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  1. 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
  2. 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!

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  3. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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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
  4. 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.
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  5. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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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
  6. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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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
  7. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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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
  8. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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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
  9. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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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!

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  10. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Sure! We race around the Pacific Northwest area. I race with Northwest Rally Association, they do amazing work. Everyone is super friendly and helpful, and still nice and competitive. Nobody takes...

    Sure!

    We race around the Pacific Northwest area. I race with Northwest Rally Association, they do amazing work. Everyone is super friendly and helpful, and still nice and competitive. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. I wanted to do some ice racing up in Vancouver this year, but I think I'll wait till next, give the car a break. There are tons of autocross racing as well, I plan on giving that a try this year as well, I'll wait till it's warmer. That happens every weekend pretty much at multiple venues with multiple different clubs. There are track days just about every weekend as well in the area. Check out motorsportreg.com to find racing in your area if you are curious. Sometimes it is fun just to go watch and talk to people.

    Yeah I am renting, so my options are pretty limited. So pretty much exclusively furniture and what not. I'd probably be able to do a kitchen if I paid for it, but mine is good enough. I am thinking of doing crown moulding at some point, maybe later this year. I have a bit of freedom with what I can do, it just needs to be repairable.

    Ha that's funny, my drive is gaaaarbage (but I just started, it'll get there), but my short game is halfway decent. Par 3 is where I'm halfway decent, I'm good with my 6-7 iron, then a couple putts and I'm usually close to par. Par 5 is where I'm garbage, I can't drive far enough or consistent enough yet.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    My most time/money intensive hobbies are my cars and motorcycles. Rallycross (racing my '08 Subaru Legacy 3.0R) Involves a lot of replacing broken bits, preventative maintenance, and upgrades Most...

    My most time/money intensive hobbies are my cars and motorcycles.

    • Rallycross (racing my '08 Subaru Legacy 3.0R)

      • Involves a lot of replacing broken bits, preventative maintenance, and upgrades
      • Most recent upgrade is a custom transmission valve body for super fast/hard shifts
      • Next upgrade is a tune and then headers/exhaust and intake work in a couple months
      • Replacing all rear suspension components/bushings soon
      • Racing is starting in the next couple of months, getting stoked
    • My motorcycles - 1969 Yamaha R3 and 1969 Yamaha YG5-T

      • Constant little bits of love to keep them working safely
      • Recently replaced some cables, speedo cable, and chain replacement/lubing
      • Replacing the clutch in both of them before summer
      • Repairing the YG5-T seat
      • Brakes are coming up soon on the R3
    • My 1992 Loyale is getting a new engine and AWD conversion

      • Building a forged EJ22 short block soon
      • Just got custom ground camshafts done
      • Hopefully around spring/summer I can start getting the motor/trans swapped in
    • 1972 Opel GT restoration

      • Waiting for better weather, but I have all the glass and most interior removed
    • Very little computer games, I don't like how much time disappears. Have been playing Halo on the PC though, have about 6-7 hours in the last couple weeks.

    • Music - Sometimes I'll loose an hour or two just discovering things.

      • Just got new headphones (DT990 Pro 250 ohm) so I'm having fun with those
      • Setup some Google Home minis or whatever they call them, setup in a speaker group, really fills the apartment with music well. I've got big beautiful tower speakers but having a speaker in the kitchen and the bedroom really fills out the sound when I'm moving around.
    • Reading/audiobooks - Not as much as I'd like, but about 30-60 minutes/day

      • Very slowly going through The Histories
      • Listening to The Three Body Problem
    • Researching/planning home upgrades

      • I'm pretty basic and really enjoy mid century modern styling (of course)
      • Always on the look out of specific pieces, searching craigslist/ebay
      • Favorite score is my bentwood Laurel lamp
      • Finally got a TV (Samsung Frame TV). I wanted art more than anything, and the Frame TV does an amazing job of bringing the room together without making it look like a giant slab of black on the wall.
      • Next piece is probably a Cadovius or Cado-like wall system, hit me up if you have a hookup
      • Lighting is in progress, slowly upgrading to high CRI LED bulbs, probably going all Sorra bulbs this year. Would like to setup some nice track lighting, but I'm in an apartment so it's not going to be simple.
    • Business development - Used to be much more of a hobby

      • Always planning/thinking of another business to start, not running any on my own at the moment.
    • I used to be into electronic hardware development, never got good at it. Would like to start again someday.

    • Picked up golf this last year, looking forward to better weather. Still hit the range every once in a while, been about a month though.

    12 votes
  12. Comment on Choosing a new printer in ~comp

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    I've dealt with a lot of printers in my decade of IT. If I were to buy a printer for myself, I'd look for an HP LaserJet business/Enterprise printer that fits my needs. HP has the least terrible...

    I've dealt with a lot of printers in my decade of IT. If I were to buy a printer for myself, I'd look for an HP LaserJet business/Enterprise printer that fits my needs. HP has the least terrible drivers.

    Again, it must be a business or Enterprise printer, all others are garbage and their drivers are garbage too.

    Brother laser printers are fine for the money, but they all have the same problems you are seeing now, they slowly start to die. Also brother drivers and software is trash.

    Although since you are using a Mac I'm not sure any of this advice is useful, I've always had bad luck with printers on macs.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on “Join Reddit to keep reading” - an account is now required to read comment threads on the mobile website in ~tech

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    It absolutely is a/b. I've been getting all sorts of different versions/barriers lately. Sign in to view, sign in to comment, endless loops, sign in to view NSFW content (don't judge). And it's...

    It absolutely is a/b. I've been getting all sorts of different versions/barriers lately. Sign in to view, sign in to comment, endless loops, sign in to view NSFW content (don't judge). And it's been going back in forth, one day it want's me to sign in, the next it doesn't. This is on my mobile browser. Using incognito mode sometimes it requests sign ins, and other times not. I'm signed in on my non-incognito tabs.

    16 votes
  14. Comment on What's gonna happen in the 2020s? in ~talk

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    Indeed, Yang is probably the only one that would easily beat Trump. Maybe Warren/Bernie? But I doubt it, too polarizing. The dems need a unifying candidate, not to dig in even more.

    Indeed, Yang is probably the only one that would easily beat Trump. Maybe Warren/Bernie? But I doubt it, too polarizing. The dems need a unifying candidate, not to dig in even more.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Why you need a German sedan to break the Cannonball Run record in ~hobbies

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    I love that someone is still trying this. In this day and age, the freedom to do these sorts of things are dying. As long as you aren't putting other people in danger, do what you want. It's...

    I love that someone is still trying this. In this day and age, the freedom to do these sorts of things are dying. As long as you aren't putting other people in danger, do what you want. It's America after all. Most of the high speed driving is out in the middle of nowhere.

    This will probably be the last record crossing, at least the last relatively safe one.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What are your favorite genres/themes of music? in ~music

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    It is their only album and it is extremely disappointing. It's gotta be in my top 3 albums, wish they did more. They did do two early EPs, but that was before the vocalist came on board.

    It is their only album and it is extremely disappointing. It's gotta be in my top 3 albums, wish they did more. They did do two early EPs, but that was before the vocalist came on board.

  17. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm just starting The Histories, the translation by Robin Waterfield. I'm not even through the introduction yet haha!

    I'm just starting The Histories, the translation by Robin Waterfield. I'm not even through the introduction yet haha!

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What’s something you would gladly eat for lunch very day for for the rest of your life? in ~food

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    Dude, do you eat sandwiches or toast with jam and cheese? That's like, my favorite snack. Medium cheddar cheese with strawberry or raspberry jam on toast, like an english muffin. I could eat that...

    Dude, do you eat sandwiches or toast with jam and cheese? That's like, my favorite snack. Medium cheddar cheese with strawberry or raspberry jam on toast, like an english muffin. I could eat that everyday forever.

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  19. Comment on What are your favorite genres/themes of music? in ~music

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    I feel you, I'm similar. I like hearing music and styles I've never heard before. And I love when you can tell a band nailed the sound they were going for.

    I feel you, I'm similar. I like hearing music and styles I've never heard before. And I love when you can tell a band nailed the sound they were going for.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What are your favorite genres/themes of music? in ~music

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    Heck yeah, if you like Portishead, check out Crustation - Bloom. Great album, came out a few years after Portishead's Dummy.

    Heck yeah, if you like Portishead, check out Crustation - Bloom. Great album, came out a few years after Portishead's Dummy.

    1 vote