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  1. Comment on A Short History of Manly Beauty Products for Masculine Men in ~life

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    The same goes for the female makeup industry and black skin types, I understand that. But that point of the article is talking about re-marketing grooming items in a masculine form to convince men...

    The same goes for the female makeup industry and black skin types, I understand that. But that point of the article is talking about re-marketing grooming items in a masculine form to convince men to purchase them. What I'm asking for, lets say cologne because that is racially neutral, are other races less susceptible to wanting a canteen shaped cologne bottle or whatever the gimmick is? Are white men uniquely demanding of black (edit: the colour) packaging?

    It's just a wierd swipe to take, as if only white men are uncomfortable and anxious about their masculinity, when other races of men face the same anxieties and even practice more "machismo" in many cases.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on A Short History of Manly Beauty Products for Masculine Men in ~life

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    Was this particularly necessary? Are black.men less susceptible to machismo and less prone to buying male codified things?

    the men’s grooming industry has long traded in ideas about masculinity and machismo, as well as anxieties plaguing modern, particularly straight white men.

    Was this particularly necessary? Are black.men less susceptible to machismo and less prone to buying male codified things?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Include New Materia in ~games

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    With the new battle system it was inevitable that they would have to make changes to certain materia. With that said I can't wait until the diehards are bawling their eyes out because their...

    With the new battle system it was inevitable that they would have to make changes to certain materia. With that said I can't wait until the diehards are bawling their eyes out because their favourite materia (Luck Plus or something similarly inane) is missing.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Memory is a big one (edi: Pure recall in this case rather than imaginative or visual memory). I have a middling memory that I've inherited from my father. Attention/focus is another. While I don't...

    Memory is a big one (edi: Pure recall in this case rather than imaginative or visual memory). I have a middling memory that I've inherited from my father. Attention/focus is another. While I don't have any particular issues with focus, it could always use improvement. I try to hone my logical thinking.

    There's a theory in self improvement that we are born with the strengths we are born with and it is more efficient to improve your strengths then to focus on improving your weaknesses because it takes more reaources to improve the latter. That's a theory I buy into in this case. I'm not a dreamer, I never have been, and its not restricting me as far as I can tell, so why waste the time/resources necessary just to get to the baseline other people experience when I can put that time towards excelling where I surpass others?

  5. Comment on I’m a Journalist but Didn't Fully Realize The Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy in ~news

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    The state of the U.S. border, on either side, and within Airports 100's of miles into the interior, is an absolute nightmare for travelers. My first entry into the nation with my visa, from the...

    The state of the U.S. border, on either side, and within Airports 100's of miles into the interior, is an absolute nightmare for travelers.

    My first entry into the nation with my visa, from the Canadian side, I was sequestered to a secondary holding area for an hour as the CBP supervisor conducted whatever search of me they felt necessary. For anyone that hasn't been in one, these rooms are behind security in such a way so that you simply can't leave if they don't want you to. There is no voluntary exit to the front of the airport and you can't proceed to the terminal without their permission. Fortunately I was left in a general waiting area and not secluded into a small room. All my questioning as mildly invasive as it was was performed in relative openess.

    On the other side of the country, in Texas, there exists what can only be described as border crossings 80 miles into the country. The highway heading north is funnelled into a CBP station where all vehicles are stopped, photographed and questioned at the minimum, with a sniffer dog sniffing your undercarriage. As a white male I have only recieved a cursory search where the officer will glance around the interior of my vehicle without asking me to exit, and question my citizenship, however I can't imagine ehat the scenario is like for a Latin-American. I have never been to Mexico, nor closer than ten miles to the southern border, however, everytime my work takes me to McAllen/Brownsville, or Laredo I have to pass through CBP border control. How does that make any sense?

    And now not even American citizens can expect their rights to be respected by the CBP? Everything you have is subject to search and seizure? What about the constitution, the bill of rights? How has the xoubtry allowed its governmental bureaus to become dystopian nightmares?

    23 votes
  6. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    I don't drink nor consume drugs other than the odd LSD experience anymore. Most mood/consciousness altering drugs simply dont affect me as they should making them meaningless. I do consume certain...

    I don't drink nor consume drugs other than the odd LSD experience anymore. Most mood/consciousness altering drugs simply dont affect me as they should making them meaningless. I do consume certain cholinergic noots (mainly Alpha GPC), however I have noticed no change concerning dreams.

    I've considered practicing dream enhancement but, to be frank, I don't see the point of committing the time. I've established that my mind's eye doesn't work as well as it should. I can't imagine vividly like other people can imagine. Visual memories aren't particularely visual, nor clear. Pure fabrications of the imagination are even less vivid. I've come to the assumption that I must sit somewhere on a aphantasia spectrum, so my efforts might be better focused elsewhere.

  7. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    A little off topic, but blows me away that people have dreams that seem indistinguishable from reality. I rarely ever dream, and when I do it is distant, grainy, muddy, out of focus. More akin to...

    A little off topic, but blows me away that people have dreams that seem indistinguishable from reality. I rarely ever dream, and when I do it is distant, grainy, muddy, out of focus. More akin to imagining than experiencing.

    To have a dream that isn't immediately recognizable as seperate from reality is completely inconceivable to me.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol in ~news

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    The Republican party is a terrorist organization, plain and simple. They are funded by foreign nations that wish to do harm to the nation. They pursue the support of fascist biker gangs,...

    The Republican party is a terrorist organization, plain and simple. They are funded by foreign nations that wish to do harm to the nation. They pursue the support of fascist biker gangs, paramilitaries and evangelical extremists. They encourage biolence by their supporters They legislate through ransom, threatening government shut down, benefits seizure that could result in deaths. They create and support perpetual wars of aggression in foreign countries that have not attacked the United States.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Are There Potential Downsides of Going to 100 Percent Renewable Energy? in ~enviro

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    Eh. With the exception of tar sands, almost all oil and natural gas extraction has a negligible environmental impact short of something disastrous like say an uncontrolled blownout in the open...

    You also have to mine fossil fuels too

    Eh. With the exception of tar sands, almost all oil and natural gas extraction has a negligible environmental impact short of something disastrous like say an uncontrolled blownout in the open ocean. The average lease is a 1000x1000 foot lease than gets a bedding of gravel laid down. The rig gets brought in and set up it drills however many wells on that pad, and the cuttings (the rock being displaced by the drilling) gets cleaned(ish) and shipped out to a designated dumping place where its buried similiar to a landfill.

    Certainly in some areas such as North Canada or Russia, clearing 1000ft² of forest for the pad is not environmentally great, however in Texas/Wyoming/North Dakota/etc the land is mostly open farm land or desertified.

    The issue is of course the emissions from the usage of the product, as well as if the state/county allows methane flaring, where the oil company will burn any gas coming out of the well during the drilling process before it can set up the production equipment and storage.

    Even the tar sands have moved away from the open pit mining model to a drilling style called SAGD that exchanges those huge ugly deforested hell holes for small innocuous drilling pads similiar to those described above.

    Coal is dead.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think in ~life

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    There is no endgame. It's something akin to an old arcade game. You keep working towards it, excelling, pushing upwards, sometimes falling back, but always struggling higher. We, as a species,...

    But I guess I don't understand what the end game of your success is.

    There is no endgame. It's something akin to an old arcade game. You keep working towards it, excelling, pushing upwards, sometimes falling back, but always struggling higher. We, as a species, didn't rise to our current level by stagnating. We didn't get here by enjoying the world around us. We became the most advanced creatures in the known universe off the incremental work conducted by men and women over the last 20,000 years. Little additions to society here and there add up and lead to where we stand now.

    How would you feel if all this building you're doing turned out to be worth nothing some time in the future?

    Of course it will eventually be worth nothing from a certain perspective. Everything turns to dust. We all grow old and die and are soon forgotten. You have an advantage because your books will long out last us but even then, those will fall out of publish and disappear. What you are doing is worth nothing when we look at it from that point of view. But then maybe your books inspire someone, enlighten them, emotionally or intellectually sustain them. Then that person does something that adds to society a little more. And then someone takes that contribution and builds upon it.

    Those are the building blocks of civilization and even though, eventually, the earlier increments are forgotten, that doesn't take away from the importance they had in initiating the progress.

    But to answer my own question from above, I'm not sure what the end game is for me. At this point, I'd be content just writing novel after novel for the next forty years until I croak. I'm not interested anymore in fame or wealth or any kind of external reward or praise for what I'm doing. Just getting to do it is rewarding enough. I think maybe you and I are very similar in that regard.

    We are similar in that regard, but it seems that you may be discounting your writing in a sense. You are labouring. Your labour is intellectual, and you enjoy it, but it is still a labour. You have found your own meaning and your own method to contribute to society. You are productive (exceptionally so it would seem). It's not about being famous (unless that's where someone finds meaning). Nor is it about being rich. Success is its own amorphous goal.

    Which is all to say, I am absolutely fine with dying tomorrow, in the sense of never experiencing some "benefit" from my labours, because I know I am helping continue the slow march of this nebulous human project.

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  11. Comment on Scary Fast: How hypersonic missiles are touching off a new global arms race that threatens to change the nature of warfare in ~tech

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    Of course it's a bad idea. When has that ever stopped us?

    Of course it's a bad idea. When has that ever stopped us?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Scary Fast: How hypersonic missiles are touching off a new global arms race that threatens to change the nature of warfare in ~tech

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    The result will be automation. Instantaneous and automatic response in a first strike scenario. Take the decision away from human fallibility and emotion. Skynet. All that jazz.

    The result will be automation. Instantaneous and automatic response in a first strike scenario. Take the decision away from human fallibility and emotion. Skynet. All that jazz.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on How to start being an adult? I feel like I am falling downhill without any branch to catch me. in ~life

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    When I came out of high school I went into computer science because I didn't know what else to do. Turns out I hated it. By year two I was struggling along, 2.1 GPA, risking expulsion, no...

    When I came out of high school I went into computer science because I didn't know what else to do.

    Turns out I hated it.

    By year two I was struggling along, 2.1 GPA, risking expulsion, no motivation to go to class, depressed sitting at home gaming, or just watching bullshit television, drinking a lot. Similarly no friends, just a girlfriend.

    In the end I dropped out for six months, and came back the next fall in the geology program and literally everything changed. I still love geology, work in a geological related field, made friends that I still have nearly a decade later, my current longterm girlfriend who is likely the one, I met through geological associations. GPA ended at a 3.8. Got a master's degree in the field.

    You need a change. Conputer Sciences aren't for you. I'm not saying go into geology, but I would suggest maybe dropping into general sciences and trying a bunch of different 100-levels until you find something that speaks to you. See if you can fit in some business courses as well. Don't be afraid of starting over and finding something you are at least a little bit passionate for.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think in ~life

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    That is one perspective on the matter, and not wholly incorrect for many people. I would suggest that you are missing a whole other perspective by generalizing every worker as chasing money to buy...

    That is one perspective on the matter, and not wholly incorrect for many people. I would suggest that you are missing a whole other perspective by generalizing every worker as chasing money to buy random tchotchke's we don't need. Some of us grind long hours, or constantly seek success because that is where we find meaning.

    I work 12 hours a day seven days a week. Sometimes I work more than 12 hours a day. I once worked 56 straight hours, willingly. Do I do it because I'm chasing a bigger television? It doesn't seem like it. I spend maybe 22-25k all together of my yearly salary, everything else for the last three to four years has simply accumulated in my checking account (I should really do something about that...). I live in a comfortable but underfurnished small apartment and don't buy much.So why do I do it?

    I do it because success is what drives me. Because work gives me meaning. I'm not here to smell the roses. I have zero need or desire to lounge. I am here to build. Just like you said: my time is valuable and I get the best value from using it to pursue my work, to improve, to push forward. Reaching new heights is my passion. This is what (usually) makes me happy and I've know that since I was a teen.

    What Brooks discovered is not that his grind was a waste. He discovered that eventually you have to find a new passion, just like he couldn't be a musician for his entire life. And that's where our real societal failure is. We aren't offering our post-retirement population enough options to pursue new interests. I won't always be able to do my current job, and when that day comes I will have to find something else to make me happy. That doesn't mean the years I spent doing this were a waste.

    Because here's the reality: Nothing really matters. Whether its capitalist trinkets or a "spiritual" hike through southeast Asia, everything is irrelevant. In the end under the right conditions most of your friends will easily forget about you and find more. Your family will forget about you and move on. Your relationships don't truly mean anything. Human existence is what we make it. Meaning exists where we look for it. For some the material chase does mean something. Just because accomplishment means nothing to you, doesn't mean its irrelevant.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 13) in ~news

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    Biden's plan seems to be to say and do as little as possible and let name recognition carry the day. Honestly it's a smart atrategy by his team. The man has too much history that can be used...

    Biden's plan seems to be to say and do as little as possible and let name recognition carry the day.

    Honestly it's a smart atrategy by his team. The man has too much history that can be used against him. They are playing to his strength as Uncle Joe.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What have you done lately that you're proud of? in ~talk

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    I just want to congratulate you. Fitness is a mindset more than anything and you've taken the first steps committing yourself to a healthier life, not just for the ahem dating prospects, but for...

    I just want to congratulate you. Fitness is a mindset more than anything and you've taken the first steps committing yourself to a healthier life, not just for the ahem dating prospects, but for your ohysical and mental health.

    You've done more than most already.

    Keep it up. And when you hit a plateau, don't let it discourage you. Everyone goes through peaks and valleys during their fitness routine. If there's one thing I could suggest: Look to your diet. When it comes to weight loss what you eat is more important than the physical exercise. Significantly lower your carb and refined sugar intake, consider lowering your dairy, increase your protein (if you eat meat) and vegetable intake. Replace the carbs with healthy fats like avacados, coconut , nuts, and low sugar yoghurt.

    You're on the right track, keep up the hard work, and if you ever want a perspective from someone who's been on the fitness train for almodt a decade feel free to DM me. I don't do a ton of cardio though so any advice would be limited to the heavy lifting side of things.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on By making both "high-quality discussion" and "transparent community development" a core part of its identity, Tildes will always be dominated by people with "moderator/power user" personalities. in ~tildes

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    While I do know that, in Calgary we tend to distinguish the "original" Chinese immigrants as Cantonese vs modern immigrants which are a mix but mostly non-Hong Kong Chinese. I essentially don't...

    While I do know that, in Calgary we tend to distinguish the "original" Chinese immigrants as Cantonese vs modern immigrants which are a mix but mostly non-Hong Kong Chinese.

    I essentially don't know how to refer to "other" Chinese and defaulted to incorrectly using the ethnic group.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on China Killing Prisoners To Harvest Organs For Transplant, Tribunal Finds in ~news

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    This is one of those posts where having someone with @Cirrus 's background would perhaps be illuminating.

    This is one of those posts where having someone with @Cirrus 's background would perhaps be illuminating.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 13) in ~news

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    It's nice to see the sun still rises in the east. So the solution is that all future President's become immune to their crimes, past and present? Am I understanding their argument correctly? That...

    not everybody on the left is per se thrilled

    It's nice to see the sun still rises in the east.

    harris is not without criticism this week, of course. some people are not very appreciative of her statement on the DoJ most likely having no choice but to prosecute donald in a post-trump presidency because it reeks to much of some sort of effort to create an illiberal democracy, or some similar criticism like that.

    So the solution is that all future President's become immune to their crimes, past and present? Am I understanding their argument correctly? That cannot be what they are saying.

    From CBS News: Sanders defends democratic socialism, calling for "21st Century Bill of Rights".

    Its good to see Bernie get himself back in the game. His campaign felt fairly stagnant the last few months. It seemed like he didn't know hoe to deal with other candidates crowding out his lane. This speech, I feel, really screamed of the 2016 Bernie that invigorated so many Americans. Hopefully he can keep up this momentum.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Researchers may soon isolate the genetic roots of homosexuality. As a scientist, that excites me. But as a gay man, I worry about what might happen next. in ~lgbt

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    With all do respect to that community they are not at all the same thing. Being deaf is a disability, regardless of it's possible presence at birth. Your sexuality is not a disability. I can have...

    With all do respect to that community they are not at all the same thing. Being deaf is a disability, regardless of it's possible presence at birth. Your sexuality is not a disability. I can have my hearing destroyed, I can't be turned gay. Being deaf removes my ability to sense the world around me, it hinders my ability to communicate with others, sense danger, etc. The way in which homosexuality is a hindrance is a result of prejudice and can be eliminated simply by eliminating that sort of backwards thinking.

    There is no need for a cure for homosexuality because the problem lies with those who disdain it.

    8 votes