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Cracks in The Filter.

Alex has been learning to get past The Filter even when he's not super riled up. Don't get me wrong; it's useful at times. I'm such a doormat I need him to stand up for me.

But occasionally it's annoying. Like the other day when I was getting my prescriptions at Walgreens, we walked in and there was stuff about this weird "Red Nose Day" charity I've never heard of before. Alex was thinking at me that it was probably a corporate scam, which is highly likely; "charities" pushed by corporations are usually corporate scams to steal money from well-meaning people, especially if that one corporation is the only place you ever see anything about/for the charity.

Anyway, so I was looking for something while paying for the prescriptions, and so I was distracted. The lady at the register asked if I wanted to donate $1 to the Red Nose Day thing, and Alex casually answered, "No, those things are corporate scams." She didn't know how to react, so she just kind of ignored it.

What's annoying about it is that without the context I explained above, it just sounds like an excuse to be cheap. Also, it's not great to take out that kind of annoyance on the employees. The one saving grace was the calm, casual, matter-of-fact way he said it. At least he wasn't being confrontational.

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Improvement?

I had a bit of a weird idea. I was eating at a Thai place the other day, using chopsticks, and lamenting on how pants they are at dealing with rice, so that it's easiest to just use the chopsticks to shovel the rice into your mouth with the lip of the bowl to your face.

Then I looked at some bamboo, and thought, "What if I took a piece of dried bamboo, split it lengthwise down the middle, and used the two halves like chopsticks? The two sides cup a bit, so it'd be like the spoon or spork version of chopsticks, making rice easy to pick up."

I may have just revolutionized the Asian cuisine industry. I'm gonna try it. If it works, any ideas on how to get this idea popularized?

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Radiation question

This is probably a really stupid question, but if radiation poisoning kills because it turns atoms to ions, these ions interacting weirdly and fatally with our bodies, and ions are just atoms without electrons, why can't we cure radiation poisoning with electric shocks?

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I hate it when this happens

Trying to think of a word, similar to "adage" or "a common saying." I've been using Thesaurus.com and other sites to find the word I'm looking for, and I can't find it. I've been through at least 20 or 30 different synonyms, and none of them sound right. They all sound too... too formal. I think the word I'm looking for is more colloquial, maybe even slang.

The annoying thing is, even some of the more informal options like "saw" aren't right, either. Anybody got some options for me? It's beginning to really bug me, like an itch I can't scratch.

EDIT: You know, phrases like "Great minds think alike" or "Birds of a feather flock together."

EDIT 2: The word I need is "expression"!

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