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  1. Comment on Tildes invite session call to arms in ~tildes

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    My pleasure! I hope they all contribute positively to our little community here. If you sort the comments as new, you'll see them.

    My pleasure! I hope they all contribute positively to our little community here.

    If you sort the comments as new, you'll see them.

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  2. Comment on Tildes invite session call to arms in ~tildes

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    I've sent half of my invites (a total of 10) to people who has had a reddit account for at least a few years, assuming they don't have any red flags in their comment and submission history. I...

    I've sent half of my invites (a total of 10) to people who has had a reddit account for at least a few years, assuming they don't have any red flags in their comment and submission history.

    I wasn't able to reply to the people I've sent my invites to though, due to reddit's spam protection.

    I have invited: joestaen, dashingdon, Saylar, rottenworms, and Democrab.
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  3. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    I know the feeling well! I know it's not necessarily a show that can be ruined by spoilers, but I had a self-imposed media blackout after Succession's series finale that aired just a couple of...

    It was hotly advertised in Australia that Game of Thrones was "next day" at the time. Still didn't help for spoilers popping up everywhere online.

    I know the feeling well! I know it's not necessarily a show that can be ruined by spoilers, but I had a self-imposed media blackout after Succession's series finale that aired just a couple of days ago. I go through the same thing all over again when there's a pivotal episode, but it's hard to know when an episode is pivotal beforehand so if I care about a series, I close my eyes, plug my ears, and watch it as fast as possible.

    Ha, all good. I'd never say no, but definitely push it onto someone you know first. Just cool to see that stuff happen.

    I don't know anyone who's even remotely knowledgeable about torrenting, let alone private trackers, so when I get an invitation, it's yours!

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  4. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    It's definitely a labor of love. In my previous life I worked as a translator, including a brief stint at Netflix, so I have some experience in the field as well, but it's not a necessary...

    It's definitely a labor of love. In my previous life I worked as a translator, including a brief stint at Netflix, so I have some experience in the field as well, but it's not a necessary prerequisite to translate a film.

    It certainly takes an effort to translate one, trying to stay as faithful to its script as possible, but there are myriad of other considerations that go with it as well. (Highly recommend this article on the subject, especially if you're a Seinfeld fan.) The most important and obvious one is having a complete command of the target language, being aware of its nuances, and making it sound natural.

    There wasn't any rhyme or reason to why I picked the films I did. The films themselves seemed like fun, had actors important to my culture, and I had time, so I did it. I don't think I'd have the courage to translate every film though, especially the ones where the script has some depth. I'm not too confident about my ability to make dense dialogue sound natural in English.

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  5. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    You're exactly right about Disney+. I was mostly excited about their Hulu line up of shows (Atlanta, The Bear, etc.) but they're either released too late or not released at all on the platform....

    You're exactly right about Disney+. I was mostly excited about their Hulu line up of shows (Atlanta, The Bear, etc.) but they're either released too late or not released at all on the platform. I'm sure this isn't the case if you're from the US but I'm not, so waiting for them to release these shows were unnecessary for someone like me who can get them as soon as they're aired, and doesn't have to wait for the subtitles in my native language.

    The private tracker world works in mysterious ways.

    Indeed it does! It was very kind of @streblo to offer. If I get an invitation myself, I can pay it forward to you!

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    I just sent you a DM. It's very generous of you, even if it doesn't work. Thanks!

    I just sent you a DM. It's very generous of you, even if it doesn't work. Thanks!

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    Yep, I like arthouse films and they have films you can't find anywhere else, aside from PTP. It also has a great community. It's not just about downloading the latest Hong Sang-soo film, it's...

    Yep, I like arthouse films and they have films you can't find anywhere else, aside from PTP. It also has a great community. It's not just about downloading the latest Hong Sang-soo film, it's about giving back to the medium as well. I've translated a couple of films into English there myself and it's a great feeling that you keep some of the films alive by introducing them to people who had not access to it before, knowing that they will appreciate it.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    Oh man, I forgot about rev.tt. I don't think I've ever used it much but I definitely had an account there once. I agree that if you have access to all the streaming services, there's great...

    Oh man, I forgot about rev.tt. I don't think I've ever used it much but I definitely had an account there once.

    I agree that if you have access to all the streaming services, there's great saturation. I have access to Netflix, Disney+, MUBI, a couple of local services, and about 500 films on iTunes but I still have to rely heavily on KG because most of the content on these services are awful. Actually, it dawned on me the other day that I don't have to pay for some of these services, so I canceled Disney+ and Netflix. They used to have premium mediocre to premium shows and films but they've basically turned into regular network channels with better tech.

    Anonamouse is pretty good, that's my go to for books. I didn't know you could get into RED from there. Huh. I don't care for RED but I do care about PTP and I believe the only way for anyone to get into PTP is from RED. (Although maybe it's different these days, I've not kept up with the tracker scene lately.)

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    Yep, I think it's the most exclusive private tracker to get into. I don't have access to it myself.

    Yep, I think it's the most exclusive private tracker to get into. I don't have access to it myself.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    I had a what.cd account too, but I just didn't care enough about joining its alternatives after its shutdown. I don't have a niche taste in music, nor a lot of interest in it, so I thought Spotify...

    I had a what.cd account too, but I just didn't care enough about joining its alternatives after its shutdown. I don't have a niche taste in music, nor a lot of interest in it, so I thought Spotify was more than enough to fulfill my music needs.

    I am into films though, and unfortunately services like the Criterion Collection are not available to me, so I do use private film trackers regularly (KG being the one I use the most). I've been a member with most of them long enough that I don't care about my ratio anymore, but they're still a hassle to deal with. I wish the legal ways were available to me but I can't even find some mainstream films legally, so they're a necessity.

    If good releases are important to you, you should try getting into RED. It's pretty tough and you literally have to be interviewed for it, but it is possible if you want it. It's also a good gateway into other, more exclusive trackers like PTP.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Another one bites the dust! RARBG abruptly shuts down in ~tech

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    Gosh, this is too bad. It had great UI and content. I have access to plenty of private trackers, including the most coveted ones, but RARBG was still the one I used the most by far because it was...

    Gosh, this is too bad. It had great UI and content. I have access to plenty of private trackers, including the most coveted ones, but RARBG was still the one I used the most by far because it was so damn convenient. It will be missed.

    I was not even aware of what the public tracker scene looked like but browsing around looking for alternatives today, I can say it's looking a bit dire. I reckon something else will try to take RARBG's place to fill the void.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit is going to enforce rate-limiting the API's free tier as well as charging for higher rates in ~tech

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    I'd like to grow a backbone and say that this will make me quit, but it won't. I've carefully curated a list of subreddits that I follow and I do not have the general disdain people have for...

    I'd like to grow a backbone and say that this will make me quit, but it won't. I've carefully curated a list of subreddits that I follow and I do not have the general disdain people have for reddit because I do not get out of my bubble. I like using the service but I like using it on my own terms, which is with Apollo.

    I have not tried reddit's official app, but I can't imagine it'd be a better experience. It will likely be 10 times the size of Apollo, with a lot of privacy breaking tracking to show me more ads and it will be nowhere near as customizable.

    I'd like to use another service that respects their users' choice, but there just isn't an alternative for reddit.

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  13. Comment on Monitor recommendations? in ~tech

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    I don't have any specific monitor recommendations for you, but I highly suggest you check out Rtings. I trust their judgment wholeheartedly whatever they review, but they're experts in monitors...

    I don't have any specific monitor recommendations for you, but I highly suggest you check out Rtings. I trust their judgment wholeheartedly whatever they review, but they're experts in monitors and TVs. They have up-to-date detailed reviews and recommendations based on your use cases.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Killers of the Flower Moon | Teaser trailer in ~movies

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    I was already excited for this but the trailer looks absolutely amazing. That last shot with the voice over is very memorable.

    I was already excited for this but the trailer looks absolutely amazing. That last shot with the voice over is very memorable.

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  15. Comment on What is a highly regarded/critically acclaimed movie that you do not like/understand the appeal? in ~movies

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    Absolutely. They're not making films that are easily penetrable. Like an artichoke, you have to shed their thorns to get to the edible part but I don't personally think their work is worth the...

    Absolutely. They're not making films that are easily penetrable. Like an artichoke, you have to shed their thorns to get to the edible part but I don't personally think their work is worth the effort to get there.

    For me, it's not about attention or being attuned to the type of films they make. Most of my favorite directors have filmographies that'd make Bergman look like a director of action films. It's just that I'm simply not on the same wavelength as him, most of the time. Some people would look at a Pollock and see the work of a genius and some would disregard it as a colorful mess. But that doesn't mean those who hold the latter opinion disregard or even dislike abstract paintings. It just means they don't like Pollock.

    Completely agree about Tarkovsky. That's why I don't particularly care for him. The way he tackles similar subjects to Bergman feels a lot more limiting and narrow to me, and I don't find that appealing as an atheist despite having favorite films that are based on faith. (Scorsese is a master of this, in my opinion.) In this regard, Tarkovsky feels very much a byproduct of his habitus.

    Regarding Nykvist's work with Tarkovsky, yep, I do know that. I actually like The Sacrifice, for its formalism alone. I wish they had worked together more, but under better circumstances.

    Thanks for the kind wishes! <3

    3 votes
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  17. Comment on What is a highly regarded/critically acclaimed movie that you do not like/understand the appeal? in ~movies

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    I was the person you were replying to from before, and I do agree with your points. I guess the term overrated can be equated with bad in meaning, which may have put both of my comments in...

    I was the person you were replying to from before, and I do agree with your points. I guess the term overrated can be equated with bad in meaning, which may have put both of my comments in contrast with each other. Just by the virtue of Bergman making one of my favorite films, Persona, I can't claim him to be bad. I just think people overestimate his filmography.

    You brought up Tarkovsky, he's another filmmaker I don't particularly care for, but there's no denying his craftsmanship. I don't particularly well regard their complete filmographies for the same thing I think you implied -- they're directors that try to create certain mood for their work and that just doesn't work for me.

    I'm sorry if I'm not making myself clear. I have something else on my mind and I can barely think anything else. Perhaps a terrible analogy could be better. I think of Bergman, Tarkovsky, or some other filmmaker whose work I respect but do not like as artichoke. I do not like the taste of it, especially considering the amount you have to put into it to make it edible, but there's no denying that it's healthy to eat! :-)

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fights for survival with strategy of hope and fear in ~misc

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    I cannot wait to cast my ballot and see him lose tomorrow.

    I cannot wait to cast my ballot and see him lose tomorrow.

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  19. Comment on What is a highly regarded/critically acclaimed movie that you do not like/understand the appeal? in ~movies

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    That's very well put, but I'm not sure I completely agree with this: I think what makes Bergman hard to get into is not the subjects that he tackled, but rather the way he tackled them. That's...

    That's very well put, but I'm not sure I completely agree with this:

    A lot of times Bergman deals with issues that people nowadays will find hard to relate to.

    I think what makes Bergman hard to get into is not the subjects that he tackled, but rather the way he tackled them. That's what fell out of fashion for him, assuming we accept that as fact.

    His work is obviously open to interpretation, in so far as how you widely or narrowly you describe his main subjects like faith and existentialism, but I think they're still and I reckon always will be relevant. The way they're understood certainly don't stand still, that I agree with, but I think his work is ambiguous enough to keep being relevant today.

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  20. Comment on What is a highly regarded/critically acclaimed movie that you do not like/understand the appeal? in ~movies

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    I might be misinterpreting your first paragraph, but if I didn't, you completely missed my point. I elaborated my opinion on Schindler's List here, if you're curious. In addition to my elaboration...

    I might be misinterpreting your first paragraph, but if I didn't, you completely missed my point. I elaborated my opinion on Schindler's List here, if you're curious.

    In addition to my elaboration on that link, I'd like to point out that I'm not arguing against the emotional power of the film. It's there. It's palpable. My reaction to it is strong precisely because it's so emotional. My problem with it is how it evokes those emotions in the audience, making specific formal choices in how it depicts a real tragedy of history.

    I can't deny you your experience and more power to you if the film holds a special place in your heart. When I watched it, it affected me too. It's not my place to criticize the audience. I'm merely criticizing the art itself and find it worthy of contempt, despite its undoubtedly best intentions.

    1 vote