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  1. Comment on Designer to Developer Handoff Process in ~comp

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    I think it varies from place to place. At my previous job the designers sent me an Illustrator or Photoshop file and I'd manually extract the images while gathering the fonts, colors, and...

    I think it varies from place to place. At my previous job the designers sent me an Illustrator or Photoshop file and I'd manually extract the images while gathering the fonts, colors, and dimensions required. It was time consuming, but it did give me a better understanding of the design before I started writing code. Occasionally one of the designers (who did some light dev work) would help me out and compile that for me.

    At my current job however, our designers use Adobe XD, which gives me the option to grab images, dimensions, etc. straight from the browser. It even generates some basic CSS for me, although I rarely use that feature.

    I definitely prefer the XD way because it's way easier to reference while coding than PS/Illustrator are, plus I don't need to keep copies of Adobe's software around.

  2. Comment on Do you feel bad for playing games on easy? in ~games

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    No. Sometimes I'm in the mood to just experience a game's story and characters, not challenge my reflexes. Whether I beat the game on easy or hard, nobody's going to know or care, so why should I?

    No. Sometimes I'm in the mood to just experience a game's story and characters, not challenge my reflexes. Whether I beat the game on easy or hard, nobody's going to know or care, so why should I?

  3. Comment on What's something that creeps you out more than it should? in ~talk

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    Oh I wasn't even a kid. This was a few years ago, in my 20s. It was just really weird.

    Oh I wasn't even a kid. This was a few years ago, in my 20s. It was just really weird.

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  4. Comment on What's something that creeps you out more than it should? in ~talk

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    Those caves where the only way into the deeper chambers is via a tiny gap you can barely fit through terrify me. What if there's an earthquake and you get smooshed mid-traverse? Or what if it...

    Those caves where the only way into the deeper chambers is via a tiny gap you can barely fit through terrify me. What if there's an earthquake and you get smooshed mid-traverse? Or what if it happens while you're on the other side and suddenly you don't fit in that gap any more? What if you get stuck in the gap and have to life the rest of your life as that weirdo stuck in a cave and you became a tourist attraction?!

    But of course it's a silly fear because I'm not stepping foot in a cave unless it's a guided tour like Luray Caverns. And I don't think those places have "try the small gap" part of the tour.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What's something that creeps you out more than it should? in ~talk

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    There's an early episode of The Magic School Bus where Miss Frizzle and the kids go inside of Arnold's body to learn about the digestive system. Well at some point in the episode there's a shot...

    There's an early episode of The Magic School Bus where Miss Frizzle and the kids go inside of Arnold's body to learn about the digestive system. Well at some point in the episode there's a shot where the kids are all talking to each other inside of the bus, while inside of Arnold's stomach. In the very back of the bus is Arnold just sitting there. Not talking, not even animated. Just sitting there inside of a bus that's inside of his own body.

    Obviously just some reused animation or a mistake or something, but the first time I saw it it freaked me out.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What gets you out of bed? in ~life

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    Lately it's our 1 year old twins. We totally screwed up getting them to sleep in their nursery alone and kept them in our bedroom for way too long and now every single night I put them in bed with...

    Lately it's our 1 year old twins. We totally screwed up getting them to sleep in their nursery alone and kept them in our bedroom for way too long and now every single night I put them in bed with my wife and I at like 4am when they wake up and get woken up again at 8 or so by tiny little hands patting me on the back.

    The upside is that they're the first thing I see when I wake up, which I wouldn't trade for the world. Nothing like a pair of adorable babies saying "dada" to make getting out of bed a little more palatable. I miss full nights of sleep and sleeping in though...god damn do I miss that.

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

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    I'd say I hit that point at about 5-10 hours. I didn't like 100% the game or anything like that, but I'd gone through the story until I hit a "coming soon" message and couldn't go any further....

    I'd say I hit that point at about 5-10 hours. I didn't like 100% the game or anything like that, but I'd gone through the story until I hit a "coming soon" message and couldn't go any further. There are still a few misc quests I can do, ooblets to be caught, decorating to do, etc. but the core storyline didn't take very long.

    The dance battle system is surprisingly good. It's a card system, which I initially wasn't thrilled about. But after a while I found myself having a lot of fun with it. I'd come up with a few strategies and began piecing together my Ooblet team. It's just challenging enough to keep my attention.

    The crafting system is okay...not much to say about it really.
    The friendship system is a little too easy since all you have to do is talk to people every day. You can give certain people certain items as gifts on certain days to help boost it, but I never felt like I had to.

    In terms of growth, I can see them adding more ooblets, items, recipes, etc. to the game down the road. Seems like right now their top priority is bug fixes, which is good. It's also a 2 person dev team, so progress may be understandably kind of slow.

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

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    I've been playing Ooblets since it released last week. It's kind of this weird mashing of Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and Stardew Valley all with an artstyle somewhat similar to Adventure Time. You...

    I've been playing Ooblets since it released last week. It's kind of this weird mashing of Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and Stardew Valley all with an artstyle somewhat similar to Adventure Time. You collect these little plant/animal guys called Ooblets and have dance battles with them against other Ooblets. When you win a battle against an Ooblet, you can get a seed from it which you can use to plant/grow your own Ooblet of that species. You can then either add them to your dance crew or put them to work on your farm where you can also grow crops that can be used to help craft items, food, and drinks. There's also a relationship aspect where you can collect friendship stickers from the townsfolk by befriending them.

    I tried explaining it to my wife and she just said it sounded "like a clusterfuck", which is pretty accurate, but not in a particularly bad way. It's a fun little game and somehow all of the above works really well together. The art style is wonderful, the writing is super playful, and the music is fantastic.

    My only real complaint is that it's early access, which means not all of the games content is complete. It also suffers from the same problem that Stardew Valley does where you eventually reach a point where you've seen/done pretty much everything and it's up to you to make your own fun in the game. Because it's early access, you hit that point fairly quickly. It's also a little buggy...some unfinished dialogue, lots of glitches allowing you to access places you're not supposed ot (often entirely by accident), etc.

    Because of the bugs and the lack of long-term content, I've decided to set it aside for a bit and see what updates come down the pipeline. I'd still recommend it because it's $20 and the game is so incredibly charming.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Is there such a thing as a "Hispanic" and "Latino" person? in ~misc

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    Honestly it just makes things more confusing for me. Easier to just check "white" and call it a day.

    Honestly it just makes things more confusing for me. Easier to just check "white" and call it a day.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Is there such a thing as a "Hispanic" and "Latino" person? in ~misc

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    This speaks to me. My paternal great-grandparents were Mexican and Colombian. As such my grandfather grew up exposed to those cultures and spoke both Spanish and English. My father, however, had...

    This speaks to me. My paternal great-grandparents were Mexican and Colombian. As such my grandfather grew up exposed to those cultures and spoke both Spanish and English. My father, however, had very limited exposure to his Hispanic heritage and only speaks English. I had zero exposure to my Hispanic heritage and only speak English. I'm also very light skinned, so I don't particularly look Hispanic, but I've still got a clearly Hispanic last name.

    So what does that even make me? I don't really know. I've always just checked off "white" when the question shows up on forms, because I don't really feel any attachment to my own heritage.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Mozilla launches Mozilla VPN in ~tech

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    In terms of features, they're mostly the same AFAIK. In terms of pricing, Mullvad's cheaper per month, unless you pay a year or two for PIA upfront. Personally I don't like long-term commitments...

    In terms of features, they're mostly the same AFAIK. In terms of pricing, Mullvad's cheaper per month, unless you pay a year or two for PIA upfront. Personally I don't like long-term commitments to stuff like that. I prefer month-to-month so if the service goes to crap or I run into issues I can switch to a new provider without worrying about leaving money on the table.

    One really nice thing about Mullvad is that you don't have to provide any personal info to sign up. You just generate a unique ID and then attach money to it to cover the subscription. And if you really, really want to keep it anonymous you can pay with cash or bitcoin. Literally all they store is your account # and how much time is left on your subscription (plus payment info if you provide it).

    Another thing I noticed with PIA is that when I was using it I ran into a lot of websites blocking or constantly throwing ReCaptcha checks at me because of the VPN's IP. I still encounter that with Mullvad, but it doesn't seem to happen as frequently. But that's just personal anecdote.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Mozilla launches Mozilla VPN in ~tech

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    I was a little disappointed that it wasn't available on Mac or Linux yet, but then I scrolled down and realized they're partnering with Mullvad, which I'm already using as my VPN provider. Mullvad...

    I was a little disappointed that it wasn't available on Mac or Linux yet, but then I scrolled down and realized they're partnering with Mullvad, which I'm already using as my VPN provider. Mullvad is actually a little bit more expensive than the Mozilla option, but we're talking less than $10 a year's difference. Not enough to make me put in the effort to switch, although maybe I should just to support Mozilla?

    Anyway, I'm glad to see Mozilla do this. Their name is synonymous with privacy among nerdfolk and I can see myself convincing my parents or other less tech-savvy people to use this just by mention of the name or Firefox. Now if I could just figure out how to get my mom to stop calling it "Fox Fire" that'd be great.

    18 votes
  13. Comment on Washington’s NFL team is retiring the Redskins name; new name to come later in ~sports

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    Personally hoping for Redtails, but I suspect that's too clever and it'll be something boring like Warriors. My out-there pick is Pigskins so fans can continue referring to them as the "Skins"...

    Personally hoping for Redtails, but I suspect that's too clever and it'll be something boring like Warriors. My out-there pick is Pigskins so fans can continue referring to them as the "Skins" which is something I've done for years now to at least attempt to avoid the full name.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Must-haves for new Mac users in ~tech

  15. Comment on Must-haves for new Mac users in ~tech

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    Keychron K2 is a great little keyboard. The screenshot selector key is a game changer if you find yourself having to share screenshots often. Familiarize yourself with System Preferences >...

    Keychron K2 is a great little keyboard. The screenshot selector key is a game changer if you find yourself having to share screenshots often.

    Familiarize yourself with System Preferences > Security & Privacy because a lot of apps get blocked and you'll have to manually allow them or toggle permissions for them. I greatly appreciate the stringent permissions system in MacOS, but it's definitely a PITA sometimes.

    Some software suggestions:

    • MTMR - Lets you make the touchbar useful
    • Sensible Sidebuttons - Lets you use the forward/backward buttons found on most mice
    • HaptiKey - Gives the touchbar some much-needed feedback when a button is pressed. This functionality is part of MTMR as well. Somehow I ended up with both!
    • PresButan - Lets you use return and delete like you'd expect inside Finder.
  16. Comment on Must-haves for new Mac users in ~tech

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    I second the Keka recommendation. Grabbed it so I could compress folders without including .DS_Store, but it's quickly become my go-to app for compression.

    I second the Keka recommendation. Grabbed it so I could compress folders without including .DS_Store, but it's quickly become my go-to app for compression.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    That makes sense, but they'll never do it. They get a ton of free advertising when the news picks up and talks about a leader's tweets. Not to mention the ad revenue from all the traffic to...

    That makes sense, but they'll never do it. They get a ton of free advertising when the news picks up and talks about a leader's tweets. Not to mention the ad revenue from all the traffic to Trump's account specifically.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

  19. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    Personally I hope they keep blowing it. They're too big for our own good at this point.

    Personally I hope they keep blowing it. They're too big for our own good at this point.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Diversity & D&D: Making Orcs and others more complex in ~games.tabletop

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    Can't wait to pay more money for Wizards-sanctioned diversity in my next campaign!

    Can't wait to pay more money for Wizards-sanctioned diversity in my next campaign!