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  1. Comment on Food suggestions, dieting help in ~health

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    Some resources that I found useful in overcoming some bad habits and addictions are Atomic Habits / Tiny Habits and SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is more focused on eating disorders and other...

    I'm trying to change some nasty habits at the moment. My year's theme is self control, and beating addictions is a large part of it.

    Some resources that I found useful in overcoming some bad habits and addictions are Atomic Habits / Tiny Habits and SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is more focused on eating disorders and other addictions than on dieting / overeating, but I reckon the tools used to overcome the former are also useful to deal with the latter. They were in my case, at least, when dealing with bad soda-drinking and social media habits.

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  2. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    I am interested in Hue Nobodies: Murder Cleaner Pocket Kingdom Absolute Drift Mad Experiments: Escape Room Thanks again for doing these, it's very generous of you. Happy New Year!

    I am interested in

    • Hue
    • Nobodies: Murder Cleaner
    • Pocket Kingdom
    • Absolute Drift
    • Mad Experiments: Escape Room

    Thanks again for doing these, it's very generous of you. Happy New Year!

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  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Ato: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1096180/Ato/ Really enjoying this game. It's a metroidvania with a peaceful atmosphere, lots of platformer puzzles, plenty of exploration, and minimal...

    Ato: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1096180/Ato/

    Really enjoying this game. It's a metroidvania with a peaceful atmosphere, lots of platformer puzzles, plenty of exploration, and minimal combat with almost no fighting between the bosses (it might be none at lower difficulties, I'm not sure). I've been drawn to boss-only games ever since playing Shadow of the Colossus, so it's nice to see a metroidvania given the same treatment.

    I also really like how short it is for a metroidvania. I've played 13 hours in 3 days, beat the game, and am just spending a bit more time exploring the rest of the map and grabbing whatever achievements I can without starting over from a new save. Compared to Hollow Knight where I have 86 hours total logged and had to take a break halfway through due to burnout. Don't get me wrong, I love Hollow Knight as it's a great game, but I also really appreciate the simplicity and approachability of Ato.

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  4. Comment on Steam Winter Sale recommendations in ~games

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    The steam description says this game is a "roguehate", do you know what that means? It also says it's a shooter. Is it a twin-stick shooter or do you just shoot where your character is facing? I...

    JYDGE

    The steam description says this game is a "roguehate", do you know what that means?

    It also says it's a shooter. Is it a twin-stick shooter or do you just shoot where your character is facing? I can never seem to wrap my head around twin stick controls.

    Thanks for your description of this game btw, the steam description does a poor job of explaining why one might want to play it IMO.

    EDIT: I googled for answers to my questions. In case anyone else was wondering:

    It is a twin stick shooter.

    I found a steam thread where the devs clarified what they meant by "roguehate":

    We're indeed trying to make it clear how this is different from Neon Chrome as that's what people asked us a lot when we started working on this. But yeah, hand crafted vs random generated levels is one of the big differentiators here. Roguehate is just something we found funny because of the double meaning (JYDGE really hating rogues). We're not exactly marketing geniuses :D

    https://steamcommunity.com/app/654050/discussions/0/1496741765147630966/#c1520386297688285127

    Thanks again for the recs! Although I won't be trying this particular one out, I added a lot of the other games you mentioned to my wishlist and am working my way through the reddit thread you linked as well.

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  5. Comment on Steam Winter Sale recommendations in ~games

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    Just going through my library, these are some great games that I think are pretty well-known and worth picking up if they're up your alley regardless of whether or not they're on sale (seems like...

    Just going through my library, these are some great games that I think are pretty well-known and worth picking up if they're up your alley regardless of whether or not they're on sale (seems like almost everything is, I stopped checking after a few games as it quickly became tedious):

    • FTL
    • Into the Breach
    • Slime Rancher
    • Spiritfarer
    • Slay the Spire
    • Bioshock Infinite
    • Cave Story+
    • Hollow Knight
    • Terraria
    • Valheim (if you have a friend to play with)
    • Portal & Portal 2

    Here some other games I thought were really cool or at least memorable for one reason or another. I think they're not as well known as the ones above although I'm probably not a great judge of that:

    • Merchant of the Skies
    • DemonCrawl
    • Steredenn (if you have a friend to play with)
    • Curious Expedition
    • Kingdom: Two Crowns
    • OneShot (do not play in fullscreen mode)
    • Life Goes On
    • shapez.io (there is a free web version you can try before buying)
    • A Short Hike
    3 votes
  6. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    I have some unclaimed keys from the Ukraine bundle. One per person, first come, first served. Steam Games claimed claimed claimed Skullgirls 2nd Encore Pikuniku Delta V: Rings of Saturn Slinger VR...

    I have some unclaimed keys from the Ukraine bundle. One per person, first come, first served.

    Steam Games
    • Slay the Spire claimed
    • The Long Dark claimed
    • Kerbal Space Program claimed
    • Skullgirls 2nd Encore
    • Pikuniku
    • Delta V: Rings of Saturn
    • Slinger VR
    • Telefrag VR
    GOG Games
    • Liberated
    • Wanderlust: Travel Stories

    Happy holidays!

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  7. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    Awesome, that game looks right up my alley. TYSM! BTW how do you look at steam review scores? I've only ever seen reviews listed as "Mostly Positive", "Overwhemingly Positive", etc.

    Awesome, that game looks right up my alley. TYSM!

    BTW how do you look at steam review scores? I've only ever seen reviews listed as "Mostly Positive", "Overwhemingly Positive", etc.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2022 in ~games

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    Kingdom: New Lands 7 Thank you so much for doing this! I appreciate it

    Kingdom: New Lands

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    Thank you so much for doing this! I appreciate it

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  9. Comment on The elements of change: A grand unified theory of self-help in ~science

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    The title is a bit weird but I've found the links and googleable keywords in the article useful in exploring different self-improvement ideas that are at least somewhat backed by behavioral...

    Every few years a new productivity technique emerges as the one true method to rule them all. But a better model is one that sees them all as pieces of a greater puzzle. As elements with unique characteristics and applications, they’re like building blocks that can be stacked and strung together.

    The title is a bit weird but I've found the links and googleable keywords in the article useful in exploring different self-improvement ideas that are at least somewhat backed by behavioral science and other such fields.

    I happened across the article by way of this reddit thread, which I also thought was interesting. In one comment the author mentions:

    Most [self-help] books are quite one note. Tiny Habits, Grit, Mindset, Mindfulness, etc.

    This is something I've long felt and commented on elsewhere before. Most self-help books have about a blog post's worth of content expanded to fill a book's worth of pages by endlessly reiterating its talking points, and by going over example after example. After reading many such books I've found that looking around for a review that explains a book's main concepts is a good way to avoid wasting my time, money, and shelf space on such books.

    Of all the books I've read to try to better myself, there are only three where I felt the author made every word count: Time Management for Systems Administrators, The Phoenix Project, and Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. But those aren't exactly self-help books, and they're not aimed at a general audience -- I found them useful because of the particulars of my own life journey.

    Anyway, I'm curious what other people's experiences are with trying to better oneself through reading.

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  10. Comment on Help me find vehicle customization video games in ~games

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    Are you looking specifically for mechs and combat, or just any game with customizable vehicles? Maybe not quite what you're looking for, but you could build all kinds of flying machines in...

    Are you looking specifically for mechs and combat, or just any game with customizable vehicles?

    Maybe not quite what you're looking for, but you could build all kinds of flying machines in 'Besiege' last time I played it: https://store.steampowered.com/app/346010/Besiege/

    It was a puzzle game though, you didn't fight with the vehicles and you could build other non-vehicle contraptions. As a challenge you can try to beat every puzzle with a flying machine though, I did that once and it's pretty fun.

    'Airships' might be worth checking out too, I've had it in my library for a while but haven't gotten around to trying it out yet: https://store.steampowered.com/app/342560/Airships_Conquer_the_Skies/

    Another one I haven't tried is 'Scrap Mechanic': https://store.steampowered.com/app/387990/Scrap_Mechanic/

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  11. Comment on [Rant] The Great Wall Of Text #1 in ~talk

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    I haven't, I'll look into it. Thanks! It's interesting that your friend did that for the FAA. A friend of mine has been working on getting a noncommercial pilot's license (or something like that,...

    I haven't, I'll look into it. Thanks!

    It's interesting that your friend did that for the FAA. A friend of mine has been working on getting a noncommercial pilot's license (or something like that, not sure what it's called) and he's been talking about how good their documentation is a lot lately.

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  12. Comment on [Rant] The Great Wall Of Text #1 in ~talk

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    I feel you. Just speaking personally as a sysadmin, I put up a professional blog some years back, wrote a couple articles, and quickly realized that there is not much I have to say. I've put up...

    I feel you. Just speaking personally as a sysadmin, I put up a professional blog some years back, wrote a couple articles, and quickly realized that there is not much I have to say. I've put up maybe one or two posts since then showing how I solved a problem in a new-ish way, but beyond that I don't really see the point in writing a blog. So I don't perceive a lack of new articles on my blog as writer's block, it's simply that I have nothing new to share.

    But that's just me, I get my writing fix elsewhere. I have some open source personal projects with documentation that could always use improvement, and then there's the internal documentation I create for the company I work for. I write that documentation because I want to be able to refer back to it, or refer others to it. And also because I genuinely (and weirdly) enjoy writing documentation.

    Maybe you could consider writing in some other, non-blog format?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What's a game that you wish you could play again for the first time? Why? in ~games

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    Slime Rancher. It's so cheerful and fun, I wish it was more replayable. The dopamine high that game gave me left me with an itch that couldn't be scratched once I finished my ranch and got all the...

    Slime Rancher. It's so cheerful and fun, I wish it was more replayable. The dopamine high that game gave me left me with an itch that couldn't be scratched once I finished my ranch and got all the achievements. It was almost low-key scary the sense of loss I had for a few days after I had done everything and knew I couldn't ever play the game the same way again.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Suggestions for wholesome alternatives to doomscrolling? in ~life

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    Not sure what country you're in but as someone in the U.S., I've found The Flip Side to be a good way of staying informed with minimal effort. https://www.theflipside.io/

    Not sure what country you're in but as someone in the U.S., I've found The Flip Side to be a good way of staying informed with minimal effort. https://www.theflipside.io/

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Is anyone else receiving a staggering amount of spam calls recently? in ~tech

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    Not super recently but in the past few years, yes. It got me to finally put my number on the do-not-call list, which didn't help much, but I'm glad I did it anyway. It also got me into the habit...

    Not super recently but in the past few years, yes. It got me to finally put my number on the do-not-call list, which didn't help much, but I'm glad I did it anyway.

    It also got me into the habit of screening my calls, which helped a ton. Not only did it make the spam calls not-a-problem, but it also made me realize that it was low-key unhealthy the way I would instinctively answer regardless of who was on the other end. Whereas before I might let myself be pulled into a stressful conversation with certain family members or coworkers, now I take a second, decide whether I really need to answer this call right now, and usually let it go to voicemail. Oftentimes the other party sorts out their nonsense themselves before I have a chance to call them back, but if not, I return their call at a time of my choosing when I am more mentally prepared to deal with them.

    So although the spam calls suck, I was able to find a silver lining in that turd-raining shitcloud, and they mostly just don't bother me anymore.

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  16. Comment on Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the UN) in ~news

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    I love how intuitive doing this with the Compose key is on Linux, and wish it was a feature baked into other OSes. I just did a quick search and it looks like there's an implementation for...

    I love how intuitive doing this with the Compose key is on Linux, and wish it was a feature baked into other OSes. I just did a quick search and it looks like there's an implementation for windows: https://github.com/SamHocevar/wincompose

    The way it works is, you set up a Compose key (mine is Right Alt) and then you can type it followed by several other characters to get a character that's not on your keyboard. For example, Compose followed by u then " gives me ü.

    a + ' = á

    o + A = Å

    c + , = ç

    R + O = ®

    c + | = ¢

    L + - = £

    C + = = €

    - + - + - = —

    Usually you can just guess which keys to type by the shape of the letter you're trying to make.

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  17. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I wrote a rofi datepicker. It's a tool that seems kind of obvious, and it's something I've been wanting for a while, but after some searching I hadn't quite found what I'm looking for, so I wrote...

    I wrote a rofi datepicker. It's a tool that seems kind of obvious, and it's something I've been wanting for a while, but after some searching I hadn't quite found what I'm looking for, so I wrote it myself.

    There are other rofi calendars, but AFAICT from their documentation they are mostly meant to just view the months in a calendar and don't have datepicking functionality.

    There is one rofi project called naivecalendar I'm aware of that has date-picking functionality, but it's a full-blown scheduling application with some kind of extra styling system built on top of rofi's themes, which is more complexity than I want in a datepicker.

    There is also the dialog --calendar widget which I've been using up until now, but as a TUI it looks kinda ugly and out of place alongside i3/rofi/blezz.

    Writing this was a good excuse to learn rofi's script mode, which is something I had been wanting to do anyway. So it's been a fun couple of days refining this tool.

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  18. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on a simple, line-oriented, cli templating utility: https://github.com/dmbuce/sempl

    I've been working on a simple, line-oriented, cli templating utility: https://github.com/dmbuce/sempl

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    @admicos' comment reminded me that I have a couple xmacro companion scripts that lack documentation, so I spent some time documenting them today: https://github.com/DMBuce/macro I should probably...

    @admicos' comment reminded me that I have a couple xmacro companion scripts that lack documentation, so I spent some time documenting them today: https://github.com/DMBuce/macro

    I should probably add a proper config file to the project, but that's a task for a rainy day.

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