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  1. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    What I would recommend in that case is trying different types of coffee at different specialty coffee shops. I'd say try espresso and V60. Espresso is very strong, has a punchy flavor. If it's...

    What I would recommend in that case is trying different types of coffee at different specialty coffee shops. I'd say try espresso and V60.

    Espresso is very strong, has a punchy flavor. If it's done wrong, it's just unbearably bitter.

    V60 is a type of filter coffee. It tastes much milder than espresso. When you get a good barista make it with good beans, you get to taste really interesting fruity notes.

    That all being said, trying these probably isn't going to be earth-shattering at first. When I first tried V60, I didn't really get it. The flavors are very subtle, it's not like eating Doritos. So, it takes time appreciate it. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think it's more like appreciating classical music (which I personally can't, really). You need time to learn to recognize the subtler notes, but when you do, there is a whole new world of experience lying ahead.

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  2. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    To be honest, I didn't learn from a single resource. What kind of coffee do you like? Are you interested in making filter coffee or espresso?

    To be honest, I didn't learn from a single resource. What kind of coffee do you like? Are you interested in making filter coffee or espresso?

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  3. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Ayran: A Turkish beverage made from yogurt, water and salt. I like it a lot, but I grew up with it. Most foreigners don't like it, at least at first. It's probably and acquired taste. Sago...
    • Ayran: A Turkish beverage made from yogurt, water and salt. I like it a lot, but I grew up with it. Most foreigners don't like it, at least at first. It's probably and acquired taste.
    • Sago gulaman: A Filipino beverage that is basically sugar syrup, grass jelly and sago.
    • Caipirinha: A Brazilian cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. I very rarely drink alcohol, but every now and then I make it at home, and I also add fresh mint leaves, which elevate the cocktail to another level IMO.

    Also, there is "coffee." Most people drink coffee, but it's either instant coffee or something filled with sugar from a place like Starbucks. If you haven't tried "specialty coffee," you might want to. Or not. I used to make Nespresso at home, and enjoy it. I became a complete coffee snub now, and Nespresso or an espresso from Starbucks isn't enjoyable for me anymore.

    If you find the combination of a great barista and great beans, you'll realize what you were drinking before was just "bitter water" compared to a well-prepared shot of espresso or a nice cup of V60.

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  4. Comment on What is your favourite film from your country? in ~movies

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    I've been meaning to watch that. I should do it some time.

    I've been meaning to watch that. I should do it some time.

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  6. Comment on What are some songs that use repeating lyrics as the central motif? in ~music

  7. Comment on I made a website that visualizes the COVID-19 data in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks, I really appreciate it!

    Thanks, I really appreciate it!

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  8. Comment on I made a website that visualizes the COVID-19 data in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks! I use Johns Hopkins University's data, and as you mentioned, their UK data comes from the UK government. Gathering data from different sources is a time-consuming job, and this is a...

    Thanks! I use Johns Hopkins University's data, and as you mentioned, their UK data comes from the UK government.

    Gathering data from different sources is a time-consuming job, and this is a side-project for me, so I opted to only using the JHU data.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on I made a website that visualizes the COVID-19 data in ~health.coronavirus

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    I have really spent way more time on this than I planned, but that sounds like a very interesting offer. Let me see how much time it would take to implement a language selection feature, and I'll...

    I have really spent way more time on this than I planned, but that sounds like a very interesting offer. Let me see how much time it would take to implement a language selection feature, and I'll get back to you. Thanks a lot.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    I think leader is "führer" in German, which is a word associated with Hitler.

    I think leader is "führer" in German, which is a word associated with Hitler.

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  11. Comment on I made a website that visualizes the COVID-19 data in ~health.coronavirus

  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 15 in ~health.coronavirus

  13. Comment on Sam Harris - Can we pull back from the brink? in ~life

  14. Comment on How many hours per day are you working? in ~life

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    I definitely agree with what you're saying, and I am sure that part of my issues are because that I don't really have a very strict goal at the moment, apart from working on the portfolio projects...

    I definitely agree with what you're saying, and I am sure that part of my issues are because that I don't really have a very strict goal at the moment, apart from working on the portfolio projects I mentioned in my comment.

    It's possible to set certain tasks to work on a day before, and measure that, but in my experience it's much harder. Granted I'm sure it's partly because not having a definite deadline makes it harder to just focus on getting things work by the deadline, and I tend to give in to scope-creep and unnecessary optimizations.

    I'll try setting deadlines and strict goals another go (although, from my experience, it's much much harder when they are not external deadlines, and that's why I decided to measure daily performance in a more tangible manner, such as time-tracking).

  15. Comment on How many hours per day are you working? in ~life

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    I hear what you are saying, but I think you are assuming that the purpose of tracking time is measuring output. For me, it is not. I work from home, trying to get into freelancing at the moment. I...

    I hear what you are saying, but I think you are assuming that the purpose of tracking time is measuring output.

    For me, it is not. I work from home, trying to get into freelancing at the moment. I don't have a boss, and I'm only working on personal projects in hopes to develop a portfolio. My issue is, how do I decide if I had a good day? How can I compare today to yesterday to see if I have improved? What about my average over time, has it been improving? Maybe I'm being too strict, but I do want an answer to these questions.

    If you are working as an employee, you get paid in the end of a month, you get feedback from your colleagues and superiors, and none of these is a great way to measure your productivity, but at least it can give you a peace of mind at the end of the day.

    I am really having a hard time assessing my day, and it's kind of hard to fall asleep easily when I can't objectively say that I have had a good day today. For this purpose, measuring time somewhat helps. It's a tangible, objective metric.

    Another positive thing about it is that, you can clearly tell when you're done. You set a goal, and when you hit that many hours of tracked time, you are done for the day.

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  16. How many hours per day are you working?

    If you are tracking your time, how many hours of focused work are you doing per day on average? What I mean with focused work is only the time that you are working. Not counting the time you take...

    If you are tracking your time, how many hours of focused work are you doing per day on average?

    What I mean with focused work is only the time that you are working. Not counting the time you take a break, not counting the time you go to the bathroom, not counting the time you get up to drink water, etc. If you don't stop your time-tracker during non-work activities, please mention it.

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  17. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend: I love Conan's humor, and he is even better in this podcast than he is on his talk show. Reply All: Stories about the internet. The two hosts Alex and PJ are really...
    • Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend: I love Conan's humor, and he is even better in this podcast than he is on his talk show.
    • Reply All: Stories about the internet. The two hosts Alex and PJ are really funny and have great chemistry.
    • Making Sense with Sam Harris: Sam Harris is one of my heroes, cool-headed, logical, smart and very well-spoken. I love his interviews, he asks amazing questions and he is amazing at laying out his thoughts. At the moment, some of the full-length episodes are behind a paywall though (although you can listen to some parts of them for free).

    I also listen to Joe Rogan, Armchair Expert, Tim Ferriss and Indie Hackers when the guest is interesting.

    And one last recommendation, if you are at all interested in startups, you have to listen to the first season of the StartUp podcast.

    If you are going to listen to one podcast episode, I'd say it should be The Case of the Missing Hit by Reply All.

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

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    I love the idea. Is there a way to be notified when this goes online? Also, if you need any help with React, feel free to get in touch.

    I love the idea. Is there a way to be notified when this goes online?

    Also, if you need any help with React, feel free to get in touch.

    2 votes