mir's recent activity

  1. Comment on Discovering Tildes through Reddit could use some help in ~tildes

    mir Link Parent
    I was just about to comment something similar - scrolling through my Tildes feed, at least three recent topics are about Reddit and just how bad it is. If there is anything I learned after years...

    I was just about to comment something similar - scrolling through my Tildes feed, at least three recent topics are about Reddit and just how bad it is. If there is anything I learned after years of using Reddit alternatives, it's that some users love to remind themselves and others that they are members of an elite club and are somehow better than the users of the more mainstream platforms.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on How can I best offset my emissions from flying? in ~enviro

    mir (edited ) Link Parent
    I keep seeing this Guardian article pop up on my Twitter feed every couple days or so whenever global warming or pollution gets brought up, and it always feels like we are playing blame tennis...

    I keep seeing this Guardian article pop up on my Twitter feed every couple days or so whenever global warming or pollution gets brought up, and it always feels like we are playing blame tennis with the responsibility for killing the planet being tossed back and forth between the consumer and the faceless corporations. The hundred companies listed are mostly energy companies - those responsible for mining and extraction of fossil fuels such as Exxon and Gazprom, with no mention of the corporations that use this energy after the carbon is sent up into the atmosphere, or the actual end consumer. If I set my thermostat to 30 degrees Celsius and leave my house for the weekend, is it me who is responsible, or is it my gas provider who supplied the energy? And if I buy peeled oranges packaged up in five layers of plastic because it is convenient, is Shell to blame for the carbon emitted? When I buy the new iPhone, or when I take the plane instead of spending the holidays back at home, or when I eat beaf instead of something slightly less harmful for the environment, these are all actions that contribute towards increased carbon emissions that I, as a regular citizen, have the ability to prevent. This Guardian report, on the other hand, is often used to abdicate our own responsibility in the face of the climate crisis for which we are all responsible.

    Don't get me wrong - I agree that the companies should be regulated, and that there are a lot of suggestions being thrown around about how if only the consumers had switched to energy-saving lightbulbs, the planet would be saved. The Walmarts, the McDonald's, and the H&Ms of our world need to be reminded that they cannot simply burn up carbon and pollute the water without such a cost associated with these activities as to make them unviable (or even criminal). However, in the context of what OP is asking, this article seems to me a little defeatist - after all, what can a regular citizen do against the likes of Shell, Exxon and Walmart?

    What I think a lot of us do not want to hear is that our lifestyle is unsustainable - there is no amount of regulation or legislation to which you could subject the corporations of this world for all the seven billion of us to live as we currently do. Sacrifices will have to be made, and yes, companies will have to be regulated, but consumers will also have to suffer if we intend to make it past the 21st century as a race.

    27 votes
  3. Comment on What is the best ‘game within a game’ you have played? in ~games

    mir Link Parent
    Be aware that the standalone is very different from the original minigame at this point - it's a lot more complex and nuanced, so it might take some getting used to. Good luck, and have fun!

    Be aware that the standalone is very different from the original minigame at this point - it's a lot more complex and nuanced, so it might take some getting used to. Good luck, and have fun!

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What is the best ‘game within a game’ you have played? in ~games

    mir Link
    Probably Gwent in the Witcher 3 - so much so, that when the standalone released, that was pretty much the only game I played for about a year.

    Probably Gwent in the Witcher 3 - so much so, that when the standalone released, that was pretty much the only game I played for about a year.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg: A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking in ~tech

    mir Link Parent
    Let's not forget, however, that while your WhatsApp messages themselves are encrypted, the metadata is still collected and stored by Facebook. So while it's not as bad as the OP says, WhatsApp is...

    Let's not forget, however, that while your WhatsApp messages themselves are encrypted, the metadata is still collected and stored by Facebook. So while it's not as bad as the OP says, WhatsApp is still no friend of a privacy-conscientious user.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Apex Legends patch notes - gun balance changes, character hitboxes, battle pass update, season 1 details in ~games

    mir Link
    Honestly not sure about the change to the spawn chances of the Wingman and the Peacekeeper - if they are still overpowered after the nerfs, all it would do is add more RNG to the mix since now you...

    Honestly not sure about the change to the spawn chances of the Wingman and the Peacekeeper - if they are still overpowered after the nerfs, all it would do is add more RNG to the mix since now you will have a few teams that have been lucky enough to loot them at the beginning, and then the rest running around with a 'bique. Previously, the chances of finding either were relatively high, but now it might just mask the problem with the Wingman for some reason being a revolver that can shoot up to 12 bullets (lemme just extend the mag on this six-bullet revolver real quick), and the Peacekeeper still being a sniper rifle of a shotgun at medium ranges. Then again, I am not a game designer, and the rest of the changes are looking good, so I'm fairly optimistic about the direction the game is heading in.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice in ~life

    mir (edited ) Link
    "I believe it is our duty to obliterate white supremacy, anti-blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and imperialism. And I also believe there should be openness around the tactics...

    "I believe it is our duty to obliterate white supremacy, anti-blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and imperialism. And I also believe there should be openness around the tactics we use and ways our commitments are manifested over time. Beliefs and actions are too often conflated with each other, yet questioning the latter should not renege the former. As a Cultural Studies scholar, I am interested in the ways that culture does the work of power. What then, is the culture of activism, and in what ways are activists restrained by it? To be clear, I’m only one person who is trying to figure things out, and I’m open to revisions and learning. But as someone who has spent the last decade recovering from a forced conversion to evangelical Christianity, I’m seeing a disturbing parallel between religion and activism in the presence of dogma."

    An essay from a little while back focusing on the parallels between the desire for purity of thought within the activist groups and the Christian communities. I am not entirely certain about the validity of the second point - the "reproducing colonialist logics" bit, where the author writes about the possibility of those colonized maintaining the oppressive systems of colonization by replacing those at top by those previously at the bottom due to a successful revolution. Perhaps I merely haven't experienced enough reproduction of such colonialist logic within the oppressed groups, but I am somewhat doubtful of such a blatant reversal of roles maintaining the existing structure of oppression. The Seeking Purity and the Preaching/Punishments segments spoke to me however, since the critiques of the author are largely similar to my own experiences with the local environmental activist groups, where the desire for purity of thought and lack of focus on the actual issues at hand (rather than posturing for a number of speaking points that had little to do with the environment) left a sour taste in my mouth.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Good Omens | trailer in ~tv

    mir Link
    In anticipation, here is one of my favourite quotes from the Good Omens: “Crowley had always known that he would be around when the world ended, because he was immortal and wouldn’t have any...

    In anticipation, here is one of my favourite quotes from the Good Omens:

    “Crowley had always known that he would be around when the world ended, because he was immortal and wouldn’t have any alternative. But he hoped it was a long way off. Because he rather liked people. It was major failing in a demon.

    Oh, he did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into the design, somehow. They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse.

    Over the years Crowley had found it increasingly difficult to find anything demonic to do which showed up against the natural background of generalized nastiness. There had been times, over the past millennium, when he’d felt like sending a message back Below saying, Look we may as well give up right now, we might as well shut down Dis and Pandemonium and everywhere and move up here, there’s nothing we can do to them that they don’t do to themselves and they do things we’ve never even thought of, often involving electrodes. They’ve got what we lack. They’ve got imagination. And electricity, of course."

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are the best science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes you have ever read? in ~books

    mir Link
    You already have a great collection of stories to get through in these comments, but my absolute personal favourite is The Man Who Sold The Moon by Cory Doctorow. It has space, 3D printing, and...

    You already have a great collection of stories to get through in these comments, but my absolute personal favourite is The Man Who Sold The Moon by Cory Doctorow. It has space, 3D printing, and Burning Man in it, and I have read it more times than I can count.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? #14 in ~books

    mir Link Parent
    It's a similar framework for the majority of the first book - there is a wizard school on the Island of Roke, where the young wizards train, magic is described as an inborn talent which is...

    It's a similar framework for the majority of the first book - there is a wizard school on the Island of Roke, where the young wizards train, magic is described as an inborn talent which is developed with training (similar to the Harry Potter Universe), and there is a somewhat clear divide between the 'good' and the 'bad' types of magic. The wizards of Earthsea carry staffs, like the wizards and witches of Harry Potter carry wands, and there are magical creatures such as dragons around (although not nearly as prevalent as they are in Harry Potter).

    But I think there are also a lot of differences - Harry Potter is primarily a story about our world with the magic sprinkled in, while the Earthsea Archipelago is entirely its own thing, with a separate mythology and culture.

  11. Comment on What are you reading these days? #14 in ~books

    mir Link Parent
    Earthsea was magical to me (pun intended) when I first read it, and the second book, The Tombs of Atuan, remains one of my favourites. There is just something about the atmosphere of the place...

    Earthsea was magical to me (pun intended) when I first read it, and the second book, The Tombs of Atuan, remains one of my favourites. There is just something about the atmosphere of the place that I can imagine vividly in my mind's eye.

    Glad to hear you liked the Ghibli movie - the animation is beautiful, and even if it isn't entirely in line with some of the lore of the books, it is still a good introduction to the series. I personally enjoyed it less than I expected, but that's probably because I already had such a defined idea in my head of how Sparrowhawk, Tehanu and the others would look and act like, that any attempts at putting that into any other medium clashed with my personal preferences and imagination.

    Good luck with your reading goal!

    1 vote
  12. Comment on There’s new evidence for what happened to people who survived Vesuvius in ~humanities

    mir Link

    The default assumption among the general populace is that everybody was wiped out. That's largely true for Herculaneum, where the city was destroyed in roughly two hours. Unless people managed to jump onto a ship in the harbor in the first ten minutes, they would have succumbed to the pyroclastic flows (fast-moving hot ash, lava fragments, and gases) that swept through and obliterated the town. If the ash didn't get them, the tsunami that developed in the wake of the eruption, and the accompanying earthquake (and aftershocks), would have done so.

    "But for Pompeii, it took three days for everything to be wiped out," said Tuck. "Anybody who left immediately, or who was out of town on business, survived." He assumed the survivors would skew heavily toward the richest denizens and was surprised to learn that the vast majority were women and freedmen. The latter made up a large proportion of the business class in the Roman world, with merchant warehouses and real estate holdings in the major harbor city of Puteoli, for example, so Tuck surmises they may have been traveling on business when Vesuvius erupted.

  13. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

    mir Link Parent
    It doesn't have to be linen necessarily, although it's a nice material. The shirt is essentially a collarless oxford - I think the collar on the regular OCBD makes it look too preppy for everyday use.

    It doesn't have to be linen necessarily, although it's a nice material. The shirt is essentially a collarless oxford - I think the collar on the regular OCBD makes it look too preppy for everyday use.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on An interview with a guy who wears the same thing every day in ~life

    mir Link Parent
    Probably not what you are looking for exactly, but some time ago I became pretty obsessed with grandfather shirts like this. I despise polo shirts with a passion (probably because I was made to...

    I wish there was more clothing that dances the gradient between "nicer than a t-shirt, more casual than a button down, and not at all slob-like like a polo".

    Probably not what you are looking for exactly, but some time ago I became pretty obsessed with grandfather shirts like this. I despise polo shirts with a passion (probably because I was made to wear them in my childhood), and the usual button down shirts look too official to wear around the city unless I want to look like a business major walking from his Entrepreneurship 101 to his Introduction to Supply Chain Management. It's just casual enough to not be seen as preppy when at a bar with some friends, yet is still nicer than a regular t-shirt.

  15. Comment on The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting in ~life

    mir Link

    Parenthood in the United States has become much more demanding than it used to be.

    Over just a couple of generations, parents have greatly increased the amount of time, attention and money they put into raising children. Mothers who juggle jobs outside the home spend just as much time tending their children as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s.

    The amount of money parents spend on children, which used to peak when they were in high school, is now highest when they are under 6 and over 18 and into their mid-20s.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on How do you deal with stress and anxiety in a healthy way? in ~talk

    mir Link Parent
    I second going outside for times when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Whenever I realize that I need some time to unwind, I just go outside for a quick walk around the block or hop on my...

    I second going outside for times when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Whenever I realize that I need some time to unwind, I just go outside for a quick walk around the block or hop on my bike and go down a trail near my house. Helps you to relax a little when you are focused less on life-sized problems and more on simply moving your feet.

    4 votes