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Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:41 am
by Antiriad2097
People who don't like people who don't like people with history degrees.


Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:58 am
by djcarlos
Antiriad2097 wrote:People who don't like people who don't like people with history degrees.

What about people who don't like people who don't like people with history degrees who haven't even got history degrees?

Oh yeah, and people who pose in their pants with plastic guns. :wink:

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:59 am
by necronom
do_sucol wrote:Didn't they rename the sci fi channel to sy fy or sfy ,which is just ?????????? in every known way of ?
Don't get me started on that one! :lol:

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:26 am
will2097 wrote:
Ferret Oxide wrote:
will2097 wrote: - People with degrees in History.
Because it's a pointless waste of tax payers money. I appreciate there is a need for historians, preserving history is important, but anyone with only a degree is history is clearly only going to Uni 'for the experience' with no intention whatsoever of getting a job afterwards, and they always end up civil servants. Failed Physicists end up in I.T, failed historians end up in the civil service. If you genuinely think history is important enough to warrant a qualification, and people are passionate about it, it should be a PhD or nothing. They should limit the number of people studying subjects like History. Religious Education is another, English Lit is another... They are degrees made exclusively for pretentious middle class twits who want to spend three years drunk, knobbing everything in sight with no intention or vision of getting a job at the end of it.

There are plenty of kids who now can't afford to go to Uni who want to do vocational degree's and can't...

Thats why.
Erm, That's slightly weird.

Iam going to stand up to this bastion of inequity, for I have a degree in history, well half of it :P

Basically, what you have said is hokum. If you really wanted to you could apply that to many of the subjects that are offered at degree level. Replace History with 'subject x' and away you go. History encompasses massive amounts of subject matter and is required in some places as part of Art Degrees where history modules have to be taken, or Archeology where the two subjects go hand in hand. So there are at least two practical subjects where history is required to aid their development there are more. 'But that is not a plain 'History' degree!' I hear you cry.

There is no such thing as a plain history degree. I concentrated on Sports History, Historiography, European History (the long century) and History of film (went hand in hand with my other subject),

These were all useful and have practical uses. at various points in life Ive wanted to be a journalist, an archivist, a researcher and a teacher. The above modules allow insight into all of those. Take the history of sport as an example.

Whilst 'doing' Sports History much of the time was spent going through archives and various other areas of direct research for things such as an essay on the history of Boxing and the development of Boxing in the regions in the UK.

In effect, the essay was a social history of the rise of boxing in the UK going from fair prize fighting to the formation of the BBBC and variations in between, its a field where there wasnt massive amounts of research done at the time especially at local level on the rise of boxing clubs and the spread of boxing as a sport and if I had more time there was easily enough material to write a thesis/paper on this and was considered ok or better would have likely been published (instant Post-grad degree :) ) I happened to be doing this during a time when the Football Museum was being set up as well and would have loved to have become a researcher to help them ( essays on localised football, fan power and so on also expanded on this).

So on the Sports History front allowed for experience in researching, archival retrieval, gain some teaching experience (through the 2 hour seminar I had to give on the same subject).

If I had a decent writing style or the inclination then, could have expanded further into books/ or published articles and stuff but that would have been had I had the inclination to do as a follow on. I didnt. So thats a career as an author as well that was a possibility.

Looking at just one of the facets of study, it is clear that it isnt just a middle class junket to letters after your name a few shags and a censored up or a nothing degree. I wasn't middle class before I did my degree, but have become so by proxy as have one despite being just above the poverty line.

It's a shame with so many people now doing degrees that they are practically worthless ( employers used to seek out specifically graduates as a sign of quality, but the market is awash with that many people with degrees, it has devalued their worth in the workplace ) and that the major part of the unemployed in the country are young people aged 18-25. Its this reason why so many are in office jobs, stacking shelves or whatever. Being utterly skint doesnt help. Using me as an example again I had no choice other than to get a job doing whatever after I finished University I couldnt sit and wait for a job in my chosen fields to come up nor, afford to stay on and do further education as and where needed. The plan was to work somewhere until inital debts were paid off so could do back and do the relevant follow up training. Life and a variety of disasters got in the way.

Anecdotally, of the people I went to University with, stories like that arent uncommon, with only one person that Iam aware of actually doing what they studied to do and that's Microbiology, Others did Law, Management, Human Resources, Social Work and a variety of other practical degrees none are in employment in their specialist fields

So regarding your views on useless History and 'other' degrees I say your dead wrong.

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:46 am
by STranger81
djcarlos wrote:People who don't understand why cats are popular pets.
Thats me!

Dont get me wrong, nothing against cats and id never harm one but for the life of me I dont get why people like them so much. You get a cat and buy all the things that they need, and they bugger off for ages at a time. Plus they sh!t in other peoples gardens.


Tennis fans. Or, more to the point, "our" tennis fans. What a bunch of idiots they are. Turn out once a year with their plastic George Cross bowler hats to sit on "Henman Hill" or "Murray Mount" as I should now call it and cheer on Andy Murray. And the interviews with them on morning telly who come out with the same old "Its his year. This year is his year to win." Bollocks. And if he won a big tournament somewhere else in the world these "fans" wouldnt give a monkeys.

The PC brigade. Who actually decides whats offensive? Is there actually a little commitee of people wearing slacks paired with socks and sandals deciding what was fine but now is an offensive term? The mrs' sister was doing some work with some kids with troubled backgrounds and when she was briefed she was told that "mixed race" is an offensive term. The acceptable term is "dual heritage". :roll:

Films with Danny Dyer. He was great in Goodbye Charlie Bright, Football Factory, The Business and Outlaw but now he's just milking it. I mean, he makes aboout 3 straight to DVD films a week by the looks of it now. And funnily enough, he plays a streetwise cockney "youth" in all of them. Lucky that!

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:48 am
by Megamixer
will2097 wrote: - Big Brother winners. (That ugly blond moron this year is a prime example)
Last year's winner complaints there!
will2097 wrote: - Vegetarians.
Guess I'm not on your Christmas card list then :lol: . I won't shove animal rights b0llocks out there though, just my personal preference when it comes to food.

Anyway, got a few more...

- Spiders (I know necronom already mentioned them but I hate them).
- Kids in 'souped up' Metros/Vauxhall Nova's who somehow genuinely believe they look cool.
- Moths, especially how - in a large room - they'll STILL come right at your face...WHY?!?
- Craneflies. Ditto the above.
- Adrian Chiles and why TV shows suddenly seem to desperate to have a dull robotic presenter on their broadcasts.
- Mosquitoes and the irritating high-pitched buzzing they make at night.
- Public transport.
- Saddos who sit in basements writing viruses all day to ruin people's computers.
- Windows and why it's STILL so insecure compared to the competition.
- The country being unable to cope with a inch of snow.
- The Jobcentre.
- People who think Facebook/Myspace/MSN is their life.
- Potential employers using Facebook to determine if you're right for a job or not...P*ss off!

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:43 am
by Rinoa
Dole dossers, illegal immigrants and benefit fraudsters.
Theft, vandalism and thuggery.
People who think flying our own country's flag (along with other traditions such as Christmas) is offensive/racist.
War and religion.
The Government.
Inheritance tax.
"Human Rights".
Ignorant smokers.
Idiot drivers.
Idiot cyclists.
The NHS when they complain they don't have money to fund such and such treatments, medical instruments, cures, etc and then go on to waste millions of pounds on stupid, pointless pieces of artwork.
People who complain about their life/work all the bleeding time but do nothing to change it.
Text Speak.
Dance, RnB and rap music.
Companies with really bad customer service.
Royal Mail.
Queue jumpers.
"Performance Management".
Litter, especially cigarette butts.
Owners taking their dogs for a walk and not cleaning up after them.
The goverment moaning about dog mess and then not cleaning up after their own Police horses. Ughhh.

I'm sure there's a lot more. I get annoyed quite easily :P

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:47 am
by Megamixer
Rinoa wrote: Queue jumpers.
You know what I find worse? People from other countries think we're weird for hating queue jumpers...why would anybody not be bothered by it?

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:37 am
by thevulture
@Riona:Lot of yours go hand in hand:War+Religon.Goverment+Inh.Tax.Strikes+Royal mail etc, remove 1 problem, get 1 removed free. :wink:

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:57 am
by jdanddiet
Arsene Wenger.

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:22 pm
by ToxieDogg
More from me:

George Osbourne (I can understand the sentiment of what he's saying, but he's going about it in completely the wrong way and his generalisations of people just come across as downright nasty. Sounds like he's been watching The Jeremy Kyle Show too much to me).
The Tories in general ('We're in this together!' Erm, apart from them and their tax dodging benefactors that is. Reminds me of Animal Farm...all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others....)
People complaining about 'Rabid console fanboys' (usually aimed at Nintendo fans) when they're more than guilty of it themselves. Also see: Hypocrites
Internet trolls who do their best to f*ck up perfectly good forums and then try to paint the regulars as the bad guys (ie. Krusty)
Judgemental people who take things/other people at face value.
People who take everything that they read in The Sun/Star/Mirror/Daily Mail as gospel.
Greedy Ebay sellers
Employers who think that they can get away with treating their employees like sh*t because of the current economic climate
Hollywood studios milking film franchises to death with numerous (and usually progressively worse) sequels.
Retro gamers who refuse to even try games on newer consoles but continuously say they're all rubbish.
Current gen gamers who say that anyone who likes playing retro stuff only does so out of nostalgia and then more or less says that most retro games are crap anyway.
People talking/making a noise/kicking chairs during the movie in cinemas. :evil:
Junk mail/menus for local takeaways
New Year's parties/celebrations
People who deliberately harm children or animals (fecking scum of the earth :evil: )
People who don't appreciate what they have and how lucky they are in life, but constantly moan about what they haven't got.
Partners/spouses who cheat :evil:
Shops knocking half the price off a game the day after we've bought a copy (it probably happens to us all at times :evil: )

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:37 pm
by Fred83
ToxieDogg wrote:People who don't appreciate what they have and how lucky they are in life, but constantly moan about what they haven't got.
Thats so true..

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:22 pm
by resident paul

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:54 pm
by Shinobi
I will have to third Megamixer with Spiders and Moths.. Finally got Pest control to get rid of the Woodlice in the attic, I've just squashed a big spider up there with the attic pole but don't think I killed it properly.. Putting off opening the hatch in case it falls on me..

Just finding out my Gamecube Twilight Princess save has been formatted.. The only thing staying my hand from snapping the disc was how damn expensive the Gamecube version is :evil:

Re: What grinds your gears ?

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:58 pm
by Antiriad2097
What's the thumbup thing? That's a new term to me.