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  1. Comment on Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur in ~games.tabletop

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    My absolute favorite part of this video happens starting at 21:40. This Finkel guy has such a competitive yet hilarious personality, I love it.

    My absolute favorite part of this video happens starting at 21:40. This Finkel guy has such a competitive yet hilarious personality, I love it.

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  2. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    I gotta say, since I've heard about GPM shutting down earlier this spring, I've been weighing the pros/cons of Spotify vs YTM. This exact article was the deciding factor in switching to Spotify. I...

    I gotta say, since I've heard about GPM shutting down earlier this spring, I've been weighing the pros/cons of Spotify vs YTM. This exact article was the deciding factor in switching to Spotify. I transferred over my ~5 most important playlists using tunemymusic and I'm going from there. I'm making a conscious effort at this point to move away from Big G at every point that I can.

    Migration took about 30 minutes total, easy as pie

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  3. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    I recently got into coffee, what kicked it off for me was watching some videos from James Hoffman. He goes into a good deal of depth and detail in most of his videos, I'd highly recommend him!

    I recently got into coffee, what kicked it off for me was watching some videos from James Hoffman. He goes into a good deal of depth and detail in most of his videos, I'd highly recommend him!

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Let's give some love to indies! What's your favourite indie game? in ~games

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    I never finished Thomas was alone, but I played through a decent chunk of it on my phone. It was a good puzzle game, but the narrator was probably the best part! Kinda like The Stanley Parable.

    I never finished Thomas was alone, but I played through a decent chunk of it on my phone. It was a good puzzle game, but the narrator was probably the best part! Kinda like The Stanley Parable.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Let's give some love to indies! What's your favourite indie game? in ~games

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    Standby: I've been picking this up and playing it every so often for the past 3 or so years. No story here, just platforming in a similar vein to Dustforce if you've ever played that. I have all...
    • Standby: I've been picking this up and playing it every so often for the past 3 or so years. No story here, just platforming in a similar vein to Dustforce if you've ever played that. I have all the achievements unlocked except the one for 100%'ing the game. Very fun, and easy to pick up and play for a couple.

    • 12 Orbits: My girlfriend and I started our quarantine out getting a little upset at each other while playing this game! It's a simple couch co-op concept, you each have a colored ball that bounces around the screen, and you press a button to start an orbit around a grey ball. There's 4 or 5 different game modes where you can either race to collect the most colored balls, or shoot balls to hit your opponent. It's very cheap too, not much reason to not try it out imo.

    • Refunct: Quick and easy 3-d platformer. You have to jump around on platforms, swim, and slide to hit buttons that will then show the next button to get to. Relaxing atmosphere. I have two more achievements to get here and I've only spent about 40 minutes total playing the game.

    • To The Moon: I'm pretty sure I've already written a review of this game somewhere on here. I don't know why the story resonated so much with me but to this day, this is the only game that's ever made me cry. Gameplay is pretty basic, no crazy mechanics going on or anything, and it has "pixel charm" to it.

    • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: GF and I picked this one up after we got a little tired of 12 Orbits. This is another Couch Co-op, where you each control a character inside a spaceship. You have to work together to fly the ship, shoot the guns, move the shield and pick up all the other little bunnies (yes, bunnies) lost in space. Great for the current pandemic, and not a head to head competitive game.

    • Wizard of Legend: Yet another couch co-op (do you see a pattern here?) where you control a magic user that needs to make it through a randomly generated dungeon. You get some pretty tight controls, some really cool powers and "perma death" where you will die and lose power up, but will keep money that you can use to purchase suit or magic upgrades that persist.

    • Flinthook: Great single player procedurally generated "dungeon crawling" game, where you play as a space pirate that boards other pirate ships to steal all their loot! The hook mechanic is awesome, and it helps to have some great reflexes and reaction time when playing.

    • Pikuniku: This is an absurdly interesting, colorful game about some "thing" that comes out of a cave and saves the world. It can walk, roll, swim, jump, kick..... .and that's about it. I played through the whole story and found it to be endearing. It has some very humorous moments in it as well. It was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I listened.

    If anyone has any other couch co-op games that they enjoy, let me know! I'm always looking for new ones to play with my girlfriend, or put on as a small distraction at a party :)

    7 votes
  6. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

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    Electricity and how it works. I know the terms, but haven't "grokked" what they mean (joules, volts, amps, watts, etc). I've seen diagrams comparing it to water, but that doesn't really make sense...

    Electricity and how it works. I know the terms, but haven't "grokked" what they mean (joules, volts, amps, watts, etc). I've seen diagrams comparing it to water, but that doesn't really make sense to me. Or at least, I haven't heard a good description yet. I've also heard a saying that I think was along the lines of: "Volts will jolt, but amps kill" or something like that, but I don't have a mental distinction between what those words mean to know why amps are the "killer".

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    No prob! This is the one I have, there's tons of different brands on Amazon with the same basic shape as well if you're looking to save a little extra $$.... errr €€....

    No prob! This is the one I have, there's tons of different brands on Amazon with the same basic shape as well if you're looking to save a little extra $$.... errr €€.

    https://www.irongym.com/products/the-iron-gym-new.html

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I'm about 200lbs and my pull up bar is doing just fine with me! It's 2 - 3 years old and hasn't let me down yet :D I can send you a link to the model I have if you'd like.

    I'm about 200lbs and my pull up bar is doing just fine with me! It's 2 - 3 years old and hasn't let me down yet :D I can send you a link to the model I have if you'd like.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Not that everyone follows this ideology, but I think weightlifting has a certain "glamour" to it that body weight fitness doesn't. Lifting is kinda mainstream now, but maybe that'll change with...

    Not that everyone follows this ideology, but I think weightlifting has a certain "glamour" to it that body weight fitness doesn't. Lifting is kinda mainstream now, but maybe that'll change with everyone being stuck at home!

  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've started exercising again! I moved up to my girlfriends place to wait out the "quarantine" with her, and finally got annoyed at not exercising enough to start doing a couple different things....

    I've started exercising again! I moved up to my girlfriends place to wait out the "quarantine" with her, and finally got annoyed at not exercising enough to start doing a couple different things.

    1. I bought a high density foam roller and roll out my back twice daily. I tweaked it doing shoulder shrugs like, 2 years ago and it hasn't been the same since (and I'm only 26 0_0). This helps me keep it mobile and my back loose, especially since I have a desk job which doesn't involve moving around a lot.

    2. I've started running with my gf's dog, since she's a Tasmanian devil and needs to get that energy out. I haven't ran to "be healthy" in probably 4 years which means it was great for the first two days, but then my knee's started hurting, and I think I rolled my ankle slightly. so I've been icing those every night after the run for ~ 4 days. The ice helps, and I think I found some stretches to help my knee and some exercises to help my ankle mobility.

    3. I brought my pull up bar with me, and I have it set up in the room that I work out of. I'm "greasing the groove" where I'll do a single pull up every time I pass under it, and I do 3 before I go to bed at night. I've already noticed a marked improvement in my pulling power when playing with the dog and it's only been a week since I started which is great. No tendonitis yet either!

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  11. Comment on After having the worst day, I was reminded of Arsenio Halls most glorious slapstick moment in ~misc

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    Thanks for sharing it, I've never seen it before! sketch spoilers inside for those who haven't watched yet. The exploding tv got a hearty laugh outta me :)

    Thanks for sharing it, I've never seen it before!

    sketch spoilers inside for those who haven't watched yet. The exploding tv got a hearty laugh outta me :)
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  12. Comment on A first look at Unreal Engine 5, including a real-time demo running on PS5 in ~games

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    This was my first reaction (after being extremely impressed first) as well. Games are already huge, and I can see installation size BALLOONING if we're storing game objects with huge LOD's

    This was my first reaction (after being extremely impressed first) as well. Games are already huge, and I can see installation size BALLOONING if we're storing game objects with huge LOD's

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  13. Comment on What's something that's better than expected? in ~talk

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    I believe it was the steep time that was the problem with the sourness the first time, I've been steeping for 5-8 minutes since. I've also slowly been decreasing the grind size, and I think I hit...

    I believe it was the steep time that was the problem with the sourness the first time, I've been steeping for 5-8 minutes since. I've also slowly been decreasing the grind size, and I think I hit the floor for it this morning (For French Press at least) so I'm gonna go up about 3 clicks on the grinder tomorrow morning. I haven't been doing this long enough to have a frame of reference for different roast types yet, that's gonna come with time and experience.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's something that's better than expected? in ~talk

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    Relatedly, during my college years, I was known in my friend group for eating peanut butter with whiskey. Big ol' scoop of PB (smooth or chunky, doesn't matter) and a nice glass of Jim Beam on the...

    Relatedly, during my college years, I was known in my friend group for eating peanut butter with whiskey. Big ol' scoop of PB (smooth or chunky, doesn't matter) and a nice glass of Jim Beam on the rocks (Fire or Honey) to wash it down. I don't do that as much any more but I remember it being strangely delicious.

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  15. Comment on What's something that's better than expected? in ~talk

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    I've slowly been going deeper and deeper down the coffee rabbit hole after watching some James Hoffman videos that were recommended to me on youtube. He has a very nice, relaxing voice and it's...

    I've slowly been going deeper and deeper down the coffee rabbit hole after watching some James Hoffman videos that were recommended to me on youtube. He has a very nice, relaxing voice and it's easy to tell this is a hobby that he cares about deeply. I'm still in the fledgling stages but I already am making French Press every morning with fresh ground coffee beans (Light Roast currently). The trouble I'm having currently is the grind size for French Press vs my drip coffee machine. I went much coarser for FP, but it came out very sour :/ so I've been dialing it in for the past week or so, and I'm still not FULLY satisfied with how it tastes yet.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Google Play Music will shut down later this year - features are now available for transferring history/library to YouTube Music in ~music

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    I'm pretty sad they're shutting GPM down, this was my streaming service of choice for the past several years. I'm willing to try out YTM to at least see what it's like, but the last time I tried I...

    I'm pretty sad they're shutting GPM down, this was my streaming service of choice for the past several years. I'm willing to try out YTM to at least see what it's like, but the last time I tried I was not a fan of the interface. I don't need (or use) any of the features for Music Videos or shit like that, I just want music. When it comes down to YTM vs Spotify I'm already feeling a stronger pull from Spotify. Spotify integrates with Groove on my Windows box, so that's ALREADY one huge plus that I don't think YTM or GPM has. I would say "Sorry Google" but they're big enough to where me leaving isn't a loss by any means :/

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  17. Comment on Games for "the flame" in ~life

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    I would say for the most part I am pretty present. We do talk a lot about how we feel, how we're doing with each other and so on. So in that regard, I think we're pretty good. I'm looking for more...

    I would say for the most part I am pretty present. We do talk a lot about how we feel, how we're doing with each other and so on. So in that regard, I think we're pretty good.

    I'm looking for more ways to initiate and still be a little creative with it. She's not used to initiating sex at all, which is unfortunate but we're also working on it. I would get bored of eventually our sex life coming down to "Hey.... You wanna have sex?" So I'm looking for ways to set the mood that are fun to do, even before we get to the best part.

  18. Games for "the flame"

    TL;DR: What do you do with your SO (if anything) to spark some fun? Do you have a go-to move, or game that gets interest going for some fun? A lot of us have been sheltering in place for some time...

    TL;DR: What do you do with your SO (if anything) to spark some fun? Do you have a go-to move, or game that gets interest going for some fun?

    A lot of us have been sheltering in place for some time now due to covid-19. What do you do to keep things from getting stale- to show effort, appreciation, and attraction for your significant other?

    I'm trying to keep things relatively fresh, but we don't have much space where we are. It takes, for example "naked billiards" off the table. I think they have a copy of "Twister" somewhere, so I might try to see if they're into a game night for some physical closeness. If you have a deck of cards, you can always do strip poker, but it might be a little underwhelming.

    Of course, it doesn't always have to be a competition either, back/foot rubs are always a well received from both sides in my experience. I'm also aware of a concept called "Chore-Play[*]" and I try to do what I can to make sure my SO never feels like they're pulling the weight for both of us.

    I obviously had a couple ideas, but I'm looking for some inspiration too! I'd like so have some things on the back-burner to whip out when the occasion calls for it, or when the time is right.

    PS: I'm not really sure what to expect for responses to this, I know it's a rather personal topic and sharing information like that can be uncomfortable for some. You don't have to share what you do in your relationship if you're not comfortable (obviously), but maybe you share a link of some cool ideas you found somewhere instead? IDK, let's get creative with it!

    [*]: With that being said, there is another definition of choreplay that I don't think is what we're after (collectively). I'm not talking about using sex as a bargaining chip for chores, which is what some perceive it as. I'm talking about taking the actions to make your partner feel like valued and appreciated half of the relationship. With those feelings of appreciation and care, comes romance and intimacy.

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

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    I saw some people talking about Fiona Apple's newest album: Fetch the Boltcutters in some other thread and the hype convinced me to try it out. (It's definitely out of my normal wheelhouse). I...

    I saw some people talking about Fiona Apple's newest album: Fetch the Boltcutters in some other thread and the hype convinced me to try it out. (It's definitely out of my normal wheelhouse). I think it is a fantastic album, certainly deserving of the perfect 10 rating that it got from Pitchfork. I'm a fan of "artistic" music, which is a bougie way of saying I like harmonic dissonance and strange sounds in the music I listen to, and this definitely fits the bill. She's able to always make it back to "pleasing music" after a passage through wails, dogs barking and, clashing percusssion, etc. It's great. Highly recommended. I'd say my favorite song from the album is probably "Shameika".

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

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    I recently discovered (thanks google play music) a band called Puta Volcano. Their most recent album 'AMMA' is really good, I get some Soundgarden or Audioslave vibes from them. A related artist...

    I recently discovered (thanks google play music) a band called Puta Volcano. Their most recent album 'AMMA' is really good, I get some Soundgarden or Audioslave vibes from them. A related artist that I saw, but haven't checked out yet is called Red Scalp. They seem to have a native american theme to their music.

    I've been going through some of Red Scalps top played songs and MAN are they nice. They remind me of a Stoner-Rock version of Red Fang, which seemed like stoner-metal to me. I like em a lot, they'll be getting some play time from me for the next couple weeks.

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