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  1. Comment on Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits. in ~tech

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    Save your nsfw material locally! The extra options for viewing as well as the assurance that it won't be taken down makes it much better. Plus if you're a nerd, you can organize it and it's fun.

    Save your nsfw material locally!

    The extra options for viewing as well as the assurance that it won't be taken down makes it much better. Plus if you're a nerd, you can organize it and it's fun.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Concepts in music you’re easily impressed by? in ~music

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    Yes, and I'm a fan! Thanks for the rec though :)

    Yes, and I'm a fan! Thanks for the rec though :)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Concepts in music you’re easily impressed by? in ~music

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    Long, wordy, poetic, academic lyricism. If there's lots of big words that get people calling it "pretentious," I want in. I like people being playful with language :) Also just anything which...

    Long, wordy, poetic, academic lyricism. If there's lots of big words that get people calling it "pretentious," I want in. I like people being playful with language :)

    Also just anything which idolizes old rural Americana. Partially including the genre under that name, but mostly in other kinds of folk and pop music. If it's talking about old gas stations and highways, I'm hooked.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Magnus Carlsen breaks record for longest unbeaten streak in chess history – world's No 1 chess player makes it 111 games without defeat in ~games.tabletop

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    Hard not to wonder how much weight to put into this with today's draw-heavy chess, not that I have doubts about him being able to dominate like this in any time period. Wild living in the era of...

    Hard not to wonder how much weight to put into this with today's draw-heavy chess, not that I have doubts about him being able to dominate like this in any time period.

    Wild living in the era of Carlsen though, I love it. I'm not an experienced enough player to begin to appreciate him on the board, but watching this legend in the making has been so exciting.

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

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    There is a cool feeling that comes from being that familiar with a period in time and becoming an expert, even if the individual shows aren't great. At one point I tried to watch every anime from...

    There is a cool feeling that comes from being that familiar with a period in time and becoming an expert, even if the individual shows aren't great.

    At one point I tried to watch every anime from 2000 as part of a bigger project, and though I didn't finish and forced myself through a lot of garbage, I enjoy being that acquainted with what the average anime was like at that time. It's not worth forcing yourself through if you're absolutely hating the experience, but I definitely think there can be value to pushing through even with bad anime if you're a nerd and value the...educational value?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Ignore this topic test in ~test

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    These always feel like a challenge

    These always feel like a challenge

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The (Somewhat) Definitive Guide to Dungeon Synth in ~music

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    It's good stuff, even if it is a little samey. My favorite dungeon synth record is A Chronicle of the Plague by Dark Ages, and I see they're pretty high up in this list. If you like strange...

    It's good stuff, even if it is a little samey. My favorite dungeon synth record is A Chronicle of the Plague by Dark Ages, and I see they're pretty high up in this list.

    If you like strange fusions, Dungeon Rap got a lot of buzz last year. It's an admittedly silly combination of dungeon synth and the over-the-top sound of memphis rap. I wouldn't say it's totally successful, but there's some great tracks.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on You can now ignore individual topics, which will stop showing them in listings for you in ~tildes.official

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    Wonderful! Glad to have this. Absolutely, in both cases. If users can avoid these notifications, this becomes an excellent tool for de-escalating conflict and having the chance to get out of an...

    Wonderful! Glad to have this.

    If you ignore a topic that you posted a comment in, should you no longer receive notifications about new replies to you in that topic? If yes, what about username mentions?

    Absolutely, in both cases. If users can avoid these notifications, this becomes an excellent tool for de-escalating conflict and having the chance to get out of an argument without being pulled back in.

    For example, if you do a search that matches ignored topics, should they show up in the results?

    Maybe the "View unfiltered list" toggle could be included in searches, and ignored threads would count as part of that filtering?

    16 votes
  9. Comment on Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese in ~humanities

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    I've been using this as a rough guide (along with WaniKani, which I think the author of this would not be pleased to hear) for the few weeks I've been studying the language. Since I'm early in...

    I've been using this as a rough guide (along with WaniKani, which I think the author of this would not be pleased to hear) for the few weeks I've been studying the language. Since I'm early in that process I don't think I can really judge how good it is, but this is further than I ever got the other times I've tried, and that probably speaks to the quality of this resource for an absolute beginner.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Patrick Stewart didn't want to reprise Captain Picard in a post-Brexit world in ~tv

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    I read this as a suggestion that it'll focus on protecting that optimistic vision, still having its sights set on the same ideals but exploring the difficulties of gripping onto it as it starts to...

    I read this as a suggestion that it'll focus on protecting that optimistic vision, still having its sights set on the same ideals but exploring the difficulties of gripping onto it as it starts to fall apart. That's already something that's common to address in Trek, but this sounds like it'll take it a step further.

    Maybe that's just me being overly optimistic myself, though. Maybe it will just be Trek but EDGY. I hope not.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Recommend me a song based just on one line (or couplet) in its lyrics. in ~music

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    "Squeeze the juice out of all the suckers with power And pour some back out, so as to water the flowers" link Details Gang Starr - Robbin Hood Theory "My worst habit's waking up at least once a...

    "Squeeze the juice out of all the suckers with power
    And pour some back out, so as to water the flowers"

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    Details Gang Starr - Robbin Hood Theory

    "My worst habit's waking up at least once a day
    Balance barefoot on a needle, heaven's just a jump away"

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    Details Eyedea and Abilities - Burn Fetish

    "Never get so attached to a poem
    You forget truth that lacks lyricism"

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    Details Joanna Newsom - "En Gallop"

    As a side note, this is actually really hard! Most of my favorite lyricists are really wordy, so finding a great line or two that gets across a whole thought is difficult.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What are you using these days as an alternative to YouTube? in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I get DTube. It appears to just have a bunch of YouTube embeds? What exactly is decentralized about it? Nothing I actually see on the website lines up with your description or the...

    I'm not sure I get DTube. It appears to just have a bunch of YouTube embeds? What exactly is decentralized about it? Nothing I actually see on the website lines up with your description or the about page...

    4 votes
  13. Comment on OldTimeyComputerShow: 24/7 of retro computer and gaming tv programs in ~tech

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    You can grab the YouTube links from Data's comment and download those, if you'd like.

    You can grab the YouTube links from Data's comment and download those, if you'd like.

  14. Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan quit the Firm - couple step back as senior members of Royal Family in ~news

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    Hm?

    Hm?

    However, they will continue to receive money from the Prince of Wales via the Duchy of Cornwall, which largely funds their activities.

    Their decision allows them to retain their royal titles and many of the trappings of royal life, whilst using their positions to carve out independent working lives.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on OldTimeyComputerShow: 24/7 of retro computer and gaming tv programs in ~tech

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    Excellent to fall asleep to or use as background noise, but also genuinely interesting for when you do want to pay attention. Old infomercials, gaming challenge shows, tutorial tapes, industry...

    Excellent to fall asleep to or use as background noise, but also genuinely interesting for when you do want to pay attention. Old infomercials, gaming challenge shows, tutorial tapes, industry news, etc.. They're hand-selected rather than picking randomly from a pool, too, so it feels more smooth and themed than a lot of similar things do. Love this shit.

    I believe this is in the rotation of the current block, but even if you don't watch this, please enjoy The Komputer Tutor: How to Avoid the 29 Biggest Computer Mistakes (1993).

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

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    Yes! So Amid Evil definitely has those games in its DNA (see: icantbelieveitsnothexen.com) and appeals to retro fps sensibilities, but it has its eyes on the future. All the subtle changes to the...

    Yes! So Amid Evil definitely has those games in its DNA (see: icantbelieveitsnothexen.com) and appeals to retro fps sensibilities, but it has its eyes on the future. All the subtle changes to the formula as well as the awesome new ideas make me feel like every fps in the future needs to use this as a blueprint.

    The enemies are dynamic and some of the tougher ones require thinking and execution beyond just choosing the right weapon and pointing + clicking, you actually sometimes need to poke at them and learn their patterns and pathing in a way that's deeply satisfying. This is maybe a silly buzzword to apply to a FPS, but I feel like it's a bit "soulsy" at times. Maybe that's just me, but I feel a connection there that I don't with a lot of retro fpses and modern throwbacks. It sounds like such a simple thing, but I find that most retro-style games in this subgenre are so focused on replicating RIP AND TEAR that they forget to throw enemies at the player where it's suboptimal to just throw bullets at them. Finding out what weapons work best on what is a good start (and Amid Evil certainly has that), but at this point we can shake things up without slowing the game down to a crawl or betraying the spirit of the classics. This is the main thing for me: it's keeping the spirit and the loose structure of classic fps, but going in its own direction. Environments are fresh and new. Most of the bosses are fresh and new. Levels feel big...like, we don't need to be tied down to the cramped interiors of Quake! Those were great, but deviation from that has been treated as a betrayal (what, did we all just forget about Unreal?) up until now. I've been firmly convinced that that can and should change.

    It's also just incredibly high effort. Each world has completely unique theming and enemies and I can't emphasize enough how wonderful and refreshing these are. It contains some of the most alien environments I've ever seen in a video game as well as some more grounded ones which are gorgeous in their own right. The breathtaking industrial environments of one of them is a contender for the most beautiful thing I've seen in a video game...it reminds me of my mind melting when I saw Blade Runner 2049.

    The game is also very well-routed in a way that the games it's inspired by were not always perfect with. There's keys and doors, but you almost never run into those moments where you press a button and are like "uh...what did that open?" It feels like you're charging into the unknown and just wandering, but it's mapped out so well and nudges you in the right directions so you end up in the right place. All the little annoying tendencies of the genre have been smoothed out into the ultimate version of what you always knew they could be.

    I'm willing to admit that it may feel like a particularly radical shift to me because I'm looking closely at this subgenre and I have a deep love for it. It might feel like a well-done throwback to some, but I see the future in this thing.

    Also, thanks! It's been fun keeping an art diary and sharing it here.

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

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    I'm not very good yet, I'm at 203 seconds. The two users above me on my friends leaderboard are both on here...@Bauke has 250 and @Cleb has 437. It's a brilliant game, for sure.

    I'm not very good yet, I'm at 203 seconds.

    The two users above me on my friends leaderboard are both on here...@Bauke has 250 and @Cleb has 437. It's a brilliant game, for sure.

    4 votes