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What's bugging you? (2017)

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Posted: August 20, 2017, 2:58 PM Post
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Eclipse glasses hoopla. It seems like a ton of people just realized in like the last ten days that (1) there's an eclipse a-comin', and (2) HEY WE SHOULD GET ECLIPSE GLASSES. Which are sold out everywhere.

In particular, our Madison neighborhood has an email list, and the same neighbors who are chronically behind on things** have spent the last few days asking if anyone has an extra pair (or multiple extra pairs) of eclipse glasses.

Plus all this hype, and it's supposed to be cloudy here all day tomorrow.

**What kind of things, you ask? Things like looking for a graduation gown for their kid, THE NIGHT BEFORE HE GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL. I mean, you had no idea that was coming up?

Remember: the Brewers never panic like you do.


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Posted: August 20, 2017, 6:01 PM Post
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Maybe they're just preparing for the total eclipse we'll be able to see on April 8, 2024.


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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:12 PM Post
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Kidney stones have been bugging me a great deal, which is a new one for me.

As it turns out, I can, in fact, pull a long stent out of my happy place, after having a small rock blasted by a laser inside my ureter.

I'm a bad man!


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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:56 PM Post
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People posting political beliefs and views on facebook...

One thing that has been proven over and over and over and over, people do not change their political views based on anything that someone posts on facebook. These posts are really only meant for one thing, poking at others who don't see things your way...

I hate seeing anything politics related, and have unfollowed a lot of people based on that alone. I don't want to know your views, I don't want to see any slanted videos or articles.

I have family who have gotten into verbal battles all because of facebook posts. I know of instances where respect has been lost for family members, and that will never be fixed. I don't understand it myself, but I am 52, and i truly don't care what your views are, it won't effect how I feel about someone. Younger people have different attitudes about such matters, and they are not afraid to tell you your views are wrong, and they are also quick to view you as less than them if you do not agree with their thoughts and feelings. I have witnessed this with close family members and it is just horrible. Everyone is so sensitive these days, and seem unable to handle the fact that not everyone agrees on such topics. Always blows into nonsense, and no one learns, it just continues.

I prefer to NOT speak about political views with family members, but not everyone feels like I do. Playing referee and peacekeeper at family gatherings sucks. All I want is for everyone to do as I do, not bring up politics in any form, but that never happens, and hurt feelings are always the result. I have conservatives and liberals in my family, and none of them can just shut their mouths. I hate it.

Want to isolate yourself from friends and family, post political views on facebook.

Want to cause hurt and resentment with friends and family, post political views on facebook.

Want to make yourself look like a total ass to friends and family, post political views on facebook.

I could go on and on...


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Posted: August 21, 2017, 5:25 PM Post
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People posting political beliefs and views on facebook...



100%

I got rid of Facebook before starting my profession and it was the greatest decision I made as a college graduate.

However, I still see it from friends and it's incredibly annoying.


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Posted: August 22, 2017, 8:12 AM Post
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I'm on the last step of getting rid of facebook all together. I've unfollowed many for the same reasons, at this point, my FB wall is basically just Game of Thrones memes. I think I've outgrown FB, and social media as a whole. I somewhat enjoy Twitter, that's about it.


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Posted: August 22, 2017, 10:56 AM Post
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I have never opened a Facebook, Twitter, or any other of the normal social media accounts other than Linked In (if that is considered social media). I do occasionally look at other people's twitter accounts (most of those appear to be public and do not require you to be on twitter to view). I didn't originally make the choice to not do social media because of wanting to stay out of political views, I just did it because I really could not think of anything that I would want to post on Facebook. While it would be nice to keep up with what friends and family are doing it also just seemed like a constant version of one of those "this is what happened to me and my family this year" Christmas cards. Never was a big fan of those. My wife is on Facebook and will occasionally tell me about a family member or friend posting something political and sometimes I have to stop her because I really don't want to know. She agrees and she never posts a political comment and does not respond to any political comments posted.

A parent of a kid that my son went to school with once posted that parents who both choose to work (especially the mom) were selfish. Seriously?!? You are going to post that to a general audience that you know includes parents who both work (many who you at least pretend to be friendly with)? My wife had to do everything in her power not to respond. I could never exercise that type of restraint.


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Posted: August 23, 2017, 5:11 AM Post
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I'm just about done with Facebook.

I've got some friends who pepper it constantly with stupid stuff. Politics, religion, dopey pass alongs...All I really want it for is personal updates from the people I like.

Instead, 80 percent of my feed is garbage.

Twitter, on the other hand, is pretty great.


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Posted: August 23, 2017, 9:27 AM Post
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On July 14, I was asked to write a letter of recommendation for a former student to become an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. I was told that the committee was meeting on Saturday 8/29 to determine whether or not he would be awarded the rank, so I had to have it mailed by then. I didn't realize then that 8/29 was a Tuesday, not a Saturday, but 7/29 was a Saturday. I wrote the letter this week and was going to mail it today and revisited the email to find this typo. I feel really bad if it was due in July and not in August.


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Posted: August 23, 2017, 12:29 PM Post
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JimH5 said:
I'm just about done with Facebook.

I've got some friends who pepper it constantly with stupid stuff. Politics, religion, dopey pass alongs...All I really want it for is personal updates from the people I like.

Instead, 80 percent of my feed is garbage.

Twitter, on the other hand, is pretty great.

Sooo...not a fan of those 99% OF MY FOLLOWERS WILL HEARTLESSLY SCROLL PAST THIS, BUT I'M SURE YOU WILL CARE ENOUGH TO SHARE posts? [rolling eyes]

Remember: the Brewers never panic like you do.


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Posted: August 23, 2017, 4:39 PM Post
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hawing said:
JimH5 said:
I'm just about done with Facebook.

I've got some friends who pepper it constantly with stupid stuff. Politics, religion, dopey pass alongs...All I really want it for is personal updates from the people I like.

Instead, 80 percent of my feed is garbage.

Twitter, on the other hand, is pretty great.

Sooo...not a fan of those 99% OF MY FOLLOWERS WILL HEARTLESSLY SCROLL PAST THIS, BUT I'M SURE YOU WILL CARE ENOUGH TO SHARE posts? [rolling eyes]


Yes! I actually DON'T have to like or share to prove my love of America/Jesus/ the environment/science, etc. Those posts along with the political stuff is just dumb. I have never changed my vote or opinion of a candidate or elected official based on a Facebook post, and yet I am constantly reminded of what side of the issues my friends are on. Yuck.


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Posted: August 24, 2017, 8:33 AM Post
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I only use Facebook to post pictures of my kids and make lame dad jokes. I have several friends whom I've set to "unfollow." We're still friends, but their posts don't show up on my feed. Every so often, when I need some entertainment, I'll go to their page and binge-read their crazyness. That setup works for me.


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Posted: August 24, 2017, 10:09 AM Post
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I work in the law enforcement field and occasionally get to read anti-cop facebook posts from friends and family.

I do still like facebook for the baby/young child pictures. It's a good way to look at the pictures when you want to instead of having someone shove them in your face in person. Otherwise I get the sense that most people still have an account only as a way of managing a contact list of friends and not so much to post on. Maybe it was when parents started getting hip to facebook that it started to become unpopular.

I'm of the understanding that the thing now is to have two separate Instagram accounts. One to post positive things, notes about college and whatnot, and for when parents say "I insist on being able to see what you post on Instagram." And then another private account only for close friends to share stuff you wouldn't want made public.


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Posted: August 24, 2017, 8:04 PM Post
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Bob Costas on the MLB Network broadcast just referred to social media as, "With notable exception, a combination of anger and ignorance."

Unfortunately some of the organizations I'm a part of use Facebook to post all info on events, logistics, etc., so it's somewhat necessary for me. But one of the double-edge swords of Facebook is that they use machine learning to "learn" what you like and dislike. They tag the content of every picture and every post (yes, every picture - if the page loads slowly you will see text instead of the picture that says something like, "This picture may contain a dog, trees, etc.," and even do facial recognition on pictures).

What you need to do is hide the posts that you don't like (upper right-hand corner of the post). When you hide posts that are tagged with political/religious/etc. content, they will machine-learn that you don't like that content and will move it further down your feed. I hide my friends political rants, and now I have to scroll pretty far down to see them.


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Posted: August 27, 2017, 10:18 PM Post
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Crap, my new place has a carpenter ant problem and now when I investigated the sound of a silverware dinging on a plate in the kitchen it would appear I also have a mouse problem. I thought roaches were the grossest things possible, but maybe its actually mice. Maybe because they're bigger.

My house is in the woods and has been empty for four months, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I feel like a pest control guy isn't going to be able to do much through putting down some spray, but I'll be finding out.

Do I need to get a cat? Do cats work on mice?


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Posted: August 28, 2017, 7:35 AM Post
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Crap, my new place has a carpenter ant problem and now when I investigated the sound of a silverware dinging on a plate in the kitchen it would appear I also have a mouse problem. I thought roaches were the grossest things possible, but maybe its actually mice. Maybe because they're bigger.

My house is in the woods and has been empty for four months, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I feel like a pest control guy isn't going to be able to do much through putting down some spray, but I'll be finding out.

Do I need to get a cat? Do cats work on mice?


Depends on the cat. We had cats all the time growing up in the country. Some of them would catch mice, others would just lie there and watch the mice run around them.


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Posted: August 28, 2017, 10:55 AM Post
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Pest control guys will also work on closing entry points for the mice. No matter how to get rid of the ones in the house, it won't matter unless you stop more from coming in.

If you live in the country, see if any farms have tame barn cats. They will normally be good mousers. But avoid anyone that hasn't had any people handling as kittens. They tend to be a lot of work to tame.


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Posted: August 28, 2017, 3:59 PM Post
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Get some mouse traps.

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Posted: August 28, 2017, 8:38 PM Post
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I don't actually want a cat. I can be negligent in cleaning the snake poop out of the tank (a small snake) as it is, so I've hit my maximum as far as animal care goes.

Pest control guys probably wouldn't do anything that I wouldn't otherwise do myself, but they're better at it, more thorough, and my parents are arriving on Sunday. And 50% of my new house is still in boxes, so I've got enough to do in a short amount of time.

Although now I'm about out of food with no time this week to get more because of my work schedule, because I threw out any food that had spent time on the kitchen counter un-supervised.


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Posted: August 29, 2017, 8:16 PM Post
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We had mice in our house a few years ago. Put out traps, caught them, but kept getting them. Called pest control guys and they sealed up open areas they could get in and haven't had a mouse in 3+ years.


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