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

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    15 hours into Ghost of Tsushima and it's gorgeous but I'm finding it more repetitive/boring than other highly praised open world games, like Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Witcher 3, or Breath of the...

    15 hours into Ghost of Tsushima and it's gorgeous but I'm finding it more repetitive/boring than other highly praised open world games, like Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Witcher 3, or Breath of the Wild. Or, even Spider-Man PS4 if you want to include a much different open world.

    I'll probably still finish it because it's a nice soothing palate cleanser after TLOU2 and I don't have anything else I really want to play right now, but I'm a little disappointed after seeing so many people say it's their GOTY.

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  2. Comment on The contested legacy of the anti-fascist International Brigades, who enlisted from around the world to fight fascism in Spain in ~humanities

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    If you only know Orwell from 1984 and Animal Farm, do yourself a favor and pick up Homage to Catalonia. It shows the real life inspiration for his two novels, and as a bonus you get a thorough...

    If you only know Orwell from 1984 and Animal Farm, do yourself a favor and pick up Homage to Catalonia. It shows the real life inspiration for his two novels, and as a bonus you get a thorough description of the pubic lice among the soldiers and a lovely scene where Orwell is nonfatally shot in his neck and then feels sorry for the person who shot him because they will probably assume they killed him.

    Orwell is most famous today for his fiction but imo his nonfiction is even better.

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  3. Comment on You will soon need a Microsoft account to play Mojang games (including Minecraft Java edition) in ~games

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    Can't you just not patch and always play it offline? Or is that not an option here?

    Can't you just not patch and always play it offline? Or is that not an option here?

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

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    I finally finished TLOU2. I don't have much to say about it other that goes beyond the positive reviews you can find elsewhere except that I loved it and I regret playing it. I think it was a huge...

    I finally finished TLOU2. I don't have much to say about it other that goes beyond the positive reviews you can find elsewhere except that I loved it and I regret playing it. I think it was a huge achievement of storytelling and was amazingly polished and put together, but the amount of stress and anxiety I felt playing it were not worth the game as a whole. Maybe if I had hit it at a different point in my life, or maybe if it had been a novel instead.

    Started Ghost of Tsushima which is beautiful but a little boring so far.

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  5. Comment on Looking for songs like Kentucky Route Zero soundtrack in ~music

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    Your suggestion is a good one, thanks! I actually haven't made it to Episode 5 yet, because I want to replay them all first. Eventually!

    Your suggestion is a good one, thanks! I actually haven't made it to Episode 5 yet, because I want to replay them all first. Eventually!

  6. Comment on Looking for songs like Kentucky Route Zero soundtrack in ~music

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    Slowly going through these. I haven't heard anything that's exactly what I'm looking for, but I have heard some great songs, so it's a win anyways. Thank you!

    Slowly going through these. I haven't heard anything that's exactly what I'm looking for, but I have heard some great songs, so it's a win anyways. Thank you!

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  8. Comment on Bad arguments against teaching Chinese philosophy in ~humanities

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure this means Western teaching of philosophy, or philosophy departments at western schools. I think the only subdivisions of philosophy departments I've seen is modern vs....

    Yeah I'm pretty sure this means Western teaching of philosophy, or philosophy departments at western schools. I think the only subdivisions of philosophy departments I've seen is modern vs. ancient. There might be more specialized majors or programs, but if there are more specific departments, then it's incredibly rare.

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  9. Looking for songs like Kentucky Route Zero soundtrack

    Ever since the first few songs from KR0 came out, they've been a regular part of my rotation. They're very lonesome sounding, primarily an old country sound with a little bit of gospel. Kind of...

    Ever since the first few songs from KR0 came out, they've been a regular part of my rotation. They're very lonesome sounding, primarily an old country sound with a little bit of gospel. Kind of like some of Johnny Cash, particularly his American albums. Here are examples:

    I've poked around at blues and old country and gospel but just haven't found anything I like as much. These songs are all covers, but compared to the originals they're stripped down, more sparse. Someone help me out in listening to something new for once? Spotify and YouTube's recommendation engine just points me to other video game soundtracks, not stuff that sounds similar.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on Twenty-five years of His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman on the journey of a lifetime in ~books

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    I read the first one of the Book of Dust trilogy and it was good but not nearly on the same level as the first three, imo. My notes on Goodreads say that I had some problems with the inconsistent...

    I read the first one of the Book of Dust trilogy and it was good but not nearly on the same level as the first three, imo. My notes on Goodreads say that I had some problems with the inconsistent use of the protagonist's very young age as well as some absurdity with the ending.

    But I'll still eventually read the rest of them because I love that world so much. What this post did remind me of, though, was the 2019 BBC/HBO series. I remember seeing a lot of buzz around LMM as Scoresby but then I don't think I heard a single other thing about it. Did anyone watch that?

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  11. Comment on Anyone who says tofu is bland or boring hasn’t eaten mapo tofu, the intoxicatingly spicy, fragrant dish from the Sichuan Province of China in ~food

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    Tofu is not that different from white meat chicken in that it has very little flavor on its own but can pick up flavor really well, so like /u/cfabbro I agree that this headline is misleading....

    Tofu is not that different from white meat chicken in that it has very little flavor on its own but can pick up flavor really well, so like /u/cfabbro I agree that this headline is misleading. That said, here in Taiwan there are a lot more kinds of tofu than the firm/soft/medium packages found in US groceries. My favorites are tofu adjacent products: 花干, 豆干,豆皮 。 Hua gan and dou gan are soy bean curd, not tofu, but I'm still not sure the difference. They have less moisture and hua gan is usually cooked in a broth and soaks it up really well. The last one, dou pi, is tofu skin which can be cooked in a bunch of different ways and has a more interesting, almost fish-flaky texture. There's also the infamous stinky tofu, which smells horrendous but is only a little funky and more chewy when you're eating it, imo.

    A home cooking tip if you want to use tofu more at home - if you don't have access to amazing tofu, one way to improve average tofu's capabilities in a dish is to freeze it then thaw it and use it. This makes the huge amount of water inside the tofu expand, creating a ton of little pockets, which makes it more capable of taking on flavors/sauces/etc.

    Serious Eats has a fantastic vegan mapo recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/02/the-best-vegan-mapo-tofu-recipe.html. I'm not sure how it is in China, but in Taiwan, mapo tofu has a pretty big range of possible flavors. You get some that are super spicy, some that are loaded on the peppercorns and so have that sharp numbing buzz, and some that almost border on sweet.

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  12. Comment on On chicken tenders in ~food

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    If you enjoyed this, Helen Rosner is a great writer, check out her other stuff! Her Twitter account is also fantastic.

    If you enjoyed this, Helen Rosner is a great writer, check out her other stuff! Her Twitter account is also fantastic.

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  13. Comment on On chicken tenders in ~food

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    There's a bunch of places that do buffalo-style deep fried cauliflower bites. They're not the exact same, but with a good coating they definitely scratch that itch.

    There's a bunch of places that do buffalo-style deep fried cauliflower bites. They're not the exact same, but with a good coating they definitely scratch that itch.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Diaries and Journalling, Oh My! in ~talk

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    Instead of journaling, I write one or two long letters per month, trying to be as honest as is reasonable and trying to include details from my day to day life. I keep digital copies of these...

    Instead of journaling, I write one or two long letters per month, trying to be as honest as is reasonable and trying to include details from my day to day life. I keep digital copies of these letters. Especially during the pandemic, I think this is a good practice - maintains social connections, serves the purposes of journaling, and on the occasion I get a reply, it's great. I write to a range of friends and family.

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  15. Comment on What 'still/currently/actively in development' games are you following? in ~games

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    Mount and Blade: Bannerlord. I already own it, but I haven't touched it yet. One of the few games I'm okay with buying in Early Access because of how many hours I put into the original and Warband...

    Mount and Blade: Bannerlord. I already own it, but I haven't touched it yet. One of the few games I'm okay with buying in Early Access because of how many hours I put into the original and Warband (which I probably spent $15 on the two of them in total). Seems like still a lot of Bannerlord is still incomplete, though, based on what I've read. Hopefully it gets finished eventually!

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  16. Comment on Is not being murdered by the police a "privilege"? in ~misc

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    This is one of the things that James Baldwin focused on a ton in his writing and speaking, that racial discrimination against Black people is a problem that white people must solve, and that it's...

    This is one of the things that James Baldwin focused on a ton in his writing and speaking, that racial discrimination against Black people is a problem that white people must solve, and that it's doing immense damage to the white people as well because they have to participate in a system that makes them okay with it.

    "I am a man and so are you. As long as you think I’m a problem you’re demeaning your own manhood."

    “If Americans were not so terrified of their private selves, they would never have needed to invent and could never have become so dependent on what they still call ‘the Negro problem.’ This problem, which they invented in order to safeguard their purity, has made of them criminals and monsters, and it is destroying them; and this not from anything blacks may or may not be doing but because of the role a guilty and constricted white imagination has assigned to the blacks.”

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

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    Timothée Chalamet convinced me to finally start reading Dune. I'm a little more than halfway into the first book and really enjoying it. I usually am not a fan of "chosen one" narratives, but...

    Timothée Chalamet convinced me to finally start reading Dune. I'm a little more than halfway into the first book and really enjoying it. I usually am not a fan of "chosen one" narratives, but there's enough wrinkles in this one that it works.

    Before that I read Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, which was way too dark for me and I regret reading it. It's about a circus family where the parents purposefully induce birth effects with drugs and such to get children who can be circus acts. It starts off fairly lighthearted but then gets really, really dark about halfway through.

    I haven't posted in a book thread in a while, so the best book I read in the past few months was Shirley Jackson's The Sundial. I think Shirley Jackson has taken a place among my top three favorite writers. While "The Lottery" is great, she should absolutely be known for more than that.

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  18. Comment on What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation? in ~games

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    I'm really amazed that so many people say they're 100% digital with their console games purchases. One of the biggest benefits of consoles, for me, is the ability to swap games with my friends....

    I'm really amazed that so many people say they're 100% digital with their console games purchases. One of the biggest benefits of consoles, for me, is the ability to swap games with my friends. Maybe because I don't feel a need to play games near release and I don't play many multiplayer games? I don't know, but I continue to buy almost all discs for this reason alone.

    I'll probably go PS5, probably 6-12 months after release, to see if there's a second iteration and/or price drop. There wasn't a single XBox exclusive I wanted last gen. I mainly play RPGs and open-world action stuff.

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  19. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Yeah I think they get lumped together with the ISO standards which Excel probably uses. Thanks! Edit - It might not be that - it looks like a few numbers are missing from the map - the UK's 16...

    Yeah I think they get lumped together with the ISO standards which Excel probably uses.

    Thanks!

    Edit - It might not be that - it looks like a few numbers are missing from the map - the UK's 16 doesn't seem to be there? And if China and Taiwan were lumped together, it would show 2 instead of 1 since there is a user from China.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Hey, I'm hoping it wasn't on purpose, but it looks like Taiwan got lumped in with China in the geography map.

    Hey, I'm hoping it wasn't on purpose, but it looks like Taiwan got lumped in with China in the geography map.

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