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  1. Comment on Christian Couple Posed As Orthodox Jews To Convert Neighbors in ~news

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    I think we're splitting hairs. I simply said religion is about spirituality and I think the rest of your point attributes negativity to religion that it shouldn't have, because if you attach blame...

    I think we're splitting hairs. I simply said religion is about spirituality and I think the rest of your point attributes negativity to religion that it shouldn't have, because if you attach blame for bad actions on "religion" then you're taking blame away from the place where it should be: humans.

    Religion is nothing more than yet another example of baser human nature taking something that is potentially beautiful (one's spiritual connection to the world around us) and abusing it to the point that it little resembles the ideals from which it sprang. One can see this with almost every tool or useful creation humans have made, ever; at some point everything is abused mercilessly to kill, steal, cheat, or otherwise harm other people. There's nothing intrinsic to "religion" that makes it bad; the intrinsic badness is within humans.

    If there were no religion in the world, we would be just as fucked up as we are right now, we'd just be fucked up about other things.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Christian Couple Posed As Orthodox Jews To Convert Neighbors in ~news

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    Religions are for spirituality in the same way that computers are for, well, computing. That is their reason to be, but they are often used for other things because people misuse things for their...

    Religions are for spirituality in the same way that computers are for, well, computing. That is their reason to be, but they are often used for other things because people misuse things for their own ends all the time.

    The fact that humans abuse everything for power doesn't mean that the reasons those things have to exist are false.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    Water, coffee, and coke Zero are the drinks I drink most.

    Water, coffee, and coke Zero are the drinks I drink most.

  4. Comment on ~all? in ~tildes

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    That makes me feel better.

    That makes me feel better.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on ~all? in ~tildes

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    What's my monthly Tildes donation going towards if you're not living the high life, my friend? ;)

    excludes anything tagged with "switch" (since I don't have one)

    What's my monthly Tildes donation going towards if you're not living the high life, my friend? ;)

    6 votes
  6. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    I read about intermittent fasting a few times, and have somewhat adopted my routine to it, as it was close to what I was already doing. no eating before 11am no eating after 8pm I have paired this...

    I read about intermittent fasting a few times, and have somewhat adopted my routine to it, as it was close to what I was already doing.

    • no eating before 11am
    • no eating after 8pm

    I have paired this with:

    • non-alcoholic drinks shouldn't have calories
    • reduce the amount of alcoholic drinks

    I don't always stick to it on weekends; if there are circumstances that might lead me to break the routine, that's okay, such as a mother's day brunch or a late dinner for a party.

    It has been relatively effective for me, but I think that at least part of it is that I only really have time for two meals between 11 and 8; my caloric intake tends to hover right around 1800 - 2200, which is very good for me as I'm pretty active, and this puts me at a deficit of about 1/2 kg per week.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on World of Warcraft Classic goes live worldwide August 27 in ~games

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    You are not going to do raids in classic if you're "a casual". You need to be in a raiding guild to raid. There is no tool to automatically find people, or to queue up and join, so you need to...

    You are not going to do raids in classic if you're "a casual".

    You need to be in a raiding guild to raid. There is no tool to automatically find people, or to queue up and join, so you need to find and maintain a relationship with a raiding guild. If you don't have the right schedule, or if you're flakey and don't show up, or if you're bad or rude or if the officers just don't like you you're going to get removed. Also, there has to be a raiding guild on your realm; there's no cross-realm playing or anything like that, and no tools to find guilds across other realms to play with.

    You need to become attuned for many raids. This means there is a quest line which is often difficult and requires a group to do. These quests are not necessarily mechanically difficult, but may require a significant amount of time to complete; some parts may take 6 or more hours and will need to be complete at one time.

    You need to acquire the proper gear. A lot of gear has particular damage reduction, which you'll need if you want to be invited. This means grinding for particular pieces a lot. This may mean weekly or daily clears of a particular dungeon for a particular piece.

    Classic raiding is not really achievable for casual players, which is why so many of the quality of life changes have been added over time. If you want to raid now, you click a button and you are raiding. It's care-bear raiding, but at least you can do it, with none of the other requirements, and it's about as mechanically difficult as old school raids were. And you have the option to actually put time and effort in and join a guild that clears content, since clearing the Heroic versions of raids is not particularly challenging, and there are ways to find people that were previously not available.

  8. Comment on The Voynich Manuscript may have successfully been decoded in ~humanities

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    Of interest is the Abstract of this article, which I will post here in full: Manuscript MS408 (Voynich) is unusual in a number of respects: 1. It uses an extinct language. 2. Its alphabet uses a...

    Of interest is the Abstract of this article, which I will post here in full:

    Manuscript MS408 (Voynich) is unusual in a number of respects: 1. It uses an extinct language. 2. Its alphabet uses a number of unfamiliar symbols alongside more familiar symbols. 3. It includes no dedicated punctuation marks. 4. Some of the letters have symbol variants to indicate punctuation. 5. Some of the symbol variants indicate phonetic accents. 6. All of the letters are in lower case. 7. There are no double consonants. 8. It includes diphthong, triphthongs, quadriphthongs and even quintiphthongs for the abbreviation of phonetic components. 9. It includes some words and abbreviations in Latin. As a result, identifying the language and solving the writing system required some ingenuity and lateral thinking, but both were duly revealed. The writing system is rather more singular and less intuitive than modern systems, which may explain why it failed to become culturally ubiquitous and ultimately became obsolete. On the other hand, a significant vestige of the language has survived into the modern era, because its lexicon has been sequestered into the many modern languages of Mediterranean Europe. Here, the language and writing system are explained, so that other scholars can explore the manuscript for its linguistic and informative content.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on World of Warcraft Classic goes live worldwide August 27 in ~games

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    I'm not usually one to appeal to my own authority, but: I'm a mod at r/wow and I've been involved in the WoW community for a number of years. I'm not an expert, but I think I have a good feel for...

    I'm not usually one to appeal to my own authority, but: I'm a mod at r/wow and I've been involved in the WoW community for a number of years. I'm not an expert, but I think I have a good feel for the community; at least of the 1million or so people who make up r/wow, and the surrounding related subreddits.

    I would guess that this will be fairly successful. There are a lot of people who fondly recall Classic WoW, and also a large number of people who played on Nostalrius (a huge Classic Private Server). Generally, most players / community members are moderately excited about Classic.

    I think that there is a significant number of people who started playing at or around the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Those people are probably not going to enjoy Classic WoW. The game at that point was really about grinding through things, and there have been a plethora of conveniences added to the game; if you've only experienced the game with those added conveniences, I think it would be difficult to not have them. They've also experienced a game that at the top end had much more depth than classic, where raids mostly amounted to the cat-herding-esque task of getting 40 people to show up at the same time and head in approximately the same direction, while doing one or two simple mechanics. Raids have evolved to be much more mechanically complex, and WoW has really turned into a game in support of the raids that they create. Classic was certainly more world-oriented, and also quite PvP oriented.

    It'll be interesting to see how the two co-exist. I'm going to be playing (I think my guild is going to form a vanilla guild of all rogues, with maybe a couple of healers) and I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also cognizant of the fact that I'm not going to be raiding, grinding pvp titles, or really doing much if its going to take a hundred hours to get anywhere... but the joy of WoW (classic or otherwise) is that you don't have to go anywhere or have plans. You can just play in a pretty big, open world.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on The end of our first campaign in ~games

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    That map is amazing! I've been in a game that's been going for well over a year, and I don't think we're super close to finishing. It's pretty awesome to find a great game to be a part of! Are you...

    That map is amazing!

    I've been in a game that's been going for well over a year, and I don't think we're super close to finishing. It's pretty awesome to find a great game to be a part of!

    Are you guys going to continue? Any thoughts about stepping into the DM shoes?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Tool performed two new songs live yesterday: "Descending" and "Invincible" in ~music

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    Oh, I must have rewritten and omitted a sentence - Billy Talent was definitely there and was superlatively good. Gob + Bif Naked + Billy Talent were the three that I meant put on great shows. One...

    Oh, I must have rewritten and omitted a sentence - Billy Talent was definitely there and was superlatively good.

    Gob + Bif Naked + Billy Talent were the three that I meant put on great shows.

    One of the times while watching Tool Danny Carey did an extended introduction to Eulogy. It was probably the best and most virtuousic performance I've ever seen. I definitely recommend seeing them again if you can.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Tool performed two new songs live yesterday: "Descending" and "Invincible" in ~music

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    That Edgefest was the worst I'd seen Tool - something was definitely off with them. If that's your only Tool concert, I'd strongly urge seeing them again if possible. I think at least 3 of my top...

    That Edgefest was the worst I'd seen Tool - something was definitely off with them. If that's your only Tool concert, I'd strongly urge seeing them again if possible. I think at least 3 of my top 10 concerts are Tool concerts, once with Meshuggah opening, which was outstanding.

    The rest of that Edgefest was pretty great, but if I recall, it was Gob and Bif Naked that played with them; all three of those bands put on great shows.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I think Keanu Reeves is actually a pretty good actor - not great, but good. I think that you can see this in some other things he is in - John Wick, Constantine, To The Bone. I think they...

    I think Keanu Reeves is actually a pretty good actor - not great, but good. I think that you can see this in some other things he is in - John Wick, Constantine, To The Bone. I think they generally required him to have that stilted "Neo" face on most of the time. Even in the first Matrix movie, I think he did a pretty good job in the transition from Mr. Anderson to Neo - Mr. Anderson freaks out when he loses his mouth, and is clearly terrified, he freaks out when the bug thing is real, but he transitions into Neo and starts acting less real as a person, despite the fact that he is more real.

    I've probably overthought that.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I was deeply let down by Cloud Atlas. It was certainly beautiful though, and there are some scenes that were great. Maybe I'd had too many people recommend it saying, "You will love this movie"...

    I was deeply let down by Cloud Atlas. It was certainly beautiful though, and there are some scenes that were great. Maybe I'd had too many people recommend it saying, "You will love this movie" and it just couldn't live up to the expectations that I had.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I enjoyed Ex Machina quite a lot. There's something about Domhnall Gleeson that I always enjoy, and I'll watch just about anything with him in it. Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac are also great in...

    I enjoyed Ex Machina quite a lot. There's something about Domhnall Gleeson that I always enjoy, and I'll watch just about anything with him in it. Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac are also great in this movie, and I really enjoy the general topic - artifical life - and how everything played out. The pacing, the attention to detail, the acting, the script, the sets, the cinematography - I liked all of it.

    I definitely recommend giving it a watch!

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Why I'm not collaborating with Kenneth Reitz in ~comp

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    There was an update about Requests which was shortly thereafter removed.

    There was an update about Requests which was shortly thereafter removed.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Conservatives want Catholic bishops to denounce pope as heretic in ~humanities

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    Precluding the Lumen Gentium by about 100 years, we have Papal Infallibility, which dictates that not only is the Pope incapable of being incorrect on this matter, the mere idea of the Pope being...

    Precluding the Lumen Gentium by about 100 years, we have Papal Infallibility, which dictates that not only is the Pope incapable of being incorrect on this matter, the mere idea of the Pope being capable of being incorrect is itself heretical.

    So... there's heresy here, but it's the guys who say that the Pope is wrong.