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  1. Comment on Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader who saw a negative $730,000 balance prompts app to make changes in ~finance

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    I know im kinda doxing myself by saying this and I dont have much to contribute but at this point I dont really care. Ive been wondering when I would see an article about this pop up on here. Ive...

    I know im kinda doxing myself by saying this and I dont have much to contribute but at this point I dont really care.

    Ive been wondering when I would see an article about this pop up on here. Ive known and been great friends with Alex ever since we were 6 or 7. I dont know if I have much more insight to give on the whole situation, especially since I know jack shit about stocks, but if anyone has any questions I'm more than willing to chat. At this point I'm kind of just coping with it by talking about him as much as possible.

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  2. How do you organize your downloaded music library?

    Recently, this post was brought back to the front page with some fresh replies and it got me wondering how those of you with large (digital) music libraries organize them? I'm not very tech savvy...

    Recently, this post was brought back to the front page with some fresh replies and it got me wondering how those of you with large (digital) music libraries organize them?

    I'm not very tech savvy so I primarily just have my modestly sized library saved in folders by artist, but that leads to some folders only having one song in them which can be annoying to navigate when I need to. I have been thinking about just having all my songs dumped into one folder, since I'm able to filter them by artist/album in Foobar anyway.

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit introduces new "Start Chatting" feature across many subreddits, AskHistorians goes dark for 1 hour in protest to broken promises in ~tech

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    As much as I love Tildes, it doesn't fill the same niche as Reddit, for me at least. I go to Reddit for specific subjects and communities, where you cant really do that with Tildes because they...

    As much as I love Tildes, it doesn't fill the same niche as Reddit, for me at least. I go to Reddit for specific subjects and communities, where you cant really do that with Tildes because they simply don't exist and will likely never exist.

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

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    In the way of video games I've gone back to some of my old favorites. Minecraft - I run a server with some of my friends and we played pretty obsessively for a bit although recently I think we are...

    In the way of video games I've gone back to some of my old favorites.

    Minecraft - I run a server with some of my friends and we played pretty obsessively for a bit although recently I think we are all pretty burned out. Its one of those games thats fun to just sit in someone's dorm and talk shit while you build a library.

    Planetside 2- Planetside overall has been on a pretty great upswing in the past year. Performance has improved quite a bit which has made it loads more accessible and recently they had a massive update adding outfit (player group) resources and Bastion Fleet Carriers, which are some big fuck off pilotable airships that seem to cause some fun chaos around them. I think they've fixed it by now but when they were released they could fire into spawn rooms and kill the people in there. People have been complaining that they are "cheesy", but I think they make things interesting and add some spice. Sure, if you're a space Bushido following, medkit chugging heavy assault they wont be supporting your playstyle, but thats not what the game is about, its about big stupid chaos and explosions and anything that prevents honorable 1v1s between heavy assaults (or farms) seems to have been nerfed, so this is a breath of fresh air.

    Titanfall 2 - A dead game with over 2,000 people currently online. Any time Titanfall is brought up there are two things people say - that it was a critically underrated game screwed by EA because they put its release between Battlefield and COD, or that its a dead game that nobody plays. Both of those are false but thats not the point. The point is that its a super fun game held back by one of two things:

    1. A complete lack of skill based team balancing (or any team balancing). The majority of matches are complete stomps with 0 chance of one side winning. Its not fun to be on the stomping side, its not fun to be on the side getting stomped. People on the side getting fucked over tend to leave, making the game 6v3 for half the match which means things are even worse.
    2. Absence of any server browser or player run servers. Servers tend to have their own culture and skill level as people gravitate towards each other. It also helps to form actual communities in game rather than relying on reddit. Respawn stopped updating the game some time ago and as a result the meta has obviously gotten stagnant with some weapons being objectively worse versions of others. Custom servers allow for continual balancing by the players, keeping things fresh and fun for longer and you might actually see some variety in the weapons used.

    Balanced matches are rare, but when they happen its a stupid amount of fun, even if I'm doing objectively horrible. I hope that if there is a Titanfall 3 there will either be some form of team balancing or actual player run servers (the preferred option), but I know that wont happen because apparently server browsers are too much control to give to give us.

    Also ive been playing COD Warzone and its a resounding meh made better by playing with friends, but hitting yourself in the head with a rock is more fun with friends so that doesnt mean much. The money mode is what convinced me to clear the hard drive space for it and really the thing that makes it better than all the other battle royales out there.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Normally I listen to a lot of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, but recently I havent really been interested. Im not too sure why but it is probably because their last 2 albums werent fantastic....

    Normally I listen to a lot of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, but recently I havent really been interested. Im not too sure why but it is probably because their last 2 albums werent fantastic. They have some good songs on them but overall they just havent made me feel like listening to anything else by them.
    my favorites from the two albums are Fishing for Fishies and Hell

    Instead ive been listening to what could be described as "sad bitch music" , which includes a lot of Spiritualized. I absolutely adore the 'gospel' inspired backing vocals on a lot of their tracks.
    some of my favorites from Spiritualized are Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating In Space. I particularly like this live version of I Think Im in Love. While the album version is a bit more of a jam, this version opens up with a level of warmth that almost makes you feel like its the middle of summer on a tropical beach thats entirely empty except for you, sleeping in a hammock. 4:30 starts the call and response from the singer and the choir, slowly building to the 'unleashing' of the guitars at 7:30.

    I've also been preparing to run a game of Lancer for some friends and listening to music I think would fit thematically, so stuff like Stories of the Astral Lizard for general background music and synth stuff for combat like this or this. I think I probably have enough combat music but does anyone have any suggestions for more background music with a similar style?

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Terrible joke thread in ~talk

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    I made fish tacos last night. They just swam away and ignored them.

    I made fish tacos last night.

    They just swam away and ignored them.

    25 votes
  7. Comment on Recycling is part of an insidious sleight of hand that reframed our growing waste problem as one not of corporate excess, but of irresponsible consumer choices and individual lifestyles in ~enviro

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    The problem is that corporate excess is caused by individual excess. Without individuals consuming so much shit, corporations wouldnt be polluting as much. They dont pollute for the hell of it,...

    The problem is that corporate excess is caused by individual excess. Without individuals consuming so much shit, corporations wouldnt be polluting as much.
    They dont pollute for the hell of it, they do becasuse individual people demand cheap products.

    Ultimately the root cause of that excess is advertisements convincing people that they want shit they dont need. IMO a blanket ban on advertising would solve so many problems, but im not an economist, just some chucklefuck on the internet that really doesnt know what hes talking about.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Which Tildes Theme are you using? in ~tildes

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    I use solarized dark but for whatever reason it keeps getting reset to default every week or two on different machines. Judging by the comments here nobody else seems to have this problem.

    I use solarized dark but for whatever reason it keeps getting reset to default every week or two on different machines.

    Judging by the comments here nobody else seems to have this problem.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    I personally think he was always a nut, but from what I saw both before and shortly after selling Minecraft he seemed pretty lonely and sad. He never appeared to have any actual friends and he got...

    I personally think he was always a nut, but from what I saw both before and shortly after selling Minecraft he seemed pretty lonely and sad. He never appeared to have any actual friends and he got a divorce about a year after getting married. I think all of that combined with the isolation of having fuckloads of money kinda just made him lose it.

    10 votes
  10. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    Without a doubt it has to be Minecraft. Just on a personal level it is what got me to gaming and is still easily my most played game. The ease, scale, and variety of mods that take an already...

    Without a doubt it has to be Minecraft. Just on a personal level it is what got me to gaming and is still easily my most played game. The ease, scale, and variety of mods that take an already fantastic game and improve it in a million different ways for different flavors makes the replayability almost infinite.

    I can still remember the first time I played the game, I had no context or understanding for what was going on, I had only seen videos like The Yogscast's Shadow of Israphel series which offered no real help. There was a sense of wonder and mystery. No tutorial to speak of gave made every advancement I made a true sense of accomplishment. I built up a house with walls of sand and could not figure out why the roof kept falling in. I got attacked by spiders and died. My first successful attempt I had dug into the side of a mountain and lived in a small hole. I had learned more by that point but the sense of wonder was still there. I knew the basics of how to make a pickaxe but there was still a mythology surrounding the game and its world that completely captured me. I had no idea the true scale or extent of what was in the game or what I could do and that made everything seem so much more limitless and magical than it even was.

    As an influence on the industry at large, it was one of (if not the first) large "indie hits" and could be credited with putting small or 1 man studios on peoples radars as something that can exist or can be successful. It also (for better or for worse) heavily influenced the expansion of the survival game genre and the survival mechanics or base building mechanics that have shown up in many games since then. Minecraft is also the first highly successful game I can think of to do an "early access" model, potentially helping people and studios see it as a valid option.

    Minecraft also helped catapult many youtubers to success, including my favorites (both at the time and now), the Yogscast, HatFilms, and a few others. The culture that it spawned on youtube was insane, and still continues to this day to a lesser extent. Lets plays, music videos, art, entire stories all made within the game.

    Minecraft can be a bit jankey at times but I personally believe that it is one of, if not the best games of all time. Sorry for the long post, its 3 am and I just really love Minecraft.

    Plus we got an entertainingly horrible twitter account run by an absolute crackhead.

    16 votes
  11. Comment on Which games have great communities, and what do you like about them? in ~games

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    The community behind CS:GO is surprisingly fantastic and upbeat at silver 1. A couple friends and I will hop on discord and play some competitive and during our many games together I dont recall...

    The community behind CS:GO is surprisingly fantastic and upbeat at silver 1. A couple friends and I will hop on discord and play some competitive and during our many games together I dont recall any of our teammates being toxic. We are always cracking jokes and having a good time with our teammates, even when we are losing 16-0. I have noticed that we have to work a little harder to keep the morale up during those times that we are losing hard, or that someone is initially a bit standoffish, but so long as we keep a positive attitude just the two of us can help the entire team have a positive experience.

    Part of it is I think most of us at silver 1 recognize that we are complete ass at the game and tend to not take it too seriously, so everyone is a lot more open to fucking around. When youre already at the bottom there is nowhere to go but up so why not goof off a bit?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What’s something you’ve done recently that you’re proud of / want to show off? in ~talk

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    I enjoy making maps but havent done much for the past year or so for multiple reasons. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine was talking about the tabletop system/setting he has been working on...

    I enjoy making maps but havent done much for the past year or so for multiple reasons. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine was talking about the tabletop system/setting he has been working on and now we are working on making a map together, which often times breaks down to me saying "thats not how things work" and him replying with "I dont care, its cool", and then I add it to the map because its his world and actually pretty dang cool.

    He has been thinking of the story before the geography so trying to fit this together in a realistic (or at the very least believable way) on a map has been a fun challenge.

    here is the fairly early map, no political boundaries have been added yet and the regions and stylization will probably change a good few times more but so far Im pretty happy with it and he seems to be as well, especially since the only real visual reference he gave me to work off of was this

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Sony confirms PlayStation 5 name, holiday 2020 release date in ~games

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    It might be down to just how outdated and underpowered the 360 and ps3 were when they were discontinued. The Xbone and PS4 are still decently powerful and the Xbonex and PS4 pro leave even less...

    It might be down to just how outdated and underpowered the 360 and ps3 were when they were discontinued. The Xbone and PS4 are still decently powerful and the Xbonex and PS4 pro leave even less room for improvement.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Meatless meat is becoming mainstream — and it’s sparking a backlash in ~food

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    Suddenly becoming a nutrition expert is the most obnoxious thing whenever veganism or vegetarianism are mentioned. The majority of people I have met who argue against vegetarianism with the "you...

    Suddenly becoming a nutrition expert is the most obnoxious thing whenever veganism or vegetarianism are mentioned. The majority of people I have met who argue against vegetarianism with the "you wont get enough protein" line or any other variant will shovel anything that tastes good into their mouths

    6 votes