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  1. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    Same as /u/lou here :). I’ve been interested in Stars since hearing Friends at the Table use the faction turn in their Counter/Weight campaign.

    Same as /u/lou here :). I’ve been interested in Stars since hearing Friends at the Table use the faction turn in their Counter/Weight campaign.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Musa velutina - The hairy pink banana that peels itself when ripe | Weird Fruit Explorer in ~food

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    This is awesome! I’ve run into a one or two non-Cavendish’s before — most notably strawberry banana’s in Hawaii, those things are awesome—but this one is wild.

    This is awesome! I’ve run into a one or two non-Cavendish’s before — most notably strawberry banana’s in Hawaii, those things are awesome—but this one is wild.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    I’ve run DW 3-4 times and Blades once. I feel your pain. Would play just about anything that’s different.

    I’ve run DW 3-4 times and Blades once. I feel your pain. Would play just about anything that’s different.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    Same. I have played D&D for a long time now, despite being somewhere between ambivalent to plain bored with the system. Never found a table where people are actively playing other things, but I’d...

    Same. I have played D&D for a long time now, despite being somewhere between ambivalent to plain bored with the system. Never found a table where people are actively playing other things, but I’d love to :/

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Agreed -- I made it again last weekend with the other half of the Squid I got at the Asian store, and it was still great. Fresh tomatoes really just make this one a star in my kitchen. Alia's...

    Agreed -- I made it again last weekend with the other half of the Squid I got at the Asian store, and it was still great. Fresh tomatoes really just make this one a star in my kitchen.

    Alia's website is ridiculously good for making Moroccan food. We discovered Tagine at a place in MA a few years back and got hooked. Eventually stumbled onto her site and have been using ever since.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Jaguar cacao - Chocolate's little known cousin (Theobroma bicolor) | Weird Fruit Explorer in ~food

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    I'm way down the rabbit-hole now (thanks to the post!), I knew there were different types of passion fruit, but I had no idea there were so many

    I'm way down the rabbit-hole now (thanks to the post!), I knew there were different types of passion fruit, but I had no idea there were so many

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    We got some farm tomatoes last week, and I made one of my all-time favorites Calamari tagine.

    We got some farm tomatoes last week, and I made one of my all-time favorites Calamari tagine.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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

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    My current run has been a fire bomb + 2 rocks + teleporter adventure, and it’s been a lot of fun. Get a bomb into the best 2 square room (piloting is usually a good bet to take out their evasion)...

    My current run has been a fire bomb + 2 rocks + teleporter adventure, and it’s been a lot of fun. Get a bomb into the best 2 square room (piloting is usually a good bet to take out their evasion) then teleport the rocks into the burning room and use their immunity to fire and high HP to mow down crew

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

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    I recently picked up FTL again on a whim for the first time in nearly a decade. Never got a win first time around, read some posts on Reddit this week and that was enough to get me my first win on...

    I recently picked up FTL again on a whim for the first time in nearly a decade. Never got a win first time around, read some posts on Reddit this week and that was enough to get me my first win on Easy. It’s enjoyable enough and easy to jump in and out of that I’ll probably stick with it until I get a few ship unlocks and get a Normal win

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

  12. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Pretty close to what /u/TheJorro said. Heinz is trash. House-made can be decent (and is perfectly acceptable in sauces / marinades), but in a solo-application, I'd almost always rather have a BBQ,...

    Huh, now this is a new opinion to me. Do you actively dislike ketchup, or is it more of an ambivalence?

    Pretty close to what /u/TheJorro said. Heinz is trash. House-made can be decent (and is perfectly acceptable in sauces / marinades), but in a solo-application, I'd almost always rather have a BBQ, hot sauce or aioli.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I dislike ~ 99% of Ketchups, and the rest are just bad BBQ (or hot) sauce :)

    I dislike ~ 99% of Ketchups, and the rest are just bad BBQ (or hot) sauce :)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    Hello fellow Sputnik owner. We use Sput and Sputty Buddy. So… great cat minds think alike

    My cat Spud's full name was originally Sputnik, but my former GF called her Spud and it stuck. Sometimes she is Spuddy Buddy!

    Hello fellow Sputnik owner. We use Sput and Sputty Buddy. So… great cat minds think alike

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are some good examples of retro sci-fi literature (retrofuturism)? in ~books

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    TBH, I only have rather vague memories of the Demolished Man, but that sounds correct. Probably should have hung my hat on Gully Foyle and left it there! But hey, if you’re gonna read some Bester,...

    TBH, I only have rather vague memories of the Demolished Man, but that sounds correct. Probably should have hung my hat on Gully Foyle and left it there! But hey, if you’re gonna read some Bester, you should make some time for the Demolished Man as well

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  16. Comment on What are some good examples of retro sci-fi literature (retrofuturism)? in ~books

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    I definitely don’t mind it either. I probably have say, 2 dozen or more of these types of short novels? They’re almost always a steal at the library book sales and are an easy read to boot. It...

    I definitely don’t mind it either. I probably have say, 2 dozen or more of these types of short novels? They’re almost always a steal at the library book sales and are an easy read to boot.

    It occurred to me: you might also consider reading China Mieville’s Embassytown, as one of the finest examples of a modern novel built around an idea, or I would even argue the final phrase of the book itself.

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  17. Comment on What are some good examples of retro sci-fi literature (retrofuturism)? in ~books

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    Is it weird to suggest that one of the most striking features of Golden Age sci-fi (to me anyways) is actually the personality of the protagonists (or lack thereof)? They almost to a tee: young...

    Is it weird to suggest that one of the most striking features of Golden Age sci-fi (to me anyways) is actually the personality of the protagonists (or lack thereof)?

    They almost to a tee: young (white) males, with ‘superior’ intellect, cunning and a uhhhh, strong sense of their own perceived superiority, and at its worst: often especially so when it comes to members of different ethnic/gender/species groups.

    You can look at say, Jack Vance’s Demon Princes, or Heinlein’s Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero (a particularly bad case), or Silverburg’s The Man in the Maze, or Bester’s The Stars My Destination / the Demolished Man (which actually intentionally takes this archetype and dial it up all the way), etc. could probably think of a few more if I had my collection handy.

    To /u/skybrian’s point: this often forces the idea of the story to hold it’s own, because the characters are often lackluster at best. Sometimes this manifests with the central idea as a one trick pony (See: Man in the Maze for a particularly poignant version of this), but they’ve almost always got an interesting idea at the core.

    Honestly: you might read a bunch of these (old short stories in this era are a very quick read by rule) and see if you can find a way to reverse the mold and have a strong characterization drive your core idea (Bester is the key here).

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  18. Comment on Climeworks is building a second commercial-sized plant in Iceland that will capture and store 36,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide in ~enviro

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    Heh, so the papers are like a slightly more technical version of their website. I was trying to find something that gave an idea of the weight of CO2 removed vs area of the module, the power...

    Heh, so the papers are like a slightly more technical version of their website. I was trying to find something that gave an idea of the weight of CO2 removed vs area of the module, the power required, the lifetime of the sorbant, etc. but it looks like they don’t really discuss it publicly. 🤷‍♂️

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  19. Comment on Climeworks is building a second commercial-sized plant in Iceland that will capture and store 36,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide in ~enviro

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    Interesting, I’d love to read more about their technology. Their website doesn’t have much in the way of detail (at least that I found). Anyone have some papers?

    Interesting, I’d love to read more about their technology. Their website doesn’t have much in the way of detail (at least that I found). Anyone have some papers?

    4 votes
  20. Comment on I made eight Mojitos using seven different herbs (mint, basil, sage, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, dill) in ~food

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    Sort of -- classic 2:1 simple + muddling in place of the mint syrup at least in the 'classic'. He also had a raw demerara + mint muddled version. Also, I usually haven't made mint syrup as linked,...

    Sort of -- classic 2:1 simple + muddling in place of the mint syrup at least in the 'classic'. He also had a raw demerara + mint muddled version. Also, I usually haven't made mint syrup as linked, but instead blanched the mint (dunk it in boiling water for ~15 seconds, then immediately bring to an ice water bath) and then blend or food process the leaves into a pre-existing simple (e.g.,).

    2 votes