ostarella: (Lousypost)
I've started leaving comments over on FFNet. I shouldn't. I really shouldn't. Because I leave honest comments. Like, get a beta reader! Of course, if I were really honest (and wanted to get booted from FFNet) I'd just put "WTF???" on some of these "stories". I mean, yeah, over there it's expected that the majority of stories will be poorly written, and that the authors will unerringly state that they're beginners - but my God. Even beginners ought to know how to use a spell checker; ought to know how to write dialogue so two or more characters aren't speaking in the same paragraph; ought to know that capitals aren't used for common nouns in the middle of a sentence. I generally try to be gentle with new writers as far as plotting and phrasing - but not basic grammar. And I mean basic. I'm starting to think schools don't even teach grammar any more - or that the majority of students are flunking it.

And why is it that the more atrocious the writing, the more "cutesy" these authors get in their notes? Or the more they break their arm patting themselves on the back? Do these idiots really believe their writing is that good? Yes! In fact, they seem to think it's the greatest thing since peanut butter found jelly.

So yeah - my patience has worn out. Call me crotchety, I don't care. If they're all that upset, they can bring it over to Beta Team and actually work on their writing.
ostarella: (Lousypost)
I've started leaving comments over on FFNet. I shouldn't. I really shouldn't. Because I leave honest comments. Like, get a beta reader! Of course, if I were really honest (and wanted to get booted from FFNet) I'd just put "WTF???" on some of these "stories". I mean, yeah, over there it's expected that the majority of stories will be poorly written, and that the authors will unerringly state that they're beginners - but my God. Even beginners ought to know how to use a spell checker; ought to know how to write dialogue so two or more characters aren't speaking in the same paragraph; ought to know that capitals aren't used for common nouns in the middle of a sentence. I generally try to be gentle with new writers as far as plotting and phrasing - but not basic grammar. And I mean basic. I'm starting to think schools don't even teach grammar any more - or that the majority of students are flunking it.

And why is it that the more atrocious the writing, the more "cutesy" these authors get in their notes? Or the more they break their arm patting themselves on the back? Do these idiots really believe their writing is that good? Yes! In fact, they seem to think it's the greatest thing since peanut butter found jelly.

So yeah - my patience has worn out. Call me crotchety, I don't care. If they're all that upset, they can bring it over to Beta Team and actually work on their writing.
ostarella: (Default)
If I read one more sob story from a parent about their kids having ADHD, Asperger syndrome, or some other syndrome to explain bad behavior, I will scream.

I get that there are kids who have these problems. I get that there are adults with these problems (I was diagnosed with AADD myself - and note I refuse to include that damn H for hyperactivity). But my god - does every person who is socially inept, immature, poorly disciplined or simply exuberant have to have some damn syndrome to excuse it? AADD is something I have - I deal with it. I don't say, Oh, I can put off doing stuff because of this condition so it's not my fault! How many parents are just lousy at parenting but get their doctors (always willing to please!) to put a label on their kid rather than admit they can't parent? How many wonderfully joyful and exuberant kids are put on drugs instead of being shown how to channel their wonderfulness?

It's that damn "I'm a victim" mentality again. Nothing is our fault. There's nothing we can do about it. Give me drugs, man! Accomodate my immaturity! Overlook my kid's rudeness!

I don't want to do the hard stuff so find me a syndrome! NOW!
ostarella: (Default)
If I read one more sob story from a parent about their kids having ADHD, Asperger syndrome, or some other syndrome to explain bad behavior, I will scream.

I get that there are kids who have these problems. I get that there are adults with these problems (I was diagnosed with AADD myself - and note I refuse to include that damn H for hyperactivity). But my god - does every person who is socially inept, immature, poorly disciplined or simply exuberant have to have some damn syndrome to excuse it? AADD is something I have - I deal with it. I don't say, Oh, I can put off doing stuff because of this condition so it's not my fault! How many parents are just lousy at parenting but get their doctors (always willing to please!) to put a label on their kid rather than admit they can't parent? How many wonderfully joyful and exuberant kids are put on drugs instead of being shown how to channel their wonderfulness?

It's that damn "I'm a victim" mentality again. Nothing is our fault. There's nothing we can do about it. Give me drugs, man! Accomodate my immaturity! Overlook my kid's rudeness!

I don't want to do the hard stuff so find me a syndrome! NOW!

Minor rant

Feb. 10th, 2010 06:40 pm
ostarella: (Excuse me)
Is it just me, or does anyone else hate it when companies we deal with make changes they think are so neat! and force us into them? Like my stupid ISP and it's web hosting fiasco. What ticked me off today is Google's "buzz". I didn't know what it was, to begin with, have only a basic understanding of it after reading through numerous "isn't this great!?" info sites by Google, but frankly, if I want to share something with someone, I know how to do that without some company deciding for me, thank you very much. But mainly I just resent it when these things get added automatically, without giving me a choice or even warning me, and then I have to turn cartwheels to find out how to get rid of it.

I think, frankly, it's the paternalistic attitude that really grinds on my nerves. Too many people, governments, businesses, and entities in general are making decisions on my behalf because they think it will make my life better/easier and most of the time it does just the opposite.

Gawd, am I in a bitchy mood today or what? Cabin fever. Gotta be...

Minor rant

Feb. 10th, 2010 06:40 pm
ostarella: (Excuse me)
Is it just me, or does anyone else hate it when companies we deal with make changes they think are so neat! and force us into them? Like my stupid ISP and it's web hosting fiasco. What ticked me off today is Google's "buzz". I didn't know what it was, to begin with, have only a basic understanding of it after reading through numerous "isn't this great!?" info sites by Google, but frankly, if I want to share something with someone, I know how to do that without some company deciding for me, thank you very much. But mainly I just resent it when these things get added automatically, without giving me a choice or even warning me, and then I have to turn cartwheels to find out how to get rid of it.

I think, frankly, it's the paternalistic attitude that really grinds on my nerves. Too many people, governments, businesses, and entities in general are making decisions on my behalf because they think it will make my life better/easier and most of the time it does just the opposite.

Gawd, am I in a bitchy mood today or what? Cabin fever. Gotta be...
ostarella: (kill)
Well, Firefox 3.5.7 sucks big time, so I'm checking my old pc to see what version I had there. Found a site where I can still download older versions - going back to what I had. 3.5.7 is sooooo slow - many times I have to try 3-4 times before it can even "find" the site, or it "times out" before it can connect. Not to mention they've revamped their 'clean up' stuff with so many technical terms I don't know what I should clean out and what I need to leave. Gah! I was looking at some support forums and wasn't greatly impressed with their techies, either. Several people were reporting the same problems and they kept being told it was "their" problem (ie, their pc, their router, their something-or-other) and not Firefox - yeah, like all these people had the same crappy equipment. Starting to sound more and more like Microsoft :p

I mean, I know it's open-source and all that jazz, and it's still (or at least was) better than IE, but... Now they have version 3.6 - but as one person in the forums said, with every new version it gets worse, so yeah, I'm going to rush to install that one.
ostarella: (kill)
Well, Firefox 3.5.7 sucks big time, so I'm checking my old pc to see what version I had there. Found a site where I can still download older versions - going back to what I had. 3.5.7 is sooooo slow - many times I have to try 3-4 times before it can even "find" the site, or it "times out" before it can connect. Not to mention they've revamped their 'clean up' stuff with so many technical terms I don't know what I should clean out and what I need to leave. Gah! I was looking at some support forums and wasn't greatly impressed with their techies, either. Several people were reporting the same problems and they kept being told it was "their" problem (ie, their pc, their router, their something-or-other) and not Firefox - yeah, like all these people had the same crappy equipment. Starting to sound more and more like Microsoft :p

I mean, I know it's open-source and all that jazz, and it's still (or at least was) better than IE, but... Now they have version 3.6 - but as one person in the forums said, with every new version it gets worse, so yeah, I'm going to rush to install that one.
ostarella: (Disgusted)
Well, alienated is once more in our midst - over on the DS forum. She actually had the gall to PM me, gloating at once again fooling those idiot mods into letting her back on. And letting me know she fully intends to continue in her usual juvenile pattern. Does this woman have no brain whatsoever?

What am I saying?

I did respond - letting her know the gloves are off. One more piece of crap from her and BAM! The woman is so completely idiotic - even aside from her compulsive behavior toward Dirk and others. She claims to be so intelligent, but she can't even read! Look at her diatribe about Dirk's article, where *she* claims he admits to "lost weekends" - that whole bit was about falling off the "celebrity wagon" - I can't decide if she deliberately misconstrued that or if she's really incapable of any kind of reading comprehension. Most likely a bit of both.

Ah, well - maybe people will accept the challenge and knock her block off (figuratively speaking, of course ;-)) in order to rebuild the forum. If not, we do have DBC, DTD and others where her idiocy isn't tolerated - all of which are thriving. Quite a coincidence, that.
ostarella: (Disgusted)
Well, alienated is once more in our midst - over on the DS forum. She actually had the gall to PM me, gloating at once again fooling those idiot mods into letting her back on. And letting me know she fully intends to continue in her usual juvenile pattern. Does this woman have no brain whatsoever?

What am I saying?

I did respond - letting her know the gloves are off. One more piece of crap from her and BAM! The woman is so completely idiotic - even aside from her compulsive behavior toward Dirk and others. She claims to be so intelligent, but she can't even read! Look at her diatribe about Dirk's article, where *she* claims he admits to "lost weekends" - that whole bit was about falling off the "celebrity wagon" - I can't decide if she deliberately misconstrued that or if she's really incapable of any kind of reading comprehension. Most likely a bit of both.

Ah, well - maybe people will accept the challenge and knock her block off (figuratively speaking, of course ;-)) in order to rebuild the forum. If not, we do have DBC, DTD and others where her idiocy isn't tolerated - all of which are thriving. Quite a coincidence, that.

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