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The little things that irk us so

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« Reply #540 on: July 26, 2016, 11:57:08 AM »

I saw a Facebook post (where else!) by an EFF bloke complaining that the Oscar trial and sentence typified white privilege. Had he been black, he would have gotten a heavier sentence. (No doubt the black judge is a racist!). Others complained that he was punished too harshly. Still others complained that battered women once again got a raw deal. Etc. etc.

What occurred to me is that with this kind of thing, it is actually not about Oscar. People simply used the case as a focus point into which to read their own issues. If you have a problem with white privilege, you see white privilege in the trial. If you're a feminist, you see oppression of women.

So it goes with all such high profile news, and now that I have noticed it in the Oscar trial I am beginning to see it everywhere: all the angry commentators are simply reading their own issues into whatever the news is, and their commentary mostly tells you more about them than about the news item.
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« Reply #541 on: July 26, 2016, 14:04:22 PM »

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If you have a problem with white privilege, you see white privilege in the trial. If you're a feminist, you see oppression of women.

Quite. It also doesn't help that we live in an era of oppression Olympics: Where your degree of social status is determined by how oppressed you are.

So as you say: Men complimenting women on the street suddenly find themselves accused of "verbal rape", a charge that says more about the victim than about the "guilty".
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« Reply #542 on: July 26, 2016, 14:07:27 PM »

Or it’s motivated by something slightly more unsanitary:  Pistorius remains a hot topic and airing some purportedly knowledgeable scribblings is a sure-fire tactic for amassing followers for those descendants of the “Me” generation who can’t abide feeling left out.

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« Reply #543 on: July 27, 2016, 04:52:39 AM »

Or it’s motivated by something slightly more unsanitary:  Pistorius remains a hot topic and airing some purportedly knowledgeable scribblings is a sure-fire tactic for amassing followers for those descendants of the “Me” generation who can’t abide feeling left out.

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Yup, I'm sure that also plays a role. And of course, if there is one thing people love more than creating a hero, it is to tear the hero down again. :-)
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« Reply #544 on: August 13, 2016, 10:06:43 AM »

Norton Anti-virus. It actually doesn't belong in this thread, because it is a fucking BIG thing that irks me so.

So a month or three ago I was invited to try it out for free for a month. On the whole I wasn't impressed; it seemed good at blocking threats, but it's intrusive, putting an extra bar on my browser without asking me, and it slowed down my browsing speed (and the whole computer, for that matter) so much that it wasn't worth it. So after a month I let it expire and uninstalled it.

Or so I thought. The other day I wanted to download a YouTube video downloader suggested by someone else. Up popped Norton anti-virus and informed me that the site contained malware, so it prevented me from going there. Except I know for a fact that the site is safe. So I followed the option "visit the site anyway," only to be brought straight back to the page that won't let me visit. I.e. Norton, after I uninstalled it, now tells me which sites I am allowed to visit. If it doesn't like a page, it simply prevents me from visiting it.

Even worse, someone tells me that the only way to ever get rid of Norton is to format your hard drive. Once you have it, it's more tenacious, and frequently more annoying, than any virus ever released.
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« Reply #545 on: August 13, 2016, 14:05:54 PM »

I've heard that it is more difficult to get rid of you SABC licence than Norton, but only a little bit.
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« Reply #546 on: August 17, 2016, 18:00:47 PM »

You can do a "Rinse and hold" cycle on your dishwasher with only one small item in it, but with the next load of dishes, you are guaranteed to run out of space.   Cry
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« Reply #547 on: August 17, 2016, 18:40:32 PM »

You can do a "Rinse and hold" cycle on your dishwasher
Wouldn't know. I don't go near it.  Tongue
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« Reply #548 on: September 09, 2016, 07:48:48 AM »

It's going to a long day, 6 shows, normally you can 5 in a school day. But is there time for skriflesing en gebed? Need I answer?  WTF!!
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« Reply #549 on: September 09, 2016, 10:06:54 AM »

You can do a "Rinse and hold" cycle on your dishwasher with only one small item in it, but with the next load of dishes, you are guaranteed to run out of space.   Cry

Pro tip: This can rust metal stuff and/or certain cutlery if you leave it closed.

But I believe dishwashers were designed to either be in a state of too full or too empty.
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« Reply #550 on: September 09, 2016, 10:08:55 AM »

You can do a "Rinse and hold" cycle on your dishwasher
Wouldn't know. I don't go near it.  Tongue
you could describe me as a domesticated husband.
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« Reply #551 on: September 10, 2016, 09:21:28 AM »

You can do a "Rinse and hold" cycle on your dishwasher
Wouldn't know. I don't go near it.  Tongue
you could describe me as a domesticated husband.


Or a well trained one...
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« Reply #552 on: October 07, 2016, 21:03:16 PM »

OK.  I've seen this billboard twice, and I was instantly enraged both times:  "MTN Business: The courage to grow is business"

I think we've run out of PC slogans, which is why South African copywriters now specialise in non-sequiturs.  I'm lucky I don't have to brave the traffic and see it every day.
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« Reply #553 on: October 08, 2016, 04:41:42 AM »

OK.  I've seen this billboard twice, and I was instantly enraged both times:  "MTN Business: The courage to grow is business"

I think we've run out of PC slogans, which is why South African copywriters now specialise in non-sequiturs.  I'm lucky I don't have to brave the traffic and see it every day.


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« Reply #554 on: February 02, 2017, 22:23:01 PM »

Step 1. Helping someone out by agreeing to buy a beat-up, tiny little second-hand fridge for R1000 minus half the cost of re-gassing, which ends up costing R400.  So, R1200 which is a decent deal for extra storage even if I don't need it, and I can always tackle it with spray paint for fun
Step 2. Waking up the next morning to find that the compressor had expired in the night
Step 3. Finding out that it will cost upwards of R1800 to fix
Step 4. Lying awake wondering whether I got my 'just reward and retribution' for being grasping and greedy and effectively only paying the original owner a miserly R800 for the damn thing (which I didn't even want in the first place).

Oi.
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