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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I think it's less about subtlety, and more about succinctness. The remake has twice the runtime as the original, and rather than explore nuance with the extra time, the latest incarnation just...

    I think it's less about subtlety, and more about succinctness. The remake has twice the runtime as the original, and rather than explore nuance with the extra time, the latest incarnation just keeps hitting your head over with the same clichés it established at the beginning of the episode. Without spoiling anything, there is an episode that seems to acknowledge this as intentional, so perhaps there's some merit to it. That being said, some episodes were laborious to get through, and I didn't feel that at all with the second season (and the duds of the original were over quickly enough).

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  2. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    i finished Raised By Wolves and it was definitely not the series I thought it would be while I was walking into it. It's still sci-fi, and a little dark (which I tend to like), but it didn't end...

    i finished Raised By Wolves and it was definitely not the series I thought it would be while I was walking into it. It's still sci-fi, and a little dark (which I tend to like), but it didn't end up as philosophical as I had hoped. To be fair, it's certainly no Lost or Westworld, which can get a little full of themselves, but I should have known when the first two episodes were directed/produced by Ridley Scott that this would eventually turn into a different version of Alien. It reminds me a lot of Prometheus, which had similar ideals of existential exposition, but ultimately became a monster film. I don't actually know if Raised By Wolves will go down this path completely, but I enjoyed it enough to want to see a second season. This was a sleeper hit from HBO, which got overshadowed by Lovecraft Country's marketing.

    Speaking of which, saw the finale of Lovecraft Country, it was...disappointing, yet unsurprising. This show just couldn't keep itself together. The strange pacing, the convoluted storylines...the only thing I can say that I liked was the production value. I wanted this show to be much more than it was, which could be part of the letdown, but there's rumors of a second season, and I'd just rather not. The real shame, though, was that the pilot was actually pretty good.

    I came across Corporate recently and I have immediately fallen in love. It's a mix of Silicon Valley, Workaholics, and Mad Men. Its dark humor is right up my alley, but the subdued delivery is what I like most. I don't know if it's due to me working in a corporate environment, or longing for the office due to covid, but this series is only two years old and I regret missing out on it before it got cancelled. I'm binging it anyways, though, and it's got three seasons to boot.

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  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I've made a couple reviews of the latest Twilight Zone series here on Tildes. While I admit that there are a lot of similarities with the prior incarnation, I did have my qualms with the first...

    I've made a couple reviews of the latest Twilight Zone series here on Tildes. While I admit that there are a lot of similarities with the prior incarnation, I did have my qualms with the first season of the reboot due to its heavy-handedness with social/political issues. I think the second season does a good deal of improvement over the first, and makes it as generally enjoyable as the original series.

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  4. Comment on People of Tildes, have you travelled the entirety of the length of your country? in ~talk

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    Over the past 8 years my major road trips have been: NYC to Seattle Seattle to LA LA to Tampa (both ways) LA to NYC (using the southern border and East coast) Tampa to NYC Some trips were strictly...

    Over the past 8 years my major road trips have been:

    • NYC to Seattle
    • Seattle to LA
    • LA to Tampa (both ways)
    • LA to NYC (using the southern border and East coast)
    • Tampa to NYC

    Some trips were strictly getting from point A to point B (up to 18hrs driving in a day), and others I would ensure there was a memorable experience each day to keep the road trip interesting (e.g. stopping at the Grand Canyon, staying with friends). I think I've been in ~35 states, with gaps mostly in middle America.

    I am currently planning on doing a NYC to Portland trip this Christmas to avoid plane travel during covid. I haven't driven a car in over a year, but I'm much more comfortable visiting my family by self-isolating in a car the whole trip.

    Some takeaways from my travels:

    • Texas is HUGE. It can easily take a day to travel from one end to the other. There's a reason the highway speed limit is increased in this state (85 mph)
    • PCH (the route from LA to SF) is by far the most beautiful drive in all of America. I did it in a convertible once, and it was well worth it. Best direction is SF -> LA
    • The area around Yellowstone has a very rustic/pastoral beauty that can't be understated
    • The most uncomfortable / out of my element I've ever felt in my own country has been in the Deep South. It's depressingly poor when you're in the rural areas
    • The Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston is very jarringly urban when you've been driving in nature for hours each day. Something I notice less when I live in it
    • The deserts are very bleak and not safe to drive on late at night (everything looks the same and you can fall asleep at the wheel very easily)
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  5. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Finished The Boys and while the season was very satisfying, the lack of conflict resolution in the finale left me feeling a bit empty. It's clearly going to have a season 3, though, so I'm excited...

    Finished The Boys and while the season was very satisfying, the lack of conflict resolution in the finale left me feeling a bit empty. It's clearly going to have a season 3, though, so I'm excited to see how they carry the social/political commentary that hit the spot oh so well this season (for those unaware, it touched on neo-nazi uprisings through populous movements).

    I'm halfway through Raised by Wolves, and it shows good promise. The first two episodes are directed/produced by Ridley Scott, and the subsequent episodes still are able to keep good elements of sci-fi running.

    Lovecraft Country is a show I continue to watch, but have lost a lot of interest in. The plot, while it makes sense in broad strokes, loses coherence pretty quickly when you probe too deeply into it. Character motivations are sometimes displayed very heavy-handedly, and sometimes not at all. The struggle with trying to follow this show isn't very fun, but I do want to see the whole season out before writing it off.

    Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal has returned for a few episodes this month and I could not be more ecstatic. The show has no dialoge, gorgeous background art, and enough plot to keep my satiated. Perhaps it's because I miss the days of Samurai Jack, or perhaps it's the lack of dialogue that keeps a somber tone, but it scratches a nostalgia itch for a show that is still new.

    While I'm not normally one to be a fanboy of Saturday Night Live, I do enjoy seeing it return back to its original form. Those quarantine episodes were a little cringey. The latest episode with Bill Burr as host got a lot of social commentary (and pissed a good number of people off I think), and I love it. The uncomfortable laughs are a great way to analyze the truth behind the jokes that makes them so uncomfortably funny.

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  6. Comment on Facebook, Twitter dismantle global array of disinformation networks in ~tech

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    I can’t help but wonder if Facebook’s recent mobilization against political misinformation has been spurred by the direct threat to their business from the recent House report calling for...

    I can’t help but wonder if Facebook’s recent mobilization against political misinformation has been spurred by the direct threat to their business from the recent House report calling for antitrust legislation.

    People have been harping that Facebook is a large scale misinformation platform for years and the fact that they are only just now trying to do good less than a month before the election is too little, too late. It’s proof that these tech giants need to be regulated as the threat of profit loss is the only thing that seems to motivate them in the right direction.

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  7. Comment on What social norm(s) you would like to see changed? in ~talk

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    Fair point. I think the point I was trying to make about having a kid “now” is that it just seems like something that could wait a few more months. Long term, if climate change is going to become...

    Fair point. I think the point I was trying to make about having a kid “now” is that it just seems like something that could wait a few more months. Long term, if climate change is going to become an increasingly impactful issue, there could be an argument that there’s never going to be a better time to have a kid except now while it’s still only a looming threat.

    Given that we don’t know when a vaccine will be available, we don’t know when we will get out of quarantine / exit the recession, and we don’t even know if there will be a peaceful transition of the presidency, I would personally wait a bit before committing my life to something as significant as a child. I would at least want an idea of what to expect out of the next 4 years while I’m raising my kid.

    Perhaps I’m just overthinking things, though. I don’t even know if my friend’s child was “planned”. It is a social norm after all because, despite struggles undertaken for millennia, life, uhh...finds a way.

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  8. Comment on Pence/Harris 2020 US Vice Presidential Debate - Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    When he gets cut off he goes back to the last question to get some unaddressable personal attacks out. He literally said he wasn’t going to address the second question so he could stay on the...

    When he gets cut off he goes back to the last question to get some unaddressable personal attacks out.

    He literally said he wasn’t going to address the second question so he could stay on the first one instead.

    He interrupts the “2 uninterrupted minutes to speak”.

    He’s only barely more civil than Trump. I’m sure since they’re desperate they are I afraid to stoop to the level Trump has paved the way for.

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  9. Comment on What social norm(s) you would like to see changed? in ~talk

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    As someone who is single and living on their own I can attest to having plenty of time to live life on my time. Much like traveling abroad, having to account for someone else’s schedule can take...
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    As someone who is single and living on their own I can attest to having plenty of time to live life on my time. Much like traveling abroad, having to account for someone else’s schedule can take the fun out of things, both from lack of spontaneity and differences in tastes.

    That being said, I do hope to one day settle down with someone else, but only if that person can complement my life rather than become it. I’ve already established myself and defined what my interests/hobbies are. I’m not saying that a SO has to share the same interests, but I have to be free to explore these things without feeling like I must sacrifice my personality for the sake of the relationship. This was one of the main reasons I ended things with my ex: spending time together felt like a constant chore that removed me from all the things that make me interesting. I feel like it was due to the norm of “settling down” that seemed to strip me of any agency. Relationships are a compromise, for sure, but life’s goal shouldn’t be the relationship itself. Rather, the goal should be to explore and appreciate life’s possibilities, with the relationship empowering more experiences instead of hindering them.

    A more recent realization, however, that I can’t seem to shake is that I may have decided I don’t want to have any children. During some of the darker moments this pandemic I went through the stages of grief with giving up hope for a better world for my (nonexistent) children. I can’t come to bear the thought that 30 years from now a child I have today would see tragedies on a massive scale due to climate change, wealth disparity, (civil) war, or worse. I’m tormented by the idea that my child would someday ask me “so you knew that all these terrible things would happen, and you decided to have me anyways?...you knew?!”. I’ve struggled with my own angst this quarantine about issues that have yet to fully manifest themselves. I can’t imagine the existential dread to see them occurring in real-time.

    One of my friends recently announced they were having a child. This was in the middle of the California fires (one of which started by a gender reveal), where the expectant mother couldn’t even walk outside due to the health hazard. I could barely muster the enthusiasm to give a meek congratulations, when all I could think of is “now?! You see all the uncertainty in the world, and you decided to have a kid now?!”.

    I can’t even espouse my newfound perspective to my friends, many of which are in new relationships (I can’t tell you how many have recently adopted dogs as the first step to getting kids), without coming across as a downer / doomer. It’s been said the best thing you can do to combat climate change is to not have kids, and yet it seems like doing so would put the world on a spiral towards Idiocracy. I’d much rather live my life with a potential SO where we could focus on each other’s happiness, and not have to spend our most productive years hoarding away wealth for a college degree that might be worthless in the long run.

    I don’t know, perhaps having been a child of divorce and seen many failed marriages in my family has made me cynical of the American Dream. Perhaps the fact that I’m still single while all my friends have followed the traditional nuclear family route makes me feel late to the party. Either way, I think it’s a worthwhile discussion that society needs to address without stigmatizing the decision to go childless. If anything, it may start a conversation about the value of keeping a relatively recent tradition (nuclear families) alive in the post-modern age.

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  10. Comment on Trump abruptly scraps stimulus talks, punting on economic relief until after Election Day in ~news

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    I’m sure the steroids they have him on are also fueling his mania. I don’t mind watching the train wreck fall apart, but I hope there’s no lasting collateral damage he takes down with him.

    I’m sure the steroids they have him on are also fueling his mania. I don’t mind watching the train wreck fall apart, but I hope there’s no lasting collateral damage he takes down with him.

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  11. Comment on Trump abruptly scraps stimulus talks, punting on economic relief until after Election Day in ~news

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    In a bizarre, yet unsurprising move, Trump has done a complete 180 and is now seemingly demanding to have a stimulus bill to sign. He is clearly grasping for straws at what to do. The blowback...

    In a bizarre, yet unsurprising move, Trump has done a complete 180 and is now seemingly demanding to have a stimulus bill to sign.

    He is clearly grasping for straws at what to do. The blowback from suggesting postponing stimulus funding must have been enough for him to abandon his plans at protecting the SCOTUS nom.

    I’d like to think he’s so afraid at losing the election that he’s willing to disagree with the Republican Party for the sake of his own survival.

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  12. Comment on House Democrats say Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple enjoy ‘monopoly power’ and recommend big changes in ~tech

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    If this leads to any antitrust legislation, it will certainly make 2021 an interesting year in adtech. For those who are not aware, the industry is currently going through a fundamental shift away...

    If this leads to any antitrust legislation, it will certainly make 2021 an interesting year in adtech. For those who are not aware, the industry is currently going through a fundamental shift away from cookies and persistent identifiers. While the rest of the advertising ecosystem has until the end of 2021 to create new business models, the reality is that the 80% share of digital advertising spend that Facebook and Google receive became bolstered from these privacy changes (due to these platforms being ubiquitous "walled gardens" that have both the users and the demographic profiles to target ads).

    With a major change like splitting these companies up (or at least putting limits on their operations), it will be interesting to see how the industry will cope with so much disruption happening all at the same time.

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  13. Comment on What are some good recommendations for ambient background music? in ~music

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    Have you checked out Lo-fi music? It’s become a bit of a meme at this point, but the intention of the music genre is to blend other genres together without a focus on perfect fidelity (and...

    Have you checked out Lo-fi music? It’s become a bit of a meme at this point, but the intention of the music genre is to blend other genres together without a focus on perfect fidelity (and sometimes intentionally adding imperfections). The end result is a fairly low tempo, easygoing sound. I don’t have any specific artists to call out but for the most part a lot of lofi sounds the same, for better or worse.

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  14. Comment on Trump/Biden 2020 Presidential Debate #1 Discussion Thread in ~talk

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    Well they talked about it, and the best line Trump could get out was when Biden said he didn't support the "Green New Deal" in place of "Biden's proposal", to which Trump remarked "he's losing his...

    Well they talked about it, and the best line Trump could get out was when Biden said he didn't support the "Green New Deal" in place of "Biden's proposal", to which Trump remarked "he's losing his far-left base!" as if anyone on the left would prefer to see their world destroyed around them under a Trump administration.

    ...sigh...this was supposed to be one of the most important debates in modern history and it was an utter shitshow. I've lost hope for this country and the fate of rest of the world. Time to try and enjoy the wild ride into hell, I guess...

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  15. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    I have the apps for the sake of the push notifications. I’m not actively opening them up on a regular basis unless I want to see how the story gets spun by one side. I don’t actually pay for any...

    I have the apps for the sake of the push notifications. I’m not actively opening them up on a regular basis unless I want to see how the story gets spun by one side. I don’t actually pay for any of them (which I know is part of the problem the industry is facing right now), but I have considered getting a NYT subscription. I can access articles through the NY Public Library for free (and just using an incognito browser session also gets past the paywalls) so it hasn’t been enough of a hindrance for me to actually go through with it.

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  16. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    I neglected to mention I also have Feedly, Flipboard, and Medium, which have their own aggregation of feeds, but they don’t provide push notifications and are hard to quantify sources without...

    I neglected to mention I also have Feedly, Flipboard, and Medium, which have their own aggregation of feeds, but they don’t provide push notifications and are hard to quantify sources without detailing each feed, so I kept to the branded apps.

    I can 100% attest to “news fatigue” and to be honest, the news these days does not paint a good picture of the future. That being said, my profession requires me to be an unbiased participant in the media ecosystem, so in some way I feel obligated to be plugged in.

    Overall, I generally just let the news come to me and find ways to avoid it when I want. Sometimes that means I disconnect and get some unnecessary feelings of FOMO. Sometimes it means I stick to the good people here at Tildes to retain some sanity. It’s a balance and I’m always trying to optimize it for my mental health as priority #1.

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  17. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    Those owners are exactly the moneyed interests I was referencing. Rupert Murdoch has his agenda, WaPo will never attack Amazon/Bezos, etc. AP has a mandate to be impartial (whilst being funded by...

    Those owners are exactly the moneyed interests I was referencing. Rupert Murdoch has his agenda, WaPo will never attack Amazon/Bezos, etc. AP has a mandate to be impartial (whilst being funded by MSM), and NPR has it’s fairly liberal donor base, which make them somewhat more trustworthy in my book.

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  18. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    Currently on my phone I have apps for Associated Press, NPR, NYT, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Guardian, Washington Post, Seeking Alpha, BBC, NBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, China Daily, and FOX...

    Currently on my phone I have apps for Associated Press, NPR, NYT, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Guardian, Washington Post, Seeking Alpha, BBC, NBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, China Daily, and FOX News. Those are roughly ranked in levels of trustworthiness, but do I really trust any of them?

    Nope. None.

    All media has bias. It would not be created if not to portray the world in a certain light based upon the intentions of the moneyed interests that support these publications. The way that I see it, each news source projects their interpretation of reality like shadows on a screen. By exposing myself to various projections of the “truth” I hope I can reconstruct the actual truth, or at least a close proxy.

    It can get overwhelming at times getting push notifications about many of the same events (the recent SCOTUS nominee is a prime example), and sometimes I need to do a news detox, but I think approaching anything online (or otherwise) with a healthy amount of skepticism aids in critical thinking. There can be a tendency to treat everything as fake news, or get hung up on novel conspiracy theories not reported elsewhere, but I like to think my “wisdom of the crowds” approach can help cut through a lot of the bullshit out there.

    Is it a perfect system? No, but nothing ever is. You have to be constantly vigilant and aware of misinformation and propaganda, but it helps me to understand just a little bit better of the perspective of those I disagree with, and perhaps there’s some value gained from that endeavor.

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  19. Comment on The United States is not entitled to lead the world in ~misc

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    I think there was an inflection point a while ago where the marginal gains from capitalism and independence stopped being Pareto efficient. A pet theory of mine is that the inflection point...

    I think there was an inflection point a while ago where the marginal gains from capitalism and independence stopped being Pareto efficient. A pet theory of mine is that the inflection point occurred on or around Ice Cube's "Good Day", but that's based mostly on some desperate attempt at humor rather than deep analysis.

    There's a saying that "your freedom ends where my nose begins" and I think that individual freedoms are finally manifesting themselves as detrimental to society as a whole. Climate change, anti-vax/mask-wearing, and religious indoctrination have all reached a point where they generally provide negative long term effects to the world, many of these wrongs compounding upon themselves. It's a flaw of the ego, and technology has short circuited our evolutionary drives to expose our most basic (dare I say "based"?) drives of tribalism and selfishness.

    Russia/China are certainly exploiting this weakness of democracy and freedom, but I think you're right in that there was always a piece of us to begin with. I know it's not going to be accessible to most people, but I highly suggest viewing The Tragedy of Man. It poetically captures the dilemma of man's inability to see beyond his own life, and how society is built on false promises that pass the buck to the next generation. I think we're nearing the time for someone to foot the bill, and the world's governments are playing a game of hot potato before the bill's due.

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