Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    Replied too soon. A bit of Googling reveals that Affinity Photo works with Bridge. And I forgot to mention that it imports psd files just fine. https://www.thepicpedia.com/faq/can-i-use-adobe-bridge-with-affinity-photo/ https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/116332-using-adobe-bridge-to-open-affinity-photo/...
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    I don't use Lightroom, but I would need something that is either equivalent to Bridge or compatible with Bridge. I'd also need to be able to work on all my old PSD files. Affinity Photo is a Photoshop replacement. No...
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    I really hope enough women in USA has read Lysistrate to make it long sex-less summer. October 24, 1975. 90% of the women in Iceland went on strike. No housework, no childcare, they rallied in the streets for equal rights....
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    As Charlie was saying, imitating Tom Lehrer - "Who's next? ... Contraception / "gay" rights /equality of marriage ... the works. Non-Christian religions....
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    I'm rather fond of Affinity and its sibling products. The price is nice too. My biggest complaint is that they haven't released an equivalent to Lightroom. They were working on it at one time, but I fear that project has...
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    you surely can’t be suggesting the Liberals are left-wing Left of the Democrats south of the border. Left of the Conservatives, even the old Progressive Conservatives. A bit left of New Labour in Britain under Blair (at least the...
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    A good book for discussing these issues is Cohen & Stewart's Figments of Reality. Strongly recommended....
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    I imagine that the pro-lifers overlap the anti-vaxers by a lot They do up here, certainly. Not entirely, but enough to notice. Clusters with support for other right-wing views, including hating on Trudeau (which started before he'd actually done anything,...
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    I'm still running Windows 7 on my Photoshop computer. Take a serious look at Affinity Photo. https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ I'm very impressed with it. It can do everything I used Photoshop for, and faster....
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    It's going to be a long, hot summer. Which may be the coolest summer of the rest of your life. Metaphorically as well as climatically....
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    Bo Jon-Sun is clearly fucked-over, but he will not go - & do we want him gone, anyway? Who does Murdoch support? Looks like in America he's switching from Trump to DeSantis. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/06/desantis-fever-is-spreading-across-murdochs-media-empire...
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    here's how I would modify our system to get rid of the worst problems without introducing the problems of (e.g.) party lists I like ranked ballots. AIUI, you rank the candidates in your riding in order of preference, and...
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    It seems we have a multitudes of subroutines to think with, through, and about. Is our consciousness the sum of all these, or is it just a clown promoted to ringmaster who's trying to convince the audience that the...
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    a lot of that may have been tactical voting The joys of FPTP in a multi-party system…...
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    There's always The Hu: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs6vRDdkZ8bP8Xt6WHbvrwA Mongolian Metal…...
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    Did that evoke anything in you? Not really. I've lost friends and family, and missed them terribly… but life goes on. In particular, this sentence doesn't match my experience: "Much of the time that would have been spent with them...
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    The historical record is that experimentation and testing of physical theories began in earnest in Europe during the Renaissance. The European historical record, certainly. It's the one we learn in school. To us it's the default record. There's a lot...
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    cultural appropriation I confess I get a little confused by that expression, because it seems to be inconsistently applied. (Or possibly I'm not understanding it.) A Cree singer using Inuit throat-singing is cultural appropriation, at indigenous music awards that...
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    I was thinking you meant the Antikythera mechanism I was, actually, but Stonehenge also works as an example. I do take issue with people who claim that the scientific method originated in Europe. Around the turn of the millenium, during...
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    There's another factor in organised science apart from testability and falsification and that is the necessity of telling everyone else who is willing to listen what you had found out, the successes as well as the failures. Yup. Ibn al-Haytham...
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    I assume the therapist is a fully sentient human by default, because philosophical zombies haven't been shown to exist. Robert Sawyers's Quantum Night explores both psychopathy and philosophical zombies from a science-fictional viewpoint. (Also very Canadian, like all Sawyer's novels,...
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    Getting a couple of cats helped more, because they're less constrained in the attention they're willing to give and demand. Does that make them more sentient than the therapist? They are probably both cuter and more willing to give you...
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    We are each wired a bit differently from the other. Some more than a bit. Exactly. Feeling not-lonely is not just a matter of whether or not you are surrounded by naked apes....
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    There is no recorded evidence that anyone in classical times tried the experiments that Galileo performed. True. There's also no recorded evidence that anyone in classical times built a computer, yet we have an example. I'm not arguing that...
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    Would have been easier to list what hasn't been ticked off… A great many also seem to be part of American Republican ideology, judging by what's jst happened in Texas....
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    we naturally deactivate loneliness when we are simply around people Actually, no. Feeling lonely in a crowd is quite possible (and much worse than feeling lonely when alone). I suspect that is why shunning is an effective punishment....
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    the Greeks and others believed that light objects fell slower than heavy objects purely because of observation Well, most of the time they do :-) Aristotelian physics works as long as you are dealing with a system where friction...
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    An interesting question. There are a lot of scientists functioning in Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Shinto etc. contexts -- have any of them come up with a different take? Don't know about religion, but I knew a scientist who would...
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    Tying your calendar to astronomical phenomena is merely a choice of implementation. Not when you're a farmer trying to decide when to plant your crop... Actually, from what I remember the 'need' for calendar reform had nothing to do with...
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    Nor are they likely to be - they'd be competing with rats and urban foxes, and I'd be betting on the rats. Just noting that Toronto has rats, foxes, cats, and coyotes — and a serious racoon problem....
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