Thursday, October 28, 2010


I was just reading this article (thanks Fark) when it occurred to me that the formation of the new NBN company would be an ideal opportunity *not* to actually have the whole place full of people with names like Parveen, Manishkumar and (I kid you not) Dikshit.  It would be nice to be able to communicate with people clearly without the joint sounding like a downtown Mumbai market.

And what are the chances of this?  If this is any indication of the way the demographic of the "western" world is going, bugger all I'm sad to say.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New bow ordered

Hoyt Contender 2010, fusion red finish, the XT3000 long limbs and the medium Cam 1/2+ system.

Can't wait to get my hands on this baby and get back to a longer target bow.

Monday, October 25, 2010

So I got a new credit card

… and I need to “activate” it.

Call number and get the usual IVR. Please input the 16-digit card number. Right, done. Now input DOB. Done. Now enter the credit limit on the account. *frantic dive for filing cabinet* Right, done.

Transferring you to our card activation facility...

Please input the 16-digit card number. WTF, didn't I already do this? Now input DOB. Grr, done. Here's a 16 digit receipt number.

Transferring you to our *secure* card activation facility... !?!?!?

Please input the 16-digit card number.

Now input DOB.  *plotting perfect murders at this stage*

Now input the 16 digit receipt number from earlier.

Congratulations, would you like to change the PIN on your card?  Hmm, probably not a bad idea, as I only use the thing for Harvey Norman interest free, precisely zero idea what the actual PIN is.

Transferring you to our PIN change facility...

Please input the 16-digit card number...

Total time for call: 5mins 47 secs.  Total keystrokes, not including dialling: 116.  To ACTIVATE A FUCKING REPLACEMENT CREDIT CARD.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


My number one problem child has trashed a PC *again* for about the fifth time since May.  Description sounds like a dose of Antivirus2008 to me - AV shut down, all external access proxied, fake security warnings everywhere.
I think there's going to have to be 3-4 days idiot tax applied this time.  The easy availability of free tech support seems to be leading to a lower carefactor than I would like.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Redneck weddings - epilogue

Well the wedding was interesting if nothing else.

The bridegroom got a little annoyed with his brother (a groom) a couple of nights before and smashed him over the head with a brick, resulting in a 6cm scalp laceration and a hasty replacement of groomsman.

It was also reported the groom had at one stage on the day before called the bride a skank and locked her out in the resort hallway naked.  This is, fortunately, anecdotal evidence only.

The do itself just about got rained out because the moronic function coordination the resort had was running half an hour late on the day, had she had her shit together it would have fitted in nicely between cloudbursts.  You've never seen six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a bride, a groom, a mini-bridesmaid, two flower girls and a ring boy mount a set of golf carts so fast.  The look on the face of the photographer was about as black as the culprit thunderhead, she had about $40k of DSLR kit out in it.

But the absolute crowning acheivement of the function was one of the grooms (long term root of one of the bridesmaids) having a tiff with her at the reception, deciding to drive back to Townsville at about 10pm while pissed, stealing her brand new SS Commodore and pranging it somewhere down the road.  He did the Harold Holt before the wallopers turned up as he would have turned the crystals black, but has absolutely no idea where the crashed car is - only that it's "about $50 by cab" from the resort.  He's now (probably quite sensibly) done a runner and can't be located, leaving the increasingly incandescant bridesmaid down a vehicle, with no idea where it is other than apparently being colocated with 2 large palm trees, and probably in a ditch.  She's supposed to be back at work in Townsville on Monday morning.  Cops have still not noticed an unconventionally parked Commodore anywhere.

Definitely brightened the whole week up.  :)

Boarding in Sydney, planeload of septics. Yay.