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

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    I liked it back in the days, it has this modern feel from the electronics but still feels very acoustic and "real".

    I liked it back in the days, it has this modern feel from the electronics but still feels very acoustic and "real".

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Anti-algorithmic music: how Bandcamp is helping artists beat the odds in ~music

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    Half-backed is maybe a better word. I don't think the site is really minimal, it's just that a lot of the features aren't very good so people don't use them.

    Half-backed is maybe a better word. I don't think the site is really minimal, it's just that a lot of the features aren't very good so people don't use them.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Anti-algorithmic music: how Bandcamp is helping artists beat the odds in ~music

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    I like bandcamp but I wish they would upgrade their player and add some better social features. I feel like they could become a sort of mix of last.fm, spotify, rateyourmusic and soundcloud. They...

    I like bandcamp but I wish they would upgrade their player and add some better social features. I feel like they could become a sort of mix of last.fm, spotify, rateyourmusic and soundcloud. They already have a lot of stuff in but it's not properly exploited, for example you can write a review for an album you bought but only a few are displayed and it's a pain to navigate. You also have a profile page where people can see what you listen to but it's really bare bone, etc. Most of the time I buy whatever I'm interested in and then leave the site.

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

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    I bought a new mattress, it was long due but I was procrastinating. I'm almost afraid I'll be a changed man tomorrow, actually sleeping well... Otherwise I haven't done much, after 3-4 months of...

    I bought a new mattress, it was long due but I was procrastinating. I'm almost afraid I'll be a changed man tomorrow, actually sleeping well...

    Otherwise I haven't done much, after 3-4 months of lock-down working at home I'm in a weird state, if feel like I've forgotten my past life and I'm ready to move to something else. Things were back to normal here but cases are going up again, which means R_0 > 1 and we will very likely have to put more restriction again in a few weeks.

    I also watched Wild Strawberries, my first Bergman movie, it's was super good.

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

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    I've been listening to Värähtelijä by Oranssi Pazuzu, it's some kind of brooding rock/metal fusion. I'm not sure I love it, it's a bit cold and alien, but it's certainly appealing. Otherwise Kings...

    I've been listening to Värähtelijä by Oranssi Pazuzu, it's some kind of brooding rock/metal fusion. I'm not sure I love it, it's a bit cold and alien, but it's certainly appealing.

    Otherwise Kings Of Convenience, it's some very smooth acoustic guitar and voice duo. I've been listening to their two first albums for almost 20 years (a girl gave it to me in high-school) and I still like it, it's not revolutionary but it's solid.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on I'm looking for anime shows with a lot of depth in ~anime

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    Shigurui, from an imdb review : Or the last part of that review : https://youtu.be/VyhRd5UGjaA?t=390

    Shigurui, from an imdb review :

    The content maybe quite distasteful to some but I would quietly urge the casual viewer to please NOT simply take in the graphic violence at face value and instead look at them as symbols to what may unravel the conflict between the two principal antagonists. Unlike most hero worshiping stories out there, this story has no heroes, only villains with a unique sense of morality and justice. These are stories that can be endlessly dissected and with every viewing this new found perspective can serve aid you decipher a little of that vast unknowable known as Japan. The style of the anime is very decadent. And very much like the politics of Japan during the Edo period - was vastly tumultuous. This story serves as an allegory to that time period through the choices its antagonists makes and its consequences they eventually face. The anime has flawlessly taken in the elements, details and nuances from the manga, and taken it to the next level. The greatest achievement in my opinion was the foreshadowing of the events to come were executed to perfection, like a well aged single malt whiskey. These details can only be noted from repeated viewing.

    Or the last part of that review : https://youtu.be/VyhRd5UGjaA?t=390

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 — Official trailer — The Gig in ~games

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    If the trailer is representative of the game, that's not for me. It seems like a dumb macho shooter, with bad music and cringy characters. Nothing like the kind of cyberpunk I like.

    If the trailer is representative of the game, that's not for me. It seems like a dumb macho shooter, with bad music and cringy characters. Nothing like the kind of cyberpunk I like.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I went yes, she was a bit unsure but she still gave me antibio. Thanks @krg, @cfabbro.

    I went yes, she was a bit unsure but she still gave me antibio. Thanks @krg, @cfabbro.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Not much covid going on anymore around here but I got bitten by a tick, and I'm feeling a bit sick since two days... I don't want to go the the doctor but I might have to.

    Not much covid going on anymore around here but I got bitten by a tick, and I'm feeling a bit sick since two days... I don't want to go the the doctor but I might have to.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Remembrance - Emily Bronte in ~books

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    The music is a bit loud, but I love the interpretation.

    The music is a bit loud, but I love the interpretation.

    Cold in the earth—and the deep snow piled above thee,
    Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave!
    Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee,
    Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave?

    Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover
    Over the mountains, on that northern shore,
    Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover
    Thy noble heart forever, ever more?

    Cold in the earth—and fifteen wild Decembers,
    From those brown hills, have melted into spring:
    Faithful, indeed, is the spirit that remembers
    After such years of change and suffering!

    Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee,
    While the world's tide is bearing me along;
    Other desires and other hopes beset me,
    Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong!

    No later light has lightened up my heaven,
    No second morn has ever shone for me;
    All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given,
    All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee.

    But, when the days of golden dreams had perished,
    And even Despair was powerless to destroy,
    Then did I learn how existence could be cherished,
    Strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy.

    Then did I check the tears of useless passion—
    Weaned my young soul from yearning after thine;
    Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten
    Down to that tomb already more than mine.

    And, even yet, I dare not let it languish,
    Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain;
    Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish,
    How could I seek the empty world again?

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

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    Finished a small piano composition using Pianoteq (that thing is amazing). Piano pieces are always interesting and challenging because there's not a lot of fluff involved, you can't add effects...

    Finished a small piano composition using Pianoteq (that thing is amazing). Piano pieces are always interesting and challenging because there's not a lot of fluff involved, you can't add effects and crap, it's pure composition. I've don't have much theoretical understanding of harmony so I mainly focused on rhythm on that one, but it came out ok I think.

    Otherwise I went out one evening and I got caught in a huge hailstorm, it was a bit scary. I went in the forest and stood next to a tree with my umbrella and waited for it to pass, I could hear the lightnings coming closer (counting the time between the light and the thunder). Thankfully I managed to stay mostly dry (it got chilly very fast), although my shoes were soaked.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What is your favourite film from your country? in ~movies

  14. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    I need to listen to them more but I find recent Swans's ablums to be disappointing given the raving reviews they get, I like some songs but I find many of them mildly irritating and not very...

    I need to listen to them more but I find recent Swans's ablums to be disappointing given the raving reviews they get, I like some songs but I find many of them mildly irritating and not very appealing musically (repetitive and not very original). I'd rather listen to some good old Sonic Youth or Shub-Niggurath if I want something more edgy.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    Same, never understood Queen's appeal.

    Same, never understood Queen's appeal.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Oldest cookbook in the West | Ancient Roman mussels in ~food

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    This guy is hilarious, and the content is pretty good.

    This guy is hilarious, and the content is pretty good.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    I listened a bit to Radiohead when I was a teenager (the first albums) but I don't like them much I have to say. I mean it's not terrible but it doesn't really do it for me. I think there's a...

    I listened a bit to Radiohead when I was a teenager (the first albums) but I don't like them much I have to say. I mean it's not terrible but it doesn't really do it for me. I think there's a certain sentimentality that I don't like. Creep makes me cringe, No Surprises makes me yawn. I much prefer Modest Mouse's album from the same year.

    That said if the band was completely unknown I might be more indulgent, I think there's a also a social thing going on.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Rivers of Nihil - Subtle Change in ~music

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    It's great yes (favorite song is Hollow), I posted the "Where Owls Know My Name" music video here I think. One of the guitarist was streaming on twitch the other day (brody_of_nihil), remixing...

    It's great yes (favorite song is Hollow), I posted the "Where Owls Know My Name" music video here I think.

    One of the guitarist was streaming on twitch the other day (brody_of_nihil), remixing some of the songs of the album. I don't like the clean compressed production style so I told him to listen to Gris À l'Âme Enflammée, l'Âme Constellée... to get some inspiration, but maybe Vektor was a better reference. Hopefully he listen to twitch chat wisdom and the next album has a more natural sound.

    3 votes