If I thought he had a chance, I'd be upset. But that's not what's annoying me.
What's annoying me is that he was on TV (on "ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos") and he repeated that stupid myth about scientists supposedly proving that it was scientifically impossible for bees to fly.
Observation is a big part of science. Can you think of a scientific experiment to refute the claim that bees can't fly? I can. "Observe bees flying." End of experiment. This myth is often used to support silly mystical beliefs by trashing science. It's yet another example of how people would rather remain ignorant about science than understand even the most basic thing about it. In Huckabee's case, he was using it to criticize political analysts opinions of his chances. George replied that he'd never heard a candidate compare himself to a bee before. So folksy! But it really loses its punch when you're not slamming scientists with it. Electing this guy would surely do wonders for future scientific research.
Quoting this myth is a win-win for anyone trying to gain votes from ignorant, superstitious folks. It sounds wise, and the kind of people this appeals to are unlikely to look it up, and likely to believe things uncritically. Let's encourage more of that!
Don't Click That Link
This falls into the "I understand the motivation, but I'm still annoyed" bin. I was researching embroidered patches for my messenger bag last night. I was using Google to search for patches and was not really successful in seeing a lot of stock patches I liked. Instead lots of custom patch companies were coming up.
When you do a Google search you get search results and you get pay-per-click ads. I check out both. But since the pay-per-click ads get charged every time I click one, that costs the company money. I don't keep track of the links I click, so I ended up looking at one of the companies more than once.
The website threw a window up warning me that because I had clicked repeatedly, it was costing them money to look at their website. They recommended I bookmark the thing if I was planning on returning. And they added, ominously, "we have your IP address on file."
Is this how you encourage new customers, by telling them to change their surfing habits and creeping them out? I wouldn't have minded a note on the site asking me to bookmark it, but they went over the top with the Big Brother shtick. I'm sorry if their advertising is costing them money, but nothing tells me "I don't want you to shop here" faster than treating me like I'm committing click fraud when I'm just trying to find some cool patches. Bad internets! Posted by James at December 3, 2007 8:39 AM