EvenBob
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:15:58 PM permalink
Beyond smokers and talkers and people who scream a lot, beyond invisable waitresses and rude dealers. My biggest pet peeve is cell phones. I hate them. Just yesterday, the woman next to me was checking her phone every 30 seconds and I'm not exaggerating. Pull it out, stare at it, put it away. Pull it out, stare at it, put it away. Several times she left the table to text somebody. It was driving me nuts. I have a phone, its never turned on. My wife has the number, but she can't call because its always off. I'm like Buckminster Fuller who didn't have a phone because 'its like having a rope tied around your leg. Anytime somebody wants you, they just jerk on the rope.' Mark Twain was asked by Bell to invest in his phone, but Twain thought it was too strange and nobody would use it much. He was half right, mostly people use it to spread their comments that nobody cares about. Oh boy.
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:21:04 PM permalink
I agree that people are rude with cell phones, in and out of casinos. However, I still am 10 times as annoyed at smokers.
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:23:54 PM permalink
I hate the gawkers who never bet.
There is a joker at Casino in Australia who turns up everyday but never bets.
He just writes down the roulette numbers.
The story was his wife played the slots.
But, I saw him arrive one day and he was wifeless.
You can't trust a dog to mind your food.
Calder
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:24:11 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Mark Twain was asked by Bell to invest in his phone, but Twain thought it was too strange and nobody would use it much. He was half right...


Obviously not.
EvenBob
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:26:38 PM permalink
Quote: Calder

Obviously not.



Twain thought all the phone would be used for was ordering groceries and making doctors appointments. He instead chose to invest his considerable fortune in an automatic typesetting machine for newspapers. He died broke.
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Calder
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:33:56 PM permalink
Well, yeah, that's my point. If he'd sunk his money into the phone, there might still be a Twain Foundation.
EvenBob
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September 28th, 2010 at 8:59:55 PM permalink
Quote: Calder

Well, yeah, that's my point. If he'd sunk his money into the phone, there might still be a Twain Foundation.



And in 1992, Bill Gates thought the internet would never amount to anything. In 1997 he said "if you told me 5 years ago that I'd be seeing a web address at the end of McDonalds commercials, I would have said you were nuts." Hindsight is always 20/20. If Gates couldn't imagine the internet going anywhere, how can we fault Twain for not seeing what phones would become.
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Calder
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September 28th, 2010 at 9:12:56 PM permalink
Bob: I think we're on the same side.

I didn't fault Sam for not investing in the telephone, you did. If Bill thought the internet wasn't going anywhere, he'd have sold out in '92, and you wouldn't have that '97 quote.
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September 29th, 2010 at 2:09:11 PM permalink
At the blackjack tables,card counters use cell phones to Wong out of negative shoes. It can be quite effective if done correctly.

While taking the "call" one can continue counting and return to the game if conditions improve or simply wait for the shuffle.
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September 29th, 2010 at 2:35:17 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Beyond smokers and talkers and people who scream a lot, beyond invisable waitresses and rude dealers. My biggest pet peeve is cell phones. I hate them. Just yesterday, the woman next to me was checking her phone every 30 seconds and I'm not exaggerating. Pull it out, stare at it, put it away. Pull it out, stare at it, put it away. Several times she left the table to text somebody. It was driving me nuts. I have a phone, its never turned on. My wife has the number, but she can't call because its always off. I'm like Buckminster Fuller who didn't have a phone because 'its like having a rope tied around your leg. Anytime somebody wants you, they just jerk on the rope.' Mark Twain was asked by Bell to invest in his phone, but Twain thought it was too strange and nobody would use it much. He was half right, mostly people use it to spread their comments that nobody cares about. Oh boy.



Your last line is the money quote. When I am forced to hear others' conversations at close range, I want to strangle the person. And you know that 99% of the people using their cell phones in their cars illegally are engaged in similar meaningless conversation.

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