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  1. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    Vonnegut was a staunch liberal, so I can't see him making the sort of conservative strawman argument. I see Harrison Bergeron as a criticism of human nature, of the crab mentality sort of idea...

    Vonnegut was a staunch liberal, so I can't see him making the sort of conservative strawman argument.

    I see Harrison Bergeron as a criticism of human nature, of the crab mentality sort of idea that drives people to drag other people down. As well as a criticism of media culture, shown by the Bergerons watching the events unfold on TV then immediately forgetting about it.

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Lately it's And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts, about the AIDS crisis. I'm only 1/4 of the way through and it's already getting kind of depressing / frustrating. The author does a great job of...

    Lately it's And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts, about the AIDS crisis. I'm only 1/4 of the way through and it's already getting kind of depressing / frustrating. The author does a great job of making you feel for these victims, then going on for a few chapters about how doctors are clamoring for funding or some new misinformation was released, then going back to the victim only to describe how he died horribly.

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Sanderson books are 45% world building, 45% character development, and 10% climax. They really do pull you in.

    Sanderson books are 45% world building, 45% character development, and 10% climax. They really do pull you in.

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  4. Comment on Are outdoor mask mandates still necessary? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I agree. People can be profoundly lacking in critical thinking. If experts tell people one thing, then tell them a different thing in a week or a month, it erodes what little trust they had in the...

    I agree. People can be profoundly lacking in critical thinking. If experts tell people one thing, then tell them a different thing in a week or a month, it erodes what little trust they had in the experts. Some people may just give up following guidelines altogether. We can't assume everyone understands when it is and is not okay to mask up, and it's better to err on the side of safety, even when it inconveniences people that do get it.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Listening to a lot of chill beats like HM Surf and In Love With A Ghost. If I'm having trouble focusing I'll put on a playlist of music composed by an AI of some sort, because it helps me pay less...

    Listening to a lot of chill beats like HM Surf and In Love With A Ghost.

    If I'm having trouble focusing I'll put on a playlist of music composed by an AI of some sort, because it helps me pay less attention to my ears and more attention to my work.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I may be a little bit behind the times, but I just started Pokemon Shield this weekend. Mostly running around the Wild Area doing the dynamax wells. I can see how it might get repetitive...

    I may be a little bit behind the times, but I just started Pokemon Shield this weekend. Mostly running around the Wild Area doing the dynamax wells. I can see how it might get repetitive eventually, but for now it's still hilarious battling with these huge pokemon.

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