Adventures of a Dancing Kumquat

Following the saga of the little citrus with terpsichorean tendencies

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Kumquat Is Soooo Offended...

The kumquat was rambling around one of her favorite useful websites, the Internet Movie Database, the other day. She was looking up the running-time of a certain movie, then proceeded to get distracted by random cast details, quotes, goofs and "movie connections." (Arguably the most useless, least entertaining category-- and it could be so good; But no! It's just a laundry list of other movies that are "connected" to the main movie, but it doesn't tell you why! Bastards.) Ahem.. the kumquat apologizes for this itsy-bitsy tangent.

Among the random IMDB entertainment are message boards for movies. This one listed a topic that seemed interesting in the that-person-who-wrote-that-sounds-like-an-idiot-so-I'll-read-the-post-and-reassure-myself-that-he-or-she-really-is-dumber-than-toast kind of way. This phenomenon is somewhere along the lines of the "Eww, this is awful. Taste it! It's horrible, isn't it?" kind of thing, but without the community involvement.

So the kumquat went to read that thread on the message board. But she was required to register with IMDB. Now, normally the kumquat doesn't mind registering. She uses e-mail addresses that she barely ever checks and probably can't remember the passwords to anyway and puts false or barley true information down for other requested data. But, for some reason, the kumquat didn't want to register this time. Part of the citrus-y rebellion was spurred by the fact that the request to register was couched in language that made it seem like it was an optional thing-- but there was no conceivable way to get to the message boards without it.

The kumquat was peeved, but she wanted to see this message board post so that she could get angry at it. She finally succumbed and started to register: random e-mail address, first initial, last initial-- then she comes to "year of birth." And it was a required field. The kumquat gamely entered the year of her birth, which is, of course, 1900. (The kumquat hasn't had her birthday yet this year, so she's still a sprightly 104.)

After all the fields were entered, she clicked the icon to enter her information. And got an error. IMDB claimed that she was too old to register! She is appalled by this evidence of internet age discrimination. She knows that women are generally supposed to lie about their ages, but this site required it! IMDB would not let her register until she claimed 1906 as her birth year.



At 6:43 PM, Blogger junebee said...

That is too funny. I always thought about putting the oldest date possible.

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tangelo here with a tech tip for the day... Check out the website "Bug Me Not" at -- it is a repository for accounts setup as "dummy" logins so that you can read those new york times articles, or in the kumquat's case, imdb. Now if this poses a moral, ethical, or legal dilemma for you (like it does for me!) you may want to check out where a 2004 law class teacher posts his answers to his test where bugmenot was in one of the questions...


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