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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10155 on: December 30, 2012, 07:41:22 AM »
Television networks whose run times are off the hour.  The other day I recorded a TV episode I'd not previously seen and the recording stopped 10 seconds short of the end of the episode.





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10156 on: December 30, 2012, 08:07:25 AM »
Lack of handicap parking.  I had a wonderful retail therapy session with my mother last night, but there was a slight damper because of the amount of handicap parking available.  She's currently in a wheelchair, so she *needs* those spots to have enough space to get in and out of the car.  We went to a big box store and there were four spaces!  Are you kidding me?  This is another reason why Target is my store of choice.  They don't have just the legal minimum.  They have corporate standards for the number of spaces each store needs to have, and it's always more than other stores in the area, and I never have trouble finding an appropriate spot.

On another note, if you see somebody parked WAY out in the back of the parking lot taking up two spaces, it's probably because they created their own "handicap" space, and wanted to make sure that they could get their wheelchair bound passenger into the car when they came out of the store.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10157 on: December 30, 2012, 06:40:08 PM »
Television networks whose run times are off the hour.  The other day I recorded a TV episode I'd not previously seen and the recording stopped 10 seconds short of the end of the episode.

I actually stopped watching several free-to-air stations some years ago, because they weren't just 10 seconds off the hour, but 10-20 minutes.  Program to run 8:30 to 9:30?  Yup, it would start around 8:45 and finish around 9:50.  The program guides had the times down as the half-hours, my clocks were right (I checked), and yet, persistently, I'd allow an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of the program and still miss recording it all. 

I think it started as a network strategy to keep viewers on that station.  So, if what you're watching finishes 5 minutes later than the half-hour, then what you may want to watch on the opposition network has already started, so if you've missed the beginning, you'll stay where you are.  Then several networks started doing it.  Grrrr.

No idea what they're like now, because I never watch them any more, and most things I want to see on the satellite paid network I record anyway.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10158 on: December 30, 2012, 08:56:07 PM »
You are right on the money about the network strategy to keep viewers.  It annoys the crap out of me and I've seen it on the Spanish networks as well.  Gets on my last nerve.  However, due to the program sources and their audiences, I don't think it has affected their viewership very much.

It is annoying, nonetheless.





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10159 on: December 31, 2012, 09:32:20 AM »
Television networks whose run times are off the hour.  The other day I recorded a TV episode I'd not previously seen and the recording stopped 10 seconds short of the end of the episode.

House used to always do that. I would always miss the parting quip, which was sometimes a cliff-hanger for the next episode. Very frustrating.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10160 on: December 31, 2012, 09:39:49 AM »
Television networks whose run times are off the hour.  The other day I recorded a TV episode I'd not previously seen and the recording stopped 10 seconds short of the end of the episode.

House used to always do that. I would always miss the parting quip, which was sometimes a cliff-hanger for the next episode. Very frustrating.

Discovery had a habit of verbally  announcing the next show during the final piece to camera on Mythbusters - so annoying!

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« Reply #10161 on: January 02, 2013, 01:57:40 PM »
I had the same problem, with my last cable provider, and would have to set my DVR to record several minutes past the actual end time. I think it was them though, since having swtiched, I don't have that problem with my new provider. I can simply hit record, and I get all the show, without the end being cut off.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10162 on: January 02, 2013, 01:58:56 PM »
Lack of handicap parking...On another note, if you see somebody parked WAY out in the back of the parking lot taking up two spaces, it's probably because they created their own "handicap" space, and wanted to make sure that they could get their wheelchair bound passenger into the car when they came out of the store.

As is my mom, and we've done that. She will sometimes hesitate, but I just tell her, park across the two spots, and put your placard in the window. And if you get a ticket, go fight it, and let them know you did that because you had no choice. Never had an issue.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10163 on: January 02, 2013, 02:24:54 PM »
Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. It makes me insane when people call it a vegetable.
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« Reply #10164 on: January 02, 2013, 02:34:23 PM »
Thank you!  It drives me batty as well. 

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« Reply #10165 on: January 02, 2013, 02:35:08 PM »
The Washington Post ran an article today of a bunch of things "in" or "out" for the new year.

I didn't know what 3/4 of them were. :'(

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« Reply #10166 on: January 02, 2013, 02:42:42 PM »
Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. It makes me insane when people call it a vegetable.

Don't get me started. I'm a card-carrying Botanist and this tends to make me insane. I once had someone argue with me about whether or not the large, showy parts of a poinsettia are petals or not. (They're not.)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10167 on: January 02, 2013, 02:46:52 PM »
Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. It makes me insane when people call it a vegetable.

Don't get me started. I'm a card-carrying Botanist and this tends to make me insane. I once had someone argue with me about whether or not the large, showy parts of a poinsettia are petals or not. (They're not.)

Bracts. I looked it up.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10168 on: January 02, 2013, 02:56:16 PM »
Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. It makes me insane when people call it a vegetable.

Don't get me started. I'm a card-carrying Botanist and this tends to make me insane. I once had someone argue with me about whether or not the large, showy parts of a poinsettia are petals or not. (They're not.)

Bracts. I looked it up.

Yup. The flowers are the tiny things in the center.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10169 on: January 02, 2013, 02:59:52 PM »
Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. It makes me insane when people call it a vegetable.

Don't get me started. I'm a card-carrying Botanist and this tends to make me insane. I once had someone argue with me about whether or not the large, showy parts of a poinsettia are petals or not. (They're not.)


Is there an actual , botanical definition of a vegetable? I know people get very mixed up with the whole "fruit vs. vegetable" affair because "fruit" has a botanical meaning (part of the plant that contains the seeds) and a culinary meaning (sweet, soft, often eaten raw as a snack or in sweet desserts). Is it the same with "vegetable"?