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  1. Comment on US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing in ~news

  2. Comment on Will Smith: It’s been a minute… in ~movies

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    I think you feel a lot like I do about the situation, which means the apology wasn't for us, which means to me that I don't really feel like I should have an opinion about what he said in the...

    I think you feel a lot like I do about the situation, which means the apology wasn't for us, which means to me that I don't really feel like I should have an opinion about what he said in the video. It's meant for a different audience.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's a game that you wish you could play again for the first time? Why? in ~games

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    I have two: Doom: I remember playing this on a friend's computer with headphones on. The fear I felt when I could hear that snorting sound coming from "over there," is the only time I've felt that...

    I have two:

    Doom: I remember playing this on a friend's computer with headphones on. The fear I felt when I could hear that snorting sound coming from "over there," is the only time I've felt that in any game since. It made the game feel like I was really there and that I could really die :)

    WoW: I played it at launch on an RP server. My first 1-60 character experience was amazing. The guild I was part of did a lot of darker RP I wasn't really interested in, so I left the guild and adventured across Azeroth guildless, making friends, instigating stealth dungeon crawls, playing a naive, happy go lucky character who made up dumb poetry. I explored every nook and cranny, had favorite "sleeping" spots, set up contests like "what's a lemon?" told outrageous lies, and am still friends with some of the people I met then. I wish I could experience that again.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Georgia county files suit to force land sale for spaceport in ~space

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    I'm not currently doing much posting around here, but when I initially read this, I thought about posting it. I think the entire story is interesting, and I hope I can remember to follow-up so I...

    I'm not currently doing much posting around here, but when I initially read this, I thought about posting it. I think the entire story is interesting, and I hope I can remember to follow-up so I can see how it plays out. There's a lot to unpack - what voters voted for, do their votes matter, the contractual agreement between the county and the site owners, can someone get out of a contract because a community voted against the use, and more. I had hoped some people around here would have some thoughts because all I have are questions!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Kayaking the sickest urban river in Australia in ~hobbies

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    I know I said this before, but I like the way he can convey excitement and sadness at the same time. That river is disgusting and is sort of a monument to what is wrong with humans - short sited,...

    I know I said this before, but I like the way he can convey excitement and sadness at the same time. That river is disgusting and is sort of a monument to what is wrong with humans - short sited, gross etc., yet he somehow managed to make the traversing of it adventurous, and showed us what can be right with humans - people like him.

    Thank you for the tag!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Magic Spoon Review: Keto-friendly cereal alternative? in ~food

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    I don't have the time at the moment to follow your links, but I will! I did however want to let you know that I appreciate your having conversation and providing additional resources for me to...

    I don't have the time at the moment to follow your links, but I will! I did however want to let you know that I appreciate your having conversation and providing additional resources for me to look at. Most of what I think about the keto diet has to do with "feelings" so I'm totally open to learn more.

    With not having looked at your links, I'm wondering if lactating women, or to be lactating women are represented? You don't have to educate me - I will follow your links tomorrow.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Your favorite low budget indie flicks in ~movies

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    One of my favorite low-budget films is Ink - IMB link which can be watched on youtube here. I think the budget in 2009 was 250k. I've watched it more than once. A synopsis:

    One of my favorite low-budget films is Ink - IMB link which can be watched on youtube here. I think the budget in 2009 was 250k. I've watched it more than once.

    A synopsis:

    As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John and Emma, Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John's soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they?
    —Kiowa Winans

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Magic Spoon Review: Keto-friendly cereal alternative? in ~food

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    I don't know if this is the place for it, but since you seemed to be in a place of "this has worked for me, but not be best for you," I thought it might be the place to put this. I've never...

    I don't know if this is the place for it, but since you seemed to be in a place of "this has worked for me, but not be best for you," I thought it might be the place to put this.

    I've never understood the keto diet because I come from a farming background, and ketosis is a bad thing that can happen in dairy cows. It's possible that lactating and to be lactating cows share no physiological similarities to humans, but I'm skeptical and think their there are similarities.

    Here's an overview of ketosis in dairy cows: Ketosis in Cattle:

    I don't necessarily think that a keto diet is bad for humans, but I also don't think many humans realize that ketosis is a thing that has been researched and shown to be bad in certain mammals.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on A homework task prompts kids to reflect deeply on learning, and its limits in ~humanities

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    I don't think the title actually speaks to this short film. It is about a homework task, and it is about children reflecting, but I don't the children in it are reflecting deeply on learning and...

    I don't think the title actually speaks to this short film. It is about a homework task, and it is about children reflecting, but I don't the children in it are reflecting deeply on learning and its limits. Instead I think it shows the difference between learning and being graded. In this instance many of the children are wondering about such things as: what does this poem mean, what did the author intend for the poem to mean, what does this word or this line mean - endless questioning that seems to be penalized at the end by not memorizing the poem, which the grade depends on.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    I did something similar. I moved to a south American country almost 20 years ago, but I only lived there for a couple of years. I found it nearly impossible to meet people anyone other than expats...

    I did something similar. I moved to a south American country almost 20 years ago, but I only lived there for a couple of years. I found it nearly impossible to meet people anyone other than expats and struggled to find my way. Actually I never did find my way. One of the most humiliating healthcare procedures I've ever had happened while I resided there, and the procedure didn't bring a diagnosis any closer to where I was before it happened.

    What I thought it would be like before I moved was nowhere near what the reality of living there actually was. And I was stuck and it sucked and I was unable to move back to the states for longer than would have been optimal. So many people had so many ideas of how I could make it work, how to make it better, and maybe they could have done all those things if they had been me, but they weren't me and I was doing the best I could do at the time. Just like you are.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What is something you have changed your mind about in the last year? in ~talk

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    That curating a life where people can't reject me was the wrong way to go. It has put me in a position where my feelings of unlovability, boringness, unwantedness, worthlessness, and etc are...
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    That curating a life where people can't reject me was the wrong way to go. It has put me in a position where my feelings of unlovability, boringness, unwantedness, worthlessness, and etc are compounded because there is no one to tell me different. It's not only that there is no one to tell me different, I have so isolated myself through the years that there is no one. I made it that way by taking every rejection personally. I've so insulated myself from the outside world, with people who do the same (my husband who has done the same for their own/different reasons), that there is no one to talk with, to do things with, to bounce ideas off of, to... well to be friendly with.

    I'm hitting my mid 50's, and I can point to some of the events that made me go inwards. I can also look at events where I was welcomed, but I distrusted that I would be worthy and pushed what might have been good people away.

    I was wrong. The pain of rejection, and I intimately know what that feels like, is not worth the price of having no one to call, no one to do something stupid with, no one to... no one to... NO ONE.

    19 votes
  12. Comment on Isolated group of polar bears found surviving in south-east Greenland thanks to freshwater discharge from glaciers in ~enviro

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    I don't see that they actually changed the headline, but at the bottom of the article they wrote:

    I don't see that they actually changed the headline, but at the bottom of the article they wrote:

    The headline of this article was amended on 17 June 2022. An earlier version described the polar bears as “thriving”. This has been changed to “surviving”.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide in ~tech

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    Firefox has been my default browser for longer than I can remember. This looks like to be containers but site specific. One thing I would like is the ability to clear all in a container, or in...

    Firefox has been my default browser for longer than I can remember. This looks like to be containers but site specific. One thing I would like is the ability to clear all in a container, or in this case a site. For example Tildes, shopping, my bank, news etc, are all in separate containers. The rest of my browsing is general. I'd like to purge all general, and leave the rest alone since they hold my logins. Maybe this solves that issue. Does anyone know?

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Racing an excavator to save this house’s wood from landfill in ~hobbies

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    I did check out some of his other videos and found them soothingly enjoyable!

    I did check out some of his other videos and found them soothingly enjoyable!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Racing an excavator to save this house’s wood from landfill in ~hobbies

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    I'm not exactly sure what made me click on this, but I am glad I did. It was inspirational, interesting, and sad all at once. I hope there will be a video showing what became of the lumber. Thank...

    I'm not exactly sure what made me click on this, but I am glad I did. It was inspirational, interesting, and sad all at once. I hope there will be a video showing what became of the lumber.

    Thank you for posting!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines in ~life

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    15 minute video and short description

    15 minute video and short description

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    Those user comments were gold. You could also look at what people who liked what you liked had also watched. That bit of discovery unearthed so many hidden gems for us. I made the mistake early on...

    Those user comments were gold. You could also look at what people who liked what you liked had also watched. That bit of discovery unearthed so many hidden gems for us.

    I made the mistake early on of "liking" the movie Harold and Maude. The algorithm never knew what to do with that and recommended awful movies that were nothing like it. I had to unlike one of my favorite movies of all time because of that!

    5 votes
  18. Comment on A day in the life of (almost) every vending machine in the world in ~food

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    That was a fun read. I love learning about things I've never given a thought to. Thank you for posting it!

    That was a fun read. I love learning about things I've never given a thought to. Thank you for posting it!

    4 votes