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  1. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    I prefer the ride the line on what I can get away with professionally, but this past summer in Kandahar got up past 113°F/45°C & COVID shut down our barber shop. Practicality won out. So shaved...

    I prefer the ride the line on what I can get away with professionally, but this past summer in Kandahar got up past 113°F/45°C & COVID shut down our barber shop. Practicality won out. So shaved bald, twice a week, every week since mid-summer.

    My hairline was going a bit... mature. And I must say I rock the bald+beard look quite well. But a decade ago on my life journey I had lovely, long-for-a-dude, wavy hair and it looked great. Big twink energy. I miss that. There's a big part of me that wants to try a finasteride+minoxodil regimen and grow it all back.

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  2. Comment on After years of prep, NASA's Perseverance rover is ready to land on Mars Thursday in ~space

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    I hadn't heard about live video, but I had heard about a camera set up for video. I was operating under the assumption that streaming video wouldn't be a thing due to the distance and latency...

    I hadn't heard about live video, but I had heard about a camera set up for video. I was operating under the assumption that streaming video wouldn't be a thing due to the distance and latency involved, and that it would be uploaded at a later time. That might not be true; idk.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I saved a classical guitar (and tuner!) from the garbage, and I'm getting back into it. It's been a very long time since I've played. Like, a decade. Feels almost like starting over from scratch....

    I saved a classical guitar (and tuner!) from the garbage, and I'm getting back into it.
    It's been a very long time since I've played. Like, a decade. Feels almost like starting over from scratch. Certainly forgot how raw the fret-fingers get at the beginning, before those calluses build themselves up.

    So I've been strumming away at that for about an hour before bed every night this week.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Identity: A trans coming out story in ~lgbt

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    Not to take away from the video itself, and make this all about me, but whenever a personality I follow comes out as trans my brain does this thing where it asks me: "What does this mean for us,...

    Not to take away from the video itself, and make this all about me, but whenever a personality I follow comes out as trans my brain does this thing where it asks me: "What does this mean for us, then?"

    I've recognized for a few years now that I fall well on the trans-side of the gender identity spectrum, and feel a strong disconnect with the body I have. An entire disconnect, nearly.
    At first—and sometimes, still—I tell myself I don't have a gender. Or, I decide I'm gender-fluid. It's much easier. Because to fully embrace a trans identity, well, that raises the question that begs to be answered: does this mean I ought to transition, then? A question complicated by the decision I've made to not transition1.

    Sometimes I wonder what it means to be a trans person who won't transition.
    Is that a thing? What does that look like? What does that look like, for me?

    If I won't transition, does mean I'm not trans?

    But then Abby comes out with a piece like this:

    I don't know if I can really explain it, but it's like every time I see myself on the screen or, even in the mirror, I’m not sure I’m really there. I don't know if I’m real. It's like it's a different person. Not a bad person. Not someone I wouldn't want to be like, I’m just like, "Oop, there he is! That handsome devil! He looks chill, whoever he is." It's just this face and this body, it's not who I was expecting. But then I go out and people talk to me like I am him, and I just sort of pretend I am, I suppose.

    I didn't asked to be called-out like this.

    It's a strange place to exist. I dunno. It feels kind of like, my decision to not transition is invalidated by others' decision to transition, or others' decision to transition is invalidated by my decision not to. It's very weird.

    1 It's complex. Don't push me too hard on this, please. While there is a distinct lack of connect between my body, and my mind, I do not present either an imminent, or distant, danger to my mind, or my body.

    12 votes
  5. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I'm an Options Trader primarily, and this isn't my first rodeo—though the bull in this one is something special. Problem right now is, even if I wanted to roll over my current options into...

    I'm an Options Trader primarily, and this isn't my first rodeo—though the bull in this one is something special.

    Problem right now is, even if I wanted to roll over my current options into shares.. I can't. Because Robinhood and other brokerages have stopped allowing the purchase of $GME. I'm a dirty retail trader plebeian, so I don't get to buy. I can't just open another brokerage account somewhere either, because each I've tried so far is giving me issues (presumably there's a bunch of people fleeing Robinhood, and others).

    5 votes
  6. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

  7. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I was using Robinhood. I liked their UI, and how functional their website is on my work computer. After today, I'm researching alternatives. Which I end up with will come down to which—if any—have...

    I was using Robinhood. I liked their UI, and how functional their website is on my work computer.

    After today, I'm researching alternatives. Which I end up with will come down to which—if any—have not halted buying of $AMC, $GME, $BB, etc. and their compatibility with my work machine.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I put about $8k into Call Options about a week ago. This is not a lot for me at this point in my life, and if I lose it all my life will be negligibly impacted. At peak today, I was up $200k. I...
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    Is anyone on Tildes playing this game?

    I put about $8k into Call Options about a week ago. This is not a lot for me at this point in my life, and if I lose it all my life will be negligibly impacted.

    At peak today, I was up $200k. I did not sell. At the time of typing this, I'm up far less. I'm not selling. Volume is incredibly low, and it looks like the price is being artificially forced downward.

    My understanding is that there is a tradeable float of 34 million shares, and 71 million are short. On top of that, over 2 million Calls are In The Money. This works out to around a quarter-billion shares net short. There's not enough shares to go around, and there's an incentive to force the price downward or the financial institutions get fucked hard. They're not in a good place.

    I want to see how this plays out. I'm not selling.

    Fuck around and find out.

    18 votes
  9. Comment on The GameStop game never stops in ~finance

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    I'm having a lot of fun with the current environment—and crypto—for the exact reasons the author seems to be afraid of it. I suppose I could be projecting onto the author, but the...

    I'm having a lot of fun with the current environment—and crypto—for the exact reasons the author seems to be afraid of it. I suppose I could be projecting onto the author, but the "democratization" of value (call it whatever you want) appears to be a threat to the neo-aristocracy owning class. To that I say: good. Fuck 'em. Power to the People.

    Sure there are mavericks in that class who love to see it (silicon valley-types, Elon Musk, etc.)*, but I don't think inherently means this isn't a shift in financial power away from the historic elites, towards the common person—or, at least the opportunity for that. Maybe it'll backfire horribly, but I don't think it inherently must.

    *I guess it could be argued that silicon valley types aren't actually the same class as Old Money, even if they can have similar wealth

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food

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    Shakshuka – Say It With Me Now. Eggs poached in a (not too) spicy tomato-pepper sauce. video format Cheap, basic, delicious, and hearty. I've made it with pocket money. I've made it hungover. I've...

    Shakshuka – Say It With Me Now. Eggs poached in a (not too) spicy tomato-pepper sauce.
    video format

    Cheap, basic, delicious, and hearty.
    I've made it with pocket money. I've made it hungover. I've made it a million times, with a million little variations, and it hasn't failed me yet.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

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    No new information at this time. But this bodycam footage got released. Content Warning: Potentially Disturbing (atmosphere, general mayhem; no gore)

    No new information at this time. But this bodycam footage got released.

    Content Warning: Potentially Disturbing (atmosphere, general mayhem; no gore)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

  13. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    I'd say 'arrogance' is a bit strong of a characterization, but overall we're not in disagreement. When I typed 'easy', it was more in the sense of being 'straightforward' or 'uncomplicated'*,...

    I'd say 'arrogance' is a bit strong of a characterization, but overall we're not in disagreement.
    When I typed 'easy', it was more in the sense of being 'straightforward' or 'uncomplicated'*, rather than 'not difficult' or 'with little effort'. Nobody will pick up an axe for the first time, and perform All Along the Watchtower without flaw & in perfect time before the end of the day. Learning an instrument to competency is an investment of time, and at times will test your emotional resilience for failure to progress. But, it is accessible.

    *though, it can be complicated.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    Serious: Philosophy. It doesn't have to be some university level, degree-depth education. But it's a millennia-long conversation grasping at the natures of meaning, self, life, relationships, and...
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    Serious:

    • Philosophy. It doesn't have to be some university level, degree-depth education. But it's a millennia-long conversation grasping at the natures of meaning, self, life, relationships, and everything. Maybe, more folks ought to tune into it a bit more. You're likely to learn something about yourself, others, the world, or play with ideas less concrete and see what comes out of it.
    • Psychology. It doesn't have to be some university level, degree-depth education. But it's the literal study of our minds. A little self-study can give you some tools on managing your relationship with yourself, and others.
    • History. It doesn't have to be some university level, degree-depth education. A lot of history is way more interesting than it was probably presented in school, and there's a fucking lot of it. Also, we're repeating some pretty horrible shit; maybe a higher awareness of things that didn't work and objectively bad ideas could have avoided this, and avoid further harm.
    • We are not apart from the animal kingdom, or the environment. As a whole, we should really fucking admit that. Our collective refusal to acknowledge our place in the world is literally poisoning us, our minds, our non-human cousins, the Earth we all share, and will be the actual death of us all if we keep sprinting down this road.

    Slightly less serious:

    • "They" & "Them" are perfectly fine singular pronouns. Neither inherently imply plurality. If you're referring to a person of unknown sex, unknown gender, or unknown preference for reference, just fucking say "they" or "them". This doesn't even exclusively apply to our current social conversation on sex & gender; going out of your way to say "her or him" or "he or she" when speaking of an unknown is clunky and unnecessary.
    • Volunteering your time is easy and makes your community better. It doesn't even have to be organized or sanctioned by anyone. Clean a public space. Shovel your neighbors driveway. Fill a cooler with homemade burritos and pass them out to the homeless.
    • Take care of your body, and you'll hate being alive less as you get older. Stretch sometimes. Maybe do a light cardio. Eat garbage less, if you can afford it. Eat less of it, if you can't. Drink fucking water.
    • Learn some basic first-aid. Take a CPR class if you can. Shit happens; the more people who can help even a little can make all the difference.

    Low stakes:

    • Learning a musical instrument is easy, easy to start, and personally rewarding. A basic guitar is cheap. Youtube is bursting with quality videos with full song tutorials, how to read tabs, how to read music, how to understand music theory, tips, shortcuts, and all the rest. For free.
    • Swinging your arms back n' forth a bit after applying deodorant (consider using antiperspirant) will even-out the coat, make it less likely to stain your shirt, and it will just work better. Still getting damp underarms? Trim or shave. It's not gay, or demanding women-shaped people be hairless; it just lets the product work into your actual skin, not just smear on hair & do nothing. Or don't. I don't care. But if you care, maybe modify your technique a bit.
    • Let your hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, or anything with a fuzzy interior, air dry on a hanger instead of tossing it into the dryer. It will stay soft longer, instead of immediately pilling or becoming scratchy. Also, colors on clothes last longer if you wash cold, and graphics on shirts last longer if washed inside-out.
    • Taking a bunch of melatonin before sleep can give you crazy dreams. If you like crazy dreams, maybe try it. If you are prone to night terrors, maybe don't.
    28 votes
  15. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

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    As of today, Name of a person of interest, raid of their home, and this interesting tidbit: Nashville blast investigation leads U.S. agents to suburban home The investigators don't outright say...

    As of today,
    Name of a person of interest, raid of their home, and this interesting tidbit:

    According to a document posted online, on Nov. 25 he signed over the property to a woman in Los Angeles at no cost to her. The document was signed by Warner, but not by the woman.

    Nashville blast investigation leads U.S. agents to suburban home

    The investigators don't outright say it—and rightly so—but as an outside observer, and at this time, this is looking like a probable suicide bombing. Motive is anyone's guess, with the information in public circulation.

    The investigation seems to be going well. Hopefully if this person of interest was involved, they found useful information in the home.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

  17. Comment on An RV exploded in Nashville, TN around 6:30 today - police suspect it was intentional in ~news

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    Security camera video of the explosion. FBI press conference on Nashville explosion - ABC News

    @MNPDNashville
    BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or do you have information about it? Please contact us via Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via http://fbi.gov/nashville. @ATFHQ


    Security camera video of the explosion.


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    Aerial footage showing the damage from whatever went down in Nashville. Explosion rattled buildings on 2nd Ave. with scorched cars, structural damage and debris across the road. They think it was intentional.


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    NASHVILLE: Law enforcement sources tell CBS News they have found what appear to be human remains near the site of the explosion. They have not indicated whether the remains are from someone connected to the explosion or from an innocent victim.


    @AP
    BREAKING: Flights out of Nashville airport have been halted due to telecommunications issues associated with explosion downtown. Police say an RV exploded outside a building housing AT&T network equipment. 911 systems up to 180 miles away were knocked out.


    FBI press conference on Nashville explosion - ABC News

    10 votes
  18. Comment on Parents warning about harm to children after UK legal decision bans access to puberty blockers in ~lgbt

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    How does this transphobia reconcile with the (perceived, as an American) popularity of Eddie Izzard in the UK? My instinct is that Izzard's personal journey & public view through the past several...

    How does this transphobia reconcile with the (perceived, as an American) popularity of Eddie Izzard in the UK?

    My instinct is that Izzard's personal journey & public view through the past several decades ought to have normalized trans folk—at least a bit; starting off as a male-lesbian/action-transvestite, to coming out as gender-fluid, and now with the recent exclusivity with female-pronouns. That didn't occur all too quick. And Izzard is a rather visible figure, with the comedy and the acting and the political activism.

    So I guess I'm asking, when it comes to the general public and the media, what's the vibe when it comes to Izzard? Are the vibrations positive or negative? Is there a positive/negative split in opinion along sociopolitical lines?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on CD Projekt faces hostile staff after failed launch in ~games

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    My understanding is that proper development didn't begin until after the Witcher expansion, Blood & Wine shipped. So, a bit over five years. I have two large assumptions, one practical and one...

    My understanding is that proper development didn't begin until after the Witcher expansion, Blood & Wine shipped. So, a bit over five years.

    I have two large assumptions, one practical and one cynical:

    Assumption 1) Based on the 38 hours I've invested so far, much of the development has been art & aesthetic focused. The map is fucking gigantic, and much of it (the large assets, anyway) is unique. Modelling and texturing those assets takes a large team, and a lot of time. Then there's planning out how the assets are distributed throughout the world. Literal world-building is a massive investment of hours. This is the kind of thing I have personal experience with*, and I assess that it was what most man-hours were spent doing, at least in the beginning stages. Working with the engine, outlining the story, and all else was surely being done during that time, but I don't see them being dominant—hour-wise—during that time. Ever watch the BTS for LotR? The art design, costuming, and manufacturing all of the props started a few years before the first day of filming. Kind of like that.

    Assumption 2) Shareholders pushed for early release in time for Holiday Season 2020, because shareholders are the way that they are; product readiness, worker treatment, etc, be damned. It was delayed from its first date, which I think was management/marketing's fault in being overzealous. But being so fucking gung-ho about getting it out before the end of the year, and making folks miserable with 100+ hour work-weeks? Shareholders. I'd bet money on that. That first release date got shareholders excited, the delay upset them, and they put pressure on CDPR to ship before Christmas.

    *as a hobbyist with a former interest in this as a career. I don't have experience on doing this in a corporate environment, but I do know the workflow and how long things can take.

    5 votes