Former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford passed away today at 46 from a battle with Cancer.
Most Americans know him from the press he got a few years ago for drug problems and his big goofy personality but I just wanna pay respect to a guy who from what I've read was actually a good politician despite some other issues.
Cancer fucking sucks and has impacted all of us in some way or another. Whatever you think about Rob Ford he was still someone's dad, son and husband. 46 is way too young to go.
R.I.P. Rob Ford
In life there are obviously gonna be things that get under your skin. You gotta try to not sweat the small stuff and let things go. Sometimes no matter what there are gonna be stupid little things that drive you insane.
The difference between just regular old pissed off and irrationally pissed is simply this....with something "regular" it's normal and probably drives most people insane like traffic, Hillary Clinton or people who are rude to wait staffs.
With irrational anger it is caused by something that when you step away for a second can realize is not a huge deal and may be flat out insignificant but no matter what really grinds your gears and really pisses you off. Beautiful thing about irrational anger is that it's always changing so here is what I thought of yesterday, if I see something happening out and about or online it could easier bump on of these off.
With all that being said he is my personal countdown of 10 things that really aren't a huge deal but drive me bananas.
10. WBRU Not Playing Alternative on Sundays
This one is very localized, if you don't live in Rhode Island (or near the border) you probably don't know what WBRU is.
BRU is only legit radio station in the state that plays alt rock, but they only do it 6 days a week. On Sunday's they totally change up their format and play rap. I love this station but it does have a lot of issues that piss me off....They play way too much Nirvana and other old over played rock...not enough newer stuff to give artists that are actually alive a chance, and some of the on air talent is straight up awful, l but no Alt rock on Sundays is by far their biggest injustice.
Now I'm not totally against rap there is a lot of it that I like, but it drives me insane that BRU does this when there are multiple rap/hip-hop stations in RI and only 1 alternative one. On Sundays when you're driving and wanna hear the Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Florence + the Machine or whatever other bands you like you're SOL. BRU needs to get rid of 360 on Sundays and play rock all week.
9. People Who Leave The Sticker on Their Fitted Hat
I'll admit I was guilty of this too back in the day when I was like 13 aka an idiot. This was cool like a decade ago but now if you do it you look like an ass hole. Trends die and you need to be able to stay with the times. There's literally no reason to do this in 2016, it looks so stupid, if you're out of middle school and still leave the sticker on your hat it's time to grow up.
8. Texting Non-iPhone Users
Admittedly, of all the things on this list, this is probably the most stupid thing to actually get mad about but here I am. Idk what is but just something about seeing the texts in green and not blue that rubs me the wrong way.
When texting with an apple user you can see when they are typing, if the message has been delivered and if they have read the message. These are all huge for when you're laying your heart out on the line to someone, in a fight or just are low key crazy (like me). I personally love seeing the dots for typing and then they end up not sending a text. That will make you wonder for hours what's going on. They are just nice features to have on your phone and when you are texting a peasant samsung or droid user it just isn't the same.
7. People Who Call Fall "Autumn"
This is also stupid but at the same time very serious. I just did a little research (looked it up on wikipedia) and apparently "Autumn" is the technical term but it is referred to as Fall in the U.S. and most of North America so thats the way it goes.There are four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Not autumn it's called fall, only try hard ass holes call it autumn. Overtime words change and lose their meaning....autumn is out and fall is in. Get with the times. Fall is my favorite season so I take this very personal.
It's the same with people that call dinner "supper" or over pronounce words. This is kind of an umbrella for people who try to stand out and show off by using stupid words and over pronouncing. If you say "matoor" instead of mature I hate your guts.
My mom says "sow-ph-more" instead of sophomore and I love her and everything but it makes my blood boil, I've tried to correct her a million times but she still says it wrong.
I get that there are different words and dialects across the country like some people may not like us Rhode Islanders calling water fountains bubblas but tough shit. It's a bubbla. You can eat dinner in the fall, but you don't have supper in autumn.
6. People who respond to texts with "K"
This is where things get a little more serious. There is nothing more frustrating than when you spend time with either an important or heartfelt text and just get "K" as a response. It's just rude. How hard is it to just say ok or actually maybe take the 5 seconds to text a proper response.
Don't be this kind of person.
When someone sends you a text, use a little bit of manners and at least two letters to respond. IMO the biggest problem with texting communication is how it can be very difficult to tell the tone of the situation. I personally am pretty sarcastic and joke around a lot but sometimes the context can be tough to get through a text. When you send the dreaded "K" it comes off as rude IMO. If you do this simply to save time or whatever just know the person on the other end of the conversation may not take it the same way.
Lets make the "K" text a thing of the past.
5. People Who Leave The Keyboard Volume Up On Their Phone
Third phone related pet-peeve but I promise this is the last one and will be quick. To me there's few things more annoying than when you're hanging out with people and they're texting with the keyboard volume on their phone. That clicking is so annoying and shouldn't even be a feature on an phone. With how often we all are on our phones we should have proper phone etiquette by now. Turn off the clicks. Nobody wants to hear that shit.
P.S. Turn the volume on your phone off too when texting. Nobody wants to constantly here a little chirp... Vibrate is king.
4. People Who Ask The Score Of A Game When It's On TV / Where It's Being Played
Now I understand not everybody as big into sports as I am. That's totally fine. I have no issue with that at all. We all like our own things.
What I do hate however is when I'm watching a game and someone asks the score. It's not 1968 anymore, there are graphics on the screen in every sport throughout the game that have the score, time left, and other specific things for whatever sport it is...ie. down and yards to go in football or shot clock in basketball. Just look at the tv for .2 seconds and you'll be able to see what is going on.
Same goes for when someone asks where the game is at. In some situations I get it, like the Super Bowl or NCAA tournament, anywhere really when it's on a neutral site and there's nothing that really distinguishes where the game is being played.
But if I'm watching basketball if you just look at the court you'll be able to see to read a million things on the court that let you know where the game is being played.
Pretty easy to tell even to a non sports fan that the Celtics are playing at home here.
3. Local Rhode Island Businesses TV Commericals
Idk if its the low production value, awful attempts at humor or just the sleaziness of the people in the ads but I cannot stand local tv ads. Rob Levine....The Heavy Hitter and Jordan's Furniture are by far my least favorite. Theres a lot of other ones I can't stand either, Bob's Discount Furniture, Tarbox dealerships, Walt's Roast Beef, and so on and so forth.
There are a ton of awful local ads but something about Rob Levine makes me want to do bad things to good people. Whenever I see or hear Rob Levine I can feel my skin cringe. He's such a hardo, always trying to show off his arms and is always pandering using baseball as his number one selling point. New England loves the Red Sox and Rob Levine and Elliot from Jordan's Furniture know that and will shove it down your throat to try to make money.
Elliot from Jordan's just creeps me out. Something about him is just off. Probably the fact that he is bald and has a white ponytail. Time to give it up bud.
I could go on for hours but I just can't stand local ads. They have the worst jokes ever, are gimmicky as hell and are on tv way too often.
2. Beer Snobs and Bars That Don't Sell Bud Light
There is almost nothing worse than a beer snob. Probably a hipster, probably majored in something stupid, probably hates you because you like Bud/Miller/Coors light. They look down on you for drinking Bud Light...you know, the most popular beer in the United States.
They love their home-brewed, quadruple hop, twice brewed, mega barley, ultra rare, 18.3 APV IPA's that taste like old coffee mixed with dirty bath water. Some beer whose name is usually like two sentences long.
These are the people who are constantly talking about the APV in their beer and basically are trying to show off with how into beer they are. Newsflash nobody cares or is impressed.
If that's what you like cool, drink it idgaf.
But don't think you're better than me or anybody else because we're drinking Bud Light. I like a lot of different beers too and even some craft beers but sometimes you gotta go with the classic. Bud Light is basically the Diet Coke of beers. At the end of the day we're all drinking for the same reasons, to relax and unwind....Maybe to forget. Just don't give me a hard time because I enjoy the most popular beer in America.
The only time it's okay to be a beer snob is when someone is drinking like Keystone or Natty after they're 18. Grow up and spend a couple more bucks for Bud or Coors. Just kinda scummy. Do you drink Burnettes still too?
With these people there is a runoff because some of them may actually own bars and refuse to sell Bud Light. Usually they'll say something alone the lines of "that's water" or 'that's not even beer" it's such a try hard move. You're only gonna upset the customer. I love going to Piano Bar in Providence but they don't sell Bud Light. It's a joke, it's hands down the most popular beer in America but you are too good for it? ...Okay
1. People Who Give Their Dog a "Human Name"
I'm a big dog lover. They are approximately 2802483947234921202840923675092 times better than cats in literally millions of ways. The only edge cats have over dogs is that they are basically born house broken and they can fall from decently high heights and not get hurt...Hate cats but thats pretty bad ass, I'll give credit where credit is due.
Getting a dog is a big deal and one of the first things you need to do is give it a name so it has an identity and will make training much easier.
There are some monsters out there who will name a dog like John or Mark. That is lunacy to me.
There are human names and there are dog names. Dog names are supposed to be cool or cute. Not named after your weird uncle or something.
Obviously there are some exceptions. IMO if it is a weird name or something old that can be kind of cool sometimes. But you don't want to be naming your dog Bill or Susan. Just doesn't work.
This is sort of rare because most people know this is how society and life works but whenever I meet someone and they have a dog with a traditional human name idk why but it pisses me off wicked bad. It's almost unforgivable and that is what puts that at number 1 on my list.
So what do you think? What are somethings that in the grand scheme of things are huge deal but just really piss you off? Feel free to share in the comments if you agree/disagree or think theres something I missed.
I've been meaning to tweet about this for a while but since I have this new platform where I'm not held back by a character limit I'm just going to say it......Wtf is instragram doing with these new minor yet awful changes?
For those of you who don't know Instragram, or IG as I like to call it recently updated how likes are shown for videos and pictures. You may have not even noticed because you're probably a normal person with important things in their life. I am not.
Before whenever you posted a picture or video, until you got 11 likes on said picture or video it would simply list the names of the users who liked it. Then when you got to 11 likes and beyond it just said X likes, giving you a real sense of accomplishment, that yeah you might be a 20 something loser with no prospects in life, but you could take pride in, at least my picture of my new shoes got 32 likes. Now if you get 8 likes on a post, instead of listing the 8 users like before, it will simply say "8 likes" like this
This is absolute bullshit and I'll tell you why.
Whether you want to admit it or not social media for the most part is about narcissism. Why else would someone want to people post a shitty picture of the ocean, their meal or a selfie? There is no other reason to explain why a girl would post a selfie with a stupid song lyric or quote that makes no sense in the context of the picture other than to get the brief satisfaction of knowing that 172 people took .2 seconds to double click their iPhone screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, nobody appreciates female beauty quite like ole dozo, but lets call a spade a spade shall we? Is it stupid at it's core? yea probably, but for the most part we all do it. People want the likes and attention from others. It is some how satisfying. I do it too. It is okay. Everybody just wants to be accepted and appreciated at the end of the day, thats just part of the human condition (I think)
Obviously there are some other reasons to use social media but everything I just said is true (maybe). Social media can be amazing to break news, share info between the masses, bring people together and share a good laugh, the list of its benefits goes on. I love social media but that is all it really is, when you break it down, people wanting praise and acceptance from others and we want to brag about the things that go well in our lives. That is part of the human condition, and again it is normal (I think). Whether you want to admit it or not. Yeah I want to make people laugh on twitter, but how do you measure the success? Usually by retweets or favorites (I'll always call it favorites not likes)
But at the end of the day what instagram is ruining social darwinism. We need to let cream rise to the top.
Per example: My duck coloring (as much as I liked it) didn't have what it takes to make it as an 11 liker. (S/o the 8 people who enjoyed my bomb ass duck) I should have to deal with the consequences of posting in the world of Instagram a shitty picture. In this case, shame for being a failure on IG. Now people are being taken off the hook, as when you're quickly scrolling you may not notice the difference between 3 likes and 23 likes on a pic/video.
The 11 like plateau is what separated people, because lets face it if you can't get 11 likes on a picture you're a loser. I've had friends text me asking to give them the 11th like. It is something about the fact that it is a 11 too that makes it so much more satisfying, to know you finally made it. That little extra difference from 10 to 11 makes all the difference.
People toss around likes on IG like candy on Halloween. If one of my friends puts something up I'll like it regardless of what it is around 80% of the time. It's not like twitter where for a normal person to get 11 favorites it either needs to be a fire tweet or they're a hot chick with thirsty followers, in which case they aren't really a normal person. Normal people aren't hot that is what makes them normal, hot people are hot people.
Now like all things in society, we are coddling the people who aren't as good, or as pretty or as funny or fill in the adjective . If you post something that sucks and get 2 likes you should have to deal with that fact that you're a loser and can't even catch a few pity likes. It sucks, but for the most part we've all been there.
I'll admit it, it is why I don't post a ton of stuff on IG. Who wants to be a failure? It is what stops most of us from trying a lot of things in life.
But a major problem with today's day in age is letting people be ok with mediocrity. It's not okay, if you aren't as good as someone at something you shouldn't be treated the same, someone's 4 like picture should not be treated the same as someone else's 400 like photo. That's just not fair for the talented people. That isn't how life works in the real world and needs to be stopped in schools and on social media . Even with something as trivial as a post on Instagram. If you post something and it sucks you gotta be able to deal with it.
Plus and more importantly than all that psychological bullshit I was just spewing, it takes away from the most important part of the 11th like, the thrill, the chase. If you have a post that is right on the cusp of 11 likes, you may have been watching your phone just waiting for that 11th like to come. When it does it's like hitting a buzzer beater or something that feels good to people who don't understand basketball analogies. Maybe like how you feel after finishing a good book. Now that feeling of euphoria, success and relief is gone. Thanks a lot instagram. You're taking away my Tiger Woods fist pump from me that I do once I get the elusive 11th like. Now what do I have to live for if I can't watch the same picture of Fenway I post every time I go from a list of 10 instragram users to "11 likes"? They're stealing joy from us and I just won't take that lying down.
Now that brings me to the IG Video issue: Now with videos they got rid of showing the total number of likes completely and instead it will say X views. This is also bullshit, my dumb brain still calls "likes" on twitter "favorites" because I don't really like change. So now when you or I look at a video on insta and see "302,394 views" at first your brain is going to think "Wow that got a ton of likes" when it is really just stupid views which mean nothing, I'll view something online all the time and hate it, that shouldn't be what we see immediately on IG. It is false advertising IMO.
Look at this video (screenshot of a video) of my beloved Boston Celtics for example, saying it has 46,799 views which I guess is cool. When in reality this video only had 13,054 likes at the time of when I first screenshot this picture. Again, false advertising.
I'm just saying Instagram had a good thing going and they had to try and get all cute and messed everything up. (Or not at all if you are a normal person and don't care about stupid shit like I do). I for one am not about it at all. If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.
Via USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/03/02/student-swipes-nude-photo-sc-teacher-took-husband/81207238/?hootPostID=3975027de5a5899478875d372ce07673
(Leigh Ann Arthur taught in Union, S.C., for 13 years. Then her decision to leave her unlocked phone on her desk on Feb. 19 put an end to her career. While she was on hall patrol duty for five minutes in between classes, the engineering and computer programming teacher at Union County Career and Technical Center says a 16-year-old student grabbed her phone and found a nude photo she had taken for her husband for Valentine's Day, per NBC News and WSPA. "He took pictures from his cell phone of that and then he told the whole class that he would send them to whoever wanted them," Arthur tells WSPA. After class, the student told her, "Your day of reckoning is coming," Arthur says. It was only later she found out the photo had been seen.
The student indeed shared the photo through texts and on social media, superintendent David Eubanks tells WYFF, adding Arthur was given the choice to resign or go through a process for dismissal. She resigned last Tuesday. "I think we have a right to privacy, but when we take inappropriate information or pictures, we had best make sure it remains private," Eubanks tells the State. Arthur says the student hasn't been punished. She plans to press charges and has also complained to the Union Public Safety Department, which is investigating. "The whole premise of my privacy being invaded is being ignored and that's what's wrong," she says. Some 1,000 people have signed a petition to have her job restored, though Arthur says she's not sure if she'd take it. (In neighboring North Carolina, teenagers are the ones facing trouble over racy photos.)
If you didn't know, I went to school to be a teacher.
It was something I loved, and frankly still do. Teaching was fun to me. I think teachers have one of the most important jobs around. Teachers are responsible for shaping the youth who will eventually grow up to be part of society. There is a ton of responsibility with the job. School is not just about learning about the core subjects but it is also where you learn how to be a normal person who hopefully one day can contribute to society. In some cases teachers are spending more time around the student than their parents are and it is important for them to take the job seriously and do all they can to help kids and try to make their lives better.
However to me there are a bunch of huge flaws in the education system and in the way teachers are treated. Those are part of the real reasons I haven't put myself out there to become a teacher because I don't know if I want to be part of such a backwards system that is all about catering way too much to what parents believe. If there is ever a problem in schools they don't do anything minor to fix it, no instead they go to the absolute extreme.
To briefly sum up that article, a teacher left her phone on her desk to watch the halls between classes. During that short time period a student went through her phone, found a naked picture, took a picture of it and then sent the picture all around school.
So who got in trouble? Any normal person would think the student, right? Well no, of course not because that is not how schools work anymore, no, the teacher was fired because of what happened.
To me that is absolutely ridiculous. Now I understand educators are held to a different standard than a lot of other professions, I learned a lot about that in college. A teacher can't have a picture on the internet of them holding a beer because God forbid you see a picture of a 45 year old man holding a Bud Light. It is stupid. We need to remember that teachers are normal people too who have lives outside of school.
This is soooooooooo insane to me. I've noticed it a lot more in the past few years where schools frequently take the side of the student because they don't want to upset parents because God forbid should some shitty parent who did an awful job raising their child be told so. There is no accountability. It wasn't like this that long ago, I was still in high school in 2010 where kids were still accountable for their actions.
When did kids become allowed to get away with whatever they want and not have consequences? What happened to respecting authority figures?
Whenever I got in trouble no matter what my dad would side with the adult even if I actually was in the right.
What happened to accountability and right or wrong? Now should the teacher have had a passcode on her phone, probably? But how about the student, who fucking went onto her desk and rifled through her phone? HOW IS THAT OKAY AND NOT BEING ADDRESSED?
I used to be a class clown and sometimes a trouble maker in my younger days but never in a million years would I EVER consider doing something like this. How is there no consequence for this kids actions? Do these kids think you could just go through a female teacher's purse too?
With the Erin Andrews' hotel peephole video back in the news as it is currently in court, despite people thinking it may have been a publicity stunt which is quickly being proven to be false, we remember that she was the victim, she had naked video of her posted against her will. This teacher IMO is in a very similar situation. She is the victim, what this kid did is wrong and despicable and he/she should be punished severely. Not the teacher.
School Administers are getting out of control and it feels like make no decisions with common sense. Now again, this teacher probably should have had a passcode on here phone, but that doesn't just make it okay for students completely invade a teachers privacy and then distribute what they find.
Hopefully Leigh Ann Arthur will be able to find work soon. More importantly this student should be expelled and hopefully face the proper legal ramifications.