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  1. Comment on What is your philosophy on photography? in ~arts

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    My honest opinion is that I find photography at best an interesting medium, at worst a plaything for rich folks. I'm a fan of photojournalism (people with jobs to document historical events or to...

    My honest opinion is that I find photography at best an interesting medium, at worst a plaything for rich folks. I'm a fan of photojournalism (people with jobs to document historical events or to tell a story), but just like real news, it can be biased and at times, staged.

    I generally roll my eyes at travel photography or amateur photography. Somehow it feels disconnected from the everyday life for people that can't afford to travel or take up a hobby like that to make cliché photos. It feels like a rich folks flex like expensive cars, golf, and sailing. Maybe I'm just being a negative nancy, it's just hard to not associate an activity with the typical group of people you see doing that activity.

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  2. Comment on Rockstar, Remedy shake hands on new Max Payne 1+2 remaster series in ~games

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    Excited for this. I think modern OS and hardware have issues running Max Payne 1. Graphics and controls are still playable, but dated for both titles. Glad to see a remaster of this fantastic...

    Excited for this. I think modern OS and hardware have issues running Max Payne 1. Graphics and controls are still playable, but dated for both titles. Glad to see a remaster of this fantastic series.

    Perhaps this is a sign that Max Payne 4 is in the cards...

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

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    Bought the new ipad mini recently. Wanted to have a fun mobile game to play with. Found this amazing city builder called Theotown. Works great and looks great on the ipad. It really hits the itch...

    Bought the new ipad mini recently. Wanted to have a fun mobile game to play with. Found this amazing city builder called Theotown. Works great and looks great on the ipad. It really hits the itch for a simcity 3000/4 game that I can take on the go.

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  4. Comment on YouTube Vanced is discontinued in ~tech

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    Another name to the Google Graveyard. This time it's not even something they've built. Less impactful to me considering that I've already moved away from using Android. The only device I have that...

    Another name to the Google Graveyard. This time it's not even something they've built.

    Less impactful to me considering that I've already moved away from using Android. The only device I have that runs Android (and Vanced) is an Amazon Fire tablet I have around from a couple years back. I don't think I will ever go back to anything hardware made by or powered by Google. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice...

    On a note about Youtube Ads, it's a real ugly mess. On platforms that I don't have blocking enabled (namely when I want to Chromecast something), I get 15+ mins mid video ads from none other than PragerU. Absolute garbage that is amplified using Youtube's ad platform.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What everyday foods are 10/10? in ~food

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    Eggs. You can boil them, fry them, scramble them, make a sauce with them, make egg tarts with them, and so much more. Almost all protein with little to no fat. My favorite breakfast food is steak...

    Eggs. You can boil them, fry them, scramble them, make a sauce with them, make egg tarts with them, and so much more.

    Almost all protein with little to no fat.

    My favorite breakfast food is steak and eggs, but you can just as easily make a great breakfast with an omelette or some french toast using egg.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Shortwave wants to bring back Google Inbox in ~tech

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    To this day, the trip bundles feature of Google Inbox remains one of my all time favorite tech feature. It was such a breeze to plan out long trips with multiple flights and lodgings. It bundles...

    To this day, the trip bundles feature of Google Inbox remains one of my all time favorite tech feature. It was such a breeze to plan out long trips with multiple flights and lodgings. It bundles all of it automatically when I get the confirmation emails! The UI was minimalistic and it fit in an era when phones displays were still relatively small.

    Unfortunately, by the looks of the Shortwave app, it seems to cater toward business use of email and not personal use, which I thought was the real magic behind Google Inbox. The personal (non work) internet was good while it lasted.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on The true cost of your cheap chicken in ~food

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    Not trying to push any agenda here. I'm an omnivore, actually had some chicken tacos tonight. Just wanted to share this and curious to know what people's thoughts are. yt link:...

    Not trying to push any agenda here. I'm an omnivore, actually had some chicken tacos tonight. Just wanted to share this and curious to know what people's thoughts are.

    yt link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6xE7rieXU0

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What delicious foods don't photograph well? in ~food

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    Century egg maybe? Looks unappealing, maybe even otherworldly. Tastes pretty delicious, goes well with congee.

    Century egg maybe? Looks unappealing, maybe even otherworldly. Tastes pretty delicious, goes well with congee.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    Curious to know if anyone with networking experience knows what needs to be done to fix this? At this point, I'm assuming that any simple "roll it back" fix is not feasible and people are...

    Curious to know if anyone with networking experience knows what needs to be done to fix this?

    At this point, I'm assuming that any simple "roll it back" fix is not feasible and people are sufficient locked out of fixing this remotely. Is someone basically having to fix this by physically patching each server/router?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What do we do with all this rage? in ~misc

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    Ignorance is bliss. I fully understand why frontline workers take to online platform to vent their frustrations and tell their tales. It's also engaging for folks to read and emphasize with them....

    Ignorance is bliss.

    I fully understand why frontline workers take to online platform to vent their frustrations and tell their tales. It's also engaging for folks to read and emphasize with them. However, it's simply not healthy for this anger to get amplified with every post or tweet. The pandora's box has already opened unfortunately.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~food

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    Brunswick - Tuna Salad with Crackers for $1 at the dollar store. No prep required and one of the few things I consider to be tasty in a can. Great for a quick lunch or something to eat while outdoors.

    Brunswick - Tuna Salad with Crackers for $1 at the dollar store. No prep required and one of the few things I consider to be tasty in a can. Great for a quick lunch or something to eat while outdoors.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    Glad I got the iPhone 11 last year. In light of COVID, stuff like 5g and tougher screen doesn't matter as much when I'm indoors 90% of the time. And in a classic Apple move, they rolled out...

    Glad I got the iPhone 11 last year. In light of COVID, stuff like 5g and tougher screen doesn't matter as much when I'm indoors 90% of the time. And in a classic Apple move, they rolled out MagSafe instead of USB C. The equivalent sized iPhone now starts at $799 instead of $699 along with the fact that they don't have a charger and earbuds makes me appreciate the 11 so much more.

    The homepod mini looks great though. I'm happy to drop the google/nest/(next rename) mini for something with (what appears to be) more audio kick and iphone integration. Also, 10/10 on privacy and security.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What keyboard do you use? in ~tech

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    Nothing fancy. I have a Logitech G610 with a Logitech G502. I got both at a bargain for $35 from someone on CL. I use it for just about everything. Work (coding), web browsing, and gaming....

    Nothing fancy. I have a Logitech G610 with a Logitech G502. I got both at a bargain for $35 from someone on CL. I use it for just about everything. Work (coding), web browsing, and gaming. Initially I was looking at TKL keyboards, but I later learned the media controls + volume wheel is a godsend. Had this for 2+ years and it's still going strong.

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  14. Comment on How to stream NFL football games in 2020 in ~sports

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    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research...

    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research project.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What do you think are the most memorable examples of propaganda? in ~humanities

  16. Comment on What are some beautiful/brilliant/inventive games that were panned by critics? in ~games

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    For me, it's Brigador. MandaloreGaming just did a great review on this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bp3ivWv7Vs. Simply, it's an isometric cyberpunk styled mech game. This game has a...

    For me, it's Brigador. MandaloreGaming just did a great review on this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bp3ivWv7Vs. Simply, it's an isometric cyberpunk styled mech game.

    This game has a personal connection for me. I had no idea it even existed until I bumped into their booth at PAX West. I was blown away by the great art design, graphics, and gameplay. One of the cofounders was there and he even toured some of the dev console with me. It's such a fantastic game that it was mind-blowing to me why it wasn't widely known in the gaming community.

    From what I gathered, the game had a rough launch. They even did a GDC talk about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUsuusNLxik.

    That aside, it's a great game and it definitely felt like a passion project for the people that worked on it. I highly recommend everyone to try it out: https://store.steampowered.com/app/274500/Brigador_UpArmored_Edition/. They are also coming out with a storyline release this year: https://store.steampowered.com/app/903930/Brigador_Killers/

    GREAT LEADER IS DEAD. SOLO NOBRE MUST FALL.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic, report shows in ~finance

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    Out of curiosity, do you mind sharing the difference in monthly rent?

    Out of curiosity, do you mind sharing the difference in monthly rent?

    2 votes