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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Preparing for my bands tour this coming week! Have always wanted to do this so I'm pretty excited, taking tonight off to go see some improv and some art show but then the rest of the weekend are...

    Preparing for my bands tour this coming week! Have always wanted to do this so I'm pretty excited, taking tonight off to go see some improv and some art show but then the rest of the weekend are dedicated to music + preparation. Not a long tour, just a string of 6 days, but I am excited to just hang out with the band since this is probably the last time we will be playing gigs while we restructure our sound since we realize we are tired of the music we have been making.

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  2. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the in depth explanation, I guess it is a better thought experiment than paradox!

    Thanks for the in depth explanation, I guess it is a better thought experiment than paradox!

  3. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    I'm not sure that is relevant. The time to cross the halved distance is halved but the rate at which it is crossed remains the same. You're still (theoretically) infinitely crossing the halved...

    I'm not sure that is relevant. The time to cross the halved distance is halved but the rate at which it is crossed remains the same. You're still (theoretically) infinitely crossing the halved distances at a constant rate. The paradox is a question of distance not time.

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  4. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Sorry was aware of this. My original post said "reach/pass-through", I probably should have left it as pass through, which is applicable to the paradox. And I don't know I was referring to a quick...

    Objects never really touch in the physical world, they only seem to in the marco sense.
    When you touch two objects together, the resistance you feel is the subatomic particles repelling each other. Think magnets.

    Sorry was aware of this. My original post said "reach/pass-through", I probably should have left it as pass through, which is applicable to the paradox.

    There's also no such thing as empty space, but I don't think that's very relevant here.

    And I don't know I was referring to a quick google that pointed that there is technically "empty" space between atoms. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, like I said, I'm not really a physics person.

  5. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Made a comment and thought more about what you said and deleted since we are talking infinitely divisible numbers. I'm not a physics person, so I may be speaking out of line but isn't there space...

    Made a comment and thought more about what you said and deleted since we are talking infinitely divisible numbers. I'm not a physics person, so I may be speaking out of line but isn't there space between atoms? If its just empty space, wouldn't that mean there is a quantifiable distance, which could be halved?

  6. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Not sure if it's as much of thought experiment as it is a paradox but the fact that for any two objects approaching each other, their distance must be halved a given amount of times to eventually...

    Not sure if it's as much of thought experiment as it is a paradox but the fact that for any two objects approaching each other, their distance must be halved a given amount of times to eventually reach/pass-through each other. This is counter intuitive to the fact that you can infinitely divide a number in half (eg the distance between two objects.) They should technically never touch. There may be a scientific answer to this phenomenon but I have never been able to wrap my head around it.

    quick edit: had to look it up, but its the Dichotomy Paradox or Race Course paradox. Super interesting stuff. Kind of brings you to the conclusion that motion is an illusion, or as another philosopher pointed out, time and distance are not actually divisible.

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  7. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Going to Centralia the town that the Silent Hill games are based on. Was there a few years ago and it really isn't all that exciting since most of the houses were torn down. What is cool is the...

    Going to Centralia the town that the Silent Hill games are based on. Was there a few years ago and it really isn't all that exciting since most of the houses were torn down. What is cool is the graffiti highway which i missed last time I was there so thats exciting.

    Also going to be recording my bands newest EP which is always exciting. Our label surprise dropped all their artists yesterday and disbanded right before were about to go on tour next month so I've been scrambling to get in contact with the bands / venues to make sure we still have those dates and can just do it without the label.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Hobo Johnson - Typical Story in ~music

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    People either really hate this guy or love him. I found his original EP years ago and enjoyed it for what it was. He definitely does stuff differently and I'm glad he got away from the "nice guy"...

    People either really hate this guy or love him. I found his original EP years ago and enjoyed it for what it was. He definitely does stuff differently and I'm glad he got away from the "nice guy" persona he was carving out for himself. This was pretty cool and got me hyped for the full album.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's your favorite videogame? in ~games

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    Damn, are you okay?

    (I don’t enjoy video games or really anything very much anymore)

    Damn, are you okay?

    5 votes
  10. Comment on I am a Web Dev. And I am Burnt The F#*K Out in ~comp

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    This environment seems to describe most office jobs and isn't specific to development, unfortunately. I'm sure it definitely lends a hand in peoples decision to exit the industry, but the type of...

    How much of this burnout is caused by the corporate culture, I wonder? Sitting in dark, cramped cubicles straining your eyes at code, attending endless meetings, dealing with poorly defined requirements and constant setbacks.

    This environment seems to describe most office jobs and isn't specific to development, unfortunately. I'm sure it definitely lends a hand in peoples decision to exit the industry, but the type of burnout you see in developers is different. I've seen people basically implode and just shut down after a certain point. It's a very strange thing to watch unfold. Maybe this happens in other industries but people take this burn out personally, it feels like.

    I worked for a great company that gave everyone their own offices, let people work from home, kept the meetings to a minimum, had green everywhere around outside every window, and many good places to eat or work out within walking distance. We had after-hours tabletop games with lots of developers every week in the main conference room.

    My current job is very similar and it shows. As far as I can tell, all the devs on my team are happy and willing to work a few extra hours to get the job done.

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  11. Comment on I am a Web Dev. And I am Burnt The F#*K Out in ~comp

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    There is a huge issue with "coding culture" that does this to people. I remember during my time in college, about 3 years ago now, I always felt like I was not with the "in" crowd in my CS program...

    There is a huge issue with "coding culture" that does this to people. I remember during my time in college, about 3 years ago now, I always felt like I was not with the "in" crowd in my CS program because I wasn't on track to be a code ninja. I didn't want to work for Google, Amazon or whoever. I knew the hours would be insane, I'd have to move hundreds of miles away and would just be generally unhappy. I didn't want to code every moment I wasn't doing school work or sign up for every hack-a-thon that was hosted in the tri-state area. None of this stuff appealed to me but it was the culture that was regurgitated around me for 3 years while I was getting my degree. I just wanted to go to school to pick up a skill that would get me a job that could make me money doing something I enjoyed like 99% of other industries out there.

    I'm not sure where it comes from but I don't see any other industry whose culture works quite like programming. It's so gatekeep-y and people are always surprised when they find out I have hobby's that are more art driven than coding 24/7. I luckily somehow found myself at a great company that values work/life balance while still encouraging me to grow myself as a developer, but I know so many people my age that have already gotten burnt out because they can't measure up to the weird code nerd stereotype everyone seems to want to fit. If I had to guess, it's probably a large reason women are so under represented in the industry. It's fucking WEIRD and I wish it would stop because coding can be great hobby and/or job.

    quick edit: meant to mention @bishop hit the nail on the head with mentioning impostor syndrome at every level of this industry, which is what prompted me to write this out. It's inevitable at points in any career but it's a constant issue for most developers because of the unrealistic standards set by the culture we find ourselves in.

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  12. Comment on Eating someone: Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? in ~misc

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    Here is an interview with the author that links a good amount of articles/videos/books that cover the psychology behind eating meat. I wouldn't expect this sort of thing to change anyone's mind, I...

    Here is an interview with the author that links a good amount of articles/videos/books that cover the psychology behind eating meat. I wouldn't expect this sort of thing to change anyone's mind, I believe the environmental impact of mass meat consumption should be enough for that. I mentioned it only because it's definitely interesting how fiercely people will react when it's suggested they should eat less meat.

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  13. Comment on Eating someone: Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? in ~misc

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    Sorry, wasn't trying to link something that was evidence for that assertion, just an introduction to the idea. Like I said, I don't want to go down that rabbit hole, it never fails to devolve into...

    Sorry, wasn't trying to link something that was evidence for that assertion, just an introduction to the idea. Like I said, I don't want to go down that rabbit hole, it never fails to devolve into an argument. But if you're actually interested, I'd suggest checking out this book.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Eating someone: Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? in ~misc

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    The reason the whole "yeah...but steak" response is lazy is because it dismisses the fact that most food we eat is vegetarian and there are many, many, many meals and recipes you most likely have...

    But meat is tasty, vegetarian options are not as good (to me, anyway, and most meat-eaters). What do you propose to do about it?

    The reason the whole "yeah...but steak" response is lazy is because it dismisses the fact that most food we eat is vegetarian and there are many, many, many meals and recipes you most likely have not considered. Also without going too much down this rabbit hole, the fact that alternatives are not as good to you may have less to do with taste and more to do with addiction.

    I've been both a meat eater and vegetarian and can confirm "alternatives" exist and are plentiful. There are lots of things in this world that taste good but aren't good for you. I am not the type of person to give people shit for eating meat. I think eating less meat is the more realistic alternative for most people until we have safe, tasty alternatives (ie lab grown.) I propose that you take a look into how detrimental factory farming is for the environment and maybe limit your meat eating to a day or two a week.

    I liked this article because it was well cited and focused on animals (which is why I cut out meat) but I can understand this is not a point of contention for most people. If articles like this don't convince you, I would highly suggest looking into the environmental and socio-economic impacts of factory farming and "big meat".

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Eating someone: Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? in ~misc

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    It's crazy how heated people get when it's suggested that we treat animals with dignity. I wouldn't have thought on tildes I would see the "huuuuh meat is tasty, oh did i mention it's good??"...

    It's crazy how heated people get when it's suggested that we treat animals with dignity. I wouldn't have thought on tildes I would see the "huuuuh meat is tasty, oh did i mention it's good??" stuff, but here we are. The article was clearly written to say "hey, maybe factory farming isn't the way to go because these animals are perceiving the world in a way that is comparable to the way we do" and even goes as far as to suggests eating less meat, rather than abolishing it. Meat is so ingrained in our culture as a "main dish" it's crazy when you take a step back and look at how weird that is given the amount of choices we have today. The cognitive dissonance is STRONG when bringing this sort of stuff up.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on What are some ideas and experiences that are underexplored in gaming? in ~games

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    There was a Half Life 2 mod called Zombie Master that did this and it looks like they are trying to get it going again (sadly like most HL2 mod reimaginings, I can't imagine it'll get much...

    There was a Half Life 2 mod called Zombie Master that did this and it looks like they are trying to get it going again (sadly like most HL2 mod reimaginings, I can't imagine it'll get much traction.) I remember only playing a round or two because even back when I got my hands on the original, the servers were pretty barren. Apparently it was a lot of fun and I think if executed right, the idea would be a lot of fun.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Tyler, the Creator Still Demands Your Attention. Does He Deserve It? in ~music

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    I just don't see where you are getting that from. I've never seen anyone give him a pass for his lyrics on his first couple releases. What I have seen is that looking back, in context of him being...

    getting all your previous work re-interpreted as tackling your own sexuality and wrestling with it, earning you even more goodwill than if you just were never a homophobe

    I just don't see where you are getting that from. I've never seen anyone give him a pass for his lyrics on his first couple releases. What I have seen is that looking back, in context of him being a young rapper, they make a little more sense and clearly don't reflect on his newer works (possibly like some other artists trying to bury their iffy past.) If he still played and acknowledge those songs, I could see it being an issue, but he has left all that behind.

    It being a standard PR move...sure? I don't see how that makes it any more right.

    The album was first and foremost a thoughtful and genuinely good piece of music. It just also happened to be a departure from his usual sound and this was used to his advantage. I don't think it makes it more right but your original comment paints the album as if it didn't deserve the critical praise it received.

    Excuse me, but I think not being a piece of shit > being a reformed piece of shit

    Thats great and I agree but this is such an easy thing to say with the foresite of not being a 15 year old. I just think it's silly to lose your mind over the ignorant ramblings of a teenager.

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  18. Comment on Tyler, the Creator Still Demands Your Attention. Does He Deserve It? in ~music

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    But what is the alternative? Are artists not allowed to make music anymore after they decide to stop making problematic art? In Tylers case, he's pretty candid about how he used to be an edgelord...

    It's bullshit that you can build a career off of being the edgiest asshole with a following then come out of the closet with a cuddly warm sadboi aesthetic then be the best friend of every social justice-interested hip hop publication like you didn't just spend the last few years making it less welcoming and more threatening to be a fan of the genre.

    But what is the alternative? Are artists not allowed to make music anymore after they decide to stop making problematic art? In Tylers case, he's pretty candid about how he used to be an edgelord and that he no longer identifies with the music he wrote a decade ago.

    Yall know Flower Boy wouldn't have gotten half the conversation if it wasn't for the novelty of his "turn."

    Besides it being a really solid album on it's own merit, this is a standard PR move that he took advantage of.It's not as though the album was written in order to surprise everyone, it was an organic change of form. It's the reason why a lot of artists get a lot of flak from making big changes in sound when they don't pull it off correctly. He took a leap with a new sound and it worked, there's no real valid criticism there. Just kind of sounds like his brand of music isn't for you.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Tyler, the Creator Still Demands Your Attention. Does He Deserve It? in ~music

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    This sure was triggering as someone who has thoroughly enjoyed watching Tyler "grow up". I can't find what the point of the article was other than to just harp on stuff that he did and said when...

    This sure was triggering as someone who has thoroughly enjoyed watching Tyler "grow up". I can't find what the point of the article was other than to just harp on stuff that he did and said when he was a teenager. I'm not gonna defend his lyrics from Goblin or Bastard, but the dude was a closeted gay teenage rapper who had the attention of the internet. The author so frequently insults/belittles him and the artists surrounding him, they just seem upset at his success and growth but never explain why it's such a problem. It just kinda reads as someone who got upset by his edgy lyrics (which I'm sure was the point.)

    12 votes
  20. Comment on What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right in ~life

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    It's really interesting to see this from a kids perspective. Alt-righters take real world problems and simplify them to be easily digestible while giving them a nice, content feeling of justice....

    It's really interesting to see this from a kids perspective. Alt-righters take real world problems and simplify them to be easily digestible while giving them a nice, content feeling of justice. Child custody is disproportionately against men? Must be the feminists. There is a problem getting people through the border safely and legally? Must be a mass invasion.

    I’d never in my life backed the “masculinist” cause or imagined that men needed protecting—yet I couldn’t help but agree with Sam’s analysis.

    It's because these are real problems that exist in the world and the alt-right is a propaganda machine. They are good at combining peoples insecurities and projecting them onto real world issues. Once they have someone there, they can start really laying down the crazy with the Jew and QAnon conspiracies. They paint the world as a scary place and it works because the world is a scary place. It's a serious rabbit hole and can be easy for an impressionable child (and adults unfortunately) to see the world the way it is and see this stuff as an answer. The fact that grown men appointed a child as a moderator and saw him as an intellectual equal is telling of how these people think.

    “All I wanted was for people to take me seriously,” he repeated matter-of-factly. “They treated me like a rational human being, and they never laughed at me. I saw the way you and Dad looked at each other and tried not to smile when I said something. I could hear you both in your room at night, laughing at me.”

    I wish every parent raising a child today could read this. If they aren't talking to you, they are talking to someone on the internet about their political beliefs. These ideas may seem crazy to you or me, but to a child, this shit makes sense to them.

    15 votes