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

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    Most of my gaming time is currently spent playing Forager, but I don't game a lot anymore. It's a great game if you like the survivalist, exaggerated-life simulators. You build buildings that do...

    Most of my gaming time is currently spent playing Forager, but I don't game a lot anymore. It's a great game if you like the survivalist, exaggerated-life simulators. You build buildings that do things (such as furnaces, forges, factories), but you're just one dude against a world. You start on a single island, objects spawn in such as berry bushes, trees, stones, ore, and you have to mine everything, build things, get money, kill monsters, buy adjacent lands. You gain experience points with things you do: mine, kill. When you gain levels, you get skill points.

    It's a fun, simple distractionary game, but it can definitely be a time sink in the early goings, as there's a lot to do, in a way. Eventually it becomes more chore like until you encounter islands with challenges, or lots of mobs.

    I've also played a bit of Counter Strike: Source again recently. Always a fun time with friends. We found a zombie server, which is kinda cool. You pick a class, guns, and survive the days, leveling up.

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  2. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I've been playing around a lot with more pixel art, and have gotten a little bit better. This is helpful as I help out on an open-source game, TetraForce, with a couple visuals, as well as I'm...

    I've been playing around a lot with more pixel art, and have gotten a little bit better. This is helpful as I help out on an open-source game, TetraForce, with a couple visuals, as well as I'm doing the pixel art for another project called HOPEBORN, which is really testing my abilities.

    HOPEBORN is a 3D game, but utilizes pixel art for textures, objects, and characters, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. I don't think a website has been set up for the project, but you can check out our project creator's Twitter, as he posts screenshots or quick clips occasionally.

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  3. Comment on What was the first game you ever loved? in ~games

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    Hmm... It would have to be Mega Man 3 for the NES. While it was not the first game I had played, that honor goes to Super Mario Bros., it was the one I became enraptured with. The number two to...

    Hmm...

    It would have to be Mega Man 3 for the NES. While it was not the first game I had played, that honor goes to Super Mario Bros., it was the one I became enraptured with. The number two to that would have been Dragon Warrior (NES), and number three would be a tie between Adventure Island 2 (NES) and Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES).

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  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    And daywalker. Need some Blade representation.

    And daywalker. Need some Blade representation.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn officially announced to be coming to the PC in ~games

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    It's good that way though because then you become extremely proficient with sneaking, sniping, and murderizing.

    It's good that way though because then you become extremely proficient with sneaking, sniping, and murderizing.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn officially announced to be coming to the PC in ~games

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    I guess in a way it made the gameplay richer, but it's always a self-satisfaction thing when I can play and beat on hard mode without ever having played normal or easy. Then if I want to reply, I...

    I guess in a way it made the gameplay richer, but it's always a self-satisfaction thing when I can play and beat on hard mode without ever having played normal or easy. Then if I want to reply, I play it easier and realize just how powerful I am lol

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  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Certified ninja and calves model.

    Certified ninja and calves model.

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  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I have lost 1 kg (2.2 lbs) in the past week, even though I ate mostly like shit lol I was so ready to just start my 13 weeks over this week but I think I'm okay. I just have to ramp it up a little...

    I have lost 1 kg (2.2 lbs) in the past week, even though I ate mostly like shit lol I was so ready to just start my 13 weeks over this week but I think I'm okay. I just have to ramp it up a little bit, even though I am aware that 1 kg a week is the sort of max recommendation, I have enough body fat on me that the first few weeks of intense weight loss isn't too big a deal.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn officially announced to be coming to the PC in ~games

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    It's a beautiful game. Give it a watch on a let's play if you can.

    It's a beautiful game. Give it a watch on a let's play if you can.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn officially announced to be coming to the PC in ~games

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    I very much enjoyed the game, so I hope you do as well! Start at hard mode and only downgrade the difficulty if you need to. It feels great when you can finish most of the game on hard mode....

    I very much enjoyed the game, so I hope you do as well! Start at hard mode and only downgrade the difficulty if you need to. It feels great when you can finish most of the game on hard mode. Though, if you just want to play for the story, story mode is ok, but you're crazy overpowered lol

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

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    Got back into Stardew Valley. I really enjoy the Harvest Moon-esque games. They are a really nice way to pass the time in a relaxing fashion. I like games like that: Harvest Moon/Stardew...

    Got back into Stardew Valley. I really enjoy the Harvest Moon-esque games. They are a really nice way to pass the time in a relaxing fashion. I like games like that: Harvest Moon/Stardew Valley/Rune Factory, Forager, Littlewood, etc. Oh and Fantasy Life for the DS was really enjoyable too!

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Spent the morning on Saturday with my partner, as she was back on shift work and was working evenings. Then lazed on the computer all day after that. Started Stardew Valley again. Fire started at...

    Spent the morning on Saturday with my partner, as she was back on shift work and was working evenings. Then lazed on the computer all day after that. Started Stardew Valley again. Fire started at my partner's work, and was still burning throughout Sunday so she didn't go into work (well, she did, but didn't stay). Sounds like they're going back into shutdown and she'll be back on days for the next few months lol So yeah, spent most of Sunday with her until about 5, then went to Superstore, grabbed some groceries, and cooked up some Vegetable Fried Cauliflower Rice, and a couple small pork chops. Had half for supper last night, and half for lunch today.

    Other than the initial cauliflower forwardness of the first few bites, I'm surprised at how much it tasted like fried rice. Which is really easy when you fry something with soy sauce and egg lol

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Lat pulldown: Slowly wiggle your way out of the leg pad and ease it up. If you're having trouble getting out of the pads, it may be a little too tight. Think of it the same way you pull it down,...
    1. Lat pulldown: Slowly wiggle your way out of the leg pad and ease it up. If you're having trouble getting out of the pads, it may be a little too tight. Think of it the same way you pull it down, you start standing or partially raised up, pull it down, then push yourself into the pads. Reverse that.

    2. Generally you slide yourself forward, keeping your feet on the stirrups(?). Again, think of how you grab the weight and get into position, then reverse it. It just might take a little longer than normal.

    If it's not too bangy, people don't tend to mind the plates banging, but you also don't want to drop it from a decent height so as to potentially damage the plates, and be incredibly loud.

    EDIT: completely valid questions though!

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    As a couple of Tilders saw on the unofficial discord server, I'm working toward getting back down in weight. About two years ago, I had lost 40 lbs., going from 280 to 240, but I let myself fall...

    As a couple of Tilders saw on the unofficial discord server, I'm working toward getting back down in weight.

    About two years ago, I had lost 40 lbs., going from 280 to 240, but I let myself fall back into bad habits and I'm back up to 272.6 lbs. Thankfully I never went much past 275 so I've consistently kept that last five pounds off, at least. For me, any weight loss is great, but my initial plan is within 1213* weeks, I hope to be down between 240-250. I have around 90 lbs. of lipid weight, so I have a lot to work off.

    Initial stage of this is bringing my water intake levels to a normal level (~3.5 L per day), but even just intaking an extra 2L per day exceeds what I've been doing for a while. This should not only help my weight loss, but hopefully also help my gout a bit. I will also be looking to consume no more than 2200 kcal, which is approximately around my BMR. Thirdly, I will be reintroducing 16:8 fasts back into my life, as I really enjoyed them and they are a form of discipline that I generally am able to abide by.

    Eventual plan goals will be to tidy up my diet by introducing more vegetables, both raw and cooked, as well as reducing my overall carbohydrate intake to around 100g/day. I would also like to bring my protein levels in line with the recommended intake of .8g/kg of bodyweight, though focus on adjusting my diet so that my lipid intake isn't too intense, while also keeping my carbs low and my protein at an adequate point. The reason for the reduction in carbohydrates is due to loving them way too much hahaha.

    Once my gout is in order, I should hopefully be able to get back into the gym, though I would be keeping the weight lighter than normal, but in a larger volume, and try to introduce some form of cardio (likely walking outside).

    Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, c+c, or ideas. :)

    *EDIT: I wanted to end at the end of May and turns out that makes for 13 weeks, not 12 haha

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Health experts want to stop daylight-saving time in ~health

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    I am all for abolishing DST. I think it's silly and doesn't really make sense. I also live in a province where we don't observer DST for ourselves, but see it for others.

    I am all for abolishing DST. I think it's silly and doesn't really make sense.

    I also live in a province where we don't observer DST for ourselves, but see it for others.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Robert Jordan was good at that type of writing lol

    Robert Jordan was good at that type of writing lol

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    I read this in the way that a Youtuber would initiate an sponsored advertisement lol But yay for easy certification fixing!

    Thankfully the certbot tool makes retrieving a new certificate dead easy.

    I read this in the way that a Youtuber would initiate an sponsored advertisement lol

    But yay for easy certification fixing!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I forgot to mention, I'm also slowly buying and reading Dragon Quest Monsters+ (DQM+) and I'm enjoying it.

    I forgot to mention, I'm also slowly buying and reading Dragon Quest Monsters+ (DQM+) and I'm enjoying it.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    I've used SimpleTax since 2015, before that my dad was awesome enough to do my taxes. But SimpleTax was surprisingly easy haha

    I've used SimpleTax since 2015, before that my dad was awesome enough to do my taxes. But SimpleTax was surprisingly easy haha

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    It's a small one, but made a big feature later on in the series: wall-jumping in Super Mario Bros. It's a minor exploit by allowing Mario to "land" on top of a wall-block that has another...

    It's a small one, but made a big feature later on in the series: wall-jumping in Super Mario Bros. It's a minor exploit by allowing Mario to "land" on top of a wall-block that has another all-block on top, then quickly jumping in the frame that you're standing on it to jump again. I don't know if this accidental feature lead to the introduction of the feature in the New SMB series but I feel like it had some to do with it.

    4 votes