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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
Today, 4:07 AM #1
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mightguy15:I agree deleting/ignoring is probably the best option. My online pesence is pretty minimal, I don't even have any social media accounts minus a Twitter that I hardly use (partially because I'm just an introverted loser) so maybe I have less to lose than the usual person. That plus I find dolts like that more hilarious than annoying and I can't help but engage.


I'm pretty sure you are being tongue-in-cheek about being an introverted loser. But I still have to share that I am now quite proud of being an Introvert with a capital I. I don't have any social media unless you count webcomic forums like this and the comment sections of my subscriptions.

It's too bad the internet has become another medium pandering to the worst in us.

Just gimme a binge-read webcomic online or a quiet forest to walk in offline and I'm a happy wolf.
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Yesterday, 3:24 AM #2
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This is another dark-cloud-with-a-silver-lining story.

This morning my shower seemed too hot. The only way I could get it cool enough was to turn the water flow higher.

Sounds strange,eh?

See, I have one of these weird stupid 1970's shower faucets which has a knob set in the middle of a lever. The knob controls the water flow. The lever (in theory) controls the water temperature. It's always been a challenge to get a balance of the right temperature and the right water flow.

I check the water heater. The air in the water heater closet is warm and damp. It shouldn't be.

Long story short: the building manager is having a new water heater installed. This is especially nice because the new water heating systems do not need extra insulation jackets like the old ones.
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Result in thread: Voting
2 days ago, 3:43 AM #3
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lirvilas:I can agree with that and I would encourage advocacy at all levels of government for free, fair, and secure elections.


Frankly I have more faith in the mail-in ballot system than the electronic voting systems some states were/are using.

I will admit this is lazy speculation since I haven't researched election fraud: It seems that a skilled hacker could alter hundreds if not thousands of votes in a given district.

I seem to recall some hubbub in the media a number of elections ago. Voters were upset that they were given only the choice of electronic voting in some places. I vaguely recall also that one vendor of the voting machines was trying to sell to a district that traditionally voted counter to the political party he was known to support.

Strictly an intuitive hunch, but it would be a lot harder to cover up fraud with paper ballots at the Elections Department than with electronic ballots collected on a server.

Since this post is purely hunches, guesses, and fragments of memories; I do invite those better informed to validate, correct, amend, or completely shoot down any of the above.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
4 days ago, 9:55 PM #4
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mitchellbravo:^holy shit, poor dogs :(

I didn't get super aggressive vibes from this dog, it wasn't snarling or seeming like it *wanted* to attack, but I'm not much a dog person to begin with so my comfort level at being faced with an owner less dog was like a 0 to begin with



Given that the dog was a black lab, it's behavior was pretty odd. Most labs are friendly doofus'es and don't bark at people unless a stranger is on their property.

Sometimes I encounter certain dogs on my walks where they bark at me, but their tails wag and they're smiling not snarling. I interpret this as

"I don't know who you are and you look interesting, but I have to prove a point right now."

You've probably seen my rant about the man who drives past in his SUV with the windows open and his three goddam German Shepherds who bark at everyone walking or standing nearby.

NOW the old bastard has put a dark-tinted cover over his license plate. No one can tell me that's a co-incidence!
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5 days ago, 11:06 PM #5
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You may know that I'm a person who loves quiet, and that most stores and restaurants are far too noisy for me these days. And I won't get started on my workplace!

In my apartment complex, my neighbor to the left is a college professor and she's very quiet. My upstairs neighbor is so quiet that I'm afraid I'm making too much noise when prepping food in the kitchen.

I can look out of my sliding glass door onto our narrow yard and see squirrels, song birds, the occasional crow, and the rare day-time raccoon.
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5 days ago, 2:24 AM #6
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callmerocket:^^HNNNNNNNG *slaver* harroorooroooo {pawing anxiously at the earth}

Mine isn't here yet 8-[



It can't be too much longer. In my case, I think there is a Part II ballot, because there weren't the mayor/city council/sheriff races. I'm in a neighboring municipality than you, so none of these races are particularly critical to a better future.

The important stuff to me was on the ballot I did cast. Except for the Soil Conservation District "races" which I've joked about in this thread and elsewhere. There were goddamn FIVE of these!
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6 days ago, 5:02 AM #7
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Voted.

Voted by mail.

Ballot required no postage stamp. We used to have to pay for postage on Mail-in Ballots (you only needed the standard first-class stamp).

But even when we did have to do that, I realized that this was a bargain compared to the horrid days of going to the polls. For my wry description of going to the polls, see:

Forum > General discussion > Voting > Post #29
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8 days ago, 2:08 AM #8
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I've been looking for a new pair of inexpensive cotton sweat pants. All or mostly-cotton will last me three years minimum.

My current pair is a name brand I got cheap at Costington's*. They are a year old and are virtually in shreds. This is after religiously washing them in cold water with a dash of vinegar and the washing machine cycle set to Torpid.

On impulse I decided to try Argot* and see if they might have cheap cotton sweat pants. To my surprise, they did. To my dismay, they were out of my size.

But I found a cool, inexpensive wallet! It was the last one on the peg board. And I've been needing a new wallet for years.





*names of respective store chains have been changed to protect the guilty
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
8 days ago, 1:35 AM #9
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Cheese-brain co-worker swans past me on cramped aisle,

His mask barely conceals the boil standing look-out on Cape Chin

I demand his ashes be exiled.
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11 days ago, 2:20 AM #10
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Lutzbug:My COVID test came back negative!



That is great news!
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12 days ago, 3:32 AM #11
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mitchellbravo:My husband ate two of the ripe tomatoes yesterday and said they were very good. I asked him to rate them compared to other tomatoes he has eaten in his life on a scale from one to ten and he gave them a nine. I look forward to making sauce and maybe trying my hand at tomato pie.


This reminds me of a favorite quote from King of the Hill:

The Hills joined a food coop and everything tastes better. Bobby says, "This tomato tastes good! Instead of nothing!"

At work there is a raised bed garden (abandoned this year) for employees. Can you believe I am so sheltered on the subject of gardening that I never heard of or saw Black Beauty tomatoes until I saw this garden?
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Result in thread: Voting
Two weeks ago, 3:25 AM #12
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lirvilas:y'all vote yet?


let's get this done


My state has only Vote-by-mail so I'll have to wait a little longer.

I saw in the news today that a postman had dumped mail bundles including ballots in two different locations. No motive was mentioned. At one of the dumpsites, there was actually only a single ballot in the mix. Maybe the guy was just randomly reducing his delivery volume.


Thanks for the ballot pic. It's nice to see candidates other than of the two major parties. It's purely symbolic now. But maybe someday there will be viable alternatives to the current 2-partay system.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
7th Oct 2020, 3:47 AM #13
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KidCthulhu:Last night around 11:00pm, the toilet backed up into the goddamn bath tub when then the base of the toilet started leaking. I am so sick of the plumbing issues in this house! It seems like I'm contacting the landlord about something plumbing related every six to eight weeks.

I don't even know if I'll be lucky enough to shower this morning *grumble*


That happened to me on a Sunday morning during my busiest term at college. All I could do was stare at the surreal horror of
[spoilered for grossness]
gushing out of the bathtub drain.

I never dreamt this was possible.
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6th Oct 2020, 3:37 AM #14
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Yeah, I had my email account hacked in the way where I received an email saying "This is your password" and stating it correctly.

I don't know HOW they did it, but I can tell you what I did wrong in practice:

I used a password for multiple accounts for years without changing it. The minute I read that alarming message, I immediately created new distinct passwords for all the accounts which used the same one.

This seems to have solved the problem. There has been no scary suspicious activity since that day.

I am loathe to have a large presence of myself, so to speak, on the internet. The more one shares on the internet, the more opportunities for the bad guys. I depend on my paranoia to avoid the shit faceless strangers can pull.

Not long ago, I got an email saying that an acquaintance from years ago wanted to friend me on a career-based website which I have not visited or updated in years. I was suspicious so I deleted the message without opening it.

Then I got an email from their spouse whom I was friend with before they got married. We had drifted apart due to circumstances beyond our control.

So it turns out that the original notice was actually innocuous! The happy ending is that we are re-connecting and our respective circumstances make it possible to do so.

Still, I am grateful that I have a suspicious and cynical nature when it comes to the internet.

I am now in the process of setting up a new account using an open-source email app. I'm going to have it hosted on a non-U.S., non-Asian email host which has higher security and privacy standards.

My major complaint about popular hosts like Macrohard and Goofball is that they might be secure from hackers, but they play fast and loose with your information in order to market to you relentlessly.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
6th Oct 2020, 2:50 AM #15
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KidCthulhu:Don't forget that Bowie had a habit of doing collaborations even when the record companies didn't approve. I'm pretty sure he's uncredited on Queen's Under Pressure for the same reason.



Ah. That makes sense. I know very little about Bowie, outside of the music played on pop radio and college radio.

I first got the impression from a film documentary on Reed that he and Bowie admired each others work. There was a brief scene taken at a Bowie concert, where Bowie announces, "Ladies and gentlemen; Mr. New York himself: Lou Reed!"

My mouth dropped open and my eyes bugged out.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
5th Oct 2020, 2:46 AM #16
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KidCthulhu: FYI: Tuna Turner sang backup on that ^_^


That's amazing! I never knew that.

It's like when I found out that David Bowie did background vocals on Lou Reed's New York Conversation [From the album Transformer]

Either I had not looked hard enough on the album notes, or else Bowie wasn't properly credited. Given that Lou could be a very egotistic jerk in his younger days, this could have happened.

I miss Lou.




We now return to a more logical progression of this thread
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
5th Oct 2020, 2:11 AM #17
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mitchellbravo:I don't think you were posting too much at all, it was nice to see your responses to things.

This place is an escape from real world stuff for me, so now that I haven't been actively doing my comic and things are quiet here I'm kind of a boat without a sail

Weird to go from waking up and the red update dot being at like 9 or 10 to being, like, 2.


I'm just in a weird brain place lately, like my mind can't commit to seeing things thru. I keep making weird clumsy mistakes with greater than normal frequency. I start to daydream like how in regular brain times I daydream about comic stuff bit it's like I'm just playing the same few beginninf actions over and over and never make it to the next oart. I feel a continual undercurrent of dread and low-frequency anxiety any time I'm not watching TV and knitting.

Hoping to do some yard work tomorrow and that the physical activity will help


I hear ya on all your points.

The worst for me is I've got a bad case of the " I Don't Wanna"s. The indication that it's bad is I'm blowing off the simplest, easiest routine chores because I Don't Wanna. Which is stupid, because blowing them off is going to make things a pain later.

I choose to blame the stress of our times.

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Lutzbug:I can’t speak for anyone else, but it’s definitely true in my case. The news cycle is driving me insane but I can’t stop looking at it.


You just reminded me of an old Frank Zappa song about television. I think a line from it goes something like

"I'm vile and disgusting, but you can't look away..."
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"Subscriber User Experience", 5th Oct 2020, 2:01 AM #18
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From a subscriber's point of view, the new comment form improves the commenting experience.

It's faster and smoother than the old version.

With the old version I would have to refresh the page to see my comment posted.

Very nice.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
5th Oct 2020, 1:43 AM #19
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I'm sort of grateful for the slow-down.

I found myself spending a lot time posting responses and I was getting worried that I was overdoing it. Don't want to become a pest or anything.

Possibly folks here have been distracted by the startling ironic news which originated from the U.S capital city this past week.
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2nd Oct 2020, 3:20 AM #20
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I'm glad you shared this, because I'm gonna ask my doctor what to do if this ever happens to me.
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