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  1. Comment on From controller to keyboard and mouse in ~games

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    Honestly, only worry about it for FPSes, and anywhere it feels intuitive. I only use mouse/keyboard for games where I'm going to be moving WASD and most of my interactions are clicking, like...

    Honestly, only worry about it for FPSes, and anywhere it feels intuitive. I only use mouse/keyboard for games where I'm going to be moving WASD and most of my interactions are clicking, like Stardew Valley. If it's a racing game or platformer I bust out the controller.

    You mentioned Overwatch... I can't imagine how you could play that with a controller to be honest. Back when I played CoD on my playstation I still sorta hated it. But, as mentioned, just play a bunch and get the hang of it.

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  2. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I got my cheap fretless bass uke, which has re-opened bass playing for me in ways I didn't anticipate. It's a bit more fun than the Squier Jazz Bass i have, simply because it's fretless. I've been...

    I got my cheap fretless bass uke, which has re-opened bass playing for me in ways I didn't anticipate. It's a bit more fun than the Squier Jazz Bass i have, simply because it's fretless. I've been trying to work out some bass bits so I can revisit the songs on other instruments.

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  3. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    That's actually an interesting perspective.

    That's actually an interesting perspective.

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  4. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    I honestly didn't see any other way for this to shake down if he actually got in the air. The parachute deploys immediately telling us they designed it poorly, and he likely wouldn't have gotten...

    I honestly didn't see any other way for this to shake down if he actually got in the air. The parachute deploys immediately telling us they designed it poorly, and he likely wouldn't have gotten anywhere near high enough to significantly see the curve of the earth with how long that steam jet ran.

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  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Good luck. If I get mine first, I'll message you and let you know what to expect. I got an edge on the Amazon ones and had a great shave. If you don't have any stones, this was the set I used, but...

    Good luck. If I get mine first, I'll message you and let you know what to expect.

    I got an edge on the Amazon ones and had a great shave. If you don't have any stones, this was the set I used, but you could also get cheaper stones of the same grits (220/1k and 4k/8k) pretty cheap if you shop around, then just pay full price (~$30) for a Norton lapper to make sure you can level your stones. Unfortunately they'll be the expensive part.

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  6. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Here's the Ebay listing The same on Amazon, Gold Dollar 66. Here's more expensive Gold Dollar. I'd even call the $9 on Amazon for the 66 worth it for the steel alone, assuming it's the right...

    Here's the Ebay listing

    The same on Amazon, Gold Dollar 66. Here's more expensive Gold Dollar.

    I'd even call the $9 on Amazon for the 66 worth it for the steel alone, assuming it's the right product. I'll find out shortly.

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  7. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I bought six Gold Dollar straight razors. I want to learn to hone razors, so I'm going to get them all in shave-ready shape, and send one to my dad. I managed to get four of them for $4 a piece,...

    I bought six Gold Dollar straight razors. I want to learn to hone razors, so I'm going to get them all in shave-ready shape, and send one to my dad. I managed to get four of them for $4 a piece, and spent a bit more on two on Amazon as controls.

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

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    I've been putting on the new Squarepusher album, "Be Up a Hello," and it's got a lot of familiar sounds in it. Half of the reason to listen to Squarepusher is to see where he goes with a given...

    I've been putting on the new Squarepusher album, "Be Up a Hello," and it's got a lot of familiar sounds in it. Half of the reason to listen to Squarepusher is to see where he goes with a given sound, and I'm frankly not disappointed with it. It's got a lot of the same vibe as Ufabulum and Damogen Furies, but also some tenderness like Beep Street or Feed Me Weird Things. It feels like a culmination of his career, more than anything.

    Went back to some classic IDM with μ-ziq's Lunatic Harness, which is just a great, laid-back album. I don't have much to say about it, but it's a smooth album with nice drum programming, and gentle synths.

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  9. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    I actually have a Widefoot LiterCage for carrying my bottle on the bike, I'm more worried about off the bike. That's good to know, though.

    I actually have a Widefoot LiterCage for carrying my bottle on the bike, I'm more worried about off the bike. That's good to know, though.

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  10. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    Do you guys not wear raingear up there? The rain gear I buy is made there (J&G, they had to relocate to Arizona but kept their manufacturing in Oregon). Hell, I don't think I saw a single fender...

    although it isn't always pleasant getting soaked on rainy days.

    Do you guys not wear raingear up there? The rain gear I buy is made there (J&G, they had to relocate to Arizona but kept their manufacturing in Oregon). Hell, I don't think I saw a single fender on a bike when I was up there for a week in Salem, Eugene and Portland, and I run mine in dry weather to keep my face clean (I'll find specs of road debris on my forehead if I don't).

    I'm actually looking at the 2020 Plus+ pannier backpack as it's the only thing that seems to be like an actual backpack that's big enough for me to bring to school. If you can answer one question for me, at least for the previous year model: Will it hold a 32 oz Nalgene or Hydroflask?

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  11. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Reading @shx and @soctar's responses to my question, it seems it occurs like any other behavior pattern, these two explored who they were, feeling unrestricted by who they thought they were...

    My theory is that young gay men adopt the mannerisms of their "tribe" when they come out.

    Reading @shx and @soctar's responses to my question, it seems it occurs like any other behavior pattern, these two explored who they were, feeling unrestricted by who they thought they were previously. Growing up as the western definition of heterosexual masculinity means conforming to a specific set of implied rules. Coming out as gay is at least a violation of the modern ruleset, so in a sense you're out of the game here, and more free to explore other parts of your world. Not that you need to come out as gay or anything, but I can imagine it would be a huge point at which one would experiment with finding who they are.

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  12. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    So, you sort of came into behaving "girlier" on your own? It may speak to how rigid our gender roles are if you have to be a man when you're straight and can cut lose if you're gay. I've known...

    So, you sort of came into behaving "girlier" on your own? It may speak to how rigid our gender roles are if you have to be a man when you're straight and can cut lose if you're gay. I've known straight dudes who were a little... siwshy.

    There are places and circumstances where I keep it hetero

    Back to @algernon_asimov's code-switching. I behave differently at work than I do at home, even if it's not a huge switch. Thanks for sharing your own experience in this, as I have only previously seen speculation by straight people which should be taken carefully. I would never have thought about dudes just exploring girly activities on their own after coming out without you and @soctar.

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  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    That makes some sense, I think. You came out, and didn't feel constrained by your sexuality and decided to explore who you are.

    That makes some sense, I think. You came out, and didn't feel constrained by your sexuality and decided to explore who you are.

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  14. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    That's actually a good way of breaking it down, but even if I don't understand this as well, it makes sense that there are external and internal reasons for any behavior. I was just curious if...

    One could easily ask the same question of hetero males and behavior getting into violent altercations, liking guns, acting macho, escalating things to physical violence, obsessive and overt posturing, and so on.

    That's actually a good way of breaking it down, but even if I don't understand this as well, it makes sense that there are external and internal reasons for any behavior. I was just curious if there was an external reason, which @Algernon_Asimov answered well.

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  15. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I guess more of a stereotype of a woman? Generally with a lisp, overly dramatic, lots of hand waving, generally walking more like a woman than a man, speaking more high-pitched. It's hard to...

    I guess more of a stereotype of a woman? Generally with a lisp, overly dramatic, lots of hand waving, generally walking more like a woman than a man, speaking more high-pitched. It's hard to explain , but I guess people I've met and worked with who behave a lot like Hank Azaria in The Birdcage, or Mitchell and Cameron in Modern Family, to offer some examples. Honestly, I wish I could find material that isn't comedies.

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  16. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I've got one I've been wondering for years, but never asked anywhere because it's got the potential to be highly offensive: Is there any reason gay men who act like women? Is it sort of a "finding...

    I've got one I've been wondering for years, but never asked anywhere because it's got the potential to be highly offensive: Is there any reason gay men who act like women? Is it sort of a "finding themselves" thing?

    I don't mean all gay men, but also only am referring to cisgendered gay men who act like this.

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  17. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    What do you mean about comfort. On the bike? In weather? About lights: you're getting a lot of conflicting advice for how to run your lights, and I'll tell you one important thing: None of it...

    I still need a lot of gear for max comfort

    What do you mean about comfort. On the bike? In weather?

    About lights: you're getting a lot of conflicting advice for how to run your lights, and I'll tell you one important thing: None of it matters. If a driver thinks they can make it past you in a tight gap, they'll generally do it without regard for your safety, much like they would with other cars. Road positioning is key, and lights help with the enforcement of this. I personally run a rapid blinking 150 lumen tail light at night to indicate I'm a slow moving vehicle, and a solid 150 lumen headlight at night only. This has helped people see me, or take more more seriously if they would have seen me anyway, and I've had far fewer people jump in front of me out of perpendicular streets. I've found urban bike riding to be as much about psychological games as vigilance.

    I'm switching from what I lovingly referred to as my pickup bike, which is a Mercer Kilo WT with a Wald 1275 basket on the rear rack, lengthwise, to the same bike with panniers, and am getting my convertible backpack tomorrow. If you want to know how it is, hit me up in a week. I may buy a second higher-end one for school, but I'm going to see if this meets my needs first. I also have a market pannier coming in, which will be used for those random trips I occasionally have to make around town, and probably carrying my work bag until I get a longer-term solution figured out.

    For footwear, I don't think anybody but racers need clipless. After a couple of supposedly comfortable purchases, I couldn't find a shoe I could walk around in at school/around town all day, so most of the time I wind up riding in my Xero Shoes Prios, or whichever Vans I can buy in a size 14 when the current pair dies. I run Fyxation Mesa pedals, though, which are wide as hell, and foot straps because I ride fixed gear, but have never had an issue with this setup. I recommend avoiding cushy shoes, though. They cause compression issues and can make your feet fall asleep, same as your junk if you have a bike seat with too much padding.

    Clothing: I have a pair of shorts committed to my three mile ride to work, but I wear normal underwear under them, and my undershirt. I've never been smelly before a shift, but I shower right before I head out the door, however hot or humid it was. Going to school I typically wear shorts, but have been wearing jeans in this cooler winter. I'll get a little bit of a sweat smell on my shirt on a hotter day, but I sort of figure when it's that hot everybody smells a little funny. Otherwise my clothes won't smell funny if it's below 80 until I walk a couple miles to go to a store near campus, but then it's the walking doing it instead of the cycling.

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  18. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Deimos's Reddit account led me to tildes in a creepy way. I was stalking his Reddit account for some info about a project he did, and found posts talking about this site. The more I read, the more...

    Deimos's Reddit account led me to tildes in a creepy way. I was stalking his Reddit account for some info about a project he did, and found posts talking about this site. The more I read, the more I felt it was the perfect website. Centralized, free software license (AGPL3) with a solid, acceptable free speech philosophy (don't be an asshole, with a definition of what constitutes an asshole). I emailed the appropriate tildes.net address as soon as I finished reading the documentation. Got led in, and frankly have valued every second spent here.

    As far as centralization, I basically didn't understand how federation worked, and still see the fediverse as hard to make a mass market thing, but see value in a donation-driven website that is run and developed by it's users, as opposed to a profit-driven closed platform. I think the licensing of the platform is more important than any protocol because with social media the site matters more. Just look at Mastodon.social.

    My username was an uncreative tweak on "Loch Ness Monster." It's a less used name, and I played a lot of TF2 when I coined the handle, and frankly like it, so I use it or a variation for anything that isn't a brand I release creative works under.

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  19. Comment on Squarepusher - Terminal Slam in ~music

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    This is the latest video from Squarepusher's new album, "Be Up a Hello" which apparently released yesterday. If the singles are at all telling, this album is going to be all over the place. I...

    This is the latest video from Squarepusher's new album, "Be Up a Hello" which apparently released yesterday. If the singles are at all telling, this album is going to be all over the place. I figured I'd share here, and give a couple thoughts.

    I thought the video was interesting, it had similar ideas to Aphex Twin's T69 Collapse video, but was done with Daito Manabe, apparently a long-time collaborator with Squarepusher. I think the way the visuals are done as part of the scene rather than being the whole scene was brilliant.

    The music moves in a way that could be expected from Squarepusher. This track is pretty cool in that it has the harsh distorted synths in the foreground, then mellow leads sitting in the back of the mix, a bit typical for Squarepusher through Ufuabulum and Damogen Furies, but he's taking his drum programming in a different direction with this sound.

    I'm curious what anybody else thinks about it, I've just wound up buying the album as Squarepusher albums are always buy-on-sight for me.

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