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  1. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    I only notice achievements in games when I have apparently earned one and it pops up. I don't like them as they take me out of the game when they are revealed. People should strive for real...

    I only notice achievements in games when I have apparently earned one and it pops up. I don't like them as they take me out of the game when they are revealed.

    People should strive for real achievements. That is, in real life. Those are meaningful. Do something new and interesting and pat yourself on the back!

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    ~500 pages into Anniversaries. From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl (the recent Damion Searls translation) and I'm enjoying it very much. Shifts between two stories: one of a mother in New York...

    ~500 pages into Anniversaries. From the Life of Gesine Cresspahl (the recent Damion Searls translation) and I'm enjoying it very much. Shifts between two stories: one of a mother in New York during the Vietnam War and one of her parents (her hometown, really) during the rise of the Third Reich.

    And other things, of course. But that's the main bit.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    Though it gets lumped in with "crazy talk", I do wonder what the long-term effects of being exposed to all sorts of wireless signals may have on the human body/mind. I feel like it can't be "nil."

    Though it gets lumped in with "crazy talk", I do wonder what the long-term effects of being exposed to all sorts of wireless signals may have on the human body/mind. I feel like it can't be "nil."

    7 votes
  4. Comment on FDA to propose ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, with industry likely to challenge in ~health

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    E-cigarettes and e-liquids are considered tobacco products and the ban on flavors in tobacco products (including menthol) was spurred by a supposed youth vaping epidemic. That said, I don't think...

    Non-sequitur aside, since this ban has nothing to do with vaping or e-liquid flavors, and only affects "tobacco products" like cigarettes and cigars, as far as I can tell...

    E-cigarettes and e-liquids are considered tobacco products and the ban on flavors in tobacco products (including menthol) was spurred by a supposed youth vaping epidemic. That said, I don't think their really is much of a youth vaping epidemic. Or, not nearly as worrisome as media made it out to be. Though youth vaping was (still is?) on the rise, most youth who took up vaping were already using other tobacco products, and most who do vape don't vape regularly.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What's something that took you a long time to like? in ~talk

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    Hot damn... during my good couple year stretch of very focused reading I only managed ~100 pages a day, generally over the course of 3-4 hours. Can't imagine 300! But, props to you for some...

    I believe my average pages-per-day was around 300 for almost 30 years.

    Hot damn... during my good couple year stretch of very focused reading I only managed ~100 pages a day, generally over the course of 3-4 hours. Can't imagine 300! But, props to you for some impressive reading.

    Do you feel you've retained a good deal of it? Or... at least the ~important~ parts? That is, the impression a book may have left on you... or a particular passage/idea, etc..

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    So, I've basically replaced the pull-ups/rows from my previous workout with single-arm kettlebell rows in order to let my left elbow heal up (I hope). Overall, I'm doing 12 sets of 10 reps per...

    So, I've basically replaced the pull-ups/rows from my previous workout with single-arm kettlebell rows in order to let my left elbow heal up (I hope). Overall, I'm doing 12 sets of 10 reps per side. Kinda hard to keep the body in a stable, consistent position. Feeling it more in my upper back and lower back, so far. Not really in the lats. Guessing that's because my lats are overdeveloped compared to those muscles from all the deng pull-ups I've been doing. Anyhow...I kinda like feeling those other muscles getting some work in. :)

    Beyond that... a whole lotta walking.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Beyond Calibri: Finding Microsoft’s next default font in ~design

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    Trying all with a block of "regular"-sized text in Microsoft Word, I'd say it's between Bierstadt and Skeena in terms of readability. I'd lean towards Bierstadt as it hearkens back to Arial and is...

    Trying all with a block of "regular"-sized text in Microsoft Word, I'd say it's between Bierstadt and Skeena in terms of readability. I'd lean towards Bierstadt as it hearkens back to Arial and is the least offensive option.

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

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    Well.. I just learned Chex Quest got an HD remake... so... I'll be playing that, later! I used to play the hell out of that game back in the day... naturally, got it in a box of Chex. Also, just...

    Well.. I just learned Chex Quest got an HD remake... so... I'll be playing that, later!

    I used to play the hell out of that game back in the day... naturally, got it in a box of Chex. Also, just answered a trivia question correctly based on the fact that Chex Quest was apparently the first video game packaged with a cereal.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    2666 by Roberto Bolaño left me with a feeling of uneasiness throughout. Hmm... Sicario engenders similar feelings, I think.

    2666 by Roberto Bolaño left me with a feeling of uneasiness throughout. Hmm... Sicario engenders similar feelings, I think.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Have you read any other Levi? I haven’t read Survival in Auschwitz, but I really loved The Periodic Table and would definitely recommend it if you’re enjoying his writing.

    Have you read any other Levi? I haven’t read Survival in Auschwitz, but I really loved The Periodic Table and would definitely recommend it if you’re enjoying his writing.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    When I print the string in debug mode I get <feed>\n , so I believe it is definitely reading the new line and cutting off after that. But f and gz have many more bytes in 'em. f is a Vec<u8> and...

    When I print the string in debug mode I get <feed>\n , so I believe it is definitely reading the new line and cutting off after that. But f and gz have many more bytes in 'em. f is a Vec<u8> and it's returning a length of 796157717, so... ~796MB. and when I print out gz it displays an ongoing list of bytes, so I can only assume that GzDecoder::new() is functioning properly.. which leads me to believe that read_to_string() isn't doing what I think it should be.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    So, I want to go through this little tutorial on a full-text search engine and try to convert it to equivalent(ish) Rust code. Very early in, and have gotten to the point where I can decode a...

    So, I want to go through this little tutorial on a full-text search engine and try to convert it to equivalent(ish) Rust code. Very early in, and have gotten to the point where I can decode a gzipped file via (GzDecoder)[https://docs.rs/flate2/1.0.20/flate2/read/struct.GzDecoder.html] ... however, when I use the read_to_string() method as in the example, it seems to until it encounters the end-of-line. The docs for read_to_string() say it should read to the end-of-file, though. So... I'm a little confused as to why it's not reading the entire file. Then again, the file is ~6GB and I'm not sure it could even fit into a Rust String ... 🤔

    Anyhow, here's what I got:

    pub fn load_documents() -> io::Result<String> {
        let start = Instant::now();
        let f = fs::read("data/enwiki-latest-abstract.xml.gz")?;
        let mut gz = GzDecoder::new(&f[..]);
        let mut s = String::new();
        gz.read_to_string(&mut s)?;
    
        let end = start.elapsed().as_millis();
        println!("Parsing XML took {} milliseconds.", end);
        Ok(s)
    }
    

    Of course, I haven't gotten around to actually trying to implement the parser, yet...

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

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    Whoa! I really like the design of this page.

    Whoa! I really like the design of this page.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    And to think, I started this progression solely on negatives! Those first 6 higher rep sets are the hardest, and that's where I used to end. But I realized I could add low rep sets after that and...

    And to think, I started this progression solely on negatives!

    Those first 6 higher rep sets are the hardest, and that's where I used to end. But I realized I could add low rep sets after that and they felt relatively easy to do. So, naturally, I just kept piling on as I've progressed. I don't think I'll add much more to what I've got right now, though. Might just work on upping the rep ranges and lengthening my dead-hang time. ...My forearms hate me.

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  17. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Okay, my current routine is looking something like this: M, W, F Workout 1 Goblet Squats w/ 35lb Kettlebell 6 sets of ~15-20 reps Workout 2 Pullups First 6 sets (each followed by 4 negatives, in...

    Okay, my current routine is looking something like this:

    M, W, F

    Workout 1

    Goblet Squats w/ 35lb Kettlebell

    • 6 sets of ~15-20 reps

    Workout 2

    Pullups

    • First 6 sets (each followed by 4 negatives, in their respective grips):
      1. Wide grip: ~8 reps
      2. Neutral grip: 6 reps x 2 sets
      3. Chin ups: 6 reps x 2 sets
      4. Wide grip: ~4 reps
        • on the last negative, I dead-hang for ~15s
    • Next 6 sets (all wide grip and each followed by a negative->dead-hang)
      1. 1 rep x 2 sets
      2. 3 reps
      3. 4 reps
      4. 3 reps
      5. 4 reps
    • Next 3 sets (all wide grip, but no dead-hang)
      1. 1 rep
      2. 2 reps
      3. 3 reps
    • Final set
      1. Chin ups: 6 reps
      2. Neutral grip negatives: 4 reps
        • on the last negative, I dead-hang for as long as possible

    Workout 3

    Pushups

    1. Diamond push-ups: 10 reps x 11 sets

    Tu, Th

    Workout 1

    Kettlebell Swings w/ 35lb Kettlbell

    • 6 sets of ~30-40 reps

    Workout 2

    Bodyweight inverted rows

    • First 6 sets w/ feet elevated:
      1. 10 reps x 2 sets
      2. 8 reps x 4 sets
    • Next 5 sets w/ feet on the ground:
      1. 10 reps x 5 sets

    Workout 3

    Bodyweight dips

    1. 10 reps x 2 sets
    2. 8 reps x 2 sets
    3. 7 reps x 2 sets
    4. 8 reps x 2 sets
    5. 7 reps x 1 set
    6. 6 reps x 2 sets

    Well, that about does it. For most of these exercises, I keep my rest period at 1 minute for ~the first half and then increase to 1.5 minutes for the rest of the sets. Sometimes I go as long as 2 minutes. It's fairly simple, in terms of not having to do a whole buncha different exercises, and I'd say it's working out well for me.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I forgot a set up an account on that website. Here I am, and, jeez... I really need to get back in the reading game again. I've been slackin'... BUT ... I'm thinking of giving Anniversaries: From...

    I forgot a set up an account on that website. Here I am, and, jeez... I really need to get back in the reading game again. I've been slackin'...

    BUT ... I'm thinking of giving Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson a go. So, there's that...

    2 votes
  19. Comment on 2-person boardgames? in ~talk

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    This video explains how I remember playing it, more or less.

    This video explains how I remember playing it, more or less.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Fifty very bad book covers for literary classics in ~books

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    Yea... the fact that these are all public domain books that are mass reproduced by digital "publishers" makes this list kinda asinine and an obvious honeypot for advertising dollars. I wish we saw...

    Yea... the fact that these are all public domain books that are mass reproduced by digital "publishers" makes this list kinda asinine and an obvious honeypot for advertising dollars. I wish we saw bad book covers from legitimate publishers in this list rather than algorithmically generated book covers from pop-up digital "publishers."

    6 votes