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  1. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    You should watch more debates then, she wouldn't get shouted over by Trump. There isn't anything Trump hasn't said to her that would be more impactful if he said it to her. Saying it to her face...

    You should watch more debates then, she wouldn't get shouted over by Trump. There isn't anything Trump hasn't said to her that would be more impactful if he said it to her. Saying it to her face would just give her the opportunity to respond and she hasn't shown that she'd back down.

    She's been able to hold her own very much with other candidates trying to muscle her out. She also verbally eviscerated Mike Bloomberg in his first debate.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on I've received a school project where I need to read a book but I've never really wanted to read a book and don't know many books at all. What book should I read? in ~books

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    A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. The obvious juxtoposition of power between the characters should make it a little simpler to define their physiological and psychological...

    A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

    The obvious juxtoposition of power between the characters should make it a little simpler to define their physiological and psychological characteristics.

    It's also a play, so it's easier to read than a novel, and should be more engaging as there needs to be a little more action in a play.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    I don't really find any faults in your comments. I haven't ever had to use any of those GUI tools, because I build things for the web where CSS has been sufficient for my needs. I do agree that...

    I don't really find any faults in your comments. I haven't ever had to use any of those GUI tools, because I build things for the web where CSS has been sufficient for my needs.

    I do agree that the barrier to entry on creating a viable browser engine that is spec-compliant shouldn't be so high, but I don't know any realistic solutions to that.

    What do you think needs to be done to address your pain-points? Should we create and embrace a new styling system for the web, knowing that browser vendors ultimately choose what they implement anyways?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    So, these are issues that not everything in the spec can be used together, in every browser. That's part of building a spec and hoping that those that implement the spec are able to implement it...

    So, these are issues that not everything in the spec can be used together, in every browser. That's part of building a spec and hoping that those that implement the spec are able to implement it in a way that works 100% of the time. I'm skeptical that other software systems that have the amount of use as CSS (100% of the internet, over the last 20 years) can be shown to have less compatibility issues between itself.

    But I guess, how often in your professional experience do you actually have to use those things together? We were getting by with making sticky content before position: sticky so, is your use-case so specific that you have to use it to get your ideal design?

    Yeah, it's cool when you can use new things, but you can accomplish your goals another way, why use the new things? Just because they're new?

    My point is that the how many features CSS has and how they interact is a strength, not a weakness.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    Haha, I should have put a disclaimer not to fall in love with the computers. Good luck with your continued learning!

    Haha, I should have put a disclaimer not to fall in love with the computers.

    Good luck with your continued learning!

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    CSS is a programming language. I think what you'll find is that all web technologies are culminations of long historical processes once you get sufficiently proficient with them. You're getting...

    CSS is a programming language. I think what you'll find is that all web technologies are culminations of long historical processes once you get sufficiently proficient with them.

    You're getting frustrated because you're trying to learn. That's okay, that's how we learn things. You'll get better as you stick with it and practice more, just like anything else.

    CSS gets the worst wrap in contemporary web development culture. The cascade is really difficult to wrangle when you pull in a bunch of third-party styles because there aren't any namespaces by default. Lots of people act like it's not real programming because its entirely style based, but anyone running a successful business in modern times understands a good product is nothing if not well designed, and polished.

    I like CSS. It relaxes me to write because of how many different ways there are to accomplish a certain task. You can also create really unique things with it, or even art. The pressure to have a really performant solution isn't really there as opposed to when I write JavaScript or other code, because CSS is just fast, and it pretty much is always fast.

    If you're just starting, hell yeah, pull in Bootstrap and override the things you don't like, but as a tip, don't try to override the same classes and IDs, but really dive in those DevTools and see what you're overriding and what the styles do. Just like anything else, you'll get better and better until you won't need the training wheels that Bootstrap offers and you'll be styling your entire pages and apps yourself!

    Don't give up on CSS because it doesn't make sense, it will eventually make sense if you practice, it's difficult just like other topics in programming and technology, you just have to keep working hard to learn it.

    23 votes
  7. Comment on What's a "sore thumb" for you? in ~talk

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    When people post pictures of a screen instead of taking and sharing a screenshot. I saw this multiplied to the worst extent where someone recorded a screen-recording (with a second device) and...

    When people post pictures of a screen instead of taking and sharing a screenshot.

    I saw this multiplied to the worst extent where someone recorded a screen-recording (with a second device) and posted it as a video.

    It's always horrible quality, and the thing you saw definitely has a native share option if you saw it on the internet. Take the extra 3 seconds and send me the link.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Supreme Court leans toward Trump on ending 'Dreamers' immigrant program in ~news

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    I agree Gorsuch is being incredibly spineless here. It's literally his job to come to a conclusion that makes sense, saying you're picking a side so you don't have to keep arguing is just...

    “What good would another five years of litigation over the adequacy of that explanation serve?” Gorsuch asked.

    I agree Gorsuch is being incredibly spineless here. It's literally his job to come to a conclusion that makes sense, saying you're picking a side so you don't have to keep arguing is just abdicating responsibility.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    That's an interesting little thing. At this point I'm 50/50 lose a chapstick vs keep it all the way through, though, so I'm gonna keep trying to perfect my system without buying yet another thing

    That's an interesting little thing. At this point I'm 50/50 lose a chapstick vs keep it all the way through, though, so I'm gonna keep trying to perfect my system without buying yet another thing

  10. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    I lost my pocket chapstick and opened the one I keep in my bag for when I lose the one I keep in my pocket.

    I lost my pocket chapstick and opened the one I keep in my bag for when I lose the one I keep in my pocket.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Discussing blackness on Reddit? Photograph your forearm first in ~tech

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    These articles were great. I appreciate you doing the work to create the space and just trying to make Black people feel comfortable online. I submitted for verification just now because of this post

    These articles were great. I appreciate you doing the work to create the space and just trying to make Black people feel comfortable online. I submitted for verification just now because of this post

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    It's pretty standard but that doesn't mean it isn't predatory. I recently canceled my commercial gym membership because of the cancellation fees, and their process for refunds was really fucked...

    It's pretty standard but that doesn't mean it isn't predatory. I recently canceled my commercial gym membership because of the cancellation fees, and their process for refunds was really fucked up. I ended up cancelling, getting charged for the next 2 months of membership after cancellation and just charging it back on my credit card.

    I now mark every "we miss you" email from them as spam.

    I hope you are able to find a local gym that doesn't have all the bullshit on top of their membership. You may be looking at a higher flat monthly rate though.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion #1 in ~health

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    I run Wendler's 5/3/1 with Boring but Big accessories. I recently switched to a local gym from the commercial one I was going to, so I had a few weeks off when I was in-between gyms, and now just...

    I run Wendler's 5/3/1 with Boring but Big accessories. I recently switched to a local gym from the commercial one I was going to, so I had a few weeks off when I was in-between gyms, and now just getting to the point where I go consistently again.

    Just trying to lift myself into a good headspace, and feel more confident about my body again. I lost a lot of weight this summer and most of it was muscle and form, so I'm cosniderably weaker and smaller than I'd like to be.

    Really just want to vent that I'm not as strong as I was and I've been not as disciplined as I could be.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Is anyone else interested in (or actively pursuing) meat from more ethical and sustainable sources? in ~food

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    I'll definitely keep it in mind to ask.

    I'll definitely keep it in mind to ask.

  15. Comment on Is anyone else interested in (or actively pursuing) meat from more ethical and sustainable sources? in ~food

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    I've recently stopped eating beef, (specifically Brazilian beef), and I'm looking at splitting an order from this local-to-me farm with friends. I have found its actually a lot harder to avoid...

    I've recently stopped eating beef, (specifically Brazilian beef), and I'm looking at splitting an order from this local-to-me farm with friends.

    I have found its actually a lot harder to avoid beef with dubious origins, and in the US a lot of fast food beef comes from a cow in Brazil, or from the parent company of the owners of cows in Brazil.

    Our order hasn't come from the farm yet, but I've taken to bringing/eating black bean burgers now and I really like the brand I buy.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on When do you feel the most alive? in ~talk

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    When I visit live music shows and I'm in the middle of a crowd towards the middle of the show. Where you're tired from moving but still energized by your excitement at still having the second half...

    When I visit live music shows and I'm in the middle of a crowd towards the middle of the show. Where you're tired from moving but still energized by your excitement at still having the second half of a show to enjoy. You're surrounded by people who hopefully love the music as much as you and you're bonding with them over that, that you're all there to enjoy it together.

    Usually there's a zen moment I have when I really get to appreciate it and can feel the smile forming on my face. It's pure bliss.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    This quote from Naruto Loyalty is a virtue that is very important to me, and I heard this quote at an impressionable age. To me it means that sometimes that rules are bullshit or not applicable,...

    This quote from Naruto

    In the ninja world, those who break the rules are scum, that's true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.

    Loyalty is a virtue that is very important to me, and I heard this quote at an impressionable age. To me it means that sometimes that rules are bullshit or not applicable, and you should be able to stand by your friends if they really are your friends and are breaking the rules for a good reason. Maybe their actions make you reflect on your own values, or maybe their actions are really ill-advised and you need to stop them. Regardless, I like to believe that I choose my friends because they're people I can rely on, so when the time comes I need to be there for them.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on I have college coming up and one thing I have always dreaded was group projects/peer reviews. in ~talk

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    As someone who graduated college fairly recently (2 years ago), I can only offer my advice on group projects since I'm not entirely sure where your stated anxiety comes from or how it manifests....

    As someone who graduated college fairly recently (2 years ago), I can only offer my advice on group projects since I'm not entirely sure where your stated anxiety comes from or how it manifests.

    Just set the goal for yourself to not be the weakest link in the group. In many groups there ends up being one person who does the majority of the work, and the rest kind of either at best do what they're told or at worst do nothing. Try to identify the person who cares the most about their grades at your first meeting, and offer to help in any way you can. You'll have a real role on the team, and if you're the type that really wants to succeed, you're more than capable about completing your part and maybe even helping others.

    I think one thing to keep in mind is that you wouldn't be in classes/in groups/peers with people who dramatically outclass you. That means, at least at the beginning, you're capable and you have to trust yourself.

    Good luck!

    12 votes
  19. Comment on What's the next big fantasy series? in ~books

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    I had no idea LMM was producing a show for this! You just made me that much more excited for the third book and the show

    I had no idea LMM was producing a show for this! You just made me that much more excited for the third book and the show

  20. Comment on What’s wrong with America? I debate Ben Shapiro. in ~misc

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    Let her do her actual job. Get a different leftist equivalent to Ben Shapiro to debate him.

    Let her do her actual job. Get a different leftist equivalent to Ben Shapiro to debate him.

    2 votes