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Things that are Bothering Me

A Potpourri of Things from My Life

Article photo is of Charred baby gem Lettuce and orange salad with mustard and poppy seed dressing

 

Life is Short, Have a Diet Coke

I saw this Diet Coke commercial in a movie theater yesterday. The takeaway lines are “Just do you” and “If you’re in the mood for a Diet Coke, have a Diet Coke.” “Diet Coke — Because I can.” Why in goodness sake does there have to be a commercial to give someone permission to have a Diet Coke? Have we gotten to the point where social media is affecting kids so much that they need to have validation from their friends that having a Diet Coke is OK?

Life is Short, Have a Diet Coke | Because I Can | Diet Coke

If you want to have a Diet Coke, have a Diet Coke. If you want to run a marathon, that sounds super hard. But, okay. Life is short. Do what makes you feel good. So dress comfy casual and have a Diet Coke, because it’s delicious.

By the way, social proof is one of Robert Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion.

Social proof is a psychological and social phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior in a given situation.

This is why social media platforms can be so dangerous particularly when celebrities use the platform to persuade people to a side.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This is the movie we went to see. [SPOILER ALERT!]. The part that bothered me was that the major plot line was so ludicrous that it made Galaxy Quest seem Shakespearean by comparison. The notion was that dinosaurs were going to be used as weapons and trained dinosaurs would make up your army. It’s too stupid to even discuss. How does this sort of thing get green lighted? I understand that there have to be bad people in the movie but couldn’t the writers come up with something better? Just  “collecting dinosaurs is the new rich persons’ hobby rather than just buying expensive paintings and cars. There’s nothing rarer than a dinosaur!”

if you want to work in a little class warfare, you’re good to go. The “I run a non-profit to protect dinosaurs” was odd but it moved the plot along so that was OK.

As far as a movie review goes, if gratuitous dinosaur violence floats your boat, this movie is for you!

Amazon.com Reviews by Stoopid People

There’s the whole issue of “fake reviews” on Amazon but I often do look at them to see whether someone says something that I might not have considered. In this instance, I wanted a case for my smartphone and found one I thought would fit my needs.

The review that bothered me said “the case didn’t stop the phone from breaking when I dropped it and it cost me $250 to get a new phone.”

There are three things wrong with this:

  1. Shit happens and you have to take personal responsibility when it does. You get points for buying a case but you dropped the phone — not the case.
  2. A $14 case does not have a guarantee of outcome (i.e., The phone will never break) but only gives you the opportunity to reduce the chance of that risk occurring.
  3. You made a non-choice for not buying insurance. Don’t blame the case that you don’t have insurance to pay for your phone!

Lettuce

Comedians Todd Barry and Sarah Silverman got into some really ugly discourse on Twitter the other day.

Todd Barry on Twitter

I don’t mean to start shit on a Saturday night, but: baby gems lettuce is better than butter lettuce.

Sarah Silverman on Twitter

FUCK YOU TODD YOURE WHATS WRONG WITH HIS COUNTRY https://t.co/O6SNE5FoR2

There were a few insight comments in the thread that are worth repeating:

  • It is controversial rhetoric like this that causes our country to be so divided.
  • This is clearly a Russian bot
  • Sarah, please romaine calm!
  • And this is just the tip of the iceberg!
  • A lesser man would plead, lettuce pray for peas. Fortunately I am above that.
  • whole MO is to get people talking about his crazy allegations instead of the real crimes big lettuce is committing.
  • #FakeLettuce
  • I don’t mean to wet blanket your joke by responding with a serious answer but I find all lettuce to be devoid of real Nutritional value and therefore generally opt for spinach salads.
  • I’m 100% on ‘s side here! THIS IS THE HILL I CHOOSE TO DIE ON!! (Although romaine lettuce is more versatile and better textured in salads. Know what, I’m going my own way!)
  • And, of course — YOU’RE

What bothers me is that I don’t think either Sarah Silverman or Todd Barry will actually understand that it is possible to be funny in the Age of Trump without being mean or vulgar even after they demonstrated themselves how to do it.

Mark Rosneck

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