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  1. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was just thinking about the viability of soccer as I watched my kiddo kick his ball around this morning. And your point about an outbreak among players motivating the public is something I...

    I was just thinking about the viability of soccer as I watched my kiddo kick his ball around this morning. And your point about an outbreak among players motivating the public is something I hadn't even considered! I think I hope league play can move forward.

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  2. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 3 in ~health.coronavirus

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    These polls from Five Thirty Eight might give you an idea of why a lot of folks here aren't taking this seriously. The US is notorious for not having a robust welfare system, and now that our...

    These polls from Five Thirty Eight might give you an idea of why a lot of folks here aren't taking this seriously. The US is notorious for not having a robust welfare system, and now that our economy is crashing , people are freaking the fuck out about how to pay the bills. I'll say that when my anxiety was peaking a couple of weeks ago, it was about my family's economic future, not our health. I don't want my three-year-old to have a bleak future, and that was all I could see (and this was before the staggering unemployment numbers).

    That said, there's also the death cult of Donald Trump, reflected in the poll you linked. They believe anything that spews forth from him, and their heads are buried so far beneath the earth I doubt they've seen sunshine in years. It's really, really frustrating for those of us who have been taking this seriously. There's a woman in my neighborhood who has been scheduling food trucks to come park for a few hours. Sure, they practice social distancing for the person placing their order, while everyone else stands in line right next to each other. I don't know if they personally think this is all a conspiracy, but their behavior betrays a lack of trust in anyone not named Trump.

    Geez, I was hoping to maybe bring some light to the darkness of the American situation, but now I think I've just made myself a bit sadder about my country. Although to be fair, it's been a trending line down ever since the election in 2016. I hope that this year we get rid of that asshole.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Depression and my obsession with national news in ~talk

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    Hey, it's completely understandable. I'm struggling with my depression, too, thanks to all the anxiety induced by this situation. My wife practically kicked me out of the house yesterday to get me...

    Hey, it's completely understandable. I'm struggling with my depression, too, thanks to all the anxiety induced by this situation. My wife practically kicked me out of the house yesterday to get me out and moving. Then she highly encouraged me to go for a run. I felt markedly better after some real exercise. If you're able to, try getting some exercise yourself. Anything that gets your heart pumping and gets you sweating. It's not a panacea, but after I was done, I felt a lot of that fog lift. It's something I'm going to have to keep up, because otherwise the fog will just return, but it helped a lot yesterday and I'm still feeling better today.

    This too shall pass. Reach out to friends you haven't talked to in a while. Watch something good on TV (I recommend The Good Place if you haven't already seen it). Get out for some fresh air if possible. Work yourself into a healthy sweat. Take care of yourself, because you are worth it.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Changing e-mail and cleaning up my Internet presence in ~tech

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    Every time I get an email update from Mycroft, I feel myself grow a little more pessimistic that I'll ever see my Mark II. (Same goes with the only other crowd-funder I've continued to, the EOMA68...

    Every time I get an email update from Mycroft, I feel myself grow a little more pessimistic that I'll ever see my Mark II. (Same goes with the only other crowd-funder I've continued to, the EOMA68 computer card.) I suppose crafting a consumer-friendly voice assistant device is quite difficult.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on An impeachment trial without witnesses would be unconstitutional in ~news

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    Holy shit, that's an absolutely absurd argument for a lawyer to make in court. Thank you for the link.

    Holy shit, that's an absolutely absurd argument for a lawyer to make in court. Thank you for the link.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on An impeachment trial without witnesses would be unconstitutional in ~news

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    I hadn't heard about that, although I do remember then-candidate Trump saying he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and he wouldn't lose a vote. Did his lawyers actually argue the...

    In a different case the president's lawyers argued he could literally shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and wouldn't be indictable until after leaving office.

    I hadn't heard about that, although I do remember then-candidate Trump saying he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and he wouldn't lose a vote. Did his lawyers actually argue the same thing in court, or is it possible you've accidentally conflated two separate events?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on His Dark Materials s01e01 - "Lyra's Jordan" in ~tv

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    The end of episode 5 had my wife and I clutching each other and sobbing. Although it's been years since I've read the books, I realize that the show is making choices about how to represent the...

    The end of episode 5 had my wife and I clutching each other and sobbing. Although it's been years since I've read the books, I realize that the show is making choices about how to represent the relationship between human and daemon. That said, I had no problems understanding the connection in the world of the show, and the end of that episode just tore me apart.

    I've loved the series so far. I was hoping to see more of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Lee Scoresby, which may be my only significant disappointment.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What have you done in the last 10 years? in ~talk

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    This is an interesting exercise. In roughly chronological order: Moved with my wife from one side of the US to the other Adopted our dog Bought my first (and last) new car Bought our first house...

    This is an interesting exercise. In roughly chronological order:

    • Moved with my wife from one side of the US to the other
    • Adopted our dog
    • Bought my first (and last) new car
    • Bought our first house
    • Discovered a massive leak two weeks later that required the entire first floor to be re-floored
    • Got my first smartphone, much to the chagrin of the dog
    • My dog that I raised from a pup in highschool (and still lived with my mother) died
    • Traveled to the UK and Ireland, the first time I've crossed the Atlantic
    • Checked a role off my bucket list: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet
    • Was part of a company that produced both parts of Tony Kushner's Angels in America
    • Traveled to Italy
    • Went to grad school... after having paid off all debt except the mortgage
    • Birth of our child, the greatest thing I've ever had a hand in
    • Co-directed Romeo and Juliet with my wife
    • After years of auditioning, landed a role at a major regional theatre
    • Paternal grandfather died, the patriarch of that side of the family
    • Traveled to Italy again, this time with our one-and-a half-year-old
    • Maternal grandmother died, after years of battling dementia
    • Got a migraine New Year's Eve 2019, in bed by 9:00

    Looking back, I've had a very fortunate decade. This is nice to help put things in perspective. Thank you @Kuromantis for the suggestion.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Best Illusion of the Year 2019 - Winners Announced in ~arts

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    Congrats on the win! Every time I see an illusion like this, I think I can see through the trick. Sure enough, as the video started, I was thinking, "Yeah it's definitely rotating on the vertical...

    Congrats on the win! Every time I see an illusion like this, I think I can see through the trick. Sure enough, as the video started, I was thinking, "Yeah it's definitely rotating on the vertical axis." Then my mind was blown over the next few seconds. Super cool illusion!

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What software or service do you use for blogging? in ~talk

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    Do you have a resource that you would recommend for getting started with Ghost? Are the official docs a good place to start? I'm always looking for alternative CMS's and site generators. I like to...

    Do you have a resource that you would recommend for getting started with Ghost? Are the official docs a good place to start? I'm always looking for alternative CMS's and site generators. I like to weigh my options.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. in ~health

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    You can't seriously be suggesting that we should get upset about something that's not real. Yeah, I clicked on the link because of the headline (which is the definition of click-bait), but the...

    You can't seriously be suggesting that we should get upset about something that's not real.

    Yeah, I clicked on the link because of the headline (which is the definition of click-bait), but the information in the article doesn't concern me. Amazon is granted access to information that is already available on the NHS website. Unless the article is missing vital information which you happen to have, there's nothing in there worth raising pitchforks.

    I happen to not like the direction Amazon is going, but raising a fuss over nothing dilutes the message about what they're actually doing.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Tesla "Cybertruck" Unveiling Livestream: Event starts 8PM PT in ~tech

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    Wow, thank you for that! I've just taken the service for granted all these years and never bothered to inquire further.

    Wow, thank you for that! I've just taken the service for granted all these years and never bothered to inquire further.

  13. Comment on Tesla "Cybertruck" Unveiling Livestream: Event starts 8PM PT in ~tech

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    Wait, you can set your own CNAME for mailinator?

    Wait, you can set your own CNAME for mailinator?

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  14. Comment on In spy shows, bigger is not always better... in ~tv

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    Just finished it a few nights ago. It takes its time in the beginning, but, for me, it was a gripping story about the challenges of going deep cover. A fascinating story that I had never heard of...

    Just finished it a few nights ago. It takes its time in the beginning, but, for me, it was a gripping story about the challenges of going deep cover. A fascinating story that I had never heard of in the USA.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on How to Find Your IP Address on Windows or Mac in ~tech

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    What about pointing your relatives to a site like WhatsMyIP.com instead of a 1200+ word article that tries to sell a VPN service?

    What about pointing your relatives to a site like WhatsMyIP.com instead of a 1200+ word article that tries to sell a VPN service?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? in ~tech

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    Thank you for providing some perspective on these numbers. They are overwhelming and sickening, especially without the context that you provided, even if it's hypothetical. I'll keep this in mind...

    Thank you for providing some perspective on these numbers. They are overwhelming and sickening, especially without the context that you provided, even if it's hypothetical. I'll keep this in mind and find a time to mention it to my spouse. We're both just a little rocked by this article, so your comment goes a long way towards adjusting my outlook. (It also reminds me that I need to finish reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling.)

    5 votes
  17. Comment on The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? in ~tech

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    The proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the internet is horrifying, and I had no idea the problem was as massive as it is. This article was illuminating, especially through its use of...

    The proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the internet is horrifying, and I had no idea the problem was as massive as it is. This article was illuminating, especially through its use of graphics at the beginning to illustrate the scope of the problem. It also prompted a discussion with my spouse about the use of encryption in messengers (and broadly online).

    Content warning: this article does contain descriptions of child sexual abuse material, although no photos of said material.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on How do you power your personal site/blog? What should I use? in ~comp

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    When you say you like to get everything "just right", are you referring to the look of the site, the layout of the code, or the structure of the files and directories? That can help advise you on...

    When you say you like to get everything "just right", are you referring to the look of the site, the layout of the code, or the structure of the files and directories? That can help advise you on what next steps you may want to consider.