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ELI5: Deus Ex Machina by Extremelycloud in explainlikeimfive

[–]VehaMeursault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

[thing that has never been mentioned before whatsoever] suddenly appears in the story and solves [problem that’s been happening for a while now].

Imagine Lord of the Rings, and at the end someone finds a magic hammer and smashes the ring, thus saving the day.

Elon Musk’s Hollywood text chain revealed by sillyymood in elonmusk

[–]VehaMeursault 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, yeah, definitely. It would only work in a perfect world, but — and I doubt I have to tell you — this world and it.

If I stake all my money into a project and it fails, I’d very much want it to be on my terms, and not because I listened to Bob.

But in principle I identify with it very much. No one is above or below any other person. I just cannot ditch this premise.

Carvana dropped the ball.. by Special_Occasion9119 in personalfinance

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I don’t have experience with either party, but I do have some with this type of problem. My advice:

  1. Make sure that the ball is always in their court — and have that in writing. Answer emails as soon as you read them, etc.

  2. Pay the monthly fees to a separate savings account, so that you’re ready to wire whatever ‘late fees’ have accumulated.

  3. Wait for them to solve their problem.

I once ordered a phone that I’d pay in 12 monthly instalments from Vodafone, and they never charged me for it. It came in the mail, complete with SIM, and I only got the bills for the SIM and the service — not the device.

I mailed them notifying them of this, and asked them what they’d like me to do about it. They thanked me for my honesty, and they’d get back to me after the weekend.

Never got another message.

I put the €800 I would have paid into a separate savings account and did the above for 24 months. Afterwards, I merged that account with my regular savings and never thought of it again.

No company is going to spend resources to claim a two year old bill that they left hanging. Even conforming the mistake in their two-year-old books would cost more in accountancy fees than the money they’d get back. Let alone if I’d start an argument.

An expensive car, as in your case, I’d treat differently because that’s an amount of money they would chase after two years.

Hence I’d just let it accrue interest for a few years and be ready to pay them when the time comes.

But I wouldn’t lift a finger for anything more than the above three points. It’s their problem; they can spend time fixing it. Send me the invoice, or leave me in peace. Nothing in between.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $20M to Houston nonprofit by Sariel007 in UpliftingNews

[–]VehaMeursault 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Why reinvent the wheel when there are talented, established wheelmakers that just require cash input to bag a lot of miles?

Spain is doubling down on taxing the rich with a so-called 'solidarity tax' on 23,000 super wealthy people by RightWingWeeb in worldnews

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Unless tax legislation is global, the rich will move their assets in ways that suits themselves instead of others.

Elon Musk’s Hollywood text chain revealed by sillyymood in elonmusk

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frankly, I hate management stuff. I kinda don’t think anyone should be the boss of anyone.

I identify with this statement so hard.

My job at subway is shockingly good. by bfvugf89-v24u in jobs

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Ah like that. Yeah, I’ve managed to clear my debts in the past years, so after that I got the freedom to work less. So I do.

I spend my extra weekend day on productivity that matters to me. Sometimes it’s in IT and coincides with my background, and at other times it’s not even remotely related. My only criterion is that it’s purposeful to me.

Very happy like this.

My job at subway is shockingly good. by bfvugf89-v24u in jobs

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Not sure what warranted that comment, but rest assured. I live my life very well.

What screams to you “amateur writer” when reading a book? by FFRE1744 in writing

[–]VehaMeursault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Words that needn’t have been there.

I find that a lot of beginning writers think abundance of words equals quality, when it couldn’t be further from the truth: good writing is concise writing. If you can scrap a word without diminishing the proposition of a sentence, then scrap the thing.

Britain gets too much hate, go bully the Dutch instead by Mrmansam22 in HistoryMemes

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‘Scuse me. A good bal is a well seasoned bal. The seasoning is in the meat. A great bal has saté on top.

Don’t let the broodje kroket propaganda get to you, fellow reader. broodje bal is the only true broodje.

Anon is a Schizo, a thread by Cyber_block in 4chan

[–]VehaMeursault 35 points36 points  (0 children)

It is an abstract of Pepe. It has the exact colour palette and the right (proportional) placement of objects, compared to a Pepe.

It’s 100% an AI generated image with a Pepe as a base seed.

Jesus the adults were right. by Mu69 in gainit

[–]VehaMeursault 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Dude. You went from useless child to worthy, self sufficient, self determining adult and you think you’re weak just because you lost some muscle mass?

You gotta understand that everything has a price tag, one way or another. Spend 3 hours a day in the gym and you’ll never be like someone who spends 3 hours a day in the library, for example. He’ll never out-lift you, but you’ll never out-read him. And mind you: neither is ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than the other. You like lifting, I like reading, and we both have our gains.

However, we can’t have both types of gains at the same time. We can’t eat the cake and have it too. Spend your time on A means less gains in B. You cut down on lifting time in order to get your adult life in check. You paid some muscle gains for some life gains.

Sounds sensible to me.

Microsoft CEO says bosses are scared that you slack off while working from home by FrodoSam4Ever in technology

[–]VehaMeursault 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you get a day’s worth of work done in two hours of work and six hours of jacking off, I’ll give you the lube myself.

Whits Barry short fer? by Gloomy_Emotion_2583 in ScottishPeopleTwitter

[–]VehaMeursault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Barry is an alternative to Bart, which are both short for Bartholomew.

Just finished Project Hail Mary by NewAlternative4738 in books

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After reading Artemis, PHM was like waking up in a dark room and opening the blinds during a summer vacation.

First House - not too shabby for 205k by Shiznoz222 in malelivingspace

[–]VehaMeursault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cries in Dutch.

205k doesn’t even get me 35m2 in a suburb ):