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  1. Comment on Any motorcyclists here? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    Oh that is good to know! Yeah that looks like the option I'd lean towards myself too.

    Oh that is good to know! Yeah that looks like the option I'd lean towards myself too.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Any motorcyclists here? in ~hobbies

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    I ride, and it's the best. If you love cycling those twisty roads, you'll probably love them on a bike. You get the same feeling, but even more so. Since you cycle, you probably know that everyone...

    I ride, and it's the best. If you love cycling those twisty roads, you'll probably love them on a bike. You get the same feeling, but even more so.

    Since you cycle, you probably know that everyone wants you dead (at least it seems that way), that doesn't change on a motorcycle. Ride like no one can see you, and if they do see you, they will merge into you anyway. Riding like I'm invisible has saved me so many times.

    It's hard to recommend a bike, especially since I ride old ridiculous two strokes. The Triumph seems like a good idea, I've considered a Triumph for a modern bike. Find something with ABS if the budget allows. The 1200 may be a bit large, I dunno. I'd at least go 500-600cc if you want to enjoy some speed, 250cc is just not enough if you are going to be hitting the highway regularly.

    The Scrambler looks awesome, but it may not be ideal for handling those twisties, you may consider the street triple instead. More sporty, but it is going to handle way better in the hills, power won't be an issue. The Scrambler will probs be more comfortable though, and if you aren't trying to send it hard through the turns, then the sport bike may not be ideal and the scrambler will probably work really well. Lots to think about! Ducati also makes a scrambler, pretty much everyone does now.

    Get the endorsement and get comfortable on a bike and go do some test rides to figure out what sort of riding you plan on doing. There's a reason I've got multiple bikes and plan on more haha.

    As for outdoor storage, I've done that for years. The bike gets a little beat up from the elements, but a cover helps a lot. Keep it covered, and hidden, and it will be fine. Make it hard to steal, that will deter 99.999% of theft attempts.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to all of the Paramore discography for the last week or two haha! I never got into their music much back in the day, decided to listen to it all and I've had "All We Know is...

    I've been listening to all of the Paramore discography for the last week or two haha! I never got into their music much back in the day, decided to listen to it all and I've had "All We Know is Falling", "Riot!", and their self titled album on repeat for like five days straight. Good stuff.

    Always listening to Snail Mail, can't get enough.

    San Cisco has a new album, but I prefer their acoustic/live version of the songs so far (I need to actually listen to the entire album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8Sv70qphI

    Parcels self titled album is amazing all the way through.

    Jean Tonique - Plage d'or

    The Breeders - Last Splash - classic album

    Agar Agar - Cardan - Also can't get enough of this EP, it's been in the rotation all year.

    Side note, I've been listening to a lot more music on my iPod. Turns out there is a big growing community around modding them, which is hilarious. So I've got mine with like 400GB of storage and a massive battery and bluetooth and everything, it's been amazing.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Looking for albums that are both beautiful and melancholic in ~music

    blake
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    I love that TOPS albums, so good!

    I love that TOPS albums, so good!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What TLDs do you view the most positively? in ~comp

    blake
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    Same! I got my <lastname>.email so that's fun. I like to give out <firstname>@<lastname>.email I think it's awesome. Haven't thought to use the me@ setup yet, that's a good idea.

    Same!

    I got my <lastname>.email so that's fun. I like to give out <firstname>@<lastname>.email I think it's awesome.

    Haven't thought to use the me@ setup yet, that's a good idea.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What TLDs do you view the most positively? in ~comp

    blake
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    Thanks! I just borrowed a template and tweaked it a little. I haven't done any webdev in like ten years, so I just tweak HTML. I wanted it to be fast, easy to read, and super simple. Haha! Yeah...

    Thanks! I just borrowed a template and tweaked it a little. I haven't done any webdev in like ten years, so I just tweak HTML. I wanted it to be fast, easy to read, and super simple.

    Haha! Yeah GPL may be a little difficult to get domains for. That, and three-letter domains are always in high demand. Hope you find something that works for you!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What TLDs do you view the most positively? in ~comp

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    for personal sites: .email .website .me .com I'm also using google domains, very happy with them as a registrar. Good features and pricing. Protip: grab your name's .email and .website while you...

    for personal sites:
    .email
    .website
    .me
    .com

    I'm also using google domains, very happy with them as a registrar. Good features and pricing.

    Protip: grab your name's .email and .website while you can, they are still in fairly low demand. I'm fortunate that my name is relatively uncommon. Also lucky my last name starts with an "s", really works out nice.

    Here's my super unfinished personal site: https://blakes.email

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What we know about Joe Biden’s possible Vice Presidential picks in ~misc

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    Call me crazy, but I think Yang would be his best option. Not going to happen, he's already committed to a female VP, which is awesome too. I just think Yang would bring more to that position than...

    Call me crazy, but I think Yang would be his best option. Not going to happen, he's already committed to a female VP, which is awesome too. I just think Yang would bring more to that position than anyone else. But I'm biased too.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Soccer Mommy - Lucy in ~music

    blake
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    Oh yeah totally, now that you mention that I can totally hear it (listening to the album now haha). Color Theory is def a more complete album, has a great sound. I think I just need to give this...

    Oh yeah totally, now that you mention that I can totally hear it (listening to the album now haha). Color Theory is def a more complete album, has a great sound. I think I just need to give this album more listening time.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Soccer Mommy - Lucy in ~music

    blake
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    Honestly the EPs are really what do it for me, but that is also the music I fell in love with a couple years back. The major problem was the mastering, the newer albums have great production.

    Honestly the EPs are really what do it for me, but that is also the music I fell in love with a couple years back. The major problem was the mastering, the newer albums have great production.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What does your ideal society look like? in ~talk

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    I'm not going to get very expansive at all ( I don't have the time ), but I'd start with UBI. Second is a truly transparent capitalist economy with a focus on fairness, competition, and openness....

    I'm not going to get very expansive at all ( I don't have the time ), but I'd start with UBI.

    Second is a truly transparent capitalist economy with a focus on fairness, competition, and openness. So yeah, probably never going to happen.

    More reading:
    https://www.globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/Explorations_TheTransparentEconomy.pdf
    https://quillette.com/2019/03/10/the-clear-case-for-capitalism/

    Obviously I don't agree with everything in the above reading, but there are good points made for opening up competition and forcing transparency in certain markets. Clearly some regulation is needed, and regulation can be used to create competition e.g. CAFE standards via the EISA Act in the auto industry directly resulted in a significant increases in engine technology in a short time (2007-now).

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What does your ideal society look like? in ~talk

    blake
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    lol, that is def part of my ideal ha

    lol, that is def part of my ideal ha

    6 votes
  13. Comment on AMD announces the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X processors in ~tech

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    A few years ago it would have been odd to imagine AMD's low budget line of CPUs being roughly equivalent to Intel's i7 (relative to the time, i7 6700:...

    A few years ago it would have been odd to imagine AMD's low budget line of CPUs being roughly equivalent to Intel's i7 (relative to the time, i7 6700: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/88196/intel-core-i7-6700-processor-8m-cache-up-to-4-00-ghz.html)

    And this is why competition is good, Intel had zero plans to increase core counts, let alone a new CPU line (i9 is a direct response to AMD's high core count CPUs).

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Nearly 11,000,000 kilograms of strawberries might get thrown in the trash in California each week due to weakened demand caused by coronavirus in ~food

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    I think you meant to write "demand" in the title instead of "supply". Not sure how a weak supply would lead to the need to dispose of product.

    I think you meant to write "demand" in the title instead of "supply". Not sure how a weak supply would lead to the need to dispose of product.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on [SOLVED] How to cast internet videos to my Chromecast? (It's not as simple as it seems!) in ~tech

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    Honestly sounds like something wrong with your operating system/chrome install/network. All of those things should work perfectly fine. Youtube in Chrome supports casting, should be a button next...

    Honestly sounds like something wrong with your operating system/chrome install/network.

    All of those things should work perfectly fine. Youtube in Chrome supports casting, should be a button next to the full screen button. Every other web video you should be able to cast via casting the tab.

    Try creating a different user profile on your PC and see if it works. Something is bjorked somewhere.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    I live in Seattle, so people are starting to freak out a little bit. Not badly, but the panic/stupidity is showing a little. I went to the store last night (late, to avoid people), and I noticed...

    I live in Seattle, so people are starting to freak out a little bit. Not badly, but the panic/stupidity is showing a little.

    I went to the store last night (late, to avoid people), and I noticed all the bottled water was bought out. Bottled water. What do people think is going to happen? Is the running water going to stop?

    I work in IT, so a lot of our clients are considering remote working solutions, most of them already have everything they need for remote work, but people are getting refreshers and what not. Appears that a lot of our small businesses are going to be working from home in the next couple weeks. I've also been noticing slightly fewer people on the roads in the last week.

    I have had one cancelled hang out with a friend so far.

    Last week everyone was joking about coronavirus but now no one is, everyone is taking it much more seriously.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Just discovered Agar Agar, and omg they are top notch stuff. Their Cardan EP is fantastic. Also a little bit of The Alan Parsons Project, favorite album is I Robot for sure. I've been all over the...

    Just discovered Agar Agar, and omg they are top notch stuff. Their Cardan EP is fantastic.

    Also a little bit of The Alan Parsons Project, favorite album is I Robot for sure.

    I've been all over the place this week:

    Soccer Mommy - For Young Hearts and Collection
    Ratboys - GN
    Alaskalaska - The Dots - Love this album so much
    Dabeull - Intimate Fonk - so fonky
    Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again
    Denali - Denali - Underappreciated album I think
    Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

    Always looking for recs if you've got any!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

    blake
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    lol that sounds crazy, ha I thought I had a crazy weekend doing blow every day all day.

    lol that sounds crazy, ha I thought I had a crazy weekend doing blow every day all day.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on How do you buy a car? in ~talk

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    Deciding on the car: I lean towards Subaru first, safety and AWD. Prioritization: For me, it's AWD, which Subaru has the best/simplest system. Next is safety, which Subaru again is way up there....
    • Deciding on the car: I lean towards Subaru first, safety and AWD.
      • Prioritization: For me, it's AWD, which Subaru has the best/simplest system. Next is safety, which Subaru again is way up there. Even their older cars are incredibly robust. I'll never get a FWD vehicle, I live in Seattle and the rain/sometimes snow does not make driving a FWD car a good experience (I've owned two FWD vehicles and they are no good in the rain and slick roads).
      • If I like it or not: I don't actually like the newer Subaru's very much, or most newer cars. CVTs are pretty terrible driving experience (for me), but do the job. I'd probably go with an AWD VW at this point, with a six speed DSG transmission. I've driven enough VW that I know I enjoy the experience and the DSG is fantastic.
      • Spouse car selection: My (ex)spouse wasn't too concerned about what type of car we got, but after the slower FWD cars, going to a six cylinder Subaru wagon made her fall in love with that car. She's still driving it and only wants a Subaru now. Apparently you either love or hate Subaru's. Her next car is going to be the Crosstrek Hybrid I think, in a couple years. I think the big thing for selecting a car for the spouse was something that feels solid/safe, has enough power to get out of it's own way, and can stop well. Comfort and drive ability are important too. We got something with leather interior, heated seats, good stereo.
    • New/Used: We always went used, for budget reasons. My spouse and I are very debt averse, only bought cars with cash. I also go with used because the slightly older cars tend to offer more value for what you pay, and I like the way the slightly older cars feel/drive/look. I'm driving an '08 Subaru now, my ex-wife drives our older '01 Outback, and I own a '91 Loyale and '72 Opel GT. They do require more maintenance and have no warranty, but I can do the work myself/know people to help, which I think is a requirement for owning used cars. I have the factory service manual for all my cars, as long as I can follow the manual, I can fix literally anything on my car (if I own the right tools).
    • Price negotiation: That's a tough one. I usually end up paying close to full price cause I suck at negotiating, and typically there is a "Subaru tax" up here in the PNW. They are in high demand, so the sellers/dealers know that someone will pick the car up for close to the asking price. Usually they price the cars relatively fair anyway. I've had my best luck just by looking at other pricing for similar vehicles, negotiating off of those prices. KBB doesn't mean much to people up here when it comes to certain cars.
    3 votes
  20. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    Wow 3D printers have gotten so much cheaper, even resin printers! I may have to look into resin printing ha, it's much more affordable now. Funny, fumes is something I've been worried about with...

    Wow 3D printers have gotten so much cheaper, even resin printers! I may have to look into resin printing ha, it's much more affordable now. Funny, fumes is something I've been worried about with getting back into 3D printing. I'll probably just put it in the garage or something.

    Thanks for the rec, that is probably going to be a yolo buy for me.

    1 vote