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Rant on...inconsiderate redundancy

This rant is the 13th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. It's been ages since I've posted an update on this site, and honestly I've been holding off in the hopes...



I hate the Chicago police...parking meter edition [Update]

Update: As I hoped, the ticket I contested (mentioned in the second half of this story) was dismissed! I guess there is some justice after all. My last story about hating the Chicago police was posted a little over 3 years ago and was starting to get a little stale. So how about a refresh? This...



My beef with Amazon's review system

I really hate how Amazon likes to share product reviews across different versions of the same product. It causes major issues in areas like movies, digital cameras, and other products where you might have two similarly named items or items with different versions. Here's the email I just fired off to...



The new UPS ads are bullshit

I meant to post this when I first saw the new UPS ads, but better late than never. I'll admit it, as much as I hated the guy, there was still something interesting in watching him form simple drawings on a whiteboard while explaining different UPS services. But the new series of ads have all shattered...



Rant on...senseless commercials

This rant is the 12th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This rant is a little different than the rest of the series. Here's some ads that don't make any sense...



Guinness is made of people. People!

You know, Guinness has really got people figured out. Who hasn't pretended that when they drink beer, they're also drinking lots of little people? And little people playing percussion, at that. Here's a tip, Guinness: I'd rather not have a beer that's "alive inside." That sounds terrible.



BMW is clever

From the BMW TV ad for their new hydrogen car: "A car that will leave its mark, without leaving a mark." "Ready for the world, when the world is ready." First of all, who were the ad wizards who came up with this one? Here, I got some great lines you should add to your commercial right away:...



Idiotic leaps of logic

I wasn't all that excited or interested in an article about how Chicago's supposed cell phone driving ban hasn't been very effective, and the lack of police enforcement being labeled the major reason for it. First off, I thought they've showed a few times now that you're just as distracted on a headset...



Bridge collapse fear mongering

As you've probably heard, a bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during late-rush hour on Wednesday, causing numerous injuries and a few deaths. The story quickly circulated through the news, and now a couple of days have passed and they're trying to determine the cause. But the media seems to have taken...



Rant on...intrusive TV popup ads

This rant is the 11th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This rant was inspired by the showing of The Italian Job last night on FX. Specifically the part where...



Don't call it Underdog, Disney

Underdog was one of those shows that was great to watch as a kid. From what I recall, both this show and Rocky and Bullwinkle were on Cartoon Network (or Fox) in short, 15-minute or less episodes, though I'm having trouble finding any complete information in Wikipedia or elsewhere despite a pretty detailed...



Friendly note to the media - shut up!

If I hear another word about Paris Hilton or the iPhone I'm going to puke. Of course considering Paris is just getting out of jail today or tomorrow and the iPhone is coming out on Friday, odds are pretty good I'm going to be pretty sick.



Rant on...celebrity news

This rant is the 10th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. The last couple of weeks have been a source of incredible satisfaction, knowing that we won't miss a...



Rant on...Toyota's new ad campaign

This rant is the 9th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. Toyota's latest ad campaign is fantastic. They imply that their customers are a bunch of idiots. What...



Rant on...Cops breaking traffic laws

This rant is the 8th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. It looks like in the Dallas/Fort Worth area they're going to start fining cops that run red lights $75...



Shut up, Rolling Rock!

I wouldn't mind so much that you're running a crappy ad campaign (about the "complaints" about the Beer Ape ads) except that I keep hearing/seeing it constantly on the radio/TV. It's really dumb and annoying, and even if I liked Rolling Rock, these ads could convince me to stop drinking it. Get rid...



Urban Dictionary read my mind

I hate when I leave Comedy Central on and suddenly Mind of Mencia comes on. That show is such a total piece of crap. Every single show involves Carlos Mencia doing about 6 gimmicks and a bunch of racial jokes. But as I was considering plunging into a rant about why the show sucks, I realized many people...



Rant on...Airline Time Shifts

This rant is the 7th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. If you've ever been on an international flight that required a stopover and a change in time zones, you've...



I hate the gas company

So, usually when you sign up for a utility's automatic payment plan, you'd expect the bill to get paid automatically, right? Well, apparently the gas company is retarded. They estimate your gas usage, and bill you according to the estimate. But they came out for a meter reading and found they hadn't...



Brilliant advertising

I was just thinking the other day how nothing says mortgage to me like a couple dancing on a rooftop in the middle of the night. Thank you lowermybills.com for putting my thoughts into a crappy Flash ad. They even put the text "for under" under the rest of the text! These guys are geniuses! Seriously,...



Rant on...Domain Registration

This rant is the 6th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This rant is inspired by 2 domains I have been interested in for some time now. Anyone that's been looking...



Rant on...Credit Card Applications

This rant is the 5th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This past weekend I started looking through some drawers of papers I had. I got into this ridiculous...



Rant on...Alarm Clocks

This rant is the 4th installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This morning, an alarm clock snafu made me wake up late. I was instantly reminded of a Seinfeld episode,...



Rant on...DVD Packaging

This rant is the 3rd installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This rant is inspired by a DVD shipment I received today. Brand new DVDs always employ a fortress...



Rant on...Parking Lots

This rant is the 2nd installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. This rant is inspired by a violation I received yesterday while parked in the company parking lot. Apparently,...



Rant on...Fortune Cookies

This rant is the 1st installment of the Rant On... series, which will be featured regularly - by which I mean whenever I feel like ranting. Post any suggestions for future rants in the comments. Fortune cookies. A magnificent treat that also provides deep, penetrating insight into your future. Unlike...



I hate the Chicago police...times 3

So I'm going downtown Saturday night, and staying overnight. I decide to look at parking in a parking garage since the car I'm driving is new and it's snowing and I don't want snow and salt messing it up. But the parking garage costs $25 for anything over 10 hours, and it's definitely gonna be over 10...



what really grinds my gears...

...is when i am stuck behind a half-broken-down Dodge Stratus for the entire ride to work--about 15 miles highway rush hour. And it has its blinker on the whole way. What grinds your gears?