Yeah, I know. Lazy blogging. But this, after all, is why I started the blog in the first place. And posts like these are what sealed my reputation as a contrarian. So let’s have a bit of Fun Friday.
You Tube embeds on blogs.
This was not my original first choice. But I was remembering when we used to do that on Fridays. And how much it bugged me. I must say that I don’t mind these when used sparingly. Ivy had one a few days ago. But she did it right. She had the video embedded, but she told you the gist of what you were going to see if you didn’t have the time or the inclination to watch it. Aunt B. also does it right, the times she does it. She tells you about the music and then says “here, this is what I’m talking about.” But I just get so miffed when I’ve subscribed to a blog because of what a person has to say or how they say it, and you go there and all there is is a video. I’d rather they just not post that day, if they can’t gin up enough effort to go ahead and say something original. It’s the same logic that has me bugged by email forwards. I’ve told everyone close to me that if they have to forward me a cartoon or funny anecdote that it has to have a minimum of five words they wrote themselves. (Usually those words are now “I know you don’t like these but I thought this was funny.” )
Amazon’s Vine Program
Yes, this is a stupid thing to have under your skin. And I suppose it isn’t necessarily the program itself that I hate with a blinding hot passion. You see, Amazon started this Skull and Bones type secret society thing where they pick customers using a mysteriously vague set of criteria. Those people are offered a chance to become what they call Viners. That means that twice a month they get to choose from a list of free things that Amazon is “lending” them for the purpose of a review. It used to be only Advanced Readers’ Copies (ARCs) of books. The idea then was that when people came to order the book on Amazon, there would already be a review there, unlike purchasing that same book in a brick and mortar store. But then the program expanded to include other things Amazon sells. Like Wiis and VCRs and printers and $1000 software bundles. So now the book reviews generally say something like “I don’t really read romance books but” or “I generally don’t care for this type of book but” etc. Apparently to stay in the Vine program they have to generate a certain number of reviews, and apparently the “good” stuff is hard to come by. So, in the words of one Viner whose comments I read recently they “have to review books they don’t care about so they can still be eligible for the good stuff.” Never mind that considering a book to be NOT the good stuff makes me want to scream.
Commercials For Red Lobster
Let’s be honest. Red Lobster is not a restaurant where you tend to get a lot of value for your money. It’s expensive to eat there, and while the food is yummy it does cost more than I personally think it should. But they run those commercials when you are hungry and you have to see that shrimp dripping in butter and garlic and wine while you are eating saltines on the couch. It’s cruel.
This New Dog Food We Buy
I can’t remember what it’s called. It’s actually the same dog food we’ve bought for 9 years, but they’ve “improved the formula”. This improvement consists of adding a few chunks of moist food in with the dry kibble for ‘variety’. Sort of like doggie Lucky Charms. The only problem is that both of my dogs will root around in the bowl to fish out the moist bits, scattering unwanted dry kibble to the four winds. Then I either have to crawl around the floor to re-bowl the second class citizens OR suck them up with the vacuum. And now, when I try to suck them up with the vacuum, Gob enters into a vendetta with the Dyson. He follows me and the vacuum from room to room, barking indignantly at the yellow plastic creature who ate the food he didn’t want to eat but still considers his.