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By Samuel Stoddard

April 1999

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Tuesday, April 27, 1999

As promised, my commentary on the recent surge of pet peeves sent in by my readers: wow, we sure do get peeved easily. In fact, we not only get peeved easily, but we get excited about it, enough to rant at the hint of an opportunity to do so. More than one of you thanked me, after listing your peeves, for providing the opportunity to "let it out."

I sent in the message forum that this phenomenon is probably because we haven't had a major war in a while; our society has become too secure, and such things as freedom and liberty have therefore become taken for granted. I think that's part of it, but then, I also think people would have peeves like these under any circumstances. And I'm no different. One of my pet peeves is forgetting to remove the "New Site: Duel of the Ages" part of my mailing list letter template before sending RinkWorks updates out on the list. Aargh!

Oh, by the way, Adrien: the toilet paper is supposed to hang from the top to the front. That way it's easier to snatch as it hangs down -- it hangs in mid-air rather than pressed up against the side of the cupboard. Sheesh, get it right. :-)

Monday, April 26, 1999

The last batch of pet peeves from readers:

Comments about this pet peeve deluge phenomenon will be made in the next journal entry, thereby ending this surprisingly overdrawn thread.

Friday, April 23, 1999

And even more pet peeves:

There's one more batch to go, after which I'll supply my own comments.

Thursday, April 22, 1999

Another batch of pet peeves, and there's still more to come:

Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Apparently you folks have a lot that irks you. The response to last Friday's journal entry, regarding pet peeves, has been prolific. Here are some of the responses:

More of your responses are forthcoming.

Sunday, April 18, 1999

Yesterday Darleen and I went to the New England Breyer Brunch in Danvers, Massachusetts. Darleen entered the Model Horse Show and did fantastically well. The awards culminated in a Reserve Champion ribbon in Performance, Original Finish, and a Grand Champion ribbon in Performance, Custom-Made. The performance divisions are the ones where you can get quite creative with the tack (saddles, bridles, etc) and props and so forth. Pictures of her latest work, plus other set-ups at the show, will be appearing on EquiWorks sometime soon.

The responses from Friday's journal entry are pouring in; this is your last chance to contribute yours. Tell me about your pet peeves.

Friday, April 16, 1999

Got any pet peeves? I have a bunch, most having to do with incorrect grammar. I hate shirts being inside out. And idiots. Tell me all about your pet peeves, the stranger the better. Email me.

Thursday, April 15, 1999

The Enchanted Forest high score list now has a "top 100" option, as of this morning. Now that there are nearly 7000 scores, it was a bit of a pain to have to look at all of them or only ten of them.

Tuesday, April 13, 1999

You'd think they were dirty jokes rather than just bad jokes the way he talks, but here's what David S. had to say about the new feature, Really Bad Jokes:

That reaction sounds about right. Heh heh heh heh.

Monday, April 12, 1999

Last Friday, besides Really Bad Jokes being released, Computer Stupidities surpassed 1000 anecdotes. We've got a ways to go before Book-A-Minute surpasses 1000 condensations.

Answers to the recent reader question, "If you could be any type of animal, what would you be, and why?" follow:

Friday, April 9, 1999

Second call on the reader question, given in the journal entry below this one.

Really Bad Jokes was released today. This is about the fastest RinkWorks site I've ever developed. Although I conceived of it months ago, I only started actual work on it, beyond the casual collecting of jokes when the opportunities presented themselves, two days ago. I have scripts to help me update the site; I hope readers will be inspired -- by revenge or otherwise -- to contribute.

The "school paper" joke, on the first page, is a joke I made up when I was a kid, so it has sentimental value. A couple of the jokes came from the RinkWorks Message Forum -- thanks Howard!

Tuesday, April 6, 1999

Today's reader question: "If you could be any type of animal, what would you be, and why?" Send me your answers.

Sunday, April 4, 1999

Happy Easter, everyone. Did you remember to turn your clocks ahead?

Friday, April 2, 1999

For those you didn't realize, I had a little fun yesterday for April Fools Day. First, the prices in the Site Market game were all jacked up 774 points beyond what they would have been; oddly, this inserted an intriguing element of strategy that unfortunately burned a few people who sold all their stock and got left with thousands of dollars and nothing to do with it. (The current game is a "losing" game where the object is to lose, rather than win, the most money.)

My other little joke was in the reader reviews section of It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Movie.

Speaking of April Fools jokes, I know at least one web site owner dialectized his web site for yesterday only, without telling his readers. Heh.

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