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  1. Comment on Local artists thread in ~music

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    Random Hand - Anger Management Absolutely fantastic ska punk band that have been going since I was under ten. They went on hiatus for a couple of years and made their comeback last year. Real high...

    Random Hand - Anger Management
    Absolutely fantastic ska punk band that have been going since I was under ten. They went on hiatus for a couple of years and made their comeback last year. Real high energy stuff, sometimes with quite an angry, protest (punk!) vibe. The singer is also the trombone player, and it's bonkers to watch. Bonus: I'm in this video!

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Local artists thread in ~music

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    Sir Curse - Tarot Shameless plug for my own band here. Alt rock with a gypsy vibe, and really theatrical presentation. It's fun music to get down and have a boogie to, which moments of dirty...

    Sir Curse - Tarot
    Shameless plug for my own band here. Alt rock with a gypsy vibe, and really theatrical presentation. It's fun music to get down and have a boogie to, which moments of dirty heaviness. We've been described as Kate Bash joining System of a Down and then all forming a circus together.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Local artists thread in ~music

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    Pulverise - Fooled You Female fronted nu/rap metal. They're one of the happiest metal bands I know, I was playing gigs with them when they were still only a local band, but they're hitting up the...

    Pulverise - Fooled You
    Female fronted nu/rap metal. They're one of the happiest metal bands I know, I was playing gigs with them when they were still only a local band, but they're hitting up the national scene pretty hard now, and getting the recognition they deserve. They describe themselves as partycore, and having seen them live, that label is entirely accurate!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Local artists thread in ~music

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    Tranqua Lite - I Need One Leg For Balance Some absolutely fantastic art rock. They're just mind blowing live, and I reckon they could get really big. I used to play with the drummer in a groove...

    Tranqua Lite - I Need One Leg For Balance
    Some absolutely fantastic art rock. They're just mind blowing live, and I reckon they could get really big. I used to play with the drummer in a groove metal band, and he left to start Tranqua Lite... Definitely the right move I think: there's a lot more musicianship going on here than he would have got out of the music we were making together.

    2 votes
  5. Let's mix things up a bit and talk about musicians and bands from our local areas. There's often some really great music happening in a local scene, which rarely sees the light of day. So hit us...

    Let's mix things up a bit and talk about musicians and bands from our local areas. There's often some really great music happening in a local scene, which rarely sees the light of day. So hit us up with links to the music makers in your local scene (or your own band even!) so we can have a listen and maybe discover something new and amazing :)

    13 votes
  6. Comment on Apple Keynote Discussion Thread [September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am PDT] in ~tech

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    I love watching these events, although I'm not an Apple user. Their hardware is (usually) beautiful, but the pricing is (invariably) eye-watering. The value in this event for me is sort of like...

    I love watching these events, although I'm not an Apple user. Their hardware is (usually) beautiful, but the pricing is (invariably) eye-watering. The value in this event for me is sort of like watching the weather forecast. If there are large changes, it's a relatively useful (if flawed) depiction of what the tech landscape is going to look like for the next couple of years.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Taskwarrior, where have you been all my life? in ~life

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    Completely agree. I like the idea of taskwarrior in principal, but the apps that do exist are just not very nice to use. As I spend more time with my phone on me than my laptop, there needs to be...

    No scheduling tool will be good enough for me unless it has a killer mobile app.

    Completely agree. I like the idea of taskwarrior in principal, but the apps that do exist are just not very nice to use. As I spend more time with my phone on me than my laptop, there needs to be a mobile app that a) works, b) isn't garbage to look at, and c) isn't garbage to use. Bonus points if it has a widget so I don't have to open the app to see what's up next. At the moment I'm using Any.do, but notifications seem to be broken on Android 10 :(

  8. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    It's not a great philosophical quote, it's not profound, and it's not a great speech. It's just Sam having a moment in the dark of Moria after hearing Gimli sing this song. For a few minutes he's...

    "I like that! I should like to learn it. In Moria, in Khazad-Dûm!" — Samwise Gamgee

    It's not a great philosophical quote, it's not profound, and it's not a great speech. It's just Sam having a moment in the dark of Moria after hearing Gimli sing this song. For a few minutes he's transported by the music, and it's something that as a musician I can empathise with so much: the desire to learn a great piece of music, and be a part of the story that it tells.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Nintendo Direct - September 4, 2019 in ~games

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    A year or so ago I'd have been totally stoked about Overwatch on the Switch - I used to play it all the time. At this point, it feels like too little too late. If it's priced well, I might pick it...

    A year or so ago I'd have been totally stoked about Overwatch on the Switch - I used to play it all the time. At this point, it feels like too little too late. If it's priced well, I might pick it up, because I do have a lot of love for the game, but it will live and die based on how many other players go for the Switch version.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on The Trolley Problem in ~humanities

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    Another vote for Mind Field - it's the only YouTube premium I've been compelled to watch (the rest looks like garbage). It's a shame Michael isn't still putting out his regular content any more,...

    Another vote for Mind Field - it's the only YouTube premium I've been compelled to watch (the rest looks like garbage). It's a shame Michael isn't still putting out his regular content any more, but on the other hand the production values of Mind Field lead to such an amazing end product that I will happily wait for a new season :)

    3 votes
  11. Comment on "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie", written and directed by Vince Gilligan and starring Aaron Paul, will be released on Netflix on October 11 in ~movies

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    I've had a bunch of people asking me why I'm excited for this, as if it's going to be terrible. After being sceptical about Better Call Saul, I am in no doubt that there is a story that Vince...

    I've had a bunch of people asking me why I'm excited for this, as if it's going to be terrible. After being sceptical about Better Call Saul, I am in no doubt that there is a story that Vince wants to tell, and that I'll enjoy the hell out of it.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Fairphone updates its ethical smartphone for 2019 in ~tech

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    Glad to see Fairphone are still making devices - I really like what they stand for. I was looking earlier in the year at getting the Fairphone 2, but it was running quite an old version of...

    Glad to see Fairphone are still making devices - I really like what they stand for. I was looking earlier in the year at getting the Fairphone 2, but it was running quite an old version of Android. Fingers crossed with project treble they can manage to keep the updates coming this time around.
    Either way, I won't be switching. The most sustainable phone is the one you already have, so I intend to run my Pixel into the ground, and only upgrade when I absolutely must.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on ‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski in ~movies

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    Unfortunately, when those things stop being profitable, which with Disney owning a whole lot of the industry now, is unlikely to happen. Their marketing machine is just too powerful. IMHO, the...

    Unfortunately, when those things stop being profitable, which with Disney owning a whole lot of the industry now, is unlikely to happen. Their marketing machine is just too powerful.
    IMHO, the golden age of (American) cinema is over. We are stuck in an endless cycle of remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, and comic book movies, with few signs of that slowing down. The biggest film releases for 2019 all seem to fall into those categories. Just look at 2019's top grossing films. 8 out of 10 are superhero films, sequels, or remakes (and just look at how much Disney is in there!). That being said, there are a pair of Chinese movies making the top 10 this year as well. How much of that revenue was generated outside of China I don't know, but I think we'll start to see more and more Chinese-made movies in our cinemas in the coming years.

    All that said, if you're looking for originality and risk-taking, TV seems to be more and more where it's at. There are far more TV shows and places to watch those shows than ever before, and there are some real gems being turned out in the past few years: Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones (season 8 notwithstanding), Mr Robot, Better Call Saul, Black Sails, Silicon Valley, Barry, Rick & Morty, Westworld, Fargo, Black Mirror, True Detective, Bojack Horseman, Peaky Blinders, Handmaid's Tale, Taboo, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Good Omens... The list goes on. Granted not all of these are truly original, a good amount are adaptations of existing stories, but a whole lot are original premises with genuinely interesting themes, ideas, and presentation.

    18 votes
  14. Comment on What's the most interesting interaction you've had on Tildes so far? in ~talk

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    Take her with you! :D I listened to it this morning, very much enjoyed it :)

    and I don't think she would appreciate me fucking off downtown to a concert instead of being there to celebrate with her

    Take her with you! :D
    I listened to it this morning, very much enjoyed it :)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What's the most interesting interaction you've had on Tildes so far? in ~talk

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    I introduced @cfabbro to one of my favourite musicians in a thread 6 months ago, and have had a fair amount of back and forth about that artist ever since. Even going so far as to notify them of...

    I introduced @cfabbro to one of my favourite musicians in a thread 6 months ago, and have had a fair amount of back and forth about that artist ever since. Even going so far as to notify them of tours in their area :D

    5 votes
  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I think FTL is probably my favourite game of all time. I've racked up over 1000 hours on it across various devices and platforms, and I still keep coming back to it. It's so addictive, and so...

    I think FTL is probably my favourite game of all time. I've racked up over 1000 hours on it across various devices and platforms, and I still keep coming back to it. It's so addictive, and so god-damned fun. I often lamented that it's not a co-operative experience, but my friends and I put it up on a TV at one point and played from there. Each of us took responsibility for keeping an eye on different things, and the "captain" being in charge of carrying out our instructions. Some very fond memories of that game <3

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Ben Caplan - Widow Bride in ~music

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    I caught this guy live at the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend just gone, and he absolutely blew my mind. His voice is astonishing, the music is haunting and raucous, and the lyrics are...

    I caught this guy live at the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend just gone, and he absolutely blew my mind. His voice is astonishing, the music is haunting and raucous, and the lyrics are gorgeous. This is probably the catchier of the tunes I saw him do, but his whole catalogue is worth checking out (particularly his most recent album Old Stock)

  18. It occurred to me a few days ago that my YouTube subscriptions are heavily weighted in favour of men. I follow a lot of video essayists and educational YouTubers, and when the algorithm surfaces...

    It occurred to me a few days ago that my YouTube subscriptions are heavily weighted in favour of men. I follow a lot of video essayists and educational YouTubers, and when the algorithm surfaces new ones to check out, 99 times out of 100 it's a man talking. Same with musicians, gamers, and tech heads...
    I feel like I'm missing out on some valuable perspectives, insights, and just all around good content. So please hit me up with some recommendations!

    35 votes