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  1. Comment on WandaVision S01E01-02: Discussion Thread in ~tv

  2. Comment on Cartoon Orchestra in ~music

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    This is like something out of Fellini, and old song recorded with a very new saxophone synthesizer.

    This is like something out of Fellini, and old song recorded with a very new saxophone synthesizer.

  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    There are a very few shows where somehomw the audience noise, whether real or not, didn't matter. Frasier is one. I also have seen some Mash episodes without the noise and they were more...

    There are a very few shows where somehomw the audience noise, whether real or not, didn't matter. Frasier is one. I also have seen some Mash episodes without the noise and they were more entertaining. I never watched Friends or Seinfeld.

    As for they'd be bad anyway, that's true. It's not actually the audience or the noise that annoys me, it's the rhythm. I am not entertained by the rhythm of
    (straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline,straight setup, punchline)
    for 23 or 47 minutes. It's just factory sitcom, and a waste of time, for me. But then millions watch reality TV and I see zero values there.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Either way, I prefer the Modern Family type stuff, single camera, no laughs.

    Either way, I prefer the Modern Family type stuff, single camera, no laughs.

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

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    What's nice about Unicorn is no laugh track. And it has some social depth from time to time, not just setup/punch line.

    What's nice about Unicorn is no laugh track. And it has some social depth from time to time, not just setup/punch line.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    In my teens, I played guitar. I got it into my head to rent an upright bass ($10/month). I remember the guy at the store saying, "It's natural, you want to play slower", or something like that....

    In my teens, I played guitar. I got it into my head to rent an upright bass ($10/month). I remember the guy at the store saying, "It's natural, you want to play slower", or something like that. Anyway, never panned out. Decades later I wanted to play upright again. Bought an electric and later a wooden one. I loved it, took lessons, but I found I wouldn't have the muscular stamina now to play bass anymore. Still, I wanted to do something else, so I rented, then bought an alto saxophone a few years ago. It's going well. My parents never pushed me towards music, but in those days every school had bands. Exposure to musical instruments is really great, I often tell parents that they should always encourage their kids to try to play, but only if they want to. For the lucky ones, like me, it's been a passion all my life.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    This can be true if one picks the right instrument. If excitement and the pleasure of learning and improving doesn't start, or doesn't continue, it's best to find other things that allow...

    Learning a musical instrument is easy, easy to start, and personally rewarding.

    This can be true if one picks the right instrument. If excitement and the pleasure of learning and improving doesn't start, or doesn't continue, it's best to find other things that allow self-expression. Although unrelated, cooking, making music, writing all capable of bringing pleasure when practiced. I think the lack of a means of self-expression is one of the root causes of much trouble in life. If people are able to pursue some form of gratifying activity, especially one they can control (as opposed to say, spectator sports), they are likely to live longer and happier lives.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    An updated list of scams My wife and I feel victim to one I'd not heard of recently on the street. Someone in Holland mentioned that there is a Dutch site that tracks these. I'm in France, but...

    An updated list of scams
    My wife and I feel victim to one I'd not heard of recently on the street. Someone in Holland mentioned that there is a Dutch site that tracks these. I'm in France, but after looking up the details, I saw it has happened here and in Luxemburg, too. To be brief, a man walks up to us near a parking ticket box, says his car needs to be towed. To geolocalise it, he needs to use the parking machine. His card doesn't work. He has an accomplice on the phone who explains to us, to put a card in the box. It all seemed so well-acted, we fell into the trap. The guy had surreptitiously taken the card, went to draw money while the accomplice was keeping us busy, pretending he was going to be able to release the card. Had I hear of the scam, it would have been immediately obvious. In hindsight, it is, too, but at the moment, we just thought we were helping a foreign visitor. The worst part is how we'll never try to help anyone in need again.

    Refer to the Luxemburg warning
    Story exactly like ours in French.

    10 votes