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So, first day on the job, a mile and half up in the air.  Talking with engineers about robots the size of sewing needles that adjust fiberoptic cables for trapping images of entire galaxies, to measure their velocity with respect to one another.  The engineers know their job and they assume I'm educated on everything unless I tell them differently, in which case they patiently explain.

My boss is a fairly brilliant scientist who enjoys the ins and outs of DOE/NASA/NSF bureaucratic wrangling.  His boss is the smartest woman I've ever met, who shares my enthusiasm for the visitor program, for getting people up the mountain to look at other stars and how exoplanets are inferred from a star's wobble, and will geek out on a moment's notice, which is fucking awesome.

My crew are all professionals who genuinely like each other, and most of them seem to have taken a shine to me.

I am in charge of - among many other things - life support.  LIFE SUPPORT.  Scotty, my scabby arse!

I changed my mind.  There is a heaven.

Holy shit.

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There is another of the big 3 sites that discuss things. Where only a few boards are racist. A site that shares a lot of the same values of Discordianism.

Also why are we making the next stage of Discord online?  Social media is for talking about irl. We should do more irl events even if it's just one guy being crazy in people's faces.

Problem with 4chan is that sure, only a few boards are racist in themselves, but they spend so much of their time shitting up the rest of the place that it might as well be /pol/ and /int/ across the board. And /lgbt/ keeps to itself for the most part, but it's pretty much /pol/ for gay men. /r9k/ is its own kind of vile. At best, you have boards like /tg/ where the Nazis run up against opposition of equal strength, but even there you get people complaining about shit like DnD 5e being inclusive to transgender people, even if there is a strong contingent telling them to chill the hell out. For a site founded on the premise of absolute freedom of speech, 4chan is actually pretty firmly authoritarian. If there were some centre of opposition to /pol/ on that site, I might be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but it's nowhere to be found. Instead, it's declared Tumblr to be its enemy, and in so doing exacerbated Tumblr's toxic qualities.

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A lot of sexualisation has to do with posing as well.  Men aren't usually posed like romance novel covers.

I hate to beat a dead horse, but yet another reason that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is love and life.

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I had two people, separately, mention "charging their laz0rs" to me today.
Those are some vintage memes.

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Requiem's Illusion spells.  I might also use the Apocalypse Spell Package, though some of them are fairly cheesy (Hidden Cobra followed by Vanish = enemy with 1 HP).

Survivalism...eh, it depends.  I can edit some of that stuff down, and Frostfall, for example, does actually have you do things to mitigate against the cold (collect wood, build fires, pitch tents etc).  Hunterborn makes foraging, skinning and gathering ingredients more in depth without being too tedious (there are neat animations and stuff to go along with the skinning etc).  Eating and sleeping is boring, but it's also fairly easy.  Plus it's that element of danger and survivalism.  Do I take the extra potions, or wood in case of a snowstorm?  Do I kill these bandits and take their fire, or make camp somewhere safer?  Fast travel is disabled by standard in Requiem, so I'll be out in the wild a lot anyway...

Actually, you know what? I've changed my mind. It sounds fine.

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So, my testing for recording seems all good.  OBS is definitely the way to go, it records with almost no impact and with half the file size of the other methods, and because it doesn't use a variable framerate or weird encoding system it doesn't spazz out.

So, that means, before I start recording Skyrim gameplay again, I have questions; I will be using the Requiem overhaul, for more interesting gameplay.

Do you want to see survivalism gameplay?  Namely, hypothermia, realistic needs and hunting?  There are mods for this, but I'm waiting for the patches to be updated for the latest version, as the new Frostfall mod has significant performance improvements over the currently patched version.  This will mean the possibility of freezing to death, starving to death etc.

Secondly, what kind of character would you be interested in.  I have a couple of ideas, and I'm pretty open to any of them, as all should be end-game viable.  Basically, your choices are nightblade (stealth and magic), paladin (shiny armor and good magic) or spellblade (fire magic and conjuration and swords). I'll come up with backstories and motivations later.

Spellblade looks most fun to watch, though nightblade could also be fun if your mods add interesting Illusion spells. I dunno about the survivalism, though. While I imagine it adds depth to gameplay, it's probably tedious to a passive viewer. Unless you can really fill time with your commentary, I think I'd advise against it.

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The Paris attacks and ensuing flood of racism all over the Internet isn't really helping with my state of mind.

It's definitely been an upsetting couple of days on social media.

I'm starting to fear that I'm echo-chambered on Facebook. I haven't seen anyone actually expressing anti-Syrian sentiments, but I know they must be out there judging by all the reactions I'm seeing. Well, that and the way Western politics generally get about this sort of thing.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Wealth Inequality -- a red herring?
« on: November 14, 2015, 05:08:39 am »
Compensation has closely tracked productivity:
https://www.nber.org/feldstein/WAGESandPRODUCTIVITY.meetings2008.pdf
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/07/productivity-and-compensation-growing-together

Workers do not tend to be paid (in total compensation, aka wages+benefits) less than 50% of their productivity.

To quote the NBER paper: "In 1970 compensation was 74 percent of the value added of the nonfinancial corporate sector. In the year 2006, it was 73 percent."

I don't know, it's possible CEOs are an exception, being paid way more than they "should" be? But compensation of workers in the entire economy has tracked productivity. It's certainly true that workers in a company, taken as a whole, contribute more to a company than a CEO. But each individual worker, compared to the CEO, is a different story. Although the main point I was making wasn't necessarily about CEOs in particular, but about productivity in general. The value added to hiring a worker with more skills tends to be more than a worker with less skills.

I'm entirely open to being shown that CEOs are paid way above the value they bring to a company. This would be quite an interesting exception to the rule.

Their value isn't to the company, it's to the board of directors. A good scapegoat's worth a lot of money, apparently.

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White privilege is kinda bullshit imo.

Most points about it that people make are illogical.

It's a oppressive term tbh. I can't think critically because I'm white? I can't feel marginalized because I'm white? I can't have empathy because I'm white?

But none of those claims are actually part of the definition of "white privilege." Like, I'm white, but I'm also mentally ill, poor, and bi, and all those things do indeed create problems for me that wouldn't exist if I were sane, rich, and straight. At the same time, I'd be worse off if I also weren't white. I'm not exactly proud of this, but I don't feel guilty about it either. You're attacking a strawman, possibly based on distortions of the concept bred on tumblr and deliberate misrepresentations on /pol/ feeding into each other and twisting it into something stupid.

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White people is a racist term tbh.

There's so many different kinds of white, and a jew has about as much similarity to a slav as a black has to a mexican. So why is one grouped together and the other isn't?

It kinda reminds me of something a black friend of mine once said, about how they were uncomfortable with the widespread use of the term PoC because it lumps all non-white people together, implying that they're all one big happy family when clearly they're not. Specifically, they cited a friend whose Chinese grandparents, upon hearing she was moving to Toronto, warned her to "watch out for all the n***ers."

White people do benefit from the social structures in most places in ways other people don't, but the entire designation of "white" vs. "non-white" is still kinda nonsensical, as you said, when you cut it away from its context. I think historically, "whiteness" has simply been an imperialist way of designating who counts as a member of the dominant in-group; I recall someone on this very site describing the way the Irish were considered "non-white" when they were still widely discriminated against, in spite of the pastiness of their usual complexion. Hell, I've read of 19th-century racialist theories that tried to claim the Irish were descended from Africans, based on phrenology. Similarly, I wouldn't be surprised if Cold-War-era anti-Soviet propaganda played up the Asian component of Russia's racial makeup, though I haven't looked into it much.

As someone primarily of German and Irish ancestry, I find "white" to be the most convenient way of describing my racial background, since I benefit from all the privileges the category of "whiteness" entails and find experiences of "whiteness" to be relatable and consistent with my own; I know I'd be laughed at at best if I described myself as "mixed-race." I take no issue with this in an immediate sense, since I have no business pretending to face the challenges mixed-race people of non-white descent do, but I have to agree that the circumstances leading to all these designations are pretty fucked up to begin with.

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So, I've just been given a green light to bully my co-workers.

Cain! What is best in life?

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You profile picture has too much mustard, Nigel.

It had even more when Alty got done with it.

I like mayonnaise on my hotdogs

Just because we have social lifes doesn't mean they're functional.

If having a social life gives me a hangover the next morning this much, I'm about ready to quit.

Just a hang over?
heh, and you call that a social life.

what am I supposed to have? scabies?

Scabies are easy mode. If you're not shitting blood and pulp it's not a party.

Pulp, you say?


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Now, I will warn you: The art starts out kinda shit. Early JoJo art is honestly hard to look at at times. But then, part of the fun of JoJo is watching Hirohiko Araki grow as an artist and a writer. Like Western comics, JoJo eventually has an attempt at a mature, gritty reboot... But unlike in the West, this one succeeds, because Araki doesn't do it to prove to anyone that his work isn't for kids. He does it because he himself is tired of the continuity pileup that's started to occur, despite his best efforts to the contrary, and because he feels like tackling challenging subject matter. JoJo doesn't deny its immaturity, it grows up. One thing I'll always respect about Hirohiko Araki is that he doesn't reject his own initial silliness; instead, he retains the elements he likes and takes them in a different direction.

If the early art's too ugly, there is an anime adaptation of the first 3 parts, and it's actually pretty good-looking. It's very faithful to the source material, and while I know Roger doesn't like anime as a medium, this clip should be a pretty good indication of whether you'll like it or not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0miyPXfTszo

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