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  1. Comment on What's something that you're pretty sure of, but can't really prove or demonstrate? in ~talk

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    I want to believe this, but I live in a privileged enough position in life that it feels privileged to do so. Sure, things might be okay for me ... but I honestly don't know about everyone else

    I want to believe this, but I live in a privileged enough position in life that it feels privileged to do so. Sure, things might be okay for me ... but I honestly don't know about everyone else

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  2. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    TW Walsh - Fruitless Research Indie rock/pop/synth. Has worked on projects with my April AlbumLove artist (David Bazan). His own work is very different though and stands on its own. This album in...

    TW Walsh - Fruitless Research

    Indie rock/pop/synth. Has worked on projects with my April AlbumLove artist (David Bazan). His own work is very different though and stands on its own. This album in particular in its basslines, occasional vocoders, synths, and guitars just really shimmers - that's the best way I can describe it.

    It has this smoky but summery feel that is perfect for warm weather roadtrips both day and night.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    A few little things: have my own home on the web again, inwardpath.net - not a ton there yet but i do have a lot in mind that i want to post there rebuilt my print server at home yesterday. love...

    A few little things:

    • have my own home on the web again, inwardpath.net - not a ton there yet but i do have a lot in mind that i want to post there
    • rebuilt my print server at home yesterday. love re-purposing old hardware. Dell Inspiron 3050 Micro is now a "DietPi for PC" linux box running CUPS and serving my Brother laser printer to my network with ease. took like an hour to rebuild the whole thing software-wise. love that.
    • just acquired a Wyse 5070 Extended Dell thin-client box w/ PCIe Intel 4-port NIC which will be a powerful replacement (OPNSense, probably) for my Ubiquiti Edgerouter-X. excited to set up my own router/firewall, mostly just for fun. ER-X is rock solid but I wanted more oomph and capability and to potentially slowly get away from Ubiquiti anyway
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  4. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    I think it depends on the instance and/or what you use Twitter for... what I realized is the community that does exist on Mastodon and Mastodon's purposeful "early 2000s" experience is exactly...

    I think it depends on the instance and/or what you use Twitter for... what I realized is the community that does exist on Mastodon and Mastodon's purposeful "early 2000s" experience is exactly what I like about it. We goof and joke around a bunch and we talk about technology (on the instance I use). We make the community what it is.

    Sure, it's slower, and less popular, and not the firehose of BS that Twitter is, but that's okay, IMHO. Does it mean mass adoption will never take hold? Sure, but I am quite okay with that. A good portion of the people on Twitter I wouldn't want on mastodon anyway (especially brands, billionaires, popular public figures, etc)

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    I believe registration is open at mastodon.technology. Experiencing a large influx at the moment so performance may waver temporarily

    I believe registration is open at mastodon.technology. Experiencing a large influx at the moment so performance may waver temporarily

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Twitter set to accept Musk's original $43 bln offer in ~tech

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    If this goes through I think that becomes the day when I abandon my account, which I've mulled over and over about for quite a while now. I am on a mastodon instance and prefer it there anyway....

    If this goes through I think that becomes the day when I abandon my account, which I've mulled over and over about for quite a while now. I am on a mastodon instance and prefer it there anyway.

    I've been strongly curating my timeline and blocking/muting/etc to make my timeline and experience enjoyable. For the most part, it has worked. But I do not want to support the type of platform that someone like Musk envisions.

    I have sort-of a twisted hope that if acquired by Musk, it negatively affects Twitter's popularity because I am already not a fan of how big Twitter is. Any significant shakeup in the current main players of social media is a welcome change

    9 votes
  7. Comment on I finally understand why evangelicals support Trump, and it's not just hypocrisy, mindless anti-gay, or stupdity in ~talk

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    I definitely see perspectives from the right that have disdain for any non-conservative higher education because it's perceived as a danger to their kids' beliefs and values.

    I definitely see perspectives from the right that have disdain for any non-conservative higher education because it's perceived as a danger to their kids' beliefs and values.

  8. Comment on I finally understand why evangelicals support Trump, and it's not just hypocrisy, mindless anti-gay, or stupdity in ~talk

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    By 2013 I had mostly completed my journey out of Christianity so I had not given an eye to Five Iron Frenzy's work for years at that point, nor do I enjoy that style of music anymore- however it...

    By 2013 I had mostly completed my journey out of Christianity so I had not given an eye to Five Iron Frenzy's work for years at that point, nor do I enjoy that style of music anymore- however it is very heartening to see them tackle American Christianity's homophobia, xenophobia, etc from within. Need so much more of that.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Have you listened to MBR's other project Keygen Church? I assume this was likely part of the rabbit hole. But figured worth mentioning if others are curious. It's very chiptune/synth/heavy + piano...

    Have you listened to MBR's other project Keygen Church? I assume this was likely part of the rabbit hole. But figured worth mentioning if others are curious.

    It's very chiptune/synth/heavy + piano sounding stuff in the vein of Castlevania music

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Put some serving cabinets together to house my tea/teaware and alcohol/barware. I'm super satisfied with the outcome and excited to gain all that space back from my countertops and other areas....

    Put some serving cabinets together to house my tea/teaware and alcohol/barware. I'm super satisfied with the outcome and excited to gain all that space back from my countertops and other areas.

    Donated a car full of stuff to a donation center to free up room so I can start on the next batch!

    5 votes
  11. Comment on My experience switching to Linux and the need for guidance in ~tech

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    While, since I'm a relatively new Linux system admin, I'm still learning- thank you for these links- they will be helpful even in that capacity. My day job doesn't necessarily require that I...

    While, since I'm a relatively new Linux system admin, I'm still learning- thank you for these links- they will be helpful even in that capacity. My day job doesn't necessarily require that I understand how linux works under the hood- but that understanding will help me perform what I do more efficiently, regardless.

    I am about to make the jump myself on my main desktop PC at home, too.

    Already did on my personal laptop- and I can strongly second the Gnome Tweak Tool and Extensions, even for distros that do things their own way (Zorin), though you do have to be careful of settings in two areas conflicting with one another. Having access to easily change so many extra settings made my experience so much better in general, though. I'll never go back to Windows on my laptop. I've converted there for good and hope to do the same on my desktop!

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Finally got tons of stuff cleaned out of the house and ready for donation. Put up a tapestry. Put together some furniture (more to go tomorrow). Starting to make actual progress. For whatever...

    Finally got tons of stuff cleaned out of the house and ready for donation. Put up a tapestry. Put together some furniture (more to go tomorrow). Starting to make actual progress.

    For whatever reason I read something this week that essentially boiled down to "stop planning, start doing". It ends up being that I never was truly planning but using planning as a disguise for procrastinating. In addition to that I was just constantly choosing something that takes less effort over something that takes more effort.

    Making the absolute smallest start on anything creates an inertia that keeps it going. I also cleaned out my car this week and got it back to normal again (it had gotten miserable). Now it has room to carry stuff to donation centers :)

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2022) in ~talk

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    Indeed. I should appreciate what I do have, though. Although I work 40 hours, I am paid well, have good benefits, and because I am on my own, I have far more free time than many other people do....

    Indeed. I should appreciate what I do have, though. Although I work 40 hours, I am paid well, have good benefits, and because I am on my own, I have far more free time than many other people do.

    But, yes, reform is something we drastically need. Not just in terms of hours, but in terms of benefits, and considerations of decoupling them from work and providing them as a society instead, etc.

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  14. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2022) in ~talk

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    Struggling with a couple of things. I enjoy my job and new position- but as with all jobs, no matter how much I like them, I get weary of working 40 hours a week every week. Just the constant...

    Struggling with a couple of things.

    I enjoy my job and new position- but as with all jobs, no matter how much I like them, I get weary of working 40 hours a week every week. Just the constant return to this status quo every week is exhausting. Weekends are never long enough. By the time I get comfortable and settle into my weekend, it's over.

    Struggling also to manage my time wisely and actually get my house cleaned and up to a good standard of decency/cleanliness. It's not hoarder-bad, but I hate it, but having trouble getting off my butt to tackle it, even bit by bit. It's just so overwhelming and it's easier to just sit and watch something or whatever.

    On a bright note, as of today I'm officially down a pant size since I've been making healthier choices, so that is some great consolation, bought a couple of new pairs of jeans to celebrate. I also just got a way overdue haircut and feel like a new person.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on AlbumLove: a new social music discovery series on Tildes in ~music

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    I've heard a few songs by TLW but never really got into them the same way I did Bazan and all of his projects.

    I've heard a few songs by TLW but never really got into them the same way I did Bazan and all of his projects.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Nootropics and scams - Exposing fake reviews with Python in ~health

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    Yeah it sounds like I should have stayed away from the racetams, but I was not cautious enough about putting unstudied things into my body. I fell into a fascination with nootropics for a while...

    Yeah it sounds like I should have stayed away from the racetams, but I was not cautious enough about putting unstudied things into my body. I fell into a fascination with nootropics for a while but thankfully kept myself from buying most of them. They became a trend for a while and I was susceptible. These days I will research every ingredient on a food/drink/supplement label before I even remotely think about using it.

    Yohimbine is another stimulant I have to avoid like the plague. I think it's pretty potent regardless, but it seems a number of people don't have an issue when they take it. I immediately get hypervigilant, hyper-paranoid, and feel like my entire body is working at multiple times its normal speed (in a bad way). It was a low dose and very scary- never again for me. It reminded me way too much of panic attacks (which I've had but thankfully super rarely).

    I stick to caffeine these days. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, or energy mixes. Some 'pre-workouts' too as long as I have no noticeable side effects and all in moderation. I watch my caffeine intake closely and approach it responsibly.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Nootropics and scams - Exposing fake reviews with Python in ~health

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    Maybe OLE+L-Theanine would give you the best of both worlds (potentially?) I suppose it depends on what components of Green Tea Extract had the focus/anti-anxiolytic effects

    Maybe OLE+L-Theanine would give you the best of both worlds (potentially?) I suppose it depends on what components of Green Tea Extract had the focus/anti-anxiolytic effects

    1 vote
  18. Comment on AlbumLove: a new social music discovery series on Tildes in ~music

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    Listening now, liking what I hear so far. This sounds right up my alley. I love indie music and especially synthwave/synth-influenced stuff. It's super inspiring to me because it's the kind of...

    Listening now, liking what I hear so far. This sounds right up my alley. I love indie music and especially synthwave/synth-influenced stuff. It's super inspiring to me because it's the kind of music I'd like to write.

    This almost strikes me as The War On Drugs-meets-synths

    2 votes
  19. Comment on AlbumLove: a new social music discovery series on Tildes in ~music

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    Curse Your Branches - David Bazan Indie rock. He added a bit of Americana/bluesy influence this time. Interesting that the one other comment at this time posted something with a faith-leaving...

    Curse Your Branches - David Bazan

    Indie rock. He added a bit of Americana/bluesy influence this time.

    Interesting that the one other comment at this time posted something with a faith-leaving theme too. It's hard to gauge the actual popularity of an artist sometimes, with Bazan it's even stranger. He and some of his projects in the past have been part of the Christian music scene and now they're not. He was pretty big in that scene but probably more unknown to the general public. He's been involved in a number of bands (Pedro The Lion, Lo Tom, etc), at least during one period released solo albums under his own name.

    One of the best of these is Curse Your Branches. This is essentially Bazan's breaking up with evangelicalism/Christianity record. He was always critical from the inside, but you can feel the anguish here as he wrestles with it all. This record hit at a time in my life when I was processing a long 5+ year journey out of the faith.

    The sound has got a bit of an upbeat theme to it, while the lyrics can be gut-wrenching. Interesting choice to mix those two very separate themes, but it's like hearing hope, pain, and matter-of-factness at the same time. A bit of courage and the sound of someone drawing his line in the sand. It's a beautiful statement of a record.

    And what am I afraid of?
    Whom did I betray?
    In what medieval kingdom
    Does justice work this way?

    You knew what would happen
    And made us just the same
    Then you, my lord, can take the blame

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Nootropics and scams - Exposing fake reviews with Python in ~health

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    Yeah, introduction of piracetam (along with caffeine) in a combined drink form was the only change in diet I could detect- but I started getting heart palpitations / very strong beating in the...

    Yeah, introduction of piracetam (along with caffeine) in a combined drink form was the only change in diet I could detect- but I started getting heart palpitations / very strong beating in the heart that took a very long time to go away (no other symptoms). I still feel like it might have permanently done something. I'm very doctor-avoidant (to my detriment, I'm sure) otherwise I might have checked it out- but it never reached an emergency level.

    I can't ever be for sure that it was the cause, as I have many other factors and behaviors that could have been involved, but it was something that seemed specifically timed to where it's at least plausible.

    Mentally and physically prior to that, it felt amazing. Incredible clarity of thinking, vividness of everything around me, felt like my thoughts could just flow easier, without being hypervigilant or jittery. It was a very pleasant feeling.

    I stick to coffee, tea, and more tame energy drinks these days

    1 vote