Monday, March 31, 2008

Here's to April!

I had a lovely week off last week. I unplugged the phone for Easter weekend, which was liberating. Once I'd plugged it back in, I was getting the usual calls waking me up at 8am, and calls at 1.30am from frantic Austrialians wanting shipping quotes but who never order anything. Someone should invent a telephone timer that plugs in between the wall socket and your telephones and only allows incoming calls in certain set time periods (i.e. not when you're asleep!).

I'm really into microphones again. I got a lot of voice-over work last week, and everyone was happy with what I did. I bought a new mic a few weeks ago, and it's clearly working well. But when you love microphones as I do, you're never happy with the one you've got. You're always curious to know what another one sounds like that you don't have. My Beyerdynamic M201 is great, but now I want a Sennheiser MD421.

What I'd love to do one day is to procure the audio equipment for a little radio station. Maybe a community one. Or an AM talk station in the USA. I'm sure people involved with RSLs have money to spend, and they probably do not need to spend so much on certain pieces of equipment. I could really give some great advice in terms of what works best for less. I'd love to be on a little radio station in the USA one day.

It's nice and light now the hour has gone forward. But don't get me started on that! (We should put it forward 30 minutes and never change it again).

This week will be a busy one. Thankfully my mum will be here all week for moral support. I havemy car's MOT test tomorrow so I can buy my tax disc online later that day (ooh, the joys of owning a car in the UK), an electrician coming on Tuesday (and possibly for a number of days - he's a fireman for a living so can't work for a full week). I'm hoping he will close an on-going saga. I have 85 downlighters to have installed in my new house, and I had got a friend's son who is an electrician to do the work, but his dad started the installation by drilling most of the holes with his friend, but never wired anything up before becoming ill (bed-ridden) about 5 weeks ago, leaving all his tools here. So I've been living in semi-darkness in that time. I've just remembered 5 solid oak doors are being delivered on Monday too.

I'd better go to bed!

Fish and a Rice Cake

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ticketmaster fees

I was going to book tickets to see Frank Sinatra 'live' at the Sunderland Empire last month.

On the adverts in the newspaper it had the Ticketmaster number.
On the adverts in the Sunderland Empire flyer it had the Sunderland Empire box office number.

I called the box office number because I don't like the booking fee that Ticketmaster charge. A booking fee? How else do you get tickets off them? Essentially you're paying them a fee to sell tickets, on top of the commission they make.

So anyway, I called the box office. IT PUT ME THROUGH TO TICKETMASTER!

So I'm afraid I didn't actually book those tickets. The only reason? Ticketmaster.

Cat Soup

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A4 is too big - use A5 size!

I look at 95% of everything I've printed out, and all the information on the page could easily fit onto an A5 size piece of paper. On all invoices and receipts, there is so much 'white space' that is ultimately just a waste of paper.

Just think, if someone invented a printer that just printed on A5 paper size, and automatically shrunk everything sent to it down to that size from the A4 original, you'd save 50% of all paper used.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lights all night

They're talking about turning off street lights at night after everyone's gone to bed. Not a bad idea - it does seem a waste for all those lights to be on for the benefit of a very small number of drivers or pedestrians. But I think someone should say something to the millions of people who have courtesy lights or lanterns near their front doors that are on all night long. That's a terrible waste - 60watts+ each. Or the people who want to re-create Colditz with their 500watt floodlights blazing on every perimeter of their property (I see one house that has these every night).

Maybe when LED technology is further improved (and cheapened) will be when bulbs are a thing of the past and energy consumption is reduced so much so that it's almost not worth turning them off.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham

I can't believe how rude the people are at this hotel!

I would never EVER stay there even if you paid me.

Rudest bunch of toss bags I've ever spoken to. I don't know who the hell they think they are, but I've never been offended by someone as much as some grumpy old man from there for a very long time.

They can all go and get fucked.

So that's the Forest Hills Hotel in Frodsham, Cheshire.

Be warned!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Mac Attack

Mac owners are hilarious.

Because they pay so much more for their hardware.

Because it's made of toxic white plastic, has the letter 'i' in front of it and works on a Mac, it seems Apple multiply the cost by about 11x because they know Mac users will pay.

I love my PC. I never have any problems with it - it cost me 5 times less than an equivalent spec Mac. It's compatible with everything - even Macs. Ha.

I also like to know that money I paid for Windows has gone to Bill Gates and he's given it to fund charities to make the earth a better place to be. Or something.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Planet full of Turkmenistanis?

"Turkmenistan's president hopes to start a baby boom with a plan to reward women who give birth to eight or more children -- a one-time bonus and lifetime perks"

Oh yeah, that's all this planet needs.

As the saying goes:

What about all those orphans???? Won't someone give THEM a home???!