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    1. Recommend a nonfiction book accessible to outsiders that makes your interest seem awesome

      Inspired by this thread about the "bible" of your activity or hobby - What's a book that you would recommend to someone who has a vague interest in an activity or subject of your interest that you...

      Inspired by this thread about the "bible" of your activity or hobby - What's a book that you would recommend to someone who has a vague interest in an activity or subject of your interest that you think will make them find it super interesting and/or impart a good surface-level understanding of your field?

      28 votes
    2. What are some significant numbers or juxtapositions of numbers and quantities you often notices?

      You may find it delightful to encounter sequences composed of prime numbers, or numbers who are divisors of each other. Maybe they're components of your first phone number, your first car license,...

      You may find it delightful to encounter sequences composed of prime numbers, or numbers who are divisors of each other. Maybe they're components of your first phone number, your first car license, your kid's birthday, the day a relative died, or the release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. What numbers and combinations of numbers you see everywhere that you find curious, amusing, or meaningful?

      11 votes
    3. Lost

      Using a throwaway for the sake of privacy So, in the fall of 2019 I started my first year of school at a fairly well-regarded university, located in a very nice, beautiful city. Like a lot of...

      Using a throwaway for the sake of privacy

      So, in the fall of 2019 I started my first year of school at a fairly well-regarded university, located in a very nice, beautiful city. Like a lot of people, I went into college wide-eyed and with a strong sense of wanting to set out an interesting, meaningful life for myself with people I felt truly deeply connected to. I hadn't really made much of my high school experience socially and was generally a lonely kid growing up, so I felt especially driven to really hit the ground running. But, for whatever reason, I did not adjust well at all my first year; I hadn't really established myself socially in the first few weeks when it seemed the cliques formed and, being a city school, it seemed like meeting people on the actual campus became impossible after that point. The clubs I was especially interested in at the time weren't very active or, if they were more academic, were focused first and foremost on the work itself and met in person rarely. Looking back, I could have done more to get involved, but in any case I basically fell in to myself, stopped going to classes, and got really sad. I stayed like this for a while until about halfway through second semester, where I was feeling much better and ready to figure things out; shortly after, the pandemic happened. Fast forward, the next school year is fully remote, I'm at my parent's house a way's away from school, and toward the end of the first semester I start getting these truly debilitating, virtually constant headaches that make it nearly impossible for me to do anything aside from sleep, eat, and school, let alone socialize in any functional capacity. I went to a variety of doctors, and they couldn't make sense of what the cause was or what I could do to fix it. These lasted for a bit over three years, from then until a few weeks ago (edit: haven't had any issues since). I transferred after my third year to my home state's main university so that I could better focus on improving my headaches (basically cycling through whatever strategies seemed to make any dent in things). I'm currently in my fifth and final year, prepping for grad school applications, with virtually no friends, a fairly empty life, and a general feeling of lost youth. I'll be doing a gap year. (If I had to fully describe where I'm at mental health wise, I'd say I'm doing surprisingly okay; a large part of me is just glad to have a functioning brain again).

      So, what do I do? How should I make sense of things?

      9 votes
    4. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      Have you watched any movies recently you want to discuss? Any films you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

      Please just try to provide fair warning of spoilers if you can.

      8 votes
    5. Save Point: A game deal roundup for the week of February 25

      Add awesome game deals to this topic as they come up over the course of the week! Alternately, ask about a given game deal if you want the community’s opinions: e.g. “What games from this bundle...

      Add awesome game deals to this topic as they come up over the course of the week!

      Alternately, ask about a given game deal if you want the community’s opinions: e.g. “What games from this bundle are most worth my attention?”

      Rules:

      • No grey market sales
      • No affiliate links

      If posting a sale, it is strongly encouraged that you share why you think the available game/games are worthwhile.


      All previous Save Point topics

      If you don’t want to see threads in this series, add save point to your personal tag filters.

      14 votes
    6. What did you do this week (and weekend)?

      As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do...

      As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

      6 votes
    7. Weekly Israel-Hamas war megathread - week of February 26

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant Israel-Hamas war content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate...

      This thread is posted weekly - please try to post all relevant Israel-Hamas war content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Extremely significant events may warrant a separate topic, but almost all should be posted in here.

      Please try to avoid antagonistic arguments and bickering matches. Comment threads that devolve into unproductive arguments may be removed so that the overall topic is able to continue.

      8 votes
    8. Would a fairy or a walrus surprise you more if you found it on your doorstep?

      From Baddy Wrong Legs on Tumblr: It is the middle of a Sunday afternoon. You have nothing on, and aren't expecting visitors, deliveries or post. Unexpectedly, there is a knock at the door. Which...

      From Baddy Wrong Legs on Tumblr:

      It is the middle of a Sunday afternoon. You have nothing on, and aren't expecting visitors, deliveries or post.
      Unexpectedly, there is a knock at the door.
      Which of these would surprise you more to find on the doorstep?

      28 votes
    9. Is an ethical social media platform even possible?

      I've long been uncomfortable using platforms that have a bad reputation with respect to: Human rights / genocide Disinformation Privacy All three of those can be connected with advertising...

      I've long been uncomfortable using platforms that have a bad reputation with respect to:

      1. Human rights / genocide
      2. Disinformation
      3. Privacy

      All three of those can be connected with advertising revenue, among other things. When I use platforms that are shady in this regard, I know I'm colluding with them and contributing to the problems they create. So it's been a relief to see new platforms like Tildes emerge, as well as those based on ActivityPub.

      But even platforms that don't have overt advertising (Telegram?) do have a problem with hate groups that go unchallenged. And I know that if I was running an instance of an ActivityPub compatible platform such as KBin, I mightn't be able to keep on top of moderating things like disinformation.

      So I suppose my question is, where do you draw the line? I've deleted my Twitter and Meta accounts and I'm exploring alternatives, but I'm not sure if I'm going from the darkness to the light, or just into shades of grey.

      37 votes
    10. What libraries do you use for implementing web forms, if any?

      I recently ran across Modular Forms, which is a new and rather obscure JavaScript library for doing form validation that claims good support for TypeScript (type safety) and low download size. It...

      I recently ran across Modular Forms, which is a new and rather obscure JavaScript library for doing form validation that claims good support for TypeScript (type safety) and low download size. It has variants for a few frameworks like React and Preact.

      I’m wondering what else people use? I ended up writing my own Preact hooks to help out, with the actual validation done using Zod.

      5 votes
    11. What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga)

      What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was...

      What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

      If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its pages on Anilist, MAL, or any other database you use!

      7 votes
    12. What are your favorite series that are not from the US or UK and also not popular anime?

      I'm looking for more tv series that I haven't already found and preferably that show cultural difference than what I am used to. In the last four years I have watched and am rewatching the...

      I'm looking for more tv series that I haven't already found and preferably that show cultural difference than what I am used to.

      In the last four years I have watched and am rewatching the Japanese slice of life series Midnight Diner.

      In the past I have enjoyed Kim's Convenience and Corner Gas from Canada and Derry Girls from Ireland, all comedies. I also loved the crime drama Giri Haji that is set in Japan and the UK.

      I don't know where to start with korean or indian content, but I am open to anything you enjoyed that I might not have heard of. If it's obscure enough and from the UK or US, I'll take that also. Please share.

      33 votes
    13. Favorite game shows?

      I just started watching Taskmaster after finding most TV right now pretty boring. I do like the silly challenges (and dry British humor in general lol). I never really watched game shows growing...

      I just started watching Taskmaster after finding most TV right now pretty boring. I do like the silly challenges (and dry British humor in general lol). I never really watched game shows growing up, I'm aware of the bigger ones of course, (Jeopardy, Millionaire, etcetc.) but I wonder what I've missed in the meantime. I feel like sometimes game shows bleed into Reality shows a bit, which kinda turned me off from the genre until now. I do love trivia and seeing people solve problems in interesting ways though!

      To throw in some of my favorites,
      Game Changer on Dropout - My favorite at the moment, just because the cast is great and the tasks are great. Sam Reich is a great host too of course, and I just love the things they come up with.

      The Mole on Netflix - Even though I don't loveeee reality shows for some reason this one got me. The players were super dumb but it was kinda interesting. I watched it a while ago though so my opinion might be different now.

      Lateral (Podcast) - Tom Scott's trivia/gameshow podcast. It's really chill and I really enjoy the trivia I learn while walking my dog. The guests are (mostly) fun and interesting people too! The questions themselves are super "thinky" and playing along is fun.

      14 votes
    14. New Music Fridays: Everything Everything, Charli XCX, ScHoolboy Q and more

      This is a thread to discuss 2024 releases that have recently arrived on our doorstep, or been announced for the future. Feel free to share albums, singles, EPs or reissues that have caught your...

      This is a thread to discuss 2024 releases that have recently arrived on our doorstep, or been announced for the future. Feel free to share albums, singles, EPs or reissues that have caught your eye and interest, or share your thoughts about any new music that you've had the chance to listen to this week.

      Discussion Points
      Is there anything you've been looking forward to listening to?
      Any releases that have surprised you?
      Have you listened to any new music recently? What are your thoughts?
      What have you enjoyed from these artists in the past? How does their latest work compare?

      Links:
      Pitchfork - Out This Week
      AllMusic - All New Releases
      Stereogum - New Music

      ~~ Feedback on the format welcome
      6 votes