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  1. Comment on No-money fun ideas? in ~talk

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    Often museums will have a free admission day each month, I've seen a lot of cool stuff for free that way.

    Often museums will have a free admission day each month, I've seen a lot of cool stuff for free that way.

    18 votes
  2. Comment on Claire Saffitz attempts to make gourmet jelly beans in ~food

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    Not having watched this one yet, the Starburst episode was very hard on her.

    Not having watched this one yet, the Starburst episode was very hard on her.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    Now that would be an interesting alt-history. Maybe I should spin up HOI4 and try a communist Germany run.

    Now that would be an interesting alt-history. Maybe I should spin up HOI4 and try a communist Germany run.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    An RPG on Tildes sounds amazing, when it can happen.

    An RPG on Tildes sounds amazing, when it can happen.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    I don't believe in the Great Man theory of history, so I don't actually believe that killing Hitler would prevent the tragedies. That time in history would have produced a person like him, even if...

    I don't believe in the Great Man theory of history, so I don't actually believe that killing Hitler would prevent the tragedies. That time in history would have produced a person like him, even if he himself never came to be.

    That said, within the sphere of the exercise: Shoot him during WWI, when plenty of other people were getting shot. One additional bullet in the air would be utterly unremarkable, and one more dead soldier similarly so.

    16 votes
  6. Comment on The Internet of Beefs in ~tech

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    That's a fascinating read, and I'm really glad I'm doing so from an outpost of the CosyWeb. I'd be interested to hear about solutions to the IoB, but maybe the author is right that only a new...

    That's a fascinating read, and I'm really glad I'm doing so from an outpost of the CosyWeb. I'd be interested to hear about solutions to the IoB, but maybe the author is right that only a new philosophical movement will move us past the endless beefing.

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

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    I'm right there with you. I think it's ruined me for what counts as story and writing in most other RPG's.

    I'm right there with you. I think it's ruined me for what counts as story and writing in most other RPG's.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride in ~misc

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    Ok, thank you. I appreciate the clarification.

    Ok, thank you. I appreciate the clarification.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Accordion Synthesizer Project in ~creative

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    That's awesome. I'm glad you're working towards making the accordion a more accessible instrument. I love the sound of them, and I've avoided picking one up to try to learn it in part for exactly...

    That's awesome. I'm glad you're working towards making the accordion a more accessible instrument. I love the sound of them, and I've avoided picking one up to try to learn it in part for exactly the reasons you mention.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Accordion Synthesizer Project in ~creative

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    That's really cool. Is it intended to be a teaching/practice tool? A more portable replacement? Either way, good stuff.

    That's really cool. Is it intended to be a teaching/practice tool? A more portable replacement? Either way, good stuff.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction in ~health

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    It's very much not, though I should have considered my words more carefully. Both of my parents are alcoholics, and I spent more than a few hours as a kid playing with toys or reading in the...

    It's very much not, though I should have considered my words more carefully. Both of my parents are alcoholics, and I spent more than a few hours as a kid playing with toys or reading in the corner while they were at AA meetings, though the one of them who still goes to meetings attends Narcotics Anonymous instead of AA. I'm really clear that this is a disease, and did not mean my statement as a moral condemnation of Dr. Plummer or anyone else who is suffering from addiction.

    It's just that everything seems to have been done right, and it still wasn't enough to actually cure this. Even the extreme of brain surgery and direct brain stimulation didn't cure his alcoholism, only provided a little extra help. It's disheartening.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride in ~misc

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    This is why I wanted input from someone who has some experience with the ADA. Is a second train within three hours a reasonable accommodation? Is $25k per one way trip (assuming that's the real...

    This is why I wanted input from someone who has some experience with the ADA. Is a second train within three hours a reasonable accommodation? Is $25k per one way trip (assuming that's the real cost) too high a cost for Amtrak to shoulder? I don't know.

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

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    I played Cat Quest II last night. It's much like the first one, with a bit more in the way of complications you don't really need. At its core, the gameplay is: mash the enemy, see the telegraphed...

    I played Cat Quest II last night. It's much like the first one, with a bit more in the way of complications you don't really need. At its core, the gameplay is: mash the enemy, see the telegraphed attack, roll out of the way, repeat. This is great, exactly like in the first one, and doesn't really need to be changed. It's really shallow, though. You do the same basic combat thing for the whole game, and while you can equip yourself for different styles, the equipment will level up as well, so the fact that there's 60 different pieces of gear means very little. Pick your set and it'll mostly be fine for the whole game. I don't want to rip on it for being simplistic when the whole point is to be lighthearted... The writing is simplistic. That's fine. The jokes are generally very bland. It's fine. The whole thing is fine, and having played it I'm not quite sure why I did, other than having nothing better to do with my Sunday.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on The Plant Ecology of the Los Angeles River in ~science

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    I really love CPBBD's stuff. I've never thought deeply about the origins of the plants around me, but seeing where all the plants come from help me understand how many of the plants that surround...

    I really love CPBBD's stuff. I've never thought deeply about the origins of the plants around me, but seeing where all the plants come from help me understand how many of the plants that surround us in the city are intentional or unintentional imports from other places.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride in ~misc

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    I'd be very interested in an actual ruling on this topic, because I can see strong arguments on both sides On Amtrak's side, there is a second train with availability for the overflow three hours...

    I'd be very interested in an actual ruling on this topic, because I can see strong arguments on both sides

    On Amtrak's side, there is a second train with availability for the overflow three hours later:

    "We will contact Access Living and suggest costs could be avoided by using the two separate trains on this route, with each train separated by about three hours and having three spaces for wheelchairs without any reconfiguration. "

    No one would argue, if the train was full, that Amtrak should add another car to suit them. On the other hand, there's presumably still space for people not in wheelchairs, so to tell them they need to take a different train is certainly treating them unlike the other passengers.

    Does anyone have particular insight into the ADA who could chime in here?

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Why are drink coasters flat? in ~design

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    True. This is why my ideal is a wooden, lipped coaster with a cork bottom. You get the absorption of the cork, and a more sturdy outer shell.

    True. This is why my ideal is a wooden, lipped coaster with a cork bottom. You get the absorption of the cork, and a more sturdy outer shell.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Why are drink coasters flat? in ~design

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    I'm not sure about this either. Especially because flat, smooth coasters can also cling to the bottom of the glass when you pick it up, leaving the wet coaster to drop into your lap when it falls off.

    I'm not sure about this either. Especially because flat, smooth coasters can also cling to the bottom of the glass when you pick it up, leaving the wet coaster to drop into your lap when it falls off.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction in ~health

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    And after liver failure, trauma to his relationships and brain surgery, he still drinks.

    And after liver failure, trauma to his relationships and brain surgery, he still drinks.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on The economic effects of automation aren’t what you think they are in ~finance

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    Anecdote: This matches my experience as someone providing bookkeeping and business ops consulting as automation has risen in the bookkeeping business in the last 5 years. In 2012, most...

    Anecdote: This matches my experience as someone providing bookkeeping and business ops consulting as automation has risen in the bookkeeping business in the last 5 years. In 2012, most transactions were manually entered. You'd get the bank statement and manually transcribe that info into the financial software. Two people working full time could handle the bookkeeping for 10 small businesses.

    Today, 1 person working half-time can do the same bookkeeping for 20 businesses. We aren't doing manual data entry but for a few last things that aren't easily machine-readable. (Handwritten checks are pretty much the final frontier, and I'm working like mad to get people to use online bill-payment.) If I set a rule like (Iff Bank Text = SAFEWAY, Vendor = Safeway & Expense = Groceries) I never have to manually touch it again.

    Because of this, I'm spending a lot more of my time providing business management & operations consulting for my clients, and a lot less typing away trying to move data between incompatible systems. Some tasks fell away, and new tasks entered our repertoire.

    And there are people who haven't moved with the times. Who are still doing it the old way and working twice as hard for half the compensation. Who didn't have the expertise to add on higher-end services. Who didn't have the flexibility to change when change started happening to them. This new reality won't work for everyone, and there's no net to catch the people who can't keep moving.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Developer says their game started selling 400% better on Steam after releasing torrent in ~games

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    Yeah, 2 hours is the cutoff. For me, I feel like if the core loop doesn't grab me in the first half hour I'm not willing to slog through it in hopes of the experience improving further in. There...

    Yeah, 2 hours is the cutoff. For me, I feel like if the core loop doesn't grab me in the first half hour I'm not willing to slog through it in hopes of the experience improving further in. There are too many games and books and tv shows and movies and plays and events and everything else to bother grinding through something boring or un-fun.

    3 votes