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  1. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    Top song of the year for me appears to be Sister Marian by T-SQUARE. In years past, Vulfpeck was heavily featured in my playlist and as my primary artist but they fell to the wayside. I still have...

    Top song of the year for me appears to be Sister Marian by T-SQUARE.

    In years past, Vulfpeck was heavily featured in my playlist and as my primary artist but they fell to the wayside. I still have quite a bit of Cory Wong in there but I definitely have more variation. Will update my post when the slideshow goes live for me!

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  2. Spotify Wrapped 2021

    Spotify Wrapped seems to be rolling out to users today. I haven't received my slideshow but can see the playlist. I figured a thread for us to talk about our listening habits over the past year...

    Spotify Wrapped seems to be rolling out to users today. I haven't received my slideshow but can see the playlist. I figured a thread for us to talk about our listening habits over the past year would be fun!

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

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    Pokémon Volt White Randomized Still plugging away at this. I'm about to take on the second gym leader but in the meantime I'm scouring the nearby field patches to see what Pokémon end up popping...

    Pokémon Volt White Randomized

    Still plugging away at this. I'm about to take on the second gym leader but in the meantime I'm scouring the nearby field patches to see what Pokémon end up popping out. My party consists of Ponyta, Grotle, Larvitar, Swellow, Makuhita, and Marshtomp, with Graveller, Ditto, and Swinub, as backfill. Average level is 21. I have a Pikachu that I'm thinking of using but I may try to find another Electric type to fill that niche. Overall, still enjoying Pokémon for the first in forever. Romhacks seem to be the way to go these days for older Pokémon fans who want something different over the same tired progression/story.


    Halo: Infinite

    I missed out on Halo in the peak 360 days. Tried Halo 4 and 5 but couldn't stand playing with controller. So I'm all in with Halo with the latest iteration, hoping to get decent at it. I will say, the more I play, the more the Battle Pass objectives start to irk me. When I don't focus on those objectives, I play well. When I try to hyper focus on them, I play terrible. I also don't like that I can't choose my gameplay mode when one of the objectives is to play a specific mode a certain amount of times. Hopefully they will come back around and generalize the weekly objectives further or adjust the matchmaking settings so we can tackle them more directly. I haven't seen any cheaters yet on PC but I haven't touched Ranked so that might be why.

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

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    I'm currently playing Pokémon Volt White with a randomizer. I've never played the B/W series of games and with the Switch remakes out, I wanted to try a more difficult Pokémon game where some of...

    I'm currently playing Pokémon Volt White with a randomizer. I've never played the B/W series of games and with the Switch remakes out, I wanted to try a more difficult Pokémon game where some of my expectations on progression were thrown out. Pokémon Volt White is a romhack by drayano in which it makes all (at the time) 649 Pokémon obtainable in the game, adjusts some stats/movesets, and enhances the trainer AI. I started out with Turtwig among a selection of Sharkpedo and the Foongus .There was an initial scare at the beginning of the game when facing against a trainer who had a Lvl 7 Reshiram that knew dragon rage. Dragon rage is a move that always does 40 HP of damage, regardless of Pokémon type advantages. So I thought I was going to have to grind for a long time but luckily I caught a ditto and was able to RNG the move sequence enough to where I could transform and use their dragon rage against them.

    The awesome part about this playthrough for me, is that I never know what to expect when I walk in grass or jump into a trainer battle. I won't necessarily see the low-level bug and normal types early on nor will any gym use highly-specialized types. Fighting against trainers has improved AI so they won't be a cakewalk that just spam random moves. I'm finding that this gameplay style is making me think more about party synergy and actually using non-DPS moves to overcome challenges. It isn't too difficult though where I am not enjoying my time (looking at you Renegade Platinum). The randomizer has led to some severe over-leveling due to the XP given out when facing more advanced Pokémon in trainer battles. For example, I beat a Lvl 15 Blissey and was given nearly 3000 XP which was enough to gain 3 levels. A lot of my trainer battles have featured legendary Pokémon too. My rival has a Celebi and there have been two Shaymins, one Entei, and the aforementioned Reshiram. All before the second badge. The benefit though is that I have been swapping out more of my party and building my diversity of choices for later game.

    If you are interested in romhacks, I would recommend giving /r/pokemonromhacks a look. There are a ton out there!

    Edit: Also playing Halo Infinite! If you want to join me, feel free to PM me and we can sync up a time to party up. Playing on PC.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on 'Halo Infinite' might be throwing the worst live event I've ever seen in ~games

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    I've been enjoying my time with the game and just not thinking about the battle pass or unlocks or anything. I just get the satisfaction out of doing well in the game. I missed out on 360 Halo...

    I've been enjoying my time with the game and just not thinking about the battle pass or unlocks or anything. I just get the satisfaction out of doing well in the game. I missed out on 360 Halo multiplayer so this has been awesome to get into and learn.

    Needless to say though, I suspect they will fix the battle pass and unlock system. It is pretty rare for a GaaS to keep the same model as when they launched.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Why do we use Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I'm a creature of habit and I started using Tildes towards the beginning of the site as /u/NubWizard and then as /u/Icarus. I retire accounts after awhile for a "fresh start". I mostly lurk but...

    I'm a creature of habit and I started using Tildes towards the beginning of the site as /u/NubWizard and then as /u/Icarus. I retire accounts after awhile for a "fresh start". I mostly lurk but sometimes get the feeling to seek and out and share content. I find this place to be an engaging forum to read educated with well-thought out comments about interesting topics. There are some down-right good people here that I go out of my way to read every time.

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  7. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Thanks, that's what I was figuring for the most part. Knoxville/Chattanooga would have placed me closer to parents but my partner really doesn't want to have to drive to do things and wants a good...

    Thanks, that's what I was figuring for the most part. Knoxville/Chattanooga would have placed me closer to parents but my partner really doesn't want to have to drive to do things and wants a good variety of activities to do that are walkable/transit adjacent. I really do like Chattanooga though. Thought it was a cool place the few times I visited.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Sadly, my company is not supporting international remote work at this time. Only US :(

    Sadly, my company is not supporting international remote work at this time. Only US :(

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Thanks, I hadn't put too much thought into Denver as I heard the roads for motorcycles weren't too great but I think I should put it in on the list of places to consider!

    Thanks, I hadn't put too much thought into Denver as I heard the roads for motorcycles weren't too great but I think I should put it in on the list of places to consider!

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  10. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Thanks for this website, it is extremely helpful. I like that I can see best to worst neighborhoods outlined in the various scores for a city. Super awesome!

    Thanks for this website, it is extremely helpful. I like that I can see best to worst neighborhoods outlined in the various scores for a city. Super awesome!

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  11. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Oh, I'm definitely into nature and hiking! I bought my motorcycle specifically to go motocamping next year :)

    Oh, I'm definitely into nature and hiking! I bought my motorcycle specifically to go motocamping next year :)

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  12. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Yeah, my partner noticed the rental prices have skyrocketed just in the past year. I assume it is because there are people just like me doing exactly what I am doing now. Sorry about that :( San...

    Yeah, my partner noticed the rental prices have skyrocketed just in the past year. I assume it is because there are people just like me doing exactly what I am doing now. Sorry about that :(

    San Diego has typically been our go-to vacation destination for the past 4 years. I enjoyed my time the most when I could stay planted where we were and not have to drive anywhere. I did notice traffic can be downright awful if you decide to drive at an inopportune time. Our biggest draw is the dog beach in either Coronado or Ocean Beach but pickings are indeed slim. It may be that we just continue to use San Diego as our vacation destination in the future and move somewhere a little cheaper.

    Yeah, Chicago seems like a sleeper hit along with Philly. It is definitely the largest metro area we are considering that seems to check all the boxes with good food and entertainment. How dog friendly is the city?

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  13. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Thank you for replying! Open to any type of home as long as there is walking proximity to downtown or in downtown. She could be considered car-free but I will still have my car and motorcycle....

    Thank you for replying!

    Open to any type of home as long as there is walking proximity to downtown or in downtown. She could be considered car-free but I will still have my car and motorcycle.

    Open to any climate although I'm avoiding Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

    I have my hobbies like playing video games, watching sports, riding my motorcycle. She doesn't really have any hobbies except going to the beach, although she and I would like to get more hobbies.

    One small dog that we like to include with everything we do.

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  14. Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car?

    Hi all, Yesterday I got the good news from my work that my remote work assignment is now permanent and I am free to live and work anywhere in the US. I get to keep my salary so really any place is...

    Hi all,

    Yesterday I got the good news from my work that my remote work assignment is now permanent and I am free to live and work anywhere in the US. I get to keep my salary so really any place is on the table for me and I wanted to get some feedback and advice from those who live or have lived across the US.

    While I would personally be content moving to the middle of nowhere, my partner has been aching to get out of the suburbs of the Bay area and be around more people and things to do that wouldn't require her to drive places. Personally, I'm looking to take my rent price down to a maximum of ~$2100 per month for a 2 bedroom that will give us enough space to each do our remote work. Some places that I have been looking at are:

    • San Diego, CA - not so affordable but has great dog beaches and vibrant downtown
    • Chattanooga, TN - affordable but small for my partner and lacks the restaurant variety we have grown accustomed to in CA. Knoxville, TN may be a runner up.
    • Kansas City, MO - I have nephews that I have neglected being a part of their life and this would put me within 30 minutes of being close to them. Apartments are dirt cheap in downtown.
    • Richmond, VA - closer to my parents but haven't looked too into this. I grew up on the complete other side of VA but am willing to come back to the state .
    • Chicago, IL - this place is massive and I have no idea what are the best places in the city to live vs. what to avoid. I have always heard Chicago is underrated and I'm not opposed to the cold. I like that they have tons to do but it isn't really close to family as I would like to be.

    Anyways, I'm open to hearing about some underrated places and putting some time into researching them. Walkability and things to do are critical in selling the city to my partner who really doesn't want to drive to do anything.

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  15. Comment on Liberal hypocrisy is fueling American inequality. Here’s how. | NYT Opinion in ~humanities

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    I watched the whole video and I can certainly agree on a lot of parts about it. When I moved to California five years ago, I was impressed by how nice everything was compared to my rinky-dink...

    I watched the whole video and I can certainly agree on a lot of parts about it. When I moved to California five years ago, I was impressed by how nice everything was compared to my rinky-dink small hometown in the Appalachians. But from day 1, I also felt the hypocrisy laid out in front of me seeing all these people with BMWs, Audis, Teslas, and all the other luxury cars, zooming past the homeless encampments. I kept thinking to myself that a great community is defined mostly by how we care for the poorest and neediest of the members of it and just how much of an utter failure the Bay area is in that context. Each election cycle all these ballot measures fail (Prop 22 sticking out in my mind) that would be a no brainer for people who claim to be progressive.

    There are a few things that I think should have been talked about more in this video. One of those is money in politics. Greed is a corrupting influence on the values of people whether you are an elected politician or a homeowner in Palo Alto. The wealthy in this country exert more influence in our government than the poor, and people seem to only move forward on changing things when it doesn't cost them money personally. Ultimately, this (among other things) degrades our value-based lenses for looking at and acting on problems. This is probably the whole context of the video but instead of pointing out that liberals fail at doing what they say they want, I would venture further and say this is a conservative issue as well and by that extension an American culture problem. Collectively, our ability to choose to sacrifice something from our own lives for the betterment of others holds us back. We often fail to exhibit compassion and empathy towards others, especially if they are opposed to our own beliefs, even though we are all in this together.

    And separately, I think our top-down nationalization of the political process has eroded the sense of importance towards local politics and community decision-making. Too many of us are tied up in knots thinking at a national level what are the most important issues we are facing but failing to engage at the local level where most of their day-to-day problems lie and where the largest impact can be felt. In most recent times, I saw this with the CA governor recall race and the Virginia governor election. When I was visiting my hometown on the opposite side of the country, I was often asked about the recall election and told by people how they hoped the race would turn out. Even though these people would never visit California except on a vacation. Then on the Virginia governor race, looking at how invested the country was in a race for a state that holds <3% of the country's population.

    We really need to pull back and engage locally with our own communities to better tackle the problems that face us and not rely on guidance from national political parties to inform our decision making, but rather rely on our own values instead.

    17 votes
  16. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #1: Roll Call and Beginning! in ~creative

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    After thinking about this for a few days/week, I have come to the decision to focus my efforts this month on learning/building simulations and models. I participated in last year's TiMaSoMo under...

    After thinking about this for a few days/week, I have come to the decision to focus my efforts this month on learning/building simulations and models. I participated in last year's TiMaSoMo under a different username and I thought it was fun to post progress and have some sort of implicit social contract driving progress forward. This year is a bit more technical learning and delving into an aspect of programming and mathematics/statistics that I am not confident in at all but I think I could see some potential wins in my career by learning some of these things.

    In my current role, I pretty much have total access to all company HR data and my background is in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. I feel that with basic simulation/model and my subject matter expertise in the relationships between work and people, I should be able to slap something together that makes sense at a basic level. I'm directing my focus to our HR ticketing system, where all of our data resides in ServiceNow. Fortunately, there seems to be a dearth of information about building simulations in Python and there seems to be research done in building models/simulations for IT Service Desk Improvement (the most analogous environment that our HR ticketing system operates in).

    A month is not a lot of time to really learn and understand a complicated subject. However, I'm hoping that getting started will set me up for success later on down the line, especially as I'm working on an executive HR dashboard for the next three months that will expose to my critical data points throughout the company.

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  17. Comment on The Very Online Show 09: Guy on the Couch Guy in ~tech

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    Giantbomb has been undergoing a bit of content diversification and this is Very Online Show is one of the newer programs that I have started watching, with this particular episode being my second...

    Giantbomb has been undergoing a bit of content diversification and this is Very Online Show is one of the newer programs that I have started watching, with this particular episode being my second episode. This video seems to center around Lucy and Tam explaining different (and seemingly harmful) trends that occur on the internet to Jeff. I probably associate with Jeff in many of these videos because I'm frankly out of touch with how an everyday person interacts with the internet/social media.

    I thought this was a good episode that touched upon a phenomenon that I have started picking up lately and feeling grossed out over. That topic is web sleuthing which in the past I would have likely associated with True Crime internet forums. About two-three years ago, I recall binging several episodes of the Generation Why podcast with my partner on a long car ride. After each episode we would discuss the case and what we thought of general aspects. At a certain point, it suddenly hit me that we were getting some sort of satisfaction/entertainment learning about these harmful and traumatic events that have wrecked families and lives, and we were eating them like a snack. I reflected about how if one of these topics were a lot closer to me, I would probably hate that my ability to grieve would be extremely difficult as I would likely have random internet people try to contact me about their wild theories, and I wondered how that hard that must be for a lot of these people affected. Since then, I have had a different view on the True Crime genre and in particular, Netflix and documentary-type shows on personal tragedies.

    This episode helped me see though that this type of behavior extends far beyond True Crime and into the personal lives of every day, no-name people. I remember just weeks ago being taken aback by the rabidity of the users in /r/GabbyPetito, with speculation threads being created for each major event and even several times across the day. It was sickening to me to see all these people gathered in one tiny subreddit treating the whole affair like an episode of Game of Thrones. This episode makes a salient point and argument regarding the content consumption habits of people online these days and the total disconnect that is occurring where people interact with content on sites like TikTok and fail to treat the people in the videos like people, rather than made-up characters in a TV-show. I also think when it covered how this conspiratorial-minded content can seemingly manifest out of nowhere due to TikTok's ability to amplify videos through its sharing feature.

    Anyways, I hope you get something out of this. Curious to hear other people's thoughts on it.

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  18. Comment on US west coast braces for ‘atmospheric river’ as huge storm brews in ~enviro

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    Sadly, this was one of the days where they could not allow us onto the range to practice and take an assessment. The morning folks got through it but by the time my group was scheduled to start,...

    Sadly, this was one of the days where they could not allow us onto the range to practice and take an assessment. The morning folks got through it but by the time my group was scheduled to start, the parking lot was flooded. Lots of pissed people who drove an hour+ away when the forecast was what it was. So my second day will be rescheduled to another time. In the meantime, I have my learners so I can ride around. Might set up some cones in an empty parking lot and work on it on my own time.

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  19. Comment on US west coast braces for ‘atmospheric river’ as huge storm brews in ~enviro

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    I am in the middle of doing a motorcycle safety training course this weekend. Tomorrow is test day and it is rain or shine. Or in this case, 3 inches of rain and gusts up to 45 mph or shine. Going...

    I am in the middle of doing a motorcycle safety training course this weekend. Tomorrow is test day and it is rain or shine. Or in this case, 3 inches of rain and gusts up to 45 mph or shine. Going to be a good opportunity to test how waterproof my gear really is.

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