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  1. Comment on John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' sells to ViacomCBS following massive bidding war in ~news

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    It's worth pointing out that cuck is used almost exclusively by the alt-right. It gained prominence online in the past few years, predominantly by its usage in alt-right/Trump memes on 4chan,...

    It's worth pointing out that cuck is used almost exclusively by the alt-right. It gained prominence online in the past few years, predominantly by its usage in alt-right/Trump memes on 4chan, Reddit, and the like.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on What have you crowdfunded, and how has it turned out? in ~talk

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    I've crowd funded two projects, both of which have long since missed their initial proposed delivery dates. The first is the EOMA68 computer card. Originally scheduled to deliver in March of 2017,...

    I've crowd funded two projects, both of which have long since missed their initial proposed delivery dates.

    The first is the EOMA68 computer card. Originally scheduled to deliver in March of 2017, the latest projected date is the end of September 2020. The idea of an "Earth-friendly computer" built with open tech really appealed to me. My interest in the project has waned to practically nil, so whether it happens or not doesn't matter to me.

    The other project is the Mycroft Mark II. Original shipment date was December of 2018, currently it's anyone's best guess (but confirmed no shipment in 2020, and that was pre-pandemic). I still want my Mycroft, and I've avoided buying any kind of smart speaker because of it. I hold out hope that someday I'll see this device.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers in ~tech

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    I've been using AmpliFi in my home for the past several months, and I've been quite happy with it. WiFi coverage is significantly better in our two-storey home (I've got the base station and one...

    I've been using AmpliFi in my home for the past several months, and I've been quite happy with it. WiFi coverage is significantly better in our two-storey home (I've got the base station and one additional mesh point). Setup was super easy thanks to the accompanying app. I wish it could setup a separate network for IoT devices, but other than that it's done everything I wanted it to do.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Frustrated with my Nikon D3500 and looking for advice on upgrading in ~hobbies

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    I'm following this thread because I've wanted to own a DSLR camera for years, but I have no experience with them and don't know where to start. I wouldn't mind getting something second-hand as...

    I'm following this thread because I've wanted to own a DSLR camera for years, but I have no experience with them and don't know where to start. I wouldn't mind getting something second-hand as well, especially if it's at a significant cost savings.

    Anywho, I'm sorry I don't have any answers for you, but I look forward to learning from other Tilders.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for free for the next fortnight in ~arts

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    It is entirely likely that without Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we wouldn't have Pulp Fiction. Just like we likely wouldn't have heavy metal music without Vivaldi, Bach, and other classical...

    It is entirely likely that without Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we wouldn't have Pulp Fiction. Just like we likely wouldn't have heavy metal music without Vivaldi, Bach, and other classical composers.

    You don't have to like one to enjoy the other, but Shakespeare's works have their place in today's canon. There are reasons that he is the most produced playwright in the US, possibly the world.

    That said, bad Shakespeare can be truly awful, but so too can bad anything else. If that's been your experience with Shakespeare, I understand your loathing of it. But there are companies that produce truly outstanding, heartbreaking, riotously funny Shakespeare, and I hope someday you get a chance to see that.

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  6. Comment on World Monologue Games is a global performing arts event run entirely by video and live stream, allowing professional and budding actors from anywhere in the world to participate from their homes in ~arts

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    As an actor, I'm excited and supportive of folks from around the world having a creative outlet. In the USA, the professional union for stage actors and stage managers is blocking participation in...

    As an actor, I'm excited and supportive of folks from around the world having a creative outlet. In the USA, the professional union for stage actors and stage managers is blocking participation in a lot of these streaming events, but I don't see why this competition should be similarly prohibited.

    As a web developer, I'm very hesitant to sign up for anything with this project, simply because it is not finished yet. Their Terms, Support, and FAQ page all point to the home page of a separate website, and clicking on a Training program takes me to a page that says, "Your page isn't turned on yet".

  7. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was just thinking about the viability of soccer as I watched my kiddo kick his ball around this morning. And your point about an outbreak among players motivating the public is something I...

    I was just thinking about the viability of soccer as I watched my kiddo kick his ball around this morning. And your point about an outbreak among players motivating the public is something I hadn't even considered! I think I hope league play can move forward.

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  8. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 3 in ~health.coronavirus

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    These polls from Five Thirty Eight might give you an idea of why a lot of folks here aren't taking this seriously. The US is notorious for not having a robust welfare system, and now that our...

    These polls from Five Thirty Eight might give you an idea of why a lot of folks here aren't taking this seriously. The US is notorious for not having a robust welfare system, and now that our economy is crashing , people are freaking the fuck out about how to pay the bills. I'll say that when my anxiety was peaking a couple of weeks ago, it was about my family's economic future, not our health. I don't want my three-year-old to have a bleak future, and that was all I could see (and this was before the staggering unemployment numbers).

    That said, there's also the death cult of Donald Trump, reflected in the poll you linked. They believe anything that spews forth from him, and their heads are buried so far beneath the earth I doubt they've seen sunshine in years. It's really, really frustrating for those of us who have been taking this seriously. There's a woman in my neighborhood who has been scheduling food trucks to come park for a few hours. Sure, they practice social distancing for the person placing their order, while everyone else stands in line right next to each other. I don't know if they personally think this is all a conspiracy, but their behavior betrays a lack of trust in anyone not named Trump.

    Geez, I was hoping to maybe bring some light to the darkness of the American situation, but now I think I've just made myself a bit sadder about my country. Although to be fair, it's been a trending line down ever since the election in 2016. I hope that this year we get rid of that asshole.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Depression and my obsession with national news in ~talk

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    Hey, it's completely understandable. I'm struggling with my depression, too, thanks to all the anxiety induced by this situation. My wife practically kicked me out of the house yesterday to get me...

    Hey, it's completely understandable. I'm struggling with my depression, too, thanks to all the anxiety induced by this situation. My wife practically kicked me out of the house yesterday to get me out and moving. Then she highly encouraged me to go for a run. I felt markedly better after some real exercise. If you're able to, try getting some exercise yourself. Anything that gets your heart pumping and gets you sweating. It's not a panacea, but after I was done, I felt a lot of that fog lift. It's something I'm going to have to keep up, because otherwise the fog will just return, but it helped a lot yesterday and I'm still feeling better today.

    This too shall pass. Reach out to friends you haven't talked to in a while. Watch something good on TV (I recommend The Good Place if you haven't already seen it). Get out for some fresh air if possible. Work yourself into a healthy sweat. Take care of yourself, because you are worth it.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Changing e-mail and cleaning up my Internet presence in ~tech

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    Every time I get an email update from Mycroft, I feel myself grow a little more pessimistic that I'll ever see my Mark II. (Same goes with the only other crowd-funder I've continued to, the EOMA68...

    Every time I get an email update from Mycroft, I feel myself grow a little more pessimistic that I'll ever see my Mark II. (Same goes with the only other crowd-funder I've continued to, the EOMA68 computer card.) I suppose crafting a consumer-friendly voice assistant device is quite difficult.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on An impeachment trial without witnesses would be unconstitutional in ~news

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    Holy shit, that's an absolutely absurd argument for a lawyer to make in court. Thank you for the link.

    Holy shit, that's an absolutely absurd argument for a lawyer to make in court. Thank you for the link.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on An impeachment trial without witnesses would be unconstitutional in ~news

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    I hadn't heard about that, although I do remember then-candidate Trump saying he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and he wouldn't lose a vote. Did his lawyers actually argue the...

    In a different case the president's lawyers argued he could literally shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and wouldn't be indictable until after leaving office.

    I hadn't heard about that, although I do remember then-candidate Trump saying he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and he wouldn't lose a vote. Did his lawyers actually argue the same thing in court, or is it possible you've accidentally conflated two separate events?

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  13. Comment on His Dark Materials s01e01 - "Lyra's Jordan" in ~tv

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    The end of episode 5 had my wife and I clutching each other and sobbing. Although it's been years since I've read the books, I realize that the show is making choices about how to represent the...

    The end of episode 5 had my wife and I clutching each other and sobbing. Although it's been years since I've read the books, I realize that the show is making choices about how to represent the relationship between human and daemon. That said, I had no problems understanding the connection in the world of the show, and the end of that episode just tore me apart.

    I've loved the series so far. I was hoping to see more of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Lee Scoresby, which may be my only significant disappointment.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What have you done in the last 10 years? in ~talk

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    This is an interesting exercise. In roughly chronological order: Moved with my wife from one side of the US to the other Adopted our dog Bought my first (and last) new car Bought our first house...

    This is an interesting exercise. In roughly chronological order:

    • Moved with my wife from one side of the US to the other
    • Adopted our dog
    • Bought my first (and last) new car
    • Bought our first house
    • Discovered a massive leak two weeks later that required the entire first floor to be re-floored
    • Got my first smartphone, much to the chagrin of the dog
    • My dog that I raised from a pup in highschool (and still lived with my mother) died
    • Traveled to the UK and Ireland, the first time I've crossed the Atlantic
    • Checked a role off my bucket list: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet
    • Was part of a company that produced both parts of Tony Kushner's Angels in America
    • Traveled to Italy
    • Went to grad school... after having paid off all debt except the mortgage
    • Birth of our child, the greatest thing I've ever had a hand in
    • Co-directed Romeo and Juliet with my wife
    • After years of auditioning, landed a role at a major regional theatre
    • Paternal grandfather died, the patriarch of that side of the family
    • Traveled to Italy again, this time with our one-and-a half-year-old
    • Maternal grandmother died, after years of battling dementia
    • Got a migraine New Year's Eve 2019, in bed by 9:00

    Looking back, I've had a very fortunate decade. This is nice to help put things in perspective. Thank you @Kuromantis for the suggestion.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Best Illusion of the Year 2019 - Winners Announced in ~arts

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    Congrats on the win! Every time I see an illusion like this, I think I can see through the trick. Sure enough, as the video started, I was thinking, "Yeah it's definitely rotating on the vertical...

    Congrats on the win! Every time I see an illusion like this, I think I can see through the trick. Sure enough, as the video started, I was thinking, "Yeah it's definitely rotating on the vertical axis." Then my mind was blown over the next few seconds. Super cool illusion!

    5 votes
  16. Comment on What software or service do you use for blogging? in ~talk

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    Do you have a resource that you would recommend for getting started with Ghost? Are the official docs a good place to start? I'm always looking for alternative CMS's and site generators. I like to...

    Do you have a resource that you would recommend for getting started with Ghost? Are the official docs a good place to start? I'm always looking for alternative CMS's and site generators. I like to weigh my options.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. in ~health

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    You can't seriously be suggesting that we should get upset about something that's not real. Yeah, I clicked on the link because of the headline (which is the definition of click-bait), but the...

    You can't seriously be suggesting that we should get upset about something that's not real.

    Yeah, I clicked on the link because of the headline (which is the definition of click-bait), but the information in the article doesn't concern me. Amazon is granted access to information that is already available on the NHS website. Unless the article is missing vital information which you happen to have, there's nothing in there worth raising pitchforks.

    I happen to not like the direction Amazon is going, but raising a fuss over nothing dilutes the message about what they're actually doing.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Tesla "Cybertruck" Unveiling Livestream: Event starts 8PM PT in ~tech

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    Wow, thank you for that! I've just taken the service for granted all these years and never bothered to inquire further.

    Wow, thank you for that! I've just taken the service for granted all these years and never bothered to inquire further.

  19. Comment on Tesla "Cybertruck" Unveiling Livestream: Event starts 8PM PT in ~tech

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    Wait, you can set your own CNAME for mailinator?

    Wait, you can set your own CNAME for mailinator?

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