Wednesday, May 18, 2005

A chance to bitch and moan

Hello, friends! Here at Not Right About Anything, I'm celebrating 352 days of operation with my first-ever reader survey.

I was going to do this anyway, but I'm particularly spurred by a recent devastating revelation. Namely, our old friend Goblin Slayer has charged me with one count of losing my edge. His arrest warrant reads as follows:

Ian,
Just wanted to let you know that your blog became excessively boring. I used to think that you had the ability to shed some "progressive" moonbat light on today's issues, however, you only whine and complain about pointless shit.

I’m just saying you were much more edgy a couple of months ago. Perhaps it’s the burnout from finishing your Master’s.

As a blogger for the people, I certainly don't want to alienate my readership! If Goblin Slayer has something bad to say about Not Right, can anyone else be far behind? I certainly don't want my recent academic success to result in a dumbed-down blog. With that in mind, I seek your input on the following questions. Don't do it for me; do it for you! :)

Here's a sample question and answer:
A) Name the content of any four of my last 10 posts. And can you throw stones?

Goblin Slayer: I can throw all the stones I want since 4 out of your last 10 posts included two rants about Subway’s Sandwich card and two lousy caption contest posts.
So as you can see, it's really quite simple. Answer as many or as few as you want, and add some if you feel it necessary. There's no penalty for guessing. Just remember to fill in the entire bubble or the machine will not mark it, thus dooming you to a lifetime of pain and loneliness.

1) What first brought you to this blog?

2) What made you first return on purpose?

3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______

Thank you for taking time to answer my little survey. From the bottom of my heart, I need feedback. Just kidding! I mean, have a great day.

14 comments:

Michael said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?

I believe it was a link from Zac Attack.

2) What made you first return on purpose?

(1) You can write. (2) You're a liberal. (3) You're cute. :)

3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?

Random commentary is what you're best at. I also dig the personal anecdotes, because it helps define your voice. Least faves? Probably the caption contests, though they often provide some hilarious one-liners.

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?

No, I think you cover a broad enough range of issues.

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?

Can't really think of anything about the interface I'd change.

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!

Can I vote for myself?

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.

June 1, 2004. (Add 13 days to today's date and change the year. And I double-checked it at Days Between Dates

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

Fave: John F. Kennedy
Least Fave: G. Dumbya (bis)
Chester A. Arthur

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

Yes. It's a cool promotion and brings them business even if they have to eat the occasional freebie.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

I'm still working on that. I will say, though, it was a convincing switch--enough to get me to take you off my blogroll for a couple of days.

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

Yes. But it's not the well-lubricated asshole that the wingnuts would have us believe ("moral decline" and all that). And at the bottom of the said shithole we could well find nastiness that would make Armageddon look like a case of the 24-hour flu. Thanks, Georgie!

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______

Nope. I think I've covered it all.

Flamingo Jones said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?

Complete and utter randomness

2) What made you first return on purpose?

I just keep ending up here accidentally.

Actually, Michael stole my answer.

3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?

I like it all.

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?

I'd say you should make Dubya look like a completely inept ass more...but I can get that from the Nightly News on a daily basis anyway.

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?

Koala bears are cute. So, Koala bears everywhere!

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!

Any of the rabid, off-base conservatives. They make the rest of us look a lot smarter. Thanks guys!

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.

June 1, 2004. (I cheated off Michael's paper)

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

Favorite: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Least Favorite: Karl Rove
Because Ian is bossy: Chester A. Arthur

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

Duh. More free food, please.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

N/A. But I WOULD have been pissed had I not known the truth. I hate April Fools Day.

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

Indubitably

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______

"Ian is awesome" is an anagram for "A Siamese Wino." Coincidence? I think not.

Murph said...

Dude, 16,000 McGibboney fans can't be wrong. It's hard to keep publishing nearly daily and be "on" every day. I certainly have my "on" weeks and my "off" weeks and so do you. I don't hold it against you, even if I don't comment as much as I should. I'm working on that.

Just keep doing what you're doing and keep rocking on and stop losing sleep over what one person said.

The Goblin Slayer said...

You see Ian; in this wonderful country we live in I am allowed to voice an opinion, even if a left-wing socialist like yourself doesn't like it. I didn't go on your blog and exercise my opinion, but, like a spoiled child, you went ahead and created a post outlining my comments that were on Tom's blog. And, like a stereotypical leftist, you didn’t quote my entire comment. Perhaps you were hoping to humiliate me or at best have your sheep comment about how bad I am and how great you are. Instead you use specific pieces of the comment to sew yourself a tapestry of "good feelings" and prop up some sort of quasi-defensive position that reeks like an adolescent temper tantrum. I didn’t criticize your writing style or ability, just the latest content. Considering that you are planning to get a job based in journalism, I would have thought for sure that you were man enough to take some criticism. How wrong was I? Furthermore, you state on Tom’s blog that you’re not “interested in your constructive criticism” unless I put up a caption contest every Monday and include a minimum of 12 passable humorous captions. .Is that all it will take?

One more thing: My criticism must be eating you alive because your post has a time stamp of 1:00 AM. As opposed to getting a good night sleep so you can post another bevy of literary wonder or score that job you have been looking for, you are tossing and turning, trying to find a way to turn those negative feelings toward me.

Ian McGibboney said...

Trust me, GS, I am not losing sleep over you. Check the timestamps of most of my posts, and you'll see what's known as a "pattern." I am a night person. I work in the afternoon and at night, and have for years. That's when I'm awake.

I quoted you not because I'm irritated or feeling unloved, but because I thought it was a nice transition to a post I had been working on anyway. I'm sorry if you or anyone else took it as a sign of insecurity. And don't snipe at me for selective quoting; if I felt the rest of it was relevant, I would have used it. That's what's called "editing." I don't think I removed any of the gist of your message, did I?

As for the caption comment I left you: you're taking it too literally. My overall point was that it's way too easy to criticize someone when they don't have a concept of how difficult this is to maintain on a regular basis. You don't have to like it, but neither do you have to dismiss it when you're adding nothing to the discussion.

Murph said...

GS, you're accusing Ian of treating your constructive criticism callously, but your most recent comment seems to cross the same line you're accusing Ian of crossing. Personally, this all seems to be going a little far. If you're not prepared to accept what someone does with your criticism, then you shouldn't say anything, just as if Ian can't handle criticism, he shouldn't solicit it.

But there's the problem - your comments to Ian that spawned this post were unsolicited, so you really can't get that bent out of shape about the response. If I got kicked in the balls for no reason, I think I'd be angrier than if I'd been kicked in the balls because I asked someone to do it.

Oh yeah and Baaaaah! Just because people Baaah! think alike and support Baaah! each other Baah! doesn't Baaah! make them Baah! sheep.

And what I had to say was hardly sheeplike. Notice how, in my previous comment, I managed to acknowledge that Ian hasn't been "on" recently without being ugly about it.

Phillip said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?

think i was perusing lafayette blogs

2) What made you first return on purpose?

the fact that you're a liberal, and i enjoy the debate (it's easy these days).

3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?

least - blasphemy, but the caption contests. mostly i like posts about the issue du jour and right-wing reaction to it.

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?

global thermonuclear war

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?

meh

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!

you're my favorite ian.

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.

september 16, 1985

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

favorite: grover cleveland
least: obvious answer, but W
21st president (thanks die hard 3)

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

yes yes, a resounding yes.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

sure, i'm a liberal. we forgive.

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

is that meant to be rhetoric?

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______

write more controversial stuff, rebutting conservatives is fun and easy, and makes me feel like a big strong man.

oyster said...

1) What first brought you to this blog? Looking for Pelicans

2) What made you first return on purpose? Hot Ambercrombie chick

3) What regular features do you like best? Ones with pictures
Least? Ones with wurds.

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Nah.

Less often? Nah.

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be? The words in the title box below the title seem unnecessary.

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? I like Zac.

Show them some love! I loved him before he loved you.

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? I ferget, but I got here a month or so later.

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

Tom Jeff
Nixon
Chester A. Arthur.

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______

oyster said...

oops, here's the rest.

9. yes
10. no
11. yes
12. no

Mustang Bobby said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?

You commented on mine, and I followed you home.

2) What made you first return...

You write well and you don't do the same thing over and over.

3) What regular features...?

I didn't know you had "regular" features. I think your features are very nice. Oh, that...

4) ...addressed more often?

Nothing leaps to mind.

5) ...change the interface...

Light script on a dark background is tough to read.

6) Regular commenters...?

Me, Michael, and Flamingo.

7) ...what day did it start?

I'm lousy at math. Don't tell my boss.

8) Most fav / least fav prez.

FDR
Warren G. Harding
Chester A. Arthur - the only president to be a character in an opera (The Ballad of Baby Doe)

9) Should Subway...?

Why the fuck not?

10) April Fool's...

Hell, it was better than mine. No apology necessary.

11) ...sliding down a shithole?

Yes, which means everyone will end up in Miami.

12) Extra comments...?

I wish you the best of luck in your teaching career (been there done that) and I hope you'll keep doing what you're doing. (And Michael's right -- you're cute.)

Nick said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?

Icon sent me an e-mail.

2) What made you first return on purpose?

Probably the fact that I knew Icon before I found out how misguided he is

3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?

Best: Do I have to pick? Probably the column from the Vermilion where Icon laid out the guidelines for driving in Lafayette

Least: That tasteless April Fools post. Icon stooped to the same level as people to sport the "My SUV loves Iraqi oil" sticker.

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?

Yes, I want to see loony posts about the Bush family's ties to Hitler and how the evil Bushies carried out Kennedy's assasination.

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?

Stories about Eek making Icon rake the sandpit at the track. What does interface mean anyway? Can't believe I scored a 31 in English on the ACT.

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!

Zack Attack is the man. He and the hippy dude who lives near the Cajundome are my only gay buddies.

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.

Dude, I took too many math and engineering classes before changing my major to waste my time with that. Besides, my calendar is in my truck, and I don't feel like going get it.

8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.

I wonder if the same people who put G.W. as their least fav. would also put him as the worst if that was the question.

Anyway, Favorite: James Madison, Abe Lincoln, Truman for hurrying up and finishing WWII, G. Washington for his great insight on avoiding intangling alliances

Least Favorite: Ulysiss S. Grant for his corruption, Nixon for being a dumb ass, and Woodrow Wilson for his 14pts.

C.A.A.--R.I.P

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.

Um...sure. I like free sandwiches. Mmm....Cold Cut Trio.

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.

My son, your sins are forgiven. Go now, and sin no more. (That one probably just added me another couple hrs. in purgatory. Hopefully I'll get out one day.)

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.

Sure. Thank you ACLU. Yall could have actually been a good and usefull organization instead of representing NAMBLA and KKK members.

12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank:

"If you can't say anything nice, you must be talking about Hillary Clinton."--Jeff Foxworthy.

War getting drunk this weekend. War Walter Whitfield kicking ass in the steeplechase at regionals.
War Walton and Johnson on a presidential ticket in '08.
and War Icon getting a real job sometime soon.
OUT.

M said...

1) What first brought you to this blog?
you found mine first, so maybe you should be the one answering that question
2) What made you first return on purpose?
I can't remember last week, let alone last year
3) What regular features do you like best (Caption Contest, right-wing T-shirts, columns, random commentary, personal anecdotes, etc.)? Least?
is no opinion an answer?

4) Is there anything you'd like to see addressed here more often? Less often?
I'm very indecisive today, so I can't think of anything

5) If you could hack into this blog and change something...oops, let me rephrase that...if you could request one change to the interface of this site, what would it be?
Hard to say since shrimp porn is already being done

6) Out of all of my regular commenters, who's your favorite and why? Show them some love!
phizz?

7) If this blog has been online for 352 days, then what day did I start it? Show your work.
June 1, 2004
8) List your favorite president, followed by your least favorite president. Then list Chester A. Arthur.
Theodore Roosevelt
G. Dub
Chester A. Arthur

9) Should Subway reinstate its Sub Club program in all markets? Show your work.
why not?

10) Do you forgive me for the whole April Fool's incident? Because I'm really, really sorry about that.
yes, only because it was a great prank...far better than the puppy prank I pulled

11) Are we as a country really sliding down a well-lubricated shithole or what? If you choose "what," please bring a bag of whatever you're smoking for all of us.
are you new? we've been sliding down a shithole for many decades now
12) Any extra comments? Here's a blank: _______
I don't do good with fill in the blanks

MPH said...

1) Came across while looking for Christian and Republican bloggers to insult.

2) You seemed to be the type to insult Christian and Republican bloggers.

3) Random commentary

4) It's all good

5) See answer to question 4.

6) I am partial to MPH

7) Nineteenity thirty-two

8) Favorite: Teddy Roosevelt
Least Favorite: Dubya
Chester A. Arthur

9) Subway is the home of the most vile person on Earth - Jared. Burn them all to the ground and salt the Earth.

10) It was genius and I was fine with it on April 2nd.

11) Yeah.

12) MPH is awesome?

Ruben said...

When people disagree the world just seems to be a better place. LOL