Random thing you loathe right now.

Today's Penny Arcade is in reference to a sorority's legal counsel sending a cease & desist letter to PA in reference to a forum post revealing "secrets". The lawyers maintain that the secret handshake and other bs are actually "trade secrets" and requested that the forum post be deleted.

How this crap is important to someone is my loathe for the day.

Nevin73 wrote:

Today's Penny Arcade is in reference to a sorority's legal counsel sending a cease & desist letter to PA in reference to a forum post revealing "secrets". The lawyers maintain that the secret handshake and other bs are actually "trade secrets" and requested that the forum post be deleted.

How this crap is important to someone is my loathe for the day.

Just so long as you don't leak the GWJ secret handshake you will be ok.

Rykin wrote:
Nevin73 wrote:

Today's Penny Arcade is in reference to a sorority's legal counsel sending a cease & desist letter to PA in reference to a forum post revealing "secrets". The lawyers maintain that the secret handshake and other bs are actually "trade secrets" and requested that the forum post be deleted.

How this crap is important to someone is my loathe for the day.

Just so long as you don't leak the GWJ secret handshake you will be ok.

What, you mean Finger -> Butt?

Nevin73 wrote:
Rykin wrote:
Nevin73 wrote:

Today's Penny Arcade is in reference to a sorority's legal counsel sending a cease & desist letter to PA in reference to a forum post revealing "secrets". The lawyers maintain that the secret handshake and other bs are actually "trade secrets" and requested that the forum post be deleted.

How this crap is important to someone is my loathe for the day.

Just so long as you don't leak the GWJ secret handshake you will be ok.

What, you mean Finger -> Butt?

QUIET YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nevin73 wrote:

Today's Penny Arcade is in reference to a sorority's legal counsel sending a cease & desist letter to PA in reference to a forum post revealing "secrets". The lawyers maintain that the secret handshake and other bs are actually "trade secrets" and requested that the forum post be deleted.

How this crap is important to someone is my loathe for the day.

The actual PA forum thread has some solid justifications for this kind of thing. The tl;dr version is everyone loves secrets, it makes you feel closer to people.

My union is re-negotiating our contact with my employer.

This I do not loathe.

The stunning degree to which my employer is not willing to share it's record profits for the last few years with the people who designed and built its products, while its executives get double-digit pay-rises and bonuses of a full years pay, on other hand, I loathe.

It's not actually the money that pisses me off, it's the screaming hypocrisy from a company that cheerleads about it's engineers and the amazing things we do out of one side of it's mouth, while refusing to take actions that back up it's words.

EDIT - on the plus side, a couple of weeks out on strike doesn't sound too bad

I hate these f*cking holidays. This is the worst goddamn time of the year and completely useless to society. Everyone needs to just shove a f*cking flaming sword into the person next to them so we can just f*cking get off this rock goddamn already.

Bah Humbug and f*cking feed yourself goddamnit.

Stop looking at me.

Had another ridiculous email chain at work where one person accidentally CC'ed the wrong distribution list and then a bunch of people hit "reply all" to complain about it. I honestly don't understand how anyone can possibly think that spamming thousands of people with "Pls take me off your cc list...." is the appropriate response in this situation. How stupid are these people? And don't even get me started on the assholes who reply to the entire list to tell other people to stop replying to the list.

It's morons all the way down!

muttonchop wrote:

Had another ridiculous email chain at work where one person accidentally CC'ed the wrong distribution list and then a bunch of people hit "reply all" to complain about it. I honestly don't understand how anyone can possibly think that spamming thousands of people with "Pls take me off your cc list...." is the appropriate response in this situation. How stupid are these people? And don't even get me started on the assholes who reply to the entire list to tell other people to stop replying to the list.

I worked at Nortel 10+ years ago when something like this started. Someone sent an email to a couple of thousand people by accident. Reply All was hit, probably by two dozen of those people. Here's where things go horribly wrong.

Due to some archaic email software, the entire list of people on the mailing list was included as part of the replies. In plaintext. This meant that each Reply All email (which invariably said "Don't use Send All!") was about 4MB worth of text. To thousands of people. At least a dozen people then replied to the Don'tUseSendAll people with emails which read "Don't use Reply All!". They used Reply All, and now there were thousands of emails with 8MB worth of text. There was at least one more set of ReplyAll emails sent around, with the result being Nortel email - all of it - died for almost a week.

Someone came back from a leave of absence a couple of months later and started the whole thing again, replying (All, natch) to the original email.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

Had another ridiculous email chain at work where one person accidentally CC'ed the wrong distribution list and then a bunch of people hit "reply all" to complain about it. I honestly don't understand how anyone can possibly think that spamming thousands of people with "Pls take me off your cc list...." is the appropriate response in this situation. How stupid are these people? And don't even get me started on the assholes who reply to the entire list to tell other people to stop replying to the list.

I worked at Nortel 10+ years ago when something like this started. Someone sent an email to a couple of thousand people by accident. Reply All was hit, probably by two dozen of those people. Here's where things go horribly wrong.

Due to some archaic email software, the entire list of people on the mailing list was included as part of the replies. In plaintext. This meant that each Reply All email (which invariably said "Don't use Send All!") was about 4MB worth of text. To thousands of people. At least a dozen people then replied to the Don'tUseSendAll people with emails which read "Don't use Reply All!". They used Reply All, and now there were thousands of emails with 8MB worth of text. There was at least one more set of ReplyAll emails sent around, with the result being Nortel email - all of it - died for almost a week.

Someone came back from a leave of absence a couple of months later and started the whole thing again, replying (All, natch) to the original email.

I was actually was Nortel, around 2000, when the same thing happened.

My inability to not feel a tiny burst of irritation whenever someone exclaims "OMG, you got an iPad Mini!" when they see my Nexus 7.

Coldstream wrote:

My inability to not feel a tiny burst of irritation whenever someone exclaims "OMG, you got an iPad Mini!" when they see my Nexus 7.

Yeah, but how do you feel when you tell them its a Nexus, and they get the, "You're not the Michael Jordan" eyes?

Jayhawker wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

My inability to not feel a tiny burst of irritation whenever someone exclaims "OMG, you got an iPad Mini!" when they see my Nexus 7.

Yeah, but how do you feel when you tell them its a Nexus, and they get the, "You're not the Michael Jordan" eyes?

Recently, I get the urge to start ranting about golden cages and Apple's general attitude of 'you can only do what we tell you that you can do'. But then I realize that fighting the perceptions of the masses is something best left in my teenage years, and happily continue on doing whatever the hell I like on my Nexus.

Is there a native docking Keyboard for the Nexus yet?

gravity wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

My son is sick with a fever and was up most of the night screaming. My wife and I are completely exhausted and quite worried about him. He went to the doctor earlier this week, and we were told it should pass in a couple days; it's just so hard to see him like that.

I'm sorry to hear about that... the weekend is passed now, how's he doing?

He's much better now. Thanks for asking.

Just in time for my wife to come down with the same junk. Bet I'm next.

New loathe: shattered the screen on my phone, so now I'm in the market for a new one much sooner than expected. Ah, well. Minor crap next to the health of my family.

Clockwork, what kind of phone?

I was still a year out from my early upgrade on my iPhone 4 when I cracked up both sides, and it was just easier and cheaper for me to swap the glass.

The New York State DMV. Threatening to suspend my license because I don't have insurance.

I've had insurance. Since March. But their ass-tastic electronic system for insurers to inform them they someone is insured is utter crap. I anticipate a morning of bureaucracy, red tape, and me desperately trying not to curse at the people behind the counter.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

I worked at Nortel 10+ years ago when something like this started. Someone sent an email to a couple of thousand people by accident. Reply All was hit, probably by two dozen of those people. Here's where things go horribly wrong.

I was actually was Nortel, around 2000, when the same thing happened.

Bet it was the same event. You were one of them, weren't you? WEREN'T YOU??

McIrishJihad wrote:

Clockwork, what kind of phone?

I was still a year out from my early upgrade on my iPhone 4 when I cracked up both sides, and it was just easier and cheaper for me to swap the glass.

I have an HD7. It needs to be replaced, anyway. It had a run in with my toddler awhile back which messed up the camera and charging port. I was just hoping it would limp along a little longer.

1) Not knowing when to be socially awkward. Should I save it for when no one notices or should I just be putting my foot in my mouth whenever I'm talking to other people? (ANSWER: Wait until people are around to notice)

2) Am I too presumptuous? Do I imagine I have a stronger connection to online peeps than I actually do? (ANSWER: I feel I'm overstepping all the time)

3) The constant fear of not fitting in. Ugh.

These are not-really-random things I loathe right now.

What do you mean 'not knowing when to be socially awkward' and 'saving it for when no one notices'?

If you have a choice in the matter, don't be socially awkward. Generally it's not fun to be around those kinds of people. I say this even though I've been on both sides of the experience.

If you have a choice, if it's part of your sense of humour, do it when you think it'll amuse you and when it has a good chance of making the group laugh.

1Dgaf wrote:

What do you mean 'not knowing when to be socially awkward' and 'saving it for when no one notices'?

If you have a choice in the matter, don't be socially awkward. Generally it's not fun to be around those kinds of people. I say this even though I've been on both sides of the experience.

If you have a choice, if it's part of your sense of humour, do it when you think it'll amuse you and when it has a good chance of making the group laugh.

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

Strangeblades wrote:

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

The best part is getting nervous about socially awkward, and the nervousness makes you even more socially awkward, which in turn leads to more nervousness...

Demyx wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

The best part is getting nervous about socially awkward, and the nervousness makes you even more socially awkward, which in turn leads to more nervousness...

Yup.

Strangeblades wrote:
Demyx wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

The best part is getting nervous about socially awkward, and the nervousness makes you even more socially awkward, which in turn leads to more nervousness...

Yup.

I find that board games and props are great temporary ways of getting through the first sections of social awkwardness. When people come over, and I feel uncomfortable, I grab one of my cats and wave them around until I feel OK talking again.

Strangeblades wrote:

What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

No, because then you'd be a sociopath.

What you need to do is calm the f*ck down. Just imagine you're in a room with Samuel L Jackson. He's got a gun. And an afro wig. If you're jibber jabbering or looking shifty, Samuel gets nervous.

You don't want Samuel to be nervous.

So how do you act? Well, don't have any expectations about how to act. Just be. This isn't easy to do. I have problems with it myself. But if you're not worried about being funny or looking quirky, about trying to announce your presence in some way, you'll relax naturally. Think of the moments you're at home with a book on the sofa, or stroking the cat or relaxing with your wife.

You can't be animated all the time, right? There have to be parts of your day where you're dialled down and at easte.

I think it's like speaking too quickly. If you do, like me, slowing down is a special kind of agony. It feels like you're talking in slow motion. But to everyone else, it sounds completely normal.

Of course this advice is as much for me as it is for you, because I've been where you are. I still visit.

1Dgaf wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

No, because then you'd be a sociopath.

What you need to do is calm the f*ck down. Just imagine you're in a room with Samuel L Jackson. He's got a gun. And an afro wig. If you're jibber jabbering or looking shifty, Samuel gets nervous.

You don't want Samuel to be nervous.

So how do you act? Well, don't have any expectations about how to act. Just be. This isn't easy to do. I have problems with it myself. But if you're not worried about being funny or looking quirky, about trying to announce your presence in some way, you'll relax naturally. Think of the moments you're at home with a book on the sofa, or stroking the cat or relaxing with your wife.

You can't be animated all the time, right? There have to be parts of your day where you're dialled down and at easte.

I think it's like speaking too quickly. If you do, like me, slowing down is a special kind of agony. It feels like you're talking in slow motion. But to everyone else, it sounds completely normal.

Of course this advice is as much for me as it is for you, because I've been where you are. I still visit.

Ooo, this is good stuff. Thanks.

Tanglebones wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:
Demyx wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

The best part is getting nervous about socially awkward, and the nervousness makes you even more socially awkward, which in turn leads to more nervousness...

Yup.

I find that board games and props are great temporary ways of getting through the first sections of social awkwardness. When people come over, and I feel uncomfortable, I grab one of my cats and wave them around until I feel OK talking again.

OHHH! Wave them around. Got it. I gotta stop throwing them then? At people's faces? Right, right. WAVE them around. Gotcha.

Demyx wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Yeah, I was being facetious about my problem, making light of it. Don't be socially awkward. That's pretty hard for me as I perceive myself being socially awkward. What I should really do is not give-a-damn what others think but yeeeeeeeeee, that's pretty hard for me.

The best part is getting nervous about socially awkward, and the nervousness makes you even more socially awkward, which in turn leads to more nervousness...

...and then you try to tell a joke to break the tension but you're too nervous so you mess up the punchline so you have to explain the joke and then you're laughing nervously and everyone else is just staring blankly at you and oh no I'm back in high school how did I get here.