The worst kind of publicity

Published on Sun, 2016-10-09 - 13:12

Flying to and from DrupalCon Dublin, I noticed something new in the preflight briefing. It's been widely reported already, but it was the first time I heard it in person, and it made me wonder if this is not in fact the worst kind of publicity possible.

The message was something to the effect of:

Please note that the use of Samsung Note 7 phones is not allowed on this flight.

…and going on a bit about how said device needed to be completely powered off.

Please stop saying “Not all X are like that”

Published on Fri, 2015-01-09 - 00:07

I'm so tired of seeing “Not all X are like that”. Not be cause its untrue. But because it is stating the obvious. It is completely unnecessary to say.

I wish humanity could progress to the point that it was understood that generalisations do not apply to everyone. It's a bit like me saying “ducks can fly” and you protesting this with a story about a duck that can't fly because it's broken a wing, or lost its feathers.

Please think of that, next time you have the urge to derail a conversation with a “not all ducks are like that”.

Catalonian independence

Published on Mon, 2014-11-10 - 10:48

First, congratulations to the people of Catalonia, on their referendum yesterday. The right to political freedom is essential in any non-tyrannical society, and I find it very instructive to see how the central government of Spain is trying to deny the people of Catalonia that freedom.

The message could not be more clear. The plebs are allowed to vote on which politicians gets to lord over them from afar, and through the EU, also allowed to vote for giving more power to politicians in other countries.

American comedy movies – idiocy distilled

Published on Sat, 2013-06-08 - 21:42

A concept that periodically fills me with dread, wonder and frustration is American comedy movies, or perhaps just a certain subgenre of it, depending on where you draw the line.

You probably know the kind of movie I'm talking about, where the protagonist, usually a male white anglo-saxon protestant, usually around 30 years of age, is trying to woo his potential or keep his current girlfriend. And the supposedly funny part is where at crucial plot points, he act in the most idiotic ways to his target's obvious frustration.

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