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DRich
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November 21st, 2022 at 4:50:12 AM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO


Maybe because 90+% of viewers donít give a sh$t about those games, and ESPN doesnít give a sh$t about you!



I understand, but i don't understand. I just have a hard time understanding why people care more about specific teams and not about the matchups themselves. I went to the University of Iowa and I grew up in Ohio so I do have a small rooting interest in those teams. But I would never choose to watch one of those teams over what I would consider a better matchup in another game. I would rather watch Louisiana-Monroe play South Alabama over Ohio State vs Iowa because I would expect a better game out of the prior even though I have connections to both Iowa and Ohio State. I realize I am not typical but I don't understand why others would not be more interested in matchups over teams.
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November 21st, 2022 at 5:16:35 AM permalink
Pet Peeve:

Watching NCAA football all season long on regular network broadcasts and then having the final CFP games only broadcast on ESPN. I "cut the cable" a year or two ago.

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November 21st, 2022 at 5:24:27 AM permalink
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Pet Peeve:

Watching NCAA football all season long on regular network broadcasts and then having the final CFP games only broadcast on ESPN. I "cut the cable" a year or two ago.


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You could get ESPN+ for a month. They have a bundle with Disney+. Might also be an introductory trial period.
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November 21st, 2022 at 6:41:42 AM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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and this lesser being sees no ads not on Youtube or anywhere else.
Browser extension AdBlock Gordon.
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A long while back, I had some adblock software running, so I could get information I wanted off some websites, without waiting for slow ad loads and the ubiquitous misformatting embedded in the ads.
A number of those sites had an ambitious admin who saw a discrepancy in page views vs ad revenue, and set up some rather harsh and effective retaliatory blacklisting, blocking me (and the entire LAN - collateral casualties) from the desired content entirely.
It was not an enjoyable experience to negotiate a truce.
I now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous advertisements, although some unskippables make the squeeze more valuable than the juice.

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I've adjusted my goals from "not getting caught" to "not getting eaten".

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If it weren't for ads, I'd get nothing done. If I'm watching a show with commercials, I will wash dishes during the commercials, so I know ahead of time in two hours, my kitchen will be done. Watch a two hour movie with no ads and I'll still have a dirty kitchen.
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November 21st, 2022 at 6:59:27 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

Quote: Dieter

Quote: rainman

Quote: gordonm888

I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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They say Mathematicians & Physicists are the most intelligent people on the planet
and this lesser being sees no ads not on Youtube or anywhere else.
Browser extension AdBlock Gordon.
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A long while back, I had some adblock software running, so I could get information I wanted off some websites, without waiting for slow ad loads and the ubiquitous misformatting embedded in the ads.
A number of those sites had an ambitious admin who saw a discrepancy in page views vs ad revenue, and set up some rather harsh and effective retaliatory blacklisting, blocking me (and the entire LAN - collateral casualties) from the desired content entirely.
It was not an enjoyable experience to negotiate a truce.
I now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous advertisements, although some unskippables make the squeeze more valuable than the juice.

Playing as the mouse, being pounced upon is inevitable.
I've adjusted my goals from "not getting caught" to "not getting eaten".

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If it weren't for ads, I'd get nothing done. If I'm watching a show with commercials, I will wash dishes during the commercials, so I know ahead of time in two hours, my kitchen will be done. Watch a two hour movie with no ads and I'll still have a dirty kitchen.
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I remember getting quick at household chores by cramming them into the commercial breaks.
Darn right I can take the trash out and be back in my seat before MacGyver comes back on.
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November 21st, 2022 at 8:33:55 AM permalink
DVR! DVR! DVR!

I DVR everything. I never watch anything in real time.

When I DVR a sporting event I can replay something and when a commercial comes fast forward thru it.

When I DVR a News show I can fast forward thru a topic that I am not interested in.

DVR! DVR! DVR!
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November 24th, 2022 at 5:36:44 AM permalink
Pet peeve that someone here may have experience with.

I booked a room at 4 Queens. Person on the phone said room was comped (I received a postcard for 2 nights free). But the Confirmation email identifies a price. I point this out and she says donít worry about that, we have you in the system as comped. I asked for some confirmation in email that the room is comped and they didnít provide one. I donít want to get to the front desk and have them say itís not comped. I did call back and another person did say he could see it was in as a comp. Still, Iíd really like for the confirmation email to say comp. Or at least exclude the price (which is what Iíve seen before).
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November 24th, 2022 at 9:02:22 AM permalink
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Pet peeve that someone here may have experience with.

I booked a room at 4 Queens. Person on the phone said room was comped (I received a postcard for 2 nights free). But the Confirmation email identifies a price. I point this out and she says donít worry about that, we have you in the system as comped. I asked for some confirmation in email that the room is comped and they didnít provide one. I donít want to get to the front desk and have them say itís not comped. I did call back and another person did say he could see it was in as a comp. Still, Iíd really like for the confirmation email to say comp. Or at least exclude the price (which is what Iíve seen before).
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How aboutÖ. ĎOh, thatís great. Can you email a screen shot of whatever you are looking at that says itís comped? Thanks!í
billryan
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November 24th, 2022 at 9:23:51 AM permalink
Bring the postcard with you. If they give you a problem, ask for a manager and then request an upgrade for the trouble their incompetence caused you.
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November 24th, 2022 at 12:39:08 PM permalink
My pet peeve is hair stylists who feel the need to make small talk.

Almost universally, they ask what it is you do for a living. Of course, I could be honest and say, "Writer," which they would interpret as, "Unemployed." Even if they didn't interpret it as unemployed, then there would be follow-up questions, which would be an even worse outcome than her just assuming I'm unemployed. What I usually end up doing is taking a subject that I know a good bit about (in case of follow up questions) and then lie and give myself some nuanced occupation within that subject for my own amusement.

Maybe I'll just say, "Unemployed," from now on, which will make her feel awkward and then she won't want to talk anymore.

Also, are all of these hair stylists single? Is, "What do you do for a living?", just a proxy question for, "What is your annual income?" I simply don't understand the purpose of the question. The only useful information that the answer conveys is roundabout how much I make.

It's also not a question that opens up a return in kind because, since I am sitting in her styling chair, I already know what she does for a living.

My most recent hair stylist told me all about her upcoming vacation (which I didn't care to hear about at all) the first time I saw her and then told me all about said vacation (which I still didn't care to hear about) the second time around. She is the first to cut my hair in a certain way to make it less evident that I am thinning on one side, so I think I'll stick with her, even though having to talk to her detracts substantially from my experience as a customer.

I don't get my hair cut as often as I would otherwise like to. Perhaps they will come up with an AI bot that can cut hair one day. I'm tired of being interrogated every time my hair gets too long.
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