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  1. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    This is kind of specific, but I really like NPR's On the Media. It's a show where they examine the media and the stories they told this week, and they will even call out their own organization...

    This is kind of specific, but I really like NPR's On the Media. It's a show where they examine the media and the stories they told this week, and they will even call out their own organization (NPR) when they screw up. I'd be interested to hear if there are other shows like this from other outlets.

    EDIT: I forgot that they also do a good end-of-year piece where they go over the most important stories that almost nobody covered in the last year.

  2. Comment on People expect technology to suck because it actually sucks: so much of our usage involves dealing with a constant stream of minor annoyances in ~tech

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    Oh man, so much this. For me it was the same thing with iPhoto. I had previously been employed to write Photoshop plug-ins, so I was used to using all of its complicated tools, but I still found...

    The other thing that sold me was iTunes (the original version that was basically reskinned SoundJam before they put all the crufty sync and store stuff on it). Specifically, the fact that I could attribute metadata to files in iTunes and then go to an iTunes library folder in my file system and all my songs would be neatly sorted and arranged into folders by artist, composer, album, etc. in a logical way.

    Oh man, so much this. For me it was the same thing with iPhoto. I had previously been employed to write Photoshop plug-ins, so I was used to using all of its complicated tools, but I still found it was a pain to do photography and try and edit in Photoshop. It was all geared towards editing a single photo at a time, with no organizational tools whatsoever, and no way to share edits between photos. All of their attempts to add that functionality were atrocious (Bridge, etc.). The iPhoto came out and just made it simple and useful. And then Aperture took it a whole new level. I'm still pissed they let it die.

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  3. Comment on Cocteau Twins - Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops in ~music

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    D'oh! You'd think I'd have read the title of the page I linked to. But yeah, loved Echo as well. Good times!

    D'oh! You'd think I'd have read the title of the page I linked to.

    But yeah, loved Echo as well. Good times!

  4. Comment on Cocteau Twins - Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops in ~music

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    While we're on the subject, Jean Loves Jezebel's Desire is peak 80s.

    While we're on the subject, Jean Loves Jezebel's Desire is peak 80s.

  5. Comment on Cocteau Twins - Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops in ~music

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    Oh man, I loved the Cocteau Twins back in the day. They still come up from time-to-time when I put my music on shuffle. So many fond memories. Thanks for this!

    Oh man, I loved the Cocteau Twins back in the day. They still come up from time-to-time when I put my music on shuffle. So many fond memories. Thanks for this!

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  6. Comment on Swift System is now open-source in ~comp

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    I really like this idea. Take a fairly broken, hard-to-use API and make it useable and useful. I find the multi-platform angle interesting. I've heard complaints about Go, for example, that there...

    I really like this idea. Take a fairly broken, hard-to-use API and make it useable and useful.

    I find the multi-platform angle interesting. I've heard complaints about Go, for example, that there are things you can't easily do with on certain platforms it because it treats all file systems like Unix file systems, and they're not. So making Swift System work with the OS it's on is interesting. It should bypass that problem.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Bridging the gap: Thoughts on racism from a white mother of black children in ~life

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    I thought it was very powerful! Thank you for sharing.

    I thought it was very powerful! Thank you for sharing.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    Oh man, this happens to me, too. And it's always something that makes me cringe. Either a time when I embarrassed myself, or a time when someone made me feel bad. It's very rarely something nice.

    During the day I’m frequently assaulted by random memories from the past, comprising my childhood up until recent events. Some are recurrent, like mental tics. Others are odd one offs.

    Oh man, this happens to me, too. And it's always something that makes me cringe. Either a time when I embarrassed myself, or a time when someone made me feel bad. It's very rarely something nice.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Is Archer back to being normal? I seem to recall the last season ended with something akin to "it was all a dream."

    Is Archer back to being normal? I seem to recall the last season ended with something akin to "it was all a dream."

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    I have experienced something that sounds related. I was on a very low dose of a tricyclic for some GI issues. Whenever I would stop it (usually because my online pharmacy couldn't get deliveries...

    I have experienced something that sounds related. I was on a very low dose of a tricyclic for some GI issues. Whenever I would stop it (usually because my online pharmacy couldn't get deliveries to me in a timely manner), it would feel like there was line noise on my nerves. I could hear a little bit of static when things were quiet. (I mean, I think most people can hear that when it's dead silent, but this was more pronounced.) And my touch-sensing nerves all felt like there was just a little bit of signal coming in. It would last a day or two and then either I'd get used to it and stop noticing it, or it would go away.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I downloaded A Monster's Expedition Through a Curious Exhibition on the recommendation of some people here. It's ... OK. I love puzzle games, but there's just not enough in this one for me. It...

    I downloaded A Monster's Expedition Through a Curious Exhibition on the recommendation of some people here. It's ... OK. I love puzzle games, but there's just not enough in this one for me. It reminds me a little bit of The Witness in that all the puzzles are of the same type. But with The Witness there were lots of cool things to see, and the puzzles often explained themselves. Here, they don't explain themselves and there's not a lot to see. Most of the islands are empty except for the trees you have knock down to get to the next island. The exhibitions are not very interesting or funny in my opinion. In The Witness, it felt like you were making progress and uncovering things. Here, it feels like you're just kind of aimlessly wandering around. And the puzzles seem harder than they need to be. When I've been staring at one for several minutes and finally figure it out, I don't get that same sense of accomplishment I get with other puzzle games. It's more like, "Ugh! That was it? Finally! Let's see what's on this new island! Oh, nothing. Just a single tree. Bummer."

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  12. Comment on Please don't say just hello in chat in ~tech

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    Agreed. It turns what would be a conversation in real life into a transaction and removes any humanity from interacting with coworkers. I don't want a life story when I ping someone, but removing...

    Agreed. It turns what would be a conversation in real life into a transaction and removes any humanity from interacting with coworkers. I don't want a life story when I ping someone, but removing every last bit of politeness from conversations makes for a really depressing interaction.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Do stories need conflict? in ~books

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    I feel like every "Slice of Life" story I've read or watched has left me feeling like, "Yes, and...?" or "Why do I care what this random group of people are doing?" I've heard of Kishotenketsu...

    I feel like every "Slice of Life" story I've read or watched has left me feeling like, "Yes, and...?" or "Why do I care what this random group of people are doing?"

    I've heard of Kishotenketsu before, but every example I've seen of it (and I haven't seen many, so take this for what it's worth) sounds like the story a 5 years old tells. "... and then we went to the store... and they had eggs... and there was a lady there who didn't comb her hair... and..." It's just a bunch of events that happened. I'm sure when done well it's better than that, but I don't think I've ever seen it done well.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Turns out, I'm not as bisexual as I thought I was in ~talk

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    I don't know. As an open-minded straight guy, to me the fact that you went to the trouble to download an app, find someone on it, meet with them, and then actually had sex with them is a good...

    I don't know. As an open-minded straight guy, to me the fact that you went to the trouble to download an app, find someone on it, meet with them, and then actually had sex with them is a good indication that you probably do lean more in that direction than strictly straight guys. Don't let one experience ruin it for you. Also, maybe you like guys but want something different from either a relationship or an experience with them than you do with women? Either way, it's great that you're willing to try new things!

    3 votes
  15. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    Yeah, actions speak louder than words. Show - don't tell. I work on a desktop app with an API that allows 3rd parties to write plug-ins for our software. We also have a system that allows 3rd...

    Yeah, actions speak louder than words. Show - don't tell.

    I work on a desktop app with an API that allows 3rd parties to write plug-ins for our software. We also have a system that allows 3rd parties to create templates for end users. The developers that have the most success selling to our customers have a system where, every time the app starts up and loads plug-ins, their plug-in checks to see if all of its pieces are installed and if not, downloads them from the internet and re-installs them. It also checks all the templates it supplies and if any are missing or have been modified, it downloads them from the vendor and reinstalls them. It makes launching our app slower, but it keeps their customers happy and avoids problems like, "That last OS upgrade nuked my templates folder and I lost all the templates I paid for!" All the alternatives like putting up a dialog to say pieces are missing or modified, or just throwing errors end up with worse outcomes for both users and the developer.

    So is there a way you could write some sort of installer or configurator in the future? IT's probably a big ask, but if you can, it might mitigate this problem or at least make it easier for users to fix the problem. When you get an email saying "it's broke!" send the updater/configurator tool and say, "Just double click this and let it run, then try again."

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Swift on Windows in ~comp

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    Nothing from Apple, but GNU-Step was a re-implementation of NeXTStep, which came to be OS X and now macOS. I think you can use the gnu toolchain to compile Objective-C code on Windows, though...

    Nothing from Apple, but GNU-Step was a re-implementation of NeXTStep, which came to be OS X and now macOS. I think you can use the gnu toolchain to compile Objective-C code on Windows, though without any of the frameworks that Apple offers (CoreFoundation, AppKit, etc.).

    1 vote
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    What?! Is it on Fox? I'd love to watch it!

    I don't know how I missed it, but there's a second season of Cosmos that's already aired in some places.

    What?! Is it on Fox? I'd love to watch it!

    3 votes
  18. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The spouse and I watched the rest of seasons 1 and 2 of Cobra Kai. As mentioned, it's cheesy, but has some fun moments. (In particularly Johnny's 80's-style music-video dream of his neighbor is...

    The spouse and I watched the rest of seasons 1 and 2 of Cobra Kai. As mentioned, it's cheesy, but has some fun moments. (In particularly Johnny's 80's-style music-video dream of his neighbor is pretty hilarious.) It's not deep, but it's entertaining enough.

    6 votes