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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    Hello Fresh does a pretty good job at keeping the plastic to a minimum. The meat comes vacuum sealed in plastic and some of the delicate herbs and vegetables. I would say 75% of the packaging is...

    Hello Fresh does a pretty good job at keeping the plastic to a minimum. The meat comes vacuum sealed in plastic and some of the delicate herbs and vegetables. I would say 75% of the packaging is recyclable. And reduced food waste is a plus. Our refrigerator is no longer filled up with leftovers which no one eats all the time.

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  11. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    I agree with you on the incense. I have an essential oil diffuser but once the uniqueness wore off I don't use it very much. Then I discovered the incense cones that you burn and I use them all...

    I agree with you on the incense. I have an essential oil diffuser but once the uniqueness wore off I don't use it very much. Then I discovered the incense cones that you burn and I use them all the time. The smoke permeates smell throughout the house more evenly and the smoky, smoldering smell as far more appealing and comforting than just essential oil droplets suspended in the air.

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  12. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    About this time last year I signed up for Hello Fresh because they were running a really good deal. I know they advertise on line a lot so I'm not going to make this sound like an ad but just say...

    About this time last year I signed up for Hello Fresh because they were running a really good deal. I know they advertise on line a lot so I'm not going to make this sound like an ad but just say that I have been very impressed with the consistency of the quality. There have been a few minor things over the last year but they have all been quickly addressed with refunds. A few of the biggest positives for me is that there is a much wider diversity to the type of food we eat, we are eating more fish, we are better at portion control and we are saving a significant amount of money by eating at restaurants less. I plan on continuing to subscribe even once we are vaccinated and can start eating out again. If you enjoy cooking and have the time do it on a regular basis then the plan really works well.

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  13. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    We've tried a variety of tomatoes over the years. The cheery ones seem to do the best. This year with the new soil we are going to do another mix and see which do well. We also plant beans, sweet...

    We've tried a variety of tomatoes over the years. The cheery ones seem to do the best. This year with the new soil we are going to do another mix and see which do well. We also plant beans, sweet potatoes, cucumber squash and several varieties of hot peppers to make hat sauce with.

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  14. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    We are recharging our raised bed with new soil this year. The wife miscalculated the order and we have waaay more than we need so we are giving some to the neighbors and friends. The beds look so...

    We are recharging our raised bed with new soil this year. The wife miscalculated the order and we have waaay more than we need so we are giving some to the neighbors and friends. The beds look so much better with the new black soil. Hopefully we will have a good crop of tomatoes this year.

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  15. Comment on No, NASA didn't find a parallel universe where time runs backward in ~science

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    This is suspiciously like the plot of the movie Tenent which is coming out soon. I think this was a headline in search of a story.

    This is suspiciously like the plot of the movie Tenent which is coming out soon. I think this was a headline in search of a story.

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  16. Comment on What's the current state-of-the-art in WYSIWIG text editors on the web? in ~comp

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    My web coding text editor of choice is Coda 2. Clean and simple with a live updating preview and built-in searchable coding library. It also has an iPad app that can show the live preview while...

    My web coding text editor of choice is Coda 2. Clean and simple with a live updating preview and built-in searchable coding library. It also has an iPad app that can show the live preview while you code on your main screen.

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  17. Comment on Favorite recipes for shut-ins? in ~food

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    The recipe is fairly simple and delicious and uses mostly canned products. You can make it all in one pot if you need to and you can make it in bigger batches and freeze it. We eat ours over...

    The recipe is fairly simple and delicious and uses mostly canned products. You can make it all in one pot if you need to and you can make it in bigger batches and freeze it. We eat ours over spaghetti but it is also great by itself or on hotdogs.

    Recipe for Chili Spaghetti (serves 2-3)

    1 large onion or two small ones
    1 lb. of ground chuck
    1 can of chili beans - medium - we use Bush's
    1 can of tomato soup - we use Campbels
    2 cans of tomato sauce - we use Hunt's
    3 - 4 good size tablespoons of chili powder - you can add this to taste but I would say this is a minimum.
    1 box of angel hair pasta - optional

    Toppings
    Cheddar cheese - grated
    Sweet onion - chopped
    Oyster crackers

    Slow cook the chopped onions in covered skillet with a little olive oil or butter
    When they are tender, uncover and brown just a little.
    Put the onions in the pot you are using for chili.
    Then brown your ground chuck.
    Cook the meat until liquid is gone and the meat really starts browning.
    Add the contents of the cans to the pot, with the onions. When meat is done add to the chili pot along with the chili powder.
    Once it is heated, simmer it on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. DO NOT cover.
    Stir often, depending on the thickness of your pan, it sometimes wants to burn on the bottom.

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  18. Comment on The shows must go on!: Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be aired for free in ~arts

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    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I think I've found our next "watch party" activity for our socially distant group.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I think I've found our next "watch party" activity for our socially distant group.

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  19. Comment on Now is not the time to lose our humanity: Some DOs and DO NOTs in ~talk

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    While some of this may be controversial (reading the comments) it is an important point to keep in mind. We cannot let this virus be one more issue that fundamentally changes are attitude about...

    While some of this may be controversial (reading the comments) it is an important point to keep in mind. We cannot let this virus be one more issue that fundamentally changes are attitude about each other, that we use to divide ourselves into "camps." The most damaging effect of social media spaces is not that it makes us hate each other, although it does do that, it is that it can make us feel disgust for other groups of people. We can often times be around those that they hate, we can even respect people that we hate to some degree. But disgust is a visceral need to distance ourselves and have no further contact. It is a dehumanizing emotion.

    Because this virus is already a natural path to this emotion, it is important to use our more rational and compassionate faculties to counteract this impulse. On top of that, our forced social distancing can exacerbate this human tendency to create an "other" in our own minds that motivates these dehumanizing emotions, but bears little semblance to reality.

    We must take active steps to stay connected to our own humanity and the humanity of others while at the same time reducing the spread of the virus. Taking into account the negative influence of social media on the world's population over the last few years, this is not a given, but takes an active remembrance and so it is good to have posts like this that remind us of the bigger picture even though we can rightfully disagree about the particulars.

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  20. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Given the fact that this site holds its users to a higher standard when it come to interacting with the content its level of participation in the comments is going to be lower and that is a good...

    Given the fact that this site holds its users to a higher standard when it come to interacting with the content its level of participation in the comments is going to be lower and that is a good thing. There have been several times when I started to make a comment on a thread only to realize that I was not really adding anything other than "I agree." So while the comments may be fewer I have found them of a higher quality and more informative which I appreciate.

    To me this site occupies a different space than Reddit. If I want the vast trivial entertainment of Reddit I'll go there, but it doesn't fit here as well.

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