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Do you have nerdy pet peeves?

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Postby Gordon » Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:55 am UTC

My main pet peeve are websites that have all their links open in a new browser. Have some confidence in your site for crying out loud, if it's good I'll come back! At home it's not usually a problem since I can use tabbed browsing and usually always open links in their own tab but at places like work where I'm forced to use IE6 I don't need all these windows, I know how to use the 'back' button!

I realise the links in this forum (possibly all phpBB forums) but that's a little different since I probably won't remember exactly where I was post/line when I click a link (I usually highligh the last line I was on when I leave a page for whatever reason).
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
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Postby warriorness » Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:14 am UTC

Here's another big one: Why is it improper to put punctuation outside of quotation marks? Example Bob said that the English language is "stupid", but Jane disagrees. makes more sense, since the comma is not necessarily part of the string (i.e., what Bob said verbatum), but the proper way is thus: ...is "stupid," but... which makes no sense whatsoever because it implies that when Bob was talking, there was a comma in what he said.

In spite of the rule, I always write it the sensible way on assignments, papers, etc. And I always get corrected.

It's obvious that computer scientists had no say in the development of the English language.

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Postby Lani » Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:21 am UTC

Actually, I was taught that it is correct to put punctuation inside or outside of quotes, depending on if the punctuation is part of the quote or not. For example,
She looked at the hamster and said "Mmmm!" while rubbing her hands together.
He described the ferret as "a stretched rat", and added emphatically that it was ugly.
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

funnily enough, those last two posts are fairly relevant to me... i had always thought the first way was correct, putting the marks inside, but my mum recently told me that outside is correct, so now i'm trying to do that... i'm not sure which i prefer though.
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Postby Blayze » Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:37 pm UTC

Seeing an apostrophe in an improper place. On my way to work, for example, I pass by a shop that advertises 'Pizza's'. My mum shares the same obsession, and once removed all of the apostrophes from a large chalkboard outside a shop in broad daylight.
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Postby Lani » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:25 am UTC

This has probably been mentioned before, but movies/shows that have sound traveling in space. I mean, that's just silly!
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Postby Gordon » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:36 am UTC

Even when Superman brings Lois Lane up into space so they can have their alone time??
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Lani » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:47 am UTC

If he's taking her up that high, shouldn't she be suffocating?

And come to think of it, shouldn't she be freezing at those heights?
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Postby dragonfrog » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:56 am UTC

Websites with sound. Just because I'm reading your text, what makes you think I'm not also listening to music of my own choosing? And even if I weren't, what makes you think I want to hear yours? Grrr.


lani wrote:This has probably been mentioned before, but movies/shows that have sound traveling in space. I mean, that's just silly!


A kindred spirit! I thought the space scenes in 2001 actually worked quite well, which just goes to show something or other.

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Postby Gordon » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:56 am UTC

Ya it always bugged me to, but I enjoy being a devils advocate.
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RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Lani » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:03 am UTC

This is probably just me -- but it bugs the crap out of me when movies butcher the subject of mental illness. For example, Identity with John Cusak and all those other people got Dissociative Identity Disorder comPLETELY wrong. Benny and Joon, an otherwise cute and charming movie, bugged me for the same reason.

I guess anyone will feel annoyed when the media butchers their area of knowledge, though.
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Postby Gordon » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:30 am UTC

I get annoyed when I try visiting my favourite forum and my boss looks over my shoulder... GAWD



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Meaux_Pas wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I still remember the time when Gordon left. I still wake up in the middle of the night crying and screaming his name.
I do that too, but for an entirely different reason.
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Gordon wrote:How long have I been asleep?!
Our daughter is in high school now.

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Postby Air Gear » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:57 am UTC

lani wrote:This has probably been mentioned before, but movies/shows that have sound traveling in space. I mean, that's just silly!


Let's not also forget that constant force equals constant velocity in space in so many shows. :roll:

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Postby aldimond » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:55 am UTC

Air Gear wrote:
lani wrote:This has probably been mentioned before, but movies/shows that have sound traveling in space. I mean, that's just silly!


Let's not also forget that constant force equals constant velocity in space in so many shows. :roll:


Well how do you think they overcome the... err... space resistance! I mean, there has to be space resistance! Why else would the crafts be designed so aerodynamically?

And, frequently, with wings!?!
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Postby Aoeniac » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:19 am UTC

aldimond wrote:
Well how do you think they overcome the... err... space resistance! I mean, there has to be space resistance! Why else would the crafts be designed so aerodynamically?

And, frequently, with wings!?!


I only find this strange when the particular build of spacecraft is only seen being launched from a larger spaceship or space station, as it would make sense to have aerodynamic spacecraft if they're going to be in an atmosphere at some point.

But I hate it when film makers ignore the lack of a natural up-down orientation in space, and always have space battles with the ships all facing each other all the time and all rightside up the same way.
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Postby dragonfrog » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:32 am UTC

My highschool friend's dad was an ornithologist. I watched Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves with him. Of all the outrageously silly things in that movie, he get incensed that they used the wrong birdsong samples in the forest.

I wouldn't have noticed that, but it did rather stick out that they couldn't make up their minds what kind of trees Sherwood Forest was made up of...

My favourite is the scene in Braveheart, where he meets the French princess, and in every shot, the chinstrap of her hat/whimple thingy is in a different position - covering her whole chin, just on the line of her chin, comletely under her chin...

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Postby dragonfrog » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:35 am UTC

Oooh Ooh!

Swashbuckling type movies, where the heroes wear their cloaks pinned on their left shoulders, so they expose the scabbard and hinder the sword arm. The whole point of the cloak pin being of course that you don't have to dramatically fling your cape back to fight - it's pinned back already to keep your sword arm free.

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Postby thomsedavi » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:29 am UTC

I hate magazines that use the word 'shock' on the cover.

"Jennifer Aniston SHOCK migraine SHOCK!"

I hate it when sub-literate authors like Dan Brown are quoted on the covers of books as if they're authorities on literature.

"I can't write to save myself, and yet somehow putting my name on the cover of someone else's book is supposed to benefit and promote it in some way" - Dan Brown.

I hate Dan Brown. To paraphrase an example of abysmal writing on the first page of the Vinci Code:

"The curator could see the silhouette of an albino. He could see that the silhouette of the albino had pink eyes. He apparently doesn't know what the word 'silhouette' means."

I hate that there are so many people who are actually able to read past this without going "WTF?" and throwing the book away. It's not exactly subtle, as far as hints that the author is fatally incompetent go.

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Postby thomsedavi » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:37 am UTC

lani wrote:This has probably been mentioned before, but movies/shows that have sound traveling in space. I mean, that's just silly!


Oh, this reminds me of the occasional news report where they add sound effects, or shift the timeline of a clip slightly so that something that is seen a long distance away coincides with the sound of it happening. This isn't always apparent unless you know what you're looking for — I think most people just pass it off as 'the laws of physics on television' without really thinking that they're supposed to be watching real life action. On the news, which is reputedly as close as it gets to reality as far as television goes.

Also, reality shows with continuity errors.

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Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:24 am UTC

"Quantum" and similar words when used to mean "no really, this is scientific".

"idk" meaning "I don't know", or more accurately "I either have no interest in the topic at hand or have nothing useful to offer and lack the decency to tell you so in real words." (If ever I break my sister's knuckles, it will be for that reason). "Txt msg"ings in general I find to be nonsensical and aggravating. Who is "u" anyway?

Homophones are really annoying. How does "could of" make any sense to anyone? It's "could've," abbreviation of "could have."

(femminist geekiness) I've never understood the lack of female nerds in pop culture. (big pet peeve) Why is it attractive females are often paired with noteably unnattractive males (Homer and Marge) but so rarely the opposite is featured? Do we as a culture beleive it's impossible for a woman to be unnatractive? Do sitcom writers just seek to perpetuate the idea that a woman needs a man no matter how undesireable? Is it just meant to be a fantasy for unnattractive men? Clearly, I am yet to be informed.
Furthermore, are most girls just afraid to be nerdy, or did I miss the memo that nerdy implies male?

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Postby Verysillyman » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:45 am UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:"Quantum" and similar words when used to mean "no really, this is scientific".

"idk" meaning "I don't know", or more accurately "I either have no interest in the topic at hand or have nothing useful to offer and lack the decency to tell you so in real words." (If ever I break my sister's knuckles, it will be for that reason). "Txt msg"ings in general I find to be nonsensical and aggravating. Who is "u" anyway?

Homophones are really annoying. How does "could of" make any sense to anyone? It's "could've," abbreviation of "could have."

(femminist geekiness) I've never understood the lack of female nerds in pop culture. (big pet peeve) Why is it attractive females are often paired with noteably unnattractive males (Homer and Marge) but so rarely the opposite is featured? Do we as a culture beleive it's impossible for a woman to be unnatractive? Do sitcom writers just seek to perpetuate the idea that a woman needs a man no matter how undesireable? Is it just meant to be a fantasy for unnattractive men? Clearly, I am yet to be informed.
Furthermore, are most girls just afraid to be nerdy, or did I miss the memo that nerdy implies male?


It's because the guys are the writers and main characters. Women are seldom able to actually be funny, so it's rare for them to be the star/writer.

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Postby Grincement » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:41 pm UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:(femminist geekiness) I've never understood the lack of female nerds in pop culture. (big pet peeve) Why is it attractive females are often paired with noteably unnattractive males (Homer and Marge) but so rarely the opposite is featured? Do we as a culture beleive it's impossible for a woman to be unnatractive? Do sitcom writers just seek to perpetuate the idea that a woman needs a man no matter how undesireable? Is it just meant to be a fantasy for unnattractive men? Clearly, I am yet to be informed.
Furthermore, are most girls just afraid to be nerdy, or did I miss the memo that nerdy implies male?


There is some science behind why "pretty" women are attracted to "ugly" guys but "good looking" guys aren't attracted to "ugly" women. I saw a very awfully made programme on MTV about it, however, underneath all the utter rubbish there was some truth to the argument. Unfortunately for the life of me I cannot remember what this argument was...I think it's something to do with the fact that the stereotypically male brain is more visual, that is why stereotypical women aren't so interested in porn as stereotypical men, because it does not have the same effect.

With the nerdy thing, it's not that girls are afraid it's just that society is still bringing up its kids with gender roles still in place. A 6year old girl is more likely to want to play with her dolls and play families than a 6 year old boy who will probably be playing with the "male toys" such as mechano/ k-nex (Sp?!) (again i'm stereotyping). Not because thats the way nature has told them to act but because they have grown up with adverts aiming "girly" toys at girls (ie. dolls, cookery sets) and "manly" toys at boys (ie. hot wheels, skateboards) and at that age its all about fitting in, so if girls are doing something and you're a girl, then you have to do the same, because to a six year old brain that is the norm. This follows on into subject areas as you get older. The nerdy subjects are the sciences such as physics, which is still seen as a very manly subject and that is why, i believe, there are less nerdy girls.
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Postby StuMo » Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:41 pm UTC

svk1325 wrote:I hate it when people...
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* try to memorize pi as far as they possibly can. It's pointless, since 20 decimal places is enough to draw a circle around our galaxy with +10^-6 cm accuracy.
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I don't mind using centimetres, but I despise when centimetres are used in a context in which pure metres would be as easy as centimetres. 10^-6 cm = 10^-8 m.

warriorness wrote:Another big one is overuse of "<subject> and I". I can almost stand it when people say "Me and Bob went to the store", but when people say "The gift was bought for Bob and I" it makes me want to slap them.
Why? Seems kinda backwards.

The worst thing of all is the way Americans spell SI units. There is a VERY large difference between a "metre" and a "meter". A "metre" is a unit, whereas a "meter" is a machine for measuring (e.g, an ammeter). Also, as if that simple concept didn't instantly highlight the stupidity in spelling metre "meter", consider this, bitches: THE METRE IS A FRENCH UNIT. Use the damn French spelling please.

And then there's when Americans spell litre "liter". The above arguments still stand, but there's more, the lit(re|er) [Stand back. I know regular expressions] is a special case: whenever you yanks spell litre as "liter", I have to stop and think about it, else I'll pronounce it as "lighter" or something. Perhaps that's just me, though.

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Postby digitrev » Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:55 pm UTC

StuMo wrote:The worst thing of all is the way Americans spell SI units. There is a VERY large difference between a "metre" and a "meter". A "metre" is a unit, whereas a "meter" is a machine for measuring (e.g, an ammeter). Also, as if that simple concept didn't instantly highlight the stupidity in spelling metre "meter", consider this, bitches: THE METRE IS A FRENCH UNIT. Use the damn French spelling please.

And then there's when Americans spell litre "liter". The above arguments still stand, but there's more, the lit(re|er) [Stand back. I know regular expressions] is a special case: whenever you yanks spell litre as "liter", I have to stop and think about it, else I'll pronounce it as "lighter" or something. Perhaps that's just me, though.


You think that's bad? As on Ottawan, I'm bombarded with many a spelling. So I interpret meter == metre, and liter == litre. However, my brain pronounces (li|me)ter to rhyme with greeter, and (li|me)tre in a French accent. This is what I get for taking immersion for three years. Oh well.
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Postby Arturion » Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:43 am UTC

Pet peeve: people who think that because I am "good at computers" (that phrase makes me cringe), I am inherently qualified to do tech support on any or all of their Norton / ISP / Windows ME / Wifi / Mac / E-mail / Hardware / Website / Photoshop / Random electronics problems.

Yes, I use computers a lot. (not alot, another minor peeve there)

Yes, I can program in more than one language.

No, that does not mean I automatically know how to fix a problem with software or hardware I never use! :x In some cases, yes, I can apply my gained intuition, but *call tech support*. Their job is to take your call. They get paid to fix your problems, and have product-specific knowledge (at least most of the time) too!

That feels better. Now if only my family and their friends would read the xkcd fora.

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Postby StuMo » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:33 pm UTC

I thought of something to post in this thread, but then I forgot it. So that's something that I hate very much, forgetting things that I was just about to say.

No, this isn't meta, because this thread is ``nerdy pet peeves'' and lots of people forget things. :P

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Postby aldimond » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:48 pm UTC

Nerdy peeve: when people use "meta" as an adjective.

It's not a damn adjective. It's a prefix. Damn it.

Hm.

If it is an adjective, it's a meta-adjective.
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:53 pm UTC

:O :O

(that's a meta:O because it is :Oing at the other :O)
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Postby Lani » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:57 pm UTC

Thomas, did you eat a massive amount of sugar or something? :D
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:00 pm UTC

haha, no... i guess i'm making up for a couple of days of xkcd-inaction or something :)
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:06 pm UTC

aldimond wrote:If it is an adjective, it's a meta-adjective.


Meta adjectives are adverbs.

Bright Green Raptor, for example. Adverb, Adjective, Noun.

Terrifying, Blindigly Bright Green Raptor: Adjective, Adverb, Adverb, Adjective, Noun.
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:22 pm UTC

an adverb describes a verb, wouldn't a meta adjective have to describe an adjective?
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Postby no-genius » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:11 pm UTC

lani wrote:Thomas, did you eat a massive amount of sugar or something? :D


heheh....
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Postby fjafjan » Sun Jan 21, 2007 3:00 am UTC

Arturion wrote:Pet peeve: people who think that because I am "good at computers" (that phrase makes me cringe), I am inherently qualified to do tech support on any or all of their Norton / ISP / Windows ME / Wifi / Mac / E-mail / Hardware / Website / Photoshop / Random electronics problems.

Yes, I use computers a lot. (not alot, another minor peeve there)

Yes, I can program in more than one language.

No, that does not mean I automatically know how to fix a problem with software or hardware I never use! :x In some cases, yes, I can apply my gained intuition, but *call tech support*. Their job is to take your call. They get paid to fix your problems, and have product-specific knowledge (at least most of the time) too!

That feels better. Now if only my family and their friends would read the xkcd fora.


Well tech support usually fucking sucks, and in my experience the number of issues one can have with a computor are nearly fucking infinite, a good illustration of this is look at the Pirate bay comments of any one program/file, and see how many people have problems in one way or another.
Anyway, I largely agree with you, personally, just looking around solves most problems, and as long as you have a backup of important shit if you do something critical reformatting is always an option
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Postby StuMo » Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:17 pm UTC

I dislike it when languages that are supposed to be syntactically similar aren't syntactically similar. For example, in C, something quoted in 'single' quotes is a char equal to the character code (ASCII on nearly all computers) of the letter quoted. For example '\n' == 10 and 'a' == 97 (I think..).
BUT, in PHP, something quoted in single quotes is a string literal that doesn't get parsed through to expand out the $variable crap. These are two kinda different uses of single quotes... (They both have cool uses, though. Yes, "cool". I do like them both.)

Very much worse than the aforementioned inconsistency is that in C and PHP, you use "else if", but in JavaScript you use "elseif". Ow...

I hate in some Windows programs (and in aMSN on Linux, but not in any GNOME programs that I know of), when you move the mouse in some weird places, it changes the cursor so that it's facing northeast (assuming that up is north), it feels hideous. And when you click on a hashy scrolly link, and then afterwards you scroll away up or down, and you still have the #anchor on the end of the URL in the address bar, even though my actual position in the page is completely different! It's "uncomfortable", somehow. It feels weird.
Oh, and when you try to grab, using the mouse, at something physically on the desk. That's the worst, too.
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Postby StuMo » Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:20 pm UTC

Oh, and whenever I say a word beginning with "GN...", with a SILENT G, I usually end up saying it with a hard G because of how GNU and GNOME are pronouced. :(
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Postby Alisto » Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:49 am UTC

This isn't a nerdy pet peeve, but it also doesn't warrant its own thread:

TV shows where they show a person in a restaurant, waiting for the date to arrive.

Let's say I'm supposed to meet you at some place for dinner. If you're not there when you're supposed to be there, I don't get a table and wait; I just wait. If you're 15 minutes late, I call. I do not sit there like an idiot.

The only way I'm sitting at that table is if I have already spoken to you on the phone and you're on your way. Or, if we've made reservations. But even then, I'm not sitting there for more than 20 minutes.
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Postby une see » Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:04 am UTC

Hate when people misspell words by only one letter. Irks me to no end. Examples: beastiality, dependant, existance, etc.

Hate when anyone reads over my shoulder.

Hate when people enter into an argument with me, and I actually use logic to defeat their ridiculously stupid ideas. And then they have the gall to say that I don't make any sense. Hate, hate, hate. And when they insist on defending said beliefs, using poorly worded insults and general stupidity to try to combat actual reason, even after I have completely proved them wrong.
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Postby Alisto » Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:23 am UTC

Internet shorthand. If you're going to talk to me, have the courtesy to spell out the words. Is hitting two extra keys really such an ordeal that you have to spell it 'r'?

The worst is when you don't actually save any keystrokes. "n e way" for example. YOU ARE TYPING AN EXTRA CHARACTER! WHY?!
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Postby German Sausage » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:20 am UTC

my theory is that they were dropped on heads as babies.
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