Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

Ooh, the pain must be getting to me...Odd mentions feeding the birds in his garden. This is something we have taken to big time as my wife has developed an interest in ornithology. We get a wonderful selection, sometimes five or six species at once or a charm of a dozen goldfinches.

A year ago we got new neighbours who brought with them a young cat. Crap in the veg patch was mostly solved by an electronic noise deterrent. It took two attempts and sadly it can be “heard” by some visitors. Then it began to crap under the plum tree from which we hang the feeders. Important to be wary when refilling!

Next up the cat killed four of the five frogs in our pond. In one case we heard (they could get next door via a crack in the wall) the wife saying “oh no, B’s got a frog, no don’t” in a voice that suggested she’d seen a mouse and instead of shoving the cat off the frog had merely jumped on a chair shrieking.

Now it tends to hide in the bushes waiting for the birds to appear. We have witnessed some serious acrobatics as it tries to kill.

In Melbourne domestic cats must be kept indoors for the sake of the birds. Some cat owners at least attach a bell. Most don’t care.
Get a dog that hates cats.
 
We've discussed the cookie notice as an irritant before, and the devious ways it is hard to tell if you are turning them off or on, but even worse is that your choices seem not to 'stick' - return to the same website a day or two later and you have to go through the whole rigmarole again.
That's probably because your cookie selection meant they didn't create a cookie on your computer that recorded your cookie preferences :p
 
All day virtual meetings.

All day virtual meetings dominated by bullshit such as:
"Regarding the thematic challenges surrounding our people"
"Low hanging fruit"
"granularity"
"mining the data"
"looking for a comfort check in"
The winner: "We must leverage the data to have an agile adjustment and go forward in an expedited manner"

(and of course, "pivoting" every second statement. . .)

I feel quite ill now
Not forgetting:

Soft landings
Socialising the project
And on teams: “Is that a new hand up Sarah or a legacy hand”?
“Sorry I was muted”
 
Hmm... Just spotted something else. Does "their" need changing too? Or is it intended to be a gender-neutral way of referring to Mark? I hope Mark was asked what pronouns he prefers

I'd put this in the thread about delights rather than annoyances as it's only good thing that society is slowly progressing to such a place we don't always assume people's gender from physical signs and where non-binary genders are becoming normalized. Singular them is a good thing.
 
I'd put this in the thread about delights rather than annoyances as it's only good thing that society is slowly progressing to such a place we don't always assume people's gender from physical signs and where non-binary genders are becoming normalized. Singular them is a good thing.
Just to be clear, I do not have a problem with a singular them, and I am not even sure the pronoun referred to Mark anyway. That whole paragraph was an aside to my "annoyance", and just meant to be general musing.
 
Not forgetting:

Soft landings
Socialising the project
And on teams: “Is that a new hand up Sarah or a legacy hand”?
“Sorry I was muted”

Christ - does this kind of wankerage still occur? I thank god I left the corporate world behind years ago. A legacy hand indeed.

Incidentally (though not very):
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I once had the pleasure of dealing with a New York fund manager who said, “I’m gonna socialise that internally and then let’s schedule an all-hands”.

On a completely different note, the fashion round here for doing the school run with one’s fog lights on when it isn’t foggy.
 
Right, I've got a fury on.

TV news channels who think reading someone else's twitter comments word-for-word consitutes news.

I watched the news tonight for 5 minutes as someone read out tweets about Nobby Stiles death....

Actually, now I'm in the groove - people who give crap powerpoint presentations ... especially those people who read them to you word-for-word. I did actually fire someone once for doing that. It felt so good to do so. No-one ever gave me crappy presentation after that.
 
Got a merchant emails just now with a Suckling TN attached. The TN includes, I kind you not, the phrase: "Physics itself gives way as the line between reduction and oxidation is blurred." Needless to say, it gets 100pts. Does he have a sense of humour or is this just self-parody?
A one word response is I think appropriate and that word is “halfwit”.
 
It certainly does. Our lot seem to have "pivoted" to "socialising" documents comparatively recently. I hope that all the pivoting going on is causing a lot of rear-end soreness.

Thanks Greg - so that means turning a document into a social media thing then? I deliberately haven't looked it up, but that's the only thing I can guess!

The phrase "your/our/the socials" is also a bit skin crawling. I manage to just about engage with the current (and estimable) piece of "social media", but I fear the idea of being so familiar with the various chatnumpties, tweeters and snapyourgrannys that I'd refer to them casually as "socials" will forever be beyond me.
 
Thanks Greg - so that means turning a document into a social media thing then? I deliberately haven't looked it up, but that's the only thing I can guess!

Unfortunately not, and I think I might be more accepting of that usage. In my organization at least, it is used to mean circulating a document to other staff for information or review, or sometimes consulting on a document, with no intended involvement of social media implied.
 
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