start a victory garden and ration your IRRATIONALLY ANGRY feelings, part 3

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Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Saturday, 3 January 2015 05:18 (four years ago) Permalink

this is definitely an innocuous thing and it makes me more mildly annoyed than IA, but i don't like when people's facebook comments are nothing more than them tagging other people. put it on your friend's wall or send a private message. comment threads are for actual comments.

Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Saturday, 3 January 2015 05:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Tweets from highly and justly esteemed writers which are noting but their next bookstore signing, and (barf) the most asskissing, "now blurb meee" kind of blurbs (retweeted by blurbee of course) Cmon gimmee freebie culture dammit! Comedians even worse but ft

dow, Saturday, 3 January 2015 05:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Musicians not as bad except some are stupid, tweetwise anyway

dow, Saturday, 3 January 2015 05:47 (four years ago) Permalink

i find myself getting very ia at people who dont interrogate conversation, who just wait to talk and continue to talk talk talk and barely acknowledge other contributions

i like conversation when it is like a game of tennis. i do not enjoy being the backyard wall against which you repeatedly smash your 'conversation'

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 January 2015 05:49 (four years ago) Permalink

a) never ever go on facebook; it is the absolute worst

b) unless you are drunk and desperately seeking human contact; even then it will be a mistake

c) would totally become unhelpfully drunk with jbr/dow/veg tho!

d) first round's on veg

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 January 2015 06:49 (four years ago) Permalink

all round to my place for fap :D

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 January 2015 07:22 (four years ago) Permalink

annual rolling threads that needn't be annual

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 January 2015 02:41 (four years ago) Permalink

-pizza places that don't sell pizza by the slice

(I politely walked out of two pizza places in one day because the first one didn't sell slices after 6 pm and the second one told me there'd be a 15 minute wait because "our slicing pizza is still in the oven.' this was the one time in my life I was tempted to get on Yelp and write some irate reviews)

please login or register if you are (unregistered), Saturday, 10 January 2015 02:50 (four years ago) Permalink

overly tailored tshirts on casual friday (ie neatly rolled up sleeves, tucked in etc)

just relax and wear a damn tshirt.

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 January 2015 06:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Needing to work out if the zip I used in the construction of a pair of jeans last year that I wear regularly or if I just keep forgetting to zip it up. Keep finding it down anyway. So just wondering if it's the zip or my memory.
& it would be the pair of jeans that needs a special needle to sew the fabric.

Wondering how long I'll have to wait until I can comfortably collect a shelving unit without being absolutely p-ed on trying to get it home. Weather is atrocious for last few days and I need to transport this flat pack I bought. Waiting for an actual break in bad weather.

Stevolende, Sunday, 11 January 2015 10:52 (four years ago) Permalink

That was supposed to say about whether a zip needed replacing or if my memory was going. Looks like the latter if I forgot to put in the bit about replacing. & i only made the jeans about 3 or 4 months ago so it should hopefully not mean a zip needed replacing yet. Keep finding myself flying low though.

Also trying to work out which side of the fabric i'm using for a pair of tartan jeans should be the outside/inside since they look very similar. & I don't want to get it wrong throughout. Guess that would at least be consistent though.

Stevolende, Sunday, 11 January 2015 11:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Stevolende, I have a question about jeans fly covers. Mine constantly bunch up, exposing the top part of the zipper. I have considered that the reasons might be:
- waist is too tight (but it happens on looser waists, too)
- my gut is pushing down on the waistband
- the button hole has gotten loose, allowing the top flap to sag (though I have tried sewing up the button hole without success, possibly due to my lack of skill and understanding)

Any advice on how to treat this problem? Some kind of insert to stiffen the flap?

Here is a pic of the problem.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8569/16069669409_693c9d1c35.jpg

Je55e, Sunday, 11 January 2015 17:31 (four years ago) Permalink

And so it's on topic: this folded flap makes me SO IRRATIONALLY ANGRY

Je55e, Sunday, 11 January 2015 17:32 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I just tend to wear shirts outside my jeans so it's covered up. Will think about it but not sure offhand.

Might be that you need to make sure you've ironed the fly flap. BUt probably not. I don't know if I know enough about construction and subsequent pressures to answer. But could be that it would be good for me to be aware of that for future knowledge.

I've made like 10 pairs of jeans so far so it's still early days. & I'm not sure how successful they all are. Found out that some I'd made some months back really were too large at the waistband. Being largely self-taught I'm not 100% sure what solutions are.

Stevolende, Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:58 (four years ago) Permalink

i don't like when people's facebook comments are nothing more than them tagging other people. put it on your friend's wall or send a private message. comment threads are for actual comments.

THIS. When the hell did this kick off? It is irritating. Ive clicked on comments threads that are nowt but tag-ins. Ive even had friends of mine tag me in some other random persons thread. I ignored the callout. PM me or GTFO.

I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Monday, 12 January 2015 02:23 (four years ago) Permalink

start a victory garden and ration your IRRATIONALLY ANGRY feelings, part 3">Karl Malone

pplains, Monday, 12 January 2015 02:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Online sellers who aren't satisfied with the fact that you purchased a product from them and did not try to return it or complaint about it, but hassle you RELENTLESSLY to leave feedback, tell us what you think, post about us on social media, blah blah blah

FUCK YOU I gave you money. You gave me a product. We're not married now. I don't owe you anything. I don't have to go to your parents' house for Thanksgiving and I don't have to write a review of your GOD DAMN cocktail shaker. Fuck.

carl agatha, Monday, 12 January 2015 17:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Also:

I was printing out my parents boarding passes from Spirit Airlines last night and they offered the normal nickel-and-dime-you-to-death services and the option to voluntarily pay an additional $1 or $5 to help the airline be more green.

So not a service, just some random fucking guilty bullshit about how if we want this airline to be more environmentally friendly, give us extra money. We're already paying extra money to check a bag and have more leg room than a chicken a 12-by-12 factory farming crate, and now these fuckers have the nerve to try to extort money for their environmental initiative? I'm still so angry about that I can barely form a coherent objection to it.

carl agatha, Monday, 12 January 2015 17:27 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm underemployed right now working as a temp in a law firm.. I got a ton of overtime last week but I am FUCKING FURIOUS because I HATE overtime and I hate my line of work because Im subject to the whims of capricious lawyers who dont give a fuck about my life or free time (or common sense/decency). The irony being I'm making time and a half and have a bunch more money than I would yet I am still FUCKING FURIOUS because theres a lot more overtime in the future.

It also doesnt help that because I'm a temp I'm realizing about 2/3ds of what my employer is paying the temp agency, which is basically the same amont of money I used to make like ten fucking years ago.

thanks obama

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 12 January 2015 17:33 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^great CSR, there, carl. *screams*

I was a participant in the following exchange last week:

Cashier: 'Thanks for shopping with us. Can I take your e-mail address?'
Me: 'No...'

camp event (suzy), Monday, 12 January 2015 17:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Hate it when I'm too fast for a website. Site loads, I put the cursor on something like "SEARCH" and click, but in that split second between those two actions, the site has loaded up just a little bit more and I wind up clicking on something like "CONTACT US".

pplains, Monday, 12 January 2015 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

When I started at TCS they encouraged us to ask ppl for their email addresses at the register. At first they said it like, "Hey, people might want to know when we have sales! Just ask, if they say no, that's fine obvs." By the time I left they were offering positive incentives to workers who got the highest percentages of ppl to give them an email. I got the feeling negative incentives were right around the corner.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Monday, 12 January 2015 17:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Radio Shack has been really obnoxious about the email stuff for years

Nhex, Monday, 12 January 2015 17:47 (four years ago) Permalink

lol Radio Shack was way ahead of the curve, they used to ask for your address years ago

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 12 January 2015 19:54 (four years ago) Permalink

I just had one of those, cash purchase of an overpriced-yet-undeniably-effective hair care product for one of my daughters from a salon I visit for no other purpose.

"What's your last name?" "Is it 'Dusty' Perry?" "I'm supposed to ask." "How do you spell your last name?" "Who normally does your hair here?" Ha ha ha, who does my greying, thinning hair.

Vic Perry, Monday, 12 January 2015 20:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Canada Goose Parkas

walid foster dulles (man alive), Monday, 12 January 2015 20:45 (four years ago) Permalink

It also doesnt help that because I'm a temp I'm realizing about 2/3ds of what my employer is paying the temp agency

Not to stoke any further IA, but it's possible that you are grossly overestimating the cut that your temp agency is willing to part with.

Smoothie Operator (Old Lunch), Monday, 12 January 2015 20:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Very true. I used to be temped for Accounts Payable jobs, so the most hilarious thing to me was knowing the 'big secret' of exactly how much the company was paying for my services because I was the one processing the bill! (Of course temp agencies never ever want their temps to know this stuff).

I recall more than one job where I got hourly $13, and the agency was getting $22, and that this ratio was pretty usual, so, I got more than half, but less than 2/3 of the payout.

However, and this really ticked me off, one job that was largely funded by taxpayer dollars paid me way less than half of the outrageous sum the temp agency got! I think I got $9 out of $25 bucks on that one! No business like soaking the people.

Vic Perry, Monday, 12 January 2015 21:03 (four years ago) Permalink

temp agencies take that much?! damn.

Nhex, Monday, 12 January 2015 21:04 (four years ago) Permalink

i guess companies will pay to screw people out of benefits

Nhex, Monday, 12 January 2015 21:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Most of the times I was ever offered to 'go perm' it was usually with a pay cut from what I had been getting as a temp ('but you'll get benefits') so, no, thanks.

One reason I did temp for a long time was that the pay rates had at least something to do with demand, whereas permanent positions tended to be successfully squashed. While it was humiliating in some ways to have the agency taking a lot of money for doing nothing but landing me the spot, that did save me a lot of dreadful human resources interviews and frankly, I just wouldn't have found those positions on my own. I also used to see the most interesting trainwrecks: places where I'd take over the suddenly vacated position of an embezzler, a revenge case, a blazing incompetent. Whole little histories there. The work of course was more boring than not so regular changes of scenery were helpful as well.

Vic Perry, Monday, 12 January 2015 21:31 (four years ago) Permalink

lol Radio Shack was way ahead of the curve, they used to ask for your address years ago

That reminds me of this collection of anecdotes (I thought it mentioned the hassling-for-address thing but it doesn't seem to):
http://www.ihateworkinginretail.com/tag/i-hate-radioshack/

I particularly enjoyed VIII and XV, if you've got better things to do than read the whole collection of longwinded rants. But who would have better things to do than that?

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 12 January 2015 21:49 (four years ago) Permalink

omg XV is amazing, I have no idea what that is

valleys of your mind (mh), Monday, 12 January 2015 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

baldie doin-brum.gif

they TRY to look like GOOD people (soref), Monday, 12 January 2015 21:59 (four years ago) Permalink

ia: egregiously bad service in restaurants. i'm sooooo chill and forgiving about minor food service slip-ups. i don't care if you smile. i don't care if you refill my water without me having to ask. if i don't say when i'm ordering that i'm allergic to XYZ food item (which would be a gross overstatement, since my food allergies are really trivial), it's a minor inconvenience but not the end of the world if the kitchen forgets to leave it off. i just want a baseline level of transactional ease if i'm gonna choose your place over other places. i had work to do last night and i ran out to get a quick takeout order so i could scarf down some food and meet my midnight deadline. i ended up waiting probably 40 minutes for a dish that at most would take ten minutes to cook from pre-prepped ingredients and assemble in a styrofoam box. and the restaurant was busy, but not slammed. it just made me very stressed out. which is my problem, not theirs. i don't handle stress well. 40 minutes is a long time to wait though.

mitt fleekwood (get bent), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 02:45 (four years ago) Permalink

no i in yr a

so to speak

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 02:48 (four years ago) Permalink

the level of stress made my a feel i

mitt fleekwood (get bent), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 02:49 (four years ago) Permalink

_lol Radio Shack was way ahead of the curve, they used to ask for your address years ago_

That reminds me of this collection of anecdotes (I thought it mentioned the hassling-for-address thing but it doesn't seem to):
http://www.ihateworkinginretail.com/tag/i-hate-radioshack/

I particularly enjoyed VIII and XV, if you've got better things to do than read the whole collection of longwinded rants. But who would have better things to do than that?

Whoa thank you, aps! I read the first few of those when it was first posted, but missed the great ones you pointed out plus my favorite, the one w/ Stoned Craig going "I'm hungry, Paw." (Which I've said a lot to various people over decades for no reason I can discern, so maybe it's just part of the collective human drive to say it.)

Je55e, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 05:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Stoned Je55e

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

OK that Brum story looool
Original Brum theme was instrumental but TIL there is an extremely lengthy modern version

kinder, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:00 (four years ago) Permalink

bill gates the spider

kinder, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:04 (four years ago) Permalink

News sites showing handheld video but blurring out the edges? I feel like I see something like this every week or two. Sorry, this is some really traumatic video.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/dying-among-strangers-metro-victim-found-fellow-riders-who-tried-to-save-her-life/2015/01/13/98f6c37e-9b7a-11e4-bcfb-059ec7a93ddc_story.html?hpid=z3

how's life, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

lately every time i watch some crappy viral video prank, i get IA imagining myself just out and about trying to run an errand and getting trapped in a viral video prank. like that dumb telekinesis coffee shop thing.*

*maybe the reactions are fake, idk.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

It's very likely my last dying words will be "Turn your phone sideways if you insist on recording this."

pplains, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's not because something is being blurred out, it's because people don't shoot in landscape and for some reason news organizations have chosen to present it like that. I think they should just reject all portrait videos.

Jeff, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Why can't phones just format videos in landscape regardless of the position of the phone?

Je55e, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:29 (four years ago) Permalink

camera sensor orientation? the actual sensor isn't square iirc, I may be wrong

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:32 (four years ago) Permalink

those takeout containers with interlocking flaps - eating from them makes me ia bcz the flaps get in the way

i usually dump it out onto a plate of something but sometimes you can't & raaaaage

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I got it D

kinder, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:32 (one month ago) Permalink

phew

deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:38 (one month ago) Permalink

still deems

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:25 (one month ago) Permalink

xp dre

i am asking you to forget about dre

an i getting through at all here

― deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:16 AM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

SOMETHING'S gotten through. Ahem. ;)

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Thursday, 16 May 2019 23:20 (one month ago) Permalink

when i hit i in my browser, i can quickly go to ilx. except this morning i googled about "installing" a new electrical outlet. therefore, chrome has decided i want to google that over and over, forever.

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 17 May 2019 00:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I use the Google News applet thingy, and it thinks I'm interested in "Vanderpump Rules" which I'm only vaguely aware is a TV show, and I have clicked "fewer stories like this" at least a dozen times, but Google is not convinced.

husserl gang (rip van wanko), Friday, 17 May 2019 00:36 (one month ago) Permalink

google news thinks i'm interested in pete davidson, which is awesome

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 17 May 2019 00:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I've never asked for Google news alerts but it keeps telling me about anything Phoebe Waller Bridge is doing

kinder, Friday, 17 May 2019 10:47 (one month ago) Permalink

the memeification of building site banter

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Friday, 17 May 2019 10:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I just got a Twitter news alert about the death of Grumpy Cat, a topic I’ve never favoured with an opinion.

suzy, Friday, 17 May 2019 10:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Google new alerts thinks I'm interested in Lewis Capaldi (who I'd never heard of before that, then a (bad) advert came on TV for him), football (mostly Liverpool and Man U) and exam results in an Asian city I have also never heard of. I've no idea where they come up with this stuff.

Slightly more spookily it's also giving me articles about Twin Peaks which we've been re-watching lately, I assume it's getting this info from NowTV, and not just by listening in on our living room :/

Colonel Poo, Friday, 17 May 2019 11:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Just came here to post about who the fuck is Lewis Capaldi and why is he all up in my face? Cunt

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:04 (one month ago) Permalink

https://cdn.spindizzyrecords.com/uploads/2019/05/R-13637351-1558022723-2510.jpeg.jpg

I said this on twitter but this is kind of a perfect campaign image/slogan for the chuktzpah party

milkshake chuk (wins), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:08 (one month ago) Permalink

It is possibly the worst album title of all time so y

Dude himself is like the One Show attained sentience and bought a guitar

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Have you see the TV advert for his album? Couldn't find it on YouTube or it's have been straight on the Worst Adverts On TV thread.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Being cutely self deprecating seems to be his 'thing'. Fair enough though, he is just a fat Ed Sheeran.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah he's getting some v heavy PR push, was moved to post because he's in the FA Cup warm-up show for some fucking reason

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Ooh, Luther Blissett's on later, hope they've got a new book coming out

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:22 (one month ago) Permalink

He's from Glasgow, he shouldn't give a fuck about the FA Cup. Maybe they've got Bobby Gillespie lined up for the match itself.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Chilling vision of Primal Scream lumbering thru "Abide With Me"

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Capaldi's on now, what a grating little shit

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:31 (one month ago) Permalink

He looks like a Peter Kay character

specific goats my way (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Don't tell me my shoe's untied. I fucking know. And definitely don't tell me that I might trip. I'm not 5.

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 25 May 2019 23:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"brill"

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 26 May 2019 16:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i can't say it anywhere else:

i fucking HATE all the new-age bullshit a lot of my friends are into. i hate tarot. i hate runes. i hate reiki. i hate CST. i hate kambo. i hate crystals.

it's all fucking quackery.

and i hate that whenever i express even a modicum of these opinions in a friendly way, i'm accused of being "brainwashed by western rationality" and shit.

i teach decolonial literature courses at the uni level, Lauren, and you're not a fucking witch.

okay, end rant.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sounds like someone's chakras are not aligned today

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lmao

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm with you mr table. the worst thing of living in vancouver vs living at home in glasgow is the prevalence of west coasty new age bullshit

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and i can't say anything negative about it in company basically

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sounds like someone's chakras are not aligned today

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:15 PM (seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol thanks for the laugh.

xpost to jim, yeah, it's very much west coast friends. lived out there for nearly ten years.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I had dinner with two fairly new friends the other night and had to hold back when they discussed reiki in case I massively offended them. I did have a stupid grimace on my face which I think they noticed tho

kinder, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

some of these people are potential editors of mine, and they are dear friends in other ways! it's very difficult for me to not think of them as massive idiots sometimes, tho.

i will write that stuff like reiki and kambo an whatnot is very, very different from tarot and more traditional "magick" stuff, which i find ludicrous but relatively harmless.

the former stuff, though, in its presentation as "healing" and "restorative" and other appropriation of medical terminology...well, it's just plain dangerous, imo.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol no it's not, don't be silly

mark s, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

given that the same people who believe in reiki, kambo, and CST also tend to be anti-vaxxers, well, i beg to differ.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

assertion made without empirical evidence, claim denied

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

come on man. people who believe in CAM are probably the one demo most likely to be anti-vaxx https://i.imgur.com/0wWumgj.png

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Having to use tongs to grab tortilla chips in a buffet.

pplains, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OTFM

especially those small plastic tongs that only have a 2 inch opening

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah look that doesnt happen thats never happened you made that up

godfellaz (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What do you have, some sort of sifter? Because I can't think of any other way to get them besides rawdogging with my bare mitts.

pplains, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

mister, sifter sold me tongs

godfellaz (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like the shovel/scoop they have at taquerias
same thing they use in fast food places, like these —

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61pzGacwlRL._SL1500_.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i can't say it anywhere else:

i fucking HATE all the new-age bullshit a lot of my friends are into. i hate tarot. i hate runes. i hate reiki. i hate CST. i hate kambo. i hate crystals.

it's all fucking quackery.

and i hate that whenever i express even a modicum of these opinions in a friendly way, i'm accused of being "brainwashed by western rationality" and shit.

i teach decolonial literature courses at the uni level, Lauren, and you're not a fucking witch.

okay, end rant.

I totally agree with you on all that. People who buy into all that b.s. pseudoscientific woo tick me off, especially if they value it over regular medicine or try to evangelize for it in lieu of traditional medicine. Knowing what you're going through makes the situation even worse, because I'm sure they view you as a vulnerable sucker who'd fall for any old crap. That's why whenever I enjoy meditation or ASMR I'm very careful not to partake in the elements of both that touch on elements of quackery, and why I appreciate the content creators who don't engage in either.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Friday, 7 June 2019 16:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh, and speaking of tortilla chips, the legit Mexican restaurants around here that serve pre-meal chips and salsa scoop up chips with a regular scoop, not tongs or that huge "McDonald's fry server" monstrosity. This is a good example of the kind of scoop I'm accustomed to seeing at Mexican restaurants:

http://bulkmart.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/chips-scoop.jpg

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Friday, 7 June 2019 16:37 (one week ago) Permalink

imo, anyone who wants to think of themselves as a witch and embrace all the various mythologies and paraphernalia of witchcraft is welcome to do so. however, they are not entitled to a society that values witches and witchcraft to the degree they do, no matter how much they want one. if they sneer at us, we get to sneer back.

as for reiki and other similar pseudoscientific healing arts, any intelligent physician will tell you that they can't and don't heal anyone. it is a mutual relationship. all they can do is assist their patient's internal healing processes, sometimes through drastic means and sometimes by providing a gentle nudge. stuff like reiki is limited to the nudge-level, by making people feel actively cared-for and loved, because being touched is helpful to healing, it just isn't helpful in quite the way reiki practitioners claim it is.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 7 June 2019 17:51 (one week ago) Permalink

come on man. people who believe in CAM are probably the one demo most likely to be anti-vaxx https://i.imgur.com/0wWumgj.png

― findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:27 (one week ago)

oh man, that's a depressing image

just when I was thinking maybe I'd go back to the chiropractor

(who my orthodontist recommended to me regarding TMJ issues, and I didn't know was a chiropractor rather than a more conventionally accredited physiotherapist until I'd already agreed w/the orthodontist to see him, and then I thought "wellll I'm not sure about this stuff, but we'll see" and actually he seemed... OK?)

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 7 June 2019 18:11 (one week ago) Permalink

imo, anyone who wants to think of themselves as a witch and embrace all the various mythologies and paraphernalia of witchcraft is welcome to do so. however, they are not entitled to a society that values witches and witchcraft to the degree they do, no matter how much they want one. if they sneer at us, we get to sneer back.

I'm sorry, I need to clarify that I regard witches as purely practitioners of a pagan religion and while I'm not religious, I don't object to people practicing their own religion so long as it doesn't harm others. I deeply apologize for neglecting to address that part of the post. OTOH I find pseudoscientific b.s. completely unacceptable, particularly since it's so often targeted to people with legitimate physical issues that require actual medical intervention. Yes, it's good to hug people and help uplift others and everything else that helps improve one's mental state, but it should never EVER replace legitimate medicine.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Friday, 7 June 2019 19:03 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought with Reiki there was not even any touching, they just move their hands over you.

nickn, Friday, 7 June 2019 19:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I find pseudoscientific b.s. completely unacceptable, particularly since it's so often targeted to people with legitimate physical issues that require actual medical intervention.

I'm a bit more tolerant, but to qualify for my tolerance these practices need to fall within some rather narrow lines:

- the patient needs to be an adult capable of accepting responsibility for their own health.

- the practitioner should not charge a fee, or if there is a fee, it needs to be very slight and basically just compensate a bit for the time spent.

- the practitioner should not discourage the patient from seeking other kinds of care or medical intervention, or disparage medical science as invalid.

- the practice may be based on any airy-fairy theory of how it works and I don't care, but false claims about effecting cures of serious illnesses are never acceptable.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who just dabble around with this stuff and do meet those criteria. They're mostly harmless. It's the quacks who are in it to make a profit who deserve contempt.

it should never EVER replace legitimate medicine

I agree fully. It's almost entirely placebo effect, but that can be a useful adjunct to healing and shouldn't be rejected out of hand.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 7 June 2019 20:13 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/New-Upside-Down-Exhibit-at-Museum-of-Illusions--511476562.html

These types of places are not museums!!!!

omar little, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:23 (yesterday) Permalink


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