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  1. Comment on Why can’t I commit to a hobby? in ~hobbies

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    In addition to @kodystriplin's response: I wouldn't call that hypothetical person's agenda intense. It includes the minimum daily habits to thrive, along with a 'normal' level of daily work.

    In addition to @kodystriplin's response:

    I wouldn't call that hypothetical person's agenda intense. It includes the minimum daily habits to thrive, along with a 'normal' level of daily work.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Why can’t I commit to a hobby? in ~hobbies

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    At the same time, if you don't commit to a hobby in some way, you never get good enough at it to gain joy from it. Say you're a somewhat busy person, if 14-16 hours of your day are taken up by...

    At the same time, if you don't commit to a hobby in some way, you never get good enough at it to gain joy from it. Say you're a somewhat busy person, if 14-16 hours of your day are taken up by work + normal chores (basic personal/home hygiene, commuting, exercise, eating, etc.), and another 6-8 are made up of sleep, that leaves 4 hours of truly free time, max. If you have roughly normal levels of 'willpower'/motivation, then you'll probably have the energy to spend 2 of those hours with an mentally intensive hobby before you need to switch to a less energetically costly habit. And that's if you're sleep-efficient, and don't have a time-expensive job, or kids or other family who rely on you.

    Therefore, this hypothetical person is in a time crunch that necessitates their hobbies either be low-energy, or a true passion of theirs. However, most people don't develop a passion without time spent on the object. Sure, knitting works well for them, but what if they want to develop a more actively-practiced skill?

    13 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I picked up Slay the Spire back during the Steam Winter Sale, but it took a few weeks before I actually put any time into it. Now, three more later, I don't think I've played anything else since....

    I picked up Slay the Spire back during the Steam Winter Sale, but it took a few weeks before I actually put any time into it. Now, three more later, I don't think I've played anything else since. 55 hours so far, and it's almost approaching a tetris effect degree of impact on my thought processes. What a great game. Every run is satisfying whether you win or lose, and if you do lose, you can usually look back and identify what mistakes put you in that predicament. 10/10 would play again.

    And again, and again, and again.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on On Vice in ~talk

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    I've never paid for sex or anything approaching it, don't see the point. Sex is important, but for me, not in itself. Gambling isn't something I've really explored much outside of quarters-level...

    I've never paid for sex or anything approaching it, don't see the point. Sex is important, but for me, not in itself. Gambling isn't something I've really explored much outside of quarters-level wagers, and while I see the appeal of it, it doesn't seem like a valuable avenue for my currency to take. Drugs are a whole other discussion.

    However, I don't view all of these as vices. If the category of vice is to exist, outside of strictly legislative context, it seems to make most sense as "a behaviour, especially a habit, that while satisfying, affects one's life in a net-negative direction". As such, smoking tobacco is a nearly-perfect example, as well as gambling money in a casino regularly. However, safe sex with someone employed in that field, with consent and in a nonexploitative situation, for money, is nowhere near that description by necessity. Someone eating a cannabis edible occasionally or therapeutically is not a vice-y situation, nor is that person taking psilocybin in a safe environment for the purpose of self-exploration. Legality does not define morality in such a direct way.

    Drinking alcohol is a vice, even if it's one drink, once a week, with a close friend. There doesn't seem to be a dose that isn't net-negative, so any imbibement is vice. Same goes for smoking pretty much anything. Lifting weights or running for many hours every day is probably a vice. Seeking sex as a way to escape processing pain, even in a generally-loving and healthy relationship, is vice-y. Hiring a sex worker every once in a while to spice things up, not a vice.

    Some questions (for nobody):

    1. Is frequenting a strip club ever an act of vice? If so, where is the line?
    2. Where's the line for gambling? If you are in a stable financial position, what percent of your discretionary income is it acceptable to regularly gamble? If you're a multibillionaire with a heavy gambling addiction, but aren't constantly raising the stakes to the extent you lose significant freedom afforded by money, is it a vice?
    3. Do eating disorders fit this description? Should they?
    4. Habit as a phenomenon makes this a difficult categorization. How much time on a mostly-pointless social media habit makes it vice?
    5. Is this even a meaningful category?

    All of these moral postulations are meant in a purely descriptive manner as to how I see the world, and not as prescripts to anyone but myself. I struggle with drug abuse across most pharmacological classes and degrees of harm, and certainly do my very best to not look down upon anyone else who engages in vice, whether horse race betting or overeating.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Seventh Democratic Debate Live Stream (Starts at 9pm ET) in ~news

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    First impressions would lead me to agree with you, but what in particular about that phrase/type of comment do you hate?

    First impressions would lead me to agree with you, but what in particular about that phrase/type of comment do you hate?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Do we have any knife enthusiasts on here ? in ~hobbies

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    I'm a big fan of knives as a tool and art form. I usually carry a Spyderco Spydiechef or a FF/(Mass)Drop/WE Gent, and a GEC sheepsfoot Beer Scout in red micarta for formalwear. The Spydiechef is a...

    I'm a big fan of knives as a tool and art form. I usually carry a Spyderco Spydiechef or a FF/(Mass)Drop/WE Gent, and a GEC sheepsfoot Beer Scout in red micarta for formalwear.

    The Spydiechef is a nearly-perfect modern folder, and it's hard to justify anything else unless I need some more discretion. The Gent is great, especially for the price, and doesn't leave me sacrificing anything except for intangibles. The GEC is honestly enough for any daily tasks, but it's just easier to have a pocket clip and one-handed opening.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What does your ideal life look like? in ~talk

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    I'd like to live in a small commune within an hour of a city, preferably in a temperate climate. The compound centered on a garden, with some uncultured land surrounding. Chickens or ducks, maybe...

    I'd like to live in a small commune within an hour of a city, preferably in a temperate climate. The compound centered on a garden, with some uncultured land surrounding. Chickens or ducks, maybe goats, as livestock. To be able to wake up, drink some tea or coffee, eat some eggs, and tend to the earth, the commons, or directly to those I love. Then to take the afternoon to read or write, and the evening for music, socializing, and some good whiskey or cannabis.

    Preparing a lot of meals, making things like vinegar and yogurt at home. Growing flowers and trees, maybe keep some bees. Build knives and tables, draw and photograph the beauty around me. Eat fruit and vegetables, the latter at least mostly homegrown. I only want everything.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are your favorite genres/themes of music? in ~music

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    Hip-hop, jazz, and post rock are my favourite genres, though I really haven't explored jazz as much as I need to. Albums like: Outkast - ATLiens Mac Miller - Faces Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus...

    Hip-hop, jazz, and post rock are my favourite genres, though I really haven't explored jazz as much as I need to. Albums like:

    • Outkast - ATLiens
    • Mac Miller - Faces
    • Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
    • Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
    • Godspeed You! - F♯ A♯ ∞

    When laid out like that, the real themes of my taste are desperation (personal or societal) and moodiness.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    I think it is, thanks!

    I think it is, thanks!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    As a middle school student, so circa 2010, following random Youtube recommendations led me to a video about the lost city of Atlantis, Lemuria, and how the human race was started by hybridization...

    As a middle school student, so circa 2010, following random Youtube recommendations led me to a video about the lost city of Atlantis, Lemuria, and how the human race was started by hybridization of 'Israelites' and 'Egyptians', Lemurians and Atlantians. One really bizarre aspect was its narration seemingly done by Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation.

    I don't care about finding it in terms of viewing the content as important, but it was such a bizarre thing that I sent it to a close friend the following day, and haven't been able to confirm its existence since. It feels like a fever dream, except that the close friend also remembers it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on There and Back Again in ~tech

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    That seems like a fair statement to me. I see your point though.

    That seems like a fair statement to me. I see your point though.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on There and Back Again in ~tech

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    I don't see him threatening anything like that. Nor is he critiquing the article. He may be giving too much credit to the radicalized by means of not outright condemning them, but all that's being...

    I don't see him threatening anything like that. Nor is he critiquing the article. He may be giving too much credit to the radicalized by means of not outright condemning them, but all that's being said is that cis het white men have a lot of mud flung their way. That doesn't justify clinging to hate, but it's an important factor in the thought processes of the hateful.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on Why the World’s Best Mathematicians Are Hoarding Chalk in ~misc

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    I've gotta step in to recommend fountain pens for writing experience. The maintenance is less than easy, but well-worth it IMO. Now, the price... that's harder to swing.

    I've gotta step in to recommend fountain pens for writing experience. The maintenance is less than easy, but well-worth it IMO. Now, the price... that's harder to swing.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Getting Diagnosed With ADHD at 25 Changed Everything in ~life

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    I've been told by (primary care) doctors, to my face, that adult ADHD doesn't exist. The amount of sheer misinformation about this disorder is absurd.

    I've been told by (primary care) doctors, to my face, that adult ADHD doesn't exist. The amount of sheer misinformation about this disorder is absurd.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What is your top 1 song? in ~music

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    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain I don't have the words to explain why I love this song so much. It's a comprehensive dive into emotion and other feelings whenever I listen to it, and always leaves me in...

    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

    I don't have the words to explain why I love this song so much. It's a comprehensive dive into emotion and other feelings whenever I listen to it, and always leaves me in a state of serenity.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    I saw what you'd posted at the time of my commenting, and the rest of the conversation since then has filled in the gaps leading to my question. Thanks!

    I saw what you'd posted at the time of my commenting, and the rest of the conversation since then has filled in the gaps leading to my question. Thanks!

  17. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Do you have a more specific concept of god than what you've laid out in this thread?

    Do you have a more specific concept of god than what you've laid out in this thread?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis in ~health

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the increased likelihood of psychosis in those predisposed imply that it increases the likelihood of psychosis outright? Those predisposed would probably be...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the increased likelihood of psychosis in those predisposed imply that it increases the likelihood of psychosis outright?

    Those predisposed would probably be 'triggered' by something else, but there are probably plenty who never do, and so any intake of a psychotomimetic substance raises the probability of psychosis for roughly any individual.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

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    I'm of the opinion that cheaper Pilots are underrated in western FP communities. My CH91 (~$90 from Japan) writes better than my Visconti Homo Sapiens, nearly on-par with some of the pens I've had...

    I'm of the opinion that cheaper Pilots are underrated in western FP communities. My CH91 (~$90 from Japan) writes better than my Visconti Homo Sapiens, nearly on-par with some of the pens I've had custom work done on.

    2 votes