Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When restaurants list "cheese" on an item but it's actually nacho cheese sauce. Look, I'm not necessarily averse to nacho cheese sauce. I typically only like dipping chips in it without any other ingredients, but the point is that if it's sauce then it should say sauce. If I order nachos that say "topped with ground beef, lettuce, beans, and cheese", then I expect CHEESE. GRATED CHEESE. Not f*ckin' sauce. If it says cheese then it should be cheese
Y'know what really grinds them?
When characters separate out either the subject or object of a sentence and move it out in front as a lone fragment in an attempt to sound more dramatic. This is one of those things where you probably have no idea what the f*ck I'm talking about until I give an example. This is where, instead of asking, "Where did you hide the money?", the character will say, "The money. Where did you hide it?" Or instead of, "You must not trust Mr. Smith",
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Getting online gaming to work.
Gaming graphics continue to surge forward to unfathomable new heights while netcode just seems to rot away in a dumpster. Why is it that no matter how much progress we make, no matter how sophisticated games become, no matter how fast internet connections get, and no matter how powerful computers get, simply getting a lobby of your friends together in an online game and playing for a couple of hours without issue is
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When drivers stopped at a red light take their foot off the brake and start coasting out into the intersection, inching their nose out before the light turns green. I hate this behavior so, SO f*cking much. WHY DO YOU GOTTA DO THAT??!! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO F*CKING IMPATIENT??!! It's not gonna get you there any faster!! Do these ding dongs actually think that they're saving tons of time?? IT DOES NOTHING!! Why can't you just chill the f*ck out
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? "Breakfast" foods. First off, for some odd reason, I hate all traditional American breakfast foods. It's so weird that I would hate all of them, but it's like someone put some kind of curse on me where it makes me hate any food that is universally agreed upon to be traditional breakfast food. So, I'm talkin' about waffles, pancakes, eggs prepared in any way other than hard-boiled, ham, bacon, sausage, hash browns, etc. I can kind of tolerate some of
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OH YEAH!! Just remembered! I f*ckin' hate it when you had something you were about to say, and then you suddenly forget it! Or you walk into a room to do something and suddenly forget what
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When they throw in the bowling pin sound effect every f*ckin' time something or someone gets knocked over. They do it SO much. I mean, sometimes it'll be the most serious show or movie, it'll be f*ckin' Lord of the Rings, and, like, the Riders of Rohan will plow into some orcs and knock 'em over and they'll make the f*ckin' bowling pin sound. Okay, maybe they didn't actually do it in LOTR, but they did do a Wilhelm scream or two. Anyway, the bowling
Yer like.... what?? The hell?? Yeah, I'll explain.
Y'know what really grinds my gears? When you see a longtime, beloved fictional character's name written down for the first time in your life and suddenly realize that the name you've known for your whole life is wrong, that you've been mishearing and mispronouncing it for decades.
I recently wrote a blog about how the X-Men were a beloved childhood favorite of mine. I always believed that Storm's real name was "Aurora Monroe". Pat
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Episodes of shows where the characters play other characters in some story that didn't happen and doesn't serve to further any plot or character development. I'm talking about episodes where they contrive some reason for one of the characters to tell a story (like the power going out), and then they proceed to read some fairy tale where each of the characters from the actual show are reimagined as the fairy tale characters in a one-off story that serve
Hey. I'm a huge fashionista. Like Rarity. I love fashion. But y'know what really grinds my gears? Seasonal fashion lines and fleeting trends.
I'm not just talkin' about "new" clothes. I'm talkin' about when the fashion industry puts out new seasonal lines, and the media/celebrities/whoever tells us that last season's [perfectly good] fashions are now "out of style". This is just planned obsolescence to squeeze more money of out you, and it's contrived garbage bullsh*t. Let me let yo
Feel like I'm gonna take some flak from all the optimists for this one. Meh. Whatever.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? The saying, "whatever doesn't kill me only makes me stronger." Um... yeah... with some obvious exceptions. How about muscular dystrophy? How about osteogenesis imperfecta? Epidermolysis bullosa? Polio? Varicella Zoster? How 'bout cancer? How 'bout a paralyzing spinal injury? How about friggin PTSD? How about f*cking long COVID??
How about f*ckin'
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Sneezing. Oh, damn, does this one grind my gears to a f*cking halt.
I sneeze more than most people. I don't have any specific, acute allergies, just more sneezing than average. I don't really mind sneezing too much, but it's the inevitable, annoying chore than comes afterward. I absolutely cannot sneeze without then blowing my nose afterwards. It is completely impossible. Many a time I have tried to resist. I'll sneeze and then sit there say
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When people pronounce "social security" as "sosal security". They slur it, y'know? But I don't even understand it, because I don't think "sosal" is any easier to say, even when you're saying the term quickly. Sometimes people even say "sosa security". Drives me nuts. Anyway, that's it. Shortest GMG in history.
Okay, I'll give you a couple more. I hate it when people pronounce "million" and "Williams" as "meen" and "weems".
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When a character in a movie... um... ok, so, like, y'know how in a movie, somebody's girlfriend/boyfriend or something is presumed dead, and then the person will be all like, "He/she is alive!" And then someone else says, "how do you know?", and then they go, "I don't know how I know; I just know." F*CK YOU. You do NOT. I HATE when they say that. You don't know. How can you? You DON'T. You just want them to be alive. Now, I'm not talking about
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When superheroes or similar characters make outfits/costumes appear magically when that's clearly not part of their powers. The best example that every here will know is when the Equestria girls use their friendship laser powers and it gives them all magnificent superhero costumes that look like they took Rarity months to design. Why is that part of the power? Makes no sense. And how about good ol' Elsa making her dress during Let It Go? She's Icem
Hey. Y'know what really grind my gears? When products advertise having some sort of "technology" when it's completely unwarranted just as a gimmick to make it sound cool. Like, for instance, the ziplock bags we have in our cupboard boast having "power shield technology". It's a plastic bag, you dipwads. And my hand lotion claims to have "MVE delivery technology". Or, say, a mop might claim to have "dirt locking technology", or perhaps a t-shirt will have "lint repelling technology", or a t
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When commercials claim that a show or movie is the "THE NUMBER ONE SHOW/MOVIE IN THE WORLD/COUNTRY!!" First off, what the f*ck does that even mean? For a movie, does it mean most ticket sales? In what time period? For a show, does it mean highest viewership? Highest ratings? Sometimes I think that they just make this sh*t up for commercials. I don't think there's any liability whatsoever. I think that any advertiser is allowed to say that their
One of my earliest entries was a rant about reboots that have the same titles as the original, which causes confusion. This grinds my gears so much that it demands a revisit. I hate when they give reboots or continuations in a franchise the exact same title as the original. It grinds my gears so much that it burns my bacon, sizzles my sausage, steams my hams, bakes my beans, fries my flapjacks, boils my blood, and censors my clop. What the f*cking hell, dude? Why can't they give things a un
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Prog. It just annoys me because I don't know what in the flying f*ck the word means. I hear it constantly I mean, I always assumed it was short for either progress or progressive, but that can't be the end of it. I hear it in so many ways and in so many contexts that nothing makes any sense. I mean, I literally don't know what part of speech it even is. Is it a noun? A verb? Adjective? Preposition?! What? I don't know!! People use it like it
I already did an episode on UI changes, but I hate this so much that it requires a second part. The hate cannot be contained.
You know what really grinds my gears? Unnecessary software UI changes. Now, I realize that software needs to be updated and maintained. I get that, and that's fine. I also realize that sometimes UI changes are necessary and good. I get that, and that's fine. I still hate dealing with the changes, but I do in fact deal with it. But what I can't f*cking stand i
Oh, sweet Celestia does this one piss me off...
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Youtube shorts. If I wanted Tik Tok, then I'd go to f*ckin' Tik Tok. I go to youtube because I want f*ckin' youtube.
Why are there no Celestia-damned controls? Why is there no seeker bar? Why can't I scrub through the video? Okay, I really want to know just one thing. Somebody please explain this to me. Why is there no volume?? I can only mute it. It's on or off. Why is there no slide
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When Netflix removes stuff with little warning.
Now, don't get me wrong, I still love having Netflix, and I'm not pissed off about them simply removing stuff. I understand that the stuff that's not their own IP is only temporary. They sign a contract to have something they don't own put on there for a specific amount of time, and then it's gone and then something else comes on for awhile. And I know it varies by region. I understand all that.
Hey. Y'know what's starting to grind my gears? Dystopian fiction.
The way that the future is depicted in fiction acts as a barometer for how our planet is doing and how humanity feels about our prospects for the future. When I was a kid in the 90's, there was still a good amount of utopian science fiction, like classic Star Trek. People seemed interested in exploring potential futures in which humanity got everything right. My childhood marked the tail end of that era of fiction.
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Distorted, grating audio.
I absolutely hate it when I'm watching a youtube fail compilation or similar video, with clip after clip of nice, shiny, HD video and proper sound, and then all of a sudden a grainy, blurry, 144p video clip pops up, and then something loud happens, like a car crashes through a metal gate, or a deer smashes headlong into a metal trashcan, and the audio is grating, distorted, and sounds like someone just got in their car, dr
Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? This Paramount+ tv show abomination that they actually have the audacity to call "Halo".
I'm an olde school Halo fan from way back. The Bungie-made Halos are some of my favorite games of all time, and one my favorite game stories. Huge fan of the original books as well. A real purist. The fact that this vile, heinous anathema actually bears the name "Halo" is despicable treachery. I'm not going to write an essay dissecting everything that's wr