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Thought I’d chime in to say that my experience purchasing a Switch in the UK is far and away the worst customer service I’ve ever had.

To cut a long story short, they lost track of the parcel, were adamant about it having been delivered to my porch (which my building doesn’t have) when it had not, and told me I was out of luck. Several agents also implied I was lying about it not having been delivered. Basically they were happy for me to spend ~£320 and receive literally nothing for it.

I spent two weeks chasing up with the courier several times a day (which was exceptionally arduous as they don’t have a phone number or email address; only a sometimes-staffed, different-answers-from-different-people live chat) before resolving it without their assistance, and didn’t receive anything in the way of compensation.

Outlandishly bad.

Original Poster3 points · 1 day ago

No words other than I feel your pain. It's up to us to fix their problems and our time and stress are immaterial to them. If they paid me minimum wage for my time I could afford another damn Switch by now.

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Yeah, I’m a very hard-to-stress person but it absolutely got to me after speaking to an endless succession of people who were honestly worse than useless. I feel your pain as well!

If I were you, and off the back of this thread, I’d definitely try for some public shaming. See if any gaming press are short of a story—lots of experiences in these threads for them to explore the UK approach as a whole.

2 points · 4 days ago

Ive been learning french for about 5 months now, and I’m at a point where I can speak/listen to french and understand what’s going on without translating anymore. The best advice I can give is to not make a plan.

I know it sounds backwards but it’s going to make you burnout and you’ll quit. I tried one similar to yours and failed.

DM me and I can tell you more about what I did that allowed me to speak a language.

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I struggle without a clear sense of progressing through something, but I agree with you that making (and inevitably failing to adhere to) an overly-ambitious plan is a poor idea.

What are some of the resources you would recommend combining in the kind of approach you're advocating?

Use what every program you like as a supplement, but just realize speaking the language is how you get fluent not completing the program.

I mostly just use the language as much as I can, but one benchmark I like to use is a news article. I find a new one about every month, can at the end of the month I’ll go back and reread it to see how much easier it is to understand now.

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I like the article idea, thanks. Seems like a good way to reflectively assess progress.

Two songs that I don't think have ever failed to move me to tears:

  • "The I Love You Song" from Spelling Bee by William Finn. Basically any rendition of it.
  • "Flight" by Craig Carnelia. Specifically the duet version recorded by Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis on Foster's album Wish.
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Some underlooked Sondheim classics here... :)

5 points · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

The first two that came to mind are—

"Stay With Me" from Into the Woods especially if it's Bernadette Peters as The Witch.

"Rose's Turn" from Gypsy and wouldn't you know, especially if it's Bernadette Peters.

—but for perhaps a more unusual choice:

Victor Garber performing "The Ballad of Booth" from Assassins because, damn him, he actually makes me feel for him.

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and nowwww I'm stuffing my YouTube history with Sondheim videos. Again.

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I know what you mean about your Assassins choice. A good Booth (and he's the best Booth!) absolutely wins you over with the sincerity of the lyric and the wistful Americana of the vocal line.

It makes it all the more jarring when you're slammed back to reality by him screaming a racial slur within about 16 bars! What an incredible piece of writing.

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Glad this worked out well! Very cool design.

9 points · 3 days agoGilded1

Look, I made a tat; Where there never was a tat.

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Moderator of r/Sondheim, speaking officially3 points · 2 days ago

Gilded on behalf of all of /r/Sondheim for quite likely being the first person in history to make this fantastic Sondheim/tattoo crossover joke :)

1000%. I truly believe the Raul Esparza is the quintessential Bobby. I haven't witnessed a better performance of that character.

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Yeah, he’s my favourite too.

He captures the delicate balance of superficial apathy masking a deep, primal yearning for connection. He delivers lots of the lines almost like he’s on auto-pilot, just saying what he knows is right for the social situation at hand. And then when the cracks start to show, you feel it in your gut. He’s just great.

For me, it's the Esparza version by a country mile. Not even close. Watch it just for how he screams 'MOCK ME WITH PRAISE'!

You should also add the London '95/Sam Mendes/Adrian Lester revival to your list. Quite different, well worth watching.

3 points · 8 days ago · edited 8 days ago

Jacob Collier. His a capella work is amazing. Super complex reharmonizations. One of my favorite things about Sondheim are the complex chords and unexpected harmonies and melodies. He scratches the same itch.

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What’s your favourite of his? Mine’s Hideaway. Such a gorgeous arrangement.

2 points · 10 days ago

Another piece of Mahler's.

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I’ll drink to that!

-8 points · 7 days ago

You are unbelievably wrong.

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Do go ahead and explain why, we’d all be fascinated to know how the alt-right and traditional right have no relationship.

-2 points · 7 days ago

What? You made the claim that the alt-right is the far-right, so the burden of proof is on you.

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No pal, you responded to an upvoted comment to argue that point and have yet to present any evidence.

In the same way that I don’t feel compelled to prove that the sky isn’t made out of old Twix wrappers, I don’t feel it hugely necessary to argue such a self-evident point when you have yet to provide any reasonable explanation for your doubt.

As the person making an outlandish claim, show us your evidence, and we’ll show you ours.

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The alphabet that the Trumpers are using right now is ultimately derived from one which was invented in modern-day Lebanon to write the Semitic Phoenician language, so I guess they have to purge that too.

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Thank the Phoenicians!

13 points · 7 days ago

One of the mods, either /u/Meepster23 or /u/TheMentalist10 admitted to me they have an Automoderator rule specifically for popular channels like H3H3. Maybe they can clarify. It's not some grand conspiracy, just another example of preferential treatment for big money channels.

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Thanks for the tag, Joel. I'm not as involved in modding as I used to be, but back in my day we did have (and may still have, though I don't know that it'd be necessary any longer) a rule which alerts us when a post from a high-profile channel is made. This was to ensure that we didn't end up with 10 of the same post on the front-page.

I suspect the moderators of r/videos are complicit with a lot of fraud on that subreddit. They have a special deal worked out with some YouTubers, like H3H3 Productions where their videos can only be submitted at the optimal time, with the optimal title, along with some artificial upvotes and comments to pad it along to the frontpage.

That's definitely not the case. There's no special deal whatsoever. We don't have access to any more data than anyone else which would give us insight into things like 'optimal titles'. Even posting time is a bit of a shot in the dark, although some websites claim to have strong recommendations about which days/hours are the best to post in.

People buying (or otherwise faking) upvotes and comments is undoubtedly an issue across reddit, but it's one which we work with the admins to minimise as much as possible. It would absolutely not be in our interests to encourage it, and we have clear rules against it which are routinely enforced. People regularly investigate suspicious threads, and they are shut down as soon as they are confirmed to be illegitimate.

When H3H3 or other popular Youtubers release a new video, try to submit it first. You can't. Their Automoderator removes it.

That's also not true; the overwhelming majority of submissions from popular channels do not come from people affiliated with the channels themselves. This is partly because popular channels just don't need to post—they know a fan will do it for them, and it's a bit of a bad look to be doing it themselves—, but also because of our stringently-enforced rules about self-promotion which prohibit accounts from posting excessively from the same source, even if that source is their own work.

The YouTuber messages the mod team right before they submit so that the "correct" link goes up. At which point is almost certainly makes the front page within the hour.

Also not correct. We don't have much contact with content creators on the whole, and it's generous of you to think that we'd be this coordinated and ready to respond to a YouTuber telling us they were about to post. I'm also unclear as to how we'd benefit in this situation, so maybe you can clear that up.

One of the mods, either /u/Meepster23 or /u/TheMentalist10 admitted to me they have an Automoderator rule specifically for popular channels like H3H3. Maybe they can clarify. It's not some grand conspiracy, just another example of preferential treatment for big money channels.

All that I can think you may be referring to is the (previous?) existence of the AM rule I mentioned above, or the fact that H3H3 (who haven't been big on r/videos for quite a long time now as far as I can tell) are one of the few YouTubers we've had direct contact with. In this case, if memory serves, it was related to an issue with them being able to post or comment on the subreddit whatsoever, and nothing to do with promoting or providing preferential treatment to their content, neither of which are within our control.

Hope that clears it up, but I'd be happy to answer any question you or /u/GoldenGonzo had about the matter!

13 points · 7 days ago

Thanks for the long reply.

we did have (and may still have) a rule which alerts us when a post from a high-profile channel is made. This was to ensure that we didn't end up with 10 of the same post on the front-page.

In my experience, duplicate posts are usually downvoted or simply removed by mods. No have reason to have a direct relationship with Youtubers or special notifications. Reeks of influence.

H3H3 ... are one of the few YouTubers we've had direct contact with. In this case, if memory serves, it was related to an issue with them being able to post or comment on the subreddit whatsoever

So I was right. You guys do have a relationship with Ethan Klein and there was a special rule created for his submissions and content. It's just fishy how there's all this control, notifications, and interaction with Youtubers that earn 10k to 30k in ad revenue and a huge portion of their audience comes from reddit. (h3h3 being a prime example of that.)

It's just fishy. And seems unnecessary.

Sidenote, did you notice this post's original topic? That music video is still not removed despite blatant astroturfing/spam.

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Any time.

In my experience, duplicate posts are usually downvoted or simply removed by mods. No have reason to have a direct relationship with Youtubers or special notifications. Reeks of influence.

They're removed by mods because someone will ping everyone in Discord and say "hey guys, new Bill Wurtz video, so prepare for duplicate posts", it's not hugely uncommon to see (and then remove duplicates of) two or three of the same video on the front-page regardless of voting if it's a one-off that has passed us by.

You're right that there's no reason to have a direct relationship with YouTubers in order to achieve this, and, as I said, we do not. The notification was certainly useful back when I was modding heavily as, like I say, being forewarned that someone like the Hydraulic Press guy had just posted a new video meant that we were prepared to deal with the influx in /new while loads of users engaged in the battle for front-page karma.

So I was right. You guys do have a relationship with Ethan Klein and there was a special rule created for his submissions and content.

I wouldn't call it a relationship, unless we're considering the subjects of every modmail back-and-forth to be in the same category. And, no, there was no special rule created for his submissions or content. This is going back several years, but the extent of our modmail exchanges as I recall it was just one of the many standard requests we get to investigate an ongoing issue with someone's account that isn't working properly on the subreddit. This kind of inquiry is the bread-and-butter of modding r/videos as we have fairly complex spam-prevention tools in place, so it's far from special treatment.

It's just fishy how there's all this control, notifications, and interaction with Youtubers that earn 10k to 30k in ad revenue and a huge portion of their audience comes from reddit. (h3h3 being a prime example of that.)

We don't have any control over the front-page other than insofar as removing posts which break the rules. Mod-tools aren't nearly that sophisticated. I can check with more active mods if you like, but I expect the AM notification for popular channels rule was removed some time ago, so the only notifications are from another mod warning the rest of us in Discord. Lastly, as I said before, interactions with major content creators are extremely minimal. Most of them don't engage directly with reddit (in terms of posting their own stuff), and so have no reason to talk to us.

Sidenote, did you notice this post's original topic? That music video is still not removed despite blatant astroturfing/spam.

I checked it out when you tagged me, yeah. It was removed before I could remove it, and I expect it will have been forwarded to the admins who will investigate the outlandishly obvious astroturfing and vote manipulation within it. I'll confirm in Discord that someone's sent it to be dealt with, but it's good that someone got to it for removal.

Anyone having apps not updating and slow downloads from iCloud and Apple Music? Timing out everywhere. Apple only reports Schoolwork as having issues but maybe beta servers are too?

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Check this out; worked for me, and may for you.

2 points · 9 days ago

It's a bug present in the beta.

Only solution I've seen work is to backup to iCloud, fully wipe/reset the phone, and then restore from the backup. After that you may be able to download the update.

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Check this out; worked for me, and may for you.

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Score hidden · 9 days ago

26/M - I can go the distance. In a Disney mood today. Long interlude from 1:21 'til 2:23.

I'm probably most annoyed with the sustained 'belooong' notes which sound terrible to me but I'm not entirely sure what went wrong. Any advice on what I could do better would be greatly appreciated.

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Score hidden · 8 days ago

I think you need to work on support primarily.

You're right that it's most noticeable during the long notes (as it would be), but I found the issue was also pronounced during sections like "I will find my way, I can go the distance / I'll be there some day, if I can be strong".

You go off-key at the ends of both of the highlighted words, and I would guess it's because you are kind of fizzling out after putting a lot into the attack of each note. Practice longer, sustained passages. You can do them, because you bang them out nicely the second time the chorus comes along.

Good job though!

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Yeah I think this is spot on, thanks. I focused quite hard on making it emotional (putting a lot of attack into those notes) in a way I probably wouldn't have if it weren't a Disney song but I do generally have a significant problem with becoming lazy at the end of lines and letting it fizzle out like that. Any exercises or anything you'd recommend for improving my support? I think my breathing might be adding to it, when I listen to my recordings I hear a lot more breathing than usual, but maybe that's because I'm focusing more on it.

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Score hidden · 8 days ago

Try singing through a straw. It sounds mad, but it’s a good way of identifying what minor adjustments have an impact on the sound you’re producing.

Try to sustain a single note without wobble or dipping in and out of pitch. Then try to do it for as long as you can. Balancing duration and quality of the note is key, and you’ll get a feel for what physical changes help you engage a more robust support.

Chiming in to say that this insta-fixed my inability to download PB5. My only Testflight app is the reddit one, and deleting that (despite it not being in the midst of an update) solved the problem immediately. Rebooting, reinstalling the beta profile, and signing in and out of the app store had done nothing to help.

Great work, OP! What a weird bug.

Original Poster1 point · 22 days ago

Didn’t work..☹️

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Have you tried anything since?

I'm in the same boat; 11.4 fucked my battery in a big way, 11.4.1 made no clear difference, and the iOS 12 beta seems to have a slight improvement but a tonne of issues with downloading app updates and podcasts and things.

I’m having a whole host of issues. Battery drain, overheating, most downloads (app updates, podcasts, etc.) fail, apps crashing and freezing, resprings.

In short, I wouldn’t recommend it on your main device at the moment.

I think it's pretty impossible to say without narrowing down styles. You can't really compare the sound of Bryn Terfel with the sound of Ella Fitzgerald, but they're both incredible singers.

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We don't tend to consider falsetto when talking about vocal range, except for specific circumstances. It certainly doesn't factor much into voice classification as some basses have falsettos to rival some tenors.

If your lowest comfortable note is an F2, I would assume you're more likely to end up a baritone than a tenor, but you need to work out your tessitura rather than the absolute extremes of sound you can produce.

It's when an actor is performing comedy and they themselves get the giggles and start visibly struggling to keep it together, not laugh, and carry on with the routine.

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Or when they aren’t performing comedy, in which case it’s even funnier :)

I'd locked myself out of my flat once when I was taking out the rubbish. It would have been close to midnight. Female, early twenties, and just out of hospital. I had no way to get in and no money, phone, or nearby friends. I don't remember this boy arriving or explaining myself to him, but he sat with me until morning the whole night long beneath my block. He had limited English so we barely spoke, and he shared a tin of pineapple with me he had in his bag. He was calm, empty of ill intent, quiet but watchful. Friendly, a big, open smile. When the sun came up, he walked on. I'll never forget him, or how kind he was to do that. Some people are so in tune with the world, they protect it. I hope he was ok too.

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That was a cool story, and very nicely written. Thanks for sharing.

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What is it about. Why is it so bad. Why did Disney—a company famed for its dedication to minute detail and show in the parks—hire someone to present a video that plays in the rooms of every anglophone on property who is incapable of pronouncing words like 'Nemo', 'Disney Pixar', and, I'm pretty sure at one point, 'Disneyland'.

It's hilariously bad, and part of me loves it. But the other part hates it so, so intensely.

What do you think?

Edit: Link

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1 point · 9 days ago

You mean fake Stacy? I think they're holdovers from when VHS mailers were a decent marketing strategy.

We watch it every time we go, mostly so my wife can rant about how they should have got real Stacy instead.

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Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

Is Stacy from WDW’s Must-Do video? By comparison, her that’s like watching Casablanca.

I had not seen this, but Cringe takes a whole new meaning with this O_O

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Original Poster1 point · 9 days ago

It’s quite powerful.

It would take them, what, a month to cast, shoot, and edit together a new version? I just can’t imagine why they haven’t!

14 points · 9 days ago

The Middle East is mostly a wreck, Africa is no man’s land, Europe looks broke dick and overrun, much of Asia seem trashed and over populated and there are concentration camps in North Korea. Not to mention all the 1,000s on the evil dictator continuum that rule their own small corners of hell. What is one, two or a justice league of civil countries supposed to do? I’m not trying to sound like an apathetic dick (I’m sure I do) but our planet will never be a utopia where illness, violence, and hardship are a relic of generations past. I’m not even sure human genes would accept that reality? Every country and its people have to struggle through its own ups and downs so that their culture gives rise to its own heroes, virtues, and folklore. Most place that the U.S. has “helped” in the past were never able to stand on their own two feet for the puppet governments we leave behind. Overthrowing a foreign government with foreign virtues and handing it over to the oppressed seems like a crazy way to waste ones limited resources and make enemies fast.

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Europe is what? The EU is the largest economy in the world.

4 years? They gave me 2 months. I don't believe that they gave you 4 years.

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It was for premium AlienBlue users.

I'm not familiar with the character, but I know a whole lot of Mezzo audition songs. If you tell me the broad-strokes of what kind of song you're looking for, I can make some recommendations :)

Original Poster1 point · 10 days ago

Brooke is a character with a bit of a belt and she’s a very humorous role. Something fast paced would work wonderfully, as she’s not a very ‘emotional’ role, rather a source of comic relief. Thank you!:)

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Sounds fun! I'll chuck out some general suggestions that could work:

  • Another Hundred People (from Company)

It's relatively fast and wordy, and certainly isn't sappy and overwrought emotionally. Lots of opportunity to play into the comedy of the lyric.

  • Could I Leave You? (from Follies)

Might be too slow for what you're looking for, but there's a huge amount of scope for a comedy actor to make a lot of this song. It has a decent range, and would be fairly easy to cut down if you're not doing a full song./

  • Now You Know (from Merrily We Roll Along)

Faster and has a kind of cynicism to it that might be fun to play comically.

  • My New Philosophy (from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Lots of comedy potential here, and it's definitely not an emotional number.

And, finally, HARD MODE:

  • Getting Married Today (from Company)

Wordy, fast, funny, shows range, and a difficult song. I wouldn't attempt it if you don't know it already (or if you don't have plenty of time to nail the lyrics and the breath patterns), but if you do, have, or can cut, go for it!

Best of luck!

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