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It’s Like This and Like That and Like This

Christmas is over.  Time to rant.

This has bothered me all year.  Maybe even longer.  This is so dumb.  This needs to stop.

What?  I told you.  This.

I cannot STAND when someone chooses to share something that someone else has posted on social media, specifically Twitter, and just writes, “This.”  As if to say, “this is something I enjoyed/agree with/want you to see or read.”  But instead, they just write, “This.”

Guess what?  You don’t have to do that!  I know you like it.  You know how?  I have ESP.  No, actually, I know you like it because you shared it.  If you share a link without explicitly saying that you find it vile or disgusting or awful, then your endorsement is implied.  You don’t even need to say, “I liked this,” but you can.  You most certainly do not need to write “this.”

Yes, this.  That.  What you just shared.  I get it.

Of course, there is always to possibility that someone would agree with me and share this post prefaced with a “This.”  And to that I say…well played.

It Was a Very Good Year

Have you checked out your Facebook “Year in Review” yet?  That’s right, Facebook has arbitrarily picked the top 20 posts from the year to sum up your life for you.

I looked at mine, and it was stupid.

Among other things, there are a couple work-related posts, a couple photos from Phillies games, and a photo I took of a lunch receipt.  That’s right; when I went to a place I hadn’t been in years and took a photo that one person liked, that was apparently one of the top moments of my year.

Who decided this?  What algorithm is involved?  Why does this even exist?

Hey, Facebook.  Here’s an idea for you, you creepy creeps: how about you set up a widget or something for users to pick their OWN “Year in Review?”  Anyone who does it – and while I wouldn’t do it, millions certainly would – would be spending even more time on your site combing through old posts.  They would be logged in even longer, driving up your traffic even higher, allowing you to sell even more ads for even more money.

Now, I just gave a multi-gazillion dollar corporation an idea to make even more money.  That’s how stupid, annoying, and creepy this is.

Social media is starting to become a little less social and a little more all-consuming.  I don’t like it.  But I’m just one old man.

Prove to Me

I generally don’t pay attention to commercials, but at the same time, when I see a good one, I can admire its effectiveness and enjoy its humor.  But when a commercial flops?  Oh man.

The most annoying commercial being run right now, at least to me, anyway, is for d-CON rat and mouse traps.  There is a man in a rat suit – and it’s very clearly a man in a suit; like, you can see his face – and he’s eating something.  Cheese, I assume.  There is a woman doing the dishes and she looks at him and says, “you disgust me.”  His answer?  “Prove it.”


Like, she has to prove that rats are disgusting by buying d-CON?  I think a good advertisement makes you laugh, maybe makes you think, and either way makes the product look good/useful/vital.  What is this commercial even doing?  Oh, this is a man-sized rat, isn’t that gross?  Hey, d-CON kills rats, go get some!  Except I’m not in any way disgusted by this guy because IT’S CLEARLY A GUY, NOT AN ACTUAL RAT.  The ads that use animated cartoon rats skeeve me out more than that guy does.

Maybe I just don’t get it.  I’m a smart guy, but it’s possible that the humor and effectiveness go over my head.  I doubt it, though.

Then again, I’m talking about their product, so maybe it served its purpose after all.  Whatever.  This commercial makes me want to turn off the television, and talking about it makes me want to end this post a little earl

I’d Be Safe and Warm If I Was in L.A.

I was watching a bit of Monday Night Football last night, and as usual, a number of ESPN commentators were on-site.  It never really occurred to me before, but, um, why?

Does having the pregame, halftime, and postgame pundits in the stadium add anything to the broadcast?  Has any game ever been better for it?  I can’t think of a time where I watched a studio show and thought, “you know, that is a great point.  If only he had made it with the playing field right behind him, then he’d be on to something.”

Before last night’s game, Suzy Kolber, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, and Ray Lewis were discussing the game and making their points while the fog of their own breath floated in front of their faces.  At least, I think that’s who was there; I couldn’t tell through the scarves, hoods, hats, and gloves.  But who can blame them?  It was eight degrees at kickoff!

After the game, Young went without a hat.  Good for him?

I like Steve Young; I don’t want to see him die of hypothermia.  I don’t want any of them to die of hypothermia.  Let’s not do this anymore.  There’s no need.  It adds absolutely nothing to the coverage, and it doesn’t make the game bigger.  The game is as big as it’s going to get by itself.  You’re doing nothing but put your own people at risk.

As they like to say on ESPN: COME ON, MAN!

The Weather Outside is Frightful

The weather people told us we’d get a couple inches of snow today.  Instead, we got a couple of couples.  Eight inches or more fell across the Philadelphia region today.

And it was awesome.

Sure, cleaning up after a snow storm can be a pain, and driving during one can be downright treacherous.  But staying inside and watching a snowy football game on television with some hot cider fresh out of the…well, the Keurig?  The best.

I may be too old to go outside and play in the snow, but I’m not too old to enjoy the fact that it exists.  And while I will no doubt curse it later tonight when I go to clean off my car, it’s still something that I’m not afraid to admit that I like.

You know what?  I’ll clean it off in the morning.  More cider, more football, and more warmth, please.

Check It Out

When I have the chance, I like to use the self-checkout machines at the grocery store.  It’s nothing against the cashiers; I’d just rather not wait in line for only a few items.

The first time I used one, I was surprised to hear it recite the price of my item back to me.  To be honest, it was kind of off-putting.  I scanned a bottle of shampoo at the local CVS and suddenly the machine was yelling “FIVE…NINETY-NINE” for all to hear.

Granted, it didn’t tell anyone who was listening what item I purchased, but still, it felt like a minor invasion of privacy.  I mean, one of the advantages of self-checkout is that you can buy whatever you need without another human seeing you do it, but if the machine is advertising how much you’re spending, it takes a certain something away from that.

Another thing: they all seem to have the same voice.  Come on, self-checkout machine manufacturers; let’s have a little variety.  Each store has multiple cashiers, so let’s get a few different electronic voices with oddly stilted deliveries in there.  Hey, for a small (Editor’s note: large) fee, I’ll even record one.

All of that said, change may be on the horizon.  When I went to the grocery store the other day, I noticed the volume was lower than it had been before.  Yesterday, I stopped at the same CVS where I first encountered the self-checkout process, and the volume was much lower than it had been in previous visits.  I guess I’m not the only one who was put off by it.

Now, about those voices…

Turkey for Me, Turkey for You

Happy Thanksgiving!  Now let me get serious for a moment.

I’m not naïve.  I’m not one of those people who will campaign against or be offended by corporate greed.  I believe in capitalism and the free market, so I get it.  But things have gone overboard, so hear me out.

I know a lot of stores are offering great deals tonight, and I know a lot of people wrap up Thanksgiving dinner and then pile into the car to go shopping.  If you’re one of those people, and you happen to read this today, please at least consider staying home tonight.

See, if people swamp the stores tonight, it emboldens the companies to go even further next year.  Stores that are open at 8:00 tonight may open at 6:00 next year, and 5:00 the year after that.  Pretty soon, Thanksgiving will be just another day, where the local department store opens bright and early at 7:00 in the morning so people can shop while the turkey is cooking or the kids are at the parade with their grandparents.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday to spend with your family and friends.  Leave the shopping until tomorrow, or this weekend, or any day over the next four entire weeks before Christmas.

Way too many people have to go to work tonight.  Stay home, so that maybe next year they can, too.