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  1. Comment on DMX has died at 50 in ~music

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    I put his rendition of Rudolph on every Christmas playlist I've ever made. "X gon' give it to ya" is the ultimate workout song, and I will always be grateful for it.

    I put his rendition of Rudolph on every Christmas playlist I've ever made. "X gon' give it to ya" is the ultimate workout song, and I will always be grateful for it.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes Community Valheim Server - April 2021 Update in ~games

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    I came late to the server so I'm probably not as invested as some but still, my time logged definitely fell off these past weeks. I definitely plan on sinking more time into the game once there's...

    I came late to the server so I'm probably not as invested as some but still, my time logged definitely fell off these past weeks. I definitely plan on sinking more time into the game once there's more content, but in the meantime I probably won't be logging on regularly. I'd still like a copy of the save though! And if you decide to revisit this after the next update, I would definitely be interested in playing, and willing to pitch in on server costs.

    Also, thanks so much for hosting this! What little time I was able to spend in Tildes Town was very fun :)

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  3. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2021) in ~talk

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    February marked my two year anniversary of being unemployed. The first year I was planning on, and prepared for. The second year was Covid :/ I'm doing okay all things considered, though. I am...

    February marked my two year anniversary of being unemployed. The first year I was planning on, and prepared for. The second year was Covid :/ I'm doing okay all things considered, though. I am lucky enough to have a good group of friends and a supportive partner, but I do feel a deep fear that I may not find a job that I don't hate.

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  4. Comment on I'm moving between apartments soon. Do you have any advice or protips on the logistics of moving? in ~life

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    Something I do that helps me in the pre-move planning stage, specifically to know what to keep and what to get rid off - sketching the new space out. It helps me to visualize what goes where, how...

    Something I do that helps me in the pre-move planning stage, specifically to know what to keep and what to get rid off - sketching the new space out. It helps me to visualize what goes where, how I want things to look, and decide what does and doesn't belong. It's been a deciding factor in several moves where it tips the scale on "should I keep this chair or no"? And it helps me put together a cohesive idea of what I want the new space to look like.

    Doesn't have to be fancy or look good, but putting pen/pencil to paper really helps me think spatially and helps me put my own little fingerprint on things to make it feel like home.

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

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    Lately I've been really getting down on some ambient noise/music. Not super clear what the genre nomenclature is here, but I've been bouncing between more background-chill-ambient like Rainforest...

    Lately I've been really getting down on some ambient noise/music. Not super clear what the genre nomenclature is here, but I've been bouncing between more background-chill-ambient like Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and more upfront-loud-ambient like Merzbow and Painjerk (nsfw album art)

    While getting down on this ambient stuff, I've been digging around in Spotify and found that a lot of artists I like have made ambient stuff under different monikers, or as a separate project. I really like making playlists on a theme, and I'm going to try and make a "Ambient by artists who don't usually do ambient". Any recommendations are welcome! I'll share it when I'm done :)

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  6. Comment on Carpenter Brut - Escape from Midwich Valley (2015) in ~music

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    Is darksynth the genre? I really like this song, and found it via algorithm when I was listening to the hotline Miami soundtrack on repeat. If there is a subgenre of synth wave dedicated to darker...

    Is darksynth the genre? I really like this song, and found it via algorithm when I was listening to the hotline Miami soundtrack on repeat. If there is a subgenre of synth wave dedicated to darker sounds, I am excited to check it out and would gladly accept further recommendations!

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

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    Don't let me stop you! There was already one before I started, and mine is still very rough (and I just found it can't handle redirects), so there's plenty of room for another browser. However,...

    Don't let me stop you! There was already one before I started, and mine is still very rough (and I just found it can't handle redirects), so there's plenty of room for another browser.

    However, the software to content ratio is quite high for gemini, so I'll probably be looking to spin up a server soon. I'll keep an eye out for yours :)

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

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    I'm continuing work on a gemini browser for android. Just finished setting up a test server a few minutes ago, so I'm hoping to finally squash some bugs and get an MVP up and in the F-droid store...

    I'm continuing work on a gemini browser for android. Just finished setting up a test server a few minutes ago, so I'm hoping to finally squash some bugs and get an MVP up and in the F-droid store soon.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    I've watched the video @gco recommends, and I'd recommend it as well. In that format, I have two themes for my resolution: Health - Mostly paying more attention to my diet and making an effort to...

    I've watched the video @gco recommends, and I'd recommend it as well. In that format, I have two themes for my resolution:

    1. Health - Mostly paying more attention to my diet and making an effort to be more active in my lifestyle. I'd like to make some lifestyle changes when it comes to what I eat, how much of it I eat, and why I eat it. I went vegetarian last year and noticed many benefits. This year, I'd like to make similar changes into not eating things because I need the dopamine hit (junk food, sweets, etc) and eating because I like how it makes me feel in the long run, i.e. impacting my sleep patterns, energy levels throughout the day, etc. I'll probably cut alcohol, though whether or not I go completely sober depends on some social elements. It's a theme, I'll see how I feel!

    2. Career - I have been unemployed for 2 years in February. I am not young, but I am too young to retire. I need a job, and I'd like to find one this coming year. I quit my last one due to moral disagreements stemming from policy decision that led to multiple injuries. I fear I may have been blacklisted, and I hope that the past 2 years studying programming have hopefully been enough to jump tracks, we'll see.

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  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~design

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    That's an interesting question, I'm looking forward to reading others' responses. As for myself, I try to choose my clothing strategically - that is, my shopping and 'asthetic' practices are...

    That's an interesting question, I'm looking forward to reading others' responses. As for myself, I try to choose my clothing strategically - that is, my shopping and 'asthetic' practices are second to maintaining a wardrobe that is easily organized and cleaned, while trying to have a bit of personality.

    For inner layers (socks, underwear, shirts) I find something that works and get enough of it to last through laundry day. I have many pairs of exactly one type of sock, so I never have to worry about keeping the pairs together. I found a t-shirt and underwear that I like (both uniqlo) and bought a lot of them in various colors.

    For outer layers, I generally get second hand things or save up for a while and splurge on something nice. I find thrift stores to be a great filter for sussing out what pieces are actually quality, and which are just branding. I have a pair of pants I found for the price of a sandwich, that have lasted years of rough wear without even a hole in the crotch. I also bought some raw denim for the price of many sandwiches - though the cost may have been different, the quality feels similar, and I value them equally :)

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What books are you giving as gifts this year, and why? in ~books

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    I gifted someone Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski. He's more well known for his other book, House of Leaves, but I chose revolutions because while I found it even more obtuse than leaves,...

    I gifted someone Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski. He's more well known for his other book, House of Leaves, but I chose revolutions because while I found it even more obtuse than leaves, it's a lot more emotional.

    HoL is very well known for it's puzzle-like format, leaving mazes of foot-and-side-notes mixed into the prose that's sometimes twisted into odd shapes and orientations, but Revolutions pushes even harder at the borders of what a book is. It can be read from either side, turning it upside down when you switch; each orientation tells the story of the two protagonists, told in poetry rather than prose, each page containing the two narratives going in opposite directions.

    It's a wild ride and I'd be lying if I said I understood all of it, but damn if the format doesn't lend a whole extra dimension to the story. Following two people's inner dialogues while seeing them pass each other by on the page makes for a uniquely interesting reading experience. Plus, it's less horror-like and more... I don't know. Poetry. It's good, it's interesting, and that's enough for me to give it to someone else.

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  12. Comment on LFG (Looking For Group) Thread: Play games with other folks on Tildes in ~games

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    I actually didn't know the world cup games were happening right now, that might give you an idea of how good I am at the game, haha. I'll try sending you a message on discord next time I'm at my...

    I actually didn't know the world cup games were happening right now, that might give you an idea of how good I am at the game, haha. I'll try sending you a message on discord next time I'm at my computer.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on How and why to use Lynx – the faster web browser in ~comp

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    I don't use lynx all that often, but I do a lot of mobile browsers, screen readers, and generally things other than the big three (chrome, safari, firefox), and it's eye-opening how bad support is...

    Computers lie to us. CSS hides our worst sins. JavaScript covers-up our poor architectural choices. With Lynx, there’s no escape.

    I don't use lynx all that often, but I do a lot of mobile browsers, screen readers, and generally things other than the big three (chrome, safari, firefox), and it's eye-opening how bad support is on a lot of sites. If anything, lynx is a good way to make people experience a website through a lense they might not have considered otherwise, and is more than worth the installation in that regard. I admonish everyone to install something lynx-like, if not lynx itself, for the sake of everyone else.

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  14. Comment on LFG (Looking For Group) Thread: Play games with other folks on Tildes in ~games

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    I have had a lot of fun playing Wargroove. I'm still playing through the main campaign, but I bought it on the behest of a friend, and have primarily played the multiplayer with them, I would...

    I have had a lot of fun playing Wargroove. I'm still playing through the main campaign, but I bought it on the behest of a friend, and have primarily played the multiplayer with them, I would certainly be open to playing Wargroove sometime.

    I don't know Civ that well, buy I've sunk about 40 hours or so into civ V and would be down to play that as well. I've been on a classic RTS kick primarily motivated by AoE2 and CoC, but Wargroove and Civ are in my top 10 currently and I'd love an excuse to play them more. Message me if you'd like to play sometime!

    3 votes
  15. Comment on LFG (Looking For Group) Thread: Play games with other folks on Tildes in ~games

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    Does anyone here play Age of Empires 2? Since the release of the definitive edition, I've been enjoying it immensely, and while the battle royale mode is a bit silly, it's quite fun and has drawn...

    Does anyone here play Age of Empires 2? Since the release of the definitive edition, I've been enjoying it immensely, and while the battle royale mode is a bit silly, it's quite fun and has drawn me back into online play. I'm bad at it, but have had a lot of fun playing with friends, and would be down to play with any interested parties. I'm also open to play anything that runs well via proton!

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  16. Comment on The Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) 2020 Showcase Thread in ~talk

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    Pocket Gemini I'm working on a Gemini protocol browser for android. I only found out about Gopher protocol recently, and used the android browser Pocket Gopher to explore it - looking through...

    Pocket Gemini

    I'm working on a Gemini protocol browser for android. I only found out about Gopher protocol recently, and used the android browser Pocket Gopher to explore it - looking through server after server of personal blogs, uni projects, and hobbyist forums was deeply refreshing reminder of how human the web could be once you get away from the doom-scrolling feeds. I do most of my browsing on mobile, and wanted to make an app for poking around the gemini-sphere.

    I started the month with zero android development experience, and only a fleeting memory of basic java syntax from years ago. I spent the majority of my Timasomo time reading through documentation and PG's code, turns out android development is more than just knowing java syntax :P Unfortunately it's nowhere near done - at the end of the month it was, technically, able to make requests and render the result. However, that was all it could do - make a single request and render plain text on the screen, as seen here. Timasomo ended early for me, as I went offline for the last week or so and only recently got back to working on it, but I've got links working and started adding a bit of formatting, as seen here. I'm very much looking forward continue working on this, though Timasomo was a good time-limited kick in the pants to get me started!

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  17. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #4: Update Thread 3 in ~creative

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    My project is an android Gemini browser: Pocket Gemini , named for Pocket Gopher, which I have copied from extensively. It currently can make a request and display the result, and that's it. It...

    My project is an android Gemini browser: Pocket Gemini , named for Pocket Gopher, which I have copied from extensively. It currently can make a request and display the result, and that's it. It can't follow links, doesn't do headers, etc. I've made a bit of progress but haven't pushed to the repo yet, and probably wont' before I leave since I don't have time to clean it up.

    I am headed up into the mountains for a while, so I might miss the next thread. I certainly wouldn't call my project a failure, but I wouldn't call it a success either. I'm very happy with how much I've learned about java and android development, I'm very unhappy with how little I have been able to accomplish thus far. I'm enjoying the little burst of excitements that come with a new project I get from hitting little milestones though, and I look forward to polishing up what I have next month.

    My current stretch goal is to make it follow links for the Showcase thread, both within gemini and to other protocols. I was hoping to make bookmarks and handle failures better, but it's been a rough few weeks and I've been struggling to make the amount of progress I have.

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  18. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #3: Update Thread 2 in ~creative

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    I continue to work on an android gemini browser. I found out that someone else beat me to the punch here, which was a tad bit disappointing but has provided some pointers, which is nice. I got...

    I continue to work on an android gemini browser. I found out that someone else beat me to the punch here, which was a tad bit disappointing but has provided some pointers, which is nice.

    I got android studio all set up and had a lot of fun plugging in my phone and playing around with different layouts on there. It's nice to see immediate results on a device I carry around all day, it makes everything feel much more applicable.

    I'm currently working on a java cli to make gemini requests, and learning a lot about SSL in the process. One problem I didn't foresee is that since gemini is still pretty new, it's very difficult to search for answers to gemini specific problems :( just gotta keep keeping on, I guess.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Oregon legalizes psilocybin mushrooms (for therapeutic purposes) and decriminalizes all drugs in ~health

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    Mushrooms are... intense. I tried them for the first time this year, and while I definitely didn't have the best experience, it was an experience I was glad to have. I think this is one substance...

    Mushrooms are... intense. I tried them for the first time this year, and while I definitely didn't have the best experience, it was an experience I was glad to have. I think this is one substance that, like alcohol, can be harmful if entirely unregulated, but has a spot, with some regulations, in a healthy society. This is also an early and happy outcome from this election cycle, and I am glad to have some good news right now.

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  20. Comment on Insomnia, anyone? in ~health

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    My sleep schedule has been a roller coaster during covid. I've found the best practices for myself in keeping a regular and healthy sleep pattern are - like @knocklessmonster mentioned above, cut...

    My sleep schedule has been a roller coaster during covid. I've found the best practices for myself in keeping a regular and healthy sleep pattern are -

    1. like @knocklessmonster mentioned above, cut out alcohol as much as possible. This has made the biggest difference, but it's not very immediate.

    2. Wear yourself out during the day- any exercise, the earlier the better. I've noticed that if I exercise too late in the evening, it has the opposite effect.

    3. I've tried podcasts, music, white noise etc - and honestly, the best thing for me has been to remove distractions. If I use my phone for it, I usually just end up looking at that instead, so I've found that silence and kind of meditating in bed helps a lot.

    But sleep is a fickle thing, and everyone's situation is different. Pre-covid, I used to visit a 24 hour diner when I really couldn't sleep, and aside from people coming from the bars, it was mostly fellow insomniacs who made conversation there. It helped me realize that sleep is something many people struggle with, and it's not just a morning person/night owl thing. Keeping a sleep/dream journal might help you identify patterns and better understand your needs.

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