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Jack Black cancels Tenacious D tour and places future projects on hold after Kyle Gass comments on Trump
  • This is why I blocked lemmy.ml, along with hexbear.net and lemmygrad.ml - too bad those user blocks are so ineffective and still show every comment from every user from there.

  • I don't think he knows about second Gagh, Gowron
  • Woah that's so beautiful. Oh uh... I mean fearsome! And brave... a-a-and scary, yeah that's it! (No, I meant beautiful 🤩)

  • Where the spoon goes
  • There is no spoon... only salad, apapernlty.

  • I am a fierce guardian
  • Oh no you di-uhnt!

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  • A TL;DR of the Goldman-Sachs AI Criticism
  • Too big to fail, too big even to jail - it's worked before, they seem to be counting on it working once more.

    But I could be giving them too much credit - perhaps they really do believe in it.

  • Zoom exec calls in-office work mandate a ‘success’ — despite working remotely himself
  • Screw shareholders, does it emotionally satisfy me? (=success)

  • What are some unwritten rules of Lemmy most users don't know?
  • Thank you for the insight, I was wondering e.g. if changing the title of a cross-post would disable notification that it was a cross-post, but it sounds like not.:-)

  • Democrats Need to Wake Up From Their ‘West Wing’ Fantasy
  • I think it's closer to the show The 100 😆

  • ‘Daily Show’ Cancels On-The-Ground RNC Plans After Trump Assassination Attempt
  • Yup, and it continues further forward from here. We are just barely getting started down this road, it seems, and it doesn't help that people are dead-set against learning from events. Except they are learning, but the opposite lessons that a civilized person would want - e.g. "right idea, wrong target"? This is nowhere close to being over.

    Just as has been happening in other parts of the globe for quite awhile now, TV talk show hosts, news reporters, professors and the like should start taking extra precautions. The death threats won't end with Fauci and the CDC and the judges and the prosecutors and the governors and mayors and such and so on that we've already seen so far - that mindset has a way of juvenile thinking where like if you can't get to them, then aim lower at an easier target that they can reach.

    We have heard about this, in places like Egypt and Mexico, but now it's here too - everything is different now. As it already has been, since January 6, but I hope more people wake up to acknowledge that reality, and stay safe!:-|

  • Wilhelm scream
  • Well the sound effect itself isn't great, but it's great (imho) to hear the homage whenever it is used:-).

  • I've been watching Castlevania Nocturne
  • I do strongly recommend watching the previous anime first, which is an EXCELLENT show! But yeah, this one is pretty great too.:-)

  • ‘Daily Show’ Cancels On-The-Ground RNC Plans After Trump Assassination Attempt
  • January 6 changed everything that came after it. This is a different country now, vs. before.

  • Wilhelm scream
  • I remember learning about that - once you know, you can never unhear it again, and that's a good thing:-).

  • What are some unwritten rules of Lemmy most users don't know?
  • iirc, it was one of the points sold to people as we migrated away from Reddit during the exodus. But I like your more precise phrasing of what it actually is.:-) More was told during the exodus though, e.g. "just as Reddit is falling, if the instance you pick likewise falls, then you can move your account to another one", i.e. it barely matters which instance you picked at first, so just jump in and see. But different language may have been used at different times and places - e.g. the expectations of people already here vs. the newly incoming ones (like me:-).

  • What are some unwritten rules of Lemmy most users don't know?
  • Anyone using the "cross-post" feature is doing things properly, so don't worry, the person you responded to just left that part out. They might be on an extremely old app that hasn't been updated to handle that feature - but you are good. Thank you for caring...and sharing:-).

  • What are some unwritten rules of Lemmy most users don't know?
  • You cannot defederate from a "community", but you can have your specific user account block either a community or an entire instance (to varying degrees of effectiveness - you can still see posts from people on those instances, and chat with them, but you won't receive "notifications" from them anymore).

    Defederation from an "instance" is meant as a last-resort effort to avoid an enormous amount of moderation work, like if it keeps sending child porn across the Fediverse, or users are overwhelmingly harassing others or something.

    Here, you can read about such occurrences directly from the sources involved (who chose to do it) like https://hexbear.net/post/1712067, and then various responses in return like https://programming.dev/post/2652745 (tldr: hexbear defederated from them, so they defederated in return to avoid people getting confused from one-sided conversations where messages could be sent but never received) and https://lemm.ee/comment/2155764 etc.

    And yes, you are stuck at your current instance if you care about keeping your account. You can copy your rules like block list from one user account to another though, like I have an alt at StarTrek.online, which mitigates somewhat the pain of having to move. If someone were to try to send me a DM at my old one though, I would not get it at the new account - instead I would have to keep both active, forever. It turns out that the idea that you can move freely around the Fediverse was a lie - or at least, it is something that isn't fully implemented yet. Theoretically it is something that could be done, if someone were to bother to implement that, but it hasn't been done yet.

    All of Lemmy is still beta software. It helps to lower expectations:-). It is still 1000x better than Reddit imho, b/c of (a) no ads and lack of other forms of enshittification as well (e.g. automatically playing videos that you cannot stop with a setting somewhere), (b) the people are more worth talking to here (generally speaking; except those places that tend to be defederated by the major instances, b/c of all the harassment they kept doing).

  • Josh Johnson Asks Black Voters: Biden or Trump? | The Daily Show

    The result may surprise you: about 50/50, based on polls. These people relate their thoughts and experiences and explain why they feel as they do.

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    Jon Stewart Examines Biden’s Future | The Daily Show

    > Honestly though, "get on board or STFU" is not a particularly compelling pro-democracy bumper sticker, nor is "meh, what are you going to do?"

    > All we want is for someone to keep it 💯 - the percentage, not the age.

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    The Hollow Men - T S Elliott

    allpoetry.com The Hollow Men by T S Eliot

    Comments & analysis: Mistah Kurtz-he dead / A penny for the Old Guy / I / We are the hollow m

    The Hollow Men by T S Eliot

    I

    We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats' feet over broken glass In our dry cellar

    Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

    Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom Remember us-if at all-not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men.

    Eyes I dare not meet in dreams In death's dream kingdom These do not appear: There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column There, is a tree swinging And voices are In the wind's singing More distant and more solemn Than a fading star.

    Let me be no nearer In death's dream kingdom Let me also wear Such deliberate disguises Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves In a field Behaving as the wind behaves No nearer-

    Not that final meeting In the twilight kingdom

    III

    This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man's hand Under the twinkle of a fading star.

    Is it like this In death's other kingdom Waking alone At the hour when we are Trembling with tenderness Lips that would kiss Form prayers to broken stone.

    IV

    The eyes are not here There are no eyes here In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

    In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

    Sightless, unless The eyes reappear As the perpetual star Multifoliate rose Of death's twilight kingdom The hope only Of empty men.

    V

    Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o'clock in the morning.

    Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom

    Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadow Life is very long

    Between the desire And the spasm Between the potency And the existence Between the essence And the descent Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom

    For Thine is Life is For Thine is the

    This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.

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    [Opinion] Biden Must Resign

    www.theatlantic.com Biden Must Resign

    If the president wants to protect American democracy, he should hand over his office to Kamala Harris.

    Biden Must Resign

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.one/post/16476649

    > For the good of the republic and to demonstrate new leadership before the election.

    Lays out an argument about how to navigate the difficulties ahead, addressing the challenges that would result.

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    Jon Stewart Debunks GOP’s City Crime Narrative | The Daily Show

    Jon Stewart is outstanding, but also this video seems like one of his better ones. Aside from gun issues specifically, part of what makes this great is his calling the for-profit media sources out for their hypocrisy and willful ignorance, and callousness to the lives of innocents including our children.

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    Are you a 'tankie' - Lemmy

    !icon used on lemmygrad.ml

    Originally a light-hearted post poking fun at and doing a survey to gather input, but it has turned into a thought-provoking deeper dive into what it really means to be someone that people would call a "tankie". Note that to some (die-hard conservatives), we all are "tankies" on the Fediverse, but is there a meaning beyond the pejorative of merely "holding a belief that I do not personally agree with"? Come and join the fun, or read about the community consensus even long into the future?

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    Discussion about lemmy.ml admins abusing Fediverse moderation tools (with proof)

    lemmy.world Lemmy.ml tankie censorship problem - Lemmy.World

    I feel like we need to talk about Lemmy’s massive tankie censorship problem. A lot of popular lemmy communities are hosted on lemmy.ml [http://lemmy.ml]. It’s been well known for a while that the admins/mods of that instance have, let’s say, rather extremist and onesided political views. In short, t...

    https://lemmy.world/post/16211417

    Lemmy.ml, like lemmygrad.ml and hexbear.net, has consistently been accused of improper Federation practices and many instances have decided to ban one or both of the latter by default, with many individual users having already gone further to block the former as well. However, many individual users on lemmy.ml seem unaware of the accusations of the practices of their admins, and some people go so far as to see lemmy.ml as a sort of default instance on the Fediverse.

    This discussion promotes wider knowledge of the situation and what might be done about it in the future, in order to e.g. not turn away new potential Federation members (Fedizens?:-) that could otherwise associate what happens on that instance as something relating to the Fediverse as a whole.

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    Shining in the Darkness

    Recently I have been thinking about Shining in the Darkness.

    !silly shopkeeper

    I never played it when it first came out, but I love to go through series back to their OG titles and often that leads me to dungeon-crawlers:-) - Phantasy Star, Wizardry, etc. A lot of games I'll just hack so as to speed through them more quickly, but dungeon-crawlers I like the slow pacing & grinding - it helps calm my mind, especially like during seasons of the year when I may have trouble sleeping:-).

    The UI is really crappy - like looking in the inventory doesn't even show which items are equipped or not - but probably for its time it was revolutionary, or something. Anyway it's functional and that's sufficient. Oh and the graphics are not on par with modern games, obviously. But it's old, so... who cares? :-P

    What I like most about it is that tripartite balance between the three hardcoded characters. There is something about that... - like Kirk + Spock + McCoy in Star Trek - that somehow speaks to the human condition. In this case your main character does the deep cuts necessary to win the boss fights (even barehanded he does far more than the others when you get them, he's so strong!), and your mage support Pyra can really dish out the broad damage to a group (especially with the cursed whip, the only really worthwhile cursed item in the game for long-term use) or even all enemies, and your healer Milo splits the difference with his own magic spells + multi-targeting weapon. Milo can become your MVP with sufficient leveling and the Boost spell from Pyra - and he's so speedy that I'll give him the Sword of Light if Pyra's whip + that can kill things for zero MP at end-game.

    Dragon Warrior/Quest had a similar concept - 3 hardcoded character slots, each with pre-defined names (not sure about the main one?) and back-stories for them; where the main guy was a straight warrior, then a Prince as a hybrid attacker+spellcaster, and finally a Princess offering more spells, though the latter two would swap as to whose was more powerful throughout the game iirc. Anyway, Shining in the Darkness may not have been unique, but they just did it so very well that it highly stands out in my mind in this aspect.

    Shining in the Darkness also offered SUPER high resell value for items - something like half or even three-quarters of the value? So rather than my usual tactic of skipping over items to purchase so as to save gold overall, in this game I would intentionally slow myself down and buy every single one of the gear items, and thus experience gear that otherwise might never see any use at all in the game. I think it is more enjoyable that way.

    I think I really enjoy the idea of a leveled-up Pyra being able to use her whip to great effect. She thereby breaks the trope of "oh I'm a weak wizard-man/woman and can only cast spells, maybe do nothing at all from the back row when I'm out of MP", and that adds a dimension to the game of deciding when to use a spell vs. using the whip to hold off on using your MP for as long as you can (despite MP-draining floors!:-P). Likewise using her cursed whip offers its own set of trade-offs: more power at first, for less control if the enemies did not die after the first turn - which if she was not a spell-caster would definitely not be worthwhile, but since the effect only happens after she chooses to use a physical attack, again offers up a whole new element of strategy to the game. Milo's multi-attack weapons have similar trade-offs - if he's a high level and Boost + Slow are/or used, it becomes REALLY powerful, plus being able to hit+kill up to 3 enemies in normal mobs also helps a great deal - and too the use of a "shield" that boosts attack power at the cost of defense.

    Running contrary to that is the idea that while you may be able to mop the floor with all the common mobs, when you open up a chest and get a "boss" type monster, you have to be REALLY prepared! It is the maximum difficulty of an area that matters most, not the minimum or average. But even here... that facts leads you to behave more cautiously overall, which then ironically wraps around to encourage boldness in the short-term, as in go in and do a bunch, then get out and return, not try to limp along and then have your ass handed to you unexpectedly.

    Perhaps I enjoy the reminder that while it is good to excel in life, it is also necessary to find balance, maybe with the support of others, or even just within ourselves:-). And this game was all about balance, in every aspect of it, which I very much appreciated.

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    Memes live in your brain

    A video titled "This Video Will Make You Angry", by CGP Grey, about how memes evolve in the same manner as living organisms, though in this case those most successful tend to be the ones that engender anger in their target audience.

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