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  1. Comment on Art Basel: Maurizio Cattelan's $120,000 banana eaten by artist in ~arts

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    The end is nigh.

    The end is nigh.

  2. Comment on The original form of synthwave has become a barren wasteland of disposable audio, but the caliber of music being produced at the edges of the genre today is higher than ever in ~music

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    I have to say I've tried several times to get into it but I don't find much to love there. It just sounds a bit too simplistic and stale. I guess I've been spoiled by AFX's Analords...

    I have to say I've tried several times to get into it but I don't find much to love there. It just sounds a bit too simplistic and stale. I guess I've been spoiled by AFX's Analords...

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

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    I've started Céline's D'un château l'autre. It's a spicy one, the style is almost entirely oral, it's like a rant of an old crazy man. Sometimes borderline incomprehensible, it's actually hard to...

    I've started Céline's D'un château l'autre. It's a spicy one, the style is almost entirely oral, it's like a rant of an old crazy man. Sometimes borderline incomprehensible, it's actually hard to read without speaking it out loud at times.

    Céline wrote virulent antisemitic books before WW2 and flew to Germany with people of the Vichy regime at some point, which apparently is told in this book. For now he's mainly complaining about his editors and the lack of money (he got all his stuff taken at the end of the war).

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

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    I started a new track, I downloaded a JX-8P vst (it always motivates me to try a new plugin) and I played whatever and I was rather pleased with the result. I tried to mix some guitar with my...

    I started a new track, I downloaded a JX-8P vst (it always motivates me to try a new plugin) and I played whatever and I was rather pleased with the result. I tried to mix some guitar with my electronics. Not sure if I'll manage to continue though, I don't particularly have ideas for it.

    https://vocaroo.com/84jxIqYgkXu

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Switzerland. It wasn't really calming though, I almost went back after 15 minutes because it was so cold and windy. The good side of it is that I encountered no-one on the way.

    Switzerland. It wasn't really calming though, I almost went back after 15 minutes because it was so cold and windy. The good side of it is that I encountered no-one on the way.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I went for a walk on the lake side this afternoon. The temperature are slightly above zero currently but there was a furious wind, I could barely walk straight at some point, and even well...

    I went for a walk on the lake side this afternoon. The temperature are slightly above zero currently but there was a furious wind, I could barely walk straight at some point, and even well equipped I sometimes was a bit chilly. Walking fast and uphill kept me going.

    The light was beautiful though. The sun was peeking through the clouds, touching part of the landscape with shades of oranges, while the winter atmosphere engulfed the landscape with soft mists of blues and grays.

    I got lost a bit and I had to walk alongside a road that had some traffic, which wasn't pleasant at all... I should I prepared the itinerary better. It was also borderline with the temperature, the wind and getting lost, but that's also part of the charm...

    https://i.imgur.com/ZrRfQ63.jpg

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Music Makers: Guitarists, Bassists and other Stringslingers in ~creative

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    I bought a basic Yamaha one 3 years ago and play it everyday, but I don't feel like buying a new one yet. That said it's quite fucked up (the neck cracked and I glued it back, the bridge is also a...

    I bought a basic Yamaha one 3 years ago and play it everyday, but I don't feel like buying a new one yet. That said it's quite fucked up (the neck cracked and I glued it back, the bridge is also a bit wonky) to the point I might have some intonation issues. Maybe it's time to get a new one...

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I should do the same, it was my birthday not long ago and I did nothing special.

    I should do the same, it was my birthday not long ago and I did nothing special.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'll probably do something with my brother tomorrow. Otherwise it's gonna rain a lot on Sunday, I fancy going out and have a walk in the forest, I'm not sure why... something about braving the...

    I'll probably do something with my brother tomorrow. Otherwise it's gonna rain a lot on Sunday, I fancy going out and have a walk in the forest, I'm not sure why... something about braving the elements.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on I am thankful for Tildes in ~tildes

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    I agree it feels homely, I was trying wt.social today and it feels very impersonal so far. Here people are more willing to engage. I find the small, closed community to be reassuring too, it's...

    I agree it feels homely, I was trying wt.social today and it feels very impersonal so far. Here people are more willing to engage. I find the small, closed community to be reassuring too, it's less likely that someone I know would recognize me here, while on reddit I've got quite a few people that could easily spot me if I'm not careful.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Music Makers: Synth Players and Programmers in ~creative

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    I love Pianoteq for piano, it's amazing, otherwise I also like the free TAL plugins, they are a bit wonky but sound great : https://tal-software.com/products

    I love Pianoteq for piano, it's amazing, otherwise I also like the free TAL plugins, they are a bit wonky but sound great :

    https://tal-software.com/products

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I've finished Jonas Mekas's As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, it's a 5 hours long montage of his personal films, featuring mostly his wife, kids and life in New...

    I've finished Jonas Mekas's As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, it's a 5 hours long montage of his personal films, featuring mostly his wife, kids and life in New York. It's a bit long but thankfully someone cut out the best part for you and put it on youtube :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR0cIUrRyXo

    Overall I liked it more that I expected, I watched one or two chapters (there's like 14) each evening. I found that less dumb than watching the umpteenth TV show, and it's a great daydreaming device, you can think of something else and not miss much, since nothing is happening in this movie.

    It's probably the most positive and happy piece of media I saw, and while uplifting as times it also depressed me a tad, since this guy had a much better life than I do.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Sinoia Caves - Elena's Sound-World (2014) in ~music

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    From Beyond the Black Rainbow OST

    From Beyond the Black Rainbow OST

  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm finishing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and there's not much humor in it, maybe I should have gone with Agnes Grey. I thought Charlotte's Jane Eyre was excellent though, hard to say if I prefer...

    I'm finishing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and there's not much humor in it, maybe I should have gone with Agnes Grey. I thought Charlotte's Jane Eyre was excellent though, hard to say if I prefer Wuthering Heights over it.

  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Mostly analysis of genomic data, DNA and a bit or RNA-seq. What's really nice with the Bio.jl ecosystem is that you can open most file formats with a unified interface and get out reasonable...

    Mostly analysis of genomic data, DNA and a bit or RNA-seq. What's really nice with the Bio.jl ecosystem is that you can open most file formats with a unified interface and get out reasonable types. With other languages you often have to combine a ragtag bunch of tools and you often spend a lot of times converting stuff and calling external processes. Having good performances is very nice too. The packages are still a bit low-level, but that's not an issue for me since I like to develop my own tools rather than use existing ones.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Doing some bioinformatics with Julia, the Bio packages are super good, it's a joy compared to the alternatives (R, python, ...).

    Doing some bioinformatics with Julia, the Bio packages are super good, it's a joy compared to the alternatives (R, python, ...).

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What do you daydream about? in ~talk

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    Just now I was thinking that the energy of youth overflows everything, but when it dries out you start seeing the rougher edges of your personality appear, a bit like your facial features grow...

    Just now I was thinking that the energy of youth overflows everything, but when it dries out you start seeing the rougher edges of your personality appear, a bit like your facial features grow more prominent as you get older. Thinking about my family too.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I got a coffee with her once or twice, it's like desensitizing sessions. I'm still anxious around her but it's slowly getting better I think.

    I got a coffee with her once or twice, it's like desensitizing sessions. I'm still anxious around her but it's slowly getting better I think.

    2 votes