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  1. Comment on 2020 US presidential election simulator in ~misc

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    Yeah I originally had something about that in my comment, but I didn't have any sources for it at the time and I was feeling too lazy to go get them.

    Yeah I originally had something about that in my comment, but I didn't have any sources for it at the time and I was feeling too lazy to go get them.

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  2. Comment on 2020 US presidential election simulator in ~misc

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    FiveThirtyEight has Georgia as +1.7 for Biden right now. I would tend to be skeptical of that as well, but GA is one of the southern states that has been "turning purple" for a while now and the...

    FiveThirtyEight has Georgia as +1.7 for Biden right now. I would tend to be skeptical of that as well, but GA is one of the southern states that has been "turning purple" for a while now and the polls have been increasingly bad for Trump lately. I wouldn't put up the "Mission Accomplished" banner yet, but the way things are looking right now, some "lean R" states could possibly be in play.

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  3. Comment on My take on email in ~tech

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    Just because it's illegal to open someone else's mail doesn't mean it's encrypted. It's just illegal.

    But physical mail is, due to its very nature, E2E encrypted...

    Just because it's illegal to open someone else's mail doesn't mean it's encrypted. It's just illegal.

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  4. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    I get this, but there's a certain amount of office etiquette when it comes to food smells in general. Like, there have been a few times that people at my office nuked fish (or the one time...

    I get this, but there's a certain amount of office etiquette when it comes to food smells in general. Like, there have been a few times that people at my office nuked fish (or the one time somebody microwaved a whole bag of unpeeled shrimp) and they caught crap for it. I don't think we ought to make people feel inferior or bad about their culture, but we've all got to work together too, and most folks don't want to smell everybody's food.

    There's probably something to be said here about how employers probably ought to put more thought into how their workplaces are designed to minimize some of these issues.

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  5. Comment on Board games with unique mechanics? in ~games.tabletop

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    One of the guys I game with regularly loves pandemic and has Pandemic Legacy season 1. He really enjoys it, but I never really clicked with Pandemic in general. It's definitely a well designed...

    One of the guys I game with regularly loves pandemic and has Pandemic Legacy season 1. He really enjoys it, but I never really clicked with Pandemic in general. It's definitely a well designed game and I know a lot of people love it, it just didn't do it for me. Some of it probably had to do with the problem you mentioned, where one person who knows the game really well can tend to dominate it, but I also just didn't really gel with the mechanics. Not sure why.

    I have heard that the Legacy version is really well made. It's a Rob Daviau game, much like Betrayal Legacy, and Daviau definitely gets what makes the legacy format fun.

  6. Comment on Board games with unique mechanics? in ~games.tabletop

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    Second the recommendation for Gloomhaven. It's a daunting game but it's so much fun once it starts to click. I would also recommend Betrayal at House on the Hill, specifically Betrayal Legacy....

    Second the recommendation for Gloomhaven. It's a daunting game but it's so much fun once it starts to click.

    I would also recommend Betrayal at House on the Hill, specifically Betrayal Legacy. Betrayal Legacy has slightly reworked mechanics that are much more intuitive, plus it has an incredibly good legacy campaign that, once you complete it, leads to a unique version of the game that you can continue to play in free play. Your house won't be the same as anyone else's because of the choices and outcomes of haunts from the campaign mode. It's a wild ride, I don't think I've ever been as captivated by a board game as with Betrayal Legacy.

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  7. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    I'm sure it's not limited to engineers, and I'm certainly not trying to offend. I suspect most people with any significant amount of expertise or education are vulnerable. In my personal...

    I'm sure it's not limited to engineers, and I'm certainly not trying to offend. I suspect most people with any significant amount of expertise or education are vulnerable. In my personal experience the worst cases of the problem among people I personally know work in STEM fields, but after taking a minute I can think of others, in particular a humanities PhD I know.

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  8. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    I've seen it called "Engineer Syndrome" (sorry STEM folks) and I've known so many people in STEM who were convinced that they could come up with all the answers to problems outside their field, as...

    I've seen it called "Engineer Syndrome" (sorry STEM folks) and I've known so many people in STEM who were convinced that they could come up with all the answers to problems outside their field, as if nobody had ever thought about those things before they gave it a few minutes thought.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on A Dark Room in ~games

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    I've played this one a few times. It is so much more interesting than it initially seems, and it just keeps unfolding and opening up in new, interesting ways... I recommend giving it a couple of...

    I've played this one a few times. It is so much more interesting than it initially seems, and it just keeps unfolding and opening up in new, interesting ways...

    I recommend giving it a couple of hours of attention if you have the time, it really is worth it.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    That's a good question. I probably misused them when the capital was enough. It's not something I put a lot of thought into, but I tend to draw a distinction between people who play games, even...

    That's a good question. I probably misused them when the capital was enough.

    It's not something I put a lot of thought into, but I tend to draw a distinction between people who play games, even those for whom it's their main hobby, and people who identify as people who play games, or Gamers, or whatever.

    I think there's a real problem with toxicity in the Gamer subculture. That group (people who invest so much of their personality into gaming that it is their entire identity) has been really prone to being hijacked by extreme ideologies.

    So yeah I'm sure plenty of gamers (people who are interested in games) need to hear stuff like the OP, but Gamers (the identity group) probably need to hear it more than most.

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  11. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    Great post, and some things that "Gamers" need to hear, and keep hearing. ...But wow, kids, don't be like me and read the responses. Big yikes...

    Great post, and some things that "Gamers" need to hear, and keep hearing.

    ...But wow, kids, don't be like me and read the responses. Big yikes...

    13 votes
  12. Comment on Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in ~tech

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    It's like somebody was just adding little Neo-Nazi easter eggs for their own enjoyment...

    It's like somebody was just adding little Neo-Nazi easter eggs for their own enjoyment...

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  13. Comment on Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in ~tech

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    Someone on reddit pointed out that the campaign ran 88 ads with the symbol, and that the first sentence in all of the ads has 14 words (if you count "far-left" as one word since it's hyphenated)....

    Someone on reddit pointed out that the campaign ran 88 ads with the symbol, and that the first sentence in all of the ads has 14 words (if you count "far-left" as one word since it's hyphenated). It might be a coincidence but it combined with the symbol that starts to get hard to believe.

    The source of the 88 ads is this Media Matters article.

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  14. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    Dungeon Conductor paints a picture of somebody wearing a train conductor's hat and driving a train, which does sound hilarious and whimsical and appeals to me, but would probably bother folks who...

    Dungeon Conductor paints a picture of somebody wearing a train conductor's hat and driving a train, which does sound hilarious and whimsical and appeals to me, but would probably bother folks who take their roleplay more seriously. It's also got associations with rails, which is a good way to immediately trigger the online RPG crowd.

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  15. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    I have other problems with Storyteller that come from disliking the idea of the GM being the only one telling the story. I prefer games where the storytelling is done collaboratively. I think some...

    I have other problems with Storyteller that come from disliking the idea of the GM being the only one telling the story. I prefer games where the storytelling is done collaboratively. I think some GMs have the problem of thinking of themselves as writing the story that the players are playing in, which I think results in boring roleplaying. I like the term MC from Apocalypse World and other PbtA games, but that still has the problem of having the word "Master", if that's what we're trying to get away from.

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  16. Comment on Cheesy Medieval/Fantasy cover of "What is Love" in ~music

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    The same channel released a cover of Creep today and it is sublime...

    The same channel released a cover of Creep today and it is sublime...

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  17. Comment on What are your most obscure finds that are musically excellent? in ~music

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    Damn dude, this song goes hard. I know what I'm listening to today. Also, the singer's voice is perfect.

    Abrepuertas by Eruca Sativa.

    Damn dude, this song goes hard. I know what I'm listening to today.
    Also, the singer's voice is perfect.

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  18. Comment on Cheesy Medieval/Fantasy cover of "What is Love" in ~music

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    These links led me to this medieval cover of Toxicity, which is something I didn't realize I wanted. Also, several people in the comments of these channels were calling them "Bardcore", which may...

    These links led me to this medieval cover of Toxicity, which is something I didn't realize I wanted. Also, several people in the comments of these channels were calling them "Bardcore", which may be the best name for a musical genre ever.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality in ~games

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    Lancer also looks really cool, although I doubt I will get the opportunity to play it.

    Lancer also looks really cool, although I doubt I will get the opportunity to play it.

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

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    I'm a little late to the game with this one, but I just finished the main story of Control and it was fantastic. It's been a while since I played a single-player, story focused game like this and...

    I'm a little late to the game with this one, but I just finished the main story of Control and it was fantastic. It's been a while since I played a single-player, story focused game like this and the themes and aesthetic felt like it was just about tailor made for me. I love the Cold-War era secret government agency mixed with the obvious SCP influences vibe that the game has, even if the atmosphere did get intense enough at times that I had to take breaks.

    I also really enjoyed the gameplay. It reminded me of a game that I played back in the PS2 era called Psi-Ops which was the first game that I played that did telekinesis in a way that felt good. Control's launch power has a similar feel, it's just really satisfying to blow an enemy away with a perfectly timed launch.

    I haven't gotten the DLC yet, but I may try to pick up the season pass soon, as I've heard that it was really good.

    7 votes