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  1. Comment on Once a bastion of free speech, the ACLU faces an identity crisis in ~misc

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    Yeah, the NYT's article is based on the tweets of ACLU employees and not the actual work of the ACLU. It's disappointing. https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1401653503228006400

    Yeah, the NYT's article is based on the tweets of ACLU employees and not the actual work of the ACLU. It's disappointing. https://twitter.com/mjs_DC/status/1401653503228006400

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Where do you get your sense of community from? in ~talk

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    Almost every single person I'm friends with I met through a hobby. A couple of my best friends are people I met playing video games 15 years ago or people my wife met through her baking club. I...

    Almost every single person I'm friends with I met through a hobby. A couple of my best friends are people I met playing video games 15 years ago or people my wife met through her baking club. I have good friends I've met through book/writing Twitter/clubs. Outside of hobbies, it's a handful of coworkers who remain after I/we leave a job.

    Now, that's friends. On the other hand, community shifts for me, but it's usually either video games or reading/writing, depending on where my head is at. Your original comment is about meeting new people - for me the first round of interaction is almost always done online now, and I don't see that as a bad thing. I'd much prefer to be able to vet people before I invest time on them, and I'd definitely be annoyed if someone tried to join me and a couple of friends on the rare occasion we were at a bar. I'm also someone who has always had about ~10 close friends and never felt the need for much more than that.

    I have a sense of community with my neighborhood in that I say hi to people and purposefully seek out local businesses, but I don't have a strong desire to be friends with people in a 500m radius. I don't know about you, but I've had some weird experiences with neighbors, and am fine with our relationships sticking with quiet+polite+distant.

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

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    Did a playthrough of The Outer Wilds based purely on seeing it come up over and over on reddit/Tildes. It was fantastic. 11 hours to beat, got stuck and had to look something up twice. Very...

    Did a playthrough of The Outer Wilds based purely on seeing it come up over and over on reddit/Tildes. It was fantastic. 11 hours to beat, got stuck and had to look something up twice. Very similar to Subnautica, but with a little more characterization/lore and no crafting. Highly recommend.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Can anyone recommend a good collection of Greek mythology for children? in ~books

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    D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is the gold standard. It's got the ... adult themes of Greek Mythology omitted. The illustrations are fantastic. Definitely instigated my childhood obsession. I am...

    D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths is the gold standard. It's got the ... adult themes of Greek Mythology omitted. The illustrations are fantastic. Definitely instigated my childhood obsession.

    I am not sure if it features Ariadne or not.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Sex game can't get on Steam, even after $20,000 worth of attempts in ~games

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    I find the tone of this article strange, and I'm not sure if it's the worldview of the article or the company, but this whole thing is based on the assumption that Valve has a set of rules or...

    I find the tone of this article strange, and I'm not sure if it's the worldview of the article or the company, but this whole thing is based on the assumption that Valve has a set of rules or should have a set of rules that are consistent and evenly enforced. And while that would be best for the developer, it seems very clear that Valve doesn't, nor do they have to. Seems pretty Occam's razor that Valve's goal is to just make a decision that is least likely to negatively affect them.

    But yeah simultaneously the fact that this company was willing to go through all this effort shows how Steam has too large of a market share. If Epic fails to make a lasting profitable foothold and Microsoft can't even seem to figure out how to compete, I'm really curious what PC gaming looks like down the road some more.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite short stories? in ~books

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    As of right now, there are ~20 stories or writers suggested in this thread, ~3 written by women. So, in that vein: Shirley Jackson is most known for "The Lottery" and her creepy novels, but she's...

    As of right now, there are ~20 stories or writers suggested in this thread, ~3 written by women. So, in that vein:

    • Shirley Jackson is most known for "The Lottery" and her creepy novels, but she's actually written some hilarious and pointed realistic fiction as well. Check out the collection The Lottery and Other Stories, or read "Charles."
    • It's linked short stories, so I can't share one, but Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is one of my all-time favorites. It's had a few sequels since but the original is the best.
    • "Children of the Sea" by Edwidge Danticat is devastating and will stay with me for a long time.
    • For word play and cleverness, Lorrie Moore (here's her most recent) and Amy Hempel ("In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried")
    • Karen Russell "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" catches you by the title and that
      should be enough.
    • Some of my favorite writers are science people. This includes Yiyun Li, who got an MS in immunology before seriously writing. Here's "All Will Be Well".
    6 votes
  7. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Taiwan has continued to be successful in almost completely keeping the virus locked out, but in the past two weeks a handful of people associated with an airline and a quarantine hotel were...

    Taiwan has continued to be successful in almost completely keeping the virus locked out, but in the past two weeks a handful of people associated with an airline and a quarantine hotel were infected, and yesterday it was announced they found five cases with an unclear origin, so that might be about to change quickly.

    Taiwan only has AZ atm and people do not want it. The uptake was so low on the initial signups that they opened it up to everyone, including noncitizens, so I got my first shot last week. We're supposedly getting Moderna in two months and everyone is waiting for that, due to slightly higher efficacy and slightly lower chance of side effects. I'm curious if people will change their mind with this cluster.

    12 votes
  8. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    My earliest encounter with achievements was TF2, where a certain number of them were required to unlock additional gear pre-lootboxes.

    My earliest encounter with achievements was TF2, where a certain number of them were required to unlock additional gear pre-lootboxes.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    I will say it's a very unique experience, but doesn't really have much "gameplay." It's usually on sale very cheap so it's definitely worth the price. It's probably closer to the Black Mirror...

    I will say it's a very unique experience, but doesn't really have much "gameplay." It's usually on sale very cheap so it's definitely worth the price. It's probably closer to the Black Mirror choose your own adventure episode than a video game.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    If you want something really weird, try out Her Story - basically Database Search: The Game.

    If you want something really weird, try out Her Story - basically Database Search: The Game.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I think sunlight will be a big one soon. I think we've swung the pendulum too far in the avoiding sun direction and we're going to start seeing more and more research about the effects of Vitamin...

    I think sunlight will be a big one soon. I think we've swung the pendulum too far in the avoiding sun direction and we're going to start seeing more and more research about the effects of Vitamin D deficiency. I know there's research showing how important Vitamin D is, but I think the conversation in the last two decades has been much more about avoiding sunlight to prevent cancer than about making sure to get some sunlight.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What are some great documentaries about Asian culture that are easily available? in ~talk

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    If you want a look at Taiwanese culture including night markets, the making of "13 Tongues" (a modern dance performance) is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoL-KJdIMLQ...

    If you want a look at Taiwanese culture including night markets, the making of "13 Tongues" (a modern dance performance) is pretty cool:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoL-KJdIMLQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-C5WPooAbc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtCQktrrDSU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8onRhdtP3g

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  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 26 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Taiwan started vaccinations about a month ago but had lower signups than expected from high risk groups. Instead of moving to other general population groups, they've opened it up to anyone,...

    Taiwan started vaccinations about a month ago but had lower signups than expected from high risk groups. Instead of moving to other general population groups, they've opened it up to anyone, including noncitizens, who plans to travel internationally for reasons other than tourism soon.

    As a result I am scheduled to receive the first AZ shot next Friday. It seems like it has a higher association with a few days of fever and headache afterwards, so I have a weekend of that to look forward to.

    I'm not planning on leaving Taiwan until late August, so I don't really need the vaccine right now, but who knows what the future looks like, so I'm getting it done now.

    Lot of emotions about the possibility of visiting the US in the near future. There are several people who were in my life who I haven't really kept in contact with since moving, some guilt there. We'll see what happens.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    Does the possibility of her using the knife as self-defense not matter? If someone broke into your home, you called the police, and when the police arrived they saw you holding a knife and...

    Does the possibility of her using the knife as self-defense not matter? If someone broke into your home, you called the police, and when the police arrived they saw you holding a knife and struggling with someone, it would be okay to shoot you?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Campaign money goes to contracted corporations, direct payments do not. I'd put money on no widespread movement for direct payments in the US. Individual communities/companies may do it on their...

    Campaign money goes to contracted corporations, direct payments do not. I'd put money on no widespread movement for direct payments in the US. Individual communities/companies may do it on their own, though.

  16. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    For me, Aeropress was a good bit more work for only a slightly better cup than a Moka pot. But 95% of the coffee I drink now is coldbrew so it's a mostly moot point.

    For me, Aeropress was a good bit more work for only a slightly better cup than a Moka pot. But 95% of the coffee I drink now is coldbrew so it's a mostly moot point.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Yeah I've replayed all Soulsborne's multiple times and haaaaaated MHW - the repetition and grindiness of it (even if a lot of that grind isn't required) places it in a much different gameplay...

    Yeah I've replayed all Soulsborne's multiple times and haaaaaated MHW - the repetition and grindiness of it (even if a lot of that grind isn't required) places it in a much different gameplay category despite a few combat similarities, imo.

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

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    Thanks to the MMO thread, I'm playing P99 EQ quite a bit. Got an Ogre SK to level 9, which means I finally have my first spells. Levelling outside of Guk means a nice little stream of buffs from...

    Thanks to the MMO thread, I'm playing P99 EQ quite a bit. Got an Ogre SK to level 9, which means I finally have my first spells. Levelling outside of Guk means a nice little stream of buffs from people running into the dungeon. I'm amazed at how stable the experience seems to be for a fan-run project. 1100ish active players during primetime with no multiboxing allowed.

    Only one other person I know is playing, so I don't see myself lasting that long, but for a trip through nostalgia and a nice calming game amid being very busy IRL, it's been quite nice.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Where do you go for humor? in ~talk

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    wint/dril videogamedunkey Brian David Gilbert Reductress - I mostly just look at their Instagram and rarely at their site. /r/whatswrongwithyourdog The above are "pure" humor, but there are a lot...

    The above are "pure" humor, but there are a lot of social media personalities who mix humor into their other work.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    One of the teachers at my school left suddenly. I volunteered to rearrange my schedule to take one of her classes, and it's been a lot of work, but the students in that class are pretty fantastic...

    One of the teachers at my school left suddenly. I volunteered to rearrange my schedule to take one of her classes, and it's been a lot of work, but the students in that class are pretty fantastic so it's been worth it. I think I've been busier than at any other point in my adult life between this job and my Chinese classes and various other small responsibilities. And, while I know I don't want to do this for very long, it's a little rewarding to know that I have the ability to do it without completely falling apart. The semester only has a little less than three months left, anyways.

    This weekend is a 4 day weekend in Taiwan for the Tomb Sweeping holiday. We waited too long to get train tickets to go far, so instead we went to a little hot spring resort on the edge of town instead. Lots of relaxing, too much eating, a little grading. We're almost the only non-Taiwanese here, and almost the only people without kids, so it's a little strange, but so is everything else.

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