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  1. Comment on How do you meet people? in ~talk

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    I made a funny craigslist post once when my last long relationship ended, detailing how I didn't really have any friends and needed some - I actually got a few responses to it and hung out with 4...

    I made a funny craigslist post once when my last long relationship ended, detailing how I didn't really have any friends and needed some - I actually got a few responses to it and hung out with 4 or 5 neat ladies, one or two who were pretty great. I didn't actually make any lasting friendships from it, but it filled up a couple of months with activities which were fun!

    Internet dating was also good when I was feeling lonely, I met my husband on there, but I wasn't actively try to find a husband, I just like to drink nice beers at nice bars with nice boys, and first dates are pretty fun because everyone collects their BEST stories for them. My husband has a few friends that are girls he went on dates with, but no one wanted to remain "just a friend" with me I guess. It was still a nice time though and got me out of my house more than I'm inclined to do.

    We've recently made lots of friends by getting REALLY involved in hobbies. We always played a few board games, but then my husband started designing them, and found out there's a local guild that meets up to do that and playtest each others' games, and he meets with them every week, and we hang out with those guys socially a lot now! Most of my friends are from college, but they are interestingly not actually the people I hung out with the most during college. Keep people who you like, but aren't really your friends in mind! Maybe you can just start hanging out with them even if you haven't for a long time, and an interesting friendship might develop!

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  2. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I always have this idea in the back of my head, that I'd love to start like, an Art SuppLybrary. I have literally (not literally) every art supply a person could want for any hobby or art they'd...

    I always have this idea in the back of my head, that I'd love to start like, an Art SuppLybrary. I have literally (not literally) every art supply a person could want for any hobby or art they'd like to try - I did a bachelors in art, which involves a bunch of "trying things out" and I still use barely any of them, and I'm obsessed with art supplies. Oil paints are expensive and go a long way, it would be neat to be able to try things like that out without spending a ton of money.

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  3. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    We bought our house almost solely on the fact that it is a funny little 750sqft 1940s bungalow on this inexplicably huuuuuuge lot for our city. We have a double garage, a single garage, RV...

    We bought our house almost solely on the fact that it is a funny little 750sqft 1940s bungalow on this inexplicably huuuuuuge lot for our city. We have a double garage, a single garage, RV parking, a big backyard, and a driveway and yard in the front as well. It's truly at least 4x bigger than the previous house we owned here. I'm always trying to get people I know to move to our neighbourhood because the yards out here are bonkers. (but we're in the quadrant of the city with a negative reputation, so no one ever does!)

    I'm nervous to try things like tomatoes and cucumbers because I'm still fairly bad at gardening and I think both are a little picky, but I agree that they're nearly trash from the grocery store, so it would probably be a big upgrade! If your habeneros end up working and you're a hot sauce person you should let me know, my dad makes this mango/habenero hot sauce every couple of years which is DELICIOUS and I could get you the recipe!

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  4. Comment on How does technology improve your quality of life? In what ways does it detract from it? in ~tech

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    A thing I love about technology is the accessibility of answers to my questions. What effect does quack grass have on my soil? What's the best cheesecake recipe? How do you repair a hole in the...

    A thing I love about technology is the accessibility of answers to my questions. What effect does quack grass have on my soil? What's the best cheesecake recipe? How do you repair a hole in the middle of jersey fabric? What does the right mix of water to cement look like?

    So easy. You'd have had to have so many reference books before! I love being able to know something and learn something at a moment's notice.

    The cons of technology is mainly social media for me - I think it has loosened my tight friendships a little. It makes it a lot easier to stay friendly acquaintances with people, but it's easy to not spend much effort on maintaining your friendships because you generally know what's going on with your friends without ever ACTUALLY contacting them.

    The other major con for me is comparison to people whose standard I cannot hope to achieve. I spend a lot of time comparing my looks to people who are making a living by being good-looking, my house to people's who make a living by decorating, my cooking to people who are professional chefs, my art to people who are insanely talented, my personality to people who are professionally charming.

    I love instagram and pinterest and blogs and such, they're so inspiring, but also so demoralizing sometimes!

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  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    I've been reading Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, because my dad had just finished it when I was in town and I took it, even though he didn't think it was great. I like it so far but I'm not very far...

    I've been reading Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, because my dad had just finished it when I was in town and I took it, even though he didn't think it was great. I like it so far but I'm not very far in. Interesting worldbuilding though so far.

    Also, browsing Food Lab by kenji lopez-alt and just finished audiobooking "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" which I liked, even though it was kind of pointless and the "big reveal" at the end was super obvious.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    I agree with your review... I think people probably view it with a bit of a rosy-eyed nostalgia. I'd never read it as a younger person and was pretty underwhelmed as an adult. I think the first...

    I agree with your review... I think people probably view it with a bit of a rosy-eyed nostalgia. I'd never read it as a younger person and was pretty underwhelmed as an adult.

    I think the first "real" book I ever read was "The Giver" and in my mind it was a really good book - eye opening! But I attempted to read it again at 16 or so and I was like, oh geez, I hope I haven't recommended this to anyone.

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  7. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Sorry for the incredibly late reply! I decided on the half-laps and it WAS a shitload of work! haha One of my friends is a permaculture goddess, so she did up a garden plan for me since it's not...

    Sorry for the incredibly late reply! I decided on the half-laps and it WAS a shitload of work! haha

    One of my friends is a permaculture goddess, so she did up a garden plan for me since it's not something I've ever dipped my toe into other than planting some berry bushes and fruit trees and killing some tomatoes - I'm super into the idea of creating garden beds with edible perennials, but there's not too many good ones for my climate - so we've decided on 4 beds, one with asparagus and strawberries which are complimentary crops as they grow on different levels of soil, and rhubarb, so those are all perennials which is cool. We'll do one with "the three sisters" which is squash, corn and runner beans, and one with onions and broccoli and kale and beets and peas! Might not get everything going this year, but it's always good to have a plan! Also, potatoes - but potatoes are a bit funny and you need to build up a bed as you grow them, so I might leave that for next year as I've already spent what feels like a million dollars on lumber this year! (you did 2x12s so you must be feeling the same!)

    What's your garden plan like? Do you start indoor seedlings or direct sow? You're smart to do a cloche.. I've been trying to move towards being plastic free so i've been struggling with the idea of buying so. much. plastic.

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  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Tonight we're going to eat Peking duck with my brother and his wife, and then we are going to go see Detective Pikachu! Tomorrow and sunday (and maybe monday if I'm slow!) I am going to brave the...

    Tonight we're going to eat Peking duck with my brother and his wife, and then we are going to go see Detective Pikachu!

    Tomorrow and sunday (and maybe monday if I'm slow!) I am going to brave the forecasted rain to demolish and then build new raised garden beds next to my garage because I've GOT to get some things planted before the end of may! our growing season is so short, my corn is going to be pathetic at this rate! I'm trying to decide if I want to do my raised beds with butt joints or if I want to try to put in the extra time to do half laps on cedar 4x4s, which will look nicer and last better, but extend my building time by quite a bit.

    I'm bad for being too ambitious in my plans and then too slow in my execution and too bad at finishing what I started when it becomes hard!

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  9. Comment on Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes? in ~life

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    Ok definitely back to more unreasonable ratios again then! I'm not sure if Dallas is like Calgary in the way that an awful lot of people work downtown even though they live quite distant, and that...

    Ok definitely back to more unreasonable ratios again then!

    I'm not sure if Dallas is like Calgary in the way that an awful lot of people work downtown even though they live quite distant, and that parking downtown here is very expensive, so many people come downtown using transit access, which then is the kind of person I would think bikeshares are targeting - you're already in the area, and you might like to move somewhere faster than walking can take you, like out for lunch, maybe to and from a pub or something after work. From the train station to your office at best! No one is really expecting anyone to commute using these kinds of rental bikes I don't think.

    My bike commute is 9.4 kilometers, which takes me about 35 minutes. Even if my home was in the area where you can park a limebike for free after using it (it isn't quite) my commute would cost me (I think) $11.50 in rental fees each direction. My (medium good) summer bike cost me $880, which isn't much more than a month would cost me using the rental for commuting.

  10. Comment on Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes? in ~life

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    This really encapsulates the argument that is so hard to make to cities on why they should invest in bicycling infrastructure for a population that doesn't exist. Cities don't want to spend money...

    This really encapsulates the argument that is so hard to make to cities on why they should invest in bicycling infrastructure for a population that doesn't exist.

    Cities don't want to spend money on cycling upgrades because no one cycles. But people don't cycle to work if there's no infrastructure, or the infrastructure feels unsafe. Especially not women, older people, or youth.

    I only started cycling to work when a route that was mostly residential (I only had to cross a main street - at lights) and paths became clear to me, and then when we moved, we actually chose a neighbourhood based on its access to the pathway system we have here because I LOVE bicycle commuting it turns out. But it's very scary to bike on streets with traffic, the rules aren't very clear, and cars don't know how to treat cyclists, so it's pretty dangerous.

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  11. Comment on Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes? in ~life

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    using the 7.2 million number, that's one bike per 360 people. Yeah that's way more reasonable! In calgary, we got one bike per 3467 people though, so dallas still got 10x more bikes than us per...

    using the 7.2 million number, that's one bike per 360 people. Yeah that's way more reasonable!

    In calgary, we got one bike per 3467 people though, so dallas still got 10x more bikes than us per person. And honestly, the >400 bikes we got feels like a lot sometimes, due to their dockless nature, they're just kind of all over the place. They are doing okay here though, even with their inexplicable winter rollout and their (imo) insane price!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes? in ~life

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    This might be misdirection of anger, but sometimes when things like this fail, to me it seems like, the fault of venture capital. (I know not everything can be VC's fault) But, in a city where...

    This might be misdirection of anger, but sometimes when things like this fail, to me it seems like, the fault of venture capital. (I know not everything can be VC's fault)

    But, in a city where there is very little cycling infrastructure, why the hell would the roll-out of bikesharing services be 20,000 bikes. That's insane. That's like, one bike for every 50 people in the city (not sure this is correct, as I just googled the population of dallas - maybe it didn't include their metro in the 1.3 million?) which is an insanely high number for a city where everyone is already getting around by driving. My city has a pretty similar population to dallas, and we got limebike here in November (weird to roll out in the beginning of winter in the canadian prairies, but that's another story) and we got... 375 bikes. And we have... some cycling infrastructure, and quite a lot of people who commute using transit and therefore would be available to toodle around on a bike downtown.

    It just seems like, maybe if they hadn't overloaded the city with so many bikes that they became an annoying infestation with unsustainable costs, maybe they could have built up interest and riders at a more reasonable rate? But "slow growth" is an impossibility with VC.

    I don't know. I bike to work and I think everyone should bike everywhere (as long as they have decent biking etiquette) so I'm biased.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What's missing from your life? in ~life

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    Hey, have you ever looked into "buy nothing" groups in your area? they don't exist everywhere (I'm currently in admin training to start one in my neighbourhood) but they seem like they'd kinda be...

    Hey, have you ever looked into "buy nothing" groups in your area? they don't exist everywhere (I'm currently in admin training to start one in my neighbourhood) but they seem like they'd kinda be up your alley. The idea is to share from your own abundance, rather than meet "needs" of people, and generally they're pretty warm, upbeat places that are comprised of your actual neighbours!

    Unfortunately they're on facebook as a platform usually, but they involve a lot of dropping by or delivering by neighbours, and they might be a great place to get to know some people around you in a fun way.

  14. Comment on What's an important life lesson that you learned far later than you should have? in ~talk

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    It took me too long to learn to vocally appreciate things and people that I like. I'm fairly shy and reserved in general, so it feels completely bananas to be like "I'm really having a lot of fun...

    It took me too long to learn to vocally appreciate things and people that I like.

    I'm fairly shy and reserved in general, so it feels completely bananas to be like "I'm really having a lot of fun hanging out with you, friend!" especially because, duh, I'm here. But it turns out that it's actually pretty nice to say things like that to people, and to have people say things like that to you. Also just noticing when you're having fun, etc. It's a bit like mindfulness in a way that you appreciate your life more by actively thinking about it. Doing this strengthens your appreciation for the things in your life, and it strengthens friendships. Everyone likes to be appreciated. It also makes you realize things you don't appreciate sometimes, and then you can remove stuff from your life that isn't serving you well.

    I would attribute the tiny change in my life's perspective to this quote by Kurt Vonnegut: “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'” which I read in an article about his death. That's something.

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  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    We recently sprung for Cravetv, mainly for GoT, but a side effect was access to a lot of other HBO shows we've never seen! So we've been watching Silicon Valley, which is just so funny we've had...

    We recently sprung for Cravetv, mainly for GoT, but a side effect was access to a lot of other HBO shows we've never seen!

    So we've been watching Silicon Valley, which is just so funny we've had to backtrack several times because I'm laughing too much!

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  16. Comment on What's missing from your life? in ~life

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    https://player.fm/series/2490696/230872778 I think that should work, the podcast is Before Breakfast, and the episode was called "100 Dreams" (not goals, I guess!)

    https://player.fm/series/2490696/230872778

    I think that should work, the podcast is Before Breakfast, and the episode was called "100 Dreams" (not goals, I guess!)

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  17. Comment on What's missing from your life? in ~life

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    I'm very much like you describe yourself, and I have found something kindred with the label multipotentialite. I have always preferred "dilettante" myself but it's a bit more flippant. A podcast I...

    I'm very much like you describe yourself, and I have found something kindred with the label multipotentialite. I have always preferred "dilettante" myself but it's a bit more flippant.

    A podcast I listen to on time management suggested to make a physical list of 100 goals, and then to work towards them. I haven't quite gotten to 100 yet, but it has been a good exercise for me, because it helps me define some of my vague interests as "goals" and make me think of a concrete outlet for my interest. For example, I'm sort of interested in permaculture and gardening, and that's really nothing, but if goal number 34 is to have a beautiful outdoor space using edible plants, that give me something concrete to work towards with that interest.

    When you talk to people who aren't natural renaissance men, they will tell you you just need to find your PASSION, but, I don't think I ever will. I'm vaguely passionate about everything, and truly passionate about nothing. Rather than fighting this inclination, I'm choosing to just embrace it, and find some mini goals that vibe with me, rather than aiming for a big goal like other people might be more suited for!

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  18. Comment on Do you have any odd or unusual fears? in ~talk

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    I'm pretty scared of being pregnant. It just seems really terrifying to me, my whole body in service to this small separate life inside of you, and then it grows and gets quite huge and then it...

    I'm pretty scared of being pregnant.

    It just seems really terrifying to me, my whole body in service to this small separate life inside of you, and then it grows and gets quite huge and then it comes out of your body. And lives outside of your body and grows into a whole person who eventually has food preferences and talents and stuff.

    I know that biologically that's how it's supposed to work, but it just seems so crazy parasitic and weird, and people will always tell you about how the baby will make this hormone release, or your body will start doing something because of the baby... it's so weird, like krang from tmnt, a little thing controlling your whole body, where you're no longer in charge. I really don't like the idea.

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  19. Comment on Economics of recycling in ~enviro

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    I wish this kind of problem would push municipalities to do actually do something. Take on your grocery stores about the insane amount of packaging that food comes in. Force them to carry bulk,...

    I wish this kind of problem would push municipalities to do actually do something. Take on your grocery stores about the insane amount of packaging that food comes in. Force them to carry bulk, force them to allow people to refill their own containers. Educate the public on how to use bulk stores. (people seem really nervous about going to bulk barn etc with their own containers, but once they know how it's so easy!) Take on your local restaurants and businesses about the way they package/serve their products. Take on your constituents and teach them how to prepare their materials for high-quality recycling that makes it more valuable, and how to avoid packaging when possible. Open a city program where you educate people about and start buy-nothing groups for each neighbourhood.

    Outlaw all friggin drink bottles that aren't an aluminum can.

    Some of this stuff can be done on a consumer level, but a lot of it, especially as far as grocery stores and food manufacturers and such, will need some kind of larger pressure, and the city or provincial governments would be a great help. Also most people feel overwhelmed by the idea of try to reduce their own waste, and as someone who does try quite hard to do it, it IS quite hard. I understand how people just feel like there's no way, they don't have time, etc.

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  20. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I wanted to get a start on making some wooden forms for These cement raised planter boxes I want to make but now it's supposed to now and be like -10 degrees overnight on saturday! So that might...

    I wanted to get a start on making some wooden forms for These cement raised planter boxes I want to make but now it's supposed to now and be like -10 degrees overnight on saturday! So that might be too cold for my unheated workshop. Boo, Canada.

    Saturday is International Tabletop day I think so we are going to play Mage Knight ALL day, and then on Sunday I have book club which should be fun because I thought the book was pretty interesting (an excess male by maggie shen king) and a couple of the ladies have had babies since I've seen them last, so, new babies to meet!

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