I don’t understand this shirt. At first, I was completely confused, but after some searching, I realized that it was likely a reference to this shirt:
The second shirt is, in turn, a reference to Doppler shifting of light (which, among other things, says that colors shift towards blue if you move towards them quickly enough).
However, this just brings up more stuff I don’t understand:
(1) It doesn’t seem like the blue shirt makes any sense except as a reference to the red shirt. (Or does it?) But is the red shirt so well-known that it makes any sense to wear a shirt that assumes the viewer has seen the red one?
(2) The first shirt says “You don’t need run fast enough.” Is this slang? Or something English speakers might actually say? It doesn’t seem like it is, but I’m baffled by the idea that someone made and sold a T-shirt without proofreading the one sentence on the T-shirt. Yes, I see typos on signs and in newspaper articles all the time, this product only has one sentence, and that one sentence is the focus of the product that they’re trying to sell.
This seems very strange to me. Does this seem perfectly normal to you? Have you seen worse?
When I’m on hold, if they play some bland, inoffensive music, I can put my headset on, and ignore it for hours, as I work, read e-mails, etc… A long wait can be a little annoying, but it’s not really a big deal.
If they interrupt the music to tell me “your call is very important to us” I can’t ignore the interruption. Having a person “talking” to me jolts me to attention, and disrupts me from whatever else I’m trying to do. It doesn’t make me feel like my call is important to them; it just makes me more aware of how long I’ve been on hold, and increases my annoyance. And if I’m on hold for 45 minutes, and the music is interrupted every 35 seconds to tell me that my call is very important to them, that shifts from annoying to maddening. (You may begin to guess that these numbers are not arbitrary, but based on a recent experience.)
Anyway, this is not (just) a rant, but a genuine question: What’s the point of interrupting the call like that? Is my reaction atypical? It seems “obvious” that this is annoying, and will not endear the company to me. But almost every company in the world does it (albeit not with 35 second intervals), and it would be easy enough not to, so my guess is that there’s some logic behind it that I’m not seeing.
I am currently trying to convince somebody that it was created in the 1950s, originally intended to be stocked in fallout shelters where it would provide enough calories to allow people to exist for the twenty-odd years until it was safe to come out.
Since the March of Dimes Walkathon isn’t happening this year (though as Chak reminded me, my 27-year streak isn’t affected if the event doesn’t take place), I was hoping to move our support over to Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a rare degenerative neurological disease with which my son’s girlfriend was. They’re doing a bike ride at the end of this month to raise awareness and money for research.
(I promised I wouldn’t post the long version of this more than once, so it’s here)
Almost immediately, support started coming in from CIDU visitors, and we’re all very grateful.
(Disclaimer: We are not donating money for Mary Cate’s ride: our son is part of the same team, of course, and nobody’s visiting his page: it’s just sitting there like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, and it’s really sad)
A couple of people have reported having trouble making donations online. Please let me know if you do, and maybe I can help.