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irs, seriously, wtf?

December 27th, 2010
big worm

“My emotions don’t like to be played with”

Dear IRS,
Ok, it isn’t bad enough that you have been requesting additional documents for almost a year for the homebuyer credit.
It isn’t enough that when I called and waited on hold for what seemed like an eternity it was only to speak with a 50+ year old man who sounded like he was fresh off the fry station at McDonald’s.
Can it be worse than when I had an accountant call and you basically told him you are understaffed and really have no idea what is going on or where you misplaced my documents, but you can confirm you received them.
Or the time you mailed me a letter saying that you were denying my claim in its entirety and wanted me to sign two documents saying that I agreed with the decision. And then in a follow up phone call said it was just an automated letter because you were behind on your paperwork.

That was frustrating and annoying. I mean what else can an individual do when IRS makes a decision, even a wrong one. It’s not like you can lock the IRS up in prison for failing to pay out a refund (kind of funny that they can lock you up though for failing to file). It’s not like it is worth it to get a lawyer because a lawyer’s fee will quickly eat up whatever potential return you are expecting.

But now I know you are just f—ing with me. WTF is going on over there? Not only did my credit magically appear in my bank account. It was 3 times the amount it should have been! I’m sure you made yet another mistake. I’m sure I will have to pay you back. I’m sure it is my fault somehow and I will owe interest. But seriously IRS, it really isn’t funny to tempt people with thousands of dollars they can’t touch even though it is in their account. Glad you think my bank account is a place where you can stash cash. To quote Big Worm, “Playing with my money is like playing with my emotions,” and my emotions don’t like being played with. He also said, “First of all, don’t be callin’ here like you some straight up G, cause I’ll cut ya balls off and hand ’em to ya, patna. I had to warn you too many times about my money, Smokey. You see, it’s the principal. There’s principalities in the whole thing.” Unfortunately, I think that is what the IRS will be telling me when they want their money back.

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Content Licensing WTF

December 22nd, 2010

Alright, I realize this is the content provider’s agreement, but listen up.  So I subscribe to HuluPlus and Netflix because it saves me money, it’s not for everyone but I just don’t need shit the day it comes out because I watch very select bits of TV.  With that said hulu plus wtf is up with your content licensing, I mean really let me tell you all the content licensing schemas for the different shows that you provide are absolutely insane.  Example:

Sons of Anarchy, great show, INSANE LICENSING RESTRICTIONS.  I swear they must roll dice to determine when content is available.  For season 3, the first 3 episodes aired “normally” for hulu subscribers which is to say like a week late, ok cool I don’t mind waiting around it’s all good.   So the original air date was Sept 3. followed by the 10th and the 17th for the first 3 episodes for all people who normally get FX, for people on hulu plus its shifted a week.  This is not the WTF.  The WTF is that they then put a hiatus on releasing new episodes until december 6th!  It just doesn’t make ANY SENSE.  It’s like they are trying to figure out people’s breaking points or something to get them to subscriber with the really popular content or something.  You might as well just say hey you can only watch them on the internet every tuesday at 4pm.  If I am on the internet I shouldn’t have to get out a freakin calendar to check whether or not I can view your content, either put it up or don’t at all save us all some hassle.

Second verse, same as the first.  Of having recently acquired a PS3 I decided to see how the hulu plus app is on that just for shit’s and giggles, now I knew it would probably  not be as good as my media PC but I said what the heck might be entertaining.  Then I go to my Queue and like half the shows I have in my queue are not there.  I go huh, that’s odd, did hulu pull them without telling me like they did with “It’s always sunny in philadelphia”? (Hmm, note also an FX show).  Go searching on the huluplus app and it says “Web only”, oh gee so you can offer it on PC that is using a television as a display, but you can’t offer it on a PS3, oh dear me what POSSIBLE horrible forms of piracy could evolve from the PS3 that you couldn’t do on a PC.  What is the FREAKING POINT of denying the content on known working platforms.  Probably the point is they can’t figure out a way to limit the content on those devices …  yet!

Listen up you marketing GENIUSES at FX.  I am sure if I tried to find other examples of insane content licensing I could find them I am just too steamed right now to waste my time looking for them.  This kind of marketing crap it doesn’t earn you viewership, it earns you ire.  Put on your big boy pants and start walking around in the digital age.

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wtf whiny facebook users

December 9th, 2010

The problem with facebook users is the same problem that plagues america. They are a whiny bunch of self-entitled brats that love to complain about everything and do/give absolutely nothing. Sitting on your ass at home playing farmville all day and collecting unemployment (if filing the paperwork wasn’t too much trouble) and then wondering why the economy isn’t recovering and the house you put 0 down on is underwater. The free ride that was the housing bubble has ended. America didn’t become a superpower by complaining so loud that other countries gave us handouts to shut us up. We should rewards people with skills, talent and the ability to innovate, but instead we celebrate stupidity. I’m tired of all the whining when two seconds of self reflection would show people what the problem is. So why am I complaining about facebook users? Because their narcissism thrives in the facebook environment and civility is quite often thrown out the window because of the most trivial things. I don’t want to make this a broad, over-generalization about the 500million members, so let me clarify. There is a noisy, obnoxious subset that whines the loudest and probably spews 90% of the rubbish clogging up news feeds and walls. wtf is your problem whiny facebook user because I’ve really had it with your ungrateful attitude.

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