Saturday, September 30, 2006
Update: I decided to give some feedback to CNN about its video podcast "In Case You Missed It" which used to be a quite manageable about-2-minutes - and still is, except for the more-than-2-minutes sponsorship program about Ford - some at the beginning of the pod - and the full one at the end. The message suggests you can choose to view the full Ford program - which you can - except you've already downloaded it. It might have been okay if it was only over the course of a week or on alternate days but it seems to be constant. I've reached saturation point now - and am about to unsubscribe to what was otherwise a great podcast - but when the associated sponsorship is longer than the pod ... well, it might work in the US, but not for me. So I've sent them an email to let them know - cause I decided there was a good chance they don't read my blog.
According to a Wired report this is the second time the scooters have been recalled since they first went on sale in 2002. In 2003 the first 6,000 devices sold were recalled - again the problem was that riders were likely to fall off - but this time it was when the battery depleted.
Hopefully this won't affect those planning to take a Segway tour of San Francisco.
Monday, September 25, 2006
The process is supposed to go like this:
Well, I sent the Palm off on Monday afternoon - and I didn't hear a word until 10:15am on Wednesday morning when the replacement Palm arrived. A couple of hours later I received an email telling me it had been despatched, and the next day I received an email telling me they had received my old unit.
- Get the replacement number from Palm.
- Send in your Palm - with this number - to their drop-off centre.
- They will send you an email saying that the Palm has been received.
- Receipt of the Palm starts the process for a replacement to be couriered to you.
- You receive the Palm and rejoice in having it back.
Great work Palm!! I don't give a jot about the comms as long as I have the LifeDrive.
I did some quick research (read "google") on Petith and although he is mentioned on a couple of sites, it doesn't say what happened to him - just that his holidays had been cancelled and that was the last time his family saw him alive - and that his homecoming was sad.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
We took time out yesterday to take a walk up and down Marrickville Road to enjoy the Marrickville Festival. It was fun - and there were some great stalls for Sydney Council (thanks for the water bottle and squeezy ball) and MGM (Marrickville Galleries & Museums).
It was a lovely sunny day for the event - and it was nice seeing so many people out and about in the local community.
Is the problem not so much portions - as not knowing what those portions represent and therefore not being able to make informed decisions?
Monday, September 11, 2006
Not so lucky is Kuala Lumpur eatery McCurry, which insists its name is an abbreviation of Malaysian Chicken Curry. It has lost a five-year battle with McDonalds over use of the McCurry name. Even though the open-air eatery serves spicy fish-head curries, tandoori chicken and other Indian dishes, the name McCurry and their signage featuring colours distinctive of McDonalds had the multinational chain concerned that customers would confuse McCurry with their outlets.
Word on the street is that McCurry's is planning to appeal the ruling.
Cases of hysteria are not uncommon in Nepal according to the Hindustan Times. According to their report, the hysteria can be linked to Maoist insurgency, communist rebels, forced migrations and other pressures faced by Nepalese youngsters.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
It rained heavily overnight,and that's continued this morning. Which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't raining inside the bus as well. I'd been dripped on within seconds of sitting in my regular seat this morning and decided to move to the other side of the aisle. There was a leak there too, but only on one seat. Seat #1 seemed much more affected by the rock and sway of the bus. As we journeyed, I pointed the drip out to the new arrivals who went to sit there. And that's when I was reminded what a wonderful thing communication is. At one point I'd been reading and missed the couple moving into the seats - but I just looked up above their heads, and the man, sitting closer to me, looked up too - saw the water droplets - and shepherded his travelling companion out of the seat and further down the bus. It's also amazing to see that people do choose their bus seats - not sure how - but there were some people who were not the slightest bit interested in the "under leak seat" and immediately forged towards the back of the bus. How do you choose a seat on the bus (if you're lucky enough to get a choice)?
When the phone rings, do you know who's calling? In recent tests, respondents were able to correctly tell who was calling 45% of the time - leading the researchers to assert that "telephone telepathy" really does exist. I have a much higher ratio of getting it right - about 85% - although I dare say that if I didn't have caller ID on my work and mobile phones, I wouldn't do nearly as well. Seriously though, I have had occasions where the phone rings and it's someone I was thinking of calling only a couple of moments before.
And what's your "telephone obedience" like? When the phone rings do you have to answer it, regardless of whether you're up to your elbows in dishwashing, or soaking in the tub - or … well, doing anything really? If you do, you are not alone. (Why is it that … ET Phone Home … just popped into my head? And is that the phone ringing?)
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Some reports have likened Steve Irwin's death to that of Princess Diana - unexpected and tragic. Of course, we are a society that tries to avoid the very existence of death and dying - which is why it sometimes seems like such a shock when people do die - especially if they have a "good" public persona and following. The advice in today's Daily Telegraph advising parents to be honest with their children when they ask, and give them a chance to talk about their feelings, and allow them to grieve, could very well apply to the rest of us as well - now and for the rest of our lives.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
The book famously began in 1951 as an argument between Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, and friends with whom he'd gone hunting in the Irish countryside. Beaver exclaimed that a bird he'd shot at and missed, the red grouse, was Europe's fastest; the others disagreed. Sir Hugh's well-stocked library could not resolve the matter, and "he realized you needed something to settle these arguments which must be raging in pubs all around Britain," says Glenday. Beaver hired the McWhirters, Norris and Ross, to be the editors and in August 1955, the first edition of Guinness Book of World Records was launched. It had a beer-proof cover and was sold to Britain's 84,000 pubs.But who were the McWhirters? And why, in 1975, was only one of these identical twins with photoraphic memories and outspoken political beliefs, Ross, gunned down by the IRA?
But back to the shortest man. It used to be Gul Mohammed (India) who was 57cm tall but he died in 1997 aged 39. Current title holder Younis Edwan (Jordan) is 65cm tall. But there's a rising contender - Khagendra Thapamagar of Baglung (Nepal) - who at 14 can only contest the title of World's Shortest Man because he is considered to be "fully grown" at 50cm. A ruling on his claim to the title is in progress.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Warren Jeffs, recently arrested leader of a polygamist sect, appeared in a Las Vegas court earlier this week and said he would not fight extradiction to Utah on charges he arranged marriages between underage girls and older men.
Also in Las Vegas this week - news that the self-proclaimed wedding capital of the world will no longer cater for those who want to marry late at night on the spur of the moment. The Las Vegas marriage bureau plans to close its all-night counter. Of course, you can still get hitched at any hour - you just have to plan for it.
Of course, cheese isn't the only thing being channelled into perfume - according to an ABC News Nightline Online report Who Wants to Smell Like Cheese there are people who dab on a little essence of almost anything eg dirt, new car, burnt rubber, burning leaves, library and even Play-Doh.