Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

Russell Crowe

June 9th, 2005 No comments

I heard on the radio this morning that Russell Crowe went on TV to apologise for throwing a phone at a hotel employee.

He said he felt he needed to cut himself some slack because he was just getting used to being a husband and a father away from home.

OK, fair enough, in those circumstances I would feel the need to phone home every so often, but just because I couldn’t does not mean that I should be allowed to “throw a spaz” and chuck a telephone at hotel employee. And why does he feel the need to excuse himself – “It’s OK Russell, you yourself can excuse you, so there isn’t a problem”.

He also said sorry to his wife on air. How about saying sorry to the person you threw the phone at? That would be the first person I would feel the need to apologise to, followed swiftly by the hotel for causing a scene. After that, that’s the point where I would feel the need to apologise somebody who I’d mildly let down.

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May 18th, 2005 No comments

Am I the only person who wishes that Phantom Planet had never left bloody California?

If they hadn’t left, then they wouldn’t have had the inspiration to write a song about returning back there. Therefore, we wouldn’t be subjected to that god damn awful song that gets played far too much on the radio.

Anyone? No? Just me then.

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Computer Use

May 7th, 2005 1 comment

What’s quite interesting about my job is telling people what you do.

People then immediately get quite defensive about using a computer in front of you, frightened that you are going belittle them because they can’t quite type as fast as you, or aren’t as competent.

As a case in point, I went to the opticians this morning, and obviously had to tell them that I use a computer screen a lot as it’s had to write software without looking at one. The optician, a 20-something lovely lady, then started explaining that she thought that I probably thought she wasn’t very good at using a computer (she was typing my history into a laptop) and that she preferred pen and paper.

Now, there was nothing wrong with the way that she was using the computer, she seemed quite competent, and the screen she was using looked quite complex and full of fields for her to fill in – and she actually did it very well making few mistakes.

So why is it that people feel that they need to excuse their computer use when in the company of a software developer?

Im sure that it’s probably down to people’s insecurities, but it really isn’t necessary. My job involves making software for people of all levels of competency to use, and if I’m arrogant enough to think that only computer literate people would be using a piece of software, then it is me that is at fault and not the user.

I guess people probably don’t think of it that way though….

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Student drops Rooney punch claim

March 30th, 2005 No comments

What a bloody surprise.

It was always going to be some stupid arsed story made up a jealous Evertonian, who was after a bit of cash. He didn’t exactly make it hard to work out what he was up to either. 16 hours after the incident, he went to The Sun newspaper, he then went to the Police.

These kind of people make my blood boil. Get over it, it’s a sport, a game, not life or death. Grow up.

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If I Was A Rich Girl

March 29th, 2005 No comments

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na

I would have the audascity to sing that I wasn’t

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na Na, na, na….

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What About Finish?

March 23rd, 2005 1 comment

O2 are taking Liquid Telecom to court for using bubbles and the colour blue in an advert.

Surely then, Finish dishwasher tablets use these devices too. Are they sueing them? Or is this just a way to get anti-competitive on their asses without dropping prices?

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March 18th, 2005 No comments

This must be the worst user interface that I have had the displeasure to experience.

Yeah, I’ve experienced bad looking and unfriendly interfaces before, but this is just annoying.

Check out the instructions:Use your mouse wheel to rotate the screens.And what if I don’t have a bloody mouse wheel? Huh, Genius? Oh, so I have to go through the pain of randomly clicking things? Brilliant. Tell you what why don’t you stick to your “designing”, and I’ll stick to thinking about what people may be accessing my website with.

What makes it worse is the pictures on the left don’t logically match up with the pictures on the right, and the site is painfully slow to load some really quite small images.

Just give me a list of sodding pictures and a description. It’s quicker, will work better and I don’t have to worry about which wheel I’m moving!

That’s why we shouldn’t let “designers” play with websites and software. Leave it to the people who have a rough inkling of what’s going on.

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Late Licenses

March 18th, 2005 No comments

This report (out today) kind of confirms what I thought all along – that most pubs and clubs may want to open a little later (probably until Midnight), but no one really wants to open a venue for 24 hours.

Think of it this way. All the time that you are open, you have to pay costs: Electricity, heating, staff, water, etc, etc, etc. So although a pub may be open at 6am, I doubt that there would be anyone in there, and they still have to pay costs – the pub would be losing money like water through a seive.

Plus you have other more practical things to consider, like when do you clean?, or “what time do we call the plumber round to fix that dodgy u-bend in the blokes bog?”

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“Baby On Board”

March 9th, 2005 1 comment

I’ve been noticing something recently. Well, to be more precise, re-noticing something.

I’ve started to spot “Baby On Board” signs hanging from peoples’ cars. It’s not that they have gone away at all, it’s that I’ve just started to notice them again.

The interesting point is this. If I’ve just started to notice them again, then at some point, I must have stopped noticing them, and started ignoring them.

The must have been used so much, that my head go to saturation point and it got used to these things hanging in the back of cars. Therefore, I probably took no extra care in driving around these cars, and therefore defeating the purpose of carrying the sign in the first place.

Therefore, people should stop using them as they are a waste of money because nobody will pay attention to them.

To put this into another perspective, the other day whilst I was driving home from a Sunday morning rowing session, I noticed a car with a big white sticker on the back. I couldn’t read what the sticker said because I was keeping a safe distance and the writing was too small. Because the car was travelling slower than the legal limit and because I was on a dual carriage way and it was safe to overtake, I went around the car. It was only when I got very close I was able to read the sticker which said “Back Off! I drive at the legal limit” (or words to that effect).

Again, this sign is pointless because the writing was too small. Therefore I had to get closer to the sign to be able to read it, before being told to back off (even though it was their fault that I couldn’t read their sign). Seems a bit like it is missing the point – “Come on, drive closer, you’ll be able to read my sign then…. Go on!… Go on!…. NO! NO!, TOO CLOSE!”

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Lazy Spelling and Suicidal Birds

February 18th, 2005 No comments

I noticed the other day on a packet of sandwiches, that somebody had at work, that the company who produced them had described that as “lo-fat” and “lo-salt”. That really annoys me. It’s one letter. Just one letter. Surely you can’t be so lazy as to not put in the final letter on a three letter word. It’s not as if it is a difficult word to spell, it’s not a long word, but yet they are too lazy (or worse yet, they are so “hip”) that think they don’t need to put on the final letter of the word. Unbelievable.

I’ve also noticed recently, and particularly last week, that there have been an increase of suicidal birds that feel they want to end it all by flying at very low level (about 3 cms off the ground) across roads, right in front of my car. Is there something about this time of year that increases depression in bird species? Or perhaps they need urban-training – like the fox I saw last night that has obviously been well trained as it tried to cross the road on a zebra crossing!

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