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Pet Peeves

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by peyjenk, May 17, 2007.

  1. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    What are your pet peeves? The little, inconsequential things that just plain bug you?

    I've got a few, but the biggest two are...

    1) DVDs that claim that "interactive menus" are part of the special features. There's nothing special feature-y about interactive menus! They're on all DVDs!

    2) CDs where the title track is somewhere in the middle of the listing, and not very first or very last. I mean, why single out a specific song just to mix it into the jumble so we never know when it's coming?

    That really burns my biscuits!
     
  2. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Good point, I think they put the title song in the middle sometimes with the idea that people will wait and listen to the rest of the album first. Otherwise, they'll just listen to the big title song first and say "Ok, I'm done!" Lol

    Of course, whoever does that has apparently never heard of the skip button! Hehe

    Of course, another less cynical reason could be that since the title song is so important, they leave it towards the end as the big finale thing. ::shrugs::
     
  3. anytimepally

    anytimepally Well-Known Member

    this reminds of the "what grinds my gears" segment Peter did on the news on an episode of Family Guy... my brother and I do that all the time.. but there really isn't enough room here for my pet peeves.. lots of things get on my nerves :) .. so I'll post them as they come to me
     
  4. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    When they say interactive menus, I think they mean menus that move around.The lion king's menu actually talks to you. There are alot of dvds with stationary menues that just go black when you select something. Sleepy Hollow, the Witches, Muppet from spae, labyrinth are just a few with stationary menus.

    And speaking of moving menus, I HATE HATE HATE when there is a really long minute long intro and no use of the skip button or menue botton to get you to the menu screen...like the lion king. Its this really long 2 minute animation and you dcant skip it. You are forced to watch it. By the time its done you probably have already turned of the dvd. And Loony tunes back in action is like that too. Although, if you mash the menu button is gos to the menu
     
  5. anytimepally

    anytimepally Well-Known Member

    I hate that, too :grouchy:
     
  6. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    Pet peeves? Oh wow, where do I begin? Let's see...

    1) Celebrity gossip/news – I’m sure everyone (well, just about everyone) will agree with me on this. But no matter where I go, no matter where I surf online, there’s always a chance that I’m gonna see “____ AND ___ TIE THE KNOT!“ "___ AND ___ CALL IT QUITS!“ "___ WAS SPOTTED WALKING DOWN THE STREET AT 2AM!" “OMFG! ___ IS SINGLE--- Gaaah! I can’t think of anything else that boils my blood other than having to hear who has the best (stupidest) hairstyle and what kind of shoes Whatsherface bought.

    Now, I've been out of the States for a long time, but what was this I heard about the Tiger Woods fiasco that everyone (not just the media) made such a big fuss over a few years ago? All I know was that he didn't break the law or anything. But what really surprised me was the fact that all the major TV networks broke away from their regular programming schedules just to cover this silly story. Seriously, what was up with that?

    2) People with big egos. ‘Nuff said.

    3) People/groups (religious nuts, f**ini****sts, uptight mamas, conservadoodles and whatnot) several of whom are the most vocal, who preach against anything that they claim is “corrupting society” like video games, cartoons, adult entertainment, rock and roll music, cheeseburgers, etc. and wanting to banish these things believing they have a perfect sense of "decency” and know what's good for us :)rolleyes: yeah right)

    4) If you’ve read the “Top Annoying Misnaming People Do” thread in the Classic Muppets section, just about every one of those misconceptions mentioned do tend to get on my nerves as well, especially when people can't seem to separate the Muppets from Creatures (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth = Muppets) It's happened to me recently, but I decided it's best to not say anything.
     
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    1. When people call me "Shawn"
    2. Dopes. I have no tolerance for idiots.
     
  8. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I have about six that come to mind...

    (1) I've talked about this is the Am i the Only One thread - street corner sign holders. Not all of them mind you - most of the time i'm very sympathetic towards them as it's got to be insanely boring to do for hours on end and especially in Phoenix where the weather's usually very hot, it really borders of cruel exploitation when they're forced to wear hot costumes like gorilla suits. But the ones that annoy me are the ones that twirl the sign all over the place. (A) If i'm stopped in traffic right by them, i'm always worried they'll lose control of their sign and it'll hit my car and (b) if you can't even read the sign in the first place or if it's an arrow directing you somewhere, then moving it all around like you're tossing pizza dough defeats the whole purpose (c) I get nervous that some other driver around me is going to be paying more attention to trying to read the sign or watch the twirler that they'll cause an accident.

    (2) Waiters that take longer bringing your check to you after you've finished eating than it took to enter the restaurant, place your order and eat it.

    (3) Fast food or other cash register order takers that are so busy trying to upsell your order that they don't even listen to what your original order is and you have to repeat everything two or three times.

    (4) Those same order takers/register workers that insist in asking "how are you today" or "how's your day going so far?". If i'm having a bad day - and with the economy as messed up as it is and all the people struggling to even survive or out of work and all who are also being asked the same - you're essentially forced to lie just to be polite or not spend a whole lot of wasted time giving someone a truly honest answer. It's actually really none of their business and it feels like a stranger prying into my personal life. Though one of these days when there aren't others patiently waiting behind me, i'll see what happens if i give them a truly honest answer like, "Oh, i'm quite suicidal and fed up with everything today and am trying to decide between suffocation or jumping off a rooftop. Yourself?"

    (5) Automated telephone menus that force you to speak your responses instead of punching them in a phone.

    (6) The stickers at the very top of new cds and dvds that are near impossible to cleanly peel off - especially annoying on dvds where they merge with the dvd case's plastic.
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here are a couple of pet peeves of mine that are ever-growing.

    When long periods of time go by (even months), and I can't get people into a friendly chat, even for just a minute or so. This doesn't apply to MC friends, because quite frankly, they're the best people to chat with on YIM (love ya Colbynfriends and MrsPepper!), but everyone else is like... y'know, you see them are online and all, but you try to start up a conversation, and one of the first things they says is "BRB", then the next thing you know, you get the message saying "So-and-so has signed out"; then other times, you wait for them to start the conversation, and they never do... you can be online for a couple of hours, and they are to, but nothing happens. There are even times when a chat is happening, and after a few words at the beginning, time passes away, and nothing else happens, then I finally chime in with a sarcastic, "Well, this has been a fascinating conversation", and they're like, "Oh, sorry". THEN, there are spells of time when they suddenly decide they DO want to be chatty, and they go on like nothing's happened. It really frustrates me, because I care very much about the friends that I have, and when I don't here from them over extended periods of time, and I know that some of them deal with personal drama on a regular basis, it makes me wonder what exactly they're up to, what's going on in their world, how they're doing, etc.

    2. This one's been really increasing lately: I spend a great amount of time on creative endeavours and what not (sometimes hours on in), and people act like they're really excited and can't wait to see it, then when I finally do share it, I get maybe two kinds of feedback from someone saying "Cool", "Nice", and a simple "Love it". That's kind of a slap in the face to me, because all those hours of hard work, and dedication to something, and for what? I was especially astounded that the few new YouTube-exclusive Steve D'Monster vids I did have gotten the so few views and comments they have.

    Gee whiz... now this thread's pretty much gotten me into a bad mood now. :smirk:
     
  10. Beakerfan

    Beakerfan Well-Known Member

    In all fairness, a lot of people in retail are practically required to "make small talk" in my experience. I've worked a cash register for over six years, and every boss I've ever had has always made a big deal about how we need to "converse with the customers" because it makes them feel more welcome and want to come back to the store. Cashiers have to come across as "super friendly" because usually we're the last employees you deal with and a cashier's attitude could make-or-break a customer's decision to return to the store. Honestly - I don't enjoy being really out-going and talkative, but if my boss is there you bet I'm gonna at least ask "How are you today?"....

    But I understand what you're saying about not liking being asked that question all the time - I get tired of asking it!
     
  11. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That's actually what makes it all the more annoying - knowing that they're essentially being nosy not because they mean to but because they're forced to. If it's a manager doing it or i can see their manager's watching them, i'm more apt to respond negatively so they can see how it doesn't have the desired effect they're wanting and makes it worse for both parties.

    If the sole reason i'm even there in the first place is to pick up my every-second-or-third-daily 50 cent hot dogs to keep me from passing out due to being the only thing i can afford to eat if dumpster diving was unsuccessful and i know for a fact that a mini inquisition will be part of the process, i will actually choose to instead go elsewhere. I'd much rather deal with the surly, mumbly pothead who could care less than have some Nosy Nancy force me to say "everything's fine, thanks" as i'm fighting back tears.

    (And yes, anyone who works in such a place who happens to read this has my full permission and encouragement to copy and email it to your managers and headquarters)

    That reminds me of something else that's not a pet peeve or annoying, but rather something i find unintntionally hilarious. A few years ago, register workers at Quick Trips were obviously told by management that they had to say "hello" to everyone who walked in the door. Now something like that's a nice touch if it's really genuine and the employee's doing it on their own but when it's blatently obvious they're doing it because they're forced to, it becomes sitcomy-silly - especially when they're swamped and they can't get out a sentence to the person they're dealing with - "Okay, that- HELLO - will be ten dol-HELLO-dollars and five cents-HELLO" - they seem like Pavlov dogs! And since then, other chains have since had their employees become similar robots.

    In the same "department", i've noticed that sometime in the last month, Jack in the Box workers have been forced to ask "how was your service today?" (I don't know if this is all over or just the one right by me). Threw me for a loop the first time they did it, but now that i know it's coming, i'm ready with an honest answer ("slow and overpriced", "aside from your insanely price-gouged drinks, just perfect")
     
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I hate EVERY side, left and right, that does this... from people who want to kill any trace of reality in television (who are suspiciously absent when it comes to reality television) to tofu heads that get their pants in a bunch when there's a kid's meal toy or a sugared cereal. I hate when the loudest vocal minority gets their way with everything, and starts dumbing down television so they can say "HEY! We were heard and things that offend us don't exist." There is NO Saturday morning thanks to both of these people, there's less and less interesting stuff on TV... and again, if people are so hyped up about how there's no decency in television, why do Reality Shows continue to be let on television? The vilest, immoralest stuff happens on Biggest Loser alone.


    I really would love to go onto my pet peeve about how suck-a-doodle-doo the news media is, but it's really the same thing... taking sides with whomever is gonna keep their tax breaks or whichever side they cow-tow to, and how the celeb gossip rag media helps cover up the icky spots that would shine through putting their friends in a bad light...

    But here's the thing with Tiger Woods and celebrities. We make them heroes, we put them on a pedestal, and then when they do something human, they're the worst people ever.

    Like (and you'll be shocked who's side I'm taking on this) Miley Cyrus. Now, she clearly wants to expand beyond some lame little TV show that rose her to stardom, but it's starting to hold her back. And we all know what happens in Hollywood when you're known as one thing only... look at Bela Lugosi, Adam West, even Mark Hammil (voice acting really helped the latter 2 out). You rarely saw Vincent Price do Comedy, and he's GREAT at it (as everyone who saw that TMS episode knows). Child stars get the worst end of the stick. Why shouldn't she branch out and do something else? Now, she's taking flack from disgruntled parents who made her a role model for her little kids, and her "I'm gonna steal ALL you're money and suckle at your fame" one hit wonder father.

    Example 2, and even more apropos, Sport Stars. Tiger Woods especially, but there's just so many examples... we make them heroes because they can play sport (I respect athletes to the extent of they can do things I can't and they could lose it all in a career ending game injury), and then something happens and they're the worst people in history...

    Micheal Phelps... he smoked pot and it was broadcast via TMZ. Now, I don't condone the use of the stuff, and I don't want to debate further on it, but A) it was recreational, not performance enhancing and B) look at half our TV shows... That 70's Show... hello? Celebs do pot or worse all the time.

    Tiger Woods... yeah... why WOULDN'T a bunch of hos jump on someone that makes a lot of money? And who can resist that?

    Micheal Vick... actually he DID do something terrible, but it wasn't related to sport.

    and of course, being a Bostonian and having to live with Sox-steria, the whole "EEEWW! Johnny Damon was traded to a sports team we don't like, now he's EVIL!" crap. Loyalty is only measured in resistance to bigger payola.
     
  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    When people, on seeing the fan art I do for pleasure, immediately tell me I'm doing the wrong thing, that I need to be doing art to make money, yadda yadda. EVen worse, when they imply or say outright that I waste my time with fan art and fiction because it's not bringing in cash. Hello, have you ever heard of hobbies? That's when you do things for your own pleasure. If you think that I'm wasting my time having fun drawing and writing, please tell me how much you get paid when you sit on your butt staring at the TV for hours every night.
     
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I forgot to add that one.... you wouldn't believe how many DVD's list "interactive menus" and don't even have them. What's worse? When they say "Full frame" is a special feature. Just don't list any if you don't have any... be honest.

    You know, I wonder that myself. Should I bother enabling prints and doing commissions? Wouldn't I get in trouble for drawing someone else's something? Would anyone even bother buying or commissionaire-ing anything from me? Would I do something fetish related for money? I WANT money somehow, but is any of this worth considering?
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh, I forgot to mention my third pet peeve, which actually is similar to one of Oscarfan's...

    Now, I honestly have never been one much for nicknames, with the exception of what I actually consider good nicknames (like Kathy giving "Jadar", and all the different variations of Snowth folks have given me over the years), but when it comes to nicknames that shorten or abbreviate my actual name, then I don't really care for it too much.

    One problem is that part of it is actually my fault: back years ago when I self-inserted myself into like TWO Steve videos on YouTube, and he called me "Joe" because he has no respect for me... since then, practically every new person in my life calls me "Joe"... it's funny - I can tolerate being called "Jadar", and all these different Snowth names, but when people call me "Joe", I actually feel like a completely different person.

    But, I feel like a snob when I tell people "Don't call me such-and-such", so if they want to call me "Joe", I let them call me that, even though I don't care for it.
     
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Another minor pet peeve I have lies in when people don't practice proper grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc... specifically when people misuse the apostrophe in regards to a person's name ending with the letter S.

    Granted, Language Arts was one of my best subjects, and the last I remember being taught regarding the apostrophe after a person's name ending in S is that you STILL add an S AFTER the apostrophe, id does look odd, but that's how you do it, so if you have people with names like Chris, Russ, Marcus, Curtis, etc, the posessive tense of those names are still "Chris's", "Russ's", "Marcus's", "Curtis's"; the ONLY exception, as I recall from my school days is for the names of biblical or history figures, so names like Jesus or Ramses wouldn't include the additional S, like "Jesus'" or "Ramses'".
     
  17. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but I was always taught to never add an "s" after the apostrophe if the name ended in "s." ;)
     
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well again, the exception is supposed to only apply to biblical or historical figures, that's what they taught us.
     
  19. TSSD

    TSSD Well-Known Member

    My name is Thomas, and I was always taught to not add an S after the apostrophe in my name (So, Thomas'). And I'm about 90% sure I'm not a biblical or historical figure. Yet.
     
  20. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I was never taught that either and I went to a religious school. ;)
     


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