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  1. Comment on Tell me about your living space in ~life

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    Yea! Used to have the same at my old place (well, not mounted) and I loved to kick back and watch a movie before bed. There's really no suitable wall to project onto where I'm at now, so I gave it...

    I have a projector mounted in my room to make a 100"+ screen and decent bookshelf speakers to accompany it.

    Yea! Used to have the same at my old place (well, not mounted) and I loved to kick back and watch a movie before bed. There's really no suitable wall to project onto where I'm at now, so I gave it to my sister a couple of months ago thinking they'd make use of it in quarantine. But, I don't think they are... so I may ask for it back and just get a screen. I can't really relax and watch movies any other way.

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  2. Comment on What do your bookshelves look like, and how do you organize them? in ~books

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    Libra is a pretty compelling piece of speculative historical fiction. The premise, of course, is just a staging ground for a deep dive into American exceptionalistic self-reflection. Oooh..in that...

    Libra is a pretty compelling piece of speculative historical fiction. The premise, of course, is just a staging ground for a deep dive into American exceptionalistic self-reflection.

    since I dig Historical Fiction... especially centered in the 1800s (e.g. Aubrey–Maturin).

    Oooh..in that case I'd also strongly suggest Pynchon's Mason & Dixon and/or Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor. They're both a bit of a time investment, but considering you like Pratchett and Adams you might enjoy their silly takes on Colonial America. Though, Mason & Dixon isn't pure silliness. In fact, it's pretty heady and deep and can get downright melancholic...but it also has talking dogs and invisible guardian angel robotic ducks and Alice-in-Wonderland-esque scenarios. Hm... I may have underrated it at 4/5 stars...

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  3. Comment on Favorite political/protest/in-light-of-recent-events songs? in ~music

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    I'd be lying if I said I was familiar with Woody Guthrie's oeuvre (though I know This Land is Your Land), but this topic spurred me to look up some of his music. I'm digging All You Fascists Bound...

    I'd be lying if I said I was familiar with Woody Guthrie's oeuvre (though I know This Land is Your Land), but this topic spurred me to look up some of his music. I'm digging All You Fascists Bound to Lose. Hillbillies against fascists!

    Woody Guthrie's "This Machine Kills Fascists" guitar inspired Tom Morello's "Arm the Homeless" guitar. Speaking of which, I'll throw RATM's No Shelter in the mix, if only because they talk shit about Godzilla (really, entertainment leading to complacence) while being featured in the Godzilla (1998) soundtrack.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on An open discussion related to time and/or the aging process in ~talk

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    Haven't read any Ferrante, but judging by those themes I think I may have to, soon. Especially the idea of greater appreciation for parents and regret for being snotty kids as we age. Some people...

    Haven't read any Ferrante, but judging by those themes I think I may have to, soon. Especially the idea of greater appreciation for parents and regret for being snotty kids as we age.

    Some people may feel a sort of imposter syndrome as they age. That is, they don't have their shit together like a model adult should. But that adult model is formed when we're young dumbasses and revere adults. They are strong and smart providers and protectors. We follow their lead. Then we grow up and wonder where our strength is. Why don't we have all the answers like the adults of our youth did? Well, they didn't. They had the same fears and doubts that us emerging adults have. No one knows what they hell they're doing, yet look how far we've come!

    I have never felt more adult than that moment, a few days ago, when I seriously cared about what new shower curtain and bathroom rug I would be purchasing.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Tell me about your living space in ~life

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    I'm in a studio apartment with a bathroom, kitchen, and small closet. It suits me. I have room for a bed, my books, a desktop that's built into the wall which holds my computing stuff, and my...

    I'm in a studio apartment with a bathroom, kitchen, and small closet. It suits me. I have room for a bed, my books, a desktop that's built into the wall which holds my computing stuff, and my musical gear. People seem to ditch furniture in the hallways and I've reclaimed a few things (including a faulty plasma TV that I think I can fix). I can def use more storage, though.

    Besides books and the choices I've made in the stuff I use, I haven't really personalized my space much. I have some rolled-up posters that I guess I could put up, but I kinda think posters on walls are corny. Though I think putting up LP covers is corny, as well, I do have a signed cover of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. that I've considered displaying.

    The biggest negative is that I'm on the top floor. Besides the occasional leaks that spring during heavy rain (which is rare), people have access to the roof and when they walk around it sounds like heavy stomping. Hmm...I wonder if the room beneath me hears that when I walk. Well, I try to step light.

    I recommend everyone invest in a pull-up bar. Cheap and effective workout! And, uh... renter's insurance. Shit happens.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on What do your bookshelves look like, and how do you organize them? in ~books

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    I don't know if I'd say DeLillo is my favorite author...but I think he's pretty solid. He encapsulates the whole post-modern thing pretty well. His stuff doesn't get so dense that it collapses in...

    I don't know if I'd say DeLillo is my favorite author...but I think he's pretty solid. He encapsulates the whole post-modern thing pretty well. His stuff doesn't get so dense that it collapses in on itself like some work in that style sometimes does (though that stuff can be fun to delve into(Pynchon)). Libra is definitely a must-read. And maybe White Noise, if only to get a further peak at his style.

    My favorite writer is Annie Dillard. At least...she's up there. Her non-fiction stuff, that is. Haven't read her fiction (and I'm kind of scared to).

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What do your bookshelves look like, and how do you organize them? in ~books

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    While I could easily link to my last post on this subject, I'll go ahead and re-take some photos. Plus, I've added a shelf. Shelf 1, Level 1 Shelf 1, Level 2 Shelf 1, Level 3 "Shelf" 2 Shelf 3,...

    While I could easily link to my last post on this subject, I'll go ahead and re-take some photos. Plus, I've added a shelf.

    Well, that's about it. There's not a whole of rhyme or reason to the ordering, here. Before I moved into the place I currently reside, my main shelf (shelf 1) was organized somewhat by thematic links. Now it's mostly be whatever is physically convenient.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Who are your favourite game developers? in ~games

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    King's Field was one of my first PS1 games (back when they still came in long boxes) and I remember being utterly confused while playing it. In a good way. And the featureless character faces,...

    King's Field was one of my first PS1 games (back when they still came in long boxes) and I remember being utterly confused while playing it. In a good way. And the featureless character faces, lack of defined narrative, and the fact that movement was slow as molasses made everything pretty mysterious and surreal. The music and sound effects are definitely imprinted in my brain.

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  9. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~news

  10. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Hey, you're a pretty damn good writer and have well-formed ideas! I'd be interested in what you have to say. Do you have any notion of what the essence of your writing would be?

    Hey, you're a pretty damn good writer and have well-formed ideas! I'd be interested in what you have to say. Do you have any notion of what the essence of your writing would be?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I bought a chintzy desktop tripod + phone holder+ remote shutter from Amazon and I think I'll use it to do a test-run of a guitar lesson. Might try to edit some graphics and stuff into it. Not...

    I bought a chintzy desktop tripod + phone holder+ remote shutter from Amazon and I think I'll use it to do a test-run of a guitar lesson. Might try to edit some graphics and stuff into it. Not obnoxious, Youtube-style shit, though... useful figures of chord shapes/fretboard diagrams, etc..

    ...After I clean up my place a bit more, at least. Don't want it to look like too much of a rat's nest.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Lyme disease is no joke, so if you're in an area where it's common... get it checked out!

    Lyme disease is no joke, so if you're in an area where it's common... get it checked out!

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Who are your favourite game developers? in ~games

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    I guess nostalgia, mostly. Got it at Funcoland (even getting a cheap used game was a rare event for me in those times (I picked ToTS because it was only $7)) with no manual and I had no idea what...

    I guess nostalgia, mostly. Got it at Funcoland (even getting a cheap used game was a rare event for me in those times (I picked ToTS because it was only $7)) with no manual and I had no idea what I was doing. Trying to make sense of game mechanics as I went along was pretty fun, as was exploration. And the style was quirky. It also spawned this playthrough series, which is hilarious.

    More games ought to stick to simple (but obscure) mechanics and ditch in-game tutorials.

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  15. Comment on Help, any good resource on drawing? in ~creative

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    Figure Drawing by Michael Hampton, if you care to draw the human form (I took a class with this guy. He's great). And if there are any figure drawing workshops/meetups around you, attend! Oh, also...

    Figure Drawing by Michael Hampton, if you care to draw the human form (I took a class with this guy. He's great). And if there are any figure drawing workshops/meetups around you, attend!

    Oh, also just learned Michael Hampton has a Youtube channel, which ought to be a great resource.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Champurrado, yo. Pair it with a tamal for a nice, hearty breakfast that's available from many a street vendor in areas with a sizeable Mexican population.

    Champurrado, yo. Pair it with a tamal for a nice, hearty breakfast that's available from many a street vendor in areas with a sizeable Mexican population.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader who saw a negative $730,000 balance prompts app to make changes in ~finance

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    I've gathered from the people who have talked to me about using the app that they don't really understand the implications of buying/selling stocks and it pretty much is gambling, to them. Well,...

    I've gathered from the people who have talked to me about using the app that they don't really understand the implications of buying/selling stocks and it pretty much is gambling, to them. Well, yea, it's that in the short term. I guess what they don't understand is that they should be thinking of buying stock as a long-term investment, rather than buying and selling based on day-to-day swings. I'm not sure if Robinhood goes through the trouble of educating first-time investors in this way (at least, I don't remember anything of the sort back when I used the app). And I'm not sure first-time investors would heed such education. People tend to want things (profits) NOW.

    Anyhow, this side convo kinda went past the scope of the article...F

    4 votes
  18. Recommended RSS Feeds / Readers?

    Inspired by this post, I was wondering what RSS feeds you all subscribe to and how you read them. Here are mine: http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/topNews...

    Inspired by this post, I was wondering what RSS feeds you all subscribe to and how you read them.

    Here are mine:
    http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/topNews
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/feeds/rss/headlines
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/feeds/rss/world
    http://feeds.nature.com/nature/rss/current

    I'm just started using Newsboat, a CLI RSS reader, to read in a few feeds (Reuters was one of them :( ) and it's pretty refreshing to get a text-based newsfeed with no distraction. Though, the feeds I'm subscribed to only give me a brief blurb of the news...

    26 votes
  19. Comment on Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader who saw a negative $730,000 balance prompts app to make changes in ~finance

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    Their raison d'être, no?

    So the issue really is: is robinhood allowing people who have no idea what they're doing access to complex financial tools?

    Their raison d'être, no?

    20 votes
  20. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I came across these early Jack LaLanne videos a couple of weeks ago. The workout is failrly light calisthenic work, but it's kinda fun to watch. And check out that onesie and those slippers!

    I came across these early Jack LaLanne videos a couple of weeks ago. The workout is failrly light calisthenic work, but it's kinda fun to watch. And check out that onesie and those slippers!