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  1. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Big work week for me - we have a huge demo coming up that I have to fly out to at the beginning of December, so it's closing stories and integrating things, and making sure we're in a good place...

    Big work week for me - we have a huge demo coming up that I have to fly out to at the beginning of December, so it's closing stories and integrating things, and making sure we're in a good place for that.

    I'm trying to finish up a few home projects, such as finishing up a few changes I've been working on for my 3d printer to make it a dual extrusion printer. I'd love to get that done and start printing out some things for people for Christmas, but more realistically my evenings will be filled with driving my children to the various activities that they do, and then falling asleep on the couch before going to bed with aching joints. The joys of being old! (I'm not even that old)

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  2. Comment on The donation goal for November has been (more than) reached! Let's talk a bit about how to handle "extra" donations in ~tildes.official

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    Congrats on the huge donation! Rolling over surplus into the next month is the most reasonable way to approach this, in my opinion. It feels natural, discoverable, and correct. Adding a way to see...

    Congrats on the huge donation!

    Rolling over surplus into the next month is the most reasonable way to approach this, in my opinion. It feels natural, discoverable, and correct.

    Adding a way to see how much is going to be added to the next month might be worthwhile, because it almost feels like a disincentive for more people to donate at this time. Maybe a colour code for recurring donations vs. one-time donations in the bar?

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

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    I picked up Hearthstone again after a fairly long hiatus (since the Witchwood expansion). I was at BlizzCon recently, and watched the opening ceremony and remembered how much I used to enjoy it,...

    I picked up Hearthstone again after a fairly long hiatus (since the Witchwood expansion). I was at BlizzCon recently, and watched the opening ceremony and remembered how much I used to enjoy it, and then I tried the new battleground mode while I was there and thought it was fun.

    Overall, I've been pretty happy with Hearthstone again. I remember why I quit, and I'm not spending money, but the new modes and the PvE stuff make it pretty enjoyable to play without having to go too much into competitive mode, and I did enjoy breaking out my fully golden Paladin deck in Wild and smashing holy wrath into people's faces.

    In retrospect, it made me realize that the "no bad press" is kind of true. I've had my face rubbed in Hearthstone for the last month, to the point that I actually felt like picking it up again. /shrugs

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  4. Comment on What about a group specifically for "ask" topics? in ~tildes

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    I think that it's a very bad idea to do this, similar to how it's a bad idea to have one for "videos" because the format of the media that we are consuming is not a good way to categorize topics....

    I think that it's a very bad idea to do this, similar to how it's a bad idea to have one for "videos" because the format of the media that we are consuming is not a good way to categorize topics. It's much better to have things categorized properly, and be able to ask people with the relevant interests directly than to have one place that is dedicated to answering questions.

    That said, I think there's an underlying thing, which is that it would be very nice to look at all "asks" across topics, and I think that's actually possible with the tagging system, so we end up with something that's really beneficial; a great categorization that doesn't conflate medium with topic, and a good way to sort by medium as well.

    12 votes
  5. Comment on What do you think about the concept of generations? in ~talk

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    I think that the idea of Generations is really interesting and grouping people by the zeitgeist of the age in which they grew up makes a lot of sense, and there's a lot of interesting, large-scale...

    I think that the idea of Generations is really interesting and grouping people by the zeitgeist of the age in which they grew up makes a lot of sense, and there's a lot of interesting, large-scale things that we can take from discussion of generations.

    What doesn't make sense is the way that people will take those generational labels and apply them to people. That's generally not a particularly interesting or valid thing to do.

    For example, I'm a member of "Generation X", and here's a super brief idea of what that means from Wikipedia:

    Generation Xers were children during a time of shifting societal values and as children were sometimes called the "latchkey generation", due to reduced adult supervision as children compared to previous generations, a result of increasing divorce rates and increased maternal participation in the workforce, prior to widespread availability of childcare options outside the home. As adolescents and young adults, they were dubbed the "MTV Generation" (a reference to the music video channel). In the 1990s they were sometimes characterized as slackers, cynical and disaffected. Some of the cultural influences on Gen X youth were the musical genres of grunge and hip hop music, and independent films. In midlife, research describes them as active, happy, and achieving a work–life balance. The cohort has been credited with entrepreneurial tendencies.

    It's interesting to see the sorts of things that very broadly describe the vast group of people of which I am a part, but there are a lot of things that don't match up with who I am as a person. If I explain I'm from Generation X, and you think that my parents were divorced, I was a latchkey kid, I'm a slacker, and I loved my MTV, then you've made a lot of insane deductions on who I am and what my life has been like. Similarly, if you see someone is a baby boomer and you deduce that they're conservative, wealthy, non-empathetic assholes who think that Millennials cause all the problems, then you're going to have a bad time as well; people come from all walks of life.

    As with most categorization aids, they're only as useful as the people using them.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on MacBook Pro 16” in ~tech

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    Looking at what I can get for my 2017 15" MBP, I could probably get this for around 2K more (ie, sell this one, add 2K, buy new one), which might be worth it just to get rid of THIS GODDAMN KEYBOARD.

    Looking at what I can get for my 2017 15" MBP, I could probably get this for around 2K more (ie, sell this one, add 2K, buy new one), which might be worth it just to get rid of THIS GODDAMN KEYBOARD.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    At work I'm finalizing some of our build pipelines. We're using bitbucket and use bitbucket pipelines for building and deploying to AWS. It's a decent setup; easy to get into, easy to configure,...

    At work I'm finalizing some of our build pipelines. We're using bitbucket and use bitbucket pipelines for building and deploying to AWS. It's a decent setup; easy to get into, easy to configure, relatively fast, relatively inexpensive. We're also finalizing our server setup, and I've got almost all of our infrastructure as code, which is nice. That's what I'm working on this week, along with all the code review. So much code review. I went on vacation the week before last and things just keep piling up.

    I've also been playing with Go and Lambdas. Go isn't one of those programming languages that fills you with joy, but it does get stuff done, and it's fast.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on New search capabilities available: phrases, excluding terms, alternatives ("or") in ~tildes.official

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    Oh wow, that's awesome. Most of my projects are in docker containers, but some of them are on Ubuntu - this is actually super helpful. Thanks a ton!

    Oh wow, that's awesome.

    Most of my projects are in docker containers, but some of them are on Ubuntu - this is actually super helpful. Thanks a ton!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on New search capabilities available: phrases, excluding terms, alternatives ("or") in ~tildes.official

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    Great stuff, and now I feel like I should do the 10-to-12 for like 20 projects...

    Great stuff, and now I feel like I should do the 10-to-12 for like 20 projects...

    3 votes
  10. Comment on President Trump wrote Turkish President Erdogan a letter warning him not to be "a tough guy" or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria in ~news

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    It also captures other things, like if people move a topic, or if they tag it.

    It also captures other things, like if people move a topic, or if they tag it.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on President Trump wrote Turkish President Erdogan a letter warning him not to be "a tough guy" or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria in ~news

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    There already is transparency - the sidebar shows an edit log. It doesn't show "why" but it's always to try to bring the title more in line with the article itself.

    There already is transparency - the sidebar shows an edit log. It doesn't show "why" but it's always to try to bring the title more in line with the article itself.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Is there a reason I cannot have a tag people.doing.something in ~tildes

  13. Comment on Is there a reason I cannot have a tag people.doing.something in ~tildes

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    One thing that I see touched on that is perhaps not made explicit: people.doing.something is different from the tag people doing something. Full stops / periods don't interrupt a tag; they...

    One thing that I see touched on that is perhaps not made explicit:

    people.doing.something is different from the tag people doing something. Spaces Full stops / periods don't interrupt a tag; they indicate a "subsection" of the previous tag. So you have three tags here: "people" then there's a tag "doing" and then "something". Doing and something aren't very descriptive tags, and would likely be removed.

    However, if you do just spaces, it becomes a fairly reasonable non-hierarchical tag: "people doing something". Other people have touched on that; I don't have a particularly strong opinion on it, but think that maybe "activism" or something might be what you're looking for.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on What would you want in a Digital Card Game? in ~games

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    To be clear, this is closer to allowing you to do things in other games than any other digital card game that I know of. It also allows trading, which is a big part of physical card games that...

    I own the cards as an asset, but I don't own them in that I could play on my own server with weird rules

    To be clear, this is closer to allowing you to do things in other games than any other digital card game that I know of. It also allows trading, which is a big part of physical card games that most other digital card games lack.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What would you want in a Digital Card Game? in ~games

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    Not everything that uses blockchain is a scam; it's just one of those things that people started putting into projects because it was "hot". This is actually a valid use for blockchain - it seems...

    Not everything that uses blockchain is a scam; it's just one of those things that people started putting into projects because it was "hot".

    This is actually a valid use for blockchain - it seems like a legitimate effort to give you ownership of the digital media that you purchase, and to allow you trade the same digital media in a reasonable way.

    To be clear, I haven't played God's Unchained, but I was fairly interested in the technology behind it, and I think it's one of the more valid uses of blockchain recently.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Fortnite was down for over 24 hours after a Season 10 finale involving the entire game getting sucked into a black hole in ~games

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    I've never played FortNite, but what an amazing play on the part of the developers. Even my wife, who has negative interest in things like this, had heard about it. They absolutely nailed the "get...

    I've never played FortNite, but what an amazing play on the part of the developers. Even my wife, who has negative interest in things like this, had heard about it. They absolutely nailed the "get free advertising and build hype" thing here.

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  17. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #5 in ~games.tabletop

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    We haven't played that! Looks pretty great, I'll check it out. The golem edition looks especially beautiful. Thanks for the recommendation - this really panned out (got several great leads!)

    We haven't played that! Looks pretty great, I'll check it out. The golem edition looks especially beautiful.

    Thanks for the recommendation - this really panned out (got several great leads!)

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  18. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #5 in ~games.tabletop

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    I still haven't tried the base game; it's on a list of things I want to try out, but nobody in the circle of people I play with owns it. I think that games with simplified versions that act as...

    I still haven't tried the base game; it's on a list of things I want to try out, but nobody in the circle of people I play with owns it.

    I think that games with simplified versions that act as introductions can be great, or even alternate ways to play. Anachrony is a game that I enjoy greatly and has some simplified rules to get you started, and then increasingly difficult things you can add in to make the game more complex. It also has rules for a one player variant. That's a bit different from this, obviously, but I still like the idea of introducing people to core concepts and then adding on to them to make the game fuller.

  19. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #5 in ~games.tabletop

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    I love Cities & Knights - I think it's one of the finest expansions to a board game. It fixes all the things I find awkward about the base game, and gives you options on how to move forward...

    I love Cities & Knights - I think it's one of the finest expansions to a board game. It fixes all the things I find awkward about the base game, and gives you options on how to move forward strategically, with options to mitigate the randomness. My wife prefers the base game (I think mostly because it's shorter). I've thought about getting Seafarers or one of the other expansions; any in particular that you'd recommend?

    I've only played a game or two of Carcassonne, but I recall enjoying it a lot. Another great suggestion!

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #5 in ~games.tabletop

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    We have the base game; my brother was raving about some of the expansions the other day. We haven't played it together in a couple of years (not really sure why - I've played it with others) but I...

    We have the base game; my brother was raving about some of the expansions the other day. We haven't played it together in a couple of years (not really sure why - I've played it with others) but I recall it being really quite good for 2 players, which would be great. Thanks! Have you played any of the expansions? Do you have any particular recommendations about them?

    2 votes