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  1. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    These are all great questions OP and all people questioning their diet should consider, and I am by no means an expert nor am I even all that confident in my answer- but I won't let that stop me!...

    These are all great questions OP and all people questioning their diet should consider, and I am by no means an expert nor am I even all that confident in my answer- but I won't let that stop me!

    In my experience with US snack foods, "processed" generally means added salts, oils, fats, and sugars to make the snack foods more appealing (and sometimes even addictive). Unprocessed usually means it doesn't have that and has a lot of fiber, which helps with satiety, nutrient absorption, and makes it harder to over eat.

    This is of course an over generalization, but yeah it's the macros.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    Would you mind sharing your set up? I just set up jellyfin on a raspberry pi with an external hard drive and I'm interested in falling further down the home media server rabbit hole.

    Would you mind sharing your set up? I just set up jellyfin on a raspberry pi with an external hard drive and I'm interested in falling further down the home media server rabbit hole.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What’s something you’ve been mulling over recently? in ~talk

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    If you find out, let me know haha. Me & my friends have often tossed around the idea of moving out of our respective cities and trying to find someplace cheap enough to all be neighbors. As we get...

    If you find out, let me know haha. Me & my friends have often tossed around the idea of moving out of our respective cities and trying to find someplace cheap enough to all be neighbors. As we get older, the idea becomes less joking and more appealing, as does the idea of gardening.

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  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    A few years ago, I ran a half marathon, being dragged along by a friend who was running it. I didn't train as much as I should have and got an awful blister part way through, and ended up having...

    A few years ago, I ran a half marathon, being dragged along by a friend who was running it. I didn't train as much as I should have and got an awful blister part way through, and ended up having to stay off my feet for about 3 days afterwards.

    This past week, I ran that same half marathon, more as a personal challenge to see if I could do better. I used the Hal Higdon training regimen, and felt very prepared going in. I guess I wasn't, since I did about 15 minutes worse on my run time :(

    In retrospect, I should have tempered my expectations. I've had issues with tendonitis rear up since my first run, and I've aged a few years. What I do feel good about is that with all the training, I was feeling pretty much right as rain the next day! So that was pretty great - main takeaway? If you want a good time, be young and in shape lol. But no matter what age you are, proper preparation is the key to not hurting yourself.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: June/July 2022 in ~games

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    Hi kfwyre, has anyone claimed final doom yet? I know I already tried to claim regions of ruin, but if no one else wants it, I have been recently pursuaded to try the old dooms.

    Hi kfwyre, has anyone claimed final doom yet? I know I already tried to claim regions of ruin, but if no one else wants it, I have been recently pursuaded to try the old dooms.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm currently working on a little C interface for an incredibly niche and esoteric file format. The format is tablatal, from the same people who designed Orca and a number of other interesting...

    I'm currently working on a little C interface for an incredibly niche and esoteric file format.

    The format is tablatal, from the same people who designed Orca and a number of other interesting projects. I reached out to them and did a little digging on my end, but the format seems to be pretty dead - they've since moved to a TSV varient. But I really like the idea of file formats conforming to aesthetics, and C pointer arithmetic seems conducive to a format with fixed line lengths, and I could use the C-exercise. And, most importantly of all, it's fun :)

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: June/July 2022 in ~games

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    Cheers on ya for kicking it off this year! I'd take Regions of Ruin if it's available. Thank you!

    Cheers on ya for kicking it off this year!
    I'd take Regions of Ruin if it's available. Thank you!

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  8. Comment on How Mormon missionaries learn new languages in 6-9 weeks in ~humanities

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    Good vid, it's a pretty accurate description of the program - complete immersion, student teachers, etc etc. I also very much appreciate that he touches on some of the potential downsides of the...

    Good vid, it's a pretty accurate description of the program - complete immersion, student teachers, etc etc. I also very much appreciate that he touches on some of the potential downsides of the MTC. The companion aspect of the program is very much used to encourage participants to hold each other accountable, even when they don't want to. I will point out though, the MTC system can encourage deeply unhealthy practices and expectations. Wouldn't recommend it, neither the program nor the church.

    I also appreciate that he then focuses on how the good bits can be isolated from the rest of it. Immediate immersion, daily practice, and the glimpses of mastery or whatever he called it, all very effective techniques that don't have to coupled with a religious program. Currently using similar yet secular methods for studying Spanish to decent success.

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  9. Comment on What is the most pedantic, arrogant, obnoxious answer for the sentence "Good morning!" you can think of? in ~creative

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    I must say I'd never say any of these, but I enjoy the exercise! "Good morning!" "If you kept your subjective assessments quietly in your gob and didn't bother me, I might enjoy the quiet and...

    I must say I'd never say any of these, but I enjoy the exercise!

    "Good morning!"

    "If you kept your subjective assessments quietly in your gob and didn't bother me, I might enjoy the quiet and share your sentiment - but you do not and thus I do not."

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

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    I managed to get my hands on an old fashioned ice-cream maker. It's essentially just a big wooden bucket with an inner metal chamber connected to a hand crank. I haven't used one since I was a...

    I managed to get my hands on an old fashioned ice-cream maker. It's essentially just a big wooden bucket with an inner metal chamber connected to a hand crank. I haven't used one since I was a child, so I forgot how long they took! Also, how sensitive the ice cream recipes are to variations. The first attempt took about 90 minutes to turn into soft-serve, and the second attempt I added some extra cream to try and change the texture - it was still a slurry milkshake after a whole 120 minutes of churn. The chemistry of the process is definitely interesting, but I think ice cream making is one of those things that is fun to do once or twice, but isn't really worth the trouble compared to store bought.

    edit: I did vanilla both times since it was the flavor everyone could agree on, but maybe it'd be more worth it if I sprung for custom flavors!

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

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    I'm trying to make a static site generator that will turn my collection of markdown files that I update into html, Gemini text, and an rss feed without too much fuss. I did it in python and threw...

    I'm trying to make a static site generator that will turn my collection of markdown files that I update into html, Gemini text, and an rss feed without too much fuss. I did it in python and threw in Jinja templates because I wanted that looping capability for listing pages/indexes, but it's honestly seeming like overkill. I kind of want to go the route of shell scripts with utilities, and if I find the right combination of tools in my coffee break browsing I might just commit to it

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  12. Comment on Tips for moving to VA? in ~life

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    It is indeed, though there is also the fact that it really is more of a part of DC than VA, depending on how north you are. I don't really have anything to add for NoVa that nukeman didn't cover...

    It is indeed, though there is also the fact that it really is more of a part of DC than VA, depending on how north you are. I don't really have anything to add for NoVa that nukeman didn't cover below other than, however bad you might think the traffic is, it will be worse, especially when it snows.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on How Ben got his penis in ~lgbt

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    If you block JavaScript on the page you can bypass the paywall, at least in Firefox.

    If you block JavaScript on the page you can bypass the paywall, at least in Firefox.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Tips for moving to VA? in ~life

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    Giving the location would help a lot. Living in Richmond? Got plenty of rec's. Living out in the Appalachians? Not so much, outside of a few hiking trails. Living in northern VA? You're not living...

    Giving the location would help a lot. Living in Richmond? Got plenty of rec's. Living out in the Appalachians? Not so much, outside of a few hiking trails. Living in northern VA? You're not living in VA, you're in the DC suburbs, and may god have mercy on your soul.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on What are some good mobile games which doesn't require dragging? in ~games

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    I can second Antiyoy, it has been my go-to mobile time waster for longer than I can remember. The developer, Yiotro, has a library of similar low-res stripped down games of several genres. As...

    I can second Antiyoy, it has been my go-to mobile time waster for longer than I can remember. The developer, Yiotro, has a library of similar low-res stripped down games of several genres. As Antiyoy is to Civ, Opacha-mda is to an RTS, Vodobanka is to SWAT, and Achikaps is to a city builder, etc, etc. I think some of them may have a drag mechanic but they are all simple, enjoyable, and free. I highly recommend them all

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  16. Comment on What do you love? in ~talk

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    I really love the banjo. I will preface this by saying I really don't look like I like the banjo, and I don't like a lot of the things usually associated with banjo - I'm really more of a metal...

    I really love the banjo. I will preface this by saying I really don't look like I like the banjo, and I don't like a lot of the things usually associated with banjo - I'm really more of a metal head, I don't like most country music, and I'm nowhere near the U.S. south. But in college I tried to learn the guitar, and made a friend that had a banjo in the corner of their apartment. I asked to play it on a whim, and oh my god - it was like dancing for the first time, but with my hands instead of my feet. I love the sound of the strings reverberating off of the drum head, and I love how bouncy the strings feel, especially with scruggs style blue-grass. I ended up going back to that friend's house every couple of days to play with my new obsession, until I could get one of my own.

    My banjo playing has never gone beyond my living room, but anytime I'm feeling tired or blue or just lacking feelings at all - I like to sit down in my little corner I have set up and pluck my banjo for a while. It doesn't usually sound great, but it never fails to put a smile on my face :) When I play, I immediately forget about how things are going or what I'm worrying about, and I focus entirely on dancing with my hands.

    Also, @kfwyre, I gotta say I love this question and I'm excited to see what loves my fellow internet neighbors have to share.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Hi wulfsta, I wasn't an SWE but I was a BIE that worked closely with several developer teams. I'll echo adys' advice that "it depends on the team". Generally, the closer you are to AWS the better...

    Hi wulfsta, I wasn't an SWE but I was a BIE that worked closely with several developer teams. I'll echo adys' advice that "it depends on the team".

    Generally, the closer you are to AWS the better you'll have it, and the closer you are to retail the worse it is. There will be office politics no matter where you go, but in my experience Amazon can be worse in terms of PIP sabotaging, and promotions are an especial struggle.

    I'd say if you're young and up for a challenge, go for a brief stint, maybe 1-3 years. If you're not desperate to jump start your career, or even slightly worried about the stress, don't do it. I had a good coworker-friend suffer a stress induced heart attack, and full-sobbing-breakdowns weren't an uncommon occurrence in the office. Avoid retail/logistics at all costs. The horror stories are usually a little blown out of proportion, but very much based in reality. PM me if you have any questions or would like more details.

    Also, it kind of sucks working for one of the most public billionaires who's also a piece of shit. Take into consideration how you'll feel about the work at the end of your career.

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  18. Comment on Oglers, repeated glancers, gazers - Stories and opinions in ~talk

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    Spot on! As your brain adjusts to staring at your own face, it begins to ignore the visual input, and the face recognizing portion of the brain begins to fill in the gaps with... something. It's a...

    Spot on! As your brain adjusts to staring at your own face, it begins to ignore the visual input, and the face recognizing portion of the brain begins to fill in the gaps with... something. It's a very curious phenomenon, and one that I was very glad to find out I wasn't alone in experiencing.

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  19. Comment on What words would you want to see 'reclaimed'? in ~talk

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    In what contexts would you use the swastika that it isn't quite safe to use it? I've seen many a Buddhist family use the swastika freely on incense burners placed on their stoop for all to see,...

    In what contexts would you use the swastika that it isn't quite safe to use it? I've seen many a Buddhist family use the swastika freely on incense burners placed on their stoop for all to see, and on decorations around the house. It's also prominent in the temples I've seen in the U.S.. The issue is that swastika is a far-right symbol by default, but that problem is solved by making clear the Buddhist context. I certainly wouldn't decorate a binder with it or something, but I feel like it's perfectly fine to use where it's relevant, and immediately recognized to be at least different from the far-right usage.

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  20. Comment on Oglers, repeated glancers, gazers - Stories and opinions in ~talk

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    Tangent to your side note: staring at your own reflection for too long can elicit a reaction ranging from confusion to terror- I personally lean more on the extremely uncomfortable side - and...

    Tangent to your side note: staring at your own reflection for too long can elicit a reaction ranging from confusion to terror- I personally lean more on the extremely uncomfortable side - and there's a name for it!! So that's something to be aware of when practicing your self-stare-down.

    But to beanie's point, I am afraid I am on the other side of the awkward gaze. When I'm out and about, particularly working out at the gym, I find my gaze is like my hands during a conversation- I'm not sure what to do, so I just kind of let it dangle there awkwardly. I make a conscious effort to avoid staring directly into others' eyeballs, but oftentimes when I'm looking straight ahead intently focused on something else, people will walk into my line of vision and make accidental eye contact. I assume it makes them just as awkward as it makes me feel. I'm not sure what the point of this is other than to say, beanie, my apologies on behalf of us awkward accidental gazers everywhere. We mean nothing by it. Curious to see what others' experiences with awkward eye contact are, though! Good topic.

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