Thales's recent activity

  1. Comment on Walking away from Omelas - Lindsay Ellis says goodbye in ~life

    Thales
    Link Parent
    Normally I would 100% agree, and I don't think I would ever share content directly from someone’s Patreon. However, given that 1) bits and pieces of the statement are already out there and being...

    It seems ethically dubious to take content from a Patreon only post and publish it publicly.

    Normally I would 100% agree, and I don't think I would ever share content directly from someone’s Patreon.

    However, given that 1) bits and pieces of the statement are already out there and being analyzed and re-written by various parties, and 2) the full text has been posted by a reddit user, I thought it better to share her words in-full rather than have people speculate off of partial quotes or quotes taken out of context. If people can either read bits and pieces of it filtered through secondary sources or read the text from Lindsay Ellis herself, I think it's better that she be allowed to speak in her own words.

    I also trust Tildes users to handle this information with compassion and respect rather than using it as fuel to further harass Ellis. I think her statement is powerful and that posting it here will bring her more support and hopefully more compassion. I would not post a link to her statement in a space that I felt would bring her more pain.

    But, given what she's going through, I can't blame her for not releasing it to the wider world.

    For sure. I'm glad she has a private space on Patreon where her fans can share their thoughts with her and she can be shielded from harassment by the paywall. I was not a regular watcher but she has my best wishes and I very much hope she can find some way to heal from this experience.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Walking away from Omelas - Lindsay Ellis says goodbye in ~life

    Thales
    Link
    Someone on the Linday Ellis subreddit has posted the full text of her Patreon post, for anyone who wants to read it but isn't a subscriber.

    Someone on the Linday Ellis subreddit has posted the full text of her Patreon post, for anyone who wants to read it but isn't a subscriber.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on My current Oscar predictions in ~movies

    Thales
    Link
    I'm not a film buff but I too love awards! They're great for finding new stuff to try, in my experience, whether they be for books, movies, TV shows, music, etc. So thank you for sharing, your...

    I know that there aren’t a lot of film buffs here, and that a lot of you don’t care about awards. I love awards

    I'm not a film buff but I too love awards! They're great for finding new stuff to try, in my experience, whether they be for books, movies, TV shows, music, etc. So thank you for sharing, your list is intriguing and I'll have to check out some of your nominees.

    Assuming you've seen most these movies, what/who do you think deserves to win thus far?

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

    Thales
    Link Parent
    I thought they were insane to try to adapt LoL and Dota into TV shows, but credit to the creators, they've managed to win critical acclaim for both. I've never played either game but have heard...

    I thought they were insane to try to adapt LoL and Dota into TV shows, but credit to the creators, they've managed to win critical acclaim for both.

    I've never played either game but have heard such good things about Arcane that I'm tempted to try it.

    (The Witcher is a fine exception however)

    It may help that The Witcher draws upon a number of short stories from The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, the two Witcher short-story collections by Andrej Szapkowski, rather than being a straight-up video game adaptation.

    The best episode of the first season imo was also the one that stuck closest to its short story: Episode 5 "Bottled Appetites".

    (Although speaking more generally, I think tv adaptations work best when they don't slavishly stick to the narrative of their source material (whether that's a video game, book, short story, whatever) and instead try to recreate the same feeling using the unique strengths of the television medium).

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Streaming company Storytel has signed a deal to acquire Audiobooks.com from owner KKR for $135m, extending its reach into the English language audio market in ~finance

    Thales
    Link
    Interesting. Between this, the recent news that Spotify is entering the audiobook market, and the introduction of Audible Premium Plus last year (which offers streaming of a limited selection of...

    Asked about whether Audiobooks.com would move to a streaming model, Tellander insisted it was “way too early” to say and the site would operate under its current models for now.

    Interesting. Between this, the recent news that Spotify is entering the audiobook market, and the introduction of Audible Premium Plus last year (which offers streaming of a limited selection of audiobooks), I wonder if the audiobook market is about to phase out the credit model and plunge into on-demand streaming.

    People have been speculating about “Netflix for audiobooks” for years, and there are interesting pros/cons to the idea. Hopefully the credit model will stick around as an alternate plan for those who prefer it. Above all, whatever happens, I hope the streaming and publishing companies don’t strike a deal that ends up screwing over authors, narrators, editors, etc. though.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on The Legend of Bounce Back - My playable tribute to 35 years of Zelda in ~games

    Thales
    Link
    Not much to say aside from, "This is an amazing tribute!" The graphics are so smooth and colourful, and I love the classic overworld theme. A remix like this would have been great on the Switch in...

    Not much to say aside from, "This is an amazing tribute!" The graphics are so smooth and colourful, and I love the classic overworld theme.

    A remix like this would have been great on the Switch in celebration of 35 years of Zelda, akin to the "Super Mario Bros 35" Battle Royale that was put out for Mario's 35th.

    Two suggestions (and I only played up to level 5, so maybe this comes up later) would be to include a larger variety of weapons (melee?) and more overt references to different entries the series. I'm not sure what's possible, but maybe different levels could try to evoke different games. For example, maybe you could play as Ricky the boxing kangaroo on levels inspired by Oracle of Ages/Seasons.

    But overall, so cool! As someone with no programming ability or gamedev knowledge, I envy your skill.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Is SNL worse now that it's ever been? in ~tv

    Thales
    Link Parent
    To answer my own question, I disagree with Gooden. Claiming that “Comedy with an agenda isn’t comedy,” seems like a pretty self-evident case of the intentional fallacy, where the agenda (i.e....

    To answer my own question, I disagree with Gooden. Claiming that “Comedy with an agenda isn’t comedy,” seems like a pretty self-evident case of the intentional fallacy, where the agenda (i.e. intent) of the comedian really doesn’t matter: what matters is if the audience finds it funny.

    Defining what “comedy” is and isn’t also seems only a little less difficult than trying to define “art.” Really the only metric that matters is if people laugh .

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Is SNL worse now that it's ever been? in ~tv

    Thales
    Link Parent
    The funny thing is that Gooden is a fan of the show! He even presents a pretty good analogy for its highs and lows, likening the cast to the roster of a football team, where some seasons are...

    Maybe he's not trying to make a point, maybe it's a genuine question because, lacking a sense of humor, he actually can't tell.

    The funny thing is that Gooden is a fan of the show! He even presents a pretty good analogy for its highs and lows, likening the cast to the roster of a football team, where some seasons are stronger than others, and sometimes (as now) a team of rookies might take some time to gel. (I have no idea if this is accurate for SNL, not being a fan of the show myself, but it sounds apt).

    It's actually part of why I was so surprised by his statement. He found that the number of political sketches each week varied between 1.5-2.0 over the past 45 years, which suggests that he considers 1.5-2.0 sketches each week to not actually be comedy.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Is SNL worse now that it's ever been? in ~tv

    Thales
    Link Parent
    The existence of the entire political comedy subgenre does poke a rather large hole in Gooden's claim, doesn't it?

    The existence of the entire political comedy subgenre does poke a rather large hole in Gooden's claim, doesn't it?

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Is SNL worse now that it's ever been? in ~tv

    Thales
    Link Parent
    Sorry corleone, I think I might have poorly worded one of my sentences: Drew Gooden's video is titled "Is SNL even funny?", I've never actually seen an episode. What I'm wondering is what people...

    Sorry corleone, I think I might have poorly worded one of my sentences: Drew Gooden's video is titled "Is SNL even funny?", I've never actually seen an episode. What I'm wondering is what people think of his claim that "Comedy with an agenda is not comedy."

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Is SNL worse now that it's ever been? in ~tv

    Thales
    (edited )
    Link
    I watched this video a few weeks back and found it really interesting as a history of Saturday Night Live (are you on a Drew Gooden binge as well, OP?). Prior to watching, I knew very little about...

    I watched this video a few weeks back and found it really interesting as a history of Saturday Night Live (are you on a Drew Gooden binge as well, OP?). Prior to watching, I knew very little about SNL; I’ve never kept up with the show despite enjoying the work of several comedians whose careers started there (e.g. John Mulaney, Tina Fey, Bill Hader), so it was nice to have some gaps in my knowledge filled in.

    But one thing I was mulling over recently was a moment from Drew Gooden’s other (and much shorter) video on SNL, Is SNL even funny?. As in the video from the OP, Gooden touches on the political nature of many of SNL’s sketches; he also attempts to semi-scientifically evaluate the claim that the show has become “too political” in recent times. (He ends up determining that the show has gone from having roughly 1.5 political sketches per episode to 2 political sketches per episode in recent years).

     

    Anyway, what I was thinking over is the contentious claim he makes at ~11:45 in the video. There he says, “Comedy with an agenda is not comedy, because it’s not meant to make people laugh, it’s meant to make people agree.

    What do people think of that statement? Is comedy with an agenda not truly comedy?

     


    Although I came to a pretty strong conclusion about this claim myself, I’m curious to know what others think :) Also, my apologies to OP if this is too off-topic

    4 votes
  12. Comment on The Witcher Season 2 | Official trailer in ~tv

    Thales
    Link
    I'm a huge fan of Kanye's music (The College Dropout through The Life of Pablo, anyway) but the use of Monster for the trailer was really distracting, in my opinion. It kind of feels like they...

    I'm a huge fan of Kanye's music (The College Dropout through The Life of Pablo, anyway) but the use of Monster for the trailer was really distracting, in my opinion. It kind of feels like they just did it for the pun, honestly. I love the main theme they use for the series and would have much preferred to hear a variation on that or a brand new track that better fits the aesthetic of the show.

    Weirdly, this isn't even the first time a fantasy film/series has chosen an ill-fitting Kanye song for its trailer: the Assassin's Creed movie did the same thing back in 2015 with I Am A God.

    Edit: I'm aware that this is a nitpick, I'm actually really looking forward to season 2 (lol).

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Details ($50/year) in ~games

    Thales
    (edited )
    Link
    I can’t speak for everybody but this deal is very unimpressive, in my opinion. I don’t own AC:NH so any benefit from that DLC is gone, and the selection of games for the N64/Genesis is pretty...

    I can’t speak for everybody but this deal is very unimpressive, in my opinion.

    I don’t own AC:NH so any benefit from that DLC is gone, and the selection of games for the N64/Genesis is pretty slim. I’d be interested in playing Yoshi’s Story but I have better versions of SM64, Star Fox 64, and Ocarina of Time elsewhere (and I don’t have to pay annually to keep them).

    Dropping an extra US$30 for one year of access to Yoshi’s Story is a tough sell. I suspect a lot of other long-time Nintendo fans also have access to many of the announced games via the 3DS, Wii U, Wii, etc.

     

    ///

     

    That being said, this pricing has the potential to improve from awful to decent/good in a couple years (assuming they don’t raise the price even higher). If Nintendo can add enough good N64 games (e.g. Banjo-Kazooie, Majora’s Mask, DK64) in a timely fashion, or add DLC for other Switch titles, or include GBA/GCN games in the service, the value of the expansion-pack improves a lot. I'm pretty dubious considering their record, but the Switch probably only has a couple years left so they're going to have to get stuff out quickly if they're going to do it at all.

    I could only see this currently being a good deal for someone who wants the AC:NH DLC for just one year and also hasn’t recently/ever played any of the big N64 games.

    Otherwise it’s pretty disappointing.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Jon Gruden, Raiders coach, resigns after homophobic and misogynistic emails in ~sports

    Thales
    (edited )
    Link
    (Here's an AP article for those who don't have access to the NYT.) What an awful story. Despite their smiling, inclusive facades, this sort of bigotry seems rampant behind the scenes in all of the...

    (Here's an AP article for those who don't have access to the NYT.)

    What an awful story. Despite their smiling, inclusive facades, this sort of bigotry seems rampant behind the scenes in all of the Big Four leagues.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on I got asked out today in ~talk

    Thales
    (edited )
    Link
    Others have given you some solid advice but one thing I wanted to comment on was this: I fall into this type of thinking oftentimes, where I take the past and project it into the future, but...

    Others have given you some solid advice but one thing I wanted to comment on was this:

    this is just about a once a year opportunity it seems so I feel like I need to take advantage of it

    I fall into this type of thinking oftentimes, where I take the past and project it into the future, but working with a psychotherapist I've come around to the idea that "fortune telling" (as my CBT book terms it) is usually fraught with error.

    Perhaps meeting someone interested in dating you has been a "once a year opportunity" in the past, but that was under a very particular set of circumstances: you had a specific social life, job, income, city, age, mental health situation, etc. Those circumstances are not immutable. If finding a romantic partner is something that's important to you, you can change most of those things to make meeting someone more likely.

    Maybe you find a great psychotherapist, you work together to develop a healthier mindset, and you start feeling a lot better.

    From there, maybe that new mindset leads you to seek out new people. Maybe you switch jobs and your new hours are better for socializing. Maybe you start volunteering and expand your social circle. Maybe you join a dating app. Maybe you move to a different part of the city. Maybe you make a smaller change, like introducing yourself to people more often. Maybe you join a board games group, or a book club, or a recreational sports league.

    The past only perfectly predicts the future if all the circumstances of your life remain unchanged. (And change is inevitable).

    So I don't want you to think that you "need to take advantage" of this opportunity just because you haven't dated much in the past. The circumstances of your life are not permanent, and if meeting someone is a priority then you can adjust those circumstances to give yourself more opportunities.


    As a side-note, I'd very strongly recommend you get in touch with a psychotherapist or psychologist: it's amazing what a difference CBT can make in your life. Good luck, my friend :)

    10 votes
  16. Comment on Canadian Election 2021 in ~news

    Thales
    Link Parent
    The Liberals will win a minority with the seat counts virtually unchanged and not much movement in the vote percentages either (aside from the implosion of the Greens and tentative rise of the...

    The Liberals will win a minority with the seat counts virtually unchanged and not much movement in the vote percentages either (aside from the implosion of the Greens and tentative rise of the PPC).

    The questions I have now are:

    1. How long will the minority government last?
    2. Who will the leaders be for the next election? (Paul out? O'Toole out?)

    Edit: I'm also curious to see how the mail-in ballots affect the numbers.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Do you have an article of clothing or costume piece you enjoy wearing? in ~talk

    Thales
    (edited )
    Link
    I have a lucky shirt. It’s an American eagle flannel from high school that looks a bit like the one this guy is wearing except burgundy. I wear it with the sleeves rolled up and cuffed at the...

    I have a lucky shirt.

    It’s an American eagle flannel from high school that looks a bit like the one this guy is wearing except burgundy. I wear it with the sleeves rolled up and cuffed at the mid-forearm or the elbow.

    A weirdly high percentage of the ‘romantic events’ (first kisses, being randomly approached by someone, etc.) in my life have taken place with this shirt on, although my romantic history is not very long.

    It’s strange. It’s not like I used to wear it all that often either, maybe once a month. Yet all my other shirts combined can hardly compete with its history (lol). Over the past five years I’ve pretty much stopped wearing it entirely in case I one day need the luck.

    It feels great to wear, though. The fit on me is sharp and it’s quite a light and breathable fabric, which is important to me (I love feeling cool/cold).

    ///

    If I were a cartoon character my uniform would definitely be a white T with a pair of dark blue Guess jeans (very boring, I know, but I need to save what limited brain power I have for other things). I essentially wear some variation of this everyday.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on The Wheel Of Time – Official teaser trailer | Prime Video in ~tv

    Thales
    Link Parent
    As an alternative perspective, I started reading them around 2008 (I think?) with no foreknowledge of the mid-series "slog", and I still ground to a halt while reading A Crown of Swords. I managed...

    As an alternative perspective, I started reading them around 2008 (I think?) with no foreknowledge of the mid-series "slog", and I still ground to a halt while reading A Crown of Swords.

    I managed to get through A Crown of Swords, reading it off-and-on over the course of a year (reading other books in the gaps), then took a year long break, read The Path of Daggers, took another year long break, read Winter's Heart, and by then had forgotten too much of the plot to understand what was happening in Crossroads of Twilight (generally considered the most difficult novel in the series).

    So the slog was very much real for me, haha, even though I didn't have to wait for any books to be released.

    I loved the first few and would really like to finish the series but I've forgotten so much that I suspect I'd have to start all over again... and 14 books is so daunting, even if things pick up again around Knife of Dreams.

     


     

    Someone once recommended to me that anyone who loves the first few books but is struggling through the mid-series might honestly be best served by just reading the extensive chapter summaries online for any chapters they can't bring themselves to finish. Apparently that helps accelerate the pace for some of the middle chapters in the slowest books.

    I was appalled by the idea when I was younger, but now that I'm older and have less free-time to read, I'm tempted try it if it means I can get back into the series... (although I hear that some of those chapter summaries may contain spoilers for future events in the series? Anyone who plans to try it should verify that they're spoiler-free beforehand).

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Blasphemous: Wounds of Eventide - DLC trailer in ~games

    Thales
    Link
    What a coincidence that we were just discussing this game the other day. This trailer is stunning--I wonder how much it costs them to produce something like this. More DLC coming in December is...

    What a coincidence that we were just discussing this game the other day.

    This trailer is stunning--I wonder how much it costs them to produce something like this.

    More DLC coming in December is exciting but I feel like the real news here is Blasphemous II announced with a 2023 release date!. I have high hopes for the game given how much the developers seem to have learned throughout the development of Blasphemous.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

    Thales
    Link Parent
    The artstyle for this game is gorgeous, one of my top 10 for any indie game. It's ignited an enduring ardour in me for weird saints, disturbing Catholic relics, and creepy Christian iconography....

    Blasphemous

    The artstyle for this game is gorgeous, one of my top 10 for any indie game. It's ignited an enduring ardour in me for weird saints, disturbing Catholic relics, and creepy Christian iconography.

    If anyone was scared away by the early reviews criticizing the game's controls and difficulty spikes, the dev team took that feedback and released a series of patches that mostly cleared up the issues. It's a very fluid, fun game now.


    (Though some of the side-quests and secret areas are absurdly obscure and difficult to find. Trying to 100% the game without a guide would be grueling).

    5 votes