Pet Peeve

…people who insist on inserting “www.” in front of every single website address. Yes, there is the random website that requires “www.whatever.com” instead of “whatever.com”, but 99 times out of 100 it is not necessary, particularly when it has a subdomain.

At my job we set up website addresses that are easy to remember, then others try to complicate things by adding “www.” for some unknown reason. It’s not necessary!

For example, go to oogabooga.3nv7.com – works perfectly. No www. in sight.

Silence!

The idea of spending 30+ hours in a cramped airplane over the next two weeks isn’t particularly appealing. But one thing that I am looking foward to… the lack of cell phones.

Now, I understand that they are considered a necessity these days, and I feel naked without mine. But for the past year I have worked in an “open space” environment, and you can’t go 10 minutes without hearing someone’s obnoxious ringtone. Several times, because my coworkers tend to leave their phones at their desk when they leave, as opposed to carrying it with them (which kind of defeats the purpose of bringing a cell phone to work in the first place, doesn’t it?)

When my employer decided to tear the walls down in our office, we set some ground rules up front. One of them was that all cell phones would be set on vibrate, to avoid annoying everyone within earshot. Of course, that rule was promptly ignored by everyone except me, it seems.

So I’m actually looking forward to having several hours at a time where, due to “FCC regulations” (whatever), I won’t be bombarded with poorly-rendered 1985-Casio-MIDI-keyboard-from-Sears versions of “Hollaback Girl” or “Golddigger”.

Ahhhh….

Why are the worst songs the most popular?

“Hollaback Girl” first song with one million commercial downloads

For the first time since the advent of commercial digital music downloads, a recording has passed the 1,000,000 mark in download sales. The song, former Billboard #1 “Hollaback Girl” from Gwen Stefani’s debut album Love. Angel. Music., had sales of approximately 995,000 downloads as of Friday, September 30. The recording has averaged 15,000 downloads per week since it’s release on November 25, 2004.

Now, I like Gwen Stefani. Some of the stuff No Doubt did was amazing; but her transformation from Orange County cutie to ghetto-fabulous has been incredibly contrived and baffling. Moreover, “Hollaback Girl” has to be the most insipid piece of songwriting (and I use that term loosely) I’ve heard in years. Yet for some reason unknown to anyone with the slightest shred of musical taste, it’s incredibly popular.

That s*** is indeed bananas.

Disgusting

CNN has been on at work all day, and I have to say I am completely disgusted at everyone that is trying to turn the Hurricane Katrina issue into a political/racial fight. Not to mention the apparent glee with which they keep rebroadcasting the New Orleans mayor saying “G_d D__n” over and over again.

Bennifer Part II: Electric Boogaloo

It’s official – I’m already sick to death of the whole Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes thing. I am in no way interested in their relationship, and I fail to see why anyone would place any importance in what they do or don’t do. Yet I KNOW that the media will bombard us with every little insignificant detail that no same individual will care about over the next couple of months. I can’t wait.

A quick spelling and grammar lesson

  • “weird”, not “wierd”
  • “ridiculous”, not “rediculous”
  • “grammar”, not “grammer”
  • “a moot point”, not “a mute point” (or a “moo point”, if you’re Joey Tribbiani)
  • “for all intents and purposes”, not “for all intensive purposes”
  • “despite”, not “dispite”
  • “in due time”, not “in do time”
  • “dying”, not “dieing” (unless you’re referring to the act of cutting a die!)
  • “stutter”, not “studder”
  • “lo and behold”, not “low and behold”
  • “wreak havoc”, not “reek havoc” or “reak havok”