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  1. Comment on All those electric vehicles pose a problem for building roads in ~misc

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    There's a fair number of US states that don't require annual inspection. My state only requires an inspection when transferring registration of a vehicle, and it is a VERY cursory inspection....

    How they think it's a better idea than the inspector submitting the odometer reading each year, I cannot fathom.

    There's a fair number of US states that don't require annual inspection. My state only requires an inspection when transferring registration of a vehicle, and it is a VERY cursory inspection.

    https://www.motorbiscuit.com/a-surprising-number-of-u-s-states-dont-require-vehicle-inspections/

    I'm not saying that's an insurmountable problem or anything, but for those states or for a Federal mileage tax, it wouldn't be as simple as just gathering odometer readings from inspections that are already happening.

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  2. Comment on Extremist women and how to deal with them in ~life

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    I do understand the parallel, but nothing in the article mentions TERFs, and there wasn't any discussion in the comments or any additional links. I was just a bit thrown off reading the article...

    I do understand the parallel, but nothing in the article mentions TERFs, and there wasn't any discussion in the comments or any additional links. I was just a bit thrown off reading the article after looking at the tags. I guess I'm being a bit pedantic, really. Sorry about that.

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  3. Comment on Extremist women and how to deal with them in ~life

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    Why is this tagged "Transphobia"? There's nothing at all in this article about whatsoever about it, the whole thing is about domestic right-wing terrorism and how media and law enforcement need to...

    Why is this tagged "Transphobia"? There's nothing at all in this article about whatsoever about it, the whole thing is about domestic right-wing terrorism and how media and law enforcement need to overcome gender bias when talking about extremists.

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

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    A group of friends has started a "Video Game Club" like a book club but for games. Every month we're going to choose a game and everybody will play it, then after a few weeks to a month we'll all...

    A group of friends has started a "Video Game Club" like a book club but for games. Every month we're going to choose a game and everybody will play it, then after a few weeks to a month we'll all get together on Discord and talk about it. We've also already had a habit of getting together once a week and just playing something together anyway, so we've mostly been playing this month's game at the same time and all streaming to Discord so we can compare progress.

    This month's game was Resident Evil 1 (the remake on PC), which I have started a couple of times before this but never gotten very far into. I actually managed to get through the whole thing this time, and aside from some anachronistic mechanics that were really frustrating (I'm looking at you, typewriter ribbons) and some design choices that were clearly meant to add to the atmosphere of the game but mostly just end up being frustrating (like the limited inventory space), I actually wound up really liking what the game was trying to do. It was basically a survival horror game with a lot of puzzle mechanics like old-school point-n-click adventure games, which was kind of charming to me in a way. I had also played some RE2 which I feel like was more of a straightforward survival horror game, and then RE4 and beyond just seem like they've basically become third-person shooters, so I really kind of liked what RE1 was doing, it seems much more interesting to me.

    Now, would I play it again?

    Definitely not. I'm glad I stuck it out but I think that well's pretty much dry for me after just one playthrough.

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  5. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 10 in ~news

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    I would be glad to be proved wrong, but this seems like all smoke with no fire. Nobody with any real clout seems to be joining in on any of this, and the "american renewal" think seems pretty...

    I would be glad to be proved wrong, but this seems like all smoke with no fire. Nobody with any real clout seems to be joining in on any of this, and the "american renewal" think seems pretty toothless. From my experience over the last few years, a few people will put up a mild fuss and then fall right back in line when it comes time for voting.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Tactical Breach Wizards - Act One beta trailer in ~games

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    Hey, thanks for posting this! I've had this game wishlisted for ages, after I suddenly had that thought that a game about a wizard SWAT team would be cool and went looking to see if anything...

    Hey, thanks for posting this! I've had this game wishlisted for ages, after I suddenly had that thought that a game about a wizard SWAT team would be cool and went looking to see if anything existed. I've registered for the beta, so hopefully I'll get in and be able to check it out. It's such a cool style and concept, and the gameplay in this trailer looks really fun!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Sony cancels their plan to shut down the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita this summer in ~games

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    I've heard some outrage, but it hasn't been taking over my feeds or anything. I recently watched Hbomberguy's video on Woke Brands and it has me somewhat cynically wondering is this isn't...

    I've heard some outrage, but it hasn't been taking over my feeds or anything.

    I recently watched Hbomberguy's video on Woke Brands and it has me somewhat cynically wondering is this isn't something similar. I've seen this pattern a few times, where company announces some policy that seems specifically designed to piss off customers, then a few days later announces that they've changed their minds. It makes me wonder if some of these announcements aren't designed to make people mad and generate a lot of pushback and controversy, and then garner positive press and good vibes when they have a "change of heart" a few days later.

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  8. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    As somebody who plays tabletop RPGs pretty regularly, I get this. I don't think I would be able to do it with any group but the one I always play with. We were lucky enough to mostly be college...

    As somebody who plays tabletop RPGs pretty regularly, I get this. I don't think I would be able to do it with any group but the one I always play with. We were lucky enough to mostly be college friends who had a lot of history and are really comfortable with each other. We've brought in other people a couple of times, but almost always just one at a time. The few times I've played with other groups have been exhausting.

    It also helps that our style of play is deeply unserious about 90% of the time. It's mostly just goofs, jokes, kicking down doors and killing monsters, and coming up with the dumbest, most roundabout ways to solve straightforward problems. It's different from the style that you see on display a lot of the time. We're definitely not trying to tell Very Serious Stories or anything, although occasionally things do get dramatic. I've always likened it to a show like Scrubs where things are mostly fun and games, until it gets really emotional and serious. But the only reason that works is because we've spent time growing to love the characters through of all the jokes and shenanigans.

    One other thing that helps me personally, as a very introverted person, when playing or DMing is using perspective. I almost always narrate my characters actions, and even use dialogue signifiers to put some distance between me and the characters, instead of just spouting off "in character" all the time. Makes it much more comfortable for me, for some reason.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Mass Effect Legendary Edition - Visual improvements in ~games

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    My recollection of my feelings at the time (and I haven't played a Mass Effect game since 2 released) was that pretty much everybody agreed that they needed to streamline inventory management, but...

    My recollection of my feelings at the time (and I haven't played a Mass Effect game since 2 released) was that pretty much everybody agreed that they needed to streamline inventory management, but instead of improving the inventory system they just basically did away with the more complex weapons and loot altogether. I remember feeling that way, at least.

  10. Comment on The mystery of the squarest country | Map Men in ~music

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    I just discovered this channel a couple of days ago and the content is surprisingly funny!

    I just discovered this channel a couple of days ago and the content is surprisingly funny!

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  11. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    I loved stranger than fiction! I hadn't thought about it but it definitely fits what I'm talking about. I haven't really checked out any of the rest of these, though. So thank you for the...

    I loved stranger than fiction! I hadn't thought about it but it definitely fits what I'm talking about.

    I haven't really checked out any of the rest of these, though. So thank you for the recommendations!

  12. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    I have attempted to read 100 Years of Solitude before and bounced off it, but it was years ago so I should probably give it another go. It was one of those books that was so obviously well written...

    I have attempted to read 100 Years of Solitude before and bounced off it, but it was years ago so I should probably give it another go. It was one of those books that was so obviously well written but for some reason just wasn't connecting at the time. I should definitely give it another shot, though.

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  13. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    Oh that sounds really good and probably very intense. I'm adding it to the reading list with a big note to remind me to be emotionally prepared.

    Oh that sounds really good and probably very intense. I'm adding it to the reading list with a big note to remind me to be emotionally prepared.

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  14. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    Thanks for the recommendations! I'll probably give Saw a hard pass, I'm too much of a wimp for that, but I'll try and check these others out at some point.

    Thanks for the recommendations! I'll probably give Saw a hard pass, I'm too much of a wimp for that, but I'll try and check these others out at some point.

  15. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    This sounds really interesting! I'm adding it to the (growing) reading list.

    This sounds really interesting! I'm adding it to the (growing) reading list.

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  16. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    I might check these out, but I am seriously a wimp when stuff gets too scary XD. Stephen King is also a good recommendation. I read a bunch of his stuff when I was younger and was a little better...

    I might check these out, but I am seriously a wimp when stuff gets too scary XD.

    Stephen King is also a good recommendation. I read a bunch of his stuff when I was younger and was a little better able to deal with how depressing they were, lol.

    I do really want to check out Shin Godzilla, the clips that I've seen look absolutely kickass.

  17. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    House of Leaves is one that I have been meaning to check out for a while now. I'll have to bump it up the reading list. I also definitely need to check out John Dies at the End. Whether it fits...

    House of Leaves is one that I have been meaning to check out for a while now. I'll have to bump it up the reading list. I also definitely need to check out John Dies at the End. Whether it fits this particular feel or not, I've heard lots of good things.

    Cosmic Horror is definitely a genre that fits into what I'm talking about, although I don't know of that many examples aside from Lovecraft himself. I did really enjoy the first few books of Charles Stross' Laundry Files series, but it got so damn bleak and depressing that I had to bail for my own sake.

    However, I think what I'm looking for is a little broader than just Cosmic Horror. In fact, I'd love some recommendations that skewed away from the horror side of things and more toward the wonderful/magical side of it. I do realize that my list of things that fit what I'm describing is a little weighted toward the horror side, but I think that's probably because this technique or feeling is a more core part of certain styles of horror, and so it was a little harder to come up with examples.

    Still, great recommendations, thank you!

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  18. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    Whew! I had to bail about halfway through that first link. Definitely hit the nail on the head, maybe just a little too hard, lol. It was really well done and was definitely delivering that...

    Whew! I had to bail about halfway through that first link. Definitely hit the nail on the head, maybe just a little too hard, lol. It was really well done and was definitely delivering that frisson of horror, just too much. (I did mention I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror).

    Still, nice work.

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  19. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    You know, I'm not sure if I've ever watched a David Lynch film. I definitely need to add this to my list, thanks for the recommendation!

    You know, I'm not sure if I've ever watched a David Lynch film. I definitely need to add this to my list, thanks for the recommendation!

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