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  1. Comment on Hatari - Hatrið Mun Sigra (Hatred Will Prevail) in ~music

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    "NSFW", he said. I expected NSFW. This is just... gimmicky. Ooh, scare leather harnesses and slave masks!.. covered in rust. The music's okay. Sounds like what dubstep if dubstep were a love child...

    "NSFW", he said. I expected NSFW. This is just... gimmicky. Ooh, scare leather harnesses and slave masks!.. covered in rust.

    The music's okay. Sounds like what dubstep if dubstep were a love child between europop and Neue Deutsche Härte. Cool beat, trying to be intense but just isn't. Grendel is up there as well, though I thought it was harsher a few years ago.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Brands Have Utterly Lost It on Twitter, or Why Everybody Is Tweeting About Pee and Coconut Water in ~tech

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    I've been thinking about this idea – that a major entity necessarily consists of minor entities, and whether that has an effect on it. The way I see it, in a long- and/or wide-enough structure,...

    the title of the OP article (and even that twitter account) words things as though brands as some homogenous entity, but... it's made up of people, right?

    I've been thinking about this idea – that a major entity necessarily consists of minor entities, and whether that has an effect on it. The way I see it, in a long- and/or wide-enough structure, the small pieces homogenize to an extent as they are affected by their surrounding pieces¹.

    ¹ I recognize that calling people working in corporation "pieces" may come off as dehumanizing, which is not the intent. Think of it as I do: from the perspective of atomistic system design. To this end, observing corporate employees is no different from observing atoms that make up a physical object; structurally – which is what's important here – they're similar-enough.

    Think of nations: made up of multiple wide, diverse groups of individuals, each with their own desires and fears – and yet, you're able to determine one or a few of the general vectors of development within the nation. In a human group, those who don't follow suit are pressured to conform, even if the target values are otherwise recognized as undesirable. Nations are human group to the power of N.

    Does this mean that members of the nation are the same as the nation itself? that you can easily describe every individual of a given nation by the long-observed natural qualities the nation as a whole (supposedly) presents? Of course not – but there is a common vector that many people follow, which is what makes it a nation, rather than a conglomeration of regional associations.

    The PR people agree to act as the corporation's mouthpiece, to promote its goals and values – otherwise, they don't have a job. They act as the focal point of what the company's supposed to represent. I'm willing to bet that, as skilled individuals, they don't get to have a say in the direction the company is taking: they get a goal and are, hopefully, given enough space to utilize their talents on the way to it.

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

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    Best wishes!

    Tomorrow I've got a date, should be fun!

    Best wishes!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What's something you were completely wrong about? in ~talk

    ThatFanficGuy Link
    Heterosexuality, pretty much. A little backstory. I'm male. I'm also 1 on the Kinsey scale, which means I'm essentially heterosexual, with a slight interest in the opposite sex. I've been raised...

    Heterosexuality, pretty much.

    A little backstory. I'm male. I'm also 1 on the Kinsey scale, which means I'm essentially heterosexual, with a slight interest in the opposite sex. I've been raised in a rather repressive environment: nothing outright restrictive or punishing, but the overall atmosphere really didn't lend itself to human contact or intimacy.

    As such, many of my later-teenage days were spent being emotionally- and sexually-frustrated, with no understand of what's happening to me or a possible outlet for it. I tried whatever passes as dating when you have no social skills, but it bore no fruit.

    As such, I've developed a rather damning outlook on expressing one's sexuality. I was repressed, and it pissed me off – on a fundamental, subconcious level – that others could afford to be sexually-expressive. I started viewing being sexual expressiveness, particularly in women – wearing revealing clothes, expressing one's interest in an unsubtle manner etc. – as reprehensible, as a marker of a moral failing. Yeah, I was one of those nerds who couldn't get laid, so they got their panties in a twist over others having it so easy.

    Then I had sex.

    As it turned out, the fact that nobody found me attractive in school did not mean I was unattractive. Within the first semester of uni, two girls wanted to ask me out (flirting in what subtle ways they knew, which was foreign and invisible to me), and two other girls (I know for a fact) had sex dreams about me. When I asked one of the latter two whether we should actually have sex – not really thinking about it at the moment, half-expecting a rejection – she said, basically, "Yeah, but let's not rush too much: I have an STD".

    The STD part didn't bother me much, so when we were able to actually have sex (rather than restrain ourselves to teasing and mutual masturbation), I went into it aggressively – in the sense of "rushing head-first into the business, without understanding that I know almost nothing about it", or "how difficult could it be?". Wrong call! But the girl was experienced enough to reign me in softly, and what could've ended up an emotional catastrophe for me – the same basic scenario that I had about a month ago – turned into something excellent.

    As I gained confidence in my sexual prowess – the girl was encouraging and very expressive of her satisfaction – I started to see, over a period of a few months, that maybe expressing one's sexiness isn't that bad of a deal; maybe it's even a good thing. That revealling dress that stressed me so turned from a symbol of (for lack of a better term) sluttiness into a genuine, and in a way comforting expression of an aspect of themselves that I got to enjoy and appreciate.

    And it turned out, I was interested in human sexuality all along – not just the intercourse part, but everything: what kinds of sexual orientation there are, what contributes to their existence, how does it feel to be of a different sexual orientation, how is different sexuality shaped (how do people find out they're so-and-so) and how it expresses itself... Thinking back, I can't think of any one thing that would've prevented me from expressing myself in those ways, but I knew I felt like I couldn't. It was only later that I was able to both realize and pursue my interests.

    Now, people who know me personally know that I'm sexually-aggressive – here in the sense of "expresses one's sexuality with higher intensity and frequency than most people". It's not something I make public, as I consider sexual experience to be a private one (probably because I'm an introvert). In a company, I can be goofy, or uptight, or critical, or observant, or empathetic – and for my sexuality to be expressed in any way publicly, I have to know that everyone in the close company are friends and mean me well.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    You bring up a good point. Usability is important, and the best usability is when things just work. Having cascading tags that aren't plain or easy to grasp is the opposite of that.

    You bring up a good point. Usability is important, and the best usability is when things just work. Having cascading tags that aren't plain or easy to grasp is the opposite of that.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Hierarchical Tags: How They're Used and Working Toward a Community Standard [Draft Part 1] in ~tildes

    ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
    "...hold on: is it law.usa? law.us? law and usa separate? Lemme check the guide on that" Ctrl + F → law "Oh, okay. Gotcha. Thanks, guide!" We have writing precisely so that memory needn't be...

    and god, look how long it is. Who is going to remember all of this?

    "...hold on: is it law.usa? law.us? law and usa separate? Lemme check the guide on that"

    Ctrl + Flaw

    "Oh, okay. Gotcha. Thanks, guide!"

    We have writing precisely so that memory needn't be occupied. Short guides are preferable to long guides, but long guides are preferable to having to rely on peripheral memory and intuition.

    And if you're doing multi-level tags often, I bet you're going to memorize the structure eventually.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    Listen, just don't go about talking about self-cannibalism when fasts come up. I'm all up for fasting, but it just don't sound right to me. EDIT: I'm mostly joking.

    Listen, just don't go about talking about self-cannibalism when fasts come up. I'm all up for fasting, but it just don't sound right to me.

    EDIT: I'm mostly joking.

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

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    Imagine waking up in an evac shelter and being surrounded by zombies. You know something's happened 'cause you all have been huddled into the shelter – but you didn't realize it's quite something...

    Imagine waking up in an evac shelter and being surrounded by zombies.

    You know something's happened 'cause you all have been huddled into the shelter – but you didn't realize it's quite something like this.

    You decide that, while shelter is safe, it has no food and no access to water. To get those, you venture outside. With barely anything behind you, and few survival skills to speak of, you go outside.

    Maybe some houses are left open, so you can scout those – if the zombies haven't bashed everything into splinters. Maybe you happened to find a hairpin and, having some skills with picking locks, you can even get into places that were closed, so you can loot the untouched, wholesome supplies – that is, until the zombies smell you and follow you inside, breaking windows in the process.

    You can't carry much without a bag of any sort, and even a regular backpack proves cumbersome when what you have to do is bash dead people's heads in with a crowbar, just so they don't kill you. But you have to, 'cause you can live on that edge of the city: there's zombies everywhere, and there's apparently a whole horde of them bouncing from one part of the city to another.

    Maybe you got lucky and there was an LMOE shelter somewhere around the round you took to the city on your first day. That would mean that you have a safe, if chilly, place to stay for a while in, with access to water. Maybe you didn't, and as far as you're concerned, you can either find shelter in one of those houses or go back to the evac one, which is a few hours back the same way. Maybe you can sleep in the basement of some of those houses? Sure, unless the giant spiders have already webbed the whole place. Those bastards will fight to save their egg nests.

    But maybe you got lucky, and you found enough food, water, and distance from the horde that you could rest for the night. You're tired, you got wounds that you're going to tear up your tank top to bandage, and maybe you aren't infected by whatever took over zombies, but that bite mark doesn't look healthy. You've just murdered a dozen people just to stay alive – dead people, sure, but they still looked like they're alive, if seriously confused – and there's seemingly an endless stream of them down the road – any road.

    But you can't stay here, 'cause the food's running out, no matter how carefully you ration it. So you walk for hours, down roads with stray zombies, infected animals, giant wasps, and things that aren't even remotely from Earth, all seeking to act on whatever instinct prompts them to attack you. And maybe you find a refugee camp eventually, where people are in relative safety, even though they had to barricade a whole room away 'cause there's a handful of zombies there. But maybe not, and the bandits ambush you and fill your torso with lead, and maybe you'd still be conscious enough to witness how, when you're incapacitated and unable to move, the bastards that ambushed you come closer, and one of them points his heavily-used revolver to your head and pulls the trigger.

    And then you wake up again, as another character, probably with a different set of skills and traits, and maybe you can even into a different personal start to the whole mess where, maybe, you can stay better off, until eventually you learn how to manage your supplies, and which areas are safe to traverse, and what things to look out for... But six people with firearms – or one anti-materiel turret – are still stronger when faced head-on, so you have to be careful.

    That would be Cataclysm.

    You can download the latest release here. You might also want the unofficial launcher, which makes managing new releases and mods fairly-straightforward.

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

    ThatFanficGuy Link
    Character 3 of my latest Cataclysm playthroughs died to a hail of .50 bullets out of a surprisingly long-ranged anti-materiel turret. -_- Not sure if I want to start another one yet. Seen the...

    Character 3 of my latest Cataclysm playthroughs died to a hail of .50 bullets out of a surprisingly long-ranged anti-materiel turret. -_- Not sure if I want to start another one yet. Seen the words "magic" and "casts" in the recent changelogs; maybe worth it to wait a few dozen builds?

    Kinda slowly getting back to working on my own projects. Came up with a cool scene for the fanfic series (yes, I am actually writing fanfics for a change), and slowly working on proof-of-concept interactions for the web games.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Epic Games Store - Mega Sale - Up to 75% off and $10 off every game $14.99+ in ~games

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    Oh, it's Epic, so I won't gamble.

    Oh, it's Epic, so I won't gamble.

  11. Comment on Epic Games Store - Mega Sale - Up to 75% off and $10 off every game $14.99+ in ~games

  12. Comment on Epic Games Store - Mega Sale - Up to 75% off and $10 off every game $14.99+ in ~games

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    Are they Epic Store-exclusive – do I get them on my Steam library, or a DRM-free version – if I buy any of those titles?

    Are they Epic Store-exclusive – do I get them on my Steam library, or a DRM-free version – if I buy any of those titles?

  13. Comment on Programming Challenge: Dice Roller in ~comp

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    Yo, just a heads-up: "dice" is already a plural of "die". Python code, line 5.

    Yo, just a heads-up: "dice" is already a plural of "die". Python code, line 5.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's missing from your life? in ~life

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    Henry Rollins has had quite an experience with Ritalin all the way through school. In case you're curious, he also details his personal transformation due to weight lifting in this episode of...

    Henry Rollins has had quite an experience with Ritalin all the way through school.

    In case you're curious, he also details his personal transformation due to weight lifting in this episode of Henry & Heidi. Doesn't talk about Ritalin much but explores the time generally.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Clumsy Gods: ‘Catch-22’ Brings the Subversive Humor—and Horror—of the Book to Hulu in ~tv

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    Fair point. Thank you.

    i personally wouldn't watch it if you haven't read the book just because the book is iconic and it's just kind of a hard book to adapt to a miniseries or a movie

    Fair point.

    Thank you.

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

  17. Comment on alyaza is unbanned in ~tildes.official

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    If it deserves a label, the label would be "Joke". It's evident @Bishop is exaggerating the message for humorous effect. Nothing wrong with not liking the overwhelming amount of emojis, but –...

    If it deserves a label, the label would be "Joke". It's evident @Bishop is exaggerating the message for humorous effect.

    Nothing wrong with not liking the overwhelming amount of emojis, but – context is important. Here it is entirely appropriate.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on Clumsy Gods: ‘Catch-22’ Brings the Subversive Humor—and Horror—of the Book to Hulu in ~tv

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    How is it compared to the book? If I hadn't read it, would the show be worth watching anyway?

    How is it compared to the book? If I hadn't read it, would the show be worth watching anyway?

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

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

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    Forgive my obtuseness: why is it ironic? The path between the ideas of freely printing guns and danger is not that long.

    Forgive my obtuseness: why is it ironic? The path between the ideas of freely printing guns and danger is not that long.

    2 votes