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  1. Comment on Tildes Video Thread in ~misc

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    Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure - The Struggles of Song Translation | Localization Lens by @Aquason Finding Aquason's channel is the only time I can remember seeing someone self-promote on Reddit,...

    Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure - The Struggles of Song Translation | Localization Lens by @Aquason

    There are many complicated fields of translation, but when it comes to art, there's very few forms quite as restrictive as translating songs. Mix the formal constraints of ultra-strict poetry with all the functional constraints of expression, and you get song translation. And what happens when this song is not just an anime opening theme or something non-diegetic, but a vital aspect of the story, like... a musical? Well, the Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is a perfect game to explore that, with its highs and lows showing just how complicated song translation can be.

    Finding Aquason's channel is the only time I can remember seeing someone self-promote on Reddit, being interested enough to click through and watch, and enjoying their content so much I subscribed. I really enjoy the perspectives they highlight in their essays on game localization.

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  2. Comment on I tried ditching my vehicle and doing the no-car thing. It was awful. in ~transport

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    Appreciate you sharing the experience! It seems like you and the "urban activists" agree on fundamentally the same thing: using anything other than a car to get around most municipalities sucks...

    Appreciate you sharing the experience!

    It seems like you and the "urban activists" agree on fundamentally the same thing: using anything other than a car to get around most municipalities sucks since all the alternatives are some combination of more expensive, time consuming, dangerous, unreliable or inconvenient than a personal car.

    Though "urban activists" will take that realization and funnel it towards "so it'd be nice if we could get more investiment into making the alternatives better for those who want to use them".

    Your experience touches on another part of going no-car: people who make the conscious decision to do it have to do a lot of prep to make it work.


    Those urban activists who hate cars must be nuts.
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    Those people who hate cars must be masochists or just love hearing country songs sung badly.

    Separately, the ad hominems feel very out of place given Tildes' philosophy.

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  3. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Chainsaw Man, Chapter 170 The last couple of chapters of Chainsaw Man have made me sad when I read them. At this point in the story, Denji has some simple, non-ambitious desires. But has no agency...

    Chainsaw Man, Chapter 170

    The last couple of chapters of Chainsaw Man have made me sad when I read them. At this point in the story, Denji has some simple, non-ambitious desires. But has no agency to pursue them, and is constantly surrounded by people who take advantage of him. And this week's chapter ends on a cliffhanger that throws a massive roadblock in front of Denji's wants.

    I've also been increasingly convinced of the merit of my theory that Chainsaw Man pt. 2 metatextually comments on the impact the work has had on the author.

    edit: grammar

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  4. Comment on Lemonade stands in ~life

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    Unrelated to every question you asked, but there's a chance you might have to contact your local municipality to get a permit to sell lemonade. (I might be wrong, and have no references other than...

    Unrelated to every question you asked, but there's a chance you might have to contact your local municipality to get a permit to sell lemonade.

    (I might be wrong, and have no references other than "I think I read about this a couple years ago on Reddit". A quick Google search makes me think I may not be entirely pulling this out of my ass, so I figured I'd share).

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  5. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Spy x Family, Chapter 100 The past few Spy x Family chapters have been a flashback retelling of a love story. I've looked forward to chapters week to week; the story is surprisingly dramatic. I...

    Spy x Family, Chapter 100

    The past few Spy x Family chapters have been a flashback retelling of a love story. I've looked forward to chapters week to week; the story is surprisingly dramatic. I enjoy how it touches on themes that I've been trying to exercise in my life like "learning to show your appreciate for others before it's too late". It's a change of pace from Spy x Family's usual comedy, but I welcome it.


    The Indomitable Martial King, Chapter 35

    I've been reading a manhwa called The Indomitable Martial King about a guy who is demonized and later killed for fighting for the civil rights of enslaved "otherworldly" species (elves, dwarves, etc...), but gets a second chance to try again.

    This week's chapter has the main character seeking advice about what he did wrong in his previous life, and is told that he was apathetic to the concerns of the people he was fighting against:

    A Demon King does not become a Demon King by creating mountains of corpses and drinking blood. When a powerful being is not considerate of his surroundings and listens only to the voices of those he likes, trying to move the world in a direction only he likes, then... that is a demon king

    This chapter really caught me off guard. This series is a bog-standard, action manhwa. I'd never really thought about the potential harms of not caring (v.s. direct antogonization) and this manhwa was the last thing I expected to provoke such a reflection.

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  6. Comment on Recommendation for a Goodreads for video games? in ~games

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    Steam does let you publish a review as "friends only", so you can make your review private to most people on the platform

    But for some reason I'm apprehensive about rating games on Steam, probably because it feels very public and I'm doing this only for myself.

    Steam does let you publish a review as "friends only", so you can make your review private to most people on the platform

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  7. Comment on Vibe Check - Let AI find you the best things in ~tech

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    I gave it a try, and it gave me the same vibes as a lot of LLM powered tools I've tried. I spend more energy scrutinizing the output of the tool, than I would've spent just doing the task on my...

    I gave it a try, and it gave me the same vibes as a lot of LLM powered tools I've tried. I spend more energy scrutinizing the output of the tool, than I would've spent just doing the task on my own.

    • There were a couple times where it'd ask me for a price range, then give me 3 options that were all over my limit.
    • It once made a recommendation off of a Reddit comment it misinterpreted to be in my price range:
      • The reddit comment was essentially saying "You can't buy the item invidividually, but you can split a 2-pack that costs $310 with a friend. So it comes out to $155 for each person". I had read that comment before trying the LLM, and dismissed it because that didn't work for me. The LLM later presented that same comment as "You can buy 2 for $310, which comes out to $155 for 1 which is under your budget".

    edit: grammar

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  8. Comment on Less than a month after the highly anticipated life sim Life By You was delayed without a new release date, Paradox has announced that the whole project has been cancelled in ~games

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    The studio developing this has also been shut down: - Paradox Interactive to close down Paradox Tectonic

    The studio developing this has also been shut down:

    Paradox Interactive has decided to cease further operations in the wholly owned studio Paradox Tectonic (Tectonic) in Berkeley, California. The studio has since 2019 led the development of the game Life by You, whose release is canceled, and employs 24 people.

    This is difficult and drastic news for our colleagues at Tectonic, who’ve worked hard on Life by You’s Early Access release. Sadly, with cancellation of their sole project we have to take the tough decision to close down the studio. We are deeply grateful for their hard work in trying to take Paradox into a new genre, says Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive.

    - Paradox Interactive to close down Paradox Tectonic

    14 votes
  9. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Sakamoto Days has some insane double pages during fights too. Especially over the last few weeks.

    Sakamoto Days has some insane double pages during fights too. Especially over the last few weeks.

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  10. Comment on Summer Games Fest 2024 in ~games

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    I was pleasantly surprised at how much spotlight was put on indie games. With each iteration, SGF had increasingly felt like a show that "wasn't for me" since the games were almost exclusively big...

    I was pleasantly surprised at how much spotlight was put on indie games. With each iteration, SGF had increasingly felt like a show that "wasn't for me" since the games were almost exclusively big AAA games.

    The mix of smaller title to huge block buster felt so much healthier. Neva is a small game I've been looking forward to for a while. Killer Bean is a solo dev project, and the trailer had me laughing the entire way through.

    I really do hope SGF continues this trend into the future.

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  11. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    This week's chapter of Chainsaw Man (167) is probably the wildest chapter I've ever read of a series with mainstream popularity.

    This week's chapter of Chainsaw Man (167) is probably the wildest chapter I've ever read of a series with mainstream popularity.

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  12. Comment on How it feels to get an AI email from a friend in ~comp

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    I thought this article was worth sharing, since it captures a sentiment I also recently experienced: it feels unexpectedly bad to have someone communicate with you using generated text. The author...

    I thought this article was worth sharing, since it captures a sentiment I also recently experienced: it feels unexpectedly bad to have someone communicate with you using generated text.

    The author goes a bit further, with some introspection as to why they felt that way.

     


    ~life might actually be a better group for this thread. The article is non-technical, and is more about relationships and introspection than it is about LLMs.

    22 votes
  13. Comment on What video games have had you taking real-life notes? in ~games

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    This might not be in the spirit of the question, but mine is Valorant. I could go on a really long tangent on the ways I think the game is user-hostile, and especially beginner-hostile. But I'll...

    This might not be in the spirit of the question, but mine is Valorant.

    I could go on a really long tangent on the ways I think the game is user-hostile, and especially beginner-hostile. But I'll stop at saying that I don't think the game does a good job at setting up its new users to play the game well. Valorant was my first FPS game I ever played, and that might've been a mistake the game is deceptively complicated.

    I was really frustrated the first few months. I had no idea how to think about the game strategetically, and had no clue how to evaluate whether I was doing something right or wrong. Made worse by having to sit and spectate rounds when I died, and feeling like I was letting my friends down when we lost.

    So I started studying.

    "Educational Content" is a pretty popular content genre for Valorant content creators. I found a couple who explained the game in ways that made sense to me, and started committing a lot of that knowledge to notes.

    One of those content creators advocates for having "playbooks" for the character(s) you play. You can source pro-level playbooks for the popular characters, but I like to play a character who is unpopular at all levels of the game. So I write down notes every time I find interesting plays for my character.

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  14. Comment on Looking for some guidance for SEO for a small business in ~comp

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    Unrelated to SEO, but what's the maintenance story here? Are you signing up to be the IT guy they call whenever something goes wrong? Or whenever they need to make a change to the website?

    Unrelated to SEO, but what's the maintenance story here?

    Are you signing up to be the IT guy they call whenever something goes wrong? Or whenever they need to make a change to the website?

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Getting comfortable writing Rust This isn't the first time I've written about trying to learn Rust on Tildes, and truthfully I haven't made it very far. I learned most languages I comfortable with...

    Getting comfortable writing Rust

    This isn't the first time I've written about trying to learn Rust on Tildes, and truthfully I haven't made it very far. I learned most languages I comfortable with at school or at an internship; environments where all I had was time to pour into learning. Rust is one of the first languages I've tried to learn since I got out of school. The other was Kotlin, but I haven't been able to brute force learning Rust as I did Kotlin. Something about try to having limited time outside work to internalize Rust's ownership model, its patterns (e.g. Composition over Inheritence) and its idioms all at once hasn't been working.

    So I decided this week to start from scratch and try to approach this systematically.

    I've been working through https://rust-exercises.com/ , and have found it pretty valuable so far.

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  16. Comment on Will Microsoft want to introduce a subscription fee to their Windows OS in the future? in ~tech

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    It appears to be something they are actively working on, and have even demoed publicly. Microsoft’s new Windows chief on the future of the OS, Surface, and those annoying ads, The Verge They cite...

    It appears to be something they are actively working on, and have even demoed publicly.

    Beyond AI, [Head of Microsoft Windows and Surface] Davuluri also sees a future for Windows being streamed to devices instead of running locally on them. Microsoft has been working toward this with its Windows 365 service. “We’re going to make Windows cloud native. We’re making a big push for Windows 365,” he says.

    Microsoft shared an example of Windows being streamed to Meta Quest headsets during its Build keynote [...] Davuluri sees a future where having Windows cloud native could change operating systems just as much as he thinks AI will.

    They cite a service called "Windows 365", whose name follows the same convention as other subscriptions they offer like "Office 365".

    28 votes
  17. Comment on Embracing chaos - how Hyper Light Breaker survived 2023 in ~games

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    This is the latest installment of video game documentarians Noclip's series documenting the development of Heart Machine's new game, Hyper Light Breaker. Description:

    This is the latest installment of video game documentarians Noclip's series documenting the development of Heart Machine's new game, Hyper Light Breaker.

    Description:

    With Embracer Group engaged in a massive sell-off, the team at Heart Machine try to focus on the road to early access, unsure about what the future holds for their publisher.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Tildes Video Thread in ~misc

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    How AI Stole the ✨ Sparkles ✨ Emoji by @DavidImel Balancing Abilities / Weapons Before Player Feedback by @FancyTyme i.e. Joshua Sawyer I don't know that I'm really recommending this video, than...

    How AI Stole the ✨ Sparkles ✨ Emoji by @DavidImel

    Lately, I’ve noticed companies smashing ✨ onto every new feature they claim is “AI-powered”.

    This annoys me, because the ✨ emoji is my favorite emoji, and I don’t want my use for it to go away.

    I set out to find out why this is happening, and wound up on the other side of the planet.

    ✨Enjoy✨


    Balancing Abilities / Weapons Before Player Feedback by @FancyTyme i.e. Joshua Sawyer

    A short answer to someone's question about how to approach balancing abilities (or weapons, in the examples I give) in a game prior to receiving feedback from players.

    I don't know that I'm really recommending this video, than the channel itself. Ever since Obsidian Entertainment shipped Pentiment at the end of 2022, game director Josh Sawyer has been sporadically posting content about game development on his YouTube channel. Think Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games, but less regular and less produced (with a singular video about his bike mixed in).

    I'm not a game developer, but I really enjoy listening to skilled people with a lot of experience talk about how they do the thing they are good at.

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