Archive for the ‘Pet Peeve’ Category

Fallacy of degrees

Friday, October 27th, 2006

“It boils down to whether you’re buying knowledge on the one hand, or an anointing on the other. Some of the most knowledgeable people I know haven’t been anointed by the accredited higher ed system. The People’s Economist calls this the smart/schooled paradox.” — George Ure, urbansurvival.com

I couldn’t have written it better myself.

Grow up

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Dear Mr. Husband-on-strike,

I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to grow up and take responsibility for your actions. You did get your wife pregnant, didn’t you? Let me tell you a little secret. The world doesn’t revolve around you. That’s it. That’s the secret. The sooner you figure that out the sooner you’ll stop getting up on your roof and broadcasting to literally the rest of the world how much of a jackass you really are. Let me tell you another secret; there’s a seniority system in a family and baby trumps daddy every time. Please grow up and take responsibility for your child. It’s not even a 50/50 timeshare commitment on your end. I speak from experience that mommy and baby spend about 75% of the time together and you get the other 25%, if that. You couldn’t get more time with your baby if you wanted it.

I don’t know if you were there to witness the birth of your child. I saw mine and all I can say is, “That must have hurt!” The last thing your wife wants to do for the next two years is even think about having sex with you again. I understand that you have needs; we all do. But, you must understand that you don’t matter. Cry me a river. You willingly gave up your 23 chromosomes. You’ve done your job. Go do something else, and please stop filling up the airwaves and wasting Internet bandwidth with stories of how you are so disadvantaged. Grow up for once.

Sincerely,

Ryan Wilkins

Windows

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

Windows anything (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP) has never figured out how to make things simple. Somewhere a long time ago Microsoft strayed from the KISS principle of writing an operating system. As I sit here and curse at this Win 2k laptop trying to get Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to work, I again find myself wondering why they haven’t figured it out yet? People give me the business for switching to Mac but you know what? It works. Nearly everything is simple and intuitive. I could go on and on but I’ll just stop by saying that Windows can kiss my ass. Long live Mac OS X.

American Airlines 587

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

I’m always interested in reading the findings of airplane crashes. It helps me to be a better and safer pilot by analyzing what happened and why. One thing that tremendously irks me though is when a pilot is blamed for a crash when many other factors out of the pilots control or knowledge led to the aircraft accident. In this case, the co-pilot was blamed for “improperly” moving the rudder pedals back and forth on climb out from JFK airport. Perhaps swinging the pedals back and forth was not proper, but that action should not have caused the airplane to come out of the sky because of structural failure. There is this thing called a blowdown limit which is essentially a safety measure built into the design of some flight control surfaces, including the rudder. Basically it is supposed to prevent full deflections of these surfaces from reaching a structural failure point. So with this in mind, I have to assume that there was not enough representation on behalf of the pilots and they were seen as a convenient scapegoat. I’ve read several first hand accounts of what happens in those NTSB meetings. It’s basically a fight between all parties involved to shed blame, and understandably so since very costly litigation and settlement payouts hinge on what party takes the blame. People who think that the NTSB have the victims best interests at heart are sadly mistaken. The end result is largely driven by financial interests and not always the facts. Of course, much is driven by the flow of dough in the world. But, it still irks me.

Ballot

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

I’m not real enamered with our current Republican President, and I’m not real enamered with our Democratic Presidential hopeful. Sure, there are pros and cons to both parties. When it comes down to it, there just isn’t any good candidate for me. What there needs to be is an additional option on the presidential ballot for people that don’t care about either party. Something like “None of the above” would work for me. It should be counted as an official option and reported as such but nothing done about it more than reporting it via the news media. The remaining votes after the “None of the above” votes have been removed would dictate who wins the presidency. It should drive home the point of what percentage of people are unhappy with any presidential choice. If nothing else it would be an interesting statistic and wouldn’t cost anything to implement. I’m tempted to refrain from voting for either candidate. I’m sure some people will ridicule me for that but it is a responsible choice after all. Not voting can be just as much of a responsible and informed choice over picking one of the candidates.

So enough of the politcal party bashing. It’s pointless. I’m guilty and so is just about everyone else. It accomplishes nothing and just pisses off people for no good reason. Of course some people don’t like to hear other people’s opinions which differ from their own, and that just leads to arguements and unfortunately shapes friendships. It seems that some people can’t seperate politics from friendship and that’s just too bad. I’ve been accused of craming political messages down peoples throats. Interesting, but wrong. The fact that I post these things on my blog on my website on my server on my bandwidth that I pay for with the money that I make from my job isn’t really cramming these feelings down peoples throats. The fact that people happen to read what I wrote and disagree with me is one thing, but it’s not cramming anything down their throats. Neither is discussing it in public. It’s discussion. Cramming it down someone’s throat would be getting in said person’s face and attacking them on their thoughts and beliefs. It would be spamming them with endless emails about why they are wrong, or otherwise harassing them on issues in which they believe. I’m no saint, but I’m not cramming things down peoples throats.

Ahh well, I have other things to do now.

Retraction

Monday, August 30th, 2004

I posted something on 31-Jul-2004 that upset some people because of it’s inappropriate political content. If you were offened by that posting, I apologize. As you could tell, I was obviously upset. We all need outlets to release the pressures of stress and that was my outlet. In retrospect, it was not a wise thing to do. So it’s gone, and forgotten by me, and that’s that.

People have nothing better to do than..

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

complain.

An article in the Globe and Mail states that Canada Post, the canadian post office, has successfully lobbied a chain of pet food stores. The lobby was to get the stores to stop selling dog biscuits shaped like letter carriers. Apparently Canada Post doesn’t see the humor in the mail carrier like biscuit, especially since there have been some serious dog bites to letter carriers over the summer.

So.. My rant is that people have absolutely nothing better to do than get offended over some dog treat. It seems to me that too many people get their panties in a twist and then must take action to stop the abuse. That is, if you can call it abuse. This is the same thing as the Indians baseball Chief Wahoo debacle several years back. Those people said that Chief Wahoo was demoralizing to Indians. Yeah, Ok! Go back to your minimum wage cleaning service jobs people and start working a little harder so that you bitch a little less.. There! how is that for demoralizing? Don’t bother telling me that I’m insensitive, I already know.. and no, I don’t care.

RIAA

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted to this blog. Too busy with other things.. anyway, I’ve added a new section called “Pet Peeve”. It’s all about the things of the world that bother me.

So for the first of many things that bother me, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). They have this campaign going on to gangster Schools and Universities into forcing students to use Napster. The big win for universities is the supposed absolution by the RIAA so that the universities don’t get sued for allowing illicit music downloads. The big win for the RIAA and Napster is the constant revenue stream which they will get regardless of if anyone downloads music or not. It says in an article by The Register that “Universities across the country would end up shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars if they paid full price for Napster.” To me this sounds like the RIAA has decided that all must pay for the supposed injustice done unto the Recording Industry as a whole. They’ve already gangstered Penn State and the University of Rochester into accepting this program but, as the article states, “both Penn State and Rochester have admitted to getting steep discounts.” So basically what the RIAA is doing is using these two universities as examples of how great this program is to help fund the RIAA’s bottom line. It’s creative financing at it’s best. The reason I call it creative financing is because over the last few years, the RIAA has been announcing record profits and then coming back to say that they’re losing their shirts because piracy is hurting them so much. As with most other corporate scandals, this scheme is all about greed. Perhaps I should look up “Greed 101″ at my local community college. I must have missed the boat somewhere.