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  1. Comment on Can gravity batteries solve our energy storage problems? in ~enviro

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    I just wanted to let you know that I immediately understood what you were saying / doing with your response and also enjoyed the article.

    I just wanted to let you know that I immediately understood what you were saying / doing with your response and also enjoyed the article.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Bought a house! And fixed this house up for selling.

    Bought a house! And fixed this house up for selling.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on When will we learn? in ~comp

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    There is a drew devault tag; I recommend using it and then just filtering out these articles. I only saw this one because it wasn't tagged originally, and I added the tag.

    There is a drew devault tag; I recommend using it and then just filtering out these articles. I only saw this one because it wasn't tagged originally, and I added the tag.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    I have sent it to several people as well, thus bringing our interaction full circle.

    I have sent it to several people as well, thus bringing our interaction full circle.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    That was my initial response to the concept, and the article does a good job of summarizing the exact reaction that I went through internally:

    That was my initial response to the concept, and the article does a good job of summarizing the exact reaction that I went through internally:

    In every instance, the reactions were pretty much the same:

    “What?”

    “How would that even work?”

    "What?"

    “Who asked for this???”

    “What???"

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    Excuse me, what the fuck.

    Excuse me, what the fuck.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Looking for a Simple WYSIWYG Editor for my Blog in ~comp

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    No problem. And I think bauke and I are both underselling it - this is very likely what you need. I wouldn't quite call it "industry standard" but it is quite close, and is very full featured. The...

    No problem. And I think bauke and I are both underselling it - this is very likely what you need. I wouldn't quite call it "industry standard" but it is quite close, and is very full featured.

    The other solution might be a Markdown editor like SimpleMDE but I haven't used that one and am not endorsing it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Looking for a Simple WYSIWYG Editor for my Blog in ~comp

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    As @bauke said I think that's only for their cloud version - I believe their source is on GitHub if you'd prefer and it can be installed in a variety of other ways.

    As @bauke said I think that's only for their cloud version - I believe their source is on GitHub if you'd prefer and it can be installed in a variety of other ways.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    We are gearing up to either sell and move, or to just enjoy our house more, so I did a number of small home improvement projects: power washed the back patio area. Next weekend, likely the back...

    We are gearing up to either sell and move, or to just enjoy our house more, so I did a number of small home improvement projects:

    • power washed the back patio area. Next weekend, likely the back deck.
    • spackled some areas that needed some drywall updates in our hallways
    • sanded and primed some new drywall in our downstairs bathroom
    • sanded the upstairs bathroom's ceiling, respackled and sanded a wall, did "drywall primer" coat for the wall
    • removed and reapplied caulking in various places (around bathroom sinks, in some wall cracks, a few areas outside

    Next weekend, I'll likely add a primer intended for anti-mildew in bathrooms for both bathrooms, and then the following weekend I'll repaint everything.

    It wasn't an incredible amount of work, but it filled up several hours on both weekend days. I'm not usually very clumsy when doing stuff like this, but I have a half dozen cuts on my hands, which are actually bothering me a fair amount today while typing especially the cuts on both index fingers.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is out now! in ~games

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    Have you played previous releases of the game?

    Have you played previous releases of the game?

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Happy 4th Birthday, Tildes! in ~tildes

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    I don't participate that much in any link aggregator or social site at this point, but it's still amazing that this place is 4 years old. I think it's one of the better places on the internet.

    I don't participate that much in any link aggregator or social site at this point, but it's still amazing that this place is 4 years old. I think it's one of the better places on the internet.

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

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    This made me legitimately smile (context). Introducing someone to game that they have enjoyed, and then seeing them speak up and help better than I would have - that's a good feeling.

    Hi. Experienced E:D player here.

    This made me legitimately smile (context). Introducing someone to game that they have enjoyed, and then seeing them speak up and help better than I would have - that's a good feeling.

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

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    Video Games: Satisfactory - playing with my son and daughter, and we have made an unholy and yet delightful mess. My kids like to make games within games in any kind of sandbox game - we've got...

    Video Games: Satisfactory - playing with my son and daughter, and we have made an unholy and yet delightful mess. My kids like to make games within games in any kind of sandbox game - we've got them in Terraria and Valheim and Hydroneer - and in Satisfactory, we've made a place to duel, and an enormous slide. We've mostly completed Tier 5 / 6 other than unlocking the next Tiers.

    Beat Saber - I picked up the Linkin Park pack, and it's quite good. I haven't picked up Fallout Boy yet, but likely will. I've got a handle on Expert, and have tried out Expert+ but I'm still not at that level.

    Board Games - Smash Up has been the game of the week. My younger daughter and son both enjoy it, and we've been played 3 games this week. It is... not the greatest game, but at least it's something other than Catan and Splendour.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Beat Saber thread in ~games

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    I will probably pick up FOB and will check out Linkin Park. I already had that on my list from a previous comment I read here somewhere, likely from you. I also have Skrillex shortlisted, and my...

    I will probably pick up FOB and will check out Linkin Park. I already had that on my list from a previous comment I read here somewhere, likely from you. I also have Skrillex shortlisted, and my daughter has put Billie Eilish on the list too.

    (aside: oh yes, it is one of the comments in the link you shared)

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Beat Saber thread in ~games

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    I have an Oculus Quest 2 and it plays quite well. Bang for buck, it's hard to beat the Quest 2, IMO, but you do have to deal with Facebook/Meta, so it's a dealbreaker for some.

    I have an Oculus Quest 2 and it plays quite well. Bang for buck, it's hard to beat the Quest 2, IMO, but you do have to deal with Facebook/Meta, so it's a dealbreaker for some.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Beat Saber thread in ~games

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    I have been playing - I play on Expert only so far. My foray into Expert+ has not been met with much success. I haven't really been doing too much with the modifiers either. It's great fun,...

    I have been playing - I play on Expert only so far. My foray into Expert+ has not been met with much success. I haven't really been doing too much with the modifiers either. It's great fun, though! I haven't picked up Fall Out Boy, but I greatly enjoyed both Gaga and Green Day. I found Imagine Dragons to be a bit blah, but my kids really wanted that one, so those are the three that I own.

    I did get the updated free music pack when it came out and I love the mechanic where you have to follow the line between cuts.

    I hope your VR arcade works out!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    I think my wife has something similar. Some scents just cause her to have a headache and need to lay down for a bit. As such, it's been a bit of a blessing for her to be working from home for a...

    I think my wife has something similar. Some scents just cause her to have a headache and need to lay down for a bit. As such, it's been a bit of a blessing for her to be working from home for a while.

    I don’t bring it up often because people, even well-meaning ones, seem to think that it’s more of a preference than an actual condition. At worst I get a sort of “precious little snowflake” treatment, which is infuriating.

    This really resonated with me and also grinds my gears. I think that it shows a basic lack of empathy. In addition to the bison thing I shared above, I have a much milder but still significant oral allergy to peanuts and some legumes. No anaphylaxis or anything - I don't have an epipen - but I had a friend who simply didn't believe me. One time he revealed that he didn't believe me and had given me a bunch of peanut oil in dishes when we were kids, and it messed up my brain, because I had a lot of digestive problems and didn't put two and two together - that friend was basically poisoning me, because he felt like it showed that I was lying or something when I didn't have an immediate reaction, but in reality he just gave me diarrhea however many times. At the time, we didn't have the "oh special snowflake" phrase, but it was exactly that personified.

    There's a particular person who is not really in our lives anymore - another minor Covid blessing - who would do the same with my wife. He'd wear a scent when he knew she was going to be around, and then if she didn't react to it, he would spring a "ha, gotcha" sort of comment on her. But as with your issue, it's not all scents; some are fine, and some aren't.

    I don't understand what people like this get out of it. I don't understand why the default isn't "I hear what you're saying and I will do what I can to not [wear fragrances] [cook with peanuts] [other behaviour] because I value you."

    Anyways, this is the much more calmed down version of what I started writing the first time I read your comment. I identified with it so much that it made me quite angry!

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    I don't know if there's anything closer to domestic cattle than Bison; though I'm not a biologist, they're both in the Bovinae subgroup of the Bovidae family, so I think they're very close. That...

    I don't know if there's anything closer to domestic cattle than Bison; though I'm not a biologist, they're both in the Bovinae subgroup of the Bovidae family, so I think they're very close. That said, I don't think I've had anything else from the same family, as far as I know. I am careful about other bovids and cervids. I haven't heard if trying them would sensitize me to beef - that would make me sad, mostly for steaks. I could lose just about all other beef products and replace them with something else, but I would miss steak if I was sensitized to beef.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    Math degree here, now a web developer, primarily learned in a self-directed way. I do know lots of people in the same mold - different degree and switched, or no degree and picked it up.

    Math degree here, now a web developer, primarily learned in a self-directed way. I do know lots of people in the same mold - different degree and switched, or no degree and picked it up.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What’s something about you that people don’t often believe is true? in ~talk

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    I'm allergic to bison. "Well, how do you know?" I had bison and then had a bad reaction, and then later had bison again and had a bad reaction. And every time I've had bison, I've had a terrible...

    I'm allergic to bison.

    "Well, how do you know?" I had bison and then had a bad reaction, and then later had bison again and had a bad reaction. And every time I've had bison, I've had a terrible reaction.

    "Are you sure it's bison? I've never heard of that!" Yes. I am sure.

    "How do you even test for that?" Well, you eat some bison, and then vomit and shit your guts out for several hours while getting hives. There's no allergen test for it.

    "Have you gone to your doctor about it?" Yes. She said, "don't eat bison. You're allergic to it."

    "Why have you eaten bison?" I like meat. I presumed I'd like bison. I feel like it's tasty, but I can actually taste it distinctly from beef now, and it tastes like "oh crap I'm about to have a reaction".

    22 votes