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  1. How to use the ignore function

                                   How to Ignore     by dessa_d   1. Actually wish to ignore the user you wish to ignore. Wishing to wish you didn't want to see what they have to say will not suffice, unfortunately. It's important to work through any denial in this regard in order for the feature to function properly.   2. Adjust your settings to include the user to be ignored on your Ignored User list. If the person is particularly odious and/or aggressive, be sure to ignore their PMs also.   3. Scroll past the bit of white space with the tiny text when it appears on your screen and do not bother to read whose post it is you've Chosen to Ignore (assuming you have more than one person on your list, which, let's face it, if you need this tutorial, then you probably have half the active users on iggy). It doesn't matter whose post it is. Scroll past it and enjoy the peace and quiet.   4. If you do opt to Show This Post you must understand it as a secret act, the weak, spineless commission of which must be guarded dearly until your natural death, lest you bring shame unto your family and besmirch the name of your dynasty with an irretrievable loss of face.    In other words, if you looky, don't tell no one, geddit? It's between you and your maker. No one else needs or wants to know about your temporary lapse of judgment, overwhelming curiosity in the moment, or plain old denial about wishing to wish you would wish to want to ignore any given user.   5. Do not, under any circumstances, publicly post that you have a given member on ignore. Not punishable by death but decidedly indecorous and guaranteed to elicit a response from that user, which is the opposite of your purported aim--minimizing exposure/interaction with that person, and which will inevitably lead to more posts you'll have to "ignore".   5a. Same applies to individual comments as well. Posts such as, "ohhh, did TingleTongle1966 write something to or about me, cos if they did, I would be the last to know OR care," are punishable by up to ten years shame on your family. You shouldn't know they posted anything at all (you don't bother reading whose post it is). You damn sure shouldn't assume they wrote anything about you (you flaming narcissist). And you're not allowed to care what they do because they are dead to you now. That's the beauty of Ignore. It's like blotting out their existence but without all the messy pickaxe, dismemberment, interment and going on the lam as a one-armed man of actually having to kill them.   6. DO NOT, under any circumstances, post a screen shot of the You Have Chosen To Ignore PigSnot69 message! Ever! Evereverevereverevereverevereverevereverevereverevereverever! Never!   7. EVER!!!!!!   8. Do not, after posting the screenshot of the post you didn't not read, protest that you can't be accused of engaging the person because you're "not even answering" them. Failure. You have failed. As a man/woman/father/mother/son/daughter/brother/sister/aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/spouse/partner/occasional shag/passing acquaintance/earthling/friend. If you have a pet you have failed them too but purely by Bob's grace they won't know it. Punishment: a lifetime of knowing how badly you have failed, the knowledge that everyone else saw you fail and thought you looked like a twat, shame on your family for all future generations, possible death by embarrassment, likelihood of dedicated, pinned post in metachat by admin to publicly shame you. And five years' bad Chinese takeaway.     This has been a public service announcement
  2. What made you laugh today?

  3. Conspiracy theorists

      I would have enthusiastically agreed with you on this until I watched a documentary specifically about people pretending to get be crazy in order to get away with murder.  In that series at least, all of them were white.  And the investigators really did work *very* hard to prove them sane.  They were just as insulted as you or I would be that this cold-blooded killer was trying to game the system and play them for fools.   However, where I will agree is that your average uniformed beat cop responding to a 911 call is much, much more likely to treat a suspect behaving strangely as a person who may also be in distress if they are white, and to attempt to apprehend them without the use of deadly force.
  4. Conspiracy theorists

    you would also be appalled at how many people in their "right" mind premeditate an act and plan from the beginning to blame it on mental illness.  They don't come right out and say, "I plead temporary insanity."  They said they got a sign from the radio or voices in their head or were told to do it by Q.   The prosecutor will find out whether this person is actually mentally ill.  Personally, I'm skeptical.  Everything about his MO indicates that he knew what he was doing was wrong, which is why he went to some lengths to prevent his wife being able to stop him doing it and also carrying out the act in a foreign country which he may consider to be a lawless wasteland where Americans can do whatever they want and stroll back out, whistling with their hands in their pockets.  Parents kill kids all the time, usually for reasons of extreme selfishness and callousness.  But they're not all crazy.  Just evil assholes.   I will follow this story, I'm interested in what his psychological analysis finds out.  I have a feeling he'll stand trial as a sane man.
  5. Things to ponder

    The first time I saw Korean sushi was in Vancouver in the early 2000s.  The size was all wrong and they were offering some weird stuff, like cooked and breaded fried things for the inside.  Never tried it.  Though I adore Korean food in general.    Now in Berlin, you can get "sushi" with whatever you want in it, including cooked chicken, mozzarella, arugula, and various other things I'm sure were never intended by the Japanese.  No idea who "invented" sushi, though.
  6. How to freeze leafy vege like "bok choy", lettuce leafy

    in my experience you can't freeze leafy stuff and expect it to retain any structural integrity.  I do sometimes eat frozen spinach and kale, but it's known that it will be eaten in a more or less liquid state.  You wouldn't and couldn't buy frozen spinach leaves and then expect to use them in a salad.     Since the whole point of bok choi is to stir fry it and not to puree it--I wouldn't think that would work, no.  I've had bok choi in the too-cold part of a refrigerator once, which basically melted it.  I suppose the base was still usable, but even that was pretty much just a soggy mush after cooking.  The leafy tops were destroyed.  And that was in a *refrigerator* that was just a bit too cold.     Unless the plan is to make it into soup, I wouldn't store bok choy or any other cruciferous vegetable (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale) in the freezer unless you're cool with it being mush when you take it back out.  Vacuum sealing it won't change this.
  7. Topic split from: Coronavirus     I don't wish to burst your bubble (well... actually, yes, I really do), but "light smoking" is almost as dangerous to your health as heavy smoking.  The damages that are caused by one or two cigarettes do not increase in a linear manner like you would expect.  In fact, the damage caused by one or two cigarettes a day is only doubled when the person smokes an entire pack a day.  You might even notice that you don't feel especially worse off on days when you've smoked more.  Or those nights when you were young and smoked two packs in a night--you had a bit more of a cough the next day but weren't completely destroyed.  That's because your lung function is already significantly impaired by the first cigarette--those that follow are just following the path beaten by the first.  Also don't forget that smoking affects literally every organ in your body, not just the lungs.  Smoking can even cause hair loss and cognitive dysfunction.  And you get to the same place with one or two cigarettes as with a pack, in the same amount of time.  Scary stuff.   Honestly, this is what led me to quit.  I wanted to congratulate myself on having cut down to "only" four cigarettes a day--two with coffee in the morning and two at night.  I wanted to hear that it was basically harmless and that I had more or less already quit.  Yet, I couldn't find a single piece of evidence to relieve my conscience, and believe me, I tried REALLY HARD to find confirmation for my bias, for someone to tell me what I wanted to hear.  The more I read, the more freaked out I became.  For any "light smokers" reading this, I really encourage you to find out how bad light smoking is for your health.  The good news is that it should be much, much easier for you to quit than for a heavy smoker--so your restraint has some benefits after all.  However, you have to quit first before you can reap any of those benefits.  Otherwise, you might as well smoke more as smoke less.   After you quit, here is another sobering thought: Fully 90% of people who smoke "just one" return to smoking again.  That's why it's important to simply... never smoke again.  The tail of nicotine addiction is long.  You smoke for five minutes, but the nicotine receptors in your brain take months to go away again.  It's simply not worth it.   sorry for the long-winded PSA, just from one former "light smoker" to another--it's still not too late to determine what kind of middle age you are going to have.  I want to have a comfortable and healthy middle and old age and that's why I stopped smoking "lightly."   /lecture
  8. Create a new conspiracy theory

    I don't think jeremy was ever banned.  He asked to be deleted, AFAIK, only once.  Hence the "two" after his name.   As the for the rest of it, we're on shaky ground here.  This can turn quickly into a thread that will get shut down if it turns into a big cesspool of speculation on which members might be dupes.  Take it to your PMs, please.
  9.   I was actually really pleasantly surprised to go back to work and not miss smoke breaks.  The couple of times that I had quit before, I noticed that, ironically, time at work actually went by faster without taking smoke breaks.  Maybe psychologically, because you don't constantly have the thought of your next break in the back of your mind, and physiologically, because you're not in a constant state of withdrawal.  It's weird how after years of smoking you think you need it to feel normal and are worried, primarily, that you'll have no idea to do with your mind or your time if you give up.  Sometimes it's just the opposite.  You give up and wonder how you ever found the time, or in my case, how you ever did such a dirty and gross thing.  But by the time I stopped I was already disgusted with it.  One day to the next, almost. Still don't mind other people smoking, though.  Weirdly enough, I started to even kind of like the smell of other's people's cigarettes, which always bothered me when I still smoked.
  10. I actually can't believe this wasn't a dedicated topic already, especially considering the popularity of the Life Without Alcohol thread.
  11.   basically same situation as me.  It's so much easier to manage when you have a smoking routine.  At some point you just... don't smoke at the prescribed time, and then hardly miss it the rest of the time.  Granted, it took a little time to get used to coffee without a smoke, without the ritual of fetching the ashtray and positioning all my stuff.  About a week and a half, I'd say.  After that I hardly even noticed anymore that something was missing.  Ditto in the evenings.  Also the same for me was that I had stopped liking smoking.  I had been an avid and enthusiastic smoker for over 20 years and then at some point I just went off it.  My plan all along was to quit some time in 2021 but even I was surprised that one day I just woke up and was like, OK, that was it.  Flushed my tobacco down the toilet and threw all the papers and filters in the trash, then poured nasty dish water onto the trash.  Didn't make the mistake of "finishing the packet" or whatever smokers tell ourselves in order to procrastinate quitting. I found it much more empowering to flush the tobacco than to stay a slave to the packet because there happened to still be some in there.  In fact, in the first weeks after stopping, I thought of that moment several times a day, and felt strong.  And I couldn't believe how little time it took to feel SO much better.  Even after reading all the stuff--I did not expect to feel THAT much better after quitting.  Smoking once or twice a day is juuuuuuust enough to put you on edge and in a state of withdrawal for the rest of the day/until the next time you smoke.  I found that my mood improved almost immediately, I slept better and was much less cranky and irritable in general.     OK, I'm sorry too!  Dangit, I knew I should have started a thread  maybe I still will...
  12. What made you laugh today?

  13. How to avoid a serious tipping mistake

    The division of tips is different in every establishment--from bartenders working one till and personally deciding how much to tip their barback, to tips simply going in at the Point of Sale (bartender) and being split with every person who does a job in the whole place, down to the toilet cleaners.  If you see more than one person using one register and multiple people putting tips into a tip jar, you can assume the tips will be pooled and shared among many people who worked that shift, depending on the establishment, including even people who worked behind the scenes or outside of operating hours.   Then there are different wage classes.  So, a cook in a restaurant is likely to get a much higher wage than a server, host/ess or bartender.  Managers may also make a higher wage and take either a reduced share of the tips or no tips at all.     LukeSkywalker's method of tipping is the most common and the most "correct" way in Germany.
  14. What made you laugh today?

      I was irritated because you kept editing your posts after I had already responded to them.  Not because of your bad comics.   However, as irritating a faux pas as well as bad netiquette as that is--it's only that.  Annoying.  Not time-out worthy.   The issue could have been laid to rest a page ago yet you came here to challenge fraufruit and again play confused and innocent, always conveniently having no idea what anyone is talking about.  Yuck, I don't like that either.   Now, please let it go, everybody.  It's What Made You Laugh.  Let's move on, please. 
  15. What made you laugh today?

      yeah, it's satire, so that's the point  that being said, the actor who portrays him, Kyle Mooney, is not much better than that either, in my opinion. 
  16. Google logo updates - Info on what today's Google Doodle means

    I can't believe I am actually playing that game.  I hate Zelda.  But it has run and jump elements and a little Pitfall, so I like it.
  17. What made you laugh today?

    you're driving me nuts editing every comment a hundred times after it's already been responded to.   I gotta go make dinner.  Back to your regularly scheduled programming. 
  18. What made you laugh today?

    I must have turned it off before then, john.  I'm sure your man has some redeeming qualities, otherwise they wouldn't have given him a slot and recorded it.    
  19. What made you laugh today?

    no, I like bad, dirty, non-PC jokes (you would be surprised, I think, john, at the difference between what I can laugh at vs what is appropriate for the forum ).  But it must be FUNNY.   "Look at me, I'm a miserable fat slob who hasn't been laid in five years, I'm literally a whale, free my belly of five years' worth of stored sperm."   Just.  Not.  Funny.  Not smart, not clever.  Just gross.   Sorry. 
  20. What made you laugh today?

    christ.   I shut it off at the point where he says his gut isn't made of fat but semen.  Because he hasn't gotten laid in five years.   I know humo(u)r is subjective but that was objectively awful.  All standup comics are self-effacing, most of them are terrible, even the famous professionals.  I do love standup comedy as an art form, but am pretty picky.  Small brag, I was lucky enough to be on the guest list for Dylan Moran when he came to Berlin a couple summers ago 
  21. @balticus I guess it's a way for small towns to bring in tourist revenue while feeding them what they're used to eating.  I've rarely eaten at one of those cafes while travelling expressly because I don't want to eat the same stuff I can get anywhere.  So we probe a little deeper past the purely touristic areas and find something more "authentic."  But, truth is, without the pretty squares and restored historic districts, we wouldn't have visited in the first place.  As long as the tourists and their money are drawn there in the first place, it doesn't matter that much which type of food exactly is served on the square.  I don't think bland tourist restaurants are really taking away business from local restaurants because those same types of people might not be able or willing to bring their whole family on vacation if they didn't know they'd always be able to find chicken fingers and pizza for the ones who aren't interested in trying different things.
  22. What made you laugh today?

      That terrible comic is such a bummer (AmE for "this guy's whole schtick is depressing as hell"). He also could have at least tried to get those pants in his size  Here's the mold that guy was made from, even down to his super bummer haircut:     more like one for the "What Bummed You Out Today" thread.
  23. What made you laugh today?

      yours was the 20,000th comment!  Mazel Tov! 
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  25. Things to ponder

    Not "as soon as."   But inevitably, soon thereafter.  Whether from the original issue-raiser or from another.   Here is just not the place.  For better or for worse.