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  1. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    Because our age bracket put us in such a niche group with limited anime selection at the time we'll all have very similar "first anime" stories from us I think...

    Because our age bracket put us in such a niche group with limited anime selection at the time we'll all have very similar "first anime" stories from us I think...

    2 votes
  2. Comment on I've taken the leap from reddit in ~tildes

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    One thing I noticed with recent users is a focus on r/all and the default subs. A lot of new users of reddit didn't seem to be familiar with the process or function of curating the r/frontpage...

    One thing I noticed with recent users is a focus on r/all and the default subs. A lot of new users of reddit didn't seem to be familiar with the process or function of curating the r/frontpage setup outside the default subs.

    As a newer user to reddit, how did that aspect of reddit come to you? I have just a few personal anecdotes from friends that joined recently and they definitely seem to focus on r/all and the defaults subs of r/frontpage - had no real knowledge of the difference or customizing subscriptions. They aren't very savvy though so I'm curious about your experience in that regard.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What was your fondest memories of anime? in ~anime

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    Passing Fist of the North Star fansubbed VHS tapes around school... and knowing I helped add some of the missing subtitles and created a few extra copies (Dad had the tech I knew how to use and...

    Passing Fist of the North Star fansubbed VHS tapes around school... and knowing I helped add some of the missing subtitles and created a few extra copies (Dad had the tech I knew how to use and friend had the language skills). Felt so "underground club" for a geeky kid.

    More importantly, I'm glad anime has become so easily accessible to others now that they can make their own memories (even if some of them make me feel really old).

    6 votes
  4. Comment on All 230 New Emojis Coming in 2019 in ~tech

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    I think it depends on who you are communicating with and the context. I never used emoji in professional emails but it's become common to at least include a smiley or wink to help convey tone -...

    I think it depends on who you are communicating with and the context.

    I never used emoji in professional emails but it's become common to at least include a smiley or wink to help convey tone - particularly with people I don't interact with very often in person.

    Emoji can be useful to convey tone outside of the stated text to apply an emotional context to the words. I think things like "LOL" or other shorthand work as well (*smile* or *wink*) depending on platform and who you're conversing with - but emoji are pretty universally "felt" because of the imagery.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on your ways of staying healthy? in ~health

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    Also tied to a desk most of the day... wasn't worried about being fat but wanted to feel healthier (aches and pains... general tiredness... etc). This is what helped me. Get Up --- just get up for...

    Also tied to a desk most of the day... wasn't worried about being fat but wanted to feel healthier (aches and pains... general tiredness... etc). This is what helped me.

    • Get Up --- just get up for a few seconds every 30 minutes or hour. Doesn't even have to be that much... just stand and stretch and then sit back down.
    • Light Exercise --- I setup a short morning routine of one set of pushups, situps and squats (with light stretching in between) most mornings. Not even much to work up a sweat just enough to feel that I've used the muscles (usually just did the "until tired" instead of counting reps). Really short - like 5-10 minutes.

    Really, the regular small dose of exercise built up over time to help me feel generally healthier. I wasn't trying to be buff or skinny ... just healthier ... and those two simple things worked well for me.

    I started doing isometric stomach exercises while brushing my teeth ... two minutes of "try to flex your abs into your spine" and you'll feel it (should feel similar to trying to force all the air out of your lungs) ... a long time ago when a physical trainer mentioned it as a simple way to work core exercises into regular daytime routines. It really helped after a few weeks\months and that's what pointed me towards the short but regular exercise routine idea.

    As a note - I varied the style of sit-ups and pushups after awhile to keep it from being repetitive and hit some different muscle groups. The idea was to just build up the core sets of muscles so I often ended up combining a few different stomach\back exercises (plank and leg lifts and so forth). I also got a pull-up bar eventually and use that at random times throughout the week and that helped a bit too.

    Hope this helps or maybe someone with more fitness experience can expand on this type of routine.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything in ~tech

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    I recently switched to ProtonMail (or at least in the process) and it works well... it's getting regular updates and upgrades to functionality so some of the irritations of the app or web...

    I recently switched to ProtonMail (or at least in the process) and it works well... it's getting regular updates and upgrades to functionality so some of the irritations of the app or web interface do get addressed.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on DuckDuckGo will use Apple Maps in search results in ~tech

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    I believe Apple Maps is getting away from TomTom as they are currently testing their own database in ... California I believe? ... so they can own and manage the data themselves. Here is a short...

    I believe Apple Maps is getting away from TomTom as they are currently testing their own database in ... California I believe? ... so they can own and manage the data themselves. Here is a short rundown of their "street view" data collection schedule: https://maps.apple.com/vehicles/

    I'm hoping it works better for mapping and navigation as Google Maps has become a bit more of a guidebook.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools in ~humanities

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    I think you have a good point. Posting the article is fine I think but some comments are definitely "Christian bashing". If some of these same comments were used in other topics they would have...

    I think you have a good point. Posting the article is fine I think but some comments are definitely "Christian bashing". If some of these same comments were used in other topics they would have been called out as low effort that didn't contribute to the conversation if not outright against the "be civil" policy.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Former President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ‘state of our democracy’ in ~news

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    I missed it by 15 seconds ... just saw the cheering and the wave goodbye. But didn't miss the live comments thread... oh my.

    I missed it by 15 seconds ... just saw the cheering and the wave goodbye. But didn't miss the live comments thread... oh my.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Trying to de-Google my life bit by bit. What should I do to move away from gmail? in ~tech

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    Email changes are, from my understanding, the most difficult part so I like seeing the recommendations here. For my de-googling - bit by bit - I'm cheating by switching services to the Synology...

    Email changes are, from my understanding, the most difficult part so I like seeing the recommendations here.

    For my de-googling - bit by bit - I'm cheating by switching services to the Synology services on my prebuilt home server from them. The "Moments" photo sync and organization is practically a clone of Google Photos and iCloud Photos and it's what made my choice to get away from Google a bit easier - Google Photos just works so easily! They have Docker support as well for hosting lots of other non-native services easily as well (like BitWarden self hosting which is what I'm looking into now).

    1 vote
  11. Comment on People are destroying their Nike gear to protest Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Just Do It’ campaign in ~sports

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    I guess donating them so people who don't have shoes can use what they don't want themselves? I mean "I won't support them so I won't have them in my life anymore" can be a donate moment rather...

    I guess donating them so people who don't have shoes can use what they don't want themselves?

    I mean "I won't support them so I won't have them in my life anymore" can be a donate moment rather than a burn it up moment right?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on People Start Hating Their Jobs at Age 35 in ~life

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    I had a really shit job recently - but I didn't mind going in because I had some of those "work friends". People that I liked chatting with and since leaving that job we still hang out sometimes...

    I had a really shit job recently - but I didn't mind going in because I had some of those "work friends". People that I liked chatting with and since leaving that job we still hang out sometimes and it's a good thing. They are still my friends even though I don't work there and see them as often. That makes a difference. It's very different from going to work with your friends too - like when a buddy gets you a job - different dynamic occurs when you make friends with work people vs going to work at a place that a friend works.

    I stopped worrying about the company after enough buy-outs and lay-off etc ... they don't care about me why should I care about them? What I learned to focus on was the team and people I worked with directly. The people I saw everyday be it cube mates or the folks at the cafeteria. It made work less about the job and more about the people and that was easier to manage. So "work buddies" is definitely something that can improve your work environment.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill. in ~news

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    I agree entirely. I think that's a big argument for changes in the tax codes because of those examples you provided. I still think most of those come from people abusing the loop holes. I thought,...

    I agree entirely. I think that's a big argument for changes in the tax codes because of those examples you provided. I still think most of those come from people abusing the loop holes.

    I thought, at least with gambling, you could claim some losses though too? I thought that was how the "no risk but all gain" for the IRS aspect was handled.

    And the "death tax" ... I think some of that was because it was being used to avoid paying any taxes on certain types of income. Another closing of a loophole that kinda messes up (but that has dollar value rules like the gifting).

    1 vote
  14. Comment on America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill. in ~news

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    As far as the taxing gifts or gambling, that was implemented because people used that as a way around other tax requirements - gifts and gambling winnings do need to be reported but they aren't...

    As far as the taxing gifts or gambling, that was implemented because people used that as a way around other tax requirements - gifts and gambling winnings do need to be reported but they aren't necessarily taxed unless they are over a certain amount.

    Example, my parents wanted to give their children some of what they put aside for an inheritance now so they could enjoy us using it to do things we wouldn't otherwise normally be able to do (like more trips - particularly with other family members being very distant). In order to do this without a tax burden, they can distribute a specific amount each year as a gift without requiring a tax. It has to be reported, but there isn't a tax on it (particularly since it was already taxed previously as income or dividend or whatever).

    Generally there is a rule of thumb that if dollars have been taxed once already, they can't be taxed again - but, there are usually restrictions on it because of closing loop-holes.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    This is what I'm practicing now to get a better handle on things. The "thinking about thoughts" aspect of mindfulness is really where I found good help. I don't need to suppress anything, just...

    This is what I'm practicing now to get a better handle on things. The "thinking about thoughts" aspect of mindfulness is really where I found good help. I don't need to suppress anything, just manage some aspects of my thought loops.

    So far, the app\service Headspace has worked well for me but it is practice and I fall off the wagon sometimes. Some insurance carriers will even cover the subscription costs for some of the guided meditation apps.

  16. Comment on The Dehumanization of Human Resources in ~talk

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    That's not common really. It is literally a contract with a specific date on it when it's "Contract to Hire" vs "Contract with option to Hire". For example, I'm currently in my 4th month of a 6mo...

    That's not common really. It is literally a contract with a specific date on it when it's "Contract to Hire" vs "Contract with option to Hire". For example, I'm currently in my 4th month of a 6mo contract to hire position and at month 5 I'll basically have a conversation about my conversion. It's typically used like a probationary period.

    I've dealt with open ended contracts at other places and those really depended on the company. Some had definite dates and times and others were just kinda "soon" or "eventually" and those sucked. Stringing people along on the contract isn't common - usually it's a conversation about budgets or availability and you can decide at that point if it's worth sticking around. Maybe find a different contract. :)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on The Oscars Are Introducing a New Category for “Outstanding Popular Film” in ~movies

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    Considering the politicking that goes into the awards in order to have them for marketing or career goals (or because they finally "deserve one after all these years") and the steady decline of...

    Considering the politicking that goes into the awards in order to have them for marketing or career goals (or because they finally "deserve one after all these years") and the steady decline of movie theaters as watercooler talk or standard entertainment option (particularly with cord cutting and the rise of streaming video and quality episodic TV as well as other video entertainment formats) I don't know that the brand means much to the casual movie goer.

    That was a really long sentence.

    It doesn't mean much to me as a previous movie buff (8 year video store employee and film school drop out) and I'm hard pressed to find much of anybody these days who can remember who the best actor or actress was in the last few years. MTV movie awards were for the popular fun option for awhile and the Screen Actors Guild awards is still considered the more casual event but more meaningful to recipients since it's voted on by peers (and includes both critical and popular successes). With all of that... Oscar can probably just not be a thing anymore and nobody but Hollywood financiers would notice.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Anyone into whisky/ey? in ~hobbies

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    Suntory Hibiki Harmony is probably my favorite "nice" bottle of Japanese whisky. I like Suntory Toki for a cheaper, easy to drink alternative because I tend to prefer the simpler and smoother...

    Suntory Hibiki Harmony is probably my favorite "nice" bottle of Japanese whisky. I like Suntory Toki for a cheaper, easy to drink alternative because I tend to prefer the simpler and smoother whiskys.

    I did get to have a drink of the Suntory Hibiki 21 as my first Japanese whisky and that definitely spoiled me.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on I'm going to be buying a bike helmet for the first time. What do I need to know? in ~talk

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    A lot of good info here already, but I found this article very helpful when looking for a helmet myself: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bike-helmet-for-commuters/ They've been testing...

    A lot of good info here already, but I found this article very helpful when looking for a helmet myself: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bike-helmet-for-commuters/

    They've been testing helmets for the casual biker for years and the article is good for the average person looking for a decent helmet (with options for cheaper or higher end as well usually). It might be worth a check if some of the cycling-centric sites are a bit overwhelming.

    *the site does get money for affiliate links for the purchase but they're upfront about it and generally I really like the site for product recommendations of all sorts and have not been disappointed by things I've gotten based on their recommendations.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on The Dehumanization of Human Resources in ~talk

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    In my experience with hiring (both sides), the automated setup came about to handle the large influx of applications and to try and find "the right one" as well as making it easier for people to...

    In my experience with hiring (both sides), the automated setup came about to handle the large influx of applications and to try and find "the right one" as well as making it easier for people to find jobs that fit for them. This led to the key-wording habits in resumes and job descriptions. This helped connect more people to more jobs for the benefit of both - but then became TOO easy in a way and now people just scatter shot and you're looking at an undergrad with no previous experience wanting to get the Director of IT Security job because they got their CCNA and Security+ from a bootcamp. The keywords are there but...

    Most of the sites have made it possible to get decent results based on that language and other parameters for you ahead of time with some of the extra info and test they provide but still... lots of jobs and applicants to go through.

    Then... at least for IT recently, it seems to have evolved into Contract to Hire being more common and to let the contractors handle the vetting process and a 6mo contract is enough to see if this guy isn't an asshole and then they gets hired. Of course, some are better than others; I like smaller, newer ones for more personal attention and less dicking me over as hiring or job seeker, and larger ones for more job opportunities or larger application pool. The regular problem I've had either place is varying degrees of honesty because in the end, the applicant is their product and if one doesn't work they've always got another way to swap out for ya' so sometimes you can get trumped up as an applicant or the job is trumped up to make you take it even though it sucks.

    Where I'm at in St. Louis MO, a lot of it is who you know because it's a smaller town and the IT crowd is limited and businesses change a lot so there's employee reshuffling (particularly through the larger places for experience and then off to a smaller place for a career and then back if the smaller place folds). So often there's a back channel call about one or another application or it's just put out there that there's an opening in case anybody knows someone who is looking for work.

    I have a whole viewpoint about IT not really needing techies anymore - at least not like what is traditionally thought of as a techie particularly when you run across non-techies and what they think makes someone "good at computers" - but that's a bit outside this specific thread, but to me , that change is why lots of techies are having harder times with finding jobs...

    6 votes