The Truth About French Rudeness

Old town Montreal
Old town Montreal

I’m visiting Montreal Canada as we speak. I’ve come to realize something about “French rudeness” that I feel applies to French Canadians as well.

They’re not rude, they’re just legit tired of dealing with people’s bullshit and they’re not afraid to let you know about it. Whereas in the USA and a in a lot of other countries, people will fake being nice to you in the guise of “customer service” these guys don’t care.

If you’re being rude, or wishy-washy, or just plain doing something that they feel is wasting their time, they will treat you how you deserve to be treated. If you are genuinely confused, and express your confusion, they will be the most helpful people who you can deal with. Although, even that has a limit.

Ex. One of the subway workers was helping Michelle and I figure out that we had bought the wrong subway passes. Michelle, asked one too many questions about the passes that we bought vs the ones that we should have bought.

The woman who was helping us, instantly switched demeanor. The subway worker went from being super helpful to “bitch, I’m done helping you” in less than a second.

I could tell that Michelle was asking too many clarifying questions and could see the steam level rising in the subway worker. It was funny to witness.

Anyway, it’s not rudeness, it’s honesty.

We’ve all dealt with a customer that just asked too many questions, and wouldn’t it have been nice to just be French about in that situation?

No wonder these people have lower levels of stress.

If You Do This On Your Podcast, Knock It Off

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I work at a job that allows me to just put on some headphones and listen to podcasts while I do my work. I’m coming at this from a listener standpoint, and not from a podcast producer standpoint.

Knock it off with the crappy sound during your live podcast recordings. Figure out your sound, or don’t do any live theater recordings.

I hate listening to podcasts that are recorded with a live audience, in a theater.

I hate it.

Why?

Because the audio sucks. Seriously, it sucks.

The sound is hollow, the crowd is either too loud or not loud enough and the hosts tend to yell, or whisper. Never in the middle. The hosts are either too loud, or not loud enough.

I don’t get why your sound sucks so much.

I understand that it’s a great opportunity to get in front of fans and interact with your community and whatever, but can you people please figure out your sound?

Get a sound person from a radio station, someone that has worked festivals or setup bands for live concert recordings to help you out. You’d only need them once or twice or when you do a live show, and pay them whatever they want.

It’s worth it.

Also, back yo shit up.

See above about hiring a professional with experience.

A pro will setup the sound properly and make sure that there is a backup of the recording. It’s not acceptable for a professional podcast to not have a backup recorder running concurrently with the live recorder.

OK, I guess I’m done, for now.

Bad Web Design Drives Me Nuts

Maybe I shouldn’t call it “bad web design” since it’s really just a case of misaligned pixels. Having said that, I can tell you that something like this would’ve driven me nuts not very long ago.

pixel alignment

Notice how the buttons aren’t quite in a straight line? I think it’s only 2-3 pixels, but it’s enough for me to notice and for me to want to fix it.

People ask me why I don’t do websites anymore, and it’s because of things like what’s in the picture.

I’d want those buttons and the text to be aligned, and I would want to spend an inordinate amount of time working to get them aligned properly.

I can’t do that anymore.

I just don’t have the interest to put up with that type of stress anymore.