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  1. Comment on NASA’s 'smell of space' is available as a perfume in ~space

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    ok, I'm in! It's somewhat ironic. I've been trying to find the perfect one for ages without much success... then I blindly buy this cheapo one. It's a cool idea, though.

    ok, I'm in! It's somewhat ironic. I've been trying to find the perfect one for ages without much success... then I blindly buy this cheapo one.

    It's a cool idea, though.

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  2. Comment on The Stoic self | An eminently practical take on who we are in ~humanities

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    it's a lot of the same inward focus with the same rejection of material items. It's sort of an offshoot of Islam, but it's very... poetic. I wasn't into the more muslim side of it, which seems...

    it's a lot of the same inward focus with the same rejection of material items. It's sort of an offshoot of Islam, but it's very... poetic.

    I wasn't into the more muslim side of it, which seems weird to say since on paper it seems like all of it. But the stuff I was reading was more focused on the denial of self, seeing God in all things and acknowledging that if you see God, God sees you, etc etc. Communal thought.

    That last bit really tugged on my christian mindset -- but I left the church because it didn't seem real, as if the god of christianity had become just another idol in a series of 'things' to worship. I always felt like the christian god was trapped in the church, being held prisoner.

    The first book I read was To Die Before Death by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, which is good, but not the best primer for people who really want to learn about Sufism. Essential Sufism by Robert Frager would be much better for that. It's a quick read, too.

    Ultimately, when it comes to faith and such, I'm more looking for something that connects everything that is real and not something that is stuck in hard ritual, empty mantras, etc.

    Sufism, at least what I got into, was really focused on discovery and the beauty found in the journey and also the beauty of the process of learning to deny the self. This could be totally off base... but it's something that jumped out to me from Muhaiyaddeen's writing.

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  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Traditionally he's sort of like Jimmy McGill (Saul Goodman) in that he's not really respected by his peers, but he's a talented lawyer. Jimmy is sketchier, but Perry Mason is pretty much a great...

    Traditionally he's sort of like Jimmy McGill (Saul Goodman) in that he's not really respected by his peers, but he's a talented lawyer. Jimmy is sketchier, but Perry Mason is pretty much a great detective who is a lawyer on the side. He loves impossible cases that any sane lawyer wouldn't touch.

    So to say that he's a low-life... I can agree with that, but it's an asset. The Perry Mason we saw in the original series was cleaner, but that speaks more to the media of the times.

    The nice thing about this version of Perry Mason is that they've gone back to the pulpy roots a little more than the TV series ever did.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    This is pretty much how remakes should be. Definitely grittier than the old one... a lot of cussin' that fits perfectly.

    This is pretty much how remakes should be. Definitely grittier than the old one... a lot of cussin' that fits perfectly.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on The Stoic self | An eminently practical take on who we are in ~humanities

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    definitely! I found that the stuff I liked about Christianity and Sufism were also in-line with Zen and Stoicism... like, as I said, this were to be the actual universal Truth.

    definitely! I found that the stuff I liked about Christianity and Sufism were also in-line with Zen and Stoicism... like, as I said, this were to be the actual universal Truth.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on The Stoic self | An eminently practical take on who we are in ~humanities

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    I really liked How To Be A Stoic. I found that a lot of stoicism is directly inline with my own approach and beliefs... which was surprising. Coming from a religious background, stoicism connected...

    I really liked How To Be A Stoic. I found that a lot of stoicism is directly inline with my own approach and beliefs... which was surprising.

    Coming from a religious background, stoicism connected what I believe to be the truth that is often hidden or overshadowed in most religions.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Perry Mason has been rebooted and the aesthetic is perfect. Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is Mason... and the rest of the casting is unbelievable. If you're familiar with Perry Mason, this is along...

    Perry Mason has been rebooted and the aesthetic is perfect. Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is Mason... and the rest of the casting is unbelievable.

    If you're familiar with Perry Mason, this is along the same vein, but grittier.

    Two episodes in and we've got a good pace. They're also pulling some interesting influences for characters, like Aimee Semple McPherson for the character of Sister Aimee (Tatiana Maslany.)

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  8. Comment on Poolside FM: Transport yourself to 1980's Miami in ~music

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    oh man! this is gold. I totally missed the friday one on their SC. You may have just made me the coolest person for the summer. :)

    oh man! this is gold. I totally missed the friday one on their SC.

    You may have just made me the coolest person for the summer. :)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Poolside FM: Transport yourself to 1980's Miami in ~music

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    I really miss Berlin Community Radio. The sets were all over the place, but it was such a great avenue for discovery -- especially for really obscure tracks. is the Friday Night Heat playlist on...

    I really miss Berlin Community Radio. The sets were all over the place, but it was such a great avenue for discovery -- especially for really obscure tracks.

    is the Friday Night Heat playlist on Spotify?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Poolside FM: Transport yourself to 1980's Miami in ~music

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    so catchy. More and more I find myself listening to stuff like this. It's just so... happy.

    so catchy. More and more I find myself listening to stuff like this. It's just so... happy.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Poolside FM: Transport yourself to 1980's Miami in ~music

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    this is hilarious. It's a shame they want me to login with twitter and stuff to chat, though. I miss this aesthetic.

    this is hilarious. It's a shame they want me to login with twitter and stuff to chat, though.

    I miss this aesthetic.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Tilweaks: A user style I made to "clean up" Tildes' interface in ~tildes

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    this is pretty awesome. I had no idea that Stylus could have an options menu like this. Really nice work!

    this is pretty awesome. I had no idea that Stylus could have an options menu like this. Really nice work!

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Reuters removes RSS feeds in ~tech

  14. Comment on Reuters removes RSS feeds in ~tech

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    That sucks. You can always use something like https://feed43.com to build a feed.

    That sucks. You can always use something like https://feed43.com to build a feed.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Condor is back! Based on Three Days of the Condor, which is based on Six Days of the Condor (novel), it follows Joe Turner, a CIA analyst who gets into a bit of a pickle. If you're going in blind,...

    Condor is back! Based on Three Days of the Condor, which is based on Six Days of the Condor (novel), it follows Joe Turner, a CIA analyst who gets into a bit of a pickle. If you're going in blind, you'll love it. If you're a fan of the book and film, you'll also really enjoy it.

    Condor is fresh and plays well with the concept. It's a lean series, but also maintains a good pace. I'd say it's a solid 8/10.

    It was on Audience, which is now an HBO Max preview channel or something... so I have no idea where it's actually airing for folks who don't steal it. :)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on No to .io, yes to .xyz! in ~tech

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    you can get .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf, and .gq at freenom.com for free. You need to renew it every year or else you'll lose it for a year. cc @stu2b50

    you can get .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf, and .gq at freenom.com for free. You need to renew it every year or else you'll lose it for a year.

    cc @stu2b50

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  17. Comment on Time to upgrade your monitor - Optimizing a display setup for programming in ~comp

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    I've got a 25" 1440p for my main and I don't know how anybody would manage with a larger monitor at this resolution. I've never worked with a 32" 4K, but I've seen them in the store and they look...

    I've got a 25" 1440p for my main and I don't know how anybody would manage with a larger monitor at this resolution.

    I've never worked with a 32" 4K, but I've seen them in the store and they look great. I'm very much in the camp of 'everything is always too big', though.

  18. Comment on With monitors, which panel is ideal for movies and TV? in ~tech

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    yeah, that article is everywhere this week. I wouldn't mind scaling, but I really don't need it with this setup.

    yeah, that article is everywhere this week. I wouldn't mind scaling, but I really don't need it with this setup.

  19. Comment on With monitors, which panel is ideal for movies and TV? in ~tech

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    yesss! that table is great! Thanks for this. This is handy because it's bringing up some brands I otherwise wouldn't have considered.

    yesss! that table is great! Thanks for this. This is handy because it's bringing up some brands I otherwise wouldn't have considered.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Twitter starts rolling out audio tweets on iOS in ~tech

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    I'm with you. I've got a group chat in whatsapp where two people are constantly doing voice messages. At least with iOS there's a speach-to-text jailbreak that is serviceable --- but on desktop...

    I'm with you. I've got a group chat in whatsapp where two people are constantly doing voice messages. At least with iOS there's a speach-to-text jailbreak that is serviceable --- but on desktop it's no annoying.

    The world has moved on from voicemail.

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