The "Things that annoy me" thread

There are some legitimately gorgeous vintage Ikea items. A billy bookshelf with dowels hot-glued to the doors ain't it, sister. 😅
 
Yeah, I used to see this all the time. The earlier bus stops at a train station, and if a train has just arrived, there's a lot of passengers to load, so it's delayed a bit, so then it arrives a little late at every bus stop where more people have had time to accumulate, slowing it down even further. And then because the bus has more people, it's more likely to have to make stops.

Then the bus that started after it and doesn't have any of those slow-downs catches up to it, so you have two busses, one right after another, with the first one full, and the 2nd one empty. They all still make all the same stops, so it doesn't make sense for them to leap frog each other at each stop, and it doesn't make sense for one to slow down because there's another bus behind it, and if you delay that, then the people who depended on that bus will be late.

I'm curious what the actual work-around is for it, because I experienced this at least a couple of times a week, for a year, and my route involved a stop at the major hub for the two main train systems for the area.
That's a very good explanation that I haven't considered.
Still annoys me. :LOL:
 
Yeah, I used to see this all the time. The earlier bus stops at a train station, and if a train has just arrived, there's a lot of passengers to load, so it's delayed a bit, so then it arrives a little late at every bus stop where more people have had time to accumulate, slowing it down even further. And then because the bus has more people, it's more likely to have to make stops.

Then the bus that started after it and doesn't have any of those slow-downs catches up to it, so you have two busses, one right after another, with the first one full, and the 2nd one empty. They all still make all the same stops, so it doesn't make sense for them to leap frog each other at each stop, and it doesn't make sense for one to slow down because there's another bus behind it, and if you delay that, then the people who depended on that bus will be late.

I'm curious what the actual work-around is for it, because I experienced this at least a couple of times a week, for a year, and my route involved a stop at the major hub for the two main train systems for the area.

It’s been a few weeks since I watched this, but IIRC, RMTransit explained it much the same way and mentioned mitigation strategies:


View: https://youtu.be/ypsYtoR2Yi0?si=mn9BwpoyYq-pHN8A
 


This is now the public transport thread.

Situation above from today's lunch break is very common here. For context, this city doesn't have a local bus. Instead, many long distance routes do a loop through town, others just graze it at the edge. This leads to many problems:

- going from A to B in town isn't easy, because the route through town is just one open faced loop
- going from A to B long distance without wanting to go here isn't easy because most routes spend a lot of time doing this loop
- the buses used are for long distance, with comfy seats, small doors, no standing room, etc. And don't even mention accessibility... So if lots of people want to board it takes ages
- tons of car and taxi traffic in town due to the lack of a useful bus
- and coming to the video itself, those are three different routes, at a stop just big enough for two, blocking the road. The first bus continues beyond the city, so it serves both local and regional demand entering... And has a big queue of people. The other two terminate at the end of town, so hardly anyone wants to board... But they're blocked. And guess what, a few minutes later the next iteration of the first route raced past, without demand.
 
Wait, what? :blink: My place is full of their stuff, but what I like about it is the restrained minimalism that comes with streamlined mass production.
Yeah, the stuff I'm talking about were from before that, like the 60s-80s. They still had mostly minimalist stuff, but there have been quite a few individual stand-out pieces, usually chairs, where it's like, "Is this in the right store?"

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Yeah, the stuff I'm talking about were from before that, like the 60s-80s. They still had mostly minimalist stuff, but there have been quite a few individual stand-out pieces, usually chairs, where it's like, "Is this in the right store?"

That’s amazing. My parents keep a lot of stuff and that includes the odd old IKEA catalogue from the early 80s. From browsing that, I remember that back in those days, their furniture was significantly more expensive than it is today. So perhaps that meant the average IKEA customer was going to spend more than today, relatively speaking, and expected to find more intricate designs for the higher prices?

IIRC, their “PS” and “Stockholm” collections usually had some products that made me go “Ooooh!” rather than “Meh…” but those have all but disappeared; Death Star lamp notwithstanding.
 
I think Ekenäst is a good enough fake of a mid century modern armchair that it kinda works combined with originals...
 
My microwave, coffee maker and stove all have digital clocks on them. I actually use the timer in the coffee maker but the other two are completely pointless. The microwave doesn’t even do anything with the clock, it just shows the time. And all three suck at keeping the time. I have to readjust them every month or so because they’ve drifted apart.
 
I have to readjust them every month or so because they’ve drifted apart.
Huh, that’s weird. I would’ve expected all of them to run off the 50Hz electricity grid frequency and thus, yes y maybe drift a bit, but then at least drift apart together and in line with each other.

My oven on the other hand is actually a WiFi connected unit (yes yes should’ve just kept that off entirely, different story) which syncs time online… but it’s consistently 3 minutes fast 🤷‍♂️
 
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My microwave clock also runs too fast. I adjust it every few months when it approaches being ten minutes early.
the good thing is that it is the clock I see during breakfast, so it helps with not being late in the morning.
 
I just hate how neither my stove nor microwave clocks have any sort of battery backup, so every time there is a power outtage, no matter how brief, they both need to be re-set. Meanwhile digital clock radios have only had this technology for somewhere around 40 years, if I had to guess.
 
^ this! so much this! I have many clocks scattered around my house, and they all seem to behave slightly differently, giving me different times every couple of months. This is super pedantic (but that's who I am) but having a 5 min difference between 2 clocks that were set at the same time a while back is UNACCEPTABLE.
I keep changing them to the correct time, but some go faster and some go slower apparently

I now rely more on my phone because it's just always right...
 
I now rely more on my phone because it's just always right...
that's the thing, though, right? I wear a watch (that's always right, too) and my microwave is actually smart enough to not display anything at all if I don't set the clock (that was actually a positive surprise to me). My oven though... will just run 3 minutes fast forever until bosch manage to fix their timeserver or whatever? ugh. Luckily the display is tiny and I have it dimmed all the way down so I don't have to notice it too much lol

come to think of it, isn't it weird how things have changed? I remember like 20 years ago or so there was basically a quartz clock in every single room of our house. oftentimes there were multiple (one on the wall plus an alarm at the side of the bed, for example)... what a bloody nightmare that must've been. but somehow I don't remember being annoyed by that back then (ah, the untroubled youth...).

Meanwhile digital clock radios have only had this technology for somewhere around 40 years, if I had to guess.
Yeah, it's not a challenge to provide that feature, but it's a place where you can save a few cents in manufacturing without the customer noticing it right away (or ever, depending on grid quality). they may notice some long time after purchase, but that'll most probably be late enough that their buying decision won't be influenced in any way. so why not save those few cents? KACHINGGGG!

The newfangled bottle caps that are stuck to the bottle.
the stupid design is both too rigid (cap) and too loose (retention ring) at the same time!
update on this: it seems they've already gone and updated their cap. it's now only too rigid so it's in the way of the pour, but it no longer rotates freely. progress!

If I remember, I shall report my findings. 😂
:hammer:
 
Our microwave clock hasn't been set in.. well I don't think ever since we moved here at least. Our oven on the other hand... that pile of shit constantly runs fast. I last adjusted it for DST and it is now already 7 minutes fast again or so. By the time I next can be bothered to, or DST again, it'll be probably about 15 minutes in the future!
 
Friend of mine has an oven and microwave, both with a clock, installed next to each other. The oven's clock runs just a tiny bit slower when the oven is in use, so no matter what you do, they will never stay in sync for long.
 
Duct tape is not only good for hostage situations, it's good for hiding pointless clock displays too. Don't get me started on clocks in cars.
 
At the office kitchen, we have six identical microwaves in a cluster. Each with a clock. All of them showing a wildly different time.
Oooh, does one automatically resume the microwaving when another one fails? :razz:
 
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