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What makes you angry? Get it off your chest so we can laugh at your impotent rage.

(, Thu 1 May 2008, 23:12)
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mistaspakkaman's big list of peeves and impotent rage
1. Coming back from a backpacking and hiking trip in the Ukraine and other eastern-European countries to find you lot have been having a massive 40-page QOTWfest. I've still got a day left to post but I just don't have time to read the other posts so if any of my peeves have been mentioned before, then tough please post a link to the relevant story.

2. Cynicism. It's rubbish (but a healthy dose of scepticism is OK).

3. Lack of imagination and originality. I could also add lack of intelligence, but then, I'd fall into the former category myself.

4. People who assume that creativity and originality is some form of mental disorder. Call it psychosis / insanity / Asperger's Syndrome or whatever the current trendy mental-disorder du jour is, but personally, I like calling it 'creativity' and 'originality'. Is there some kind of conspiracy going on to crush the creative spirit and turn us all into drones *looks out window* oh yes, there is.

5. People who assume that the way I am was not caused by my shyness.

6. People who tell me that I try too hard. Please STFU and let me get on with whatever I'm doing.

7. People who are scared of my enthusiasm. FFS! Stop being such a wuss!

8. People who complain that I'm not chilled out enough, thus un-chilling-out me even more. Gah!

9. People who think I'm on drugs whenever I do something original. Look, it's called "Creativity" my friend! Many people have asked me "What do you put in your cigarettes". The truth is that I've never even smoked any sort of cigarette ever.

10. Office workers who bad-mouth their colleagues behind their backs rather than confronting them (e.g. listening to someone whingeing at the pub after work).

11. Negative attitudes and people who spread messages of hopelessness (or at least people who, enforce it on other people). Yes, shit does happen, but try not to let it get to you. I've seen a company go down from the inside just because everyone felt hopeless and thus did not put their soul into their work (bear in mind that this is a creative media company, so negative attitudes are a sign of impending doom).

12. Cynicism. I mentioned it once, but I want to mention it again. An example: I used to practice a number of martial arts. This means that I get to meet women who practice the same martial art. Women who practice martial arts are often fit, which means I get to know a fair number of fit women. So anyway, one day down the pub after work, I arrive somewhat later than the others. One of these 'fit women'(tm) is sitting at another table and says "Hi" to me without any prompting, and I say "Hi" back. My work-colleagues notice this, and ask how I could possibly get to know a woman that good looking. They even suggested that I had hired a prostitute to say "Hi" to me. It's a good thing I didn't invite her and her friend to join us because the collective cynicism of my (now thankfully former) work-colleagues would have driven her to such extreme measures as never saying "Hi" to me again. While it's true that my line of work is a geek-related, at least half the lads at my table were already in a full-time relationship.

13. Religious people who think their religion has the monopoly on positive thinking.

14. Non-religious people who fail to see the point of religions.

15. Religious people who fail to see the point of religions.

16. People who cannot get their heads round people with 'unorthodox' personalities.

17. People who still assume all computer-people are sad nerds with no life. That is so 1980s!

18. People who think that the only people on Internet dating sites are sad losers. Speaking from personal experience, this is not the case! Saying that the only people who use Internet dating sites are sad losers is like saying that the only people who smoke dope are black guys with dodgy haircuts.

19. Trendy diets. Don't you hate it whenever some trendy diet is announced and everyone flocks like lemmings to try it out (Atkins - I'm looking at you). You don't need a trendy diet - just get off your big fat ass and do some exercise.

20. This whole anti-fat culture. While I think it's a good thing to do some exercise and be fit, it is possible to be both fat and fit at the same time. Unfortunately, many girls want to grow up to look like that rubbish you get in magazines and often resort to unhealthy diets. If it's a big-boned lass, that's just not possible. While I have nothing against people who like ladies that look like 10-year-old boys (unless it's a suppressed form of paedophilia), I personally like a bit of meat on the bones. What I do have something against is people who deliberately like to lower the self-esteem of anyone who looks different from the norm. Incidentally, most of the people deciding what the current 'trends' in body-shape are going to be are fashion designers, who often happen to be gay men, which is why female supermodels often look like a gay man's fantasy.

21. People who don't take cycling into account when considering personal transport.

22. Lack of decent cycling facilities and the general assumption that people don't cycle.

23. People who insist on labelling people (Hippy, goth, cheerleader, chav, etc.)

24. Chavs etc. (yes, this does contradict my last point, but chavs are so rubbish they deserve their own label).

25. Selling yourself. Getting into the 'selling yourself' mentality really fucks my head.

26. Shops/supermarkets that give you your receipt with your change instead of your goods. This annoys me because I like to keep my wallet receipt-free without having to do extra fiddling at the checkout line.

27. Cynicism. I thought I’d mention this again.

28. People who make 'laddish' comments if I show them a photo (or tell them about) of a woman I met while out and about. Please don't take out your sexual fustration on my memories.

29. Snobs.

30. People who think I'm a snob.

31. The ridiculous pricing scheme of UK rail tickets. Nowadays, I'd rather be circumcised by woodpeckers than jump through all the hoops of buying the cheapest available train-ticket.

32. Pubs that insist on playing loud music. I go to pubs to socialise and talk to my friends. I don't like the idea of having to snog the ear of the person sitting next to me. If I wanted to get up and dance, I'd go to a nightclub.

33. Nightclubs that advertise 'oldies' nights as nights that play 80's and 90's music, but not even 70's music. STOP IT! You're making me feel old!

34. Websites that use 'click here'. 'Click here' is an abomination that assumes the user is using a graphical web-browser with a pointer-device.

35. The placement of the 'Caps-Lock' key above the shift key. Sometimes, I type in all-caps without realising it. Ideally, I'd like to swap my caps-lock key for my backspace key (which is completely knackered).

36. Cynicism

37. Cynicism.

38. Cynicism.

39. Cynicism.

40. Whingers.

There. That's that over with. I think I'll go have a wank.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:15, 10 replies)
No. 26
Especially when they put the change on top of the receipt so it all falls off.

(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:17, closed)
Creativity & Originality
I personally don't think that its dead, but very hard to come by.

Especially in the music industry anything that sounds TOO different (regardless of how creative or original it is) usually gets ignored simply because it won't sell very well.

So the key to success in music is write something VERY similar, but not too similar that it seems like your stealing it. Unless its rap music, then just steal any old song and do a bad rhyme over the top about how cool you are for doing songs about how cool you are..
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:25, closed)
You forgot Cynicism

(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:41, closed)
33. Yes!
'Back to The Old Skool' at the Ilford Knobberdrome- underneath: 'back to 95'

Shit! 3 years after I stopped going to raves!

*is fucking old*
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:54, closed)
and 25
'Selling yourself' - where does that end, and sounding like an arrogant twat on The Apprentice begin?

Everything I learnt as a child about not being cocky is now wrong?

I've spent a lifetime hiding my light under a bushel and now I'm supposed to grind my evident superiority into people's faces?
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:58, closed)
I agree with you. Not just in the music-buisness, but in any creative media, be it television, radio, commercial websites, magazines, comics, computer-games, toys, newspapers, etc.

As someone who'se worked in a creative media industry, I can assure you that there is a spark of originality amongst some of the employees there. The truth is that the marketing department does not want to take any risks and only wants to give the greenlight to projects with a proven success - hence lack of innovation. Although I do secretly wonder if the company bigwigs are part of a conspiracy of no-originality and general cultural dumbing-down.

However, this tends to supress the originality of people you meet in real life. While there's some out there, a lot of people are the victim of dumbed-down mass-culture.

I used to be a big fan of Rap-music back in the 80's, but don't like the direction it's taken at all and dislike most modern 'rap' songs.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 17:16, closed)
What a special and unique person you are
I'm envious
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 17:24, closed)
@Monty Boyce Re: Selling yourself

I'm a person who dislikes arrogance in all it's forms. Post graduation, I did the whole "take ages to find a job" thing. Getting myself into spirit of job interviews involved getting into the habit of pushing my qualities into job-interviewer's faces. Eventually, I got a job, but thanks to the brain-fuck I gave myself trying to do well in interviews, this state of mind persisted past the signing of the contract, and even spilled over when I went down to the pub with my shiny new work-colleagues. I ended up boasting about my abilities to the point that the others thought I was some kind of an egomaniac. I had become the type of person I hate! Fortunately, I grew out of it, but what a first-impression to make.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 17:27, closed)
Receipts and notes
Oh yes.

When pisses me off is when some idiot cashier puts a bank note into the palm of my hand, and then deposits coins ON TOP.

I will invariably have only one hand free: the other being used to hold the bag with my shopping, AND to hold open my wallet in order to put the change.

Now... how many people store their notes and coins in the same place? Not many. But these fuckwad cashiers don't seem to realise that. They think that I can just dump the contents of my palm into a single compartment.

Nowadays, when someone tries to do this to me, I insist: "Coins first please". Then I will be able to receive the coins in my palm, while using the fingers of the same hand to take the notes afterwards. It's then an easy job to slip the notes into my wallet, and then the coins into the coin compartment.

It only works that way round. If you dump the coins on top of the notes on someone's palm, with no other hands free, then they can't manipulate their fingers correctly.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 19:07, closed)
I'm neither special or unique. Just an ordinary person, but I have ideas and thoughts which I like to share with others.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 23:55, closed)

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