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This topic is kind of abstract, but was inspired by the exchange between kpickell and astro about blocking one's own access to the Compost Heap or other forums. From one perspective(astro's), blocking one's own access to forums {edited} makes little or no sense {/edited}--just don't go there. From another perspective (kpickell's), it is perfectly sensible to avoid clutter, avoid temptation, avoid wandering into someplace by mistake, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I want to broaden out this topic to include not only things on VB or relating to web-based discussion forums, but any techniques you might use in your everyday life. I tend to be more of the kpickell school of thought, so I'll list some of mine:<br><br><br><ul><li>I have two tables for incoming mail, one inside the front door and one inside my garage. Tied by a string to a leg of each table is a letter opener (which happens to have a small hole in the handle), so I will always have a letter opener handy.<br></li>
<li>I have a pair of scissors on a string in my kitchen.<br></li>
<li>I keep my toenail clippers on a string in my bedroom.<br></li>
<li>I have a 900-number block on my phone service.<br></li>
<li>I signed up for e-mail reminders from the Public Works Dept. about when recyclables pick-up and when chipper service pickup occur.<br></li>
<li>I have two alarm clocks, one of which I can see from my bed but have to get out of bed to shut off.<br></li>
<li>I signed up for e-mail reminders for the birthdays of family and friends.<br></li>
<li>I signed up for e-mail reminders for when my Discover Card is due, etc.<br></li>
<li>I keep a supply of extra pens and index cards in my car, because I'm always needing to be able to write down info when I got out yet often forgetting to bring such writing supplies.<br></li>
<li>I keep a rubber band around the handle of my toilet to remind me to use waste water to flush whenever I can and not just flush automatically.<br></li>
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There's probably more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. I think you get the idea.<br><br><br><br>
What kinds of techniques do you use? Or would you recommend using?<br><br><br><br>
For any of you involved in couples, do any such techniques make living together easier or help prevent arguments or the like?<br><br><br><br>
ETA: Edited so as not to misrepresent astro's comments or read too much into them.
 

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You've made it sound like I thought Kpickell is crazy and stupid for thinking about blocking forums and he just shouldn't do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"> When what I actually said was...<br><br><br><br><i>I don't get the whole idea of people needing forums to be blocked. Is it that hard to just not go in there if it bothers you?</i><br><br><br><br>
But anyway...as Tim from Project Runway would say "Carry on!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>astro</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
You've made it sound like I thought Kpickell is crazy and stupid for thinking about blocking forums and he just shouldn't do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"></div>
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Ok, I was "reading into" your comments more than was really there. Sorry to have misrepresented your thoughts. I have gone back and edited my original post.<br><br><br><br>
But I guess I was trying to get at the idea of whether or not such techniques <span style="text-decoration:underline;">are</span> basically crazy or stupid. After all it is the person choosing to set up some mechanism to make himself or herself not do something else, instead of just choosing not to do that something else directly. Like the example of setting up the second alarm clock across the room. Isn't this sort of like treating myself as two different persons, say, Awake-Joe (who sets the second alarm) vs. Sleepy-Joe (who is "forced" to get out of bed to shut it off), or Present-Joe vs. Future-Joe? And isn't thinking about oneself that way a bit like schizophrenia ("split personality") and therefore crazy? Or is thinking about one's future self <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">as if</span></b> he/she were another person one is responsible for a constructive way of taking care of oneself appropriately?<br><br><br><br>
These were the kinds of questions I was hoping the thread might eventually get around to.<br><br>
It might seem to be a strange thing to be thinking about, but there it is for what it is worth.
 

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Why didn't I think of using a bit of string to prevent items from "wandering" off?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the tip!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>das_nut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Why didn't I think of using a bit of string to prevent items from "wandering" off?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the tip!</div>
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I think I went to the bank, where they had one of those pens on a chain, chained to the desk so it would not be removed, then came home and the light bulb went on that the same basic technique could be self-imposed to prevent losing/misplacing the scissors, letter opener, etc.
 

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I have several ice chests. every one of them has a bottle opener tied to it with a string... that's just common sense...
 

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