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  1. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    No, you don't. And yes, 100%ing the game is very hard. Outside of achievements, there's just a lot of very obfuscated puzzles.

    So you don't need to do any of the super obscurely keyed puzzles to finish the game?

    No, you don't. And yes, 100%ing the game is very hard. Outside of achievements, there's just a lot of very obfuscated puzzles.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    Two indoor cats: Babby & Graybie Babby's a 3 year old lynx point siamese we met at a cat cafe wherein you eat and drink while meeting various cats through the cat adoption team. He's named after...

    Two indoor cats: Babby & Graybie

    Babby's a 3 year old lynx point siamese we met at a cat cafe wherein you eat and drink while meeting various cats through the cat adoption team. He's named after an old meme because... well, no reason, it just kinda fit.

    He head-butts your face like nobody's business, insists on head-kisses. Drools a lot. Lies around belly up all the time. We call him a "movie cat" 'cause he follows you from room to room, finds a place to lie or sit down, and just stays there until you go to another room.

    Graybie is a 2 year old Russian Blue cat we just saw at a pet store (not bred/it's also through the pet adoption center) and we wanted to get Babby some company. He's named Graybie which was short for "Graybeard," as he's got a little patch of white on his chest, but we never call him that and Graybie eventually just stuck. He was a kitten when we got him, and typically it's the older cat that has a hard time getting along with the younger cat, but this was the other way around; Babby insisted on being friends, following a terrified Graybie around doing a chitter-meow (which is apparently cat for "Follow me!" "Friends?"). Graybie eventually warmed up to him and the two have been inseparable ever since.

    Both my wife and I have lived with numerous cats throughout our lives, but these are the first two we've owned ourselves.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    😍 I love a good shoulder cat. I'm so jealous.

    😍 I love a good shoulder cat. I'm so jealous.

  4. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    So did Stormageddeon get her name from her wild tears? How did Stella get her name? My friend's got a dog named Stella and he picked it after an old comedy show he liked by the same name.

    So did Stormageddeon get her name from her wild tears? How did Stella get her name? My friend's got a dog named Stella and he picked it after an old comedy show he liked by the same name.

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

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    That's a shame it doesn't translate seamlessly into VR. I'd think it'd be a shoe-in for that :/

    That's a shame it doesn't translate seamlessly into VR. I'd think it'd be a shoe-in for that :/

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

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    Just beat The Last of Us 2! Loved it, 10/10 as far as I'm concerned. The story might've docked it down to 8/10 on its own, but the execution, gameplay, etc. puts it back up to 10/10 afaic. Plus I...

    Just beat The Last of Us 2! Loved it, 10/10 as far as I'm concerned.

    The story might've docked it down to 8/10 on its own, but the execution, gameplay, etc. puts it back up to 10/10 afaic. Plus I haven't played gut punches like that in a long time. Good shit.

    Also beat Bendy and the Ink Machine. I only played it to see what all the fuss was about-- and by "fuss" I mean the toys at Hot Topic-- and uhhh, yeah it was OK. Mostly a "meh" reaction all in all. A very forgiving horror-themed game with clunky combat but fun setting and characters.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Congrats! I have a lump in my lower neck on my right side right before my shoulder starts-- I forget what it is, but I'd always assumed it was a knot that needed to be worked out or something to...

    Congrats!

    I have a lump in my lower neck on my right side right before my shoulder starts-- I forget what it is, but I'd always assumed it was a knot that needed to be worked out or something to fear until a doctor was like "what? no, that's your x" -- I feel bad for spacing what it is, but anytime I search "lump in neck" lymph nodes are the first result, and this is significantly lower and only on my right side. Go figure.

    Anyways, that freaked me out, as did the xiphoid process(sp?) something where your center chest area slowly hardens and gets a bit sensitive to the touch. Apparently it's a real weak spot. Anyways, everyone knew about it but me apparently.

    Congrats again on your lifestyle changes! Did anything galvanize you into your decision specifically, or was it just a gradual change?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    I feel like there's a lot of stuff this administration has done that's been coupled with "no way he can do that." and then he does it. I'm just a bit nervous. Maybe more than a bit.

    Just to be clear, Trump does not have any ability to delay or hold off the election.

    I feel like there's a lot of stuff this administration has done that's been coupled with "no way he can do that." and then he does it.

    I'm just a bit nervous. Maybe more than a bit.

    14 votes
  9. Comment on 72nd Emmy Awards nominations announced - HBO's Watchmen takes the top spot for program nominations with twenty-six in ~tv

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    Ha! You're not crazy. I did indeed make the same comment. I've liked Brian Cox since Long Kiss Goodnight and appreciated he had a sense of humor to be in Super Troopers. Then there's The Bourne...

    Ha! You're not crazy. I did indeed make the same comment.

    I've liked Brian Cox since Long Kiss Goodnight and appreciated he had a sense of humor to be in Super Troopers. Then there's The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, and let's not forget Mahunter and the Manhunt video game.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What's something that creeps you out more than it should? in ~talk

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    I love that story. My wife is very into The Sims 3, and has a lot of the DLC from it, and to this day she still discovers new things in that game that are a bit creepy. Like I think the other day...

    I love that story.

    My wife is very into The Sims 3, and has a lot of the DLC from it, and to this day she still discovers new things in that game that are a bit creepy.

    Like I think the other day her sim got a letter from an anonymous person telling her to meet here at x and y coordinates, and when her sim went out there, their house was robbed. And then they got a phone call teasing them about it.

    I love it. I know GTA has its share of "spooky" stuff, as does Oblivion and Skyrim, but I'd kill for an open world game that's mostly innocuous and friendly except for a rabbit hole of spooky, creepy stuff that you can discover in the background.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on 72nd Emmy Awards nominations announced - HBO's Watchmen takes the top spot for program nominations with twenty-six in ~tv

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    imo the show's greatest weakness was how much it relied on building up a framework of intrigue, and that likely has to do with how much I hate Lindelof for not being good about paying off his...

    imo the show's greatest weakness was how much it relied on building up a framework of intrigue, and that likely has to do with how much I hate Lindelof for not being good about paying off his hooks. That and I generally hate "crashed party" writing wherein you're just thrown into the deep end and you have to figure it all out as the show goes on.

    That said... I think because this was a contained miniseries, and (hopefully) because Lindelof has learned his lesson, all of the intrigue is answered over time, and I did enjoy it.

    I just wish it was told with a little less... spunk?

    2 votes
  12. Comment on 72nd Emmy Awards nominations announced - HBO's Watchmen takes the top spot for program nominations with twenty-six in ~tv

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    It earned 'em! ...also guess I have to watch Succession now? Even though the marketing is terrible and the premise doesn't seem all that appealing watching fatcats go toe-to-toe. Though I do love...

    It earned 'em!

    ...also guess I have to watch Succession now? Even though the marketing is terrible and the premise doesn't seem all that appealing watching fatcats go toe-to-toe. Though I do love Brian Cox.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on There's been a lot of unnecessary prequels, sequels and remakes, but what are some you'd actually want to see? in ~movies

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    I want to see Sphere made into a miniseries like The Outsider, and to more closely follow its source material but also update itself. I want to see Invasion of the Body Snatchers mixed with The...

    I want to see Sphere made into a miniseries like The Outsider, and to more closely follow its source material but also update itself.

    I want to see Invasion of the Body Snatchers mixed with The Thing and Parasyte, but make the aliens more clandestine and follow a group of people who may or may not be an intruder at any time. I wrote a pilot for this and gave it to a producer I’d worked with when I was an office PA, and it has been in script limbo for 10 years (so it’ll probably never get made, but it also means they didn’t hate it enough to scrap it). At this point I don’t care if someone steals that idea, I’d watch the hell out of it.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not? in ~talk

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    I think part of the problem is our minds have a hard time feeling any sense of inner equilibrium when we send our resources remotely versus being up close and personal. But for what it's worth, I...

    I think part of the problem is our minds have a hard time feeling any sense of inner equilibrium when we send our resources remotely versus being up close and personal.

    But for what it's worth, I think donating whatever money you can to help the people putting their bodies on the line is as equal to being there physically as one can get. No you are not taking as big of a risk, but given the factor is you can't physically attend, I'm not sure what remote risk could compare, really.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not? in ~talk

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    Well the current Portland situation has both of those things, except the people in power who are sympathetic appear to be outpowered by those that aren't, and meanwhile are giving the lots of...

    My current tentative hypothesis for when protests make a difference is that you need two things: (1) some people in power who are sympathetic or at least not strongly opposed, and (2) a lot of people showing that they feel strongly about something, to keep them focused.

    Well the current Portland situation has both of those things, except the people in power who are sympathetic appear to be outpowered by those that aren't, and meanwhile are giving the lots of people who feel strongly about police defunding more evidence for their cause.

    I can only hope the news keeps the pressure on, but sadly don't think they will given the trend of the cycle in the past. I'm very eager to see how the next meeting will go and what can feasibly be done to kick the feds out.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not? in ~talk

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    I recently learned that I struggle with anxiety as well-- I did not think it was anxiety, because my mind feels empty and calm most of the time, but apparently your body can just exhibit signs of...

    I recently learned that I struggle with anxiety as well-- I did not think it was anxiety, because my mind feels empty and calm most of the time, but apparently your body can just exhibit signs of anxiety/stress while your current state of mind is perfectly calm (after which my mind will follow suit and get anxious about what my body's up to, fun stuff!). I'm sure that doesn't compare with what you're dealing with, but I just wanted to say anxiety is absolutely a valid reason for not going.

    That said, I found that knowing the structure and having a plan for a protest really helps me. As I'd said in the original post, my wife and I just make an agreement to do whatever march/protest route the rally has organized, and head home once they've reached their destination-- especially since that's when things tend to get very rowdy.

    However there are still anxiety-inducing events that have taken place on the routes. In one instance, an intoxicated driver threatened to run us over if we didn't move (which we were moving/marching, it was just taking a long time for everyone to pass), and even went so far as to start nudging his car forward, getting out and screaming at us. All I can think to do in those moments is film it, or even just act like I'm filming it, as public shaming seems to be the only recourse people like that listen to. If you get your camera-phone close enough to let them know you have a good shot of them/have them on camera, they usually back down.

    My wife doesn't have the same problem and is much braver than I, but I don't want just her to go to protests on her own during this COVID situation.

    We've tentatively decided that, once this COVID business is over, she'll go to protests with her friend the day of, and I'll head to the rally sites the next day to clean up whatever garbage has been left behind-- that way we both get to sort of contribute to them in our own way.

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  17. Comment on Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not? in ~talk

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    Transportation is a bit of a hindrance on the ones we've gone to; you essentially have to park your car near where it started, and have a plan on how to get home when we're done. The last one had...

    Transportation is a bit of a hindrance on the ones we've gone to; you essentially have to park your car near where it started, and have a plan on how to get home when we're done.

    The last one had us walk six miles with no means of getting home/back to our car, so we had to use e-scooters for half the trip back and walked the rest of the way at 2am back to our place and got our car the next morning. It feels silly to not want to take the bus or Lyft because we just got out of a protest with hundreds of other people, but any measure we can take, we try and take it.

    2 votes
  18. Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not?

    I live in Portland, Oregon, and have attended a few protests/rallies in the time I've been here, but admit I am not a regular attendee. The few times I have gone were to organized rallies that had...

    I live in Portland, Oregon, and have attended a few protests/rallies in the time I've been here, but admit I am not a regular attendee. The few times I have gone were to organized rallies that had a planned out route to walk, which then dispersed when they were done.

    The last one I went to had a few bad actors in the crowd; individuals who would bash the windows of buildings and actively tag everything they went past. These were mainly buildings of big institutions like Bank of America, Nike, Wells Fargo-- whenever I'd look to see where that broken glass came from, my thoughts were pretty much "Woah! Don't break window-- oh... yeah I guess fuck Bank of America." And when we were done, we'd arrived at the justice center where it felt like there was no plan left, a lot of shouting and tagging had started, along with a few fires-- my wife and I thought "we did our part, this wasn't what we signed up for, let's leave." And that was that.

    Afterwards we'd attended (virtually) the city's town hall meetings wherein the police budget was gutted a little bit (not nearly as much as we'd have liked), Jo Ann Hardesty (who's our greatest ally as far as I'm concerned) assured us it was a big step, we trusted her, and have since decided to stay home.

    But, as you've seen, the protests continue: people are getting picked up off the streets by non-identified DHS agents, local government has expressed disapproval but it's getting ignored, and fascism is essentially in full effect.

    Since then we've asked ourselves "shouldn't we go back out there?" "what if we get arrested?" "people are already getting arrested, and the majority of them are likely people of color." But we wrestle with it, "we're not rich-- we're barely scraping by-- we'd be more helpless if we were arrested and our jobs were taken than if we'd stayed where we are and just donate what we can and volunteer where we can." We attend city hall meetings and add our voice where we can, we volunteer for organizations when possible (mostly stuff through HRC), but anytime we take a break or have a free weekend, there's just this nagging thought of "shouldn't we be doing more?"

    Have you wrestled with these thoughts? Why or why don't you join protests? What do you do in place of it?

    15 votes
  19. Comment on Portland protesters say federal officers in unmarked vans are detaining them in ~news

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    Our current mayor (PDXer here) has a reputation for being a lame duck/not doing anything progressive, and sadly hasn't changed at all since this kicked off. Thought I admit I do not know what is...

    Our current mayor (PDXer here) has a reputation for being a lame duck/not doing anything progressive, and sadly hasn't changed at all since this kicked off. Thought I admit I do not know what is within his power to do about it, I just want him to be a bit more.... firm, about his not liking the fed's presence here.

    It's bad enough where I have to assume he's more complicit than against it; I'm just done giving benefit of the doubt to politicians and have started paying more attention to their "non-speak" than what they do speak out against.

    As for the protests, my wife and I went to the George Floyd vigil last month and immediately quarantined (more hardcore than usual/no leaving the apt even for groceries) for two weeks since they did not socially distance, but have since wrestled with "should we go back out there/join them?' versus "but there's a pandemic!" -- so far we've settled on just donating to bailout funds and volunteering remotely where we can.

    9 votes