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flagamuffin  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mountains on the Sound: Climbing Mount Rainier

gotcha

flagamuffin  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mountains on the Sound: Climbing Mount Rainier

yeah

    Setting up camp is always something of a ritual - you roll in and are done by 5pm and then getting ready to be moving again by 11pm...which, by the way, it's light out when you go to sleep and light out when you wake up. So you start moving when it's light, keep moving when it's light, move into the dark, and again while it's light out...it's a trippy experience and one that not everyone is able to handle well

i did not fully understand this. you spent a night at 9000 feet, but not the actual night? why not?

flagamuffin  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

i wrote some extra words because i thought it would be letting mk down to respond flippantly, but absent that pressure i probably would have said exactly this. it is what it is.

flagamuffin  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

have you ever considered an option to follow only what a user posts, and not what they share? could be interesting. but finagling with the way the site works can only do so much.

flagamuffin  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

i don't contribute nearly as many pageviews to hubski as i did 5+ years ago, so i probably do not represent the consensus opinion on the state of the site. that said, it is clear that some of my (and your, i think) favorite users have drifted away, despite still being friendly with various people they met through hubski.

probably for a few different reasons.

it is partially the medium's fault. interesting people just don't post on forums much. i figure that's what happened to most of the best users here; they're interesting, and therefore busy. there was a guy who posted a lot of supreme court stuff that was great. was it francopoli who had the astronomy updates? etc.

others were driven away by a few loud users who dislike people having opinions they don't agree with. some even in this thread. but that's a separate problem and certainly not unique to hubski. (although its small size makes it uniquely vulnerable.)

a couple of years ago i unfollowed all users and began screwing around with tag/domain-based use of the site to see if i could land in a bucket i find more useful, but the signal to noise ratio is still not good enough for me to justify spending much time here. (i also found that this wasn't too easy to do... domains, sure, but what's the point, i can just rss; tags, often too scattered.)

for one thing, the norm in the early days of hubski was to post the absolute most interesting stuff you found, and the average poster's age was higher than most of the internet, which meant stuff off the beaten internet path got posted. now when i skim the home page from time to time, there's a higher number of "news item" posts, i.e. ones where nothing beyond the headline is particularly relevant. there's no point clicking on those -- unlikely to breed good discussion, and no additional info in the article. that's just a reddit post. scroll and move on.

(this, at least, includes a degree of personal preference: there are a lot of subjects i find less interesting than i did in 2017 or 2014, and if those are still found interesting by the majority of the userbase, then the site is serving its purpose. but #goodlongread used to be one of the most popular tags, and i don't think it is anymore.)

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so, i think the short version is basically signal to noise. i'm still pretty sure there's a way to slice and dice things so that nearly every post i see in the home feed is interesting to me, but i haven't bothered because i don't really care about the comments on any of those posts, and there are other ways to get the raw content itself.

flagamuffin  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled  ·  

i think hubski was a great idea and i respect you for creating it as an experiment. its failures, however they might be defined by any of the users who have quit in disgust over the years, or by me, or whomever, i believe are mostly inherent in the medium.

that said, i still encounter new, interesting ideas on the internet fairly often, and none of them come from here (anymore).

flagamuffin  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

indeed. evil has overtaken western culture

but if you expect anyone on hubski to notice, you haven't been paying attention for, uh, at least three years

fortunately the times' editors are working off of a strong precedent! the last time they interviewed a therapist about his second career/hobby horse, they used his real--

they used--

    But for someone who has launched a political campaign largely based on garnering publicity, Mr. Moss has taken great pains to protect his real identity. He is frugal with the details of his life, saying only that he is in his 40s and comes from Massachusetts. Like other anonymous crusaders — Batman, say, or Banksy — he claims he feels most comfortable acting under an alias: one that in his case blends a penchant for apocalyptic bombast with the crustiness of a curmudgeon.

    A therapist and a writer, he says he is worried that clients might object to his activism.

they used his real--

uh--

flagamuffin  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 387th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

i listened to every social distortion album this weekend

flagamuffin  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 17, 2020

you are measuring the hell out of that stretch of pavement!

flagamuffin  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

the effect also applies to kleinbl00, interestingly enough

flagamuffin  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

sorry, sorry

flagamuffin  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

it was also a miracle because despite being a lifelong fan, jackson showed every indication of not really understanding the source material (extremely common among lifelong fans). the extended cuttings are a rape of tolkien's vision. but somehow the majority of that stuff got left on the editing floor, and the remaining changes, while untrue to the author's vision, are for perfectly understandable hollywood reasons.

the biggest one is something the essay talks about a lot -- aragorn is given a character arc, because in recent fiction and fantasy, there are no perfect protagonists. this was necessary for the idiocrats. in tolkien's book, of course, the hobbits are the main characters, and they have excellent character arcs. but hobbits aren't hot, and tolkien - the fool - didn't write any hobbit love stories into existence. so what we saw was what we got.

of course, this author also said some things that are just wrong. i'm reminded of the old line -- any time you read journalism on a subject you know well, it's clearly wrong in lots of places, so why trust any of it?

flagamuffin  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

ha! i was going to suggest a merger of a particular ongoing email thread a couple of days ago but forgot

here's to 2021

flagamuffin  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

found it

flagamuffin  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Poking around

hey what where'd my goddamn tarantula go

flagamuffin  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: Are you easing back in to less distant socializing?

cross-country road trip babyyy the traffic was a tad better than usual, but if otherwise unaware i would not have drawn the conclusion that something was rotten in the state of america.

nice time for a cannonball run record, i guess

flagamuffin  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

i'm just commenting for the ghost of minimum_wage

flagamuffin  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

hubski dot com wants to know your location

i'm armed, hubski dot com! i'm armed!

flagamuffin  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘A Bargain With the Devil’—Bill Comes Due for Overextended Airbnb Hosts

bill comes due for overextended [everyone]