Thursday, September 25, 2008
Dates that I know of so far;
Cocktail party - 22nd Nov
Oliver & Zoe's birthday party - 6th Dec (It'll be during the day but I suspect we will all need alcohol that afternoon/evening)
Yule Feast -13th Dec (Mouse and Tops have any more details beyond the date?)
Do we have a date for Chrissie Pissie yet? 20th? (have edited it)
Oh and anyone want to take responsibility for Turkey day this year? Megzz and Snerg are unable and we have no room for it if it rains...
Anyone know of any other dates relevant to all/most of us?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My brother will be in coming to visit this week and bringing his two daughters (now 8 and 4). Most of you have met them.
In celebration?! We will have a BBQ in the backyard on Saturday. From naptime until bedtime. BYO dead animal and drinks.
Stuff will happen. All the usual suspects...
So I'm waiting and the young bloke behind the counter, lets call him Snotty Little Shit (SLS) is serving someone else. So I'm watching the other person in the deli cleaning up the fish display and remembering back to the days when I used to work in a deli. I was wondering if they had a good boss, who allows you to start packing stuff up when it gets quiet about an hour before close, or a bad boss who won't let you touch anything but still expects everything to be clean and in the coolroom by 8.05pm. It was a quiet night, so I had no concerns about waiting to be served while the person cleaning got on with it.
So I'm still waiting and then I notice that SLS and the bloke he is serving looking at me. Then they confer briefly, then bloke being served (BBS) looks at his list, SLS gets something else, wraps it and hands it over, they both look at me, confer, BBS consults his list, etc etc. This happens about 5 times. By this stage I'm getting annoyed because I want to get home and get dinner started but I wait patiently. Finally after one last glance and conference, BBS moves off and I wait for SLS to come and get my chook for me. And I wait. Then I walk down the counter and he is putting something in the display. Hello? Do you serve customers you wanker, I didn't say.
"What do you want" SLS says, rudely. I almost, and should have, said Customer Service. But I was polite. "1/2 chicken please". I watch him print out the label, "No, one of the $4.99 ones thanks, with sundried tomato and basil".
SLS: We don't have any
Me: Yes you do (I've just wasted 10 fucking minutes of my life looking at them)
SLS: No that was an old special
Me: They are right here in the display, right behind the ticket that says $4.99 (voice rising) Would you like to come and have a look?
SLS: (sullenly) Oh I forgot they were there.
Me: (In my head, yeah right you %*&%^%#$@$)
Fruit and veg person: SLS (didn't hear his name) mark down all those ones to $2.50
SLS: Yeah, okay I'll do that.
So, not only did SLS have to serve me, he got told to give me a discount. When I saw BBS later on my rounds of the supermarket I gave him the glaring of his life until he looked away embarrassed. Bastard.
Moral of the story: if you don't like serving customers don't work in customer service. I'm considering having a t-shirt made up with this, just in case I ever run into him again.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
...Hey, at least it's not Darcy anymore.
Pip and her friend Janet watched "Penelope" a kids movie where Christina Ricci has to accept herself even though she has a pig's snout for a nose.
McAvoy is the love interest.
This movie has the hottest kiss I've ever seen in a PG movie.
No wonder teenage pregnancy is a problem!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Unfortunately for those of us hoping that the destruction of the Universe, when the LHC is/was(?) turned on today, would mean that we wouldn't have to clean the oven, we are out of luck. Despite the doomsayers claiming that we are all going to be sucked into a man-made black hole, and wouldn't that be ironic, apparently larger collisions occur in space all the time. Bugger. So looks like I'll have to keep putting off cleaning the oven. Unless of course they find that the mysterious God-particle really gets the grime off. That would be good.
For the ubernerds, here is a link to the LHC site.
Edit: now you can check on the status of the Universe.
Monday, September 08, 2008
I know: credibility bypass, or what?
But this one struck me as especially spurious.
The article from the paper is here
And the online survey quoted is here
From these 36,000+ who have completed the above have enabled the study leader to say:
"People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, wearing particular clothes, going to certain pubs, and using certain types of slang. It's not so surprising that personality should also be related to musical preference."
Hmm, people often display the fact that they have an identity. Who would have thought? Really? What an astounding statement.
In the survey: "More than 36,000 people from all over the world were asked to rate 104 musical styles and also questioned about aspects of their personality." Prof North said the research could have many uses in marketing, adding: "If you know a person's music preference you can tell what kind of person they are, who to sell to."
And here at the results:
(Astute readers will notice some glaringly obvious styles of music, but that might be a sub-editor on the article.)
MUSICAL STYLES VERSUS PERSONALITY TRAITS
BLUES High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
JAZZ High self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease
CLASSICAL MUSIC High self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease
RAP High self-esteem, outgoing
OPERA High self-esteem, creative, gentle
COUNTRY AND WESTERN Hardworking, outgoing
REGGAE High self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
DANCE Creative, outgoing, not gentle
INDIE Low self-esteem, creative, not hard working, not gentle
BOLLYWOOD Creative, outgoing
ROCK/HEAVY METAL Low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease
CHART POP High self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease
SOUL High self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease
What a complete waste of time. Also, a crock.
Check out the questions on the survey! You are asked to remember how you felt about a myriad things in the year in which you discovered your FIRST 'important' album including your relationship with your parents, whether you felt you were heading for something 'big', how it related to your love life, career/career direction etc etc
For me it was 1992, Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and the answer to most questions is 'I don't know? 5 on a scale of 1-10.' ie useless, flawed data.
Jackson Jackson Concert at Factory Theatre on 14th October - tickets are about $30-
Thie website is here
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Here it is before cooking...
and after cooking...
Note - the white chocolate didn't melt. It just went a bit brown. Of course, topsy didn't realise that you could buy white chocolate chips from the baking section in the super market so he just bought a normal block of white chocolate and chopped it up.
And here's proof that we ate it.
It mostly didn't taste too bad. The chunks of white chocolate overpowered any flavour of tomato or oregano. Mostly. Now and then there was a weird void where the other two flavours rose up in revolt. And I do mean revolt. I struggled to finish the second piece....
And the bad news is.... Now that I look at the kolwiki again, it seems we need to use real slices of tomato and not just the passata.
So there has to be an experiment number 2 with proper white chocolate chips and real slices of tomato.
Are you prepared to try again?