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A geologist and archaeologist by training, a nerd by inclination - books, films, fossils, comics, rocks, games, folklore, and, generally, the rum and uncanny… Let’s have it!

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As long as he fact checked what chatgpt told him, who cares?

But he can't fact check it - he was using it because he didn't know enough about the topic to write that section in the first place.

I was suggesting ChatGPT to a social worker I know who was complaining about the number of reports he has to write - AI could bang out a first draft that he could then work up into the final report because he knows the cases and the relevant laws and procedures. If he didn't know the subject inside and out it could be dangerous. Even then, he should flag it up for others to look it over in case of hallucinations.

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"And I stand by my answer, Goddammit!"

Trump Supporter Trolls Trial With Penis Balloons Featuring Alvin Bragg, Judge Merchan Faces ( www.thedailybeast.com )

A pro-Trump New Yorker unveiled his latest piece of political performance art outside the Manhattan courtroom where Trump’s criminal trial is underway on Thursday, launching 100 pink penis-shaped balloons decorated with the faces of Trump foes like Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan. The artist,...

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It's okay to generalise about people who generalise about people.

How to work with someone that regularly arrives as the wrong answer?

I work with a person that went presented with a problem, works through it and arrives at the wrong solution. When I have them show me the steps they took, it seems like they interpret things incorrectly. This isn't a language barrier, and it's not like they aren't reading what someone wrote....

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How to work with someone that regularly arrives as the wrong answer?

Yes.

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More than half of the allegations are from women who said they were under 18 at the time of the incidents. Some said they were as young as 15, although he may not have known their ages.

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Separately, Copperfield has faced scrutiny because of his association with Jeffrey Epstein, the indicted child sex trafficker who killed himself in prison in 2019.

Copperfield was among the high-profile individuals who were named in Epstein-related court documents that were unsealed in January. The inclusion of Copperfield’s name does not mean he committed a crime. According to one sworn statement, Copperfield asked one woman – who, it later emerged, was one of Epstein’s victims – whether she was “aware that girls were getting paid to find other girls” for Epstein.

A very nasty picture continues to reveal itself.

Previously:

Numerous court documents identifying associates of notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were made public on Wednesday.

Some of the high-profile names in the court documents include Prince Andrew, the former US president Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, and David Copperfield.

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One document included a deposition given by Johanna Sjoberg, whom Maxwell allegedly procured for the purpose of performing sex acts on Epstein.

Sjoberg said in her deposition that Epstein “said one time that Clinton likes them young, referring to girls”.

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Sjoberg also said that the late musician Michael Jackson was at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, and that she met the famed magician David Copperfield.

“Did you ever meet anybody famous when you were with Jeffrey? she was asked. “I met Michael Jackson … at [Epstein’s] house in Palm Beach.”

Asked whether she massaged Jackson, Sjoberg said: “I did not.”

As for Copperfield, Sjoberg said that he attended dinner at one of Epstein’s homes and “he did some magic tricks”.

“Did you observe David Copperfield to be a friend of Jeffrey Epstein’s?” she was asked. Sjoberg replied in the affirmative.

“Did Copperfield ever discuss Jeffrey’s involvement with young girls with you?” she was also asked. “He questioned me if I was aware that girls were getting paid to find other girls.”

Copperfield, she said in the deposition, didn’t tell her any specifics of that question. “Did he say whether they were teenagers or anything along those lines?” she was also asked. “He did not.”

I imagine a lot of associates of Epstein aren't sleeping well at the moment. Good.

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Good second half too:

That search/SEO is broken seems to be part of the game plan here.

It's probably like Russia burning Moscow against Napoleon and a hell of a privilege Google enjoy with their monopoly.

I've seen people opt for chatGPT/AI precisely because it's clean, simple and spam free, because it isn't Google Search.

And as @caseynewton said ... the web is now in managed decline.

For those of us who like it, it's up to us to build what we need for ourselves. Big tech has moved on

That's why we are all here.

It's interesting to think that Big Tech might just move on from the Web, leaving it to us ordinary humans to go back to the way we were doing it in Web 1.0 just with fancier tools at our disposal. I quite like the idea.

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Now you can make those emails much less boring.

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Where can I subscribe to your newsletter?

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They're the dregs left after we quit.

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Not necessarily superior but we clearly took the best with us when we left. 🤔

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Then this is your lucky day.

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Interestingly, on Gaiman and attribution, he came out with a graphic novel, The Books of Magic, with a main character very similar to Harry Potter. This was 7 years prior to Rowlings publishing the first book. His response to that similarity was equally charitable, chalking it to creators tapping into the same unconscious material.

Before either you had Luke Kirby in 2000AD. While it's debatable whether Rowling would have been reading Vertigo comic books, Gaiman wrote for 2000AD.

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I'm one of the Admins who removed that content - it was your average snuff and sexual mutilation spam, if you would like to see more of that kind of thing then the Internet is that way 👉

If you are ever curious about post removal you can always check the modlog, which is this way 👇

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They are key players in the shape of modern Europe as the later paragraphs touch on:

Most European men alive today carry y chromosomes that were brought in by the Yamnaya migrants of the Bronze Age, a legacy of the privileged access the latter managed to obtain, by fair means or foul, to local women. Millions of men in Central and South Asia carry the same y chromosomes, since the Yamnaya expanded eastward too. In January Dr Willerslev’s group reported that a genetic predisposition to multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, arrived in Europe with the Yamnaya, and spread wherever their descendants did. It may have arisen as part of a package of immune changes that evolved in steppe herders, who lived close to their animals, to protect them against diseases of animal origin—including plague. In a modern context, it causes a different kind of disease.

What of the Indo-European languages? Language, like culture, does not require mass migration to spread, but as David Anthony, an archaeologist at Hartwick College in New York, explained, painstaking reconstructions of the vocabulary of early Indo-European languages, based on comparisons of their living descendants, indicate that their speakers knew wheeled transport, practised dairying and possibly rode horses. That constrains the place and time in which they could have lived, and Dr Anthony finds the Yamnaya to be the best fit. Many are now convinced that they spread these languages throughout the Old World.

Although linking physical remains, modern DNA and language can be tricky, it's increasingly clear that the transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age wasn't a simple evolution of culture in the existing populations. Instead there seems to be a discontinuity between those two groups caused by an influx of people from outside Europe.

It looks like the Yamnaya/Kurgans spread west from the Pontic Steppe into Europe, splitting into two branches. These are characterised by the Y chromosome R1a and R1b - roughly what would become the Germanic and Celtic people, respectively.

The debate is now largely about whether it was violent or more peaceful - that article is definitely leaning towards the latter and the former seems to largely arise from people struggling to grasp the scale of the timeline. If it had happened in decades it would likely have been messy but it took centuries at a time when people could move a long way in their lifetime (the Amesbury Archer was likely born in the Alps and was buried not far from Stonehenge).

However, this all needs a lot more work, especially ancient DNA analysis especially focused at that transition. They can provide useful results - there was one study done looking at the arrival of Anglo-Saxons into Britain and you can see the different groups mixing where this is, currently, less clear between the Neolithic people and the Celts.

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I think I might try and catch that one year - they did a Wicker Man burning the year In went to the Glastonbury Festival and it was amazing. In the sane event I got Spunked on by a man on stilts. At least I think that happened, I was still recovering from taking the strongest acid I ever had the previous day. Good times.

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It's a traditional English combo.

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I don't block any but, as an Admin, I tend to check on all communities (theoretically) in case there's shenanigans. As I am on a smaller instance Local is manageable and then I use Subscribed. All is too much of a firehose of content to use much. So I am more opt-in than opt-out.

My preferred way to browse here is using All and blocking communities I don’t want to see. That way I get exposed to new things I wouldn’t seek out on my own (for example: British archaeology)

Glad you like it.

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Got pretty tired of playing furry porn community whackamole.

Coincidentally, the furry porn whack-off-a-mole community is not very popular.

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And people used to complain when you played as artillery in World of Tanks!

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I must admit, I laughed at the final scene - the whole film came off as trying too hard to be edgy and it tipped over into stupidity. Also the ending is very like that of

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Kill List

Which did it better.

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It depends on your definition but Visitor Q by Takashi Miike would probably offend most people. His other films can be rather out-there too.

Also the splatterpunk films of Yoshihiro Nishimura rank high. If you want a distilled taste, see "Z is for Zetsumetsu" in ABCs of Death. Otherwise, try Tokyo Gore Police.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man actually caused me to have palpitations, and it's rare I have such a physical reaction to a film.

And that's just Japan, you could always try something like Adam Chaplin.

However, they tend to be so over-the-top that they are entertaining. If you want to watch something that's an ordeal to get through then you could start with the August Underground films. There are others in the same vein like Tumbling Doll of Flesh or Guinea Pig: Flowers of Flesh and Blood. You can then grub around looking for similar films as there's always someone out there trying to be more appalling. However, it's not really my cup of tea - the worst I've seen in the cinema is probably Necromantic last Valentine's Day, which got quite a few walk-outs, although my main issue was it seemed far too loud.

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Keelhaul the offenders, oh Black Pharaoh¡

My rating of Lemmy

Hi. So when I'm watching a tv show or movie, and it hits me in the feels, I will think something like "Oh, this movie is wholesome, or this tv show is wholesome" Even if it has swearing in it, as long as the message is a good one. I've been on Lemmy now a couple days, and I rate lemmy super-duper wholesome. Maybe it was the...

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Lots of people love to cuddle dogs as self-care and by golly, that’s just as wholesome as it gets.

This message is about as wholesome as it gets.

Who doesn't love cuddling a dog? I bet even cat people wouldn't say no.

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I just have everything in a drawer with morning on the left and evening in the right.

My Dad needed a lot more pills on an intensive schedule but most pills were morning and evening, so I had 2 seven day pill boxes that I'd refill as they emptied and a system of alarms on my phone (that included the dose) for the other pill that he needed at intervals through the day.

So you should be able to find the right box for your pill regime and then you just get used to sticking to it, so you know if you missed one because the slot still has pills in.

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If you are an open-minded cis dude who respects women and sees them as equal human beings you’ll have no problem finding anyone.

It's not always that simple. For example, I cared for my Dad 24/7 which involved a convoluted pill regime (and a series of alarms throughout the day). My social life took a real hit. There are also mental and physical health issues, as well as financial aspects.

All that said, anyone thinking this is the solution deserves to be scammed because it is hardly informed consent.

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Really the only trick they missed was turning it into a pyramid scheme but that might sneak in if you use the app a lot, although imagine the "success rate" on this is abysmal and a lot of users will drop out quickly.

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My point was that cishet men may have it hard to find someone because they are not catching up with progressive and emancipatory values.

It's worse than that - things seem to be regressing, with a widening political divide between men and women, especially noticeable in the younger adults.

It definitely feels like the modest progress that was made is now being eroded away

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And being antifeminist doesn’t even benefit them that much.

The only people benefitting are those peddling the lies to disgruntled young men, partly as a grift and partly as misdirection from the real sources of their issues.

But at the same time I don’t see how much people who are not cis men can do so much to really help them.

And it shouldn't be your job to fix young men but I am as stumped as you and I worry about people like my nephew who is early teens.

There's !mensliberation but I don't know if that's not just preaching to the converted.

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I have it timed so I live home at the "start" time. As ads plus trailers are now 25-30 minutes, I usually arrive in time for the trailers.

Besides lemmy, what's another good reddit alternative?

Hi! Recently exiled reddit user, here. I'm curious what other alternatives to reddit there are, besides Lemmy, and Raddle, of course. Also, imho, Phuks is a good alternative, there's no hate-speech (that I'm aware of) and people are pretty respectful. Anyways, let's hear your suggestions! Thank you!

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It feels like there's an opportunity for shenanigans here.

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