Just in time for the weekend, xkcd gets it right.
There are any number of snarky "ooooh! I hate football!" memes floating around the Intertubes at the moment, but you have to sort through an awful lot of "What character from Downton Abbey are you?" spam generators and "This inspiring retard will make you cry!" videos.
Yeah, I know: You're not supposed to use that word.
You're also not supposed to be amazed when people with disabilities are able to do things.
I'd rather use an appallingly offensive word in deliberate sarcasm than cop an appallingly offensive, condescending attitude for real.
Anyway, as said here several times before, I think office chatter about sports, upcoming weddings, TV shows, clothes shopping, vacations and children should be limited to the first 15 minutes of the day and thereafter the breakroom.
But it seems some people really go out of their way to find reasons to be vexed.
Can't we all just stop going out of our way to be vexed and going even further out of our way to vex each other?
If you'll stop getting all defensively pissy about people with a strong interest in sports, I promise not to go on about how much all your fussing over Downton Abbey makes me think of this:
And speaking of DB's who do not play Defensive Back...
I guess that's so that people who aren't obsessed with the game itself will also be robbed of any joy at all in the evening. I'm trying very hard not to be vexed, but it truly is a selfish thing to do.
And if this heart-warmer that got spoilered at Medium Large this morning really does airs next year, I'm coming after Ces.
And speaking of other people's obsessions:
Darrin Bell comments on an uproar that I didn't even know was happening until the anti-uproar began to hit.
The difference between me and Darrin -- well, aside from the "working hard/hardly working" thing -- is that he is required to "tap into the zeitgeist" for material upon which to comment, while I am able to avoid "rolling in the manure pits" which is roughly the same thing.
When I signed "the Archie Bunker Rule" into law decades ago -- "No-one who would not be welcome to come in here through the door is welcome to come in here through the tube" -- I didn't anticipate that it would one day encompass so many ostensibly mainstream news sources.
But well-written laws are flexible, after all.
For those (lucky buggers) who missed it, the Obamas stopped in Saudi Arabia on their way back from India for a condolence call on the new king, whose brother had died the week before.
And the same clueless goofs who thought Nelson Mandela's joyous memorial celebration was a "funeral" also apparently assume that any time someone stops by to say he's sorry your brother died, that also constitutes a "funeral."
Funny thing is, the first bit of uproar I heard was from a conservative who was praising her under the apparent impression that her choice to dress normally was a way of intentionally giving the finger to the entire Muslim world.
Well, someone was vexed, truly vexed, though this (autoplay infested) CNN commentary notes that the actual uproar and vexation in Saudi Arabia seems to have amounted to 1,500 tweets in a nation with 15 million Twitterers.
Alert Darrell Issa! This calls for an investigation!
Wait, was this a crossover conversation?
Perhaps -- aside from the truly bizarre claim-and-proof aspect -- this Juxtaposition of the Day struck me more than usual because I just did a strip-down and sys restore on my laptop in anticipation of hitting the road for a few days.
I was just going to update a few files to make sure it was current, but, when I started using it, I remembered how wonky it had become and why I had demoted it to second string. (That's a sports analogy. Get over it.)
So we dragged it back to 2009 and now I will be locked out of all sorts of places until I get home to my desktop, particularly those that insist on very specific password formats to make sure crooks can't possibly guess them and you can't possibly remember them.
Not that it was the most vexing part of the process, mind you.