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  1. Comment on Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure. in ~tech

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    Thanks for this! I had the same complaint that @Micycle_the_Bichael had (fantastic username) and this resolves it. I do most of my texting via my Mac so this is great.

    Thanks for this! I had the same complaint that @Micycle_the_Bichael had (fantastic username) and this resolves it. I do most of my texting via my Mac so this is great.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Daniel Radcliffe to star in comedic ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic biopic for Roku in ~movies

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    I half expected it to star Weird Al as himself with zero attempt to de-age him. Just like this clearly older weird al playing himself as a child, but nobody acknowledges it.

    I half expected it to star Weird Al as himself with zero attempt to de-age him. Just like this clearly older weird al playing himself as a child, but nobody acknowledges it.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Mike Judge is rebooting King of the Hill in ~tv

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    I think the show could touch on some of your examples without ruining the characters. The show ran for over a decade during a really fast-paced era in the US. They touched on a lot of politics and...

    I think the show could touch on some of your examples without ruining the characters. The show ran for over a decade during a really fast-paced era in the US. They touched on a lot of politics and social changes without being preachy about it. They handled it with grace and poked fun at it where they could. To borrow your examples...

    Dale would dismiss the Q-Anon stuff as a distraction or government-manufactured conspiracy theory and think the subscribers to those theories were crackpots (of course missing the irony). OR he'd fall into it, actually dig into the theories and come up empty-handed and realize it was bullshit and have a crisis ("If this isn't real, what if aliens also aren't real?!").

    Bill would fall into the incel crowd with enthusiasm thinking he's found a supportive community. And it would start making him act really shitty toward Peggy or Nancy and Hank and Dale would pull him out of his own ass (and or kick it). OR Bill would realize how pathetic the community is on his own after making an ass of himself in front of Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer.

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

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    Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee We watched into the Spider-verse with our Spidey-obsessed toddlers and the song has been stuck in my head ever since. I really enjoy Swae Lee's parts in this...

    Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
    We watched into the Spider-verse with our Spidey-obsessed toddlers and the song has been stuck in my head ever since. I really enjoy Swae Lee's parts in this song, and I was hoping I'd found a new artist to get into, but I didn't really like any of his other music.

    Far Far Away / My Oh My / Cum On Feel The Noise / Run Runaway - Slade
    I'd never heard of Slade before they came up on the Christmas music discussion last month. And then they kept popping up on the in-game radio in Farming Simulator 22 and "Run Runaway" caught my ear. So I started going through their popular music and really like what I've heard so far. Also I absolutely prefer their original version of Cum On Feel The Noise over Quiet Riot's cover.

    Grace Kelly - MIKA
    I'm not a big fan of pop music, but I decided 2022 was going to be the year I tried to branch out a little bit. After hearing covers of this song on Tik-Tok, I decided to listen to the original and I absolutely love it. Such a great song.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've set a goal to read 12 books this year, which I know isn't much, but I'm really bad about making time for books. I'm hoping to exceed that goal, but we'll see! The first book of 2022 for me...

    I've set a goal to read 12 books this year, which I know isn't much, but I'm really bad about making time for books. I'm hoping to exceed that goal, but we'll see! The first book of 2022 for me was "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I'm borrowing this from my Good Reads review:

    McCarthy's choice to pretend quotation marks don't exist is an interesting one. I've read that he believes dialogue can be adequately presented without them, which I can agree with to an extent. "The boy said", "the man replied", etc. can be immersion-breaking if you're reading a long stretch of dialogue and I'm sure it's tiresome to write. While I don't take issue with that decision, I will say that once you add a third person to the conversation it does get a bit confusing. But even with just the Man and the Boy I found myself having to re-read some conversations a few times to keep track of who was saying what.

    I found the relationship between the Man and the Boy to be very realistically portrayed. The Boy's unbreakable optimism and desire to do good, the Man's struggle to foster that and shield his son from the horrors of the world all the while having to do questionable things to keep them alive. The father's cruelty towards others at times pained me, but I get it.

    In a world with basements full of humans kept as cattle and newborns consumed for sustenance, can anyone afford to be truly good? I think that's the ultimate question this book poses. And I think it does a good job of providing the reader with all of the possible answers without picking one.

    The cannibals are the definitive "No". You have to be cut-throat and do everything you can, no matter how previously distasteful, to live. You see this archetypes in a lot of post-apocalyptic media. There's always a segment of the population that will do literally anything to survive. Steal, murder, rape, eat people, anything. What's interesting to me is that unlike other PA books I've read, it seems like the majority of survivors fall into this group. Good people are few and far between.

    The Boy is the definitive "Yes". You can and should do good things. Help people who need it, even at your own expense. The problem with this approach is that you put yourself in harm's way constantly. In their world, people will backstab, exploit, or outright kill you even if you treat them right.

    The Man is the "Maybe" answer. Helping folks at your own expense will get you killed, but that doesn't mean you resort to murder or cannibalism to survive. I think the reality of the world pulled him in one direction, but having his son with him pulled him in the other.

    I do have some issues with book. Mostly that when horrible things happen it's usually just a quick sentence or two. There's no dwelling on it or in-depth look at the characters processing it. The Boy just becomes a little more jaded, The Man regrets his son had to see it, and then they have bad dreams. There's no talking about it, or trying to understand it (if such a thing is possible). It's just "bad thing happens, they ran away quickly".

    I'd also hoped we'd see some sort of decent human settlement along the way. In a lot of post-apocalyptic books there's a group of good people who come together and build a small town. Their slice of paradise becomes a target for the raiders, or cannibals, or whoever, but we didn't really get that in this book. Which I suppose isn't necessarily a bad thing-- it is kind of tropey. But I'm left with a desire to see what that would look like in this setting.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    tbh, I hated it too (search being terrible was the biggest reason), it's just that it's still substantially better than Google's offerings despite that. I can't even directly name Google's...

    tbh, I hated it too (search being terrible was the biggest reason), it's just that it's still substantially better than Google's offerings despite that. I can't even directly name Google's offerings because they're so inconsistent with it!

    At least Teams is consistent and serves as mostly all-in-one package.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    Don't even get me started on Google's confusing-as-fuck messaging ecosystem. I started a new job in August and the company uses a Google stack and figuring out what messaging app/site to use was...

    Don't even get me started on Google's confusing-as-fuck messaging ecosystem. I started a new job in August and the company uses a Google stack and figuring out what messaging app/site to use was confusing. There's Hangouts and then there's Chat. I tried to use Hangouts, but it told me to use chats, but then I had to hop back into Hangouts to do video calls, which is ridiculous.

    My previous job was on an MS stack, where all of that is just rolled into Teams and worked more or less perfectly. Plus it had calendar integration, which was really nice for keeping tabs on upcoming meetings. I guess Google has that in Gmail, where all of the above co-exists, but then that's a third confusing option from Google. Plus I don't like Gmail's UI at all. Teams used tabs to keep things organized, but Google's approach is "Let's show everything all at once on once screen". And none of these things have desktop apps either, it's all in the browser which means very basic notifications. I can't hop into a call via a notification when someone calls me, I can't accept a meeting invite via notifications like I could on Teams, etc.

    It boggles my mind that Google has made their own messaging ecosystem so confusing. And I'm saying that as a tech-savvy person, who knows how tech-illiterate folks are managing.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Rush - La Villa Strangiato (1978) in ~music

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    Thanks for sharing this, I'd never heard it before. Rush is one of those bands I didn't really get into until my late teens, long after they'd been enshrined as rock gods, but now stands as one of...

    Thanks for sharing this, I'd never heard it before.

    Rush is one of those bands I didn't really get into until my late teens, long after they'd been enshrined as rock gods, but now stands as one of my all-time favorites. My dad had a greatest hits CD in his car and when I borrowed his car to go to work I'd jam out "Spirit of Radio" driving way too fast in the middle of the night with my windows down, screaming out the lyrics. Then dad and I got to see them live a year or so after their R30 tour, which was really awesome. Good times!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What was the best music you listened to this year? in ~music

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    I'm gonna pluck a few from my Spotify Wrapped list. Darlingside - 1979 | YouTube It's a folk cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song. I didn't exist in '79, but the music video for the original song...

    I'm gonna pluck a few from my Spotify Wrapped list.

    Darlingside - 1979 | YouTube
    It's a folk cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song. I didn't exist in '79, but the music video for the original song has always left me deeply nostalgic for my childhood and teen years. And this cover just takes that to another level for me. Makes me feel warm, fuzzy, and nostalgic.

    The Mountain Goats - Color In Your Cheeks | Youtube
    My wife surprised me with tickets to see TMG in concert a few months back. Vax and masks required, so we felt safe going. It was the first big thing we'd done since the pandemic started and one of a handful of things we've been able to do just the two of us since we had our twins 2.5 years ago. Anyway it turned out to be TMG with just John performing solo and he started singing "Color In Your Cheeks" and the entire crowd started singing along. I had never heard the song in my life, but I loved it and have been obsessed with it ever since.

    A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It? | Youtube
    This was my hype song this year. I spent the summer looking for a new job with better pay and it was a really rocky road. A lot of bad interviews, crappy recruiters, and so many applications sent. For one of the interviews, I put this song on to hype me up and within 10 minutes of the interview ending I had a job offer with a huge pay bump. I've no doubt that the song got me in good spirits and feeling confident. idk what "It" is, but suffice to say I certainly gave it a hard kick.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What were the best shows you watched this year? in ~tv

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    I didn't watch much this year that wasn't Marvel or Star Wars related. But the standouts for me were WandaVision and Loki. Both shows just really gripped me and had me obsessing over fan theories...

    I didn't watch much this year that wasn't Marvel or Star Wars related. But the standouts for me were WandaVision and Loki. Both shows just really gripped me and had me obsessing over fan theories for weeks. What-If was also really good, but not quite the same. FatWS was okay, but ultimately kind of underwhelming. The biggest thing it had going for it was that it setup a lot of interesting future stories (Power Broker, US Agent, and the Captain America baton hand-off)

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

  12. Comment on What will prevent this site from becoming Reddit 2.0? in ~tildes

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    There are a lot of things that make reddit terrible and toxic and tildes seems to address them fairly well. Firstly there's comments--people just being absolute dicks to one another, bad faith...

    There are a lot of things that make reddit terrible and toxic and tildes seems to address them fairly well.

    Firstly there's comments--people just being absolute dicks to one another, bad faith arguments, low-effort nonsense, etc. And I've seen that stuff get called out or outright removed from tildes frequently enough that I'm not too concerned about that.

    There's mass downvoting where a non-popular opinion gets drowned out with downvotes so that a conversation about said opinion can never really take place. We can't downvote on tildes, so that's not much of a concern. And I've seen some really good conversations take place about unpopular opinions here as well.

    There's brigading, where a subgroup decides to just overwhelm another group with downvotes, negative comments, and hijacking the submissions there. Tildes groups aren't very comparable to subreddits. They're not so much mini-communities within the larger tildes community as they are just tags/categories for submissions. Plus I have no doubt that any brigading-type stuff would be met with swift action here.

    There's astroturfing where corporations will present ad or PR content as organic content on the site. Everyone on reddit likes to joke about /r/hailcorporate, but it definitely happens and sometimes it's really obvious, but nobody seems to care. Imo, tildes' only defense against this is that it's too small for a company to spend time/money/effort on. I assume Deimos would react swiftly to this as well, but there aren't really any mechanics/policies in place to prevent it (AFAIK).


    But ultimately for me, if tildes goes to shit I'll just move on, so I'm not that concerned about it. I'm no stranger to losing communities-- lots of forums, digg, social media, etc. have all kicked the bucket over the years and I've gotten to used to it just being the natural cycle of the internet. That being said, I'll do everything I can to help foster a good environment here on tildes and I'd obviously love to see it grow and maintain its quality in the process.

    And I think there are a lot of things in place to prevent tildes going the reddit route . I think a big chunk of this community being disenfranchised redditors who know exactly what went wrong with reddit and digg before it means it's less likely to happen here. Or so I hope!

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What programming languages or technical projects did you focus on in 2021? What will you focus on in 2022? in ~comp

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    I started 2021 off really intent on getting back into WordPress (PHP) development. 5 years ago that was my full-time job. Developing themes/plugins for local companies and I loved it. The pay was...

    I started 2021 off really intent on getting back into WordPress (PHP) development. 5 years ago that was my full-time job. Developing themes/plugins for local companies and I loved it. The pay was terrible though, so I jumped ship and found myself in Moodle development. I did that for a few years and I started to really miss WordPress. So I put myself in a position to inherit all of our WP work at that job but it just didn't work out. They handed it off to someone more junior and kept me focused on bigger projects. Which, combined with lower-than-ideal pay, led me to jump ship again. I had expected my current job to be more WP-centric, but my first (and so far only) has been done in Laravel. I've dabbled in some WP stuff here and there, but the bulk of my attention has been on Laravel since August. I really enjoy Laravel, although I find the documentation a little overwhelming and lacking in good examples at times. 3rd party tutorials/docs are super hit and miss as well. A lot of it is outdated or just plain wrong.

    I don't know what I'll focus on in 2022. I know for January I'll be continuing my project in Laravel, but after that who knows? Hopefully some WordPress, but I'm pretty much open to anything. I'd like to make some time for myself to get better with JS. I'm decent with it, but my code is always so messy and I'm terrible at structuring things in JS.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I accomplished a big goal! Ever since we had our kids 2 years ago we knew we needed to find a new house. We had twins and just immediately outgrew our house. The overall square footage isn't...

    I accomplished a big goal! Ever since we had our kids 2 years ago we knew we needed to find a new house. We had twins and just immediately outgrew our house. The overall square footage isn't awful, but the house is laid out poorly and after 5 years in this house we're ready to find something else. We first tried around the time we had the kids, but my credit was shot and since I'm the only one with an income, my credit was the only one that mattered. So I worked out a plan to pay off about $15k in debt over the next few years and began to take better care of my credit score.

    Earlier this week it all paid off because I applied for a mortgage and got pre-approval. And I wasn't really expecting that, so I'm not sure what to do next. We need to get our current house cleaned up and start dumping unneeded stuff into storage probably, but we are pre-approved until March, so we've got some time. But ideally I want our house ready to be put on the market before we even think about looking at houses. Just a lot of things to do!

    Additionally, my first big project at my new job got client approval yesterday, so I'm feeling pretty awesome about that as well. And to top it all off, we got to take the kids to see Santa the other day (sort of). My parents' town's fire department does a neighborhood drive through with a truck and there's a firefighter dressed as Santa on the back waving to all the kids. They hand out candy canes and stuff. It was a lot of fun and the kids had fun. This is our first Christmas where they're old enough to understand holidays and actively participate in them, so it's been a blast.

    This is a really great week all in all :)

    edit: Well our fridge just died, so there's that...I guess I couldn't have too good of a week.

    Edit 2: nvm it decided to kick back on after I ran to a gas station for ice and started putting our food in a cooler hahaha.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

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    I put everything into a Spotify playlist! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7FY6Ngmo60so3xzy3xCTY5?si=729f98cd8da34283 I didn't add the entire album recommendations, because I thought they might...
    • Exemplary

    I put everything into a Spotify playlist! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7FY6Ngmo60so3xzy3xCTY5?si=729f98cd8da34283

    I didn't add the entire album recommendations, because I thought they might end up dominating the playlist. So if anyone who shared an entire album would like to specify a song or two from it, just reply to this and I'll update the playlist sometime tonight. And if I added the wrong song anywhere, let me know as well. I'm not familiar with most of these renditions, so I just went with what came up in the search.

    Merry Christmas!

    8 votes
  16. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

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    Oh man how could I forget to mention this one? Christmas music needs more synths!

    Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmas Time

    Oh man how could I forget to mention this one? Christmas music needs more synths!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

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    With regards to your honorable mentions, I really appreciate the UK for this. Never been there, likely never will, but it will always hold a place in my heart for stuff like that.

    With regards to your honorable mentions, I really appreciate the UK for this. Never been there, likely never will, but it will always hold a place in my heart for stuff like that.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

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    A few of mine: "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole "I won't be Home For Christmas" by blink-182 "Christmas Time" by The Darkness "Father Christmas" by The Kinks "All I Want For Christmas Is You"...

    A few of mine:

    • "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole
    • "I won't be Home For Christmas" by blink-182
    • "Christmas Time" by The Darkness
    • "Father Christmas" by The Kinks
    • "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by My Chemical Romance
    • "Merry Christmas Darling" by Carpenters (it's a nostalgia thing because my mom loved them and every Christmas their Christmas album got played a lot)
    4 votes
  19. What are your favorite Christmas songs?

    "It's too early for Christmas", you may be saying, but you may also be a Scrooge and I won't abide by it. Christmas is just about 2 weeks away and I'm ready to listen to some Christmas music. So...

    "It's too early for Christmas", you may be saying, but you may also be a Scrooge and I won't abide by it. Christmas is just about 2 weeks away and I'm ready to listen to some Christmas music. So what are some of your favorites?

    Also any non-Christmas December holiday music can be shared as well! I'm just not aware of any of the others having much music (unless you're into that Adam Sandler song).

    edit: I put together a Spotify playlist of everything (so far as of Dec 13 @ 1pm EST) -- https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7FY6Ngmo60so3xzy3xCTY5?si=729f98cd8da34283

    edit 2: I've been adding songs as they trickle in. Last updated Dec 20

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

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    I decided to give Spotify's "Discover Weekly" playlist a listen. I used to listen to it a lot, but it was a lot of time/effort to only come away from it with only a few new Liked songs. But...

    I decided to give Spotify's "Discover Weekly" playlist a listen. I used to listen to it a lot, but it was a lot of time/effort to only come away from it with only a few new Liked songs. But anyway, gave it a shot yesterday and the same thing happened, but here's what I added to my Liked songs:

    • "Rock Lobster" by The B-52's. A weird little classic that I'm surprised wasn't already in my Liked songs.
    • "Pure Morning" by Placebo. Another song that I'm aware of, love, but just hadn't come across it on Spotify before. Although I can't shake this feeling that I'm more familiar with a cover of this song than the original. Something about the overall sound feels off to me, but all of the covers I found on Spotify sounded even more wrong.
    • "Tropicana" by Ratatat. I really enjoy their music. I'm planning to do a more thorough listening at some point. But as of right now I really love "Tropicana", "Cream on Chrome", and "Loud Pipes"
    • "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five" by Wings. I thought for sure this was sung by someone other than McCartney, but nope it's him. Just doesn't have his characteristic sound in this song, but it's a fantastic and catchy tune.
    3 votes