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  1. Comment on Let's talk equipment in ~music

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    My grandpa spent an absurd amount of money on stereo equipment, he passed away a few years back, and, as most of my family doesn't listen to music as much, they decided that the setup should go to...

    My grandpa spent an absurd amount of money on stereo equipment, he passed away a few years back, and, as most of my family doesn't listen to music as much, they decided that the setup should go to me. It's a Dual 721 turntable, connected to a McIntosh C32 preamp, connected to a McIntosh 2205 amp, connected to a set of XR7 speakers. There's a room equalizer setup too, but I've been moving around so much between college, internships, and jobs that I'm holding off having someone come out and set that up.

    It's all heavy (speakers are like 90lb each, amp's around 70), but it's much better than anything I'll be able to afford for the next 20 years or so, and it's nice to have around for the memories.

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  2. Comment on How do you manage your ebooks & web documents? in ~tech

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    Hmm! This looks cool -- do you find the spaced repetition stuff useful? I use Zotero now, but I'd consider a switch if it was really useful on keeping knowledge established.

    Hmm! This looks cool -- do you find the spaced repetition stuff useful? I use Zotero now, but I'd consider a switch if it was really useful on keeping knowledge established.

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  3. Comment on Stop making students use Eclipse in ~comp

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    I'll push back slightly here; I don't know if there's good evidence that points to IDE vs. terminal as a source for imposter syndrome, though there's good evidence that IDEs and terminals often...

    I'll push back slightly here; I don't know if there's good evidence that points to IDE vs. terminal as a source for imposter syndrome, though there's good evidence that IDEs and terminals often aren't inclusively designed. Imposter syndrome is super prevalent in CS, some think that it might be in part the messages that students receive from their instructors. Leo Porter's lab offers:

    Another possible explanation may be the message conveyed to students by their faculty. Lewis found that a prevalence (77%) of computer science faculty believe that not everyone can succeed in CS. If this belief is conveyed to students, it may cause anxiety in those students as to whether or not they have that inherent knack for computing.

    Generally, folks point to fixed vs growth mindset and structural pressures and inequities (see several bullshit biological arguments about why some population is less predisposed to computer science), probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting.

    I'd agree though, the emphasis on programming over problem-solving practices definitely doesn't help. Some folks in the computing education space are pushing for centering self-regulation and self-regulated learning in CS, but it's hard to get folks to redesign their courses around that.

    Happy Saturday!

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  4. Comment on The 9/11 era is over in ~misc

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    Shoshana Zuboff's work also points to 9/11 as a cultural tipping point; The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a wonderful book, but a short interview with the author gets some of the point across....

    Shoshana Zuboff's work also points to 9/11 as a cultural tipping point; The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a wonderful book, but a short interview with the author gets some of the point across.

    This was a really wonderful read. Thanks for posting! There's a trend that's been popping up lately that I'd broadly describe as "The Personal is still Political" (i.e. the craziness that we're in happening in part by accident, in part by catastrophic mismanagement); this piece acts as a nice framing for that.

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  5. Comment on When debugging, your attitude matters in ~comp

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    I believe this is Self-Efficacy from Bandura's social cognitive theory, but there's lots of other folks that kind of say the same thing; growth/fixed mindset also probably applies here (and maybe...

    I know there's a term for it used in psychology, but I can't remember it.

    I believe this is Self-Efficacy from Bandura's social cognitive theory, but there's lots of other folks that kind of say the same thing; growth/fixed mindset also probably applies here (and maybe tracks more with what you're describing). Honestly, I was about to do a debugging study based around almost exactly this, before I switched research tracks to things that felt more urgent to do first. It's kind of funny though, despite lots of anecdotal evidence, we aren't really sure that approaches like this help teach programming.

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  6. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I've heard the high on edibles is pretty coarse grained, I've been told even that "basically all edibles feel the same". I usually vape flower though, so this, like seemingly everything else with...

    the selection I get for that is mostly sativa, indica or hybrid.

    I've heard the high on edibles is pretty coarse grained, I've been told even that "basically all edibles feel the same". I usually vape flower though, so this, like seemingly everything else with cannabis, is anecdotal at best.

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  7. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    I'm blown away reading stuff like this; Blue Dream felt much calmer for me, but everything's different for everyone, which makes me realize, once again, how far research is behind on all of this.

    Blue Dream especially, both of those are just too speedy and leave me feeling jittery and paranoid

    I'm blown away reading stuff like this; Blue Dream felt much calmer for me, but everything's different for everyone, which makes me realize, once again, how far research is behind on all of this.

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  8. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'm seeing this in Washington too -- there's lots of producers that are making strains that I can find lineages for and have some idea what I'll be feeling, and a whole bunch that are making...

    It's still the Wild West as to consistency of strains and nomenclature. Since Michigan has had medical marijuana legalization for a while, we may have locally produced crosses that aren't available or widely known elsewhere.

    Yeah, I'm seeing this in Washington too -- there's lots of producers that are making strains that I can find lineages for and have some idea what I'll be feeling, and a whole bunch that are making things with propritary/hidden genetics, which makes me feel weird? There's a weird open-source/closed-source vibe to me that I'm not a huge fan of.

    a favorite comprehensive strain database

    Both Leafly and Wikileaf have better UI design; they're not perfect, but feel worth poking into.

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  9. Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain?

    I've been progressively getting more excited about cannabis over the past year or so; we had a chat about drugs a while back, I figured we could try one specifically about cannabis. I've been...

    I've been progressively getting more excited about cannabis over the past year or so; we had a chat about drugs a while back, I figured we could try one specifically about cannabis.

    I've been really enjoying Durban Poison lately, I tend towards feeling compassionate and really loving and open to folks around me, though that depends somewhat on context. Jack Herer and derivatives have been nice as well, but they're more for tasks that need some focus like programming or writing.

    I've been trying a couple indica/evening leaning strains lately, but I haven't found one that I've really loved (my ulterior motive for starting this thread).

    We should probably start a ~talk.casual, but maybe all talk on tildes is somewhat causal, and that's cool too, Also, this is aspie special interest territory for me, so if y'all don't think about this as much, I can do strain recs if that'd be something that was nice for you. Though, I don't some (relatively) that much, so someone on the internet could probably do that better.

    Also, yes, I know that COVID-19 falls under SARS; I already got the gentle warnings from my dad.

    (edit: thanks whoever tagged nsfw.drugs! Also the cannabis tag makes more sense as well)

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

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    Honestly, that blew my fucking mind so much that I had no choice but to sit and listen with something that I might've skipped over otherwise. Also thanks for completing the reference for me! I'm...

    Honestly, that blew my fucking mind so much that I had no choice but to sit and listen with something that I might've skipped over otherwise.

    Also thanks for completing the reference for me! I'm worried about spoilers, so I'm avoiding looking anything up, but after I finish the game I'm planning on looking up the quotes from all the tape recorders, the clips, the pieces that made me stop walking around the island and just listen. Just amazing.

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

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    I've been playing The Witness and, by god, it is one of the most quietly brilliant games I've ever played. I don't think I've ever had the experience of exclaiming "oh shit" at a video game...

    I've been playing The Witness and, by god, it is one of the most quietly brilliant games I've ever played. I don't think I've ever had the experience of exclaiming "oh shit" at a video game before, and certainly not after solving a puzzle with lines and dots. I've found just so so many cool and amazing things with it; if anyone has game recs with a similar feel (drop in with literally zero explicit instructions, lots of "a-has"), I'd love to hear them!

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  12. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    Oh, many do. It's usually not too rainy (just drizzles), and I'm too lazy to bother with rain pants on a daily basis. I'm still at biking with leather shoes regardless of the weather; I'm...

    Oh, many do. It's usually not too rainy (just drizzles), and I'm too lazy to bother with rain pants on a daily basis. I'm still at biking with leather shoes regardless of the weather; I'm definitely not the picture of "prepared for the rain".

    And if you're asking about the water bottle pouches on the side, then yes! Though, you'll probably need to put your water on the side that'll be closest to the back of your bike -- otherwise your heel will probably hit it when using the backpack as a pannier

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  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I try to see things like this really empathetically. There's lots of social learning systems theory on this (Communities of Practice, Figured Worlds, Stereotype Threat, others), but most people...

    I try to see things like this really empathetically. There's lots of social learning systems theory on this (Communities of Practice, Figured Worlds, Stereotype Threat, others), but most people tend to do the thing that gives them legitimacy in the community that they want to join. Sometimes, it isn't clear what's legitimate, so we guess, and often, when we guess, we guess wrong. From reading this thread, it seems like lots of folks have this sort of pendulum -- try the new thing fully, realize some parts don't fit, and revert some parts back to what they were before. There's some behavioral change research that supports this as well, but I doubt it's situated in sexuality/gender.

    Also, I definitely wasn't socialized to be reflective on my identity. I don't know many folks that were.

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  14. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Other folks put it much better than I would (@tindall, @Gaywallet), I'd just say that I usually sum this up with the maxim "Everyone's experience is different and so so valid" (or, just...

    Other folks put it much better than I would (@tindall, @Gaywallet), I'd just say that I usually sum this up with the maxim "Everyone's experience is different and so so valid" (or, just postmodernism -- no theory will unify everyone). We learn best when we come to different people and new experiences with recognition for our own ignorance, humility, and a genuine want to understand, rather than a want to use (and abuse) relationships of power, as I feel like you're describing in some sections here.

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  15. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'd agree with @shx on this one -- for me coming out as queer (and later trans) was more of a "Oh man, I can finally do whatever I want", so I tried a bunch of stuff, loved some of it,...

    Yeah, I'd agree with @shx on this one -- for me coming out as queer (and later trans) was more of a "Oh man, I can finally do whatever I want", so I tried a bunch of stuff, loved some of it, didn't love other pieces, and moved on. It was kind of like going off to college; an opportunity for reinvention, but one where I probably wouldn't hold on to everything that I tried. The word "tribalism" doesn't feel great for me, I think it implies a lack of agency on my part. I don't think I was trying to mimic anyone; mostly just experimenting with how I presented. I think I realized that there's lots of fun and wonderful things that I wasn't really allowed to do as a cisgendered heterosexual man, and I just wanted to try some of them out.

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  16. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    Of course! And yeah, every time I get a thing to make biking better, I remember 1) How much cheaper my car insurance is, given how little I drive, 2) How much I save on gas, 3) How awesome it is...

    Of course! And yeah, every time I get a thing to make biking better, I remember 1) How much cheaper my car insurance is, given how little I drive, 2) How much I save on gas, 3) How awesome it is to spend money on a think that's aligned with my values and makes be happy. Also, the vast majority of bike repairs you can learn to do yourself with a pretty small set of tools (or, most major cities have a community run bike shop that'll let you do your own repairs with their tools). I've had times where I left my bike out overnight in the winter for a couple days and had the chain seize and a bunch of other things break and it was like $35 in parts for what would've been around $150 at a shop, maybe took 2-3 hours on a weekend. I look at it more this way -- my bike setup with panniers and fenders and everything was probably $800 total, and it's around $40/year in maintenance with me biking almost every day. You'll never get that with a car.

    For baskets, it really depends on what the forefoot height of your shoes are (distance from ground to top of shoe in the forefoot region of your shoes). That was the main factor for me -- given the shoes that I generally bike in, which shoes have the greatest distance in forefoot height and smallest distance so I can (try) to find something that'll fit both ends of the spectrum. I got mine used for like $5, so it was mostly just trial and error and finding a set that I could adjust to fit all of my shoes. My partner got a set that works for most of their shoes, but not Docs, which they wear fairly frequently, so it's more of a struggle for them to find a set that fits than it has been for me.

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  17. Comment on Any bike commuters here? in ~life

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    Panniers and a rack are so so so worth the expense. I opted for a convertible backpack/pannier which is pretty good at doing both. Big advice for panniers -- make sure you get one with actual...

    Panniers and a rack are so so so worth the expense. I opted for a convertible backpack/pannier which is pretty good at doing both. Big advice for panniers -- make sure you get one with actual clips. There's a few that are coming out that try to pull it off with magnets and a strap and it's honestly a hazard riding with one, as they pop off your rack now and again.

    I'd say fenders are maybe even more important though. In the pacific northwest of the US it rains basically non-stop from October to March. Fenders: 1) keep your butt dry, 2) keep everything that your wheels kick up off the ground (mostly) out of your chain/gears, which makes maintenance so much easier, and 3) aren't actually that much work to adjust as long as you get a set that fits your bike and wheels well. Go to any shop -- they can help with this.

    Baskets are also pretty nice if you're like me and don't want to bother with an extra set of shoes. You'd have to find a set that fits all the types of shoes that you're going to wear biking, which can be challenging for some folks.

    I'm so glad that you've found something that you love! Biking to work is honestly such a mood/energy/mentality game changer for me that I don't know how I'd give it up, although it isn't always pleasant getting soaked on rainy days.

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

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    I turned the difficulty up and it got a lot more interesting -- much more "how do I strategize this situation" rather than "let me walk in a wreck face over and over". The story is so awesome, for...

    I turned the difficulty up and it got a lot more interesting -- much more "how do I strategize this situation" rather than "let me walk in a wreck face over and over". The story is so awesome, for sure :)

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  19. Comment on Developer says their game started selling 400% better on Steam after releasing torrent in ~games

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    This reminds me of Bandcamp's "pay to own, play (generally) as much as you want" model -- I feel like it works because the ethos of the Bandcamp community is largely just "We want to support the...

    This reminds me of Bandcamp's "pay to own, play (generally) as much as you want" model -- I feel like it works because the ethos of the Bandcamp community is largely just "We want to support the creator".

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

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    I wonder if VR will totally spoil what I think of as adequate field of view for games. I've never tried one, but I wonder if once I do, it'll feel super clunky going back.

    I wonder if VR will totally spoil what I think of as adequate field of view for games. I've never tried one, but I wonder if once I do, it'll feel super clunky going back.

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