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  1. 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.

    2 votes
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.

    7 votes
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Comment on I feel it would be convenient to make theme changing faster in ~tildes

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    This is perfect for my desktop use, thanks!

    This is perfect for my desktop use, thanks!

    4 votes
  11. If I'm the weirdo in the minority here, feel free to let me know, but I ideally switch between day and night modes almost daily on my websites and apps based on time of day. Here, it's usually...

    If I'm the weirdo in the minority here, feel free to let me know, but I ideally switch between day and night modes almost daily on my websites and apps based on time of day. Here, it's usually between the White and Black settings. And while it's not a big problem by any means, navigating between 3 different pages (the homepage, my user page, then settings) is a tiny hassle that I feel could be avoided by placing the theme switching option on the homepage. I don't know if my usage of themes is normal or an abnormality, so I understand if putting it directly on the homepage isn't ideal if most users don't switch themes constantly. It would still be a fair bit faster if it were to be placed on the profile page somewhat similar to Reddit or YouTube (I'm not talking about the overlay, just moving the switcher from settings to maybe part of the User Menu).

    I have noticed that most apps with a dark mode tend to bury it in settings, clearly indicating that it's designed to be a one time change, so again, maybe this is just a me problem, but I am curious on how others feel about a more easily on hand theme option.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on Apollo 11 is phenomenal, and gave me an existential crisis in ~movies

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    No, not at all. It was related to the idea of seeing the intimate moments of the control center contrasted with the grand visuals. I was just left thinking back to the things I'd done, and...

    No, not at all. It was related to the idea of seeing the intimate moments of the control center contrasted with the grand visuals. I was just left thinking back to the things I'd done, and wondering how the contrast would fare between my own reactions and accomplishments. It was like this feeling of "I've recorded so much more of my life than any person on that screen, and yet nothing I've done will offer this kind of connection to the people watching, and none of it matters like this does" if that makes sense.

    5 votes
  13. Apollo 11 is a limited IMAX only engagement, at least for now, and I don't know how long it'll be in theaters. But while it is, I implore everyone to go see it.This movie left me speechless, and...

    Apollo 11 is a limited IMAX only engagement, at least for now, and I don't know how long it'll be in theaters. But while it is, I implore everyone to go see it.This movie left me speechless, and not just in the sense of the footage being so incredible as to leave me without words, though that's certainly a factor. It's restored footage and audio of the Apollo 11 mission, for anyone that doesn't know, and it covers the launch, moon landing, and re-entry.

    It's so easy for historical events to be looked back on and be seen as just that: events. Like a natural disaster or the existence of a waterfall or a canyon, so many battles, inventions, and human triumphs are stripped of humanity, remembered only as things that happened, not things people did. Apollo 11 has staggering to witness footage, yes, but it weaves that footage together with the human moments wonderfully. The scenes of the launch countdown or the lander making its descent are intercut and splitscreened with the footage of the NASA control centers, with names of all the teams, as audio of their conversations with the astronauts and recaps of what has happened and is going to play over the incredibly restored launch footage. Cuts to the crowd overlooking the Apollo 11 launch are also common in the beginning.

    This is not an educational video, one to be seen for great understanding of the finer details of the mission. Apollo 11 instead acts as history in motion, with a perspective to the individuals and the event simultaneously. It's about the people that accomplished the amazing things you see. A display of the triumph of human spirit over the perceived rules of the world and the desire for understanding out world and breaking the limits that we thought were imposed on us. And yet, we as the viewers have a perspective that the people who actually accomplished the great things we see never did. The splitscreening helps to assign human beings to the awe inspiring footage in front of the viewer, yes, but at the same time it offers 2 entirely separated perspectives framed as one, one that the human beings being assigned to the footage never truly experienced in the moment. We have an intimate view of the control center with a simultaneous omnipotent-esque view of the mission in all of its glory. The viewer as the omnipotent being is true of most films to some degree, but the way in which the movie frames its central event, small and big at the same time, really highlights an omnipresent view that even those who lived through the launch never experienced in real time. It's a film of contrast between the individuals and the accomplishment of the collective, but in its control center voiceovers and constant splitscreens, it's really a movie that bridges the two contrasts.

    Basically, I loved it in ways that, despite my extensive best efforts, I find difficult to describe. This line sounds corny, I know, but you owe it to yourself to see it on the biggest screen that you can, and I implore everyone to try to make time for it and find a true IMAX showing, if possible. The visuals alone may not have been the biggest thing that awed me, but they were certainly a huge part of it. And for anyone that's also seen it, what'd you think? I'd love to see other perspectives on this doc.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Android Is Helping Kill Passwords On Billions Of Devices in ~tech

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    You could always write it in a code of some kind.

    You could always write it in a code of some kind.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on ‘Green Book’ Wins Best Picture Oscar Despite Controversy in ~movies

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    I don't know about age poorly. The backlash (totally justified in my opinion) about it being a tired uninteresting story that was essentially pure revisionism started pretty much immediately upon...

    I don't know about age poorly. The backlash (totally justified in my opinion) about it being a tired uninteresting story that was essentially pure revisionism started pretty much immediately upon release.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Bagels | Basics with Babish (feat. Dan Souza) in ~food

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    Yeah, I wasn't saying the recipe is perfect by any means, baking the soda beforehand would yield a much better result.

    Yeah, I wasn't saying the recipe is perfect by any means, baking the soda beforehand would yield a much better result.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Bagels | Basics with Babish (feat. Dan Souza) in ~food

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    A lye bath is hardly necessary for a bagel, especially for a home baker. Baked baking soda works almost as well without any of the dangers.

    A lye bath is hardly necessary for a bagel, especially for a home baker. Baked baking soda works almost as well without any of the dangers.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Patrick Stewart says Star Trek Picard series is set up to run three seasons in ~tv

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    Bit of a double edged sword. Next Generation, for example, took some time to smooth itself out and was helped by being episodic, so that the writing team could sort of figure it out as they went...

    Bit of a double edged sword. Next Generation, for example, took some time to smooth itself out and was helped by being episodic, so that the writing team could sort of figure it out as they went and make changes. It this is good, then having a roadmap is great. But if it's bad, then we're kind of stuck with either 3 seasons of bad, or they frantically switch directions and have no idea what to do.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Praey for the Gods - Early Access Trailer in ~games

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    Shadow of the Colossus is my all time favorite game, so I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. Nothing's been revealed about the story as far as I can tell, they seem to be...

    Shadow of the Colossus is my all time favorite game, so I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. Nothing's been revealed about the story as far as I can tell, they seem to be selling this purely on the "fight giant monsters" front, which makes me hope they've figured out how to do it well. SotC was great despite its often clunky gameplay for me, and that's persisted for most games that have tried to emulate its combat. Either the design of the puzzle/combat encounters is designed to test skill, but therefore is frustratingly finnicky, or the boss is far too simple to really be satisfying, with it really just feeling like arbitrary climbing a lot of the time with no challenge.

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

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    Nothing too underground or new, mostly just old favorites Fleet Foxes- I'm obsessed, it's becoming a problem. They have a baroque pop, indie rock vibe and I've struggled to find any other band...

    Nothing too underground or new, mostly just old favorites
    Fleet Foxes- I'm obsessed, it's becoming a problem. They have a baroque pop, indie rock vibe and I've struggled to find any other band that scratches that itch in quite that way. If anyone knows one, please let me know. Helplessness Blues is a great album to start with if you're curious, though you could really start anywhere with their discography.
    Modest Mouse- Personal favorite album is The Lonesome Crowded West. They're an alternative/art rock band and that particular album is maybe a concept album, there's a few theories out there about it, mostly about destruction of nature and the rise of concrete structures. But it's got a great blend of quiet tracks and more overly heavier rock.

    Other than those 2 bands, it's a lot of movie soundtracks, namely Swiss Army Man and Mandy. Swiss Army Man's soundtrack has a track titled Montage that's really energetic and punchy, and really great to work out to. Mandy has a particularly great track called Death and Ashes. It's a unsettling and grandiose yet with an air of quiet, introspective romance to it in the beginning (which fits perfectly if you've seen the movie).

    4 votes