1. Jan 18, 2006

### Mk

Right now I want somebody to stand on their soapbox (soapbox not included), and say something. Rant, whatever. Or you could just say something interesting. PLEASE!! One or ten people!! GO!

Something that would not go in "Politics/World Affairs."

Last edited: Jan 19, 2006
2. Jan 18, 2006

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
[Rant]Rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain rain

Even for Oregon this is something else. We have had one day without rain in the last thirty, our Jan rainfall already exceeds our average from Jan - April, and we heard the other day that one local mountain had forty-nine inches of rain the last thirty days.

Integral dropped by today and got some pics of the creek which was once again hitting the bridge and threatening the septic line.[/rant]

3. Jan 18, 2006

### tribdog

That's why I hate you Northerners. We are in the second longest dry season in history. We haven't had a drop of rain in 92 days. the record is 101 days and we are going to beat it I fear.

4. Jan 18, 2006

### Artman

Car insurance. First of all they can discriminate in their charges according to age, where you live (this can often have a correlation to race as well), sex, intelligence...and it's all considered legal! Then should you have an accident, even if it is not your fault, they can arbitrarily raise your rates to cover their losses! This raise in rates can often turn into a permanent change even if your driving record is clear for years!

5. Jan 18, 2006

### FredGarvin

All right, here is mine for right now.

I am (kind of) sick and tired of seeing people with a 1 post count come on to a board and ask an idiotic question like "please tell me ALL of the ways I can do this and what are the pros and cons to each method" or something equally as general and vague.

Maybe it has just hit me when I am in a bit of a bad mood, but I just saw another one today and it made me want to tear into the person who posted the question. Do your own damned research you lazy slugs! If you have specific questions, then go ahead and ask them. Don't just come here with your one big post and ask everyone to submit a book report on your subject.

Then again that's just my opinion. I may be wrong.

6. Jan 18, 2006

### JasonRox

I'm with YOU!

I hate 1-POSTERS!

7. Jan 18, 2006

### Azael

*******steals soapbox from ivan and steps on it*******​

I just found out in sweden there is a law that prohibits doing a cost analysis of a nuclear power plant and that prohibits even discussing building more nuclear power or researching nuclear technology.
I also found out that sweden refuses to take part in fusion power research and that the goverment works against CERN.

So nuclear physics is defenetly not a future for me.............

(parental advisory label put on soapbox)​

.........because my stupid, ****ing, idiotic, moronic, retarted, *******, socalist, scumbag goverment has ****ed that up for every scientists in this country and refuses to withdraw that law even though every god damn professor in the entire country petitions to get rid of it.

*****steps down from soapbox and kicks it into the trashbin*****​

this might have been politics forum materal but its the only rant I have now :(

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8. Jan 18, 2006

### mrjeffy321

Stop taking all my rain.
Houses (at least 1 that I know of) are burning down all around me due to all the dry weather. Now they are watching out for people who like to burn things outside, keeping me from some very educational chemistry experiments.

9. Jan 18, 2006

### Jelfish

Something that has been bothering me for a while is people who completely disregard reason for faith.

Now before this starts soundling like a trite scientist-pride speech, I should say that there is something that invokes this specific annoyed-ness. A sort-of-friend of mine likes to write on this publication (a blog, if you will) about the events of his life. Since he is extremely religious, they often turn into discussions about faith.

Now, I went to Catholic school for 4 years so I know a thing or two about theology, but boy, what this kid writes is pretty frightening, IMO.

First, he stipulates that God loves us unconditionally, etc., which is pretty standard. (I capitalized God in reference to a specific proper pronoun, the Christian god, like you would for Mom or Dad) Then he goes on to state how every single occurance in his life is a direct influence by God. Everytime something bad happens, it's God reminding him of something. Everytime he prays for something and it doesn't happen, it's God giving some sort of mysterious lesson.

And I think to myself - wow; what kind of life is that? I want a bagel, but they ran out. God is telling me to cut back on carbs, or God is reminding me that there are hungry people in the world. I got an A on my last test and that's God telling me I should continue to be an engineer. I prayed that it would be sunny. It rained today so God is telling me that I should appreciate the rain because it's one of his creations. Or worse, when I went into that building to get out of the rain, I met a new friend [i.e. the next relatively good thing that happens in his life] and that was God working in myseterious ways, so I should be eternally grateful.

I would quote this person instead of paraphrasing, but I don't really dislike him personally. But sometimes I wonder how self-loathingly arrogant one must be to first assume that everything bad or good that happens is caused by some moral fault or accomplishment and then going so far as to assume that it's the result of YOUR (and only your) moral fault or accomplishment(as though rain can't be interpretted as granting the prayer of some farmer or smiting of some poor drowned bug). It's such an endless cycle that puts more and more focus and morale-reliance on some being that, for all intents and purposes, is fictional. It boggles my mind. I have nothing against theology and actually find it interesting, but this to me is just rediculous.

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10. Jan 18, 2006

### tribdog

I recently saw a show on Volcanoes. They interviewed a professor at the University of Hawaii. This is what the professor said, "According to Hawaiian legend it is bad luck to take any lava off of the island, and it's true."
WHAT? I always thought it was bad luck to have a professor who believed in superstitious nonsense.

11. Jan 18, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

There is a weird jet stream flow that is causing tons of rain in the Pacific Northwest that is keeping it from raining in places like Arizona & Texas.

You can all thank me now for clearing this up for you. :uhh:

12. Jan 18, 2006

### Orefa

I hate soapboxes. Soapboxes suck donkey. Scream it to the world and rally against them! Down with evil soapboxes!

13. Jan 18, 2006

### TheStatutoryApe

I hate the company I work for.
My car is dead and I need $2000 to$3000 to fix it. I happen to have 120 hours of vacation time unused and am not accruing any more because my department is severely understaffed and I am not able to use any of my vacation time.
SO I explained to Human Resources my situation. I explained that it will take me a couple months to save up to get my car fixed. In the mean time I have to take the bus to work BUT when I get off work the buses aren't running.
When I get off work I have to find a ride home or walk. The two people I can ask for rides home are already wearing thin on their patience and I can't get rides for much longer.
Twice now I have had to walk home and it takes about three hours. Right now I hurt pretty bad from walking home last night and there's no way I can walk home again tonight unless I don't mind it taking much longer and making me hurt much more.
I could take a cab but that would cost me about \$100 a week which I could be saving to fix my car.
So I explain all of this and ask if I can get my vacation time cashed out.
Nope. Sorry we can't do that.
So right about now I'm going to start looking for a new job closer to home so I don't have to deal with getting home from here and I know that when I leave they will cash out my vacation time so I will have that money to help me get my car fixed.
Bastards.

14. Jan 19, 2006

### Mk

Wow, I didn't know you guys were so pissed off.

15. Jan 20, 2006

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
Poor mrjeffy321 and company - we would send the rain to you if we could! Yes, the weather report has been like a bad joke lately. We rarely even see days with a forecast of a 100% chance of rain, but it has been common since December. And I guess it was Mt. Laurel, near Salem, that got 49 inches in thirty days. Just imagine if that had come down as snow. What would that be, about 49 feet of snow? Doesn't an inch of rain make about a foot of snow?

16. Jan 20, 2006

### Anttech

owch... get a new job man, that SUCKS!!! Definetly not investors in people

17. Jan 20, 2006

### Francis M

Hows this for a non-political rant?

I wish people in Massachusetts would learn how to drive their damn cars. I grew up in this state and the drivers suck!
I've driven in Memphis, Virginia Beach, Orlando, San Diego, LA, San Francisco (up and down the West Coast) and without a doubt New England Drivers particularly MA and Boston are the biggest bunch of selfish idiots when they get behind the wheel.
They don't blend properly at lane drops or highway entrances! It's like they don't know how to operate a turn signal or use a rear view mirror, and for Christ Sakes they might as well drive with neck braces and horse blinders on 'cause they sure don't check the blind spots (I mean why should they when they don't even use A REAR VIEW MIRROR).
Apparently their depth perseption is screwed up too because they tailgate like their drafting in a race, and pull out in front of you with no room to spare forcing you to slam your brakes on to keep from plowing into them. Oh and then the drag race starts because no one in this state feels a need to accelerate after pulling out in front of you untill you go to pass them.
I really like the fly by you at mach 3 lane weaving jackasses that drive perpendicualr to the traffic flow as they slam thier brakes on at the last minute to make the exit that's coming up in the next 50 feet.
It's like their time is more important than anyone elses safety.
It's like they're saying "Screw you! I'm in my metal ego extention and instead of putting any effort whatsoever into driving like I care about you I'd rather put all my effort into beeping my horn and flipping you off"

Whew! I'm tired after! How was that? Was that a good rant?

18. Jan 20, 2006

### Jelfish

My only response to this is: Agreed.