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Probably like 6-7. Apparently I have shingles, and I spent a good chunk of Sunday in the ER getting checked out because it's right around my eye and that's super dangerous, but it's a fairly mild case and it's better today than it has been for the last few days. Still bothersome, though.
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ParanoidObsessive posted...
No, it is the children who are wrong.

There is only one "old-school". The rest is just new school, slightly less new school, and still kinda new school.

As much as the chronology disagrees with us, I do kind of agree. Games from 20 years ago feel a lot more similar to modern games than games from 40 years ago did to those 20-year-old games. Many of the gameplay conventions that we consider standard now were established in the early 2000's, including the controller designs that have become pretty much universal, and there haven't been any major paradigm shifts like the 2D to 3D jump. I'm sure part of it is just that I make less of a distinction between the games that came out in the second half of my life than the first, simply by virtue of the fact that the second half feels faster and less varied, but the last 20 years of gaming have still definitely progressed very differently from the 20 years that preceded them.
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I keep meaning to learn how, but with no driveway and no garage, I don't really have a convenient place to do it. I tend to just roll it in with a seasonal tire change (which, again, I could do myself if I had a convenient place, but I don't really want to do it on the side of the road) and a general check-up (which I can't really do myself). In the grand scheme of things, it's not that expensive, so I don't mind too much.

I have, however, replaced two lights now (rear turn signal on my old car, headlight on my current one), and that's something I'll never be going to a garage for again. That's an incredibly easy repair.
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Not that many, though my experience is from working in a small bakery with quite a few regulars that were great, so I expect I got off easier than people in larger chains do. That was also nice because the owners worked in the store, so when we did get bothersome customers, they were just as bothered as the rest of us and would sympathize afterwards (or intervene if it was a real problem, though those were rare).

Problem customers do tend to stand out enough to feel like they make up a greater percentage than they actually do, though. Even if you're serving a couple hundred people in a shift and almost all of them are perfectly fine, one really awful one can ruin the whole day.
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faramir77 posted...
Nintendo is at a weird point. There aren't any major titles on the horizon. They'll need to show something good otherwise this will be total useless. Somehow I doubt this will be where they announce the next system, unless they just acknowledge it's a thing.

Recently, they've tended toward showing major titles relatively shortly before their release. The last few February directs have come at an apparent lull in their release lineup, but set the stage for most of the rest of the year with titles that come out within ~6-8 months of their announcement. Personally, I kind of prefer that over the industry standard of "here's a trailer for a game that might come out three years from now."

That said, they're specifying this is a "partner showcase," which I expect means it's going to be mostly third-party stuff, and 25 minutes is pretty short. In the absence of another February direct, I suspect this means we're going to be getting a bigger one in March-April that unveils a new system. That's mostly just a hunch, though.
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The nuance of determining whether or not graffiti/street art has enhanced its canvas gets really tricky to actually sort out in a formal legal context, given how inescapably subjective art and aesthetics are and the basic concept of people having a right to decide what their private property looks like, but as a high-level concept I do like the idea of not prosecuting people who have created art that does enhance the space.
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ConfusedTorchic posted...
yeah, it's like they all think every city is the version of Detroit in robocop

Bonus points where the "high taxes" thing is often parroted by people who live in suburbs and therefore have their low tax rate overwhelmingly subsidized by those higher taxes in the city core. Most single-family suburban homes in America are tax-negative when you factor in all of the other infrastructure costs involved in servicing those neighbourhoods, and while I can understand preferring to pay less property tax than more (because who doesn't?), it's pretty short-sighted to gripe about cities' high taxes when they're literally the only reason they have a road at the end of their driveway.
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BlackScythe0 posted...
Don't get angry at me. I couldn't guess at what you tried to say so I went to google all google suggests as options are holacracy & folkocracy. I tried doing "olcocracy" since I thought the quotations were supposed to make it only show me returns on that word but it didn't show anything. I tried to understand what you were trying to say, but I had no way of knowing it was "ochlocracy" as adjl says. I genuinely do not believe I have ever seen that word before.

You could have much more simply worded it but chose to use a big word and have it blow up in your face.

I will say, the last time I saw her use it, I googled it because I wasn't familiar with the term, and I think I did get something (at least, I got enough to get the answer I needed). I don't remember if it happened right away or if I had to try shuffling some letters around, but that was when I learned it. But then Google's results are wildly inconsistent these days as they try to manipulate results to "best suit" different people, so it's very possible my Google gave it to me and yours didn't.
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Indeed. I'm referencing how similar his post sounds to the city-fearing rhetoric so common among the sort of people who glomped right on to that song when it came out.
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Lokarin posted...
ya, but they're all poor people

100,000 people giving $5 each is $500,000. Poor people in large enough numbers can collectively afford some pretty expensive things, and there's no shortage of people willing to pay for their messiah's crimes.
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Lokarin posted...
how are they at $270k already?

In case you haven't noticed, Trump has a few fans that aren't exactly sensible about what they donate to.
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Muscles posted...
There's a lot of great things about America and cities aren't one of them, they have have some cool shit in some cities but mostly they suck. Like I love Chicago food, and you can't have sports teams without cities and you probably won't be getting any cool concerts near you without cities, etc. but they are also overly taxed, crime ridden cesspools that will try to take all your money, whether it's the politicians or the fellow people.

Try that in a small town.
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It's not even just that he lost, they're protesting because they believe he should be above prosecution for crimes he's committed. They don't believe he's innocent, just that he shouldn't face any consequences that might interfere with his ability to act as their messiah.

Side note: Apparently there are 3.54 million truckers in the US. Even if every single one of them were on board with this (and they aren't), that's not very many millions. This is "one million moms" (actually about 10k) all over again.
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TheGuiltySpark posted...
Is your problem with the "MAGA" part or the "boycott" part?

Because if you believe in boycotts, but only for people that think like you, then...

You can believe in boycotts as a concept while disagreeing with or disapproving of any particular boycott.
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Sarcasthma posted...
Love how Zeus managed to misspell 'unanimous' that badly while putting it in all caps.

To be fair, spellcheck tends not to catch misspelled all-caps words because it assumes they're acronyms, and I won't pretend I'm above such a degree of wanton typographical butchery. Being fully-capsed should have made it fairly easy to catch on a cursory proofread, but I'm still willing to cut him some slack.

Count_Drachma posted...
that would eventually give individual states the outsize ability to arbitrarily and capriciously block national candidates on a whim,

First off, love the use of all three of "arbitrarily," "capriciously," and "on a whim" to describe a single verb, despite the fact that they're all functionally identical terms in this context. It really helps you pretend there's a lot more gravity to what you're saying than there is.

Second, "convicted criminals shouldn't be able to run for president" isn't exactly arbitrary. There's room for abuse (same as there is in forbidding felons from voting) in the form of tweaking the wording and application of local laws to strategically convict somebody and prevent them from running, and to that end some degree of oversight is needed in applying the principle, but it's entirely the opposite of arbitrary.

Count_Drachma posted...
Speaking of hypocrisy, Mister "Read-Up!" here is parroting claims debunked in two seconds of googling.

If you google "how can I convince people that Project 2025 isn't a big deal?", sure, but most of us aren't googling that. The plan itself (heck, the fact that a plan exists at all) is pretty deeply disturbing in terms of how thoroughly it seeks to undermine the will of the public to maintain Republican power.

ItIsSoOver posted...
Im on my phone and I missed the H. Sue me.

You did a little more than missing the H. The term is "ochlocracy," which isn't even a phonetic match for what you wrote.

Alternatively, you could have just said "mob rule" instead of using a term I've literally never seen anyone other than you use, given that it's semantically identical, fewer characters, fewer syllables, less likely to be misspelled (and not just because spellcheck actually recognizes it), and more likely to be understood by audiences that haven't had to memorize it for a Poli Sci exam. I'm all for using obscure words when they're actually the best fit for the situation (and when you actually use it correctly, because so far you're 0 for 2 in spelling it right that I've seen), but in this case it genuinely adds nothing except confusion, and that's just poor communication and comes across as using fancy words to pretend you have a more robust point than you do.
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You can celebrate whatever you want however you want, so long as you aren't hurting anyone (or expressing an intent to do so). Just don't necessarily expect other people to celebrate with you or understand why you're celebrating if you aren't following some sort of established social norm.
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Metalsonic66 posted...
Falcon KICK

That was clearly Ganondorf's Sparta kick.
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Devil_May_Cry posted...
I never said criticism of Israel is antisemitic.

"Look at these poor Israeli diplomats that have to justify their genocide to the UN because those idiots at the UN don't know what their 'Never Again' badges mean."

At every turn since the most recent eruption of open war, you've been quite clear that you believe anyone critical of Israel's actions (actions which include wholesale slaughter of civilians, destruction of critical civilian infrastructure, deliberately engineering one of the worst refugee crises in recent memory while actively impeding efforts to provide humanitarian aid, and other blatant war crimes) is doing so because they're antisemitic, not because Israel's government (which is notably very distinct from Jews as an ethnic collective) is comprised of genocidal maniacs and people don't like that. You've been handwaving atrocities and digging as hard as you can for silver linings in an apparent effort to garner sympathy for Israel (who doesn't deserve it) and Jewish people (who do deserve it, but generally already have it among the circles where you're saying these things).

If that hasn't been your intent, consider this a wake-up call that you need to re-evaluate how you've worded things and how you interpret situations in which people are critical of Israel, because that is the position you've been communicating.

Devil_May_Cry posted...
Palestinians should have the right to happiness and all but Hamas is the problem.

Hamas isn't the one forcing Palestinians to line up for hours every morning to cross checkpoints to get to work. Hamas isn't the one expropriating Palestinian's homes and inviting Jewish immigrants to come take them. Hamas isn't the one forcing babies to be delivered in the mud at the side of the road because pregnant women in labour haven't been able to get through checkpoints fast enough to reach hospitals.

Hamas is *a* problem, absolutely, but they are not the only barrier to Palestinian happiness. Brutally oppressive apartheid policies that punish innocent civilians simply for being born the wrong race ensure that's not a readily attainable goal. Those policies are, in many ways, why Hamas exists: The dogmatic nature of the conflict in the Middle East and the grossly unfair way in which Israel was created mean there will likely always be antisemitic extremists one way or another, but it would be a lot harder for those extremists to gain traction against an Israeli government that treated Palestinians as equals than against an Israeli government that gives Palestinians a legitimate reason to hate them (hatred which, in turn, victimizes innocent Israeli citizens).
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Holy sentence fragments, Batman!
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If I remember. I often don't, but that's not a deliberate snub.
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Devil_May_Cry posted...
Strawman, I want happiness for all people. If you want my views on the war in the Middle East ask me in another topic

I don't really need to. You've already expressed such delightful views as (and these are near-direct quotes) "If Israel were bad they wouldn't have given Palestinians advance warning before they bombed their homes into oblivion" and "sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice civilians to fight evil." You've made it clear that your vision of "happiness for all people" in this context is for all Palestinians to find somewhere else to live and let Israel take over unimpeded and that you feel any suggestion to the contrary is "antisemitic."
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streamofthesky posted...
t's a topic about the inventor of console gaming being Jewish and people start ranting about Israel.
That's pretty f***ing depraved to me.
Try that sort of unhinged racist s*** w/ literally any other ethnic minority and the mods would actually do something about it, but for some reason when it's Jews it's ok.

"I don't hate Jews, I just don't like what Israel is doing. Which is why I bring up Israel in any discussion about any Jewish person."

In a vacuum, that'd be the case, but based on TC's posting history you can read between the lines and know that when he says "antisemitism," he means being at all critical of Israel. He's got a pretty extensive history of not only making no distinction between being pro-Holocaust and being against nuking Gaza, but pushing back against efforts to do so. These responses are in response to that history, not to what's immediately at hand.
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ParanoidObsessive posted...
I refuse to vote in this poll out of principle.

No game beyond the second generation of video games (or third at most) should ever be called "old school".

The PS2 is now older than almost every game that was considered "retro" was when it was released (23 years in October, 23 years prior to its release was 1977). There are now many different "old schools," even if some are older than others.
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Devil_May_Cry posted...
but I digress please dont derail my topic with depraved rants about Israel people.

"Genocide is bad stop doing it"="Depraved rants" now, I guess.
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Bonus points where the central concept of the show revolves around perpetuating the idea that civilizations other than ours were primitive savages who couldn't possibly have figured out the things we have, which is an attitude that gets dangerously close to white supremacy at times.
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If Hitler had a Nintendo I bet WWII would never have happened.

The real master race was Excitebike.
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It's not impossible, but it would be so hideously expensive as to not be at all feasible. Weather carries a ton of energy, which means it would take a similar ton of energy to emulate it. Given that the more novel weather would be an experience not unlike watching a storm or volcano on TV (watching a sealed room from the safety of a viewing spot) and the more mundane stuff isn't that hard to just experience yourself with a bit of travel, I don't think there'd ever be enough demand to justify the cost.
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"Worried about the rising cost of food? Struggling to afford groceries? Have you considered just not eating?"
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In my experience, I much prefer to have somebody I can ask for help as needed than to get trained through a large info dump when I start that I have to remember. So long as you can achieve that goal of helping her feel comfortable asking questions, that's going to do more for her onboarding experience than any amount of better teaching might. Just take everything a step at a time, walking her through each process, and be available to answer questions if she needs help and you're probably good.
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A house cat/dog seems like an obvious choice, except for the rather large number of domestic cats/dogs that end up on the streets, stuck indefinitely in shelters, or with owners that mistreat them. But then I guess a domestic animal's worst day is pretty typical for a wild animal, so that consideration is more recognizing that it might not work out wonderfully than thinking it'll be worse than being something wild.
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If you're looking to individually render the kills, I don't think it's realistically possible. If every other pixel on a 1080p screen were an instantly-respawning enemy and you killed all of them once every second, that'd still only be about a million kills per second and reaching a billion would take you ~17 minutes of doing that continuously. That's doable, but that's a ridiculous extreme and would not make for a game that I'd even really call playable, let alone enjoyable, and anything less extreme (like 20-pixel enemies that you wipe every 5 seconds) than that is going to inflate that required time considerably (that example would take 144 hours).

If you do want to rack up a billion+ kills, you'll need some sort of abstraction in there, like a multikill mechanic for overkill (scaling damage non-linearly is easy enough) or destruction on a city/town scale instead of an individual one.
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It looks like you tagged him properly on my end. I think you're good.
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Used to do mornings, but my girlfriend prefers evenings, so I switched when we started living together.
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Sounds like a recipe for multi-track drifting.
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I'm watching it, but it's not doing anything interesting.
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MeatiestMeatus posted...
This sounds good af

It's great. Slice up a strawberry or two to go with it and you've got a delightfully decadent dessert.
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keyblader1985 posted...
The fact that he's bad at business isn't even relevant because it was never a business decision - it was a threat that he was forced to make good on, that he then turned into an ego project while ignoring anyone competent.

Indeed. Heck, I've seen people praise him for losing so much money, framing it as a "noble sacrifice" he's made in pursuit of protecting free speech.
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rjsilverthorn posted...
I mean, there are already successful in-person gaming conventions so they aren't really doing anything special on that front.

Pretty much. The only "void" E3 left was the idea of having a single convention that was the definitive place for big announcements, and that idea had already died long before E3 itself actually did as companies realized that large press conferences were largely a waste of money. There's still interest in gong to in-person conventions, but that's largely satisfied by the others that have emerged, many of which had already emerged as more accessible alternatives to E3 while E3 was still going strong. A new one from IGN isn't going to magically become the "definitive" convention any more than those others have, especially where we're likely never going back to the days of large, in-person press conferences now that streamed announcements have done as well as they have.
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Entity13 posted...
Any not associated with a certain narcissistic conman who shall not be named or discussed further, at any rate.

His lawyers still give him that advice. He just refuses to take it, then fires them when they aren't able to undo his blatant self-incrimination.
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You'll apparently also get to stop worrying about resources being finite, too.
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It's been a long time since I've seen it, especially since the shift toward having more NKLs and notifications, but it happens.
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TomNook posted...
Super is 2nd best

Maybe it's just that I only played it after playing 64 extensively, but I was never really a fan of Super. I respect it for what it accomplished on the SNES, certainly, but I just didn't like how it played in the little bit of experience I had with it. 64 built on it considerably, and even 64 I find hard to play after how much the overall driving physics evolved with Double Dash (which established the basic feel that the rest of the series has kept).
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speedpunk posted...
Sounds delicious. Can you share the recipe?

https://www.food.com/recipe/flourless-chocolate-vanilla-marble-cake-245088

I recommend saving the recipe. It was an old Fine Cooking one, but their site is gone now that they've gone under (the wayback machine helps with that, but it's far from perfect for finding specific stuff). It has, however, popped up on a few different sites like this one, which is good.

Also, I used a 9-inch springform pan instead of a regular 9-inch pan like it calls for, because I couldn't be bothered flipping it around so much. It worked great, would recommend, but make sure you still use parchment because it's a very sticky cake. I also cut it into 12 and not 16.
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Nothing in particular. I did make what's become our traditional Valentine's cake (flourless chocolate cake marbled with vanilla cheesecake) yesterday, since we've got a friend staying with us for the week and it made more sense to make it early with how the week's going to go, but that's about the extent of any plans we've got that could be called "Valentine's plans."
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TBH, I haven't played Deluxe, since I've got the WiiU version for all my making-my-family-and-friends-hate-me needs, so I apologize for any errors in the finer mechanical points of its two-item system.
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Or any other kind of apple, really.
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