Think It Through #5: The Olympics triggered Twitter

Welcome to the fifth installment of ‘Think It Through’, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

So the Rio Olympics were a thing a few days ago, and now that the dust is settled (well at least by the time I finish writing this thing) and people have celebrated the achievements of the winning athletes. But alas not everything can be so happy; especially when the social justice babies start emerging from their Tumblur blogs looking for something to do. And in their never-ending quest to bully anyone more relevant than them; they decide to go after the voice of Dory from Finding Nemo.

I guess they were that keen to disprove the notion that anyone that isn’t white, straight or born with a dick is public enemy number one and only, while everyone else is excused from consequences….its just the women they do it to. So for those not in the know, Jamaican athlete Usian Bolt competed, with a photo of him grinning at the camera as he completed the race. And like the Internet usually does. It photoshopped the image into various memes for the shakes of a joke. Well Ellen DeGeneres also took to Photoshop with her own image.

Now you see that image here above the sentence? Right tell me what is wrong with that picture? If you said nothing you’re correct. However we live in the world of individuals that more trigger happy than Yosemite Sam on Red Bull and crack. Because she was accused of racism, due to the picture’sconnections (if only the quotation marks could get bigger than the site will allow) to slavery. I mean look at this image here to the right. As the mouth breathers on Twitter compared a photo of Ellen saying that: being given a piggy back ride by Usian Bolt is faster than taking her own car (which is probably true) to slave masters using their slaves as furniture. WHAT?! Screenshot (7).jpgSee this is why the Olympics need a game for furthest distance away from the point; because if these people were in US team, they would be taking home the gold from now till the end of time and beyond.

Unless Ellen also edited herself being pulled by a kart tied around Bolt’s waist, while whipping him with one hand, and holding a poll with a water melon attached via some string. Then you have lost me on how this is racist. Those two from the 1800s keep being brought. Yes that happened a long time ago. But as far as Google is aware, this is the exception and not the norm. And yet they keep popping up as a means of quit by association; because god forbid people move on from their countries past. Unless she’s maceing the guy while she’s dressed in a police uniform, the only racism is in your own head, that is if you believe in the crap that is more of a stretch than a fat lady’s g-string. As if the argument that political correctness is to comedy, what cancer is to the human lungs; needed anymore proof.

And the best thing of all, is that Ellen finally commented about the c(n)onterversy by saying this: Screenshot (8).png

And good for her to basically say: “I’m not racist, and your morons are taking this out of context”. – Ellen DeGeneres, in an ideal world. Because if the Social Justice morons have told us anything, it’s that context and apologies are more meaningless than their credibility as a movement. I mean these are the same people who praised the Ghostbusters reboot of promoting girl power, before calling the trailer racist for not having the black woman not be a scientist…last time I tak about the Ghostbusters reboot i swear.

So can everyone please stop trying to associate things that aren’t racist…with racism? Please, because most of the time in this day and age, it’s not there. So how about we start using the word racist when discussing actual hate attacks and acts based on nationality and skin colour; before the it starts becoming a synonym for something other than its proper definition, given the people who’ll throw the word around like water.

Thank you for your time.

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Think It Through #4 : Snap Chat Attention Seekers 

Welcome to the four installment of ‘Think It Through’, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

And boy does today’s topic make little sense.

Image result for snap chat logoI like the app Snap Chat. It’s fine app where you can chat with friends, show people what’s happening in your life, show what you had to eat at that time of the day, as well as send dick pics from the comfort of your bed; I don’t partake in said actions, shut up, but I don’t judge either. Now this isn’t really about the app, it’s about a certain type of person you’ll see using it. And believe it or not, it’s not the dick pic people, I don’t really take issue with those people….”insert your own joke here”; I said rolling my eyes in the process. But back on point, this habit I’ve seen often with people I’m friends with on the app; and it really get on my nerves, and it makes me want to punch the person who made me feel this way.

So let’s set the scene, and I’m sure it’s familiar to some people; so here we go: I lay down on my bed to relax. To which I then hear the Snap Chat notification sound. So I grab my phone, load the app, and I see I have a snap sent directly to me from a mate. So I open it, only to find a random selfie of the person who messaged me saying something about the image in the caption. Which leaves me confused as this never mentioned me, or was I involved in anyway; but whatever I move on. Only to go to the stories feature of the app, I tap on that same mate’s story; only to find that exact image in their story.

What the hell is this?! What was the point of sending that image directly to my messages, if you’re also going to add it to the feature that literally shares it with everyone whose friends with you on the app? That is such an attention whore thing to do. And why go to the trouble of finding my name on the app’s message feature, when you have the feature I just described earlier, because you feared I wouldn’t notice you? Is the response from your friends worth the extra time?

Snap Chat stories have a list feature that shows who saw your story after it’s been published. So despite that, I know people who are actually willing to send an image to the entirety of their friends list in order for them to see their image. Why? Listen, the app does allow users to view people’s stories multiple times after being first opened, so if you want us to see it again; for some reason, we’ll decide to do that, or we’ll screen shot the damn thing if you want to see it more than once. But given some of stuff I see from those people, not likely.

To said people, if made a forty word Facebook status about…something, you pick the topic, it’s you’re imagination that’s setting the scenario. Anyway, if you spent the time reading that, only to find that exact block of text in you’re message notifications (without mentioning or referencing you by the way) would your first response by something about asking me what the point was? Exactly, yes it would. So if that scenario sounded stupid to you, well a change in platform doesn’t make you less of an idiot!

That’s annoying enough, but do realize the effect that’ll have on everyone else. Not only will they see you as a dick for doing that, but your name in the notifications will be taken less seriously. Because with you, Snap Chat has turned to relevance roulette. Because when the app say you sent me a message; I no longer think about what important news that person wants to tell me, but rather if the image is going to be the sandwich he had for lunch that day. Thanks for not only wasting precious seconds of my life, but also a minute of yours.

Think it through!

Thank you for your time.

Think It Through #3 : Red Heads.

Welcome to the third installment of Think It Through, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

A while ago I wrote about my experiences as someone who is autistic; with one of my habits relating to the disorder was seeing things such as phrases as literal or often not see the alternate meaning. So this could be a case of me taking things way too seriously than i probably should do. So make your mind up about whether this is an interesting question, or the ramblings of an idiot with bad social skills.

Anyway, I’m sure we’re all aware of people with ginger hair, or as they’re more commonly known, as ‘red heads’. But here’s the thing, their hair isn’t red. As you can clearly see, this example is a bright orange, making this a woman with ginger hair. There go not a red-head. I mean yes you can get hair dye to make your hair actually red; but this isn’t the same thing.

 

Before you start typing “You know you could’ve looked this up yourself on internet.com, right?” And i did look it up on the most trust worthy site i could think of…Wikipedia. After reading through the page, this is what defined the colour of a red-headed person.

“Red hair varies from a deep burgundy through burnt orange to bright copper. “

So even though the page admitted that the colour is more orange, and the term exist because it’s shades lighter than the colour red. And this commonly used when describing the hair colour of ginger.Screenshot (151).png As Grade A Under A pointed out in his video about animal names, humans with ginger hair are identified as red heads, in the same why these animals are labeled: the Red Fox, Red Panda and Red Squirrel; even though those animals are clearly orange. Oh and don’t even get me started on how the Red Panda isn’t even a god damn panda.

RED's.jpgSo given how this seems to be the way of naming things with orange or ginger hair, then shouldn’t we be calling the fruit we call oranges as reds? Instead of using “oranges” when describing the fruit, say “reds”. There are farmers who pick reds from trees, you can celebrate Christmas with a Terry’s Chocolate Red, and start the day with a nice glass of red juice. See what I mean? Now i don’t want you to actually do that for everyday life; this was just an example of how flawed this naming system is.

Blonde hair.jpgSo if ginger haired people are labeled as red heads, why are blonde people labeled as yellow heads? Think about, blonde is a similar looking colour compared to yellow. And as someone who has experience with painting, i have used yellow as a colour in order to make yellow. So if ginger hair can be labeled as red due to the colours being similar shades, no matter the side of the colour spectrum; then why doesn’t blonde or even brunette fall under the same way of thinking?

In fact I looked the actual meaning of the term “brunette” and the first thing that came up was “brown hair” on Wikipedia again. Well in that case do we need a separate word to describe an already named colour. Just say the person has brown hair, simple. But like i said in the beginning; i tend to take things way too literally. And plus i don’t really stay connected with the fashion world, hair design and hair beauty being such an example. Either way someone is making things way to complicated for the other.

In conclusion, I feel the term “red-head” is unnecessary when we already have a more fitting and more accurate way of describing their hair colour. That would be ginger. Either way, i want to hear your opinions in the comments. Oh and hair dresses and other people who use the term, really think about the colour you’re describing, and think it through.

Thank you for your time.

 

Think It Through #2 : Fired Over Social Networking?

Welcome to the second installment of Think It Through, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

In this digital age pretty much everyone is connected to at least one social messaging service; whether it’d be: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or WhatsApp. And they’re used to message each others, share pictures of places they’ve been to, share something they found online that made them smile, to see what your friend or favorite celebrity are up to, or express what ever thought you had that day. Despite the jokes people make about badly spelled tweets, pointless status’ and whatever trash ends up on Twitter and Instagram, this  sort of stuff is actually listened to; and if you post the wrong thing you can find yourself at a short end of a very blunt beating stick.

I think anyone who has, is or will be looking for work may already know what I’m talking about. When a boss is thinking about accepting an application for a job at their company; most bosses will look up the person’s name online to find their social networking sites; and any other dirt they can find. Too many pics of you partying on night outs with your friends; well the boss doesn’t want someone who may come in hung over every Monday. And admittedly i have to address some flaws with that argument. Yes i get the need for a reliable employee; but while you can read a profile you can’t read people. Sure they say they won’t be getting drunk on work nights; but everyone goes out some nights to parties, wedding receptions, new year parties etc. And as much they try, they’ll end up drunk on the night, sleep through their alarm clock and be late for work. I get the point and those chain of events are irresponsible, but the pictures someone post is ill relevant because of how much of a gamble it is.

Plus, some can still post tons of drunken photos of themselves online, and still not go out drinking regularly; in the same way someone else could go out drinking every night and not tell the internet about. Not exactly Mr Holmes in terms of deduction skills were we boss?

Statuses and Tweets are important to be careful of as well, for two reasons; content and presentation. An employer will want someone to represent their company or a department with in it. By presentation i mean basic spelling and grammar. Most companies nowadays also have their own accounts on Facebook and Twitter, with employees often having their own accounts on websites such as Linkedin.co.uk. Most jobs will workers write reports for the head of their department, letters and emails to other companies in order to do business with. And speaking from experience in order for said employee to do this they’ll need good spelling skills, correct punctuation, basic understanding of sentence structure. Because chances are, if your soon to be employer sees that you regularly post badly written statuses with spelling with the coherency of a tin of alphabeti spaghetti; you’ll remain on the unemployment line.

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=n7TsxhtfBNM&start=109&end=178&cid=7056813 SOURCE: Scumbags of the Internet #2 – ADoseofBuckley.

I understand a company wanting a smart, well written and intelligent staff member when communicating with others; what i don’t support is the content being a reason to get someone canned from a job. We live in a world of many different believes and i don’t like the idea of someone saying “you said this, so we don’t want you here”. Most of the time said post are unrelated to the company. The views of a worker don’t effect the profits or anything with a company. Most people like to come home in order to get away from their job; and policing their views just adds to the stereotype of bosses being nasty bullies who treat their employees like dirt. To all business owners of the world: whatever bigoted or moronic things said by your employee doesn’t sink your company image. If said inappropriate comments aren’t being put on your company website, your customers aren’t being insulted, or said actions aren’t done in your name; you have nothing to worry about; let your workers live the days where they can breathe how they choose.

An example would be from February in 2015 in which a teenage girl named Cella (No article i could find didn’t say her last name) as she posted a tweet saying

“Ew i start this fucking job tomorrow”.

Naturally expressing the views of most people, that they have to get up for work; and part-time jobs for teenagers aren’t exactly making fat stacks yo. Her boss Robert Walpe found that tweet and responded:

“No you don’t start that FA (Fucking Ass) job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life”!

That is flat rude on so many levels; behavior wise, and that’s putting aside the language police on display. She couldn’t represent the company as she hadn’t started her job yet; nor did she mention it in the post. This shows how Robert abusing his power of head of staff, by censoring criticism. Again, this was done outside her work time.Unless she’s reviewing the company on a site like Yelp; Robert has nothing to worry about, in terms the reputation of his business.

That was a tweet that wasn’t representative of the business Cella worked at; this example was. On the 6th October 2015 Goldsmith University’s Diversity officer Bahar Mustafa was arrested in England for hate speech.

She was punished for using the hashtag #killallwhitemen in multiple tweets on her twitter page (yes i do see the irony, why do you ask?) SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bahar-mustafa-charged-with-sending-malicious-message-after-tweeting-kill-all-white-men-a6683241.html This incident is only the straw that broke the camel’s back; as she was already notorious on the internet. She was well-known for having segregated classes and assemblies, where white, straight, men weren’t allowed to attend. Not just that but she also stated as a rule that women are the only people who were allowed to speak first due to society not giving them chances to impact the world around them. All of which was explained in a speech where she states that

“Therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist because we do not stand to benefit from such a system.” B Mustafa – 2015.

And yet if a white man said she would cry racist, not seeing the irony.  The most ironic thing about that speech is this: If women can’t be classed as racist and are above laws such as hate crime, wouldn’t that make her have the benefit of a power structure? Also this speech is spoken by a white woman, while a young black woman holds her microphone.

Since then she has been fired from her job and was arrested in England for the #killallwhitemen tweets. Ironic given how she was the negative stereotype of a feminist. You know the: “that’s sexist, that’s racist! Ban this now!” The type that purpose language police for no reason other than being PC.
I call this ironic because this is the sort of law people like her and her supporters fight to in act, only this time with a feminist at the short end of the law; and not anyone who disagrees with their views….i mean a racist bigot.

I agree that it was right for the university to fire her; i do feel her imprisonment wasn’t the right decision, given the draconian hate speech laws in England. You may call me a hypocrite for what i said in paragraph two; but here’s the difference between Bahar and Cella. All of what i said about Bahar’s comments and such; those were the ways she ran her job, as the woman who is meant to help relationships of students of different races and genders. That speech i linked was at the university, she admits to segregating her classes; all of which she admits online. Imagine yourself as a white male student looking to imply at Goldsmith; imagine you read about how class mates of your gender were forbidden to speak because of their gender, imagine hearing how a member of the student union opening supports segregation and other such acts on campus; all with the university allowing her to work there. I’m guess if you were in that situation, I’m guessing you’d like to take business else where. I’m in the position of: the internet shouldn’t factor into someone’s job, unless it’s done in the name of the company or on their grounds, in a way that makes them look bad. Much like Bahar did to the name of Goldsmith.

For famous people like celebrities, spokes people, politicians, web celebrities, people in high-profile companies etc; it’s a different story. When you’re in the public consciousness, no duh you’re going to have more people keeping an eye on you if have Twitter or Instagram. Not just for updates in their career and new products to sell; but rather if you say something incredibly stupid you are bound to get the back lash on high scale; and yes depending on the point it can and well affect your job. Such as Adam Orth, a former Creative Director for Microsoft. Those not in the know when the Xbox One console was announced, it was said to have DRM restrictions. It’s a long complicated story but basically the publisher of a game would be monitoring the play through viva having the game constantly connected to the internet. This received a huge backlash, as this ruined the launch of games like Sim City (2014) and Diablo 3 due to the servers needed not working well enough or at all; sometime later Adam sent this tweet.
This didn’t help Microsoft; as they fired him due to the hate he got over this. While that was stupid, i do believe firing him was a bit extreme. I believe he should have made an apology to the audience and the companies higher-ups. Hence why people shouldn’t be fired for something they said on Facebook. If someone’s going to post something stupid, then surely their responses by everyone who sees it is going to be punishment enough; having you be mocked by friends and whoever else. I feel that a person caught in a situation should make an apology, face any backlash, and then earn their respect back.

At the end of the day, I feel that someone’s internet comments should be the last thing anyone should be fired for. Because unless it’s being done on company time, or aimed towards customers or business clients; it’s just a case of paranoia of consumer back lash or a quick way of taking the back lash of the boss and company, which is usually why this is done. So either this practice needs to stopped; or all employers should link their personal social network pages to their company’s website to let their customers judge their views on the world. Either I what to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Think It Through employers.

Thank you for your time.

Think It Through #1 : Silent Letters

Have you ever seen something that doesn’t make sense to you, something that seems really questionable, and yet everyone else is excepting it?  Well this is the subject of this blog; or rather future blogs. As I’ve decided to open up a new segment on this blog called Think It Through, or T.I.T for short. Stop laughing! Through this segment, i shall be looking over things in the world that flat out make no sense and poke holes in their logic, all in a comedic (i hope) way. So let’s begin.

So i’m sure at some point in your life you’ve had difficulties spelling words. Very common mistake, right? Sure you have, I’ve certainly had my moments. And the one thing i find the most pointless thing i find about spelling, is silent letters. Seriously they’re like the flower vases someone pleases around the house to make the room look nicer. If a letter is gong to be featured, why would you not prononce…. oh sorry “pronounce” it? Trust me there’s more examples to come. In any case the whole process of not saying a featured word, it’s like buying a game for a video game console you don’t own, nor intend to buy.

A good example is Wednesday. If you look at the word, it looks like it should be said as Wed-nes-day. But no as we all know, it’s pronounced as Wens-day; do you see how pointless the D and second E are? Another example is plumber; you would think with the included B, you’d say it as “Plum-ber”. But no, the B is silent, meaning it pronounced plumber. Because for some reason the person who created them words; or the person who created the concept of silent letters, thinks that it makes their words look all fancy  and stuff. Oh how can we not forget about the K when it’s silent; because K is a repeat offender in all this. Take the word knight for example, when the royalty member that created the  role an knight to protect the kingdom, did they not realize that an extra letter to the name doesn’t show the higher class over the people they ruled over; the armor and clothes did that job.

It’s the same issue with knee. When the doctor that mapped out and researched all of the medical research on the knee area of the leg, did that person write knee as we do today or did he or someone else convince them do do it in an attempt to impress their piers in the medical world? You discovered how the human leg works, surely that should’ve given you enough praise for your research. Am i the only one who noticed that K is automatically silent when next to the letter N? Think about it: knight, kneel, knee and knowledge. All of them start with a silent K and are then followed by N. Apparently N is the playground bully, while K is the wimpy kid who keeps quite in order to not be tossed in to the nearest dumpster.

And while were on the subject, how many times does P get picked on by many different letters? Look at this: Pneumonia, Pterodactyl, and Psychology. Unlike K where there’s a clear pattern. P’s use of being silent is just random, especially when being next to letters like N, T and S. All three of those words start with different sounds, and a silent P. How bad is P social skills? Or maybe P has a crush on all three of those letters and is just to shy to admit it. I never knew letters could identify with the Mormon church.

And then you have cases of letters replacing other letters, despite the sound of the word’s starting point. Urge is an example of this. Given the “er” sound in the beginning, i thought it was spelled “erge”; sounds reasonable right? But as you saw earlier, it is spelled with a silent U at the beginning; because reasons. Going back to P again, i already explained it’s often used as a silent letter. But that doesn’t explain why putting it and the letter H together, makes an “fuh” sound. Ph=F. No sense has been made here. It appears that when the two letters come together, they fade away into nothing and become silent; and yet during this process, they then merge together and start to do a Megazord style transformation that results in them becoming the letter F…some how. Case and point: Phil, photograph and phrase. All three could be be replaced with the letter F at the start, i mean they already sound they do start with F. Why are these two letters pretending to be something they’re not?

In conclusion, silent letters are the bow ties of the English alphabet: in the sense that it’s used in the attempt to make a word look smarter than it is. Secondly, we need to improve whatever issues the letter K and N have going on between each other. Thirdly if P and H were people, they would be in jail for multiple accounts of identity theft. And finally, silent letters are something the creator of the concept should’ve looked back on; and decided to think it through. As i child gramma…sorry “grammar” and the English subject was difficult enough, and all of this wasn’t helping. In the words of Homer Simpson. “You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game!” Again people, think it through.

Thank you for your time.