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  1. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I've had both an Aeron and a Humanscale Freedom Headrest as a work chair in the past. I'm not a chair aficionado, but I've spent 9hr/day in the Aeron and up to 18hr/day in a Humanscale, and never...

    I've had both an Aeron and a Humanscale Freedom Headrest as a work chair in the past. I'm not a chair aficionado, but I've spent 9hr/day in the Aeron and up to 18hr/day in a Humanscale, and never once was I ever uncomfortable in either of them. Spine support was great on both. If I'm ever crazy enough to spend four-figures on a chair for myself, I'd go with the Humanscale one. Headrests are nice, especially if you have a multi-monitor setup in which you've got at least one on top of another.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Along the lines of cooking: whole nutmegs and block Parmigiano-Reggiano. If you're using preground nutmeg and that powdered shit parmesan covered in cellulose, you're not only wasting money but...

    Along the lines of cooking: whole nutmegs and block Parmigiano-Reggiano.

    If you're using preground nutmeg and that powdered shit parmesan covered in cellulose, you're not only wasting money but missing out on a whole lot of flavor. Get a microplane, save yourself money in the long run, and enjoy home cooked food you thought you had to go to a restaurant to enjoy.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Hong Kong leader delays extradition bill "indefinitely" amid protest pressure in ~news

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    I can. I gotcha fam.

    I don't think I can edit my post title though :(

    I can. I gotcha fam.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Hong Kong leader delays extradition bill "indefinitely" amid protest pressure in ~news

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    I was ready to be ecstatic, but after reading, 'indefinitely' sounds temporary as fuck. I hope the citizens can keep the pressure on when this legislation comes back.

    I was ready to be ecstatic, but after reading, 'indefinitely' sounds temporary as fuck. I hope the citizens can keep the pressure on when this legislation comes back.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on ThinkGeek is shutting down in ~misc

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    At 50% off I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that anything good is already sold out. Looks like they've changed a fair bit since my last visit... oh ages ago.

    At 50% off I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that anything good is already sold out.

    Looks like they've changed a fair bit since my last visit... oh ages ago.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia in ~science

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    I can't find a single source anywhere that suggests your numbers are accurate. Every single one cites 40cm. Your arbitrary line in the fur isn't worth very much compared. Give me a source, find me...

    I can't find a single source anywhere that suggests your numbers are accurate. Every single one cites 40cm. Your arbitrary line in the fur isn't worth very much compared. Give me a source, find me a paper. Just because you decided that's where the head ends does not make it so.

  7. Comment on Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia in ~science

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    You didn't click on the WaPo link at all. Here is a direct link to the image. It is a different picture than in the Siberian Times. It's as aligned as you can get without living in orthographic space.

    You didn't click on the WaPo link at all. Here is a direct link to the image. It is a different picture than in the Siberian Times. It's as aligned as you can get without living in orthographic space.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia in ~science

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    Washington Post chose it, and their photo clearly shows the 40cm measurement to be accurate. The Siberian Times is not a scientific journal.

    Washington Post chose it, and their photo clearly shows the 40cm measurement to be accurate.

    The Siberian Times is not a scientific journal.

  9. Comment on How do you wake yourself up in the mornings? in ~talk

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    I wear a Fitbit near constantly, and its alarm function is very nice for waking up softly. I still set backup alarms on my phone just in case, but the gentle buzzing on my wrist is a peaceful way...

    I wear a Fitbit near constantly, and its alarm function is very nice for waking up softly. I still set backup alarms on my phone just in case, but the gentle buzzing on my wrist is a peaceful way to wake up.
    Starting hydrated makes it difficult to stay in bed for long once waken as well, nature calls to us all.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    I've lived in DC. I've lived in the woods. I know exactly what either kind of life entails. I can drive for an hour and I'm in the mountains. I often visit friends who live deep within Appalachia....

    I've lived in DC. I've lived in the woods. I know exactly what either kind of life entails. I can drive for an hour and I'm in the mountains. I often visit friends who live deep within Appalachia. I'm not tired of city life.

    I worked with a guy once, owned a respectably large property. He grew food, raised chickens & pigs. Had a residential solar farm, battery banks, drove a Tesla. Had a well, and a rain-catcher. Baked his own bread, brewed his own beer.

    That's what I want.

    The rich & powerful will allow the world to burn before they give up either, and the future does not look bright. Not if you know all the things that I know, but let's not fight about that. All I want is a life I have control over, at least as much I can ask for without the whole reformation of society. But I wouldn't mind that either.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on 12 white male officers sue San Francisco police for race, sex bias in ~news

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    I think it might be Diversity & Inclusion.

    I think it might be Diversity & Inclusion.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    Sweet dopamine~ I actually decided I hated the change. The lack of visible votes had me voting on comments less than I otherwise might have been, and I find myself in agreement with @alyaza and...

    Sweet dopamine~

    I actually decided I hated the change. The lack of visible votes had me voting on comments less than I otherwise might have been, and I find myself in agreement with @alyaza and their top comment on the thread announcing the experiment.

    20 votes
  13. Comment on Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia in ~science

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    Principle of Charity. The Washington Post version of this story (with better picture) cites the length of the head to be 15.7 inches long (39.88cm), and the head of a grey wolf to be between...

    Why would you be selective when the article isn't?

    Principle of Charity.

    The Washington Post version of this story (with better picture) cites the length of the head to be 15.7 inches long (39.88cm), and the head of a grey wolf to be between 9.1–11 inches. That's 43–73% larger.

    Working with 105–160cm for the length of a wolf, the head ranges 23–28cm and the tail 29–50cm. If we subtract head and tail from length, we get a range of 53–82cm, which is reasonably close to the body length cited in this post. Considering that the Siberian Times is a Russian site commenting on the work of Japanese scientists, it's reasonable to assume that nuance has not been appropriately translated, and our interpretation of their article is affected by this. I don't see a reason to assume journalistic malpractice when a more charitable interpretation is present.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Updates to "Activity" sorting method (the site's default) in ~tildes.official

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    The ability to self-label a comment might be nice. Give a user access to only Off-Topic, Joke, or Noise, give it full power, and you have a 'sage' function that's opt-in.

    The ability to self-label a comment might be nice. Give a user access to only Off-Topic, Joke, or Noise, give it full power, and you have a 'sage' function that's opt-in.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077's E3 demo has weak gunplay and unimaginative stereotypes in ~games

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    We're not, though. CP2077 isn't a prediction of our future, it's set about 50 years after the end of the pen & paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. It's set in a dystopian city, in a United States where the...

    and, if we're trying to be faithful to how things would likely be by 2077,

    We're not, though. CP2077 isn't a prediction of our future, it's set about 50 years after the end of the pen & paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. It's set in a dystopian city, in a United States where the government has become reliant on megacorporations after a massive socio-economic collapse. By this time in the world of Cyberpunk, there have been already Three Corporate Wars, and the fourth one will start in a few years and end with a nuclear detonation.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077's E3 demo has weak gunplay and unimaginative stereotypes in ~games

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    Considering that Mike Pondsmith, creator of Cyberpunk 2020, is an African American and worked closely with CRPR on the world and lore of CP2077, I find myself not all that concerned about it. If...

    Considering that Mike Pondsmith, creator of Cyberpunk 2020, is an African American and worked closely with CRPR on the world and lore of CP2077, I find myself not all that concerned about it. If the entire game categorically mischaracterized black people or played foul with his world, I trust that he'd speak up about that.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind: ‘All of a Sudden the Money Stops Flowing’ in ~misc

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    It's probably both. If you have a college education, then you're likely to have debt along with dreams of working in your field. Outside of major cities, then broadly speaking you're probably not...

    It's probably both.

    If you have a college education, then you're likely to have debt along with dreams of working in your field. Outside of major cities, then broadly speaking you're probably not going to find what you're looking for. Southern States have much smaller economies on a good day, and you might be lucky to find a relevant position even in your capital. On top of that, cities in the South are much smaller than those in the Northeast or the West Coast. Cities are often more Blue than Red regardless of where you are geographically, but if the GOP controls your state at that level that's surely an amplifying reason to find a city somewhere a little more.. sane.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia in ~science

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    Subspecies of Canis lupus are not necessarily that large, Arctic Wolves (Canis lupus arctos) for example are much smaller in comparison. If one is using a measurement including tail, and another...

    Subspecies of Canis lupus are not necessarily that large, Arctic Wolves (Canis lupus arctos) for example are much smaller in comparison. If one is using a measurement including tail, and another is not, that could be a source of the disparity as well.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    They do, but my resume is ill-suited for it. My experience more on the high-level side of things, and isn't really applicable anything outside of what I'm already doing. Therein lies my problem,...

    They do, but my resume is ill-suited for it. My experience more on the high-level side of things, and isn't really applicable anything outside of what I'm already doing. Therein lies my problem, and why I'd like to go back to university.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    I'm a hippie who works for the government. I just want to have a bohemian time with all my hippie friends and grow food on a homestead in the middle of the woods. But I stumbled my way to where I...

    I'm a hippie who works for the government.
    I just want to have a bohemian time with all my hippie friends and grow food on a homestead in the middle of the woods. But I stumbled my way to where I am today, and I have this psychological thing where I need to know how things are being run and a fear that somebody less ethical would be in my place if I left.
    I'm not a very happy person, and I don't really do anything to address it. I have plans though. I anticipate an economic recession in the near-term, and the housing market might get hit along the way. If I can get myself out of debt, build up enough of a savings with this overseas job, there's a good chance I'll be poised to take advantage of the situation when it happens. Buy a house, invest in some stocks before prices recover, that kind of thing. Then I'd like to go back to school. My chemistry background is nice, but that's not going to be gainful employment unless I go for my PhD and I don't enjoy it that much. I've been toying with programs like Mathematics, or Neuroscience. Ideally I'd love to be the kind of person who goes to university and just never leaves, but in a country with prohibitively expensive education (I dream of free tuition legislation) I can settle for having the qualifications to help make the world a better place outside of government.

    18 votes