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  1. Comment on Bill Gates: The 2021 60 Minutes interview in ~enviro

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    I have nothing against Gates whatsoever — I’m absolutely a fan of all the incredible work he does, and out of everyone, him paying carbon offsets is absolutely okay. After all, all the good he’s...

    I have nothing against Gates whatsoever — I’m absolutely a fan of all the incredible work he does, and out of everyone, him paying carbon offsets is absolutely okay. After all, all the good he’s doing for the world is more than worth what carbon emissions he creates doing the good he, Melinda, and their foundation do. Their exploration into climate work is amazing, and all they’re doing to fund research should absolutely be commended.

    However, I’m just not sure whether the concept of carbon offset is the best idea to reduce one’s carbon footprint. I think it’s a good thought, but it could easily be treated as a write-off by the rich as a way to act as if they’re supporting climate goals when there’s more direct things they might be able to do (such as the CEO of a corporation, for example). It’s a good place to start, but there’s more direct ways of helping the environment for the rich, such as those Gates is targeting — I think he’s using them in the right way but that others might see them as all they have to do to prevent climate change when it is a much larger problem than that.

    Let me know if this makes sense — I’m still trying to figure this out exactly. The concept of the carbon offsets is somewhat new to me, and I think it could be used in the wrong sort of way.

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  2. Organizing Life in Checklists

    I was wondering if anyone organizes their life in checklists, and if so, how people go about doing it. I'm interested in starting to try this, but haven't yet taken the time to do so and I'm...

    I was wondering if anyone organizes their life in checklists, and if so, how people go about doing it. I'm interested in starting to try this, but haven't yet taken the time to do so and I'm curious what works for people.
    My idea of this came off of CGP Grey's usage, which he often talked about in his podcast with Brady Haran, Hello Internet, but I'm a Windows/Android kind of person and would probably use a program such as Notion, which I'm using for notetaking and other tasks already, to do so.

    What I'm mainly wondering is how you might structure checklists to a day of the week, and what to include/not include on there. What works for you if you've tried this before, and would you recommend it?

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  3. Comment on Bill Gates: The 2021 60 Minutes interview in ~enviro

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    I like most of what Gates said here, and think he is a good figure to push for social/political change; however, I believe his "carbon offset" beliefs are not the right way to do things. I don't...

    I like most of what Gates said here, and think he is a good figure to push for social/political change; however, I believe his "carbon offset" beliefs are not the right way to do things. I don't hold it against him, since of anyone, he should be the one to travel as a leader to get his ideas done, but I believe carbon offsets are a misguided way of doing things.

    Although carbon offsets may create a net-zero carbon footprint in the end, the carbon footprint Gates and others create still significantly impact our ecosystems today, whereas carbon offsets attempt to mitigate that later down the line. I think it's more prudent to try to decrease our carbon footprints today rather than attempt to pay them back later on.

    However, money absolutely needs to be put towards carbon emissions, but it cannot be used as an excuse for having a larger footprint. Billionaires such as Gates shouldn't have a "get out of Carbon Footprints free" card because of their wealth and what they're doing to help climate change, even if they are trying to help the environment in ways others might not be able to.

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

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    I haven't been very up-to-date with it, but the Horizons expansion definitely added some depth by allowing planetary landings. Engineers also add a lot afaik (I haven't taken the time to try them...

    I haven't been very up-to-date with it, but the Horizons expansion definitely added some depth by allowing planetary landings. Engineers also add a lot afaik (I haven't taken the time to try them out), but yeah, it's definitely a game that requires you to grind through it. For me, it's often more like going out for a drive than actually playing a game - checking www.eddb.io for what to trade and where to bring it, following Masark's Guide to Trade, and slowly upgrading tends to be somewhat relaxing for me after a long week of school.

    It's definitely not a game for everybody, but I like the realism and the grind. I'd check it out again if you haven't tried it with Horizons.

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

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    Haven't exactly played it recently, but I think my favourite game of all time is Elite: Dangerous. I play it on Xbox, and will probably transition to PC once I get a laptop with a good graphics...

    Haven't exactly played it recently, but I think my favourite game of all time is Elite: Dangerous. I play it on Xbox, and will probably transition to PC once I get a laptop with a good graphics card that can handle games, but damn that game gets you hooked once you start playing. It has a really steep learning curve, as getting used to flying a ship and choosing your career can take some time, but it's more than worth it.

    I also like Elite because you could easily put on background music/not pay all your attention to the game because it's almost a flight simulator in that it realistically simulates the vast size of space. A lot of your time is spent travelling between and within solar systems, and you choose if you want to be a trader, miner, pirate, explorer, or a mix of all.

    The game is phenomenal in my mind. It's definitely not the game for everyone, but I'd highly recommend checking it out.

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  6. Comment on Anime: Where to start? in ~anime

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    Haha, I have watched Spirited Away actually! Need to see it again (it was 5 years ago), but I loved it at the time! Will absolutely give it a rewatch sometime soon.

    Haha, I have watched Spirited Away actually! Need to see it again (it was 5 years ago), but I loved it at the time! Will absolutely give it a rewatch sometime soon.

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  7. Anime: Where to start?

    I have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Showtime. Possibly Disney+ soon too, but I'm guessing Disney doesn't do a ton of anime (other than Spirited Away? Does that count?). I'm looking for a good...

    I have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Showtime. Possibly Disney+ soon too, but I'm guessing Disney doesn't do a ton of anime (other than Spirited Away? Does that count?).

    I'm looking for a good anime show to start watching - I'm brand new to the medium. I've seen guides here and there, but there are so. many. options. so I've had decision paralysis choosing which to watch first.

    I guess I'm looking for a bingeable show that's funny and has feel-good characters, but I'm not set on anything specifically. Some, but not a ton, action would be good too I guess. I'm also fine starting off with a lesser-known show if there's a good one!

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: Thanks to whoever moved this to ~anime - didn't know it was a thing! It's been a while since I've been on Tildes so I forgot exactly how it worked.

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  8. Comment on A handful of sheriffs in Washington State have said they won’t enforce the governor’s shutdown orders. But who are the state’s rural residents actually listening to? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Wow, interesting read - especially as a Seattle-area Washingtonian. I hope that most people continue to be smart about social distancing and wearing masks. Although less populated counties like...

    Wow, interesting read - especially as a Seattle-area Washingtonian. I hope that most people continue to be smart about social distancing and wearing masks. Although less populated counties like Klickitat may not be as in-danger as larger areas, the demographics of the area make it more vulnerable.

    What's crazy to me is how people call social distancing orders "unconstitutional" when there is clear precent of government protecting its citizens because of situations similar to pandemics. I understand the priority to keep constitutional rights (I actually wrote a devil's advocate argument for it in an essay last week), but having the right to bear arms or to free speech come with limitations circumstantially, and are even still protected without having gun shops or churches open - soldiers aren't knocking on doors to take away guns, or storming Zoom HQ to shut down all online weekly church meetings.

    I also like the point made in this comment by u/mattahfackt on the article on /r/SeattleWa:

    Still astonished about how our lil small potatoes Sheriffs are legal and constitutional scholars! Who needs the judicial branch or democratic representation when we can just ask Sheriff Bob to interpret and declare himself Supreme Leader of Klikitat County.

    I'm surprised we still have a system that enables sheriffs to have this much power. Brings me back to John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on sheriffs and their power.

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  9. Comment on You are going to live in a rustic cabin in the mountains for 4 months. What do you bring? in ~talk

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    Agree with the books, but not the kindle (unless it's one of the older E-Ink kindles, then maybe...). I think some libraries might mail books so a library card would be good. Journal for sure. And...

    Agree with the books, but not the kindle (unless it's one of the older E-Ink kindles, then maybe...). I think some libraries might mail books so a library card would be good.

    Journal for sure.

    And a good map of the area/compass (would they count as one?). I orienteer a lot so that could keep me nice and busy during the four months.

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  10. Comment on On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight in ~tech

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    It's so sad to see this kind of thing happening across YouTube, and the wormhole the YouTube Algorithm sends you down. Reminds me of the Polish teen triathalonner who posted this gif on Instagram...

    It's so sad to see this kind of thing happening across YouTube, and the wormhole the YouTube Algorithm sends you down. Reminds me of the Polish teen triathalonner who posted this gif on Instagram a few days ago, and goft stolen off of her and posted onto Reddit, 9gag, and was shared over 2 million times across Poland. Crotch shots from the gif and pictures from Google searches showed up all over the place, especially on 9gag (but not Reddit, thank God, although I do see your comment about /r/ElsaGate @Fin), as I learned when I sent the above Reddit link to her to let her know. She was horrified by what people were posting, just from a simple fun gif that got a few reposts. I hope that nothing like this every plagues Tildes (@Deimos), and I sure hope all the platforms acorss the internet get rid of this terrible content.

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  11. Comment on I just discovered Steam in ~games

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    Wow, as a guy who's never played Portal, I'm really surprised it's not on console. Seems like one of those games that should be...but I guess PC has it's advantages when it comes to certain games.

    Wow, as a guy who's never played Portal, I'm really surprised it's not on console. Seems like one of those games that should be...but I guess PC has it's advantages when it comes to certain games.

  12. Comment on Is there a book that you'd like to see made into a movie or series? in ~books

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    Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It's an amazing book, and I'd love to see it made into a blockbuster movie sometime.

    Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It's an amazing book, and I'd love to see it made into a blockbuster movie sometime.

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  13. Comment on Black Mirror S1E03 "The Entire History of You" Discussion Thread in ~tv

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  15. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - Just... try to relax a bit in ~tildes.official

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    I think that an important thing to remember right now is that this site is small. There's not that many users right now, so even if people like @Gallowboob come on, we should treat them as if they...

    I think that an important thing to remember right now is that this site is small. There's not that many users right now, so even if people like @Gallowboob come on, we should treat them as if they aren't guilty - because they aren't. It's important that we maintain a friendly attitude to each other, because our small community will go nowhere if we're scaring peoe off. So be nice to people, talk, and have fun. Share what you like, and comment on cool stuff. But don't be hypercritical of others, and give people a chance.

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  16. Comment on What's your game that you'd really like to see made? in ~games

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    Just so you all know, someone copied this thread and put it on AskReddit.

    Just so you all know, someone copied this thread and put it on AskReddit.

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  17. Comment on Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys 'pedo guy' in Twitter outburst in ~news

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    As a Musk fan (but hopefully not part of the cult), he's making it really hard for me to support him right now. He's doing the right thing with his business ventures, but this is really making me...

    As a Musk fan (but hopefully not part of the cult), he's making it really hard for me to support him right now. He's doing the right thing with his business ventures, but this is really making me begin to question whether it's the moral way of progressing to the future to support him when he's calling people pedos for no reason and supporting the people he says he's fighting against (both the Republicans and politicians in general in order to get his way).

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  18. Comment on Elon Musk calls British diver who helped rescue Thai schoolboys 'pedo guy' in Twitter outburst in ~news

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    I like what Musk is doing, but I'm not a fan of the way he's doing it. I love SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company and all of his other ventures, but I think we're now beginning to see that he's not...

    I like what Musk is doing, but I'm not a fan of the way he's doing it. I love SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company and all of his other ventures, but I think we're now beginning to see that he's not all perfect. He's making it really hard for me to be a fan of him right now, but his progress to the future is undeniably amazing. Elon, please stay cool and not turn out to be the man we're beginning to see from you.

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  19. Comment on Photography, videography. Share your advice in ~hobbies

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    Before I give out any advice, I think that it's first important to know these things: How much time/experience have you already put into photography? No worries of you're starting from scratch....

    Before I give out any advice, I think that it's first important to know these things:

    1. How much time/experience have you already put into photography? No worries of you're starting from scratch.
    2. How much time/effort/practice are you willing to invest in photography? It's okay if it's not a ton, and it's great if it's more!
    3. What kind of photography do you want to get into? There's a lot to pick and choose from!
    4. What photographers inspire you, or at least are there any shots that you've loved?
    5. I hate to ask this, but what equipment do you have and what are you willing to spend to get into it? There's no wrong answer, but it might change your approach to the hobby.

    Every photographer is an artist, and like all other categories of art, there's billions of approaches to get what you want. Although I'm not an amazing photographer myself, from my experience I'd suggest you go out and start experimenting with whatever you have whenever you have the opportunity. The first step is to get a feel of what you like in a photo, so experiment and try out different techniques, and find a style you like!

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