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  1. Comment on For aeropress, which one is the better upgrade: better grinder or temperature control kettle? in ~food

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    I'll echo what knockless said, as well as drop a link to a video James Hoffman did a couple years ago comparing some of the hand grinders. Grind is the next most important aspect to control after...

    I'll echo what knockless said, as well as drop a link to a video James Hoffman did a couple years ago comparing some of the hand grinders. Grind is the next most important aspect to control after the coffee beans.

    I switch from Aeropress to V60 and back depending on how much effort I want to put toward coffee that morning. I would imagine kettle upgrades are more about workflow than coffee taste. I'm thinking about upgrading my kettle situation, since I can't pour a damn V60 without losing a 3rd of the kettle to water tension drips.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9OuRl1F3k

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

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    I made a quiche for Mother's Day! It was my first ever quiche, and I tried following G Ramsay's recipe on YouTube. The pastry turned out bad unfortunately - after resting in my fridge all night it...

    I made a quiche for Mother's Day! It was my first ever quiche, and I tried following G Ramsay's recipe on YouTube. The pastry turned out bad unfortunately - after resting in my fridge all night it was hard as a rock and broke apart when I tried to roll it. My partner said I added too much flour, so next time I'll add less and see if that helps at all. I ended up going to a Wegmans and getting some pre-made pie crusts to use instead, which were delicious! Apart from the crust, everything went real smoothly; I used leeks and pancetta for the filling, and used 6 eggs and 1.5 cups each of whole milk and heavy cream for the custard. Cooked it in my 12 inch cast iron skillet, and it came out FANTASTIC! I got several compliments from my family, and surprised just about everyone with how it tasted :)

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  3. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    Hey thanks! Feels good to get a positive response to a suggestion :D I'll have to check Cool Cavemen out, if they're anything like WT, I expect to enjoy them.

    Hey thanks! Feels good to get a positive response to a suggestion :D I'll have to check Cool Cavemen out, if they're anything like WT, I expect to enjoy them.

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  4. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    Hmmm this was a hard one, but I'm a sucker for peacocking about music so I went with an album my dad introduced me to. Picture the early 90's. Extreme has released two incredible funk-(rock/metal)...

    Hmmm this was a hard one, but I'm a sucker for peacocking about music so I went with an album my dad introduced me to.

    Picture the early 90's. Extreme has released two incredible funk-(rock/metal) albums (with the latter going platinum), and gotten plenty of airtime on MTV. Grunge, is currently working on its meteoric-rise to become the defining genre of the decade. '89 & '90 were the best years for thrash metal albums EVER.

    And then there's White Trash. A funk-rock band that came onto this jumbled scene with their debut self-titled album. HOOOO BOY does it throw down. I am a HUGE sucker for genre fusions (Next months thread will have me either putting Mother's Cake or Extreme in), and this is no exception. The album is fantastic - the music is groovy, with a bunch of character. You can't help but get a little strut in your step while listening to it. Still a big fan of this album, even as I've wandered to other genres over the years.

    Href.plus link

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  5. Comment on What are some good mobile games which doesn't require dragging? in ~games

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    I LOVE a game called Antiyoy. It's a low-res stripped down version of like, Civ, or something. Strategy based, and there's a free online version. No dragging required

    I LOVE a game called Antiyoy. It's a low-res stripped down version of like, Civ, or something. Strategy based, and there's a free online version. No dragging required

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

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    I got myself a Crunchyroll subscription, because I was tired of using my roommates Hulu account with ads 😅 So far I've watched: Oussama Ranking: This one definitely caught me off guard, even...

    I got myself a Crunchyroll subscription, because I was tired of using my roommates Hulu account with ads 😅 So far I've watched:

    Oussama Ranking: This one definitely caught me off guard, even though I came into it from the mention it got from Gigguk. Super cutesy animation style, with a rather mature storyline is the type of (hmmm, what's that word again?) juxtaposition that I am here for! I'd give it a 7/10!

    Mushoku Tensei: Also watched on recommendation from Gigguk, and proceeded to have my spare time blown to smithereens until I could finish the season. Super awesome show, the concept was very well done, and the story is GREAT (barring a few questionable scenes that apparently nobody can help from happening in all the great shows 🙃). I'm waffling in whether I want to catch up with the manga, LN, or just wait and experience the whole story in anime form. 9/10

    And I have several others on my to watch list, including Jin-Roh, 86, and Spy x Family.

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  7. Comment on The best carbon steel pans in 2022 in ~food

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    Thanks for sharing! Came at the perfect time, as I've started comparing Carbon Steel pans across the board with the intention of getting one. I decided on the Matfer Borgeat, so I'm glad to see it...

    Thanks for sharing! Came at the perfect time, as I've started comparing Carbon Steel pans across the board with the intention of getting one. I decided on the Matfer Borgeat, so I'm glad to see it sitting in second there 👍

    Anyone here already using a carbon steel pan? How's it working? Do you recommend? What about CS Woks, since I'm also looking for one of those

    2 votes
  8. Comment on I never stay logged in on my desktop + notebook in ~tildes

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    It might also be Firefox privacy settings, if you've enabled them under the "Privacy and Security" section in Firefox. Strict or Custom Tracking protection might be nuking the credentials. Could...

    It might also be Firefox privacy settings, if you've enabled them under the "Privacy and Security" section in Firefox.

    Strict or Custom Tracking protection might be nuking the credentials. Could also have Cookies and Site Data set to auto-delete on Firefox shut down.

    Could also also be leftovers from the last time you opened Developer Console, if you open that at all. There's an option under the network section there to disable caching for all requests.

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

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    I'm now onto book 3 (A Court of Wings and Ruin) of the series: "The Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah Maas. I'm borrowing all the books available from my sister since she's one book ahead of me...

    I'm now onto book 3 (A Court of Wings and Ruin) of the series: "The Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah Maas. I'm borrowing all the books available from my sister since she's one book ahead of me at this point. She recommended the series to me after we found out that we're both 'Lore Olympus' fans. I'm quite enjoying them so far!

    It's a High Fantasy setting with Faeries, and humans, is a romance plot with a surprisingly fleshed out world, and some pretty interesting developments over the two books that I've read so far. Some HUGE character growth and development for sure.

    Also, tons of euphemisms for 'penis'. My personal favorite so far is 'hidden warrior'. Lots of sex in this and according to my sister, the last book in the series is essentially a full book of smut with some other character in the series. So that'll be fun 😁

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  10. Comment on Everything Everywhere All at Once in ~movies

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    Just bought tickets for a showing on Friday for my partner and I, thanks to the comments in this thread. I'll check back in with impressions once we see it! :)

    Just bought tickets for a showing on Friday for my partner and I, thanks to the comments in this thread. I'll check back in with impressions once we see it! :)

    2 votes
  11. Comment on High-Quality "independent" product reviews in ~talk

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    Also a great recommendation, thank you! I'll be looking through here later tonight, I have a couple thing on my wishlist for the kitchen :)

    Also a great recommendation, thank you! I'll be looking through here later tonight, I have a couple thing on my wishlist for the kitchen :)

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  12. Comment on High-Quality "independent" product reviews in ~talk

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    This is fantastic! I'll be saving this one for sure, thank you!

    This is fantastic! I'll be saving this one for sure, thank you!

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  13. Comment on High-Quality "independent" product reviews in ~talk

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    This post will contain a list of all the places that I've heard of to get a good understanding of what makes good "things". Still a WIP at this point (3/15/22 @ 12:50pm) From the Dan Luu post...

    This post will contain a list of all the places that I've heard of to get a good understanding of what makes good "things". Still a WIP at this point (3/15/22 @ 12:50pm)

    From the Dan Luu post above:

    • Tire Rack
      • I'll be needing new tires soon anyway, so discovering this was fortuitous.
    • jepsen.io
    • Teknikens Varld (Moose Test for Cars)
      • There may be other channels that are also doing these tests, I haven't looked too far into it, but it was used as an example in dan's post.
    • Ben Kuhn's Post about improving video call experiences

    Others I've found over the years:

    • Project Farm
      • This one man show does a lot testing. He compares the different brands of lots of everyday items you might not know much about, including but not limited to: windshield wipers, motor oil, knife sharpeners and more.
      • Caveat: These are not scientific experiments, they're more comparisons between brands of the same type of item. You won't find indisputable proof of anything here, but I'd still argue that the videos are helpful in making an informed decision.
    • Z Reviews (Warning: Audio peripherals related)
      • Don't exactly remember where I saw the recommendations for Z, it might have been 4chan or Reddit. Grain of salt here.
    • Crinacle (Warning: Audio peripherals related)
    • rtings
      • Caveat: I've never looked too deep into this website. I've only heard good things about them in regards to their ratings on Monitors and TV's. It does seem like they have other categories as well, but I can't speak to them about those.
    • Consumer Reports
      • Unfortunately, have to be a member to see a lot of metadata about products you're researching. Makes sense though, they gotta make money somehow!
    • Linus Tech Tips Cable Tester 1 2
      • LTT has a bunch of other review videos which you could also use here, but I picked this grouping specifically because they're showing the output from the cable tester that they're using.
    • GSMArena
      • Very useful website that I've used for several years now that lets you compare phones. Used it most recently when my phone was kicked off the ATT network, and got a Pixel 5a due to the battery life performance on gsmarena. Here's the exact comparison I had for deciding my new phone
    • Benson Leung
      • This person is a google engineer who made headlines ~7 years ago leaving amazon reviews of usb cables (Type-C and others I think) that didn't conform to the spec. Last review was 2017
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  14. High-Quality "independent" product reviews

    This question was brought on by one of danluu's posts, which linked to another post going into why benchmarking matters. In that post, I discovered a bunch of different places/people running...

    This question was brought on by one of danluu's posts, which linked to another post going into why benchmarking matters. In that post, I discovered a bunch of different places/people running benchmarks to determine the highest performing "thing". Over my years on the internet, I've come across other places and people doing this for other categories of things, and think it would be beneficial to get a large list down of all the high quality testers and reviewers in one place. So I'll start off with a comment below with a list of all the high quality reviewers that I've come across for anything and I would love it if you all could do the same!

    Caveats:

    • I'd like to try and avoid communities centered around a single niche object. First example that comes to mind for this is the mechanical keyboards subreddit. While there's some good information there, I feel that it's highly diluted from everyone else in the community "following what's popular". If there's a specific user that consistently posts high quality information from there though, I'd say that's fair game.
    • If I (or someone else) posts a resource that you don't think is a high quality resource, or is untrustworthy, put a comment down explaining why! It's hard to be on guard all the time, so I'm sure I've fallen for marketing (word of mouth or otherwise) plots without realizing it.

    I'll include a disclaimer for reviewers or categories that have an innate subjective aspect to them. (Audio & Video would be good examples I think)

    10 votes
  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I found another cool new (to me!) band a la Spotify radio: Mother's Cake. They. are. AWESOME! They have a super funky sound that crosses over real well into hard-rock metal-ish vibes. Bass guitar...

    I found another cool new (to me!) band a la Spotify radio: Mother's Cake. They. are. AWESOME! They have a super funky sound that crosses over real well into hard-rock metal-ish vibes. Bass guitar player is super good. I've only gotten through their Cyberfunk! album and am working through their Creation's Finest album as we speak.... well, type.

    Favorite songs from them so far are:

    • Toxic Brother
    • Creations Finest
    • The Operator
    • The Beetle
    • Runaway
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  16. Comment on The New York Times Tech Union vote count starts this morning, and we made a live vote tracker! in ~news

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    This is super exciting! Glad I caught this on the tail end! w9oooooooo congrats!!<\details>

    This is super exciting! Glad I caught this on the tail end!

    w9oooooooo congrats!!<\details>
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  17. Comment on Why the depth year was my best year in ~life

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    Similar to the "What's your theme for 2022" thread we had earlier, I've found this blog post that covers a similar topic. It asks the question: A Backlog Burner, IRL if you will. I plan to take...

    Similar to the "What's your theme for 2022" thread we had earlier, I've found this blog post that covers a similar topic.

    It asks the question:

    [...] what if, for a whole year, you stopped acquiring new things or taking on new pursuits. Instead, you return to abandoned projects, stalled hobbies, unread books and other neglected intentions, and go deeper with them than you ever have before.

    A Backlog Burner, IRL if you will.

    I plan to take the premise of this and try it out. There are several things that I used to be very into, that have fallen by the wayside. (for good reason and not!)

    The two big ones off the top of my head are:

    • I want to start playing the drums again. Not just playing, but practicing and getting better, and being able to play along to more of the songs that I listen too. I love music, and I want it to be a bigger part of my life.
    • I want to find my love for programming again. I have several distinct memories of all-nighters I pulled in college for a programming project.

    First one was me creating a battleship clone in python for a final project in my "Intro to programming course", and the second was creating a scoring algorithm to determine how similar two words were in my "Data Structures and Algorithms" class. Both of these projects, funnily enough, were turned in "unfinished" as defined by the requirements of the project. Even so, I remember the feeling of, like, joy, and wonder, and confidence that I had as I was writing them. I want that again, and I think I need to start investing in myself again to get there.

    What about everyone else? Are there hobbies or skills you'd like to revisit or rekindle the flame for?

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  18. Comment on /r/antiwork: A tragedy of sanewashing and social gentrification in ~tech

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    That was a hell of a read! It went into a lot of depth in the backstory of that subreddit that I had no idea of. By virtue of lurking from afar I wasn't all that invested in the resulting...

    That was a hell of a read! It went into a lot of depth in the backstory of that subreddit that I had no idea of. By virtue of lurking from afar I wasn't all that invested in the resulting firestorm and this article has really given me a strikingly different perception of the whole thing.

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  19. Comment on The economics of Spotify in ~finance

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    I'm curious about audio books and what the difference is with them. (If you know) Do they exist in-between music and books? Do they lean more towards one or the other in terms of compensation?

    I'm curious about audio books and what the difference is with them. (If you know)

    Do they exist in-between music and books? Do they lean more towards one or the other in terms of compensation?

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