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  1. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    "No red key, no skeleton, no score thing, and no magic door. Sorry, it just isn't"
  2. Life

    I have a HTC One M8, but I might look at selling it and getting something else. It's a bit too big, the camera is awful, and it has this horrible dual camera gimmick that does a bad imitation of a Lytro, but won't fool anyone who's spent time staring through camera lenses.
  3. If you get bored in the first 3:30, the last 1:30 of this is incredible: (Edit: It auto-loaded at 480p for me. Watching it again at 1080, the birds and are clearly comped in. Given how much more extreme freeride courses are, the skiing is entirely plausible though).
  4. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    Holy shit, a Rival Consoles song I like: From Erased Tapes VI.
  5. Oculus rift

    OH myy. *fetches google cardboard*
  6. "We don't know what the sun is"
  7. Job Hunting

    Of those, Myers-Briggs is especially wooey. Between that and the closed doors sessions at GDC, if I didn't know people who worked in HR departments, they'd seem like a really weird priesthood.
  8. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    It seems a bunch of lines were plagiarised from Tori Amos lyrics too: Maybe that's why a reason that, when the terrible poetry came up on Twitter a few months ago, he tended to just block and run instead of his usual mocking engagement?
  9. Job Hunting

    A friend did her PGCE after an English studies degree and an English Lit. Master's. She now teaches and she's pretty happy with that.
  10. Oculus rift

    Plus, there was no DK2 compatible version of Dumpy: Going Elephants last time I looked.
  11. Movie/TV recommendations

    The fight with pink neon made my brain go "ooooooooh!", Pacific Rim is loads of fun. I went in with exactly the right expectations from the trailer, thanks to the shot of the ship being wielded like a bat.
  12. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    The first listing was taken down because it was in the wrong category, the second is in the right category, but ebay doesn't let people in the UK look at it because porn laws.
  13. They're taking my Freeze Peach!

    While he makes serious points and often doesn't joke about them, when he does he always goes for the better joke. While he's not the best parallel, Chubby is an example of racist humour that was widely accepted here in the UK, but that the same people talking to muslims about racist depictions right now would probably never consider defending.
  14. They're taking my Freeze Peach!

    Those are great ways to express it, Apple Cider. I didn't retweet this because I've been struggling to process any of the past few days news and the way twitter continuously reacts to and chews it up. This morning I wanted to retweet this, but didn't because I lacked the energy for any potential conversations that might come out of it: Context: Roy Chubby Brown built a career on dressing goofy and being racist on stage. Seeing people speak about the cartoons and (effectively) say "You're not looking at the racist tropes in context!", while I have black friends who are really offended by them, is tragic. There's a reason most newspaper cartoons telegraph and caption things so heavily, and it's to leave no room for interpretation. If these French cartoons lack the context to stop that, they were shitty work that can't stand or communicate by itself, and no amount of context or intent save them from being racist. Back to that Twitter News Cycle™ though, it seems people can't think about it without projecting a baddies/goodies divide. Some people were brutally murdered. It doesn't sanitise their work.
  15. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I had to unfollow pixiejenni for the .@'s. Not that I don't admire her persistence and calm politeness in the face of GG's horror, but her account just filled my feed with gater stuff constantly. The Brianna stuff from earlier: I can see her point but think it was a bad approach. Better to move on to the more constructive things she's advocating than make statements that can be read as "Ok everyone, this is over now! Everyone move on to something else!"
  16. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    Roosh published, a breathless, apocalyptic pro-GG piece that turned out to be entirely lifted from an old anti-communist screed, with "John Birch Society" replaced by GG and "communist" replaced with SJW: Given the motives of the group of people who started GG, I'm thinking it might be sincere and the writer didn't expect to get caught.
  17. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    Carpenter Brut EP 1 (Track list at bottom of page)
  18. "Ethics and Journalistic Integrity"

    I took a quick look this morning, and laughed loudest at the thread title "Open letter to Intel: If you play with fire you will get burned".
  19. Unnecessary Comical Picture Thread

    "They've crossed the line that separates porn from ography" <-- definitely using this.
  20. Life

    It reads like there's not malign intent in that email, but you've talked about manipulative things she's done before and it seems like, even if she means well, a lot of her outlook and the conclusions she's already come to on you and your relationship are passively hostile to you if that even makes sense. If you're still having nightmares you probably still need space, and might always. No matter how well meaning she might be, you don't owe her contact, friendship, love, or anything like.
  21. Movie/TV recommendations

    I saw The Rover recently. It's like a more nihilistic version of Mad Max, utterly devoid of glamour and showing revenge as petty and brutal. , but only if you're feeling resilient beforehand.
  22. Blindsight

    I might have picked up the recommendation to read Blindsight by Peter Watts here, I see it's been mentioned in a few threads. I read it in a couple of sittings yesterday. It's billed as hard science fiction, which I quite like, but there are a few clumsy diversions that seem like he's regurgitating something he read in Scientific American (the acknowledgements make very clear he put a lot more research effort in than that though), and it's obvious he puts a lot of trust in evolutionary psychology which, while it has a lot of defenders, is often speculative. All of those were quite small things though compared to a fascinating central premise that doesn't become obvious until quite far in: I've absorbed a lot of science fiction, but that idea was entirely new to me and an interesting take on the Fermi paradox.
  23. Blindsight

    I particularly hate when people lean on evolutionary psychology to talk about competitive and adversarial behaviour while entirely ignoring cooperative behaviour and species. At points Blindsight seems to do that, and I sometimes couldn't tell how much of that was Siris outlook and how much the authors.
  24. Blindsight

    Nope, while that is reductive I tend to agree. In my favourite SF, tech and imaginary societies decidedly take backstage to people.