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  1. Comment on What Rural America Has to Teach Us in ~life

  2. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    Of course not. I'm yet to hear a low-brow justification – or any, for that matter. The whole idea behind it seems to stem from "everybody else does it", which is a really bad reason to add...

    i don't think every change on here necessarily needs a high-brow justification for occurring, especially not when they're small and optional like this.

    Of course not. I'm yet to hear a low-brow justification – or any, for that matter. The whole idea behind it seems to stem from "everybody else does it", which is a really bad reason to add anything anywhere.

    Does it allow user self-expression? If so, is the current model sufficient? does it allow for as wide a range of self-expression? and if not, what's the reason behind the limitations?

    Does it allow self-promotion? Is self-promotion in bio desirable for Tildes?

    Just two of the questions. None answered yet, 'cause everyone's content to have it.

  3. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    Neither exposes the thinking behind the Tildes implementation, which is what I'm after. Frankly, neither exposes any thought process behind this idea, which I'm also curious about.

    Neither exposes the thinking behind the Tildes implementation, which is what I'm after. Frankly, neither exposes any thought process behind this idea, which I'm also curious about.

  4. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

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    What's the idea behind this? What is aimed to bring for a Tildes user?

    What's the idea behind this? What is aimed to bring for a Tildes user?

  5. Comment on Apple introduces second generation AirPods, with Hey Siri, H1 audio chip, & wireless charging in ~tech

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    Cue all the women named Siri freaking out when a stranger calls their name out of the blue.

    Cue all the women named Siri freaking out when a stranger calls their name out of the blue.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on When does Person of Interest start to get good? in ~tv

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    Basically: look at the range of opinions in this thread. Nobody can tell you whether you're going to like it better in the future. It won't matter if I tell you I liked it, because you alone get...

    Basically: look at the range of opinions in this thread.

    Nobody can tell you whether you're going to like it better in the future. It won't matter if I tell you I liked it, because you alone get to make your taste.

    The strength of Person of Interest is in the overall plot, with moments strung about that make it really interesting. If you can subside the discontent with the bland in-the-minute storytelling and if you still like the idea, something tells me you're gonna enjoy what comes next. And if not? Don't waste your time. There's plenty of shows that are going to tickle your fancy.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    Yeah. Those were rough things to put an actor through. I mean, leaving him on Mars? The undereating part? He's seriously brave!

    Yeah. Those were rough things to put an actor through. I mean, leaving him on Mars? The undereating part? He's seriously brave!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What do you Tildians think of Atom? in ~comp

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    Thanks for bringing VSCodium to my attention. If I switch, do I retain all of my settings and extensions? Do I still get regular updates in-app, or do I have to check for and download the new...

    Thanks for bringing VSCodium to my attention.

    If I switch, do I retain all of my settings and extensions? Do I still get regular updates in-app, or do I have to check for and download the new versions manually?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    Matt Damon did. We should ask Matt Damon.

    You would have to be the ones that has to live through everything and nobody has nor ever had any experience about how to overcome the difficulties you'd face.

    Matt Damon did. We should ask Matt Damon.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    That is a good fuckin' question. How strong is a possibility, though? Are we willingly going to prepare missions that leave a lot to local conditions, without the research and the preparations? I...

    That is a good fuckin' question.

    How strong is a possibility, though? Are we willingly going to prepare missions that leave a lot to local conditions, without the research and the preparations? I know there's a lot to consider, and some of the things are going to slip through the cracks – or could not have been predicted from Earth. Still: how strong?

    Right now, and probably within the foreseeable future, I wouldn't go. I don't have the skills to maintain or help construct a Martian colony, and I have health issues that would prevent me from being effective even if I did (anxiety and depression not the least of them). Most of my projects would require prolonged, concentrated attention to complete, and are of art's variety, which would be of little use on a young colony that may have trouble sustaining itself initially.

    Which is why I'd have immense respect for anyone who would dare to help it. First of all, you're going to have to be pretty damn good in a science or engineering field to be even considered. There's going to be a lot of gruntwork, sure, but not fucking that up would require an insight only acquired through experience with the forces in question. To be that good in a field of human advancement will always inspire my respect.

    Then you have the guts to leave Earth and go on a massive bullet to an uninhabitable planet and making a living there. That's beyond comprehensible for me right now. The sheer strength of character to do that? Amazing.

    Then you have the physical and mental fortitude to withstand the harsh, highly-demanding conditions of establishing a fucking Mars colony.

    If you go to Mars, I will write you a fucking sonnet every day. I don't know how to write a sonnet. Poetry is generally tough for me. I will learn how to do that, and I will do it every day, just to commemorate the sheer overlooked mass of your personage.

    And when the colony's established, and accepts tourists? I'd go. Spend a few months on fucking Mars. Help out where I can, and try not to be too much of a nuisance as I try to learn as much as possible about to workings of such an immense endeavor.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Openly editable posts. Crazy idea? in ~tildes

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    What about Git-esque "suggest changes/accept changes" system? Suppose someone makes a grammatical mistake, or misapplies the Markdown/HTML syntax, or links to the wrong thing (or links with the...

    What about Git-esque "suggest changes/accept changes" system? Suppose someone makes a grammatical mistake, or misapplies the Markdown/HTML syntax, or links to the wrong thing (or links with the unnecessary tracking appendices: ?utm_source:google.com). One user could propose the changes: fix the misspelling, add the missing right angle bracket, and change the link to a "clean" one. The author may accept the change or refuse it.

    It's still the author's post, but community-edited in a way.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Is fanart fluff? Could something be done to make it not fluff if so? in ~tildes

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    It's not about crappy art exactly: it's the attitude of sharing as many things as you can cram into your bandwidth as soon as you recognize even a vague, undefined, and weak liking to the thing....

    It's not about crappy art exactly: it's the attitude of sharing as many things as you can cram into your bandwidth as soon as you recognize even a vague, undefined, and weak liking to the thing. Some of those things might even be okay, but the bar has been set so low that what usually comes out is, at best, average.

    This isn't the place for that. Arguably, there is no place for that, but it does happen – mostly in private channels. You should find a place you want to either share on or hold onto the things you've found appealing in some way. I've mentioned my own website; you can make your own and do the same. Maybe use a Tumblr account. Or, try something like are.na.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Is fanart fluff? Could something be done to make it not fluff if so? in ~tildes

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    In my opinion, Tildes is not the kind of a place where you just share stuff you like (and yeah, it's a guy with this nickname telling you that). Not that sharing the stuff you like has no merit,...

    In my opinion, Tildes is not the kind of a place where you just share stuff you like (and yeah, it's a guy with this nickname telling you that). Not that sharing the stuff you like has no merit, but it has to have a base of its own.

    I'm planning to run a section of my website where I share the thing I find insightful, inspiring, or otherwise promoting creative endeavors. This would be perfectly fine, I feel, so long as I don't break copyright. Reddit is a little bit more of a garbage pile because of that attitude of "ooh, stuff! i like! SHARE!!", even though it sometimes leads to enviving exposure for the artist. There should be a threshold for quality of the things you share, otherwise you're oublicly promoting low effort. (Not that you've indicated in any way that you want to share bad stuff, but I felt like it had to be said pre-emptively.)

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Appreciate the offer, but I would have no use for it, since it would be confined to Linux, would it not?

    Appreciate the offer, but I would have no use for it, since it would be confined to Linux, would it not?

  15. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Do you think dual-booting is better than using a VM? Is there a big performance difference between those? Indigrid, a minimalist outliner. I keep half of my data – including of creative projects –...

    Do you think dual-booting is better than using a VM? Is there a big performance difference between those?

    Which apps are keeping you glued to windows these days?

    Indigrid, a minimalist outliner. I keep half of my data – including of creative projects – there. There isn't a Linux version, and I don't think I'd seen anything like it elsewhere. There are note-taking apps of all sorts, but none is it.

    AIMP the audio player. Again, I know there are audio players out of wazoo on any platform already, but this one's perfect for me. I listen to a lot of music, and when I do, I want to keep the comfort of it. AIMP is simple, quick, and generously-modifiable.

    PotPlayer the video player. Same as above. In fact, I've just checked the AlternativeTo list for Linux, and they all look... unpolished, which is something that I can't help but give a lot of shit about.

    Maybe as many that I can't recall right now.

  16. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    Way to keep an open mind. I ain't gonna shit you. I've been to both sides of this conversation. I've written this to describe my most current stance, but I've also held a more prescriptivist view...

    of all the hard-to-stand-by linguistic views, precriptivism is probably the hardest from really every standpoint

    Way to keep an open mind.

    I ain't gonna shit you. I've been to both sides of this conversation. I've written this to describe my most current stance, but I've also held a more prescriptivist view when I was younger. For me, it went like this:

    I often find myself swinging mentally between a more accepting attitude and something more restrictive. For me, neither is more true. I'm generally accepting, curious, and embracing change; sometimes, in some things, I like to keep things steady and orderly.

    Those swings, for me, correspond with the periods of increased anxiety, which usually comes from lacking certainty about the basic things. It's a defensive reaction to the general chaos of life, though I'm more sensitive to it. That said, I generally enjoy order, in a broad, ideal sense. I can't hold to a schedule, but my files are neatly organized in separate folders, in a single meta-folder where all the important things reside. I only have a minimal routine about my days, but in my cupboards and drawers and the general space of my living, I have places for every type of thing, and I feel wronged whenever someone moves or misplaces those things.

    (I'm also an artist and a designer – that is, a naturally-creative person seeking experimentation and improvement. Make of that what you will.)

    To me, prescriptivism – not the banal, annoying everyday behavior the intellectually-prudish engage in, but the higher-level attitude towards language – is about keeping such an order. It's about keeping record of the contemporary image of the language. It's about trying to preserve it in its ideal state – which isn't always the way we currently speak it.

    The prescriptivist mindset is, by its very nature, narrow and focused; you're not thinking about what everyone else might consider the same language: you're thinking about it from the perspective of what makes most sense to you. Whether such an order-imposing attitude is justified should be judged on a case-by-case basis – and even then, you're going to find yourself staring at two opposite perspectives on damn near any given aspect.

    It isn't an evil mindset: merely authoritarian. Imposing an authoritative order isn't always a bad thing, though with things like language – one of those tribal things, things that define us, which, therefore, we must defend with strength and vigor – it can quickly descend into something less than orderly or beneficial. Generally, keeping some measure of order in a system is constructive; it's when order gets too restrictive or is imposed with the disconnect between the authors and the speakers that you make things worse.

    Notice how we teach children their native language at school along the same lines; we have grammar books that the children study, and they get punished if they make mistakes, much like with any other subject, many of which are far more based in the reality of things, rather than in our conceptualization of it. This orderly manner of teaching is prescriptivist, because we give children the only right way to operate the language – or, at least, impose a restrictive set of rules upon it. It's not like Newspeak, where speech is actively restricted to a defined, short list of words and, therefore, ideas, but it is in striving for order.

    Prescriptivism is not a thing in itself: it's a reaction to a need for stability we all have, and some have it stronger than others. Opposing it is akin to trying to cure the cold by reducing your temperature: it's fighting the symptoms, not the cause. Except in this case, the cause is human nature, and fighting that is... well, good luck.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on France’s EU minister names her cat 'Brexit' because ‘he meows loudly to be let out but just stands there when I open the door’ in ~news

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    I don't think this place welcomes this kind of a fluff piece. It's unsubstantial. There's no sharp insight, no critical observation... it's not even witty. The whole essence of the piece is...

    I don't think this place welcomes this kind of a fluff piece. It's unsubstantial. There's no sharp insight, no critical observation... it's not even witty. The whole essence of the piece is "Someone bland says something obvious". You can have a dozen of those if you walk outside for an hour and listen.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on France’s EU minister names her cat 'Brexit' because ‘he meows loudly to be let out but just stands there when I open the door’ in ~news

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    Is that what passes for news these days? This is /r/showerthoughts, just with 20 times more words.

    Is that what passes for news these days? This is /r/showerthoughts, just with 20 times more words.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on r/Piracy receives official warning from Reddit Legal about 74 copyright infringements in ~tech

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    In other words, they're the Internet's "too big to fail".

    In other words, they're the Internet's "too big to fail".

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Hot damn! I used to be not much of a classic text interface user until recently, and now all of this looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Hot damn! I used to be not much of a classic text interface user until recently, and now all of this looks absolutely gorgeous.

    2 votes