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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Sandy » 25 Jul 2017, 11:27

Jadagul wrote:
25 Jul 2017, 02:25
Genuinely absurd amounts. Like, often a couple of gallons. I'll be suffering wicked dehydration headaches while peeing like every half-hour; it's really annoying.
My wife has been like that since chemo. It's kinda crazy.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by nicole » 25 Jul 2017, 11:36

I do seriously recommend nuun. It helped so much.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jennifer » 25 Jul 2017, 20:01

Related, in a horrible way: reddit's "saved you a click" page had this today -- a healthy 16-year-old girl who died suddenly of a heart attack. The clickbait headline had the ominous suggestion that what killed her could be found in any supermarket, booga-booga-booga; the culprit actually was, she drank "energy drinks" to excess, to the point where apparently she never drank plain, healthy water, only caffeine-and sugar-laden "energy drinks."

https://web.archive.org/web/20170724195 ... out/family

So I was thinking about that, and also about the article I posted in the "OFFS" thread a week or so ago -- two pastors of low-income congregations in the DC area are trying to sue the Coca-Cola company and Big Soda in general, because soda is just so terrible and horrible and it's killing people and "we're losing more people to the sweets than to the streets" (actual quote from a pastor explaining why you should be more afraid of sugar water than the Gangster Disciples).

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1659&p=383274&hilit=soda#p383274

Here's a quote from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article which I did not share in my original OFFS post:
There is, in fact, a well-established link between soda consumption and obesity, though the exact mechanism of that link is not well understood. A 20-year study of 120,000 adults, published in 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that people who drank an extra soda per day gained more weight over time than those who did not.
And on first glance, that does indeed appear very ominous -- except that, wouldn't the same rule apply to ANY "extra" consumption of calories? IIRC, 3,000 calories equals one pound of weight gain; if you currently eat and exercise to a level exactly required to maintain your current weight rather than lose or gain anything, then add an extra 100 calories of food or beverage consumption per day without changing anything else, that alone will make you gain roughly a pound per month. Add an extra grilled-cheese sandwich to your daily caloric intake without changing anything else and you'll also gain weight, but that doesn't mean there's something inherently bad about grilled cheese (so long as you can handle gluten and lactose and similar things found in such sandwiches). So where the hell does this "Ooh, the exact mechanism isn't understood" thing come from? I'll presume soda is "bad" in the sense that drinking soda makes it very easy to ingest those extra calories without feeling like you are -- and I do think that if soda rather than ice water is your "default" beverage rather than an occasional treat, and you're also trying to lose weight and wondering why you can't [I'm looking at you, certain neighbor o'mine whose conversations I can't help overhearing because HOLY CRAP yours is a loud voice], replacing the soda with water will go a long way toward helping you reach your goal -- but all this talk of "soda is inherently evil" and "energy drinks are inherently evil" sounds like my literal-socialist Facebook friend who whined that the free market is inherently immoral because people think sugary, salty snacks are tastier than fresh healthy veggies.

It's not that this stuff is "bad" so much as it is "too much of a good thing" -- we evolved to crave fat and sugar because these are concentrated food-energy sources, and in our natural hunter-gatherer environment they were very rare -- wild animals don't have a lot of body fat compared to farm-raised livestock, and processed white sugar plain does not exist in the natural world -- for most of humanity's time on earth, honey was literally the sweetest thing any human would ever taste. (In the Bible, as well as in ancient mythology, there are mentions of things being "sweeter than honey" -- in context, that meant "sweeter and more wonderful than anything we mere mortals could hope to have." Nowadays, of course, pretty much any supermarket, convenience store or vending machine will offer plenty of dirt-cheap sweeter-than-honey options.)

I'm not really going anywhere with this, and I definitely don't want to turn into the beverage equivalent of a "paleo diet" nut: "Your main daily drink should be water! That's the natural drink we evolved to handle!" But too many people take an all-or-nothing approach: I'm sure the occasional energy drink is fine (except that it tastes like ass, IMO), the occasional soda is fine, it's drinking nothing but these things -- or even "too many" of them -- that's a problem.

Still, I dunno what solution people like these Coke-suing pastors want to see: legal limits to the amount of soda a person is allowed to buy or drink in a given time frame? "Energy drinks" treated like alcohol, forbidden to those under 21?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dbcooper » 27 Jul 2017, 20:47

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 27 Jul 2017, 21:12

Wife is working for large full service brokerage firm. Now I have to move all of her brokerage accounts and our brokerage accounts, but not mine, to her firm. Which basically means that we have to take her disparate IRA, old 401k, etc. close them and move the funds over. What a giant PITA.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Warren » 27 Jul 2017, 21:28

Mo wrote:
27 Jul 2017, 21:12
Wife is working for large full service brokerage firm. Now I have to move all of her brokerage accounts and our brokerage accounts, but not mine, to her firm. Which basically means that we have to take her disparate IRA, old 401k, etc. close them and move the funds over. What a giant PITA.
Really? I just call my broker and tell them I want to rollover account X and they send me forms all filled out with little stickers showing me where to sign and then I think there's also a phone call. It's at most an annoyance.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 27 Jul 2017, 21:39

Warren wrote:
27 Jul 2017, 21:28
Mo wrote:
27 Jul 2017, 21:12
Wife is working for large full service brokerage firm. Now I have to move all of her brokerage accounts and our brokerage accounts, but not mine, to her firm. Which basically means that we have to take her disparate IRA, old 401k, etc. close them and move the funds over. What a giant PITA.
Really? I just call my broker and tell them I want to rollover account X and they send me forms all filled out with little stickers showing me where to sign and then I think there's also a phone call. It's at most an annoyance.
Her 401k is with her old company's provider, for some reason, her company stock grants were with a different company, she had a personal self-directed Roth IRA her family's broker and I manage our joint stuff. I was getting our financial house in order and consolidating, but now we have to accelerate everything all at once. It's pretty annoying. Also, I was happy having our stuff with my old employer and got a sweet gig, now we have to move to a provider where we'll get a lower level of service and higher fees because they're more of a HNW focused firm.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by JasonL » 27 Jul 2017, 22:12

I ... understand

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 27 Jul 2017, 22:22

Her complaints about it warmed the cockles of my heart.

Her: Why don't you seem annoyed by this?
Me: I expected this to happen.
Her: Why?
Me: Because they probably have no choice in this.
Her: Why?
Me: Because of FINRA and federal securities law. They need to be able to your trades to make sure you're not doing sketchy insider trading stuff
Her: What's FINRA? And it doesn't matter because I am a moron on stock stuff
Me: [Boring technical self-regulatory body explanation]. Plus you work with people that know a ton and can tell you what to do.
Her: This is still bullshit
Me: I agree, but expected bullshit and more of an annoyance than anything major
Her: Harumph
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by JasonL » 27 Jul 2017, 22:39

Haha my life, except I legit like our platform and cost/value. If we were One Of Those I'd be more annoyed.

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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 27 Jul 2017, 22:43

Yeah, my old employer was great. They had a good platform and cost/value. Though, TBF, I don't know what kind of employee discount my wife's current employer offers.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Jennifer » 28 Jul 2017, 21:06

In the past month, my household has gone through almost an entire 32-ounce bottle of apple cider vinegar -- and every last drop of it went toward homemade soap-and-vinegar fruit-fly traps. I've never had such a fruit-fly problem, not even in the days when I'd do things like let dirty dishes sit in the kitchen sink ... and was only slightly mollified by Jeff telling me all of his colleagues have complained of the same thing in their homes this summer, and his workplace is seeing lots of fruit flies too. (It's even worse at his workplace, I take it, because with all the hyper-expensive electronic equipment there, they can't leave vinegar traps laying around.)

Even though we're officially still in a drought, there have been enough recent rains for there to be perma-puddles in places with poor drainage, and I guess that's where the plague of fruit flies comes from.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dbcooper » 28 Jul 2017, 21:20

Looks like Google is removing the headphone jack from the new Pixel phones. Fuck you!
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dhex » 28 Jul 2017, 21:56

Ugh. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dbcooper » 28 Jul 2017, 22:09

dhex wrote:
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Ugh. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Google's a big, shitty conglomerate now, so I guess "copy Apple" is the best design process they can manage.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by lunchstealer » 29 Jul 2017, 00:49

If they put dual usb-c ports, sure whatever. The single lightning thing has been a pita, though.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Dangerman » 29 Jul 2017, 12:33

Honest question: What is substantially better about a new Android phone than (for example) my three-year-old HTC One M8?
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dhex » 29 Jul 2017, 12:37

depends on os you're running and how snappy it is.other than that i'm more of a "run phones into the ground" guy. as opposed to literally drop my phone onto the ground and watch it shatter and luck out with a pixel xl the next day kind of guy, which is what happened last month.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dbcooper » 29 Jul 2017, 15:45

Dangerman wrote:
29 Jul 2017, 12:33
Honest question: What is substantially better about a new Android phone than (for example) my three-year-old HTC One M8?
OS updates?

I still use a Nexus 5 (still a very good phone, could do with a bigger battery), but Google have stopped supporting it.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dhex » 29 Jul 2017, 16:06

yeah you get maybe 2 years out of them in terms of direct support
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Dangerman » 29 Jul 2017, 16:38

I'm on 6.0 Marshmallow and haven't found any compatibility issues. Guess that's the most likely path to obsolescence though.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 31 Jul 2017, 11:08

I had my Global Entry renewal interview on Saturday and it was the biggest waste of 100 minutes of my life and Federal resources. They didn't ask me any questions related to my travel or frankly anything. The only sorta related thing they did was have me hand over ID and place my fingerprints, which they already have, to confirm that I was who I said I was. Mrs. Mo, OTOH, got and instant renewal. Literally bullshit security theater.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by dead_elvis » 31 Jul 2017, 13:17

Mo wrote:
31 Jul 2017, 11:08
They didn't ask me any questions related to my travel or frankly anything. The only sorta related thing they did was have me hand over ID and place my fingerprints, which they already have, to confirm that I was who I said I was. Mrs. Mo, OTOH, got and instant renewal. Literally bullshit security theater.
And the same lackadaisical security when coming into the country with global entry actually does worry me. It's the problem where if you put too much trust in a system and remove all other scrutiny, if someone with nefarious intent finds a way to gain access you're fucked. It also assumes that everyone in the system will never change their mind and will never switch sides, and that the bad guys will never find way to blackmail a global entry holder.
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Mo » 31 Jul 2017, 13:22

dead_elvis wrote:
31 Jul 2017, 13:17
Mo wrote:
31 Jul 2017, 11:08
They didn't ask me any questions related to my travel or frankly anything. The only sorta related thing they did was have me hand over ID and place my fingerprints, which they already have, to confirm that I was who I said I was. Mrs. Mo, OTOH, got and instant renewal. Literally bullshit security theater.
And the same lackadaisical security when coming into the country with global entry actually does worry me. It's the problem where if you put too much trust in a system and remove all other scrutiny, if someone with nefarious intent finds a way to gain access you're fucked. It also assumes that everyone in the system will never change their mind and will never switch sides, and that the bad guys will never find way to blackmail a global entry holder.
I guess it depends. It's not like my luggage is marked "Global Entry," so presumably that gets the same scrutiny. And while the customs check is pretty wrote, it's like that for everyone. The only place where the scrutiny is lighter is where they check you passport and find out why you traveled abroad. So they essentially trade behavioral analysis* for certainty of identity.

tl;dr: It's not like the standard entry process is super sophisticated.

* Though even BAU entry is done at kiosks now
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Re: Petty annoyances

Post by Aresen » 01 Aug 2017, 22:32

I do not know if it happens in the US, but here in BC, the grocery chains have all 'adopted' some charity.

To help raise funds, they ask customers if they want to 'round up' their total to the next dollar, with the funds being donated to the charity. (Victoria Hospice, Children's Hospital, SPCA etc)

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it raises huge sums of money for the organizations though the burden on the individual donor is minor.

OTOH, it is also the corporations grandstanding a bit, gaining glory and good PR at the expense of their customers.

On balance, I think it is a good thing, since it is entirely voluntary and supports causes that the customers themselves support.

But it still doesn't feel right.
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