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  1. Comment on People go to the library twice as often as they go to the movies. in ~books

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    I was curious about the effect of people who visit the library a lot. I checked the source survey details, and they've grouped active library-goers into a "10 or more" category, so my concern's...

    I was curious about the effect of people who visit the library a lot. I checked the source survey details, and they've grouped active library-goers into a "10 or more" category, so my concern's pretty much moot.

    I found it Interesting that library usage seems to be concentrated much more in the extremes than it is for movie theatres. You've got more people reporting "10 or more" library visits (26% vs. 19% for movies) but also more people reporting "None" library visits (38% vs. 27% for movies). Polarizing!

    One thing the linked article doesn't touch on is the fact that US party/ideology identification was surveyed too. Republicans/Conservatives visit libraries far less often then Democrats/Liberals (~7 annual visits vs ~14). Then again, right-leaning folks seem to do less of almost everything surveyed (besides attend sporting events). I wonder if that has to do with the limited scope of activities. These are all leisure activities that require you to leave the house, and don't really cover other ways of spending time. What do you dooooo with your time, mystery right-leaning respondents? O:

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  2. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    Isn't that part of the fun of small-ish communities? Trends come and go, and threads influence other threads. Soon enough the theme will pass and there will be new focuses that might be more up...

    Isn't that part of the fun of small-ish communities? Trends come and go, and threads influence other threads. Soon enough the theme will pass and there will be new focuses that might be more up your alley. :P

    I'm not sure related threads make this one any less quality. @mrbig still put effort into crafting an idea, and I don't think that should be discouraged.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Does anyone here follow disc golf? I just watched Paul McBeth set a new course record at Brooksville Florida's TDTM in ~sports

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    Thanks to @fredland for bumping this! Being a young-ish Canadian, I'm realized I have a lot of preconceived notions about Americans, and particularly people from Southern-ish states. "Florida man"...

    Thanks to @fredland for bumping this!

    Being a young-ish Canadian, I'm realized I have a lot of preconceived notions about Americans, and particularly people from Southern-ish states. "Florida man" stories have really primed me in the worst way. This is awful of me, but my first impressions of the players was not a positive one based solely on outwardly appearance.

    Very much proven wrong. Jeremy Koling is a delightful commentator. So soft-spoken and soothing and witty. I loved whenever someone would comment on the local flora, too. The players came across as way less... um, douchey and jocky and Amurrican as I thought they might be?

    The courses look so diverse and wild and beautiful! Even being as boggy and scraggly as they are, there's something charming about them. The production on this video is so nice, too. I don't know what any of the lingo is (Hauser??) but I had a lot of fun with this. Thanks for sharing!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    You're going to regret posing a Nitpick Challenge having defined a mission with way too few constraints. ;V No specifications on how quickly the mission must be completed. I go on leisurely time...

    I will try to come up with a negative outcome for every answer in jackass genie style. Others are welcome to do the same!

    You're going to regret posing a Nitpick Challenge having defined a mission with way too few constraints. ;V

    No specifications on how quickly the mission must be completed. I go on leisurely time vacations and live out my wildest dreams. Thanks for the sweet watch! I'll get to the whole Kill Hitler thing eventually, I promise.

    18 votes
  5. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    ON-TOPIC POLICE HERE, PUT YOUR HANDS UP! I WILL NOT ALLOW SUCH CORRUPTION OF THE SACRED NATURE OF MY THREAD. Twix is love, Twix is life. I'm also partial to Crunch bars. Crispy Crunches and...

    p.s. I love how this started as a discussion on healthy food but we have devolved into discussing our favorite international junk food. LOL!

    ON-TOPIC POLICE HERE, PUT YOUR HANDS UP!

    I WILL NOT ALLOW SUCH CORRUPTION OF THE SACRED NATURE OF MY THREAD.

    Twix is love, Twix is life. I'm also partial to Crunch bars.

    Crispy Crunches and Crunchies are unholy abominations, though. Purge the beasts. PURGE.

    My teeth hurt just thinking about them... oh god, the mouthfeel. The shards of toffee. How they burrow into every nook and cranny of my molars.

    We can't be friends anymore, cfabbro.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Why are drink coasters flat? in ~design

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    Is there something to be said for the psychological comfort that comes with a coaster? When I put a drink down on a table bare, I get a bit of mild anxiety that something's off. I don't want to...

    Is there something to be said for the psychological comfort that comes with a coaster?

    When I put a drink down on a table bare, I get a bit of mild anxiety that something's off. I don't want to leave a ring of condensation on the table! It feels messy, and I'd just have to wipe it up anyway. Having a coaster feels more proper and neat and polite.

    Even if there's no risk of damaging tables, it still feels better to me to have one.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on There is such a thing as too much technology in ~tech

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    FWIW the traditional supermarket experience is already pretty hellish for me, heh. Loyalty cards already harvest purchasing data to inform stocking and pricing decisions, and store layouts are...

    It sounds good, except for the fact that the app monitors your movements inside the store, it knows what you buy and when, and it can serve you advertisements whenever the supermarket company wants to. It can advertise products while you're in the store, thus attempting to prod you into buying more than you wanted. It can advertise products while you're near the store, thus attempting to prod you into coming to the store even if you weren't planning to buy something.

    FWIW the traditional supermarket experience is already pretty hellish for me, heh. Loyalty cards already harvest purchasing data to inform stocking and pricing decisions, and store layouts are specifically engineered to capitalize on your impulses and urges. I feel dirty and anxious going into stores even without an app like this. :(

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    WHAT. Tell me more! I like raw carrots but I'm really curious about this. How salty do you make the water to make sure it isn't overpowering?

    I also love carrots that have been rinsed in salt water.

    WHAT. Tell me more! I like raw carrots but I'm really curious about this. How salty do you make the water to make sure it isn't overpowering?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service in ~tech

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    I found this link to be informative and funny, and might be up your alley too: https://vas3k.com/blog/dumbass_home/

    I found this link to be informative and funny, and might be up your alley too: https://vas3k.com/blog/dumbass_home/

    4 votes
  10. Comment on At ten thousand page views a month, Tildes emits the same amount of carbon as one tree absorbs in one year. in ~enviro

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    I'm surprised that Low Tech Magazine wasn't higher! It must be a quirk of how they automatically analyze web hosts, right? I don't think it's right to say they're using "bog standard energy"......

    I'm surprised that Low Tech Magazine wasn't higher! It must be a quirk of how they automatically analyze web hosts, right? I don't think it's right to say they're using "bog standard energy"...

    From the Magazine's About page:

    Why does it go offline?

    Quite a few web hosting companies claim that their servers are running on renewable energy. However, even when they actually generate solar power on-site, and do not merely “offset” fossil fuel power use by planting trees or the like, their websites are always online.

    This means that either they have a giant battery storage system on-site (which makes their power system unsustainable), or that they are relying on grid power when there is a shortage of solar power (which means that they do not really run on 100% solar power).

    In contrast, this website runs on an off-the-grid solar power system with its own energy storage, and will go off-line during longer periods of cloudy weather. Less than 100% reliability is essential for the sustainability of an off-the-grid solar system, because above a certain threshold the fossil fuel energy used for producing and replacing the batteries is higher than the fossil fuel energy saved by the solar panels.

    I wonder what the Carbon Calculator folks would have to say about this.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

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    Oh! I hadn't even considered an onsite. I was assuming the video interview was all. Goodness.

    Oh! I hadn't even considered an onsite. I was assuming the video interview was all. Goodness.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

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    Just to clarify, I'll be in courses from Jan-Apr, and this would be for a Summer 2020 internship. But, I'm graduating this year and ending on this internship, so my ideal would be to stay on...

    Just to clarify, I'll be in courses from Jan-Apr, and this would be for a Summer 2020 internship. But, I'm graduating this year and ending on this internship, so my ideal would be to stay on full-time in the same-ish role immediately after this internship ends, and just never move back. (I'm hoping that will look like a plus for the employer?) I'm definitely going to have to get used to the extremes if things pan out!

    Thanks for this guide! I'm missing a lot of it, so it'll definitely be something to keep in mind as Winter 2020 approaches. :)

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    I tend to opt for the Caeser flavored ones myself. They're still a tiny bit bland, but they were enough for me to transition away from more salt/carb heavy crackers.

    I tend to opt for the Caeser flavored ones myself. They're still a tiny bit bland, but they were enough for me to transition away from more salt/carb heavy crackers.

  14. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

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    Can I ask you about trains? Living in Victoria, visiting Vancouver means I need to take 1hr bus to ferry, 1hr35m ferry to mainland, 1-2hr bus to anywhere I need to go. The last time I did a day...

    Can I ask you about trains?

    Living in Victoria, visiting Vancouver means I need to take 1hr bus to ferry, 1hr35m ferry to mainland, 1-2hr bus to anywhere I need to go. The last time I did a day trip, I spent 8+ hrs in transit (there and back) and only 2-3hr doing things in Vancouver, just to avoid the cost of staying overnight.

    I just looked up transit and found you can take a train from Montreal to Toronto in 4-5hr. WHAT. Is this true?

    My best friend of 11 years who I've never met lives in Ontario, and it seems like it would be a cakewalk to meet her if I lived in Quebec. Am I dreaming?

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    This is me, but replace pineapple with oranges, mango, kiwi, peaches, and berries of all kinds. It feels like cheating! Fruit is nature's candy. :V

    I would say fresh ripe fruit is hands down the best food you can eat while being healthy. I buy pineapple every week just so I can eat two pieces every now and then.

    This is me, but replace pineapple with oranges, mango, kiwi, peaches, and berries of all kinds. It feels like cheating! Fruit is nature's candy. :V

    2 votes
  16. Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada)

    Hello friends! I'm interviewing with a company in Montreal, which is across the country from where I live now. I want to be able to answer questions about relocating, and to sound like I have...

    Hello friends! I'm interviewing with a company in Montreal, which is across the country from where I live now. I want to be able to answer questions about relocating, and to sound like I have somewhat of a plan. I don't want to come across as ill-prepared? So, I've been trying to do some research on renting, flights, interview questions, etc.

    Even if I don't get this job, I still think might try to move out East one day. Do you have any words of wisdom that might help me make this dream a reality?

    (EDIT: I'll try to respond to people asap, but the interview is on Monday so I'm trying to frantically prepare, heh. That's my biggest priority... I really want to impress them, hah.)

    13 votes
  17. What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you?

    There are a lot of examples of food products that taste good but that trick you into thinking they're good for you through misleading packaging. (I'm looking at you, bottled fruit drinks.) There...

    There are a lot of examples of food products that taste good but that trick you into thinking they're good for you through misleading packaging. (I'm looking at you, bottled fruit drinks.)

    There are also a lot of health-food-ish products that seem like they might be good for you, but taste awful, and cover that up through attractive packaging.

    What's a food you like that manages to be both at once?

    26 votes
  18. Comment on Supreme Court unanimously dismisses B.C. appeal of Trans Mountain in ~news

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    Also, pushback from indigenous rights groups, too. I'm by no means educated here, so I can't really engage in the discussion... Loire probably knows a lot more about the oil side of this than I...

    Each of those proposals has been held up by environmental groups, and environmental minded politicians pushing Alberta's export situation to disastrous levels.

    Also, pushback from indigenous rights groups, too. I'm by no means educated here, so I can't really engage in the discussion... Loire probably knows a lot more about the oil side of this than I could ever know. But territorial acknowledgement + acknowledging the effects of colonialism is really big in my city, so I want to pop in some links for further reading. It's an important perspective, I think?

    https://raventrust.com/2019/08/18/the-legal-breakdown-of-indigenous-rights-and-the-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-project/

    https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/noTMX

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    I'm glad you have a dentist you trust! I had my braces + retainer done at a children's dentist place when I was younger, but they can't see me anymore for age reasons, so I don't really have a...

    When I asked my dentist about the possibility of removing it, she balked and pointed out that doing so would undo thousands of dollars of work and likely create further dental issues down the line. I trust her judgment, so it's still there, bothering the tip of my tongue almost always.

    I'm glad you have a dentist you trust! I had my braces + retainer done at a children's dentist place when I was younger, but they can't see me anymore for age reasons, so I don't really have a go-to anymore. Case-in-point: I snapped one of the wires when eating something hard. I had my wires adjusted by a local dentist place and they f*cked it up somehow, so now I have a gap between my front teeth that wasn't there before. :(

    Not to instill skepticism or anything, I don't have the background to understand how teeth work... but I'm a bit grumpy that the thing that's supposed to be preventing further dental issues seemingly caused dental issues itself! :V

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    Exciting! I hope the transition goes well for you. I'm a big fan. :)

    That said, I'll probably start investigating Linux soon. I tried it out when Windows Vista support was being discontinued. I eventually found a cheap (legal) copy of Windows 7 instead. However, I wasn't disappointed by the Linux distro I tried out. I've known this day was coming for years, and Linux has always been my Plan B.

    Exciting! I hope the transition goes well for you. I'm a big fan. :)

    6 votes