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  1. Comment on Undone - Season Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    I loved this series! The episodes flew by -- but the pacing was perfect. re: the ending, I think her powers were real, but that he didn't come back as we may have expected. I think that bright...

    I loved this series! The episodes flew by -- but the pacing was perfect.

    re: the ending,

    I think her powers were real, but that he didn't come back as we may have expected. I think that bright light was her bringing back that moment from her childhood when they were at the empty pool.

    I really love that they left it open ended. I think showing it (either way) would have taken away from the adventure of it all.

    Overall, I love rotoscoping, and the aesthetic was perfect for this sort of story. One thing I didn't catch on to until the socks scene was that Alma is the older sister. This didn't have any impact on the story, but it wasn't clear at first (unless I missed something.)

    I absolutely LOVED how they worked with the cochlear implant. It was so natural and played into the story in such a subtle, yet perfect way.

    Kate Purdy also wrote The Old Sugarman Place and Time’s Arrow for Bojack Horseman -- two episodes that touch on similar themes, to a point.

    Raphael Bob-Waksberg has a collection of short stories out called, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory that, from what I've read, is written with a similar tone to this series -- that dark-but-beautiful and funny air.

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  2. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    nice! either that or a nail file is perfect for getting those edges down. I find clipping to be far more satisfying, though :)

    nice! either that or a nail file is perfect for getting those edges down. I find clipping to be far more satisfying, though :)

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  3. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    and really, nobody will even notice clear polish. I might get some tonight --- this could be the latest trend in high fashion.

    and really, nobody will even notice clear polish. I might get some tonight --- this could be the latest trend in high fashion.

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  4. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    ha. you could get them to do a clear coat --- but yeah, not for work. I might actually do the clear thing. That would feel awful to bite. You can pretty much get away with anything under the guise...

    ha. you could get them to do a clear coat --- but yeah, not for work. I might actually do the clear thing. That would feel awful to bite.

    You can pretty much get away with anything under the guise of, 'my kids did this' :)

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  5. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    haha. Thanks for checking in! Lets check the progress 0 ██ 10 A little better. Biting less, but filing more! It's great that you've joined the 'stop biting' club, though! Eventually we'll be...

    haha. Thanks for checking in! Lets check the progress

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    A little better. Biting less, but filing more! It's great that you've joined the 'stop biting' club, though! Eventually we'll be picking stickers off of things, undoing knots... and... well, doing stuff that people with nails can do with ease.

    I've heard it helps to get a pro manicure once your nails are on the right track -- something subconscious about not wanting to destroy the investment.

    It's so difficult, though. I really hate having nails for some sick reason. Chances are I wouldn't hate them if they were shaped properly.

    Let's keep on this path, though! If we can break this habit, we can basically do anything :)

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  6. Comment on Which sci-fi series would you recommend? in ~movies

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    I think we're two of the dozen people who actually watched it. It's a shame it went unnoticed.

    I think we're two of the dozen people who actually watched it. It's a shame it went unnoticed.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on How do you achieve an efficient house move? in ~life

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    Hire movers. It’s not as expensive as you might think and you don’t have to hassle family or friends for help, rent a truck, etc. Totally worth it. Save your back. Especially without an elevator....

    Hire movers. It’s not as expensive as you might think and you don’t have to hassle family or friends for help, rent a truck, etc. Totally worth it.

    Save your back. Especially without an elevator. You can always help them.

    edit: if you only have a small amount of stuff, buy good boxes, label absolutely everything for the room its coming from and the room its going into. Once everybody leaves, set up your bed (or get someone to do it while you unpack other stuff) and make it. You'll lose track of time, and not having that to deal with will be a blessing. Also prep your morning routine stuff (clothes, breakfast, etc.)

    If you are going to move all of your own stuff, be sure to get more help than you need for heavy stuff. Also make sure you have plenty of water, etc etc.

    Don't be afraid to delegate.

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  8. Comment on Bodyguard in Baghdad (very NSFW) in ~life

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    haha. From Saddam, no less! Maybe the guestbook is heavily moderated / whitelisted.

    haha. From Saddam, no less! Maybe the guestbook is heavily moderated / whitelisted.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Bodyguard in Baghdad (very NSFW) in ~life

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    ha. you got as far as I did! I guess the guy isn't eager to have his name out there. By the way, did you notice how unbelievably tame that guestbook is?!

    ha. you got as far as I did! I guess the guy isn't eager to have his name out there.

    By the way, did you notice how unbelievably tame that guestbook is?!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Bodyguard in Baghdad (very NSFW) in ~life

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    mute your speakers and check this fireworks display going off all at once. You could do a whole series that combines the traditional circus parade with heavy artillery, etc too.

    mute your speakers and check this fireworks display going off all at once.

    You could do a whole series that combines the traditional circus parade with heavy artillery, etc too.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Bodyguard in Baghdad (very NSFW) in ~life

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    As always, Deimos has the most premium links! If that doesn't work, here's a backup You could probably reach out to the guy for a better copy.

    As always, Deimos has the most premium links! If that doesn't work, here's a backup

    You could probably reach out to the guy for a better copy.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    yeah, I think I'll do the first and quit while I'm ahead. I just realized that there's a new Star Wars Thrawn book out, too (Thrawn: Treason.) I'm trying to jump between pulpy detective stories,...

    yeah, I think I'll do the first and quit while I'm ahead. I just realized that there's a new Star Wars Thrawn book out, too (Thrawn: Treason.)

    I'm trying to jump between pulpy detective stories, non-fic, sci-fi / fantasy -- so far so good. I went through ~14 Quarry (Max Allen Collins) books in a row and kind of burned out a bit. It didn't help that I did nearly 22 Star Wars books before that.

    I really liked the Lilith's Brood trilogy (Butler) -- its probably the deepest into sci-fi I've gone outside of the goofier stuff. This will be a welcome addition to the library.

    I have no way to truly express my gratitude for this heads up.

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  14. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    Yes!!! You and @Algernon_Asimov are great. I hate prepping for a series only to be let down under halfway. I really appreciate it.

    Yes!!! You and @Algernon_Asimov are great. I hate prepping for a series only to be let down under halfway.

    I really appreciate it.

  15. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    I haven't read them yet! I was curious where it came from and did some google-fu. I've been meaning to go through the series, though. Everybody I know who has read them is absolutely in love with...

    I haven't read them yet! I was curious where it came from and did some google-fu. I've been meaning to go through the series, though. Everybody I know who has read them is absolutely in love with them. It's perfect timing for my queue.

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  16. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    yeah, keeping clippers and a files around has helped quite a bit. I'm trying to find the next step. I considered getting fake nails for a time --- but as a dude, I think that would look weird.

    yeah, keeping clippers and a files around has helped quite a bit. I'm trying to find the next step. I considered getting fake nails for a time --- but as a dude, I think that would look weird.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    Hypnotherapy seems crazy to me — bit of it works (even short term), I’m game. For me, I hate the feeling of longer nails — but a few weeks ago I had a longer nail (not pinky) and I was so proud of...

    Hypnotherapy seems crazy to me — bit of it works (even short term), I’m game.

    For me, I hate the feeling of longer nails — but a few weeks ago I had a longer nail (not pinky) and I was so proud of it. I eventually snipped it off and felt disproportionately ashamed.

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  18. I'm sitting here reading about Jeremy Renner's failed app and new Amazon store and filing my nails down. I've mostly stopped biting, but I still do every so often. So if you've quit, how the hell...

    I'm sitting here reading about Jeremy Renner's failed app and new Amazon store and filing my nails down. I've mostly stopped biting, but I still do every so often.

    So if you've quit, how the hell did you do it? The bad tasting nail polish stuff doesn't taste bad enough for me... is there an Allen Carr for biters?

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  19. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    This always stuck with me as a horribly pessimistic view of the world or certain situations, but an outlook that many share. Often (not always) when I am beyond discouraged with a problem, this...

    The game is rigged, but you cannot lose if you don’t play.

    • Marla Daniels, The Wire

    This always stuck with me as a horribly pessimistic view of the world or certain situations, but an outlook that many share. Often (not always) when I am beyond discouraged with a problem, this comes to mind and I try to consider how the problem might be rigged if it were, and how I could manipulate / maneuver my way around it.

    I most often think of this when negotiating something when I am up against someone or a system that has the 'it's always done this way' or 'that's impossible' approach. It often leads to me offering a compromise where they hit their core objective and I end up with more money / time / savings.

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  20. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    One mark of a good officer, he remembered, was the ability to make quick decisions. If they happen to be right, so much the bette

    • Larry Niven, Ringworld, p 152
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