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  1. Comment on Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good in ~tech

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    Never had a Fry's nearby, but only heard good things. It's a shame, and I hope Microcenter doesn't suffer the same fate. They're consistently a great place to source PC and maker parts and they've...

    Never had a Fry's nearby, but only heard good things. It's a shame, and I hope Microcenter doesn't suffer the same fate. They're consistently a great place to source PC and maker parts and they've always been 10x more genuinely helpful relative to any other electronics store.

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  2. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    As a proponent of public education, even I agree that the ideal form of a charter school could be a good thing. I would still want it to basically be a public school, regulated and funded as one,...

    As a proponent of public education, even I agree that the ideal form of a charter school could be a good thing.

    I would still want it to basically be a public school, regulated and funded as one, just one with a different focus or technique, to accomadate differing needs better.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    A lot of what you say makes sense, and I've been working at it, because I have noticed avoiding generalizations helps. However, the crux of the problem of charter schools in my mind is the one of...

    A lot of what you say makes sense, and I've been working at it, because I have noticed avoiding generalizations helps.

    However, the crux of the problem of charter schools in my mind is the one of public funding. As far as I've seen, charter schools are just private schools that are permitted to siphon tax dollars from public schools instead of tuition, and thus excacerbates a downward spiral of a public school.

    I've only encountered two types of charter school proponents:

    • People who think the government is incompetent and everything should be left to the private sector.
    • People who want to siphon dollars from secular public schools in favor of theistic ones.

    Neither group has my favor. Perhaps I'll feel differently if/when education funds aren't tied to zip code.

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  4. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    I agree that there is a child prison aspect, I felt it myself, and I think my version is a pretty reasonable take. American public schools are very homogeneous. Everyone has same lesson plans,...

    “Child prison” sounds like an idiot libertarian take on public schooling that focuses on one obvious restriction of freedom imposed by truancy rules and ignores all the other freedoms it produces that are far more valuable to a society.

    I agree that there is a child prison aspect, I felt it myself, and I think my version is a pretty reasonable take.

    American public schools are very homogeneous. Everyone has same lesson plans, everyone learns same stuff (aside from some topic branching), all together. And while there are advantages to this method, they fall apart when students are outside a standard deviation of each other. I did well in math all through K-12 and the first few years of college. But it was incredibly boring that we'd spend the first 3rd of the year recapping what others didn't learn or missed from previous years, and then going at a snail's pace beyond that, even in some of the most advanced classes.

    This crippled my ability to learn. I resented being forced to sit through classes where I learned nothing. I resented having to do homework where I learned nothing. It fostered laziness. So when I did actually hit a math difficulty that didn't come easily (Calculus 3ish), I didn't have the skills developed to learn about it.

    It works well in reverse too. Those on the lower end of the curve get outpaced by the average and get left behind. Or the whole class shifts to accommodate them, and the average kids also feel that frustration and resentment. There's often few resources to help those behind or to let the advanced skip ahead. Skipping grades is an option, but if taken too far can make you a social outcast.

    Mix that in with an environment that disciplines you for trying to find something to cope with immense boredom, bullying (rewarding conformity) and inflexible mandatory attendance. You've created a prison. One which has value for education, but is a toxic environment that breeds resentment for learning.

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  5. Comment on Book Review: The Cult Of Smart in ~humanities

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    I mean, this applies to almost every discussion I've ever had. I have a friend who dismisses any journalism as opinions unless he agrees with it and ignores any blog post because "they're just...

    People insist I meet their scientific rigor before they'll accept my arguments, only to reject them outright should they not like them anyway, and then follow up with their own equally unsubstantiated arguments, often backed by a passion that matches my own in intensity but with a very different moral alignment.

    I mean, this applies to almost every discussion I've ever had. I have a friend who dismisses any journalism as opinions unless he agrees with it and ignores any blog post because "they're just random idiots rambling on the internet." Regardless of how well they are sourced or reasoned. Unless of course, said sources agree with their outlook. In that same vein: Expecting a fully-formed, ready to pass policy born out of a casual suggestion on how to rectify a problem.

    As for charter schools, I also have some experience, as I live in a neighborhood being wreaked by them. It's a poorer public school district (courtesy of zipcode based funding), and poorer-performing schools get funding cut. So people tout charter schools as the answer, which makes the problem worse because now money is further siphoned away from the public school. Because of all the problems you state, the public schools numbers get worse and worse and the charter's get better and better. Even though the charter school would use the town's library as their library and would just bring the kids in, let them loose with 0 supervision, and the teacher would just fuck around on their phone for 2 hours. Charter schools are for-profit leeches on public education that target and exploit poorer school districts. Go two zip codes over and the public schools have 3x the funding per student and charter school visibility is virtually 0.

    But full socialism (of education) has another major draw: Private schools as a whole (including charters) offer an unfair advantage courtesy of being able to source funding from the wealthiest and cull the poor from their ranks. They can afford better teachers and provide more resources, and it plays into the perpetually increasing inequality.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on 🤷🤷♂️🤷♀️🤷🏻🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♂️🤷🏼🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♂️🤷🏽🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♂️🤷🏾🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♂️🤷🏿🤷🏿♀️🤷🏿♂️ in ~tildes

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    I've only seen them used substantially use for chats, reactions on chats, and low-effort or attention-seeking posts. There's nothing they accomplish more than their previous-gen *shrug* or :-) do,...

    I've only seen them used substantially use for chats, reactions on chats, and low-effort or attention-seeking posts. There's nothing they accomplish more than their previous-gen *shrug* or :-) do, except being eyecatching.

    It's not hard to strip emojis, they're a subset of unicode.

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  7. Comment on What’s an album that’s deeply personal to you? in ~music

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    Grabbing this from an older post, as it's exactly what I'd share now: My musical development was suppressed on account of my family considering modern music evil. Funny that we had a copy of this...

    Grabbing this from an older post, as it's exactly what I'd share now:

    My musical development was suppressed on account of my family considering modern music evil. Funny that we had a copy of this song growing up that I played on my kid's record player. Music piracy (at least according to the record companies) was the only way I really got a chance to listen to music I identified with for a long time. So that was likely a huge influence on how I see piracy to this day, but that's a bit of a sidebar.

    Here's the 'musical foundation' that I recognize and persists to this day, 20+ years later:

    1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
      I first discovered Nine Inch Nails during a dark period of my life, being horrendously bullied in middle school, losing my elementary school friends, and barely having met a social circle I could fit into. Closer would play on the radio occasionally, and edgy/depressed/horny/immature teenage Vord only really saw it at shallowest surface level and liked it for that. But what hooked me was finding the CD case in my older cousin's basement (CD not found), and I analyzed every square inch of it. I experienced that whole album as pictures and words before ever hearing a song other than Closer. I basically kept this a secret for several months until I told said cousin and he let me listen to some songs. I was obsessed with Mr. Self Destruct and Closer. Turns out, he had a lot of the various other CDs as well, and made me a mix tape he titled 'Closer to Self Destruction', which was basically an algamation of the various Closer and Mr. Self Destruct versions from The Downward Spiral, Closer, and Further Down the Spiral. Over time, my tastes expanded, but NIN has been a bedrock, and especially when feeling down and out will make me feel better in that catharti, nostalgic manner.

    2. Weird Al - Running With Scissors
      Was always a fan of Weird Al, especially since that one time JoJo of WLAN locked himself in the booth and played 'Amish Paradise' on loop for 24 hours (in the middle of Amish country), refusing to stop until the police escorted him out. Hard to find on the net, but I am not alone in remembering this. Weird Al is the master of musical parody, and the number of other terrible musical parodies on Youtube is proof of that. Running with Scissors was the first album I purchased (on cassette). While he's not on regular listening rotation, I will see that man in concert every chance I get.

    3. Catch 22 - Keasbey Nights
      Catch 22 was my first live concert, mostly playing from this album. A ska concert was transcendent for someone who had relatively little exposure to music at all. Moshing with all the kicks and bruises...but once someone was on the floor people stopped to help them up.

    4. William Shatner - Has Been
      Was walking through a record store (remember those?), saw the last copy of this standing out awkwardly in the rap section. Said 'damn, I have to see what this is about,' bought it, and have been listening to it ever since. Was my first exposure to Ben Folds, and this album shows just how great of a musician Ben Folds is, because hew was able to play into Shatner's strengths and complement it fantastically. This album, more than any other, is one I would advise everyone to give at least one listen to.

    5. Thin Lizard Dawn - Thin Lizard Dawn
      Found this in a used record store in Ocean City circa 2003. It's weird and catchy. My wife and I consider Happy-Loonies one of our most important couple songs.

    6. Daft Punk - Discovery
      Discovery was introduced to me via Interstella 5555. Get stoned an watch it if you haven't yet. Something About Us def another couples song for wife and myself.

    7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
      Vinyl, CD/FLAC, or GTFO. I've listened to this album hundreds, if not thousands of times in virtually every medium. It's a definitive stereo/headphone tester for a reason, and one of the only ones I can easily pick out whether it's compressed or lossless on a decent setup.

    They're not even necessarily my favorite albums anymore from those artists, but those are the ones that make my brain tick. My wife liking most of them was one strong contributing factor to why she is my wife.

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    Not to be curt, but emojis have no place on a site geared for discussion. Words are infinitely better when character limit isn't a problem. Otherwise we'd likely still be using hyroglyphics....

    Not to be curt, but emojis have no place on a site geared for discussion.

    Words are infinitely better when character limit isn't a problem. Otherwise we'd likely still be using hyroglyphics.

    Besides, as an old fart, I resent the destruction of ascii art in favor of in-line pictures. :-)

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  9. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    No, but that also qualifies as a 'last resort'. I've been profoundly psychotic. I yelled loudly about nonsense, but I didn't turn violent until they came at me the needle and two strongmen to...

    No, but that also qualifies as a 'last resort'.

    I've been profoundly psychotic. I yelled loudly about nonsense, but I didn't turn violent until they came at me the needle and two strongmen to force me down.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    Sorry, missed a word. Mind altering drugs in particular. A rescue inhaler very different from Xanax.

    Sorry, missed a word. Mind altering drugs in particular.

    A rescue inhaler very different from Xanax.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome in ~life

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    As some of the others pointed out....it's hard to do when the environment that fosters these feelings also tends to be punishing talking about those feelings. I work in an IT department where men,...

    Tell your female BIPOC coworker that's all it is, and back her up, if that's the case. You want to foster an inclusive environment? Support your "diverse" coworkers.

    As some of the others pointed out....it's hard to do when the environment that fosters these feelings also tends to be punishing talking about those feelings.

    I work in an IT department where men, especially white men, are a minority. There's none of the sexism or racism. But you know what is there? An incredibly toxic workplace. Because workplace toxicity transcends diversity and inclusion.

    The workplace is usually a heirarchy, and that breeds toxicity.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    Entirely possible, different hair is very different. I might even be goofing some of it, https://www.reddit.com/r/HaircareScience/

    Entirely possible, different hair is very different. I might even be goofing some of it,

    https://www.reddit.com/r/HaircareScience/

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome in ~life

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    I agree, and the homlessness is what i was referring to. Can't call your boss toxic if it'll put you on the street.

    I agree, and the homlessness is what i was referring to.

    Can't call your boss toxic if it'll put you on the street.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    Even the new stuff isn't great. It's better than the old stuff though. Anti-psychotics should be a measure of last resort, and as short term as possible. IMO this is true of all mind-altering...

    Even the new stuff isn't great. It's better than the old stuff though.

    Anti-psychotics should be a measure of last resort, and as short term as possible. IMO this is true of all mind-altering drugs.

    My doc and I have a lot of talks. Especially in the USA, mental health issues are amplified exponentially due to poverty and overwork.

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  15. Comment on How accurate are whois records? in ~tech

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    That being said, there's Njalla and services like that which help obfuscate the owner of a domain. They however are not a registrar, they just act as a proxy to them.

    That being said, there's Njalla and services like that which help obfuscate the owner of a domain.

    They however are not a registrar, they just act as a proxy to them.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome in ~life

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    Bipolar white male here myself, and I agree with everything you said. I think a large quantity of men (especially white men as generally addressed in articles like this one) don't fall into the...

    Bipolar white male here myself, and I agree with everything you said. I think a large quantity of men (especially white men as generally addressed in articles like this one) don't fall into the mold they are cast into. Sure, we might look the part, and even benefit from doing so because of sexist/racist management. We have just as many doubts and insecurities as anybody else, but given our average emotional repression, have trouble seeking help for them.

    Problem being that even if 80% of men feel this way, progress won't be made on these fronts unless we're willing to call out the other 20% on their bullshit. That's really hard to do when the person you need to call out can ruin your life.

    Imposter syndrome affects everyone, and the anxiety can be tremendous. One of my manic episodes resulting in involuntary hospitalization was triggered in part due to that feeling.

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  17. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    It is totally a PITA, so no judgement for anyone not doing long hair. I've got some tips for long hair for anyone who's interested in keeping up with it (@Qis, @Erik). Keep in mind this works for...

    It is totally a PITA, so no judgement for anyone not doing long hair.

    I've got some tips for long hair for anyone who's interested in keeping up with it (@Qis, @Erik). Keep in mind this works for my hair (curly, little oily), but not necessarily yours. There's plenty of subreddits dedicated to keeping your type of hair healthy.

    • Don't shampoo every time you shower...3 times a week max. I generally only use shampoo once a week. Instead, rinse with water, then "wash" with 1 dime sized bit of conditioner.
    • Every shower, shampoo first, then put in conditioner, but leave it in until you've finished washing the rest of your body before rinsing out, preferably with cooler water.
    • Consider buying leave-in conditioner to put on after you shower. That reduced the amount of conditioner I needed in the shower, and kept my hair from getting super frizzy.
    • When you get out of shower, before drying, put in the leave-in if you have it, then wrap your head in a towel for awhile. Afterwards, fluff your hair with your fingers and let it hang loose until it dries....I periodically fluff and shake head to speed up the process. Blowdryers, especially on hot, are generally terrible for your hair.

    Also, if you're at risk for balding or receeding hairline, don't pull your hair back if you can avoid it. If you need to, use a scrunchy and not a straight elastic band.

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  18. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    Haven't been keeping up with the typical maintenance I should (tidy up the edges of beard, trim long hair periodically), but otherwise more or less fairly normal. Helps that I already had a very...

    Haven't been keeping up with the typical maintenance I should (tidy up the edges of beard, trim long hair periodically), but otherwise more or less fairly normal. Helps that I already had a very hands-off approach to dealing with hair and beard, so it wasn't a drastic change for me.

    Although at the beginning of lockdown I shaved completely for first time in 10+ years. Was dealing with a skin issue under the beard, so took the opportunity of not having to see people to resolve that. Wife wouldn't kiss me for 3 days. On the plus side I have some very funny photos of me going through various phases of shaving. My favorite is the one my wife dubbed "Y'all wanna see my gator?"

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  19. Comment on (The MTV show) Daria: The 90s neoliberal fantasia as seen from the point of view of a 90s teenager/millennial in ~misc

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    Can confirm, haven't even glanced at the video yet. Daria is basically a docudrama about how the 90's felt at that age.

    Can confirm, haven't even glanced at the video yet. Daria is basically a docudrama about how the 90's felt at that age.

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