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April 2017 Media Thread

2 Post author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39PM

This is the monthly thread for posting media of various types that you've found that you enjoy. Post what you're reading, listening to, watching, and your opinion of it. Post recommendations to blogs. Post whatever media you feel like discussing! To see previous recommendations, check out the older threads.

Rules:

  • Please avoid downvoting recommendations just because you don't personally like the recommended material; remember that liking is a two-place word. If you can point out a specific flaw in a person's recommendation, consider posting a comment to that effect.
  • If you want to post something that (you know) has been recommended before, but have another recommendation to add, please link to the original, so that the reader has both recommendations.
  • Please post only under one of the already created subthreads, and never directly under the parent media thread.
  • Use the "Other Media" thread if you believe the piece of media you want to discuss doesn't fit under any of the established categories.
  • Use the "Meta" thread if you want to discuss about the monthly media thread itself (e.g. to propose adding/removing/splitting/merging subthreads, or to discuss the type of content properly belonging to each subthread) or for any other question or issue you may have about the thread or the rules.

Comments (31)

Comment author: Ritalin 21 April 2017 07:35:32PM 0 points [-]

Cosmos-like works: for inspiration and fuzzies

The other day, I was watching NDT's Cosmos, and even though it taught me absolutely nothing new, it was so gorgeous and beautiful and inspiring that I couldn't help but feel reinvigorated, and tackle my hard, painful, frustrating work with renewed zest and zeal! I'd like to know of more works like that, *especially in Audiobook format, to listen to while bothering with the mundane daily tasks that don't let me hold a book or a computer in my hands while doing them.

Comment author: Ritalin 21 April 2017 07:35:40PM *  0 points [-]

Hi! I'm an electrical engineering student close to finishing my MsC. These days I feel really, really tired and disenchanted with my work, in spite of it leading to one of my childhood dreams of working on green energies and/or electric transportation.

The same happened when I went to see a couple of museums involving Norway's naval history, Amudsen's arctic expeditions, and the epic journies of the Kon Tiki and the Ra. Despite all the pain and hardship those stories portrayed, I left full of energy and determination.

Over the most recent years, most of my media consumption, both fiction and non-fiction, involved delving deep into the complexities and flaws of human nature, both on an individual and societal level. While that has helped me become somewhat more socially functional, it has also sapped my optimism and energy to the point that I'm not sure why I get away in the morning, or why bother making any kind of effort beyond ensuring survival when everything is absurd and pointless, and everyone, myself included, is irredeemably stupid and evil in ways that cannot be fixed, only mitigated.

I want to feel hopeful, optimistic, interested, engaged, and growing. I want to learn shit that makes me want to strive and thrive.

Comment author: Lumifer 21 April 2017 07:41:24PM 0 points [-]

sapped my optimism and energy to the point that I'm not sure why I get away in the morning, or why bother making any kind of effort beyond ensuring survival when everything is absurd and pointless.

That's called depression. Unfortunately, it's not rare.

Comment author: Ritalin 21 April 2017 08:02:30PM 0 points [-]

I like to think it's not some chemical imbalance, but a philosophical, existentialist despair. Think Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Rick & Morty, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett's work... "THERE IS NO JUSTICE. THERE IS JUST US."

Comment author: ChristianKl 22 April 2017 08:34:15AM 0 points [-]

I don't feel any despair from reading Terry Pratchett's work. I rather feel pleasure by reading it and laughing about various jokes.

I don't think the solution you are seeking is found in fiction. If professional mental health services aren't easily available for you how about CBT workbooks like David Burn's The Feeling Good Handbook?

Comment author: Ritalin 24 April 2017 10:13:04AM 0 points [-]

TP's work used to be a delight, but there's a very strange disconnect between the cynicism of the characters and setting, and the optimism of the stories themselves, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. So TP is a bit like eating a lot of cake: sooner or later your tongue starts feeling weird.

Comment author: Lumifer 21 April 2017 08:05:30PM 0 points [-]

Realizing you are a meat sack full of chemicals is philosophical, existentialist despair. Almost at the Rick & Morty level.

Comment author: Ritalin 21 April 2017 08:23:35PM *  0 points [-]

Right, but there's a difference between being depressed by the realization, or finding it depressing because there's something wrong with your meatsack chemistry.

I wish to believe that which is true, but getting tested and diagnosed for depression is expensive, and so are the chemicals often prescribed to treat them, in money and in secondary effects.

Forgive me if I seem a little impatient, but I'd rather focus on the stated purpose of this thread: media that will help me feel better about myself and the world and foster in me a sense of curiosity, hope, and discipline.

Comment author: Lumifer 21 April 2017 08:35:59PM *  0 points [-]

there's a difference between being depressed by the realization, or finding it depressing because there's something wrong with your meatsack chemistry.

I don't think you're getting this. You are a meat sack of chemicals. "Being depressed by the realization" means that your meatsack chemistry shifted.

do you know media

How many IQ points are you willing to pay? X-D

But if you want a real answer, clinical depression isn't cured by happy movies. The problem isn't that the outside world provides too little happiness for you, the problem is that your ability to consume and digest that happiness is impaired.

Comment author: Ritalin 22 April 2017 05:48:56AM *  0 points [-]

I don't think you're getting this. You are a meat sack of chemicals. "Being depressed by the realization" means that your meatsack chemistry shifted.

Well, assuming that said shift was long lasting, I want to shift it back into something more conductive to a productive and enjoyable life. Being miserable feels miserable, and, worst of all, it's boring.

the problem is that your ability to consume and digest that happiness is impaired.

On the contrary, I consume and digest the happiness way too fast. It helps me for a short while, and I feel gladness and joy and merriment and flow... and then I'm hungry again. I'm like an insatiable happiness sinkhole.

Comment author: Lumifer 22 April 2017 09:27:56PM 0 points [-]

tl;dr Talk to professionals, don't take advice on mental health from a internet forum.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:40:15PM 0 points [-]

Short Online Texts Thread

Comment author: morganism 03 April 2017 09:16:19PM 3 points [-]

The F35 fighter program is shaping up much worse than even the detractors thought. Many, many problems here, not least:

"Whenever a squadron deploys, it must establish an ALIS hub wherever the F-35 is deployed. Crews set up an ALIS Standard Operating Unit (SOU), which consists of several cases of computer equipment. Technicians will use these to set up a small mainframe which must then be plugged into the world-wide ALIS network. It took several days for the crews to get ALIS working on the local base network. After extensive troubleshooting, IT personnel figured out they had to change several settings on Internet Explorer so ALIS users could log into the system. This included lowering security settings, which DOT&E noted with commendable understatement was “an action that may not be compatible with required cybersecurity and network protection standards.”

The ALIS data must go wherever a squadron goes. Crews must transfer the data from the squadron’s main ALIS computers at the home station to the deployed ALIS SOU before the aircraft are permitted to fly missions. This process took three days during the Mountain Home deployment. This was faster than in earlier demonstrations, but Lockheed Martin provided eight extra ALIS administrators for the exercise. It is unclear if the contractor or the Air Force will include this level of support in future deployments. When the squadron redeployed back to Edwards at the end of the exercise, it took administrators four days to transfer all the data back to the main ALIS computer. Delays of this kind will limit the F-35’s ability to rapidly deploy in times of crisis. Even if the jets can be positioned in enough time to respond to a crisis, problems like lengthy uploading times could keep them on the ground when they are needed in the sky. An aircraft immobilized on the ground is a target, not an asset.

Another time-consuming process involves adding new aircraft to each ALIS standard operating unit. Every time an F-35 is moved from one base to another where ALIS is already up, it must be inducted into that system. It takes 24 hours. Thus, when an F-35 deploys to a new base, an entire day is lost as the data is processed. And only one plane at a time can upload. If an entire squadron, typically 12 aircraft, needed to be inducted, the entire process would take nearly two weeks, forcing a commander to slowly roll out his F-35 aircraft into combat."

www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2017/f35-continues-to-stumble.html

Comment author: Riothamus 03 April 2017 10:35:07PM 0 points [-]

I have high hopes that the ongoing catastrophe of this system will discredit the entire design philosophy of the project, and the structure of priorities that governed it. I want it to be a meta-catastrophe, in other words.

The site looks very good. How do you find the rest of it?

Comment author: morganism 01 April 2017 08:43:28PM 0 points [-]

Some short SF story's, mostly time travel this issue

http://compellingsciencefiction.com/issue6.html

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:40:11PM 0 points [-]

Online Videos Thread

Comment author: mindspillage 10 April 2017 04:09:20PM 0 points [-]

"All This Time", by Jonathan Coulton. Video for the first song from his new future-themed album, placed in this category because the text-adventure video adds to the story. (Song name-checks Kurzweil and is about our future robot overlords.)

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:40:06PM 0 points [-]

Fanfiction Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:40:01PM 0 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: MaryCh 12 April 2017 09:28:06AM 0 points [-]

Our Face from Fish to Man (pdf warning) a book that will soon be a century old, but still 1) well-illustrated, 2) inspiring (at least, inspiring wonder). I would love to read a modern anatomist's reflection on it.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:57PM 0 points [-]

Fiction Books Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:52PM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:48PM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:43PM 0 points [-]

Games Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:38PM 0 points [-]

Music Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:33PM 0 points [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: James_Miller 01 April 2017 08:14:16PM 0 points [-]
Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:27PM 0 points [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: morganism 01 April 2017 08:46:05PM 0 points [-]

For your amusement, People for the ethical treatment of re-reinforcement learners,,,

http://petrl.org/

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 April 2017 04:39:18PM 0 points [-]

Meta Thread

Comment author: gwern 03 April 2017 11:07:26PM 4 points [-]