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  1. Comment on Claire makes Sourdough Crêpes Suzette | It's Alive in ~food

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    They have been feeling a bit "produced" for me. This and Brad and Chris doing Gourmet Makes have been a really enjoyable change of pace.

    They have been feeling a bit "produced" for me. This and Brad and Chris doing Gourmet Makes have been a really enjoyable change of pace.

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  2. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Because its easier to filter the noise on reddit than read the silence here. I also think the community is responsible. There is so much cattiness and pedantry that it is anxiety inducing to post....

    Why do people stop using Tildes

    Because its easier to filter the noise on reddit than read the silence here.

    I also think the community is responsible. There is so much cattiness and pedantry that it is anxiety inducing to post. And for a community that prides itself on high quality posts there is a lot of impassioned opinions that feel more like verbose tweets than anything youd see taken seriously on the more curated subreddits/forums.

    There is a great community in the "weeklies", they are basically the only thing keeping me coming back to tildes (and that i like the idea behind the site).

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  3. Comment on Astartes - Part Five in ~games

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    The playlist for anyone who hasnt watched these before This is a warhammer fan film series made by one guy, they are mostly under 2 minutes but the last one is 7 minutes long! I'm not a warhammer...

    The playlist for anyone who hasnt watched these before

    This is a warhammer fan film series made by one guy, they are mostly under 2 minutes but the last one is 7 minutes long! I'm not a warhammer guy, i've only read a few books but not are they superbly made, i think they really capture the essence of the spacemarines and the universe which is often hard in visual media without it looking ridiculous. They are fantastic.

    I really hope Gamesworkshop are throwing money at this guy to make official content.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I started riding a bike for the first time in 15 years and i'm really enjoying it. The roads are really quiet because of Corona so i feel more confident and have more interesting routes to do...

    I started riding a bike for the first time in 15 years and i'm really enjoying it. The roads are really quiet because of Corona so i feel more confident and have more interesting routes to do rather than just doing the cycle path/shared route.

    I started slow only doing sub3 miles a day which meant i feel like cycling more often instead of feeling like i got hit by a bus because i did too much at once (like i usually do when i start something new). Today i did a 7.5 mile ride and felt good, it was very windy though so it made the ride feel much tougher. I swear it was in my face the entire ride. lmao.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    Broke Pirates represent! Unfortunately that means our actual shelf is kind of empty, mostly relegated to books i was gifted or books i couldn't find epubs/mobi off back when Kindles couldnt handle...

    Broke Pirates represent!

    Unfortunately that means our actual shelf is kind of empty, mostly relegated to books i was gifted or books i couldn't find epubs/mobi off back when Kindles couldnt handle pdfs, thankfully for us poor folks it can do these days (mostly).

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

  7. Comment on Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord [Early Access] is now available for purchase in ~games

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    HOLY SHIT ITS ACTUALLY HERE. 10% off for two weeks and 10% off if you already own any other M&B game. Ninja edit: Steam seems to be getting hammered at the moment because i cant add it to my cart.

    HOLY SHIT ITS ACTUALLY HERE.

    10% off for two weeks and 10% off if you already own any other M&B game.

    Ninja edit: Steam seems to be getting hammered at the moment because i cant add it to my cart.

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

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    You guys have made me redownload Stellaris again for the first time in a year. Going to play a game or two and then see which DLC to pick up.

    You guys have made me redownload Stellaris again for the first time in a year. Going to play a game or two and then see which DLC to pick up.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The park/woods where i walk my dog is so fucking busy. Absolutely chocked full of middle aged couples getting their 1 mandated daily outgoing and people riding their bikes for the first time in...

    The park/woods where i walk my dog is so fucking busy. Absolutely chocked full of middle aged couples getting their 1 mandated daily outgoing and people riding their bikes for the first time in years. I thought corona would keep people in and make the walks less busy, not more!

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

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    Playing (and enjoying) CK2 for the first time in a while. Doing a Khazaria to Israel run which i have never done before, mostly because Judasim doesn't have any interesting mechanics. My Khagan...

    Playing (and enjoying) CK2 for the first time in a while. Doing a Khazaria to Israel run which i have never done before, mostly because Judasim doesn't have any interesting mechanics. My Khagan called Daniel founded Israel, however he died in his 40s from the flu and i lost my claim on the Byzantine Empire which was going to my next conquest in revenge for the second temple. I then, kind of peevishly, sent his son Daniel II who was shaping up to be a very good Khagan (27 stewardship) to death in battle. Now im stuck with a regency for Daniels 5 year old brother called Obediah and so not only do i have a shitty character and no claims my planned convention of naming all my emperors Daniel is out the window too. I'm also a bit disappointed the Third Temple isnt a Great Work, so i'm now creating a Great Synagogue.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 17 in ~health.coronavirus

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    House feels "prepped" now. We've got enough food and toiletries if everyone gets it at once or the shop situation gets worse to last us a few weeks. I made sure that we have enough easy to...

    House feels "prepped" now. We've got enough food and toiletries if everyone gets it at once or the shop situation gets worse to last us a few weeks. I made sure that we have enough easy to cook/heat food is available so if one person has to help the other 5 it should be doable.

    I'm dreading when someone gets it, or the symptoms, because it is a 2 week quarantine for everyone in the house. For us that is 5.5 adults. It's going to really strain relationships that are already a bit tense.

    There is also the situation/probability with grandparents that i'm literally avoiding thinking about.

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

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    Yeah last week i was stuck on Ascension 18 for a couple of weeks and was hate-playing the game. There are a few of us who play Slay the Spire so it might not have been my recommendation but its...

    Yeah last week i was stuck on Ascension 18 for a couple of weeks and was hate-playing the game. There are a few of us who play Slay the Spire so it might not have been my recommendation but its definitely a game worth playing.

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

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    Slay the Spire. I beat ascension 18, 19 & 20 with Ironclad on saturday. Once i beat 18 i went through 19 and 20 in about 10 runs. The only tip is have is to avoid elites. They are brutal and will...

    Slay the Spire. I beat ascension 18, 19 & 20 with Ironclad on saturday. Once i beat 18 i went through 19 and 20 in about 10 runs. The only tip is have is to avoid elites. They are brutal and will end a run before it can get going and can easily end a run because of a poor draw. Ascension 20 was disappointingly easy. I guess once you have a deck that get through one act 3 boss defeating another is fairly easy, unless you create a high card playing deck (fuck time eater)

    After 270 hours i think i am done with Slay the Spire for the time being. Great game

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Do you still post on Reddit? in ~talk

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    Yes. I managed to avoid reddit for 20 days as part of giving stuff up for Lent but there is simply so much stuff going on at the moment that i was missing out on important news and updates. Even...

    Yes. I managed to avoid reddit for 20 days as part of giving stuff up for Lent but there is simply so much stuff going on at the moment that i was missing out on important news and updates. Even just the past 2 days i have been back, i have been heavily and frequently reminded why i wanted to leave as its such a toxic place filled with such self righteous unfunny noise but i've not found anywhere else i can find the information/communities to replace it. If anyone knows of other Pro-wrestling, MMA or Geopolitics communities other than reddit id love to have a link.

    Unfortunately there is no way to avoid the toxicity other than smaller subs. It's one thing i find interesting/disappointing about reddit is that subreddits rarely branch into smaller more focused subreddits. MMA is a subreddit that used to be one of my home subreddits but now its just a clusterfuck of idiots shouting "hilarious" memes in the comments. I would have thought a subreddit called MMAtalk (or something like that) that was a place to talk about mma in a more moderated but still casual way would catch on but on reddit it simply wouldnt.

    The only subreddit i have seen this sort of work is /r/CredibleDefense which has /r/LessCredibleDefence and /r/NonCredibleDefense for more casual talk and memes respectively. All are interesting places to visit because each mostly stay in their lane.

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

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always on the search for more books that take place shortly after the apocalypse during the first rebuilding. Have you read Dies the Fire trilogy* by SM...

    Malevil by Robert Merle.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always on the search for more books that take place shortly after the apocalypse during the first rebuilding. Have you read Dies the Fire trilogy* by SM Stirling? It's a more cartoony take on what happens if fuel and electrical stuff stops working and the sort of societies that rise up from the ashes. It has it's problems like all post-ap fiction but i found it fun. The negative reviews are all really high on goodreads for some reason it has a 3.9 rating but 8 of the top 10 reviews are 2 or 1 star.

    *It's not technically a trilogy but the first 3 books are a more self contained story/cast after that it apparently because even more fantasy focused but i've never read past book 3.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on New group created for news and discussion of COVID-19 coronavirus: ~health.coronavirus (everyone subscribed by default) in ~tildes.official

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    Ah, this is fantastic. I was about to ask if there was any way to "toggle" ~health.coronavirus because at the moment it's a bit overwhelming the frontpage but being able to unsub and visit ~health...

    Ah, this is fantastic. I was about to ask if there was any way to "toggle" ~health.coronavirus because at the moment it's a bit overwhelming the frontpage but being able to unsub and visit ~health (which is still on my sidebar) for the corona stuff works.

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

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    Finished. The Postman by David Brin and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Both were OK, both sort of topical the former about rebuilding after the end of world and the latter, a scifi classic,...

    Finished. The Postman by David Brin and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Both were OK, both sort of topical the former about rebuilding after the end of world and the latter, a scifi classic, about the government trying to find out about an extraterrestrial organism that killed a town, both were ok but neither did "it" for me, i falsely assumed i was in the mood for that sort of thing but i guess reality is more interesting at the moment.

    Reread. Tyrant by Christian Cameron. Christians Camerons historical fiction is comfy fiction for me to read when i am in a bit of funk or reading drought. Tyrant is the first book of his weakest main series' and it was better than i remembered. Set on the Caspian-Pontic steppe at the same time as Alexander the Great's later conquests.

    Started: The myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (~20%). I feel like too much of a pleb for philosophy because i find myself drifting and wondering when he is going to get to the point. I'm tempted to drop it and just read the wiki page or something lmao.

    The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk (<5%) This is an absolute beast of a book at 1136 pages according to goodreads. Fisk has been a correspondent in the middle east for 30 years and has met/been everywhere (On page 1 of chapter 1 he tells how Jamal Kashoggi (yes that one) introduced him to Osama Bin Laden (yes that one). Published in 2005 it's about Fisks experiences in the middle east, his analysis about the regions and his thoughts on the US and UKs actions in the region. I've not read enough to comment on the book yet but it certainly looks interesting.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Joe Rogan Experience #1439 - Michael Osterholm (expert in infectious disease epidemiology) in ~science