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Knowing that you guys probably aren't as sensitive as I am to the needs of our six-legged friends, I want to bring to your attention the following XpoLog Analysis Platform ad:


Could we do something about this travesty? It advocates no fewer than four different horrible deeds one can rend unto another, including murder, miniature archery and sexism.

Unless you go out of your way every morning to murder our countless insect friends, I suggest you reconsider allowing this ad to be shown, and to inform XpoLog to make more tasteful ads. And if you do slaughter innocent hexapedal life every day, then you are a horrible entomonist! I hope a giant monster steps on you and doesn't care about it.

Seriously, guys. Animals don't deserve to be tortured like this no matter how many legs they have, no matter what sex they are. And using murder to advertise software is going too far.

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And unbuggy code. I'd run out of jobs with bugless code! – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 13:47
Oh, the insectity! – gnostradamus Mar 23 '10 at 13:48
@Voyager: Exactly. We need bugs to survive. It is a symbiotic relationship to which we all owe our wellbeings. – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 13:48
You have such a double standard. What about all the bacteria your white blood cells are killing by the millions everyday? How you can make a distinction between insects and single-celled organisms is beyond me. – tvanfosson Mar 23 '10 at 13:51
@tvanfosson: Those bacteria's lives are forfeit because they have threatened my wellbeing! Just like if a guy pointed a knife at me, I would have to cutt him with my righteous NIfE. – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 13:54
Voting for close as "Handwritten notes are technically inaccurate" due to the arrow piercing something other than the ladybug's carapice. – Adam Davis Mar 23 '10 at 13:56
@NlfE: it's a delicate balance… – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 13:59
+1 for "arrowed" – user27414 Mar 23 '10 at 14:30
Welbog, usually I can read your maniacal tirades with a straight face... but for some reason "miniature archery" had me laughing hard enough to concern the guy in the next office. – Justin ᚅᚔᚈᚄᚒᚔ Mar 15 '12 at 18:05
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I think you're missing the larger picture...

Who benefits from the murder of a ladybug?

Not you or me certainly. Nor even the mobs of brute misogynist archers who this ad would seem to be targeted at. We generally accord ladybugs some respect, or at least avoid going out of our way to bother them, because they do the same for us, preferring to prey upon...


Nasty little creatures, sucking the life-force out of plants like so many miniature vampires, carelessly spreading disease and filth in the process. And helpless meals for your average ladybug. Is it any wonder they would eventually hatch a scheme such as this, clearly intended to trick us into destroying their enemies?

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Who benefits from the murder of a ladybug? PHBs? – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 14:22
Every time we dig deeper into the rabbit hole, entire new chambers like this appear. Thank you for the insight, Shoggy. I can't believe I didn't notice this sooner: Jeff has been working for aphids this entire time. It all makes perfect sense now! – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 15:12
@NIfE: Indeed... It's starting to look less like a rabbit hole and more like an ant hill. OMG! Ants farm aphids!!! – Shog9 Mar 23 '10 at 20:14
Mein Gott! – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 22:21

I'm ok with murder and sexism, but archery is crossing the line.

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Surely you mean toxophily – nb69307 Mar 23 '10 at 13:50
That's a very tiny arrow. Or an enormous ladybug. Come to think of it, the latter seems more likely. In which case, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! – user27414 Mar 23 '10 at 14:30

I do tend to start every day by exterminating (preferably by fire, aerosol cans and a butane dual-jet cigar torch help for this) anything I see that has more than four legs. They are unnatural, foul creatures whose rotting, flame-broiled carcasses should be left as a warning to others not to intrude in my affairs!

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Even 5 legged mutant unicorns? – juan Mar 23 '10 at 14:01
@Downvoter, everyone knows that all unicorns are female. – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 14:03
OK, I should have specified anything with more than four legs and an exoskeleton. I'd let the mutant unicorn live, but only because it probably already gets picked on enough at unicorn school. – John Rudy Mar 23 '10 at 14:04
What about Jeff Goldblum, would you leave him live? – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 14:25
@voy: Yes. Have you seen Independence Day? – John Rudy Mar 23 '10 at 16:16

If you think that is offensive towards women, this is worse:

No woman should be forced to see that.

And this one implies that womens into computers are old and not very attractive!

This one promotes slavery for women (they've got a point)

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I know! His pocket is on the wrong side of his shirt! – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 13:49
Thanks voyager! – jjnguy Mar 23 '10 at 14:03
Damn I'm good! I'm being thanked for serving ads! @Justin ;) – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 14:21
WTF is wrong with marketers? Let's appeal to developers by 1) calling them nerds and 2) showing them pictures of plain looking women. Perfect ad: combine the free beer ad with the DailyWTF's Irish girl. – user27414 Mar 23 '10 at 14:29
@Jon B: Irish Girl forever! – JSONBog Mar 23 '10 at 14:35
As to the second, I haven't seen too many young hotties in tech since collage... the nurses I work with are a whole other story. :D – AnonJr Mar 23 '10 at 14:45
@AnonJr: you had hotties in college!? All the hotties here are in Food and Chemical Engineering. We are lucky to get a glance of them. – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 15:00
Haha Im married to a nurse. Whole lot less sexy when they won't let you touch them because "an old man shat on my hand today, and I think it might have gone inside my glove" – Mark Henderson Mar 23 '10 at 20:10
@Farseeker: but just imagine how sexy it was for the old man! *yack!* better don't. – perbert Mar 23 '10 at 20:13
@voyager: not many, but there were a few - and in my C++ and PERL classes no less. :) the former being taught by the 30-something the man-hating chick from Jersy :( – AnonJr Mar 23 '10 at 21:26
@Farseeker: my step-father's a paramedic - after some of the stories I've heard around the dinner table, there isn't much that bothers me. That's been a blessing working in the Education department... nothing quite like eating a bowl of chili for lunch and hearing about how someone's Foley didn't get inserted properly. – AnonJr Mar 23 '10 at 21:29

To be honest, I found the "Case of the Mondays?" ad sexist. I didn't mention it at the time, but that's what annoyed me about it.

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Atwood has punished me by bringing back that ad. One day I'll find him charging me brandishing a giant S. – Andrew Grimm Mar 31 '10 at 8:47

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