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    Worst color conbination

    This reminds me of 3M respirator cartridge color code "magenta/olive", 3M P100 Respirator Cartridge/Filter 60926. I had to look in to this fairly recently because I was deep cleaning my bathroom but the chemicals can be really irritating. So I bought a respirator and had to look into what filter cartridges were appropriate for cleaning products I was using and this color combo actually indicates the one I need (I guess its convenient for actual job sites where you may need to quickly identify different filter mediums visually).
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    Worst color conbination

    [double post]
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    Genres of Cringe Comments Which Can Be Found Online

    comments about 9/11 on video game messageboards
  4. So I don’t know who else watches The Orville, but it’s basically Seth MacFarlane’s version of Star Trek, but he isn’t trying to be funny, it’s done completely in earnest and I think it works really well, personally. It’s finally back for season 3 following COVID delays, and the second episode of the season explored typical space horror tropes. It was a very Doom-inspired episode, no way the people in charge didn’t use it as a reference point.
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    Elon Musk buys Twitter

    The divisiveness exploitation is the fault of mainstream media companies as well, for example CNN and OAN being sister companies under ATT shows that traditional media is more than happy to utilize social media for rage bait by playing both sides and becoming click-driven.
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    Elon Musk buys Twitter

    I think one of the largest threats to free speech on Twitter (and Reddit and everywhere else it’s free and easy to make accounts) is the asymmetry of disinformation sock puppets to people acting in good faith, and I think that might be the most interesting problem which I hope gets tackled. The town square concept of free speech is disrupted by paid mobs acting on behalf of someone else’s bad faith, and so to truly return to “public discourse, but on the internet”, I think that has to be solved. This is a more subtle issue with free speech on the internet, and is why so many people now associate free speech with racist shitposting or disinformation. The problem is that wrongthink from good faith actors is now basically the worst possible thing ever and that is the greatest threat to actual free speech that exists right now. This is because of weaponized mob rule and the ease of mob rule when it’s asymmetrically easier to be a fake account posting bullshit 24/7 than a real account trying to post in earnest. I really hope if Musk is serious, he starts thinking about how to reconcile all these different things; anonymity, affordability, not being beholden to any advertiser, accountability, spam and shitpost prevention but in some transparent way so that no one can come and claim they are censored when their garbage is hidden from most people due to preference, etc. I really find the idea of cutting out bad faith actors (from site operators to users) while maintaining the internet message board experience an intriguing topic, and I’ve come to some conclusions personally that certain things are fundamentally incompatible without trade offs, when going down the list of requirements. But I really hope this is what Musk has in mind as well, and since I don’t think he can make Twitter any worse, I’m tentatively excited to see.
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    Elon Musk buys Twitter

    I think Twitter is garbage and I think Elon will either fail at fixing that or succeed, so I have a hard time understanding why people think it was some perfect place that he can ruin. It’s also weird to see how quickly polite western cosmopolitan society turned against free speech as an ideological concept over the last 10 to 15 years, but it’s also refreshing to see at least the hope of liberalism make a come back. I’m tired of apologizing or explaining myself when I express liberal viewpoints, and I don’t think I’ll bother anymore; there is a clear divide that has grown in the west between non-conservatives and all these discordant views get lumped in together as “left-leaning”, but it’s clear some people are for liberalism and some people are for a new illiberal left leaning ideology that has yet to be fully broken off. I assume it’s similar to the Mao apologists of decades ago and not entirely new, but it’s in a new “wave” or “generation” and seems to have become more subversive. I agree billionaire fanboys are annoying and Musk is not some pure altruistic machine, but I’m at least going to give him the benefit of the doubt that this falls under “billionaire wants to fix social media side project” versus “billionaire wants to control a media outlet”. I think the former is completely plausible, because social media is an interesting problem and whether or not you like Musk’s antics I think he legitimately enjoys trying to solve problems. So if you need some self-serving motive assigned to him in order to function, it could very well be he just wanted to buy a puzzle.
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    Pink Floyd's Hey Hey Rise Up

    This is just not true. I know Russia and Putin don’t represent communism, but I also see tons of whataboutism mixed with outright support from real people, living in NYC and generally being surrounded by varying shades of Democrat voter to self-proclaimed far left. I see people argue the threat of NATO membership was justification for the attack frequently, or just argue that the US in the Middle East was worse or equivalent (in order to justify Russia doing what it is doing, which is separate from legitimate criticism of USA). I see people saying Ukraine only gets attention for its European citizens, which is framed as being problematic and racist. All criticisms of Putin (and on another note, the CCP when it comes to China) are framed as western propaganda by plenty of very real people I come in contact with, but mostly avoid because I find them frustrating. Maybe they are useful idiots to some greater machine, but they would say they are far left, unapologetically red, and that everything in western media about Ukraine and Russia (and outside of this scope, China) is outright lies and that Ukraine and the west should have respected Putins request to not entertain NATO membership.
  9. Russian visas are not easy to get for western nationals (at least US citizens). It's "easy" but it's a drawn out process and potentially expensive. When I got one, it was the "best" visa a normal person can get (afaik -- 3 years, multi-entry), and even it was relatively stringent and I think it cost my company $600 to go through a third party who helps coordinate, and even so, I had to fill out a ton of stuff like everywhere I worked and travelled with exact dates. You have to have an official host as well (hotel or family) which didn't seem to be super-enforced, but still adds to the headache of knowing that a border entry guard having a bad day might find some bureaucratic subtly you missed and send you home. Besides that, I would never get rid of any passports I had if I had the opportunity to have multiple. I have friends with multiple passports and it makes your life a lot easier when traveling to pick the optimal passport for the country you are going to. Plus, you will have a lot more potential escape routes if things every really start going downhill. My point is, I wouldn't judge someone for having multiple passports.
  10. I think redemption in a material sense is being conflated with redemption in a personal/spiritual sense. If Vader hadn't died it's pretty certain he'd be in space prison or get space executed or something. There is no way Luke's mended interpersonal relationship with his dad would have let Vader off at space Nuremberg. Presumably, a repentant Vader would have accepted his fate within the space criminal justice system. For the purposes of drama, Vader dies after realizing how he has failed. His redemption in "this" world never plays out because of it. However, his spiritual redemption is not bound to criminal justice. This isn't a "Thermian argument" or whatever, it's how I feel about the real world too. If I saw someone felt truly terrible about what they had become I would think that somewhere deep within they had redeemed themselves in the sense of somehow regaining a handle on their humanity or whatever it is somewhere inside, but I also wouldn't say "okay, I guess we can call off the trial!" I guess I take issue with the argument's premise, because I don't think Star Wars ever tried to argue Vader was redeemed in the material world.
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    This stuff is dumb but really how many of you collected some trading cards or other dumb crap? No one needed a printout of a card game instruction sheet at 100x face value that could be xeroxed or imagined, either
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Lol he doesn’t just work for Reddit he founded it
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    Proof of work mining is something that can be criticized for what it is, it's a cool idea that in practice uses too much energy to be sustainable. But what is happening in Kazakhstan with the protests is fully unrelated (it's not even like I'm minimizing a connection, the price of car fuel has nothing to do with bitcoin) and deserves the respect of being analyzed outside of westerners trying to just dunk on crypto hype
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    So, what do you think about BitCoin?

    That is an extremely tenuous connection. Kazakhstan is a country run by an autocrat and his family/underlings who have been extracting the natural resource wealth of the country since the end of the USSR. The people meanwhile are much poorer on a global scale than they should be given the relative wealth their country has to offer. The government removed price caps on LPG which is used for vehicles there and made the cost of fueling your vehicle spike as the prices reverted to market level. This is just greed by the Kazakhstan state, they already make sure their citizens don't share in the resource wealth and now they remove subsidies to further make it more economically stressful. This isn't a scarcity issue, they are producers and exporters of energy, it just was another straw and slap in the face to the people who don't get to experience any significant portion of that wealth. This straw broke the camels back about the post-Soviet oligarchical looting of the country by a couple of families as well as the autocratic, undemocratic policies of these same elites and the various ties to Russia who no doubt have at least a fantasy of reabsorbing Kazakhstan along with the rest of the old Soviet states, even if they have been perhaps okay with the Kazakh elite kicking money up to them instead. Russians and Kazakhs live together in Kazakhstan but are ethnically and culturally distinct and there is tension about how Kazakhstan is currently in Russia's sphere of influence and fear they will become a full on Russian vassal state or annexed, more so than they arguable already are. I'm sorry but tying this to bitcoin is just really ignorant and reaching, it is tied to people angry at greedy elites who pushed them one final inch too far and the elites desperately clinging to power, even if it means getting their criminal boss to send in suppressive forces. There have been decades long ethnic, economic and political tensions there that were mostly assuaged through relative stability (their leader is a dick but not a complete parody of an autocrat like Turkmenistan's leader or NK leaders) and so now suddenly their country is hitting the western news without just being a footnote in a review for a new Borat movie. It's dismissive of the real issues at play to say this is Bitcoin or Bitcoin miners fault. If this is tl;dr, the basic takeaway is that liquified petroleum gas, a "common car fuel in Central Asia", had its price caps removed triggering a cascade of built up outrage against an oligarchical autocrat and his cronies. There isn't any scarcity of fossil fuels or energy, just a poor population on a resource rich ancestral land who have been exploited by the post-Soviet billionaire looting class. EDIT: Just out of curiosity, I looked up what Kazakhstan's energy grid is based on and it seems mainly coal. I thought maybe there could be some connection between LPG and the grid even if I don't buy into the "it's bitcoins fault" narrative, but it seems they aren't connected at all. I do know that cities in Kazakhstan indeed suffer from power outages from time to time, more often than one would expect/hope a developed country would, at least according to Kazakh friends (the main source of my understanding of all of this stuff).
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    Rich “Lowtax” Kyanka has passed away.

    I just heard about this from a real-life friend who is also into "internet culture". I've backed away from internet forums more and more over the years, SA I left in probably the early 2010s. I was on the forums pretty religiously in late 2000s and I remembered the front page and the drama throughout early-mid 2000s. I've been reducing my message board usage a lot this last year (cut off Reddit entirely which had supplanted SA for the last decade for me) and I think all I can say is I regret how much time I spent on the internet. I recommend people not spend a lot of time on the internet. Don't get in dumb arguments and don't embrace the internet drama machine. Things worked out for me, this isn't some sort of cry for help, I just think if I could go back in time and tell my 12 year old self that the internet is a stupid place to spend lots of time maybe it would have been for the better. I wish I'd never been a member on SA. How many hours of college did I spend on an internet message board? It's really just depressing. I worry about the butterfly effect it would have if I could stop myself from being an internet-user kid/teen because my career in software must be at least in part due to my internet-driven teenage years, so who knows, but I guess if we don't do extremes I think I should at least have spent less time on the internet. I'd highly recommend spending less time on the internet to everyone. Maybe this is a large jump from "Lowtax killed himself" to "get off the internet", but it doesn't feel that way to me. It feels like another nail in the coffin of the negative conclusions I've been drawing about anonymous internet discourse. You can win every internet argument by not being the person who is spending their life online arguing.
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    Mirrored/Flipped horizontally screen (NOT ROTATED)

    Because of mouse inputs?
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    Mirrored/Flipped horizontally screen (NOT ROTATED)

    All controls would need to be mirrored as well.
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    There is a Mac port now?
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    Should I Make A Twitter Account?

    My understanding is PS5 faced production shortages, but either way, not owning a video game system is not the same as being in a marginalized class (that’s actually hilariously gross in its own right to posit), especially when phrased in such an intentionally glib way. It takes a lot of hops to end up at “making fun of poor people” and that’s exactly what makes Twitter such trash. Not punching down is a good thing until you start arguing in earnest people should be fired over some stupid joke about PS5 ownership
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    Should I Make A Twitter Account?

    Corny dank memes about not having a PS5 is punching down now? See this is what people are talking about
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    An "invisible sculpture" was sold at 18,300$

    I know it’s kind of dumb but in this case the point being made is probably about the intangibility of things like NFTs and other things where you get a certificate and an idea of something. Who knows if anyone actually paid that much versus a friend funneling a loaned $18k back to the artist at auction just to get the art talked about. I think these kinds of things are more likely trolling the exasperated public and making some sort of point in doing so, then that a rich person was fooled into spending $18k. There’s either some nefarious laundering thing going on or a point being made, but no one is being tricked or so pretentious as to actually think buying nothing makes some kind of high-minded sense. It’s the entirety of the absurd ordeal that is the art, not just the “invisible statue”.
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    How do you like your pizza?

    I like marinara pizza because I don’t like dairy and I don’t like melted cheese beyond not liking dairy so I have no desire to replace it with dairy free alternatives. Marinara pizza is classic pizza so I always defend myself that it’s what pizza was before it became so cheese-centric. Tomato sauce, good pizza dough, olive oil, oregano. Then, whatever toppings I feel like (sausage, anchovy, pepperoni, some kind of vegetable, etc). I will say that I order marinara pizza a lot from places where they make traditional Neapolitan style pizza and it just doesn’t travel well. I’m not sure if it’s Neapolitan pizza or just the marinara style but the crust is so thin in the center that it’s entirely flaccid in many cases upon arrival and it’s just annoying to eat. I think when I made pizza a few times, I didn’t roll the dough quite so thin even though maybe I’m doing it less traditionally. I also like that deep dish red Sicilian cheeseless pizza as well.
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    What happens when we die?

    It’s arguable that there is no way a morally just entity could punish mortals with eternal damnation. I don’t believe this stuff to begin with but I also think if it were real to some degree, hell (at least mainstream western culture hell) is nonsensical from any rational perspective. The simplest way I could make my argument is it would be like watching a toddler crawl into oncoming traffic while an adult looks on and says “welp I gave them all the tools to not make this stupid choice but I suppose it’s how it goes”. Any afterlife that is just earthly paradise forever sounds kind of like an impossibility also, as existence is so frightening that only an opium fueled endless thought numbing orgy could really start to push away the existential dread that any earthly existence is bound to have no matter how luxurious and at that point Heaven is basically self-medicating with some ethereal Xanax which doesn’t sound very transcendent. What disturbs me is how existence seems to just be endless, what’s outside of existence? More existence? Well that’s scary, what’s at the top? And what would the alternative be? Nothingness? And now the panic attack starts lol :( Also, as for reincarnation, my understanding as a westerner who only knows about eastern thought through pop new age sources is that it is basically a “bad” thing, existence is suffering, rebirth is an endless cycle and the freedom from it is through transcending material desire upon which you can instead obtain nirvana upon death which means, roughly, that you are extinguished like a candle and free of the cycle of rebirth. I think living life is fun and enjoyable but there are certain inescapable points of existential dread about “why” and “how” that exist outside of scientific understand and seem to not have even a hypothetically satisfactory answer that a human could process. I don’t even know what I would want some higher order being to tell me the reason for existing is, if I had the opportunity to ask. I can’t even fathom what answer would help make me feel less scared by all of it. So I think that the best thing is to try and enjoy things as they are and honestly only an afterlife that involves loss of ego or self seems to really make sense once you get past the scariness of it. Anything else just feels cruel or like some sort of metaphysical Matrix.
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    Chili and Hot Sauce

    I like spicy food but I also easily get mouth sores and stomach aches so I just power through lol
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    How would you want a future Quake title to look and play?

    I think it would be cool if they did a remake of the original Quake, also. Differentiate it from Doom by being more Lovecraftian and gothic. They could revisit the slipgate storyline and make it feel weirdly familiar to Doom but not quite just like the original. But in the end, they should have Quakeguy jump through one final slipgate where he sees flashes of other worlds and suddenly, Doomguy/slayer, then credits. Open up the crossover universe using a Quake remake essentially. Unify the two mad scientist/teleport/strange dimension storylines.