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    [–] Limping Monsters will never escape us hunters now with the Clutch Claw 5000 StoicSalamander 1 points ago in MonsterHunter

    I'm a swaxe main, but willing to branch! I started on Insect Glaive and while that's an absolute riot to play the DPS just isn't enough for me. I've been wanting to have a couple other types of weapons just for fun!

    [–] Limping Monsters will never escape us hunters now with the Clutch Claw 5000 StoicSalamander 2 points ago in MonsterHunter

    Stupid question... Can I ask what weapon that is? I hear it during hunts with strangers sometimes but I'm not familiar enough with the other weapons to place it.

    [–] In Austria and Germany in case of an traffic jam, by law you have to form the`Rettungsgasse.’ Which gives emergency vehicles a clear path. StoicSalamander 8 points ago in Damnthatsinteresting

    Accurate. What I wouldn't give for people to just move out of the way of my damn ambulance. It's like people see us coming and just forget how to drive. It's immensely frustrating, seeing this post is like some kind of alternate reality heaven.

    [–] Alto clef? ALTO CLEF!? StoicSalamander 1 points ago in bassoon

    We don't? I had pieces with Alto clef in it several times throughout high school when I played. It's definitely a thing.

    [–] People of Reddit! When did you begin feeling like an "adult"? StoicSalamander 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Driving to my grandma's house for family events on my own instead of riding with my mom

    [–] I found the perfect stand for my sedum burrito :) StoicSalamander 7 points ago in IndoorGarden

    Throw some leaves on top. They should propagate into new stems :)

    [–] What are the most toxic subreddits that you used to follow? And why do you think they’re toxic? StoicSalamander 3 points ago in AskReddit

    No no you can, just that most bonsai in a little tiny pot arent ready. You aren't supposed to plant them in those til the trunk is thick enough, since once they're planted in there the trunks don't get really any thicker. But most are sold in those even when they should be in the ground to thicken up! :)

    [–] TIL that in the US a check does not need to be written on a bank check. It can be written on anything (including clothing) and legally be cashed as long as it includes the proper information. StoicSalamander 2 points ago in todayilearned

    Well when we have them sign, the whole screen is the signature area and it shrinks it down. So he had a whole screens worth of area to draw on. It took him several minutes, and we were all just waiting, dying to see what he was drawing - some people write snarky things but most people don't draw anything save for maybe a smiley or angry face.

    [–] What are the most toxic subreddits that you used to follow? And why do you think they’re toxic? StoicSalamander 10 points ago in AskReddit

    Me too at this point. I enjoyed it while I participated, but ultimately it wasn't the hobby for me. I like the idea but I just liked the plant itself, I didn't want to have to be meticulous about how it's styled or how branches look next to each other or pruning off the "correct" twigs and wiring it the "correct" way. I just liked having a little tree in a pot. At the time I was looking for something my mom and I could do together, but she kind of dropped it as well. So, I look at everyone else's kick ass bonsai and I amuse myself with other houseplants instead. :)

    [–] What are the most toxic subreddits that you used to follow? And why do you think they’re toxic? StoicSalamander 12 points ago in AskReddit

    It seems like small subs swing either one way or the other with no middle ground. Either the regulars are condescending, unwelcoming pricks and push people out as soon as they show up (except like minded people) and make the sub not a nice place to be - so it ends up like my post - or they're inclusive and encourage people to participate and learn and then the negative people are a minority that is no more than a nagging in the background. Just honestly depends on who populates the sub more when it's created I think.

    [–] What are the most toxic subreddits that you used to follow? And why do you think they’re toxic? StoicSalamander 27 points ago in AskReddit

    You aren't wrong. Some mobile users can't see the sidebar though. And as much as everyone SHOULD, we all have to expect that people won't. Saying "hey, welcome to the hobby! A lot of your questions can be answered in our FAQ in the sidebar" is a lot more welcoming than "god I'm sick of the same questions every day, read the sidebar ffs" but both get the same point across.

    [–] What are the most toxic subreddits that you used to follow? And why do you think they’re toxic? StoicSalamander 530 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in AskReddit

    It's a small sub but /r/bonsai. I wanted to get into it a while ago, and I lurked and read almost every thread started for months even once I got the basics down. It's full of a lot of high horse people who can't accept any deviation from the 'traditional' Bonsai way and get downright condescending if you disagree. Any deviation from the standard is met with disdain. New people who are making newbie mistakes or asking newbie questions are snapped at to 'read the sidebar.' I get that it can get annoying to see the same stuff and read the same questions but that attitude just a good way to push people away from the hobby, there's no reason you can't phrase it in a more positive manner, especially when the people who sell them and you think you should trust give a ton of misinformation. There would be someone post their new tree and the comments would be a bunch of 'take it out of that pot' and 'have fun wasting $$ on the tree you're going to kill' and overall just a bunch of negative vitrol. When it was addressed in posts people would be like 'if they can't handle reality they can leave' and how stupid they were for not reading the sidebar and actually ragging on people for believing the information the bonsai seller told them.

    I tried to be more positive and tell newcomers that yes, with grow lights a bonsai can live inside or that while many people would style it XYZ method its your tree and generally got downvoted. I got more than one nasty PM from regulars about 'ruining the hobby.' it's not a nice place for newcomers.

    That may have changed but I stopped reading the comments years ago. I'm still subbed to look but I stopped participating. There's going to be the endless basic questions in ANY hobby, if you get sick of it just stop answering it. Mobile users can't see the sidebar. People are going to trust someone selling them something. There's a LOT to learn in a hobby with so much history behind it, everyone will start at the bottom.

    Editing to add. Like I've mentioned, it maybe changed. I haven't bothered looking in close to two years because I'm not in the hobby any more. But when I was there, this is how it was. It's not the first time I've seen this sub mentioned in similar questions. Also, it's really tempting to screenshot and post the PMs I got overnight that really prove my point but I'm not going to stoop to that level. However, that strongly makes me believe that nothing there has changed.

    [–] TIL that in the US a check does not need to be written on a bank check. It can be written on anything (including clothing) and legally be cashed as long as it includes the proper information. StoicSalamander 2 points ago in todayilearned

    I work on an ambulance. We need signatures when we bring patients to the hospital, and when we sign them free because they declined care. Sometimes the people go to the hospital on a hold against their will. We still need to try to get a signature.

    We have these E-tablet things to sign. One guy drew an impressively detailed gigantic middle finger and wrote some angry expletives around it.

    He was pretty salty when we told him that it still counted as a signature.

    [–] Found this volunteer growing in my herb garden two years ago. Got topped by an animal of some kind last year which gave it some nice branching. StoicSalamander 14 points ago in Bonsai

    The first time I successfully grew a ghost pepper and it started growing peppers, a goose ate it down to the soil line. I was SO MAD.

    Turned out to be a good thing because it sprouted five new stems from the base and I got a TON of peppers out of it. Now I chop all my peppers early in the season.

    I guess sometimes nature knows what's up!

    [–] Minnesota Nice as a Social Contact - Observations from a Transplant StoicSalamander 8 points ago in minnesota

    I had a nice realization of the brutality of our winters when I was at an event that had people from multiple states. Someone mentioned that they spun out (MN) driving to the store to get groceries. I laughed (since nobody was hurt) and shared my stories of seeing spin outs on my drive the previous winter, and my own experience in a spin out. A third person complained that they just got snow tires and still slid into intersections with them on an icy rain day.

    The out of state people just kind of had these huge eyes and were looking at us like they walked into a madhouse, because I guess just casually talking about it was asinine, and I'm like no it's just how it is, have you seen winter here?

    Apparently where they're from, if the weather is spin out worthy, everyone locks up tight at home. I'm like, if we did that we wouldn't work all winter.

    [–] HOW THE FUCK DO YOU CART TO GOD DAMN FUCKING ZORAH MAGDOROS StoicSalamander 5 points ago in monsterhunterrage

    Confession

    I carted on Zorah while I was doing nothing but shooting a cannon because I was burned and didn't realize it so I was losing health. I was absolutely lost on why I just died out of the blue.

    I accept my shame.

    [–] Crystal Dragon Head StoicSalamander 4 points ago in dragons

    That looks like orgonite! Resin with a lot of different crystals set into it. Can look stunning but is usually ungodly expensive because of the "metaphysical properties" those who make it claim it has. For some reason there's been a huge popularity boost of these exact dragon heads being made in the rock/crystal groups I'm in on Facebook. In fact, if you wanted one, if you Google 'orgonite dragon head' like I just did to check you can find some pretty ones if you're willing to pay the price!