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#1246312
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The Astronomy thread
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Frank your Majesty said:

Mrebo said:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7x3ed9/darpa-is-researching-quantized-inertia-a-theory-of-physics-many-think-is-pseudoscience

Sounds promising to me. The dark matter theory has always seemed like make-believe science.

Proposing a too-good-to-be-true engine based on an effect that so far could not be proven to exist and violates some of the most well-tested scientific theories doesn’t sound like make-believe science to you?

Now, I don’t want to completely dismiss it, but I wouldn’t call it promising. Best case, it works and we have a cool new propulsion technology and some interesting physics to explore. Worst case, it doesn’t work and this hypothesis is discarded for good. At least noone can say that these kinds of outsider ideas are supressed by the Illuminati or some other BS, so that’s a good thing.

The engine is merely one possible implication. The fact that such an engine has appeared to work is something I’d call promising. I don’t see where a well-tested theory is violated. As I understand it, the theory reconceptualizes the relationship of gravitational and inertial mass which has been heretofore asserted.

Dark matter is a convenient and perhaps not falsifiable theory created out of whole cloth.

As for suppression of science, I think that’s very real if not 100% effective.

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#1245940
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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A blog I frequent posted some jokes that made me laugh, here are the tamer ones:

TROPICAL STORM ALERT: Tropical Storm Candace threatens Alabama.

Storm looks totally disgusting, no class at all!

TRAVELER WARNING ISSUED FOR TURKEY: Chatter from terrorist groups suggests plot to kidnap Americans.

I know some Turks. Great friends of mine. They always tell me, “You’re so smart, your hair is so golden and lustrous, everyone says it.” Terrific people.

Not so great at hand-washing, though. THIS MUST CHANGE!

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#1245330
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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A new addition to your cast of villains? At least it adds diversity.

I don’t see any violation of principles by her observing Kanye is black and suggesting Evans is going after Kanye because, according to her, Evans thinks Kanye isn’t abiding identity politics (ie because he’s black he must think a certain way). You can think she’s totally wrong in saying that’s what Evans is doing, but she’s obviously saying Evans is criticizing Kanye based on his race.

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#1245211
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Going away? Post so here!
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DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

You have a thread seemingly open to arguments about the best time in Star Wars. (To be fair I know your question there was essentially rhetorical.)

I’m not sure what about the question was rhetorical, and my thread didn’t really have anything to do with the “fandom” or this forum. I don’t care about the concept of “fandom” and don’t personally identify with it. There’s a difference between the content and how the fans respond to it.

It was a thread about the best time in Star Wars, as I said. Or as you titled it, “Is Star Wars ‘Better Than It’s Ever Been’?” I took that in the same sense I’ve been using “Star Wars” to refer to the content and the fan response, the latter referenced several times in your initial post of that thread.

When I think of Star Wars I don’t really think of the fandom at all. The title wasn’t the best “time” in Star Wars, which would potentially imply that, but whether Star Wars is “better than ever,” which in my mind narrows it down to the content. I only talked about fans in my first post insofar as the general popularity of the series and hype pertained to my own excitement. I didn’t say anything about the community, if anything I was talking about how it’s not just an insular “community.”

From my second post in the thread

DominicCobb said:

suspiciouscoffee said:

I’d say it might be if every nerd wasn’t at another’s throat 110% of the time because of it.

That’s a very good point, though I guess I was mainly thinking content-wise. Certainly the internet discourse is probably worse than it’s ever been, though I’ll say my in-person discussions have grown and they’re usually pretty pleasant, even if we’re not always entirely on the same page.

I mean if you want to talk about the “fandom” in that thread that’s fine, but I was definitely coming at it from the perspective of the content, mostly because my own experience with the “fandom” is entirely nonexistent (I have had interactions with other people who like the series of course, but have no involvement whatsoever in the fan “community,” beyond I suppose being a member here, which I wouldn’t count*), and I myself have only been alive for roughly half the saga’s life. It’s hard for me to judge what I didn’t experience, but all the content overtime can be looked at easily.

*this conversation started about the quality of discussion on this forum as whole over time, which I think is only tangentially related to the state of the “fandom” in general at best

This is somewhat tangential at this point as I was responding to one particular statement of yours. You’re straining to say you weren’t speaking about the best “time” in Star Wars. You ask in your thread, “With that out of the way, has there ever been a better time for the series?”

You say you were thinking “mainly” about content. Fair enough, but you also had a full paragraph about popularity and excitement, which goes beyond quality of content. It can be related but isn’t necessarily.

And you wrap up with, “Whatever you think of some of the movies, this is inarguably an exciting time. Is it the most exciting time?”

So even setting aside “some of the movies” you ask about excitement.

Back to your statement: “Saying ‘Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney’ just seems outright silly though.”

As I said, you have a thread (at least partially) related to that question.

I guess I’d be curious to know why you think Star Wars fandom is better (or the same?) since Disney.

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#1245122
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Going away? Post so here!
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DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

Star Wars used to be more fun.

Considering this site was made in 2003, I don’t see how that’s relevant to the discussion.

I think the griping about this forum is silly, but Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney. It is also silly to pretend - pretending is all the rage, especially pretend rage - that the recent movies haven’t had a deleterious impact here that the prequels didn’t really have.

When there were no new movies out, no one gave a shit. I’ll give you that, the site was much more laid back because of it. Now fans are losing their minds every year because their childhoods are ruined. So there’s a bit more tension, as there’s much less consensus on the films themselves than with the prequels (where most everyone agreed they were bad).

Saying “Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney” just seems outright silly though. I’d argue online discourse in general has gotten more hyperbolic and polarizing over the years, which is a much bigger factor.

We agree on your first paragraph and on increased polarization in general. Both points I made in my fashion.

You didn’t really though? At least not in the post I quoted.

I did in the post that preceded your response. You likely didn’t see it before, but it’s there since this post.

You have a thread seemingly open to arguments about the best time in Star Wars. (To be fair I know your question there was essentially rhetorical.)

I’m not sure what about the question was rhetorical, and my thread didn’t really have anything to do with the “fandom” or this forum. I don’t care about the concept of “fandom” and don’t personally identify with it. There’s a difference between the content and how the fans respond to it.

It was a thread about the best time in Star Wars, as I said. Or as you titled it, “Is Star Wars ‘Better Than It’s Ever Been’?” I took that in the same sense I’ve been using “Star Wars” to refer to the content and the fan response, the latter referenced several times in your initial post of that thread.

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#1245017
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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CatBus said:

Warbler said:

Mrebo said:

I’ve not slept for 3 weeks.

How can you stay away for that long?

You can’t. Tis a joke. The most any human can stay awake is about 11 days, and the effects of attempting to go this long can be life-threatening, and if it doesn’t kill you, it can cause permanent physiological damage.

Hey, you’ve read my political posts.

But seriously, sleep has been spotty for about 3 weeks. For the many times people here have defended hyperbole, taking Peterson to task for that statement is strange.

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#1244954
Topic
Going away? Post so here!
Time

DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

Star Wars used to be more fun.

Considering this site was made in 2003, I don’t see how that’s relevant to the discussion.

I think the griping about this forum is silly, but Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney. It is also silly to pretend - pretending is all the rage, especially pretend rage - that the recent movies haven’t had a deleterious impact here that the prequels didn’t really have.

When there were no new movies out, no one gave a shit. I’ll give you that, the site was much more laid back because of it. Now fans are losing their minds every year because their childhoods are ruined. So there’s a bit more tension, as there’s much less consensus on the films themselves than with the prequels (where most everyone agreed they were bad).

Saying “Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney” just seems outright silly though. I’d argue online discourse in general has gotten more hyperbolic and polarizing over the years, which is a much bigger factor.

We agree on your first paragraph and on increased polarization in general. Both points I made in my fashion.

You have a thread seemingly open to arguments about the best time in Star Wars. (To be fair I know your question there was essentially rhetorical.)

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#1244870
Topic
Going away? Post so here!
Time

If only it were as simple as some of us like them and some of us don’t. Anyway, here isn’t the place for continuing that, there are several threads for it. Basic point is that if you find this site unpleasant the effect of the new movies is one reason, if indirectly. Maybe it’s because we’re in the Trump era. I see the contagion of contentiousness everywhere. If we don’t all take responsibility for ourselves and stop blaming others, it won’t stop.

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#1244864
Topic
Going away? Post so here!
Time

DominicCobb said:

Mrebo said:

Star Wars used to be more fun.

Considering this site was made in 2003, I don’t see how that’s relevant to the discussion.

I think the griping about this forum is silly, but Star Wars fandom was in a better place before Disney. It is also silly to pretend - pretending is all the rage, especially pretend rage - that the recent movies haven’t had a deleterious impact here that the prequels didn’t really have.