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  1. Comment on Host of ‘Reply All’ Podcast Takes Leave of Absence After Accusations of Toxic Culture in ~news

  2. Comment on What’s the right way to fix a squeaky controller trigger? in ~tech

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    Just an FYI for other use cases as well: WD-40 is not a lubricant, it's a solvent. It really shouldn't ever be used for squeaks, it'll work in the immediate short term but exacerbate the issue...

    Just an FYI for other use cases as well: WD-40 is not a lubricant, it's a solvent. It really shouldn't ever be used for squeaks, it'll work in the immediate short term but exacerbate the issue long term.

    5 votes
  3. Socializing over video conferencing

    Have you been socializing with friends or family using Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, Facetime or the like during the pandemic? Beyond the typical chats, meals and drinks, what sorts of activities have...

    Have you been socializing with friends or family using Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, Facetime or the like during the pandemic? Beyond the typical chats, meals and drinks, what sorts of activities have you been engaging in over these services? Games? Karaoke? Watching movies? What sorts of activities have been the most successful or lent themselves to working remotely?

    18 votes
  4. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    "Primer" is probably the most realistic example of time travel in film, but it's pretty confusing (not that that's bad). "Predestination" has perhaps the most well tied up and solid time travel...

    "Primer" is probably the most realistic example of time travel in film, but it's pretty confusing (not that that's bad).

    "Predestination" has perhaps the most well tied up and solid time travel premise I've ever seen, it's great.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    You're not alone, I can't believe Snowpiercer gets the praise that it does. Besides some good production design, bleh.

    You're not alone, I can't believe Snowpiercer gets the praise that it does. Besides some good production design, bleh.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    This probably seems rudimentary to most, but it's the most involved programming project I've ever completed. I finally worked up the courage/motivation to try to tackle the arduino coding side of...

    This probably seems rudimentary to most, but it's the most involved programming project I've ever completed.

    I finally worked up the courage/motivation to try to tackle the arduino coding side of my led cloud project, after hemming and hawing for probably a year. Five days of complete trial and error, mostly error, a few questions to forums and such that were only tangentially helpful (perhaps it's me being a layman, but programmers don't seem to be particularly interested in giving direct answers to noobs like me), but I finally got some code that mostly does what I'd like it to.

    Anyway, I'm glad to have this one under my belt. I really do have a ton of respect for people that do this kind of thing. It's still VERY foreign to me, but I'm a little further on my journey to it all not seeming completely alien, so yay.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What are you following this week? Weekly sports round-up thread in ~sports

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    It also helps to have a front office and coaching staff on the same page. So often the shotgun marriages of GMs and coaches past meant that players were constantly square pegs being forced into...

    It also helps to have a front office and coaching staff on the same page. So often the shotgun marriages of GMs and coaches past meant that players were constantly square pegs being forced into round holes and turning over with every organizational change. Props to Kevin Stefanski for lacking the ego and fitting the system to his players strengths.

    Also nice to see another Browns fan on here. Go Browns!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Control I'm honestly not much of a gamer, but I was completely enthralled by Control. It completely sucked me in literally within the first couple of minutes, and although the story may have...

    Control

    I'm honestly not much of a gamer, but I was completely enthralled by Control. It completely sucked me in literally within the first couple of minutes, and although the story may have turned out to be perhaps the weakest part of the game, the lore, design, and sheer delight I had becoming a practical god throughout the course of the game left me in awe, and feeling pretty bittersweet once it ended. One of those pieces of media that I wholly wish I could eternal sunshine out of my memory so that I could experience it for the first time again, just for me to go through withdrawals once I finished it. I haven't been able to pick up another game since because they just pale in comparison. What a game.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Scientists identified a green, poisonous gas used by Federal agents on Portland protesters in ~news

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    To analyze the unknown chemicals, CWRC enlisted the help of a local laboratory, Specialty Analytical. The results, first published in a press release on October 10, confirmed suspicions that federal law enforcement was using a new compound on Portland protesters. Canisters collected from protest areas contained trace amounts of hexachloroethane (commonly HC), a white powder that, when heated in the presence of metal salts, reacts to form a dense cloud of green or white smoke that smells like camphor and wreaks havoc on biological systems.

    HC is a highly regulated toxin, labeled as a “likely carcinogen” and skin irritant by the Environmental Protection Agency. Eye masks and gloves are recommended for people who handle the chemical. Defense Technologies, an imprint of Pennsylvania-based security equipment manufacturer Safariland, markets the HC canisters as “military-style” smokers, even though the U.S. military actually stopped using HC in grenades in the 1990s due to its extreme toxicity.

    Activists are more concerned about the chemicals that leave the canister than those packed inside it. Firing an HC grenade triggers a two-stage reaction in which the chlorine in HC rapidly combines with metallic zinc, resulting in zinc chloride, a toxic metal fume that appears as a greenish-white smoke. “It’s a chemical reaction in a can,” says Simonis. “The zinc chloride is an intentional product of the grenade’s design.” The Material Safety Data Sheet supplied by Safariland, however, doesn’t mention zinc chloride at all.

    Gaseous zinc chloride, also known as hexite, is more than an alternative type of tear gas. Because it contains the super-hot gaseous forms of both chloride ions and zinc, a heavy metal, hexite plumes are highly mobile and extremely dangerous to most forms of life. The chloride ions increase the uptake of zinc particles by exposed cells on the skin or mucous membranes. Zinc can accumulate in tissues and organs, then mobilize later and cause a new set of symptoms. The most striking effects of zinc chloride toxicity in the street — vomiting, burning skin, coughing — are only the first onslaught of a chronic, unpredictable respiratory condition that can cause severe liver damage, fatigue, weight loss, and anorexia, in addition to difficulty breathing.

    Zinc toxicity sharply contrasts with the effects of tear gas, which tend to be excruciating but short-lived, with dangerous exceptions. “[Conventional tear gas] causes pain through a specific mechanism,” says B. Zane Horowitz, PhD, an emergency toxicologist in the Portland area and author of a recent op-ed decrying the city’s use of tear gas on protesters in the journal Toxicology Communications. Tear gas shorts the nervous system’s pain response, essentially creating the experience of pain without doing lasting damage — most of the time. Still, says Horowitz, “There’s no reason to have pain inflicted on you if you haven’t done anything wrong.”

    10 votes
  10. Comment on Vimeo is not very good in ~tech

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    It's unfortunate then that, to this day, I've never had a video hosted by Vimeo load without interruption. I've wanted to love Vimeo for as long as I can remember, but I've more or less completely...

    It's unfortunate then that, to this day, I've never had a video hosted by Vimeo load without interruption. I've wanted to love Vimeo for as long as I can remember, but I've more or less completely given up on even watching anything hosted on their platform.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Share a link to a cover song with an unusual instrument! in ~music

  12. Comment on Today I bough some duct tape in ~creative

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    Just wait until you discover gaffer's tape

    Just wait until you discover gaffer's tape

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Why you can't boycott Amazon (and shouldn't even try) in ~humanities

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    I don't disagree with that political involvement is necessary to make change, but I don't see how trying to boycott Amazon isn't also a worthwhile endeavor. With the exception of AWS, it's not...

    I don't disagree with that political involvement is necessary to make change, but I don't see how trying to boycott Amazon isn't also a worthwhile endeavor. With the exception of AWS, it's not hard to find alternatives to most of the companies cited. Both methods are worthwhile, and not mutually exclusive.

    17 votes
  14. Comment on If an album isn't streaming online, does it really exist? in ~music

  15. Comment on Favorite "elevator/waiting/lobby" songs? in ~music

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    I'm certainly biased by my undying love for Community, but I couldn't help but think of Michael Haggins "Daybreak" when I read favorite "elevator" music I suppose I can also throw out "Innerspace"...

    I'm certainly biased by my undying love for Community, but I couldn't help but think of Michael Haggins "Daybreak" when I read favorite "elevator" music

    I suppose I can also throw out "Innerspace" by The Apples In Stereo

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Too anxious to google for shoes, help? in ~talk

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    Totally fair, and true the two styles I've worn (Ultimate 81 and Mexico 66) are pretty lacking in the cushioning/support department, though they are still the most comfortable shoes I've ever...

    Totally fair, and true the two styles I've worn (Ultimate 81 and Mexico 66) are pretty lacking in the cushioning/support department, though they are still the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, possibly because I'm flat footed.

    Certainly not trying to sell you, but they have been coming out with some new lines like the Delegation EX and Fabilac which appear to have a bit of a chunkier sole, though I cannot attest to the cushioning.

    Again, sorry to bring up a potentially sore subject.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Too anxious to google for shoes, help? in ~talk

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    Apologies for upsetting you, but out of curiosity, what was it about that particular line you liked so much?

    Apologies for upsetting you, but out of curiosity, what was it about that particular line you liked so much?

  18. Comment on Too anxious to google for shoes, help? in ~talk

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    Honestly not sure this fits your criteria, but I've worn Onizuka Tigers almost exclusively for about 15 years now. They make a slip-on version of their Mexico 66 line. They come in a variety of...

    Honestly not sure this fits your criteria, but I've worn Onizuka Tigers almost exclusively for about 15 years now. They make a slip-on version of their Mexico 66 line. They come in a variety of color schemes, from pretty plain to pretty out there. Admittedly they aren't the cheapest nor highest quality, but I usually have a couple pairs at I time which I rotate, which gets me a few years out of them. Otherwise they are the most comfortable/lightweight shoes I've ever worn.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on I'm on a mass social media detox (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) - What blogs that you read regularly should I check out? in ~talk

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    Not sure these all qualify as blogs, but... The one I check regularly: http://www.kottke.org/ Ones I check once in a blue moon, in no particular order: https://pudding.cool/...

    Not sure these all qualify as blogs, but...

    The one I check regularly: http://www.kottke.org/

    Ones I check once in a blue moon, in no particular order:
    https://pudding.cool/
    https://followmehere.com/
    https://www.thisiscolossal.com/
    https://waitbutwhy.com/
    https://austinkleon.com/
    https://www.amusingplanet.com/

    12 votes