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  1. What is a class in Python?

    I've been learning a bit more Python, going through a Udemy course to expand my skills a little. One of the programs the course guides you to make is a little dictionary, but it currently only...

    I've been learning a bit more Python, going through a Udemy course to expand my skills a little. One of the programs the course guides you to make is a little dictionary, but it currently only runs once and then quits.
    I'd like to adapt it to use a nice TUI that keeps itself open until the user specifies they want to quit, using something along the lines of npyscreen. However, this library uses classes, and that's not something I'm yet familiar with. I'd rather have an understanding of what classes are, how they work, and why to use them before I take the plunge and start fiddling around with npyscreen (although I'd be interested to hear if you think that I should Just Do It instead).
    Can anyone give or point me towards a good explanation of the what, how, and why of Python classes? Or better yet, a tutorial that will give me something to write and play with to figure out how it all fits together?
    Thanks!

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  2. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (March 2021) in ~talk

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    I'm angry at the moment. Angry because despite my workplace making a big noise about how they care about our wellbeing, and will do whatever they can to ensure the health of their staff, they...

    I'm angry at the moment. Angry because despite my workplace making a big noise about how they care about our wellbeing, and will do whatever they can to ensure the health of their staff, they don't give one solitary fuck about me.
    I've been in discussions with HR and my manager to try to move onto fixed hours rather than a rotating shift pattern, because I feel like the inconsistency in hours is playing havoc with my mental state. Not being able to have any consistency in routine because by the time I've settled into a sleep schedule for the week, it's the weekend and I'm onto a different pattern for the week after. I was told yesterday that it's not possible to put me onto fixed hours because it's unfair to the rest of the team, and besides, shift patterns are commonplace at IT service desks across the world. As if that somehow makes it OK.
    To cap it all, we're expected to be on a video call all day every day, for the sake of "team cohesion" and "learning and development," where really it's just an exercise in not trusting us to actually be there and working. It's stressing me the fuck out. I'm not allowed to turn the volume down because my team leader gets shitty if I don't respond to a question within 10 seconds, so I have to listen to their inane conversations and the whining of at least two laptop fans. It's not like being in the office where you can just about tune it out into background noise. It's blaring out of my laptop for 8 hours straight. It's got me properly on edge. I can't get out of it, and if I'm more than a minute late in joining at the start of my day or after lunch, I get a snide message from my team leader about it. I refuse to put my camera on, so I get sarcastic comments about that at least twice a week. It's such a bullshit idea, and they've dropped all pretence about it being for anything other than "to see what we're doing."

    Fortunately I've spoken to my GP, and been given a sick note for 2 weeks to try to destress and take some time to recentre myself. I'm really hoping that helps. I'm planning to leave my job and go back to uni this year, but September seems like an awfully long way away right now.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Make a loop with the Chrome Music Lab song maker! in ~creative

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    I really dig the syncopation on your loop! It's groovy :D

    I really dig the syncopation on your loop! It's groovy :D

    2 votes
  4. Comment on MIDI Madness! Musical Midi collaboration in ~music

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    I would also recommend Reaper if you're under Linux. It's very powerful, and cross-platform, so you can collaborate more easily with people using different OSes

    I would also recommend Reaper if you're under Linux. It's very powerful, and cross-platform, so you can collaborate more easily with people using different OSes

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Please just let women be villains in ~movies

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    Thanks for the rec! I've been eager to watch more anime so I'm going to go try to locate it :D

    Thanks for the rec! I've been eager to watch more anime so I'm going to go try to locate it :D

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  6. Comment on Make a loop with the Chrome Music Lab song maker! in ~creative

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    Here's one I was mucking about with instead of looking at tickets today at work. Boss fight And one I just came up with now: Five

    Here's one I was mucking about with instead of looking at tickets today at work.
    Boss fight
    And one I just came up with now:
    Five

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Make a loop with the Chrome Music Lab song maker! in ~creative

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    I've been having some fun playing around with this again today, and I thought it'd be cool to see what other people came up with. Have a bash at making something at the link above and let's all...

    I've been having some fun playing around with this again today, and I thought it'd be cool to see what other people came up with. Have a bash at making something at the link above and let's all listen to what you come up with!

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    My girlfriend and I dropped off her cat Marmalade at my sister's house, as my sister is adopting the cat. We stopped for a cuppa and a biscuit, and then got some lunch back at home. We played a...

    My girlfriend and I dropped off her cat Marmalade at my sister's house, as my sister is adopting the cat. We stopped for a cuppa and a biscuit, and then got some lunch back at home. We played a bit of Magic the Gathering, ordered a takeaway curry, got monumentally high, and watched a bit of Sword Art Online. We sat up giggling with each other up until the wee small hours.
    Sunday it was absolutely glorious weather, so we went out for a walk but got distracted 10 minutes into the walk by a hill covered in trees that looked eminently climbable. So we spent the next couple of hours finding trees to climb, fallen logs to dance on (Dirty Dancing style), and finding sticks to have sword fights with. Basically just spent an afternoon spent being a pair of massive kids. Best weekend of the year so far.

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  9. Comment on The Framework Laptop is a 13.5" laptop with swappable mainboards, displays, ports, and more in ~tech

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    Agreed. I'm not in the market for a new laptop at the moment, my Thinkpad t440 is still going strong, but this will definitely be on my radar for a replacement as and when I need one.

    If this laptop actually materializes, I would be really tempted to just buy it instead though. Not necessarily because I like it more than the other options, but because I really want the ideals of modularity in laptops to make a comeback.

    Agreed. I'm not in the market for a new laptop at the moment, my Thinkpad t440 is still going strong, but this will definitely be on my radar for a replacement as and when I need one.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on I'm working on creating a new religion. You may read the beta version of our scripture at disciples.technoslug.org in ~talk

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    And have Taco Tuesday for the reception!

    And have Taco Tuesday for the reception!

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What I rent: £700 a month for a one bed flat in Kings Heath, Birmingham in ~design

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    Personally I find the choices that this person has made for her home rather garish and a bit much to look at, but as a renter myself it's dead interesting to see how much she's been able to make a...

    Personally I find the choices that this person has made for her home rather garish and a bit much to look at, but as a renter myself it's dead interesting to see how much she's been able to make a space her own. I don't know if it's different outside the UK, but landlords here tend not to look too fondly on people decorating their properties.

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  12. Comment on Scientists are concerned by falling sperm counts and declining egg quality. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be the problem. in ~science

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    I remember reading a (fictional) book in high school, where a lad from the future travels back to the present day to try to prevent the invention of some cosmetic product or sun cream (it's been...

    I remember reading a (fictional) book in high school, where a lad from the future travels back to the present day to try to prevent the invention of some cosmetic product or sun cream (it's been 15 years, so I'm fuzzy on the details). That invention, whatever it was, ended up causing such widespread infertility amongst humans that the only way they could ensure the survival of the species was to start cloning, cue all of the associated dystopic scenarios that would entail. The lad that comes back in time is a clone of the present-day main character I think.

    The idea of seemingly innocuous chemicals being harmful in ways we can't see really stuck with me, even if all other details of the book didn't (OT: if this book sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know what it is: I've been curious to read it again!). The advice at the end of the article feels quite sound, even if you doubt the veracity of the fertility claims. The recommendation to use glass food containers instead of plastic should be shouted from the rooftops, IMO. If you've ever microwaved something tomato-based in a plastic tupperware, you'll know that the plastic gets stained red over time. If your food is changing the container's colour, what is the container doing to your food?

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    Whelp, guess I'll be moving on from LastPass then! Any recommendations for an alternative? And does anybody have experience with self-hosting a password manager?

    Whelp, guess I'll be moving on from LastPass then!
    Any recommendations for an alternative? And does anybody have experience with self-hosting a password manager?

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Organizing Life in Checklists in ~life

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    Fellow Tim reporting in! I find Cortex less entertaining than Hello Internet, I struggle with Myke quite a bit. However, the content of the podcast is excellent, and there's a lot of discussion...

    Fellow Tim reporting in!
    I find Cortex less entertaining than Hello Internet, I struggle with Myke quite a bit. However, the content of the podcast is excellent, and there's a lot of discussion about systems and productivity in general. It does make me wonder if Grey falls into the trap of thinking about productivity more than actually being productive, though :D

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The cognitive tradeoff hypothesis in ~science

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    Well well well, I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing! Tildes meta-conversation time: if I've posted something that's been debunked, I feel like I should remove the post... Should I take it down?

    Well well well, I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing!
    Tildes meta-conversation time: if I've posted something that's been debunked, I feel like I should remove the post... Should I take it down?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What pandemic-related norms would you like to see remain once the current COVID-19 crisis is "over"? in ~talk

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    I'm in for this as well, and a number of the people I've spoken to casually have mentioned they feel strongly towards it too. Can only be a good thing :)

    I'm in for this as well, and a number of the people I've spoken to casually have mentioned they feel strongly towards it too. Can only be a good thing :)

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