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  1. Comment on What are some exceptions to general statements that you find noteworthy? in ~talk

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    While insults are not generally a good thing to have in any discussion, I think people overuse 'ad hominem' as well. Technically the fallacy is "you are an idiot therefore you must be wrong," not...

    While insults are not generally a good thing to have in any discussion, I think people overuse 'ad hominem' as well. Technically the fallacy is "you are an idiot therefore you must be wrong," not "you are wrong, plus you are an idiot". The latter's rude, but it's not, uh, intrinsically illogical.

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  2. Comment on Has anyone got rid of their PayPal account? in ~finance

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    This is wild to me. Canada has e-Transfers via bank, which are often a 100% free service (briefly my bank charged $.50 per, but that got rescinded quickly). You go to your bank website, send the...

    three apps I've used for sending money to peers

    This is wild to me. Canada has e-Transfers via bank, which are often a 100% free service (briefly my bank charged $.50 per, but that got rescinded quickly). You go to your bank website, send the eTransfer to someone's email with a passphrase, then they can deposit it directly into their account via their bank website.

    Sometimes an app or service pops up here now and then, but they always fail because e-Transfer is just superior. Nothing to download, no new accounts to make, free, simple. I'm so sick of everyone having a special, terrible app so it's nice that e-Transfer is so ubiquitous here.

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

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    Hmm... as of right now I believe there are three acts in the campaign and I'm not sure how many they have planned. I've beaten the first act twice - once a while back, and once again recently....
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    Hmm... as of right now I believe there are three acts in the campaign and I'm not sure how many they have planned. I've beaten the first act twice - once a while back, and once again recently. Those two early-game runs have me clocking in at around ten hours. Technically Steam tells me twelve, but I tend to wander off sometimes with the game on if it's turn-based, so I'm docking a couple hours.

    It also has a "realms" mode which seems like a more traditional rogue thing (your goal is to navigate a random dungeon and kill the Big Bad Boss), and doing that unlocks boons which you can use in any game mode. I haven't touched that much.

    Unfortunately it's one of those games that I think would really benefit from a demo, it's a bit hard for me to give a no-holds-barred EA recommendation. It's just that there's a lot of stuff that it's kind of like from various genres, and I can see fans of one genre being disappointed by the aspects of the stuff from the other genres, if that makes sense? Still, I genuinely really like the combat itself and that's the core of it and I intend to go to a higher difficulty provided I make it through the next two acts.

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  4. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (November 2021) in ~talk

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    This is something I mentioned at the time it occurred, but in April 2020 a friend of mine from high school and college was murdered. This week the murderers plead guilty so there will be no trial...

    This is something I mentioned at the time it occurred, but in April 2020 a friend of mine from high school and college was murdered. This week the murderers plead guilty so there will be no trial and there is some kind of information blackout / publication ban as part of the plea. The only detail I know about the circumstances of his death is that he was 'significantly injured', which makes me feel absolutely horrible, so maybe it's for the better.

    I'm glad it won't be drawn out in a trial, I guess. I'm glad the legal part of it is done for the sake of his family. I'm also angry and sad again, though. Mostly it's just dealing with the unfairness of it all. He was a year younger than me, he had a daughter, and he was killed on his way to work in the morning.

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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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    I've been playing Gordian Quest, a deck-building roguelite game. It's pretty good! I feel like it'd be fun to do challenge runs once I get more used to it.

    I've been playing Gordian Quest, a deck-building roguelite game. It's pretty good! I feel like it'd be fun to do challenge runs once I get more used to it.

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  6. Comment on A unique performance art project shows just how useless NFTs can be in ~tech

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    Yeah the URI is what gets encoded, not even a hash of the image or anything as far as I understand it. The centralized managers of those URIs could point them all to a picture of a middle finger...

    Yeah the URI is what gets encoded, not even a hash of the image or anything as far as I understand it. The centralized managers of those URIs could point them all to a picture of a middle finger tomorrow and it's arguable whether that would even be illegal to do? Many already have been complete 'take the money and run' scams already, it's a 'greater fool' economy.

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

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    Regarding the first part of your spoiler, I also had a huge amount of trouble with that part until yep more spoilers my friend noticed you could tell them apart by their shoes.

    Regarding the first part of your spoiler, I also had a huge amount of trouble with that part until

    yep more spoilers

    my friend noticed you could tell them apart by their shoes.

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

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    Apples were on sale at the store the other day and while I am pretty happy to munch on a daily apple, my wife and I both independently saw the sale and grabbed a bag. So we have way too many. With...

    Apples were on sale at the store the other day and while I am pretty happy to munch on a daily apple, my wife and I both independently saw the sale and grabbed a bag. So we have way too many.

    With the extra apples I decided to make a spiced apple jam! The jam turned out great. Apple jam in particular is really easy because apples naturally contain pectin already.

    I'm not doing the whole rigamraole of fully 'properly' canning this batch, because I didn't make a ton and I'm planning on making danishes with the jam right away this afternoon. I haven't made danishes before so I'm excited.

    The jam is so good, and not really anything like you'd find in a store here, so given that I'm currently unemployed I might make some preserves for Christmas gifts. Just need to stock up on the jars.

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  9. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Thanks so much for bringing attention to TailwindCSS - I'm definitely going to look further into it as it's come recommended twice. I also already have some experience with Node.js circa a few...

    Thanks so much for bringing attention to TailwindCSS - I'm definitely going to look further into it as it's come recommended twice.

    I also already have some experience with Node.js circa a few years ago, so I was already leaning a bit towards a Node.js solution. I will look into Svelte for sure.

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  10. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Yes of course! I was keeping it a bit vague, but I recently met some folks on one of those old-timey browser-based site games and wanted to try out making my own, just for fun and to get more...

    Yes of course! I was keeping it a bit vague, but I recently met some folks on one of those old-timey browser-based site games and wanted to try out making my own, just for fun and to get more hands-on experience with the ops side of things.

    But I also have my own domain which for now just links to my LinkedIn, and I wanted to update it as just a personal site. Which on initial peek looks like it might be a pretty a good use case for Eleventy!

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  11. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I've been planning a small project for which I will need to do some full stack development. While I've worked on the disparate parts of these things in isolation throughout my career, I've never...

    I've been planning a small project for which I will need to do some full stack development. While I've worked on the disparate parts of these things in isolation throughout my career, I've never managed the whole thing myself before. Additionally, the last thing I worked on was a webserver written in a Lisp dialect (for its threading support) so let's say I'm (1) avoiding doing that again and (2) a bit behind the times on more mainstream offerings.

    Just curious if anyone has any web frameworks they like in particular, especially any that have come out or had big developments in the past five years or so. Front end too!

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  12. Comment on What’s your dream career? in ~talk

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    Yeah. I've been a knowledge worker for basically my entire adult life and making a pretty good living but my favourite job ever was minimum wage customer-facing work as an assistant at a nursery...

    Yeah. I've been a knowledge worker for basically my entire adult life and making a pretty good living but my favourite job ever was minimum wage customer-facing work as an assistant at a nursery (the plant kind not the baby kind). The main problems were of course the poor quality of life afforded by the pay, and the occasional customer who clearly had classist hangups about interacting with someone in a service position. If those things were eliminated, I'd strongly consider finding more work like that again and completely wasting my degree, lol. I liked it so much I volunteer at a garden co-op during harvest season - I tend the produce/seed stand on weekends.

    Sure it's not heavy physical labour or draining septic tanks or whatever. But service is also often seen as really unpleasant or boring and I find it enjoyable, so I'm sure there's something for everyone.

    Plus I like to think that there are a lot of people out there who just want to contribute meaningfully in general, regardless of the exact nature of the work. I LIKE to sell the produce, but I'm also down to do some weeding and watering if that's what we need, you know?

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  13. Comment on Waiting on JFK Jr. at Dealey Plaza in ~news

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    I thought they were just waiting for JFK Jr., who died in a plane crash and apparently wants to show up to the place his dad was publicly killed in order to make an announcement. But this is even...

    I thought they were just waiting for JFK Jr., who died in a plane crash and apparently wants to show up to the place his dad was publicly killed in order to make an announcement. But this is even more strange. JFK would be over 100 years old if he were alive... and wasn't he a Democrat, whom they hate anyway? This is absolutely incoherent. This is dark ages, believes-in-magic-unicorns level delusion.

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

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    Got back into Animal Crossing in advance of the update! I know a lot of people have restarted their islands, but honestly I'm such a slow player I still have a lot left to do and I remember not...

    Got back into Animal Crossing in advance of the update! I know a lot of people have restarted their islands, but honestly I'm such a slow player I still have a lot left to do and I remember not liking the very early game anyway, so I decided to stick with mine. I managed to pick up Erik and Coco, two of my favourite villagers, since I started again last week.

    I also still pop into Valheim now and then. A friend and I had been playing pretty regularly on the weekends, so most of what I do if I play for a half-hour or so is gather up materials so we can focus more on actual adventure viking stuff when we have time together. It's nice!

    And finally after seeing my brother putting hours into it on the Switch, I picked up Monster Sanctuary. Honestly I love it! The battle mechanics are awesome, I find working out team compositions to be really engaging because of the way the skills system works - the same monster can actually serve slightly different roles depending on the skills you invest into. So it's really fun to find synergies and it's only opening up more as I progress. There's also a system in place which actively encourages battling carefully, where you get extra points for combo execution, weakness exploitation, buffs/debuffs, and DoT and those points translate directly into better rewards even for unimportant battles.

    The platforming/exploration/puzzle stuff is also pretty good, nothing too fancy, but in combination with the monster-collection and how the monsters you collect allow you to interact with the map in different ways it still feels kind of novel. I would buy a sequel in an instant for sure, the only thing that would make this game even more suited to my exact tastes is if there were monster breeding mechanics.

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  15. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Last day at work was yesterday! My goal for today WAS to do some reading and cleaning, but I have an ear infection that is painful enough to be distracting... not REALLY terrible, but enough to...

    Last day at work was yesterday! My goal for today WAS to do some reading and cleaning, but I have an ear infection that is painful enough to be distracting... not REALLY terrible, but enough to make a dent in my ability to concentrate. So I'm considering it a 'sick day' and giving myself permission to take it easy.

    I'm going to try to get into an after-hours clinic (I do have a doctor, but appointments are months out because my province is terrible).

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  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I have a stupid ear infection so I'm there with you. Ugh. :(

    I have a stupid ear infection so I'm there with you. Ugh. :(

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  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My province has a vaccination rate of over 80% of the eligible population, with over 90% percent of people having had at least one dose. This works out to about 70% of the total population being...

    My province has a vaccination rate of over 80% of the eligible population, with over 90% percent of people having had at least one dose. This works out to about 70% of the total population being completely vaccinated.

    Unfortunately things are the worst they've ever been. We smashed through our previous daily case record by a factor of five. Nearing a hundred cases a day almost every day due to a lifted lockdown and an ended mask mandate, largely driven by the delta variant. We got through the first, second and third waves with less than a dozen deaths, now there's over 100 dead. It's rough.

    We are getting handfuls of breakthrough cases, even hospitalizations. I believe only 75-80% of hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated which is lower than I expected. Yes, I understand there are many more vaccinated people than unvaccinated which skews things, but it still does not feel great.

    The mask mandates were re-implemented a couple weeks ago and proof of vaccination is now needed for many indoor spaces. This intervention was not done sooner because it was clearly inconvenient to do so while the city's largest economic event - a music festival - was occurring, and as a result when the restrictions came they came hard. I was even prevented from seeing my almost entirely fully vaccinated family for Thanksgiving... Sigh. It seems to have been long enough for us to start seeing cases go down again as a result of these measures at least but if they hadn't have waited I probably would not have spent the holiday alone, so I'm irritated.

    My anti-vax aunt, my lazy brother, and my hesitant brother were spurred to get protected by the increasing restrictions on unvaccinated people. So that's a bit of a relief at least.

    Not to rain on anyone's parade but from experience a high vaccination rate is not necessarily a free pass. Hopefully other places handle it better.

    EDITED: I said "hundreds of cases a day" which was kind of misleading - I got mixed up with us having hundreds of simultaneous active cases. At its peak this current wave was closer to one hundred cases a day, which is still significantly more than anything we had in any previous wave.

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  18. Comment on Thousands of people are trying to leave QAnon, but getting out is almost impossible in ~health

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    It sincerely seems like an absolutely miserable way to live. They come off as frightened people who are in constant anticipation of society-ending cataclysms because the dates keep getting pushed...

    It sincerely seems like an absolutely miserable way to live. They come off as frightened people who are in constant anticipation of society-ending cataclysms because the dates keep getting pushed forward when the previously predicted one inevitably doesn't occur. From looking at /r/QAnonCasualties, it seems many of them suffer social damage as well - their families and friends cutting ties with them and say they have become a person who is constantly angry, obsessed with this one thing on the internet to the exclusion of their previous interests and social circles. Some of the top posts there are about how these people got so scared and wrapped up in QAnon doomsaying that they committed suicide in anticipation of whatever collapse they thought was coming. It does not seem like a good mental space to occupy.

    I guess I can't really get in their heads, but I should hope that if I was behaving erratically enough that my friends and family could no longer tolerate my behaviour, I would at least have a modicum of doubt.

    Of course, that's just one of the many psychological weaknesses that cults leverage: there are many people who are so allergic to self-awareness and admission of fault that it's more comfortable for them to double down on a fringe belief, even to the point of absurdity, than it is to consider for even a second that they could be wrong.

    ETA: As a side note, while I did do my best at a good-faith answer to your question, it does not come off as sincere on your part. Being straightforward about your opinions rather than coy will make a big difference in the quality of the discussions you will be involved in and the willingness of other people to engage with you productively. It is a courtesy to others.

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  19. Comment on Tell me about your favourite place in ~talk

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    One city I liked to make periodic trips to in the Before Times is Montreal. It just has such a good vibe, I don't know how else to explain it. I love the bilingual culture there, I love the food...

    One city I liked to make periodic trips to in the Before Times is Montreal. It just has such a good vibe, I don't know how else to explain it. I love the bilingual culture there, I love the food (especially the bagels); I could spend ages just exploring the city itself. It's probably the only city with more than a million people in it that I'd ever want to actually live in. I used to go to concerts and events there with my fiancée and my friends often, so I associate it a lot with my best relationships.

    For less of an urban area, the Basinhead beach in PEI, Canada is probably up there too. It's a great beach: the sand is white due to a high silica content, and it makes a high pitched noise when you scuff it, so it's nicknamed the "singing sands". I spent the day there just once and I would love to go back.

    Although really, I think it's less about a particular beach and more about an appreciation for the ocean itself. I feel so lucky to live close to the Atlantic, there is something special about being right on the ocean and I feel it every time I go. I love the smell and the taste of the air there (... mostly), I love the sound of the waves, I love the vastness of it: the only thing that breaks the horizon from the sky is the curvature of the Earth itself. I like to imagine how people thousands of years ago must have felt looking out into it and how mysterious it must have seemed.

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

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    I have tried okonomiyaki for the first time just today! It is a savory Japanese pancake made primarily with shredded cabbage. Here is the recipe I used:...

    I have tried okonomiyaki for the first time just today! It is a savory Japanese pancake made primarily with shredded cabbage. Here is the recipe I used:

    https://www.budgetbytes.com/savory-cabbage-pancakes-okonomiyaki/

    It was fast and easy to make. The most time consuming thing was to slice the cabbage but I just chopped up the whole thing at once and stored the remainder, so next time it'll be basically effortless. Cabbage goes a long way too.

    I think next time I will add some onion. It seems like a great "use up what's in the fridge" recipe, easy to modify.

    I also used a "sweet with heat" mustard to top it instead of the sriracha mayo and it worked really well!

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