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  1. Comment on Racing an excavator to save this house’s wood from landfill in ~hobbies

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    Love Beau's channel, he's a great story teller and such an interesting bloke in general. The topics themselves are never anything abnormally interesting, yet he has a skill with words and an...

    Love Beau's channel, he's a great story teller and such an interesting bloke in general. The topics themselves are never anything abnormally interesting, yet he has a skill with words and an energy about him.

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  2. Comment on Making what is said to be one of the worst smelling substances ever invented, US Government Standard Bathroom Malodor in ~science

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    He did mention in a previous video that he think he ruined his sense of smell by exposing himself to some specific chemical he wasn't supposed to (I forget what it was or if he mentioned the...

    He did mention in a previous video that he think he ruined his sense of smell by exposing himself to some specific chemical he wasn't supposed to (I forget what it was or if he mentioned the actual name). It definitely seems that way, with how... eager... he seemed in this video, sticking his nose right up against the vials of some notoriously stinky stuff, and how extreme his friends reactions were.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on I gave psilocybin a try in ~talk

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    While only a single datapoint, I had HPPD for a couple of years and it wasn't anything life-destroying. Basically whenever I saw static/noise (this was back in analog TV/video days so a lot more...

    While only a single datapoint, I had HPPD for a couple of years and it wasn't anything life-destroying. Basically whenever I saw static/noise (this was back in analog TV/video days so a lot more common then) or patterns similar to static/noise, or closed my eyes while wide awake, I would see animated fractal-type patterns. Friends used to say they were jealous and wish they had that, but rather than being fascinating/fun like during a trip it was just annoying as it didn't go away. That was it though, just the recurring fractal patterns for a few years then one day it just disappeared. I was so used to it by that point that I didn't really notice it stopping, I just realised one day that it was gone.

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  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Great book. Read it recently as I’m re-reading all the (good) Stephenson books again. It’s such a random and wild ride. I’d love to see it done as a movie/mini-series done to Expanse levels of...

    Great book. Read it recently as I’m re-reading all the (good) Stephenson books again. It’s such a random and wild ride. I’d love to see it done as a movie/mini-series done to Expanse levels of production.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Same for me but multitool. I’ve carried a multitool of some variety since my dad gave me a Swiss Army knife when I was 11. Currently I have a Gerber Center-Drive and absolutely love it. I find...

    Same for me but multitool. I’ve carried a multitool of some variety since my dad gave me a Swiss Army knife when I was 11. Currently I have a Gerber Center-Drive and absolutely love it. I find myself needing a screwdriver lots (multiple kids + a house to maintain + hobbies) so having an actual usable hex driver with half a dozen size/style bits in your pocket is amazing. Plus proper pliers and cutters and a really good knife.

    It’s also a lot less suss than carrying a dedicated knife.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Why some people change their wallpaper/profile picture more than others ? in ~talk

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    Yeah I do this but sort’ve to an extreme. I have a folder synced across my computer/laptop with a few thousand wallpapers I’ve collected over the last decade or so (a few older ones but they’re...

    Yeah I do this but sort’ve to an extreme. I have a folder synced across my computer/laptop with a few thousand wallpapers I’ve collected over the last decade or so (a few older ones but they’re usually too low res these days) and my wallpaper is set to change to a random one every 30 minutes.

    I also choose random profile pics and usernames for most sites, and change both regularly as well as delete accounts lots and make new ones.

    I like variety. I reorganise my house lots, customise and paint/decorate lots of my belongings, move house lots (even to the state/country level), and like to travel lots.

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

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    Space Engineers. I played it lots in the earlier days then didn’t touch it for a year or more (since before they added all the actual objection/mission/economy/NPC stuff) and it’s such an amazing...

    Space Engineers. I played it lots in the earlier days then didn’t touch it for a year or more (since before they added all the actual objection/mission/economy/NPC stuff) and it’s such an amazing game now. I think it got a bad rap for not having much to do when it first got “popular” (in its genre) so everyone abandoned it, but these days there’s plenty of great scenarios and lots in the open world to keep me entertained for a few hundred hours of gameplay now. The modding community is also absolutely incredible, and with some carefully selected mods you can turn your game into a thriving universe of factions, objectives/activities, and fun.

    Also starting to get into Stationeers which is so far really good too. Very different despite being the same genre, way more about hardcore (mostly-)realistic survival and complex systems. I like the attention to detail with having to worry about room pressures, balance of gassed/pollutants in farming, energy management, etc.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What 'still/currently/actively in development' games are you following? in ~games

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    Deep Rock Galactic is such a FUN game. I don’t play online games much (except private server or closed parties with friends) but a mate of mine convinced me to give DRG a go with him + open slots...

    Deep Rock Galactic is such a FUN game. I don’t play online games much (except private server or closed parties with friends) but a mate of mine convinced me to give DRG a go with him + open slots for the team and every single person that joined us over many dozens of games was friendly, played well together, and just plain fun. We were laughing so hard with total strangers that we’d have to find a safe corner and just sit for a minute until we could catch our breath and move on.

    It reminds me of the peak of TF2 or early Rocket League before everyone got hyper competitive and it was just about enjoying a hilarious (and challenging) game with each other.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I've been trying to learn and get in to electronic art, using brass wire and LEDs and stuff to make aesthetically pleasing electronic decorations. So far I made an LED light up. It's progress.

    I've been trying to learn and get in to electronic art, using brass wire and LEDs and stuff to make aesthetically pleasing electronic decorations. So far I made an LED light up. It's progress.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on How bouillon cubes became an international pantry staple in ~food

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    Growing up (extremely) poor, those cubes were basically a meal. Dump one in a cup of hot water, throw in some ripped up pieces of almost-stale bread, dinner for a few cents.

    Growing up (extremely) poor, those cubes were basically a meal. Dump one in a cup of hot water, throw in some ripped up pieces of almost-stale bread, dinner for a few cents.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on NASA chooses Saturn’s moon Titan as its next destination as part of Project DragonFly—a drone mission to explore Titan's surface over two years in ~space

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    My bad. It was late and I mixed up my numbers. But yeah the general point stands in the sense that travelling distance on a surface that far away is incredibly difficult. Getting even a few km...

    My bad. It was late and I mixed up my numbers. But yeah the general point stands in the sense that travelling distance on a surface that far away is incredibly difficult. Getting even a few km traversed is going to be amazing. The entire mission is bonkers in the best possible way.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on NASA chooses Saturn’s moon Titan as its next destination as part of Project DragonFly—a drone mission to explore Titan's surface over two years in ~space

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    That would be over 100km a day, every single day for 2 years. Opportunity managed a total of 45.16km in 14 years on Mars, and taught us so much. 175km of exploration on Saturn is going to be...

    I was expecting at least equator-to-pole.

    That would be over 100km a day, every single day for 2 years.

    Opportunity managed a total of 45.16km in 14 years on Mars, and taught us so much. 175km of exploration on Saturn is going to be absolutely incredible!

    Also don’t forget Opportunity managed to keep going for more than 50 times the “planned” mission.. so hopefully we get a lot more than the planned Saturn time too.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Playdate. A new handheld gaming system. in ~games

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    I personally love small-run niche hardware projects and am pretty excited for this. I have some Teenage Engineering devices and they’re fun, and well made, so them being involved in this + the...

    I personally love small-run niche hardware projects and am pretty excited for this. I have some Teenage Engineering devices and they’re fun, and well made, so them being involved in this + the random game drops and some seriously cool devs on board gives me confidence this will be a fun experience.

    It’s not supposed to compete with Nintendo. It has a full SDK, slick design, and some entertaining and novel features (crank input, surprise OTA game delivery, etc).

    It’s not for everyone, but I’m keen.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Australia’s first home-made electric cargo vehicle to be unveiled next week in ~tech

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    That's... really bloody ugly. I don't expect a Tesla lookalike or anything fancy, especially when it's $40k and a full EV, but seriously... It looks like someone shoved a pallet into the boot of a...

    That's... really bloody ugly.

    I don't expect a Tesla lookalike or anything fancy, especially when it's $40k and a full EV, but seriously... It looks like someone shoved a pallet into the boot of a euro hot hatch and it didn't fit so they just shoved harder.

    If they want to be taken seriously as a light commerical vehicle, they should've just made something more like a Hiace, or just toned down the styling a bit in general... and maybe not stolen an interior from a 1997 Hyundai.

    I love the idea of a local EV industry, but... in the words of my people: Yeahnah.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    I play both quite a lot. I'd explain it as "they're similar enough that if you like one, you'll like the other, but different enough that if you liked one, you should definitely play the other"....

    I play both quite a lot. I'd explain it as "they're similar enough that if you like one, you'll like the other, but different enough that if you liked one, you should definitely play the other".

    They're both planetary survival games, heavy on exploration/resources/crafting, but they both have LOTS of differences that make them very unique and interesting in their own way.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Australia's Myer department stores to stop selling Apple products in ~tech

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    Multiple Myers I've been to had huge dedicated Apple sections, fully themed like a mini Apple store. All white and lit up and stuff. I think their issue is more that people just don't go to Myer...

    Multiple Myers I've been to had huge dedicated Apple sections, fully themed like a mini Apple store. All white and lit up and stuff.

    I think their issue is more that people just don't go to Myer for computers anymore. They go to JB Hi Fi or Good Guys, or direct to the Apple store for Apple stuff, at least from what I've seen around me.

    I see Myer as a place for clothes, toys, and homewares/kitchenware.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What are your dreams like? in ~talk

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    I write the ones that really hit me into a notes app the second I wake up. I find I "lose" them lots, within seconds/minutes of waking while writing, but sometimes I get enough down to get the...

    I write the ones that really hit me into a notes app the second I wake up. I find I "lose" them lots, within seconds/minutes of waking while writing, but sometimes I get enough down to get the gist of it, and other times if I very very quickly just write a bullet point list of what happens it helps retain it and I can flesh it out more afterwards.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are your dreams like? in ~talk

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    I have disturbingly vivid dreams, sometimes multiple a night. I also get extreme time dilation, where I can "experience" hours and hours in the dream world, then wake up and it's been 1 hour or...

    I have disturbingly vivid dreams, sometimes multiple a night. I also get extreme time dilation, where I can "experience" hours and hours in the dream world, then wake up and it's been 1 hour or less in the real world (I wake up lots in general).

    A little while ago I had a dream that went for a few days, seemingly in realtime, ending in something quite horrible which woke me with a start, only to find out it had been under an hour. In the dream, I experienced a huge adventure-of-sorts (being chased by someone across a city, day and night), and it was seriously intense and it took my a solid few minutes after waking to realise it didn't actually happen.

    A majority of the dreams arent anything special. They're not fantasy worlds or sci fi or anything, but generally something that could happen in real life but maybe with random aspects that couldn't really happen. Eg going to a sports match with a friend who's no longer alive plus someone I've seen on TV before. They're always "realistic" not fantasy, but they're also very random. I'll be walking along having a conversation with someone then suddenly I'm in another country driving a car with someone else, then suddenly I'm sitting in a restaurant with someone else again, but all in the same "story", like a movie cutting between scenes.

    Having vivid dreams is great when they're good dreams, but I'd say a bit more than half are bad, and some can leave me shook up for the entire next day, or days. Some of the nightmares still give me shivers months later.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on At least two strains of joke ransomware have been created with "subscribe to PewDiePie" themes in ~tech

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    The first computer worm ever released was a joke/meme: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creeper_(program) If that one doesn't count because it didn't do damage to users, the first wide-spread virus...

    The first computer worm ever released was a joke/meme:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creeper_(program)

    If that one doesn't count because it didn't do damage to users, the first wide-spread virus was also a joke that got out of hand:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Cloner

    This "Sub to PewDiePie" stuff isn't some new development or evolution. Humour and memes has been the lifeblood of hackers and viruses since day 1.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on Halo Master Chief Collection PC release confirmed, Halo Reach coming to Halo MCC in ~games

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    No word on if they'll have co-op (unless I missed it). I really hope they do.

    No word on if they'll have co-op (unless I missed it). I really hope they do.

    2 votes