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  1. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    To me this seems like evidence that maybe your group's mindset is not where I would consider "optimal" for a D&D campaign. The purpose of playing D&D (to me) with your friends is to have fun and...

    None of us are exactly sure how to proceed, and there's some disagreement. A few of the people in my party think that any new character should be a level or two behind the party in order to further dis-incentivize dying.

    To me this seems like evidence that maybe your group's mindset is not where I would consider "optimal" for a D&D campaign. The purpose of playing D&D (to me) with your friends is to have fun and hang out and tell a story together. It's not a competition and it shouldn't be treated as one. You're disincentivized from dying because you're roleplaying a sentient being who understands the concept of mortality.

    You should be able to play whatever character you like, and if you're a lower level than the rest of your party, you won't feel as interested in your character because they won't be able to do the same amount of cool things as the other characters, and you'll have less fun. If you can't play the class or race you want to play as, you'll also have less fun.

    It may help to talk to the group and ask what they want to get out of the campaign. If you're just hanging out and having fun, why shouldn't you be able to create a new character that's basically identical to the old one? If you guys are having some sort of competition for most loot at the end of the campaign, well that's not a game I would want to play, but then it makes sense to have some mechanic punishment for death.

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  2. Comment on Do you have any hobby electronics projects in progress? in ~hobbies

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    Yep! I bought a control panel module from Tindie, and I'm programming it to be a streaming controller for my stereo system. I want to be able to tune to internet radio stations without having to...

    Yep! I bought a control panel module from Tindie, and I'm programming it to be a streaming controller for my stereo system. I want to be able to tune to internet radio stations without having to interact with a computer screen. Right now I'm powering and running it with GPIO pins from my Raspbperry Pi and Python, though I want to rewrite the software in Rust once I have a working prototype for the interface.

    My goal is to be able to turn my stereo system on in the morning and pick a radio station without having to log in to anything or fiddle with my phone. It will eventually support things like becoming a Spotify Connect endpoint as well, and maybe I'll figure out a good way to sort through my ripped albums on that tiny screen, so I'll be able to put those on without using my phone either.

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  3. Comment on The Monty Hall problem in ~science

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    Next challenge: convince your drunk friends that 0.9999... = 1

    Next challenge: convince your drunk friends that 0.9999... = 1

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  4. Comment on Your Black Friends Are Busy - A growing resource for learning about anti-racism, and supporting the people & organizations doing important work for the Black Lives Matter movement in ~life

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    That's pretty cool! But saving to the homescreen isn't the only thing that makes a PWA! In my opinion, the main thing that a PWA offers is that it downloads something to your device that allows at...

    That's pretty cool! But saving to the homescreen isn't the only thing that makes a PWA! In my opinion, the main thing that a PWA offers is that it downloads something to your device that allows at least partial functionality while offline:

    https://web.dev/pwa-checklist/

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  5. Comment on Your Black Friends Are Busy - A growing resource for learning about anti-racism, and supporting the people & organizations doing important work for the Black Lives Matter movement in ~life

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    This is a “progressive web app”, it’s meant to be accessed on an iPhone and added to your home screen. Then it basically becomes an app and behaves like one, but it just gets rid of the safari...

    This is a “progressive web app”, it’s meant to be accessed on an iPhone and added to your home screen. Then it basically becomes an app and behaves like one, but it just gets rid of the safari chrome. It’s a cool concept but I have yet to come across an app that I’ve wanted do this with.

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  6. Comment on What is Juneteenth and why is everybody talking about it this year? in ~news

  7. Comment on What is Juneteenth and why is everybody talking about it this year? in ~news

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    Yep, must have missed it! Thanks!

    Yep, must have missed it! Thanks!

  8. Comment on What is Juneteenth and why is everybody talking about it this year? in ~news

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    I was hoping the article would cover why it's called Juneteenth. Is it simply a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, or is there some other history behind it?

    I was hoping the article would cover why it's called Juneteenth. Is it simply a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, or is there some other history behind it?

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  9. Comment on How do we support Black Philosophers in our field? in ~humanities

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    Do you mean Western philosophy or philosophy in general? I can completely see the that in traditional western philosophy, but I’m vaguely aware that Chinese and Islamic philosophy also have a...

    Our philosophical tradition is basically 25 centuries of white dudes. No one would dream of throwing their knowledge away, but such overwhelming dominance is unnatural and bizarre.

    Do you mean Western philosophy or philosophy in general? I can completely see the that in traditional western philosophy, but I’m vaguely aware that Chinese and Islamic philosophy also have a large body of work.

    I’m a philosophy layman and only speak English and a bit of Russian, so I don’t know how our English speaking philosophy tradition fits in with the rest of the world.

  10. Comment on How and why GraphQL will influence the SourceHut alpha in ~comp

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    I think you have some good points here, but I've been loosely holding the opinion that dynamically typed languages are really just an awful idea for any serious work. Python is getting better with...

    I think you have some good points here, but I've been loosely holding the opinion that dynamically typed languages are really just an awful idea for any serious work. Python is getting better with MyPy and their other type checkers, but it's still "optional", the libraries you use might not support it, you might forget to add type annotations and you might not catch them.

    I think statically typed languages with good type systems are really the only way forward for any major software project, and type systems in general are one of the strongest tools we have for keeping a handle on software complexity as it continues to increase.

    Unfortunately I'm still a python dev for my day job, so I have to deal with all the troubles of dynamic typing, or spend a herculean amount of effort to get us to start using type hints.

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  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    John Williams apparently conducted a series of concerts in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic, playing some of his most famous pieces. The album will be released in August but they released a...

    John Williams apparently conducted a series of concerts in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic, playing some of his most famous pieces. The album will be released in August but they released a single recently: Theme (From "Jurassic Park")

    And in May they published a video of the orchestra performing the imperial march.

    The Vienna Philharmonic is among the best orchestras in the world, and maybe the most famous. I think John Williams' music has never sounded better!

  12. Comment on What do y'all use to listen to your music? in ~music

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    Good to know! As someone who's just getting into having a digital library, some of these features seem pretty useful. I'm on Linux though so foobar2000 is not an option. I need to figure out a way...

    Good to know! As someone who's just getting into having a digital library, some of these features seem pretty useful. I'm on Linux though so foobar2000 is not an option.

    I need to figure out a way to organize my albums in a better way than I currently do though if I hope to ever keep it organized as my library grows.

  13. Comment on What do y'all use to listen to your music? in ~music

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    What kind of functionality or customization do you need from an audio player? I'm happy enough to just queue up an album and hit play.

    What kind of functionality or customization do you need from an audio player? I'm happy enough to just queue up an album and hit play.

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  14. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

  15. Comment on Any recommendations for reading classic non-fiction in modern times? in ~books

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    I've been kind of vaguely interested in philosophy for a while, and I was reading and listening to podcasts about the classical greek philosophers without actually reading them, thinking that I...

    I've been kind of vaguely interested in philosophy for a while, and I was reading and listening to podcasts about the classical greek philosophers without actually reading them, thinking that I was learning about philosophy. A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps is a particularly good one, and they sort of gently encourage reading the source material, but I never felt that I was "smart enough" to understand it directly, I thought I needed to have it distilled in modern terms.

    Then I read this guide on reading Plato, and I finally decided to give it a try. I bought this translation and started reading them. I was surprised at how approachable the dialogues are. It's certainly partially down to how good the translation is. If you try to read the Plato dialogues on Project Gutenberg, it's not nearly as approachable. Of course, you're not really reading the source material unless you're reading in Ancient Greek, so any translation is going to color the text, but I'd rather read a translation that makes use of modern language than a translation that tries to be as literal to the original text as possible.

    So in short, the conclusion this layman has come to is that you don't need to have a background in philosophy to read and get something out of Plato's works. Maybe you won't get everything out of it, but I feel that even a casual read before bedtime has been useful for my personal growth.

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  16. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 2 in ~news

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

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    Thanks to your link to that NPR show, I discovered J.S. Ondara. I'm now listening to his albums, he's got exactly the kind of raw folk sound that I absolutely adore. Thank you!

    Thanks to your link to that NPR show, I discovered J.S. Ondara. I'm now listening to his albums, he's got exactly the kind of raw folk sound that I absolutely adore. Thank you!

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  18. Comment on Recap: SpaceX successfully launches Crew Dragon with Bob Behnken & Doug Hurley on SpX Demo-2 mission to the ISS, restoring U.S. spaceflight for the first time in 9 years in ~space

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    You're right. I feel like many STEM outreach programs attempt to target underserved communities, and I suspect that those who are able to take advantage of those opportunities have a better chance...

    It’s hard to get people excited for space if they’re miserable on Earth. Calling society's significant problems meaningless—even if only from the perspective of space—is going to fall on many deaf ears.

    You're right. I feel like many STEM outreach programs attempt to target underserved communities, and I suspect that those who are able to take advantage of those opportunities have a better chance of upward social mobility. It's important to not alienate those groups when talking about space exploration.

    Overall I agree with you, but I nevertheless haven't stopped bouncing up and down all day in giddiness over SpaceX and NASA's accomplishment.

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  19. Comment on Recap: SpaceX successfully launches Crew Dragon with Bob Behnken & Doug Hurley on SpX Demo-2 mission to the ISS, restoring U.S. spaceflight for the first time in 9 years in ~space

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    Politics is politics and science is science. Tensions between America and Russia are high right now too, but right now there's two Russians and three Americans, all representatives of their...

    Politics is politics and science is science. Tensions between America and Russia are high right now too, but right now there's two Russians and three Americans, all representatives of their respective governments, trusting each other completely. Everyone who has been to space says the same thing: seeing the Earth from the space station makes borders and class divides look completely arbitrary and meaningless.

    What makes space exploration so inspiring for me is that it continues despite upheaval on Earth. It reminds us of what we are capable of at our best, and reminds us that we can do better on the ground.

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  20. Comment on How SpaceX and NASA keeps astronauts safe during launch in ~space

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    A basic overview of weather restrictions and various abort scenarios that are planned.

    A basic overview of weather restrictions and various abort scenarios that are planned.

    1 vote