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  1. Comment on Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world in ~misc

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    I have to be honest with you, as someone who wants to call himself a "radical leftist", I find statements like these to not only be incorrect, but also offensive and degrading. The similarities...

    The far Left and the far Right have a lot of things in common.

    the type of people you are talking about are people who base their worldview on personal experience instead of logic and reason.

    The only difference between this crowd and Trump supporters is that they have incompatible ideologies.

    I have to be honest with you, as someone who wants to call himself a "radical leftist", I find statements like these to not only be incorrect, but also offensive and degrading.

    The similarities between far-left and far-right ideologies begin and end at their opposition to liberal democracies and globalization.

    Also, it is imperative to understand that the reasons that the more extreme ends of the left-right political spectrum each oppose the center could not be more different from each other.

    The horseshoe theory is bogus. It's a gross simplification of the beliefs held at the extreme ends of politics and tries to blatantly, irresponsibly lump inherently authoritarian ideologies (fascism, nazism, white supremacy) into the same basket as ideologies focused on the liberation and communalization of populations (socialism, communism, anarchism).


    That being said, if by:

    but the type of people you are talking about

    and

    this crowd

    you mean accelerationists and not necessarily everyone or most people who fall onto extreme ends of the left-right spectrum, then I'm sorry that I misinterpreted your comment.

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  2. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Last night I turned in the rough draft of my last paper for this semester. Thankfully, the final draft isn't due until the 27th, but between it and NaNoWriMo I'm definitely burnt out on writing...

    Last night I turned in the rough draft of my last paper for this semester. Thankfully, the final draft isn't due until the 27th, but between it and NaNoWriMo I'm definitely burnt out on writing and won't be working on my novel today.

    I also don't have class today, which is nice. That means that Wednesday is the only day I have to go in before we get a week off for Thanksgiving.

    To take advantage of the extra free time I have today, I'm going to be installing some new parts on my bike that I recently bought. I discovered that I don't particularly like drop bars. It could just be because the drop bars on my bike aren't padded much, but I went ahead and ordered a flat bar, brake levers, and brake cables to completely replace the drop bars.

    After I get done with that and go for a nice bike ride, I'll spend this afternoon studying for a math test that I have to take Wednesday. I'm pretty nervous about it, but if I understand how my grade for the class is calculated and how our final exam affects our grade, then I only need to score something ridiculously low, like a twenty, to maintain a passing grade, so I don't think I'm in danger of failing the class. (Fingers crossed.)

    Tuesday I will also be studying. After I take the math test on Wednesday and get home from class, I plan on "going hard" on finishing the rest of my homework for this semester, so that I can relax over Thanksgiving break. After break is over, I'll go back for one week of studying, then the week after that will be finals.

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  3. My problem with writing

    You know what my problem is? When I was young, and I got into a game, book, or any kind of series, I eventually found myself spending hours on a wiki, reading manuals, books, and Internet posts,...

    You know what my problem is? When I was young, and I got into a game, book, or any kind of series, I eventually found myself spending hours on a wiki, reading manuals, books, and Internet posts, watching videos, trying to discover every last detail about the subject that I could find. I still distinctly remember reading about the Celestials from Star Wars, the Forerunners and the Precursors from Halo, or the distant continents of Akivir and others in Elder Scrolls.

    My problem is that I've always had this thirst to read about the worlds that I am interested in and to consume every last bit of knowledge about them.

    As a writer, or rather, when I try to write something, I far too often just have the urge to explain everything so the reader doesn't need to go to a wiki or watch a video to get the extra context. This means that, because of the way I engaged (and still engage) with worlds, I have a very hard time letting go of all the details and just letting what I write lead the reader's imagination into something of their own making.

    I shouldn't need, want, or try to explain that these aliens are strange and mysterious. The dialogue, thoughts, and actions of characters familiar to us should illustrate that just fine on their own.

    And that's it. That's exactly what I have trouble with. I struggle to communicate indirectly, to lead readers to a conclusion instead of plainly telling it to them.

    Oh god, I've done it again.

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  4. Comment on Winter is coming even more quickly - Improving the performance of a WebAssembly interpreter in ~comp

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    In case you didn't notice, aside from this introduction post, the first part of this series is here: Faster Winter 1/7: Vectors Apparently a new part is going to be published every day. I might...

    In case you didn't notice, aside from this introduction post, the first part of this series is here:

    Apparently a new part is going to be published every day. I might end up posting all of them to ~comp over time by scheduling one or two parts to be posted each week.

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