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Thread RTTP: Batman Arkham City: Gameplay is still great, but man... was the story always this bad?
Yeah, the story was bad then, and it's bad now. I absolutely hate Bruce's characterization in the game. I pretty much only played the Arkham games for the melee gameplay and tried to pay attention to the story as little as possible.I was so excited to be able to play as Catwoman, and then this is what I got. Utterly terrible.
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Thread So Rachel Dolezal is not unique
I have a hard time imagining that her scholarship is legitimate given the extreme lack of respect she's shown by doing this, but in any case, at the very least she needs to step down from her position as associate professor. She says she doesn't know how to fix this, but that would be a good fucking first step.No problem. Less institutions should use Columbia in their names...
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Thread I'd consider Hunchback of Notre Dame to be Disney's possible best film... were it not for the gargoyles.
I haven't seen the original German version, but the statues do the same as the gargoyles in your version. I like how we basically had the same spoiler. :P
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Thread I'd consider Hunchback of Notre Dame to be Disney's possible best film... were it not for the gargoyles.
Luckily the stage musical completely writes them out and replaces them with the saint statues who are very clearly part of Quasimodo's psyche, and have a chilling pay off. They aren't really meant to be there for comedic effect, also serve as narrators, and generally have very lovely singing parts. Too bad the live-action film isn't going to be based on it. It's just so good. Seriously, if they had done the stage musical's plot and music, the animated film would have easily been the best Disney film. Here are the songs featuring the saint statues:Somewhat of a replacement of A Guy Like You in that the statues encourage Quasimodo to interact with Esmeralda. Also includes her. It's a really cute song.Another replacement for A Guy Like You, this time focusing on motivating Quasimodo to go find her after she goes into hiding. Probably one of the weakest new songs.Quasimodo rejects the statues and blames them for everything that's gone wrong. One of the best new songs and it's really frustrating that we won't see it in a live-action film.The statues are part of the whole finale, which is basically Sanctuary! from the animated film except everyone gets to sing, not just the Latin chorus. Besides the spoiler at the beginning of the post, it also features a really cool bit where Quasimodo sounds like he's chanting a spell before pouring molten lead on the soldiers.
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Thread Has anyone taken a college course where they didn't understand most of the material or at least half?
I took an advanced theoretical computer science course with zero theoretical computer science background. I think I ended up understanding at least half of the material and somehow managed to get a B+ on the final and an A in the course. But I was certainly at office hours every single week...
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Thread I know I'm probably being unreasonable, but my university is going almost entirely online only learning this year and I'm unhappy about it.
I think it's possible to understand and agree with the decision to move to remote learning while still being disappointed and upset. You can also do it while keeping things in perspective. If this is the major way the pandemic affects me, I'm ultimately pretty lucky. That's where I'm at. I get that for some schools it's absolutely impossible to lower tuition. That's not the issue for mine, and similar schools have actually applied a discount, but my university still refuses. Instead, they raised tuition. Nor were we allowed to defer. That part it also upsetting.
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Thread US Census - Hispanic/Latin Ethnicity and Races confusion
Yeah, it's confusing. My sister and her roommate called me when filling out theirs to ask what to put. My sister ended up going with Hispanic/White like me since we are both light skinned and have majority Spanish ancestry as far as we can tell. Her roommate, who is Mexican with mostly indigenous ancestry and some Spanish, put Hispanic/American Indian and White. This sounds like it might be an accurate option for you, despite being light skinned. But really, it's up to what you feel you identify and are comfortable with.
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Thread Which Elemental Bending Ability Would You Want?
I would honestly be happy with any of the elements. Really hard to choose between Water or Air. Then it's Earth, and then Fire. People like Suki and Ty Lee make people without bending powers look awesome too, but I would be pretty disappointed to be born without any of the powers.
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Thread Does anyone actually keep in touch with people in college?
My two best friends are from college. But I only attended that school for a year. I don't keep in contact with anyone I had classes with at my transfer school, which was for about three years. By then I already had a good friend group and it was a commuter school, so just different social environment. And my major didn't really have a "cohort" or any sort of activities to bring us together as a class. We'll see what happens with the friends I've made in graduate school. Definitely feel closer to them than the people I knew in undergrad. But it's much more cohort based.
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
Just finished watching the documentary with my partner. Definitely some tears. I really enjoyed it and thought they did a good job of covering the most important stuff, but damn do I wish this was a series. For example, I think a whole hour episode could be devoted to gender in Earthsea. Her work is just so rich. And I love hearing people talk about it. I was a little sad about the lack of diversity in the authors they interviewed. Glad to see Delany at least. I was lucky enough to go to an event for the first year anniversary of her death which had a lot of the same authors talk about and read her work, but it also included N.K. Jemisin and others. I would also love to see the full interviews if anything was cut. Like I said, I can't get enough of hearing people talk about her work. Does anyone recommend any podcasts discussing her stuff?Yay! So happy to see more people picking up her work. Let us know what you think. :DYeah, I debated how to word that so I get what you're saying. But even in fantasy/sci-fi book recommendation threads here I don't see her mentioned nearly as much as male writers like Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, etc. I don't want to let myself get too excited after what happened with the two previous adaptations, but I would love for Earthsea to be part of mainstream conversation in the same way that other fantasy works like LotR and GoT are.
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Thread Studio Ghibli Chronological Retrospective [UP: Princess Mononoke]
I think it's supposed to be jarring and offputting. Miyazaki is trying show how terrible it is that Ashitaka has to resort to violence instead of trying to showcase it as something cool. Every time Ashitak sends an arrow flying It's supposed to be a moment of disgust and discomfort even if he's ultimately justified in using such force.
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
The official twitter links to for worldwide distribution. I'm not sure if it's free or paid since it's not available in the US, but maybe it works for Canada? :(
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
Until August 30, the PBS documentary , directed by Arwen Curry, is free to watch! USA Link: UK Link: Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find links for any other country. If you do find (legal) streams available elsewhere, please let me know and I’ll add them here.:I'll be seeing it for the first time these weekend so I can't speak to its quality, but I wanted to give folks a heads up. Ursula K. Le Guin needs no introduction for her fans, but for those that do need an introduction, I want to convince you to take a look at her work. She is a literary giant in science fiction and fantasy, and yet, she hasn’t broken into the mainstream the way other (male) authors of her generation have. If you’ve ever thought that science fiction and fantasy never quite delivered on its promises of imagining other ways of living, never moved beyond worlds that were predominately white and male, then Le Guin’s works are for you. And even if you’ve never thought that about the two genres, you should still definitely check her out. There is plenty to enjoy in the staggering amount of work she left behind during almost six decades of writing. Her themes include humanism, environmentalism, feminism, and anticaptialism. She was one of the first American fantasy and sci-fi writers to center people of color and queer protagonists in her work. Unlike many of the white authors working in the genre, particularly during her time, Le Guin never considered a default of race, gender, or sexuality. Her stories are truly diverse in character, theme, and setting. Below, I’ve highlighted arguably her most famous works. Maybe if there’s enough traction in the thread, I’ll post about some of her less known stuff that I’ve really enjoyed, particularly her short story collections which are on par (or even better) than her novels.and Synopsis of (from ): Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. Image from the dust cover of The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess. Synopsis (from ): A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose - and change - their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. From :Image from Folio Society's illustrated edition, illustrated by David Lupton Synposis (from ): Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life—Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change. Image from Folio Society's illustrated edition, illustrated by David Lupton
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Thread Milana Vayntrub (The AT&T Girl) responded on Instagram Live to the sexist memes targeting her
It really does suck. This is also why we moderated the 'News - Dutch researchers find antibodies against coronavirus in breast milk' thread so heavily and locked it. This kind of behavior hurts women, even if it's done as a "joke". The joke sucks. It's not funny to be reduced down to whatever organs some men find sexually appealing in practically any space you try to be in. It's tiring. It's dehumanizing.
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Thread Is anybody reading Batman: The Adventures Continue?
I just saw the action figures the other day and didn't know there was also a comic series. Unfortunately, Bruce Timm's more recent work and the Batman Beyond comics have soured me on going back to that canon. I also imagine the tone is more The New Batman Adventures than the original Batman: The Animated Series. Despite loving the focus on the family, I never really got over Bruce's personality change.
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Thread keeping your house cooled off w/ no AC
We've been using two window fans and one fan tower this summer and it's been pretty alright here in Massachusetts. During the day, we usually have one window unit pushing air in and the other out to create circulation. Much cheaper than buying and running an AC, and hopefully better for the environment as well. It really only gets uncomfortable beyond 95 F/35C. But still much more bearable than not having anything. We also keep the blackout curtains down during most of the day in the bedroom, and only raise them a bit in the living room. We had an AC in NYC and grew up in Miami where everything was AC. I don't know if our solution would work if we ever went back to NYC, but I really want to get away from using AC.
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Thread There's a physical book shortage with popular titles. The pandemic is creating more demand for physical books.
I've tried to cut down on buying physical books since we haven't settled down anywhere yet and lugging boxes of books is no fun. But I have been going down to the local independent bookstore every now and then to support them during COVID. They actually cleared out the storefront next to them to specifically handle deliveries because of the demand while also keeping the store open (limiting the number of customers at a time.)
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Thread To those well into their professional careers.. Is "follow your passion" one of the worst advice to give a young person?
I don't know about worst advice ever, but I do think it can be harmful to give young people the sense that the only careers and skills worth pursuing are those that align 100% with their passions, particularly ones they picked while in middle or high school. I know too many talented artists who are unemployed or underemployed with significant student debt from art/music school, and without the self-confidence or opportunity to try something else. I also say this as someone who dropped out of art school after one year because I saw just how crazy competitive the field was. Ultimately, I wish we lived in a society were people could follow their passions without worrying about making a living wage and could study whatever they wanted without the fear of debt. But until then, I'll try to give advice that recognizes this reality.Yes, being able to pivot and develop multiple skills is important. Unfortunately, this is very true. And more luck.
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Thread How did Batman get the Giant Penny into the Batcave?
One of the BTAS comics gives the best explanation for why he does it. Because Dick couldn't compete in school sports or competitions and he's someone who really enjoys the recognition, Bruce started bringing in "trophies" from their missions together. First one was the T-Rex.
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Thread Bras off: Lockdown triggers rise in French women going braless
Yup. Since COVID I've only worn a bra if I'm going more than a block away from the apartment. Which only really happens on trips to the supermarket. Can even get away with it during video meetings with the right angle and shirt. :DAnything beyond normal walking speed is slightly uncomfortable.
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Thread In the DCAU, it's sad that Bruce and Dick never reconcile
The whole love triangle is so fucking unnecessary and really feels like it's only there because it's what gets Bruce Timm off. In general I'm not a fan of the "bad ending" for Bruce because I genuinely love the character and prefer him to have positive relationships with his kids. But I think it works in context, and I don't mind if some stories/canon use it as long as others get to do something more positive.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
There are parts I'm not too fond of (like the kneecaps) but I generally love this costume too! I would love to cosplay it one day. Gotta do it soon while I can still pull off looking like a teenager and not some old lady.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
Very true!Agreed. It's way too common in both the official art and fan art.I honestly prefer it, but I know I'm in the minority there. Identity Crisis is still trash! After making my partner read through the original Robin mini-series and early issues, he jokes that Bruce killed Tim's biological parents. He always forgets that Tim's dad survived.It's an aspect of the story clearly meant to be as fantastical as any other action media aimed at children, teenagers, and young adults in which the protagonists are in those age groups. But some people really want their gritty and "mature" Batman, so there's a mismatch in tone. It works when the stories are clearly a fantasy and for all ages or YA.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
If we're counting Terry, there's Helena is also a biological daugher somewhere in the nebulous future. Or soon, depending on what Tom King does. :/Batman has so many children. So many.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
They've really leaned away from it ever since Damian was introduced, unfortunately. And especially after New 52, so it's really easy to miss.She's been shown in other continuities like Tom King's Batman Annual #1 (I think?) , and Selina is pregnant in a solicitation. I don't think the actual issue has come out yet. I don't keep up with comics like I used to so other people probably know better what's going on with that.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
Relevant Tim panels.No need for quotation marks! Dick is definitely the eldest son.Damn, not a Tim fan I take it? :PI'm glad you included her in the poll! So many people forget about her, even if they see the boys as Bruce's children. And I agree, I think that would definitely be something she would get the family to do. I can see Bruce not really wanting to ride anything and just wanting to go for quite, normal walk around the park with Cass and Alfred. Of course the other kids (and Selina) would try to get him to ride something. And Alfred is so there for all the pictures. Alfred, as best grandfather ever, definitely also gets really great Father's Day presents!
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
How much did New 52/Rebirth change? Before, Tim and Jason were both legally adopted ,and he's called them his sons multiple times. Cassandra was also legally adopted.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
This is the best thread ever. I think Bruce would love pretty much anything they get him. Within reason of course. Bruce doesn't have favorites, so all the gifts are the best. Please add an "All of the above" category. Sometimes people give the other fathers in their lives Father's Day gifts, even if they aren't their own fathers. And while Jim will always be her dad, I do think she thinks of Bruce in fatherly terms as well as a teacher and mentor.
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
I couldn't really tell how old the characters were supposed to be, but that's good to hear.No worries! And Wayne Manor is usually to the north in the outskirts? Time to bring out my Gotham puzzle map that's stored under the bed until we can frame it...
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
Right, that's what I meant that it's not a formal sequel. Having no knowledge about the characters besides the Arkham games will probably give you enough of a foundation, but they're probably working on the assumption that a large part of their audience only knows about Babs, Dick, Jason, and Tim from those games.
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
Not a formal sequel. I'm sure those things will be explained in the game. Well, except for Tim and Barbara, which I will be so happy if they go back on. It should have never happened.
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Thread Is Batman justified in having contigency plans to take down the JL?
I think it's possible to write Bruce as very paranoid (and to portray it as a flaw) and let that paranoia lead to mistakes without making him a psychopath or narcissist. But I don't think many writers are interested in that.
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Thread For those who went to college/university, how old were you when you started?
I get feeling like you're too old or that everyone else is already so ahead of you in the game. But at the end of the day, getting the education and the degree even if it's "late" is better than not doing it at all. Would you be able to test out of any of the courses? I went straight to college from high school when I really shouldn't have because of my mental health. Dropped out a semester in, transferred to art school the next year, transferred to a more traditional school two years after that. Graduated at 25. I'll graduate with my Master's at 29. I was older than a lot of my peers in undergrad, but I ended up transferring to a local public university where almost everyone commuted in. So there was a lot of diversity in student ages. And as a commuter school it was a different vibe then everyone living in dorms with each other.
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Thread Why do you LOATHE that fiction genre? (And examples of that which may please you)
Have you read or watched The Twelve Kingdoms? Because it's utterly amazing and does not fall into the usual isekai tropes. Mostly because it was written and made before the current batch of male-centered isekai taking place in video game worlds. It's probably one of the best world building that I've seen in anime and has legitimate character development. The world feels like there are actually politics and things happening that don't revolve around the main character. As a fan of sci-fi literature, I can understand the opinion. There's just so much more interesting and great sci-fi literature than films or shows of the same quality. (In my opinion, obviously). But that's really a thing to do with cost, so it makes sense. Films with fantastical or unrealistic elements have been so much more expensive than other types that there's bound to be less. Especially stuff willing to take the creative risks that truly great sci-fi does. Basically, where is my The Left Hand of Darkness movie?
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Thread How much did your parents help with college and buying a house?
I've been incredibly privileged to have my parents help me out with college tuition and living expenses during both my undergraduate and graduate studies. I always try to help out with scholarships, part-time jobs, and paid summer research experiences or internships. In undergrad that covered tuition, but virtually no living expenses and so my folks took care of that. In graduate school, my parents have covered tuition while I've been paying most living expenses from savings. But the only reason I was able to save up while working full-time was because I didn't have loans to cover. Everyone deserves to get a quality education without having to take out loans or worry about how they are going to cover living expenses. All students deserve the choice to devote all their time to academic work. It really makes a difference. So I try to do my part to give back. In my current program, I'm part of a committee working to get the school to provide need-based financial aid for the program. Once I get a full-time job, I plan to "pay back" my scholarships for, at the very least, the total amount I was given. But these are really band-aid solutions. I vote for candidates that support free college and student loan forgiveness. I try to convince family and friends to do the same. No house, but my parents want to help with the down payment if I ever get to that point. Given their current financial situation, I'd rather they didn't, but they are insistent. We'll see what happens.
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Thread Dutch researchers find antibodies against coronavirus in breast milk
This thread does not seem to have produced any sort of discussion besides posts and GIFs sexualizing breast milk so it's being closed. Please keep in mind that this forum is not a men's locker room and that turning a thread about a health issue into one almost exclusively around sexualizing women can create an uncomfortable atmosphere for our female posters
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Thread A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels (They are a transporation specialist company)
Yes, there was a similar thread about a ProPublica article on this, but it wasn't centered around the company doing it. The whole thing is so fucked up. As if it wasn't bad enough before. Please donate to the ACLU, RAICES, and other organizations if you can. The article in the OP also has a map of the (known) hotels if you are able to go out and protest. The image was weird to copy, so I'll just list the locations here:
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Thread There's probably already a thread about this, but anyone starting to kinda hate George Martin after the Hugo Awards?
The whole situation and environment that led to it is just so shitty. And people wonder why we complain that these spaces are not inclusive. On a less important note, while I was never a fan of GRMM (I only got through the first three ASOIF books), I get the disappointment and hurt from his fans who expected better. And I feel you about the more general points about fantasy and science fiction. Even on this forum, any time a thread comes up, most of the books recommended are usually older works almost exclusively by white male authors. So much so that I'm currently working on a recommendation thread for fantasy and sci-fi books written by people of color and women. As well as a thread for young adult works that get overlooked because of Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games. I'd love to see your list of Middle-Eastern or Arab authors and incorporate it into the thread!These are really good points I just wanted to highlight. As to your second point, the English speaking world can be very Anglocentric. Knowing only one or a couple of languages is frustrating as a reader who wants to branch out more. I'm glad about the translation being done by folks like Ken Liu and I want there to be so much more, but ultimately the only way to fully appreciate the breadth of a country's literary output is to learn its language(s).
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Thread International Food Era - What is your super basic everyday meal?
Colombian style arepas are my go to when I don't want to cook anything too complicated. At least, they were before the pandemic hit and I was able to regularly go to supermarkets that sold them and the right type of cheese. Arepas are a corn or sweet corn "patty" that you can make in different shape. Some are filled with cheese, although I haven't found any frozen brands I like of those. There are Venezuelan style arepas that are more like buns that you stuff with food. The style I like the most is a larger, flat patty that you can use for various toppings. For the quickest meal, using queso blanco (a white Colombian cheese): For something more filling, you can put vegetables, fruit, or meets on top. I particularly like putting shredded meat.
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Thread Toys/Games from your childhood that you always wanted but never got?
There was definitely a lot of junk that I wanted that my parents (rightly) didn't get for me . One that always comes to mind is this silly Penguin stair/slide thing. But that's not what I remember the most. Getting my parents to buy me "boy" toys was like pulling teeth. And I don't mean junk like the above that I would have probably only paid attention to for a little bit before getting bored. I loved castles and ships and train sets. But I wasn't allowed to get any of those. Anything involving building that was more complex then Lego was a no go. Hell, even more Legos beyond the initial set we had were a no go. I'm sure that part of it was the expense, but it sucked to ask for that type of stuff and be guided towards only "girly" toys instead. That's not to say I didn't like those. I loved my Barbies and Polly Pockets and Beanie Babies. I just liked them all, and I hated the weird fuss, disbelief, and disapproval for wanting to step out of utterly ridiculous gender boundaries. The one exception was when I managed to convince my mom to get me one of those wooden and plastic construction sets, but she made me feel like such shit for it that any time I brought it out I felt bad. I still think it's one of the coolest types of toys.
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Thread Toys/Games from your childhood that you always wanted but never got?
I first remember seeing the Penguin thing at a friend's house and was utterly captivated. It's one of my earliest memories. Whoever designed that really understands how some kids' minds work. In general my mom made me feel bad about anything I did that didn't 100% adhere to what a girl should do. Toys were just a part of it. There was definitely an aspect of homophobia to it, but I would say more so just a fear of not conforming to gender roles, standing out in the community, and being a reflection of her failure as a mother. Common refrains from her were: "What are you, a boy? Why do you think you're a boy? Why can't you be a normal girl? No one's likes girls who do that." Etc. With that construction set in particular, I mean that the fuss of getting it tainted the experience of playing with it. She relented in giving it to me, but she made it clear that I was in the wrong for wanting it and that getting it was a waste of money. I don't really remember her commenting on me playing with it afterwards beyond a few "I can't believe you still like that" comments.
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Thread Which Ghibli movie has made you cry the most
Pretty sure I've cried during the majority of Studio Ghibli movies at some point. I've only seen Grave of the Fireflies three times, which is much less than my view count for the other movies. This is all on point. Princess Kaguya destroys me by the end.Castle in the Sky also affects me. I remember the first time I watched it, it didn't make much of an impression. So I was very surprised that on my second viewing I cried in some of the scenes with the robots in the floating city.
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Thread Any guys wear make up here on nights out?
You want a concealer. Try going to a make up store to find one that matches your skin tone. (Obviously, when it's safe to do so in your area.) If you have a darker skin tone, it might be a bit harder to find a good match as unfortunately a lot of makeup brands (at least in the United States) can be shitty about their offerings for darker tones. If you want an opinion on the specific brand or product, there are usually make up artists and assistants who can guide you. Mascara is specifically to make eyelashes look darker, thicker, and/or longer.
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Thread Re-reading The Dresden Files and man is it gross
I need to have this post on instant quote because this is how I feel when dudes ask me to ignore sexist shit in media. Like it's great that some men can ignore that shit because it's not about them, I guess. But there's way too many good literally works out there that have great stories without this shit to have to put up with it. So I'm okay with writing off a series because of it or thinking of it as less than excellent. My definition of excellent generally includes "treats my gender as people" as a prerequisite. Particularly from more modern stuff.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
Oh, and some interesting breakdowns for the survey. Out of those who have heard of it, a a minority but non-insignificant portion of Latino Americans think it be used to identify the population and not just an individual, but most prefer other terms. The way the original statistic was reported made it sound like using it and thinking it should be used were mutually exclusive categories. At least that's how I originally read it, so I was a bit surprised to see this breakdown.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
And if those white people originally adopted the term after seeing some Latino people using it? The issue then isn't that white people created a term to fix an element they thought was backwards in another culture, but rather that white people adopted and pushed the term on all Latinos based on use by a minority of the group. If we don't want this to happen again, it's probably constructive to point this out so that white people don''t adopt stuff based on interactions with a small minority. That they need to consider and interact with all parts of the community. And it's also worth pointing out to to make minority communities like Latinos in academia more aware of their power. When they popularize terms like this, because of their relative proximity to power, they need to recognize and account for the harm of adopting terms that are unintentionally but ultimately noninclusive.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
So where would you consider even to be acceptable? For example, if I identify as a non-binary Colombian and want to say the equivalent of "soy Colombiana" in a way that references my (non-binary) gender, what should I use?
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
I get you, and those aspects of Latino and Hispanic are definitely there. For me it's really context dependent. So I appreciate a more inclusive term as a means of solidarity that might not exist if I stuck to just my nationality.I guess I'm not explaining myself well enough. Where did I say that it wasn't a problem or where did you get the impression that I'm using academia as a shield? I'm saying the exact opposite, that it is a problem, and that we need to address it. In the very post you quoted as I said that white people need to learn to not adopt terms like this based on the use of a minority in academia. But saying it's only white people using the word ignores part of where the problem comes from... I think it's rather obvious why Latinos in academia have wielded more power over language than Latino folks outside of academia. White academics saw their Latino colleagues adopting the term and start copying them without thinking or realizing that they are following the lead of a minority. (Because let's be honest, these white academics probably don't really interact with any Latinos outside of that circle.) And it snowballed from there. Once again, I'm not saying it's right. I'm trying to lay out the process so that we can stop it from happening again and also work to fix it.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
I've been with you since I can remember. On my first trip back to Colombia after immigrating, I yelled "We arrived in America!" when the plane landed in Colombia. My parents laughed at me to tell me that America (in English) referred to only the United States. :(
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
Yes, I'm sure that happens as well. I think it needs to be a continuing conversation in our communities so that we adopt solutions that let everyone feel included. Because I don't think going back to just using Latino is a solution for everyone. And we need to be explicit about those solutions with the non-Latino people who copy such adjacent communities.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
For starters, I'm not asking any community to accept the term. I've already said in a previous post what I think the better solution is, which is using the word Latine. My post was in direct comment to a poster saying that the conversation was over by someone just saying " Stop trying to push that word down our throats." The poster themselves was not clear about what pushing the word down their throats meant. They could have just meant it in the way you're taking it, or they could have meant it as both a group and individual descriptor. I think the conversation benefits from that difference being explicit (and it has been made so by many other posters in the thread which I appreciate). Why does the conversation have be over without making an explicit mention about how the ways that non-binary people decide to self-identify is valid and won't bring on similar frustration or anger? I understand why some people are calling it a white term, and I understand why it's offputting. I'm not trying to discount that by recognizing Latinos who do use the term and help popularize it with white people. I'm not "just" saying it's not just white people, end of discussion. I'm saying that we can deal with the issue better by recognizing who actually uses the term and why. And just as you've asked me if I understand how my post can be offputting, I would like to ask if you understand why it's offputing to have people (particularly non-Latino people) erase you or your communities identities by ignoring that they exist and dumping them in with "white people"? Basically, I think there's a way to have this conversation that doesn't discount the perspective of the majority of people from Latin American and Latino communities in the United States, while also not erasing the existence and use of the term by a minority of Latinos in the United States that resulted in white people adopting it, and while also making it explicit that non-binary people should be able to ask us to use whatever terms they are most comfortable with to feel included.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
There are more than two gender identities, and someone in another thread brought up a good point that can be tough or impossible for text-to-speech programs. Which I imagine were the motivations to move towards Latine (in Latin America) and Latinx (in the United States) instead.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
What I use depends on the audience. I've been in Latino communities in the United States that almost exclusively use Latinx, so I have no problem using the term if that's what makes that particular community comfortable. I don't particular appreciate folks taking away that agency and erasing their identities by saying those communities don't exist or are white or not Latino enough. Particularly when it's coming from non-Latino folk... Personally, I think Latine is the best solution in both English and Spanish, but I do think it's ultimately up to non-binary folks to decide what word they want to use for themselves as well as what make them feel included when talking about everyone in one group including non-binary people, women, and men.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
No, it's not. To say so would be to erase non-binary people who use the term Latinx or other gender-neutral terms like Latine. It's possible to have a discussion about when and how to use these words. We can talk about recognizing what individual non-binary people in Latino communities would like to be called when using singular nouns. We can also talk about what terms to use when referencing a mixed-gender group of people.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
The word was probably coined (the exact origin is unclear) and is definitely used by Latino communities in academia. What probably happened is that non-Latino folk didn't interact with any Latinos outside of the circles, saw these particular communities using Latinx, and adopted it without considering what other Latino people wanted. That's an issue in itself, but it's slightly different than one where it's exclusively white people forcing Latinos to use the term in these spaces.Yes, it has roots in the US, but in Latino communities in the US. Non-Latino people started copying it after seeing it in such communities. I"m going to guess many, but not all Latinos who use it for their communities also speak Spanish. But you're right that it's purpose is primarily for use in English.You can definitely make the argument that it's academic Orientalism, but it isn't only coming from white academic circles in the US but Latino ones as well.
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Thread Fox Kids and Fox Family's Anime Invasion blocks
Damn, I didn't realize they tried that with Escaflowne. Not surpirsed, but still disappointing. I didn't watch all of "CardCaptors", but it was pretty obvious as a kid that Sakura was the main character even with the edits. Like what was even the point of trying to reframe it?
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Thread Do comics have too many characters?
I can't say there are too many characters because my favorites tend to be the more recently introduced legacy characters. Not a coincidence that those are also the more diverse ones. If they got rid of characters, we know that they would first on the chopping block. Hell, that's what happened with New 52. As far as the Robins go, my issue is that DC refuses to let time really move for the Batfamily or more specifically, for Bruce. I hate that DC insists on keep him so young. Dude's got multiple fully grown children. Let him age. Let his kids take up the mantle. Let him do other stuff outside of Gotham like Batman Incorporated.
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Thread What are your favourite TV Shows and Movies to have playing in the background?
Same. If a show or movie is on, it has my full attention. I guess the exception is when someone else is watching something on their own but in the same room. I don't have any preference in that case and tend to put on headphones while doing my own thing.
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Thread Is sexualization of women in music less objectionable than it is in video games?
Why do you think there is a consensus that all sexualization of women in the music industry is positive or that there is no discussion about the contexts in which it can be harmful or exploitative as well as the contexts in which it can be liberating and sex-positive? Just because women haven't made a thread about it on ResetEra doesn't mean we (and others) don't talk about it... And while the music industry still has a long way to go, it's got some differences from the video game industry. Many of which have already been mentioned in this thread.
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Thread Is wikipedia one of the most underappreciated websites?
Very much this. Trying to get an article up about POC creators and their works is an uphill battle. Meanwhile articles about completely fictional histories and worlds (usually made by white creators) are considered "notable". I imagine it's the same for other areas, but I only have experience with the literature section.
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Thread Do you eat (East) Asian food with a fork or spoon rather than chopsticks?
Depends on what utensils I have access to. At home, we have one set of chopsticks, so for like noodles one person will need to use a fork if we don't have any disposable ones. (We should get another set, but my partner wants a fancy metal one which we haven't seen in stores.) At a restaurant I'll eat with whatever I'm given. The one dish I have a little trouble eating with chopsticks is rice. It's fine if it's a small amount, but I must be doing something wrong because my hand cramps eventually.
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Thread How do you feel about the ongoing "open concept" trend for houses?
Maybe it's just from growing up in Miami, but most houses or apartments I would visit had open kitchens and living rooms. And that was across size and price. I've never actually lived in an apartment or house where the kitchen was in a separate room from the living room. The house I grew up in had a wall separating the kitchen from the dining area, but there was no door, and the wall didn't go all the way to the ceiling. Also, I'm here in the thread for the pictures.
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Thread Y'all too quick to forgive Severus Snape
No argument here. I really enjoyed the book because it seemed like the first time you got a sense of history and people living their lives before Harry's time. Not that it really matters as all that stuff ended up being pretty boring. And granted, I haven't read it since I was twelve. Oh, the John Williams soundtrack is pretty good. Unless that counts as part of Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Thread Y'all too quick to forgive Severus Snape
I never quite understood why Harry Potter got the level of fandom it did. Or rather why, in my experience, so much of the fandom didn't move beyond it or interact with other material with the same enthusiasm. I can't help but feel bitter that seemingly only a few folks moved on to say something like Earthsea. Imagine if the world was as obsessed with Le Guin's work and had her stories as part of their formative experiences. I don't even mean as an alternative to Harry Potter as it's not an either or situation. But for me, the best thing about reading Harry Potter was that it exposed me to better books. So this is all really just me being selfish and wanting more people to enjoy other works with.
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Thread i don't feel like most people get "polls" and "studies"
Agreed 100%.Eh, if anything introductory statistic courses focus on p-values too much (or rather, with the wrong emphasis) to the point that it results in researchers applying it blindly despite the data not meeting the necessary assumptions. Although this might differ across disciplines. It's definitely a problem in the social sciences...
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Thread Does fiction make you cry?
What a coincidence, I've been reading a light novel series whose last books finally got compiled and translated into English and released a few days ago. I'm almost done, and I've basically been crying every 50 pages or so. The series is called The Beast Player, and the first half had an anime adaptation called Kemon no Souja Erin back in 2009. Probably for the best that they didn't adapt the second half. (I"m kidding, someone please bring it back so I can cry more.)
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Thread It blows my mind that after 30 years and 10 live-action Batman movies, "Batman & Robin" is still the most true to the heart of the character
Very much this. People forget that Dick was an incredibly angry kid because he naturally has a very bright and bubbly personality, but the reason we get to see that personality shine through is because he was able to find family with Bruce and Alfred and purpose in the role of Robin.
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Thread It blows my mind that after 30 years and 10 live-action Batman movies, "Batman & Robin" is still the most true to the heart of the character
Considering this only happens in stories that a particular creator touches because he gets off on it, I wouldn't say it's a defining or even common trait. There are a far larger number of stories where Bruce and Babs have a completely non-romantic, father/daughter relationship. Obviously not as strong as Bab's relationship with Jim Gordon (who people also forgot is her adoptive, not biological dad), but it's still there.
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Thread Does anyone have someone in their life who just becomes a horrible, miserable person whenever anything negative happens to them?
My father is (was?) like this. It hasn't happened since I was young, but the way I dealt with it was to literally ignore him and not speak to him for months at a time. The longest of lasted almost a year. Probably not the most adult way to deal with it. We have had a much healthier relationship after I moved out. Either one of you moving out might not be an option. But if it is, I would say that just because you love someone or think they are a good person does not mean you will automatically have a healthy living arrangement with them. It's okay to still love them and want to live separately. If that's not a possible or desired solution, I would reiterate what other posters are saying about encouraging them to get therapy or opening an avenue of communication where you can tell them how much their behavior affects you. But do this in moments when they aren't feeling like this. Instead, try to have those conversations when they are at their "best" and willing to listen.
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Thread DC's Showcase, Batman: Death in the Family Trailer (Interactive/Choose Your Own Adventure)
Wasn't that originally Jason's outfit from another universe in Countdown to 52, and Tim took it when he stopped being Robin? Or something like that. Agree that someone high up hates Tim. He hasn't made any of the animated movies. :(
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Thread DC's Showcase, Batman: Death in the Family Trailer (Interactive/Choose Your Own Adventure)
And not even a Batman that involves the majority of the children. >:( When can I see Bruce, Dick, Tim, Babs, Cass, and Steph on screen all at the same time like during the 2000's?
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Thread WSJ: Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All
The company I'm interning for doesn't seem to have this worked out. At least for interns. I don't know if that's just how they've dealt with interns before, or if the remote aspect makes it even easier for them to ignore or forget about us. It sucks to think that I'm missing out on crucial experiences and how that will affect my employment in the future. Instead of learning how to work in my field, I sit at the computer all day waiting for responses from my supervisors. That last time anyone on my team answered any of my emails or communicated with me at all was on Thursday, and I'm supposedly working a 40 hour work week. Between that communication I literally have nothing to do.
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Thread The awkwardness of having offensive friends
Damn, I really feel for the women and minorities in your program. And people wonder why we might not want to go into such fields. The teacher being so flippant about it is pretty infuriating in particular.Yeah, basically this. I get that group work makes it hard to go against the grain because it can negatively affect your academic record and potentially your job prospects. But I do think there are ways to model having fun and joking around without making it uncomfortable for others. And to stop laughing at and encouraging behavior you find harmful. If it's something you find personally harmful, it might be easier to bring up as they will have to deal with a real person (that they already respect) in front of them having the issue. If it's something targeted at groups you aren't part of, you can start by not laughing and if you're called out, just start by saying that it's not your type of humor. Once again, try to model that you can have fun and joke around just as much without having to resort to that shit.
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Thread It's Fire Emblem: Three Houses 1st Anniversary! Let's put our differences aside and celebrate this incredible game.
I did really enjoy Shadows of Valentia as well! But I was afraid that it wouldn't really reflect what would be done with a new game since it was a remake.
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Thread It's Fire Emblem: Three Houses 1st Anniversary! Let's put our differences aside and celebrate this incredible game.
If you had told me after Awakening and Fates that I would love this game primarily for its characters, I wouldn't have believed you. But I really do love almost everyone, and that's only having played through Golden Deer and half of Blue Lions.
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Thread Is there anything I can do about FedEx being inconsistent with deliveries to my apartment?
Is it the front office of your particular building or at another building entirely?This is what I had to do, but for a different reason. I've missed countless FedEx packages that were also labelled as delivered, but were nowhere to be found in the apartment lobby. I mostly change the deliveries to go to the nearest Fedex site.
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Thread Is The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Hellfire still the most chilling villain song? (Disney)
It was never brought to Broadway (or the West End, I think), but it hasas been performed at some regional theaters. I have no idea where it will be played next, unfortunately. There are some amateur production recordings on YouTube. I've only seen a couple and can't really recommend any, especially as a first introduction to the material. I think just listening to the recording is a great experience, but as someone who didn't have access to plays for most of my life, that's just how I'm used to consuming new shows.
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Thread Is The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Hellfire still the most chilling villain song? (Disney)
If you enjoy the more serious songs from Hunchback of Notre Dame, I cannot recommend the new musical enough. It adds songs that are just as good as Hellfire. It also replaces the gargoyles with the saint statues who are explicitly part of Quasimodo's psyche and form part of the background choir. Oh and Phoebus actually gets to sing! Some of the other big story changes. Spoilers for the novel. :P The song before intermission which takes place while Frollo is burning down Paris. Really great ensemble piece. In the movie, this is the pop song during the end credits. It was originally supposed to be Esmeralda's second song and the musical gives it back to her as a duet with Pheobus. Really beautiful, in the vein of God Help the Outcasts. Sung by Quasimodo when he's chained to the bell tower, before Esmeralda is burned at the stake. Takes from the original score and adds parts to the cast instead of just the choir. Sanctuary! is probably my favorite piece of music in a Disney movie, and the musical version does not disappoint. Those are the main highlights, but there are other great songs as well.They've already talked about adapting it, and unfortunately they explictly said they would not be using new music from the more recent musical. It's such a shame because the completely songs are just so good and the story changes are much more true to the story and tone of the novel.
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Thread Why do people like Rising of the shield hero but hate Sword Art Online?
I've been wanting to check out of Magic Knight Rayearth... thanks for the reminder!It really is great. I wish they would continue adapting the books. I've actually been putting off finishing the show... we're on the last arc and don't want it to end. Would also be great if they translated and released the later books in English. I think the most recent one in Japan came out last year.
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Thread Why do people like Rising of the shield hero but hate Sword Art Online?
Is this the part where I plug in amazing, older isekai that treat women as if they are people and where the world doesn't revolve 100% around an overpowered main character? is your bet if you want one of the best anime soundtracks ever, an interesting world, one of the best villain reveals, and cool mecha designs. is your bet if you want great character progression, a protagonist who is competent but not perfect, and intricate fantasy politics.
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Thread Confirming we truly live in the corniest hell, Hulu begins developing Hilary Clinton alt history series
I was going to say we already had this series and it was called Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, but apparently the president in that one is Chelsea Clinton.
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Thread Nvidia partners with University of Florida "to build fastest artificial intelligence based-supercomputer," make UF "the nation’s first AI university"
Interesting. I didn't know UF was that big in AI. Maybe I just did my best to ignore it after dropping out and running away from Florida. :P
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Thread Cris Tales on PC/X1/PS4/Switch Being Billed as a JRPG Love Letter - Releases 2020, Game Pass day one, Demo Available Now
THIS IS MADE BY A COLOMBIAN STUDIO!? Be still my heart. My partner just finished playing through the demo. I am all in.
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Thread N.Y. Subway, Facing a $16 Billion Deficit, Plans for Deep Cuts (NY Times)
Exactly. What is even the point of living in NYC if there is no public transportation? Almost no way I could afford to live in walking distance of my work place, owning a car is so incredibly expensive, and driving to work everyday sounds like the worst.
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Thread I used to listen to the song “Hero” by Chad Kroeger and that other dude and pretend to swing around like Spider-Man
I also really liked Signal Fire and Move Away from the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack...
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Are there any professors doing research you like? The professor who wrote my letter of recommendation was someone I "cold emailed" randomly the summer before my last semester. Ended up working with her on a really cool project as an independent study. I get the anxiety thing. It took me a lot to work up the courage. But really the worst they could do is say no or completely ignore you. (The latter which has happened to me with another professor. He emailed me like a year later saying he finally saw the email in his spam...)
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Thread What have your raises been like (if any)?
I forget the exact number, but at my last job in an academic research organization, it was around 3% to 4% per year to account for inflation. Getting a raise tied to a title change and more responsibilities was impossible. Hell, getting the title change was hard enough. Was able to negotiate a small bonus when I left at least. But I think that only happened because they realized another employee and I could file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Lesson learned. Find a new job if they expect you to perform the all the responsibilities of a senior position, but balk at giving you the title and pay.
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Thread ~30-ish ERA, ever thank your lucky stars the internet wasn’t as prevalent?*
I have a lot of nostalgia for this as well. Setting up your own website. Making avatars, banners, and blinkies. I guess the equivalent for kids these days is more on the video editing side?
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Thread Who had the better character arc/send-off? Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, RDJ as Tony Stark or Chris Evans as Steve Rogers?
For the former, it doesn't count if we don't get to see it. That's the best part about Batman! For the latter... are you referring to Barbara? As long as we keep Bruce Timm away, it's not a problem.
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Thread The ending of Under The Red Hood is one of the best superhero movie endings
Love it for exactly the reasons you stated. It's such a shame that most of the movies ignore so many of the kids. I wish we could see Bruce's interactions with Tim and Cass. On the one hand, he's learned from some of his mistakes with Dick and Jason. But on the other hand, the younger kids will almost never see Bruce act the way he did in the flashback. I do think Bruce can end up being content and happy, especially once Jason returns to the family, but I don't think he'll ever lose that added somberness.
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Thread Did You Always Know What You Wanted To Do As a Career?
Not at all. In high school I wanted to be a writer. Then I went to university for statistics and dropped out within a month because of depression. Then I wanted to be a comic book artist and writer. So I went to art school for a year. Then I realized how fucking competitive the field is and how I would probably never make back the money spent on tuition. So I dropped out again. I eventually tranafered to another university to study statistics again with the goal of becoming a statistician. There, I got tapped for a fellowship that helps students from underrepresented groups become professors. Dabled in sociology, and wasn't sure if I wanted to be trained as a quantitative sociologist or a statistician who mostly works with social science data. Did a lot of research to feel it out, but ultimately decided academia wasn't for me. After graduating and working as a data analyst, I decided I wanted to become a data scientist since it combined statistics and computer science. I'm happiest at work when I'm coding or analyzing data. Realized it doesn't need to be social science data for me to enjoy it. So now I'm in a Master's program for data science, and I expect to work in the field for quite some time. Secret goal is to eventually just do consulting while starting an independent video game studio.
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Thread So I've just seen Howl's Moving Castle for the first time..
This is the first time I've ever heard someone say something so negative about the book, let alone Diana Wynne Jones' writing. I can't think of a better children's author. Her prose and writing style is incredibly fun. The opposite of bland. I'm curious as to what writing styles your girlfriend enjoys, but like you said, it is all subjective.She really doesn't. Her work is some of the best children's stories ever written. You can certainly enjoy them as an adult, even as someone reading them for the first time, but here is something truly magical about growing up reading her many novels. Howl's Moving Castle is up there, but she's got some other amazing work as well that's worth checking out.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Did you have a lot of exams involving coding in your program? I just started my internship a couple of weeks ago, so it's still pretty early on. I didn't expect working remotely to be so strange as a new employee, but there are definitely moments where I feel lonely and lost.
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Thread Minorities in America - do you remember the first time you saw someone who looked like you/your race in media?
Being a white Latina meant that I got to see people who looked like me in both American and Colombian media all the time. The first time I remember seeing an explicitly Latina character in American media was in The Proud Family.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
I think having a short "cheat sheet" document is a great idea! I'm someone who still has trouble adjusting to the way Pandas and Seaborn treat groups and cross tabs. After three years of SAS my brain just defaults to that now, especially if I've had any sort of break from programming in Python. I'd suggest having examples for the most common graphs or transformations you'd do, and maybe a few that are not as common but that you know always give you a hard time. Totally agreed on the timed assignments hate. It doesn't even matter what kind. I've always hated writing timed essays in school, despite being a very strong writer. Good luck!
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Thread Colombian cartels are killing civilians who don't obey Covid lockdowns.
The article itself briefly mentions this and links to . The BBC also has an article about it: .But it doesn't make the connection that paramilitares often work in conjunction with the government such as local police and military.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs |OT2| I have no pants and I must scream (READ OP)
I'm so sorry. As a Digimon fan, I enjoyed Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon World: Next Order, but I definitely had to stomach some shitty female representation. :(
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Thread Help me remember, is there any significance to officially using lowercase for your first/last name?
I've always seen personal explanations rather than a single overarching meaning. She's a technology and media researcher at Microsoft. Also inspired by bell hooks.
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Thread Fanbyte: Portrayals of Latinx Characters in 2020 Video Games Already Have Me Tired [See Staff Post]
I helped draft the staff post, and our point is that it is a commonly term used by Latino communities in the United States. That's not to say that is universally used by everyone of Latin American ancestry or origin will have have heard of used it. I was born in Colombia and raised in the United States. For reference, pretty much every single Latino friend I have uses the word Latinx. In my experience, it has very popular use in United States based Latino academic, tech, and art spaces. It's not surprising to me that the author the article uses it considering that video games are very much in the intersection of tech and art. I myself use different words depending on the group I'm in.
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Thread US immigration courts back in business despite coronavirus
Of course the US government doesn't give a fuck. It's a win-win situation for them: either immigrants get sick and die or cases are thrown out, horribly delayed, etc. because people don't want to risk infection.
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Thread I'm a school teacher. Should I buy or do anything to get ready for this...erm, "year"?
Probably best to wait until you know for sure what's going to be happening in your district in the fall, but these were the first things I thought of as someone who's not a teacher. :P
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Thread When an interviewer asks your salary expectations...
Workshops have echoed what other people have said. The particular strategy I was given was to offer a range. Research the average salary for your position and experience. Use that as the minimum. Go about 10 to 20% higher than that as your maximum. If you have to give a single figure on an application, use the average of your min and max. Also, be sure to know the laws about employees asking about your previous salary. It's illegal in certain places. Good luck!
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Thread Florida smashes record for highest day one cases for any state with over 15,000 new cases
I am so upset about how most of my family members in Florida have acted in regards to this. Absolutely no compassion or consideration for others, including those they live with.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Applications will ask for your full academic history, but it's the most recent history that counts. Some applications also give you extra space to discuss issues such as this. I dropped out of college twice before finally finishing with close to a 4.0 GPA. I only gave an explanation on applications that gave extra room for it since the personal statement is so limited in space. It's hard to know how much the extra explanation actually affected my admission since I got into programs where I talked about it as well as ones were I didn't. These were all top programs in my field with acceptance rates in the single digits. Which is all to say, you can definitely do this!
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Thread Which roguelike/roguelite games have you beaten, and which ones have you bailed on?
I always thought I'd dislike the genre and be bad at it. But I actually really enjoy rougelites. Like very easy ones. I've beaten and . I even wrote a guide for the latter! But the first rougelike I played was. I think I got far, but never actually completed a run. I don't really remember. Still working on with my partner.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
Having Renee Montoya, who is Afro-Latina, and her partner Crispus Allen, who is African American, as the main characters would be ideal. From what I remember, the original Gotham Central doesn't go too much into the racism inherent in the United States police force, but the building blocks are there. Without giving it too much away, the narrative from the comic can work very well as the story of two black cops who become disillusioned with the police force and realize they cannot change the system within. Would also love Josephine MacDonald as part of the main cast. They don't show enough non-superheroes using super powers in everyday jobs.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
I'd love for Kate to be in it! Even just as a guest character as Renee's (and then later Maggie's) girlfriend. Speaking of Maggie, it reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in Gotham Central highlighting intersectionality where Renee confronts Maggie about her white privilege.Glad to be of help! It's pretty easy, all things considered since the rest of the costume is stuff you can buy anywhere. Even if people don't know who you are, it works as a great, creepy Halloween costume.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
How long is your program? I hope you manage to have at least one semester in-person. It really does suck to spend so much time applying to and picking a particular program only to have some of the reasons for doing so disappear.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
Mine was with cheesecloth as well. Two layers, both dyed. The bottom layer I cut out holes for the eyes which really helped visibility while the outer layer still completely obscured my eyes from the outside. It's a little annoying to wear, but I could still see everything. The biggest issue was being able to see text from far away, but I was also wearing an old contacts prescription. :P I'm sure more experienced costume designers can come up with even better solutions.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
The verbal score is at the 85th percentile. The quantitative score is at the 36th percentile. So verbal is kind of high while quantitative is actually lower than the median score. I don't think you have anything to worry about in regards to the quantitative score. You might still need to study a little bit just to refresh your memory, but it's completely doable.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Just went through the process last year. Now I'm at a university I never expected I could get in.I was working at an organization that would not consider giving me a raise unless I got a Master's or a PhD. And I had a lot of gaps in my knowledge for the the field I wanted to work in: data science. Despite having a very strong statistics background, my computer science skills were not super great. I only had a minimal exposure to machine learning. I also went to a not so great undergraduate school with very little resources, and I wanted the experience of going to a top school. And I'm a double minority in the field. I didn't expect people to take me seriously as a woman and ethnic minority unless I had paper to back up my skills.Why do you only have one school in mind? Is the program that niche? Is it because of location?I know people who got very, very good funding because of their GRE scores. If this is something you really want to do, I would suggest putting the effort into the GRE. The good thing about the GRE is that the math is nothing beyond high school level, but it is a little bit of bullshit. What are the scores you need to hit? If you're going for a social science program, you don't need great scores. Also, I imagine most social science programs will require at least some sort of quantitative course, so you'll have to study for something math related eventually.
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Thread What Do You Do When You Have Nobody To Talk Too About Life Situations
This might sound flippant, but it's meant sincerely. Posting on forums is one of the ways I dealt with this when I was younger and more alone. Even if no one responds, I found it helpful just typing out my thoughts. But the end goal should be to find a group of people who can form your support system. It's not healthy to just have one person you can talk to. For starters, as you've learned, if that person is no longer part of your life, you are left alone. Another reason is to make sure you are not expecting just one person to provide you with all the emotional support you need. It sounds like you are willing to reach out to multiple family members so the latter point might not be an issue. I'm sorry that they are not receptive or able to provide you with support. I'll echo other posters and suggest making friends. It's hard to do at the best of times, and probably incredibly difficult during a pandemic depending on where you are, but it's worth putting the effort into.
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Thread Supreme Court says eastern Oklahoma remains Native American territory
I'm a bit confused by the terminology of "the state." Does it mean that the state of Oklahoma is not involved in judicial matters or that both the federal and state government are not involved?
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Thread My GF is unhappy with her job, but won't take active steps to change her situation and gets upset with me when I try to help. What to do?
Not a guy, but I'm the same. When it's a daily thing and you see how much it affects them, it's hard to not want to help them solve it. I just try to balance being an active listener, validating their frustrations, and keeping an optimistic attitude about solutions where possible.
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Thread Trump Campaign begins their Latin outreach by attacking the Marxist propaganda machine.....Univision.
"Marxist" is probably one of the last words I'd ever use to describe Univision. To be fair, I haven't watched since I moved out of my parents' home Maybe they went through quite the change this past decade.
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Thread Donald Trump paid someone to take the SAT on his behalf, according to new book by Mary Trump.
Depends. I don't remember numbers, but many athletes recruited by these schools are for the types of sports you need money to pursue. In many cases, it's just another way to get in rich white students. Found the article:
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Thread How bad was your "It's not a phase mom! This is who I am!"
My "phase" was not being girly enough. My mom would yell at me for things like not wearing earrings. Still don't wear them since I'm mostly allergic and they are physically uncomfortable. I never had a goth or emo phase. It just seemed like a lot of work as far as buying clothes and accessories and putting on make-up. My mom made getting (and keeping) clothes that I picked out incredibly stressful, so it was easier to just not bother pushing those limits. And I've always been too lazy to do make-up regularly.
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Thread So, uh, July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Thank you so much for the thread and for the kind shout out. I looked through your link about Latinx and this stood out as it's something my mom said to me literally two days ago:My family has had so many issues related to mental health and trauma, and those things just keep compounding. These past two weeks, it's all reached a boiling point. I've been trying so hard to encourage everyone get help and to get help myself. And in doing that, one of my mom's reactions was to tell me this fucking saying. I told her that I didn't agree with it at all. That it has been a way to cover up abuse and harm. That this way of thinking hasn't helped us or anyone: it's only caused more harm. She said she saw my point, and I hope she took it to heart. As someone who struggled with depression for a large part of my life but who is mostly functioning well at this point, I can only hope that my journey serves as a model to my family for what's possible. It's hard when so much of my family is in another country and they don't intimately know what I've been through. But I try to be as candid about my struggles and my medication as possible to help combat this taboo, especially with my younger cousins. I also need to remember that I can only try my best and there's only so much I can do. I get so frustrated with the cultural mentality that family is everything, and yet I still feel responsible for everyone.
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Thread What do you do to deal with defeatism?
I deal with defeatism by recognizing that even though I can't save the world, I can make at least one person's life better in some way. It's worth staying around for that. Volunteer work and activism are two concrete ways to do that. Think locally. Whatever issues you care about on a global level, those or similar issues are present in your own community. I'd also suggest cutting down your exposure to news and social media, including ResetEra. Do you live with people who will hold you accountable? Can you block websites on your computer and phone for most of the day?
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Thread So what are some alternatives to Card Against Humanity?
A Fake Artist Goes to New York is really fun, but it's not really a card game. You don't even have to buy anything if you don't want to. You can play it with your own paper and markers. You will learn that no one knows how to draw anything or how to correctly identify objects.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Thank you so much for the really detailed account. I'm really sorry you had to watch your friends go through that. A lot of things you mention are things I'm worried about happening. I don't know if the set up is exactly the same, but I'm glad to have a better sense of what to watch out for. My mom is very much a adherent to the Hispanic cliche that you do anything and everything for family, no matter what. My dad goes along with it to make my mom happy. But you're probably right that this is beyond my control...Thank you again for the kind post. You're right that this needs to be a family effort. Having her be part of a non-predatory, creative community sounds ideal. I get you. I'm currently in a data science master's program so all my search results for NLP are incredibly irrelevant. :PI hope it doesn't come to that. :(Thank you. It's something I need to hear. My family is such a mess that my sister and I feel like the only people stable enough to really help out so I feel a lot of responsibility. But at the end of the day, these are decisions made not just from my aunt, but my parents as well, and I need to remind myself that I can't do everything. Thank you. My parents are now aware of the situation and we are trying to figure out how to best proceed. I need to print this out and put it above my bed or something. :P But in all sincerity, thank you.
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Thread American Airlines and United to stop Social Distancing and book flights to full capacity during Pandemic starting in July
Based on my sister's experiences earlier this month, they've already been booking to full capacity.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Sorry that I'm responding to posts so slowly. I really appreciate everyone's input. I thought the same until today! Never linked the two before now.No worries at all! Funnily enough, the guy she's taking classes with claims to be from Harvard, but I wasn't able to find any proof of affiliation. :PI had to laugh at the ridiculousness of it when I first heard about it too. I know angry crying is a thing. Is angry laughing a thing?
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope she's able to find something else that's fulfilling, or at the very least, not lose so much money that she can't take care of herself. Thank you. Not gonna lie, I'm a little biased against this type of content at the moment given the situation, but I appreciate the advice. I'm glad you've been able to help your loved ones more. Do you feel comfortable elaborating?
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Thank you for the thoughtful post. Your third paragraph is spot on and is exactly what I want to do. It's just trying to figure out how. Proof about NLP not being scientific won't work because she doesn't really care. She believes in things like crystals, astrology, claims to have seen angels multiple times, etc. She also gets very defensive when we point out things like scams. I think helping her find things related to her hobbies and skills would be the better tactic. She's always been into arts and crafts and does do some stuff on the side, but doesn't really make any money out of it. I've been thinking about helping her set up an Etsy page, but I don't know too much about the field. Because of the "Prince Harry" situation, we also have discouraged her from using social media except with family, but I imagine social media is a big must for people in the craft scene. But I don't know what would help her feel fulfilled. As for other distance learning courses, I think that's a good idea. I need to talk to her about what she would be interested in learning and what her goals are. These are things I never really tried to talking to her about since most of her interests have been around things that... I'm just not into, to say the least. I also only talk to her about twice a year since I've always lived in another country and didn't grow up having a close relationship with her. I feel somewhat guilty in that I've always just tried to talk to her as little as possible. I don't know how to have these conversations organically, but it's something I'm going to have to learn if I want to help her.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
I don't doubt that it's been helpful for some people, in the same way that self-help practices have followers, but we really don't have the money for her to spend on this stuff. I'll admit that I'm very biased against approaches that aren't research-based or heavily regulated.If only it was so easy. :(According to "Prince Harry", it was for charity.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Yesterday I had a family video conference in which my aunt told us about the new and exciting psychology classes she’s taking: NLP Coaching (PNL in Spanish). This is an aunt who once thought she was talking (and sending money) to Prince Harry on Instagram and married a guy who convinced her he was the reincarnation of Jesus (and took most of her savings). So naturally I was a little suspicious. Turns out NLP is short for which is pretty much what you would expect from the name. The particular variant she got into seems to be pretty much structured like an MLM/pyramid scheme but wrapped up in the language of self-help. My aunt is now working through "certifications" from some random guy in order to become a life coach and try to get other people to take the courses and buy the guy's materials. She's just got her foot in the door, only doing the first (free) course, but other courses range from hundreds to thousands of dollars (USD).This is a problem because my parents support her financially 100% and she takes care of my grandmother. Whatever money she wastes on this is going to be my folks’, and they aren’t really in a position to throw it away. And no, cutting her off financially is not an option my parents are willing to consider. I know she is very happy going through the program. She’s exactly the audience for these types of schemes: no career, (perceived) lack of job opportunities, limited skills, limited education, and low self-worth. We haven’t confronted her about it. I would like to ideally present her with productive, healthy alternatives that aren’t scams, but I know that a lot of the appeal of these types of things is the instant gratification offered. And this is obviously a pattern. She’s incredibly susceptible to these types of things, and I just want to find a way to get her to a place where she doesn’t feel like she needs to seek this type of stuff. More for my parents’ peace of mind than anything else. She's in her fifties: trying to get her to be financially independent is probably impossible at this point. But maybe it's possible to keep her busy and fulfilled in a way that doesn't throw away money and line the pockets of some scam artist. Or maybe I'm overreacting. I don't know what exactly I'm looking for in posting this thread. Maybe just venting because I'm emotionally tired. Maybe advice. Maybe just a space to hear others' stories.
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Thread Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom to retheme Splash Mountain to Princess & The Frog!
I thought this was the previous thread about how they retheme it. Really glad to see that they've decided to do it! Princess and the Frog has some of the best visuals of any Disney movie, and I can't wait to see what Imagineers do with it!
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Thread Diversity in Tech: Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn, and Yahoo - 46% of employees are white, 47% are Asian
This is my experience right now in a graduate program at an engineering school. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only Latina out of about 70 people in our Master's program. There are only two black men: one in each cohort. No black women. No Latinos. At least the PhD program is much more diverse because they actually get funding. It's incredibly isolating. It's also a huge whiplash coming from a very diverse public university. We even had specific career program for women in technology, and it was like 95% women of color, mostly black and Latino. Such a program really needs to exist for black and Latino students in general because it's life changing.Very much this. I didn't work for a tech company, but we had quite a few technical roles. Leadership just had no idea how to hire for them, let alone how to try to hire for diverse candidates with the skills and were just convinced they didn't exist. Despite being considered an entry level worker, as one of the people with the most tech expertise, I was at least able to guide our hiring process in this way. I hope anyone involved in the hiring process reads your post and takes it to heart.
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Thread Do you like the concept of the "Bat-family" from Batman comics?
The comics are always deaging him so it's hard to keep track. I have a spreadsheet with ages based on stuff before new 52 that has Bruce "dying" in his late forties. Batman: Year One puts him as becoming Batman at 26, so I lowered it two years. The other big difference is that Cass should be the same age as Jason, but I prefer her being closer in age to Tim. Dick is taken in by Bruce any time between 8 and 12 years old, depending on what story you're referencing. I generally prefer them becoming his kids when they are younger. The timeline also doesn't work with Tim being there for Flying Grayson's performance. You either have to make Dick older when his parents die or make Tim older when he becomes Robin. The latter of which happens canonically when he's 13, but I bumped it down to 12 and would rather him have seen the Flying Graysons some other way instead of being there in person.
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Thread Do you like the concept of the "Bat-family" from Batman comics?
For folks saying that it's too many characters, they were originally spaced out enough that stories only needed to involve a few of them at a time, or in vastly different roles. You can group them in organic ways that don't feel overwhelming. New 52 and Rebirth really just squished everything together in a way that I don't find very satisfying. Right before New 52, I was hoping for the following: Gotham Team: Dick (Batman), Babs (Oracle), Steph (Batgirl), and Damian (Robin) International Team: Bruce (Batman), Cass (Black Bat), Tim (Red Robin) Jason works well with non-Bat teams, so you could do still do Outlaws. Maybe have Selina be in the International Team, but I'm fine with her being a recurring guest and doing her own thing otherwise. Kate (Batwoman) is also more of her own thing, focusing on more supernatural horror type stuff. Helena B. always seemed more invested in Birds of Prey so that should be her main book. I don't care about Jean-Paul sorry. :(
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Congrats! I hope you enjoy it! Do you have a sense for how much pen and pencil calculations they'll have you do? Or how much of it is coming stuff from the ground up versus using a library like PyTorch or Tensorflow? If it's the former, these are the math concepts I remember using the most: Linear Algebra: Mostly matrix multiplication. Even if you aren't doing the calculation by hand, you need to know how to set up and transpose to get the proper dimensions. Markov Chains: Will be extremely useful once you get to recurrent neural networks. Partial derivatives
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Thread Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star in Apple's 'Foundation' (Asimov Sci-Fi series)
I feel you. I first read it as a fourteen year-old girl and just could not get past the fact that this "giant" of science fiction could not conceive of a future where women cared about anything besides jewelry. It was one of my first forays into science fiction outside of Le Guin and soured me on the genre.
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Thread Who are Your Favorite Fire Emblem Three Houses Characters and Why?
The character writing in the game is just superb, especially when you consider the size of the cast. I don't think there's anyone I actively dislike or think is poorly written. For example, Lorenz, Sylvain, and Ferdinand are such fuckbois, but I actually enjoy hating on them and would be sad if they weren't in the game. Lorenz and Ferdinand's glow ups are also so, so fucking good and in character. I love it. I've only really beaten Golden Deer with Sylvain, Ingrid, and Petra as recruits. I unironically adore pretty much everyone in Golden Deer: Claude, Marianne, Lysithea, Leonie, Hilda and Ignatz are at the top and hard to rank. (Raphael stands out a little less, but also not really the type of unit I like to use so I'm biased.) Petra is also amazing, and I really like Ingrid. But that's not to say the characters are without major flaws such as Hilda and Ingrid's racism. I'm almost at the timeskip for Blue Lions, but I can already tell that I'll feel the same about those characters once I finish.
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Thread Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star in Apple's 'Foundation' (Asimov Sci-Fi series)
The only thing that makes me interested in this is that they seem to be changing the gender and race of some key characters. That and Lee Pace. Also, reminder that Isaac Asimov was a .
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Thread What do people think of Harley Quinn being an Anti-Hero
I'm not sure what Shiva is doing nowadays, but otherwise those are the main ones I think of as well. But Shiva has also gone back and forth as an ally. I do wish there were more female Batman villains, particularly ones not so tied to a male character like Harley and Talia and ones that are not also a love interest for Bruce. I just really want new villains across the board.
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Thread What do people think of Harley Quinn being an Anti-Hero
I don't enjoy her as a character, but I don't think making her an anti-hero is impossible or even particularly hard. Characters' backstories get rebooted and changed all the time. I don't think we'd really be losing anything in the change from villain to anti-hero. But I also generally want most Batman villains to be retired or move on in some way.
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Thread Do You View Your Race or Ethnicity as a Core Part of Your Identity?
Yes, it's a core part of my identity, because it's a huge part of how I'm treated in society. As far as race goes, I'm Colombian with mostly Spanish ancestry so I'm essentially white until white people decide I'm not. Which they have done so at different points in my life. But most non-Latinos assume I'm white American or maybe European if they hear me pronounce my name to the point that some think I'm lying when I say where I'm from or that my first language is Spanish. So I live my life knowing that the privilege I have is substantial, even if it's not guaranteed, and I need to do my part to dismantle that privilege as much as I can. It's also hard to disentangle my ethnicity from my status as an immigrant to the United States. I'm not sure how I would feel if I had been able to grow up in Colombia, or in a larger Colombian community in the United States. Despite moving to the United States when I was very little, I've always identified as Colombian and never as American. Part of that is because of weird legal status for most of my life, so how could I consider myself American when the United States government didn't agree? The other part was being isolated and bullied for my ethnicity in school so even if I wanted to identify as something other than Colombian/Latino, I wasn't really able to. And at the end of the day, it was the culture that I came home to. Nowadays, I'm sure I could go through life not letting anyone know that I'm an immigrant or Colombian unless they were tipped off by my last name. And many other Colombians definitely see me as a gringa. But being Colombian was such a big part of my formative years that I can't really think of myself as anything else.
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Thread Laney College professor asked a Vietnamese student to “Anglicize” her name to accommodate him
Incredibly shitty, but I'm glad the asshole made a point to leave a paper trail and evidence.I'm curious. Does your name come from a European language? I used to go mostly by my nickname which is common in Spanish and Catalan, but people aren't aware of it, so despite being white passing I would become suspect once they heard my name. But in general, yes, you're right. I'm sure it would be much, much worse for me as well if I didn't have light skin.
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Thread Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz reveals he lives with a 19-year-old Cuban immigrant whom he calls his son
Really feel bad for this kid. Best case scenario, he's been raised by a shitty racist who just tried to use him as a political trump card.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Absolutely no worries! :) I did some looking myself, but it seems like they went down fairly quickly. But it worked out anyways as I accepted an internship offer last week. :DI'm interested in what folks respond as I'll be in your shoes soon. Good luck!
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Unfortunately, my city doesn't seem to have any open. I could potentially move to NYC for the summer, so I'll check that too. What titles are you seeing? Are the positions mostly up on the local government job portal?
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
Pretty sure you're right that it's Heart of Hush.Alright, not the thread to get into it. Although I will say, if it were up to me, superhero comics and media would be less violent and gory. I find they're best when they are more fantastical and aimed primarily (but not exclusively) at children and teenagers. Diana should definitely have her endgame love interest be from her own comic and universe, but I haven't read enough of her comics to know which of those is the best. As for the others: Superman is a hard no. Batman is good for a fling. Aquaman... honestly, I have a hard time getting who Arthur is in the comics, so no comment.
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
Sure, argue that he's a terrible father, but the facetiousness with which people sometimes talk about abuse of minors by their caretakers just rubs me the wrong way. I don't know if most people even really consider it abuse, since the kids aren't biologically his. Or because one of the kids is now an adult. At the end of the day, the DC comics are a world where children and teenage sidekicks are a thing because publishers wanted to specifically cater to children and teenagers. So in universe, him being a sexual predator who grooms and sexually abuses children is leagues beyond what you mention. Same if we look at the story outside of its own narrative. Hyper competent child sidekicks or child superheroes are as much of a fantasy as an alien who can fly. Grooming and sexual child abuse, on the other hand, is far too real. After all, right now we currently have a thread on the former by people (within the comic book industry) and a thread on the latter about foster fathers. I'm sorry if I'm coming off so strongly.
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
I'm surprised she isn't even an option in the poll, but I could never really get behind this relationship. I loved the idea of Bruce having a female body guard. But I generally don't like Bruce paired up with people he trains. I'd rather there not be that power dynamic.
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Thread Comic creators Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis accused of sexual misconduct, harrassment, and grooming
Absolutely not surprising given the industry and environment. Even the incredibly small interactions I've had with men in the industry have almost always been tainted by this shit. The women are coming forward are incredibly brave. I hope that at the very least, in coming forward, they can ensure that other people don't become victims of these men as well. But I know that's probably a fool's hope. I will not be surprised if they are given a pass for being such great artists. But they really should be blacklisted.
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Thread Why do some people want to play Part 2 of a game without playing Part 1?
If it's a video game, I probably won't really care about experience the story. So if the sequel has better gameplay and I expect to only play one game in the series, sure, I'll jump in at part two or three. If I like it enough, maybe I'll go back.
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Thread What did you see the first time you had sleep paralysis?
Are people actually awake during sleep paralysis? When I first heard about it, it sounded like what I experience, where I dream about the room I'm in and see stuff and feel paralyzed and other symptoms. But I'm actually jerking around (with my eyes closed) according to my partner.
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Thread Would you wear this t-shirt for one month if it meant they announced your dream game tomorrow?
Taking off and putting on a bra with a t-shirt on doesn't sound fun. This sounds like an unfair extra hassle for the bra wearing population! >:(
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Thread Is there a single of piece of media where Damian Wayne is likeable?
He ended up acting as expected when he finally met her before the whole New 52 stuff though. They only got a few pages worth of interactions, unfortunately. One of which I have as a very nice print. :3
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Thread Is there a single of piece of media where Damian Wayne is likeable?
I would find him a lot more likable if DC and some of his writers like Morrison didn't ignore that Bruce has had sons since the very inception of the character. It makes sense for Damian to act like he's the only one, but I don't like when the narrative pushes it as well.Batman jumped the shark in 1940 then. :P
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Thread The LEGO Batman Movie is the second best Batman movie ever and you can't convince me otherwise
It's over the top caricature of Bruce isn't for me, but ultimately the film won me over because it's the only theatrical release that is explicitly about Bruce being a dad.
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Thread The Sims 4 |OT| 20 Years of Simming
Is there a ResetEra Sims 4 discord? I was working on Wayne Manor in the Sims 3, but the SSD completely died, so I figure it's time to move on to the Sims 4. I'm planning on doing a challenge where I work my way through historical American house designs since the seventeenth century. I ordered a lovely architecture guide and everything. Does anyone have any building tutorial recommendations? Have any of you ever set up a Sims blog, tumblr, or video channel? I'm hoping to document my progress at least through a blog, but I'm interested to hear folks' experiences.
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Thread I think my 3rd world home country is doing better than USA lately...
If you're educated enough to land a job that puts you in the upper-middle or upper class, then there's a good chance you can have a nicer life in one of the big cities. But really, anytime I think about maybe moving back to Colombia, I realize that it has so many of the same problems as the United States. At the end of the day, it's a country that was also built on racial genocide, slavery, and caste systems. .
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
My summer internship was cancelled because of COVID-19, and I've had no luck in getting another one. Got to the last round for another one, but because I applied so late the company had already made an offer by the time I turned in my technical assignment. Otherwise, I haven't gotten a single interview from about ten applications. I'm just getting really discouraged. I don't know if my expectations are just not realistic or if I'm just not a good candidate. I got the previous internship after only applying to about five companies, but really only because I met the recruiter at a career fair. I didn't get an interview for the others. I got my previous data analyst job after about the same number of applications, so I'm just not sure what a "good" or realistic interview per application rate is. I don't know at what point I should seriously reconsider my approach. Out of how many applications do you all get an interview? Doesn't help that I'm seeing all of my cohort start their internships. If anyone has any leads or suggestions, I'd really appreciate it.
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Thread New York Times Front Page For Tomorrow (May 24) Contains Names Of 1% Of America's Covid-19 Victims
Including those little blurbs was a smart choice. I don't know if it'll convince anyone who doesn't already take it seriously, but many of these will stick with me.
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Thread Which shipping company is the worst?
UPS doesn't know how to deliver to my current apartment. They will say it's delivered and it never is. Customer support is no help at all. They have never successfully delivered a package to this apartment since I've been here. Every package has been lost. God knows what actually ends up happening to the packages, but I doubt they ever make it into the building. Makes ordering stuff online super stressful.
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Thread Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder have one key trait in common: they almost never miscast and their rapport with their actors is stellar
Unfortunately not. I remember complaining at the time and most people telling me it didn't matter because either those characters were actually white or because he didn't whitewash Lucius Fox. Oh and his one Latina character is an obvious Montoya expy but I guess was changed so people wouldn't be mad about her being a corrupt cop? Don't know if he's ever used a Latina character/actor since then.
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Thread What are your go-to trash talk lines?
I learned pretty young that people generally didn't want to be friends with a girl who trash talks (and wins). So I try to stay as humble and nice as possible when playing against other people. Especially if it's people I don't really know. Nowadays I find myself mostly playing with people who don't play often and need more encouragement so trash talking feels actively mean. My partner is my only friend who is as into games as I am, and even then, we don't really trash talk. Decades of social conditioning was pretty effective. :P
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Thread What's with all the Kataang hate/Zutara support online?
I shipped Katara and Aang from the beginning and personally don't find Katara and Zuko ship compelling. But I agree that we don't see much of Katara's attraction aside from I hope that's something they work on in the live-action adaptation. I don't mind people liking different ships, but in my (limited) experience, people who ship Katara and Zuko have also hated Aang. Meanwhile I'm sitting here loving all these characters, and I wish I could share that enjoyment. ;-; I absolutely adore Aang as a protagonist. Particularly, as someone mentioned in the thread, because he has a lot of "feminine" qualities and the narrative doesn't look down on him for it.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
Thank you. It's not fun, but I'm lucky that I can almost function like normal with pain relievers. Cluster migraines sound like they are another level of hell entirely. I know they sometimes go away; I hope that was the case for your friend.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
As said, it depends. I haven't been able to figure out what triggers mine unfortunately. I try to eat regularly and hydrate often, but it doesn't seem like the specific diet has much effect. Skipping a meal might increase the chance of getting one, but it might also just be me making up the pattern, considering how many times it happens anyways. Not related to periods. Being out in the sun seems to make it worse, but then again, I also get it if I'm inside all day with almost no sunlight. Just fun times all around! I got an MRI when they first started at around twelve. At least, I think it was an MRI. I vaguely remember the doctor talking about space between gray matter and white matter or something of the sort, but that it was not conclusive and just a current area of study.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
I'm really curious if anyone who suffers from migraines doesn't take painkillers.Same. I would not be able to function if I did not take Advil for my migraines. It doesn't even completely take the pain away, but it lets me sleep and stops it from becoming so bad that I'm sitting at the toilet vomiting and feeling like I'm going to die.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
Sounds familar. Do you have a room that you can get sufficiently dark during the day? In my current apartment, the pre-installed white out curtains don't do a good job, particularly in the bathroom. When I'm sitting at the toilet or in the shower (it's soothing), all lights are off and now I wear an eye mask.
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Thread These are tough times, are you holding up alright?
My summer internship was cancelled, and I'm losing hope for landing another one so short notice. I'm coming to terms with not having the $10K that would have helped me pay for living expenses for my final semester. It also sucks because it seems like no one else in my cohort had their internship cancelled so I really feel like I'm missing out. Makes me feel like I don't belong in this field (data science), and will have a much harder time landing a job I actually want once I graduate. I know it's not a huge deal compared to what other people have to go through, but it's still really upsetting. I bottle it in because I feel that I have no right to complain.
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Thread Anyone else dealing with hypothyroidism?
Can you say more about this? Does the hypothyroidism show in her bloodwork or is it mostly based on symptoms? I also had thyroid cancer and got the whole thing removed... I've always had a lot of fatigue but my bloodwork comes back good so maybe I'm just lazy.
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Thread IGN proclaims: "10 Anime That Need Games (Or at Least New Ones)"
So much! (Unfortunately I have only read the first two books so far. Shame they are out of print in English or not translated.) My partner and I have two different visions for this: He wants a Romance of the Three Kingdoms style game where you play as one of the kingdoms. I want a hack and slash survival where you play as Youko during the first novel. (Okay, I really want both, but I would love something that captures the utter despair, exhaustion, and paranoia of the first novel.
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Thread IGN proclaims: "10 Anime That Need Games (Or at Least New Ones)"
Probably shouldn't be, but I'm a little surprised that not even one of the ten shows is centered around a main female protagonist. I would love new, localized video games for: The Twelve Kingdoms (Seriously so much you could do with this.) Cardcaptor Sakura Sailor Moon This would NEVER happen, less so than the above, but I would love a Kiki's Delivery Device game that's basically those truck simulator games but with cute magic and a Ghibli world.
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Thread Akiva Goldsman on Scrapped Batman vs. Superman Movie: “It Was the Darkest Thing You’ve Ever Seen”
Okay, in retrospect, Titans turned out far better than it could have. Because this synopsis includes everything I hate. The Joker, creating a female character only to fridge her, , Alfred dying, The Joker.
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Thread Had my first anxiety attack, just need to vent and talk to someone(not suicidal,word vomit)
Seconding the above, even though you have already realized this: don't take medicine that isn't prescribed to you. I know it's hard right now since you can't get your own doctor. :( I have the same anxiety. The only thing that helps is to keep myself so busy and occupied that I don't remember to think about it. Even in writing this response, I'm not letting myself focus on the actual thing, but instead what I do instead. Don't feel stupid for having it triggered by a show. Around the first time I started feeling like this, I watched Inglorious Bastards and started having a panic attack at some point because of all the death in the movie. I also generally don't like darker and grittier media, so I feel you. Nothing wrong with letting yourself consume escapist works. May I recommend Cardcaptor Sakura or Parks and Rec? Just really fun, feel good shows.
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Thread California State University Cancels In Person Classes for Fall 2020 Semester
I will be incredibly surprised if we are allowed back on campus. Really sucks because the experience is nowhere near the same. I agree with the decision and understand that in the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal, but it still makes me upset. Our graduate program already petitioned for this as there is a (cheaper) online program that we are now basically following. They told us to fuck off.
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Thread What was your college experience like?
My first attempt at college was an absolute failure. I was already incredibly depressed and burnt out coming out of high school. Absolutely zero self esteem for anything besides my ability to do school work. So if I didn't perform perfectly, I completely broke down. I dropped out after only a month. Had a full ride and small stipend too. My second attempt at college was going to art school. I wanted to get as far away from academic disciplines as possible. I somehow managed to pull together a good enough portfolio only one year of drawing seriously and got into an art school in NYC. Moving to NYC and going to that school is probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I ended up transferring out after only one year, but the change in my mental and emotional health in that one year was worth it. Being able to actually go places on my own and be independent (not financially, but just having to take care of myself) was great after growing up in a household where I wasn't allowed to drive or go anywhere without my parents or sister taking me. I was also able to actually make friends and get along with people. I don't know if it's because everyone's a fucking dork in art school or if I just felt more confident, but once I came out of my shell I had a very easy time meeting new people. I met two of the most important people in my life at the school, and another during the same time while I was there. The other thing that happened was that guys were suddenly interested in me, which had never been a thing before. I still have a lot of body image issues, but I can concede that my personality seems to make up for that. I didn't date actively since by the time most of these guys asked me out, I had already gotten into a relationship (which is still going strong eight years later!). Mentally, I learned how to cope with not being perfect at every given task, being okay with just learning for the sake of learning, and being okay with failure. However, despite all the good, I quickly realized that there was no way I would be competitive in such a hard field as illustration. My best friends are at the top of their class, and even they haven't been able to break into the industry. So I transferred to one of the CUNY's to study my original major, Statistics. I'm still a bit of a perfectionist, but I was no longer paralyzed by fear of failure and could actually get through the work. My partner moved in with me at some point and I kept my friends from art school. I was still friendly, but I realized I didn't have the emotional capacity and time to have a larger group of friends. Only club I joined was a comic book club, but I didn't really get along with anyone in it. I almost completely focused on academics. It was a little difficult living with two people who had finished school and were working 9 - 5 because they had so much more free time than I did. Boring academic bragging: I won a prestigious fellowship that paid for my tuition and gave me a sizable stipend. I spent the summers at two world class universities. If I hadn't been a transfer student, I would have graduated as a Salutatorian. So to recap, took three tries to finally finish, but I finished strong. Only one year was really spent focusing on socializing, and even then I didn't really party, just hung out with people and had fun. After that year I focused pretty intensively on academics because I'm a dork.
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Thread So I finally broke and got DCUniverse for the Harley cartoon, what's some required reading?
Gotham Central is probably the most consistent, finished "Batman" run. I really like No Man's Land, but it's not really a business as usual book. And I'm not 100% fond of Bruce's characterization in it. But it mostly focuses on other characters, and it introduces one of my favorites, Cassandra Cain.
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Thread Has anyone ever experienced life threatening or dangerous events when traveling? (Chased by a serial killer in Italy)
Hotel room in Rome was broken into with what seemed to be a crowbar, but nothing was taken. Considering that there were valuables in plain view, and that everyone staying in the room was a young woman, we feared it was a sex trafficking thing. Hotel gave zero fucks and wouldn't even call the police.
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Thread Nearly Half of Men Say They Do Most of the Home Schooling. 3 Percent of Women Agree.
Says in the article (and also what I've seen in other reports) that methods such as time diaries back up the conclusion that men generally overestimate the work they do while women actually do more of the work. I think this beyond just people equally overestimating themselves.
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Thread What are some bad experiences you've had with professors during college?
Luckily the teacher didn't have any way to contact my dad. But he found out through my sister and was upset. Not angry at me or anything, just sad. I felt really bad since he trusted me to tell his story well. :(
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Thread What are some bad experiences you've had with professors during college?
Creative writing adjunct (refuse to call her a professor) called my dad a psychopath and accused him of lying about being kidnapped. She ultimately landed on the stance that if a communist guerrilla group did it, he and the family deserved it. After she found out about this, she would penalize me for not writing about my family. I ended up going to the head of the department. The teacher pretended it was all a miscommunication, but at least I was allowed to turn in fiction pieces for the rest of the class.
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Thread The Catwoman from the 2004 film is better than Christopher Nolan's Catwoman
Considering how badly done Nolan's female characters were at the time, Hathaway's Selina Kyle could have been a lot worse. My expectations were so low that making her slightly forgettable was a more desirable outcome. But Nolan could have really should have pushed the class differences, childhood trauma, and ideologies of the three main costumed characters. Bruce, Selina, and Bane are all incredibly intelligent and talented people. One of the three just happened to be born with enough wealth to not have to worry about his survival. The other two weren't as lucky. The other film adaptations of Catwoman aren't even an attempt at the same character, so it's hard to compare. But I agree that both actresses could have done a great job playing a character that was more true to the comic interpretation.
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Thread Children of the 90s/2000s, did you read "Goosebumps"? Have a favorite? Read any other children's horror books?
Didn't read a single one. The closest thing I read were the Full House books. So not close at all. :P Or maybe Everworld, although I read that once I got a bit more into reading.
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Thread What was the hardest college course that you took?
In undergrad, the class I did worst in was Probability Theory, but that's mostly because I focused on studying for another class and so didn't do too well on the final. Ended up with a B+. I took the course again at the graduate level and got an A+ so I felt pretty confident with the material. In grad school, so far my hardest class so far has been a theoretical computer science course on fairness and privacy. I went in having no foundation in theory and had to do stuff like cryptography. Just so much I had never heard about before. My professor was great though, and I ended up with an A in the course. Machine learning was also hard because of the exams, but I guess I understood it well enough for MIT to ask me to TA for it.
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Thread What is your go to dish to make?
I'm the laziest cook so I don't actually have any legit dishes. The biggest compliment I've gotten is that my sister will actually eat the beef or pork that I cook. She's really picky about that stuff. Otherwise, if left to my own devices I'll just stir fry some meat, boil pasta. and bake broccoli with olive oil and call it a day.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Depends on the story. But yeah, I see where you're coming from. I can't really think of examples where the male protagonist "reforms" the female character in the same way.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Sorry, I meant that it's not in short supply for male-centric media. And you are correct, those are the more popular ships. At least from a writer's perspective. I don't know who male fans like to ship Bruce with. :P
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Thread I have a whole new respect for teachers, this home schooling thing is tough at times.
Working in education research I didn't learn much except that teachers need to be paid much more. So much more. (Ironically, one of the research associates I worked with was super against this because it would result in inflation. Meanwhile they got to take home more than 100k for being on Twitter all day long.) I honestly don't know how teachers do it. I am exhausted from dealing with a classroom after about an hour. And that's considering that I actually enjoy interacting with children and have a really easy time with them.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Basically. In the first season, there were only two characters to really ship Katara with (not counting Jet), and Aang is younger and bald, so... Zuko wins by having (slightly) more hair and being older.It's not. That's basically any femme fatale. Hell, it basically defines Batman's two most lasting love interests.
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Thread I just watched The Land Before Time for the first time... and it wasn't that good?
Yeah, it really does. Years ago, I listened to the score for the first time since watching the movie as a small child and just started crying. Same with Once Upon a Forest (which was also James Horner).
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Thread Is the Animal Crossing player one of the strongest character in videogame history ?
Villager just has super strength but not invulnerability. I haven't seen a tarantula move a lighthouse. And I don't think Villager has ever tried to punch a tarantula.
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Thread So I read Dune....and it's kinda bad?
I read Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, but I've forgotten most of what happened. I really need to reread them now that the series is done. It's becoming hard to keep remember characters and plots between book releases. I have to limit myself to only a few ongoing series... everything else has to be read in one go. :(
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Thread So I read Dune....and it's kinda bad?
Great read Veelk. I first read Dune when I was 15, and had a very similar reaction. I think the setting is, for lack of a better word, iconic, and if you're interested in the history of science fiction, it's worth a read. But even at that age I wanted something different out of my science fiction. (Blame Le Guin introducing me to the genre.)
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Thread How has Coronavirus Impacted Your Job? |OT| Layoffs/Furloughs, Salary Cuts, and Unemployment Insurance
In a bit of a different predicament since I'm a student. My paid internship for the summer was unfortunately cancelled. Now I'm scrambling to find a new one. It would be my first source of income since last September and would help me get through my final semester of graduate school as my savings won't last much longer... It's really disheartening to have to go through the process again, and this time during finals.
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Thread How are your online classes going for you?
My semesters are usually really tough around this time anyways so it's hard to gauge how much an effect moving online has had. In general I'm doing better (emotionally) than I was last semester since I'm not talking a theoretical computer science course. Ironically, my grades are (slightly) worse, but thankfully we moved to mandatory pass/fail. Some of the courses were already held as online courses for extension schools students, so the infrastructure was there to move everyone online. But it's still hard. I'm much less likely to go to office hours. I no longer just hang out in the library or lobbies doing homework with other students. My anxiety about school hasn't gone down; instead I get extra anxiety about COVID-19. My sleep schedule is fucked. I lost my internship. Everyone else in my social circle has less stuff to do now and wants to spend time socializing with me virtually, but I'm still swamped. Other issues aren't related to the move to online, but they don't help. The hard drive I was using for my data science course straight up died so now I'm stuck using JupyterHub where the kernel seems to die once or twice an hour. Now I'm just ranting... I'm trying to take it one deadline at a time. I just need to survive until Tuesday. Then I'll let myself think about the next deadline.
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Thread Why aren’t there more Western style animated fantasy series for adults?
The difference is that a live-action show doesn't have a "kiddy" image that it needs to convince audiences it's moved away from. Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to move away from that image is to include gore and (female-focused) nudity and hyper-sexualization.
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Thread Have you accepted that some of your favorite stories will never, ever be completed? (And will probably have fan-fiction endings)
The Twelve Kingdoms is more of a collection of stories than one stand alone narrative, but I would love to get more. So far the stories have only focused on like a third of the kingdoms.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
Not my kids. But for example, my partner's sister had to help her daughter in Pre-K film herself telling a joke. Then upload the video; then help her use the online portal to view other kids' videos. She's never had homework before this. It's just not comparable to regular schooling at all for young children.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
Yeah, I can see that for older students who can do worksheets. I'm going off of what family with young kids are having to do. Taking pictures, filming short videos, navigating online portals, etc. It sounds utterly impossible without a parent who can devote several hours a day.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
I think this thread is about a completely different scenario. So many of these assignments for young children require the use of technology that these kids don't really know. For example, filming a video of themselves doing the work and then uploading it properly to email or a web portal. It's a lot to ask for a five or six year old. It also assumes that they have access to such technology during the day. Maybe the family only has a limited number of computers, and they have to be used for work during the day. So many things that can be making this difficult. And that's without going into the fact that much of the instruction is being pushed upon the parents. Young kids can't exactly read a worksheet or textbook to "self-learn" the same way that older students can.
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Thread Preliminary studies show correlation: Countries that require BCG vaccines seem to have lower death rates from CoVid-19
Hated doing the annual test for TB because of it. Always got a false positive, which meant extra testing and time at the doctor. Eventually they just stopped doing it, thankfully.
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Thread it's good to know that
My advice is to trust people to make these kinds of decisions for themselves. You seem to want to have this person in your life. Let them know what baggage they can expect, definitely, but if they still want to try for something, respect that decision. There is no need to self sabotage, although I 100% understand the inclination.
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Thread Obsidian's Grounded will have an anti-arachnophobia setting
The purpose isn't to take out spiders for those who think they're gross, the purpose is to take out spiders for those who have such a strong phobia that it would keep them from playing the game. A reminder that phobias are not just being scared of something, but have a strict clinical definition involving:
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Thread Marvel Unlimited wants to know-Avengers or X-Men?
I grew up reading X-Men. The Chris Claremont and Grant Morrison books were my introduction to comics. (Weird introduction. I was reading old Chris Claremont paperbacks while reading the current Morrison issues.) So they will always have a place in my heart. I honestly never really branched into The Avengers. They seemed to have less female characters I was interested in.
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Thread How much do you use Mathematics in your life, and to what extent?
Congratulations on going back to it! I think a good learning environment and proper encouragement and support can do wonders with math learning. Generally be comfortable with numbers seems to open up a lot of doors. I wish people had better experiences in math classes in school so that they wouldn't (understandably) close themselves off to learning such things. Personally, I use it pretty much every day as a graduate student since all my classes are computer science or statistics courses. We'll see how much I use it when I get a job.
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Thread LTTP: Android: Netrunner (Card Game)
It really is a great game. I played regularly when it first came out, but got overwhelmed by the speed of the new packs. Didn't help that our local community was a little uncomfortable. My partner also plays and we've kept all of our cards. Just haven't had the time with grad school to go back.
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Thread How depressed has COVID-19 made you?
Staff put together some mental health resources that I hope might be useful. Like many of you, I've been feeling anxious, stressed, and generally drained through all of this. And I count myself lucky. I only really have school as a responsibility, but it's been hard. My internship for the summer was cancelled and there aren't many options for finding a new one. I was really banking on using that to live on for the next semester as my savings are running out... Just a lot of plans thrown out of whack. And that's without worrying about the health of my loved ones.
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Thread COVID-19 Mental Health Resources and Discussion
Today I found out that my summer internship was cancelled. It was such a huge relief to land one, and now I'm back to square one. No one is looking for interns anymore, and if they are, they are probably bombarded by people like me whose internships fell through. I don't know how I'm going to make money during the summer or have relevant experience for when I graduate in December. I know in the grand scheme of things, I've got it good, but I'm still upset. Been sleeping horribly lately. I swing between feeling incredibly anxious about the lives of my love ones, feeling anxious about how this anxiety is affecting my school work (did horribly on a midterm that was postponed like three times), and feeling anxious about what this all means for my partner's and my careers.Thank you! I've added it to the OP. I hope you get to relax, even if just a bit.
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Thread Trump starts his new narrative: He was the holdout against people who wanted him to do nothing about COVID-19 and his actions will have saved millions
Maybe I should be grateful that I will never understand this level of narcissism.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT2| The Most Metal Of All Threads
Sounds doable but might take a while to set up properly! I need to get back to studying and doing homework so I don't know if today will work for me. Would be able to get back around 7 or 8 pm EST, or even later around 10 pm if that works for people!
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT2| The Most Metal Of All Threads
Yay! Let me know when my services are needed. I'm still looking for mums seeds but I don't mind getting whatever random furniture item you don't want or need! But do you just want the cutting board or do you want to wait for one of those crafting parties weemadarthur is talking about to get the whole counter?
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Hmm, besides the party poppers that are available each day, I'm not sure what else exists. Her mon in the game will probably give her a birthday cake in the mail. Or maybe another animal. I'll keep a look out for related stuff. One idea is to host the party outside and use custom patterns on the floor to make a nice sign. Is there any particular furniture or clothing she really likes? I'd love to donate some presents! :)
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
To add to what the other poster said, it spawns from March-June (Northern Hemisphere). So folks have quite some time to get it! It's really nice to have it spawn near the Town Plaza because I'm able to get around 10k every time I run my errands.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Going to open my town up for shoppers. I'll limit it to four at a time and then close the gate. PM me for the code! If you haven't gotten a Peacock Butterfly, they are spawning very frequently in my town plaza. I imagine it'll go on until 6:00 PM EST. Please don't take any of the flowers, especially the purple rose!
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
I'm having the same issue, but with my shop. Pretty annoying. I'll have to wait another two days to get Nook's Cranny and Able Sisters where I want them. Also meant taking down my Swap Shop for the time being. How can I have guests over with this mess? ;-;
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Thanks to everyone who stopped by! It was... something, but I hope folks got what they needed! I have some ideas for streamlining buying from the shop. (Mostly just making a small area where I drop a number of the popular items and people can pick up without having to do the chat window.)
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
A Dharma logo would look pretty good at the entrance... I didn't expect so many people to visit! I'm sorry that it might be basically unplayable. I'm not sure what the best way to organize people coming in and out is. I might just have people PM me what they want ordered and just place it all near the entrance.
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Thread COVID-19 Mental Health Resources and Discussion
We know there are a plethora of threads about COVID-19 already, but we’d like to provide a space specifically for mental health resources and discussion during this time. We’d like to remind our community to be mindful that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and that the specifics of their relation to the outbreak can vary by social and economic factors, previous mental health diagnosis, and more. Many of us are dealing with issues at this scale for the first time in our lives. Please be kind and understanding when interacting with each other. There are many resources, from global to local, on mental health specific to COVID-19 or general to disasters. We have tried to synthesize many of the common themes here, but we encourage you all to look through the Resources section below for more details, country-specific resources, and information on our sources. WHO published a list of considerations developed by their Mental Health Department covering guidance for the general population, health care workers, team leaders and managers in health facilities, caretakers of children, caretakers of older adults, and people in isolation. Not specific to mental health, but it might be useful to have a verified, single source for looking at misconceptions instead of trying to wade through search results. Includes chat and Non-English speaker lines. Some mental health tips as well as general hygiene tips. Official government sponsored mental health helplines are divided by province. : 1-866-531-2600: 1-877-303-2642: 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number)Other provinces: ,,,,,,,, and. List of crisis lines for South Korea: The CDC has a page with general information about mental health and coping during the outbreak. Disaster Distress HelplineSAMHSA provides a DIsaster Distress Helpline dedicated to supporting people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including infection outbreaks.SAMHSA also provides a guide on . Another United States organization that provides national support for mental health. Endorsed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this is a 24/7 crisis text hotline with trained volunteers. If you have any resources that you feel should be added to this thread, please post them, and we’ll add them into this post and/or threadmark them as needed. In particular, we have a need for resources in other languages and that are country-specific. The country list above is not exhaustive: if your country is missing and you would like help finding resources, please feel free to drop a note in this thread. We will do our best to keep this as up to date as possible. Thank you! Special thanks for for helping find country specific resources and proofreading!
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Thread Poll: How has your income been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?
I'm a student, so I'm not currently working. I just got offered an internship, and the company seems confident that it'll go forward no matter what happens, but it's still stressful. Who knows what the job market will look like when I graduate in December.
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Thread What media (books, movies, TV, games) are you finally cracking into because of the COVID-19 lockdown?
Unfortunately I don't really have more free time since I'm a student and we've just moved to remote classes... My partner and I finally watched the BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series. I had never watched the full thing, and this was his first exposure to the story besides a Wishbone episode. We had so much fun! We accompanied our viewing with the Waypoint rewatch. One step closer to making him dress up like Mr. Darcy...Have you read any of her other work? You are in for treat!
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Thread What media (books, movies, TV, games) are you finally cracking into because of the COVID-19 lockdown?
Nice! I haven't read The Killing Moon yet, but I read her Inheritance Trilogy. People don't seem to like that one as much as The Broken Earth, but I thought it did a good job of creating a classical mythology (and all the fucked up drama that entails) as well as showcasing how empires stay in power.
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Thread Anyone living with parents? How to stay sane during self-quarantine?
I don't envy you, OP. Are there any hobbies you could introduce them to?I grew up being told that I wouldn't move out until I got married just like the rest of my family and thinking of living with your parents in adulthood as the norm. But even then I totally understand the American mentality of getting out as soon as possible. :P Maybe it's partly a gender thing too. In my experience (with Colombian families), there's much more of an expectation for daughters to clean, be involved with whatever is going on in the kitchen, run errands, take care of other people's kids, etc.
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Thread I designed a new set of ~1000 Pokémon trading cards
Damn, your nephews are lucky to have such a dedicated uncle! Are the cards meant for just collecting or is there a game attached as well? The text at the bottom is too small for me to read, but it seems like it's a small blurb about the Pokemon?
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Thread Imagine you travel thousands of years into the future, and a new mutation has developed that gives people a new hair color... what color do you want?
Yes, this. Both saturated and unsaturated lavender tones look so good!
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Thread Do you have a dysfunctional family?
Yes, and the cultural importance of family over everything does nothing to help. The idea of getting away from members who are abusers is unthinkable. Getting away from members who are not abusive but still make you unhappy? Utterly out of the question. In my immediate family, my sister and my mom fight a lot. My dad and my mom fight a lot. But my dad is afraid of what she'll do if he leaves her. He's so unhappy; I don't know how he can continue like this. It's hard to come to terms with the fact that I can't solve this problem for him. Same for my mom. How can I help her when she doesn't think she needs help? Thinking about it really gets me down. But mostly, for my own sanity, it's been helpful to not live in the same place as them. Same with the more distant members. Sometimes I romanticize the idea of growing up around more family, but then I remember what my family in Colombia is actually like, and I'm glad we are in different countries.
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Thread NY Gov declares state of emergency (Update Sunday 8 March: number of confirmed coronavirus cases in NY rose to 105)
Damn. How will that even work for some of the classes like sculpture? Or model heavy visual classes? Not that they have any choice. That's a lot of tuition to pay to end up getting subpar courses.
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Thread American Mythology and Political Socialization in American Schools.
I was so lucky to go to a high school whose US History classes were all framed around the thesis that freedom for white people was built on genocide and enslavement. Unfortunately, most courses didn't cover more contemporary history... there just doesn't seem like enough time in a single year. I don't know how much it affected the other students' thinking about the US's actions now or systemic oppression, but at least they can't claim ignorance anymore. But such framing has to happen earlier.
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Thread Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and discussion thread (Discussion guidelines in OP)
Harvard University just announced they will be moving to fully remote classes after spring break. Told us to not to return campus unless we absolutely have to. NYU is also moving to remote classes but is still asking employees to work on site, as far as I'm aware.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Honestly, what's probably gonna happen is that the campaign will go in the direction desired by the people putting in the work. Maybe making a Discord got folks who are interested in planning and drafting stuff would help keep momentum? I haven't been able to get started on the data analysis. (I don't even have internet at home at the moment.) I could have something preliminary by mid-September.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
They're Tumblr hasn't been updated in a year so I'm not expecting much, but still worth doing.I wouldn't worry about that. If you'd like to post the message here we can all take a look, but it does seem like doing things collectively is going to take more time.I wouldn't mention the monetary stuff and just leave in the bit about it being a symbolic gesture. Maybe also mention that a patch is wanted because there is a desire for these options with characters in Three Houses because how much people like the characters?
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Not quite sure how to facilitate coming to a consensus over the goal. I'm gonna go through the thread again and quote pros/cons for each side. FireEmblemThreeQuality is good! I will add a poll once we get more suggestions. :)
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Thread died down again, which might be just due to lack of interest, or I'm not doing a good job facilitating discussion. :P I don't think I'm the one who should make the call for what we ultimately decide on as our goal. Maybe people from each camp can take a stab at writing a draft statement and we go around voting and editing as a group? Should we just leave it up to a vote (thread poll)?
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Thank you for posting. We should start a running list of such articles. Maybe in a Google Doc? I was wondering if it would be okay to reach out to writers like this for the data analytics part, asking them if they would like to provide numbers for traffic/engagement to include in our infographic.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
I don't see any downsides of sending the same statement and infographic to all of them through various means. I figured we could send the following:In one of the previous threads someone compiled some contact info as well. I need to go back and check.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
More people voted in the poll than I expected! It's pretty close. My partner suggested for the Valentine's Day card we could offer some stock messages, including asking for the patch-in or a more general note. (Alternatively, people could opt to have the card mailed to them first so they can handwrite in whatever they want.)Do you think the way in which we communicate it can mitigate that?
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Done! In the meantime, I'm going to get started on the data analysis part. If anyone wants to draft some example statements for the three poll options, feel free. I imagine short and sweet is best.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
That's very true. Even if we decide that we want to focus on a patch or DLC content, a Valentine's Day action keeps up the persistence. We can start planning for it now concurrently with the other activities.I'm not a Persona or Catherine fan so I don't know much about this either. But I think looking into similar situations like this is a good idea. I'll try to read up on these in particular. If anyone else knows more about it and wants to chime in, please feel free. :)When did you receive the survey? I hope they don't all go out at once and we still have time to encourage people to redeem the game/do the survey.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
This is a good point. Anyone who knows Japanese and wants to translate and help with drafting a statement, we'd love your help. I can add a more specific call for help in the OP. This thread isn't getting a lot of traction, so maybe we can reach out to other areas at some point?Yes, if you play as F!Byleth, you can romance Edelgard. Other noble characters can have same-sex paired endings, just not with the player character.Thank you for your detailed response! This is all super helpful.We are literally powerless to impose actual change in this or any of Nintendo and Intelligent System's products. The most we can do is give feedback. Thus, this campaign is about giving targeted feedback. I honestly don't see much of a difference, creatively, between asking for additions in a product that is out, but still in development (because of patches and DLC) and asking for additions in a later product. Creative vision is dynamic and constantly evolving and subject to numerous forces from a variety of external sources. I don't know why some people treat it as this sacred, static thing where the (single) creator exists in a vacuum. I think we're gonna have to agree to disagree about our perspectives on creative vision.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
A good idea! It's quite the undertaking (my first playthrough was almost 70 hours) so I don't know how many people we can convince to do it. But to get the full story, you need to do four playthroughs anyways so repeat playthroughs are already expected. We can ask people to devote one of their S-ranks to Lindhardt to up the numbers, while also tweeting about it. Thank you! Maybe there's still time to ask people to look at their emails and see if they received the survey, and if so, to mention more m/m romantic options.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
People seem to be unclear about the romance mechanics in the game, even those playing it. I'll add more details in the OP. Going to put this up here in response to 's point in case people don't scroll down to quoted replies. I want to say worst case scenario the developers say it's too late in the development cycle to do something now, but have heard the fans and will keep it in mind going forward.Yes, those were some of the characters I was thinking of who already have m/m A/A+ endings. Your last point is particularly important. What are the downsides of asking for the developers taking action Fire Emblem: Three Houses instead of waiting for a later game? Do we envision a scenario where asking for DLC or a patch means the developers straight up ignore it or actively try to pull back on m/m options in the next game? I want to say worst case scenario the developers say it's too late in the development cycle to do something now, but have heard the fans and will keep it in mind going forward. Will it garner less support?I already finished one route on the game: I know how "little" it actually takes up. It's not much different from the romance options in the other games (only difference is you don't get a child character out of the support), so fans aren't being upset out of ignorance. And despite it being mechanically and narratively a small portion of the game, if you go to fan discussions, one of the top things people talk about is who they are going to romance. Why should gay men have to lose out on the fun that everyone else is having?Yeah, Fire Emblem has a history of characters and relationships that are interpreted as gay, although I can't think of many that are explicitly romantic the way w/m are. But this history does make the relatively small improvements for this latest game stand out even more. The calling out isn't malicious: this is my favorite video game series of all time. It makes me sad that a group of people aren't able to enjoy it in the same way that I can.
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
There's been a lot of talk across various threads about the incredibly lackluster same-sex romance options for players who choose the male avatar character (M!Byleth) in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Players and fans are interested in showing Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, and Koei Tecmo Games that a desire for more male same-sex romance options exists, but there are no concrete plans on how to organize to best get their attention. Speaking with some posters in the other threads, I thought we could kick-start some solid discussion around getting this off the ground and choosing next steps. Full disclosure: I am a straight woman and thus just an ally, and don't want to overstep my boundaries in posting these ideas and this thread. This OP should be a living document: these are all just brainstorming suggestions, but I can make changes as folks come to a consensus. For those of you who are unaware, recent Fire Emblem games have allowed players to create or choose a female or male avatar that can marry one of the other characters. Fire Emblem: Awakening had no same-sex options, while Fire Emblem: Fates had one same-sex option for female avatars and one for male avatars. Fire Emblem: Three Houses has improved on the female same-sex romance front by offering five options. Unfortunately, male avatars are still limited to only one same-sex romance, with two fake-out same-sex platonic options that do not result in marriage or an explicit romantic relationship. The first step would be to come to a consensus and draft a statement outlining goals. Personally, I think the ship has sailed for a boycott, but there are still many ways to raise awareness with Nintendo. We probably want to do this fairly quickly since the game has been out for more than a week at this time and many people will be finishing or have finished their first playthrough by now. Possible Goals that have been brought up: The next step would be to create a Twitter account and hashtag that fans can use to easily tweet their support: hopefully something as catchy as 's #miiquality. The strategy should be tailored to the goal, but pretty much we would be highlighting the responses from queer men whether they have decided to boycott the game because of this, their preferred solution, their love for the Fire Emblem franchise, if they have bought the game and enjoyed the one same-sex male romantic S-Link and want more, top picks for other MLM options, etc. Allies can mention that they would be interested in playing such options and that they want gay players to have a chance to better enjoy this part of a beloved franchise. We could encourage allies to boost the tweets from queer men. The ideal would be to spread the campaign in both English and Japanese. Which means having someone who speaks Japanese and is part of the Japanese fandom on board. Having people who can reach out to other language fandoms would be great too. We should collect a list of queer gaming communities to reach out to, many of which are helpfully listed here: . We should also create a list of high profile Twitter fans, journalists, Let’s Players, and content creators that would be interested in highlighting and promoting the campaign. Also look into people who are already doing something similar, even if it's not coordinated at scale. While they are not as accessible as they were with Club Nintendo, surveys are still sent by Nintendo for specific games to individual users. This is one of the most direct lines of contact we have with Nintendo. We should try to capitalize on this - maybe have a campaign to get everyone to register their copy for the chance to receive the survey. This is the part I'd like to particularly contribute to. Collecting and analyzing data about the Fire Emblem: Three Houses fan reaction to the one offered same-sex male S-Link and the desire for more same-sex male relationships in the game. This includes:Ideally the analysis would cover both English and Japanese language social media. The data analysis would be synthesized and presented in a nice infographic that can then be sent to Nintendo and Intelligent Systems through various channels. I'm a data analyst by trade and am okay with taking on the bulk of this portion, but if someone else would like to take the lead or help out, that'd be great. This is a particularly awesome and cute idea from , although February is quite a bit away. It would be great in keeping up persistence. Let me know what you all think. As said above, the first step is to really solidify a goal. Discussion of the other points is great, but if you are interested in such a campaign, please try to answer this question in your reply:
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Thread Campaign for More Male Same-Sex Romances in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Thank you! It's a really great idea. Honestly my one concern is how far February is.No worries, that's much better than anything I could come up with. :P I'll add it to the OP as a potential option!I personally rarely use the romance options: in my first playthrough I didn't have my F!Byleth end up with anyone because I honestly think Byleth is so boring that seems like punishment for their potential partner. :P But it's easy for me to say that as a straight woman who gets almost the whole cast of male characters to choose from. I don't see Nintendo and Intelligent Systems removing this part of the game any time soon, and I'd rather people have options that they can ignore than a lack of options. I also want more non-player characters have m/m end game pairings, since that's a mechanic I like more as an older FE fan. (Ike and Soren are boyfriends and no one will convince me otherwise.)I agree that having it be in Japanese would have the best result, which is why I mentioned the idea is to have this campaign and materials in both Japanese and English. Do you think doing an English fan campaign would be a waste of time?I'm a little confused at your comment of a campaign like this not having it's heart in the right place, or I'm misunderstanding how you are using the phase. What do you consider being the right place? I mentioned in the OP that we should specify a goal, and that goal doesn't have to be a patch. That goal, like the others (including one you mention in your post), is there as a possibility because it's one that gay male players have mentioned in past threads. Part of the discussion is around whether or not this would be the best goal to focus on for such a campaign. Ultimately, it's gay men who can decide if this particular method is a win for representation, if it's something they want, and if it's worth campaigning for in luie of other possibilities. Those of us who are allies are just here to help make a win, whatever that looks like, more possible. As for the creators not envisioning the characters to be homosexual, many of the male characters already actually can have an implicit ending with another male character, just not the player avatar. But besides that, I'd personally side-eye any creator that says they are incapable of envisioning more than one gay male character but five gay female characters. If they really want to give the game open dating sim options, why not be as inclusive as possible? Why not let them know that there is a desire for more inclusivity?
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Thread I hate dialog choices in games that end up being something different than what you select
The example that comes to mind is Telltale Batman where the game is literally only about the dialogue choices, and even then this shit happens! At least it's not game breaking and sometimes amusing.
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Thread Are you ok with the way you look?
It's weird that our go-to consolation to people (usually men) who feel unattractive is to tell them that they can get with people (usually women) who are attractive. Comes off as telling men not to measure their own worth by their looks while... measuring women's worth by their looks.
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Thread Which of these elemental powers would you rather have, why, and what is your favorite example of it in media?
One of the great things about Avatar is that they made all the elements look amazingly cool. I used to think Earth was pretty boring, but I wouldn't complain if I was an earthbender. But if I had a choice, it'd be water. Wind is runner up.
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Thread Ring Fit Adventure Is The Best Workout I've Ever Had (and that's because it's an incredible game)
You can do the "silent" jogging which is just kind of bouncing up and down. That's what we do on our second floor apartment. Probably no where near as good as actually jogging in place, but it's something.
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Thread Am I wrong for not wanting to go on big extended family vacations?
I feel you OP. Also Hispanic, and also get pressured into this. But it's even worse: my mother expects ANY time off from work or school to be spent with her. Actual vacation trips always end up in fights between my parents and between my mother and my sister. My parents don't get along at all and are always fighting. My mother is really hard to deal with, and my sister has little patience. It's extremely stressful, and I need extra time to recover from all of it. Bringing in extended family is even worse. A bunch of them are utter assholes including: racists, sexists, child abusers, con artists and wanna-be mafiosos, freeloaders, and elitist snobs. Each parent recognizes the faults of the other side's family and doesn't want to hang, but expects us to tolerate their own side. I will say, as a kid I much preferred vacations with extended family because it meant hanging out with other people my age, instead of just my parents. Then again, I didn't want to hang out with just them because they were always fighting even just then. :P
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Thread How many people are aware many of Disney's animated and Live Action movies are adaptations?
The Disney version is sanitized in other parts when compared to the original play, unsurprisingly. Mostly when it comes to the Sleeping Beauty bits, if I remember correctly.
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Thread X-Men #7: "Show them who you really are." (SPOILERS)
This was my biggest disappointment with the M-Day stuff: gtting rid of the "casual" mutant population so as to not have to worry about this. It's not enough to make me start picking up single issues again, but I'm really glad it's now a major theme of the books.
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Thread Have you ever abandoned a dream?
Sure. I wanted to be a comic book artist/writer. I ended up dropping out of art school after my first year. The field is way too competitive for absolutely amazing artists, and I realized I'm nowhere near that level nor am I interested in putting in the work to get there. Did I fail? Yeah, but I am much happier now and actually able to be financially independent. The latter would probably not have happened if I had stayed in the field. I pivoted to data science and machine learning. The new dream is to make money with that, and one day be able to fund some sort of small, independent studio.
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Thread Do you consider yourself to be well-read? How important do you think it is to be so? Any English majors here?
As someone who didn't major in English, this is really cool to see! Would you say you you read most of the foundational stuff in your undergrad courses? I took two literature classes in undergrad, and we only covered about three of those. (Two of which I had already read, unfortunately.) Also, I think I found a typo. Sorry to be that person. :P
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Thread "The Boy in the Iceberg" premiered today 15 years ago - "Avatar: The Last Airbender" turns 15
Watched the premiere in 8th grade, and it's still my favorite TV to this day. Everything is just so quality. My partner recently gifted me the new action figures. It's so nice to finally have a Katara figure. <3
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Thread What is the Legacy of Moulin Rouge?
Damn, you and your family consider it a family movie? It was probably the most sexual movie I had seen at the time; I was ten. I remember feeling so awkward seeing it with my parents in theater. Fucking love the movie. My sister and I know all the songs by heart and constantly sing them. El Tango de Roxanne is probably in my top 5 movie scenes ever. We considered going to the new Broadway play but it's expensive and my sister doesn't like the cast.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs |OT2| I have no pants and I must scream (READ OP)
I was excited for Rune Factory 4 Special until I saw the female protagonist's design.Why does she have a faux chain nipple ring? I hope you can change clothes in the game... And just looking it up, every outdoor outfit is just a recolor. >:(
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Thread So I played through Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time
It's probably the story I've enjoyed the most in this type of game. I was invested pretty much every step of the way, which is rare for someone like me who usually skips cutscenes. :P Helps that I absolutely adore the geography. I really need to visit those parts of the United States.
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Thread We tend to forget Digimon World was a major achievement in the Digimon canon
This is something that felt lacking in Digimon World: Next Order, but maybe it's because I'm older now. I'd like to play through Digimon World again with the more forgiving evolution system of Next Order. Great thread . I never realized that the game came out before the anime, but it makes a lot of sense now!
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Thread When you eat a bar, do you unroll the wrapper as you eat it or take the whole thing out and then eat it?
Depends on if I'm going to eat the whole thing at once or a little bit at a time. The latter usually ends up being all at once anyways because I have little self control. :(
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Thread College taking all my time
Do you take notes while reading? Are you allowed to see the quiz before hand? Is it timed? There should be strategies to help you understand and retain the information without spending so much time. Your Office of Disability Services may have specialized tutors, academic mentors, or workshops. If there's no way around the time commitment, you might want to talk to them and the professor about some sort of accommodation.
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Thread Advice for Getting more Students to join a Anime/Gaming Club in College
Damn, that does sound tough, particularly promotion. Can you do more general promotions of showing times if it doesn't specify what you're watching? Does the academic part have to be cultural? There are a lot of historical settings in anime and games. Could be cool to team up with history professors for a panel on that. Maybe join it with a trivia night.
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Thread The Guardian ranks every Studio Ghibli film
Porco Rosso may not me my favorite, but it's a beautiful film about carrying guilt and finding a way to forgive yourself. The themes aren't as spelled out as in some of Miyazaki's other films, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. Also planes. The heaven scene is also one of the most beautiful scenes in any Studio Ghibli movie.
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Thread Have you lost any relationships with friends/family over religion?
My parents forced me to get Confirmed, but I think it was mostly so that I could go to the same Catholic high school as my sister. (Which I dropped out of after one semester.) My mom threatened to kick me out if I didn't do that, but who knows if she would have actually have done it. Otherwise, my mom just would get angry if I told anyone I was atheist. The more religious members of my family mostly live in another country so I barely see them. I think they forget, or my mom tells them I believe again. I lost touch with almost every friend in elementary and middle school, I think in part because of religion. Towards the end of it I was pretty systemically shunned. It wasn't the only reason, but it didn't help that I was the weird atheist who believed in things like LGBT rights, abortion rights, etc.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
This is very helpful, thank you! This is probably a dumb question, but what do you mean by "case statement"? And all of my projects in the program so far have been group projects so I default to we when I talk about them... should I just be saying it was a group project and then defaulting to "I"? Would you okay with looking over my resume to give some feedback?I'm surprised it's been hard to find data scientists who know statistics! My undergraduate degree was in statistics so I feel pretty comfortable with it, but I can definitely learn more. I'm set on taking General Linear Models this spring, and hopefully Bayesian Statistics in the fall! Not sure at all about going into climate science... but the class seems very doable. I might be able to get away with taking five courses instead of four. My courses have barely touched on big O. Will be something I'll have to study on my own, I think.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Starting my second semester of my Data Science Master's on Monday. My first semester was my toughest academic experience so far, but that's what I get for wanting to go to a top school. The biggest source of stress was accidentally taking a theoretical computer science course with zero theoretical computer science experience. The professor was incredible supportive and encouraging, so I stayed in the class, but it was conceptually the most difficult work I've ever done. My two core requirement classes were fairly easy conceptually, but a lot of work. My last course was an introduction to machine learning which was also somewhat hard. Despite all the stress, I learned a lot and really enjoyed the material. Now I have to choose my courses for this semester. Two are requirements, so I don't have a choice there. That leaves two that I can pick but I'm having trouble deciding. Luckily I can go to all the classes for the first week or so and see how they feel. Here's what I'm deciding on:I'm also applying to internships for the summer. My problem is that I'm too all over the place: I'm interested by practically anything except defense/military stuff, biology and healthcare. (Thinking about human bodies makes me really anxious.) I'd also rather not work in purely financial stuff or places like banks. Otherwise, I'm happy as long as I'm working with data. But I do want to have an internship at a place where there is a full data science or data engineering team. Really dreading technical interviews. :(
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
1) Honestly, the best thing I ever did for my reading habits, especially non-fiction, was follow a poster from back on GAF. I realized very quickly that we had similar taste in fiction books and similar interests for non-fiction. So my advice would be to find people whose taste you trust! 2) The only way to really know is to do your research. I try to look at reviews, blog posts, even academic papers if I'm particularly skeptical or think the content requires more scrutiny. I generally stick to memoirs/autobiographies instead of biographies though, because even if you aren't getting the total "truth", you are getting a more singular, specific perspective. What genres are you interested in branching out to? What have you enjoyed before, as in, what about the books did you like beyond just the genre? What are areas of history that you want to start looking into? Maybe folks here can help. :)
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Thread So, we're all in agreement about Aladdin being the best animated Disney Movie, right?
The two of you should really check out the stage musical adaptation of Hunchback. It does what you want, and adds some really amazing songs. Such a shame the live-action movie isn't going to be based on it.
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Thread LttP: Parks and Recreation is not that good
I'll bring it up with the mod team. :P If I had a crush on any fictional character it would be Ben. A friend said if my partner and I ever had a child, that's how they would be. I decided to take that as a compliment. Said partner would rather be Chris.
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Thread LttP: Parks and Recreation is not that good
Damn, we're opposites. I don't find anything in funny, but regularly gets me laughing. I've gone through it about three times now. I agree with your points about Tom and Gerry. You're also the only other person besides me I've seen compare Leslie to Batman. :P I think she and Bruce have many similar qualities.
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Thread Do you consider yourself to be well-read? How important do you think it is to be so? Any English majors here?
According to Goodreads I've read more than 700 books. So I'd say I'm somewhat well read. I read a mix of fiction and non-fiction, but I only started the latter in the past decade. About 10% are comics. I'm not an English major. (Studied statistics, sociology, and computer science.) I did take two English courses of which I had already read most of the material. Reading is my main hobby, but grad school has definitely eaten into that. :( In the meantime I've downloaded the syllabi for some of the literature courses...
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Thread NA eShop Deals (1/9): New Year's Sale and more
I really enjoyed Mana Spark - to the point that I actually wrote a guide for it. $1 well spent. It's not particularly hard, especially once you figure out which attributes work best together, but it was a nice way to ease me into the genre.
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Thread Jonathan Hickman's X-Men |OT| Adaptation or Dominance(Open Spoilers, Gambit is the Witness)
Are you telling me the one Colombian character in X-Men got her body hijacked? (At least that I've ever heard of.) Was this just some random no-name character?
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Thread Has anyone ever gotten a septoplasty or any other nose surgery?
Talk to a doctor to see how much it would improve your breathing. I had a slight deviated septum, and I didn't notice any improvements. But it was honestly for aesthetic purposes. (And getting my mom to shut up about how much of an idiot of I was to not get plastic surgery.) I'm one of the unlucky few who had complications. Lost so much blood I needed a blood transfusion. Very scary experience. The recovery for the actual surgery was pretty trivial, but I might have been to anemic to notice any pain or discomfort around that area. Just don't look in the mirror for a while if you're squeamish like me. :P
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Thread Is there a legit good Isekai manga/anime?
Escaflowne and The Twelve Kingdoms are absolutely amazing. Maybe one day we'll get a sequel to the latter once the books are finished. Older Isekai with female protagonists or a more shojo bent seem pretty different from the modern, male-dominated stuff.
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Thread This American Life did a story about rich people seeking Growth Hormones treatment for their kids so they won’t be short
Enough of a stigma for my parents (mother really) to want to get me on drugs to mitigate it, I guess. :P I know in those studies about height and success, the correlation holds across different genders. No idea in the case of attractiveness (not counting models).
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Thread This American Life did a story about rich people seeking Growth Hormones treatment for their kids so they won’t be short
My parents considered doing this for me because they thought I was too short. I fought against it because I didn't care about being tall. I didn't end up getting it, and I'm the average height for a Colombian woman, below average for an American woman. Only slightly shorter than my mother. I did get puberty blockers for a year instead because I got my period early to the point it was pretty traumatic. I have no idea if it was covered by insurance.
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Thread What are you getting your family members for Christmas? I'm completely stuck figuring out what do to and it's putting me in a panic.
My present will be a card saying "I haven't dropped out of graduate school yet despite really, really wanting to. You're welcome." I'm mostly joking; my family has been super supportive. They understand that I haven't been able to really think about anything but school. Having me spend time with them during the holidays is enough. I did get my sister a collection of Keroppi products. She fucking loves Keroppi.
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Thread garlic is the best, right?
I agree that garlic makes everything better, but I'm usually to lazy to use it. Luckily my partner does most of the cooking. I don't think he's comfortable in a house unless he knows there is garlic in the fridge. He worries that climate change will take garlic away from him.The first think we ask ourselves when we're at the supermarket is: "Do we have enough garlic and onions? Let's get more just in case."
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Thread It's exam week
First semester of graduate school almost over. Seriously reconsidering whether I belong in the program. Only one of my classes has a traditional final. Here's my schedule:: Final project due at midnight. Group project where my group is really great. We have everything done except for the website which serves as our final report.Oh boy. Final project was due yesterday at noon. I went a full 24 hours without sleep. My group for this was . I ended up doing about 80% of the work for what was supposed to be a four person team. No one wanted to do any work until two days before it was due, and one team member straight up left campus and didn't talk to us since Saturday. I've spoken with the professor about it, but who knows what will happen. I need at least a 75% on the project to get an A in the class.Two finals: one in the form of a problem set and another in the form of a summary of a technical paper. This class ended up being a stealth theoretical computer science course covering stuff like differential privacy and cryptography. I came in knowing about theoretical computer science. We had a take-home final where we weren't allowed to ask for any help from the TA or the professor. This was in stark contrast to the homework where we could work on it with the professor or TA in office hours. It's the only way I got through the course. I'm hoping for something better than a 50%. The technical paper summary is due tomorrow and I haven't even started. : My only in-class exam. The midterm was some bullshit, but supposedly the final is going to be easier. I don't have this until next Thursday so I'm not even thinking about it yet. I hope for a B in the class, which is the average. I'm used to being a straight A student, but I can deal with being an average MIT student.
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Thread I'm being threatened by two classmates, after I gave them a low teamwork score for a project.
I didn't realize how much group work could suck until this semester where I found myself in a similar situation. I messed up by not going to the professor ASAP. I finally talked to him yesterday, and he responded very positively. I think it's helpful to frame the discussion as advice for what to do in an academic space if you get paired with a team like this again. In your case, one of your team members is straight up harsassing you and the other members. That in it self should be grounds to talk to the professor. If he doesn't want to deal with it, ask him who you should go to because this is not acceptable behavior.
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Thread Be honest, how much do you care about external validation?
Spent way too much time agonizing over both of these, particularly the first. It's tough to grow up in a culture when as a girl your looks are your most important attribute. I still care about it nowadays, but I'm too busy for it to get me down like it did before. For the latter, I think in general though I like to fantasize about being amazing as "revenge" to the people who bullied me when I was younger. But when I really thought about it, those people didn't bully me because of anything I did but rather who I am. I was a "stupid spic" then, and even if I have "objective" proof of my intelligence, they would find a way to rationalize that I'm still just a "stupid spic" who doesn't know her place.
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Thread Office jobs: Is your day mostly just sitting around trying to look busy?
Definitely not the case when I was working as a research analyst / data manager. There was always something more that could be worked on, even if it wasn't absolutely necessary in the short-term.
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Thread Breathtaking shots in games where you're overlooking something massive
I love the landscapes, but I could not stand the story of the first Red Dead Redemption. How much of the story do I have to play to unlock all the areas and just go hunting and riding my horse?
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
For real. I actually wouldn't mind the content of his hallucinations as much if he had his actual personality. One of the most interesting things about Dick is that he puts on this outward appearance of being very well put together and cheerful, but his mind is capable of going to very, very dark places. The whiplash between his usual demeanor and the demons he is fighting (particularly at this age, which I think is probably when he feels most 'lost') could be effective. It's just really hard to care because this Dick is so unlikable. And they should have made the hallucinations be because of something Deathstroke gave him.Now I know how the Dove and Hawk fans feel. :P I really like this Bruce. He's appropriately weird but not in an angsty way. Of course, 90% of my enjoyment comes from the fact that we finally have a live-action Bruce Wayne who is a father.I'm just going to keep agreeing with you. It's so unfortunately. Dick is such a good character. Why pull this shit?
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Thread What do you usually do when you get sick?
This reminds me that last time I got sick a classmate told me to take Vitamin C until I got diarrhea. She was 100% serious. D:I'm sorry to hear that! :( But what you say makes sense. It's hard to compare or really know how someone else feels when they are sick. I just feel guilty because other people seem to manage...
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Thread Swapped batman and catwoman character models (Batman: Arkham Knight)
Selina is so much more than "woman who acts sexy at all times" but you wouldn't really get that playing the Arkham games. It's off putting because in those games she has to be sexy for the straight male player at all times. In her own comics she actually gets to be a person and while she's sexy she's not hyper-sexualized in the same way. Of course that depends on the writer/artist, but DC usually sees some backlash when they hypersexualize her.
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Thread How do you feel about Batman's no killing rule?
One of his kids calls him out on the no-kill rule. Bruce knows it's self-serving, and he's (somewhat) okay with other people killing in particular contexts.I'm going to guess that most people don't even know about this because it's not entertaining enough to put into the movies and video games, and they have no context for the character beyond that. I don't know what people expect. Hollywood isn't going to make a movie about Bruce setting up his charities, hiring the low-level mooks he encounters, making sure that Gotham's public institutions run, etc. Even the comics only show it every now and then because that's not the genre.
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Thread The most impressive Comic Book Costumes done in Film
I've never worn a Rorschach mask, but I've done The Question before, and it's not impossible to see. My solution was to have two layers of dyed cheesecloth except for the "eyeholes" which were only one layer. The end result is still very smooth looking with a lot of added visibility. You don't see perfectly, but you can get by. I think the preferred material for Rorschach masks is stockings though, not cheese cloth. I don't know how the visibility compares.
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Thread Swapped batman and catwoman character models (Batman: Arkham Knight)
Highlights what I've always hated about Selina's portrayal in the Arkham games. She can be sexy without it being this ridiculous. But at the end of the day the games aren't made for me, despite Catwoman being one of my favorite characters.
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Thread I envy people with straight hair
Not gonna lie, that's my favorite hair type and I'm jealous! My hair is closest to 2B, although it never looks as good as Natalie Portman's :P And I basically have all the same problems you mentioned: frizz, bangs are impossible, tangles like a witch's knot on a horse... When I was little my mom would straighten it every morning before letting me go to school. Or force me to get those straightening treatments. My sister has Type 1A and she doesn't have to worry about a thing. The disadvantage is she literally can't style her hair beyond doing a ponytail or bun. Nothing else holds for longer than an hour or less. She's incredibly jealous of curly hair.
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Thread I envy people with straight hair
Very true! And I'm super lazy about doing any sort of styling on a regular basis. I just wish life was like Style Savvy and I could press a button and my hair would magically look great. ;-;
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
I love real Bruce being weird and cryptic, and the people who know him (Donna and Dawn) not having it.Yeah... come on Bruce, I know you're trying to respect your son's agency and shit, but at some point you gotta save someone from torture even if it means embarrassing your kid.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs |OT2| I have no pants and I must scream (READ OP)
Do I even want to ask?
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Thread Who pays your Netflix?
Where's the sibling option? I used to pay for it until we realized my sister uses it substantially more. (Like everyday versus me using it only a few times a month.) She pays for the whole family's use: my parents, herself, my partner, and me. But we technically live in three households. I pay for DC Universe Online and she uses that too. Sometimes we'll have a Hulu subscription and share that. I used to pay for Amazon Prime, which we all shared as well.
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Thread Do you like sharing youR bed with your SO?
I hate sleeping alone. :( Always have since I was a kid. Which is weird because I'm a really light sleeper. I can see the faintest bit of light through my eyelids so I need to wear a sleeping mask. I hear EVERYTHING like neighbors snoring so I need earplugs. But I hate the feeling of being alone at the end of the day. Especially if it's not just alone in the room but in the whole apartment or house. My partner and I no longer have the same sleep schedule, but he's great and will lay with me for a bit until I fall sleep. :3
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Thread They say you should never meet your heroes. I say you need to find better heroes.
I just kept on with the conversation. His worry was basically that male airport security personnel would target attractive women to grope or harass them. But I said I didn't really suspect that as a reason for being stopped so much. I still loved meeting him, and I don't think he was really trying to hit on me or anything. It was just weird that this person I had basically worshipped since I was eleven made a comment about my physical appearance.
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Thread They say you should never meet your heroes. I say you need to find better heroes.
My hero was Sir Terry Pratchett and I cried when I learned I would be able to meet him. (This was after his diagnosis.) We had a nice conversation complaining about airport security until he called me attractive, which was more than a little jarring.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs |OT2| I have no pants and I must scream (READ OP)
The only "Western" media I really found empowering as a young girl were books. I can see how if you weren't exposed to the treasure cove of feminist fantasy, science-fiction, and proto-young adult literature, Japanese media as a whole would appear much more inviting to a female audience.
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Thread Looking for science fiction book recommendations..
I first read Foundation in middle school and didn't really like it because Asimov didn't appear to get the memo that women were people (not surprising considering when the book was published, but I was hoping for more from someone who could obviously rethink other norms). It was really alienating as a young girl, and very different in that regard from the other sci-fi I was reading like Ursula K. Le Guin. I haven't gone back to it since then. I'm sure there are very interesting things going on in the other books, but there's enough sci fi out there that does interesting things without considering my gender completely irrelevant.
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Thread So Arnold fucking lost it at then end of Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie right?
Haven't seen the movie yet, but if that's the intended narrative it kills all of my desire to watch it. :/
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
You should definitely report those people because no one should be telling you how to identify. If you did report it and it wasn't taken care of, I apologize.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Before I learned English, I remember thinking it was a little unfair that many group terms (particularly the ones used to refer to me at that age so niños, hijos, nietos, primos, etc.) defaulted to the male endings. Not surprising that many men don't consider it a big deal or think about it too much, but I definitely did as a child. Although I was a weird kid in general. :P
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
We are discussing both. People who come in with their hot takes that they won't ever use the word, it's dumb, a creation of non-Latino people, etc. are erasing the identity of non-binary Latinos who prefer to be identified by Latinx. This might be a tiny group, it might have the most support in elitist ivory towers like American universities, but it exists. Painting those people as automatically gringos or self-hating is shitty. So some of us (Latinos even!) are reminding people not to do that. As for the discussion of using Latinx to describe all Latinos, that's happening too. I would rather that happen without the former hot takes though. It's hard to want to have a discussion when someone has already erased your identity or claimed you're just some dumb gringa whose opinion doesn't count anyways.
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Thread Do you go out drinking with your coworkers after work? Why or why not?
At my previous job, I would try to go if the coworkers I liked were there. I don't drink, but I'd order a coke. Good times. I worked with some amazing people so I didn't mind seeing them out of the office.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
My guess is this happens because the Latinos they have the most interaction with are those in American academia. Non-Latinos see them using Latinx and assume its the best word to use for general cases.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Then why perpetuate the idea that anyone who uses those terms is not actually Latino? Not saying you are doing that, but so many people in this thread are erasing Latinos because of this and it's frustrating as all hell. I'm more than willing to have a conversation about the best way to tackle this in our language, but being called a Becky and being thrown out of the room in the first place is like... what the hell? Can only Latinos who hate the word Latinx even get a chance to say anything?
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Yes, this is a huge difference. I call myself Latina. That doesn't mean I'm against other people calling themselves Latinx or using Latinx for describe a particular collective.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Must help that anyone who uses Latinx for themselves automatically turns into a gringo.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Outside of Era, I only mostly see Latinx in Latino-only spaces. Or are you saying those people probably use it because they are non-Spanish speaking Latinos? What word you prefer them to use to describe themselves?
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
Didn't know all these Latinx organizations in the United States are just a bunch of white people. Or do you mean only Latinos who are white use the word?
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
I love how if you don't think people using Latinx is a big deal, you are automatically not Latino, not a native Spanish speaker, etc. As for what non-Latino people should call us... I don't know. I don't particularly care if they use Latinx over Latino. But I sure as hell am not going to tell other Latinos what to use for themselves or think I'm more valid than them because of it.
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Thread Progressive Latino pollster: 98% of Latinos do not identify with “Latinx” label (ThinkNow Research)
I know people who are Laitno and gender neutral and prefer Latinx. But apparently they don't exist. I'll use whatever people want me to use for them. I use Latino for general purposes and Latina for myself but I'm not gonna shit on what other people want to call themselves and make them feel invalid. If a space primarily uses Latinx, that's fine. If it doesn't, that's fine too.
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Thread Allegations of toxic workplace environment towards women at Wonderstorm (The Dragon Prince) come out
I'm one of those people who thinks Aaron Ehasz's involvement was a deciding factor in A:TLA's quality, but no creative product, no matter how much I enjoy it, is worth people being the victims of behavior like this. Dude shouldn't be working in studios, let alone be in a position of power, if he can't treat women with respect.
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Thread How Was Your Monday, Era?
Cried during office hours again. I'm a mess. Luckily my TA is super understanding, even if I don't understand her explanation of the material. Will trade good Batman opinions for help with cryptography homework. I'm so lost.
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Thread How Was Your Monday, Era?
Frustration with understanding so little of the material and generally feeling very overwhelmed as a grad student. I don't want to fail this class and potentially get kicked out of my program. But I don't understand the current material enough to finish even half of a homework assignment that I've already spent hours on... Even with hours of help today, I've barely progressed. Honestly believe the material is beyond me or I don't have the required foundation for it. The professor (who literally invented a lot of this stuff) and TA somehow believe I can do it, I guess because I made it into the program, but that feels like a fluke.
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Thread What do you want in the next big Batman game
Damian isn't his only child. Dick, Jason, Tim, and Cassandra were all adopted pre-52. I don't know what their exact status is post New-52/Rebirth, but they're just as much his kids as Damian is.
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
I was SO excited for that episode, thinking we would get a whole episode of Bruce and Dick interactions, but nope... Everyone's reluctance to actually talk to an adult (Bruce) is getting annoying. Gar, you seriously had one job! And an exciting one! You get to talk to Batman! (Has Gar even made the connection yet?)
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
Who the fuck actually gives a shit about Hank and Dawn. Why do we waste so much screentkms on them? I'd rather know what Jason, Rose, Raven, or Donna were up to.
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Thread How do you study?
Are you working, OP? I found that studying before work was much more effective than studying after. Otherwise I was too exhausted to really do well. The one time I've had to study outside of school was for the GRE. I made a schedule for about two months of study where my only where my only break day each week was Sunday. My goal was a perfect score though, not just passing. So you might not need something as intense, but I suggest breaking up topics into a schedule and doing your best to stick with it. Note your progress with quizzes in each topic and cumulative tests if you can. Leave a week or two before the actual exam to go focus on areas that gave you double, otherwise do drills on all the content mixed up.
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
Ah okay. I don't know why I assumed they would streamline it here and have them be full siblings.The most logical answer is that Diana, Arthur, and Bruce went after him, and the first two overruled Bruce and used (what they thought was) excessive force. o I know narratively you don't want the adults solving all the problems, but having them come in now (well, in the past) makes perfect sense, and would actually help the narrative. Like "Fuck, my dad had to clean up this mess when I was younger, well now I'm older and I'm going to do it on my own."
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Thread When people can't pronounce your name (Please don't post actual names)
English speakers usually can't. I'm fine with them mispronoucing it, but a lot of times they'll straight up change it to another, similar name.
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Thread This Halloween... Luigi´s Mansion 3 or Medievil Remake?
Voted for Luigi's Mansion, but I doubt I'll get to it this Halloween because of so much school work. :(
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Thread A thread for those who are mentally done
It's just my first semester in grad school, and I already feel like this. It's just so much work with almost no breaks. The only "fun" thing I do each week is watch an episode of Titans. Otherwise it's school, homework, eating, and sleeping. When I do have some free time, I mostly just sleep more. I don't know.
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Thread Holy Hell Isaac Newton was one weird dude..
My friends who like anime can't get over the character designs, and everyone else doesn't want to watch anime. :/ Luckily my boyfriend watched it all with me and we had an utter blast.
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Thread Holy Hell Isaac Newton was one weird dude..
The difference between Isaac Newton and me is that if I lived during his time I would have believed most of the crazy shit he did without coming up with anything useful like calculus. At most I would have doubted some stuff and substituted my own dumb theories that wouldn't hold until today. :PThe noses are weird? I honestly don't know. I think part of it is that Escaflowne isn't really in the current zeitgeist so they aren't interested in overlooking its flaws like they will for other newer and more popular shows.
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Thread I don't really find the myth of Batman appealing in the modern context
I hate that shit too. The writers love loner Bruce way too much. I just ignore 'em.This and that DC will never let Gotham improve so they can keep pumping out stories about their most popular character.
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Thread I don't really find the myth of Batman appealing in the modern context
If it weren't for his kids, I'd feel the same, honestly. In my headcanon the kids and Selina dismantle the fortune.
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Thread Pokemon Center London opened today, you could say it was a success ...
Probably for the best I don't live near a Pokemon Center because their shit is exactly the kind of cute random ass products I love, and they are constantly adding new things. I want it all.
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Thread With this week's Batman #81, former CIA spymaster Tom King wants you to know that when Batman beats his kids, he's not really beating his kids.
what the fuck
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Thread Do you prefer hub worlds, open worlds, or linear level progression in your 3D platformers?
I wonder how much people's answers are influenced by the first games they played. Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie were the first platformers I seriously played, and so I tend to enjoy hub worlds more than linear progression.
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Thread Zoe Kravitz Cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Since there is no hint of any of the kids being anywhere in the movie, Selina is currently the most exciting part of it.
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Thread So people unironically shipped Zuko with Katara?
I watched the first season as it aired and it really blew up online when Zuko first kidnaps Katara in... The Waterbending Scroll episode? That other girls my age (14 at the time) saw that interaction as romantic chemistry was pretty disturbing.
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
Why do they keep trying to take away Conner from his boyfriend? First Young Justice, now this. >:( Excited for next week's episode! I'm either gonna love it or absolutely hate it. I feel bad for my partner having to watch this with me.
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Thread Why does Spider-Man have some of the worst stories ever?
The way it happened was stupid, but I was happy with the end goal. I know, I'm the worst. True story: I was asked to interview Brad Meltzer for my high school since I was the only student who had ever read any of his work. But I wasn't allowed to be negative or critical. I don't even remember what I actually said or asked. I wish I hadn't been such a goody-two shoes. :P
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Thread Debate me Comic-Era: 5 relationships that are more interesting and better than Peter/MJ, Lois/Clark, and Bruce/Selena
At least spell Selina's name right. :P
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Thread How do you deal with pictures of yourself
I feel you. I absolutely hate seeing pictures of myself. I'm always jealous of other girls that can look photogenic. Or maybe I'm ugly both on camera and off. :P If I can't control the camera myself and take like 100 shots, I look terrible and fat. Ever since not being(slightly) underweight I've felt the latter, and I keep hoping that losing some pounds to be closer to that will make me feel better. but if I'm honest I hated how I looked back then too.
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Thread how're y'all doing
Struggling in grad school. Somehow got accepted into a course I'm way under-prepared for. The professor is being great about it so that I don't fail, but it sucks. I'm used to getting perfect scores in courses, not struggling to pass. The other courses aren't necessarily difficult, but when I do run into problems, it becomes way too overwhelming. I don't know why I try to be ambitious. It just stresses me the fuck out.
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Thread Songs made for movies that are better than the films they appear in.
This is the first that came to mind since my sister plays the song so much and she's never even seen the movie.Can't be the only one when you have the following songs: The Bell of Notre Dame Out There God Help the Outcasts Heaven's Light (which is the companion to Hellfire) And that's not even counting Alan Menken's score which is probably the best he has ever done for a Disney movie. Particularly Sanctuary!
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Thread Calculus vs Statistics
Can I be terrible and say both? (Because I do love both.) But really it depends. If you aren't really going to be doing anything involving mathematics, an understanding of statistics will probably be more useful. Everyone should understand basic statistical concepts. I think it'd be pretty cool if everyone also understood basic calculus, or at least knew enough to know what calculus is useful for, but given the state of math education in the United States, that's an uphill battle. If you are going deeper into particular fields, including statistics, you just need calculus. You can't really take anything beyond a introductory statistics course or light data analytics course without a decent calculus background. At the end of the day, I think most people have the capacity to learn both at an introductory level.
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Thread I really fucked up
Maybe my situation can help you understand how unfair this thinking is, to yourself and to others. (This is without even going into how mental heath treatments are more than just a pill.) I take two pills daily: The first because I don't have a thyroid (thanks cancer) and so need synthetic thyroid hormones. Without that, I would get really sick, and eventually die. I most definitely cannot function like a normal person without "a few tiny grains in a pill". The second is because I've dealt with depression and anxiety since I was in middle school. Without that, I cannot function as well as others or at a "normal" level. The second is just as valid as the first. Both are meant to address physical imbalances or deficiencies in my body. By your logic, I should be able to just magically make thyroid hormones on my own or give up and let the deficiency play its course. That's obviously ridiculous.
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Thread 18 percent of Americans are Hispanic. Where the fuck is our Hollywood representation?
Hey, there's a precedent for the name in Marvel 1602!
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Thread Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout sells 150K copies in Japan at launch so far. Best in franchise history. Demand outside Japan high.
This is where I'm at. I'm really interested in trying the updated gameplay, but they lost me by going further with the sexualization. Sucks because there aren't any other games like this. At least I have a big backlog of Atelier games to go through.
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Thread How do you feel about people constantly underestimating your age?
Strangers mistake me for being in middle school or early high school. I'm 28. For me it translates to "I don't think you look 'developed' enough for woman of your age." Makes me feel like shit.
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Thread Forever 21 to declare bankruptcy
Forever 21 usually has stuff I like, but I don't buy clothes enough to go there often. I'll get a one or two items every few years. What I do get lasts me for quite some time.
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
The emotional stake with Aqualad would have been just as strong, if not stronger, if it wasn't framed as a romance. Except for Hank and Dawn, these are people who have known each other since they were 12. That's enough for me to buy how traumatic it is for one of them to die. Especially if it was the first person of their generation. I wish they had focused on that instead of the romance.
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Thread Titans S2 |OT| Titans Are Back, Bitches!
Didn't really care for the episode. I wanted more focus on Donna, but I'm disappointed it was mostly framed around this romance. Which they did not sell me on in a single episode. Hank and Dawn continue to be the most boring part of the show.
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Thread Did anyone grow uo with Spanish Telenovelas and the like? And where they as popular in the states?
Pretty much the only thing that was on in my household until I turned around 10, but I'll be damned if I can remember any of them besides .
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Thread [help] So this Spanish chick has been trying to "teach" me "words" for a lil while now...
Reminds me of the time a non-Spanish speaking American dude tried to mansplain how I was mispronouncing the ll in Medellín... the name of my hometown.
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Thread What is this garbage design doing in my Atelier game?
I wish someone would just make a clone of the the game system with non-shitty designs. The crafting is so much fun, and I haven't found another game that does something like it.
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Thread What is this garbage design doing in my Atelier game?
As a new fan to the series who loves the game mechanics, it's really disappointing. I wish it was easier to find games with such mechanics that didn't treat my gender like this.
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Thread Do you plan your team when you play Pokemon?
Second option for the first time through, first option for subsequent runs. Haven't done multiple runs for quiet a few generations now though.
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Thread Abercrombie's First Law sequel "A Little Hatred" out now (09/17), "adding women is easy if you think for 10 seconds" (spoilers for released First Law)
I'm sure readers get more out of it if they know the full story, but I'm not too concerned with spoiling older stuff. If things sound interesting enough, I figure I'd just go back.I'd skip for a couple of reasons: I'm not too interested in Abercrombie's earlier work and am pretty much only interested in his newer stuff after he started writing more diverse characters. That and I'm not looking for a long series at the moment.Good to know! Thanks for the info everyone. :)
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Thread Abercrombie's First Law sequel "A Little Hatred" out now (09/17), "adding women is easy if you think for 10 seconds" (spoilers for released First Law)
Can I read this without reading the first trilogy?
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Thread It is in fact I with the greatest video game collection of them all
Offer to help buy Racing Gears Advance carts and maybe he'll invite us over.
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Thread Fucking hate ghost/paranormal stuff so much.
I imagine it's because pretty much every ethnic group that makes up Latin America already had a strong foundation of supernatural beliefs, so a European custom of divining the future caught on pretty well while staying strong with those of European ancestry.
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Thread Damage Numbers in games. I hate them
I don't know if it's because my first RPG was Pokemon, but I much prefer smaller numbers with small increases than getting into the thousand plus damage range. Fire Emblem is nice like that too.
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Thread Tim Drake finally has a superhero name of his own
To be somewhat fair to Tim, my first exposure to the word drake was 'fire-drake' so I assumed it just meant dragon. That's a little bit cooler. Maybe.
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Thread Fucking hate ghost/paranormal stuff so much.
For the past thirteen years I thought the staff in Fire Emblem was "Psychic" instead of "Physic" until my boyfriend corrected me while playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Can't blame the OP for the typo. :P
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Thread Can we stop saying "Happy Friday"? (discussion about pet names for days of the week)
My last Friday before my partner finally joins me at our new home. Going to try to get a start on homework. It'd be nice to play some more Fire Emblem Three Houses, but now that I'm back in school I feel guilty whenever I play videogames. :(
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Thread Kind Words is now out on Steam for $4.99. It might be the most positive, soothing game I've ever played. It's my game of the year.
This sounds like something I really need right now. Thank you for posting it. :3
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Thread If your romantic partner was wealthy enough, would you stop working?
Ideally, I would work on my own projects. But realistically I don't know if could deal with the loss of financial independence if I were to do that.
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Thread Can we not call objectification and sexualization “fan service”?
Generally, I'm going to listen more to the people actually part of the groups depicted.
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Thread RingFit Adventure revealed for Nintendo Switch (the "new experience"). Fitness adventure RPG, use workouts to battle and explore, launches October 18
Sold when I saw that you attack with squats.
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Thread Era... I'm afraid of my city... I'm afraid of my country. I want to leave, but is extremely hard leaving all behind
Starting all over for yourself is hard. But if you are starting all over for your daughter's sake, maybe it's worth it. I imagine that's the mindset my parents had when they uprooted us from all their family and friends, but they were also younger. Shit's so hard; I'm so sorry. No one deserves to live in fear like this.
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Thread She/Her/Girl/Woman Era: Media you wished your parents had or hadn't exposed you to growing up?
Hmm, looking back, my parents didn't introduce me to much media. My mom doesn't consume any movies, music, tv, books, etc. My dad only consumes stuff for slightly older people. So my mom would show us Disney movies and Barney so we would learn English. My dad wouldn't directly show us anything until we were older. Only Queen songs on the way to school. If I picked up stuff that was "for boys", my mom tried to move me away from it. Obviously didn't work. :P
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Thread The year is 2001, you're hosting a massive party, what songs are on your must play list?
Damn, you've always been cooler than me. :P My sister had Aquarium. Pretty sure we choreographed a dance to every song on the album.
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Thread The year is 2001, you're hosting a massive party, what songs are on your must play list?
Definitely the Pokemon: The First Movie and Digimon: The movie soundtracks. That's all I owned at the time.
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Thread The soundtrack to Lord of the Rings is such a monumental achievement
Yes, exactly. There are movie soundtracks that feel like they could easily belong to another story or setting. Not true for Lord of the Rings.
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Thread Are You Above Average Intelligence?
I score above average in standardized tests. I don't think that automatically means I'm above average in intelligence. I'm sure most people given the same resources and motivation I had growing up can achieve the same.
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Thread Adults of Era, does your academic performance growing up correlate with level of professional success?
Probably not. Was at the top of my class throughout schooling; I got a job with average pay for my age and field. Maybe it'll be different once I get my Master's.
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Thread More People Are Leaving the NY Metro area Daily Than Any Other U.S. City
Just moved out of NYC but just for school. We really don't want to live somewhere we need a car, so we'll probably come back to NYC.
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Thread How many miles do you drive per week?
I don't own a car, and I take public transportation to class. I'll use Lyft rarely for special occasions. But I'm lucky that I'm in a city in the US with decent public transit.
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Thread Children of Morta releasing September 3, 2019 [PC] & October 15, 2019 [PS4, XB1, NSW]
Hadn't seen this before. Looks good!
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Thread Did Batman: TAS have the best on-screen adaptations of every major character?
Oh it is. It's my favorite episode. But I don't really like what they do with Dick once he becomes Nightwing.
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Thread Did Batman: TAS have the best on-scr