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  1. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Haven't thought about gyms, I wonder if I could talk to my gym about ordering a pair for me. They let me freeze my account indefinitely, so they've been great to me. Unfortunately, most local...

    Haven't thought about gyms, I wonder if I could talk to my gym about ordering a pair for me. They let me freeze my account indefinitely, so they've been great to me.

    Unfortunately, most local sporting goods in the area are chains or specifically do not carry weight training equipment.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Getting so desperate to lift heavy things, but don't have a lot of space, that I may pay one of the price gougers out there that have scooped up all the adjustable dumbbells on the market.

    Getting so desperate to lift heavy things, but don't have a lot of space, that I may pay one of the price gougers out there that have scooped up all the adjustable dumbbells on the market.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on How will voting by mail work for you? in ~talk

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    My location not only will be sending absentee ballots to everyone, but will have drop off spots for them so we don't even have to use the mail to send them. It's very nice.

    My location not only will be sending absentee ballots to everyone, but will have drop off spots for them so we don't even have to use the mail to send them. It's very nice.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on A Short Vision (1956) (NSFW) in ~movies

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    The short film that appears to be a metaphor for nuclear holocaust, shocked the United States when Ed Sullivan showed it not once, but twice, on his show. Here's a well researched blog post on how...

    The short film that appears to be a metaphor for nuclear holocaust, shocked the United States when Ed Sullivan showed it not once, but twice, on his show. Here's a well researched blog post on how it came to be that Sullivan aired this explicit short on TV in the 50s: https://conelrad.blogspot.com/2011/06/short-vision-ed-sullivans-atomic-show.html

    1 vote
  5. Comment on The Good Lord Bird trailer - Ethan Hawke as Abolitionist John Brown in ~tv

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    Willem Dafoe feels like he would have been a much better casting choice in my opinion, but seems like this was a passion project for Hawke and I think he looks good in the trailer.

    Willem Dafoe feels like he would have been a much better casting choice in my opinion, but seems like this was a passion project for Hawke and I think he looks good in the trailer.

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

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    I haven't played anything else by the developers. I am seeing a lot of their other games are more mixed critically, but I do think the setting for Technomancer sounds really cool.

    I haven't played anything else by the developers. I am seeing a lot of their other games are more mixed critically, but I do think the setting for Technomancer sounds really cool.

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

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    Been playing Greedfall lately. It's an attempt to make a modern BioWare-type RPG at a fraction of the budget. It shows a bit in some of the more detailed animation, like mouths not really matching...

    Been playing Greedfall lately. It's an attempt to make a modern BioWare-type RPG at a fraction of the budget. It shows a bit in some of the more detailed animation, like mouths not really matching the words being spoken, some stuff more cinematic type stuff instead just done as fade to black and then a character shouting what happened.

    But the setting is pretty unique for a bigger budget, high fantasy, RPG. Sort of a 17th century type aesthetic rather than more typical medieval stuff. The writing is pretty good, though I must admit sometimes my character says things that I wouldn't want them in an attempt to streamline conversations with less decisions than a typical BioWare game.

    I'm only a couple hours in, but so far it seems like a good way to scratch the itch for that type of fully voiced role-playing experience with Dragon Age 4 still a long ways off and very few other publishers still making games solely focused on a rich, single player experience.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Southern Hostility by Upon A Burning Body in ~music

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    Multiple tracks from this on my gym playlist. Good stuff to push yourself too.

    Multiple tracks from this on my gym playlist. Good stuff to push yourself too.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Wargasm (UK) - Spit in ~music

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    Yeah, they have seemingly a lot of influences that all come through at different times. Which I think we'll see more and more of as kids that have always had the buffet of all pop culture at their...

    Yeah, they have seemingly a lot of influences that all come through at different times. Which I think we'll see more and more of as kids that have always had the buffet of all pop culture at their finger tips start coming of age to make their own stuff. Reminds me a bit of Set to Stun or Greyhaven, who also are almost more a conglomeration of other styles forced together all at once rather than some specific genre.

    1 vote
  10. Wargasm (UK) - Spit

    Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/spit/1515933495?i=1515933506 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/4N8vRR39A9ttCbAVW5Gztx YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aigeil9HSWo...

    Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/spit/1515933495?i=1515933506
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/4N8vRR39A9ttCbAVW5Gztx
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aigeil9HSWo

    Newest single from relative newcomers Wargasm. The London duo have nothing to do with the old Boston, MA thrash outfit of the same name. These two (Sam Matlock and Milkie Way) instead employ a lot of late 90s industrial and nu-metal guitar riffs with some poppy hooks in the instruments. Mix in the dueling vocals of Matlock's raw, unclean shouts and Way's silky smooth, sometimes bubblegum pop level, harmonies and you get a sort of blender of genres that kind of defies typical categorization.

    The two cut their teeth shoving some pop songs through the jaws of their style (like N.E.R.D.'s Lapdance). They've started putting out originals lately. Spit is probably their hardest song so far, eschewing some of the more poppy elements of their first releases.

    5 votes
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  12. Comment on Tips for falling asleep in ~talk

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    You've already got a lot of great advice, so I'll just hammer home on that exercise thing. It helps me quite a bit and I've noticed the same thing with my toddler. When I get him out in the world...

    You've already got a lot of great advice, so I'll just hammer home on that exercise thing. It helps me quite a bit and I've noticed the same thing with my toddler. When I get him out in the world and running around, he sleeps way better than if we have a day in. Just taking an hour out of the day to get the park and run around a bit is really good, even in this heat and during this time where we should social distance.

    Just get in a nice 40 minute walk and listen to a podcast. You don't need to run until your muscles create battery acid or anything. I do weighted vest walks for my cardio myself, which is a good way to add more challenge without flat out running, which I hate.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Do you feel bad for playing games on easy? in ~games

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    Origins had insane difficulty spikes. I can remember beating the Mage Tower on hard and the extreme astral horror bosses without too much trouble. But then on the road from the Tower to the next...

    Origins had insane difficulty spikes. I can remember beating the Mage Tower on hard and the extreme astral horror bosses without too much trouble. But then on the road from the Tower to the next area I was going to, I was ambushed by some highway men that absolutely wiped the floor with me until I turned it down to easy. That happened way too much in that game. Really great experience overall, but it's clear the focus was not on mechanics for that first one.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I should check to see if some are more available right now. In March, they were sold out everywhere. But that would be good. Some sort of kettlebell based work actually sounds pretty good. Cheers!

    I should check to see if some are more available right now. In March, they were sold out everywhere. But that would be good. Some sort of kettlebell based work actually sounds pretty good. Cheers!

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Fielding any suggestions people have for home training. Since covid started, I've been suspension training for the first time and it's good and I like it, but I usually switch programs every 8 to...

    Fielding any suggestions people have for home training. Since covid started, I've been suspension training for the first time and it's good and I like it, but I usually switch programs every 8 to 16 weeks and it's been about that time and I'm getting itchy to try something else.

    I'm not opposed to buying new gear, I'm saving money on my gym membership as thankfully I've been able to freeze it this whole time. But I have very limited space (800 square feet place I share with two other people). Outdoors are OK, but it's hot and humid as hell right now, so not ideal.

    Goals are strength and muscle size, which is basically the same thing, I know. Male vanity muscles are ideal (arms, chest, traps, lats, etc).

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Has it ever felt like this before? in ~talk

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    I'm about double your age and no, it's never felt like this. But being on the left and losing is nothing new, we lose a lot. That's what fighting power is; if you're winning a lot, you're on the...

    I'm about double your age and no, it's never felt like this. But being on the left and losing is nothing new, we lose a lot. That's what fighting power is; if you're winning a lot, you're on the side with power. This quote from I.F. Stone sticks with me when thinking about this: "“The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing - for the sheer fun and joy of it - to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.”

    19 votes
  17. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Normally I listen to a lot of hardcore, but I've been spending time with family that doesn't really care for it. So digging in more to some new releases outside that genre that came out recently....

    Normally I listen to a lot of hardcore, but I've been spending time with family that doesn't really care for it. So digging in more to some new releases outside that genre that came out recently. Most recent Purity Ring and Fiona Apple are pretty good, though personally I think both of them had pretty previous releases. Didn't really care much for the new Black Keys, though it's not without its charm.

    Surprisingly enjoying the new album from Bush. I guess I am starting my mid-life crisis or something.

  18. Comment on Washington DC's NFL team will go by "Washington Football Team" for 2020 season in ~sports

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    Such a Dan Snyder move. Sell a bunch of merchandise with "Washington Football Team" and then do the real name change later and sell a bunch of that.

    Such a Dan Snyder move. Sell a bunch of merchandise with "Washington Football Team" and then do the real name change later and sell a bunch of that.

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

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    I've been playing through Disco Elysium now that it's on MacOS and man, it is as good as all the hype made it out to be. At first I thought people were overhyping it a bit as I played the...

    I've been playing through Disco Elysium now that it's on MacOS and man, it is as good as all the hype made it out to be. At first I thought people were overhyping it a bit as I played the beginning, but the depth of the game and world building really puts it over the top. I'm not huge on point and click adventure games, they feel too directionless most of the time. And DE definitely has some of that, but overall I do feel a good push toward a main narrative that's really fleshed out instead of just clicking and combining every item I've picked up because I have no idea how to advance.

    The world building was solid from the start, but once you start drilling down into what the world truly is like by getting history and physics lessons from one of the optional characters (Joyce), it really starts to get holy shit and helps explain the sort of ambient cosmic horror background hum. Very well set up.

    Aside from writing and game play, the art is just gorgeous. I love the style from the environment to the skill cards. Very moody. And music is also fantastic. From the background stuff that just plays when you're wandering to the very specific pieces that play say when the MC sings karaoke or when you meet the young musicians and hear what they're putting together.

    Cannot recommend it enough. Even if this type of game isn't usually your thing (it's not mine), it's very good.

    6 votes