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  • Today I learned that Ancient Aliens never stopped running like I assumed it did back when the jokes died in the 2010's... but it's on S10 now. It's been going the whole time.

    All I really want to know is... who is still watching this show?
    the54thvoid
    the54thvoid
    To be fair, it's an American issue with documentaries. I've seen countless Brit ones (BBC) and they're pretty much on point with evidence. Little room for drama. Watched a US sinkhole doc which was a carbon copy of a BBC one. The Beeb one was narrated by Dr Iain Stewart (a geologist). The US one was hosted by Zachary Quinto. The US one actually said demons couldn't be ruled out as a cause...
    R-T-B
    R-T-B
    Something something entertainment networks masquerading as the press...

    What could go wrong?
    windwhirl
    windwhirl
    I'll just say that I think aliens are paying history channel to keep that show up, so they can record it and have some fun watching it during interstellar travel

    In the end, it's all because of Aliens

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    Every time I have to set up a smart TV for someone, I am reminded of why I don't own a smart TV.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    I've never set one up that wasn't just an absolute mess when it comes to the 'smart' features. I find myself constantly asking, "Why did they choose to have it be like that?" I skip everything possible, unless the person just really wants a feature it has. I feel like most of the TV holdouts now don't want a smart TV. And the rest of us don't really need one. Just give me a good monitor and an HTPC at that point.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Smart TVs are a bit like the kid who *thinks* he's smart and routinely interrupts fun or important conversations with things that are obviously wrong and unrelated. He gets out of the way after and all, but he just keeps doing it. I feel bad for the smart TV, because I think it likes me and it's trying to appease me to fit in, but it's trying way too hard.
    Vayra86
    Vayra86
    My Samsung Smart TV thinks its good practice to turn itself on after pressing the power off button on the remote.

    All that's missing is a pop up saying 'Please don't go, the drones need you, they look up to you!'
    My folks opted to do Christmas this weekend. My holiday scramble comes on quicker this way, but immediately after, I start my vacation and don't go back till after NYD.
    Chomiq
    Chomiq
    This is the way
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    It's all about coming together anyway. The day is arbitrary. We all appreciate the reduced stress. Some of my family has other plans for the free time but not meee. Couldn't be me. My Christmas gift to me is time. Christmas is a psychologically perilous phenomenon. So many years, I did not have time to just be sane and actually exist. We're all kinda done putting that on each other at any capacity.
    Sometimes I really lament the passage of time. And then... I remember every time somebody did me wrong, or something inexplicable happened. Makes you appreciate it a little more lol
    witkazy
    witkazy
    Panta rei ,man.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Indeed, "No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Love that. It speaks to the nature of time well, and hides an invitation to periodically revisit the past in its acknowledgement of unavoidable change. Even one's past isn't static when you think about it.
    Best tech we'll never get: fully user-customizable algorithms.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    I do think that may be possible, but the current tech definitely doesn't hold it up. It wasn't meant to. What we have is already pretty daunting to push like that. It doesn't get easier when users are able to directly insert information with specific logical implications.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Just don't like how they're sort of these black boxes. Leaves too much room for weird crap to happen. Change em behind the scenes, months later all of our internet experiences are morphed again.
    R-T-B
    R-T-B
    I sort of get what you are saying, now. Yeah, I think it may be partially a present tech limit thing, partially a "there's no money in it" problem.
    Sometimes I think the real schism point that gave us today's internet happened in 2009, when facebook overtook myspace and became the standard for everything.
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    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Haha, I make that joke of "I died a long time ago and this is my penance." all of the time.

    No, but for real... I feel like things were much freer and more diverse. Things don't feel like that anymore. It's all the same shit everywhere you go.
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    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    It was just more fun before all of the normies came. The only thing they're good fer is sellin stuff to, and then you gotta always be advert friendly, all platforms. Thus amorphous blobs with no personality lock horns with other blobs for recreation. Small communities died in droves to make room for these monolithic hubs of blah. And the replacements are based around personalities. Small blobs surround the big one.
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    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Like... pre 'commercial' internet was degenerate as hell. But somehow more wholesome... and human.

    But then, people before my time probably feel that way about pre-2000 internet. These decade shifts with the tech and culture are bonkers. The usage is totally different.
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    Has there ever been a game where the PC's story could be false or could be real, depending on what YOU decide as you play through it?
    Chomiq
    Chomiq
    Disco Inferno Elysium ;)
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Duuuudee I remember that one! I think it just got away from me at the time. But I couldn't have gotten a better recommendation. I didn't expect anyone to have an answer, if they got the question. I thought it was an absurd idea. Meta-take on player choice.
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    Chomiq
    Chomiq
    It's even better now with full voice-over.
    Gratitude is often a product of what you lack rather than what you have. Sort of like how chasing happiness often brings misery.
    witkazy
    witkazy
    I found inwesting in memories more rewarding then anything else but i'm me ,nobody else .Some may find other things more importand but that is their problem :D:pimp:
    plastiscɧ
    plastiscɧ
    Kermit Dancing GIF


    life is like ballet. enjoy the dance
    R-T-B
    R-T-B
    Put Kermit back where you found him or pay the price.
    One day news sites are going to need to learn that I can't have a sub for all of them.

    Actually, that is what's needed. One for all. At this point you gotta sign up for half of them just to begin looking things up, which defeats the purpose of news. It's not news to me if I can't reasonably see it!
    Cats are incredible cockroach catchers. It's like they have a superpower.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Well, maybe a different one. Cats are wayyy better at this than humans. My cat just caught one, and I've seen cats do it. As soon as one moves in their vicinity, they lock on and it is in their mouth. They never miss.
    Vendor
    Vendor
    everyone have their own unique abilities i guess.
    plastiscɧ
    plastiscɧ
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    i whish i had that roach in my flat at night. my cat showed me this..... a SPIDERRUNNER
    Whenever I'm wearing my gold G-Shock, I feel like a hundred bucks. :pimp:

    I wish I could wear it more... but most times are not "big gold watch" times.
    witkazy
    witkazy
    whatever floats your boat ,man.
    Nothing wrong with that.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Oh I fear no judgement. You only need confidence and then you can wear gold anywhere. The problem is knocking it on stuff. Gotta get one in titanium.

    Here I am, babying the world's toughest watch, unofficial watch of military personnel everywhere. Put it in a nice steel case on a metal bracelet and suddenly it must be protected at all costs. :laugh:
    P4-630
    P4-630
    I love my Casio G-Shock (Cockpit series)
    I never leave AliExpress reviews because of the character limit. Some products take more than 1000 characters to inform someone on...
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    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Incidentally, that's what's bugging me about Alibaba reviews. They almost never have enough information. Or it ends up truncated in a misleading way. Shit, I'd gladly take 30 minutes to read a review so I can be happy with what I get in 30 days. And then on top of that, you're already plucking from "The Everything Drawer" of items. The more I can know about the exact product, the better.
    witkazy
    witkazy
    Oh boy, i remember convincin' my wife ,may she rest in peace, to get digital frame for her mum as a gift .Got doa obviously ,that teach' me a lessen.Aaaah, good times.
    Vendor
    Vendor
    they banned it here stupid govt and it was already extremely restrictive got i hate our idiotic government my brother some amazing cheap stuff from there before covid
    Sometimes I wonder if the internet today isn't just... how it is because half of the people on it are wayy newer at it than the other half.
    NG+ modes are fun but I almost never finish them. I always wind up going back to the 'virgin' experience.
    Photosynthetic organisms have been trying, rather successfully, to eat the sun for ~3.4 billion years and somehow nobody is alarmed by this.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Here's a dangerous thought. I could look to nanomachines and with some contortions, say nature beat us to it - entire classes of life forms map to the whole process eerily well, even if only in a causal sense. "They are clearly not the same thing and yet..."
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    From this, I could then posit, "How many earth units of total mass/energy have been consumed/cycled over the course of all life on earth?" Or taken back up a layer, how many times over have all lifeforms across time consumed the equivalent to the entirety of the earth? This almost feels like an irresponsible question. Fallacious, yet irrationally sticky.
    witkazy
    witkazy
    42.
    I feel like in every debate with my dad I try to address every point directly only to have him swoop over to the REAL thing on his mind when I know I nailed it down. Got me over here gaslighting myself like "Am I speaking english?"
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    witkazy
    witkazy
    It is tuff world out there ocasionally you hafta be tuffer and roll with punches from time to time , when do what is what i call experience ,pick your fights or burn out,that is all to it really,cheers.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Hah, just clicked. A favorite Salinger line that hits on it: "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." Really a matter of how you price-out your total energy... your understanding of how much you *really* have to put on the table. It works on every level of decision.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Makes me think... as you age, you learn of your limits and thus feel more limited. But that's a power you didn't have when you were younger and wasted it, not understanding your limits. When you need it, you don't have it. You burn out - I have a couple friends like that. I've always been careful to mind where I was at with things, even when other people didn't really get it. Most of them learned eventually. :laugh:
    My dad just called me at work to ask if I remembered his wifi password. I have opted to be flattered that he thinks Im capable of that.
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    R-T-B
    My mom still depends on me for IT everything. It's no wonder the family business ended up hiring me... lol.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    I too am the family tech shaman who sees and knows all things electronics. What I can accomplish with a few movements of my index finger is incomprehensible in their worlds... inconceivable. In their minds I have been the Prometheus of IT since the day they saw me using Photoshop when I was around 10. I cemented my role as a PC wizard then and there, with the clone brush tool.
    TheoneandonlyMrK
    TheoneandonlyMrK
    I've told my mum about a million times to just click no,close X or such yet still, still get calls to ask what something is and if it's safe, grrrr.
    Suppose you found definitive proof that you don't actually exist. Perhaps you ARE just a brain in a vat. Or a dream within another being's mind. Lines of code. What does that change?
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    God no lol. Just popped into my head when I was bored, waiting, not wanting to start doing anything only to be interrupted. I think my ADHD brain just finds those endless tangents and off I go. Things that are unsolvable, where my mind can continuously jump from one thing to the next.

    I like sci-fi a lot because it explores stuff like that. Stuff that makes you realize existence really is a bizarre predicament.
    Vayra86
    Vayra86
    Maybe a strange idea... but I got back into playing Magic the Gathering again (TCG). Deck building and exploring those options and the many levels of 'knowledge' you can go through while doing so might provide you with a similar sort of challenge. There are always a dozen ways to reach the same or similar goals.. Its a beautiful thing to lose yourself in ;)
    Vayra86
    Vayra86
    More on topic, I'm also partial to the stance of 'I'll live while I'm here' and I don't care about being remembered or having a statue or even a tombstone. Reality = perception, really, and the best guide to live life is having the clearest possible perception of reality. If choices are guided by falsehoods, you're going to run into trouble :)
    Call me crazy... I think social media should have age verification by law.

    Honestly, it's crazier to me that it's not. Instead, all major sites try and fail to make their pedo farms child-friendly by auto-deleting whatever they feel isn't appropriate for kids. It mostly just hassles grown adults in pockets that are only meant for them, while also somehow letting pedophiles have communities on major platforms.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    Oh I don't mean it in a big brain sort of way. Picture twitter as some sort of big convention full of strangers where you could have any sort of interaction and people generally have less regard for their surroundings. People say things without stopping to think about who they might be talking to. A lot of quick assumptions get made - no time. So things get messy and awkward. People turn mean/weird for no reason.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    A forum is more like a local dive. Anybody can come in. The regulars are laughing and having a good time. But you know not to just plop down at their table and sandbag the conversation with politics. It's a serious chill. People want to have real conversations with people they've learned to talk to, makes it more relaxed. I think that's how it should be, SM strips the nuance, people don't take the time.
    witkazy
    witkazy
    Dude, i was born Local :D Some get get me , some do not which is fair enough for me , cheers. Stay negative. Rona wise i mean :D
    I have totally ruined myself with high refresh. I guess I'm still glad I didn't choose 4k instead.
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    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    They certainly do, and you have post-processing options, DLSS and FidelityFX. But it always feels like more of a compromise - faking it so often might as will stick with 1440p. Whereas with high-hz running at say, 100FPS vs 144 doesn't really change what you see and the overall difference is subtle. More flexibility balancing hardware and settings before you get to the big tradeoffs.
    robot zombie
    robot zombie
    All that aside, nothing worse than a monitor that is 4k and/or hi-hz with bad color/contrast. Good and bad in every category. I'd still use an excellent-performing 1080/60 panel over a poor-performing 4k or 144hz one any day. It's all extra beyond that AFAIC.
    Vayra86
    Vayra86
    For me its more like

    High refresh (cake)
    Ditto framerates (icing)

    Everything else is the stuff you look at but you're full of cake anyway. But those framerates are often overlooked... 4K is nice, but if your motion resolution is still less than 1/4th of what the panel can show, have you really won anything or just picked a slideshow over a smooth experience?

    Nah... definitely keeping my 100~110 PPI. Fk 4K
    Oooo Steam... I told you NOT to EVER touch my goddamned FO4 with your unholy CC updates. Tryin to break my whole mod setup on the sly.
    Goodbye shitty IPS glow and grays, hello shitty VA ghosting.

    Still way better. Also free. Also still an MSI VA display, sadly.
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