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  1. Comment on What’s something you have an unusually strong fondness for? in ~talk

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    You would have loved my last job. The entire legacy loan origination system was written in scheme. I'm happy to have had the experience to work with such a niche language but it sure is a very...

    You would have loved my last job. The entire legacy loan origination system was written in scheme. I'm happy to have had the experience to work with such a niche language but it sure is a very different way of thinking.

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

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    Not looking for other musicians currently, but I have spent the past year really digging into mixing music. If anyone has some music that they need mixed (or I could even give a shot at mastering,...

    Not looking for other musicians currently, but I have spent the past year really digging into mixing music. If anyone has some music that they need mixed (or I could even give a shot at mastering, although I haven't delved into that as much) I am more than happy to help out.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What music have you grown out of? What music has remained resonant across the years? in ~music

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    I found out recently my girlfriend knows very little about SKA culture so I revisited that after probably a good decade of not listening to any bands in that scene. While some still hold up...

    I found out recently my girlfriend knows very little about SKA culture so I revisited that after probably a good decade of not listening to any bands in that scene. While some still hold up (Streetlight Manifesto being a good example of that) I can see why ska will never come back, it's really all extremely same-y. It's pretty much the disco of the gen-x and millennial generation.

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  4. Comment on Joe Biden is the next President of the United States in ~news

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    As much as I would love this to be true, we are looking at weeks of recounts (not to mention some states may not even finish counting the first time today.) Recounts will only amount to a few...

    As much as I would love this to be true, we are looking at weeks of recounts (not to mention some states may not even finish counting the first time today.) Recounts will only amount to a few hundred fraudulent / invalid ballots, like any other election (if that) but I can't see a universe in which we know the next president until way closer to January.

    21 votes
  5. Comment on Black Flag - Rise Above in ~music

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    I think he'd be the first to admit he isn't perfect, so you good. I think Ian Mackaye falls into that category too, and I'd actually consider him a really solid dude from what I've seen.

    I think he'd be the first to admit he isn't perfect, so you good. I think Ian Mackaye falls into that category too, and I'd actually consider him a really solid dude from what I've seen.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on An investigation into the concept of "lifestyle" in ~life

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    I can't recommend Century of Self enough. It does a great job explaining a lot of the phenomenon we are seeing today in politics and consumer culture, even 20 years after it's release. It's a very...

    I can't recommend Century of Self enough. It does a great job explaining a lot of the phenomenon we are seeing today in politics and consumer culture, even 20 years after it's release. It's a very fact based account of the past 100+ years in skewing public opinion. It's almost a shame it's so factual because it can come off a little dry and would never reach as big of an audience as something more inflammatory like the Social Dilemma. If you've ever wondered why people are so inclined to vote against their self interests or buy things they will never need, you need to watch it (all four parts are free on youtube!!!).

    2 votes
  7. Comment on So you’re still being publicly shamed in ~tech

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    You write articles like the OP and hope people read it and are more critical of digital lynchings, especially when they don't have much evidence to support one, I think.
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    You write articles like the OP and hope people read it and are more critical of digital lynchings, especially when they don't have much evidence to support one, I think.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on The kids are alt-right: Teachers know the warning signs when students are radicalized by online hate movements. They just don’t know how to stop it — or if it’s a power struggle they can ever win in ~life

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    My theory is, and I can be completely wrong and I'm sure plenty of holes can be poked in it but: "counter-culture" is always a reaction to previous generations. Up until this point in time, the...

    My theory is, and I can be completely wrong and I'm sure plenty of holes can be poked in it but: "counter-culture" is always a reaction to previous generations. Up until this point in time, the older generation has been mostly conservative, if not moderate. Millennials seem to have broken that streak. Now that they are grown and the adult figures, the predominant political stance skews much more to the left. Kids see this and don't want to be like the adults they see and are looking for a way to rebel.

    I think a lot of it is just teenage edginess, because there is more than enough edginess on the alt-right to go around. I think a lot of people are still under the impression these are kids growing up in religious, conservative households but I honestly think this is a deprecated way of thinking. As a younger millennial, that's how/why my friends would have created their hippy/punk/rebel/whatever identity. They were rebelling against parents who matched that religious/conservative lifestyle. Nowadays, these kids are living a predominantly white, suburban, middle class lifestyle. Their parents don't have strong political views, but skew to the left and they don't go to church every Sunday. They are literally just looking for a way to distance their identity from their parents.

    Again, this is just my shitty, half thought out theory based on anecdotal evidence.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on FiveThirtyEight 2020 election forecast in ~misc

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    No? I'm saying projections don't equate to winning an election. People have to go out and vote, and at that, not toss their votes to the third party this time.

    No? I'm saying projections don't equate to winning an election. People have to go out and vote, and at that, not toss their votes to the third party this time.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on FiveThirtyEight 2020 election forecast in ~misc

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    Please, please, please, please, please make sure you keep in mind this is the page from the 2016 elections and we know how that turned out.

    Please, please, please, please, please make sure you keep in mind this is the page from the 2016 elections and we know how that turned out.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on Do you crush bugs? in ~talk

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    Only two kinds: mosquitoes and spotted lantern flies. The latter are an invasive species we have been dealing with on the east coast of the US for a few years now. They are everywhere and destroy...

    Only two kinds: mosquitoes and spotted lantern flies. The latter are an invasive species we have been dealing with on the east coast of the US for a few years now. They are everywhere and destroy trees and have little-to-no natural predators at the moment.

    Otherwise stuff like crickets, spiders, ants or whatever are fine crawling around the house unless I start to see too many.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What was your personal "never again" moment? in ~talk

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    Same thing happened to me, but with LSD. I was experiencing symptoms of psychosis for years but it never got so bad i felt i should seek help and as far as i know, no one ever knew. In a morbid...

    Same thing happened to me, but with LSD. I was experiencing symptoms of psychosis for years but it never got so bad i felt i should seek help and as far as i know, no one ever knew. In a morbid way, im kind of glad it happened, it really makes me appreciate how i perceive reality now. Ironically, ive taken mushrooms multiple times since then and had a great time.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    They are both talking points being used by conservatives. I keep seeing "well what is liberals?? is the virus not so bad you can go vote now??" I'm sure Trump himself has said something similar,...

    They are both talking points being used by conservatives. I keep seeing "well what is liberals?? is the virus not so bad you can go vote now??" I'm sure Trump himself has said something similar, but I can't recall specifically. As for voter fraud, nothing at this point will convince them otherwise. Trump has been instilling fear of voter fraud in his base since before January, so the best thing we can do is just ignore them just like they are ignoring the facts.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    This is an absolute distraction from the GDP report.

    This is an absolute distraction from the GDP report.

    43 votes
  15. 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.

    3 votes
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.

    7 votes
  19. 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.

    3 votes