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  1. Comment on Dream journal thread in ~talk

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    When covid happened I started having really vivid dreams, and started writing them down: https://tilde.team/~dozens/dreams/

    When covid happened I started having really vivid dreams, and started writing them down:
    https://tilde.team/~dozens/dreams/

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  2. Comment on Announcing TypeScript 4.0 in ~comp

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    May I introduce you to deno, the next generation JS/TS runtime?

    It doesn't have its own runtime, for one.

    May I introduce you to deno, the next generation JS/TS runtime?

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

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    I haven't read this one yet, but want to some day. I remember seeing a funny thread on reddit recently where somebody got this book and fell for the gag and thought they got an abridged version,...

    I haven't read this one yet, but want to some day. I remember seeing a funny thread on reddit recently where somebody got this book and fell for the gag and thought they got an abridged version, and sent it back. I think they sent it back a second time before they caught on 🤣

    A second pillar of my childhood whose book I did read recently is The Never Ending Story, which turned out to be incredibly disappointing. The whole movie takes first in the first half of the book. And in part 2, Bastion just kind of stomps around Fantasia being an asshole to everybody. One of the very few books that I wish I'd never read. The movie was far better.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I recently wrapped up seasons of a couple shows I've been watching: edit: added spoiler tags Stranger Things Season 3 Finally went back and finished up season three. It was okay. Billy was a great...

    I recently wrapped up seasons of a couple shows I've been watching:
    edit: added spoiler tags

    Stranger Things Season 3

    Finally went back and finished up season three. It was okay. Billy was a great villain. I liked how they sniped El's powers so she's not such a deus ex machina all the time. The entire Russian thing was so over the top 1980s red scare that is was kind of farcical and distracting. Weirdly nationalistic. Hooper's ending was very unexpected! It was pretty good, nothing sensational. I don't know if I'll go out of my way to continue watching season 4. Season 1 was amazing. Season 2 struggled to compete. and Season 3 was just pretty good.

    Cursed Season 1

    Finished Cursed the other night. It was good, I liked it. On the one hand, it's kind of like, oh another retelling of the Arthurian legend? But on the other hand, it was really well done! Outstanding final scene. Couldn't hate Iris more. The most petulant, punchable face. Started to see some leadership from Arthur the conman, so it was good to see him start to kind of come into his own. Merlin getting his magic back was as epic as I had hoped it would be. Didn't really feel Nimway's corruption that much, but her fall was tragic. Loved the final seen between Gawain and Percivel. Powerful. Five stars.

    Umbrella Academy Season 2

    So friggin good! Season 1 was awesome, and season 2 was just as good. Diego and Klaus and Alison all looking so good with long hair. Vanya grappling with her memories and coming into her own. Cool time travel shenanigans. Expanding of powers: vanya, hello. The season long promise for No. 5 to learn micro scale time jumps. Hated Lila when I met her, but ended up being a delight. Hargreaves. The Swedes. Carmichael. The Handler. Just all so, so good.

    I actually have, since watching, made a D&D character based on Klaus from this season: a reluctant/apologetic hedonistic irresponsible cult leader.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Axios: President Trump exclusive interview (full episode) in ~news

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    He inherited this belief from his dad, who learned it from Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking in the 1950s: The same passage says "Fred wasn’t a reader, but it was impossible...

    He inherited this belief from his dad, who learned it from Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking in the 1950s:

    Anticipating the prosperity gospel, Peale’s doctrine proclaimed that you need only self-confidence in order to prosper in the way God wants you to. “[O]bstacles are simply not permitted to destroy your happiness and well-being. You need be defeated only if you are willing to be,” Peale wrote. That view neatly confirmed what Fred already thought: he was rich because he deserved to be. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!… A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and successful achievement.” Self-doubt wasn’t part of Fred’s makeup, and he never considered the possibility of his own defeat. As Peale also wrote, “It is appalling to realize the number of pathetic people who are hampered and made miserable by the malady popularly called the inferiority complex.”

    Peale’s proto–prosperity gospel actually complemented the scarcity mentality Fred continued to cling to. For him, it was not “the more you have, the more you can give.” It was “the more you have, the more you have.” Financial worth was the same as self-worth, monetary value was human value. The more Fred Trump had, the better he was. If he gave something to someone else, that person would be worth more and he less. He would pass that attitude on to Donald in spades.

    - Too Much And Never Enough, Mary Trump

    The same passage says "Fred wasn’t a reader, but it was impossible not to know about Peale’s wildly popular bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking. The title alone was enough for Fred..." So not reading is probably a habit and/or disability that Fred passed on to Donald as well.

    12 votes
  6. Comment on Tips for falling asleep in ~talk

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    These are my sleep tips. Leading up to sleep: No caffeine. (Ever, ideally. But definitely avoid the afternoon bump. Take a 30 - 40 minute siesta instead.) No eating before sleep No alcohol before...

    These are my sleep tips.

    Leading up to sleep:

    • No caffeine. (Ever, ideally. But definitely avoid the afternoon bump. Take a 30 - 40 minute siesta instead.)
    • No eating before sleep
    • No alcohol before sleep
    • No screens before sleep
    • Lower the bed temperature (I throw a couple ice packs under the comforter if it's warm)
    • Ritual: I like having a cup of sleepy time tea and reading a book for a while

    When trying to sleep:

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  7. Comment on What's a free RPG platforms to play with my virtual girlfriend? in ~games

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    Fate might be a good system for you. It's super simple and flexible. This video is what really sold me on it as a system: TableTop: Wil Wheaton Plays FATE CORE w/ Felicia Day, John Rogers, & Ryan...

    Fate might be a good system for you. It's super simple and flexible.

    This video is what really sold me on it as a system:

    TableTop: Wil Wheaton Plays FATE CORE w/ Felicia Day, John Rogers, & Ryan Macklin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFXtAHg7vU

    Fate's "aspect" system was kind of a revelation to me, in fact. Having only played D&D, I've always felt like I was fighting against its class system to create the character I wanted. In your example, if GF wants to play "illusion witch" then you could create a wizard that could get that done. But in Fate, you could literally create an actual illusion witch through a combination of aspects.

    The rules are all online here:

    https://fate-srd.com/

    And they even include tips for running games online, and resources for download like character sheets.

    As for your other requirements, something Google Docs can store character sheet information. And typing something like "roll 4d6" into google or duckduckgo will roll dice for you. You may not need much "system" for that kind of stuff.

    The only other thing I can think of suggesting that you may or may not want is maybe making a discord server so you can chat, share pics and files and stuff during and between games. You can add a dice rolling bot so you can all roll in the open. And I know you said you don't want it, but if you ever decide you do, you can do voice, video, and screen sharing in discord voice channels.

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  8. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    The Panama Papers. We were given detailed evidence of a conspiracy to make the global elite even more rich and powerful, and we all kind of collectively shrugged and ignored it.

    The Panama Papers. We were given detailed evidence of a conspiracy to make the global elite even more rich and powerful, and we all kind of collectively shrugged and ignored it.

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

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    I've been exploring itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. So far I've played through A Short Hike, which is adorable, and which I will play again. And now I'm playing through A Night...

    I've been exploring itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.

    So far I've played through A Short Hike, which is adorable, and which I will play again.

    And now I'm playing through A Night In The Woods, which is also adorable, but (hinting at being) dark. There's an impressive amount of variety in game play with the minigames including rhythm "play the bass guitar" game and Demontower, the game-within-a-game that I found myself getting super distracted by after I discovered it. "I gotta beat this level!"

    It's kind of interesting to engage with in that regard, because I've definitely found myself just wanting to play bass instead of exploring the story. It's linear, but leaves a lot of room for how you want to play it.

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  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Hard to say. I didn't think so. But then I noticed it after reading that comment. I could have been biased by the comment. I'm still enjoying it. Yes, it's a little childhood magic / teen drama,...

    Hard to say. I didn't think so. But then I noticed it after reading that comment. I could have been biased by the comment.

    I'm still enjoying it. Yes, it's a little childhood magic / teen drama, but it's a comic / show about children and teens.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I have! I'm only a couple episodes in, but I feel like so far it does a good job of capturing the tone and feel of the comics. I'm really enjoying it so far.

    I have! I'm only a couple episodes in, but I feel like so far it does a good job of capturing the tone and feel of the comics. I'm really enjoying it so far.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Defeat your demons with Dungeons & Dragons: An investigation of the resurgence of D&D in ~games.tabletop

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    wow same, I was not expecting to be crying through the whole ending of this video. I really feel it though. I feel like my weekly game is what's keeping me sane right now after losing my job in...

    wow same, I was not expecting to be crying through the whole ending of this video.

    I really feel it though. I feel like my weekly game is what's keeping me sane right now after losing my job in the middle of this crisis. I know what I'm going through is not as bad as what some of the people in this video were describing, but at the same time it is actual trauma, and this just really hit close to home. I love this stupid game.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Two comic series I love are The Umbrella Academy and Locke and Key. TV adaptations of both are on Netflix right now, so I'm a happy clam. Just finished Umbrella Academy, and loved it. Just...

    Two comic series I love are The Umbrella Academy and Locke and Key. TV adaptations of both are on Netflix right now, so I'm a happy clam.

    Just finished Umbrella Academy, and loved it. Just finished episode 1 of Locke & Key and like it so far.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are your favorite non-fiction audiobooks? in ~books

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    Why We Sleep is probably the best audiobook I've read recently, both in terms of content (fascinating!), and because of the great narration. The guy's voice is just very soothing and at the same...

    Why We Sleep is probably the best audiobook I've read recently, both in terms of content (fascinating!), and because of the great narration. The guy's voice is just very soothing and at the same time engaging.

    Because you like pop history, Dreamland is about the US opiate epidemic and is also really good.

    What other kinds of stuff do you like reading about?

    6 votes