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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Atlanta, the fourth and final season With the show ending soon, I was thinking about how much it has evolved since the first season that first aired around six years ago. It's gotten a lot more...

    Atlanta, the fourth and final season

    With the show ending soon, I was thinking about how much it has evolved since the first season that first aired around six years ago. It's gotten a lot more sophisticated in the critiques it hides beneath the absurdist comedy. I feel like I have changed as the show has changed, and have appreciated it in different ways.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

    I think the most recent episode (episode 4) was the best yet, although I'm not really a big fan of the show to be honest. I enjoy the spectacle of it but beneath the glitz the script leaves a lot to be desired.

    House of the Dragon

    I wasn't expecting much but have been pleasantly surprised by this GoT spinoff. The plot is tightly woven and well constructed, the characters are compelling, and the twists are satisfying. The costume design is also great. I'd recommend it.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are some good ultra-low-spec computer games? in ~games

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    I haven't played Discovery in a very long time, was just curious how it was doing.

    I haven't played Discovery in a very long time, was just curious how it was doing.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What are some good ultra-low-spec computer games? in ~games

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    Do you play Discovery?

    Do you play Discovery?

    2 votes
  4. Comment on ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ premiere draws twenty-five million global viewers in first day, Amazon says in ~tv

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    Great example. I felt similarly about that movie and was very confused when around 15-20 people walked out of the cinema (mostly youths). Several of my colleagues too did not enjoy it and the film...

    Blade Runner 2049

    Great example. I felt similarly about that movie and was very confused when around 15-20 people walked out of the cinema (mostly youths). Several of my colleagues too did not enjoy it and the film was a major negative factor for them in the run up to the first 'Dune'. Baffles me as I was so engrossed in that movie that it did not feel slow to me at all.

    I agree that the pacing was slow in The Rings of Power but it did feel necessary to set up the characters and how their storylines inter-relate.

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  5. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    Vinyl. I've only been collecting for three years, so my collection amounts to a couple of crates. My DJ friends have walls of vinyl, I'll get there someday! Most of my collection is niche...

    Vinyl. I've only been collecting for three years, so my collection amounts to a couple of crates. My DJ friends have walls of vinyl, I'll get there someday! Most of my collection is niche experimental hip-hop, so none of the record stores in my country tend to stock what I'm looking for. Usually I have to source from the US directly from labels and/or through Bandcamp - and sometimes Europe. International shipping is obscenely expensive (it can be more than the record itself) and time consuming (1-3 months). It can also be quite risky as I've had a number of items arrive completely damaged beyond repair.

    Once you start to get into vinyl, it's hard to stop. Often there are quirks and features which make each piece truly unique - from expansive gatefold artwork, to coloured vinyl, foil-stamped detail, custom center labels, personal notes from the artist or label, sticker sets, pop-up paper figurines, listening notes, posters...I could go on! As for the listening experience, I don't use headphones so it's hard to beat. It's completely subjective, but to me vinyl has a slightly warmer sound. You do have to be careful though as there are a lot of dodgy pressings out there today which use ageing equipment and try to pass it off just because it's 'vinyl' so people assume it will be quality.

    Rather like the property market, there is a thriving record scalper scene, where people purchase as many as they can and then flip them on discogs. Thanks to limited pressings, supply/demand drives up the markup significantly. For example, one of the records I own I purchased for $35 USD. It's now worth probably $200-300 USD. There are certain labels where you have to be quick on the pulse, as the run can sell out within 24-48 hours. It's pretty frustrating for ordinary collectors such as myself that a minority of people have such control over the market, but customer purchase limits do help somewhat.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Anyone else have long covid? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Celiac disease is in my family and I suspect I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I am currently on a GF diet. I've been tested in the past but should probably re-test!

    Celiac disease is in my family and I suspect I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I am currently on a GF diet. I've been tested in the past but should probably re-test!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Anyone else have long covid? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was in the optimal period for booster vaccine effectiveness when I caught Covid, so I can't imagine how I would have fared if I wasn't vaccinated. From what I have seen there is evidence of...

    I was in the optimal period for booster vaccine effectiveness when I caught Covid, so I can't imagine how I would have fared if I wasn't vaccinated. From what I have seen there is evidence of nerve damage and studies which show that vagal nerve stimulation helps - but it seems to resolve over time. Hope you start to see improvements soon.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Anyone else have long covid? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think it's quite common to get lasting effects from the virus, as a month is the usual recovery time. But long covid does seem to be quite obvious. Only as time goes on and things get a lot...

    I think it's quite common to get lasting effects from the virus, as a month is the usual recovery time. But long covid does seem to be quite obvious. Only as time goes on and things get a lot worse does it become more clear. I'm glad you seem to have escaped it!

    1 vote
  9. Anyone else have long covid?

    I'm a longtime lurker and I haven't yet seen a discussion thread on lived experiences with long covid. I'm assuming I'm not alone and am wondering if anyone could share their experiences and tips...

    I'm a longtime lurker and I haven't yet seen a discussion thread on lived experiences with long covid. I'm assuming I'm not alone and am wondering if anyone could share their experiences and tips for recovery.

    Right now I feel like the world is closing in around me. I'm in month four. The symptom I am struggling with the most is an inability to do physical exertion, which triggers a range of debilitating symptoms that last for up to a week. Unlike most long covid sufferers, I get post exercise symptoms immediately after I do activity (others seem to get theirs 24-48 hours after). This is great for knowing my triggers, but I am finding that the trigger threshold is rapidly decreasing over time. In the first month (the month after infection) I discovered I couldn't manage a casual walk. In the second, I found I could walk for around 5 - 10 minutes at a time, but slowly. In the third, I had to stop leaving the house entirely. Two weeks ago, I started having trouble doing my washing and chores. This week I'm struggling with showering and moving up the stairs to where I work/sleep. I don't know if I've hit rock bottom yet and it's pretty scary. I'm going through the process of suspending and reducing my work responsibilities drastically. All the plans I have for the future and progress I had made towards a promotion are off the cards.

    I was not terribly active before Covid, but I know about pacing so have been trying to take it easy. I also have had chronic illness over the past decade, so I am very familiar with how mystery illnesses are generally treated in conventional medicine. I also understand those who have pre-existing conditions who see that long Covid is getting a lot more attention (and therefore funding) than before. I hope that research comes out of long Covid will also help those who have these other neglected illnesses.

    I've had to stop myself browsing the covidlonghaulers subreddit because it can get depressing. But from what I have seen, many people tend to get worse in months 4-8 and then start to improve after a year. A lot of people seem to get better after 20 months, but there are those who are still long hauling after getting the virus in 2020. I know from experience that time in conjunction with many small cumulative efforts to promote well-being is an excellent remedy.

    Has anyone had any success with getting through long covid? I am trying to focus on meditation, breathing exercises, resting, nutrition, and sleep hygiene. So far I haven't had any success am continuing on a downward spiral. I haven't yet tried fasting (e.g. the autophagy protocol), an anti-histamine diet (I'm on keto/anti inflammatory), or supplement regime (there are so many things to try that I don't know where to start).

    My thoughts are with anyone else out there with long covid or other illnesses besides, and I hope to hear from you.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Indeed. It was really crushing that it had to end, when some of the character arcs were just starting to take off.

    Indeed. It was really crushing that it had to end, when some of the character arcs were just starting to take off.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Thanks to you and our mystery user! I will check it out.

    Thanks to you and our mystery user! I will check it out.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Very sound advice. It's definitely not a show to 'binge', taking your time with it makes it all the more poignant.

    Very sound advice. It's definitely not a show to 'binge', taking your time with it makes it all the more poignant.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Easily Rectify, a small-town slow-burner where the historically convicted protagonist is released after new evidence comes to the fore disputing his involvement in the crime. It's an extraordinary...

    Easily Rectify, a small-town slow-burner where the historically convicted protagonist is released after new evidence comes to the fore disputing his involvement in the crime. It's an extraordinary and very well-written drama - moving, gripping and complex. It originally aired in 2013 with four seasons, all brilliant in my mind.

    Carnivàle is a popular one but HBO cancelled it after two seasons, though they had planned for six. It follows a traveling carnival. It's a very creative and complex show which draws on apocalyptic elements, with truly unique characters.

    The Terror is another that comes to mind although it's more popular. HMS Terror was the ship that sailed Franklin's ill-fated polar expedition to the Northwest passage in 1846. It has a great soundtrack and it plays on the imagination in interesting ways. Edit: I just discovered that there is a second season, Terror: Infamy! It's an anthology series, so a completely different plot.

    Taboo is another good British period drama, this time about the murky underworld of London. It was aired in 2017 for one season although it's been picked up again and may return in 2024.

    Banshee may not appeal to everyone as it's quite explicit and over-dramatic but it's quite a rush. It's about an ex-convict who masquerades as a sheriff.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I agree, but what is worrying about it is that it might be a sign of things to come - and not just in high end consumer products.

    I agree, but what is worrying about it is that it might be a sign of things to come - and not just in high end consumer products.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Here are the nominees for the 2022 Emmy Awards in ~tv

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    I think finding the characters intolerable in 'The White Lotus' was kind of the point. I enjoyed the show well enough, but it pales in comparison (no pun intended) to Succession. I can't recommend...

    I think finding the characters intolerable in 'The White Lotus' was kind of the point. I enjoyed the show well enough, but it pales in comparison (no pun intended) to Succession. I can't recommend Succession enough. It's probably the best show I have seen in a long time.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: June/July 2022 in ~games

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    Keen for 'FAR: Lone Sails' and 'Garfield Kart - Furious Racing' if available. Many thanks for this giveaway.

    Keen for 'FAR: Lone Sails' and 'Garfield Kart - Furious Racing' if available. Many thanks for this giveaway.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: June/July 2022 in ~games

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    I would love 'Music Maker: Hip Hop Edition'. Thanks for your generosity.

    I would love 'Music Maker: Hip Hop Edition'. Thanks for your generosity.

  18. Comment on Norway is vowing to help Europe turn away from Russian gas, but that's set off a political battle with the left-wing opposition that rejects expanded gas exploration in ~enviro

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    The Guardian's recent investigation into 'carbon bombs' is truly frightening: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/may/11/fossil-fuel-carbon-bombs-climate-breakdown-oil-gas...

    The Guardian's recent investigation into 'carbon bombs' is truly frightening:
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/may/11/fossil-fuel-carbon-bombs-climate-breakdown-oil-gas

    George Monbiot also published a recent op-ed about our misplaced faith that divestment would naturally happen when renewables became more cost-effective and efficient: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/13/optimism-climate-predictions-techno-polluters

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

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    3,7,6,2 Many thanks.

    3,7,6,2

    Many thanks.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    There's dollar bags abound for those little dry packs, but true - anything proper and you do have to fork out a lot these days. I save by growing my own, climate permitting.

    There's dollar bags abound for those little dry packs, but true - anything proper and you do have to fork out a lot these days. I save by growing my own, climate permitting.

    1 vote