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  1. Comment on Google releases 53 gender fluid emoji in ~tech

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    This is...this is what all emoji used to be. Gendering emoji was a mistake, so was adding any skin colors, now instead of an abstract sense of representation as they're all encompassing, you have...

    This is...this is what all emoji used to be. Gendering emoji was a mistake, so was adding any skin colors, now instead of an abstract sense of representation as they're all encompassing, you have specific genders and skin colors in play, and representation in emoji has to be more exact.

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  2. Comment on Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Author in ~books

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    I grew up reading the Encyclopedia Brown books, and I think they're lovely bite sized, accessible, children's mystery stories. I found this article an interesting look at how the author came up...

    I grew up reading the Encyclopedia Brown books, and I think they're lovely bite sized, accessible, children's mystery stories. I found this article an interesting look at how the author came up with the character, the story structure (each book has the "solutions" in the back like a puzzle book), and his attitude towards being a famous name on the cover of books.

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  3. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 discussion in ~tv

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    I think the central conceit of the story, the subversion and grounding of Tolkien and standard fantasy, has caught up to itself, and the show is finally circling itself into standard fantasy. The...

    I think the central conceit of the story, the subversion and grounding of Tolkien and standard fantasy, has caught up to itself, and the show is finally circling itself into standard fantasy.
    The obvious point of comparison seems to be The Last Jedi, regarding the general direction of the show as well as the killing of the Night King specifically. The Last Jedi was built partially on subversion, and the killing of the Night King seems to follow a similar pattern of subversion: eliminating a overhanging mythological threat to focus instead on the interpersonal relationships of the characters. It seems to almost borrow from The Last Jedi directly. But it feels to me like the show missed the fact that it was already the Last Jedi of fantasy, already the subversive and introspective answer to standard medieval fantasy tropes. Moments like the death of Ned Stark or the red wedding already spoke to its power of subversion and the lack of formulaic assumptions of immortality, and elements of the subversion such as the show's lack of care for audience expectations were almost gleefully accepted by audiences. The edgy subversive fantasy show that was built around the grounded logistics and realistic horrors of medieval fantasy, and a rejection of normal fantasy, has since become normal fantasy. The show has few options now, except to either conclude with a predictable but narratively and thematically satisfying ending, whether it be humans banding together in the face of unforgiving natural disaster or being destroyed by it in their inability to understand the importance of the world beyond just their own existences, overrun by the Night King and the white walkers as they squabble amongst themselves (preferably the latter, in my view). Or, it could continue to subvert fantasy, which now includes itself, the path it seems to have taken. The battle's low death count and immediate destruction of the mythological threat is not an examination and challenge of Tolkien fantasy, but a subversion of self, a twist on the dour and horrific body count and the feeling of hopelessness which is replaced with continuous moments of catharsis that ironically feel as if they could belong in Tolkien. The destruction of the Night King doesn't feel to me all that different from the killing of Smaug or the death of Sauron, which were followed by the Battle of the Five Armies and the Scouring of the Shire, respectively. Conceptually and mythically grand conflicts replaced by smaller struggles relating to personal moments of growth is where both of these stories go, and where Game of Thrones seems to have subverted itself into going. If you subvert subversion, you kind of just end up where you started.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Avengers Endgame Discussion Thread, potential spoilers in ~movies

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    I was pretty into this movie until 2014 Thanos came in pretty much to give then an excuse to have a fight scene. I was liking the idea of moving on and solving the issues without a direct villain...

    I was pretty into this movie until 2014 Thanos came in pretty much to give then an excuse to have a fight scene. I was liking the idea of moving on and solving the issues without a direct villain or any real ticking time bomb element. As soon as the past Thanos cane in though, we were completely back on to the rails for predictability.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on How do you organize your bookmarks? in ~tech

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    Well, I have a few icons outside of bookmarks on the Bookmark bar (I also use Firefox). I have a "Favorites" for websites I visit daily or just often, with some overlap in a "Reading" folder,...

    Well, I have a few icons outside of bookmarks on the Bookmark bar (I also use Firefox). I have a "Favorites" for websites I visit daily or just often, with some overlap in a "Reading" folder, which I've been looking into consolidating for a while now, probably with some subfolders. I have a ton of subfolders already within a different folder called "Resources", separated mostly by topic, like, say, Climate Change or Film or Politics, with something like Politics then having more specific folders with that folder like specific politicians, Tax Reform, Education, etc. "Resources" is mostly for studies that I like to have on hand for discussions and reference. I have a "Recipes" folder for, well, recipes. And finally I'll usually have a folder of bookmarks for whatever rabbit hole I've jumped into, most recently a "Propaganda" folder for research into that topic, and those I'll either delete or put into the "Resources" folder when I'm done with them.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Star Wars Episode IX Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    This looks like exactly what I expected after Force Awakens: JJ Abrams loving fan service and putting it ahead of storytelling. The title alone seems to go against The Last Jedi's ideas of the...

    This looks like exactly what I expected after Force Awakens: JJ Abrams loving fan service and putting it ahead of storytelling. The title alone seems to go against The Last Jedi's ideas of the direction of the series. Granted it is just a trailer, but with his track record, it seems fair to assume this is the case. That might be exciting for a lot of people, obviously, but I'm extremely disinterested as someone who liked The Last Jedi.

    14 votes
  7. Comment on Disney+ launches on November 12 for $6.99/mo, plus new Marvel, Star Wars series in ~movies

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    I just hope no one will be shortsighted enough to think "Wow! Only $7 a month!" when it's very transparently a loss leader to outlast the competition so they can raise the prices when they corner...

    I just hope no one will be shortsighted enough to think "Wow! Only $7 a month!" when it's very transparently a loss leader to outlast the competition so they can raise the prices when they corner this market as well. Disney has the money to throw around to make that possible, and that's honestly one of the big reasons I won't be subscribing.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The DOJ Antitrust Division Just Warned the Academy About Blocking Netflix From the Oscars in ~movies

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    I'm going to copy a portion of a comment I made earlier on this site about Spielberg's statements. I really dislike the "old man yelling at cloud" label being attached to what he's saying here....

    I'm going to copy a portion of a comment I made earlier on this site about Spielberg's statements. I really dislike the "old man yelling at cloud" label being attached to what he's saying here.

    The argument here is simply that Netflix's business model is closer to that of television than one of a film studio, and their films are made with home viewing in mind, and Spielberg believes that makes their films closer to TV movies. This isn't entirely unreasonable in my opinion, since HBO for example qualifies for Emmys. He would of course have no leg to stand on if TV movies had always qualified for Oscars, or if there was no well known award show for TV movies, but neither of those things are the case.

    For years TV movies got Emmy nominations, including HBO films, and nobody argued against it the way they have for Netflix. I mean of course the rules for Oscar eligibility are completely arbitrary, but nobody really cared to this degree about that fact. It's also worth noting that Spielberg is not against streaming services. He praised modern TV and never devalued the accomplishment of an Emmy nomination in the iTV interview where he first made these comments, and spoke of streaming as a great new avenue of independent film, just saying that he thinks they're TV movies because they're created with a home release in mind. He's worked with Netflix on Five Came Back and is working for Apple's service now.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    He's incompetent because he's unprepared and unwilling to be in the shadow of Elastigirl, not because the movie wants to emasculate him. That is, until he accepts his role and how it's better for...

    He's incompetent because he's unprepared and unwilling to be in the shadow of Elastigirl, not because the movie wants to emasculate him. That is, until he accepts his role and how it's better for the family as a whole this way, at which point he begins to do perfectly fine as a parent. The movie isn't emasculating him, it's showcasing the difficulty of being a parent, and showing the heroic nature of not just larger than life superheroic acts, but heroism on a smaller, personal scale.

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  10. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I don't think that's what the movie did at all. Bob, once he lets go of his shortsightedness about wanting to be at the forefront of the hero comeback, is a really good dad. The movie goes out of...

    "empowering women by emasculating the father figure" trope it relied on is pretty tired and dated

    I don't think that's what the movie did at all. Bob, once he lets go of his shortsightedness about wanting to be at the forefront of the hero comeback, is a really good dad. The movie goes out of its way to show him doing well, and to have a character say "parenting is a heroic act"(might be a paraphrase). I think the point of Bob's character is relating heroism down of good actions of normal individuals, by bringing him into a situation that people in the real world can understand and relate to after establishing his heroism in the first movie.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Love, Death, and Robots: A Hit-and-Miss Anthology (Mild Spoilers) in ~tv

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    So I'm about 2/3 of the way through. Most of these felt like edgelords trying to write mature stories, and also totally hitting against the wall when it came to runtime. I have no clue why they...

    So I'm about 2/3 of the way through. Most of these felt like edgelords trying to write mature stories, and also totally hitting against the wall when it came to runtime. I have no clue why they picked Sonnie's Edge as the first episode, because I think it leaves a horrible first impression. There's nothing but constant exposition, interrupted only by a monster fight that feels like it takes up half of an already strained 17 minutes and a sex scene (of which there are plenty in show if that's your thing). A lot of the shorts are like that, constant attempts at world or character building by just spewing facts at the viewer without any really interesting thing to do with those worlds or characters. I honestly thought the second one was the best one so far, not because it was particularly good, but because there was no real involved attempt to worldbuild or explain a ton of details in a format that doesn't facilitate detail oriented stories. I honestly thought "The Dump" was one of the better ones as well, simply because it wasn't filled to the brim with facts spouted at you unnaturally, and its world was built out a little more (note: I did say a little more) naturally and organically.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on 'Arrested Development' finishes with a whimper, not a bang in ~tv

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    The first two seasons of Arrested Development are the greatest TV comedy ever created, in my opinion. Season 3 is decent, though significantly worse. I don't think the new seasons devalue that.

    The first two seasons of Arrested Development are the greatest TV comedy ever created, in my opinion. Season 3 is decent, though significantly worse. I don't think the new seasons devalue that.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on 'Arrested Development' finishes with a whimper, not a bang in ~tv

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    Personally, I think season 3 started to mark a decline for the show, and hindsight has made it clear that we got just the right amount of Arrested Development when it originally aired.

    Personally, I think season 3 started to mark a decline for the show, and hindsight has made it clear that we got just the right amount of Arrested Development when it originally aired.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

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    here's the emails between Coffee Break and Kurzgesagt for those curious. Evidently, Coffee Break never actually responded to Kurzgesagt's email about when he could do an interview, and the...

    here's the emails between Coffee Break and Kurzgesagt for those curious. Evidently, Coffee Break never actually responded to Kurzgesagt's email about when he could do an interview, and the statement that he called the video "good enough" is not only a paraphrase, which Coffee Break admits, but seems to be a somewhat misrepresentive one.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on The People Who Eat the Same Meal Every Day in ~food

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    I usually like to put all of my effort into dinner, so I usually have the same thing for breakfast (nothing, sometimes a cup of coffee) and cycle through a couple different things for lunch ( some...

    I usually like to put all of my effort into dinner, so I usually have the same thing for breakfast (nothing, sometimes a cup of coffee) and cycle through a couple different things for lunch ( some different types of sandwiches). I'd rather have one really good meal and just eat to not be hungry than other times than split the difference and spend more on every meal with none of them being quite the same quality.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Shatters Stereotypes With $34M Friday In China in ~movies

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    Yeah, this was always a bit of a silly assumption. Sexism exists in China, of course, but anime is extremely popular there, and it's a medium filled with female main characters. It has its own...

    More importantly, the idea that Chinese audiences are predisposed to reject a female-led superhero fantasy is disputed not just by Captain Marvel but by a host of recent major studio offerings.

    Yeah, this was always a bit of a silly assumption. Sexism exists in China, of course, but anime is extremely popular there, and it's a medium filled with female main characters. It has its own host of stereotypes and sexist tropes, obviously, but it makes it pretty clear that Chinese audiences aren't averse to female leads.

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  17. Comment on The Spielberg vs. Netflix Battle Could Mean Collateral Damage for Indies at the Oscars in ~movies

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    I think I'm going a little bit against the grain here, but while I don't agree with him, I don't think his comments are entirely meritless and don't like how his statements are immediately being...

    I think I'm going a little bit against the grain here, but while I don't agree with him, I don't think his comments are entirely meritless and don't like how his statements are immediately being regarded as "old man yells at cloud". The thing that stands out to me about this whole thing is how, the moment he said the Netflix movies should qualify for Emmys instead of Oscars, so many people just immediately jumped on that comment and said he wasn't giving the Netflix movies enough credit, when he never said that qualifying for an Emmy was any less praise worthy than qualifying for an Oscar. In his interview with ITV News almost a year ago, which is the earliest I know of his comments about Netflix and the Oscars, he in fact praises modern television and talks about the benefits of streaming services in the age of risk-averse major studios.
    The argument here is simply that Netflix's business model is closer to that of television than one of a film studio, and their films are made with home viewing in mind, and Spielberg believes that makes their films closer to TV movies. This isn't entirely unreasonable in my opinion, since HBO for example qualifies for Emmys. He would of course have no leg to stand on if TV movies had always qualified for Oscars, or if there was no well known award show for TV movies, but neither of those things are the case.
    Now, with all that said, the rules the Academy has for qualifications have always been and will always be arbitrary. Mandy, for example, was a film I loved last year that should've been nominated for Best Score and had a limited theatrical release, but didn't qualify because it didn't follow all of their rules. Netflix does follow those arbitrary rules, so even if they are making something more akin to TV movies than studio theatrical films due to their business model, they should be eligible for nominations. I don't think it should be the Oscars' place to preserve the theatrical experience, especially considering I'm willing to bet that the majority of Academy voters, almost definitely including Spielberg, saw at least one of the nominees for the first time via screener sent to their home, not in the theater, making all the calls for Oscars to aid the preservation of cinema ring a little hollow.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on I feel it would be convenient to make theme changing faster in ~tildes

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    I would definitely appreciate it. That looks like a great solution to me, doesn't seem like it would be obstructive to the people who don't need it.

    I would definitely appreciate it. That looks like a great solution to me, doesn't seem like it would be obstructive to the people who don't need it.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on I feel it would be convenient to make theme changing faster in ~tildes

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    This is exactly what I've started doing recently, and it works well enough on my desktop, but doing anything with bookmarks on mobile is more cumbersome than just changing it within the site every...

    This is exactly what I've started doing recently, and it works well enough on my desktop, but doing anything with bookmarks on mobile is more cumbersome than just changing it within the site every time.

    1 vote