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  1. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    Again, no one is telling anyone that they aren't experiencing happiness. I'm talking about which word is the correct one to describe the feeling, not saying that it isn't happening at all....

    Again, no one is telling anyone that they aren't experiencing happiness. I'm talking about which word is the correct one to describe the feeling, not saying that it isn't happening at all.

    Reminiscing about halcyon days or experienced things? Nostalgia. Idealizing about something that you never actually experienced? Romanticization (is that even a word?), or just idealization.

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  2. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

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    It's not about people knowing you or not. Unless one is "out there", wearing the same things every single day, once noticed, is strange.

    then how many people of import in your life will catch that you wear the same thing every day, but also know so little about you that they rely on this to negatively judge you as eccentric?

    It's not about people knowing you or not. Unless one is "out there", wearing the same things every single day, once noticed, is strange.

  3. Comment on The electoral college doesn't need to be abolished. We just need to apportion it. Discuss! in ~talk

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    Who says that would actually be the case? A candidate that populous areas would want might be elected, but that's hardly "everyone". Rural areas would become nonexistent to politics, despite a...

    Who says that would actually be the case? A candidate that populous areas would want might be elected, but that's hardly "everyone". Rural areas would become nonexistent to politics, despite a not-insubstantial amount of the populace living there, and farmers, etc.

  4. Comment on The electoral college doesn't need to be abolished. We just need to apportion it. Discuss! in ~talk

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    Please re-read: Parent comment said "yield extremists from both major parties". In our dual party system, the more extreme a candidate is, the more likely that they will get voted. Please leave...

    Please re-read: Parent comment said "yield extremists from both major parties". In our dual party system, the more extreme a candidate is, the more likely that they will get voted. Please leave your bias at the door.

    The reason they mentioned democrat is because it's known that the most populous cities are blue. It's almost guaranteed a democrat would win if a popular vote were in place. I'm not saying this is good or bad, I am saying that I believe this to be case due to how the demographics would play out.

  5. Comment on The electoral college doesn't need to be abolished. We just need to apportion it. Discuss! in ~talk

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    Not agreeing with the EC doesn't mean it doesn't make sense. The Electoral College is one of things that that the founders made that was incredibly wise and had foresight.

    Not agreeing with the EC doesn't mean it doesn't make sense. The Electoral College is one of things that that the founders made that was incredibly wise and had foresight.

  6. Comment on The electoral college doesn't need to be abolished. We just need to apportion it. Discuss! in ~talk

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    It is absolutely fair. Politicians have limited time, why would they waste it on states that could give them next to nothing in terms of support? Let me remind you that in the 2016 election, a...

    I don't think it's entirely fair to say, as a nation, that we're not going to listen to X or Y state just because they don't have a ton of people.

    It is absolutely fair. Politicians have limited time, why would they waste it on states that could give them next to nothing in terms of support?

    Let me remind you that in the 2016 election, a certain candidate didn't even visit certain states. And that's just visiting–what do you think will happen with real issues and representation?

  7. Comment on The electoral college doesn't need to be abolished. We just need to apportion it. Discuss! in ~talk

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    Do you have any proof of this? Rural states are disproportionately represented–by conscious design. Where do you go from that to "the stranglehold that these low-density states' interests have on...

    The framers made a hell of an allowance for rural states in the form of the United States Senate. Issues impacting rural voters are dramatically overrepresented in the Senate and this is only going to get more and more pronounced over time. As long as that exists, there is no reason to further harden the stranglehold that these low-density states' interests have on our politics.

    Do you have any proof of this? Rural states are disproportionately represented–by conscious design. Where do you go from that to "the stranglehold that these low-density states' interests have on our politics"?

    Also, what is your solution, then? A national vote? So you mean highly populous areas would instead have a stranglehold on politics, giving less populous states no representation whatsoever? After all, why waste time on politics for states where no people except some farmers live?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    I'm not telling people what they're feeling–do not misconstrue my words. Nostalgia is for something that you experienced. Romanticizing things works for both. The first example sentence I found: I...

    I'm not telling people what they're feeling–do not misconstrue my words. Nostalgia is for something that you experienced. Romanticizing things works for both.

    The first example sentence I found:

    "I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days in college"

    I have nostalgia about my childhood tv shows and my days in college. I romanticize '50s diners because those are an emulation of something that maybe existed 45 years before I was born. I can also romanticize about my prior relationships–in other words, look at them with rose-tinted glasses.

    The study that defined collective nostalgia itself mentions that the term "collective nostalgia" is different from personal nostalgia, the latter being what is almost always referenced.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on PSA: Disinformation and the over-representation of false flag events on social media. in ~misc

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    Outrage sells. Why do you think PETA is the way that it is? Obviously they planned on criticizing a well known and liked community figure (Steve Irwin) who died suddenly, since it would push...

    Outrage sells. Why do you think PETA is the way that it is? Obviously they planned on criticizing a well known and liked community figure (Steve Irwin) who died suddenly, since it would push peoples' buttons and get them talking about PETA.

    This tradition is as old as time itself, I believe. If you've ever interacted with a small community, gossip happens quite often because people eat it up.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

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    This happens in every. single. minimalism. thread. Ad infinitum on /r/minimalism. Minimalism means different things to different people. Here, it's quite obviously about reducing the variety of...

    This happens in every. single. minimalism. thread. Ad infinitum on /r/minimalism.

    Minimalism means different things to different people. Here, it's quite obviously about reducing the variety of clothes he has, and maintaining minimalism in how he dresses.

    Your outlook (which is totally fine, by the way) is that of financial/economic/environmental minimalism. In that people should use what they own as much as possible. This is also how I tend to see minimalism, but I have to remember that it means different things for different people.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

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    A film alone shouldn't be a basis for lifestyle changes. Streetwear is actually a big aesthetic right now, maybe less so in the states though. You're describing an OCBD shirt. Plenty of people...

    many of which I'm starting to dislike because of a line from a movie which deeply influenced me: "Nobody wants to read your shirt".

    A film alone shouldn't be a basis for lifestyle changes. Streetwear is actually a big aesthetic right now, maybe less so in the states though.

    I wish there was more clothing that dances the gradient between "nicer than a t-shirt, more casual than a button down, and not at all slob-like like a polo".

    You're describing an OCBD shirt. Plenty of people wear them, and it's not a bad outfit style by any means.. but it's a really basic uniform that tends to get worn by guys when they start becoming conscious about their clothing choices. See /r/malefashionadvice's unofficial "uniforms", one of which is clark desert boots, chinos, and an ocbd. Or some offwhite shoe like Nike Killshots, chinos, and an ocbd.

    You can find your own appropriate style–and sometimes tshirts work well too. Not graphic tees necessarily but just plain or muted ones.

    Personally I've come very close to reaching "one outfit", but when I tried it it was extremely boring. I need variety, and I'm also a 20 something guy that isn't an eccentric artist or a movie character. Wearing 1 outfit is just cartoonish.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

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    The thing though, is that You are unlikely to be a Famous or Renowned Person. For example, I'm simply a programmer and an average individual in terms of being recognized—that is to say, I'm not...

    The thing though, is that You are unlikely to be a Famous or Renowned Person. For example, I'm simply a programmer and an average individual in terms of being recognized—that is to say, I'm not recognized at all. If I wore the same thing every day, it would be seen as eccentric, in the bad and weird sense. Not in the cool, sophisticated sense. If I were a famous composer or entrepreneur or something, then it would be different.

    What I'm getting at is, I dislike comparisons to renowned people (especially artists) because it's quite different when you're a roughly average, non-artist person.

    Also I've tried slimming my wardrobe down as much as possible, but it's... boring. So boring. Even adding a few extra articles and pairs of shoes created so much variety.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    Ah my apologies then. Yes, there is a resurgence in the literal retro games market for sure.

    Ah my apologies then. Yes, there is a resurgence in the literal retro games market for sure.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    There are many flaws with the notion of vinyl LPs having better quality. I will sum up here but I recommend looking at several myths being debunked in more detail here. [0] For starters, we...

    There are many flaws with the notion of vinyl LPs having better quality. I will sum up here but I recommend looking at several myths being debunked in more detail here. [0]

    For starters, we actually -can- sample sound with a high enough resolution that fidelity isn't lost, at least to human ears. [1] And we do track (record) sounds at multiples beyond that. I recommend looking into signal processing & sampling theory. [2] Also, this article goes over why 24bit/96khz tracks aren't necessary at all for listening purposes, but it expounds on audio theory. [3]


    You may be thinking of issues related to mp3 compression and the amount of data streamed per second (kilobits per second). 192kbps is where mp3 starts to cross the threshold of sounding like flac/pcm/raw audio files. 320kbps is virtually undistinguishable. Many, many double blind tests have been taken, and people/supposed audiophiles have about a 50% guess rate on whether a song is 320kbps or flac. There are good reasons to prefer FLAC over MP3, but being objectively better sounding is not one of them.


    CDs actually have a higher dynamic range than LPs (and thus are objectively higher quality). In addition, CDs do not lose data every single time the user listens to the album, unlike LPs. The needle gets quite hot, and every time an LP is listened to, it degrades. If you listen to LPs that have been played a few times you will hear that distinct crackle and pop.

    Digital raw audio files are a perfect recreation (exactly as made) and cannot degrade unless one uses lossy compression algorithms, like mp3 or AAC.


    The other major flaw is that these days albums are tracked digitally to begin with. When I worked in a studio we tracked in Pro Tools. Writing to an LP by definition reduces audio quality, since it has a more limited dynamic range than CDs or just raw PCM files.


    Lastly, many so-called audiophiles or vinyl enthusiasts do not use any science whatsoever in their basis. They just say "it feels warmer/<other abstract adjective>". Which is why it can be annoying to broach this subject. I would like to note that it is possible for something to "feel warmer", but that has to do with your acoustic listening setup rather than just pure LP vs digital. It's not uncommon to have turntable preamps or amps that use tubes, which can "color" the sound, changing it from the original. You can see this with Schiit's products: the Vali [4] is a tube-hybrid while the Magni [5] is a solid state headphone amp/preamp.


    So where do I stand here? I listen to both digital audio and collect LPs. But I know full well that LPs do not provide any qualitative improvements, and only provide drawbacks regarding quality. Despite this it's fun to collect LPs, hold them in my hands, and get to listen to albums uninterrupted.

    [0] https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=Myths_(Vinyl)
    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyquist%E2%80%93Shannon_sampling_theorem
    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampling_(signal_processing)
    [3] https://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html#toc_s
    [4] https://www.schiit.com/products/vali-1
    [5] https://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1

    9 votes
  15. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    Pixel graphics games exploded in popularity probably because pixel animated games require much less work on graphics, which frees up solo/small teams of developers to work on the actual game logic...

    Pixel graphics games exploded in popularity probably because

    • pixel animated games require much less work on graphics, which frees up solo/small teams of developers to work on the actual game logic
    • good pixel animated games have to have good gameplay or other content because the graphics alone won't carry the game
    • pixel games generally are made by indie devs or smaller studios, who generally don't fuck over consumers and try to bleed them dry like medium-big or traditional AAA studios do

    There is some nostalgia for sure there, but I don't think that's primarily why retro-style games are popular right now. When I play terraria, undertale, shovel knight, etc I don't think of the 80s or retro games at all, but I do think about how those games are fun, exquisitely made or hilarious games that are worth the time.


    I also don't agree with the vinyl sentiment—I don't think people are wondering about what it was like before the internet. With vinyl you tend to get pseudo audiophiles who claim the audio quality is magically better, or people who simply like collecting LPs and physically holding music. Either way collecting vinyl has become somewhat popular again, and studios probably love being able to sell LPs of modern stuff at $30, $40 a pop.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on The Teens Who Listen to ‘Mallwave’ Are Nostalgic for an Experience They’ve Never Had in ~music

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    You can't be nostalgic for something that you never actually experienced. These people are romanticizing something, which is fine, but picking suburban malls is just weird. If you had actually...

    You can't be nostalgic for something that you never actually experienced. These people are romanticizing something, which is fine, but picking suburban malls is just weird.

    If you had actually gone to one you'd know they suck, and rightfully are dying out. As an adult the only time I ever chose to go to a mall was if I wanted to go try on a piece of clothing in person before ordering. As a kid I only went if I wanted to go to a bookstore like Borders, but I never thought the actual mall itself was appealing at all. They are tedious to walk through, always poorly organized, usually have overpriced stores where I can't crosscheck to find better prices, and always take at least 20-30 minutes to get to (for some reason).

    12 votes
  17. Comment on Comparing Textile vs. Markdown for mobile use in ~comp

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    The alt text is necessary for people with visual impairments who use screen readers or similar tools. I go out of my way to write good alt text, just in case someone needs it one day.

    The alt text is necessary for people with visual impairments who use screen readers or similar tools. I go out of my way to write good alt text, just in case someone needs it one day.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on What do you find cozy, comforting, or relaxing? in ~talk

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    Consistency and pursuing disciplines gives me an overall 'comfort' about my life. Day to day, I love to wake up with a hot cup of something like tea or coffee. There's just something about sitting...

    Consistency and pursuing disciplines gives me an overall 'comfort' about my life.

    Day to day, I love to wake up with a hot cup of something like tea or coffee. There's just something about sitting down and knocking out some of the day's tasks with a fresh mug.

    When working, I switch between preferring a very quiet, home environment to a louder environment like a cafe or coworking space, where I can disappear in the sounds, so to speak.

    When I get irritated or bored I like to slip into practicing something for ~30-60 minutes, such as practicing combos in street fighter or labbing in super smash brothers melee. I've spent a lot of time getting technically skilled in the game, so I can just mindlessly practice against a CPU or try some things out. Since this type of practice is entirely mechanical it lets my mind wander and reset.

  19. Comment on Our Increasingly Fascist Public Discourse in ~humanities

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    That's fair, and something I hadn't really thought of.

    That's fair, and something I hadn't really thought of.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Our Increasingly Fascist Public Discourse in ~humanities

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    Then we're in complete agreement on that. Some people refer to this as a battle.

    feel like I’m stating the obvious, but, you can affect the statistical usage of language by, you know, using words. And, I would argue, you should think about which words you use.

    Then we're in complete agreement on that. Some people refer to this as a battle.

    1 vote