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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby linguoboy » 2020-06-29, 17:32

OldBoring wrote:Then he said "near the apartments", but not all laundries are near apartments, for example many are inside shopping malls or near offices.

Here, that's unusual. Most people don't like to transport their laundry very far. If you own a car, you probably also have a building (either an apartment or a house) with its own laundry machine(s).

Recently, I have seen a new kind of drop-off laundry appear. It's really just an unstaffed room with storage lockers. You put your clothes into a locker and then come back in a day or two to pick them up again. For these to succeed, you need the right combination of residents nearby who don't have access to their own facilities and are willing to pay to have their laundry washed for them.They just opened one on one of the main commercial streets right next to the university campus where I (technically) work. (Of course, this was shortly before Coronavirus drove nearly everyone off campus, so I have no idea if it's still a going concern.)
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Postby Gormur » 2020-06-29, 19:04

I think I've heard of that before, a place where like they take police uniforms and wash them. I think it's just a laundry service without a specific name. I could be wrong though because I really don't know

There's also something else called a dry cleaning service, but you obviously know about that :)
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Postby Gormur » 2020-06-29, 20:53

This has left me mystified. You know the Natives who used to live off the land in the deserts of Utah and Arizona. How did they do it?

Like the area I went to in Utah is full of cave artifacts, but the lake there, Lake Powell is man-made. I can accept that there may have been water there at one time. I tend to think it was even before the stone carvings

If in fact these peoples lived on rain water wouldn't they die out from disease? At least nowadays there's a decent amount of pollution in rain water besides dirt. Maybe they had a purifying system though. That seems possible

I just wonder if anyone knows for sure and maybe has a timeline of all of this. From what I know, it's like solving a mystery :hmm:
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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby aaakknu » 2020-07-26, 20:51

What do you use to listen to music?
I used YouTube until now, but since they increased advertising, I started looking for something else (I don't think YouTube is that good anyway, even without advertising).
I downloaded Spotify, but after a week of using it, I am frustrated with it. Some of my most favourite songs aren't there; the recommendations are very limited and often irrelevant; the app aims to promote mainstream music, so it is very difficult to discover less popular music.

Edit: What about radio?
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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-10-01, 13:24

I still use YouTube.

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Postby Osias » 2020-10-01, 15:23

YouTube and sometimes RadioGarden.
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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-10-01, 16:53

I'd never even heard of RadioGarden until now, tbh.

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Postby Aurinĭa » 2020-10-01, 20:39

aaakknu wrote:What do you use to listen to music?
I used YouTube until now, but since they increased advertising, I started looking for something else (I don't think YouTube is that good anyway, even without advertising).

Get yourself an adblocker. :whistle: I use uBlock Origin and I keep forgetting YouTube ads exist.

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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby Osias » 2020-10-01, 23:35

vijayjohn wrote:I'd never even heard of RadioGarden until now, tbh.


I love the app as a concept, the maps, the feeling of traveling the world through all those radios...

In the practice, though, I don't open it to listen to music as much as I wanted.
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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby mōdgethanc » 2020-10-29, 3:29

Ever since I got Spotify, I've only used YouTube for music videos and for songs that aren't available on it (which isn't many). Well worth the ~$100 a year given that I sometimes listen to hundreds of songs in a given month.

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Re: Random Culture Thread

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-10-31, 20:17

I still believe that the imposition of Western music on the rest of the world is a product of cultural imperialism just like the imposition of the languages, food, clothing, transportation systems, etc. of the West was and that it should be denounced, not to mention the cultural appropriation inherent in much of modern Western music. Pretending this is only a matter of personal preferences is as absurd as pretending that colonial powers didn't impose their own dress codes on their colonial subjects just because I like shorts.


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