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  1. Comment on Does anybody have advice for getting better at racing sims? (Both circuit and rally) in ~games

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    Short answer: Play more. Longer-ish answer: Play deliberately, and watch how others play as well. Join some discords or forums, ask around get to know some people, and talk about the problem at...

    Short answer: Play more.

    Longer-ish answer: Play deliberately, and watch how others play as well. Join some discords or forums, ask around get to know some people, and talk about the problem at hand. People LOVE to talk about their passions and help others learn.

    I'm in a couple Dirt Rally 2.0 discords for custom tournaments. If you're interested let me know and I'll send you an invite link.

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

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    Came back from vacation to an almost empty pantry, so I made the best with what I had for dinner last Friday: 2 Honey Wheat Sandwich bread pieces. 2 pickle slices (Claussen or...

    Came back from vacation to an almost empty pantry, so I made the best with what I had for dinner last Friday:

    2 Honey Wheat Sandwich bread pieces.
    2 pickle slices (Claussen or get-out-of-my-haus-en)
    1 onion cheek, very thinly sliced On a mandolin
    1 squirt of each on the two bread slices: mayo, mustard, sriracha
    2 small balls of 80/20 ground beef.

    I (loosely) followed Kenji's recipe for onion smashburgers. Heat up cast iron on medium to medium high heat. Squish them fuckers down into the pan, keeping the edges thinner than center. Layer top with thin onion slices. Flip when a good crust develops. Cook rest of the way then layer the two patties on the sandwich slices along with pickles, and you're done πŸ‘

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

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    According to my listenbrainz profile, I've listened to a handful of songs. I'll only report on the ones that were memorable. Megadeth released a couple new singles from their upcoming album. The...

    According to my listenbrainz profile, I've listened to a handful of songs. I'll only report on the ones that were memorable.

    Megadeth released a couple new singles from their upcoming album. The music is great, but also showcasing ideas and ideology from Dave that won't get much applause on this site. Just like the last 5 albums πŸ™ƒ Makes great lifting music though!

    Queens - Stone Cold Crazy is a song that I've been trying to find for a couple months. A song that many consider to be one of the first ever "thrash metal" songs, and it sounds great to-boot!

    Freakout/Release is a surprisingly catchy, "crunchy", new single from Hot Chip. Not as good as "Over and Over", but still quite good. Also, realized as I was writing this comment the album "Freakout/Release" was dropped today! Gonna give it a listen through, see if they have anything else good on there.

    To round it off, Middle Man by The Atomic Bitchwax is one of those songs that immediately catapult themselves back into my listening rotation after I've gone a while without hearing it.

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  4. Comment on Failure to cope "under capitalism" in ~life

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    Hey thanks for sharing this! I was surprised that I was able to "get" so much out of the article. I'm not one to play the "Capitalism" card as an opener, so the majority of the article spoke to me...
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    Hey thanks for sharing this! I was surprised that I was able to "get" so much out of the article. I'm not one to play the "Capitalism" card as an opener, so the majority of the article spoke to me as about "others". Frankly, I had a pretty hearty chuckle when I followed one of the links to another article with the title of "The radical act of cooking". The last section though, where it starts tying core ideas together to wrap up is where it really started hitting home:

    Excerpt from the article I think it’s possible that for many, considering the shape of your life and then living it with vigor is so difficult because it cannot be externally validated. Unlike education and work, it offers no socially obvious meritocratic path. The moments where, like sourdough, it proves, are largely invisible β€” in cooking, in walking, corresponding with a friend, in chatting with a neighbor or registering to give blood. They cannot be tallied up and put on a resume. They are never β€œfinished.” The progress you make is spiraling rather than linear; circling steadily, slowly, around your weak points, taking two steps forward and one step back, building habits so slowly that only in retrospect can you see your life become different than it was. And there is no one who can tell you that you did it right. But this is not the condition of life under capitalism, this is life itself. And it is a sad irony that though the fear of life may be produced by class imperatives within capitalism, the impulse to restrict it to a problem of capitalism is itself part of the same fearful rejection of the task of living.

    I've noticed this behavior within myself a LOT. Even before the pandemic, {personal|relationship}-care tasks were, and still are, things that are easy to brush off and "do later". Brushing teeth in the morning or at night, showering daily, exercising in any capacity, focusing on work instead of daydreaming, responding to texts from friends and family within the day, cooking for myself and my partner, calling my parents, scheduling time to see friends - or friends of my partners, getting my haircut, walking the dog instead of just having them potty... it all feels exhausting when I catch myself thinking that these are things I'll need to do every day for the rest of my life.

    Just think about how much more time I would have if I didn't need to do them! It's not like they're improving my life all that much anyway. I can skip doing {x} once or twice, no harm to it...

    So then, sometimes, I do. And the self-care lessens. Leaving me slightly deeper in the hole. I can see where it will eventually leave me: so deep down the hole that I won't be able to see where I started from, with all the reason in the world (at that point) to give up. To stop caring, and at that point, I might.

    BUT, by virtue of this (admittedly pessimistic) foresight, and by virtue of this article you've lain across my screen, the curtain has been lifted for a time. And I see plainly where I am is not where I'd like to be, certainly not where I could be, but thankfully not the worst place either. So I will take whatever time I have until the "shroud of apathy" returns and get a little more ahead. To keep that ball of light above the hole visible, and hopefully, growing larger.

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  5. Comment on The Chats - Struck By Lightning (2022) in ~music

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    I fuckin LOVE this, man. Glad to hear them keeping the energy up! Compared to some of the other music I'm listening to currently, I like how 'pared down' their sound is. Very easy to hear each...

    I fuckin LOVE this, man. Glad to hear them keeping the energy up! Compared to some of the other music I'm listening to currently, I like how 'pared down' their sound is. Very easy to hear each instrument, without too much going on otherwise. Like a breath of fresh air!

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

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    I decided to try out a card game that I've been thinking about playing, Gwent. Based off of The Witcher 3 game, it's a card collecting game a la MTG from what I've been able to see. It's SUPER...

    I decided to try out a card game that I've been thinking about playing, Gwent. Based off of The Witcher 3 game, it's a card collecting game a la MTG from what I've been able to see. It's SUPER FUN, I'm having a blast. My main deck has been White Frost Monsters, and I've gone from Rank 30 to Rank 12 in the ~ week that I've been playing. Season is almost over so I'll see how high I can make it!

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  7. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    What I saw from docs I saw around is that the Pi Hole team have a conservative hosts list. That, combined with the fact that DNS hosts blocking won't work for ads streamed inside http requests for...

    What I saw from docs I saw around is that the Pi Hole team have a conservative hosts list. That, combined with the fact that DNS hosts blocking won't work for ads streamed inside http requests for "regular content" means pi hole is going to block less than something like unlock. I use both, pi hole for network blocking, and ublock for "after loading" content blocking

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  8. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    First time posting in this thread, I think! I recently got bit my the motivation bug so I'm using the old RPI that's been sitting around doing NOTHING for years! Raspberry Pi Specific I've set up...

    First time posting in this thread, I think! I recently got bit my the motivation bug so I'm using the old RPI that's been sitting around doing NOTHING for years!

    Raspberry Pi Specific

    I've set up Pi-Hole with a static ip, and directed my router to direct all DNS requests through it. Now I get less network traffic, ads, and reduced processing time on all devices on lan :)

    I've also started running new docker containers using podman which I'll start to configure, integrate, and automate over the coming months:

    • HomeAssistant for all the smart home needs
    • grocy for tracking the foods in my pantry, and automating adding and removing items using the barcode scanner
    • gotify for setting up push notifications between all the above services, as well as my phone (when im on the home network)

    Router Specific

    While digging through my router settings, I also discovered it allows me to connect a usb device and broadcast it on lan as a samba device. So now I've connected a 2TB backup drive which I'll be using as a multi-purpose local-media-streaming / backup target.

    Smaller things

    Apart from that, I've updated my keepass database to exist on the lan drive as the primary copy, which then syncs to the copy on Google Drive so there won't be any more issues updating it remotely and clobbering changes locally.

    Finally, I've updated my personal site "blog" with a link to a libli that I set up a couple months ago, which I'll be using as a personal, read-only form of "twitter". It would be cool to set it up later with an rss feed or something, but I'm not too concerned about it now.

    Next up will be integrating Cactus Chat comments into the existing posts (and any new posts) that are on the blog!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What's a good website for sharing art and computer-generated images? in ~arts

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    Alternatively, I saw this really cool thing recently which you could use to host images in a matrix room. If you have a personal website for example, you could set up a...

    Alternatively, I saw this really cool thing recently which you could use to host images in a matrix room. If you have a personal website for example, you could set up a https://skybrian.com/gallery and have any picture in that matrix room automatically populate on the /gallery page

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  10. Comment on What's a good website for sharing art and computer-generated images? in ~arts

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    It looks like you can, although I haven't tried it out, so I can't say for certain. I haven't really used either mastodon or pixelfed to be honest. I got the accounts set up in one of my "moods"...

    It looks like you can, although I haven't tried it out, so I can't say for certain.

    I haven't really used either mastodon or pixelfed to be honest. I got the accounts set up in one of my "moods" and then remembered I don't participate in social media anyway... It's more the tech that excites me, not using said tech πŸ˜…

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  11. Comment on Where do you acquire books? in ~books

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    I haven't bought books online at all I don't think. The two biggest places I get my books are my local book store (new books and new prints) and Mackay Used Bookstore in VA. Which is a full day...

    I haven't bought books online at all I don't think.

    The two biggest places I get my books are my local book store (new books and new prints) and Mackay Used Bookstore in VA. Which is a full day trip, but totally worth it. Not sure there's another used bookstore like it within driving distance of me, but I'm happy to be proven wrong πŸ˜…

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  12. Comment on What's a good website for sharing art and computer-generated images? in ~arts

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    There are federated versions of Instagram, if you're interested in going through all the set up just for that? Pixelfed is the most popular one, and I made an account on metapixl since when I was...

    There are federated versions of Instagram, if you're interested in going through all the set up just for that?

    Pixelfed is the most popular one, and I made an account on metapixl since when I was interested pixelfed invites were closed

    https://pixelfed.social
    https://metapixl.com

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The next (monthly, one-month-long) Linux Upskill Challenge starts this Monday in ~comp

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    I love this! Thanks for posting, I just joined the subreddit and will do my best to follow along /noise

    I love this! Thanks for posting, I just joined the subreddit and will do my best to follow along

    /noise

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

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    I am currently recovering from my best friends wedding! I was one of two Best Men, and one of four Speakers for the Bride and Groom. My speech was last, and I had to follow an absolute TEARJERKER...

    I am currently recovering from my best friends wedding! I was one of two Best Men, and one of four Speakers for the Bride and Groom. My speech was last, and I had to follow an absolute TEARJERKER of a Bridesmaid speech from the Brides Twin. Speech went well, and I got many compliments about how well I did, so I'm thankful I practiced as much as I did and hopefully made it special for both of them.

    I was surprisingly sober at the end of the night at 2am, but I'm definitely feeling it today. Glad I took today off, and spent it catching up on tasks I missed out on over the weekend. Got both my parents tickets to a Coldplay concert happening soon for both my Mom's birthday and Fathers Day for my Dad. Fell asleep on the couch watching YT vids today, and waffling about buying tickets for my high schools 10 year anniversary. Already bought a TON of things the previous six months of this year, so I'm waiting for the obligations to stop so that I can start saving again πŸ˜…

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

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    Sorry for the off topic question, but I HAVE to know.... Is your username in reference to the song by Justice?

    Sorry for the off topic question, but I HAVE to know.... Is your username in reference to the song by Justice?

  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Welp, I got Covid so that ended my gym streak for a little bit. Instead I've been taking my dog out for longer walks over lunch, and using "Aerial straps" that my partner has for some bodyweight...

    Welp, I got Covid so that ended my gym streak for a little bit. Instead I've been taking my dog out for longer walks over lunch, and using "Aerial straps" that my partner has for some bodyweight exercises instead. I can almost get a full leg extension "L-Hang" on that, so the work on improving my core strength and stability continues! I've also felt like my hands were a little weak so I've been doing dead hangs for 3 sets of ~30 seconds as well. Only a couple times and I feel like I can already tell improvements are happening!

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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