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  1. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about Musk's takeover of Twitter in ~tech

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    Elon Musk turns Twitter into 'hotel' for staff (BBC)

    Elon Musk turns Twitter into 'hotel' for staff (BBC)

    The BBC has been given photos of Twitter office space that has been converted into bedrooms, which San Francisco authorities are probing as a possible building code violation.

    One image shows a room with a double bed, including a wardrobe and slippers.

    An ex-worker said new Twitter boss Elon Musk has been staying at the headquarters since he bought the firm.

    San Francisco's Department of Building Inspection has confirmed it is investigating potential violations following a complaint.

    Mr Musk said the city was attacking companies for providing beds to "tired employees".

    The BBC has also been given pictures of sofas at Twitter being used as beds.

    Another conference room has an alarm clock, and a picture placed over a made-up bed.

    "It looks like a hotel room," said one former worker. They went on to say that Mr Musk regularly sleeps at the Twitter HQ in San Francisco.

    In a reply to a journalist on Twitter, Mr Musk posted that the city should prioritise protecting children from the consequences of opioid drug misuse.

    Forbes broke the story of "sad little conference-room sleeping quarters at the company's recently depopulated headquarters", noting it was an apparent improvement on the improvised sleeping-bag-on-the-floor arrangement posted on Twitter by one employee.

    The bedrooms, Bloomberg reported, are also said to accommodate staff from Tesla and other Musk-owned businesses brought in to work at Twitter, "some of whom travel to Twitter for work meetings", sources told the publication.

    Department of Building Inspection official Patrick Hannan told the San Francisco Chronicle it investigated all complaints and there were different rules for residential buildings, even those used for short-term stays.

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  2. Comment on Anyone know more music like this album (Crumbling by Mid-Air Thief)? in ~music

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    Good call on Squarepusher. Some of Aphex Twin's more jazzy glitch/experimental stuff (E.g. Drukqs) may fit the bill to a certain extent too. And speaking of those genres, ~music?tag=experimental...

    Good call on Squarepusher. Some of Aphex Twin's more jazzy glitch/experimental stuff (E.g. Drukqs) may fit the bill to a certain extent too. And speaking of those genres, ~music?tag=experimental and ?tag=glitch are probably also a good place to start looking for similar-ish stuff as well, @ha-iiro. E.g. underscores - skin purifying treatment is composed of very similar elements as the Mid-Air Theif album.

    And while not entirely the same, since it's more choral experimental music, Holly Herndon's album PROTO also gives me a similar overall vibe as that Mid-Air Thief album too. But maybe my absolute adoration of Holly Herndon is biasing me there. ;)

  3. Comment on Anyone know more music like this album (Crumbling by Mid-Air Thief)? in ~music

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    No worries. I can change the submitted link if you want me to. Just let me know.

    No worries. I can change the submitted link if you want me to. Just let me know.

  4. Comment on Anyone know more music like this album (Crumbling by Mid-Air Thief)? in ~music

  5. Comment on ‘Wednesday’ rockets up Netflix all-time series chart in ~tv

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    Even in the original show there was witches, ghosts, sentient meat-eating plants, sentient taxidermy, Thing, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and references to various other monstrous family members... so is it...

    Even in the original show there was witches, ghosts, sentient meat-eating plants, sentient taxidermy, Thing, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and references to various other monstrous family members... so is it really that much of a stretch to go from all that to werewolves and vampires?

    And depending on if you take the cartoons, movies, and TV remakes as canon, there are undeniably clear references to the existence of various other supernatural creatures in the Addams family universe.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Mirror Dance, Memory and Civil Campaign spoilers Ditto. Too bad absolutely all my sympathy dried up for Ivan after he intentionally unleashed hell on Miles by setting batchelors on Ekatarin, which...
    Mirror Dance, Memory and Civil Campaign spoilers

    That scene with Ivan at the garden party (where Ivan's in tears thinking about Miles) also really stuck with me.

    Ditto. Too bad absolutely all my sympathy dried up for Ivan after he intentionally unleashed hell on Miles by setting batchelors on Ekatarin, which is what eventually ended up leading to the accusation/blackmail attempt about him killing her husband. Not to mention him messing with the seating arrangement at Mile's first party, which also caused all sorts of problems.

    The torture scenes with Mark were almost a little too much for me.

    Ditto. The torture parts themselves weren't really what did it for me though, it was Mark's reaction to them. Him having to fragment his personality in order to survive it was utterly heartbreaking to me. :(

    I did find the conclusion of Memory a little predictable

    Also ditto. But even though his choice was predictable, I actually still really liked how it was handled. Getting to see how surprised every other character was that Miles didn't take the bribe. That element, showing how much everyone else knew he valued the Dendarii, was a wonderful touch.

    (Miles "fails upward" too often for me) but it was a really clever way to have him spend more time on the ground

    Eh. He clearly has the brains, will, and balls for it. He also has Gregor's implicit trust, not just because of them growing up together but also because of him saving Gregor's life. And after years of putting his life on the line in service to Barrayar, with ImpSec and the Dendarii, and getting no public recognition for any of it, I would say the position was actually well deserved despite his occasional failures.

  7. Comment on Dwarf Fortress is available on Steam right now in ~games

  8. Comment on Medieval Myth Busting - Arrows vs Armour 2, using historically accurate reproductions from time of the Battle of Agincourt (1415) in ~humanities

  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Oh, right. I forgot that we can't share links to our user searches, since users can't search other users' posts for privacy reasons. I should have just shared a link to the tag instead.

    Oh, right. I forgot that we can't share links to our user searches, since users can't search other users' posts for privacy reasons. I should have just shared a link to the tag instead.

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  10. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - December 1 in ~news

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    Details of the two Russian military airbases hit by explosions (Guardian)

    Details of the two Russian military airbases hit by explosions (Guardian)

    The explosions at the Engels-2 and Dyagilevo airbases, if confirmed as Ukraine’s, would mark its deepest attack so far into Russia and against key military facilities used in the Kremlin’s war.

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  11. Comment on Mozilla bundles its VPN and email/phone Relay services for $7 per month in ~tech

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    At least it helped. But yeah that is still a bit high. I wonder what Mozilla does differently.

    At least it helped. But yeah that is still a bit high. I wonder what Mozilla does differently.

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  12. Comment on Stromae: Tiny Desk Concert (2022) in ~music

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    I highly highly recommend checking out Stromae's other music, especially his music videos (all have Eng subtitles), which are all works of art in their own right. His 2015 concert in Montreal is...

    I highly highly recommend checking out Stromae's other music, especially his music videos (all have Eng subtitles), which are all works of art in their own right. His 2015 concert in Montreal is also one of my absolute favorites, and I have watched it countless times over the years. I'm a huge fan of him, in case you couldn't tell. ;)

    cc: @Adys. Stromae finally made it to Tiny Desk!!!!

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  13. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

  14. Comment on The incredible Calypso: Jacques Cousteau's crazy exploration vessel in ~humanities

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    I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau's documentaries. Some of my earliest memories are of watching them. And my mother is still quite fond of telling the story of how often she would walk into the...

    I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau's documentaries. Some of my earliest memories are of watching them. And my mother is still quite fond of telling the story of how often she would walk into the living room, ask what I was watching, and me answering back "Jack Costo". So this video brought back a lot of fond memories, and was a wonderful glimpse into the ship, its history, and the people aboard it.

    Anyone else here grow up watching his documentaries too?

    p.s. I think The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is also one of my favorite films in large part because of my love of Cousteau. Plus, it also introduced me to Seu Jorge's acoustic Bowie covers, which I also now love.

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