Friday, June 17, 2005

Repellency

After a long break, I'm back...so let's get started.

Those CNN.com polls that ask people their opinion about things they are completely unqualified to answer. "Do you think Viagra causes blindness?" NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SO HOW CAN YOU EXPECT AN ANSWER?!?

Forgetting to attach a file to an email. OH MAN I really despise myself when I do this

People who go their whole lives with theories about human behavior without ever finding out if they're completely wrong. I heard someone saying something like "I think that people are their most creative when they're tired" or some other nonsense like that. PLEASE LOOK AT THE LITERATURE OR JUST ASK ONE PERSON KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THE AREA. They will quickly tell you if you're wrong or not, and you can avoid being a 56-year-old man who is spouting personal theories that are completely wrong

Even more stupid examples of technology in classrooms that don't improve education. Thanks to JRK for the link (look at his sexy pic)

How there is no keyboard shortcut for "Paste as unformatted text"

When you bite your nails so short that it hurts

9 Comments:

Blogger Marie Christine said...

I also hate useless technology in classrooms. I took this class last year on material culture that was in the most-pimped out room in Wallenburg. It had the smart boards, the double projection screens, the robot professors . . . and guess how we made use of them? We would spend literally 20 minutes every day trying to get the board to take a picture of something, give up, and then talk about the kind of material culture that is ACTUALLY USEFUL.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Ramit Sethi said...

Arrrghh....so infuriating. I wrote a paper about stupid administrators trying to integrate technology in classrooms for no good reason ("it's cool!") a couple of years ago. Check it out if you're interested: Idealized Education: The Failure of Computers in K-12 Classrooms (PDF; not funny but a serious paper).

12:14 PM  
Blogger Blah said...

Hehehehehe, the 'have an opinion on a fact' poll...yes, that is completely counterintuitive. If it's a fact, it can't be subject to opinion, yet the modern media thinks otherwise. How nice.
If you use Firefox, get the Copy plain text extension.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Gabe Rosen said...

Some random hatreds:

- People that are really inconsistent with their special needs. You go out of your way to accomodate the vegetarian, and he informs you that he's eating meat tonight after all. Then you assume it's cool from now on, only to find out he's reverted. ALSO - major NONprops to my little brother for trying the skirt steak at some bohemian party in Big Sur yesterday, but not trying the one I slaved all afternoon preparing today.

- People who insist on being known by their full names. Sorry, no one cares what your middle name is, unless you're a death row inmate. I can't tell you how much less sympathetic I am when grading a paper by Cara Hempstead Krauthammer. Plain ol' Cara Krauthammer was on thin enough ice before.

- Double hatred if the person is one of those people (Stanford is crawling with them) for whom ethnicity is a really big deal, and uses a middle name to emphasize ethnic authenticity. Hey, Jorge HERNAN Jimenez, want a cookie?

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's totally a keyboard shortcut for paste unformatted text. You shoulda asked me, bitch.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Ramit Sethi said...

Well, what is it?

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you deleted my post. I hate you. Anyway, it's alt-e-s-u or two u's depending on which unformatted text you went. So I reiterate, you shoulda axed me.

Also, I hate folding dress pants/slacks. People pretend like it's so easy-- "just fold along the crease!!" or something. well it's not that easy you idiots. i always end up with 2 or 3 or 10 new creases that go every which way.

7:45 PM  
Blogger HKagan said...

first-not that i want to be special or different but Hawaii is the epitome of fucking generic vacation/honeymoon sites, yes this will draw some ires and offenses. but seriously be creative and think of how many great beaches and locations there must be in the world. why be a copy cat and do the easy beautiful convenient one.

second- what is the point of any of the states between california and new york? this is not about bush but what is the point of them, what do they do for the USA? could we live without them?

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So...I'm totally aware that this post is something like two years old. But I took a link from iwillteachyoutoberich and found myself scrolling through the archives. It's one of those unhealthy quirks of mine because when I find a good blog, I spend forever reading every post ever written.
Anyway...I'm a big fan of your last two hates. I cannot stand having to fiddle with my computer for two minutes to get a table or whatever for notes or a PowerPoint or whathaveyou. And biting your nails so short it hurts.... As a chronic nailbiter, God, it sucks.
Thanks for being funny and financially intelligent and connected to the tangible world (one of my hates: Bloggers who spend more time puttering the Internet looking for trendy post topics to combine and paraphrase in one of their five identical posts a day.).

2:54 PM  

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