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  1. Comment on A letter to other parents in ~life

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    Are there actually problems associated with not being potty trained by 3? My son is two and a half, and the doctor was impressed recently that my son had awareness and control of when he was able...

    Are there actually problems associated with not being potty trained by 3? My son is two and a half, and the doctor was impressed recently that my son had awareness and control of when he was able to urinate. So was that just BS?

    We've taken the approach of following my son's lead with potty training, as we feel like keeping the pressure off of him will be better in the long run. But perhaps you disagree. I'm only almost offended--I'm pretty sure you're being a little tongue-in-cheek about shaming other parents. But either way, if there are actually problems with not rushing my son into potty training, I'd be interested to hear it.

  2. Comment on Anti-vaxers are not evil in ~health

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    Yeah--sorry for the low effort comment, but my mom was afraid of vaccines killing me, not of them making me autistic. (I was born in '82, so maybe it's a different era of anti-vaxxers and is...

    Yeah--sorry for the low effort comment, but my mom was afraid of vaccines killing me, not of them making me autistic. (I was born in '82, so maybe it's a different era of anti-vaxxers and is irrelevant?)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What’s your shampoo of choice, and why? in ~talk

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    I have recently (maybe close to a year ago?) stopped using shampoo regularly, and I see little reason to look back (other than that I seem to have a bit of dandruff). My hair (edit: I forgot to...

    I have recently (maybe close to a year ago?) stopped using shampoo regularly, and I see little reason to look back (other than that I seem to have a bit of dandruff). My hair (edit: I forgot to note that I'm a dude with fairly short, curly, thick hair) is a little oily, but like you say, not in a bad way--it's perfectly clean. I rinse and scrub it in the shower, but simply don't strip it of my natural oils. Maybe once a month I use this shampoo bar to scrub my hair, but I'm always a little disappointed afterward, as it makes my hair feel pretty dry for a while.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    As a Zelda fan since I was 6 years old (1988), this is my pick, too. I feel a little unique in that many Zelda fans do not consider this the best in the series due to the lack of typical dungeons...

    As a Zelda fan since I was 6 years old (1988), this is my pick, too. I feel a little unique in that many Zelda fans do not consider this the best in the series due to the lack of typical dungeons and linear gameplay, but I also don't care about being unique in my love for this game. To me, Breath of the Wild is in homage to what I felt when playing The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and Link's Awakening as a child (I leave out A Link to the Past because I didn't get an SNES until many years after its release). I loved the feeling of being alone in a vast world, something I never felt in any of the other 3D Zelda games. The worlds were either too small, to[o] populated, or too linear.

    But much like in the first two Zelda games, Breath of the Wild throws you into its world, and (other than the tutorial stuff at the beginning) leaves you alone to explore. This is exactly what I did when playing those early Zelda games and when imagining I was Link (or that my Lego Robin Hood was him) as a kid. Other than the lack of spooky dungeons, Breath of the Wild was everything I'd been waiting for in a 3D Zelda. It's my favorite game of all time. What I wouldn't give to forget the game and play it again for the first time!

    10 votes
  5. Comment on I found work on an Amazon website. I made 97 cents an hour in ~tech

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    I used to have a lot of down time in my main job, so MTurk was a great supplement. I was already on the clock for one job, so if I could make an extra couple dollars an hour doing this work, all...

    I used to have a lot of down time in my main job, so MTurk was a great supplement. I was already on the clock for one job, so if I could make an extra couple dollars an hour doing this work, all the better. I think people who focused on it as their sole job did a lot better than me, as they knew how to find the best HITs.

    It never seemed worth it to me to explore it any more. It didn't seem like, even at its best, MTurk paid a livable wage, so I just browsed /r/HitsWorthTurkingFor for decent HITs and did them when I had time. I never made more than a few hundred dollars per year. But it was easy and some of the surveys (generally academic ones) were fun. I especially liked when they asked very personal questions (I'm looking at you, Angela Listy).

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Looks interesting. I'm surprised how similar it looks to Zelda 2: it's so similar in the moveset and world design it seems like stealing. Of course, that doesn't bother me, as I loved Zelda 2....

    Looks interesting. I'm surprised how similar it looks to Zelda 2: it's so similar in the moveset and world design it seems like stealing. Of course, that doesn't bother me, as I loved Zelda 2. I'll have to try it out.

    Sadly, it doesn't look familiar to me. I remember the character being smaller (maybe 2/3s the size of the character in this game?) and I'm pretty sure I was able to use the four buttons on my PC gamepad. I think this is something that stood out to me: I felt so powerful having a few different powers at my fingertips. Thanks for the suggestion, anyway!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    There's a PC game I played when I was 9-12 or so (not totally sure) that I have not been able to find. To be honest, I'm not sure to what extent the game is remembered or imagined, since those...

    There's a PC game I played when I was 9-12 or so (not totally sure) that I have not been able to find. To be honest, I'm not sure to what extent the game is remembered or imagined, since those years for me were close to 30 years ago (1991-1994-ish).

    The game was a side-scrolling adventure game like Faxanadu or Kid Icarus and it had both swordplay and elemental-based (I think) magic spells. The setting was the world of Ancient Greece and the color palette was a bit brighter than that of Kid Icarus. This is pretty much all I remember about the game. As you can imagine, it's been hard to find. I've spent hours here and there over the years looking through archives of PC games from that era to no avail. In that search I found another that I enjoyed as a kid, Thexder 2, so at least the search wasn't in vain. I've been meaning to make a post to /r/tipofmyjoystick (or whatever it's called) searching for it but haven't gotten around to it.

    I'm not sure I'll ever find it because, like I said, I'm not sure if I even remember it or imagine it. But whichever one of those is in my head, the game seemed fun and imaginative, like a creepier, more magical version of Zelda.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's your favorite obscure and/or archaic sports rule? in ~sports

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    That rule and everything leading up to it was hilarious. There's another interesting NHL rule prohibiting goalies from carrying the puck over center ice. Here's the only violation of it I've seen:...

    That rule and everything leading up to it was hilarious. There's another interesting NHL rule prohibiting goalies from carrying the puck over center ice. Here's the only violation of it I've seen: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QS4qfCbuhCw. So funny. As a Red Wings fan, I miss Patrick Roy so much. He was so much fun to 'hate'!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on 100s of tabs: what is there? in ~comp

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    I don't have hundreds open, but dozens; I spend most of my time watching my toddler son and have only a few minutes here and there for my own interests. I find something interesting but don't have...

    I don't have hundreds open, but dozens; I spend most of my time watching my toddler son and have only a few minutes here and there for my own interests. I find something interesting but don't have time to read/file/respond to it properly, so it sits open until I find the time for it or, more likely, find something else that interests me more and seems more worth my limited time. So there it sits.

  10. Comment on What song are you currently addicted to? in ~music

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    I don't tend to get on "kicks" like this with individual songs--I do it sometimes more with albums or artists. But if I was going to with a song, it'd have to be Joanna Newsom's "You Will Not Take...

    I don't tend to get on "kicks" like this with individual songs--I do it sometimes more with albums or artists. But if I was going to with a song, it'd have to be Joanna Newsom's "You Will Not Take My Heart Alive" or maybe "Sapokanikan." In the former, whenever she gets to the title line, "You Will Not Take My Heart Alive," it melts my heart. The words don't particularly have a lot of meaning for me (at least not consciously--I suppose they probably do, deep down!), but the feeling she puts into them sure does. I love it very much, but then again, I love a lot of her music. She has a great voice and there's a kind of magic to her songs and sound.

  11. Comment on Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters in ~tech

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    My reaction was simply that I found it strange. It kept switching back and forth, and this felt like a major shift in my mind each time. The strange part is that it affected me that much--I don't...

    My reaction was simply that I found it strange. It kept switching back and forth, and this felt like a major shift in my mind each time. The strange part is that it affected me that much--I don't understand why it matters which gender an AI voice sounds like. Intellectually, I don't care much about other people's gender or sexuality, but when faced with something like this, it's clear that I do care on some level.

    Edit: Like you say, I guess I was assigning it a gender to make it easier to process--but why does my mind need to do this?

    I wonder, too, if the strangeness has something to do with the uncanny valley--that the voice is so close to a masculine or feminine voice, but just not quite there.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters in ~tech

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    To me it sounds like the voice constantly switches between male and female, which was disconcerting. I suppose, then, the most interesting thing I took from listening to it was my own reaction!...

    To me it sounds like the voice constantly switches between male and female, which was disconcerting. I suppose, then, the most interesting thing I took from listening to it was my own reaction! It's a good idea, though, and it'd be interesting to hear again after further development. There's no reason for my digital "assistant" to have a gender.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on Can we make the new "Back to top" link optional? in ~tildes

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    I also don't find it useful--and find it somewhat distracting, blocking the end of the bottom line or two of text and thus effectively shortening my screen. Much more useful would be a bar...

    I also don't find it useful--and find it somewhat distracting, blocking the end of the bottom line or two of text and thus effectively shortening my screen. Much more useful would be a bar featuring the comment author's name, a link to vote on the comment, or a link to scroll back to the parent comment.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What do you find cozy, comforting, or relaxing? in ~talk

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    For dinner tonight I made a big pot of chicken soup (the stock was made from bones I'd been saving in the freezer) with rice, lentils, potatoes, rutabaga, carrots, corn, and peas. My family has...

    For dinner tonight I made a big pot of chicken soup (the stock was made from bones I'd been saving in the freezer) with rice, lentils, potatoes, rutabaga, carrots, corn, and peas. My family has been fighting off illness for a while now (pretty successfully, but still), and something like this so loaded with veggies was perfect. There's something about root vegetables that is comforting and hearty. We'll be enjoying it for a while.

  15. Comment on Let's do something different: What are your favorite video game OSTs? in ~music

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    Thanks for sharing--I'm listening to this version right now and am quite impressed. It's been a long time since I've played Diablo II, and I forgot how great this music was!

    Thanks for sharing--I'm listening to this version right now and am quite impressed. It's been a long time since I've played Diablo II, and I forgot how great this music was!

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Is sunscreen the new margarine? in ~health

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    Personally, I thought your original comment was very clearly casual, and that you weren't trying to make an argument to convince other people of your position. You were casually talking about your...

    Personally, I thought your original comment was very clearly casual, and that you weren't trying to make an argument to convince other people of your position. You were casually talking about your perspective and experience. Not sure why burkaman felt the need to attack your statements.

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  17. Comment on Is sunscreen the new margarine? in ~health

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    This has pretty much been my perspective, too. I've thought a lot about this over the past couple years because now I have a son to take care of, and in that time, I've decided to reverse my...

    Personally, I've never been big on sunscreen for a variety of reasons. I'm glad to hear that there's some science supporting my position. It always seemed weird to me that something that has been around for longer than life itself has existed, would somehow be harmful.

    This has pretty much been my perspective, too. I've thought a lot about this over the past couple years because now I have a son to take care of, and in that time, I've decided to reverse my position and go with the (pretty widespread) recommendation to limit sun exposure. Yet this article has turned me back around. Especially interesting is the information about skin cancer rates and mortality:

    Skin cancer kills surprisingly few people: less than 3 per 100,000 in the U.S. each year. For every person who dies of skin cancer, more than 100 die from cardiovascular diseases.

    People don’t realize this because several different diseases are lumped together under the term “skin cancer.” The most common by far are basal-cell carcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas, which are almost never fatal. In fact, says Weller, “When I diagnose a basal-cell skin cancer in a patient, the first thing I say is congratulations, because you’re walking out of my office with a longer life expectancy than when you walked in.” That’s probably because people who get carcinomas, which are strongly linked to sun exposure, tend to be healthy types that are outside getting plenty of exercise and sunlight.

    Melanoma, the deadly type of skin cancer, is much rarer, accounting for only 1 to 3 percent of new skin cancers. And perplexingly, outdoor workers have half the melanoma rate of indoor workers. Tanned people have lower rates in general. “The risk factor for melanoma appears to be intermittent sunshine and sunburn, especially when you’re young,” says Weller. “But there’s evidence that long-term sun exposure associates with less melanoma.”

    I tan almost every summer because I gradually get used to the sun. Not last summer: I covered up completely every time I went out, and while I didn't use sunblock, I had a wide-brimmed hat protecting my face, as well as long sleeves and long pants, so I didn't need it. I look forward to getting back to normal. The sun feels amazing. Every time I go out and expose myself to it, I feel so alive. I guess I should've listened to that instinct all along.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Why Tildes doesn't need to be fully public in ~tildes

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    Do you plan to implement anonymous posting (as well as the ability to retroactively make a post anonymous) before opening Tildes up as read-only? I don't care that much about my privacy, but I'm...

    Do you plan to implement anonymous posting (as well as the ability to retroactively make a post anonymous) before opening Tildes up as read-only? I don't care that much about my privacy, but I'm pretty sure I've said things here linking myself to my Reddit accounts, which probably isn't a big deal, but it gives me a little anxiety.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Where would you like to be at the moment? in ~talk

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    You'd think he would be tiring himself out--he's been walking for maybe 6 months, now, and has started climbing on the furniture. He's a handful! Luckily I do have a bit of hope on the horizon....

    You'd think he would be tiring himself out--he's been walking for maybe 6 months, now, and has started climbing on the furniture. He's a handful! Luckily I do have a bit of hope on the horizon. We're thinking about getting him into daycare at least once or twice a week (it's only $30/day at the place we're considering, so not bad at all), so that would give me more of a break to get some stuff done around the house.

    My wife also has a friend who went through these same sleep issues for five years and, upon giving her son the supplement, Protandim, he started sleeping. My research of the supplement suggests that it's a load of bunk, but at this point, I'm willing to try just about anything that isn't harmful.

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  20. Comment on Where would you like to be at the moment? in ~talk

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    Awesome! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help with your move. For privacy's sake, I'd rather not publicly share more information about my location than I already have (although I'm...

    Awesome! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help with your move. For privacy's sake, I'd rather not publicly share more information about my location than I already have (although I'm kinda wishy-washy about that...I'm only sort of paranoid), but I'd be happy to talk about it more privately. And either way, good luck with those plans!

    1 vote