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  1. Comment on :-) is 40 years old now in ~comp

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    Thanks! I'm a big fan of: Blues: Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, etc, so I guess somewhat aggressive electric stuff. Country: Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Townes van Zandt, etc so more...

    Thanks! I'm a big fan of:

    Blues: Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, etc, so I guess somewhat aggressive electric stuff.

    Country: Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Townes van Zandt, etc so more alt-country/Americana, whatever that might mean. I'm also obsessed with Kacey Musgraves, though she's already changed it up a decent amount in her four albums, heading towards more synthy stuff.

    Others: Radiohead (all of it, depending on the month), Bob Dylan (ditto), Smashing Pumpkins pre-breakup, Rage Against the Machine, Vince Staples, Biggie, Crowded House...

    I pretty much like everything, including some classical and jazz.

    I'll start with Sign o the Times!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on :-) is 40 years old now in ~comp

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    Good lord! I've never really been into Prince and had no idea he was that prolific. I consider myself somewhat of a music head but he's always been a blindspot. Any recommendations for an "in"?...

    Good lord! I've never really been into Prince and had no idea he was that prolific. I consider myself somewhat of a music head but he's always been a blindspot. Any recommendations for an "in"? I've heard he's spanned a few genres, and I'm familiar with his hits.

  3. Comment on :-) is 40 years old now in ~comp

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    Haha I wondered if it was Prince's symbol but I didn't realise that was 30 years old...

    Haha I wondered if it was Prince's symbol but I didn't realise that was 30 years old...

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  4. Comment on :-) is 40 years old now in ~comp

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    It looks like a baby or a dagger :-)

    It looks like a baby or a dagger :-)

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  5. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    Mate. My major was in International Relations and I was studying it when GW invaded. I can't believe my head was so far up my own butt with the whole "monarchy represents imperialism and...

    That's simply pretending that it's the monarchy that led to the colonialism and not the explicit, democratically validated preferences of English voters that the monarchs were representing as much as it was the other way round.
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    it's not like the absence of a monarch as blunted the imperialist tendencies of the United States.

    Mate. My major was in International Relations and I was studying it when GW invaded. I can't believe my head was so far up my own butt with the whole "monarchy represents imperialism and colonialism" (I don't care about republicanism one way or the other) that I didn't even really consider the fact it would probably (potentially? possibly?) have gone the exact same way with or without the monarchy.

    Thank you. I'll be thinking on this for a long time.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

  7. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

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    As somebody who thinks chess is cool, but only experience is a tournament where I quit because I needed to piss and was afraid to ask if I could go…how does one cheat in chess?

    As somebody who thinks chess is cool, but only experience is a tournament where I quit because I needed to piss and was afraid to ask if I could go…how does one cheat in chess?

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    Jallianwala Bagh happened 60 years after the Crown took over and while that was mostly the fault of one guy, the Crown has never apologised. I don't exactly disagree with anything you've said, and...

    rapacious capitalists who ran the imperial enterprise before crown rule was instituted.
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    benefits from the spoils of Empire
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    If they want the Queen to be the sin eater for the stuff their own grandparents were culpable for I guess that's their prerogative, but I think there's a bit of blame-shifting going on.

    Jallianwala Bagh happened 60 years after the Crown took over and while that was mostly the fault of one guy, the Crown has never apologised. I don't exactly disagree with anything you've said, and I've also never set foot in India. So I would never presume to know how people like yourself feel. My dad lived there for awhile in the 70s and one of the things he told me was "India isn't one country". I don't really know where I was going with that. I guess I just think if cultures and societies are going to use the positive or admiral parts of history to paint a picture of who they are, they need to acknowledge and sometimes apologise for the bad shit too. People hold up the Queen as an example of being above it all and a constant presence and representation of the nation, in the sense of what she represented, not who. And that passes on to King Charles. So "sin eater" is perhaps exactly his job.

    I'm sorry if that was a bit rambling and disjointed. It's something I've been thinking about for awhile. I'm a NZer living in Australia, and the two countries have their own colonial stories that bring up similar thoughts.

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  9. Comment on How a Phoenix record store owner set the audiophile world on fire in ~music

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    I agree with everything you said, especially this part.

    liars and fools

    I agree with everything you said, especially this part.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    Haha, I think about that movie sometimes! While I don't claim to have any sixth sense for bees, I definitely have a low-level system process scanning for them most of the time.

    Haha, I think about that movie sometimes! While I don't claim to have any sixth sense for bees, I definitely have a low-level system process scanning for them most of the time.

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  12. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Oh yeah of course - I should have been clearer! I really meant "I wish people would vaccinate regardless of 'no coronavirus to worry about'" :-)

    Oh yeah of course - I should have been clearer! I really meant "I wish people would vaccinate regardless of 'no coronavirus to worry about'" :-)

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  13. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I live in Melbourne, and while I have buried my head in the sand (for my own sanity) and therefore might be wrong here...but didn't we think this a few months ago?

    there's no coronavirus to worry about.

    I live in Melbourne, and while I have buried my head in the sand (for my own sanity) and therefore might be wrong here...but didn't we think this a few months ago?

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    This one is so frustrating because often people don't believe me even though it makes total sense.

    This one is so frustrating because often people don't believe me even though it makes total sense.

    11 votes
  15. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    Oh my god, I had that memorised for years! Even as I read it just now, I could picture the sequence in my head.

    Oh my god, I had that memorised for years! Even as I read it just now, I could picture the sequence in my head.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on How a Chinese-built highway drove Montenegro deep into debt in ~finance

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    There's a lot of concern about this happening in Africa and the Pacific. I'm from NZ and am currently listening to a podcast about China's influence. They spoke to a bloke in charge of setting up...

    There's a lot of concern about this happening in Africa and the Pacific. I'm from NZ and am currently listening to a podcast about China's influence. They spoke to a bloke in charge of setting up an iwi (tribal)-owned ISP. The NZ govt wouldn't come to the party, but China loaned them $6m on the back of a 30-minute meeting. The iwi struggled to pay back the loan at first, but the Chinese were fine about it. Very different from lending governments money, but there is a lot of Chinese money going into economies around the world.

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  17. Comment on Recommend me a podcast app for android in ~tech

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    They didn't make the app - they bought it well after it was an established and very popular app :-)

    They didn't make the app - they bought it well after it was an established and very popular app :-)

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Recommend me a podcast app for android in ~tech

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    Another vote for Antennapod here. They recently added local folder functionality, which makes adding my catalogue of Hardcore History and other long-running podcasts easy and seamless.

    Another vote for Antennapod here. They recently added local folder functionality, which makes adding my catalogue of Hardcore History and other long-running podcasts easy and seamless.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on The first single by my band is out now! Noise Job - Medication in ~music

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    Congratulations!

    Congratulations!

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  20. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    YES. I'm not sure if I want my Kobo to count or not :-) I could definitely do a couple of days a week.

    YES. I'm not sure if I want my Kobo to count or not :-) I could definitely do a couple of days a week.

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