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A fair deal of games for the current generation of consoles seem to be remakes of games from the last generation.  Little wonder why I have largely lost interest in gaming.

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On 7/24/2017 at 0:55 PM, Nile Komnenos said:

Politics being shoved into media.

Or politics in general, really. Can't stand them. I usually try to ignore it.

"you can't just ignore a tornado."

alright, I can try to. Just because I know the tornado is there doesn't mean I'm going to like the fact that there's a tornado.

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Commercials in general tend to irritate me, but the two types of commercials I just cannot stand are ones that make no sense (at least when they're not trying to be funny), and car commercials that tug on the heartstrings or compare owning a car to family or friends in some way.

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The high prices of used vehicles in the United States are irritating. Toyota Tacomas retain their value so well that one may as well buy a new one instead. 

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On 9/7/2017 at 1:01 AM, PixelGrip94 said:

Commercials in general tend to irritate me, but the two types of commercials I just cannot stand are ones that make no sense (at least when they're not trying to be funny)

 

As a U.S Highschool student <18, it absolutely tears my brain apart being constantly under attack from all the political ads. I honestly hope Apple can make a setting to eliminate/remove political ads if you're not a registered voter yet. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but recently I've been listening to "FoE: Project Horizons," and the average video is 2:30:00. The problem is that the first hour, there are ads every 5 - 8 minutes.I understand there's political tension/ anticipation right now, but GEEZ can anyone get a break?

 

 

Oh But I'm not finished! rather, this is just the beginning. There is only thing worse than this, is an unspeakable horror.

 

 

The only thing that wholeheartedly "grinds my gears" is clickbait moblie ads.

 

 

Here's my reasoning:

 

1. The "G@m3r$" are complete trash idiots with no mental skills,

 

2. The ads "include in ad trial gameplay", but when you go to tap them, it takes you to the appstore, as if you ever even wanted to download such trash (at least what the ads have taught us, but I'll get to that soon :scaryluna:)

 

3. The poor ad quality (audio and visuals require a double-dip of brain bleach), 100% turns off viewers from ever considering the chance of even trying the game, even though in reality the game might be most popular of the year. (not in "40yr old moms who play candy crush" standards, obviously), and this can actually hurt sales instead of increase them.

 

Also I completely H8 Grammarly ads.

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I take it I am not alone in listing high rent prices here (hopefully I can buy a modest home within a couple of years or so).

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What else grinds my gears?  Poorly plowed or unplowed roads in the winter.  I have been driving my current vehicle for a long time, and even thought it still runs reliably, I may be forced to get something with all-wheel drive of four-wheel drive for the longer commute required by my new job.

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On 8/25/2020 at 3:30 AM, M2 Ball said:

high rent prices

Out of curiosity. How high is your rent and how big is your apartment? My rent is 540€ and I live in a typical 27,5 square meter one room suicide apartment. I think it's annoyingly expensive.

Other expensive things that grind my gears:

Obtaining a motor vehicle. Thanks to car tax that is included in the price of new vehicles.

Owning a motor vehicle. Annual vehicle tax for my car is 440$. In return for that money I get nothing. Oh, and the mandatory periodical technical inspection is 100$ every year.

Driving a motor vehicle. Regular gas costs about 6,5$ per gallon (again high taxes).

Food is expensive, beer is expensive, cigarettes are super expensive. Basically everything that you can find in a supermarket is expensive.

 

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On 8/28/2020 at 2:29 PM, Fintale said:

Out of curiosity. How high is your rent and how big is your apartment? My rent is 540€ and I live in a typical 27,5 square meter one room suicide apartment. I think it's annoyingly expensive.

Other expensive things that grind my gears:

Obtaining a motor vehicle. Thanks to car tax that is included in the price of new vehicles.

Owning a motor vehicle. Annual vehicle tax for my car is 440$. In return for that money I get nothing. Oh, and the mandatory periodical technical inspection is 100$ every year.

Driving a motor vehicle. Regular gas costs about 6,5$ per gallon (again high taxes).

Food is expensive, beer is expensive, cigarettes are super expensive. Basically everything that you can find in a supermarket is expensive.

 

My apartment isn't going to be considered to be expensive by some European or major metropolitan standards (around US $950 per month for what converts to a little over 67 square meters), but rent prices have been skyrocketing in the United States over the years (I was paying US $200 per month less for the same apartment a few years ago), and I am living in a suburban area.  I would like to relocate to a metropolitan area closer to work, but a similar sized apartment around there would cost me US $1200-$1600 per month.  As long as I don't end up getting laid off in the future, I may be able to buy a small house in the not-too-distant future (perhaps in a couple of years or so). 

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I find it quite irritating when people (especially those who make nutrition labels) refer to table salt as sodium. Sodium is actually a soft, grayish metal that reacts violently with water. If these people paid attention in their science classes, they would know that table salt is sodium chloride.

 

I am not an English professor by any means, but I also get irritated by seeing nouns pluralized by an apostrophe followed by the letter “s”.

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I find it vexatious when a part in a car I am trying to replace is difficult to access.  There isn't too much to replacing an impact sensor in my 2008 Toyota Corolla.  However, the right front impact sensor in my car was the culprit; the left front one is easier to reach.  Initially, I thought there wouldn't be too much trouble to removing a 10mm bolt and unplugging a sensor.  However, I had to carefully maneuver my arm between refrigerant lines, and afterward, I found that my ratchet wouldn't work.  The ratchet itself is fairly small, but I couldn't get it on the bolt properly, as the handle of the ratchet kept bumping into the compressor: It became clear that I would need a wrench, and I didn't have a 10mm wrench.  I got to work again after buying a couple of 10mm wrenches.  The bolt was a bit stubborn after being in place for 14 years, but I eventually managed to force it loose without needing to use penetrating oil (I also managed to drop one of my wrenches in the process, and I had to push it with a snow brush so it fell out underneath the car).  It was also a bit difficult to plug the new sensor into the harness, but I eventually got it in place (I didn't want to risk breaking the plastic plug part, as I have a history of breaking things if I force them).

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I have thought of some HVAC-related things I have noticed in the past:

  • HAVC installers who don't go over the paperwork with the customer after doing a changeout (replacing a furnace, central air conditioner, heat pump, etc, with a new system). Some seem to dismiss such things as "just instructions", but if the manufacturer has a rebate, it is going to be included in that paperwork.  At first glance, some may object that the customer can send in such rebate paperwork, but it isn't uncommon for such paperwork to require specific technical information on what was installed.  The average customer is not going to know what to specify in the paperwork, and for this reason, my former residential HVAC instructor teaches his students in their residential HVAC courses to always look through the paperwork and go over any rebate forms with the customer, filling them out in the process.  For instance, my parents had their furnace replaced around seven years ago, and while the installers did a good job, they never went over the rebate information with them.  My parents ended up calling me and asking me about this rebate paperwork they found, as they did not know if the new furnace's blower motor was a PSC motor or an ECM motor.  I was able to quickly discern that it had a PSC motor after I went to their home to visit, and after filling out the paperwork, I got them the $500 rebate the manufacturer had on it.  I never worked on installation (I did troubleshooting and repair), but it's self-evident spending a few more minutes with a customer to save them $500-$600+ (paid by the manufacturer, not the contractor that installed it) will make them much more likely to call your employer for future service.
  • Shoddy workmanship.  A former co-worker of mine had a new furnace installed in his home, and while he doesn't have an HVAC background, he does like to look at new things he purchased.  Something looked "off" to him regarding where the ductwork met the furnace, so he took pictures of it on his smartphone and showed me it.  I reiterate that I never worked as an installer, but what he showed me was the worst residential installation work I have ever seen.  In fact, the practice sheet metal work my classmates and I did while we were still in our first year of HVAC courses looked much better than this. Fortunately, my input encouraged him to contact the company he went through (it is a larger company that has an insurance-type scheme, i.e. the customer pays X per month, and most repairs are covered.  Changeouts aren't covered, and they subcontract the installation work). The service manager at the main company was aghast at the pictures he saw, and he ended up having a different subcontractor properly install another furnace. Apparently the service manager found a way to leave the incompetent subcontractor with the bill for the work the competent one did (I don't know how things transpired, but the manager also wanted to make sure that the incompetent subcontractor wouldn't be doing any more work for them). :ajlol:
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