Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things that Are Annoying Me This Week

ETA: I remembered the third thing! Look below!

1. Visible bras with tank tops.

If the tank is too see-through to go without a bra, it's too see-through to wear by itself. If the tank has thin straps, it probably also has a built-in bra, and if that's not sufficient for you, you shouldn't be wearing a tank by itself. Just my opinion. I think visible bra straps are trashy and I don't want to see them.

2. Readers who try to dictate to me.

I'm really sick of e-book readers telling everyone we're dinosaurs and MUST move into the 21st century and change our ways (and paper readers who decry the push for e-books--no one's threatening your reading preferences). Today's society is all about choice, and that's what readers have, too. A choice to read an old-fashioned paper book or an electronic book. The options exist for a reason.

Case in point:
I know a guy who reads about a dozen books a year at an average of $8.00 per book. That's $96 (plus tax) to get the reading experience. So why should he spend $300 in addition to that? He's expressed interest in dedicated e-readers, but it doesn't make sense to him. I told him he can read them on his Blackberry, and he pooh-poohed that immediately. Screen too small, and he doesn't want to be tethered to an outlet when the battery zips down to nothing.

Many people I know who read avidly can't afford an e-reader or just plain don't want to read on a screen. And I also know many people who love the accessibility of their iPhones or Blackberries or Kindles or Sonys and can't imagine going back to paper. That's fine. It's personal.

So all you judgmental people, just mind your own business and leave ours alone. (Note: this diatribe stems from comments at a PW post regarding the B&N announcement of it's e-store.) (Another note: I am aware of the irony of telling people to stop judging when I did that in #1.)

3. I had another thing that was irking me yesterday, but now I can't think of it. I'll come back and edit this post if I do. In the meantime, feel free to jump in and share what's annoying YOU this week! :)

ETA: I remembered the other thing. It's magazines that have a teaser on the cover, but the table of contents don't use any of the words in that teaser, so you don't know which article it is. For example, Harrisburg magazine had "Spice up your summer" and the "Spice" font was reminiscent of Harlequin Spice, so I wanted to see if that's what it was about. The word "spice" was NOWHERE in the table of contents. I decided it was the recipe section, though that was pushing it, as there was only one recipe that had anything remotely spicy. And it took me forever to flip through the magazine. I was at work. I don't have that kinda time, you know? :)


MJFredrick said...

Your comment about tank tops made me think of this:

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

OMG! That's horrifying. *cringes*

You were really fast reading this! I'm impressed. LOL

MJFredrick said...

LOL--just finishing up my lunch break. Back to work now ;)

Ava Quinn said...

Glad you realized the judgemental thing!

Hmm... annoying me this week, let's see.

1. Undead uber mice attempting to escape from my trash can.

2. No time to write.

3. Rain keeping me from riding my motorcycle.

4. not getting anything done on my to do list.

5. Chickens.

Ava Quinn said...

MJ - How did you find that video? You're my kind of people!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I remembered the third thing! It's in the updated post. Not that I assume you guys are interested or anything. LOL

Ava, I relate to 2 and 4, sympathize with 3, but 1 is your imagination, and 5...?

MJFredrick said...

LOL, Ava! The local news showed that video, and the anchor said that WASN'T what he thought was going to pop out ;)

Cindy Procter-King said...

What's annoying me is this is the first chance I've had all week to catch up on some blogs, and it's 11 p.m. on a Friday night! I'm still working on that blasted website project, but I learned how to convert a video clip into Flash quite by accident. I didn't even remember I bought Flash when I upgraded my software 3 years ago. How inane is that? So I scour the web for a free converter only to discover they're all temporarily free, then something inspires me to go to my programs, and voila - I have the Flash converter! Easy peasy. Doi......

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oh, Cindy, how frustrating!

*wonders what software is on her computer that she doesn't know about*

I hope you get through all this soon so you can get on your own schedule again. Good luck!

Cindy Procter-King said...

I think I'm finally there! My own schedule begins tomorrow. Except for some well-filling. But that's still my schedule, right? Like if I take off to the lake for four hours and don't write/edit/revise a word, it's still MY schedule. Yippee!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Most definitely, Cindy! Enjoy!