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  1. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    I collect rocks and minerals! There's nothing that I love more than staring at the ground and looking for something that catches my eye. They don't have to be fancy minerals or anything, though I...

    I collect rocks and minerals! There's nothing that I love more than staring at the ground and looking for something that catches my eye. They don't have to be fancy minerals or anything, though I have a couple of those, and most of my collection are ones I've found on walks, hikes, pit stops, anywhere and everywhere.

    I like trying to figure out what kind of rock is in the area I find the pieces and try to guess what I picked up. I also am a fan of r/whatsthisrock and try to guess what a rock or mineral is. There's just so many neat lil guys on the ground. My dream is to go out to the lake Michigan area as I have heard they have great agate just all over and I want to find a specimen.

    I've always loved rocks and my dad gave me a very nice geode when I was like 11. I think he got it from a friend but that just really shot my love for rocks to the moon. I've found so many neat rocks that I love! I need to figure out how to display them. Some rock collection highlights are: one that looks like a piece of toast, a purple/orange rock, a tiny geode looking piece the size of a quarter, what I think is a small fossil/imprint, and a snazzy piece of agate that is white and blue. I cherish the pieces I find the most and they just bring me so much joy to look at.

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  2. Comment on An AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition, and artists are pissed in ~arts

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    Thank you for pointing that out. AI art might be making its rounds online, but what about people who are outside the sphere of its influence? There's a lot of people who don't even know of its...

    Thank you for pointing that out. AI art might be making its rounds online, but what about people who are outside the sphere of its influence? There's a lot of people who don't even know of its existence, or it's a vague notion that might have trickled down to them. This dude was obfuscating and likely on purpose. If he wasn't, he should have in good faith labeled his art as "compiled via AI art creator Midjourney".

    For all the judges knew, Midjourney is just a fancy little art program like photoshop or krita or Sai. It's very frustrating to see and for people to expect the average person to know what the hell Midjourney is.

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  3. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Thank you!! That's so good to know, I'll be incorporating that into my running!

    Thank you!! That's so good to know, I'll be incorporating that into my running!

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  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That's so great that you get the extra mobility of an e-bike. I know of at least one city in a state that is giving out grants for its residents to purchase e-bikes (Denver, CO for those...

    That's so great that you get the extra mobility of an e-bike. I know of at least one city in a state that is giving out grants for its residents to purchase e-bikes (Denver, CO for those interested). They seem pretty useful for giving you an even greater distance that you can cover, especially if you can do 20miles in an evening!

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Congrats on getting back to losing weight! Eating out is so easy, but so hard on the scale and wallet. I can definitely relate there. Even just eating out once in a week can tip the scale upwards.

    Congrats on getting back to losing weight! Eating out is so easy, but so hard on the scale and wallet. I can definitely relate there. Even just eating out once in a week can tip the scale upwards.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've finally and properly gotten back into running. I'm aiming to run every other day and doing at least a mile. I'm focusing on distance and trying to get my mile pacing down to sub 12min. The...

    I've finally and properly gotten back into running. I'm aiming to run every other day and doing at least a mile. I'm focusing on distance and trying to get my mile pacing down to sub 12min.

    The rate at which I've been improving was really shocking. My first mile again was 15:30, the next 14:30 and now I'm down to about 13:30. I need to figure out training and how best to build up endurance. I've been focusing on keeping my heart rate in the improving aerobic fitness area (allegedly according to my Polar monitor lol).

    The biggest part for me is that I've just wanted to run again. Not necessarily because of the health benefits, but because I enjoyed distance running and want to do 5ks and more again. I had a lot of fun and I have a friend who wants to run a race together and I'm just excited for that stuff!

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

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    I've been playing Risk of Rain 2 with a couple of people! My SO and I played the first one first, and overall they're both really enjoyable and very different experiences but fun. We've put in a...

    I've been playing Risk of Rain 2 with a couple of people! My SO and I played the first one first, and overall they're both really enjoyable and very different experiences but fun. We've put in a lot of time for the second one, and while very fun, it's way harder with multiple people, they REALLY throw it at you.

    I was able to get further going solo than with multiple people. It was cool but it definitely makes you think about the meta and the best way to play it, which characters to use. The Bandit is honestly so clutch, he's a great character and I love the play style you can use with him. Definitely looking forward to adjusting the group play style to beta it at least once!

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I am finally going for gold and aiming to finish The Doctors Blackwell which focuses on two sisters who became some of the first female physicians in the 1850s/1860s. I think it's very compelling...

    I am finally going for gold and aiming to finish The Doctors Blackwell which focuses on two sisters who became some of the first female physicians in the 1850s/1860s. I think it's very compelling because the eldest sister (I can never keep them straight, they both had E names) didn't get into being a doctor because she was primarily interested in helping people. She was interested in the academic pleasure of it and was actually quite squeamish.

    I had started this book a couple of years ago and rented it digitally from my library. I didn't get through the whole thing because I had a hard time reading it that way. I nabbed the paperback of it earlier this year and find myself focusing on it much better.

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

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    I've been playing Outriders with my gaming group. It's been pretty fun so far! I've been enjoying the tone and pacing, both story and loot/leveling up. I think the systems are really straight...

    I've been playing Outriders with my gaming group. It's been pretty fun so far! I've been enjoying the tone and pacing, both story and loot/leveling up. I think the systems are really straight forward and it's pretty easy to just jump right in and go for it. I'm interested in what'll get explained in game and what I'll learn when I finally start reading the journal entries. I will say that I'm not too sure if I would play it by myself haha.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've been slowly getting more frequent at lifting weights. My SO and I have powerblocks so we no longer have to go to the gym for most of our lifting (a blessing because the racks and weights are...

    I've been slowly getting more frequent at lifting weights. My SO and I have powerblocks so we no longer have to go to the gym for most of our lifting (a blessing because the racks and weights are always busy where we go). I'm very excited because I've gone from 10lbs to 20lbs on my curls which is impressive for me and it's a noticeable difference when lifting everyday items. I'd like to get further but I need to make sure I stick with it and lift every week.

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

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    I played through Unpacking this weekend! I thought it was a fun, quick game. I really loved how each new place had so much of a story to tell, and how much the different items really gave so much...

    I played through Unpacking this weekend! I thought it was a fun, quick game. I really loved how each new place had so much of a story to tell, and how much the different items really gave so much characterization to the main girl and her friends and love interests. It's an interesting introspection as this person grows up, finds love, chbages, and makes a family.

    One of my favorite parts was after leaving her boyfriend, she got more into coffee. When unpacking after the move, she had her own grinder, press, and coffee beans and I just think that was neat.

    I was just so delighted in all the little details that made up the people and how you could surmise the happenings yourself. It was also just a fun game to play, like trying to figure out what makes sense to put where and if it makes sense to put certain things in certain spots. Very satisfying.

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

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    Hello friends. Long time no gab. Work has been busy these past several weeks and that's really ate into my creative projects, but I have started and am working through several projects. In...

    Hello friends. Long time no gab. Work has been busy these past several weeks and that's really ate into my creative projects, but I have started and am working through several projects.

    In January, I made a tiny mermaid out of yarn/thread. It was ridiculously small and so adorable, I'll probably make some more. I just loved how the body was stylized! I made a little shell locket to go with it but that was just a huge pain in the ass so I don't see myself making many more of those again haha. For those interested, here she is: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZhZeSKuvV8/?utm_medium=copy_link

    I'm also doing a baby blanket for my brother and SIL's baby. Due date is in July and they're having a party in June so I've got some time. I've gotten a few of this squares done, but they're so crazy easy I love it.

    I'm also trying to get back into writing down my writing ideas and writing more in general. Just a little bit as that's part of my goal this year. Not a lot to say about that one lol.

    Im just looking forward to work calming down, it really puts a damper on me wanting to do anything during the week.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Haha thank you! I am taking it all in strides and trying to focus on the idea that any progress is good progress!

    Haha thank you! I am taking it all in strides and trying to focus on the idea that any progress is good progress!

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

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    I am trying to start a baby blanket for my SIL's kiddo #4. I got the size of yarn the book suggested, DK, but it looks awfully pathetic as a treble crochet shaped into a diamond. So I'm going to...

    I am trying to start a baby blanket for my SIL's kiddo #4. I got the size of yarn the book suggested, DK, but it looks awfully pathetic as a treble crochet shaped into a diamond. So I'm going to look through the book I got for Christmas some more or find another pattern I might like. I have at least 1200 yards which should be okay, and I also have plenty of time as the baby is due in July so I'm not super worried about this setback. But I'd rather figure it out now rather than later.

    I have a class 101 coming up for digital painting from one my favorite artists! I'm super stoked to see what they have to say and learn more about their process and color work.

    My theme for this year is crafts, so I'm trying to focus more of my spare time on crafty stuff!

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What happened in Colorado was something much scarier than a wildfire in ~enviro

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    As someone who lives east of Boulder, the only reason more places didn't catch on fire is because the wind gusts stopped being so intense. Parts of my county were under evacuation orders and it...

    As someone who lives east of Boulder, the only reason more places didn't catch on fire is because the wind gusts stopped being so intense. Parts of my county were under evacuation orders and it was an incredibly tense like 8 hours until those orders were rescinded. My SO and I started packing, grabbing important papers and sentimental or irreplaceables. I was an anxious wreck and cried several times. I thought it would only be a matter of time before we had to boogey out. Thankfully, we didn't have to. By midnight, counties outside of Boulder no longer had evacuation or pre-evacuation orders.

    But the incredible amount of damage that happened is sobering. There were so many images and videos of shopping malls and neighborhoods aflamed. Whole neighborhoods were wiped out. It's terrifying and absolutely because of climate change. Colorado used to get snow anytime between September and June. Now it's more like January to June. We hardly saw any moisture on the front range and that was the ticket to disaster. I didn't know I'd have to start worrying about two fire seasons.

    It's going to take so long to rebuild for all the families who lost their homes and my heart goes out to them. My heart goes out to all those who couldn't rescue their pets, who were out of state or even away for the holiday. It's just been so devastating. I know a lot of people deride Facebook and yes it's shit, but there was a lot of people offering help and ready to house humans and pets and trying to make sense of the situation.

    I hope this was a climate wake up call for at least some people. You're not safe just because you're not in the mountains or in tornado alley or near the ocean. I just wish there be more action towards it, but in the mean time I'll still be doing what I can.

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  16. Comment on What were your personal highlights for this year? in ~talk

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    Some big highlights in no particular order (just when I remember them lol) Went on first vacation with SO; this was by ourselves with our own money, and we had planned everything. It wasn't as...

    Some big highlights in no particular order (just when I remember them lol)

    • Went on first vacation with SO; this was by ourselves with our own money, and we had planned everything. It wasn't as expensive as we thought it would be, the most expensive thing were the train tickets to Nebraska and back.
    • For July, I drew 30 characters for artfight, which was a new personal best and it was a ridiculous amount of work while working fulltime
    • Went to the virtual STC summit in June! Very, very cool to be able to take part in that.
    • Sewed my first human sized garment (for the Nebraska trip lol). Also sewed my first doll sized garment.
    • Took a horticulture class! Was incredibly fun and interesting.
    • Went to two Skeptic's Guide to the Universe live shows. One was their Extravaganza and the other was a private show.
    • Started cooking more interesting dishes, including a foray making into Indian dishes, which have all been absolutely delicious.
    • GOT VACCINATED!!

    Obviously so much little stuff happened all throughout, but these were some of the bigger things. Overall, there's still so much I wish I had worked on and I look forward to the new year and re-configuring how I go about making and meeting goals. I have so many hobbies and side projects that it's just a lot that can add up easily. I'm grateful that I and my loved ones made it through the year and hope next year goes well if not better.

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

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    Hello friends! Happy Holidays to everyone. I managed to finish my ornament presents the other day, and am very happy with how they turned out. I am currently trying to design "Adventure Tickets"...

    Hello friends! Happy Holidays to everyone. I managed to finish my ornament presents the other day, and am very happy with how they turned out.

    I am currently trying to design "Adventure Tickets" for my two oldest nieces as their Christmas gifts, and I have some time to do that, but I'm also in the mountains right now and forgot to bring my laptop so it'll mostly be sketches haha. I'm hoping they'll like it as they're of the age that getting to go out and do stuff with aunty is really fun and exciting.

    That's mostly it besides trying to do a few knit and crochet projects.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Survival rates seem to vary on how well you keep the tree and how long you keep it indoors. The less time indoors the better, as it can lose it's winter hardiness since it's so warm inside....

    Survival rates seem to vary on how well you keep the tree and how long you keep it indoors. The less time indoors the better, as it can lose it's winter hardiness since it's so warm inside.

    Another thing that probably affects those rates is how well it's planted, and if the container plant is root bound and if people know what to do with that. We have high hopes because the species is native to where we're at, and it can survive at the attitude that we'll be planting it at and seems to have a couple extra thousand feet of leeway from the 9k it'll be at.

    My SO and I took an introduction to Horticulture class! That's the primary reason we got it, because we generally know a lot more about how to keep it correctly and how to plant it properly, especially if the nursery tries to promotes a specific way of doing it (like not taking the tree out of its burlap when planting). It's been really fun AND I have an automatic study budy!

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  19. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    My SO and I bought a living Christmas tree! He can only be inside for like 3 to 5 days! It's a Colorado blue spruce cultivar called Fat Albert. It's a semi dwarf species, and will likely grow...

    My SO and I bought a living Christmas tree! He can only be inside for like 3 to 5 days! It's a Colorado blue spruce cultivar called Fat Albert. It's a semi dwarf species, and will likely grow around 8 to like 40ft? I've read a lot of conflicting information, but since Colorado blue spruces get up to like 100ft., and Fat Albert is only a semi-dwarf, it's likely to still be pretty tall. We're planning on planting it in the spring at the in laws cabin.

    I also worked on a no sew quilt Christmas ornament! It's soooo cute and sooooo easy, I love love how it turned out, though I bought the wrong size ball for it. Here's the tutorial I followed. The lady isnt super straight on about everything and rambles a lot, so for sure it's not for everyone, but it's just the one I used.

    Lot sof Christmas prep and getting gift cards for people. Not as prepared this year as we were last year, but my SO and I took a class this semester and that's been really eating up our time lol.

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  20. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    Hey, that's awesome! Thanks for making the playlist!

    Hey, that's awesome! Thanks for making the playlist!

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