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  1. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I'm hardly an expert on the politics of the Spanish language, but I'm of the impression that the RAE has been petitioned more than once about the gendering of the language, and have responded by...

    I think a marginalized group explaining how the popular use of language negatively impacts their life to a bunch of people who do nothing to address the issues this group brings up is totally an example of institutional oppression.

    I'm hardly an expert on the politics of the Spanish language, but I'm of the impression that the RAE has been petitioned more than once about the gendering of the language, and have responded by basically invalidating the complaints as hypersensitivity. My original statement regarding the sexist nature of the number/gender agreement issue in Spanish was written with that in mind.

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  2. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I understand that line of reasoning, and have one issue with it: if linguistic gender is really so divorced from social gender, why are they conflated along so many lines? Yes, a table is feminine...

    I understand that line of reasoning, and have one issue with it: if linguistic gender is really so divorced from social gender, why are they conflated along so many lines? Yes, a table is feminine in Spanish despite being, you know, a table, but that doesn't negate that the language's concept of gender is 'required' to agree with the social gender of a person specified. Linguistic gender is not 1:1 with social gender, but, at least in Spanish, it's still clearly tied to it.

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  3. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I called it sexist in the sense that an institution is, i.e. it is either a sign of or a means of enforcing bigotry. I have a lot of hope that the RAE will shift their position on the gender...

    I called it sexist in the sense that an institution is, i.e. it is either a sign of or a means of enforcing bigotry. I have a lot of hope that the RAE will shift their position on the gender issue, but until they do, it's hard overlook that sort of erasure of women being built into the language as it "is supposed to be".

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  4. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    That is, indeed, how gender is (supposed to be) applied to number in Spanish. And not just in the case of chico/a, for any pluralisation referring to people, if there are any male members of the...

    That is, indeed, how gender is (supposed to be) applied to number in Spanish. And not just in the case of chico/a, for any pluralisation referring to people, if there are any male members of the group, it's masculine, and feminine only if there are no men. It's a little insidiously sexist.

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  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Oh, don't worry. I may not wear a sportcoat, but the sensibilities implied are deeply woven into my personality. Nothing left to further corrupt.

    Oh, don't worry. I may not wear a sportcoat, but the sensibilities implied are deeply woven into my personality. Nothing left to further corrupt.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Yeah, I'm definitely not planning to follow something you designed. Definitely not. I'll put that one on the list too, though.

    Yeah, I'm definitely not planning to follow something you designed. Definitely not.

    I'll put that one on the list too, though.

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  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've finished a couple of books in the last week or two, Terry Pratchett's Maskerade, and Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop. Maskerade was somehow very fresh to me, despite having read...

    I've finished a couple of books in the last week or two, Terry Pratchett's Maskerade, and Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop. Maskerade was somehow very fresh to me, despite having read more than 10 Discworld books in the last year. Something about Granny Weatherwax's internal conflict felt more real than the personal growth demonstrated in prior books of the Witches series. Agnes is an intriguing character, full of angst and drive, in a completely distinct way from Magrat's self-enforced witchiness. As per usual with this subseries, I found Nanny Ogg to simultaneously feel the most real and carry the majority of the comedy, which I don't say out of distaste for the other major characters, simply appreciation for the immensity of her personality.

    Death Comes for the Archbishop was a bit of a gut punch as a follow-up. As a New Mexican, it felt bizarre reading such an accurate portrait of the area. Not just the beauty of the geography, which Cather describes so well as to truly paint pictures, but also the general attitudes of the people who live here, nearly 100 years after the authoring of the novel, and much longer since its setting. It's honestly astonishing someone who didn't spend a significant portion of their life in New Mexico could write such a book.

    Nowadays it's rare to see a story that is told from the perspective of a priest who is nearly entirely in the right, even from our progressive viewpoints. The tales of running out the old, abusive priests were simultaneously chilling and delightful. Even more interesting was the number of words given toward the love between Jean and Joseph, especially to the unevenness of that love. The last few chapters were simply the reminiscences of a man who had succeeded in much, with few regrets, who made many friends and righted many wrongs, and despite that peace, it stole the joy from the rest of my day. Few novels illuminate the simple tragedy of mortality so elegantly.

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  8. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    Then we're in complete agreement. However, ActivityPub is about the closest to this dream that we have right now. Your earlier posts gave a sense that the issues you have are with Mastodon,...

    Then we're in complete agreement. However, ActivityPub is about the closest to this dream that we have right now. Your earlier posts gave a sense that the issues you have are with Mastodon, PixelFed, etc. when it really seems like you take issue more with the current structure of the web as a whole. If you think "I want to join the Fediverse!", you can just go to joinmastodon.org, choose a server, and sign up. Like I said, it's easier to sign up for an account on a Mastodon instance than Instagram.

    I see your more specific complaints about the various Fediverse servers and services, and I respect them. However, what you're really asking for is something along the lines of a global revolution in computer literacy and the destruction of any preexisting and proprietary networks than for anything technological. By those standards, there is no decent software for this (because you're conflating the size of the network and the value of the technology), and there probably won't ever be.

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  9. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    So you're proposing a website that links together Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the Fediverse, etc?

    So you're proposing a website that links together Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the Fediverse, etc?

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  10. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    Discoverability is definitely a major issue. There's no easy way to choose a decent AP instance. However, I don't understand where interoperability comes into play.

    Discoverability is definitely a major issue. There's no easy way to choose a decent AP instance. However, I don't understand where interoperability comes into play.

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  11. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    If there were an ActivityPub instance that a given 13 year old's friends used and suggested they use, it'd be easier for them to sign up than it is to sign up for Instagram. This isn't a problem...

    If there were an ActivityPub instance that a given 13 year old's friends used and suggested they use, it'd be easier for them to sign up than it is to sign up for Instagram. This isn't a problem of user-friendliness, it's of option paralysis due to competing instances.

    Ideally, you want people to have some way to even port their important stuff from the closed platforms as well.

    Is this possible? Doesn't Facebook (and Instagram by extension) have a vested interest in preventing that? Twitter, sure, you could scrape a user's tweets and backdate posts on an AP instance, but is there a demand for that?

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  12. Comment on Anyone using a lightweight browser with Linux? in ~comp

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    My impression is that Gecko is much more tightly integrated into the rest of the application that is Firefox. Blink grew out of Webkit, which was originally a derivation on KHTML, a rendering...

    My impression is that Gecko is much more tightly integrated into the rest of the application that is Firefox. Blink grew out of Webkit, which was originally a derivation on KHTML, a rendering engine meant to be at least somewhat reusable, so it inherited that modularity from its predecessors.

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  13. Comment on Today was Ken Jennings first episode as Jeopardy! guest host in ~tv

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    Watched it last night. He seemed rather unsure of himself, which is only fair. Does anyone know about any developing plans for the permanent host?

    Watched it last night. He seemed rather unsure of himself, which is only fair. Does anyone know about any developing plans for the permanent host?

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

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    So a year's gone by, and I'm still playing Slay the Spire nearly every day. Slightly ashamed to say I still haven't achieved A20 on any character other than the Ironchad, but I'm still having fun,...

    So a year's gone by, and I'm still playing Slay the Spire nearly every day. Slightly ashamed to say I still haven't achieved A20 on any character other than the Ironchad, but I'm still having fun, and that's what matters. I'm just one achievement away from Eternal One, Who Needs Relics?, and that might take a few weeks more.

    In a slightly similar vein (strategy and pseudo-analog), I've picked up chess as of late. Not playing against anyone really, but puzzles, studying tactics and endgames, etc. to feed my perfectionism in a hopefully-productive way. My ChessTempo standard puzzle rating has gone up by 300-some points since I started a couple weeks ago, so I'll feel confident enough to actually lose a game against a real human pretty soon, I think.

    Completely unrelated, since I was gifted a Nintendo Online gift card for Christmas (thanks, sis!) and the letdown of Pokemon gen 8, I've been playing Nexomon: Extinction on my Switch. The average degree of creativity in the design and concept of the various 'mons isn't incredible, but there are so many quality of life improvements between it and the last Pokemon game I played (Ultra Moon) that it's hard to put down. The wild encounters are actually somewhat challenging since they scale, random trainers aren't practically rolling the dice on every move, and while the world isn't huge, it still feels fun to explore, since it's an open world once you complete the basic tutorial and there are side quests around every corner.

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  15. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    That's why the question is about the peer being appropriate. Just because, legally, they are 'peers', should they be considered as such in the context of adjudication?

    That's why the question is about the peer being appropriate. Just because, legally, they are 'peers', should they be considered as such in the context of adjudication?

  16. Comment on MF DOOM has passed at forty-nine in ~music

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    Truly a legend. He lived a hard life, at least now he'll have some peace.

    Truly a legend. He lived a hard life, at least now he'll have some peace.

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  17. Comment on What is art? in ~arts

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    Thank you very much, then.

    Thank you very much, then.

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  18. Comment on What is art? in ~arts

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    My Spanish is rudimentary at best, but I'd still appreciate the opportunity to attempt to stumble through them.

    My Spanish is rudimentary at best, but I'd still appreciate the opportunity to attempt to stumble through them.

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  19. Comment on What is art? in ~arts

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    That's roughly how I conceptualize it myself, assuming I understand from your brief summary. Do you have any particular resources you could share regarding this research?

    That's roughly how I conceptualize it myself, assuming I understand from your brief summary. Do you have any particular resources you could share regarding this research?

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  20. Comment on What is art? in ~arts

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    Fair. It doesn't read as an inaccurate word choice to me, just rather imprecise. I see your point though.

    Fair. It doesn't read as an inaccurate word choice to me, just rather imprecise. I see your point though.

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