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  1. Comment on What was the last game you played that really surprised you? in ~games

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    Moss : https://store.steampowered.com/app/846470/Moss/ Moss is a simple platformer game about a mouse. The story is nothing extraordinary, but it is a good story, and well told and well paced. The...

    Moss : https://store.steampowered.com/app/846470/Moss/

    Moss is a simple platformer game about a mouse. The story is nothing extraordinary, but it is a good story, and well told and well paced.

    The surprising thing is how well it sucked me in. The game is explicitly VR, so you are present in a way you can't be looking at a monitor.

    Two major things that have stuck with me. The first occurred in the first few minutes. The character walks out from behind some bushes, looks around, and then looks directly at you. It's hard to describe just how much more immersive and real a character feels when they are able to make direct eye contact with you because the game knows exactly where your head is. It triggers a primal part of the brain that is always waiting, monitoring for that specific body language and eyeline that tells you "that person is looking at me".

    The second was after an hour or so. After guiding the little mouse character through a moderately difficult puzzle, she gave a cheer. She then turned, looked at me, and held up one paw in the air. Without hesitation or conscious thought, I reached down and gave that mouse a high-five. Then sat amazed for a minute or two, after realizing that I was so immersed that my brain believed that this fictional character was real enough that I was obligated to respond to it's social cues the way that I should a real person.

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  2. Comment on Cheap material could help convert waste heat into electricity in ~science

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    Link to actual paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-021-01064-6 Of particular note, the measurment of ZT which is a measurment of how efficiently the thermoelectric device. Table 2 in...

    Link to actual paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-021-01064-6

    Of particular note, the measurment of ZT which is a measurment of how efficiently the thermoelectric device. Table 2 in this paper gives a listing of Peak ZT based on material and temperature ranges, with examples in the list falling between ZT 0.5 and ZT 1.4. According to the OP paper, the newer material composition of tin and selenium has a ZT of 2.6 to 2.8.

    I'm not entirely clear on how to translate the ZT rating into something I can understand (like 20% or 80% efficient), but the difference does seem quite significant.

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  3. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    Agreed. One of the most interesting books I've read that explores the balance of power between genders in a fictional setting is The Power. The way it's written is also really interesting. From...

    Women can be aggressive, they can be defenders, they can be competitive and they can be (excessively/over) courageous. Men can also be emotionally intouch, intuitive, passive, empathetic and nurturing.

    Agreed. One of the most interesting books I've read that explores the balance of power between genders in a fictional setting is The Power. The way it's written is also really interesting.

    From the Wikipedia overview:

    The Power is a book within a book: a manuscript of an imagined history of the tumultuous era during which women across the world developed and shared the power to emit electricity from their hands. The manuscript is submitted by Neil Adam Armon to another author named Naomi, approximately five thousand years after the power emerges and revolution reassembles the world into a matriarchy. This historical fiction chronicles the experiences of Allie, Roxy, Margot, Jocelyn, and Tunde, as they navigate their rapidly changing world.

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  4. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    There's been several comments in here wrestling with the question in a zero-sum kind of way, which I think might be why society at large is having a hard time with the concept of masculinity. If...

    There's been several comments in here wrestling with the question in a zero-sum kind of way, which I think might be why society at large is having a hard time with the concept of masculinity. If we choose as a society to define a behavior as masculine, and someone identifying as female exhibits that behavior, that doesn't invalidate it or take it away from everyone else.

    I think positive masculinity is whatever we choose it to be, as long as it has a positive effect on people. If it is tearing down yourself or others, then it's toxic. Just straight up toxic. The amendment of toxic masculinity is just a way to indicate that males in general exhibit the behavior more often. Females can absolutely exhibit the same behavior, and it would be equally as toxic.

    I really like @Kuromantis definition:

    IMO, Toxic masculinity is when traditional masculinity is used as a justification, motivation or reason for forgiving or encouraging some toxic behavior.

    Pretty much anytime someone says (to me or others) something like "You have to behave this way because that's how a real man behaves" my immediate reaction has become "fuck off". Even if the behavior itself is ostensibly positive or neutral, if the justification or motivation for doing it is simply because "that's what men do" then that is at best insufficient and at worst toxic.

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  5. Comment on Is Glenn Greenwald the new master of right-wing media? in ~news

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    From his POV I imagine he thinks he's been very consistent in what he believes and what he talks about, and if Fox "suddenly" decides to start letting him talk, who is he to argue?

    I just don't like to believe people will instantly sell their soul like that but I'm not naive enough to pretend it doesn't happen.

    From his POV I imagine he thinks he's been very consistent in what he believes and what he talks about, and if Fox "suddenly" decides to start letting him talk, who is he to argue?

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  6. Comment on Is Glenn Greenwald the new master of right-wing media? in ~news

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    This is been my personal theory, having caught glimpses of his career from time to time. I haven't paid close attention, but his writing has always struck me as heavily "fight the man" slanted....

    This is been my personal theory, having caught glimpses of his career from time to time. I haven't paid close attention, but his writing has always struck me as heavily "fight the man" slanted. I'm all for questioning authority and speaking truth to power however as you say, being contrarian for contrarian sake isn't productive and doesn't make him a great journalist in it's own right.

    Maybe he's a victim of his own success?

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  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Update: FIL passed away the next morning (Tuesday). We're staying around through Sunday to help out MIL sort through some things. Absolutely tragic. Was an avid pro-trump anti-vax person. Found...
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    Update: FIL passed away the next morning (Tuesday). We're staying around through Sunday to help out MIL sort through some things.

    Absolutely tragic. Was an avid pro-trump anti-vax person. Found out that he likely contracted COVID while at the memorial service for his best friend.

    He leaves behind a highly dysfunctional family that doesn't really know how to support each other. It tears me apart inside, as a person who tries to help others whenever possible. It's too big for me to fix.

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  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    So an update on my post from almost a mouth ago. FIL was in a medically induced coma until about a week ago. It took him almost 5 days to regain consciousness after they stopped the sedation. MIL...

    So an update on my post from almost a mouth ago.

    FIL was in a medically induced coma until about a week ago. It took him almost 5 days to regain consciousness after they stopped the sedation. MIL requested that my SO (who has worked in hospice) come so that they could have "the hard conversation", because MIL is not capable.

    So now I'm in the ICU in the Durango Colorado hospital. Outlook is not good. FIL had double pneumonia while in the coma, on top of getting COVID. Which has absolutely wrecked his body. He's so weak at this point he can't even lift his own arm off the bed. The last of his 3 kids is flying in this evening, and I expect he's not going to last much longer after that.

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  9. Comment on I’ve landed my first interview! Any advice? in ~life

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    Especially if the company is filling a position that was recently vacated. Knowing why the previous person isn't there anymore can tell you a lot about the culture and how higher ups treat their...

    to know why the company is looking to hire (unless that is evident from the ad).

    Especially if the company is filling a position that was recently vacated. Knowing why the previous person isn't there anymore can tell you a lot about the culture and how higher ups treat their employees.

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  10. Comment on Jackass Forever trailer in ~movies

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    I've never understood this type of humor. Like I get practical jokes and physical comedy, but the Jackass-style of humor has never appealed to me. More than just not appealing, I find it...

    I've never understood this type of humor. Like I get practical jokes and physical comedy, but the Jackass-style of humor has never appealed to me. More than just not appealing, I find it uncomfortable to watch.

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  11. Comment on If you had to teach a class about information literacy, what would your key points be? in ~talk

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    I've played it (fun, simple game) and I can totally see this. However, as someone who sometimes struggles with reading people correctly it would be amazing for a person really practiced at playing...

    I've never played it, but I've heard Among Us being referenced as an effective way of teaching kids information manipulation and the fallibility of witnesses/memory.

    I've played it (fun, simple game) and I can totally see this. However, as someone who sometimes struggles with reading people correctly it would be amazing for a person really practiced at playing this to break down a session.

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  12. Comment on You are not a visual learner: The biggest myth in education in ~humanities

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    Anecdotal, but I had a conversation about this same topic with a coworker who has a PhD in education last year. She explained pretty much what this video did, which is that learning "styles"...

    Anecdotal, but I had a conversation about this same topic with a coworker who has a PhD in education last year. She explained pretty much what this video did, which is that learning "styles" matter more for the subject material than the person. Blew my mind at the time.

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  13. Comment on Marvel Studios' What If...? in ~tv

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    I noted the style, but didn't realize it was actual rotoscoping and not just a stylistic choice. Some quick searching: https://www.polygon.com/2021/7/8/22568580/what-if-trailer-marvel-studios

    I noted the style, but didn't realize it was actual rotoscoping and not just a stylistic choice.

    Some quick searching: https://www.polygon.com/2021/7/8/22568580/what-if-trailer-marvel-studios

    What If...? is the first animated MCU series, and it uses a style of rotoscoped animation familiar from movies like Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. More recently, a new technology called triscope was used to create similar effects for the Netflix show The Liberator. The approach layers CGI paint over actual footage, letting the show’s creators blend existing footage from past MCU movies

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  14. Comment on US quietly slips out of Afghanistan in dead of night in ~misc

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    I'm convinced that, rather than a time machine, they have developed the world's most advanced quantum computer. It will predict all possible futures, which they use to preview future news...

    I'm convinced that, rather than a time machine, they have developed the world's most advanced quantum computer. It will predict all possible futures, which they use to preview future news headlines. The Onion staff just cherry picks the ones they like and mess with the wording a bit. Occasionally, they accidently pick one that was low probability, but ends up actually coming true.

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  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    @skybrian is correct. It's sometimes called a "living will". My wife has worked in hospice care, and so is intimately familiar with what can often happen when someone's wishes are unknown or...

    @skybrian is correct. It's sometimes called a "living will". My wife has worked in hospice care, and so is intimately familiar with what can often happen when someone's wishes are unknown or unclear. And even telling you're family things like "no extreme measures" is not good enough, it doesn't provide enough clarity. What's "to far" for one person may be ok with someone else.

    The other part is that it happens in small steps. Especially with something like COVID, the body degrades gradually. Each step seems very reasonable and logical, especially while you're focused mainly on hoping that your loved one will get better. What quality of life someone will have after coming off a ventilator can vary wildly especially across age groups. Some people might not want that of they where able to think about it in advance before it happens to them.

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  16. Comment on Community S03E04 - Remedial Chaos Theory in ~tv

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    Classic episode, spawned a running gag/storyline that referred to and leveraged "The Darkest Timeline" for various purposes for the rest of the series. I wonder how many if those possible ideas...

    Classic episode, spawned a running gag/storyline that referred to and leveraged "The Darkest Timeline" for various purposes for the rest of the series. I wonder how many if those possible ideas spawned whole writing this episode, and how many they thought of later.

    Fun fact, someone rolling a D6 is also how 2020 happened.

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  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    We got a call yesterday from my MIL, who updated us on the news that my FIL was in the hospital earlier in the week. He's got some COVID related pneumonia and other complications. He's also a...

    We got a call yesterday from my MIL, who updated us on the news that my FIL was in the hospital earlier in the week. He's got some COVID related pneumonia and other complications. He's also a COVID denier, doesn't think the virus is real, or at the most is a wildly exaggerated "standard flu". Also a Trump supporter, by wild coincidence I'm sure.

    He's not doing well. They helicoptered him from the hospital he was in to a larger one in a nearby city. He's intubated and on a ventilator. Wife is currently trying to get MIL to get advanced directives in place, which is touchy. Wife's parents are highly toxic narcissists, I've only met them twice and don't really care to ever meet them again. She cut them entirely out of her life a number of years ago, and is better for it. But that complicates this situation all the more.

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  19. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    I wonder though, if (ignoring the pandemic) a lot of this loneliness isn't because we feel like we should be less alone, because we're comparing ourselves to the filtered depiction of other people...

    Whatever people had that made them make friends and SOs seemingly without any major issues and complaints needs to be brought back.

    I wonder though, if (ignoring the pandemic) a lot of this loneliness isn't because we feel like we should be less alone, because we're comparing ourselves to the filtered depiction of other people through the lens of social media? Is it possible that we are more or less the same amount of alone, but we're now less ok being alone?

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