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March 24th, 2017

tielan: (Fringe - Olivia)
Friday, March 24th, 2017 03:33 pm
This is the short version because the long version got eaten by DW.

1. Samsung S7 Galaxy, newish (last couple of months), don't like the keyboard trying to modify it, the on-screen clock doesn't come with all the bits and pieces (alarm, timer, stopwatch) so I need to have a separate app for that, and in the most recent update it keeps on checking with me about the settings for power usage. Look, just manage it yourself, or provide a setting for me to tell you manage it yourself so I don't have to do a manual override of an app taking up too much power!

2. Laptop is newish (last six months) and is doing okay. Some small niggles. Right now, I can't play any music on it. Not from iTunes, not from Spotify, not from WMP... NOTHING.

So frustrating.
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, March 24th, 2017 10:47 pm
When you can barely keep up with the incoming flow of information.

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Cracked.com: What Helped Convince Me To Stop Being Hardcore Right Wing

I think the most notable part of this is that people are more likely to listen to people who think the same as them 90% of the time, and are only 'crazy' 10% of the time. The 2nd most notable part was that more people are watching than you think.

Right now, I really needed this article. It helps.

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Vice: What Nuclear War Would Look Like with an interview with a former Secretary of Defence.

I barely remember the Cold War - I was 12 when it ended. But I was an avid and advanced reader, so I read all the 80s YA stuff about nuclear war and the aftermath.

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Word Of A Woman: The Myth That The Church Alone Can And Should Take Care Of The Poor it's a simple question of mathematics. Church-goer giving could never cover the burden of the poor.

Frankly, I think that a large part of 'charity' is just 'beneficience giving', that is, you give it to feel superior to someone else, because you are better than them, because you are someone who has worked hard and is worthy and the beneficiary is someone who is not so worthy. It's basically an egotrip the largely depends on whether or not the giver is feeling generous and would like to grant a boon. And, yes, I give to charity, but it's a pittance compared to what I pay in a regular year of taxes. Taxes are unglamourous, pedestrian, and yet considerably more practical IMO - plus, they pay for things which are for the public good: roads and public transport, hospitals and schools, cops, and fieries. I might wish it wasn't paying for pollies' salaries, but, eh. Sometimes you just have to take the crap with the good.

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I can't remember where I found it, but there was this very excellent question asked by a Christian leader. The upshot of it went something like this:
The question should not be 'Who Is My Neighbour?' as though we're trying to work out if other people are worthy of our kindness or not. The question should be 'Am I A Good Neighbour?' because in God's eyes, everyone is worthy, and we are called to 'go and do likewise' to the Samaritan who was a neighbour to the man found beaten and near death on the road.

Jesus didn't say who the man beaten up was or whether he was worthy of the Good Samaritan's help; he said go and be like the Samaritan - ie. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR.


Them's fighting words.