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  1. Comment on Snapchat to Launch Gaming Platform Next Month in ~games

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    Meh. I should have seen this coming. Snapchat has been expanding over the years with their various updates, most notably the "news" update which completely changed the way people use the...

    Meh. I should have seen this coming. Snapchat has been expanding over the years with their various updates, most notably the "news" update which completely changed the way people use the platform...
    Makes sense to go in this direction tho. We'll just get used to it, like we always do

  2. Comment on How do you get your news? in ~news

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    SmartNews app on Android

    SmartNews app on Android

    1 vote
  3. Comment on "Are Traps Gay?" | ContraPoints in ~lgbt

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    Right? I love contrapoints but I didn't expect her to be posted on tildes, haha

    Right? I love contrapoints but I didn't expect her to be posted on tildes, haha

    4 votes
  4. Comment on How do you define your masculinity/femininity? in ~talk

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    I. I agree with your first sentence and I said the same thing in my post II. Expressing anger is NOT masculine. Everyone expresses anger. III. "Logic within the sphere of the domestic is feminine"...

    I. I agree with your first sentence and I said the same thing in my post
    II. Expressing anger is NOT masculine. Everyone expresses anger.
    III. "Logic within the sphere of the domestic is feminine" is an antiquated idea in my opinion.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on How do you define your masculinity/femininity? in ~talk

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    I sat down to define both and realized that "masculinity" and "femininity" are kind of becoming obsolete. I find that many of my peers are exhibiting traits that are both historically masculine...

    I sat down to define both and realized that "masculinity" and "femininity" are kind of becoming obsolete.
    I find that many of my peers are exhibiting traits that are both historically masculine and feminine.

    Thus any definition would be wrong because it puts someone in a cage.

    If I had to use a word to define each I'd say:
    masculinity: logic
    femininity: emotion

    Both are equally needed in our society. This is not to say femininity doesn't include logic or masculinity doesn't include emotion.
    It is just to say as a whole these are the defining traits.

    edit: I believe the key to being a a successful human being is combining masculinity and femininity in your mind. 90% of the population will never achieve this. androgyny is the true path to enlightenment on all life's endeavors. thank you.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants: A Q&A with Twitter’s CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he’d do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists. in ~tech

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    Sorry for being lazy but yeah I should have said why. Their opinions are always in your face and very fiery. Never neutral. It's like liberal Fox News. This particular article is bait-y like my...

    Sorry for being lazy but yeah I should have said why.
    Their opinions are always in your face and very fiery. Never neutral.
    It's like liberal Fox News.

    This particular article is bait-y like my comment. "Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants".
    Yeah he does. He just doesn't want to share with everyone.
    He runs one of the biggest social media platforms in the world.

    He's smarter than the interviewer that is questioning him. That you can tell off the bat.
    Instantly she says "You unfollowed me on twitter"
    Okay? Relevant? No. He plays it off like, uh, why are you asking me this.

    The rest of the article reads like a passive aggressive back and forth from the journalist. She's trying to get answers, but she's not getting them. She wants to know the RULES and REASONING behind Twitter doing what it does, and Twitter does not owe anyone those rules. In fact, spelling them out on paper would mean the death of Twitter for various reasons I don't want to explain here.

    Twitter is not Facebook, and Jack Dorsey is not Zuckerberg. He's been fair, open and honest with his platform. He makes mistakes, and apologies. Twitter is a digital jungle where anyone is allowed to post anything for free. The problem is people, not Twitter. And Twitter doesn't have to "fix" people.

    Anyways, back to Huff. Their headlines are TMZ level bait and it's super cringe. Some of their articles are alright, but not this one.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants: A Q&A with Twitter’s CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he’d do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists. in ~tech

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    Reading this just makes me double down on my hatred for Huffpost..

    Reading this just makes me double down on my hatred for Huffpost..

  8. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

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    HAHAHA! You're totally right. I would totally rage too in a similar situation. Good points. I'll check out some of his work. Thank you for recommending me some of his works, I was honestly about...

    HAHAHA! You're totally right. I would totally rage too in a similar situation.

    Good points. I'll check out some of his work. Thank you for recommending me some of his works, I was honestly about to write him off haha. You saved me!

    Weird thing is I was just checking out Neuromancer on amazon a few minutes ago... I'll have to check out Accelerando now too...

    edit: reading some of his blog posts really trigger me... mainly because of his political views... but then again as a fellow writer I have some crazy/wonky/absurd views... thank gosh I'm not famous... but what I've learned from this is that I shouldn't have a blog on the internet at all... I might turn people away with my crazy views... i just shall ramble on tildes instead... or in my journal... :P

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

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    Okay, I can see his point now. Why put your point at the bottom of the post, though? That kinda seems to me more like a rant that's designed to create discussion (which it has succeeded on) more...

    Okay, I can see his point now. Why put your point at the bottom of the post, though? That kinda seems to me more like a rant that's designed to create discussion (which it has succeeded on) more than a point.

    If you want people to get your point, don't start off with "I hate Microsoft Word, I want it to die"
    Say "The Publishing Industry is overly reliant on using Microsoft Word, and it's detrimental to creative writers like myself"

    No matter what your credentials are, if you can't do this, I don't want to read what you've written.... especially if your title is designed to make me angry or comes across as a rant.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on New York Passes Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and Legislation Banning “Conversion Therapy” in ~lgbt

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    Just came to say that I was honestly surprised to see that Conversion Therapy even existed still here in the US. My first thought after that: In how many US states is Conversion Therapy still...

    Just came to say that I was honestly surprised to see that Conversion Therapy even existed still here in the US.

    My first thought after that: In how many US states is Conversion Therapy still practices?

    Quick google search: Wikipedia states that only 15 states, the District of Columbia, and 43 counties, municipalities and communities have banned Conversion Therapy.

    5 states banned it in 2018 and 20 counties, municipalities and communities banned it in 2018.
    I'm only guessing the trend will continue on into 2019.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Citigroup Reveals Female Employees Earn 29% Less Than Men Do in ~life

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    I'm sure some sexism is at work here. However, I'm wondering about some other factors that are probably impossible to gauge but are interesting enough to discuss. The first thing I thought: Are...

    I'm sure some sexism is at work here.

    However, I'm wondering about some other factors that are probably impossible to gauge but are interesting enough to discuss.

    The first thing I thought:
    Are women more or less likely to ask for pay raises in general?

    In my culture (USA) typical notions of masculinity could lead men to actively seek and fight for pay raises.
    I'm not educated enough on current notions of femininity to make an assumption for females.

    Also, a quick google search brought up this article:
    Research Stating 'Women Ask For Pay Raises As Much As Men' Is Misleading

    And there are others suggesting the opposite:
    Women Ask for Raises As Much As Men Do—But Get Them Less Often

    8 votes
  12. I buy a bunch of books each year, but it seems less than half of them get read. Sometimes I'm just satisfied by the notion that I will eventually read the book and never get around to it. However,...

    I buy a bunch of books each year, but it seems less than half of them get read.

    Sometimes I'm just satisfied by the notion that I will eventually read the book and never get around to it.
    However, I do actually go back to some of these books. For instance I bought Gene Wolfe's Shadow of the Torturer/Sword of the Lictor back in 2015 but recently finished it back in summer of 2018.

    Some have sat on the shelf for much longer.

    Orson Scott Card's Xenocide comes to mind. I read Ender's Game back in 2013, read the sequel some time in 2014, and told myself I'd get around to the third book (Xenocide) but I never have.

    Another one I picked up last year that I've been meaning to read is The Confessions of Saint Augustine.

    So, what are some books you've been neglecting? Write them down here to put them to rest, or even better, to motivate yourself to actually read them!!

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

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    Interesting. I agree with the PRINCIPLE behind his methods. However, Saramago did not grow up like me. I was a year old when Saramago was interviewed for this piece. In 1998 there were much less...

    Interesting. I agree with the PRINCIPLE behind his methods.
    However, Saramago did not grow up like me. I was a year old when Saramago was interviewed for this piece. In 1998 there were much less distractions and the computer was not a daily part societal existence. Many Americans (I am American, so I will use Americans for reference) now use the computer daily for multiple facets of life.
    When I was growing up even, the family had one computer and we all shared it. Now you can get a computer for around 100 dollars or less and they have become even more personalized and tailored to helping us in every day life.
    Computers have become more intrusive too. Constant notifications, dopamine targeting buttons, programs, games, social media all come to mind when you open a computer, even if you are writing.
    Simply put, there are too many distractions, and even if you don't use them, they're still on your brain when you're writing and with high speed internet access being common in today's world, it's easier to get distracted.
    It's also easier to do research too. That's why I like using the computer.

    As a kid who grow up in the 2000s, computers became hardwired into my brain. Someone who grew up in the 1920s probably doesn't have a huge amount of their brain wired to all things technology/computers.

    This is why I prefer to use paper. I should have clarified that personally, I prefer to use paper because when I open the computer my brain tends to drift towards other, less productive things...

    To each their own, I guess.


    You're right about the industry using Word. I don't have much experience sending and receiving files via email. But I understand the nightmare this could cause. In college our professors usually send us version controlled documents which is a hassle because it has to be converted and sometimes it screws up the formatting.

    I'm seeing more of your point now. I've always accepted Word as the default processor because it's what I've grown up using and it's been on every single computer I've owned. I've found it easy to use and the layout, while convoluted, is superior to most other layouts I've used. I've never really considered the price of Word nor the hassle it might be to actual professionals. I am simply a hobbyist writer at the moment.

    My idea then to be would to write your stuff on something free, then copy paste it into word and do some formatting. It's not fun but it's what we have to do, I guess.

    What do you suggest as a solution?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

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    Right? It's the best idea incubator. Write something down, go do something else, have it bounce around in your head, rinse and repeat. Before you know it you have a good idea for a new project. It...

    Right? It's the best idea incubator.
    Write something down, go do something else, have it bounce around in your head, rinse and repeat.
    Before you know it you have a good idea for a new project.

    It might be a hunch, but this method is probably hardwired into our brains. Humans have been writing stuff down on paper for literally thousands of years. If I could time travel, I'd really want to meet the guy/girl who realized he could write stuff down on papyrus and give him a pat on the back.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I cheated and did a collage for one month because I haven't really been listening to music this past week. Here are my top 9 albums for the past month. Ski Mask the Slump God has been my favorite...

    I cheated and did a collage for one month because I haven't really been listening to music this past week.

    Here are my top 9 albums for the past month.

    Ski Mask the Slump God has been my favorite "new" artist.. he's been around for a while but I've only recently discovered him after his new project STOKELEY dropped. Pretty good er... Screamo rap.

    (edit: favorite song off STOKELEY: LA LA )

    New Kodak Black album is pretty good too. He's really grown as an artist over the years.

    (edit: favorite song off Dying to Live: Calling my Spirit )

    Only other one I'd like to point out is Savant - Alchemist, which is an amazing record I've been listening to since it released in 2012. Savant is a genius musician who makes really good Complextro (Some will call it dubstep, brostep, etc. but it is really combines multiple genres and utilizes/centers around "drops")

    (edit: if i had to recommend one song to start getting into Savant, it would have to be Living iPod...)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

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    I didn't read the article past the first two paragraphs. To be fair I'm in an angry mood and I don't see what's wrong with Word at all. Also a creative writer who has chucked out a draft of a book...

    I didn't read the article past the first two paragraphs.
    To be fair I'm in an angry mood and I don't see what's wrong with Word at all.
    Also a creative writer who has chucked out a draft of a book and a few short stories.

    Seems like this guy needs to pick up a pencil and some paper. That's the best way to do your creative writing IMO next to a typewriter. Screens and word processors IN GENERAL are a knife in the chest of creativity.

    Word is helpful in transcribing my drafts to processor, and I use it for all my academic papers, etc.

    A great alternative to word if you prefer writing down your story on the computer first is WriteMonkey.

    For reference, I was born in the late nineties. Most of my peers in college and in high school used google docs, but I find it inferior in every way. It's really only useful if you're using multiple computers to edit a document. But on a campus, most computers have Word installed AND OneDrive is integrated into Word, allowing you to access your Word documents anywhere.

    So my opinion is: Word is fine, Word is not dying. Yes, it has a "monopoly" on Word processors but you can go anywhere on the internet to find free, useful word processors to meet your needs.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Which video game antagonist suffered the worst fate and why? in ~games

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    It's been a while since I've played this one but the first thing that came to mind is the antagonist from Fable II. It's more like a "shitty" death in the sense that he's killed off right in front...

    It's been a while since I've played this one but the first thing that came to mind is the antagonist from Fable II. It's more like a "shitty" death in the sense that he's killed off right in front of you by another character, and it's kind of just like a "wtf why lol" moment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfUagt84WFA
    Skip to 2:10 on the video to see what I'm talking about.
    This is the only thing I remember from this game

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Visual novel fans? in ~games

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    OH MY GOSH! You just reminded me of choiceofgames, which I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with a couple years back... thank you!! I will check out Guns of Infinity. Life of a Wizard and Way...

    OH MY GOSH! You just reminded me of choiceofgames, which I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with a couple years back... thank you!!

    I will check out Guns of Infinity.

    Life of a Wizard and Way Walkers: University are my favorite games made with the engine. I recommend them if you haven't already checked them out :)

    Life of a Wizard is very fun and plays more like a text based rpg more than a novel. It's light on the reading and more fun to play through multiple times.
    On the other hand, Way Walkers University is very wordy, lore rich and immersive. It's more like a you play it once and digest it afterwords, admiring how well written it is.

    edit: I fixed the links thanks to advice from rfr! thank you!

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Visual novel fans? in ~games

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    I've only played Katawa Shoujo, and that was a few years back at the height of its popularity. I remember trying to find other visual novels that met the quality level set by that game (in my...

    I've only played Katawa Shoujo, and that was a few years back at the height of its popularity.
    I remember trying to find other visual novels that met the quality level set by that game (in my mind) to no avail.

    The characters were so captivating and the game put you in a lot of uncomfortable situations. It was such a rollercoaster ride and it had a profound effect on my teenage years.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What are some genuinely good places online? in ~talk

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    https://www.ecosia.org/ - this search engine plants a tree about every ~40 or so times you search for something. It uses bing I believe as a base search and I have got really decent results from...

    https://www.ecosia.org/ - this search engine plants a tree about every ~40 or so times you search for something. It uses bing I believe as a base search and I have got really decent results from it. The reason I use Ecosia is strangely not because I want to plant trees, but I dislike google. The trees are just a nice benefit.

    https://www.habbo.com - okay, go ahead and laugh at me. If you've never heard of habbo hotel let me go ahead and explain it; it's a virtual "world" or hotel that you can chat with other people in. It is specifically focused on chatting, but you can build your own hotel rooms with furniture (some furni(ture) you can pay for, and some furni you can get for free by just playing the game). Habbo is a great place to chat with random people and friends alike. I find it really easy to find new people on here all the time to have small talk with.

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/top.htm - yes, this website looks a little... err... antiquated and skeptic, but it's honestly the best place I've found to read old sacred texts from religions. This means all of the good stuff they cut out of the bible (apocrypha), islamic poetry (rumi), alchemical texts, and many many more! This is a MASSIVE index of FREE and AWESOME knowledge!!

    3 votes