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13 October 2007 @ 03:37 am
Pet Peeves  
As you know, I'm not a regular purveyor of memes, but my voluntary status of hermit of late has inevitably been filling my mind with otherwise harmless trivial peeves. So, to exorcise some of these demons, I'll list them in no particular order.

It's "different from", not "different than".

Banking is not, nor ever will be, cool, so stop fucking saying "refi".

I know it's in the dictionary, but when you use "people", you should say "who", not "that". "That" is for things.

My foot; applied directly to your ass.
My foot; applied directly to your ass.
My foot; applied directly to your ass.

We know that you graduated from a prestigious university, Mr. President, and that you're just doing it to get on our "liberal elite" nerves, but saying "nucular" really only makes you look more stupid. And yes, we get the snide rip in "Democrat Party" also. Dumbass.

Speaking of politics, Anne Coulter. `Nuff said.

Not only is the Earth round, but the Bible says "circle", not "sphere"; so all you 'the Bible iz teh science' people can suck it.

Alright, we heard you; you're not gay or otherwise sexually deviant. So stop getting caught.

I am not an atheist because I'm "missing something"; I'm an atheist because I'm not "missing something".

The universe wasn't designed for the benefit of Mankind; if anything, we were made for the benefit of cockroaches and ants.

Stop advertising cable on my cable.

Stop calling me, trying to get me to bundle the phone with my cable.

Stop telling me that satellite is so much better than cable until you can also give me more than 5mbps internet.

My glasses are ten years old, so HD really only means more expensive fuzz to me.

Iwhat?

l337 is not the same as texting, you cable news talking head ignoramuses.

Christianity may have heavily influenced European (and later, world) culture, but in the beginning it was far from "Western". Western Civilization began at Stonehenge. American Civilization began at Lambayeque.

If you try to Disneyfy my internet, I will come through your monitor, poke your eyeballs out, and fuck your dripping sockets.

If you truly think protestant evangelicals will vote for a Mormon Presidential candidate, you haven't hung out after services lately. Can you say "blasphemer"? About ten million blue-haired old women voters can.

OTOH, all Mormon men are not polygamists. They just wish they were.

Stop being surprised when boys fuck their young female teachers. Really, stop it.

Stop dropping real news when __________ goes to rehab. Regardless of how many people watch it, it's not generally relevant.

...which brings up a bigger point: neither news media, medicine, nor public energy should be for-profit businesses. Is we stoopid?

OMG, liek, the `80s are over. Leave the textspeak on your phones and blackberries, where it belongs.

Turn off your fucking cellphone before I shove it up your urethra.

No, I'm not going to call it a Helio, you fucking tool.

No, I'm not going to say "Hi!" to your Saturn. You also own a Helio, don't you?

Let's go back to the beginning with this. That dog is not your baby, unless your boyfriend is a Chihuahua, but if he barks one more time within my earshot he's the Lindbergh baby.

Stop spamming me. I can find pr0n myself just fine, and better quality than yours.

Speaking of porn; stop talking about it like it's some minor fringe of the economy or that people who use it are an antisocial minority. It is a foundation of civilization next to beer and starchy foods, and the antisocial minority is the group trying to stop it.

That said, no one is turned on by old, fat men jerking off on webcams. If anyone is, I don't want to see their webcams either.

I will never, never, buy anything because I see it on a flash ad.

I will never, never, buy anything because I see it on TV.

I will never, never, buy anything because someone on an ad tells me that it worked for him.

I will never, never, buy ActiveOn. So leave me the fuck alone.
 
 
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Critical Knife: lobotomysacredpsycho on October 14th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
I just love you!
rogerdrrogerdr on October 17th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
I bet you say that to all the cynical, sarcastic bastards.
Miz Daisy Cutter: Before you diems_daisy_cutter on October 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
You and I share many pet peeves, it seems.

A few quibbles:

Speaking of politics, Anne Coulter. `Nuff said.

No final "e." It's Mann Coulter, not Manne Coulter.

American Civilization began at Lambayeque.

Thank you; I had to look that up on Wikipedia. Learn something new every day.

neither news media, medicine, nor public energy should be for-profit businesses.

I think all three have become much too corporate, but I wouldn't want the news media to be state-owned, either. No good comes of that.

That dog is not your baby, unless your boyfriend is a Chihuahua, but if he barks one more time within my earshot he's the Lindbergh baby.

I don't have a problem with making a few people's actual babies into the Lindbergh baby, either. Well, more than a few, to be honest. And not just babies. Well into the toddler years. And beyond.

Speaking of porn; stop talking about it like it's some minor fringe of the economy or that people who use it are an antisocial minority. It is a foundation of civilization next to beer and starchy foods, and the antisocial minority is the group trying to stop it.

You can likely tell from my LJ and my profile that I'm not anti-porn. That said, I would like to see much less blatant misogyny in porn, and that any woman (or man, for that matter) appearing in porn wanted to be there and was not coerced into it.

That said, no one is turned on by old, fat men jerking off on webcams.

Corollary of Rule #34: No matter what it is, someone is turned on by it. However, I take your point and will not buy you Lemonparty Extreme!! on DVD for Festivus.
rogerdrrogerdr on October 15th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Definitely no state-owned news. I'd just rather see it done as a service by the TV/cable channels, multinational media conglomerates, and universities as it was in the beginning (never mind all those shameless profiteers like Franklin and Twain :)). As soon as newspaper 'divisions' began to be held by their parent companies as bottom-line oriented, the present was inevitable.

I understand your misgivings about misogyny in porn; as a raging het guy I've done a lot of thought on that. After meeting people in the business (admittedly on the low end in California and underground in DFW), I've found that they are quite professional and consider the roles they play or direct to be satirical or dramatic for the most part. Sure, there is much real garbage that makes it to screen, but I think that there is a much lower percentage of overt sexism and actual violence toward women in that industry than, say, Christian church leadership. If we pick the places where the problem is most widespread, the porn industry would be low on the list. Whatever our opinions of the 'job' in general and questionable videos in particular, we must remember that the vast majority really is acting.
Miz Daisy Cutterms_daisy_cutter on October 15th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
After meeting people in the business (admittedly on the low end in California and underground in DFW)

I'm more concerned about trafficked women and teenagers being forced into porn, plus certain amateur offerings.

I'm fairly comfortable that the majority of professional porn done in the U.S. and Western Europe is consensual and just acting. I'm not that confident about what comes out of, say, Eastern Europe or East Asia. As far as amateur pr0n goes, I'm recalling a clip that showed up on bad_porn_2 of a woman who was "roofied," then raped. The clip ended with her vomiting on the rapist, which didn't strike me as having been in the script, so I don't think her incoherent state was acting.

I do agree, however, that tackling misogyny in the wider culture is the answer, and that abuse of women in "sanctified" circumstances is a much greater problem — both in and of itself, and insofar as it promulgates those attitudes in the wider culture.

And I myself strongly dislike the anti-porn contingent. I read a few feminist blogs regularly, and while I'm impressed at the anti-violence/anti-beauty standards activism many of the regulars do, I'm yet dismayed and even insulted at their insistence that my tolerance and even enjoyment of certain types of erotica make me into a "gender traitor." See this post of mine for a lengthy and detailed discussion. (Note: The original forum to which I link is now 404, due to a DOS attack by 4chan.)
rogerdrrogerdr on October 15th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
With respect to the shameless slavery going on in Eastern Europe and especially in Cambodia and Thailand, you're right on. I can't condone any of that and would like to think that the supply of girls (and boys) will eventually be choked off, if the demand never is. It's just this kind of archaic bullshit that gives me pause. Thanks for reminding me.
ramonesfan77ramonesfan77 on October 18th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
BTW, OMG! LOL
Sorry I just had to be a smart ass...Roger...my birthday party/CCC event four is next thursday..at my home...As not to stalk you, I will not write you again about it.....it starts on the 25th at 6pm. There will be cake and other food as well....