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Jun. 16th, 2007

01:34 am - Spotted in the wild: a genuine Cranky Old Man!

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This article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (or as I like to call it, Seattle Pi) is about the problem of false fire alarms at Seattle Civic Center buildings, triggered by burnt microwave popcorn.

You can read the article if you like but what I want to call attention to is the comments (scroll down and click the "Soundoff" link at the end of the article. Then scroll down and look for the first comment by statman. He is convinced that microwave ovens, digital cameras and iPods are "completely USELESS contrivances", purchased only by "self-important, moronic consumers", and that when he wants popcorn, he prefers Jiffypop or "good old Red Mill popcorn". Then when fluffdoc tries to argue with him, he shoots back no less than four comments insulting fluffdoc and bemoaning materialism and the obsolescence of modern products. All he's missing for the full Cranky Old Man effect are the phrases "in my day" and "we liked it just FINE".

As of this writing, the last comment on the page is statman saying "What is that I hear...............crickets?" If I felt like registering with Seattle Pi, I'd be tempted to post a comment saying "You'll notice what you don't hear is fluffdoc, or anyone else, saying 'Gee, maybe you're right, statman.'" Or possibly "And yet you own a computer..." :}

Current Mood: mischievousmischievous

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From:discopanda
Date:June 16th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
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The microwave that I had in my dorm room (it's currently sitting in storage now though) /always/ needed the entire maximum time shown on thae package just to pop the popcorn... Then again, it /was/ only 620 watts, and it /was/ made in the late '70s... ;-)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 16th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
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He does have a bit of a point (and, like all crackpots, stretches it out and stubbornly sticks to it, shouting out all other views), in that things made a while ago (ie before the "consumer age" started) were built to last, today things fall apart. It's called either "planned obsolescence" or "make them that way so that they buy more. After all buying 'the last one you'll ever need' ain't going to make *us* a lot of money, now will it?"
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From:zorro456
Date:June 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
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Well it is like the difference between a good skillet for cooking and the cheap ones.

They make the kind that will out last you....But they cost more that $100 each.

So most people buy the $10 version.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 17th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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True, but I also had things like the Centennial Light in mind as well, possibly not really different from the bulbs you and I use (although in Canada (I don't know about US) they will eventually have all lights replaced with those new-fangled curly things) but it lasts a LOT longer. If they sold bulbs today that lasted for 100 years, bulb companies would go out of business quickly. You think 100 years of technological innovation would *extend* a light bulb's life, not drastically decrease it ...
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From:typographer
Date:June 16th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
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There's a reason I don't read comments sections on things like news sites and such any longer.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 16th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Even worse is YouTube, where most of the comments seem to be teenagers calling each other "fag" and "dumbass", or posting moronic chain-letter comments.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 17th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
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Thankfully none of that on my video. (Although that probably means no one is watching. I haven't decided if that's good or not.)
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From:yakko
Date:June 17th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
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Probably would be good to just disable comments on YouTube anyway. Your friends will still give you feedback in better places, and you won't have to babysit a bunch of prepubescent 14 year olds acting like 4 year olds.
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From:yakko
Date:June 17th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
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I got rid of all my syndicated LJ feeds for comics for this same reason. As they were driven by RSS anyway, Sage replaced them, so I get the comics and no "BOOBIES!" or "FIRST POST" crap.
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