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( Oct. 20th, 2010 01:32 pm)
Am wearing a purple tie today. Only one person's asked me about it so far.

This recent spate of homophobic bullying, plus [livejournal.com profile] nickys' post on the subject a few days ago, has got me thinking about bullying. A lot is said about the subject, not all of it sensible. You frequently hear such useless, condescending platitudes as "ignore them and they'll go away", or "try standing up to them", which sound plausible only to those not in the situation of being bullied. The following is my attempt to bring some sense to the subject:

Debunking myths about bullying )
Subject:  Mrs. Sarah Welsh. (Benefactor)
From:"Mrs. Sarah Welsh" <welshfamily@huk.com>
Date:Fri, May 14, 2010 12:53 am
To:undisclosed-recipients:;

I am Mrs. Sarah Welsh, an English woman who is suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to Sir Jim Welsh who also is an Englishman though dead now. My husband worked with the British Railways for over two decade before the cold hand of death took him away on the 23rd of July 2003 at about 2:00AM. Our marriage lasted for over a decade without any fruit of the womb. My husband died after a protracted illness. My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals within the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America, Africa and the rest of the globe as he had passion for persons who cannot help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament. I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which never came.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 10 Million (Ten Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling with an offshore Bank in Nigeria...
(etc.)

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( Jul. 14th, 2009 09:03 am)
I've been getting emails at work telling me that an EEEEVIL company have got my mobile phone number and unless I unsubscribe now, they'll be giving it out willy-nilly to telemarketers.

This is of course in reference to the 118800 directory. (Which I notice has crashed from the sheer number of unsubscribe requests).

Now, let's get this straight. 118800 provide a service whereby interested parties can request your number. You will be texted saying 'allow Y/N', and if you agree, your number will be given out. 118800 promise not to give your number to any third parties except via this mechanism.

"But what if I don't trust 118800 to do what it says it would?" I hypothetically hear people ask. Well, I hypothetically reply, think about it: you have a company that may or may not already have your number, and that you don't trust to follow the law, and your recommended course of action is to go online and give them your number in order to unsubscribe? Think about it.   8^)
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Original post: That Daily Express Dunblane thing

THE Scottish Sunday Express has enjoyed a long love affair with the people of our nation. [...] Over that time, we have established a reputation for crusading journalism built on the twin cornerstones of honesty and integrity. [...] It is also hugely important to us that the Scottish Sunday Express reflects the feelings of the people of Scotland.

On March 8 we got that all wrong.

— "Dunblane: We're Sorry", The Scottish Sunday Express, 22 March 2009

"On-ess-tee"? "Inn-teg-rittee"? What are these words?

Real document? Joke? Cynical yet clever viral marketing scheme? Whatever it is, the "Pepsi Breathtaking Design Strategy", purporting to be a leaked document from the design team behind the new Pepsi logo, is certainly worth a look.

"Breathtaking" theorizes consumers will feel a gravitational pull elicited by the new logo, one that will lead consumers to fill its shopping carts with Pepsi. At its most extreme, the presentation compares the reimagined Pepsi globe logo to the Earth's magnetic fields and the sun's radiation. "Emotive forces shape the gestalt of the brand identity," it muses.

– Rupal Parekh, "'Breathtaking' Is One Word for Purported Arnell Pepsi Doc", Advertising Age, 11 Feb 2009

(Brought to my attention by Ben Goldacre)

EDIT: This presentational video by the designers seems to reinforce the idea that the document is, in fact, real. Scary.

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( Nov. 9th, 2007 10:48 pm)
Bad news: the owner of Electric Cabaret was charged with "selling obscene material aggravated by religious prejudice", after selling an undercover policeman a Cradle of Filth T-shirt. (T-shirt in article, somewhat NSFW). He's now planning to leave Edinburgh and sail to Portugal. I don't know if the latter fact is a direct consequence of the former, though.

Good news: Plaisir du Chocolat is going to reopen! In the new town, though, this time.

Stupid news: Dubya on Gen. Musharraf: '"My mesage was … You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time," Mr Bush said.'

Excerpt from the assignment given as part of the "server-side programming" module:

If the username and password are not correct, open a window, displaying “The login failed!”. Also display whether username or password is incorrect.

To all non-programmers on my friends list: can you figure out why this would be a bad and wrong thing to do?   8^]

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( Jan. 5th, 2007 10:12 pm)
An AP/AOL telephone poll of 1000 americans revealed that, among other predictions for 2007, 25% expect the second coming of Jesus.

(From [livejournal.com profile] autopope).
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( Dec. 8th, 2006 08:24 pm)
Ah, you know it's a good news day when the Daily Mail is outraged.
8^)

For the attention of those planning weddings. Errr... possibly just [livejournal.com profile] batswing, then...   8^]

Bride delays brain op for her wedding )

Work: as you may know, I work at a charity, on a voluntary basis. My boss has proposed employing me part-time, at minimum wage (£5.05/hr) for 16 hours a week. I would still get council tax and housing benefit, but no Jobseeker's allowance. So far so good; it works out to about £35 extra a week. However, my getting paid this is contingent on me getting in to work at 10:30 every morning, and on continuing to do my current voluntary job alongside this new one. In other words, it's a loophole to employ me for 32.5 hours a week, while only paying me for 16 of those hours — which works out to an effective wage of £2.49/hr.

One side of me feels a little insulted. My more logical side says that it's still more than zero pounds, which is what he pays me at the moment. My lazy side just doesn't want to get out of bed any earlier in the mornings. In conclusion... I'm a mutant three-sided freak.   8^)

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( May. 30th, 2006 02:56 pm)
"So, you're sure that the electrics pose absolutely no risk to me"
"Yes, they're all fine"
"And that the still-damp wallpaper isn't a health risk"
"No, not at all"
"Okay. Before you go, I've got a paper here with that in writing. Would you consider signing that for me?"
"Err... well..."

Yes, my landlord is happy enough to place a tenant in a potentially unsafe situation, but the idea that he might take some of the responsibility for any injuries that said tenant might suffer is completely out of the question.

So he's sending round an electrician this evening.

Meanwhile, I've had a talk with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's dad, who worked as a joiner for ages and so know what he's talking about, and asked him about the chipboard floor underneath the carpet. Apparently, if it's not got a green coating on it, it's not been waterproofed, and will go soggy. And I'm likely to go straight through it. (It's hollow below). So that brings doubt to the landlord's claim that "it's perferctly safe and a few days of damp won't hurt it".

Oh, have also gone upstairs to talk to the woman in the flat above. The plaster's fallen off her ceiling (that would be the sound I heard, then), and she's generally in a far worse state than me. Hopefully she'll get plenty of compensation. I shall send her some photos I took, to see if that will help her at all.

The good news is that her floor was not particularly flooded, which means that my ceiling isn't about to fall down.
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( May. 22nd, 2006 10:22 pm)
Edit: Originally posted on Livejournal

If anybody's wondering why my default icon is currently a suckling baby, it is because of this:

LJ considers breastfeeding "inappropriate", threatens to suspend user's journal

See me Fight Teh Power.
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I went along to the Scottish Council for Minorities1 today to find out about a volunteer position they had advertised. I even wore my nice suit in order to make a good first impression. Frankly, I needn't have bothered; they seemed quite desperate to fill the position. I asked the interviewer about the network setup, and drew a complete blank — it seems the only person who understood anything about the network was the person who had left the position open for me, an unspecified amount of time ago. The interviewer seemed happy about the fact that my application had stated that I was "ready for work immediately". So I quite literally started work immediately.

Geek talk )

Am turning up again tomorrow at noon. I shall venture downstairs, and seek out the mystical server of doom. Wish me luck!

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( May. 26th, 2005 04:33 pm)
According to the Jobcentre, I can't claim benefit until get a national insurance number.
According to the national insurance people, I can't get a national insurance number until I get a job.
Thus, I cannot claim benefit until I get a job. How extremely useful.

8^P

On challenging this logic, I discovered that I can actually get a NI number if I bring in a selection of rejection letters, to "prove" that I am looking for a job. Time to start sending in CVs by snail mail, then.
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So I make a purchase today, and it comes to £225; just over my daily withdrawal limit. I decide to try to get it through anyway on the new Chip-and-PIN system.

Bankers. They must die. )
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( Nov. 3rd, 2004 03:30 am)
Must be destroyed.

Edit: wait, maybe there's some hope...

Uggg... anyway, going to bed. When I wake up, there had better not be a monkey in the white house.

Ah, fuck.
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