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  1. Comment on What is your favourite tv show ? in ~talk

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    I like a hard-hitting well-written tense drama as much as anyone, but when I think about "my favourite tv shows" they're definitely all very unchallenging television. Pushing Daisies - this show...

    I like a hard-hitting well-written tense drama as much as anyone, but when I think about "my favourite tv shows" they're definitely all very unchallenging television.

    1. Pushing Daisies - this show was a dang delight. It's made by Bryan Fuller (dead like me, wonderfalls) and it's really beautiful visually, and also everyone is really beautiful and are nice people, the mysteries are interesting and disturbing without being evil, and it's funny. If you've never seen it, you should watch it. There's only two seasons because it was cancelled, which is terrible!

    2. Arrested Development - "I mean, it's one banana, Michael. How much could it cost? 10 dollars?"

    3. Cougar Town - before podcasts really became the thing that we all know and love, this show was the closest experience to what I think podcasts are like now - kind of like hanging out with some friends but you don't need to participate?

  2. Comment on Timasomo Post #3: Reflection for Week Two of Four in ~creative

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    Give a Progress Update / What's Coming Up This Week? I did very good this week on my sweater! I've been trying to do housecleaning in a more structured way, so just half an hour a day of...

    Give a Progress Update / What's Coming Up This Week?

    I did very good this week on my sweater! I've been trying to do housecleaning in a more structured way, so just half an hour a day of frantically cleaning one part of my house, trying to get as much done as I can in 30 minutes rather than puttering at it kind of aimlessly off and on all night. This has left more time free for working on stuff with intention instead of just trying to squeak in a few minutes here and there between cooking and cleaning and stuff on weeknights. I'm at row 37 of 42 on the body of my sweater, so I should finish the body tonight, and then on to sleeves!

    Breakdowns and Breakthroughs?

    Okay, so this is dumb as hell, but - maybe I don't like the look of a crocheted sweater. I'm not sure why I chose to do crochet for a sweater rather than just learning to knit. Maybe because I already knew how to crochet, but making a garment is pretty different than what I had been up to so far anyways, so my learning curve has been pretty steep regardless. I'll finish the sweater and see how I like it, but the crochet feels bulky to me, even in a light worsted weight, and I'm worried it's going to look very "homemade" which, while I want to make all of my clothes, I don't want them to LOOK like I made all of my clothes. No breakthroughs this week, except that I think I'm getting quite a bit faster.

    Inspiration

    I've been audiobooking this book, the Thorn Birds, it's very famous but I haven't read it before - and it's set in the Australian outback in the early 1900s onward, and I have been finding the example of Meggie in the book, whose ambitions are very simple and who finds pleasure in just keeping a home and doing the work for it, kind of inspiring. I mean, I have a job that I like and such, but in my heart I think I'd love to have a homestead away from civilization, and just live a super simple life - making the things I need, etc.

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  3. Comment on TV, or not TV: The story of our bike box in ~design

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    I mostly agree with you vis-a-vis losing the benefits of biking, but recently my boss was saying that he wishes he could bike to work (I do), but he's 70 now so that would be too much, daily. I...

    I mostly agree with you vis-a-vis losing the benefits of biking, but recently my boss was saying that he wishes he could bike to work (I do), but he's 70 now so that would be too much, daily. I see a lot of older people riding e-assist bikes on my commute, I think especially if you have knee trouble they can be a bit of a godsend for building up strength without stress.

    I also have a large hill at the end of a 9km commute, and there are times when I wish I could push a little less hard at the end. I'm always huffing and puffing and needing to disrobe to cool down when I get home, and thank heavens my commute to work is the opposite direction, because it's be quite a state to arrive at the office in!

    I'd also love an ebike because they come with all the cool stuff like integrated headlights and tail lights, gps tracking, and the ability to lock them safely without me carrying around a 5 pound bar of steel in my purse! I probably wouldn't use the assist much, but I'd love all the perks that come with, also I find this particular bike to look very cool!

  4. Comment on What's a "sore thumb" for you? in ~talk

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    Hey this was going to be mine! Flatscreen tvs have largely eliminated the problem, but I used to be able to tell if your tv was on when I walked into your house. Same with the receiver part of a...

    Hey this was going to be mine! Flatscreen tvs have largely eliminated the problem, but I used to be able to tell if your tv was on when I walked into your house. Same with the receiver part of a stereo system.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    J. K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy It's a great book! She's one of the most famous authors, and yet.. I never hear anyone talk about it. Even when it came out, I barely heard a peep! I also like...

    J. K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy

    It's a great book! She's one of the most famous authors, and yet.. I never hear anyone talk about it. Even when it came out, I barely heard a peep!

    I also like the Cormoran Strike books, but I've only audiobooked them, so I can't actually judge the quality of the writing of them - good audiobooks though!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Me and my husband have started watching a movie and eating a cheese plate together on friday nights which has so far been fun! here is the nice looking charcuterie plate I made last week! it's his...

    Me and my husband have started watching a movie and eating a cheese plate together on friday nights which has so far been fun! here is the nice looking charcuterie plate I made last week! it's his movie pick tonight so I'm not sure what we'll watch!

    tomorrow we are hosting a board game night, so that means I mostly clean all day and then play some games at night, and then on sunday we have a surprise dinner for a friend's birthday to attend, and on monday I want to move our bedroom furniture into the spare room and maybe start painting our bedroom!

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Timasomo Post #2: Reflection for Week One of Four in ~creative

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    Give a Progress Update I have done 11 rows of my top-down crocheted sweater! Breakdowns and Breakthroughs? I am still bad at crocheting this sweater. I did the first 4 rows 3 times, had to frog it...

    Give a Progress Update

    I have done 11 rows of my top-down crocheted sweater!

    Breakdowns and Breakthroughs?

    I am still bad at crocheting this sweater. I did the first 4 rows 3 times, had to frog it out all three times because my stitch count was coming back wrong - then I figured out I was reading the pattern incorrectly, so I started over, and when I joined my second round I saw that I had somehow twisted the yoke. Having pulled the yarn out like 6 times at this point I figured it had been through too much and just cut it off and started over. I do think I understand it now, at least! Also I watched like 4 youtube videos on how to join and turn a round, and it turns out that I have been crocheting with my hook upside down? It's faster to have it the right way. so that's a benefit.

    What's Coming Up This Week?

    I'm hoping no surprises - just working my way down the main part of the sweater - I haven't really investigated the "Adding sleeves" process yet so I hope that goes well but I don't think I'll get there this week anyways.

    Discussion Topic of the Week: Making Time

    It's hard not to compare yourself to people on the internet or whatever. I have a full time job and commute, social obligations, the pastimes I usually do, 4 pets, and my house can ALWAYS use some cleaning. So I am just trying to grab a half an hour here and there, as often as I can, progress not perfection!

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Has anyone gifted you food or a kitchen / cooking gadget that you particularly liked? in ~food

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    My parents always buy from Lee Valley so I'm going to link to there for ease - also all their products are also very good and reliable :P Just got these quarter-size baking pans and I <3 them -...

    My parents always buy from Lee Valley so I'm going to link to there for ease - also all their products are also very good and reliable :P

    Just got these quarter-size baking pans and I <3 them - They're such a better size for washing and storage

    These actually work the way you want silicon food covers to work - I got my first set as a gift and bought a second set and we pretty much eliminated saran wrap

    Oil sprayer! because Pam is useful, but it's nice to be able to use higher-quality oils

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Tell us the most uninteresting thing you did today! in ~talk

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    I rearranged the app icons on my phone home screens!

    I rearranged the app icons on my phone home screens!

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  10. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Me too! I give it the ol college try every few months because it feels like it will pop up somewhere! I think a big part of the problem is that it's actually pretty hard to search the parts of the...

    Me too! I give it the ol college try every few months because it feels like it will pop up somewhere! I think a big part of the problem is that it's actually pretty hard to search the parts of the internet that are in a language you're not fluent in!

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  11. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I have been watching entirely too much TV recently! We watched The Boys on prime last week, which was just great I thought. I like the main character, all the superheroes are fun, the storyline is...

    I have been watching entirely too much TV recently!

    We watched The Boys on prime last week, which was just great I thought. I like the main character, all the superheroes are fun, the storyline is neat, it ended on an intriguing cliffhanger!

    I watched Living with Your Self over the weekend, I wasn't sure if I was going to love it, but I found it VERY binge-able, and it was interesting to see Paul Rudd do more acting than his usual very likeable Paul Rudd thing. He was great in it, and the show was fun!

    rewatching The Office due to starting to listen to the podcast Office Ladies, which is always nice. My husband turned out to have not seen the first two seasons so that was fun.

    rewatching Pushing Daisies because it's great, and reflecting on how that show never would have been cancelled in the streaming age because it is wonderful.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    I have spent a couple years kind of casually learning brazilian portuguese, and I have spent the last bazillion years listening to the harry potter audiobooks in english about once a year. I'd...

    I have spent a couple years kind of casually learning brazilian portuguese, and I have spent the last bazillion years listening to the harry potter audiobooks in english about once a year. I'd REALLY like to listen to them in portuguese.

    I know they exist because I've seen pictures of the cd boxes, and I have found a few listings for libraries around brazil that have a CD copy in their library! But the internet has utterly failed me on this one!

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

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    GRIS was 50% off on steam a little while ago, and it's been on my list for a long time and is billed as a "frustration free" game I thought I would give it a shot since I finished all of hexcells...

    GRIS was 50% off on steam a little while ago, and it's been on my list for a long time and is billed as a "frustration free" game I thought I would give it a shot since I finished all of hexcells and am actually a little tired of stardew valley at the moment!

    It's very beautiful, the art is super well done and the animation is smooth and pretty. I like that it's practically language-free, and the soundtrack is really really nice. Overall I would say I feel pretty positive about it! The actual gameplay is very simple, but the visuals & sound are stunning enough that it's not boring.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Timasomo Post #0: Roll Call and Planning in ~creative

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    okay! I like it! Introducing yourself with your handle is hilarious, but - I'm euphoria066, and my creative history is... extensive, I guess? I went to college intending to get a bachelor of...

    okay! I like it! Introducing yourself with your handle is hilarious, but - I'm euphoria066, and my creative history is... extensive, I guess? I went to college intending to get a bachelor of design in illustration, but I decided I wanted to try more of the options at the school, so left the BD program and instead I have a bachelor of fine arts with a focus on metalsmithing, which means I paid a great many pretty pennies to be able to play around creatively with lots of different mediums for 4 years.

    I'm now a goldsmith (I design and make jewellery) by trade which is fairly creative on a day by day basis, and as hobbies I like to cook/bake, I've been playing around with small-batch wine/mead-making, visible mending, home renos, and crocheting. (I'm bad at focusing on one thing at a time.)

    For a one-month proj, I'd love to either try to cook like, 20 recipes out of one cookbook? is that a realistic number for a month? I love cookbooks and I have a ton and don't really cook out of them.

    Or, I recently spent a month trying to crochet my first sweater, and I am extremely not happy with the outcome. So I'd like to frog the entire thing and start over (expensive yarn), and that would probably take me about a month to redo!

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so tonight I am making a pumpkin cheesecake (no bake because they're better, fight me if you want, but baked cheesecake has a worse texture) and then...

    It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so tonight I am making a pumpkin cheesecake (no bake because they're better, fight me if you want, but baked cheesecake has a worse texture) and then tomorrow I'm going to try to accomplish something in the house which I've been slacking on as we've had a few busy weeks. Either start to clean out our garage which we're getting insulated and finished in a couple weeks, or maybe tear up our DISGUSTING laundry room floor of stick-down vinyl tiles. Sunday I'll make some scalloped potatoes (which it turns out are not scalloped potatoes, I've been eating "potatoe pave" my whole life and calling it scalloped potatoes) and then we'll play some board games and eat dinner at my husband's parents house with his family!

    Also I have a blueberry wine and an cardamon-and-stone-fruit mead ready for bottling, so I should find time to do that as well! I got new bottles (small guys! 375ml) and a corker since my last bottling day, so it will be a bit of a learning curve but I'm hoping the results will have a certain air of intentionality that using swing tops doesn't have!

    Monday is a holiday here but I think I'll work.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Tabletop Weekly Discussion #5 in ~games.tabletop

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    Have you played Century (spice road - there's a new one but I haven't played it yet so can't vouch for it)? She might love it because it's the same basic mechanic as Splendor, so she actually...

    Have you played Century (spice road - there's a new one but I haven't played it yet so can't vouch for it)? She might love it because it's the same basic mechanic as Splendor, so she actually would already kind of know how to play! But it has a few extra things to do and is overall a more fully fledged game. We have the golem edition and it would be my recommendation to get because the art is nice and you play with coloured resin crystals instead of painted wooden cubes, which is a pretty significant upgrade on the visuals!

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

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    We spent the weekend at the SHUX tabletop con in Vancouver, so I played: A LOT of Santorini: This was actually good for me because in general I have never really enjoyed playing santorini, but the...

    We spent the weekend at the SHUX tabletop con in Vancouver, so I played:

    A LOT of Santorini:
    This was actually good for me because in general I have never really enjoyed playing santorini, but the major part of that comes from the fact that everyone I've ever played it with was involved in the development, so they are all extremely good. I'm also a little bit actually bad at it - abstracts are never going to be my forte, I'm too scatterbrained.
    It's a really easy game to teach to people though, and quite appealing to kids and people who like cute things, so since this was my first volunteering con, I mostly held down that station! Since it generally only takes 5-10 minutes to play a round, I opted to just play a round with lots of people rather than only a teach, so it was fun to actually play with people who aren't 1000x better than me! It turns out I probably do enjoy the game, it's just that the opponents I have access to for it are too good ;)

    Betrayal at the House on the Hill:
    This game isn't great? It's one of those games that has been on my list to play for a very long time, and since we came to boardgaming as a hobby a little late, it was already kind of a classic, but not something people were excited to get to the table. But people refer to its mechanics quite often, so I've been meaning to play it. The gameplay itself I found a little dull, and we played with 5 which felt very unbalanced in the betrayal phase. But, that said, I'm glad we played it, just to get it off my list, and I did find it very funny sometimes with the card draws where you're walking into the garden and the... floorboards are very creaky. You enter the bathroom - it's filled with dusty portraits whose eyes watch you everywhere you go. !!

    Parks:
    We only got a half game in, but this game is simple and elegant and very pretty and quite fun. The production quality is great - check out that game tray if you get a chance!

    prototypes
    I like playing prototypes generally! We did a speed dating event where you get a 4 minute pitch on people's prototypes which I thought was VERY FUN to see. I love to see the range of how people have done up their prototypes too - everything from "we have finished commissioned art and professionally printed cards" to "this is a lot of scribbles in crayola pens on a posterboard" but it's interesting that they could both be equally good games!

    8 votes
  18. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I used to be a giant star wars nerd. But I had only seen the movies once as a little kid - all my star wars fandom was based on reading or audiobook-reading every. single. novel. I could get my...

    I used to be a giant star wars nerd. But I had only seen the movies once as a little kid - all my star wars fandom was based on reading or audiobook-reading every. single. novel. I could get my hands on, over and over!

    I rewatched the movies a couple years ago, after they had been bought by disney and all the characters and stories I fell in love with were relegated to the "legends" tag and will be forgotten by time, and you know what? you're right, they're not really that good.

    RIP Jacen, Jaina and Anakin Solo, I really found your stories more compelling than Kylo Ren!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I have one sister in law who goes to bed at like 8pm every night and another who stays up til 3am every night. They're BOTH bad! When you're in your 20s you always get in trouble for doing...

    I have one sister in law who goes to bed at like 8pm every night and another who stays up til 3am every night.

    They're BOTH bad!

    When you're in your 20s you always get in trouble for doing anything responsible! For awhile I didn't eat pizza or fries because the greasiness was making me feel sick, and people were always on about it. Now that I'm in my thirties I can't imagine anyone caring?

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  20. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    edit: I deleted my previous ones because I thought of a way better one: Being a morning person isn't morally superior to being a night owl. People act like if you wake up at 5 am and read a book...

    edit: I deleted my previous ones because I thought of a way better one:

    Being a morning person isn't morally superior to being a night owl. People act like if you wake up at 5 am and read a book and drink a coffee you're destined for sainthood, but if you stay up late and read a book and trade your stimulating beverage for a sedative one, you're bad and should be in bed!

    39 votes