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  1. Comment on Impostor Factory (To the Moon 3) - Official trailer in ~games

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    How did I miss that there was a second one (but I apparently already own it)? I still listen to the soundtrack to the first - it hit me really hard. Looking forward to this immensely. Some of the...

    How did I miss that there was a second one (but I apparently already own it)? I still listen to the soundtrack to the first - it hit me really hard. Looking forward to this immensely. Some of the backgrounds in this video don't fit the art style very well to me, but the music and story have me hooked.

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

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    I quit GTA V early on. The gameplay, especially driving, was okay, but the story was awful and a lot of the character models were distractingly bad. Currently playing Arkham Knight, which also has...

    I quit GTA V early on. The gameplay, especially driving, was okay, but the story was awful and a lot of the character models were distractingly bad.

    Currently playing Arkham Knight, which also has a nonsensical plot, but that works fine with superheroes. I still can't believe the series never solved the dumb problem of incentivizing leaving detective mode on all the time, making the game's visual art go to the wayside.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Cancel culture is the marketplace of ideas at work in ~humanities

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    I'm a teacher. If I had posted something similar to what she did, publicly, I would also lose my job. And rightfully so.

    I'm a teacher. If I had posted something similar to what she did, publicly, I would also lose my job. And rightfully so.

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

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    Went through Celeste pretty quickly. Found the art style lovely, the soundtrack is awesome, and the small amount of story is great. I think platformers just aren't my thing though, there were only...

    Went through Celeste pretty quickly. Found the art style lovely, the soundtrack is awesome, and the small amount of story is great. I think platformers just aren't my thing though, there were only a few stretches where I actually felt like I was having fun.

    Currently slowly working through Persona 4 Golden, which continues to be fantastic. Just started GTA V so I have something a little faster paced too, and the gameplay is very smooth but man the story is a ball of tired tropes so far.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on If the Louvre was on fire, should we rescue the art first or the people? in ~arts

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    This makes me think a lot about A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and a kind of reverse situation - how we actively prevent large segments of the population from having the opportunity to...

    This makes me think a lot about A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and a kind of reverse situation - how we actively prevent large segments of the population from having the opportunity to create art worthy of being in a museum. She uses the example of an imaginary Judith Shakespeare who would've never had the opportunity to create Shakespearean plays because of women never being given the time or the space away from domestic obligations to do so (hence them needing a Room of Their Own).

    When I think about that, it's hard for me to even consider valuing the art over the life in this scenario, given that it represents a small slice of humanity's art and that we've already made so many choices to value property over human lives.

    (side note - the above also makes me think of the common refrain that we can't judge 17th-18th century people on their views of slavery/racism towards Black people because "everyone thought like that then" as that statement only makes any kind of sense if you completely discount Black people as being a part of "everyone")

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What are some of the longest running gaming series that have had consistently good entries? in ~games

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    The only series I'll buy with no prompting are Soulsborne games. But they come out so infrequently I'm not sure they count!

    The only series I'll buy with no prompting are Soulsborne games. But they come out so infrequently I'm not sure they count!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What are your thoughts on the possibility of public schools re-opening? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Until the federal government decides to provide more money to allow adults to stay home, there's no choice but to reopen, I don't think. I mean, schools could close, but it would be an absolute...

    Until the federal government decides to provide more money to allow adults to stay home, there's no choice but to reopen, I don't think. I mean, schools could close, but it would be an absolute disaster for low income families.

    In Taiwan, here are things we did at school back when the virus was still a threat:

    • Everyone wore masks 100% of the time when in the same indoor space as other people, and were required to have a mask to enter the school. Students and staff were already used to this as people who aren't feeling well, have a cough, etc., are expected to wear a mask already.
    • Temperature scans of every single person entering, along with hand sanitizer provided.
    • Cafeteria was completely shut down to students. Lunch was delivered to homerooms, where teachers enforced distance between people eating as much as possible. The students were used to this, as they ate in their homeroom four days a week before this.
    • Our hallways are already open air.
    • All of our classrooms already had windows - they were kept open as much as possible.
    • Anyone who had a family member travel into Taiwan was required to stay at home for a quarantine period.
    • The school was closed down for only two weeks in February.

    Now, I want to point out that Taiwan has not had a domestically transmitted case in months, and yet our mask wearing rate in the school is still super high (it's technically still required but enforcement is lax), masks are still 100% required on public transportation, students still can't use our cafeteria, etc. (this is the last week of school, so it's still ongoing).

    A lot of the practices were based on things that were already set up. I just don't see most of them happening in the US, even if they were possible.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    I tried it for a while with a Sapphire Reserve and found that to get the best rewards, you need to spend so much time shopping around and comparing the costs of booking things through Chase versus...

    I tried it for a while with a Sapphire Reserve and found that to get the best rewards, you need to spend so much time shopping around and comparing the costs of booking things through Chase versus elsewhere and it just wasn't how I wanted to spend my time, especially when I compared it to simple cashback cards. If I had a job with a ton of downtime, maybe I would? But I don't.

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

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    It took me about two hours of tweaking settings (none of which helped) then ultimately downloading a cutscene file replacement pack to get the cutscenes to stop stuttering, but I'm finally diving...

    It took me about two hours of tweaking settings (none of which helped) then ultimately downloading a cutscene file replacement pack to get the cutscenes to stop stuttering, but I'm finally diving into Persona 4. Thanks to /u/TheJorro for the recommendation - I didn't know about the PC port until his post.

    I'm only scratching the surface so far, but having loved P5 so so so much, just getting back into a game with the overlapping music and aesthetic gives me warm fuzzies. Looking forward to the next 90 hours.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Tell me about your living space in ~life

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    Right at one year ago my spouse and I moved from an 1800 sq ft house in Texas into a 450 sq ft apartment in Taiwan. Making this big move has taught me a lot about what we value. We lost two guest...

    Right at one year ago my spouse and I moved from an 1800 sq ft house in Texas into a 450 sq ft apartment in Taiwan. Making this big move has taught me a lot about what we value. We lost two guest bedrooms we almost never used, a second bathroom, a lot of storage space, some space dedicated to pets, and our kitchen is about half the size. Our clothes washer is now outdoors on a patio, we dry our clothes on a line and have no dryer, and we have no dish washer. I got rid of about 1000 books; only kept ones that were signed, or were a meaningful gift, or that I planned to use for teaching. Really, the only thing I miss a lot is being able to escape noise - whether it be cooking, or the Roomba, or my spouse working or watching TV, there is no avoiding noise. I hate wearing headphones but am getting more used to it. I also kind of miss having a larger kitchen - I used to do a lot more baking and fermentation, but there's less incentive to do that here in Taiwan (groceries for a meal cost almost as much as a meal out, etc. and it's too hot to be cooking much).

    What I like about our apartment is its convenience. My spouse has a walkable commute and my commute is about 12 mins by bus. Our grocery is walkable, the subway is walkable, and there are is a huge variety of restaurants nearby. What I wish I could change about the apartment is a) I wish there wasn't a bathtub and instead that space was replaced by a closet and b) I wish the ceiling was a foot or two lower and we had more sound insulation between us and our neighbors.

    One thing I think everyone should own is a robot vacuum if you don't already. Also, going shoe free was a bigger improvement than I thought it would be.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on The true story of Kudzu, the vine that never truly ate the South in ~enviro

  12. Comment on The weight of James Arthur Baldwin in ~books

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    Thanks for sharing this - I miss articles like this now that I'm off Twitter (edit: just realized it was published in 2016!). I love, love, love Baldwin. He and Didion are probably my top two...

    Thanks for sharing this - I miss articles like this now that I'm off Twitter (edit: just realized it was published in 2016!). I love, love, love Baldwin. He and Didion are probably my top two favorite writers.

    If you haven't read Baldwin and want a good entry point, I'd check out the documentary I Am Not Your Negro and his essay collection The Fire Next Time. If you're not familiar with him at all, he was a gay Black writer who was about 15-20 years older than the main figures of the Civil Rights movement. He has this great essay about going to a diner right after his father's funeral and being refused service because he was Black, and as he left he saw a brick laying on the street, and he had an overwhelming desire to throw it through the diner's window. He didn't, but that moment made him realize that if he stayed in the US he'd end up in jail or dead, so he moved to France. He came back to the US during the Civil Rights Movement and then bounced between the two countries for the rest of his life.

    A few links:

    • "My Dungeon Shook," my favorite essay by him and part of the inspiration for Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me.
    • He was on the Dick Cavett Show and TV in general a lot - here's a good clip.
    • I think his essays are better, in general, than his novels, but his novels are fantastic. I think his novels are better than his short stories, but this short story is incredible - "Sonny's Blues."
    • Finally, an essay about boxing (supposedly).
    5 votes
  13. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    I'd only seen the site pop up occasionally, but given Pinker is a fan, and given the reddit comments list Bari Weiss's treatment and the 1619 projects as ways the NYT is dysfunctional, definitely...

    I'd only seen the site pop up occasionally, but given Pinker is a fan, and given the reddit comments list Bari Weiss's treatment and the 1619 projects as ways the NYT is dysfunctional, definitely doesn't make me want to seek out more. NYT definitely has its problems, but those are... interesting choices.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Microsoft is shutting down their Mixer livestreaming service on July 22 and encouraging users to switch to Facebook Gaming in ~games

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    What kind of tools do you think they could offer that others couldn't, out of curiosity?

    What kind of tools do you think they could offer that others couldn't, out of curiosity?

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    If you're in Texas, I was a big fan of Maine Root's Ginger Brew and found it easily in Austin, though it is quite high in sugar.

    If you're in Texas, I was a big fan of Maine Root's Ginger Brew and found it easily in Austin, though it is quite high in sugar.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Have you tried Vietnamese-style coffee? The kind that has chicory mixed in and is made with condensed milk. It's a very different flavor profile from normal coffee and is so great. Here in Taiwan,...

    Have you tried Vietnamese-style coffee? The kind that has chicory mixed in and is made with condensed milk. It's a very different flavor profile from normal coffee and is so great.

    Here in Taiwan, I love lemonade that's mixed with winter melon tea, but I never saw it in the US so don't know how available it is.

    16 votes
  17. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 19 in ~news

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    Definitely, the average person probably isn't aware and thus it has less baggage. For it to be so direct of a copy like this, though, continues to astound me.

    Definitely, the average person probably isn't aware and thus it has less baggage. For it to be so direct of a copy like this, though, continues to astound me.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 19 in ~news

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    Georgia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Georgia_(U.S._state)#/media/File:Flag_of_Georgia_(U.S._state).svg Confederacy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

    at least according to Wikipedia

    The design principle is based on the First National Flag of the Confederacy, which was nicknamed the Stars and Bars.[2]

    Georgia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Georgia_(U.S._state)#/media/File:Flag_of_Georgia_(U.S._state).svg

    Confederacy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 19 in ~news

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    I don't understand how this doesn't also apply to Georgia's flag.

    I don't understand how this doesn't also apply to Georgia's flag.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, explains the history of racial inequality in America in ~humanities

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    This is a good, compact version of information in places like 13th or The New Jim Crow. I hesitate to share it much though, because Vischer has been vocally anti gay marriage. But maybe that's a...

    This is a good, compact version of information in places like 13th or The New Jim Crow. I hesitate to share it much though, because Vischer has been vocally anti gay marriage. But maybe that's a way to get the message to the people who need to hear it. I don't know. Ethics!

    4 votes