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  1. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    While it isn't programming (and probably not what most people are thinking of in this thread), I've been working on building a darkroom. I managed to find an enlarger at a yard sale and they owner...

    While it isn't programming (and probably not what most people are thinking of in this thread), I've been working on building a darkroom. I managed to find an enlarger at a yard sale and they owner gave it to me for free, which is great since this one would have cost about $800 USD on ebay! I've been working on getting the rest of the equipment needed and trying to improvise and get it as cheaply as possible.

    I plan on building this darkroom in my garage. Someday I'd like to build walls around it, but for now it's probably going to have to be blackout curtains hung up in the corner. I've been shooting and developing film for several years now and I'm really excited to finally start making prints!

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  2. Comment on I'm writing an autobiographical comic about trauma, psychosis, and clinical protocols. Looking for feedback in ~health

  3. Comment on I'm writing an autobiographical comic about trauma, psychosis, and clinical protocols. Looking for feedback in ~health

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    Okay, I loved this. I struggle with depression and ADHD, and while I haven't been committed I have empathy for anyone who struggles with mental health. If you ever create a kickstarter to get this...

    Okay, I loved this. I struggle with depression and ADHD, and while I haven't been committed I have empathy for anyone who struggles with mental health. If you ever create a kickstarter to get this published please let me know, I'd love to help fund this into a full series.

    Would you be wiling to give me permission to download your comic and convert it to CBZ format? I try to backup any comics that I really like.

    Also, If you are okay with me downloading/converting this, are you okay if I share it with friends? I would make sure the file had your name and site listed in the metadata.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What's a dish you've made that you're most proud of? in ~food

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    Okay, so I don't cook often, but I have a dish I sort of invented/modified. I love lobster bisque. I also love craw fish and cajun style food. So I took a recipe for Lobster Bisque, and used craw...

    Okay, so I don't cook often, but I have a dish I sort of invented/modified. I love lobster bisque. I also love craw fish and cajun style food.

    So I took a recipe for Lobster Bisque, and used craw fish instead. Then I added some sirracha. I know it probably doesn't count as an "Invented" or "original" dish, but I made it myself and it was really good (in my subjective opinioin), and I've never seen it anywhere else before.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Inside the social media cult that convinces young people to give up everything in ~life

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    I've done a little research down the rabbit hole of Gnostic esotericism, hermeticism, alchemy, and Crowley sex magic. It's a fascinating area of study from a historic perspective. It's interesting...

    I've done a little research down the rabbit hole of Gnostic esotericism, hermeticism, alchemy, and Crowley sex magic. It's a fascinating area of study from a historic perspective.

    It's interesting that this cult tried to combine all of that with current ideas of racial and economic justice. I wonder how much of this the leaders actually believed and how much was just a tool to manipulate people.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on A Dark Room in ~games

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    I love this game! I got it free on android a few years ago. The way the story opens up is very unique and did a great job holding my interest without just revealing everything at once. Thanks for...

    I love this game! I got it free on android a few years ago. The way the story opens up is very unique and did a great job holding my interest without just revealing everything at once.

    Thanks for reminding me about this gem, I'll have to give it another go.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    My wife and I went to some yard sales, which is one of my favorite American (I think it's mostly an American thing?) past times. There's always the chance you can find a great treasure for almost...

    My wife and I went to some yard sales, which is one of my favorite American (I think it's mostly an American thing?) past times. There's always the chance you can find a great treasure for almost nothing

    And I did come out really well. I found this. It's an enlarger for a darkroom. Analog photography has been a hobby for years and I've been wanting to start a darkroom for a while, but the initial cost is pretty high.

    This enlarger with the head unit would have cost me about $800 on ebay, and Saturday I got it for free!
    That's the magic of yard sales :D

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

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    I just got a huge bundle of Manga from humble bundle. I just made it through the first volume of Space Brothers and I like it so far. The bundle also included Parasyte and some others I've never...

    I just got a huge bundle of Manga from humble bundle. I just made it through the first volume of Space Brothers and I like it so far. The bundle also included Parasyte and some others I've never heard of. It was over 120 volumes so I'll be busy for a while!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on "My Immortal" as alchemical allegory in ~humanities

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    Wow. When I first started this article I figured it would be a long shot at best. I read My Immortal back in high school, and I've studied historical alchemy and the Resecrutians over the last...

    Wow. When I first started this article I figured it would be a long shot at best. I read My Immortal back in high school, and I've studied historical alchemy and the Resecrutians over the last year, but I had never put the two together.

    This article is very convincing. There are too many coincidences (most notably the pen name "Rose Christo") for this to be an imaginary connection.
    Great find!

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Alexis Ohanian resigns from Reddit board in ~news

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    Sorry about that, didn't realize this had already been posted.

    Sorry about that, didn't realize this had already been posted.

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  11. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Yeah, that's called pump and dump. The only way to benefit from a pump and dump on WSB is to advocate for a really small stock (otherwise WSB doesn't have enough members to make a significant...

    Yeah, that's called pump and dump. The only way to benefit from a pump and dump on WSB is to advocate for a really small stock (otherwise WSB doesn't have enough members to make a significant difference in price). People get usually get called out for trying to pump up low volume stocks and typically the post gets removed by the mods.

    There has been an explosion of retail investing and I think a lot of these one off posts are new people who try it, then lose it all and give up.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    You can't prove that they actually bought that option when they said they did, but you can look at the value of the option over time and confirm that the option did or didn't gain that much value....

    You can't prove that they actually bought that option when they said they did, but you can look at the value of the option over time and confirm that the option did or didn't gain that much value. The option I was referring to specifically was for the company Shopify, which went from $350 a share on April 3 to $658 on May 6.

    An options contract is for 100 shares. so 658-350 = 308. 308 times 100 shares is $30,000 minus the initial cost of the trade.

    And that's why people play options. High risk high reward.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Sega Game Gear Micro announced in ~games

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    I'm going to be honest, this thing looks like garbage. A 1 inch screen? Four games? This is worse than the PS1 mini. All this is going to do is get thrown in the trash after about 6 months or...

    I'm going to be honest, this thing looks like garbage.
    A 1 inch screen? Four games? This is worse than the PS1 mini. All this is going to do is get thrown in the trash after about 6 months or whenever you beat the four games (whichever comes first).

    For roughly $20 more you can get something like the RG350 (specs and device review here) that can emulate almost everything up to the PS1 (including Game Gear).

    There are other devices like this one all at price points close to this Game Gear mini.
    I'm not advocating for piracy (I'm also not not advocating for piracy). If you want to use this legally you can purchase used copies of the games you want to play which gives you the right to emulate them.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What are secure alternatives to slack, and what are your experiences with them? in ~tech

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    Right now it is on an AWS T3.Micro instance. It has two virtual processors and 1 GB of RAM. It's enough for developing the site and it only costs about $3 a month. Once I'm done with the site and...

    Right now it is on an AWS T3.Micro instance. It has two virtual processors and 1 GB of RAM. It's enough for developing the site and it only costs about $3 a month.

    Once I'm done with the site and start getting users I'm going to need some way to take donations. I can't afford to upgrade the server on my own budget and this server won't be able to handle very many users.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    What was really interesting to me was that based on some preliminary data (still working on getting the sub's history scraped), it looks like the vast majority of users only post once, then never...

    What was really interesting to me was that based on some preliminary data (still working on getting the sub's history scraped), it looks like the vast majority of users only post once, then never again. The repeat posters only make up less than 20% of the total users that have posted.

    (Note, those numbers are subject to change, still working with the data)

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Regular stocks are pretty straight forward. Buy stock and you own a little bit of that company. Hopefully the company increases with value over time and (in theory) the stock will as well....

    Regular stocks are pretty straight forward. Buy stock and you own a little bit of that company. Hopefully the company increases with value over time and (in theory) the stock will as well.

    WallStreetBets focuses mostly on options. Options are more complicated, both in understanding what they are and in trying to invest in them.

    It's basically you saying "Stock for (some company) will go (up or down) by (dollar amount) before (Date)". You pay money to make that "bet". If you're right you can easily make between 100% and 800% or more profit. If your wrong you lose the entire cost of that investment.

    Most people on the sub are basically trying to play the lottery. Buying options that are very unlikely to be profitable for cheap, hoping to get lucky (similar to penny stocks). The craziest gain I've seen on that sub was a guy who bought an option for $35, then sold it for $15,000 a month later (that is not typical)

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What are secure alternatives to slack, and what are your experiences with them? in ~tech

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    A private chat server for home use. Really it was just what my wife and I used to talk to each other while at work. It wasn't blocked on her work machine because it was my domain lol. But from the...

    A private chat server for home use. Really it was just what my wife and I used to talk to each other while at work. It wasn't blocked on her work machine because it was my domain lol.

    But from the limited experience I had with it I liked it. Being self-hosted gives you a lot of control, and the end users don't have to install anything since it's browser based which is a nice bonus for ease of use.

    4 votes