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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Amazon's China Crisis 

Amazon UK are being a bit odd. At the moment they are advertising one of their sites in anticipation of Chinese New Year. It looked interesting, so I followed the link...

Well, let's just say even if I did want to buy something from there, I'd be struggling as I haven't quite grasped written Chinese yet!

Which begs the question... who are they aiming the ad at?

See for yourself...
Amazon UK Home

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Any advance on..... 

For anyone who's vaguely interested, I've placed my first item on eBay.
It took about 3 x as long as I expected it to, and that was with eBay tools!

Anyway, I'm selling off some Babylon 5 autographs here so wish me luck!

Mobile Phone Etiquette 

Yes, most of us have them , and yes they're really handy but they can also be really annoying, especially in public places.

Helpfully someone at Wired has written a wonderful report about being respectful of others whilst using your phone in public and has produced 8 little golden rules:
  1. Don't use your phone in obvious situations where your one-sided conversation can only be disruptive: at the movies, at a concert, in a public auditorium, on an elevator, in a crowded waiting room, etc. I would add city buses to the list, but those are already rolling prison yards for the most part. Use your phone if you must, but use at your own peril.
  2. If you're in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with someone, don't take a phone call. It's disrespectful. You can go on the theory that if the incoming call is important enough, the caller will leave you a message. You can then return said call at a more convenient moment, and nobody is offended.
  3. If you're expecting an important call and somebody stops by to chat you up, let your buddy know that you might have to take a call. That's fair.
  4. Ditch the ring tone and put the phone on vibrate. The only person who cares about an incoming call on your phone is you. Don't worry, you'll feel it. (It feels go-o-o-od.) Most ring tones are not only intrusive, they're inane.
  5. Don't have emotional phone conversations in my face. In other words, don't break up with your boyfriend publicly. (Besides, we can't see him and being able to see his reaction is half the fun.) Wait until you get home and then toss his sorry ass out the door.
  6. Don't talk on the phone while you're grocery shopping. For whatever reason, the acoustics of a shopping aisle seem to amplify your voice. Also, talking on the phone tends to distract you from what's going on in your immediate vicinity and I need to get around you to reach the Cocoa Puffs.
  7. When you're in my cafe, turn off your phone and don't use it at all.
  8. Personal note to my son: Using part of a rap song as a voicemail greeting, where the only intelligible words are "bitch" and "fuckah," is not a felicitous way of welcoming an incoming caller. While your friends may find this the height of wit, your employer and professors and parole officer almost certainly will not.
Read the full article here

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

To boldly go where no-one has gone before.... 

OK Bill, you've set the bar to a new height.
Trouble is I can't make my mind up whether it's higher or lower than it was before.

By the way, anyone want my stone?
It's fresh, less than 3 months old.
Ebay perhaps?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

More Galactic Fun! 

The eagerly awaited second season of Battlestar Galactica hits UK screens on Sky One this Tuesday and if you thought last season was crazy, you ain't seen nothin' yet!

If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been???

Go borrow a copy of season one if you can, it's one of the best sci-fi shows currently running.

Mistaken Identity 

"Look into my eyes....wait, no not mine"
Poor old Derren Brown has been taking some stick from Yahoo, amongst other people.

Obviously someone thought it was amusing to stick his pic next to a story about child kidnapping. Over a week and numerous complaints later - it's still there.

Maybe someone with an objection to "The Heist", Derren's latest TV "stunt" perhaps?

I've included a screen grab for posterity.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Best Blonde Joke 

Or is it?........
You decide (Link)