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  1. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've been really jonesing for some chocolate, but I've also been trying to dechonk. So I've started referring to chocolate in online conversation as chonkolate in an effort to remind myself of its...

    I've been really jonesing for some chocolate, but I've also been trying to dechonk. So I've started referring to chocolate in online conversation as chonkolate in an effort to remind myself of its deleterious effects on my thighs and lardy carpet.

    Here in eastern Scotland, we are mostly bored. Supermarkets have started putting up road barriers in the store and letting in groups of people at a time, and my mum suggested going there at 06:00 to avoid the queues around the car park. Also some stories from the family: a Superdrug store in Edinburgh being smashed up; someone in England trying to mug NHS employees for their cards at knifepoint, in order to get free coffee and pizza being offered to healthcare workers; a panic-shopper in Kirkcaldy with three trolleys trying to take a fourth from an elderly man, then assaulting and spitting on him; and customers in an ASDA throwing food at employees who told them to only take what they needed.

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  2. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Chana Masala in ~food

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    I love a good curry, but by the gods, how do you avoid gut pain and the dreaded ring of fire? I think the mildest curries like a Thai green are the only ones that don't give me any problems.

    I love a good curry, but by the gods, how do you avoid gut pain and the dreaded ring of fire? I think the mildest curries like a Thai green are the only ones that don't give me any problems.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Charity and volunteer work in a time of crisis in ~talk

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    I like the British Heart Foundation. The shop at which I volunteered has been closed for the next couple of weeks due to low customer numbers, and they're no longer doing pick-ups from homes due...

    I like the British Heart Foundation. The shop at which I volunteered has been closed for the next couple of weeks due to low customer numbers, and they're no longer doing pick-ups from homes due to the virus risk. Obesity and alcoholism are endemic in Scotland, so they always need support.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on A woman dies. How does her community pay tribute when they are social-distancing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    We'll just have to remember their names for the service afterward, and for engraving on the town memorial. I don't doubt that the last village where I lived, if the virus reaches it, will be...

    We'll just have to remember their names for the service afterward, and for engraving on the town memorial. I don't doubt that the last village where I lived, if the virus reaches it, will be almost completely depopulated.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've never known anyone who just takes their dumps in the shower, but on the off chance that this helps anyone, you can certainly buy detachable shower hose heads made specifically for flushing...

    I've never known anyone who just takes their dumps in the shower, but on the off chance that this helps anyone, you can certainly buy detachable shower hose heads made specifically for flushing out your insides. I believe it's designed for pre-escapade prep.

    Edit: Actually going to attach this as an additional bit instead of lengthening the comment chain, 'cos it's not really on-topic, but you can either use it to deal with the living room (where the big, solid furniture lives) or just the entry hall.

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

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    Since I managed to lose 25 pounds, I've been struggling to shed more. I've been extending the number of reps per set in my home workout, and adding a few more exercises. This is what I have so...

    Since I managed to lose 25 pounds, I've been struggling to shed more. I've been extending the number of reps per set in my home workout, and adding a few more exercises. This is what I have so far:

    Tues., Wed., Sat.:

    120 x jumping jacks to warm up.

    Repeat following 3 times:
    20 x squats,
    20 x lunges each side,
    20 x press-ups,
    30-sec. plank,
    20 x bed lifts,
    20 x sitting with back to bed and lifting myself up (no idea what it's called),
    20 x hip bridges,
    20 x sit-ups.

    I've started dripping with sweat again, and can see bicep muscles building. No change as of yet in regard to abs, though.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I decided to try reading Beasters, after finishing part 1 of the Japanese series online. It's fun so far. A bit of a shame that the art style is different to the lovely one used in the anime, but...

    I decided to try reading Beasters, after finishing part 1 of the Japanese series online. It's fun so far. A bit of a shame that the art style is different to the lovely one used in the anime, but allegedly there's a lot more in the manga that isn't yet in the anime (or was skipped over), so I'm enjoying myself!

    Beastars is also the first anime I've ever watched an entire series of in almost 30 years.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What do you like/dislike about where you live? in ~talk

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    I live in Fife, Scotland. 1. What are the best quality-of-life features of your city/state/province/country of residence? Probably that we don't have the kind of student loans they do in England....

    I live in Fife, Scotland.

    1. What are the best quality-of-life features of your city/state/province/country of residence?
    Probably that we don't have the kind of student loans they do in England.

    2. What natural features do you appreciate most?
    It's consistently sunnier here than in west Scotland, which isn't a great deal, but it's definitely decent.

    3. Is it getting better/worse?
    Probably incrementally better, at least until the next economipocalypse. Every once in a while some old, brutalist building gets torn down and replaced, which is always a good thing.

    4. What do you dislike?
    Well, it's a new town in Scotland, so it looks pretty grey and Stalinist, and it gets pretty windy sometimes too. On the plus side, the people here are mostly nice and we have a charming little local cinema with a few screens and some sweet sofas.

    5. Where, if anywhere, would you rather be?
    Either in Penang, Malaysia; or possibly Israel, since a friend who's currently living there says it's great and you can get anything.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Ross's Game Dungeon: (a review of) Deus Ex in ~games

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    Ages ago. His website goes by the same name, and he's also got a YT channel for the longer stuff called AccursedFarmsJunk.

    Ages ago. His website goes by the same name, and he's also got a YT channel for the longer stuff called AccursedFarmsJunk.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’ in ~tech

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    It would be interesting to know how much these public figures bloat their follower accounts with bots, too. Does anyone have reliable numbers on that?

    It would be interesting to know how much these public figures bloat their follower accounts with bots, too. Does anyone have reliable numbers on that?

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

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    Mmm, the mouldy cherry atop an absolute crapheap of a year. I call them the Red Army Choir for simplicity, and because that's what they were called on the first album I found, but I think there...

    Mmm, the mouldy cherry atop an absolute crapheap of a year. I call them the Red Army Choir for simplicity, and because that's what they were called on the first album I found, but I think there may be at least two choirs - Alexandrov and MVD. The Red Army Choir has been reformed again since the tragedy, I think. During WWII they lost more than a hundred members.

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

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    A bit of the Red Army Choir, who I've loved for a good while now. I've never come across a group with the beautiful range of emotion their performances convey. They make me want to reminisce,...

    A bit of the Red Army Choir, who I've loved for a good while now. I've never come across a group with the beautiful range of emotion their performances convey. They make me want to reminisce, weep, sit back in awe, then get up and dance.

    The Roads
    Dark Eyes
    Let's Go
    Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl
    It's a Long Way to Tipperary
    The Cossacks
    Gandzia

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  13. Comment on Should white supremacists be allowed to practice law? in ~misc

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    Augustus Sol Invictus's wiki page states at the bottom: He was arrested January 1, 2020, on "charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence". A...

    Augustus Sol Invictus's wiki page states at the bottom: He was arrested January 1, 2020, on "charges of kidnapping, domestic violence, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence".

    A more recent article about him: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-01-01/white-nationalist-who-ran-for-senate-arrested-in-florida

    7 votes
  14. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    Oh, I guess I've kind of settled there too. I don't really know what to put in as my religion/spirituality on forms, so something different probably goes in the box each time. You can believe in...

    Oh, I guess I've kind of settled there too. I don't really know what to put in as my religion/spirituality on forms, so something different probably goes in the box each time. You can believe in patron deities for elements, parts of the natural world and even different occupations, like they have in China. That seems like a fairly fun and guilt-free way of doing things. Really, you can put a god in anything. The way I see it, you might as well try and make something fun out of it instead.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I think it's meant to help with recognizing the certain behaviours that cause you to become depressed or anxious about things and put them off, and focus on tackling those to become less depressed...

    I think it's meant to help with recognizing the certain behaviours that cause you to become depressed or anxious about things and put them off, and focus on tackling those to become less depressed and more productive. I'm not sure it's really doing all that much yet.

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  16. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I went to a weekly Behavioural Activation group that was really rather depressing and not helpful in any way I can think of. So far, about half the group appears to have dropped out, possibly...

    I went to a weekly Behavioural Activation group that was really rather depressing and not helpful in any way I can think of. So far, about half the group appears to have dropped out, possibly because they find the meetings more depressing than not attending them. I hope that rereading the booklets they give us will help me make more sense.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Malaise in ~talk

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    Temporarily, by keeping my mind occupied. Exercise, work, studies, drawing, reading, writing, talking to friends, going to the shops, anything that can be done to keep the black dog at bay for a...

    Temporarily, by keeping my mind occupied. Exercise, work, studies, drawing, reading, writing, talking to friends, going to the shops, anything that can be done to keep the black dog at bay for a while. That's all life really is: buying time.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Echo Burning, by Lee Child. Third I've read, and the same number in the series. It's been hold for quite a while during my laughable attempts to study, but now I've restarted and almost concluded...

    Echo Burning, by Lee Child. Third I've read, and the same number in the series. It's been hold for quite a while during my laughable attempts to study, but now I've restarted and almost concluded it. The basic Lee Child formula is that Jack Reacher, ex-MP drifter and most dangerous person without a transmittable illness, drifts into a town, discovers a conspiracy and eventually kills a lot of people before moving on. Not exactly gee wowzers territory, but good enough for a laugh.

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  19. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Not bad. I'm a returning student of computer science, hoping to get my first proper job out of it. I found this place through Reddit, and it's certainly a nicer alternative. I don't often...

    Not bad. I'm a returning student of computer science, hoping to get my first proper job out of it. I found this place through Reddit, and it's certainly a nicer alternative. I don't often contribute because I don't have much to say.

    I chose a username that was similar to previous usernames and pleasant to think about. I like fish fingers, especially hot with Ketchup, Tabasco and chips.

    I would probably add a model-painting group because I really like the idea of starting a collection of little tank models. Sadly it's prohibitively expensive for now.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Torchlight Frontiers is now Torchlight III, and will be a standard purchase instead of free-to-play, releasing this year on PC in ~games

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    Interesting. I had no idea this was even in development, nor was I wondering what the studio had been up to; I'd completely forgotten about it all. TL2's third act was an unfortunate letdown, but...

    Interesting. I had no idea this was even in development, nor was I wondering what the studio had been up to; I'd completely forgotten about it all. TL2's third act was an unfortunate letdown, but I remember getting decent enjoyment out of it and the first game - and not only because they were among the few games I could run at the time.

    I think the big appeal that TL2 had to me was that, like Path of Exile, it was "what Diablo III was meant to be". Now that Blizzard's got another game in the works, and we currently have Path of Exile and Grim Dawn to play, I feel that the devs are going to have to pull something special out of their hats.

    3 votes