What’s a blog good for if you can’t whine about petty things on it? Here are five little things that irk me.
1. Movie DVDs that come only in the “director’s cut” version. Sure, sometimes it’s cool to see the director’s original vision; Bladerunner is an excellent example. But often, there’s a good reason the producers demanded another cut – e.g., the director’s cut was incomprehensible or too damn long. The Last of the Mohicans (1992) was one of my favorite movies, and then I saw the director’s cut... awful. But you can’t find the theatrical cut of Mohicans on DVD. Even if the director’s cut of a movie is better, I’d like to have the option. (The same goes for the extra-naughty “unrated” versions.)
2. CDs that come in non-standard packaging, like a little book or perfectly square recyclable box, instead of the usual gem case. These artists think they’re being cute or original or earth-friendly. In reality, they’re just mucking up the uniformity of your shelving. Sometimes you even have to adjust your shelf height to accommodate these pesky non-conformists, or else segregate them from the rest of your collection.
3. Books, CDs, and DVDs with words on the spine that go bottom-to-top, instead of top-to-bottom. You have two choices with these buggers: (a) shelve them right-side-up, so their spinal writing is inverted relative to the other items on the shelf, or (b) shelve them upside-down to align their spinal writing with the rest.
4. All-night cold remedies that only last 6 hours. Don’t get me wrong – Nyquil is a wonderful product, and I’ll keep buying it despite my complaint. But when I have a cold, I want to sleep 8+ hours without the post-nasal drip kicking in. Why can’t they just tweak the formula to last an extra 2-3 hours?
5. Hotel shower knobs that compress water temperature and water volume into a single dimension. Want a cold shower? Only in a dribble. Want a hot shower? Only in a blasting torrent. At first I thought these knobs were designed to save money or water, but then I realized that doesn’t make sense. Most people (I suspect) want hot showers, and they’ll put up with the high volume to get one, so these knobs encourage overuse of hot water. Maybe there’s some economic justification for them I can’t see, but even if someone lets me in on the secret, I’ll still find them annoying.
Hey, maybe this will become another blog-meme. But I’ll refrain from trying to rope other people into it.