I hate doing repetitive tasks by hand which should be easily automated and I can’t THINK of how to automate it quickly so I can get it over with and instead… have to do it by hand because it would take LONGER to come up with the automation than to do it by hand. This is 13 minutes sped up 48x into 16 seconds. 16 seconds is a reasonable speed for this (lining up 162 texts of different lengths side-to-side by one keyword they have in common]] but 13 minutes was annoying. I knew the code I needed t write: it’s the code that could execute what I did by hand. But writing the code would take longer than 13 minutes. [I didn’t know it would take 13 minutes to do this but I knew it would be longer than 13 minutes to write working code and executing it]. ugh. It’s over at least. [and afterwards, I found 6 missing pieces – only 156 instead of 162. Turns out 6 didn’t have the keyword. Were there faster ways? I know there are. Or must be. Can you set it up and run it in less than 14 minutes, including time figuring out and debugging the code? If so let me know. There’s other texts I’d like to align. I know there are concordances programs; I think I have one – but i don’t know it as well as I know excel, and learning time adds to the time cost. I won’t need this again for this project but I may in the future. Either way, my gripe is done and I’ve expressed it thusly. :)

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It’s about time. Yeah, I know why it’s like this. Been like this as long as I can remember. But it was always stupid. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Or put accurate dimensions next to the fake one. It’s not that hard to add a few bits of ink on stickers. Is it a ridiculous lawsuit? Might seem so. But Red Bull doesn’t give you wings and despite a 10 year ad campaign using it, they gave a $5 check to anybody who asked once they were called on it. I agreed with that.

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