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  1. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Slept terribly most of this week, with the exception of maybe two days (one of which is debatable), but I'm on my own this week with my wife out of town. I'm already the primary care giver, stay...

    Slept terribly most of this week, with the exception of maybe two days (one of which is debatable), but I'm on my own this week with my wife out of town.

    I'm already the primary care giver, stay at home parent, so this week hasn't been that different from my normal, but it's been rough, because I don't get any breaks. I'm touched out, talked out and I just want to be left alone for awhile, but I have no opportunity aside from the hour or so I get after I get the kids in bed and at that point, I just want to stare at the TV.

    Tomorrow is a kids birthday party and I'm trying to figure out if I should bring the 4 year old. It's at an indoor playground, but they're small enough that they won't be able to follow their older sibling everywhere, which sounds like it'll be difficult. This is all if I can even get child care, which is up in the air.

    Sunday will be running around as well and then Monday, back to the grind. I'm all done. It's been lovely to be with my kids all week and is every day, but I'm toast, I just want to quit life for awhile.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Consumer reports on high levels of sodium and heavy metals in Lunchables in ~food

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    My kids don't eat them, but that's because I find them expensive and not very tasty, but I consumed plenty in my childhood and my kids have had them in the past. That said, I'm not going to stress...

    My kids don't eat them, but that's because I find them expensive and not very tasty, but I consumed plenty in my childhood and my kids have had them in the past.

    That said, I'm not going to stress about it. If I were suddenly in a position to buy them and give them to my kids, I would. Not only did I eat plenty of them as a kid and I'm perfectly ok, but there's plenty of other things I've given my kids that are similarly worrying.

    I'm not trying to be dismissive here, but this just can't be at the top of my list, especially when we've got more pressing concerns like PFAS in our water and foods and I hate to say it, but my kids are far more likely to be killed by some driver looking at their phone or another kid with a gun than than they are from high sodium or small amounts of heavy metals.

    Do I want my kids to die permanently? No certainly not, but I can't worry about every little thing, because what is the alternative? To seal them in a bubble and hope nothing bad ever happens in their lives? That they're never exposed to risk? Maybe I'm engaging in a false dichotomy here, but there's so many things to threaten my kids over the course of their lives, I cannot possibly worry about all of it. People can lead perfectly healthy lives, exercise every day, eat right, etc and still get cancer and die at age 35 (ask me how I know.)

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Horror fishing game Dredge being adapted for live-action movie in ~movies

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    I agree that Dredge doesn't feel like it has much of a threat, even at night. After I started staying out a little longer and going deep into the night time, I started to lose interest in the...

    I agree that Dredge doesn't feel like it has much of a threat, even at night. After I started staying out a little longer and going deep into the night time, I started to lose interest in the game, as I realized this was all there was and night time didn't really have to be putting any pressure on me. The loop, without any ticking clock or anything, is ultimately just not that interesting and, at best, a series of minigames.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Texas is replacing thousands of human exam graders with AI in ~tech

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    Quite silly, really. I know at least 8 Gen A kids, 7 of them are very smart and competent, ages of them run the gamut from 4 to 14; the only one that is different from the others has untreated ADHD.

    Quite silly, really. I know at least 8 Gen A kids, 7 of them are very smart and competent, ages of them run the gamut from 4 to 14; the only one that is different from the others has untreated ADHD.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Darkest Dungeon II | Kingdoms announcement trailer in ~games

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    Pretty great that this is a free update. DD2 is one I need to put more time into, only having 12-hours, after having put something like 200+ into the original across a few different devices.

    Pretty great that this is a free update. DD2 is one I need to put more time into, only having 12-hours, after having put something like 200+ into the original across a few different devices.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Tildes is changing the way I use and think about online engagement. How about you? in ~tildes

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    This is where I'm at. I started with forums in the 90's and never really liked how everything gravitated away from that, so Tildes feels like coming home. The last few years on reddit, I rapidly...

    This is where I'm at. I started with forums in the 90's and never really liked how everything gravitated away from that, so Tildes feels like coming home. The last few years on reddit, I rapidly grew tired of the most upvoted shit being some quippy comment or "take down" (Redditor CLAPS BACK latest post on /r/news); I hated clicking on the comments for an article, hoping for some more insight only to see trite crap.

    The stuff with Reddit last June got me over to Tildes here and also inspired me to search out some forums. So I've actually been participant at another forum since then and while it's slow moving, it's a nice place to check periodically and talk to the small community over there.

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

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    I get you, I also have pretty large hands, base of my wrist to the tip of my middle finger is a foot long. I just don't play super long, but I also don't grip super hard either when I do play and...

    I get you, I also have pretty large hands, base of my wrist to the tip of my middle finger is a foot long. I just don't play super long, but I also don't grip super hard either when I do play and generally don't use the back buttons all that much, so the Mini kind of just "sits" in my hands while I press the buttons, if that makes sense.

    The H looks damn nice because it just seems very pocketable. I like my Mini a lot, but feel like it requires a case to be in my pocket and I would rather have something I can just chuck in there without thinking about it.

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

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    I don't think I'm going to change your mind here, but From games, especially when you're starting your first one, immensely benefit from having someone to talk to about it. I'm not sure how old...

    I don't think I'm going to change your mind here, but From games, especially when you're starting your first one, immensely benefit from having someone to talk to about it. I'm not sure how old you are, but think of going back to the 90s and talking to your friends on the school yard about the latest game. Otherwise, you can get a somewhat similar experience with Google.

    Also, I think Elden Ring is the weakest of the From games and looking back as someone that started with Dark Souls when it first came to PC, I feel like Elden Ring would be utterly bewildering to start with. The lack of focus, bullshit enemies and bosses and the sheer vastness of the world add another layer of inscrutability to an otherwise inscrutable genre. The game plays excellently, controls well, has a lot of QoL improvements, but I don't feel like it's really the best to start with if you've convinced yourself it's a genre you want to get into.

    Dark Souls is pretty old and clunky by modern standards, but it's simple and straightforward. You still need guidance with it, but once you're pointed in a direction, it's easier to get something out of. Though again, there are plenty of times in the game that you simply need to Phone A Friend for an a-ha moment. But as a fan of From games and the genre in general, when I was looking for a game like this to play this week, I went back to Dark Souls, rather than continue my currently 50 hour run of Elden Ring.

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

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    Keep coming back to this post, trying to think of something interesting to say. I've got nothing, aside from wanting to say this looks totally up my alley and I'm glad you made your edit (you did,...

    Keep coming back to this post, trying to think of something interesting to say. I've got nothing, aside from wanting to say this looks totally up my alley and I'm glad you made your edit (you did, right?) about the 2 free chapters. Thanks!

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

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    I have a regular Miyoo Mini and there are methods for not getting hand cramps: I often play with one hand, so usually turn based stuff and I don't play long sessions on it. Not by choice, but just...

    I have a regular Miyoo Mini and there are methods for not getting hand cramps: I often play with one hand, so usually turn based stuff and I don't play long sessions on it. Not by choice, but just because that's how I play games these days, usually in 10-15 minute chunks.

    I do want a 35XX H, but I'm waiting for a similar form factor with GameCube/Dreamcast. My Vita still hasn't been outclassed yet.

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

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    Been kind of just messing around and not playing anything seriously this week. I'm taking a break from Lies of P because my wife is out of town for the week and wants to watch, so she wouldn't be...

    Been kind of just messing around and not playing anything seriously this week. I'm taking a break from Lies of P because my wife is out of town for the week and wants to watch, so she wouldn't be happy if we played without her.

    I did show my kids Monster Hunter World, which they've been enjoying watching, though I must admit, I'm not super into it. It's something to play that they can watch, but I really have no motivation to play it on my own and pretty much only if they suggest it.

    Been still dabbling in Red Dead Redemption 2, which I do like well enough, but it's not entrancing me like a GTA game might, as in spite of living in a "Wild West" state, I couldn't give less of a shit about Cowboy's and the like. Plus I hate the fact that if I do a mission or anything, I need to make sure I set aside at least an hour, since I won't be able to save and quit anytime I want, so that kind of kills my motivation.

    I did just grab The Outer Worlds from the Epic store and put maybe 30 minutes into it; it seems neat so far, but I'm not entirely sure I'm up for a talky game right now.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Does the Dog Die? - A website for filtering movies by triggers in ~movies

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    Seems pretty useful. I'm not terribly sensitive to anything, but my wife hates people burning alive; seems like this has ok coverage of that, but Google may still be her best bet.

    Seems pretty useful. I'm not terribly sensitive to anything, but my wife hates people burning alive; seems like this has ok coverage of that, but Google may still be her best bet.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on I bought a house, now what? in ~life.home_improvement

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    Last time I tried to install network cables in my house, I drilled a hole through the floor on accident and never finished the job, because it was an enormous pain in the ass, so only my server is...

    Last time I tried to install network cables in my house, I drilled a hole through the floor on accident and never finished the job, because it was an enormous pain in the ass, so only my server is hardwired.

    Next time, I'm hiring someone.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on PVP in MMORPGs is dead (and here's why) in ~games

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    Finally watched this and it's absolutely the conclusion I would have come to. I quit WoW during Cata, but shortly after BC came out, I started playing on PvE servers exclusively, because PvP just...

    Finally watched this and it's absolutely the conclusion I would have come to.

    I quit WoW during Cata, but shortly after BC came out, I started playing on PvE servers exclusively, because PvP just meant getting ganked and camped while I was leveling; I never looked back.

    I'm a pretty damn capable player when it comes to a game designed around PvP; I can crush in a Quake deathmatch and was on the higher end of the win rate scale in something like World of Tanks, but PvP in MMOs has almost never been fun for me. Not only is it not what I'm there for, but the disparity between players makes it not fun; it doesn't feel like a skill challenge, but instead, who can take advantage of who and who has more levels or gear.

    I'm content to see PvP in MMOs go away forever. That is, if there's ever another good MMO...

    7 votes
  15. Comment on This is World of WarCraft in ~games

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    I played Classic, finally abandoning private servers, up till about 2019. Right up until the Free Hong Kong incident, at which point, I unsubbed and deleted the Blizzard launcher off all my...

    I played Classic, finally abandoning private servers, up till about 2019. Right up until the Free Hong Kong incident, at which point, I unsubbed and deleted the Blizzard launcher off all my computers. Since then, only more garbage has come out about Activision-Blizzard, which has further cemented this stance and I just straight-up refuse to give them my money anymore.

    I'm not throwing shade at you here, you do you, but I just can't trust Activision-Blizzard anymore. Not only are they pretty scummy, but their games have declined in quality very dramatically since I first played Warcraft 2 back in 95. I'll still play the classics, I still love WC2, Diablo and play here and there on private Vanilla WoW servers, but I just can't support that company anymore, the trust is gone.

  16. Comment on EV bargains to be found as Hertz sells off some of its electric cars in ~transport

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    This makes sense to me. If I'm buying an electric, I mostly want it to cart around town, probably as a secondary car. I love minivans, but if I'm replacing the one I already own, I want one that I...

    This makes sense to me.

    If I'm buying an electric, I mostly want it to cart around town, probably as a secondary car. I love minivans, but if I'm replacing the one I already own, I want one that I can take on road trips and cover vast distances; which I know is possible, but I don't need to add to the already large headache of going on a road trip with kids by trying to hunt down chargers and pausing for long periods of time to charge the car up.

    Trucks make sense too, as (theoretically), you're hauling large things and towing and it's not really obvious how that's going to impact your range, so it makes more sense to be able to just fill up at a gas station rather than try and top up with a charge. The same really holds true for the minivan, as well; I want it to haul big stuff and sometimes that means helping people move, which can soak-up a lot of gas.

    I do think we've reached all the early adopters with EV's at this point, so a drop is expected. The combination of being a new technology, without extended infrastructure, as well as being very expensive (as all cars seem to be) is likely going to keep the average Joe away for quite some time.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on PVP in MMORPGs is dead (and here's why) in ~games

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    Idyl is great; easily my favorite new Youtuber. Can't wait to watch this when I have time.

    Idyl is great; easily my favorite new Youtuber. Can't wait to watch this when I have time.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What's a game that you feel is almost great? in ~games

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    Thanks for the heads up on Observer. I think I've actually had it for years now on Twitch, now Amazon Games. I'll give it a go.

    Thanks for the heads up on Observer. I think I've actually had it for years now on Twitch, now Amazon Games. I'll give it a go.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What's a game that you feel is almost great? in ~games

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    Mankind Divided was a huge letdown and while I loved Human Revolution, I really have minimal desire to play it again, very much unlike the original Deus Ex.

    Mankind Divided was a huge letdown and while I loved Human Revolution, I really have minimal desire to play it again, very much unlike the original Deus Ex.

  20. Comment on Google is killing Retro Dodo and other independent sites in ~tech

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    I get the need to appeal to the algorithm, but you can't simply churn out content that is full of factual errors, while also being poorly edited, as well as simply uninformed and expect to stay...

    I get the need to appeal to the algorithm, but you can't simply churn out content that is full of factual errors, while also being poorly edited, as well as simply uninformed and expect to stay relevant for long. Retro Dodo has been doing it for years at this point, with complaints about their quality going back at least as far as 2020.

    There are other people in this space that do the same thing without all the problems, which makes Retro Dodo just feel lazy and cynical. Trying to so aggressively grow and appeal to the algorithm in such a niche space already feels cynical in and of itself; I'm willing to make space that I could be wrong here, but RD has rubbed me the wrong way for many years now, so it's just not surprising, especially when other sites/Youtubers in this space aren't having similar complaints, though they don't seem to participate in the content churn quite so dramatically.

    12 votes