geosmin's recent activity

  1. Comment on Cody's algae panel in ~science

    geosmin
    Link
    Honestly one of the more interesting videos I've seen of late. Has me thinking of Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, and I guess Mars colonization in general.

    Honestly one of the more interesting videos I've seen of late. Has me thinking of Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, and I guess Mars colonization in general.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

    geosmin
    Link Parent
    I mean it’s two taps from the home screen. Settings > App name

    changing a deny is super obscure.

    I mean it’s two taps from the home screen.

    Settings > App name

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Do you wear a non-smartwatch? If so, what do you have? in ~hobbies

    geosmin
    Link Parent
    Apparently you can also leave it around any kind of metal tube (bicycle handlebar, sink, etc.) and get a strong signal boost. I thought of building an amplifier but it kind of defeats the point of...

    Apparently you can also leave it around any kind of metal tube (bicycle handlebar, sink, etc.) and get a strong signal boost. I thought of building an amplifier but it kind of defeats the point of never having to worry about any aspect of your watch, which is the draw of these in my opinion.

    4 votes
  4. Which language do you think is best?

    I don’t think best necessarily needs to mean most useful. For example though English, Mandarin, and Spanish are widely spoken they all have their problems, for example the reliance of Chinese on...

    I don’t think best necessarily needs to mean most useful. For example though English, Mandarin, and Spanish are widely spoken they all have their problems, for example the reliance of Chinese on non-phonetic logograms or English’s complete mess when it comes to spelling and vocabulary.

    I’ve been learning some Dutch these past few days and have been enjoying it quite a bit. It’s got a lot of the Germanic roots I’m familiar with without the junk and inconsistencies that seem pervasive in English.

    Korean also seems like a potentially interesting “objectively good” language to learn since I believe the writing system was invented relatively recently (1950s?) and is phonetic.

    All that being said, that’s pretty much all I know about linguistics so I’d love to hear peoples input on language and what they enjoy.

    13 votes
  5. Comment on Sponsored content in ~tv

    geosmin
    Link Parent
    One option is to search for 'youtube video download' and to click through a few of the results until you wind up on a site that works for you. I guess you can then bookmark it. Most of them seem...

    One option is to search for 'youtube video download' and to click through a few of the results until you wind up on a site that works for you. I guess you can then bookmark it.

    Most of them seem to be based on youtube-dl anyway but more often than not they're US-hosted so whatever tool they're using winds up grabbing the video fine before giving you a download link.

    Region locking sucks.

  6. Comment on A fantastic video on high level nuclear waste in ~enviro

    geosmin
    Link
    I just found this channel today and it is a treasure trove of high quality videos pertaining to energy, economics, physics, etc. Can't recommend it enough.

    I just found this channel today and it is a treasure trove of high quality videos pertaining to energy, economics, physics, etc. Can't recommend it enough.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What are some of your favorite music videos? in ~music

    geosmin
    Link
    While there are some good replies here I'm surprised no one has posted the best music video of all time yet.

    While there are some good replies here I'm surprised no one has posted the best music video of all time yet.

  8. Comment on What are some of your favorite music videos? in ~music

  9. What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone?

    We're lucky when we share mutual interests with friends, but often there's that category of things for which there isn't much overlap. Though it speaks to us, we're seemingly alone in appreciating...

    We're lucky when we share mutual interests with friends, but often there's that category of things for which there isn't much overlap. Though it speaks to us, we're seemingly alone in appreciating it, yet long for someone to connect with it over.

    What's that thing for you?

    19 votes
  10. Comment on Police in ~misc

    geosmin
    Link Parent
    You can use one of those sketchy youtube video downloading websites since a lot of them are hosted in the US.

    You can use one of those sketchy youtube video downloading websites since a lot of them are hosted in the US.

  11. Comment on What The Hell Is Going On?? with Vic Berger - Pilot in ~misc

    geosmin
    Link
    As curious as I was going in I didn't manage to make it more than 5 minutes. Holy crap if that isn't the most obnoxious editing I've ever seen. This "bit" alone is nearly a minute long. Unwatchable.

    As curious as I was going in I didn't manage to make it more than 5 minutes. Holy crap if that isn't the most obnoxious editing I've ever seen. This "bit" alone is nearly a minute long. Unwatchable.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

    geosmin
    Link Parent
    Assuming you enjoy Blindsight the sequel Echopraxia would probably be up your alley. Frankly, half of what I love about Watts is his gritty prose. For similar themes I'd suggest checking out his...

    Assuming you enjoy Blindsight the sequel Echopraxia would probably be up your alley.

    Frankly, half of what I love about Watts is his gritty prose. For similar themes I'd suggest checking out his Sunflowers shorts (available here) and if you like those his novella in the same universe The Freeze-Frame Revolution

    Similarly brain-quenching though much more optimistic explorations of simiar themes can be found in pretty much anything by Greg Egan. I'd suggest, in order; Permutation City, Diaspora, Schild's Ladder

    Off into non-fiction but much more on the topic of consciousness I'd definitely recommend Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

    Oh, and please report back with your thoughts on Blindsight. I love hearing people's reactions, especially as they're reading it.

    2 votes