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  1. Comment on What's your ideal pizza? in ~food

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    Ideal pizza (build your own) medium crust, crunchy on the outside, doughy in the middle tomato sauce, on the sweeter side mozzarella cheese with amazing pull italian sausage pineapple olives Close...

    Ideal pizza (build your own)

    • medium crust, crunchy on the outside, doughy in the middle
    • tomato sauce, on the sweeter side
    • mozzarella cheese with amazing pull
    • italian sausage
    • pineapple
    • olives

    Close second:
    Tuna and purple onion on a thin crust

    Everyday/value/nostalgia:
    Costco combo (from the food court, not buy and bake)

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

    katontheroof
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    When I was little and had no say in what soaps my parents bought, I was given body-wash and a loofah. The bubbles were fun, but I've since discovered bar-soaps create a better lather on a loofah...

    Am I supposed to use a scrubber or something to get a lather?

    When I was little and had no say in what soaps my parents bought, I was given body-wash and a loofah. The bubbles were fun, but I've since discovered bar-soaps create a better lather on a loofah than body-wash anyway! I don't use loofahs now either because they're made of plastic mesh and you have to constantly replace them. Instead, I drag the bar of soap over my body every time I shower and use a Korean body-exfoliating cloth every 10-15 days. I don't think I'll ever go back!

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Use This, Not That: Positive Swaps for the New Year in ~talk

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    My partner and I are moving into a new apartment in mid-January upon my return to the US from my business trip, and these are a few swaps we are going to implement in our new home: Whiteboard...

    My partner and I are moving into a new apartment in mid-January upon my return to the US from my business trip, and these are a few swaps we are going to implement in our new home:

    • Whiteboard calendar instead of paper calendar
      We used to have a big wall calendar, but now that we have synced our google calendars, we only need a whiteboard for reminders
      Pro: saving paper
      Con: redoing the calendar every month; plastic packaging on the new whiteboard

    • Washable Male Dog Diapers instead of single-use puppy pads (because he can't always find the puppy pads anyway and our other dog doesn't have accidents around the house)
      Pro: saving paper and plastic
      Con: adjustment period; additional water usage for washing the diapers

    • Kitchen towels instead of paper towels
      We will probably still use paper towels sometimes, but I'm really hoping to cut that down to a minimum.
      Pro: saving paper; long-lasting, cost-effective
      Con: additional water usage for washing towels; cannot use kitchen towels for anything too nasty

    • Muslin produce bags instead of single-use plastic bags
      I always feel bad using plastic produce bags because they're usually used for less than an hour
      Pro: not plastic; reusable; washable
      Con: initially costly; have to remember to bring them; additional water usage for washing bags if they get dirty

    • Metal lunchboxes and tiffins instead of single-use take-out boxes
      We get take-out quite a bit, but hate the single-use paper and plastic that comes with not having to cook
      Pro: healthier because of the lack of "hot" plastic; reusable
      Con: cannot order in advance, so more time-consuming; some restaurants won't participate; more dishes to do

    • Reusable cloth and make-up remover instead of make-up remover wipes
      I wear make-up every day, so I use a huge amount of make-up remover wipes. Also, I find I get lazy about washing my face if I use a wipe, so using a reusable cloth also encourages me to finish my skin-care routine
      Pro: reusable; soft and comfortable
      Con: additional water usage for washing make-up cloths

    • Bar soaps instead of liquid soaps
      I prefer bar soaps anyway. After pointing out the plastic bottles needed to hold liquid soaps, my partner got onboard with bar soaps as well
      Pro: no packaging or paper packaging; cheaper and lasts longer
      Con: none for me - I like bar soaps :)

    Edit: forgot to write reasonings the first time around

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

    katontheroof
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    These habits are brilliant! They are what I'm working on as well, though in a different way. And thank you so much for including so many helpful links! Best of luck to you!

    These habits are brilliant! They are what I'm working on as well, though in a different way. And thank you so much for including so many helpful links! Best of luck to you!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    That sounds like an awesome use of time! There's a great video on waking up early by Matt D'avella on Youtube. I found it to be really helpful, though unfortunately, my work does not allow me to...

    That sounds like an awesome use of time! There's a great video on waking up early by Matt D'avella on Youtube. I found it to be really helpful, though unfortunately, my work does not allow me to have a set schedule, so I'm constantly giving myself jet lag

    Edit: formatting link

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

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    I love lists! It's taken me a few years to figure out how to write them so that they're super effective for me, but I think I finally have a system that works for me. (And because I just said...

    I love lists! It's taken me a few years to figure out how to write them so that they're super effective for me, but I think I finally have a system that works for me. (And because I just said that, it is probably going to change in a month.)

    I have yet to find a way to effectively practice awareness (yoga helps, but it only lasts about 30 minutes after class...). But it is such a great goal. Good luck!

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Habits to build in 2020? in ~talk

    katontheroof
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    Those are great things! I also just started bouldering (indoor) a few months ago and absolutely love it. It's an exercise I actually want to do! But you're right that it is definitely expensive....

    Those are great things! I also just started bouldering (indoor) a few months ago and absolutely love it. It's an exercise I actually want to do! But you're right that it is definitely expensive. The gym I go to offers free yoga classes for members, though, which makes it kind of worth it since I also do a lot of that.

    6 votes
  8. Habits to build in 2020?

    It's the last week of the year! Although I generally believe that self-improvement projects can begin at any time, New Year is a popular time to reflect and to plan for the future. So for some New...

    It's the last week of the year! Although I generally believe that self-improvement projects can begin at any time, New Year is a popular time to reflect and to plan for the future.

    So for some New Year's Resolution inspiration:
    1. What was the most beneficial habit you built in 2019?
    2. What is one habit you would like to build in 2020?

    25 votes
  9. Comment on Intermissions for modern movies - what are your thoughts? in ~talk

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    Okay, so I have actually seen something like this online on one if those "amazing things from around the world" listicle. It would be absolutely amazing to have, but you're right that it'd...

    Okay, so I have actually seen something like this online on one if those "amazing things from around the world" listicle. It would be absolutely amazing to have, but you're right that it'd probably be way too expensive.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Intermissions for modern movies - what are your thoughts? in ~talk

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    It seems like most people are somewhat against the idea of inserting intermissions into movies that do not have one built-in, and I also hold this view to a certain extent. Pacing is important and...

    It seems like most people are somewhat against the idea of inserting intermissions into movies that do not have one built-in, and I also hold this view to a certain extent. Pacing is important and inserting an intermission might mess with that.

    Follow-up Question
    What are your thoughts on intermissions for movies based on plays/musicals/operas? The source materials for these kinds of movies traditionally include at least one intermission, but the movie adaptations routinely remove them.

    Edit: typos

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Intermissions for modern movies - what are your thoughts? in ~talk

    katontheroof
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    That's a good point, but even if I'm very careful and don't drink anything 1 hour prior to the movie AND don't buy soft drinks during the movie AND go to the bathroom beforehand, 2 hours is still...

    Also I hate to be "that guy" but, maybe don't drink movie-theater-sized drinks at the cinema. You'll save quite a bit of money, too.

    That's a good point, but even if I'm very careful and don't drink anything 1 hour prior to the movie AND don't buy soft drinks during the movie AND go to the bathroom beforehand, 2 hours is still a long time to go without a break. Maybe I've just got the bladder of a squirrel... but I can't be the only one... I know I'm not.

    It's interesting to know that intermissions are regularly done in Belgium. Do you know the specific reasons why they do it? How does the cinema decide where to pause the movie?

    5 votes
  12. Intermissions for modern movies - what are your thoughts?

    It seems that movies are getting longer and longer nowadays, and some people (like me) are incapable of holding their bladder for more than 1.5-2 hours, especially when movie-theater-sized drinks...

    It seems that movies are getting longer and longer nowadays, and some people (like me) are incapable of holding their bladder for more than 1.5-2 hours, especially when movie-theater-sized drinks are involved. So this got me thinking: is it time to bring back the movie intermission?

    I'm curious:

    1. Are you for or against the idea of longer movies having an intermission? Why or why not?
    2. How do you think adding an intermission to the movies would affect the experience? And how might it affect the film industry and the films themselves?
    24 votes