Posts by Kumara Republic

  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to steven crawford,

    Hi dude, looks like you have that 3d rendering pretty sussed out now. What’s the software you’re using?

    Mainly DAZ Studio 4.12, with occasional touch ups in Blender & GIMP.

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  • Hard News: Together Alone,

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  • Legal Beagle: On the possibility of laws…,

    Some further reading:
    The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President: How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election

    In the words of Neil Postman from "Amusing Ourselves to Death":

    What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

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  • Hard News: Rage and change: RNZ's music problem, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Whatever happens, the re-merger needs to make sure there's more RNZ in TVNZ - think the old TVNZ6 & TVNZ7 - instead of the other way round.

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  • Hard News: "OK Boomer" wins Public…,

    Once again, would the targets of "OK Boomer" prefer to hear "OK Gammon"?

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  • Hard News: "OK Boomer" wins Public…, in reply to linger,

    Truly these are special individuals….
    which makes the reverse epithet “snowflake” especially ironic.

    Especially when enough snowflakes get together...

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  • Hard News: "OK Boomer" wins Public…, in reply to Sacha,

    Where did gammon come from? Seen it in last few months.

    It's a British term originally attributed to Charles Dickens, and started becoming common in the early 2010s. The Brexit hubbub saw it greatly increase in use, and not surprisingly it's a counter-response to labels like "cuck", "SJW" or "soy boy".

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  • Hard News: "OK Boomer" wins Public…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And to be fair, that's usually what it really means when it's used. It's about the blitheness of people who don't have to worry.

    I'm comfortable with the young folk expressing their frustration in what is really a pretty light way.

    I've taken to using "OK gammon" as a more laser-guided version of "OK boomer".

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    "Impeachment": because of its potential global impact.

    "We utterly reject and condemn you": most powerful local phrase I've heard.

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter, in reply to Sacha,

    They're full 1080p capable now, amirite?

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