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  1. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    I remembered Charles' Rules after I posted about Bernie dropping out. After the first absolute shitshow of a comment, I just ignored the post and left it. I won't submit more political things, but...

    I remembered Charles' Rules after I posted about Bernie dropping out. After the first absolute shitshow of a comment, I just ignored the post and left it. I won't submit more political things, but that one seemed important, and nobody had brought it up yet.

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  2. Comment on Tildes' Game Backlog Burner Event: Week 1 Update Thread in ~games

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    I'm kinda doing my own thing - trying out (not getting through) at least one game from each of the last 12 humble monthly bundles, and reporting in on them - but that kind of keeps in line with...

    I'm kinda doing my own thing - trying out (not getting through) at least one game from each of the last 12 humble monthly bundles, and reporting in on them - but that kind of keeps in line with your focuses for this week.

    Week 1

    • Northgard April 2019 - I summed it up here in the first thread but if anyone doesn't want to click, here's the tl;dr - it's a fun RTS with vikings. It has been easy to get into for someone who hasn't played many RTS games in the last 15 years. I will continue playing this. 9/10
    • Wandersong May 2019 - previous comment - a cute platformer that I played for half an hour and then deleted. Cool concept, but there are better sidescrolling platform games. 5/10
    • 911 Operator June 2019 - You play as a 911 Operator; you have to route police officers, paramedics, and firemen to different calls that you receive. When I logged in, it offered to put me in my home city, which was kind of cool. It doesn't seem particularly difficult on start, but I sense that it could get pretty hectic pretty quickly. I found it enjoyable; I'll probably casually play it, but I don't know how in-depth I'd go with it. Cool concept, graphics are simple but effective, giving me a home map felt cool. 7/10
    • Love is Dead July 2019 - It is the apocalypse; you are a zombie. Everyone is a zombie! You must reunite with your lover (a zombie) and find your pets (guess what, zombies). Each level is a puzzle where you have to find how to get to your lover. The puzzles haven't gotten particularly difficult, but there's extra items to find in each one. The graphics are simple, the controls are very easy, the story is sweet. I will probably play this one or two more times. 6/10

    I'm 1/3 of the way through my goal, so this should be a cakewalk. ;)

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    Some more articles on the topic: CNN's article Washington Post's article Vox' Article I think everyone saw this coming for a while, but I believe it is now officially going to be Trump vs. Biden...

    Some more articles on the topic:

    I think everyone saw this coming for a while, but I believe it is now officially going to be Trump vs. Biden come November.

    Good luck, southern neighbours.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'll admit I laughed at the seasonally and situationally appropriate passover joke. Edit: but, like, one of those, ha ha ha ha omg too real sort of laughs.

    I'll admit I laughed at the seasonally and situationally appropriate passover joke.

    Edit: but, like, one of those, ha ha ha ha omg too real sort of laughs.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Microsoft buys Corp.com so bad guys can’t in ~tech

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    I'm saying that releasing patches for bugs won't fix this problem, and Microsoft knows that, so they had to make this purchase anyways, if they're going to be responsible. And since they have to...

    I'm saying that releasing patches for bugs won't fix this problem, and Microsoft knows that, so they had to make this purchase anyways, if they're going to be responsible. And since they have to make the responsible choice and make this purchase, it becomes too expensive to also do the software fix, especially for old, unsupported software.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Microsoft buys Corp.com so bad guys can’t in ~tech

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    All the software that has this happening is software that is well beyond end of life. If people aren't updating for "literally anything could break and nobody will help you" then they're not going...

    All the software that has this happening is software that is well beyond end of life. If people aren't updating for "literally anything could break and nobody will help you" then they're not going to update based on something they don't understand, like this bug.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Death to decluttering: Why I’m saying no to isolation to-do lists in ~life

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    It's not crazy to have time to do some of the things that have been put off for a long time. I've been doing a lot of home improvement projects, and one of the main reasons is that we're stuck in...

    It's not crazy to have time to do some of the things that have been put off for a long time. I've been doing a lot of home improvement projects, and one of the main reasons is that we're stuck in the fucking house so I want it to be in the best possible shape.

    I appreciate that a mother of two is going to have a crazy time right now - as a father of three, that resonates deeply - but this article is just as bad as the ones saying that if you don't come out of the pandemic with a new skill, you just lacked discipline.

    There is not one answer to this. We're all in this together, but we have 7 billion different stories about how we're handling it together. We need to stop judging the way the other people are going through things.

    Here's my take on a different approach to an article. It's just the highlights:

    • Are you doing a thing that is making your isolation time easier for you? Good!
    • the end.
    10 votes
  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    To be clear, I fully understand that you're doing this to try to be positive, and I appreciate that. That said, I am trying to encourage you to reconsider your position about telling people to go...

    To be clear, I fully understand that you're doing this to try to be positive, and I appreciate that.

    That said, I am trying to encourage you to reconsider your position about telling people to go out. Many people are electing to stay home for a variety of reasons, and I don't think it's actually a good idea to encourage anyone to go out who has made the decision to stay at home; if someone has made that decision, it's for a reason, and there's valid reasons, just about anywhere in the world, to cut out things like Disc Golf, which is a very minor thing to cut out of one's schedule.

    To get to your underlying point - we are ensuring that we go outside every day, and get in an abundance of physical activity. We're staying sane; instead of going out and throwing a quick 18, I've been lifting weights in the backyard, and doing yardwork. It's not as good, but it's not so bad.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as COVID-19 symptoms persist in ~news

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    I hope he recovers quickly. One of the best assets a country can have is someone with intimate knowledge of how awful things are, who has the power to make change.

    I hope he recovers quickly. One of the best assets a country can have is someone with intimate knowledge of how awful things are, who has the power to make change.

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

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    I'm disinterested in arguing the vagaries of how the virus can be passed, but I'd like to suggest that if someone has made a decision to isolate and brings that up online, that it's really...

    I'm disinterested in arguing the vagaries of how the virus can be passed, but I'd like to suggest that if someone has made a decision to isolate and brings that up online, that it's really destructive to try to encourage that person to go out and do stuff. You know absolutely nothing about me, or the reasons that I came to the decision that I did to stop going out to play disc golf, so just arguing for going out is really reckless behaviour. Maybe I elected to not go out and play disc golf because I'm in the midst of a particularly hard hit area, or maybe I'm caring for people who are particularly high risk or am particularly high risk myself. Maybe it's because I'm cuckoo bananas and paranoid. But either way, I don't think now is the time to be encouraging people to go back to things that they have elected to give up in the face of a global pandemic.

    If I had said something like "I am not disc golfing, and everyone who is doing it is a moron" then by all means I would expect someone to take umbrage with that and correct the statement - it's a relatively low risk activity, as you've said. But since I'm clearly not advocating for everyone to stay home, why try to pick at this? It's really just fomenting discord for no reason.

    For what it's worth, if you've deemed that it's safe for you and yours to go out disc golfing, that's great, and I'm envious of the position you find yourself in. I wish that I was in a place where I was making the same decision. I'm not.

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

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    I feel like this is a disingenuous question, as the answer is obvious: I'm not disc golfing because there is a global pandemic.

    I feel like this is a disingenuous question, as the answer is obvious: I'm not disc golfing because there is a global pandemic.

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

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    Disc Golf Valley is a game that I've picked up to fill that Disc Golf shaped hole in my weekly activities. I would typically go out 2 - 3 times in a week, but now I'm going out 0 times in a week,...

    Disc Golf Valley is a game that I've picked up to fill that Disc Golf shaped hole in my weekly activities. I would typically go out 2 - 3 times in a week, but now I'm going out 0 times in a week, and will be for the foreseeable future. I also got it for two of my kids, including my son who is a Disc Golf fanatic (probably as an extension of him being a "Dad" fanatic). We've got a little mini league set up, and we spend some time playing together (5 - 10 min) each day.

    I also tried out Northgard, which I talked about in the Tildes Backlog Burner. I have played a bit more since my post on it. I'm not a huge RTS person, but I have been enjoying this quite a bit. The little vikings are pretty cute, and the combat is easy to understand. The resource management is simple and fairly intuitive, and the story in story mode has been good so far, though I'm only up to the third map. It looks like it's still getting updates, too, so it's not a dead game. I would recommend picking this up if you'd like to dip a toe into RTS games but otherwise haven't really been into them much since Warcraft 3. In fact, I'd pick it up before WC III remastered.

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  13. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I built a work station / standing desk for my office. I'll use it occasionally during the day, to be standing instead of sitting. It worked out fairly well; it's just plywood and 2x4 because...

    I built a work station / standing desk for my office. I'll use it occasionally during the day, to be standing instead of sitting. It worked out fairly well; it's just plywood and 2x4 because that's what I had just laying around, so it's not particularly pretty, and the top probably needs to be reinforced if I'm going to leave things on top, but overall I'm fairly happy with it.

    I bought groceries for my house (5 people) my sister's house (2 people) and my parent's house (2 people) and delivered them. When delivering to my parents (who are both about 70), I brought my whole family. My parents live out in the country, and we haven't seen them in three weeks, as my parents have been very on top of their social distancing / isolation. We dropped the groceries on the front walk, and then spent the next hour with my parents on their front porch, and me and my wife and kids playing in the front yard. We threw a frisbee, tossed a football, played on bikes, kicked a soccer ball, did cartwheels; we just spent an hour hanging out about 50 feet from my parents while they watched and we chatted.

    I also found some time to work on Tildes Backlog Burner that @kfwyre suggested. My take on it is to play at least one game from each of the last 12 Humble Monthly Bundles; I tried out 2 different games, and wrote about them in that post. If that interests you, check it out!

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    Second Update: May 2019 had Assassin's Creed Origins. For some reason, this has never particularly interested me; I ended up gifting it to a friend. I played Wandersong instead! Wandersong is a...

    Second Update: May 2019 had Assassin's Creed Origins. For some reason, this has never particularly interested me; I ended up gifting it to a friend. I played Wandersong instead!

    Wandersong is a cute little platformer. You play as a bard; your primary weapon is your voice, and you have to pattern match patterns that you hear / see. That's your primary way to fight / interact with things. I didn't make it too far; the game is cute, but there are enough sidescrolling 2d platformers that I haven't finished that I don't anticipate playing this one much; I recently have gotten into Ink and Blasphemous, both of which I liked better than this. That said, this is really cute, and could be worth picking up if it's your type of game.

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  15. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    First Update: April 2019 was a pretty good bundle - I installed and played Northgard. This is a nice little RTS game. You're a clan of vikings, and you expand outward in little hexes that can have...

    First Update: April 2019 was a pretty good bundle - I installed and played Northgard.

    This is a nice little RTS game. You're a clan of vikings, and you expand outward in little hexes that can have a limited number of building in each hex. I haven't progressed very far, but I will probably continue to casually play this game. The first map is fairly easy in story mode, and the story itself is fairly good. +1 do recommend if you get it in a bundle or something.

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  16. Comment on zWarDial, an automated tool to find unprotected Zoom meetings in ~tech

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    Anecdotally: it's the easiest to use. Everything just "works" with minimal setup. It has the smoothest UI and looks the nicest. It has cute little features that make it feel like it's great. I...

    explain to me why this application seems to have such an intense following among sales and business development people?

    Anecdotally: it's the easiest to use. Everything just "works" with minimal setup. It has the smoothest UI and looks the nicest. It has cute little features that make it feel like it's great.

    I don't like Zoom - my company uses Hangouts, which is great - but everyone I know who has used other things and then used Zoom just finds Zoom easier, including my in-laws, who are able to connect easily when my wife sends them a Zoom meeting invitation.

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  17. Comment on Bread recipes in ~food

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    We've been doing Mel's Kitchen French Bread Dough - no pans required and have had some tasty results! It's really low key to make... assuming you have a stand mixer with dough hooks. Even if you...

    We've been doing Mel's Kitchen French Bread Dough - no pans required and have had some tasty results! It's really low key to make... assuming you have a stand mixer with dough hooks. Even if you don't, you could knead it by hand, I think.

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