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  1. Comment on Remembering the Forgotten Chinese Railroad Workers in ~humanities

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    As a Chinese-Canadian, this was really interesting to read. There's always been so little information on this part of history. I remember basically learning about a start and end date here and...

    As a Chinese-Canadian, this was really interesting to read. There's always been so little information on this part of history. I remember basically learning about a start and end date here and there from school, and honestly a very white perspective, such as on how the Canadian government brought over Chinese workers compared to why and how they came.

    Anyways, good read thanks for sharing.

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  2. Comment on What purpose does Tildes serve that Reddit does not? in ~tildes

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    The main difference to me is the community and quality of content. I generally lurk on Reddit for content that is easy and quick to consume, such as cute kitty pics and funny comics. Perhaps...

    The main difference to me is the community and quality of content. I generally lurk on Reddit for content that is easy and quick to consume, such as cute kitty pics and funny comics. Perhaps because I've been on Tildes near the beginning, I find the community here much easier to engage with, so content and leading discussions are generally more in-depth and thoughtful. Not that you can't find that level on Reddit, but more that it's not necessarily what I would look for there. Also, Tildes is Canadian, and there's a subtle difference from Reddit, though it seems most members are American on both.

    Edit to add:. I can't believe I forgot to include that Tildes is ad-free!

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  3. Comment on Let's talk about musicals! in ~talk

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    Come from away was the last one I saw and I loved it too! It was one of the few I went in not really knowing anything about it, and it honestly just blew me away. I was so sad I wasn't able to buy...

    Come from away was the last one I saw and I loved it too! It was one of the few I went in not really knowing anything about it, and it honestly just blew me away. I was so sad I wasn't able to buy its CD the night of so I could listen to it on my way home. (UPS lost a box apparently so they didn't have a lot of their merchandise available).

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  4. Comment on Let's talk about musicals! in ~talk

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    I wouldn't skip past Redmayne's Empty chairs at empty table or Bark's On my own. :P

    I wouldn't skip past Redmayne's Empty chairs at empty table or Bark's On my own. :P

  5. Comment on Do you collect questions? What are some questions on your list? in ~talk

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    May not be a whole new species (though I find that line more interesting to think about no matter how remote a possibility). Maybe we'll just end up almost extinct, loose our place for a bit as...

    May not be a whole new species (though I find that line more interesting to think about no matter how remote a possibility). Maybe we'll just end up almost extinct, loose our place for a bit as the dominant species, forget just enough to have to restart completely. Ten thousand years or so would probably be enough.

    Thanks for the read, it was neat!

  6. Comment on Do you collect questions? What are some questions on your list? in ~talk

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    Yeah almost guaranteed. But I do wonder if there's some way a fluke could be preserved and found.

    Yeah almost guaranteed. But I do wonder if there's some way a fluke could be preserved and found.

  7. Comment on Do you collect questions? What are some questions on your list? in ~talk

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    Interesting question! Can't say I collect them, but here's a few I find myself thinking about every now and then: Which is more immortal - being able to just transfer your memories into a new...

    Interesting question!

    Can't say I collect them, but here's a few I find myself thinking about every now and then:

    • Which is more immortal - being able to just transfer your memories into a new clone when you die (just memories, so they know everything you know as if reading a transcript of your life, not as if they experienced it), or you get brought back to life each time you die, but without your memories (but with feelings and impressions or instincts intact)?
    • When the human race is completely extinct and a new dominant, intelligent life evolves to fill our niche, how will we look in the fossil records? Will they be digging up random harddrives that someone tossed in a safety deposit box? Will they figure out how to read it?
    • When climate change issues can no longer be ignore, will we adjust in the cities by trying to grow as much plants (grass and edibles) to replace as much concrete as possible to cool and regulate the air temp? If that happens, will concrete driveways be seen as quaint the way some old cottage / country designs are now?
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  8. Comment on Let's talk about musicals! in ~talk

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    I don't even want to remember how much we paid for our Hamilton...But Hamilton will be touring in my hometown next year, so super excited about that.

    I don't even want to remember how much we paid for our Hamilton...But Hamilton will be touring in my hometown next year, so super excited about that.

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  9. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    It would be so amazing if they did that here. I've literally sat next to my door waiting for deliveries just to get a failed attempt update on my phone and then find a note. Generally the only...

    It would be so amazing if they did that here. I've literally sat next to my door waiting for deliveries just to get a failed attempt update on my phone and then find a note.

    Generally the only time I've gotten a call is if you've requested it (and they have time) or if you've made an effort to know the person on your route and they happen to be nice.

  10. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    DHL or any other package deliver service will not call you out of the blue about failed delivery attempts. At least here in Canada they don't. If you really have a package, you'll get a note on...

    DHL or any other package deliver service will not call you out of the blue about failed delivery attempts. At least here in Canada they don't. If you really have a package, you'll get a note on your door or community box.

    And the CRA will not call you or send anyone with handcuffs to your house. Everything in Canada is done through Canada post mail.

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  11. Comment on How to start being an adult? I feel like I am falling downhill without any branch to catch me. in ~life

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    I had a hard time adjusting to university when I first moved away and what you've written echos my experience, and I've seen this happen to quite of my friends too at various stages of life -...

    I had a hard time adjusting to university when I first moved away and what you've written echos my experience, and I've seen this happen to quite of my friends too at various stages of life - going to university, during school, after graduating, looking for work, after being laid off, and so on. My point is this happens pretty commonly, so don't beat yourself up with it. Don't be too disappointed when you don't feel productive.

    What I think works:

    • Put on pants everyday! At least once a day, go outside, even if it's literally open your front door and walk ten steps out. Go get the mail or take a walk or get gas, whatever.
    • Deal with your to do lists. For me, I broken every task into tiny tiny pieces, so that I could check off lots of things. I thought this was helping, but it turned out to be overwhelming as I was always looking at a super long list. You're your own expert, so play around with a system that works for you.
    • Drink water - not kidding. When you catch yourself doing nothing, go get a glass of water and take a couple drinks.
    • Stretch - working out can sometimes feel like a lot. You sound like you're in front of a computer a lot, so shoulder, back, hip and hand stretches will probably feel good for you. Google a few (or chat with your doctor) and do them whenever you feel like it, feel stiff or feel like you're doing nothing.

    I hope the best for you. Good luck!

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  12. Comment on What have you done lately that you're proud of? in ~talk

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    I managed to donate 4.5 L of breastmilk, and I have over 2 L I still have to drop off. I'm lucky enough to have a good supply, and a mother in my birth and babies group posted a message about need...

    I managed to donate 4.5 L of breastmilk, and I have over 2 L I still have to drop off. I'm lucky enough to have a good supply, and a mother in my birth and babies group posted a message about need and Northstar Mothers Milk Bank looking for donors. So, I went through the screening and started pumping and freezing routinely.

    When I made my first drop off, I got a tour of the facility and that was pretty cool. Saw where they kept the frozen milk, where they pasteurized it and prepared it for shipment to hospitals. Saw a nice map of their drop off location, and hospitals they supply. Also learned about a few recipients and why or how they came to need donated breastmilk. They also gave a little oneies for my baby that says "Eat local".

    I've only told my immediate family about this IRL. So many mothers have such a crazy hard time and are already put under so much pressure, I felt guilty flaunting my luck...

    FYI - 4.5 L takes about a month to pump and is about 5 days worth of milk for a premature baby.

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  13. Comment on Categorically Gay: For queer people who grew up in an era when rigid identities were essential, today’s fluidity can feel like their history is washing out with the tide. in ~lgbt

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    This article really put together a lot of thoughts I've had over the years. The history is so important, but with progress it is really easy to have that fade, for better or worst. I remember...

    This article really put together a lot of thoughts I've had over the years. The history is so important, but with progress it is really easy to have that fade, for better or worst. I remember recently reading about someone thinking that accepting their friend's coming out was to basically see it as "no big deal". I had a guy I work with talk about how "protected" kids are nowadays needing "safe spaces", and I reminded him that gay marriage wasn't legal when I was in university.

    It's great that we are seeing progress, but it is definitely getting harder to express that we're not done yet.

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  14. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

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    We have those in Canada too, but it doesn't seem to stop people from leaving their carts everywhere. And if someone's already left a cart somewhere, then others will attach theirs to it and get...

    We have those in Canada too, but it doesn't seem to stop people from leaving their carts everywhere. And if someone's already left a cart somewhere, then others will attach theirs to it and get their money back without returning their cart. Strollers that require a credit card are the only ones I see returned without issue.

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  15. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

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    Interesting read. I do find a little redundancy to be pretty helpful day to day. Smartphones have been great for being a jack of all trades, but I find if I'm really serious about say taking a...

    Interesting read. I do find a little redundancy to be pretty helpful day to day. Smartphones have been great for being a jack of all trades, but I find if I'm really serious about say taking a photo, reading, gaming, or writing a cover letter, I definitely switch to a more single purpose device. (And I prefer to wear a watch).

    I also think it's great to have the redundancy in something like a phone to allow a lower price point in having tech to do certain tasks.

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  16. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

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    I love my reader, but definitely still prefer books. Ereader has greatly improved vacations for me. I use to pack a bunch of books and now I just carry my ereader. I also don't like the way books...

    All people who said that never touched or saw an ereader.

    I love my reader, but definitely still prefer books. Ereader has greatly improved vacations for me. I use to pack a bunch of books and now I just carry my ereader. I also don't like the way books are licensed on ereaders, but that might be because I have a Sony one...

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  17. Comment on Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly? in ~games.tabletop

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    Seconding 7 wonders! There's also 7 wonders duel (2 players) that's pretty good.

    Seconding 7 wonders! There's also 7 wonders duel (2 players) that's pretty good.

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  19. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

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    That's a great way to put it. It honestly bothers me so much, especially if there's literally no benefit to the person. Like, someone not returning their tray, they're lazy. I dislike it, but I...

    "people who leave places worse than they were before they arrived."

    That's a great way to put it. It honestly bothers me so much, especially if there's literally no benefit to the person. Like, someone not returning their tray, they're lazy. I dislike it, but I can see the reasoning. People who purposefully open unused butter to smear it on plates/trays/everything, so that the person cleaning up has an even harder time, why?!

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  20. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

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    As a new parent visiting family with my baby, the endless commentary. Depends on the specific comments, but I think it bothers me on two fronts - it's really close to being told to do something...

    As a new parent visiting family with my baby, the endless commentary. Depends on the specific comments, but I think it bothers me on two fronts - it's really close to being told to do something when I'm about to do it or already doing it (another peeve of mine) and rising/introducing insecurities. Thanks for telling me my baby is crying, I didn't notice him screaming in my ear. And yeah, thanks for pointing out every little possible physical flaw my child has, I was wondering if I was being paranoid about others judging him. Oh and many thanks for pointing out how spoiled my baby is with his carseat from this decade and little mitts to stop him from scratching his face raw (he has eczema). I definitely think some of the teasing is intentional to point out how "high strung" I'm being.

    I think I'll get over all of it, once I'm back home. Just one more day.

    A more day to day peeve is people making fun of me using my own reusable bags, travel mugs and such.

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