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

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    Agreed. I'd be willing to go that extra mile in my non-work life earlier on, if it'll set me up for a better position later, where I can spend more time on hobbies/relationships. Let's hope it...

    Agreed. I'd be willing to go that extra mile in my non-work life earlier on, if it'll set me up for a better position later, where I can spend more time on hobbies/relationships. Let's hope it works out that way for us!

    No need to convince me on Linux :) I'd actually been running Linux (Ubuntu) on my laptop about two years ago before a hard drive failure. While it was working, I very much enjoyed the freedom of knowing I was in control of the software, and got comfortable using basic bash commands (though not much else). After I got repairs done, though, I handed that laptop off to a family member who needed a spare and fixed up an old Mac I had laying around. It's a mid-2012 Pro which is known for having some compatibility with Linux but I've always heard Macs are fussy about dual-booting and that's put me off messing around to try and get it working, since I have just the one laptop right now and I'm using it daily for classes. If it was a PC I'd have Linux on it absolutely. Same goes for my desktop, though the issue there is my wi-fi adapter doesn't have drivers for Linux so if I want to run it I need to move my setup over to the router to plug in the Ethernet. Honestly just haven't gotten around to resolving those two issues, but would be good to add it to the list of things that need to get done this summer. It's definitely better for programming (as opposed to Windows, at least) which is also something I'd like to get some experience with, Python and JavaScript in particular.

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  2. Comment on Thoughts on moving out in ~talk

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    Can't say I have any answers for you, but I definitely find your anxiety about it all very relatable. Not sure if you're living with your family out of convenience or the pandemic, but I was...

    Can't say I have any answers for you, but I definitely find your anxiety about it all very relatable. Not sure if you're living with your family out of convenience or the pandemic, but I was forced back home because of the latter and old patterns have started to come up again that are affecting my mental health in some big ways. So I totally get wanting to move out. Also very supportive if you want to try having people call you something else. It was something I considered when moving from high school to college, since I had a rough time in high school and was sort of dreaming of reinventing myself (perhaps a bit like you're thinking, actually). The moving to another country bit I don't have much to add on to. I've studied abroad before but it was always in the context of a group of students from my university. I had a bad experience one of those times because I was stuck with them and they were total assholes. That's just my one-off experience, so not indicative of what you might find if you study abroad, especially for a whole degree and not just a summer program. It could be a good chance to find out some stuff about yourself, take some risks, and meet some new people. Have you tried talking with any of your friends or family about it? Not sure how close you are with them or if they'd be supportive of you.

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

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    Definitely feels like portions at restaurant chains (and other places too) have generally been getting smaller over the past few years, so I feel that. "Who put these chips in my bag of air?" and...

    Their serving of rice is a lot smaller than we expected, which is kind of a reminder of their 'fanciness' (and that we aren't upper-middle-class for going there) and definitely means that whenever we go again, we'll order 2 of those.

    Definitely feels like portions at restaurant chains (and other places too) have generally been getting smaller over the past few years, so I feel that. "Who put these chips in my bag of air?" and all that. Really makes me appreciate those small local family restaurants that still fill up our food containers to the brim!

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

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    I have a bit of experience with Linux, and took two short tutorial courses on bash and home networking last summer, but otherwise have pretty limited technical knowledge, so it might take me a bit...

    I have a bit of experience with Linux, and took two short tutorial courses on bash and home networking last summer, but otherwise have pretty limited technical knowledge, so it might take me a bit more learning/practice than you (I'm guessing you may have more experience than that).

    Well, it's just that I hear stories from people who have a tough time managing work/life balance because their job is so demanding (but they can't leave because they have to support family, financial stability, etc.) I want to say I'd be one of those people who would leave any workplace that isn't going to respect my free time, but a guy's gotta eat, right? That being said, I totally agree with you in the abstract. School doesn't really make that distinction between their time and your time like there should be in a workplace that respects workers. So assuming whatever work I'm able to find doesn't bleed into my free time, I'm also really excited for post-graduation plans.

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

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    I'm in a similar position, I've got midterms next week. This past week has just been skimping by on weekly class assignments to try and make time to study for the tests. Wasn't very successful...

    I'm in a similar position, I've got midterms next week. This past week has just been skimping by on weekly class assignments to try and make time to study for the tests. Wasn't very successful with that strategy but I'll just have to find the time this weekend, I guess. Congrats on your last full semester though! (if I'm understanding you right) and the scholarship too. I'm also feeling the motivation loss after so many years of schooling... I'm not excited about the workforce, either, but I'm far too burned out on school to keep going up the academic ladder, at least directly out of undergrad.

    Cool to hear you're setting up a website and Matrix server (or at least you tried), I've been meaning to do both of those things and only succeeded at the former, and that's just simple static pages in plain HTML/CSS, which I haven't updated in months (also having trouble with what to write about, though school has kept from brainstorming or drafting anything too). Haven't even tried setting up a server, I know that sort of thing is still beyond me in terms of technical capabilities. Hoping to use the summer to get better acquainted with the necessary skills.

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  6. Comment on AskBibleScholars.com is now a blog platform that the biblical scholars will start slowly contributing to in ~humanities

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    So glad you've finally got the site up and running! I've been around since you first started bringing up the idea of migrating r/AskBibleScholars elsewhere and it's great to see such a big step...

    So glad you've finally got the site up and running! I've been around since you first started bringing up the idea of migrating r/AskBibleScholars elsewhere and it's great to see such a big step forward in that direction. Hoping the best for you and the scholars. I don't have much more to add, except to agree with what's been said, so important to first consider what you want the site to be and only then add the mechanics to match.

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  7. Comment on What's hard about being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic? in ~talk

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    This may be a question you want to ask a search engine. Debating ace/aro identity in a thread about their experiences isn't a great way to create a welcoming atmosphere.

    This may be a question you want to ask a search engine. Debating ace/aro identity in a thread about their experiences isn't a great way to create a welcoming atmosphere.

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  8. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Ancient Greece and Rome are often positioned as ancestral to what we might call "western" thought today. Those societies are cited as the first examples of liberal democratic ideals in the "west"...

    Ancient Greece and Rome are often positioned as ancestral to what we might call "western" thought today. Those societies are cited as the first examples of liberal democratic ideals in the "west" and their philosophers are common subjects of study. See Aristotle, Socrates, the entire field of classics, etc. These topics wouldn't have been so popular among white elites historically if they didn't hold a special place in "western" thought. This framing of lineage between Greece/Rome and the "west" isn't particularly accurate, insofar as it erases a lot of history. For example, many ancient Greek texts were translated into Arabic and then rediscovered by European thinkers later on, and the above conceptualization tends to conveniently ignore that, the fact that the Byzantine empire was centered around what is now Turkey whose European-ness is contested, among many other examples.* Anyway, people who see themselves as the rightful inheritors of "western" traditions like white supremacists thus configure Rome and Greece (the former in particular since it was a vast empire) into their narratives despite the fact you correctly point out that race as we understand it did not exist then and it doesn't technically make sense for these cultures to be idolized among right-wing extremists. See also the far-right political party in Spain, Vox. Vox is Latin for "voice," and the subtext is that the party is the "voice" of the "people," the racial undertones of the party's name and rhetoric suggesting white people in particular.

    *Don't mean to suggest you don't know any or all of this, since if you were educated in a "western" country you probably got all this in school. Just setting up the broader point about why white nationalists would center Roman culture in their narratives and how it's a global phenomenon too.

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  9. Comment on Chloé Zhao's Nomadland is a stunningly natural look at life on the road in ~movies

  10. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    I don't think it's shallow at all! There's a lot of depth to video games and you can find a lot of meaning digging into that depth, both intellectually/technically in terms of exploring/practicing...

    I don't think it's shallow at all! There's a lot of depth to video games and you can find a lot of meaning digging into that depth, both intellectually/technically in terms of exploring/practicing mechanics and socially in terms of developing relationships. It can be frustrating when you try to engage in that higher level of discussion and you're met with blank stares. I used to be into competitive Melee/Project M and I remember the moment when I explained what directional influence (DI) was to someone I was doing casual one-on-ones with. He was both confused and shocked that anyone knew anything like that about what was, to him, a party game. The funny thing is that I wasn't even really that into competitive Smash besides watching big tournaments, I had friends who were far more competent when it came to their technical skills and probably could have won some local tournaments if they'd been organized. Anyway, I totally get what you're saying and feel the same way. I play a lot of roguelikes now but don't have many people to share knowledge with and learn from like I did with Smash and other games in the past.

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  11. Comment on The little-known Einstein: An ardent defender of black Americans against racism in ~humanities

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    To add to the discussion on aspects of Einstein that have fallen into obscurity: in addition to his commitment to racial equality, he was also a socialist. Much like other progressives of the...

    To add to the discussion on aspects of Einstein that have fallen into obscurity: in addition to his commitment to racial equality, he was also a socialist. Much like other progressives of the time, his biting social critique (inconvenient for some) has been erased and his life has instead been recontextualized as one of individual success and intelligence.

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  12. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of March 1 in ~news

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    Absolutely disgusting. I knew a student at my high school who abused his position of authority (in a school performance group) to get younger students in his car to harass them like this. Of...

    Cawthorn often used his car as a way to entrap and harass his women classmates, taking them on what he could call “fun drives'' off campus. Two said he would drive recklessly and ask them about their virginity and sexual experiences while they were locked in the moving vehicle.

    Absolutely disgusting. I knew a student at my high school who abused his position of authority (in a school performance group) to get younger students in his car to harass them like this. Of course, nothing ever happened to this person. Hoping that Cawthorn, at least, faces serious consequences for this.

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  13. Comment on What kinds of content are you hoping to see on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Agreed, in the past I have found myself teeing up an article to post that would be great for Tildes, only to realize I found the piece on Tildes in the first place...

    Agreed, in the past I have found myself teeing up an article to post that would be great for Tildes, only to realize I found the piece on Tildes in the first place...

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  14. Comment on Please just let women be villains in ~movies

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    If you're looking for a subversion of this particular trope, justifying the "evil" actions of women through tragic backstory, consider watching The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Not a movie but rather...

    If you're looking for a subversion of this particular trope, justifying the "evil" actions of women through tragic backstory, consider watching The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Not a movie but rather a short anime series. Don't want to spoil too much, so I won't add any more details.

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  15. Comment on Contemplating Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai: Merit, access, and swordsmanship in ~books

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    Edited the title of the linked article so as to include the title and author of the work being discussed, and to make it more clear what this article is about from the front page.

    Edited the title of the linked article so as to include the title and author of the work being discussed, and to make it more clear what this article is about from the front page.

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  16. Comment on The inexplicable ongoingness of life in ~movies

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    Change and memory are at the center of Kate Reilly and Leung Ming-kai’s Memories to Choke on, Drinks to Wash Them Down 夜香・鴛鴦・深水埗, an anthology film made up of four shorts that examine life amidst Hong Kong’s multiple, contemporary crises.

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  17. Comment on Pokemon Presents - February 26, 2021 in ~games

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    Not sure if I should spoiler or not, so I will: spoiler As already mentioned in the other top-level comment, I am really not a fan of the art style chosen for the Diamond and Pearl remakes. It's...

    Not sure if I should spoiler or not, so I will:

    spoiler As already mentioned in the other top-level comment, I am really not a fan of the art style chosen for the Diamond and Pearl remakes. It's less that it's a bad art style and more that it seems to have been executed very poorly? And there have been complaints about the quality of Pokemon battle sprites for a while now (I'm not sure they handled the move from 2D to 3D very well, frankly). Honestly, I'm disappointed with this particular reveal, and likely won't be purchasing until I know more, probably after release, even though I was definitely on the hype train for Gen 4 remakes. (Like, if I want the experience again, why not just play the originals?? Questioning why I was ever on the hype train in the first place now...)

    In terms of Legends, though, they're reinventing the formula, I'm excited for it. That being said, I think adding some optional real-time elements would be cool. For example, wild Pokemon might run away from your battle if you take too long to make a decision, that sort of thing (and would be easily toggleable for those looking to get the usual experience). I don't really expect them to add this because it would be such a departure from the usual, but it would be an interesting step in a different direction.

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