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  1. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today Released: July 17, 2020 Genres: post-punk Recommended tracks: The Aphorist Modern Business Hymns Worm In Heaven A very dear band to me. Protomatyr hasn't put...

    Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today

    • Released: July 17, 2020
    • Genres: post-punk

    Recommended tracks:

    1. The Aphorist
    2. Modern Business Hymns
    3. Worm In Heaven

    A very dear band to me. Protomatyr hasn't put out a bad album yet and they keep find interesting ways to iterate on their sound, from the pure raw punk of No Passion All Technique to the much more textured yet still aggressive Ultimate Success Today. I don't know how exactly to describe it, but the songs on here just feel important. It helps that Joe is pretty masterful at making acerbic socio-political commentary without veering headlong into cliche or didacticsm as some bands are wont to do.

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  2. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    Rejoicer - Spiritual Sleaze Released: February 14, 2020 Genres: electronic, hip-hop, ambient Recommended tracks: My Beans feat. KerenDun Lemons feat. Jenny Perkin Song for the Spirit Flights...

    Rejoicer - Spiritual Sleaze

    • Released: February 14, 2020
    • Genres: electronic, hip-hop, ambient

    Recommended tracks:

    1. My Beans feat. KerenDun
    2. Lemons feat. Jenny Perkin
    3. Song for the Spirit Flights

    Extremely chill LP with a nice mix of ambient and grooving instrumentals with some great features.

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  3. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    Angela Muñoz - Introspection Released: January 20, 2020 Genres: R&B, Soul Recommended tracks: I Don't Care Can I Get Your Name So Young Very classic sounding R&B that's simple but well-done, and...

    Angela Muñoz - Introspection

    • Released: January 20, 2020
    • Genres: R&B, Soul

    Recommended tracks:

    1. I Don't Care
    2. Can I Get Your Name
    3. So Young

    Very classic sounding R&B that's simple but well-done, and showcases Muñoz's singing nicely. The producer Adrian Younge also started the promising Jazz is Dead series this year as well.

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

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    Lonely Mountains: Downhill - put a dozen hours into this over the past week and am enjoying it as much as I expected. it took me about 8 hours to unlock and play through all 26 trails, now I'm...

    Lonely Mountains: Downhill - put a dozen hours into this over the past week and am enjoying it as much as I expected. it took me about 8 hours to unlock and play through all 26 trails, now I'm going back through each and finishing all the challenges. the number of potential lines on each trail makes it super fun to explore, and the different bike choices each feel relatively distinct in that certain paths are more or less viable for the one you're riding. it doesn't seem like there's a definitive best option, which is a good thing. I also managed to score a couple top 100 freeride times, where you have to finish a whole trail with no crashes but also aren't constrained by having to hit specific checkpoints, so that's certainly a motivator to play more.

    Dishonored: Death of the Outsider - Not much to say about this other than the Dishonored world rules and I can't get enough of it even after playing through the series all within the past year. Arkane is one of my favorite developers around right now, I have pretty high hopes for Deathloop.

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  5. Comment on When Americans committed insurrection: Until 2021, Americans had confronted federal authority with armed aggression just four times in ~humanities

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    I suppose it wasn't include because it wasn't directly a confrontation with the feds, but it's worth remembering the Battle of Blair Mountain too.

    I suppose it wasn't include because it wasn't directly a confrontation with the feds, but it's worth remembering the Battle of Blair Mountain too.

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  6. Comment on Facebook bans Trump "indefinitely" with Mark Zuckerberg explaining that "the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service... are simply too great" in ~tech

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    I'd like to think that this would be common sense after a century of the Klan riding around in bedsheets and calling themselves names out of a Garth Marenghi novel, and yet...

    we should take them seriously even though they look like farcical clowns

    I'd like to think that this would be common sense after a century of the Klan riding around in bedsheets and calling themselves names out of a Garth Marenghi novel, and yet...

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

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    I picked up Lonely Mountains: Downhill last night and already can tell I'm going to put a couple hundred hours into it at least. It has the same spark that the older Trials games (HD and...

    I picked up Lonely Mountains: Downhill last night and already can tell I'm going to put a couple hundred hours into it at least. It has the same spark that the older Trials games (HD and Evolution) had for me, the devs nailed the physics feel and the aesthetics are beautiful.

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  9. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Welcoming a New Year in ~games

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    I have a Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners key up for grabs.

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  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    America's vaccine rollout is already a disaster [...]

    America's vaccine rollout is already a disaster

    How badly are we doing? In September, President Trump promised 100 million vaccinations by the end of the year. As a country, we have only 40 million doses, and had aimed, according to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, to vaccinate 20 million by year-end. That’s bad enough. But we have administered only 2 million of those — barely 10 percent of the goal. At this rate, achieving sufficient vaccination to reach herd immunity and bring the pandemic to a close in the U.S. will take about seven years. In Israel, they are vaccinating about one percent of the population each day, meaning the full program of population-wide vaccination will be done by this March.

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    Though refrigeration capacity varies from location to location, vaccines are only cleared for 30 days of storage in the most common units (including those in which they have been shipped). States have been rushing to build out their storage capacity, but have been warned of monthslong waits for ultracold freezers that could extend shelf life to about six months. That means that, in many places, this first batch of vaccine is set to expire in late January, around the time Joe Biden, who has been criticizing the rollout and promising to accelerate it, is set to take office.

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  11. Comment on A sea story in ~humanities

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    I came across this article on the 1994 sinking of the ferry Estonia in the Baltic Sea very late last night and was completely riveted for the next hour or so it took to finish it. Apparently...

    I came across this article on the 1994 sinking of the ferry Estonia in the Baltic Sea very late last night and was completely riveted for the next hour or so it took to finish it. Apparently there's new evidence that indicates the official accepted cause (that quite literally "the front fell off," the visor for the fore car loading ramp sheared off and started allowing water in) might not actually be the whole story.

    Survival that night was a very tight race, and savagely simple. People who started early and moved fast had some chance of winning. People who started late or hesitated for any reason had no chance at all. Action paid. Contemplation did not. The mere act of getting dressed was enough to condemn people to death, and although many of those who escaped to the water succumbed to the cold, most of the ultimate winners endured the ordeal completely naked or in their underwear. The survivors all seem to have grasped the nature of this race, the first stage of which involved getting outside to the Deck 7 promenade without delay. There was no God to turn to for mercy. There was no government to provide order. Civilization was ancient history, Europe a faint and faraway place. Inside the ship, as the heel increased, even the most primitive social organization, the human chain, crumbled apart. Love only slowed people down. A pitiless clock was running. The ocean was completely in control.

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  12. Comment on Routine - Cady Road (2020) in ~music

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    a recently formed band from Annie Truscott of Chastity Belt and Melina Duterte of Jay Som

    a recently formed band from Annie Truscott of Chastity Belt and Melina Duterte of Jay Som

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  13. Comment on Feds raid 'ghost gun' maker whose products they say are linked to 'hundreds of crimes' in ~news

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    Definitely concerning (the raid, not 'ghost guns'), the ATF is also reportedly looking into re-classifying certain configurations of braced pistols as short-barrel rifles, which would then require...

    Definitely concerning (the raid, not 'ghost guns'), the ATF is also reportedly looking into re-classifying certain configurations of braced pistols as short-barrel rifles, which would then require registration under NFA rules.

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  14. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Crazy good band, I'm wearing one of their sweatshirts right now. Dark Arc is maybe the most underrated indie album of the 2000s, it's easily on the level of something like Funeral but I rarely see...

    Crazy good band, I'm wearing one of their sweatshirts right now. Dark Arc is maybe the most underrated indie album of the 2000s, it's easily on the level of something like Funeral but I rarely see people mention them. Their former singer Maryn Jones also has a couple great solo records under the name YOWLER, as well as one of my favorite pop punk LPs with All Dogs.

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  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I picked up a few of the Logic x FSGO series recently as well, including Daub's book. I read Subprime Attention Crisis and Blockchain Chicken Farm last month and enjoyed both. The former draws...

    I picked up a few of the Logic x FSGO series recently as well, including Daub's book. I read Subprime Attention Crisis and Blockchain Chicken Farm last month and enjoyed both. The former draws comparisons between the internet advertising industry and the financial market factors that led to the 2007 recession and other economic crises, which was compelling but hampered by rather impotent suggestions on how to handle it. The latter is part travelogue, part fictional snippets of a potential future via recipe, and part examination of how tech is shaping rural China's integration into a market society. I really liked it, it's always nice to read people who believe in tech's liberatory potential in a principled way.

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  16. Comment on Logging in to get kicked out: Inside America's virtual eviction crisis in ~life

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    “It’s a totally untenable situation,” says Lee Camp, a senior attorney with Arch City Defenders, a legal aid organization in St. Louis. “Appear by phone [or video] and have your due process rights violated, or go and risk your life.”

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  17. Comment on "We're in hard times right now": Meet the nursing students turning to OnlyFans to get by in ~life

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    People are losing their main jobs over camming or softcore posts, much less prostitution, and there's been national legislation passed (SESTA/FOSTA) recently that also contributes to a backlash....

    People are losing their main jobs over camming or softcore posts, much less prostitution, and there's been national legislation passed (SESTA/FOSTA) recently that also contributes to a backlash. There's no hard numbers in the piece unless I'm missing them, but I would guess that approval is up maybe 10-15% at most among young people and probably less with other demographics. Gig work in general has significantly increased in the past decade, I think the side-hustle-ability of casual sex work is easily as much of a factor as any small increase in cultural acceptance.

    7 votes