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#filmnoir Just in case it had escaped folks attention, the good people at Kino Lorber have Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street up on their YouTube channel.

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Deutschland sucht u⁴

#u4 Folge 001 // #Funkmast Folge 005

Ich bin zu Gast bei meinem Gast @ReisAgainst. Wir sprechen über Deutschland sucht den Superstar und die frühen Phänomene von Reality TV.

Kritik und Hinweise gerne an @u4 im Fediverse; oder

Intro + Outro: An Original Motion Mixture by @ReisAgainst

#DSDS #RealityTV #HartzIVTV #Dschungelcamp #GNTM

At some point you keep encountering transphobic slurs by terminally online dweebs that require half an hour of research to even decipher and you think "damn, you're bad at bullying"

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second day into a cold, rolled up on the couch like a goblin, mumbling "I'm recovery-pilled. I'm in my mucus-expelling arc"

Yo, congratulations on your mum going to hell, time to pay some reparations and apologise for all that slavery, mate!

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"In Origin, Darwin described an animal species as a collection of varied individuals with no biological essence at its core. This key observation became known more generally as population thinking, and it’s supported by the modern study of genetics.

Population thinking has been revolutionizing biology for the past century, and it is now revolutionizing the science of emotion. Like a species, a given emotion such as fear, grief or elation is a vast population of varied instances. People may indeed widen their eyes and gasp in fear, but they may also scowl in fear, cry in fear, laugh in the face of fear and, in some cultures, even fall asleep in fear. There is no essence. Variation is the norm, and it is intimately linked to a person’s physiology and situation, just as variation in a species is linked to the environment its members live in."

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"Essentialism likewise appears to lure designers of emotion AI systems to follow Darwin down this comfortable path, with its assumption that emotions evolved via natural selection to serve important functions. But if you actually read Expression, you’ll find that Darwin barely mentioned natural selection. He also did not write that facial expressions are functional products of evolution. In fact, he wrote the opposite: that smiles, frowns, eye widening and other physical expressions were “purposeless”—vestigial movements that no longer serve a function. He made this statement more than 10 times in Expression. For Darwin, emotional expressions were compelling evidence that humans are animals and that we’ve evolved. By his logic, if we share expressions with other animals, but the expressions are functionally useless for us, they must have come from a long-gone, common ancestor for whom the expressions were useful."

"Surely you can A/B test your way to coolness and the hearts of teenagers again?

So you pick a metric to optimize – video watch time – and set your teams to work. Your engineers lock themselves in a war room, and emerge with 10 experiments designed to increase it. Time passes. Your exec team sees more and more time spent watching videos! They clap their hands and treat themselves to a day of golf.

And yet each time you launch a change that boosts all your metrics, your 16-year old daughter only rolls her eyes more and more…

The problem: your app is only used by old people. Your user base loves videos full of dad humor and ads for Metamucil – the exact opposite of teenage cool. So experiments that boost cringe content and annoying baby videos, seemingly successfully, increase watch time; clips of high schoolers lip syncing to Dua Lipa decrease it. You’re stuck in the short-term optimization valley of A/B tests."

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Statement on “Join The Fedi” is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.

Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances: (blocked by Howlr for harassment) (blocked by Howlr for transphobia) (blocked by Howlr for harassment) (blocked by Howlr for transphobia) (blocked by Howlr for hate speech)

In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using instead!

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"WhatsApp users in India can now do their grocery shopping without ever leaving their messaging app. Meta announced a new integration with JioMart today, through which users can text “Hi” to a certain number and be taken to an in-app shopping experience. The shopping experience looks fairly familiar, akin to what Instacart and other delivery services have been designing for years. But here, there’s no other app. And for WhatsApp, that’s a big deal.


Ultimately, Meta wants WhatsApp to be a WeChat-style super app, the one app users need to run their whole lives. WeChat users can pay their rent in the app, buy concert tickets in the app, pay for food in the app, and much more. Any platform that can consume that much of people’s lives is basically guaranteed to make a fortune in the process, through payment processing fees, premium features, and — you guessed it — ads."

« At the end of the day, even the body – especially the body can lie »

"And in a counterintuitive turn for the president who has long promoted his decades of Capitol Hill experience, Biden’s aides chalk up his victories to the fact that he’s been publicly playing the role of cheerleader rather than legislative quarterback.

“In a 50-50 Senate, it’s just true that when the White House takes ownership over a topic, it scares off a lot of Republicans,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “I think all of this is purposeful. When you step back and let Congress lead, and then apply pressure and help at the right times, it can be a much more effective strategy to get things done.”"

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