Random thing you loathe right now.

Most of Melville's and Conrads books are great.

Robear wrote:

Lots of bubbles. The more you see, the more well done the other side is, and the further it has cooked through.

Pre-heat the griddle is the one step I seem to spend too little time on. Typically I set the burner to around seven, but then the first batch seems to take far too long. So, I turn up the heat and the next batch burns. Finally, on the third batch I have the griddle at the right temperature so that they cook without burning.

Don't you have to wait until a drop of water on the pan dances around? I seem to recall that from my youth.

Get an infrared thermometer gun. When the pan reaches about 400 F / 205 C you're good to go.

Ooh, look at mister Fancy Kitchen Gadget McMoneypockets!

Applications that require multiple admin-priv approvals in order to perform a routine update. I accidentally clicked on the Ubisoft launcher and then had to click through SIX approvals for it to update.

Here ya go, BadKen. It's a bit of work, but you won't have to spend $25 on Amazon lol

Chairman_Mao wrote:
master0 wrote:
Brainsmith wrote:

Ian McEwan - more specifically “Atonement”:
I have to teach that dreadfully awful novel this semester and I am not happy about it at all. “The greatest living English novelist” my a**. I finished this yesterday and was pretty furious that I have to punish my students with these 400 pages of boredom. It is an overrated novel written by an author who tries hard to channel the language of 19th century authors while losing himself in all too obvious metaphors and minor details. After reading this, my students should be rewarded with free psychotherapy sessions.

Do you have to teach positively about book? Or are you allowed to do a one long smackdown? I'd imagine the latter would be more fun.

I am very much in favor of this approach. You can learn a lot more from bad literature than from good.

That is definitely an approach I appreciate. Whenever I teach film, I show scenes from The Room to do the same. With novels it is a bit more difficult to drive that point home, mainly because students seem to read much less than they did 15 years ago, when I started teaching literature. They just don’t have as many references to compare things to. I am not bashing on Gen Z, they have other skills that we did not have, but I hardly ever come across avid readers anymore. (Well, apart from avidly reading and sending Whatsapp messages in class, but I digress.)

If I had to start on the topic of classic English literature here, it would go beyond the scope of this thread. Suffice it to say, I am very much a fan of classic literature. I can deal with Frankenstein and Hamlet pretty well in class, and so can the students most of the time. But there have been some decisions regarding the material I am forced to read with my students in general over the course of the last years or so, that do not make it fun to teach. There is hardly a semester in which I don’t feel I have to give content warnings before I begin (rape, abuse, suicide, murder), hence my demand for free therapy sessions. If the Shakespeare semester is the most lighthearted of all the topics (this time it is A Midsummer Night’s Dream), something has gone terribly wrong, I am afraid.

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Congrats, DeJ. Keep It up!

dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Just think of all the cool stuff you can buy with the cash you aren't using to buy cigs with. Pick something out and save towards it.

davet010 wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Just think of all the cool stuff you can buy with the cash you aren't using to buy cigs with. Pick something out and save towards it.

Plus, ya know, the additional life expectancy to make it until then.

I'm ~17 years free from cigarettes, down from 1-2 packs a day. No regrets at all.

davet010 wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Just think of all the cool stuff you can buy with the cash you aren't using to buy cigs with. Pick something out and save towards it.

One advantage of cigarette prices these days, is that 5 days of abstinence pays for one Balatro

dejanzie wrote:
davet010 wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Just think of all the cool stuff you can buy with the cash you aren't using to buy cigs with. Pick something out and save towards it.

One advantage of cigarette prices these days, is that 5 days of abstinence pays for one Balatro

Massachusetts cigarette taxes push the price up around $10 a pack here. So, 30 cigarettes = 1 Balatro.

A minor one. I just finished the latest Ciaphas Cain novel. Actually audio book but whatever. I'm a big fan of the series but this one was fairly weak. I enjoyed it in the moment but I've been sitting and reflecting for a bit. While there's some good bits there's some flaws that should have been caught. The kind of thing where an editor just says rewrite this or punch this up. Really easy stuff to fix. Basically parts of the book seemed phoned in. Doesn't help the author is famous for reusing stuff and this one is the worst in the series at that.

Still on the positive side not the worst overall as it has memorable bits I genuinely liked. That honor belongs to one of the last books which was so forgettable I forgot the title. I do recommend the earlier books if you like 40k action with a bit of humor.

merphle wrote:
dejanzie wrote:
davet010 wrote:
dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Just think of all the cool stuff you can buy with the cash you aren't using to buy cigs with. Pick something out and save towards it.

One advantage of cigarette prices these days, is that 5 days of abstinence pays for one Balatro

Massachusetts cigarette taxes push the price up around $10 a pack here. So, 30 cigarettes = 1 Balatro.

I'm not a smoker but I remember in Tucson packs were like 8-9 bucks depending on brand, so imagine my surprise when I get to North Carolina and some stuff here sells for under 4 dollars.

Suddenly all those mafia bootleg schemes of bringing cigerettes from here to other places makes a lot more sense.

Yeah, that is a big thing at some state borders in places like Virginia and Pennsylvania (Maryland has high taxes, to pay for good services). There was a gas station on Route 15 in Virginia, hard by the Potomac, that has its cigarette prices posted like gas prices. Cross the bridge, grab 'em, head back to Frederick lol. (Haven't been there since COVID started, thankfully, but I bet it's still the same.

dejanzie wrote:

Five days without a cigarette, and moved beyond physical cravings to restlessness, anxiety and grumpiness.

Gratz! I smoked for around a decade and managed to kick it by replacing it with a little running.

People who say they're not racist yet use abbreviations or purposely mis-spelled words to avoid controversy.
CP, WB, wyte, etc..

"Urban" is one that's popular in Virginia.

I just spent the morning cleaning out my dad’s storage locker. That was hard enough as it was, going through all his memorabilia and clothes and souvenirs that you accumulate in almost 80 years of life.

And then my magic shuffle brought this song on when I was driving home.

I ended up having to pull over the side of the road and cry for about 10 minutes.

Miss you pa.

Sent a passport renewal form. Which in itself was a pain. Just got an email back saying I didn't send my old passport with my documentation. Which I did, meaning my old passport is probable lost now. And I have to do this again and the long way. Wonderful.

master0 wrote:

Sent a passport renewal form. Which in itself was a pain. Just got an email back saying I didn't send my old passport with my documentation. Which I did, meaning my old passport is probable lost now. And I have to do this again and the long way. Wonderful.

Pro tip for next time. Go to the post office... Have them handle EVERYTHING. Filling out the app, boxing and mailing the old PP, taking the picture, do the expedited service, pay for the extra card... E-V-ERYTHING! Make sure that your local post office is listed as the return address.

They wont lose sh*t. They would be too embarrassed to. Even if it is lost they will pretend it wasn't so the government doesn't look stupid.

Drazzil wrote:
master0 wrote:

Sent a passport renewal form. Which in itself was a pain. Just got an email back saying I didn't send my old passport with my documentation. Which I did, meaning my old passport is probable lost now. And I have to do this again and the long way. Wonderful.

Pro tip for next time. Go to the post office... Have them handle EVERYTHING. Filling out the app, boxing and mailing the old PP, taking the picture, do the expedited service, pay for the extra card... E-V-ERYTHING! Make sure that your local post office is listed as the return address.

They wont lose sh*t. They would be too embarrassed to. Even if it is lost they will pretend it wasn't so the government doesn't look stupid.

The post office I went to didn't handle renewals. Said I had to mail it in. No I don't know why. Going to go back and do it there for a regular one. Just wished we could just do this online, but that's been broken for a while apparently. Going to wait as now I need a copy of my birth certificate.

Edit: US passport in my case.

Are you all talking about US, CA or UK passports?

I got the same thing. Poat office told me to go home and mail it, they only did kid's passports and took photos at the office.

Shrinkflation I suppose. I recently bought a certain brand of cookies, Matt's, that I haven't had since I was in college. The sheer quality and quality difference was striking. It's still good enough to eat but unless my memory is faulty. It's so much smaller and fewer.

98.1 KPNW switching from alt rock to country music on April Fools Day and not being an April Fools joke.

It's amazing to live in the Seattle area and not have one alt rock station.

Ummm... KNDD 107.7?

Will check it out! I'm a bit outside of Seattle so not sure if it reaches my area.