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  1. Comment on Tumblr’s First Year Without Porn in ~tech

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    They mention people being afraid to browse their Tumblr in public back when porn was allowed, worried I figure about people noticing them looking at porn. Whenever I see that I believe I must be...

    They mention people being afraid to browse their Tumblr in public back when porn was allowed, worried I figure about people noticing them looking at porn. Whenever I see that I believe I must be in a small category of people who just don't care what is on my screen or what people around me see, and if I'm just browsing through the feed when they do their double-take to check what they saw it would have already changed. IDK, as long as the person isn't actively masturbating or being creepy why should I care what somebody else is doing?

    Personally I'm still afraid of the day that Reddit decides they want to take a more anti-porn stance and start getting rid of it also. It honestly feels like it is the last old school bastion of content that you can find anything you want, and advertisers hate it so I guess it is only a matter of time. Already I see troubles with their various bans of stuff like naked anime-style girls that could be young and inconsistent monitoring and enforcement.

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

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    Been pretty busy recently with the amount of games I'm playing. Digimon Cyber Sleuth: Been working on this for awhile now, and enjoy it a decent amount. Though it does get a bit dull at times,...

    Been pretty busy recently with the amount of games I'm playing.

    • Digimon Cyber Sleuth: Been working on this for awhile now, and enjoy it a decent amount. Though it does get a bit dull at times, with you just kinda doing the same stuff over and over without much change. Hoping it may feel different once I get even farther into the game. At the moment I am on like Ch 8 out of 20 and already have 26 hours in-game, so looking like this very well may be a 100 hour jrpg that I kinda wasn't expecting.
    • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order: Tried it out for like 5 hours and decided it just isn't the game for me. It doesn't feel tight enough for me to enjoy, but also not fast passed enough for me also. I couldn't figure out how to easily and quickly move between blocks and attacks along without just being wrecked. And the Save Point system was just frustrating, dying and than running 10 minutes through multiple encounters to just die on the mini-boss again just isn't enjoyable to me.
    • Star Wars The Force Unleashed: After being disappointed in Fallen Order, I decided to go back in time and replay one of my favorite Star Wars games, only a couple hours in but starting to remember what I liked. Mainly the insane force abilities you get from the start. It just feels so much fun to do insane force abilities to kill all your enemies, and running through a room another time doesn't get boring thanks to it. It is really showing its age though, and the actual combat isn't that amazing just super button mashing.
    • Civilization 6: Just continuing to put a game in once in awhile, after 142 hours I think I might be improving now.
    • Final Fantasy XIV: Friends have been playing this game for years now and keep trying to get me into it, previously put a couple hours in but then stopped. Well with the recent sale on the game my friend gifted me the game, cause I'm currently broke, so started to play it again. I don't hate it still, but I still don't love it. I've always enjoying normal rpg's and jrpg's more than mmo's, but I think I'm going to work through the base game. All my friends have said the base game is shit, but the expansions start getting really good and various reviews online say similar things.
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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I haven't read any of his other novels yet, but I'm planning on it. It seems like he likes his Big Dumb Objects and I just love those. I can deal with the ideas not being very original, but I just...

    I haven't read any of his other novels yet, but I'm planning on it. It seems like he likes his Big Dumb Objects and I just love those. I can deal with the ideas not being very original, but I just couldn't really get over the characters. It just felt really unbelievable that everyone would put up with this power struggle between two people for what ends up being like 100 years, like somebody would have gotten annoyed and deposed of these two girls already.

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

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    Went pretty heavy into the sci-fi this round. And was pretty mixed in good books and bad and how much I enjoyed them. Also looked at my Good Reads yearly goal and noticed I'm still 5 books behind...

    Went pretty heavy into the sci-fi this round. And was pretty mixed in good books and bad and how much I enjoyed them. Also looked at my Good Reads yearly goal and noticed I'm still 5 books behind schedule, don't know if I can hit it this year.

    The Last Dance by Martin L. Shoemaker

    Series: The Near-Earth Mysteries Book 1

    This book ended up being more of a collection of short stories, than a fully cohesive story for me. Jumping between recollections of events from over the years, you learn about the characters relationships with each other and how they came to work together. But my issue comes with how the main character was dealt with and built over the chapters. By the end you know the side characters building up to getting a complete picture of who the main story is actually about. By in this trip I feel like the investigator who you are viewing these stories with ends up being very under-developed since they are just listening and not participating in the stories.

    Now that isn’t to say I didn’t like this book, I really did. I found myself invested in the characters heavily and wanted to see what methods were being used. It constantly kept my attention the entire way through. One issue I would have to mention is I just couldn’t visualize any of the locations very well. It seemed like many of the scenes could have taken place in a white chamber because the setting and layouts wasn’t well described for me. In some books I don’t find it to be an issue, but a realistic science journey where your trying to piece together details to form opinions I feel really needed it.

    Score: 4/5

    The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke

    This book definitely shows its age and you can instantly tell that an old school sci-fi author wrote it. From the start it takes a different approach to building up to the climax and events of the story, in a kinda meandering way that makes me question how any of these events matter until they suddenly do. All this leads to a very satisfying conclusion that works well, if a little open ended.

    But it isn’t without any issues at all, most of it comes down to character relations and romance I feel. An issue most of the old school sci-fi authors seem to suffer, they are great at big ideas but rather terrible at people. I wasn’t really crazy impressed by any of the characters, they fit into place and did what they needed but never really felt like they did more. And the main character I instinctively dislike due to the way he handles his relationships with his previous wife and kid. It almost comes off as a man who got tired of dealing with something and decided to just say “well that was fun for a while, time to see what else I can get though”. He acts like he fondly remembers the old times and reminisces, but just left them and started a brand-new family. And never do you learn what the various family members actually think about what happened and whether they actually care.

    Overall for me, this is a classic sci-fi story. Read it for the ideas and science and future tech but expect nothing at all from the characters or relationships.

    Score: 3/5

    Colonization by Scott McElhaney

    This collection has some stuff that works, but also a far bit that just didn’t work well for me at all. The first 2 books I found really good they came together in a really good story that kept me interested. The science was good enough that I didn’t question stuff and it stayed interesting. But I wish they were expanded and longer actually.

    This is a problem that I had with all 5 novels, but it got worse the farther into the novels it got. Everything moved really, really fast with no breaks or delays or time to stop and collect yourself. Plot points seem to just pile on one after another and the pile of points gets higher and higher as more get introduced with each novel but never truly explored in a satisfying way. This started showing for me in the last book which seemed like it was doing a ton without much more exploration of the events.

    The characters suffer in this method as well for me, with some lightning fast character development that seems random. In 10 pages they meet, fall in love, get married, and decided to start having kids. And you barely even have a chance to see any relationship between the two develop, sure an attempt to hide it happens but it doesn’t work all that well. This happens again to an extent with the new teen characters, but I think it works a bit better. Though the romance still feels awkward, though it kinda sorta works given these are teenagers who are pretty isolated to a small group.

    The worst for me is the final grouping and romance, it really felt random and out of place. Suddenly introducing this brand-new group that would have massive importance to everything in the final novel felt out of place. And the relationship and history being told via flashback story isn’t the most graceful, I feel it could have been worked in better somehow.

    Overall it was decent, but I think it needs more work. I understand the idea of having these short classic sci-fi style novels. Something you can easily sit down and read in an hour without trouble, but it just didn’t work for me perfectly.

    Score: 2/5

    Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

    Well, this felt like a hodgepodge of various ideas and books that ended up with a mess. Combined with politics and power struggles between characters that didn’t feel realistic. Ending with an unfinished universe that just leaves me disappointed.

    The characters and politics were somehow the most unbelievable part of this book. It has this dual power struggle thing going on between the two main female characters, whose role changes between major sections in a very unrealistic way. It keeps flip flopping between these two and it just gets annoying to flip between perspectives and be expected to believe that everything is still functioning. And that a third party didn’t get pissed off by this point and thrown them both out an airlock and remade the government in a logical way. The characters outside of the politics weren’t overly interesting, they filled roles and didn’t really have massive influence because of who they were.

    The flow of the novel hurt it also, it jumps between events and years at almost random it feels like. It will glance over dozens of years of development in moments, but spend pages going into what doesn’t feel important. Major events just get solved in time skips and you don’t see how they solved or overcame the issue. At a point they even had what seemed like a major religious sect growing, but after the next time skip and leader change, they have vanished, and the characters talk in past tense about the event about how horrible it was. But what happened exactly? It never gets explained or detailed, just forgotten about completely.

    The worst part for me is none of the ideas feel original. I didn’t see anything in this novel that made me think it was new or creative future tech, instead it was things I’ve seen before. It is rehashing and combining old ideas into a single book and as you read, you stop and say “Wait, isn’t this almost identical to this other novel I read the other year?”. I couldn’t point out a single idea in this book that I feel is original and will stick with me. So I come back to the hodgepodge idea, cause that is what it is, a hodgepodge of other novels just stuck together to form a novel.

    Score: 2/5

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  5. Comment on The rise of emergency telemedicine in the poorest, sickest, and most remote parts of the US, where the choice is increasingly to have a doctor on screen or no doctor at all in ~health

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    I don't know how I feel about being treated essentially by a remote doctor, it just doesn't feel right. No matter the amount of microphones and cameras and sensors, with the current tech I doubt...

    I don't know how I feel about being treated essentially by a remote doctor, it just doesn't feel right. No matter the amount of microphones and cameras and sensors, with the current tech I doubt they are getting the 100% full picture.

    But the only solution I can think of to get doctors to rural hospitals would be to get the government to hire the doctors then send them to places. Or figure out a why to increase the the salary of rural doctors to entice them to move there, but given most of these hospitals are already running out of money...I kinda doubt that is feasible.

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  6. Comment on Movie Monday Free Discussion in ~movies

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    Just finished up Klaus on Netflix, this is a Christmas classic for me. It looks good with amazing animation, the story is nice and easily understandable for any age group which goes along with the...

    Just finished up Klaus on Netflix, this is a Christmas classic for me. It looks good with amazing animation, the story is nice and easily understandable for any age group which goes along with the PG rating. And the ending keeps Christmas and the Santa story alive and well in a very satisfying way.

  7. Comment on TV, or not TV: The story of our bike box in ~design

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    I'm more shocked that shipping handlers even looked at the boxes long enough to notice they had a tv on them and should treat it nicer. Also I don't know why, but I've never even thought about...

    I'm more shocked that shipping handlers even looked at the boxes long enough to notice they had a tv on them and should treat it nicer.

    Also I don't know why, but I've never even thought about mail ordering a bike. Every bike I've ever bought I picked up from one of the local bike stores. Also as somebody who bikes casually for exercise, the idea of an electric bike goes against everything I believe in kinda. I understand why it would be useful if the bike is used for transportation and not recreation, but like your kinda loosing many of the benefits.

  8. Comment on Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington in ~news

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    But Why? I still don't understand why gun manufacturers should be held accountable for what happens with their guns after they have been sold. They don't have any control over what happens with...

    But Why? I still don't understand why gun manufacturers should be held accountable for what happens with their guns after they have been sold. They don't have any control over what happens with the guns after they get sold. I don't sue the car maker when I get in an accident in their vehicle.

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  9. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I would love a game like that, I love just going in a random direction and walking or riding and just explore. The only thing that would make it even better for me would be a powerful modding...

    I would love a game like that, I love just going in a random direction and walking or riding and just explore. The only thing that would make it even better for me would be a powerful modding ability, so that you can have modders improving on what is already great Skyrim modding style. And adding new dynamically generated content long after the developers move onto something else.

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

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    Man Bad Rats was such a terrible game, I think I got an hour into it before giving up because of how bad the psychics are. I don't think it would be so bad if they were a tiny bit consistent, but...

    Man Bad Rats was such a terrible game, I think I got an hour into it before giving up because of how bad the psychics are. I don't think it would be so bad if they were a tiny bit consistent, but getting a different result without changing anything is so frustrating to actually try and play it. But hey, it was a great gag game to give to everybody you could find since it was 99¢.

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  11. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Filling out job applications and studying for a certification exam I hope to take next week. Hopefully the two go hand in hand. Would be nice to finally manage to get somewhere instead of driving...

    Filling out job applications and studying for a certification exam I hope to take next week. Hopefully the two go hand in hand. Would be nice to finally manage to get somewhere instead of driving all around for 20 minute interviews that I never get calls back for.

    Also should sit down and finally update my little blog/review site with custom css and html5, instead of the current default layout. Maybe even mess around with my media servers webpage to make it actually usefull, but that is a bit more of a longshot.

    Edit: Welp, seems like I got another thing to add to the list. Clean up some space on my servers root partition, went to mess around and found out I had filled it up somehow already. Was hoping I wouldn't have to bother with this before being able to get a new server and do an even better job setting it up this time, but nothing ever goes to plan.

    Edit #2: Isn't it great when the solution is simple and comes down to being an idiot and forgetting to set up a method to clear logs automatically. One of my docker containers had a 14gig log file just sucking up that space. Problem solved.

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

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    Well haven't reached the point in any of my games to do any write ups about them. But have still been playing some stuff off and on. Mostly been Civ 6, while I don't enjoy it as much as Civ 5. I...

    Well haven't reached the point in any of my games to do any write ups about them. But have still been playing some stuff off and on.

    Mostly been Civ 6, while I don't enjoy it as much as Civ 5. I can get some decent enjoyment out of it, but just not the same amount. Every game seems to play out rather similar, with me having to play King difficulty to get any type of challenge. But with it I have to go science or never win. The various gameplay mechanics now and still bad AI just make it really hard for me to win in any other way. Staying with high science necessary for good troops to survive the insanely aggressive AI makes it hard to built anything but science and troops and settlers. IDK, maybe I'm just completely shit at the game but I kinda sorta doubt it is all that.

    Still playing Digimon Cyber Sleuth, and actually enjoying it. Sure it is a pretty cheap port, with very few options and poor graphics. But it is enjoyable enough just collecting digimon and going through the story, which I'm currently on Ch 5 of. But wish I had more ability to explore new higher level areas to train and collect new digimon, the only decently difficult area I've found went away after the quest. Also the difficultly scaling is rather terrible, you will go from never having a challenge to team wiping in 3 hits that forces you to go train a custom team to fight the boss. It wouldn't be so bad if the boss's types and attributes were hinted at so you could train your team as you reached him, but it doesn't seem that way.

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  14. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Just came up with a plan that we will probably need to finish this weekend or week. We have an elderly dog who needs a big full length dog door and having trouble tracking down one we can buy. So...

    Just came up with a plan that we will probably need to finish this weekend or week. We have an elderly dog who needs a big full length dog door and having trouble tracking down one we can buy. So going to buy some vinyl and cut a hole in the florida room wall and secure it with some screws and magnets, should be pretty cheap and easy to make. Hardest part might actually be to teach the dog how to use it.

    Plans like this make it really nice to own the house, being free to chop it up as we feel without any worry.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    I wouldn't use The Outer Worlds as my example of a good short RPG personally. Sure I finished it in 30 hours, but the closer you get to the end the less finished and polished it feels. Those side...

    I wouldn't use The Outer Worlds as my example of a good short RPG personally. Sure I finished it in 30 hours, but the closer you get to the end the less finished and polished it feels. Those side quests you do don't really effect anything at all, and your epilogue video has a good chance of being completely wrong depending on your choices.

    So sure it is pretty short, but it doesn't feel like a full complete game that meant to be that long. Instead more of forced to be that length due to time and money constraints.

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

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    I really wanted to read Three Body Problem, got halfway through the first book and just put it down. I just felt like it was going nowhere, nothing much felt like it was happening and what was...

    I really wanted to read Three Body Problem, got halfway through the first book and just put it down. I just felt like it was going nowhere, nothing much felt like it was happening and what was didn't intrigue me as much as confused me. One of those major books many people hype up, but I just didn't feel was worth it all.

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

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    Well this is another round that I didn't read very much at all, focused all my time on the Watchmen graphic novel. Wanted to do another reading of it with the show airing, to refresh myself of...

    Well this is another round that I didn't read very much at all, focused all my time on the Watchmen graphic novel. Wanted to do another reading of it with the show airing, to refresh myself of everything about it. But realized after I finished I didn't really want to do a write up for it, don't really know how much I have to say about it that is different or unique. Would just end up being two sentences saying I loved it still and go read some other review for a deep dive...so I didn't do anything for it.

    Also don't know why but graphic novels and manga seem to take me so much longer to read than a normal novel, maybe because I spend time looking at the images? But where as I can read a 400 page book in 3 days or so, a 400 page graphic novel takes me a week normally.

    Also random question, isn't this thread supposed to be on Fridays? Seems like it keeps alternating between Thursday and Friday, or is a matter of different timezones being different days.

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  18. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Recently reading Hanging Out with a Gamer Girl (Pixiv Previews), on MangaDex as translated Pixiv comics. Not going to link, not sure about what everyone thinks of linking to MangaDex given the...

    Recently reading Hanging Out with a Gamer Girl (Pixiv Previews), on MangaDex as translated Pixiv comics. Not going to link, not sure about what everyone thinks of linking to MangaDex given the kinda legal gray area of fan translations and such. But anyhow, I'm excited for them to track down the raws, because I'm really loving this thus far. The characters are fun and the story is nice and simply, just a cute enjoyable read.

    On the anime side, I've been sticking with my slower watching for awhile now. Not really rushing or binging any shows, just watching an episode or two whenever I feel like. IDK, I feel like I have a bunch to watch but don't have much motivation to watch any of them.

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  19. Comment on I'm seeking recommendations for PC games in ~games

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    I can't recommend Prey enough, it was such an amazing game. Really gave you a pretty open sandbox to modify to achieve your goals. If you want to reach a platform, the only thing stopping you is...

    I can't recommend Prey enough, it was such an amazing game. Really gave you a pretty open sandbox to modify to achieve your goals. If you want to reach a platform, the only thing stopping you is personal creativity in building some ramshackle ladder and your platforming skills to climb said ladder. Or getting super creative in navigating around enemies if you didn't want to fight.

    Only complaint I would have is the re-spawning enemies by the end got annoying, lots of backtracking and killing the same enemies and clearing the same room dozens of times by the time your done. Not necessarily difficult to do near end-game, just annoying.

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  20. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    Oh wow, never knew this thing existed. I've always just kept in next to my wallet and check it periodically throughout the day to make sure it hasn't done a vanishing act and disappeared. Though...

    Oh wow, never knew this thing existed. I've always just kept in next to my wallet and check it periodically throughout the day to make sure it hasn't done a vanishing act and disappeared. Though don't know if I want something else on my keychain, kinda like it being super empty with like 4 keys total.

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