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  1. Comment on Language learning thread: Share your tips, progress and questions in ~humanities

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    In the past, when I've just started a new language and I'm very slow to write, I just set very low daily goals to compensate: 1 paragraph or something like that. Even if I'm just logging basic...

    In the past, when I've just started a new language and I'm very slow to write, I just set very low daily goals to compensate: 1 paragraph or something like that. Even if I'm just logging basic facts, like did I go to the gym today, who I saw, did I do anything I'm trying to quit. As long as it's daily practice.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I had a broken set of bluetooth headphones lying around. They snapped in half and one of the speakers was broken. So rather than throw it out I removed the two speakers and wired them to an audio...

    I had a broken set of bluetooth headphones lying around. They snapped in half and one of the speakers was broken. So rather than throw it out I removed the two speakers and wired them to an audio jack. Then I packaged the whole thing into a little box shape with all the superfluous bits of casing removed.

    The result was a little box, that pairs with my phone over bluetooth, which I can plug into any speaker with an audio jack, turning it into a bluetooth enabled speaker. It's got a real cobbled together aesthetic to it too, which is exactly what I was going for.

    I know for a fact my parents have some old speakers from the nineties lying around in the attic somewhere so maybe two bits of obsolete electronics put together will make something useful.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Language learning thread: Share your tips, progress and questions in ~humanities

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    Less common activity that I really vouch for: once you can string a sentence together, start keeping a journal/diary in your target language. It has a lot of benefits: Gets you practicing every...

    Less common activity that I really vouch for: once you can string a sentence together, start keeping a journal/diary in your target language. It has a lot of benefits:

    • Gets you practicing every day.
    • You end up learning and looking up vocabulary that's relevant to your own life and interests.
    • You can practice producing sentences without the pressure and insecurity of face-to-face conversation, which means you can freely make mistakes and take your time.
    • You can review what you wrote later, look stuff up if you think you made mistakes, etc.
    • Gives a good sense of progress, as you can flick back through the pages and see how much you've improved over time.
    • If you're like me, the tactile satisfaction of filling up a notebook makes you more likely to keep at it.
    4 votes
  4. Comment on The six villains of language learning in ~humanities

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    I see language apps as a good regular habit to supplement learning. If you don't have a reliable way of getting your brain in 'target-language-space' daily or weekly, you set daily/weekly goals on...

    I see language apps as a good regular habit to supplement learning. If you don't have a reliable way of getting your brain in 'target-language-space' daily or weekly, you set daily/weekly goals on the language app. Not the best at teaching new things, but it can reinforce what you recently learned or help stop you from backsliding from lack of practice.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Celsius crypto bank freezes withdrawals; bitcoin, etherium plunge in ~finance

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    On the other extreme, I'm praying for this person who had 1111.93 ETH, worth over $1.3million, with Celsius. Hoping they got their money out before they lost everything.

    On the other extreme, I'm praying for this person who had 1111.93 ETH, worth over $1.3million, with Celsius. Hoping they got their money out before they lost everything.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Coinbase to lay off 18% of staff (1,110 people) because the company grew too quickly and a potential recession "could lead to another crypto winter" in ~finance

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    I can only assume it's to make them look as credible as possible. Same as buying an ad on Times Square or sponsoring a stadium.

    I can only assume it's to make them look as credible as possible. Same as buying an ad on Times Square or sponsoring a stadium.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on We are (almost) halfway through the year. How is 2022 going for you? in ~talk

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    Dumped my terrible stressful IT job for a new, chill and relaxing one that treats me better. I used to say in my old job that we were techno-barbarians: all our documentation exists only as a...

    Dumped my terrible stressful IT job for a new, chill and relaxing one that treats me better. I used to say in my old job that we were techno-barbarians: all our documentation exists only as a scattered oral tradition passed on by word of mouth, and one of these days we would graduate to cave paintings.

    Now at the new gig I have access to clearly written procedures stored in a central location, and they schedule ample time to train me in on something before they expect me to work on it solo and deploy it to live. Big difference.

    Then I found out I have ADHD, which was definitely contributing to my problems working in such a chaotic work environment where little actual management took place. There are also far more implications to that diagnosis that I'll probably be chewing over for a while - it definitely cast my difficulties in third-level education in a new light.

    So far, easily a high 8/10 year. Rating may go up if I successfully complete NaNoWriMo for the first time in July.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Adolescents in the US are chronically sleep-deprived, in part because most schools start too early. This summer, California will become the first state in the nation to require later start times. in ~life

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    Talking to American friends about their school experience is always wild for me. I couldn't imagine dragging my teenage self out of bed to reach school before 8 every morning. I've never...

    Talking to American friends about their school experience is always wild for me. I couldn't imagine dragging my teenage self out of bed to reach school before 8 every morning. I've never personally known a school to start classes at any time other than exactly 9am.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Slow Social networking thread in ~tech

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    You know what, I wouldn't be opposed to a similar thread sharing personal blogs. I was considering getting into proper blogging recently.

    You know what, I wouldn't be opposed to a similar thread sharing personal blogs. I was considering getting into proper blogging recently.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Slow Social networking thread in ~tech

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    My username on Slow Social is Fiachra, at the moment I'm tracking my progress after going on ADHD meds for the first time at age 29 and the effects it has on my creative writing and tech job. I'm...

    My username on Slow Social is Fiachra, at the moment I'm tracking my progress after going on ADHD meds for the first time at age 29 and the effects it has on my creative writing and tech job. I'm gearing up for NaNoWriMo in July and I also post a weekly list of recent Irish Language content being independantly produced online. This includes YouTubers, Twitch streamers and podcasters producing normal online content but speaking entirely through Irish.

    3 votes
  11. Slow Social networking thread

    Back in April we had this thread about Slow Social, a social media platform that only allows one long post per week. I've tried it out but friend discovery is woeful, so I think we could use a...

    Back in April we had this thread about Slow Social, a social media platform that only allows one long post per week. I've tried it out but friend discovery is woeful, so I think we could use a thread to share usernames and do some networking. See if we can't get a few of us into using it. If you like the idea and haven't made an account yet, now's the time.

    Post your Slow Social username below, and any specific topics you might be posting about.

    11 votes
  12. Comment on So, have you heard about monkeypox? in ~health

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    The idea that there might be another freak outbreak now, at a time when I'm certain society would be completely unwilling to do anything against it, is so perfectly terrible I have to find it...

    The idea that there might be another freak outbreak now, at a time when I'm certain society would be completely unwilling to do anything against it, is so perfectly terrible I have to find it funny.

    I know there's a reasonably effective vaccine for this but honestly, we've reached a point where I doubt if a lot of people would even take it.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    I'm speculating based on zero knowledge here, but if your blog gets plagiarised, is proving yourself as the original owner the hard part of that process? I imagine the hard part is tracking down...

    I'm speculating based on zero knowledge here, but if your blog gets plagiarised, is proving yourself as the original owner the hard part of that process? I imagine the hard part is tracking down the copyright infringer to serve them the papers.

    I also (again, speculating) don't see long-term recording as a big priority there. How often does a years-old article get stolen? I doubt the cost of minting on a blockchain is worth it if old content makes up (for example) 1% of all cases of theft.

    Basically I don't think it'd be worth the cost.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    I heavily agree. A marketplace being hacked is something you can't do anything about, but social media getting hacked? You just need to get the word out for people to be wary, the more people know...

    I heavily agree. A marketplace being hacked is something you can't do anything about, but social media getting hacked? You just need to get the word out for people to be wary, the more people know the better. It's an important distinction.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    I'm sorry to say I did contribute, at least I tried to. It was a big waste of time. He kept answering questions with non-sequitors, like comparing the blockchain to the invention of film, then...

    I'm sorry to say I did contribute, at least I tried to. It was a big waste of time. He kept answering questions with non-sequitors, like comparing the blockchain to the invention of film, then immediately walking it back when challenged while repeating the same thing elsewhere in the thread. And everywhere, constantly holding this "I dunno why everyone's so negative" attitude, even as everyone was telling him exactly why. The first disingenuous discussion I've had on Tildes.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    I've gone a few months now without NFTs being regularly forced into my awareness. My guess is that there were only ever a few thousand people actually trading them, and they were just investing...

    I've gone a few months now without NFTs being regularly forced into my awareness. My guess is that there were only ever a few thousand people actually trading them, and they were just investing resources in pumping up the hype.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    Oh my god that was such a frustrating thread. I should have known that discussion was going to go nowhere when the OP said upfront that they think criticism of NFTs comes from jealousy.

    Oh my god that was such a frustrating thread. I should have known that discussion was going to go nowhere when the OP said upfront that they think criticism of NFTs comes from jealousy.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Twitter set to accept Musk's original $43 bln offer in ~tech

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    I think the more likely and more insidious danger in all this is that twitter will largely operate the exact same way as before, and begin quietly suppressing certain news and trending topics in...

    I think the more likely and more insidious danger in all this is that twitter will largely operate the exact same way as before, and begin quietly suppressing certain news and trending topics in the algorithm.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Man who paid $2.9m for NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet set to lose almost $2.9m in ~finance

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    Once the procedurally generated images became popular (bored apes etc. etc.) nobody ever seemed to talk about buying NFTs of tweets or memes anymore. So I guess this isn't too surprising: every...

    Once the procedurally generated images became popular (bored apes etc. etc.) nobody ever seemed to talk about buying NFTs of tweets or memes anymore. So I guess this isn't too surprising: every new development in NFTs might just dispel the hype of the previous Big Thing, revealing them as fads with no long term value.

    People often say that fiat money only has value because people believe it does, but it's a lot harder to make people believe in the value of things today, when there's so much advertising everywhere trying to convince everyone of the value of something or other.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Neoslavery: The part of US history you've always skipped in ~humanities

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    Highly recommended. It's so engrossing it feels half as long as it really is.

    Highly recommended. It's so engrossing it feels half as long as it really is.

    8 votes