With Brian, he stopped being the voice of reason and started to be the right wing notion of a liberal, someone who's lazy, pretentious, doesn't work at anything, is every bit as abusive as the rest of the cast and only wins arguments with strawmen.
Is it because they changed or we changed? Stuff that was charming, or at least, funny at first can get really annoying the longer you know a person... and I find that can go for fictional characters as well.
"Here's a little---whatever. A little thing. A disclosure. An insight. Revisionism---I've always been fascinated by it. By the idea of a writer going back and altering things. Make no mistake: an edit is a profoundly aggressive act. As Froid once said, we grieve for the murdered word. If you want to get the measure of an author, don't look at what they've left on the page.... look at what they've taken away." -- Rung (MTMTE #28)
Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^' Rather, I think I'd just forgotten. In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online. Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD