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  1. Comment on What is your favorite game to livestream? in ~games

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    I really only tune in for esports. I understand the appeal for others to watch "personalities" game, but it's not for me (I don't like late night talk shows or variety shows either, it's just not...

    I really only tune in for esports. I understand the appeal for others to watch "personalities" game, but it's not for me (I don't like late night talk shows or variety shows either, it's just not my thing).

    That said, I usually only watch games I've played because it's easier to follow. League, Overwatch, Smash Brothers are all a lot of fun. I do sometimes watch DotA2, but to be honest it rarely holds my attention because I don't understand the nuances of the game like I do those I've played.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on ERRA - House Of Glass in ~music

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    This is so good. Nice to see the band embrace the proggy side a bit more. JT's cleans are a good change of pace for the band, don't know if I like them over the long term, but I think it's cool...

    This is so good. Nice to see the band embrace the proggy side a bit more. JT's cleans are a good change of pace for the band, don't know if I like them over the long term, but I think it's cool they have another weapon in their arsenal.

    This, Eye of God and Snowblood have all been just massive. I can't wait for a new LP from these guys.

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

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    Been listening to the self-titled debut from Ghostkid. It's very good and promising for a first album, though everyone in the group has experience with some semi-successful bands prior to this....

    Been listening to the self-titled debut from Ghostkid. It's very good and promising for a first album, though everyone in the group has experience with some semi-successful bands prior to this. It's in that sort of electronic augmented metal-pop sound you get from Bring Me the Horizon and Bad Omens type space. I think it could do a little more riffage, pit calls and break downs, but I come at this from more of a perspective of a hardcore fan than a metal or a pop fan. Still, it's pretty fun.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    The famous Tolkien quote: Really is living with me lately given I have a young child during what is obviously a pretty crazy time in U.S. history.

    The famous Tolkien quote:

    “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

    Really is living with me lately given I have a young child during what is obviously a pretty crazy time in U.S. history.

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

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    Probably going to buy my fifth kettlebell since I started on kettlebell training back in August. This is more me starting too light than any sort of incredible progress. I think, overall, it was...

    Probably going to buy my fifth kettlebell since I started on kettlebell training back in August. This is more me starting too light than any sort of incredible progress. I think, overall, it was good for me to start light and "progress" quickly to make sure I have form down rather than start to heavy and injure myself. So now I have:

    Adjustable bell: 8, 12, 20, 35, 40 lb
    44 lb
    53 lb
    62 lb
    70 lb (soon)

    But obviously this hits the bank a little bit. No more so than gym fees would have, so not a huge deal. But still. I probably should have just started with the 53 lb bell and gone from there. I'm mostly progressing by doing clean and press and basically going heavier when I can do a five rung ladder (1st set, 1 rep; 2nd set 2 reps, etc) five times in one workout. A little more complicated than that, but that's how it's been going.

    I had a 1RM in the strict barbell press of 175 lb back in January of this year, just to give a barometer of where I was in case other people are looking to pick up some bells as COVID worsens and the gym looks less and less appealing.

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

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    Did my baseline for the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Rite of Passage. The goal of the program is to get to get to 200 snatches in ten minutes with a 24kg(53lb) kettlebell. After doing the program...

    Did my baseline for the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Rite of Passage. The goal of the program is to get to get to 200 snatches in ten minutes with a 24kg(53lb) kettlebell. After doing the program for four weeks (first two with a 20kg/44lb bell, the next two with the 24kg), I did the recommended test day and got exactly 100 snatches as time expires.

    It's gonna be a long road to double my output on this thing, but I think as I get heavier and heavier bells, the 24kg won't feel like much on future test days. I hope anyway!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Into The Omegaverse: How furry fanfic tropes landed in federal court - Featuring LegalEagle, Contrapoints, Caitlin Doughty, and more in ~arts

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    My favorite way to do Hardcore History is while playing Civ V. Just hits correctly.

    My favorite way to do Hardcore History is while playing Civ V. Just hits correctly.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Into The Omegaverse: How furry fanfic tropes landed in federal court - Featuring LegalEagle, Contrapoints, Caitlin Doughty, and more in ~arts

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    Oh, man. That feeling a new Hardcore History drops is very nice.

    Oh, man. That feeling a new Hardcore History drops is very nice.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What music have you grown out of? What music has remained resonant across the years? in ~music

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    Weird Al is definitely one of those things I, for lack of a better term, grew out of. When I was in middle-school and through the beginning of college, he was by far the artist I owned the most...

    Weird Al is definitely one of those things I, for lack of a better term, grew out of. When I was in middle-school and through the beginning of college, he was by far the artist I owned the most CDs of. I can remember doing chores on the farm as a kid and listening to a portable cassette player and it was always Weird Al. I liked other music, I come from a very musical family, but Weird Al was basically my personality.

    And then it just stopped. I am honestly not sure why but after Running With Scissors, I never really touched him again. I actually kind of forgot about him until my son started watching this show called Little Big Awesome and he does some cameos in it.

    I theorize it's because once I got to college I met people that knew about music besides what was on the radio and they helped me actually develop a taste in contemporary music. I grew up in a rural area and all the radio stations were oldies, top 40 and country. None of my friends were really into music outside of that. I met a lot of people in college that really got me into punk, metal, hardcore, etc and that's what I've been into since then. It was also during the Napster phase, so I was able to easily acquire a lot of this lesser known music. Maybe I liked Weird Al because he made fun of the music I was basically forced to listen to growing up. Now that I rarely listen to top 40 artists, I don't really even know what song he's making fun of.

    Still appreciate him as a person and for the place he had in my life for such a long time. And also because when I saw him in concert I took my parent's film camera to snap some photos, but when they loaded up the film they accidentally put in a roll that had already been exposed. It was my confirmation photos. So, in incredible Weird Al fashion, he's super imposed in all my photos a Bishop performing a sacrament on me.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Into The Omegaverse: How furry fanfic tropes landed in federal court - Featuring LegalEagle, Contrapoints, Caitlin Doughty, and more in ~arts

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    The only problem with the show is that they put out new episodes so infrequently. But I always get excited when a new episode finally drops.

    The only problem with the show is that they put out new episodes so infrequently. But I always get excited when a new episode finally drops.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Into The Omegaverse: How furry fanfic tropes landed in federal court - Featuring LegalEagle, Contrapoints, Caitlin Doughty, and more in ~arts

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    On of my favorite episodes of All Lawyers Are Bastards was a deep dive into this case. If you'd like to hear three funny lawyers dig into the merits of this case as it was filed from a reading of...

    On of my favorite episodes of All Lawyers Are Bastards was a deep dive into this case. If you'd like to hear three funny lawyers dig into the merits of this case as it was filed from a reading of the court documents, I'd recommend it: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/alab-series/id1477059799?i=1000482446943

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

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    I am still playing Star Wars: The Old Republic with a group of friends. We started up when the pandemic started since we couldn't hang out IRL anymore. We just finished the class stories form the...

    I am still playing Star Wars: The Old Republic with a group of friends. We started up when the pandemic started since we couldn't hang out IRL anymore. We just finished the class stories form the original vanilla release. Sadly, the multiplayer content after this point is mostly focused on gear grinding and less on story. While there still is a great story, it's mostly solo, as all classes are silo'd into one size fits all story.

    But since some in the group have already played the story, like me, we'll just watch as others in the group play through it, which is also fun. And there's still plenty of dungeons and what not to go through. It's still a shame this game that mostly engages subscriptions by having more story content rather than the ways other MMOs do it never really got adopted by a super large player base. It would have been really special to see them continue this game the way it was at release.

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

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    That does look good! I am tempted to spend the extra cash. Maybe after I exhaust the rest of Arcade's offerings a bit.

    That does look good! I am tempted to spend the extra cash. Maybe after I exhaust the rest of Arcade's offerings a bit.

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

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    I mentioned in another thread that I had Apple Arcade and was looking for recommendations. I've since dug in on them on a bit. This is my first time really playing mobile games, I've been into...

    I mentioned in another thread that I had Apple Arcade and was looking for recommendations. I've since dug in on them on a bit. This is my first time really playing mobile games, I've been into gaming since the 80s, but mobile games never really appealed to me and I wasn't sure how this would work out. After being told Arcade works on MacOS and AppleTV, I was way more into it. In fact, even after playing some of these on my phone a bit, I still think PC or TV is better, but maybe that's me be an old guy.

    Mini Motorways - Very fun, easy to pick up and put down puzzle game. I wish it was trains instead of cars, but that's just me being a train guy. I am still trying to figure out how some people on the leader boards are getting 2x, 3x, the points I can at my best. The mechanics are surprisingly deep.

    Sayonara Wild Hearts - A love letter to classic on-rails games of various kinds. This thing has A E S T H E T I C, it's basically a playable music video for 80s new wave music. Very easy just to "beat," the real challenge lies in getting high scores while winning. Not really mine kind of game mechanically (never cared for on rails stuff), but I enjoyed it because of it's very well realized vision and the style.

    Next Stop Nowhere - A slightly unpolished point and click adventure game with a little bit of space piloting (that's actually on rails moving similar to Sayonara Wild Hearts). The voice acting and script is really good. The puzzles are perhaps too easy, so it's mostly a choices matter type story. The story is nothing mind blowing, but at the same time it's nice to play as an adult talking with other adults doing adult things (as an adult myself) then say being a teenager chosen by legend to kill god.

    Grindstone - What a treat this puzzle game is. I thought I was pretty done with grid based puzzle games, but these folks really did a great job re-inventing the genre. There's also a fun aesthetic with the very beefy protagonist just slicing through the monsters with each move and the art style is very good (and well done). Highly recommended.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    Bring Me the Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR Released on: 30 October 2020 Genre: Metal, pop Definitely listen to: Teardrops Kingslayer Ludens My opinion: Bring Me the Horizon have returned...
    • Bring Me the Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR
    • Released on: 30 October 2020
    • Genre: Metal, pop
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. Teardrops
      2. Kingslayer
      3. Ludens
    • My opinion: Bring Me the Horizon have returned to that signature Sempiternal sound with POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR. The crushing guitars come roaring back on this release and Oli Sykes, one of the best unclean vocalists in the game, finally returns to his growls and guttural pit calls. While there's still a lot of electronica in here, this seems to augment the sound, like in Sempiternal, rather than guide it. The only problem with this release is that it's too short. But luckily, SURVIVAL HORROR is just the first of a planned four EP set, with the other three coming over the course of 2021.
    1 vote
  16. Comment on Oregon legalizes psilocybin mushrooms (for therapeutic purposes) and decriminalizes all drugs in ~health

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    D.C. also approved psilocybin: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-magic-mushrooms-result/2020/11/03/bb929e86-1abc-11eb-bb35-2dcfdab0a345_story.html Will be interesting to see if...

    D.C. also approved psilocybin: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-magic-mushrooms-result/2020/11/03/bb929e86-1abc-11eb-bb35-2dcfdab0a345_story.html

    Will be interesting to see if this stands as it was done as a ballot initiative and not passing a law. The mayor voted against it personally, but we'll see if she marshals an attempt to overturn this ballot initiative similar to how the district overturned an initiative to abolish the tipped minimum wage.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Apple Arcade recommendations? in ~games

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    I would definitely recommend Mini Motorway. It's the only game I've gotten to from everyone's recommendations because when I had time to play, held my interest the entire time! Hoping to get to...

    I would definitely recommend Mini Motorway. It's the only game I've gotten to from everyone's recommendations because when I had time to play, held my interest the entire time! Hoping to get to more stuff in here soon though.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are you following this week? Weekly sports round-up thread in ~sports

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    I appreciate your break down on this as I don't follow NHL and just saw bits and pieces come up on my twitter feed. Wild stuff. Much worse than I thought.

    I appreciate your break down on this as I don't follow NHL and just saw bits and pieces come up on my twitter feed. Wild stuff. Much worse than I thought.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Apple Arcade recommendations? in ~games

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    Cardpocolypse sounds very goofy and like it might be fun. Especially as someone that was 10 during the 90s and played Magic: The Gathering. I don't know if I'd enjoy Exit the Gungeon on a gameplay...

    Cardpocolypse sounds very goofy and like it might be fun. Especially as someone that was 10 during the 90s and played Magic: The Gathering. I don't know if I'd enjoy Exit the Gungeon on a gameplay level, but I love the pixel art. Thanks!

  20. Comment on Apple Arcade recommendations? in ~games

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    Thanks to @joplin, I see that Arcade works in MacOS too. So, I should be able to play stuff on PC and not just mobile, which honestly makes me way more excited for Arcade than I was. I remember...

    Thanks to @joplin, I see that Arcade works in MacOS too. So, I should be able to play stuff on PC and not just mobile, which honestly makes me way more excited for Arcade than I was.

    I remember hearing a bit about Sayonara Wild Hearts now that you mention it. Seems like a good time to try it out! I have not played many strategy games lately (outside of Civ), but Mini Motorways looks like it might be fun for short bursts on my phone. Thanks.

    2 votes