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

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    I assume you're American; I'll admit that outside of gaming I've never had a face to face friendship with someone from the States, still people from over the pond have always struck me as...

    I assume you're American; I'll admit that outside of gaming I've never had a face to face friendship with someone from the States, still people from over the pond have always struck me as generally outgoing.
    I'm also assuming you're autonomous transportation and financial wise.

    There is no real recipe or guidelines to make friends, especially without knowing your age, if you're at uni and so on; only one thing is certain, you have to feel at ease around strangers and people in general, and that's something you have to learn for yourself.

    Here are some ideas on stuff you can try out:

    Sign up for a dancing course, or an improv course or something where you have to collaborate with other people.

    Go somewhere you don't know in your city or town, try striking a quick convo when ordering stuff at a Starbucks or whatever, learn to smile and feel confident.

    Wanna try something adventurous? Fake being from out of town, stop someone and ask for directions to wherever, saying something along the lines of 'my phone died on me, I'm stranded and trying to get to location xyz'. Learn to read other people's reactions, and from that experiment on how to seem as friendly and outgoing as possible.

    Go to a physical retail store and just browse, strike a conversation with an assistant by saying something relatable like 'man, you know how sometimes socks just disappear in your washing machine? The other day it reappeared and totally ruined this shirt was washing! Silly me! By the way what color would you say could fit me the most?'

    I can guarantee once you'll start feeling confident around strangers, handling people you're already acquainted with will be a breeze.

    About your last question, yes; once I gained more confidence and started taking the initiative friends also started texting, chatting and inviting me along.

    Again, learn to smile, be pleasant, steer clear from controversial topics unless someone else has brought them up, always take the initiative and most of all be confident.

    PM me if you wanna be more specific on the situation.

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

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    This spoke to me cause I used to have the same dilemma some years ago. Now it's gonna sound like a cliché, but at some point something just clicked and I started being the friend I wanted to have...

    This spoke to me cause I used to have the same dilemma some years ago.

    Now it's gonna sound like a cliché, but at some point something just clicked and I started being the friend I wanted to have towards others.

    Just be the one to take the initiative with your acquaintances: organise a dinner at your place, arrange a meeting to hang out at some cafe, do whatever; worst case scenario they're gonna let you know by word or with actions to back off.

    I find it fun to just make a round of calls on some weekend or the other to my friends, just to hear what's up, how they're doing and stuff.

    Is it unconventional in this day and age? Yes.
    Does it have the possibility to be awkward? Yes, but is avoidable by simply being outgoing and saying it how it is "I had nothing to do, wandered what you were doing and wanted to just bother you and talk about whatever for 10 mins".
    So far noone has complained and instead guys and girls alike seemed to be happy someone was thinking about them.

    To reiterate, be the one to take the initiative, never be the one to bring up politics or religion, convince yourself that 80% of the people you know are socially inept when face to face with acquaintances they are not truly in confidence with and you're good to go. Oh and don't stink. Nobody likes being around stinkos.

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

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    Don't get me wrong with what I'm about to say, I don't want to be rude or sound pretentious. Think of it under a logical standpoint: there are no negative outcomes to living a good life - it just...

    Don't get me wrong with what I'm about to say, I don't want to be rude or sound pretentious.
    Think of it under a logical standpoint: there are no negative outcomes to living a good life - it just takes effort to achieve; instead there can be countless issues arising for you, your friends or loved ones in living unhealthily by the day.

    I'm still in my 20s, so I may not know any better, but if not for yourself then try to live a good life for those who care about you.

    Think of it as a long hike you're having with a shitload of strangers: some are having it rougher, others are having a ball seeing all kinds of interesting animals, taking cool pictures and stuff and bumping into interesting fellas; it just wouldn't be cool to start complaining and bum other people who happen to be around you cause you're half way there and your experience has just been meh so far, right? Plus who knows what could lay behind this or that tree!

    It's concerning to think of it like you've explained, because at that point what's stopping you from just pushing the logic a bit further towards depression or worse?

    On top of that (pardon me if i egoistically bring it to my POV) what does hearing something like that from someone up ahead on the journey I've just started leave me with?

    edit: formatting

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

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    I initially wanted to point out how backlash from banning 'internet environment xyz' still gives these groups major exposure on other platforms, but then I read the direct questions you posed:...

    I initially wanted to point out how backlash from banning 'internet environment xyz' still gives these groups major exposure on other platforms, but then I read the direct questions you posed:

    Why is Twitter not banning transphobes? Why isn't Facebook actually moderating racism on its platform? Why does reddit allow The_Donald to persist?

    While the first and second question I think still come down to gross incompetence, a sprinkle of maliciousness and outright technical difficulties in detection and quarantine measures (all of which could be solved in a matter of weeks if they were actually meaning to fix the situation), I've realised I have no answer to the 3rd question.

    Sometimes I decide to hazmat-suit-up and delve to the frontpages of the most toxic and irredeemable subreddits - say theredpill, T_D, MensRights and so on - just to see what kind of shit is brewing in the Crock-Pot. There is literally nothing worthwhile ever coming from those environments, only the occasional brigade, doxxing incident or whatever.

    The bottom line being, screw the minor observations I wanted to make about your comment, you're actually making an extremely solid point, why are these environments still allowed at all on mainstream websites?

    Edit:
    Also I am glad you mentioned content creators, cause that's the exact people I had in mind when I was typing out the OP.

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

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    No idea what the skeptical movement is tbh, I'll have to look it up later on this evening when I'm home. I was just thinking about how while writing the OP I was finding it difficult to find the...

    No idea what the skeptical movement is tbh, I'll have to look it up later on this evening when I'm home.

    I was just thinking about how while writing the OP I was finding it difficult to find the right words to express what I had in mind. Giving Wikipedia's page a skim read seems to confirm it is indeed expressing the general concept I had in mind.

    Thanks for the heads up, I'm sure it'll be a worthwhile read!

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

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    Is it actually ok to criticise obviously despicable practices on social media? To clarify, with 'obviously despicable practices' I mean all those beliefs that only pander to extremists, outcasts...

    Is it actually ok to criticise obviously despicable practices on social media?

    To clarify, with 'obviously despicable practices' I mean all those beliefs that only pander to extremists, outcasts or plain crazy bozos, e.g. the earth being flat, vaccinations causing autism, climate change being a hoax, predatory scams (like Goop) and so on...

    Up until some years ago I believed it was wise to bring light to state truths in hope of dispelling doubts and false facts, it just made sense.
    Recently though I've come to realise that denouncing these kind of bogus beliefs just makes them more obvious to that 1% willing to buy into them and ultimately giving that minority a chance to actually reply on the non-issue, creating an illusion that a debate about it is necessary, acceptable and worthwhile.

    It's paradoxical really, one can either speak against obvious BS with the intention of shutting it down (while still shining a spotlight on it) or just stfu with the hope it'll not catch on and instead fade into obscurity (but allowing it to stay in the meantime).

    I still don't know what's the best way to act in these cases honestly...

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  7. Comment on Rameses B's Decade Mix, 10 Years of Music in a 7 Hour Mix in ~music

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    I was trying to realise why this artist sounded so familiar to me, and then I recognized that he's the author of Visionary - imo one of 2012's most proper bangers. I guess I should listen to some...

    I was trying to realise why this artist sounded so familiar to me, and then I recognized that he's the author of Visionary - imo one of 2012's most proper bangers.
    I guess I should listen to some of his more recent tracks; I honestly had no idea he was still around.

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  8. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    So to sum it all up: spoilers They picked up Napoleon, who chilled throughout the journey, Socrates, a random old man from Crete, Benito Mussolini along with one of his bodyguards, a rogue android...

    So to sum it all up:

    spoilers They picked up Napoleon, who chilled throughout the journey, Socrates, a random old man from Crete, Benito Mussolini along with one of his bodyguards, a rogue android and a Japanese female warrior. Throughout all this, and against all odds, nothing besides a big fuckoff snake really hindered their expedition, which concluded in an epic battle against the leveled up Gundam sized rogue android, which was somehow defeated flawlessly by the power of rock during an unforgettable concert. All this for a presentation. And the incredible cheesiness of failing the very last check and ending with Bill and Ted still sucking at playing music. That was unbelievable; honestly props to the narrator who came up with this crazy fucked up story.

    That was absolute insanity, definitely a great recommendation, thanks!

    And yeah, please do watch How to Fuck Up an Airport linked in op. It very much resembles this kind of chemistry between the hosts and the story is, believe me, equally batshit insane.

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  9. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    As I said in another comment in this thread I really don't know my Star Trek at all, so I guess my enjoyment of it would depend on whether Star Trek here is used to begin the episode, set the...

    As I said in another comment in this thread I really don't know my Star Trek at all, so I guess my enjoyment of it would depend on whether Star Trek here is used to begin the episode, set the theme for the rest of the podcast and go off on a tangent or if it is central to a whole show.

    I'll check what's what once I get home though, thanks for the input ^^

  10. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    It sounds much more appetising in Italian, from what I can see it is translated to 'Sole fish'. Fish in general is great for your diet, Soles in their simplicity are cheap, tasty, easy to prepare,...

    It sounds much more appetising in Italian, from what I can see it is translated to 'Sole fish'.

    Fish in general is great for your diet, Soles in their simplicity are cheap, tasty, easy to prepare, quick to cook and have a great variety of recipes.

    I love to cook it 'alla Mugnaia'. You basically just get rid of the guts and the dark side's skin (the lighter side's skin is fine to eat and adds flavor even though it tends to be fat), cover what's left in flour and cook it for 15 or so minutes in total in a pan with some butter. Then just put it on a plate with some lemon on it. If it's cooked properly the fishbone comes off super easily and doesn't break into a thousand annoying pieces.

    The main issue is that you have to have a decent fish market wherever you live I guess...

    If we're talking about snacks then Yogurt and trail mix/dried fruit comes to mind. Or straight honey; never underestimate it. It packs a ton of energy, it doesn't spoil easily and can be mixed with whatever, be it ceareal, yogurt or milk.

    Whatever you do just avoid granola. It's fat and disgusting and evil.

  11. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Keep in mind I'm from the other side of the pond, meaning that the extent of my American history knowledge is only superficial; I assume this also probably means I shouldn't have any gripes...

    Keep in mind I'm from the other side of the pond, meaning that the extent of my American history knowledge is only superficial; I assume this also probably means I shouldn't have any gripes against how political the show gets.

    The Reagan episode is actually be quite topical for me - not long ago for one reason or the other he popped up in a discussion I was having with my father. I'll have to check that one out for sure.

  12. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    I don't know why, but I never could have imagined a podcast with Baldwin discussing music, politics and society could ever exist. Neither of these really fit what I was looking for originally, but...

    I don't know why, but I never could have imagined a podcast with Baldwin discussing music, politics and society could ever exist.

    Neither of these really fit what I was looking for originally, but perhaps they might be good to listen to while commuting? Again, I'm not really good at multitasking so it'd depend on how thorough the discussion in each one is. I'll download a couple and try them out.

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  13. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    That's exactly the kind of show I was seeking; something light hearted, generalist but still somewhat grounded in topics. I'll bookmark it and give it a spin next weekend, thanks!

    That's exactly the kind of show I was seeking; something light hearted, generalist but still somewhat grounded in topics. I'll bookmark it and give it a spin next weekend, thanks!

  14. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Never heard of this show before even though I consider myself somewhat acquainted to BBC's productions. As i wrote in some other responses I usually listen to podcasts while doing chores or...

    Never heard of this show before even though I consider myself somewhat acquainted to BBC's productions.

    As i wrote in some other responses I usually listen to podcasts while doing chores or working around so I'll have to see if I can keep track of what's being said. Cheers!

  15. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Had this been suggested to me 5 or so years ago it'd have probably been right up my alley, but at this point I have to say Tiny Meat Gang is not my cup of tea. Good Morning from Hell from what I...

    Had this been suggested to me 5 or so years ago it'd have probably been right up my alley, but at this point I have to say Tiny Meat Gang is not my cup of tea.

    Good Morning from Hell from what I can see sounds somewhat like Count Dankula's Mad Lads Serie here is my favorite episode, which I still consider fun but got kinda spoiled by the meh nature of the host himself. It could be hit or miss, I'll check it out and see if it's my jam; thanks ^^

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  16. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    This sounds interesting for moments when I can actually dedicate all the attention to the podcast itself; I usually consume podcasts while cooking or cleaning around, and I'm not sure I'd be able...

    This sounds interesting for moments when I can actually dedicate all the attention to the podcast itself; I usually consume podcasts while cooking or cleaning around, and I'm not sure I'd be able to keep track of what's being said while also handling whatever else I'm doing.

    It does sound like a great show to listen to while relaxing when my eyes need some resting, a great alternative to watching TV; thanks!

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  17. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Now I don't know how much of what's been told on WILTY is actually true, and in all fairness some of the stories are quite jarring; regardless Bob Mortimer is by far one of the best recurring...

    Now I don't know how much of what's been told on WILTY is actually true, and in all fairness some of the stories are quite jarring; regardless Bob Mortimer is by far one of the best recurring guests of the show imo, along with Greg Davies and Wehn, so I'll add Athletico Mince to the list.

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  18. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    That's it, yeah! I had no idea the Rick and Morty guy was involved in other projects... Thanks!

    That's it, yeah! I had no idea the Rick and Morty guy was involved in other projects... Thanks!

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  19. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Not knowing jack all about DnD myself, and having checked out what @Omnicrola suggested, I'm starting to understand I really like the dice-roll kind of formula for podcasts; I'll deffo have to...

    Not knowing jack all about DnD myself, and having checked out what @Omnicrola suggested, I'm starting to understand I really like the dice-roll kind of formula for podcasts; I'll deffo have to give Dice Funk a go.

    On a side note, I'm starting to remember that a friend of mine once showed me some clips of a podcast which had some (or all?) episodes animated, where 4 people played DnD? I just recall there was a fat guy, a red haired chick and a gremlin of sort, idk...
    It was some years ago, and my memory is kinda fuzzy honestly; googling it real quick I found Critical Role, but I'm sure that's not it.

    Even the other entries sound cool; perhaps I'm just gonna pass on Potterless, but that's on me; I never really liked that serie.

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  20. Comment on Let's talk about humorous podcasts in ~talk

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    Sleepycabin was great to just unplug and chill, plus Zack and his melodious nasal voice were part of the cast fairly often, and that for me can only be a plus. The issue I have is that pretty much...

    Sleepycabin was great to just unplug and chill, plus Zack and his melodious nasal voice were part of the cast fairly often, and that for me can only be a plus.

    The issue I have is that pretty much every episode was topical of bullshitting about whatever was trending in pop culture at the time, and seeing how they post with the same frequency as we get a new Pope, well... It just doesn't feel appealing to me to re-listen to any of the episodes...

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