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    ....the same people who "do their research" on...

    ....the same people who "do their research" on facebook groups and youtube videos are, as a demographic, highly unlikely to follow up on each and every cited source. If you grossly misrepresent the...
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    934 pages of conspiracy theories put together by...

    934 pages of conspiracy theories put together by an infamous anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr? Hard pass.
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    Just finished reading "The Premonition: A...

    Just finished reading "The Premonition: A Pandemic Story" by Michael Lewis, and it's probably the best book on epidemiology I've ever read. (And I've read many.) It's not partisan - Trump and Fauci...
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    hahahaha yes, it was a bit of a struggle to keep...

    hahahaha yes, it was a bit of a struggle to keep going. It helps that they broke everything down into medium-sized paragraphs so you can take it in one at a time. :) If you want, skip to the end...
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    Just finished binge-reading the 156-page "Global...

    Just finished binge-reading the 156-page "Global Trends 2040" report by the Department of Defense. It was fascinating. The report is available to the general public - you can download the PDF over...
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    Nah, I'd like to stay off FBI watchlists. ;) ...

    Nah, I'd like to stay off FBI watchlists. ;)


    With a couple of exceptions, a lot of that was just used as matter-of-fact dialogue. "Least black boy" and slurs and referring to black attendees as...
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    Oof. That's one unusual family secret. I'm sorry...

    Oof. That's one unusual family secret. I'm sorry your grandmother had to deal with that...

    It's hard to say how much of the novel was the author deliberately trying to be edgy and provocative (it...
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    I think this counts. :) I found an amazing deal...

    I think this counts. :) I found an amazing deal on rice at my local grocery store: 11 cents per 100 grams, or ~50 cents / lb, or (in USD) $0.40 / lb. :) Of course, then I had to carry that 20 lbs bag...
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    I tried to become more cultured and edumacated...

    I tried to become more cultured and edumacated and all, so I forced myself to read "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" (published in 1962) and wow, that was absolutely terrible. The movie left out a...
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    It's all fun and games and wacky subreddits until...

    It's all fun and games and wacky subreddits until the actual True Believers show up, outnumber you, and kick you (and other founders) out. :0! That happened with several online communities that are a...
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    Do tell! Was it werewolves? I bet it was...

    Do tell! Was it werewolves? I bet it was werewolves. ;)
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    One of the articles I looked at said that 3,000...

    One of the articles I looked at said that 3,000 police hours were spent on this case. That's a lot of money. O_o Take a median cop salary and add 50% to it - that's the cost of this prank. (And...
  13. My degree is in political science. It's a strange...

    My degree is in political science. It's a strange field: it doesn't prepare you for any specific job (unlike, say, nursing or engineering fields) but it teaches you to spot opportunities, weak...
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    One of the reasons I specifically chose Quebec...

    One of the reasons I specifically chose Quebec City as my ultimate (so far, anyway :P ) early retirement destination is that it's incredibly pedestrian-friendly. (Especially compared to some of the...
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    On Tuesday, I stayed up until 4am to finish...

    On Tuesday, I stayed up until 4am to finish reading Leviathan Falls - the final novel in the Expanse series. (All 600 pages of it haha) It was a remarkably good sci-fi yarn, and a great conclusion to...
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    Amazon kept insisting that I'm a college student...

    Amazon kept insisting that I'm a college student (I guess I'm young at heart, according to their algorithm :laff: ) so I ended up with 6 months of free Amazon Prime membership. I made sure to leave a...
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    Happy Turkey Day, everyone. :) Btw, practicing...

    Happy Turkey Day, everyone. :)

    Btw, practicing thankfulness daily (just like @nswef described) is a great way to stay grounded and happy. You don't even have to write them down - just the act of...
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    It's very important to differentiate Chinese...

    It's very important to differentiate Chinese people from the Chinese government... It's likewise back in Russia, where I'm originally from: Russian people can be some of the nicest folks you'll ever...
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    Just finished watching the Cowboy Bebop series on...

    Just finished watching the Cowboy Bebop series on Netflix. No spoilers - I didn't really enjoy it... The writing was good, but the casting is off. The actors who played Spike, Vicious, and Julia are...
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    I was there for 7 years! :) From 2004 till 2011....

    I was there for 7 years! :) From 2004 till 2011. (Go wolfpack!) My perception of the city was skewed by the housing bubble's aftermath: after I graduated in 2008, there were no jobs anywhere......
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    :laff::laff::laff: I wouldn't have been quite...

    :laff::laff::laff:

    I wouldn't have been quite as snarky - or motivated to write the review! - if the book hadn't been so over-hyped to the point where I had to spend my hard-earned money to buy it...
  22. I used to work for Amazon... Their key warehouses...

    I used to work for Amazon... Their key warehouses are located in the delta, and one of the main ones (an Amazon Robotics building, YVR4) is in Tsawwassen. If all that is cut off with the rest of the...
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    Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! :) The...

    Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! :)



    The entire east side of the city is like that. :) The 1-bedroom apartment I'm renting for $470 USD (including the utilities + internet) is just a...
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    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! :) I...

    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! :)


    I just have a bad case of wanderlust, zero shame, and a lot of "what if" ideas that lead to all kinds of fun stuff. ;) In some way, I think I'm...
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    I've just finished reading "Ministry for the...

    I've just finished reading "Ministry for the Future" by Kim Stanley Robinson - that book got so much hype when it came out last year that I broke my own rule and actually bought it instead of waiting...
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