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In the 21st century we have machines that record one channel while we watch the other, and we have them saving new episodes of popular series for a week or more to watch later. There is also video on demand available to everyone with an internet connection. I haven't watched free-to-air tv for probably 30 years. You can't complain when you're not paying for it. You get the quality you pay for. If you don't pay, you don't get the best.
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Stop reminding me how much I hate this century.

For many (most?) in Finland it's still blasphemy that you would need to pay for TV (besides the license/tax).

But you're not entirely wrong...
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we have machines that record one channel while we watch the other

true, it's called VHS
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Oh dear. I threw that out 10 years ago.
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Good morning everyone. No ranting this morning. The weather is perfect and we're going out today.. Have a great day!

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Damn, haven't remembered to check my email for a month or two. So there's what you'd expect:
- 50 spam mails in box #1
- 100 spam mails in box #2
- plus 200 that box #2 automatically separated as spam

Sure it's been a while, but this is some sort of record.

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When I was younger I didn't think there was much wrong with my family, they seemed pretty average. Seemingly, I was very wrong.

Earlier this week my mum visited my uncle for his birthday and got into a heated debate over vegetarianism. Before I expand further I should note that my uncle is incredibly judgmental and is very homophobic, a climate change denier, an admirer of Putin and a fundamentalist Christian seemingly, so he was never going to be on the understanding side over this issue. Anyway, when it came up he argued about how he doesn't get vegetarians and how they are all the middle class snobs leading decadent lifestyles and use it as a means to look down on the common man (since Brexit he's become a champion of the common man, so long as he can twist the argument to suit his ideas, which is strange. As a former steelworker he would often deride his fellow blue collar workers, who didn't like him very much, accusing them of being foul mouthed, abusive, spiteful and vindictive. From the stories he's told me I can well believe it, but it seems strange that he's now their champion all of a sudden). My mum and my aunt disagreed vehemently, of course, arguing that they do it for ethical reasons and it has nothing to do with snobbishness against the poor, and saying that poor vegetarians exist too, thus contradicting his stereotype. He claimed to have nothing wrong with vegetarians despite admitting that he has pulled faces whenever he has met one. The debate went in circles, as my uncle stuck to his rigid thinking, before my mum asked why he's so judgmental as a Christian. That stumped him and the debate seemed to be over.

Unfortunately that wasn't the end of it, as my uncle then decided to pipe up about religious issues. He knows that I am an atheist having discussed evolution with him before, so he decided to rake that one up by saying that I am on a dangerous lifestyle. Understandably my mum was riled about that and asked him what on Earth did he mean. He then rambled on about how my decision to be an atheist is setting me on a dangerous path for the afterlife, pulling faces when my mum suggested that she doesn't believe in a god who would punish someone for coming to their own conclusions and still being moral (my mum is a deist who doesn't believe in Hell or anything like that). Of course he came out with the whole spiel about how he only wants to help me out and guide me to the right path, which coincides with his position obviously. He wants to debate this with me, apparently, where he has this wonderful article on how it's illogical for atheists to be moral. Joy.

I really don't think I can be bothered with such a debate; it obviously won't be an earnest debate. Anything I'd say wouldn't be regarded, he'd only repeat the mantra he's pre-ordained to be true and his cocksure arrogance would only frustrate me. I would have debated this with my granddad, who was Christian, because I know he always respected other views and valued learning and the expansion of knowledge. He'd have reacted to my responses honestly and would have taken what I said on board, and me likewise with him. My granddad was never settled in his beliefs and moved around various sects of Christianity and religion (he was a Baha'i at one point) before dying as a liberal Anglican who accepted science. You cannot debate with someone who doesn't respect your view, won't take anything on board and will just remain intolerant of anyone who dissents from his opinion, justifying it through whatever prejudice he has. It'd be pointless, and my mum and aunt agrees. My aunt was livid with him after this, telling my mum the next day that they didn't speak for the rest of the day after she fumed about how judgmental he is and disrespectful of his own family.

I try to be civil towards Christians and theists, I have reached out to them and I am good friends with some. However, when they are like this they are just intolerable. I'm not going to be made to feel guilty for refusing to believe in something in which there's no evidence for or made to feel like I'm morally suspect by someone who doesn't live up to the black and white moral standards set by his religion. He'd excuse it with the idea that God forgives people like him, as humans are fallible, but has a rigid view of it given that he thinks to be moral you need to be on the path of Christianity. Such small mindedness and refusal to consider other viewpoints is infuriating. What's more is that he frowns on others, such as vegetarians, for allegedly lauding morals over others, but is happy to do that with his own beliefs. Such a stunning lack of self-awareness.

Then on my other side of the family I have a psychotic aunt who sends vile abuse to my grandma and her twin sister. Last year my aunt accused us of not being there for her twin, which was rich given that she still sent her abusive phone calls and texts. When we pointed this out to her we became her enemy and had to deal with the abuse. Family, who needs them?

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Much of my family has always done good work staying as far from each other as possible. They seem to get even better at it the older they get.
And we don't even have troublesome cases like that, just one uncle who can be annoyance asking others to do and pay everything and a moderately conservative/old-fashioned/religious in-law.

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Fortunately we don't see the pains in the arse much. I don't know if I'll see my troublesome aunt again and I don't care. The worst thing about this is that my uncle apologised, but it wasn't genuine and he doesn't know what the issue is. He later apologised, but when pressed it came clear it was for bringing it up, not for disrespecting family or for admitting that he was wrong. He also sent my mum a text apologising again, but was sorry for bringing up God, which wasn't what angered my mother. It's pointless dealing with such stubborn and narrow minded people.
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Yes Leo, I've found that out. Mostly I don't bother with my extended family. Some of them are on Facebook and they give me the same respect I give them. I don't comment on their "Jesus loves me" posts, and they don't comment on anything I say against trump, against religion, against narrow-mindedness. Also it could be that I've said often enough that it's my wall and I can write what I like on my own wall. I don't tell them what to like and if they don't like it, they are welcome to unfriend me.

I do get the occasional "plants feel pain" bullshit, but not often.
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Around a month ago there was a warm day. A fly woke up and climbed to middle of our kitchen window. And died there.
With there being certain effort in opening said window, we're just having it there till spring cleaning.
That said, it's quite an eyesore.

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