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December 1, 2006

goddammit, people

Cranky Friday Post:

Goddammit, people - stop hiding behind a laptop when giving a lecture, presentation or prose reading. Hello, Comm101!? The laptop is a shield between you and your audience. Step out from behind your shield and engage your audience - especially if you have a Ph.D.

Goddammit, people - don't take out your cell phone to talk during a party or social setting. It's boorish at best, but usually just plain rude. Same goes for checking your text messages. When you enter a party, turn it off or leave it at home - no exuses, unless someone is at death's door or giving birth.

Goddammit, people - a stop sign or red light means stop, otherwise you might easily kill a jimbo on a bike, who has the right of way.

Goddammit, people - wear clothes in winter, and shoes when it's raining. Flip-flops are dumb in a rainstorm.

Goddammit, people - a ribbon is effective for raising awareness, but what else have you done? Donate time, money or resources to the cause, talk about it a lot, and put it into practice.

Goddammit, people - stop temping large predators who like meat. Killer whales enjoy bringing smaller mammals underwater to drown.

Posted by jimbo at December 1, 2006 2:46 PM

Comments

Cheese and rice, Jimbo!

You need to stare at your happy light for awhile.

Posted by: durban bud at December 1, 2006 3:51 PM

Agree with all of them, except the flip-flops part; in my opinion, they're good for all seasons.

Except snow -- and then I'd even be tempted to wear them just to prove a point.

Posted by: North Dallas Thirty at December 1, 2006 3:52 PM

Sounds like you're having a paradoxical reaction to your new happy lights.

Posted by: TSheehanDC at December 1, 2006 5:56 PM

I like flip-flops in the rain. Its better then getting my shoes all wet...

Posted by: Markie at December 1, 2006 6:12 PM

Goddammit, people - drive the speed limit or pull over and let the 16 cars behind you pass!

Posted by: rodger at December 1, 2006 7:44 PM

In the "twenty years late, bitch," department...

This article made me wanna projectile vomit:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15993470/site/newsweek/

Posted by: Mike at December 1, 2006 9:13 PM

I think your point about awareness vs. action is a useful one. I share your frustration.

Posted by: Josh at December 1, 2006 10:17 PM

Dammit Jim, wear a bicycle helmet!

Posted by: Mari at December 1, 2006 10:52 PM

I TOTALLY find it rude when people use their cell phones frequently in a social environment; It's like sayin', 'You're not interesting enough, so I'll check my text messages 'n' IM someone on AIM on my cool Sidekick III."

Posted by: Doug at December 2, 2006 1:33 PM

Flip flops are always wrong, if you ask me.

Goddammit, people! is my new favorite blogging experience. :)

Posted by: swedeandczech [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 8, 2006 10:25 AM

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