Aggravating Parking
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:20 am)

This morning as I was pulling in to work I noticed that a truck with a trailer pulled across 5 of the maybe 9 parking spaces available. That happens sometimes, as that parking lot is small and we often have contractors coming or going to work on the building. I park there because it's closer to my office. So I figure I'll park in one of the two spaces he left behind the trailer (two others were already taken), but as I pulled around the corner (it's a small circular lot with trees in the middle) there was a car just sitting in the road. The driver was playing with her phone. When she noticed me, she pulled forward to where the trailer was parked, then parked—taking up both spaces! I sat there for another minute but she was clueless to what she had just done. Finally I backed my car up (a might bit angrily I should add), and parked in the handicap spot, then got out of my car. At this point I think she finally realized what she'd done and she backed up and left the lot. She had no business being there at all, not waiting for anyone, delivering anything, etc. I guess she just wanted a place to hang out. Retard.

As she was leaving, I walked back to my car and parked in one of the two spots she had just vacated, ire and venom dripping from my lips.

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Nice Job, Apple
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:35 pm)

So were you forced into the latest iTunes 11.0 update?

Have you noticed the sorting problem?

iTunes 11.0 Sort FAIL

You'd think they would go by numeric value: 1, 2, 3... instead of whatever this is: 11, 1, 2, 3.

FAIL.

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Funny Stuff
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:54 pm)

The local PD published a "Bar Report," here's my favorite one from the last month:

Sunday, January 8, 2012: 0242 hours
115 N 2nd St - #12C00727 – Assault with a Knife
Officers were flagged down and told there was an unconscious male on the steps of the Baja Bar.
Officers located an extremely intoxicated and unconscious 22 year old male on the top step of the
bar next to a large puddle of vomit. Officers made several attempts to wake the male (nudged him,
shook him, activated their emergency sirens) and after some time, the male stood up and
attempted to walk away and would not cooperate with officers (refused to sit, ignored instructions,
etc). At some point during this incident, the male removed and concealed something from his
pocket, and when officers heard a “click,” they realized the male had a knife. The male then
attempted to slash the officer with the knife, the officer aimed his weapon at the male and shouted
at him to “drop it,” and the male dropped the knife. Officers took the man to the ground and
handcuffed him. The male was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault, Concealed Weapon
and Obstructing. The male continued to resist arrest, and due to his level of intoxication, he was
taken to KMC and later transported to the jail. As he sobered up, he became confused about the
charges involving the knife (could not remember) and cried while he was being booked.

FYI: KMC = Kootenai Medical Center

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Dear Costco Nazi Cart Lunchline Lady
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:36 pm)

No, I'm not obligated to move your cart back to where it was. You completely closed my cart in, obligating me to move your cart to get mine out. That does not mean I have to "at least move it back." You took the most annoying person I met today award away from the nasty guy I ran in to earlier today. You are probably married to him and this is the source of your unhappiness.

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Nice Job, Microsoft
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:47 am)

I have several subscriptions to Microsoft services, such as MSDN, TechNet, etc. I realized that they expect people to use their browser to access their site, but do they have to make it so other browsers can't access?

Case in point:
Microsoft without Explorer FAIL

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Nice Website, Retards
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:54 am)

I hate local news. TV, newspaper, whatever. But more than anything else, this is what bothers me:

Spokesman Review website ad fail

Nice job, Spokesman Review. This is what your site looks like in my browser.

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This Amuses Me
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:10 pm)

People and pictures of poor grammar and/or misuse of apostrophes really amuse me. For example:

Bad apostrophe

The part I enjoy most is both the appropriate and inappropriate use of the apostrophe. I see this truck around town from time to time. I finally had a camera handy and snapped a picture of it. I also submitted it to GrammarBlog.

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Freeway Stopped
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:00 am)

Can someone tell me WHAT THE BLOODY HELL was going on with I90 this morning? Traffic was at a stand-still from Highway 41 in Post Falls all the way to the NW Blvd exit in Cd'A—which was blocked off! Note, the next exit is already closed, so who's brilliant mind was behind this move? If I treated my job the way these people do I wouldn't be working, that's all I have to say.

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Professional Journalism
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:34 pm)

It never ceases to amaze me when a journalist uses the wrong word. I mean, it's their job to pick the right one, right?

Case in point: this article from a local paper.

A young man, Kyle Jarvis, taking a short cut to catch a bus found the truck in an abandoned barn. The barn’s door had been closed. Jarvis knew that was unusual and peaked inside.

So, as the Pacific plate slowly crashed into the North American plate, Mr. Jarvis was pushed to the highest altitude he had yet attained, thus he peaked inside the abandoned barn.

Even after leaving a sarcastic comment, it remains uncorrected.

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Apple Annoyance
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:00 am)

I've been annoyed ever since I got an iPhone with the fact that iTunes doesn't pay any attention to the multimedia buttons on my laptop. I finally got around to Googling the issue and found a solution: Control iTunes with laptop media buttons

So as much as I wish my iPhone would die in a fire, at least now I can listen to some podcasts and stop/start them with the extra buttons like it should have worked all along.

PS Apple's Google-hating is really pissing me off. I will totally switch to an Android-based OS next chance I get…

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Security FAIL
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:24 pm)

Today I ran across this captcha:
captcha FAIL

I have no idea what that second word is (Channel, Chamfer, Champion?). This is one more example of how many things on the 'net are broken.

Take SMTP (RFC 821) for example. It was written in 1982 as a mechanism to deliver electronic mail. Despite being added to over the years, it's still basically the same, security-flawed protocol it's always been. Which is why we have email spam today. My corporate mail server processes around 15,000 emails per day, of which only about 2.5% actually gets delivered. That means about 97.5% of mail delivered to us is junk. What a colossal waste of resources!

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What. The. Hell??
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:13 pm)

I know there are a lot of stupid people out there, but everybody knows that crunchberries aren't real. Well, at least I thought everybody knew.

Alas, only in America would there be someone that not only didn't realize crunchberries weren't real, but also file a law suit about it.

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Screwed By Dell
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:16 pm)

Normally I don't have a problem with Dell, they take pretty good care of me, and I get a good discount on hardware.

This, however, is an exception:
expensive screws

(Sorry for the poor quality, came from my iPhone again—its close-up photography is teh s uck)

Let me clarify this picture. Those 12 screws were $1.99 each. Anything that sticks out at all will stop the device from being inserted into the server. And of course you need four per hard drive. Seriously, is that really necessary? This is a lot of goodwill lost over a stupidly cheap part, guys.

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Let Me Ruin Your Road Trips
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:46 pm)

In case you don't know about this, now you will. And it will ruin all future road trips. Once you know about them, you'll see them all the time.

For some strange reason, there are a number of people that have a fear of stopping to relieve themselves while on the freeway. So they use a bottle. While they're driving. And since it's really gross to have a jug o' pee sitting around in your car, they then throw them out the window. Unbelievably, this happens all the time. Seriously, look at the sides of the road next time you're on a freeway.

To help raise awareness, the State of Washington has these plastered in the rest areas:

Jug o' Pee

My problem with the whole thing is they're missing their target audience—those are the guys that aren't stopping at the rest areas in the first place!

PS: Ewww!

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It’s a Word, I Swear!
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:04 pm)

While taking a break and tweeting I noticed my browser was underlining a word it didn't recognize.

Should've is a word, I swear!

I can't believe that isn't in my local dictionary…

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