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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Yeah, couldn't agree more. We plan on playing binding of isaac after enter the gungeon gets boring, but from what little I've played of isaac, I don't see how it can compare. I think the Binding...

    Yeah, couldn't agree more. We plan on playing binding of isaac after enter the gungeon gets boring, but from what little I've played of isaac, I don't see how it can compare. I think the Binding of Isaac makes a couple of game decisions that are superior to EtG, like having exactly two secret rooms per floor, no more, no less, and having smaller maps and quicker runs, but overall the gungeon has such an interesting design and gameplay loop.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Colter Wall - Big Iron in ~music

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    I like Colter Wall and really liked Imaginary Appalachia. I also like big iron as a song a great deal. That said, this song doesn't really work that well for me. It sort of feels inauthentic...

    I like Colter Wall and really liked Imaginary Appalachia. I also like big iron as a song a great deal. That said, this song doesn't really work that well for me. It sort of feels inauthentic coming from Wall, and doesn't really convey what I think Robbins was going for. I dislike Cash's version too despite liking a lot of Johnny Cash's music. Cash I think just brought a melancholy to the song that I think changes the song in a bad way. The cash version certainly deserves credit though for making a more suspenseful song.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    ♩EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenter the gungeon ♬ ♪ Enter the gungeon ♫ Currently mostly just coaching the wife through rainbow runs and attempts to kill her past. Once she finishes I figure...

    ♩EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenter the gungeon ♬
    ♪ Enter the gungeon ♫

    Currently mostly just coaching the wife through rainbow runs and attempts to kill her past. Once she finishes I figure we can do bullet hell runs together.

    One of the greatest, tightest gaming experiences in a long time. Pretty much the defining rogue-lite for me.

    Also playing E.Y.E Divine cybermancy. I've already beat it once, years ago, but I'm going back and trying to actually follow the story this time.

    My legs are OK.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Settled a lawsuit that's been raging for the better part of a year. Settled it literally minutes before the trial was set to take place, as the judge berated a man for discharging a shotgun in the...

    Settled a lawsuit that's been raging for the better part of a year. Settled it literally minutes before the trial was set to take place, as the judge berated a man for discharging a shotgun in the air from his front porch.

    I can't even put to words how god damned happy I am to be done with this.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on I hate generational hate in ~life

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    Aren't you applying an overly broad brush to a huge group of people though. Just because the average baby boomer was significantly wealthier than the average millennial at the same age, doesn't...

    Aren't you applying an overly broad brush to a huge group of people though. Just because the average baby boomer was significantly wealthier than the average millennial at the same age, doesn't mean there aren't a huge group of poor older folks. Wealth is concentrated in a J curve across almost every demographic, baby boomers included.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Bad arguments against teaching Chinese philosophy in ~humanities

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    For what it's worth, even if the departments aren't named as such, different universities will have very different focuses and normative models from which they operate. Philosophy 101 may be...

    For what it's worth, even if the departments aren't named as such, different universities will have very different focuses and normative models from which they operate. Philosophy 101 may be taught roughly the same in Goethe and Cambridge, but the research focus, and the beliefs of the professors will tend to lean towards one specific school of thought.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    Wow the 12 mini is a pleasant surprise. Me and all my tiny phone homies can finally replace our iPhone SE gen 1's in like 4 years when the price isn't absurd.

    Wow the 12 mini is a pleasant surprise. Me and all my tiny phone homies can finally replace our iPhone SE gen 1's in like 4 years when the price isn't absurd.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Addressing topic areas that chronically engender "low quality" discussion in ~tildes

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    I wouldn't group quick replies with malice and noise tags, and in fact, I would argue the opposite on anecdote: my most productive discussions over text have been synchronous ones where folks are...

    I wouldn't group quick replies with malice and noise tags, and in fact, I would argue the opposite on anecdote: my most productive discussions over text have been synchronous ones where folks are engaging in a back and forth dialogue. Punishing the existence of the latter by design seems like poor design to me.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Addressing topic areas that chronically engender "low quality" discussion in ~tildes

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    If your goal is to achieve productive conflict as written, I don't see how the suggestions in the OP walk that path. People will begin to skip boilerplate the second or third time they see it,...

    If your goal is to achieve productive conflict as written, I don't see how the suggestions in the OP walk that path. People will begin to skip boilerplate the second or third time they see it, that's human nature. Introducing hard friction in the form of posting timers discourages posting in any forum, no matter what the intent, and has the side effect of maligning people (speaking as a former forum admin of about 1000 people who implemented this very thing). Folks who post more will feel singled out for punishment.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Ya’ll playing that Hades? It went 1.0 recently and it’s, um, real good in ~games

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    I'm having a lot of fun with Hades so far, it's certainly supergiant's most ambitous project yet. I've 100% completed all of their other games, and I'll likely do the same here. Bastion and...

    I'm having a lot of fun with Hades so far, it's certainly supergiant's most ambitous project yet. I've 100% completed all of their other games, and I'll likely do the same here. Bastion and transistor are easily in my top ten games of all time (and Pyre makes my top 25, and is criminally underrated).

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Addressing topic areas that chronically engender "low quality" discussion in ~tildes

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    Likewise, I haven't really seen any signs of either cliquish behavior, or rivalrous behavior at all. That said, I have a couple folks tagged in tildes ReExtended as hostile people to not read or...

    Likewise, I haven't really seen any signs of either cliquish behavior, or rivalrous behavior at all. That said, I have a couple folks tagged in tildes ReExtended as hostile people to not read or engage with, and a couple others as youngins' (because that context matters a lot), so maybe those scant tags fix the problem completely.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Civvie 11 - Professional Heresy in ~games

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    Wow, Katie's production quality has gotten quite a bit better since I last binge watched Civvie's stuff like 6 months ago. Audio has improved too.

    Wow, Katie's production quality has gotten quite a bit better since I last binge watched Civvie's stuff like 6 months ago. Audio has improved too.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Can a good person support President Trump? in ~humanities

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    Talking about the good typically points towards consequentialism, not virtue ethics, nor deontology. If you were to define each school of ethics in terms of their aims, virtue ethics would be...

    Talking about the good typically points towards consequentialism, not virtue ethics, nor deontology. If you were to define each school of ethics in terms of their aims, virtue ethics would be represented by the virtuous, consequentialism by the good, and deontology by the right. Both deontologists and virtue ethicists take issue with the naked pursuit of the good, but once again, this is an issue with the sloppiness of the author's writing.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Can a good person support President Trump? in ~humanities

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    Consequences writ large, law, and suffering are all forms of consequentialist argument, which I've already sat aside. edit: unless by law you mean the very concept of the social contract...

    Consequences writ large, law, and suffering are all forms of consequentialist argument, which I've already sat aside.

    edit: unless by law you mean the very concept of the social contract violation, but I don't think many people in the west are legalists either.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Can a good person support President Trump? in ~humanities

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    Hey, I assume you meant to reply to me? That said, I wouldn't make the case that society is overwhelmingly consequentialist, in fact, far from it. I think deontological thought drives the bare...

    Hey, I assume you meant to reply to me?

    That said, I wouldn't make the case that society is overwhelmingly consequentialist, in fact, far from it. I think deontological thought drives the bare majority of people's morals, with a not particularly rigorous bulwark of unrelated consequentialist ideas backing topics they find important, or take a particular interest in.

    People often make the mistake of grouping deontology and virtue ethics in this amorphous category of non-utilitarian ethics, but the two are pretty different. Deontology is a system, usually centered on the categorical imperative or some variant as an operating principle, and doesn't really concern itself with things like whether or not humans have an innate understanding of nobility of character.

    I think you'd have a much harder time finding non-religious modern moral arguments that stem from virtue ethics than you would deontology, even setting aside consequentialist morals completely.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Can a good person support President Trump? in ~humanities

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    I know it's just a blog post, but the lack of logical rigor on display here from a philosophy PhD is surprisingly sloppy. I don't expect a full information theory breakdown of each and every...

    I know it's just a blog post, but the lack of logical rigor on display here from a philosophy PhD is surprisingly sloppy. I don't expect a full information theory breakdown of each and every derivation of possible fact classes from Dr. LaBossiere, but starting with the premise that people have information that ranges from good and accurate enough to perfect is a complete non-starter, and the contrapositive set which likely holds the majority of Trump supporters is only given half a sentence in print.

    Aside from that, I don't think most people actually operate primarily under virtue ethics, aside from the deeply religious, and the Ayn Rand / objectivist folks. Modern societies at large seem to be in practice a mix of deontology and consequentialism, with virtue ethics as sort of an aspirational ideal of people who are usually motivated primarily by the idea of improving themselves.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Friends and loss in ~life

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    It was weird, he didn't even know he had it, no one did until he was autopsied. We were just staying up way too late, like til 3AM playing sanctum, he said he felt really shitty and was going to...

    It was weird, he didn't even know he had it, no one did until he was autopsied. We were just staying up way too late, like til 3AM playing sanctum, he said he felt really shitty and was going to bed. I didn't hear from him for 5 days and so I tracked his mom down on facebook to find out.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Friends and loss in ~life

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    Lost my best friend a few years back to the swine flu. I was the last person he talked to before he went to sleep and never woke up. I've never really had a falling out with any of my friends though.

    Lost my best friend a few years back to the swine flu. I was the last person he talked to before he went to sleep and never woke up. I've never really had a falling out with any of my friends though.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on A crisis of meaning: Can we agree on anything anymore? in ~humanities

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    Really good video, thanks for sharing. This type of work takes an unholy amount of time when you first get into it.

    Really good video, thanks for sharing. This type of work takes an unholy amount of time when you first get into it.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What are some good recommendations for ambient background music? in ~music

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    It's a pretty old tune at this point in time, but when I need to have something chill droning in the background on repeat, I'll just put the fragrance of dark coffee from the original phoenix...

    It's a pretty old tune at this point in time, but when I need to have something chill droning in the background on repeat, I'll just put the fragrance of dark coffee from the original phoenix wright game on repeat.

    It's pretty funny though come to think of it, because it's exactly the type of emotionally dead background music that a lot of current Jazz artists, including one I know personally, hate.

    1 vote