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  1. Comment on For aeropress, which one is the better upgrade: better grinder or temperature control kettle? in ~food

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    oh nice. How is the Prismo? I know one guy who has it, but doesn't like it. It seems like a good idea. For metal vs paper, I find that paper is better for brighter, lighter roasts with citrus,...

    oh nice. How is the Prismo? I know one guy who has it, but doesn't like it. It seems like a good idea.

    For metal vs paper, I find that paper is better for brighter, lighter roasts with citrus, floral, etc notes, where the metal is better for chocolate, tobacco, earth, etc. That being said, I've had either work well with the other.

    My recipe / method -- 17g / 250g, just below salt grain, 208˚ water (tap, but really good quality), 3m30s w/ 30s press into a mason jar then poured into my warmed mug. Its a longer extraction than most people do, but I like it and it works well with most beans.

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  2. Comment on For aeropress, which one is the better upgrade: better grinder or temperature control kettle? in ~food

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    Like others said, you don't really need a temp controlled kettle. Your grinder is fine. If you want to improve it, you could upgrade the burrs. One thing you might want to try is a metal filter. I...

    Like others said, you don't really need a temp controlled kettle. Your grinder is fine. If you want to improve it, you could upgrade the burrs.

    One thing you might want to try is a metal filter. I have this one and like it. Metal filters are nice because they let the oils through, which leads to a richer cup. A lot of beans benefit from this.

    You can also get into making your own water if you really want to tweak something. You can look up remineralized water recipes -- there are a lot. Most involve making a mix of bicarb, epsom salt, and distilled water, then cutting that with more water. [more info]

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  3. Comment on Thunderbird's donation-driven revenue rose 21% in 2021 to $2.7 million in ~comp

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    well, I figured they'd just rebrand a service from another provider and take the difference -- like $2/m to fastmail and charge $5 or whatever it costs. It could be a way for one of these email...

    well, I figured they'd just rebrand a service from another provider and take the difference -- like $2/m to fastmail and charge $5 or whatever it costs. It could be a way for one of these email providers to support Mozilla without having to sign a cheque.

  4. Comment on Thunderbird's donation-driven revenue rose 21% in 2021 to $2.7 million in ~comp

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    i’m surprised Mozilla hasn’t made a proper effort in the email provider space. having a good client plus a provider (pricing comparable to Zoho or so) would be a great. use it purely to fund the...

    i’m surprised Mozilla hasn’t made a proper effort in the email provider space. having a good client plus a provider (pricing comparable to Zoho or so) would be a great. use it purely to fund the client and ditch all of the seductive ad temptations.

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

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    not much to say. i’m reading the Shining and it’s basically perfect. i figured it would be scarier or something, but (thankfully) it isn’t (i’m a wuss) for me, I struggle to get into some of...

    not much to say. i’m reading the Shining and it’s basically perfect. i figured it would be scarier or something, but (thankfully) it isn’t (i’m a wuss)

    for me, I struggle to get into some of King’s writing… but when i’m in, i’m in deep.

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  7. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    With Bosch Legacy being pretty good, I was also looking forward to The Lincoln Lawyer, which takes place in the same book-universe. Anyway, The Lincoln Lawyer is one of the worst shows I've ever...

    With Bosch Legacy being pretty good, I was also looking forward to The Lincoln Lawyer, which takes place in the same book-universe. Anyway, The Lincoln Lawyer is one of the worst shows I've ever seen. Its like a dated early 2000s network show with a bad porn-music score, the absolute worst casting, horrible performances across the board, and... that's about it. The story is there, but everything else is total shit.

    I started watching The Ipcress File, which seems like it'll be good, even though they seem to have a hard-on for Dutch angles.

    As the Cold War rages, ex-smuggler turned reluctant spy Harry Palmer finds himself at the centre of a dangerous undercover mission, on which he must use his links to find a missing British nuclear scientist.

    The Time Traveler's Wife also started this week. There's been a lot of criticism over the years about him grooming her and all that, but they seem to acknowledge it at once point in a scene where she's grooming a toy pony and he says something about her brushing the horse. She corrects him and says, 'no, grooming!' and he gives a little 'whoa there' response.

    All in all, I think this series will be alright. The movie had mixed reviews when it came out. I liked it enough, but having a series will benefit the overall story.

    The Essex Serpent started late last week and might be good. It stars Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes

    London widow Cora Seaborne moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar, but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature.

    The Offer (sticking with the theme of The shows) is all about the creation of The Godfather and should be watched by everybody... but I don't know anybody who is into it. The casting is great once you get into the universe.

    Last but not least, I'm not sure if everybody caught it, but there's a proper re-scan (etc) for Battlestar Galactica (2004) and it looks pretty good.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S01E01 "Strange New Worlds" in ~tv

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    I'm pretty much 1:1 with you with this. There's a lot of potential here, but its new -- and TNG didn't really find its groove until mid season two or so (or later, according to some.) The second...

    I'm pretty much 1:1 with you with this. There's a lot of potential here, but its new -- and TNG didn't really find its groove until mid season two or so (or later, according to some.)

    The second episode was great, but also suffered from the same lack of exposition. There was some, but it didn't have the same level of diplomacy we saw with TNG, mainly because they didn't spend a lot of time with the others.

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  9. Comment on Give me your party music! in ~music

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    this is amazing! I scraped and added them all to a feeder playlist via the API. There's a lot of gold here. I owe you one. I should note, for the record, that Lee Fields is the greatest of all time.

    this is amazing! I scraped and added them all to a feeder playlist via the API. There's a lot of gold here. I owe you one.

    I should note, for the record, that Lee Fields is the greatest of all time.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (2022) in ~music

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    I will never listen to We Cry Together again. I'm feeling the second disc more than the first.

    I will never listen to We Cry Together again. I'm feeling the second disc more than the first.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Give me your party music! in ~music

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    This is going to come out jumbled because I'm writing bits as I go -- Mike Huckaby is golden. That'll be good for the end of the list in the 'go the fuck home' portion of the evening. Rusko is...

    This is going to come out jumbled because I'm writing bits as I go --

    • Mike Huckaby is golden. That'll be good for the end of the list in the 'go the fuck home' portion of the evening.
    • Rusko is crazy. I'd love to find a spot for some of this.
    • Why have I heard Eurozone by Ceephax? Is that a really well known track? This sounds almost like really amazing game music.
    • You're right about Commuter -- that's definitely going in, too.

    Thanks for these! This is great. I'm gonna get digging and totally destroy the recommendations from Spotify. After this I'm going to use this one account as my search / junk one and have another one that is pure. I already borked this one by listening to generic dinner jazz playlists for dinner :)

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S01E01 "Strange New Worlds" in ~tv

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    the night I watched this, I was coming off of some intense Picard hate / anger / five stages and, in the moment, I felt that was definitely on the right track. I still think it is, but like you, I...

    the night I watched this, I was coming off of some intense Picard hate / anger / five stages and, in the moment, I felt that was definitely on the right track. I still think it is, but like you, I don't remember shit outside of Pike transporting down and saving the day with a speech.

    I do remember the visuals a lot more, though. But you can slap anybody on a horse in the snow and I'll think it deserves an Oscar or Emmy for cinematography.

    edit: tonight's ep was good in the context of new trek. Its a good balance / compromise between new trek and good trek.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Give me your party music! in ~music

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    yesssssss! LCDS rules. I really wish Spotify had a built in mixer so I could crop and adjust fade for some tracks. I'd love to have about half of Daft Punk is.. for this mix, but 5m is too long....

    yesssssss! LCDS rules.

    I really wish Spotify had a built in mixer so I could crop and adjust fade for some tracks. I'd love to have about half of Daft Punk is.. for this mix, but 5m is too long.

    Normally I spend a lot of time building a mix, beatmatching, etc so I have a single file I can slap on... but I've realized over the years that nobody but me and a small handful notice or care.

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  14. Give me your party music!

    I'm making a big fat party mix. Right now its mostly house and related genres Walker & Royce, VNSSA - Rave Grave Salvatore Ganacci - Horse Mikey Lion - Burn with Me I don't really know anything...

    I'm making a big fat party mix. Right now its mostly house and related genres

    I don't really know anything about these genres, so I'm tumbling down the rabbit hole and adding anything that seems alright.

    Anyway, give me your party jams. I'm totally cool with more indie dancey stuff like Toro y Moi's Freelance or El Guincho's Bombay -- this is stuff I actually listen to, so there will be a bunch of this.

    Any help is appreciated! If you're listing EDM stuff and can also include genres, that'd be super handy. This is still a cultural blindspot for me.

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

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    I finished UNDONE. I've been taking my time with it because its both heavy and beautiful. Its definitely worth a watch. Barry and Atlanta are crushing it, as expected.

    I finished UNDONE. I've been taking my time with it because its both heavy and beautiful. Its definitely worth a watch.

    Barry and Atlanta are crushing it, as expected.

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  16. Comment on House of the Dragon | Official teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Ryan J. Condal has written some mediocre stuff... and his screenplay for HIGHLANDER is in pre-production. I believe your level of expectation is adequately managed.

    Ryan J. Condal has written some mediocre stuff... and his screenplay for HIGHLANDER is in pre-production.

    I believe your level of expectation is adequately managed.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    if you like King and also cop shows, you should check out Southland. Its pretty good.

    if you like King and also cop shows, you should check out Southland. Its pretty good.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    The Offer has been out and its pretty good. Its all about the production of The Godfather. I'm pretty much watching that, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, Undone, Julia, a few others, and Picard, which...

    The Offer has been out and its pretty good. Its all about the production of The Godfather.

    I'm pretty much watching that, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, Undone, Julia, a few others, and Picard, which I am totally done with.

    With Brave New Worlds, I really hope they go back to the old Star Trek style. This new approach sucks. I really don't like Discovery either. They're incoherent and fall flat when they try to be all emotional. I'm not sure Kurtzman watched any Trek before doing the movie and this new stuff.

    Undone is such a cool series. The level of detail is really amazing. In the last episode I watched, they were walking by a store window and somebody had tagged the back of a mannequin. Its such a nothing detail, but the little stuff adds so much character to the world.

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  19. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    This is super hacky, but it works for my needs. Basically, I've got a friend I'm always sending tracks to. I decided to do up a podcast feed and found a simple script to generate the XML. Here's a...

    This is super hacky, but it works for my needs. Basically, I've got a friend I'm always sending tracks to. I decided to do up a podcast feed and found a simple script to generate the XML.

    Here's a gist

    The prep needs work, but so long as the tracks have v1 ID3 tags, it seems to work well. Dump some MP3s into a folder with the index.php file and the rest is taken care of. I'd love to sort out a way to automatically convert the FLACs to 320kbps mp3s, rename the files to Artist - Title, then replace the spaces with underscores in one go, but I haven't had any luck. I got this part done. Not pretty, but it works.

    If you do something similar to this, make sure the people you share it with know to set a custom playback speed for the podcast so they don't play the tracks at 1.5x by default.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on I put random flavored vodkas into classic cocktails in ~food

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    well, that’s lame. there are some odd regulations out there.

    well, that’s lame. there are some odd regulations out there.

    1 vote