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  1. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    I have been playing Deep Space D6 pretty much incessantly lately. It's a digital implementation of the print-and-play demo of the solitaire dice game by Tau Leader Games. A full game plays in...

    I have been playing Deep Space D6 pretty much incessantly lately. It's a digital implementation of the print-and-play demo of the solitaire dice game by Tau Leader Games.

    A full game plays in about 10 minutes (if you win). It is hard, random, frustrating, and I keep going back to it. It's also free, small (69MB), and offline, so it will work very well on a ship.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    I'd actually be curious to hear a defense of it. I say that in all seriousness; why should we accept tracking via JS?

    I'd actually be curious to hear a defense of it.

    I say that in all seriousness; why should we accept tracking via JS?

    9 votes
  3. Comment on Food in New Orleans? in ~food

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    As, apparently, the only denizen of /r/neworleans on here, welcome! Have a good time! Tip your servers! Don't be a jerk. You're in luck, because this is the really slow time of year for...

    As, apparently, the only denizen of /r/neworleans on here, welcome! Have a good time! Tip your servers! Don't be a jerk.

    You're in luck, because this is the really slow time of year for restaurants (hurricanes and brutal humidity tend to discourage tourism). Because of that, some of the best and fanciest restaurants get together every year to have special, reasonably priced menu selections all through the month of August. Going to a normally out-of-my-league restaurant for one of these lunch or dinner specials is about as local as it gets.

    I know you said you'd be here all of July, and not August, but that's where the luck comes in; this year, the specials begin on July 14th. Check out The COOLinary New Orleans site. You can filter by neighborhood, type of food, etc., and see the special menu offered at each restaurant. Keep in mind, some of these places will require a reservation, so you should probably call ahead. Most places do not require a coat and tie, but some will require slacks and a collar (no jeans). Again call ahead to check if you're concerned.

    13 votes
  4. Comment on Input from a text file, pull from multiple APIs, formatting output, etc. in Python in ~comp

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    I would suggest using the (included) csv module instead, if all you're only going to use Pandas for to_csv. Pandas is a pretty big package to load just for CSV output. If you sort your data into a...

    I would suggest using the (included) csv module instead, if all you're only going to use Pandas for to_csv. Pandas is a pretty big package to load just for CSV output. If you sort your data into a list of dicts (or even just one dict, if you only want one row), you can use the csv.DictWriter class. If you don't care about a header row, you can just use csv.Writer.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What were/are your favorite flash/browser games? in ~games

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    I loved all of the GROW games. Fortunately, the author has begun porting (at least GROW Planet and GROW Cube) them to HTML5 (http://www.eyezmaze.com/sp/).

    I loved all of the GROW games.

    Fortunately, the author has begun porting (at least GROW Planet and GROW Cube) them to HTML5 (http://www.eyezmaze.com/sp/).

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I designed and built a cabinet from scratch, to hold bins full of my kids' toys. The only power tools I used were a drill and sander. I cut all the wood with a handsaw, and got the ends square...

    I designed and built a cabinet from scratch, to hold bins full of my kids' toys.

    The only power tools I used were a drill and sander. I cut all the wood with a handsaw, and got the ends square with a plane and shooting board.

    It was my first major woodworking project, and it turned out so well, I can't wait to do more.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on I want to get away from Reddit. However, I need help getting there in ~comp

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    As a redditor with a sizeable collection of subreddits in my browsing list, there's really only a few niche-ish ones that keep me going back daily. If I went to /r/origami, for example, one day...

    As a redditor with a sizeable collection of subreddits in my browsing list, there's really only a few niche-ish ones that keep me going back daily.

    If I went to /r/origami, for example, one day and found that submissions were disabled with a sticky post at the top saying, "we're on Tildes now, come check us out," I wouldn't hesitate to click the link and split my browsing time between the two sites. I don't know that I would try to copy everything over, though; if you crossposted everything between Tildes and reddit, the motivation to move would be lower (I'd probably just subscribe to both the ~ and subreddit, and skip articles I'd seen already). At the same time, however, you want to have some content here, to encourage users to move.

    The happy medium might be a "changeover window." I would make a couple of stickied posts, one laying out your rationale for the switch and setting a firm cutoff date (say, 14 days), and the second updating daily as a countdown to the switch. At this point, I might post a digest of the top 10 new reddit posts daily to Tildes, so that users can have something to discuss until the new stuff starts getting posted here. Perhaps having a bot auto-reply to each new reddit post indicating the cutoff date and where to find the new home would be a good idea as well. After the cutoff date, though, I don't know that I would copy anything more, with perhaps the exception of some "all-time great" posts if new posts are flagging, just to make sure the content is here to encourage people to stay. Leave the old subreddit as an archive, and encourage the reddit users that make the switch to not delete anything (but reposting here might be OK). In general, I wouldn't copy comments, as (a) they're not yours, and there may be some copyright issues that could come back and bite you, and (b) you want the discussions to be here, following the Tildes rules and culture; copying the reddit comments will haul that culture over here with you.

    If I understand well enough the way reddit works, you'll need to hold on to your account and moderation of the "shifted" subreddit to prevent it being taken over by someone else and revived, cannibalizing your userbase. My big fear with all of this is that (at some point) one of the phenomenally popular subreddits (or too many niche ones) will try to cut over to someplace else, and reddit corporate will yank the moderation of all the shifted subreddits to try to revive them or prevent the shift altogether. It wouldn't surprise me to see changes to the terms of service (or moderator rules) prohibiting shifting if the revenue starts to shrink too much.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on What do you carry with you every day (excluding keys, wallet, and phone)? in ~talk

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    A handkerchief. I got a stack of them as a baby-shower gift, and while the little ones were wee, it really came in handy. Now that they're older, I still carry one every day. They're useful in...

    A handkerchief. I got a stack of them as a baby-shower gift, and while the little ones were wee, it really came in handy. Now that they're older, I still carry one every day.

    They're useful in more situations than you'd think: glasses cleaner, laptop screen duster, first-aid kit, towel after sudden downpours, temporary lashing, face mask, lost-tooth (or other small treasure) holder, sweat mopper on the really hot days, emergency toilet paper (haven't had to use it for this, yet). Heck, you can even use it to blow your nose if you really need to.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Ode to Baking Soda and Superglue in ~talk

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    There was a 3D printer (early 2000s, I believe) that used cornstarch and cyanoacrylate. I think it was a Z Corporation zMachine. It was slick; about the size of a photocopier.

    There was a 3D printer (early 2000s, I believe) that used cornstarch and cyanoacrylate. I think it was a Z Corporation zMachine. It was slick; about the size of a photocopier.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Web developers - What is your stack? in ~comp

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    I eschew frameworks, sticking with vanilla js and jQuery (primarily just for element selection and AJAX), lots of semantic HTML, and plain old CSS on the front end. For the backend, I use Python...

    I eschew frameworks, sticking with vanilla js and jQuery (primarily just for element selection and AJAX), lots of semantic HTML, and plain old CSS on the front end.

    For the backend, I use Python (via Flask) exclusively.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are some criminally overlooked mobile games? in ~games

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    There was another studio (I can't remember which one) that had a setting for the amount of screen-shake: the max level was 'Vlambeer'.

    There was another studio (I can't remember which one) that had a setting for the amount of screen-shake: the max level was 'Vlambeer'.

    4 votes