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This is stupid.

Filed under: — adam @ 10:40 am

Kottke has a post about how to make microwave popcorn without a microwave. Letting aside the possibility that this is just a sick joke of some kind, it’s wrong for a number of reasons.

  1. Microwave popcorn is, itself, the hack.
  2. Microwave popcorn is a sticky glumpy mess because it’s full of all kinds of things you shouldn’t eat. Also, it’s far more expensive than just buying even really high quality popcorn, which it isn’t.
  3. This AskMe thread has some great suggestions for how to make stovetop popcorn, including how to make regular popcorn in a microwave without buying “microwave popcorn”.

18 Responses to “This is stupid.”

  1. Paul Watson Says:

    I seriously would not think too hard about a popcorn post. Really, let it go.

    Though “As good as microwaved.” is something I have never heard before, made me laugh. Normally microwaved food is convenient but not as good as using a stove/oven.

  2. adam Says:

    I think I did let it go.

  3. Aaron Says:

    So he’s discovered…the original method for popping popcorn. I am in awe.

  4. Gabriel Mihalache Says:

    Don’t be hating on Kottke! :-)

  5. adam Says:

    Oh, come on now. There’s very little hate in the room. But the popcorn post is almost as entertaining as the “Sandwich Chewing: The Lost Art” post I wrote but never put up (discretion got the better of me somehow).

  6. Griff Says:

    Yeah, I nearly fell of my chair reading that….
    That looks remarkably like the PROPER way to make popcorn.
    What a numbskull.
    I’m thinking Kottke’s losing it a bit..just copying Boing Boing..

  7. Naina Redhu Says:

    I was looking for a place to leave a comment on Kottke’s blog to say that I’ve been making popcprn like that for ages now! How’s “his” technique a “hack”? But yeah, I’ll let it go too once I’ve posted this comment!

  8. Kyle Says:

    Hey guys, seriously – lay off Kottke. The man is in his seventh month of blogging for a living, and Cabin Fever is real. It is not for us to judge or make fun. No, our role here is to pop some corn (in whatever manner one chooses), sit back, and watch the sociology happen.

  9. adam Says:

    It is? Maybe I could accept a popcorn piece like this from an amateur, but there are standards for professsionals, no?

    Generally, I find his blog entertaining and sometimes useful, and I support what he does, but I don’t see that as a reason not to comment on something stupid like this. Dealing with criticism and contrasting opinions would seem to be a prerequisite for being a professional blogger.

  10. Dave Says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who this entry made want to punch Kottke in the face. Why didn’t he save the trouble of talking about popcorn and just post an entry that said, “Look at me, I’m a total and complete imbecile. I know absolutely nothing about anything unless it involves a computer.”

  11. Noel Says:

    I just think it’s sad that this “blog” (this, which is supposed to be the poster child for blogging-for-a-living, is so pitifully sparse, so fifteenth generation in every post, so completely, like, 2003. It’s one of the most boring, useless blogs out there, but still you feel compelled to pay attention just because of his little publicity stunt a while back….ridiculous.

  12. Dude Says:

    Let it go, man. Take it easy and have fun.

  13. Joel Bernstein Says:

    Jeez guys, this post was *clearly* a joke, like the time he spent an entire day linking to five-year-old internet memes like they were brand new.

  14. adam Says:

    Yeah, but that was funny.

  15. Nick Douglas Says:

    If it was a joke, it was a lame one. And I really like Kottke.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I guess you guys have never been to

  17. k Says:

    Err. this was so clearly a joke that, well – the people who really need to get off the computer might be the ones who didn’t get that it was a joke.

    No offense Adam, but this commentary sounds like the stereotypical anal-rententive geek, taking the entire subject of microwave popcorn so seriously in context of gag.

  18. adam Says:

    None taken. Who said I wasn’t anal retentive?

    I acknowledged in the post that it could, indeed, be a joke. I just didn’t care. I maintain that it was stupid, regardless of whether it was a joke or not.

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