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  1. Comment on NBA Postseason Discussion in ~sports

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    As a Sixers fan man, I'm so sad to not see Dario and Cov putting up the numbers they used to. Wolves are one of those teams that I really want to see succeed in the future

    As a Sixers fan man, I'm so sad to not see Dario and Cov putting up the numbers they used to. Wolves are one of those teams that I really want to see succeed in the future

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

  3. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

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    I've got quite a few hobbies, some of which others have mentioned but: 1. Tea - I love brewing loose leaf tea and probably have had about a cup a day for the past 11 years or so. I've also worked...

    I've got quite a few hobbies, some of which others have mentioned but:

    1. Tea - I love brewing loose leaf tea and probably have had about a cup a day for the past 11 years or so. I've also worked a bit behind the scenes at a tea supplier so I have a rich knowledge about taxonomies, supply chain, and many other random tidbits.

    2. Magic: The Gathering - I suck at it, but mainly just make modern decks at home and play against myself, most of them budget builds. On very rare occasion my friends will want to play EDH, so I have a few decks made for that, too. Along with MTG, I also play D&D and dozens and dozens of different board games!

    3. Music! - From listening to records that were given to me by my parents or found at flea markets to organizing over 200GB of music in Winamp, I love SO many different genres of music, learning about the history of the music, and really delving into artists when I find them.

    4. Piano - I'm almost entirely self taught and have been playing on and off for ~12 years. The beauty of teaching myself is that I get to play what I want and the music that makes me happy! But the downside is that I really have to be on the ball if I want to progress, which comes very very slowly haha.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

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    Where do I find one of these 'fix up old electronics!' places around me? I've got a few things (Ipod classic, old stereo receiver, etc.) that I'd love to try to revive and not have to throw away

    Where do I find one of these 'fix up old electronics!' places around me? I've got a few things (Ipod classic, old stereo receiver, etc.) that I'd love to try to revive and not have to throw away

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

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    I'd love to see a pic of your glass collection -- that sounds so cool!

    I'd love to see a pic of your glass collection -- that sounds so cool!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite verses in music? in ~music

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    It's only about a verse long, but the intro track, Be - Common gives me chills, every time. and

    It's only about a verse long, but the intro track, Be - Common gives me chills, every time.

    Bush pushing lies, killers immortalized
    We got arms but won't reach for the skies
    Waiting for the Lord to rise
    I look into my daughter's eyes
    And realize I'ma learn through her
    The Messiah, might even return through her
    If I'ma do it, I gotta change the world through her

    and

    Explored the world to return to where my soul begun
    Never looking back or too far in front of me
    The present is a gift, and I just wanna be

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I just finished reading Murakami's Killing Commendatore. If you've ever read any books by Murakami, you'd know it's his thing to reference various music (classic rock, jazz, and classical)...

    I just finished reading Murakami's Killing Commendatore. If you've ever read any books by Murakami, you'd know it's his thing to reference various music (classic rock, jazz, and classical) throughout.

    From it, I've been listening to a bit of Strauss:
    Der Rosenkavalier Suite played by the BBC Proms 2012
    Oboe Concerto in D Maj.

    And not featured in Murakami, but I've just recently discovered Heino Eller, who I'm blown away by:
    Violin Concerto

  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    C#A# Infinity is a must listen album, if you haven't already heard it

    C#A# Infinity is a must listen album, if you haven't already heard it

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    How's it compare to their earlier works??

    How's it compare to their earlier works??

  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Come on Feel the Illnoise is one of my favorite albums of all times. So many emotional memories attached to it. I've gotta give it another listen soon now, thanks for the reminder!

    Come on Feel the Illnoise is one of my favorite albums of all times. So many emotional memories attached to it. I've gotta give it another listen soon now, thanks for the reminder!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    I don't know the first three! Any suggestions of what to read? And my pleasure to ask!

    I don't know the first three! Any suggestions of what to read?

    And my pleasure to ask!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    You're trapped on a desert island with 3 poets, alive or dead, for 9 months; who do you choose and why?

    You're trapped on a desert island with 3 poets, alive or dead, for 9 months; who do you choose and why?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    Listening now -- really digging it a lot! Thanks for the suggestion

    Listening now -- really digging it a lot! Thanks for the suggestion

  14. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    I don't know if 'expert' is really the correct term in my case since I'm always finding that there's more to learn, but I can wax poetic for several hours/days about three things: Tea Jazz and the...

    I don't know if 'expert' is really the correct term in my case since I'm always finding that there's more to learn, but I can wax poetic for several hours/days about three things:

    1. Tea
    2. Jazz and the history of it (just not much about theory, sadly. Still learning!)
    3. Frederic Chopin and the history of many of his compositions
    2 votes
  15. Comment on Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun in ~misc

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    I've seen adverts for it in Philly for probably the past 5 years. I always thought it was just some weird traditional dance thing... didn't expect a cult. That said, I feel like there's a lot of...

    I've seen adverts for it in Philly for probably the past 5 years. I always thought it was just some weird traditional dance thing... didn't expect a cult.

    That said, I feel like there's a lot of sunk-cost fallacy going on at the end of the story with all the applause. People probably liked the theater of the performance and didn't get/disregarded the propoganda parts and were left clapping. There's probably some conformity going on there too, like someone thinking, 'wtf did I just watch, is this normal?' then seeing everyone else clap just makes them believe that it was normal so they clap too. I wouldn't be surprised it there were people intentionally planted in the audience for that reason.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

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    Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans Trio

    Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans Trio

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What anime, old or new, did you not expect to enjoy, but now highly recommend? in ~anime

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    HA! This is an anime I've been putting off for close to a decade now. I HAVE all the files to watch it, I just haven't done it yet. Maybe I will soon!

    HA! This is an anime I've been putting off for close to a decade now. I HAVE all the files to watch it, I just haven't done it yet.

    Maybe I will soon!

    1 vote
  18. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    I haven't read the manga, but I've seen it a small number of times and I'd say it is absolutely worth watching

    I haven't read the manga, but I've seen it a small number of times and I'd say it is absolutely worth watching

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    OH MAN that sounds insane. I fucking love it. Next time I play I'll say to my group we need to have a toast for your past public health experts that failed in their duties.

    OH MAN that sounds insane. I fucking love it.

    Next time I play I'll say to my group we need to have a toast for your past public health experts that failed in their duties.