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

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    It's blood orange season my friend. Red cocktails abound. For something easy, I'd do a rum punch -- usually about 3/1 juice to rum, add simple syrup if necessary, but it probably won't be. There's...

    It's blood orange season my friend. Red cocktails abound. For something easy, I'd do a rum punch -- usually about 3/1 juice to rum, add simple syrup if necessary, but it probably won't be. There's some more good stuff here if you want to get fancier.

    When you play remotely, do use roll20? Webcams? A conference call? Going to be moving across country soon, trying to figure out how to keep my group playing!

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  2. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Your second link appears to be broken, FYI.

    Your second link appears to be broken, FYI.

  3. Comment on Senate Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto in ~news

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    The ability to declare a national emergency and bypass the funding priorities set by the legislative body just days earlier does seem to set a new precedent. Not all the way to a monarch IMO,...

    The ability to declare a national emergency and bypass the funding priorities set by the legislative body just days earlier does seem to set a new precedent. Not all the way to a monarch IMO, because Congress does still have the ability to stop the redistribution of funds, though partisanship seems to dictate that they won't. Mostly I think the Republican senators (probably correctly) see that if Trump gets away with this, the next Democratic president will do the same for guns or climate change.

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  4. Comment on All Spotify Premium Users Now Get Free Hulu in ~tv

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    IIRC, we used Soundiiz for the export of playlists from Spotify to various other services for /r/listentothis' best of playlists last year. @Amarok would know more. It worked pretty well AFAIK.

    IIRC, we used Soundiiz for the export of playlists from Spotify to various other services for /r/listentothis' best of playlists last year. @Amarok would know more. It worked pretty well AFAIK.

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  5. Comment on Halo Master Chief Collection PC release confirmed, Halo Reach coming to Halo MCC in ~games

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    Yeah, it takes awhile to get through (especially the Library. That shit takes hours!)... but you know what? 2-3 (never played 4's campaign) have nothing on the CE campaign. The levels are bigger,...

    Halo: Combat Evolved campaign is kind of a slog these days

    Yeah, it takes awhile to get through (especially the Library. That shit takes hours!)... but you know what? 2-3 (never played 4's campaign) have nothing on the CE campaign. The levels are bigger, combat is scarier, the vehicles are ridiculous (and I mean that in the best possible way) and IMO it's much, much more fun. I mean, I love all three for their own reasons: Halo 2 was the first (and in some respects, still the best) multiplayer matchmaking experience out there. Halo 3 had some of my favorite large scale maps, and saw the birth of a lot of new game modes, etc.

    Probably as result of me pouring waaaaaaay too many hours into CE as a kid, I can still run through that solo on Legendary if I've got a day I don't want back too badly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  6. Comment on What (if anything) do you support through Patreon? in ~talk

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    I have the first Goonie ep downloaded already, and looking forward to it more with your recommendation! I think you're right about the cast / session though... I don't remember loving the O'...

    I have the first Goonie ep downloaded already, and looking forward to it more with your recommendation! I think you're right about the cast / session though... I don't remember loving the O' Brother Where Art Thou? Re-roll nearly as much as Bill and Ted's or Home Alone, and I'm pretty familiar with all three movies. Waiting till I power through the rest of this season of Revolutions!

    Also, this (totally optional) chart may be of use for diving into FaTT, as they have quite the backlog of episodes. Or you could say screw all that noise and just dive in at the beginning like I did :p

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  7. Comment on What (if anything) do you support through Patreon? in ~talk

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    Tildes and Friends at the Table, an actual play podcast focused on critical world building, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends. I'm a fan of the Film Reroll as well,...

    Tildes and Friends at the Table, an actual play podcast focused on critical world building, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.

    I'm a fan of the Film Reroll as well, though I find it works better for movies you're more familiar with. The Bill and Ted's episode was a lot of fun

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  9. Comment on What author has the best worldbuilding? in ~books

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    I'll never stop recommending Embassytown from Mieville. In particular here, because in the world he creates, almost everything in the universe directly shapes the plot. I enjoyed it immensely more...

    I'll never stop recommending Embassytown from Mieville. In particular here, because in the world he creates, almost everything in the universe directly shapes the plot. I enjoyed it immensely more than PDS (which I've read, but never gone back to).

    2 votes
  10. Comment on NSA publishes Ghidra, an integrated reverse engineering environment in ~comp

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    If it makes you feel better, I'd bet the same thing would occur for any Iranian, Cubans or Iranian Tilders as well, export controls being what they are

    If it makes you feel better, I'd bet the same thing would occur for any Iranian, Cubans or Iranian Tilders as well, export controls being what they are

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Heat your House with a Water Brake Windmill in ~tech

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    The size of the tank is an issue for direct solar themal collection too. I'm surprised that nobody's made a latent heat storage device for these applications yet... For example, the latent heat of...

    The size of the tank is an issue for direct solar themal collection too. I'm surprised that nobody's made a latent heat storage device for these applications yet... For example, the latent heat of fusion of simple paraffin wax is ~175 Kj/kg, compared to the specific heat of water of about 4 kj/kg. Obtaining efficient heat transfer in and out of a melting/solidifying substance is obviously harder, but these are the same principals that are used on a large scale for those giant molten salts tanks at CSP plants.

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  12. Comment on Looking for Eagles-style rock recommendations in ~music

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    Ok -- so a few things to preface this with: I'm not super familiar with the Eagles. I know their general sound, but not much about their overall catalog. /u/Amarok knows about as much as anyone in...

    Ok -- so a few things to preface this with:

    1. I'm not super familiar with the Eagles. I know their general sound, but not much about their overall catalog.
    2. /u/Amarok knows about as much as anyone in the newer music realm, IMO. My wheelhouse is much more in the 1970s... so the "newer" bands part isn't going to come from me.
    3. Also, avoiding anything (e.g., the Allman's) that Amarok directly mentioned.

    That said, I do consider myself reasonably knowledgeable on a little slice of bliss from the 70's that blended psychedelia, country, honky-tonk and rock, which definitely includes the Eagles to some degree.

    So, let's dive in:

    • Pure Prairie League -- probably the closest match musically to the Eagles I can think of. Plenty of direct crossovers (Don Felder sat in a number of times, Joe Walsh introduced Vince Gill of PPL as he was inducted into the RRHOF, etc.). I don't go much for soft-country rock, but their first few albums (e.g., the S/T debut) are undeniably excellent.

    From here, we're going to branch out into the various parts that combined to form the Eagles' sound:

    • @Amarok mentioned CSNY, but (understandably -- they were never huge) missed one of the most important psychedelic / country crossovers of all time, that is Manassas. Formed from the insanely talented combination of Stephen Stills and a few members of Gram Parson's bands & the Byrds (Chris Hillman & Sneaky Pete in particular -- we're coming back to all these guys, so don't worry), Manassas's S/T album is a masterful blend of psychadelic, Latin rhythms and pure rock. There's four sides, each with a very distinct sound -- I highly recommend listening to this one all the way though, it is very much more than the sum of it's (very good) parts. There are live shows kicking around on YT, and the follow up albums Down the Road and Pieces are a good listen, if not up to the standard of the debut.

    • Speaking of the Byrds, we'd be remiss to not mention Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Gram Parson's attempt to take his particular blend of Cosmic Americana to a commercial scale. Of course, Gram being Gram, there was never a follow up (in particular he did not get along with Roger McGuinn). Lots of great country (and even gospel) music with a distinct rock bent. Of note: both Hillman & Sneaky Pete show up here as well.

    • Continuing down the honky-tonk vein is the real light of Parson's career, the Flying Burrito Brothers. For a brief moment in 1968-69, they were the best psychedelic country band (IMO) that has ever existed. Sneaky Pete is a goddamn wizard on the pedal steel, and with the combination of Hillman's guitar and Gram's writing (and liberal, stunning covers of other country geniuses, e.g., the Hank Williams & Merle Haggard's of the world) they were really on a whole different level. Unfortunately only a few good quality live recordings of Parsons exist, but to really see how good they were, I recommend tracking down a copy of Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon (can't find a full stream anywhere :/). These performances made Jerry Garcia pick up a pedal steel again.

    • Ok, now let's branch away from the country sort of sound to the late, great, Leon Russell. A great starting spot for him is the debut album w/ the Shelter People. Varying between gospel/soulful, honky-tonkin' and at points rocking outrageously hard, it's hard not to love. Have to give some love to the Homewood Sessions as well, which an astounding capture the brief flight in the sun of something approaching a traveling gospel rock and roll revue.

    • In this vein, the importance of J.J. Cale and the Tulsa sound (of which Leon was most certainly a practioner) can't be understated. If you like the "ethereal" sound of the Eagles, check out Cale's album 5. He was one of the first people to really utilize a drum machine (in like, 1974), and the result is a strange combination of a laid back groove, perfect guitar placement and a country / rock vibe. JJ Cale & Leon Russell collaborated quite a bit over the years, and this resulted in another one of those "Concerts no one should ever be without", Live at the Paradise Studios, 1979.

    • As a bonus round, let's fire off a scatter-shot of other places to go after the above. Danny Gatton & Lenny Breau's one of a kind, Redneck Jazz Explosion, Waylon & Willie, Wet Willie, Buddy Emmons, Sea Level, probably some stuff you would dig in the Beach Boys as well

    Will come back and update if I think of all the various things I'm sure I'm leaving out.

    p.s., @Amarok, "The High Lonesome Sound" term originates in the bluegrass world, and (debatably) referred to the high pitch voices that were very common in early practioners of the style, e.g., Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers, and their penchant to write sad, lonely songs about Death.

    p.p.s. Duh, already thought of one. If you're not familiar with Joe Walsh's first band the James Gang, ya' should be. His solo stuff has pretty good moments as well.

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  13. Comment on McConnell Says Trump Plans to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall in ~news

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    I too look forward to the Climate Change Response national emergency. Thanks, Don.

    (also, looking forward to this being used as a precedent in the future.)

    I too look forward to the Climate Change Response national emergency. Thanks, Don.

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  14. Comment on President Maduro (Venezuela): An Open Letter to the People of the United States in ~news

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    I did try to indicate that the election was pretty widely questioned at the time, but thanks for doing a more thorough job!

    I did try to indicate that the election was pretty widely questioned at the time, but thanks for doing a more thorough job!

    6 votes
  15. Comment on President Maduro (Venezuela): An Open Letter to the People of the United States in ~news

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    Maduro did just win an election in 2018 that was boycotted by the opposition leaders (and as a result had ~46% turnout as opposed to ~80% turnout in the two elections before that).

    Maduro did just win an election in 2018 that was boycotted by the opposition leaders (and as a result had ~46% turnout as opposed to ~80% turnout in the two elections before that).

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Anyone have or pursuing a PhD? in ~talk

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    Wow, that is so incredibly fucked up. I'm really sorry that happened to her / you. GA's recently (in the last few years) won the right to unionize in my state. I was happy to give the Union some...

    Oof, ask me next week. I started a relationship with a woman in my lab. Her mom's cancer metastisized to her everything so she asked to take a leave of absence to take care of her...our boss decided that was not going to happen, despite it being allowed by our handbook. She talked to the department and quit. It's a whole thing, because she completed everything but her thesis. I'm currently sweating my rec letter and writing my thesis while supporting us.

    Wow, that is so incredibly fucked up. I'm really sorry that happened to her / you. GA's recently (in the last few years) won the right to unionize in my state. I was happy to give the Union some small chunk of my already small paycheck specifically to avoid shit like this (besides, the university would have found a way to raise my fees and make it go away anyways).

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