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

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    I finished reading Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. It was... ok I guess. I'm not super qualified to discuss the validity of his argument, but personally, basing a large segment of his...

    I finished reading Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
    It was... ok I guess. I'm not super qualified to discuss the validity of his argument, but personally, basing a large segment of his argument on Africa and the Americas being longer north-south and Eurasia being longer west-east doesn't seem right somehow. He also seems to get needlessly specific at some parts, like the exact types of seeds grown in certain areas, etc

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  2. Comment on NASA is naming its newest space telescope for pioneering astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, marking the first time in the agency’s history that one of its major programs has been named for a woman in ~space

  3. 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 Europa Universalis, and my god, is it the most efficient time sink I have ever laid my hands on. I've heard some people say the the Civilization games suck time away, but I never...

    I've been playing Europa Universalis, and my god, is it the most efficient time sink I have ever laid my hands on. I've heard some people say the the Civilization games suck time away, but I never really had as much of a problem turning Civ off, especially into the late game. Do wish that Paradox would make all of the DLC cheaper though, it seems that some features should probably be in base game.

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  4. Comment on What does it mean to be a ‘Karen’? Karens explain: As the meme has become more prominent online, its meaning has become confused – with real-life Karens caught in the crosshairs in ~life

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    How much does that kind of thing get brought up outside of the internet? I don't know anyone with names that have a stereotype attached to them, so my experience with them is solely online. Is it...

    How much does that kind of thing get brought up outside of the internet? I don't know anyone with names that have a stereotype attached to them, so my experience with them is solely online. Is it common for people to use those stereotypes when they first interact with you?

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  5. Comment on What's something that's better than expected? in ~talk

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    Stabbing people! In the context of fencing. There's something satisfying about hitting your opponent and definitely a joy in having outsmarted them.

    Stabbing people!

    In the context of fencing. There's something satisfying about hitting your opponent and definitely a joy in having outsmarted them.

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

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    I just watched that video, and it describes my experience with the game really well. It definitely does feel like architecture not designed for humans

    I just watched that video, and it describes my experience with the game really well. It definitely does feel like architecture not designed for humans

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

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    I'm playing NaissanceE. It's kind of a weird game. It's this first-person platformer, but kind of obtuse to do anything as the world you are moving through doesn't really seem designed for...

    I'm playing NaissanceE. It's kind of a weird game. It's this first-person platformer, but kind of obtuse to do anything as the world you are moving through doesn't really seem designed for platforming, or at least designed to make platforming as difficult as possible. The game is creepy, but it's definitely not a horror game, at least not in the traditional sense, but it still feels... unsettling. I'm not sure if I like it or not, or what to really think about the game, but I guess I'll keep playing.

    I also picked up XCOM 2, reinforcing how terrible I am at strategy games. I feel like I'm getting better, but I definitely deal with the mind control enemies... poorly to say the least.

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  8. Comment on You can have an organ or feature of any multicellular organism implanted in your body. What is it, why do you want it and how would you use it? in ~talk

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    Good point. Would they look like me now or me at birth? If they look like me now, are they thinking the same as I am now or thinking like me at birth? Do they appear with clothes? This could get...

    Good point. Would they look like me now or me at birth? If they look like me now, are they thinking the same as I am now or thinking like me at birth? Do they appear with clothes? This could get pricey real quickly

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  9. Comment on You can have an organ or feature of any multicellular organism implanted in your body. What is it, why do you want it and how would you use it? in ~talk

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    I'd like asexual reproduction, mostly because I think it would be really funny to have hundreds of copies of myself running around. edit: If Calvin and Hobbes have taught me anything though, maybe...

    I'd like asexual reproduction, mostly because I think it would be really funny to have hundreds of copies of myself running around.

    edit: If Calvin and Hobbes have taught me anything though, maybe not such a great idea

    7 votes
  10. Comment on What's something you've learned about yourself recently? in ~talk

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    I guess it was something I already knew to some extent, but... holy shit do I hate studying. This is a stereotypical high schooler complaint I suppose. Before lockdown, I could just kinda absorb...

    I guess it was something I already knew to some extent, but... holy shit do I hate studying. This is a stereotypical high schooler complaint I suppose. Before lockdown, I could just kinda absorb stuff in class and not really have to do any extra studying outside of class, but now, that's all there is. I guess it's better that I get used to studying now instead of getting blindsided later. At least thats what I tell myself as I cry my way through notes and PDFs and textbooks

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  11. Comment on Reddit introduces new "Start Chatting" feature across many subreddits, AskHistorians goes dark for 1 hour in protest to broken promises in ~tech

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    I wonder what the motivation for this was? I also find it weird that in the r/AskHistorians post, they mention that the feature had been out for over a year, but was on an opt-in basis, but on the...

    I wonder what the motivation for this was?
    I also find it weird that in the r/AskHistorians post, they mention that the feature had been out for over a year, but was on an opt-in basis, but on the blog post the admins say that they will consider making the chat opt-in in the future. It seems like it was opt-in already?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What's a song you enjoy listening to from a genre you don't? in ~music

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    Xenophobia by Bill Sutton It's a silly song, but I enjoy listening to it every once and awhile

    Xenophobia by Bill Sutton

    It's a silly song, but I enjoy listening to it every once and awhile

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

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    Children of Time was a great book! I was quite fond of the ant proxy wars the spiders waged. I had no idea there were more books, so I'll have to check those out.

    Children of Time was a great book! I was quite fond of the ant proxy wars the spiders waged. I had no idea there were more books, so I'll have to check those out.

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

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    I finished reading Death's End by Cixin Liu, the last book in the Three Body Problem trilogy. It was a really fun book to read, and the end was a bit of a trip. It touches on some pretty...

    I finished reading Death's End by Cixin Liu, the last book in the Three Body Problem trilogy. It was a really fun book to read, and the end was a bit of a trip. It touches on some pretty interesting themes as well. In one section of the book, the characters need to form a plan against an enemy that can hear and see everything they say and do. I think this examination of surveillance was pretty interesting, coming from a Chinese author who still lives in mainland China. In an interview he did with the The New Yorker, he expressed full support for the policies of the Chinese Government, but I wonder if that's how he really feels.

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