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  1. Comment on Podcast discussions & recommendations! What are you listening to? in ~talk

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    The ones currently in my rotation are: My Brother, My Brother And Me - A comedic "advice" podcast where three brothers just do a bunch of bits for an hour. The only podcast able to keep my...

    The ones currently in my rotation are:

    • My Brother, My Brother And Me - A comedic "advice" podcast where three brothers just do a bunch of bits for an hour. The only podcast able to keep my interest for as long as it has. I have been listening to it for like 6 years now and still get excited to listen to each new episode.

    • Dead Eyes - A comedic satirical serial podcast about the time the host was fired from an acting job by Tom Hanks. It is very well done. There are 8 episodes out now, currently on hiatus due to coronavirus. Listen to this one, just start at the first episode.

    • If I Were You - Another comedic "advice" podcast, this time less bits but still kinda enjoyable. I don't listen to this one very often, but I still will put on an episode every now and then. It's hosted by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of Jake and Amir web series fame, so if you liked that series you'll probably like this. Probably don't start at the beginning though, I don't remember the start being that good.

    • 'Til Death Do Us Blart - A yearly review of Paul Blart Mall Cop 2. It's dumb but fun.

    The ones I used to listen to:

    • Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend - Conan talks with a guest for an hour, pretty funny. Most episodes end up having the same discussion about fame and comedy and it gets very boring to listen to so I haven't listened to it in like 3 months.

    • Dissect - A podcast that analyses the meaning of albums with seasons dedicated to an album and an episode per song plus an episode intro to the season. I listened to seasons 1, 2, and 4 but realized I wasn't really enjoying myself a lot of the time and I prefer to get the meaning out of songs myself instead of some dude telling me the meaning.

    • The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2 - It's over now, but it was a podcast started by the hosts of MBMBaM to get them roles in Trolls 2. It is pretty funny I recommend listening to it still, but it has lost some of it's luster now that they are in Trolls 2. Still worth it if you enjoy MBMBaM.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    I live right outside of philadelphia, so I guess it makes more sense for me to go protest than for you to go protest. It is also an issue I have witnessed first hand, and as a member of the lgbt...

    I live right outside of philadelphia, so I guess it makes more sense for me to go protest than for you to go protest. It is also an issue I have witnessed first hand, and as a member of the lgbt community and human race I feel it is my duty to support these causes for equality.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    I don't think it is at all a possible outcome, but I think that it should be (and is for many) the goal. I think that really anything short of that won't help as much as many people think it will,...

    I don't think it is at all a possible outcome, but I think that it should be (and is for many) the goal. I think that really anything short of that won't help as much as many people think it will, and seeing what needs to be done will inspire greater change than arrests for a small small subset of crimes committed by police.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    Those things won't instill lasting change. Until the system has been completely replaced police brutality will keep happening and systemic racism will continue to be an issue that effects everyone...

    Those things won't instill lasting change. Until the system has been completely replaced police brutality will keep happening and systemic racism will continue to be an issue that effects everyone all the time.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    For the most part I agree with what you are saying that people have short attention spans and it will cool off as people who don't care as much get tired of it, but I don't agree that we shouldn't...

    For the most part I agree with what you are saying that people have short attention spans and it will cool off as people who don't care as much get tired of it, but I don't agree that we shouldn't try. You are saying that you don't see any reason this time will be different, but it sounds like you are saying it is not worth it to try to make it different this time.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    So because there might be change in the future we shouldn't do anything now? Also, those are two separate issues. You are literally telling me to sit down and not protest then telling me that...

    So because there might be change in the future we shouldn't do anything now? Also, those are two separate issues. You are literally telling me to sit down and not protest then telling me that Americans can't stay passionate enough to change anything. Pessimism is used by people in power to stop the oppressed having hope for change, and what you are saying here is just supporting the racist and abusive people in power.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    Are you saying that all the protests should stop? The protests are not just about raising awareness, but to sustain that awareness. Nothing has really been done to change the system that allows...

    Are you saying that all the protests should stop? The protests are not just about raising awareness, but to sustain that awareness. Nothing has really been done to change the system that allows this to keep happening and I think that keeping the pressure up until something is done is important.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 3 in ~news

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    From the things I've seen on twitter I don't understand how anybody could think that the cops aren't the bad guys. They are obviously the ones escalating this situation, even doing things that if...

    From the things I've seen on twitter I don't understand how anybody could think that the cops aren't the bad guys. They are obviously the ones escalating this situation, even doing things that if done in war would easily be war crimes. It's crazy.

    I want to go out and protest, but as somebody who has only really done like 2 "protests" in my life (a walkout in high school and pride parade last year) I don't know how to convince my friends to go or where to find the location of good protests to go to. I know there is a map on the blacklivesmatters ccard, but they seem to be just cities and not any more info.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Seven years later, I bought a new Macbook. For the first time, I don't love it in ~tech

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    Yeah, I just got a mac for the first time in like 7 years and the touch bar works for me, and I was pretty primed to find it a stupid gimmick. The 2020 model has a hardware escape key, so that...

    Yeah, I just got a mac for the first time in like 7 years and the touch bar works for me, and I was pretty primed to find it a stupid gimmick. The 2020 model has a hardware escape key, so that hasn't been an issue for me at all. Unlike what @emdash said it is significantly faster than pressing keys to change volume or brightness. I also find that it is useful to me about the same percentage of the time function keys were. I haven't had any accidental presses either. I think there is plenty of room to improve, mostly on the software side, but I think it definitely has a place.

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

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    I'm surprised nobody has said Terraria yet. The final (pending bug fixes and such) update came out on Saturday so I have been playing that with my friends alot. Terraria is the first game I bought...

    I'm surprised nobody has said Terraria yet. The final (pending bug fixes and such) update came out on Saturday so I have been playing that with my friends alot. Terraria is the first game I bought on steam, the first game I really played multiplayer with the friends I am playing with currently, and by far my most played game. It really seems to put me in the mental state I was in 9 years ago when I first played it. I have a weird experience with playing it because the actions and personality I have when I'm playing it with these people isn't really what I would do if I was starting playing it now. I take actions and talk like some weird combination of my 11 year old self and my current self.

    I also picked up Jet Lancer, which of you played LUFTRAUSERS is very similar, but jet lancer has a better engine and an actual story so if you enjoy arcade-y games I recommend it highly.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How are you doing? in ~talk

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    I'm really not doing that well, but most of the issues are not related to the coronavirus. I'm just gonna list them out, mostly as ranting to myself. The major and college I chose are really not a...

    I'm really not doing that well, but most of the issues are not related to the coronavirus. I'm just gonna list them out, mostly as ranting to myself.

    • The major and college I chose are really not a fit for me, but it is a little to late for me to transfer either of them
    • The "friends" I made in college are horrible people
    • I dislike the person I am becoming
    • I dislike the person I used to be
    • The only trait about myself I really like is that I like doing things that make other people happy, but people take advantage or will "make fun" of me so then I stop doing things for other people and lose the one trait that I like myself for. It also makes it hard for me to open up about any sort of depression to the people I care about because I don't want them to feel bad on my behalf, even though that doesn't make any logical sense because I know that if a friend opened up to me about depression I would be happy that they did.
    • I am having some pretty noticeable episodes of disassociation
    • Kinda feel like I'm an actor in my own life or like I am just going through the motions
    • End almost every day for the last year either intoxicated or with strong suicidal thoughts (or both)
    • I'm still in the closet with my friends from childhood and family for no real reason
    • I developed social anxiety that I didn't really have before
    • Can't get myself to even do the minimal amount of work to be a functioning human being
    • Still not over the girl I had a crush on like 5 years ago, which makes me feel extremely childish. She is such a big part of my life, one of the few people that brings me genuine joy, and a big part of my friend group that it isn't really possible for me to get away from her or to talk about my feelings with her or anybody in my friend group without making it weird. Since I think I have the "power" in the situation I feel really guilty because I don't want her to be dropped by my other friends if things get weird which if the past is anything to go by they would.
    • The job/internship I am working at makes me want to die
    • I have no idea what I want my future to be
    • I don't really feel hope and happiness the way I used to, it always feels like a mask even if I should feel that way
    • The US, and to a lesser extent the world, political situation has broken a lot of the faith I had in the human race
    • Constantly afraid of dying alone, like everyone is I guess
    • One of my better friends from high school killed himself right after graduation, and I can't get my brain off of a short conversation I had with him about suicide like a year before he did it where I said that I don't really think it's that bad (an opinion I still hold to an extent). My whole friend group didn't really talk about it and I feel extremely guilty for the way I acted and felt after it all went down.

    Looking at most of these things, I should definitely go to therapy, but I went to therapy like 8 years ago and it made all this so much worse. I have tried like 3 anti-depressants and none of them seemed to have worked. I also have a tendency to forget the past, so I am probably blowing things out of proportion with myself, but who knows. I just turned 20 so logically I know I have time but I feel like I am wasting what everybody says should be the best time of my life, but if this is the best it gets what is the point.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Top tracks this week - one per artist: Run - Joji Back Home - Caribou The Gospel Truth - Clarence Clarity DIET_ - Denzel Curry pay attention! - Underscores I've listened to a bunch of Caribou in...

    Top tracks this week - one per artist:

    1. Run - Joji
    2. Back Home - Caribou
    3. The Gospel Truth - Clarence Clarity
    4. DIET_ - Denzel Curry
    5. pay attention! - Underscores

    I've listened to a bunch of Caribou in anticipation of his new album coming out on the 28th. I haven't listened to him in a while, and completely forgot how much his songs slap. The singles have also all been top, so I am unreasonably hyped for the album.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on A dad drank 50 beers every day for 6 weeks. This is what happened to his brain. in ~science

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    didn't watch the video yet but the title reminded me of this.

    didn't watch the video yet but the title reminded me of this.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Star Trek: Picard S01E01 - Remembrance in ~tv

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    My only experience with star trek is TNG. I keep meaning to watch DS9, but I just haven't gotten around to it. My first impression of this show is that the story seems fine, but the music and...

    My only experience with star trek is TNG. I keep meaning to watch DS9, but I just haven't gotten around to it. My first impression of this show is that the story seems fine, but the music and visuals are overdone. Feels really overproduced. I agree with @Autoxidation about the interview scene being the best one in the episode though.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What are your favorite concept albums? in ~music

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    My favorite concept album is good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar. The concept is pretty simple, his life growing up in Compton and how it changed him into who he is, and is executed almost...

    My favorite concept album is good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar. The concept is pretty simple, his life growing up in Compton and how it changed him into who he is, and is executed almost perfectly. The songs are all amazing, with a good mix of vibes. It also has the song 'Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst' which is one of my favorite songs of all time.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on Suggestions for a Starter Synth? in ~music

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    Yeah, I'm really only looking for something to toy around with. I don't really have the whole skill set developed to actually make music just yet. I found the MPK Mini Play for like $55 here,...

    Yeah, I'm really only looking for something to toy around with. I don't really have the whole skill set developed to actually make music just yet.

    I found the MPK Mini Play for like $55 here, assuming that website is legit, and for that price I might just go with that.

    edit: that site is 100% a scam, found this website which is exactly the same.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Suggestions for a Starter Synth? in ~music

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    I have almost no desk space. I am currently using my computer keyboard to make music so I think just about anything will be an upgrade from that.

    I have almost no desk space. I am currently using my computer keyboard to make music so I think just about anything will be an upgrade from that.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Suggestions for a Starter Synth? in ~music

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    I am currently looking at Nektar Impact LX25+ - got them modulation wheels which are fun Artuia Minilab MKII - seems to get better reviews and cheaper Do you have any opinions on them? I have...

    I am currently looking at

    Do you have any opinions on them? I have tried the Nektar Impact LX49+ at a store a while ago and seemed to like it, but I don't really know too much about this stuff to know what is good.

    1 vote
  19. Suggestions for a Starter Synth?

    I feel like I have gotten as far as I can playing around with my keyboard and LMMS, so I was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for a synth that I could start out with. As much as I...

    I feel like I have gotten as far as I can playing around with my keyboard and LMMS, so I was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for a synth that I could start out with. As much as I really want to buy a OP-1 or OP-Z I don't think I can justify it just yet. I would like something in the style of the OP-1 or OP-Z, i.e. quite small, with they keys laid out like a piano, and controls for modifying the sound on the synth, although it doesn't need an included sequencer. I'm also pretty open to drum machine ideas, just have never really played around with them at all. My budget is like $200 max.

    10 votes
  20. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    I think I would. I don't really feel like there is any ethical problem with it at all, it was grown in a lab, not from a human directly. I would only eat it one time just out of curiosity, unless...

    I think I would. I don't really feel like there is any ethical problem with it at all, it was grown in a lab, not from a human directly. I would only eat it one time just out of curiosity, unless it was like the best thing ever, but I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with it. There is a little bit of weirdness to it, but eating animal meat is already pretty weird and I think lab grown human meat would be more ethical than regular animal meat, which I already eat.

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