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Bottom of the Barrel Book Reviews — The Lost Blogs

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the If-thine-eyes-offend-thee dept.

Idle 235

We get a lot of books for review here at Slashdot. Most are sent out to users on our reviewer list within a few weeks. Others become part of an impressive wall of books on my desk before they find a home. There are a choice few however that are doomed to never see the inside of a Fedex box. This is mostly due to the complete and utter stupidity or absurdness of their subject matter. I've decided to give these failed intellectual endeavors a chance and explore just how big a waste of time a book can be. We start scraping the bottom of the barrel with a little number written by Paul Davidson called, The Lost Blogs. Read below to find out just how bad it got.

I used to work at a restaurant in college. After I was there for a year it was my job to help train new employees. One evening they had me train a nice young girl on the dessert station. The dessert station was one of the easiest places to work all you did was bake and slice pies and make the occasional ice cream sundae. An order for a hot fudge sundae came through the ticket machine so I got out a bowl and got her started. We used hot fudge packets that had to be warmed up in the microwave before being squeezed out onto the top of the ice cream. I told my new young trainee that the hot fudge needed a thirty second bath of microwaves and to get me when it was done and I'd show her how to pipe on the whip cream all fancy like. After a few minutes she came up to me and said that the ice cream had all melted, so she tried it a second time with the same melting results. I looked over both bowls of liquid ice cream and asked her how they melted so fast? I asked her to make another one while I watched to see what she was doing wrong. She scooped out the ice cream, opened up a packet of fudge squeezed it out and put the whole bowl into the microwave. I didn't know what to say. She microwaved ice cream six times that night while I watched, not once did it occur to her that ice cream would melt in a microwave. I comped the mans bill for the sundae he never got and had a good portion of the restaurant employees gathered to see if the trainee would ever solve the melting mystery. She never did and until I opened the first page of The Lost Blogs the six sundaes in the microwave was the stupidest thing I have ever seen.

The book starts off with a rambling two page acknowledgments section that drunkenly wanders from subjects like the South Beach diet to petty theft. It pauses to discuss the difference between Abe Vigoda and Bea Arthur and finally embarrasses Paul's family by forever linking them in ink with this sham of a book. This section does serve a valuable purpose however. Anyone with any level of discernment would be so turned off by it's incoherent nature that they would be saved the agony of reading The Lost Blogs. Discernment is not a luxury I had, so it was with much regret that I read on. The premise behind The Lost Blogs, like talking fruit and a submarine for babies, seems like a good idea until you see it in action. Quoting the back of the book, "What if the most famous, brilliant, obsessive, dumb and evil people throughout history had blogs? Wonder how Charles Lindbergh kept busy during his transatlantic fight? Wonder how Napoleon could possibly have reached the keyboard? In The Lost Blogs, you'll read the intimate weblogs of 175 iconic historical figures writing about their stupid pets, shaving rituals primate romances and plans for world domination-just like any other blogger...maybe even you!"

What it delivers is 271 pages of nonsense that is reminiscent of an assignment in your high school creative writing class. Many of the blogs are a few hundred words or less, which was fine with me since most of them are historically inaccurate. Alexander The Great's blog talks about how great his blog is. Joseph Stalin's blog talks about how he's going to purge his blog of all links. I assume because he purged his country of ethnic minorities, political opponents and other undesirables, killing millions. Hilarious! Samuel Morse just has five paragraphs of dots and dashes. Noah has a list of animals he still needs. Louis Pasteur talks about how germy his keyboard is. Herman Melville is obsessed with fighting a giant black cockroach that lives in his toilet (alright I kind of like that one). Fifty-one out of the first 100 words in the Howard Hughes blog are urine. That's over half urine! I took this as a metaphor for the whole book. Lastly, Jim Morrison posts the lyrics to a new song he's working on called, Light the Fire

You know I've opened up the flume
and thrown inside a rubber tire
so can you please just follow through
and finally, please, start the fire

Come on baby, light the fire
Come on baby, light the fire
but please don't light the house on fire.

I know that somewhere Weird Al is crying. I could go on and on but you get the idea.

It seems to me that anyone with nothing to do, I mean absolutely nothing, could sit down with a few beers, a note pad and Wikipedia and crank out something like The Lost blogs. Lets pray that they don't. Almost every historical figure in the book has surviving writings that you can read. Some have a huge amount that you can sift through. So in addition to being inaccurate and unamusing The Lost Blogs is also redundant. My favorite part of this book is that I finished it and never have to open it again. The Lost Blogs is an exercise in mental masturbation that doesn't have the decency to let you finish. It is the bottom of the barrel.

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Goggles &c (5, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648185)

Really? We're supposed to read a book review in white-on-teal?

Re:Goggles &c (4, Informative)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648313)

Select-All

Re:Goggles &c (4, Informative)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648389)

White on light green is even harder to read.

Re:Goggles &c (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648805)

It is black on beige when I select all.

Re:Goggles &c (5, Informative)

Diss Champ (934796) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648329)

Don't worry. I read the review for you. The summary is "Don't read the book".

Re:Goggles &c (1, Informative)

bark76 (410275) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649105)

Hasn't anyone explained to you that you aren't supposed to read the articles on this site?

Friggin' newbies!

Re:Goggles &c (1)

Jansingal (1098809) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648385)

and what is the rating of the book???

we don't know

Re:Goggles &c (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648449)

Probably 8/10 like almost all book reviews on /.

Re:Goggles &c (1)

Jansingal (1098809) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648995)

cuz /. only has their reviewers review good books :)

Re:Goggles &c (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648603)

My guess would be (-1, Flamebait).

Re:Goggles &c (1)

sabit666 (457634) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648509)

View->Page Style->No Style

Re:Goggles &c (4, Funny)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648651)

View->Page Style->No Style

I'm pretty sure they've already got that one licked.

-G

Re:Goggles &c (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648713)

Actually it is very easy to read. If you don't like it you can do as others say and hit ctrl-A.

Re:Goggles &c (1)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648853)

I have to agree. Come on, all that in a simple box with a black font on a pale gray background would be so much easier on the eyes.

Re:Goggles &c (1)

anotherone (132088) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649051)

Once you fight your way past the color scheme, it turns out you have to bring your own commas. Who gave this guy a job as a writer?

Re:Goggles &c (1)

Random Guru 42 (687672) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649057)

What, a thread started with "Goggles" in the title, and no Simpsons references?

I'm sure if samzenpus were wearing a pair while reading that tripe, he would have at least yelled out that "THEY DO NOTHING!"

Please burn this section. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648205)

Thank you.

  -- The readers

What gives? (5, Insightful)

ThanatosMinor (1046978) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648235)

Doesn't putting Idle stories on the front page detract from the "stuff that matters" claim of /.?

Re:What gives? (1)

freddy_dreddy (1321567) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648407)

It fits the "Idly passing the time away" and it's stuff that matters.

Re:What gives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648751)

Stuff hasn't mattered on Slashdot in a long time, the idle section is just proof of that. It does nothing to keep the useless shit off the front page, it just gives them a consolidated category under which they can dump all of their bullshit stories rather than having to go through the effort of deciding which one fits it best.

Re:What gives? (4, Insightful)

Zadaz (950521) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648895)

Agreed. I was much happier when this stuff was hidden in a dark corner of Slashdot Labs.

If they'd pull idle off the front page and off the newsfeed I'd even be willing to use all of those mod points responsibly instead of throwing them around randomly.

I refuse to read this (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648269)

Or anything else in the shitty, fucked up section.

hmm... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648273)

The Lost Blogs is an exercise in mental masturbation that doesn't have the decency to let you finish.

Funny, I felt the same way about this review.

Re:hmm... (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649171)

The book starts off with a rambling two page acknowledgments section that drunkenly wanders from subjects like the South Beach diet to petty theft.

Strange that this would be a turn-off to the author of this review.

Bottom of the barrel... (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649275)

Well they did call the section "Bottom of the barrel book reviews"....and that review was definitely the bottom of the barrel.

Editors? (4, Informative)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648283)

Come on. The day is Sunday. The ice cream dish is a SUNDAE. Don't let the editors write things without someone else editing them!

Re:Editors? (3, Funny)

evil agent (918566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648355)

Come on. The day is Sunday. The ice cream dish is a SUNDAE. Don't let the editors write things without someone else editing them!

But who will edit the editors' editors?

Re:Editors? (1)

jaymz2k4 (790806) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648403)

That was a pretty poor error, particularly because the writer is trying to sound intelligent and not stupid. I'm with everyone else, I like idle but keep it off the front page.

fail...

Re:Editors? (3, Insightful)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648525)

Yes, the fact that he made the error (many times) while specifically writing about stupid people is definitely what made it annoying enough to actually say something.

Re:Editors? (3, Funny)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648429)

A cookie for the appropriate Star Trek episode on this...

Re:Editors? (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648495)

Come on. The day is Sunday. The ice cream dish is a SUNDAE.

The book review starts off with a rambling two paragraph anecdote section that drunkenly wanders from subjects like overnight delivery services, to the water content of frozen milk, to poor management practices.

You know I've opened up the flume

What is this, a log-jammer ride in an amusement park? I'm pretty sure that flue would rhyme better with through, so I suggest using something better than a spell-checker.

Re:Editors? (5, Insightful)

Sen.NullProcPntr (855073) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648497)

"She scooped out the ice cream, opened up a packet of fudge squeezed it out and put the whole bowl into the microwave. I didn't know what to say."

Maybe "No that's not what I meant, just heat the packet not everything."? You're not very good at training people are you?

Re:Editors? (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648721)

Indeed. It's been a long time since "samzenpus" has had to train for a new job. Every time I have a new job, I always make the mistake of trying to use common sense, and get slapped for it every time.

Me: "So... why exactly do we need to incubate all these triple sterilized agar plates in the incubator?"
Trainer: "So we can be sure they're sterile."
Me: "But they're double bagged, sealed, and have been subjected to radiation several times, they're more sterile than surgical instruments!"
Trainer: "It's in the SOP that we have to do that"
Me " o_O"

Especially for low-level jobs like that. What's stupid is that he likely told her to ignore common sense up until that point, gave her unclear instructions, then expected her to start thinking, and didn't correct her 6 times.

What an ass.

Re:Editors? (3, Insightful)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648733)

Well, if he was training her to have low self-esteem when she realizes someone she trusts is letting her humiliate herself over and over, then he's great.

Re:Editors? (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648749)

Seriously! I could watch someone send out emails that should have attachments with them all day long and laugh at them but what I SHOULD do is show them how to add an attachment.

Re:Editors? (0)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648803)

Maybe she was a hot blonde & he wanted to make sure to avoid the definate sexual harrassment lawsuit accidently saying

then drip the hot fudge all over your hot body

would bring.

Given her behavior & the fact he left for something that should take just seconds, it's possible.

Bottom of the Barrel Site Design (2, Insightful)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648287)

White text on green background make eyes bleed.

The book sounds like something that could work if done right, it was just hobbled by bad implementation. That old Darth Side [blogspot.com] blog comes to mind as a good way to do essentially the same idea.

Frontpages from Idle are ignoring the no icon pref (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648297)

As title - I have my images set to none, but Idle stories appearing on the front page are still putting images in there.

You should have made the sunday yourself (3, Insightful)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648301)

That poor customer never got his sunday just so you could watch the trainee fail six times? Six? Why?

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (1)

WillKemp (1338605) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648505)

That poor customer never got his sunday just so you could watch the trainee fail six times? Six? Why?

To prove his superiority over her, obviously.

Bizarre!

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649069)

Yea I have throw this in then.
"Joseph Stalin's blog talks about how he's going to purge his blog of all links. I assume because he purged his country of ethnic minorities, political opponents and other undesirables, killing millions. Hilarious! "
Stalin was a total murdering bastard but he really wasn't much of a racist. Not only that but Russia is still full of ethnic minorities.
Stalin only killed people that failed, where too talented, caught his attention, opposed him, or could have possibly opposed him.
But not really just because you where a minority.
Yea let a person fail over and over again for your amusement. Nice guy.

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648565)

That poor customer never got his sunday just so you could watch the trainee fail six times? Six? Why?

Cause he's a jerk.

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648575)

Trust me, it gets funnier after the 3rd time.

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648615)

Personally, I think the "critic" (and I use the word loosely) should go back to his career in the fast food industry.

And then write a bookabout his experiences.
We'd be happy to review it.

Re:You should have made the sunday yourself (5, Funny)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648681)

Six? Why?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...

Duh. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648683)

He works at Denny's and was just following what it says in the Employee Handbook about Customer Service.

Stand by for blasphemy (4, Insightful)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648305)

I quite like the white on teal.

Re:Stand by for blasphemy (4, Insightful)

Chris Burkhardt (613953) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648715)

I don't especially mind the white on teal either. The painful part is the contrast when you scroll down to the comments section and it suddenly switches to black on white.

Please keep it off the frontpage (5, Insightful)

comp.sci (557773) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648319)

The "review" did not give me any useful information whatsoever, I was expecting at least some interesting insight or real argument but what I found was just unnecessary bashing of this one book. Please keep stuff like this without substance off the front page, there are plenty of articles and topics out there that deserve that spot.

Uhh, the point of a book review is, what exactly? (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648569)

Negative book reviews are as worthwhile as glowing positive book reviews - they help me try to figure out what might and might not be worth reading in a world of a billion books, where I certainly don't have time to read more than a tiny minority of extant works.

If I ever see "The Lost Blogs" in the Library or a bookstore, now I'll know it might be a good idea to skip it.

Re:Uhh, the point of a book review is, what exactl (1)

comp.sci (557773) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649021)

You have a good point there and I agree that negative reviews also can be quite useful. However I feel like this was less of a real book review but more of a bashing of a book the author deemed especially silly. Many of /.'s book reviews are well researched and full of good information but this was simply a humor-piece, trying to only make fun of the book... (thus the placement in the idle section)

Life imitating art? (1)

zentigger (203922) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649077)

If anything can be read of the review, I think it is that is perfectly mirrors the mood of the book itself: inane and pointless.

Re:Please keep it off the frontpage (4, Informative)

asynchronous13 (615600) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648601)

Help & Preferences -> Sections

"You have the ability to choose how much or how little content you want to see from each section. Further, you have the ability to choose if you want to view each type of article in 'Full Text' or 'Abbreviated' format."

Idle -> Never

Re:Please keep it off the frontpage (1)

Chad Birch (1222564) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649053)

Now how do I keep it out of my RSS feed? I really don't want to see this garbage.

Re:Please keep it off the frontpage (1)

McFly69 (603543) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648627)

I agree that this reviewer is not provided any information about the book. They appear to be biased and have read only a few pages to provide quotes from. Shame on this post making to the front page of /.

Re:Please keep it off the frontpage (1)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649191)

Yeah, this was pretty bad. Pretty fucking bad as a matter of fact. The first paragraph has nothing whatsoever to do with the book, and the rest is extremely uninformative and not even entertaining.

bottom of the barrel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648321)

So, tell us honestly, you didn't like it?

Samzenpus (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648361)

It appears that the primary purpose of idle.slashdot.org is to illustrate that samzenpus enjoys insulting people so much that he's willing to devote a lot of time and energy to it. You let her microwave ice cream all night. Hilarious. I hope I am one day blessed to work in the same place as you.

Please, please, take these stories off the front page.

Also, add my voice to the cries of white-on-teal outrage.

Re:Samzenpus (2, Insightful)

Mix+Master+Nixon (1018716) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648689)

I don't want this idle.slashdot.org crap in the regular RSS feed as if it was an actual story.

Re:Samzenpus (2, Informative)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648917)

Help & Preferences [slashdot.org] -> Index [slashdot.org] -> scroll down to 'Idle', select 'Never' (or de-select "Samzenpus") -> happiness

Re:Samzenpus (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649135)

Thank you. Idle.slashdot.org is indeed a waste of time. Now, I'll never be bothered by it again. You have done a good deed and will, I'm sure soon be punished for it.

did you fire her? (2, Interesting)

Tenrosei (1305283) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648375)

The first question was did she get fired? The second follow up question to the did she get fired is how hot was she?

Re:did you fire her? (4, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648447)

If I was in charge, I'd have fired her supervisor.

Sometimes people are stupid. You solve this by education.

Re:did you fire her? (1)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648999)

She shouldn't have been fired.

She should have brought a lawsuit against the prick for both not teaching her how to do her job (which, c'mon, she SHOULD have known what the problem was) and for the public humiliation the original article writer performed.

The worst part about it is, the manager or person in authority wasted company time (for all involved, how much salary / hourly was lost), company profits (all the wasted product), and the customer NEVER got what they ordered.

Yup, the stupidest person here was the idiot that ALLOWED it to take place.

--Toll_Free

Bad example (4, Insightful)

John Jorsett (171560) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648381)

What's dumber, a rookie ruining ice cream six times or you watching it happen? I'm going with the latter. Did the owner know you were in the habit of letting employees flush his profits?

Re:Bad example (2, Insightful)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648501)

Having everyone gather around to mock one employee is a classic team-building exercise, he saved the restaurant a bundle on training doing that himself.

Your story about the girl with the icecream? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648399)

I thought that was the beginning of the boring story you were refering to.

Good idea, poorly done (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648455)

First of all, many of the people mentioned already kept blogs, except on paper with a pencil or pen - you know, journals or diaries.

A good expample, now being distributed by RSS is George Orwell's journal. [wordpress.com] Admittedly the content posted thus far is at least as lame as many of those "three months then abandoned" personal blogs, but still it's cool.

The barley from the 22-acre field is not stacked yet, but the wheat is stacked & makes two stacks measuring so far as I can judge it 30' by 18' x 24' (high) & 18' x 15' x 20 (high). If these estimates are correct, this works out at 14, 040 cubic feet of stack for about 14 acres of ground. Allowing 1 ton per acre, it seems 1000 cubic feet of stack represent a ton of grain. NB. To check when the whole field is stacked.

Second, there have been a few people who have lanched blogs using the personae of famous people - Chaucer [blogspot.com] comes to mind - and have done it well.

Re:Good idea, poorly done (1)

Intron (870560) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648659)

The fake Steve Jobs blog was pretty good.

Re:Good idea, poorly done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24649017)

Many people mentioned kept logs. Before the web, blogs didn't exist.

Blog = "web log".

People who live in glass houses ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648475)

It seems to me that anyone with nothing to do, I mean absolutely nothing, could sit down with a few beers, a note pad and Wikipedia and crank out something like The Lost blogs.

Yeah, like people who once worked in a restaurant that served ice cream but never learned how to spell "sundae."

From the Wikipedia article:

Two Rivers' claim is based on the story of George Hallauer asking Edward C. Berners, the owner of Berners' Soda Fountain, to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881. Berners eventually did and wound up selling the treat for a nickel, originally only on Sundays, but later every day. According to this story, the spelling changed when a glass salesman ordered canoe-shaped dishes. When Berners died in 1939, the Chicago Tribune headlined his obituary "Man Who Made First Ice Cream Sundae Is Dead."

On Sunday, April 3, 1892 in Ithaca, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church reverend, and Chester C. Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented sundae. Mr. Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish "Cherry Sunday" in honor of the day it was created. [...] Platt & Colt's "Sundays" grew so popular that by 1894, Chester Platt attempted to trademark the term ice cream "Sunday." The later spelling "sundae" is believed to have originated in Evanston, Illinois as a less blasphemous name for the ice cream treat some time after the "Sunday" spelling was popularized in Ithaca.

Greasemonkey (1)

bperkins (12056) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648481)

Does anyone have a greasemonkey fix for this visual insanity?

Oh, ooohhh. (4, Funny)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648511)

It seems to me that anyone with nothing to do, I mean absolutely nothing, could sit down with a few beers, a note pad and Wikipedia and crank out something like The Lost blogs.

Ahhhh, yeeeahh. Um, well, that's basically sums up my entire posting history here on Slashdot. Come to think of it, I don't think I'm alone on this one.

The bottom of the barrel reviews itself (5, Insightful)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648557)

Wow ... I'm speechless. The crappy design. The pretentious asshole of a reviewer. This idle section is the worst thing happened to slashdot since the days of Jon Katz. ... and by the way ... speaking to the reviewer for just a sec ... letting your employee fail once or twice is once thing, but watching her fail six times for your enjoyment is a sign of a true douche bag. Is it any surprise that you are writing crappy reviews of shitty books that no one wants to read?

SUNDAE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648591)

SUNDAE SUNDAE SUNDAE! >_
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundae

Amazon referral link (1)

KillerEggRoll (582521) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648621)

What, no Amazon link??

I know the feeling... (2, Funny)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648623)

I had an incident happen [codemonkeyramblings.com] with my coffee at a Starbucks in a Target that was almost as bad as the sundae story.

Re:I know the feeling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648833)

Yellow on brown?

Makes white on teal look nice...

Reviewer List (1)

McFly69 (603543) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648645)

How do we place out names on the reviewer list? I would am willing to volenteer myself to provide a decent (detailed) review unlike how this reviewer did.

No-news Monday (0, Flamebait)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648657)

There's so little real news today that /. has a review by someone who thinks it's more important to make fun of a trainee than train them? Crikey!

What's happening here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24648717)

Hm, I had to stay away from the net for some weeks... Can anyone tell me what, precisely, has happened here? Has /. changed its policies? This is not really what I want from this site, and from the other comments, it seems that there are more irritated readers...

new tag: pleasestop (5, Insightful)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648723)

I'm not sure what the etiquette is for this, but I'd like to propose a new tag for these idle articles that hit the front page:

  pleasestop

I, for one, will be tagging all future idle articles in this manner.

-G

a submarine for babies (4, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648771)

a submarine for babies, seems like a good idea until you see it in action.

Two things wrong with this statement

1. It does NOT sound like a good idea and shouldn't sound like a good idea at any point.

2. You've seen one in action?

Re:a submarine for babies (2, Funny)

Webs 101 (798265) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649013)

Never mind that. I wonder what his talking fruit said to make him think it was a bad idea. Was it a banana? They just won't shut up about where they've been. Pears, on the other hand, make philosophical debate a great way to spend an evening, especially the Anjou variety.

More edits (4, Informative)

Webs 101 (798265) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648779)

OK, so "sunday" was fixed, to "sundae".

Now....

"a thirty second bath" should be "a thirty-second bath"

"fancy like" should be "fancy-like"

"the mans bill" should be "the man's bill"

"two page acknowledgments section" should be "two-page acknowledgments section"

"by it's incoherent nature" should be "by its incoherent nature"

That's enough. I'm bored. Let me just add that the Morse and Hughes entries in the book sound hilarious.

Re:More edits (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649267)

"was the stupidest thing I have ever seen" -> "was the stupidest thing I had ever seen"

Has it ever occurred to you... (5, Insightful)

eagee (1308589) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648789)

I thought that first paragraph was an excerpt and not part of the review ... I thought, "Wow! This book really does suck!"

so (4, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648857)

She never did

And thus you utterly FAILED in your training duties. And heaped ridicule upon someone who did you no wrong or harm.

Argh! My eyes! (2, Insightful)

brkello (642429) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648867)

She never did and until I opened the first page of The Lost Blogs the six sundaes in the microwave was the stupidest thing I have ever seen.

Use punctuation or form better sentences. This really hurt to read.

Re:Argh! My eyes! (1)

Cheesey (70139) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649359)

Until I reached the end of that paragraph, I assumed I was reading an excerpt from the awful book... after all, it does sound like an awful blog entry of the sort that would quite justifiably be "lost".

The Idle conspiracy theory. [slashdot.org] Do you Slashdot guys draw straws for who has to write the "idle" articles? Is there a prize for the worst "idle" article? Poll idea: let us vote for the worst "idle" article after a few more weeks of this. No way is this the bottom of the barrel - you can do worse!

Common Sense (1)

Toll_Free (1295136) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648931)

I really haven't read anything that had the word, dealt with, or was associated with 'blog' that made much sense anyway.

Face it, just because you can hunt and peck doesn't mean your a journalist, writer or thinker, for that matter.

Nothing to read here, move along.

Toll_Free

Because of articles like this. (3, Insightful)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648963)

I am going to disable the Idle section in my user prefs.

Famous people don't write blogs (1)

jgarra23 (1109651) | more than 6 years ago | (#24648973)

They actually do the stuff that's talked about in them.

Or some jerk makes a fake-someone blog like FakeAdolfHitler.blogspot.com (Goodwin?) or FakeAbrahamLincoln or something...

Genuis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24649169)

I thought the first paragraph was literary gold. I was entertained.

Editor Please (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24649207)

Editor, please don't let this "reviewer" fail 6 times by writing 6 horribly written pretentious reviews. Stop him now, and tell him what not to do with words.

The Whoosh Blogs (1)

whoop (194) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649269)

You don't by chance think that maybe, just maybe, the book is more of a humor-category, mock-history type of thing? I think the reviewers first problem is missing the entire point of it...

Hell, a quick search on Amazon (where's the slash referral link? you're losing $$ for the company!), and viewable on the front cover is a bit of a clue, "The Lost Blogs: From Jesus to Jim Morrison--The Historically Inaccurate and Totally Fictitious Cyber Diaries of Everyone Worth Knowing." So, he's pissed the blogs aren't exactly accurate...

No wonder the teal/white comments are more interesting than the main story.

Call the irony police (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24649293)

And now you're going to claim that you intended to write an article that is even stupider than the book you were reviewing. Suuure you did. Good going Ms. Morissette.

Samzenpus blog (3, Funny)

Slightly Askew (638918) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649321)

  • Laughed at a cripple and tripped my coworker coming up the stairs this morning.
  • Day 27 of not using commas and so far I've only managed to piss off half of my coworkers. Going to start leaving off apostrophes today.
  • Noticed that nobody is buying my book. Think Ill lambast it in a review on slashdot so everyone will come to my defense and boost the sales of my book
  • Hmm nobody defending it yet. Oh well Im sure its just a matter of time.
  • Oh God wont someone please notice me

Pot, kettle... (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 6 years ago | (#24649343)

What are you, 13? You complain about the writing of the book in a review filled with awkward sentences and the occasional typo? This review really sounds like it was written by someone still in middle school. Maybe 9th grade.

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