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  1. Comment on You're probably not using the web's best browser (Vivaldi) in ~tech

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    Does anyone know how Vivaldi compares to other niche browsers like Brave?

    Does anyone know how Vivaldi compares to other niche browsers like Brave?

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  2. Comment on Playdate, the indie handheld gaming console with a crank, begins preorders on Thursday, July 29 at 10:00 AM PDT in ~games

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    I got mine ordered at the 8 minute mark. Thank you for making this thread to remind me about this. Their email to me got sent to me spam folder and I wouldn't have seen it until way later.

    I got mine ordered at the 8 minute mark. Thank you for making this thread to remind me about this. Their email to me got sent to me spam folder and I wouldn't have seen it until way later.

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  3. Comment on Playdate, the indie handheld gaming console with a crank, begins preorders on Thursday, July 29 at 10:00 AM PDT in ~games

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    I've been following this for a long time and I'm glad to see it's ready to ship. I want to support new ways of thinking about gaming devices and distribution from small developers. Plus Panic...

    I've been following this for a long time and I'm glad to see it's ready to ship. I want to support new ways of thinking about gaming devices and distribution from small developers. Plus Panic makes great stuff.

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  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 19 in ~health.coronavirus

  5. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of July 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Which vaccine did they receive? If you don't mind me asking. My wife and I are taking a trip soon and are trying to determine how isolated to make ourselves even though we are both vaccinated.

    Which vaccine did they receive? If you don't mind me asking. My wife and I are taking a trip soon and are trying to determine how isolated to make ourselves even though we are both vaccinated.

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  6. Comment on MIT predicted in 1972 that society will collapse this century. New research shows we're on schedule in ~science

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    Was anyone involved with the initial research named Hari Seldon?

    Was anyone involved with the initial research named Hari Seldon?

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Interview with Jonathan Rauch on epistemic disruption in ~tech

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    This article has put his book on my 'must read' list. The hardest idea to get across to my conservative family is that what I am concerned most about is not their right-leaning politics, but their...

    This article has put his book on my 'must read' list. The hardest idea to get across to my conservative family is that what I am concerned most about is not their right-leaning politics, but their black and white mindset and that it is a mindset that exists on both sides of the political spectrum. Hopefully this book will give me better language to explain myself.

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  8. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

  9. Comment on Foundation - Official teaser 2 in ~tv

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    I'm glad to finally have a release date for this. I've been looking forward to it.

    I'm glad to finally have a release date for this. I've been looking forward to it.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    thesixtyone circa 2009. thesixtyone had a magic about it in the way is brought social and game mechanics to music discovery. I discovered so many great, small bands through the site and supported...

    thesixtyone circa 2009.

    thesixtyone had a magic about it in the way is brought social and game mechanics to music discovery. I discovered so many great, small bands through the site and supported them. Then the site fell prey to a redesign that tried to make it more album art oriented and destroyed the ease of use and it died a slow death. I still have a playlist of just the music I discovered here.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesixtyone

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Is anyone else here trying to understand or deal with how 'time flies by' with age? in ~talk

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    Another aspect of this phenomenon is that as we get older and gain experience we are much better at extrapolating consequences of our actions and so we spend more time projecting ourselves into...

    Another aspect of this phenomenon is that as we get older and gain experience we are much better at extrapolating consequences of our actions and so we spend more time projecting ourselves into the future by hours, days or even years. It's an important executive function that allows us to be responsible and dependable. All of the things we tell our kids to be and for good reason. When you are a kid your reasoning barely and extend in front of you a few minutes everything else is an abstraction. In the summer you know school will start again but you have no clear path through time for how you will get there so it always seems far off until, boom, it's time to go back to school.

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

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    I know a few librarians and they all seem to love their job. They generally seem to be nice places to to work.

    I know a few librarians and they all seem to love their job. They generally seem to be nice places to to work.

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

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    I moved a couple big projects to the next phase, getting them off of my desk and to the printer / production facilities. I met my exercise goals for the week, hurray! I also tested out some...

    I moved a couple big projects to the next phase, getting them off of my desk and to the printer / production facilities. I met my exercise goals for the week, hurray! I also tested out some equipment for a new approach to my YouTube channel that should get me back to wanting to make videos again.

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  14. Comment on The fight to whitewash US history: At least fifteen states are trying to ban schools from teaching critical race theory and the 1619 Project. The reactionary movement stretches back to the 1920s. in ~humanities

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    I think part (a small part) is the difference in the understanding of the word "critical." As CRT was developed in a rarified legal/academic environment the word critical meant "to study...

    I think part (a small part) is the difference in the understanding of the word "critical." As CRT was developed in a rarified legal/academic environment the word critical meant "to study thoroughly and seriously because it is important" but to those outside of this environment the word is taken to mean "to find fault with." The former has the goal of understanding the issue in order to offer answers to a problem. The later has the goal of complaining about the problem without necessarily understanding the issues.

    This corresponds to general antipathy that some Americans (right and left) have to being told they are wrong or mistaken about something. Criticism is seen as a personal attack to be fought against. The first reaction is "you can't tell me what to do" which precludes any possible benefit of instruction. Self-reflection and willingness to admit fault are anathema. Which is how a relatively reasonable, academic look at how race function in our society is seen as an existential threat to all we hold dear.

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  15. Comment on In defense of weird regional foods, and the enduring value of Cincinnati chili in ~food

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    I think that this is an important point that can be taken one step farther. If there are hundreds dishes like this served in regional restaurants then there are millions of weird and strange...

    I think that this is an important point that can be taken one step farther. If there are hundreds dishes like this served in regional restaurants then there are millions of weird and strange dishes that are served in individual families homes and shared and modified by each generation. It is a bit of commonality and hopefully cohesion between siblings and cousins that is proof of common roots. My family roots come from the Cincinnati area and so this style of chili has a special place in my heart even though I no longer live there. But our family has a variation on this recipe that we call 'chili-spaghet' and I have never encountered our version of this dish outside of our family. We have it anytime a group of us gets together.

    These dishes that we all have may be strange, but the taste alone is not the point, it is the history of the dish in the family or the memories it invokes. I don't have to appreciate the flavor of your particular regional or family dish in order to appreciate it's importance to your place and belonging in this world.

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  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    This week has been a tough one. Schedules and weather seemed to conspire to knock me off my progress. I have set myself a goal of achieving the monthly Apple Fitness challenge which means I have...

    This week has been a tough one. Schedules and weather seemed to conspire to knock me off my progress. I have set myself a goal of achieving the monthly Apple Fitness challenge which means I have made it harder on myself in the remaining weeks of the month, but I'll catch up. I've made good progress with my biking into work and I can't let that slip. It's all about the long-term trend and not focusing on the bumps along the way.

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  17. Comment on Reuters puts its website behind a paywall in ~news

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    If you are looking for a per article model you may want to look at blendle.com. I don't know if they will add Reuters or not but it allows me to just pay for what I am interested in reading from...

    If you are looking for a per article model you may want to look at blendle.com. I don't know if they will add Reuters or not but it allows me to just pay for what I am interested in reading from pay-wall publications.

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  18. Comment on Recommend a piece of fiction that gives a specific feeling, regardless of genre or medium in ~talk

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    It is always remarkable when a book or movie can make me feel an emotion that I haven't quite felt before or even have a name for. The one that come to mind right away is "The Island of the Day...

    It is always remarkable when a book or movie can make me feel an emotion that I haven't quite felt before or even have a name for. The one that come to mind right away is "The Island of the Day Before" by Emberto Eco. It left me with a mixture of the sadness of isolation, a resigned/detached wonder at humans advancement and a subtle hopefulness for the people still to experience what is to come in the future. I was feeling the emotions of the character but those emotion had me as a subject. Very odd and beautiful and slightly distressing.

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  19. Comment on Joe Biden wants the country to heal from its political divisions. But many people say they aren’t ready to reconnect with their estranged friends and family members. in ~life

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    This is a question I have struggled with over the last four years especially regarding my parents. I was raised in a very fundamentalist Baptist culture and as such was taught that moral issues...

    This is a question I have struggled with over the last four years especially regarding my parents. I was raised in a very fundamentalist Baptist culture and as such was taught that moral issues were tantamount to everything else. "Do right 'til the stars fall" was a popular admonition in school and church. Our childhood was circumscribed by tenants such as "two wrongs don't make a right" and "guilt by association." In addition we were encouraged to adhere to a strict moral code of behavior and attitude.

    When I reached adulthood I moved away from the specific brand of Christianity I was raised in, but I continued to believed those core principles. They were a commonality that I continued to share with my parents, some common ground.

    With the election of Trump and particularly in the last year I have come to realize that while my parents and my childhood culture taught me to believe these things, they did not believe them to the same degree. When I try to use these same core principles to point out to my parents all of the reasons they should not support or vote for Trump it's dismissed as not relevant because of his stance on abortion.

    Needless to say this has placed a strain our my ability to see our relationship in the same light, given that it has forced me to reevaluate how they raised me. The principles, by their very nature, either matter or they don't. I have come to realize that my parents are, and perhaps always have been, the same as the people they said that I should stay away from. They sold out their principles because their heart wanted what it wanted, righteousness and logic be damned. Which means they are human after all and for that I have compassion on them and will still love them. But it hurts me to see that man morally compromise my parents in their old age. It's hard not to hate sometimes, but I will not let him morally compromise me as well.

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  20. Comment on So ... The Expanse in ~tv

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    It's good to know that you enjoy the show even though you have read the books. I got bogged down in season 3 since it was just mostly "spaceships, but what if they don't move very much and just...

    It's good to know that you enjoy the show even though you have read the books. I got bogged down in season 3 since it was just mostly "spaceships, but what if they don't move very much and just yell at each other." But I may pick it back up again.