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  1. Comment on All-electric Skoda rally car takes podium in debut race in ~sports

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    That's super cool! I'm all about the electrification of these vehicles, both for the "green" aspects but also for the performance! I saw somewhere else that M-Sport also unveiled their "Beta"...

    That's super cool! I'm all about the electrification of these vehicles, both for the "green" aspects but also for the performance! I saw somewhere else that M-Sport also unveiled their "Beta" version of a Hybrid Rally car called Puma recently. (Though I don't think they'll be in the same class in the 2022 season)

    This was one of the more interesting parts of the article for me:

    And get this: there are two electric motors under the Fabia, one on each axle, and four-wheel drive, but no direct connection between front and rear. Kreisel's Daniel Foissner said getting the axles to work like a rally car was "the biggest development challenge" of the project - you don't say - with the new software working without drama in Austria. The RE-X1 even skids like a petrol rally car... [Emphasis mine]

    I get that it's good for the driver's muscle memory to drive like what they're accustomed to, but with two separate motors I feel like there is the potential to change the "optimum way" to drive. I would expect improvements in tech lead to improvements in technique as well!

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

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    Last week while waiting for access and permissions for my new job I went through BOTH "Those Snow White Notes" and "OddTaxi". They were both great shows for their own reasons. OddTaxi had a HUGE...

    Last week while waiting for access and permissions for my new job I went through BOTH "Those Snow White Notes" and "OddTaxi".

    They were both great shows for their own reasons. OddTaxi had a HUGE story that it brought together from all sorts of different perspectives, it's truly amazing how the writers did that. The attention to detail is staggering.

    SWN story wasn't as deep or as engrossing as OT, but it wasn't trying to be. This story is more personal about finding yourself, your style, and integrating what you've learned from people you love and lookup to. It is a music-centric anime, as in it's about people playing a traditional Japanese instrument called the Shamisen. Some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard as the focal point in an anime.

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  3. Comment on Recommendation for new season? in ~anime

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    OddTaxi was phenomenal, watched the entire 13 episodes today. Really a masterclass in storytelling. If you're into music at all, I went through all of "Those Snow White Notes" yesterday. Had me...

    OddTaxi was phenomenal, watched the entire 13 episodes today. Really a masterclass in storytelling.

    If you're into music at all, I went through all of "Those Snow White Notes" yesterday. Had me choking up from emotion at several points through the story, not sure if from the shamisens or the story. There's a LOT of beautiful music that's played in this one, but I recognize that some aren't as into music as I am.

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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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    Speaking of, have you tried the two games Absolute Drift, or Art of Rally? By the same developer. I played through Absolute Drift and enjoyed the heck outta it, waiting for AoR to go on sale.

    Street Heat - Always intrigued by top down/isometric racing games, continually disappointed with new ones though and not sure why. Maybe it's just nostalgia for RC Pro-Am and Super Off Road.

    Speaking of, have you tried the two games Absolute Drift, or Art of Rally? By the same developer. I played through Absolute Drift and enjoyed the heck outta it, waiting for AoR to go on sale.

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  5. Comment on Pokey LaFarge - Get It 'Fore It's Gone (2021) in ~music

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    This is pretty great!! I've been listening to the album you recommended like a year-ish on and off- it's really stuck around in my head!

    This is pretty great!! I've been listening to the album you recommended like a year-ish on and off- it's really stuck around in my head!

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

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    (If you think this would belong more in the Anime/Manga weekly thread I can move it. I'm kinda torn since this seems to be a more western style of comic. Not sure if something like a Batman comic...

    (If you think this would belong more in the Anime/Manga weekly thread I can move it. I'm kinda torn since this seems to be a more western style of comic. Not sure if something like a Batman comic would be better there or here.)

    I came across a new series on Webtoons called "Lore Olympus". There's 161 chapters at this point and I think the average pages per chapter is somewhere around 100? Anyway, I caught up to the most recent chapter within 24 hours. I actually couldn't sleep last night until I finished everything that I possible could, which meant I finally got to bed at 4am.

    I'm a sucker for romance in general and when that's combined with a setting of Olympus and all of the gods (major, minor, and demi) I really couldn't say no. The art is (in my opinion) gorgeous - the artist is quite good at drawing attractive characters! While the story is not the "golden standard" of contemporary romance, it's good enough for me. It certainly does follow some well-worn tropes of "stupid misunderstanding leads to fight", "stubborn character stubbornly doesn't listen to advice of others", "WHY WOULD YOU NOT TELL THEM??", and so on but it's always in service of moving the plot along.

    Speaking of which, this is one of the faster moving romance plots that I've read, uh, ever. There's been a lot of developments in the story leading towards what I believe to be the final climax, which haven't been reversed by "stupid character decisions". It really does feel like the characters are growing and learning as you read, which is much less frustrating than the norm.

    If you're a sucker for romance, well drawn characters with interesting personalities, a plot that move faster than a glacier's pace, or some combination of those I'd recommend it!


    Side note here;

    This quite literally felt like an addiction while I was reading it. While reading, I only thought about reading more of the story and finding out what happens. While I wasn't reading it, I kept thinking about it. I was preoccupied with it the whole day, including when I went out with my partner and her friends for drinks and some games that night. I (hopefully) hid it alright, but I didn't really want to be out there, just wanted to get back and continue reading again. And now that I've caught up, I don't really know what to do with myself. Kinda feel a little empty, and drifting through the morning. (Might also have a little to do with my lack of sleeping last night :D) It doesn't always happen this way, but I have experienced this before with a couple other different comics. Does this happen to anyone else? Do you get too into what you're reading and have trouble coming "back"?

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  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Please do! I've been talking with my partner about getting one of those personal sauna tents, so if there's a viable, easy, and cheap way to make one.... I'm all in!

    I will report back here when I am done building it, and have given the sauna a try. Wish me luck, and here's hoping it's as good an experience as I hope it will be. :)

    Please do! I've been talking with my partner about getting one of those personal sauna tents, so if there's a viable, easy, and cheap way to make one.... I'm all in!

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

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    Keygen Church released a new album that I'm digging pretty hard right now! It's an Electro Gothic-Metal? If you're familiar with Master Boot Record, it's the same artist but operating under a...

    Keygen Church released a new album that I'm digging pretty hard right now! It's an Electro Gothic-Metal? If you're familiar with Master Boot Record, it's the same artist but operating under a different name and slightly different genre. The similarity is very noticeable.

    Red Fang also seem to be close to releasing a new album!! They've dropped a couple new singles recently, which all sound interesting. Seems like they're going for a lofi stoner metal sound.

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  9. Comment on Our dead bedroom, and our journey to fix it. Any interest in the journey? in ~talk

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    I would very much be interested in hearing your story. Me and my partner are going through something "similar" right now so I would love to hear thoughts from both of you on this. Might help me to...

    I would very much be interested in hearing your story. Me and my partner are going through something "similar" right now so I would love to hear thoughts from both of you on this. Might help me to gain new perspective and understanding as well as have some catharsis for you!

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  10. Comment on Berserk Manga Creator Kentarou Miura Passes Away at 54 in ~anime

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    Awhhh man, it's a sad day now. I'm not gonna pretend like I cried when I heard the news like I've been seeing elsewhere, but I won't pretend like it hasn't affected me at all either. Berserk was...

    Awhhh man, it's a sad day now. I'm not gonna pretend like I cried when I heard the news like I've been seeing elsewhere, but I won't pretend like it hasn't affected me at all either.

    Berserk was my introduction to the "Gritty", "Gory" side of manga, with a great premise to boot. It was a great way to take my mind off the stress of classes and something to look forward to when I found it in college. The sheer volume of unexplained lore and fan theories that might not ever be explained is something I expect will haunt us fans for quite some time. I say "might" because apparently Miura had started training others and keeping notes within the past couple of years so it's possible another author could pick the torch up.

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  11. Comment on You have to eat vegetables - here's how in ~food

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    So as a follow up question for you (and @autumn and @rogue_cricket), do you have one or two recipes that became a "staple" for you to make during your time in "Veganuary" or lifetime as a...

    So as a follow up question for you (and @autumn and @rogue_cricket), do you have one or two recipes that became a "staple" for you to make during your time in "Veganuary" or lifetime as a Vegetarian?

    I've never particularly been interested in Tofu, but rogue_cricket's comment has at least opened a passing interest again. May turn out to be similar to how I used to despise mushrooms and now tolerate (to slightly enjoy!) them in most dishes where they're incorporated.

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  12. Comment on You have to eat vegetables - here's how in ~food

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    Discovered this channel today through this short (41 seconds long, and funny enough to make me look further). I find the dry humor entertaining (definitely my kind of humor), I think his shtick...

    Discovered this channel today through this short (41 seconds long, and funny enough to make me look further).

    I find the dry humor entertaining (definitely my kind of humor), I think his shtick works well for his delivery. Apart from that he seems to take a less-nonsense approach to the actual video content. It's not as "cinematic" as shots coming from channels like Alex, Josh W, or James Hoffman, mostly because fancy shots of food aren't the main point. (Granted, I've only watched three videos so far. This might not be the case for the overall channel)

    He takes a utilitarian approach to the advice he gives out, not buying into hype or the community surrounding certain aspects of cooking like Coffee or Cast Iron (and this is coming from someone who's a rather large James Hoffman fan :D)

    As for the actual content of this specific video, he did make me think about my daily vegetable intake which lead me to realize it's been seriously lacking as of late. I'll see if I can plan out some plant forward meals for the next week or so to find a couple recipes that are keepers.

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  13. Comment on The story of TrackMania Nations Forever’s most obvious shortcut in ~games

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    I love watching Wirtual's video's. He's super informative, gives great background context, and keeps the tone very educational and positive throughout! I don't even play TrackMania :D

    I love watching Wirtual's video's. He's super informative, gives great background context, and keeps the tone very educational and positive throughout! I don't even play TrackMania :D

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  14. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Essentially! Recipe calls for 2tsp of MSG powder per batch. I experimented with the amount a little bit and if you like a more vinegary pickle you can use 1 tsp of MSG and still be able to taste...

    Essentially! Recipe calls for 2tsp of MSG powder per batch. I experimented with the amount a little bit and if you like a more vinegary pickle you can use 1 tsp of MSG and still be able to taste it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU_9KCKCI5M&t=206

    Starts at 3:25

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

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    I got sick for the weekend... Cancelled the late birthday party that my partner and I were supposed to host (which was the second time we had to cancel due to sickness :| ). We had bought all the...

    I got sick for the weekend... Cancelled the late birthday party that my partner and I were supposed to host (which was the second time we had to cancel due to sickness :| ). We had bought all the supplies for it, so we ended up roasting a 12lb beef cut and turned that into pulled beef sandwiches, complete with MSG pickles that I also made for the party. Going to end up making a buffalo chicken dip to bring to the party that my SO's parents are throwing for them this weekend. First time my parents will meet theirs, so they're a little nervous but I think it'll be a great time.

    Didn't get to see my parents for Mothers Day so I gave them a call (as well as my Nana), it was nice to talk to them at least. Hopefully I'm feeling better for this upcoming weekend!

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  16. Comment on Largest fuel pipeline in the United States hit by ransomware attack in ~tech

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    Just filled the tank up and I'm hoping I don't have to drive anywhere more than 5 miles for the next month or so :/ From the Wired article that @ImmobileVoyager linked: Obviously I'm not privy to...

    Just filled the tank up and I'm hoping I don't have to drive anywhere more than 5 miles for the next month or so :/

    From the Wired article that @ImmobileVoyager linked:

    "These gangs figure out, here's a bunch of internet-facing devices, here are vulnerabilities that give us access to them, and here are the IP ranges of a bunch of big industrial companies," says Lee. "Cool, let's go big game hunting."

    Obviously I'm not privy to the inner workings or decision making processes of these companies. But if you control just about half of the supply of oil to the eastern seaboard, you need to be on your A game. Having unsecured public facing devices is asking for trouble. I understand there's the integration and efficiency aspect as well, but I would have expected such a keystone of daily life to be, well, a little more on the ball. Just my 2 cents as an internet armchair critic.

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  17. Comment on Michelin star fried rice in ~food

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    Alex is one of my favorite food Youtubers, I think he has a great presence on screen and is very informative when diving deep into a topic. He's recently started a new series called: "The Path to...

    Alex is one of my favorite food Youtubers, I think he has a great presence on screen and is very informative when diving deep into a topic.

    He's recently started a new series called: "The Path to Fried Rice".

    This is a follow up series to his last one which focused on Mother Sauces. Wikipedia, if you're interested in diving further.

    I'm super excited about this series as I make different types of fried rice multiple times per month and any way I can see to improve what I'm making is always a good time. Does anyone else here make it a different way? Are you a fried rice connoisseur, do you have additional things you like to do? Let me hear about it!

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  18. Comment on Is there anything considered pseudoscientific/unscientific that you suspect has some truth to it and might be re-examined in the future? in ~talk

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    I suppose I would consider this a question for your dad as well as anyone else who might know the answer here. Physical Therapist vs Chiropractitioner: should I consider going to one over the...

    I suppose I would consider this a question for your dad as well as anyone else who might know the answer here.

    Physical Therapist vs Chiropractitioner: should I consider going to one over the other? How do I decide?

    I have something wrong with my back after using seriously wrong form on shoulder shrugs in a Smith Machine. Been fucked up for years at this point, it's not debilitating but I need to make sure that I roll it out pretty often and/or stretch it to the point of cracking it. I'd rather fix it though.

    I've already been to one chiropractic (their name is also a business buzzword that rhymes with "Dinnergy"), and they seemed to have one foot in the medical side and the other in the pseudoscience side. A la "Regular manipulations can help with colds and allergies". Worst part is that my PCP at the time suggested I go there when I asked about what I could do about my back. And here I am.

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