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  1. Comment on Age of Empires IV - Gameplay trailer in ~games

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    This https://www.ageofempires.com/news/afp-recap-2021/ is a good site with all the info from the event today since I'd just mix up where things are if I tried to tell you from memory. I know...

    This https://www.ageofempires.com/news/afp-recap-2021/ is a good site with all the info from the event today since I'd just mix up where things are if I tried to tell you from memory. I know there's updates to aoe2 and aoe3 definitive editions and some co-op play.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Age of Empires IV - Gameplay trailer in ~games

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    I watched the event live earlier today. It looks like they did a good job of keeping the spirit of the original games. I'm looking forward to it. The Age of Empires franchise is probably my...

    I watched the event live earlier today. It looks like they did a good job of keeping the spirit of the original games. I'm looking forward to it. The Age of Empires franchise is probably my favorite, though I'd still like to see another Age of Mythology.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    Neat idea. Here's one. The Rotato. It's an apple or potato peeler. I really didn't think they would work very well so I put it off for a long time. I think I must have had an Amazon gift card from...

    Neat idea. Here's one. The Rotato. It's an apple or potato peeler. I really didn't think they would work very well so I put it off for a long time. I think I must have had an Amazon gift card from Christmas; I ordered it January 17, 2018. I've used it a ton. Some of the reviews have videos if you want to see it work and there are many different brands.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X9EPT0/

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Do you have any idea how? I'm always curious. A coworker who was really careful got it because his teenage daughter brought it home from school. A friend whose whole family are anti-maskers and...

    Do you have any idea how? I'm always curious. A coworker who was really careful got it because his teenage daughter brought it home from school. A friend whose whole family are anti-maskers and flaunting rules with mesh masks and large parties still hasn't gotten it.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Organizing Life in Checklists in ~life

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    I have a Bullet Journal but decided not to follow the guidelines after giving it a try. Now I just use it for a daily checklist. I got it right around the start of Covid. Each day I put everything...

    I have a Bullet Journal but decided not to follow the guidelines after giving it a try. Now I just use it for a daily checklist. I got it right around the start of Covid. Each day I put everything in there, from "make the bed" and "brush/floss" to "laundry in", "laundry switched to dryer", and "laundry out". Sundays I make pages for the next week. I also make a weekly summary page of things for the future.

    I have pages in the back for things like movies I want to see and books I want to read. I have a page of calories for foods I eat regularly and track that each day. There's an index at the front.

    I've found it helps me reduce anxiety; I can glance at it to know that I'm not forgetting something. When something pops into my mind, I write it down with a checkbox. If I'm wondering what to do, I have a list to check. It only took a few days to get into the groove. It did take a few months to figure out that I didn't need to complete everything on the list each day, but that caused stress for a while. Now things can carry over. So part of the morning routine is copying over things that didn't get done. Sometimes things go on the weekly page to put off for the future.

    I like it better than a computer or phone list because it's more flexible and free-form. I can draw or take other notes. I also find the repetition of copying daily items allows me to modify things more easily. For instance, my daily workout is there and I try to plan an increase weight every week or so. When I was sick for a few days I just crossed out the workout for those days.

    I work from home now so it's always nearby. If I had to carry it around I might want something on the phone. But I've tried that before and it didn't work for me.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Exactly what my team did 2 years ago. Had Jenkins and played around. Finally went all-in on GitLab and couldn't be happier. We could do all those things internally, but the cost isn't enough to...

    Exactly what my team did 2 years ago. Had Jenkins and played around. Finally went all-in on GitLab and couldn't be happier. We could do all those things internally, but the cost isn't enough to dissuade us. The pipelines have been terrific. The biggest benefits have been the MR approval process (forcing some oversight on changes) and automated release (pipelines push to test regularly and the release is automated when we are ready; since it's been tested we know things aren't forgotten).

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of February 8 in ~news

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    I think this impeachment trial is necessary but the conclusion is already known. I listened to the argument for whether it is constitutional or not and it seemed plain and obvious that it is...

    I think this impeachment trial is necessary but the conclusion is already known. I listened to the argument for whether it is constitutional or not and it seemed plain and obvious that it is constitutional. So much so, that the 56-44 vote is ridiculous.

    If the trial result is also 56-44, we will know that everyone has already made up their minds and it was mostly a waste of time. But I'm curious if anyone with a statistical background knows what the likelihood of change would be. I would hope that some are open-minded enough to change their mind based on the evidence? With one hundred people, is there some expectation that the final number would change? In a reasonable world, would we expect changes in either side to cancel each other out?

    5 votes
  8. Comment on There's more to life than being happy in ~life

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    The title is a little disingenuous. The topic is more like "Don't chase happiness in relationships or career, instead find 'meaning' in your life to be happy." But it's a good video and probably...

    The title is a little disingenuous. The topic is more like "Don't chase happiness in relationships or career, instead find 'meaning' in your life to be happy." But it's a good video and probably worth 10 minutes if you're one of those unhappy people always chasing your perfect world.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I have a new work project where we need to capture short video from customers. It needs to work on pc/mac and android/iphone. I'm not looking forward to it. It seems like the browsers have...

    I have a new work project where we need to capture short video from customers. It needs to work on pc/mac and android/iphone. I'm not looking forward to it. It seems like the browsers have advanced enough to have an api for media capture, but of course, Apple doesn't fully support it and the current support is experimental. I really don't want to build an iOS app (which still wouldn't resolve the Mac issue, though I think I could get away with mandating Chrome on Mac which might solve that issue).

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

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    I picked up Rimworld about a week ago based on recommendations from one of the these threads. I like it. The variety is amazing. I've barely touched the surface after 30 hours in. I did the...

    I picked up Rimworld about a week ago based on recommendations from one of the these threads. I like it. The variety is amazing. I've barely touched the surface after 30 hours in. I did the tutorial and one simple game which was 24 of the 30 hours. I did finally give up on that one because at the end I was frustrated with decisions I had made earlier in the game making it difficult to progress off world.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Simply removing the "s" in the "https" made it work for me in Chrome and FF. Before that I received various errors about a "Potential Security Risk" and the 404 mentioned.

    Simply removing the "s" in the "https" made it work for me in Chrome and FF. Before that I received various errors about a "Potential Security Risk" and the 404 mentioned.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on I made my first pseudo podcast today, really nervous about the sound of my voice and delivery. Any tips? in ~talk

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    No experience or advice. Just wanted to say it was good. Good audio. Voice is fine, no stuttering. The "audio pulse circle" (is there a name for those things) was a nice touch, better than a...

    No experience or advice. Just wanted to say it was good. Good audio. Voice is fine, no stuttering. The "audio pulse circle" (is there a name for those things) was a nice touch, better than a static picture. I thought I heard something in the background, very faint, maybe music? Thank you for not having anything loud in the background.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on As a DM, I kinda hate Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in ~games.tabletop

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    I played 30ish years ago, 2 and 3 (3 was AD&D, right?) I was a lot younger and geekier. A couple of years ago I picked up v4 to play with my kids and it was hard to get back into. They were...

    I played 30ish years ago, 2 and 3 (3 was AD&D, right?) I was a lot younger and geekier. A couple of years ago I picked up v4 to play with my kids and it was hard to get back into. They were already only mildly interested and it seemed overthought and inaccessible. It didn't last.

    I recently started 5e as a player with a group and it was extremely easy to get started. It isn't perfect, but I feel like it is far more accessible, which I imagine is what they were going for.

    I'm guessing it lacks something for the old school player who really gets all the nuance. But I also think a DM who is creative can overcome those shortcomings. I look at it as less of a structured game and more a storytelling experience with randomness thrown in (better version of Choose Your Own Adventure books.)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What makes a good developer? in ~comp

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    Communication. Whether written or verbal, most every big error is due to poor communication. Customer to Developer. Developer to Customer. Developer to Developer. Etc. Be explicit. Be detailed....

    Communication. Whether written or verbal, most every big error is due to poor communication. Customer to Developer. Developer to Customer. Developer to Developer. Etc. Be explicit. Be detailed. Don't make assumptions about the other's knowledge or understanding, verify. Get someone to read a document you write to find sources of misunderstanding. Get written agreement that your document is accurate (but understand that it means nothing, you'll still have to make changes.)

    17 votes
  15. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm going to suggest something a little simpler to start. As someone who has just gotten back into D&D after 30 years, the technology is nice, but the game is still fundamentally about your...

    I'm going to suggest something a little simpler to start. As someone who has just gotten back into D&D after 30 years, the technology is nice, but the game is still fundamentally about your imagination. Since you admit to being new to it, I suggest you buy the 5e starter set which comes with The Lost Mines of Phandelver and pre-made character sheets, and just do that with your friends. Ignore Roll 20. Our group just started using it, but it's too much for you when you are just getting started. You'll get bogged down in the maps and the process. You can always pick it up later if you want. Imagination and storytellling are what's important. Just get your friends to pick one of the pre-made characters (https://media.wizards.com/downloads/dnd/StarterSet_Charactersv2.pdf) and read the short players rules (also available online.) You can read everything in the starter set and describe what is happening like we did in the old days.

    Don't get hung up on the fine points of the rules. You'll get there eventually. Remember that you, as the Dungeon Master, get to control the flow and bend the rules as is appropriate for the game. Take notes and look things up between sessions if there is confusion.

    Most importantly, create a fun environment for the group. Enjoy!

    2 votes