Friday, March 30, 2007

Dame Edna & Cliff Richard

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Fascinating Comparison

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

WCBS FM

Interesting article regarding the sudden format flip of 33 year old oldies station WCBS FM in New York.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCBS-FM#Jack_Attack

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Awful eBay Item Descriptions

Read this terrible description - one sentence.

THE OPTI MIST IS USED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STAGE & ENTERTAINTMENT INDUSTRY IT IS A ORIGIAL MACHINE WITH THE LEATHER BROWN STRAP IT HAS A VERIABLE SMOKE OUTPUT KNOB ON THE TOP AND IF YOU WANT THERE IS A INPUT FOR THE LE MAITRE REMOTE AND IT IS WITH THIS ITEM AS YOU CAN C IN THE PIC I HAVE POWERD IT UP AND THE HEATER LIGHT COMES ON AND THE POWER LIGHT IT STARTS TO HEAT UP And YOU CAN C IT COME OUT THE FRONT OF THE NOZAL SO I WOULD SAY IT WORKS BUT WOULD NOT Guarantee THIS IT HAS TO HAVE A SMOKE CAN ON THE BACK OF IT BUT I DO NOT HAVE ONE FOR IT BUT YOU CAN STILL GET THEM FROM A GOOD DJ SHOP THIS IS AND OLD SMOKE Machine SO KEEP THIS IN MIND WEN YOU BID SO GOOD LUCK

Friday, March 16, 2007

Silly work bother

A few supervisors have left work recently, so the full timers are moving up the ranks. However, they now assume that they can sit around doing nothing telling everyone else what to do. And everyone else doesn't like it.

The laziest of them all is Steven. He has been lazy since day one - avoiding by all means possible having to do any work with any gusto or enthusiasm. I was scheduled to be on the checkouts for the penultimate hour on Sunday. So was he. Now he's become a trainee supervisor, he decided not to bother coming to the tills, and instead sit on his fat arse in the warehouse doing nothing for 40 minutes. I later thanked him for his help on the tills earlier. He said he was working in the warehouse. I had it on good authority from 2 people that he'd sat and done nothing. He said I needn't talk as I don't do any work and don't care about the job. "And anyway, I'm not the one the management have a downer on". Let me tell you this - he's a coke addict, he does ketamine (horse tranquilisers) and has severe BO - he doesn't wash for several days. I don't think the management would be too happy if they knew half of what he's like. I work my arse off in that shop, and he's the laziest fucker I've ever met, and he has the cheek to say that to my face.

It's getting right up my arse all these frigging drug addicts moving up the command chain like they're god's gift to retail. I have no want to be a supervisor, but I just wish the powers that be had chosen a clean and reliable worker - there were many - rather than these oafs.

Since then I've actually found out that he's going cold turkey because he has £8 to last him for 3 weeks.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

VHS ta-ta

Some shit's given me a 1/5 star rating on Amazon Marketplace because their CD didn't arrive. I sent it off - it's up to the Royal Mail to actually deliver it. It's the only rating less that 5/5 out of 28.

I've been sorting through my VHS video cassettes today. I have over 300. 50% have no label on them, so I have to watch a bit to see what's on it. I'm throwing away around 45%. There's some great stuff on them - including:

Live streaming from Big Brother 2 (2001)
Pop Idol 1 live result
Survivor series 1 result show
Live Coronation Street
8 hours of Jerry Springer from when they didn't do cut-aways from the violence

How can I recycle them though? It's a huge mass, heavy, made of plastic and metal, and all I can do is throw them away.

But then again, all this 'green' talk this week is starting to bore me and question the whole 'green' thing anyway. The UK contributes just 0.1% of carbon emmisions in the world. Empty aeroplanes fly from Cardiff to London to keep their slots at Heathrow. Yet there's me, rinsing off tomato sauce from a glass bottle so it's ready for recycling. Am I a mug?

Or a cup?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cordless phone shapes

I don't know why cordless phones are so straight. My mouth is not on the side of my head like my ear is. All the ones on the market at the moment look like rulers or flat things.

They should make the bigger versions like they did in the 80s where they curved round your face so that the mouthpiece was actually near your mouth.

Bring back analogue!

Digital information

Last year the total amount of digital information sent (email, blogs, mobile calls, photos, TV etc) would have filled 161 billion iPod Shuffles.

And 99% of it total crap like this blog, I've no doubt!

I would have thought megabytes was the unit of measurement of data, or have Apple now taken over that too??

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Hypocrite Bonio

         >> Re-branding Bono <<
         Charity doesn't always begin at home

    Vanity Fair have invited "pop-humanitarian"
    Bono to be guest editor of the July issue, to
    try and "rebrand Africa". Some magazines 
    have been sharing some other facts about Bono:

    * In the year since it was founded, his Red
    campaign (licensed to Gap, Motorola, Apple etc)
    has raised $18 million - but companies have
    spent $100 million to market it.

    * Bono doesn't invest his own money in Red.

    * Apple sells a Special Edition U2 iPod. Its
    profits are not donated to Red.

    * U2 made $389m from the recent Vertigo tour.
    Its revenue was then funnelled through
    companies mostly registered in Ireland and
    structured to minimize taxes.

    * U2 moved its music publishing company to
    the Netherlands from Ireland in June 2006, six
    months before Ireland ended a tax exemption
    on musicians' royalty income.

    * Richard Murphy, adviser to lobbying group the
    Tax Justice Network, says "This is somebody
    who's exceptionally rich taking the opportunity
    to shift his tax burden to somebody else, but
    then asking governments around the world to
    spend that tax take in the way that he would like."

More on this:
http://tinyurl.com/2ssocz
http://adage.com/article?article_id=115287
 

Living in a Bose

Another blitz on the garage today, and a car full of junk to take to the tip.

Recently, we noticed mouse shit on a few things in there, so put down two mouse traps. Within 10 hours we'd caught 3 mice, and wiped them out. They'd mainly chewed through bubblewrap, eaten through a leg of an Andrex puppy toy I'd had since birth (now chucked out!) and the sponge from some paint pads used to quickly paint walls. They'd also opened a bag of pasta shells at each end and taken quite a number of the shells out.

I have a number of Panaray 502A Bose speakers in the garage. They have an air inlet flange at the back to help air flow. When I was clearing out, I moved one and noticed a certain amount of brown moisture had gathered where the speaker was standing. They were from a bar, so I'd given them a very thorough cleaning when I bought them 2 years ago - it was shocking the amount of tar that came off them. I thought the brown fluid may have been any residual water left in soaked up the tar. But as I moved the speaker, I noticed it rattled. I shook it, and out of the flange came not one, not two, but over 40 pasta shells and hundreds of bits of sponge from the paint pads all covered in mouse piss. They'd certainly been living it up inside there! One or more of the little bastards had clearly had the speaker as its 'pad' with bedding, food (both covered in piss) but nice and cosy I'd assume.

Hilarious company history

I clicked on a company's history page today and realised it was either written by a politician, or an idiot with nothing to say - it told me ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THE COMPANY HISTORY!:

(Company name) Limited has grown rapidly into one of the UK's largest companies in it's field, with a nationwide network of nine regional offices. As a result, customers benefit from the expertise, efficiencies and buying power of a national organisation together with the personalised service and support of a local supplier.

Strong relationships with many of the world's leading manufacturers of digital equipment mean that (Company name) can offer its customers comprehensive services - everything they need to create the best office solution for their business.

Through servicing over 20,000 customers (Company name) has built up an excellent understanding of the needs of businesses both in the UK and through (Company name) Inc. in the United States. This knowledge combined with the company's breadth of services and its network of local offices, ensures that (Company name) can deliver the exact solution a customer is looking for - from implementation through to ongoing service and support.


What does that tell you about the history of that company? Absolutely nothing!

I found an old info pack of theirs and wondered if they were still around. They used to design template-based websites for businesses but interestingly this service is totally absent from their website today, although their logo is the same.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Penk-o-rama

I'm not sure why there is a sudden interest in Steve Penk, but I have just sold 3 of his wind-up CDs from Capital FM in 2 days via Amazon. Has he died?

Garden aeration is going well. It's a step-by-step process as I can only dry out so much sand on my boiler at a time, and that sand can only fill so many holes. But there already seems to be a visible improvement to the areas which have been done.

That Pete Docherty - is he dead yet? I'm sick of reading about him.

Dragon's Den - where's the follow up programme? Do the dragons who do invest actually do any good or do they just not answer their phone when they call?

I find it odd when I say to people at the checkout "Hello" and they actually don't say anything in return - they don't even acknowledge that I've said anything to them.

Then today someone asked who does your announcements. I thought I had a fan, so was about to hand out a business card when they started going on about how I'd said Starbucks is closing shortly and they ran upstairs to get a coffee and they were ushered away. I told them at least they were still alive and that there were more importand things in the world than coffee, and they actually left apologising to me! Ahhh, the power of persuasion.

Did you see the lunar eclipse tonight? It was cool. It looked very odd there in the totally clear night's sky. Blue and reddish/orange in colour, it was a very different sight to see in the night's sky.


 
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