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

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    I'm very slowly making my way through Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I say slowly because I actually own a physical copy and started it earlier this year but there were a lot of library books I went...

    I'm very slowly making my way through Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I say slowly because I actually own a physical copy and started it earlier this year but there were a lot of library books I went through this year so it got put on hold. I'm hoping to sit down this weekend and have some quality time with it. I've enjoyed the book so far but am only a little under halfway and it is not a particularly small book.

    I've been really enjoying historical fiction recently. I read The Downstairs Girl which was absolutely phenomenal, I could NOT put that book down. I've also read a smattering of other historical fictions books and man I just really love them, to me it has the same allure as Sci fi and fantasy in that you're in a place you could never be and here are these people in front of you living these lives.

    Of course a lot of historical fiction has some romantasism attached to them but, for better or worse, Pachinko is particularly stark to me. It talks about Koreans in Japan during WWII and how they were treated as less than second class citizens. But that's just where I'm at in the book as it spans several generations and initially started out on a Korean island with one of the current characters grandmother I believe. I'm hoping for the best with the rest of the book!

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  2. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2019 is out! What were your top artists? in ~music

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    My 2019 stats were weak since I only started using Spotify again I think in September? But here are a few of my stats: #1 Artist was Tiny Meat Gang, which made my top genre of the year meme rap,...

    My 2019 stats were weak since I only started using Spotify again I think in September? But here are a few of my stats:
    #1 Artist was Tiny Meat Gang, which made my top genre of the year meme rap, haha.

    I spent 1555 minutes listening to podcasts (almost exclusively The Adventure Zone)

    My artist of the decade is A Silent Film

    I'd never gotten a chance to see these stats before when I used to listen to spotify so this was really fun to see. It's a shame I didn't start listening earlier this year because now 2019's representation is heavily skewed and really, just per chance. I am an unfortunate person as I enjoy playing the same song on repeat for an hour if I like it a lot which is the only reason it skewed so hard towards TMG but that's okay.

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  3. Comment on Tumblr’s First Year Without Porn in ~tech

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    So basically tumblrs userbase got cut by a not insignificant amount and they literally have nothing to show for it. I know that the article talks a lot about what people had been able to post but...

    So basically tumblrs userbase got cut by a not insignificant amount and they literally have nothing to show for it. I know that the article talks a lot about what people had been able to post but lets be real for a second; someone I know was one of the people who used tumblr for exclusively porn. I looked at their feed a few days ago and what did I see? A shit ton of porn. And no, it wasn't soft core or mildly censored, it was still straight up porn. Tumblr has been known to do a lot of things to actively hurt their own userbase and wow, they sure did it big this time. There are still a fair amount of people on that hell site but I am not one of them anymore.

    The porn can simply hide in other tags or just simply have no tags at all. It doesn't seem like there's a system to automatically review what's being uploaded. I have no clue what sort of algorithm they used to "get rid" of their porn/nude images/etc. but from first hand experience it's absolute garbage. I personally hope that it just dies a slow haunting death and the last vestiges will be regurgitated monthly memes that have been deep fried and are screenshots of reddit from twitter from tumblr. The ouroboros is nigh.

    In a slightly more serious manner, what did they honestly expect? They wanted to be more ad friendly? They obviously couldn't moderate their content worth anything so they figured well may as well get rid of it all. Hopefully someone's sweating about their decision but I highly doubt it. I'm still immensely disappointed at the actions they took, mostly in part because there wasn't that much lead up and they went with the nuclear option first. I followed a lot of really great artists and awesome people and then it just got scattered to the four winds, because nobody uploads all on the same platform so now it's even more impossible to keep track of the artists I've come to love. Even if the fandoms are still active as well, boy howdy, it ain't what it used to be.

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  4. Comment on Amazon doesn’t report its warehouse injury rates — but we have an inside look in ~news

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    I worked for an Amazon warehouse in 2017. During the December holidays I was a shift assistant and man, it sucked. Even just working through Black Friday and Cyber Monday was rough. The volume was...

    I worked for an Amazon warehouse in 2017. During the December holidays I was a shift assistant and man, it sucked. Even just working through Black Friday and Cyber Monday was rough. The volume was pretty crazy but we managed. But then during December the volume was insanely higher than it was during Thanksgiving, in part because our capacity increased and also some internal scheduling BS screwed us over. I worked in FLT? I think? But not as a pallet stacker and not in fullfilment. It seems that fullfillment, where your package gets picked and packaged, is the absolute most brutal. They play a lot of number games at amazon and try to figure out how much they can do with as few people as possible which fucking sucks. It seems that a lot of the amazon horror stories generally come from the fullfillment centers.

    I know, Amazon bad, but my warehouse wasn't actually that bad. I picked routes for flex drivers and the fleet drivers/contractors amazon has. One of the shift managers liked to focus a lot on numbers but was still a relatively cool guy. There were a lot of really good people who I met who worked at amazon and even some of my managers and the like. The further you can get from the main pulse of it, the better it seems. No matter what, someone somewhere is going to be screwed over by capitalist holidays that promote over spending. And as someone who has been on the receiving end of having to both package and deliver them, I try my best to keep my online ordering to a minimum, particularly during the holiday season.

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

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    I'm going out to breakfast with my mom, my treat! As well as reading and partaking in my numerous other hobbies and plan some Xmas gifts? I was hoping to have a physical copy of a recipe book for...

    I'm going out to breakfast with my mom, my treat! As well as reading and partaking in my numerous other hobbies and plan some Xmas gifts? I was hoping to have a physical copy of a recipe book for everyone but boy howdy that probs won't make it, so I'll do something else handmade. Mostly so I don't have to spend money on EVERY individual. I have 5 siblings, 6 niblings, along with my SOs family so really, I'm just trying trying to like condense and not spend a whole lot lol

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

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    I just finished a couple of books, most notably Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, and boi did I love it. It took me a bit and I had to rush a little towards the end because it was due soon, but I...

    I just finished a couple of books, most notably Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, and boi did I love it. It took me a bit and I had to rush a little towards the end because it was due soon, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Sci fi magic, necromancers, and loveable lesbians galore.

    I loved the whole setting of the book! The empire seems to be in decay and the way the books written, this isn't a bad thing. It's a fact and even in places written as sometimes beautiful. I liked that take along with just everyone's ideas on death and spirits. I'm probably not doing the book justice at all, but I think I'll pick up a physical copy at some point so I can have it in the future to reread.

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

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    You put it better than me! Yes! The experience feels magical, that's something that not a lot of games can do for me now a days. My SO and I have been pretty lucky in that we haven't had many...

    You put it better than me! Yes! The experience feels magical, that's something that not a lot of games can do for me now a days. My SO and I have been pretty lucky in that we haven't had many performance issues. Occasionally when we first go to the stormy planet it has a moment but it's not all that often. I'm sure it'll look great on the computer!

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

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    I've been off and on playing the Outer Wilds! Not to be confused with the outer worlds. I started the game not really knowing what to expect. I had asked my SO if he knew anything about it and...

    I've been off and on playing the Outer Wilds! Not to be confused with the outer worlds. I started the game not really knowing what to expect. I had asked my SO if he knew anything about it and he'd said he'd heard some things about it and generally there were pretty positive reviews for it. But again, I knew nothing about it.

    Oh boy. This game is great. I will do my absolute best not to spoil anything but things are definitely not as they seen. You play a low tech space faring alien race who's exploring the local solar system. There are many planets, anomalies, and an incredibly diverse array of environments. On top of being able to explore any planet you want, you also get to explore the ruins and technology of a seemingly long gone space faring alien race, the Nomani. They had been there millions if not billions of years ago. Some of the ruins of the things they built remain; and so does some of their technology. You get to learn and try to find out why what's happening is happening and learning about the Nomani, why they were there and what they were doing.

    This game is such a delightful surprise. There's so much to explore and you can do it more or less at your own pace. You're rewarded for exploring and hypothesizing. My SO and I have been playing together and we'll either be in the same room or chatting over the Xbox, just being in absolute wonder over everything! We've had a lot of fun talking about or own hypotheses with one another and learning whether or not we were right. I would highly, highly suggest anyone play it or at least give it a chance. Give it at least a good half hour, give or take.

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  9. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Wow thank you! I really appreciate that!

    Wow thank you! I really appreciate that!

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  10. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Wow thank you for showing some interest!! I post all of my inktobers on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/cosmic_ire/ I'm really happy with how far I've gotten and am excited to see this...

    Wow thank you for showing some interest!! I post all of my inktobers on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/cosmic_ire/

    I'm really happy with how far I've gotten and am excited to see this through to the end! I love seeing all the variations of inktober, October has really become an art smorgasbord.

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  11. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I decided to take on Inktober this year! So far I've done every day. There were some days I did 2 days in a row because I missed the day before, but I'm not that strict on myself. So long as I get...

    I decided to take on Inktober this year! So far I've done every day. There were some days I did 2 days in a row because I missed the day before, but I'm not that strict on myself. So long as I get all of them done, what does it matter?

    It's been a very interesting experience, in part because I've been drawing everyday and also in part because this is the furthest I've ever gotten. Before, I'd tried to draw for Inktober with minimal success but this year has been going great! The reason mostly being that I planned out most of my drawings this year. Pretty loose "planning" but I'm not like cold, trying to think of a new concept to go around the prompt everyday. It's something I've already spent the time considering and sketched out to a degree. Some I've completely ignored my sketched concepts and gone with something else but that's okay too!

    I've been enjoying using the ink pens and trying to contrast the light and dark as well as figuring out some shading with the pen. It was really, really hard at first. I was so nervous with my first drawing and messed up a lot, and still messed up the next few in spots! It was from being both nervous and marginally careless. But not I feel I've gotten much better at just slappin dat ink on and lining my drawings! I'm very happy I've gotten so far with inktober and that I have yet to suffer from burnout. In fact, taking the 30 minutes to an hour a day to focus and draw and concentrate on lining is very nice and relaxing for me (though occasionally annoying when I mess up a line but it's not so bad anymore , I try to roll with it).

    I'm hoping to keep it up and maybe next year I'll be able to tackle it again! As a side note, I'm not following the "official" inktober prompt list, I'm following one done by an artist I like! There are a whole lot of really good prompt lists out there so if anyone else ever does inktober as well, I would highly encourage you to find one that piques your interest!

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  12. Comment on Do you ride your local public transit system? in ~talk

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    I'm near the Denver-ish area in CO. All throughout college I commuted mostly via bus to and from school. When the A-line was finally finished, I was able to take the train to and from school in a...

    I'm near the Denver-ish area in CO. All throughout college I commuted mostly via bus to and from school. When the A-line was finally finished, I was able to take the train to and from school in a much, much shorter commute. I only took public transport as a necessity. I had no car and no one to commute with.

    The worst part was how long it took. Generally it was around 45min depending on traffic. Then, part way through college, they changed the bus that went out to where I lived to a regular and not a limited, which meant stopping damn near every block and made the commute anywhere from and hour to an hour and a half. The choices for buses were few and fair between in terms of routes because of how far out of Denver I lived. I was at the end of a route and it fucking sucked. Due to the road the bus took, it was a main hub and there were a ridiculous amount of people getting on and off of the bus. All kinds of people from everywhere with all kinds of smells. God, I do not miss the smell of public transport.

    Fortunately, the A-line is a really nice train, especially in comparison to the other lines. The other lines are basically buses on tracks. The A-line has really good heat, AC, and it only takes 15-30min to get to Denver for me. If there were more trains, that'd be a bonus, but as is RTD is having a helluva time getting some of their other lines done so really a comprehensive, extensive train line is kind MIA for some time.

    I think the biggest issue with public transport in Denver is the lack of cleanliness. I know, there's not really anything you can do about your passengers and who does or doesn't put on deodorant or not reek of pot, but like ew. Seats will smell of previous occupants, heaven forbid you ride in the winter, the floor is perpetually wet and slushy and people are disgusting on the bus! And by disgusting, I mean behaviors. It's weird that kinds of things that people are comfortable doing on public transport. Like please, no.

    There's also safety, as in people you have to watch out for who have a chip on their shoulder and think the world is turned against them, or people who happen to have violent attitudes or even mental illnesses. As a, at the time, young, alone woman it was scary at times, riding all the way out to where I lived especially in the winter when it got dark so early.

    This is kind of long, sorry about that. I've used public transport occasionally. When my SO and I went to comi-con we took the train downtown, that way we wouldn't have to deal with parking, and the park and rides are easier. I don't work anywhere near a convenient train or bus ride so I don't take it to work at all. If it was an option, I would take it occasionally as a way to save on gas. As a small convenience thing, public transport is fine, but if it's something you HAVE to rely on to get anywhere, it fucking sucks.

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  13. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Still watching and keeping up on Fruits Basket. This newest episode just hit me right in the feels! Man, I had re-read the manga a year or two ago, getting the special edition prints, and like......

    Still watching and keeping up on Fruits Basket. This newest episode just hit me right in the feels! Man, I had re-read the manga a year or two ago, getting the special edition prints, and like... it's such a roller coaster. There's so much sweetness and bitterness and just everything. These past few episodes have been really delving into the backstories of some of the characters, and seeing them so faithfully animated is just such an incredible treat. Fruits Basket is a great manga and such a good anime. It's so heartfelt and so much deeper than a lot of stuff. There's nothing wrong with surface level things, I just think that Fruits Basket does it so well. Watching the anime just makes me love the series all the more!

  14. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Definitely would recommend to finish it! There was a couple of things I was bummed about that the final episode(s) didn't address but overall it was a pretty cute ending! I have seen Gekkan Shoujo...

    Definitely would recommend to finish it! There was a couple of things I was bummed about that the final episode(s) didn't address but overall it was a pretty cute ending!

    I have seen Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun!! I loved the anime so much, and I've been keeping up on the manga. I wish it got more frequent updates as well as a second season. It's such a fun show.

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  15. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I just finished up watching Tada Never Falls In Love! It came out mid last year and I never really heard anything about it. It's a one season anime but I thought it was so sweet! It was nicely...

    I just finished up watching Tada Never Falls In Love! It came out mid last year and I never really heard anything about it. It's a one season anime but I thought it was so sweet! It was nicely paced and how the characters' feelings get explored was really nice and kind of a breath of fresh air. It only came to my attention because youtube recommended me a video about it? And I think it only recommended it to me is because of my interest in Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku (a rlly great anime/web-manga) so I'm pretty happy that I was able to "find" it! No one I've talked to has heard about it which is a shame. It really is a sweet anime, and a quick watch. It was very tempting to binge but I resisted!

  16. Comment on Finland's heavy metal knitting championship is the real purl jam in ~hobbies

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    This is an incredibly niche, well, everything! I think that it's very interesting how such a small festival and the likes can come about and be reported on by huff post! I've never heard of...

    This is an incredibly niche, well, everything! I think that it's very interesting how such a small festival and the likes can come about and be reported on by huff post! I've never heard of anything like it, though admittedly I don't engage in a lot of community activities regarding my own knitting hobbies, but it seems like I may be missing out some.

    A very short article, and my main gripe with it is the shitty knitting puns. Every mainstream article I have seen does not stop. They always have some horrible quip in the headlines or the first couple of sentences. How exhausting, especially when the article is so short! Otherwise, a quick, okay article about a very neat thing happening in the world!

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  17. Comment on What games have you been playing lately? in ~games

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    I am perpetually in the middle of playing Let's Go Pikachu or whatever that pokemon game is. It's very slow going for me and I'm taking my sweet time. It's a "Hey I kinda wanna play that for a few...

    I am perpetually in the middle of playing Let's Go Pikachu or whatever that pokemon game is. It's very slow going for me and I'm taking my sweet time. It's a "Hey I kinda wanna play that for a few minutes" kinda game, otherwise I don't play it to often.

    I guess MAINLY I'm playing Breath of the Wild right now. I got on the hype train late as I didn't have the money to get a switch but O BOI when I did, whew, game over. I've probably sunk a good 200+ hours into that game and I still haven't completed all of the Divine Beast quests, though I'm almost done with all of them. Partly that's because I've been avoiding doing the Gerudo Divine Beast... I guess just because? I've honestly just been like walking around and exploring. Probably my first like 50 or so hours was me heavily progressing story lines and getting all of the towers and trying to find as many temples as humanly possible. I would primarily use the temples and towers as ways to get around instead of walking. Now, however, I am trying to touch on basically as much land as I can and in turn have found a decent chunk of korok seeds! I've also made a stupid amount of money just from roaming around, picking up bits and selling it. It all accumulates faster than you'd think.

    I actually just recently defeated my first lynel and wow, I was so happy and shocked! It was an ordeal but LORD are the weapons you can get from them seriously damn nice. I think now I might go out of my way a bit to actually fight them instead of avoid them. I think overall, BOTW is just a really nice game to chill out with. The only other game I have sunk so much time into was Skyrim (and then I accidentally deleted my main save fail and have never touched the game again). I think with this Zelda game, there's just so much to do and see and you can basically go do any quest at any time, it's really so much fun. I love just going around and finding little hidden things and places. It's very rewarding to travel on foot and explore.

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  18. Comment on What are you reading these days? #22 in ~books

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    Ah, that's good to know! Thank you! I had to look it up on the wiki to be sure how it was, but it's reassuring to hear someone say it!

    Ah, that's good to know! Thank you! I had to look it up on the wiki to be sure how it was, but it's reassuring to hear someone say it!

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  19. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (June 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    I started working on a so far very ugly website, mostly for funsies and partly just so I can get a better idea of how css and html works. I honestly probably won't do much with it, beyond getting...

    I started working on a so far very ugly website, mostly for funsies and partly just so I can get a better idea of how css and html works. I honestly probably won't do much with it, beyond getting it to look decent. I didn't have any real plan on what it would necessarily be used for but oh well. It's kinda fun to figure this stuff out just by diving right into it, I'm not that great at learning this kind of stuff so I'm pleasently surprised with how much I've done lol.

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  20. Comment on What are you reading these days? #22 in ~books

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    Huh. I will be completely honest with you in that I had no clue that it was the fourth in a semi-quasi series. It seems that while the books are all related and set in the same universe, it might...

    Huh. I will be completely honest with you in that I had no clue that it was the fourth in a semi-quasi series. It seems that while the books are all related and set in the same universe, it might not be necessary to read the first three before the Left Hand of Darkness. I've seen the book recommended a lot through reddit and haven't seen anyone mention that it's part of a series! So I guess I might pick up those first aha. Though I may still stand-by that it might still be okay as a standalone book, though it looks like I'm a bad source for that information, sorry!

    Small Edit: It seems that even the author hersself says they aren't a cycle or saga so it should be okay to read them in any order, at least so it would seem!

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