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  1. Comment on What are your favorite duets? in ~music

  2. Comment on Signs you're a Black character written by a White author in ~books

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    "Reichs to Watch Out For"? Yikes, I'll see myself out

    "Reichs to Watch Out For"? Yikes, I'll see myself out

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  3. Comment on Signs you're a Black character written by a White author in ~books

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    For sure, no disagreement that comics aren't intrinsically satire... otherwise I think I'm missing something about Maus.

    For sure, no disagreement that comics aren't intrinsically satire... otherwise I think I'm missing something about Maus.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Sorry for a very late reply! I'm pretty sure this doesn't spoil anything (just thematic) about Watchmen, but tagging anyways Since it's somewhat topical, I'll mention that I found a major theme of...

    Sorry for a very late reply!

    I'm pretty sure this doesn't spoil anything (just thematic) about Watchmen, but tagging anyways Since it's somewhat topical, I'll mention that I found a major theme of Watchmen to be how to escape escalating cycles of violence. Simone Weil wrote an essay, "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force", which looks at the Odyssey from the perspective of Force moving through and controlling the characters, who thought they were the ones in control.

    Paraphrased, she thought it was a paradox for the strong to be overthrown by the weak, and since the strong will do things in their own interest there will be endless--or even escalating-- cycles of violence and abuse. (not that I agree, but I get the view)

    For her the escape from this cycle was Christianity. While Watchmen has heaps of Christian imagery in it, I feel like it puts forward family/interconnectedness and trust-in-others, as another escape. The comics have a bit of a lingering question of why Dr. Manhattan doesn't fix things/why "nothing ever ends", which is a pretty classic theological issue.


    Similar sorts of historical revisionism happened in the U.S. One example is black politicians getting blamed for a difficult reconstruction-era in the South after the Civil War. They were described as lazy, with the minds of children, and wanting to enslave white men. So they became the scapegoat for an impoverished South. All of this was easily falsifiable, but people believe what is convenient for them more easily.

    That's been something that I've struggled with, with what the purpose of fiction is (besides entertainment, which is good enough by itself). A good artist is able to make something compelling, but that doesn't really correspond to it being true. If I'm reading something like Ha Jin's "Waiting" or Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" to try to get some understanding of something foreign to me, the more compelling the writing the more I'm willing to accept what the author is telling me as authentic. But that's my bias and the bias of the author creeping in. A kid on a blog might give me more insight into the life of someone in South Africa than a famous author, but I'd reject it because it wasn't written in a way I was taught it should be, or because it wasn't what I thought it should be. I guess you just have to hear from a lot of voices?

    Thanks for the links, I'm now slightly less ignorant about Indian history! I hope things continue to change for the better for you and yours :)

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  5. Comment on Signs you're a Black character written by a White author in ~books

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    Dykes to Watch Out For straddles that line of serious satire that something like The Boondocks does. In this case it's probably fair to call it an instance of Horatian satire, where the characters...

    Dykes to Watch Out For straddles that line of serious satire that something like The Boondocks does.

    In this case it's probably fair to call it an instance of Horatian satire, where the characters are joking about how "strict" the rules are, and that there haven't been any movies since Alien that fit those "strict" rules. The author doesn't think those rules are strict, she thinks it's ridiculous there's such a glaring absence of women-centered action in media.

    Bechdel probably doesn't mean to put it forward as an absolute test on whether a piece of art is female/lesbian-friendly. For example (I haven't seen it, so I'm not 100%) I don't think "The Vagina Monologues" would pass the Bechdel test, but it may be considered progressive.

    I think @kfwyre is spot-on with it being a useful test for a body of work, but not necessarily an individual. Just like the BMI test might miscategorize a body builder, but reliably provide insight into a trend of increased obesity in a population.

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  6. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The show was really good! Highly recommend the comics if you haven't read them. A lot of the clever things the show does seem like a reply to unresolved questions/public reception of the comics....

    The show was really good! Highly recommend the comics if you haven't read them. A lot of the clever things the show does seem like a reply to unresolved questions/public reception of the comics.

    I'm not surprised that aspects of American history aren't broadly known. There's a lot of history, and polls reveal there are some fairly basic things many Americans don't know about, such as the branches of government, simple financial literacy, or that Judaism predates Christianity.

    Also from the Midwest. There was a similar event that occurred in East. St. Louis. I was taught about that and Tulsa in school, but I also grew up in a predominantly black district, and luckily had some teachers that were invested in their job.

    There is a huge amount of history to teach, and the Tulsa massacre probably isn't showing up in most curricula in the way that the Japanese internment camps, the Trail of Tears, or the 60s civil rights movement. There isn't always a great reason certain topics make the cut and others don't, but there's limited time and momentum means most kids will read Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, while fewer will read Invisible Man or Things Fall Apart.

    My teachers weren't shy about uncomfortable topics, but I've heard from other people who got squeamishness or something close to propaganda (e.g., the teaching of the Civil War in the South). Teachers that give misinformation with good intentions are also common. The narrative of Rosa Parks just deciding to stand up and setting off a movement is often taught, and it ignores the organizers that planned the bus boycott, and the politics involved with not promoting Claudette Colvin instead.

    I don't think this is uniquely American either, though it may be a bit worse, culturally. Yesterday I was reading about how King Leopold II was fairly celebrated until the 1980's in Belgium, in the context of 1 (of 17) statues of him being removed. He's responsible for the horrific deaths of ~10 million Congolese, and it took the same sort of slow diffusion of academic work into public conscience to change the views on him.

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  7. Comment on Resources for music composition? in ~music

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    I'm not aware of any great interactive music theory software, but it would seem likely that it would be out there. Alternative.to can be a good place to check if you want a better version of...

    I'm not aware of any great interactive music theory software, but it would seem likely that it would be out there. Alternative.to can be a good place to check if you want a better version of something you were able to find in a particular software niche.

    You might be best served by being comfortable with a DAW/composition software, and a book or course on music theory that you experiment with?

    For DAWs, LMMS is free and cross-platform. Popular commercial options are Ableton, Fruity Loops. I think GarageBand might have some theory-in-a-box features, don't know if it's still restricted to Macs though.

    If you want to composition/notation software, you could try out MuseScore.

    Audacity is pretty simple to use if all you want to do is record/mix instruments.

    You may find some decent courses on the various MOOCs out there.

    If you're math-inclined you may enjoy a book like Benson's Music: A Mathematical Offering.

    There's also tons of neural-net/algorithmic music composition stuff out there. MIDI and the structure of things like counter point / classical music rules lend themselves pretty well to that.

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  8. Comment on Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home. That made him a suspect in ~tech

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    If you used AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon your location data was being sold with very little oversight.

    If you used AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon your location data was being sold with very little oversight.

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  9. Comment on Some of my internet radio stations aren't playing on my computer [SOLVED] in ~tech

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    If you don't want to use Firefox, you could at least make a shortcut to have VLC directly open a station by: Play the station you want. Media-->Save Playlist to File--> save the shortcut where you...

    If you don't want to use Firefox, you could at least make a shortcut to have VLC directly open a station by:

    • Play the station you want.
    • Media-->Save Playlist to File--> save the shortcut where you want it
    • Open the playlist to start the station.
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  10. Comment on Some of my internet radio stations aren't playing on my computer [SOLVED] in ~tech

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    F12 takes you to Chrome's JavaScript console. If a script is causing an error this is a good place to check to see if any errors are being output. Ad-blockers will typically need to update either...

    What console? I'm not using a game device. It's a desktop computer.

    F12 takes you to Chrome's JavaScript console. If a script is causing an error this is a good place to check to see if any errors are being output.

    The ad-blocker has been installed for ages. I would be surprised if it suddenly stopped blocking radio signals a couple of days ago.

    Ad-blockers will typically need to update either the list of addresses they block or the method they use to block elements from loading, so this can be a possible culprit without you changing anything. Not that it is, in this case.

    I tried it out (just the joy.org.au one) on Chrome and reproduced your problem. This is the error in Chrome's console.

    A quick guess would be that those stations are using Shoutcast v1 instead of v2, or there's some issue with SSL.

    I couldn't find any quick fixes for Chrome, but you should be able to use Firefox, if you'd like.

    VLC should also work, but make sure you're using Media-->Open Network Stream, and remove the two dashes from the end of your link (use this). Those weren't meant to be part of the URL.

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  11. Comment on Some of my internet radio stations aren't playing on my computer [SOLVED] in ~tech

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    Have you taken a look at the console to see if there are any errors popping up? F12 should be the shortcut. Have you tried disabling any sort of ad/script blocker that you might have installed? Do...

    Have you taken a look at the console to see if there are any errors popping up? F12 should be the shortcut.

    Have you tried disabling any sort of ad/script blocker that you might have installed? Do you have a hosts file that blocks anything that might be relevant?

    Neither cause an issue with my build of Firefox, though the joy.org.au station has a finnicky volume control that automatically changes on mouseover.

    The stream for that station is http://stream.joy.org.au/proxy/joy949?mp=/live-- you could try going to that directly or through something like VLC-->Open Network Stream to see if that has different results.

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  12. Comment on Untitled Mental Health I in ~creative

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    The castle crumbled under strain and what was left was ruins Slowly washed away by rain, til stone joined dirts' confluence Sun baked down drying depth of sounding, showing stones' privation Dirt...
    The castle crumbled under strain and what was left was ruins
    Slowly washed away by rain, til stone joined dirts' confluence
    
    Sun baked down drying depth of sounding, showing stones' privation
    Dirt turned mud turned dirt again, til seasons restored lake's foundation
    
    Sifting silt from sediment and salt, later plants were sown
    On banks of Nile, struggling hearts kept making fragile homes
    The cradle of civilization made when castle turned to loam
    Be secure, be well, be many things; alone, or not alone
    
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  13. Comment on Right-wing populists look poised to keep winning in ~misc

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    I read a book called The Righteous Mind that argues something similar. The author added on "liberty" to some other proposed moral foundations: Care: cherishing and protecting others; opposite of...

    I read a book called The Righteous Mind that argues something similar.

    The author added on "liberty" to some other proposed moral foundations:

    • Care: cherishing and protecting others; opposite of
    • Fairness or proportionality: rendering justice according to shared rules; opposite of cheating
    • Loyalty or ingroup: standing with your group, family, nation; opposite of betrayal
    • Authority or respect: submitting to tradition and legitimate authority; opposite of subversion
    • Sanctity or purity: abhorrence for disgusting things, foods, actions; opposite of degradation
    • Liberty (opposite of oppression)

    The author claimed (iirc... been a while) that Democrats failed to appeal to more than care and fairness, and were missing out on a large chunk of what the population felt valuable because of that.

    I found the argument interesting, but maybe not super compelling in the form it was presented. Do Republicans value loyalty when they malign McCain, or when Trump calls never-Trumpers human scum in a tweet? Or is the "group" you're supposed to be loyal to so flexible it can change in a year?

    I think the idea that people have different and equally important (not necessarily equally desirable) drivers in terms of what they value important. It reminded me a lot of some of what I've read on Gamification, and how a game like World of Warcraft may have things that appeal to Collectors, Socializers, Explorers, Optimizers, etc.

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  14. Comment on What are some non-English words that you believe would be good candidates for inclusion in English dictionaries? in ~humanities

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    The positive lexicography project is a collection of words for positive emotions that are hard to translate across languages. I'd be interested in a thread like this for idioms. My idiom white...

    The positive lexicography project is a collection of words for positive emotions that are hard to translate across languages.

    I'd be interested in a thread like this for idioms. My idiom white whale comes from a friend in college learning Russian through a book of English-Russian swears, and there was a way of calling someone lazy that was something like:

    You beat a pear tree with your dick expecting fruit to fall off.

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  15. Comment on Adblocking for Android Smart Phone? in ~comp

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    Thanks for the correction/added details! My knowledge is pretty out of date, so maybe I shouldn't have tried to give an answer.

    Thanks for the correction/added details! My knowledge is pretty out of date, so maybe I shouldn't have tried to give an answer.

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  16. Comment on Adblocking for Android Smart Phone? in ~comp

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    If you root your phone you can use a Magisk module called Vanced which acts as an alternative Youtube app. It has a lot of desirable things, including ad blocking and background play. Blockada is...

    If you root your phone you can use a Magisk module called Vanced which acts as an alternative Youtube app. It has a lot of desirable things, including ad blocking and background play.

    Blockada is a system-wide ad-blocker that doesn't require root. Something like AdAway is an easy hosts-based add blocker if you have root.

    Depending on what he wants, a Pi-hole might be a good solution.

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  17. Comment on Marauding Cat Destroys Colony Of Threatened Australian Seabirds in ~enviro

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    As a fellow USA dweller... y-yeah. I feel you. We still make laws like "at 16/17/18 you are an adult" instead of "the age of consent will be done case-by-case based on the...

    As a fellow USA dweller... y-yeah. I feel you.

    We still make laws like "at 16/17/18 you are an adult" instead of "the age of consent will be done case-by-case based on the emotional/intellectual/physical maturity of the individual" and with good reason.

    Once that idea is in place, nearly anything is easily hand waived away as necessary, profitable, 'not that bad', etc...

    I don't think I'm completely confident in my views of animal treatment, and one lingering question I have involves economics so I'll try to share it. I'm fairly brain-dead atm though, so apologies if I don't make sense:

    When horses were used for transportation there were over 20 million of them. Now there are ~9 million. I imagine if (when) there is a tastier, cheaper, healthier, less cruel, lab-grown alternative to beef there is going to be a rapid loss in demand, and a precipitous decline in the number of cows out there.

    Is it better to have a cow not exist entirely than to have it live in the factory farming system?

    What about a more humane system, where it has company, freedom of movement, healthcare, and protection from predators and starvation, with the caveat that when it will eventually be sold and eaten? Sold for an amount that results in another cow being reared.

    You can think of nature as the baseline of a species of animals expected quality of life, and for many species it is one that is absurdly cruel. Animals will suffer from parasites, starve, and be eaten alive. It doesn't seem that hard to argue that no matter what measures you use for quality-of-cow-life there could exist some humane farm / pet owner that provides a better one.

    Is the argument against farming that such a farm can't exist, because of the warping effects of capitalism/the profit incentive? Is it that such a life isn't "dignified" in some way, and that quality of life isn't the right thing to measure to answer the question "what is a cow life worth living?"? Some sort of noblesse oblige of humanity? An argument that humans shouldn't play God and just leave X% of the world to let nature be nature, even if that is cruel, inefficient, or leads to extinction of endangered species?

    If the quality of life provided by humans for animals is above the average life experienced in the wild, and the one the humans provide still doesn't pass the test of a life-worth-living, do you end up arguing for some sort of anti-natalism where animals in the wild simply shouldn't exist?

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  18. Comment on Marauding Cat Destroys Colony Of Threatened Australian Seabirds in ~enviro

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    I don't disagree. The line of thought was that we don't let the populace own bears or camels (in ecosystems they'd destroy), even though a properly trained person might be able to responsibly own...

    That's a pretty far reaching argument as it's effectively a blanket statement for humanity

    I don't disagree. The line of thought was that we don't let the populace own bears or camels (in ecosystems they'd destroy), even though a properly trained person might be able to responsibly own one. If you do a survey and find X% of your average pet Y owners mistreat it / let it kill hundreds of birds each year, what should you do?

    You can say anything should be case-by-case, but policy and laws are primarily driven by what is likely to be true. Hopefully with ways of elevating cases that need more attention paid to them.

    As in, "90% of amateur Burmese python owners will release them into the wild. 0.1% of professionals will. Therefore we should require an exotic pets license for owning Burmese pythons."

    What do you do if your best evidence suggests your average cat owner will let their cat kill 100 birds per year?

    Absolutely it is, all across the world for a wide variety of purposes, most notably animals labeled as 'food'.

    I'm pretty tired and didn't phrase that very well. There are things that we consider animal abuse (dog fights, starvation, etc.) and other things we probably ought to (isolation in social animals, factory farming/eating meat). The same can be true of lots of other things. Fifty years from now we may look at boxing or football or beauty pageants as forms of abuse.

    I didn't mean to imply we treat animals/pets well, just that we care. That, largely, we have some minimum threshold for how pets should be treated. As a society we don't really care about the suffering of drosophila or mosquitoes, so I wouldn't ask "how much should we care about mosquito suffering".

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  19. Comment on Marauding Cat Destroys Colony Of Threatened Australian Seabirds in ~enviro

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    For the sake of discussion: Should (ignoring the insurmountable opposition by the cat caucus) cats be treated as a controlled/invasive species? Animal trainers can safely handle dangerous animals...

    For the sake of discussion:

    • Should (ignoring the insurmountable opposition by the cat caucus) cats be treated as a controlled/invasive species?
      Animal trainers can safely handle dangerous animals like bears, or animals that are controlled due to being a threat to the ecosystem.
      Afaik, we don't let regular people own these animals as pets because we assume they don't manage them in a responsible way, and the 40+ extinct species of birds suggests people won't handle their cats in a responsible way either.
    • If you can't provide a good quality life to a pet should you be allowed to have it, and does this apply to "responsible" cat ownership?
      We don't tolerate obvious mistreatment of animals, but social animals that are kept alone / locked in an apartment while their owner works has always felt like an uncomfortable exception. Birds will start pecking out their own feathers from the stress.
      Is there any case to be made that a cat can't have a good quality of life if it doesn't get to go outside? Or that some animals (not cats) need to predate to thrive? Feel like I've heard of animals (e.g., snakes) that won't eat unless they hunt and eat something living.
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  20. Comment on Rasputina - Willow Tree (Irish) in ~music

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    This song is part of a triptych, along with the English and American versions. When I first heard the Irish version I was confused. Was the woman happy to see him? Was it hinting at infidelity, or...

    This song is part of a triptych, along with the English and American versions.

    When I first heard the Irish version I was confused. Was the woman happy to see him? Was it hinting at infidelity, or her father selling her?

    It felt like things clicked when on a later date I heard about takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a.k.a. "broken heart syndrome". A happy emotional event that caused a fatal heart condition sounds like what this song is describing.

    What an awful moment. Three years of separation and struggle, and when you're at your happiest--spotting the person you love and eager to reunite and share your successes-- you see something go wrong. Then a month of declining health, watching a loved one wilt away.

    Since the song comes from 1939 at the latest, it's a little fossil of a condition that wasn't understood yet. In that light, the American version is a serial murder whose m.o. was stripping and drowning.

    Also willow trees are pretty cool. And one of my favorite fan theories is Tom Bombadil = Evil...

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