Why Alien: Isolation is the best game for me?

by parasurv

I bought Alien: Isolation a few years ago. Looking at the graphics I knew that my machine couldn't really handle it. I run the game around 30 fps at the time on the lowest settings.

I saw every Alien movies multiple times, although my favorite is the very first one, which I saw when I was young. Not a lot of movies had the affect on me like Alien. A truly frightening experience.

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Why it's good to be vegan?

by parasurv

I went vegan in October 2017, but this post is not about my journey. This is about why going vegan for me had some amazing and interesting effects.


I think my thinking in relation to nature and animals has changed. The question like, why we think we can be above - as humans - to other animals? Physically we are not strong, but because we developed a huge brain, it makes us automatically superior to everyone and everything in Life?

We spent centuries to realize enslaving humans is not good, but as the population grew we needed more and more animals to eat so we found a way to make the whole thing effective. Or we thought it's effective. Government subsidize animal agriculture, which makes meat and dairy cheaper, but still expensive in the long run. Health bills are pilling up for everyone.

We have absolutely no right to play god, to decide that one animal is above some other animals. There is no difference between a dog or a cat as a pet, than a pig, or chickens.


Going through cancer, losing weight was a positive which came out of it. However sometimes life just kick you in the face, and the result can be binging and eating yourself to back where you were. To be a fat and obese idiot fuck.

Only about 1,5 years ago realized - in a form of excruciating pain - that I need to change, if I want to live. My back hurt so much. That's when I finally gone vegan.

It's an interesting thing when people say that you are not vegan because you changed for your health and not for the animals. The result is the same however, and we shouldn't take away their problem and journey because they heard that they can help themselves by going vegan. Everybody will eventually watch those horrible slaughterhouse videos, in my opinion.

Cooking, eating and my relationship with food

Food always played a big role in my life. I was the chubby, short guy, whose athletic abilities were nonexistent. I couldn't run a few meters without running out of breath, and my hands and legs aren't the best friends of balls.

I learned cooking relatively late in life, due to my mother's illness and need to take care of her. However everything I know about cooking is from the past 1,5 years, and not from her. It's amazing how different can be cooking vegan foods from cooking meat mostly. While I was gaining weight I didn't really loved cooking, and sometimes I didn't cook. We can complicate things too much about cooking our food, I remember how my mother and grandmother spent their half of their days in the kitchen.

Cooking should not be that complicated.

Veganism change my relationship with food, and after a while I realized that I am addicted to certain foods. Sweets are a no go for me, just as bread, buns or any kind of baked goods. If I start I cannot stop myself.

Since I become vegan I eat mostly whole food plant based. I love cooked food, and I love my fruits.

When I cook it's like meditation for me. I usually can't focus on more things at a time, and cooking seriously can make me chill so much.

Anyway this is my take of being vegan for the past 1,5 years.

Note: I hope I can write more here, since I left social media, and I still want to write some things.


Castero, podcast listener in terminal

by parasurv

I just love simplicity in terminal, and after I got back to my RSS reading habit thanks to Newsbeuter and later elfeed in Emacs, I am intend to that with podcast listening. I quickly found castero, which is my first candidate.

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Ncmpcpp, favorite Linux music player

by parasurv

When I listen to music, I like simplicity. I have the music on my HDD, and while I have a Spotify account, I haven't used it for months. Most music I listen to I download from youtube via youtube-dl (check your repositories for download). It has a GUI, but I use it from command line via a pre-defined alias which takes care of things since the program itself first and foremost is for downloading videos.

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What game I would buy this week (February 2019)

by parasurv

We are living in the golden age of Linux gaming and Windows gaming on Linux! Here are some games I would buy this week. GOG has a great sale and Steam has a Lunar New Year Sale too for all of you (and me) Pigs!

Here are some of my recommendations. My personal policy is, if you can get something from GOG, you buy on GOG! Long live DRMFree gaming! Because we don't need a client and we are certainly not lazy to manage our files. If you want to do that, Lutris 0.5 now supports GOG games too!

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Parasurv's Random Links #6

by parasurv

Weekend is coming and I thought it's time for another random links. This time I focused on some Linux-y, and game stuff. Enjoy!

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