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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It Is Not A Question!

I am sitting here playing solitaire games and listening to the news on the TV (well, and now writing this) and I hear a commercial. I try but I cannot completely turn off my attention when they are on. I play solitaire while the news is on because my mind wanders since the news is rarely that interesting. The solitaire allows me to concentrate on something instead of mentally wandering off into the maze of canyons in my mind.

In any event, it is an ad for an insurance company. The spokeswoman is touting their I-Phone app which allows you to easily (she says) report the accident to them and enter all the data the insurance company would require. That's fine. But almost all the features she touts are delivered as questions.

You can take a picture of the scene?
There's a way to enter the exact location?

And so on.

It is bad enough I hear this in day to day conversions...

So I went to the mall? And I saw these really nice shoes? And I just had to have them so I ran up my credit card?

But on TV commercials???

Whatever happened to statements?

I am waiting for the news to be reported this way...

Today? In New York? The Dow continued its slide? Into, like, oblivion?

I know, I am being pedantic.

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7 comments:

IB said...

Get your rant on, Douglas!

Ann's Rants said...

The solitaire allows me to concentrate on something instead of mentally wandering off into the maze of canyons in my mind.

I love this description.

Douglas said...

IB - I like to rant. It does no earthly good, of course, but I feel better afterward.

Ann - Some of those canyons are pretty deep and scary.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

its really irritating, I agree! Specially here in california. I thought they had a patent pending on this!!

HektikLyfe said...

I can honestly say I've only met one person to speak that way. I have since defriended them. Yes. I know that's not a word but it should be. I use it more often than befriended these days.

Ann's Rants said...

The solitaire allows me to concentrate on something instead of mentally wandering off into the maze of canyons in my mind.

I love this description.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

its really irritating, I agree! Specially here in california. I thought they had a patent pending on this!!