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  1. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~misc

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    I thought Trump would win in 2016. I vividly remember 2016 teaching me what a "smug liberal" was with all the overconfident online Hillary supporters thinking they had it in the bag while bashing...

    I thought Trump would win in 2016. I vividly remember 2016 teaching me what a "smug liberal" was with all the overconfident online Hillary supporters thinking they had it in the bag while bashing the progressive side of the party. Top that off with the fervor over those dumb leaked emails and the Republicans leaking Comey's letter, I had the gut feeling of her impending loss on election day.

    This time around, I'm very confident in a Joe Biden win. It may or may not be a landslide, but any outcome where Trump is declared the winner will be extremely suspect to me. The only doubt that I have in the integrity of the election is purely from Trump's side. Everything he "competes" in, he cheats. I think the evidence of the high turnout of the special elections and the 2018 mid-terms have me convinced of the outcome this time around. As weird as it sounds, but the pessimism of people I have talked to about the sureness of Trump's re-election gives me even more reason to believe there will be an overwhelming turnout against him. As long as this energy doesn't dip to learned helplessness levels where voters end up not turning out due to dread, I don't see the majority of Americans voting for him. That's not to say he can't win, because if he does I guess I will know what others felt the day after election day in 2016, I just think the odds are incredibly against him.

    Of course, this is all based on feeling. I could be wrong. In fact, I have contingency plans if I am wrong. But I have hope.

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  2. Comment on What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation? in ~games

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    I got by with an old machine for so long, so I definitely feel you here. When the last systems came out, my machine was still way better than the OG systems. I'm excited too, but will likely wait...

    I'm not exactly responding to the actual questions of your post, but I just wanted to mention how this upcoming console generation actually has me excited as a PC gamer. The last generation was really needed after the PS3/360 lasted for so long, but they didn't actually have all that much power, and they needed up-specced refreshes well into their lifecycles to keep up.

    I got by with an old machine for so long, so I definitely feel you here. When the last systems came out, my machine was still way better than the OG systems. I'm excited too, but will likely wait a year or two to upgrade my PC in the hopes that the PC tech will come down in price enough to make a future-proof machine viable for the remainder of the generation. One feature that I hope comes to PC is suspend/resume. It is the only feature that I really wish PC players had so I could keep a game and its play timer minimized while I work in between sessions.

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  3. Comment on What are some good informative or educational shows? in ~tv

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    To add, one of my favorite shows to have on in the background is How It's Made. The other being Modern Marvels (some available on Youtube, otherwise history.com has these if you have a cable...

    To add, one of my favorite shows to have on in the background is How It's Made. The other being Modern Marvels (some available on Youtube, otherwise history.com has these if you have a cable provider).

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  4. What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation?

    We are almost in a new generation of consoles and was just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on each offering. Some questions to prompt (but feel free to just share what's at the top of your...

    We are almost in a new generation of consoles and was just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on each offering. Some questions to prompt (but feel free to just share what's at the top of your mind):

    Have you preordered a system?

    Which system do you think looks best to you and why?

    How will these systems impact gaming on PC?

    Would you get the digital or disc version?

    Will these consoles affect Nintendo's plans?

    Has Microsoft re-claimed any of their lost momentum from the Xbox One launch?

    What features are most important to you?

    If you aren't planning on buying at launch, is there something you are waiting for?

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

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    Outside of SM3DAS, I got my order confirmation for my Valve Index headset and controllers. Unfortunately, this is not the full kit with the base stations, as that order is still processing with 8+...

    Outside of SM3DAS, I got my order confirmation for my Valve Index headset and controllers. Unfortunately, this is not the full kit with the base stations, as that order is still processing with 8+ weeks of expected processing time. I put in the headset+controllers order last week and got my order fulfilled the very next week. Makes me wish I had placed this order when the base stations were in stock, but c'est la vie. I bought a base station locally for a bit of a markup, but worth it so I can get my headset sooner.

    I'm so excited! I have been adding tons of VR games and experiences to my wishlist.

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

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    Add me to both yours and /u/Erik's party, I got my copy of SM3DAS on Sunday and have been playing both Mario 64 and Sunshine. I originally started with Mario 64 and sped through the first 20...

    Add me to both yours and /u/Erik's party, I got my copy of SM3DAS on Sunday and have been playing both Mario 64 and Sunshine. I originally started with Mario 64 and sped through the first 20 stars. At this point, I feel that I have watched enough speed runs to understand how to beat the game (for the first time since I was a kid!)

    Sunshine is odd. It has taken me about 7-8 shine sprites to get into it a bit more. The aesthetic is nice and peak Gamecube. I don't like that the movement options are so different than 64. There is no punching nor crouch jumping, so there has been an adjustment. I really want to beat Sunshine though, since its like this piece of Mario history that I have never experienced.

    Haven't started Galaxy so I don't overwhelm myself with Mario and burn out early. I have been using the Hori Split Pad Pro due to nerve issues in my hand I experience with the OG joycons. These are great, and way more comfortable, but they lack rumble and gyro so they aren't ideal for this collection (outside of the rear triggers they you can assign a button to on each joycon).

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  7. Comment on What are some good informative or educational shows? in ~tv

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    I recently found this Youtube channel that covers recent journal articles in biology: Cell Press One of my more favorite recent discoveries! If anyone knows of similar channels, please let me...

    I recently found this Youtube channel that covers recent journal articles in biology:

    Cell Press

    One of my more favorite recent discoveries! If anyone knows of similar channels, please let me know. I try to subscribe to as many educational YouTube channels as possible. I really enjoy the channels that don't cater to the average person, but instead give no frills info on topics.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    I wonder if he will try to do it quickly, enraging the left and driving voter turnout (sealing the fate of the Senate/Presidency). Or by taking it slowly while making the left seem crazy enough to...

    I wonder if he will try to do it quickly, enraging the left and driving voter turnout (sealing the fate of the Senate/Presidency).

    Or by taking it slowly while making the left seem crazy enough to keep them from getting it done, only to use it as a tool to drive right-wing voter turnout. That type of gamble could be enough to allow them to keep the Senate, and maybe have better odds for the Presidency. This is assuming they don't have a plan to try to steal the election.

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  9. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

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    If you are feeling up to it, you definitely should! I think if I had tried to fit into a mold of the "perfect student", I would have floundered in the second half of my education. I often think...

    If you are feeling up to it, you definitely should! I think if I had tried to fit into a mold of the "perfect student", I would have floundered in the second half of my education. I often think about the Bill Gates (but really Frank Gilbreath quote of:

    “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

    I am the epitome of laziness when taking on tasks. If I understand the needed outcome, I will focus more on getting that outcome than the steps needed to get there. For example, I learned a lot of ways to automate my work just because I got sick of repeating the same steps over and over when doing reporting and other admin tasks. Another example is my use of "Rapid Serial Visual Presentation" (aka Spritz) for getting through the initial pass of reading academic articles and textbook readings in graduate school. Finding little time savers that worked for me was key. Keeping a focus on the outcome and being flexible with the steps to get there opens up a lot of opportunities to learn new skills and think outside of the box. It's just a bit weird when I think about it that laziness is the main driver for these behaviors.

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  10. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

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    I am not a notetaker. If I write a note down, 99% of the time I won't look at it again. I have tried to be a diligent notetaker but overall it feels like a waste of my time. I quit taking notes...

    I am not a notetaker. If I write a note down, 99% of the time I won't look at it again. I have tried to be a diligent notetaker but overall it feels like a waste of my time. I quit taking notes about halfway through undergrad. I transitioned to recording lectures and replaying them on my walks/car rides and then when I am working on a project, I will document out a mental model and go from there.

    At some point during my undergrad, I found I was too busy writing things down rather than digesting what I was told. So I just stopped and turned the recorder on. I'm not a person who is detail-oriented. A recent HEXACO personality test found my level of perfectionism to fall well below the 10th percentile (10th-90th percentile score was 2.38-4.38, mine was 1.75). My mind just feels like its permanently set to big-picture mode. It has worked out well enough, but it does contribute to my impostor syndrome. However, the way that I work and learn appears to be successful for me. I finished a masters degree without creating these huge binders filled with cryptic text and short-hand. Instead, I have a google drive filled with every class lecture I attended. I even got to the point where I wouldn't type out reports for grad school and instead used a voice software to speak my thoughts out loud.

    At work, I will sometimes take notes but it is mostly for requirements gathering or just a subtle to-do prompt for later. Sometimes I will take notes so the person that I am meeting with feels more comfortable with the conversation, as note-taking can be seen as a form of active listening for people. However, I have a huge drawer at my work desk filled with little scribbles on notepad paper of a variety of things that I will never look at again.

    I look forward to the future of digital assistants if they ever move from the cloud to a local machine. I could imagine myself speaking out random thoughts to it for it to take notes for me. I would love that. I thrive when I have a to-do list created every day, its just so hard to get myself to do one consistently that it rarely happens.

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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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    I think it is worth the time but I am a big fan of the TV show. If I recall, the game did not take too long to beat on the Normal difficulty. The hardest difficulty is waaay harder than normal...

    I think it is worth the time but I am a big fan of the TV show. If I recall, the game did not take too long to beat on the Normal difficulty. The hardest difficulty is waaay harder than normal from what I could tell. I would say if you are wanting to play a B-tier game in a familiar environment then it is worth it.

  12. Comment on Has anyone in an online discussion/argument ever actually changed your opinion about something? in ~talk

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    All the time! Most of my opinions are based upon the microcosm in which I live. I interact with so little of the world and its possibilities, that I often consciously find myself observing my...

    All the time!

    Most of my opinions are based upon the microcosm in which I live. I interact with so little of the world and its possibilities, that I often consciously find myself observing my reactions to discussions and try to understand my thought process of why "I am in favor of X" or why "This type of action is unwholesome."

    I can end up down some deep rabbit holes of reading Wikipedia/twitter/academic articles/etc to get as good of an understanding of things as I can if I am interested enough. But most often, those things don't matter because the beliefs that we all hold are based on our own experiences and lives, and it has nothing to do with an obscure philosophical concept from the 19th century.

    I guess the gist of it is that life is hard and you should challenge your beliefs and understand your feelings/judgments. There is a lot of insight to be found with an open mind.

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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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    Honestly, I just think it is my current headspace right now. My living situation right now is not conducive to getting lost in a game world. I can't put my noise-canceling headphones on without...

    Honestly, I just think it is my current headspace right now.

    My living situation right now is not conducive to getting lost in a game world. I can't put my noise-canceling headphones on without the dog scratching/whining, or my significant other needing something, so I am relegated to things that I can pick up and down throughout the day that is mindless in nature. That also negates the ability to play a lot of multiplayer games since I can't pause those. Ideally, I would be able to carve out 2-3 hours a session for these games without interruption so I can get caught up in a codex or dialog or multiplayer with other people, but with COVID and the shitty air quality, there is a lot of restlessness around me.

    I have no doubt these games have some redeeming qualities to them so I'm not giving up on them just yet!

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

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    Thank you! I will have to check that mod out. The aesthetic of the game does resonate with me quite a bit. I will install this mod and keep trudging forward.

    Thank you! I will have to check that mod out. The aesthetic of the game does resonate with me quite a bit. I will install this mod and keep trudging forward.

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

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    Still playing Marvel's Avengers on and off throughout the week. It is fun but I doubt I will pick up the multiplayer after the campaign. I was hoping this game would become my new Overwatch where...

    Still playing Marvel's Avengers on and off throughout the week. It is fun but I doubt I will pick up the multiplayer after the campaign. I was hoping this game would become my new Overwatch where I would play it for an hour or so every day but I just don't see this game having the staying power as OW did back in its heyday.

    With that said, has any former OW player found a good modern-day replacement shooter that has both casual and hardcore elements to it?

    Other games I have touched but not really sunk any real time into:

    Disco Elysium

    This game is okay. It is not gripping me right now, which may be more indicative of my own state of mind rather than the game itself. I don't feel like I have the patience to read as much as I have to in this game. I try to get in the mindset of how I want my character to behave but the choices the game tends to give me deviates from how I want my character to act. For now, I am pausing playing this game. When life gets fast and hectic again, I will probably try again.

    Brigador: Up-Armored Edition

    Fun for quick little game sessions. My ADHD mind likes the mindless destruction and arcade aspects of this game.

    theHunter: Call of the Wild

    Fun and relaxing. Haven't gotten too deep into this but I am enjoying it so far. One takeaway from playing is the environments look great.

    The Legend of Korra

    Delisted from Steam so it sadly is not easily acquired. With that said, it is a Platinum Games licensed game so it is not really deep. However, I am watching Legend of Korra right now and have had fun beating the pro-bending mini-game.

    Jade Empire Kind of clunky and hard. Maybe I'm not playing right. It seems like this would be way more fun 10 years ago rather than today.
    Roller Coaster Tycoon 2

    Proof that I was better at games and more patient with them when I was younger. I can't for the life of me design a theme park before restarting after an hour. I want to get into this game, but I don't really have a sense of drive that keeps me coming back to do more.

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

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    Marvel's Avengers This purchase was 100% a spur-of-the-moment decision. I completely forgot about this game coming out and have only watched pre-release footage that I can recall from zome fuzzy...

    Marvel's Avengers

    This purchase was 100% a spur-of-the-moment decision. I completely forgot about this game coming out and have only watched pre-release footage that I can recall from zome fuzzy memories of an E3 long ago. The push for purchasing it came after reading Patrick Klepek's piece: 'Marvel's Avengers' Is a Good Game Buried Under Bad Marketing.

    My interest was piqued. I purchased on PC via Steam, believing that I would likely refund the game within an hour if it didn't grab me. Suffice to say, 8+ hours in the game after a six-hour session today and I am now hooked. At least with the campaign. I'm finding myself really enjoying the story of the campaign and the way different characters play. The set pieces are fun, the brawler aspects simple but rewarding, and the loot grind minimal (for now).

    I am curious how post-game will play out. If the GaaS part of this holds up, I can easily see myself sinking in loads of time over the course of a year or two. Especially if I can get my friends or find some people to play with over time. For now, I am going to let the game reveal itself to me and avoid reading any more marketing or content on it from gaming sites. Its been nice to appreciate a game in a vacuum and have the outcome be enjoyable.

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  17. Comment on I’m moving across the country in a few days in ~life

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    Good luck! I have moved frequently over the past 8 years. From Virginia -> North Carolina -> Washington -> Tennessee -> California. Unfortunately, I don't have any real good advice for settling...

    Good luck!

    I have moved frequently over the past 8 years. From Virginia -> North Carolina -> Washington -> Tennessee -> California. Unfortunately, I don't have any real good advice for settling into a new locale since I am not terribly social. You may spend more time with your cohort since you are in graduate school and with that, learning and exploring with others who are also new to the area. My community sends out a magazine that lists all the events and things going around, plus places to see and go to in the area that I have found helpful. MeetUp can also be a helpful tool if you are social and have hobbies.

    California is a great state with its own fair share of problems. If there is something that you may need, like N95 masks or an air purifier (due to the wildfire season), go ahead and get those things in advance because you will not be able to get them when you are in the midst of it all. Also, if you are unfamiliar with earthquake safety, brush up on that so you know what to do when one happens. Where I grew up, we had tornado drills so my information on what to do during an earthquake was a bit outdated.

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  18. Comment on Do you own a VR headset? in ~games

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    Yo, this is what is up. If you don't mind me asking, what outlet did you get yours from? I wonder if I can cover these with my FSA... Worst experience with my first VR kit was trying to wear it...

    I've gone all-out with my Index so far on peripherals: I got prescription lenses so my wife can play without her glasses,

    Yo, this is what is up. If you don't mind me asking, what outlet did you get yours from? I wonder if I can cover these with my FSA...

    Worst experience with my first VR kit was trying to wear it with glasses. I ended up putting the headset on too tight with glasses on and scratched both my glasses and the lens inside the Oculus Rift.

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  19. Comment on Do you own a VR headset? in ~games

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    I put mine in about two weeks ago! I did check /r/steamvr and saw they had base stations in stock for individual sale. I hope that translates to faster shipping times, the wait is agonizing when I...

    I put mine in about two weeks ago! I did check /r/steamvr and saw they had base stations in stock for individual sale. I hope that translates to faster shipping times, the wait is agonizing when I let my mind slip to dreaming about the day it will arrive.

    I think if I were 12 weeks into an 8 week wait, I would be opening up my email every few hours looking for the confirmation email!

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