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  1. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (May 2022) in ~talk

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    Honestly? Not too great. I'd usually avoid throwing identifying information out onto sites like these but I've not many other avenues to vent. I'm currently part-way through week four of...

    Honestly? Not too great.

    I'd usually avoid throwing identifying information out onto sites like these but I've not many other avenues to vent. I'm currently part-way through week four of recovering from breaking both of my arms in an incident involving an electric scooter- a hospital trip which I likely also caught covid during. I'm back at work but the time off seems only to have highlighted that I don't much enjoy it.

    In combination with these health issues, and possibly partially because of them, I've been spiralling a little. Isolating myself. Coming to the realisation that the main online social space I frequent has changed over the years and I no longer vibe with the existing user-base is difficult to deal with, and a split from a short-lived relationship with an older friend due to mine own insecurities, his inability to communicate (and, really, a genuine unreadiness for relationships), and the difficulties surrounding long-distance as a whole have not helped. I'm not sure why I do this to myself when prior history shows it's not a good idea.

    I'm not sure. I'm getting by. Trying to find things I can look forward to. Trying to prepare a suit for an upcoming funeral for a grandparent.

    This, too, shall pass.

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

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    Perhaps prompted by the so-so response to Amazon's adaptation, I have finally entered the Wheel of Time universe- reaching book four before having to put that on pause for a short while due to an...

    Perhaps prompted by the so-so response to Amazon's adaptation, I have finally entered the Wheel of Time universe- reaching book four before having to put that on pause for a short while due to an accident irl. Even so, the collection still grows faster than I can read them, and my local library has been stocking some nice-looking hardback copies of the Discworld series. I pick up one or two when I walk past. At some point I hope to finally get around to Paolini's latest book, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

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  3. Comment on List of Rock and Roll movies? in ~movies

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    I might tentatively add 'A Knight's Tale' for the rock and roll soundtrack. It's definitely worth a watch! Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, etc. It's a lot of fun :)

    I might tentatively add 'A Knight's Tale' for the rock and roll soundtrack. It's definitely worth a watch! Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, etc. It's a lot of fun :)

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Recommend me books with a twist (with a twist) in ~books

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    If you've not read any of the Culture series by Iain Banks I highly recommend 'Use Of Weapons'. The rest of the books are fantastic, though as the series is sort of anthological (or at least, not...

    If you've not read any of the Culture series by Iain Banks I highly recommend 'Use Of Weapons'. The rest of the books are fantastic, though as the series is sort of anthological (or at least, not chronological in a strict sense), they're not necessary to grok this one.

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  5. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    The main issues I've had going Google-less are the few apps that refuse to work without Google services installed, such as Authy, but there are always alternatives. A secondary issue is that any...

    The main issues I've had going Google-less are the few apps that refuse to work without Google services installed, such as Authy, but there are always alternatives. A secondary issue is that any apps relying upon GCM / FCM ( Google Cloud Messaging / Firebase Cloud Messaging ) for notifications will no longer have notifications. Some of these issues can be fixed using microG but I don't feel it's worth it. You can still install any app you want, be it FOSS from FDroid, or from the Play Store itself using Aurora or alternatives.

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  6. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    My current smartphone is the OnePlus3T, and was purchased not long after the initial release, but at this point one might as well call it the Phone of Thesius. The only original part is the top...

    My current smartphone is the OnePlus3T, and was purchased not long after the initial release, but at this point one might as well call it the Phone of Thesius. The only original part is the top motherboard, which I suppose is the most important part.

    Even after all of the work I've done on it, it has costed less than some of the high end smartphones today, and still runs like new after coming up on three years, aside from the vibration motor.

    I'm currently running an entirely Google-less setup, or as Google-less as you can get on LineageOS. I've considered installing microG or GAPPS but honestly the benefits don't outweigh stepping back into the Google ecosystem for me. Especially when the only app I really need notifications on is email, for which I use Tutanota, which doesn't use GCM / FCM.

    I've considered purchasing the OnePlus 7T or 7T Pro, but I cannot justify the cost. The only real advantage I'd gain is a more capable USB I/O, with external monitors & more becoming an option. I would also lose the option to expand the internal storage or use AUX headphones.

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  7. Comment on What's your OS and how does it look? in ~comp

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    I've just switched fully to an Arch installation (from dual-boot Windows 10 & Arch), after a slight kerfuffle with an undersized efi system partition, and I'm quite liking the result. Desktop with...

    I've just switched fully to an Arch installation (from dual-boot Windows 10 & Arch), after a slight kerfuffle with an undersized efi system partition, and I'm quite liking the result.

    Desktop with thunar & xfce4-terminal

    xfwm4 with typical thunar file manager, xfce4-terminal and a nord-theme found on github.

    I've disabled the panel in the session manager, as well as removing all but the default workspace, and am using a custom xfwm4 theme with a script I wrote myself for switching theme colours via the cli, loading presets from a themes file. GTK is using the Fantome theme, and I'm using the Arc icon pack.

    Wallpaper can be found here.

    Currently I use rofi as an application finder/launcher.

    2 votes