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Everything Else / Re: Personal Problem Discussion Thread
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:55:00 am »
But I know tobacco, I've seen how hard it is to quit and I've personally seen the end stages of what it'll do to a person.  Stay the hell away from that.

Can confirm. I spent two summers working in an office that did clinical trials on treatments for COPD in smokers. It is not pretty. Even if it's not cancer, the shortness of breath itself can be debilitating. The only people who benefit from cigarettes are tobacco companies and drug companies. And pulmonologists, I suppose.

Everything Else / Re: Podcasts Emporium & Smoke Shop
« on: March 19, 2017, 10:19:02 am »
Oo! Planet Money is great. Big fan of that one. I listen to podcasts mostly via the NPR One app/website, so my podcast listening is mostly a lot of NPR stuff. Code Switch is also interesting, and is kind of a perspective on things that I usually haven't considered. Freakonomics Radio is also pretty neat.

I enjoyed Serial's 1st season, but I didn't get into the case as much as a lot of other people seem to have.

I've also been listening to some RPG podcasts, namely Dungeon Master's Block and the official podcast from WotC, Dragon Talk.

PC Games / Re: Gamergate: War on Festivus Edition
« on: March 14, 2017, 04:19:59 am »
edit: nevermind i'm not getting into this argument

Everything Else / Re: Dreams
« on: February 23, 2017, 11:05:41 am »
There's a pretty big difference between cannibalism/eating people and vore porn.

edit: Suddenly I realize my avatar/message thing are sorta kinda zombie related. Oh man. Now that's topical too.

PC Games / Re: Rainbow 6 Siege
« on: February 02, 2017, 09:13:35 pm »
It's available on steam now, as well. Though you'd need uplay in addition to steam.

Fun game, overall. I think I might pick it up at some point during this sale.

PC Games / Re: Rainbow 6 Siege
« on: February 02, 2017, 06:30:20 am »
Free weekend is happening now, but you have to start the game via uplay to gain access. Am downloading now. Game is half off, as well.

Everything Else / Re: Politics
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:26:37 pm »
I had the first lecture for Metaethics today. Pretty neat.

Turns out there are four kinds of people. Realists, Anti-Realists, Skeptics and Cognitive Realists (Quasi-Realists).

Wait are you teaching this class or taking this class?

PC Games / Re: Rainbow 6 Siege
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:25:23 pm »
So if I want to get into this...what's with all the DLC? Is any of it highly recommended or is it all pretty much optional stuff?

Everything Else / Re: Politics
« on: January 29, 2017, 11:24:59 am »
America has a looooong history of (often violently) reacting negatively towards people of different ethnic groups. This immigration issue thing isn't anything new, it's just the newest iteration in a sequence. People will yell about immigration and bigotry for a while and the american dream and then when this blows over it's right back to ignorant hicks judging their neighbors for having a weird sounding name, or the government forcibly sterilizing minorities or something.

TV / A Series of Unfortunate Events
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:32:05 am »
So one of my favorite books series from my childhood has been turned into a show on Netflix. And it's great. It's better than great. I'm not sure if it's nostalgia or the show is actually really good, but I am really enjoying the series. It's about a trio of children who are quickly orphaned, who are ushered through a sequence of absurd (unfortunate) events by people in positions of authority who don't take them seriously. They overcome (kinda?) through their own unique skills and their friendship! The fourth wall is occasionally broken in humorous ways! There are loads of literary references! It has the narrator from the books! It isn't the same as that mediocre movie with Jim Carrey or whoever it was!

I never finished the series as a kid; for some reason I stopped reading at the 7th book. The show makes me want to go back and read them again despite being well outside of the target audience at this point. Maybe it would be simpler to have children, raise them, and use that as an excuse to read the books to them...

Anyway, I recommend the series. Heartily.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:21:07 pm »
I think the other parts of the report are more damning that the freaky sexual escapades, but they're just as questionable. The source is just not reliable. On one hand I don't want it to be true, because then Trump was collaborating with a foreign power to **** over his political opponent during the election, which is just bad news for America in general, but on the other hand I reaaaaally don't like the guy and I like watching bad things happen to him.

Everything Else / Re: News for your Blues
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:01:22 pm »

PC Games / Re: Star Citizen:Squadron 42
« on: December 28, 2016, 01:19:44 pm »
Damn that shield ripple effect looks cool.

Everything Else / Re: The Personal Triumph Thread
« on: December 23, 2016, 12:42:53 pm »
Yay Japan!

I finally changed my lamp today. I've only been putting it off for a month! I mean I had to change the whole system, and reconnect wires and everything. Thankfully I did not get electrocuted.

Yes! Fixing broken stuff is always a great feeling. Actually when stuff breaks, after the initial frustration/sadness/anger, I'm a bit excited to see if I can make a DIY project out of it (though I make no claims as to my competence when it comes to repair.)

I always found fiddling with electrical things to be a nice experience. During my brief stint with a fencing club, I was asked to fix some of the scoring equipment since I was the only one with soldering tools. It's relaxing. I've done the same for a few broken speakers and headphones, but nothing too far beyond splicing and soldering torn wires. When I was 15 I tried to replace a broken capacitor on a graphics card with one I got from RadioShack. I didn't know about tiny electronics soldering irons or decent technique and I ended up melting a bunch of nearby wires. Fun times, but I tell myself the thing was busted anyway so I don't feel /too/ bad.

It also helps that nothing I was working with was actually plugged in while I was working with it, so the risk element was removed.

PC Games / Re: Gamergate: War on Festivus Edition
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:11:04 pm »
I'm pretty sure manspreading isn't even a thing most people complain about. It just seems that way because whenever someone on the fringe does, it blows up and gets attention. It isn't worth paying attention to.

That said, I do occasionally ride the tram next to guys who have their knees really far apart, but it doesn't exactly happen much more often than someone carrying a massive bag in their lap that takes up roughly the same amount of space. And it's usually a moot point anyway, because within a stop or two I need to stand up to make room for a limping granny.

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