Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Half-assed CGI.
No, I'm talking about the Scorpion King's head. I'm talking about cheap, cheesy, slapped together 3D cartoons that are a dime a dozen. I hate that stuff.
In an attempt to satisfy my hunger for more cute, colorful, feminine cartoons like Pony, I decided to give Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on Netflix a shot. Immediately I could tell that it was one of these half-assed CGI cartoons. The movements are jerky and
Alright, alright, easy, there. Just cool your jets, chief. This isn't what you probably think it is. Just let me explain.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When I see something I want to watch on Netflix, so I hit play, and then a few minutes in the actors start talking, and only then do I realize--it's not in English! Just subtitled.
Okay, now I have to take a detour. See, I hate subtitles. Can't watch anything with 'em. This isn't some kind of xenophobic or racist thing, so
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Yawning. I hate it. It's so stupid. What's the point? There isn't any. Yeah, I know, I know--I could research it and learn, but clearly it's stupid and we could do without it. You know and I know it. It doesn't accomplish anything. I mean, clearly it's not integral to survival or something. You don't feel differently or better afterwards. I used to hear that it was because your body needs extra oxygen, but that's a load of bunk because I'll ta
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Slow motion in funny fail type videos, particularly physical humor like bicycle crashes or the like. Slow motion is awesome in certain contexts. It makes the mundane look epic and amazing, but it also completely kills humor. Physical humor relies on timing, sudden events, and expectation of physics in realtime, not to mention normal sound. Reducing a bicycle or skateboard crash to super slow mo destroys all comedic effect. (Well, for me, at least.)
The last two entries were pretty serious. Time for a silly one.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? The lutz. I'm talkin' about this thing:
And now you're going, "...what? The f*ck? What are you talking about? Are you high right now?"
Well, I told you it was silly.
So, I'm a figure skater. Or... at least, I once was. I'd like to be again one day. Point is, I actually did this stuff. Well, single jumps, anyway. That was as far as I got. I was never very high leve
Continuing the theme from the last entry...
Y'know what really grinds my gears? Litter. The tendency for humans to throw their f*cking garbage all over the place really steams my beans. Okay, human life produces garbage. That's just reality. I understand that. We really need to figure out how to produce less of it, and soon, but without Star Trek level tech, we're always going to produce trash, and that's just a fact of life. What to do with it is a big problem as well, and we need b
I'm sorry Rarity, and I'm sorry Pinkie, but I have to do this.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? Glitter. Not just glitter, but also all disposable party decorations of any kind. Streamers, balloons, etc. Glitter's particularly annoying because it just makes a horrendous mess. Glitter's also more of an arts and crafts materiel than a decoration, but I lump these things together because glitter always makes a mess and most of it gets thrown away. I mean, if someone uses glitter on an
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? The phrase "hot water heater". I hear that a lot. Drives me nuts. So... it heats hot water? Is that what it does? Really? I got news for you, bub: if the water is hot... THEN IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE HEATED!!
I'm gonna say this only once. Listen up, because, assuming that what we think we know about the G5 movie is accurate, this will by my first, last, and final word on G5, ever.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? The fact that anyone actually thought it would be a good idea to take the world of Equestria at the end of FIM, feed it to a hippopotamus, wait til the hippo takes a sh*t, then scoop up the sh*t, smear it all over a movie screen and call it good.
Okay, what in Tartarus am I ta
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears! When the good guy says, "you'll never get away with this!", and the bad guy says, "I already have." UGH. It's the lamest, most overdone, cliche thing when they say, "I already have."
Ugh. So dumb.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? THIS. THIS F*CKIN' SH*T. Logging into the forums to find it looking completely different. I know I already did an entry on change in general, but I just had to do this one. I cannot describe how much I hate UI and appearance changes to things when they were fine the way they were and we were all used to it. I HATE adapting to appearance changes in software. I hate logging into to something I use regularly like this and feeling totally disoriented
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When people pronounce the southern-most continent on our planet "Anartica". This is so common. Way more common than the correct pronunciation, and it drives me f*ckin' nuts.
There are two t's and two c's in ANTARCTICA.
And on that note, those same people drop the first c in arctic and say "artic".
Other mispronunciations that annoy me:
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When there's a movie scene in the trailer but it's not in the actual movie. The F*CK, man?! Obviously I realize that they make the trailer before the final cut of the movie is done, and then they make some revisions and some scene gets cut from the final movie. That's bullsh*t, dude. There have been a number of times over the years when I saw a scene in a trailer that looked cool, and then I waited for it in the movie, and it wasn't there! That's f
Hey. Y'know what really, REALLY grinds my gears? S8 & 9 of FIM have ceased to exist. Gone. Sucked into a void never to return. Well, sort of. Okay, so I always buy the DVD sets of each Pony season. It's important to me to actually own the whole collection. I have seasons 1-7. I have been waiting for seasons 8 and 9 for ages. I assumed they had just been delayed or something. I haven't checked in quite awhile. I figured that they must be out by now--S8 at the very least. Nope. N
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? That stupid, annoying, ridiculous, awful, stupid joke when someone is breaking the news to you, and they put on a sad face, kinda build the suspense and say, "Well... it's not good... ... IT'S GREAT!!! " I f*ckin'g hate that joke. It makes absolutely no sense for one simple reason: if something is great, then it automatically is good. Great is gradation of good. Great means really, really good. Something can be good but not great, but if it's g
This entry is just on the line between being big enough for Stop & Talk, which is the blog for more substantial, serious stuff. It could go either way. It's really a coin flip... so... meh, in here it goes.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? The trend of big companies to double-down on bad decisions, regardless of consumer/user opinions. All the time, companies make poor decisions, whether it be a universally hated software UI change, a universally despised game update, or di
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When movie or tv characters don't take the opportunity to kill (or at least incapacitate) their opponent when they have it. This goes for both good guys and bad guys. This is such a common Hollywood trope. It happens constantly. They bad guy usually has the good guy at his mercy--good guy's on the ground, unarmed, bad guy has the gun pointed at him, and the bad guy then laughs for a bit, then possibly launches into a tirade about how's the best and
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When characters in TV and movies don't touch the food and drinks that they order.
Don't know what I'm talking about? You do. You just never noticed it before. Pay attention next time you watch basically anything. People in movies and TV constantly order food and drinks and never touch them. Picture the following scene. Dude comes into a restaurant to meet some other dude in some kind of drama, the dude sits down and orders a drink, the server
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Deckled book edges.
I'm talkin' 'bout this sh*t:
I won't buy a book with this bullsh*t. You can't thumb through it. It's garbage. Who thought this was a good idea? They do it to create the illusion of it being a fancy, ancient, old tome of great value, like something recovered from Da Vinci's workshop, but in reality it's just annoying and pointless. I hate deckled edges so much. Whoever had the bright idea to start doing this on mo
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Xbox updates.
Now, it's not really the frequency of updates that annoys me, but how colossal they are, and how frigging long they take. Every time there's an update, it's 500 f*ckin MB, and it takes like two hours to install. Compare that to Steam on a PC, which takes just a few seconds to update (with the same internet connection, I might add). I just did a new Steam install recently, and it had to get all the updates, and it still only took a
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? F*ckin' Windows 10.
As I've mentioned... somewhere on the forums, (and I believe in this blog) I've been just sick over the Windows 7 end-of-life for a long time, and I decided that the time had come to finally do what I should have done a decade ago and make the move to Linux. Well, I did it, and just like I expected, it wasn't as intimidating as I thought. I got Linux installed and working just fine, and I like it very much. Oh, there's still
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Every single Star Trek episode where one or more crew members get stranded in the holodeck, and the doors won't open, and the computer won't respond, and they can't shut the power down, and the safety protocols gets stuck off, and the holo characters come to life and become sentient and try to kill 'em, and the crew have to play out some stupid wild west story or medieval story or whatever the sh*t in order to escape. F*CK THOSE EPISODES, dude.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? How every Celestia-damned sound in the world has to be a high-pitched, ear-piercing beep. Sirens, car horns, microwaves, smoke alarms, cash registers, f*ckin' every notification sound of any kind has to be an ear-shattering beep. I know I've already done multiple noise-related entries, like restaurant music and screaming children, but I wanted to take a moment to complain about the broader problem of high-pitched beeping everywhere.
I have super
Okay, this one's kinda stupid, but I wanna get it off my chest anyway.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When you see people ice skating in a commercial (usually a pharmaceutical commercial where happy people are showing how happy they are to get their fibromyalgia and crohn's disease under control), and the woman is always wearing figure skates, and the man is always wearing hockey skates. Yup. That's how it's gotta be. No other choice, because as we all know, if figure skates so muc
Hey. Y'know what really, REALLY grinds my gears? Screaming children. Mostly in restaurants, but anywhere in public, really. I have extremely sensitive hearing. Extremely. Life is very difficult for me to navigate because of it. Things hurt my ears that don't bother normal people. Screaming children in restaurants is really upsetting for me. Happy toddlers are far worse than crying infants. (Though that probably isn't the case from the parent's perspective, I know.) With crying infants