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  1. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    I actually don't hate that forum style. It seems to strike a balance between the old-school single thread forum syle and threaded replies, and it's not nearly as cluttered as old-school forums...

    I actually don't hate that forum style. It seems to strike a balance between the old-school single thread forum syle and threaded replies, and it's not nearly as cluttered as old-school forums got, with all the signatures and stuff. I'm not 100% sure I love how it makes use of horizontal space, though.

    Is it running on some kind of forum software or is it custom made for VCV?

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  2. Comment on Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (1986) in ~music

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    Also, I strongly recommend listening to this episode of the Strong Songs podcast about this song. If you're not aware of Strong Songs, it's Kirk Hamilton (formerly of Kotaku) breaking down great...

    Also, I strongly recommend listening to this episode of the Strong Songs podcast about this song. If you're not aware of Strong Songs, it's Kirk Hamilton (formerly of Kotaku) breaking down great songs and talking about what makes them tick. He's got such an infectious love of music and a joyful way of talking about it that permeates the whole podcast, it's truly one of my favorite shows that I've discovered in the last couple of years. You should absolutely give it a listen!

  3. Comment on Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (1986) in ~music

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    When I was a kid, my dad had a copy of Graceland on cassette and I was obsessed with this song. I hadn't listened to it in a while, so thanks for the reminder! I still have no idea what it is about...

    When I was a kid, my dad had a copy of Graceland on cassette and I was obsessed with this song. I hadn't listened to it in a while, so thanks for the reminder! I still have no idea what it is about...

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  4. Comment on Reddit: Organized lightning in ~tech

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    Feels like this statement might be oversimplifying some things. My memory may be faulty, but I remember the Ellen Pao stuff being almost a mini-gamergate situation: bad actors using a more...

    When Pao was ousted in 2015, driven out of her role by a user base incensed over the firing of a popular Reddit employee, Huffman stepped back into the CEO seat.

    Feels like this statement might be oversimplifying some things. My memory may be faulty, but I remember the Ellen Pao stuff being almost a mini-gamergate situation: bad actors using a more palatable cause as a front to push shitty views.

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  5. Comment on Same Energy, a visual search engine in ~tech

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    Yeah I've done some messing around with the same types of searching that I would do if I were DMing (character portraits were a big thing) and it's not half bad. It sometimes shows images that...

    Yeah I've done some messing around with the same types of searching that I would do if I were DMing (character portraits were a big thing) and it's not half bad. It sometimes shows images that aren't really what I'm looking for, but I do really appreciate it displaying the original image link when it grabs an image from Pinterest.

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  6. Comment on Same Energy, a visual search engine in ~tech

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    I did a lot of Google image searching when I was DMing games of D&D and other RPGs, and nothing made me more frustrated than Pinterest images dominating the top of the results for everything I...

    I did a lot of Google image searching when I was DMing games of D&D and other RPGs, and nothing made me more frustrated than Pinterest images dominating the top of the results for everything I searched. The Pinterest results were usually cropped or poor quality, and often if you clicked through to the results, the actual image was gone, or the page the link led to didn't have the image at all. Plus Pinterest nagging you to create an account just to access the content it was shoving down my throat in search results pissed me off to no end. I usually just ended up excluding Pinterest from the search.

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  7. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    Yeah I think the singular ya'll smells a little of "fake southern" down here. Most people don't actually use it that way in the part of the south that I'm from (piney woods region is what it's...

    Yeah I think the singular ya'll smells a little of "fake southern" down here. Most people don't actually use it that way in the part of the south that I'm from (piney woods region is what it's called, I think) but it might be more of a coastal thing. I see it more in movies with bad fake southern accents than in real life, and I associate it with non-rhotic southern accents which are increasingly rare, from my understanding.

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  8. Comment on Humans could soon live in a giant space station orbiting Ceres in ~space

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    Don't space elevators require theoretical materials that we haven't actually invented yet in order to work? That seems like one big flaw in this particular plan right there.

    Don't space elevators require theoretical materials that we haven't actually invented yet in order to work? That seems like one big flaw in this particular plan right there.

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  9. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    And I'm over here low-key wishing we'd do away with x altogether, although English spelling reform is probably a pipe dream too. This is all making me want to conlang a gender neutral English...

    And I'm over here low-key wishing we'd do away with x altogether, although English spelling reform is probably a pipe dream too.

    This is all making me want to conlang a gender neutral English dialect with spelling reform incorporated. If only I had the time...Maybe I can come up with some other improvements that will never be adopted while I'm at it.

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  10. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    This is really good advice, I appreciate the thought you've obviously put into it! I do think that this is probably the best suggestion, both in that it will sound natural and help me feel like...

    This is really good advice, I appreciate the thought you've obviously put into it! I do think that this is probably the best suggestion, both in that it will sound natural and help me feel like I'm not being inexcusably rude to people. I know that sounding polite isn't the highest civic good that I should be aspiring to, but I really do place some value is speaking politely to everyone I interact with, and I've just been really bumping up against how to do that in an inclusive way. I think you're absolutely right that dumping the gendered honorifics altogether and training myself to replace them with some workarounds is probably the way to go.

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  11. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I actually kinda like this! I think I would feel a little self conscious saying it but it would be better than just assuming a random strangers gender for sure. Now I'm wondering if I could pull...

    I actually kinda like this! I think I would feel a little self conscious saying it but it would be better than just assuming a random strangers gender for sure.

    Now I'm wondering if I could pull off "Neighbor". Everybody like Mr. Rogers, right?

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    It's a funny mental image, but I really think that this is probably a more realistic future than one where we invent gender-neutral honorifics and they actually get adopted. I feel like anime and...

    It's a funny mental image, but I really think that this is probably a more realistic future than one where we invent gender-neutral honorifics and they actually get adopted. I feel like anime and Japanese culture are popular enough in the US, particularly with my generation and the ones after mine, that there's an actual chance - however vanishingly small - that there's some universe where this happens. It's definitely an amusing thought, babypuncher-san.

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  13. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    You're absolutely right about that, and Southerners are very good at saying the most awful things in the "politest" possible way. "Bless his/her heart" is a stereotype for a reason. I just have a...

    You're absolutely right about that, and Southerners are very good at saying the most awful things in the "politest" possible way. "Bless his/her heart" is a stereotype for a reason.

    I just have a hangup that is almost certainly due to habit and upbringing that if I answer a question or get someones attention without adding "sir/ma'am" to the end that I am somehow being curt or rude. I doubt other people even notice or care, it just makes me feel like I'm not being polite. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I would love to have an answer to this that was both gender-neutral and didn't have the connotations that "sir/ma'am" have, but I do realize that those things are really just verbal filler and not really doing much heavy lifting in terms of tone or actual politeness. Plus, any substitute that I came up with would most likely end up sounding artificial.

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  14. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    That is a fantastic point, beyond just the aesthetic issues that I had with it, that I hadn't particularly considered.

    That is a fantastic point, beyond just the aesthetic issues that I had with it, that I hadn't particularly considered.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    "Y'all" is the goddam swiss army knife of words and I love it. I don't care about guns or anything, you can take those, but you can take "ya'll" out of my cold, dead hands. I didn't realize how...

    "Y'all" is the goddam swiss army knife of words and I love it. I don't care about guns or anything, you can take those, but you can take "ya'll" out of my cold, dead hands.

    I didn't realize how useful it was until I realized that Spanish (and most romance languages) has a separate second person plural pronoun and standard English doesn't, although we used to...

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  16. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    Yeah I think that is what makes it seem dystopian to me. I think it's got a dehumanizing feel. "Comrade" (Soviet associations aside) at least has an explicit denotation of shared membership or...

    Yeah I think that is what makes it seem dystopian to me. I think it's got a dehumanizing feel. "Comrade" (Soviet associations aside) at least has an explicit denotation of shared membership or companionship that "Citizen" doesn't really carry, to me at least.

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  17. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    Ha, that is exactly what it made me think of! I think "Mx" is close enough to what we already use that maybe it's less of a leap. You already have 'Mr.' and 'Ms.', so it doesn't look that odd to...

    Ha, that is exactly what it made me think of!

    I think "Mx" is close enough to what we already use that maybe it's less of a leap. You already have 'Mr.' and 'Ms.', so it doesn't look that odd to add 'Mx.' to a form or something. Plus, I think people are maybe conceptually used to substituting 'x' for something unknown or ambiguous, so it makes sense on that level too. I do think the generally accepted pronunciation isn't great, but that's just personal preference and I have a feeling that if it became common enough it wouldn't sound as odd or harsh to my ears.

    EDIT: I meant to include this but forgot, I think Mx also has the advantage of being similar to some other gender neutral innovations that are being adopted pretty widely, like the use of 'Latinx' as a gender neutral form of 'Latina/Latino'.

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  18. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I'm generally not into policing other people's speech, but having kids has made me realize how much we enforce gender roles in a lot of unconscious ways. I've also been realizing that there are a...

    I'm generally not into policing other people's speech, but having kids has made me realize how much we enforce gender roles in a lot of unconscious ways. I've also been realizing that there are a lot of things I say and do that sort of unconsciously force those roles in small ways on other people, and if I can cut those things out of my speech and writing habits without any inconvenience or discomfort to anybody but myself, I don't see a reason not to.

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  19. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I would love to use "comrade", but like you said it definitely wouldn't play well in the South. Waaay too many folks here are still fighting the cold war. I get your point about hierarchical...

    I would love to use "comrade", but like you said it definitely wouldn't play well in the South. Waaay too many folks here are still fighting the cold war.

    I get your point about hierarchical nature of "sir" and "ma'am", although I tend to use them in a very egalitarian way. Everybody gets an honorific, not just folks that are in charge. They definitely have some etymological baggage. I've seen people suggest "citizen" as a more U.S. friendly version of "comrade", but that sounds pretty dystopian to my ear (so maybe it is appropriate). I've seen "per" (short for "person") suggested, as in "Excuse me, per?", but that's enough of a neologism that I have a feeling it won't ever catch on. Feels too artificial I think.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I've mostly managed to cut out "guys" from my vocabulary. I usually use "folks" because it doesn't sound too weird in most settings (especially here in the South) and includes everyone better than...

    Language is so weird!
    Isn't it, though?

    I've mostly managed to cut out "guys" from my vocabulary. I usually use "folks" because it doesn't sound too weird in most settings (especially here in the South) and includes everyone better than "guys" or "ladies and gentlemen" or things like that. I don't know if you could get away with "folks" in other parts of the country without sounding a little backwoods, though.

    4 votes