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Everything Else / Re: Interesting Wikipedia Articles
« on: Yesterday at 05:46:04 pm »

Actually also this:
I know it breaks the chain, but it's a concept for a nuclear powered car.

Everything Else / Re: Interesting Wikipedia Articles
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:33:05 am »
I got a cool one for you, if you're into the history of major shifts in television trends:

Everything Else / Re: how are you
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:13:30 am »
Like a piano.
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Everything Else / Re: Random Image Extravaganza
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:02:56 pm »
Somebody apparently put this on Imgur months ago and it is lovely:

Everything Else / Re: Random Image Extravaganza
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:57:41 pm »

Everything Else / Re: Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:56:17 pm »
Ovi! Hi!
Something along these lines might be the culprit. Thank you.
Though I will notes it's a similar vibe/situation even when I'm not logged in.

It's not really exclusive to Google, and again, I'm sorry if I'm being vague, or if my point seems to meander a bit.
There's just an off-ness I'm not quite sure how to articulate.
Like the internet is still this amazing repository of information, resources, social connectivity, and craft.
But the signal to noise ratio is going all wonky.
Or, at least, our systems to wade through it aren't as effective/precise as they used to be.

Jonathan Coulton (the musician who wrote Still Alive, and Code Monkey, and Re: Your Brains, etc) just tweeted out a Medium article someone wrote on certain automated YouTube videos that sort of fits the theme of what I'm talking about (or at least runs parallel to some of what I'm seeing):

Then again, maybe it's just me.

Books / Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:16:01 pm »
If anyone's up for webcomic-based short stories as a medium,
and for Fantasy/Sci-Fi centered around architecture,

Anomalies by Winston Rowntree is one of my favorites:

Everything Else / Re: Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:53:49 pm »
Or like, the 'suggested videos' sidebar on YouTube used to be a semi-fixed, mappable thing.
The comment section had clickable page numbers.
There were community sections.

You knew other people were seeing what you were seeing, and you could give them directions, or go back and find something by following a path you'd just gone down. There was a sense of a digital physical space to explore, and not these hyper-personalized, individual content streams.

Those streams feel weirdly isolating and recursive now, honestly. Like I'm being fed back what I supposedly like based on whatever category sites like that think I fall into? But it just makes everything feel all same-ish and monotonous?

I apologize if I'm not making sense, or not explaining myself well.

Everything Else / Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:35:29 pm »
On what is probably a completely unrelated note to everything else going on right now, this is going to sound weird, but has Google been getting steadily worse as a search engine over the last few years?

The results seem less and less relevant to what I'm actually trying to find, and more and more spammy.
Also I have to really wrangle it into searching for what I actually want it to search for. (Put individual words in quotes, hit verbatim, do a whole bunch of other stuff).

When I go to Google News and click 'read more' on a story cluster, it brings me to a nicely laid out page, but it doesn't actually show me stories in the cluster I just clicked on?

It's like the bones and connective tissues of the internet are getting sleeker but less functional/useful/informative/illuminating/educational?
Like the edges of the whole experience are being sanded off and heavily processed, and harder to actually steer or navigate in an exploratory sense?
Like it's harder to use it to discover cool internet things that aren't already deeply meme-ified and mediated?
I don't know how to put it properly. I'm feeling a similar vibe with certain parts of Wikipedia now compared to Wikipedia a few years back?

Has anyone else noticed this? The question's not just limited to Google.

Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:28:34 pm »
Oh hey it is November!
You know what that means?

Because I don't. I don't know what anything means anymore. I took a quiz to tell me what kind of quiz I was and it told me I was a dumb quiz. The world is and has always been confusing.

Also please don't let this community die.

I know it's slightly more work than some places, but it's the only place online I don't feel like my participation is being soul-crushingly gamified by a points/likes system, or picked apart for a corporate branding agenda, or the political machinations of Russian internet trolls or someone else.

A lot of the huge other social sites leave me with this weird sick unsatisfied empty feeling, like everyone's competing and trying to destroy each other and there's no warmth.

We have had our ups, downs, problems, and undeniable drama here. It's not as fast paced as some other places. But I genuinely feel better after spending time here than I do sooo many places online. I don't know.

A crowd-sourced, algorithm based editorial voice isn't necessarily bad, but it gets reaaaal tiresome and repetitive.
I want this place, flaws and all.

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:36:42 pm »
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Everything Else / Re: Forum very dead, much empty
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:31:59 pm »
Lies and slander.
I was just waiting for someone else to jump in so that I would know it was safe.
Also I'm busy with managing my recent ADHD diagnosis, for real.

Also thank you and I hope you are well.

Podcasts / Re: My new podcast!
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:53:38 am »
Cool stuff!

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:58:24 pm »
Hydro. Hydro is this Peter Pan Goes Wrong? Hydro. Oh My Goodness. I just started watching the video but oh my goodness thank you oh my yes good yes.

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