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  1. Comment on Recommend FLOSS games in ~games

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    EDIT: I didn't read the OP like an idiot, please mark this "offtopic". I'm leaving it just in hopes that someone who is interested comes along :P My current obsession is Xonotic, a quake-like...

    EDIT: I didn't read the OP like an idiot, please mark this "offtopic". I'm leaving it just in hopes that someone who is interested comes along :P

    My current obsession is Xonotic, a quake-like arena shooter that's quickly become my favorite of the genre, maybe my favorite multiplayer shooter ever. It's so smooth and fast and even polished, being the most satisfying version of a formula that's already perfect in my eyes.

    I've always been able to find a game, too! That's a HUGE plus for these, this game has had a small but thriving community for a long time. I don't feel like I'm ever in danger of not getting to play this beautiful game.

    If any of you would like to play, I'd love to see you on there. We can set up duels (haven't had a chance to play one yet, I've only been playing for a couple weeks) or whatever else you're interested in. You'll usually find me hanging out on Tiomano's server with @Cleb just doing normal DMs.

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  2. Comment on What are some earworms whose catchiness hasn't worn off for you over time? in ~music

  3. Comment on 500-year-old manuscript contains earliest known use of the “F-word” in ~books

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    Note, if you read this earlier:

    Note, if you read this earlier:

    [UPDATE 4/7/2020: Kristin Uscinski, a medieval historian at the State University of New York, Purchase, wrote in to inform us of an even earlier appearance of the F-word in the English language, "Roger F$#%-by-the-Navel who appears in some court records from 1310-11. I always make sure my students are aware of good ole Roger."]

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  4. Comment on Books briefing: If your attention span is shrinking, read poetry in ~books

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    I typically will read it more like a novel until I find something that really interests me, then I'll slow down, read it a few times, and sit with it. Maybe look at it from a more technical...

    I typically will read it more like a novel until I find something that really interests me, then I'll slow down, read it a few times, and sit with it. Maybe look at it from a more technical perspective after that, maybe not.

    I think the important bit is that you're not agonizing over getting everything you can out of every poem. That gets exhausting. Follow your passion!

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  5. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    If you'd like to compare activity, @Bauke did a lot of statistics work that'll be interesting to you.

    If you'd like to compare activity, @Bauke did a lot of statistics work that'll be interesting to you.

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  6. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    Glad to see Opus on here! Feel like that doesn't get enough love even from hardcore manga nerds.

    Glad to see Opus on here! Feel like that doesn't get enough love even from hardcore manga nerds.

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  7. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    I've usually found those editions to feel really cheap, but seeing them all lined up like that I start to get the charm. I can imagine walking up to those as a little kid and having my imagination...

    I've usually found those editions to feel really cheap, but seeing them all lined up like that I start to get the charm. I can imagine walking up to those as a little kid and having my imagination go wild :)

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  8. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unread books list this April! in ~books

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    Books are one area where I don't think I operate with much of a backlog. I vaguely want to get to parts of the English canon I haven't gotten to yet, but I otherwise mostly operate on impulse....

    Books are one area where I don't think I operate with much of a backlog. I vaguely want to get to parts of the English canon I haven't gotten to yet, but I otherwise mostly operate on impulse. Sometimes I'll get enough library books at once that those act as one, but personal circumstances slowed me down on that (and the virus has locked me in with what I've got!). So, with the ebooks I have downloaded and physical books I have from the library, I'm left with:

    Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (reading this right now and adore it, I'd LOVE to get recs of similar nontechnical books on computing history)

    The Evolution of Beauty

    a Faulkner collection that I mostly have for As I Lay Dying

    a William Blake collection

    Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking


    I can probably find some unread books laying around somewhere, but for the most part I think I'll have to go through things that I've kinda vaguely kept in the back of my head for a while and grab ebooks. For now, since it's a single word and in that Faulkner collection, I'll do Sanctuary after I finish Hackers. I love this idea, by the way. I'm excited!

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  9. Comment on What's on your bookshelf? in ~books

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    Main stuff I care about now. Stuff from when I was younger that I still like showing off. Haven't opened this in years but I'm glad I have it, even if it's mostly old EU stuff. (I'm surprised no...
    3 votes
  10. Comment on Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle in ~games

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    Any chance I could pick up EU4? It's weird not owning it as a pdox nerd :P Thanks for doing this!

    Any chance I could pick up EU4? It's weird not owning it as a pdox nerd :P

    Thanks for doing this!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

  12. Comment on Would anyone like to learn Spanish with me? in ~talk

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    Note to anyone passing by: This has been expanded to include all language learning, not just Spanish :)

    Note to anyone passing by: This has been expanded to include all language learning, not just Spanish :)

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Mozilla launches a new Test Pilot: Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content in ~tech

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    This is a wonderful idea and I'm immediately hopping on, but I only hope more sites jump on by the time it goes full price. I'm supporting this because I want this to be the way the web works, but...

    This is a wonderful idea and I'm immediately hopping on, but I only hope more sites jump on by the time it goes full price. I'm supporting this because I want this to be the way the web works, but I don't know how long I'll stay on when very few of the sites I actually use participate in the program.

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  14. Comment on De-Googling my life – two years on in ~tech

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    Here's an extension which automatically redirects youtube links to it (as well as twitter links to nitter, which is the same kind of thing). You can configure what instance it redirects to, as well.

    Here's an extension which automatically redirects youtube links to it (as well as twitter links to nitter, which is the same kind of thing).

    You can configure what instance it redirects to, as well.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on The joys of anti-social socialism in ~humanities

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    It brings pain to me seeing the collectivist attitude reduced to "some abstract idea of kindness or niceness," as if all socialist theory outside of that of the individualist strain of anarchism...

    It brings pain to me seeing the collectivist attitude reduced to "some abstract idea of kindness or niceness," as if all socialist theory outside of that of the individualist strain of anarchism is simply arguing "we should make these economic changes because we should be selfless and helpful to the masses on principle, fuck what you need!" As if mainstream socialist theory isn't full of work on the fulfillment of the individual. If I remember right, this video by Red Plateaus is really helpful for understanding this part of Marx's work.

    ...almost as much pain as the insistence on an individualist / collectivist split that this writer has, as if the same goals can't be brought about from different ideological starting points.

    The writer's cooperative example they mention is just irrelevant and only seems to fit because beforehand the writer already did the work of reducing "collectivism" to "short-sighted idealism". See, the issue there is that there is not a direct connection between the two positions (equal pay vs proportional) and collectivism or individualism. One could easily argue for the equal action from an individualist standpoint, saying that the security afforded to individuals frees them to self-actualize. Even if you think that's naive...that's naive from an individualist perspective, you don't get to give collectivism a monopoly on naivete. If your individualism seeks to enable the greatest amounts of individual self-actualization, you're perfectly in line with those dreaded idealist hippie collectivists. Drawing a line between the two of you is a point of division that is almost always meaningless.

    Individualist anarchists are cool. They're fine. I don't mean to shit on them, but I think this line of thinking actually falls into the problem they identify at the end with this bit:

    Rightists ask the question, and supply the answer. Leftists insist that the offered answer is wrong — when they should be insisting that the offered question is wrong.

    I can't help but read this and get really frustrated. How are you insisting the question is wrong? You're just picking the individualist side! There's no questioning of the question. So let's question the question: Is individualism vs collectivism a dichotomy worth keeping as part of the conversation? I don't think so, not with most things.

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  16. Comment on Tildes instance of yourworldoftext in ~misc

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    Spoiler. Go find out :)
    Spoiler. Go find out :)
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  17. Comment on Tildes instance of yourworldoftext in ~misc

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    I'm glad that someone found the part after the road "ended". I was worried I put it too far away :) Thanks for carrying the torch <3

    I'm glad that someone found the part after the road "ended". I was worried I put it too far away :)

    Thanks for carrying the torch <3

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  18. Comment on Do you still post on Reddit? in ~talk

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    No, it's an awful place and I've done a lot in the past few years to get away from places like it. My accounts were deleted soon after it became clear that Tildes was here to stay, and I haven't...

    No, it's an awful place and I've done a lot in the past few years to get away from places like it. My accounts were deleted soon after it became clear that Tildes was here to stay, and I haven't really looked back.

    Reddit is still a useful place, though. The community resources for even the smallest of sub-communities and niche interests are unmatched. So I end up on Reddit a lot, the difference is that I'm not going to Reddit and using it as a Redditor, I'm landing there from a search engine, getting what I need, and leaving.

    I just want to throw out there that quitting is an option that is plenty doable and shouldn't be seen as just the ridiculous nuclear option. Like, you might be able to salvage a good experience on that website, I don't wanna act like it's impossible. Just, before you try that, honestly take a look at the time you spend there and ask if it's worth all the meta-effort toward learning to fight back against the userbase and site mechanics in a way that makes using it tolerable, when there are spaces you could be spending your time in which are not that deeply broken.

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