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Thursday, December 28, 2006

#273: Too much in system tray

I was working with a guy via screenshare at work today and saw his desktop and it reminded me of an annoyance I have with people that allow so much crap to accumulate in their system tray. At a minimum, you should get rid of the icon, but also, a lot of the crap shouldn't even be running in the background all the time, wasting resources. People need to take control of their PC and not let stuff invade their system tray. Severity: 3

Sunday, December 24, 2006

#272: Parents Defending Criminal Kids

Once, I want some parent to admit that their kid is a terrible person. We are advanced life forms and don't have to blindly protect children even when they are obviously bad and old enough so that we know they will not change. Example is seen all the time in interviews with parents, such as this one today from the mother of a son who was an escaped convict that died in a police shootout where he also killed the police office. Keep in mind that this guy escaped from prison and the facts of the case or not in dispute. Severity: 4

Ruff was imprisoned for a September 2003 robbery in Daly City, in which he hit an armored car guard and stole $4,600. He was on parole from a gun conviction at the time. He had been a fugitive since February 2005, when he walked away from a state prison firefighting camp in Redway

Mother: "He was a wonderful man. He was brilliant. He was a very good man,'' she said. Asked for more detail, she said, "Why bother? It's too late now. People who didn't know him won't care.''

Saturday, December 23, 2006

#271: American Car Turn Signals

Why are American car manufacturers so cheap as to have the break light server double-duty as the turn signal? It's confusing because you sometimes don't know if the person is breaking or the signally a turn. In addition, the color is the same further making it harder to notice the signal, versus foreign cars' turn signals which are usually yellow. Severity: 1

#270: Ridiculous Presidential Pardons

I can't stand how some presidents can have the audacity to grant pardons for no good reason to people, usually their friends. It's morally reprehensible and I don't feel there's enough outrage at the practice by the public. I think for every pardon they grant, they need to provide a written justification as to why this person is getting this benefit. Severity: 4

Thursday, December 14, 2006

#269: Lead Singer Instrumental Behavior

During concerts, when they get to the instrumental part of a song, lead singers that don't play an instrument tend to make all sorts of crazy movements or do lame things like air-guitaring to make up for not singing. Why can't they just step back and let the others have the limelight for a bit? Worst offender is Robert Plant during Led Zeppelin drum, guitar or bass solos. Severity: 2

#268: Lazy Rhyming

When lyrics in a song use the same word as the rhyme. Example is Black Sabbath's War Pigs which has the line "Generals gathered in their masses/Just like witches at black masses." In this case, though the word mass is used in two different ways, it's still a rhyme of the same word which I think is cheating. Severity: 1