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  1. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    Zelda - A Link To The Past Gauntlet (at the arcade, when there's four people playing) Possibly any one of the Doom series. These are the three games I've probably put more time into than any...
    • Zelda - A Link To The Past
    • Gauntlet (at the arcade, when there's four people playing)
    • Possibly any one of the Doom series.

    These are the three games I've probably put more time into than any others, other than a FPS shooter that I played in the late 90s that the name escapes me.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    Agreed. You know what else is natural? Ebola. Onchocerca volvulus, etc.

    I think the argument about things being natural and not natural is a little weird.

    Agreed. You know what else is natural? Ebola. Onchocerca volvulus, etc.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    I didn't say that, those are your words. I said no one cares about what you're doing or who you are in the same way as I don't care about all these people I pass by every day in big cities. It's...

    "Don't worry, no one even thinks of you as human"

    I didn't say that, those are your words.

    I said no one cares about what you're doing or who you are in the same way as I don't care about all these people I pass by every day in big cities.

    It's simply not practical or feasible to have concerns about each and every last person in a city, big or small, or even a town of any size. And I don't believe for a second you care about every last human being in whatever town or city you live in.

    By "care", I'm referring beyond a basic interest of the well being of my fellow humans. I wish the best for everyone, whether I know them or not. But that's as far as it goes. No one has the time or effort or ability to have an intimate, deep caring of people beyond your immediate social circle. And that goes for everything from small rural villages upwards.

    I feel like you're making life far more difficult for yourself than you perhaps should. Why are you wanting to process everyone around you? I might be reading what you're trying to say incorrectly or struggling to understand what you're saying but I really do think you're making a hard time for yourself, needlessly.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    Performance? It sounds to me like you care far too much what other people think of you and that they care what you're doing. Honestly, there are far too many people in cities for them to have any...

    I feel a perfomative shell of those things when I'm in a city. It's all performance and the role you have to play is so much stricter.

    Performance? It sounds to me like you care far too much what other people think of you and that they care what you're doing. Honestly, there are far too many people in cities for them to have any interest in what you're doing, how you're behaving and what part you're playing.

    And vice versa, I care not in the slightest what other people I don't know or are unfamiliar with get up to on a daily basis. If they're performing a role or playing a part then that's on them. They can do what they want, I won't be paying the slightest bit of attention. I have my own life, my own friends, family and acquaintances that I have much more interest in.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. in ~life

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    You know what else cities have? Life, music, art, culture, diversity, variety, opportunities. I'm not sure how you can say cities are unnatural. Most of them (I speak as someone living in the UK)...

    You know what else cities have? Life, music, art, culture, diversity, variety, opportunities.

    I'm not sure how you can say cities are unnatural. Most of them (I speak as someone living in the UK) have grown organically over time as they've needed to. They haven't just popped up out of nowhere with 500k - 1 million (or more) people suddenly appearing.

    That said, I've recently moved from London (which can be both unnerving and awe-inspiring at the same time) to a smaller city (Leeds in northern England) so I can get closer to the countryside and Leeds gives me the opportunity to easily access both country and city.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

  7. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    The Simpsons is very much part of history. It may be "just" entertainment but it's a strong part of popular culture and has an incredible amount of influence beyond entertainment.

    The Simpsons is very much part of history. It may be "just" entertainment but it's a strong part of popular culture and has an incredible amount of influence beyond entertainment.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Recommend me some podcasts! in ~talk

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    Some good stuff there! Thanks!

    Some good stuff there! Thanks!

    2 votes
  9. I'm trying to get onto the podcast bandwagon, and so wondered if anyone can recommend any? Tech podcasts are certainly interesting to me but anything geeky (tech, gadgets, science etc. as opposed...

    I'm trying to get onto the podcast bandwagon, and so wondered if anyone can recommend any?

    Tech podcasts are certainly interesting to me but anything geeky (tech, gadgets, science etc. as opposed to cartoons, comics, pop-culture - have no interest in any of those topics) would be ace.

    Thanks!

    17 votes
  10. Comment on Facts Alone Won’t Convince People To Vaccinate Their Kids in ~misc

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    True but at some point you have to resign to the fact that there's no convincing some people and they simply have to be told what to do.

    True but at some point you have to resign to the fact that there's no convincing some people and they simply have to be told what to do.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Obscure no-deal Brexit group is UK's biggest political spender on Facebook in ~tech

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    Apparently these idiots who are pushing for a no deal exit know things that top financial forecasters don't. I have absolutely no doubt that pensioner Stevens has an in depth understanding of...

    Apparently these idiots who are pushing for a no deal exit know things that top financial forecasters don't. I have absolutely no doubt that pensioner Stevens has an in depth understanding of economics which qualifies him to say it's all "scaremongering". :-/

    2 votes
  12. Comment on I barely enjoy television anymore, and it's really tiring me out in ~tv

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    I don't remember the last time I saw a TV programme that I didn't think was a waste of my time. I remember watching Walking Dead and quite enjoyed that for the first two series. And then I got...

    I don't remember the last time I saw a TV programme that I didn't think was a waste of my time. I remember watching Walking Dead and quite enjoyed that for the first two series. And then I got onto the third and thought "Hang on, this is exactly the same as the first two but in a different location". The same stories were being regurgitated with very slight differences. I felt a bit cheated actually, so stopped that one. I suspect my attention span suits movies more than series after series of TV programmes and find that the way TV programmes are written frustrates me as the protagonists always seem to have such bad luck so as stretch out story longer and longer.

    Now I think about it, Black Mirror was one I did enjoy. One story per programme with a vague running theme throughout and then you're not left hanging at the end.

    I don't have much desire to involve myself in a TV series for years on end. Give me a story for an hour, let it conclude and then I can get on with my life or dip into another story later if I so wish.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on For The Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King in ~life

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    I also burn coal to heat my home. I'm somewhat jealous of the low cost of coal that the guy in the article pays for his coal. 400lbs for 56$? Crazy. I pay £11.50 for 25 kg. I live on a boat,...

    I also burn coal to heat my home. I'm somewhat jealous of the low cost of coal that the guy in the article pays for his coal. 400lbs for 56$? Crazy. I pay £11.50 for 25 kg. I live on a boat, however and so it's one of the few options I have for heating. Fossil fuels are all I can use, I would love to find an alternative but with restricted electricity and limited room, coal is pretty much the only real option.

  14. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    I'm going to get that extension installed. I think it'll do wonders for my mental state.

    I'm going to get that extension installed. I think it'll do wonders for my mental state.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    I'm a little bit torn over this. It seems a little bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut but not really sure what else they can do. It's clearly a problem.

    I'm a little bit torn over this. It seems a little bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut but not really sure what else they can do. It's clearly a problem.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on United Methodist Church votes to maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage, gay clergy in ~humanities

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    I feel like this liberalisation of the church is the church grasping at straws to remain relevant when they know full well that their time is up. Probably not in my lifetime but I suspect not far...

    I feel like this liberalisation of the church is the church grasping at straws to remain relevant when they know full well that their time is up.

    Probably not in my lifetime but I suspect not far beyond that, we'll grow up and move on from, for want of a better word, the idea of a theological church, ie. a church that believes in and worships a divine being.

    I wonder if perhaps "churches for atheists" may become a thing in the future.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Looking for Eagles-style rock recommendations in ~music

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    Not exactly the same as the Eagles but not a million miles away: Calexico The Sadies Wilco

    Not exactly the same as the Eagles but not a million miles away:

    • Calexico
    • The Sadies
    • Wilco
    3 votes
  18. Comment on Dollars on the Margins - $15/hr minimum wage as a public health measure in ~health

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    Wow. That is an incredibly narrow minded view. You're saying that people who work minimum wage jobs are lazy? It's amazing that anyone could possibly come to that conclusion.

    Wow. That is an incredibly narrow minded view. You're saying that people who work minimum wage jobs are lazy? It's amazing that anyone could possibly come to that conclusion.

    6 votes