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northivanastan

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  1. Thinking I might join in on this, because unlike with the DWMegawad club, I don't have to "catch up" if I miss a day and I don't have to play maps I don't want to. Looking at the screenshots, Dark Tide and Brigandine look really interesting, so I'll probably give them a try at least. Miasma looks interesting too, but I'm not really into 1+ hour endurance maps, and I'm a mediocre player at best.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    Equally important reasons are that the idea of "God" is so nebulous that science can't make any serious claims about it, and that religious beliefs aren't beliefs that people come to after careful consideration of the evidence anyway (honest theists admit this).
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    That's not just true for conspiracy theories, it's true for all sorts of beliefs, especially if one forms part of their identity around them as a conspiracy theorist would. It's called the backfire effect, I believe. It affects everyone and it takes some effort to defeat.
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    Recommended WADs for Average Players?

    Difficulty settings are very relevant here. You might not be able to beat, for example, Alien Vendetta on Ultra-Violence, but on Hey Not Too Rough it might get a lot easier. Regardless, some of the less difficult WADs I've played: Freedoom Phase 1 and 2 (Ultimate Doom and Doom 2 IWAD replacements, similar difficulty but slightly harder) SIGIL (John Romero's E5 for Ultimate Doom - about as much of a difficulty hike from E4 as E3 to E4) Japanese Community Project (there are some really hard levels, but nothing ridiculous and the average level is relatively easy) I have also heard that Scythe 1 and 2's early maps are easy (I can only vouch for Scythe 2 here), though the difficulty curve is very steep and both MegaWADs increase to extreme difficulty in the final levels.
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    FreeSIGIL?

    Also, if anyone was wondering what SIGIL looks like with Freedoom:
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    FreeSIGIL?

    Sigil is compatible with Freedoom, I've tried it myself. The "free" in Freedoom refers to "freedom" as well as "free-to-play." The "freedom" that Freedoom gives you includes the freedom to make copies of Freedoom and modify it as you wish, even commercially. Knee Deep In The Dead is released under a non-commercial "shareware" license, and Sigil prohibits modification, so neither meet this definition of "freedom." I doubt that Freedoom will provide a SIGIL replacement though, at the very least because nobody is making WADs that require SIGIL, and one of Freedoom's main reasons for existence is to allow to people to play WADs without a registered copy of Doom. SIGIL provides almost no new resources and the ability to add an E5 is just a function of source ports like Crispy Doom and (G/L)ZDoom, so there's no reason to make WADs based on it as far as I know.
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    YouTube vs vidlii

    I have never heard of Vidlii. As for what the best video sharing platform is: PeerTube for the win.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    Since they said they weren't going to debate... I think they're responding to the thread title. i.e. if conspiracy theorists make your brain hurt, try talking to them respectfully and figuring out why they believe what they believe. And I partially agree, though talking to a conspiracy theorist in good faith (except to validate the conspiracy theory) is basically impossible online.
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    React To The Profile Pic Above You

    Heretic is the best IWAD
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    Favorite OSTs Of Any Video Game

    Nobuo Uematsu is my favorite video game composer. My vote for the best ever video game OST would be a tie between several of the Final Fantasy games (at least I, VI, and VII). I also think Minecraft's soundtrack is great, especially the creative mode tracks. C418's tracks make great background music, and manages to keep inspiring the player over the course of a long and varied game. It's what got me into electronic music. Otherwise, I can pick out the NES Mega Man OSTs and the Ace Attorney series OSTs as having made an impression on me.
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    Post your Desktop Background

    I'm sure I'm not the only one to use Kurashiki's fanart as my wallpaper. OS is Debian GNU/Linux 10 LXDE, heavily customized. This is my secondary computer, but it's where I do most of my Dooming.
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    React To The Profile Pic Above You

    Nice coat of arms.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    As a leftist who has spent time in these circles: they seem to think that since the Kim regime is against America's empire, they are anti-imperialist. Same for China, and sometimes Russia. Yeah, it is really stupid.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    Some thoughts on "(don't) trust the media/experts/science": A lot of conspiracy theorists, or people with views that aren't mainstream, will tell you to "question everything" and "don't trust the media" but then put their trust into another biased news source - OAN, Drudge, Infowars, etc. Not trusting the media, in my mind, means being skeptical of all news media, both "mainstream" and "independent" media, because everyone is biased, and every news source has its own agenda. You have to read a lot of different sources and notice the difference in how they report the news. At the very least, accept that any news source can be wrong about anything, and so can you. It's harder than finding a single "trustworthy" source, but it's worth it. As for "experts/science," pretty much every scientific conclusion is well documented. Scientific studies are public and usually very detailed. Sure, there are problems within the scientific community, and the media tends to distort the actual contents of scientific studies. Skepticism is still needed, but "questioning everything" is what science is all about, and generally if something in science doesn't make sense to you, you can find several studies, articles, etc explaining it and how scientists came to that conclusion. Fact-check what you hear about science, and you might find that the scientific community, as a whole, tends to form accurate conclusions and admit when it's wrong. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be skeptical of scientists, but you should also be skeptical of the people telling you that the science is wrong. tl;dr - conspiracy theorists are not skeptics
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    Skeptics aren't saying that government conspiracies don't happen, nor are they saying that no conspiracies exist that haven't been uncovered yet. I'm certain that the US government and other world governments are hiding a lot of dark secrets. I just think that when they come out, it's not likely they will match up with any of the popular conspiracy theories. The biggest real conspiracies, I think, are the ones that happen in plain view of the public, but aren't talked about much by the media, and get forgotten about a few months after they are unveiled. For example, what was revealed in Panama Papers.
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    Cacophony - A MIDI Album

    Just having listened to the first three tracks, these are definitely better than anything I've created in the MIDI format. Reminds me somewhat of Jimmy's work, particularly on Eviternity (which makes sense, seeing that you made most of the maps). I unfortunately still don't have a very good sequencer, so I can't do anything too fancy with MIDI, which makes the way you use the instruments particularly cool to me. Track 1 was great especially, I love downtempo electronic music. The ones I've listened to so far seem very much like they were designed for specific maps, but they're pretty great nonetheless and I'm certain that Doom mappers would be eager to use these tracks. It's interesting that this has gotten more recognition in the first hour than my Creative Works thread has in several weeks. Maybe it's because you're an established member of the community, maybe it's because you posted in Doom General, maybe it's because your music is way better than mine. Probably that last one.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    It's generally agreed that Altantis was a fictional setting invented by Plato as part of an allegory. It might be disputed how much of Plato's story is based on actual history, but the modern-day conceptions of Atlantis have less to do with Plato and more to do with New Age spirituality, pseudoscience, and occasionally conspiracy theories.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    Most of the discussion I see around "cancel culture" seems to miss the distinction between witch-hunting and legitimate consequences. On one hand there's stretching some vague remarks someone made years ago and using them as a basis for righteous outcry, on the other there's getting fired for advocating violence and bigotry and refusing to apologise. Granted, it's not always easy to tell the difference.
  19. I'm a hobbyist musician and lately I've been getting back into creating MIDIs. I license my music as permissively as possible, in this case under the CC0 (equivalent to public domain). Basically, feel free to do whatever you want to with these, commercial or non-commercial, with or without attribution or permission (though I would appreciate attribution). Constructive criticism of the MIDIs would be welcome. Everything linked is on OpenGameArt, a site dedicated to publishing free-to-use game assets. If you'd like to release your music under CC0, CC-BY, or even GPL, I recommend creating an account and posting there. Here's my account page there, so you can see everything at once: https://opengameart.org/users/northivanastan Descriptions for the tracks: Challenges Ahead - Since the other three tracks were too upbeat, I wanted to try and make a somewhat darker song. This one feels unfinished to me but it works as a loop for now. Death Waltz - wanted to try and create a more ambient/horror track. Also, to push my creativity a bit, I made it 3/4. It ended up sounding like a castle level in a fantasy game more than one of Doom's horror tracks, but I'm sure it still fits in a map of some sort. Fun is Infinite at AGM - An upbeat dialogue between two synthesizers. I think it lends itself to all sorts of video games. AGM is the UAC replacement in Freedoom. Good Endings - here I was trying to push myself to create a longer MIDI; still only three minutes though, I would have liked it to be longer. For the sake of variety, it's a very calming song. The chord progression is based on the one in "Tsuki no Koibumi" by C418, but to make up for that, the other aspects are very different. Let The Battles Begin - A track I made a couple years ago, meant as an RPG battle theme, but you might like it nonetheless. Punch Your Way Through - A really fast-paced and upbeat track that's probably the best suited to Doom out of all of these Quantum 2 - A MIDI remix I made of an old (non-MIDI) song of mine called "Quantum." I'm really proud of both the original and this remix. It's an uptempo song, but the melody has a subtly somber tone to it. There are things I can do with MIDI better than with a physical synthesizer, since I'm not limited by my keyboard playing ability, and I wanted to do those things in this remix. archive.org link where I used to post these: https://archive.org/details/northivanastan-midis-20210203 You might be interested in my Bandcamp page where I post a lot of music that's also free to use in anything (the Bandcamp stuff is CC-BY only because that's the most permissive license Bandcamp lets me use).
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    CC0 MIDIs and other music for your projects

    Just published a new MIDI to OpenGameArt, entitled Quantum 2. This one is a remix of an older song of mine, called Quantum. I'm really proud of both the original and this remix. It's an uptempo song, but the melody has a subtly somber tone to it. There are things I can do with MIDI better than with a physical synthesizer, since I'm not limited by my keyboard playing ability, and I wanted to do those things in this remix.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    I think the point that Murdoch was making is that at some point, with enough people involved in an unethical conspiracy, the emergence of an Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning becomes almost inevitable. Though it's certainly possible for government conspiracies to persist for a long time without anyone whistleblowing (especially given the consequences of speaking out), the number of people that would have to be involved for most popular conspiracy theories reaches the point at which the conspiracy would be impossible to maintain.
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    Conspiracy Theorists Make My Brain Hurt

    I think that the Paradox of Tolerance is a very important concept to understand in these debates. If a society is tolerant of all points of view, including those that preach intolerance, the intolerant will be allowed to destroy the tolerant, and tolerance with it. In this case, if a platform allows "unlimited free speech," then intolerant users will likely drive away most of the regular users and turn it into an echo chamber - this has happened on multiple occasions with sites like 4chan. In order to allow as many points of view as possible, platforms have to apply some moderation. I think that large social media platforms should have responsibilities with regard to protecting freedom of speech, but that not only allows, but actually requires the platform not to tolerate fascism, racism, etc.
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    PrBoom-Plus, ver. 2.5.1.4

    These lines are the most interesting to me: fl_init: error loading soundfont TimGM6mb.sf2 [...] Exp_RegisterSongEx: Music player fluidsynth midi player on preferred list but it failed to init Exp_RegisterSongEx: Using player opl2 synth player So it's trying to load the TimGM6mb (Timidity default) soundfont, and there is an error somewhere. I'd first make sure the soundfont exists. You can see what soundfont prboom-plus is trying to use in the config file (usually ~/.prboom-plus/prboom-plus.cfg), line starting with "snd_soundfont." For example: snd_soundfont "/usr/share/sounds/sf2/TimGM6mb.sf2" See if the file exists, and if it doesn't, download or install a soundfont and edit the configuration file to point it to that soundfont. If it does, then something else is wrong with either the soundfont or Fluidsynth, not sure what it would be.
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    PrBoom-Plus, ver. 2.5.1.4

    Something is going wrong there with the connection to JACK, but normally, apps like PrBoom+ will use PulseAudio for audio playback. So that might not be relevant. Could you provide the output from running prboom-plus in the terminal? Usually the output also includes warnings and errors from fluidsynth, and those might be useful.
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