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  1. Comment on We have to talk about failed streaming app Quibi in ~tech

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    This was an absolutely great episode of Some More News and a good diversion from the usual stuff they put out. That said, the "here's an unrelated picture of Joe Biden" gag was perfect and got me...

    This was an absolutely great episode of Some More News and a good diversion from the usual stuff they put out. That said, the "here's an unrelated picture of Joe Biden" gag was perfect and got me good.

    If this is the first episode of this show you're seeing, there's a great backlog to go through!

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

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    It's not ready for prime time yet, but I reached functional viability for a project I'm calling prose, which is a CLI for managing all varieties of written word entries. The general idea is that...

    It's not ready for prime time yet, but I reached functional viability for a project I'm calling prose, which is a CLI for managing all varieties of written word entries.

    The general idea is that instead of having your posts and whatnot exist on blogging platforms, social media platforms or wherever else you write, you write stuff locally and import it into a single "prosefile", which stores the optional title, contents, author, timestamp and metadata of an entry or post. This data is all stored in a well defined format, and can be emitted to stdout with a command, prose send, such that you can pipe your prosefile contents into other programs which can modify the contents or render the contents or send the contents to an API or whatever.

    So maybe you like to write blog entries, and you post to write.as but you also want to have the flexibility to do something else with your content, like render preview snippets for other platforms, or render to pdf for local keepsakes. You write your post in a simple file, import it to your prosefile with prose add, then run it through a few commands (these are all made up right now of course):

    prose send | format-for-blog | writeas-submit && prose send | create-pdfs

    Another example is doing simple personal logging. There's a command, prose jot ... which just adds quick notes to your configured prosefile location. You could use it to track snippets during work, then make a simple parser program to extract prosefile entries from a given time range to pull up your snippets:

    prose jot "Did some stuff"
    prose jot "Did some more stuff"
    prose send | fetch-snippets day
    prose send | fetch-snippets week
    prose send | fetch-snippets quarter
    

    Anyway it's been fun to build and although it may seem niche, I think there's a lot of good use for it. The inspiration came from feeling weird about having my canonical location for stuff I write be on various platforms rather than some local location. And I could just write stuff to markdown files and save them to a folder, but the prospect of a single file with an easy-to-understand structure and metadata associated with posts makes for a flexible approach to manipulating the sources on the fly. Its like having an extensible compiler system and AST for written entries. (I hate that analogy but its kinda true).

    14 votes
  3. Comment on New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data in ~tech

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    Hm, that seems more like Scrabble than a crossword puzzle app. Still, looks neat!

    Hm, that seems more like Scrabble than a crossword puzzle app. Still, looks neat!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Purple lightning strike during a thunderstorm in ~creative

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    This is really an incredible shot. And excellent editing as well - the colors are so vibrant and the bolt itself is so clearly defined, even zoomed in pretty deep. I love seeing all the wild...

    This is really an incredible shot. And excellent editing as well - the colors are so vibrant and the bolt itself is so clearly defined, even zoomed in pretty deep.

    I love seeing all the wild patterns in the bolt, all the different directions it went. For some reason, I always think of lightning as 2-dimensional - hard to explain what I mean - but this picture makes it easy to visualize the lightning trying to find a connection in every direction.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data in ~tech

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    I'd rather just pay a little more and not have advertising at all. In reality though I've already set up custom DNS with nextdns and havent had ads on NYTimes in quite a while anyway. I'm...

    I'd rather just pay a little more and not have advertising at all. In reality though I've already set up custom DNS with nextdns and havent had ads on NYTimes in quite a while anyway. I'm irritated that I pay for the service and still get ads. Not to mention that I'm already iffy on paying for their subscription given how horrible their Opinion section is.

    I'd happily pay the same amount I'm paying now if I could have no ads and no Opinion section. Hell, I'd be happy paying the same I'm paying now, but no Opinion section. Just stop, y'all its so bad.

    Really though still just subscribed mostly for the crossword. If anyone has a solid mobile-friendly crossword app suggestion, paid or not, Let me know!

    2 votes
  6. Comment on The absolute most important factor in brewing great coffee—more coffee beans does not make for stronger or better coffee in ~food

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    I've tried making the switch to tea a few times but I always end up coming back to coffee. I drink a lot of iced tea which can replace my afternoon cup sometimes, but I've found that switching to...

    I've tried making the switch to tea a few times but I always end up coming back to coffee. I drink a lot of iced tea which can replace my afternoon cup sometimes, but I've found that switching to tea, especially if you just replace your normal coffee cup count 1:1 with tea, is just not comparable in caffeine as you said. Even with "higher content" teas I tried.

    It's also a matter of rewiring your brain to not expect the coffee aroma as a part of it all. As much as the caffeine affects me, the smell of coffee and aftertaste, especially in the morning, is strongly linked for me to feelings of excitement, inspiration and positive childhood memories and that gets me going, too. Losing that is a big part of the switch that brought me back after a while.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The absolute most important factor in brewing great coffee—more coffee beans does not make for stronger or better coffee in ~food

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    Yep - my partner and I switched to a french press 4 or 5 years ago now and have used it every morning since. Absolutely love it. Quick and easy to make the right amount. We also use a coarser...

    Yep - my partner and I switched to a french press 4 or 5 years ago now and have used it every morning since. Absolutely love it. Quick and easy to make the right amount. We also use a coarser grind on our burr grinder and have good results with it.

    Recently got a hot water tap boiler thing to replace our kettle, which massively improved the whole process. The linked boiler heats up 4L of water to your preferred temp, then keeps it hot and dispenses it when you press the button. I fill it up once every other night or so and it just means that if I want coffee, I have coffee in about 5 minutes because the water is ready to brew with. Highly recommend if you make multiple cups a day (or for aeropress users!)

    4 votes
  8. Comment on new.css - a classless CSS framework to write modern websites using only HTML in ~comp

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    Ugh, this is such a good idea and I love it. The trend towards static site generation also allows trending toward improved focus and specialization. This is a great example of rethinking how we...

    Ugh, this is such a good idea and I love it.

    The trend towards static site generation also allows trending toward improved focus and specialization. This is a great example of rethinking how we approach building visual interfaces with web technologies. And "rethinking" here really just means "use as intended."

    Thanks for the framework. Excited to try it out!

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Paper Mario: The Origami King - Announcement Trailer (July 17th) in ~games

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    This has me cautiously hype. I adore Paper Mario 64 and TTYD. I spent like, a decade thinking that Paper Mario 64 was my favorite console game, then I played TTYD and it was just Paper Mario 64,...

    This has me cautiously hype. I adore Paper Mario 64 and TTYD. I spent like, a decade thinking that Paper Mario 64 was my favorite console game, then I played TTYD and it was just Paper Mario 64, but vertically better.

    I just love the character that these games have. The latest ones have been huge bummers though, so I'm nervous about how this one will pan out, but if they've learned their lesson, I'm looking forward to a great time.

    The writing

    4 votes
  10. Comment on As a DM, I kinda hate Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in ~games.tabletop

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    5e, tactically, is a mixed bag. I do love how easy it is to get going, but as a DM, I spend a lot of time trying to find ways to increase the challenge besides just increasing HP and armor. Using...

    5e, tactically, is a mixed bag. I do love how easy it is to get going, but as a DM, I spend a lot of time trying to find ways to increase the challenge besides just increasing HP and armor. Using compromising scenarios, complex setups and boss fights with legendary actions helps. Also just putting people through a grinder. 5e has a lot of "super strong up front but no lasting power" setups. Put level 5 PCs through two big, difficult fights and they're tapped. Then if they're in a dungeon and can't long rest safely, the fear really sets in.

    PCs get really strong really fast and it's hard to keep a narrative which is gripping enough to want to keep playing but paced well enough to make sense. I usually run nearly-totally-homebrew setups for better or worse. I pull data from some monsters, tweak them, and either make new ones from that or just use existing ones with the tweaked numbers, but in terms of adventure, it helps to just amp stuff up.

    I guess my take mostly comes down to that it seems like 5e puts the onus on the DM to take the system to the right places rather than the system doing it for you. And that's not good or bad, though possibly a bit lazy on the devs part.

    All of your points are super valid though. 70% of the PHB is worthless in practicality. When I do play as a PC, I try to make purposefully weird combinations just to squeeze in reason to use less "good" stuff. It kinda works, sometimes. Mostly doesnt. But its fun.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Zoom acquires Keybase and announces goal of developing the most broadly used enterprise end-to-end encryption offering in ~tech

  12. Comment on ESO instrument finds black hole 1000 lightyears from Earth in ~space

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    My irrational human self immediately responded to this headline with "oh god, could that be close enough to hurt us??" 1000 lightyears away and I'm still spooked by black holes.

    My irrational human self immediately responded to this headline with "oh god, could that be close enough to hurt us??"

    1000 lightyears away and I'm still spooked by black holes.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Talk: Freshman Mandatory Ethics Seminar in ~comp

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    This is a talk my brother gave a few years ago at a conference. I think its a very thoughtful (and funny) look into the ethics of software development. The ethics course I took in college for my...

    This is a talk my brother gave a few years ago at a conference. I think its a very thoughtful (and funny) look into the ethics of software development.

    The ethics course I took in college for my computer science degree was miserable, which is sad because the university I went to is renowned for an excellent computer science program. I don't think my situation is unique, and I think diving deeper into "why should we care about ethics in the first place?" is helpful.

    Also, sorry if you enjoyed The Dark Tower as a movie. It kinda gets torn to shreds in this talk.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Cinematic world premiere trailer in ~games

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    This actually has me so hype. I really enjoyed Odyssey but this setting is way more my speed.

    This actually has me so hype. I really enjoyed Odyssey but this setting is way more my speed.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 30 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Went to the grocery store this morning. My partner and I more or less take turns. She went last week so I went this week. Shelves were more empty than normal, though I think that's due to the time...

    Went to the grocery store this morning. My partner and I more or less take turns. She went last week so I went this week. Shelves were more empty than normal, though I think that's due to the time of day and the fact that senior hours had just ended, where they only allow older folks in to stock up.

    Masks are required here now which is good, but still saw people with masks having one of the straps just hanging loose, or even one employee who had their mask pulled down.

    I dunno how we get back to normal from here. I'm bracing for this to be our normal for at least the year.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    Oh for sure. I'm pretty introverted but not particularly shy. I can deal with intentionally going somewhere that I might be talked to suddenly, but it wouldn't be somewhere I go to spend most of...

    Oh for sure. I'm pretty introverted but not particularly shy. I can deal with intentionally going somewhere that I might be talked to suddenly, but it wouldn't be somewhere I go to spend most of my time.

    Granted, plenty of folks there would indeed be reading something, and you're just as well left alone if you are.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Got all set up on a new laptop. Purchased a Thinkpad X1E gen 2 a week ago and it came last Friday. Immediately got it set up to dual boot Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows, and now I’ve got a set up where...

    Got all set up on a new laptop. Purchased a Thinkpad X1E gen 2 a week ago and it came last Friday. Immediately got it set up to dual boot Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows, and now I’ve got a set up where my desk’s dock works with my work laptop (macbook) and personal laptop all through one thunderbolt cable for monitors, power and peripherals. Really happy with it!

    Also finally got around to some cable management in our entertainment center. It’s not perfect but its better than it was. I’ve been considering getting a new TV sometime soon, but now that I’ve got all the cables set up I’m thinking I might hold off on that for a while 😅

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    I think its a combination of the lack of wifi and a shared understanding that its not the kind of place you go and post up with a laptop. It’s extremely cozy and community-oriented, run by two...

    I think its a combination of the lack of wifi and a shared understanding that its not the kind of place you go and post up with a laptop. It’s extremely cozy and community-oriented, run by two sisters who have been running it for 15 or so years. The folks who go there are mostly regulars, and if not, become regulars pretty quickly.

    The owners are super sweet too. My (now) wife and I went there the day after we got engaged, and we told them about the engagement. One of them quietly went out and got a “congratulations” card, they signed it, put it in an envelope and handed it to us while we had our breakfast ❤️

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    One of my favorite places is a coffee shop where I used to live that doesn't have wifi. Last time I was there, I had an engaging conversation with a nice elderly man. Turns out we both enjoy...

    One of my favorite places is a coffee shop where I used to live that doesn't have wifi. Last time I was there, I had an engaging conversation with a nice elderly man. Turns out we both enjoy woodworking, and he showed me a piece he had on the wall in the shop, and the told me about how he spent a lot of time building boat interiors and the issues that come up doing that.

    Hard to find that kind of friendliness when everyone is previously engaged. Not to say there's no place for focusing on your own stuff, but having that shop was nice.

    17 votes