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  1. Comment on "I didn't have control": A 14-year-old on why she quit social media in ~misc

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    Social media is, in essence, the 21st century forum for gossip. Having fought a similar battle against 20th century gossip with my own parents, I am heartened to know that at least some kids are...

    Social media is, in essence, the 21st century forum for gossip. Having fought a similar battle against 20th century gossip with my own parents, I am heartened to know that at least some kids are aware of and beginning to push back against the absurdity of the current state of affairs.

  2. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    AAF got about 80% there, the lead guitar is killing it but they couldn't hit the right spot with the vocals. Fugees genuinely made a classic of their own with Killing Me Softly, but you're...

    AAF got about 80% there, the lead guitar is killing it but they couldn't hit the right spot with the vocals.
    Fugees genuinely made a classic of their own with Killing Me Softly, but you're waaaaaay off with No Woman No Cry, there's no comparison.
    I see your Lodi Dodi and raise you Snoop Dogg - Freaky Tales by Too Short.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Solar Ash Kingdom - Announcement Trailer in ~games

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    Hm. All the echoes of HLD I see have me hoping it's not essentially a retread, but I'll wait for more info. Also, I absolutely adored HLD but hate how non-Steam buyers were pretty much abandoned,...

    Hm. All the echoes of HLD I see have me hoping it's not essentially a retread, but I'll wait for more info. Also, I absolutely adored HLD but hate how non-Steam buyers were pretty much abandoned, so I'm a bit conflicted as to how much I look forward to this.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Feature suggestion: Bookmark posts from front page in ~tildes

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    Maybe I'm slow, but this is the first time I've realized that's possible.

    Maybe I'm slow, but this is the first time I've realized that's possible.

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  5. Comment on What anime, old or new, did you not expect to enjoy, but now highly recommend? in ~anime

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    You sure about that? Yuasa, the director for Ping Pong, wasn't involved in Kyosou Giga.

    I had already seen the director at work in Kyōsōgiga

    You sure about that? Yuasa, the director for Ping Pong, wasn't involved in Kyosou Giga.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What anime, old or new, did you not expect to enjoy, but now highly recommend? in ~anime

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    I think my experience was probably for the best. Brotherhood skips a fair amount of stuff in the beginning (probably expecting that most viewers had seen 2003 version in the first place), so the...

    I think my experience was probably for the best. Brotherhood skips a fair amount of stuff in the beginning (probably expecting that most viewers had seen 2003 version in the first place), so the Nina scene didn't have anywhere as much impact as the previous version.

  7. Comment on What anime, old or new, did you not expect to enjoy, but now highly recommend? in ~anime

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    I got two - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Madoka. A friend of mine kept asking me to watch FMA so she could talk about it, and after about a year of being skeptical I gave it a go. I...

    I got two - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Madoka. A friend of mine kept asking me to watch FMA so she could talk about it, and after about a year of being skeptical I gave it a go. I lasted 10 episodes with FMA 2003 and thought there was some promise but found the style too juvenile. I watched an episode of Brotherhood just to see what the difference was, and proceeded to blow through it in a couple of weeks.

    As for Madoka, that should be pretty obvious. I was totally judging that book by its cover.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta (and other goodies) in ~food

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    The irony of the Huffington Post's love of pointing fingers is beyond palpable. That said, I've long figured that white supremacists would surely have the worst taste in food in America, and I...

    The irony of the Huffington Post's love of pointing fingers is beyond palpable.

    That said, I've long figured that white supremacists would surely have the worst taste in food in America, and I just might be on the money.

  9. Comment on I just discovered Steam in ~games

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    This game is a masterpiece of design. I only got around to playing it maybe a year and a half after it came out, and in the meantime I had read different interviews with and watched a couple...

    This game is a masterpiece of design. I only got around to playing it maybe a year and a half after it came out, and in the meantime I had read different interviews with and watched a couple snippets of talks given by Blow about his thoughts about the videogame industry and design, simply because he seemed something of a polarizing figure. When I finally played it, it was such a distillation of everything he said, it's impossible not to be blown away. A staggering amount of thought went into it.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on I just discovered Steam in ~games

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    As far as games already mentioned, I absolutely second The Witness and Antichamber (two of the three best games I've ever played, along with FEZ), although they might be more pure puzzlers than...

    As far as games already mentioned, I absolutely second The Witness and Antichamber (two of the three best games I've ever played, along with FEZ), although they might be more pure puzzlers than you've indicated you like. I'm currently trying to get over the line in Octahedron, a terrific but deceptively tough puzzle platformer that might be more up your alley. Stealth Bastard Deluxe is good fun as well, and Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is a must-have for co-op.

    If you're really up for the challenge, though, Starseed Pilgrim is a jewel of a game I cannot champion enough, and Stephen's Sausage Roll is maybe the toughest I've ever come across.

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  11. Comment on I just discovered Steam in ~games

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    I could not disagree more about The Witness. It is a fantastic, masterfully designed game and it's overall not as hard as you make out. There is a definite challenge to it, but the proportion of...

    I could not disagree more about The Witness. It is a fantastic, masterfully designed game and it's overall not as hard as you make out. There is a definite challenge to it, but the proportion of puzzles that are truly tear-your-hair-out hard is maybe less than 10% (obviously subjective but I'd bet on consensus) and are completely optional. There is enough criticism of that video to be found both in the YT comments and elsewhere online, so I won't speak to it, but what I will say is that the game is probably not for everyone. Jonathan Blow went after a specific target demographic with his game, and I think the majority of people who find it an overrated line puzzle game, or think it's pretentious, or just don't get it, probably weren't in that target to begin with. And that's okay.

    Edit: Maybe you should take a look at this video for a different perspective from the one you linked, if you've not come across it before.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are some genuinely good places online? in ~talk

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    I've never actually signed up, but it's happened fairly often that I've been looking for opinions on something online and ended up at a thread on The Straight Dope. They've never steered me wrong.

    I've never actually signed up, but it's happened fairly often that I've been looking for opinions on something online and ended up at a thread on The Straight Dope. They've never steered me wrong.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses in ~tech

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    Seeing a dude drop his money and run out the back door on Facebook Live as the police raided his place was a watershed moment for me.

    Seeing a dude drop his money and run out the back door on Facebook Live as the police raided his place was a watershed moment for me.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Hollow Knight: Silksong - Full-scale sequel to Hollow Knight, focused on Hornet in ~games

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    I was really impressed by everything about Hollow Knight except the combat, so I never took the plunge and bought it myself. This looks like it's fixed my only gripe, so I'm definitely looking out...

    I was really impressed by everything about Hollow Knight except the combat, so I never took the plunge and bought it myself. This looks like it's fixed my only gripe, so I'm definitely looking out for it.

  15. Comment on The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses in ~tech

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    The cynic in me wonders just how much the government benefits from Facebook.

    The cynic in me wonders just how much the government benefits from Facebook.

  16. Comment on A Fistful of Woolongs - A Cowboy Bebop Retrospective in ~anime

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    This man's channel is fantastic. I don't find that I agree with all of his opinions but he's deserving of every sub he gets.

    This man's channel is fantastic. I don't find that I agree with all of his opinions but he's deserving of every sub he gets.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Tildes folks, are you learning another language or multilingual? in ~talk

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    I studied French for the better part of a decade through to my late teens but kinda fell out of it. Nowadays, my reading comprehension's pretty good, but when I happen to be around francophone...

    I studied French for the better part of a decade through to my late teens but kinda fell out of it. Nowadays, my reading comprehension's pretty good, but when I happen to be around francophone friends I find my listening's embarrassingly bad, and I'm probably at a good beginner's level speaking-wise.

    By contrast, I only did Spanish for three years, but between Spanish soccer commentary and hanging around Latin American coworkers, I'm way more confident following/taking part in a Spanish convo than French now. Exposure really is the key. I tell myself every few months that I'm going to get back on the horse and brush up, maybe this post is the reminder I needed.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What are reliable sites for thoughtful content from a non-American perspective? in ~talk

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    These are very interesting, thanks! I don't mind the slant at all, these are very much the type of things I had in mind.

    These are very interesting, thanks! I don't mind the slant at all, these are very much the type of things I had in mind.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are reliable sites for thoughtful content from a non-American perspective? in ~talk

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    Those are always useful for news, but I'm thinking about writing that's focused more on being maybe more opinionated, or curious, rather than journalistic. Any more ideas?

    Those are always useful for news, but I'm thinking about writing that's focused more on being maybe more opinionated, or curious, rather than journalistic. Any more ideas?

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What is a book that left an impression on you? in ~books

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    By far, the book that left the greatest impression on me, and is my favorite, is the Tao Te Ching. I was lucky enough to be first introduced to it via a translation that preserved both its...

    By far, the book that left the greatest impression on me, and is my favorite, is the Tao Te Ching. I was lucky enough to be first introduced to it via a translation that preserved both its sometimes-inscrutable poetry and the simplicity of its wisdom. I don't necessarily recommend it to everyone, though. It's the kind of book that you read slowly, repeatedly, and let marinate. My most-recommended book would probably be The Simplest Game by Paul Gardner, a rich reflection on the history of soccer and its World Cups.

    3 votes