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  1. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    I teared up watching The Truman Show. Probably because of identification with Truman.

    I teared up watching The Truman Show. Probably because of identification with Truman.

  2. Comment on What's something amazing that many people take for granted? in ~talk

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    The fact that the human brain and body contain both a rational engine of calculation and logical thought as well as a highly emotive and imaginative engine of impulse and animalistic reflex under...

    The fact that the human brain and body contain both a rational engine of calculation and logical thought as well as a highly emotive and imaginative engine of impulse and animalistic reflex under the same physical cover, so to speak.

    The fact that these at first blush contradictory systems coexist under the guise of a singular personhood gives rise to the greatest and the worst in human endeavor. Yet this highly evident situation is typically masked to the point where it's existence is typically denied on the part of our "selves" while obvious in others.

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  3. Comment on What technology is going to "come home" in the future? in ~talk

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    It may take a McDonalds behemoth to sell at a loss for a few years. Amazon could swing it if they wanted to.

    It may take a McDonalds behemoth to sell at a loss for a few years. Amazon could swing it if they wanted to.

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

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    Art of Noise. I'm noticing a synth wave growing and this is my favorite 80's group. In No Sense? Nonsense! is a classic.

    Art of Noise. I'm noticing a synth wave growing and this is my favorite 80's group. In No Sense? Nonsense! is a classic.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Black intimacy at the card table in ~life

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    Do you think an algorithm comes up with these titles?

    Do you think an algorithm comes up with these titles?

  6. Comment on What technology is going to "come home" in the future? in ~talk

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    Something tells me people will accept anything that's subpar taste with enough corn syrup and salt and oil. Give them time and make it pretty.

    Something tells me people will accept anything that's subpar taste with enough corn syrup and salt and oil. Give them time and make it pretty.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What technology is going to "come home" in the future? in ~talk

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    This is a really good idea, is anyone pursuing the area of new physical sports like this?

    This is a really good idea, is anyone pursuing the area of new physical sports like this?

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

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    Picked up an oldWillie Nelson album today. Mainly to hear Kimmie Rhodes sing with him on a couple of songs. She's sort of an acquired taste, but then everyone I listen to is an acquired taste.

    Picked up an oldWillie Nelson album today. Mainly to hear Kimmie Rhodes sing with him on a couple of songs. She's sort of an acquired taste, but then everyone I listen to is an acquired taste.

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  9. Comment on Do you prefer to hand-pick the music you listen to, or rely on curators/algorithms to decide? in ~music

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    Since I have very eclectic tastes, I've come to rely on my curated lists.

    Since I have very eclectic tastes, I've come to rely on my curated lists.

  10. Comment on The hard truth of poker — and life: You’re never ‘due’ for good cards in ~humanities

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    Do you think that given the popularity of videogames this warping of percentages from real world could have behavioral effects on people when they move to real-life probability assessment?

    Do you think that given the popularity of videogames this warping of percentages from real world could have behavioral effects on people when they move to real-life probability assessment?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Just a little personal perspective. My place of work is attempting to open without adding to COVID cases. The problem I'm having and I think others are having is the visitors themselves. The great...

    Just a little personal perspective. My place of work is attempting to open without adding to COVID cases. The problem I'm having and I think others are having is the visitors themselves. The great divide that seems to exist in the United States is resulting in two philosophical groups at odds with each other, with businesses caught in between.

    We're definitely on the verge of having to permanently close if tomorrow's trial opening proves disruptive. We're requiring masks of all customers and other rules need to be followed. I've been told by people in other cities that this compliance simply will not happen. If this is the case then I'm almost certain we'll close, maybe for good.

    Personally I find both sides of this philosophical split to blame, because cooperation is required for an open, democratic society to work. Whether we close or not is of small consequence compared to the long term consequences of non-cooperation for our nation.

    11 votes
  12. Comment on 'Foundation' — Teaser in ~tv

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    Regarding a single protagonist and foreshadowing, you almost make me wish there was a true JarJar Binks character in the earlier part, because I'm of the opinion George Lucas was borrowing from...

    Regarding a single protagonist and foreshadowing, you almost make me wish there was a true JarJar Binks character in the earlier part, because I'm of the opinion George Lucas was borrowing from Asimov and the Foundation Series when he wrote Episode One.

  13. Comment on The hard truth of poker — and life: You’re never ‘due’ for good cards in ~humanities

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    And then there's this tidbit of knowledge about video games (NOT rolling actual dice):

    And then there's this tidbit of knowledge about video games (NOT rolling actual dice):

    Frank Lantz has spent over twenty years designing games. When we meet at his office at NYU, where he currently runs the Game Center, he lets me in on an idiosyncrasy of game design. “In video games where there are random events — things like dice rolls — they often skew the randomness so that it corresponds more closely to people’s incorrect intuition,” he says. “If you flip heads twice in a row, you’re less likely to flip heads the third time. We know this isn’t actually true, but it feels like it should be true, because we have this weird intuition about large numbers and how randomness works.” The resulting games actually accommodate that wrongness so that people don’t feel like the setup is “rigged” or “unfair.”

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Iceland hit by thousands of quakes and threat of volcanic eruption – the island nation has experienced increased seismic activity in the past month in ~science

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    I was about to make a comment about Scientists have said that the effects of a possible Grimsvotn eruption would be less dramatic than that of Eyjafjallajokull. But instead I'll note that the...

    I was about to make a comment about Scientists have said that the effects of a possible Grimsvotn eruption would be less dramatic than that of Eyjafjallajokull. But instead I'll note that the article calls the thousands of "quakes" thousands of "tremors. "

    6 votes
  15. Comment on The Dutch hardly bike at all in ~design

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    The Dutch bike all the time. They use it as basic intercity transportation. They're obviously not that interested in longer trips on bikes. It's called a cultural thing. Conversely, in U.S cities,...

    The Dutch bike all the time. They use it as basic intercity transportation. They're obviously not that interested in longer trips on bikes. It's called a cultural thing. Conversely, in U.S cities, everyone uses a vehicle. Or public transit, depending.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Twitter announces that they are stopping all political advertising globally in ~tech

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    Maybe they're just not interested in going through what Facebook did with political ads.

    Maybe they're just not interested in going through what Facebook did with political ads.

    16 votes
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    Wait a few days till you talk with her again. But let the incident on the bench go. It likely had nothing to do with you. She'll bring it up if she feels you need an explanation. Once you get past...

    Wait a few days till you talk with her again. But let the incident on the bench go. It likely had nothing to do with you. She'll bring it up if she feels you need an explanation.

    Once you get past that, ask her to go for coffee or something. Keep it casual for now. Anyway that's my advice.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    Sometimes it just comes down to the environment and people. Since you don't seem to need work, find a public place you that appeals to you. It can be literally anywhere, maybe somewhere you...

    Sometimes it just comes down to the environment and people. Since you don't seem to need work, find a public place you that appeals to you. It can be literally anywhere, maybe somewhere you already hang out because of the people there. Offer to help out. Every place needs help. Just don't let them know you're a programmer and it should be fine.

    There might be other things that attract you or you may not be a people person. In any case, have fun!

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  19. Comment on Is it OK if someone wants to live for years on a bench? in ~life

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    Do you live on your own land or somewhere else?

    Do you live on your own land or somewhere else?

    5 votes