rant Archive

  • The concept of “Us vs Them” is one that I’ve discussed here many times before. Something about the human brain makes it impossible to avoid dividing up the population into […]

    Console vs PC

    The concept of “Us vs Them” is one that I’ve discussed here many times before. Something about the human brain makes it impossible to avoid dividing up the population into […]

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  • There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

    Living On The Edge

    There are really a tremendous number of stupid things that human beings choose to do. Seriously, take a look at the group as a whole. Some of us hurl ourselves […]

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  • Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

    Wikileaks

    Wikileaks is one of those topics that I really should stay the hell away from. This isn't like a movie critic making ignorant judgments outside of his area of expertise or a game coming under fire for sexism because people don't get its jokes. I'd love to ignore it and hope it goes away, but it is something of an elephant in the room. As a resident of both real life and the Internet, I feel compelled to at least distill the issue down for you to the state that exists in my head. You see, Wikileaks is a kick in the balls.

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  • The other day I overheard a health food devotee reprimanding someone for enjoying a beverage. That alone was sufficient to irritate the hell out of me, but our conscientious volunteer food mentor managed to strike an additional chord in my legion of pet peeves by whipping out one of the most arbitrary health food buzz phrases in the book: All Natural. Now, if you want to help me to eat better, I appreciate that, but I am a practical guy, so I'm going to require something a bit more concrete than meaningless blurbs on food labels to convince me to ditch the aspartame.

    All Natural

    The other day I overheard a health food devotee reprimanding someone for enjoying a beverage. That alone was sufficient to irritate the hell out of me, but our conscientious volunteer food mentor managed to strike an additional chord in my legion of pet peeves by whipping out one of the most arbitrary health food buzz phrases in the book: All Natural. Now, if you want to help me to eat better, I appreciate that, but I am a practical guy, so I'm going to require something a bit more concrete than meaningless blurbs on food labels to convince me to ditch the aspartame.

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  • People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

    To A Fault

    People like to be flowery in their language. I myself am known to pursue a policy of sesquipedalian loquaciousness on occasion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is important […]

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  • The other day, I saw a commercial that bragged that their product was "over-engineered". They used the term like it was a selling point. Now, as I've said far too many times before, I'm an engineer... Well, I WOULD be an engineer, if after I had gotten my degrees I had actually sought out an engineering job. As it is, I'm an IT specialist and phoney baloney journalist with two very expensive pieces of paper hanging on my wall. But it DOES give my opinion a little more weight when I suggest that "over-engineered" is not something you should be necessarily be looking for in a product if you are a consumer.

    Over-engineered

    The other day, I saw a commercial that bragged that their product was "over-engineered". They used the term like it was a selling point. Now, as I've said far too many times before, I'm an engineer... Well, I WOULD be an engineer, if after I had gotten my degrees I had actually sought out an engineering job. As it is, I'm an IT specialist and phoney baloney journalist with two very expensive pieces of paper hanging on my wall. But it DOES give my opinion a little more weight when I suggest that "over-engineered" is not something you should be necessarily be looking for in a product if you are a consumer.

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  • San Francisco recently decided that they had no other choice but to outlaw the happy meal. Now, the Happy Meal has a special place in my heart (Right next to the cholesterol deposits.), so this news sent me in a few different directions. Rather than simply pick one and and hone it into something worthwhile - you know, the way a professional would do - I decided to take two half ideas and mush them together. So now, for your enjoyment, the twin Happy Meal rants of Decoychunk.

    San Francisco Happy Meal Double Feature

    San Francisco recently decided that they had no other choice but to outlaw the happy meal. Now, the Happy Meal has a special place in my heart (Right next to the cholesterol deposits.), so this news sent me in a few different directions. Rather than simply pick one and and hone it into something worthwhile - you know, the way a professional would do - I decided to take two half ideas and mush them together. So now, for your enjoyment, the twin Happy Meal rants of Decoychunk.

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