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  1. This isn't really the same thing but last night I watched Moana for the first time and one thing that struck me was that I was waiting for Captain Cook to show up and he never did. It was a bit of a relief to just have a story about an indigenous people's mythos instead of the story having to be about colonialism because an indigenous culture was featured.
  2. I feel like Star Trek might have done some episodes where the crew thinks they know how sentient beings should behave, but eventually come to understand that a different set of values or traditions can work; but I can't think of any specific episodes. But in general I agree with what Patrick R wrote.
  3. Confused about Social Media...

    I think there is a tendency to idolize the past. 20 years from now people will feel like nothing is as authentic as Facebook groups once were. That isn't to claim that you (particularly) don't need something that Facebook groups aren't offering. As far as finding what you are looking for, I suggest trying to make it. It's not that you will necessarily create an interesting space, but I suspect that the process of creating it and promoting it will bring people out of the wood-work that have similar sensibilities and they might know where the real stuff is happening.
  4. The Big VR Thread

    This year's CES has announced multiple 180 3D consumer video cameras. This is exicting imo. One's I've heard of thus far: -Lenovo Mirage Camera -Yi Horizon VR180 ------------ Also I played with King Spray again today to make a graffiti asset for a game. It turned out great and man that app is so much fun to use.
  5. Star Wars Episode 8

    I watched this movie for the second time last night. I liked it the first time, but I enjoyed it more the second. Kylo Ren is easily my favorite Star Wars character ever. He is so interesting as a villian. To be honest, I watched the movie the second time in order to pay attention to and it did not disappoint.
  6. Star Wars Episode 8

    Dune (I've only seen the movie) would pass as Star Wars for me. Good example.
  7. Star Wars Episode 8

    A big part of Star Wars for me is the aspect that feels like serfs fantasizing about being royalty (with an element of ancestry to it) and that meaning something in the context of religion, morality, and power. I don't get that from something like Space Balls or those series you mentioned.
  8. Star Wars Episode 8

    This makes me want to look through fan-edits and mashups of the Star Wars films (that hopefully include material from other stuff) until I find something that continues to use the characters, aesthetics, and political fantasies of the series, but doesn't feel like Star Wars anymore. It would be interesting to find the limit in order to see what I think the essence of Star Wars is. Lately I've been thinking a lot about Dracula and Nosferatu and examining how that aesthetic was formed and what its purpose has been. After watching The Last Jedi, I'm starting to wonder about how those thoughts can apply to it.
  9. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    I'm not a market-fundamentalist, but I think that the question of who in the chain of production is responsible will ultimately be determined by whose product benefits from this type of moderation. A software company that limits use based on content isn't going to be viable. For instance, Google docs just had a bug recently that locked a bunch of journalists out of writing their stories because it included content that was flagged for DRM. That type of thing reduces faith in the product. A company whose image is easy and safe hosting all of your friends and family is more likely to increase faith in their product by disallowing uses that are outside of common mores. Part of the problem though is that things like white-supremacy, aggressive heteronormity, and misogyny are mostly regarded as tolerable in mass American culture.
  10. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    Interesting. This makes sense to me.
  11. Confused about Social Media...

    Some people tend to treat Twitter as a personal space, but I will follow people generously if I feel like my online social-time is too slow. Then I will reply to their tweets if I have something relevant to say regardless of whether or not they follow me. This pisses some people off and a few of them will act indignant but I just unfollow them and go on to greener pastures. I've ended up having a lot of meaningful interactions with a sizable amount of folks who were interested in communicating over time after I initiated this way. This tends to work much better with accounts that have smaller amounts of followers and they have to be cool too. One promising way to find them is to look at game-credits for games (Soundcloud would probably be similar). My mutual interests tend to be game-jam type stuff so the folks who are more receptive to my methods of initiation tend to actively promote events or smaller groups that they are participating within. There is a lot of small social projects that are starting up with very few members all the time. For instance, I just joined an Experimental Games Reddit group because someone I followed on Twitter retweeted it. That Reddit group then has its own Discord it was advertising so I joined. I end up running into people I've already seen in other Discords or on Twitter and at this level of fame (very low, but still producing creative content) they tend to be appreciative that someone noticed that they exist or that someone found something they made interesting. Some people will be dicks though, I don't mind I just unfollow them; It's just their way of saying they aren't interested. Don't let that stop you from meeting the people who want to be met.
  12. Is Steam (Valve) Good? If not, what then?

    I see Facebook being mord like forum software rather than being a online place. If the software used to power this forum is also used by Nazis, I wouldn't want the developer of the software to hire a bunch of moderators to scrub various forums that use their software for harmful posts. I have my Facebook account set to private so maybe I don't see the worst of this, but as it is for me, I have the ability to lock anyone out of my personal feed and I have the ability to create a group and give a few folks moderator priviledges. For those of you who think of Facebook as a single public space that Facebook needs to police, how do you see it being significantly more responsible for its moral use than the company that made this forum software? I read the whole thread, but this still isn't clear to me. Steam seems different because the social communication isn't as opt-in. As an initial solution to that, individual games could just be given the tools to moderate their own community pages, including the ability to only allow folks who have bought the game to post in certain sections. Maybe they already have that.
  13. Mouse Wrist Pain

    So between the excercises, the trackball, using a Xbox Controller more, and paying attention to which hand I use for opening doors; inflamation is much less of an issue. Still I'm interested in more solutions. Has anyone had experience with whether or not the Steam Controller agravates wrist-pain? I'm considering buying one for FPSs