I have decided that if I were to attempt time travel I would definitely take a notebook and pencil. In the past, depending on how far back I went, such luxuries wouldn’t be readily available (parchment was costly), and in the future because I’d want whatever I was taking records of my visit with to be able to work in whatever “here and now” I return to. Why a pencil? With my luck, the pen would clog or break. Or both. You can always sharpen a pencil.
It bothers me that the Latte cups from McDonalds don’t have a seam on the lip. Every other To-Go coffee cup with a lid has one, but McDonalds doesn’t. Do they think they’re better than everyone else? They don’t need a seam? Oh yeah? Well how the hell am I supposed to know I’m putting the travel lid on correctly? Hmm? Everyone knows that at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, and every gas station you’ve ever been to to procure coffee for the road, you align the seam to the back of the lid opposite from where the opening is to drink from. This prevents spills and uneven flow. It also prevents the lid from popping off unexpectedly. How am I supposed to know which way to put the lid on?!?
While we’re on travel coffee cups, I might as well note that when the lid is put on incorrectly I have to adjust the lid myself or it drives me to distraction. Even if it’s not mine. What is the correct way? Seam in the back and in line with the opening to drink from on the opposite side of the cup. This becomes problematic, though, when the lid is placed on correctly, and the opening from which you are to drink is off-center from the pattern and logos on the actual cup. Was the print shop just lazy? How hard is it to center graphics? Doesn’t the company care that they’re off-handedly dismissing someone’s hard work that went in to designing that cup just so? These issues become irrelevant, though, when a protective sleeve is provided with a logo. I can forgive ignore this error in printing by placing the logo on the sleeve in line with the drinking opening. Simple solution. Problem solved.
People who go out of their way to talk down to others or criticize from a “superior position of knowledge” and still use “there/their/they’re” and “then/than” incorrectly make me want to pinch their nose in a grammar primer. Do it once– you’re skating on thin ice; twice, and I can’t help but categorize you. A colleague of mine once said that everyone has small clues or cues in the way they speak that give away their background and attention to detail. His theory (well, not just his… it’s been talked about quite a bit across the field) is that language is the great truth revealer. I’m reminded of a well known, well respected scholar who intimidated everyone in his field with his brilliance and heated debating style. When I heard him speak and he not only misused “then/than,” but also mispronounced “Economics” multiple times, I just sat back and smirked along with the others who noticed the same things. It was as if the Red Sea had parted and suddenly there were two classifications of people in the conference room–those who saw through him, and those who didn’t. Ahhh, the trifles of Academia…
Wii Fit said my Wii Fit Age was 42. I called it a lying @%&#!% and had another cookie.
That’s what I wanted to do, anyway… Instead I immediately started practicing balance games to try and please my tiny box of plastic, fluorescent lights, and microchips. Slave to technology, indeed.