Posts tagged ‘complaint’

Charlie Brown Commercialization

Do you think Charlie Brown would object that his own little tree has been commercialized? $20 for a replica—and plastic no less—tree.  I’m sure he would be appalled.  You can buy yours on Amazon.

December 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Commercials

I think there should be a rule put in place about commercial repetition. I get tired of the same commercial playing over and over and over. A specific commercial should only be able to run once every 2 hours on a given channel. Also, they should have a short expiration date. Think of the Superbowl – all new commercials that people actually watch and you don’t see the same one twice.

If ABC has to run 6 minutes of commercials to pay the bills, at least give me some variety.

November 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

Attempting to watch Discovery Channel videos

Has anyone else noticed how terrible The Discovery Channel is about it’s online videos?  Want to catch an episode of Mythbusters you missed?  Well, you can watch a few portions of it, in the form of a 13 clip playlist – with a 30 second commercial between each one.  Oh, and did I mention that the video clips are as short at 17 seconds?

Perhaps, if you could actually see the whole episode this way, I could deal with it.  You would be able to jump to the part you care about – but no.  Half the time the necessary portions of the show aren’t even available.

What’s the point of posting twenty 20 second clips that don’t resolve the show?

June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Annoying Hockey Fans Waving at the Cameras

Watching the NHL playoffs, and really any regular season game, I notice a handful of people who think it’s awesome to stand up in front of the camera in the middle of the game. The like to wave and jump around and are usually on their cell phone talking to their buddy: “Can you see me now?”.

The ushers at the hockey games do a good job prohibiting people from returning to their seats until there is a stoppage in play. This is a courtesy to both the patrons attending the game and the viewers at home as the progression of people up the stairs usually interferes with the camera views.

I think the ushers should make an example of these idiots who continually standing/waving/jumping around. Yes, they are distracting the viewers at home and blocking views of the game, but they are also annoying the people around them.

Kick them out. Set the example with a few and the problem will go away. Just like everyone respects standing at the section entrance until a stoppage in play – setting the rule in place now will make it common courtesy in the future.

May 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm 1 comment

One Birthday Card for everyone

Have you ever stood at the card racks at the store for 20 minutes trying to find just the right birthday card?  If not, have you ever stood with someone for 20 minutes while they looked for a card?

Why do we do this?  I know you want to get a meaningful card, but really.  Do you keep all the cards you get?  Maybe for a week, but sooner or later they get pitched, no matter how funny or clever the card was.  And in some cases, the card you spent so much time painstakingly picking for the birtday boy ends up being a dupliate of a card someone else has given.

So I ask, why not publish one birthday card for everyone?  Publish it in 4 colors, all with the same wording.  You’ve just saved yourself 20 minutes.  And you can personalize the card and make it really funny or extra meaningful by writing your own words inside. 

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Or, I’m even open to a mad lib style card.

Dear ________,

I want to wish you a _______ birthday.  You are __________________.   I hope you ______________________.  Happy Birthday!

Love _________.

Dear Sally,

I want to wish you a happy 34th birthday. You are the best. I hope you get all the presents you asked for. Happy Birthday!

Love Steve.

June 29, 2009 at 9:45 am 1 comment

Mini Ketchup Packets – WHY?

If you were a restaurant owner or ketchup maker, why would you package ketchup in 0.6 oz packets? Have you ever seen a customer take just one packet? No, they end up taking a handful and squirt them all over their tray so they can dip fries in them. Even if you only wanted 0.6 ounces worth of ketchup for your hamburger and you ask the drive-through attendant for ketchup, you know you’re getting a handful of packets.

Why do I care? It seems to be a big waste. Not only in costs and resources to make mini packets, but also in my time to have to open 6 packets to have enough for my fries.

May 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

Wii, Playstation, Save Game Progress – Annoying

Recently I picked up Tiger Woods 09 for Wii.  Here is my interaction every time I go to save my progress:

Wii:  “Do you want to save Now?”

Me:  “Yes”

Wii: “User Steve already exists.  Do you want to overwrite?”

Me: “Yes”

Wii: “Are you sure?”

Me: “Yes”

Wii:  “Saving.  Do not turn off power or hit reset.”

Wii: “Save Complete”

Me: “OK”

After five dialog boxes I finally have saved my progress and can interact with the menu again.  What a pain.

April 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

HELP! My System Tray is Overflowing

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Does your System Tray look like this?  Believe it or not, I’m pretty anal retentive about my desktop, email folders, and especially my taskbar and system tray.  I need minimal clutter – everything in one of these places should be there for a reason.

Luckily, most programs give you some control over where and when they display.  Winamp is by far the best example I’ve found of allowing customization though.  You can choose if Winamp will show in the taskbar, system tray, both, neither, and the icon if you choose to show it in the system tray.

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Anyway, for those of you interested in cleaning up your taskbar/system tray, check out these step by step instructions.

March 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm 1 comment

Charmin: Just Not Right

I saw this commercial last night and it didn’t sit well with me.

December 15, 2008 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

FOX’s Fringe Review

Episode #3, “Ghost”

I’ve watched the first three episodes of Fringe on Fox. Overall I like the show, but I have one main issue with it. The timeline.

The show starts with an attack on a city bus. When the agents arrive on the scene, they are told that the attack took place at 8:14 this morning. So we know that best case, it may be as early as 9 AM. The climax of this episode, disregarding plot setup for next week, ends at approximately 5:30 PM. However, our agents know where to find the bad guys an hour before they are set to meet, which is at 5 PM. Therefore, between approximately 9AM and 4PM, the Fringe agents only have to accomplish the following:

  • Move the bus to a secure area
  • Remove all the passengers from their ‘frozen’ state
  • Identify each person
  • Watch video from a passengers camera to determine that a bag was missing from the bus
  • Analyze the substance from the bus
  • Recreate the substance
  • travel to Massive Dynamic to follow up about the three exclusive chemicals used to make the substance
  • Alert the DEA that one of their people had been killed and have them ID the body
  • Obtain a search warrant for a person who has had ‘visions’ of the attack
  • Search the visionaries house
  • Interrogate the suspect
  • Setup and give the suspect and MRI
  • Determine that the suspect is not lying and may be part of some long lost experiment
  • Convince the suspect to go to a lab, drill into his head and use his visions to solve the crime
  • Drive across town to the Dr.’s old house, break in, and find an old piece of equipment he hid in the walls
  • Hook up the suspect to the equipment, dial into the messages being sent, and translate Latin phrases that give away the location of the next meeting

I know there are bigger things one could argue as plausible with this show, for instance, most of the science. But, for some reason I have less of a problem with that than the pace that the show takes.

September 24, 2008 at 9:56 am 1 comment

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