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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm still playing Dragon Quest I on the Game Boy Color. Now that I've saved the princess and gotten to the "real" business of collecting all of the artifacts, I'm further than I've ever been in...

    I'm still playing Dragon Quest I on the Game Boy Color. Now that I've saved the princess and gotten to the "real" business of collecting all of the artifacts, I'm further than I've ever been in any of my past playthroughs.

    The dragon was a little tough, but other than that I feel a little outgeared and overleveled for my current point in the game. Next stop is Domdora. I'm enjoying this a lot, but am undecided if I'm going to immediately start Dragon Quest II after this one's over. It's on the same cartridge, but I might seek out another retro RPG experience as a little buffer. I've never played any of the Mother games or the early entries in Final Fantasy, for example.

    I've heard Dragon Quest II has a lot of side-content and grinding, though, so I'm really looking forward to that.

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  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I am playing Dragon Quest I on the Game Boy Color. I was playing the Switch port of the mobile version, but the way the background stutters while the player character is moving across the map was...

    I am playing Dragon Quest I on the Game Boy Color. I was playing the Switch port of the mobile version, but the way the background stutters while the player character is moving across the map was physically nauseating to me. You can see what I mean in this brief clip from a review. It was enough to motivate me to dig up my old GBC cart of the game and grind back to level 11. Last night I reached Rimuldar.

    Something I've been appreciating more in this version is the use of counterpoint in Sugiyama's score. The orchestral music used in the Switch version was nice, but the mixing hid some of the music's best qualities. In the Game Boy score, the main theme's bass line is much more pronounced and even moving.

    Another thing I've been thinking about is the save process on the Famicom and NES versions, which was trekking all the way across the map back to Radatome and talking to the king, who would give you a special password that you would put in the next time you turned on the game. Before you learned the Ruler spell, which teleports you back to, well, the ruler, that would be quite a hike. I wonder if it gave things a different feel.

    Something I miss from the Switch version is the reformatted script, which puts proper kanji in all of the places where the old games were unable to. Playing kana-only games has never stopped being awkward for me, especially on smaller screens.

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  3. Comment on How do you all do "deep readings"? in ~books

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    Usually I end up writing out a lot of passages by hand in my journal, and using that space to read over them and comment on them. Writing things out is the way that I remember things, and the...

    Usually I end up writing out a lot of passages by hand in my journal, and using that space to read over them and comment on them. Writing things out is the way that I remember things, and the effort of transcribing a long passage forces me to reconsider whether it's worth the effort of using a full page to write it. I had been doing this for a while before I discovered that it was a real thing.

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  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I don't play too many games, but always make an exception when one of these comes out. They have always meant a lot to me, being a latchkey kid and growing into an...

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

    I don't play too many games, but always make an exception when one of these comes out. They have always meant a lot to me, being a latchkey kid and growing into an adult in a similar situation. My favorite part remains writing letters: even though the way the villagers "parse" them is very simple, or even nonexistent, their responses are very sweet. I'm glad that you're able to send letters over the internet now as well.

    I actually don't like how this title gives you nearly unlimited ability to edit the island and micromanage the animals' lives. It seems kind of a dangerous trend to me, making a formula that used to be much more simple into a kind of environment exploitation simulator. I would really prefer not to have to pick where the animals lived, or choose every single item that's going to go into their house. I like pretending they're actually neighbors, and that's not something any neighbor does to another. It's a little creepy.

    This is also the first entry that I've played in Japanese. With the exception of some of the fish and bug puns, it's fairly easy to understand, and is probably accessible to people at a high N4 level of the JLPT. It's fun to compare differences in the localization with my friends playing the English, Spanish, and German versions. It makes me curious about emulating the original どうぶつの森 N64 game, but I'm not sure if any emulator in common use has support for the clock.

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  5. Comment on Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P-Orridge dies aged 70 in ~music

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    To all those curious about their work, I strongly recommend the TG24 boxed set of 24 Throbbing Gristle live performances, which captures their aggressive, brilliant, and often touching...

    To all those curious about their work, I strongly recommend the TG24 boxed set of 24 Throbbing Gristle live performances, which captures their aggressive, brilliant, and often touching experimentation.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Not a 'math person'? You may be better at learning to code than you think in ~tech

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    I can't do math to save my life. I was in remedial math until dropping out of high school, and barely made passing grades. I'm totally reliant on my fingers for even basic arithmetic. However, I'm...

    I can't do math to save my life. I was in remedial math until dropping out of high school, and barely made passing grades. I'm totally reliant on my fingers for even basic arithmetic.

    However, I'm very good at Lisp. I tend to approach it like abstract art rather than anything else, although maybe there is a little cross-pollination between it and my love of (agglutinative) foreign languages.

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  7. Comment on Red House Painters - Grace Cathedral Park in ~music

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    "Grace Cathedral Park" is a song from the first of two self-titled Red House Painters albums. Because it features an amusement park on the cover and several songs (including this one) mention...

    "Grace Cathedral Park" is a song from the first of two self-titled Red House Painters albums. Because it features an amusement park on the cover and several songs (including this one) mention rollercoasters, the album is often just referred to as "Rollercoaster." The song later lent its name to another accomplished (instrumental) slowcore band, Grace Cathedral Park.

    "Tell me: why are you like this? Are you the same with anyone?"

    2 votes
  8. Comment on SETI@home shuts down after 21 years in ~space

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    I'm glad they've assembled so much data, but seeing this headline made me feel a little sad. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing to have my computer mull over that stuff...

    I'm glad they've assembled so much data, but seeing this headline made me feel a little sad. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing to have my computer mull over that stuff while I was fast asleep.

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

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    I'm reading a book by George Rudé on the French Revolution. There's no reason I chose him in particular. But a few weeks ago I realized I knew nothing about the Revolution, to the point where I've...

    I'm reading a book by George Rudé on the French Revolution. There's no reason I chose him in particular. But a few weeks ago I realized I knew nothing about the Revolution, to the point where I've had to look up very basic terms and people that are used in historical discussions of it: sans-culottes, assignats, and just about every important surname. It was the French Republican calendar that got me interested in it. I really admired the day and month names sourced from the natural world.

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  10. Comment on Coming soon: A new site for fully free collaboration in ~comp

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    No, but we also shouldn't pretend that it's mostly used for trivial or UX purposes.

    Does that mean we should refrain from using JavaScript entirely?

    No, but we also shouldn't pretend that it's mostly used for trivial or UX purposes.

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  11. Comment on Coming soon: A new site for fully free collaboration in ~comp

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    Many JavaScript applications are larger than a lot of OS utilities, and are intensely obfuscated and minified. Would you consider the JavaScript source to Google Docs understandable in the same...

    Many JavaScript applications are larger than a lot of OS utilities, and are intensely obfuscated and minified. Would you consider the JavaScript source to Google Docs understandable in the same way as the HTML/CSS source to a web page?

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  12. Comment on You’re likely to get the COVID-19 coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    Please don't link to the AMP version of articles. It is a money-making scheme for Google, and prevents users who disable JavaScript from viewing the page. The normal version of the article is...

    Please don't link to the AMP version of articles. It is a money-making scheme for Google, and prevents users who disable JavaScript from viewing the page. The normal version of the article is perfectly accessible.

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

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    Finished a book on Nestor Makhno and watched a recent teen movie sequel that wasn't bad, but not as good as the first film. Responded to two snail mail letters. I decided to come back to the...

    Finished a book on Nestor Makhno and watched a recent teen movie sequel that wasn't bad, but not as good as the first film. Responded to two snail mail letters.

    I decided to come back to the fediverse, which is now my only social media outlet outside of Tildes. I already regret it. It's already so hard for me to express myself; doing it for an audience is almost unbearable. But I don't have many local friends, so wanted to see if people were hiding in the woodwork. I'll most likely delete it again discreetly in a few days.

    On Saturday I went on a (second) date that was somewhat disappointing, considering I go on so few. I was hoping to find that I liked that person more than I actually did. As a joke at my own expense, I asked the band that I'm in to run through a cover of the Morrissey B-side "Happy Lovers at Last United" at a rehearsal the next day. I enjoyed that.

    On both nights this weekend, as I was laying in bed, I found that I had so many things in my head that I wanted to write about that I almost couldn't sleep. But I did, and I forgot them all when I woke up.

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  14. Comment on What are the best practices and platforms for an online study group? in ~tech

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    Having a set time to discuss it isn't as important as it might seem. The times people feel like they can contribute can vary widely, so it's best to hold it asynchronously over a mailing list or...

    Having a set time to discuss it isn't as important as it might seem. The times people feel like they can contribute can vary widely, so it's best to hold it asynchronously over a mailing list or forum. I tend to hardly say anything at all in real-time chats, as I'm too nervous about what I'm supposed to say. For me, having enough time to respond thoughtfully to something is very important.

    Plan out a section a week and make an introductory post with a few leading questions. Encourage people to follow good quoting etiquette and base their responses on things that have already been said. Hopefully then you should see some results.

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  15. Comment on It’s okay to leave your headphones at home in ~life

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    I don't use headphones on public transportation, in coffee shops, or anything like that. It's important to use that time to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds, whether that's...

    I don't use headphones on public transportation, in coffee shops, or anything like that. It's important to use that time to think for yourself and not be bombarded by other minds, whether that's in the form of a podcast, love song, or video. That's also the reason I tend not to read on public transportation either. It's a good and productive time for thinking.

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  16. Comment on Confessions of a slaughterhouse worker in ~life

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    I've heard Peter Singer called a lot of things, but "emotionally driven" is a first. He's a ruthlessly logical consequentialist.

    I've heard Peter Singer called a lot of things, but "emotionally driven" is a first. He's a ruthlessly logical consequentialist.

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  17. Comment on Confessions of a slaughterhouse worker in ~life

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    From J.M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals:

    From J.M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals:

    I was taken on a drive around Waltham this morning. It seems a pleasant enough town. I saw no horrors, no drug-testing laboratories, no factory farms, no abattoirs. Yet I am sure they are here. They must be. They simply do not advertise themselves. They are all around us as I speak, only we do not, in a certain sense, know about them.

    Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything that the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them.

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