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  1. Comment on Nickelback - The Devil Went Down To Georgia (feat. Dave Martone) (2020) in ~music

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    Part of the hate Nickelback gets is because that cheesy, mid-2000's Post-grunge band with the gravel-voiced singer genre was so unbearably oversaturated at the time. They were the face of that...

    Part of the hate Nickelback gets is because that cheesy, mid-2000's Post-grunge band with the gravel-voiced singer genre was so unbearably oversaturated at the time. They were the face of that genre so, despite being talented, they were also the face of the backlash.

  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    You honestly don't even notice it. I've watched the show three times now and reading that comment, just now, is the first time I've realized that particular episode has no dialogue.

    You honestly don't even notice it. I've watched the show three times now and reading that comment, just now, is the first time I've realized that particular episode has no dialogue.

  3. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    While I appreciate the optimistic outlook and Im not too worried about Canada's response, I disagree that we have "caught up" and the numbers you posted don't suggest that. According to your first...

    While I appreciate the optimistic outlook and Im not too worried about Canada's response, I disagree that we have "caught up" and the numbers you posted don't suggest that. According to your first link we are just barely outpacing the US at 0.68 to 0.60, however the US has been slowing down their pace of vaccination after the initial blitz because of the increasing effort to find willing candidates. Canada is still in the early phase where everyone who needs the vaccine is getting it.

    Likewise by the end of this week 50% of Americans are going to have at least a single dose of the vaccine, as opposed to Canada where the 50% mark is expected between late July and early August.

    You could argue 3.5 months is no big deal but I disagree. How many more deaths will occur in that period? How many more economically destructive lockdowns? This is a scenario where time is absolutely of the essence.

    You're second link mentions that we are 19th on the world stage and 7th out of the OECD countries, this may just be my overbearing patriotism talking but I would have hoped for better for Canada as a moderately rich, advanced nation. I don't see those numbers as positives, and I'm honestly wondering if the only reason we are third in the G7 because Europe is having such woes getting vaccines.

    And to be frank, the "per capita" metric is somewhat misleading in terms of this discussion because of the manufacturing limits and time frames. It is far more impressive when the U S. vaccinates 165 million people 3 months faster than Canada can vaccinate 18 million.

    As I said it's just a gut punch, especially as you described, because the U.S. treated the pandemic like a joke. I was there for all of 2020, I saw the restaurants packed full, the bars packed full, people not wearing masks, shaking hands, scoffing at any sort of restrictions. Then I came back here and while it wasn't perfect (thanks Jason Kenney) it was treated much more seriously, I've watched restaurants shut there doors forever, small shops and businesses gone, my favourite local music venues gone, gyms gone because we did the right thing and shut down, friends and family members that isolated themselves from contact for months to protect eachother. And yet, despite all that sacrifice, the US will likely still come out ahead of us in the overall recovery. Would Ontario, Alberta and BC be going into lockdowns right now if the country was approaching 50% vaccination?

    I expected more from our government initially. That's all.

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  4. Comment on BBQ's on balconies in ~food

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    Our city allows for gas barbecues on balconies, however solid fuel is illegal (including briquettes, smokers/traegers etc). I am on the top floor however the roof does have a lip over the balcony....

    Our city allows for gas barbecues on balconies, however solid fuel is illegal (including briquettes, smokers/traegers etc). I am on the top floor however the roof does have a lip over the balcony. It's about thirteen feet up though, due to the upwards sweeping design of the buildings roof so I imagine I should be alright for flare ups. It's also some sort of stucco/cement material from what I can see so the only fear would be leaving a smoke patch on it.

    The structure is indeed metal and concrete construction making fire less of a worry than superficial damage.

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  5. Comment on BBQ's on balconies in ~food

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    Ya this is my worry. I've seen modern vinyl siding warp and melt due to a BBQ as well. I'm fairly certain the aluminum siding will hold up fine but the glass windows are another story.

    This is anecdotal, but I heavily warped 4 of the wood panels on an old victorian with one use of a BBQ

    Ya this is my worry. I've seen modern vinyl siding warp and melt due to a BBQ as well. I'm fairly certain the aluminum siding will hold up fine but the glass windows are another story.

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  6. Comment on BBQ's on balconies in ~food

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    I do actually have two fire extinguishers and an infrared laser! I'll take your suggestion and measure the temperature on the material after each use to see how close I can get it. I'm still a...

    I do actually have two fire extinguishers and an infrared laser!

    I'll take your suggestion and measure the temperature on the material after each use to see how close I can get it. I'm still a little worried about the apartment side windows, which is not tempered glass. Damn these surrounding floor to ceiling views!

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  7. BBQ's on balconies

    Somehow, for the first time in over a decade of apartment/condo living I find myself with a barbecue. A good one at that. However having just fired it up for the first time and getting it up to...

    Somehow, for the first time in over a decade of apartment/condo living I find myself with a barbecue. A good one at that. However having just fired it up for the first time and getting it up to 600°, I find myself a little worried about the logistics of running a BBQ on a balcony. I'm aware of my municipal and building regulations, the balcony itself comes with a natural gas hookup for the barbecue, so that's not an issue. My worry is whether it's safe to keep the bbq up against the wall that holds the gas hookup.

    My siding is either aluminium or floor to ceiling glass. My biggest fear is the heat warping either. The balcony itself is also glass, although I assume tempered, and considerering the unobstructed southernly direction the glass is used to getting heat in the summer.

    My question is for those who BBQ regularely on tildes. Any experience with barbecues in tight spaces and up against walls? Would you folks suggest pulling the BBQ away from the wall everytime I use it? If so how far?.

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  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    About a week ago I got my notification from UT Health in Houston that I could come in for my first shot. Too bad I'm not longer in the United States. Bit of a gut punch but hopefully it will only...

    About a week ago I got my notification from UT Health in Houston that I could come in for my first shot.

    Too bad I'm not longer in the United States.

    Bit of a gut punch but hopefully it will only be a couple more months before Canada gets their shit together.

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  9. Comment on Zemo and New Cap: Lawful evil or lawful neutral? in ~tv

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    I don't see why not. When a person, or a group, kills multiple people, killing them is a logical response to prevent more bloodshed. If you fail to capture/negotiate with them and they take more...

    Are you sure you want to die on that hill?

    I don't see why not. When a person, or a group, kills multiple people, killing them is a logical response to prevent more bloodshed. If you fail to capture/negotiate with them and they take more lives as a result, then the moral arithmetic for "killing is never right" falls apart immediately.

    Avoiding bloodshed is a moral response, especially in fantasy television. That doesn't make it the correct response.

    But that's not what the murder was about. It was solely vengeance for Lamar's death. The bombing isn't even relevant here.

    It's all connected. You can break down any moment to the moment immediately proceeding it but that doesn't mean previous events didn't affect the outcome. The Flag Smashers are being chased down in the first place because of their terroristic/freedom fighter actions. The stakes were upped when they murdered atleast 11 people.

    Cap's kill in Winter Soldier was mid-combat

    I would have to rewatch the scene but the majority of Cap's takedowns in that opening scene were on unsuspecting men with no idea an Avenger was about to drop in on them. Most of them before they even recognized what was going on. Stealth takedowns/kills hardly qualify as the "middle of combat".

    Walker's kill was an unarmed man begging for his life while knowing that it wasn't him who killed Lamar because he saw Karli kill him. His orders aren't to kill the Flag smashers, they are to bring them in. He had a man literally at his feet begging for his life and he killed him when he could've arrested him. We can debate the morality of killing all day long but if we disagree here any further discussion is pointless.

    The same man, 3 minutes earlier, was holding Walker in place to allow Karli to gut him with a knife.

    If someone is an accessory to your attempted brutal murder, earlier an accessory to the murder of 11 innocent people, and partook in the kidnapping of your best friend which ultimately culminated in his death, why are they suddenly off the hook and a non-combatant because they began begging for their life in their final moments?

    he wants to help people he isn't neutral, and if he is going to break rules then he isn't lawful. What you described would possibly be neutral good to chaotic good depending on the attitude on laws.

    I got my alignments reversed, my apologies and thank you for the correction. I would argue neutral good originally and we will have to see what kind of havoc the serum plays on his mind.

    I think it was 3 but that's irrelevant. Walker himself says in that same episode that whatever they did to earn those medals was "a long way away from being right"

    I took that as survivors guilt/PTSD talking. You earn Medals Honour for Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Typically for saving people. It came across heavily as a "these medals represent the worst moments in my life" type deal, not that he partook in some sort of Abu Graib situation and was awarded a medal.

    I am not making that argument, but it raises a nice point: Walker is supposed to be a seasoned veteran who should stay cool under pressure, and yet he again and again displays bursts of rage when things don't go his way. People dying left and right is a fairly normal thing in warfare, while traumatizing, it should not lead you to commit a public execution.

    Soldiers kill people in battle, and while we fantasize about them being cold and calculated while they do so, that's often not the case. All this illustrates is why John Walker is not right to be Captain America. Steve wasn't a good soldier (or a blooded veteran) and that's why he was the perfect candidate.

    Edit: Which brings me to a different question, how the hell is Walker supposed to arrest the super soldiers? I don't know if the show intended this or not but the US government basically gave him the shield and a costume and sent him out there . He didn't originally have the serum, he doesn't have any advanced tech, he's literally carrying police issue steel handcuffs. They couldn't give him some of that fancy Sword/Shield handcuff tech? The least powered character in the entire series slipped out of Walker's cuffs with zero issue.

    He wouldn't have been able to arrest the guy even of he wanted to. Walker was set up to fail right from the get go.

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  10. Comment on Zemo and New Cap: Lawful evil or lawful neutral? in ~tv

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    Walker is not "evil" for killing the Flag Smasher. This idea stems solely from the idea that killing people is always evil, which is itself a problematic idea. We literally watched the group...

    Walker is not "evil" for killing the Flag Smasher. This idea stems solely from the idea that killing people is always evil, which is itself a problematic idea. We literally watched the group murder tens of innocent people and Walker has no idea, like we do, that that was as lone act by Karli. It doesn't matter whether or not that particular Flag Smasher is the one that killed Lemar. They have murdered countless people in cold blood.

    It makes walker an anti-hero not a villain.

    The only reason people are calling it "evil" is because they instantly hated him due to assuming the Captain America mantle. At the start of Winter Soldier Cap literally kicks a pirate clear off the boat into the ocean, at night. Do you think that person just swam home and lived a happy life? He drowned. Steve murdered him. When Steve was beating the shit out of Tony Stark and flaunting the lawful orders of the U.S. government almost entirely to protect his friend who was a brainwashed murderous cyborg with hundreds of kills to his name, with no indication this friend could ever be redeemed, did anyone call Steve evil? No because we like him and he's the protagonist.

    John Walker is is a lawful neutral character. He wants to help people but will break the rules to do so. He didn't earn four medals of honour by being a villain. He is a person with good intentions but willing to use (what we consider) negative means of attaining them. He is also a foil to Steve (and Sam's) character as he crumbles under the pressure of the mantle.

    And you know what?

    Anyone here who says they wouldn't react the same way as he did when their closest friend is brutally murdered is a bald faced liar.

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  11. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    Physical USD exists due to a number of sources. In no particular order: Venezuela was actually quite well off (relatively speaking) prior to the mid 90's. They suffered greatly during oil crashes,...

    Presumably, people who have a way of earning more US dollars than they need in Venezuela and are looking for a way to get it out of the country?

    Physical USD exists due to a number of sources. In no particular order:

    1. Venezuela was actually quite well off (relatively speaking) prior to the mid 90's. They suffered greatly during oil crashes, and corruption was rampant, but whenever oil prices were strong the middle class in Venezuela did relatively well. Many upper middle class could afford to go to American/Western Universities or take foreign vacations. USD entered the economy this way and many of the oil workers were actually paid in USD. The banks were also open to foreign financial input. There is a dwindling quantity of physical USD within the country that still exists from this period, essentially "hidden in the mattresses".

    2. USD and Brazilian/Colombian currencies come in through the borders, especially at border towns where cross border trade and labour are rampant.

    3. Remittance from the rapidly expanding Venezuelan diaspora is a big source. People not dabbling in bitcoin either send back USD or make online purchases with USD (there are digital storefronts that specialize in delivering goods to your family in Venezuela in exchange for your foreign currency).

    4. Smuggled dollars play a part. Gold and drugs are an obvious source but another is gasoline. Free gasoline is essentially a sacrosanct government subsidy in Venezuela no matter how bad things get so any fuel smuggled out of the country can be sold for an instant profit.

    5. The government does business in Euro's in order to do business and dodge American sanctions. Minerals/oil they sell and interest from loans are often paid to them in Euro's which, while not USD, is a stable foreign currency entering the financial system.

    It wouldn't be surprising if the Bitcoin ends up in the hands of corrupt government officials or whoever is smuggling in black-market goods. Or just funding the Venezuelan government as they look for ways to bypass the embargo

    That's what the Euro's are for. I would also suggest that any small amount of Bitcoin that falls into the government's hands isn't enough to make a difference. The pittance of Bitcoin a Venezuelan citizen needs to survive is multiple orders of magnitude below what the Venezuelan government works with on a day to day basis.

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  12. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    They aren't (usually) trading the cryptocurrency directly for goods. I can't speak for Iran but in Venezuela the only way to reliably afford goods is by paying with US dollars. The Venezuelan...

    They aren't (usually) trading the cryptocurrency directly for goods.

    I can't speak for Iran but in Venezuela the only way to reliably afford goods is by paying with US dollars. The Venezuelan dollar is worthless. You also don't want to be keeping your USD in a bank as the government can and will seize that any anytime, or the bank can shutdown, freeze your assets etc. You either need someone working outside of the country to send money back (as many of my coworkers do) or, alternatively, Bitcoin can be held outside of a bank and also traded for USD which is then used to purchase goods. Bitcoin also holds its value relatively well (even increasing its value) whereas fiat currency available to Venezuelans does not.

    There are other reasons to use Bitcoin. You can transfer it without incurring the, frankly, ridiculous fees Western Union and regular banks charge for wire transfers, ensuring more money gets from the giant Venezuelan diaspora to those who remained behind. The transfers are also relatively instantaneous whereas the fastest wore transfers may take three to five business days.

    Venezuela is also financially restricted from the rest of the world's banks (hence why Western Union is popular). Digital cryptocoins circumvent those restrictions and gives Venezuelans access to the financial world outside Venezuela. Venezuelans are not free to exchange bolivars for US dollars or any other currency, so crypto allows them to bypass those barriers.

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  13. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    People act like the physical US dollar isn't the most widely used currency for drug purchases, and criminal activity. If it's not passing hands digitally the government has very little oversight...

    People act like the physical US dollar isn't the most widely used currency for drug purchases, and criminal activity. If it's not passing hands digitally the government has very little oversight over that dollar in your pocket. Go pay a sex worker, or buy a kilo of cocaine, the government has no idea what you're doing with it.

    If you were paid it in a non-traditional way, i.e. under the table, there is no regulatory scrutiny. There is no taxation. Billions of dollars pass undocumented this way throughout the US every year.

    I'm not even a crypto fan but why are cryptocoins considered worse than this?

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  14. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    I don't know guys maybe I'm crazy, but maybe just don't use the feature if you don't like it. I've spent half a decade at this point convincing the rank and file to consider their own security and...
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    I don't know guys maybe I'm crazy, but maybe just don't use the feature if you don't like it.

    I've spent half a decade at this point convincing the rank and file to consider their own security and privacy and join me over on signal. It's been an uphill battle all the way, one in which I am just starting to make progress. You think I'm suddenly going to switch to Matrix and start the process all over again just because signal is dabbling in crypto? That seems absurd to me.

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    You mean, besides Covid? It was meant to release May 2020.

    You mean, besides Covid? It was meant to release May 2020.

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  17. Comment on Space Jam - A New Legacy (Trailer 1) in ~movies

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    If I had to guess theres going to be two scenes with all the IP's, one when LeBron is swooping around the server farm for the first time, then again one as everyone assembles for the game. I doubt...

    If I had to guess theres going to be two scenes with all the IP's, one when LeBron is swooping around the server farm for the first time, then again one as everyone assembles for the game. I doubt the other properties will play any major roll other than as fans in the stands. I'm pretty sure I saw a couple Batman '66 villains in the stands for example. It will likely only be busy for those particular moments.

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  18. Comment on Space Jam - A New Legacy (Trailer 1) in ~movies

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    I honestly didn't think this would ever come to fruition. It doesn't look terrible but trailers are deceiving. Hopefully this film can provide kids today the same excitement the original did for...

    I honestly didn't think this would ever come to fruition. It doesn't look terrible but trailers are deceiving. Hopefully this film can provide kids today the same excitement the original did for us 90's kids.

    WB leveraging their multiple IP's (pretty sure I even saw a Game of Thrones server in there), to essentially do nothing but act as window dressing, is a very 20XX approach that is going to get old fast. Pretty sure that Iron Giant was literally lifted straight out of Ready Player One.

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  19. Comment on Brutalist buildings aren’t unlovable. You’re looking at them wrong. in ~design

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    I live in what could be considered a very northern city which, for whatever reason, went all in on the brutalism during the 50's-70's. Unfortunately, until around 2005 that era was the most...

    I live in what could be considered a very northern city which, for whatever reason, went all in on the brutalism during the 50's-70's. Unfortunately, until around 2005 that era was the most prosperous for the city and resulted in the bulk of downtown being made up of ugly grey cement with small beady windows. For years nobody wanted to go there, nobody wanted to live there and nobody wanted to work there. What should have been the economic center of this million strong city was barren.

    Over the last fifteen years there was a bit of another economic boom and a lot of nicer buildings went up, however the brutalist buildings haven't gone anywhere so there is this wonderful stratification of depressing bare concrete rectangles transitioning into more moderm designs.

    Having grown up surrounded by brutalist architecture I've never understood why people go to bat for it. Sure, there is the odd brutalist masterpiece here and there but the vast majority of the time the buildings look terrible. They looked old (in a bad way) thirty years ago when I was growing up let alone now. Even the original 1910s era architecture had outlasted the brutalist buildings in terms of aesthetics.

    Fortunately a couple of the buildings have recently torn off their concrete facade (which I didn't know was possible) and replaced it with more modern aesthetic, while leaving the structure of the building intact. I'm hoping a few of the other brutalist towers follow suit and perform some sort of beautification.

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  20. Comment on Lil Nas X — Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (2021) in ~music

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    I must be becoming boring in my old age. All these liberals calling WAP and now this "masterpieces" and "art" in reaction to the Ben Shapiro's of the world and all I hear and see is average at...

    I must be becoming boring in my old age. All these liberals calling WAP and now this "masterpieces" and "art" in reaction to the Ben Shapiro's of the world and all I hear and see is average at best Hip-Hop with vaguely interesting music videos.

    Are you folks just trolling the chuds? What the hell is going on here?

    I grew up with Christina Aguilera simulating a post apocalyptic orgy in an abandoned warehouse, how is this shit getting on the radar?

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