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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    We solely feed them wet food save for some dental treats at night. Whenever one of them eats dry food for an extended period of time (like when we go on vacation) he develops chin acne on account...

    We solely feed them wet food save for some dental treats at night. Whenever one of them eats dry food for an extended period of time (like when we go on vacation) he develops chin acne on account he's a bit of a drooler and apparently that's just a thing some cats can get.

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

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    I've been listening to muted acoustic & jazz tunes on my morning strolls into work. It pairs well with the fall weather and reminds me of movies that had a cozy-fall aesthetic scene or two in them...

    I've been listening to muted acoustic & jazz tunes on my morning strolls into work. It pairs well with the fall weather and reminds me of movies that had a cozy-fall aesthetic scene or two in them like When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, or Away We Go.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Why is dark mode such a big deal? in ~tech

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    I think it's just finally giving (more) attention to screen's lights on our sleep schedules, and probably enough people in the tech industry are up staring at screens at night that dark mode...

    I think it's just finally giving (more) attention to screen's lights on our sleep schedules, and probably enough people in the tech industry are up staring at screens at night that dark mode would've inevitably wound up embedded into the OS and eventually the apps.

    And tech sites just write about it 'cause they need something to write about.

    Anecdotally I feel like a smug hipster about the whole thing on account I had my own personal website back in ~2000ish and coded its Shockwave animation banner to be night-themed or day-themed depending on the user's system clock. It was very gimmicky at the time but I was a teen trying to get familiar with HTML stuff and was surprised no other websites were doing anything like it.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    My wife and I are going to try and let our two cats sleep with us-- we normally lock them out of the bedroom. We're pretty certain they decide it's OK to bug us in the mornings (by...

    My wife and I are going to try and let our two cats sleep with us-- we normally lock them out of the bedroom.

    We're pretty certain they decide it's OK to bug us in the mornings (by meowing/scratching at the door) when the sun comes up, and we'd rather they go based off our alarms. And since DST ends Sunday and they'll try to wake us up earlier, we figured we'll try and set alarms tonight and tomorrow to see if they then go off the alarm again on Sunday when the sun's risen a bit earlier.

    This is our first winter with them, and when we'd tried letting them sleep with us during the summer's longer days, they would climb right onto my face at 5-6am and rub all over me until I woke up. I remember my dad saying the trick is to never give in/never pay them attention, but when I tried doing that, they'd find something in the room I cared about (headphones, reading glasses, etc.) to chew on and get me to stop them, so we just decided to kick them out.

    I don't know why I want them to sleep with us. I find I sleep a lot less comfortably with cats in the bed as I'm too nice to their needs/sacrifice my positioning to let them sleep wherever they lay, but it's an unconscious thing and I don't realize I'm doing it until morning when I've been stiffly contorted. I think we both just feel bad kicking them out at night after we're done reading on account they enjoy being with us and cozy up to us and our books.

    Damn parasites.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion in ~tech

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    This coincides really well with me trying to de-Google my life as I recently gave up on Fitbit after having gone through my third model. I'll begrudgingly tolerate planned obsolesce in some areas...

    This coincides really well with me trying to de-Google my life as I recently gave up on Fitbit after having gone through my third model.

    I'll begrudgingly tolerate planned obsolesce in some areas of my life more than others, but wearable technology I've decided isn't going to be one of them. It's too expensive and provides too little in return. Maybe when they can last more than 4-5 years like my phones have, I'll circle back-- but the last three models of Fitbits I wore broke in an eerily calculated manner within a month after their 1-year warranties had expired.

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

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    I'll take it. Baby steps. Now get the Nazis and bots out of there.

    I'll take it. Baby steps.

    Now get the Nazis and bots out of there.

    15 votes
  7. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    I took a different route to work and succumbed to my sugar/coffee temptation after seeing an Eggnog Latte advertisement and am not proud of myself having done so. There was no reason for it, an...

    I took a different route to work and succumbed to my sugar/coffee temptation after seeing an Eggnog Latte advertisement and am not proud of myself having done so. There was no reason for it, an inner voice was screaming at me to not do it, and I did it anyway.

    I know all about self-control and how it works, I've read a few books on behavioral economics and how the mind works, but as one of them said in their first chapter: knowing how it works will not stop it from working that way.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    Now that's honest work!

    Now that's honest work!

    1 vote
  9. Comment on ‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations in ~misc

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    Yessir, that Stephen Miller will die any day now. Richard Spencer, Crowder, Ben Shapiro, Tomi Lahren-- they're all on their way out, those old fogies.

    Yessir, that Stephen Miller will die any day now. Richard Spencer, Crowder, Ben Shapiro, Tomi Lahren-- they're all on their way out, those old fogies.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on ‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations in ~misc

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    I'm surprised how often and quickly "you millennials" comes out whenever I find myself in political conversations with the older generation, and I hate it on account it just feels like everything...

    I'm surprised how often and quickly "you millennials" comes out whenever I find myself in political conversations with the older generation, and I hate it on account it just feels like everything from then on will be dismissed because of my age for some reason.

    I think the last time it happened I was trying to tell my aunt's partner that the word "Chinaman" is racist, which felt silly for "millennial" to come out because that term's been considered racist for quite some time.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Death Stranding - Launch trailer in ~games

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    I wish I enjoyed Kojima's creativity, but I just can't get into his games and stories. I don't know if it's a culture gap, but the ogling of women and fart humor he'd mixed into the MGS series...

    I wish I enjoyed Kojima's creativity, but I just can't get into his games and stories. I don't know if it's a culture gap, but the ogling of women and fart humor he'd mixed into the MGS series just felt it was done in poor taste-- that and the cut scenes were legit ~20-30 minutes, which is just too long.

    I hope this is different, but something tells me it won't be.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    An archive of Selected Shorts, specifically from when Isaiah Sheffer hosted back in the day. A lot of people listened to it/it is a pretty big podcast, and he had such a soothing voice, but they...

    An archive of Selected Shorts, specifically from when Isaiah Sheffer hosted back in the day.

    A lot of people listened to it/it is a pretty big podcast, and he had such a soothing voice, but they didn’t keep an archive and don’t own the rights(?) to the previous episodes, so they aren’t available anywhere, at least not legally.

    It still goes on today, but I miss his voice and there were some really good stories that I can’t recall the names of read years ago.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on 7:35 de la mañana - one of my favorite short films in ~misc

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    I saw this years ago and it's always stuck with me with its ridiculousness and wonderful execution.

    I saw this years ago and it's always stuck with me with its ridiculousness and wonderful execution.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Fallout 76 just gave people a reason to play The Outer Worlds instead in ~games

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    So I'm kinda with you on that, however I wouldn't mind a game where you're exploring ghost towns/maps and there's like a miiiiiiinniiiiiscule chance, like 1% that you run into another player...

    Because Fallout is a single-player game, and I know in my bones that's why it works. I don't want to play single-player games with other people; that defeats the point.

    So I'm kinda with you on that, however I wouldn't mind a game where you're exploring ghost towns/maps and there's like a miiiiiiinniiiiiscule chance, like 1% that you run into another player dropped into your map without any warning/notice whatsoever. I feel like if that were done right, and the core gameplay was difficult enough as is, it could really add some tension to the game.

    Maybe not do it with the Fallout universe, but a game where you're exploring a large, abandoned map maybe. Or something like Watchdogs 2, where another player kind of plays hide and seek with you and can potentially sick NPCs on you.

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

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    I grew up listening to Prairie Home Companion and Riders in the Sky, and just learned they had some of Rider's albums on Spotify (though nothing compares to their live Saturday night shows that...

    I grew up listening to Prairie Home Companion and Riders in the Sky, and just learned they had some of Rider's albums on Spotify (though nothing compares to their live Saturday night shows that were on PRI at the time, and I don't think there's any archive of). Riders in the Sky was essentially a humorous/lighthearted barbershop quartet mixed with bluegrass that'd perform a weekly audio play in front of a live audience. Listening to some of this then lead me to a large playlist of instrumental bluegrass. I don't normally listen to bluegrass (let alone country) but the nostalgia of it kinda brought me back and has paired pretty good with the fall weather.

    Aside from that it's been vaporwave for background work music and jazz or muted acoustic stuff for my walks into and away from work.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Fallout 76 just gave people a reason to play The Outer Worlds instead in ~games

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    The multiplayer aspect of one versus the other, along with the more fleshed out quest system (in The Outer Worlds) never really made me even consider comparing the two. I do want a polished...

    The multiplayer aspect of one versus the other, along with the more fleshed out quest system (in The Outer Worlds) never really made me even consider comparing the two.

    I do want a polished multiplayer experience akin to Fallout 76 or Rust or 7 Days to Die, etc.-- a game where it's open world like Skyrim and you may or may not run into another player, but with the polish that Blizzard or Naughty Dog have come to be known for. That would be fantastic. I would love for a silent multiplayer aspect where other players just drop in and out of your open-world game without any prior notice and you just have to figure it out for yourself.

    But I'm by no means expecting that from The Outer Worlds, which I look at as just another Skyrim/Fallout game (even though I know it's different developers) with (hopefully) much better writing and far greater quest options over just "Go to X and shoot Y." over and over.

    It just feels weird for people to keep butting their heads together. I can hate what Fallout's doing and want to play The Outer Worlds without putting a link between the two.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Hackers steal secret crypto keys for NordVPN. Here’s what we know so far in ~tech

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    Why do anything? It just makes me feel slightly more secure. I think I got mine on a deal/they had like a 3-years-for-the-price-of-one and I just wanted to try it out, and it was after there was a...

    Why do anything?

    It just makes me feel slightly more secure. I think I got mine on a deal/they had like a 3-years-for-the-price-of-one and I just wanted to try it out, and it was after there was a ruling that my ISP can sell my data to third parties, so I was in a kind of "fuck you" mood at the time and thought a VPN would suffice, but it obviously doesn't if they knew me well enough to send the cease & desist.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Hackers steal secret crypto keys for NordVPN. Here’s what we know so far in ~tech

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    I'm having a hard time understanding how this affects their customers. I understand a key was stolen from a Finnish server, and that the key expired last year (but still had a window between when...

    I'm having a hard time understanding how this affects their customers. I understand a key was stolen from a Finnish server, and that the key expired last year (but still had a window between when it was hacked and when it expired that it was legit), but am not sure how that translates into what may have been compromised/what may have happened to me.

    I don't really use my VPN that much except for when I'm mobile and am connecting to my bank, or pirating the Batman animated series... and Dating Naked, the dumbest reality show ever... and still got a cease & desist from Comcast.

    Does this essentially mean somebody now knows I've watched Dating Naked? Because congrats.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on 2,500 more MS-DOS games playable at the Internet Archive in ~games

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    I love browsing the titles here, such an odyssey of wonder. For example, who can forget Commander Xeen? Have you ever seen a (NSFW) blackface smiley? Neat to see Loom, Monkey Island, Commander...

    I love browsing the titles here, such an odyssey of wonder. For example, who can forget Commander Xeen? Have you ever seen a (NSFW) blackface smiley?

    Neat to see Loom, Monkey Island, Commander Keen 8, and a Bard's Tale make the list.

    2 votes