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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Listening to some disappointing new releases from some bands I generally like. A Day To Remember is the biggest offender. I didn't care much for their last album (Bad Vibrations) after being a fan...

    Listening to some disappointing new releases from some bands I generally like.

    A Day To Remember is the biggest offender. I didn't care much for their last album (Bad Vibrations) after being a fan of everything else they put out. So, I was ready to be disappointed by their new disk, You're Welcome, but it was still pretty disappointing in my opinion. From what I've seen, even the band's sub-reddit is pretty divided on it. Kinda of sad to see an innovator of combining pop punk with hardcore punk just cranking out some decaf Arcade Fire songs.

    The other is less disappointing, with Architects' new disk, For Those That Wish to Exist. It's certainly not a bad disk, but it kind of went through me like chugging water and peeing a few minutes later. Architects have been monsters of the metalcore scene and they've definitely decided to switch more toward arena rock. In fairness, this is a me problem, the album hit number 1 in multiple countries and so they seemed to have achieved a greater audience than they've ever had. But for me, this isn't why I turn to Architects.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on A quite possibly wonderful summer in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yeah, people seem to myopically focus on the mortality rate when, as you point out, there seems to be a lot more to COVID-19 than just whether or not it kills you. I was even thinking about how...

    Yeah, people seem to myopically focus on the mortality rate when, as you point out, there seems to be a lot more to COVID-19 than just whether or not it kills you. I was even thinking about how future draft prospects in sports may have to prove they never had COVID or if they did, that might make their draft prospects fall. Just an example of just how far reaching this thing could be. Maybe it's not permanent, maybe after years it heals or something. I don't know enough. But I do know that long term damage is happening.

    And also, being sick as a kid is just not fun! I barely remember Disney when my parents took me, but I definitely remember being in hospitals a couple of times (un-diagnosed asthma, bone injury, other things) really well and I didn't like it then and I don't like remembering it!

    I agree with you 100%, why not just wait a few weeks (or months at most) to drastically lower their chance of permanent damage?

    7 votes
  3. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    Interesting to see that I've sort of accidentally adopted some of these without really knowing they were best practice. Thanks for the heads up.

    Interesting to see that I've sort of accidentally adopted some of these without really knowing they were best practice. Thanks for the heads up.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on A quite possibly wonderful summer in ~health.coronavirus

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    I haven't followed COVID super closely, mostly just following guidelines that smarter people have come up with. So maybe someone here can explain: why would families be out traveling this summer...

    I haven't followed COVID super closely, mostly just following guidelines that smarter people have come up with. So maybe someone here can explain: why would families be out traveling this summer when it seems like the timeline for most kids, especially younger kids, won't be until August or September? I know many 16+ will have access by the May to June window Fauci is quoted talking about in this article, but my understanding was that younger children may not be even approved for the vaccine until at least around that time, let alone getting it in their arms.

    Is my knowledge behind on this? Are vaccines going to be approved for children sooner?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    Like you, mine is long from quar. I got a haircut in March, so I'm not quite at a year, but since then I've stayed out of salons. While we have a set of electric razors, I don't want to have the...

    Like you, mine is long from quar. I got a haircut in March, so I'm not quite at a year, but since then I've stayed out of salons. While we have a set of electric razors, I don't want to have the same haircut as my son. So, I am just letting it grow. Probably the longest it's been in almost two decades, since I was in a touring band.

    Honestly, it's getting a bit annoying now because it's been on the cusp of being able to go back into a pony tail for like two months and I just want to get it up and out of the way. Especially when I'm working out. But the sides are just a little too short yet. I can see why undercuts became a thing, I just want to shave off the sides and be done with it. But undercuts are pretty over now and I'm too old to have one too boot, so I'll just be patient.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Rush Limbaugh dead at seventy in ~news

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    I was just talking to my brother about how glad I was that my dad got uninterested in Rush during the 90s and how that probably saved him and my mom from going further down the rabbit hole of...

    I was just talking to my brother about how glad I was that my dad got uninterested in Rush during the 90s and how that probably saved him and my mom from going further down the rabbit hole of conservative disinformation. I remember his radio program being on around the farm while I was growing up, but when the farm died and my dad got a union job, Rush wasn't in the house any more. No idea for sure if the union helped him with that, but regardless, I feel fortunate that he gave it up all without me and my siblings having to try to get him off it.

    15 votes
  7. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077: What if the heist worked? in ~games

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    Like this post, my comment will contain an incredible amount of spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077's story. Pretty good what ifs that could have seen the game's main plot take vastly different turns. I...

    Like this post, my comment will contain an incredible amount of spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077's story.

    Pretty good what ifs that could have seen the game's main plot take vastly different turns. I was a little turned off by how much the guy hated T Bug. Maybe if V hadn't wasted so much time getting the heist together, or if Deshone had gotten more runners to handle all the prep, her taking an extra three hours (which happens in tech all the time!) would not have been a big deal. He seems hyper focused on blaming her more than anyone for why the heist goes poorly, which I think isn't really justified.

    But the rest of it is very interesting and would have been cool to see in the game. Since so much of the pre-Jackie content was cut out of the game from my understanding, giving you some choice that really alters where the game goes would be interesting. I think you could have easily had some sort of plot device where both V and Jackie could see Johnny if Johnny stayed inside Jackie's head instead, solving a lot of problems with that plot change.

    Chasing down the Voodoo Boys to see what happened to Evelyn Parker also would have been a cool way to use a lot of the same assets that had already been developed for the game, but in a different way. The author definitely got a more "evil" read out of the Voodoo Boys than I did. I agree what they do to Parker is abhorrent, but V runs around killing like a dozen people a day just to get a job done for a random fixer (even if you play pacifist, your actions are going to lead to other people getting killed for failing to stop you), so to take issue with the Voodoo Boys as not also just survivors and self-interested like most of Night City rather than inherently evil seems an odd reading to me.

    Minor quibbles with his thoughts on a few things though, I think these would have been very cool to have in the game to give vastly different experiences. Especially as DLC and added content come and people will want to replay it for other reasons besides that, giving them different paths like this would have been very nice. I will definitely be playing through the game again after first experiencing it on PS4 (which was not nearly as buggy as reputation may say (with patches of course), but definitely not as smooth as on a high end PC).

    And, like the author, I really liked Jackie. But, at the same time, that helps make the funeral scene so powerful. The fact that the player is very much encouraged to get attached to him.

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

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    Listening to the latest from For Your Health (In Spite Of) and it's very good if you like early 00s hardcore punk mixed in with some other flourishes. Definitely in that sort of hardcore revival...

    Listening to the latest from For Your Health (In Spite Of) and it's very good if you like early 00s hardcore punk mixed in with some other flourishes. Definitely in that sort of hardcore revival vein like SeeYouSpaceCowboy and END.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Carbs are, at least for me, a very easy way to cut caloric density out of meals. Taco salad instead of tacos. Lettuce wrap instead of burger buns. Stuff like that can cut the calories of a meal in...

    Carbs are, at least for me, a very easy way to cut caloric density out of meals. Taco salad instead of tacos. Lettuce wrap instead of burger buns. Stuff like that can cut the calories of a meal in half for me, easily. So, I'm not really anti-carb either, but I find it's a very easy way to cut calories if your diet is running a little rich lately.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The full schedule for BlizzCon 2021 has been released - Streaming free online on February 19-20 in ~games

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    It's interesting because Heroes is actually having a bit of a renaissance in the competitive scene. Their official Heroes esports Twitter account just got re-activated a few months ago and is...

    It's interesting because Heroes is actually having a bit of a renaissance in the competitive scene. Their official Heroes esports Twitter account just got re-activated a few months ago and is tweeting out about all the competitive stuff suddenly cropping up. Even some bigger streamers have been going back to it all of the sudden.

    The game was officially put on life-support a couple years back and had its budget drastically reduced, so it's not necessarily surprising that Heroes doesn't have any presence at this year's Blizzcon. But the suddenly resurgence of the game is a little bit interesting and during a time when Blizzard is obviously struggling to put out new content (as your comment points out), I'm surprised they aren't just leaning into HoTs as a sort of hail mary pass to do something.

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  11. Comment on eve 6 - black nova (2021) in ~music

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    It's All In Your Head is, in my opinion, a top 10 underrated release. I think it's their most complete album. This one is sort of missing that pop punk edge they brought to a lot of their stuff...

    It's All In Your Head is, in my opinion, a top 10 underrated release. I think it's their most complete album.

    This one is sort of missing that pop punk edge they brought to a lot of their stuff and exchanges it out for more of an even-keeled vamping. I'm fine with this as a one off, but agree with you in hoping there's more of the classic sound from the other tracks.

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  12. eve 6 - black nova (2021)

    Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/black-nova/1548548049?i=1548548061 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/0CVcV4F07U0RN81MlKTbKS YouTube -...

    Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/black-nova/1548548049?i=1548548061
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/0CVcV4F07U0RN81MlKTbKS
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nLJ4Y9t98c&feature=emb_title

    Late 90s alt-rockers Eve 6 return with their first new music in almost nine years. The extremely catchy hooks the band has been known for are back. Lyricist/sing Max Collins has also with a return to form on his excellent lyrics with lines like "wayward jehova/ask for a corona/ in the ambulance. The growth here seems to be a bit of the electronica influence from Collins' side project, Fitness, and his vocals, which sound more like Scott Weiland than the teen we know for singing the heart in a blender song.

    A little more laid back than some of eve 6's prior work, we'll see where the rest of the EP goes when it's released this summer.

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

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    Wrote up my thoughts on my last year of training the other day: https://erikcieslewicz.medium.com/the-start-of-something-else-a-year-of-mostly-home-workouts-5208a1c7301a I try to do a yearly look...

    Wrote up my thoughts on my last year of training the other day: https://erikcieslewicz.medium.com/the-start-of-something-else-a-year-of-mostly-home-workouts-5208a1c7301a

    I try to do a yearly look back on how my fitness journey is doing so I don't lose sight of the big picture. Usually I concentrate on a sort of theme for the year, but obviously COVID put all best laid plans out the window and my fitness was no different. Still, it proved a great opportunity for me to try a lot of new things and discover how much I like kettlebells.

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

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    This is exactly how it is for me. It's almost meditative. Just brush away all thoughts of the outside world. Form and music are all that matters. Like you, I still am staying out of the gym until...

    This is exactly how it is for me. It's almost meditative. Just brush away all thoughts of the outside world. Form and music are all that matters.

    Like you, I still am staying out of the gym until I get vaccinated. I've found owning a handful of kettlebells to be really rewarding. It's not quite like loading up a couple hundred pounds on a barbell, but you get to push against the iron in some nice full body movements that require some good form. Would recommend.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on SOPHIE has died in ~music

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    Terrible news. I'll be honest that a lot of pop doesn't do it for me, but Sophie's Oil of Every Pearl is incredibly cool and aggressive and she had a lot of promise to keep pushing boundaries. RIP.

    Terrible news. I'll be honest that a lot of pop doesn't do it for me, but Sophie's Oil of Every Pearl is incredibly cool and aggressive and she had a lot of promise to keep pushing boundaries. RIP.

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

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    Great point on the the theme of the game. I do agree that it's been interesting seeing the game through a fresh pair of eyes. Especially an actual child's.

    Great point on the the theme of the game. I do agree that it's been interesting seeing the game through a fresh pair of eyes. Especially an actual child's.

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

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    I can think of some highlights (spoilers on the first hour or so of EarthBound follow: He loves that the main character's name is is his name. Just tickled that he can make the story about him. I...

    I can think of some highlights (spoilers on the first hour or so of EarthBound follow:

    1. He loves that the main character's name is is his name. Just tickled that he can make the story about him. I have a feeling he's going to get in RPGs a lot.

    2. He loves his dog and I am bummed that he will not be able to do much more with the dog outside of the very beginning of the game.

    3. Right off the bat he was very excited about the mystery of the meteor. Really wanted to blow past all the cops and just check it out.

    4. He was so sad when Buzz Buzz died. The game really doesn't do too much to endure Buzz Buzz to you, in fact there is supposed to be humor in him just being squatted dead by your neighbor after he seems to assume a mentor role with you. But he didn't really find any humor in it, instead he was very sad about it.

    5. He finds a lot of the actions you can do very fun/funny. Like rummaging around a trash can for a hamburger. Opening presents instead of treasure chests (just had Christmas and his birthday is soon, so he's super into presents right now). Eating as a way of getting health back really speaks to him.

    6. He likes that you tame animals instead of defeating them after getting into a fight. He's very concerned about the well being of the animals.

    7. He very much wants to get right to being a mythical hero. He's into the prophecy and finding the My Sanctuaries. He's not as interested in talking to everyone and the world building. More wants to go from plot point to plot point. I may have to fire up the game some times when he's asleep just to grind for XP so we can keep going at his pace.

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

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    Finished off the Switch remake of Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It was very fun to revisit this one. The portable Zelda games are very underrated, in my opinion. Link's Awakening was an...

    Finished off the Switch remake of Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. It was very fun to revisit this one. The portable Zelda games are very underrated, in my opinion. Link's Awakening was an original Game Boy game and still managed to have really memorable characters and poignant plot. The remake realizes that so much about the original worked and mostly puts its effort in the art style, which is a title shift stylization with all of the characters sort of looking like action figures. The result is incredibly pleasant and a reminder that games can do things besides just chase after photo-realism.

    It's very short, like the original. I finished it in about a week of just playing here and there. Very easy as well, I never died throughout the play through and thanks to robust hint system (and my memory of the original), I never had to look up anything on-line to finish it.

    My four year old child really liked it. He sometimes checks in on what I'm playing, but he'd rather use his limited screen time to watch his own tv shows/films or play games on his tablet. But for this one, I think the art style made him very interested and he ended up working with me to solve the puzzles and explore the dungeons.

    He seemed kind of bummed after we finished the game and wanted to play more, so now we are playing through the classic SNES RPG EarthBound together. He loves spooky stuff and weird humor, so he is having fun playing it with me. We named Ness after him and while the controller is in my hand most of the time, he is making all the decisions of where we go and what we do. Since I've played EarthBound so many times, I can get us on track if he wanders too far. It's also helped us practice his reading while he gets screen time, so that's been a pretty big win in my book.

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

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    Thank you very much for the compliment. I've really enjoyed writing about programs because I'm a very opinionated guy and lifting gives you time to think and form opinions! It's actually gone...

    Thank you very much for the compliment. I've really enjoyed writing about programs because I'm a very opinionated guy and lifting gives you time to think and form opinions! It's actually gone really well for me, my Medium gets about 10,000 reads a month. That's not a lot for the pros, but for a person like me that does it on the side, I've been really pleased with the reaction.

    Hope you enjoy RKC RoP as much as I did!

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

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    I can't find it right now, but there was a study that "muscle memory" was real. That is if you did work out in the past, you get your gains back much faster than the first time around. The authors...

    I can't find it right now, but there was a study that "muscle memory" was real. That is if you did work out in the past, you get your gains back much faster than the first time around. The authors were unclear on if this was due to the central nervous system retaining how to do proper form and what not or if the muscle strength actually did come back faster. So, I think you're definitely on to something.

    I was never a good enough athlete to do anything at the college level, but my high school coaches knew a lot about olympic and power lifting, so I ended up getting more into lifting than into football. Probably why I still like lifting now, and perhaps why I take to it quickly.

    2 votes