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  1. Comment on Let's build a playlist! in ~music

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    Love this idea. Will probably listen through the playlist when it's done! A wide spectrum of current favorites (understandable if you only add the 2-3 first): Chappell Roan - Femininomenon MUNA -...

    Love this idea. Will probably listen through the playlist when it's done!

    A wide spectrum of current favorites (understandable if you only add the 2-3 first):

    Chappell Roan - Femininomenon

    MUNA - What I Want

    Alcest - L'enfant de la Lune

    Batushka - Yekteniya II

    Beenkerver - Vergane Rozen

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

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    More metal! Recently discovered Batushka which translates to father. It's an incredible mix of genres - black metal that cooperates eastern orthodox singing (although I highly doubt it's actually...

    More metal!

    Recently discovered Batushka which translates to father. It's an incredible mix of genres - black metal that cooperates eastern orthodox singing (although I highly doubt it's actually a Christian band lol). This blend creates such atmospheric songs. I highly highly highly recommend watching this concert from last month! Really good performance and it's mixed really well.

    Batushka - Hellfest 2024

  3. Comment on Anora | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Off-topic question: Does anyone know what purpose it serves that Youtube now blocks the sides of videos when watching in the "cinema mode" view? This video is already letterboxed on top and...

    Off-topic question:

    Does anyone know what purpose it serves that Youtube now blocks the sides of videos when watching in the "cinema mode" view? This video is already letterboxed on top and bottom, and the Youtube letterbox on each side just makes it super small. Also, why is it not fully black!? Stuff like this drives me nuts, I really don't understand why they do these things!

    https://i.imgur.com/IxTtM5B.png

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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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    Finished the new summer campaign in Trackmania. Like I said in the last thread, this season is insane. All the other seasons, I have been able to get every single medal, but I'm giving up on this...

    Finished the new summer campaign in Trackmania. Like I said in the last thread, this season is insane. All the other seasons, I have been able to get every single medal, but I'm giving up on this one: I did get 23 of 25 though. Track 22 is basically impossible for me due to a specific mechanic that I can't seem to get right, and track 25 has been completed only by the world's absolute best. Just track 24 took me somewhere between six and eight hours to complete, so I'm really just not going to waste my breath on the other - even harder - ones.

    Still love the game, always have and always will, but it's a bit annoying that I can't 100% this season. Hope they turn the difficulty down a notch for the fall season!

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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

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    Literally just listened to some of it 45 minutes ago haha, it's not bad!

    Literally just listened to some of it 45 minutes ago haha, it's not bad!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Joe Biden calls Volodymyr Zelensky 'Putin' right before huge press conference in ~news

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    That's interesting, I've never heard that before. I don't think he's sharp as a tack though.

    That's interesting, I've never heard that before. I don't think he's sharp as a tack though.

  8. Comment on Joe Biden calls Volodymyr Zelensky 'Putin' right before huge press conference in ~news

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    Yes I already said he's that he's obviously still better than Trump. That doesn't mean he's good.

    Yes I already said he's that he's obviously still better than Trump. That doesn't mean he's good.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Captain America: Brave New World | Official teaser in ~movies

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    CGI is practically never finished when trailers are put out, so I wouldn't judge it based on that aspect. The other things you say though, can't disagree with that! How are the writers from FAWS...

    CGI is practically never finished when trailers are put out, so I wouldn't judge it based on that aspect. The other things you say though, can't disagree with that! How are the writers from FAWS still employed? Sounds not very promising then..

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

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    A lot of black metal recently! Black Birch - Weak Beenkerver - De Rode Weduwe I went into a bit of a rabbit hole about the genre not too long ago because it has a really interesting history. Most...

    A lot of black metal recently!

    Black Birch - Weak

    Beenkerver - De Rode Weduwe

    I went into a bit of a rabbit hole about the genre not too long ago because it has a really interesting history. Most probably know or have heard of Varg Vikernes and the Norwegian church burnings of the 1990's. But there's a lot more to it, because neo-Nazism has an unfortunate history in the genre, to the point that NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal) is a whole genre, and there are even festivals with bands of only this genre in France, Ukraine, and others. It's mostly a problem in Eastern Europe, but it can be quite wide spread and it is problematic to such an extent that someone created a website to dive into band histories and give them a rating of 1 to 5 to judge how Nazi they are lol - some bands that aren't NSBM by themselves but have relationships to those bands will be given a higher rating for example.. not great.

    I am the type that cannot separate the art from the artist, so I do not ever listen to bands associated with it. Polish band Mgla for example are still doing business with a NSBM record label, and despite having listened to them a lot in the past because they make genuinely incredible music, I have made it a point to never listen to it again.

    Long story short (and I know this was a needlessly long comment) to every force there is also an opposite, and the opposite in this case is RABM (Red and Anarchist Black Metal), and one such band that I have been listening to recently is Black Birch from above - if you're into black metal in any way, I highly recommend them! Their vocalist is female too, which is always crazy when it comes to harsh vocals!

    I linked a Beenkerver song too but I can't find much info about them as I don't speak Dutch. Not sure they are RABM.

  11. Comment on Captain America: Brave New World | Official teaser in ~movies

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    That was a really good trailer! As for the movie itself.. well, remains to be seen. I will always watch the MCU, although I don't always feel it's been worth the price of admission so I've stopped...

    That was a really good trailer! As for the movie itself.. well, remains to be seen. I will always watch the MCU, although I don't always feel it's been worth the price of admission so I've stopped going to the cinema to watch them - I can wait the 1 or 2 months it takes for it to release digitally.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Joe Biden calls Volodymyr Zelensky 'Putin' right before huge press conference in ~news

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    Yeah there's really just no excuse for this. He has also confused Macron with Mitterand.. that is just not something that should be explained away, no matter how much better he is than Trump. It's...

    Yeah there's really just no excuse for this. He has also confused Macron with Mitterand.. that is just not something that should be explained away, no matter how much better he is than Trump. It's unbelievable to me that he's still the Democratic candidate.

    I have no horse in the race, as a Dane. But you cannot re-elect a president that confuses his ally with arguably his worst enemy, Putin. He caught his own mistake, yes, but it's just mindblowing to watch (although to be fair, American politics have been a continuing series of mindblowing events since 2015).

    Another thing, my 98 year old grandfather was able to move better than Biden. Why are all his body movements so extremely slow? It's unfathomable that he is still the leader of a superpower.

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

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    Still going on my journey to get all the medals in all the Trackmania campaigns. I finished all the old ones* last week but then a bunch of new ones came out - and they are ridiculously hard..!...

    Still going on my journey to get all the medals in all the Trackmania campaigns. I finished all the old ones* last week but then a bunch of new ones came out - and they are ridiculously hard..! The desert car is difficult to control and super jumpy but I'm getting the hang of it. I just got the author medal on track 18 after 3-4 hours of trying. I usually only spend that kind of time on the most difficult black track, so I imagine I'm looking forward to a lot of grinding coming up.

    *Except 2 that I consider impossible because of physics changes

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Finished these bookmarks that are gonna double as to/from gift tags. I stitched a clean back onto them so that they look tidy, and while this means they are a bit thick, I think it's alright. They...

    Finished these bookmarks that are gonna double as to/from gift tags. I stitched a clean back onto them so that they look tidy, and while this means they are a bit thick, I think it's alright. They might get mashed a little flatter once they get used in books, too. The stitching around the edges is my first ever attempt at a ladder stitch, and it was honestly pretty hard around the corners but I feel like they're passable enough to give away.

    I also stitched this and attempted to mount it real neat which was not easy lol but it was for a special person in my life who instantly said that she was going to find a frame and a place on a wall somewhere to put it up - and that's just the absolute best compliment I could ever hope for!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    You're really getting some attitude in this thread.. I don't think you deserve that and I think it's uncalled for.. I was at a thing in the countryside last weekend and it was a pain in the ass to...

    You're really getting some attitude in this thread.. I don't think you deserve that and I think it's uncalled for..

    I was at a thing in the countryside last weekend and it was a pain in the ass to get there too - and this is despite my country actually having some of the world's best collective transportation. It took me about 3 hours. ~5 minutes to the train station (I live very closeby), about 1.5 hour in the first train, then change to another train which took almost an hour, and the last bit - the shortest, even - would take over an hour because it's in the countryside and so there are no buses there. Thankfully though, I got picked up, so it was only 30 minutes by car. But it still took a total of 3 hours.

    Compare that to 2 hours and 20 minutes by car.

    So even with good public transport, it's still a hassle and a half. Only within city limits can I expect cars to be more expensive and equally annoying/easy as public transport.

    But 3 hours vs. 2 hours and change is still pretty good. I don't think it's fair to expect there to be trains and buses in very rural areas, anyway. But yeah, I hope proper public transport like this will one day happen in your area!

    12 votes
  16. Comment on Survival is insufficient in ~health.mental

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    This last bit from the article especially resonated with me. It's my birthday today (please don't congratulate me) and it is exactly how I feel: Life is a series of things to overcome, it is...

    This last bit from the article especially resonated with me. It's my birthday today (please don't congratulate me) and it is exactly how I feel: Life is a series of things to overcome, it is bewildering, and it escapes me.

    Hope others find it to be a meaningful read too.

    20 votes
  17. Comment on Survival is insufficient in ~health.mental

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    Requires a login to read in full but this also works: https://archive.md/sKlTP

    Requires a login to read in full but this also works: https://archive.md/sKlTP

    I’ve spent the overwhelming majority of my life living in mental survival mode. Anxiety, depression, PTSD and c-PTSD had me trapped in a miserable state. Existing — surviving — but largely unable to access my emotions. Life was a tangled string — a series of making it through one thing (while also dealing with other things) only to then have to make it through the next thing. I became numb to it all.

    To me, “survival is insufficient” says: I don’t want to simply be alive, I want to feel alive. It is a call to action, a reminder not to fall back into old coping mechanisms for too long. I know I can survive almost anything but I want more out of life than simply surviving. I want to feel joy and excitement and playfulness and wonder. I want to feel curious about what my future may hold.

    For most of my life, I have not been able to envision my own future. Every birthday I have, I am surprised I’m still alive and part of me is like: Huh. I never pictured myself being this old, what am I supposed to do here, now, at this age? Each February stirs a sense of bewilderment and while I am grateful to reach another birthday (and cancer remission anniversary), excitement about the time that lies ahead escapes me.

    17 votes
  18. Comment on Denmark's plan to eliminate parallel societies has drawn criticism as ethnic discrimination. Others in Europe may be watching. in ~life

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    Can't disagree with any of that. I don't know that I really have an opinion, either - I was mostly just pointing out the differences 😊 MENA immigration in Northern Europe is still rather new. It...

    Can't disagree with any of that. I don't know that I really have an opinion, either - I was mostly just pointing out the differences 😊

    MENA immigration in Northern Europe is still rather new. It didn't start happening until at most 3 generations ago in the 1970's where Turks were invited to come as so-called "guest workers". I can only assume that in another 50 years (100 in total), it's going to be different from now - probably much more like how it is in the US now?

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  19. Comment on Denmark's plan to eliminate parallel societies has drawn criticism as ethnic discrimination. Others in Europe may be watching. in ~life

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    Everyone in Denmark already has access to education. It's free for everyone. And everyone also gets paid to attend - anywhere from 3000-10000 kroner per month depending on your situation....

    Give people money (e.g. access to education, better infrastructure in these neighbourhoods, state welfare)

    Everyone in Denmark already has access to education. It's free for everyone. And everyone also gets paid to attend - anywhere from 3000-10000 kroner per month depending on your situation.

    Infrastructure is already really good, too. Denmark has some of the world's best and most reliable public transport, and these areas are no exception.

    Everyone can also access state welfare. One of the problems typically stated by politicians is that over half the population in these areas are on welfare. Being on welfare is no fun - I would know - but it's survivable.

    I can't answer all the rest though, except to say that yeah, these policies are extremely racist.

    6 votes