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  1. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    One of the main things I write and typeset is verse, which doesn't usually get a lot of love in lightweight markups -- right now I use Pandoc's line_blocks extension with a filter and some CSS,...

    One of the main things I write and typeset is verse, which doesn't usually get a lot of love in lightweight markups -- right now I use Pandoc's line_blocks extension with a filter and some CSS, and one reason I haven't moved to a non-pandoc-based SSG is that I need that extension, for example. I'd also like to change (just for me) the link syntax and maybe some others.

    Basically I'd want to modify Textile itself, which I can see is past the purview of your SSG -- but I could fork Textile and use it as a generator! I should probably start looking into parsing and that kind of stuff.

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  2. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Thanks so much for the tips! I do see a lot of #amwriting ... I'll follow those up!

    Thanks so much for the tips! I do see a lot of #amwriting ... I'll follow those up!

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  3. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Cool, thank you! Follow up: how do you find out what's coming down the pipe?

    Cool, thank you! Follow up: how do you find out what's coming down the pipe?

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  4. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    I've been working on a Webring for writers and my blog, especially a (very long, ongoing) series on every piece of music Mozart wrote. I'm two posts in, with more than 600 to go!

    I've been working on a Webring for writers and my blog, especially a (very long, ongoing) series on every piece of music Mozart wrote. I'm two posts in, with more than 600 to go!

  5. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    I'll be watching this with some interest! I've been really enjoying Hakyll but there's some things that I want to do that are sort of hard in Haskell. Also there's some Markdown syntax tweaks I'd...

    I'll be watching this with some interest! I've been really enjoying Hakyll but there's some things that I want to do that are sort of hard in Haskell. Also there's some Markdown syntax tweaks I'd like to make but can't due to how Pandoc is made. Will your engine include the ability to define custom Textile syntax modifications, or would you be amenable to that?

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  6. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Hey how'd you get a promo copy of the novel? I'd like to get into reviewing forthcoming novels and books.

    Hey how'd you get a promo copy of the novel? I'd like to get into reviewing forthcoming novels and books.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Disney assumes full control of Hulu in deal with Comcast in ~tv

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    I think you're right. The smaller players will likely start buying and selling each other to make up for it. To expand on my previous comment, I think this is another problem of current antitrust...

    at least according to the legal definition from the US government

    I think you're right.

    The smaller players will likely start buying and selling each other to make up for it.

    To expand on my previous comment, I think this is another problem of current antitrust law: 3 companies controlling the market is almost as bad as one. There should be a lot of small to mid-size companies, no giant ones. I don't know how to fix that though.

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  8. Comment on Disney assumes full control of Hulu in deal with Comcast in ~tv

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    I mean, you're right. But I think that's the problem with anti-trust laws; they're too narrowly defined to properly protect against hegemonies like Disney's over American creative content.

    I mean, you're right. But I think that's the problem with anti-trust laws; they're too narrowly defined to properly protect against hegemonies like Disney's over American creative content.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Disney assumes full control of Hulu in deal with Comcast in ~tv

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    How is this not a monopoly? Disney owns so much of the entertainment space now.

    How is this not a monopoly? Disney owns so much of the entertainment space now.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

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    Yes -- I was making a rhetorical statement by saying they do have the right to vote, regardless of the law. Many states do not recognize that right to vote, though. I think, also, that voting...

    Yes -- I was making a rhetorical statement by saying they do have the right to vote, regardless of the law. Many states do not recognize that right to vote, though.

    I think, also, that voting rights for ex-felons has much higher support among Americans.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Yunomi - Jellyfish (feat. Roller Girl) in ~music

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    I've never heard anything like this before, I love it! Thanks for the find!

    I've never heard anything like this before, I love it! Thanks for the find!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Taking mushrooms for depression cured me of my atheism: Psilocybin not only eased my depression, it showed me a new way to live. in ~misc

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    This quote by Steve Katz, a professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University, is funny to me because the exact same thing could be said with the terms reversed ("mystical" and...

    “Mystical experiences are engagements with an external reality. When you take a pill, your brain does funny things and you have a funny brain experience,” he said. “You haven’t had a mystical experience; you’ve had a psychological experience. Psychology is not the same thing as metaphysics. It’s not the same as Teresa of Avila saying she met Jesus.”

    This quote by Steve Katz, a professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University, is funny to me because the exact same thing could be said with the terms reversed ("mystical" and "psychoactive" (I'm using psychoactive because the choice of term, psychological, is expressly chosen to define the experience as within the mind)); it's literally dependent on point of view.

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  13. Comment on Ohmme - Parts in ~music

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    I came across this group from their Tiny Desk Concert today -- and they are amazing. Their vocal harmonies, sparse production, and insightful lyrics are really good.

    I came across this group from their Tiny Desk Concert today -- and they are amazing. Their vocal harmonies, sparse production, and insightful lyrics are really good.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What is the most creative app or website you know of? in ~creative

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    Yep -- I was on my phone and didn't want to page over to the keyboard with / and :.

    Yep -- I was on my phone and didn't want to page over to the keyboard with / and :.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

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    Maybe we need him to say stuff like this to move the Overton window. I do get what you're saying though ... do we have the time to shift everyone's thinking on this?

    Maybe we need him to say stuff like this to move the Overton window. I do get what you're saying though ... do we have the time to shift everyone's thinking on this?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

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    This is a really good point. Honestly, I hadn't even considered allowing incarcerated people to vote, but now I've had a few hours to think about it, I think it's a good idea. Even if the worst...

    Presumably, people in prison have a vested stake in how the state is run, being as how they are wards of it. Why shouldn't they get a say?

    This is a really good point. Honestly, I hadn't even considered allowing incarcerated people to vote, but now I've had a few hours to think about it, I think it's a good idea. Even if the worst imagined situation were true, that is, if prisoners were able to coordinate and all vote for a criminal, they only make up 0.06 % of the voting population (as of 2016, meaning they wouldn't be able to make a meaningful impact anyway. And that's assuming they're ALL evil, which they absolutely aren't - they're just people, some of whom made a mistake.

    You're absolutely right, is what I'm trying to say. But of course, the American prison system isn't there for rehabilitation, but state-sanctioned revenge.

    19 votes
  17. Comment on An app for tildes? in ~tildes

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    Thank you! This is all I've ever wanted; it's how I'd rather have my apps anyway.

    Thank you! This is all I've ever wanted; it's how I'd rather have my apps anyway.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

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    To answer the question, yes, absolutely. I think this article does a good job of enumerating what is an "universal right," or as the Founders put it, inalienable. These are basic human rights, and...

    To answer the question, yes, absolutely. I think this article does a good job of enumerating what is an "universal right," or as the Founders put it, inalienable. These are basic human rights, and it doesn't matter what someone did, they're still a person. To put it in pop-culture terms, this is why Batman doesn't kill -- if he did, he'd be just as bad as the people he dispatches. This quote sums up that view:

    Why should he even be allowed to live? If personal moral desert is a factor in these questions, then obviously someone like Roof “deserves” nothing at all, because he’s so reprehensible. But if we look at basic rights questions that way, then we will end up doing terrible things: letting prisoners die because we refuse to give them adequate medical treatment, for instance.

    I didn't realize Bernie Sanders was advocating for currently in-jail convicts to be able to vote; I can understand disallowing people who are in prison the right to vote (as part of the serving of their debt to society). But once they get out, they absolutely have the right to vote as citizens of the USA, and deserve the ability to exercise that right.

    19 votes
  19. Comment on What is the most creative app or website you know of? in ~creative

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    Oh shoot, I formatted the link wrong. Thank you!

    Oh shoot, I formatted the link wrong. Thank you!

    2 votes