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  1. Comment on Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2019 edition in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm not looking for recommendations specifically, but -- my mom's recently retired and started getting into board gaming; right now she only plays when me and/or my sister visit but I think she's...

    I'm not looking for recommendations specifically, but -- my mom's recently retired and started getting into board gaming; right now she only plays when me and/or my sister visit but I think she's starting to get other people involved as well. So far we've played Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Catan. What group do you think she fits into in this article?

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  2. Comment on Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius in ~music

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    Sibelius is kind of like Photoshop in that, while its interface and design could be rebuilt from the ground up, too many people (myself included) are used to the old version and it would be too...

    Sibelius is kind of like Photoshop in that, while its interface and design could be rebuilt from the ground up, too many people (myself included) are used to the old version and it would be too much of a headache at this point to change it.

    I don't believe this was even mentioned in the video, but my main issue with Sibelius (and most notational programs until Dorico came along) is that it's obnoxiously difficult to work on a plain blank page, and to work with "non-musical" content. Programs like this are built with the assumption that you're going to be writing music so it's assumed that you'll be using a staff, a clef, notes, dynamics, etc. But what happens when I want to insert performance notes (the most common example of where I run into this problem) and will be writing several sentences with diagrams, and an epigraph? Sibelius has a category for "text on blank page" but things like collision detection, columns, margins, and symbol entry are non-existent, meaning I can either a) do all those things manually, or b) do it in a program like Word or Illustrator while painstakingly importing each symbol individually.

    It's a good program if you're writing "normal" music, but it needs a major overhaul to be friendly to new music and non-traditional and graphic scoring.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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

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    I started getting into Francis Poulenc, most notably his Sextet for wind quintet + piano, and Trio for oboe + bassoon + piano. As for non-classical stuff, I've been digging on Griselda's new...

    I started getting into Francis Poulenc, most notably his Sextet for wind quintet + piano, and Trio for oboe + bassoon + piano.

    As for non-classical stuff, I've been digging on Griselda's new record W.W.C.D and Death Atlas by Cattle Decapitation.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    We have to talk about how the Dark Souls franchise inspired an entire genre. The degree of worldbuilding and attention to detail is unparalleled in its contemporaries.

    We have to talk about how the Dark Souls franchise inspired an entire genre. The degree of worldbuilding and attention to detail is unparalleled in its contemporaries.

    12 votes
  6. Comment on Music Makers: Guitarists, Bassists and other Stringslingers in ~creative

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    As my playing has progressed I've got more and more into pedals and weird stuff than bass playing itself. I've even been experimenting with swapping out the bass for a tuba and exploring those...

    As my playing has progressed I've got more and more into pedals and weird stuff than bass playing itself. I've even been experimenting with swapping out the bass for a tuba and exploring those sounds, which is always fun, but I still have a cheapo Fender bass laying around that I pick up sometimes. I don't really ask for any gear for Christmas because nobody in my family is musical enough to know what I'm talking about :P I've been eyeing either the Cathedral or the Rainbow Machine for my next purchase, I'm a sucker for ambient noisy pedals like that.

  7. Comment on What once seemed impossible is now undeniable: The Redskins have lost Washington in ~sports

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

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    Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain and Sonic Citadel. The best I way I can describe this band is drum-and-bass Sonic Youth on amphetamines. Street Sects: Gentrification IV: Suspended From Gallery...

    Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain and Sonic Citadel. The best I way I can describe this band is drum-and-bass Sonic Youth on amphetamines.

    Street Sects: Gentrification IV: Suspended From Gallery Rails EP. Not sure how to describe these guys, other than misanthropic power electronics-noise.

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  9. Comment on With the successful onside kick now a relic, the NFL will reconsider the fourth-and-15 proposal in ~sports

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    The kickoff really hasn't been made "safer." The rules were changed such that a touchback (where the receiving team kneels in the end zone without an attempt to run it) brought the ball out the...

    A team could have punted the ball away or tried for the first down. But now that the kickoff has been made safer, the talk of eliminating it from the sport has dissipated.

    The kickoff really hasn't been made "safer." The rules were changed such that a touchback (where the receiving team kneels in the end zone without an attempt to run it) brought the ball out the the 25-yard-line instead of the 20. The logic follows that there's a bigger incentive to take the touchback and get 25 free yards, instead of attempting to run it out and get less than that and also potentially risk injury.

    The problem is that the biggest risk of injury isn't in returning the ball, but rather that all of the body blows come from the coverage unit running downfield. It doesn't matter where the ball is spotted in a touchback -- 20, 25, 30, whatever -- because the kicking team is still running downfield full-force and hitting the receiving team, even if the receiver elects to take a touchback.

    Here's an example. The Falcons (kicking team in red) kick to #33 on the Patriots, who kneels in the endzone for a touchback, but there are still Falcons players running through the endzone to the whistle because they don't know if he's going to return it or not. Likewise, players setting up downfield (off-screen) don't know if the Pats receiver is going to touchback or not, so they play through the whistle as if he's returning it, including high-speed tackling and blocking. I am aware that there were other rule changes (no running start to the kicking team for example) but it feels like a band-aid on a bullet wound.

    With that out of the way, I really like this proposal ever since I heard Greg Schiano discuss it. It offers a lot more nuance and subtlety than an onside kick when everyone expects it.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on The complicated ethics of Tesla's Autopilot - It could save the lives of millions, but it will kill some people first in ~tech

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    Yeah sorry, that was an ignorant comment on my part. Sorry!

    Yeah sorry, that was an ignorant comment on my part. Sorry!

  11. Comment on The complicated ethics of Tesla's Autopilot - It could save the lives of millions, but it will kill some people first in ~tech

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    This guy must be a hit at parties. edit edit: disregard, that comment was born out of ignorance. my bad

    [Qazi's] Twitter handle, @tesla_truth, is a bottomless font of Muskolatry. Before we met in August, he’d emailed Musk to give him a heads-up and encourage him to speak with me.

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    He pressed a button on his phone, and his car pulled out of its spot. Qazi watched it cross the parking lot and roll toward him. “It’s not useful—yet,” he said, grinning. But he loves showing off this trick so much he’s been known to linger in a parking lot, waiting for an audience.

    This guy must be a hit at parties.

    edit: also, do people not realize that Teslas still need maintenance and upkeep like a regular car? I see so many people hopeful for the price to go down because they molehills on their current vehicle turned into mountains and they think Teslas don't do that.

    edit edit: disregard, that comment was born out of ignorance. my bad

    1 vote
  12. Comment on With rich folklore traditions why have movies collapsed to just a few monsters? in ~movies

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    The same reason why we keep seeing remakes, sequels to twenty-year old movies, and superhero flicks -- people don't actually want anything new, and studios don't have to spend (as much) screentime...

    The same reason why we keep seeing remakes, sequels to twenty-year old movies, and superhero flicks -- people don't actually want anything new, and studios don't have to spend (as much) screentime on exposition and character introduction when they can make a profit doing the same thing over and over again.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Rush: "Working Man" slowed down to 33 rpm in ~music

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    Yes! I think that was how I found this video, it was in my recs after watching Chipmunks on 16 Speed.

    Yes! I think that was how I found this video, it was in my recs after watching Chipmunks on 16 Speed.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Hearthstone player banned from Grandmasters Tournament for voicing support for HK protestors in ~games

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    The NBA is going through a similar thing right now -- the Rockets are indisputably the most popular NBA team in China with all-time great Yao Ming popularizing the sport, but GM Daryl Morey...

    The NBA is going through a similar thing right now -- the Rockets are indisputably the most popular NBA team in China with all-time great Yao Ming popularizing the sport, but GM Daryl Morey tweeted in support of HK and the league's front office is scrambling on what to do right now. further reading

    4 votes
  15. Comment on The GoldenEye 64 campaign is getting a fan remake, and it looks great in ~games

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    I'm stoked to see what Statue Park turns into without the limited render distance in the original.

    I'm stoked to see what Statue Park turns into without the limited render distance in the original.

    2 votes