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  1. Comment on Where's the sauce? in ~food

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    I use to go straight to the ethnic section too, but over the years my area has become really diverse and a lot of food has been added one or two at a time by category. So I got use to looking for...

    I use to go straight to the ethnic section too, but over the years my area has become really diverse and a lot of food has been added one or two at a time by category. So I got use to looking for sauce in the condiments aisle and such.

    I'm with you on tea. I usually get loose left from a small shop out of town, but life's been busy lately and j haven't been able to make the hour and a half trip out...I miss proper tea.

  2. Comment on Where's the sauce? in ~food

    Catt (edited ) Link Parent
    I remember looking for tapioca flour that's apparently considered a spice... I've been substituting for a while before a friend insisted the store sold it and I ended up having two employees...

    I remember looking for tapioca flour that's apparently considered a spice... I've been substituting for a while before a friend insisted the store sold it and I ended up having two employees looking to find it for me. So annoying!

    E: wording for clarity

  3. Comment on Where's the sauce? in ~food

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    I'm honestly a little envious of how much choice you have :p.

    I'm honestly a little envious of how much choice you have :p.

  4. Comment on Where's the sauce? in ~food

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    It really is! My neighborhood is full of Asians, so all the ethnic food was previously just scattered around the store. This was over the last ten years or so. Before that, you had to go to...

    It's a privilege to have this vast variety of imported foods available

    It really is! My neighborhood is full of Asians, so all the ethnic food was previously just scattered around the store. This was over the last ten years or so. Before that, you had to go to Chinatown for good soy sauce. Honestly, I'm really glad for the selection. They did add a lot more variety when they added the new aisle, so it's still a nice change.

    1 vote
  5. Where's the sauce?

    So, I was looking for soy sauce the other day and my grocery store has created a whole new "ethnic" section. This section was near the entrance so I went there first to look for the soy sauce. It...

    So, I was looking for soy sauce the other day and my grocery store has created a whole new "ethnic" section. This section was near the entrance so I went there first to look for the soy sauce. It wasn't there. It was with the other condiments like BBQ sauce. Cool. Then I wanted oyster sauce and that wasn't near the soy and BBQ sauce, but back in the ethnic section...

    So just wondering, where do you expect to find this sort of thing - ethnic and ethnic that's considered mainstream? (I also found tea in like five different places...)

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your 'Out of Wedlock' Kids Aren't Citizens in ~lgbt

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    When I was little I thought progress was a straight line, then I grew up a little and thought it may not be linear, but it always moved forward. Now, I'm just sad and angry. Seriously, this is...

    When I was little I thought progress was a straight line, then I grew up a little and thought it may not be linear, but it always moved forward. Now, I'm just sad and angry.

    Seriously, this is Handmaid's Tale level here...A book that was written over three decades ago.

    19 votes
  7. Comment on When you leave your old job on good terms, you want to ensure a smooth transition to make life easier for your replacement. This succession planning checklist can help you to hand over the reins. in ~life

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    This was a good read. Thanks for sharing! I remember the original thread, but it's nice to see it all put together.

    This was a good read. Thanks for sharing! I remember the original thread, but it's nice to see it all put together.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on When you leave your old job on good terms, you want to ensure a smooth transition to make life easier for your replacement. This succession planning checklist can help you to hand over the reins. in ~life

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    On the flip side, I know of people who were denied promotions/transfers because they were the only ones able to do some smallish thing. Personally, I believe everyone is replaceable, no matter...

    On the flip side, I know of people who were denied promotions/transfers because they were the only ones able to do some smallish thing.

    Personally, I believe everyone is replaceable, no matter what. Sharing knowledge ensures I don't get called at 4AM when something goes down, and builds a strong team.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What's an important life lesson that you learned far later than you should have? in ~talk

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    My relationship with stuff, and I mean that in the most general sense - trinkets, useful things, sentimental things, digital, and so on. It's going to sounds cliche, especially now that spark joy...

    My relationship with stuff, and I mean that in the most general sense - trinkets, useful things, sentimental things, digital, and so on. It's going to sounds cliche, especially now that spark joy is such a marketing term, but reading an article called The gift of death and Kondo's book and going through the process really has changed how I feel about my things. Not all good, for example, I can no longer buy (or accept for free) any little thing...Everything feels wasteful to me. Overall, I realized how many expectations and hopes and fears I was carrying with my stuff. For better or worst, it was all baggage.

    It would have been nice to know this in university. Maybe because I was far from home, but I brought and bought a lot of little comforts that in the grand scheme of things probably don't matter, but would have made moving and flying so much easier. I left for school with a duffle bag (picked up my computer there) and shipped home like ten boxes of stuff (about half I didn't even open until I started the konmari process).

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What's an important life lesson that you learned far later than you should have? in ~talk

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    This was exactly my experience a few years back. Being able to start with myself and then move outwards has been really freeing! Coupled with that, for me, is taking control of what I could...

    This was exactly my experience a few years back. Being able to start with myself and then move outwards has been really freeing!

    Coupled with that, for me, is taking control of what I could control. I was really unhappy with work a few jobs ago and had a friend told me to just work on my resume, even though I wasn't looking for a new job. It really helped.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on I'm working on an app for learning Chinese, anyone interested in helping me test it? in ~misc

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    suggest a cancel and a pause feature. When actually cancelling, it should clear all existing progress and restart. I got a new question, but progress bar wasn't zeroed, which implied test wasn't...
    • suggest a cancel and a pause feature. When actually cancelling, it should clear all existing progress and restart. I got a new question, but progress bar wasn't zeroed, which implied test wasn't restarted. For pause feature, just save current results with a X% completed so far. This seems to already happen when just jumping out of the app.
    • I picture the full sentence being writing each word one at a time, but the app wouldn't check each one individually before moving on to the next one. So someone would enter each word and then hit next or submit and you grade the sentence then. Currently, it seems like the app is checking each stroke.
    • Skipping character seems to be a technical bug with the app, not a functional one in your design. Looks like I might have tripped some time out, where it skipped to the end instead of a single character. (Didn't try reproducing the issue, but I did see it at least twice).
    • For the feedback, I'm suggesting adding an ability to comment in addition to selecting one of your existing choices. For example, someone could select your poor Chinese grammar and suggest a fix, instead of selecting other and then stating the issue (poor grammar) and then the fix.
    4 votes
  12. Comment on I'm working on an app for learning Chinese, anyone interested in helping me test it? in ~misc

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    Just started playing with it, but during the initial assessment test, the writing portion has some issues: Picking up the strokes is really slow. Writing at normal speed for me seems to only...

    Just started playing with it, but during the initial assessment test, the writing portion has some issues:

    • Picking up the strokes is really slow. Writing at normal speed for me seems to only register every third stroke
    • Overly specific on placement of strokes, which might be a problem for words with "repeating" strokes like 很 or 間 (might just be me, but I couldn't enter 我, looks like I wasn't drawing it quite straight enough)
    • Cancelling the test midway and the restarting doesn't seem possible. When I cancelled and reentered the test, it starts on a new question, but doesn't seem to actually restart. This could be just a progress bar count issue - haven't confirmed it.
    • When I enter an incorrect stroke or word, I can't go back and correct it, immediately or after another word is entered.
    • No back button (not sure if this is by design to prevent "cheating" by looking at other questions).
    • It also looks like it's not taking into account when
      你 and 妳 can be interchanged
    • Missing a "Next" or otherwise confirm button for the writing questions, similar to the reading ones. Would prefer entering a full sentence instead of one word at a time, which I find really slow
    • Might be nice to be able to skip a single word and not the entire writing question. Need to confirm if hitting skip skips the entire question or just what was not filled in and how the writing is scored. Correction - looks like it does and may have a timeout issue instead
    • Suggestion - maybe add ability for someone to write a quick explanation or fix sentence when sending feedback if they choose
    • Just a peeve if mine - you don't automatically need feminine pronouns when the subject is a woman. 他是我媽。is correct.
    • For words like 所 that have multiple uses, maybe add more translations in the explanation part if the reading test. Otherwise, you might have the wrong usage listed.
    • May want to add Chinese punctuation as part of the writing test too.
    • Longer sentences are cut off and not wrapped.

    That's it from me. The logging in requirement is hindering my ability to jump back between the app and writing my findings. (This isn't an issue for the actual usage as I assume people won't bounce in and out like I am).

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    This looks pretty fun. Thanks for the suggestion!

    This looks pretty fun. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The politics of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog in ~tv

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    I love that series and still hum it's songs, but yeah, some of Whedon's work now, like Buffy, as well, do feel a little dated. Her commentary for this series really fits with Buffy too for me.

    I love that series and still hum it's songs, but yeah, some of Whedon's work now, like Buffy, as well, do feel a little dated. Her commentary for this series really fits with Buffy too for me.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    Recommend me a puzzle game like Catherine (I love the art and music).

    Recommend me a puzzle game like Catherine (I love the art and music).

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Haha, fair enough. I know the Canadian sites can be a little difficult too. And after rereading the rules, it looks like it does talk about shared leave as well. Of course, I have no idea how...

    Haha, fair enough. I know the Canadian sites can be a little difficult too. And after rereading the rules, it looks like it does talk about shared leave as well. Of course, I have no idea how that's enforced. If a couple exceeds their joint leave who's job is no longer protected...

    Edit to add some links for Canada:

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The politics of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog in ~tv

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    A really good essay on one of my favorite miniseries. I like how she went though different ways of reading it both then and now, and such.

    A really good essay on one of my favorite miniseries. I like how she went though different ways of reading it both then and now, and such.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    That sounds quite similar to us. I'm not entirely sure why there's confusion here, but it seems to be around compensation and the time off protection being separated. For example, I've heard...

    That sounds quite similar to us. I'm not entirely sure why there's confusion here, but it seems to be around compensation and the time off protection being separated. For example, I've heard people suggest that if the mom takes a year off work, the other partner will not have their leave protected. The compensation (EI) is split, but job protection is individual. This confusion surprises me because how would your company even know how your EI is paid out?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What's a common misconception or misunderstanding you would love to see corrected? in ~talk

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    Apparently a lot of the confusion with the ending is due to poor translation. See if you can find a fan sub if you are rewatching it. Though I still had some questions...

    Apparently a lot of the confusion with the ending is due to poor translation. See if you can find a fan sub if you are rewatching it. Though I still had some questions...

    2 votes