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  1. Comment on Can gravity batteries solve our energy storage problems? in ~enviro

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    I have not watched the video, but OP's article mentions making blocks out of recycled material. Pumped hydro seems like a good tool in the toolbox, but also seems much more dependent on a...

    I have not watched the video, but OP's article mentions making blocks out of recycled material. Pumped hydro seems like a good tool in the toolbox, but also seems much more dependent on a location's geography. The tactic of using gravity seems much more flexible to me. There are going to be some ideal materials (concrete, iron) to use for a gravity battery, but it also easily scales and adapts technologically. You can literally throw trash into a bucket, hoist it up, and connect it to a dynamo. A country can source whatever heavy material is easily available and use it.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on The Umbrella Academy | Season 3 official trailer in ~tv

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    I've really enjoyed the first 2 seasons, and I'm super excited for this. There was some good character development in the last season, I'm hoping they continue with the same sort of thing in S3.

    I've really enjoyed the first 2 seasons, and I'm super excited for this. There was some good character development in the last season, I'm hoping they continue with the same sort of thing in S3.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What's an achievable technological, scientific, or computational breakthrough that you're really looking forward in the next fifteen years? in ~tech

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    I'm on board with this one. Both the animal-cell-petri-dish variety, and the pseduo-meats like Impossible and Beyond Meat. People are not going to give up meat voluntarily until the climate crisis...

    I'm on board with this one. Both the animal-cell-petri-dish variety, and the pseduo-meats like Impossible and Beyond Meat. People are not going to give up meat voluntarily until the climate crisis has literally flooded them out of their house. So I'm hoping either of those 2 meat alternatives reach price parity soon, and then out-compete "real" meat.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    I'm somewhat baffled by the kurfluffle as well. Well not really, stock price needs to go up and as soon as it doesn't abandon ship. But really, why isn't it totally normal for companies to figure...

    I'm somewhat baffled by the kurfluffle as well. Well not really, stock price needs to go up and as soon as it doesn't abandon ship.

    But really, why isn't it totally normal for companies to figure out "well it looks like we're about to hit our maximum possible revenue, let's plan out how to transition from growth to steady-state". Which isn't to suggest they become stagnant, companies should still innovate and invent. However even if a company was the most magical thing on earth and 100% of humans were customers..... you can't keep growing. In fact the ONLY option at that point would be losing some amount of customers.

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  5. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    I have definitely picked up some Canadian-isms since living in Michigan. I notice it most when I go home and a random "eh" pops out at random.

    I have definitely picked up some Canadian-isms since living in Michigan. I notice it most when I go home and a random "eh" pops out at random.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    Probably the idiosyncrasy I'm most keenly aware of is my strong tendency to mimic people. If I'm talking to someone with a particular accent, I will almost immediately and instinctively start...

    Probably the idiosyncrasy I'm most keenly aware of is my strong tendency to mimic people. If I'm talking to someone with a particular accent, I will almost immediately and instinctively start trying to match their accent to some degree or another. I try not too, because I don't want people to think I'm mocking them, but it often happens anyway.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on 'There's no such thing as a lone wolf.' The online movement that spawned the Buffalo shooting in ~life

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    Interestingly, while checking to see if this article had already been submitted to Tildes, I came across this post from 2019 discussing the exact same topic.

    Interestingly, while checking to see if this article had already been submitted to Tildes, I came across this post from 2019 discussing the exact same topic.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S01E01 "Strange New Worlds" in ~tv

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    If there's any single way to sum up Star Trek, it would likely be "optimistic" followed by "utopian". So the both sides resolving their differences is pretty on brand IMO. It also fits with the...

    Half expected the civil war to end by the two factions putting on a unified front against the Federation, but maybe I'm out of practice with the whole Star Trek thing.

    If there's any single way to sum up Star Trek, it would likely be "optimistic" followed by "utopian". So the both sides resolving their differences is pretty on brand IMO. It also fits with the parallel to current US events that they were clearly (blatently even, there was TV footage of Jan6) trying to draw. The idealistic outcome would be to have everyone suddenly come to their senses by realizing there are far more important existential threats to deal with (climate change, for instance) than who's side wins.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Who made these circles in the Sahara? in ~humanities

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    I had the same thought as well, it's really astonishing that the landscape hasn't changed all that much in over 50 years. It likely speaks to just how desolate a region that is, and now I'm...

    This is leaving aside the fact I'm shocked that the holes were preserved so well after all these years. I'd expect dust to fill them in much quicker,

    I had the same thought as well, it's really astonishing that the landscape hasn't changed all that much in over 50 years. It likely speaks to just how desolate a region that is, and now I'm motivated to go learn more about the geography and weather patterns of the region.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Eve Online fans literally cheer Microsoft Excel features at annual Fanfest in ~games

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    I've played EVE, and I enjoyed it for a short while, but I've learned I enjoy hearing stories about it a lot more. The game was fairly unique when it came out, and it's still pretty unique, I wish...

    I've played EVE, and I enjoyed it for a short while, but I've learned I enjoy hearing stories about it a lot more. The game was fairly unique when it came out, and it's still pretty unique, I wish them all the best.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on The Internet as a superorganism AI ... thoughts? in ~talk

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    I mean, the word meme is from memetic which is a term coined by Richard Dawkins to describe how an idea (a thing with no physical presence) survives and propogates (eg "evolves") :...

    I mean, the word meme is from memetic which is a term coined by Richard Dawkins to describe how an idea (a thing with no physical presence) survives and propogates (eg "evolves") : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

    Take Q-anon as an example. It's a mind virus that continues to evolve and change shape to suit it's hosts. It has no formal definition, it's core premise remains (mostly) the same but the details of it change depending on when you ask about it and who you're specifically asking. The "meme" of Qanon continues to survive because of it's ability to adapt to new "hosts", and because it keeps getting attention from both it's followers and it's critics.

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  12. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I don't know a whole lot about the intricacies of aging wines, I'm mostly blindly following these instructions : https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-make-dandelion-wine-1327932 I've brewed beer...

    I don't know a whole lot about the intricacies of aging wines, I'm mostly blindly following these instructions : https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-make-dandelion-wine-1327932

    I've brewed beer before, but never wine. And never anything that had aging as a requisite step.

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  13. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Saturday I stared out the window of my dining room at the dandelions exploding in my backyard, and was once again reminded that dandelion wine is a thing that exists and may or may not be worth...

    Saturday I stared out the window of my dining room at the dandelions exploding in my backyard, and was once again reminded that dandelion wine is a thing that exists and may or may not be worth the trouble.

    Not having quite everything I needed for the endeavour, I put on actual pants and located a homebrew supply store 45min away. There used to be a local one about 10min away, but sadly they closed during the pandemic. I grabbed a roadtrip companion and we had a nice drive to the place, picked up some supplies and some bottles of wine (they also had a nice wine selection).

    Then I spent the afternoon picking, trimming, and boiling some dandelion blossoms. Filtered it all and combined it with a few pounds of sugar and some orange and lemon zest and pitched some yeast into it. A few days later now and the airlock on the 2gal bucket is slowly bubbling away, and I can hear a quiet fizzing if I listen closely, so the yeast appears to be happy.

    Will it be good? Dunno, I'll report back in 2 years when it's done fermenting and aged a bit.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Happy 4th Birthday, Tildes! in ~tildes

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    Dangit, missed it by that much!

    Dangit, missed it by that much!

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    It feels really pretentious of me, but having gone this long without using Twitter it feels like I made a good decision by accident (Like never starting smoking before they figured out that...

    Nothing.

    It feels really pretentious of me, but having gone this long without using Twitter it feels like I made a good decision by accident (Like never starting smoking before they figured out that smoking was bad for you.). All I ever hear is the negative effects of Twitter. I'm sure there are some upsides, but as whole, if Twitter simply imploded and disappeared one day, it seems like it would be a net positive.

    15 votes
  16. Comment on Ideal Flight - A Stormlight Archive animated short in ~creative

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    Copied from my reddit post I’m starting to work on larger and larger animation projects, learning more and more tools along the way! Everything is animated in Unreal Engine 5, making heavy use of...

    Copied from my reddit post

    I’m starting to work on larger and larger animation projects, learning more and more tools along the way! Everything is animated in Unreal Engine 5, making heavy use of Quixel nanite meshes and procedural blueprints [1]. Kaladin and Syl were generated using Metahuman Creator, and clothed using Marvelous Designer.

    The shot sequence popped into my head one day as I was working on some other things and I immediately blocked it out and loved it. I got really lucky and stumbled across some music that matched up almost perfectly to how I had done a rough edit, and it was a joy to bring it all into line. I take a lot of delight in having matched up parts of the animation with the rhythms in this particular piece of music [2].

    This animation isn’t meant to depict any specific event, though the character is supposed to be Kaladin. And you’ll see Syl flitting around in the scene as well [3].

    There are a few discrepancies with the canon, some intentional and some not. I’m open to any comments you may have, but before you spend too much time digging through source material to figure out when exactly Kaladin’s eyes start changing color (it’s the 3rd Ideal btw) just ask yourself “did he do it that way because it looked cool?”

    There were a lot of challenges in getting this sequence to look “right” (or at least, right enough).

    1. The first is I am very rusty at character animation, and a lot of Kaladin’s movements are very stilted. Practice practice practice [4].
    2. Second is the Shattered Plains. Getting that environment to look even close to “right” was a huge challenge, as the sheer chasm walls aren’t something that a standard terrain map will come even close to handling correctly.
    3. Metahuman Creator has only 2 outfits, so I had to learn how to make clothes! This was actually fun, but took awhile. Fortunately in this sequence he’s wearing some simple bridgmean leathers [5]
    4. Stormlight is hard. I’m still not really happy with how Stormlight leaks/streams off of Kaladin, but it does at least look cool. Still experimenting with Niagara particles/fluid simulations to improve this.

    This and my other YouTube animations are things I do in my spare time, I have a full time job and am doing quite well. If you feel like supporting me, I’d encourage you to instead donate to one of the many great charities that help people in need such as Donor’s Choose or the Red Cross. If you still have extra money and want to throw some at me, I do have a Patreon linked in the YouTube description.


    [1] See my previous video here

    [2]

    Rhythm of War spoilersSound and rhythm are starting to play such a key role in how things work on Roshar, especially after we learn about Navani’s experiments, I’m excited to see how that continues to evolve in the story!

    [3] You might wonder why you don’t see Syl clearly in any of the shots. I confess, it’s because I haven’t actually figured out how to make her look right (yet). So right now she’s not actually animated, her dress doesn’t flex or bend at all, and she has no hair! 😬

    [4] Also, saving to get a motion capture system… maybe.

    [5] Don't’ look too closely as his sandals flipflops)

    2 votes
  17. Comment on I finally understand why evangelicals support Trump, and it's not just hypocrisy, mindless anti-gay, or stupdity in ~talk

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    Small world, I live in Michigan currently!

    Small world, I live in Michigan currently!

    3 votes
  18. Comment on I finally understand why evangelicals support Trump, and it's not just hypocrisy, mindless anti-gay, or stupdity in ~talk

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    Oh man I remember Adventures too, I also haven't revisited them as an adult and agree it would probably be a bad idea. Narnia is still a favorite of mine, even though now the parallels with...

    Oh man I remember Adventures too, I also haven't revisited them as an adult and agree it would probably be a bad idea.

    Narnia is still a favorite of mine, even though now the parallels with Christianity are far more obvious. I have a particular fondness for the BBC dramatizations they did of them, was always disappointed they stopped at The Silver Chair and didn't do the Magician's Nephew. Which would surely be the coolest-looking one to put on screen.

    3 votes