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  1. Comment on Why do we see color? in ~science

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    A video explaining first why human eyes are sensitive to light between 380-750 nanometers in wavelength when light can be so much more varied in wavelength. The brief answer is that the light the...

    A video explaining first why human eyes are sensitive to light between 380-750 nanometers in wavelength when light can be so much more varied in wavelength. The brief answer is that the light the sun produces (and that isn't also absorbed by Earth's atmoshpere, though he doesn't mention that) is mostly in these same visible wavelengths. He then explains how human color sensitivity works and why we have our RGB cones, and talk a bit about how there are tetrachromats who have 4 cones who can see colors in more detail becauss of it.

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  2. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (June 2022) in ~talk

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    Tldr: Can't find the drive to work on anything about myself for any reason other than "because women want that in their partners", and I it find reasonable to believe that's a bad reason to work...

    Tldr: Can't find the drive to work on anything about myself for any reason other than "because women want that in their partners", and I it find reasonable to believe that's a bad reason to work on yourself

    For some reason it feels like I have basically no drive to do much of anything for myself, health-wise or person-wise. Doing exercise (in a gym, with my mom, whatever) to have stamina for more than 5-10 minutes of basically any physical activity that is more than 50% running, or so I don't feel the need to move my neck basically incessantly, not having lunch at like 4 PM because for some reason (presumably doing nothing 24/7 and not gaining fat over it?) I have a weirdly low appetite, avoiding scratching some random minor itches I get (although I may be partly doomed to it by my type of autism featuring extra skin sensitivity) or, switching from the subject of physical health, try to become more self-confident via doing the former things or plain hubris (apparently some people say positively name-calling themselves actually helped them get more confident?), and some other personality and behavior-related stuff I find hard to imagine how to do like not being uncomfortable around women (especially if they're attractive).

    Every time I feel like my classmates think I'm a weird or bad person I feel the need to do self-improvement like the things above to stop being weird so I can assume people (well, mostly women cause most the dudes in my class that aren't already part of the girls' group(s) including me are halfway to peers) won't come up with one or more reasons/excuses to avoid me or even tell me off explicitly and/or entirely if I ever try to interact more seriously (not necessarily romantically). That or I just feel like I need to work on myself for the explicit purpose of being desirable to women, which I've seen enough people say is a bad goal/motivation to not genuinely try, but for some reason all the other reasonings I could have to work on myself just don't compel me that much even though they're just as good if not better reasons. That and you shouldn't need a reason to be healthy at all. This reminds me of depression but I'm by no means depressed since I can operate entirely normally in school and among the handful of peers I have, so I'm not entirely sure why I feel so little natural drive to take care of myself.

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  3. Comment on Interactive International Phonetic Alphabet in ~humanities

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    The IPA is basically a chart that puts all human pronunciation into an alphabet with 50-ish main letters, a dozen clicks and a dozen or 2 more diacritics that, can be used to rid us of nearly all...

    The IPA is basically a chart that puts all human pronunciation into an alphabet with 50-ish main letters, a dozen clicks and a dozen or 2 more diacritics that, can be used to rid us of nearly all ambiguity when it comes to pronunciation which is pretty awesome, especially for things like language learning.

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  4. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    I find that what I can talk about with the limited number of people I talk to in a regular basis mean I'll either be talking usually about some mildly remarkable thing that just happened to my...

    How do you like to talk (complex, simple, formal, informal, brief, lengthy...), and what do you like or dislike listening to?

    I find that what I can talk about with the limited number of people I talk to in a regular basis mean I'll either be talking usually about some mildly remarkable thing that just happened to my classmate acquaintances or I'll be talking about the stuff I was studying about (or that is related to it) with the teachers or I'll be talking about how my day went to my mom, and how I talk in these situations depends a lot more on these contexts than 'me'. When it comes to the first, I am generally talking casually and briefly because there isn't much to say about this type of event. Sometimes a conversation will turn to a subject that we have more to say about and we'll talk for longer. When it comes to talking with the teachers, I'll talk about the few subjects/questions I have in mind that are related to the curriculum and when I've gone through them all. When it comes to talking to my mom about my day I try to do this but I struggle to recall everything without being too vague and keeping that in order so it can be a mess. The common thread is that I prefer talking about specific subjects I already have in mind and that I don't see any appeal in open ended questions like "how's your day going?", which annoyong because this is apparently the kind of question people ask when they want to be social and determine if these other people also want to talk to you currently.

    Do you have certain words or phrasing patterns that you either love or avoid at all costs?

    I, like some others in this thread use the word peculiar a lot more than most people. In Portuguese, I often use the words "por quê será?", which translates to something more like "why is that?" Instead of just "why". I also like describing things as comical in English and Portuguese.

    Do you have an inner dialogue?
    If so, how does it sound?

    Yes and it sounds like me.

    Do you think exclusively in your mother tongue? If not, which situations bring up specific languages in your head?

    I actually only think in my native language of Portuguese about 10% of the time because of a lifetime of talking to people or watching English content since toddlerhood (which is how I got my practically fluent English) as opposed to having only a handful of acquaintances that I only talk to sparingly. Ironically, this can be a pretty self-reinforcing cycle sometimes because I find it takes more effort to think in my home language, especially with my psychologists. I think more in my home tongue about stuff like chores where I didn't learn about this stuff via reading what people talk about online. (Not how to do chores.)

    How do you adapt your patterns to different contexts (formal, informal, social, professional, etc)? Does that come easy for you?

    The only 3 contexts I really live in are online, school and therapy, where in therapy I can talk all about my life and problems and online I'm in English and real life is Portuguese. None of these contexts feel too demanding of me honestly.

    Do you clearly differentiate between serious and jokeful registers?
    Do you use phrasing and tone of voice to differentiate between the two? Does it work?

    Yes, though usually not particularly strongly/well for all these questions. If I'm not serious I'll just talk less 'seriously' IRL or follow it with a 'lol' online.

    Do you sometimes talk too much or too little?

    I struggle more to find my turn to talk, where I'm basically looking for a 0.1 second opening in a conversation where I can begin talking without interrupting people.

    Do you make a lot of faux pas?

    Yeah, with all the mental translation back to PT-BR and being who I am, saying things ranging from silly to dumb is pretty common in relation to how much I talk. A sillier example is when I translated the saying "you are what you eat" literally into "você é o que você come", but "comer" is also a sexual euphemism for fuck, so people heard the intended meaning but they also heard "you are what you fuck" and laughed a little after I said that. That's inoffensive but oh well, I don't fuck. I also often lack the analogies or vocabulary to properly express a concept when talking in Portuguese.

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  5. Comment on About half of US abortion patients report using contraception in the month they became pregnant in ~health

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    A now-topical article about how how "just use birth control" isn't really as fool-proof of an abortion prevention method as many say it is, even if it's still necessary regardless.

    A now-topical article about how how "just use birth control" isn't really as fool-proof of an abortion prevention method as many say it is, even if it's still necessary regardless.

    In 2014, about half (51%) of abortion patients in the United States reported that they had used a contraceptive method in the month they became pregnant, according to a new analysis by Guttmacher researcher Rachel Jones. This proportion represents a slight decrease from 54% of abortion patients in 2000, the last time these data were examined. The methods most commonly used by abortion patients in 2014 were condoms (24% of patients) and the pill (13%)

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  6. What do y'all think of hidden trophies?

    To me, they feel kind of OP to discover if you're not a very motivated person, but I suppose that's who they're for. I did one of those trophies for Sonic Generations when I stumbled upon it...

    To me, they feel kind of OP to discover if you're not a very motivated person, but I suppose that's who they're for. I did one of those trophies for Sonic Generations when I stumbled upon it online and it was to no-hit the final boss on hard mode with no add-ons (in game stuff) and I can't help but feel that there's no way I would have known that's the trophy.

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  7. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    I can speak and write English nearly fluently, and outside the wealthy parts of Brazil's cities that's a huge rarity (which is compounded by me being able to do this since young), so doing that...

    I can speak and write English nearly fluently, and outside the wealthy parts of Brazil's cities that's a huge rarity (which is compounded by me being able to do this since young), so doing that and getting a diploma to prove it back when I was 13 is not something I would expect anyone to believe without showing them, which is why I rarely talk about my English proficiency to anyone I know.

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  8. Comment on What's one weird thing about yourself? in ~talk

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    When I cringe, I tend to close my eyes and mouth for a moment to let the embarrassment sink in. (As opposed to letting it out on the walls or someone else.)

    When I cringe, I tend to close my eyes and mouth for a moment to let the embarrassment sink in. (As opposed to letting it out on the walls or someone else.)

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  9. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2022) in ~talk

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    Wondering about how am I supposed to go about learning how to 'properly' socialize/interact with others, if I do get around to doing that. I'm 16, so school is where I would/may try to socialize...

    Wondering about how am I supposed to go about learning how to 'properly' socialize/interact with others, if I do get around to doing that.

    I'm 16, so school is where I would/may try to socialize if it didn't intimidate me and give me the feeling that trying to befriend (well, dating would come later for me) people is something that isn't very/at all enjoyable for the initiator, mostly just hoping you're interesting to them while not just giving away that the primary reason you're interacting with them is that you aren't content with your lack of friendships and/or relationships with a self-deprecating comment. (Well, at least that's how I feel about talking to strangers with the intent of having some form of platonic relationship with them. For some reason just going out of my way do that doesn't feel like it appeals to me.) Is this just something you deal with when stepping out of your comfort zone? Do you guys have a different/better worldview/perspective to look at this stuff with?

    This all goes on top of the fact that, in general, my plan when it came to building a social circle was that I would spend what I assume would be months trying to figure out an appropriate time/context to meander into some manner of signaling that I am interested in interacting somewhat regularly with this person and having a platonic relationship with them or as a way of me to figure out if we wouldn't be wholly incompatible for this outta the gate, and I figured that after spending those months figuring out a way of doing that that doesn't feel like shoe-horning that into a conversation, I would have learned some basic social skills and have made a few friends, and I could focus on enjoying that fact and perhaps prepare to move on to dating.

    Thing is, in-person classes returned, the real world happened and I ended up with a group of people in such a situation where we are definitely not strangers to eachother but I feel that it doesn't fit my conception of friendship as a type of relationship where we do and talk about lots of (not just school related lol) stuff together, so now it feels like I have the choice of trying to get closer to some of these people and when I can call them friends I can call it a day and try to move on to dating, or if I should try to make a friend "from scratch" by talking to a stranger, since succeeding in building a relationship with a stranger would imply I have some basic/decent social competence, which feels like my actual objective here to be honest.

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  10. Comment on The Quasi-Official 2022 r/place Atlas in ~tech

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    This is a catalogue of most of everything created on r/place, which was in the works even before the project finished. It's quasi-official because reddit themselves pinned it for some time but...

    This is a catalogue of most of everything created on r/place, which was in the works even before the project finished. It's quasi-official because reddit themselves pinned it for some time but didn't make it themselves. It currently has just over 7000 entries and anyone can add more if they know what some small pixel art that hasn't been added yet means or if the guy who made this approves another description of the same picture, which does happen, since you can only add new images or new descriptions to the same images, there is no editing others' descriptions ala Wikipedia, unfortunately.

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  11. Comment on The rules for rulers: How dictatorships work, and why Russia is heading towards a coup in ~humanities

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    The more important question is "Does this mean anything for Democracy in Russia?", and little here says that it will be particularly good for people like Navalny.

    The more important question is "Does this mean anything for Democracy in Russia?", and little here says that it will be particularly good for people like Navalny.

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  12. Comment on Reject modernity, embrace masculinity: When toxicity is masked as positivity (AKA praising bodybuilders shouldn't be coupled with transphobia) in ~life

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    Basically a video covering a meme that was trendy for some short time called "Reject Modernity, Embrace masculinity", which is a riff of the "Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition" meme....

    Basically a video covering a meme that was trendy for some short time called "Reject Modernity, Embrace masculinity", which is a riff of the "Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition" meme. Unfortunately, this riff is more based around the sincere reactionary usage of the term and the videos are basically shitting on Trans people and men who wear dresses followed praising Bodybuilders and often militarism, which the author calls out as cringe reactionary shit, even if he likes the bodybuilding parts.

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  13. Comment on Conservative candidate squeaks to victory in South Korean election: Yoon Suk-yeol declares victory in presidential election after liberal opponent concedes defeat with 98% of ballots counted in ~news

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    One thing worth noting about this election is that Yoon won by about 0.8% of the vote, but a Third party leftist (socdem according to wiki) won about 2.3% of the vote, implying he may have pulled...

    Yoon Suk-yeol, a conservative former prosecutor, declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election on Thursday after his liberal rival conceded defeat following a bitter battle in the politically divided nation.

    Yoon, from the main opposition People Power Party, edged out the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung with 48.6% of the vote to 47.8%, with more than 98% of the ballots counted as of 4.20am on Thursday (7.20pm GMT on Wednesday).

    Yoon, who was hoping to benefit from public anger over rising house prices in Seoul, income inequality and youth unemployment, said during the campaign that he would address mounting economic problems with a dose of fiscal conservatism, including a cut in the minimum wage and the removal of limits on working hours.

    As an avowed “anti-feminist” he has pledged to abolish the ministry for gender equality, claiming South Korean women do not suffer systemic discrimination - despite voluminous evidence to the contrary.

    He vowed to address the housing crisis with tax relief, pledged support for small businesses and self-employed people, and encouraged the private sector to create jobs and builds millions of new homes.

    One thing worth noting about this election is that Yoon won by about 0.8% of the vote, but a Third party leftist (socdem according to wiki) won about 2.3% of the vote, implying he may have pulled a Ralph Nader on the less conservative Lee Jae-myung.

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  14. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 14 in ~news

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    Democracy Is On The Ballot In These 11 Secretary Of State And Attorney General Elections An article about the various candidates for Secretary of State in the 2022 elections for several close...

    Democracy Is On The Ballot In These 11 Secretary Of State And Attorney General Elections

    An article about the various candidates for Secretary of State in the 2022 elections for several close state offices.

    The aftermath of the 2020 presidential election was probably most Americans’ introduction to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state who rebuffed then-President Donald Trump’s entreaties to “find 11,780 votes” that would allow him to carry the state. Same with Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general who filed a baseless lawsuit to get the Supreme Court to throw out 60 of then-President-elect Biden’s electoral votes.

    Secretaries of state and state attorneys general have always been influential within their own states, but the attempted abuse of these offices to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election has finally awakened the rest of the country to their importance.

    As the ones who oversee the administration of elections and the certification of results in most states, secretaries of state play a fundamental role in our democracy. And given their discretion to interpret and implement election laws in ways that either make it easier or harder to vote, they’ve already drawn a lot of attention for 2022: Candidates for the office are raising record sums of money, Trump has personally pushed to install loyalists in three key states, and incumbents who otherwise might have sailed to an uncontroversial reelection are now facing rabid primary challenges.

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