Random thing you loathe right now.

I may need to buy a new washer.
Anybody got any suggestions?

Get on it. There's a shortage. Could take 6 months or more to get...

Robear wrote:

Get on it. There's a shortage. Could take 6 months or more to get...

Of course there is a shortage. I guess I should get a lot of quarters in the mean time.

Everything with a chip.

We had to buy a totally different brand of car than we planned because we desperately need more room with the extra kid but couldn't find anything we wanted.

I like our LG washer/dryer. But the front loading washer has mold issues, as do most eventually. So if I was to buy again, and actually had a laundry room vs closet, would definitely get a top load washer. That's all I got.

FWIW, I really like Speed Queen. They aren’t dang, but do the job well and are built to last an eternity.

Didn't want to revive a dead thread so I'll post it here as a gripe. Man does GTA online sucks. There's moments of real greatness but its layered over bullsh*t and other bad design choices. Which might be charitable as the more I play it the more it seems like a skinner box designed to get you to spend money while purposely screwing over the good design the single player would have. Blah.

I've only ever complete one heist, the tutorial one, even with friends due to how atrocious the life and combat system is. You're made of paper, you have two lives for the whole team, and NPC have laser beam AI. Oh and checkpoints are not a thing and load times are bad. And god help you if you need a rando to join.

The only reason I think it's like this is so it's harder to grind. To get player to spend cash. I just get annoyed every time I retry it. Cause I know they have something that could be amazing. And I know they can do it. But this makes the money. Blah.

I agree completely. There is such great potential there, but great game design is taking a back seat to marketing. Which is ironic because a truly great game design would push profits to the moon and back.

I tried to do heists waaay back in the day, but the design always leads me into a massive rant.

Every single time, it goes like this:

  1. you join a queue
  2. you wait nine minutes
  3. you find a team and make some UI choices
  4. you watch a three minute FMV
  5. the heist starts
  6. but not really because somebody left during the FMV so you literally restart from (1)

Why does every multiplayer game always put the "you can't skip unless all players skip" cutscene at the end of the sequence, after you're in a team and other people are waiting on you?

Garbage apps to watch the Olympics. The UI of all of these apps is a jumbled mess. They don’t easily show what’s live, and they mix in news, blogs, and clips. Plus, there's different apps that all show different things.

NBC had a real chance to drive everyone to the Peacock app as the main place for The Olympics, but they sh*t the bed with it instead.

Cox Contour app does it really well. You have to be a Cox cable customer though.

My loathe: Whether by flaw or by design, Cox Contour won’t allow my iPhone to mirror the screen to a tv. Netflix does. YouTube, Disney+ does. I’m in an RV with my family. We just wanted to watch a little bit of Olympics.

We watched Luca instead. I enjoyed it very much.

RawkGWJ wrote:

We watched Luca instead. I enjoyed it very much.

Santa mozzarella!

Normally when I drive it's a quiet thing and usually thinking about something random. This time my train of thought put me into a rather unhappy mood. And am just sitting here rather moody.

master0 wrote:

Normally when I drive it's a quiet thing and usually thinking about something random. This time my train of thought put me into a rather unhappy mood. And am just sitting here rather moody.

This is why you should never read the news.

RawkGWJ wrote:
master0 wrote:

Normally when I drive it's a quiet thing and usually thinking about something random. This time my train of thought put me into a rather unhappy mood. And am just sitting here rather moody.

This is why you should never read the news.

Was actually trying to remove the Post a Political New story from my recent posts for that very reason. I also severely dropped my politic intack after the election and felt so much better. Probable should drop imgur and reddit too, but I just can't resist that.

master0 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:
master0 wrote:

Normally when I drive it's a quiet thing and usually thinking about something random. This time my train of thought put me into a rather unhappy mood. And am just sitting here rather moody.

This is why you should never read the news.

Was actually trying to remove the Post a Political New story from my recent posts for that very reason. I also severely dropped my politic intack after the election and felt so much better. Probable should drop imgur and reddit too, but I just can't resist that.

My news consumption consists of some podcasts and the GWJ forums. Totally self curated. I take a hiatus whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed by the horror.

RawkGWJ wrote:
master0 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:
master0 wrote:

Normally when I drive it's a quiet thing and usually thinking about something random. This time my train of thought put me into a rather unhappy mood. And am just sitting here rather moody.

This is why you should never read the news.

Was actually trying to remove the Post a Political New story from my recent posts for that very reason. I also severely dropped my politic intack after the election and felt so much better. Probable should drop imgur and reddit too, but I just can't resist that.

My news consumption consists of some podcasts and the GWJ forums. Totally self curated. I take a hiatus whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed by the horror.

This is the way.

I also get news from Wonkette, but that's because the hilarious swearing and snarky tone help soften the horror.

Thanks for the responses from here before. This is more of the opposite of a loath but a lot of the stress I was facing has eased up. Had a bunch of interviews and have already received some one offer. It's a good feeling when something you worried about goes well. That and lowering my politic reading helped. There still is a nagging worry about after but for now it's done and I have pizza.

Next time I go riding my bike along the river path in the evening, I need to remember to bring a face shield: I don't want to know how many bugs I've encountered, but it was pretty bad.

The two things I've learned during the last couple years especially is that:

a) The only thing consuming more news than the basics gets you is feelings of anxiety over stuff you have little to no control over.

b) People who consume a lot of news seem to be more misinformed, in my anecdotal experience. Since all they do is read or watch it, they either only pick up on tidbits or they mix stories together. It's been shocking how often the same people who obsess over Covid news end up constantly vocalizing to me a misinterpretation of what the news actually said.

kuddles wrote:

b) People who consume a lot of news seem to be more misinformed, in my anecdotal experience. Since all they do is read or watch it, they either only pick up on tidbits or they mix stories together. It's been shocking how often the same people who obsess over Covid news end up constantly vocalizing to me a misinterpretation of what the news actually said.

The issue here is not the level of news consumption, but where that news is consumed from. Almost all news outlets are echo Chambers- you only consume the news they want you to see in the way and with the opinions they want you to consume.

Most people lack the degree of analytical thinking to read between lines or spot the fairly obvious gaps in the information presented. Many others just don't want to where it reinforces reinforces their world view or prejudices.

Sorbicol wrote:

The issue here is not the level of news consumption, but where that news is consumed from. Almost all news outlets are echo Chambers- you only consume the news they want you to see in the way and with the opinions they want you to consume.

No, this is not necessarily what I'm talking about. I'm talking about people consuming so much that they can't keep track, or having normal human memories where they can't quite recall what they heard, like a phone machine game, but then feeling confident to repeat their misconception. I have witnessed this over and over again, and not just during COVID times, where I, a person who is only vaguely paying attention, grasp the story much better than someone who is reading about it all day.

An example: Three months ago, the Ontario government reported that they had a few thousand extra AstraZeneca shots that were going to expire, so anyone in the initial trial run before the official rollout were permitted to get their second shot early. This was relayed to me by multiple people (some texting me in a panic because they knew I got AZ) that the news told them that everyone who got AZ needed to get their second shot immediately or the doses would expire, saying they heard it from news sources that said no such thing.

Jalapeño peanut brittle was a bad choice

A *delicious* choice, you mean?

Spoiler:

I love the stuff, sorry. :-)

I love it too. My timing was bad. I was about to sleep when I had a few small pieces. Turns out peanut brittle is difficult to brush out of your teeth and spicy tongue is the opposite of relaxing. Lesson learned I guess.

Cross posted from the business thread:

Power Over leadership.

Working at UPS, I’ve dealt with this bullsh*t for my entire adult life. I’ve been at UPS 29 years.

Being someone who values intellectualism, at some point many many years ago I decided to go on a quest to understand why UPS management behaves in such an abhorrent way. Along my quest I first taught myself how to engage with these assholes in a healthy way. (Healthy for myself not them)

Only recently have I found a detailed explanation of power over leadership. Dr Berne Brown, my unofficial spiritual mentor, outlines power over leadership in her book Dare to Lead. TLDR: It’s a mostly ineffective and inefficient style of leadership which utilizes overt intimidation as a means of motivating employees. It has some very negative downstream effects as well. It creates a work culture rife with dishonesty and harassment in all its forms. It also kills creativity, which is ironic since it’s the leadership style utilized in many of the largest video game companies.

The power over leadership style used by UPS has had a profoundly negative effect on my life. I hate it with all my heart.

And yet UPS is far more reliable, and has nicer delivery teams, than FedEx, at least in my region. *Something* is going right... Although I have no doubts that you are correct.

I'm sad to hear it.

Robear wrote:

And yet UPS is far more reliable, and has nicer delivery teams, than FedEx, at least in my region. *Something* is going right... Although I have no doubts that you are correct.

I'm sad to hear it.

FedEx was founded by a former UPS manager. From my conversations with various FedEx employees it seems that FedEx also uses the power over leadership style. FedEx has also poisoned their employees minds against unionizing, which is another irony.

I wonder when today’s American laborers will catch on to the benefits of organizing? It’s sad to me that folks are so easily intimidated.

As to why UPS is more reliable; I have no hard data to back me up, but I suspect that paying your employees a fair and livable wage goes a long way towards pride in one’s work. Toxic work culture or not.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Cross posted from the business thread:

Power Over leadership.

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When you mentioned the video game industry you reminded me of a streamers story who worked in the industry. They were working on a game that was nearing completion when they got bought out by a new publisher. Which brought new people in charge. Who decided that they wanted to throw out all the voice dialogue and replace it. This caused a mini revolt with the staff who were trying to argue with them and figure out why they wanted to throw out. What was wrong with it etc.

His friend/co-worker said that it was pointless to argue. When asked why, it was because he had all the voice dialogue and the new managers never asked him for it. As in they never even had listened to it. They were just replacing it all as a power play. Nothing else.

It is disgusting how much you can see this sort of behavior. From politics, to business, to people shopping in stores. Even family. It's some of the worst bits of culture.