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

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    Grinding through XCOM2: Long War on commander difficulty, but save-scumming all the way. I'm probably mid-game by now, with magnetic weapons on most of my guys and girls. It's fun, but the dark...

    Grinding through XCOM2: Long War on commander difficulty, but save-scumming all the way. I'm probably mid-game by now, with magnetic weapons on most of my guys and girls. It's fun, but the dark events are piling up against me though. Got stuck on a mission with 4 kids just out of recruitment school and very light enemy resistance, and they're having a tough time of it. I just keep reloading and attacking from different angles. I kinda like that about save scumming. I'll get there eventually.

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

  3. Comment on Trump should have lost in a landslide. The fact that he didn’t speaks volumes in ~misc

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    Or maybe the US is just half-full of shit-heads? I mean, I want to think that Americans are generally good people, or that they're just misinformed, or <insert any excuse here> but look at the...

    Or maybe the US is just half-full of shit-heads? I mean, I want to think that Americans are generally good people, or that they're just misinformed, or <insert any excuse here> but look at the monster half of them voted to re-elect. 'Yes, four more years of that please.'

    If they identify more with Trump than Biden, wow is all I can say.

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

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    I was tinkering the other week, and got a basic servlet up and running on Heroku where you can paste in the generated SQL query and binds from Hibernate's logging output, and it will construct an...

    I was tinkering the other week, and got a basic servlet up and running on Heroku where you can paste in the generated SQL query and binds from Hibernate's logging output, and it will construct an executable query for you. Was kinda fun, and is sometimes even useful.

    https://marcos-dev-utils.herokuapp.com/

    3 votes
  5. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    In our game we start 1 level below the lowest char. That does mean there is a bit of level difference between the highest and the lowest, but nobody really minds. I think it's okay, as new players...

    In our game we start 1 level below the lowest char. That does mean there is a bit of level difference between the highest and the lowest, but nobody really minds. I think it's okay, as new players have joined the campaign over time, and the new characters to the party are in some sense the side-kicks, while the existing characters are the 'heroes' of the campaign. As the new characters spend more time, they become more central to the story line. For us this makes sense, but it might not for others. Talk to your GM and the rest of the group. :)

  6. Comment on For those in marriages or long-term relationships, what do you do with mementos of previous relationships? in ~life

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    Oh wow, nobody said it yet. I present to you, the Museum of Broken Relationships! It is a museum full of exactly these kinds of things donated from people who can't bring themselves to throw them...

    Oh wow, nobody said it yet. I present to you, the Museum of Broken Relationships!

    It is a museum full of exactly these kinds of things donated from people who can't bring themselves to throw them away, but also don't want to keep them. There is a start and end date of the relationship, and a brief story. The exhibits are super interesting and really varied. Some are sad, some are nice, and some are even funny. I went with my partner which actually isn't a bad thing. It's an honest and humbling look at how we as humans deal with each other. I really recommend it.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on How can I save more money on razors? in ~life

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    For me it depends on which brand (don't remember which ones though). Buy a bunch of different ones and try it out for yourself. You can buy packs on giftsandcare.com. I read somewhere on reddit...

    For me it depends on which brand (don't remember which ones though). Buy a bunch of different ones and try it out for yourself. You can buy packs on giftsandcare.com.
    I read somewhere on reddit it's not just the shaving which dulls the razor, but also oxidation, so dipping the razors in rubbing alcohol can apparently extend the life, but I'm yet to confirm that.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How can I save more money on razors? in ~life

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    Safety razors, my man. That and lather that you make yourself (tube or soap). Takes some learning, but you will understand why they're such a well kept secret: Gilette et. al. have managed to...

    Safety razors, my man. That and lather that you make yourself (tube or soap). Takes some learning, but you will understand why they're such a well kept secret: Gilette et. al. have managed to remove them from the mainstream altogether, and replaced them with their fancy expensive cartridge systems. I think this is one of the most amazing marketing pull-offs in history. There's a reason you can't buy regular safety razors in many stores: they don't want you to even ask yourself "what is this cheap thing?" because then you'd find out. Double-edged razor replacements are dirt cheap, come in packs of 5+ and last longer than cartridges.
    And also, get brush and a bowl and make your own lather. My tip is to warm up the bowl (sit it in hot water while you're making the lather) and it's much more pleasant. Do it. Dooooo iiiiit!

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What have you been cooking during quarantine? in ~food

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    Actually quarantine has been good for our cooking. We're normally too busy and just snack when we get home in the evenings. Now we have a decent cooked lunch every day. The various shortages of...

    Actually quarantine has been good for our cooking. We're normally too busy and just snack when we get home in the evenings. Now we have a decent cooked lunch every day. The various shortages of one particular item or another forces us to vary things a bit as well. First they closed the markets, then they allowed the shops around the periphery (like the butcher) to be open, 1 person at a time. We avoid supermarkets, and try to be flexible and creative. It's kinda fun.

    One thing my wife made which is pretty quarantine-friendly was goulash. The ingredients are long-life, easily attainable staples, you can use frozen meat, and it keeps well in the fridge.

    Goulash
    • 400 g veal or a young cow (beef)
    • 3 medium-sized onions
    • a pinch of salt and pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika powder
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

    Instructions

    Chop the onion and fry until golden, on a little bit of olive oil.
    Add cubed meat and spices (nutmeg, salt, pepper, paprika)
    Simmer on lower heat for half an hour.
    During that time peal and cube the potatoes.
    Add water to the level of meat, and add potatoes and then cook for another 50 minutes.
    Eat!

    Source (+ conversions): https://www.convergencemenu.com/recipe.xhtml?recipe=Goulash&author=nina

    4 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    It was incredibly tame for us out in the western suburbs (Špansko). Nothing got knocked off any shelves, no building damage. Just a really rude wake-up on a Sunday morning. And seeing everyone out...

    It was incredibly tame for us out in the western suburbs (Špansko). Nothing got knocked off any shelves, no building damage. Just a really rude wake-up on a Sunday morning. And seeing everyone out walking their dogs at 7am was just surreal.

  11. Comment on Call for volunteers: Techies against COVID-19 in ~comp

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    Senior java web dev here ("full stack" as the kids call it now). I'm in if you can convince me the project is tenable.

    Senior java web dev here ("full stack" as the kids call it now). I'm in if you can convince me the project is tenable.

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

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    Coccolino Deep on youtube. A friend recommended it for working/concentrating music, and I find it great. Fills up the background noise, without occupying your mind.

    Coccolino Deep on youtube. A friend recommended it for working/concentrating music, and I find it great. Fills up the background noise, without occupying your mind.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin (2020) in ~music

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    nice version.

    nice version.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    Croatia here. We've had one confirmed case. There's been an uptick in corona virus related black humor, but otherwise life just grinds on.

    Croatia here. We've had one confirmed case. There's been an uptick in corona virus related black humor, but otherwise life just grinds on.

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

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    Yeah, I speak a bit and have done a beginner course (A1 level). Can communicate but still not really conversational. As a native English speaker it's really hard to get into. Just everything is...

    Yeah, I speak a bit and have done a beginner course (A1 level). Can communicate but still not really conversational. As a native English speaker it's really hard to get into. Just everything is super weird. Grammar, vocab, genders, everything. German was much, much easier.

    Finished the website translations last night, have to finish a few other things, and then I'll be ready to deploy. Really looking forward to it.

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

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    My mother-in-law is helping me translate my website to Croatian one evening per week. It's a good excuse for in-law family time.

    My mother-in-law is helping me translate my website to Croatian one evening per week. It's a good excuse for in-law family time.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Let's Share Recipes! in ~food

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    Hm, I dug through my cookbook but didn't find it. I guess I just google it when I want. This recipe is pretty close, though being practical/lazy I simplify it somewhat. Ingredients: butter (any...

    Hm, I dug through my cookbook but didn't find it. I guess I just google it when I want. This recipe is pretty close, though being practical/lazy I simplify it somewhat.

    Ingredients:

    • butter (any sort)
    • onions ('cos I have them)
    • whatever cream is available
    • any Gorgonzola

    Method:
    Fry the onions in butter, add lots of cream and melt Gorgonzola into it + seasoning. Voilla.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Good domain registrars? in ~comp

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    I also use Gandi. They're solid.

    I also use Gandi. They're solid.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Let's Share Recipes! in ~food

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    Nice! I usually do a gorgonzola sauce for gnocchi. I think it's basically gorgonzola, cream and black pepper but can consult the book if you want it.

    Nice! I usually do a gorgonzola sauce for gnocchi. I think it's basically gorgonzola, cream and black pepper but can consult the book if you want it.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Let's Share Recipes! in ~food

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    Okay my turn (thanks to @tomf for the prompting). Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins This is my go-to recipe for food-sharing events. Reliable and delicious. Dry ingredients: 2 cups flour 4 tsp...

    Okay my turn (thanks to @tomf for the prompting).

    Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins This is my go-to recipe for food-sharing events. Reliable and delicious.

    Dry ingredients:

    • 2 cups flour
    • 4 tsp baking powder
    • 0.5 cups sugar

    Wet ingredients:

    • An egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence/1 packet of vanilla sugar
    • A cup of milk
    • 100g (3.5oz) melted butter

    The stars of the show:

    • A cup of frozen blueberries
    • A cup of chopped-up pieces of cooking chocolate

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (~390°F).
    2. Melt butter on the stove (low heat).
    3. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl.
    4. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
    5. Add chocolate and frozen blueberries, and stir until evenly mixed.
    6. Scoop the purple goop mix into muffin forms (I recommend the silicone ones).
    7. Place in center of oven and bake for 25 mins, give or take.

    Recipe link: https://www.convergencemenu.com/recipe.xhtml?author=marco&recipe=Chocolate+and+Blueberry+Muffins

    Pavlova The Kiwi classic: light, fluffy, sweet and delicious. The only downside is you have to do something creative with the remaining egg yolks.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 egg whites
    • 2 cups castor sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla sugar
    • 1 Tbsp cornflour
    • 1 Tbsp vinegar

    Topping:

    • 200 ml (0.7 cups) cream
    • 2 pieces of kiwifruit
    • A banana
    • Blueberries? Strawberries? It all works.

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 110ºC (~230°F).
    2. Separate the eggs. Beat for about 30 secs until it's a 'glossy froth'.
    3. Beat on high speed, and add the sugar gradually. It will become a thick paste after a while.
    4. Sift in the vanilla, cornflour and vinegar. Beat.
    5. Put baking paper down on the tray. Scoop the Pav mix into a big heap in the middle of the baking paper.
    6. Put it in the centre of the oven for about two hours.
    7. After two hours turn the oven off but don't open that door. It needs to cool slowly. Leave the Pav in there until it's cool.

    To serve, lather it with whipped cream and cover it with kiwifruit slices. Job well done.
    Recipe link: https://www.convergencemenu.com/recipe.xhtml?author=marco&recipe=Pavlova

    Self-promotional link to my other favourite recipes (erhem, on my website): https://www.convergencemenu.com/recipebook.xhtml?recipebook=Marco's+Recipes

    2 votes