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The Peeve Meme
16 Jan 2004 by banazir

Name your least favorite things from the category below, and briefly explain why:

1. Online affectation:
This would have to be randy IM stranger, though sadly, it is probably not an affectation in most cases, or they wouldn't be chatting up Samantha the Tweenage Jedi.
2. Abbreviation:
It's a toss-up between "ur" (your, you are) and "ppl". I know enough people who write "ppl" that it now grates less than "u/ur", which is usually repeated many, many times. Heads up, prospective graduate students: that is a surefire way into my delete bin.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Actually, I am very tolerant of PDAs of all varieties, including pushdown automata and personal digital assistants.
As for the popular expansion of the acronym: bebe-talk, hand-holding, dashing around together, leaning, hugging, romantic pecks on the check, even the kind of mild kissing that makes one do a double take and move on with a smile, are cute.
Massive explicit displays of tongue in the doorway of some public building, however, fall under the rubric of "nobody actually needs to see that".
4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Zemin Jiang. 'Nuff said.

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
The kind of assiduous dependency that theory of education researchers call learned helplessness is my least favorite employee behavior. We used to talk about it all the time in the LEA/RN program that Iowa State organized for us here from 1998 through 2002. Learned helplessness would probably rank lower than #1 on Donald Trump's list, but then, he had 16 people chosen from over 200000 applicants for the position of The Apprentice.
6. Co-worker behavior:
Obstructionism is my least favorite behavior in peers. Cover-ups take superiors, but sheer bureaucratic trask can be perpetrated by one's equals. Like vretallin, I can sometimes manifest the "bull in a china shop" mentality. Let's just say there are some up-and-coming moos in cow-town of late. What say you, Aravindhan (if you are reading this)?

7. Driving behavior:
I'd have to say not letting people into your lane when they need to exit.
This is worse than cutting people off in my book.
There's a common office sign: "Your lack of planning and preparation does not make it my crisis."
Well, a counterpoint to that might be: "Your induction of my crisis does not necessarily indicate lack of planning and preparation on my part."
And so.
8. Backseat driver behavior:
Here, I have to cite my dear old dad, who always has to tell the driver that in a few miles (sometimes tens or even a hundred), an exit is coming up.

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Banazîr

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banazir
Jan. 17th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
Wot wot?
Public display of affection
This! This! Euuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. Gah. Ugh. This.
Other stuff too, but this the most. Eugh.

Wot wot?
Yew no liek the meme?
Yew no liek the above?
Exprain, lpease.

Hugs
Bhaaa! Irony!

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Banazir
(hypocwit! :o))
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banazir
Jan. 19th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
Response to Josh - peeve meme (Soylent U is PPL)
Thanks for posting this!
If I may ask, I'd appreciate it if you could post this in your own LJ (and your elf-hosted blog too).

1. Online affectation
Intellectualism.
I dunno, teunc is pretty intellectual, pseudo- or otherwise. When it's feigned, I agree.

2. Abbreviation:
"U" It's only two extra letters, for tyope's sake.
Yeah, upon reflection, u is worse than ppl.
In fact, Soylent U is PPL.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Covert groping. (under the table, in a crowd, etc.)
Gotcha.

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Spears.
Well, kindasorta.
She's not a great singer but there are comparably famous ones who are worse. Madonna is probably more overrated, for all she's paid her dues.
Funny you should mention Britney Spears - last night SNL had a spoof of American Idol for Already-Famous Pop Artists featuring J-Lo, Britney, Steve Stapp ("that guy from Creed"), and another performer I can't remember ATM.

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
Excuse making.
True.

6. Co-worker behavior:
Excuse making.
Ditto.

7. Driving behavior:
Not paying attention. (food, cell phone, gnuspaper....)
Hrm. Yes, but I haven't had experience with it. My parents are very attentive drivers and they rip inattentive drivers from the fabric of the universe. Wlokaz, not rilly. But we've been fortunate not to have run into too many.

8. Backseat driver behavior:
"you could have made that! i would have made that!"
Well, that may be annozzling, but I think I've probably been guilty of it afore myelf, so I'm not qualified to speak of it.

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Banazir
gondhir
Jan. 19th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
1. Online affectation:
People who act like they know what they're talking about when they don't. Actually, most of the time they THINK they know what they're talking about, which may or may not make that an affectation. This is very annoying IRL too. Especially when they are confronted with someone who DOES know what they're talking about and they refuse to back down.

2. Abbreviation:
Anything I can't figure out what it means.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Err... I dunno. I guess I have a pretty high tolerance of PDAs. At least high enough that most people aren't willing to engage in the kinds that I might think are seriously out of place. If a couple (or whatever) is doing something I'd rather not see, I tend to just not look at them. And chances are, someone else will say something to them about it before it gets to the point where it would really bother me.

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Frank Sinatra.

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
Saying they'll do something and then not doing it.

6. Co-worker behavior:
Not doing work and getting in my way and there not being a whole lot I can do about it.

7. Driving behavior:
In California, it's legal for motorcyclists to go BETWEEN and drive in between cars. I'm waiting for an uninsured one to hit my car and wipe out under my tires. That'll be REAL fun...

8. Backseat driver behavior:
I'm pretty tolerant of this. As long as they're not physically impeding my ability to drive, I'll just ignore them if they're not being helpful.
banazir
Jan. 19th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Response to Gondhir - peeve meme (l'uomo migliore)
1. Online affectation:
People who act like they know what they're talking about when they don't. Actually, most of the time they THINK they know what they're talking about, which may or may not make that an affectation. This is very annoying IRL too. Especially when they are confronted with someone who DOES know what they're talking about and they refuse to back down.
It's a testimony to the merit of your reply to this item that I could not bring myself to snip a word.
This is very general, but laso very true.
Especially the last part.
I would add that backing from persons in positions of authority does wonders to perpetuate this.
I don't know that it's always an affectation, though; as you say, the belief might be sincere but truly mistaken.

2. Abbreviation:
Anything I can't figure out what it means.
Hah!
Wlokaz, Mr. SWOHEWHH.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Err... I dunno. I guess I have a pretty high tolerance of PDAs. [Let others complain]
Hah, unsingles lawaz saz this, acos theer cuddly sweepers. ;o)
Fine, be taht waz. :-P

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Frank Sinatra.
Rilly?
Wot's rong with Nold Fwemen?

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
Saying they'll do something and then not doing it.
Ooooo.
Wlel, yes, that is a bad habit in employees.

6. Co-worker behavior:
Not doing work and getting in my way and there not being a whole lot I can do about it.
Agreen, agreen.
Let me give you a quote from Leonardo da Vinci (which I think narvi will laso like acos Leonardo is one of his heroes):

I may refute them [i.e., critics] the way Marius did to the Roman patricians when he said that some who adorn themselves with other people's labor won't allow me to do my own labor.

7. Driving behavior:
In California, it's legal for motorcyclists to go BETWEEN and drive in between cars. I'm waiting for an uninsured one to hit my car and wipe out under my tires. That'll be REAL fun...
Eww.
Crazy Taxi adn/or Carmageddon reducks.

8. Backseat driver behavior:
I'm pretty tolerant of this. As long as they're not physically impeding my ability to drive, I'll just ignore them if they're not being helpful.
Bha, yer no fnu.
Seriously, as my reply title indicates, you are a better man than I. I have been known to go quite ballistic over totally wrong advice, especially if it takes me an hour or more out of my way.

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Banazir
gondhir
Jan. 19th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Response to Gondhir - peeve meme (l'uomo migliore)
2. Abbreviation:
Anything I can't figure out what it means.

Hah!
Wlokaz, Mr. SWOHEWHH.

But I can understand that!

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Err... I dunno. I guess I have a pretty high tolerance of PDAs. [Let others complain]

Hah, unsingles lawaz saz this, acos theer cuddly sweepers. ;o)

Nah, I'm generally like that. If I'm single and wishing I wasn't, I'll probably be more anozzled but then I'll just try to ignore them. Like I said, I *do* have a "limit" but most of the time someone else will reach their limit first and do something about it.

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Frank Sinatra.

Rilly?
Wot's rong with Nold Fwemen?

Nothing, I just felt like trolling.

7. Driving behavior:
In California, it's legal for motorcyclists to go BETWEEN and drive in between cars. I'm waiting for an uninsured one to hit my car and wipe out under my tires. That'll be REAL fun...

Eww.
Crazy Taxi adn/or Carmageddon reducks.

A guy I knew was sitting at a stoplight with a bunch of other cars when a motorcyclist came driving up in between the lanes. She clipped someone's side mirror and went bouncing in between the two cars to either side of her. No one was going very fast and she managed to recover (she never actually fell over) and drive off. Everyone else was stuck in traffic so there wasn't a whole lot they could do about it besides go off to fix their cars with their own money.

8. Backseat driver behavior:
I'm pretty tolerant of this. As long as they're not physically impeding my ability to drive, I'll just ignore them if they're not being helpful.

Bha, yer no fnu.
Seriously, as my reply title indicates, you are a better man than I. I have been known to go quite ballistic over totally wrong advice, especially if it takes me an hour or more out of my way.

Well, if I'm in a position that I'm following their directions, then it means I don't know where I'm going and would probably end up going out of my way anyway even if they didn't say anything.
banazir
Jan. 19th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Response to Gondhir - peeve meme (l'uomo migliore)
Wlokaz, Mr. SWOHEWHH.
But I can understand that!
Yeah, but you coined it, is my p6int.
Granted, it woz kind of a parody acronym, mais, who besides you, me and (mazbe) sui_degeneris acksherly gets it?

Hah, unsingles lawaz saz this, acos theer cuddly sweepers. ;o)
Nah, I'm generally like that. If I'm single and wishing I wasn't, I'll probably be more anozzled but then I'll just try to ignore them. Like I said, I *do* have a "limit" but most of the time someone else will reach their limit first and do something about it.
Wlokaz. Actually, I try to ignore them, too, but the odd thing is, the more tongue-ridden the PDA is, the more blatantly oublic the participants seem to want to make it. Ever have one where they kind of stagger along in your path?

Laso, like you, I tend not to speak up (actually I don't think I every have IRL) - and I can think of only one incident where someone else who was with us did speak up. And it was mild, i.e. "now, now, none o' that here...".

Wot's rong with Nold Fwemen?
Nothing, I just felt like trolling.
lol!
Bha.

Crazy Taxi adn/or Carmageddon reducks.
A guy I knew was sitting at a stoplight with a bunch of other cars when a motorcyclist came driving up in between the lanes. She clipped someone's side mirror and went bouncing in between the two cars...
She rode orf unscathed?
Californians are insaaaaaaaane.
I'd say "yew Californians", but you won't be one fro much longer.

Seriously, as my reply title indicates, you are a better man than I. I have been known to go quite ballistic over totally wrong advice, especially if it takes me an hour or more out of my way.
Well, if I'm in a position that I'm following their directions, then it means I don't know where I'm going and would probably end up going out of my way anyway even if they didn't say anything.
Hrm. Boviously you and I have a different experience with backseat driving...

HWCMP: Bear to the right, the next is your exit.
me: Dad, are you sure? The DETOUR sign says this one...
HWCMP: No, no, it's next, the map says so.
me: Wait, if I don't take this one I'm going to miss...
HWCMP: It's the very next one, number 216... um, oh, wait. Uhh...
me: AAAAHHHHHH!

In our family, there's an expression: they changed the road.
(acos yernow, Rand McNally isn't supposed to be rong ;-)).

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Banazir
sui_degeneris
Jan. 20th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
Who, me?
Sweetie, I've told you that I would recognize some of your (impossibly photogenic) cousins more easily that some of my own.

I guess this means I need to fill out this meme, eh?

1. Online affectation:
That's a hard one to call. I know I'm in a few self-help groups (for lack of a better name) where the Bossy Know-It-Alls seem to want to take over. This makes me cringe, especially when the action suggested is very much a personal preference, and the response is directed to someone who is trying his/her best.

2. Abbreviation:
'u'. Definitely 'u'. Although repeated instances of A/S/L are also less than thrilling.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Noisy displays. I can look away, but I can't close my ears.

Gah.

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Errrr.... Not sure I should answer this, because I've never watched the show, but I would say Yoko Ono or Bjork.

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
Oh gosh... Let's see. I think it would be something like "morale undermining". A systematic (although (perhaps) unintentional) destruction of the sense of cooperation and teamwork that most places need.

6. Co-worker behavior:
Hmm... Also "morale undermining".

May have to think about these a bit more. (Doesn't help that I work in a place with a fairly flat organizational structure, so it's hard for me to think of real, concrete examples.)

7. Driving behavior:
For other cars? I'd say it's the whacked-out weaving between lanes with little warning and no directional signals. This frequently includes passing on the right for no good reason (such as an upcoming exit, or heavy traffic in the left lanes). (Switch left and right for UK readers!)
For a car where I'm a passenger? Driving with one's knees while cleaning one's glasses.

8. Backseat driver behavior:
Oh.... My dear, sweet mother. Who gasps dramatically and/or ( ;-) ) urges me to watch out if a car is pulling out ahead of us 100 ft/30 m away. This, of course, makes me slam on the brakes, trying to avoid the unseen toddler that has just jumped into my path.

Why I was never rear-ended doing this is one of those great mysteries of life.

If we have to go somewhere together, I now look at her and ask if she can control herself. If she doesn't feel that she can, she drives!


banazir
Jan. 29th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: Who, me?
Sweetie, I've told you that I would recognize some of your (impossibly photogenic) cousins more easily that some of my own.
Eeeeek!


I guess this means I need to fill out this meme, eh?
Yee!
I'd appreciate if you and gondhir could put it in your own LJs, too, for all your futurecurrent LJ friends to take.
(I wrote 90% of this a weenk ago and lost it to a power outage in the middle of the nught.)

1. Online affectation:
[Bossy Know-It-Alls]
Well, I know what you mean.
I know a few of those among students and former colleagues, though I'm happy to say that among my peers, there aren't any such any more.

2. Abbreviation:
'u'. Definitely 'u'. Although repeated instances of A/S/L are also less than thrilling.
Smurrow/Smurrow/542. That's wot you say.

3. Public display of affection (to inadvertently observe):
Noisy displays. I can look away, but I can't close my ears.
Gah.

Gah.
Oh, wlel.
I've been fortunate enough not to run into these.

4. Person who needs an audition with Simon Cowell on World Idol:
Errrr.... Not sure I should answer this, because I've never watched the show, but I would say Yoko Ono or Bjork.
Hrm... I have never heard Yoko sing by herelf!
I've barely heard her sing once with Lennon.
I've heard that Bjork clone on my TTT SEE DVD (I didn't stay for the credits in the theater), but I haven't heard Bjork herself.

5. Employee behavior (hypothetically speaking):
Oh gosh... Let's see. I think it would be something like "morale undermining". A systematic (although (perhaps) unintentional) destruction of the sense of cooperation and teamwork that most places need.
Oh, yes!
I've seen some of that, too, though most of my students and nearly all of my colleagues have good esprit de corps.

6. Co-worker behavior:
Hmm... Also "morale undermining".
Just so.

May have to think about these a bit more. (Doesn't help that I work in a place with a fairly flat organizational structure, so it's hard for me to think of real, concrete examples.)
We have one too - well, as flat as La Tour d'Ivoire can be. :o)

7. Driving behavior:
For other cars? I'd say it's the whacked-out weaving between lanes with little warning and no directional signals. [...]
Yeah, that's true. I often wonder if those folks are drunk.
For a car where I'm a passenger?
Driving with one's knees while cleaning one's glasses.

Auuugh! Fer real?
Ooh, how do you feel about two-footed driving?

8. Backseat driver behavior:
Oh.... My dear, sweet mother. Who gasps dramatically and/or ( ;-) ) urges me to watch out if a car is pulling out ahead of us 100 ft/30 m away. This, of course, makes me slam on the brakes, trying to avoid the unseen toddler that has just jumped into my path.
Heh, my dad has a meen Nazgul shriek.
He claims to be scared to ride in my car, even though I have taken him across 3-4 Midwestern states without any trouble.
Why I was never rear-ended doing this is one of those great mysteries of life.
"Mom, you know 75% of traffic accidents are rear-end collisions."
(But my folks dknot believe it.)

If we have to go somewhere together, I now look at her and ask if she can control herself. If she doesn't feel that she can, she drives!
You don't get "I can control myself just fine. It's you I'm concerned about!"?
I've never gotten any moving violation tickets, even for speeding (in fact, I've never even gotten a parking ticket), and my only accident in 13 years was backing out of my driveway (last June) into a car that stopped unexpectedly across the way. And yet, and yet, in my family there is an unwritten:

n days without Nazgul shrieks

sign...
Ah, parents. Gotta love 'em. :-P

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Banazir
sui_degeneris
Jan. 31st, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'll take that as a yes.
Cute pic of an impossibly photogenic cousin, btw!

Yes, I've added this meme to my LJ. For further propagation. Or something like that.

For a car where I'm a passenger?
Driving with one's knees while cleaning one's glasses.

Auuugh! Fer real?

For real. My father used to do that.

This explains, in part, why my mother is a nervous passenger.

Ooh, how do you feel about two-footed driving?

Err... I take it that you aren't talking about stick shift, with one foot for clutch and the other for fuel and brake, but rather automatic transmission, with one foot for stop and the other for go.

Correct?

The car I learned to drive in was automatic, and had pedals that were far enough apart that it felt more natural to use both feet on them.

I don't drive that way now, because my current car has the brake pedal far enough to the right that it feels awkward to use the left foot on it.

Come to think of it, that also freaked my mother out when I was learning to drive. We would be coming to an intersection, and my foot would still be on the gas pedal.

Poor mommy.

Actually, I bet that's why I failed my first driver's test!

The examiner claimed to have had to apply the brakes twice. (This was one of those training cars with the second brake pedal in the front passenger area.)

At one point, I knew he was applying the brakes, but I also had my foot on the brakes. I didn't feel the other time at all.

That's what happened. He couldn't see me hitting the brake pedal, and he got nervous. And failed me because of it.

Dang.

Oh well. Water under the bridge, as they say.
banazir
Feb. 3rd, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: I'll take that as a yes.
Cute pic of an impossibly photogenic cousin, btw!



Yes, I've added this meme to my LJ.
For further propagation. Or something like that.

Vert goond! Thanks, Be Nice.

For a car where I'm a passenger?
Driving with one's knees while cleaning one's glasses.

Auuugh! Fer real?
For real. My father used to do that.
This explains, in part, why my mother is a nervous passenger.

Zigzackly.

Ooh, how do you feel about two-footed driving?
Err... I take it that you aren't talking about stick shift, with one foot for clutch and the other for fuel and brake, but rather automatic transmission, with one foot for stop and the other for go.
Correct?

Yep.

The car I learned to drive in was automatic, and had pedals that were far enough apart that it felt more natural to use both feet on them.
I don't drive that way now, because my current car has the brake pedal far enough to the right that it feels awkward to use the left foot on it.
Come to think of it, that also freaked my mother out when I was learning to drive. We would be coming to an intersection, and my foot would still be on the gas pedal.
Poor mommy.

Ah, parents. Gotta love 'em. :-)

Acksherly, the above is the main thing that drives me nutzen about HWCMP's driving.
He actually pushes with both feet. So the car lur-luuuurc-luuuuuuurches. At 60mph. On the highway.

Actually, I bet that's why I failed my first driver's test!
The examiner claimed to have had to apply the brakes twice. (This was one of those training cars with the second brake pedal in the front passenger area.)
At one point, I knew he was applying the brakes, but I also had my foot on the brakes. I didn't feel the other time at all.
That's what happened. He couldn't see me hitting the brake pedal, and he got nervous. And failed me because of it.

I was lucky - passed my driving test the first time.
Mine was pretty easy, IIRC.
Of curse, HWCMP is a natural speedometer alarm:
YOU HAVE NOW EXCEEDED THE SPEED LIMIT!

Dang. Oh well.
Oh, wlel.
Water under the bridge, as they say.
Yeppo.

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Banazir
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