META: Sexybits reprieve???

Submitted by 004 on February 27th, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Apparently the interwebs did not take kindly to Google trying to replicate Disney's clean-up of Times Square and they have relented on the no-sexybits rule.…

MGoOverlords - any chance of a reprieve when celebration is called for?

- OR -Did I misunderstand Google's change?




(I'm not really this hard up for female content, but the board does seem to come to life for some beefcake / Kate Upton)





February 27th, 2015 at 3:10 PM ^

For those of us struggling with said ban... 

I give you Abigail Ratchford... you have to click the Youtube link. NSFW obviously.

I've been waiting for a moment to use the gif of this video for so damn long. I guess I'll have to wait until we beat MSU, OSU or miraculously win the Frozen Four. 

Wonderful personality of course. 


February 27th, 2015 at 2:46 PM ^

This is just on the Google Blogger sites (users who have a blog on the Google specific blogging platform).  This has nothing to do with the Google Display Network and it's Ads.  Not sure if I have the verbage correct, but I do know these are two different things, and still no sexy bits allowed.


February 27th, 2015 at 2:59 PM ^

You hit two of my four pet peeves in back to back sentences.  Its is not It's in this case. Its being possessive is understood.  Verbage is spelled verbiage and means overly wordy or verbose.  Use language instead.  Cheers, Jim - your dickish grammar police.


February 27th, 2015 at 3:20 PM ^

In general I don't like to call lawyers attorneys. It seems to convey a great deal of respect and they seem to garner enough respect for themselves as it is....  Call him or her a lawyer and let time tell the story as to what sort of person/professional he/she is.

I don't like it when a chiropractor, podiatrist, or optometrist insists upon being called doctor.  Becoming a MD or DO and supposedly being able to take care of an entire person is an achievement worthy of doctor.  No disrespect to these other professions, it's just that IMO it doesn't add up to doctor.

No, I'm not a doctor.

Also, a third (or fifth).  Data is plural.  Datum is singular.  The data show a marked increase in survivorship, and the datum shows the same increase

and another.  The biggest one.... irregardless is not a fucking word.

Sorry for being a dick.  Go Blue and have a great weekend.






February 27th, 2015 at 3:51 PM ^

PhDs sure in a very formal professional setting, but even in my line of business where I work with lots of them it never comes up and they are never called doctor and they don't request to be called doctor.  Back in the day I just called them professor.

I called my dentist doctor once.  Then he told me his name and I call him Bob.  I don't know any dentists socially so haven't really thought about how I'd tell my kids to address them.  I'd go with doctor for a dentist.  If an optometrist wanted my kids to call him Dr. Richards instead of Mr. Richards in a casual setting that would be fine, but I would guffaw loudly in my head every time I heard it.  


February 27th, 2015 at 5:07 PM ^

This line of discussion always reminds me of a great cartoon I saw many years ago. The maitre d' of a fine restaurant is on the phone taking a reservation and he asks the caller, "Is that an actual MD or just a PhD."

When my friend got his PhD, he changed all his magazine subscriptions to be addressed to Dr. Blah Blah. His reasoning was that he spent enough time getting the darn thing, he was going to make sure he took advantage of it. I liked that idea, but I only changed one subscription. Every week I'm reminded by SI that I'm Dr. ST3.


February 27th, 2015 at 5:22 PM ^

Dr. BT3... and Damnit, her business card is Dr. BT3, PhD.   I don't really care that much about the whole subject except when the dude who's running the lens changing machine at the eyeglass store keeps reminding me he's Dr. MW3.  I'm pretty sure I could learn to run that machine, and test for glaucoma (sp?)in a couple months of intensive training.  I know optometrists do more than this, but it is all they do when I'm there and doctor seems like huge overkill.  Especially when opthamologists get the exact same designation.


February 28th, 2015 at 12:17 AM ^

Your eyes are healthy, congrats. You're correct that doing refractions for glasses and basic glaucoma screening isn't rocket science. However, walk into an optometrist's office with a pathology requiring treatment and I think you'd appreciate them more. Sure, they may end up referring you out to an ophthamologist for treatment, but an optometrist's ability to find, diagnose, and treat problems can be the difference between keeping and losing your vision. 

Sorry if I sound butthurt, but I work in a clinic that employs both optoms and MD/DOs and the optoms do a whole lot more than the healthy patient will ever know. 

And I don't see how OD and MD/DO is the same designation. Sure they're both "Doctors", but on the same token Harbaugh and your local high school special teams coordinator are both "coaches". It's not hard to see which is more prestigious. 


February 27th, 2015 at 4:01 PM ^

I'll give you my 2 cents.  This is in response to jmblue as well.  Dentists, PhD's, DPM's, Optometrists - I don't mind calling any of them doctor.  I work with some of them and commonly refer to them in that way.  

However, if one of them insisted that I address them as doctor, I would 100%, without fail, address them as Podiatrist or Optometrist (EX: Excuse me, Podiatrist Jones, do you think the patient has neuropathy?)  It's odd, but in a weird sense more accurate and more widely accepted than addressing them as doctor.  

When I was in the military, I was the same way.  I referred to the officers as Sir (there were no women at my command).  However, if I ever made a mistake of addressing an officer appropriately, it was rarely a big deal.  We did have a junior officer for a while that was quite dick-ish.  When he insisted on being addressed as an officer, I insisted on addressing him by his rank, which at the time was Ensign.  Because he was the type of person he was, he took this as a back-handed compliment.  

This has stuck with me since then.  Respect the person, not the title.  


February 27th, 2015 at 4:21 PM ^

doctor-calling criteria... If you can prescibe me hard drugs or, after defense, your betters agree you have advanced your field of study by virtue of a doctoral level dissertation I'll call you doctor ...right up until the moment you tell me not to.  If not, I'll call you doctor if you want, but I'll be smirking inside.

Go Blue


February 27th, 2015 at 5:24 PM ^

I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a post doc in Neurosicience/Pharmacology.  The first year after my Ph.d., I really wanted to be called "Dr.".  Now, I am like "Call me by my first name".  I know my accomplishments and do not need the gratification of others using the term "Dr.".  If my last name were Who, I would have different feelings about this.


February 27th, 2015 at 3:48 PM ^

Now you've stumbled upon a few of my pet peeves: A "doctor" isn't nessecarily a physician. It comes from the latin "Doceo/Docere" (plus the suffix -ter, which signifies an agent noun) and means "teacher." You may have a case against their being called physicians,  but a doctor is simply somone who has accieved a terminal degree from an accredited institution.  Laywer gets a Juris Doctorate.  Most other fields (at least in the US) get a PhD. Optometrists have recived a terminal degree of their very own.


Also: I hate when people say that "irregardless" isn't a word. It is a word. It has been published numerous times and it's meaning is understood. Just because a word is malformed or is generally unnacceptable does not make it a non-word.  


I have no problem with your aversion to "Attorney". If I remember correctly, to "attorn" means to turn over legal responsibility. Since that is not all Lawyering is, seems a tad misleading. 


Also: language, being a living thing, is quickly making a decision: Data is pretty much a mass noun now. I don't like it, but if I were grading a paper I don't think I'd mark off for it. 


February 27th, 2015 at 4:18 PM ^

your definition of who's a doctor.  I just have an idea in mind about who should be called doctor as a matter of course, and moreover, who should expect themselves to be called doctor.  Hence it's a pet peeve that's not necessarily just.

While I also agree irregardless is in Webster's.  I challenge you to find its appropriate use outside of quotation marks and/or outside an ironic use where the irony is the semi-nonword itself.  Language is a living thing and the collective vocabulary grows all the time, but the use of irregardless in a non-ironic sense is wrong on its face when regardless is available.  Also pet peeve language above.  Cheers and Go Blue.


February 27th, 2015 at 4:08 PM ^

but it is a restaurant


And I take it that "strictly in jest" also applies to your use of 'alright', which is such a common mistake that it is gaining acceptance as proper usage.


For example, Microsoft Word doesn't underline 'alright' in red to indicate that it is a misspelling.


February 27th, 2015 at 5:31 PM ^

Here's a corollary to the title thing. And I have a title. I am a pastor. I have been called many things. I am fine with Pastor Kass, Pastor Steve, and in most cases, just Steve. My pet peeve is kids. Specifically, I am not fond of teens and younger calling me by my first name. It just seems . . . too familiar. I realize this is partly my own hangup:  I want my own children to respond to others with respect, and calling a teacher or doctor or pastor by their first name will never seem right to me.

Another honorific thing:  my grandparents (most of them) came from Germany. I asked my grandmother once if I should use "Du" oder "Sie." The answer was a definitive "Sie."

Having studied in Korea for a while a long time ago, I gather that there definitely were expectations on how youth addressed adults. Don't know if that has changed or not.


February 27th, 2015 at 6:13 PM ^

I'm 47 and I still call my parents' (both gone) friends Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. unless they absolutely insist on first names.  I would prefer Mr. ___ but was pretty well outvoted by my contemporaries so I'm Mr. Jim or Jim.  Oh well.  The kids are getting older and the familiarity doesn't seem to have hurt anything.


February 27th, 2015 at 7:42 PM ^

The moment you say "no disrespect to those other professions" you completely disrespect all those other professions while wholly ignoring their capacity and the complete f'n grind it is to complete a doctorate.

Nonetheless, I'll still be pleased to be "Dr. clarkiefromcanada" (scientist type doctor and faculty member)

I won't be taking care of a whole person any time soon but presumably my scientific contributions might just add up to "doctor".



February 27th, 2015 at 7:47 PM ^

Now I notic @jmdblue has revised on his doctor legitness criteria.

Serves me and my righteous indignation right for posting before reading 50 comments on doc legitimacy. 

I stand by the "complete f'n grind" bit and wholly respect anyone who has the capacity to complete their doctoral degree in anything.