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  1. Comment on What's your aesthetic? in ~talk

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    Bill Evans playing in the background on a rainy day Like so

    Bill Evans playing in the background on a rainy day

    Like so

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Tildistas, what is your favorite poem? in ~books

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    Oh man, how to just pick one! I have no idea, so I'm going to list many that I love, then I'll put in my favorite. Invictus -- William Ernest Henley Wild Geese -- Mary Oliver Those Winter Sundays...

    Oh man, how to just pick one! I have no idea, so I'm going to list many that I love, then I'll put in my favorite.

    Invictus -- William Ernest Henley
    Wild Geese -- Mary Oliver
    Those Winter Sundays -- Robert Hayden
    The Laughing Heart -- Charles Bukowski
    Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House -- Billy Collins

    And, as a personal reminder of my mother's love for me (she passed away a year ago):
    The Paper Nautilus by Marianne Moore

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Thoughts on the NBA playoffs so far? in ~sports

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    My post didn't age well and Lowry showed up. We have a series! (shit)

    My post didn't age well and Lowry showed up. We have a series! (shit)

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Thoughts on the NBA playoffs so far? in ~sports

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    Generally have the same thoughts as you: happy for the Nuggets but don't think they're beating trailblazers and it all doesn't matter because no one is beating the Warriors.

    Generally have the same thoughts as you: happy for the Nuggets but don't think they're beating trailblazers and it all doesn't matter because no one is beating the Warriors.

  5. Comment on Thoughts on the NBA playoffs so far? in ~sports

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    I agree that the Bucks probably have the best depth to compete against the Warriors-- a lot of unbearable 'Celtics in 5!' fans are magically silent now and kind of see that they're not favored...

    I agree that the Bucks probably have the best depth to compete against the Warriors-- a lot of unbearable 'Celtics in 5!' fans are magically silent now and kind of see that they're not favored there.
    Sixers have a good starting five, but a terrible bench. Raptors outside of Kawhi just aren't showing they're up to snuff either and I think the Sixers are really exposing that. As a Sixers fan, if we can beat the Raptors I think we'll have beat expectations.

  6. Comment on Thoughts on the NBA playoffs so far? in ~sports

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    I second that. I didn't think Houston would be folding this much to the Warriors, but I think that speaks more to just how good the Warriors are moreso than Houston is bad or anything like that.

    I second that. I didn't think Houston would be folding this much to the Warriors, but I think that speaks more to just how good the Warriors are moreso than Houston is bad or anything like that.

  7. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________. in ~books

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    ATSS is one of my wife's favorite books. I'm not sure if it fits the bill completely, but she also very much liked The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

    ATSS is one of my wife's favorite books. I'm not sure if it fits the bill completely, but she also very much liked The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________. in ~books

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    Kafka on the Shore was my Murakami entry point and is the book that made me fall in love with Murakami. I'd also suggest Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World as another one that can be...

    Kafka on the Shore was my Murakami entry point and is the book that made me fall in love with Murakami. I'd also suggest Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World as another one that can be accessible.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________. in ~books

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    Depends on your definition of 'Recent' but if you've never read Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins then you're doing yourself a disservice.

    Depends on your definition of 'Recent' but if you've never read Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins then you're doing yourself a disservice.

    3 votes
  10. 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
  11. Comment on What are your hobbies? And how do you get into them? in ~hobbies

  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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

  17. 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
  18. 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??