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  1. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Did a photoshoot with a local girl that wanted some pictures for her Instagram, it was both our first shoot so I'm very happy with how the results turned out, was quite fun too.

    Did a photoshoot with a local girl that wanted some pictures for her Instagram, it was both our first shoot so I'm very happy with how the results turned out, was quite fun too.

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  2. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I'm in love with Floral Strobe by False Noise, it's really refreshing with stellar sound design and solid composition (good mix of catchy bits mixed with more grating ones)....

    I'm in love with Floral Strobe by False Noise, it's really refreshing with stellar sound design and solid composition (good mix of catchy bits mixed with more grating ones).

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

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies

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    Doesn't look too bad, but yeah it seems making well fitting clothes is much harder than it looks at first.

    Doesn't look too bad, but yeah it seems making well fitting clothes is much harder than it looks at first.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Thread from r/MensLib: No man should be called a "neckbeard" or a "loser" in ~life

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    That was also my initial reaction but thinking about it I'm not sure it's that simple. There's a constant struggle in society between informal groups to impose their worldview as legitimate, a...

    it's a form of name-calling and this is usually bad

    That was also my initial reaction but thinking about it I'm not sure it's that simple. There's a constant struggle in society between informal groups to impose their worldview as legitimate, a cultural/political war. These names are part of a marketing battle of sort; how you name things influence how you think about them, so you need to think about them in that context.

    Thing is "neckbeards" are pretty harmless politically (although there's must be some friction there for them to even emerge as a perceived group, probably something related to masculinity), but anti-vax ("covtards"), climate change deniers, or white supremacists, maybe we should name-call these. The question is rather if that's an efficient strategy, than being "bad" in a more moral sense (afterall there's also a chain of explanation that make a covtard a covtard, but they are still nefarious).

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  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    The last Amenra, featuring the singer of Oathbreaker on backing vocals, it's like the self-flagellating sludge-doom fan wet dream, not too sure what to think about it yet but I like the spoken...

    The last Amenra, featuring the singer of Oathbreaker on backing vocals, it's like the self-flagellating sludge-doom fan wet dream, not too sure what to think about it yet but I like the spoken word parts :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEI5tJDD2fc

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    That could be a solution yeah, I've been doing that with drinks.

    That could be a solution yeah, I've been doing that with drinks.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    I eat butter with bread mostly (besides cooking), I like the texture of cold butter.

    I eat butter with bread mostly (besides cooking), I like the texture of cold butter.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    It's quite warm so it gets really soft, not very nice.

    It's quite warm so it gets really soft, not very nice.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    My fridge broke down and because of unfortunate circumstances I can't get a replacement right away, so I'm on a fridge-less diet, which surprisingly isn't as terrible as it sounds; there's still a...

    My fridge broke down and because of unfortunate circumstances I can't get a replacement right away, so I'm on a fridge-less diet, which surprisingly isn't as terrible as it sounds; there's still a lot of things you can can cook even without a fridge, but no leftovers allowed is a bit of a pain. And butter, I want butter.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    Clearly your vote matters but is diluted by the large number of people participating in the vote; imaging you're in a group of three and you take a decision by vote, then surely you can see your...

    Clearly your vote matters but is diluted by the large number of people participating in the vote; imaging you're in a group of three and you take a decision by vote, then surely you can see your vote matters a lot. Now imagine the group is 5, 10, 100, etc. and you can see how your vote counts less and less but never become completely irrelevant (there's always a non-zero probability that your vote changes the outcome).

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    For me I'd say the "alternative" culture (music, movies, ...), some of the "americana" things like motels, gas stations, small restaurants & shops, etc. (I'm European so they have a certain exotic...

    For me I'd say the "alternative" culture (music, movies, ...), some of the "americana" things like motels, gas stations, small restaurants & shops, etc. (I'm European so they have a certain exotic charm) and people are pretty approachable & casual. I could add landscapes but I'm not sure that really counts.

    I'm very anti-US generally, but there's still a lot of things I like, which in some ways are also anti-US, but in an American way (e.g. George Carlin).

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    We had a big meeting & party at work, I was a bit worried but it went pretty smoothly overall, I haven't lost all my social skills. My pre-covid crush was there too, which was a bit scary (not...

    We had a big meeting & party at work, I was a bit worried but it went pretty smoothly overall, I haven't lost all my social skills. My pre-covid crush was there too, which was a bit scary (not seen her since 1.5 year). I was a bit cold and I feel bad about it (I'm behaving like an ass), but frankly I can't have a casual relation with her.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (July 2021) in ~talk

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    Maybe it's a bit too recent to start dating again (seriously at least). Take a year of two to rebuild yourself. Also you can be glad you were happy for a while, many people don't even have that...

    Maybe it's a bit too recent to start dating again (seriously at least). Take a year of two to rebuild yourself. Also you can be glad you were happy for a while, many people don't even have that and nothing lasts forever.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Why Dutch bikes are better (and why you should want one) in ~enviro

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    Yeah here in Switzerland these kind of bikes would suck in many cities. I'd love to see some kind of bike lift solutions, I think for cities with a major hill it would work well (you go up then us...

    Yeah here in Switzerland these kind of bikes would suck in many cities. I'd love to see some kind of bike lift solutions, I think for cities with a major hill it would work well (you go up then us gravity to go where you want to go).

    5 votes
  15. Comment on The invisible addiction: Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline. in ~health

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    Not so invisible for me, I get pretty strong caffeine withdrawal symptoms when I stop.

    Not so invisible for me, I get pretty strong caffeine withdrawal symptoms when I stop.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I might give it a try, Gad Elmaleh did some decent stuff in the past, he went out of favor because he plagiarized American comedians in his show. I guess copying Larry David is fitting.

    I might give it a try, Gad Elmaleh did some decent stuff in the past, he went out of favor because he plagiarized American comedians in his show. I guess copying Larry David is fitting.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Neurotype-matching, but not being autistic, influences self and observer ratings of interpersonal rapport in ~science

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    Yeah looking at the figures the results seems a bit flimsy. That said I'm sure it's not so easy to get your hands on 40 autistic people for a study. I would be curious to see non-autistic people...

    Yeah looking at the figures the results seems a bit flimsy. That said I'm sure it's not so easy to get your hands on 40 autistic people for a study. I would be curious to see non-autistic people that are used to work with them to see if they do better in the mixed condition.

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  18. Comment on What’s your favorite music from 2021 so far? in ~music

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    I like this, the winds are pretty metal.

    I like this, the winds are pretty metal.

  19. Comment on What’s your favorite music from 2021 so far? in ~music

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    I mostly like the first volume, in "I'd Rather Be" the singer is shouting "Watermelon, strawberries, sweet peaches !" like a street vendor, it's quite evocative (feels like a childhood memory)....

    I mostly like the first volume, in "I'd Rather Be" the singer is shouting "Watermelon, strawberries, sweet peaches !" like a street vendor, it's quite evocative (feels like a childhood memory). There's some good stuff on the rest too (it's very varied) but buying the whole thing is a bit excessive, and it can't seem to be available anywhere else (legally...). There's a 10 track selection though :

    https://williamparker.bandcamp.com/album/trencad-s-a-selection-from-migration-of-silence-into-and-out-of-the-tone-world

    Never heard of him before either, he released what looks like 100's of albums though, but I'm not very well versed in jazz.

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  20. Comment on Queer readings of The Lord of the Rings are not accidents in ~lgbt

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    Yikes. I searched a bit but it seems Proust got mostly praised by critics at the time, maybe a cultural difference, but the really explicit parts also comes only in volume 4 I think, so probably...

    Yikes. I searched a bit but it seems Proust got mostly praised by critics at the time, maybe a cultural difference, but the really explicit parts also comes only in volume 4 I think, so probably not everybody read it until then...

    2 votes