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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I should pay more attention when I type lol

    Jason Manoa?

    I should pay more attention when I type lol

    1 vote
  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I've been watching See, an Apple+ show with Jason Momoa*, set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone is blind. It's pretty good, but one things bothers me. (mild spoilers) It's set in...

    I've been watching See, an Apple+ show with Jason Momoa*, set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone is blind. It's pretty good, but one things bothers me. (mild spoilers)
    It's set in Pennsylvania, but the show was very obviously shot in BC/Oregon. It's kinda distracting, because the rivers and mountains play a big part in the story. It's not adapted from anything as far as I can tell, so the decision to set in on the East Coast doesn't make sense, except as part of this weird trend of never setting anything outside of the East Coast or LA.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Which language do you think is best? in ~talk

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    I agree. English is a bit of a mess linguistically, but it also has an incredible flexibility as well.

    I agree. English is a bit of a mess linguistically, but it also has an incredible flexibility as well.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on 500 year-old Italian pizza recipe in ~food

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    The bit about Pizza being a Southern Italian dish, and not really popular in Northern Italy until it was brought there by American tourists, was surprising (and interesting), but makes sense....

    The bit about Pizza being a Southern Italian dish, and not really popular in Northern Italy until it was brought there by American tourists, was surprising (and interesting), but makes sense. Since reunification in the late 19th century, Northern and Southern Italy were deeply divided, and the division lasts until today. It's clear in the post-WWII referendum on whether Italy would be a monarchy of a republic, with an obvious line between a monarchist South and a republican North.
    There's also quite a bit of bigotry from the North towards the South. For example, Matteo Salvini, head of Lega Nord and former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, once gave a speech comparing Neopolitans to dogs (this was before he was nationally prominent, I believe).

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Games Workshop to launch Warhammer-centric streaming service in ~movies

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    That would actually work on me. I used to play the tabletop, but now my only interaction with 40k (besides the memes) is the books.

    That would actually work on me. I used to play the tabletop, but now my only interaction with 40k (besides the memes) is the books.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    To this day, I'm still not sure if Harrison Bergeron is a deeply conservative or deeply progressive piece.

    To this day, I'm still not sure if Harrison Bergeron is a deeply conservative or deeply progressive piece.

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

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    If I see a single more job posting that combines "Entry Level" and "2 (or 3 or 4) Years Experience" I am going to scream

    If I see a single more job posting that combines "Entry Level" and "2 (or 3 or 4) Years Experience" I am going to scream

    15 votes
  8. Comment on European Super League confirmed as Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs join breakaway competition as founders in ~sports

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    I understand why UEFA is upset, given this is direct competition from former money makers. But why are fans and former players so upset? It seems like they're treating this as if this is a betrayal.

    I understand why UEFA is upset, given this is direct competition from former money makers. But why are fans and former players so upset? It seems like they're treating this as if this is a betrayal.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I just finished watching Ted Lasso and its fantastic. I recommend it to anyone with an Apple TV login. Jason Sudeikis is incredible as Ted, an American football coach from Kansas hired by an...

    I just finished watching Ted Lasso and its fantastic. I recommend it to anyone with an Apple TV login. Jason Sudeikis is incredible as Ted, an American football coach from Kansas hired by an English Premiere League team. The show takes a little time to hit it's stride, and doesn't lend itself well to watching through clips on Youtube. It has an undeniable charm that's most effective if you watch it in 2 episode bursts.
    Ted has a really great upbeat masculinity, and the show portrays his relationship with his confidante Coach Beard is a mutually supportive male friendship you don't really see in media.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on US considering joining boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics, State Department says in ~sports

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    I'm totally for putting pressure on oppressive regimes, but I feel like boycotting the Olympics isn't the best way to do it. The athletes who can't go lose a massive opportunity, while the target...

    I'm totally for putting pressure on oppressive regimes, but I feel like boycotting the Olympics isn't the best way to do it. The athletes who can't go lose a massive opportunity, while the target country only gets a relatively minor blow to their prestige.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on An earnest review of the history of the world, according to History Channel show Ancient Aliens in ~tv

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    Ancient Aliens is a pretty good show for a laugh, especially if you have an even passing familiarity with the subject matter. Cody's analysis of the show as a religion was insightful, and...

    Ancient Aliens is a pretty good show for a laugh, especially if you have an even passing familiarity with the subject matter. Cody's analysis of the show as a religion was insightful, and something I hadn't considered before.
    Also, the lore of the show would make a pretty interesting backstory for a sci-fi series that didn't take itself too seriously, or a tabletop rpg campaign.

    3 votes
  12. Quarantine Book Awards

    Since we're coming on 1 year since the global lockdown, I thought I'd hold an awards show for the books that helped get me through it. This can also serve as a recommendation list for anyone...

    Since we're coming on 1 year since the global lockdown, I thought I'd hold an awards show for the books that helped get me through it. This can also serve as a recommendation list for anyone looking for new reads.

    Best Historical Fiction The General of the Dead Army by Ismail Kadare. Tells the story of an Italian general and a priest, both unnamed, sent to Albania sometime in the '60s to retrieve the bodies of soldiers who died there during WWII. A lot of the book deals with uniquely Albanian topics, but "young men dying uselessly in pointless wars" is a damn-near universal theme.
    Best Memoir Lithium Jesus by Charles Monroe-Kane. Primarily chronicles the author's struggle with mental illness, faith, and purpose. Most of it stays in the "look at all these unhealthy coping mechanisms I used to have" territory. Sometimes it veers into " weren't some of those unhealthy coping mechanisms cool as hell?" humblebrag territory.
    Best Non-Fiction Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. The author is journalist for the Washington Post who was in Iraq during the American occupation, and published shortly after he left in 2006. Recounts how America absolutely bungled the rebuilding of Iraq in 2003-2004. Chandrasekaran shows the equal mixture of ignorance, greed, incompetence, and arrogance, all the while without coming across as overly polemic.
    Best Historical Non-Fiction Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction by Martin Gilbert. I anxiety-binged up due to certain global events. Goes almost hour-by-hour from the build-up to until the rebuilding from the events of Kristallnacht across Germany. Most of Gilbert's work is fantastic.
    Best novel I couldn’t finish due to real life circumstances Station Eleven by John Mandel. I tried reading it in May, but the story revolving around societal collapse brought on by a plague hit too close to home. I only managed to get two chapters in. It’s being adapted by HBO and is by all accounts fantastic.
    10 votes
  13. Comment on I was raised inside of some of the most extreme evangelical Christian circles here in the USA - AMA (Ask Me Anything)! in ~humanities

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    A century from now, how do you think the Evangelical movements in the United States will be viewed?

    A century from now, how do you think the Evangelical movements in the United States will be viewed?

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Make a loop with the Chrome Music Lab song maker! in ~creative

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    I've been playing a lot of Shovel Knight recently and damn if that doesn't sound right at home on that game's soundtrack. Well done.

    I've been playing a lot of Shovel Knight recently and damn if that doesn't sound right at home on that game's soundtrack. Well done.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on The dogs that grew wool and the people who love them in ~humanities

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    I'm also no scientist, but I think it depends how much the DNA has decayed. If they can find intact strands in the fibres, they might be able to breed it back by combining it with related dog...

    I'm also no scientist, but I think it depends how much the DNA has decayed. If they can find intact strands in the fibres, they might be able to breed it back by combining it with related dog breeds. It wouldn't be a perfect clone.
    I think that'd be worthwhile, especially because it gives the peoples a link to their pre-colonial past. Ultimately, I think it's their decision.

    2 votes