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the metaverse is going to be such a great hangout place for pervs. how long before those digital blue hands start trying to grope the personal shopper chick? 

 

14 minutes ago, zkom said:

It all reminds me of the good old Microsoft Bob which was supposed to make the PC desktop more intuitive by making the desktop look like a home office but in the end no one actually wanted to use it.

Bill-Gates-Hints-at-the-Return-of-Micros

Also lol at the whole dystopian vibe of the video. Very Black Mirror. At least Bob looked friendly and human.

giving me windows 3.1 flashbacks maaaan

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2 hours ago, zkom said:

It's just.. why would you want to shop online like this and not a regular web shop where you can do things like sort by price and use the fucking text search for god's sake. The most frustrating part of going to a physical store is finding the actual product from the shelves instead of using the search and sort functions you get online.

It all reminds me of the good old Microsoft Bob which was supposed to make the PC desktop more intuitive by making the desktop look like a home office but in the end no one actually wanted to use it.

Bill-Gates-Hints-at-the-Return-of-Micros

Also lol at the whole dystopian vibe of the video. Very Black Mirror. At least Bob looked friendly and human.

oh i agree. i think it's totally stupid. metaverse will be a weird cash grab speculative sideshow for a while until 'the market' figures out what it's good for. 

 

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Very sad today. There's a book shop that's run by volunteers that I spend so much time at (all books are donated and sold dirt cheap, all profits go to keeping the lights on and the rest goes to charity). The selection the book shop has is absolutely astounding. From lots of 60s editions of classic French novels, to 70s music magazines, old coffee table art books, obscure books on esoteric science, auction catalogues from the 90s, etc. Not only that but it's such a cool building. It's small but is on 3 floors and has a spiral staircase running down the middle of it. I overheard a conversation last week about volunteering at the book shop so I thought I'd swing by today to ask if they needed any more volunteers. The lady at the shop told me that the owner of the shop (lovely old man who would always say hello to me in the street and would always tell me about his visits to England every time he saw the Barclays logo on my bank card) passed away last night and that the shop would be closing down some time in the next few months.

Never got his name but rest in peace Monsieur.

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no one gives a shit but i've been checking out syl kougaï's tweets on a regular basis since the beginning of the pandemic, just for the lols and to get a glimpse of the latest trendy conspiracy theories (he's a french "idm" artist from the same town i used to live in - i really don't care for his music, i'm only interested in the tweets - yes, i have plenty of time to waste on stupid shit i don't really care about). 

i've mentioned his tweets before but holy crap, is he dumb and brainwashed. and it keeps getting worse. he's knee-deep in this bullshit (so is my mom but i've alrealdy talked about that). it's quite hilarious to witness though, which is why i keep getting back for more.

that's it. some unknown french musician is awfully gullible and uses the web to showcase his stupidity and contribute to the spread of misinformation. no one gives a shit. bye.

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Yea i feel like that is how its supposed to be. I cant help but overthink everything as of late and totally takes the joy out of things.

I used to get goosebumps lot when listening to music, but ever since this whole "how are u actually supposed to be listening to music" that seems to have faded away.

Its a totally dumb thought and idk why it keeps infiltrating my brain.

 

Same with trying to sleep i keep thinking about how to fall asleep but its not thinking about it that helps u fall asleep faster.

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12 hours ago, Wunderbar said:

Yea i feel like that is how its supposed to be. I cant help but overthink everything as of late and totally takes the joy out of things.

I used to get goosebumps lot when listening to music, but ever since this whole "how are u actually supposed to be listening to music" that seems to have faded away.

Its a totally dumb thought and idk why it keeps infiltrating my brain.

sounds to me like you're describing the act of listening actively to music, just like musicians do when they analyze pitch content, time signatures and so on. 

i can see why it would bother you if that's become your default mode of listening and that prevents you from actually enjoying the music. but you could see this as an opportunity to develop your musical skills, by trying to reproduce what you're hearing on a keyboard and analyzing the harmony for example. you could use it to your advantage and train your ears and become the new mozart instead of bitching about it like it's a fucking plague. 

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lol  :trollface:

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16 minutes ago, Freak of the week said:

L'Hôpital's rule applies to functions that have the form f(x)/g(x), not f(x)^g(x).

Anyway, if you want to calculate 0^0 using limits then the value depends on what your function is. Limit x->0 for x^0 and 0^x will give different answers even though they both evaluate the limit for 0^0.

More formally:

lim x->0 x^0 = 1

and

lim x->0 0^x = 0

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34 minutes ago, zkom said:

L'Hôpital's rule applies to functions that have the form f(x)/g(x), not f(x)^g(x).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Hôpital's_rule#Other_indeterminate_forms

i used l'hopital a lot, btw. there are some examples when you have the form 0^0, and the idea is to use the formula u^v=exp(v*ln(u)), then shift the limit to the exponent, and then use l'hopital on the exponent. of course it depends on what functions are in question, but it just shows that the answer to the question of how much 0^0 is, is a relative one, in a way.

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13 minutes ago, Freak of the week said:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Hôpital's_rule#Other_indeterminate_forms

i used l'hopital a lot, btw. there are some examples when you have the form 0^0, and the idea is to use the formula u^v=exp(v*ln(u)), then shift the limit to the exponent, and then use l'hopital on the exponent. of course it depends on what functions are in question, but it just shows that the answer to the question of how much 0^0 is, is a relative one, in a way.

Ok, I haven't seen that use myself yet. Interesting.

But it still means just that the limit for function f(x) = x^x as x->0 is 1, not the actual value at x=0.

I have to admit I have used 0^0 = 1 in practical calculations myself as it was the limit value for the function in use, but I was internally screaming.

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are things ever going to get better? not just covid but in general. is there ever going to be a time where everybody wakes up with all their needs/wants/desires fulfilled and thinks hey, life is just so great! or is this going to keep dragging on, day after day, the same old doom and gloom monotony repeating itself until the end. isn't that what death is advertised as? a great escape from the endless suffering we endure on this planet. act according to all the rules and you'll get your reward in the afterlife. heaven is where you are trying to get to. or the realm of souls, or whatever it's called. is that the point of all this? rushing through life unhappily in order to get to a made up fantasy place? I expect someone on watmm to be able to answer this.

 

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I'm not sure I would know immediately that Frank Black was singing if a new song of his came up randomly in a playlist.  His voice changes so much from album to album.  I'd be more likely to recognize it from the songwriting style, maybe.  Usually the singer's voice is the dead giveaway, but for some reason his doesn't totally register with me.  I frequently hear him channeling another singer along with his own voice, be it Bowie or J Mascis, or David Byrne.  Perhaps this is why?  It's quite unusual.  I don't think it's a matter of it sounding generic at all.  The fact his voice is so hard for me to pinpoint is in itself unique.

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12 hours ago, Wunderbar said:

Is anyone here able to sing decently ?

zephyr nova is a pretty good singer. 

why this question though? just something that randomly popped into your head or what? how about you btw? how's your vibrato? 

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In the 1980 sci-fi Saturn 3 the robot has a belly button. Not a button on it’s belly. A fucking belly button.

edit: and buttocks 

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10 hours ago, brian trageskin said:

zephyr nova is a pretty good singer. 

My pitch and rhythm are precise.  Vibrato has always been a bit mysterious to me, though I can sort of fake it.  Can sort of do "vocal fry", but it's hard to get it sounding pleasing to me ear.  Diaphragm control is inconsistent.  I struggle mostly with tone stuff because my voice is naturally a bit... younger sounding and nasal (but I've learned to avoid that, mostly).  I can sing weird angular melodies with ease though, which seems to be something a lot of people struggle with.  Getting closer to being able to do those fast R&B runs in a really half baked way.  Super envious of vocalists who can do the screamy stuff without damaging their vocal cords.  That completely eludes me.  So yeah, I'd say I'm decent.  Not nearly at the level I want to be, but decent.  

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5 minutes ago, Zephyr_Nova said:

My pitch and rhythm are precise.  

i confirm

8 minutes ago, Zephyr_Nova said:

I can sing weird angular melodies with ease though, which seems to be something a lot of people struggle with.  

yeah that's your forte, i confirm. a true jazzist in spirit. 

20 minutes ago, Zephyr_Nova said:

So yeah, I'd say I'm decent.  Not nearly at the level I want to be, but decent.  

it's probably safe to assume you're the best singer on watmm. until proven otherwise. 

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