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  1. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

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    Out of curiosity, what was it that tipped you over into thinking Hans is most likely guilty? Carlsen's statement doesn't seem to provide (or even hint at the existence of) any actual evidence of...

    Out of curiosity, what was it that tipped you over into thinking Hans is most likely guilty?

    Carlsen's statement doesn't seem to provide (or even hint at the existence of) any actual evidence of cheating at the Sinquefield event outside of his gut feeling.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

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    All of this drama and Magnus' failure to put out any kind of straight forward statement (let alone any evidence) while continuing the childish shenanigans has really caused me to lose a ton of...

    All of this drama and Magnus' failure to put out any kind of straight forward statement (let alone any evidence) while continuing the childish shenanigans has really caused me to lose a ton of respect for him.

    2 votes
  3. Who are your favorite Twitch musicians?

    More and more lately I'm using Twitch for background music while working. It's kind of like having a low-key live concert going on every day. Here are some of my favorites (I follow a ton of...

    More and more lately I'm using Twitch for background music while working. It's kind of like having a low-key live concert going on every day. Here are some of my favorites (I follow a ton of others but these are the ones that I'll usually hop over to as soon as I see them go live):

    • Joliet4 has an absolutely goosbumps-insane voice, and just released her first album on bandcamp.
    • Mandy Prater is a pretty regular streamer, but usually later in the day for me so it's rare she's on while I'm working.
    • Tyler Levs has really cool originals, does a lot of loops and covers, love him.
    • JXOTX doesn't stream as often but has a big nostalgia factor for me because he covers a lot of stuff from the 90s that I grew up with.
    • Astravert does all original improvised electric guitar jams. Insane skills.
    • Fish in a Birdcage does mostly originals on his electric cello--really unique and awesome sound.

    Anyone else into live Twitch music? Would love some recommendations on other streamers to check out and follow.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What have you learned from being a parent? in ~talk

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    Good points. I agree that piling punishment on top for things that already have obvious natural consequences seems rather pointless. In my mind I was thinking more along the lines of when they...

    Good points. I agree that piling punishment on top for things that already have obvious natural consequences seems rather pointless. In my mind I was thinking more along the lines of when they break house rules--like don't sneak screen toys after bed time, don't eat junk food without asking right before dinner. If the kid broke their own device I would react the same way you describe... if he snuck one of my devices that he knows he's not allowed to use without asking and broke that, then I'd likely have a different reaction.

    I guess to get back to the original point, I probably wouldn't feel obligated to punish one of my kids if they came home drunk. If they got drunk at home, however, by breaking into the liquor cabinet while we're out, then I'd probably feel differently (but that would be punishment for the act of stealing the alcohol, as opposed to the act of getting drunk).

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What have you learned from being a parent? in ~talk

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    I think of punishment (usually in the form of taking away some privilege they previously took for granted) as teaching them that actions have consequences and that making bad decisions, breaking...

    I think of punishment (usually in the form of taking away some privilege they previously took for granted) as teaching them that actions have consequences and that making bad decisions, breaking established rules, or not fulfilling obligations tend to have negative consequences that make life less enjoyable. I think that taking a "what did you learn from this experience" educational approach for everything (perhaps aside from the first time they make a specific mistake) might be doing them a disservice in teaching them that they'll always get another chance when they make poor choices, which isn't so much true out in the real world.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What have you learned from being a parent? in ~talk

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    One of the big things I've learned is that parenting can only influence the behavior of children to a certain degree, and the extent differs for every child. Before I had kids I was one of those...

    One of the big things I've learned is that parenting can only influence the behavior of children to a certain degree, and the extent differs for every child. Before I had kids I was one of those people who thought "oh those brats are only misbehaving because the parents aren't doing their job." Now I realize how ridiculous that line of thinking is and when I hear or read other people (who are invariably childless) expressing similar opinions I just roll my eyes.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on ‘Nope’ just became Jordan Peele’s third movie to reach $100 Million domestically in ~movies

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    spoilers The screams and the people-being-digested scene still haunt me.
    spoilers The screams and the people-being-digested scene still haunt me.
    1 vote
  8. Comment on An AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition, and artists are pissed in ~arts

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    I don't see any reason why, at some point in the future, AI assisted art wouldn't include the ability to control individual brush strokes in the generated images, and other forms of fine-tuning to...

    I don't see any reason why, at some point in the future, AI assisted art wouldn't include the ability to control individual brush strokes in the generated images, and other forms of fine-tuning to get the final output looking exactly how the artist wants. It's a crude tool right now but it's only going to get better and better now that the toothpaste is out of the bottle.

  9. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E01 - "Grounded" in ~tv

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    I agree with you! The Orville being the best "Trek" show on right now is a pretty commonly held opinion among my social circle, so you're not alone. I haven't actually watched much post-Enterprise...

    I agree with you! The Orville being the best "Trek" show on right now is a pretty commonly held opinion among my social circle, so you're not alone. I haven't actually watched much post-Enterprise Star Trek other than Lower Decks (which I adore), the first couple episodes of Discovery (which was enough to determine it was in no way, shape, or form intended for me), and the first episode of Picard (which cemented in my mind that my love affair with live action Trek is officially dead forever).

    3 votes
  10. Comment on An AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition, and artists are pissed in ~arts

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    I can respect the fact that doing certain things used to take a lot more work and skill--editing movies before digital film; writing computer software using punch cards; heck even just writing in...

    I can respect the fact that doing certain things used to take a lot more work and skill--editing movies before digital film; writing computer software using punch cards; heck even just writing in general before typewriters, electricity, and our modern education systems was probably something of a novelty. But anyone doing any of those things without modern conveniences today would probably be seen as an eccentric, rather than some kind of auteur who is somehow more refined and "better" than the masses doing essentially the same job but faster because they're embracing the latest tools designed to help them do it. The painting that won that competition isn't like a log-and-chainsaw to toothpicks comparison--if you told me it was hand-painted over the course of years by a brilliant artist I wouldn't blink twice. It looks (to me, at least) really good and at-a-glance indistinguishable from something a human might have painted. I think in a hundred years we'll be saying stuff like "Timmy, did you know that paintings used to be made by humans by pushing sticks of colored goop around on paper?" the same way we talk about punch cards or kinetoscopes today.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I never saw the Survivors remake, but the 1975 original series is on my occasionally re-watch list. My wife and I most recently binged the whole thing at the height of the covid pandemic which...

    I never saw the Survivors remake, but the 1975 original series is on my occasionally re-watch list. My wife and I most recently binged the whole thing at the height of the covid pandemic which was, in hindsight, a kind of surreal decision. It starts off a lot stronger than it finishes (as is usually the case with TV shows, especially ones that go through cast changes) but even near the end I don't feel it deserves some of the hate I sometimes see it get.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Where are all the cool alien movies and TV shows? in ~movies

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    Color Out of Space (2019) might fit the bill, but If you don't like horror it might not be your cup of tea. Also got A Quiet Place (and its sequel), Underwater (2020, technically not aliens, but...

    Color Out of Space (2019) might fit the bill, but If you don't like horror it might not be your cup of tea. Also got A Quiet Place (and its sequel), Underwater (2020, technically not aliens, but had some cool Lovecraftian vibes), Love and Monsters (2020, think Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland but with giant mutated creatures instead of zombies). Then there's Alien: Covenant, all the Godzilla/Kong movies, Bumblebee, The Shape of Water, a couple Predator movies (including the recent Prey). And I'm also pretty sure there have been two Tremors movies put out since Arrival. There are 7 in total now plus a TV series and I love them all... Does that make me a terrible person?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Last night I started (and finished, it's pretty short) All Systems Red, the first book of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I'm a sucker for first-person stories with flawed, snarky...

    Last night I started (and finished, it's pretty short) All Systems Red, the first book of The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I'm a sucker for first-person stories with flawed, snarky protagonists (and bonus points if they're not exactly human) so it was quite up my alley. Great pacing and character development for such a short read. This was for a book club at work, but I'll likely continue with the series on my own.

    In tandem with that I've been slowly working my way through the Grand Central Arena series by Ryk E. Spoor. I'm currently on Spheres of Influence (book 2), but this one isn't quite connecting with me as strongly as I wanted. I liked the first book mostly for the interesting premise, but now that the novelty of that has worn off a bit I'm finding that the characters are written a little too perfectly--the protagonists always make the best choices and implement them near perfectly. It's really good at building up excitement and then delivering payoffs over and over again, but for me it's missing any real sense of stakes. I'll probably keep going though because the next book in the series (Challenges of the Deeps) has an interesting premise again, and I have grown to like all of the characters.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Will Smith: It’s been a minute… in ~movies

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    Not saying we do. But in any case like I said this didn't feel to me like an effective apology to anyone (deserving or not). More of a... I dunno, plea for pity? Like believe me I'm not a bad guy...

    Not saying we do. But in any case like I said this didn't feel to me like an effective apology to anyone (deserving or not). More of a... I dunno, plea for pity? Like believe me I'm not a bad guy so please start liking me again? But packaged up and presented as if it were a public apology. I'm not sure there's anything he can do to fix his image at this point, but I'm pretty sure this video and the obvious, shameless astro-turfing going on in its YouTube comments are not going to do him any favors.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Will Smith: It’s been a minute… in ~movies

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    Not the worst apology, but comes off a bit as him being sorry for how people perceived and reacted to what he did as opposed to being sorry for what he actually did.

    Not the worst apology, but comes off a bit as him being sorry for how people perceived and reacted to what he did as opposed to being sorry for what he actually did.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on What's a game that you wish you could play again for the first time? Why? in ~games

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    The old point-and-click Sierra and Lucas Arts adventures from the early 90s were hugely formative for me when I was young. Monkey Island (1 and 2), Loom, Fate of Atlantis, and Space Quest 3 are...

    The old point-and-click Sierra and Lucas Arts adventures from the early 90s were hugely formative for me when I was young. Monkey Island (1 and 2), Loom, Fate of Atlantis, and Space Quest 3 are the ones I have the most fond memories of. Can't say they really hold up for me anymore, aside from a bit of nostalgia, but I would give anything to experience the raw joy that playing through those games gave me at that point in time again.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    I have a golden doodle named Ripley: Rip Riprips And a saint bernadoodle named Scully: Skull Skullskulls Generic names used for either/both of them: Snoopies Poopies* Poopy snoops Snoopy poops (*...

    I have a golden doodle named Ripley:

    • Rip
    • Riprips

    And a saint bernadoodle named Scully:

    • Skull
    • Skullskulls

    Generic names used for either/both of them:

    • Snoopies
    • Poopies*
    • Poopy snoops
    • Snoopy poops

    (* More of a play on "puppies" than poop, but both kind of work.)

    Most of those nick names are often preceded by "my little" or "my cute little" and more often than not "L" and "R" sounds are replaced by "W" sounds, and a sneaky "S" is added to random words when talking to them. For example "My cute little Riprip" might become "My cute wittwe Wipwips," or "Does my cute little Skullskull want to go for her walk?" might become "Duz my cute wittwe Skowskow wants to go for her walksies? Duz she? Yes she does cuz she's my cute wittwe Snoopy Poops! Yes she iz!!!"

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Does anybody have any experience with switching to pipewire? in ~comp

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    I recently built a new desktop and used Pipewire right off the bat on my initial install (Void Linux). Was impressed enough that it prompted me to make the switch on my other machines (mostly Arch...

    I recently built a new desktop and used Pipewire right off the bat on my initial install (Void Linux). Was impressed enough that it prompted me to make the switch on my other machines (mostly Arch Linux installs) and it all went pretty smoothly. Installing the relevant packages on Arch and swapping out the user services was all that was necessary to replace both pulseaudio and jack. You can mostly use the same applications and utilities that you used before since there are compatibility layers, but there are also an increasing number of tools built specifically for pipewire to replace some of them.

    On my desktop I regularly do all of the following without any problems:

    • use pw-link to set up virtual sources and sinks and relatively complex audio routing between them
    • use my old Casio Privia keyboard hooked up via a bluetooth MIDI adapter as a MIDI sink and source in LMMS
    • audacity recording through a USB mic
    • use the qpwgraph GUI to manually set up audio routing (very similar to Catarina in jack)
    • plug my electric guitar in via a Guitarsmith USB cable and use guitarix as a virtual amp

    The only gotchas I ran into so far are:

    1. When I installed it on Arch Linux ARM running on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ with an Adafruit voice bonnet, the microphone would occasionally stop working until I restarted. I use it as a Mycroft AI voice assistant and it would simply stop responding (even though I could SSH in and play audio, the microphone was simply dead). I rebuilt the whole thing in Void Linux instead, also using Pipewire, and the microphone has new been fine for several days, so I have no idea what the problem was under Arch (the voice bonnet is pretty niche hardware running through the I2C interface with its own DKMS modules, so it could be anything).

    2. On Void Linux pipewire is automatically configured to run pipewire-media-session, which I didn't realize, so I followed the Arch Wiki and installed and enabled wireplumber without realizing that both of those were now running at the same time. I was experiencing occasional application freezes when audio started playing until I realized those were both fighting to control the configuration and manually disabled pipewire-media-session in the pw config. Once I did that it became smooth sailing.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg envisions a billion people in the metaverse spending hundreds of dollars each in ~tech

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    While I think (and definitely hope) Meta is never going to achieve whatever role Zuckerberg is envisioning for it in the future, I'm kind of happy he's got this naive hyper-enthusiasm going...

    While I think (and definitely hope) Meta is never going to achieve whatever role Zuckerberg is envisioning for it in the future, I'm kind of happy he's got this naive hyper-enthusiasm going because it means a ton of money and R&D is getting pumped into VR and AI that hopefully more level-headed people and companies can benefit from down the road when the world is actually ready to embrace these technologies at scale.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on Fall Guys is now free for all in ~games

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    That doesn't sound as terrible as I imagined--I don't mind the Rocket League model too much. Thanks for the clarification.

    That doesn't sound as terrible as I imagined--I don't mind the Rocket League model too much. Thanks for the clarification.

    4 votes