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  1. Comment on Making a knife with ~$100 worth of materials in ~hobbies

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    Love that dude. Found his channel about a year ago and went through the entire thing. Entertaining, creative, uplifting, informative, well edited, inspiring, and just good ol fun to watch. He gets...

    Love that dude. Found his channel about a year ago and went through the entire thing. Entertaining, creative, uplifting, informative, well edited, inspiring, and just good ol fun to watch. He gets into a lot of stuff that I'd like to eventually learn and have a decent setup for... one of these days.

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  2. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 27 in ~health.coronavirus

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    A suggestion to anyone feeling cooped up: Take an opportunity to do some handyman work around your place. That bookcase with that shelf that's falling apart could use a couple of cleats to hold it...

    A suggestion to anyone feeling cooped up: Take an opportunity to do some handyman work around your place. That bookcase with that shelf that's falling apart could use a couple of cleats to hold it together better. The walls might use a fresh coat of paint or two. Or maybe just a quick cleaning to get the dog grease off that one spot. (Seriously, anyone else get dog grease strains on the wall?) In all, make your living space more pleasant to live in. Fix the issues that lurk so far back in your mind that you've long forgotten about them being a problem. In the end, you'll feel much more comfortable spending time in that space and you'll feel less cooped up.

    So for the LA update, I don't have much to add since my initial observations about lockdown behavior (panic buying followed by seeming cooperation by many). Gotta go out today and finalize the purchase of a new (used) car. My first meeting was the first business day after the lockdown. They seemed to understand that they should try to put into place some new protocols, but didn't understand exactly how to go about doing it. I'd like to think that I've influenced them a bit (for all I know I might be their only customer this week because I certainly didn't see anyone else in there that wasn't an employee). But when I showed up, did the test drive, then immediately got out a bottle of 90% isopropyl and wiped down my hands and phone I got a bit of a weird look followed by a dawning understanding that things were indeed changing.

    That was Monday. Yesterday I went back in to perform an inspection of the car while it was on a lift. The mechanic's shop was basically empty. Easily two dozen lifts and no work being done. The salesman had the paperwork ready for me to take home. There wasn't even much of an attempt to sell me on any extras except for an obligatory hey do you want an extended warranty? No? No problem here's the paperwork without it. Considering the extras are where they make the vast majority of their money, I'd characterize that whole sequence of events as unorthodox and noteworthy. On the one hand, I'd be astonished if I was their only buyer for the week. On the other hand, it kinda feels like that might be the case.

    Sorry if this post seems kind of all over the place. It's a bit of a long-winded way for me to explain how much of a ghost town it feels like right now. Which in a lot of ways I see as a good thing. We have a fairly robust economy in California and it has the potential of bouncing back here a bit more easily than in other places. But we have too high of a population for our medical system to handle this uninhibited. It makes much more perfect sense to me to take a hit now and bounce back later than to try to stick this out (as recommended by some of the more foolish of the administration) and end up with a much bigger hit down the road.

    And also, self isolation has been a way of life for me for a good long while. I'm an old hat at this. I like not feeling obligated to shake hands. I like everyone having to stay at least 6 feet away from me. I like that the roads are relatively empty when I do need to go out. I'm not a big fan of feeling like a germaphobe and bringing a bottle of isopropyl along for the ride, but many of the people I care about are at-risk and I'm completely on board with doing anything I can to keep them safe. Hell, I smoked for 20 years. I could use a bit of caution myself.

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  3. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    LA lockdown checking in... I had to go check out a car today. While that might not seem like an essential elsewhere, it's absolutely an essential here in LA. It's a long story, but I'm stuck in...

    LA lockdown checking in...

    I had to go check out a car today. While that might not seem like an essential elsewhere, it's absolutely an essential here in LA. It's a long story, but I'm stuck in the position of finding my first new car at a very odd time.

    That said, the lockdown seems to be going well here. It'll be at least another week before we start to see what sort of effect it's having. I'm suspecting an initial spike because there were a lot of people panic shopping (standing in long lines with tons of other people) on the last day before the lockdown took effect.

    But here's why I think it's going well: I drove through the 405/101 interchange at 5pm and again at 6pm going around 75 mph on average. For those unfamiliar with the area, that interchange is one of the most heavily trafficked interchanges in the country. Driving through there during rush hour, you're lucky to be going faster than 10mph. The traffic present today was mind blowingly low. Which tells me that people are taking heed, by and large. Sure, there were cars on the road and I was among them. But I have a good feeling that people here are trying their best.

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  4. Comment on California’s stay-at-home order is a legal mess in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yea the LA order had a good three and a half pages of exemptions listed, and many of them are sufficiently vague as to have a reasonable excuse to be out and about if you actually need to be. To...

    Yea the LA order had a good three and a half pages of exemptions listed, and many of them are sufficiently vague as to have a reasonable excuse to be out and about if you actually need to be. To an extent anyways. I feel like all of this was very rushed, especially the delivery. The vast majority of people I've talked to in the past 24 hours (which is way more people than I normally interact with in a day) had no concept of what was allowed an what wasn't. There was a run on the stores today, lines out the door (pretty much exactly what we don't want people doing -- standing in long lines together for hours on end) because there's a widespread impression that today is the last day I have to get stuff done! Just... awful delivery. I understand why it was rushed through, and I think the sooner the better with this sort of thing. But there is so much uncertainty and grey area. Best I can hope for is that everyone takes the weekend to sort through it all, settle in, and try their damnedest to be good to each other in spite of the chaotic emotions running rampant.

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  5. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Kinda freaking out today. California is now in a state of lockdown. And Los Angeles came out with their own version as well. I'm not as concerned about the lockdown itself (although the impact on...

    Kinda freaking out today. California is now in a state of lockdown. And Los Angeles came out with their own version as well. I'm not as concerned about the lockdown itself (although the impact on the economy is not going to be insignificant) as much as the effect on people. I've spent the past few hours talking to people I know who either think they won't be allowed to work, or who think they won't be allowed to leave the house whatsoever. Just talking to them about the list of exemptions, which is long, and helping to walk them through some of the emotional response.

    These are intelligent people, capable, and competent. They're my cultivated circle of people who I surround myself because of these qualities. And there are orders of magnitude more people who lack these qualities. How are they going to react? And then how are the police going to react to them?

    In the past week or so, the few times I've gone out I've observed a noticeable increase in human kindness. People talking to each other more openly (from a distance), sharing their stories, trying to alleviate their anxieties a bit by connecting with each other over the shared experience. I genuinely hope that this aspect takes the driver's seat in the coming days.

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  6. Comment on Build Build Build: When California’s housing crisis slammed into Lafayette, city manager Steve Falk became a convert to a radically simple doctrine in ~life

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    There are a ton of new apartment buildings popping up in the valley. It's largely due to subsidies to housing projects within a certain distance of mass transit lines. The massive downside to this...

    There are a ton of new apartment buildings popping up in the valley. It's largely due to subsidies to housing projects within a certain distance of mass transit lines. The massive downside to this is that 1) they're mostly "luxury" apartments in that they're modern construction and cost more than typical valley folks can afford 2) because of the same proximity to mass transit, they aren't required to put in as much parking as would be reasonable. So what happens is that in order to afford the places, people have to share units. And even if you do use mass transit in LA, you more than likely still need a car. So not only is parking becoming much more of a problem in the vicinity of these new apartments, road infrastructure is getting worse and worse without alleviation in sight.

    That said, I'm largely in favor of the new developments because I personally feel like the housing bubble will pop catastrophically at some point and those places will become a reasonable value. But it also feels a bit like kicking the can down the road. These developments are not solutions to the problems of now, they're eventual solutions to one facet without any mindfulness of consequences in the interim. And while I don't know the developers personally, I've talked to a few different people peripherally involved and am pretty convinced that the developments are not evolved with the plan of resolving issues, but with the single intention of making significantly more profit due to the subsidies involved.

    Basically, people voted in the measure to provide funding to low income housing projects along the mass transit lines as a method to alleviate potential homelessness. Somewhere along the lines, someone managed to warp the legislation to include $2000 studio apartments as being "low income". So for the time being, the massive number of new apartment complexes do not solve a single thing about homelessness and only manage to add more and more traffic to the areas they're plopped down in.

    This will all likely balance out in the long run, but I don't think it'll get better until it gets quite a worse first.

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  7. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I think of empathy more along the lines of allowing the experience or current emotional state of another to affect one's own experience or mental state (granted, it's limited to one's perception...

    I think of empathy more along the lines of allowing the experience or current emotional state of another to affect one's own experience or mental state (granted, it's limited to one's perception of another's state, which may or may not ring true). Probably even a bit more broadly than that. Basically the internalization of external frames of reference. The process of allowing oneself to be altered moment to moment by other consciousnesses around them can be boiled down to recognizing and responding to feelings, but I feel like there's a whole lot more to it than that.

    That whole mechanism can have a pretty large impact, good or bad or anywhere in between. And with the tightly-wound state of affairs of modern society, allowing such fundamental shifts can hit with a pretty heavy dose from time to time. Consequently, it becomes a necessity to escape, from time to time, the constant bombardment of the myriad external frames of reference that bear down on those who are susceptible to being affected by them. Whether that escape is through video games, drinking, hobbies, reading, tv, exercise... you name it, there's probably someone out there that uses a form of it as an escape.

    That's my take on it anyways. Probably not as much of an absolute as I presented it as, more like a working theory that only takes into account a small facet of behavior and tries to boil it down to a pithy statement for the hell of it.

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  8. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    You might be pleased to hear a not-all-mothers instance. My mom still plays vidya games. Mainly console RPGs, final fantasy, HZD, stuff like that. She just started playing witcher 3 last week....

    You might be pleased to hear a not-all-mothers instance. My mom still plays vidya games. Mainly console RPGs, final fantasy, HZD, stuff like that. She just started playing witcher 3 last week. She's in her late 60s, and learning new control schemes can be a bit slow, but damn if it isn't fun going through a game with her.

    She doesn't always play games though. I think she feels a little too engrossed by them and backs off for a while. Instead, she ends up watching detective shows that are difficult to describe in any way except "mind numbing". And she definitely can take games to the point of being mind numbing. She racks up hundreds of hours across multiple playthroughs of the same game, and it all pretty much runs on auto pilot. But at least it's an auto pilot that you engage with instead of passively zoning out at.

    Games are just another form of entertainment, another flavor of escapism. So I'll throw in my unpopular opinion at this point: Show me a person who has no need of escapism and I'll show you a person who lacks empathy. Because I honestly can't see how someone can live in this world, grapple with the challenges it presents, and not have the need to step away occasionally to give the echoes of bombardment a moment to fade into the distance.

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  9. Comment on What are the factors behind your motivation? in ~creative

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    I'm plagued by the same effect I think. My guess is that it has something to do with momentum. I build up a lot of momentum to get stuff done, but it all gets focused on work-related-stuff or...

    I'm plagued by the same effect I think. My guess is that it has something to do with momentum. I build up a lot of momentum to get stuff done, but it all gets focused on work-related-stuff or adulting-tasks. I have trouble building up the same kind of momentum for self-project type stuff because I don't feel the same external pressure to accomplish anything. I think it's probably a bit more complicated than that, but that's just my working theory so far.

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  10. Comment on What are the factors behind your motivation? in ~creative

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    I've been trying to better understand the cyclical nature of my own creative endeavors in order to better cultivate the factors that drive me forward, but they are more and more elusive the deeper...

    I've been trying to better understand the cyclical nature of my own creative endeavors in order to better cultivate the factors that drive me forward, but they are more and more elusive the deeper I go. So I'm hoping that it might help to hear from others.

    One thing I've noticed is that sharing my ambitions seems to dissolve the motivation to achieve them. So perhaps my drive is based around surprising people with something new. Or it could also be that perceived expectation is a significant demotivator for me.

    I think my cycle is largely seasonal. Winter seems to be a typical low point for me creatively, somewhat of a gestation period where I can consume a lot of creative work from others and just quietly stew on themes. Spring is typically a major work season for me, and even though my creativity builds significantly, I can rarely find the time to put forth the effort until work calms down a bit. Summer is the big one for me. I hide from work (heat exhaustion/heat stroke is a nemesis of mine, and I try to spend as much of the summer indoors as possible) and consequently have a good deal of both free time and motivation built up. This past summer's creative spurt managed to bleed all the way up through November, and I had a pretty good run of both creating a lot and learning a lot.

    That cycle isn't always the same though. Timing and intensity various significantly. Sometimes, there's no real creativity. Depressive episodes can wreak havoc anywhere along the timeline and throw a wrench in the works. But I seem to have largely gotten a handle on the worst of that. Hopefully. At this point, I'd like to see if I can at least get a repeat of last year, and maybe exert a little more control over the output and see if I can string myself along a little longer.

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  11. What are the factors behind your motivation?

    What drives you to create or do something new? Even seemingly straightforward motivations can have a pretty complex interaction of history and emotion behind the scenes. What are the rates at...

    What drives you to create or do something new? Even seemingly straightforward motivations can have a pretty complex interaction of history and emotion behind the scenes.
    What are the rates at which your motivation waxes and wanes? Does it come and go in a matter of days, weeks, or months? Or does it stay fairly consistent?
    What steps would you take with the factors in an effort to increase your motivation?

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  12. Comment on Friend's Computer is Cutting Power Randomly in ~tech

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    I had an issue over the summer of getting random power cycles that slowly increased in frequency as I tried to track down the source over the course of about a month and a half of isolating...

    I had an issue over the summer of getting random power cycles that slowly increased in frequency as I tried to track down the source over the course of about a month and a half of isolating different factors. Rebuilding the windows image became a daily routine.

    the tldr of it all was that it ended up being a buggy-as-hell audio driver that an audio plugin installed. iirc the only sign of the driver not working correctly was a minor warning (not even an error) in event viewer. The reason it took me so long to find was because it was reported so infrequently that it got lost in the noise of all the other mundane warnings that happen as a matter of course.

    So, in addition to all of the hardware related things you're trying, don't forget software.

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  13. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Thanks for the tips! I'll be hanging on to these for reference.

    Thanks for the tips! I'll be hanging on to these for reference.

  14. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Thanks! I just finished the third one last night! I'm still feeling giddy from having finished it. That was a fun project.

    Thanks! I just finished the third one last night! I'm still feeling giddy from having finished it. That was a fun project.

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  15. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    That's awesome! Sounds like a hell of an undertaking. I've been wanting to get into casting a bit using 3d printing, lost wax, silicone, and eventually get to the point that I can make metal...

    That's awesome! Sounds like a hell of an undertaking. I've been wanting to get into casting a bit using 3d printing, lost wax, silicone, and eventually get to the point that I can make metal components for art pieces. Just a matter of tooling up at some point for it.

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  16. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Haven't been around in a while, but it's good to see creative is still around and kicking! I haven't really checked in much since we were trying to do weekly competitions here sometime last...

    Haven't been around in a while, but it's good to see creative is still around and kicking! I haven't really checked in much since we were trying to do weekly competitions here sometime last summer.

    I've been getting back into making videos recently after a short break (mostly due to work). I'm also trying to get my glass shop back in working order. So I figured I'd combine the two and do a series I started calling Shop Scrub.

    If anyone would like to check out the finished ones, here are the youtube links.
    Shop Scrub 1 (4:49)
    Shop Scrub 2 (4:44)

    I've been chugging away working on the third one for almost 3 weeks now. The first couple are under five minutes and mainly consist of me moving a bunch of crap around and sweeping, but time warp style. The one I'm working on now is already coming out at over 20 minutes long and I'm not even done filming yet. It's not so much moving boxes around as it is about fixing up one of my beloved hand tools for glass work. I definitely feel like it got away from me though. It was never supposed to be this long, it just ended up taking on a life of its own.

    It's been a hell of an undertaking for me and I've learned a lot from making this episode so far, but I'm honestly really looking forward to getting back and doing some short 1-2 day edits and getting outside away from the computer a bit.

    (Also, I'm an idiot and accidentally posted this in the November 2018 thread. I shamefully removed it, and am now shamelessly reposting in the correct thread.)

    Edit: the third one is finished! Shop Scrub 3 (28 minutes)

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  17. Comment on Inktober in ~creative

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    I want to do short videos for each day then compile them at the end of the month. Unfortunately, work got the better of me last week and I didn't have the energy to keep with it. If I have a...

    I want to do short videos for each day then compile them at the end of the month. Unfortunately, work got the better of me last week and I didn't have the energy to keep with it. If I have a chance to catch up a bit, I'll add them to the playlist, so hopefully the link should work for the duration until I make the full compilation video.

    Inktober 2018 Playlist

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  18. Comment on Made this for a creative challenge themed around "Change" -- The best way to knock over a coin tower in ~creative

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    I started making this about a month ago. The tower itself took about 12 hours. Then I let it sit in my room for a month while I tried to figure out what exactly to do with it. Hope it's...

    I started making this about a month ago. The tower itself took about 12 hours. Then I let it sit in my room for a month while I tried to figure out what exactly to do with it. Hope it's entertaining. As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated!

  19. Comment on Kids can't use computers in ~tech

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    I was using that as an example to point out that the issue isn't limited to a single field. But to expand on the example a bit, I would argue that glass permeates our lives to a greater extent...

    I was using that as an example to point out that the issue isn't limited to a single field.

    But to expand on the example a bit, I would argue that glass permeates our lives to a greater extent than technology, as I see technology as an extension of glass. It's a material with diverse qualities and uses. Our current level of technology would not be possible without its vitreous virtues. When we look into space, we do so through a lens of ground and polished glass. When we mix acids, we use vessels of silicate. We correct our vision, tap our screens, drink our wine, give ourselves views through a wall, then fill the wall with insulation to maintain stable temperatures. We see ourselves preening in metallic reflections, and send vast amounts of data over wires made of monofilament.

    Glass is able to hold it's form without corrosion for extremely long periods of time (stained glass slumping is a myth), yet it's our very interaction with it that necessitates our maintenance of it. Screens break, mirrors crack, windshields chip, lenses scratch. It all wears out because we use it.

    But that's really all a bunch of unnecessary glorification (honestly, I was just kinda having fun writing that). The fact of the matter is, when something breaks, whether it's a glass cup, an operating system, an alternator, a concrete slab, or the telephone line that's been acting up a lot recently, someone is there to fix it. Or at the very least, create a new one. And when you combine someone uninformed in desperate need of a solution with someone who is able to provide a solution, it doesn't always work out as a picturesque exchange of needs.

    The point is this: People take interest in things and pursue them. Some people pursue the understanding of technology. Others might not be as interested. But that doesn't mean they won't need to use it from time to time. We live in a society of highly specialized fields, and no one, no one should expect everyone else to have the same level of interest and understanding in the things they care about just because they think it's important. Because how is everybody supposed to understand everything? Hell, even just one person understanding everything is patently unbelievable.

    The author might be a wiz when it comes to tech, but are they a wiz at building houses? Or working on their car? Or maintaining the water purification plant that provides them with drinkable tap? Or legislating? Keeping their garden healthy, researching cancer treatments, teaching languages, binding books, welding steel, mining precious metals?

    They might be somewhat skilled at any of those things. But knowledgeable and proficient in all of them? Nobody should expect to be able to understand those things on a specialist's level within a single lifetime.

    Sorry if this comes off as ranty. This article just really rubbed me the wrong way.

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