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  1. Comment on What is your alcoholic drink of choice? in ~talk

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    The B-54 sounds great, but the triple sec makes the B-52 sound foul.

    The B-54 sounds great, but the triple sec makes the B-52 sound foul.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote by majority of 230 in ~news

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    How desperate is the party (conservative I'm assuming), who suggested leaving the EU, to keep BREXIT on the table? I was under the impression that it garnered so much support initially because its...

    How desperate is the party (conservative I'm assuming), who suggested leaving the EU, to keep BREXIT on the table? I was under the impression that it garnered so much support initially because its supporters promised that it would bring about a lot of positives - which have since been revealed to be false. So are the conservatives desperate to see this through at all costs because it's important to their platform? Or have they scapegoated enough where they can jump ship?

    In other words: is this vote an indicator of detracting support for BREXIT as a whole? Or just backlash against a centrist compromise to a conservative policy?

    8 votes
  3. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Had never heard of Kenshi but it looks fascinating. Kind of strikes me as a cross between Mount & Blade and the less-linear PC RPGs of the 90s like Wasteland and Fallout 2.

    Had never heard of Kenshi but it looks fascinating. Kind of strikes me as a cross between Mount & Blade and the less-linear PC RPGs of the 90s like Wasteland and Fallout 2.

  4. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Have your tried P4? That one is a personal favorite of mine. So much so that I initially bounced off of P5 because the characters weren't nearly as good. But my girlfriend ended up playing through...

    Have your tried P4? That one is a personal favorite of mine. So much so that I initially bounced off of P5 because the characters weren't nearly as good. But my girlfriend ended up playing through P5 this year and it gave me a newfound appreciation for how damn good its overall style and the its main storyline are.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    This is so well put. Renovations on historic homes and homes in historic districts are subject to a lot of review, during which the standards that must be adhered to are made abundantly clear....

    This is so well put. Renovations on historic homes and homes in historic districts are subject to a lot of review, during which the standards that must be adhered to are made abundantly clear.

    Also, historic properties typically have a much higher value, so I find it buck-wild that he would buy it even with the slightest intent to rebuild down the road. Unless it was in disrepair and lower in value to nearby lots. But then again, this is San Francisco; so someone paying a premium just for a tear down isn't surprising.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    I wonder what the standards for the rebuild are? I'm guessing it was on the city's historic registry which would probably require the interior to be built to the same specifications. If it's just...

    I wonder what the standards for the rebuild are? I'm guessing it was on the city's historic registry which would probably require the interior to be built to the same specifications. If it's just the exterior then I could easily see someone who liked the original and is willing to rebuild it and update it to their standards.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Monster Hunter World - I'd really wanted to get into this series purely due to the art design but had bounced off of it due to how archaic and cumbersome the older games were. While some parts of...

    Monster Hunter World - I'd really wanted to get into this series purely due to the art design but had bounced off of it due to how archaic and cumbersome the older games were. While some parts of the game remain rough, either intentionally (e.g. the deliberate Souls-like movement) or unintentionally (e.g. online play) for the most part this release has smoothed down a lot of the edges. The gameplay loop is incredibly rewarding and switching weapon types turns it into an entirely different game (i.e. changing classes in an mmo).

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Artifact - Preorders now available on Steam + answers to some questions about what the purchase includes and what will be available at launch in ~games

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    Hearthstone (somewhat?) recently included it as a feature.

    Hearthstone (somewhat?) recently included it as a feature.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on The backlash against overtourism in ~life

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    Don't have time to find an article, but Kyoto - one of the world's most visited locations - is starting to crack down. I know for certain the city started putting up etiquette signs, but I think...

    Don't have time to find an article, but Kyoto - one of the world's most visited locations - is starting to crack down. I know for certain the city started putting up etiquette signs, but I think they may be taking further measures to curb the shear volume of tourists.

    2 votes
  10. Getting Started as a Developer from Scratch

    I have been interested in making the gradual career change to software development from my current humanities field. This stems from a handful of different places. Of course the pay and...

    I have been interested in making the gradual career change to software development from my current humanities field. This stems from a handful of different places. Of course the pay and flexibility are strong drivers but I like the idea of a field that is somewhat of a creative expression; one where you can manifest your knowledge and experience into something tangible.

    I have no experience with programming other than SQL use in ArcGIS and am hoping to gain some knowledge about the field; so anything would be helpful. Whether what to expect from this line of work, where someone with no experience should look to get started and what to expect, personal journeys, etc.

    Cheers!

    14 votes
  11. Comment on Desire paths: The illicit trails that defy the urban planners in ~design

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    Absolutely agree. I think - like with health care - people end up voting against democratic principles that are in their best interest. And it's not their fault because there are interests...

    Absolutely agree. I think - like with health care - people end up voting against democratic principles that are in their best interest. And it's not their fault because there are interests spinning it as a negative.

    Though, pedestrian oriented development is interesting. On one hand, it's a benign problem for people in power compared to nationalized health care. Sure, it may eat into private property rights a little, but not enough for people to lose massive amounts of money. Compare this with health care which is being fought against tooth-and-nail by interests ranging from pharma companies to insurance companies. However, I think pedestrian oriented development is a more difficult ideal to execute on for a number of reasons largely stemming from the United States unique geography/layout and our sunk costs into personal car infrastructure. It would require a lot of trial and error. The logistics for switching to a national health care system have been worked out and proven in other countries.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Desire paths: The illicit trails that defy the urban planners in ~design

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    Municipal planner in the U.S. here. I don't think any planner worth their salt would disagree with you in that non-motor-oriented development is important. However, almost any form of development...

    Municipal planner in the U.S. here. I don't think any planner worth their salt would disagree with you in that non-motor-oriented development is important. However, almost any form of development like this is going to be met with some form of NIMBYism and/or lack of interest from political bodies who approve anything municipal/county planners want to do. At least in the U.S, people say they want this type of development but vote against it when they learn that it costs money. Developers are also not incentivized to engage in this sort of development because of the cost and relatively low demand.

    Most planners understand and preach the importance of best-practice and contemporary academic ideals in planning. However, there's a very strong disconnect between what's best and what's demanded. We can draft beautiful plans and policies all day, but whether or not they are enacted and paid for is a completely different story. Ultimately, it is a macro-scale political problem seen in almost every field in the U.S, about what the general public chooses to prioritize.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Final trailer in ~movies

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    Really enjoyed the first one, but I wish Colin Ferrel and Johnny Depp's roles had been switched. I feel like Johnny Depp is just too schticky for that role. Especially in multiple films.

    Really enjoyed the first one, but I wish Colin Ferrel and Johnny Depp's roles had been switched. I feel like Johnny Depp is just too schticky for that role. Especially in multiple films.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are some big mistakes that first-time home buyers can make? in ~life

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    If you can find a licensed inspector who is also a licensed structural engineer then all the better. Don't know how prolific the combo is, but I my inspector was able to eyeball the foundation...

    If you can find a licensed inspector who is also a licensed structural engineer then all the better. Don't know how prolific the combo is, but I my inspector was able to eyeball the foundation over the course of the inspection. Gave me a better idea of whether I needed to hire someone to take a more extensive look at it.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Bob Iger talks Disney's streaming service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown" in ~movies

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    I'm certainly excited about a live action Star Wars tv show in the vein of Game of Thrones, but after seeing the quality of the post-book portion of GoT, I'm cautious about content produced by...

    I also don't recall hearing that the Game of Thrones guys are working on a new star wars franchise, so that is really cool

    I'm certainly excited about a live action Star Wars tv show in the vein of Game of Thrones, but after seeing the quality of the post-book portion of GoT, I'm cautious about content produced by Benioff and Weiss. Though, to be fair they were working within the framework of an established narrative; so having more creative freedom may result in the same quality as the initial GoT seasons.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Any boardgamers here? What games are you in love right now? in ~games.tabletop

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    How does it hold up with two people? I've heard it's 60+ hours; so getting my girlfriend to play through it would be a lot more feasible than a full group.

    How does it hold up with two people? I've heard it's 60+ hours; so getting my girlfriend to play through it would be a lot more feasible than a full group.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What are your top five favorite podcasts? I'm looking to broaden my podcast horizons in ~talk

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    Oh and I forgot to add Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness to the history(ish) section. Great entry-level discussion of topics the host is interested in - from the Romanov family to ice skating...

    Oh and I forgot to add Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness to the history(ish) section. Great entry-level discussion of topics the host is interested in - from the Romanov family to ice skating to Middle Eastern regimes.

  18. Comment on John Legend becomes an EGOT as he wins Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar in ~music

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    Was really pulling for Tracy Jordan to hold this title, but I'll happily take John Legend.

    Was really pulling for Tracy Jordan to hold this title, but I'll happily take John Legend.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on GOP candidate for Florida governor spoke at racially charged events in ~news

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    GOP nominees being openly associated with white nationalists seems to be coming increasingly normalized; to the point where revelations like this won't stop people from voting for someone like...

    GOP nominees being openly associated with white nationalists seems to be coming increasingly normalized; to the point where revelations like this won't stop people from voting for someone like this. Not white nationalism, but Roy Moore just barely lost his election.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What are your top five favorite podcasts? I'm looking to broaden my podcast horizons in ~talk

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    Although these fall into different well-trodden categories; they all have a similar style which is: long-form and lightly structured/edited (more of a conversation) with a bend towards humor....

    Although these fall into different well-trodden categories; they all have a similar style which is: long-form and lightly structured/edited (more of a conversation) with a bend towards humor.

    Comedy:
    My Brother My Brother and Me - bad advice on write-in questions out-there yahoo answers.
    Bodega Boys - Bronx-based comedians talk about current events and pop culture with shock-jock-style editing/characters/bits.
    Flop House - review bad movies of the past couple of years. Hosts have an excellent report with each other.
    Video Games:
    Giant Bombcast - a 50/50 split between chatting and video games talk. The website only covers games that the individual members are interested in, so opinions flow naturally. Two of the hosts have a 40+ years of combined experience so discussion can be really insightful.
    Giant Beastcast - same style as the Bombcast, but with different members.
    8-4 Play - hosted by English videogame localizers living in Japan. Fun insights on Japan, games and Japanese games.
    Mega64 Podcast - long-running podcast hosted by a group who has been making videos since the early 2000's. Isn't for everyone, but the hosts are hilarious if their humor clicks with you and there's a massive backlog.
    History:
    Sawbones - one of the hosts of My Brother My Brother and Me and his wife (a physician) discuss how medical trends have been treated historically. Well-informed but funny.
    Revolutions & History of Rome - the only departure from my discussion & humor-based trend. Hosted by one guy who follows the historical arc of major revolutions and the history of the Roman Empire.

    5 votes