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

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    Was excitedly waiting for this thread to talk about my most recent read, and then I missed it by 2 days! Last week I decided to look into books that inspired or were inspired by the Fallout game...

    Was excitedly waiting for this thread to talk about my most recent read, and then I missed it by 2 days!

    Last week I decided to look into books that inspired or were inspired by the Fallout game series. I'm really fond of the series (even 76, believe it or not!), but there's not much left for me to do in the games, so I Figured I'd look into similar books. I found few lists of books and they shared at least these three:

    • A Canticle For Leibowitz
    • I Am Legend
    • The Postman

    I read I Am Legend a few years back, before I played Fallout, and I definitely see how the book may have inspired the game. Modern takes on zombies (including Fallout's Feral Ghouls) borrow heavily from the Vampires in I Am Legend.

    I looked at the descriptions of the other two and Canticle sounded kind of dry. But Postman? I was instantly hooked by the premise. It's post-apocalypse in the US and this guy stumbles upon a preserved postman's outfit from a bygone era. He puts it on and is mistaken for an actual postman by the older folks in a settlement who can still remember the good 'ol days. He plays it up and it starts to giving the locals hope and they begin handing him letters to deliver to all over Oregon. Everything kind of snowballs out of his control after that and long story short he ends up unintentionally establishing an actual postal system.

    The book's basically about retaining one's humanity throughout crisis by clinging to hope and reminding yourself what it actual means to be a decent person. Beautiful message (told much better than I can explain it) and a really good book. My only complaint is that there's a lot of weird stuff peppered in the 3 part of the book. It was originally a multi-part story told in a magazine, so it feels a little disjointed at times and that weird stuff doesn't help.

    But now that that's been read, I jumped into Canticle for Leibowitz and it is a little bit dry, and not particularly interesting at face value, but somehow I can't stop reading it? Only a few chapters in, but I'm definitely seeing this one through to the end.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What's your daily routine like? in ~talk

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    Yeah, that's definitely true. For a year and a half my team was entirely remote, so that wasn't much of a concern. But now that I'm on a team that's mostly in-office (except for me and one other...

    Yeah, that's definitely true. For a year and a half my team was entirely remote, so that wasn't much of a concern. But now that I'm on a team that's mostly in-office (except for me and one other guy), I definitely feel like I'm missing things. Little discussions about the project, who's working on what, etc.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I wish it were that easy because I really do struggle to do more productive things when given the choice to game. Not that there isn't room in everyone's lives for unproductive things, but it's...

    I wish it were that easy because I really do struggle to do more productive things when given the choice to game. Not that there isn't room in everyone's lives for unproductive things, but it's kind of a hobby that dominates for me. Why write, read, paint miniatures, etc. during my freetime when I could just sit on my ass and play games?

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What's your daily routine like? in ~talk

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    Yep, been doing that for almost two years now and I love it. The only downsides to it are that it's a little lonely sometimes since there aren't folks to chat with in-person and I miss out on a...

    Yep, been doing that for almost two years now and I love it. The only downsides to it are that it's a little lonely sometimes since there aren't folks to chat with in-person and I miss out on a lot of fun stuff going on at the office.

    But totally worth it to work in my PJs and get more time with my family.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What's your daily routine like? in ~talk

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    Neat to see the routine of someone younger than myself and from another country! It's not too different from what my schedule was as a teen in the US, although I was at school from 8:30 to 3:30....

    Neat to see the routine of someone younger than myself and from another country! It's not too different from what my schedule was as a teen in the US, although I was at school from 8:30 to 3:30. And we had dial up internet and our phones were flip phones with terrible keyboards.

    As for now, as an "old" man in his early 30s:

    • Wake up around 8am
    • Make some coffee and breakfast
    • Check work emails, news, and sort out what work I'm going to be doing
    • around 9am either my wife wakes up or one of our kids do (we have 6mo twins) so I head to the bedroom to help get them changed/fed
    • After that I'll mostly just work until 11:30 when I have my daily meeting where we talk about what we're working on (we call them stand ups or scrum meetings. I call them a waste of time)
    • After the meeting I'll make myself some lunch, check in with my wife and the babies.
    • Continuing working until 5pm or so
    • Help my wife get the babies changed/fed/napping, then we relax with TV, internet, and gaming until 7pm
    • Next I'll usually work on any extra freelance work I've got (programmer) until 8 or so.
    • At some point one of us will make dinner and eat it. Then relax some more until we get tired around 10pm and call it a night

    But the wondrous thing about having babies, especially twins, is that "go to bed" isn't the end of your day anymore!

    • Change, feed, and try to put the babies to sleep until 11, sometimes 12, depending on how fussy they are.
    • Sometimes wake up at 3 or 4 am for another feed/change/settling of babies

    thankfully they're sleeping through the nights fairly regularly these days, so I can't complain (but I still do!).

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    I don't think it's a coincidence that the "story" was broke by CNN just a day or two before they hosted the debate.

    I don't think it's a coincidence that the "story" was broke by CNN just a day or two before they hosted the debate.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    I hadn't really thought about it, but I may make my Sanders v Warren decision based off polling closer to voting day. I live in a state where I'll have a few months and candidates will have been...

    I hadn't really thought about it, but I may make my Sanders v Warren decision based off polling closer to voting day. I live in a state where I'll have a few months and candidates will have been weeded out by then, so that seems like a sound way to do things. Sanders is my preferred candidate, but I won't lose sleep voting for Warren if it makes sense to.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I don't think DKR is rubbish, per se, but there's absolutely a drop in quality of the film established by the first two movies.

    Not sure how unpopular this opinion is, but Dark Knight Rises is rubbish and an awful conclusion to Nolan's trilogy.

    I don't think DKR is rubbish, per se, but there's absolutely a drop in quality of the film established by the first two movies.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    It also eliminates some tricks available at lower framerates. I watched a few "VFX Artists React" videos today and one of them talked about how for Gemini Man they had to use CGI to smooth out...

    It also eliminates some tricks available at lower framerates. I watched a few "VFX Artists React" videos today and one of them talked about how for Gemini Man they had to use CGI to smooth out punches/kicks because at a higher framerate it's much more obvious when an actor holds a punch/kick or fake-reacts to it.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Which movies had a major influence in your formative years? in ~movies

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    Bicentennial Man put the fear of mortality in me at the young age of 12 or so. I'd never considered my own mortality or my parents', but I did after seeing that movie. That was the first and only...

    Bicentennial Man put the fear of mortality in me at the young age of 12 or so. I'd never considered my own mortality or my parents', but I did after seeing that movie. That was the first and only time I ever saw that movie.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    Looks like it'll be JS for me. I've been a PHP dev for years now, but the higher-ups at work decided to commit to a node/react stack for all new projects and some conversions are taking place. I...

    Looks like it'll be JS for me. I've been a PHP dev for years now, but the higher-ups at work decided to commit to a node/react stack for all new projects and some conversions are taking place. I also got moved from PHP project to an emberJS/Groovy project. We're in the process of migrating it to react, but in the meanwhile I guess I'm learning ember?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    I wish this were an option for me, but I detest fizzy water. Just something about it feeling like soda in my mouth, but having very little taste to it just grosses me out. Maybe fresh fruit put...

    I wish this were an option for me, but I detest fizzy water. Just something about it feeling like soda in my mouth, but having very little taste to it just grosses me out. Maybe fresh fruit put into it would help in the flavor department, but I know I've tried several times to get into fizzy flavored water multiple times and it's just so weak-tasting.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E08: Redemption in ~tv

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    This is mostly just my head canon thanks to years of jumping through hoops to account for SW's plotholes, but... I think it's fair to assume the Jedi weren't as involved in the galaxy-wide...

    This is mostly just my head canon thanks to years of jumping through hoops to account for SW's plotholes, but...

    I think it's fair to assume the Jedi weren't as involved in the galaxy-wide conflict as TCW suggests. Remember, you're seeing it all through the eyes of Anakin, mostly, and several council-level Jedi. The show has them appear for really important make-or-break battles, or to negotiate with important neutral planets, or when Dooku or Grievous are involved. But the Jedi may not be all that involved in the backwater planet battles. There just aren't enough Jedi available for each battle to be lead by one. And as the war goes on, there are less and less Jedi because losses are going to happen.

    Then consider that Palpatine immediately pinned the blame for the Clone Wars on the Jedi once they'd concluded. Order 66 decimated their already dwindling numbers and Vader was sent to eliminate the rest one by one. Couple that with Imperial propaganda and maybe even outlawing Jedi or force-related items (lightsabers, holocrons, jedi texts, etc.) and I don't think it's too far-fetched for folks to not take The Force or Jedi very seriously.

    That being said, the Prequels and TCW absolutely did a bad job of making the jump from "all the jedi" to "what's a jedi?" believable.

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

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    It's a shame that they removed maps, but I remember Black Forest being a lot of fun (against the AI, anyway. I never played online). Lots of choke points, which I always enjoyed because I found...

    It's a shame that they removed maps, but I remember Black Forest being a lot of fun (against the AI, anyway. I never played online). Lots of choke points, which I always enjoyed because I found defense to be more fun than offense in RTS games.

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

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    Started a replay of KOTOR over the weekend. I tried to install a mod to skip Taris, but it didn't work and I couldn't be bothered to figure out why. Taris isn't quite as bad as I remember though,...

    Started a replay of KOTOR over the weekend. I tried to install a mod to skip Taris, but it didn't work and I couldn't be bothered to figure out why. Taris isn't quite as bad as I remember though, because I'm only doing the necessary stuff. Avoiding side quests, Pazaak, etc. so I can get to Dantooine ASAP and get my lightsaber. Planning to be evil and rock a double-bladed saber (probably yellow blade).

    It's a shame we never got a proper sequel to the games. SWTOR comes very close, and is certainly a great game in its own right, but it's still a micro-transaction-filled MMO and I'm pretty done with those.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Intermissions for modern movies - what are your thoughts? in ~talk

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    You can eat vegetables and enjoy the ice-cold refreshing taste of Coca-Cola though?

    You can eat vegetables and enjoy the ice-cold refreshing taste of Coca-Cola though?

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

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    Been slowly going through the third Warcraft Chronicles book (I'll be honest...it's my current toilet reader...). For anyone unfamiliar, it's a trilogy of books that goes through most of...

    Been slowly going through the third Warcraft Chronicles book (I'll be honest...it's my current toilet reader...). For anyone unfamiliar, it's a trilogy of books that goes through most of Warcraft's lore from the creation of the universe to semi-recent events in the game. It's a pretty broad overview of events, skipping some small details, but I'm really enjoying it. It's nice to see Blizz put some effort into standardizing its lore a little bit, even if it meant some retcons of in-game events. Unfortunately despite some allusions to further books in the series, it's sounding like #3 is the end of the line :( Would be nice to see the series progress and keep up with WoW's storylines, but that's typical Blizz, I guess.

    Plus there's some beautiful new artwork that really brings things to life. Here's a gallery of the first book's artwork if anyone's interested - https://imgur.com/gallery/GTYdp

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The New Far Side site is up! in ~books

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    The letter on the site explaining what took so long getting The Far Side online doesn't really make a lot of sense. It's a fun read, but idk doesn't make sense. Like he argues that finally...

    The letter on the site explaining what took so long getting The Far Side online doesn't really make a lot of sense. It's a fun read, but idk doesn't make sense. Like he argues that finally computer screens can properly display his comics, but we've been there for at least 20 years now. And he mentioned a layer of security to keep people from stealing the comics, but it's really just the most basic prevention tactic ever made...blocking right click over images. Took me 10 seconds to pretend to steal the original (higher-res) images. The folks that would steal them to re-distribute them would know how to do it.

    But anyway, I'm stoked to see his comics online. I've got a few of the books, but its been a while since I've read them because they're sitting in a box somewhere in my attic (and I dare not explore that dungeon)

    3 votes
  19. Comment on TIME's Person of the Year 2019: Greta Thunberg in ~news

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    Yes, they do tend to desperately latch themselves to the smallest issue to justify ignoring larger, more glaring ones. Honestly I almost wish I hadn't closed my Facebook account so I could watch...

    Yes, they do tend to desperately latch themselves to the smallest issue to justify ignoring larger, more glaring ones. Honestly I almost wish I hadn't closed my Facebook account so I could watch it happen in real time.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on TIME's Person of the Year 2019: Greta Thunberg in ~news

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    Looking forward to my conservative family losing their minds over this.

    Looking forward to my conservative family losing their minds over this.

    13 votes