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  1. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    I'd simply pick a compilation book of his short stories and start reading them blind. They're all typically really great. If you're a movie buff, you can try Colour Out of Space and then watch the...

    I'd simply pick a compilation book of his short stories and start reading them blind. They're all typically really great. If you're a movie buff, you can try Colour Out of Space and then watch the Nike Cage adapation! That's a great 2 for and the story is short enough to finish in an afternoon. He doesn't really have long stories.

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  2. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    I also enjoyed (if you can call it that with Curtis) the Century of the Self. All of his stuff is very harrowing but incredibly insightful. It leaves a lasting impression to say the least. As for...

    I also enjoyed (if you can call it that with Curtis) the Century of the Self. All of his stuff is very harrowing but incredibly insightful. It leaves a lasting impression to say the least.

    As for In the Mouth of Madness, having read all of Lovecraft it is an amazing homage to his writing while retaining Carpenter's own vision. It really is a treat to watch knowing Lovecraft's work and Carpenter's work. It can be considered a part of Carpenter's informal apocalypse trilogy, the other two being The Thing and Prince of Darkness.

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  3. Comment on The Lighthouse (2019) was made by nerds, and it's awesome in ~movies

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    His other film, the VVitch is just as great!

    His other film, the VVitch is just as great!

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  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~enviro

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    We'll just keep mining water and burning coal until there's none left. That's when change will happen

    We'll just keep mining water and burning coal until there's none left. That's when change will happen

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  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~enviro

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    Even the rainy pnw is already into extreme drought. Unfortunately nothing will be done and more ac units will be blasting away further intensifying climate change.

    Even the rainy pnw is already into extreme drought. Unfortunately nothing will be done and more ac units will be blasting away further intensifying climate change.

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  6. Comment on This is why we don't shoot earth's garbage into the sun in ~space

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    It would be much cheaper and easier to simply throw out trash into active volcanoes.

    It would be much cheaper and easier to simply throw out trash into active volcanoes.

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

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    Hollow Knight. If you're into side scrolling Metroid style games, this one lives up to the hype. It's unique and fun and frustrating. I played it on the heels of Ori and have enjoyed all 3 games...

    Hollow Knight. If you're into side scrolling Metroid style games, this one lives up to the hype. It's unique and fun and frustrating. I played it on the heels of Ori and have enjoyed all 3 games tremendously.

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  8. Comment on Seven rural counties in Oregon have voted in favor of seceding to Idaho in ~news

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    Idaho has to agree, Oregon has to agree, and the federal congress has to agree. It's rather silly. They're infrastructure rates will increase, their minimum wage will decrease, they'll lose all...

    Idaho has to agree, Oregon has to agree, and the federal congress has to agree. It's rather silly. They're infrastructure rates will increase, their minimum wage will decrease, they'll lose all the pot revenue. Due to the low population size they won't gain representation federally. They'll lose more than they gain and us west siders won't have to subsidize ungrateful assholes. Aside from alfalfa and some beef, the west side can produce whatever we want in the fertile Willamette Valley.

    I say we charge the shit out of them to use our ports for the global market, let them go through Idaho east since they loathe us so much. They're literally biting the hand that feeds them and this will seal their death spiral into oblivion.

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  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I read that about a month ago. It quickly became an all time favorite. I've got a botanical background and can relate to her messages and stories. I particularly love the idea of Reciprocal...

    I read that about a month ago. It quickly became an all time favorite. I've got a botanical background and can relate to her messages and stories. I particularly love the idea of Reciprocal Ecology. We need much more of that these days.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Do your lime trees produce much fruit? in ~hobbies

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    First off, most for trees will take 5 to 10 years to start bearing in proliferation. I believe it's a mistake to force the tree to do so earlier. Let it get established and strong before you start...

    First off, most for trees will take 5 to 10 years to start bearing in proliferation. I believe it's a mistake to force the tree to do so earlier. Let it get established and strong before you start dousing it in fertilizers.

    Second, how are your insect populations? If you live in an area where everyone uses insecticides, there may simply not be enough pollinators to go around. You can resort to hand pollination to increase fruit set.

    Also, how do you fertilize? Industrial chemicals or compost and mulch? Chemical burn can result in decreased productivity and mortality.

    How much light does it receive? Part shade or full sun? What kind and how much root competition? Does grass grow right up to the bowl?

    Always lots of questions but I often see the mistake that folks plant a fruit tree and expect fruits immediately. It takes years and years of nurturing before nutritious fruit set. Trying to force it earlier will reduce its life span and decrease its vigor.

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  11. Comment on Recommend some upbeat / high-energy music that, if I listen to it in my car, will make me want to roll the windows down and drive at unsafe speeds in ~music

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    Wha what? Kyuss and Acid Bath in the same comment. Great bands and excellent choices. Mine is always Whitewater by Kyuss and Bleed Me an Ocean by AB. Great stuff.

    Wha what? Kyuss and Acid Bath in the same comment. Great bands and excellent choices. Mine is always Whitewater by Kyuss and Bleed Me an Ocean by AB. Great stuff.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Legion is enthralling so make time for all three seasons. S4 of Mr Robot is the best season of any show I've ever seen. There are a couple of episodes that deserve emmys. I if you look at the imdb...

    Legion is enthralling so make time for all three seasons. S4 of Mr Robot is the best season of any show I've ever seen. There are a couple of episodes that deserve emmys. I if you look at the imdb ratings many of them are over 9.5. There is even one episode with zero dialogue but it's so intense you don't even recognize it. Masterfully done.

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  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    As a huge fan of Fargo, every season being extraordinary, I tried Noah Hawley's other endeavor, Legion. I have to say that all 3 seasons were among the best television I've ever seen. Incredibly...

    As a huge fan of Fargo, every season being extraordinary, I tried Noah Hawley's other endeavor, Legion. I have to say that all 3 seasons were among the best television I've ever seen. Incredibly complex and vivid with amazing story arch. And one of the finest series ender I've witnessed. Though it isn't for everyone, if complex storys are your thing I'd highly recommend it.

    I'd put Noah alongside Sam Esmail and Mr Robot. If you enjoy that sort of show.

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  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Strangely enough I enjoyed BCS much more than Breaking Bad. I'm also a fan of Odenkirk from Mr Show, so seeing him break out into a nuanced dramatic performance was refreshing. I like the...

    Strangely enough I enjoyed BCS much more than Breaking Bad. I'm also a fan of Odenkirk from Mr Show, so seeing him break out into a nuanced dramatic performance was refreshing. I like the meditative slow burn if the show and many unforgettable characters. I think it's great all the way through S5. I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    I would recommend two books by Khaled Hosseini; The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Preferably back to back. They profoundly deal with human emotions in very complex cultural and...

    I would recommend two books by Khaled Hosseini; The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Preferably back to back. They profoundly deal with human emotions in very complex cultural and familial back drops in ways that will linger with you for years. I wept multiple times during both books due to the tragedies and personal overcoming through the most wicked worlds you can imagine.

    As a runner up, my favorite author is Hermann Hesse. I recently finished Demian, which certainly lives up to and exceeds the hundred years of acclaim it's received.

  16. Comment on The Amazon Rainforest now emits more greenhouse gases than it absorbs in ~enviro

  17. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    I've got loads of native hazelnut. It's a treat! Also I'd highly recommend Oemlaria cerasiformis, they complement each other very well. Though it is dioecious so you'd need both sexes for fruit...

    I've got loads of native hazelnut. It's a treat! Also I'd highly recommend Oemlaria cerasiformis, they complement each other very well. Though it is dioecious so you'd need both sexes for fruit set. They're both very active plants when everything else is slumbering.

    I also have been starting to grow Monarda, Two species. I spent last weekend dividing and scattering M didyma throughout the garden. The hummingbirds sure adore it and it has lovely splashes of crimson mid season.

    At any rate, since it's the full moon I'm going to grab a shovel and do some transplanting!

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  18. Comment on How we discovered a hidden world of fungi inside the world’s biggest seed bank in ~science

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    There are quite a few plants that won't germinate at all without a mychrhizal fungal partnership. Such as orchids and many heaths. Most plants have mutual relationships with fungi. Not to mention...

    There are quite a few plants that won't germinate at all without a mychrhizal fungal partnership. Such as orchids and many heaths. Most plants have mutual relationships with fungi.

    Not to mention the plants that are full mycoheterotrophs, or fungal parasites. They don't even photosynthesize.

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  19. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Wow, you're right. I always assumed. Well screw reading this book then.

    Wow, you're right. I always assumed. Well screw reading this book then.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Just dipped my toe into Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. I've read Norwegian Wood, so I'm familiar with his style. So far it's as great as it's acclaim. There's a reason he won a noble prize. I try...

    Just dipped my toe into Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. I've read Norwegian Wood, so I'm familiar with his style. So far it's as great as it's acclaim. There's a reason he won a noble prize.

    I try to read one fiction and one non fiction concurrently. So the other book was recommended by my geologist friend, called, Timefulness; How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Amazing read so far that gives great insight into the Deep Time of they planet and the tools geologists have developed to determine that. It certainly highlights how badly we're fucking ourselves over as a species on the lonely rock. But that's fairly evident these days. Great read though.

    3 votes