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
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When you flip open the top of one of those little pocket hand sanitizer bottles, and the sanitizer starts oozing out the top for no reason. I understand it's a pressure difference, but it does it all the time when the bottle is just sitting there, right-side up in my medicine cabinet, and it's never moved! I just open it and it starts vomiting out the gel until half the bottle is empty! Only seems to happen with hand sanitizer. Drives me f*ckin' nut
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? How every single controversy or problem has to be called "something-gate". Y'know, after Watergate. Y'know, like Derpygate, or Elsagate, or... um... uh... well, there's tons of others, but they're escaping me at the moment. You know what I'm talkin' about. It's gets really old. You can't call every single Celestia-dammed thing "something-gate". Knock it off already. Geeeeze.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When I can't find the Celestia dammed comics section in the newspaper. It's always somewhere different! One day it's on the back of the sports section, the next day it's hidden in business, the next day it's in the national and world news section. I have to search every front and back to find it! The hell, man? The f*ck?! Why can't they put it in the same place every time so I can just frickin' open the f*ckin' paper and go right to it?!
Only the stallions are gonna get this one.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When I pee and it splashes out of the bowl. No matter how I do it, where I aim, or how careful I am, half the time tiny little flecks of urine splash all over the place. I go barefoot in the house, and I often feel little pinpricks of pee hitting the tops of my feet. I have to clean them constantly after I go. It's horrible. And my shower curtain is right next to the toilet, (only about 8 or so inches away)
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears?
I hate change. No, not coins. Things changing. People say it's a good thing, but it's not. I hate when things I'm used to have to change for no good reason. Change the Butterfinger recipe? F*ck you. Discontinue my shampoo? F*ck you. Change the way the Steam library looks? F*ck you. Take away Ember's World on Fire? F*ck you. Nerf my riven dispos? F*ck you. Take away my Archwing barrel rolling? Eat dirt and die. Change my
Okay, so only people with really long hair are gonna get this one.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When you're eating, and a single one of your hairs falls down in front of you and dangles in the food, and you don't realize it, and then you scoop up a bite of food with the fork, and you scoop the hair right along with it and put it all in your mouth, and then you start to chew and feel a tugging on your hair, and you trace the hair down your cheek with your finger and realize you've f*
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? How they keep remodeling restaurants these days to be all bland and contemporary while taking out all of the theming and charm.
I dunno if this is just a regional thing, and it's probably just a U.S. thing, so this won't be relevant to everyone. I'm gonna focus on three big chain restaurants as examples.
I've been a regular customer of Black Angus steakhouse for almost 30 years, and I've always loved the atmosphere. It manages to upscale whi
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When video games force you into a tutorial. Like, they make you go through a whole dammed crafting tutorial or something, and you have to make the thing they want you to make, and click on every single thing they tell you to, and there's absolutely no way to bypass it. Just leave me alone and let me play the damn game! I just want to experiment and learn on my own, ya piece a sh*t! Where applicable, tutorials should be made available for players
My spidey-sense tell me that this one is gonna get me in some hot water.... but f*ck it; I'm doin' it anyway.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When employees in retail stores get too pushy and intrusive with their questions. I hate it when they ask questions that try to trap you into a complex response: "What brought you in today? What are you looking for?" Buzz off, will you? And the worst is when they hover outside of a fitting room and ask you if the clothes fit right and how the
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Disc cases that are too hard to get the disc out of. Y'know what I'm talkin' about? I'm talking about optical disc cases (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray), where the little center tab thing that holds the disc in is really difficult to pull the disc out of. Some of them are total bullsh*t. Like, some cases are so difficult to get the disc out of that I'm actually afraid of causing damage to the god damn disc. I mean, you're suppose to be able to press the thing
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When I try to make a Grind My Gears post that's just supposed to be funny, and then everyone gets all serious on my ass, starts riding my back, starts gettin' all over my case, gets all up in my grill, and they go all, (*mocking tone*) "Maybe you wouldn't have such a problem with that thing if you just learned how to do it and stopped whining." Suck all the fun out of my blog, why don't you. So I guess what REALLY grinds my gears is... YOU, MLP FORUMS
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When I'm at my gym, and people turn on the spa jets without askin' me. Okay, hold on, there, chief. Just cool yer jets, mm'kay? Lemmie 'splain. So, I go to my gym at night to swim when it's uncrowded, and I soak in the spa when I'm done. Now, unlike most, I prefer the jets off. Just don't like em. I prefer the calm. I find it much more relaxing. Now, I'm perfectly okay with jet people having precedence. So, if someone else wants the jets, I'll
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? The phrase "It's that time again." Like, specifically, how they say that in commercials and ads and stuff. "It's that time again! Time to do your Christmas shopping!" "It's that time again! Time to get out your 4th of July barbecue sh*t!" "It's that time again! Time to go back-to-school shopping!" "It's that time again! Time to do your taxes!"
It's always some time again. Stop announcing that as if it's some marvelous, incredible, surpris
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When people stick their used gum wherever they please, like under tables, or all over the sidewalk. Just ruins the world for everybody. You inconsiderate sh*t. And the same goes for cigarette butts. Where the hell did smokers all get this idea that cigarette butts don't count as littering? It's like this universal rule that you can just drop your cigarette butt wherever you happen to be standing, or just chuck it out the window wherever, and it's t
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When an AC plug has the asymmetrical tines where one if fatter than the other so you can only plug it in one way. Why the hell the gotta do that?!! Yeah, I know, I know: (*mocking voice*) "Maybe if you did some research and learned why, then you wouldn't have to come here and whine about it!"
Yeah, I know, I know: it's called polarized, and I don't frickin' care. I don't care why they do it! It's f*ckin' annoying! And here's the reason I fin