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  1. Comment on CSS container queries - An upcoming CSS feature that will enable style changes based on the size of the containing element in ~comp

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    Any time something moves from "a solution you do with javascript" to "vanilla CSS" then that's great. I'm really looking forward to this addition to CSS - I see a lot of uses for it, and the card...

    Any time something moves from "a solution you do with javascript" to "vanilla CSS" then that's great. I'm really looking forward to this addition to CSS - I see a lot of uses for it, and the card in the example is an especially easy to follow one.

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  2. Comment on Oldest and fatherless: The terrible secret of Tom Bombadil in ~books

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    I read this years ago and I still have it bookmarked, and thought I would share on the off-chance that people haven't heard this theory. It's my favourite take on Tom Bombadil.

    I read this years ago and I still have it bookmarked, and thought I would share on the off-chance that people haven't heard this theory. It's my favourite take on Tom Bombadil.

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  3. Comment on Zemo and New Cap: Lawful evil or lawful neutral? in ~tv

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    You said that if he wants to help he isn't neutral, and if he breaks rules he isn't lawful, but that's not exactly true in the Dungeons and Dragons sense of alignment charts. Helping people if it...

    You said that if he wants to help he isn't neutral, and if he breaks rules he isn't lawful, but that's not exactly true in the Dungeons and Dragons sense of alignment charts.

    Helping people if it helps yourself is pretty stereotypically "neutral" and Walker seems to fit this bill. He wants to help people, because when he helps people it helps him be more Captain-y. He does not seem to be deeply into doing good for the sake of doing good, and he doesn't seem to be into doing evil for the sake of being evil; he does stuff to advance himself and his orders. From the start, he has seemed like a stereotypically Neutral character to me.

    Breaking rules also doesn't mean that you are not lawful. Lawful doesn't mean that you adhere to the rules of whatever society you are in, or it would be really difficult to have "Lawful Evil", as evil acts are often illegal in some sense. Rather it means that you adhere to a rigid set of rules of your own. I think Walker is generally "Lawful" in the D&D sense - there are things that he will do that are within his moral code, and he sticks to them, for the most part. Since we are looking at his story through the lens of the alignment chart, I would say that his story is one of a Lawful Neutral character slowly losing both Lawfulness and Neutrality, and slipping towards Neutral Evil. That's his arc - he's previously been bound by his own rules, but giving himself the serum is pushing him along a path that he might not otherwise want to be on; a path he could control himself away from, with effort, in the past.

    With regards to the comments about killing people always being evil, and whether or not that is problematic, I agree with @Loire - we forgive a lot of MCU heroes who have killed a lot of people because we like them. Almost all of the Avengers have killed people, and some of them have killed a lot of people. For some of them, killing people was actually their job, but we still consider them to be the good guys. Considering just Steve Rogers vs. John Walker: according to Steve Rogers' Kill Count Steve has a kill count of 151, and while that's not all humans, there are a significant number of humans in there. Is Steve de facto evil?

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  4. Comment on Tildes Community Valheim Server - April 2021 Update in ~games

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    I have joined and marvelled at Tildes Town a few times; most of my Valheim time has been with my kids, though, and I haven't spent much time there. I do think Tildes town is pretty amazing though,...

    I have joined and marvelled at Tildes Town a few times; most of my Valheim time has been with my kids, though, and I haven't spent much time there. I do think Tildes town is pretty amazing though, and want to thank you for setting it up and keeping it running as long as you have.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Evil Genius 2 released in ~games

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    Of note: this is a sequel released 16 years after the first game. Anybody know any similar lags between a game and its sequel?

    Of note: this is a sequel released 16 years after the first game. Anybody know any similar lags between a game and its sequel?

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

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    I took my kids to my parents for an outdoor visit since it was so nice out. We brought some disc golf discs and did some practice throws - my son has gotten quite an arm and I was really impressed...

    I took my kids to my parents for an outdoor visit since it was so nice out. We brought some disc golf discs and did some practice throws - my son has gotten quite an arm and I was really impressed with his forehands and backhands. He's pushing 40m which isn't bad for someone that is six!

    I usually try to bite off at least one home improvement project per weekend, but I didn't really do much this past weekend; just spent time with my kids outside as much as possible.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Disco Elysium: The Final Cut - Launching March 30th, free upgrade for all current owners in ~games

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    This is cool news. Maybe this will inspire me to get back in and give this game another shot; I stalled out and never finished it. It's also great that it's just a free upgrade for current owners....

    This is cool news. Maybe this will inspire me to get back in and give this game another shot; I stalled out and never finished it. It's also great that it's just a free upgrade for current owners. This is how content should be released.

    Though it's hard to imagine something pulling me away from Valheim right now, especially since my kids love playing Valheim...

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

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    Ha, I guess we haven't found anything too risque, but also allowed for my son to put back a card if he didn't really have any idea how to give a clue on it. It's a great game, thanks for the...

    Ha, I guess we haven't found anything too risque, but also allowed for my son to put back a card if he didn't really have any idea how to give a clue on it. It's a great game, thanks for the recommendation!

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

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    Valheim has been the video game of choice. My two younger kids both love it, and we've been slowly building up a world together. My son makes some hilariously janky things, and he loved the "Let's...

    Valheim has been the video game of choice. My two younger kids both love it, and we've been slowly building up a world together. My son makes some hilariously janky things, and he loved the "Let's Play It Out" video posted last week to Tildes (here is the video and has made a Johnny Hotbody character, and started looking for ways to break things, so now I keep logging in and finding beds in precarious positions with janky roofs over them and other fun things. I might set up a server for us to play on; needing to have my computer on for him to connect to means I have to be playing for him to be playing, and that's not always possible.

    We picked up a new boardgame called Wavelength - mentioned by @kfwyre in a discussion about 2 player games and he's given a spot-on review. It's delightful as a concept, and is also really well constructed as a game; you play directly out of the box, which is really great. Everyone in our family could play despite the box saying "14+", but maybe it's because my kids are precocious game players. My son gave some amazing clues and made some great guesses and he's six years old.

    It's notable that the game maker also made another game which I really loved called "The Mind" which is another 'telepathic party game' sort of thing, where you just have to be in sync with each other. I like the concept, and am looking forward to more from this game maker.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on I turned Valheim into a physics-defying nightmare in ~games

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    Using campfires as a weapon was absolutely delightful and I enjoyed every second of it. Edit: I shared it with my son and he said it was the funniest YouTube video he had ever seen. He is 6.

    Using campfires as a weapon was absolutely delightful and I enjoyed every second of it.

    Edit: I shared it with my son and he said it was the funniest YouTube video he had ever seen. He is 6.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    I think that's a better answer than mine. I think my answer is really the last time I felt good about reddit; it certainly wasn't the peak.

    I think that's a better answer than mine. I think my answer is really the last time I felt good about reddit; it certainly wasn't the peak.

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

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    I've been every-so-slowly making my way through "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". My sketching skills are improving; they're not great, but they're better than they were. I'm managing...

    I've been every-so-slowly making my way through "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". My sketching skills are improving; they're not great, but they're better than they were. I'm managing about a chapter every other month or so. Edit: nothing worth sharing yet, but maybe at some point in the future.

    I have been trying to practice my guitar playing and find some new songs to sing. I've been singing duets with my daughters, which is, well, about as good life gets, I think. I'm hard pressed to describe something better than making music with my kids; there are other things as good but I can't think of anything better.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Edit: After @Deimos' comment, I realized that what I'm describing isn't peak reddit, but actually the last time I thought reddit could still go in the right direction. For me, in the middle of...

    Edit: After @Deimos' comment, I realized that what I'm describing isn't peak reddit, but actually the last time I thought reddit could still go in the right direction.

    For me, "peak reddit" was in the middle of Ellen Pao's leadership. Communities were growing, admins would actually listen to communities sometimes, the features seemed to be aimed at "what do people using the site want" and not "what can make us more cashmoney". Lots of people were coming up with scripts and bots for reddit, there were some hilarious "vanity accounts" that just had some commenting schtick or posting schtick, link aggregation seemed to be the focus, very few subreddits were overwhelmingly huge, and it was relatively easy to find what you wanted to find.

    There were still obvious problems, but it seemed like they were correctable, and there were some example of things going in the right direction, but then Ellen left and Steve returned.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Indeed, many moderators who have done that have done things like stop moderating and leave. Myself, for the most part, included. Reddit is broken, and it's getting worse, and they're just making...

    Indeed, many moderators who have done that have done things like stop moderating and leave. Myself, for the most part, included.

    Reddit is broken, and it's getting worse, and they're just making more and more features that antithetical to what reddit used to be. It's sad because old reddit was pretty awesome.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on Valheim Tildes community server town update in ~games

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    Thanks! I did unlock a number of recipes, which is actually sort of helpful; gives me something to work towards. I already had a plan that I'm working on - I'm acquiring bronze armor right now,...

    Thanks! I did unlock a number of recipes, which is actually sort of helpful; gives me something to work towards. I already had a plan that I'm working on - I'm acquiring bronze armor right now, but mostly been kiting and killing trolls for fun - and when I get a bit farther along, I'll join again and create something.

    The village looks pretty amazing!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Valheim Tildes community server town update in ~games

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    I joined the server and had a peak around - there are lots of amazing looking buildings. I'm going to concentrate a bit more time into my own character before I join again; I'm still pretty early,...

    I joined the server and had a peak around - there are lots of amazing looking buildings. I'm going to concentrate a bit more time into my own character before I join again; I'm still pretty early, and don't really know what I'm doing.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on How's your hair? in ~talk

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    I invested in some clippers and for a long time, I was receiving compliments from people on my haircut through the pandemic. I just tried to do what my previous barber did; a bit more than finger...

    I invested in some clippers and for a long time, I was receiving compliments from people on my haircut through the pandemic. I just tried to do what my previous barber did; a bit more than finger length on top, quite short sides and back with a fade on the right, coming around to a line on the left. The only difficulties I had were dealing with the hair around my crown, which is thinning and hard to cut a fade with.

    In the course of recent events - morning ablutions gone wrong, as I misdirected my clippers - I ended up going with "short all over". I've also opted for a shorter beard this year; usually by midwinter, my beard is about 8 inches long, but I've kept it relatively short (for me), and even shorter than that first image.

    Edit: I edited out the selfies - don't want to pressure anyone else to relinquish more private info than they're comfortable with.

    8 votes