Bal's recent activity

  1. Comment on Haven't gamed on a PC for 10 years. Built a gaming rig. What games do I install? in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    On the other hand, I'd recommend staying far, far away from their launcher. It's a bad product from a bad company.

    On the other hand, I'd recommend staying far, far away from their launcher. It's a bad product from a bad company.

  2. Comment on Hailu Mergia - Yefikir Engurguro in ~music

    Bal
    Link
    Nothing I've heard from him lived up to my heightened expectations after having fallen in love with Wede Harer Guzo. Good stuff, nonetheless.

    Nothing I've heard from him lived up to my heightened expectations after having fallen in love with Wede Harer Guzo. Good stuff, nonetheless.

  3. Comment on Let's talk music to sleep to in ~music

    Bal
    Link
    Ambient as a genre is very well suited for this in my opinion. Some personal favourites include: Stars of the Lid - Tired Sounds of; and And Their Refinement of the Decline Jónsi & Alex - Lost and...

    Ambient as a genre is very well suited for this in my opinion. Some personal favourites include:
    Stars of the Lid - Tired Sounds of; and And Their Refinement of the Decline
    Jónsi & Alex - Lost and Found (especially because you mentioned Sigur Rós!)
    Nicholas Szczepanik - Please Stop Loving Me

    There are also several albums created specifically for sleep. These include:
    Robert Rich - Somnium
    Max Richter - Sleep

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin in ~music

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Glad you liked it! It came out pretty late last year but it quickly made its way near the top of my favourite albums.

    Glad you liked it! It came out pretty late last year but it quickly made its way near the top of my favourite albums.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin in ~music

    Bal
    Link Parent
    I'll give that a go! And I'd recommend checking out The Livelong Day by them - their sound is a bit different in the studio, but I wouldn't say in a bad way.

    I'll give that a go! And I'd recommend checking out The Livelong Day by them - their sound is a bit different in the studio, but I wouldn't say in a bad way.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    I won't lie, all competitive games can be pretty toxic and Dota is no exception. I do think they handle it better than most with the Behavior Score system - it doesn't really make a difference at...

    I won't lie, all competitive games can be pretty toxic and Dota is no exception. I do think they handle it better than most with the Behavior Score system - it doesn't really make a difference at first, but after a dozen or so games if you behave decently, you're pretty unlikely to get matched with toxic people.

    Get that you have negative experiences, but I do think most of the stuff you complain about in LoL isn't as much of a thing here.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Is this a bad time to try to lure you over to Dota?

    Is this a bad time to try to lure you over to Dota?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin in ~music

    Bal
    Link
    It's cool to see a live recording of them. I first heard about their music with their album last year, which I loved.

    It's cool to see a live recording of them. I first heard about their music with their album last year, which I loved.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Is Tolkien's prose really that bad? in ~books

    Bal
    Link Parent
    When I'm alone and reading some book that has songs, I always try to make up melodies for them. They're consistently horrible but I have a lot of fun.

    When I'm alone and reading some book that has songs, I always try to make up melodies for them. They're consistently horrible but I have a lot of fun.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Paradox announces Surviving the Aftermath, the next game in their Surviving franchise in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Getting an investment from Tencent is unfortunately a good indicator of a declining company.

    Getting an investment from Tencent is unfortunately a good indicator of a declining company.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do: Just say no to lemon zest, “ripping hot” pans, and the ice bath in ~food

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Your point makes sense, but I'd mention that in general you shouldn't use essential oils for cooking.

    Your point makes sense, but I'd mention that in general you shouldn't use essential oils for cooking.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Frostpunk - Official Season Pass Trailer + first DLC "The Rifts" available now in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Nice of you to offer! If nobody else wants it, I'd be happy to claim it, been looking at that game for a while now. But honestly I'm not sure when I'll have the time to play it, so if anyone else...

    Nice of you to offer! If nobody else wants it, I'd be happy to claim it, been looking at that game for a while now. But honestly I'm not sure when I'll have the time to play it, so if anyone else asks, they should be the priority.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Galaxy Note 10 Hands On in ~tech

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Having to charge an earphone is the biggest possible inconvenience for me, especially if I can't even resort to carrying a backup in my bag should I forget to do so. Not to mention that all...

    Having to charge an earphone is the biggest possible inconvenience for me, especially if I can't even resort to carrying a backup in my bag should I forget to do so. Not to mention that all wireless earphones have very swiftly degrading batteries that, for the most part, can't even be replaced.

  14. Comment on Galaxy Note 10 Hands On in ~tech

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Good thing I'm not upgrading this year anyway because I'm very upset about the lack of a headphone jack. It's such an essential part of a phone and before this, Samsung had been great at...

    Good thing I'm not upgrading this year anyway because I'm very upset about the lack of a headphone jack. It's such an essential part of a phone and before this, Samsung had been great at recognizing that.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    That game looks absolutely lovely and I'm glad to see another set positive impressions. I look forward to playing it next year.

    That game looks absolutely lovely and I'm glad to see another set positive impressions. I look forward to playing it next year.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Journey will release on PC next week, pre-orders available on Epic Store for $4.99 USD (due to current store-wide sale) in ~games

    Bal
    Link
    I'll check it out in a year, I guess. I've waited long enough for that not to bother me.

    I'll check it out in a year, I guess. I've waited long enough for that not to bother me.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Journey will release on PC next week, pre-orders available on Epic Store for $4.99 USD (due to current store-wide sale) in ~games

    Bal
    Link Parent
    Not a single digital store would agree to that setup, and for good reason.

    Not a single digital store would agree to that setup, and for good reason.

  18. Comment on Opera Reborn 3: No modern browser is perfect, but this may be as close as it gets in ~tech

  19. Comment on Opera Reborn 3: No modern browser is perfect, but this may be as close as it gets in ~tech

    Bal
    Link
    Absolutely no way I'm using a closed-source Chinese-owned browser.

    Absolutely no way I'm using a closed-source Chinese-owned browser.

    30 votes
  20. Comment on Epic Games Store - Mega Sale - Up to 75% off and $10 off every game $14.99+ in ~games

    Bal
    Link
    First step in the right direction. Now stop all the exclusivity and begin adding basic features and I might even use the store.

    First step in the right direction. Now stop all the exclusivity and begin adding basic features and I might even use the store.

    3 votes