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  1. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    Yeah it's why I've really cut back as well. I used to smoke way too much, but these days it's more of a treat on a weekend than anything. I've often been tempted to try to buy on the dark web, but...

    Yeah it's why I've really cut back as well. I used to smoke way too much, but these days it's more of a treat on a weekend than anything.
    I've often been tempted to try to buy on the dark web, but that comes with a whole host of problems too, not least of which is (as you describe) the temptation to get into harder stuff.
    Honestly I think my ideal situation is something similar to yours: being able to sort through a variety of options to find the right strain for me, and then go for that. Even better would be the ability to buy individual spliffs pre-made. I don't mind rolling, but I would be able to control my intake so much better if I didn't have an entire 4g baggy burning a hole in my self-control. If the trade-off for both of those benefits is paying more, I think that makes it worth it.

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  2. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I do hope it gets decriminalised and/or legalised in the UK sometime soon (unlikely given the current government, I admit). I'm stuck with buying from dealers who don't seem to know or care what...

    I do hope it gets decriminalised and/or legalised in the UK sometime soon (unlikely given the current government, I admit). I'm stuck with buying from dealers who don't seem to know or care what strains they're selling. Most of the research done (as well as just my own experience) suggests that most "street" cannabis is high in THC, because that's what people are looking for (or at least what dealers assume people look for).

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  3. Comment on That discomfort you’re feeling is grief in ~health

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    I found this a very good read, and it’s helped me to recognise a lot of the emotions I’ve felt during the last two weeks in lockdown (I had symptoms so was forced to isolate before the big...

    I found this a very good read, and it’s helped me to recognise a lot of the emotions I’ve felt during the last two weeks in lockdown (I had symptoms so was forced to isolate before the big lockdown here in the UK). I feel like I’ve come through to acceptance in the past few days, although I imagine I might slip into other stages as time goes by.
    Shared it with a lot of people I care about, particularly those I know are having a hard time.

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  4. Comment on What are some good party games that can be easily played via video chat? in ~games

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    Can't speak to the online version, but Secret Hitler is the game my friends and I play the most lately (before this pandemic at least). It's great fun, especially if you're all happy to yell at...

    Can't speak to the online version, but Secret Hitler is the game my friends and I play the most lately (before this pandemic at least). It's great fun, especially if you're all happy to yell at each other for backstabbing, betrayal, and all around sneakiness. We once played it with someone who is very socially anxious, and she had a very bad time.

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  5. Comment on Help me find a "quote of the day" sort of app in ~tech

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    Thanks! That's going to be a good place to start for sure :)

    Thanks! That's going to be a good place to start for sure :)

    2 votes
  6. Help me find a "quote of the day" sort of app

    In the simplest terms, I suppose what I'm looking for is just a "quote of the day" generator. Albeit, one that I can put my own quotes into. I have what I jokingly refer to as an "operating...

    In the simplest terms, I suppose what I'm looking for is just a "quote of the day" generator. Albeit, one that I can put my own quotes into.

    I have what I jokingly refer to as an "operating manual". Essentially it's just a constantly-updated evernote that contains rules for how I want to live (eg. "No drinking alone"), reminders about myself (eg. "You always feel better after exercising"), and my philosophy about aspects of life (eg. "In the news media, misery and controversy sell better than joy and harmony").

    I'd like to be able to receive bits of this "wisdom" throughout my day, ideally by way of some sort of notification on my phone. Does any such app/service exist? Bonus points for one that is open source and cross-platform!

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Not everyone has an internal monologue in ~life

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    I know what a banana looks like, so if I saw one I'd recognise it as a banana. And I can tell you that they're sort of long, thin, bendy, and usually yellow but occasionally green or brown. But...

    I know what a banana looks like, so if I saw one I'd recognise it as a banana. And I can tell you that they're sort of long, thin, bendy, and usually yellow but occasionally green or brown. But I'm not picturing anything in my head, not even if I close my eyes and concentrate really hard. There's no "image" there to speak of. I've asked people to rate their mental vision from 1-10 before, and I'd say I'm operating at maybe a 2 or a 3 for simple stuff like bananas, whereas others are coming back with 9s and 10s.
    It's even worse for faces. I live in a low key state of fear about being asked to e-fit the perpetrator of a crime!

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Not everyone has an internal monologue in ~life

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    I wonder how much this relates to the phenomenon of aphantasia. For example I can't picture images in my head very well at all, but I do have an internal monologue a lot of the time.

    I wonder how much this relates to the phenomenon of aphantasia. For example I can't picture images in my head very well at all, but I do have an internal monologue a lot of the time.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on MNT Reform open source, modular laptop crowdfunding campaign launches in February in ~comp

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    I forgive you. It is pretty ugly. I can almost deal with the thickness, but that trackpad/ball is just hideous!

    I'm sorry, but that's one ugly laptop. ARM-based too.

    I forgive you. It is pretty ugly. I can almost deal with the thickness, but that trackpad/ball is just hideous!

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Doctor Who S12E04: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror in ~tv

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    100%. The constant "WHO IS THE DOCTOR" bollocks wound me right up, but a lot of the stories outside of that arc were pretty decent I think. [EDIT: trying to think of examples during Smith's era,...

    I strongly disliked the show during the Matt Smith years, and during Peter Capaldi's first season. Smith and Capaldi themselves were fine, but the plots got too self-referential and the show started disappearing up its own arse.

    100%. The constant "WHO IS THE DOCTOR" bollocks wound me right up, but a lot of the stories outside of that arc were pretty decent I think. [EDIT: trying to think of examples during Smith's era, and coming up blank!] Moffat's style-over-substance approach and his determination to leave his mark on the show were really grating aspects of Smith and Capaldi's eras, though I adore Capaldi as the Doctor. He was bringing some absolute A-grade talent to some occasionally very sub-par writing.
    Moffat and J.J. Abrams should team up to write something. With that many mystery boxes in the room we might solve some kind of quantum entanglement problem.

    Completely agree about Bill Potts. She was the best companion since Donna, though I found her ending to be really weak the first time around. Less so the second, admittedly: it was grim enough to make her a Cyberman for an episode.

    I'll dip into the new season while it's still on iPlayer, no harm in having a bash! I would like to rekindle my love for the show, and my daughter mentioned over the weekend that she's not seen Doctor Who in a while either.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Doctor Who S12E04: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror in ~tv

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    So I stopped watching Doctor Who about halfway through season 11. I really couldn't get on board with the writing, and felt that Jodie's performance wasn't really clicking for me. Graham (was that...

    So I stopped watching Doctor Who about halfway through season 11. I really couldn't get on board with the writing, and felt that Jodie's performance wasn't really clicking for me. Graham (was that his name?) was really doing it for me as a companion, but the other two felt really underutilised and boring, to say nothing of the convenience of the young lad's coordination condition disappearing and reappearing at the behest of the plot.
    I took another punt on the New Year's episode at the start of 2019, and enjoyed the shell-less Dalek stuff immensely, but the tail end I thought was pretty ropey (in truth I don't even remember what happened at the end now).

    With all that in mind... Would anyone recommend me to watch the latest season? I've watched since 2005 with Chris Eccleston as the (best) Doctor, and I feel like I may have simply grown out of the show, but I'd like to give it another bash if season 12 is better than 11 was.

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  12. Comment on What's your favourite live album? in ~music

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    I (shamefully) never really listened to Rush. I think I'll need to start.

    I (shamefully) never really listened to Rush. I think I'll need to start.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What's your favourite live album? in ~music

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    That's sounds amazing - I'll be checking it out on my way home from work :D

    That's sounds amazing - I'll be checking it out on my way home from work :D

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's your favourite live album? in ~music

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    Another one of my favourites, this - excellent choice. I've not listened to much Townes Van Zandt, but I know my brother really loves him - I'll give it a listen!

    S&M by Metallica

    Another one of my favourites, this - excellent choice.

    I've not listened to much Townes Van Zandt, but I know my brother really loves him - I'll give it a listen!

    2 votes
  15. What's your favourite live album?

    I've been listening to Iron Maiden's Rock in Rio album on loop for a couple of days (I'm learning a bunch of the songs), and it's such a great album. Really wide selection of their hits from...

    I've been listening to Iron Maiden's Rock in Rio album on loop for a couple of days (I'm learning a bunch of the songs), and it's such a great album. Really wide selection of their hits from across their career, some classics, loads of new stuff, some deeper cuts (the Blaze tracks). It sounds amazing, to say it was all recorded on a single night. Absolutely amazing album, I can't think of a live effort that I enjoy more.

    What's your favourite live album?

    15 votes
  16. Comment on How to begin a novel, according to an AI in ~comp

  17. Comment on Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese in ~humanities

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    Oh, I never discovered that! Might have stuck it out a bit longer if I'd have known that was an option, as I was just brute forcing the kanji as well - I didn't have the patience for their...

    Oh, I never discovered that! Might have stuck it out a bit longer if I'd have known that was an option, as I was just brute forcing the kanji as well - I didn't have the patience for their stories, and it's never how I've learned kanji before, apart from a very select few.

  18. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Yeah it had a few bum episodes here and there, but overall I loved the hell out of it. The last episode had me full on belly-laughing at the scene with the two stormtroopers shooting the tin can.

    Yeah it had a few bum episodes here and there, but overall I loved the hell out of it. The last episode had me full on belly-laughing at the scene with the two stormtroopers shooting the tin can.

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