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But while artistic creations that are intentionally uninterpretable are the product of assholes (NFTs are an example), I think that most artistic creations provide some insight into the perspectives and experiences of the artist.

In exploring music, I've found that a musical artist active for an extended period, decades, will relate their experiences through music, and these experiences can be interpreted.

Death Cab For Cutie is relatable music to so many people, and it's also very personal. It tells the story of Ben Gibbard's life. He tells the story of his own life and experiences. He shares these things about himself.

Assemblage 23 is, in particular, a lesser known artist that I really like, who documents his struggle with anxiety, depression, a failed relationship, the toxic fallout of that relationship, and finally the catharsis and self-actualization he reaches through overcoming his struggles.

These are stories people tell. They are meaningful.

I believe Rebecca Sugar conveys meaningful things about their own life, their understanding of the world, through their animation. Adventure Time and Steven Universe are absolutely fantastic artistic creations, which convey ideas which Rebecca Sugar thinks are very important to help people understand.

If there's anything that I hold as a core value, that I would like to share with other people, it is this: the things that people do, the things people make, and the things people say, are meaningful.

A world which cannot be understood, full of people who cannot be understood? That's a shitty world to live in.

However, I believe that people, and the things they make, can be understood.

I believe our future lies in believing that other people can be understood, and in seeking to do that work of understanding them.

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Europeans who feel the need to correct or tone-police my posts without first expressing an understanding of the substance of my posts, which mostly have to do with my country literally being consumed by fascism oh my fucking god will be berated. If they persist, they will be blocked.

Europeans who feel the need to respond to my posts complaining about Europeans being insufferable will be mocked, berated, and blocked.

I have run out of patience for smug European bullshit.

My energy is being dedicated to solving immediate problems of literal survival, and providing space, community, and understanding to people who need it.

Coddling Europeans is very low on my list of priorities.

This is your explanation and warning.

If you're a European: consider excavating your head from your ass before responding to my posts. I will make no effort to understand you if you make no effort to understand me.

"it's just a joke" is an excuse so flimsy it self-immolates.

Have enough of a spine to stand behind the things you say.

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youtube.com/watch?v=CaDmrrlYNv

I sincerely love this music video. It's bright and happy and encouraging in all the ways that are so hard to find. The brightness and colorful nature of it don't grate, like it's overly sweet, because it's such a sincere expression that I truly love.

I really don't appreciate @onan and others from the church of the subgenius attempting to use cult recruiting tactics on me.

I grew up in a cult. I'm done with them. Trying to use those psychological recruitment techniques on me, I find particularly abhorrent.

I'm pissed, which is better than the alternative which would be being triggered to seeking to appease through the previously ingrained cult indoctrination of my life.

Here's some things to look out for with cult recruiting:

Spouting nonsense, or talking about some deeper truth which only the enlightened few can truly comprehend. This seeks to push the "gotta know" buttons in someone's head, which encourages them to poke deeper to try to gain some of this deeper truth.

Love bombing. This is what it sounds like. A target is identified and they are surrounded with people telling them that they're good and right about everything, then dropping an invite to be a part of the cult. The people doing the love bombing will typically express an interest in the target's interests, to make the target feel like the love bombers really get them.

Isolation. This is usually physical isolation, but can also manifest as psychological isolation. Targets/subjects are isolated from familiar things and people once they are ensnared. For meatspace cults, this is can be done, for example, through a "weekend retreat into the woods" which actually lasts several weeks. The Mormon church does this by sending members on missions far away, to isolate them from their family.

There is also psychological isolation, where the subject is isolated and alienated from familiar people through having their mannerisms, way of dress, and way of speaking and relating to the world altered to make them unfamiliar and unrelatable to people outside the cult. The subject will find themselves shunned and distrusted by the people they seek to connect with outside of the cult, which will usually cause them to seek familiarity with the perceived safe and supportive environment of the cult.

Lastly, people who are under a lot of stress, and are already isolated from social support networks, such as those who are perpetually online, are more susceptible to cult recruitment techniques. Usually this manifests through the subject being identified and targeted for recruitment, but it is also possible to target someone for recruitment, and induce this stress and isolation.

Another way that it's possible to induce stress in a subject would be to intentionally cultivate a social environment which is stressful, and hard to understand, and try to lure in people with the promise of knowledge, of understanding. This goes along with item 1, spouting nonsense.

So, a way that this might all come together for a coordinated recruitment effort, would be timing a deluge of nonsensical bullshit, for example a spoof or ironic-not-ironic suicide cult "the aliens are coming to rapture us, don't be left behind!" Timed to coincide with a time which they can predict will be a very broadly stressful time for the target audience of this deluge of bullshit, like July 4th, and then when any person inquires into their bullshit, they are invited to become enlightened.

Hey, Onan. You fucking asshole. Quit preying on vulnerable people. If you want friends, fucking talk to people like people. All this bullshit? It's unnecessary, abusive, and exploitative.

Knock it off.

youtube.com/watch?v=CaDmrrlYNv

I sincerely love this music video. It's bright and happy and encouraging in all the ways that are so hard to find. The brightness and colorful nature of it don't grate, like it's overly sweet, because it's such a sincere expression that I truly love.

Poe's Cliff: the point where the people who create or are a part of a very deep satire lose sight of what it is that they actually intend to convey, and in so doing, become that which they ostensibly intended to satirize.

To go past this point is to fall off poe's cliff.

I don't really like the Church Of The Subgenius, and I think they've let the void consume them.

Flat ui makes details of the interface difficult to interpret. It's aesthetic consumerism in web design. Throwing away the old for no reason other than that it's old, and insisting that people adopt the new because the old is old, so for this and no other reason, the old is bad.

Textured interface design emulated physical interfaces. It had shading. It had recognizable shape and texture, and its shape followed its function.

But since the widespread adoption of computers and the internet, this intuitive design has been abandoned under the assumption that since everyone knows how the tech works now, and knows how to use it, that there's no need to make the interface intuitive.

But this drives away new adopters, and makes the process of using interfaces into something like interpreting esoteric symbolism.

The interfaces, over time, have become more and more abstract, to the point that the symbols themselves are completely alienated from their origin.

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please give my scroll bars back their texture. they didn't deserve this.

The 2nd gen prius achieved the peak of commuter car engineering, and every car since then is overcompensation, or consumerism.

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complaining about the Church of the SubGenius 

Honestly the Church of the SubGenius leaves a bad taste in my mouth. They kind of remind me of my time with the Mormons in a lot of ways. It's the same smugness, same canned phrases, same maze of nonsense doctrines that you feel oh so smart for learning. And they proselytize just as much. Only this time it's all covered in that distasteful "it's all a joke you're just not in on" irony-maybe-not-irony trash I'm sure we're all familiar with from elsewhere.

I fight against the death of our society, by fighting for a very simple idea:

Words mean things.

I'm tired of the erosion of language. No, not in some stuffy academic linguist way, where I think AAVE isn't a valid use of language.

I want to fight back against cynicism. Against hopeless cynical nihilism.

I want to fight back against the idea that it is hopeless to try to understand what people mean when they say or do things.

And I want to fight back against those that seek to erode meaning through intentional obfuscation of words and actions.

I want to help people build communities where people are free to express themselves, say what they mean, and trust that the people around them will seek to do the same.

@onan
Is there a point to the end-of-days suicide cult shtick? Are you going to explain what you actually mean, how it's meant to be meaningful, or are you going to lean farther into the postmodern dadaist navelgazing, challenging people to find meaning in your ideas which are intentionally opaque and nonsensical?

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But while artistic creations that are intentionally uninterpretable are the product of assholes (NFTs are an example), I think that most artistic creations provide some insight into the perspectives and experiences of the artist.

In exploring music, I've found that a musical artist active for an extended period, decades, will relate their experiences through music, and these experiences can be interpreted.

Death Cab For Cutie is relatable music to so many people, and it's also very personal. It tells the story of Ben Gibbard's life. He tells the story of his own life and experiences. He shares these things about himself.

Assemblage 23 is, in particular, a lesser known artist that I really like, who documents his struggle with anxiety, depression, a failed relationship, the toxic fallout of that relationship, and finally the catharsis and self-actualization he reaches through overcoming his struggles.

These are stories people tell. They are meaningful.

I believe Rebecca Sugar conveys meaningful things about their own life, their understanding of the world, through their animation. Adventure Time and Steven Universe are absolutely fantastic artistic creations, which convey ideas which Rebecca Sugar thinks are very important to help people understand.

If there's anything that I hold as a core value, that I would like to share with other people, it is this: the things that people do, the things people make, and the things people say, are meaningful.

A world which cannot be understood, full of people who cannot be understood? That's a shitty world to live in.

However, I believe that people, and the things they make, can be understood.

I believe our future lies in believing that other people can be understood, and in seeking to do that work of understanding them.

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But while artistic creations that are intentionally uninterpretable are the product of assholes (NFTs are an example), I think that most artistic creations provide some insight into the perspectives and experiences of the artist.

In exploring music, I've found that a musical artist active for an extended period, decades, will relate their experiences through music, and these experiences can be interpreted.

Death Cab For Cutie is relatable music to so many people, and it's also very personal. It tells the story of Ben Gibbard's life. He tells the story of his own life and experiences. He shares these things about himself.

Assemblage 23 is, in particular, a lesser known artist that I really like, who documents his struggle with anxiety, depression, a failed relationship, the toxic fallout of that relationship, and finally the catharsis and self-actualization he reaches through overcoming his struggles.

These are stories people tell. They are meaningful.

I believe Rebecca Sugar conveys meaningful things about their own life, their understanding of the world, through their animation. Adventure Time and Steven Universe are absolutely fantastic artistic creations, which convey ideas which Rebecca Sugar thinks are very important to help people understand.

If there's anything that I hold as a core value, that I would like to share with other people, it is this: the things that people do, the things people make, and the things people say, are meaningful.

A world which cannot be understood, full of people who cannot be understood? That's a shitty world to live in.

However, I believe that people, and the things they make, can be understood.

I believe our future lies in believing that other people can be understood, and in seeking to do that work of understanding them.

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One of the most important things I've figured out?

The artistic things people create are meaningful to them.

If the purpose of someone's artistic creation is to be completely uninterpretable, and this creation is presented to the world as though there is something to be interpreted from it, that person is an asshole.

Nihilists make for bad artists.

Eat shit Jackson Pollock, you fucking hack.

nonsense 

Milhouse says "it's morbin time" is not a meme.

take this with a grain

Our experiences of being human in the shared hell of modern society are less unique than we all think.

This isn't a bad thing.

It means that there are multitudes of other people who have gone through what you are going through, and who you can learn from to get through your own struggles.

If you insist that no one else in the world can possibly know your pain, maybe you're right... but if no one has gotten through what you're going through, then what's the point?

Maybe if you can get through something no one else has gotten through before, you can help someone else figure out how to get through it too.

We move forward together when we accept that we can help each other, and be helped by others.

The life of a hermit is miserable, short, and brutal.

We learn to live together, or we are consumed.

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@Anarkat @rgegriff A lot of Google's recent innovation is around those other boxes. So they are essentially blocking adblock users by turning those off.

I don't really understand why folks using an ad blocker try to use Google at all. They're literally an adware/spyware company.

google nerfs search results from browsers using an adblock.

the video, media, and news links which are usually at the top are gone, the results are all text-only, and the top 5 or so results are very clearly sponsored links, but without anything indicating such.

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