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  1. Comment on Edgar Wright finished his Sparks documentary in ~movies

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    And there's more! A Sparks musical with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver???

    And there's more!
    A Sparks musical with Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver???

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  2. Comment on Edgar Wright finished his Sparks documentary in ~movies

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    A few minutes ago, I was singing to myself "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" while cleaning debris from a freak thundershower. It turns out I have also failed at keeping tabs on Edgar...

    A few minutes ago, I was singing to myself "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" while cleaning debris from a freak thundershower. It turns out I have also failed at keeping tabs on Edgar Wright's Sparks project, which I doubted would ever wrap. It's coming out in a couple weeks.

    I expect to have to stomach heaps of, "All modern pop music derives from Kimono My House," dished by celebrity admirers, and, "This is not like other band documentaries"—there was a lot of the latter in the documentary XTC: This Is Pop.

    But there will also be satisfyingly clever music like this: "Amateur Hour"

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  3. Comment on Paul Desmond & Jim Hall Quartet - Samba de Orfeu (1963) in ~music

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    Love me some Paul Desmond & Jim Hall. The Glad To Be Unhappy album is my favorite 4:30–5:30 a.m. record.

    Love me some Paul Desmond & Jim Hall. The Glad To Be Unhappy album is my favorite 4:30–5:30 a.m. record.

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

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    Update on A Year in Provence: We began to understand it would never deepen, nor move past cliché. A diary of home renovation asks a lot of indulgence from a reader. It is unlikely to be repaid,...

    Update on A Year in Provence: We began to understand it would never deepen, nor move past cliché. A diary of home renovation asks a lot of indulgence from a reader. It is unlikely to be repaid, given the fundamental lack of curiosity shown by the author, his passivity, his privilege, his obviousness. In fact, take the rest of this book and shove it under the Tuscan sun.

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  5. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    "A Sense of Shelter" by John Updike is so well-written I can hardly stand it. A beautiful capitulation to the closing of a volume of one's life, with the sense of where it will be shelved among...

    "A Sense of Shelter" by John Updike is so well-written I can hardly stand it. A beautiful capitulation to the closing of a volume of one's life, with the sense of where it will be shelved among other failures and capitulations. Maybe nostalgia is the appreciation for the death of possibilities, and some eulogies are so good that you want to climb into the casket too.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Do any unlikely songs make you cry? in ~music

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    By golly, I never expected that.

    By golly, I never expected that.

  7. Comment on Do any unlikely songs make you cry? in ~music

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    Thank you for this response. I can relate, to a degree. Do you ever find your reactivity to be beneficial? Since it sounds like a social complication, is there recompense for the trouble? Are you...

    Thank you for this response. I can relate, to a degree. Do you ever find your reactivity to be beneficial? Since it sounds like a social complication, is there recompense for the trouble? Are you ever glad to be this responsive to art and rhetoric?

  8. Do any unlikely songs make you cry?

    "Youth" by Glass Animals and "Yulia" by Wolf Parade simply gut me. They're not associated with anyone in my life; I'm just extremely susceptible to their emotional content. Got any music like...

    "Youth" by Glass Animals and "Yulia" by Wolf Parade simply gut me. They're not associated with anyone in my life; I'm just extremely susceptible to their emotional content. Got any music like that? Do you seek out the listening experiences for the catharsis?

    18 votes
  9. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    Trouble not, brother. I understand your vexation. This argument is a lot of hawk, only to spit out, “I accept the Prime Mover argument, therefore my guy did it,” on the sidewalk outside a Baptist...
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    Trouble not, brother. I understand your vexation. This argument is a lot of hawk, only to spit out, “I accept the Prime Mover argument, therefore my guy did it,” on the sidewalk outside a Baptist church. William Lane Craig is a Christian apologist, creationist, and partisan of the moral perspective that spawned the Yahweh stories. (For example, when Craig acknowledges a problem with his god directing genocide of the Canaanites, the problem is this: the Canaanites didn’t run away fast enough.) These are the motives behind the motivated reasoning you are detecting.

    It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because the passage obscures his objectives in the guise of wrestling with the Grand Questions, rubbing elbow patches with history’s finest philosophers and sharpest scientists—yet the tweed jacket covers a preacher who believes in the historicity of Adam. Imagine attending a seminar titled, “Dating the Invention of Photography,” where you’re shown the shortcomings in Newton’s Optics, treated to a comprehensive disquisition on photochemistry, and edified about pre-18th-century photograms. Then the keynote speaker concludes, “Based on the foregoing, it’s obvious that the ‘Shroud of Turin’ captured the likeness of the Christ, thank you.” I think I understand why you call it a waste of time. It’s an abuse of our time to start with the conclusion that a particular, walking, talking, thinking, face-endowed, Bible-inspiring dude exists outside of time, but to stow that away, ignoring the bizarre and hilarious implications of that assertion in favor of deducing toward the universe requiring a cause. This he does, telling us that, because he places his dude-conception beyond the limits of our understanding, merely demonstrating that our understanding has limits keeps his belief from being irrational. It takes time to expose all of the problems with Craig’s argument. If that’s your kink, you can find them addressed here, for instance.

    There’s a theory in psychology called the “asymmetric model of belief.” It posits that it takes more mental work to unbelieve than to believe, that we initially accept every statement we seek to understand, and hold that belief until its truth value is resolved. So, doubting is more effortful, which would be one reason why unexamined beliefs proliferate. If this is true, it could explain why discussions like the linked argument are so exhausting. It would feel like being asked to retrace your path to unbelief all over again, because to engage with it, in a sense, you are. It’s frustrating when the author, as judged by his larger project, might not warrant the time.

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

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    We're beginning A Year in Provence. It's already filled with charming characters and heaps of the ingenuous cultural chauvinism that so endear the French to the rest of us. I knew of its...

    We're beginning A Year in Provence. It's already filled with charming characters and heaps of the ingenuous cultural chauvinism that so endear the French to the rest of us. I knew of its popularity, but this book may have played a larger role than I realized in nurturing "foodie" culture in the U.S.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The slander industry in ~tech

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    The internet sure has democratized rackets. I suppose tire shops have always had the ability to strew the streets with screws and nails, but you used to need a mob to run "protection" scams. Would...

    The internet sure has democratized rackets. I suppose tire shops have always had the ability to strew the streets with screws and nails, but you used to need a mob to run "protection" scams. Would deploying variations on one's names for different professional and social purposes help lessen the risk of falling prey to something like this? Say, Michael Gladstone Whipple goes by "Mick Whipple" on social media, "Mike Whipple" on his personal site, M.G. Whipple on LinkedIn, and Michael Faux Whipple when shopping online—could that help?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    Thank you very much to all who chimed in. Here's an update, if anyone finds themselves in my shoes, or feels curious about my progress: With the Metahuman Creator you can magic an extremely...
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    Thank you very much to all who chimed in. Here's an update, if anyone finds themselves in my shoes, or feels curious about my progress:

    With the Metahuman Creator you can magic an extremely realistic 3D human into being with minimal effort. I couldn't use a VPN to access their cloud-based app, had to rely on Chrome, and had to install three or four new programs to do anything with the asset. It won't export to Maya (despite Quixel Bridge), so I'm left hoping I can edit and animate the model with Unreal Engine/Editor, though I'm completely new to it.

    A few creators responded. The going rate for the work I proposed seems to be $5,000 - $10,000 USD per head for the pros.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Writing Club #3—"Madness" (Submissions) in ~creative

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    Good on you; we were both happy to do it!

    Good on you; we were both happy to do it!

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  14. Writing Club #3—"Madness" (Submissions)

    Shakespeare's birthday is observed today. Thank you, verily, for sharing your writing! Please post your efforts below, with an introduction and/or questions for your readers. Here are the...

    Shakespeare's birthday is observed today. Thank you, verily, for sharing your writing!

    Please post your efforts below, with an introduction and/or questions for your readers.
    Here are the guidelines, again.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    Well, I got in to try it. I thought that if I could produce a distant resemblance, I would export that for finetuning, but you're right, the Metahuman Creator's limited sculpting functionality...

    Well, I got in to try it. I thought that if I could produce a distant resemblance, I would export that for finetuning, but you're right, the Metahuman Creator's limited sculpting functionality defeated me.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    Ah! The interesting thing is, the one and only verified portrait of this individual lacks fine detail. It's rather painterly and flat. Creating a model to represent him was always going to require...

    Ah! The interesting thing is, the one and only verified portrait of this individual lacks fine detail. It's rather painterly and flat. Creating a model to represent him was always going to require an artist's interpretation and a willingness to play along on the viewer's part. So, what I'm looking for is verisimilitude without accuracy per se. He should just look more real than cartoony and close-ish to the portrait.

    This tool is an exciting prospect! I will read for more info, such as potential for exporting to different 3D programs. Hope I will be able to sleep tonight!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait? in ~arts

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    What do you think it would cost? I'm neither rich nor keen to be exploitative, just ignorant of going rates.

    What do you think it would cost? I'm neither rich nor keen to be exploitative, just ignorant of going rates.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    My partner and I have been enjoying both of these thanks to your recommendation! The satire of Beforeigners starts out eye-rolling, but grows and strengthens as they return to certain themes. I'm...

    My partner and I have been enjoying both of these thanks to your recommendation! The satire of Beforeigners starts out eye-rolling, but grows and strengthens as they return to certain themes. I'm hoping to see more of Gregers in season 2.

    1 vote
  19. How do I hire a CG artist to sculpt a 3D model from an old portrait?

    The goal is to bring the subject of a painting to animated life, so I would want the model to be rigged as well as photo-realistic. I don't use Facebook products, and have been searching in all...

    The goal is to bring the subject of a painting to animated life, so I would want the model to be rigged as well as photo-realistic. I don't use Facebook products, and have been searching in all the wrong places so far, so why not here, too?

    15 votes