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Technically I’m an archaeologist, I guess.

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Ritual and ceremony are deeply important aspects of the human experience. What cultures do with their dead is way, way up there with foodways and adornment when it comes to cultural significance.

The increasingly common view in the West that elaborate death rites are unimportant is really new when compared to the rest of human history. It’s probably a postmodern thing? If I’m right about that, that would mean the less reverential attitude towards traditional deatg ceremony is like 110ish years old.

Compared to the 200,000-300,000 years Homo Sapiens have been around (or 45,000 years ago if we only want to discuss the length of time that Northern European-style deathways have most likely been practiced), 100 years isn’t a lot to change that cultural inertia.

Sorry, I know this is a Wendy’s. Just a frosty, thanks.

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Nanny state foolishness. It’s just crewed spaceflight, not rocket science.

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With that baby around, I think it’s you who needs to worry about surviving a 20-story fall.

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I’m pleased that she’s experiencing the fallout from all this, but whatever logic she used to calculate that political risk is baffling.

Four John Wick movies have grossed over a billion dollars on the conceit that harming a dog is a legitimate emotional catalyst for someone to kill 450 people.

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My kinda person. If they were local and I saw the post, I’d be there for sure.

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Ayy girl, did you fall from heaven? Because it looks like you need a fucking ambulance.

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I’m sick of these impossible beauty standards!

Kathy Cargill finally reveals her plan for Park Point and the reason she’s scrapping it (m.startribune.com)

After months of wondering, speculating — and writing letters to ask — why Kathy Cargill was buying up so many properties on Duluth’s Park Point, the city’s mayor and residents may have an answer from the apparently peeved member of the billionaire Cargill family....

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Dopes to Infinity and Spine of God are stoner metal bangers, JIC anyone here isn’t familiar with their stuff from before Powertrip.

I’ve also liked that their later stuff walks a line between glam & sludge metal.

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Sure, today is worse than yesterday. But at least it’s better than tomorrow!

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Abandoning my DeWalt family heritage in favor of Mikwaukee was almost like leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’m allowed back to visit, but it’s tense.

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I will begin handling an Impossible Landscapes Delta Green campaign next weekend.

I’m also considering getting back into lifting weights. I used to powerlift, but I suffered an intercostal tear in my late 20s. Recovery started a domino effect, and I haven’t really picked anything up over 50 pounds in like 6 or 7 years 😒

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I love that Springfield instituted the International Fixed Calendar, but replacing Sol with Smarch was just weird.

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I think I can speak for everyone that this would be the ideal arrangement.

Tips for falljng back to sleep

I wake up at 3am to 4am daily as a neighbor makes noise walking their dog. This cannot be helped. Once I am awake, my mind won’t stop going over details about everything from the mundane to the critical. Often, I am able to fall asleep again after three or more hours of wakefulness, but only minutes before I have to wake for...

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I’m a light sleeper with a loud mind, as well, so this kind of thing has always been a problem for me. The two main things I find helpful may not do the trick for you, but here goes:

First, trying to force myself back to sleep always just ramps my brain up worse and makes it more difficult than it already was to fall back asleep. I stopped trying to force the issue, which has counterintuitively sped up the time it takes me to fall back asleep. I don’t get up or engage my mind with anything significant, but if I’m awake, I’ll put soft music on my earbuds or scroll on my phone set to the dimmest setting. I may not fall back to sleep immediately, but I’ve found that lowering the pressure on myself to fall back asleep makes it happen more readily than when I spend 2 hours and 45 minutes being like “if I fall asleep right now, I can still get another 3 hours. go to sleep. fall asleep. sleep will happen… now!”

Second, I’ve increased my oversell magnesium intake. I know you said no substances, but I feel like this is different. There have been a few studies–popular science type stuff, nothing peer reviewed that I know of–indicating that magnesium improves sleep quality and the ability to return to sleep if woken up. Might be the placebo effect, but I don’t care because I’ve noticed an improvement.

Sorry you have to deal with this flavor of insomnia, too. Super sucks.

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I worked in grocery stores for several years in my 20s. That was 10 years ago, but I still remember so many vegetable PLUs and fly through self-checkout most times.

What’s right for me?

I’m looking for a better TTRPG experience. Started with AD&D in satanic panic era, left, came back to 5E a half dozen years ago. Got a great group & GM but some things just don’t suit me. For one, wouldn’t mind being done with Hasbro. My biggest issues in D&D? Character regret, & swinginess. Rolling up a character idea...

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Yes, but that’s all part of the first session! Character creation is playing in Traveller! 🤗 It’s usually most people’s favorite part, even. It’s collaborative and engaging, and shit can get really wacky and fun. I’ve had friends over just to roll up characters together that we had no intention of playing.

Gameplay rules seem like a lot, but it’s very step-by-step and spoon-fed to you. The GM needs to prep, obviously, but the flow is really intuitive. The core rulebook is loaded with tables to tell you what to do.

The star system bit is nbd. Just make that stuff up as you go and to suit your needs. You can totally play a game that follows Traveller canon and lore if you want (it’s pretty cool), but there’s no need.

And don’t let Glass Cannon freak you out! They have to ensure snappy pacing because they’re doing 90 minutes episodes that need to be enjoyable to passively listen to. Playing at home with your friends doesn’t come with that baggage.

That said, their permanent Traveller show called Voyagers of the Jump is very good. It’s a good companion to the rulebook for getting a sense of how to play.

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