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Parenting Respectfully When Triggered
Our fake history
Yeah it came across as agenda pushing and obnoxious, rather than informative.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:29 AM on August 1, 2017
I think the dark ages 'myths' were mostly an attempt to draw continuity between current conflicts with the church with previous groups and individuals who were persecuted by the church, and whether or not the church was killing and jailing people for science or politics or heresy, the fact that the church was able to do that was a massive problem, and the myth was one of the many rhetorical strategies which led to the separation of church and state and the decline of the church's secular power… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:52 AM on August 1, 2017
All of which is to say that whatever the reason that the church jailed Galileo, it was a tremendous crime that set back human progress by however many hours he wasted trying to save his own life.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:54 AM on August 1, 2017
The first dark age I learned about was the Greek one, when they switched from writing on clay to writing on papyrus or its equivalent. The age is "dark" because fire destroyed the writing materials rather than preserving them, causing us to be unable to "shed light on" the era through period documents.
This isn't accurate. It was a dark age because of the collapse of Bronze Age culture destroyed the only literate civilization in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:06 AM on August 1, 2017
Christians were working like mad to preserve texts from the Greco-Roman heights
Certain texts, mostly ones that supported a particular christian and political worldview. The vast majority of greek texts were saved by the arabs and Byzantines (who actually never experienced a dark age) and weren't translated into Latin until the 1200s(ish).
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:34 AM on August 1, 2017
And the Byzantines were what ... Hindus? And where did the Arabs get those texts? Did they fall from the sky into their laps? ALL ancient texts that we have were preserved by a succession of Christians scholars, including the ones that the Arabs got from earlier Christian scholars so they could pass them on to still more Christian scholars in western Europe.
Are you intentionally confusing byzantines with western europe? The 'dark ages' (however you… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:59 PM on August 1, 2017
Because the tradition of celebrating his birth on Dec 25th pre-dates any period when Christianity had any incentive to co-opt pagan festivals.
This is nonsense. Lots of religious minorities *today* emphasize holidays that happen to fall on popular local festivals. There's no need assume they're trying to co-opt it, just not wanting to be left out while everyone else is celebrating.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:42 AM on August 2, 2017
Does Sir Mix-a-Lot even HAVE an oeuvre?
What kind of hayseed (or child bride?) has the “Hokey Pokey” played at their wedding?D
The kind of people who have a lot of children at their weddings?
I just never understood the Chicken Dance. How did it become such a staple at wedding receptions?
Try sitting at a reception with a toddler for 2 hours sometime. A few songs for little kids to break things up can help a lot.
If it's a no-children wedding, though, it's inexcusable.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:45 PM on July 31, 2017
Serious question -- for any wedding from, say, 2010 on, what's the point of a DJ? Why wouldn't you just put together a playlist
I did this at my wedding because I hate wedding music, but the main point of the DJ is the emceeing not the djing. Our wedding planner actually emceed for us.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:13 AM on August 1, 2017
Stop Pretending You're Not Rich
As someone who has recently moved into that upper middle class range, the amount of tax breaks that I now get is ridiculous.
Why do I get all this free stuff because I already have money. I needed this 10 years ago, not now.
Which isn't to say that I'm not taking advantage of it. I just feel guilty about it.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:18 AM on July 28, 2017
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
"Are my methods unsound?" "I don't see any method at all, sir."
Everyone is giving McCain shit for voting for the motion to proceed, but he seems 100% positive that the debate is going to be a dumpster fire and nothing will pass.
I think there's an argument to be made for putting this thing out of its misery once and for all, and you're only going to do that by having an actual vote.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:03 PM on July 25, 2017
There is no way this process finds its way to 50 republican votes. It's not going to happen.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:56 PM on July 25, 2017
"just as monstrous and mutant alge invade the lagoon of Venice"
Trump is a classic demagogue, which is a type that democracies have had a weakness to for as long as democracies have been around. A large part of the original design of the constitution was to keep people like him out of the white house.
As we've made our political processes more democratic, the likelihood of electing a tyrant has gotten higher and higher.
If you want to prevent someone like trump from taking power, you need free electors in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:12 PM on July 24, 2017
The other thing that lead to trump is sort of a fundamental weakness of presidential systems, which is that we can have a deadlocked congress that allows executive power to run unchecked, something that occurs much more rarely in a parliamentary system. And of course, you don't have a split government in a parliament.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:15 PM on July 24, 2017
>Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools? - "Call it what you want: relativism, constructivism, deconstruction, postmodernism, critique. The idea is the same: Truth is not found, but made, and making truth means exercising power."
Karl Rove got there first.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:39 AM on July 25, 2017
"We live in Generation U Mad Bro"
There's no way I can justify my salary, but I'm learning to live with it
That seems like an extraordinary amount of money for radio presenters.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:42 AM on July 20, 2017
This is the public face of startups. And it’s getting embarrassing.
The current tech bubble is less about the web and the internet and more about a set of tools and management styles that started about 10-15 years ago and dramatically improved the productivity of software developers-- public cloud, cicd systems, configuration management tools, agile development, docker, and new programming languages like go.
All of those things dramatically increased the value of coders and blew up salaries and profits for a certain segment of the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:02 PM on July 19, 2017
"There's a good chance I may have committed some light...treason."
Among the many annoying things about this whole Russia thing is that I've been finding myself rooting for has-been warmongering neo-conservatives like max boot and bill kristol to talk some sense into the GOP.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:10 PM on July 12, 2017
> She said that she believed that the property was largely used as a weekend retreat and that she often saw children, families and buses heading to the estate. She said people often held parties there and hosted a sailing club.
That's it boys, case closed, they boiled crabs.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:45 PM on July 16, 2017
Pelosi's DCCC Is Now Openly Admitting They Are Recruiting Blue Dogs Masquerading As Democrats
Progressive activists are going to kill the Democratic Party if they insist on ideological purity nationwide. Support the most liberal candidate *that can win*. You're not going to win in the Deep South with the same policies that win in New York City. And we need to be competitive everywhere.
A true this point, I'd welcome Karl… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:29 AM on July 18, 2017
“YouTube comments agree with me.”
SoundCloud's in trouble
I interviewed with Soundcloud for a job in Berlin a few months ago and they seemed to be super nice guys, and really strong technically.
If you're a professional dj or dance music producer, your life revolves around soundcloud and facebook. Having instant connection to people listening to your music and the djs that play your music is huge for opening doors to people into the music industry.
If they went non-profit and got costs under control, I'd donate money to them in a heartbeat.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:29 AM on July 14, 2017
It's a goddamned petabyte of music and they simply don't have the resources.
It'd be roughly $20,000 a month to store it on aws.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:48 AM on July 14, 2017
What soundcloud should do is publish how much money they need to keep running annually, and how many yearly subscriptions they need to keep going and start some kind of pledge drive. I'm sure there are a lot of people who depend on it professionally as well as fans of those people who would contribute.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:15 AM on July 14, 2017
I think that's probably misreading it. It sounds like he just got a run down of their financials and is convinced they're not going anywhere.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:11 PM on July 14, 2017
Why would you believe TechCrunch over Soundcloud about Soundcloud's finances?
I specifically asked about their funding when I was interviewing with them. They said they were doing fine. If I had ended up going with them, I'd have gotten an all expenses paid trip to Berlin and an immediate lay off.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:51 AM on July 15, 2017
Essential breaks and beats and drum'n'bass from Calibre and Mura Masa
The Camo and Krooked essential mix from earlier this year was also great.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:08 AM on July 15, 2017
' the most sacred of sacred cows'
The idea that OMM created bro culture is laughably stupid. They were swimming in a pre-existing cesspool. Did they contribute to it and deserve some blame for that? Yes. But they're 50 year old men with families now, and have done a lot of growing up since then. I don't think it's remotely fair to connect them to gamer gate.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:06 AM on July 13, 2017
Although, reading some of those excerpts-- whew lad is that inexcusable, and they really should take the opportunity to apologize for it. For some reason, I remember them writing about how awful adventure games were and none of that stuff.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:14 AM on July 13, 2017
I fully agree with what Nelson just said.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:34 AM on July 13, 2017
Again, prefacing this by saying that what OMM wrote was inexcusable, but the fact that so many of the men in this thread who read it barely remember all the misogyny should go to show you how utterly unremarkable it was at the time for gamers or young men on the internet. That was just how it was.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:18 PM on July 13, 2017
there is no difference between you excusing older misogynists
Did you read literally the first sentence I wrote?
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:32 AM on July 14, 2017
It really doesn't matter how many times you say you're not doing the thing when you end up actually doing the thing anyway.
I'm not excusing the behavior. Merely pointing out that they were participants in a larger toxic culture and not the originators of it.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:11 AM on July 14, 2017
What happened when Walmart left
When a local economy becomes primarily based on retail rather than actually producing goods and services, it's basically going to enter a downward spiral where it starts feeding on itself. If you're not producing anything that anyone else is going to buy, all you're going to do is ship wealth outwards until there's nothing left but an empty husk. If it weren't for government payments, it would probably have happened much sooner. Walmarts are never going to be able to sustain an economy, and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:04 AM on July 11, 2017
Maybe why you never have heard of that band on Spotify before
Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub
It seems like they hired her as a developer and also expected her to do some kind of community outreach and I feel like they should have created a position for that instead of just dropping her in the same category as every other ruby developer there.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:35 PM on July 5, 2017
Btw, I've had 'be nicer to people' as feedback in every single one on one with my boss for the last five years, and I got three promotions in that time frame, but I wasn't hired to help create a more inclusive and welcoming environment. I can only imagine how many people said : "I thought you were supposed to improve the working environment, but you're attacking people." All it would take is her getting on the wrong side of a few women/minorities at the company to create an excuse to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:48 PM on July 5, 2017
Inmates Saved Collapsing Guard
The US economy runs on slave labor still-- whether it's literally slave labor in the form of prisoners, or effectively slave labor in the form of illegal immigrants, or legal migrants chained to companies because of visa conditions, or overseas slave labor in sweatshops in developing countries.
If we shut down all forms of coerced labor in this country, the economy would grind to a halt.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:04 AM on June 25, 2017
You can’t have a non sequitur unless you know what you’re not following
And the german version.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:05 AM on June 23, 2017
Amazon to buy Whole Foods in $13.4 Billion Deal
What's not to love, right? When those of us still in employment live surrounded by beggars and shantytowns, we can just work from home and have Amazon drone-drop our single-source olive oil or whatever.
If you're not going to be programming or repairing or building or otherwise supporting the machines, you are going to be left behind. It's as simple as that. 'Unskilled labor' is labor that is going to be replaced by machines. There's no way to stop it from happening.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:02 PM on June 22, 2017
tick tock tock tock
Georgia on My Mind: All Bets are Ossoff