color blindness

    I'm not around here much and I'm not colorblind myself, so maybe it's been established that the colors are safe, but this seems like a major issue to me. Not having some additional form of identification for features like these cripples the ability of people with colorblindness to engage with the site. Something as small as a star or dot would suffice, but color can't be the only indicator unless we're sure it's a color that will work.

  4. Comment on BioWare plans a complete overhaul for Anthem in ~games

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    The Master Chief Collection was a BIG one. Literally unplayable at launch, and not in the memey sense. The majority of the game was sincerely not able to be played. They patched it up to passable,...

    I'm sure there are others

    The Master Chief Collection was a BIG one. Literally unplayable at launch, and not in the memey sense. The majority of the game was sincerely not able to be played. They patched it up to passable, left it for a year or so, then just a few years ago they came back and have made some huge progress with it (and are still going, Halo: Reach is being added in just a few weeks).

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  5. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I'm not sure I understood everything you were talking about with Pure Zero, but it sounds very interesting.

    I'm not sure I understood everything you were talking about with Pure Zero, but it sounds very interesting.

  6. Comment on What is THAT level for you? in ~games

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    Halo: CE, The Library. It's just floor after floor of corridors with endless waves of zombies charging you down. For the most part, there's not even much variation in the gameplay. Once you...

    Halo: CE, The Library. It's just floor after floor of corridors with endless waves of zombies charging you down. For the most part, there's not even much variation in the gameplay. Once you acquire a shotgun, you just make sure you don't run out of ammo for it, which was not difficult since the shotgun in Halo CE could carry something like 60 rounds in reserve and had a clip/magazine of 12. Sometimes Spark would leave to go unlock a door and you'd have to stand in one spot and kill waves of enemies instead of moving down a hallway killing waves of enemies. There were only like three types of hallways too. I've still never done that level solo on Legendary, though I did do it co-op with my brother this year.

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  7. Comment on Any advice for a first time DM? in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm a very inexperienced DM but I can offer a few tips that I've heard repeated often and which helped me. -You are playing the game WITH the players, not against them. It's your job to make sure...

    I'm a very inexperienced DM but I can offer a few tips that I've heard repeated often and which helped me.

    -You are playing the game WITH the players, not against them. It's your job to make sure everyone has fun, not to defeat them. This is the number one rule. The game should be fun.

    -It's okay to fudge rolls. Sometimes the dice fall in a way that would just be straight-up no fun. As the supreme overlord, you have final say in what happens. Use this power wisely and sparingly. It also only works if they can't see your rolls. If they start to suspect that you're taking liberties with the dice, you may lose their trust, and this will rob them of a lot of satisfaction and also cause resentment: "Whatever, I knew the DM was going to let me do that," "Wow, this DM is such a dick, I can't do anything."

    -If someone at the table is uncomfortable with a situation in-game, it's your responsibility to put an end to it. There's too many stories on Reddit of messed up stuff (think rape or worse) being perpetrated by the PCs. If it seems necessary, discuss what sorts of scenarios the group is comfortable with, and if the line is crossed, shut it down. Again, the game should be fun.

    -Work on your storytelling. One of the best DM traits is to be a good storyteller. Describe things with many different senses to draw the players in. Show, don't tell (e.g. "The troll is confused" vs "The troll blinks at you slowly, barely reacting to your absurd behavior."). If you can do voices, that's even better. I don't/can't but I really wish I could. Every bit helps to create a more immersive experience for the players.

    -The rule of cool is pretty good, but don't let it get out of hand. If there's a situation that's called into question, weigh the benefits of just letting the "cooler" result pass for the sake of fun.

    -If you're designing your own world/campaign, think about what you would enjoy as a PLAYER, not just what is cool to you as a worldbuilder. Often, the players may not care about a large infodump about the 10,000-year history of the region they're in. However, you can find ways to make them care that will be more fun for everyone involved. Maybe the secret to unlocking the dragon tomb is found in a tale from the descendants of the ancient tribe that has lived around it for generations.

    That's a few of the things I can think of off the top of my head. I'm always down to talk DnD stuff, though like I said I'm not the most experienced DM. I hope some of that helped!

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  8. Comment on All the criminal charges to emerge so far from Robert Mueller's investigation in ~news

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    At least in the case of Flynn, the speculation is that the reason they recommended no jail time is because he gave the special counsel so much dirt on the people higher up than him.

    At least in the case of Flynn, the speculation is that the reason they recommended no jail time is because he gave the special counsel so much dirt on the people higher up than him.

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  9. Comment on Demographics Survey Results, Year 0.5 in ~tildes

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    Wait, some people actually do use "it/its" as their pronouns? I assumed no one would ever use those and always go for "they/them" if they didn't use something like "ze". Interesting.

    Wait, some people actually do use "it/its" as their pronouns? I assumed no one would ever use those and always go for "they/them" if they didn't use something like "ze". Interesting.

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  10. Comment on Eric Whitacre, Robert Frost - "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (Sleep) in ~music

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    "Sleep" is a choral work composed by Eric Whitacre. It was originally written as a setting of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," but the Frost estate refused to allow the text...

    "Sleep" is a choral work composed by Eric Whitacre. It was originally written as a setting of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," but the Frost estate refused to allow the text to be used, so the words were changed and the piece became "Sleep." This, however, is a recording from before the piece was published, sung with the original Frost text.

  11. Comment on Dear US-Americans of Tildes, is West Virginia really that bad? in ~talk

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    I'm not from West Virginia, nor have I spent any significant amount of time in it, so I can't necessarily offer any new information about it. I might be able to provide insight into why some...

    I'm not from West Virginia, nor have I spent any significant amount of time in it, so I can't necessarily offer any new information about it. I might be able to provide insight into why some people on Reddit talk about it that way though.

    Depending on the subreddit, on Reddit you're probably more likely to encounter liberal viewpoints than conservative ones. In America (and elsewhere, I would expect), there's a pretty sharp divide between urban vs rural political leanings, with people from urban areas leaning more to the liberal side of things and people from rural areas to the conservative side. WV is one of the more rural states, at least as far as I'm aware (I couldn't think of any major cities in the state off the top of my head, and when I googled it I barely recognized any of the names in the top 20 list), and it has historically voted more to the conservative side, though not as strongly as some other states. So there's one reason right off the bat that people on Reddit may not like it very much.

    Another reason has to do with economics and geography. West Virginia is mostly in the Appalachian Mountains, and to my knowledge, Appalachia is generally a sparsely populated and fairly poor region. I'm from Ohio and the southeast corner of our state is sort of in Appalachia, and the sentiment about that area is similar. From what I know, it's mostly small coal mining towns that have since been almost entirely abandoned after the coal boom, leaving a lot of people out of work. Because of the mountains, these towns are also often pretty isolated, which is probably where the jokes about people from the region being inbreds come from. The Appalachian Mountains aren't all that big as far as mountain ranges go, but I have driven through them several times and when you're on the highways you pass many small, dingy-looking towns that sometimes look like they're stuck in the mid-1900s. In general, it seems to me like these are places you drive through, and they don't offer much of a reason to stop. This passing view of the towns likely also contributes to the negative stigma surrounding the region.

    You specifically ask about how West Virginia is simultaneously referred to as "almost heaven" and a "shithole." This happens because people talk about different aspects of the state for different reasons. People describing it as almost heaven are probably talking about vacation opportunities, while people describing it as a shithole are usually referring more to the communities there. I'm not going to confirm or deny that either description is accurate, but that's my interpretation of them as someone who lives relatively nearby and has at least a passing familiarity with the area.

    TL;DR: The region is generally poor, as well as geographically and ideologically (or so I've heard) isolated.

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