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  1. Comment on The internet used to be ✨fun✨ in ~tech

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    This thread made me realize how many webcomics I've lost touch with over the years, and sent me on a journey of rediscovery that ultimately led me back to the bizarre misadventures of Pokey the...

    This thread made me realize how many webcomics I've lost touch with over the years, and sent me on a journey of rediscovery that ultimately led me back to the bizarre misadventures of Pokey the penguin. HOORAY!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on The internet used to be ✨fun✨ in ~tech

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    I had to see it to believe it. It's almost unrecognizable.

    I had to see it to believe it. It's almost unrecognizable.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Have you had a life-altering change in who you are? in ~talk

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    This line of reasoning reminds me of this interview with Stephen Fry.

    this supreme being was so vein that it would punish me simply for not literally bowing down to it, then I wouldn't want anything to do with it anyway.

    This line of reasoning reminds me of this interview with Stephen Fry.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on As I get older, I get more and more disillusioned with "activism", and I'm fine with this in ~talk

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    Can confirm from my limited experience growing up in a small midwest town that Kiwanis club did a great deal for the community. They were always well connected with school organizations (Key club,...

    Can confirm from my limited experience growing up in a small midwest town that Kiwanis club did a great deal for the community. They were always well connected with school organizations (Key club, Sports, scouts, etc) and churches, and were often at the center of positive community events (fundraisers, community cleanup, etc).

    10 votes
  5. Comment on How do you organize your phone's home screens and apps? in ~tech

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    I use Smart Launcher. Keeps the home screen customized but clean, and it automatically categorizes apps in the drawer into a handful of broad groups (internet, finance, games, settings, etc). I've...

    I use Smart Launcher. Keeps the home screen customized but clean, and it automatically categorizes apps in the drawer into a handful of broad groups (internet, finance, games, settings, etc). I've found it to be a nice balance between customization and organization.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Best "dad" jokes and puns! in ~talk

  7. Comment on Best "dad" jokes and puns! in ~talk

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    Also, not really a Dad joke, but my favorite joke from college What do you get when you cross an elephant with a giraffe? ||elephant|| ||giraffe|| sin θ

    Also, not really a Dad joke, but my favorite joke from college

    What do you get when you cross an elephant with a giraffe?

    ||elephant|| ||giraffe|| sin θ

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Best "dad" jokes and puns! in ~talk

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    I snorted at the canteen part. I'm going to remember this technique.

    I snorted at the canteen part. I'm going to remember this technique.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Best "dad" jokes and puns! in ~talk

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    A few of my favs: Why did the pelican get kicked out of the restaurant? Because he had a very big bill! The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar..... it was tense! Why can't you...

    A few of my favs:

    Why did the pelican get kicked out of the restaurant?

    Because he had a very big bill!

    The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.....

    it was tense!

    Why can't you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom?

    Because the P is silent!

    I refused to believe that my road worker father was was stealing from his job

    ... but when I got home all the signs were there.

    My wife told me to stop impersonating a flamingo

    I had to put my foot down.

    Why does the golfer carry two shirts?

    In case he gets a hole in one.

    Why do cows wear bells?

    Because their horns don't work!

    Why do bees have sticky hair?

    Because they use honeycombs.

    How do ducks learn to fly?

    They just wing it.

    Bonus puns:

    • Whiteboards are remarkable
    • It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.
    16 votes
  10. Comment on xkcd: Machine in ~games

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    Oh man that sounds so much better than my solution of "place random planks until the check marks just barely appear".

    Oh man that sounds so much better than my solution of "place random planks until the check marks just barely appear".

    12 votes
  11. Comment on What is your "can't miss" movie that you will not pass up if showing in theaters? in ~movies

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    Do theaters still present double features? I remember going to a few when I was younger and it was always so fun... it felt almost like renting a theater for a day. I think I'd have a hard time...

    Do theaters still present double features? I remember going to a few when I was younger and it was always so fun... it felt almost like renting a theater for a day. I think I'd have a hard time passing one of them up even with mediocre movies showing.

  12. Comment on Subaru cars phone home to 3G cellular network that no longer exists - drains battery in ~transport

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    Reporting back with some mixed news. I think the fix worked, but unfortunately my battery was already so damaged that it was still having trouble starting the car on cold days. So I ended up...

    Reporting back with some mixed news. I think the fix worked, but unfortunately my battery was already so damaged that it was still having trouble starting the car on cold days. So I ended up buying a new one and all seems pretty good so far.

    Additionally, I got a letter from Subaru that extended my warranty for a year to make repairs to the DCM and replace battery if needed. So I guess I'll be scheduling an appointment at the dealership to further future proof the vehicle.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    I took the family to the Washington coast! We drove right on to the beach, parked, made a fire, and roasted marshmallows. Then on the way back we hit up a bunch of geocaches and the kids traded...

    I took the family to the Washington coast! We drove right on to the beach, parked, made a fire, and roasted marshmallows.

    Then on the way back we hit up a bunch of geocaches and the kids traded some trinkets. It was a good time. :)

  14. Comment on Tildes Minecraft Survival - World downloads in ~games

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    FWIW, I rode the rails all the way from spawn yesterday, and didn't see any problems. Also I opened it in MCA selector and I'm not seeing anything obvious missing. I'd try redownloading and see if...

    FWIW, I rode the rails all the way from spawn yesterday, and didn't see any problems. Also I opened it in MCA selector and I'm not seeing anything obvious missing. I'd try redownloading and see if that works.

    I'm using the torrented version listed in the description

    3 votes
  15. Comment on As obesity rises, Big Food and dietitians push ‘anti-diet’ advice in ~health

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    These are likely vulnerable people. It's possible that they are in a cognitive dissonance loop where the anti-diet dietician justifies the poor choices while giving positive attention.

    It seems kinda strange, if you're going to (and presumably paying for) a dietician, presumably you're looking to cut weight/have specific goals, and you're going in the complete opposite direction, wouldn't you... stop going?

    These are likely vulnerable people. It's possible that they are in a cognitive dissonance loop where the anti-diet dietician justifies the poor choices while giving positive attention.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Scattered thoughts on the absurdity of existing in ~talk

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    I honestly take some comfort in the utter pointlessness of everything. I think I would be a ridiculous bag of nerves if I thought for one second that my actions had some huge impact on everything....

    I honestly take some comfort in the utter pointlessness of everything. I think I would be a ridiculous bag of nerves if I thought for one second that my actions had some huge impact on everything. It's nice to know that time keeps on rolling without me.

    13 votes
  17. Comment on Tildes Minecraft Survival - World downloads in ~games

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    Works for me! Thanks for the upload. 🙂

    Works for me! Thanks for the upload. 🙂

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Hey, monthly mystery commenters, what's up with the hit-and-runs? in ~tildes

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    I felt this in my bones. So much so that It overcame my will to hit the cancel button!

    I felt this in my bones. So much so that It overcame my will to hit the cancel button!

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What's a game that you feel is almost great? in ~games

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    Reluctantly, I'd place No Man's Sky in this category. I love the game. I'm probably close to 1000 hours in at this point, and at times it has come very close to dethroning Minecraft as my favorite...

    Reluctantly, I'd place No Man's Sky in this category. I love the game. I'm probably close to 1000 hours in at this point, and at times it has come very close to dethroning Minecraft as my favorite game of all time. The updates that Hello Games have provided (for FREE!) have been amazing, and have extended my enjoyment of the game.

    But I can't shake this feeling that Hello Games is so close to the bulls eye without being able to hit it. There's a ton of deep storytelling in the game if you care to dig through all the dialog (and plenty of people have!), and there are so many diverse ways to play and things to explore. But even with all the content, things don't ever fully connect. There are features that could have been a wonderful idea if given some love (settlements, cooking, farming), but they are left in their intro form. With no compelling reason to dig in, I often find myself ignoring them. The world is vast, but quickly becomes sort of "samey" due to the relative lack of local diversity. After a while water and plant life starts to look uniform, despite the fact that you've now seen it in every possible color.

    There have been some recent attempts to connect some of the lore into a larger story, and add some much requested features. It's become clear that Hello Games is seriously listening to the community and putting great effort into each FREE update. I honestly feel bad saying anything critical about them because I've already received so many hours of enjoyment.

    It may even be a compliment to them for creating a world that is so compelling and full of promise that it leaves me wanting more. Similar to how I wish I could somehow erase my memory and play Subnautica all over again for the first time.

    I'm rambling a bit, but I just had to cast my vote this time. I will continue to play every update of NMS, and I will be very sad when the team does eventually stop creating for the game. But every update I will continue to hope that the game inches toward that impossible goal of perfection that I see in my mind.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Tildes Minecraft Survival - World downloads in ~games

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    Thanks for the torrents! All the latest files work fine when I combined them. I'll also be seeding for as long as I can. I joined the world just to see everything and then managed to switch to...

    Thanks for the torrents! All the latest files work fine when I combined them. I'll also be seeding for as long as I can.

    I joined the world just to see everything and then managed to switch to spectator before suffocating. I saw this on my way to the surface:

    https://ibb.co/k9DC3Q7

    ♥♥♥

    4 votes