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

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    Love those ones! The writer and director of those movies, Makoto Shinkai, has another one coming out this fall - Suzume No Tojimari (Suzume's Locking Up). The trailer (link) is short, but looks...

    Love those ones! The writer and director of those movies, Makoto Shinkai, has another one coming out this fall - Suzume No Tojimari (Suzume's Locking Up). The trailer (link) is short, but looks like it'll be another great film with more beautiful animation.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: July 2022 in ~music

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    The Brobecks - Violent Things This is a great album of great pop rock and alternative rock songs from the late 00s that continually makes its way onto my playlists. Something about Dallon Weekes'...

    The Brobecks - Violent Things

    This is a great album of great pop rock and alternative rock songs from the late 00s that continually makes its way onto my playlists. Something about Dallon Weekes' vocals makes the album really enjoyable to listen to.

    Some highlights, for the song-hoppers like myself: If You Like It Or Not, Love At First Sight, and Visitation Of The Ghost.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What are your favorite Christmas songs? in ~music

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    The Christmas Song - Nat King Kole Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, this is one of my all-time favorites. The full album containing this song, The Christmas Attic, is a fantastic album...
    • The Christmas Song - Nat King Kole
    • Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, this is one of my all-time favorites. The full album containing this song, The Christmas Attic, is a fantastic album that gives me warm memories of childhood Christmases and the days leading up to them.
    • What Child Is This? and Codail a Linbh - Ă“rla Fallon, I really like her Celtic-style Christmas songs.
    3 votes
  4. Comment on What's a hidden health issue you live with? in ~health

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    What's a hidden health issue you have to manage? Irritable Bowel Syndrome What is it like for you? Honestly, depends on the day or week. Some days go great, others are shitty. Right now, it's...

    What's a hidden health issue you have to manage?
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    What is it like for you?
    Honestly, depends on the day or week. Some days go great, others are shitty. Right now, it's alright and manageable.

    My main issues are constipation and rebound diarrhea. I forget the medical term, but my bowels also like to fire the "gotta go!" alarms when there isn't a need, or they tell me "I'm not empty!" when they are indeed empty. Thankfully, medication does help with this.

    One honest blessing from the changes covid brought to the world is the acceptance of working from home. Thanks to this, I haven't had to deal with a shared restrooms or cheap toilet paper in a year and a half, and honestly been one of the best things.

    How does it affect your life?
    The issues slowly built up and ruined my life. I found myself avoiding going out to restaurants or family gatherings to avoid needing a public restroom. I used to spend a lot of time in the restroom as well. If I did go out, it was a struggle to convince myself I was safe to go, then I'd go out and rush straight home.

    I had always attributed my issues to stress from school (end of high school through college). After graduating college and realizing that the new stress-free lifestyle wasn't helping it clear up, I sought treatment. (I sometimes laugh to myself that my graduation gift was my first colonoscopy!) It forced me to completely reevaluate my lifestyle and diet.

    After working with my gastroenterologist, my symptoms are generally under control. For my diet, I avoid as much dairy as possible (harder than you'd think!), drink lots of water, and try to eat healthier overall. For medications and supplements, I drink a glass of Metamucil every evening, take a magnesium supplement, and take 50mg of an antidepressant which helps with my bowels firing false alarms.

    One other way it affects my life is the social side. If I have plans with friends or family at the end of the week, I usually stick to a handful of "safe" meals for a few days before. It's repetitive and boring at times, but it works for me. Learning to deal with people's reactions when I'm picky about my food or decline meals or dishes at family events or at work (pre-covid) has definitely been an interesting course to navigate.

    What do you want other people to understand about it?
    IBS is such a broad description for so many less-understood bowel issues that affect a lot of people. My gastroenterologist always says more people deal with bowel issues thank you'd think. We just don't walk up to each other and say "hey, I've got diarrhea today."

    Talking about your bowel issues and poop to your doctor is worth every ounce of embarrassment to start working towards control and understanding. Honestly, making that first appointment and being very honest about how often you are constipated or have diarrhea is very tough, but is worth the embarrassment to get your life back on track.

    Do you share this with other people? Why or why not?
    I have to my immediate family, a couple friends, and a few trusted people at various jobs. Aside from that, I generally don't. In the odd times it's actually come up, it's opened my eyes to how many people deal with bowel issues and just how varied IBS symptoms can be.

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  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    I'm a big fan of the electronic artist MitiS. I've had his new album, LOST, on repeat since it dropped earlier this year. Two tracks in particular, Homesick and Without Me.

    I'm a big fan of the electronic artist MitiS. I've had his new album, LOST, on repeat since it dropped earlier this year. Two tracks in particular, Homesick and Without Me.

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  6. Comment on Recommendation for new season? in ~anime

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    Seconding tesseractcat's Mob Psycho 100 recommendation. If you liked One Punch Man, you'd enjoy Mob Psycho's art style and humor. Compared to One Punch, Mob Psycho does a much better job of...

    Seconding tesseractcat's Mob Psycho 100 recommendation. If you liked One Punch Man, you'd enjoy Mob Psycho's art style and humor. Compared to One Punch, Mob Psycho does a much better job of developing the characters, which is part of its charm.

    If you liked the premise behind Death Note, give Code Geass a try. It has a lot of same tactical elements in it.

    Also, have you tried Demon Slayer? It's different than the shows you listed, but it's a really good show.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    This season, I've only been watching My Hero Academia. This season's been a bit slow, story-wise, but showing growth to a bunch of side characters has been nice! Tower of God is finally back with...

    This season, I've only been watching My Hero Academia. This season's been a bit slow, story-wise, but showing growth to a bunch of side characters has been nice!

    Tower of God is finally back with new chapters! I've also been slowly rereading the webtoon, trying to savor it a bit more than I did on my first read.

    1 vote