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  1. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Friday I went to the first show at a bar I've been to in years. It was a trio playing rock-n-roll blues. They played a 30 minute set waiting for the late main act. The main act was so late, these...

    Friday I went to the first show at a bar I've been to in years. It was a trio playing rock-n-roll blues. They played a 30 minute set waiting for the late main act. The main act was so late, these guys played a second set to keep killing time and did an awesome job.

    On Sunday I went to an open blues jam that ended up being a bit of a bust. It was a 4 hour event with a format of rotating the players every 15 minutes. I got just one rotation of 15 minutes, when I should have had minimum two, but closer to three or four, which other players did.

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  2. Comment on Type a song in ~music

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    If you like in-browser music making, might I also suggest this 808 recreation

    If you like in-browser music making, might I also suggest this 808 recreation

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

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    I've had this beautiful folk album from Siv Jakobson called A Temporary Soothing playing a lot at night this week. I think there's a niche in folk music where it excels, but doesn't lose its...

    I've had this beautiful folk album from Siv Jakobson called A Temporary Soothing playing a lot at night this week. I think there's a niche in folk music where it excels, but doesn't lose its grounding. By its nature, a lot of folk music won't be at the highest level of music that we expect. This album is really exceptional. The recording is crisp, the lyrics are engaging, and the melodies are like soothing lullabys.

    Much the same for Billie Eilish's Happier than Ever (mentioned in a previous week). The album is just divine.

    I've also been really enjoying "Oh My God" by Adele. I'm struggling to find another song that hits in the same way. If you have recommendations, let me know!

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  4. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I know everyone gives the desktop UI a bad wrap but ctrl+a -> click drag to playlist name has saved me so much time in the past. Thanks for sharing! I'm keen to give it a listen. Quick edit: I'm...

    I know everyone gives the desktop UI a bad wrap but ctrl+a -> click drag to playlist name has saved me so much time in the past.

    Thanks for sharing! I'm keen to give it a listen. Quick edit: I'm seeing some Flobots, Mos Def, S.O.A.D., among other bands that give me the initial impression that I am going to like your spotify wrapped playlist haha

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  5. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    No worries! I dumped it into another playlist here, which I manually created.

    No worries! I dumped it into another playlist here, which I manually created.

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  6. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I love listening to music! It's a huge part of my life and is often its own activity in my day. And I'd be happy to share my playlist! Here's a link I'll share my other playlists while I'm at it,...
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    I love listening to music! It's a huge part of my life and is often its own activity in my day.

    And I'd be happy to share my playlist! Here's a link

    I'll share my other playlists while I'm at it, since the other songs are probably in one of these playlists. I make big, curated playlists as my tastes change year to year and share them with my friends. I would largely be doing it anyway, but always think of a few friends and share music with them as a love language.

    My primary tastes went Trap/EDM -> pop -> R&B -> Americana + Soul -> Jazz, and are mostly reflected below.

    Much of my Top 100 music is from this playlist: Southern + Soul

    This is my new R&B playlist: 4madelyn3

    This is my dance and pop playlist (it's mostly stuff that wouldn't be on the radio, but isn't necessarily obscure): 4madelyn2

    The jazz in my top 100 mostly came from playlists made by Spotify or the Verve label, but is also some stuff that I came across on my own.

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  7. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I spent 43,438 minutes listening this year (so far). I listened to Witchoo by Durand Jones and the Indications 59 times (and got all my friends to love it too) My top songs were: Witchoo by Durand...

    I spent 43,438 minutes listening this year (so far).

    I listened to Witchoo by Durand Jones and the Indications 59 times (and got all my friends to love it too)

    My top songs were:

    1. Witchoo by Durand Jones and the Indications
    2. Hypotheticals by Lake Street Dive
    3. Motorbike by Leon Bridges
    4. This Sky by Derek Trucks
    5. Inside Friend by Leon Bridges feat. John Mayer

    My vibe was "happy and chill" which feels on brand for my listening.

    I listened to 153 genres with these as the top 5:

    1. vocal jazz
    2. dance pop
    3. indie folk
    4. video game music
    5. soul

    I listened to 2,146 artists, but my top artist was Leon Bridges with 1,582 minutes listening. The others are:

    1. Leon Bridges
    2. Durand Jones and the Indications
    3. John Mayer
    4. Lake Street Dive
    5. Kacey Musgraves
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  8. Comment on Something in the Air by Marc Fisher - an ode to radio in ~books

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    I have always loved listening to music and radio was a big part of my life, though I'm only in my mid twenties. While I missed the "Golden Age" of radio, it filled a time in my life before I had a...

    I have always loved listening to music and radio was a big part of my life, though I'm only in my mid twenties. While I missed the "Golden Age" of radio, it filled a time in my life before I had a cell phone or streaming. Radio taught me to listen and imagine, and it gave me a space to let my mind wander in a way that visual mediums didn't. I heard ball games, sermons, contests, news, impeachment, and my favorite music on the radio. A young me wanted to be a DJ when I grew up, and I always did voices of actors and broadcasters. I still love to do that, and I've always admired the DJs that are tastemakers and local celebrities.

    I found this book at a local bookstore right after re-watching the film Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked for everyone else). Something in the Air combines a vibrant and palpable memoir-esque storytelling with some of the most famous broadcast personalities in the US.

    So I wish to ask about your own radio anecdotes, if you wish to share. Did you have a favorite station, show, or DJ? Do you still listen, and if so how? AM, FM, satellite, internet? Did you find a favorite band on the radio, or ever win a call-in contest?

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  9. Comment on Happy Thanksgiving All Y’all! in ~life

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    We celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend so we spent the day exploring the Smithsonians and soaking up sunshine on the national mall. It was refreshing to do an unconventional (to us) activity on...

    We celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend so we spent the day exploring the Smithsonians and soaking up sunshine on the national mall. It was refreshing to do an unconventional (to us) activity on Thanksgiving day.

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  10. Comment on Why do we use Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I think your last point addresses the reason I use this site. People here are generally on their best behavior. Sometimes there is ignorance, commenters talking over each other, or unintentionally...

    I think your last point addresses the reason I use this site. People here are generally on their best behavior. Sometimes there is ignorance, commenters talking over each other, or unintentionally heated exchanges, but I've never seen this site manifest a cross section of the absolute worst that people have to offer. Other internet spaces are an unfettered view into an endlessly hateful and mean-spirited human reservoir.

    Though, the dynamics do change as more people join. I'm sure I contributed to some dynamic shift when I joined. The site continues to be a space for engaging discourse, and that seems to be a hallmark.

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  11. Comment on Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all counts in ~news

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    No. In the US, in general, stand-your-ground laws DO NOT allow the "initial aggressor" to use force in response to their victim using force. For instance, imagine you start a fight (without...

    Or can I shove a random person on the street and once they physically fight back in any way, just light them up?

    No. In the US, in general, stand-your-ground laws DO NOT allow the "initial aggressor" to use force in response to their victim using force. For instance, imagine you start a fight (without breaking another law in the process...), the other individual pulls a gun, and then you pull a gun. You are largely not covered by stand-your-ground if you shoot. An exception I can think of off-hand is Florida:

    Alternatively, a defendant who is an initial aggressor may claim self-defense if: (1) in good faith, he or she withdrew from physical contact, (2) clearly indicated to the other person that he or she desired to withdraw and terminate the use of force, and (3) despite the communication and withdrawal, the other person continued or resumed the use of force. Fla. Stat. § 776.041(2)(b).

    Also, generally if you broke the law before the need to stand-your-ground, it is not a viable defense. Shoving someone would probably constitute battery, thereby meaning your were the initial aggressor.

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

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    I've been hooked on Happier Than Ever by Billie Eillish after watching her live performance on Disney+. I sat with my mouth agape the entire show. She's an icon and the production was through the...

    I've been hooked on Happier Than Ever by Billie Eillish after watching her live performance on Disney+. I sat with my mouth agape the entire show. She's an icon and the production was through the roof. I would love to get into a room with a really well set-up Dolby Atmos system and hear the mix in its full glory.

    I saw Sylvan Esso live in concert a week ago, and I've been listening to their Free Love album. I haven't done a lot of critical listening to the album before, but I put it on this week and was so totally floored by the mix and master. The vocals image several feet above the speaker and the beats are so crisp and tasteful.

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  13. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    We got a propane pizza oven as a wedding gift and made a bunch of pizzas this weekend with our friends. My wife made sourdough pizza balls that we refrigerated for a couple of days prior. We...

    We got a propane pizza oven as a wedding gift and made a bunch of pizzas this weekend with our friends. My wife made sourdough pizza balls that we refrigerated for a couple of days prior. We doctored a Trader Joe's vodka sauce and added Italian sausage and sprouts to most of the pizzas and they came out great. We also made a pickled beet and goat cheese pizza, which was really decadent. As a final experiment, we made a smores dessert pizza by crumbling graham crackers and shredding chocolate onto the dough, then we let that cook and melt before adding marshmallows to toast in the final few seconds. The result was great!

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  14. Comment on Is there really a US truck driver shortage? in ~finance

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    The pay may have been terrible, but it has been skyrocketing and contributing to some really serious increases in the cost of shipping logistics (in the USA), not unlike some other industries,...

    The pay may have been terrible, but it has been skyrocketing and contributing to some really serious increases in the cost of shipping logistics (in the USA), not unlike some other industries, such as food service. Anecdotally, I've heard increases of 3x in the pay per mile for owner-operators, now sitting at as much as $6/mile. For hazmat drivers, I've heard reports of $10k per week to haul chemicals, which is even less than the $14k cited in the article for the oilfield jobs. And, crucially, I doubt most entry-level drivers are also owner-operators, which is who these jobs are open to. While this doesn't minimize the fact that so many trucking organizations treat their employees like trash, but there are serious needs to qualified drivers, and it's reasonable that better entry level jobs would lead to better retention. I think the worst option is what's cited in the article, which is that they're pushing for 18-year-olds to be able to haul interstate loads. There are other problems that affect the trucking industry, like the electronic driver logs, increasingly complicated trucks with stricter emissions regulations, and states with frustratingly high lawsuits and litigation against big trucks.

    Some good stories about why anyone would haul and what some challenges facing drivers, there's a good podcast called Over the Road from Radiotopia.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on List of Rock and Roll movies? in ~movies

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    School Of Rock? Rock in that movie is like the force in star wars lol

    School Of Rock? Rock in that movie is like the force in star wars lol

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

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    I've been reading memoirs lately. I just finished Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr., and am about halfway through Son of the Rough South by Karl Fleming. Karl Fleming was a civil rights reporter and...

    I've been reading memoirs lately. I just finished Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr., and am about halfway through Son of the Rough South by Karl Fleming. Karl Fleming was a civil rights reporter and it's been a fascinating view into the South during the WWII and civil rights era. I find the writing to be quite enjoyable, as one may expect from a veteran journalist.

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  17. Comment on File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans in ~comp

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    I will challenge to say that the aesthetics from device-to-device may look uniform, they are often highly personalized. Have you ever tried to use someone else's iPhone/Android, for instance?...

    I will challenge to say that the aesthetics from device-to-device may look uniform, they are often highly personalized. Have you ever tried to use someone else's iPhone/Android, for instance? Sure, the home and lock screens look the same (especially for iPhone), but it's often so personal to the other person that using their device feels totally foreign. I can install backgrounds and themes and icons on my PC all day long, but I haven't really personalized it beyond the aesthetic. Frankly, it serves no functional purpose. And, I think many more stock experiences are pleasant straight from the start, allowing the user to focus on how they interact with their device, and not just what it looks like.

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  18. Comment on Happily sharing that one of my all-time favorite sites, LooksLikeGoodDesign, is (partially) back online in ~design

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    I used to look at this site daily, but that was nearly 10 years ago. The maintainer stepped away after several years of running the site, and it's long since redirected to his other projects. But!...

    I used to look at this site daily, but that was nearly 10 years ago. The maintainer stepped away after several years of running the site, and it's long since redirected to his other projects. But! Now it appears to be coming back online.

    This Wayback archive has the layout as I remember it, and I am really looking forward to being able to scroll through again.

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