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  1. Comment on What are some good informative or educational shows? in ~tv

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    Brian* :) I also love TIMC!

    Ryan Cox

    Brian* :) I also love TIMC!

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  2. Comment on Any motorcyclists here? in ~hobbies

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    Thanks for the link! Some good stuff there. As for you questions: Definitely open to buying used! There are a few private sellers in my area that I hope to check out once I've actually got my...

    Thanks for the link! Some good stuff there. As for you questions:

    Definitely open to buying used! There are a few private sellers in my area that I hope to check out once I've actually got my license.

    Definitely budgeted for gear! I've already got a helmet (Biltwell Gringo ECE, might upgrade it to something with a face shield if I need to)

    I'll probably keep riding during the winter. It snows fairly infrequently in Denver and temps stay pretty reasonable so we'll see.

    Definitely a bit of dirt. Forest roads, etc, but probably not serious ADV stuff.

    Inseam is 32".

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  3. Comment on Any motorcyclists here? in ~hobbies

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    Yeah I can imagine how moving from Utah to Denver can feel like you're losing a lot of space outdoors. It's more crowded than people think out here! When my company's office was open, before...

    Yeah I can imagine how moving from Utah to Denver can feel like you're losing a lot of space outdoors. It's more crowded than people think out here!

    When my company's office was open, before COVID, I would cycle commute to work every day. I look forward to doing it again sometime!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Any motorcyclists here? in ~hobbies

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    Thanks for your thoughts! Just BTW, there are two scrambler models, the Street Scrambler and the Scrambler 1200. The 1200 looks awesome but it's definitely too much bike for me right now and a bit...

    Thanks for your thoughts! Just BTW, there are two scrambler models, the Street Scrambler and the Scrambler 1200. The 1200 looks awesome but it's definitely too much bike for me right now and a bit above my price range. The street scrambler looks like it might be a bit easier to handle.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on A mathematician's lament in ~humanities

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    I think he addresses this pretty well. We want kids to be able to read nonfiction books for their education but we introduce them to fiction and poetry too.

    The analogy given is imperfect because unlike music or art, sometimes math is just the means to an end.

    I think he addresses this pretty well. We want kids to be able to read nonfiction books for their education but we introduce them to fiction and poetry too.

    4 votes
  6. Any motorcyclists here?

    I live in Colorado and I love cycling along twisty mountain roads. The experience of being on a bike rather than in a car is a completely different way of experiencing the state. I'm always going...

    I live in Colorado and I love cycling along twisty mountain roads. The experience of being on a bike rather than in a car is a completely different way of experiencing the state.

    I'm always going like 40 mph slower than the cars that pass me though, and I can only go so far before I'm completely exhausted, so I'm considering getting a motorcycle (It seems like I'd actually be safer, since at least I'm going the same speed as the people trying to kill me now). I'm signed up for an MSF class next week to get my endorsement.

    I'd love to hear people's opinions on first motorcycles if anyone has them. I don't think the type of motorcycles people normally recommend (Suzuki TU250X etc) will work for me because of the large amount of steep road riding I'm planning to do, so I think I need something with a bit more torque. Something like the Triumph Street Scrambler seems like a good idea!

    I'm also looking for advice about whether it's completely insane to store such a bike outside. I don't have a garage, but I do have a driveway behind my house in an alley where mostly only the residents of the block ever go. I can also block my bike in with my car when I'm not using it. Is this situation plus a disc brake and a cover enough to keep my motorcycle safe-ish from theft?

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Phosphine discovered in Venus' atmosphere, which could be evidence of microbial life in ~space

  8. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

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    I had this issue in undergrad too, and I think it was caused by my never having taken notes in school. I didn't develop this skill so I couldn't effectively do it in college. It's cool that you...

    At some point during my undergrad, I found I was too busy writing things down rather than digesting what I was told.

    I had this issue in undergrad too, and I think it was caused by my never having taken notes in school. I didn't develop this skill so I couldn't effectively do it in college. It's cool that you found a way around that! I never did and eventually this plus my general lack of work ethic in undergrad eventually led me to drop out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I sometimes wonder if I should go back to uni and if my work ethic will have improved.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What keyboard do you use? in ~tech

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    Wow I can't believe so many people here use ErgoDox! Add me as another ErgoDox user, I have two: one at home and one at the office. I used to have just one and would bring it back and forth...

    Wow I can't believe so many people here use ErgoDox! Add me as another ErgoDox user, I have two: one at home and one at the office. I used to have just one and would bring it back and forth between home and work and that got old real quick. It's kinda funky knowing I've spent $700 on keyboards.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Why the orange sky looks gray in some photos in ~tech

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    You're correct! White balance is really only a thing because our eyes adjust so well to the color temperature of ambient light! If you ever wear tinted sunglasses, you can notice how when you...

    You're correct! White balance is really only a thing because our eyes adjust so well to the color temperature of ambient light! If you ever wear tinted sunglasses, you can notice how when you first put them on, everything looks tinted, but if you continue to wear them you'll no longer notice the tint. Then, when you take them off, everything will look tinted the other way, and you're stuck with that until your eyes adjust again.

    Color balance is also a property of chemical film too! If you shoot color film meant for sunlight under ambient light that isn't sunlight, you'll get a similar tint as if you got the color balance wrong on your digital camera.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromatic_adaptation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_balance

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I picked up playing the guitar in January, and have been taking weekly lessons since. On Wednesday this week I was feeling really down and overwhelmed by various things, and for the first time I...

    I picked up playing the guitar in January, and have been taking weekly lessons since. On Wednesday this week I was feeling really down and overwhelmed by various things, and for the first time I turned to playing the guitar to make me feel better, and it worked. It was a really special moment for me, and made all the hours of practice I've put in over the year worth it.

    I still suck, but I think I'm getting to the point where I can sit down and just enjoy playing, which seems like a big accomplishment.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on My son is entering middle school (virtually) this year and I just found out that they've gutted the GT program because of budget cuts in ~humanities

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    kfwyre, the amount of effort and thought you put into every single post about education I've seen you contribute to is just amazing. Your passion for your profession is evident from this, and I...

    kfwyre, the amount of effort and thought you put into every single post about education I've seen you contribute to is just amazing. Your passion for your profession is evident from this, and I expect you put even more effort into your proper day job. You must be a fantastic teacher, and all your students are lucky to have you teaching them, even if they don't appreciate it at the time.

    I've been out of school for nine years now, but I still think about several teachers in grade school that were instrumental in forming me to be the person I am today, and I am incredibly grateful to them.

    You're awesome. Keep being awesome. <3

    15 votes
  13. Comment on Apple adds cycling routes and EV charging stations to Maps in iOS 14 in ~tech

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    I'm pretty excited to get cycling directions on Apple Maps. Google has pretty good directions but it would be really valuable if it could do what Apple Maps does and vibrate my watch and pop up...

    I'm pretty excited to get cycling directions on Apple Maps. Google has pretty good directions but it would be really valuable if it could do what Apple Maps does and vibrate my watch and pop up the next turn when it comes up, since I don't bike and look at my phone at the same time. Cycling somewhere unknown for me right now involves memorizing the next few directions and then stopping to check occasionally that I haven't taken a wrong turn somewhere.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Goodbye to the ‘Pret economy’ and good luck to whatever replaces it in ~finance

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    No, it isn't. Somebody's gonna come along and ask you to take it down soon, or do it for you.

    No, it isn't. Somebody's gonna come along and ask you to take it down soon, or do it for you.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on The actual 2020 Tildes Unofficial Census in ~tildes.official

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    Haha I did a double take too.

    Haha I did a double take too.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

  17. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

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    Typical Australian Car Accident (nsfw language) I think these are best doled out slowly, so I'll keep coming back here occasionally for the next few days :D

    Typical Australian Car Accident (nsfw language)

    I think these are best doled out slowly, so I'll keep coming back here occasionally for the next few days :D

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

  19. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

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    I don't need any games, but I have a modest collection of under-one-minute youtube clips that I think are hilarious. Here's one. Let me know if you ever need more. :)

    I don't need any games, but I have a modest collection of under-one-minute youtube clips that I think are hilarious. Here's one. Let me know if you ever need more. :)

    5 votes