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  1. Comment on What are some old (20+ years) anime series that stood the test of time? in ~anime

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    Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999) - Already mentioned, fantastic. I occasionally rewatch it. Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku (Now and Then, Here and There) (1999 - 2000) - Dark, post-apocalyptic isekai with child...

    Cowboy Bebop (1998-1999) - Already mentioned, fantastic. I occasionally rewatch it.
    Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku (Now and Then, Here and There) (1999 - 2000) - Dark, post-apocalyptic isekai with child soldiers. I watched it for the first time a few years ago and still leaves an impression.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Some <details> about more <small> updates (you'll get that in a minute) and general Tildes feedback/questions/comments in ~tildes.official

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    Re: #4 warning about old posts: I think that this looks too similar to locked threads. I came across this one recently on a thread and seeing the big yellow block at the bottom, my brain though...

    Re: #4 warning about old posts:
    I think that this looks too similar to locked threads. I came across this one recently on a thread and seeing the big yellow block at the bottom, my brain though "Oh, this is locked". This was on a weekly-ish recurring thread, so I even thought "Huh, I guess we're locking old ones to keep new conversation in whatever the latest thread is". I didn't notice the comment box below it both because I was already primed with the "locked" though and because it is so muted compared to the big yellow message.

    I wonder if there's a way to split info warnings ("fyi this is old") vs hard-stops ("locked"), and make warnings less blaring. Different color like red for locked, maybe less saturation on the warning color or just an outline, something like that.

    11 votes
  3. Comment on How ‘safety first’ ethos is destabilizing US society in ~life

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    Note that at the top of the article is a TWO WAYS TO READ THE STORY toggle, with options for a Quick Read excerpt and a Deep Read full text. Ad/cookie blocker seems to get around the paywall (3...

    Note that at the top of the article is a TWO WAYS TO READ THE STORY toggle, with options for a Quick Read excerpt and a Deep Read full text.

    Ad/cookie blocker seems to get around the paywall (3 articles per month), but here's an Archive link for anyone stuck (Outline.com doesn't work; it just gets the Quick Read)

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What are some lifehacks you would recommend? in ~life

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    The reminders and routines are good points. Be careful with this one though: For recurring bills and subscriptions that are fixed (i.e. no potential fees or additions) like Netflix, this is great....

    The reminders and routines are good points. Be careful with this one though:

    Do you have bills that you pay every month? See if there are any that you can set up automatic recurring payments with.

    For recurring bills and subscriptions that are fixed (i.e. no potential fees or additions) like Netflix, this is great. For anything that may vary, getting into the habit of checking before paying every month can save you a lot of surprise hassle (e.g. unexpected phone data overage charges may be due to a misbehaving app, unusually high water bill could mean a leak, etc.). Problems are a lot easier to resolve before paying versus a noticing few months down the line, if it's even noticed at all.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on Anxiety looks different in men and often appears as anger, muscle aches or alcohol use in ~health

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    Interestingly, many other stories give the usual excerpt-only & "TO READ THE FULL STORY" subscription link. I may have found the trick! Use the Privacy Badger extension to prevent the modal Append...

    Interestingly, many other stories give the usual excerpt-only & "TO READ THE FULL STORY" subscription link.

    I may have found the trick!

    1. Use the Privacy Badger extension to prevent the modal
    2. Append ?mod=rsswn to the WSJ link (this topic was submitted using it) to get the full article.

    Random article:

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Anxiety looks different in men and often appears as anger, muscle aches or alcohol use in ~health

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    Ah, sorry, didn't realize it was paywalled. With the Privacy Badger browser extension turned on, I get the full article without any hints of a paywall. Turning it off, I see the full article load...

    Ah, sorry, didn't realize it was paywalled.

    With the Privacy Badger browser extension turned on, I get the full article without any hints of a paywall. Turning it off, I see the full article load and then a few seconds later it gets covered by the subscription modal. Edit: Even with the modal, I was able to hit the "X" to close it and read the full article. No "TO READ THE FULL STORY"

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Ooblets dev received thousands of "hateful, threatening messages" over Epic exclusivity in ~games

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    I really like that idea. Having "Topic Referenced By: ..." and "Topic References: ..." in the sidebar parsed from the comments would go a long way for automating useful relationships without an...

    I really like that idea. Having "Topic Referenced By: ..." and "Topic References: ..." in the sidebar parsed from the comments would go a long way for automating useful relationships without an extra burden on users. I would go a step farther and allow specification of (optional?) relationship types like "update", "alt source", "fact-check", "response", etc. from a pre-configured set. Aside from making the sidebar lists clearer, they can be used to tweak the main UI under different conditions (e.g. highlight and link any "update" topic directly under the original topic's title, and on the updated topic have a prominent "original" link)

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What do y'all think about the new Twitter design? in ~tech

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    I with the column sizing was better. The narrowest is 270px and the widest is 350px, only 30% larger. A rough count on the widest is 45 characters, while the main website feed is a much more...

    Tweetdeck is definitely the better option. So much cleaner. So much faster. So much more information dense. So much more configurable!

    I with the column sizing was better. The narrowest is 270px and the widest is 350px, only 30% larger. A rough count on the widest is 45 characters, while the main website feed is a much more comfortable ~75. I know I could install an extension and set up custom css, but feels like a lot for one site.

    My biggest peeve with Twitter's UI is that there's no controls for seeing Likes as there are for Retweets. I can turn off retweets for some users, but still have to see all of their Likes in my feed (what's the functional difference again?). I think Tweetdeck lets you have a feed without any retweets or likes, but I do genuinely enjoy some of my follows' retweets and would be sad to lose those to get rid of likes.
    EDIT: Going back to check, it seems like setting timeline to "Latest" instead of "Home" might not include likes. Hard to tell, but I'll keep a closer eye on it now.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What is a good gender-neutral pet name for my daughter? in ~talk

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    Two kids? "Damn it" and "Jesus Christ" On a more serious note, some general ones might be birdie (sounds cute alongside "buddy"), pearl, petal, [little][honey]bee, gal. Some "buddy"/friend...

    Two kids? "Damn it" and "Jesus Christ"

    On a more serious note, some general ones might be birdie (sounds cute alongside "buddy"), pearl, petal, [little][honey]bee, gal. Some "buddy"/friend equivalents might be amigo or pal.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    When starting, sugar is added to the brewed tea. There’s some debate over how much the tea is directly involved, but at the very least it provides base flavor and some acidity. Usually some...

    When starting, sugar is added to the brewed tea. There’s some debate over how much the tea is directly involved, but at the very least it provides base flavor and some acidity. Usually some “starter” is added from a previous batch to further reduce pH and kickstart the cultures. The bacteria species are acidophiles. Additional sugar may be introduced before the second ferment via flavor additives (e.g fruits)

    Yeast ferments the sugar into ethanol, which Acetobacter converts into acetic acid aerobically. As oxygen levels drop during the first ferment, and more during the sealed second ferment, Lactobacillus converts sugars to lactic acid.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    I’ve got a 5L “continuous” kombucha brew going for a few months. It’s a mix of Irish breakfast and pu-erh, more towards the latter at this point. Results have been decent, but the local climate is...

    I’ve got a 5L “continuous” kombucha brew going for a few months. It’s a mix of Irish breakfast and pu-erh, more towards the latter at this point. Results have been decent, but the local climate is very hot and humid, so I struggle with the yeast outpacing the bacteria and it getting overly sour before the flavor fully develops. I finally got my hands on a swing-top bottle with a solid seal, so a second ferment and carbonation is next on my list.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It in ~misc

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    I moved from US east-coast suburbs, where I always had a car, to an overseas city with world-renowned (frequently praised and held up an ideal) public transportation and high walkability. It's...

    I moved from US east-coast suburbs, where I always had a car, to an overseas city with world-renowned (frequently praised and held up an ideal) public transportation and high walkability. It's livable and there's some nice perks, but I really miss having a car. My experience hasn't been the same as @DogyoteWhile when it comes to speed and community.

    Pros:

    • Lower Cost: None of the many costs of car ownership, public transport + taxis is still lower I think
    • No maintenance
    • No parking
    • No city driving (personally stressful)

    Cons:

    • Bound by external schedules: Running a few minutes late may add a decent overall delay if a departure interval is missed (more if that leads to a chain of connection misses). Certain hours at night are no, or very limited, service and sometimes more expensive
    • Dealing with crowds: Getting on, getting off, through the station can be like a salmon against stream. On the transport might not get a seat, might stand packed in, hope everyone remembered deodorant. No privacy at all. Nobody interacts (and people usually aren't happy if you try), heads down on phones, barely paying any attention at all to others
    • Much longer transportation time: Departure schedule, less direct routes, more intermediate stops, sometimes transfers, sometimes additional walking. I've seen 2x or 3x one-way times off-peak. The times do get closer on peak, but then the comfort of public transportation drops significantly; i'll take an hour of traffic in my own car with radio, temp controls, and private conversation over standing like a sardine for the same hour any day.
    • Pain of transporting goods: Significantly limited carry capacity (possibly a small trolley if walking), difficult on a crowded train/bus with that, more planning to keep cold goods cold all the way, same with delicate goods, anything bigger/bulkier is basically a no-go. Some goods are legal, but prohibited to carry on public transport.
    • Weather matters a lot more: Point A and B are usually not aligned with a stop, so there's almost always a walk. Having covered shelter for the length of that leg is hit or miss. Rain is the biggest problem, but extreme temperatures, direct sun, strong winds can all make getting somewhere without a car miserable. Cars don't fully relieve this, but it's usually a much shorter dash door to door.
    • No trip storage: When a trip involves multiple tasks/stops, you have to carry and secure everything for the whole journey. Carrying can get cumbersome, securing can be impossible.
    • On-demand private transport is highly variable: Availability and pricing can vary wildly based on time of day, pickup location, drop off location, "surge", etc.
    • No food: A more minor annoyance, but no food or drink consumption can be a pain on a longer trip.
    12 votes
  13. Comment on Will Impossible Burgers be the norm for Gen Z? in ~food

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    I think a place like TacoBell and other fast food chains are the best place to judge the product. At those places the quality of existing beef is medium-to-low, ground, served with accompanying...

    I think a place like TacoBell and other fast food chains are the best place to judge the product. At those places the quality of existing beef is medium-to-low, ground, served with accompanying flavors/toppings to make up for meat shortcomings, and are at a price point where quality isn't expected. If a replacement requires skilled handling, you're now competing with joints that can produce a better beef burger for less and closer to a price point where top quality matters. Once the novelty of Beyond and Impossible dies down and hip burger places can't trade on the brand name, I believe the TacoBells and friends are going to be where replacements can get their biggest wins if they can make it as fool-proof as ground beef.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    I'm happy with my social media usage. I check only a few times a day, severely restrict push notifications, and generally contribute OC infrequently, so I haven't experienced any of the...

    I'm happy with my social media usage. I check only a few times a day, severely restrict push notifications, and generally contribute OC infrequently, so I haven't experienced any of the addiction-like symptoms people describe.

    Facebook - "Personal" - Only for people I have interacted with socially IRL. I periodically cull my friends list. "Is this person important to me?" "Is there a real chance I'll ever talk to this person again?" My list hovers around 200. There's a few I keep but unfollow (mostly excessive link/meme-sharers). I don't use groups. I've gone through all of the privacy and ad settings. As a result, my news feed and notifications are very manageable and relevant. Events is my most "actively" used feature due to simplicity and network reach.

    Twitter - "Casual professional" - While I follow some friends and interesting accounts, the majority are other people in my industry, which is most active on Twitter. Some I've met at conferences, others I've stumbled across online. Similar to Facebook, I cull the list periodically. Twitter also seems to be an effective way to reach out to companies when I have a problem.

    Linkedin - "Professional resume" - Have one, update my info occasionally, don't touch the social aspect.

    Instagram - I have a handful of friends who take their photography a bit more seriously and, for whatever reason, primarily post on IG. I've posted a handful of photos that I think have value to those beyond my immediate social circle.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Forget the Pork. Add Some Hibiscus Flower Power to Your Quesadillas. in ~food

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    I haven't tried hibiscus as a pork replacement, but shredding some jackfruit as a substitute in pulled pork for a vegetarian friend worked well. I would imagine a jackfruit quesadilla would be...

    I haven't tried hibiscus as a pork replacement, but shredding some jackfruit as a substitute in pulled pork for a vegetarian friend worked well. I would imagine a jackfruit quesadilla would be good too.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Impacts of meat consumption on health in ~science

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    Healthline had an article discussing this and other aspects of eating red meat, Is Red Meat Bad for You, or Good? An Objective Look. It's not quite as clear as you're making out to be. Many of the...

    there are MANY MANY studies that show that eating red meat leads to cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes.

    Healthline had an article discussing this and other aspects of eating red meat, Is Red Meat Bad for You, or Good? An Objective Look. It's not quite as clear as you're making out to be. Many of the studies are observational, so can only describe correlation rather than causation. Further, many are able to show a strong correlation with processed red meat, but not unprocessed red meat.

    24 votes
  17. Comment on Once Tildes gets subgroups, where will you spend most of your time? in ~talk

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    Ah, good catch. Don't know how I missed that one.

    Ah, good catch. Don't know how I missed that one.

    1 vote