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Infopost | 2023.01.24

Financial stuff from yesterday and today.

Review | 2023.01.14
All the genres

Maybe not all the genres, but FPS, 4X, tabletop, and a meme game are a good sampling.
Since /r/stellaris is often on Reddit's default front page with funny posts, I thought I'd give it a go (Steam sale). Civ made #3 on my all-time list and Stellaris seemed to have many of the same 4X elements. Long ago I played Sins of a Solar Empire and appreciated the scale of the game while feeling it largely suffered under its own weight for playability.

Lulzpost | 2023.01.09
Graphic art

Look, I haven't followed baseball since the strike and I hate all those sites that steal content from the Jalponiks and Reddits of the world. But here is some baseball content stolen from Reddit cause, like, it was funny and I learned cool A's facts.

Editorial | 2022.12.16

Memelords and bad photoshops.
I guess Elon popped in to a live chat about it. It went like this:

Editorial | 2022.12.12

This post is kind of hefty, so let's start with a couple of adorable pics from the zoo.

Infopost | 2022.11.14
Stable Diffusion setup

Last post had some funny Elons. Here's how I made them. Well, here's how a machine learning model made them with me serving as quality control.

Infopost | 2022.11.08
Turning points

I picked up a 3080 Ti from some decent ebay seller after being ghosted by an illegitimate ebay seller. I was looking to catch the price downswing from:
Downloading some fresh music was in the backlog until this past weekend. I have been meaning to get the recent Tool album since first hearing it live. Mark had pointed me to a neat prog/instrumental group (above) and I ran across some Reddit post in defense of the last decade of hip hop (which has been somewhat unimpressive imho). I balked at seeing Kanye and RtJ (sorry, hipsters) on the list, but DOOM and Black Thought brought me back. And I guess if Mr. Hip Hop is Dead made the list, it can't all be 16 bars of the same sentence repeated over a catchy hook.

Infopost | 2022.10.17

A few of the world/economic news storylines that I've been following seem to have intertwined. Or at least the twines are quite close to each other.

Review | 2022.10.12
Deckbuilding and action

Just vibeo ganes in this post.
I was looking for another travel-friendly Switch game and happened upon a site (gamerant or something) that listed all the top responses from a Reddit post (this is not uncommon). Magic Arena and Hearthstone were popular answers (iirc) but the top Switch response was Shadowverse: Champions Battle. More on that after a brief aside on /r/gamingsuggestions.
Here are some responses (hey, I told you reposting top Reddit comments is not uncommon):
So yeah, a random Redditor and a bunch of upvoters informed me that I might like Shadowverse: Champion's Battle as a deckbuilding alternative to the roguelike fare I've recently enjoyed. The screenshots made it looks like Magic with some anime art style.

Review | 2022.09.03

In this post:

Gallerypost | 2022.08.17

Me and J have almost covered the aboveground map, mostly working through Volcano Manor and the Leyndell.

Infopost | 2022.08.14

It's been a busy week for F5 keys across the country. Monday morning greeted me with this:
Twitter has been entertaining, I also stopped by Reddit's /r/conservative since they're a good source for distilled talking points.
Earlier this month a 30-employee "strategic investment management" company out of Hong Kong rocketed to a position in the top fifty companies by market cap. They're back to *only* 850M now, but it was quite the pump and dump. WSB spectated and a few speculated so CNBC blammed Redditors.

Infopost | 2022.07.18

It seems like everyone is on the lookout for catalysts and indicators. One of the recent ones was vehicle repossessions. Sure enough, that was a thing in 2008:

Review | 2022.06.18

Footwear, Netflix, and a bad week for CPI and crypto.

Storypost | 2022.06.15

Just in time for summer, the artificial turf went in and the terrace project is complete. Call it a veranda, call it a gazebo, call it an aviary, call it a beergarden, call it a baby corral, call it a baby thunderdome. Just don't call it unfinished, or we'll have to settle it in the baby thunderdome.

Storypost | 2022.06.10

The major indices were on the rise at the end of June but sentiment seems to indicate that we're on a pretty significant downslope. Probably don't buy every dip.

Storypost | 2022.06.07
Fog door

I hit the big one. Luckily this game is co-op so I didn't have to do it alone.

Infopost | 2022.05.24
This is fine

A few weeks ago I talked about real estate, margin loans, and Elon Musk. I wasn't entirely convinced by a WSBer's assertion that we were headed for another real estate meltdown, though I think a market and real estate pullback is long overdue. Nothing has kerploded, but there's another chapter in this saga. (Fair warning: this post has plenty of other people's crude language and usernames.)
It's Reddit and it's a sub for amateurs, but since I went down the rabbit hole I'm going to consider these datapoints.

Storypost | 2022.05.14

Investing, video gaming, internetting, parenting, learning - the usual.

Infopost | 2022.05.03

In this post: construction, code, and catching falling knives.

Storypost | 2022.04.17

After fourteen years of service, my Hayward 0.75 hp pump died. It wasn't an especially dramatic malfunction - the pump would pull water slowly but then trip the heat switch. It may be a repairable problem (e.g. seals) but I decided to go nuclear. I was concerned that the pump was fine but my intake lines were leaking, causing the pump to suck mostly air. With no small effort, I ran a separate pipe directly to the pool to all-but-confirm that it was the pump that needed replacing.
So Rob always spams everyone with Hacker News and Reddit links so he recently passed this one on to me:
I was going to skip the whole Elon/Twitter episode - both on this site and as a personal goal - but it precipitated an interesting megapost by former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong.
Reddit started off so well with its community moderation approach, then outsourced its Orwellian Anti-Evil Operations to broken machine learning and third world reviewers. I guess Yishan knows it failed miserably. Given the option of being more or less trigger-happy, the platforms seem to have favored censorship:

Storypost | 2022.03.08

The plan for this month to rave about Horizon: Forbidden West and Elden Ring. The Ukraine crisis was an ominous but interesting situation three weeks ago. Sadly, now people are fighting for their country and seeking refuge and having their lives destroyed by a pointless invasion.
Everything started with headlines saying that the 'go' order had been given without further details. I guess Reddit had been somewhat on-point with the flight tracking - the airspace cleared and Kyiv-bound flights looked for new places to land.

Infopost | 2022.02.20

Here we are on day whatever of this eastern Europe thing. It's kind of interesting though, here's what I'll talk about:
"Per Twitter". Right? It's both a source of unfiltered (but localized) primary information and a hub of propaganda. It's also rife with uninformed speculation *looks directly into camera*. And it seems both the platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit) and journalists (who cannot easily validate the source data) either ignore these posts/videos or present them with a heavy "as is" disclaimer.
The main world news subreddit created an ongoing (multipart) discussion thread for the Ukraine crisis. It's an interesting naptime read. Participants consist of a weird mix of earnest contributors, bored otaku-types, people morbidly wanting to 'be there' for the start of the war, and people shocked or amused by the rest. See: the Reddit and the Boston Marathon.
Redditors speculated on the more conspicuous transponder signatures. But discussions featured some legitimate-sounding sources of knowledge such as Ukrainians and ex-military. They're difficult to validate, of course, because no blockchain :(

Storypost | 2022.01.09

Also a clencher, the week 18 de facto playoff matchup was, in the words of NFL twitter, "Best season finale ever?". Early-game momentum swings, a Chargers comeback capped by Herbert taking hits from Crosby for downs 1-3 and then getting it done on 4th and long. There were plenty of referee antics as well.
The NFL subreddit is pretty good and the post+game threads had some spicy takes. Neutrals very much wanted the tie to happen. Part of the rationale was that this would be the last chance for the tie dilemma to happen - the NFL will have these games play simultaneously starting next year. That's how it's been done in soccer since a similar controversy and it generally works. It won't be quite so straightforward in a league/sport with a clock that stops, turn-based play, and high-bandwidth communication between the sideline and players.

Storypost | 2021.09.09

Huh, no posts about covid in months.
Since convincing your doctor to prescribe Ivermectin isn't super easy, people have been trading notes on how to use the livestock-grade stuff. There was a dedicated subreddit with lots of instructionals and anecdotal results. Then it was taken over by people making fun of the Ivermectin users. The invasion is still going strong but it decided to cross into Rule 34 territory (major content warning if you don't know what Rule 34 is).
Anyway, so here we are. Still living with covid even though there's a free innoculation. At least the antiva memes are pretty entertaining. They're not dank or anything, but I dig how loud and dramatic they are. Not having the facebook, I have to rely on the posts aggregated on /r/HermanCainAward. While any individual one could be a high-effort fake, the volume and similarity to stories Jes tells gives me some confidence.
You'd think podcasts would be a good place for real discussion - and that's probably the case for many. I'm not a podcast listener, but I imagine some follow the Crossfire model and others have hosts that won't ask critical questions (e.g. Joe Rogan). I also don't know much about most social media and just lurk on Reddit, but screencaps seem to indicate that there is very little support for 'long form discussions'.

Storypost | 2021.08.22

Let's start with the hardest-hitting item. Costco has a $200 handle of baijiu. I'm not sure if it's more shocking that someone decided bamboo liquor was worth importing or that there is a baijiu that costs more than 8 yuan.

Storypost | 2021.07.27
Everything is cool

Breakthrough cases? Pshhh, this is fine. Right?
This week LMC announced it had come to an agreement with a hedge fund to raise "up to" $400 million. The LMC subreddit quickly announced, "Funding secured! ATVM loan next!" and tried to get traction in WSB.
The WSB commentary went along the lines of, "this agreement is share dilution through a financial pawn shop, the hedgie just turns around and sells the stock on the open market". Kind of like what AMC did. It was also noted that the $400 million figure was calculated based on a share price substantially higher than $RIDE's current value.
There was a pretty on-point meta post yesterday, probably directed at $CLOV and $WISH apes:

Infopost | 2021.07.17
Just buy SPY

Not really. Well, do what you want, this just a journal of investment adventures not a source of investment advice. The title is just a catchy way to talk about my mid-year report card and another fun chapter in the LMC saga.
Anyway, I wish the stock was at like $80 instead of $8, there'd be a lot more room to run. On the other hand, it's alarming to see that there are Redditors on the LMC sub that don't appear to be astroturfers. I thought I was just reading Fyre influencer tweets, not the actual attendees.

Storypost | 2021.07.12
Up and down

Well, we still don't have flying cars, but it looks like space tourism has finally arrived.
Somebody (not me) lit up their subreddit in hilarious fashion:
Another commenter quoted a local newspaper that had previously reported layoffs at the LMC plant. LMC responded, here are some excerpts:
WSB dating advice, for a giggle.

Infopost | 2021.07.04
Lambos or shambos

Big moves this week for the two tickers I've been following most closely. First, some (dark) giggles about a company I don't go near in any sense:
While the LMC discussion has mostly been confined to the LMC sub and the occasional WSB post that is immediately taken down, /r/thetagang provided a substantive discussion on the state of the company on a post that predated this week's news.
(Theta gang is the Reddit term for people who focus on selling options).

Storypost | 2021.06.25
The show goes on

A lot going on in this one, here's a quick table of contents:
Softballs focused on stamping and paint. Cool. The LMC subreddit had put together a list of questions beforehand, I guess none of them were asked:

Infopost | 2021.06.15
Bro, the humanity

So I previously talked about being a huge fan of vaporware and the figureheads that hype them. This weekend I even rounded out my '08 crash trilogy with its Enron prequel.
While it may come as a surprise to GME squeeze-era Reddit accounts, Hindenburg discloses its short positions and writes "hit pieces" that may drive the short positions rather than justify them. The more recent Lordstown report pairs nicely with my running chronicle of their Reddit astroturfing and was rewarded with this week's ouster of their Billy McFarland, Steve Burns.
As usual, four month old accounts tell fellow Redditors that this means there's squeeze potential.

Storypost | 2021.06.13

The Kevin Smith's Ankle Memorial Palapa has also received the apt nickname The Baby Stable. With the supporting structure built, the wall and roof materials arrived.
The sub's signal-to-noise has tanked like a SPY put. What's worse, the bots upvote each other so you can't even sort by quality. Mods finally implemented a few reactionary measures, moving popular tickers to a megathread and banning the word 'squeeze'. It's more a symptom of Reddit's larger authenticity problem, but it's allowed *some* good material to poke through.

Storypost | 2021.05.26
Risk mitigation

The backyard terraces need fencing. Since there are two terraces, it almost made sense to connect the two and create a verdana/gazebo/pergola/palapa over the middle terrace.
Also, Reddit banned the totally legit dude from my last post. Not to worry, others have stepped up to carry the banner. The bot comments are hilariously repetitive, translations provided in italics:
As you might imagine, that totally legit Redditor then used the responses to praise the wonders of in-wheel motors.

Storypost | 2021.05.08

This guy no longer has to worry about covidd (spelled thusly: c-o-v-i-d-d, the extra 'd' is for a double dose of the Moderna).

Storypost | 2021.04.08
Investment drama

The WSB v. hedgie class war briefly took a back seat last week as an unrelated institutional investor caused Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to do a Margin Call LARP.
WSB has long been fanboys of Tesla/Elon and, since it's the internet, they like calling bullshit on things. So the Hindenburg piece was well-liked, contrary to the CNBC-propagated idea that WSB is totally against short sellers and just wants to take down hedgies.
There were critical comments, but they were downvoted by probably the same accounts that gave the post a bunch of awards right away. Unfortunately, Reddit is more focused on banning accounts with no-no words and trying to wrap their heads around quotations and sarcasm.

Storypost | 2021.01.30
GME volume

Wednesday saw GME go mainstream after being largely contained in Reddit, financial news, and specific social media streams. The latter half of the week was all about the "retail traders who took on Wall Street". Chief among them is DFV himself:

Review | 2019.04.29

Going a little outside the normal post fare, but after a controversial GoT semi-finale, there were some fun reads on the song of ice and fire subreddit.
And back to Reddit: