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  1. Comment on Why men are hard to help in ~humanities

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    I see! I have no idea who that is so I misinterpreted a bit 😅. Glad you have also found dancing fun. That reminds me, I really need to get back at it; I'd really like to learn something like Lindy...

    I see! I have no idea who that is so I misinterpreted a bit 😅.

    Glad you have also found dancing fun. That reminds me, I really need to get back at it; I'd really like to learn something like Lindy Hop.

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  2. Comment on Why men are hard to help in ~humanities

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    Social dancing is great! I started to take ballroom dancing classes in my mid twenties, and I think was one of the biggest factors in breaking out of my shell. Had my first serious relationships...

    Social dancing is great! I started to take ballroom dancing classes in my mid twenties, and I think was one of the biggest factors in breaking out of my shell. Had my first serious relationships thanks to dancing events, which they held every month (no alcohol). Such a great opportunity to get to know people smoothly. I wasn't much of a drinker and normal parties just often felt awkward. Granted, it was organised by a student association so everyone was pretty much my age.

    There's just something about that instant connection and proximity when dancing, that really breaks some walls. Shame if it's seen as old-fashioned.

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Have been reading 海辺のカフカ (Kafka on the Shore) as part of a book club for a few weeks now. I'm finding the language surprisingly approachable; sometimes omitting kanji (main characters young age)...

    Have been reading 海辺のカフカ (Kafka on the Shore) as part of a book club for a few weeks now. I'm finding the language surprisingly approachable; sometimes omitting kanji (main characters young age) is even sometimes annoying, but it's a different kind of 'workout'. He writes very straightforward, it's the themes that seem to be difficult instead.

    Hit my first 'Murakami' scene, which was a bit weird as expected, but nothing too bad. There's a lot of mystery and weirdness; really enjoying it!

    In English I'm reading the Expanse, on the third book now. I watched Season 3 of the show so nothing new yet, but it's still quite an enjoyable read.

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

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    Bought Dead Cells from the Steam sales; have to say I'm a bit disappointed given the ratings of the game. Although the animation and combat are pretty smooth, all the runs are quickly feeling very...

    Bought Dead Cells from the Steam sales; have to say I'm a bit disappointed given the ratings of the game. Although the animation and combat are pretty smooth, all the runs are quickly feeling very samey and the progress is extremely slow. Weapons and enemies don't have much variety either. In contrast, I really enjoyed Curse of the Dead Gods, where each weapon, dungeon and enemy had a lot more variation going. Losing all your cells and blueprints on death just seems like bad design. The progression fails to impact the gameplay enough in my opinion; lot of time it just goes in health flask and other upgrades which take forever to grind. On death I just feel annoyed I have to do the same 3 level grind again before it gets interesting again.

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  5. Comment on Psycho Pass - S01E01 "Crime Coefficient" in ~anime

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    Need to give this a rewatch. Sadly seems the video is not available for me..

    Need to give this a rewatch. Sadly seems the video is not available for me..

  6. Comment on The invisible addiction: Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline. in ~health

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    It does say: But yeah, that was just a quick find and it's not a proper research article. The articles I found were paywalled, and I don't have time to do a deep dive into it at the moment. But we...

    It does say:

    The analyses were conducted so that the results reflect what the tea drinker gets from their cup, in the context of daily consumption.

    But yeah, that was just a quick find and it's not a proper research article. The articles I found were paywalled, and I don't have time to do a deep dive into it at the moment. But we can at least conclude there are a multitude of factors that go into it.

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  7. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Maybe selfish was the wrong word. Self-centered, perhaps? It just seemed weird how childishly Main behaved despite basically being an adult. Maybe that's just her bookworm personality from her...

    Maybe selfish was the wrong word. Self-centered, perhaps? It just seemed weird how childishly Main behaved despite basically being an adult. Maybe that's just her bookworm personality from her previous life; not really thinking about other people, etc. It's been a long time since I read some of it, so I could misremember some things.

    Add to that, many of the book club members I was reading it with related to the main character, whereas I couldn't at all. Maybe I'm just averse to shut-in 'living-in-their-own-world' main characters, which seems to be the long running trope of light novels.

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  8. Comment on The invisible addiction: Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline. in ~health

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    It's a common misconception that green tea contains less caffeine than black tea. See here: https://camellia-sinensis.com/en/analysis-of-caffeine. Mostly it has to with other factors. The studies...

    It's a common misconception that green tea contains less caffeine than black tea. See here: https://camellia-sinensis.com/en/analysis-of-caffeine. Mostly it has to with other factors. The studies are also published, but at least for me they are paywalled. Matcha is the way to go if you want to get a caffeine kick from tea.

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  9. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I got the first volume free on Bookwalker and found the Main(heh) character just so annoying and selfish I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Otherwise it was pleasantly written. Maybe I'll try...

    I got the first volume free on Bookwalker and found the Main(heh) character just so annoying and selfish I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Otherwise it was pleasantly written. Maybe I'll try it again at some point hoping it gets better. Though I hear there's tons of side stuff about book binding and slice of life, which I'm not really into per se so we'll see..

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

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    Mostly been playing the original japanese sfc release of FFVI. I'm surprised how varying and innovative it is for such an old game. And SNES music is so great. Maybe I can finally finish an FF...

    Mostly been playing the original japanese sfc release of FFVI. I'm surprised how varying and innovative it is for such an old game. And SNES music is so great. Maybe I can finally finish an FF game; I don't have a very good track record with that.. Possibly play IV next. With all these sfc games and my trial of Apple Arcade, I'm very hesitant to buy stuff from the Steam Sale. Still can't buy a new gaming computer, anyway.

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  11. Comment on Feneas (a non profit provider of open source services), is having problems covering expenses and is at the risk of shutting down, so it is now having a fundraiser in ~comp

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    Sad to hear. I have my matrix account there. Will have to support the little I can!

    Sad to hear. I have my matrix account there. Will have to support the little I can!

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  12. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    I read the book first and it unfortunately ruined the show for me. The plot was made a mess and many characters were merged together to fit on TV. I know it's not required, but the fact many...

    I read the book first and it unfortunately ruined the show for me. The plot was made a mess and many characters were merged together to fit on TV. I know it's not required, but the fact many characters were also so different from the book created a lot of dissonance personally. A shame, since I absolutely love the setting.

    Quincidentally I found there is some kind of anime adaptation also on netflix. Will have to take a look, although it doesn't have very good reviews..

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  13. Comment on 'Demon Slayer' becomes Japan's highest-grossing film of all time in ~anime

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    I enjoyed the show, but because I find both of the main characters companions EXTREMELY annoying (especially Zenitsu), I've been hesistant to watch more Kimetsu no Yaiba. Tanjiro isn't anything...

    I enjoyed the show, but because I find both of the main characters companions EXTREMELY annoying (especially Zenitsu), I've been hesistant to watch more Kimetsu no Yaiba. Tanjiro isn't anything special either as a basic shounen character.

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  14. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Thanks for the tips! :) I bought a domain from namecheap for fun, that I haven't really used. Do you still recommend gandi over them?

    Thanks for the tips! :) I bought a domain from namecheap for fun, that I haven't really used. Do you still recommend gandi over them?

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  15. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    I'm thinking of doing this, but one thing is on the back of my mind. What happens, if I forget to renew my domain (or the price just gets insane) and it expires? Then I'm possibly locked out of my...

    I'm thinking of doing this, but one thing is on the back of my mind. What happens, if I forget to renew my domain (or the price just gets insane) and it expires? Then I'm possibly locked out of my accounts and people can't contact me.

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  16. Comment on Pornhub purges ten million videos after losing credit card support in ~finance

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    Yeah, that tweet from LailaMickelwait paints a very different picture of the situation. Shouldn't this be straight up disinformation? Most tweets over there seem pretty wild.

    Minor Problem: “child porn” and “sex trafficking” are used as a leverage against adult content in general.

    Yeah, that tweet from LailaMickelwait paints a very different picture of the situation. Shouldn't this be straight up disinformation?

    @LailaMickelwait: Over 10 million videos infested with rape and trafficking are now gone. This is a good day for victims who have been begging Pornhub to remove their abuse. #Traffickinghub

    Most tweets over there seem pretty wild.

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  17. Comment on Sony is buying anime streaming service Crunchyroll from AT&T for $1.175 billion. in ~anime

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    Is Sony keeping it catering to just the western world or planning to provide also to their home market? Wondering if this could bring Japanese subtitles to the service, so that I would actually...

    Is Sony keeping it catering to just the western world or planning to provide also to their home market? Wondering if this could bring Japanese subtitles to the service, so that I would actually consider subscribing.

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  18. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    I'm on the iPhone SE (1st ed). Really glad they went back to it's design style. Thinking about upgrading, but I'm not really a heavy phone user, so the SE still does everything I need. Only thing...

    I'm on the iPhone SE (1st ed). Really glad they went back to it's design style. Thinking about upgrading, but I'm not really a heavy phone user, so the SE still does everything I need. Only thing is, I started reading a lot on my phone, so the added resolution and a bit larger screen would be nice.

    Still not sure if I'm willing to shelve 800 dollars for a phone that becomes my e-reader.. Thinking I could almost get a new gaming computer for the same price hurts.

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  19. Comment on Supergiant's Hades has exited Early Access, currently 20% off in ~games

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    That's good to know! I do have a dual boot Windows that I rarely use, but I really want to avoid using it if there is an option. And also I'd prefer to support the devs that put the time to Linux....

    Only one of their previous games had a day 1 Linux version, so don't give up hope quite yet.

    That's good to know! I do have a dual boot Windows that I rarely use, but I really want to avoid using it if there is an option. And also I'd prefer to support the devs that put the time to Linux.

    I agree with your points about Transistor. For me the combat often just felt very dragged out, and maybe the dense story telling added to my frustration of things not really "opening" up. It does look amazing, though.

    I still have Pyre waiting to be installed in my Steam library. My SO was playing it, and it looked very pretty and interesting. Have to find the time to try that.

  20. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Do these threads purposefully ignore LN's or are they just not popular enough to get in the title? Haven't really watched anime this week. Except the last episode of SAO; felt a bit like the whole...

    Do these threads purposefully ignore LN's or are they just not popular enough to get in the title?

    Haven't really watched anime this week. Except the last episode of SAO; felt a bit like the whole show has run it's course. For manga, trying to get back to finishing the second volume of 五等分の花嫁 (Quintuplets). Loved the show and trying to catch up. Been a bit lazy about reading manga, but I also started はねバド out of curiosity, as I picked up badminton recently. Not that much actual badminton yet, but I guess you need to set things up.

    LN side, I'm still chipping away at the first volume of 青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない (Bunny girl). I'm actually surprised how lewd the MC is and how blatant the conversation is. Casually talking about prostitution and nude pics. Guess I was expecting a bit more tact, but I don't mind ^^.

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