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  1. Comment on What's your go-to special dish for cooking? in ~food

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    Special because I have eaten it every morning for months and am not sick of it yet: 1/2 cup stewed dark greens, whatever's in season, stewed in large batches and frozen in silicone muffin tins so...

    Special because I have eaten it every morning for months and am not sick of it yet:

    • 1/2 cup stewed dark greens, whatever's in season, stewed in large batches and frozen in silicone muffin tins so I can just thaw a puck.
    • 1/2 cup black beans, well seasoned, also cooked in bulk, frozen, and stored as pucks.
    • 2 fried eggs.
    • 1/2 veggie sausage.
    • 2 tablespoons sour cream or avocado, depending on availability.

    Unlike most things I've tried, it's really stuck as a good breakfast. It takes a couple of minutes to microwave the greens and beans, and only about that long to fry the eggs and heat/crisp the sausage. It means that breakfast is always easy enough to make when I'm hungry and in a rush, so I more consistently eat breakfast as opposed to just kinda snacking as I get peckish.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Do you crush bugs? in ~talk

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    It depends. Mosquitoes get killed on sight, as do moths of the sorts destructive to clothes. Everything else gets ushered back outside or left to live their own lives.

    It depends. Mosquitoes get killed on sight, as do moths of the sorts destructive to clothes. Everything else gets ushered back outside or left to live their own lives.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Untitled Goose Game ditches plastic for its eco-friendly game cases in ~games

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    You don't pay extra for the physical version because you want the game. You pay for it so you can have a display object.

    You don't pay extra for the physical version because you want the game. You pay for it so you can have a display object.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Reddit moderator accounts compromised in coordinated hack, hundreds of subreddits vandalized in ~tech

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    Twitter did. They took the phone numbers provided to them for 2FA and sold them for advertising purposes.

    Twitter did. They took the phone numbers provided to them for 2FA and sold them for advertising purposes.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    Are you someone who stands in front of a locked door cursing the developer for not having left it unlocked? Just because the key is stored in your mind rather than your character's inventory...

    Are you someone who stands in front of a locked door cursing the developer for not having left it unlocked? Just because the key is stored in your mind rather than your character's inventory doesn't make it any less of a locked door.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on The workforce is about to change dramatically in ~life

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    I don't think that people will actually be out of a home for very long. If not with money or rent forgiveness, with squatting and other methods of simply taking property. In the Bay Area you're...

    I don't think that people will actually be out of a home for very long. If not with money or rent forgiveness, with squatting and other methods of simply taking property. In the Bay Area you're already seeing things like Moms 4 Housing, started by a group who simply moved into a house and made it theirs. They were evicted, eventually, but with millions of evictions expected there will also be millions of empty units and houses. There's no way that enforcement could actually keep up with making people leave.

    We know that there are more empty units than homeless people in the USA (though supply doesn't match geographically with demand), and I'm personally expecting a breakdown of respect for landlord's property rights unless something is done to address this.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Hard liquor and soft drugs aside, the chip butty is the most reliable way we have to mentally shut out this harsh world and, momentarily, transport ourselves to a happier, more innocent place in ~food

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    No no, one slice of bread, buttered and folded in half, like the world's blandest potato taco.

    No no, one slice of bread, buttered and folded in half, like the world's blandest potato taco.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Sweatpants forever in ~design

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    For #1; I can say that there's a similar squeeze that's happened in bookkeeping over the last few years. For #2, my wife tried for a short while to make and sell custom clothes in one of the more...

    For #1; I can say that there's a similar squeeze that's happened in bookkeeping over the last few years. For #2, my wife tried for a short while to make and sell custom clothes in one of the more expensive area in the US; we calculated that to make a living here a single, simple garment like a blouse would need to cost $200+ to cover fitting + sewing. Here's a great article she recommends.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on The Witness - A great game that you shouldn't play in ~games

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    Zisteau's done some really interesting things in the last few years, including some frankly surreal storytelling within a Minecraft Let's Play. He's been playing games for other people's...

    Zisteau's done some really interesting things in the last few years, including some frankly surreal storytelling within a Minecraft Let's Play. He's been playing games for other people's entertainment for a long time, and he's working on ways to keep himself entertained. It leads to some fascinating and weird places.

  10. Comment on If you have pets, what is it like? in ~talk

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    My wife and I have two pets, a dog and a cat. The cat: Priscilla, mostly called Miss Priss, is a 10 year old tortoiseshell can with some significant Maine Coon ancestry, as she's about 15 pounds....

    My wife and I have two pets, a dog and a cat.

    The cat: Priscilla, mostly called Miss Priss, is a 10 year old tortoiseshell can with some significant Maine Coon ancestry, as she's about 15 pounds. This is lovely, except that her greatest joy in life is to be a shoulder cat, and there's only so long you can walk around with 15 pounds of cat on your shoulder. We trained her to it when she was tiny (she had been the runt of the litter) and have lived to regret it. She'll jump up onto the arm of the couch if we walk past, begging to be tall for a little while, and if she's on my wife's shoulder and I go past she'll try to climb up on to mine to get some extra height. It's super sweet. She's a very sweet indoor cat and we work hard to keep it that way, because she gets in the dumbest accidents if she gets out.

    The dog: Anansi, sometimes called Bug (Cuddlebug), Porkchop, or Monster. He's a chihuahua/basenji mix, almost silent, about 15 pounds and it's really hard to tell if he's an idiot or a genius. When it comes to getting food he's absolutely brilliant and dedicated. "Moving furniture to get up on tables" brilliant, and able to climb a bookcase if there's even an inch or two of protruding ledge. In all other cases he's either lazy, dumb or stubborn. I wanted a dog, but he formed such a strong connection to my wife that he'll let me walk him under protest, but otherwise isn't that interested in me except if I have food. Turns out that it's a breed characteristic of chihuahuas for be one-person dogs, and he just focused on the person who wasn't that into getting a dog? He's a great addition to our lives. He keeps us moving and laughing. Half the time we're laughing at his antics, and half the time we're laughing at the lengths we need to go to to keep him out of everything.

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

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    Totally. A really bland couple of hours where neither the plot nor the gameplay advance does no one any favors. And I think that Carrion did a great job at not padding itself with a difficulty...

    Totally. A really bland couple of hours where neither the plot nor the gameplay advance does no one any favors. And I think that Carrion did a great job at not padding itself with a difficulty plateau. There's 3 forms, they each get 3 abilities, you deal with areas with those 9 tools, and that's that. I could have taken a bit more time using all of the cool tools together before we reached the end, (and the end is quite abrupt, with minimal signposting that it's coming) but there's definitely more space for there too be too much junk than too little.

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

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    Ok. As someone with limited money and time, I find it helpful to describe the investment in money and time that a game will ask of you, and I think it's a point of relevance when talking about the...

    Ok. As someone with limited money and time, I find it helpful to describe the investment in money and time that a game will ask of you, and I think it's a point of relevance when talking about the experience. It's not the only aspect, to be sure. Regardless, I did walk away from Carrion feeling like I hadn't quite gotten my money's worth. Is there a way I could express that feeling that wouldn't so clearly upset you?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

  14. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

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    I don't concede any such thing, and you didn't answer my question. Let me narrow it down for you. Right now, within the next three months there are expected to be 20 Million evictions in the...

    I don't concede any such thing, and you didn't answer my question. Let me narrow it down for you. Right now, within the next three months there are expected to be 20 Million evictions in the United States. High moral ground about "saving for the future" aside, what are you proposing to do about all those people?

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

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    I ask because I was hoping for a response more like this one, where we could actually discuss ideas as opposed to having a duel of snarky one-liners. Regarding your comment: I absolutely agree...

    I ask because I was hoping for a response more like this one, where we could actually discuss ideas as opposed to having a duel of snarky one-liners.

    Regarding your comment: I absolutely agree that under most circumstances just printing off a trillion more dollars and handing it out would have large impacts, including a significant spike in inflation, as more dollars pursue the same goods and services. Under the current situation things are a little different. Demand has cratered, and in many cases no amount of money will make that demand bounce back. This is a problem, as the people in those industries still have needs even as no one is buying what they're selling. Restaurants are a great example of this. The staff still need to pay rent, even if no one in their city can legally go out to eat. Money that used to move through the economy is instead piling up in the few places where supply and demand can still line up, and a lot of people are running out of cash.

    How do you make sure that people can still pay for necessities when it's important that they don't go back to work? How do you make sure that they get the medical care they need in order to not spread the coronavirus further? How do you make sure that the industry they worked in before is still there when it's safe to go back to work? How do you make sure the hospitals stay open when all of the elective care that used to fund them is impossible?

    You know my answer: what's yours?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

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    Do you think that printing more money will solve all the problems in the world?

    Do you think that printing more money will solve all the problems in the world?

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

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    Yeah. I was frustrated by the lack of map at one point, but once I realized that it's basically linear it made it a lot easier on me. The only point where that broke down was going into the mine,...

    Yeah. I was frustrated by the lack of map at one point, but once I realized that it's basically linear it made it a lot easier on me. The only point where that broke down was going into the mine, where you need to return to what had been a dead end, but there was a sign in the background directing survivors to retreat to there, and how to get there, and that was enough to set me on the right path.

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

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    Regarding Carrion: lovely game, but $20 for a game that takes four hours to 100% is a little expensive. There's some value in a game not overstaying its welcome, though. I felt like all of the...

    Regarding Carrion: lovely game, but $20 for a game that takes four hours to 100% is a little expensive. There's some value in a game not overstaying its welcome, though. I felt like all of the time I spent with it was good, and it never felt like we were just retreading ground for the point of stretching it out... but 4 hours feels really short.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

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    The US government has created trillions of dollars to address the coronavirus already, and is about to create a trillion more in the latest bill. No cuts or taxes needed.

    The US government has created trillions of dollars to address the coronavirus already, and is about to create a trillion more in the latest bill. No cuts or taxes needed.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Second-quarter GDP plunged by worst-ever 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown in ~finance

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    Universal basic income, universal health care, strong subsidies for necessary industries, legal requirement for mask wearing combined with strong enforcement, appropriate funding for hospitals and...

    Universal basic income, universal health care, strong subsidies for necessary industries, legal requirement for mask wearing combined with strong enforcement, appropriate funding for hospitals and primary care physicians... there's stuff that could be done.

    6 votes