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  1. Comment on It Could Happen Here: A podcast series from 2019 about how a second American Civil War might take place in ~misc

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    An excellent and depressing series, and that's from an outside observer. Thanks for sharing, I've been telling people about it non-stop!

    An excellent and depressing series, and that's from an outside observer. Thanks for sharing, I've been telling people about it non-stop!

    6 votes
  2. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    Give it another hour. Sometimes they take awhile. The last time I had mushies, I didn't wait. I should have. I wanted a smooth mellow, instead I got waaaaaay too introspective and confronted by my...

    Give it another hour. Sometimes they take awhile. The last time I had mushies, I didn't wait. I should have. I wanted a smooth mellow, instead I got waaaaaay too introspective and confronted by my own issues for ages. That can be healthy, even necessary, in the right setting and frame of mind, but I wasn't in either.

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  3. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Catalogue them, then have a think about how to publish - you could always do it anonymously via a journalist. Amazon's warehouse operations are in the public eye at the moment, so you'd probably...

    Catalogue them, then have a think about how to publish - you could always do it anonymously via a journalist. Amazon's warehouse operations are in the public eye at the moment, so you'd probably find somebody interested.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    I think this is much sadder. Our thirst for fast turnaround times and cheap goods has brought us dystopia. Same-day shipping/delivery sounds awesome. @precise's situation is the other side of that.

    if you get in trouble for any other reason it's a zero-tolerance dismissal, this could be as simple as not being able to make your rate

    I think this is much sadder. Our thirst for fast turnaround times and cheap goods has brought us dystopia. Same-day shipping/delivery sounds awesome. @precise's situation is the other side of that.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What were the best books you read this year? in ~books

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    According to my book-tracking spreadsheet, I've rated three books 5/5. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Wonderfully written, engaging characters, a picturesque setting, and a great...

    According to my book-tracking spreadsheet, I've rated three books 5/5.

    The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Wonderfully written, engaging characters, a picturesque setting, and a great weaving of traditional folk tales with historical figures.

    The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie. Excellent world building. Joe does a great fight scene, and his characters are well-rounded out. This is the second book in his second trilogy in the same world, and it's much better than first of this trilogy. Highly recommended to any low-fantasy fans.

    Guards! Guards! by Sir Terry Pratchett. My intro to Discworld, of which I have only read about four more so far. I laughed the whole way through. Carrot is definitely my favourite character so far.

    In hindsight, that seems about right. I'm about to finish my last book of the year, which I will probably rate a 4/5. That will take me to 26 books read, with three 5s, fourteen 4s, and nine 3s.

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

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    The Great Trespass by Nick Hayes. It's about land rights in the UK - how they were established, where the wealth and influence around land came from, who owns most of it, and what to do about it....

    The Great Trespass by Nick Hayes. It's about land rights in the UK - how they were established, where the wealth and influence around land came from, who owns most of it, and what to do about it.

    Hayes names each chapter after an animal, weaving stories about each animal into the history of the land, as well as his own trespasses into the vast, vast swathes of common land that have passed into private hands. "Passed" is probably too passive a word. Pheasant has so far been the most infuriating chapter, with the environmental destruction, corruption, and hypocrisy on display making my blood boil. The amount of land given over to a bullshit grouse hunting fetish is mind-boggling.

    I've enjoyed it immensely, though it's taken me awhile to read. It aligns very closely with my politics, so while a lot of the particulars aren't new to me, none of it is shocking. Just a bit depressing.

    I also listened to Stephen Fry narrate The Hitchhikers Guide, mostly as a palate cleanser from The Great Trespass.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What do I need to know about switching from Android to iOS for my phone? in ~tech

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    You're definitely not crazy, and that's exactly how I ended up on iOS for about three years. I couldn't help fucking with my phone with roms and icon packs and "because I can" Tasker profiles....

    Its funny as a technologist I have no hesitation fiddling with other tech, but i've grown tired of hassling with mobile phones; or am i just crazy?

    You're definitely not crazy, and that's exactly how I ended up on iOS for about three years. I couldn't help fucking with my phone with roms and icon packs and "because I can" Tasker profiles. Those three years broke the habit, and I'm currently using an old XZ1 with LineageOS that I use about two hours a day.

    I love the simplicity of iOS, and I've kinda replicated it on Android with my usage patterns. Lineage was even preinstalled by the seller!

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Testing quad GeForce RTX 3090s in a desktop in ~tech

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    Destin of Smarter Every Day did a couple of videos on them as well if you can't get enough Puget footage :-)

    Destin of Smarter Every Day did a couple of videos on them as well if you can't get enough Puget footage :-)

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Jacinda Ardern leads New Zealand Labour Party to historically high re-election, projected to win 49% of votes and 64/120 seats in ~news

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    I think that's pretty different though - calling the Prime Minister a nickname based on fairly derided profession is very different. Try calling him Scott in a sentence and see how it sounds. Like...

    I think that's pretty different though - calling the Prime Minister a nickname based on fairly derided profession is very different. Try calling him Scott in a sentence and see how it sounds. Like I said, I'm probably projecting - despite that I don't think they're the same.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Jacinda Ardern leads New Zealand Labour Party to historically high re-election, projected to win 49% of votes and 64/120 seats in ~news

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    I'm glad Labour won, as long as the Greens have some input/influence. I do find the cult of personality around Jacinda Ardern a bit gross, and I say this as an admirer of hers. I live in Australia...

    I'm glad Labour won, as long as the Greens have some input/influence. I do find the cult of personality around Jacinda Ardern a bit gross, and I say this as an admirer of hers. I live in Australia and it's common for people here to idolise her. I'm not sure the same is true in NZ, where Labour has largely failed to deliver on campaign promises, but responded well to crises.

    Edit: the reason I mentioned the cult of personality is because you keep calling her Jacinda but probably aren't in NZ (based on your spelling of the part name) - first names for public figures generally suggests a familiarity that comes with a feeling beyond admiration but not necessarily idolising. I'm probably projecting :-)

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    Haha yes! When the mini rumours solidified I thought "Well I know what I'm buying in 2022!"

    Haha yes! When the mini rumours solidified I thought "Well I know what I'm buying in 2022!"

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    Same here, with everything you said except the reading part. I may pick one up used next year, or even the 2020 SE. The thing is, I don't really use my phone all that much, but the nerd in me that...

    Same here, with everything you said except the reading part. I may pick one up used next year, or even the 2020 SE. The thing is, I don't really use my phone all that much, but the nerd in me that has been clamoring for a smaller flagship is very excited about it. Right when I'm considering moving (back) to Android...

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  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I'm in Australia and watching it on Stan, a local streaming service. I caught it fishing on the high seas a while ago, but being able to skip the loooooong intro means we stream.

    I'm in Australia and watching it on Stan, a local streaming service. I caught it fishing on the high seas a while ago, but being able to skip the loooooong intro means we stream.

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  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Schitt's Creek was a bit wonky for the first half dozen episodes, but I've grown to love it. The cast is wonderful and while we're only halfway through the six-season run, there hasn't been a drop...

    Schitt's Creek was a bit wonky for the first half dozen episodes, but I've grown to love it. The cast is wonderful and while we're only halfway through the six-season run, there hasn't been a drop in quality at all. My girlfriend and I tend to watch one show at a time, and this has actually temporarily displaced...

    Battlestar Galactica. We're up to Season 4 I think and fucking love it. So much. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the Season 3 arc, and feel it is so far the weakest, but it changed the characters a lot. Season 4 is better. I'm actually already looking forward to re-watching it in the future.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    Wow, that looks like a supergroup band, guests included. Thanks, just started listening.

    Wow, that looks like a supergroup band, guests included. Thanks, just started listening.

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  16. Comment on The sunk cost fallacy in ~science

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    Excellent and accessible read. While I know about the sunk cost fallacy, I fall prey to it constantly. I feel I can now abandon a Terry Pratchett book for the first time (second if you count Good...

    Excellent and accessible read. While I know about the sunk cost fallacy, I fall prey to it constantly.

    I feel I can now abandon a Terry Pratchett book for the first time (second if you count Good Omens).

    This year I’ve kept a spreadsheet of books read August has one entry! One! Sorry Sir Terry, the sunk cost fallacy has prevented me from reading others on my list.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Exercise montage music in ~music

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    I’ve been listening to these for years while I run: Blood Bros Series. They’re actual montages from movies, interspersed with dialogue. I think the quality of the first two is far better than the...

    I’ve been listening to these for years while I run: Blood Bros Series.

    They’re actual montages from movies, interspersed with dialogue. I think the quality of the first two is far better than the third, but that’s just me.

    Edit: in my excitement to share, I forgot to mention that there’s a heap of songs from your list in these montages!

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Think like a feminist in ~humanities

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    Guiltily half-raises hand I don’t think feminism means this, but I’m far too quick to dismiss some feminism as this. Despite my real-world experience being the opposite. It does nobody any...

    The other half think feminism amounts to vacuously affirming every choice a woman makes on no other grounds than that someone with two X chromosomes is pulling the trigger.

    Guiltily half-raises hand

    I don’t think feminism means this, but I’m far too quick to dismiss some feminism as this. Despite my real-world experience being the opposite. It does nobody any favours, especially me.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on If you come from a historically/actively oppressed racial/ethnic group, how has that affected you? in ~talk

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    From speaking with my female friends, that sums up their experience very well.

    But that's the thing, I feel like I'm giving the benefit of the doubt a lot! And no one really gives me the benefit of the doubt.

    From speaking with my female friends, that sums up their experience very well.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - A new, short book by Cory Doctorow that looks at big tech as a monopoly problem in ~tech

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    Absolutely. But perhaps this way people who don't read One Zero will see it. Full disclaimer: I have no idea how Medium's discovery features work. Perhaps I'm also too much of an indieweb type...

    Absolutely. But perhaps this way people who don't read One Zero will see it. Full disclaimer: I have no idea how Medium's discovery features work. Perhaps I'm also too much of an indieweb type guy!

    Edit: With these discussions I always think of people criticising Rage against the Machine being on Sony all those years ago. I wouldn't have heard of them, and they had a massive role in my political thinking (still do, really).

    6 votes