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  1. Comment on Taskmaster | Series 16 complete playlist in ~tv

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    Love Taskmaster, but this finale was a bummer. It's disappointing to see them leaning so far into improv tasks lately, makes it feel like more of a variety show than the creative lateral thinking...

    Love Taskmaster, but this finale was a bummer. It's disappointing to see them leaning so far into improv tasks lately, makes it feel like more of a variety show than the creative lateral thinking that originally got me hooked. I don't find the "do whatever you like and Greg picks his favorite" style tasks nearly as fun or interesting. I hope it's just an experiment for this season.

    Spoiler finale thoughts Between the gross out donut task, the made up fitness/dance task, the chaotic hotel task, and the "throw a ball" stage task, nothing in this finale really rewarded the watch. 😞
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  2. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on setting up https://coalesce.audio to autoscale. The collaborative editing server benefits from load balancing with session affinity, so all editors of a document are connected...

    I've been working on setting up https://coalesce.audio to autoscale. The collaborative editing server benefits from load balancing with session affinity, so all editors of a document are connected to (roughly) the same process. Envoy supports websockets with consistent hash routing by http header, so my plan is to use Kubernetes to automate scaling up and down the ring, with Envoy picking up the server instances via DNS. There's a bit of complexity to handling ring size changes, because there may be more than one process with connections while they drain. I plan to have the hosts broadcast via redis Pubsub to stay in sync, which should work pretty seamlessly because the collaborative editing is CRDT based. Hopefully this works decently, because I've been trying to avoid writing a custom websocket session manager. 😅

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  3. Comment on Does anyone use Framework laptops? What has been your experience? in ~comp

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    Yeah, that'd be my plan if I had more road warrioring to do. I'd also love to see Framework release the battery case they teased earlier this year, so I can upgrade my battery and turn the old one...

    Yeah, that'd be my plan if I had more road warrioring to do. I'd also love to see Framework release the battery case they teased earlier this year, so I can upgrade my battery and turn the old one into a bank.

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  4. Comment on Do you think you'd use a hardware-based file sharing solution? in ~tech

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    I'd suggest asking some folks how they currently solve sending files when airdrop isn't an option. I expect the answer to be messengers or email. Less elegant and requires internet, but I think...

    I'd suggest asking some folks how they currently solve sending files when airdrop isn't an option. I expect the answer to be messengers or email. Less elegant and requires internet, but I think that'll almost always beat carrying an extra thing around and powering it.

    It sounds like a really cool hack, though, and if you want it for yourself you should build it!

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

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    Tried Alan Wake II, uninstalled it. I found the evidence drag and drop flow really tedious and immersion breaking. It's silly to have to guess the one spot the game designers intended you to drag...

    Tried Alan Wake II, uninstalled it. I found the evidence drag and drop flow really tedious and immersion breaking. It's silly to have to guess the one spot the game designers intended you to drag each item to, and it felt redundant to the story narrative. I recognize it as a novel alternative to the "journal" section of AAA games and plot reminder cutscenes, but while there was more to do it felt equally on rails.

    In the intro portion of the game there's a couple times you're prompted to reflect on evidence to synthesize new thoughts, and each time it plays the same slow animation of Saga lit by green having a burst of insight that was heavily predetermined by the story. Sitting through this identical animation for the 3rd time was the exact moment I decided I was out.

    My 3080Ti struggled to reach 60fps, causing really bad VRR flicker on my display. This was particularly disappointing because I'd read press that the game was well optimized. Beautiful looking scenery but in 1.5h it wasn't capturing the magic of Control for me.

    I'm a bit torn because I love Remedy as a studio and appreciate Epic funding development, but the experience of playing through the Epic store (and having to run it through Steam anyway for working controller support!) was awful. I think I'll wait out the exclusivity period and maybe have a better optimized game / better rig to play it on Steam in a year or two.

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  6. Comment on What's the big deal about running a half marathon? in ~life

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    I would suggest looking past the immediate practicality of running towards the deeper accomplishment. Distance running requires heaps of patience, discipline, and and mind over matter. These are...

    I would suggest looking past the immediate practicality of running towards the deeper accomplishment. Distance running requires heaps of patience, discipline, and and mind over matter. These are deep human challenges that many folks spend a lifetime working on. Especially for people who never thought they could accomplish something physical like a half marathon, the growth is not about running, it's about becoming something they thought impossible. When you train for a half the first time, every week you're running the longest run of your life.

    This is how I connect to feeling respect others for tasks I don't personally have an attachment to. The event is an arbitrary celebration of the months or years of effort that went into it. I look for the challenges overcome to create that moment. I think about the things that are truly difficult to me, and find the commonality between them and the effort behind the accomplishment.

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  7. Comment on Sharing early work is not a distraction in ~creative

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    Interesting point about sharing ideas being potentially loaded. There's a similar thing in startups where you usually don't want a 50/50 ownership split because it creates deadlocks, but it can be...

    Interesting point about sharing ideas being potentially loaded. There's a similar thing in startups where you usually don't want a 50/50 ownership split because it creates deadlocks, but it can be really dicey making the leap from brainstorming to a formal venture.

    I feel like I've spent the last 20 years searching for that troupe. I hope you find or create yours!

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  8. Comment on Sharing early work is not a distraction in ~creative

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    These feelings are so familiar. It's as if, to put it brusquely, getting approval for a work in progress fulfills the purpose of the work for me. Or, someone else thinking it's cool means it's...

    These feelings are so familiar. It's as if, to put it brusquely, getting approval for a work in progress fulfills the purpose of the work for me. Or, someone else thinking it's cool means it's already in a good place and I don't need to work further on it. Real emotions, but in reflecting on them I aspire to attach more durable meaning behind my work.

    About 2.5y ago, I started talking to a career and leadership coach every two weeks. It's been a huge leap forward for me in grounding my motivations and goals. It also converts my anxieties from 1-on-1 internal debates (Max vs. Max) debates to 2-on-1 (Max and Wen vs. Max), with is such a huge unblocker!

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  9. Comment on Sharing early work is not a distraction in ~creative

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    Thanks very much for saying that! Your descriptions of anxiety and receiving feedback are so spot on. I've felt all of these, and find myself wondering about the impact work will have on users...

    Thanks very much for saying that!

    Your descriptions of anxiety and receiving feedback are so spot on. I've felt all of these, and find myself wondering about the impact work will have on users before there are many to speak of. The early access games comparison is interesting, definitely do that too (almost slept on Hades because I didn't want to experience 95% of an amazing game before it was 100% finished)

    It's wonderful to have all of these laid out on a page, both because it's comforting to know it's a common experience, and hopefully we can start to poke holes in them! Perhaps you have your own approach to doing so, but here's mine:

    Will they think less of me?

    I don't think I've ever thought less of a person for sharing their early work. Maybe that they're earlier on than they think they are, but always with respect to the creative process.

    Sometimes these ideas are good, but sometimes they are bad, and often they are just irrelevant towards accomplishing my objectives

    I read and ignore so many irrelevant internet comments, haha, I can definitely filter through it. And when I give feedback about creative work I don't expect it to always vibe with the creator, and that's ok!

    If it's already out there, some people might feel entitled to pressure me to keep working on it. Some people might be relying on it, even though that was a really bad decision on their part!

    I often feel distracted by this too. Have to remind myself it would be an awesome outcome for someone to care about a project that much, and it's usually way harder to get there than I think. Sadly much more common that I try something someone's worked on and never look at it again (and vice versa).

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  10. Comment on Sharing early work is not a distraction in ~creative

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    Hey @cfabbro! Big fan of your work here on tildes :D The feeling of losing motivation suddenly after an early share is so familiar. It bothers me that my motivation is so fragile, and in talking...

    Hey @cfabbro! Big fan of your work here on tildes :D

    The feeling of losing motivation suddenly after an early share is so familiar.

    It bothers me that my motivation is so fragile, and in talking it through with a coach, I've realized that for me, it's an indicator I haven't felt committed enough to some of my projects. Follow-through is really hard.

    I've been reflecting on this and realized staking my motivation on the release is putting too many of my eggs in one basket, and keeping me from sharing valuable in-progress thoughts. This is all a personal reflection btw, YMMV and was hoping to hear others' thoughts!

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  11. Comment on What are some of your favorite "meeting games?" in ~games

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    I sometimes fold origami during meetings. Keeps my mind active, and doesn't tie up my verbal mental resources since there's nothing to read.

    I sometimes fold origami during meetings. Keeps my mind active, and doesn't tie up my verbal mental resources since there's nothing to read.

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  12. Comment on Advice on a first time visit to Oahu, Hawaii in ~travel

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    Lots of great suggestions in this thread already! Here's an important piece of advice I haven't seen yet: don't try to do too much, activity wise. Honolulu is a place where you don't have to plan,...

    Lots of great suggestions in this thread already! Here's an important piece of advice I haven't seen yet: don't try to do too much, activity wise. Honolulu is a place where you don't have to plan, especially in the non-peak months. Make space in your itinerary to just find a cool beach and hang. Kailua beach is my personal fave.

    I've been to Oahu 4 times in the past decade. I cycled around it over 2 days with friends in 2021. The best days I've had in Oahu, I've spent chilling on a beach just getting tossed around by the waves. That being said, here are some points of interest.

    • In downtown Oahu there's boat tours that can take you out snorkeling with turtles and touring the coast. Check ahead, but at the time I was available to book one next day. There's a lot of activities like that in the city which you can do relatively spontaneously.

    • Honolulu has excellent Japanese food. Thanks to the proximity and lots of Japanese tourists, it's actually the closest to Japan I've experienced in the US. There used to be two large and excellent Japanese food halls, but unfortunately it looks like the pandemic hit hard. It looks like the Waikiki one, which used to be called Waikiki Yokocho, is now rebranded as "Stix Asia". The giant one that used to be in Ala Moana Center is embroiled in a legal battle apparently. Probably worth looking where the good Japanese food is these days. Marugame Udon is an excellent Waikiki fixture with an imposing looking line that moves surprisingly quick.

    • Honolulu: Brunch at Cream Pot. Incredible souffle pancakes, french omelettes in a setting out of a Miyazaki movie. Be prepared to wait on line, but worth the wait. The owner Nathan is very nice.

    • In Waikiki, Wang Chungs is an amazing karaoke gay bar tucked inside a hotel. Big vibes, great energy from both locals and visitors taking turns singing. Every time I've gone has been a blast.

    • The two above spots bring up an important point about Waikiki: they're both hotel-adjacent. I usually avoid hotel restaurants and bars when traveling. I'm always suspicious they're packaging a less authentic experience for captive traffic. The reality of Waikiki is hotels and malls are where everything is. Many of the restaurants and bars attached to them are excellent. Expensive, though almost everything in the hotspots is. As far as actual hotel restaurants go, I'm partial to The Laylow in Waikiki.

    • North Shore: Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is a classic and super easy dinner spot after enjoying Sunset Beach.

    • Kaʻena Point State Park is gorgeous and might be tempting to visit before leaving the North Shore, though be advised the road doesn't connect around that side of the island.

    • If you're into cycling, Velohana is a fantastic local spot run by an elite bike racing coach. They rented me a epic road bike and do guided rides.

    Now, don't let that distract you from the true goal: chilling on the beach! I'll caveat my experiences by saying I am not a surfer, but will take any and all opportunities to hop into the pacific ocean.

    I saw you mentioned Waikiki beach. Imo it's skippable. It's not even real; they have to bring sand in from other spots to counteract erosion. You can drive for less than an hour to several much better (and truly epic) beaches. Don't get too tied to a particular beach. I've had the best success by checking the water conditions day-of.

    There used to be an official gov site with conditions and hazard levels per beach, but I can't find it at the moment; this is the closest thing I see now. As a surfer you're probably familiar with the live surf report sites. Use them! Worth checking before you head out for the day since you'll have a car, and a short drive can make a big difference.

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  13. Comment on Just subscribed to Crunchyroll. What should I watch? in ~anime

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    Spy Family Ranking of Kings Chainsaw Man

    Spy Family
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    Chainsaw Man

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  14. Comment on Fresh Album Fridays: Mitski, Nas, Explosions in the Sky and more in ~music

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    DROELOE - The Art of Change Single Genre: Electronic Country: Netherlands Bandcamp

    DROELOE - The Art of Change

    Single

    Genre: Electronic
    Country: Netherlands

    Bandcamp

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  15. Comment on What password management solution do you use and why? in ~tech

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    I chose KeePassXC over Bitwarden for a nerdy reason: KeePassXC can encrypt the vault using a combination of passphrase + rolling HMAC Challenge/Response from a hardware key. This is cool because...

    I chose KeePassXC over Bitwarden for a nerdy reason:

    KeePassXC can encrypt the vault using a combination of passphrase + rolling HMAC Challenge/Response from a hardware key. This is cool because even if the vault file was leaked, and the passphrase was keylogged, without a hardware key you can't decrypt the vault. It works great on computers and my Android phone.

    This is in contrast to most hosted services which use hardware keys for authentication (the server will reject access without a key), but the actual data on the server disk is encrypted using (some derivative) of passphrase only. That's probably fine since you're trusting your host to protect the vaults for you, but it's an additional point of failure. Whether you think you can do a better job managing your own keys vs. a company is a personal call, and there's not one right answer.

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

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    Not the GP, but when my last graphics card died, it was during a game. A momentary flash of corrupt graphics and that was it -- never worked again.

    Not the GP, but when my last graphics card died, it was during a game. A momentary flash of corrupt graphics and that was it -- never worked again.

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  17. Comment on How long a first date should be in ~life

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    I've been scammed way more by construction contractors, does that make it an illegitimate industry? The same argument could be made of most creative professions, therapists, psychologists, and...

    I've been scammed way more by construction contractors, does that make it an illegitimate industry?

    The same argument could be made of most creative professions, therapists, psychologists, and business consultants. I'm a software engineer by trade. There's many ways to scam in industries with discrete outcomes and quantitative metrics. That does not delegitimize the jobs or industry.

    It sounds like your mental model here is biased and leading you to strawman examples. It's quite feasible to collect qualitative metrics about coaching and the conduct of coaches. Many industries create guardrails and accreditation to formalize imprecise quality factors -- education and medicine both have similar challenges.

    Like any hired job, at the end of the day it's on the coaching client to decide whether the practice and outcomes are providing value. Not everyone has the facilities to do that, unfortunately, but that means they're vulnerable to scams of all kinds, not that coaches in general are scam artists.

  18. Comment on What anime scenes are most memorable to you? in ~anime

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    Completely agreed, and I love your perspective on it! Now that I've learned some of the sentiment Anno brought into it, it's hard for me to separate, but you're right that it really deepens...

    Completely agreed, and I love your perspective on it! Now that I've learned some of the sentiment Anno brought into it, it's hard for me to separate, but you're right that it really deepens Shinji's themes of repression and avoidance.

    I'm sorry NGE didn't hit right for you. I watched it as a young teenager and the combination of world dystopia and technological utopia really resonated with me. The big robots part was cool but I never found Gundam or transformers to be that interesting alone, FWIW, so the genre subversion and some of the adult themes (e.g. Misato's final conversation with Shinji) flew over my head.

    20 years later, though, I'm right there with you: Anno took the show to surprising and totally unique places, and the genre subversion is a big part of why I think it still stands up. The rebuilds were a huge disappointment though imo :(

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  19. Comment on How long a first date should be in ~life

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    I taught kids basketry when I was a teenager. We would often joke about doing it underwater. It's completely unnecessary and probably counterproductive, though -- it's not desirable for the reed...

    I taught kids basketry when I was a teenager. We would often joke about doing it underwater. It's completely unnecessary and probably counterproductive, though -- it's not desirable for the reed to get too soft, either, and it can encourage mold growth.

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