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  1. Comment on How would you describe this person? in ~talk

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    You're the absolute hoopiest of froods!

    You're the absolute hoopiest of froods!

    6 votes
  2. Comment on How would you describe this person? in ~talk

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    Mostly a lurker, but let's give it a shot! <3

    Mostly a lurker, but let's give it a shot! <3

  3. Comment on How would you describe this person? in ~talk

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    Passionate about what's going on in today's political climate. Bold about your opinions, but incredibly well-read to back everything up. I can't say much about the actual content of your opinions...

    Passionate about what's going on in today's political climate. Bold about your opinions, but incredibly well-read to back everything up. I can't say much about the actual content of your opinions since I'm a politically clueless teen, but the constant skepticism and critical thinking is incredibly refreshing, and something I could definitely stand to learn from myself!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on New sci-fi book recommendations? in ~books

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    The Bobiverse Trilogy by Dennis E. Taylor is a brilliant read about a software engineer turned Von Neumann probe who is sent out to explore the universe to find a new home for humanity. I feel...

    The Bobiverse Trilogy by Dennis E. Taylor is a brilliant read about a software engineer turned Von Neumann probe who is sent out to explore the universe to find a new home for humanity. I feel like saying too much would be a spoiler, considering there's a twist half-way through the first book that basically defines the trilogy, but it's a real interesting look at things like identity, transhumanism, how life can grow on other planets, and all that fun speculative stuff that just feels so real!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tv

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    He's such a rad dude! His videos can be kinda hard to get into due to how he just gets right into it (he himself admitted that he's not exactly looking to appeal to beginners), but the...

    He's such a rad dude! His videos can be kinda hard to get into due to how he just gets right into it (he himself admitted that he's not exactly looking to appeal to beginners), but the brain-stretching nature of the videos help to break down complicated concepts, and the video-game themeing makes it fun to learn! On a personal note, he's pretty much the only reason that roman numeral chords actually make sense to me lol

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    Deadpan! Exactly the word I was looking for! Thank you so much!

    Deadpan! Exactly the word I was looking for! Thank you so much!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Some post-it note drawings I've been doing lately. in ~creative

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    Any advice to get over the "what the fuck do I draw" block is greatly appreciated! As to the doodles themselves, they're straight-up awesome. I love how many shapes and features you can cram into...

    Any advice to get over the "what the fuck do I draw" block is greatly appreciated! As to the doodles themselves, they're straight-up awesome. I love how many shapes and features you can cram into a page! Consider yourself followed, my dude!

  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tv

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    Eventually... That's pretty cool, though! Any progress is progress. Is there anything specifically you focus on with the silver/coppersmithing? or is it mostly just miscellaneous learning projects?

    Eventually...

    That's pretty cool, though! Any progress is progress. Is there anything specifically you focus on with the silver/coppersmithing? or is it mostly just miscellaneous learning projects?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tv

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    I'm aware. I'm using "British" here because it's the closest approximation of what I'm trying to convey. I guess maybe unintentionally sarcastic? comically serious? I'm open to suggestions here...

    I'm aware. I'm using "British" here because it's the closest approximation of what I'm trying to convey. I guess maybe unintentionally sarcastic? comically serious? I'm open to suggestions here because my brain really hates words lmao

    2 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tv

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    The only Alec Steele video I ever watched was his collab with Mike Boyd, but his passion for blacksmithing is clear and he's just so damn happy about working with hot metals and dangerous tools!...

    The only Alec Steele video I ever watched was his collab with Mike Boyd, but his passion for blacksmithing is clear and he's just so damn happy about working with hot metals and dangerous tools! Makes me want to start blacksmithing myself, but I lack the money and coordination lol

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    Same boat here, I'm definitely due for a subscription purge at some point. Here are a few of my top five that I'd recommend (in no particular order): 8-Bit Music Theory is a fun channel that...

    Same boat here, I'm definitely due for a subscription purge at some point. Here are a few of my top five that I'd recommend (in no particular order):

    • 8-Bit Music Theory is a fun channel that focuses on teaching specific musical composition techniques and how they relate to certain video-game scores. He seems a tad biased towards Nintendo, but he's also thrown in some really deep looks at creative trends in the indie scene.

    • Corridor Crew is a channel about a small short-film studio and their various behind the scenes exploits, detailing each person's role in the development of whatever project their working on as well as occasionally focusing on the hobbies and personal lives of the crew. There's a freakin' HUGE backlog, but you can pretty much jump in at any point in the past month or so and get a good feel for how they operate

    • ProZD. What a surprise! Another short-film dude. A hilarious voice-actor who found a really large YouTube audience following the demise of Vine. The relatability and shortness of all his videos make it easy to binge watch multiple times, and his board game reviews and snack unboxing vids show that he's also a really rad dude behind the scenes.

    • Sycra is an amazingly skilled artist whose tutorials have taught me a ton about art that I'm still learning to put into practice. His videos are incredibly long, and focus more on learning how to learn art and making things intuitive so you can piece it together yourself, rather just teaching you "How to draw [INSERT THING HERE]". Again, long videos, but also probably the only ones on YouTube that have directly aided my art skills.

    • CGP Gray is probably the most mainstream on the list, clocking in at 3.4M subscribers. Doesn't upload often, but his videos are incredibly thought-provoking, and hilarious in a very dry and morbid British sense. His simple illustrations contain plenty of gags and also help to illustrate his points incredibly clearly!

    Whew, that's a lot! Hopefully one of these will be a good fit!

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - more growth, more groups in ~tildes.official

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    I've mostly been lurking on this site, but one thing that absolutely jumps out at me is that ~creative needs split up or organized. I have two systems in mind: Split them into separate...

    I've mostly been lurking on this site, but one thing that absolutely jumps out at me is that ~creative needs split up or organized. I have two systems in mind:

    • Split them into separate communities; ~musicians (destinct from ~music as it's about music production hobbyists), ~writing (distinct from the hypothetical ~books- which should totally be a thing- because of obvious reasons), and ~drawing(/painting? ~visualarts? name needs work).

    • Alternatively, perhaps those three could simply stand as subgroups when you plan on implementing those (~creative.music, ~creative.writing, ~creative.visual). Either way, I feel like it's definitely a piece of organization that needs to happen.

    As someone who dabbles in all three, the lack of organization is really frustrating to deal with when I'm looking to talk about a particular form of expression/creativity. I think subgroup might be the best way to go about it, but that requires quite a few more issues solved, such as how subgroups would actually function on the site and whether or not we're big enough.

    That whole tangent aside, I love the ideas for new groups so far! ~food and ~lifestyle might have a bit of overlap, but I feel they can stand on their own. ~books NEEDS to happen, no question. ~soc needs a different name (~society?) but I love the idea of a more serious place for serious issues so that it doesn't leak into the other communities.

    For my own ideas, feel like there could perhaps be a ~hobby as well. A catch-all for the unique niche hobbies that made reddit special! Pehaps we can even split up ~hobby once subgroups become a thing, but again, we can cross that bridge when we get to it. I feel like starting at even having ~hobby is a fantastic first step and will breathe a breath of fresh air into the site and cover some ground that our current groups don't.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on I see your mass of free Steam keys and raise you mine in ~games

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    Rad! They've been received, thanks!

    Rad! They've been received, thanks!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on I see your mass of free Steam keys and raise you mine in ~games

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    If Dungeon of the Endless is still available, that sounds right up my alley! And Spectrum as well, if it wouldn't be too much trouble. I really appreciate the generosity floating around in this...

    If Dungeon of the Endless is still available, that sounds right up my alley! And Spectrum as well, if it wouldn't be too much trouble. I really appreciate the generosity floating around in this community, and I'll definitely start buying my games as keys instead of tied to my account so that I might be able to do this in the future!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on (OC) An old sketch that I finally decided to use as a subject to practice working with ink. in ~creative

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    Thanks! Line weights are so fun to work with! I used a felt-tipped 0.7mm fineliner pen to go over the whole sketch as well as add a bit of crosshatching, then I went around the outermost lines...

    Thanks! Line weights are so fun to work with! I used a felt-tipped 0.7mm fineliner pen to go over the whole sketch as well as add a bit of crosshatching, then I went around the outermost lines (and the weird hair strand dealio) with a Sharpie to make the whole thing POP. Closest thing I have to a brush and ink is a black Copic marker, but I'll definitely see what I can do with that!

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Any language learners/enthusiasts around here? in ~talk

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    I feel like an odd one out in this position, as I love langauges, but I can seemingly never find the energy or dedication to study them. I studied German for around 3 years, taking almost-private...

    I feel like an odd one out in this position, as I love langauges, but I can seemingly never find the energy or dedication to study them. I studied German for around 3 years, taking almost-private lessons from a Fulbright scholar with PhD's in French and German (shoutout to Frau Ru├čt!), but it's been so long since I moved away from where the classes were that I've forgotten most of the grammar and vocab. I tried to start studying Japanese, but that quickly fizzled out after the prospect of learning Kanji intimidated me away before I could even finish learning Hiragana.

    I suppose I'm kind of a middling, wannabe language enthusiast. Or maybe it's just a bad rut. Or perhaps burnout even? Any tips for dealing with such a weird mental state in regards to language?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Discussing anonymity on ~ in ~tildes

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    I think randomly generated usernames is taking it a step far, and could potentially lead to this site becoming pretty toxic due to people not suffering repercussions for being terrible people on...

    I think randomly generated usernames is taking it a step far, and could potentially lead to this site becoming pretty toxic due to people not suffering repercussions for being terrible people on here. That said, I think you struck gold when you touched on the idea of "[There] should be an option, making your profile not display your history to others"! Making it a setting to toggle on a per-user basis allows people to build a following if they wish, and also remain partially-anonymous if they wish.

    Having your username (but not history) on display leads to a partial anonymity that I feel would be ideal to this site. Most people wouldn't recognize a full pattern in contributions without access to your history, preventing them from judging you based on the areas you frequent on the site. However, if you post a particularly terrible comment (something ridiculously low-effort, flaming, or otherwise troll-ish), people have a name that they can report, as well as a means to be wary around certain people. It strikes the ideal balance of anonymous enough to not have a complete identity that people can make snap judgements about, but not anonymous enough to get away with being a complete tool.

    I've never managed a website though, so take my ideas with a grain of salt~

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What do you do to become better at your craft? in ~talk

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    Simply doing my craft. I think Aurelio Voltaire put it best in his "Future Rockstar's Handbook" series when he said (paraphrasing): "You don't need to wait for some sort of higher authority to...

    Simply doing my craft. I think Aurelio Voltaire put it best in his "Future Rockstar's Handbook" series when he said (paraphrasing): "You don't need to wait for some sort of higher authority to give you their blessing to be an artist. The only thing that makes you an artist is the fact that you make art! Until you get out there and make crappy drawings, write crappy songs, or otherwise just create crap, you really can't call yourself an artist."

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Introductions in ~talk

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    Greetings and salutations! I happen to be yet another from the /r/CasualConversation mod team (@tiz appears to be slowly taking this website over! Bwahahaha!). I'm mostly poking around for reddit...

    Greetings and salutations! I happen to be yet another from the /r/CasualConversation mod team (@tiz appears to be slowly taking this website over! Bwahahaha!). I'm mostly poking around for reddit alternatives due to some disagreement I have with the half-hearted implementation of new features and lack of transparency about what's currently transpiring. I've heard good words from the other mods and am hoping to contribute to this lovely site however I can!

    Being the longtime bard that I am, I'll very likely be hanging out around ~music and ~creative, and some extra special care at ~games since I'm going to start DMing soon! Here's to a wonderful little community and all of our contributions to it! <3

    7 votes