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  1. Comment on Oregairu Season 3 Official Announcement in ~anime

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    Huh, never really sorted out my thoughts on this show, but it meant something(?) to me at some point so I welcome a chance to revisit it. Though the show is also critical of 8man, I have a lot...

    Huh, never really sorted out my thoughts on this show, but it meant something(?) to me at some point so I welcome a chance to revisit it. Though the show is also critical of 8man, I have a lot less tolerance for cynical assholes than I used to and I wonder how it'll come off to me now. Maybe I'll rewatch the whole thing.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    Christ, I've never even used internet that fast (you know, for an individual), let alone had it in my home. I currently get a really inconsistent 5 Mbps for where I am part of the year, and less...

    Christ, I've never even used internet that fast (you know, for an individual), let alone had it in my home. I currently get a really inconsistent 5 Mbps for where I am part of the year, and less than that where I am the rest of the time (which was a huge upgrade over what we had until very recently, the top of what the area offers!).

    I was raving earlier today to my girlfriend about going to a public area around here during low activity hours and getting around 11 and downloading games in a few minutes. Stop making me feel like a hick! :P

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

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    A couple things: For one, music doesn't naturally lend itself to quick consumption in the same way a meme or a piece of fanart does. Even most short pop songs will still be around 3 minutes long,...

    A couple things:

    For one, music doesn't naturally lend itself to quick consumption in the same way a meme or a piece of fanart does. Even most short pop songs will still be around 3 minutes long, requiring a similar amount of engagement as a short article. The issues that come from sharing music are a little different, in that people are both far less likely to actually listen to the thing posted than most other kinds of content and people generally have a hard time talking about music, it's just not something most of us are good at or want to do unless we go out of our way to learn to do so. If a change is made and we don't post bare links anymore, imo it makes more sense to make a change because links are not causing the community to engage with each other, not our principles about fluff. Though it's important to keep in mind that due to the nature of the medium, ~music will likely always be a little more on the "posting for the quality of the content" side rather than the "discussion starter" side, but that doesn't mean it should just be a page of music links with 0 comments either.

    Also, there's several users coming from the mod team of LTT and other music related Reddit communities who have a lot of forward-thinking ideas about what to use ~music for and how the hierarchy system and other planned and possible future mechanics can make Tildes an ideal place for music recommendation and discovery through handling these links in a much more useful way than Reddit ever could. There's been a million walls of text typed with those ideas going in different directions, I don't see a need to argue for one specifically here, but simply put there's a lot of ideas for what to do with the music links (some just being natural extensions of planned features in the docs, some being ideas often repeated by certain users) and it's easy to see a utility that exceeds what we would normally describe as "fluff."

    For what it's worth, I see where you're coming from. I've mostly stopped posting music links on ~music as it doesn't do that much right now. I have some ideas for threads to try to keep that place from being a wasteland of music links...there's a problem there, I just don't think it's one that's useful for comparing to instances of fluff.

    2 votes
  4. What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was...

    What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its pages on Anilist, MAL, or any other database you use!

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

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    My guess for what most people would agree with is that posting fanart without anything else would certainly be fluff, but if you frame it along with a question, have a thread like "what's some of...

    My guess for what most people would agree with is that posting fanart without anything else would certainly be fluff, but if you frame it along with a question, have a thread like "what's some of your favorite fanart?", or otherwise do something other than posting a link to an image, everything is fine.

    Avoiding fluff is avoiding posting content that's consumed in a few seconds then tossed away (with a few exceptions). I think if you make it the slightest bit substantial, you won't have much issue. Starting a discussion is the easiest way to do that, but maybe you're also able to provide interesting insight into the piece that adds some value or something.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on It’s not enough for J.K. Rowling to say her characters are queer. Show it to us. in ~lgbt

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    What "good" does JK Rowling do by tweeting these things? Who is helped? If tomorrow everything was reversed and she suddenly never said it at all, all that would be different is that some Harry...

    What "good" does JK Rowling do by tweeting these things? Who is helped? If tomorrow everything was reversed and she suddenly never said it at all, all that would be different is that some Harry Potter fans would have a more healthy idea of how to think about storytelling without getting all caught up in """canon."""

    "Letting perfect be the enemy of good" is generally a poor criticism that does little but prevent getting better, but here it doesn't apply at all. Rowling saying these things is at best neutral and at worst a bit of a nuisance.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Captain Marvel has made $760 million worldwide. $1 billion is in its sights. in ~movies

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    There's a lot of things wrong with it, imo it fails in nearly every way a movie can and my critical eye toward its supposed feminist empowerment is naturally a bit more intense when that's the...

    There's a lot of things wrong with it, imo it fails in nearly every way a movie can and my critical eye toward its supposed feminist empowerment is naturally a bit more intense when that's the only possible redeeming quality of it as a whole.

    There's specific things that I don't remember in detail anymore (the movie didn't make much of an impression other than "I hate it!") but can find articles on, like how they specifically went with an origin story that makes her greatness the work of men, but really what got me were more general things. It's so focused on her sex appeal and how she's alluring to everyone she ever meets. It's shot in a way that squeezes out just as much male-gazey pleasure as any other Hollywood film. It positions the viewer with the men in the cast a strange amount for a movie starring and directed by women. It's the same horny as fuck objectifying thing we've always had, except now it's horny for a woman with a little bit of muscle.

    I'm used to media not being particularly feminist and can like things despite that, but when an otherwise atrocious movie gets so much praise for supposedly being an empowering big deal and all that really means is "it has a woman", it puts a really bad taste in my mouth. Even a basic "girl power, yay!!!" movie is better than the slightly toned-down Catwoman we got in Wonder Woman.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Captain Marvel has made $760 million worldwide. $1 billion is in its sights. in ~movies

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    If it was just riding the high from Infinity War, wouldn't that have happened with Ant-Man and the Wasp? What was different and struck a chord with people? Well, having a woman on screen is...

    If it was just riding the high from Infinity War, wouldn't that have happened with Ant-Man and the Wasp?

    What was different and struck a chord with people? Well, having a woman on screen is obviously part of it, Marvel has been underserving audiences who have shown yet again that they'll open up the second they're thrown a bone. But beyond that, it's the first MCU movie that felt genuinely pleasant and even sweet. There's a bit of Marvel quipping of course, but this movie does a great job at making characters feel warm and like they actually enjoy being together. It's a good ol playful time, and even when it gets serious with the skrull plot...well it's far from boundary pushing for movies as a whole, but it holds a really good moral line compared to others in its genre. Samuel L Jackson got to be more fun than I've seen him be in a long time. The soundtrack matched that fun and warmth and is probably the best they've had outside of maybe the Guardians movies. There's a lot to like! Even though I've learned to approach the MCU less like I would other movies and more like I would a light serial, I left the theater for this one not thinking about the state of the universe or how this impacts the MCU as a whole, but with a warm heart both because of that kindness between characters and because basic "girl power" has been uncool for long enough now that it's actually a bit refreshing to see again. You know, in a way that makes me feel empowered, not whatever the fuck Wonder Woman was.

    Captian Marvel really got me invested in the MCU again. I don't mean to tell you that you should feel differently about the quality of the film, of course, but it appeals to people in a way other than being yet another Marvel movie.

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

  10. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    Hell, "cover" is underselling it a little, as even the original artists they listed are just the ones with the oldest known recording, we don't know quite how far back it goes. Folk and blues...

    Hell, "cover" is underselling it a little, as even the original artists they listed are just the ones with the oldest known recording, we don't know quite how far back it goes. Folk and blues standards can be so interesting with their histories. Copying the "Origin" section of the wikipedia article:

    Like many classic folk ballads, "The House of the Rising Sun" is of uncertain authorship. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads, and thematically it has some resemblance to the 16th-century ballad The Unfortunate Rake. According to Alan Lomax, "Rising Sun" was used as the name of a bawdy house in two traditional English songs, and it was also a name for English pubs. He further suggested that the melody might be related to a 17th-century folk song, "Lord Barnard and Little Musgrave", also known as "Matty Groves", but a survey by Bertrand Bronson showed no clear relationship between the two songs. Lomax proposed that the location of the house was then relocated from England to New Orleans by white southern performers. However, Vance Randolph proposed an alternative French origin, the "rising sun" referring to the decorative use of the sunburst insignia dating to the time of Louis XIV, which was brought to North America by French immigrants.

    "House of Rising Sun" was said to have been known by miners in 1905. The oldest published version of the lyrics is that printed by Robert Winslow Gordon in 1925, in a column "Old Songs That Men Have Sung" in Adventure magazine.

    The oldest known recording of the song, under the title "Rising Sun Blues", is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it 6 Sept 1933 on the Vocalion label (02576). Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. Roy Acuff, an "early-day friend and apprentice" of Ashley's, learned it from him and recorded it as "Rising Sun" on November 3, 1938. Several older blues recordings of songs with similar titles are unrelated, for example, "Rising Sun Blues" by Ivy Smith (1927) and "The Risin' Sun" by Texas Alexander (1928).

    The song was among those collected by folklorist Alan Lomax, who, along with his father, was a curator of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky, Lomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesboro, Kentucky, in the house of the singer and activist Tilman Cadle. In 1937, he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16-year-old daughter of a local miner. He called it The Rising Sun Blues. Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin and a third sung by Daw Henson, both eastern Kentucky singers. In his 1941 songbook Our Singing Country, Lomax credits the lyrics to Turner, with reference to Martin's version.

    For a few versions of the song by notable artists predating the version by The Animals:

    Leadbelly, another version with Leadbelly on guitar

    Woody Guthrie

    Bob Dylan

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

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    I've got a few things in the mail to be excited about, mostly looking forward to the cassette deck which should get here some time tomorrow. I just picked up a copy of Santana's Abraxas on vinyl...

    I've got a few things in the mail to be excited about, mostly looking forward to the cassette deck which should get here some time tomorrow. I just picked up a copy of Santana's Abraxas on vinyl (that I plan on giving a good few listens this weekend, I love that album!) today, but I think I might take another trip back to the record store and go through their cassettes so I have a bit more on hand to play. I've got a bit of the pooled family collection back at home in a bin somewhere, but I'd like to get a little proper collection going. There are several SB the Moor cassettes and a cd on the way, too, but I don't think they'll get here before the end of the weekend. Every music format is fun in a different way to me, so I'm glad to be taking a step back into cassettes :)

    I've also been playing Super Mario Bros. 3 again and I think that might consume some time. I don't think I've ever completed every level in one playthrough, I've always ended up using the whistles at some point, so I think that's my goal this time. Such a comfortable game, playing it feels right in a way that few others do. Especially in those first couple worlds, it's less like I'm playing a game and more like I'm just completing a ritual I've repeated since childhood. I love it.

    Oh, and I just kicked off my weekend with one of the happiest days I've ever had. I just started HRT and pairing the intense emotions that come from finally making it to that with some fun basic "girl power" stuff in Captain Marvel made for a weepy and excited me. It still doesn't feel real. Anyway, it's looking to be a good weekend :)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Of course you support violence to enforce those laws. Unless you believe one person with a gun should be allowed to murder every individual on the planet without being forcably stopped, you do....

    Of course you support violence to enforce those laws. Unless you believe one person with a gun should be allowed to murder every individual on the planet without being forcably stopped, you do. You might believe minimizing violence is the way to go, doing everything you can not to kill the shooter in stopping them, but unless you're entirely unhinged and think mass murder should be only stopped by asking nicely, you recognize that violence is at some point necessary. So again, the only difference is if you want to wait for a mass murder or a genocide to do something.

    The bit about inaction was not in reference to your attitude toward violence, but the natural conclusion of any conversation about your reasoning about how everyone thinks they're doing the right thing. Like I said, I don't want to touch it.

    EDIT: Actually I'm going to back out entirely. I got frustrated and forgot that I didn't want to contribute to filling this thread up with this argument anyway. I don't think this is a good look for us as a community, but I guess I did my part in fanning the flames, sorry. Bye.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Something being illegal means it is opposed with a threat of force. If you do this thing, scary people with guns will do what they can to try and stop you, and will even kill you if it comes to...

    Something being illegal means it is opposed with a threat of force. If you do this thing, scary people with guns will do what they can to try and stop you, and will even kill you if it comes to that. You are already promoting violence. If you believe things should be illegal, you already believe that violence should be used to quell violence.

    The difference with antifa and the like is that when fascists distribute propaganda, organize, and outright proclaim their desire for genocide, antifascists believe them instead of waiting for terror attacks and genocidal monsters to get their way before doing something.

    And if there's no one promoting genocide, anti-fascists aren't out for blood. No one needs to be told that that isn't the case for fascists.

    I'm not even going to touch the rest, as "what if someone else thinks differently?" goes nowhere and is just an argument for inaction under the false belief that inaction is neutral.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Can I gently suggest maybe being a little more careful when you find yourself referring to stopping Nazis as a "supposedly good cause," especially in a thread about a fascist terror attack?

    Can I gently suggest maybe being a little more careful when you find yourself referring to stopping Nazis as a "supposedly good cause," especially in a thread about a fascist terror attack?

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Agreed. I don't want to continue a "tag war" on this post (nor do I want to provoke an argument about tags where it does not belong), but it's exceedingly clear what this is and it's a massive...

    Agreed. I don't want to continue a "tag war" on this post (nor do I want to provoke an argument about tags where it does not belong), but it's exceedingly clear what this is and it's a massive mistake to represent it as anything else. There's no room for interpretation, this is not even calling someone a fascist for just performing actions that align with fascist goals, this is an attack motivated by the shooter's fascist and anti-Muslim ideology.

    A shooting like this is not a politically neutral action.

    15 votes
  16. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Should go without saying, but be very careful looking up info about this, it's too easy to accidentally stumble upon the livestream. Don't make that mistake like me. Avoid Twitter in particular,...

    Should go without saying, but be very careful looking up info about this, it's too easy to accidentally stumble upon the livestream. Don't make that mistake like me.

    Avoid Twitter in particular, it's a minefield.

    19 votes
  17. What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as...

    What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)

    Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

    You can make a chart if you use last.fm:

    http://www.tapmusic.net/lastfm/

    Remember that linking directly to your image will update with your future listening, make sure to reupload to somewhere like imgur if you'd like it to remain what you have at the time of posting.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme in ~news

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    Well then we've had very different experiences :P Though I would even include basic things like a garden in that unless it's part of an educational activity like a biology class (which I imagine...

    Well then we've had very different experiences :P Though I would even include basic things like a garden in that unless it's part of an educational activity like a biology class (which I imagine it usually is, but I've seen both). And also volunteer groups and clubs are not what I'm talking about at all, those have the opportunity to be entirely disconnected from the school as a structure and teach those things much like good parenting might. You're really generalizing my point into "doing things is bad," which is far from what I was getting at.

    It goes without saying that what you talk about in your last paragraph is great and not something I would ever talk shit about. I don't literally mean don't do anything you aren't directly paid for, of course when you do things that are genuinely subversive and helpful there's no way I could object to that.

  19. Comment on FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme in ~news

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    You're reducing it to the smallest possible example and of course it will look petty if I come back with the obvious "well they shouldn't have to do it either if they're not being compensated,"...

    You're reducing it to the smallest possible example and of course it will look petty if I come back with the obvious "well they shouldn't have to do it either if they're not being compensated," but the work that children do for their schools is often more like digging up an area for a new addition to the school or organizing things for teachers. Not torturous abuses, but still teaching the wrong lessons. With the smallest things like taking out trash, it's mostly trivial either way and that's a skill that generalizes well enough that it should continue to be taught in schools anyway, but there are bigger things that create clear parallels to taking on extra projects or otherwise not recognizing your work's own worth.

    Hell, I agree that framing everything as labor that needs to be compensated makes human relationships more dystopian, that's one of the reasons I'm mixed on the concept of emotional labor between friends. But recognizing that that's already the reality isn't the same as forcing it where it already isn't. We're not the ones who made money part of that relationship. Whether or not we pay attention or whatever we call it, the employer is not paying for something that is getting done.

    It gets more obvious if you push it a little bit. What about cleaning the toilets? Some might be okay with that, but I think many would either like to be paid to do that or see someone else paid to do it. Fixing equipment? Seems like these are basic things that should be done in your home life, but the relationship in the workplace changes that. Nothing is just the task in itself

    And honestly, no form of worker control or distributed ownership can ever work if people aren’t practiced in how to police, maintain, and manage their own affairs.

    Sure. That doesn't mean that you should be taught that through a structure that's preparing you for something that is as radically far from worker controlled as possible. It's important to keep in mind that changing who we are and how we act doesn't change our situation, changing our situation changes who we are and how we act. You don't happen upon perfect idealistic harmony by pretending you already have it.

    I'll back out now, though. If the disagreement comes down to something as minor as the examples you gave, I don't mind just letting that be. Like in reality with all factors accounted for, I'd say do it to not have to deal with annoying people even if I'm opposed to it when I'm reasoning through things. There's far bigger fish to fry.