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Hurray For The Goddamned Idiot!

Who gives a shit what one white kid thinks?

Since the box I was given to put my stuff in when we moved offices disappeared without a trace, I have a new philosophy about personal belongings at work:

Pack it in, pack it out. 

In NYC people stare at you like you’re an asshole if you order coffee from them and forget that you have to tell them whether or not you want them to put stuff in it. 

They just stare at you like you’re an asshole. 

In other parts of the country, you order coffee at a coffee place, they just give you the fuckin coffee. 

Cream and sugar are your own responsibility. 

Courtney Stanton:

[T]his is not a workflow designed around sharing information and communicating about it. This is a workflow designed to make people click on things.

Her post is not about Facebook, but it reminds me of Facebook’s redesign, which seems to inconvenience and annoy most users…and I say that was exactly what it was meant to do. You have to make more clicks to get where you’re going. You have to spend more time on the site to find the things you want to see. And that is by design. Because you are not the customer. You are the product. Your eyes and your little mousing fingers. Remember that.

A still from the movie _To Catch A Thief_ featuring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. The bottom button of Grant's jacket is--horror of horrors--buttoned.

I guess Cary Grant is on Jesse Thorn’s shit list, along with JFK.

I know this is well-trod ground by now but I have to say, it doesnt matter if you like it or not, the shit you’re saying about a 13-year-old girl is so fucking reprehensible it defies belief.

Clothing stores: Please do not display your bow ties tied.

There are 2 good reasons for this.  One, obviously, wrinkles.  I just bought it and I already got to iron it?  A shirt, sure, but a tie?  Bull shit.  Two:  At first glance a customer might assume they are those abominable fake bow ties, until a closer look—if they get that far—reveals the knots to be slightly irregular. 

I admit they look nice on the shelf.  Plus it demonstrates that someone on your staff not only knows how to tie a bow tie but likes to spend his* morning tying a whole bunch of them.  Congratulations. 

Hang or roll instead.  (I think with a bow tie, hanging would be preferable, no?) 

*I’m gonna assume it’s a he, right?  If not, that’s even stranger. 

Jackie Mitoo

Subject: u hrd a ths guy?
From: A.H. <*********@*****.com>
To: Matt Hiebert <************@*******.net>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2010 21:05:50 GMT-0600 (MDT)

Subject: Re: u hrd a ths guy?
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:12:51 -0600
From: M. Elias Hiebert <************@*******.net>
To: A.H. <*********@*****.com>

I am aware of the Skatalites of course, but I’d never heard his solo stuff.  My knowledge of ska is elementary at best.  Mucho thanks for making me hip to Totally…ToGETHer.  I’ve listned to it 3 times already.  Mello track, sweet like blackberry.  You have to love that organ.  Th toon reminds me of Santana’s “Evil Ways”.

I know I’ve seen this album cover before, but I don’t know where.  Probably in Waxpoetics, which is a great magazine if ye’r innerested in obscure (or at least somewhat-off-the-main-road) rekids.  I shld go thru my old issues and see if they ever did a feature on Mitoo.  He seems like just their type.  Waxpoetics turnd me on to Joe Bataan, whose “Chili Beans” populates many uv my mixtapes.  It’s right up there with "Mr. Tough" as one of my favorite powerjams.

I’m frustrated today on account of this new SD card I bought is being very unreliable in Jen’s camera.  I have a digital walkman that uses “Micro” SD cards so I thought I’d be very clever (yes, you and I know that’s always a bad idea) and get a Micro SD card with an adapter so’s we cld use it in th walkman and camera both.  I don’t know if the camera can’t handle that or if the card is the wrong speed or what the heck th problem is.  SD cards have different speed ratings but I find the manufacturer seldom tells you what it is, so you don’t know if yr card is fast enuf fr yer device.  Capacity shouldnt be the issue.  It’s 2GB, and we have a 2GB card that we’ve been using in the camera for years with no trouble.  My new card works fine in th walkman tho, so it’s not a total loss.  I’ve lookt all thru th manuals & stuff to try and find out what cards are and arnt compatible with th camera, but guess what, no information, and the internet is no help either.  Bawlshit.

When you say I can download it for “free,” just give you my email…that’s not free.  When you say you won’t sell my email or use it for anything else, I believe you; but the act of putting my email on the web is what generates spam.  It doesnt matter what you do. 

It’s not a gift.  It’s a trade.  That’s fine: I’ll decide whether the trade is worth it or not.  Just don’t call it free. 

PC vs Mac

PCs are cheap, customizable, easier to crack open, and you can buy, fix, service, and upgrade them without ever going to the fucking Apple store.

In evry other respect tho, Macs win.