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  1. Life

    hell yeah, pretzel life.
  2. Other podcasts

    My favorite podcast right now is dunktown, a basketball podcast hosted by 2 women who are new to taking their fandom seriously, but not too seriously. Great banter, great guests, super fun to relive learning about basketball for the first time plus they have the great url
  3. Broken Age - Double Fine Adventure!

    'Sprints' is a concept that comes out of a software design/programming/implementation methodology called 'agile.' The idea is that you think about the work you can complete in the amount of time that's in a sprint (2 weeks in many cases) and then have larger goals to accomplish over the course of larger amounts of times, usually called releases (4 to 5 releases per year, so roughly quarterly). So you break down features you want to implement (a map system, a specific menu, music, etc) into accomplishable tasks: make a proof of concept, estimate the amount of work things will take, debug a problem, implement part of a feature, etc. The idea is that you can mark your progress toward implementing features by breaking down larger tasks into smaller ones and it facilitates collaboration with your teammates when you can point to a specific task that you're 'blocked' on, or that you can't make progress on without help/feedback with someone else. For the record I think the agile methodology is a really good way to think about problems and breaking them down into smaller pieces that you can deliver on in reasonable amounts of time. It is unfortunately applied to lots of non-software work and it doesn't work as well there. This is a very inside baseball thing.
  4. Life

    I'm so glad that you got a happy ending out of this gorm! You worked so hard and accomplished something great!
  5. Marvel movies

    I went and saw Peter Spiderman Far From Home this weekend. I liked it! Favorite parts: - Non-spoilers 1. I was absolutely immediately impressed with this movie when the open happens and the Columbia pictures logo superimposes and then transitions into the statue to open the movie. A+ 2. Lots of great jokes! Spoilers I have skipped multiple marvel movies that didn't interest me. the last few have been at least interesting enough that I haven't felt the desire to skip one, but I don't really feel like outside of infinity war + endgame there's any set of movies you have to see in order to see any of the others, as long as you're willing to just trust that anything you don't get was addressed by one of the many other films. They do a fairly good job, I think, of letting the audience dip in and out at will. You don't have to watch the dr strange movie to understand his character, you just need the 30 second intro at his house. i'm a very easy movie watcher though. i just walk into a movie and let it wash over me for however long it takes and then do all my critical thinking afterward. i'm willing to give up a little handholding in exchange for multi franchise world building. you can do more interesting and complicated things if every movie doesn't have to reintroduce you to the world and characters every time
  6. Movie/TV recommendations

    Long Shot is the best romantic comedy I've seen since The Big Sick. I'm so glad you watched and enjoyed Minding the Gap. I want everyone to watch it because it's so good. I also watched Minding the Gap back in December. These kids are from a hometown 2 hours from mine in Illinois and this movie made me feel so much. here's what I wrote about it at the time:
  7. Movie/TV recommendations

    my husband and I went and saw Long Shot this weekend, and if you have any affection at all for romantic comedies, I couldn't not recommend it more. It does what Knocked Up failed to do: make Seth Rogan an interesting, believable, and endearing male romantic lead. I already want to watch it again. Up there with Say Anything & To All The Boys I've Loved Before as my favorites.
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  12. Life

    🎉 congratulations Erkki! NorCal thumbs sometimes meet up, especially for GDC, but we are known to hang out together for other events/get-togethers. Even if you don't frequent the slack, popping in to tell people you'll be in town might be the best way to get something organized. We have a '#straightwestcoastin' channel that is nice for organizing people
  13. Here is my favorite piece of writing about RDR2: Here's the polygon film crit hulk piece:
  14. I promise you weren't alone, I just try to not be a bummer and we didn't have this thread as a home for me to be a negative Nancy when that game launched.
  15. Half-Life 3

    i would laugh so hard if that's what it is. it's card game, but you can use your hands! Artifact VR Spring 2020
  16. The Good Place

    I think you, dear reader, should check out The Good Place if you haven't already! It takes a handful of episodes to really hit its stride, but when it does it's truly remarkable. it's a great, funny show with a delightful cast. Ted Danson is the best, and quietly has a diverse and charming cast. if Mike Schur has earned any good will with you, give it a chance!
  17. The Good Place

    Every part of this show is so deeply considered that I don't think that they didn't think about this, especially when the podcast revealed that
  18. The Good Place

    The conclusion of the most recent season left me with this question:
  19. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    One thing that I hope very badly that is kept from let's go is that they allow you to swap your team on the fly rather than having to go back to a pokemon center!
  20. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    The Pokemon direct was today! It looks like I expected, where it would be a traditional mainline Pokemon, without the simplifications that were in Let's Go as that meant to build a bridge from Go fans and get them into a console version so that they could play a mainline more easily. I think it looks super beautiful and the switch's beefier hardware makes it look prettier than it has on handheld!
  21. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    Exp Share has been a feature for a long time that you could turn on or off to increase/decrease difficulty. I think you'll find a lot more has changed than you thought. Things like abilities: Which can do things like, make eggs hatch faster or give passive boosts to stats or increased chance to inflict status effects. Breeding for stats, easier online trading & head to head matchmaking, team fights, and held items. Also things like day/night cycles and weather I think it's easy to say nothing's changed because generation to generation little changed, but over the course of 20 years the game has a lot more complexity if you're looking for it!
  22. Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

    Past trends have given us mainline pokemon gams around American Thanksgiving, so end of nov/beginning of december tracks I think the fact that pokemon games are mostly games for children they don't raise the floor of difficulty/complexity for the game very high. I'm excited to get more details over the coming months!
  23. It's got high production values and it's largely a low stakes interpersonal drama. If you're hoping or expecting characters to say "gee isn't it sexist how we acted in the 60s" you are never going to get that. It's well acted and the show depicts some despicable behavior sometimes without having anyone in universe chastise them. I think it was also very popular as a watch party show and people liked having it as an event to watch something together. If you don't like it, I don't think you're missing out on much of you quit it. It was important culturally and I think it's a pretty good show, but I don't begrudge anyone deciding they don't like it, especially if they give it a fair shake. P. S. Joan, Peggy, & Sally are the best characters on that show.
  24. Netflix Originals

    extreme same. Prof & I have spoken before about the active disdain the show has for the Midwest and midwesterners at points. Really turned me off basically immediately, even if Tituss Burgess is a brilliant comedian.
  25. Books, books, books...

    God i wish it was fake here's the JBP post we were making fun of now that it's gone. it was deffo spam