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bfv  ·  1045 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's election day America!

No one really cares about all those states in the middle of the country, right? And Republicans love anything defense-related? I propose ambitious nuclear testing in the midwest and southwest. Throw in the South too, I'll happily accept getting bombed for the greater good.

bfv  ·  1051 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 2, 2016

    I have no point. I'm listening to Vas and wondering if Azam Ali bailed on the US like she threatened to in 2007.

She moved to Montreal.

bfv  ·  1072 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps

Just like the late 90s. Investors getting excited is to the tech industry what eating after midnight is to gremlins.

bfv  ·  1140 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Schadenfreude

Our choice is between more of the same or self immolation. There is less to say about the pros of more of the same than the cons of self immolation.

bfv  ·  1206 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Help me learn new things! – Art History

    -all western art before about 1400 kinda sucked, then we learned how to draw people

    -all western art after about 1915 absolutely sucks, since we forgot how to draw people (and everything else)

    -everything in between those years is so impressive it's almost baffling

    "here are the facts, your interpretation is invalid because you're privileged."

That's actually exactly what it was invented for

bfv  ·  1327 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 160th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Aw, but half the fun of introducing people to music is meeting them where they are, and metal is pretty unique in that there is something adjacent to where anyone is. Electronic music? Industrial metal is there for you. Classic rock? The stoners have you covered. Go to renaissance festivals? Folk metal loves you and wants you to be happy. Hear "thac0" and don't think "mexican food"? Every power metal band ever is right there with you. Hip-Hop? Not all nu metal sucks.

bfv  ·  1642 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Are Your Official State Symbols, or Do You Have a State Fish?

We actually did learn shagging in middle school phys ed. I do not remember the dance, but I remember how funny everyone walking up to each other and asking "wanna shag?" was for a couple of weeks after.

No. I blame Paul Graham and web programming being where people learn to program now. Graham encourages kids to start with "I want to found a startup, all the cool hackers drop out and found startups[1][2][3][4]" and then as an afterthought try to come up with a product, so the startup scene looks like that software engineering class every CS student takes where you have to come up with some product, any product, and then implement it. Except there's a ton of money involved. Then, because they've been reading blogs by web guys their whole short career, they truly believe that the right way to build something is to throw something together as quickly as possible and only think very hard about things when they break. Don't fear failure right? The thing is, that only works if you really know what you're doing, so your "throw something together" will be more right than wrong. The whole Silicon Valley scene downright encourages half-baked ideas with shoddy implementations, with a shiny layer of design porn thrown on top in the hopes you don't notice.

bfv  ·  1890 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "you are muted here"

bfv  ·  1984 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Covenant: Dead Stars - 2000