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  1. Comment on The most profound cosmic horror or weird lit stories you've read that are not Lovecraft or Ligotti in ~books

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    Warning for Annihilation: the books and movies are incredibly different. Annihilation is one of my favorite movies, and the Southern Reach trilogy is in my top books (along with House of Leaves...

    Warning for Annihilation: the books and movies are incredibly different. Annihilation is one of my favorite movies, and the Southern Reach trilogy is in my top books (along with House of Leaves and The Familiar, both by Danielewski), but they are different takes on a similar series of events. Both are really good, but if you go into one hoping it will be the other, you could be very disappointed. I know the first time I watched the movie I was pissed at how different it was from the books. Now that I have gone back and watch it for what it is, I appreciate it a lot more.

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  2. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale 2024 is live (runs June 27 - July 11) in ~games

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    I second your suggestion of finishing the base game before doing the expansion. I do want to strongly suggest anyone who liked the base game to play the expansion. I honestly think I enjoyed the...

    I second your suggestion of finishing the base game before doing the expansion. I do want to strongly suggest anyone who liked the base game to play the expansion. I honestly think I enjoyed the expansion more than I did the base game.

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  3. Comment on The Steam Summer Sale 2024 is live (runs June 27 - July 11) in ~games

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    The game isn't out yet, so I don't know if it will match your request by the time it gets out. That said, expedition 33 is the first JRPG game that I have seen that has interested me enough to...

    The game isn't out yet, so I don't know if it will match your request by the time it gets out. That said, expedition 33 is the first JRPG game that I have seen that has interested me enough to consider buying. I don't know anything about JRPGs, so I apologize if I missed the mark here.

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  4. Comment on Why is the Sonic comic so controversial? in ~comics

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    I am struggling to write a response to this comment that doesn't come off as aggressive so I am just going to have to give up and go with my best effort. This is an extreme over-generalization of...

    Or to put it another way, as a random person once commented online: the whole reason fanfiction exists is so the writer can make two characters have sex. I"ve learned that online, people really ARE that depraved.

    I am struggling to write a response to this comment that doesn't come off as aggressive so I am just going to have to give up and go with my best effort. This is an extreme over-generalization of fan fiction that is loaded with negative value judgements. It is hard for me to find a way to read this as anything other than an insult at people who enjoy fan fiction. I am struggling to put into words all of the ways this comes off as condescending while also overgeneralizing or being flat-out wrong.

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  5. Comment on Why we’re turning psychiatric labels into identities in ~health.mental

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    OHHHHHH BOY. This is one of those articles where I read the headline, read the top comment, and realize that if I engage with the article and want to leave a comment with all my thoughts and...

    OHHHHHH BOY. This is one of those articles where I read the headline, read the top comment, and realize that if I engage with the article and want to leave a comment with all my thoughts and feelings in it, my entire day will be consumed. I will spend hours parsing my thoughts and feelings and be completely unable to focus on my work. So unfortunately I will have to hope that I remember to come back and engage with this after my workday is over.

    I don't think it is irony, but I don't know the proper term to describe this situation. I'm going to use irony as a fill-in, but if it is wrong please correct me and tell me what the correct term is. My whole life I have had issues with hyper fixating on conversations and writing overly-verbose responses to things to a detrimental extent. It will consume my entire my for hours and I won't be able to focus on anything else, no matter how much I try. Getting diagnosed with ADHD was what allowed me to recognize that I do that, understand why I do it, and to preemptively avoid those situations. The fact that one of my first times successfully avoiding the multi-hour rabbit hole is on an article about mental illness becoming a core part of someone's identity feels ironic*.

    Kneejerk thought: I have a feeling the reason that this is being portrayed as an issue now is because it is impacting corporations and capital.

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  6. Comment on America must face reality and prioritise China over Europe in ~misc

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    To Wes' point, your one paragraph response gives other commenters things to think about, react to, and/or respond to. Your response isn't "no"; your response is "No, because...". No one here can...

    To Wes' point, your one paragraph response gives other commenters things to think about, react to, and/or respond to. Your response isn't "no"; your response is "No, because...". No one here can do anything with "No". Did the original commenter read the whole article or just the headline when they said "no"? Is "no" in response to the thesis of the article? To every point made in the article? Why? No one besides the OC knows. This isn't to say I don't think they didn't read the article, nor that I agree with any of the points made. The point is all of the ambiguity leaves the door open for misunderstanding. "no" is not meaningfully or thoughtfully engaging the post in any way. Not every comment needs to be a graduate thesis that is peer reviewed and the result of hours of time and energy, but they should give the community something to engage with.

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  7. Comment on Honest Question: Why did PHP remove dynamic properties in 8.x? in ~comp

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    Honestly, I am a huge fan of this change. I haven't worked in PHP in a few years, but I did maintain a few business-critical projects that were completely in php for the first 4 years in my...

    Honestly, I am a huge fan of this change. I haven't worked in PHP in a few years, but I did maintain a few business-critical projects that were completely in php for the first 4 years in my current role. I cannot count how many times I made a stupid mistake like this that caused endless headaches and wasted time trying to hunt down. It is part of the reason that my team has committed to migrating all of our PHP and Python projects to Golang. If this change had been made before we had migrated most of our codebase, we might have stuck with PHP.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ c’est la vie

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  8. Comment on Those who read a lot of fiction shown to have improved cognitive abilities in ~science

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    This has always been true. What physical media you own and display has been an expression of both personality and social status for at least 100 years. Maybe it feels more extreme now because...

    For the past decade and a half, reading has become more an expression of identity. Physical copies of books become representative of the type of person you are.

    This has always been true. What physical media you own and display has been an expression of both personality and social status for at least 100 years. Maybe it feels more extreme now because physical ownership is no longer the only way to own media, so you have to explicitly seek out physical copies of things?

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  9. Comment on Why the short-lived Calvin and Hobbes is still one of the most beloved and influential comic strips in ~comics

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    Can confirm this. I learned to read thanks to my dad reading Calvin and Hobbes every night with me. It’s a solid mixture of big and small words, so you can go back for years and still have the...

    Can confirm this. I learned to read thanks to my dad reading Calvin and Hobbes every night with me. It’s a solid mixture of big and small words, so you can go back for years and still have the kids pick up new words and understand things better.

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  10. Comment on What did you do to "prepare" for your marriage? in ~life

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    I appreciate the response and hearing a diverging view. From reading your comment, I think the two of us have almost polar opposite views on this. I don't think there is really a single sentence...

    I appreciate the response and hearing a diverging view. From reading your comment, I think the two of us have almost polar opposite views on this. I don't think there is really a single sentence or idea in your response that I don't strongly disagree with. While I disagree, I think it is perfectly fine for us to have opposite views on this. I am a big believer in "if it works for your relationship and isn't abusive, then it isn't any of my business."

    I am also stretched way too thin mentally and emotionally to commit to a conversation about this. I just wanted to leave a quick comment here saying that while I disagree with you and probably will not be replying after this, I appreciate you taking the time to respond and put your thoughts and reasons out there and my future lack of response is from my exhaustion and is not a result of anything you said.

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  11. Comment on What did you do to "prepare" for your marriage? in ~life

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    It seems like this is taboo in a lot of places but I think it is really important to mention so going to add it here: have a prenup discussed, ready, and signed well in advance of your marriage. I...

    It seems like this is taboo in a lot of places but I think it is really important to mention so going to add it here: have a prenup discussed, ready, and signed well in advance of your marriage. I was originally against it, but my best man is a lawyer and once he talked to me about it for a bit, it really changed my view. Having a prenup isn’t “going into your marriage” expecting it to fail like I see people describe it online a lot. It is preemptively trying to care about yourself and your spouse in the event you want a divorce. Prenups involve having a lot of potentially long, difficult, emotionally charged conversations. Would you rather have those conversations now, when you and your partner deeply care about what is best for one another, are more likely to approach things in good-faith, and have the time and willingness to let those conversations breathe and to step away if they get too charged and come back later? Or would you like to have them when you both are in emotional turmoil, stressed out, paying a bunch of lawyer bills, potentially resentful towards one-another, and more likely to interpret statements and actions in bad faith? Prenups can absolutely be scummy and bad and an indicator that someone is not fully committed to your relationship, but they don’t HAVE to be that. They can be a way to try and navigate an extremely painful and stressful situation with more empathy for yourself and your partner than you have later down the line.

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

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    Yeah I was looking on their page the other week and saw them say that one pace is 40% faster to watch, which is over 150 hours quicker. That’s… absurd. One Piece has more filler content than most...

    Yeah I was looking on their page the other week and saw them say that one pace is 40% faster to watch, which is over 150 hours quicker. That’s… absurd. One Piece has more filler content than most shows have runtimes.

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

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    I’ve been watching a lot of anime so I will come back to update this when I get home with those shows. But I wanted to share one thing now. I just got a shonen jump subscription so I am going to...

    I’ve been watching a lot of anime so I will come back to update this when I get home with those shows. But I wanted to share one thing now. I just got a shonen jump subscription so I am going to start reading more manga now that I can afford it.

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    One Piece: I’ve watched about 300-400 episodes of the One Piece anime. I knew the manga was better than the anime to a lot of people, and now that I am reading it, I definitely understand why. I almost feel like I am engaging with a different story. The pacing of the manga is SO much better than the anime. I understand all the reasons why the anime is the way it is, but between filler arcs, flashbacks to events that happened 1-2 episodes ago, etc, there ends up only being 7-10min of new content per episode, making everything feel so SLLOOOOOWWWWWW. The manga doesn’t have that issue at all. Not only does the pacing make the story flow better, but it makes the show feel much more approachable. It takes me somewhere between 10-15min to read a chapter of Manga, vs the 20-22min runtime for episodes (20 if we are excluding OP + credits). That means it’ll take me between 175-275hours to read all of one piece, vs 366 HOURS to finish the anime. I managed to read all the way through the end of Alabasta arc in a week for the manga. That shit took me MONTHS in the show. It’s a lesser time commitment to a better paced version of the story. There is still a lot the anime adds that I do miss and so I will probably continue to watch and read, especially once I get past the time skip and the animation quality improves. But I’m definitely going to be having my first exposure to arcs be in the manga. If you’re interested in One Piece but the anime seems daunting, a shonen jump subscription is $2.99/mo with a 7 day free trial. Definitely worth it IMO.

    Anime

    TODO: Add stuff here.

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  14. Comment on ADHD productivity fundamentals in ~health.mental

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    Do you have any advice on where to start with Obsidian? I have been using it basically identically to how the apple notes app works. I hear people talk endlessly about how incredible it is, and...

    Do you have any advice on where to start with Obsidian? I have been using it basically identically to how the apple notes app works. I hear people talk endlessly about how incredible it is, and the way people talk sounds like it could finally be the thing that actually works with the way my brain thinks and views things, but I get immediately overwhelmed when I start trying to dig in at all.

    And no, the irony of asking this on a post where one of the key takeaways is “what works for one person might not work for you” :P

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  15. Comment on Any other developers also strongly resistant to adding secondary data stores to their software? in ~comp

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    I will never forget trying to do a PoC on docker + k8s back in 2017/2018 and this guy looking at me and saying “why would we ever want to use kubernetes , I can replicate all that using Apache...

    I will never forget trying to do a PoC on docker + k8s back in 2017/2018 and this guy looking at me and saying “why would we ever want to use kubernetes , I can replicate all that using Apache Zookeeper” and feeling my soul die.

  16. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    In hindsight, I wish I hadn't listened to Grammarly when it wanted to rephrase that sentence. I specifically said "can be extremely frustrating" to try and address that how frustrated someone...

    I said I was “a bit frustrated” I did not say “I am extremely frustrated and it feels terrible”. I truly don’t understand how you could read high levels of emotional content in my words by simply expressing a mild negative sensation, and sharing with you how the experience made me feel.

    In hindsight, I wish I hadn't listened to Grammarly when it wanted to rephrase that sentence. I specifically said "can be extremely frustrating" to try and address that how frustrated someone feels in response to being misunderstood depends on the individual and the situation, and intentionally tried to use language that didn't assume the extent of your frustration. The change of the word "bad" to "terrible" overrode that intention. That's my fault.

    Second, I don't think your answer to every question you've asked is automatically "yes". Though, I don't understand the point of asking questions on a social media site if you're going to be hostile toward people responding to those questions.

    In a world where “everyone is wealthy”, who does all the dirty jobs we all agree are necessary for a comfortable modern society to function?

    You posted this question as a comment on a website for discussing ideas. Vord responded with their answer to the question you asked. You said it was a rhetorical question, and vord explained that while you were asking it as a rhetorical question (and acknowledged that they assumed you were asking it rhetorically), it isn't always a rhetorical question. It is an extremely common "gotcha" question when discussing capitalism vs socialism, so Vord thought there was value in answering the question from the perspective of someone who supports socialism.

    just that if people were more thoughtful and careful, they probably wouldn’t have, and that I don’t think anything I said was very “sneaky” at all.

    I don't think anyone ever said or implied you said anything sneaky. I don't think anyone said or implied you intended to be sneaky.

    Idk. Clearly, this isn't going anywhere. So I'm just going to disengage. Cheers.

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  17. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    I agree with you that they can be solved within a capitalist system. But just because a solution can exist within a capitalist system does not mean that the problem isn't caused by or made worse...

    I agree with you that they can be solved within a capitalist system. But just because a solution can exist within a capitalist system does not mean that the problem isn't caused by or made worse by capitalism. Nor does a solution being possible within capitalism mean that the solution is a capitalist solution. On the contrary, they often implement socialist ideas in limited or small-scale ways.

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  18. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    And I can say the same to you. It feels like you are responding emotionally and not in good faith. I wasn't responding emotionally. I was trying to explain in good faith why vord might need...

    And I can say the same to you. It feels like you are responding emotionally and not in good faith. I wasn't responding emotionally. I was trying to explain in good faith why vord might need clarification, using my experience of being confused by your comment as a basis. No, statements that happen to be similar to ones made by problematic people do still have value. No one said they don't have value. You decided that was my meaning.

    There’s not really much more I could have done to make it clearer besides literally quoting the parent verbatim

    You could, for example, explain why you were asking that question. I think you could have included your reasoning or beliefs in that comment. Asking rhetorical leading questions is a prime way to have your comments misinterpreted and is something I am working on improving myself. You're right to feel frustrated at the experience; being misunderstood feels terrible and can be extremely frustrating. That doesn't mean vord or I are incorrect for being confused.

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  19. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    My wife was homeless from 4 until they were 13, and only got to eat when the food banks in rural Texas had enough to go around, which was rarely to never. They have chronic health issues directly...

    My wife was homeless from 4 until they were 13, and only got to eat when the food banks in rural Texas had enough to go around, which was rarely to never. They have chronic health issues directly caused from prolonged starvation, as well as severe PTSD and an eating disorder. They only got out of that situation because their father stole metals like copper from abandoned houses. And all that bought them was a rented roof over their head and barely enough food to feed them all. For the first 6 months of our relationship, I had to use the money I was making as a recent college graduate to help them cover rent and food costs. The only reason that stopped being the case was because their father died and so they moved in with me.

    I have had 3 friends die while rationing insulin because they were too poor to be able to afford it, and the system does not give a shit how necessary a medicine is for someone to survive, it only cares if they can pay what the pharmacy is charging.

    To get away from personal anecdotes, yes. Yes, in the US, if you are poor you are abandoned and left to die if you can't afford food or shelter. If, in desperation for the survival of yourself or your family, you commit a crime to make the money you need or do something like steal food or live in an abandoned house, you will be arrested and sent to jail where you will be (mostly) unpaid labor. Being homeless isn't directly a crime, but loitering is. Living in a tent under the bridge is.

    You can seriously doubt that all you want. It doesn't make it less true.

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  20. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    Why is the problem automatically an issue of people being lazy or unwilling to work? Maybe the issue is that society has become overdependent on "make money, or you'll die" as an incentive to...

    Why is the problem automatically an issue of people being lazy or unwilling to work? Maybe the issue is that society has become overdependent on "make money, or you'll die" as an incentive to ensure people are willing to put up with shitty work conditions. Once "survival" is met, people are less willing to endure abuses. Rather than bemoan people not working, we should focus on why people find those jobs unfulfilling or not worth the extra money.

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