Depth and Warmth by Gato1980 in pics

[–]readerf52 [score hidden]  (0 children)

No. Context is everything. This is a person at a protest/rally for women and represents her ideas.

Trump is the leader of a first world nation. When he is pushy, rude and obviously ignorant on important issues--dude, the Paris Accord is not about helping Paris--he represents the entire country.

Federal Government Shuts Down at Midnight by DontCallMeNymphadora in news

[–]readerf52 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of a similar situation here. There was a mandatory closing of a nursing home because of numerous violations, and the owners just told the staff to send all the clients home. But about a dozen of them had no home. So about 4-5 staff stayed on, without pay, gradually losing utilities and running low on food, until other homes could be found for their clients. They worked for more than 2 weeks without compensation.

That's the kind of news that is often buried on page 10, next to the Soduko, so bless your mom for her dedication to the human beings she cares for, and not the money.

[LPT] Save the planet by not accepting free plastic bags from grocery stores when you go shopping, buy one or two good reusable bags and USE them. by CallMeCarll in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The studies that I have read use language like "can cause" or "may be related to" regarding an uptick of food borne illnesses and use of reusable bags. The fact that the original study, in San Francisco in 2007, was paid for by plastic bag companies makes it completely suspect. The fact that there was an increase in e-coli was never actually linked to reusable bags, and the increase happened a mere 3 months after the ban, the time most people forgot there was a ban and just paid a dime for a paper bag.

In the meantime, it's been 10 years since people in the Bay Area have been using reusable bags, and I'm not finding any newer studies (latest article in 2013 questioning the validity of the original SF study) citing an increase in e-coli related directly to reusable bag use. It's all supposition.

Still, it doesn't hurt to wash your bags once in a while, and I always separate food from cleaning supplies. I tend to buy my meat and fish at the farmers market, and I take a cooler to get it home safely.

LPT: To set a instant reminder for basically anything, take off your watch and put it on your other wrist. Though it may sound silly, the nuanced weight difference actually serves as an effective proxy reminder by n0varia in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I'm in a grocery store and think of something I need that's not on my list, I cross my fingers. I work my way to that section and think, why did I cross....oh, yeah, and 99% of time remember the item. There are always brain fart days, though.

LPT: If you are trying to lose weight, do not go to any restaurant without first researching the menu and the calories and deciding what you'll have by arahsay in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Actually, this tip is right from weight watcher's. They suggest it a lot. They also suggest ordering first, so you're not swayed by other people's choices.

LPT: If you’re having trouble explaining something computer-related to your parents, instead of explaining it to them over to the phone, record yourself doing it and send them a video by faderunner in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The senior center in my area offers computer classes that start out at zero, assuming the student has no knowledge of computers at all, so, really, how to turn it on and why password protection is important. This may not be true for all communities, but it might be worth looking into for your parents.

It especially nice because it is a class of their peers, all starting at the same level, and I'm pretty sure it's a social event as well.

I can sorta understand the Luddite mentality, but social security tried to go 100% automatic payments into a checking account a few years ago. So many seniors didn't understand how it worked, how to check their balance or even how to set it up and manage it, to the point that the idea had to be shelved for the present. But some day, parents may really need some simple computer skills.

Map of notable trails in the USA by Xtratimesoccer in backpacking

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a great map, but I have a question.

For Christmas a few years ago, my daughter bought my husband (a weekend bicyclist) a set of 3x5 cards that have local bike trails. It includes elevation changes, whether or not there are areas that are shared road paths and so on. He loves them and takes one with him on new adventures.

Is there anything like that for these trails? Thanks.

[Image]Work Like Hell by dustofoblivion123 in GetMotivated

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is utter shite. People that have to work an 80 hour week are often scattered and unable to concentrate. They do a half assed job in 4 months and then spend the next year and a half correcting their mistakes.

People that have time to rejuvenate and refresh may indeed take a year, but it's done right and everything goes smoothly.

So, almost 2 years vs 1 year? I'll take the employee that knows their limitations and does his/her job carefully and correctly the first time, thanks.

People ask you what you do for a living so that they can calculate the level of respect to give you. by meekp832 in Showerthoughts

[–]readerf52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But people invariably do ask the question.

I meet people in classes or at the pool. People ask if I've taken the class before, is the teacher good, do I need the class for work....and there you are, the original sin of questions: what do you do?

Or at the pool, they ask how often I swim, have I swum at other pools, what's their schedules like, and can I get a swim before I go to work....and we're back there again.

I agree, asking someone their job as an opening question is invasive. But the natural flow of conversation almost always leads to talking about work, and that's ok, because by then you have a bit of an idea about the person, and their job no longer defines them; all the things you've learned about them previously helps shape an opinion.

[Homemade] Chicken Teriyaki with Steamed Broccoli by _snacknuts in food

[–]readerf52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love the chicken recipe, but I'm most impressed by the broccoli! Just the perfect amount of steam to actually cook it through, yet keep that vibrant green color that seems to be lacking at times. Do you shock the cooked broccoli in ice and then just quickly stir fry it to heat it again?

I'm making a Thai soup with baby broccoli (and other veggies) for dinner, and the broccoli is often either underdone, or that grey/green color of overdone broccoli. I'm envious.

LPT: You’ll never regret time spent studying for exams, but you’ll regret 100% of the time you didn’t spend studying. by Gilleasbag in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you keep up with the course work and understand what you have learned, you really don't have to study that hard for the final. You already know it.

LPT: If you get a bonus at the end of a long project, give some money to your family members by btruff in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I actually like this, and not just because it makes you the cool parent. I think people are unaware of how their anxiety at work, especially over a long term project, impacts the people in your life. It's a way of saying that you appreciate that they had to put up with your moods, or you had to miss some important events, or you just didn't seem present for a while.


Snuggles by I_am_Orlando in aww

[–]readerf52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The crazy thing is, the bear looks like that "snuggles" bear from the fabric softener commercials. So, lots of snuggles going on....

Sunrise or sunset? What's your favourite? by ed2base in camping

[–]readerf52 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I walk every morning in my neighborhood, and when the weather and timing is cooperating, I take a sunrise picture. I have ~600 of them on my phone. It's an amazingly beautiful thing to witness; the day just seems to start right.

Increases in internet use linked to a loss of religious affiliation, study finds by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't speak for countless people, but for me, it was not information "distribution," rather information observed. What I observed was an enormous hypocrisy, a disconnect from the teachings of our religion and its actual actions.

[Homemade] Tortellini tasting! Experimenting with doughs and fillings by frodft in food

[–]readerf52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are these commonly made? And are the lemon and chocolate licorice ones considered dessert? I've never heard of these, but I want the lemon one, please!!

They are all beautiful, and I like the different presentations. Well done!

Increases in internet use linked to a loss of religious affiliation, study finds by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]readerf52 271 points272 points  (0 children)

This story articulates something I've been thinking while reading the comments and having read the article. I lost my faith years ago, and it had nothing to do with the internet. But my decision made me raise my children with an open choice: they could attend any religious service they wanted and we would support their choices. They went to Methodist, Catholic and Episcopalian services with their friends, and while they enjoyed the pomp, they didn't get "hooked" on any of them.

I really think my children's generation is catching up with the internet generation, and there really is no causality as witnessed in this study. It's just an evolutionary process whereby one generation questions the teachings and rules of its religion, and allows their children to do the same, to the point that many people feel some spiritual connection, but do not connect to an organized religion.

If we take the bottom line idea from just about every organized religion, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, the world really would be a better place.

Goodwill was selling a rock. by wildwoodnature in mildlyinteresting

[–]readerf52 247 points248 points  (0 children)

Are you sure it doesn't have an area on the bottom for hiding a spare key?

LPT: put a penny in the water with cut tulips to keep the stems from weakening and bending over. by readerf52 in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hehe, I wasn't actually thinking of a scientific experiment. My husband is from The Netherlands and I buy him tulips when they are available and they invariably droop. I mentioned this to the flower vendor at the farmers market, and he mentioned the penny/pennies. I seriously doubted him, so I actually took a photo on day one, with the pennies in the water and I was going to show him how quickly and seriously they drooped. Well, the joke was on me, because my "day five" photo looked just as good as the first one.

You know, it could be that he just sells very healthy tulips!

LPT: put a penny in the water with cut tulips to keep the stems from weakening and bending over. by readerf52 in LifeProTips

[–]readerf52[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good points. I'm usually the first one to google or check snopes, but I didn't; I just tried it and was shocked that it actually worked! But since you mentioned it, I did check, and US pennies are still copper coated. Perhaps that makes the difference.

My Mom, Aunt & Grandparents - 50’s - Christmas time by stillcore in OldSchoolCool

[–]readerf52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love those icicles (on the tree). Who knew they were toxic? But boy, they made the tree look like it was shimmering in the snow.