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nil  ·  15 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Strange Form of Life Could Flourish Deep Inside of Stars, Physicists Say

When people say "it's all how you define life" I pretty much tune out.

Yes, there are systems that perpetuate themselves. But there is a major difference between congruencies and the seven characteristics of life you learned in biology class.

Reason being that "form" of life inside of stars isn't going to evolve into a hyper-intelligent species. Unless it somehow migrates to a planet with abundant resources, and even then, who knows.

You could argue chemical reactions are life if you fuck with it enough. When it starts building space stations, maybe I'll consider it.

nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: If any of you in the US are apathetic about voting... STFU and vote.

Christ. I have a very depressing outlook on this and want to elaborate once I get off work. In short - there's a very strong impulse in middle America that institutions of law and order have fundamentally decayed in major American cities - that rioters are tearing up the place and are facing virtually no legal consequences - or very minor ones at best.

The amount of support for that Kyle Rittenhouse kid boggles the imagination of anyone who lives outside the U.S. Bringing a gun to protect a store and getting into a confrontation like that that leads to you shooting people is insane. You'd be doing life in prison anywhere else but I wouldn't be surprised if he's acquitted. Remember when George fucking Zimmerman was acquitted? In these people's minds if you genuinely believe (incorrectly) that the police are not protecting civil society and the rule of law you have to do it yourself.

A lot of Americans are clutching their palms hoping that Trump comes in to restore "order." It's like my dad said, are any of these people employed? During a TV broadcast of a riot in broad daylight during the week. That's how a good chunk of the population looks at the "other."

Or any time someone gets shot by police, people immediately bring up their criminal history. Even the guys that got killed by that kid. Painting other humans as moral degenerates is the easiest, most self-satisfying thing you can do. Everyone is some level of fucked up. Thinking is hard.

I don't trust the polls. People who vote Trump don't get polled. Either they don't pick up the phone or lie. And everyone gets antsy as election day approaches.


nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 400th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"


nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

    Whenever I hear 'I can't, I'm busy' what I'm really hearing is 'I can't, I won't make time for you.

This needs to be written up on a wall somewhere. If someone flakes and cancels plans 20, 21 times in a row, texts you saying they're going to be late, and later, and later, and then wants to reschedule a week later.

And you know it's not going to happen a week later.

They aren't your friends. Fuck with anything of mine but don't fuck with my time.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

I would add it's harder to make friends only because you aren't "forced" into situations involving other people as a result of school. Coworkers can become good friends too.

Remember it wasn't school that made them your friends. Sure, location is a huge part of it but part of it was having things in common. I still have friends from my high school days.

Also, if you're truly dreading going into work in the morning and it's not depression-related you might hate your job. What attracts people is having a major passion for something.

nil  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do not get arrested challenge 2020

    Updates via Messenger

    Receive your travel documents and up-to-date flight information via Facebook Messenger.

I would also add that a lot of I.T. work is being outsourced to the lowest bidder these days as companies hate shelving out money for it. And you want to know who costs the most? Security experts. They would rather have half-working features that bring in a few extra $ than something robust. Hence that FB Messenger bullshit.

Two solutions.

1) Pass new laws protecting people discovering vulnerabilities so they don't get arrested for simply knowing a UNIX system.

2) Epic fine. "; DROP TABLE users;

nil  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

I'm still working on that diss track Hubski. Beat is laid out and I've written a third of the lyrics. I decided against posting that Iceland trip report because it happened a few years ago and a real artist doesn't live in the past. Plus admittedly I was too lazy to dig through folders and retrace a 2 week long event. If you have questions about traveling to Iceland I can give pointers though.

Peace and love and most importantly try to stay alive. This is a nightmarish time in history, aka the worst timeline. If I learned ANYTHING in life it's that survival itself is worth celebrating. Don't worry about success. Not dying is enough.

nil  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Literally watching my fellow Americans defend Genocide.

Damn this song takes me back. Hey Jeff, remember that time we got sterilized at the privately owned prison?

nil  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 399th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

nil  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm ashamed to admit that a heartfelt apology is needed, again.

Hey. No worries. Please go easy on yourself. Everyone's life is disintegrating. I'm basically a pathological liar and a deeply unhappy person. I have a very negative mindset and it comes up on the internet. Only very recently have I taken steps to overcome this, and it's very very hard.

Weirdly enough listening to that epic Biden speech where he quoted Seamus Heaney helped me. Overcome that deep sense of nihilism and depression that has plagued me in recent months, years. I don't even know. It all blends together at this point. I am getting old and fat and feel less like the person I once was.

Hubski is a deeply personal site. Comments here affect our emotions and I fear real world reprisal from oversharing. If this were elsewhere it would be "idgaf trolls trolling trolls." It's not and that's a good thing.

I don't have anything brilliant to add except maybe it's time to do that big thing I've always feared doing. Y'know, the album I was trying to make for the past 8 years. Maybe if I stick to that one thing everything horrible happening won't affect me so much.

nil  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Amazon’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen

I straight up examined my room for hidden cameras recently and I don't even think it's a sketchy apartment. I just know the landlord has strict rules (which I respect, it's certainly more well put together than the previous dude I rented from who did not give a fuck and would disappear to China for months).

But yeah. This is fucking stupid. If you need to playback conversations your tenants are having you're doing it wrong. Maybe focus on doing your job first. Unless you're legitimately trying to wiretap Edward Snowden.

Are these people trying to bring back the anti-landlord campaigns from communist China? Christ.

nil  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Music Theory and White Supremacy

Music theory works well if you're learning how to play any classical instrument. For playing piano and clarinet reading sheet music is dope. It's easy because the notes are right next to one another and playing in an orchestra you practically need it to coordinate everyone.

But rock band or making drill beats in FL Studio? Fuckittttttttttt.

nil  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 398th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Since99 raps in MLA format. Or is it APA? Ok, boomer.

Same as Canada. The big banks here have a new graduate/internship hiring program that straight up excludes you if you're over the age of 24. And haven't just graduated. Throw in the need to apply for said positions before you graduate and it's no different from Japan.

Anyway, did anyone here become a famous rapper yet? I've heard good things about Since99's verse on Immaculate.

I always hated the "college experience," the platitudes, the uptight people, the buzzwords, the white washing of everything, the financial ass-rape, the work load, the 20yo kids given free reign over some monstrous $200,000 club budget created by other rich kids.

It's fucking horrible. Everyone has to "play the game" to some extent to get ahead in life but at some point it becomes so suffocating to your sense of individuality you can't help but scream. "Building a community" makes me want to puke in my soup. They aren't building a community, they're picking people that have the capacity to absorb weapons-grade bullshit being served down by the ruling class.

nil  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are in the midst of a Hubski experiment.

I understand you're trying to quell some of the hostility on Hubski but I sense that isn't actually the problem. The reason this website isn't more popular is because you practically have to be a tech geek to know it exists. Seriously. I made this account when I was 14 years old and it was because I was an angry nerd type who spent all his time trying to compile Gentoo Linux because Arch wasn't pure enough for me with its package managers and layers of abstraction.

The hostility isn't the problem. Sometimes emotionally charged discussions (remember we sometimes read text in a more threatening tone than it was intended) can be insightful. The other thing is this is humanity. We've been carving up millions of bodies well before the internet has existed. I'm not excusing that behavior, but we have to remember sometimes this is an animal experience.

nil  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are in the midst of a Hubski experiment.

This is strange and asymmetrical. I understand a lot of people complain about Hubski but they tend to lack creative capacity. You can't mess with God's work. mk is Jesus and the Steve gang are His disciples. I am actually writing a diss track right now dedicated to this thread.

nil  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Graeber: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant

This whole thing just reads like a re-iteration of Das Kapital. Managers = bad, workers producing things = good. Corporate lawyers bad, artists good. Work = bad, leisure = good. The reason these laws and ancillary positions all exist is because running a business is hard fucking work, some people suck at their jobs, and I need pizza at 2am cuz the party don't start till I walk in.

nil  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you hubski?

On my phone at the laundromat while munching on Tide Pods muthafuckaaaa. Theme is d20 always.

nil  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Guest House by Rumi

I don't know about the rest of you but my body feels like it's been hit by a fucking bus. Does it get easier?

nil  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 397th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Anyone remember Justice? That bass outro slapped.

nil  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Queer Eye’, Jordan Peterson and the battle for depressed men

I love Queer Eye. Also when Peterson goes on his rants he tends to say "why are only men watching my videos? Well, it just turned out that way. Young men are starving for this message."

I think it's because women are generally too smart to fall for that kind of bullshit.

nil  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Some thoughts on compassion

    Why is there crime? Is it because those criminals are just bad? Or are they acting from circumstances that we won’t ever examine if we are at war with them? What are the economic circumstances? How about legacy racism? What about trauma, despair, or the loss of meaning in life?

Those factors can influence it but what about individual responsibility? Some people are just goofs. And I learned a loooong time ago that while I can have "compassion" I can't help, I can't change them, and I certainly can't allow them to infiltrate my friend circles. So the compassion becomes meaningless. What's the alternative? Lawlessness? No punishment? The hippie movement collapsed because it was exactly that - middle class kids smoking weed thinking they could live in a wonderful world without rules. Then they created it and it was invaded by goofs and grifters who saw it as a great opportunity to take advantage of people. See, the Altamont Concert, Charles Manson, etc. After which they discovered taking that job at Dad's company wasn't such a bad idea after all.

This has nothing to do with tribalism, the author is just trying to stroke himself for being "woke" and beyond judging people or being "tribal." Your friends are a tribe.

nil  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 396th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

nil  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Landing the Space Shuttle

I am always impressed that bipedal apes such as ourselves are able to create shit as cool as this.

nil  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Husbki geeks: What do I do with the URL for my neighborhood?

All my neighbors use Facebook groups. That probably won't work unless they're unusually tech savvy.

nil  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Balance of powers: If the president obstructs the election process, what happens?

Yo I actually heard that on the radio here in Canada. I was attending to highway driving business desperately trying to find a good song because the FM transmitter in my shitmobile broke and by chance stumbled upon a station airing Biden's speech. I honestly thought it was epic, in the old fashioned sense of that word.

nil  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 19, 2020

I basically just realized how lame I was being. There were a lot of things in my life I tended to complain about rather than take responsibility for. As if somehow the antidote to feeling emotionally bottled up was to unload on people, or complain about how boring my friends are, how everything sucks, or how my family acts. Life is hard - there's no doubt about that. But there's something you CAN do.

That time passing thing has scared me since I was a kid. I had a moment a few months ago when I pulled my car out after my shift and just kind of drove to the outskirts of the city. Same streets I used to roam down when I was a kid, that I used to practice driving on when I first got my license. I looked in the mirror and I swear I felt like a ghost. Like the figure staring back at me wasn't even me anymore.

I got over it though. I applied for a job in another city, had a telephone interview, got it, got in my car and hightailed it out of there.

In the end the universe tends to unfold as it should.