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What is your favourite kitchen gadget or tool? (I remember some of you love your stand mixers--I still haven't gotten around to selling ours)

What's your least favourite?

Most useful?

Least useful aka "Why is this thing still taking up space?"

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How to represent sounds

So we all know that English sucks when it comes to consistency in how letters and combinations thereof are used for various sounds. Pacific Ocean, anyone? How many sounds CAN "C" make?!

Anyway, I have a novel I've been working on (doesn't everyone?) and there's multiple groups with different languages that I'm dealing with and since it's not set on Earth it isn't like I can just use whatever language and follow the common romanization for names etc. because they don't exist

My main sticking points are ch, ch, ch, and th and th. Cyrillic would help with the first set as you have ч, щ, х (check, chef, and loch) and I'm thinking of ch, shsch (the romanization of щ to my understanding), and chh, though it appears some use kh to represent that sound and I'm trying to figure out how I feel about that. Th is another matter since you have the "vibrating" th found at the beginning of the, that, there, etc. and the softer, breathy th found in with, think, breath, etc. Cyrillic is no help here, Arabic seems to romanize the vibrating sound using dh and th for the breathy one.

My final conundrum is the "French" J which is like ж and doesn't exist in English. I had been using jh to differentiate it from the English j, but I've seen it zh also.

Basically I'm trying to figure out how to use the English alphabet to represent certain sounds consistently and with as little confusion as possible and preferrably without a five page pronounciation guide.

TLDR: Are you a language geek too?
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snacks and dishes

When you eat microwave popcorn, do you put it in a bowl or eat directly from the bag?

Depends on the situation
I don't eat microwave popcorn

Do you eat other snacks directly from the package?

Chips/tortilla chips
Candy like M&Ms
Other in comments
No, that's gross

What food item should be eaten ONLY from the package?

food, eating

Added flavor

When you sit down with your food, or it's put in front of you at a restaurant, to you add seasonings and/or sauces before you even taste it to see if it's needed? Does it depend on the food or entree?

I usually add black pepper or sometimes hot sauce (usually Original Cholula) before eating my food. Mostly as an automatic thing.

Poll #2113452 Do you add seasoning or sauces to your food?

Before tasting to see if it's needed?

It depends on the food
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Anyone having trouble with LJ Archive?

EDIT: Everything is working now

LJ Archive stopped syncing around June 27th for me...I haven't changed my password, but I keep getting this sync error below. I'm on Windows 10.

ljArchive Error: System.Xml.XmlException: 'doctype' is an unexpected token. The expected token is 'DOCTYPE'. Line 1, position 3.
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String[] args)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ThrowUnexpectedToken(String expectedToken1, String expectedToken2)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseDoctypeDecl()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseDocumentContent()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Read()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReader.Read()
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ExportCommentsMeta(OptionsRow or, ILJServer iLJ, SessionGenerateResponse sgr, Int32& serverMaxID, UserMapCollection umc)
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ThreadStart()
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Do you have any petty argumentative hills to die on?

Like, I think that metric/SI measurements are better than imperial/US customary in every situation except for air temperature. 0°F = cold af/100°F = hot af offers more granularity and is better than 0°C = I'd wear a medium jacket to a Packers game/100°C = I am literally going to die.