• Whoa.

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    thanks :)

  • It's not just that, either. Thinking about it, the conversation has gone like this:

    A: So LGBT has served the community pretty well, but it's not entirely inclusive of pan, ace, non binary etc people, and QUILTBAG etc are unwieldy. Maybe a new term? How about queer?

    B: But I hate all those people! Excluding them is good!

    C: Shhhhhh nooooo we don't hate them hahaha. It's just that queer is a slur. We should use gay!

    A: That is also a slur? And is just throwing away three of the letters of LGBT, whch is hardly more inclusive. What about GSM?

    C: The guy who invented it is gross.

    B: If you use it you're gross.

    A: MOGAI?

    C: Too popular with straight kinky people, and noone's heard of it. We should use "Same sex attracted"!

    B: Yeah, everyone who matters fits that definition! And it does a great job of keeping out all the gross people!

    A: But that's...also really obscure. And sounds like the term homophobic fundamentalists use. And also explicitely excludes trans and ace people, and kind of implicitely centers lesbian and gay people over bi/pan ones etc?

    C: Oh, point. "Same sex attracted and trans", then.

    B: Yeah! Obviously we care about trans people!

    A: That's barely any better! Urgh, maybe we should just use LGBT+.


    (Is there some way to manually insert line breaks? Let me make a fake chat format, imzy!)

  • Very cute :)

  • I'm from Perth, Western Australia and recently went on holiday to LA (the city we're compared to in the map) and it was EXACTLY the same climate wise. Even the plants were super similar. Everything else was pretty different though :)

    It's funny seeing the South West coast compared to Santa Barbara: my osmosis understanding is that Santa Barbara is seen as a fairly warm climate in the US, but that region is considered a cool retreat in summer and coldly unwelcoming in winter, because it's the coldest part of the continent for thousands of kilometres. It sometimes gets snow!! (in the form of a short lived tiny sprinkling on the top of one especially tall hill. We get very excited)

    Can't compare any of the others from personal experience but we definitely get a lot of South African and Italian immigrants who enjoy the roughly similar climate.

  • Thank you! And me too :D

  • It's not! Meanwhile I get a "helpful" reminder that I can use 'control' to climb onto them every time. I don't want to climb, I want to reload!

  • I eventually realised that the ammo boxes restore your ammo and health automatically. If you pay attention to the symbols, they change as you use up the resources (though on narrative those changes tend to be minor, which makes them harder to notice. That's my excuse anyway :))

  • Oooh thank you!

  • Depends on the robots! Fine if the robot really aren't sentient, not so good if they're supposedly not sentient but clearly are.

  • That was interesting though I find the sideways turn into discussing Aristotle a bit confusing.

  • The most Ghibli-ish of my faves is Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, a really sweet story about a hard working young woman finding her way in a fantasy country. It has humour, romance, and action.

    Chihayafuru (surprisingly involving story of a girl getting into a card game), Ore Monogatari!! (cute romance shenanigans), Azumanga Daioh (funny schoolgirl hijinks), Silver Spoon (agricultural college slice of life) are all great, happy, and accessible.

    Natsume's Book of Friends is about a boy talking to the kind of traditional Japanese spirits that show up in a lot of Miyazaki films. Everyone but me seems to love it, I found it a little too melancholy but it's definitely good.

    Most of these are probably available on Crunchyroll, though your country's access may be different to Australia.

  • I am SO with you. Am going to have to fight for access to the computer with my partner though :)

  • Nothings stopping me except the ten million other projects I already have going :D

  • This makes me want to write a setting where Winter is the season of soothingly cool renewal that it is here in Western Australia, the way Northern European (and sometimes Northern American) tropes dominate fiction can get a bit boring. The local Noongar indigenous people refer to June/July as "The fertility season", which feels a lot closer to my experience than the usual portrayals of Winter, though I'd feel uncomfortable drawing on that specific tradition in my own writing. Still! Not every fantasy story has to be set somewhere where Winter means a lack of food and the threat of frostbite.

  • Also: I've read Logicomix, though I remember having mixed feelings for reasons I can't remember. I read Goedel Escher Bach as a teen and it BLEW MY MIND, apparently the neuroscience is bunk but it has some cool maths in it.

  • Some people, when confronted with a well established scientific fact they find counterintuitive, prefer to decide that Science Is Wrong rather than accept that their intuitions about the universe might be false. I've encountered this a lot around stuff like quantum mechanics/relativity etc. The infinity example involves pagans, but afaict pagans aren't especially bad about this stuff in general.

    Anyway! In paganism (or at least some forms of it) there's a spiritual concept called The Infinite which is The One Thing Which Is Bigger Than Everything, kind of like God I guess.

    The problem is that in mathematics there is more than one kind of infinity. Afaict most pagans, when they learn this, go "Well that's fine for mathematicians, but the spiritual Infinite I care about is bigger than that" and there's no need for argument.

    But I have twice encountered very academically minded pagans who don't see this as a spiritual question so much as a matter of PROVEN TRUTH, evident to anyone who has studied the right texts. They got offended that mathematicians dare think we understand infinity better than them, the Real Experts On The Infinite, and once they found out I studied maths started lecturing me about my "ignorance" out of the blue. Instead of admitting that they were evangelising with religious arguments they took a More Rational And Educated Than Thou approach, claiming to understand things like limits and number theory better than me when they really didn't.

    For really wacky dogmatic theories about maths noone beats the Lyndon Larouche people though. They're like some weird cult with a bizarre grudge against Newton and Euclid.

  • I have a phd in maths and worked as an analyst and museum demonstrator for a while...and still feel like a fake sometimes :) Especially when I was teaching kids about biology, which I haven't studied beyond the compulsory classes in highschool. But even during my Phd I was surrounded by people who all seemed way smarter and more driven than me, and I felt like the maths I understood was a tiny fraction of All The Maths.

    Even "real scientists" probably only know about their specific area of expertise, and will have other areas they think are cool but don't actually have any training in. Science is huge and ever changing and we are all tiny specks by comparison. I guess there are times where it's good to acknowledge that you're not an expert in something (I've had a few people arrogantly "explain" maths to me they clearly didn't understand (%) ) but like... we are all finite and flawed, and stumbling along the best we can.

    Science is big and beautiful enough to contain all sorts of approaches to it. The joy you're experiencing is exactly what drives scientists, and one of the things I loved about working as a museum demonstrator was meeting enthusiastic young people like you who loved science as much as I do. Whether you pursue it professionally or not, keep having fun!

    (%) like the surprising number of people with VERY STRONG but provably false opinions on the nature of infinity.

  • I'm not watching the show but don't mind the posts!

  • I have not, but a friend keeps reccing it to me!

  • This is fascinating, thank you!

  • Brilliant Shadows, a visual novel I enjoyed more than I was expecting to. It was rough around the edges but was a refreshing change from the often generic nature of most VNs and a fun fantasy story. It wasn't quite as progressive as it was obviously trying to be but it was nice having an adult queer female protagonist in a game that wasn't a dating sim but still had happy f/f romance elements instead of Angst About Death or whatever.

  • I know this was posted ages ago but I keep thinking about it and how WRONG it is. First off he vastly undersells the audience for your average half decent hobby game with an interesting idea (mine are at best middling quality and I have had lots of strangers enjoy them and even do let's Plays) and misrepresents how many genuinely popular hobby games there are out there. But he also completely ignores the existence of (a) niches with communities of underserved people desparate for any game suiting their tastes, like queer romances (b) communities of creators and fans of a specific genre where free games are the default or at least very common, like IF and pixel horror (c) the fact that many people, including professional games devs, make games cheap or free out of principle, generally to serve the sort of groups in (a) or (b), or to educate people about a topic they consider important.

  • I grew up in the 80s and 90s, there wasn't a lot of anime around then. But Astro Boy and Mysterious Cities of Gold were two of my favourite shows and were really significant for me. As an older teen I really enjoyed Evangelion, Akira, and Ghost In The Shell, and they got me to be seriously into anime. One Classic Anime of that period I never got into was Sailor Moon, I thought it was silly, but I've gotten into it as an adult and I was missing out!

  • I go in the other direction: I start with a project in mind and use whatever language seems to suit it best. Right now I'm making games using frameworks with built in languages, so use those languages (python for Ren'py and C# for Unity) I use tutorials and online courses to improve my skills and once I know enough to make my project work I'm satisfied. It helps that I have a computer science major so my basic understanding of programming principles is pretty good.