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  1. Comment on The best way to help bees? Don’t become a beekeeper like I did. in ~enviro

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    That's probably what it amounts to- they build nests in very inconvenient (for humans) places, so my guess is you get too close to a hive without knowing it. I know I've done that a few times-...

    That's probably what it amounts to- they build nests in very inconvenient (for humans) places, so my guess is you get too close to a hive without knowing it. I know I've done that a few times- finding out where the hive is the hard (and very painful) way.

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  2. Comment on The best way to help bees? Don’t become a beekeeper like I did. in ~enviro

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    Here's the one thing I wonder about: I get that planting flowers to attract bees is the better idea. And bees are excellent for the environment and pollination. That said, I have a MASSIVE fear of...

    Here's the one thing I wonder about:

    I get that planting flowers to attract bees is the better idea. And bees are excellent for the environment and pollination. That said, I have a MASSIVE fear of bees- I'm not actually allergic, but bee stings hurt like hell and I do my damnedest to avoid that sort of pain.

    Now, honeybees and bumblebees aren't so bad- usually you leave them alone, they leave you alone. It's the OTHER ones I'm worried about. To stay with actual bees- would planting flowers also attract Africanized honeybees (aka Killer Bees)? They're one of the reasons why I've never wanted to live in the southern USA (I'm originally from New York, and still leave in a relatively northern area). But I also worry about yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets (I realize yellow jackets are technically in one of those groups), because those guys sting you if you even just look in their direction- a bit of hyperbole, but they are mean and WILL sting you multiple times. So if planting flowers for native bees means you're also going to get nature's assholes... No thank you.

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  3. Comment on How do you feel about student loan forgiveness? in ~life

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    I have... very mixed feelings about loan forgiveness. Like many, I was raised under "You pay back what you borrowed" mentality. But at the same time, I was given this analogy that I think is...

    I have... very mixed feelings about loan forgiveness.

    Like many, I was raised under "You pay back what you borrowed" mentality. But at the same time, I was given this analogy that I think is better one than another comment has.

    Let's say you have to undergo some VERY expensive surgery. So you go through it and now your life is going to be fine and you can continue on. You even pay it back, even though paying it back means you have to live a very conservative lifestyle and be very restricted in what you can do. Let's say no vacations, buying everything used, can't really get anything nice because you had to spend so much money for the surgery.

    So a short amount of time goes by- say, a month or so for the purposes of this scenario- and you hear about others who need to get this same surgery... EXCEPT now it's free. So this procedure that you had to pay and give up so much for... anyone else now gets it without having to pay anything. Or to phrase it another way: everything you had to give up, they can experience. I feel like THIS is the core issue of it all: the classic "haves" vs "have-nots"

    And then you have the other major issue. While I am grateful for the time I went to college and my experiences there... I fell into the "major completely unrelated to my career" statistic. Or to put it another way: if getting a degree is supposed to be an ROI, for all that I spent to go to college and take classes (more specifically, keep going to pass the classes)... most of that knowledge has gone unused. In fact, getting a degree feels like gambling sometimes: you get the degree to work in a field you're interested in... only to, for any number of various reasons, never use what you paid for. THAT feels like a scam. To get a bit personal, having a degree did allow me to meet a requirement for my current job, but the amount of effort I had to put in (I was a STEM major) feels like it was a waste of time and money due to the current path I'm on, because I'm not using any of what I learned in college.

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  4. Comment on Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024 - Results in ~sports.motorsports

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    I'm just starting to look into Formula 1, but when it comes across other social media feeds, I do often see the name "Max Verstappen". Is he arguably the best driver in Formula 1 currently?

    I'm just starting to look into Formula 1, but when it comes across other social media feeds, I do often see the name "Max Verstappen". Is he arguably the best driver in Formula 1 currently?

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  5. Comment on Loneliness can kill, and new research shows middle-aged Americans are particularly vulnerable in ~science

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    There are those who would deny it- and deny it VERY loudly- but humans are still social creatures at the end of the day. We need those human connections. Plus, there's been a study done on how...

    There are those who would deny it- and deny it VERY loudly- but humans are still social creatures at the end of the day. We need those human connections.

    Plus, there's been a study done on how hearing a human voice affects you. With the Internet, you just read text on screen in many social media sites... and that takes away a very-much-needed human element. Of course, as was pointed out earlier in this thread: we've gotten so used to forming echo chambers, because those hit all the dopamine receptors. I would agree that we need to have people with opposing, or at least different, viewpoints within a social circle.

    The real tragedy is the loss of the "third place"- somewhere not home or work where you can go and be social with other people, AND not have to pay for a business service. The closest I've come to this is going to meet-ups and hangout parties, though there is still an admission fee. Still, it's gained me a very close circle of friends.

    I can think back to my childhood and all the places I would go to hangout. There's another kicker for you: when you have online things, you kill any physical places that you could've hung out with people. Malls are the easiest one to see, but I know of other places that have become a shadow of their former selves because they can barely make enough for overhead.

    And again, the issue with suburbia: why meet others in your neighborhood who have differing views, when going online puts you in a comfortable echo chamber? You end up only existing in a place because it was affordable compared to where you REALLY want to live.

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  6. Comment on Why do negative topics dominate social media sites, even here? in ~tech

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    You ever hear the term "Yellow Journalism"? It basically meant using upsetting or outraging headlines so that people would buy and read the newspaper. Now replace "newspaper" with "internet...

    You ever hear the term "Yellow Journalism"? It basically meant using upsetting or outraging headlines so that people would buy and read the newspaper. Now replace "newspaper" with "internet article".

    Or in other words: people clicking a link is what generates the most revenue for media companies. I don't know how true it is for Tildes, but on other social media sites, the users want TONS of clicks for their articles... and what better way than to post negative stuff? Basically, it's an old tactic that WORKS due to how human brains are wired. he only thing that has changed is the medium via which it's delivered.

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  7. Comment on Scattered thoughts on the absurdity of existing in ~talk

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    Let me give you a few of my answers- I will not guarantee any results, but there are days when I go down this path and ask a lot of questions myself. These are what I've discovered along the way....

    Let me give you a few of my answers- I will not guarantee any results, but there are days when I go down this path and ask a lot of questions myself. These are what I've discovered along the way.

    First, blink your eyes once. Guess what? That's how long humanity has existed (so far) in the grand scheme of existence. Now I get to go into the scientific part of all this: the universe has existed for 13 BILLION YEARS- and earth about 4.6 billion, I believe. Humanity has existed for somewhere around 10,000 years or so- far less than even one million years. It starts to look like humanity's existence is, in fact, and accident. Perhaps even life itself is an accident. Yet if we go into the physics side of things... everything is about energy and entropy. Energy can merely be used and changed. So given several BILLION years of this energy swirling, colliding, and being used... eventually life is going to be created.

    But to now go to the nihilist part: if in the end, nothing humanity does is even going to matter (our monuments destroyed and even our very planet swallowed up by the Sun), then why? Why do we do anything? Unless you're at a point where you think taking your own life is the only solution (which I DO NOT suggest), I think the answer is simply... because we can. Or more accurately, we do that which gives meaning to our life. This is something you have to find on your own. Otherwise, try this: go sit in an empty room. Just four walls, ceiling, floor, light and a door. Chair is optional. Just sit there and do nothing. You could always just decide to stay there and waste away until you're nothing but a corpse, from hunger or whatever else might kill you. But there's a high chance that you're not going to be able to just stay there for longer than a couple hours. You might fall asleep, but then when you wake up... would you continue to just stay in the room? I would say, you'd get bored. You get an urge to do SOMETHING with your life.

    And I think this is what it all ultimately comes down to. I watched an old TV show, and the main character had this kind of revelation: "I can't save the world. But I CAN help those who are in my own life, who are precious to me. Even though that's the extent of my power, it's what I can do, and so I'm going to do it".

    As the globalization of the world continues, it's easy to ask "What's the point if I'm just one person in a world of 8 BILLION people?" Well, ignore those 8 billion others. Ignore anyone who isn't at least tangentially in your life. I sometimes think that we've become TOO connected- that humans were only ever meant to keep a small village of about 100 or so in their lives. You can't help the world, but maybe you CAN do something for those 100 people you truly care about.

    And let me get REALLY specific: I have a job and a hobby that give me joy, because it means through these, I can help and affect other people. Maybe only small groups at a time, but that's the kind of purpose I have.

    Again, these are only what i have personally found. I hope maybe you can take at least one positive thing away from this, but what works for me may not work for you.

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  8. Comment on "I watched fifteen hours of COVID origins arguments so you don't have to" in ~health

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    Probably the biggest reason why no one would try that line is because that already implicitly answers the question of its origin- that it already existed before it was in the lab. And its origin...

    Probably the biggest reason why no one would try that line is because that already implicitly answers the question of its origin- that it already existed before it was in the lab. And its origin is the focus of the debate. Plus, I would add that if we went down that route, it's highly unlikely the lab would've had the only existing sample of it- while probably not 100% impossible, isolating it so that it exists only in the lab after coming from the natural world seems very, very difficult to do.

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  9. Comment on "I watched fifteen hours of COVID origins arguments so you don't have to" in ~health

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    The strongest reason I have for believing that Covid-19 was a zoonosis event is basically covered in the debate, but I'll quickly paraphrase it: when something is man-made like this, there are...

    The strongest reason I have for believing that Covid-19 was a zoonosis event is basically covered in the debate, but I'll quickly paraphrase it: when something is man-made like this, there are tell-tale markers. No such markers were found in the original Covid strains (Note that I am NOT a microbiologist, but I did read a lot of that during the various debates online, and it's believable because I do have a scientific background).

    In addition... if it were a lab leak, who would've benefited? We saw how many people died during the height of the pandemic, and while obviously the Chinese gov't would want to silence any fault as much as possible- or more accurately, possibly try to keep any "We're sorry, we majorly fucked up the world" apologies hidden- it seems like the scale on which this happened should be too much for just one country to cover up. Rather, it seems to me like most of the "The Chinese are to blame for unleashing this!" talk comes from the Western hemisphere, where resentment for the Chinese gov't is already strong and this would just be a further way to blame China for something.

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  10. Comment on "PS5 has no games" in ~games

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    I expect a lot of the complaining comes from those us us who were brought up during the "console wars" era- the days of trash-talking other systems and saying the one you had was better because...

    I expect a lot of the complaining comes from those us us who were brought up during the "console wars" era- the days of trash-talking other systems and saying the one you had was better because "xyz game is better". And because at that time you could generally only afford one console... well, you would go for the one that had the best games.

    But now that you have so many games that are cross-platform... well, that means you lose bragging rights. Which was the whole original point of exclusive games- the bragging rights.

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  11. Comment on Positive (personal) news discussion? in ~talk

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    People prefer to celebrate the Big Wins, but I find that small victory after small victory helps. The first thing is, my job has the potential to change every year based on contract conditions. To...

    People prefer to celebrate the Big Wins, but I find that small victory after small victory helps.

    The first thing is, my job has the potential to change every year based on contract conditions. To the best of my knowledge, I'll be keeping the same job for this year, and also finally getting to do some more stuff I've wanted to for years.

    Also, I've been taken into the confidence of someone who finds out all the stuff happening behind the scenes of this company. Eventually news does filter down, but this guy has already said that he's willing to pass on the info he has direct access should I ask.

    Oh, and while I still have more organization and cleaning to do, I finally have my apartment in a configuration (of furniture) that I've VERY happy with.

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  12. Comment on ‘I don’t think I developed emotionally’: Earl Charles Spencer on the pain of private boarding-school abuse in ~life.men

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    I once read that attending a private boarding school in the UK is something of a (terrible) tradition that goes like this: "I had an absolutely horrible time at boarding school, where it's a toxic...

    I once read that attending a private boarding school in the UK is something of a (terrible) tradition that goes like this: "I had an absolutely horrible time at boarding school, where it's a toxic environment that I finally got out of. Now I'm going to send my kids there!"

    At this point it feels more like a horrendous rite of passage so that parents can say to their kids, "Now we have a common experience and you understand why I'm this way".

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  13. Comment on Travelling to Japan for eleven days in May. Stay in Kyoto or Osaka other than Tokyo? in ~travel

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    I would personally suggest Kyoto- a bit easier to get to Nara from Kyoto- but regardless of which one you choose, I would give you one major warning: Tokyo may be the poster child for "overcrowded...

    I would personally suggest Kyoto- a bit easier to get to Nara from Kyoto- but regardless of which one you choose, I would give you one major warning:

    Tokyo may be the poster child for "overcrowded city with TONS of things to do", but both Kyoto and Osaka are just as bad. I wish I could tell you what the mystique is about Japan, but after being among the last countries to re-open after Covid, tourism has increased maybe 200%- it was already popular before the pandemic, but it has become even moreso now. What this means is that all the big, easily accessible cities that are also very touristy (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and I'm sure I'm missing others) are going to be PACKED with tourists. If you want even a small chance of experiencing some peace, you have two options: you have to either get up with the sun itself (note that as we get close to summer, the sun rises about 6:30 am JST), or go to locations that are more difficult to access. Any major tourist destinations will be overrun with people.

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  14. Comment on Why is the discourse on Tildes so much nicer than most places on the internet? in ~tildes

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    I confess I still keep using reddit- there are a few things on Reddit that I just haven't found a good replacement for- but Tildes is where I can (usually) find calm and sanity. And I think it's...

    I confess I still keep using reddit- there are a few things on Reddit that I just haven't found a good replacement for- but Tildes is where I can (usually) find calm and sanity. And I think it's two parts.

    The first is, this a text-based site. Memes and images are non-existent... so you actually have to type out your thoughts. More than once on Reddit, it's been asked if people actually still write long messages... and a fairly frequent reply is "I do, but then I realize that almost no one is going to read it or care, so I delete it"- which means the short-form activity is what you see tons of on Reddit. Tildes seems to stay calm because users here are expected to actually put in said effort... and if you don't, it just means that discussion stays calm, wiht no short-form activity taking over. I find this to be a GOOD thing.

    The second part, of course, is the invite-only nature. True, "gatekeeping" is a dirty word online... but the best communities I've been in these days are HEAVILY gatekept- or more accurately, there's a very high barrier of entry (though i guess technically it's the same thing?). Keep in mind that online, there's a HUGE spectrum of people, from those who are malicious actors who intentionally cause harm (trolls and worse), to people who are still generally good. When you want to keep a good culture, you want to limit who can get in... and place a high enough barrier of entry, and you'll get only those who are truly dedicated to something. While needing an invite here isn't the biggest barrier to entry... well, it helps to a certain degree.

    Oh, and there's always the fact that there IS some moderating occurring- Reddit lost a ton of that when they killed the third-party apps.

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  15. Comment on Akira Toriyama has passed away in ~anime

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    DBZ (I never watched the original Dragon Ball) was the show that my parents- specifically my father- hated and never allowed myself or my brother to watch, so we always snuck it in when our...

    DBZ (I never watched the original Dragon Ball) was the show that my parents- specifically my father- hated and never allowed myself or my brother to watch, so we always snuck it in when our parents weren't home. Granted, I stopped paying attention after the Frieza saga, but knew the general idea of everything after. And I just lost all interest.

    However, unlike with Berserk, Dragon ball had a MASSIVE impact on all other anime I would watch. In fact, I would argue that Toriyama had a bigger influence- well, at least for me- than Miura ever did. It's always so hard to believe that these titans of the industry are gone. I'll be feeling sorrowful for a while now.

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  16. Comment on What makes you chew fire? in ~talk

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    This was never really promised, but more like "I plan to write it" which turned into "there are more important projects and I can't do this one justice" For all that Brandon Sanderson writes-...

    This was never really promised, but more like "I plan to write it" which turned into "there are more important projects and I can't do this one justice"

    For all that Brandon Sanderson writes- between Stormlight and his Secret Projects- he sparked a TON of interest with his book The Rithmatist. Some years ago he said he would put a sequel to it in the pipeline... and then he decided to move onto other projects. I've heard that he wanted to do justice to Aztec/Mayan culture, and hence why he's never written it.

    And yet... he writes so much else, but getting a sequel to Rithmatist seems to be one he's abandoned.

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  17. Comment on American teachers are missing more school, and there are too few substitutes in ~life

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    You'll have to try very hard to convince me that education ISN'T bring dismantled and degraded on purpose. As George Carlin once said, "They want you smart enough to push a button, but not smart...

    You'll have to try very hard to convince me that education ISN'T bring dismantled and degraded on purpose.

    As George Carlin once said, "They want you smart enough to push a button, but not smart enough to ask questions".

    ... And this is ignoring the parenting side of everything. I'm VERY firm in my (also very unpopular) belief that some people have no business having or raising kids.

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  18. Comment on Waymo driverless car set on fire, destroyed by San Francisco crowd in ~transport

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    This would be my mistake- I'm probably thinking of the Vancouver incident. However, given the Toronto Maple Leaf's record in hockey (and just to point it out, I realize I'm talking about Canadian...

    This would be my mistake- I'm probably thinking of the Vancouver incident.

    However, given the Toronto Maple Leaf's record in hockey (and just to point it out, I realize I'm talking about Canadian teams, not ones from the USA)... a win by them might have some less than savory effects on the city.

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  19. Comment on Waymo driverless car set on fire, destroyed by San Francisco crowd in ~transport

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    The term you're looking for is "(over)zealous sports fanatic". There are jokes made about certain cities- Toronto and Philadelphia come to mind- where whether the sports team wins or loses,...

    The term you're looking for is "(over)zealous sports fanatic".

    There are jokes made about certain cities- Toronto and Philadelphia come to mind- where whether the sports team wins or loses, there's going to be property destruction and far-from-peaceful shenanigans.

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  20. Comment on Disney announces Moana 2 set to release November 2024 in ~movies

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    Shiny is in an interesting position in the movie. Or more accurately: The crab fits within the movie, seeing as how we're dealing with the ocean. And because he collects all these valuable things,...

    Shiny is in an interesting position in the movie. Or more accurately:

    The crab fits within the movie, seeing as how we're dealing with the ocean. And because he collects all these valuable things, the song fits the character. However, the song itself doesn't really fit in the movie- the rest of the movie is about your typical themes like overcoming adversary and challenging your limits to great things... And the crab just sings about how he collects shiny baubles.

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