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Tuesday Hatred: Synenergy

First of all, I hate that Adam sidebarred that terrible horrible no good very unfunny and really obvious xkcd comic. It reflects poorly on him. I hate the noise the toilet has started making after being flushed; a sort of high-pitched whine toward the end of the refilling cycle that lasts forever. Until recently one could fix it by opening the tank up and jiggling one of the doohickeys in there, but lately even that’s stopped working. It interferes with my sleep. I hate the considerable quantity of books I’m being forced to cart back to campus to return (or renew in person!) since I can no longer renew them online. Oh, and then there are the books that have been recalled from me, as if anyone in the world could possibly put them to better use than I.

I seem to be going out less and less—I hate that. I hate inclement weather in NYC. I hate the certainty that this country is going to shit. Unlike many, I don’t hate daylight saving time. I hate ads for rooms for rent which give the dimensions of the room in question according to the method of taking a quick look and thinking “that’s probably about … ten feet, right?”. Such dimensions are almost always too large.


March 16, 2010 - Posted by | Tuesday Hatred


  1. I don’t hate Daylight Saving Time either, even though it made me cry. I do hate the switch, though. My real gripe is with Standard Time.

    Comment by redfoxtailshrub | March 16, 2010

  2. Can we say we hate xkcd without the internet blowing up?

    Comment by JoB | March 16, 2010

  3. Ben, the words you are looking for are “ball cock.”

    Comment by oudemia | March 16, 2010

  4. I hate that what stands between myself and grad school has changed from no acceptances to no funding.

    Comment by Dave Mesing | March 16, 2010

  5. OK, I’ll give it a shot: I hate xkcd.

    (fingers in ears, eyeballs going rapidly from left to right and hitting ‘enter’ with my elbow)

    Comment by JoB | March 16, 2010

  6. Hey, I hate xkcd too.

    Comment by ben | March 16, 2010

  7. I hate that when the earthquake woke me up last night, my first thought was that I told M to secure the wardrobe to the wall, and boy, he’ll be sorry now I’m dead. Then I woke him up and told him that.

    Comment by jms | March 16, 2010

  8. The worst part of dying, I bet, is being unable to say “I told you so”.

    Comment by ben | March 16, 2010

  9. I hate that I didn’t get the post-doc I applied for. Another fucking year of sessional work. Great.

    Comment by Craig | March 16, 2010

  10. I liked the earthquake. A native Californian made fun of me for posting about it on FB at 4 in the morning like it was some big deal. I made fun of her back for posting about her exercise program, but then I thought, you know what? I’m not from California. It’s pretty exciting! The whole house shook, for second after second!

    Oh, but wait! I actually have something to hate this week. I hate that I burnt two (incredibly cheap, but still) plane tickets to Japan. I hate that I bought them without pausing to think “I really shouldn’t leave the country during my first TV staffing season.” I hate that the vastly, vastly more likely circumstance is that nothing will happen during the ten days I was going to be gone. I hate that my writing partner, after I agreed not to go and reconciled myself to burning the money, continued to try to (rather hysterically) persuade me not to go when I just really wanted to stop talking about it. That, frankly, was the worst part. Although the money sucks too.

    I hate non-refundable tickets. It’s two months in advance. Why is not at all possible that someone else would buy that seat? Choke on my fuckyou.

    To be completely honest, I don’t hate that I’m missing this trip to Japan. Though it would be fun.

    Comment by K-sky | March 16, 2010

  11. I hate that I have a mental block on the Dutch verb verzorgen. I hate that I have to resort to typing verzorgen now in hopes that I will finally and fully remember that verzorgen means “to look after, (at)tend to, care for.”

    Comment by Brad Johnson | March 17, 2010

  12. I also hate that I can’t convince any of my friends back East that house-, car- & dogsitting for two weeks in sunny California this summer is actually a very cheap vacation.

    Comment by Brad Johnson | March 17, 2010

  13. Maybe you can more easily remember that verzorgen is kinda like “to nurse”. I think.

    Comment by JoB | March 17, 2010

  14. I, too, hate xkcd.

    Comment by stras | March 18, 2010

  15. I hate that I missed this beautiful outpouring of hatred.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 18, 2010

  16. Let’s see if we can start it up again. Of all the things I hate about xkcd, the thing I hate most about it is its sense of unearned self-satisfaction.

    Comment by stras | March 18, 2010

  17. I hate that stras didn’t say what he meant, which is that he hate’s xkcd’s unearned sense of self-satisfaction.

    Unless he meant that there reek from xkcd the scents of unearned self-satisfaction, or—rather—that xkcd gives its reader a sensum of unearned self-satisfaction.

    Comment by ben | March 18, 2010

  18. that he hate’s xkcd’s unearned sense of self-satisfaction.

    Or that what he considers hate is, to xkcd, an unearned sense of self-satisfaction.

    Comment by jms | March 18, 2010

  19. I wonder if some of the hatred of xkcd being expressed here is more a reaction to the strip’s seemingly disproportionate popularity rather than to the strip itself — and therefore whether there might also be some of the dreaded “self-satisfaction” involved in being among those enlightened souls not led astray by these particular stick figures.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 18, 2010

  20. But Adam, no one should be a fan of the strip you linked. Even the choir should reject it as something they could have figured out for themselves. It’s ponderous, heavy-handed, unfunny—there isn’t even the hint of a whiff of wit in it.

    It is true that I don’t feel compelled to point out that I also don’t care for, say, User Friendly, and that’s probably because few people I interact with seem to think it’s very good. But you can bet that if people constantly acted as if it were any good my current indifference would be ramped up to hatred, not because I felt myself more discerning than others, but because it’s fucking annoying to have mediocrity shoved in one’s face.

    Comment by ben | March 18, 2010

  21. Wait, I take it back. In that strip, a woman used the word “fuck”. Wow.

    Comment by ben | March 18, 2010

  22. I knew it: the internet IS blowing up, but very slowly. Oh well, at least we’ll be rid xkcd.

    Comment by JoB | March 19, 2010

  23. So maybe I was teaching a course on feminism and actually clicked “share” because of the middle portions critiquing the concept of the ill-named “porn for women” rather than because of the shock-value of a woman saying fuck.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 19, 2010

  24. Still not saying it was my proudest moment as a Google Reader sharer — a few more seconds of reflection would’ve convinced me otherwise. But I ultimately shared it because it was a webcomic with a self-consciously feminist slant, which I found relatively novel.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | March 19, 2010

  25. Although I stand by my general xkcd hatred, and the unfunniness of that particular strip, I was struck by the synchronicity between that “porn for women” strip and the appearance, in this week’s 30 Rock, of a similarly detestable “porn for women” gag.

    Comment by stras | March 20, 2010

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