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It's that time of year. Holidays are over, days are getting darker and colder and the reckless spending of Christmas is imminent. Coupled with the certainty that you are going to have to spend time with relatives you wouldn't want to share a planet with, people react by being grumpy. They get even worse in February because it's then ages to the next holiday.
Do you mean "grumpy" because most commentors didn't buy into your most recent Utopia?
That's not grumpy, it's incisive and a demonstration of critical thinking (and understanding human nature, history, economics, psychology, etc). I was tempted to comment simply how impressed I was with all of the various, thoughtful ways that people explained why it was a non-sequitur.
[I'm grumpy because I recently found that a blog I like to read was nothing more than elaborate experiment for the blog's author to try out ideas for a book he was writing, and which he would later try to sell to me, using the same blog.]
Wheres the bad? I mean...not that I have any particular desire to make Scott richer, but even if I saw that as a bad thing I wouldnt see that as a reason to deprive myself of this blog.
I'm in a grumpy mood because I was trying to hang out with two different friends (as well as my girlfriend, who I have to leave behind at least for a while) today before I move to Florida, but my ride chose to tell me he'd be there "in about fifteen minutes to half an hour" for roughly six straight hours every time I called to ask where he was instead.
Oh and I've been having someone tell me "they can give me a ride tomorrow" for the last week straight when I needed a suitcase for my flight, every single day canceling on me before the agreed time because they forgot they were busy.
I have never had trouble due to not having a license before. I walk most places and the rare times I need to go somewhere farther off, I can get a ride. The one !$%*!$% week where it's genuinely important I get the rides (I leave /Saturday/ and am visiting my parents for the weekend, thanks to this I won't get a chance to say goodbye to my friends or potentially my girlfriend if she can't get out to the airport before my flight leaves), I can't.
So that's why I'm grumpy.
Oh yeah and my girlfriend spent the last day we were going to have the entire day together !$%*!$% my best friend instead of me, so there's that too. But honestly on top of this other stuff I barely even care about that.
First thing I thought of was those guys using Facebook or Google to take the "emotional" temperature of the world from key words in web posts. Sort of like the NSA without your credit card records and your personal informatiion.
Maybe Scott was looking at the web mood ring and thought "Gez, people are grouchy, today."
I read some posts and guessed maybe that he was talking about a specific group of people who read Dilbert.com's blog or perhaps specifically those who read the last post. But I haven't read that yet, so I don't know what building a country from the furniture up would do to annoy so may people. I recommend Louis XV, by the way. Or Queen Anne. Same period. Very feminine, comfortable, elegant and simple. A good start for a good country.
I still don't know. In fact, with Scott Adams, you never know. People can't be mad at Scott for using us as guinea pigs. It was so damn obvious. He can't even use alts without giving himself away. Sheesh! Lighten up Frances Alberta!
I'm grumpy because I recently found that a blog I like to read was nothing more than elaborate experiment for the blog's author to try out ideas for a book he was writing, and which he would later try to sell to me, using the same blog.
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, everything that's wonderful is sure to come your wa-a-a-ay. . .
Oh, excuse me. I didn't see you standing there. I was just feeling so warm and fuzzy I had to break into song!
How could anyone be grumpy on Halloween??? It's the funnest most wondercredible holiday of any! I get to carve pumpkins, put out the electric bat and spray paint the cats black! It's so much fun!
Later this evening, little kidlets will dance happily to the front door, and I'll be able to see their little faces light up with joy as I give them some great candy - Nestle's Crunch, Kit-Kats and Butterfingers! Yum! And I have enough so there should be some left over for ME!!!! Double yum!
So I know Scott is just trying to use reverse psychology to make us contrarians be happy. But no need on my account, as Halloween always does that!
Happy talk, keep talkin' happy talk. . . Gee, I wish everyone could be as happy as me!!! Maybe it's the drugs.
I'm in a great mood now that I've read your rewritten "when to use a fork" etiquette training cartoon strip. The "shiv" punch-line made me LOL--much better than the pun you'd originally written. Kudos for creating a silver lining to the storm cloud that is censorship. And happy Halloween, by the bye!
Don't mind us. The internet is full of nay-sayers. It's far easier to crap on an idea than to have one, and emotionally, they're both pretty rewarding.
I think you may have just struck a "strong central government" nerve in a population that's increasingly unhappy and distrusting of a government that's swimming in debt, and has none of our best interests at heart. I, for one, would rather plan my own little piece of the world. And I think the biggest problems in society involve bad people: irresponsible, criminal, stupid, incompetent people. Planning a perfect society is impossible without killing the scum. And if you're willing to kill the scum, any place would be paradise. The perfect world doesn't need an efficient number of steps between the home and office, 1000% faster internet, or a balcony overlooking the play park. All of that sounds nice, but none of it sounds important.