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  1. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    Very similar habits to /u/death. As a grad student and now a teacher, I always take notes by hand, then transcribe important things to the computer. My usual note-taking (changes some depending on...

    Very similar habits to /u/death. As a grad student and now a teacher, I always take notes by hand, then transcribe important things to the computer. My usual note-taking (changes some depending on what I'm taking notes on) is to divide my paper into two columns. On the left, I do summary, main points, reword, etc. Always put a page number or some other indicator of how to refind the material later. On the right, I write down questions I have, or connections to other things, or ideas for how to use the material.

    In undergrad, I was one of those students who never needed to take notes until suddenly I desperately did. So I wish I had built up the skills sooner, but I don't think there was any way to make me do so.

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  2. Comment on Final Fantasy VII Remake release delayed to April 10, 2020 in ~games

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    You should try FFXIV - it mixes silly and seriousness and weirdness. I think its story content is as good as any recent single player jRPG besides Persona 5.

    You should try FFXIV - it mixes silly and seriousness and weirdness. I think its story content is as good as any recent single player jRPG besides Persona 5.

  3. Comment on Should Public Transit Be Free? More Cities Say, Why Not? in ~misc

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    The article doesn't mention this, but free may be cheaper than cheap for the government, since collecting the money requires labor and maintained systems, not just to deal with usage but also to...

    The article doesn't mention this, but free may be cheaper than cheap for the government, since collecting the money requires labor and maintained systems, not just to deal with usage but also to punish people for not paying. NYC, for example, spends a ton on fare enforcement, which means even less of the fare is going toward paying for the service.

    18 votes
  4. Comment on What is a shortened phrase for this idea? in ~talk

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    You've gotten some good suggestions, but in casual speaking I'd refer to something like this as a place where you have some "cushion" or some "wiggle room." Not sure either of those are too...

    You've gotten some good suggestions, but in casual speaking I'd refer to something like this as a place where you have some "cushion" or some "wiggle room." Not sure either of those are too informal for a paper, though.

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

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    Have you played The Talos Principle? Curious how you'd compare it, based on your description of Superliminal.

    Have you played The Talos Principle? Curious how you'd compare it, based on your description of Superliminal.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Taiwan’s president wins second term with landslide victory over pro-Beijing rival in ~news

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    A lot of people here were hoping you were correct, while simultaneously being very nervous/worried that the polling would be off and we were going to get an awful surprise. Fortunately, unlike...

    A lot of people here were hoping you were correct, while simultaneously being very nervous/worried that the polling would be off and we were going to get an awful surprise. Fortunately, unlike Trump, it seems like KMT supporters chose to reject Han. The legislature vote was much closer (though still better for the DPP than many thought it would be).

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What gaming trend or trope needs to die in 2020? in ~games

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    Do you see this as being different from the situation with TV, movie, or book media? The only difference I see is that major journalism institutes like NPR, NYT, etc., care about reviewing...

    Do you see this as being different from the situation with TV, movie, or book media? The only difference I see is that major journalism institutes like NPR, NYT, etc., care about reviewing books/tv/movies on a regular basis whereas video games don't get equivalent space in places like that.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What languages do you speak? in ~talk

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    Native US English (incl. a southern accent that only comes out when I'm on the phone with family or have had a few drinks). Conversational Spanish mostly limited to present tense that I picked up...

    Native US English (incl. a southern accent that only comes out when I'm on the phone with family or have had a few drinks). Conversational Spanish mostly limited to present tense that I picked up from college classes, in-laws, and living in Texas. Currently living in Taiwan and learning Mandarin, but it's going very slow. I work full-time in a 90% English environment and summoning the energy to do more than a handful of hours per week of working on the language is rough. Mandarin is difficult in part because there's basically no link between how a character is written and how it's pronounced, but understanding the character shapes can be really rewarding, and learning word combinations with funny literal translations is also great. For example, the word for popcorn is 爆米花, which literally means "exploding rice flower."

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's good to air fry or dehydrate? in ~food

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    There's a lot of recipes for doing them in a low temp oven - just use one of those recipes to get an idea on the ratio of herbs/salt/oil. For critters, invest in netting! It's a pain but worth it...

    There's a lot of recipes for doing them in a low temp oven - just use one of those recipes to get an idea on the ratio of herbs/salt/oil.

    For critters, invest in netting! It's a pain but worth it to save them.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's good to air fry or dehydrate? in ~food

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    My favorite thing to air fry is cauliflower. Toss with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and oil. Most vegetables you typically roast or deep fry can be pretty good, including random things like green...

    My favorite thing to air fry is cauliflower. Toss with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and oil. Most vegetables you typically roast or deep fry can be pretty good, including random things like green beans or okra.

    If you're in an area that gets a lot of tomatoes, save surplus tomatoes during the peak season and dehydrate them then submerge them in oil with some dried herbs and boom, you have delicious "sun"-dried tomatoes to bust out later.

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

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    Just finished up the Heavensward expansion of FFXIV. It's pretty good but I can't believe how much of a gate there is between starting a new character and getting to play current content. I mean,...

    Just finished up the Heavensward expansion of FFXIV. It's pretty good but I can't believe how much of a gate there is between starting a new character and getting to play current content. I mean, the story is great, but the point of an MMO is to play with friends generally, so this is a big mindshift (on that note, the overwhelming shutdown of any criticism on the FFXIV subreddit is pretty annoying to read).

    Started Doom (2016) which is great at what it does, so far! I'm also occasionally touching BOTW Master Mode and I am really enjoying doing shrines but the combat in Master Mode is much more tedious than fun, imo.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I read a book I thought was called The Book of Dust but is actually called La Belle Sauvage. Big fan of the original His Dark Materials trilogy and even reread it a couple of years ago, but the...

    I read a book I thought was called The Book of Dust but is actually called La Belle Sauvage. Big fan of the original His Dark Materials trilogy and even reread it a couple of years ago, but the new one is not on the same level. However, I love Pullman's world so much that I'll keep reading him regardless.

    I'm finishing up Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki. I really enjoyed the first half, but the second half shifts to another character's PoV and has not been nearly as good. I can't recommend it when there are so many other great books.

    I'm also reading the Berserk manga from the beginning because I'm a huge Dark Souls fan and heard about connections between the games and the manga. I picked it up because manga chapters seem like a good thing to read during breaks at work, but the content of Berserk means it's NSFW, so it's no longer fulfilling that need.

    In that vein, does anyone have a manga recommendation for something similar to Inio Asano's Solanin? Preferably one that's mostly SFW. I've read some of Inio Asano's other work and haven't been a fan.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What do you want for Christmas? in ~talk

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    Also one of the handful of movie adaptations that outdid the book. The book has all these weird asides and author insertions that the movie cut out. The grandpa+grandson is an addition for the...

    Also one of the handful of movie adaptations that outdid the book. The book has all these weird asides and author insertions that the movie cut out. The grandpa+grandson is an addition for the movie. The movie basically has all the good parts of the book but replaced the bad parts.

    Others: Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys and the Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep / Blade Runner. IMO, of course.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Out of all the books you read this year, which ones were your favorites? in ~books

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    If you enjoyed her style, you might also check out Renata Adler's Speedboat or Donald Barthelme.

    If you enjoyed her style, you might also check out Renata Adler's Speedboat or Donald Barthelme.

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  15. Comment on Is Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition worth it at $60? in ~games

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    I stopped playing it halfway through and haven't picked it back up in several months. The world is very alive and immersive, but the gameplay and story are both not compelling at all, to me. I...

    I stopped playing it halfway through and haven't picked it back up in several months. The world is very alive and immersive, but the gameplay and story are both not compelling at all, to me. I think it's worth playing just to experience the world, but I wouldn't pay $60 for it.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Why don't you comment on poetry? in ~talk

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    Honestly as someone who reads a ton and edits some and grades a lot of writing, I don't read other people's unpublished creative writing unless they're friends or paying me. If work has been...

    Honestly as someone who reads a ton and edits some and grades a lot of writing, I don't read other people's unpublished creative writing unless they're friends or paying me. If work has been published somewhere and gone through a few editors/gatekeepers then I'll check it out, but I don't have the energy to give to unvetted writing.

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  17. Comment on Out of all the books you read this year, which ones were your favorites? in ~books

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    Lydia Davis is so weird. She's one of those writers that I love to read in very small doses but never want to read a full book by. Some very distinctive short fiction writers, like her, would be...

    Lydia Davis is so weird. She's one of those writers that I love to read in very small doses but never want to read a full book by. Some very distinctive short fiction writers, like her, would be better consumed in a day-at-a-time calendar style imo.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Out of all the books you read this year, which ones were your favorites? in ~books

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    I loved the idea of the first book and I loved the sections in the game, but all the dialogue and character interaction outside of the game felt super stilted/unnatural/hard to parse. I wasn't...

    I loved the idea of the first book and I loved the sections in the game, but all the dialogue and character interaction outside of the game felt super stilted/unnatural/hard to parse. I wasn't sure if that was intentional or a translation problem, and from talking to a friend that's apparently a common discussion about the book? Anyways, do you feel like that changes throughout the second and third books?

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Out of all the books you read this year, which ones were your favorites? in ~books

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    Had a big life change this year so I didn't read quite as much as I usually do, but a few favorites: Circe by Madeline Miller, which I've recommended here before: The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi:...

    Had a big life change this year so I didn't read quite as much as I usually do, but a few favorites:

    Circe by Madeline Miller, which I've recommended here before:

    I'm a huge fan of books that play with established stories, like adaptations of the Jesus story in The Master and Margarita or Jesus Christ Superstar. So it's probably no surprise that I absolutely loved Circe, which i just finished this week. It's incredibly well- written and nuanced. It reads like a very modern story that stays true to the spirit of the mythology, especially in regards to fate and the motivation of the gods. It also had a really satisfying ending. A+ would recommend.

    The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi:

    I loved this book. I think it's my favorite book by a Taiwanese author I've read so far. It's about obsession, and sorrow/loss, and the intertwining of personal history with history at large. I enjoyed it a lot more than The Man with Compound Eyes, Wu's other book that I've read. Towards the end of the book, I was worried that the elephant section was a bit of weirdness thrown in just for weirdness's sake (as I felt about sections of the end of Compound Eyes), but ultimately it did fit perfectly.

    A lot of animals die in this book, fair warning. There is a lot of history of bicycles and of WW2. The book might make you want to become a hoarder.

    And Thick, an essay collection by Tressie McMillan Cottom:

    This is the best essay collection I've read in a long time. It's one of those great collections that invites you into the writer's mind, to pull up a chair and listen to what a brilliant, funny, beautiful mind has to think about specific topics and all the constellation of other topics that arise afterwards.

    3 votes