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2014-04-09 02:01:10 PM  

notatrollorami: durbnpoisn: Harry Freakstorm: People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.


omg, that drives me nuts.
Plus...  It's one thing to have the thing on while your driving, or your hands are otherwise occupied.  But many times, people will just sit there wearing it, as if the most important call in the universe might happen at any moment.
They look like idiots.

I wear one in the car pretty much anytime I'm working because it's easier to hear the google maps lady in the earpiece and I go to multiple addresses for each job. Sometimes I forget it's on when I walk into a store. The hatred many people have for the things is palpable.

///On the rare occasion I'm in line and get an incoming call I must take I step out of the line. As should everyone else.


Yeah! Fark you google maps lady!
 
2014-04-09 02:02:01 PM  

ReverendJynxed: jehovahs witness protection: MelGoesOnTour: jehovahs witness protection: MelGoesOnTour: jehovahs witness protection: Cell phone jammers.
That is all.

I had one a few years ago (ordered it from England) and it worked great! Had an effective radius of about 50-feet or so. It was fairly expensive so after a few weeks I wound up returning it.  It was a fairly simple looking device about the size and looks of a flip-phone (this was pre-smartphone days back when Blackberry was still popular). These days, though, what with 3G, 4G, etc., I'm not sure if there are any small jammers that are able to block everything.

If anyone knows of a full-spectrum-blocker (for lack of a better term), please do post an info-link!

Ordered mine from China at a cost of $57 including shipping.
It takes out EVERYTHING, including WiFi.
Sitting outside of Starbucks has never been more entertaining.

Linky to site where I can order, please?  :)

http://www.cellphoneblockerjammer.com/

I may install one of those in my car just to shut folks down with cells driving next to me.


That may make it worse, they will look at their phone to redial.
 
2014-04-09 02:06:08 PM  

Cold_Sassy: lewismarktwo: I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb

That is farking hilarious!  Sometimes I wish I was 6'5" and about 250.  I would do similar things on a regular basis.


I am. It's still extremely difficult to overcome the ingrained inclination not to be confrontational. Someone has to be a pretty spectacular asshole for me to feel comfortable calling them out. My ability to whip their ass has no bearing on my need to conform to social norms.
 
2014-04-09 02:10:22 PM  

stuffy: News Flash nobody is impressed that you have a cell phone.


It's funny that you're so self centered that you think people use innocuous, pervasive devices to try to impress you. News flash: people are talking on cell phones because they have something to say to someone who isn't right next to them.
 
2014-04-09 02:12:06 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: jehovahs witness protection: Sitting outside of Starbucks has never been more entertaining.

It's amusing to me how you think that your flavor of disruptive annoyance is somehow better than what the people around you are doing.


You mean like when you were being disruptive and annoying in the gun thread yesterday?
 
2014-04-09 02:12:22 PM  

Matthew Keene: Occasionally, Darwin claims his prize.

http://globalnews.ca/news/514584/montreal-woman-killed-in-metro/

She made it two stations before anyone noticed the blood and gutz on the tracks.


That's a real shame. Of course, the fact that she was a hot almost certainly gave the story more impact and maybe helped a few people to alter their behavior.
 
2014-04-09 02:15:22 PM  

meanmutton: News flash: people are talking on cell phones because they have something to say to someone who isn't right next to them.


Newsflash: not everyone wants to hear your inane blather.
 
2014-04-09 02:16:28 PM  

Matthew Keene: Harry Freakstorm: People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.

It also makes it harder to spot the skitzo nuts having conversations with themselves.


That's the thing that always got me. When I lived in NYC, if you saw someone carrying on a conversation with someone who nobody could see, you assumed he was a nutjob. Now you assume he's a stockbroker or executive, or more likely, a middle-management douche.
 
2014-04-09 02:19:37 PM  
About 6 years ago, was having breakfast with my wife, and couldn't help but notice a man speaking loudly as if he were speaking to someone else. Thought maybe had a bluetooth. Turns out, as we left, I glanced at him again, and he did not have one, was still alone, and talking as if he were on the phone. Then I realized he was nuts.
 
2014-04-09 02:21:16 PM  

notatrollorami: Cold_Sassy: lewismarktwo: I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb

That is farking hilarious!  Sometimes I wish I was 6'5" and about 250.  I would do similar things on a regular basis.

I am. It's still extremely difficult to overcome the ingrained inclination not to be confrontational. Someone has to be a pretty spectacular asshole for me to feel comfortable calling them out. My ability to whip their ass has no bearing on my need to conform to social norms.


Well, you're a lucky man.  I am a 5"4" 120# female, so if the jerk is a guy I'm SOL.  I wasn't taking about an a*s whipping really, it was more about being able to defend myself should they decide to become physical ;)  I am pretty non-confrontational myself but I'm not afraid to speak up to someone of a similar size and weight.
 
2014-04-09 02:26:08 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: meanmutton: News flash: people are talking on cell phones because they have something to say to someone who isn't right next to them.

Newsflash: not everyone wants to hear your inane blather.


My blather doesn't become more erudite if spewed at someone right next to me.
 
2014-04-09 02:29:33 PM  

meanmutton: My blather doesn't become more erudite if spewed at someone right next to me.


No, but cognitive science shows that's it's easier for the rest of us to tune out.
 
2014-04-09 02:29:49 PM  
Just because you have a cellphone, doesn't mean you have to answer it when it rings.
 
2014-04-09 02:37:45 PM  

stuffy: News Flash nobody is impressed that you have a cell phone.


In the same vein, no one is impressed that you DON'T have a cell phone, though some people oddly find it gloat-worthy.
 
2014-04-09 02:38:22 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: meanmutton: News flash: people are talking on cell phones because they have something to say to someone who isn't right next to them.

Newsflash: not everyone wants to hear your inane blather.


And news flash, it's not even a choice. I can say I do not want to hear what this person thinks is SO freakin important in his life that he blabs it at loud volume all over me. These people don't see you as even having a choice in the matter. They've got something REALLY REALLY important to say so Fark you.
 
2014-04-09 02:40:21 PM  

TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.

Did you completely miss the quote I put right there?

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"


There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.  Most people don't have OCD.
 
2014-04-09 02:41:50 PM  

rev. dave: I talk on the phone while in the grocery store.


Why?  I see this from time to time, and I always wonder what is so farking important.
 
2014-04-09 02:45:29 PM  

trappedspirit: There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.


Or, you know, the jackass describing his lunch over the phone on a packed train could just shut the f*ck up for one blessed second.

But of course you making a tee time in line behind me at the grocery store is the most important thing in the world for all of us.
 
2014-04-09 02:50:00 PM  
I'd like to quickly bring up another angle to this. I have friends that go out of their way to be seen and heard on their phone in public. They speak very loudly and almost make a scene. I think this is the behavior that annoys some of us (myself included). They WANT you to hear their personal conversation, whether it's uncomfortable for you or not. It's their version of loudly attention whoring whether you like it or not.

Now, some have said well just tune it out, why are you paying any attention. Well, I could wear earbuds all day and block it all out. But why should I have to? Why can't you keep your private, personal, awkward conversations to yourselves? Why must I be forced to listen (because I can't escape without blocking out the entire world with, say, earbuds).
 
2014-04-09 02:59:06 PM  

sandi_fish: Was in the rest room of the office building where I work, and this dipshiat answers the phone in the stall. I was in the stall next to her and could not for the life of me why she wouldn't call the person back.  What if someone was in there leaving a deposit?


mentalfloss.com

Would've approved of your stall-mate's behavior.
 
2014-04-09 03:03:09 PM  

Cold_Sassy: notatrollorami: Cold_Sassy: lewismarktwo: I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb

That is farking hilarious!  Sometimes I wish I was 6'5" and about 250.  I would do similar things on a regular basis.

I am. It's still extremely difficult to overcome the ingrained inclination not to be confrontational. Someone has to be a pretty spectacular asshole for me to feel comfortable calling them out. My ability to whip their ass has no bearing on my need to conform to social norms.

Well, you're a lucky man.  I am a 5"4" 120# female, so if the jerk is a guy I'm SOL.  I wasn't taking about an a*s whipping really, it was more about being able to defend myself should they decide to become physical ;)  I am pretty non-confrontational myself but I'm not afraid to speak up to someone of a similar size and weight.


Ha! My wife is 5'3" and 120 and is generally much more aggressive than I. It's considered spirited and feisty for you guys.

If somebody like me acts aggressively it comes off as bullying. It doesn't help that my voice is loud and my face more expressive than I intend it to be.

OTOH as my friends and family say it's comforting that I and those with me will never be the target of choice for muggers and such.
 
2014-04-09 03:05:39 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

I figure it's because they only hear one side of the conversation, and it just pizzes them off to no end that they can't be completely involved in listening in on your private conversation.  So they get all angered.


Waaay more thought than they put into it, it's like this:

1: I hear someone gabbling away on the phone and think they're talking to me.  I am confused and a little annoyed.  In the split-second of confusion my mind attempt to figure out why this person is talking to me, what are they talking about, do I want to answer, etc.

2: I realize they are talking on bluetooth or see the cell in their hand or whatever, get that feeling of not-quite-embarassment a person gets when they realize they were mistaken about something.

3a: My rational mind catches up with the emotions and I realize I was just mistaken for a moment.  Any lingering emotional component is dealt with by logic.  Logically I had no reason to know what was going on, now I do, and I have other things to think about.  This mostly happens unconsciously because it happens at the speed of thought.

3b: The Howling Ape that hates cell phone users feels embarrassed, and in an order to avoid feeling embarrassed turns to anger.  His/her emotional mind says that he was tricked, MADE to look or feel stupid by the thrice-cursed cell-phone user.  This anger demands justice for the insult.  Rather than accept that s/he was mistaken, the Howling Ape starts rationalizing all sorts of reasons why cell phone users are terrible assholes.

Really, until the later part of step 3 there is basically no thought involved, it's all instinct and emotion and feeling at an animal level.  The only question is when logic steps in and tells the emotional animal, "that's a good job pathos, I'll take it from here."
 
2014-04-09 03:10:06 PM  

Cybernetic: Rik01: While in Wal-mart I've been 'treated' to a rather large and loud lady yammering away on the phone as she slowly wandered along the displays. Then I came across another one having an energetic and equally loud gossip session as she pushed her cart right down the middle of the rows.

I really hate standing in line somewhere to check out -- which I consider the worst part of shopping anyhow -- and someone behind me is jabbering away on a cell. It makes it extra annoying when they're loudly going on in some language like Spanish or, increasingly, some African dialect.

I watched an elderly black lady come into a store, grab one of the power scooters and drive off, cell phone glued to her ear, loudly discussing something in Swahili or whatever, not really paying attention to where she was going. A short time later I came across her again, still on the phone, looking pi$$ed and about 30 minutes later, bumped into her again and she was still at it!

Now, the local Wal-mart has found a way to cut down on the jabber by installing these self checkout booths. You can't jabber much on a cell when using both hands to empty your cart, scan each item and respond to the frequent automatic requests of 'Please Scan The Item' or 'Please Place The Item In the Bagging Area'.

Wal-mart, I read once, has cell jammers installed across the stores to cut down on this, but it doesn't seem to make a difference or else not every store has them.

Maybe Publix does, because I rarely see anyone there blabbing away on a cell and if they do, it's usually at a decibel level that can't be heard three aisles away.

The Publix stores I've been in have a noticeably attenuated cell signal, but the signal isn't blocked entirely. So I figured it has more to do with the design and construction materials than with any kind of active jamming.


Any store that jammed reception would be begging for lawsuits because mommy couldn't get the emergency call that timmy swallowed a hammer and is in the ER, etc.
 
2014-04-09 03:10:35 PM  

Witness99: I'd like to quickly bring up another angle to this. I have friends that go out of their way to be seen and heard on their phone in public. They speak very loudly and almost make a scene. I think this is the behavior that annoys some of us (myself included). They WANT you to hear their personal conversation, whether it's uncomfortable for you or not. It's their version of loudly attention whoring whether you like it or not.

Now, some have said well just tune it out, why are you paying any attention. Well, I could wear earbuds all day and block it all out. But why should I have to? Why can't you keep your private, personal, awkward conversations to yourselves? Why must I be forced to listen (because I can't escape without blocking out the entire world with, say, earbuds).


That's not another angle, that's the same angle.  You politely ask if they can, "keep it down to a dull roar," or some other colloquialism for, "I don't need silence but I need it quieter."   Then they have the choice of escalation.

Or not, dealing with assholes is part of the great Prisoner's Dilemma we call "life."
 
2014-04-09 03:14:47 PM  

trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.

Did you completely miss the quote I put right there?

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.  Most people don't have OCD.


Flatulence is relatively harmless, but it smells bad and is obnoxious. You can't tell a subconscious not to get revolted by the smell, because biology dictates that we do. Should public flatulence be banned? No, and it won't be. But you can't stop people from staring disapprovingly at the farter, or laughing at the person with poor public hygiene, or going around telling the story of how they were once trapped in an elevator with a bean-distiller. If you don't want that to happen to you, don't fart in public.

Talking on a cellphone is like farting, only slightly less annoying, and somewhat more voluntary. If you want to do it, do it. Just stop acting all martyred and superior when people find it annoying, because they can't help but find it annoying. It's biology.
 
2014-04-09 03:21:28 PM  

TheBigJerk: The Howling Ape that hates cell phone users


Wait a minute - wouldn't those who are unable to refrain from talking on the phone in public more accurately be called Howling Apes?  I'm just trying to mind my own business while they yammer incessantly.
 
2014-04-09 03:29:01 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.

Or, you know, the jackass describing his lunch over the phone on a packed train could just shut the f*ck up for one blessed second.

But of course you making a tee time in line behind me at the grocery store is the most important thing in the world for all of us.


Do you walk down the street shaking your fist at signs that have made you read them?
 
2014-04-09 03:31:48 PM  

trappedspirit: Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.

Or, you know, the jackass describing his lunch over the phone on a packed train could just shut the f*ck up for one blessed second.

But of course you making a tee time in line behind me at the grocery store is the most important thing in the world for all of us.

Do you walk down the street shaking your fist at signs that have made you read them?


Normal signs are not an assault on the eyes the way most people's inane ramblings on their cell phone are on the ears.  Not the same thing.  not yours.
 
2014-04-09 03:42:14 PM  

trappedspirit: Do you walk down the street shaking your fist at signs that have made you read them?



That's a really stupid question.
 
2014-04-09 03:52:56 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: Do you walk down the street shaking your fist at signs that have made you read them?


That's a really stupid question.


But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.
 
2014-04-09 03:55:23 PM  

Buttknuckle: trappedspirit: Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.

Or, you know, the jackass describing his lunch over the phone on a packed train could just shut the f*ck up for one blessed second.

But of course you making a tee time in line behind me at the grocery store is the most important thing in the world for all of us.

Do you walk down the street shaking your fist at signs that have made you read them?

Normal signs are not an assault on the eyes the way most people's inane ramblings on their cell phone are on the ears.  Not the same thing.  not yours.


If you feel assaulted by people talking in public you should probably avoid the public.  I'd say you have an unreasonable expectation of silence.  People are going to talk in public.
 
2014-04-09 03:58:11 PM  

trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.


Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?
 
2014-04-09 04:09:06 PM  

TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.

Did you completely miss the quote I put right there?

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.  Most people don't have OCD.

Flatulence is relatively harmless, but it smells bad and is obnoxious. You can't tell a subconscious not to get revolted by the smell, because biology dictates that we do. Should public flatulence be banned? No, and it won't be. But you can't stop people from staring disapprovingly at the farter, or laughing at the person with poor public hygiene, or going around telling the story of how they were once trapped in an elevator with a bean-distiller. If you don't want that to happen to you, don't fart in public.

Talking on a cellphone is like farting, only slightly less annoying, and somewhat more voluntary. If you want to do it, do it. Just stop acting all martyred and superior when people find it annoying, because they can't help but find it annoying. It's biology.


Well said and good point.
 
2014-04-09 04:14:42 PM  

Ex-Texan: Just because you have a cellphone, doesn't mean you have to answer it when it rings.


You do if it's your wife.  Oh yes, you do.

Shiat, if I wasn't married, I wouldn't have this damn leashcell phone.
 
2014-04-09 04:17:30 PM  

stonicus: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x680]


What took you so long?
 
2014-04-09 04:27:15 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.

Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?


This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.  It doesn't affect everyone, but not everyone is aware that people suffer with this condition.
 
2014-04-09 04:50:10 PM  
Farking iJunkies, addicted to their iJunk.
 
2014-04-09 04:55:15 PM  

trappedspirit: Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.

Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?

This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.  It doesn't affect everyone, but not everyone is aware that people suffer with this condition.


That's not the whole picture. It's not just about hearing one side of a convo, yada yada yada.

Look. I don't walk up to you, yank down your pants and sniff your cock. Why? Because, I don't know you and I, as of yet, have no reason to want to know you, intimately that way.

It's a similar situation. I don't want to be accosted with the personal, private happenings of your life. I don't stick my face in your face and say "well gee Jen, if he forces you to take it in the ass and you're uncomfortable with that and he just makes you drink more, maybe you should leave him!"

Keep your shiat to yourself and don't invade my space.
 
2014-04-09 04:56:34 PM  

bughunter: You do if it's your wife.  Oh yes, you do.


You should get a younger wife.  My GF never even has the ringer on her phone turned on nor has she bothered recording a voicemail greeting, but she'll attempt to engage me in lengthy back-and-forth text conversations that could easily be resolved with a 30-second phone call.
 
2014-04-09 05:10:34 PM  

Witness99: trappedspirit: Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.

Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?

This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.  It doesn't affect everyone, but not everyone is aware that people suffer with this condition.

That's not the whole picture. It's not just about hearing one side of a convo, yada yada yada.

Look. I don't walk up to you, yank down your pants and sniff your cock. Why? Because, I don't know you and I, as of yet, have no reason to want to know you, intimately that way.

It's a similar situation. I don't want to be accosted with the personal, private happenings of your life. I don't stick my face in your face and say "well gee Jen, if he forces you to take it in the ass and you're uncomfortable with that and he just makes you drink more, maybe you should leave him!"

Keep your shiat to yourself and don't invade my space.


Then what you are saying is people cannot have open conversations in public.  Do you think this is a reasonable expectation?
 
2014-04-09 05:26:27 PM  

trappedspirit: Witness99: trappedspirit: Zulu_as_Kono: trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.

Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?

This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.  It doesn't affect everyone, but not everyone is aware that people suffer with this condition.

That's not the whole picture. It's not just about hearing one side of a convo, yada yada yada.

Look. I don't walk up to you, yank down your pants and sniff your cock. Why? Because, I don't know you and I, as of yet, have no reason to want to know you, intimately that way.

It's a similar situation. I don't want to be accosted with the personal, private happenings of your life. I don't stick my face in your face and say "well gee Jen, if he forces you to take it in the ass and you're uncomfortable with that and he just makes you drink more, maybe you should leave him!"

Keep your shiat to yourself and don't invade my space.

Then what you are saying is people cannot have open conversations in public.  Do you think this is a reasonable expectation?


I don't think I can pass a law forcing people into a certain mode of decorum and respect, no. It's probably not a reasonable expectation at this point in our social evolution. I'm just trying to point out how far we have come from respecting eachother and being aware of our different needs for privacy. Nobody gives a shiat anymore. I literally hear conversations like the fictitious one about Jen getting ass raped every day. It's interesting that we're moving in the direction of total exhibition, total no bounds, total stranger who we feel extremely comfortable discussing our most private issues with.

On that note, I want you all to know that I just ate my leftovers from yesterday I had in the fridge here at work. I just stunk up the whole place with my green curry chicken- everybody is confused because it's NOT EVEN LUNCH TIME BWAHAHAHAHA
 
2014-04-09 05:57:24 PM  

Witness99: On that note, I want you all to know that I just ate my leftovers from yesterday I had in the fridge here at work. I just stunk up the whole place with my green curry chicken- everybody is confused because it's NOT EVEN LUNCH TIME BWAHAHAHAHA


Yeah, some jerkface on this floor just forced a lot of us to be intimate with his personal diet by heating up some smelly asian food.
 
2014-04-09 06:00:59 PM  

trappedspirit: This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.


You're precious.
 
2014-04-09 06:02:06 PM  

trappedspirit: Then what you are saying is people cannot have open conversations in public.  Do you think this is a reasonable expectation?


You have no reasonable expectation of privacy in public.
 
2014-04-09 06:50:51 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: bughunter: You do if it's your wife.  Oh yes, you do.

You should get a younger wife.  My GF


Stopped reading there.  She's not married to you.

Just wait until you say "I do," that shiat'll change overnight.

And remember that before you propose to her...
 
2014-04-09 07:42:00 PM  

trappedspirit: Witness99: On that note, I want you all to know that I just ate my leftovers from yesterday I had in the fridge here at work. I just stunk up the whole place with my green curry chicken- everybody is confused because it's NOT EVEN LUNCH TIME BWAHAHAHAHA

Yeah, some jerkface on this floor just forced a lot of us to be intimate with his personal diet by heating up some smelly asian food.


Ok, that's a good point.  So if I feel like farting, or heating up smelly food, I'm really kind of exposing everyone to my personal effects.  So, then why do I complain about those who have loud conversations on their cell phone?

Fine.  You know what, go for it.  But whenever I'm forced to be part of Sally's conversations with Brian (no, they don't know me, they just talk loud) about the love triangle and how their boss is a cross dresser that "insinuates" they should join the swinger club and if they don't they just might not get that promotion - from now on, I'm going to take an active role.  In fact, I'm going to ask her to put it on speaker, because I have a lot to say about this.
 
2014-04-09 08:03:29 PM  
A cellphone is basically an asshole magnifier. A person who uses a cellphone in an assholish manner (slowing down the checkout line at a store, for example, or yelling into it or using it in a movie theater) is probably an asshole in other areas of life.
 
2014-04-09 09:33:13 PM  

bughunter: Yanks_RSJ: bughunter: You do if it's your wife.  Oh yes, you do.

You should get a younger wife.  My GF

Stopped reading there.  She's not married to you.

Just wait until you say "I do," that shiat'll change overnight.

And remember that before you propose to her...


Thanks for the advice, pops.
 
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