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  1. Comment on Valheim Tildes Community Server Update #2 in ~games

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    I'm not entirely sure. I just performed a server restart so let me know if that fixed the issue for you. I will look at the available settings I can configure to see if there is a new toggle.

    I'm not entirely sure. I just performed a server restart so let me know if that fixed the issue for you. I will look at the available settings I can configure to see if there is a new toggle.

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

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    I did my introductory flight kicking off my journey to get my private pilot license (PPL). I got to take off (with an instructor present) in a Cessna 172 and do a lap around Mount Diablo in the SF...

    I did my introductory flight kicking off my journey to get my private pilot license (PPL). I got to take off (with an instructor present) in a Cessna 172 and do a lap around Mount Diablo in the SF Bay Area. It was cramped, complicated, but ultimately exhilarating as I made turns and adjustments for the route while compensating for turbulence. It was a firehose of information from start to finish and it gave me a lot of respect for the complexity and danger that entails personal aviation. From going through the pre-flight checklist to trying to decipher what ATC is relaying to the airspace to trying to take in all the instruments and learning their functionality in different scenarios, I see that I have a lot of learning to do. I probably won't start my real classes until mid-March but I foresee myself flying at least once or twice a week so that I maintain familiarity between classes. I'm terrified of the thought of doing the whole thing by myself but hopefully, in time, I will gain more confidence in my capabilities.

    However, it is very exciting for me to think about the possibilities of having a PPL and being able to one day own my own plane. The freedom that comes from being able to hop into my plane and do a day trip somewhere further away or ferry me to a vacation spot makes my mind race in good ways.

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  3. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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

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    I have a few books that I have been reading through. Jurassic Park I actually finished this book late last week after taking my sweet time with it. I had only seen the movie and while it is good,...

    I have a few books that I have been reading through.


    Jurassic Park

    I actually finished this book late last week after taking my sweet time with it. I had only seen the movie and while it is good, I enjoyed the prolonged story of the book quite a bit more. There were more dinosaurs and more world-building than in the movie. One thing that irked me towards the end was the Malcolm character's constant lecturing. I looked this up and found his character is apparently a bit of a trope in Michael Crichton novels. I did enjoy reading more about Chaos Theory as a result of some of his diatribes. Apparently, the whole technology going awry in the face of containing nature is apparently Michael Crichton's go-to narrative. I was sad to see that in Crichton's later years, he got a hop and skip away from being a full-blown climate change denier. That put a sour taste in my mouth once I finished the book.


    Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

    I'm on a neurobiology kick lately and picked this book up after finishing Robert Sapolsky's Great Lecture series on Biology and Human Behavior (it's fascinating, you should check it out). This book is incredibly dense and I have to take my time to really slow down my reading on this. However, it is incredibly interesting and well worth the time I am spending getting through this. The gist of the book is to understanding behavior within the context of brain anatomy (e.g. this part of the brain does this, these parts of the brain project here, etc.), understanding the evolutionary perspective of this relationship, and then going on to understand sentiments and feelings related to neurobiology. It is really fascinating and fun to think that my brain is going out of its way so it can learn more about itself.


    The Killing Zone: How & Why Pilots Die

    I live near a municipal airport and recently got the bright idea that I should look into getting a private pilot's license (PPL). In my research on planes, licensing, and accident rates, I found this book that goes into detail on pilot error and why there are so many crashes in general aviation (GA). I'm sure at some point in your life you may have heard the saying that you are more likely to die on the drive to the airport than you are on the plane ride itself. This is true in commercial aviation but not GA. GA has an incredibly high accident rate compared to other forms of transportation, making it in the same league as motorcycles. In context, between 2000-2009, the accident rate per 100 million miles flown in GA was 23.2, while for driving it was 1.41. In GA, student pilots receive their certification to fly solo and without instruction at ~60 hours of flight hours (minimum time is 40 hours). The largest representation of fatal accidents occurs between 50 and 250 flight hours, where many GA pilots are overconfident in their abilities and are also working to get the flight time in so they can get their instrument flying rating, allowing them to fly in more inclement weather. When you first receive your solo flight certification, you can only fly under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) which is generally bright, sunny skies with little wind. Many accidents occur because new pilots with experience only in VFR get disoriented under instrument flight conditions (clouds, rain, etc.) because they don't have a horizon to look towards to know which way is up and down. Anyways, I won't bore you with the details of this book, but I am trying to further assess risk in flying and understanding better what I would be getting in to.

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

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    Dune is really awesome! I re-read it every two to three years. If you haven't, check out the audiobook. I found it to be pretty good with the voice acting sprinkled throughout.

    Dune is really awesome! I re-read it every two to three years. If you haven't, check out the audiobook. I found it to be pretty good with the voice acting sprinkled throughout.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Valheim Tildes community server town update in ~games

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    Thank you all for keeping it going! Sorry, my attention is all over the place so I haven't been joining all too often. I have been making backups of the server though in case an update comes along...

    Thank you all for keeping it going!

    Sorry, my attention is all over the place so I haven't been joining all too often. I have been making backups of the server though in case an update comes along that breaks stuff and we need to restore later down the line.

    Are there any general goals that are being worked on that I can contribute to when I do hop on? I have basically just been messing around and wandering aimlessly when I login.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 22 in ~news

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    2/22 Updates: The House is expected to vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill by Friday or Saturday. The biggest issue with the bill is going to be the minimum wage increase. Bernie Sanders...

    2/22 Updates:

    The House is expected to vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill by Friday or Saturday. The biggest issue with the bill is going to be the minimum wage increase. Bernie Sanders is putting out some pressure on the Parliamentarian to allow this in the bill citing that repealing the individual mandate from the ACA was approved in the past for reconciliation. The House has a five-seat cushion to pass the bill, so if six democrats have a problem with the package, it could get canned. Look to Republicans to see if any jump ship and vote with the Democrats, allowing Joe Biden to claim the COVID relief bill is bi-partisan. In the Senate, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are opposed to raising the minimum wage, and a single no vote will completely upend this package.

    On Biden's cabinet side, it appears that Neera Tanden will not be confirmed for OMB. Joe Manchin isn't voting for her and it appears that neither will the Republican moderate caucus. Susan Collins and Mitt Romeny have already said no to her. Potential alternative picks are Gene Sperling, Ann O'Leary, and Shalanda Young.

    Other cabinet officials in the process of confirmation:

    • Linda Thomas-Freenfield for UN Ambassador - sometime next week after a cloture vote today.
    • Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary - Tuesday, the 23rd
    • Merrick Garland for Attorney General - soon
    • Xavier Becerra for HHS - testifying before the HELP Committee on Tuesday and Finance Committee on Wednesday
    • Deb Haaland for Interion - goes before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday

    Nancy Pelosi has introduced some structuring around the 1/6 Commission. Democrats would get 7 appointments determined by Congressional leaders and the White House, Republicans would 4. Joe Biden would appoint the chair who will have subpoena power. The panel would disband at the end of 2021. Republicans hate this idea so be prepared for this to change.


    Other random updates:

    Supreme Court won’t take up challenge to Pennsylvania presidential election results

    Here’s What’s Next in the Trump Taxes Investigation

    Texas officials block electricity providers from sending bills, disconnecting utilities for nonpayment

    Iran Curbs Nuclear Inspectors, but Appears to Leave Space for a Deal

    Biden deprioritizes the Middle East

    Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

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  8. Comment on Nintendo Direct - February 17, 2021 in ~games

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    This is my perspective as well. I never played Skyward Sword beyond the initial hour or two since the set-up on PC was such a pain in the ass back in the day. There was some quality of life...

    This is my perspective as well. I never played Skyward Sword beyond the initial hour or two since the set-up on PC was such a pain in the ass back in the day. There was some quality of life improvements to Twilight Princess on Wii U that made it a better game to play. I hope Skyward Sword has some as well beyond the new play styles.

    Plus, I kind of prefer the older 3D Zeldas over the open-world approach from Breath of the Wild.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Nintendo Direct - February 17, 2021 in ~games

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    If I recall correctly, not only was waggle controls a downside to this game, but Fi was extremely in your face and annoying?

    This is arguably the least beloved 3D Zelda title and it's in the absolute worst bracket of old-but-not-quite-classic for a videogame. It was made to sell the Wii Motion Plus (and we know how well that turned out). Their sole mechanical improvement, apparently, is removing waggle controls

    If I recall correctly, not only was waggle controls a downside to this game, but Fi was extremely in your face and annoying?

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  10. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 15 in ~news

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    Some things to look to on 2/18 COVID Relief Minimum Wage School Opening

    Some things to look to on 2/18

    COVID Relief

    With the House out of session this week, Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and his staff are pouring through the more than 500-page bill, the product of work by nine different House panels. Senate Democratic staffers are also vetting the package with the Parliamentarian’s office in that chamber, a critical procedural step needed to determine if the legislation complies with the reconciliation process. Hello Byrd Rule.

    One slight problem: The package right now is slightly more than the $1.9-trillion target. But Democrats believe that’s a minor hurdle that will be resolved and the measure will come in at the right price. The Budget Committee, however, can’t offer amendments or make substantive changes to what was produced by the other panels.

    Minimum Wage

    When it comes to the minimum wage, the critical question always has been whether it would survive the Byrd Rule in the Senate. The Byrd Rule is a complicated series of tests that control what can be included in a legislative package under reconciliation. Democrats are using reconciliation because it requires a simple majority to get a bill through the Senate, avoiding a GOP filibuster. Republicans did it in 2017 to pass their big tax-cut package.

    While the minimum wage provision itself may meet one Byrd Rule standard, how the House Education and Labor Committee included it in its markup may not. Furthermore, Republicans believe the provision will fail a different Byrd Rule test, which stipulates that the effect of a provision cannot be “merely incidental“ to the non-budget impact. We told you it’s complicated. Just know that the $15 minimum wage remains a problem.

    School Opening

    The Biden administration has had trouble keeping its message straight on whether, how and when schools should open. Now two conservative groups are launching cable and digital ads to “highlight the true cost of keeping schools closed.” President Joe Biden has promised to have most K-8 schools open five days per week by mid-April, his first 100 days in office. But, again, they’ve had a tough time staying on this message.

    The clash over reopening schools may be a way for Republicans to try to recapture some of the political ground they lost in America’s suburbs during the Trump era. GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have criticized the White House for appearing to back away from Biden’s original 100 days promise on schools. Biden, though, renewed that pledge during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

    “That was a mistake in the communication, but what I'm talking about is I said opening the majority of schools in K through 8th grade because they're the easiest to open, the most needed to be open in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,” Biden said.

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

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    Sorry about not logging on this week, I have been a bit busy with work and at home so I haven't had the available time that I would like to log in and play. I will most likely be playing more...

    Earlier on, a week or so ago, there was a lot more activity in the village.

    Sorry about not logging on this week, I have been a bit busy with work and at home so I haven't had the available time that I would like to log in and play. I will most likely be playing more heavily this weekend!

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  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    My SO and I are watching Monk. It is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. I gotta say, it holds up pretty darn well. My SO is hooked and finds Monk's idiosyncrasies relatable in a lot of...

    My SO and I are watching Monk. It is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. I gotta say, it holds up pretty darn well. My SO is hooked and finds Monk's idiosyncrasies relatable in a lot of ways. We often find ourselves recognizing a similar behavior that she has, our eyes meet, and we laugh about it. It is overall a good adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson story dynamic.

    On top of that, we have also returned to the Apple TV+ show, Servant. I like it, but I'm ready to be over it. The episodes are being released weekly, but we have been waiting for a few weeks before watching more.

    And then on-and-off, I got a few shows that I often re-watch and rotate. This includes King of the Hill, Dragon Ball (and Z and soon, Super), and Modern Marvels currently.

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

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    Valheim Since setting up the Tildes community server last week, I have been spending my time on it exclusively. We have a small village set up where we have made great progress putting a wall...
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    Valheim

    Since setting up the Tildes community server last week, I have been spending my time on it exclusively. We have a small village set up where we have made great progress putting a wall around the houses, setting up a dock, and getting started with portals. I have really enjoyed seeing the progress that has been made by others each time I log on. It has also been fun to stumble upon camps set up by users that I haven't met yet. With that said, if you have been playing on the community server, feel free to join us in the village! We can expand our boundaries to accommodate new people coming along. I've been pretty blown away by the amount of activity on the server. The most I have seen so far is 8(!) people online at one time while at a minimum there seems to always be one player online.

    So far I have only faced one boss out of a possible 5(?). We should be ready to take on the second boss soon with enough people. My goals right now in the game are to continue to explore. I made my way pretty far away from the home base last night and had to set up a temporary camp at a base of a mountain, adjacent to a swamp biome. I would like to soon get the gear required to traverse the mountain biome without freezing. The other key exploration objective is to uncover more dungeons so we can get the materials needed to build more portals.

    For the people I haven't met and spoken with in-game, my Valheim name is Jorrek.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Would you be interested in a Tildes community Valheim server? in ~games

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    Yep! Details on how to join should be in the main post. Let me know if you run into any issues joining.

    Yep!

    Details on how to join should be in the main post. Let me know if you run into any issues joining.

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  15. Comment on Would you be interested in a Tildes community Valheim server? in ~games

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    The server is set up: @Fal @krg @cfabbro @kilroy Sadly the game doesn't have a very good server browser but you can find instructions on how to connect in the main post. Let me know if you...

    The server is set up: @Fal @krg @cfabbro @kilroy

    Sadly the game doesn't have a very good server browser but you can find instructions on how to connect in the main post. Let me know if you experience any problems.

    10 votes
  16. Would you be interested in a Tildes community Valheim server?

    So there is this game called Valheim that recently released. You may or may not have recently read the article where they claim to have sold over a million copies around a week after release. I...

    So there is this game called Valheim that recently released. You may or may not have recently read the article where they claim to have sold over a million copies around a week after release.

    I bought it to give it the 2-hour smell test and it seems pretty darn good. However, this game seems best played with others and I doubt my friend group will end up playing this. Renting a server seems pretty cheap so I was wondering how interested you would be in a Tildes community server? I would be down for paying for a month and seeing where it goes from there.

    It looks like min slots for a server would be 10 slots but I would imagine that's okay since we all wouldn't be in the same time zone. I can scale this up if the demand is there.

    Thoughts?


    Other Info:

    What is Valheim, the Viking game blowing up on Steam?


    Server is set up!

    Add and join the server by following these instructions with the game closed.

    For all Vikings, who can't find their server ingame - a short workaround on how to make it visible:

    1. Go to steam and click on view at top menu, navigate to servers and select the favorite tab.
    2. Now click on the "add server" Button and enter:

    173.237.15.68:28701

    1. Refresh your server with the refresh button and there you go, you can now join your server with a double click on the server's name.
      Need more help? You can find a video tutorial here.

    Game is password protected but if you click me, you will find what you need.

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

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    Hey, I bought Valheim too. Maybe if enough people on Tildes are interested, I could rent a server for us to play on for a month or two?

    Hey, I bought Valheim too. Maybe if enough people on Tildes are interested, I could rent a server for us to play on for a month or two?

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

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    I'm at about 370 hours on PC, but no telling how much on PS4 and Switch combined. I have been playing on and off since the beta on PS4. Yeah, I'm not going to practice mechanics either unless I am...

    I'm at about 370 hours on PC, but no telling how much on PS4 and Switch combined. I have been playing on and off since the beta on PS4.

    Yeah, I'm not going to practice mechanics either unless I am in a long queue for a game mode. For me, Rocket League is a game where I smoke pot and listen to music so it is never serious business to me as it seems for some people I matchmake with. I definitely feel you on the addiction part. I own 900+ games on Steam alone so I often feel guilty playing Rocket League over some other game that has yet to be started, only to find the other games don't give me that instant gratification that a short Rocket League game can. The same thing happened to me with Overwatch, where the simplicity of hopping into a quick match was easier than learning a new game's system. I find it's hard for me to not get sucked into GaaS when I get really hooked.

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