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  1. Comment on Behind Gor, a ‘slave master’ subculture of sexual deviance in ~life

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    This is so interesting; I've heard about the Gor books before but also heard they're very badly written so never bothered reading them. I think it's great that this exists for whoever chooses to...

    This is so interesting; I've heard about the Gor books before but also heard they're very badly written so never bothered reading them. I think it's great that this exists for whoever chooses to consent to it. Personally while I do see the appeal of BDSM and dominant/submissive sexual play in general, extending this outside of the bedroom to a Gorean "lifestyle BDSM" extent is too much for me. To a much milder extent I get it - I appreciate certain decision-making tendencies in men when it comes to very select personal relationships, for example, and am happy to let the person I'm dating do that assuming I trust them to make a good decision. But the Gorean lifestyle seems like a whole other extreme of that dynamic.

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  2. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Personally I still love dark themes for most things and definitely for my IDE. I'm typing this with Tildes in dark theme right now. There's something calming and comforting to my eyes with dark...

    Personally I still love dark themes for most things and definitely for my IDE. I'm typing this with Tildes in dark theme right now. There's something calming and comforting to my eyes with dark themes - less jarring. I can see how that might translate into drowsiness, though - if I'm ever feeling really sleepy while working on something I might try toggling to a light theme to see if it'll help snap me out of it.

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  3. Comment on The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis in ~health

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    What an excellent write-up, thank you very much for taking the time to do this.

    What an excellent write-up, thank you very much for taking the time to do this.

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  4. Comment on The Gut Microbiome as a Major Regulator of the Gut-Skin Axis in ~health

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    I've heard the sentiment several times over the years that despite anecdotal accounts of changing what you eat or "cutting-out-thing-x" improving or worsening the condition of the skin, we didn't...

    I've heard the sentiment several times over the years that despite anecdotal accounts of changing what you eat or "cutting-out-thing-x" improving or worsening the condition of the skin, we didn't really have enough data on this topic. The study is from 2018 and it seems like we're finally getting some more insight into how our diet and gut microbiome can affect our skin.

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  5. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    I feel like the city I live in has a great balance of this. It sits on a set of islands so water is always nearby, and a green space is never far away. I recently moved to a neighborhood that is a...

    I feel like the city I live in has a great balance of this. It sits on a set of islands so water is always nearby, and a green space is never far away. I recently moved to a neighborhood that is a 5-10 minute walk from one of the waterfronts and a 3km walk from my work. I walk to and from work through a forest now, it's a great way to stay in touch with nature while living and working pretty much in the middle of a city.

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  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Haha no it's literally a simulated snail!

    Haha no it's literally a simulated snail!

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  7. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    In this case it went like this: we meet up (in person) after work with our laptops. We went for a bit of a walk (first really nice day in Stockholm this year, so the weather was perfect for it!)...

    In this case it went like this: we meet up (in person) after work with our laptops. We went for a bit of a walk (first really nice day in Stockholm this year, so the weather was perfect for it!) and relaxed, and then went to a late-night cafe with WiFi. We grabbed some coffee and a couch (with a couple of small tables for our laptops) and talked about our projects and coding in general for a bit.

    Since he just started learning Python he had lots of questions about the language and programming in general, which I was happy to discuss. Then we sat there and worked on our own laptops for a bit - him on his Python tutorials and me on my Go project. At one point we started talking a little too much (about non-coding things) and coding a little too little, so we set a 30-minute timer where we just focused on our work and didn't talk, then had some discussion in-between, and then set another 30-minute timer. Then we got McDonald's :D

    I love coding in cafes in general - since I've done it so much to me a cafe with WiFi and a power outlet is like "instant focus mode". Usually I do this by myself, but sometimes it's nice to go with a friend as well. Especially when the friend is so excited about learning like this one, it makes me want to help.

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  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I am working on my long-term snail simulation hobby project in Go and he is learning Python.

    I am working on my long-term snail simulation hobby project in Go and he is learning Python.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Tonight I'm having a coding session with a friend. Tomorrow I am catching up with my ex and bringing some moving boxes from my old apartment in preparation for a move next week. Then cleaning and...

    Tonight I'm having a coding session with a friend. Tomorrow I am catching up with my ex and bringing some moving boxes from my old apartment in preparation for a move next week. Then cleaning and yet again jumping into a frozen lake (in daylight this time) with a guy I'm dating, followed by home made sirniki...and lots of packing on Sunday.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Chernobyl (2019) | Trailer in ~movies

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    Being Ukrainian this is the disaster that has always felt closest to "home" for me. I can't wait to see this and hope to see a great degree of historical accuracy.

    Being Ukrainian this is the disaster that has always felt closest to "home" for me. I can't wait to see this and hope to see a great degree of historical accuracy.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Pricing Design Work & Creativity in ~misc

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    I'm not even a designer but found this talk about pricing design work to be really interesting, especially the part where he explains his "you price the client and not the job" approach to...

    I'm not even a designer but found this talk about pricing design work to be really interesting, especially the part where he explains his "you price the client and not the job" approach to pricing. The speaker is Chris Do, Founder of Blind, which has worked on some massive branding projects.

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  12. Comment on What's your lifting/exercise routine history? And now? in ~health

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    Yeah, I agree with the fish thing as I learned the hard way. I've decided that I won't keep fish again - not just from the stress but because after having these for a couple of years I realized at...

    Yeah, I agree with the fish thing as I learned the hard way. I've decided that I won't keep fish again - not just from the stress but because after having these for a couple of years I realized at least to me having fish in a box, no matter how great I try to make the environment, is ethically questionable.

    With dragon flags I can go down pretty well, my issue is getting up, so I start off by assisting myself up and then going down from there. I go as low as I can while still being able to get back up for five reps, a little lower on each rep. I still can't go all the way down and back up though. Aside from this five-rep-lowering-and-raising I also practice going all the way down and up with one leg tucked, which reduces the weight significantly (I can actually manage this one).

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  13. Comment on What's your lifting/exercise routine history? And now? in ~health

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    Thanks; I can definitely see how maintaining a bunch of data can get a bit tedious, and to be honest I'm not super granular with tracking. The main thing I really track daily as a 'rule' is HRV...

    Thanks; I can definitely see how maintaining a bunch of data can get a bit tedious, and to be honest I'm not super granular with tracking. The main thing I really track daily as a 'rule' is HRV and lifts (on workout days), a lot of the rest is just going by feel.

    That does sound like fun (your idea of picking exercises and making them your big lifts). Sometimes I lose motivation a little and then I just stop any worry about what I'm doing at the gym and focus on just dragging myself there, even for half an hour, just to do something I might find semi-enjoyable. I figure the habit of going is more important than the program itself. Picking fun exercises to focus on sounds like a great way to keep it up.

    I do have some non-powerlifting "fun goals" as well, mostly with calisthenic exercises. For example, I want to be able to do a full dragon flag on the bench, so after every workout I cool down with some dragon flags.

    Glad you liked the blog, thanks for checking it out!

    Edit: As for Go - I really really enjoy it for my hobby project. I wouldn't say I have a favorite language, but Go is just fun and I love how much emphasis it puts on testing (which I'm a big fan of). The toolchain around it to me feels very mature. The language is simple and treats tests as a first class citizen. The community seems great and the few issues I've reported have been addressed quickly by Go devs. At work I don't use Go at all and mostly work with Python, C#, and Rust, but in my spare time Go is a nice alternative.

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  14. Comment on What's your lifting/exercise routine history? And now? in ~health

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    My exercise started in my early 20s with running. In about 2014 I began to lift. At the risk of TMI, I actually recently wrote a blog post which talks about exactly this (as well as other...

    My exercise started in my early 20s with running. In about 2014 I began to lift. At the risk of TMI, I actually recently wrote a blog post which talks about exactly this (as well as other health-related things I do) and includes a before-and-after-lifting photo and an overview of my current routine.

    The gist is I currently lift 3 times a week and focus on powerlifting. I hope to enter a mock meet this year to start doing a little competing for fun. I like powerlifting because it is a nice combination of lifting heavy stuff and nerding out over technique and programming.

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  15. Comment on Tipping thoughts? in ~life

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    I tip when I am in the US even though I think it is a horrible system - people should make a living wage without relying on the kindness of customers, and customers should be able to look at a...

    I tip when I am in the US even though I think it is a horrible system - people should make a living wage without relying on the kindness of customers, and customers should be able to look at a price of an item on a menu and pay that price.

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  16. Comment on Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well in ~health

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    What I found especially interesting (and to be honest seemingly obvious in retrospect) is that the older people more likely to continue lifting were not the ones who had gained the most muscle...

    What I found especially interesting (and to be honest seemingly obvious in retrospect) is that the older people more likely to continue lifting were not the ones who had gained the most muscle during the supervised program but those who "had come to feel most competent in the gym. If someone’s self-efficacy, which is a measure of confidence, had risen substantially during the study, he or she usually kept lifting."

    I've witnessed this first hand with my ex starting a couple of years ago, although he was younger (late 40s) than the age group studied here. I've been lifting semi regularly for a few years now and he always said he hated the gym because it was boring and he had a bad back so he "couldn't do deadlifts". He also expressed that he thought it was too late to start. I'm 30 and started lifting about 4-5 years ago, so in his mind I got in early enough, but maybe it was just too late for him to bother trying to really get into shape. Now it's really obvious that he just wasn't confident in what to do at a gym, or where to even start.

    He ended up getting into it (with no nudging from me aside from my getting progressively more and more shredded :D) by seeing a personal trainer at a big gym, but he did not want to do deadlifts because of his back, and wasn't really into working with the barbell in general. Then suddenly something clicked and he decided he liked it after he PT had him try it for a bit. Over time he got a more powerlifting/strength building specialized PT and now works out at a smaller gym on his own or with his friends, totally comfortable with the equipment and the movements. He learned how to deadlift properly and found it actually helped his back instead of hurting it. His confidence in day to day life seemed to really increase as his confidence in what to do at the gym did; he's in the best shape of his life now that he's getting close to 50.

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  17. Comment on How much testing do you guys do? in ~comp

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    At work it varies wildly by team, but I would say not enough. At home with my hobby project I spend most of my time writing and fixing tests, which drive further feature development. I would not...

    At work it varies wildly by team, but I would say not enough. At home with my hobby project I spend most of my time writing and fixing tests, which drive further feature development. I would not call this 'TDD' as that seems to be a much more strictly defined methodology, but I test a lot, with most of my tests being integration tests. For me it's almost like a way of gamifying my development process - chasing after a higher coverage %. I could talk for hours about coverage as a metric and how it is not always useful and how differently I'd be approaching testing if my hobby project was something with an actual scope and timeline.