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  1. Comment on A Low-Level Influencer Allegedly Killed An "E-Girl" And Posted Photos Of Her Body To Instagram in ~misc

    Whom (edited ) Link
    Does it seem...irresponsible to anyone else to frame this (in the title and much of the article) as influencer fuckery or something like that? My early reactions were focused on the influencer...

    Brandan Andrew Clark, 21, allegedly killed fellow influencer Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old from Utica, New York, in his car and, according to police, posted photos of the body to Instagram, 4chan, and Discord.


    According to Utica police, the couple had just attended a concert together and were in a relationship.


    redpill shit

    Does it seem...irresponsible to anyone else to frame this (in the title and much of the article) as influencer fuckery or something like that? My early reactions were focused on the influencer bit, thinking that popular social media and the cults of personality that go on there have gone so far. But from what it looks like, this is yet another example of the kind of thing we've seen come out of radicalization in redpill / alt-right / whatever communities for a while now. This sounds much more related to the shit that festers on 4chan than anything with Instagram, even if they're intertwined in this case.

    Unnerving and sickening to read, regardless. The irony, "humor," and self-awareness of the murderer and their little community is horrifying, like it's all a show. Ugh.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on The Golden Age of Cord-Cutting Is Over. Now What? in ~tv

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    You think? It seems to me like they're the most accustomed to streaming being the norm, to the point where something becoming available on a streaming service is an event nearly on par with a show...

    You think?

    It seems to me like they're the most accustomed to streaming being the norm, to the point where something becoming available on a streaming service is an event nearly on par with a show coming out in the first place. They definitely don't have much experience with TV, but I'm not sure piracy is as much their thing as it is for millennials.

    Still, if it gets that bad, I'm sure they'll find a way!

    12 votes
  3. Comment on Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million Epic MegaGrant in ~tech

    Whom (edited ) Link Parent
    How much relearning does it require from previous versions? I've just started learning Blender in the past week and I'm wondering if that'll be a hurdle soon. EDIT: Trying it out now. This is much...

    How much relearning does it require from previous versions? I've just started learning Blender in the past week and I'm wondering if that'll be a hurdle soon.

    EDIT: Trying it out now. This is much more intuitive for noobs like me, I'm impressed! It's no longer a bunch of tools buried in menus or mapped to bizarre hotkeys with 0 discoverability. I can find things and play around, which is great since I have a hard time learning software in the formal way that Blender seemed t require. I'm sure there's a limit to that, but it seems like everything else will open up now that there's less stumbling around just to select things and move around the right way. It'll be hard to move over from the tutorials I'm using since it's so different from before, but this is worth it. Thanks for mentioning this, I had no idea it was an option.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Albums with cover art ahead of their time in ~music

    Whom (edited ) Link Parent
    It's possible, but if you look at the contemporaries of Laura Nyro here (just for convenience), that look is far from the norm: 60s blue-eyed soul 70s blue-eyed soul 60s pop soul 70s pop soul 60s...

    It's possible, but if you look at the contemporaries of Laura Nyro here (just for convenience), that look is far from the norm: 60s blue-eyed soul 70s blue-eyed soul 60s pop soul 70s pop soul 60s singer/songwriters 70s singer/songwriters. I'd imagine if they were trying to go for a retro look, they'd go for something like the others. And despite her cover art standing out, I don't think someone like Nyro was ever seen as much of a cool underappreciated artist who you'd copy for that reason. Of course within circles that itself could make her (and others like her) cool, but I wouldn't guess that's the case?

    Personally, I think it's just a clean look that's natural to come up with if you're trying to keep it simple. Easy to stumble upon, especially with access to digital cameras being near-universal nowadays. I would guess, especially with how difficult it is to pin down where the indie look we're talking about really started or draw direct lines of influence, the technology available to indie artists (along with a lack of a budget to do what others were doing with their covers...and eventually people who do have that budget chasing after the look anyway) just ended up looking oddly similar to some other minimalist approaches from the past.

    Maybe...I dunno. Usually the examples of this I find are not terribly influential in general. Like, if they were big influential records, that would make them look more "of their time" since they would be defining their time. Maybe this will be easier when we can more firmly talk about what modern indie is. Really piece together what influenced what and make a coherent story out of it all. We can do that decently well for parts of it further back but it's hard to make a complete narrative. Because there are clearly retro examples that still feel distinctly "modern indie" like a lot of Julia Holter's work. Maybe there is a seed there of one person who looked back at these old soul records and made it the new indie look.

    shrug, maybe I just like the narrative of accidentally recurring ideas better.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Introducing Steam Labs - a place for testing and giving feedback on experimental Steam features in ~games

    Whom (edited ) Link Parent
    Yeah, I've never seen automatic recommendations for any kind of art be all that useful. I dunno, maybe it works for the kind of person who finds out they like Star Trek and as a result they go...

    Yeah, I've never seen automatic recommendations for any kind of art be all that useful. I dunno, maybe it works for the kind of person who finds out they like Star Trek and as a result they go down the path of finding and watching all sci fi with similar characteristics, but it seems really shallow to me to find new things by what they are.

    Is something good? Does it do things that are fresh? Does it say something which is interesting to me? Do I learn something new from it? Will it stick around in my head? Those are things that matter to me when deciding if I want to play something, and they're things which algorithmic suggestions might be able to scratch at but which I've never seen actually happen, and certainly won't on Steam where tags beyond just genres and technical things like "multiplayer" or "controller support" are very rare (though I do appreciate some like the "Masterpiece" tag) and don't seem to be used for much of anything outside of directly sorting by them.

    This recommender seems better than most, but it still remains that if I want to find games just like Skullgirls for some reason, I can just search "2d fighters" and be done with it. Does anyone really need help finding more games of a certain type? Things like this (and the million similar things for music or whatever else) seem like they're tackling problems that the existence of search engines already solved much better a long time ago.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Albums with cover art ahead of their time in ~music

    Whom (edited ) Link
    My answer from the linked thread was pretty much everything Laura Nyro did. In particular: Smile and Gonna Take a Miracle look like such 90s indie girl shit, especially when you look at the liner...

    My answer from the linked thread was pretty much everything Laura Nyro did. In particular:

    Smile and Gonna Take a Miracle look like such 90s indie girl shit, especially when you look at the liner notes.

    Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry look like a couple random singer/songwriter albums releases a few years ago.

    Nested looks like an indie pop album released in 2016.

    2 votes
  7. Post any cover art (EPs, single art, etc. are also fine of course) that looks shockingly ahead of its time. There's so many odd examples of artists being strangely predictive of trends far in the...

    Post any cover art (EPs, single art, etc. are also fine of course) that looks shockingly ahead of its time. There's so many odd examples of artists being strangely predictive of trends far in the future, let's collect some of them.

    Note, I totally stole the idea from this thread over on rym, so if you want to see more then look there. Lots of good answers already :)

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Minecraft Earth: Closed beta announcement + first gameplay shown in ~games

    Whom Link Parent
    Have you tried them yourselves or are you assuming that they won't work well? I'm in an area of about 1000 people and every town nearby is about the same size or smaller, and I haven't found...

    Have you tried them yourselves or are you assuming that they won't work well? I'm in an area of about 1000 people and every town nearby is about the same size or smaller, and I haven't found anywhere where playing just doesn't work for Ingress or Pokemon GO.

    Not saying your area is for sure gonna work well, but it's worth a shot if you gave up before trying :P

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Introducing Steam Labs - a place for testing and giving feedback on experimental Steam features in ~games

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    The microtrailers twitter account was a brilliant idea, Valve is very smart to pull from that. I hope it takes off! Imo most of the problems people have with Valve not curating their platform...

    The microtrailers twitter account was a brilliant idea, Valve is very smart to pull from that. I hope it takes off!

    Imo most of the problems people have with Valve not curating their platform (aside from the hate speech issues) come down to Steam being very poor to comb through and quickly get information from. ...and thinly-veiled disdain for the "true" amateur indies, but that's beside the point. :P When using Steam, you're either you're assaulted with games you already know about or you're in a sea of $1 game logos and can't tell anything about what you're looking at. This should do a lot of good to open it up, though it would be best if they integrated this stuff into their search and sort results. I want to see these while I sort through point and click adventures on sale or games under 50 cents or whatever!

    5 votes
  10. 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.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on Star Trek: Picard first poster in ~tv

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    It's so flashy and the lighting feels super off. I don't totally have the vocabulary to describe it, but this poster reads very...mid-late 00s mid-sized budget sci fi movie to me. Or an EVE Online...

    It's so flashy and the lighting feels super off. I don't totally have the vocabulary to describe it, but this poster reads very...mid-late 00s mid-sized budget sci fi movie to me. Or an EVE Online poster. Never a good idea to jump from quality of advertising materials to any assumptions, really, but this is pretty ugly.

    (I'm excited anyway)

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    Well here's news on the Lite model, OP.

    Well here's news on the Lite model, OP.

    20 votes
  13. 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!

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I want to do some really simple 3d animations, so right now I'm hopping in Blender and trying to learn it again. I want to do some kind of visual art, but the only thing I really have the skills...

    I want to do some really simple 3d animations, so right now I'm hopping in Blender and trying to learn it again.

    I want to do some kind of visual art, but the only thing I really have the skills to put together right now is video game shit. I hate the feeling of having something I want to express but no way to do it. Hopefully this will give me a new path.

    5 votes
  15. It looks like a super light week, so feel extra free to mention them here! Here's a list of a things that came out in this past week, up through Friday. Of course, there's no way to be completely...

    It looks like a super light week, so feel extra free to mention them here!

    Here's a list of a things that came out in this past week, up through Friday. Of course, there's no way to be completely comprehensive with this and we avoided including things where information was too lacking, so feel free to mention anything that isn't on here that you think is worth mentioning. Beyond that, if you have any thoughts of any of these albums, it would be great to hear them :)


    Artist Title Genre(s) Song Link
    Abbath Outstrider Black Metal Song.link
    Ailee butterFLY K-Pop Song.link
    Andhim Duno EP Tech House Song.link
    BABii HiiDE Dream Pop, UK Bass Song.link
    Ballout Ballin No NBA 2 Drill Song.link
    Bombay Bicycle Club Demos 2004-2008 Indie Rock Song.link
    Chemtrail Collider Post-Rock Song.link
    DAGames Pizza Puppet Panic Videogame soundtrack YouTube
    DBangz Keahonui EP Pop Rap Song.link
    Devin the Dude Still Rollin' Up: Somethin' to Ride Southern Hip Hop Song.link
    Dreamville & J. Cole Revenge of the Dreamers III Hip Hop, Trap Rap, Conscious Hip Hop Song.link
    FIGHT CLVB RVMBLE in the JVNGLE Jungle Terror, Electro House Song.link
    Fat Trel 1901 Trap Rap Song.link
    Félicia Atkinson The Flower And The Vessel Electroacoustic, Ambient Song.link
    Gfriend Fever Season K-Pop, Dance-Pop Song.link
    Hurricane Party Juice Experimental Hip Hop Song.link
    Jaden ERYS Pop Rap, Trap Rap, West Coast Hip Hop Song.link
    Jay Park Nothing Matters Pop Rap, Trap Rap Song.link
    Joey Cape Let Me Know When You Give Up Singer/Songwriter Song.link
    Kryptos Afterburner Heavy Metal Song.link
    Lou the Human Painkiller Paradise EP Horrorcore, East Coast Hip Hop Soundcloud
    Machine Gun Kelly Hotel Diablo Trap Rap, Pop Rap Song.link
    Marshmello Joytime III Future Bass, Trap [EDM] Song.link
    Mick Flannery Mick Flannery Singer/Songwriter Song.link
    Mistah F.A.B. Hella Ratchet 2 West Coast Hip Hop Song.link
    Olympia Flamingo Indie Pop, Synthpop Song.link
    Pouya The South Got Something to Say Southern Hip Hop, Alternative R&B Song.link
    Symmetry Lover Symmetry Lover Punk Rock Song.link
    The Soft Cavalry The Soft Cavalry Dream Pop Song.link
    Trash Kit Horizon Post-Punk Song.link
    Travis Barker & 03 Greedo Meet the Drummers EP West Coast Hip Hop Song.link
    Various Artists Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series, Season 3 Various, Soundtrack Song.link
    Westside Gunn FLYGOD IS AN AWESOME GOD East Coast Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop Song.link
    Wolf Prayer The Echoes Of The Second Sun Garage Rock, Alternative Rock Song.link
    Zoey Dollaz Last Year Being Humble Trap Rap, Pop Rap Song.link

    Notes:
    If you spot any mistakes, let us know.
    Parental Advisory version of all albums linked, so expect NSFW.

    Andhim - Duno EP | Song.link says Single but it's the EP.
    DAGames - Pizza Puppet Panic | No song.link yet. Linked DAGame's YouTube where most of the tracks can be found.
    Jaden - ERYS | Deluxe version linked.
    Lou the Human - Painkiller Paradise | No song.link yet. Linked Soundcloud instead.

    Thank you to @Cleb, @cfabbro, and @Bauke!

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Making ferrofluid from scratch - NileRed in ~misc

    Whom Link
    Previous thread here

    Previous thread here

    2 votes
  17. Comment on There and Back Again in ~tech

    Whom (edited ) Link Parent
    It does matter, but again that's not all that's being talked about and that's why I didn't reply to that stuff. This, as well as their suggestions that tech workers are exposed to different ideas...

    It does matter, but again that's not all that's being talked about and that's why I didn't reply to that stuff.

    In joining Mastodon, he expected to encounter a refreshingly diverse range of intelligent and thoughtful people to interact with †, but soon found that it was largely monocultural; packed full of borderline-fanatical left-wingers, killing time between their critical theory lectures by attempting to cancel celebrities who said 'fag' on livejournal in 2004 and branding anyone politically right of Keir Starmer a cryptofacist chud. Therefore, he leaves Mastodon, not because of an immature inability to handle criticism of his ideas, but because he found it overwhelmingly populated with people who considered his opinions tantamount to hate speech and who would sooner punch him in a face and call it praxis than debate him civilly.

    This, as well as their suggestions that tech workers are exposed to different ideas more often, that abuse against cishet white dudes is written off, the complaining about having to consider things like how they spread their legs, and ultimately that stuff like that leads to redpillers is all strongly grounded in the points the author makes.

    I'm not going to continue bumping this thread for this argument though, there's critiques of content there and I'm replying to it, it's not the comment section you get from an article everyone agrees with but which is written poorly. I could get into it about the style, but I'm not and it's disingenuous to act like there's no points about the piece's points being made here. You can tell there were because I replied to them.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on There and Back Again in ~tech

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    Short of moonbathers, whose comment did not exist at the time, each of the top level comments (particularly the one I replied to) has some sort of content problem with the article. I'm replying to...

    Short of moonbathers, whose comment did not exist at the time, each of the top level comments (particularly the one I replied to) has some sort of content problem with the article. I'm replying to that stuff.

    If what we had was a comment section that was just marking up the paper with red ink for its stylistic choices and such then at most I'd have an off-hand comment about how no one's engaging with it and is just nitpicking...but more than likely I would say nothing and that's not what we have here anyway.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on There and Back Again in ~tech

    Whom (edited ) Link Parent
    If we can't handle a piece on privilege (or really just unexamined assumptions) which is this sanitized and nonconfrontational without going down the road of blaming things like it for the red...

    If we can't handle a piece on privilege (or really just unexamined assumptions) which is this sanitized and nonconfrontational without going down the road of blaming things like it for the red pill or asking "what if we said this about some other group??" as if context didn't exist and all situations are equal, maybe Gareth shouldn't come to Tildes. It seems to be about as much of a monoculture with a limited range of views, just one that's a bit more generally socially acceptable.

    Unless "hey, when you're challenged on a platform that you're not used to and has users who consider 'reasonable' to be different from what you do, maybe think about why that is and engage with that instead of calling them stupid and leaving" is such a vile and hateful idea that it isn't allowed in the range of opinion Gareth is looking for, maybe this isn't the place to come right now. Clearly there's little room for it here.

    (Fuck! It's "nonconfrontational!)

    11 votes