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  1. Comment on ‘Disturbing’: Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws in ~health

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    In my opinion this is because, knowingly or not, calling a poor argument a logical fallacy is claiming intent on the part of the person making the supposed fallacy. If I say you are employing a...

    I think the knowledge of logical fallacies is like a car engine -- essential, but better left under the hood. Naming fallacies only rarely elicit the desired effects.

    In my opinion this is because, knowingly or not, calling a poor argument a logical fallacy is claiming intent on the part of the person making the supposed fallacy. If I say you are employing a strawman argument, what I'm saying is that you are intentionally setting up a weak argument so that you can easily refute it. It is claiming that the person making the argument is arguing in bad faith or employing manipulative tactics, rather than the more charitable assumption that the person just isn't aware of their poor argument, or perhaps in the example of the "strawman" that they just aren't aware of the stronger arguments for a particular position and so are refuting weaker arguments instead.

    It's one of those things that I don't think people do intentionally, but that really raises the temperature of online discussions. I've rarely been in a face to face conversation where a person accused me of employing logical fallacies. I'm sure some people do this, and I'm sure it's just as unpleasant as when it happens online.

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  2. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I used to think I hated coffee, but after years of drinking it I think I mostly hate light roasted coffee. Light roasts keep a lot of the sour, acidic notes which some people like but which just...

    I used to think I hated coffee, but after years of drinking it I think I mostly hate light roasted coffee. Light roasts keep a lot of the sour, acidic notes which some people like but which just taste awful to me. On the other hand, a good bitter dark roast without those sour notes is pretty good to me now, especially with just a little whole milk.

    I do get it, though. It took me a long time, and possibly some Stockholm syndrome, to get to where I actually enjoy drinking coffee rather than just tolerating it for the caffeine. And most drip brewed coffee still tastes like bitter piss.

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  3. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I think I just really like vinegar and garlic and salt and stuff, lol. I love almost anything pickled.

    I think I just really like vinegar and garlic and salt and stuff, lol. I love almost anything pickled.

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  4. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Huh, yeah for me it's the weirdly gritty texture of them. I want them to have a consistent, slightly firm texture like rice but it's almost like they're half too mushy and half not. But yeah I...

    Huh, yeah for me it's the weirdly gritty texture of them. I want them to have a consistent, slightly firm texture like rice but it's almost like they're half too mushy and half not. But yeah I don't care for them as much as I would like and it's entirely mouthfeel I think.

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  5. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Lol, I've never met another one of us in the wild. I genuinely think that it must be some kind of genetic thing like the people who taste cilantro differently, because most of the people I've told...

    Lol, I've never met another one of us in the wild. I genuinely think that it must be some kind of genetic thing like the people who taste cilantro differently, because most of the people I've told think it's pretty odd and don't think that melons taste like cucumbers or really even that cucumbers taste like much of anything at all, but it's such a strong flavor/scent to me.

    I've tolerated cucumbers marinated in vinegar before, which I guess is just halfway to a pickle. Also, I almost always love pickles, although I have had one or two that were a little too cucumber-y to me. For some reason I'm okay with tzatziki most of the time too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  6. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Huh, now this is a new opinion to me. Do you actively dislike ketchup, or is it more of an ambivalence? I can totally understand not enjoying ketchup and preferring other, more interesting sauces.

    Huh, now this is a new opinion to me. Do you actively dislike ketchup, or is it more of an ambivalence? I can totally understand not enjoying ketchup and preferring other, more interesting sauces.

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  7. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I dislike every type of melon I've ever tasted. They're almost all uniformly bland, and even the ones that aren't all still taste faintly of cucumber. And before you tell me I'm crazy, they're...

    I dislike every type of melon I've ever tasted. They're almost all uniformly bland, and even the ones that aren't all still taste faintly of cucumber. And before you tell me I'm crazy, they're related, all part of the Cucurbit family. I've wondered before if I am more sensitive to some compound in this family than some people, because I have a special revulsion toward cucumber, which is the vilest tasting thing I can think of. I know people joke about cucumber tasting like water, which is the strangest thing because to me because it has a strong flavor that overrides pretty much anything it's in. I've had a salad at a restaurant before that I could tell they took the cucumber out of instead of making it to order just because of the lingering taste and smell of cucumber. I'm not a picky eater by any stretch of the imagination. I'll try pretty much anything, but I just loathe cucumber.

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  8. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I don't think this is all that weird. Most tree nuts have a weird aftertaste to me. I don't hate them but I don't really seek them out. I'll eat most nuts in small quantities by themselves, but I...

    I don't think this is all that weird. Most tree nuts have a weird aftertaste to me. I don't hate them but I don't really seek them out. I'll eat most nuts in small quantities by themselves, but I don't love having any kind of nut mixed in with food, either in a savory dish or in a salad, or really even in a dessert. Except pistachios. Pistachios are pretty good.

    Do you feel the same way about Peanuts?

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  9. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I'm not sure if you mean the same thing by soggy, but I really love limp french fries. Have you ever had Five Guys? I feel like they make the intentional version of the type of fry that I like....

    I'm not sure if you mean the same thing by soggy, but I really love limp french fries. Have you ever had Five Guys? I feel like they make the intentional version of the type of fry that I like. They're so soft and kinda greasy and when they're so good.

    I'm with you on McDonalds too. There's a reason they've been so successful. That shit might be a crime against my body but damn it if it isn't delicious.

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  10. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I'd say they're pretty dark, but more on a personal level than having a really grim setting. I had to drop them after the first trilogy, they were just too depressing for me, but I know a ton of...

    I'd say they're pretty dark, but more on a personal level than having a really grim setting. I had to drop them after the first trilogy, they were just too depressing for me, but I know a ton of people really love them.

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  11. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    Yeah I don't mind Progression Fantasy although I don't tend to care for it when it starts to verge into LitRPG (or at least, I haven't in the past). The closest thing I've gotten to a LitRPG...

    Yeah I don't mind Progression Fantasy although I don't tend to care for it when it starts to verge into LitRPG (or at least, I haven't in the past). The closest thing I've gotten to a LitRPG series that I've enjoyed is The Daily Grind, but I'm not sure if that's a good example of the genre. I have really been enjoying Will Wight's Cradle series, which I think it probably right up there in the Progression Fantasy genre. I find that even if his prose isn't the best I've read that it mostly gets out of the way, and Wight is good at setting narrative hooks that make you want to keep reading. I also mildly enjoyed Andrew Rowe's Arcane Ascension books, although I got to the end of what he had written a few years ago and I haven't picked it back up since.

    I don't really enjoy worldbuilding for the sake of worldbuilding, what I typically enjoy is an author exploring interesting worldbuilding in the service of an good plot, so if MoL does a good job of that I can probably make it through some clunky prose.

    I may have to give MoL another shot, I don't think I got much further than the first chapter so I probably didn't give it a fair shake the first time around.

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  12. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    A little off topic, but I've seen a lot of recommendations for Mother of Learning and I've tried to start it a couple of times, but never gotten past the first chapter. Does the writing improve much?

    A little off topic, but I've seen a lot of recommendations for Mother of Learning and I've tried to start it a couple of times, but never gotten past the first chapter. Does the writing improve much?

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  13. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    Unfortunately I don't think there's any particularly easy way to get them on Kindle. I have seen some people say that for some kindles you can save the blog page to Pocket and then open it on the...

    Unfortunately I don't think there's any particularly easy way to get them on Kindle. I have seen some people say that for some kindles you can save the blog page to Pocket and then open it on the Kindle via Pocket. Not sure whether that would work for you.

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  14. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    If you don't consider The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever to be dark then I don't want anywhere near whatever you do consider to be dark, lol.

    If you don't consider The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever to be dark then I don't want anywhere near whatever you do consider to be dark, lol.

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  15. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    OP did ask for dark themes, lol. But yeah Worm was rough. I read Ward as it was coming out and for the most part that was fine, he did a better job of interspersing the very dark sections of the...

    OP did ask for dark themes, lol. But yeah Worm was rough. I read Ward as it was coming out and for the most part that was fine, he did a better job of interspersing the very dark sections of the story with some lighter breather chapters, but the ending arc especially was so heavy...

    Pale does a good job of managing the dark themes pretty well although there have been times where I've had to take a break for a while.

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  16. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I'd second that recommendation for sure. Also Wildbow's current serial Pale is (imo) probably the best thing he's written so far. It's a little hard to describe and do justice, but it's pretty...

    I'd second that recommendation for sure. Also Wildbow's current serial Pale is (imo) probably the best thing he's written so far. It's a little hard to describe and do justice, but it's pretty dark contemporary/urban(ish) fantasy in one of the best realized contemporary fantasy settings that I've ever encountered, but it also has a lot of slice-of-life and coming of age elements. The worldbuilding and the thought put into the metaphysics of the story are pretty astounding at times, but the characters are also really well realized and quite three-dimensional.

    I've had to take a break recently from keeping up, for mental health reasons, but I'm hoping to get back on the train soon now that the story has gotten ahead of me a bit.

    He's currently at about 2.5 million words and still going, and that includes about 230 chapters and a handful of "extra materials" which include art and in-universe writings. It's a very, very cool serial.

    If you're interested, you can start here: https://palewebserial.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/blood-run-cold-0-0/
    Be wary of places like the Parahumans subreddit or the wikis if you decide to read any of Wildbow's work, they aren't great about spoilers.

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  17. Comment on Visiting Canada’s $50 million 1980s ghost town in ~humanities

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    Great article, really bizarre that somebody is still putting money into maintenance. Also, not the Justin McElroy I was expecting.

    Great article, really bizarre that somebody is still putting money into maintenance.

    Also, not the Justin McElroy I was expecting.

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  18. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I could be wrong but I get the impression that you don't spend a lot of time in the D&D fandom if you think that there's no lore in this trailer for folks to get toxic about. It hasn't been that...

    I could be wrong but I get the impression that you don't spend a lot of time in the D&D fandom if you think that there's no lore in this trailer for folks to get toxic about. It hasn't been that bad (yet), but there have already been some folks blowing up about the Tiefling Druid not looking exactly like the Tiefling description in the PHB (I disagree, but she doesn't fit the current fashion for showing Tiefling with really obvious non-human skintones and huge horns) and the fact that the Druid apparently wildshapes into an Owlbear (Druids can only Wildshape into Beasts, and the Owlbear is a Monstrosity (I know that Circle of the Moon can wildshape into Elementals at high level, it's not relevant to this discussion)). It's mostly been good natured, but not entirely. Plus, the movie seems to be set in the Forgotten Realms which has a lot (a LOOOOOOT) of lore that people get very nitpicky about. I have definitely seen the D&D fandom get really toxic about things in the not too recent past, and that's not even mentioning the edition wars during 4e. It was really unpleasant to try and discuss anything about D&D online for years because as soon as you did people would immediately jump into the thread to shit all over 4th Edition even when it was completely irrelevant to the discussion. The gatekeeping was immense. I think the explosive growth of the hobby over the last few years has helped a lot of push the worst part of the fandom off into their own little corners of the online space (hi there OSR), and even some of those spaces seem to be getting more inclusive in the past few years, but I still wouldn't call the D&D fandom non-toxic, and I shudder to think of the grognards poring over this movie for things that don't fit RAW (rules-as-written) or especially established Forgotten Realms lore.

    Edit: I should say - I don't really disagree with what you're saying. I think D&D could be a really good IP for movies and other media. Some of the settings have some cool lore, and there's lots of fun adventures and monsters to adapt. Plus the lore tends to be a lot more vague in some places, and flexible, to allow DMs and players to fit their game into the setting and lore. I just thought it was funny that you would say the D&D fandom was non-toxic, because I've seen lots of toxicity in TTRPG communities over the years, even though it is generally getting better.

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

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    Item descriptions are a pretty major source of lore. It reminds me of playing Destiny.

    Item descriptions are a pretty major source of lore. It reminds me of playing Destiny.

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  20. Comment on Wind chimes - it doesn't have to be complicated in ~creative

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    What a fun website! It's the kind of site I remember stumbling onto more often 20 years ago. It's not the most beautiful website in the word, but it's obviously the result of a lot of passion for...

    What a fun website! It's the kind of site I remember stumbling onto more often 20 years ago. It's not the most beautiful website in the word, but it's obviously the result of a lot of passion for something that I've never put more than a minute's thought into.

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