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  1. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    I know roast pumpkin isn't common in many countries, but it is here in Australia and it's delicious as well. It's even arguably better than roast sweet potato, which can sometimes be a bit on the...

    I know roast pumpkin isn't common in many countries, but it is here in Australia and it's delicious as well. It's even arguably better than roast sweet potato, which can sometimes be a bit on the dry side imo.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Maybe I'm a minority here, but I think most healthy food tastes good. Healthy packaged food is kind of a waste of time though - usually not particularly healthy or tasty. Off the top of my head:...

    Maybe I'm a minority here, but I think most healthy food tastes good. Healthy packaged food is kind of a waste of time though - usually not particularly healthy or tasty.

    Off the top of my head:

    • smashed avocado
    • edamame beans
    • sour dough bread
    • hummus
    • salted nuts
    • roast veggies
    • corn
    6 votes
  3. Comment on The case for making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones in ~design

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    I think the author is setting up a false dichotomy, and also not giving full credit to “smart city” ideas and concepts. “Smart city” is admittedly poorly defined and maybe over-hyped, but there...

    I think the author is setting up a false dichotomy, and also not giving full credit to “smart city” ideas and concepts.

    “Smart city” is admittedly poorly defined and maybe over-hyped, but there are some genuine opportunities in there to make cities more environmentally friendly, safe, and efficient. Some ideas I saw flying around when I worked at a local council was “smart lighting” in parks that only lit up when people went by (reducing light pollution, increasing safety and walkability), smart watering systems to make parks more water efficient, and data sharing amongst utility providers and government departments so that they weren’t laying brand new concrete/asphalt only for someone to tear it up a week later for subterranean works.

    Also, using technology to create digital models of proposed buildings empowers locals by giving them a visual of new buildings before they are approved, and it can help identify problems before construction begins which decreases waste.

    3D digital city models can even be used to model the ways climate change will impact communities and identify vulnerable groups. It’s also being used to inform urban forestry plans and find opportunities for revegetation. Ironically, I’ve seen data driven analytics being used to locate buildings that could be suitable for the exact “dumb solution” (green roofs) that the author is spruking.

    “Smart cities” also do not stand in opposition to flood management via renaturalising waterways (something I also saw being pursued by council at the same time as “smart” solutions for other problems).

    The author’s suggestion that driving cars is associated with “smart cities” (as opposed to ‘dumb’ solutions like walking) makes me think that they don’t actually know anything about the smart city concept at all. As far as I’m aware, all local councils around here are trying to increase the walkability of neighbourhoods. The only smart city concept associated with cars I can think of is parking sensors which is arguably more about punishing car-use than encouraging it.

    This idea that technology is automatically in opposition to natural solutions and/or the natural environment is out of date, and I don’t think anyone is doing nature any favours by rejecting data-driven solutions.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on What are the best movies mainly set in a single location? in ~movies

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    Does Moulin Rouge count? It’s one of my favourite movies of all time and the set design is part of what makes the movie so great. The location is presented as one place, but it’s no doubt actually...

    Does Moulin Rouge count? It’s one of my favourite movies of all time and the set design is part of what makes the movie so great.
    The location is presented as one place, but it’s no doubt actually a lot of different sets, so it might not be what you are looking for.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How do you record your journal, personal log, or diary and why do you record it that way? in ~talk

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    Any time I try to maintain a long form journal, I don't keep it up for long. But I do semi-regularly use gratitude journaling as a tool for improving mental health. All I do is write down three...

    Any time I try to maintain a long form journal, I don't keep it up for long. But I do semi-regularly use gratitude journaling as a tool for improving mental health. All I do is write down three good things that happened that day before I go to bed. Studies have shown that this one simple habit has a measurable impact on happiness.

    I think that keeping the task short and easy makes it easier to succeed at maintaining the habit. If I want to elaborate I can, but all it really requires is three bullet points.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I agree, and I count myself as a nerd who likes terrible movies as well. What gets under my skin though, is when nerds like to pretend that their wish fulfilling action movie is a cinematic...

    I agree, and I count myself as a nerd who likes terrible movies as well.

    What gets under my skin though, is when nerds like to pretend that their wish fulfilling action movie is a cinematic masterpiece, while looking down on all movies for women as crap. Have some self awareness.

    It's not a movie, but I've seen this most recently on a Witcher subreddit. There was a huge, rambling discussion, de-constructing why women keep throwing themselves at Geralt in the books. Meanwhile the same subreddit commonly accuses the female show runner of the new TV show of self insertion and wish fulfilment because the female love interest got given a backstory. Zero self awareness, and zero acknowledgement that maybe your books about a big strong man going from town to town killing monsters and sleeping with women might just be male self insertion or wish fulfilment.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Ticketing cyclists is pointless and cruel in ~life

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    The core point, as far as I can tell, is that infrastructure and road rules don't guarantee (or even prioritise) cyclist safety, and so he has gotten into the habit of focusing only on his own...

    The core point, as far as I can tell, is that infrastructure and road rules don't guarantee (or even prioritise) cyclist safety, and so he has gotten into the habit of focusing only on his own safety when on the road.

    I'm going to buck the trend in the comments so far, and say I'm actually pretty sympathetic to this argument. Cyclists shouldn't be forced to abide by a set of rules that don't take them into consideration.

    Ideally there would be rules and infrastructure that took everyone into consideration, and bicycles would be ticketed like anyone else for failing to follow them. But it's not fair to expect cyclists to fend for themselves most of the time, and then penalise them when they don't follow a protocol that was designed for cars anyway.

    Also - it's safer for a cyclist to turn on a red. That gets them around the corner before the cars, and avoids being hit by a day dreaming driver cutting the corner. It's also safer for cyclists to separate themselves from the rush of accelerating cars when the light turns green.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    Tarantino is a one trick wonder who just keeps releasing new, tired, iterations of his same one trick. Thirty years ago his whole schtick might've at least been novel, but now it is just...

    Tarantino is a one trick wonder who just keeps releasing new, tired, iterations of his same one trick. Thirty years ago his whole schtick might've at least been novel, but now it is just repetitive and dull. I don't know why anyone pretends his movies are higher quality than say, a marvel movie.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on The Women of 'The Witcher' get their due in ~tv

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    Yep I agree, I stopped reading the books in part because of Dandelion, but in the TV Show Jaskier is one of my favourite characters. I like the way they have taken the good ideas from the books...

    Yep I agree, I stopped reading the books in part because of Dandelion, but in the TV Show Jaskier is one of my favourite characters.
    I like the way they have taken the good ideas from the books and adapted the more out-dated aspects for a wider audience.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Which movies had a major influence in your formative years? in ~movies

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    I adored Sailor Moon when I was young as well. An action/fantasy show with more than one woman on the team was a treat. It seems like something we take for granted now, but I also really...

    I adored Sailor Moon when I was young as well. An action/fantasy show with more than one woman on the team was a treat.

    It seems like something we take for granted now, but I also really appreciate that the girls in that TV show were so funny. I feel like the typical 90's recipe for humour was goofy men with sensible women rolling their eyes nearby. Maybe the trope originally cropped up with good intentions to combat the bimbo stereotype, I don't know. But its ubiquitousness kind of resulted in this feeling that women aren't fun and are held to a higher standard than the men around them.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The Hidden Dangers of the Great Index Fund Takeover in ~finance

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    Ethical ETFs are becoming more and more popular. I can't see any evidence that buying these shares will result in the company making more ethical votes on your behalf, but it would be a great if...

    Ethical ETFs are becoming more and more popular. I can't see any evidence that buying these shares will result in the company making more ethical votes on your behalf, but it would be a great if they could provide that service to investors and it would address some of the issues raised in the article.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Krugman: "Australia Shows Us the Road to Hell" in ~enviro

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    I think there is more or less a consensus for action among the public. Morrison only got voted in to government because during the election campaign he promised to take climate change seriously....

    But if a nation in flames isn’t enough to produce a consensus for action — if it isn’t even enough to produce some moderation in the anti-environmentalist position — what will?

    I think there is more or less a consensus for action among the public. Morrison only got voted in to government because during the election campaign he promised to take climate change seriously. His government repeatedly tell the public that they are taking action against climate change. The problem is that he and his government are lying to the public and repeatedly saying that they are reducing emissions when they aren't.
    They aren't interested in actually reducing emissions, but they are interested in giving the public the false impression that they are meeting targets.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

  14. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    I think the site needs something symbolic that makes it clear to someone giving the site a cursory glance that the community is welcoming to women and female perspectives. Reddit and other online...

    I think the site needs something symbolic that makes it clear to someone giving the site a cursory glance that the community is welcoming to women and female perspectives.

    Reddit and other online spaces (particularly tech/nerd type ones) are usually hostile to women. I'm satisfied with the moderation and the community here, but I would not have stuck around to find out if it weren't described to me as a progressive/inclusive by the person who invited me.

    When I came here I checked the tildes docs to see if there was some kind of statement of community values that included valuing diversity. 'Don't be an arsehole' doesn't really cut it, because some people can very polite while they tell you that your wellbeing and/or perspective doesn't matter very much.

    That's the main reason I want ~women. In practice, it wouldn't make much difference. But I hope that it would signal that women are welcome here, and encourage more submissions that are relevant to me.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    Thanks for answering. Considering the latest census, do you intend on doing anything to increase the proportion of women here?

    Thanks for answering.

    Considering the latest census, do you intend on doing anything to increase the proportion of women here?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    Is there any intention of adding a group for women?

    so at this point we need to be getting more (and more varied) content. Part of that will definitely require getting more users.

    Is there any intention of adding a group for women?

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    It's not the same thing though. It's specifically different to the example OP provided, and it is not the same thing as what the media does when the bring in, for example, pro-vaccine and...

    It's not the same thing though. It's specifically different to the example OP provided, and it is not the same thing as what the media does when the bring in, for example, pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine advocates for 'balance'.

    Having different people for the sake of diversity is just as non-productive

    It's funny you should use that wording, because the current scientific consensus is actually the opposite 1, 2, 3.

    11 votes
  18. Comment on Why/when do you encourage diversity of opinion? in ~talk

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    I personally don't find much value in having a diversity of opinions for the sake of diversity. But I do find value in having a diversity of people. Having a diversity of people will lead to more...

    I personally don't find much value in having a diversity of opinions for the sake of diversity. But I do find value in having a diversity of people. Having a diversity of people will lead to more perspectives being brought to the table, more world-views being considered, a wider range of background knowledge, and it will reduce the bias in the overall discussion.

    12 votes
  19. Comment on How do you convince someone of the value of egalitarianism? in ~talk

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    I think everyone agrees that egalitarianism is important. The challenge, is agreeing on how equality is measured. Eg. Is it 'egalitarianism' to judge with the exact same criteria when accepting...

    I think everyone agrees that egalitarianism is important. The challenge, is agreeing on how equality is measured.

    Eg. Is it 'egalitarianism' to judge with the exact same criteria when accepting applications to universities or collages? or is it more equal to take into consideration unequal circumstances such as race or income?

    'Egalitarian' is a label often used by people who oppose feminism, and in my experience, it is generally used to argue in support of the status quo. The general idea is that feminism is inherently unequal because it only helps one gender. The fact that women are already disadvantaged is either ignored or denied by this school of thought.

    In fact, I can't think of a single circumstance where extra help is given to people who are disadvantaged, where more privileged groups don't complain that it is unfair and that they are receiving unequal treatment.

    10 votes