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

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    Well, a little while ago, a friend recommended that I play the Portal series, and I had a great time with that, since I really enjoyed the story and style, my friend recommended that I continue...

    Well, a little while ago, a friend recommended that I play the Portal series, and I had a great time with that, since I really enjoyed the story and style, my friend recommended that I continue into Black Mesa and Half-Life 2.

    I've only played Black Mesa for a few hours, so this is still subject to change, but I'm having a good time with it. It's definitely darker and scarier than Portal, but I'm still enjoying it. I've also noticed that it's more difficult than most games I've played, where you can't just blast your way through every area. It reminds me of Diablo 2.

    I've also played a fair amount of D2. I've been trying to get my Zealot through Hell, but it's very very challenging. The monsters are just damage dealing tanks, so it's a slog to get through some areas, especially when there are physical immunes. If I can finish with my Zealot, it'll only be the second time I've beaten the game in my, maybe 10 years, of playing it. I think D2 is a masterpiece. It's hard to point out places where the game is bad (although it might just be rose-colored glasses in my case). The classes are interesting, the story is fun, and beating the game feels like a real accomplishment. Especially when the remaster comes out, I'd recommend y'all play it.

    Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
    ~Archwizard

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

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    Just got mine today, and I'm definitely feeling the soreness in my arm lol. Also not very excited for the second shot, but I'm definitely glad to do what I can to reduce transmission. Hope you...

    Just got mine today, and I'm definitely feeling the soreness in my arm lol. Also not very excited for the second shot, but I'm definitely glad to do what I can to reduce transmission.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've started reading Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh after a conversation with my Dad. It outlines a beautiful philosophy of compassion and reducing suffering that I'm definitely going to...

    I've started reading Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh after a conversation with my Dad. It outlines a beautiful philosophy of compassion and reducing suffering that I'm definitely going to try to bring into my life. What I thought was particularly interesting is how well many of the ideas from the book compliment some of the ideas from Aristotelian virtue ethics, especially the idea that we all have seeds of violence or peace, and when we take actions, we water certain seeds and they grow. It reminds me a lot of the idea that repeating actions, or building habits can reinforce character traits within us, such as generosity.

    I'm looking forward to finishing the book.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Boy, your setup looks great! I really like the simple background and the small bar. Is that surf showing the tildes website? How does it perform as a browser for you?

    Boy, your setup looks great! I really like the simple background and the small bar.

    Is that surf showing the tildes website? How does it perform as a browser for you?

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

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    That hasn't been my experience actually. Probably because I don't keep the server online 100% of the time, and because I don't normally play with many people at once. Normally, There's about 10GB...

    That hasn't been my experience actually. Probably because I don't keep the server online 100% of the time, and because I don't normally play with many people at once. Normally, There's about 10GB out per month, and that's with roughly weekly playing sessions, so at 9 cents per GB, it's typically under a dollar a month. Now the real budget killer is accidentally leaving the server up lol

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    Dang, those menus look amazing and useful. I think I'm gonna try doing something similar with rofi. I used to use i3, but I never heard about its scratchpad. It's making me think about switching...

    Dang, those menus look amazing and useful. I think I'm gonna try doing something similar with rofi. I used to use i3, but I never heard about its scratchpad. It's making me think about switching back over.

    Great setup!

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Share your linux desktop/setup in ~comp

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    This seems fun! Here's my current setup bspwm(Xorg). I'm fairly happy with it, but I'm planning on starting over once I'm free of school, since everything has become a mess. Like DMBuce, I'm using...

    This seems fun! Here's my current setup bspwm(Xorg). I'm fairly happy with it, but I'm planning on starting over once I'm free of school, since everything has become a mess.

    Like DMBuce, I'm using Flameshot, since being able to easily take screenshots and annotate on them is really handy, especially when I was working on my OSCP.

    The most fun parts, I think, are the music display and the background. I normally listen to Spotify (I used to just have mp3 files, but Spotify is just so convenient) , and the Linux player supports playerctl, so I have a little script that reads the currently playing song and displays it using skroll on Polybar. I don't change background images, since I like having the background fit the colors, and I haven't played with pywal yet to update colors automatically, but I do have a script that uses Image Magick to replace the quote on my desktop every ten minutes with something from the fortune command.

    I'd share a link to a dotfiles repo, and I used to track my dotfiles using Stow, but over time, and as I've switched software, my git repository has become really out of date, but if y'all are interested in anything, I can share any of my configs.

    Looking forward to seeing y'all's setups!
    ~Archwizard

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

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    There are a few projects I've been working on. First, since the beginning of Covid, I've been using AWS to spin up Minecraft servers for my friends and I to play on. I've found that Minecraft...

    There are a few projects I've been working on.

    First, since the beginning of Covid, I've been using AWS to spin up Minecraft servers for my friends and I to play on. I've found that Minecraft while voice-chatting has been the closest thing to physically hanging out with them. Recently though, I've decided to migrate to Dreamhost, since I'd rather not support AWS more than necessary. So I need to rewrite my scripts in Python to work with the OpenStack API, which will be a little bit of a challenge, but I think I'll learn a bit.

    Second, I saw someone mention a pubnix that they set up recently using the Shizaru server, so I looked into it and saw that it blocks <script> tags. So I'm trying to use HTML entities to get a react page running, despite the blocking. I think it'll be a fun project that'll help teach me more about XSS and its limits.

    Anyways, glad to hear from y'all.
    ~Archwizard

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Why I’m switching to raised beds for my survival garden in ~enviro

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    Thank you! That's really great advice! The pausing thing is something I've noticed about some of my cold hardy plants like kale, but I never really connected it to winter harvests. I'm looking...

    Thank you! That's really great advice! The pausing thing is something I've noticed about some of my cold hardy plants like kale, but I never really connected it to winter harvests. I'm looking forwards to implementing that. Thanks again!

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

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    Well, recently I switched the theme on my Hugo site. I learned a lot about custom templates and layouts while I added the analytics script and completely redid the footer. I even used gitlab ci/cd...

    Well, recently I switched the theme on my Hugo site. I learned a lot about custom templates and layouts while I added the analytics script and completely redid the footer. I even used gitlab ci/cd to automatically deploy the site after I make changes. I guess the next step is actually writing posts :)

    I also have been working on a series of scripts to back up and sort pictures. I've heard that there are two types of people in the world: those who have backups and those who wish they did. Unfortunately, I'm definitely in the latter camp. In February, the phone I'd had for years completely died, and I lost everything in the internal storage, including a lot of pictures, so I'm making sure that from now on all of the pictures I take are archived correctly. So far, I'm using Syncthing to get the files off my phone, then a series of bash scripts to add files to a git annex, add metadata, and help me tag them easily. Next step is probably gonna be setting up a few remotes so that if something happens to my computer, I still have access to the files.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Why I’m switching to raised beds for my survival garden in ~enviro

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    Yeah, I put in a set of raised beds last spring and they've been really nice. And since I live in a mild climate, I'm wondering if I'll be able to put rings over them to have salad greens...

    Yeah, I put in a set of raised beds last spring and they've been really nice. And since I live in a mild climate, I'm wondering if I'll be able to put rings over them to have salad greens year-round. Are there any PacNW gardeners that have had success with keeping salad greens, like spinich and lettuce alive through winter?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2021) in ~talk

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    Honestly, things are real rough. I've been a student of Zoom university for a year now, and it's been a struggle every day. Zoom just sucks the energy out of me. It takes so much willpower just to...

    Honestly, things are real rough.
    I've been a student of Zoom university for a year now, and it's been a struggle every day. Zoom just sucks the energy out of me. It takes so much willpower just to get out of bed and turn on the computer. I haven't seen the faces of any of my friends since last summer, so I've never felt more lonely.

    I've also been trying to set myself up to go to a four-year school in the fall, and the whole process has been anxiety inducing and draining. Furthermore, a few painful rejections have really crushed my self-esteem.

    I guess its not all bad, even though it feels like it sometimes. The weather's been nice enough that I've been able to work in the garden, and that always lifts my spirits a bit, and I'm definitely a better guitar player than I was at the beginning of quarantine, so that's good, I suppose.

    How's everyone else?
    ~Archwizard

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China in ~tech

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    I would hope that in addition to a first amendment argument, they would also try a second amendment argument, saying that U.S citizens have a right to bear encryption technology, which is...

    I would hope that in addition to a first amendment argument, they would also try a second amendment argument, saying that U.S citizens have a right to bear encryption technology, which is classified as a munition by the government.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Democraciv: Fake government plays Civilization in ~games

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    Yes we have! Last time we played as four civilizations, but unfortunately our community was a little too small to have full governments with active voters in every civ, so it wasn't as exciting as...

    Yes we have! Last time we played as four civilizations, but unfortunately our community was a little too small to have full governments with active voters in every civ, so it wasn't as exciting as we all hoped.

    There was also some weirdness in keeping things kinda secret from other civs, while still being transparent enough that new players could get involved and understand.

    Regardless, I know there are several people who are super excited to try multiciv again, and I'm hoping we'll be able to learn from our mistakes and make a super fun game.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Democraciv: Fake government plays Civilization in ~games

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    This is a little bit of self-promotion since I moderate this community, but I figured at least one person here might be interested, and now is the best time to check it out if you have a little...

    This is a little bit of self-promotion since I moderate this community, but I figured at least one person here might be interested, and now is the best time to check it out if you have a little time to kill. I'd say we have about 30 very active people on the discord, and 70ish who only check in for elections. We've been featured a few times in Kokatu, PCGamer, and PCGamesN.

    We, Democraciv, are a gaming community on Reddit and Discord who plays Sid Meier's Civilization games using model governments. We've been around for a long time (since 2016), but we're still chugging along. We're just about to start our eighth game, where we'll play a single player civilization game as a parliamentary republic. The vote for what civilization we will lead through the ages starts this coming week.

    Our legislature will pass bills to guide the Prime Minister as they play the game. There will also be state level governments, led by governors can control specific issues in their states. And
    the Supreme Court will settle disputes between the government and its citizens.

    Anyways, feel free to check us out, and feel free to remove if this doesn't fit on Tildes, but if you're interested, find us at https://reddit.com/r/democraciv

    9 votes
  16. Comment on The 2020 SANS holiday hack challenge is live! in ~comp

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    These challenges were how I started getting serious about IT security. The best part, I think, is that the early challenges are good for absolute beginners, and that the challenges are about...

    These challenges were how I started getting serious about IT security. The best part, I think, is that the early challenges are good for absolute beginners, and that the challenges are about interesting, relevant topics in the field. Hope to see y'all at the North Pole!

  17. Comment on Project Gemini: Stripped back web // souped up Gopher internet protocol in ~tech

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    Cool! What's your URL, so I can bookmark it?

    Cool! What's your URL, so I can bookmark it?

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

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    Yours still looks pretty swell :) I'm also hosting with Agate, and it's been working pretty well so far.

    Yours still looks pretty swell :)

    I'm also hosting with Agate, and it's been working pretty well so far.

    2 votes