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  1. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    What is the definition of "cancelling" then? As far as I can tell most of the discourse around this alleged phenomena is done in bad faith. No one can define "cancelling" because it'd be a bit...

    I'm not sure whichever definition you're using which somehow includes immunity for the right wing is correct. I'm not certain how that would even work.

    What is the definition of "cancelling" then? As far as I can tell most of the discourse around this alleged phenomena is done in bad faith. No one can define "cancelling" because it'd be a bit absurd to be forced to say "specifically non-conservative backlash online" which is precisely how the term is now being used.

    A small problem with your definition, it occurs to me, is that nobody who has been cancelled can talk about it... because they've been cancelled (which is what you said about both Ellis and Wynn).

    If Natalie or Ellis had their YouTube show banned (or hell, even demonitized,) it would be "cancelled" and this article would make an awful lot more sense to me. As it stands, nothing has been described that doesn't fit into the definition of "online harassment", which while truly awful, is not a unique phenomenon.

    It seems here that the function of classifying some harassment as "cancelling" is to shift the primary focus off of the worst and most prevalent online harassment, which is violent bigotry focused solely on causing harm.

  2. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    If it is a mere matter of scale, how come we don't hear about people being "cancelled" due to racist or fascist violence or harassment, which is a far greater threat at the moment? It seems like...

    Which I suppose you could argue is a "mere" matter of scale, but it's the kind of change in scale where people end up deleting all their accounts, becoming alcoholics, going into therapy for years or in some cases even taking their own lives.

    If it is a mere matter of scale, how come we don't hear about people being "cancelled" due to racist or fascist violence or harassment, which is a far greater threat at the moment? It seems like an immunity for rightists is baked into the definition. The word "cancel" literally started with, and trivially implies deplatforming.

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  3. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    It's an interesting angle to me, namely because the primary use of the term "cancelling" is the loss of one's platform due to one's misbehavior or bigotry. Best I can tell, all cancelling means is...

    It's an interesting angle to me, namely because the primary use of the term "cancelling" is the loss of one's platform due to one's misbehavior or bigotry.

    Best I can tell, all cancelling means is harassment at this point, since deplatforming is strangely no longer part of the definition. "Cancelling" seems to be a sin that's committed by anyone other than a conservative. You'd never see white supremacist or racist harassment described as "cancelling." But why not? What are we really talking about here, and whose interests are served by this framing of discourse?

    There's a specific connotation and cultural context the term exists within and it's important to consider the broader discussion at play when we interact with this sort of language.

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  4. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    But again... she isn't cancelled? In ContraPoints case, she is still making content as successfully as ever. I thought being "cancelled" meant you lost your platform, not simply being harassed on...

    who was cancelled for some equally innocuous tweets.

    But again... she isn't cancelled? In ContraPoints case, she is still making content as successfully as ever. I thought being "cancelled" meant you lost your platform, not simply being harassed on the internet.

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  5. Comment on After a four-year hiatus, Iceland's last remaining whaling company will resume its hunt this summer, much to the chagrin of tourism officials in ~enviro

  6. Comment on Former YouTuber Lindsay Ellis says she’s learning to live with the trauma of being ‘canceled’ in ~life

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    But...she wasn't "cancelled"? She hasn't been deplatformed in any way. Her channel has over a million subscribers. She still gets millions of views on her videos, and she can make a new one...

    But...she wasn't "cancelled"? She hasn't been deplatformed in any way. Her channel has over a million subscribers. She still gets millions of views on her videos, and she can make a new one anytime. She has enough power to have her words reach the mainstream press.

    Is the threshold for "being cancelled" having someone say something mean about you on the internet? If so, just about every woman, LGBTQ person, and person of color has been "cancelled" at some point.

    A slightly uncharitable interpretation of this is as "YouTube drama"; a marketing technique as old as the platform where creators will manufacture controversies to boost SEO. I expect a book deal, new venture, or some other return to content creation.

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  7. Comment on Reply All is officially dead. What to listen to now? in ~talk

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    That seems promising, thanks!

    That seems promising, thanks!

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  8. Comment on Reply All is officially dead. What to listen to now? in ~talk

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    Looks really exciting, but apparently there's no RSS link, so I can't play it on my pod player

    Looks really exciting, but apparently there's no RSS link, so I can't play it on my pod player

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How pearl meat became Australia’s newest luxury ingredient - Once humble divers’ fare, the meat of the pearl oyster now commands up to $200 per kilo in ~food

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    Atlas Obscura never disappoints That's one hell of a description lol. I don't doubt it, I've never given the "pearl" industry much thought. That's not much. Has anyone actually had "pearl meat"? I...

    Atlas Obscura never disappoints

    “The pearling camps stank to high heaven,” writes historian Hugh Edwards in his book, Port of Pearls. “The air was putrid with the reek of rotting shellfish, and when someone stirred his pogey tub [the pots in which they boiled the old shell to release any pearls sheltering within] even hardened locals walked delicately to windward.”

    That's one hell of a description lol. I don't doubt it, I've never given the "pearl" industry much thought.

    That can be as long as seven to 12 years, and only then, when the shell is discarded, can you extract the meat—and even then perhaps only 20 grams of it.

    That's not much. Has anyone actually had "pearl meat"? I wonder how great the difference is between these and traditional oysters you'd find at your typical seafood restaurant.

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  10. Reply All is officially dead. What to listen to now?

    Reply All was consistently one of my favorite podcasts on my player. I've been a listener for years, and while risking sounding parasocial, I felt a huge loss when the show finally ended. There's...

    Reply All was consistently one of my favorite podcasts on my player. I've been a listener for years, and while risking sounding parasocial, I felt a huge loss when the show finally ended. There's something about the consistency of some content, and the nostalgia for the rough patches where that content helped make things easier, whether it be a podcast, TV show, or blog.

    It was that right mix of personality, investigative journalism, humor, and weird internet culture. I have a lot of alternatives in my player, but none of them seem to fill that RA-shaped hole. Here's what I'm listening to nowadays:

    • Underunderstood
    • You're Wrong About
    • Endless Thread
    • Darknet Diaries
    • Crypto Island

    Basically, I'm begging for podcast recommendations from shows you consider to be your favorite. Preferably, if you can include a recent, really good episode to get started with, I'll give it a listen and report back. Thanks!

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  11. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    This thread has been a real treat to read, and I'd love for a post like this to be made recurring.

    This thread has been a real treat to read, and I'd love for a post like this to be made recurring.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Contra Wirecutter on the IKEA air purifier in ~health

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    I loved the context of that last quote you posted when I saw this earlier on HN: To be fair, I thought air filters worked the same way I assume Wirecutter thought they worked prior to today. This...

    I loved the context of that last quote you posted when I saw this earlier on HN:

    If you run that purifier with an E12 filter, the fraction of particles that will remain after one minute is:
    .1 × (1-.995) + .9 = 0.9005.

    Meanwhile, if you run that purifier with an H13 filter instead then the fraction of particles that remain will be:
    .1 × (1-.9995) + .9 = 0.90005.

    If you noticed that 0.9005 and 0.90005 are almost identical then congratulations—you understand air filters better than the Wirecutter. Both 99.5% and 99.95% are close enough to 100% that performance is almost entirely determined by the volume of air they process.

    To be fair, I thought air filters worked the same way I assume Wirecutter thought they worked prior to today. This article is the first time I've been exposed to the concept of MPPS. There's something really satisfying about being educated by a person who's passions align with their area of expertise.

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  13. Comment on Former federal judge warns of danger to American democracy in ~news

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    How irreversibly will our climate be altered by that point? How many long-held rights that we secured a generation or more ago will be unraveled? I certainly agree that natural "attrition" of...

    there should be a lot less pressure on everyone collectively once the boomers die off. Not purely due to their politics, but because it'll free up an awful lot of housing just due to the size of their generation. Lets make sure we can get some proper estate taxes in place before they go.

    How irreversibly will our climate be altered by that point? How many long-held rights that we secured a generation or more ago will be unraveled? I certainly agree that natural "attrition" of boomers is going to help in the long run, but there's so much damage that can happen and is happening between now and then.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've played quite a bit of WINNUKE, a PC game I found here in my free time. It's surprisingly addictive; due in part to the fact that a "long" game lasts no more than 5 minutes or so. This is...

    I've played quite a bit of WINNUKE, a PC game I found here in my free time. It's surprisingly addictive; due in part to the fact that a "long" game lasts no more than 5 minutes or so. This is something you can play when you want to procrastinate, but don't want to check the time to see that 7 hours have passed by.

    Aside from that, I've taken up playing the PC game Rust again. Solid game play, just the right level of stress for a game.

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  15. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Any particular strats for getting past ~150? I'm hitting a ceiling around that mark

    Any particular strats for getting past ~150? I'm hitting a ceiling around that mark

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  16. Comment on Former federal judge warns of danger to American democracy in ~news

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    Somehow, I feel like this is the mechanism that allows GOP operatives to support a career full of objectively terrible behavior: they can just say "orange-man was bad" in an interview after they...

    Somehow, I feel like this is the mechanism that allows GOP operatives to support a career full of objectively terrible behavior: they can just say "orange-man was bad" in an interview after they retire and be fully rehabilitated in the liberal media's eyes.

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  17. Comment on Magic Spoon Review: Keto-friendly cereal alternative? in ~food

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    A lot of folks on keto regularly measure their ketones and use apps to track their macro-nutrient levels. In my personal opinion, I think the strongest mechanism keto has for weight loss is simply...

    Well, to be frank, I think very few people on a keto diet are actually in kitosis. You have to be very strict with your carb intake and consistent in order not to break it and most people are not that strict or consistent (drinking after work? lol)

    A lot of folks on keto regularly measure their ketones and use apps to track their macro-nutrient levels. In my personal opinion, I think the strongest mechanism keto has for weight loss is simply lower caloric intake. I think any elimination diet causes the person dieting to think harder about what they eat which I think just naturally leads to lower caloric intake. Anecdotally, keto replacements tend to be lower calorie and more filling (just imho) compared to their alternatives.

    Lots of claims are made that there are additional, special mechanisms exist that cause fat to burn more effectively in ketosis, but I'm not sure if any of these have any merit.

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  18. Comment on Magic Spoon Review: Keto-friendly cereal alternative? in ~food

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    There's a growing body of evidence that ketogenic diets are effective for treating both type-2 diabetes/pre-diabetes and obesity [1]. There are also some downsides: it may be detrimental to bone...

    There's a growing body of evidence that ketogenic diets are effective for treating both type-2 diabetes/pre-diabetes and obesity [1]. There are also some downsides: it may be detrimental to bone density, as one recent study of rats given a ketogenic diet showed an overall lower bone density compared to the control [2]. Additionally, research shows that when you first start a ketogenic diet, your LDL may spike, and you run a higher risk of hypoglycemia (esp for type-1 diabetics) [3].

    This is why it is important to consult your doctor before starting any sort of diet. For me, the risks posed by obesity and pre-diabetes outweighed the relative risk posed by switching to a ketogenic diet. This risk calculus can also change over time, and is different for different individuals. Now that I'm no longer in an overweight BMI, it may not be long before it's time for me to leave keto.

    As far as ketosis being a disease, that doesn't appear to be the case for humans. I'm not a biologist, but I assume that may have to do with the differences in herbivore nutrition mechanisms vs our mechanisms. A number of human cultures, most notably the Inuit people, have lived long healthy lives for centuries off of meat-only diets (as vegetation is scarce in the arctic) [4].

    [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8280429/

    [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6425126/

    [3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29737587/

    [4] https://escholarship.org/content/qt8wz5h9kp/qt8wz5h9kp.pdf?t=q3sb1q

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  19. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Just broke 100! The triangles keep sniping me while dealing with the hordes of weaker opponents lol. I'll work this into my casual game rotation; just something to do for a few minutes on break :)

    Just broke 100! The triangles keep sniping me while dealing with the hordes of weaker opponents lol. I'll work this into my casual game rotation; just something to do for a few minutes on break :)

    3 votes