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Twitter != Tech

Dear Vox and 6A,

I like that you try to auto-allocate people's posts into one of the 5 categories for your Explore module (at least, I'm assuming you're not doing it by hand!)  It's neat to subscribe to the technology RSS feed and suddenly have 30-50 posts from a random sampling of Vox users talking about different tech subjects.  And of course, on the rare occasion that the Tech Editor puts up new featured posts, I'll see that in the feed, too.  But could you tweak something for me please?  Pretty please with cherries on top?

Just because someone is using LoudTwitter or another Twitter archiving service to archive their tweets on a Vox account does NOT mean that post is tech-related.  Please change your filters so posts with the word Twitter1 in the post or title are not automatically allocated to this category.  There's nothing I like less than hitting "next" through 25 posts on this RSS feed because Joe Schmoe's twitter archive post with 12 tweets about his cat Fluffy has been lumped into the Tech category.


1How much do you want to bet this post gets lumped into the tech category because I mentioned Twitter?

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An Open Letter to the People on My Drive Home Yesterday

  • To the driver of a silver BMW that absolutely had to cut in an out of traffic already going 80 miles an hour, only to end up in the exit lane and speed up to 100 in order to cut back over into traffic just before you would have been forced to leave the highway: You sir, are an idiot and a menace.  I hope all four of your tires develop flats on the way to work tomorrow morning.

  • To the jacktard driving the black Corvette with his left hand holding his cell phone to his right ear, while barely steering with his right hand while going 5 miles under the speed limit while in the fast(est) lane: You sir, are a douche.  If you hung up the phone or at least drove with a hands-free set, you might have less problems with everyone cutting you off every 2 seconds.  And if that doesn't work, try hanging out in another lane, preferably one all the way over on the right where the cars going your speed tend to congregate.

  • To the driver of the gold Accord who made a left at the intersection WELL AFTER the light had turned red: Were you in such a godawful hurry that you were willing to cut off oncoming traffic and risk an accident to arrive somewhere 1 minute earlier?  I hope you managed to catch that last minute of commercials before Judge Judy came on – it would be a shame for you to go through so much effort just to miss out on the latest advertisement for Papa John's super-mega-meatlovers-extreme pizza.

  • To the lady in the white SUV with the vanity license plate that read "USA": I hope your name is Ursula Sarah Adams, because NOBODY needs to be so patriotic that they choose to name their vanity plate after their country of residence.  It's not clever and it's not cute.

  • To all other drivers out there:  Thank you for not pissing me off on the way home.  I actually had a pleasant drive, besides these nincompoops that made me dictate these comments while I was driving home.

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Drive Through ATMs – An Open Letter

To the Woman Who Decided She'd Walk Up to the Drive-Through ATM,

Hello.  You don't know me and I don't know you.  But today, you decided that you would walk up to the drive-through ATM at the bank, and use it on foot.  Now, I understand that the bank location we were at does not have an ATM for pedestrians, and that you may not have wanted to go inside and talk to a teller.  However, I saw you walk back to your car, get in, and drive away.

What made you decide to use the ATM on foot instead of driving your car around and going through the drive-through lane?  Do you have trouble getting close enough to the machine when you pull through, and figured it would be easier just to park and walk?  Were you afraid you'd be wasting gas driving around the extra 50 feet from the parking lot to the entrance to the drive-through?  Or were you trying to justify your walk from car to machine and back again as your "exercise" for the day?

Any way you swing it, it's just plain odd to use the drive-through ATM on foot.  And from the way that pickup truck driver was frowning at you as he nearly ran you over, it may be a safety hazard, too.

Please use your car next time…if for no other reason than you'll find it less likely for your picture to end up on the internet when you are acting like a normal human being.


A "concerned" bank customer

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