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  1. Comment on The Fizzbombs - Surfaround (1988) in ~music

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    Man the Shop Assistants are so lo-fi it hurts!!!! I really appreciate the rabbit hole you've sent me down. I'm down with Covid at the moment so if you have any genre suggestions you would like to...

    Man the Shop Assistants are so lo-fi it hurts!!!! I really appreciate the rabbit hole you've sent me down.

    I'm down with Covid at the moment so if you have any genre suggestions you would like to share, I'd love to hear them!

    This is such a great list!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Made wine! Well, started the process at least - it takes a long time. So far two of the three varietals I ordered this year have been harvested. The heatwave this year meant that grapes were...

    Made wine! Well, started the process at least - it takes a long time. So far two of the three varietals I ordered this year have been harvested. The heatwave this year meant that grapes were harvested a month early in some cases and have produced grapes with very high sugar levels. On one hand it means I'll be getting more wine for my dollar, as I'm diluting with water to bring the sugar levels down to prevent producing extremely sweet wines, but it's also given them some really interesting flavors. The Zinfandel juice is much sweeter, fruitier, and even rounder in taste than grapes from that vineyard have been in the past. I'm curious to see how it tastes once I have it off the must (the mixture of skins/seeds/stems produced during crushing) after the second rack. I'm hoping it mellows out.

    The other is a Cabernet Sauvignon. The must smells incredible, like out of this world delicious. I'm hoping my expectations aren't too high. Similar issue to the Zin: its sugars are a bit high but not enough to require diluting. This is my first Cab so I'm interested to see how it turns out! The final varietal is a Petit Syrah, another first for me. They usually harvest in mid October but I imagine I'll get a call to come down in the next week.

    The heatwave also left me a little ill prepared. I tend to use the same equipment for each varietal until it's ready to be bulk fermented in demijohns or barrels. In the past I could use the same buckets as the grapes are usually harvested at different point in the summer and fall. With the heatwave, the first two varietals came off the vines within two days of each other, leaving me to scramble for additional gear. That said, I'm all set up now and have two new gorgeous oak barrels to fill!

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

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    I've recently started a music exchange with a friend of mine that lives in the middle east. We discovered we share a similar taste in music but have access to vastly different catalogs. We decided...

    I've recently started a music exchange with a friend of mine that lives in the middle east. We discovered we share a similar taste in music but have access to vastly different catalogs. We decided to mirror each other's suggestions (i.e. she picks a band and I try to find an equivalent from my own collection). This week she recommended Tinariwen - a Moroccan band from the 90s - as a jumping off point. Their music is a brilliant integration of traditional moroccan music with modern instrumentation. I found it really accessible. In response, I shared Damien Jurado, with an entry point of Silver Timothy. I think Damien captures a similar feeling as Tinariwen - replace the Sahara with the Mohave and keep the psychedelic/ghostly/inter-dimensional feel.

    It's been a really fun to have a guide to walk me through a new catalog, choosing music that can act as an accessible gateway to larger genres. Also, sharing music is just a great way to get to know someone even better and forge deeper bonds.

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  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of September 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I went from not getting covid for nearly 2.5 years to having it twice in 2 months...

    I went from not getting covid for nearly 2.5 years to having it twice in 2 months...

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  5. Comment on Tech workers are paying $75K for leg-lengthening surgery in ~health

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    I feel like adding 6 inches specifically to half of a patient's legs on a frame that isn't built that way would look odd. I would be interested to see the effects in person (as the before/after...

    I feel like adding 6 inches specifically to half of a patient's legs on a frame that isn't built that way would look odd. I would be interested to see the effects in person (as the before/after photos online don't really show it).

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  6. Comment on The Fizzbombs - Surfaround (1988) in ~music

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    This is awesome!!! Man, i love the lo-fi sound. Fits beautifully between the Frowning clouds and the Squires. Any more Scottish indie-pop suggestions?

    This is awesome!!! Man, i love the lo-fi sound. Fits beautifully between the Frowning clouds and the Squires. Any more Scottish indie-pop suggestions?

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  7. Comment on The economist who knows the miracle is over in ~books

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    I hear you, I'm not arguing that folks lived a particularly long time, though that seems to be up for debate as well. I'm strictly talking quality of life. I think this is going to be a pretty...

    I hear you, I'm not arguing that folks lived a particularly long time, though that seems to be up for debate as well.

    I'm strictly talking quality of life. I think this is going to be a pretty subjective perspective, and one where I differ from most people. I'm not trying to apply rose colored glasses to other eras, but rather give some hope to @balooga that while the future will definitely be different, it won't necessarily be worse. How you interpret the quality of anything is highly personal.

    I also really enjoyed @Naravara's contribution. I think they summarize my perspective in a much more nuanced way.

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  8. Comment on The economist who knows the miracle is over in ~books

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    I don't think that's a fair. We focus on 'interesting' periods when we look at history. You could even argue we're in one of those periods now. But they don't make up the majority of human...

    I learned plenty of history in school, but it wasn't until I was in my thirties that it really sank in how utterly crappy and miserable human existence has been for the vast, vast majority of it. Nasty, brutish, and short.

    I don't think that's a fair. We focus on 'interesting' periods when we look at history. You could even argue we're in one of those periods now. But they don't make up the majority of human existence. By and large, humanity just kind of lives, like we do now just with less amenities. If it helps at all, we've had periods of peace before and we will undoubtably have them again. I like to think of it as an ebb and flow. People who lived through the hardship help steer us towards peaceful time, those who haven't steer us back towards difficult ones.

    I think the idea that we have it better now is a perspective based off of modern preferences. I don't necessarily agree. I think the idea of modern exceptionalism requires us to see the past as a place of terror and hardship and brutality. I think of it as a place of abundance. Before we pillaged the land and seas and forests. Before we terraformed much of the world. It was definitely a different place, but I don't think it was worse.

    Benjamin Franklin makes an interesting observation on humanity's preference for non-modernized life. It's anecdotal, but I think it provides some relevant insight.

    “When an Indian child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to our customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and make one Indian ramble with them there is no persuading him ever to return, and that this is not natural nearly as Indians but as men, is plain from this, that when white persons of either sex have been taken prisoner young by the Indians, and lived a while among them, tho ransomed by their friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet in a short time they become disgusted with our manner of life, and the care and pains that are necessary to support it, and take the first opportunity of escaping again into the woods, from whence there is no reclaiming them. One instance I remember to have heard where the person was to be brought home to possess a good estate; but finding some care necessary to keep it together, he relinquished it to a younger brother, reserving to himself nothing but a gun and match-coat, with which he took his way again to the wilderness.”

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  9. Comment on JK Rowling's new book, about a transphobe who faces wrath online, raises eyebrows in ~books

  10. Comment on JK Rowling's new book, about a transphobe who faces wrath online, raises eyebrows in ~books

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    What do you think about Books that are about writers? Murakami comes to mind for me. Almost all his novels are about a writer and a mysterious woman, haha.

    What do you think about Books that are about writers? Murakami comes to mind for me. Almost all his novels are about a writer and a mysterious woman, haha.

  11. Comment on The ethics of hunting deer for meat in ~food

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    I have a few other semi-tangental topics I'd love to dive into if you'd be up for it. I appreciate your perspective on this topic and would love to hear what you think on a few adjacent ones....

    I have a few other semi-tangental topics I'd love to dive into if you'd be up for it. I appreciate your perspective on this topic and would love to hear what you think on a few adjacent ones. Specifically reintegration of predators and the justification for eating other, lower impact, animals. I'm wrestling with a few of these questions myself and it would be interesting to hear your insights. They are also totally off topic so feel free to disregard if the questions aren't interesting to you.

    The other main justifications I hear for culling deer, happening adjacent to the hunting for food, is the idea that deer are an out of control pest that impact other forms of agriculture and decrease driving safety. I'm always suspect of this argument, because these are usually the same folks that advocate for hunting deer and never support calls to re-store or reintroduce traditional predators, most cases being wolves. It drives me nuts. There are economic subsidies for shepards or ranchers who lose livestock to apex predators, and yet they still clamor for culling programs. Idaho is my favorite example where the state spent millions of dollars on wolf restoration and protection programs, saw amazing economic benefits (though largely in the tourism sector), and then did a 180 and reintroduced hunting and trapping programs. WTF. Ok, enough context. Do you think the same ethical consideration is warranted in developing predator reintroduction? (i.e. a purposeful human driven reintroduction program that impacts the deers in a similar manner)

    Another parallel question of consumption looks at fisheries. However unlike terrestrial animal based food systems, there are more questions about sentience, pain, and life in general. The larger question you bring up makes me think of fish farming vs wild catch, though for high trophic species like salmon it doesn't feel like you could feasibly, ethically farm high trophic fish. But if we follow that line down the trophic scale, we hit shellfish. I always thought of shellfish as a perfect example of the sustainable, ecosystem positive animal based protein source. Think oysters, mussels, clams, scallops... They filter and clean waterways, they have almost no negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem, they don't bioaccumulate toxins or heavy metals, they are high value fisheries, and in many cases they are run as small, artisanal collectives. They check all my boxes - ecosystem health, plant health, livelihood diversity, decentralization of wealth, and even green/grey infrastructure! But then come the actual ethics of killing/eating them. I only recently found out (as stupid as this sounds) that oysters are still alive when you eat them. This means I'm giving them an acid bath in vinegar and citrus before semi masticating them and letting them finally perish in my stomach acid. If that isn't a miserable way to go, I'm not sure what is. When I brought this up with friends (Our local friend group is almost exclusively comprised of marine biologists) they always repeat the same thing: shellfish have a lower level of sentience and no concept of pain. But honestly, I'm not sure I buy that. They retract and recoil for a reason (always brushed off as 'instinct'). I'd be really interested to hear where you land on this debate.

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  12. Comment on The ethics of hunting deer for meat in ~food

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    I want to pop in with a total non-sequitur and say how refreshing it is to jump on Tildes and tune into a respectful debate about food systems where I full agree with both sentiments. Things like...

    I want to pop in with a total non-sequitur and say how refreshing it is to jump on Tildes and tune into a respectful debate about food systems where I full agree with both sentiments. Things like agroecology, de-industrialization, and alt-animal products are very near and dear to by heart and yet so fringy I almost never run into them outside of topic specific arenas. Just wanted to appreciate you both.

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  13. Comment on JK Rowling's new book, about a transphobe who faces wrath online, raises eyebrows in ~books

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    Didn't know about Card, but holy shit does he really go to the wall for his ass backwards beliefs. Why would anyone think hiring him for Superman would be a good idea?

    Didn't know about Card, but holy shit does he really go to the wall for his ass backwards beliefs. Why would anyone think hiring him for Superman would be a good idea?

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  14. Comment on Sample Breakdown: Daft Punk - Discovery in ~music

  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm curious about how others are treating this odd liminal state we seem to be in: Covid still raging but all restrictions lifted and guidance being ignored. My own experience/take: My partner and...

    I'm curious about how others are treating this odd liminal state we seem to be in: Covid still raging but all restrictions lifted and guidance being ignored.

    My own experience/take: My partner and I have been pretty cautious during covid, only stepping our toes out of masks in indoor settings when the infection rate is under 20 people per 100k in our county. We have incredibly different levels of risk tolerance (I have quite a high threshold while she is very risk adverse) so negotiating Covid has caused some friction for us and we have largely deferred to her level of caution. I finally caught Covid (likely BA.4 or BA.5) at a wedding back in July and my partner has still managed to avoid it. We're still behaving as though it's September 2020, no longer washing our groceries but still avoiding crowds/indoor functions as much as possible, limiting travel, and masking up when all else is not possible. But when we go anywhere, masks have effectively vanished. We may see one or two at grocery store, none at any of the more social locations (i.e. breweries or climbing gyms), and it's starting to wear on me. From my perspective, we are as vaccinated as we can be, perfectly healthy, have no one in our circle with high risk health issues we might impact, and honestly, I'm starting to find the end of my patience with everything. I'm sick of having to explain why I'm wearing a mask to friends, co-workers, waiters... freaking anyone. Or why I can't participate in a friends birthday because they are hosting at a restaurant and everyone will be eating inside. I can't tell if our risk calculus is way off or if everyone else has just thrown in the towel. I know as a society we're not at the point of Covid being endemic yet. I know that Covid is on a freaking run at the moment and has been for months. I know these things and yet I really want to join everyone just living. I don't think that will be possible with my partner's comfort level but it would be awesome to get some personal insights from Tildes (i.e. a group of folks who seems to be pretty thoughtful, empathetic, and measured when deciding how to interact with the world).

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  16. Comment on Sample Breakdown: Daft Punk - Discovery in ~music

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    Well that was incredible. I had no idea those were samples. I always assumed many of those notes were just synth tones. The Daft Punk discovery that blew my mind was learning that harder better...

    Well that was incredible. I had no idea those were samples. I always assumed many of those notes were just synth tones.

    The Daft Punk discovery that blew my mind was learning that harder better faster stronger is effectively Cola Bottle Baby, by Edwin Birdsong

    Edit: I just went down a rabbit hole with this channel. This is awesome!

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  17. Comment on Critics and fans have never disagreed more about movies in ~movies

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    I think tastes for media in general have changed during covid, at least for me and a good number of people in my circle. Pre-covid I hated what I would call feel good, filler media (i.e. most...

    Thirdly, It could just be that we are going through a weird COVID thing right now. Maybe the movies are just critical bombs but good enough for the popcorn crowd. Maybe grumpy old farts such as myself aren't going to the theatre anymore so you only get the young kids rating on IMDB.

    I think tastes for media in general have changed during covid, at least for me and a good number of people in my circle. Pre-covid I hated what I would call feel good, filler media (i.e. most rom-coms, happy reality shows like the great british bake off, over the top blockbusters, etc...). Those types of films/shows aren't challenging at all and are generally pretty boring. Pre-covid I would have said Michael Bay could jump off a cliff. But in a covid world, I find myself consuming much more of that type of content. Most days there are enough difficult things on my mind that all I want to do is lay in bed and let Prue and Paul melt my brain with pastel colors, happy music, and congenial conversation. I want bubble gum movies. Hell, I was so ready to hate the Uncharted movie having been a huge fan of the game series and practically allergic to Marky Mark. And yet, it was so easy to watch. Marky Mark was... fine? I guess my overall expectations/needs from movies have shifted and from the article it seems I'm not alone.

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  18. Comment on Putting the Icelandic Lupin debate under the microscope to try and find out the good and the bad about this invasive species in ~enviro

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    That's awesome! I wasn't trying to poo poo this project, just that I understand the skepticism of projects like this that introduce potential threats. Thanks for the info.

    That's awesome! I wasn't trying to poo poo this project, just that I understand the skepticism of projects like this that introduce potential threats. Thanks for the info.

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  19. Comment on Putting the Icelandic Lupin debate under the microscope to try and find out the good and the bad about this invasive species in ~enviro

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    This is an interesting idea. As with most things, I find myself of two minds. I love Lupin and it's exciting to see such a promising use for it as a colonizer. However, I believe we are at a weird...

    This is an interesting idea. As with most things, I find myself of two minds. I love Lupin and it's exciting to see such a promising use for it as a colonizer. However, I believe we are at a weird time in ecological restoration. Globally we seem to be pushing for the "restoration" of forests everywhere, including ecosystems that have never been forests. I noticed that he says they are stymieing desertification, but it would be nice to know what ecosystems are desertifying. To non-ecologists/biologists, deserts tend to get a bad wrap as a lack of an ecosystem rather than being seen as their own unique, important ecosystem. As the environmental movement pushes for more and more sequestration capabilities, key ecosystems such as wetlands, deserts, and grasslands are being targeted for "restoration" campaigns. I'm all for restoration, but I'm cautious about giving it carte blanche.

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  20. Comment on Anyone else have long covid? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thank you for posting this. I'm so sorry to hear what you're experiencing. Your experience is incredibly helpful for me to read even though I did not get long covid. It took me about a month to...

    Thank you for posting this. I'm so sorry to hear what you're experiencing.

    Your experience is incredibly helpful for me to read even though I did not get long covid. It took me about a month to start feeling normal again and I get heart palpitations every now and then even 3 months later. I wondered if this was a sign of long covid but after reading your write up I see just how different long covid is.

    Thanks for drawing attention to this!

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