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  1. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Not trying the later entries is where you missed out. The original SMB was cool and all, but you were probably older than ideal to be hooked by it. I'd wager you would have gotten into SMB 3 as a...

    Not trying the later entries is where you missed out. The original SMB was cool and all, but you were probably older than ideal to be hooked by it. I'd wager you would have gotten into SMB 3 as a late teen, as it was a much more polished package, not to mention the actual gameplay was just that good.

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  2. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    I think he's transcended comedy and should be regarded as a bonafide philosopher. We can surely agree that he's been riotously funny for quite a while, but post-Chappelle Show fiasco, he's become...

    I think he's transcended comedy and should be regarded as a bonafide philosopher. We can surely agree that he's been riotously funny for quite a while, but post-Chappelle Show fiasco, he's become truly indispensable. He seems to have decided to just say what's on his mind, and contextualizes the issues of our time in a way that few others are either willing or able to. For example, look at what he chooses to do/say in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing last year, or how he handled criticism of his jokes about trans people in Equanimity and Sticks and Stones. He's able to tapdance through the lasers because he's very intelligent, emotionally mature, and probably most importantly, consistently honest with himself (and his audience). It's a combination that isn't nearly common enough and tends toward wisdom. Matched with his fantastic storytelling ability, he weaves real truth between his jokes in the tradition of the best griots, giving listeners something of real substance to leave with if they so desire. I don't think you need to be Black to fully enjoy what he does; simply paying attention and being curious will take you far.

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  3. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Interesting. How do your gaming habits compare to your reading?

    Interesting. How do your gaming habits compare to your reading?

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  4. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    At what ages did you try, and which entries?

    At what ages did you try, and which entries?

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  5. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    At this point Dave Chappelle is a contender for the greatest comedian of all time. I wouldn't put anyone else in his category, tbh.

    At this point Dave Chappelle is a contender for the greatest comedian of all time. I wouldn't put anyone else in his category, tbh.

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  6. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    Here's something I've had trouble understanding: what's with the recent prevalence of anxiety diagnoses in our young people? Do all these folks really have some sort of mini-PTSD (or pre-traumatic...

    Here's something I've had trouble understanding: what's with the recent prevalence of anxiety diagnoses in our young people? Do all these folks really have some sort of mini-PTSD (or pre-traumatic stress disorder, even)? Or is it just more or less poor parenting that's become the norm, where they didn't get equipped with the tools to calm their fears in childhood?

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  7. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    I just finished the third season, and actually found it the pretty much the best of the three. They address a couple niggles that I had in the back of my mind while watching the first two seasons.

    I just finished the third season, and actually found it the pretty much the best of the three. They address a couple niggles that I had in the back of my mind while watching the first two seasons.

  8. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I actually remember it from a different thread, where you had commented in a lot more detail about why it resonated with you. I don't know if I could dig it up now, but it was both illuminating...

    I actually remember it from a different thread, where you had commented in a lot more detail about why it resonated with you. I don't know if I could dig it up now, but it was both illuminating and impactful.

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  9. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I have to admit, I had never understood Gotta Knock A Little Bit Harder (or even properly thought about it, really) until you posted about what it means to you. Thanks for that. Not sure if I...

    I have to admit, I had never understood Gotta Knock A Little Bit Harder (or even properly thought about it, really) until you posted about what it means to you. Thanks for that.

    Not sure if I could pick the best out of her work, but I do really like Call Me Call Me. A fair amount of that is probably due to Steve Conte though, so maybe it doesn't count.

  10. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Nah, not really. His influence vs. plagiarism bit makes me think he hasn't looked too deeply into it, as there are multiple examples of similarities just on the Bebop soundtracks that go beyond...

    Nah, not really. His influence vs. plagiarism bit makes me think he hasn't looked too deeply into it, as there are multiple examples of similarities just on the Bebop soundtracks that go beyond mere influence or coincidence when taken in sum. I don't think it's necessarily outright stealing, as there are apparently different degrees of collaboration or approval involved with the original artists, but there's also not a lot of transparency from her. If you look at the source blog in that reddit post, you'll see she's made statements hedging on giving credit to those artists whose work she doubtless used as inspiration.

    From what I gather, intentional music copyright operates (or is at least contested/enforced) somewhat looser in Japan than Europe and North America, so there is something of a prcedent for infringement there. I remember being introduced to Yngwie Malmsteen only after discovering that a main riff of one of his songs was used (totally unlicensed, naturally) as the intro to one of my favorite video games of yesteryear. I still think Kanno obviously has talent, and she doubtless has work in her vast catalog that she can take blameless credit for, but I don't see her as the god-tier musician I assumed she was when I thought her works were all original. There isn't even enough transformative work done in some of the examples to really justify them as her ideas in the sense of sampling either. I look at them more or less as arrangements or remixes, at best, of others' pieces.

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  11. Comment on Waffles + Mochi - Official trailer in ~tv

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    Just heard about this a couple days ago (I thought I saw it here on Tildes, but I guess not). I really like the concept, like a food-centric successor to Sesame Street. If this is reflective of...

    Just heard about this a couple days ago (I thought I saw it here on Tildes, but I guess not). I really like the concept, like a food-centric successor to Sesame Street. If this is reflective of the kind of stuff the Obamas are producing now, I'm really interested to know what else they're developing.

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  12. Comment on School almost 'eliminates bullying' with break-time ban on games in ~life

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    This article needs more details to be meaningful, so I'm trying not to simply react to what seems a little... misguided. Interesting to note that there's no representation here of what the kids...

    This article needs more details to be meaningful, so I'm trying not to simply react to what seems a little... misguided. Interesting to note that there's no representation here of what the kids think about the whole deal.

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  13. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I've become somewhat conflicted with Kanno after learning how much she was... "inspired" by other artists' works. I guess it makes sense, because she would probably have to be a serious contender...

    I've become somewhat conflicted with Kanno after learning how much she was... "inspired" by other artists' works. I guess it makes sense, because she would probably have to be a serious contender for the greatest composer of all time if she had pretty much mastered that many disparate styles in order to come up with all that music herself. She still gets big respect, but I'm not sure she's in genius category.

  14. Comment on Looking for recommendations for half-hour shows in ~tv

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    No idea how available they are on US streaming services, but I'd say 'Allo 'Allo or any of the Blackadder series. I'm about to start going through the Monty Python's Flying Circus catalog, so I'll...

    No idea how available they are on US streaming services, but I'd say 'Allo 'Allo or any of the Blackadder series. I'm about to start going through the Monty Python's Flying Circus catalog, so I'll throw that in too.

    I strongly second Archer and Coupling.

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  15. Comment on Black Myth: Wukong - Official thirteen minutes gameplay trailer in ~games

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    Wow! I'd lost touch with upcoming releases over the past couple years so I hadn't heard of this, but I'm excited to see what this could potentially mean for the gaming industry. It's amazing we...

    Wow! I'd lost touch with upcoming releases over the past couple years so I hadn't heard of this, but I'm excited to see what this could potentially mean for the gaming industry. It's amazing we haven't gotten a big JTW game up to this point, at least outside of China.

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  16. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I'm at episode 10 of the Blade of the Immortal ONA, and good lord am I enjoying it. At turns it's tense, restrained, melancholic, explosive, tender, philosophical, brutal, and overall, gripping....

    I'm at episode 10 of the Blade of the Immortal ONA, and good lord am I enjoying it. At turns it's tense, restrained, melancholic, explosive, tender, philosophical, brutal, and overall, gripping. It's scored excellently, the cinematography is fantastic, the art direction is stylish. My initial skepticism skyrocketed with the first couple episodes' supernatural/horror elements, but the story itself is unfolding so far to be really interesting. Come to find out it was done by the same director that did Shigurui (possibly the closest I've seen to a perfect season of an anime series), and it does feel like something of a spiritual successor. I hope this can deliver where Shigurui left us hanging.

    There is a LOT of graphic violence though, so it definitely won't suit everyone's tastes.

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  17. Comment on Alabama House votes to overturn ban on yoga in schools - but "namaste" is still forbidden in ~life

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    I'm guessing it was more of a pre-emptive move against any sort of practice that could vaguely be described as "new age" or "the Devil's work." They probably didn't scrutinize each item too much.

    I'm guessing it was more of a pre-emptive move against any sort of practice that could vaguely be described as "new age" or "the Devil's work." They probably didn't scrutinize each item too much.

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  18. Comment on If you could give advice to anyone who is ten years younger than you or when they were ten years younger than now, what would you tell them? in ~life

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    It's not just the alone piece, it's the sitting quietly piece too. I've always understood it to essentially mean that we mostly don't resist our lizard brain impulses well enough to grow. Solitude...

    It's not just the alone piece, it's the sitting quietly piece too. I've always understood it to essentially mean that we mostly don't resist our lizard brain impulses well enough to grow. Solitude isn't necessarily desirable in and of itself, but in small, regular doses it at least forces you to deal with yourself. See buddhism, meditation, etc.

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