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  1. Comment on I bought an engagement ring today in ~life

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    Good luck and congrats!

    Good luck and congrats!

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

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    A year+ late to the party, I finally caved and got Hades. I was avoiding it, I think, because I played Bastion by the same studio... And while I didn't hate it, I felt like it was vastly overrated...

    A year+ late to the party, I finally caved and got Hades. I was avoiding it, I think, because I played Bastion by the same studio... And while I didn't hate it, I felt like it was vastly overrated on Metacritic. For some reason "Bastion Roguelike" was not something that got me excited, despite everyone raving about it. Even though it does kinda play like Bastion, it uses that as a sort of "raw material" and does some really cool and creative things. I'd say it compares favorably to Dead Cells (which I also enjoyed a lot): Maybe slightly less difficult (which isn't a bad thing, sometimes Dead Cells crossed the line of being too hard to the point where it wasn't fun at times) and it actually has a good plot and interesting characters. It keeps a lightning-fast pace without crossing the line of being an all-out "button-masher".

    5 votes
  3. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    Probably. If they had that option, it would likely be the optimal strategy.

    Probably. If they had that option, it would likely be the optimal strategy.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    Right: that's exactly what I'm asking about, though. How would they behave differently based on that factor? Things like Tribe M would likely adopt high-risk/high-reward behavior for the men in...

    Right: that's exactly what I'm asking about, though. How would they behave differently based on that factor? Things like Tribe M would likely adopt high-risk/high-reward behavior for the men in the group because it really doesn't matter as much if 3 or 4 of the men die.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How do you distinguish between masculinity and toxic masculinity? in ~talk

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    I see a lot of struggling to identify what "masculinity" really is or what it means. I think that's because it is just hard to understand, especially through the lens of modernity/civilization,...

    I see a lot of struggling to identify what "masculinity" really is or what it means. I think that's because it is just hard to understand, especially through the lens of modernity/civilization, but here's a short thought experiment I'd propose to maybe help define the boundaries of the idea;

    Suppose you had two tribal groups, in some "hunter/gatherer state of nature" with all the risks and realities that entails but with the precise details abstracted away for the sake of argument. Both groups have 10 people; Tribe M has 8 men and 2 women. Tribe F has 8 women and 2 men. So, at least on a group level, Tribe M is more "masculine". Assuming the "goal" of each group in the experiment is to have the highest chance of survival across, say 5 successive generations, what would the optimal set of behaviors/culture for each tribe look like? Remember, the only goal is to maximize "chance of survival and number of offspring in generation 5".

    How would the two tribes behave differently to maximize their chances of survival to gen 5?
    What sort of cultural mores/behaviors would they adopt?
    How might those things be inherited or passed on to successive generations?
    How would the two groups interact with each other if they did?

    I don't really have answers to these things, just wondering.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on On Divorce in ~life

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    Bro. That really hit home. You sound like a pretty awesome dude and I can tell you're going to be OK. Dropping all pretense of political correctness for the sake of some heartfelt advice; You are...

    Bro. That really hit home. You sound like a pretty awesome dude and I can tell you're going to be OK.

    Dropping all pretense of political correctness for the sake of some heartfelt advice; You are 34. As a dude, even if it doesn't totally feel like it yet, your "stock" is about to hit its peak. Get out there and sell it, brother. You were in the military, you probably have some friends in different parts of the country, go check them out.

    It's awesome to hear that you still believe in love. That's a hell of a thing after what you went through. There's nothing you can even learn from that, it's just the universe kicking you in the nuts and trying to make you give up and it sounds like you didn't. That's a fucking inspiration right there.

    Be cool to yourself. Seems like you're a pretty good writer, maybe you could make something out of that.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on More development would ruin our neighborhood’s character and that character is systemic racism in ~life

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    "My Development Company's Plan To Bulldoze The Parks In This Neighborhood And Replace Them With $800K Per Unit High-Density Housing That Only White People Will Buy Is Actually About Ending...

    "My Development Company's Plan To Bulldoze The Parks In This Neighborhood And Replace Them With $800K Per Unit High-Density Housing That Only White People Will Buy Is Actually About Ending Structural Racism"

    Like most things, I think some development happening at a measured rate is great for a lot of reasons. Where I live, they are doubling the population cap over 5 years with no plans to increase services, add businesses, maintain green spaces for mental health, or anything other than "make these developers filthy rich". Wealth concentration on that scale has always historically been the very worst thing for racial justice. Pointing out when that is happening is probably among the best things you can do to effect racial justice.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on How Blizzard's reputation collapsed in just three years in ~games

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    Plaintiffs bar attorneys and state AG offices aren't nearly as reluctant as they used to be with respect to holding evidence away from the public during legal proceedings. From what I read, the CA...

    Plaintiffs bar attorneys and state AG offices aren't nearly as reluctant as they used to be with respect to holding evidence away from the public during legal proceedings. From what I read, the CA department that is prosecuting this offered a mediated settlement to Blizzard and Blizzard told them to take a hike. Blizzard's counsel was likely anticipating what normally happens: A case gets filed and they drag it out for years and slow it down until everyone loses interest, the case gets dropped and the victims get no justice, or some paltry settlement at the end... All with no real negative consequences to speak of for Blizzard.

    Plaintiffs bar attorneys are getting wise to this and engaging PR efforts to attack the company's "brand" with their alleged offenses in parallel with legal proceedings in an effort to put real pressure on the defendants. I have very mixed feelings about this: on one hand, it is much better for the victim to get actual justice out of the process... But on the other, you are basically trying these companies in the " court of public opinion".

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Food in New Orleans? in ~food

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    Drago's Charbroiled Oysters (go to the one in Metairie) R&O Roast Beef Po'Boy Dat Dawg on St. Charles Camelia Grill on St. Charles for breakfast (not the one in Jackson Square) Muffaletta at...

    Drago's Charbroiled Oysters (go to the one in Metairie)
    R&O Roast Beef Po'Boy
    Dat Dawg on St. Charles
    Camelia Grill on St. Charles for breakfast (not the one in Jackson Square)
    Muffaletta at Central Grocery
    Marina Grill in Metairie (? It's by the lake in any case) for breakfast
    Morning Call in Metairie for begneits

    ... Don't be afraid to explore and just sit down in any place that catches your eye... Even the places that locals complain about can be better than almost any restaurant you find in other cities. Nola is in a class of its own as far as culinary experience is concerned. Far and away the best in the country IMHO. Places that exist to "charge people too much money for mediocre food" that are the rank-and-file in other cities just aren't prevalent there.

    Do use caution if you're walking around drunk anywhere outside of Bourbon Street. Robbery is unfortunately common. You're safe in Jackson Square / Bourbon but just stay sober-ish if you're going to other parts of the city.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    Germany comes to mind: the tests for Gymnasium (the high school for "college-bound" kids) happens very early IIRC. I think there are similar things in India, too (and my friends who grew up there...

    Germany comes to mind: the tests for Gymnasium (the high school for "college-bound" kids) happens very early IIRC. I think there are similar things in India, too (and my friends who grew up there have a lot of stories about the unbelievable levels of pressure). That's why I always take those pearl-clutching articles like "U.S. kids are 49th in Math, oh no!" With a big grain of salt... Because what they really mean is every US kid vs. the top x% of most other countries.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    Late "determination" of educational "destiny" so-to-speak. A lot of other developed nations have free/lower-cost post-secondary education and "score better" than U.S. kids, but there's a "cost" we...

    Late "determination" of educational "destiny" so-to-speak. A lot of other developed nations have free/lower-cost post-secondary education and "score better" than U.S. kids, but there's a "cost" we don't talk about a lot: your destiny as "college-bound" in those places is determined by standardized tests you take when you're like 8 years old. They just decide when you're barely out of kindergarten that you're not "college material" and put you on a course to trade school and it's difficult to reverse that from what I understand. That always seemed super gross to me.

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

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    Dragon Quest 11 I was on the fence about this one because I've had awesome experiences with DQ (9 was one of the best games I've ever played) and terrible (I got the 7 remake and it was so boring,...

    Dragon Quest 11

    I was on the fence about this one because I've had awesome experiences with DQ (9 was one of the best games I've ever played) and terrible (I got the 7 remake and it was so boring, I quit halfway through). 11 is good so far: not quite as good as I remember 9 being, but the story keeps moving along nicely, the strategy is interesting and the JRPG "obligatory tropes" are certainly there but not in an overly grating way. It's been a delight so far and I'm glad I got it.

    Griftlands

    Just finished the story mode for the 3 main characters on this one. The writing/dialog/story for all three characters was phenomenal. Especially the last character. The card game / Spire-clone was good enough not to take away anything from the story, but it didn't really motivate me to keep playing after the story modes were finished... Which is probably good, really, because Spire was a borderline addiction: Griftlands was a nice, memorable experience that I would recommend to any Spire/Roguelite fan.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Having doubled the amount of zones under their control in the last two months, even the Taliban are surprised at how fast they're advancing in ~news

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    *Finally admits defeat in Afghanistan *National politics have become completely dysfunctional *Media is completely incapable of representing any kind of "truth": it's essentially just a big game...

    *Finally admits defeat in Afghanistan
    *National politics have become completely dysfunctional
    *Media is completely incapable of representing any kind of "truth": it's essentially just a big game of PR feudalism, parroting talking points and browbeating the relative "outgroup" as harmful.
    *Buildings and infrastructure, built in the halcyon days is beginning to collapse. Regular power and utility outages...Any project to "fix" it will just invite more corruption.

    Man, the last few years before the collapse of the Soviet Union were rough...

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance is truly, truly awful in ~games

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    I feel like going all the way back to that horrible late 90s movie, the D&D IP just gets treated like such a dumpster. The really good things (like the Gold Box games) seem like the exception...

    I feel like going all the way back to that horrible late 90s movie, the D&D IP just gets treated like such a dumpster. The really good things (like the Gold Box games) seem like the exception rather than the rule.

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

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    Griftlands was recently released on Switch and I picked it up. You can't help but compare it to Slay the Spire and I'd say so far it "holds up" although some of the mechanics seem a bit more ......

    Griftlands was recently released on Switch and I picked it up. You can't help but compare it to Slay the Spire and I'd say so far it "holds up" although some of the mechanics seem a bit more ... contrived, maybe? By that I mean that, in general, there are "classes" of cards that sort of interact with each other but not with other cards as much or as in delightfully unpredictable ways as in StS. The add-on and upgrade mechanics feel a little more interesting than StS - cards have more than 1 possible "upgrade" - so it's got that going for it.

    There are 2 "decks", 1 for combat and one for negotiation with some limited ability to choose which one you "do more" throughout a run. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that, but it's kinda interesting. The other thing that sticks out compared to StS is that it's much more narrative/theme heavy. For a Roguelite it's kind of a weird design choice... I'm still OK with it, but I can quickly sense how doing the same dialog run after run will turn into a bit of a drag in the not-too-distant future. The story seems to have some "fixed" characters and situations, while others are random run-to-run. For example, a character you a "friendly" with on one run may hate you in another run: and that's another interesting mechanic - You get persistent bonuses for characters who "love" you and debuffs from characters who "hate" you... For killing their best friend or getting them fired from their job.

    So "overall" I'd give StS the edge as a "pure card-based Roguelite" but Griftlands is a strong contender based on the story, characters and bolt-on mechanics even if it doesn't show the same kind of "long-range replayability" that StS had.

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

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    Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's...

    Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's pretty good).

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

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    Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40...

    Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40 mins between missions really started to feel like a huge drag. The replay feature was awesome, but I dug my 3DS out to play Awakening again and Awakening just didn't have those problems (although supports were harder to get).

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  18. Comment on There is no ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in ~misc

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    As Americans, we can reasonably discuss the matter in the same way we "reasonably" engineer and pay for all the guided munitions that are killing children. It's not just Israel that pays the price...

    As Americans, we can reasonably discuss the matter in the same way we "reasonably" engineer and pay for all the guided munitions that are killing children. It's not just Israel that pays the price for that barbarism: America's name is on every one if those missiles and aircraft and so is our reputation and moral authority in the world.

    When Israel pays for and develops their own weapons they can get indignant about Americans asking why they are subjecting these people to disproportionate levels of violence.

    Israel has every right to exist and defend itself. What's happening now with levelling clinics and media buildings is retroactive to those goals and puts America in danger to boot.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on California will discourage students who are gifted at math in ~humanities

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    "If we eliminate advanced math from public education that will make everyone equal" works fine if you entirely ignore human nature and a few laws of physics. Now you have created a situation where...

    "If we eliminate advanced math from public education that will make everyone equal" works fine if you entirely ignore human nature and a few laws of physics. Now you have created a situation where there are two kids who are very good at math: one rich and one poor. There rich kid hires an expensive private tutor. Congratulations: you made the problem 1000x worse now.

    I guess the next step is to make it illegal to learn except in government-mandated ways? Go read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. I used to think that short story was satirical... Now I'm not so sure.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    The point he made - or rather the question he put forward - that seems really critical but kind of got missed by everyone fixating on the personalities themselves is "both sides have their...

    The point he made - or rather the question he put forward - that seems really critical but kind of got missed by everyone fixating on the personalities themselves is "both sides have their extremes, why do people associate the left's more readily with the mainstream". Hopefully people see through that more with the Jan 6th attacks, etc.

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