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  1. Comment on How could I deal with bad actors on my web site? in ~tech

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    I like a combination of invite-only (where you're accountable for your invites) and the buy-in option. $5 is a good figure, too. Since this community started coming up, I figured that all of the...

    I like a combination of invite-only (where you're accountable for your invites) and the buy-in option. $5 is a good figure, too.

    Since this community started coming up, I figured that all of the comments would be in ~humanities.askbiblescholars, with that subgroup being removed from the default feeds.

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

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    Congrats on getting things going! I added a test comment and an issue :)

    Congrats on getting things going! I added a test comment and an issue :)

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  3. Comment on What books do you think every eighteen year old should read? in ~books

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    I loved American Psycho :) Really, though, they should have a book on business, a cookbook to work through, another on finances, something like the Five Love Languages, etc.

    I loved American Psycho :)

    Really, though, they should have a book on business, a cookbook to work through, another on finances, something like the Five Love Languages, etc.

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  4. Comment on What books do you think every eighteen year old should read? in ~books

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    I'd put these in the mix How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene 48 Laws of Power has a super corny title and its presented in a way that...

    I'd put these in the mix

    • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

    48 Laws of Power has a super corny title and its presented in a way that comes off sleazy, but the basic principals are valuable for the career-minded. I wouldn't say either is a direct roadmap, but both offer a general framework for working with others in a variety of contexts.

    The audiobook for the 48 Laws of Power is performed by Richard Poe, who sounds like Satan, in my opinion.

    Might as well throw The Art of War by Sun Tzu in the mix.

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  5. Comment on The Hustler (Game Show, ABC US) in ~tv

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    I love that video so much. The last part got me thinking of that, I think the only way for it to work is if the non-Hustlers propose a three-way split after the show like Golden Balls and get the...

    I love that video so much. The last part got me thinking of that, I think the only way for it to work is if the non-Hustlers propose a three-way split after the show like Golden Balls and get the Hustler to out themselves... which is still a leap of faith. I was looking up three way game theory, but I still don't see a way for a guaranteed win for anyone.

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  6. Comment on The Hustler (Game Show, ABC US) in ~tv

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    Ok, this game show is great. We start out with five people and ten trivia questions. The group answers the questions together and receives $10k for each correct answer. The Hustler is one of the...

    Ok, this game show is great.

    We start out with five people and ten trivia questions. The group answers the questions together and receives $10k for each correct answer.

    The Hustler is one of the players who is actually playing against the other four. There are two points where the Hustler can eliminate a player. Everybody checks off a name on a piece of paper in an envelope, but only the Hustler's vote counts.

    Before each trivia question we are given a clue about who the hustler is (e.g. they raise chickens) and then the trivia question will relate to this. The Hustler knows all of the right answers.

    The final question doubles the pot if they get it right or halves it if they get it wrong and we find ourselves with three people.

    At this point the three people vote for who they believe is the Hustler. If the Hustler is not eliminated, they win the full pot (a max of $180k), if the Hustler is chosen, then the two players split the pot.

    Craig Ferguson is hosting --- and the show is super fun and stupid... but definitely fun. Its heartbreaking to see someone change their vote away from the Hustler at the last minute, giving up the pot.

    There are only eight episodes and its a great passive watch, unless you really want to sort out who the Hustler is yourself.

    Scoop some episodes!

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  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I just started Hemingway's Nick Adams stories --- quick, well-written vignettes. After this I'm either moving to The Count of Monte Cristo or some more Hemingway. I've also been alternating...

    I just started Hemingway's Nick Adams stories --- quick, well-written vignettes. After this I'm either moving to The Count of Monte Cristo or some more Hemingway.

    I've also been alternating between Bond books. They're so much better than the goofy movies. I don't understand why they'd change them instead of building off of them for time. At times like the Bourne series, the movie has barely anything in common with the book.

    Anybody have any recommendations that are similar to The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean?

    edit: I started The Count of Monte Cristo and its AMAZING!

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  8. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 8 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    That would be awesome! It seems like they're able to pull pretty much anyone they want, no matter what the cost. I really hope they take their time with everything to give characters like Ultron...

    That would be awesome! It seems like they're able to pull pretty much anyone they want, no matter what the cost.

    I really hope they take their time with everything to give characters like Ultron their fair share of screen time.

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  9. Comment on The worst song you ever had to experience in ~music

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    Years ago I was road tripping down the west coast. We'd stop in at record stores and pick up CDs based purely on the covers, which wasn't the best idea. Most of them were alright, but one friend...

    Years ago I was road tripping down the west coast. We'd stop in at record stores and pick up CDs based purely on the covers, which wasn't the best idea.

    Most of them were alright, but one friend paid $13 for a CD that was essentially static cutting in and out for an hour. With this awful CD in mind, I can confidently say that Lou Reed's record is still the worst. It sounds like something that came out of the Well to Hell

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  10. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 8 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    My guess is that evil!Vision that she'll have to kill --- but all of this is leading to Dr Strange. I saw a theory that all of this was created by Nightmare, which is a pretty good theory, even...

    My guess is that evil!Vision that she'll have to kill --- but all of this is leading to Dr Strange. I saw a theory that all of this was created by Nightmare, which is a pretty good theory, even with the revelation of the new Vision. However, they might be replacing Nightmare with Karl Mordo.

    Its all a bit of a stretch, but the one thing I think we can know for sure is that Wanda is gonna kick evil!Vision's ass.

    A Vision v Vision fight would be excellent, leading to Wanda having to terminate the original Vision, which would be heartbreaking.

  11. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 8 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    Don't forget to watch the mid-credits sequence! I loved this episode. Its fun to see 'behind the curtain', so to speak.

    Don't forget to watch the mid-credits sequence!

    I loved this episode. Its fun to see 'behind the curtain', so to speak.

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  12. Comment on I'm working on creating a new religion. You may read the beta version of our scripture at disciples.technoslug.org in ~talk

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    I'm ordained in Dudeism, if you're over-booked.

    I'm ordained in Dudeism, if you're over-booked.

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  13. Comment on Which TV series are most important/meaningful to you? Why? in ~tv

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    definitely do it. At the time, I was so mad because they'd say one thing on the podcast then do the exact opposite. With the blessing of time, it has all balanced out. I still won't read Gary...

    definitely do it. At the time, I was so mad because they'd say one thing on the podcast then do the exact opposite. With the blessing of time, it has all balanced out.

    I still won't read Gary Troup's Bad Twin, however. A friend took one for the team and said it was not worth it.

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  14. Comment on Eddie Murphy - Party All the Time (1985) in ~music

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    I love this track so much. I love that he made it on a $100k bet with Richard Pryor, who bet that he couldn't sing.

    I love this track so much. I love that he made it on a $100k bet with Richard Pryor, who bet that he couldn't sing.

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  15. Comment on Which TV series are most important/meaningful to you? Why? in ~tv

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    I was DEEEEEP into the LOST theory scene. I had a LOST crew that would come over every week to watch, then we'd essentially have a bible study over it. I'm with you with regards to it being the...

    I was DEEEEEP into the LOST theory scene. I had a LOST crew that would come over every week to watch, then we'd essentially have a bible study over it.

    I'm with you with regards to it being the first show to really transcend to the internet while it was still running.

    One great thing about LOST is that it has not only held up, but I think its improved with time. I did a rewatch last year or so and totally fell in love with it all over again. The sub is fairly active, too, which is fun.

    If you haven't already, get your hands on the Chronological edit. Its fun to go through it again in that order and pushes the recital at the end to a standalone prologue.

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  16. Comment on Which TV series are most important/meaningful to you? Why? in ~tv

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    Definitely go through all of the X-Files. The Monster of the Week episodes are super fun. If you want to go in DEEP, find a chronological guide so you can get the Lone Gunmen episodes in at the...

    Definitely go through all of the X-Files. The Monster of the Week episodes are super fun. If you want to go in DEEP, find a chronological guide so you can get the Lone Gunmen episodes in at the right time along with the movies.

    Once you're done with X-Files, check out Wellington Paranormal -- which is basically X-Files but if they were local cops and were totally neutral toward spirits and such. Its funny.

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  17. Comment on Barack Obama launches β€˜Renegades: Born In The USA’ podcast with Bruce Springsteen in ~misc

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    I'm surprised it has them. It has pretty much everything, too. This is a great find! I figured that Reply All was there as part of the terms of their acquisition or something.

    I'm surprised it has them. It has pretty much everything, too. This is a great find! I figured that Reply All was there as part of the terms of their acquisition or something.

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  18. Comment on Derek DelGaudio's in & of Itself (2020) in ~tv

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    This is half theatre, half magic show... and it really is remarkable. Its currently on Hulu. It had a run of over 500 shows in NY, all being capped off with this recording. I linked to IMDB...

    Storyteller and Conceptual Magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity and answer the deceptively simple question 'Who am I?'

    This is half theatre, half magic show... and it really is remarkable. Its currently on Hulu.

    It had a run of over 500 shows in NY, all being capped off with this recording.

    I linked to IMDB because I think it’s best to go in blind.

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