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Nepenthe

@Nepenthe@kbin.social

Rexxitor. Biology nerd. Roguelites, indie games, and TRPGs. Drowning in unused yarn, unread books, and mandatory cat hair.

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Spring of 2015. Redesigned my sims' mansion to be so gorgeous and intricate that by the time I was done perfecting it, the sheer size of the lot and the amount of moving parts in it made the entire file unplayable.

I swore I would keep the thing around until I had a better computer, because I loved it so much and I was doing a legacy family I'd gotten really attached to. Now, 9 years later, I have a better computer. The graphics are too dated to be fun.

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To add one more aspect: When someone writes a reply asking for a source, did they actually do a short Google-search related to the claim? It basically takes the same time to just look at the summary of the search results as asking for a source. So I assume if someone asks for verification for an easily searchable fact, then they are acting in bad faith.

This point rubs me a little wrong both on the basis that

A) onus of proof falls on the one making the claim

B) if it takes the same amount of time to find the answer as it took for them to ask you, then logically it takes the same amount of time to include a source for anyone that wants further reading as it would to make them look for it

and (most importantly)

C) you can find pretty much anything on the internet if you've got 12 minutes to dedicate to looking through all the clickbait.

The result becomes that I can say any batshit thing I want to and now it's your job to discredit your own stance for me, and if you aren't convinced, you aren't googling hard enough. Instead of just asking and finding out I got it from The Onion, which I would naturally be very against having to say out loud.

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You know what? It's d&d. They are now.

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Oh... I always though Siobhan was really pretty, but it turns out I was just pronouncing it wrong.

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True. Problem is, I would consider the question still valid on the basis that not every embryo successfully implants.

IVF can up the odds of success by using multiple embryos at the same time in the hopes that at least one of them will work, which is why people who go for IVF sometimes end up having quadruplets and such.

So every time one or more IVF attempts fail, what, they have to inform the government their 7th child in a row has died? Every post-coital period, do I hedge my bets?

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You're supposed to ask what brush he uses.

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Having a tea party isn't girly, though. Let kids play how they want.

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Oh, man. If this is your first, I can't wait to see what you do in the future. You nailed that

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Reduced the size of save files by removing summons that don't exist in the game anymore.

Well, that seems like something that should have been done a long time ago, lmao. Good thing I went with druid first over ranger, it seems.

Fixed Thieves' Tools in the camp chest or inventory of a companion who is waiting at camp not being accessible when lockpicking.

Ok, taking items from camp, I could see. Talk about useful, and I believe they recently did the same thing with quest items? Which I very much appreciate. Being able to leave that behind should clear up my inventory considerably when I get back to playing.

But...taking things from a non-present companion feels weird in my head. I'm sure I wouldn't notice it; I give everything to the resident lockpick anyway, so it would just be clearing up stuff I misplaced in the impossible event that they ever run out.

But picturing it does break immersion a little bit. It's fine, it wouldn't have any real effect in the moment, it's just...what an odd choice.

Poor Gale - we know your pain, sometimes it’s easy to read something into a situation that wasn’t there. We’ve sat him down and explained that if someone doesn’t offer him a shoe to eat every time, that doesn’t mean they never will. You’ll find him more likely to stick around now.
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Gale will no longer permanently leave the party if you don't offer him any magic items while talking to him – unless you're abundantly clear that you don't plan on ever doing so.

Ok, this one I honestly do dislike. I've been mildly bothered by every change they've made to Gale's personality, even though I know the one he started out with on release was literally bugged and was never intended to be like that. Because it was also unexpectedly convincing. There weren't other characters I could think of that were genuinely likable people while also simultaneously being socially inept, grandiose little incels.

I didn't even notice it until it was talked about online, because how Gale acted in his glitched romance was just how guys always act towards me irl. For the first time, every male gamer had to put up with everything *I* had to put up with, and they hated it, and I loved it. It felt believable. It was hilarious. I felt seen. And then they toned him down because he was bothering the playerbase.

This now, with the items and increasing his hesitation to leave in response to a situation you're not taking as seriously as he needs it to be taken, this feels like more dumbing down.

This feels an awful lot like avoiding any player unhappiness by making sure it is impossible for anyone to experience a consequence unless they're dedicated enough to manually and knowingly force it to happen. And that's not what they initially wanted the game to be.

It still has hundreds upon hundreds of permutations, right down to differences in the inflection of a sentence, and the sheer dedication is boggling. But then they did things like remove any actual drawback to the tadpoles, of all things, because of the idea of unpleasant consequences that players would bitch about.

It is ok to have a character that's rash and presumptuous because his natural ability has given him an ego that far eclipses his social experience. It's ok to have a character under such duress that they will make questionable, desperate decisions without consulting anyone, based on their presumptions about the player, whether or not those assumptions are correct.

That is an extremely realistic personality. And one that doesn't tend to exist, because what if something happens that the player doesn't like. Real people make choices. Let him have the ability to make stupid ones.

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Anon thinks the internet is ten years old, and has therefore only been ruined rather recently.

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But on the bright side: not pregnant! 🎉

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This seems like some "Einstein working at the patent office" type shit to me. I would have never thought how to do that and I hope that mechanical aptitude has stuck around somehow.

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I had to scroll back up just because she's so pretty. That's a quality cat, right there, and she knows it.
11/10 would kiss on her lil forehead.

Millions of Americans face below-zero temperatures as storms bring blast of Arctic air, snow and ice (apnews.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Subfreezing temperatures across much of the U.S. left millions of Americans facing dangerous cold as Arctic storms left four dead and knocked out electricity to tens of thousands in the Northwest, brought snow to the South, and walloped the Northeast with blizzard conditions that forced the postponement...

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Definitely south of you, since for me as a kid the frost would kick in from October and you couldn't expect snow until very late November/early December on through February. By then, it could snow, but in my experience it was mostly turning to sleet. Christmas was always white and we always got a couple feet.

Not enough to dig tunnels in like my mom used to do in Chicago. The mountains to the east protect us from the worst of it. But enough to make one snowman after another, all with the initial base larger than a 10yr old is tall, until we were all too frozen to stay outside. We could go sledding. We could build protective snowball forts if we took the time.

I haven't seen the snow for 14 years, and both those times were technically one state north. One of those, even, was so pitiful we settled for a medium turtle on my end and what my brother touted as the world's smallest snowman balanced in his open hand.

My aunt has denied climate change my entire life up until 6 years ago when I finally got her to admit something may be odd. We were out in the parking lot, about to pick up my Xmas present in mid-December. It was 75F.

I don't hear the birds like I used to.

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The one next to the pencil sharpener was a damn good eraser, thank you very much.

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It's really a mix of both. More heavily the way the site has been for years because people love drama more than anything else. If you want the sweet serotonin of karma, you've gotta be simultaneously the funniest, meanest, and most jaded person in the room, and everyone is jockeying for that position.

It just breeds assholes by design. I've noticed my own behavior has changed, too, since leaving that place, although partially that's because I just didn't want to be like that anymore.

But it really has been noticeably affected since the protests. I was originally trying to stay for one single sub I was in, because they were the kindest, calmest community I'd met since back when forums were a thing.

Just the best group, for reasons none of us really understood and some of us kept trying to find psychological commonalities to explain. Truly 98% of them were people I'd chill with irl and I still know a few on discord. And also here. If you're reading this, hello!

But the migration away was enough to completely alter the atmosphere imo. A lot of the more conscientious users left for other pastures, leaving behind those that were more neutral or even openly hostile about the protests.

There began to be fights and insults thrown where before this, any aggression had been unusual. The posts took a turn that reflected that feeling and I really stopped bothering with the place after a few months. I'm still a bit sad about it and there are things that I miss, but there just wasn't enough to hold me anymore. It seemed to increasingly echo every other part of the site.

For the moment, this place is quieter but better. We still get dumb shit every now and then, but it's not to the same degree and hopefully never will be. As above, I blame the demographic. We've grouped all the people with stubborn morals into a little room and it turns out they have things in common. I do miss a couple people I used to see everywhere all the time when kbin first ramped up, but we run in different circles and they've gotten lost in the crowd.

And yes, btw, I am also going to name you one of my favorite users to see around. You seem as kind as you are prolific.

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Please be one of those people that washes their hands instead of this functioning as some broad, sweeping excuse because "it's already everywhere." I don't know how else fecal matter would be expected to travel to a stove dial.

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I just assumed because she randomly breaks into dance anyway. Keeping still would definitely be low grade torture and it's a wonder she didn't jerk the whole thing out and slap some duct tape over it.

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There is only really the one british accent that's ever depicted in our media/whatever media makes it over here, so I'm sad to say almost certainly we do not.

That's why we only ever seem to imitate the one (or accidentally mix them, apparently). It's the only example we've got and we assume everything is that one. I don't know where any of those areas are any more than I know the sociological difference between them, and if I had to name any others, I don't know what I'd do.

Tomato still has mild southern variations ("tuh-may-duh/ter-may-der,") but it is a solid choice now that I think about it.

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My dad would have been a boomer. Guy did have the advantage of entering the workforce during a time when it was still not only possible but even normal to expect to hold the same job for decades, but that and a kid who cared about him were about all he ever had to his name. And then he lost the job too.

He fought hard as shit, but with zero legs up and several of them permanently down, he never managed anything resembling the life he (or anyone else) hoped for, and after he died, the palliative nurse told his remaining family he was better off.

Being born in a lucky generation makes it easier, but it doesn't guarantee one has it easy. It's not an age group, it's a behavior. Not that we aren't already in the Find Out stage, for that to matter. But the fewer people under the impression all the bad people are going to die out, the better.

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Oh no. Kinda seems like we should be funneling money into welfare, huh. Maybe something livable so those that can't find or maintain employment aren't digging in the trash? Bad times for anyone who expected perpetual growth.

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They do tend to have multiple traits in common with me. However, I like my favorite characters the same way that I like poison dart frogs: something not so alien to look at that it causes disgust, but also something so simple and cute that you'd never guess it is incredibly destructive if mishandled even a little, even by chance. Something safely behind thick glass where I can observe and it can never touch me.

Were I given the opportunity to meet any of them, I would have to genuinely weigh the likelihood and specific flavor of danger, and most of the agreement would be out of unbearable morbid curiosity.

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I've never figured out quite how to get the spoiler tags working on kbin and, even if I had, there seems like there may be some jank between mine and other instances regarding that. An attempt was made, anyway, and at least that one seems like it would be easy-ish to forget until my long-awaited Durge run.

But I can't even be mad about it because of your name. My liege.

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Just making sure that you know you can buy different dyes from the merchants, and a few of them are different shades of pink. Because you really need that shirt and I haven't come by one naturally, so you'll probably have to make it.

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