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  1. Comment on Changing e-mail and cleaning up my Internet presence in ~tech

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    I've been trying to clean up my internet presence too! I have a 10+ year old Reddit account that SnoopSnoo and RedditInvestigator built eerily accurate profiles of over time; my bad for trickling...

    I've been trying to clean up my internet presence too! I have a 10+ year old Reddit account that SnoopSnoo and RedditInvestigator built eerily accurate profiles of over time; my bad for trickling out details over the course of the years, I suppose, but I spent upwards of an hour editing & deleting every comment I was able to before Reddit curiously just cut me off from making any further adjustments (it just said I had no posts/comments, despite me knowing they existed).

    Anyways, when I de-Facebooked, I just decided to not say why I was leaving and just left outright (after getting mail addresses from people I wanted to stay in touch with via postcards). That was over a year ago, and I think people've been pretty understanding since then.

    I don't have much input on the email front. I went with ProtonMail after gutting out my Gmail account. I pretty much wiped out my entire inbox except for emails from friends and family. Unsubscribed from every newsletter I wasn't reading anyway, and used my password manager to switch over my important accounts to ProtonMail, which has left me seeing just how little I actually use (non-work) email in my day-to-day life.

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  2. Comment on Dreams: The video game that lets you make video games in ~games

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    I played this a bit with my wife the other day. There is a lot of trash to sift through-- a big reason being, as far as I can tell, that you're allowed to copy other user's creations and/or...

    I played this a bit with my wife the other day. There is a lot of trash to sift through-- a big reason being, as far as I can tell, that you're allowed to copy other user's creations and/or templates, so a lot of the stuff I'd see in the new queue, for example, were all barely-modified templates/games that were practically identical to one another.

    That being said, when we did find original creations, they always had a charm to them akin to-- at the very least-- a student film, wherein you could tell someone put a lot of care and time into what they made, even if the result doesn't seem all that polished. We played someone's game of "Silent Hill 7," wherein you were on a plane that got taken over by the silent-hill sludge mid-way through. It was impressively done to some degree, but outright silly to another; your main character was made of basic shapes that had chest-hair and a very huge brow. The plane itself was ridiculously large with each chair being a full on recliner and a huge lounge. It was still fun-- and some degree it was in fact spooky because the story made so little sense, as did the monsters, so you had no idea where the next threat would be.

    Can't wait for the PSVR implementation.

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  3. Comment on The cost of PlayStation 5: are we looking at a $500 console? in ~games

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    ...uh, ...out-of-the-loop question: I just recently built my own PC with the help of a friend last year. What's this about bottlenecks? I had decent enough PC back in the day (really back in the...

    ...uh, ...out-of-the-loop question: I just recently built my own PC with the help of a friend last year. What's this about bottlenecks?

    I had decent enough PC back in the day (really back in the day, like Tribes 2 days) but hated how outdated it felt a year later when beefier GPUs came out at prices I couldn't afford. Is that what you're referring to?

    That's one of the only reasons I ever got into consoles; I liked just knowing my console would work at the same level as everyone else/nobody really had any advantages over one another (unless of course they used a mouse & keyboard) and that it handled all the updates and experience for me...

    ...that and Naughty Dog, mostly Naughty Dog. I just love my Uncharted & The Last of Us so much.

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

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    Conan: Exiles. Holy shit this game is addictive. To me it's like World of Warcraft meets Rust/Minecraft. I've spent 20+ hours on it over my four-day weekend and have never felt pulled into a game...

    Conan: Exiles.

    Holy shit this game is addictive. To me it's like World of Warcraft meets Rust/Minecraft. I've spent 20+ hours on it over my four-day weekend and have never felt pulled into a game as much as this one. I splurged and bought a second copy for my wife, I can see it's going to be a HUGE time-sink for us both. I've already built a nice cozy cottage and have a whole assortment of furniture.

    I have almost no interest in progressing further into the story at this point, other than to just find more shit for my house. It feels like it was advertised as an action RPG, but lands in accidental Sims.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    Gotcha. So you're essentially giving yourself a blank slate away from whatever assumptions the other party is making about you through your gender by going with non-binary?

    Gotcha. So you're essentially giving yourself a blank slate away from whatever assumptions the other party is making about you through your gender by going with non-binary?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Whether or not it's the proper reason to feel grateful a lot of the time, I constantly assume some sort of horribly tragic event will be happening in my near future, and that I should be grateful...

    Whether or not it's the proper reason to feel grateful a lot of the time, I constantly assume some sort of horribly tragic event will be happening in my near future, and that I should be grateful for everything I have around me at any given time. Be it my wife and our cats and our cozy apartment, or the wonders of technology and how we're able to communicate and share stories with one another, or how I can walk less than a mile and drink a mass-produced beverage of any variety that will taste probably the same for me as it would a king.

    I just picture myself holding a wallet-sized photo of my wife over a fire barrel while wearing fingerless gloves, and someone's like "remember robo-callers? god i miss robo-callers. who'd have thought they'd have turned us into this?" and the robo-plagued-wasteland goes on over the bridge we're huddled under.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    I guiltily admit I keep getting tripped up on gender myself. As far as I can tell, the English language just needs a reboot and societal gender norms need to gtfo. I feel like I'm clumsily...

    I guiltily admit I keep getting tripped up on gender myself. As far as I can tell, the English language just needs a reboot and societal gender norms need to gtfo.

    I feel like I'm clumsily stumbling my way into somehow accidentally becoming a transphobic bigot anytime I think about it:

    Like I'm a cisdude and my brain is mostly a youtube clip show half of the time, so I have no idea what it's like to not associate with my assigned gender. Would it be things like having my favorite color be purple? Or how much I love musicals? Or how I hate sports, have a high-ish pitched voice, and want to wear those long sweaters that are all the rage? If I am considered a man but I love a lot of the things considered effeminate by society, wouldn't changing my gender identity to female just re-enforce a sort of sexist framework within the English language? Why shouldn't I just stick with my male pronouns and identity and tell those sexist norms to fuck off?

    Are the they/them pronouns essentially a sledgehammer to these norms and are making their own combination of the two?

    I have no idea. But again, I'm a cisdude-- so I'm kinda just letting it get sorted out by whoever's affected by it most, and I'll respect/use whatever pronouns they want me to use in the interim.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm still dragging my feet through The Terror. It's not the book's fault, I think I just have a really hard time paying attention reading stories set in places I'm completely unfamiliar with. I...

    I'm still dragging my feet through The Terror. It's not the book's fault, I think I just have a really hard time paying attention reading stories set in places I'm completely unfamiliar with. I know it's a bit sad, but I'm fairly certain I only made it through Harry Potter & The Lord of the Rings books because my imagination got to piggyback off all the visual work the movies did.

    The Terror's first 6-7 chapters are all about setting up where they are, what they're up to, introduces a few members of the crew, and does a few flashbacks/flash forwards that completely went over my head and left me a bit confused until I went back and read the summaries of those chapters. It's just now starting to take off and get really interesting, but my god what a chore for me.

    I do not think I will make my reading goal with this beast kicking things off. I'm gonna have to read some trashy novels to get back on track once this is done.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What TV classics are significantly better than the remake? in ~tv

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    The X-Files: Not really a remake, but it felt very... tired for a continuation of the original. The audiobooks were fun to listen to, but just silly. The Odd Couple: The original show wasn't...
    • The X-Files: Not really a remake, but it felt very... tired for a continuation of the original. The audiobooks were fun to listen to, but just silly.
    • The Odd Couple: The original show wasn't great, but watching it back-to-back with the remake made it feel golden by comparison. Thomas Lennon just felt like Niles without Frasier, and it literally broke the fourth wall in that it showed you the side of the set where the "live" audience should've been.
    2 votes
  10. Comment on Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices in ~tech

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    The next time I'm in the market for a TV, I really want to find whatever has the best picture and none of the bloatware. The last TV I bought/the one I have is the Sony Bravia. Upon purchase I...

    The next time I'm in the market for a TV, I really want to find whatever has the best picture and none of the bloatware. The last TV I bought/the one I have is the Sony Bravia. Upon purchase I could (but don't) check Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Weather from it-- as well as stream Netflix, Pandora, and their Crackle service directly from its menus. I think it was within 3 years of purchase that they depreciated half of these features, so now half of my menus legit just have husks of stuff I never used whenever I go into the menus, and some of the buttons on my remote just don't do anything at all.

    I just want a TV. I'll leave the streaming to the PS4 and leave everything else off.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    If you don't mind my asking, where were you looking to move to? My wife and I considered the same and were eying Canada, but have been a bit too nervous to do so/aren't certain we really qualify...

    If you don't mind my asking, where were you looking to move to? My wife and I considered the same and were eying Canada, but have been a bit too nervous to do so/aren't certain we really qualify for an easy emigration.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    This is my second favorite opening scene; that soundtrack, the direction, the gritty feel, I love it. ...I do hate that you can see the camera at the end of the opening shot in the reflection of...

    This is my second favorite opening scene; that soundtrack, the direction, the gritty feel, I love it.

    ...I do hate that you can see the camera at the end of the opening shot in the reflection of the building, and the ridiculousness of the robbery bus inconspicuously entering the line of buses, and the Joker tricking the henchman to get him in position for said bus... but who cares, it was fun, thrilling, and really set the tone for the movie. It's one of those movies that if you stop and think too much about what's going on, the sillier it is, but it's all in the execution of it that lets most of it slide.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Coming up with a good personal domain name in ~creative

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    Thanks! And no, I didn't learn it anywhere. Thinking about it now, I guess it's just something I've always enjoyed doing as it gives me a small "click" feeling, like the ones I'd get when solving...

    Thanks! And no, I didn't learn it anywhere. Thinking about it now, I guess it's just something I've always enjoyed doing as it gives me a small "click" feeling, like the ones I'd get when solving a puzzle.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    The Matrix has gotta be up there. I remember having seen nothing like it when it came out. Directed just like a comic book, and such intrigue “no lieutenant, your men are already dead.” That movie...

    The Matrix has gotta be up there. I remember having seen nothing like it when it came out. Directed just like a comic book, and such intrigue “no lieutenant, your men are already dead.” That movie just takes off and doesn’t let up for some time.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on Coming up with a good personal domain name in ~creative

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    Not sure if it compares, but for me, when I’d write scripts and would have to come up with a name, I knew the right name when I saw it. For titling something like yours... all of it’s creative...

    Not sure if it compares, but for me, when I’d write scripts and would have to come up with a name, I knew the right name when I saw it.

    For titling something like yours... all of it’s creative work, and it all sounds pretty busy... maybe something like Spindle? Also has a bit of irony, since sewing is one of the things you didn’t list. And then an adjective or adverb to accompany it to make it more Google-able and unique, like the Buried Spindle, Firey Spindle, Spinning Spindle, or Busy Spindle.

    And then if you’re like me, you now either hate the word Spindle since you’ve said it so much, so you think that’s not it, or you never liked it to begin with— both are fine, because it’s like not knowing what you want for dinner; asking what you don’t want helps narrow in on what you do want.

    Keys & Seas (key as in keyboard but also key as in lock), Sparks of Sapphire (spark as in creativity), Last Strike (strikes are both good and bad in sports, but could also be thought of for matches). Hope I’m helping you whittle down your inner choices! Good luck!

    15 votes
  16. Comment on Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations? in ~games

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    Oooh, this looks nice, and I DID love Dreamfall. I’ll check it out!

    Oooh, this looks nice, and I DID love Dreamfall. I’ll check it out!

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  17. Comment on Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations? in ~games

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    I DID like Pheonix Wright back in the day, I may check out those others on my own— thanks!

    I DID like Pheonix Wright back in the day, I may check out those others on my own— thanks!

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations? in ~games

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    To be clear I really liked Edith Finch (my kingdom for that house!), it just didn’t feel like a thriller/mystery by the end. More like a cozy, sad story. I’ll check out Outer Wilds!

    To be clear I really liked Edith Finch (my kingdom for that house!), it just didn’t feel like a thriller/mystery by the end. More like a cozy, sad story. I’ll check out Outer Wilds!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations? in ~games

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    Thank you for this list! You have good taste/I've played a lot of those games myself! She's more about the mystery/thriller angle more than just straight-up puzzles -- but I will absolutely look...

    Thank you for this list! You have good taste/I've played a lot of those games myself! She's more about the mystery/thriller angle more than just straight-up puzzles -- but I will absolutely look into the more puzzle-heavy titles you'd listed that I haven't played. Nothing has compared to The Witness, imo-- I really enjoyed that experience.

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  20. Openish-world, Mystery, Walking Simulator recommendations?

    My wife and I enjoy playing mystery walking simulators together and have been looking for more-- Steam's recommendation engine is pretty terrible in finding others or lesser-known titles, so I...

    My wife and I enjoy playing mystery walking simulators together and have been looking for more-- Steam's recommendation engine is pretty terrible in finding others or lesser-known titles, so I thought I'd ask around for what others play! They don't have to be full-on walking simulators, just games where dying is rare/not a big component of the experience (looking at you, Visage!), and the rest of the game is all about solving a mystery/thriller of some sort. Preferably first-person games with realistic-enough graphics.

    Ones we've played so far and have loved are:

    • Dead Secret
    • Gone Home (loose fit)
    • The Painscreek Killings (really loved this one)
    • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    Ones I've got in my queue:

    • Anna
    • Bohemian Killing
    • Dead Secret 2
    • Return of Obra Dinn

    I've also played What Remains of Edith Finch, Dear Esther, Firewatch, and some others-- but those didn't really have a big enough mystery component to them (to be clear I liked them, they just didn’t have a dark/thriller vibe to em).

    Any other suggestions?

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