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  1. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Wow, that sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi novel. I had no idea viruses could recombine like that.

    This new mutation could have first occurred in a person infected with both pathogens when a version of SARS-CoV-2 picked up the genetic sequence from the other virus,

    Wow, that sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi novel. I had no idea viruses could recombine like that.

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  2. Comment on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) - First look in ~movies

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    8.4 actually seems low to me. I'm not into comics but I do enjoy superhero movies, and Spiderverse is in a league all by itself. The story is solid, the characters have depth, the jokes are well...

    8.4 actually seems low to me. I'm not into comics but I do enjoy superhero movies, and Spiderverse is in a league all by itself. The story is solid, the characters have depth, the jokes are well timed, and the animation is exquisite. I do not say this lightly, I went to school for 3d animation in the early 2000s and although I don't work in that industry I know what good and bad animation looks like. Spiderverse is not just "good" animation, it is a joy to watch.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of November 29 in ~news

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    Article has been updated, they where found early this morning (Saturday)

    Article has been updated, they where found early this morning (Saturday)

    The couple was caught by the Detroit Police Department when a business owner called 911 after spotting the suspects' car in their parking lot and Jennifer Crumbley standing next to it, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. She fled the area on foot, but the couple was located in a commercial building after an extensive search of the area. They were taken into custody "without incident," Detroit Police Chief James White said at a 3 a.m. press conference, and were unarmed.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Favorite function you've written? in ~comp

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    I don't have an example on hand, but my favorites have always been the recursions. Usually to retrieve some data that's stored in a tree structure (like XML, or finding components in a UI layout)....

    I don't have an example on hand, but my favorites have always been the recursions. Usually to retrieve some data that's stored in a tree structure (like XML, or finding components in a UI layout). They're usually pretty simple, but provide a lot of utility and I find them particularly satisfying to write.

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  5. Comment on Vizio’s profit on ads, subscriptions, and data is double the money it makes selling TVs in ~tech

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    Last TV we bought we deliberately waited until we saw one listed on an estate sale. Now I have a 65" flatscreen LG TV that is dumb as a rock, it just displays whatever signal I shove at it. Love...

    Last TV we bought we deliberately waited until we saw one listed on an estate sale. Now I have a 65" flatscreen LG TV that is dumb as a rock, it just displays whatever signal I shove at it. Love it. If it ever breaks I would probably pay more than we bought it for to fix it ($500 used).

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  6. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #5: Final Update Thread in ~creative

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    Made good progress, but running behind the timeline I wanted. I got all the sanding done, and gave the main body of the pistol it's final primer+filler coat. I also purchased an airbrush, and did...

    Made good progress, but running behind the timeline I wanted. I got all the sanding done, and gave the main body of the pistol it's final primer+filler coat. I also purchased an airbrush, and did some learning/practice on some extra test prints I had lying around. I'll will probably fudge the deadline and do final painting tomorrow (Dec 1) (when I have some free time in the evening) and then assemble it all in time to do final pictures for the showcase.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #4: Update Thread 3 in ~creative

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    I did make some progress this last week. I got the first sanding and the first coat of primer/filler applied even though the weather wasn't ideal. (ideally 50F or higher, but it's freezing temps...

    I did make some progress this last week. I got the first sanding and the first coat of primer/filler applied even though the weather wasn't ideal. (ideally 50F or higher, but it's freezing temps outside, and I spray in my garage)

    Got started on the second sanding pass, and it's coming out great so far. I haven't gotten into the smaller decorative pieces, those will be a bit more fiddly to get sanded and smoothed the way I want.

    This week I have the entire week off due to US Thanksgiving, so I should be able to get quite a bit done. Today I couldn't do anything because there's a crew putting in all the replacement tile in my kitchen, which blocks access to the basement while the mortar is setting up (were my workbench is).

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Riot Games' ’Arcane’ renewed for season 2 by Netflix in ~tv

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    Same! I had no idea what any of the backstory of any of the characters supposedly was. I can barely remember what some of the game character's names where. I started watching with the assumption...

    'm glad I knew nothing of LoL lore going into this though, since I suspect a lot of the hardest hitting emotional moments in the show would have been undermined if I had

    Same! I had no idea what any of the backstory of any of the characters supposedly was. I can barely remember what some of the game character's names where. I started watching with the assumption that probably most of the main characters where playable ones from the game, but without any context it couldn't really affect how I perceived the story.

    Based on how much I enjoyed not knowing, I'm actually less likely to go play the LoL game now, for risk of low-level spoilers. So maybe it's backfired on them a little in that respect!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Riot Games' ’Arcane’ renewed for season 2 by Netflix in ~tv

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    Just finished E9, what a journey. Such rich characters, beautiful animation, intricate yet understandable story. Hope they win some awards for this

    Just finished E9, what a journey. Such rich characters, beautiful animation, intricate yet understandable story. Hope they win some awards for this

    6 votes
  10. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I watched Arcane on Netflix this week. I was initially very skeptical, because video game adaptations don't have a great track record (The Witcher is a fine exception however). A friend convinced...

    I watched Arcane on Netflix this week. I was initially very skeptical, because video game adaptations don't have a great track record (The Witcher is a fine exception however). A friend convinced to me to watch it, and I have to say.... wow. I played League of Legends a small handfull of times when it first came out over a decade ago and haven't paid attention to it since. So the lore is totally new to me, but it clearly has depth to it. The stylized art of it is well done and works really well I think. The animation itself is incredibly fluid and beautiful to watch.

    As for the story...... it's pretty good. And then the end of episode 3 happens. And then it becomes really fucking good. Whoever wrote/directed it should win some awards.

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  11. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I thought it was pretty good. It's been a few years since I read the books, so my memory is rough around details. I also have only ever read them once, and as an adult. So it's missing that extra...

    I thought it was pretty good. It's been a few years since I read the books, so my memory is rough around details. I also have only ever read them once, and as an adult. So it's missing that extra sprinkling of nostalgia for me that comes with having read them as a YA.

    The casting choices I think have been pretty spot on so far I think. There where some very obvious story changes that I'm uncertain about, but I'm waiting to see how they play out before I judge if they were a mistake. Overall I'm going in with an attitude of expecting things to have changed while being adapted to both a new medium and a new era (30 years after publication).

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  12. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #3: Update Thread 2 in ~creative

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    I didn't make a whole lot of progress this week. It's now all sanding, which requires me to actually go do it. As opposed to setting up the printer, pressing "print" then walking away for 8hrs and...

    I didn't make a whole lot of progress this week. It's now all sanding, which requires me to actually go do it. As opposed to setting up the printer, pressing "print" then walking away for 8hrs and feeling productive vicariously.

    I got a little bit of sanding done. Need to do my first filler+primer coating, which requires the weather to cooperate at least a little bit since I have to do that in my garage. Currently temperatures are varying between freezing and the middle 50's, which is barely workable.

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

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    I have noticed what seemed to be a rather disproportionate number of Michigan folks, but I attributed it to personal bias. Same as if you have a green car you notice other people with green cars....

    Off-topic, but what is it about Michigan that so many (relatively speaking) Tilders are from here?

    I have noticed what seemed to be a rather disproportionate number of Michigan folks, but I attributed it to personal bias. Same as if you have a green car you notice other people with green cars.

    If anyone wants to grab a beer in the Ypsi/A2 area, hit me up! I'm usually mostly inoffensive in person.

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

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    I'll throw Ann Arbor MI into the ring. It is 100% a college town due to the University of Michigan, which brings both positives and negatives. Lot of culture, vibrant downtown that's very...

    I'll throw Ann Arbor MI into the ring. It is 100% a college town due to the University of Michigan, which brings both positives and negatives. Lot of culture, vibrant downtown that's very walkable, and a decent (not great) bus system. Detroit* is about 30-40min away if you want to go see a larger event like the DSO, an off-broadway play, or someone on tour. I've lived in Ann Arbor and currently work there, but live in Ypsilanti which is the adjacent town (property taxes are better).

    Other selling points of Michigan :

    • Only natural disasters are the once-in-a-decade tornados
    • Metric fucktons of fresh water (which we will horde when the southwest drought starts the Water Wars and we start fighting it out Mad Max style)
    • Beaches on 3 sides, you are never more than a few hours from a Great Lake
    • Lots of hiking, camping, etc up north
    • Mackinaw Island exists
    • Toronto is practically next door
    • NYC is an 8hr drive away if the mood strikes you
    • Chicago is a 6hr drive away if different mood strikes you

    *Nothing against Detroit, I just haven't actually lived in it so don't feel qualified to get into detail

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  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 15 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Michigan is now worst COVID-19 hot spot in nation; hospitals pushed to capacity

    Michigan is now worst COVID-19 hot spot in nation; hospitals pushed to capacity

    Hospitals statewide say they're feeling the pressure as the number of COVID-19 patients has climbed nearly 50% in the last month — from 2,097 patients admitted with confirmed cases of the virus on Oct. 18 to 3,082 on Monday

    "The vast majority of the patients continue to be unvaccinated patients. So when we look at general admissions for COVID, 70 to 75% of those patients have been unvaccinated"

    5 votes
  16. Comment on NASA administrator statement on Russian ASAT test in ~space

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    I don't think it's all that far off. It'd be pretty easy to just waltz up to any given satellite and do.... whatever you want to it. The tricky part is not being noticed. Weird thing about Earth...

    I don't think it's all that far off. It'd be pretty easy to just waltz up to any given satellite and do.... whatever you want to it. The tricky part is not being noticed. Weird thing about Earth orbit is, literally everyone can see what you're doing and at the same time, can't do anything to stop you because everything is so far apart.

    Citation* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92LDtH2ZB-w

    * Not really a citation

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  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 15 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think it also has to do with the novelty of it. With a flu vaccine, you've already had a lifetime of exposure to that virus or something very close to it. So your immune system reacts very...

    I think it also has to do with the novelty of it. With a flu vaccine, you've already had a lifetime of exposure to that virus or something very close to it. So your immune system reacts very quickly, because it remembers it and can ramp up the response quickly enough that the side effects aren't needed. With COVID, the virus (or the mRNA produced protein spikes) are novel enough that the immune system goes "oh crap, whats this" and slams into full defense mode. Which is the aches, fever, and other side effects.

    Most of the side effects and flu symptoms aren't actually because of the virus, it's because of the immune response to there being a foreign invader. Having a stuffy nose is like Madagascar screaming "CLOSE ALL THE PORTS!".

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  18. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 15 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I can confirm this, I signed up online for a Walgreens appointment, and it specified that all they had was Moderna. I had a J&J previously, they had no issues with that.

    I can confirm this, I signed up online for a Walgreens appointment, and it specified that all they had was Moderna. I had a J&J previously, they had no issues with that.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of November 15 in ~news

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    Steve Bannon has turned himself in on criminal contempt charges I'm not really sure why he thought this was a good play, maybe trying to martyr himself?

    Steve Bannon has turned himself in on criminal contempt charges

    A federal grand jury indicted Bannon last week on two counts, one for failing to appear for a deposition with the House committee and one for failing to produce documents in response to its subpoena.

    Each count carries a minimum of 30 days in jail and a maximum of one year, as well as a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000. Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia will oversee the criminal case.

    I'm not really sure why he thought this was a good play, maybe trying to martyr himself?

    5 votes
  20. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

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    You are of course correct, I was not thinking from that perspective at all. My thoughts were focused on the author and her particular POV as (presumably) a person capable of affording a...

    with seemingly little regard to the consequences or plans on how to help those who are going to get excluded by these plans.

    You are of course correct, I was not thinking from that perspective at all. My thoughts were focused on the author and her particular POV as (presumably) a person capable of affording a smartphone, but unwilling to do so. I also find myself in a very privileged position where because of family who work for a major phone carrier, I get a phone plan so cheap that I literally don't even think about it, and forget that other people do have to consider it.

    I think you're right there's a much more important discussion to be had surrounding having “places where the possession of a smart device is assumed” in a world were such devices are not affordable to everyone that needs to access that place or those services. Can you share more info/links about the changes to the NYC subway?

    4 votes