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  1. Comment on Making another pickproof lock (but better) in ~engineering

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    'I did X to try and prevent someone from doing Y' Hmm cool that makes sense 'Now you're probably thinking that someone will try to just Z to get around X, so I did W to prevent that' I wasn't, but...

    'I did X to try and prevent someone from doing Y'

    Hmm cool that makes sense

    'Now you're probably thinking that someone will try to just Z to get around X, so I did W to prevent that'

    I wasn't, but pretty clever

    'And now you're thinking that you could just V to get around the W, so I added Q to stop that'

    I did not think of that at all but yeah that's smart

    ...

    Cool video OP, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the LPL video about this lock when that eventually comes out.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Never been to Alaska, but I'd like to throw in the Grand Canyon into the mix if you've never been. Redwoods and Sequoias are magical too of course, but I've never been as blown away as I was...

    Never been to Alaska, but I'd like to throw in the Grand Canyon into the mix if you've never been. Redwoods and Sequoias are magical too of course, but I've never been as blown away as I was standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and seeing it extend literally as far as your eye can see in pretty much any direction. The most pictures-don't-do-it-justice place I've ever been too (Versailles too, but that's not in the US). Been years since I went there yet I still remember the feeling of awe.

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

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    No problem! I too was hooked within a couple of pages lol.

    No problem! I too was hooked within a couple of pages lol.

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

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    Friend recommended to me the manga Sakamoto Days and it's been hilarious so far. Former assassin turned family man. Gives me One Punch Man vibes with him being super overpowered but just generally...

    Friend recommended to me the manga Sakamoto Days and it's been hilarious so far. Former assassin turned family man. Gives me One Punch Man vibes with him being super overpowered but just generally being a goofball and worrying more about his next snack than his own life.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Google is deprecating the Fitbit web dashboard on July 8th in ~tech

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    I'm still salty about it a decade later. I tried the Apple Watch for a few years after my Pebble and Pebble Time Steel broke, but it just felt like a completely different category of device. The...

    I'm still salty about it a decade later. I tried the Apple Watch for a few years after my Pebble and Pebble Time Steel broke, but it just felt like a completely different category of device. The Pebble felt like a watch with smart features whereas the Apple Watch felt like a smart device with watch features.

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

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    A lot of the Steamworld games are similar to that description: polished, concise, fun for all ages, just generally enjoyable version of different genres.

    A lot of the Steamworld games are similar to that description: polished, concise, fun for all ages, just generally enjoyable version of different genres.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Disney's new Star Wars series The Acolyte is excellent in ~tv

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    Haven't seen this series yet, but this is how I felt during the first season of the Mandalorian. Each episode was (mostly) self-contained, with an overarching story of him trying to get the Child...

    I tend to struggle with getting invested in Star Wars properties because it all just seems very grandiose and yet pointless.

    Haven't seen this series yet, but this is how I felt during the first season of the Mandalorian. Each episode was (mostly) self-contained, with an overarching story of him trying to get the Child to safety. The characters were interesting, the stories were Wild-West-y, and it didn't have too much of the extraneous background stuff like good vs evil, Jedi vs Sith, Empire vs Rebels.

    Then seasons 2 and 3 came along and everything went back to quintessential Star Wars with grandiose plot lines and the fate of the universe hanging in the balance.

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

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    Just picked up New Star GP on sale the other day and it's a pretty fun little F1 arcade racing game. Plenty of management options too but so far it's been a bit too easy on the normal difficulty....

    Just picked up New Star GP on sale the other day and it's a pretty fun little F1 arcade racing game. Plenty of management options too but so far it's been a bit too easy on the normal difficulty. I think once I get the hang of more of the game's systems I'll try a new save in the Pro difficulty.

    I'm a big fan of their other games (NS Soccer on mobile and NS Manager on tablet) and would highly recommend those as well for anyone that likes football/soccer.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on I am sick of "providing feedback" in ~life

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    A long long time ago I saw a similar tip, so I set up an "optional" folder for any email that contains the word "unsubscribe". I've found it pretty effective at weeding out anything that isn't...

    A long long time ago I saw a similar tip, so I set up an "optional" folder for any email that contains the word "unsubscribe". I've found it pretty effective at weeding out anything that isn't important.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on I am sick of "providing feedback" in ~life

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    Can second this as someone with a small business. If you're searching through Google Maps, or Yelp, or Facebook for a specific local service, it makes a big psychological difference when you see...

    Can second this as someone with a small business. If you're searching through Google Maps, or Yelp, or Facebook for a specific local service, it makes a big psychological difference when you see "XXXXXX Business, 4.7/5 stars, 8 reviews" vs "YYYYYY Business, no stars, no reviews". Even just one or two reviews can make a big difference depending on the size and nature of the business.

    31 votes
  11. Comment on Games where the campaign serves as the tutorial? in ~games

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    Oh definitely. I think it just depends what your definition of a story/campaign is. Some have an overarching story that you slowly uncover (Dead Cells, Hades, Against the Storm) Others have more...

    I think roguelikes fit this a bit too, but for the sake of this topic not devolving into "what's your favorite roguelike", hopefully there are different suggestions! (Backpack Hero does something like this lol)

    Oh definitely. I think it just depends what your definition of a story/campaign is.

    Some have an overarching story that you slowly uncover (Dead Cells, Hades, Against the Storm)

    Others have more of a flimsy story where you really don't need to actually pay attention to it at all (Slay the Spire, Monster Train)

    And then others barely even have a story in the first place and are just focused on gameplay (Balatro, Brotato, Vampire Survivors)

    Backpack Hero seems to be different in that regard since it has an actual campaign mode (if I'm not mistaken, only played the demo).

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

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    You should, that sounds interesting. Trying to think of other games like that off the top of my head but am drawing a blank.

    Might post a seperate topic about this but I do really like games where the campaign functions as a tutorial for the main "meat" of the game, which is just grinding levels for time and contracts. (kinda similar to Monster Hunter for me too)

    You should, that sounds interesting. Trying to think of other games like that off the top of my head but am drawing a blank.

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

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    Great set of games. I love that the game emphasizes that every single puzzle can be done without guessing. Some of the harder ones towards the end really make you doubt that though, but sure...

    Great set of games. I love that the game emphasizes that every single puzzle can be done without guessing. Some of the harder ones towards the end really make you doubt that though, but sure enough you end up finding a way to solve it without guesswork.

    I too got the complete bundle maybe like a year ago and had quite a good time with it for an entire week or two. Probably about time to replay it by now.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Champions League final post-match discussion: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid in ~sports.football

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    I feel for Lunin too, but damn did Courtois play well in that final. Didn’t have too much to do but was very solid in the few good chances Dortmund had. And I agree about the half time thing. As...

    I feel for Lunin too, but damn did Courtois play well in that final. Didn’t have too much to do but was very solid in the few good chances Dortmund had.

    And I agree about the half time thing. As soon as it went into half time at 0-0 I just knew what was coming. Though I thought it’d be like 1-0 with a Rodrygo or Joselu goal in like the 93rd minute. Seems easy to say in hindsight but there’s something about Madrid in UCL knockout that’s just too strong. Used to be more of a meme but now it’s just undeniable.

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  15. Comment on Champions League final post-match discussion: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid in ~sports.football

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    Just wondering if anyone else saw the game and is interested in talking about it. Tried not to spoil anything in the title, but what a game from Madrid. Dortmund unlucky to not have a goal or two...

    Just wondering if anyone else saw the game and is interested in talking about it.

    Tried not to spoil anything in the title, but what a game from Madrid. Dortmund unlucky to not have a goal or two in the first half but then Madrid as usual were ruthless in the second half. Carlo must have said something magical in the dressing room.

    15-times winner, including 6 in the last 11 seasons. Absolutely nuts, they always seem to find a way. I don't think there's any other team in sports right now that dominates a league in the same way that Real Madrid have dominated the UCL for the last decade or so.

    Also, that Vinicius dribble just before the first goal, wow! Best moment of the game in my opinion, but that's not saying much honestly since the game wasn't as exciting as I think it could have been.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What video games have had you taking real-life notes? in ~games

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    Oh yeah. I also have a couple hundred hours in CK3 and maybe a few dozen in Vicky 3. They're definitely easier on the UI side of things, but EUIV is so ingrained in my brain that it's almost...

    Have you played other Paradox games that released after EU4?

    Oh yeah. I also have a couple hundred hours in CK3 and maybe a few dozen in Vicky 3. They're definitely easier on the UI side of things, but EUIV is so ingrained in my brain that it's almost relaxing at times. Like I know where all the buttons are and what everything does (well, almost everything). If I notice a problem, I know exactly which steps I can take to solve it (whether I remember to do it or not is another issue, but at least I know how). It's like comfort food to me at this point, all that's left is to optimize for efficiency or to try wacky runs to spice things up, whereas the others still feel like actual games with challenges and hurdles to overcome and things to discover.

    And as for EU5, honestly my main worry is that I won't connect with it in the same way that I did 4. I previously used to play a ton of Civ V as well, and had a similar familiarity with its systems (regularly played on deity difficulty). Then when Civ VI came along, it was a perfectly fine game, but I just never enjoyed it as much as V, and ended up dropping both altogether. I know that I can always boot up V and play it whenever I want, but for some reason it just feels different to me now that development is over and VI is the premier game. I'm sure I'll pick up on the mechanics of EU5 relatively quickly given my background in EU4, I just hope that my brain releases all the proper endorphins necessary to keep me hooked on it for another 2000 hours.

  17. Comment on What video games have had you taking real-life notes? in ~games

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    Greetings fellow masochist. Yeah I think what helped me learn the game was the fact that I started playing it right as I was starting college and had TONS more free time than I do now. So I would...

    And that was before I understood how trade worked

    Greetings fellow masochist. Yeah I think what helped me learn the game was the fact that I started playing it right as I was starting college and had TONS more free time than I do now. So I would hang out at the library with my laptop and play for hours between classes. I had previously played a lot of total war games and civ, but the detail in EU4 blew my mind.

    I'm impressed you managed to do a world conquest! I've never had the patience to finish one. Once you're dominating half the world by like 1600, finishing the WC is pure endurance, attention span, and mental fortitude, all three of which I lack, lol. I probably have like 500 games started in EU4 and maybe a handful of those that went all the way to 1821 (and those were mostly.

    This massive learning curve makes me both super excited for and scared of EUV that's now in the works. On the one hand, I'm so familiar with 4 that it should help tremendously in learning 5. But on the other hand, I'm sure it's going to be a crap ton more stuff to learn and I no longer have the same free time that I did a decade+ ago.

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

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    Noooo did they remove it for Season 2? I've only finished Season 1 so far but that song legitimately was my favorite part of the whole anime.

    Noooo did they remove it for Season 2? I've only finished Season 1 so far but that song legitimately was my favorite part of the whole anime.

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

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    The creme puffs song at the ending credits gets me every time.

    The creme puffs song at the ending credits gets me every time.

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