bkimmel's recent activity

  1. Comment on Tips for moving to VA? in ~life

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Traffic is not great, but I'll say it's gotten a lot better after the pandemic. DC area jobs broadly had simultaneously the least reason to be in the office and a lot of stuffy policies forcing...

    Traffic is not great, but I'll say it's gotten a lot better after the pandemic. DC area jobs broadly had simultaneously the least reason to be in the office and a lot of stuffy policies forcing people to be there. The WFH revolution had a much bigger impact on DC than most cities with a huge drop in people driving in. Traffic is still bad and if you can afford to live by one of the Metro stations in Herndon/Reston, I'd highly recommend that.

    Potential areas of culture shock: you're moving into the most highly educated county in the nation. It's a lot harder to be the "smartest person in the room" here. If someone tells you they "work for the government" and doesn't seem keen to discuss it too much, don't push the issue. There are a lot of 3-letter agency employees/contractors in the area. If you see political/news people you know out and about, don't make a big deal about it; this is "Hollywood for Ugly People" as the saying goes.

    Like the other commenter said, the Dog Days of summer are humid here. But I'd say a really nice thing is that Spring and Fall are both amazing and they "last longer" here. Which is nice because you are within 30/40 minutes of three very nice National Parks. If you enjoy biking, the W&OD trail is one of the nicest experiences you can have, lined with little brewpubs and bike shops along the way. Reston is literally a grid of beautiful paved trails through the woods connecting the lakes, Village Centers, and Golf Courses. It's been massively overdeveloped in places (and getting worse) but it's a quality of life you won't find almost anywhere else.

    Other fun things;
    Aslin brewery in Herndon Old Town (they usually have food trucks)
    Jimmy's in Old Town
    Lake Anne Village Center is like going to Europe... Esp. if you are a Brutalism/architecture buff.
    Lots of "great experience" wineries/breweries within 30ish minutes (Vanish, Paradise Springs, Bull Run to name a few).
    Meadowlark Gardens is amazing.
    Wolf Trap is great - go see any show there at all, it's just fun to be in.
    Occoquan/Clifton are both fun and have great hiking around.
    Tons of really nice little concerts at Reston Town, Lake Anne, Herndon Fest, etc.

    And, of course, all the stuff in DC 20 minutes down the road.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Why the GOP won't deliver on any of their promises (including Roe v. Wade) in ~humanities

  3. Comment on Leaked draft opinion show the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights in ~news

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    After decades and decades of making noise over it, I can't believe they actually did it. This is the worst possible thing for the GOP. There was almost no way to make the midterms about anything...

    After decades and decades of making noise over it, I can't believe they actually did it. This is the worst possible thing for the GOP. There was almost no way to make the midterms about anything but inflation... Now it is 100 pct Roe and the status quo is 90 pct against their position. I even lean pro-life somewhat and I will absolutely vote against this as a single issue. This is absolutely the GOPs dumbest moment and a complete loss of either control or understanding of the political situation.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

    bkimmel
    Link
    In the context of the War, I think it's a little disingenuous to look at Azov as a fair indication of the average Ukrainian's political views, however far-right they may be. The war started in...

    In the context of the War, I think it's a little disingenuous to look at Azov as a fair indication of the average Ukrainian's political views, however far-right they may be. The war started in 2014 by the Russians took away a lot of the ability of Ukraine to be as critical towards far-right attitudes as the average citizen there would probably like to be.

    Consider what would happen if, say, China invaded California. Would the U.S. continue pushing so hard on tearing down Confederate monuments? Probably not, because that would be seen as the far lesser of two evils... I hate Confederate imagery, but honestly in that situation I'd be likely to say "You know what? Keep your General Lee statue for another 50 years or so, just use some of those guns you got piled up there to keep the invading army from sacking my house"...Which would suck, but hey that's war. Which is yet another reason that war is the worst thing... Which takes us back to Square 1 in 2014 when Russia started a war.

    "You let your far right-wingers on too long of a leash" in that context is not nearly as clever or astute a criticism as this author seems to think it is, in my honest opinion.

    24 votes
  5. Comment on What are good British TV comedies that are not too specific to the UK? in ~tv

    bkimmel
    Link
    Not sure where you can find episodes these days, but if you enjoyed Matt Berry from IT Crowd and "pitch black dark British comedy" I'd recommend "Snuff Box".

    Not sure where you can find episodes these days, but if you enjoyed Matt Berry from IT Crowd and "pitch black dark British comedy" I'd recommend "Snuff Box".

    2 votes
  6. Comment on If I wanted to make a game like Wordle, where would I start? in ~comp

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    HTML/CSS is meant to lay out print. And Canvas is way overshooting the mark IMHO. You need JS to make SVG "interact" in a lot of ways you'd expect a game to, but taking someone with 0 knowledge...

    HTML/CSS is meant to lay out print. And Canvas is way overshooting the mark IMHO. You need JS to make SVG "interact" in a lot of ways you'd expect a game to, but taking someone with 0 knowledge and facing a path of either:
    A) Learn HTML => Learn CSS Block layout => Learn How to hack it up in an ugly way to make fun shapes for a game and layout pieces "spatially" (which it is not meant to do) => Then add JS on top of that
    B) Learn just enough HTML & CSS to position an <svg> element in the middle of a page => Make some shapes in SVG (literally "<circle>") and in the declarative way that SVG prvides, indicate the coordinates you want it to be at... it's just much more intuitive and has a lot less "stupid surprises" than CSS does. After doing CSS for like 30 years you tend to forget how many of those there are. "Make a shape, put it there" is much easier to learn from scratch than "Block, width 80%... oh wait wait, but box-sizing: border-box... and don't forget the outline yada yada yada". I'm not one of these guys that "looks down" on CSS - I actually love it. But I'm sticking to the recommendation of SVG just on the grounds that it correlates directly with making a game more. You want to be a professional Web Dev? Sure, go hog wild at CSS, but that's not what the OP asked for. I bet they would have a lot more fun with SVG. You can see it immediately and start making funs shapes and move the numbers around as you like - it has lots of easy free editors and it's open source as OP asked for. OP asked for something that would be fun to play with and everyone jumped at them with their favorite convoluted Web stack. The recommendation for SVG stands.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on If I wanted to make a game like Wordle, where would I start? in ~comp

    bkimmel
    Link
    I see a lot of "Js, css, and html" here, which is to be expected, but I'd actually suggest you focus on SVG specifically. It allows you to make any kind of basic shape and it's going to be better...

    I see a lot of "Js, css, and html" here, which is to be expected, but I'd actually suggest you focus on SVG specifically. It allows you to make any kind of basic shape and it's going to be better for laying out games than hacking html/css.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Google search is dying: Reddit is currently the most popular search engine. The only people who don’t know that are the team at Reddit, who can’t be bothered to build a decent search interface. in ~tech

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    One of my favorite "what ifs" to think about is Google not killing Reader and instead building on it to push the "next version of the Web". Would have been so much more profitable for them and for...

    Google owns part of the blame for crippling RSS, privileging recent pages and specific domains or AMP pages over evergreen, self-hosted content in search results, and trying to push everyone into Web 2.0 nonsense that they sucked at instead of the traditional web that they were good at.

    One of my favorite "what ifs" to think about is Google not killing Reader and instead building on it to push the "next version of the Web". Would have been so much more profitable for them and for humanity. Twitter never happens on a large scale... Probably Trump never happens. The further we get into this version of the future, the worse that decision looks. Even in other areas, the reputation Google got from killing Reader hampers their cloud efforts, etc.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Gary Chambers - Scars and Bars - Political ad in ~misc

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    The guy who produced these is a personal friend of mine. I said years ago to anyone who would listen that he should have been given this kind of control - he's just that talented. He was on the...

    The guy who produced these is a personal friend of mine. I said years ago to anyone who would listen that he should have been given this kind of control - he's just that talented. He was on the Yang primary and a big reason Yang was punching so far above his weight class as late in the game as he was. He can land haymakers like this all day. You're right - they're not "attack ads" in the classic sense of "Tom X voted for Y and took bribes" but they tell a story about the opposition in a way that I've only ever really seen GOP ad-makers do well.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on The Gold Rush returns to California in ~enviro

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    That documentary sounds very interesting. I'm going to try and find that.

    That documentary sounds very interesting. I'm going to try and find that.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The Gold Rush returns to California in ~enviro

    bkimmel
    Link
    Over pandemic, I took up "small scale gold and mineral prospecting" up as a hobby. Haven't really found much to speak of yet, but it's really fun and there's a bunch of YouTubers to follow. I'm...

    Over pandemic, I took up "small scale gold and mineral prospecting" up as a hobby. Haven't really found much to speak of yet, but it's really fun and there's a bunch of YouTubers to follow. I'm looking at buying my first high-banker sometime in the Spring maybe. Right now I just have a basic panning set, but it's still a lot of fun and if you do it on a small scale it doesn't really have a negative effect on the environment other than disturbing a little bit of soil/sediment around creekbeds.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The New York Times buys Wordle in ~games

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Oh wow, I was just thinking about Place the other day (that was the one where everyone got to draw with pixels right?). That was such a fun idea, totally makes sense it came from the same place as...

    Oh wow, I was just thinking about Place the other day (that was the one where everyone got to draw with pixels right?). That was such a fun idea, totally makes sense it came from the same place as Wordle.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Hospital refusing heart transplant for man who won't get vaccinated in ~health.coronavirus

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    No, these people have by-and-large placed everyone at risk by overwhelming the health care system with their ignorance: Safe in their smug knowledge that when they get afflicted (and they know...

    No, these people have by-and-large placed everyone at risk by overwhelming the health care system with their ignorance: Safe in their smug knowledge that when they get afflicted (and they know they will) doctors and nurses will do everything can to take on the burden of their own "act of defiance".

    If they were as brave as they think they are, they would all stay home and die instead of filling up the hospitals... But we know they're not doing that.

    This crisis would be over in a week if hospitals said they won't treat people who refuse to get vaccinated and these people had to actually face consequences that their privilege has shielded them from for most of their lives.

    It's really a case where making a few public examples like this would probably save more lives in the long run. They all say "I'm willing to die" because no one calls their bluff... And it's killing thousands of people... So call their bluff.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Ah thanks. Don't see why she was booted, like I said - she didn't come off that bad to me and I've worked around media trainers for a while. Was she polished? Certainly not. Maybe not the person...

    Ah thanks. Don't see why she was booted, like I said - she didn't come off that bad to me and I've worked around media trainers for a while. Was she polished? Certainly not. Maybe not the person they wanted as the "front" for the group so maybe as a breach of message control that's warranted... but based solely on the performance in the interview I don't think she did anything that damaging, to be honest.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Yeah. I said the same below. If I came away from it with any kind of "impression" it was the Fox news host badgering someone fronting a position that doesn't seem that unreasonable... mocking her...

    Yeah. I said the same below. If I came away from it with any kind of "impression" it was the Fox news host badgering someone fronting a position that doesn't seem that unreasonable... mocking her for wanting to be a teacher... trying to funny but not really getting off the "petty/mean" square.

    TBH I've seen trained politicians do a lot worse. I don't see what all the fuss is about.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Wait, though.. the text reads And it looks like Kimezukae (who is Doreen?) wrote that? So does Doreen prefer he/him? I'm happy to edit it either way to avoid misgendering Doreen.

    Wait, though.. the text reads

    Who's /u/Kimezukae ? Why did he do interviews?

    And it looks like Kimezukae (who is Doreen?) wrote that? So does Doreen prefer he/him? I'm happy to edit it either way to avoid misgendering Doreen.

  17. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

    bkimmel
    Link Parent
    Thank you for catching that. Fixed it.

    Thank you for catching that. Fixed it.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Popular subreddit r/antiwork goes private after Fox interview in ~tech

    bkimmel
    (edited )
    Link
    Not the greatest performance I've ever seen in front of an interviewer, but after reading the comments here I expected to see some kind of catastrophic implosion and I just don't see it: She got...

    Not the greatest performance I've ever seen in front of an interviewer, but after reading the comments here I expected to see some kind of catastrophic implosion and I just don't see it:
    She got her talking points for the cause across in a way that doesn't seem completely unreasonable.
    She kept her composure for the most part.
    The Fox News anchor was antagonizing, but I don't think scored any hits I would call more than "catty".

    She could certainly do with some training re: how to present herself and her ideas... But I don't see the meltdown I was expecting after reading all the takes.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

    bkimmel
    Link
    Went to an AirBnB "farm stay" on a last-minute booking. It's something I've done a lot during the pandemic because it's relatively "safe" in that it's mostly outdoors and you get a place to...

    Went to an AirBnB "farm stay" on a last-minute booking. It's something I've done a lot during the pandemic because it's relatively "safe" in that it's mostly outdoors and you get a place to yourself. It's been a nice stand-in for the normal travel I haven't been able to do and it's allowed me to explore a lot of state parks / national forest areas I might have otherwise missed.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on I lost $400,000, almost everything I had, on a single Robinhood bet in ~finance

    bkimmel
    Link
    Alibaba crashing was basically because of the Ma/Xi conflict, I think. One of the most common mistakes in 'business' I've seen destroy companies is the belief that you can ignore politics. I would...

    Alibaba crashing was basically because of the Ma/Xi conflict, I think. One of the most common mistakes in 'business' I've seen destroy companies is the belief that you can ignore politics. I would never put a lot of money in anything tied to China for both ethical and pragmatic reasons.

    3 votes