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  1. Comment on Share a link to a happy song! in ~music

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    If we're talking C2C, I'm a fan of Down the Road, ever since I saw it in a Battlefield 3 montage way back. Always puts a smile on my face.

    If we're talking C2C, I'm a fan of Down the Road, ever since I saw it in a Battlefield 3 montage way back. Always puts a smile on my face.

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  2. Comment on Joe Biden is the next President of the United States in ~news

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    It seems to me this proposal would be completely irrelevant in the current circumstances, as both candidates have over 40% of the vote. Has there really not been a serious proposal to make the...

    It seems to me this proposal would be completely irrelevant in the current circumstances, as both candidates have over 40% of the vote. Has there really not been a serious proposal to make the election more proportional to actual votes?

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  3. Comment on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Cinematic world premiere trailer in ~games

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    Apparently Eivor is canonically Norwegian, in which case it's the correct spelling. If they're going to go the genderbending route, I guess Norse mythology is the right setting. Loki appears in...

    Still... Eivor :D (modern spelling of that name is Ejvor now btw,)

    Apparently Eivor is canonically Norwegian, in which case it's the correct spelling.

    If they're going to go the genderbending route, I guess Norse mythology is the right setting. Loki appears in the shape of a mare as the mother of Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged horse, and also in the guise of an old woman in the story of Baldr's death.

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  4. Comment on What are some songs/albums that strongly benefit from their "outside story"? in ~music

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    The story of Bon Iver's breakout album For Emma, Forever Ago (2007) is a case where the outside story has taken on almost mythological proportions. Justin Vernon was dissatisfied with his life,...

    The story of Bon Iver's breakout album For Emma, Forever Ago (2007) is a case where the outside story has taken on almost mythological proportions. Justin Vernon was dissatisfied with his life, broke up with his band, broke up with his girlfriend, got laid down low with illness, and decided to move to his dad's cabin in a remote part of Wisconsin to find himself. He spent the next three months chopping wood, hunting game, and writing an album that would make him famous. Later, he said that the titular Emma "isn't a person. Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma's a pain that you can’t erase."

    This origin story has arguably been overinterpreted to the point of almost overshadowing the actual album. It's like the ultimate dream of every hipster dude wearing a lumberjack shirt circa 2007, made into life. Nobody could talk about the album without mentioning the backstory, and each time the story was told, it became even larger and more impressive in the retelling, like a fishing story.

    The album still holds up today. It's still great. But this is an example of an album that's been so thoroughly overanalyzed in the context of its backstory that it might be better to just approach it fresh. It's still full of emotion even if you don't imagine Justin Vernon in a red-and-black checkered shirt carrying a moose carcass into a cabin that was raided by a grizzly bear the day before.

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  5. Comment on Toward a "modern" Emacs in ~comp

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    The amount of snark in this article is off the charts, and convinced me I'll never touch Emacs despite the fact that I actually like Lisp. If you want to attract mainstream users, you need to make...

    The amount of snark in this article is off the charts, and convinced me I'll never touch Emacs despite the fact that I actually like Lisp.

    If you want to attract mainstream users, you need to make the experience accessible to those users. I don't get why power users are upset about changing defaults, when it would be trivial for them to change them back, while the same is not true of beginners. Have a legacy mode or something, or if that offends your sensibilities, offer an option to easily enable a non-default "beginner mode" at install or first launch. If you want to remain a niche experience by refusing to adapt to more popular conventions, that's totally fine, but then you don't get to complain about the lack of new user adoption.

    It's like they want to convert people to their religion, but they refuse to consider syncretism and they lack the overwhelming force which otherwise tends to accompany mass conversion.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Has anyone in an online discussion/argument ever actually changed your opinion about something? in ~talk

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    I don't like to debate serious things using instant messaging. If it's not an in person conversation, I prefer an asynchronous format because it allows me time to formulate my thoughts. But I...

    I don't like to debate serious things using instant messaging. If it's not an in person conversation, I prefer an asynchronous format because it allows me time to formulate my thoughts. But I agree that Tildes in particular is a high-effort kind of platform that can be quite stressful.

    I'm trying to learn to just bow out early. Because arguing on the internet just isn't worth it a lot of the time. Being able to walk away from it feels so much better. You didn't necessarily lose an adversarial game, you simply disengaged from a conversation.

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  7. Comment on Netflix announces they are working on an adaptation of the Chinese science-fiction trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin in ~tv

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    I mean, the actual story begins with the protagonist witnessing her father’s murder at the hands of a mob during the cultural revolution, which I imagine will also be the opening scene of the...

    I mean, the actual story begins with the protagonist witnessing her father’s murder at the hands of a mob during the cultural revolution, which I imagine will also be the opening scene of the adaptation. My paperback has 1.5 pages at the front devoted to a dramatis personae which is considerably shorter than some Western scifi and fantasy novels I’ve read. That bit doesn’t strike me as particularly Chinese.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Netflix announces they are working on an adaptation of the Chinese science-fiction trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin in ~tv

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    They’ll probably have to flesh out quite a few characters. As far as I remember from reading the first book, there was very little in the way of characterization for the entire supporting cast....

    They’ll probably have to flesh out quite a few characters. As far as I remember from reading the first book, there was very little in the way of characterization for the entire supporting cast. Still, it’s interesting idea fiction.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Hyperbolica devlog #3; Rendering hyperbolic spaces in ~games.game_design

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    It’s rare that a game development log is also a math lesson, but that’s kind of what the game’s about. I’m curious what the actual gameplay loop is going to be like. Walking around Non-Euclidian...

    It’s rare that a game development log is also a math lesson, but that’s kind of what the game’s about.

    I’m curious what the actual gameplay loop is going to be like. Walking around Non-Euclidian spaces is interesting in and of itself, but will it be a walking simulator or is there going to be a story, puzzle elements, platforming, action sequences? I guess laying the technical groundwork first is extra important when you’re building something for which there exists no existing tech.

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  10. Comment on The Nokia 3310 is twenty years old today in ~tech

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    My first phone, and at times it feels like it was everyone who was alive at the time’s first mobile. Its predecessor the 3210 sold more units overall, but it was the 3310 that became iconic. I...

    My first phone, and at times it feels like it was everyone who was alive at the time’s first mobile. Its predecessor the 3210 sold more units overall, but it was the 3310 that became iconic. I don’t know quite why, but possibly because it coincided better with mass adoption of cellphones, so as time went by, even if you didn’t personally own one, it became cemented in public memory as the phone of the early 2000s.

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  11. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    On the Road (his most iconic novel) or Dharma Bums.

    On the Road (his most iconic novel) or Dharma Bums.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit announces "power-ups", their plan to have individual subreddits unlock features through members paying for a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I don't understand the relevance of your comment, then. I never said Reddit's situation was unique to VC-backed companies. But, conversely, venture capitalists do not have infinite patience and...

    I don't understand the relevance of your comment, then. I never said Reddit's situation was unique to VC-backed companies. But, conversely, venture capitalists do not have infinite patience and infinite capital to shore up a failing company either.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit announces "power-ups", their plan to have individual subreddits unlock features through members paying for a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    Early stage investors like Y Combinator probably already got their money. Now it's the later investors like Tencent that are looking for money. And no matter how much you image the stock market as...

    Early stage investors like Y Combinator probably already got their money. Now it's the later investors like Tencent that are looking for money. And no matter how much you image the stock market as a ponzi scheme, there comes a point where nobody wants to invest in a company that has been operating for 15 years without profit. The pressure to at least look like you have the potential to make money in the foreseeable future must be immense, even if you don't have Paul Graham knocking at your door with a couple of ex-Spetnaz commandos in tow.

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  14. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    What is this thread, a Russian literature course? When I did Russian studies at university we read both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

    What is this thread, a Russian literature course? When I did Russian studies at university we read both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

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  15. Comment on Reddit announces "power-ups", their plan to have individual subreddits unlock features through members paying for a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I think it's pretty simple: they have no idea what to do to make enough money to recoup all the money invested in them. So they're throwing every idea they can think of at the wall in a hope that...

    I really don't understand all the new and "experimental" features Reddit has rolled out over the last few years.

    I think it's pretty simple: they have no idea what to do to make enough money to recoup all the money invested in them. So they're throwing every idea they can think of at the wall in a hope that one will stick.

    Typical startup mindset of "build a userbase first, figure out how to make money later", except Reddit's been stuck there for way longer than is normal. They've been going for 15 years - at this point, most startups are either dead, profitable, or sold out and had their technology pillaged by a larger company then killed.

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  16. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    Hmm. Maybe Kerouac and Hemingway.

    Hmm. Maybe Kerouac and Hemingway.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The Road to the Tildes 2020 Census: Pandemic Boogaloo Part 2: The Boogalooing in ~tildes

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    Maybe you can offer more choices for individuals that didn't finish the most "standard" educational path. For instance, after high school, I finished one year of a trade school, followed by one...

    Maybe you can offer more choices for individuals that didn't finish the most "standard" educational path. For instance, after high school, I finished one year of a trade school, followed by one year of an aborted bachelor's degree, followed by half a year of another abandoned bachelor's. Which means, ideally, I'd be able to check boxes for "finished high school", "finished trade school", "unfinished bachelor degree".

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  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~games

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    SGDQ 2019 raised more than $3m. Interesting how much effect the pandemic has had on the numbers. Not that 2.3 million is anything to scoff at. I wonder how much the lack of a live audience and how...

    Forgot to post this yesterday, but the event raised $2,315,121 USD for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

    SGDQ 2019 raised more than $3m. Interesting how much effect the pandemic has had on the numbers. Not that 2.3 million is anything to scoff at.

    I wonder how much the lack of a live audience and how much people's generally lower disposible income due to the pandemic contributed.

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