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  1. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Sounds pretty similar to pepcorn (featuring the glorious man with 3 first names, BDG). I'm glad I found Lao Gan Ma too - its delicious.

    Sounds pretty similar to pepcorn (featuring the glorious man with 3 first names, BDG). I'm glad I found Lao Gan Ma too - its delicious.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Turns out, Spock is kinda bad at logic in ~tv

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    If you haven't read Redshirts then I think you might like it.

    If you haven't read Redshirts then I think you might like it.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on What are you learning right now? in ~life

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    After falling down a rabbit hole during a bout of insomnia last week, I've decided to try lockpicking. I've heard a number of computer science folks like it for a number of reasons - including the...

    After falling down a rabbit hole during a bout of insomnia last week, I've decided to try lockpicking. I've heard a number of computer science folks like it for a number of reasons - including the puzzle-like aspect. So I ended up watching several tutorial videos and now have a basic set of lockpicks on the way. I'm hoping to have some fun with it and exercise that part of my brain. It always looks easy when you see someone like the LockPickingLawyer pop open a lock within seconds - I'm sure that theres years of experience behind that, so I'm trying to brace myself for failure and a slow start. But we'll see.

    I'm also trying to avoid falling into the "buy the good quality equipment for a hobby you haven't started yet" trap. There are apparently a lot of good lockpicks that are quite expensive, but highly recommended. And apparently there are a lot of bad lockpocks - including anything on amazon. So trying to find something to get started at a reasonable price is interesting. And then of course - you need locks to pick. So now I'm trying to find locks without really knowing what I'm doing. Should be fun - and all things considered its a cheap hobby compared to many.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Solving a Sudoku with no actual digits... at all in ~games

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    I always enjoy cracking the cryptic, but the puzzles are usually far beyond me to actually complete - so I'm always happy to hear about an approachable one. I took a crack at it, but needed to go...

    I always enjoy cracking the cryptic, but the puzzles are usually far beyond me to actually complete - so I'm always happy to hear about an approachable one. I took a crack at it, but needed to go back to the video a couple of times for a hint - and then I had a faulty assumption which luckily was only pencil marks and never made it to incorrect digits, but still took me a long time to figure it out. Listing out all of the possible cage variations for a given cage size was very helpful (but also lead to my faulty assumption). Spent way too long on it, but I did solve it.

    Side note - are the cracking the cryptic phone apps worth it? They are $5 - which triggers both my "this is expensive for a phone app" and "this is the price of a good cup of coffee" senses...though given that each app is $5, I'd only be inclined to get one of them. Does anyone have any experience with them and have a favorite?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Skyrim and fallout for me. Tried fallout 3 and skyrim and just...they didn't grab me. I like several games in similar spaces (open world fantasy games, RPG shooters, etc) - but just couldn't get...

    Skyrim and fallout for me. Tried fallout 3 and skyrim and just...they didn't grab me. I like several games in similar spaces (open world fantasy games, RPG shooters, etc) - but just couldn't get into either of them.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on I'm moving between apartments soon. Do you have any advice or protips on the logistics of moving? in ~life

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    I'll second the recommendations to go through now and get rid of stuff. Every move is a chance to pare down some of the junk that you've collected since the last move. Donate, sell, or trash as...
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    • I'll second the recommendations to go through now and get rid of stuff. Every move is a chance to pare down some of the junk that you've collected since the last move. Donate, sell, or trash as you can.
    • Figure out utilities beforehand if possible. Its nice to not have an internet blackout for a few days - though smartphones take away the sting.
    • Figure out where the internet/cable hookups are before you move. That may determine where your TV, desktop, or work-from-home setup goes.
    • For actual packout dates, try to check the weather and have a backup date if possible.
    • Find your tools now and set them aside. You want to have all your screwdrivers and stuff on hand, not packed away.
    • Get a box/crate of cleaning supplies ready and set it aside as well. The magic sponges are super great for getting through grime and scuff marks. But cleaning the old place is a good way to get the security deposit back.
    • Allot a day or two for cleaning depend on how big the place is. Most ovens do a multi-hour self-clean. Cleaning the fridge shelves and sides can make it look pretty new.
    • Prep a basic survival kit for the new apartment - supply a bathroom with hand soap, some TP, and a couple of hand towels. Make sure you have soap/shampoo in your travel kit or make sure that get packed into a box in your car. Have a couple of bath towels too.
    • Finish off any food that you can ahead of time. Eat through some of your cans of soup and veggies so that you don't have to move them. Same for any boxes of hamburger helper or whatever. Its also probably a good time to check for expiry dates on a lot of the longer-term stuff.
    • Assuming you're in the US, go to the US Post Office website and find the mail forwarding thing. It costs a dollar and they will forward all your mail for a year. Any mail that comes in with the wrong address will have a yellow sticker on it - use that to help update your address for all companies and whatnot.
    • Send out your new address to friends/family.
    • As soon as you have access to the new place, you can start swapping addresses in various systems (banks, credit cards, 401k, amazon, etc). You'll likely want to update your billing address on a ton of things as well. It helps to make a list of everything you can think of, and add to it as you remember/discover more. Keep that list around for next move.
    • If you have time, take a half-day to scout out the new neighborhood. You aren't that far away, but try to figure out the nearest grocery stories, delivery places, liquor stores, etc.
    • You aren't going far, but it still might not be a bad idea to take your car in for a checkup beforehand. Do an oil change, make sure nothing is going to break while you move. Make sure you have a portable battery charger (the ones that are the size of your phone and go in your glovebox and can jump start your car). It matters more for further moves, but its nice that you don't need to think about it.
    • Get a couple of extra face masks and keep them in your car.
    • Figure out if you need to update residency and your voter registration.
    • Once you move in, take your time and set things up. Write down any furnishings you need. Give it a couple of weeks to see what you're missing or what space could be filled. Then go to IKEA or wherever and pick up some new stuff.
    • If you don't have a solid pocketknife, it might be a good idea to pick one up. They are super useful after a move.
    • See if your state has any home energy incentive programs. A number of them are available to renters and will provide energy efficient lightbulbs and showerheads and stuff for free.
    • See if your city has a dump or transfer station that you can get access to. Its super useful for getting rid of stuff.
    • For anything that comes apart (beds, furniture, etc) - take before, during and after pictures so you can put it back together. Its also great to have a box of zip lock baggies and a roll of tape so that you can store any screws/bolts/etc and tape it to the furniture. Sharpies to write down where it goes can help too.

    Thats all I can think of from my relatively recent one. Good luck with the move!

    12 votes
  7. Comment on Xbox is supporting old games, while Sony and Nintendo are leaving them behind in ~games

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    I mean, its always a matter of opinion, but IMO they still have some of the best IP out there. The recent Zelda (yes, BOTW, but also the recent 3DS ones) and Mario releases were top notch. SSBU...

    Is Nintendo a great game company though?

    I mean, its always a matter of opinion, but IMO they still have some of the best IP out there. The recent Zelda (yes, BOTW, but also the recent 3DS ones) and Mario releases were top notch. SSBU was a ton of fun for me as a casual player - no clue how it is in the competitive community tho. Splatoon 2 was really good. Animal Crossing had perfect timing going for it at the beginning of the pandemic, but it was (and is - its getting updates) amazing (though not perfect...some UI stuff hasn't been updated since the Gamecube days). We got new Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Paper Mario. Pokemon has been hit or miss, but reliably putting out new games (personally I loved Sun&Moon, but felt that the Switch offerings fell far short of the mark).

    They aren't perfect. And they aren't the only great game makers in town. And their games might not be your thing. But I think they are still making great games.

    But like I said...the business side of things. Ho boy. The switch could use a lot of love in terms of software and UI updates. The aforementioned problems with re-releasing some old content at full price, but tons of content just lost to the ages. Their online service feels comparable to xbox live 15 years ago. Their sales tend to be rather stingy in comparison to any other platform. They get away with a lot due to the nostalgia factor for their IP - but also on the strength of their games.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Xbox is supporting old games, while Sony and Nintendo are leaving them behind in ~games

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    This is one of Nintendo's biggest failings in my eyes. They are sort of immune to the competition, as they target a different market than Xbox and Playstation - so they don't really get punished...

    This is one of Nintendo's biggest failings in my eyes. They are sort of immune to the competition, as they target a different market than Xbox and Playstation - so they don't really get punished when they continually re-release old games at full price on new systems. I've been recommended some older Gamecube and Wii games to play for back story - but they simply aren't feasible to play without an emulator...unless you happen to own the console and disc already. Old games can be found for cheap with a search, but many are selling on ebay and the like for higher than MSRP - and often hundreds of dollars for the more popular games.

    Even beyond the days when only game cartridges/discs existed, I'm still not very confident that my digital purchases from Nintendo will still be honored in the future. Especially compared to other ecosystems.

    I don't remember where I saw it, but this quote comes to mind:

    Nintendo is a great game company, but a terrible business.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2021 on the internet in ~misc

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    Reddit's offering appears to be called Second. A guessing game where you try to guess the second place item in a group of 3. Edit: Apparently you can go to the API directly to bypass new reddit:...

    Reddit's offering appears to be called Second. A guessing game where you try to guess the second place item in a group of 3.

    Requires new reddit. Edit: Apparently you can go to the API directly to bypass new reddit: https://second-api.reddit.com/embed?fullscreen=1

    8 votes
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  11. Comment on I want to watch anime more regularly but I'm not sure where to go to do so. Do you have any recommendations? in ~anime

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    It might also depend on on your country/region, but Crunchyroll and Funimation have legal anime streaming sites, free with ads (or a paid subscription). Hulu also has some animation - though I'm...

    It might also depend on on your country/region, but Crunchyroll and Funimation have legal anime streaming sites, free with ads (or a paid subscription). Hulu also has some animation - though I'm not sure their current business model. Netflix has a number of shows, but obviously that falls under being paid content. I think Adult Swim has a number of anime shows as well, though I don't know how well they work on mobile.

    If you do decide to sail the high seas, I would advise against going to random websites laden with ads. Those don't support the creators at all, but they do pay the website owners and encourage more bad actors to put up sites. The preferred way would be to safely (with a VPN) download/torrent fansubs. And of course, when you are able to - support the creators by buying things.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on The PC open beta for Magic: Legends is now available - Free-to-play, action RPG set in the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse in ~games

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    I haven't played it, but have watched a few reviews. Apparently anything interesting like the card deck-based combat is overshadowed by framerate issues, camera issues, balance issues, and a...

    I haven't played it, but have watched a few reviews. Apparently anything interesting like the card deck-based combat is overshadowed by framerate issues, camera issues, balance issues, and a predatory business model.

    I'm rather tired of the freemium/lootbox/gacha games. Even the ones with good gameplay tend to run into grind walls. I still play a lot of the fire emblem mobile game because I like the core gameplay loop - but thats the only one I've managed to continue playing. Its really hard to keep trying freemium games when there are going to be much better options out there.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Which gaming console would you recommend and why? in ~games

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    Possibly. It sounds like the OP has young(ish) kids, so playing online with strangers may not be a desired outcome. And a console may be a way to maintain existing friendships during the pandemic.

    Possibly. It sounds like the OP has young(ish) kids, so playing online with strangers may not be a desired outcome. And a console may be a way to maintain existing friendships during the pandemic.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Which gaming console would you recommend and why? in ~games

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    Something to consider outside of the prices, hardware, and library - do your kids have friends in either ecosystem? A lot of gaming is done online with friends - so if their friends group or best...

    Something to consider outside of the prices, hardware, and library - do your kids have friends in either ecosystem? A lot of gaming is done online with friends - so if their friends group or best friend is already on one system, that may be the de facto winner.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on Teen Vogue editor resigns after fury over racist tweets in ~tech

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    Fair enough. I haven't seen the exact statements, so I could be unknowingly downplaying them in my assumptions of how bad they were. Thats a bit of a generic statement and quite possibly biased...

    Fair enough. I haven't seen the exact statements, so I could be unknowingly downplaying them in my assumptions of how bad they were.

    Ms. McCammond said her “past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about.”

    Thats a bit of a generic statement and quite possibly biased coming from her, but it seems to imply shes taken actions since then - though as you point out, there are no details on what shes done to prove it. The article seems to lean a bit in her favor, though perhaps thats me imagining things as well.

    Either way, this is probably why I should just ignore these types of articles. I'm already not on "real" social media, it doesn't really change anything for me, and I'll simply have a very narrow and possibly biased lens into the issue at hand.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Teen Vogue editor resigns after fury over racist tweets in ~tech

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    This is a touchy subject, so I'm not even sure I want to comment on it. This seems like a sad story of someone saying/doing a dumb and harmful thing as a teenager, then owning up to it,...

    This is a touchy subject, so I'm not even sure I want to comment on it. This seems like a sad story of someone saying/doing a dumb and harmful thing as a teenager, then owning up to it, apologizing for it, learning/growing from it, and going beyond to do work to counteract any damage done. Isn't this exactly what we want? Isn't this the behavior that should come from such a thing? Or is there no way to make up for past wrongs and recover?

    Granted, I'm not really aware of the nuances of this particular issue beyond the article, so I could be missing things. But this seems like something that the kind of repentance that should be looking on favorably...

    23 votes
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    The source anime is Mawaru Penguindrum...and its weird. Very weird.

    The source anime is Mawaru Penguindrum...and its weird. Very weird.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on The Netflix password-sharing crackdown has begun in ~tech

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    Ahhh, yeah. A quick google search leads me to believe that you can't gift instant videos =(

    Ahhh, yeah. A quick google search leads me to believe that you can't gift instant videos =(

    2 votes
  19. Comment on The Netflix password-sharing crackdown has begun in ~tech

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    My family shares a kindle account - so my solution is to buy the kindle book as a gift using credits on my account, and then send that to the kindle account. I'm not sure if the same can be done...

    My family shares a kindle account - so my solution is to buy the kindle book as a gift using credits on my account, and then send that to the kindle account. I'm not sure if the same can be done for movies, but it might be worth looking into.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    I'm not interested in quitting reddit as a whole, as I still find meaningful interactions in small niche subreddits - and often good information about video games in subreddits that filter out...

    I'm not interested in quitting reddit as a whole, as I still find meaningful interactions in small niche subreddits - and often good information about video games in subreddits that filter out memes/art for actual gameplay discussion.

    But I've been trying for a while to stop visiting /r/all due to how distracting it is, how much of a time waster it is, and how I go there by default when I'm bored - even when I have recently just closed the tabs. I've used RES to remove the link to all, but after a few days of discipline, my willpower broke and pretty soon I had trained my browser that simply typing 'a' in my address bar takes me back to /r/all. The thread reminded me that I want to spend less time on reddit, so I did a bit more research on ways to block /r/all. I ended up grabbing a simple redirection addon for firefox and redirecting /r/all to the tildes homepage. Hopefully that will satisfy my urge to do something with some higher quality content, but also with content that doesn't get refreshed often enough to waste hours on.

    While it isn't too difficult to undo the redirect, I'm hoping the forced reminder keeps me from /r/all for a long enough period of time that I can break the habit. And it might be a good way to break the habit for anyone looking to stop looking at reddit altogether.

    5 votes