A collection of things that are not so awesome.

Sure, Leave Me a Voicemail

I used to hate when people would call my phone and leave a voicemail message telling me to call them. First off, I know you called. It said so when I pressed ‘ignore’. Second, it’s kind of a no-brainer that, when someone calls, you call them back. Lastly, I really don’t care anymore anyways because I have Visual Voicemail, which means I can delete your message without even having to hear it.

So go ahead, leave a message. It’s not my time you’re wasting. (Note: rant does not apply to informative, interesting, or otherwise useful messages.)

My Interpretation of Communication

There are a lot of people that I enjoy interacting with on a daily basis.  Some are friends, some are family, some are random strangers who I’ve never met before and may never meet again.  Others are ones that I’ve only met through text in an IM window or messages through an online community.

Communication is an essential part of human intelligence.  Most of us can communicate in one way or another, if not by speech then by signal, sound, or feeling.  We subconsciously measure people’s reactions to the things we do and say and we adjust our tone, our sincerity, and sometimes our entire message accordingly.

Stupid Laws

I originally posted this on Florida Today’s forum, in response to the “kids-in-car” bill that the Florida House of Representative were considering. I kinda liked it, so I wanted it to live forever here, too:

Laws are made to “protect” us. Well, what this really means is that laws are made to control people and tell them what they can and can’t do. “You can do this, but not this, this, or this. And if you do that, then you will get fined for it. And if you do this, then you’ll go to jail.”

Stupid Questions, Stupider People

You know how you can tell whether or not you’re talking to an idiot? One way to know for sure is if they ask you nonsensical questions over and over again, taking baby steps to clarify what they actually need. Then, once you finally understand the nature of their inquiry, it has absolutely nothing to do with you at all and is probably something they could have easily figured out on their own with minimal effort.

People like this deserve the highest level of demeaning aggression available.  That’s right, they should all be fwapped. No!  Not that definition, I mean #4:

Public School vs. Charter School

This is for all the people out there who are against the idea of charter schools (especially the ones who declare that they should all be shut down permanently). I know of countless parents who are grateful that their kids have had the opportunity to excel in these much-needed schools when the public schools didn’t work out. The environment, the teaching styles…it all varies with each charter, and that variety is something that you can’t find in your average public school.

Kids are diverse. They are not standardized machines. Each child should be given the opportunity to learn at his/her own pace at a school that understands that concept. Think about it. Just because your kid didn’t study his multiplication table doesn’t mean my kid should be held back from learning algebra.