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  1. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    I have a semi-serious rule of thumb I call the Mustaine line. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth became a born-again Christian and has some pretty shitty Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood-esque political views....

    I have a semi-serious rule of thumb I call the Mustaine line. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth became a born-again Christian and has some pretty shitty Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood-esque political views. But as far as I'm aware he's not openly racist or homophobic or anything (although I wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong), so I'm ok buying his music once in a while. If someone is a shittier person than him, though, I don't buy their music. Fortunately I haven't run into too much trouble with that so far.

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  2. Comment on Blizzard's long history of manic pixie nightmare girls and fear of women in ~games

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    One of the comments on imgur for that picture was "Ah yes, I too fight by pointing my ass toward my enemy"

    One of the comments on imgur for that picture was "Ah yes, I too fight by pointing my ass toward my enemy"

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to Delain's new album basically nonstop since it came out last Friday. It's called Apocalypse & Chill and it is in fact mostly about the environment/climate collapsing. Of the...

    I've been listening to Delain's new album basically nonstop since it came out last Friday. It's called Apocalypse & Chill and it is in fact mostly about the environment/climate collapsing. Of the singles released before the album came out, I thought Masters of Destiny was great, Burning Bridges was solid, and Ghost House Heart didn't grab me. I'm still surprised that Hunter's Moon (which is on the EP of the same name that Masters of Destiny was also on) didn't make the final cut, but the album does already have thirteen songs. I found that a bunch of the non-single songs were as good as anything they've ever written and that's what's had me listening to the album over and over.

    tl;dr if you like symphonic metal or power metal you'll probably like this.

    They've continued to evolve in a way that's not jarring but is still noticeably different than their past, just as they did on their last album. Chemical Redemption sounds like it could almost be a pop song if you changed out the guitar, and I don't mean poppy in the way most metalheads use it. Both Masters of Destiny and Legions of the Lost are more power metal than anything they've written since their first album. Let's Dance has a chorus that reminds me of Ghost. The Greatest Escape sounds to me like what would be the music of humanity's last moments. The album is finished out with a djenty instrumental called Combustion. The guitarist is clearly into prog and djent; he plays an 8-string guitar and wrote a song on the previous EP in those styles.

    The biggest thing I've gotten out of it is that I think Delain is going to be relevant in the metal world (or at least to me) for a long time. They've shown over the last two albums that they've got enough range that their next album won't be a carbon copy of this one as so many bands in their sphere end up doing. I just hope we don't have to wait three and a half years to hear what they come up with next.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Why JavaScript is eating HTML in ~comp

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    I am with you completely. My philosophy has always been that Javascript is like a seasoning, you use it to make your site better, but overusing it ruins the whole thing.

    I am with you completely. My philosophy has always been that Javascript is like a seasoning, you use it to make your site better, but overusing it ruins the whole thing.

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  5. Comment on Blizzard's long history of manic pixie nightmare girls and fear of women in ~games

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    A piece of art Blizzard put out for Starcraft 2 had (in my mind at least) one of the most famous Escher Girl pictures, in which Kerri is fighting someone I don't remember. And when she gets...

    The inhuman coloration to their skin and general lankiness denotes an otherness, but everything else feels oriented towards sexiness, creating a line of mean, angular villainesses—like fuckable Lamborghinis.

    A piece of art Blizzard put out for Starcraft 2 had (in my mind at least) one of the most famous Escher Girl pictures, in which Kerri is fighting someone I don't remember. And when she gets re-infested, why the fuck does she have heels built into her new form? You could argue that the Zerg have a beauty in their own way but they're also entirely about practicality over style.

    The rest of the article is a nice dive into part of what we've all known for a while now, that Blizzard's writing is garbage, but it's still nice to see written out.

    edit: here's that Escher Girls picture I was talking about. It's been a long time since I played the Heart of the Swarm campaign but I don't think Kerri fights Nova at any point, and Nova's entire purpose was to be the hot special forces lady that Kerri was for a few missions of Starcraft 1.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on Malaise in ~talk

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    😅 I guess I misinterpreted it because a big part of my malaise is because of that.

    😅 I guess I misinterpreted it because a big part of my malaise is because of that.

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  7. Comment on Malaise in ~talk

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    I've coped with this sort of thing over the last three years by listening to darker music and adopting kind of a darker aesthetic and outlook in general. One of my favorite bands released an album...

    I've coped with this sort of thing over the last three years by listening to darker music and adopting kind of a darker aesthetic and outlook in general. One of my favorite bands released an album last week mostly about how fucked we are because of climate change and that's been really cathartic for me.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

  9. Comment on Static-X - Hollow (Project Regeneration) in ~music

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    This is really good. I didn't get into Static-X until a year or two ago and I wish I had listened to them earlier. I love this style of music.

    This is really good. I didn't get into Static-X until a year or two ago and I wish I had listened to them earlier. I love this style of music.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I agree with you, that does sound gross. My problem with sublingually is that I end up having a lot of saliva build-up and I'm not sure that's supposed to happen?

    I agree with you, that does sound gross.

    My problem with sublingually is that I end up having a lot of saliva build-up and I'm not sure that's supposed to happen?

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    It's only tangentially related, but as long as we've got this thread: Trans ladies, how do you take your estrogen? I know that you're supposed to take it under your tongue but I'm never sure it's...

    It's only tangentially related, but as long as we've got this thread: Trans ladies, how do you take your estrogen? I know that you're supposed to take it under your tongue but I'm never sure it's actually being absorbed.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Was Jeanne Calment the oldest person who ever lived—or a fraud? in ~life

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    That was a great read. I check the "oldest people" page on Wikipedia every once in a while to see how everyone's doing, so I was really interested in this whole idea. It seems to me that she's...

    That was a great read. I check the "oldest people" page on Wikipedia every once in a while to see how everyone's doing, so I was really interested in this whole idea. It seems to me that she's legit, based on the article.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I want to add onto this part: if you're not interested in dating trans women, but are otherwise cool with them, I don't think people would call you a TERF. It's everything else that @tindall talks...

    Several lesbians and bisexuals I know conceal their true feelings about the current state of the trans community for fear of getting shunned out of their safe spaces for being labelled a TERF.

    I want to add onto this part: if you're not interested in dating trans women, but are otherwise cool with them, I don't think people would call you a TERF. It's everything else that @tindall talks about that's TERF logic.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Scarlett was an inspiration. She put up with so much shit early on. I wouldn't have been able to deal with it like she did.

    Scarlett was an inspiration. She put up with so much shit early on. I wouldn't have been able to deal with it like she did.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on An unsettling new theory: there is no "swing voter" in ~misc

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    Both. I'm from Wisconsin and people from the northern part of the state hate Madison and Milwaukee just like they hate on the coasts.

    Both. I'm from Wisconsin and people from the northern part of the state hate Madison and Milwaukee just like they hate on the coasts.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on An unsettling new theory: there is no "swing voter" in ~misc

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    Yeah, I don't know how you can live in a small town without a ton of resources and say "no, we don't want to get help funding our roads/schools/internet/etc". Every community for themself will...

    Yeah, I don't know how you can live in a small town without a ton of resources and say "no, we don't want to get help funding our roads/schools/internet/etc". Every community for themself will only result in most of them dying a slow death.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on An unsettling new theory: there is no "swing voter" in ~misc

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    This reminds me of all the articles following the 2016 election about people from the Midwest who voted for Obama in 2012 and then Trump in 2016, pretty much all of them white. I always thought...

    This reminds me of all the articles following the 2016 election about people from the Midwest who voted for Obama in 2012 and then Trump in 2016, pretty much all of them white. I always thought that demographic was given too much attention, especially as a white person from the Midwest who has shared a lot of their experiences but didn't get suckered by Republicans' empty promises.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on If Bernie actually wins this thing, he’ll need a reliable vice president in ~news

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    Yeah, the special election would have to be after the general. Unless they decide to make a risky play and have her resign her seat before the general?

    Yeah, the special election would have to be after the general. Unless they decide to make a risky play and have her resign her seat before the general?

  19. Comment on If Bernie actually wins this thing, he’ll need a reliable vice president in ~news

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    This is a good point. I'm just nervous because Wisconsin's Democrat bench isn't that deep and everyone that I can think of off the top of my head has the "stigma" of being from Madison or...

    I think that votes for a strong presidential ticket will "trickle down," so to speak, to down-ticket races. Specifically, I find it hard to see Wisconsin voting for Bernie/Baldwin and also voting for a non-incumbent Republican in the same election.

    This is a good point. I'm just nervous because Wisconsin's Democrat bench isn't that deep and everyone that I can think of off the top of my head has the "stigma" of being from Madison or Milwaukee, which people up north hate. Also Republicans also manage to ratfuck their way to victory a lot of the time despite putting up terrible candidates or outright cheating. Although Baldwin represented Madison in the House before she ran for Senate, so maybe that's not a big deal. There are probably some good contenders I don't know of either.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on If Bernie actually wins this thing, he’ll need a reliable vice president in ~news

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    Wisconsin is a state that has a special election for Senate vacancies, so I'd be nervous about losing Baldwin because there's no guarantee a replacement Democrat will win.

    Wisconsin is a state that has a special election for Senate vacancies, so I'd be nervous about losing Baldwin because there's no guarantee a replacement Democrat will win.

    5 votes