August 15, 2006

No. They're like buses

Writing about web page http://www.nfb.ca/animation/objanim/en/films/film.php?film=&_onfplr_sel=plr&sort=director&director=Barker,%20Cordell&id=17537&formats=default&speeds=default&use_cc=no&use_dv=no

Stumbled across this today and was wondering if anyone else has ever seen it before. I remember it vividly from when I was quite little, but I have no idea why I would ever have seen it before, and often enough to remember quite a lot of it.

I remember finding it really creepy.

Any suggestions as to when this was ever on television greatly appreciated.


Stupid people on trains

No, this isn't a rant, just a comment about how amusingly unthinking people can be.
Was on the train on the way back from London the other day. It was about 8 in the evening and the compartment was almost entirely quiet – at least, there were no conversations going on. Anyway, the woman sitting across the aisle decided that now would be a good moment to book some theatre tickets over the phone. She then proceeded to give her name, address and telephone number to the woman at the other end of the phone. I know it was a woman because the phone was turned up loud enough for me to be able to hear the person in the box office. So the entire compartment got these details twice (just in case you missed it the first time), with the added bonus of the woman in the box office spelling a couple of things just to check.

So far, not too stupid. Admittedly you don't really want random people on the train knowing your phone number and address, but not disasterous.

However, she needed to pay for the tickets. So she then read out her credit card number and the security code in full earshot of the entire carriage.
Had I wanted to I could have written down all of these details with very little difficulty. I didn't, so I can only reveal that she was getting tickets for The Taming of the Shrew.

Not wishing to generalise, but surely people who go to see Shakespeare have a bit more intelligence than this!


April 13, 2006

The joys of daytime television

Hmm, there seems to be a pattern forming in the subject of my blog entries.

To anyone else watching Countdown right now…

Is it just me, or does Carol Vorderman's dress make it look like she's been shot several times?

April 12, 2006

A mathematical query

On Deal or No Deal, if you get all the way to the end without dealing you get the option to swap your box for the last remaining box. Query is, should you?
Is it the same as the two goats and a car game show principle? (Three doors, behind two are goats, and behind one is a car. You choose a door, the gameshow host opens one of the other doors to reveal a goat. He gives you the option to change doors. In this situation you should change (assuming you want to find the car!).) Or is it slightly different somehow? Assume we have got right to the end and the banker's final offer has been rejected.

Nice date

On the first Thursday in May this year, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.
That won't ever happen again for 1000 [sic]* years.

Woo! I hope Mrs McN realises that this is coming up soon.

*See comments 1 & 2


April 11, 2006

Look what happens when people give me work to do!

I really don't have that much to do – got to write another 600 words in fact, which I know isn't very much, but as it's still work I am procrastinating. I am enjoying my first summer with no exams since 1998, though. It's nice to only have a finite amount of work to do, and no revision that always makes you feel guilty for not doing enough.
But, nonetheless I have been blog quizzing…


Your Inner Child Is Happy


You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.

You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.

And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.

You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.



April 02, 2006

Woo! Second year running!

It was clearly the support from my blog that helped them win.

Go Oxford!

That is all.

March 27, 2006

Blogs on the move

For those of you who followed the adventures of We're ranting and raving in Pedants' Corner you may be interested to know that it has moved to a new home: Ranting and raving all over again

He probably won't write very often though…
Or he might…

Anway, I would anticipate more camera phone photos of bad grammar.


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