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Watery Soap Stops Here.

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Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and all other people who think they have control over what they call kids, I implore you to stop filling soap bottles with water after they’ve run out.
What is your thought process in doing so? Are you so cheap that you cannot simply buy a $1.39 bottle of soap? Even if you were a noble soul and bought that bottle, why do you let it rot under the sink while time and time again you refill the empty watery soap bottle? Sure I’ve badgered any culprit of this practice with enough rhetorical questions, but there is one more thing I’d like them to think about.

 

What do you care about more? The health of your child or the extra dollar in your pocket that you so maliciously saved?

I’m done.

Availability Heuristic: Today’s “Offending” Tweets of The Batman Shooting

People Make Me Sick.

The shooter, I have nothing to say about, since there is already enough coverage on the story and it’s all sad, sick and irrational. However, two tweets have also made the front pages today and everyone involved in them should be ashamed of themselves.

In hindsight, the people who made the tweets should’ve stood their ground when the people who complained about them bashed because it isn’t like they meant to offend.

The news reporters, who were not involved at all, should have stayed out of it and kept their focus on the dramatic and tragic national event that had just happened.

Now for the public. I’ll take bets right now that the government is going to use their “never let a good crisis go to waste” and pull out an IMPOSSIBLY long document that they mysteriously wrote within a week to take as many liberties as physically possible. Hello?! Does anyone remember the Patriot Act!? I wont even bother discussing that one. No one cares about our freedoms (or lack of) anyway.
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See, when emotions run high in national emergencies, we lose our freedoms. They admit that RIGHT THERE.

Here’s a few fun facts for today:

“In 2009, 31,347 people were killed by firearms in the United States. That’s an average of 86 people a day. Already this year in Rochester, about 100 people have been shot. Six times as many people who were killed in Aurora today will die by gun violence today across the country.”

“Those killed in Aurora represent less than half a day’s quota of annual gun deaths in the US. Today is the rule, disguised as the exception.”

Oh, and the title? What’s the Availability Heuristic you say? Probably the most common thing that the idiots of America fall for. Why not Google that one. For more on the reactions of today, http://therochesterian.com/2012/07/20/gun-control-mass-shootings-and-pop-culture/

Im done.

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Crush soda, please do explain this one…

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I don’t even have any words for this! Literally, that was my whole blog post. Seventy one grams?!

And people wonder why America is so fat… Seriously. This has so much sodium that it doesn’t even quench anyone’s thirst, so you buy another sugary drink five seconds later. Are people this stupid?

Apparently so…

 

On a related note, i’d love to know why Fanta Soda – the same thing, really – in Europe, made by the same company, has only 13 grams of sugar, compared to your 71 grams, yet its taste was incomparable.

But Fanta is another story, namely, on another blog post:

http://jcoinster.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/european-fanta-vs-american-fanta-huge-difference/

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Why are some companies so unprofessional?

One of the largest family owned pressure cleaning companies in America, creatively named “American Dream Pressure Cleaning,” has been run by my family since it’s creation in 1993. Our name is known throughout most of the eastern seaboard by many business owners and store managers.

However, company “rivals” have attempted to hurt our company in hotel parking lots, at our location and with hate-filled signs on telephone poles across local towns. Our machine’s electrical lines have been cut, fried, and even the engines have all been drilled through in only the past year alone.

These people know exactly what they’re doing and every time it happens, I have to wonder what their motive could possibly be as they send a drill through a small business’s machine, compromising all further operation until it’s fixed. Are they just that stupid? Do they think they’re getting a “leg up” on the business? I mean, none of it really matters when you’re a fully insured company anyway, but nonetheless, it just keeps happening.

So as a friendly message to these companies: stop messing. You wouldn’t be struggling if you strived to be the best, or at least your best. Even so, we’re not your competition. We work with contracts, so we don’t travel around asking random store managers to clean the store once and be on our ways. Maybe if you spent a little bit more time working on your company website or promoting your businesses, instead of trying to hurt ours, you would be better off.

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It’s Time to Reinvent the Wooden Pencil.

Do you see those pencils? Each and every one of them was used no more than a day or two. Unless you carry around a pack of eraser tops to put over the cracked off eraser tops, those pencils are essentially worthless.

Pencil manufacturers need to either start to pack eraser top replacements with their pencils, use higher quality eraser materials or modify the metal rings of pencil tops to be less prone to pinching the eraser, which causes them to break off.

Don’t get me wrong, mechanical pencils have their own quirks too, but at least those pencils often come with replaceable erasers or retractable ones so that after those 2 days of use, you can replace them and continue using them.

Who am I kidding… The wooden pencil will never change. They’re cheap to make and because they are, when they break, we just go right back to the store to buy more. It’s genius!

Did I just write 156 words on pencils? Yes I did.

How to get around Facebook’s latest invasion of privacy: Facebook Unseen

So, in case you haven’t heard, Facebook introduced a new feature that allows someone to see if you saw their message. I already wrote my rant about that one here:

http://jcoinster.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/facebook-where-do-you-draw-the-line-the-messenger-app-just-ruined-everything-3/

But there is already a way around this privacy invasion for Chrome users.

So before you get into one of these dreaded situations, I suggest you get this extension for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gfjpoahaombpolfifdahikhbdnjjeifk

Stupid Age Facebook Like

I have lost all respect for all of 67,977 people today.

You’ve got to be kidding me right now.

“Like if you see your age?” Ok. Let’s look at the ages they listed. Hmm… Oh. Age 12 to infinity.

Basically, the only people they left out is the group of technologically advanced kids younger than 12 on facebook who would never think to like something so desperate for attention in the first place.

But… I have to admit. My age IS there. Too bad they didn’t threaten me with a time limit to find my age, or say that i’ll get killed if I don’t like the post. Oh well. I’ll take my chances.

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$90 for an ink cartridge? AWW HELL NAW.

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A few days ago, I stopped by a to Staples to find a replacement ink cartridge for my printer, since someone else in my household had decided to print a 70+ page document for themselves. Whether or not they read the document or not (they didn’t, in case you’re wondering) doesn’t matter, because every printer runs out eventually and chances are, the cartridge weighs only a few ounces – if that. So whenever my life is in peril, I turn to the website that solves it all: eBay.
There, I learned about a little known cheat that would save me quite a few bucks. Apparently, ink cartridges are refillable and the ink only costs a few bucks to get yourself. Thanks HP for not mentioning that on, you’ve been a real pal for all these years.

So I bought a pack just to try (I’ll post a link on the bottom so you can use it as a reference) for $6.40. With a price tag like that, how could I not give it a try?It was extremely easy to refill with the pictured directions, so there’s no point in explaining it, but I recommend having a few paper towels on hand…

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All in all, it saved me 80 bucks. So I can’t complain about having ink covered hands. But I really suggest you give this a try, because you’re only lining the pockets of massive corporations that know they’ve been ripping you off for years. No big deal.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320886254920?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Facebook, where do you draw the line? The messenger app just ruined everything.

Take this scenario:

You’re finally talking to your crush on Facebook! Great! Step one is complete! But uh-oh….. she’s asked a question that you dont know how to answer. Say she asked you who you like. That’s right. You’re screwed now. So it’s time for backup, you know, message a friend about the girl you’re messaging on what to say. But your aid isn’t quick to reply either. By now, the girl is wondering what your’re thinking, and she might be getting a bit bummed, mad, sad, angry – I mean, who knows what a girl’s reaction will be! They’re girls! To top it all off, she would now know that you already read the message the second she sent it. That’s just a slap in the face and a whole mess of awkwardness if you ask me.

Facebook, I appreciate your aid given by the single benefit of this feature: Now the people looking for me when i’m not quickly answering their texts can message me on facebook and they can see if you read the message or not, so they know I still have a pulse. Smart.

Now, I feel strongly about this probably because something like this happened to me a few years ago. I won’t go into details, but my uncle basically got me my crush and a best friend for life.