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Dakuna wrote:
cyrax wrote:

I have a habit/tick I'd like to lose. I bite/chew on my fingernails alot. I don't bite them off, that was kid me, but I do "play" with them more than is healthy. Tips? I was thinking something household that doesn't leave residue, or smell, just tastes really off-putting.

Finger -> Butt?

1 out of 3 qualifications. I'm looking for at least two.

Cyrax, I suggest some clear nail polish. If you are bold, candy apple red. But no one will notice clear. And this is only temporary.

But that thin layer of bitter tasting polish will likely turn you off from the habit in a few months.

cyrax wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
cyrax wrote:

I have a habit/tick I'd like to lose. I bite/chew on my fingernails alot. I don't bite them off, that was kid me, but I do "play" with them more than is healthy. Tips? I was thinking something household that doesn't leave residue, or smell, just tastes really off-putting.

Finger -> Butt?

1 out of 3 qualifications. I'm looking for at least two.

There is nail polish that is designed for nail biters that tastes terrible (though, if you're a dedicated nail chewer, you'll get over that taste and bite anyway the same way smokers get over the initial taste of cigarettes and keep smoking).

I used to chew my nails terribly - I mean, it was really, really bad - but I stopped with a small bit of willpower/mindfulness, and a HUGE box of bandaids. You can't chew through bandaids. It looked bad, and I only used those at home where I did most of my nail biting, and when they grew out, they looked too nice to bite so I didn't. YMMV.

S0LIDARITY wrote:
cyrax wrote:

I have a habit/tick I'd like to lose. I bite/chew on my fingernails alot. I don't bite them off, that was kid me, but I do "play" with them more than is healthy. Tips? I was thinking something household that doesn't leave residue, or smell, just tastes really off-putting.

I used do that too. I found that by trimming them twice a week keeps them short enough that if I try to pick at them they'll be too sensitive to do so.

Leave a tiny bit of white, though. If you trim right to the quick, your nail bed will recede over time and you'll end up with a dot of nail far from the end of your finger. More injury-prone and your fingers will look stubby.

clover wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:
cyrax wrote:

I have a habit/tick I'd like to lose. I bite/chew on my fingernails alot. I don't bite them off, that was kid me, but I do "play" with them more than is healthy. Tips? I was thinking something household that doesn't leave residue, or smell, just tastes really off-putting.

I used do that too. I found that by trimming them twice a week keeps them short enough that if I try to pick at them they'll be too sensitive to do so.

Leave a tiny bit of white, though. If you trim right to the quick, your nail bed will recede over time and you'll end up with a dot of nail far from the end of your finger. More injury-prone and your fingers will look stubby.

What Clover said, this is very true.

My nails took a long time to start coming back from the damage I did biting them (not to mention some wear patterns on my teeth from biting them - the dentist fixed those bits).

If your nails start getting a little long, and you feel the urge to bite - file them off (and file them in one direction - a see-saw motion leaves them more prone to breaking and splitting), but leave some white to avoid the issues Clover mentioned.

Dakuna wrote:
cyrax wrote:

I have a habit/tick I'd like to lose. I bite/chew on my fingernails alot. I don't bite them off, that was kid me, but I do "play" with them more than is healthy. Tips? I was thinking something household that doesn't leave residue, or smell, just tastes really off-putting.

Finger -> Butt?

Ah nothing like the classics.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I used do that too. I found that by trimming them twice a week keeps them short enough that if I try to pick at them they'll be too sensitive to do so.

I used to do this as well and just keeping them good and short solved the problem. As for making them taste nasty the bitterant in those canned air cleaning duster things would work great for this. Just spray you fingertips every morning and they will taste terrible even after you have washed your hands.

OK. I'm filling out a tenancy application form and they want my social insurance number (SIN) and my credit card number BUT NOT my credit card expiration date.

Is this normal for a tenancy application to ask for these details?

I just filled out another one earlier today and it did not ask for my SIN or my credit card number.

Leave the CC number blank, and see what they say when you turn it in. Lots of apps ask for a bank account number too, when all they want to know is whether or not you have one.

I've only had one place ask for banking info, and that was in the form of an official document showing some weird arcane and mystical "average daily balance" computation - to verify that "yes, I have a job and make money and can afford the rent".

It'd be weird asking for a CC number if they just mean to do a credit check, which should be possible with just your SIN (if SIN == SSN in the States).

I think when I applied for my current apartment they just wanted my SIN for a credit check and maybe proof of employment? I don't know why they'd need a CC number.

Maybe it's a Stupid Test.

Does the landlord live in Nigeria?

Are they charging you an application fee?

I can't hear the term SIN without thinking about the SINless

/shadowrun memories

clover wrote:

Maybe it's a Stupid Test.

My wife laughs and agrees with you. You are welcome in our tribe.

fleabagmatt wrote:

Does the landlord live in Nigeria?

Hmm. How close is Nigeria to British Columbia? Wait a minute. Didn't the British colonize Nigeria? I'm seeing connections. I'm seeing connections where none exist. That's when you know the magic is working. Underpants.

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Do we currently have a thread where we discuss the different tablets out there? I'm currently looking into buying a Nexus 7 32GB tablet and would like some info/opinions from you good folk on if this is a good idea or not and what kinds of things I can do etc?

How does one deal with a coworker who is passive aggressive and a micromanager?

lunabean wrote:

How does one deal with a coworker who is passive aggressive and a micromanager?

Every time they make a "suggestion", answer with something like, "I don't know... There was a really dumb person at the last place I worked who always did things like that..."

lunabean wrote:

How does one deal with a coworker who is passive aggressive and a micromanager?

+1

I might fall into that category, I don't think I'm passive aggressive, but I do tell my peers what to do, how to do it, and what they're doing wrong; it's because too many people just don't give a crap. If there's no room to criticize you, then it's definately them. I usually just answer suggestions from people like that by saying something like 'I think I got this'. I guess your work environment will really dictate what you can get away with, but putting them in their place is really important I think.

lunabean wrote:

How does one deal with a coworker who is passive aggressive and a micromanager?

I usually end up saying something like "if you want me to do X you can just ask, you know, it's ok"... but that sort of thing depends on your office of course. But gently pointing out the passive parts and prodding them to just say what they mean has been the best CYA method for me, because mutual bosses have been on the side of clarity (or they don't like the person either but can't do much).

Man, these questions just remind me that I will have no co-workers, no office, no nothing. It's just me, modern tech and the news.

Is this person a supervisor or just a coworker?

Strangeblades wrote:

Man, these questions just remind me that I will have no co-workers, no office, no nothing. It's just me, modern tech, the news, and the bodies.

FTFY.

Dakuna wrote:
lunabean wrote:

How does one deal with a coworker who is passive aggressive and a micromanager?

+1

I might fall into that category, I don't think I'm passive aggressive, but I do tell my peers what to do, how to do it, and what they're doing wrong; it's because too many people just don't give a crap. If there's no room to criticize you, then it's definately them. I usually just answer suggestions from people like that by saying something like 'I think I got this'. I guess your work environment will really dictate what you can get away with, but putting them in their place is really important I think.

I know someone who micromanages outside their department by talking trash about people to their bosses. I've yet to find a solution.

wordsmythe wrote:

I know someone who micromanages outside their department by talking trash about people to their bosses. I've yet to find a solution.

Better bosses.

Targeted assassinations.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Targeted assassinations.

Well yeah, but attempting to target Strangeblades is always an iffy proposition.

Teneman wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Targeted assassinations.

Well yeah, but attempting to target Strangeblades is always an iffy proposition.

You come at the king, you best not miss.