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  1. Comment on The temporatory state of death in comics in ~books

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    See... I didn't even know that Dick Grayson became Batman so that was news to me. The only change in the mantle I ever read was Azrael in Knightquest/Knightfall/Knightsend.

    See... I didn't even know that Dick Grayson became Batman so that was news to me. The only change in the mantle I ever read was Azrael in Knightquest/Knightfall/Knightsend.

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  2. Comment on The temporatory state of death in comics in ~books

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    I guess that depends on how literally you define Batman and Superman by the people that they are. I, personally, like stories more when they explore the idea of what it means to be "Batman" or...

    I guess that depends on how literally you define Batman and Superman by the people that they are. I, personally, like stories more when they explore the idea of what it means to be "Batman" or "Superman". The only time I really care about the backstory of Clark Kent, since it's been overdone to death, is when they explore what it means to be, at the heart of it, a human being with god-like powers. Batman is the same way. The parts of the series where they explore different people being Batman and what their motivation is (Knightfall, for example) are way more interesting to me than the constant exploration of why Bruce Wayne chooses to dress up like a bat.

    Each superhero has things that define them and I think those definitions can fit multiple people. There are a lot of stories to tell about those heroes, it's just annoying to me that comic writers have to come up with new stories every month just to sell books. It gives us a lot of filler stories rather than well-thought-out stories that have some kind of meaning or gravitas.

  3. Comment on The temporatory state of death in comics in ~books

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    In the movie, he did think about that. Having children wasn't the problem. The problem was a matter of resources and the inefficiency of having so many beings that couldn't properly foster those...

    In the movie, he did think about that. Having children wasn't the problem. The problem was a matter of resources and the inefficiency of having so many beings that couldn't properly foster those resources. He even said himself that halving the population on his home planet created a paradise as the remaining people could think more sustainably about the future and about the how the population could grow again from there. I think it's a parallel to what's going on in our world right now.

    If you really want a plot hole, you have to realize that, instead of halving the population of the universe, he could have just doubled all the resources or the size of the universe or anything else. If he's really as god-like and unstoppable as they made him out to be, nothing should be off limits for him.

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  4. Comment on What are some of your favorite comic book stories for "classic" characters? in ~books

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    This is one of my favorite Elseworlds tales of all time. I've read it before but you've motivated me to read it again. It really is awesome. Definitely in the top next to Kingdom Come.

    This is one of my favorite Elseworlds tales of all time. I've read it before but you've motivated me to read it again. It really is awesome. Definitely in the top next to Kingdom Come.

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  5. Comment on What are some of your favorite comic book stories for "classic" characters? in ~books

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    I was lucky that I hadn't read or heard anything about Hush. I walked into the local comic book store and asked the guy at the counter what his favorite modern Batman book was and he handed me the...

    I was lucky that I hadn't read or heard anything about Hush. I walked into the local comic book store and asked the guy at the counter what his favorite modern Batman book was and he handed me the books and said "Don't talk to anyone until you've read them". I did exactly that and was kinda blown away.

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  6. Comment on What are some of your favorite comic book stories for "classic" characters? in ~books

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    Miller is a huge weirdo but it's hard for me not to agree regarding DKR. As for Iron Man, never even heard of it so thanks for the recommendation!!

    Miller is a huge weirdo but it's hard for me not to agree regarding DKR.

    As for Iron Man, never even heard of it so thanks for the recommendation!!

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  7. What are some of your favorite comic book stories for "classic" characters?

    I love comic books but just don't have the time to be a regular reader. I like classic characters, though, like Superman, Batman, X-Men, etc but it's always difficult to find self-contained...

    I love comic books but just don't have the time to be a regular reader. I like classic characters, though, like Superman, Batman, X-Men, etc but it's always difficult to find self-contained stories that don't require knowing all the ins and outs of what a character has gone through or knowing that certain events happened.

    What are your favorite self-contained series or graphic novels in comics? I'm looking for suggestions of things that are great stories that happen to have comic book characters (like Watchmen, Dark Knight, Hush, etc.) rather than cheesy comic book adventures (like All-Star Superman, which is a little too golden age for me).

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  8. Comment on The temporatory state of death in comics in ~books

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    I don't think that's the case. I think the forces guarding the Soul Stone are magical forces that know for certain whether it's there. I don't think it was possible for him to "fool" those forces.

    I don't think that's the case. I think the forces guarding the Soul Stone are magical forces that know for certain whether it's there. I don't think it was possible for him to "fool" those forces.

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  9. Comment on The temporatory state of death in comics in ~books

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    I think this is really what's important here. Jason died. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. All the emotion, all the consequences, and all the associated thoughts with Jason came out in the...

    I think this is really what's important here. Jason died. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. All the emotion, all the consequences, and all the associated thoughts with Jason came out in the books and it made for interesting reading. It's not like Batman can say "Jason never died" because he's been resurrected now. He did die. There was time lost that will never come back. I'd even say that Red Hood is a completely different person from Jason if not for the fact that these exact same feelings (from dying as Jason) are what drives him now and made him the character he is now. The thing that made it so impactful was that he died and was gone for 20 years.

    Now, contrast that with the "Death" of Superman. I'm a huuuuuge Superman fan. He's by far my favorite character and I loved the whole "Death of Superman" arc in the comics precisely because the "Return" storyline really asked people to define what Superman was as a character. As a kid, I was on the edge of my seat every issue and felt so triumphant when Superman finally came back. As an adult, though, it feels pretty lazy and I can't help but think that Superman didn't actually die. He was in "stasis" or whatever BS explanation they gave for it and him coming back so quickly made all the emotions felt by the other characters kind of empty. I mean, they were real for those characters at the time, but they feel trivialized for readers because we're all expecting Superman to come back and, of course, he did. There's no gravity there. I actually would have been totally OK with DC just cancelling the Superman books for a few years and doing nothing but Elseworlds Superman stories for a while or if they had kept going with other characters. They just didn't do a great job of making any of the other characters relatable or important to readers and that sucks.

    Infinity War is another good example. It's hard to feel bad when you know for sure that certain characters are "coming back". It really downplays the weight of what happens. Good writers will find creative ways to keep things going.

  10. Comment on "Dungeons & Dragons" and other TTRPGs are pretty misunderstood. What questions about the hobby would you like answered by those who play? in ~games

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    I just played Dungeon World for the first time last week. I thought it was awesome!!

    I just played Dungeon World for the first time last week. I thought it was awesome!!

  11. Comment on What's your favorite "treat yourself" meal? in ~food

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    A blue-cheese burger with steak fries. I like to mix onions into the meat (and sometimes breadcrumbs) or just mix in a packet of french-onion soup mix. Fry or grill the patty while judiciously...

    A blue-cheese burger with steak fries. I like to mix onions into the meat (and sometimes breadcrumbs) or just mix in a packet of french-onion soup mix. Fry or grill the patty while judiciously pouring on Worcestershire sauce on it every few seconds. Once the burger is cooked, top with caramelized onions and blue cheese (Stilton or Roquefort are my faves). If you still need more acidity, top with a little bit of steak sauce, otherwise just serve with roasted fries (salt and pepper only) and dip the fries in the steak sauce while you eat.

    It's surprisingly quick but soooooo damn awesome.

  12. Comment on Alert users if link already posted in last 7 days in ~tildes

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    My only concern with repost "detection" is that this was present on other sites for a really long time and it just turned into blog spammers editing the link slightly by adding parameters at the...

    My only concern with repost "detection" is that this was present on other sites for a really long time and it just turned into blog spammers editing the link slightly by adding parameters at the end so that the URL wouldn't be an exact match, setting up blog posts just to link to the reposted content, and setting up shortlinks to the exact content so that it can be reposted without issue.

    I think the better solution is some basic detection along with judicious modding. If a link is slightly different than something already posted, it should be flagged automatically for mods to determine if it's a repost. That's not perfect but it's better than inviting in a bunch of subversions that'll clutter up main pages just so people can repost content.

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  13. Comment on "Dungeons & Dragons" and other TTRPGs are pretty misunderstood. What questions about the hobby would you like answered by those who play? in ~games

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    What's the best way to get into it for people that have never really played? I find the concept really fun and exciting but I don't know anyone that experienced enough with the rules and all the...

    What's the best way to get into it for people that have never really played? I find the concept really fun and exciting but I don't know anyone that experienced enough with the rules and all the ins-and-outs to host a party or even a quick attempt at it. Do you really have to read all the rules in order to just attempt to play or what?

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  14. Comment on Best book you've ever read in ~books

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    I agree that it's impossible to pick one as I have so many favorites but the 2 that stand out are "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Ishmael". The Count is one of my favorite stories of all time and...

    I agree that it's impossible to pick one as I have so many favorites but the 2 that stand out are "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Ishmael". The Count is one of my favorite stories of all time and the book is just awesome. Ishamel, though, just opened up my perspective a little on how I think about life. It's a really weird book but it's excellent.

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  15. Comment on Programming Challenge: creative FizzBuzz in ~comp

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    Good point. They could just output everything to a string with a += '\n' at the end of the "if" statements and then log the final. Either way, it's possible with fewer conditions.

    Good point. They could just output everything to a string with a += '\n' at the end of the "if" statements and then log the final.

    Either way, it's possible with fewer conditions.

  16. Comment on BATTLETOADS Trailer (E3 2018) Xbox One/PC in ~games

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    What meme is that? I thought the original game was one of the most fun and most challenging games I've ever played.

    What meme is that? I thought the original game was one of the most fun and most challenging games I've ever played.

  17. Comment on Programming Challenge: creative FizzBuzz in ~comp

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    FYI, you can do this quicker if you don't use "else if" statements. Just 3 "if" statements will suffice: if (i%3 === 0) FIZZ if (i%5 === 0) BUZZ if (i%3 !== 0 && i%5 !== 0) NUMBER Any number...

    FYI, you can do this quicker if you don't use "else if" statements. Just 3 "if" statements will suffice:

    if (i%3 === 0) FIZZ
    if (i%5 === 0) BUZZ
    if (i%3 !== 0 && i%5 !== 0) NUMBER

    Any number divisible by both will hit for the first 2, in order and print FIZZBUZZ.

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  18. Comment on Programming Challenge: creative FizzBuzz in ~comp

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    Excel is Turing complete so it's definitely coding.

    Excel is Turing complete so it's definitely coding.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Programming Challenge: creative FizzBuzz in ~comp

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    I'm an idiot. What's going on here? I see numbers with multiples of 3 and multiples of 5 in there. What am I missing?

    I'm an idiot. What's going on here? I see numbers with multiples of 3 and multiples of 5 in there. What am I missing?

    4 votes
  20. Comment on To those of you making decisions about Tildes. in ~tildes

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    Wow... First off, who said I was a guy? ;) Secondly, that's really exciting to see discussions around those types of things (~politics.healthcare instead of ~politics.liberal, etc.). That's...

    Wow...

    First off, who said I was a guy? ;)

    Secondly, that's really exciting to see discussions around those types of things (~politics.healthcare instead of ~politics.liberal, etc.). That's exactly the type of thing I like to see because it doesn't inspire division right from the get-go but, instead, specificity.

    I like where this is going. Now if only there was a better way to follow my past conversations here... lol