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  1. Comment on The spectacular failure of the Star Wars hotel in ~movies

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    Yeah, I have a hard time listening to unscripted or lightly scripted podcasts, too, so I think it's just a me thing. I struggle with that kind of long, rambling stuff in general.

    Yeah, I have a hard time listening to unscripted or lightly scripted podcasts, too, so I think it's just a me thing. I struggle with that kind of long, rambling stuff in general.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on The spectacular failure of the Star Wars hotel in ~movies

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    I like Jenny Nicholson a lot, and I want to like her videos more, but I disagree a little with some of the commenters. I think her videos are too long. There are other video essayists (Hbomberguy,...

    I like Jenny Nicholson a lot, and I want to like her videos more, but I disagree a little with some of the commenters. I think her videos are too long. There are other video essayists (Hbomberguy, Folding Ideas, Defunctland) who I won't hesitate to watch an multi-hour long video, but those are usually tightly scripted and edited. Again, I really like Jenny Nicholson's stuff, but I struggle to pay attention on some of her longer videos. I did really like her video on crazy church Easter pageants, though.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on It’s time to bury the defective detective in ~tv

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    What I started noticing everywhere was how often the Fourth Amendment is portrayed as some kind of horrible inconvenience that is hobbling "good cops".

    What I started noticing everywhere was how often the Fourth Amendment is portrayed as some kind of horrible inconvenience that is hobbling "good cops".

    18 votes
  4. Comment on Knocked Loose - You Won't Go Before You're Supposed To (2024) in ~music

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    A couple of links to other streaming platforms if folks don't like Youtube: https://music.apple.com/us/album/you-wont-go-before-youre-supposed-to/1732119298...

    A couple of links to other streaming platforms if folks don't like Youtube:
    https://music.apple.com/us/album/you-wont-go-before-youre-supposed-to/1732119298
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2sLBMdUF5HYNB0voqWs4K3

    The new Knocked Loose album dropped today, and probably to the surprise of pretty much no one, it's fucking incredible. I had a nagging little worry that maybe they had released all of the good tracks as singles and the rest of the album would disappoint, but I'm happy to report that nothing could be farther from the truth. This is probably my favorite new release of the last few years.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on HADES II Early Access has started in ~games

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    Yeah I'm really on the fence about it... It doesn't help that it says this on the announcement:

    Yeah I'm really on the fence about it...

    It doesn't help that it says this on the announcement:

    We hope you enjoy discovering all that Hades II in Early Access has to offer! It already includes more environments, foes, and fully-voiced characters than the full version of the original game, and we have more in the works. An in-game development roadmap provides additional details about our update plans.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Sultans of Ping FC - Where's Me Jumper? (1992) in ~music

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    I'm only familiar with this song because it was used as the theme for the (very funny) Chris O'Dowd show Moone Boy.

    I'm only familiar with this song because it was used as the theme for the (very funny) Chris O'Dowd show Moone Boy.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Knocked Loose - Suffocate (ft. Poppy) (2024) in ~music

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    Yeah I did hear V.A.N., it was a big part of the reason that I was struggling to imagine how Knocked Loose were going to incorporate a Poppy feature, lol. It was a cool song, although tbh I...

    Yeah I did hear V.A.N., it was a big part of the reason that I was struggling to imagine how Knocked Loose were going to incorporate a Poppy feature, lol. It was a cool song, although tbh I thought it was a little cheesy, but Poppy was mostly just doing her normal haunted doll sing-talk thing. It's a perfectly good shtick, don't get me wrong, but I didn't really have any idea how she was going to fit on a KL song. Even her screaming in V.A.N. - and the stuff I've heard her do before - sounded really processed and didn't sound like it had a lot of technique behind it. So I really wasn't expecting how brutal her vocals would be on this KL track, she kicked ass.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Knocked Loose - Suffocate (ft. Poppy) (2024) in ~music

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    Holy shit, I've thought Poppy was pretty cool in the past but she went HARD on this track. Also, the breakdown on this song was very unexpected. I am so pumped for this album, every single has...

    Holy shit, I've thought Poppy was pretty cool in the past but she went HARD on this track. Also, the breakdown on this song was very unexpected. I am so pumped for this album, every single has been so interesting and yet ungodly heavy at the same time.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Song lyrics are getting more repetitive, angrier in ~music

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    Yeah, I should say that I was mostly sympathizing with OP. I have been somewhat successful at finding bands that I vibe with the lyrics on, especially on the stoner/doom side of the genre. My...

    Yeah, I should say that I was mostly sympathizing with OP. I have been somewhat successful at finding bands that I vibe with the lyrics on, especially on the stoner/doom side of the genre. My bigger issue is when I love the sounds of a subgenre but don't really like the typical lyrics of that subgenre. Like, I love the aggressive sound of the more hardcore influenced subgenres like metalcore/deathcore but the lyrics tend to be pretty bad. I do listen to some prog/stoner type stuff (mostly mastodon and a couple others, I'd always love some other recommendations along those lines) but lately what I've really been wanting is something with the aggression of, say, Filth or Kublai Khan TX but with less cringy lyrics. In particular, I'd love to find bands with angry political lyrics like RATM or Rise Against but with a more modern aggressive core influenced sound.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Song lyrics are getting more repetitive, angrier in ~music

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    This is a problem I've been feeling with Metal a lot lately. A lot of the *core genres display a lot of toxic masculinity and the more traditional metal genres seem to have a fascination with...

    This is a problem I've been feeling with Metal a lot lately. A lot of the *core genres display a lot of toxic masculinity and the more traditional metal genres seem to have a fascination with serial killer/horror movie imagery. It gets to me, sometimes, but there are a few bands that tend have more interesting lyrics that I have been going back to when I get tired of the other stuff. And some of the bands that have more aggressive lyrics are at least doing it in more interesting ways than the kind of boneheaded machismo that you're talking about.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on A brief rundown of some of the flaws of the Cass review in ~lgbt

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    This is another really good summary of how much evidence we do have regarding the safety and efficacy of Gender Affirming Care for trans adolescents. The section labeled "experimental" is...

    This is another really good summary of how much evidence we do have regarding the safety and efficacy of Gender Affirming Care for trans adolescents. The section labeled "experimental" is particularly germane and links to a good literature review.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Eclipse plans in ~talk

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    I'm not in the path of totality, but we'll get about 80% occlusion at the peak. I've already take the kids out to see the start of the eclipse (we picked up some eclipse glasses at the library...

    I'm not in the path of totality, but we'll get about 80% occlusion at the peak. I've already take the kids out to see the start of the eclipse (we picked up some eclipse glasses at the library earlier this week) and I'll take them back out when it's close to the peak so they can see it.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Tastes like chicken? Think again—edible ants have distinctive flavor profiles. in ~food

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    I've eaten insects a couple of times, and I haven't really found a preparation that I like. People always say "shrimps is bugs" but the difference is that you peel and devein shrimp, but you don't...

    I've eaten insects a couple of times, and I haven't really found a preparation that I like. People always say "shrimps is bugs" but the difference is that you peel and devein shrimp, but you don't (or maybe can't?) peel a grasshopper, so you get all that exoskeleton and legs and stuff and it's just really not a pleasant texture for me. Maybe if you grow up with it then it wouldn't be a problem but I have a hard time getting past it.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on ‘We’re hemorrhaging money’: US health clinics try to stay open after unprecedented cyberattack in ~health

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    This is absolutely not the case, there are dozens of claims clearinghouses/healthcare clearinghouses in the US. Now, my understanding is that CHC did or does have some exclusive contracts for...

    That company is a monopoly or nearly a monopoly

    This is absolutely not the case, there are dozens of claims clearinghouses/healthcare clearinghouses in the US. Now, my understanding is that CHC did or does have some exclusive contracts for things like operating PBMs for some insurers/state medicaids and that kind of things, but they certainly don't have a monopoly on clearinghouse services.

    That said, the cost and effort involved in switching clearinghouses or medical billing software is, as I understand it, extremely high, mostly due to the patchwork of payers that these companies have to be able to interface with, each of whom have different requirements and technologies. There have been a few efforts to standardize things, for example there is a set of standardized medical transactions, but there are also a lot of gaps and differences among payers.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Scientists make breakthrough discovery while experimenting with urine in ~tech

  16. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 12 in ~news

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    I suspect pretty much nobody, which is probably why he's not running...

    I suspect pretty much nobody, which is probably why he's not running...

    4 votes
  17. Comment on OpenAI releases Sora: Creating video from text in ~tech

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    I feel like I'm probably somewhere in the middle here. I did notice several pretty odd artifacts in the woman walking video. If you carefully watch her legs, her gait is pretty uneven and her legs...

    I feel like I'm probably somewhere in the middle here. I did notice several pretty odd artifacts in the woman walking video. If you carefully watch her legs, her gait is pretty uneven and her legs swap sides at least once, maybe twice. People in the background of the video also have occasionally unnatural gaits.

    However, I'd say that on the whole unless you're looking for it, these things don't really stand out. At a casual glance, scrolling by that video in a social media feed or seeing it playing on a screen somewhere, I'd almost certainly never notice any of those things.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Those free USB sticks in your drawer are somehow crappier than you thought in ~comp

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    I don't think this is something that most descriptivists would agree with. In fact, I think most folks would disagree pretty strongly with that statement. Word don't always mean what you mean them...

    words mean what you mean them to mean

    I don't think this is something that most descriptivists would agree with. In fact, I think most folks would disagree pretty strongly with that statement. Word don't always mean what you mean them to mean. They mean what they are commonly understood to mean, in a given context. That means that it's entirely possible for a writer or speaker to be mistaken about how a word is going to be understood, either because they don't understand the meaning or connotations, or because they are using the word in a different context where it has a different commonly understood meaning.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Christian Super Bowl commercial outrages US conservatives in ~humanities

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    I'm a little surprised you haven't heard of Dawkins. Harris and Pinker were probably a little less well known. Maybe I'm just old, but these guys were all over reddit in the early days. A lot of...

    I'm a little surprised you haven't heard of Dawkins. Harris and Pinker were probably a little less well known. Maybe I'm just old, but these guys were all over reddit in the early days. A lot of the worst of the "New Atheist" movement happened on reddit and similar sites. I think New Atheism, Gamergate, and some of the more troubling pockets of the online rationalist community are all examples of how groups of people are just vulnerable to manipulation, I really don't think a belief in the supernatural has much to do with it.

    7 votes