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I just saw this movie last night, and I thought it was phenomenal. Great performances all around, especially by Jamie Foxx, Samuel L., and Leo DiCaprio. Fantastic writing. If you like Tarantino movies, you'll love it. If you don't, well, you'll probably love it anyway, unless you have some aversion to lots and lots of blood.

I've talked to some people who felt uncomfortable during the movie due to the subject matter or the frequent use of the n-word. I saw it in an audience that was about 50/50 white and black, and I (as a white person) didn't feel uncomfortable with the word or the humor at all, save for one scene about halfway through the movie where everyone felt uncomfortable.

emdash  ·  2612 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More soldier suicides than combat deaths.

I have friends and family in the military -- they definitely know about the suicide problem and are trying to solve it through training programs for supervisors, seminars, etc, but that's not stopping it from escalating. I know a lot of people enlist because they see it as a way up in the world, as just a job, but the idea that we can't give proper emotional support to people we pay to defend us is really distressing.

Sort of underscores how we should be having a national conversation about mental health, especially in light of the Sandy Hook shootings...

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: P3

Suffolk, Virginia, USA, North America, Earth, Solar System, Local Cluster, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Universe.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More on Apple designs: Apple vs 1960s Dieter Ram

The new iMacs have probably my favorite design that Apple's ever done. Unless you look at them from an extreme side angle, all you see is the screen. The back has a contour on it so that the edge of the screen obfuscates the rest of the computer. The Apple site shows off the effect - it's really beautiful.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think is going to be the main age group/generation using Hubski?

This should exist for tags too. That way if a #memes tag became prevalent we could ignore all of it, like unsubscribing from a subreddit.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you use other social media?

Facebook is actually incredibly useful to me, the Events feature in particular. It's how I find out about a lot of happenings. I don't use it to post photos a lot. FB chat helps me keep in touch with people I might not think of keeping in touch with otherwise. However, my news feed is very filtered, because I have too many friends.

I don't tweet, I've always found it annoying, and reddit was just as good for keeping track of news with (sometimes) better discussion.

reddit is for killing time with funny things, interesting things, some news, and occasionally good discussions. With the value of reddit's content decreasing (which I know is why a lot of us are here), I get that post-redditing depression more and more.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wes Anderson's Lord of the Rings

There is a reason "Wes Anderson" and "stirring epic" never appear in the same sentence. And that one doesn't count.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Are there any mods on this site?

I think that what might insulate hubski a little bit from the proliferation of trashy content is the lack of karma. The culture, it seems, is more about sharing than narcissism, and the structure of the site reflects that. The promotion system is fuzzier and more obfuscated than reddit's, and that makes it seem more genuine.

I do think that moderation of hashtags over time could become an issue. With the ability to only attach one tag to a post, the really big tags like music, science, technology, news, politics, etc. will eventually get bloated. A potential solution is to strictly limit certain hashtags, or possibly automate the worst offenders. For example, if image memes were to take off here, they could only be posted in the #memes tag or risk deletion - and the tag would be autosuggested when the site parses the quickmeme url. That could be used to keep certain hashtags more 'true', without the need for multiple tags with varying degrees of purity (/r/gaming, /r/games, and /r/truegaming).

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Are there any mods on this site?

I'm one of the new hubskiers (is that a thing?) that found out about it from a post over on reddit in /r/theoryofreddit. And honestly, I'm pretty weary of reddit after about a year of redditing. I think the lack of moderation in the default subreddits is a big part of it. Absolute freedom combined with the karma system is causing the whole thing to placate to the lowest common denominator, except on subreddits with more moderation.

As a new user here I don't know if I can judge whether or not mods are a good idea yet, but if it really takes off like reddit has, content could go downhill fast.

emdash  ·  2613 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where are/did you going to college?

First year at the University of Virginia - wahoowa! I absolutely love it. Not sure about my major yet but psych or cogsci are sounding interesting.