jaidedctrl

jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

Was WW particularly political? I just remember glorifying US soldiers (political), and Nazi Germany having mutant juice or something..?

EDIT: Ok maybe the whole "savior" schtick that's inherent in superhero movies is sorta political? "We need a good guy with insane, uncheck power to save us!"

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jaidedctrl wrote

yea, I've gotta agree with you there. the best bits on raddle aren't the links (even though a lot of them are interesting), it's when people are chatting. RSS feeds might drown that out a bit.

and yea, information overload sucks. the steady trickle of info on raddle's front-page goes at a comfortable pace right now imo.

as long as they don't flood the front page, i'm good.

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jaidedctrl wrote

honestly it sounds like you might need to try and take a break from politics for a bit, for your mental health. hinging your state of mind on politics or progress isn't healthy or sustainable-- being a political actor means endless disappointment and regressions. progress is there too, of course, but it's too slow to place emotional stake in. to affect change you need to be healthy and have a base-line of "ok".

good luck comrade

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

graduate from college, get some crappy IT job. live with my girlfriend, or maybe one of my best friends. do some cool stuff in my spare time. or, alternatively, get a cool IT job, but those are in short supply.

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

I think having a Democrat in prominent office is good for propagandizing-- anddd there's the fact that they're objectively less bad than Republicans. Just objectively. Even if the margin is very small, it's there. Meager, half-hearted action on climate change is significantly better than no action and active denialism from the state.

If the goal is power in electoral politics, third parties are literally useless in the US. The best they can do is a few seats here and there, but not enough to have any power. The only way to make the prospect of a third party better is to enact better voting legislation (rank-choice or whatever). Democrats are more amicable to this than Republicans.

For now, it seems the best option for electoral power is to have principled leftists in the Democratic party. I really like the DSA's take here.

The DSA cough has over 200,000 members cough and the Trotskist parties? ... much less.

IMO direct action and protest + electoralism within Dems (for now) looks like the best way to do this in the US. Worker's party is for another day.

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jaidedctrl wrote

about spending time with friends, about making horrible mistakes that ruin my life-- I actually like these dreams, kinda. the godly relief after waking up, when you realize you didn't fuck up that bad irl, is so nice.

sometimes I dream about programming, or browsing forums, etc. I've figured out how to solve bugs in real programs while dreaming, just before waking up lmao

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jaidedctrl wrote

that's sick as hell!

quick note though, for y'all eager to help sharing: you can't be anonymous on IPFS yet, your IP address is shared with other peers on the network, and is easily accessible and can be tied to files.

sharing books is probably just fine, but I wouldn't recommend sharing movies and more commonly-targeted stuff justtttt yet.

or use someone else's machine for a node, and go crazy lmao

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jaidedctrl wrote

An IPFS gateway is just an HTTP gateway to IPFS. Browsers don't properly support IPFS yet, so for now IPFS content is served to browsers over HTTP gateways.

If you have IPFS installed and running on your computer, you'll use your local gateway (http://localhost:8080/ipns/ipfs.io), otherwise you can use public gateways, like what LibGen's offering.

You can actually use only IPFS to host a website on HTTP and IPFS now-- i.e., https://site.com will lead to site.com's IPFS->HTTP gateway... I've got that setup (xwx.moe), and ipfs.io is set up the same way. It's pretty sick.

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

eh, imo it depends. most of the time, go crazy, even if you do high-value theft, it doesn't matter/really only hurts shitty functions of the state.

but in some cases, like if you're working in some small department that has a direct, positive impact on people's lives-- no, save it for your next job.

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jaidedctrl wrote

The best (but difficult) IMO would be a grifty, computer-generated YouTube channel, reap ad revenue.

Make one animated video with certain models, then automatically swap out models to pop out 30 videos of the same thing for kids. Toddlers love these channels, give them hundreds of thousands of views.

Or maybe take some dataset to autocreate videos— I saw this one channel that used a database of names and just made a video on "how to pronounce" every name. Used a speech synth for every name lol, still got a huge amount of views.

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

These leaks are genuinely sick, y'all.

There's a "master" collection of NES ROMs in it, but they all lack headers (and are split into PRG and CHR files, afaik), so they're unusable.

I hacked together a script (to_rom.sh) that'll make them usable-- combine the PRG and CHR files, and uses this data (headers) to add the appropriate headers. It works for ~1000/1300 roms in NES/OEM/, but not for most of NES/NOA/.

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

HAHAHA, true! the movie was fucking terrible.

I actually wrote an essay comparing the movie and books (and attacking the movie for being bad) pretty recently for uni. it's one of the few things i've written that i'm even remotely proud of, even if it was just a draft.

Here it is

EDIT: re-reading it again, I'm realizing I should've proof-read and not submitted at midnight. Shit that was bad.

tl;dr: I talk about how the film tries to superficially combine the character arcs of Ged from the first book with Arren's, failing in doing so (their arcs are kind of contradictory), how the Taoist "balance"-oriented parts of Earthsea are literally given only a single line in the film, and how it completely misses the point of both books it tried to adapt. I basically cover the same shit this article does lol.

I didn't mention the white-washing even though it made me cringe so hard watching the film. There's no way that could've even remotely been an accident― their "rust-colored" skin tone is mentioned like every other god damn page jesus christ. You literally can't miss it. Only Tenar should be pale, or some villagefolk from outside the archipalego.

I do appreciate their attempt to combine book 1 and 3 though― if you were trying to adapt the series, I think their overall plot structure is has potential as an adaptation. Like they almost established Arren as a Ged-analog pretty well in the movie, and did it in a way that fit the medium. The execution was just so bad.

And as a movie... it was animated well, and it was OK. Not good. Maybe bad. But probably just OK.

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

kinda has a point? it does sort of remove the humanity from a photo, making it slightly worse propaganda— but also privacy and saftety's important, you need to balance the two, and…

Between the rise of the phrase “fake news” and the idea of institutions carrying a specific bias against one side or another, blurring Black bodies would give credence to these criticisms. Not only would readers trust these news organizations less, the organizations themselves would be abiding by rules that toss journalistic standards out the window

nvm fuck this guy

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jaidedctrl wrote (edited )

Reply to by keez

i never state my ideology (unless i'm with a left-inclined person) because it's really bad optics to the uninitiated. but i'll talk to people about individual issues.

if i'm having a discussion that you can easily bring data up about, i try to just bring up as many data points and studies as i can remember, and only lightly hint at any solutions. this works really well ime! having academic consensus on your site hecking rocks, it makes everything so much easier. helps to slowly bring people around, at least a little bit.

if it's about a more philosophical/moral bit, i almost never have any success, because finding common ground is really difficult. weaning someone off of a weird legalist interpretation of morality and toward consequentialism stuff is very hard, etc. even if they concede that laws don't necessarily dictate what's right and wrong (obviously), they'll revert right back to it a few days later. the connection just isn't established. shit like that makes it impossible. people get burnt out way faster with this stuff too, making it even harder.

so I really try to avoid discussions of principles, because that almost always goes bad. i feel like swaying people on what issues objectively exist, and the logical solutions that come from that, does a better job of bringing people over philosophically.

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