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  1. Comment on Musicians, do you put your stuff up on BandCamp, SoundCloud, both, and/or other? in ~creative

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    I'm looking into it for my first EP, I would put it on bandcamp only but my collaborator would also like Spotify. We might go with distrokid because we have a cover and they have a service for...

    I'm looking into it for my first EP, I would put it on bandcamp only but my collaborator would also like Spotify. We might go with distrokid because we have a cover and they have a service for that, but OneRPM could be an option too, they don't have a flat fee but take a % of your revenues, which I expect to be $0, so should be a good deal.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Results from the Fermilab g-2 experiment indicate new physics with 4.2 sigma confidence, stronger than previous measurements in ~science

  3. Comment on Jakub Ciupinski - Wreck of the Umbria (2017) in ~music

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    This guy has a youtube channel with awesome VCV rack tutorials, but turns out he's also a very good classical composer. I think he has a good mix of fresh ideas while remaining pleasant to listen...

    This guy has a youtube channel with awesome VCV rack tutorials, but turns out he's also a very good classical composer. I think he has a good mix of fresh ideas while remaining pleasant to listen to (could easily be a film score).

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Working on my first EP, going along pretty well so far, just needs the finishing touches.

    Working on my first EP, going along pretty well so far, just needs the finishing touches.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Comus - Out of the Coma (2012) in ~music

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    Not as famous as First Utterance but soooo good. Also appropriate after one year of covid...

    Not as famous as First Utterance but soooo good. Also appropriate after one year of covid...

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Looking for recommendations for half-hour shows in ~tv

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    Watching it for like the fifth time currently. There's not much else that makes me laugh.

    Watching it for like the fifth time currently. There's not much else that makes me laugh.

  7. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    Irrespective of what they do with it, I think these companies are just too big and shouldn't be allowed to buy everything like this.

    Irrespective of what they do with it, I think these companies are just too big and shouldn't be allowed to buy everything like this.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've started Melville's Moby-Dick, it has the reputation to be difficult, and even thought some of the vocabulary is hard, I enjoy it so far. I read it aloud and I'm having fun with it. Lots of...

    I've started Melville's Moby-Dick, it has the reputation to be difficult, and even thought some of the vocabulary is hard, I enjoy it so far. I read it aloud and I'm having fun with it. Lots of good quotable bits :

    Yes, we became very wakeful; so much so that our recumbent position began to grow wearisome, and by little and little we found ourselves sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us, leaning against the head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two noses bending over them, as if our kneepans were warming-pans. We felt very nice and snug, the more so since it was so chilly out of doors; indeed out of bed-clothes too, seeing that there was no fire in the room. The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. But if, like Queequeg and me in the bed, the tip of your nose or the crown of your head be slightly chilled, why then, indeed, in the general consciousness you feel most delightfully and unmistakably warm. For this reason a sleeping apartment should never be furnished with a fire, which is one of the luxurious discomforts of the rich. For the height of this sort of deliciousness is to have nothing but the blanket between you and your snugness and the cold of the outer air. Then there you lie like the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal.

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

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    I think one thing that sets apart the Brontë sisters apart from other contemporary writers is that they were not really from the bourgeoisie, in addition of being women, which give them a quite...

    I think one thing that sets apart the Brontë sisters apart from other contemporary writers is that they were not really from the bourgeoisie, in addition of being women, which give them a quite unique perspective. As I understand working was a big no-no at the time for upper class women. In Wuthering Heights the main narrator is arguably Nelly, a servant (a very interesting character too). If you like the teaching part you can also read Charlotte's last book, Villette for more of that, it's very autobiographical about her experience in Brussels.

    Makes me want to read them a second time, but maybe I should read Shirley first.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on VCV Rack Hacks | Most Underrated Module in ~music

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    Amazing result done with just a bunch of the basic filter module in VCV rack, you can listen to the patch for a while at the end : https://youtu.be/W5Hww6sk6fw?t=1379 Really showcase the power of...

    Amazing result done with just a bunch of the basic filter module in VCV rack, you can listen to the patch for a while at the end :

    https://youtu.be/W5Hww6sk6fw?t=1379

    Really showcase the power of modular.

  11. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    I think it's possible yes, it depends a lot on OP setting the tone and being active. That said a more substantial moderation system wouldn't hurt, although we have labels already. Otherwise I...

    I think it's possible yes, it depends a lot on OP setting the tone and being active. That said a more substantial moderation system wouldn't hurt, although we have labels already.

    Otherwise I don't find "X and Y might leave the site" very compelling ; some other people might enjoy discussing sensitive topics and be leaving instead if these topics are removed. Plus there's options to filter things out and you can just ignore topics you're not interested in.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    I haven't seen that particular topic but I have no issues people discussing here, if done sensibly. It's an interesting and relevant topic.

    I'm not comfortable with people discussing whether there's any legitimacy to eugenics.

    I haven't seen that particular topic but I have no issues people discussing here, if done sensibly. It's an interesting and relevant topic.

    13 votes
  13. Comment on How scientific taxonomy constructed the myth of race in ~science

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    I only knew Haeckel for his awesome drawings, but yeah it's pretty bad :

    I only knew Haeckel for his awesome drawings, but yeah it's pretty bad :

    The Caucasian, or Mediterranean man (Homo Mediterraneus), has from time immemorial been placed at the head of all races of men, as the most highly developed and perfect. It is generally called the Caucasian race, but as among all the varieties of the species, the Caucasian branch is the least important, we prefer the much more suitable appellation proposed by Friedrich Müller, namely, that of Mediterranean, or Midland men. For the most important varieties of this species, which are moreover the most eminent actors in what is called “Universal History,” first rose to a flourishing condition on the shores of the Mediterranean. The former area of the distribution of this species is expressed by the name of “Indo-Atlantic” species, whereas at present it is spread over the whole earth, and is overcoming most of the other species in the struggle for existence. In bodily as well as in mental qualities, no other human species can equal the Mediterranean. This species alone (with the exception of the Mongolian) has had an actual history; it alone has attained to that degree of civilization which seems to raise man above the rest of nature.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Adobe Photoshop’s ‘Super Resolution’ made my jaw hit the floor in ~tech

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    Note that's afaik it's pretty much a copy of Topaz Gigapixel, so it's not really something innovative.

    Note that's afaik it's pretty much a copy of Topaz Gigapixel, so it's not really something innovative.

  15. Comment on Scientists solve another piece of the puzzling Antikythera mechanism in ~space

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    There's a guy on youtube that tries to remake it using ancient techniques. If think it's safe to say that anything they did back then we know how to do better, but there's certainly some...

    There's a guy on youtube that tries to remake it using ancient techniques. If think it's safe to say that anything they did back then we know how to do better, but there's certainly some uncertainty on how they did things exactly (because there's often several ways to make a given piece, and we also don't have the same limitations).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIUAdINXZmQ

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Microdosing's feel-good benefits might just be placebo effect in ~science

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    If there's no better method, you can take placebo pills with sugar in them. But otherwise better do something that works better, placebo effect is rarely enough for serious issues. Cool study...

    If there's no better method, you can take placebo pills with sugar in them. But otherwise better do something that works better, placebo effect is rarely enough for serious issues.

    Cool study though, I remember the video they made with the self-blinding protocol (I think that was the one). Nice to see they got pretty conclusive results.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Thinking about death in ~talk

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    In Switzerland we have assisted suicide (managed by non-profits, usually for people that are still functional) but also places where you can go die, they are essentially medicalized hotels where...

    In Switzerland we have assisted suicide (managed by non-profits, usually for people that are still functional) but also places where you can go die, they are essentially medicalized hotels where they just give you painkillers and the family can come visit, have lunch, etc.

    Personally I wouldn't mind having some kind of modern ritual where everybody walks up a mountain, the person die and it burnt on a fire or something. The old Christian rituals aren't working so well anymore.

    4 votes