February 21, 2007

Another placeholder post...

Well, with temps near 40°, the blizzard of '07 is quickly turning into the flood of '07.

See, I leaned my manners young--when you can't say anything nice, talk about the weather!

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February 15, 2007

A Nerd? Moi?

From Physics Geek via Harvey in the comments to this post:

I am nerdier than 50% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

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February 13, 2007

Piled Higher and Deeper

The Blizzard of Aught Seven is in progress here at the moment, and, unfortunately, I will need to venture out in it to go to work. As stupid as it sounds, there will probably be people lining up to see a movie tonight--or worse, dropping off their kids (since school was cancelled today and probably will be tomorrow, too).

The most annoying thing? The owner is in Florida right now....

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February 11, 2007

I couldn't resist

Found here, whence I landed via here and here...

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Venerable Lady Susie the Naive of Goosnargh Leering
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Here's Pixy's:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Grand Duke Andrew the Laconic of Withering Glance
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

*Giggle* I better stop before I do everyone I've ever met...

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It's relative

Here's another example of the kind of stupidity that annoys the heck out of me--fast food restaurants where the smallest size is called a "medium." Hellllooo! "Medium" means in the middle! If it's not in the middle, and there are sizes that are bigger, it's a small! Sheesh...

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February 05, 2007

Big Whoop

Judging by the gunshots in the neighborhood last night (or perhaps it was firecrackers, or a mix of both) the Colts must have won the Super Bowl.

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February 03, 2007

I see dumb people...

Have I mentioned lately that I hate people? It occurred to me the other day that it's my parents' fault. They were both intelligent people who provided me with intelligent siblings, a good education, and an environment that cocooned me from the rampant stupidity of the Average Joe. Even at my advanced age (er, 23, yeah, that's the ticket) I still am not accustomed to encountering morons. Each time I do, it's like a fresh betrayal.

Granted, everyone has moments of gargantuan obtuseness. Just because I can't name all the working parts of a combustion engine does not mean I am dumb, merely that I have never had the inclination to learn them. Just because a patron asks me to rewind a movie because he missed some of it when it brain-wrapped* doesn't mean that he is a complete idiot--only that he thinks of a theatrical film as a kind of gigantic DVD that can be fast forwarded, rewound, and contrast-adjusted (no, the projectionist cannot make the picture brighter, less yellow or turn on closed-captioning, but thanks for asking! I have nothing better to do than explain cinematography to the occasional customer...).

Ignorance is one thing; stupidity is something else altogether. My classic example is the woman who towed her crying child out of Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion complaining "I didn't know there would be ghosts in it!" That woman was stupid. She may also have been ignorant (having never learned the definition of the word "haunted"), but taking your child to a movie you know nothing about is still stupid.

My annoyance with people's stupidity has moved past the point of aggravation to pure loathing. It has also expanded from hatred of stupid people to hatred of people who might be stupid. When you call the theater and leave me a long and rambling message and ask for information, and then leave your phone number as an afterthought so that it gets cut off after the first three digits, are you ignorant of the fact that most answering machines have a time limit, or are you just stupid??????? When you come out of your 9:30pm movie at 11:35 pm wanting a refill on your popcorn and are outraged that the concessions counter staff went home an hour earlier, are you merely ignorant of the concept of normal business hours, or are just stupid?????!!!!! When you bring your four-year old to see an animated feature on 50¢ day and are shocked--shocked, I tell you!--that you are expected to pay for two tickets, are you ignorant, or just STUPID??!????!?????

And when the price of popcorn doubles because Congress has increased the federal minimum wage...oh, wait--that's a different rant...

* I thought I had explained a brain wrap before, but can't seem to find the reference, so, in short, a 35mm film's playing speed is partially controlled by a mechanical device in the center of the platter called a "brain." Sometimes a malfunction causes the film to wrap tightly around the brain until it pulls tight enough to prevent the film paying out any more, and whatever frame is stuck in front of the 2000 watt xenon bulb when the whole thing seizes up just melts. Yes, a brain wrap is a Bad Thing.

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