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b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 28, 2022

One imagines that the reason for the annexation is that he can declare that Russia itself is being attacked. Perverse game of circular logic. Stay strong, my friend.

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alla Pugacheva, the Russian Queen of Pop, comes out against the war

No that's what's so astounding is that it is "prisoners or your children." They're abandoning normal pretense. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62922152

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alla Pugacheva, the Russian Queen of Pop, comes out against the war

I believe this is why when they were caught actively recruiting in prison yards they didn’t deny it. They simply said, “It’s prisoners or your children. You pick.”

b_b  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 21, 2022

Huh. Just noticed that am_Unition deactivated his account. Sad. Hopefully he'll return. But it sounded like he's earned a break from the internet. Good to take one here and there.

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alla Pugacheva, the Russian Queen of Pop, comes out against the war

That's really horrible if he goes that route. The speculation in the Western media is generally that Putin would not want a general mobilization, because it will expose his "special military operation" as a lie. But that's western journalists trying to interpret things they likely don't understand very well.

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alla Pugacheva, the Russian Queen of Pop, comes out against the war

Genuinely appreciate the reply. It is very difficult to get a clear-eyed view of life inside Russia from over here. The big news on Russia last week was that Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi are publicly rebuking him at the security conference (or at least as far as they're willing to do within the context of diplomatic-speak). Seems like cracks are developing in Putin's armor that weren't apparent even a few weeks ago. Hopefully he will get the message and reformulate his strategy. As much as I'd like to see him go, I fear for your people if he's ousted in a violent or turbulent way. Seems like that typically leads to more suffering.

b_b  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alla Pugacheva, the Russian Queen of Pop, comes out against the war

How big of a deal is this? I guess I mean, is she risking her personal safety? And does she have cultural clout? In the US celebrities are almost uniformly aligned with the left, so one being against war would be basically par.

b_b  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Did you watch the Gervais special? He does several minutes on how he thinks it's fucked up that saying "women don't have penises" is controversial.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

To put it another way: I’ve been to a shitload of Phish shows, but I’ve never been to CPAC

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I think Al is right, and I actually think it's one of the things that's wrong with the Left. I know so many leftists who are shitty people up close but who work tirelessly for Causes. On the other hand most of my conservative friends are some of the best friends you could have in a moment of crisis, despite their shortcomings vis-a-vis humanity. My small anecdotal sample notwithstanding, I think this is clearly an area where we could learn from each other.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I didn't notice that the internet noticed, which says something, because I'm not on the internet other than here and major news sites. I sure as fuck noticed that the internet noticed Chappelle, because even the NYT has run a gajillion op-eds about what we should all think about it.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I think it's that he made one joke in one comedy special that the internet freaked out about so he decided to make everything that came after about the people freaking out and not the material itself. The fact that no one can see that is itself sort of amusing.

Ricky Gervais had a trans bit in his most recent special and the internet seemed to not notice, so there's been no need for him to address it, I guess. Or maybe it's because everyone already knows he's a nihilist and wouldn't care one way or the other was the critique is, whereas Chappelle very deliberately makes contrasts to the civil rights movement and the neo sexual revolutions, which I think rubs people the wrong way. Richard Pryor did the same thing back in the 70s...agreed to do a gay rights rally, then lambasted everyone for looking away during the Watts riots. It made the whites mad.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

It’s been a seismic shift, not a pendulum swing. There’s a big difference.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stream Extra Mile by theNG | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

Really like your singing in this one.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

You only think we're in a regressive slide because you're losing the forest for the trees. When I graduated high school in 2000 there were 3 openly gay people that I was aware of in the entire school, which comprised about 2500 students. And transgender people just simply didn't exist as a part of public life. "Fag" was probably the most common insult almost everywhere. Compare that to today, and we're regressing in the same sense that Bill Gates's fortune regresses when the stock market has a normal noise fluctuation downward compared to what he had before Microsoft was a thing. It would be weird if there weren't societal friction given the radical changes in public life over the last decade or two. Friction isn't fascism. And friction due to giant leaps forward in the way people think should be welcomed, since it's the way we work through things. Denouncing everything you disagree with as fascism pretty much white washes fascism and helps ensure that when truly fascistic things happen that no one will pay any attention since it's hard enough to separate the signal from the noise.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I never thought arguing with you would turn into a Twitter-style race to the bottom. You're too smart for that. You're defining fascism as "speech I don't like, don't agree with, and may allow others to feel more comfortable with being intolerant". Of course it becomes tautological when you're arguing from a made up, self-serving definition. Calling things fascism sounds smarter than calling things Nazism, because that dead horse has been beaten to the point it's not recognizable. It's doesn't make it any more correct.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Whether your argument is true or false has no bearing on the fact that it isn’t fascist-adjacent.

b_b  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trevor Noah's Full Speech at 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner

You calling Chapelle a fascist apologist is how I know that you spend way too much time on Twitter.

b_b  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 7, 2022

I will be in the great state of Hawaii over Halloween, but I promise I’ll be thinking about you guys.

b_b  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 27, 2022

Ok, so here's a major plot twist: She got shit canned over the holiday weekend. Supposedly this whole thing started because a woman who quit because of all the abuse she'd taken over the years went to HR about it, and apparently HR wasn't too happy with these interviews. Did not see that coming. goobster

b_b  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 7, 2022

Lol. Way off the mark. I thought it looked like it had surreal perspective.

b_b  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 7, 2022

Is that your submersible?

b_b  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AI wins state fair art contest, annoys humans

One thing that's lost in all the AI discussions I've read so far is that where the artist (or whatever you want to call him/her in a specific context) matters a lot is in their ability to recognize something truly beautiful and capture it, distill it, and disseminate it in a way that people can relate to.

I remember reading an interview with David Gilmour once upon a time where he was talking about writing Shine On You Crazy Diamond. As I'm sure you're aware, it has this iconic 4 note riff as its main theme, which, depending how you look at it, ends on a sharp 4th, which is weird and awesome. According to Gilmour, it was an accident, a bum note that he struck while messing around. Gilmour is Gilmour for a reason, one of the great masters of rock melody, so he hears that and immediately says, "This is genius!" If I did the same thing I'd probably scold myself silently for fucking up and move on, never thinking about it again.

I guess my point is that so much "genius" in the world are happy accidents that the discoverer just happens to recognize as something new and fantastic. No doubt that AI generated images are going to change the nature of art, but art isn't about pigment on paper...we already have laser printers for that. I'm not sure I can say anything profound about what art is, exactly, but I know it isn't medium-specific. Early days of AI-generated images are going to suck (from a content POV--but fucking hell, movies sucked at first, too). Eventually the field will evolve and people will find awesome ways to use the powerful new tools in the toolbox.

b_b  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A post-dollar world is coming

Paywalled. What’s the tl;dr?