goatman93

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goatman93 wrote

The late Barry Crimmins was a good pick for left comedy. He's sort of a less nihilistic George Carlin at times, and an old curmudgeon at others. Sadly he didn't leave us with much recorded material before he died earlier this year and not much of it is on Youtube. Most of it is covered in the documentary about his life, Call Me Lucky and his recent special (unfortunately filmed by Louis CK), Whatever Threatens You. He's also been an activist, here he is protesting the first Iraq war in Boston.

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goatman93 wrote

Firestarter by Stephen King. Wanted something light to page through after finishing The Room by Hubert Selby Jr, so I picked up this copy from my local library on my way home from work, since I somehow never managed to read this one.

It's interesting seeing just how much influence this book had over the direction, tone, and even plot of Stranger Things. Plus it's a breeze to read, got 60 pages into just during my commutes.

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goatman93 wrote

I picked up a Kobo Aura One recently to replace my old Hanon ereader that I ran OpenInkpot on, specifically because of the native Pocket and Overdrive support. I've actually been loving it. I use Calibre to manage the ebooks I own to sync to the device, and Overdrive to borrow books from the library, it works like a charm. The only "advertising" on the device is the book recommendations from Kobo's own store, which is a little more tolerable than than Amazon's Kindle ad firehose that they use. The other nice feature is the LED backlight dims itself and tints itself red when it's later in the day, so you don't get eyestrain when reading at night. Now I can read late in the night without needing any lights on in the rest of my room 😃

Only thing I'd like is if it had a native Calibre network sync like FBReader on Android has, so I can keep my books synced like I have on my phone. In the mean time I just sync them to my computer then sync the Kobo, or even just manually go to the chapter I left off at.

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goatman93 wrote

Glad to hear this. The first half of Discovery so far has been so enjoyable to watch, and I'm loving how everything is developing so far.

Aside from nitpicks and anachronisms in this series, I think it's had the strongest start to a Trek season ever. They've finally gotten over the two season "growing the beard" trope.

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goatman93 wrote

I wanted to do a GPU passthrough from a Linux host to a Windows machine, but I ended up just throwing Win10 on my desktop at home. Laziness was the main reason, and I didn't want to try to troubleshoot shit at home.

I'll probably get around to doing it one of these days but it's low on my list of priorities.

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goatman93 wrote

In the past when I was much more of a purist with regards to software, yes. Currently that's a different story though.

Where I do most of my computing: yes. No need for proprietary drivers or software on my servers and Debian default makes it real easy to not only have a fully free userland but a fully free kernel as well.

Where I use a computer: mostly, and I'm even considering having less machines running Linux. Since I do most of my computing on my servers, I now only need a stable machine that I run ssh on to a remote computer. More and more that need is being fulfilled by my GPD Pocket 7 which runs Windows 10.

Why Windows 10? I like not having to worry about a driver update breaking Xorg, or my wireless card going down for whatever reason. My personal time is getting more and more limited and I'd rather do rewarding things with my time rather than trying to play "figure out what package broke the entire OS". I've run Linux on the desktop and my laptops for years and I'm trying to take a break from it. When you do sysadmin tasks for 8+ hours a day at $dayjob you tend to not want to do it when you come home :)

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goatman93 wrote

I think it's better and safer to just match what they would eat in the wild, as closely as you can with the resources you have. At the end of the day you're taking care of a living being that has needs of their own that is entirely dependent on you and entirely separate from your diet and political leanings.

Dogs are basically garbage dumpsters and can eat whatever you give them as mentioned earlier in this thread, but it's my understanding that cats must eat meat in some way or form. You can try to provide them a "better" meat solution (which is pretty much anything that isn't chicken) to lessen the reliance from you to the meat industry. Hopefully this gets better as advancements are made with artificially creating foods that are chemically identical to the natural counterparts.

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goatman93 wrote

Politics wise, I think human. It's a safe choice, but by the 24th century humanity has evolved past most of the main problems that affect our race in the 21st century, namely capitalism and all its symptoms like scarcity and homelessness. They've also put a priority on research and exploration along with cooperation with all races, even patching things up with other races and cultures that they were previously at war with, like the Klingons.

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goatman93 wrote

As a lifelong fan of Batman and comics, I'd say that there's definitely quite a bit of proof that both Batman and Bruce Wayne are right-wing, to varying degrees. I will note though that this depends on the writer at play with how much they decide to lay into the fascism. Frank Miller is the extreme side of this spectrum with Batman being a complete fascist in The Dark Knight Returns books along with All Star Batman and Robin, while I'd rank someone like a Paul Dini at the other end.

For Bruce, this is the softer right-wing capitalist at work. He's in the same vein as someone like an Andrew Carnegie as he has a big philanthropic/charitable part of his wealth, but his wealth has been amassed mostly through being a monopoly. The DC universe is full of these large corporate conglomerates (e.g. LexCorp, Wayne Enterprises, Queen Industries) as well, helping their founders and executives a great deal of personal wealth while poverty and crime fester in their respective cities. I'd also like to note that the character of "Bruce Wayne" is the mask that Bruce wears day in and day out, as Batman is his real persona, where his true feelings and motives come out.

For Batman, /user/KarlMarx outlined a good breakdown earlier in the thread here, but in general, Batman has protected private property and institutions nearly exclusively, along with ensuring that everyone in his "family" follow the same marching orders as him (even calling his sidekicks his "soldiers" as he did in the non-canon Dark Knight Returns in reference to Jason Todd and Carrie Kelley), and even attempting to entrap the criminals of Gotham so he would have excuses to arrest them.

In short, all superheroes tend to have fascistic tendencies, which NPR mentioned in a good summary article from last year but Batman tends to be one of the worst offenders of this. That being said, I will be completely honest and say that I'm not going to stop reading these books as I have enjoyed this character for my entire life, but I do try to read the books purely for entertainment rather than as a critical analysis of modern society. At the end of the day, they're just comics and I've enjoyed them since I was a kid. I can still enjoy them as an adult despite my political leanings not matching the contents of the book :)

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goatman93 wrote

Oh man, this is such a hard question. How do you even begin?

The Martian was a book I read in a day and tends to get better each reread, but it didn't affect my world view the way that 1984 or Native Son did. Neither of those books hit me the same way that The Catcher in the Rye did, as a 16 year old kid in the suburbs.

And that doesn't even cover some of my other favorite books like The Great Gatsby (fuck, F. Scott Fitzgerald had an incredible way with words), the incredible worlds presented in Saga, or the isolation of one in Y: The Last Man. Hell, if I start including "fiction" to mean comic books as well, I might be listing Batman book titles here all day :)

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goatman93 wrote

The Clip+ is a great basic mp3 player. I used to use mine nearly every minute of the day in college as my old smartphone at the time had terrible battery life. It's cheap too, I think it's around $30?

I would recommend putting Rockbox on it immediately after you get it however, the default firmware is terrible and slow, Rockbox actually makes the player usable.