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Nathan Shepperd
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I have been enjoying Sky Factory 2, and you have no forum so I'm commenting here...

Well I was doing well until I came across a sacred rubber tree sapling. Foolishly I actually planted the damn thing, but initially I had no idea what was going on when it grew and thought I'd been transported to some weird dimension.

Eventually I found what was left of my base: https://goo.gl/photos/RzVUWevKFhqjzwdBA

Also my backups weren't running so I have to try and remove the tree and rebuild what I had.

I was really upset for a few minutes!
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A minimalist post about minimalist music...
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I've been using ambient (can't stand the term "New Age") music as an improved working background. Much of my favourite music can be too distracting if there is a lot going on.

The 5th track on this is a very long drone piece. I think it helps to have longer tracks that can cover "task length" pieces of time - say 20-30 minutes.
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I listen to some metal, Meshuggah or Animals as Leaders. The album I referenced up there I only tried once. I listen to Steve Roach now...
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Tools, tools - are they useful? I have wasted quite a bit of time messing about with shiny looking productivity apps, but this is not really a problem with the app itself, there are just too many of them.
Recently I've returned to OmniFocus, which is a GTD implementation but this can be used in a minimalist version of the system like +Leo Babauta 's ZTD. I think the issue I've had before is playing with a tool rather than using it seriously for a few weeks to see if it's working.
One of OmniFocus' helpful things is the quick recording of "stuff" using a global shortcut - the minute you think of something while working you can type it and save in a couple of seconds. This is starting to cut out some distractions.

Has anyone else found a tool that works positively?
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I looked at MagicalPad briefly but it's very similar to Curio, which I have under-used for years. At least if I do need that sort of program, I have one that I know how to use.
For now OmniFocus is going pretty well so I'm sticking to that. Whenever I have tried to use more than one tool it has been too complicated, and something too free-form can lead to a lot of fiddling about, at least for me.
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Why don't you build a wand shop

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I think there is a combination of literal-mindedness and relentless thinking at work. I don't have the specific problem with seeing actors playing different roles. It may be because many actors don't transform their performances that much. I still identify with that style of thought process where it's difficult to disengage from literal truth when people are clearly pretending to be something else. I'm wondering whether what I do with familiar actors is to simply see them practicing their craft as themselves. It's like I'm not entirely engaged with them as their character.

Also the whole empathy argument is just a simplistic view of people that don't understand the condition. We can empathise with people who have the same feelings in response to the same situation. It's difficult to empathise with people who feel things differently at different times. It's a sort of emotional disconnect rather than lack of the ability to empathise. Being overly sensitive is one expression of autistic emotional range, but I think it's more likely for girls to get upset and boys to get very angry. Tony Attwood described it as emotions going from 0 to 10 with no moderation in between. I feel like it's a multiplier that is totally off the NT scale myself.
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I thought this was well done and amusing. In fact I'd never bothered to the listen to the song until I heard Weird Al Yankovic's parody. However it would have been even more amusing had the men been wearing flesh-coloured G-strings like the ladies in the original video.

I get the impression there are thousands of words of internet drivel in the comments, this is YouTube after all, but I can see that the gradual creep of soft porn into the mainstream has left men so used to seeing women with their tits out they think it's a bit mundane. In fact Robin Thicke's video illustrates how blatant objectification of women can be just a "bit of a laugh" these days. It just makes me think that Thicke, Williams and T.I. are conceited dickheads rather than talented vocalists. Or cynical music industry hacks as the song earned Thicke and Williams $5m each. 
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I'm making an attempt to reduce distraction while keeping things on my computer present relevant to work. I've cleared my worksurface of distracting devices. It was a bad idea to put an iPhone right there in front of me. I've switched it to "do not disturb" mode. It's also on silent.

The trouble with needing a web application for work is that it's too easy to open another tab for something. I think what I need is a "single purpose" browser that refuses to branch to another domain, as if the web application was just an application.

I could be more disciplined, but there are ways technology can help...
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I have come across that before but never tried it out for a long period. It might be what I need to change habits...
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I thought this was interesting, but also amusing to see the patronising view expressed that "poor people can't make good decisions".
So what would happen if you gave $300 to a middle-class American?
Help the poor by giving them money. They won’t waste it.
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It seems to be programmed into most people growing up that homeless people will waste anything they're given, that somehow they should be punished for being where they are. This is likely a leftover from our puritan past, one of many bits that should have been left in the dust a long time ago.
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stampy this may seem wired I am telling you this now but at the end of the game there is a bonose le level and I am not go ing to
Spoile any more my name is seb

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+Nathan Shepperd im pretty ysure your lying cause loads of people say that..
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    Physics, 1997 - 2000
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