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

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    I've been playing Trombone Champ, available on PC. It is a rhythm game where you play a trombone simulated with your mouse and keyboard, and you are awarded "Toots" depending on how well you do....

    I've been playing Trombone Champ, available on PC. It is a rhythm game where you play a trombone simulated with your mouse and keyboard, and you are awarded "Toots" depending on how well you do. You can use the Toots to purchase collectible cards related to the game's absolutely bizarre lore, which is also shared via loading screen tips (such as the first trombone having been invented 20 million years ago). There is a hidden component to the game as well which I have yet to fully figure out - a few menus and secret things to click on that hint at something more.

    It's challenging, and I'm not sure I'm 100% on the control scheme, but honestly if you do poorly it's still fun because you just sound... so terrible. The game does NOT provide a backup horn track for you, you make all the noise yourself, and at no point does the game ever boot you out of a song the way that many other rhythm games do. You go through the thing until it's done no matter how bad you are.

    How Far I've Gotten WRT Secrets (huge spoilers) I've opened the baboon sigil in the Baboon section of the menu (which also opens the one accessed via the Bass Clef card) by achieving four S-ranks, but not sure what to do in that screen now. Same for the the secret lock accessed via anti-Mozart - found it, don't know what to do with it. I've also found the demon and unlocked the silver and red trombones!
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  2. Comment on They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul (1990) in ~music

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    I always kind of wrote them off as a novelty band, but my partner is super into them and I was surprised to find how absolutely massive their body of work is given the thing I was most familiar...

    I always kind of wrote them off as a novelty band, but my partner is super into them and I was surprised to find how absolutely massive their body of work is given the thing I was most familiar with was that one Homestar Runner video. Including side projects, and stuff they did for TV and movies, there's really a lot.

    A lot of it is silly ("Dr. Worm," a track about a worm that isn't a real doctor but is a real worm) or jokey ("Marty Beller Mask", a track about how their drummer is secretly Whitney Houston), but some of their stuff is also pretty interesting beyond being just silly ("Last Wave" is pretty explicitly about death).

    From what I've seen online the favourite albums tend seem to be Lincoln (1988) and Flood (1990), but personally right now I've got I Like Fun (2018) on.

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  3. Comment on They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul (1990) in ~music

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    I recently went to a TMBG concert (my 2nd, my partner's... 20th) that had been originally planned to occur in 2020. It was pushed back for the pandemic, and then pushed back a second time when one...

    I recently went to a TMBG concert (my 2nd, my partner's... 20th) that had been originally planned to occur in 2020. It was pushed back for the pandemic, and then pushed back a second time when one of the front-men, John Flansburgh, was in a terrible car accident in June of this year. He thankfully made a strong recovery, and put on a great show!

    If you have the opportunity, and are even a little familiar with their work, I absolutely recommend checking them out live. They're still doing pretty good for band that's 30+ years old... the energy is great, and a lot of their older stuff - the stuff they made as a two-man group with a drum machine - gets a huge facelift live with the addition of horns and, of course, a live real drummer. (Istanbul in particular is awesome live, with some solos thrown in - depending on who is available - but often turns into a song where their trumpeter gets to show off some really impressive stuff.)

    During the show I went to, they also played a song of theirs entirely backwards during the first set and then played the reversed video back later during the second set, which was a lot of fun.

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  4. Comment on How are things in your country right now? in ~talk

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    Canada. Things are... OK for me personally, but that's because my partner and I both make decent money and we are homeowners. For others, there are definitely concerns around rising costs related...

    Canada. Things are... OK for me personally, but that's because my partner and I both make decent money and we are homeowners. For others, there are definitely concerns around rising costs related to inflation as well as us having what I think is the biggest housing cost increase in the world (although that seems to be leveling out a bit, we're still way way up there for housing costs). Food and rent were already expensive.

    My biggest concern is what I think is the imminent collapse of, um... medicine. There are no doctors or nurses, they're retiring or leaving from being overworked and underpaid. Sure seems like the Conservative premiers of a couple provinces are starving the beast with regards to public health so they can introduce a public/private "solution" to a problem they caused, with no regard for the human death and suffering that naturally occurs when emergency rooms are forced to close at 10PM from staff shortages. (Not that the Liberals were much better here either - this has been a problem for decades and some of those years the Libs were in power - but the Conservatives are definitely more inclined to push for privatization and my premier in particular seems to be intentionally leaving money on the table rather than spending it on, you know, solving any problems.)

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  5. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Coincidentally, I popped in to mention these same shows! My partner is a big fan of them and was the one who introduced me to them. Of the two I think I prefer Pushing Up Daisies.

    Coincidentally, I popped in to mention these same shows! My partner is a big fan of them and was the one who introduced me to them. Of the two I think I prefer Pushing Up Daisies.

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  6. Comment on Lisa LeBlanc - Dans l'jus (2022) in ~music

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    "Dans l'jus" roughly translates to "in the weeds" or "swamped" (as in extremely busy), although it literally means "in the juice". From the IMO fantastic album "Chiac Disco", this track is in...

    "Dans l'jus" roughly translates to "in the weeds" or "swamped" (as in extremely busy), although it literally means "in the juice". From the IMO fantastic album "Chiac Disco", this track is in Chiac - a dialect that's sort of cross between English and old French that I've mentioned on here a couple times.

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  7. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    I suspect, but so far cannot confirm, that I have bedbugs. I have "bedbug PTSD" and am normally so careful with hotels, but I've been travelling a lot lately (against my will! I am not much of a...

    I suspect, but so far cannot confirm, that I have bedbugs. I have "bedbug PTSD" and am normally so careful with hotels, but I've been travelling a lot lately (against my will! I am not much of a traveller!) and it's entirely possible I caught a straggler.

    I've got some unexplained itchy welts... I can't find any signs of infestation in my bed or couch, no dander or spots, and my partner is untouched. But the bites are so familiar that I'm basically convinced. I am extremely reactive, a fact I know from unfortunate experience. It is a curse in the sense of being very irritated, but perhaps a blessing in terms of early detection. :/

    Honestly I'm pretty worked up about it. The fear has been ramping up the last couple days and I kind of feel like I want to puke/cry - anyone who has dealt with them before will know how horrible it is. I have plans today and tomorrow to tear down my bed and couch, to get a plastic protector and some diatomaceous earth, and I have traps arriving on Sunday which will hopefully help confirm. The plans make me feel a bit better, but I don't even 100% know if it's bedbugs yet and I'm tempted to throw out everything I own and just start over. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh.

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  8. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Well, it's that time of year... I have so much sweet corn. I like it, but preparing it in any way besides "on the cob" feels so time-consuming! I heard the other day some people boil corn in sugar...

    Well, it's that time of year... I have so much sweet corn. I like it, but preparing it in any way besides "on the cob" feels so time-consuming!

    I heard the other day some people boil corn in sugar water. Seems strange to me, not sure it needs it.

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  9. Comment on What’s something you’ve been mulling over recently? in ~talk

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    Perhaps I am a sucker, but I actually have some toothpaste brand loyalty: Sensodyne Repair & Protect. Specifically, the Canadian version contains something they call NovaMin which I believe is...

    Perhaps I am a sucker, but I actually have some toothpaste brand loyalty: Sensodyne Repair & Protect. Specifically, the Canadian version contains something they call NovaMin which I believe is banned in the USA. Completely fixed my sensitive teeth and the effects last even if I swap out now and then.

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  10. Comment on Please spoil Outer Wilds for me in ~games

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    Every now and then I see this asked, and my recommendation each time is: Heaven's Vault, a nonlinear adventure/story game where the main mechanic is translating a dead language with your robot...

    Every now and then I see this asked, and my recommendation each time is:

    1. Heaven's Vault, a nonlinear adventure/story game where the main mechanic is translating a dead language with your robot companion. There are many paths, but they are so natural that after my first playthrough of the game I was truly shocked at how differently things could have gone when I started looking up more content for it.
    2. Return of the Obra Dinn, a "deductive mystery" game that I found incredibly engaging. The game is confined to a single boat, very much unlike Outer Wilds, and it really just has the one mechanic / puzzle, but that one mechanic is super, super good.

    Another nonlinear mystery game I played through is Paradise Killer, although some parts of it are a bit rough and it's incredibly bizarre. I wasn't a huge fan, but I have a friend who loves it so it definitely appeals to a certain kind of person - and I would 100% describe it as "surreal", for what it's worth.

    None of them have any combat.

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  11. Comment on Is your smartphone ruining your memory? A special report on the rise of ‘digital amnesia’ in ~health

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    I'd like to chime in to say that for me GPS is fully, 100% a blessing! I grew up pre-GPS and I've always had a lot of trouble with remembering routes and navigating. I once did some tests in...

    I'd like to chime in to say that for me GPS is fully, 100% a blessing!

    I grew up pre-GPS and I've always had a lot of trouble with remembering routes and navigating. I once did some tests in university for some psych grad students, and when the results came back, I remember the very gracious phrasing of my spatial memory being in the "top 95%" of those who were tested. It caused me no end of anxiety, and people would sometimes get angry with me - I almost got the sense that they couldn't believe I wasn't doing it on purpose.

    Recently I travelled to another city solo, which is something I never would have done without GPS. It really opened up the world a lot for me.

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  12. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    I just got back from a short work trip - I work remotely for a company in Halifax, NS, Canada, which is about four or five hours of driving for me. Another person was hired to the same team who is...

    I just got back from a short work trip - I work remotely for a company in Halifax, NS, Canada, which is about four or five hours of driving for me. Another person was hired to the same team who is from a city that is similarly distant, and we decided to have a team-building day. I drove up on Monday, worked in-office on Tuesday, then on Wednesday we had the team-building event before I made the long drive back home.

    I know most people will roll their eyes when it comes to corporate team-building, but I actually had a really wonderful time. One of my coworkers owns a sailboat big enough for all of us (6 people), so we went out to a sailing club on a bay and spent some time on the water. The conversation was easy and interesting and we couldn't have asked for better weather. I learned a lot about sailing mechanics as well - it was only my second time on a sailboat. The only issue we had was that my fellow out-of-towner had a bit of seasickness and ended up ducking out before we could have dinner, but other than that it was basically perfect. There really is nothing like the breeze on the ocean in the summer.

    Here is a pic from the restaurant! That is the bay we were sailing in. It was very bright out and the ocean was very blue. :)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    I love learning peoples' pet nicknames. My dog's name is Josie, but she is also AKA: Josie Posie, which evolved into JoPo, along the lines of ScarJo. JoJo comes up as well. She also just loves to...

    I love learning peoples' pet nicknames. My dog's name is Josie, but she is also AKA:

    • Josie Posie, which evolved into
    • JoPo, along the lines of ScarJo.
    • JoJo comes up as well.

    She also just loves to be smelly, so names for when she's dirty/muddy are:

    • Grossy Josie
    • Li'l Stinky
    • Stinkmaster Prime

    My cat Milli has a secret, in that her name is short for Milli Vanilli, which itself is short for Millicent Vanillicent.

    My cat Spud's full name was originally Sputnik, but my former GF called her Spud and it stuck. Sometimes she is Spuddy Buddy!

    And finally, my cat Maeby is AKA "Gremlin" or "Goblin". She is the troublemaker, plus the most goblin-like of all my cats in appearance by far.

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  14. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    I chat with my dog sometimes but usually it's more of a running commentary on what she 's doing. Like, "yep, that's a bird poop, no need to confirm!" One thing my fiancée and I do, which I realize...

    I chat with my dog sometimes but usually it's more of a running commentary on what she 's doing. Like, "yep, that's a bird poop, no need to confirm!"

    One thing my fiancée and I do, which I realize only now might be a bit weird, is my fiancée will say something to the dog and I will respond as the dog. The dog, by the way, talks like an overeducated rich child. Example:

    "Josie, stop crying, I know you've already had supper."
    Me: "But maMÀ! I have been ever so good! Why just earlier today I resisted the devilish temptation to roll in bird poop. Is this excellent behaviour not deserving of the iced crème?? "

    The cats, I am... quite attuned to, actually! I have three and just from sound I can tell which one is meowing and generally what they're meowing about. For example, one has very distinct meows for "I need help" versus "I just want attention", another one has a special meow she reserves for being proud of pulling cat food containers out of the garbage (and the dog comes running to steal it, sigh), and one generally only makes noise to beg for food.

    Often they'll meow and I'll say "what?" and they'll meow back and this will repeat until they give some indication as to what they want more specifically! Like "ok, you have my attention, do you want to play or do you want to cuddle?"

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  15. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    This summer I signed up for a farmer box and it's really brought me out of my rut! I'm really enjoying it and I'll probably do it again next year. It was a thousand CAD up-front for six months of...

    This summer I signed up for a farmer box and it's really brought me out of my rut! I'm really enjoying it and I'll probably do it again next year. It was a thousand CAD up-front for six months of enough veggies for probably three or four people, so next year I might split it with someone because I've eaten more chard than ever in my life. Still, the quality and convenience are both excellent! I'm sad strawberry season is ending but looking forward to tomato time.

    • I made mak kimchi with the Napa cabbage and green onion they sent me and it turned out quite nicely at first, though towards the end of the jar it got a bit too fizzy and strong for me.
    • Tried a few preparations but... nope, still don't like radishes. The radish greens are good though.
    • There's a kohlrabi I'm looking to roast when return from my work trip! I've only had it before a couple times, I was introduced to it by some German co-workers. It reminds me of the stem of a broccoli.
    • I've made a bunch of miso soup and added in whatever dark leafy greens I received in the box, which isn't traditional but I've got more miso paste and leafy greens than I know what to do with. It doesn't keep well at all but it's so easy to make it hardly matters.
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  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've lost about 15 pounds since I last posted that I'd lost 10lbs, which feels pretty good. It's been extremely slow, but honestly, I'm fine with it. I can't stand to do careful tracking, it just...

    I've lost about 15 pounds since I last posted that I'd lost 10lbs, which feels pretty good. It's been extremely slow, but honestly, I'm fine with it. I can't stand to do careful tracking, it just makes me frustrated, so I'm just trying to generally trend reducing.

    My partner wants to start going back to the gym (we stopped because I did not have a job for a while and wanted to cut back on expenses). I'm a bit unsure, as I find that my bad knee feels a lot better with the break... if I do go back, I'll have to be careful.

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  17. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    Oh goodness, this brought back one of mine. My experience with my own video camera / recording on VHS tapes when I was a kid lead me to believe that (non-cartoon) shows had to be filmed in...

    Oh goodness, this brought back one of mine. My experience with my own video camera / recording on VHS tapes when I was a kid lead me to believe that (non-cartoon) shows had to be filmed in chronological order from the first scene to the last scene. I had no concept of editing or having multiple cameras.

    I figured the camera would run, they would do the intro scene, stop the camera, and check if it was good. And if it wasn't, they'd re-wind the film and try again. Then they could move on to the next scene once they got it right! This could mean driving everyone out to a different place entirely, and then returning if the story demanded it.

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  18. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    The crust of the bread does not somehow have "all the vitamins" in it. This is a lie I was told as a child to get me to eat the crust of my sandwiches. It fooled me for much longer than I want to...

    The crust of the bread does not somehow have "all the vitamins" in it. This is a lie I was told as a child to get me to eat the crust of my sandwiches. It fooled me for much longer than I want to admit...

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