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Re: Pet peeves

Postby NathanLoiselle » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:39 pm

I hate it when people turn their Furby's into IEDs. Like why aren't Cabbage Patch Kids not good enough?
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby cmsellers » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:52 am

Another one that I was reminded of because of the people who bitch about the people who bitch about therapod dinosaurs not having feathers: "It's fiction, get over it."

I really hate when people insist that we should ignore perpetuation of inaccurate information in fiction because it is fiction. Artistic license is a thing, but it has to justify my suspension of disbelief. All-too-often the justification for inaccuracies is some combination of laziness and familiarity. It becomes a cliche, but not a cliche that serves a real purpose, and lazy, annoying, pointless cliches break my suspension of disbelief

The example that reminded me of this peeve is featherless therapods: feathered therapods cost more to animate and are less iconic, so for one or both of those reasons therapods are still presented as unfeathered, or sometimes with a few weird token feathers that don't change the dinosaur's profile.

I see the same justification being used when myths are perpetuated. I can't think of a recent example, but I can recall that I have seen such examples and the reaction has been "it's fiction, get over it." There are cases where this would make sense, such as deconstructing tropes or having a pretentious character say something notoriously false. However I definitely have seen cases where the writers were clearly presenting an urban myth as fact, and when I googled it, I found the people who bring it up being assailed with "it's just fiction, get over it."

I am pretty sure I even saw this in the Cracked comments section occasionally, when a writer would invoke a myth to make a joke, but not a joke about that myth and not in a way that suggested they knew it was untrue. And of course people would call the writer out, and several people would insist "it's comedy, get over it."
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby ghijkmnop » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:47 pm

I find your peeve similar to a couple of things, based on things I've recently seen:

1. People who post memes online that are full of lies who, when called out, say: "I don't care whether it's true as long as it raises awareness."
2. I was reading threads on Reddit yesterday on a subject that kinda bugs me: All the high-payout missions in No Man's Sky that stipulate that you kill a number of creatures (I've seen as high as 30). I do them, but it bothers me, not just because I just spent an entire mission five minutes prior FEEDING them-- but because it feels so wanton and dirty. The most common response: "They're just pixels, dude." or "It's just a game."
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby iMURDAu » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:46 pm

I get frustrated when people older than me refuse to learn how to use common technology but I understand. If the first half of your life was spent listening to vinyl records it makes sense that you wouldn't be immediately comfortable using Spotify and may prefer to not even bother. Habits are hard to break, preferences are hard to go against, learning new ways to do something you already do can feel like fixing something that isn't broken.

I get more than frustrated when people younger than me are just idiots. A customer came in to pay their electric bill today through MoneyGram. There's a $1.99 fee for doing that and the payment is posted in 2-3 days. The customer laid an android phone on the counter and paid with a debit card. I suggested just using the electric company's website and making the payment there. Immediately, not in a couple days, and for free. The reply: "I don't know how to do that". I said "Oh you just go on there and create an account and you can pay the bill there with your debit card and it doesn't cost anything." Again the reply: "I don't know how to do that".

It's just reading and following simple directions. It isn't any more difficult than making an account for any other site. But this person, and plenty others, will take time out of their day traveling somewhere to pay money in order to do something that can be done with the device they carry around with them everywhere.
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby NathanLoiselle » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:39 pm

My mom does everything in cash.
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby Australia » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:10 am

Is that because everyone pays her in singles?
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby NathanLoiselle » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:49 am

Nah. She's just that ancient.
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Re: Pet peeves

Postby iMURDAu » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:57 pm

NathanLoiselle wrote:My mom does everything in cash.


And that makes sense if you're going to be traveling to places that offer a way to pay your bills. You can't yet feed bills into your phone from the comfort of the pile of couch cushions you made a fort out of. Yet.
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