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TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/Sondheim
TheMentalist10 5 points

Good question! I’ll be interested to hear everyone’s answers.

I prefer the London version of Follies because of Diana Rigg and how great the added song Country House is.

I also prefer the Michael Ball/Imelda Staunton Sweeney album!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/WaltDisneyWorld
TheMentalist10 6 points

We went to 1900 Park Fare (@ Grand Floridian) yesterday morning.

It’s billed as a character breakfast, but it’s as low-key (or not) as you want it to be. All you care to eat buffet and the food was great. Strong recommendation!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/admincraft
spdorsey 2 points

Really? It will replace existing water? That sounds pretty freaking awesome!

TheMentalist10 6 points

I don’t think that’s what they mean, sadly! Rather that any newly generated oceans will use the new biome.

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/WaltDisneyWorld
TheMentalist10 13 points

Bob Jackson at Port Orleans Riverside says “You’re never gonna see these people again” to encourage audience members to participate in parts of the show. I think it’s a great mantra and often think of it if I need to psych myself up for something.

Other faves:

  • Hurry baaaack. Hurry baaaaack!
  • Paging Mister Morrow. Mister Tom Morrow.
floppybunbun 5 points

It was great! Only dislike is that it was just me and my partner so he got a 2 person serve of meat stuff and felt like a waste. The waitress was so lovely and helpful.

Have you been to Saulteen Cafe in Pandora? Tofu bowl is excellent

TheMentalist10 3 points

Ah yeah, we were three vegetarians as our omnivore was away golfing so would’ve had the same issue!

I haven’t been to Pandora at all yet! Heard great things about the food, thanks for the tip!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/UniversalOrlando
FoxCarmichael111 1 point

Disney does advertise that they have six parks in the UK.

Water parks can be considered as theme parks. I don't see why not. It's a park that is themed with rides (only really missing live entertainment).

They do have major IPs, (LOTR, HP, FB, Nintendo, JW, JP, and more). They aren't messing around with their new 2200 acres they just got.

TheMentalist10 1 point

What are FB, JW, and JP? I’m in the queue for Gringotts and found this thread to pass the time!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/SayNoToRedesign
TheMentalist10 3 points

This isn't at all likely to happen. See r/Blackout2015 for what became of the last (and only?) time it did.

There's very little appetite amongst (former) default mods for this kind of thing; most people I've spoken to are, aside from minor functionality complaints, fine with the redesign overall. Personally, I've been surprised at how much I didn't hate it.

k5josh 1 point

See r/Blackout2015 for what became of the last (and only?) time it did.

Got the then-CEO fired? Agree with their goals or not, the blackout did its job.

TheMentalist10 1 point

The blackout wasn’t about Pao, it was about the line in the sand crossed by firing an integral team member with no warning to or support for the subs depending on her.

Moreover, that subreddit has essentially no relation to the actual blackout and instead became a SRC-style cesspool in record time.

dawgsndisney 2 points

Let me know how behind the seeds goes! We are talking about doing it in October

TheMentalist10 1 point

I shall! I’ve heard only incredible things about it. I’ve always found Living With the Land really relaxing!

Cynicbats 1 point

You have a long day ahead of you! But also a fun one!

TheMentalist10 1 point

You’re right about that :) ~15 hours from waking up and currently hanging out in the overlong customs queue. The anticipation of driving under the welcome sign is getting me through!

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TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/WaltDisneyWorld
Limeth 10 points

You guys fans of Phineas and Ferb? The Agent P Adventure game is really good for leading you into nooks and crannies of World Showcase you wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

TheMentalist10 1 point

I meant to do this last time, but couldn’t find how to start it! I admittedly didn’t look very hard.

Limeth 1 point

There's a big station on one of the bridges between WS and FW, and I think a few smaller ones scattered around.

TheMentalist10 1 point

Ooh, thanks!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/SayNoToRedesign
TheMentalist10 1 point

Their aim is fairly straightforward: to unify the design across all platforms, and improve the new-user experience so that conversion from traffic to active participation increases.

It also gives them a chance to overhaul a very outdated codebase which, as we have already seen, means they can iterate and develop new features at a much faster rate. This is a clear positive.

Atrand 3 points

they already had that though O.o this is change for the sake of change

TheMentalist10 1 point

They didn’t have any of the three things I mentioned, hence the redesign.

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/redesign
TheMentalist10 3 points

This is a very good point. It's hard to want to participate here as someone who doesn't hate the redesign at all, but thinks there're (largely minor) flaws which should be discussed reasonably with a view to fixing them.

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/redesign
HisDisaster 25 points

The majority of sports subs rely on CSS for user experience and the majority of those users only come to reddit for sports.

Your argument solely focuses on new users. Where I am focusing on reddit sport subs and more broadly reddit as a whole in terms of choice. I understand what your saying but I think some subs rely on CSS so much that to change it would kill the sub. Let those subs have a choice is all.

TheMentalist10 9 points

I understand your point, yep, but I don't think there are as many subs that would be killed by the removal of CSS as you suggest.

The trade-off (some elements of some sports subs no longer function as they did, assuming a worst-case of no reimplemented CSS and no viable workarounds) just doesn't counter the potential benefits to reddit of significantly upping their fairly poor conversion from traffic into active, participating users across a wide-range of devices. CSS has always been hacky, and has never offered a platform-ambivalent experience that modern users expect. This resolves that with a comparatively small (and eminently solvable) downside.

HisDisaster 5 points

I understand. The benefits outweigh the negatives for reddit as a whole. But in the case of r/CFB and other sport subs, "some elements" is basically all elements. This would basically kill off what users, in these specific communities, have come to love thereby indirectly killing these subs. Why not let the small minority of subs on reddit keep CSS?

TheMentalist10 2 points

For the reason I’ve outlined: it makes for a terrible user-experience to jump between two fairly significantly different design concepts on the same site.

Surely the better idea (and the thing you could more reasonably campaign for) would be the re-implementation of CSS modules within the redesign (as they’ve stated is the intention).

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TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/SayNoToRedesign
pitterpatterwater 2 points

I'll agree with you on performance issues though. It's a turn-off and needs to be fixed. I've been in the redesign since Alpha, so I've seen significant improvements based on feedback and hold out hope that they'll get it done.

So have I; they aren't enough.

What does Saidit bring to the table other than a worse-performing, worse-looking reddit with a comically smaller userbase and content pool?

Not worse performing, and looks much better than the old design. Built-in IRC and no downvoting is really interesting.

Voat will simply never take off. It offers worse functionality than reddit had at the time that they initially forked the project, and is solely associated with the negative elements you alluded to. Unless they rebrand and redesign the whole thing, it's absolutely going nowhere.

How does it offer worse functionality? Also, it will take off if Reddit dies and users whoa ren't racists flood in.

If you think they're just chucking up a new design without having done any testing, you're kidding yourself.

Reddit admins are quite clearly out-of-touch. It'll look good to new users if it didn't perform absolutely terribly; as it is it looks like Twitter, which is good for retention rates, but makes your fans run like Dwarf Fortress, which is not.

Why do you think there's no statistical evidence supporting the changes?

We don't know if their A/B testing shows the redesign to be good for new users under real conditions. The redesign has not been exposed to large numbers of users until it was mostly solidified, namely once people got invited to alpha testing, like I was. It wasn't done so with new users in significant numbers until the reddit beta.

TheMentalist10 1 point

looks much better than the old design. Built-in IRC and no downvoting is really interesting.

We'll have to agree to disagree. I don't find removing functionality and hooking-in a technology that a very small (and likely increasingly small) percentage of internet-users have experience with to be a particularly compelling alternative.

How does it offer worse functionality? Also, it will take off if Reddit dies and users whoa ren't racists flood in.

In that it, you know, has fewer features than reddit. It's pretty bold to claim that it will take off given that it has failed to do so in such a big way, and there're no metrics which suggest reddit is in the process of dying.

Reddit admins are quite clearly out-of-touch.

Meh, if you say so. I think you're quite clearly under-estimating the amount of thought that goes into something like this. You're welcome to disagree with their implementation, but saying they're just out of touch and haven't done the homework is a little pointless and factually incorrect. They *have* been testing this for a very long time, and they *do* have data which broadly supports the changes they're making.

We don't know if their A/B testing shows the redesign to be good for new users under real conditions.

What are unreal conditions in this context? What do you think they've been testing if not how the redesign is received?

The redesign has not been exposed to large numbers of users until it was mostly solidified, namely once people got invited to alpha testing, like I was.

Right, because that's how any redesign like this works. You don't just throw your first attempt up at hope for the best. There's been a pretty rigorous period of internal production leading to an alpha leading to a beta in which they're taking a huge amount of feedback whilst also allowing you to switch out at any moment.

pitterpatterwater 1 point

We'll have to agree to disagree. I don't find removing functionality and hooking-in a technology that a very small (and likely increasingly small) percentage of internet-users have experience with to be a particularly compelling alternative.

The implementation is really user-friendly and looks like any other chat service to users unfamiliar with IRC, but due to being IRC architecturally supports well-built and stable moderation tools. As for removing downvoting, not really a deal breaker and honestly better to counter circlejerks.

In that it, you know, has fewer features than reddit. It's pretty bold to claim that it will take off given that it has failed to do so in such a big way, and there're no metrics which suggest reddit is in the process of dying.

Which features which Reddit users actually make serious use of does it lack?

there're no metrics which suggest reddit is in the process of dying.

I'm saying that it will begin to if they make the redesign the default, not that it is.

They have been testing this for a very long time.

they do have data which broadly supports the changes they're making.

They couldn't have such data until it was mostly done, aka the alpha invites stage, and alpha-invited users weren't new users.

in which they're taking a huge amount of feedback.

Not listening to much of it.

whilst also allowing you to switch out at any moment.

Which is buggy, and therefore why they shouldn't automatically opt-in users.

saying they're just out of touch and haven't done the homework is a little pointless and factually incorrect.

The redesign completely misses what makes reddit reddit. So does shit like profiles and recommended profiles.So does their lack of communication with mods, and their ignoring many of their complaints.

TheMentalist10 1 point

The redesign completely misses what makes reddit reddit. So does shit like profiles and recommended profiles.

I think that's the crux of your complaint. And it's fair enough. If you think the redesign strips out of reddit that which made it appeal to you in the first place, no one can tell you it doesn't.

It's just that that isn't the case for many of us, and certainly isn't going to be the case for casual/new-users which is a demographic that the redesign seeks to engage given the historically poor conversion of traffic into regular contributors.

So does their lack of communication with mods, and their ignoring many of their complaints.

As a fairly long-term mod at this point, I can say that mod/admin communication has never been better and easier than it is recently. They don't act on everything we ask for, but they certainly listen and respond a whole lot more than they used to.

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TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/Sondheim
TheMentalist10 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation!

I’ll give a shout-out to How Sondheim Found His Sound by Steve Swayne. Lots of interesting stuff about the lineage of his composition with some music theory and score analysis thrown in.

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/AskReddit
Haustflik 8 points

say we voted for some man child, reality TV star, racist, narcissistic, idiot

Ya'll elected Margaret Thatcher so don't get so smarmy.

TheMentalist10 34 points

I hate Thatcher, but I don’t think many of those descriptors apply to her particular brand of malice.

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/AskReddit
brian_naslund 1 point

How to write a query letter to a literary agent, and how to power level your Illusion skill in Skyrim without accidentally making the enemies you face too hard to beat on Expert difficulty.

TheMentalist10 1 point

I would pay for a 40-minute presentation on the first one.

-Xenogetraloxic- 7 points

Why Caps Lock is better than Shift.

TheMentalist10 1 point

I use caps lock instead of shift because no one ever told me what shift did when I was learning to type (read: playing MMOs).

It's better for me because it's now part of a ~12 year typing-rhythm, but why do you think it's better overall?

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TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/Screenwriting
TheMentalist10 2 points

Freelance copywriting was my main income for 2/3 of the time I was at university and a couple of years after graduation. It can be tough to break in (especially if, like me, you work entirely for remote clients through freelancing sites), but mostly because there are so many dreadful clients who want to pay you 1 dollar for 8 billion words. Once you find a good one, stick with them! The money can be pretty great as long as you can churn out the work with sufficient speed.

From this post alone, I am certain you'd be good at the work. Your main competition (unless your goal is to become a full-time copywriter in some marketing department) is going to be people for whom English is not their first language. After them, you'll find loads who are native speakers but who have no idea how to construct an article. You can write, so you'll be fine!

Aside from the various problems with bad clients, one downside is that the skills which made me a good copywriter are broadly opposed to the skills that are required to be a good writer in the artistic sense. Being paid by the word encourages disguised repetition, quick turnaround promotes very superficial engagement with subject matter, and the fact that most clients really don't care what you've written as long as it makes sense and is original content leads you (or, at least, me) to cut as many corners as possible in terms of quality. Similarly, nothing kills good writing like having to chuck in SEO keywords.

I've written more than million words of nonsense about products, places, and subjects I have absolutely no knowledge of. It was by no means a passion project, and although a love of the actual process of writing helps in the day-to-day, most of the topics are so profoundly boring that it can be a little hard to enjoy it too much. The fun, for me, was in perfecting the ratio of most words to least actual content and chucking in weird turns-of-phrase for my own amusement.

If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

Telkk 2 points

Thanks Man! Yeah, I highly suspect this will be something, meh. But hopefully it'll end up being better than a shift supervisor. I can't stand it when I'm not writing something, and at this point I've outgrown the damn job. It's embarassing when I go to parties with a bunch of rich and successful people and tell someone that I do part-time film, full time writing and retail. Lol, it just screams, "this guys still got a ways to go, if he can even get to the right level."

So yeah, definitely don't expect this to be a dream job, but if I can at least do something close to what I love, and have enough money and mobility to move to LA, then that's all that matters, I suppose.

Thanks for the insights. I'll be sure to reach out if I have any questions!

TheMentalist10 2 points

Good luck to you! It seems like you’re being proactive, and that’s got to be a big part of the battle :)

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/chromeos
TheMentalist10 3 points

I use pinned tabs on my main PC, but not on my Chromebook as the things I pin are fairly resource intensive and it seems to defeat the point a little if I just apply The Great Suspender to them!

I find Session Buddy is more useful than the concept of pinning tabs with a view to keeping them open after restarting, but pinning is great for sites you always want to have access to (social media, calendar, email, etc.) as it keeps them ever present and largely out of the way.

I'm not sure when they started persisting, but it's definitely been a while!

TheMentalist10 commented on a post in r/WaltDisneyWorld
TearsDontFall 15 points

If you see a character with a small line, take the 10min to get a picture with them. Even if it's someone you don't love. The interaction with them and the picture memory are worth way more than those 10min you spent waiting.

TheMentalist10 1 point

This is such wholesome recommendation. Other than a Disneyland Paris trip when I was about 7, I haven't met any characters during WDW visits as an adult. You've inspired me to try it out!

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