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  1. Comment on What 'classic' bands or artists do you think are overrated? And can you suggest any alternatives? in ~music

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    I used to not get it either but you have to realize that Cobain was not formally trained as a musician, but the dude wrote INSANE melodies / chord structures. They also were one of the first bands...

    I used to not get it either but you have to realize that Cobain was not formally trained as a musician, but the dude wrote INSANE melodies / chord structures. They also were one of the first bands that brought together the idea of being loud and obnoxious while also being thoughtful and introspective to the mainstream (I'm not saying they were the first, just that they did it very well and brought it to the masses.)

    I'm not a grunge person what-so-ever, never liked pearl jam and sound garden or whoever else. Never got into Nirvana either, until in the past year tried listening to In Utero a few times through, and it has become one of my favorite albums. Take a look at this Rick Beato video that breaks down a few of their songs, and shows how intricate his melodies were. Beato mentions in the video, obviously Cobain didn't sit around thinking he was writing a melody in the Mixolydian mode, but that's what makes his talent that much crazier, he had an amazing ear. You don't have to like their music, but I can't stress enough that we lost a great musician in 1994.

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  2. Comment on Before they were ‘Jackass,’ they were my suburb’s local dirtbags in ~tv

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    Never met Bam but I live in the area and have hung with some of his group including Evil Jared of Bloodhound Gang fame and they are all just kinda jerk offs. Haven't heard much since Bam has been...

    Never met Bam but I live in the area and have hung with some of his group including Evil Jared of Bloodhound Gang fame and they are all just kinda jerk offs. Haven't heard much since Bam has been in and out of rehab but it was like a little cult they had going where everyone thought they were the cats pj's because they hung around some people famous in the mid 2000's. This is coming from someone who was more-or-less part of that culture at the time. I won't deny how miraculous their rise was, because as the article lays out, it is pretty neat considering the lack of real social media. But Bam, is definitely a scumbag. The guy allegedly tried sleeping with my girlfriend when she met him at a show at age 15 (this would have been ten years ago, when he was about 30) so theres that. Everyone in the area is very aware of every dumb thing he did. I think its a great thing they were able to popularize skate/punk culture, and I'm sure the rest of the Jackass guys were okay but Bam is a certified weirdo, and everyone in West Chester outside his circle knows it.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Denmark embraces live music drive-ins – musicians are finding new ways to reach their fans safely in ~music

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    Honestly as a gigging musician, I'm not really embracing the new forms of live music. My plan has been to work on studio material and just wait things out. Granted, my livelihood doesn't come from...

    Honestly as a gigging musician, I'm not really embracing the new forms of live music. My plan has been to work on studio material and just wait things out. Granted, my livelihood doesn't come from music, so I'm in a much more comfortable position but even as a listener stuff like streaming shows doesn't sit right with me. I've tried watching a few streams of some of my favorite artists and it doesn't do anything for me. That, in no way, means I think people shouldn't be supporting artists who do it, but I personally don't see the value in it. There is just no substitute for being in a crowd of like-minded people listening to your favorite artist. I guess maybe this will help bring people who don't like the live concert experience into the fold since I know that's not everyone's thing. I'm just hoping this doesn't become a long time normalcy, I can't put my finger on it but these drive in and streaming concerts just don't do anything for me.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Would it be beneficial to ban certain topics of political discourse? in ~tildes

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    This is a tough one but censoring topics, especially politics on tildes, isn't solving the problem, just kinda puts a blanket over it. If people aren't arguing in political threads, they'll find...

    This is a tough one but censoring topics, especially politics on tildes, isn't solving the problem, just kinda puts a blanket over it. If people aren't arguing in political threads, they'll find somewhere else to bring up Trump or Biden or whatever. I really like the discussions here for the most part but some people get WAY too riled up. From what I've seen on reddit and elsewhere, this site gets a pretty bad name because of how militantly liberal some of our users can be especially with more "inner-leftist controversial" topics you mentioned like Bernie. It is just arguing about shit we all agree 90% on but there is still tons of hostility. Which is ironic because if it weren't for those bombastic political arguments that pop up with 100+ comments every week this site would seem pretty dead unfortunately. I want to say "just ignore them" but it seems to me most of us aren't capable of that. We are all here because we are not casual information consumers, we want more depth, hence most of us being a bit "more intense" than the usual internet browser, whether thats good or bad.

    That being said, I don't know if there is tons of overlap in interests here other than tech and politics. And we can't just zap half of the topics people interact on. For example, i am very interested in anything music related but every since I've joined I've seen only less and less interest in the subject on my own posts and others. Really everything recently gears towards politics or tech or some adjacent of them. This place DOES feel like a community most of the time, but it has no culture imo. I think instead of restricting topics, there just needs to be more interactions in other topics unrelated to those big two I've mentioned. It gets fucking tiresome.

    So THEN i think the issue is, more users will mean more varied discussions but THEN the issue is how do you get more users? And I know that is the age old question, and it's beyond me. I'm ranting now but moral of the story to me is, we don't need less political discussion, we need more discussion in other topics.

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  5. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    I don't want to belittle what you said but that is absurd. Of course it's okay to joke about. It's obvious the two men are not the same. And its a running joke in politics worldwide that you're...

    I don't want to belittle what you said but that is absurd. Of course it's okay to joke about. It's obvious the two men are not the same. And its a running joke in politics worldwide that you're always voting between two awful choices. Lighten up.

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  6. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

  7. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    I'm some random person on the internet, of course I can't predict the election. However, we are gearing up for to repeat exactly what happened in 2016.

    I'm some random person on the internet, of course I can't predict the election. However, we are gearing up for to repeat exactly what happened in 2016.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    As someone who voted for Obama twice, I couldn't have cared less about Biden. I honestly didn't know anything about him or his politics until he started a serious campaign recently and I am not a...

    As someone who voted for Obama twice, I couldn't have cared less about Biden. I honestly didn't know anything about him or his politics until he started a serious campaign recently and I am not a fan of what I've seen. Not to mention the WEIRD behavior he exhibits around children and just in general. It's purely speculation but I'd imagine his popularity then was heavily influenced by his ties to Obama. I will vote for him but I'm not thrilled about it.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    As stated above, it's a joke there guy.

    As stated above, it's a joke there guy.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Yeah I don't disagree with you, but my point is not the DNC vs. Bernie (I never even brought him up in the first place.) My point is the DNC vs. voters. Their job is to get democratic candidates...

    Yeah I don't disagree with you, but my point is not the DNC vs. Bernie (I never even brought him up in the first place.) My point is the DNC vs. voters. Their job is to get democratic candidates into the white house and they are doing an incredibly poor job of mediating that. Consequently we are going to be living under Trump for four more years, is all I am saying.

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  11. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Ya and the entire process was an absolute joke this time around (similar to 2016). The debates were a mess and barely pulled policy answers out of the candidates and did a much better job pitting...

    Ya and the entire process was an absolute joke this time around (similar to 2016). The debates were a mess and barely pulled policy answers out of the candidates and did a much better job pitting them against each other WWF style. Their role in the process, among other things, is to formalize debates in hopes of giving voters clearer insight to the candidates views in a live setting, which they continually fail at. You're right in that, at the end of the day, its the voters choice. The issue is that the debates were set up to be a screaming match where the candidates that "won" were the ones who screamed the loudest or "came off" the strongest. I don't mean to downplay the voters role in this or bring in any conspiracy theories, but you can't in good faith tell me the DNC does not play a large role and/or they are doing a good job.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    The fact that Biden was our best choice is the fault of the DNC, I think is what I'm getting at. I'm not a Bernie bro who is bent out of shape because he didn't get the nomination. What I do get...

    The fact that Biden was our best choice is the fault of the DNC, I think is what I'm getting at. I'm not a Bernie bro who is bent out of shape because he didn't get the nomination. What I do get upset with is that the choices presented post-Obama have been abysmal.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    I don't think it was a "shady back room dealing to cut Sanders out" but I would be incredibly surprised if the DNC plan wasn't to do everything in their power to get Biden up there because of his...

    I don't think it was a "shady back room dealing to cut Sanders out" but I would be incredibly surprised if the DNC plan wasn't to do everything in their power to get Biden up there because of his "elect-ability." We've literally seen this play out 4 years ago, I do start to question how many times were supposed to put up with it. Also:

    At the end of the day, people vote for who they like.

    How can you that then move to:

    Endorsements and maneuvering can affect that

    then come to this conclusion:

    but thousands of average voters chose Biden over Sanders and that's why he won. At the end of the day, I really think it's that simple.

    I'm not saying the average taxpayer is dumb but most people do little-to-no research and vote for who is presented for them. Of course endorsements and maneuvering affect that and absolutely determine the outcome of elections.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    No worries, and yeah it's not a great situation. But honestly, either way the DNC really goofed, Trump is most likely a two term president.

    No worries, and yeah it's not a great situation. But honestly, either way the DNC really goofed, Trump is most likely a two term president.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    It's a joke, everyone needs to calm down. But I do think this is probably one of the worst election options I have seen in my lifetime though. Rivaling Bush v Kerry.

    It's a joke, everyone needs to calm down. But I do think this is probably one of the worst election options I have seen in my lifetime though. Rivaling Bush v Kerry.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    It's almost as if we'e being asked to vote between the same two men.

    It's almost as if we'e being asked to vote between the same two men.

    16 votes
  17. Comment on Depression and my obsession with national news in ~talk

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    Easier said than done but you need to keep yourself busy. I've noticed a lot of friends who don't normally have hobbies, or are the type to come home from work and veg out on their phones, have...

    Easier said than done but you need to keep yourself busy. I've noticed a lot of friends who don't normally have hobbies, or are the type to come home from work and veg out on their phones, have been in panic mode. They are either constantly thinking they have caught the virus, generally losing their minds, or just in a state of helplessness. While there are many reasons for concern, most of it's stuff out of your control. As someone with massive anxiety, this would usually keep me on edge but I have so much to keep me preoccupied I haven't given it too much thought (yet.) Again, easier said than done but it's helped me.

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  18. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I get this whole thing is a massive loss for some people and don't want to make light of the people who are struggling but I have honestly been loving the quarantine. My company has us all working...

    I get this whole thing is a massive loss for some people and don't want to make light of the people who are struggling but I have honestly been loving the quarantine. My company has us all working from home for the next two weeks, and now that I have my set up ready I have been getting tons of work done, not to mention no commute. I can get out of bed early enough and start working at my own pace. I made sure to get food and everything I needed early last week before the rush started so I am good for at least the next week or two if stores are still out of everything, even though I expect things to be calm down a bit next week as far as panic buying goes. I have friends and family who have definitely seen the other side of this whole ordeal, and I'm trying to help them out as much as possible, but personally, I haven't had a negative experience.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Joe Rogan Experience #1439 - Michael Osterholm (expert in infectious disease epidemiology) in ~science

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    Isn't that kind of not giving enough credit to people? Like I mentioned, watching those episodes it's pretty clear how illegitimate Jones and Shapiro are. I'd also wager you're aware who those...

    Isn't that kind of not giving enough credit to people? Like I mentioned, watching those episodes it's pretty clear how illegitimate Jones and Shapiro are. I'd also wager you're aware who those people are if you are listening to a high profile podcast like JRE.

    6 votes