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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I'm not a big fan of modern country music, but the those older guys were awesome. I've been listening to a lot of The Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson)...

    I'm not a big fan of modern country music, but the those older guys were awesome. I've been listening to a lot of The Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson) this week. I was already a big fan of "The Highwaymen" and "American Remains", but decided to dive into the rest of their work and I really "The Road Goes On Forever".

  2. Comment on George W. Bush approval rating polled at 90% by Gallup, the highest presidential approval rating ever recorded in US history (September 24th, 2001) in ~humanities

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    I don't have any issue with his immediate response following 9/11. It's pretty much everything else he did afterwards that I take issue with. Afghanistan should've been small targeted strikes...

    I don't have any issue with his immediate response following 9/11. It's pretty much everything else he did afterwards that I take issue with. Afghanistan should've been small targeted strikes rather than a full-blown occupation followed by nation-building. Iraq never should've happened at all.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What to do with NFC tags in ~comp

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    I don't know that they're the same kind, but I used sticker NFCs to make pirated amiibos so my wife could pick and choose villagers for her Animal Crossing island. I've got a whole bunch of them...

    I don't know that they're the same kind, but I used sticker NFCs to make pirated amiibos so my wife could pick and choose villagers for her Animal Crossing island. I've got a whole bunch of them left, so I'd love to see what suggestions show up so I can try some stuff out.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What is something you've changed your mind about recently? in ~talk

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    I'm in my early 30s, so I have no idea where on the Millenial/GenX spectrum I am half the time, but I have thoughts on this. I'm inclined to think the mental health issues have always been there...

    I do still worry about the deep pervasiveness of so many mental health issues

    I'm in my early 30s, so I have no idea where on the Millenial/GenX spectrum I am half the time, but I have thoughts on this. I'm inclined to think the mental health issues have always been there (with ups and downs in pervasiveness as society progresses/regresses), but younger folks are just not afraid to talk about them like their older peers are. We've seen society take huge strides toward acceptance of neurodivergent people in the last 10-20 years. I'm really thankful for that change because it makes things a lot easier.

    I saw 9/11 happen in my teens, I watched friends and family get shipped off to Iraq/Afghanistan, the economy crashed around me as I took my first steps into adulthood, rampant school shootings, Trump happened, very public police brutality was/is everywhere, and now COVID-19. I haven't felt like I could mentally catch my breath for most of my life now. The argument could be made that news and social media is a large part of why, but this kind of decades-long shit show kinda forces you to be super open about your feelings, anxieties, and depression. Otherwise you're going to crack.

    20 votes
  5. Comment on What is something you've changed your mind about recently? in ~talk

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    It's certainly overwhelming to get into at first, but once you get it, you git it. That being said, anything more advanced than some commits, branching, and conflict-free merging is being done in...

    It's certainly overwhelming to get into at first, but once you get it, you git it. That being said, anything more advanced than some commits, branching, and conflict-free merging is being done in a GUI rather than the command line.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Squidward Alone (1440x3200) in ~creative

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    ALONE. Alooone. Alone. Alooone

    ALONE. Alooone. Alone. Alooone

    4 votes
  7. Comment on 710 Indigenous people, mostly girls, were reported missing over the past decade in Wyoming, the same state where Gabby Petito reportedly disappeared in ~news

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    God help you if you go missing and ain't a pretty while girl in her 20s.

    God help you if you go missing and ain't a pretty while girl in her 20s.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    My experience has been that people hate TLJ more than RoS, because TLJ is "woke" or something dumb like that. That's mostly through reddit and twitter, which are both awful places (that I continue...

    My experience has been that people hate TLJ more than RoS, because TLJ is "woke" or something dumb like that. That's mostly through reddit and twitter, which are both awful places (that I continue to frequent for some reason).

    There just didn't seem to be as much hate and pushback against RoS as there was for TLJ when it came out. And I really don't get it because TLJ is at the very least decent and watchable whereas RoS is just a 2.5 hr clusterfuck.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    I really liked TLJ. It's not even my favorite of the Disney era movies (Rogue One is), but it's a high mark in an otherwise disappointing trilogy. TFA was good, but definitely a lazy rehash like...

    I really liked TLJ. It's not even my favorite of the Disney era movies (Rogue One is), but it's a high mark in an otherwise disappointing trilogy. TFA was good, but definitely a lazy rehash like you said. RoS just felt so fucking rushed. Like they realized the previous two movies hadn't set anything interesting up to be resolved by a third, so they tried to cram as much as possible into it to make up for it. But the result was a disjointed, rushed mess.

    RoS is 150% worthy of the hate TLJ unfairly gets, imo.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on 9/11: One Day in America in ~tv

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    I see this is tagged nat geo. Is it on streaming Disney+ by any chance? edit - in case anyone comes across this, I confirmed it's not on US Disney+

    I see this is tagged nat geo. Is it on streaming Disney+ by any chance?

    edit - in case anyone comes across this, I confirmed it's not on US Disney+

    1 vote
  11. Comment on President Biden's COVID-19 plan - Includes a requirement for all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly in ~health.coronavirus

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    I cannot wait until < 12 can get the vaccine. My kids are 2 and it's basically impossible to get them to wear masks. They have a huge aversion to anything on their face or head, so they mostly...

    I cannot wait until < 12 can get the vaccine. My kids are 2 and it's basically impossible to get them to wear masks. They have a huge aversion to anything on their face or head, so they mostly just stay at home. I really want to be able to safely take these kids out to experience the world.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    There are a lot of things Apple does that would bother me if Google did them (and they often do). Google's entire business model is built around harvesting your data and using it to advertise to...

    If I told you on Android google transparently replaced sms with google chat messages if available, wouldn’t you find it weird?

    There are a lot of things Apple does that would bother me if Google did them (and they often do). Google's entire business model is built around harvesting your data and using it to advertise to you, whereas Apple's is selling hardware and running an app store. I trust Apple (and yes, definitely less given some recent news), whereas I don't trust Google at all.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on Hands-on with Facebook and Ray-Ban’s first pair of smart glasses in ~tech

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    If there's one company I would never buy hardware from, it's Facebook (but also Google).

    If there's one company I would never buy hardware from, it's Facebook (but also Google).

    6 votes
  14. Comment on TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK in ~tech

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    TikTok's algorithm is really solid. Like you said, I may skip stuff, but generally it's the kind of content I'm looking for (usually absurdist humor or makers making stuff). And when a tiktoker...

    TikTok's algorithm is really solid. Like you said, I may skip stuff, but generally it's the kind of content I'm looking for (usually absurdist humor or makers making stuff). And when a tiktoker posts a follow-up to a video I've seen, the follow-up usually shows up while I'm swiping around.

    The one thing that really drives me nuts though is when you follow someone new, your "Following" page becomes dominated by that person's content for a while. To the point where their old content is drowning out new content from the rest of your followed accounts. It's so bad that I'm really reluctant to follow anyone new.

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

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    So I recently switched jobs, which meant I had to return the only computer I had that could handle PC games (A Macbook Pro w/ bootcamp). My new job's computer is a Mac Mini without a dedicated...

    So I recently switched jobs, which meant I had to return the only computer I had that could handle PC games (A Macbook Pro w/ bootcamp). My new job's computer is a Mac Mini without a dedicated GPU, so it can't handle much of anything at all. I didn't want to invest in a new computer so I started looking at streaming options. Ended up going with Nvidia GeForce NOW. I'm usually a strategy or resource-management type gamer, so I'm not too worried about stream lag or the occasional graphical glitches.

    Only game I've played with it is Humankind, a new take on the Civilization formula. I'm still warming up to the game, but the streaming has been flawless. I've put about 5 hours into it and I've encountered lag once. And it's gorgeous, too. I have the graphic settings set to their max and it just works.

    Now for the game itself... It's like they made a bulleted list of all the ways Civilization is slow, annoying, or cumbersome, and built the game around fixing those mistakes. My biggest gripe with Civ is how slow the early game is because you basically have to rush to establish a city and then for a few turns your city's production is painfully slow. This results in the first half hour of your game being super boring. But with Humankind you have to explore before you establish and establishing your first city a few turns after the AI isn't a big deal. And there are plenty of things to do and explore before you build that city.

    I think right now my biggest issue with Humankind is that I have barely any idea of what I'm doing, which is to be expected. I've got over a decade's experience playing various Civ games for hundreds upon hundreds of hours and 5 hours total into Humankind. It's gonna take time :)

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I stopped looking at the numbers for my county/state when I got vaccinated because I just stopped caring (after over a year of caring a lot, I was exhausted). But as far as day-to-day life goes in...

    I stopped looking at the numbers for my county/state when I got vaccinated because I just stopped caring (after over a year of caring a lot, I was exhausted). But as far as day-to-day life goes in rural Pennsylvania, US...

    If it weren't for employees at stores and a few random (younger) folks here and there wearing masks you'd never know there was a pandemic. Life is back to normal. Stores are crowded, social distancing is dead, masks are rare. My wife and I started wearing masks again because we have kids who can't get vaccinated, but I think most people around here are fed up with masks.

    My county is super conservative, so none of that is surprising at all. Just frustrating. I really wish I could live in a rural area that wasn't full of batshit insane people. I don't think those kinds of places exist anymore though, sadly.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge - Trailer in ~games

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    Scott Pilgrim art style + NES/Arcade TMNT? YES! This looks awesome.

    Scott Pilgrim art style + NES/Arcade TMNT? YES! This looks awesome.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps in ~tech

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    I'm dealing with this for the first time at my new job. They're on a Google stack and the chat situation is frustrating. Hangouts suggested I use Google Chat, so I tried to download it, but it's...

    I'm dealing with this for the first time at my new job. They're on a Google stack and the chat situation is frustrating. Hangouts suggested I use Google Chat, so I tried to download it, but it's just one of those crappy chrome apps. So I kept using it in the browser, but it never prompted me for notification permissions so I spent my first day missing messages. Had to manually grant it permissions via the browser. Then today my boss called me via hangouts and Chat told me I couldn't take the call there, that I had to switch over to hangouts for calls.

    And I don't know if this is organization-specific (I feel like it is), but I have to "discover" all my co-workers in order to chat with them. There is no master list of contacts in the company.

    Meanwhile MS Teams, which I used at my previous job, just handles everything all in a single, actual app. Calls, chats, calendar, it's all just there and pretty easy to use. I have my gripes with Teams (search is a freaking joke, for one), but I've been missing it this week.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on These people who work from home have a secret: They have two jobs in ~life

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    Thank you! This was all very very interesting

    Thank you! This was all very very interesting

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What's the best way to learn piano without an in-person teacher? in ~talk

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    I don't know how to play piano, so take this with a grain of salt, but Drumeo.com is the go-to recommendation for learning the drums solo/online and they have a sister site called Pianote that...

    I don't know how to play piano, so take this with a grain of salt, but Drumeo.com is the go-to recommendation for learning the drums solo/online and they have a sister site called Pianote that might be worth checking out. I can vouch for the quality of Drumeo though, and I would assume their sister site for the pianofolk is comparable.

    1 vote