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LPT: If you have a chore that you actually enjoy, never tell anyone you enjoy it.

LPT: If you have a chore that you actually enjoy, never tell anyone you enjoy it. You'll do that chore for the rest of your days, even if you stop enjoying it You get no credit for doing that chore, since its really not even a chore, right!?

I mean, communicating and telling your SO or roommates what chores you guys like doing can make splitting chores easier though...

For example, I'm okay with doing the dishes where as my girlfriend would rather clean the bathroom.

I get treated like a hero for doing the laundry. Its 80% sitting down watching tv while folding I don't see what the big deal is.

LPT from a guy on site:

If someone gives you something you absolutely don’t want to do, you look that guy straight in the eye and say “Right away sir!” And then you promptly go to it and fuck it up. They’ll never ask you to do it ever again.

Surgeon general’s warning: Not to be used as a part of a personal relationship or with someone you love.

Absolutely this. My partner enjoys doing the laundry, I prefer doing the dishes. Since we split the chores anyway, it just makes sense.

LPT: Save the packing list from your camping trip. When you get home, add the things you forgot, remove what you brought but didn't need and then save the list for your next trip.

LPT: Save the packing list from your camping trip. When you get home, add the things you forgot, remove what you brought but didn't need and then save the list for your next trip.

Edit: Yes, there are many exceptions to this rule: Foul weather gear, first aid kit, bear spray, etc. All good points.

Baby wipes, spare shoes, gallon size ziplock bags

What camping item is most useful that people don't usually think about bringing?

Add the things you needed yes. But only remove things that were no help and had no purpose. Just because you didn't need something last time doesn't mean you won't need it the next.

Meh, I didn't need my first aid kit this time, probably won't need it next time.

LPT: While streaming a movie, if the mouse cursor won't go away press the comma key. That will usually do the trick.

LPT: While streaming a movie, if the mouse cursor won't go away press the comma key. That will usually do the trick.

No, obviously you put the cursor directly on anything that will keep the HUD up. Source: schools

Edit: Wow, this is my top comment.

Also, if hitting space bar to pause while watching YouTube sometimes scrolls the screen down, press k instead, it always just pauses.

k thanks

Once my teacher put his cursor over the “Maximize Window” button, but didn’t click it.

On an unrelated note, he was let go this past year.

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LPT: if you have a pregnant pet hamster, give her a boiled egg or other protein source before she gives birth. This will deter her from eating her own babies.

LPT: if you have a pregnant pet hamster, give her a boiled egg or other protein source before she gives birth. This will deter her from eating her own babies.

how many of you fucks have pregnant hamsters just laying around

Can I offer you an egg in this trying time?

Or if u really don't want ur hamsters to eat their newborns, just eat the newborns before they do

This is a very specific LPT.

LPT: Pay more attention to what losers do wrong than to what winners do right

LPT: Pay more attention to what losers do wrong than to what winners do right

Survivorship bias causes us to pay more attention to what the winners do right. We read articles about the "ten habits of successful people." We think "Oh, Zuckerberg dropped out of college, so it's better to drop out than finish my degree." We do a countless number of crazy and useless things just because some successful person is doing it with almost no regard to how many unsuccessful people are doing the same thing.

The truth is, most successful people don't actually know why they're successful. Sure Zuckerberg would say that dropping out of college made him rich, and he'd be right, but that's only a tiny fraction of what made him a billionaire. Timing, relationships, hard work, family support and a huge helping of luck are what make most people successful.

That's not to say we should ignore successful people. Of course it's helpful to look at what they do right, but we need to put much more weight on the mistakes that unsuccessful people make or we'll miss a huge piece of the puzzle.

This is great. In the Navy there was a saying that went something like " All the policies and procedures we have were written in blood".

Meaning the blood of people who'd died because the policy didn't exsist.

It's incredibly important we learn not only from our own mistakes and failure but those of others.

Edit: Thanks /u/u38cg2 I knew my phrasing was off

Every rule on a ship is a memorial to a dead sailor.

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They don't win

What are the things that losers do wrong?

I thought that was the aviation industry.

1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision - led to the creation of FAA

United Airlines 173 - airlines implemented CRM

Air Canada 797 - smoke detectors became mandatory in lavatories

Aeromexico 498 - TCAS made mandatory in the US

etc

LPT: Before travelling abroad, download an offline map of the area you are travelling to and stay in "Airplane mode". Phones can still track GPS signals in this mode. You will be able to avoid roaming charges and still check where you are at all times.

LPT: Before travelling abroad, download an offline map of the area you are travelling to and stay in "Airplane mode". Phones can still track GPS signals in this mode. You will be able to avoid roaming charges and still check where you are at all times.

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LPT: Before travelling abroad, download an offline map of the area you are travelling to and stay in "Airplane mode". Phones can still track GPS signals in this mode. You will be able to avoid roaming charges and still check where you are at all times.

More details: You can download a map of an area with Google Maps (both Android and iOS). Just be aware that the larger the area, the more data you will have to download. Then, what I usually do is search how to go from the airport to my accommodation and take a screenshot of it. Then download the map that covers all the area (I usually add a bit more, just in case something happens).

Another good idea is to download the language of the country you are travelling to in Google Translate beforehand. That is, assuming you don't speak the local language, of course. This even works with the camera function (you can translate in real time by taking a picture of the text) Someone has commented the camera function doesn't work offline, so I take it off just to avoid confusion.

After that, when you are in the plane, just switch to "Airplane mode" and stay that way until you get back home. Even in this mode, your phone gets GPS signal and you won't get charged by your phone provider. It might be slow sometimes, but it always worked for me with different phones.

Once you are at the hotel, you can switch on wifi and still be in Airplane mode. You won't be able to call or get messages, but you will be able to use everything else like iMessage, Facetime, Whatsapp, and so on.

This method has saved my ass so many times when I thought I was lost, and also allowed me to take risks when I'm travelling to new places. For example, I love to try local food, so I usually check apps like Yelp or Tripadvisor and then go to that place with my offline map and free tracking!

EDIT: Yes, I am aware that paper maps exist offline as well. I generally prefer to stay low-profile while travelling so that is why I prefer to have a map in my phone.

If people in the EU don't know yet, we got rid of roaming recently. Yay!

Currently reading this on my phone while roaming in Croatia with my German data plan - I love it!

I have T-Mobile. Unlimited plan. Just went to Portugal. At no cost, T-Mo includes unlimited data and texts in a great deal of other countries. So basically, call your carrier before you travel and see what the deal is where you are going.

LPT: While talking to anyone cross-eyed / lazy eyed / anything else that makes eye contact difficult, look at the bridge of their nose. You appear to be making eye contact with them without having to worry about making either of you uncomfortable

LPT: While talking to anyone cross-eyed / lazy eyed / anything else that makes eye contact difficult, look at the bridge of their nose. You appear to be making eye contact with them without having to worry about making either of you uncomfortable

When you get to a thread this early it's like some kind of weird standup comedian audition.

Man, not only does my lazy eye make pictures weird it makes people uncomfortable too? Well this wasn't terribly fun to read.

Sorry one of my eyeballs likes to go for a stroll guys.

It makes us uncomfortable because we think we're making YOU uncomfortable because we don't know which eye to look at which feels like we're pointing it out like when you stare at someone's zit.

I have a lazy eye and people are constantly looking behind them when I wave or try to talk. Makes me laugh every time.

LPT: if you are creating a PowerPoint presentation - especially for a large conference - make sure to build it in 16:9 ratio for optimal viewer quality.

LPT: if you are creating a PowerPoint presentation - especially for a large conference - make sure to build it in 16:9 ratio for optimal viewer quality.

As a professional in the event audio-visual/production industry, I cannot stress this enough. 90% of the time, the screen your presentation will project onto will be 16:9 format. The "standard" 4:3 screens are outdated and are on Death's door, if not already in Death's garbage can. TVs, mobile devices, theater screens - everything you view media content on is 16:9/widescreen. Avoid the black side bars you get with showing your laborious presentation that was built in 4:3. AV techs can stretch your content to fill the 16:9 screen, but if you have graphics or photos, your masterpiece will look like garbage.

That depends on where you give the presentation. A lot of college campuses still use the old 4:3 projector. In a newer building there is a higher chance of using 16:9 but it could be a mix up in older buildings.

Not just college campuses. Tons of business conference rooms have ancient projectors as well.

The LPT should just be "Know what kind of projector you are using and size your presentation accordingly"

This absolutely should be the LPT. Many facilities have motorized 4:3 screens they don't want to replace. Know where you are presenting.

A better LPT would be to have your presentation built both ways.

After seeing a lot of presentations and having to sit through meetings with management, this is probably the last item on the list of things to worry about when creating a preso. Each page should be easy to read, diagrams should be clear and make sense and the content should be relevant.

LPT: Show your preso to a few peers or a few kids before your real audience and ask for honest feedback.

LPT: If you buy a new car, and the dealership calls and says there's an issue with the contract and you need to come back and re-sign, do not do it until you have them send you the new contract and mark all the changes.

LPT: If you buy a new car, and the dealership calls and says there's an issue with the contract and you need to come back and re-sign, do not do it until you have them send you the new contract and mark all the changes.

Someone mentioned car dealerships doing this in another thread, and I didn't even think about it when it happened to me. I went home and looked at the original contract and the contract they had me re-sign and noticed several differences that I didn't notice before because my payment was the same and, due to our friendly conversation, I was admittedly distracted, trusted him, and didn't read the new contract because my payment was exactly the same.

What the dealership had done was originally financed my car through the dealership for a lower interest rate, then changed a lot of the finance numbers to ensure that everything matched for me in the short term (i.e. my monthly payment) but my interest rate jumped three percent, I assume the commission for the salesman had jumped, and they sold my contract to another finance company. The numbers inside the contract including the final sale price of the car, the trade in of my car, additional warranty for mechanical issues, the gap coverage, and other miscellaneous dealership fees had changed dramatically to suit the needs of the finance contract to ensure that they could get the financing. I'm now getting the paperwork from the finance company to ensure that what the dealership sent them matches what they gave me.

TL:DR - Don't sign anything without reading everything first, and get all changes in writing which highlights all changes before signing a new contract from any dealership.

Edited to remove an assumption on commission.

Edit 2 for clarification - The dealership informed me during the first signing that I was approved through one finance company and had me sign the contract, and idiotically (my fault admittedly, while letting the guy talk to me through the signing and not paying attention to what I was reading,) what I was actually signing was financing through the dealership. The "error" was that in the 12 days between the first and second signing, they had actually sold my contract from their dealership to the finance company that I was already approved for (or that they had informed me I was approved through.) So, the second contract was the exact same form as the first, but the interest rate, many of the numbers were different, as well as the finance company had changed from the dealership to the finance company they had already informed me I was approved through.

Am I mistaken in thinking that once a contract for a car is signed, you have no legal requirement to re-sign another contract? Cant you just tell them no?

Yes. They often try to tell you that you must legally accept new terms because you took the car. This is not true. You can give them the car back, take your trade in back, get your money back, etc -- completely unwind the contract. You do not have to sign a new contract on different terms.

Sometimes dealers send you home with the car when financing is iffy and the bank isn't available to manually approve it. In the morning (or whenever) if the bank denies the loan details, you can be made to accept or reject the new terms. If you reject the terms, you can either pay for the car through other means or return the car.

Tell them to fuck off. The deal is done.

If they push tell them you will be happy to resell the car to them for 110% of the total price you paid, including all taxes & fees, plus taxes and fees. And if they accept you can discuss a new purchase agreement, on the now used vehicle.

LPT: If you have a plant in the audience, don't have them ask well thought-out friendly questions, have them ask rude, dumb questions. It will do a lot more to get the audience on your side.

LPT: If you have a plant in the audience, don't have them ask well thought-out friendly questions, have them ask rude, dumb questions. It will do a lot more to get the audience on your side.

A vendor came in yesterday to discuss a competing product to what we already have. One guy who spent his life learning the competing product interrupted the vendor to rudely ask dumb questions throughout the presentation. Many of these questions were obvious or just answered a slide or 2 ago.

Never before was I so strongly rooting for a vendor to shut someone down. By the end, the angry guy appeared won over, which convinced the rest of us even if we weren't 100% sold on the product. People are weird when it comes to decision making.

Edit: Since many people are confused by my use of 'plant', I mean it as a noun, like shill, accomplice, or confederate. Someone secretly on your side to trick others, mostly used negatively.

Why the fuck would you ask a plant questions? Photosynthesis is a hard enough job as it is, you think they have time for your bullshit?

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Golf clap.

For the non-native english speaking audience: a plant is someone you've placed (planted) in the audience to ask questions or raise points to encourage others to be interested in what you're speaking about.

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