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  1. Comment on What TLDs do you view the most positively? in ~comp

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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.

    1 vote
  2. 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!

    1 vote
  3. 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

    3 votes
  4. 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
  5. Comment on Soccer Mommy - Lucy in ~music

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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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Comment on How to cast internet videos to my Chromecast? (It's not as simple as it seems!) [SOLVED] 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    lol at the yolo buy, I know how that goes. Which one did you get? I've been thinking of getting back into 3d printing, I have a OneUp V2 that I used years ago to see if I liked it. I did, just...

    Edit: just yolo bought a resin printer

    lol at the yolo buy, I know how that goes. Which one did you get?

    I've been thinking of getting back into 3d printing, I have a OneUp V2 that I used years ago to see if I liked it. I did, just needed something larger. Any suggestions on a filament printer around $300-400?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    Oh awesome, thanks for the recommendations! I'll check those all out. Took a quick look at Article, really like some of their stuff. Nice designs and details. Yeah, that transparent cable is...

    Oh awesome, thanks for the recommendations! I'll check those all out. Took a quick look at Article, really like some of their stuff. Nice designs and details.

    Yeah, that transparent cable is fantastic. It blows people's minds that the tiny cable powers the entire TV. I'll be painting over mine white, should completely disappear.

    You can upload your own artwork, but from my understanding, it won't look as good. Samsung does a bunch of custom work to each piece of art to make it look right, stuff with contrast and what not. The subscription service is really annoying, but it does offer a ton of art, and everything has looked really nice. I also messed with my brightness/color settings, made everything a touch warmer and I keep it all dim. There are separate color/brightness settings for art mode which is awesome. I do want to download some high quality painting scans and see how it looks.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    Yeah I suppose you are right! Yeah the original pieces are difficult to collect though, the pricing is getting pretty stupid. I was looking for an Andersen or Wikkelsø coffee table, but the prices...

    Yeah I suppose you are right!

    Yeah the original pieces are difficult to collect though, the pricing is getting pretty stupid. I was looking for an Andersen or Wikkelsø coffee table, but the prices are a little high. They aren't crazy (sometimes they are), but just beyond what I impulsively will spend. Ended up getting a decent table/couch from Wayfair. Their designs are okay, does the job, and cost half of what I would really like. Looks half as good too though.

    Oh yeah, the Frame is great, it was a huge upgrade. It's a little pricey if you look at specs and what not (which I don't really care about), but it can't be beat for the art mode. If it is in a dim room, you can tell it's a TV, but if there is sunlight in the room, it does a very convincing job of looking like a painting. I had a neighbor over and we were talking in the living room, when he left he noticed the empty TV box and asked to see the new tv and walked right by it haha. I had to stop him and show him, his mind was blown, cause he'd been looking at it earlier thinking I got a new piece of art on the wall.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

    blake
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    No problem! Ha yeah, I know how that goes, but I was the kid breaking things at home. I remember my dad just constantly fixing things that the four of us found ways to break. Funny, I bought my...

    No problem! Ha yeah, I know how that goes, but I was the kid breaking things at home. I remember my dad just constantly fixing things that the four of us found ways to break.

    Funny, I bought my dad a range gift card for Christmas, so we are going to hit the range in spring a bit. The range and a pitcher or two of beer, that's where it's at!

    1 vote