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  1. Comment on Political Disney World in ~humanities

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    The above link is article number 9 in a series of articles exploring why writing about society is so "perilous" (This is the introduction to the series, very short.) I've noticed that I have...

    Warning: The above article is a massive read, especially if you want the context of the previous posts that it builds upon.

    The above link is article number 9 in a series of articles exploring why writing about society is so "perilous" (This is the introduction to the series, very short.)


    Then I went to college. It was 2000. Bush-Gore year. While everyone I grew up with was obviously rooting as hard as possible for Gore to win, it began to dawn on me that I had made a very strange group of new friends in college. Some of them were rooting for Gore, but they hated certain things about his beliefs. Others disliked both candidates. And some of them were fervently rooting for Bush, even though they had previously seemed like reasonable people.

    I knew exactly where I stood, of course, and made my opinion clear. When I explained that I was unquestionably voting for Gore, instead of giving me a high five, my friends asked me why. I had all kinds of explanations, but when they’d push me to talk in specifics, I’d run into a problem.

    I didn’t really know the specifics.

    I knew Gore was the better choice, just like I knew the Democratic Party was the better party—but when pressed about my underlying reasons for liking any specific policy of Gore’s, I’d end up in an uncomfortable place.

    I've noticed that I have fallen into this sort of thinking with many different subjects (politics included) during my life. It took me reading this article to have the "curtains drawn" so-to-speak. Even with this knowledge, I'm still seeing myself falling into the pattern again and again, which is frustrating. Sometimes it's due to apathy, (don't really care about the subject, so I'll just accept what I hear at face value) and other times it's from doing the minimal amount of "research" so that I can say "yea, I have looked into it. It checks out" which I don't like either. All of this is to say, I don't like that gullible part of me but changing it takes a hella long time apparently. :|


    Progressivism = concerned with helping society make forward progress—positive changes to the status quo. That progress can come from identifying what you deem to be a flaw in your nation’s systems or its culture and working to root it out, or by trying to make your nation’s strong points even stronger.

    Conservatism = concerned with conserving what is already good about society—either by fighting against the erosion of what you deem to be your nation’s strong qualities, or by pushing back against well-intentioned attempts at positive progress that you believe, in reality, will prove to be changes for the worse, not for the better.

    Put more simply, if a nation is a boat, high-rung Progressivism tries to make improvements to flaws in the boat and build newer, better features, while high-rung Conservatism tries to protect the existing boat against damage and deterioration.

    I personally like this semi-deconstruction of the two terms, and can see how it's beneficial to view the concepts this way. In these terms, I have both Progressive beliefs (Universal Healthcare) as well as Conservative beliefs (Keep Roe v Wade).


    The thing is, ever since then, I can’t get analog and digital out of my head. I see it as a metaphor for all kinds of things in the world. Here’s what I mean:

    Analog is what actually goes on in the natural world. It’s a perfect representation of reality: information in its natural, messy state. Sound is a nice example. Sound is analog information that can be represented by a wave
    ...
    Digitization is a way to approximate analog information using a set of exact values. Like this:
    ...
    Back to Disney movies.

    The real world is analog—gray, amorphous, and endlessly nuanced. What Disney movies do is they digitize the shit out of the real world. They go the full distance, converting all that gray into clean black-and-white 1s and 0s.

    Real people are complex and flawed, full of faults but almost always worthy of compassion. Disney characters, on the other hand, are either entirely good or entirely bad.
    ...
    Political Disney World is much more fun. Everything is nice and crisp and perfectly digital. Good guys and bad guys, with good ideas and bad ideas, respectively. Good politicians and bad politicians with good policies and bad policies. Right and wrong. Smart and ignorant. Virtuous and evil. Safe and dangerous.

    1s and 0s.

    The title concept, is also another pretty good analogy of what is happening with people all across the spectrum. I've seen it in videos of people crying about Trump losing the 2020 election. I've seen it in people crying about Hillary losing the 2016 election. I'm sure it happened in previous elections as well, but wasn't recorded and distributed to a wide audience through a social media platform.


    There's a lot more to the article, but continuously quoting it would really balloon my comment here, so I'll stop at this point and leave some space for others to comment with their thoughts feelings and ideas about it.

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

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    Honestly I'd go straight to 2.0 . Rally isn't a bad game in the slightest, but from what I've heard (and seen) 2.0 has several changes in place that really add to the experience. Here's what...

    Honestly I'd go straight to 2.0 . Rally isn't a bad game in the slightest, but from what I've heard (and seen) 2.0 has several changes in place that really add to the experience.

    Here's what others are saying about the difference: https://www.reddit.com/r/dirtgame/comments/c7sjlt/dirt_rally_20_or_dirt_rally/

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

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    I only played GT2 that was released on the PS2 wayyyyyyy back in the day. Nothing recent to compare it to :/ it's definitely a SIM, not an arcadey racer

    I only played GT2 that was released on the PS2 wayyyyyyy back in the day. Nothing recent to compare it to :/ it's definitely a SIM, not an arcadey racer

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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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    I pretty much completed all local achievements for Dirt 3, and after some research got some more Dirt games since I liked 3. Dirt 3 was fun, kinda crossed between sim and arcade racer. I would...

    I pretty much completed all local achievements for Dirt 3, and after some research got some more Dirt games since I liked 3. Dirt 3 was fun, kinda crossed between sim and arcade racer. I would pick it up for a couple days then put it down for a month or more. Took me probably 6+ months to get through and 100% win all the courses and get plat trophies for all the challenges. It's a good game!

    Dirt Rally is like, 100X better.

    I don't know what it is, but this game has me feeling things that I haven't felt since I was young playing games. It's all sim, no Arcade feel to it. It's fucking HARD. I thought I was a decent driver getting through Dirt 3 with relatively little effort. But SHIT, I've almost broken my controller multiple times from frustration of getting caught in the Swedish snowbanks. But then....... you get that perfect run through a course; beautiful drift through a

    Double Caution Left 2 into Square Right 40

    tires squealing across the finish line - everything came together for that run. You came in first. And that's what I'm living for right now. This game is amazing. It's frustrating for sure, you really need to go slow at first to get to grips with how to control the car, and probably watch some tutorials on youtube. But god damn, do those little glimpses of the Rally driver that you could be make you forget about the driver that you are.


    Plus the memes on the subreddit (/r/dirtgame) are pretty funny too :)

    In other news, when I get a new car i'm turning my old one into an amateur rally car.

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  5. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    I'm glad my little link had an effect out there in that wide world :) It's already telling that you are aware enough to notice this change in yourself. I think with the right mindset and enough...

    I'm glad my little link had an effect out there in that wide world :) It's already telling that you are aware enough to notice this change in yourself. I think with the right mindset and enough time to allow for changes you should certainly see good results!

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Statistics on bans and transparency in ~tildes

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    In response to some of the posts above I'd like to provide a rebuttal in the form of a blog post that's not mine (Author is eevee). I know I've seen this link pop up here before in other...

    In response to some of the posts above I'd like to provide a rebuttal in the form of a blog post that's not mine (Author is eevee). I know I've seen this link pop up here before in other discussions.

    In essence, it's stating that for a small website to sur-thrive it's admin needs to be a BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life) and to have loose enough rules to enforce when someone steps way over the line / toes the line repeatedly. Those who toe repeatedly will try to rely only on "writ law" not "case law" to escape bans, which can create a game of cat and mouse for the admin.

    To answer nukeman's questions up top; I personally don't really care about the amount of people that have been banned / why they've been banned. I don't actually think I've come across one openly hostile person since I've joined Tildes which I attribute to both the pleasant community that's been built here as well as the admin's doing their part when they must.

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  7. Comment on How to compliment in ~life

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    No I wouldn't say so. On the offhand I've had to talk with him about something that wasn't positive, he's always been pretty receptive to what I was saying. He's a good guy, just not the most...

    No I wouldn't say so. On the offhand I've had to talk with him about something that wasn't positive, he's always been pretty receptive to what I was saying. He's a good guy, just not the most socially intelligent? I feel like that sounds like more of an insult than I want it to. He's very quiet, has no inflection to his voice when talking to most people. I seem to be an exception since I've made the effort to talk and be friendly when I first started working there and he reciprocated.

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  8. Comment on How to compliment in ~life

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    Not the largest contributor here, so if I've mislabeled something, lemme know! I'm a fan of Less Penguiny (and their name even more), found them on their freshmen article On Bragging, and I feel...

    Not the largest contributor here, so if I've mislabeled something, lemme know!

    I'm a fan of Less Penguiny (and their name even more), found them on their freshmen article On Bragging, and I feel that their takeaways are usually pretty workable. Haven't gone through the whole article yet, but I'll come back and update my comment here when I do.

    I like topics that deal with human nature like this. I don't get "us" (barely get myself sometimes lol) so it's cool to see other perspectives about how we are in groups.

    The more I read on this article, the more I see patterns emerging from relationships in my life. I have a coworker who follows this excerpt almost to the 't':

    An even softer form of ignoring a compliment is to reply roughly on-topic, but without affirming or disconfirming the praise:

    “Nice suit.”
    “I bought it at Harvey’s. Have you seen their window display lately?"

    Not that it's bad, it's just funny to see something I've unconsciously noticed in writing, from another person who doesn't know me or my people in my extended circle.

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  9. Comment on LFB (Looking For Band) Thread: Make music with other folks on Tildes in ~music

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    Hello! I don't currently have a set, but I'm buying myself an electric drum kit for Christmas. I've played throughout my child and teenage years, so I can hopefully keep some modicum of time. I'd...

    Hello!

    I don't currently have a set, but I'm buying myself an electric drum kit for Christmas. I've played throughout my child and teenage years, so I can hopefully keep some modicum of time. I'd be very interested in playing with others here :)

    I've got an 8-5 job here, and usually go to bed around 10 (all EST) (in UTC that makes them 13-22, & 3)

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

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    I recently came across a song from Jack Stauber called Buttercup from this video. (The video is not one that Jack created, it's called Kick-Heart, and you can find (that full video here). That one...

    I recently came across a song from Jack Stauber called Buttercup from this video. (The video is not one that Jack created, it's called Kick-Heart, and you can find (that full video here). That one event has now sent me down a rabbit hole of Jack Stauber songs, of which I enjoy most. The other that really springs to mind is: Dead Weight

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  11. Comment on What is some noteworthy music that is quarantine/COVID-specific? in ~music

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    Gama Bomb released a song called "Living for the Lockdown" it's very good imo

    Gama Bomb released a song called "Living for the Lockdown" it's very good imo

    4 votes
  12. Comment on People of Tildes, have you travelled the entirety of the length of your country? in ~talk

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    I've always been interested in doing something like this too. Train seems like a great way to do it, since you don't have to worry about actually paying attention the whole time you're traveling....

    I've always been interested in doing something like this too. Train seems like a great way to do it, since you don't have to worry about actually paying attention the whole time you're traveling. But then, you're also....... railroaded (sorry, had to) onto the path that the train takes, no ability to wander if the need strikes.

    I considered doing a cross country road trip earlier back out of college, but I didn't have a car for it at the time. Now I've got a job, a lease, and a girlfriend, so the dream seems farther and farther away each day ;_;

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  13. Comment on People of Tildes, have you travelled the entirety of the length of your country? in ~talk

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    I (technically) have! I live on the East Coast, close enough to the beaches to make a day trip to them, no sweat. A year or two ago, I took a flight with one of my college friends out to...

    I (technically) have! I live on the East Coast, close enough to the beaches to make a day trip to them, no sweat. A year or two ago, I took a flight with one of my college friends out to California to visit another friend from college that ended up out there. I dipped my toes in the Pacific Ocean so I can say I've been coast to coast in the US now ;)

    Trip was great, smoked some great weed while we were out there. Hit a lot of tourist points (San Diego Zoo, San Diego City, Los Angeles..... which kinda sucked tbh), WE WERE ON THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW when they had Michelle Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda, watched one of the highest scoring football games of all time in the Colosseum (Chiefs vs Rams; like 54-57 points or something), and hiked all over the beaches and up a mountain near our friends place. Awesome trip, would absolutely recommend to anyone who's interested. Next time I wanna hit farther north and see San Fran, maybe Seattle and Portland too.

    I've also driven down a good chunk of the East Coast to Florida, as well as drove up north into Canada to visit family friends every year I was a child.

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  14. Comment on From its name, to its hazy origins, to its drug interactions, grapefruit is one of the weirdest fruits on the planet in ~food

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    I have been told to stay away from it when on medication. I never got the details of why, so it sorta seemed like one of those fables where the reasoning was lost a time ago. Now I can see why...

    I have been told to stay away from it when on medication. I never got the details of why, so it sorta seemed like one of those fables where the reasoning was lost a time ago. Now I can see why they said it!

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  15. Comment on Silly Set Up; Creative Response in ~creative

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    #4 "Sweetie, have we ever told you about the day your mother and I met? I had just finished my shift at the 'Gentlemans Club' and was on my way home when I noticed a man help your mother out of...

    #4 "Sweetie, have we ever told you about the day your mother and I met? I had just finished my shift at the 'Gentlemans Club' and was on my way home when I noticed a man help your mother out of his limousine...."

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  16. Comment on Silly Set Up; Creative Response in ~creative

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    #3 "Have you all heard the story about the convict who broke out of the high security prison using nothing but grape jelly, a broken flute, three quarters and a pair of leather shoes?"

    #3 "Have you all heard the story about the convict who broke out of the high security prison using nothing but grape jelly, a broken flute, three quarters and a pair of leather shoes?"

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Silly Set Up; Creative Response in ~creative

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    #2 "How did I make it out of the desert after 12 days with nothing but a metal spoon, the clothes on my back, a pistol with two rounds, and the voices in my head? Well it's a great story....."

    #2 "How did I make it out of the desert after 12 days with nothing but a metal spoon, the clothes on my back, a pistol with two rounds, and the voices in my head? Well it's a great story....."

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Silly Set Up; Creative Response in ~creative

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    #1 "Yo Johnny, you remember that time we talked our way out of getting arrested using my pet rabbit and a dead cell phone?"

    #1 "Yo Johnny, you remember that time we talked our way out of getting arrested using my pet rabbit and a dead cell phone?"

    2 votes