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  1. Comment on Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc in ~talk

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    I use the Taxi Wallet for my day to day. I also use random thin card holder from a thrift store (similar to this) when I'm going somewhere more formal and want to avoid a pocket bulge. The Taxi...

    I use the Taxi Wallet for my day to day. I also use random thin card holder from a thrift store (similar to this) when I'm going somewhere more formal and want to avoid a pocket bulge.

    The Taxi Wallet is... fine? It's whatever. It does everything I need from a wallet, especially including a coin pocket, but it's not life-changing or anything. No real complaints for it, though!

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What did Google Reader offer back in the day? in ~tech

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    I used Google Reader heavily, but I was also very young at the time, so I can't really recall what it is I liked about it. (I mostly used it to track webcomics!) I'm willing to bet in my case it...

    I used Google Reader heavily, but I was also very young at the time, so I can't really recall what it is I liked about it. (I mostly used it to track webcomics!)

    I'm willing to bet in my case it was just interface familiarity/nostalgia, though, and having to abruptly adapt to a slightly different workflow. I remember trying alternative after alternative hoping to replicate the experience, and being offput by little quirks here and there where the devs decided to do something a little differently. I don't think it was ever due to a killer feature, though. RSS readers feel more or less the same apart from little quirks.

    Well, except for FraidyCat. Still using it, and still enjoying the changes the dev made to the RSS experience to curb inbox-checking habits.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What's a "sore thumb" for you? in ~talk

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    How do you tell the difference between this and tinnitus? This one, @ThatFanficGuy's response, and @asoftbird's comment all struck a chord with me, and past me has described very similar...

    How do you tell the difference between this and tinnitus?

    This one, @ThatFanficGuy's response, and @asoftbird's comment all struck a chord with me, and past me has described very similar experiences. I've gone through the psychiatric ringer and have gotten an ADHD diagnosis, then an ASD diagnosis. At this point I'm mildly skeptical of my own experiences because of how hard it is to pin down perception. But, still, I'm curious to hear how each of you know that it's that reason in particular as opposed to any other reason (tinnitus, adhd, sensory processing sensitivity, asd/autism).

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Oh, I never actually even finished the main series. I went from being a rampant fan to completely disinterested after the gigapause. It killed any momentum the series had for me. So... I can't...

    Oh, I never actually even finished the main series. I went from being a rampant fan to completely disinterested after the gigapause. It killed any momentum the series had for me. So... I can't really say much about any content released after 2013/2014-ish.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Give Firefox A Chance For A Faster, Calmer And Distraction-Free Internet in ~tech

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    I'm not really enjoying this exchange so I'm going to stop responding.

    I'm not really enjoying this exchange so I'm going to stop responding.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Oh ho ho, Homestuck took over my life for a good 5 years. My entire social life revolved around IRC chatrooms, roleplaying websites, and messenger clients. The whole dynamic of daily updates...

    Oh ho ho, Homestuck took over my life for a good 5 years. My entire social life revolved around IRC chatrooms, roleplaying websites, and messenger clients. The whole dynamic of daily updates during it's heyday was so successful in creating a community. I wonder how much of my enjoyment came from the experience, rather than the comic itself.

    What do you think of the Homestuck 2 announcement?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Give Firefox A Chance For A Faster, Calmer And Distraction-Free Internet in ~tech

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    The net cred I was talking about was knowledge that there exists de-Googled versions of Chrome, or even just that Chrome is something worth switching away from in the first place. (Not so much the...

    Those are native Chromium/Chrome features plus uBlock Origin, one of the basic, recommended ad blockers. It would be a great shame if to know this would require advanced levels of 'net cred.

    The net cred I was talking about was knowledge that there exists de-Googled versions of Chrome, or even just that Chrome is something worth switching away from in the first place. (Not so much the individual features present in both browsers.)

    Also, how many people use a browser without ever realizing there are extensions to download? I'm thinking of people like my mum, who treats techie things as a very out-of-the-box experience. "plus uBlock Origin" is a big ask, I think.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What piece of media had a profound emotional effect on you? in ~talk

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    The Florida Project was the last time I sobbed to a movie. It made me reexamine my mother's childhood growing up in an abusive household, and the work my mum put in to raise me differently, and...

    The Florida Project was the last time I sobbed to a movie. It made me reexamine my mother's childhood growing up in an abusive household, and the work my mum put in to raise me differently, and what it's like to raise a child under the threat of poverty. I gave quite a think about how much of poverty is due to individual action/inaction, and how much is due to the systems that keep people trapped, too. It really made me appreciate everything she had done to ensure my life wouldn't turn out like the one she had to endure. There was a lot of ugly crying as I tried to express my appreciation towards her that night.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Disney's Fillmore. I really love a lot of the cartoons of the early 2000s (Weekenders, Recess, and Dave the Barbarian are up there for me too) but Fillmore is the one I find most watchable even as...

    Disney's Fillmore. I really love a lot of the cartoons of the early 2000s (Weekenders, Recess, and Dave the Barbarian are up there for me too) but Fillmore is the one I find most watchable even as an adult. It just doesn't feel like a kid's show! The writing is smart and witty and dorky and inventive, and the conflicts/morals don't feel hamfisted or watered down. The premise is ridiculous at times but it doesn't interfere with my suspension of disbelief. Thoroughly engaging and entertaining all the way through!

    (Plus, you know, YouTube, cough cough.)

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Give Firefox A Chance For A Faster, Calmer And Distraction-Free Internet in ~tech

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    Is there something wrong with a guerilla marketing campaign? I mean, what would a broad shift away from Chrome (for non-enthusiasts in particular) look like without articles like this? If you...

    Is there something wrong with a guerilla marketing campaign? I mean, what would a broad shift away from Chrome (for non-enthusiasts in particular) look like without articles like this?

    Also: ain't nobody's gonna talk about the fact that most of the features listed are already in de-Google-ified forks of Chromium?

    If you already know about the existence of this, then I feel like you're a different demographic than most of the people who make up Chrome's majority. I thought pages like this were meant to educate the general public about the harms of using a browser like Chrome. We might be seeing this sort of thing for the millionth time as users of Tildes/Hacker News/Lobste.rs/whatever other link aggregator, but maybe there are other folks seeing this sort of information for the first time who aren't as annoyed.

    Or maybe Google's advertisements for Chrome within Google are just too effective to combat like this anyway. Idk, I don't have experience in this sort of thing.

    20 votes
  11. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Services like https://www.watch2gether.com/ exist, but I imagine things get dicey with copyrighted material. It's a shame, or else I'd totally be down for that idea!

    Services like https://www.watch2gether.com/ exist, but I imagine things get dicey with copyrighted material. It's a shame, or else I'd totally be down for that idea!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Instagram "Personals" account relaunches as Lex, a dating and social app targeted for people who are lesbian, bisexual, asexual, womxn, trans, genderqueer, intersex, two-spirit and non-binary in ~lgbt

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    I installed it, and made a post. Not much activity in my area (I count 5 personal ads for a city of ~90,000, so, not bad either). It was refreshing to see openness about bits of identity that I...

    I installed it, and made a post. Not much activity in my area (I count 5 personal ads for a city of ~90,000, so, not bad either). It was refreshing to see openness about bits of identity that I wouldn't normally see on an app like Bumble. It also seems like there isn't really any funny business for limiting what you can see, or disguising the true amount of activity, which is nice. I don't feel like my attention is being gamed through dark patterns. I've been having a nice moment scrolling through the personal ads worldwide, and taking in the different bits of self-expression.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    "niche" was probably a poor choice of word for me to use in my title -- I'm going to see if I can get someone with privileges to remove it. The spirit of the thread works just fine without having...

    "niche" was probably a poor choice of word for me to use in my title -- I'm going to see if I can get someone with privileges to remove it. The spirit of the thread works just fine without having to worry about if something qualifies as niche enough, I think.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    This is such a friendly and kind sentiment, thank you. I daydream about one day making adult friends who I can fit in with and connect with and spend time with. Look Around You is just the right...

    You would fit in well with me and my husband

    This is such a friendly and kind sentiment, thank you. I daydream about one day making adult friends who I can fit in with and connect with and spend time with. Look Around You is just the right combination of smart and silly and imaginative for me, as though it reflects a bit of my personality. So, those words are particularly touching and validating for me, even as an offhand remark.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Oh goodness, now I need to go back and watch it all again too. I have such a fondness for that period of the internet, where short flash cartoons and games were popular. I spent so much time on...

    Oh goodness, now I need to go back and watch it all again too. I have such a fondness for that period of the internet, where short flash cartoons and games were popular. I spent so much time on FlashPlayer (and by extension, YTMND, albinoblacksheep, Weebl's Stuff, Miniclip, AddictingGames, etc.) which eventually changed its named to UGOPlayer and then... ceased to exist?

    There were many little series I remember fondly besides what showed up on Homestarrunner, such as the There She Is! series or the Ignorance is Bliss Mario song (the goombas have the most delightful voices).

  16. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    My UK ex-partner many years back introduced me to a series called Look Around You that I love to bits. It's a comedy show packaged so seriously that it's hard to detect it's even parody/satire if...

    My UK ex-partner many years back introduced me to a series called Look Around You that I love to bits. It's a comedy show packaged so seriously that it's hard to detect it's even parody/satire if you're going into it blind. I really shouldn't say much more, to be honest, at the risk of spoiling it! But I love this style of humour, because of how much imagination it must take to craft the world within each episode. It's like a view into an alternate universe where things works in unique, magical ways.

    I'm sure it's much more well-known overseas, but I've never met anyone IRL who knows of it. I keep trying to quote "Birds... what are birds? We just don't know..." when a proper segue comes up in conversation and no one ever gets the reference.

    Here's the first episode if you've got 20 minutes to spare and want a taste.

    11 votes
  17. What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention?

    Was inspired by this comment here by @9000. I really like the feeling you get when you like an obscure little thing, then run into someone who also likes that obscure little thing, and you get the...

    Was inspired by this comment here by @9000. I really like the feeling you get when you like an obscure little thing, then run into someone who also likes that obscure little thing, and you get the vindicating experience of gushing about it together. ("Finally! I'm not the only one who likes this thing!")

    What's your niche piece of media, and what about it makes you love it so much?

    (posting it here because I'm not sure it would fit in any of the individual media ~'s)

    29 votes
  18. Comment on Why Spelunky is the most important game of the decade in ~games

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    This is a wild tangent, but your comment reminds me of tea purists who jump in to clarify that herbal tea isn't actually tea, but tisane. Iunno, I like the descriptivist perspective rather than...

    This is a wild tangent, but your comment reminds me of tea purists who jump in to clarify that herbal tea isn't actually tea, but tisane.

    Iunno, I like the descriptivist perspective rather than the perscriptivist perspective. I'd say roguelites are roguelikes and tisane is tea just because those are the common usages.

    I think the information you've shared is still valuable though, just as info on straight loose leaf teas is valuable.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on How to save money by switching subscription between multiple streaming services. in ~tv

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    This seems bizarre to me. Maybe I'm just out of touch, as someone who pirates. This seems like it requires so much labour and planning that it defeats the purpose of streaming in the first place.

    This seems bizarre to me. Maybe I'm just out of touch, as someone who pirates. This seems like it requires so much labour and planning that it defeats the purpose of streaming in the first place.

    10 votes
  20. Comment on What do you do when you hit the point of chronically feeling low? in ~life

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    What helps me most is introspection and/or talking to people, particularly people trained in active listening or a specific form of therapeutic treatment. I've always been curious, and like...

    What helps me most is introspection and/or talking to people, particularly people trained in active listening or a specific form of therapeutic treatment. I've always been curious, and like "getting to the bottom of things." I like trying to recognize and understand my feelings, and answer questions like:

    • What sort of things trigger certain thoughts, feelings, and sensations in me?
    • What are good ways I can react to and cope with those thoughts, feelings, and sensations?
    • How does that relate to the sociocultural environment I was raised in?
    • And, how can I take this understanding and make new plans for my future?

    Your post is a bit of a swirl of different themes, thoughts, and feelings. (e.g. friendship/connection, mood, motivation/focus) If I were in your position, I'd be curious to try and tease the tangled knot of topics apart, especially with the help of a neutral party who can help keep things grounded.

    EDIT: Also, importantly, reaching out and asking for help/support is good. Letting people know you're having a rough go through honesty and communication. Seeking academic accommodations, time off from work. Accepting help with food, chores, and general life upkeep. Doing what I can to lighten the load while I work through my own thoughts and feelings.

    2 votes