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  1. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    It would be so amazing if they did that here. I've literally sat next to my door waiting for deliveries just to get a failed attempt update on my phone and then find a note. Generally the only...

    It would be so amazing if they did that here. I've literally sat next to my door waiting for deliveries just to get a failed attempt update on my phone and then find a note.

    Generally the only time I've gotten a call is if you've requested it (and they have time) or if you've made an effort to know the person on your route and they happen to be nice.

  2. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    DHL or any other package deliver service will not call you out of the blue about failed delivery attempts. At least here in Canada they don't. If you really have a package, you'll get a note on...

    DHL or any other package deliver service will not call you out of the blue about failed delivery attempts. At least here in Canada they don't. If you really have a package, you'll get a note on your door or community box.

    And the CRA will not call you or send anyone with handcuffs to your house. Everything in Canada is done through Canada post mail.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on How to start being an adult? I feel like I am falling downhill without any branch to catch me. in ~life

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    I had a hard time adjusting to university when I first moved away and what you've written echos my experience, and I've seen this happen to quite of my friends too at various stages of life -...

    I had a hard time adjusting to university when I first moved away and what you've written echos my experience, and I've seen this happen to quite of my friends too at various stages of life - going to university, during school, after graduating, looking for work, after being laid off, and so on. My point is this happens pretty commonly, so don't beat yourself up with it. Don't be too disappointed when you don't feel productive.

    What I think works:

    • Put on pants everyday! At least once a day, go outside, even if it's literally open your front door and walk ten steps out. Go get the mail or take a walk or get gas, whatever.
    • Deal with your to do lists. For me, I broken every task into tiny tiny pieces, so that I could check off lots of things. I thought this was helping, but it turned out to be overwhelming as I was always looking at a super long list. You're your own expert, so play around with a system that works for you.
    • Drink water - not kidding. When you catch yourself doing nothing, go get a glass of water and take a couple drinks.
    • Stretch - working out can sometimes feel like a lot. You sound like you're in front of a computer a lot, so shoulder, back, hip and hand stretches will probably feel good for you. Google a few (or chat with your doctor) and do them whenever you feel like it, feel stiff or feel like you're doing nothing.

    I hope the best for you. Good luck!

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What have you done lately that you're proud of? in ~talk

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    I managed to donate 4.5 L of breastmilk, and I have over 2 L I still have to drop off. I'm lucky enough to have a good supply, and a mother in my birth and babies group posted a message about need...

    I managed to donate 4.5 L of breastmilk, and I have over 2 L I still have to drop off. I'm lucky enough to have a good supply, and a mother in my birth and babies group posted a message about need and Northstar Mothers Milk Bank looking for donors. So, I went through the screening and started pumping and freezing routinely.

    When I made my first drop off, I got a tour of the facility and that was pretty cool. Saw where they kept the frozen milk, where they pasteurized it and prepared it for shipment to hospitals. Saw a nice map of their drop off location, and hospitals they supply. Also learned about a few recipients and why or how they came to need donated breastmilk. They also gave a little oneies for my baby that says "Eat local".

    I've only told my immediate family about this IRL. So many mothers have such a crazy hard time and are already put under so much pressure, I felt guilty flaunting my luck...

    FYI - 4.5 L takes about a month to pump and is about 5 days worth of milk for a premature baby.

    12 votes
  5. Comment on Categorically Gay: For queer people who grew up in an era when rigid identities were essential, today’s fluidity can feel like their history is washing out with the tide. in ~lgbt

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    This article really put together a lot of thoughts I've had over the years. The history is so important, but with progress it is really easy to have that fade, for better or worst. I remember...

    This article really put together a lot of thoughts I've had over the years. The history is so important, but with progress it is really easy to have that fade, for better or worst. I remember recently reading about someone thinking that accepting their friend's coming out was to basically see it as "no big deal". I had a guy I work with talk about how "protected" kids are nowadays needing "safe spaces", and I reminded him that gay marriage wasn't legal when I was in university.

    It's great that we are seeing progress, but it is definitely getting harder to express that we're not done yet.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

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    We have those in Canada too, but it doesn't seem to stop people from leaving their carts everywhere. And if someone's already left a cart somewhere, then others will attach theirs to it and get...

    We have those in Canada too, but it doesn't seem to stop people from leaving their carts everywhere. And if someone's already left a cart somewhere, then others will attach theirs to it and get their money back without returning their cart. Strollers that require a credit card are the only ones I see returned without issue.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

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    Interesting read. I do find a little redundancy to be pretty helpful day to day. Smartphones have been great for being a jack of all trades, but I find if I'm really serious about say taking a...

    Interesting read. I do find a little redundancy to be pretty helpful day to day. Smartphones have been great for being a jack of all trades, but I find if I'm really serious about say taking a photo, reading, gaming, or writing a cover letter, I definitely switch to a more single purpose device. (And I prefer to wear a watch).

    I also think it's great to have the redundancy in something like a phone to allow a lower price point in having tech to do certain tasks.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Diminishing differentiation: Are all our gadgets making each other redundant? in ~tech

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    I love my reader, but definitely still prefer books. Ereader has greatly improved vacations for me. I use to pack a bunch of books and now I just carry my ereader. I also don't like the way books...

    All people who said that never touched or saw an ereader.

    I love my reader, but definitely still prefer books. Ereader has greatly improved vacations for me. I use to pack a bunch of books and now I just carry my ereader. I also don't like the way books are licensed on ereaders, but that might be because I have a Sony one...

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly? in ~games

    Catt Link Parent
    Seconding 7 wonders! There's also 7 wonders duel (2 players) that's pretty good.

    Seconding 7 wonders! There's also 7 wonders duel (2 players) that's pretty good.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly? in ~games

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    Maybe give Valley of the Kings a try. It's sorta Dominion light.

    Maybe give Valley of the Kings a try. It's sorta Dominion light.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

    Catt Link Parent
    That's a great way to put it. It honestly bothers me so much, especially if there's literally no benefit to the person. Like, someone not returning their tray, they're lazy. I dislike it, but I...

    "people who leave places worse than they were before they arrived."

    That's a great way to put it. It honestly bothers me so much, especially if there's literally no benefit to the person. Like, someone not returning their tray, they're lazy. I dislike it, but I can see the reasoning. People who purposefully open unused butter to smear it on plates/trays/everything, so that the person cleaning up has an even harder time, why?!

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What are your pet peeves? in ~talk

    Catt Link
    As a new parent visiting family with my baby, the endless commentary. Depends on the specific comments, but I think it bothers me on two fronts - it's really close to being told to do something...

    As a new parent visiting family with my baby, the endless commentary. Depends on the specific comments, but I think it bothers me on two fronts - it's really close to being told to do something when I'm about to do it or already doing it (another peeve of mine) and rising/introducing insecurities. Thanks for telling me my baby is crying, I didn't notice him screaming in my ear. And yeah, thanks for pointing out every little possible physical flaw my child has, I was wondering if I was being paranoid about others judging him. Oh and many thanks for pointing out how spoiled my baby is with his carseat from this decade and little mitts to stop him from scratching his face raw (he has eczema). I definitely think some of the teasing is intentional to point out how "high strung" I'm being.

    I think I'll get over all of it, once I'm back home. Just one more day.

    A more day to day peeve is people making fun of me using my own reusable bags, travel mugs and such.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Board game recommendations to replace Monopoly? in ~games

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    Depending on what aspects of Monopoly you like, Agricola, might be fun. It has a bit of a learning curve though. It totally captures the feeling of not having enough resources...

    Depending on what aspects of Monopoly you like, Agricola, might be fun. It has a bit of a learning curve though. It totally captures the feeling of not having enough resources...

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

    Catt Link
    Saw this briefly cover in other threads, but thought it might be worth it's own comment... As someone who is in a straight relationship, but still lurks and occasionally contributes to this...

    Saw this briefly cover in other threads, but thought it might be worth it's own comment...

    As someone who is in a straight relationship, but still lurks and occasionally contributes to this community, should I not vote when that thread comes up?

    If asked not to, I won't, and I'm not at all offended. However, I would like too. If possible, and if anyone cares, I would be okay with voting and then somehow marking my vote, so the community can decide what to do with my vote after too.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on NASA may allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day in ~misc

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    I would totally spend a day in space for the price of a decent car! Noticed cost of the launch doesn't seem to be included, minimum stay, among a million things and twice a year...Guessing there...

    I would totally spend a day in space for the price of a decent car! Noticed cost of the launch doesn't seem to be included, minimum stay, among a million things and twice a year...Guessing there will be quite a cost to being on the wait list.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What's the next big fantasy series? in ~books

    Catt Link Parent
    Final book? Rothfuss mentioned it being a nine book series in one of his interviews! That's when I gave up waiting...

    Final book? Rothfuss mentioned it being a nine book series in one of his interviews! That's when I gave up waiting...

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What's the best worst game you've ever played? in ~games

    Catt Link
    Oh I love this question! This might be a weird choice, but Akrham Knight. It's a beautiful game, but should really have been a third of the length that it was (and it was already super short). I...

    Oh I love this question! This might be a weird choice, but Akrham Knight. It's a beautiful game, but should really have been a third of the length that it was (and it was already super short). I loved the feel of the game, and I liked the story enough. However, the bat-tank parts and a lot of the mechanisms just got super repetitive. There's only so much hide and seek tank one can play. And it's quite button-mashy. I would have preferred more mystery, slealth and detective work/puzzles. And character and story wise, they made some really odd choices (Babs and Tim - why?) Can't even say why, but I found it super relaxing to play. Sometimes, I just glide around or drive around doing nothing.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on In what ways is the world better now than it was 10 years ago? in ~talk

    Catt Link
    Fruit is something that comes to mind for me. Grew up in a pretty decent sized city, but really only had apples, oranges and bananas year round. Cherries, peaches and such depended on season, and...

    Fruit is something that comes to mind for me.

    Grew up in a pretty decent sized city, but really only had apples, oranges and bananas year round. Cherries, peaches and such depended on season, and more exotic fruits like mangos and lychees had really limited windows and were expensive. Now, so much more fruit is available and available for longer.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Lawyers for Noah’s Ark theme park are suing its insurance company for rain damage in ~misc

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    Ok...The title got me. This project has lots of controversy around it, but the "rain" damage isn't really one of them. The title should really be "Noah’s Ark theme park suing its insurance company...

    Ok...The title got me. This project has lots of controversy around it, but the "rain" damage isn't really one of them. The title should really be "Noah’s Ark theme park suing its insurance company for faulty retaining wall coverage" or something like that. The following quote is really the premise:

    But the insurance companies denied claims for the improvements, saying that the policy had an exclusion for correcting design deficiencies or faulty workmanship.

    The two sides went back and forth, according to the lawsuit and the insurance companies did pay a “very small portion” of Ark Encounter’s claim. But the organization says they have “breached their contractual obligations, acted in bad faith, and violated Kentucky law by failing to provide further coverage.”

    Unfortunately there isn't quite enough details in this article related to the retaining wall construction itself. Though, retaining walls are hardly rocket science, so I'm surprised they are suing their insurance and not their engineers.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Malaysia returning unwanted Canadian plastic in ~enviro

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    This entire recycling industry has been so dishonest over the last couple decades. Looking back, I probably should have had more questions then just dumping my cardboard and plastics into the bin...

    ...shipping waste halfway around the world and back is not likely what Canadians think of when they drop plastic for recycling into their blue bin.

    This entire recycling industry has been so dishonest over the last couple decades. Looking back, I probably should have had more questions then just dumping my cardboard and plastics into the bin and then dropping them from my mind. I knew there was no recycling facility where I was, and that it was shipped, but just assumed it was shipped to a neighbouring city.

    3 votes