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  1. Comment on Dune | Official main trailer in ~movies

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    Eh… not to be a contrarian spoil-sport, but this just looks like some bland-ass franchise work. And I like Villeneuve.. and, well… pretty much everyone involved. Hopefully it’s more than what the...

    Eh… not to be a contrarian spoil-sport, but this just looks like some bland-ass franchise work. And I like Villeneuve.. and, well… pretty much everyone involved.

    Hopefully it’s more than what the trailer makes it out to be.

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

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    For those who haven’t been following, there’s another promising vaccine on the way.

    For those who haven’t been following, there’s another promising vaccine on the way.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    To add to the car stuff: Stick shifts. That is, not manual transmission... but the actual stick shifts to change gears, e.g. this. My last car was a 2015 Ford Fusion (R.I.P.) that had one, but...

    To add to the car stuff:

    Stick shifts. That is, not manual transmission... but the actual stick shifts to change gears, e.g. this. My last car was a 2015 Ford Fusion (R.I.P.) that had one, but apparently the newer Fords (and I imagine other manufacturers) have changed into this dial selector that looks like this and... it's just not as satisfying to use. I rented a 2020? Ford Escape that had one and it wasn't too big of a change to get used to, but something about having that stick to rest your hand on (hello, Freud) is a lot nicer. Plus, I feel like I have more confidence in selecting gears with a stick as it requires a bit more force to do than that knob thing.

    Anyway, the stick hasn't completely been replaced across the board... so this is more of a "something I hope doesn't go extinct."

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  4. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    Yea... though, I'm kinda seeing it as more of a modern-day El Camino. Basically a car, but with a bit of a truck bed.

    Yea... though, I'm kinda seeing it as more of a modern-day El Camino. Basically a car, but with a bit of a truck bed.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    The recently-announced Ford Maverick has piqued my interest in this space. A fuel-efficient hybrid, light duty, relatively compact truck that’s pretty damn cheap. Now, it’s not truly a small...

    The recently-announced Ford Maverick has piqued my interest in this space. A fuel-efficient hybrid, light duty, relatively compact truck that’s pretty damn cheap. Now, it’s not truly a small truck.. but it’s probably the smallest modern truck that can be purchased in the United States.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What helps keep you off social media? in ~talk

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    The people on social media. I walk a lot/exercise, read, play music, attempt to hone some technical skills, and occasionally play a video game. I spend the weekends with another and we try to keep...

    The people on social media.

    I walk a lot/exercise, read, play music, attempt to hone some technical skills, and occasionally play a video game. I spend the weekends with another and we try to keep each other busy. So, no time to actively engage with social media, even if I wanted to. I'm fairly fulfilled and don't seek validation from others. At least, not from others that I don't spend time with offline. Even then, though...


    Hmm... by responding to this post, did I betray the idea that I don't actively engage in social media? 🤔
    Well, shit... I actively engage here, on occasion, as it's mostly a low-key, friendly place. Still... this is a place that all too readily embraces hot-topic discussion and heated arguments. Not that that stuff should never be discussed (and it's mostly discussed respectfully here (even if some peoples' ignorance creates a sense of bad-faith hostility)), but it's kinda sad that some more pedestrian topics fall by the wayside.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Well, still ~300 pages away from finishing Anniversaries (which is quite amazing, by the way (think One Hundred Years of Solitude, but less grand in generational scope (and sans magical realism)...

    Well, still ~300 pages away from finishing Anniversaries (which is quite amazing, by the way (think One Hundred Years of Solitude, but less grand in generational scope (and sans magical realism) but more... human?)).

    Also, received my pre-order of the 2-volume hardcover set of Women and Men by Joseph McElroy, which I'm excited to let sit on my bookshelf for a couple of years collecting dust before I decide to give it a read.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    When you come around to it, I'd advise you to stay away from the super heavy rolls and stick to some basic cut rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. 🍣

    When you come around to it, I'd advise you to stay away from the super heavy rolls and stick to some basic cut rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. 🍣

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 7 in ~health.coronavirus

  10. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    Sushi, probably.

    Sushi, probably.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    rice with a bit of veggie/chicken bouillon and some butter is probably the cheapest, most satisfying dish.

    rice with a bit of veggie/chicken bouillon and some butter is probably the cheapest, most satisfying dish.

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

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    I'm with you. The actual coding aspect ain't so bad... but, boy, is there a whole lotta cruft you need to familiarize yourself with that ties things together in all these "modern" setups. Of...

    I'm with you. The actual coding aspect ain't so bad... but, boy, is there a whole lotta cruft you need to familiarize yourself with that ties things together in all these "modern" setups. Of course, you don't need to know DevOps and what-have-you if all you're trying to do is write a Python script that prints out the nth Fibonacci number, but once you start moving beyond that and trying to utilize web frameworks... woof... so much added weight. And many tutorials just kinda fly through that stuff assuming some familiarity on the user's part already.

    Anyhow, you might wanna start simple and check out the MDN learning paths for plain HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on How can I better engage Tilderinos on my philosophy posts? in ~talk

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    Think about the topics that earn the most "engagement" here (and likely elsewhere). Usually, very divisive topics that devolve into some form of shallow tribalistic argumentation. If your...

    Think about the topics that earn the most "engagement" here (and likely elsewhere). Usually, very divisive topics that devolve into some form of shallow tribalistic argumentation. If your philosophy posts aren't providing an outlet for that type of expression, well... you can probably expect low levels of participation.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's a cool and not-well-known thing that people can do with their phone/computer? in ~tech

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    turn it off.

    turn it off.

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

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    Been working my way through this Docker+(NodeJs+Express) tutorial on Youtube (~2.5hrs through). I like the way it's presented, starting with the "hard" way first before moving on to other tooling...

    Been working my way through this Docker+(NodeJs+Express) tutorial on Youtube (~2.5hrs through). I like the way it's presented, starting with the "hard" way first before moving on to other tooling (mainly docker compose) that somewhat makes things more efficient/simple. I think knowing when to set up volumes for certain things (for example, for this simple app... if I wanted a folder/subfolder structure for assets like CSS, JS, images, etc.. would that need to be in its own volume?) and how to ensure there's a clean divide between development/production environments is gonna take me a while to fully grasp, but this tutorial has been pretty good, so far.

    Question: do those of you more familiar with Docker... would you say it's worth it to start projects with a "containerized-first" mindset? Seems like it makes things a bit more easily reproducible with the caveat that setting those things up creates a bit more friction.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health

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    Even following that line of thought, though... a bit of investment in the body can lead to a longer period of being able to "create." Obviously, as someone who exercises fairly regularly, I'm a...

    Even following that line of thought, though... a bit of investment in the body can lead to a longer period of being able to "create."

    Obviously, as someone who exercises fairly regularly, I'm a bit biased in my reading. However, I also regularly practice guitar, make music, attempt to draw, read ~literature~, etc. (yes, I'm patting myself on the back) and still feel like I waste a lot of the day on bullshit (mainly mindless Internet browsing). So, I guess it's hard for me to see regular exercise as something that can distract someone from creating important works of art, or something. Not that I think everyone has that in them, anyway... Might just be worth it for the majority of people to strive for health and live out their days in general comfort with their families.

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health

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    I think the title may predispose people to read it in a certain light. That is, uh.. the title is pretty damn negative. I do agree with some of the sentiment, though (and meant to say so in my...

    I think the title may predispose people to read it in a certain light. That is, uh.. the title is pretty damn negative.

    I do agree with some of the sentiment, though (and meant to say so in my other comment). If you're doing things merely to keep up in some sort of rat-race, then, yea... that's no good.

    But.. I do think saying things like this:

    Theoretically, Michelangelo could have spent all his time on chin-ups and never have got round to the Sistine Chapel.

    is kinda asinine. Kinda creating a false dichotomy between exercise and the act of creation while also advocating for a certain value system. Like... someone who valued physical achievement over artistic achievement (and, hell, maybe considers physical achievement "art") could try to make a point saying "Theoretically, Usain Bolt could have spent all his time practicing jazz piano and never got round to breaking running records" and it would've been equally as asinine.

    And I say this as someone who very much values the arts.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health

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    Yes.... but if you make the investment in building those muscles when young, you'll have more "in reserve", so to speak. Plus, continuing resistance training while aging will slow the rate of...

    In the end, no matter how much agony we undergo to build our biceps, those perishable muscles will still atrophy in old age and then end up on the scrap heap — at which point, what have we got to show?

    Yes.... but if you make the investment in building those muscles when young, you'll have more "in reserve", so to speak. Plus, continuing resistance training while aging will slow the rate of decay. So long as you haven't gone too overboard to the point of wrecking your joints+ligaments, this should generally lead to a higher quality-of-life as you age. And... it doesn't really take that much outta one's day. Maybe 45min-1hr? It's not like exercising has to become your identity and you shed all other humanly pursuits.

    I feel that arguments like these essentially boil down to: "You're gonna die, anyway... so why bother with anything?"

    I mean... if you don't value something, then by all means don't have at it! But...if someone has seen the value in pursuing a particular course of action and it ain't hurting anyone, then.. why yuck on the proverbial "yum?"

    Well, this (and many similar hot-take condemnations on otherwise harmless activities) seems like an exercise in pot-stirring writing.. .which is fine, I guess. Writers gotta work at their craft, after all (lest their skills atrophy).

    5 votes
  19. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Made a vegan Cubano yesterday (made with Yves' ham and salami) with black beans and fried plantains. I don't have a sandwich press, so I just heated up another pan and smushed the sandwich between...

    Made a vegan Cubano yesterday (made with Yves' ham and salami) with black beans and fried plantains. I don't have a sandwich press, so I just heated up another pan and smushed the sandwich between two pans. Overall, very tasty.

    4 votes