annoyance

The Rise of Skywalker, The Fall of Abrams

Meh. (Minor spoilerettes ahead.) Much like The Force Awakens, as a movie, and even as a Star Wars movie, it’s hard to find fault with how Skywalker rises. Granted, J.J. Abrams seems terrified of showing any emotion, judging by the way he cuts off any meaningful exchange before it finds too much depth. And–again like […]

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Why I Don’t Debate Climate Change Deniers Anymore, But Unfriend Them

Earlier today, I came close to unfriending a guy on Facebook over climate change. He wasn’t even too rabidly fundamentalist about the topic. Nevertheless, his way of arguing his climate change point of view had all the hallmarks of the widespread climate change denial disinformation strategy. Which is why I refuse to engage in this […]

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SurveyMonkey Business

Some twelve hours after I blogged about SurveyMonkey’s theft of 60 euros of my money, and a couple of hours after I mentioned in these pages that they’d doubled down by changing the price for everyone, SurveyMonkey has apparently relented. Late Thursday night I received an email from Kaleigh with apologies, an explanation, the announcement […]

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The Shamelessness Of Monkeys

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. In zoos, I’ve seen monkeys fornicate and masturbate in public, eat their own vomit, and even dine without the benefit of cutlery–or clean hands. […]

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SurveyMonkey Steals Your Money

Update 2: SurveyMonkey has caved under the pressure of hundreds of page hits, shares, and retweets of this blog post, and granted me a full refund and a 6-month complimentary subscription. Update: SurveyMonkey has reacted to my complaint by restructuring their entire pricing model. Repeat after me: Sur – Vey – Mon – Key Steals […]

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Even Science Mags Murder Science

When even a scientific magazine like Wetenschap in Beeld (Science in the Picture) makes huge errors like this, errors in their thinking as much as in their facts, it’s no wonder that less and less people really understand science, and more and more people lose faith in it. In their April issue, WiB printed an […]

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Back To The Fifties With Apple Family Sharing

Who would have thought that Apple, of all companies, wants to keep their customers firmly rooted in the fifties? Yes, you can buy early rock’n’roll music in iTunes, but those are not the fifties I mean. Rather, I’m referring to the fifties of traditional family roles: a breadwinner and a homemaker, preferably with daddy as […]

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Reset Buttons Are Evil

Dear web designers, Can you please STOP ADDING RESET BUTTONS to your forms? There hasn’t been a single user in the entire history of the interwebs who filled out a web form, and then went, “O wait, all of that isn’t right, I’ve entered the wrong information! What to do, what to do, but pull […]

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Sleeping Beauties: An Almost Evil Vintage King

As a metaphor for what’s wrong with present-day American society and culture, this book is a success. But not the way Steve and Owen intended, I think. On the surface, Sleeping Beauties is another trademark Stephen King novel. So much so, in fact, that one is left wondering what, if anything, Junior contributed. There’s the […]

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A password for my password

Underwear? Check! Toothbrush? Check! Dutch cheeses and beers? Check! Microsoft Surface for the required writing and critiquing? Check! This morning at nine, my checklist was already complete for the tenth anniversary edition of the Villa Diodati Expat Writers Workshop. My suitcase waited by the door; I’d even put my coat within reach. I’d even checked my […]

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