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Aug. 17th, 2009 | 12:24 pm
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snej had a good idea for a post. There are "heavier" things that I don't get like religion or torture, but here's my version of some trivial stuff in random order:

01. the majority of rock bands on Pitchfork. Particularly male-fronted jangle rock stuff like The Decemberists
02. Harry Potter
03. musicals
04. bland house and techno. I love these genres, but can't stand when I hear the generic sounding stuff.
05. yelling at other cars that exhibit bad behavior or at the TV
06. getting worked up over stupid silly stuff in general (e.g. Tour de France dudes on the Golden Gate Bridge that look super pissed waiting behind tourists)
07. fake breasts
08. MySpace for anyone over 18
09. perpetually full inboxes (you're doing it wrong)
10. in a similar vein... having a desktop full of icons
11. Spending fortunes on mansions, sports cars, gold plated cell phones, etc
12. 99% of reality TV and shows like American Idol
13. video games that have no end (MMORPGS). This doesn't apply to arcade or puzzle games.
14. video games that don't give you any help if you're stuck and repeating the same thing over and over again (Grand Theft Auto). And no, I don't want to have to use a damn strategy guide.
15. Tweeting any variant of "good night"
16. posting "RIP" anyone famous to a social network (without explaining why that person was important to you)
17. posting any news headline that can easily be found on CNN.com or any other major news site
18. cheap beer
19. leaving your bicycle unattended (or poorly locked up) for even a split second in a major city
20. wedge shoes
21. dressing your little kids (or pets) in outfits that make them look like tiny adults (the most egregious offender)
22. obsessive documentation of vacations
23. standing right next to the speaker at loud concerts (with no hearing protection)

Stuff from snej's list that I like, but he doesn't:

1. Asparagus (this is my favorite vegetable!)
2. Autotune, yea, even the subtlest usage thereof (I think it can be used well in certain instances)
3. Cassette tapes (I don't use them anymore, but they did have their utility ... I particularly liked the ability to pick up right where you left off :)
6. Daft Punk (we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one)
17. New Order, post-1982 ("Republic" was the first album of theirs I purchased, so I have a special connection to it. Agreed though that their earlier stuff was more innovative and unique)
23. Shrimp [with or without the tails on] (wow, I've had so many delicious shrimp dishes, not sure where to start on this one)
27. Vinyl records [unless you are a skilled DJ] (I still like having my vinyl around. For certain types of music, it just gives me warm fuzzies to listen on vinyl vs mp3. It's also fun to play and look through other people's records)

Stuff I can see the appeal of, but just haven't made it a priority to check out yet:

1. Mad Men
2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Mighty Boosh
4. District 9
5. Skydiving
6. Hang gliding
7. Lasik
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Atonal

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from: atonal
date: Aug. 17th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
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#5 is one of my favorite things to do....but I don't yell at the cars, I yell at the driver. Sometimes I kick their lights out or throw coffee cups at them too.

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Aug. 17th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Do they ever hear you (or perhaps it's enough for them to just see that you're upset?). In less rainy climates where people drive with their windows down a lot, I imagine they would... but with the rain in Seattle, I imagine it's more difficult to get them to hear what you're shouting :)

I was the passenger in a car not too long ago where the driver yelled at a truck that was tail gating him and the dude got out of the truck with a crow bar at the traffic light... we ran the red light to avoid an altercation... it was some scary shit so that may also be why I avoid the yelling as a policy.

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trisloth

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from: trisloth
date: Aug. 17th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I once flipped off a guy and he got out of his car to try to fight. That was the last time I ever did that.

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Designed to give a Catholic mother fits

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from: panserbjorne
date: Aug. 17th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Numbers 9 and 10: Guilty.

And no, I don't see why I should want to do otherwise. If I don't see my desktop icons, how could I remember what I have on my harddrive? Similarly, i don't see the point of obsessively filing away every email I get.

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Aug. 17th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Just to clarify, I'm talking about desktops like this: http://cybernetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/cluttered-desktop.jpg

and for email, I recognize there are different email workflows... I just haven't found one I like better than inbox 0.

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from: gleemie
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
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dude, where did you find a pic of my desktop? :P actually, this is my desktop:
Desktop
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

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from: gleemie
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
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Word to panserbjorne. I am also guilty of 9, 10. It's cool if you don't get it, but don't get in my grill telling me i'm doing it wrong. :) I inbox zero-ed once. It just wasn't worth it for me. I don't have to answer or archive every email. Deciding is yet another task on my list and if I don't do it, nothing blows up in the real world.

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Lady Dawn the Formidable of New Invention

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from: lifesparkles
date: Aug. 18th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
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Mighty Boosh = darn good silliness.

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Betsy

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from: bizetsy
date: Aug. 18th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
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BSG!!!!!

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:: regarder of the cries of the world ::

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from: xaotica
date: Aug. 19th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
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Spend a day walking in normal heels and you'll be more likely to see the appeal of wedges

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Aug. 19th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
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I say skip the entire faking your height hegemony!

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Lady Dawn the Formidable of New Invention

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from: lifesparkles
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
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I totally agree... wedges are fun! I like feeling taller... I feel like I get to see more. ;-)

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ario

If fun is the goal, may I suggest....

from: interimlover
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
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