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    [–] Recommendations for someone who enjoyed Blindsight/Echopraxia? Xenomech 6 points ago in printSF

    In keeping with /r/printSF tradition, I will recommend reading Blindsight by Peter Watts a second time.


    [–] Reddit, what's your family's dark secret? [NSFW] Xenomech 8 points ago in AskReddit

    Well, when a landscaper is a hypocrite, it only leads to destroyed lawns. When a religious teacher is a hypocrite, it leads to destroyed lives.

    So, it's kind of a bigger deal when there's hypocrisy dealing with a powerful force in society, be it religion, politics, law enforcement, etc.

    [–] What’s a computer trick you think everyone should know? Xenomech -2 points ago in AskReddit

    Every computer -- even the one in your smart phone -- has a "power" button. Pressing this button will turn the computer off, leaving you free to do other things like go for a walk and enjoy nature, or talk to your friends face-to-face, or engage in some other, non-computer-based hobby.

    [–] Anyone recognise this logo? Xenomech 8 points ago in Winnipeg

    The logo almost looks like a person.

    [–] Gonna be hard Xenomech 64 points ago in funny

    "We need to invent the atomic bomb."


    "We need to land a man on the moon."


    "We need to switch the country over to metric."

    "That's impossible!"

    [–] Does using boxed cake mixes still count as baking? Xenomech 1 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    If you lack money why are you buying mixes which are more expensive than raw materials.

    Buying a mix for baking one cake is far cheaper then buying all the raw ingredients for the same purpose. You can't normally buy "one cake's worth" of sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, salt, butter, vanilla extract, etc. Buying raw ingredients is only cheaper if you're going to be doing more baking soon in the future.

    [–] Why do pregnancy test adverts never show a relieved young woman looking at a "Not pregnant" result? Xenomech 89 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    The drug companies could also have a little fun with it:

    Couple in bedroom, looking at test

    Man: Are you sure the test is right?

    Second Man: it’s the most trusted brand on the market. I did three tests, they all came out the same.

    Camera tightens on couple as they embrace

    Man: I’m so glad we’re not pregnant.

    Second Man: I know, it’s such a relief

    [–] What is a catch phrase your parents would always say to you that you forever will hear in your head? Xenomech 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I don't even know what that means but it sounds amazing

    It means that just wishing for something will not make it happen.

    [–] Does anyone else have this irrational fear of answering calls, no matter who's calling? Xenomech 13 points ago in NoStupidQuestions

    It could also be performance anxiety (a subtle yet very important distinction - it's not the people, it's the fact that people are "spectators" and you feel like to have to "perform" for them and be perfect.

    If the next time I answer the phone with a "ta da!" instead of a "hello?", it will be your fault.

    [–] What is the most horror non-horror you've read so far? Xenomech 2 points ago in horrorlit

    IIRC, Nick's origin is retold in The Tin Woodman of Oz. Chopfyt appears in another book, I think (my memory's rusty on this).

    Some oil for your rusty memory: I believe Chopfyt does appear in The Tin Woodman of Oz.

    [–] Netflix's preview clips are spoiling major plot points Xenomech 80 points ago in movies

    I just can't get over how impressively bad Netflix's user interface is overall. Looking for something to watch on that site always feels like an irritating and frustrating battle.

    [–] What should every 18-year-old know? Xenomech 2 points ago in AskReddit

    If someone older than you is giving you advice, listen to it.

    [–] What’s a real thing that you always thought was fake when you were younger? Xenomech 30 points ago in AskReddit

    A horse walks into a bar. His chronic alcoholism has torn his family apart and destroyed everything he loved in life.