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

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    Proxima by Stephen Baxter. Enjoyable scifi. I like Baxter, he has great ideas and is a good enough writer to carry them to a good story. Characters were forgettable though, more of a trope than...

    Proxima by Stephen Baxter. Enjoyable scifi. I like Baxter, he has great ideas and is a good enough writer to carry them to a good story. Characters were forgettable though, more of a trope than characters.

    Sitting in Oblivion by Livia Kohn. This is split into 2 parts. The first is placing the sources and discussing them and the second is the translated texts. I skimmed/skipped most of the first half but enjoy the translated texts. I didnt know much about Daoism going into it and it was above my head at many points but i learned a lot.

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

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    My fast went drastically wrong on saturday. I thought having some flavoured sugarfree sparkling water wouldnt hurt but it fucked me up. By saturday evening i exhausted and nauseous. I dreaded even...

    My fast went drastically wrong on saturday. I thought having some flavoured sugarfree sparkling water wouldnt hurt but it fucked me up. By saturday evening i exhausted and nauseous. I dreaded even sitting up in bed, on sunday morning i struggled to get to the bathroom and nearly passed out while standing up from the toilet, vision went black and had to sit back down. For the first time ever i had to ask for someone else to do the dogs morning walk which really worried my family. I got some pineapple juice (tasted fucking amazing) and a banana down my neck and started recovering. It took all day but i feel fine today.

    I dont know whether it was the acidity regulators or the flavouring that affected me so much because I dont think it was the small amount of calories as i was having a drop of milk in my morning coffee.

    God knows, lost 7kg over the week though, so still worth it.

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  3. Comment on Tinfoil fighters: MMA athletes spreading unfounded conspiracy theories in ~sports

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    MMA has always had its share of tinfoil. I think it goes back to the early days when it was a largely online community. It's an anti-establishment aspect of the sport, the "not-boxing" and having...

    MMA has always had its share of tinfoil. I think it goes back to the early days when it was a largely online community. It's an anti-establishment aspect of the sport, the "not-boxing" and having politicians calling it human cockfighting and trying to ban it lead to a lot of talk/feelings about how "we are right and the establishment is out to get us", both of which were true but being proven right about that leads to a lot of bullshit opinions simply because they go against the majority.

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  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Currently a 103-ish hours into a fast. I'm planning on going to Monday next week, so about half way. So far it hasn't been too bad. I've wanted to eat a lot but i haven't felt hungry much (an...

    Currently a 103-ish hours into a fast. I'm planning on going to Monday next week, so about half way. So far it hasn't been too bad. I've wanted to eat a lot but i haven't felt hungry much (an important distinction to learn when fasting), mostly at the time i usually eat tea/dinner but it passes. I feel a bit weak in the morning before coffee but after coffee and a bit of water i feel fine again. I've not had any headaches or cramp this fast which i put down to adding a pinch of lo-salt to my water.

    Hardest part has been finding something to do with all my time partially to keep distracted and partially because you end up with so much more time when fasting. Its crazy how much of our days are filled with food, eating, making, cleaning up, buying etc.

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

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    At least for Reddit i couldn't disagree more. The socialists spaces there, with the exception of stupidpol, are a minefield of unwritten ban-able offences, mods automatically assuming the worst...

    At least for Reddit i couldn't disagree more. The socialists spaces there, with the exception of stupidpol, are a minefield of unwritten ban-able offences, mods automatically assuming the worst and people rooting through your post history to find a reason to attack you.

    Are there non-reddit spaces that are more welcoming?

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

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    Finished We are the Dead by Mike Shackle. An enjoyable yet generic grimdark with poor writing. Evil evils conquer city, underground resistance resist. Fun enough but the writing was very...

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    We are the Dead by Mike Shackle. An enjoyable yet generic grimdark with poor writing. Evil evils conquer city, underground resistance resist. Fun enough but the writing was very hamfisted, a lot of repetition, a lot of telegraphing.

    Zero to One by Peter Thiel. Interesting book, i'm sure a lot of the "advice" is already fairly well known in business and start up circles but I dont know much about the Thiel or his world so this was interesting to read.

    The Last Storm by Jack Hunt. The cover and blurb imply post-apocalypse but its mostly a die hard one building thriller. Short enough that i finished it but meh, i wanted weather apocalypse not McClane taking down gangsters.

    The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. I enjoy Abercrombie in small doses. I find i read one book and then i'm done for a year. This feels no different. Everything is a bit too self aware, a lot of *elbow nudge* get it.. the heroes *elbow nudge* and "oh the irony of us being so good at war who do not like war anymore". That said i really like his characters.

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    Sitting In Oblivion: The Heart of Daoist Meditation by Livia Kohn. Feeling a bit too advanced for me so far.

    Kushiels Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Alternate historical fantasy that is heavy on the politics (and sex).

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

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    Glad you're enjoying it, Its definitely the cleanest PDS release but even in my two hours i had the annoying ship AI and seen a few other bugs in the Lets Play videos i watched. Nothing terrible...

    Glad you're enjoying it, Its definitely the cleanest PDS release but even in my two hours i had the annoying ship AI and seen a few other bugs in the Lets Play videos i watched. Nothing terrible or that makes me worry about the development of the game but enough that waiting a few patches would probably help my stress levels.

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

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    I played CK3 for a couple of hours and returned it. It is almost too similar to CK2 and i wasnt in the mood to play CK2 so i returned it with the intention of buying it after they worked out all...

    I played CK3 for a couple of hours and returned it. It is almost too similar to CK2 and i wasnt in the mood to play CK2 so i returned it with the intention of buying it after they worked out all the release kinks and maybe the first DLC. I had a lot of doubts about the game pre-release but im happy to see i was wrong.

    Now im mostly achievement hunting in Slay the Spire. I only have the complete the ending as the Watcher, Win with no rares or uncommon and the all achievement achievement. I nearly got the no rares but i realised at the last boss one of my colourless cards was uncommon, doh! I have never really paid attention to steam achievements but i want to get over slay the spire and this is the best way i hope.

    EDIT: After 2 and a half years and 363 hours i have 100% achievements on a Slay the Spire. First game ever on steam and first since Red Dead Redemption (1) that i completed 100%. Phenomenal game.

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  9. Crusader Kings III early thoughts and impressions?

    I've only played for a couple of hours so these really are "impressions". Positively i'll say its probably PDS's best release. Very few bugs and they are mostly minor that i have seen. There seems...

    I've only played for a couple of hours so these really are "impressions".

    Positively i'll say its probably PDS's best release. Very few bugs and they are mostly minor that i have seen. There seems to be enough generic and western european content to keep most fans happy, at least for a couple of weeks. I surprisingly like the UI colour and set up. I thought it was a bit modern in the dev diaries but it works well and is less tacky than a thematic scheme might look. The cycling of the map modes on zoom works well. The amount of "meme" is really overplayed on the reddits and marketing, ive only played a few hours but the flavour reminds me of early CK2 rather than late Glitterhoof CK2.

    My main negatives at the moment are i find there is often an overwhelming amount of information on screen between the side panels, the alerts tab at the top and how wherever you put your mouse seems to open one or more information popups its a bit cluttered.

    I thought the 3D characters would be more memorable than the 2D portraits but i find the opposite. I cant remember any of the characters by image, they all feel very similar. This might be until i am more familiar with the differences though.

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

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    I'm so on the fence. I love CK2 but everything Paradox have released (flavour wise) so far about the game implies they have leant heavily into the more "meme-able" aspects of the game. The recent...

    I'm so on the fence. I love CK2 but everything Paradox have released (flavour wise) so far about the game implies they have leant heavily into the more "meme-able" aspects of the game. The recent sponsored videos confirmed many of my worries.

    I'm hoping so hard that i'm wrong though.

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

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    I've only finished one book in the past two weeks. Oof. The Mote in Gods Eye by Larry Niven. A fantastic first contact story. Its a little dated but what a phenomenal book. Highly recommend. I...

    I've only finished one book in the past two weeks. Oof.

    The Mote in Gods Eye by Larry Niven. A fantastic first contact story. Its a little dated but what a phenomenal book. Highly recommend.

    I started and gave up on Hammers Slammers by David Drake. I was expecting military scifi story based on tanks but it was a disjointed short story collection. Not a fan and gave up at ~20%

    I've been listening to Histories by Herodotus for the past few weeks and i've nearly finished it. Listened to a lot while painting over the weekend. I really enjoyed it for the most part. Some is very dry or not very interesting and its often confusing when he moves on to a tangential topic for a while but ive read so much of it through other history or historical fiction that reading it first hand and getting the complete book is nice. I love the "well i dont think it holds much water but this is what ive been told...". Makes me laugh every time.

    EDIT: Just finished A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller jr. Great book, i read it for the first time years ago and found it mostly dry and a bit boring, espcially after the first section. This time i know more about Catholicism and i'm a less virulent atheist and got much more out of the book.

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

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    Apparently im the guy who only plays one game now. Slay the Spire.. I think im going to have to uninstall it because of how addicted i am. It's not that i am spending a lot of time playing, it's...

    Apparently im the guy who only plays one game now. Slay the Spire.. I think im going to have to uninstall it because of how addicted i am. It's not that i am spending a lot of time playing, it's that whenever i hit a dull moment in a book or get bored while browsing, i play it for 5-10 minutes until my boredom goes away or i get frustrated and then go back to whatever i was doing. It has become a crutch.

    I'm on Ascension 20/18/10/2. I have mostly been trying to get Silent to 20. I nearly beat 18 yesterday but i got silly when i bought a tonne of cards before the last boss. They would have worked well with my deck but i couldnt get to my defence cards because of how much power cards i had to play.

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

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    I have anxiety about this all the time. My mum had a stroke, the entire left side of her body just stopped working. Now dead limbs terrify me, I literally jump out of bed breathing heavy whenever...

    I have anxiety about this all the time. My mum had a stroke, the entire left side of her body just stopped working. Now dead limbs terrify me, I literally jump out of bed breathing heavy whenever i get a dead limb. I do the smiling exercise in the mirror a to make sure my face isn't drooping.

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

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    Black Sun Rising C.S Freidman. Fascinating world, a space colony that just survived on a world with "magic" and hostile natives. The colony survived, just, went through a technological dark age...

    Black Sun Rising C.S Freidman. Fascinating world, a space colony that just survived on a world with "magic" and hostile natives. The colony survived, just, went through a technological dark age and is now in a gunpowdery, steel, gothic age. The story and characters were a let down, the former dragging the latter being whiney.

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I haven't read this since i started reading a decade ago. A great book still.

    The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card. A collection of stories from OSCs early writing. I'm a sucker for anything immortality/life extension and this used life extension as an interesting jumping point.

    Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun. I loved this book. A very cozy book about a man settling in rural Norway and his life there. I learned afterwards that Hamsun was a nazi sympathiser and apparently Hitler was a fan the book.

    Silence by Endo Shusaku. I'll probably be finished with this book tomorrow but so far (60%) its a very dry book but still readable.

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  15. Comment on Total War Saga: TROY free for the next twenty-four hours on the Epic Games Store in ~games

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    Hope this is okay to post. The latest saga game is free from EPIC for the next 24 hours. The game has been fairly trashed by reviewers who got a preview access but its free and who knows, maybe CA...

    Hope this is okay to post. The latest saga game is free from EPIC for the next 24 hours.

    The game has been fairly trashed by reviewers who got a preview access but its free and who knows, maybe CA did something impressive before they released it.

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  16. Comment on Hard liquor and soft drugs aside, the chip butty is the most reliable way we have to mentally shut out this harsh world and, momentarily, transport ourselves to a happier, more innocent place in ~food

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    Neither of these is true. What sort of chippy does he go to that his chips tumble out. That's bad construction he should find a better chippy, preferably one run by a northerner. I say this as...

    First, unless you painstakingly mash your chips down into said roll, they are likely to tumble out like scrap metal scattering on to the hard shoulder from under a poorly secured tarpaulin. Second, a roll is too much bread.

    Neither of these is true. What sort of chippy does he go to that his chips tumble out. That's bad construction he should find a better chippy, preferably one run by a northerner. I say this as someone with coeliacs, there is no such thing as too much bread, especially bread soaked in chip fat and vinegar.

    Chip barm and gravy is food of the gods.

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  17. Comment on Let us drink in public: Open container laws criminalize working-class people and make public life less fun in ~food

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    I'm in the UK and as far as i know its legal to drink nearly everywhere. There are some areas with signs up saying you aren't allowed to drink there but i don't think they are enforced much...

    I'm in the UK and as far as i know its legal to drink nearly everywhere. There are some areas with signs up saying you aren't allowed to drink there but i don't think they are enforced much judging by the amount of drinking i see under them.

    I think public drinking causes a lot of problems, its far from the idealistic "gumbo and a beer" portrayed in the article. Working men go to pubs in the UK or working men's or social clubs (labour/conservative/catholic/etc clubs) or they drink at home as people in the UK love their gardens/yards. The people i generally see public drinking are those who cause too many problems in pubs and have been banned or those drinking so much that going to pub is too expensive. They generally get together in groups in the morning, drink all day and make whatever area they are in a mess (glass, cans, food wrappers etc), piss on nearby houses, between petty fights/arguments and naps they harass passersby. They turn areas that would be nice to spend your lunch hour to an area people avoid.

    I wont pretend to be unbiased though, i live in the towncentre in one of the poorer areas of the England and very close to where groups of public drinkers congregate. Maybe in nicer areas it is better but in my experience, in summer, its not too far from the famous gin craze picture.

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  18. Comment on US Intelligence: China opposes Trump reelection; Russia works against Biden in ~news

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    No, there is nothing ideological in either parties actions. You are just witnessing a flaw of democracy on american soil for the first time since the '90s and the fall of the soviets. Democracies...

    ".... are we the new digital battleground equivalent to Vietnam in a proxy war between China and Russia?"

    No, there is nothing ideological in either parties actions. You are just witnessing a flaw of democracy on american soil for the first time since the '90s and the fall of the soviets. Democracies are just incredibly open to foreign interference. I'm sure Sparta and Thebes both tried getting their preferred candidates to win in Athens.

    While China probably cares about who wins, i don't think Russia does, casting doubt on the result profits them nearly as much as having backed a winner. I still think Russia would prefer Biden to win because then Russia gets to be the wild card which is their preferred position.

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  19. Comment on We quit our jobs to build a cabin—everything went wrong in ~life

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    Thats because it is a flippant piece on how two friends did something many have dreamed about. Its an adventure story not a manual. Mentioning how it is technically a shed so they dont need...

    Maybe they did things above board, but the tone of the article seems a bit flippant to me in that regard.

    Thats because it is a flippant piece on how two friends did something many have dreamed about. Its an adventure story not a manual. Mentioning how it is technically a shed so they dont need planning permission or that their contractor dad went over everything to make sure it's up to code or one of the other million technicalities that will give you piece of mind that they did everything up to moral and legal standards hurts the story of two lads having an adventure building a cabin in the woods.

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