Category Archives: obvious

9 things that bother me

Adults who buy their children ATVs – Is this a socially acceptable way to crush your children?

low budget hotdogs – If I am going to indulge in a meal that’s incredibly bad for me, it should at least taste good.

The fine print – I absolutely love car commercials on tv that have the 6 point font that explain the terms of contract. Just because I can’t see the specific terms of the contract doesn’t mean I can’t trust them, right? They’re looking out for me. I know they are. 28% interest sounds fair.

Anime – large-eyed people with narrow mouths that have the acting depth of Steven Seagal. It’s beyond annoying.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – I bet the stuff he was smoking that made him think he’d be able to visit the World Trade Center site was really strong. He must have the same drug dealer as Ann Coulter.

Lee C. Bollinger – The President of Columbia University is confusing academic freedom with being an unbalanced idiot.  It is possible to be liberal without sounding like you’ve had a lobotomy.

Digital Rights Management – The recording industry is trying to make up for lost decades of the public trading copies of audio cassettes. It’s made them think that the individual doesn’t really own the material they buy now. They’re just borrowing it. I am all for protecting the rights of distribution, let’s say, in the crackdown of foreign countries pirating movies. I am not, however, liking being locked out of being able to convert items to other formats for my own use.

Windows Vista – This operating system is such a resource hog that even mentioning it in front of your own computer will make the system run slower or crash. I plan on having an open source operating system on my home computer before this becomes public.

Law breakers who try to wrap their crimes in The Constitution – Would someone please let Warren Jeffs & his followers know that sexually assaulting 14 year olds is not a constitutional right?

5 Traits I Really Like In A Co-Worker

1) A Sense Of Humor – There is a time to be serious and get down to work, but being able to laugh is important too. You don’t necessarily need to be a prankster, but don’t take everything seriously.

2) Know the difference between venting and complaining – Sure. Everyone has their bad days. Things don’t always go smoothly. Let people know you’re having a bad day, then try to move on. Don’t become the human dark cloud who then evolves into a psychic vampire and drains the life and enthusiasm for being there. If things get that bad, dude; quit. If you are reading the classified during your lunch hour; it might be time to move on.

3) Flexible – Things don’t happen when they need to, nor does the equipment work the way it’s supposed to all the time. Figure out work arounds. Don’t go postal.

4) Be willing to help out where it’s needed – Don’t be the person who will literally only do the things specifically listed on your job description. Especially if you work in a small office, being willing to help others can go along way.

5) Beware of the psychological condition of TRANSFERENCE – If you just ended a customer call after getting your face ripped off because they didn’t get their way; don’t take it out on anyone.  Empower yourself.  Learn what you can and can’t do, then only worry about the stuff you can change. If a customer tries to rip you a new one, tell them you’re willing to help but not be abused. Be willing to help, but not willing to be a pariah for all the evils ever befallen from them in the past. Oh, and don’t go blaming the person or group who handled the issue before. Bad karma, otherwise.

Bonus trait: practice decent personal hygiene. Co-workers are willing to cut you some slack for the occasional broccoli in the teeth thing after lunch. Bad coffee breath is possible to cope with for brief periods. I am talking the shower/bath thing. Clean off. Use deoderant or other anti-stink technology.

Teen USA 2007, Miss South Carolina: The face of illiteracy

Please caption this! I challenge all my visitors to caption this! I beg you!

I just made up some words!

Linguinic – lin-GWEE-nic – adj. – having characteristics of linguini.

Governminty Fresh – guv-err-MINT-ee Fresh – adj. – something that leaves a bad taste in your mouth that tastes like one of those nasty pastel colored chalky mints.

Hiltonistic – hill-tah-NIST-ic – adj. – the state of being completely unaware of the world around you.

Lohaniacal – low-hann-EYE-ic-all – adj. – Believing that one can ingest alcohol and cocaine without having any effect on your body, career or freedom.

Ritchiegostisic – riht-CHEE-go-tiss-tickle – adj. –  Narcissism meets money and fame by adoption.

Un-Rinna-listic – un-RINNAH-liss-tick – adj. – lips having the appearance of mutant earthworms on steroids. See Lisa Rinna.

Can I take an informal poll?

How many of you have been asked to leave Argentina for running around your hotel naked?

It’s official. America’s children are now being raised by televisions instead of parents

Questionable ads help fuel kids’

health woes, group says

Monday, December 04, 2006

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — Inappropriate advertising contributes to many of kids’ ills — including obesity, anorexia, underage drinking and having sex too soon — and Congress should crack down on it, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

The doctors group issued a policy statement in response to what it calls a rising tide of advertising aimed at children. The policy appears in December’s Pediatrics, scheduled for release today.

“Young people view more than 40,000 ads per year on television alone and increasingly are being exposed to advertising on the Internet, in magazines, and in schools,” the policy statement says.

The statement cites examples such as TV commercials for sugary breakfast cereals and high-calorie snacks shown during children’s programs and ads for erectile-dysfunction drugs shown during televised sports.

The group also is critical of fast-food ads on educational TV shown in schools, magazine ads with stick-thin models, and toy and other product tie-ins between popular movie characters and fast-food restaurants.

The ads influence kids to eat poorly, and to think drinking is cool, sex is a recreational activity and anorexia is fashionable, the academy says.

The group says the federal government should:

• Ban junk-food ads during shows geared toward young children.

• Limit commercial advertising on children’s programming to no more than 6 minutes per hour.

• Restrict alcohol ads to showing only the product, not cartoon characters or attractive young women.

• Prohibit interactive digital TV advertising directed at children.

The academy said ads for erectile-dysfunction drugs should be shown only after 10 p.m.

Jeff Becker, president of the Beer Institute, an industry group for breweries, said parents have more influence than advertising on teens’ decisions to drink. He also said brewers work to ensure that beer ads appear in adultoriented media.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics is wrong to blame alcohol advertising for the actions of underage teens who willingly break the law to drink illegally,” he said.

Critics of advertising restrictions say it’s a free-speech issue. But the academy notes that several Western countries, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Greece, limit ads directed at children.

Advertising aimed at children has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, particularly because of data showing that growing numbers of U.S. children are obese.

While hard scientific evidence linking advertising with children’s health ills is lacking, Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the statement and an adolescent-medicine specialist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, said compelling circumstantial evidence suggests there is a connection.

Last year, the Institute of Medicine agreed that evidence suggesting that TV ads contribute to childhood obesity is compelling and said the food industry should market healthy products to kids. In September, the Federal Communications Commission said it will study potential links between TV ads and rising rates of obesity in U.S. children.

Ben Roethlisberger points out the obvious for NFL fans

Uncle Ben also recommends that you get your license, and always wear a helmet when riding your donorcycle.