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  1. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    AFAIK, tacos wouldn't be considered fast food unless they're from such a chain, like Taco Bell. To me, the whole point of fast food is the systematization. It's geared toward mass...

    AFAIK, tacos wouldn't be considered fast food unless they're from such a chain, like Taco Bell. To me, the whole point of fast food is the systematization. It's geared toward mass production/consumption and (ostensibly) quick service, but also comes with an implicit compromise on quality. Street food/vendors shouldn't be included there, IMO. "Fast casual" is the middle-ground between fast food and sit-down restaurants that has grown quite popular in the past 15 years, with street food or adjacent concepts in some notable cases.

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  2. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    This seems like a decidedly... anti-intellectual? approach to food, with a lot of assumptions to unpack. I wonder how much this mentality exists beyond the US, which doesn't really have the...

    This seems like a decidedly... anti-intellectual? approach to food, with a lot of assumptions to unpack. I wonder how much this mentality exists beyond the US, which doesn't really have the greatest relationship to its food anymore. There are way too many people who can't cook for themselves and haven't experienced much beyond the mass-produced, over-processed, cumulatively-toxic fare that is made primarily for profit and not for health.

    Even for fast food, if you want to do it really well you can use all sorts of craft and technique to make the perfect burger, or pizza, or French fries. That may make it not-so-fast food, but does that make it artsy fartsy? Or is it the five star setting? Or what, exactly?

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  4. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    When you say "a za'atar," what exactly do you mean? I had za'atar fries a few weeks ago as my introduction to the seasoning blend, quite tasty.

    When you say "a za'atar," what exactly do you mean? I had za'atar fries a few weeks ago as my introduction to the seasoning blend, quite tasty.

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  5. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Just FYI, you will incur the wrath of a thousand nonnas with that Parmigiano.

    Just FYI, you will incur the wrath of a thousand nonnas with that Parmigiano.

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  6. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Just as I'm searching for a link to post about Trader Joe's caramel cheddar popcorn mix, I find out it's recently been discontinued!?! My congressman is definitely going to hear about this.

    Just as I'm searching for a link to post about Trader Joe's edible crack caramel cheddar popcorn mix, I find out it's recently been discontinued!?! My congressman is definitely going to hear about this.

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  7. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Nongshim's veggie ramyun is so good I've converted a few of my omnivorous friends. I also love Indomie's Mi Goreng noodles. Chili-flavor Top Ramen with some peanut butter and a squeeze of lime...

    For all my noodles I usually throw in some combination of appropriate veggies (bean sprouts, carrots, radish/daikon, corn, etc.), spring onions, and eggs.

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  8. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    While they're all successful in their own right, almost all are still arguably niche. My guess is the average American either hasn't heard of them or only knows them by face/character, not by...

    While they're all successful in their own right, almost all are still arguably niche. My guess is the average American either hasn't heard of them or only knows them by face/character, not by name. Lucy Liu's the likely exception, maybe along with Dev Patel.

  9. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    Well, not so much racism on your part as much as the system that determines who and what gets exposure. Visibility and opportunities have improved a lot in even just the past 10 years.

    Well, not so much racism on your part as much as the system that determines who and what gets exposure. Visibility and opportunities have improved a lot in even just the past 10 years.

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  10. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    If I essentially want Last Week Tonight without the snark, do I have any options?

    If I essentially want Last Week Tonight without the snark, do I have any options?

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  11. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    If you had taken said poll and were asked to name a famous Asian-American, who would you have gone for? Before watching the full video, a few names immediately came to mind (e.g. Ali Wong, Eddie...

    If you had taken said poll and were asked to name a famous Asian-American, who would you have gone for? Before watching the full video, a few names immediately came to mind (e.g. Ali Wong, Eddie Huang, Roy Choi), but I was still a little chagrined as they could arguably be considered niche. After a minute or so of trying to think of someone with real mainstream visibility, I came up with Aziz Ansari and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I know I can name a number of other Asian-Americans, but who are the biggest/most obvious people I'm overlooking, especially in terms of those who claim AA identity? Even some of those in the collage at the end could be considered niche as well.

    (In my defense, I try my best not to pay much attention to mainstream US culture.)

    On another note, I really wish the diversity of the activism of the '60s and the collaboration between different groups during the Civil Rights movement were properly highlighted in US history. Every subsequent generation should have had the opportunity to use that as an entryway into learning the histories of their fellow Americans who don't look like them, the opportunity to understand that it's not their history but all our history. The country would be on a much different path by now.

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  12. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    This has been on my HDD for some time now awaiting the right mood for me to watch it, and I happened to play the first minute or so yesterday while sorting through my library. I did NOT expect it...

    This has been on my HDD for some time now awaiting the right mood for me to watch it, and I happened to play the first minute or so yesterday while sorting through my library. I did NOT expect it to start off with Take Me Home Country Road lol, I was very confused.

  13. Comment on Roadrunner: A film about Anthony Bourdain (official trailer) in ~movies

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    Absolutely looking forward to this. Getting teary-eyed just from the trailer reminds me how much of a hero he was and still is to me.

    Absolutely looking forward to this. Getting teary-eyed just from the trailer reminds me how much of a hero he was and still is to me.

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  14. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I've never played any of the Castlevania games and have watched maybe a total of 30 minutes of a couple of them. How likely is it to go over my head if I take a look?

    I've never played any of the Castlevania games and have watched maybe a total of 30 minutes of a couple of them. How likely is it to go over my head if I take a look?

  15. Comment on NFL pledges to halt ‘race-norming,’ review Black claims in ~sports

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    Uh, what? How? Why? Especially since it's been illegal since 1991?

    The binary race norms, when they are used in the testing, assumes that Black patients start with worse cognitive function than whites and other non-Blacks.

    Uh, what? How? Why? Especially since it's been illegal since 1991?

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  16. Comment on Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, takes break from tennis, one day after tennis’ Grand Slams threatened disqualification or suspension if she continued to skip press conferences in ~sports

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    You could have included that Serena went out of her way to make it clear that she wasn't just being unsportsmanlike and griping about Osaka. She defended her to the crowd in the moment and...

    It's the moment that she's dreamed of, and it was ruined so thoroughly by her idol that she ends up crying and apologizing for winning.

    You could have included that Serena went out of her way to make it clear that she wasn't just being unsportsmanlike and griping about Osaka. She defended her to the crowd in the moment and subsequently to the press, as well as congratulated her at the net and told her how proud she was of her achievement.

    There was some definite bias against Serena in the controversy that swirled in the aftermath of the match, some of which is explained by the generally ridiculous expectations that athletes in America are generally burdened with, and some that runs deeper, as alluded to in the article spit-evil-olive-tips posted. I don't condone her behavior but I also don't condone all the judgment from armchair pundits who can't seem to let elite sportspeople be human in the moment. It's hard to conclude from your comments here that you don't hold some of that bias.

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  17. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    1/10? Really? There's much, much, much worse anime than Crybaby, so I don't know where you go from there. Why'd you dislike it so much?

    1/10? Really? There's much, much, much worse anime than Crybaby, so I don't know where you go from there. Why'd you dislike it so much?

  18. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I'm a fan of the show's director, Masaaki Yuasa, whose signature is the unique art style you saw here. For me D:C did quite a few things right but it was more or less empty calories - usually good...

    I'm a fan of the show's director, Masaaki Yuasa, whose signature is the unique art style you saw here. For me D:C did quite a few things right but it was more or less empty calories - usually good for a rush, and it rang a little hollow when it did try to probe a little in later episodes. Much of my gripes apparently had to do with the source material, though. I'm planning to soon watch an older show of his, Kemonozume, which is supposedly quite similar to D:C thematically.

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  19. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Finally finished Ergo Proxy last night. I'm left with something between vague disappointment and mild confusion, as well as a lingering aftertaste of clumsily-handled potential. I recognize that...

    Finally finished Ergo Proxy last night. I'm left with something between vague disappointment and mild confusion, as well as a lingering aftertaste of clumsily-handled potential. I recognize that I'm not familiar enough with Western philosophy to catch most of the references that are sprinkled throughout the show, and I knew that going in... but as much as I wanted it to, it never engaged me enough that I'd want to do the extra work to peel the layers of the onion. I've started reading some post-viewing analyses, and they all state it's a show that you can't properly understand or appreciate on the first viewing, but you'd have to pay me to sit through it again.

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  20. Comment on How can I better engage Tilderinos on my philosophy posts? in ~talk

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    Don't sell yourself short, there's no shame in being a lay philosopher. As someone who has always had interest in philosophy but never studied it, I wouldn't mind if I was put in the same...

    Don't sell yourself short, there's no shame in being a lay philosopher. As someone who has always had interest in philosophy but never studied it, I wouldn't mind if I was put in the same category. I could see it now, lounging at a sidewalk café, pontificating at passers-by.

    I personally find articles that relate philosophical concepts to everyday activities or aspects of culture (e.g. football 😁) the most interesting/easiest to start a conversation on. Maybe that stuff would fall under the philosophy 200s. I also lean more toward Eastern philosophy than Western, so I'm probably more likely to engage those topics of theory simply as I'd have less background work to do.

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