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  1. Comment on Phone Recommendations: Pixel 2? 3a? Something else? in ~tech

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    How do you deal with push notifications? I used LineageOS with microG which was pretty spotty, until even that stopped working (they had some serious maintainer/developer issues ath the time)....

    How do you deal with push notifications? I used LineageOS with microG which was pretty spotty, until even that stopped working (they had some serious maintainer/developer issues ath the time). Sockets drained by battery really fast. That and the constant updating made me switch to iOS, and I've been pretty happy with it.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Love in the time of coronavirus? in ~life

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    I think the official number at the moment is 24h before symptoms, so not as bad.

    However by the time someone feels sick, they've already been passing this around for five or more days. If someone in our office gets it, we all will.

    I think the official number at the moment is 24h before symptoms, so not as bad.

  3. Comment on What's your streaming equivalent to turning on the TV just to avoid doing your chores in complete silence? in ~talk

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    I listen to Japanese podcasts whenever I have a spare moment, be that walking or doing chores, so I can do my language learning on the side. Honestly most of my learning and proficiency is thanks...

    I listen to Japanese podcasts whenever I have a spare moment, be that walking or doing chores, so I can do my language learning on the side. Honestly most of my learning and proficiency is thanks to this habit.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Eurovision Song Contest 2020 – The Nordic countries have now all made their decisions and picked the acts that they are sending to Rotterdam in May in ~music

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    Agreed, I haven't found a eurovision song this catchy since maybe ever. I love the style and on-purpose goofy dancing.

    Agreed, I haven't found a eurovision song this catchy since maybe ever. I love the style and on-purpose goofy dancing.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Happy International Women's Day! in ~talk

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    Well, I'm not on any social media and most of my friends would not react that negatively. I am mostly talking about the examples I've seen of people trying to promote it on Instagram etc. Could be...

    Well, I'm not on any social media and most of my friends would not react that negatively. I am mostly talking about the examples I've seen of people trying to promote it on Instagram etc. Could be that those cases are the ones rising to the surface which makes it a bit biased.

  6. Comment on Happy International Women's Day! in ~talk

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    The difference, however, is that it's not really celebrated at all and not even acknowledged in most countries. God forbid you make a post about it to promote any problems men face on any SNS and...

    The difference, however, is that it's not really celebrated at all and not even acknowledged in most countries. God forbid you make a post about it to promote any problems men face on any SNS and the usual replies are "lol, men's day is like everyday" or get bullied as some extremist MRA. Pretty much social suicide.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on What are some great songs from your homeland? in ~talk

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    I have to represent a bit here and say that Levan is a common mispelling of the song; it's actually called Ievan polkka. I'm glad it has found it's way to you :)

    I have to represent a bit here and say that Levan is a common mispelling of the song; it's actually called Ievan polkka. I'm glad it has found it's way to you :)

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I started reading キノの旅 (Kino no Tabi/Kino's Journey), which is my second book in Japanese. I'm finding this a bit easier than the first one; maybe it is simpler grammatically or it's possible my...

    I started reading キノの旅 (Kino no Tabi/Kino's Journey), which is my second book in Japanese. I'm finding this a bit easier than the first one; maybe it is simpler grammatically or it's possible my reading comprehension is actually improving! It is a light novel with stand alone chapters, so the repetition is pretty nice for encountering new words more than few times.

    I'm still surprised almost 30% of the books vocabulary (about 4500 unique words) are words appearing only one time, so they are probably not going to stick. Shows how a huge vocab knowledge you really need.. Hopefully I can get there at some point.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Rocket League to end support for macOS and Linux in ~games

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    I actually preferred to run it with Proton (with Vulkan enabled), since it got much better performance than the native port; almost identical Windows. It was quite surprising.

    I actually preferred to run it with Proton (with Vulkan enabled), since it got much better performance than the native port; almost identical Windows. It was quite surprising.

  10. Comment on Game: Can You Defeat the Privacy Chicken? in ~games

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    The text gets stuck to LOADING so I guess I won.

    The text gets stuck to LOADING so I guess I won.

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

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    I'm reading Convenience Store Human (コンビニ人間) in Japanese. It's a book about a woman in his late 30's who's a bit socially awkward and still working in a kiosk shop, which is usually a job...

    I'm reading Convenience Store Human (コンビニ人間) in Japanese. It's a book about a woman in his late 30's who's a bit socially awkward and still working in a kiosk shop, which is usually a job considered for students and immigrants with no higher education. It's a pretty interesting narrative about the work culture. The main character Furukura has a pretty weird way of looking at the world so sometimes I really have to bend my thinking to understand her, not to mention the foreign language.

    I've been studying Japanese seriously (dabbled a bit before) for about a year now and it's my first "real" book in Japanese, so I'm pretty excited. I'm at the point where I know maybe 80% of the most common used kanji so I don't have to look those up too often. There's still a lot of vocab I don't know, though. I use a website that has parsed the text of the book and ordered the words in list of frequency. I put all the unknown words that have >2 frequency in an SRS and according to the stats I now know 80% of all the words in the book. I'm surprised over 20% of the words occur only once, but maybe I shouldn't be.

    Reading is still a bit slow and sometimes weird grammar trips me up, so it's been hard to keep a daily session. I guess writing this is one of the ways I'm trying to make myself accountable. ^^

    Anyone else reading in Japanese?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Was going to say this! Though I usually steam them.

    Was going to say this! Though I usually steam them.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese in ~humanities

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    You can also just define custom meanings or ignore the radicals altogether by creating synonyms like 'n' and just autopassing those. There is a note section to define custom mnemonics, too....

    You can also just define custom meanings or ignore the radicals altogether by creating synonyms like 'n' and just autopassing those. There is a note section to define custom mnemonics, too. Nowadays I don't use the mnemonics that much and just brute force the new kanji, unless the story is decent. Especially the pronunciation stories don't really work for me, or if the radical count exceeds 4. I just try to learn the shape subconsciously through the SRS.

    But yeah, for someone who has a degree it's probably not worth the frustration and slow progress.

  14. Comment on Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese in ~humanities

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    Why not? I find his old blogpost at http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/you-cant-learn-kanji/ is pretty in line with WK philosophy of learning kanji. On another note, I find Tae Kim a good...

    along with WaniKani, which I think the author of this would not be pleased to hear

    Why not? I find his old blogpost at http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/you-cant-learn-kanji/ is pretty in line with WK philosophy of learning kanji.

    On another note, I find Tae Kim a good reference but would not use it as a structured learning tool. I tried reading it word by word, trying to master all the grammar points many times and always failed. Nowadays I hardly do any grammar study and just listen/read native content. Noticed a huge improvement when I just stopped drilling independent grammar points and just consumed more content.

  15. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I did not find it any more hostile than the comment it was replying to.

    I did not find it any more hostile than the comment it was replying to.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What display theme do you use ? in ~talk

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    During the day the default white, but Atom One Dark/Solarized Light in the evening. I hate that the theme switcher disappears from the bottom when you log in. It is such a pain to go to settings...

    During the day the default white, but Atom One Dark/Solarized Light in the evening. I hate that the theme switcher disappears from the bottom when you log in. It is such a pain to go to settings to change it especially on mobile. Or maybe we could get timed themes? :)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What languages do you speak? in ~talk

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    In addition to my native language I've been on the Internet since I was like 6, so I absorbed English through forums, games and by voraciously reading books. I took German (10 years) and Swedish...

    In addition to my native language I've been on the Internet since I was like 6, so I absorbed English through forums, games and by voraciously reading books. I took German (10 years) and Swedish (6?) in school, but I haven't used them in years so my speaking is super rusty. Reading and listening I can do alright, but I'd definitely have to spend some time to get back into it.

    I've been studying Japanese seriously for a year, and currently reading my first book slowly but surely. Living in Japan for half a year really accelerated my learning and got me over a bump I always felt I couldn't get over. I'm finally starting to have a comfortable amount of kanji under my belt so I don't have to look them up so often. I still have ways to go with my vocabulary, though.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What languages do you speak? in ~talk

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    Listen. Listen. Listen. I noticed a huge improvement in my mindset when I started listening to Japanese podcasts daily. You need to get in the framework of the language instead of just "studying"...

    Listen. Listen. Listen. I noticed a huge improvement in my mindset when I started listening to Japanese podcasts daily. You need to get in the framework of the language instead of just "studying" and this has helped me immensely. It is also very easy to do for example while commuting. The sooner you can get to native material the better.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Why I'm possessive about apostrophes in ~humanities

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    I think you mean You’re with an actual apostrophe :).

    I think you mean You’re with an actual apostrophe :).

    2 votes
  20. Comment on How can I converse with my 4-year-old nephew/godson who lives in another continent? in ~talk

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    If it doesn't make you uncomfortable, it's fine. Personally I would define myself as an introvert (and probably most people around me), but I'm still quite social and enjoy talking (especially...

    If it doesn't make you uncomfortable, it's fine. Personally I would define myself as an introvert (and probably most people around me), but I'm still quite social and enjoy talking (especially listening) to people. There are times, however, when I don't want to at all because I feel so drained. I guess my point was that there's a difference being an introvert and anti-social (or social anxiety, which can be worked on).

    Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that it's going to be difficult socializing if I never say anything, so I've tried to work my way up from feeling a bit anxious. Getting a bit older has definitely helped.

    EDIT: One more point that I wanted to add was that I generally don't like defining myself in some way, because it easily becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

    2 votes