Category Archives: Annoying

Protest

I am protesting against lazy use of English language.

I will not “Protest lazy English” because that phrase is an example of the lazy English language usage that I am protesting against.

The problem with using the verb “To protest” without any qualification, is that you don’t know whether it is a protest against, or a protest for the matter.

“People are protesting wages.” Does it mean people are protesting against low wages, against high wages, for higher wages, for lower wages, or simply for or against having wages at a all. The sentance is wholly inadequate.

Cut-down telegraphic intransitive twitter-squeeze-to-fit Americanese verb-use is deeply annoying to me. I should write someone about it. LOL (in Britain we write to someone – well at a least for now, until the laziness reaches us on that one).

Another linguistic laziness I really dislike is the contraction of “cause for concern” (which was the only way you could say it back in the day) to “concerning.”

“That is really concerning me” NO! This is ambiguous because it doesn’t tell me if it causes me worry or if it is a matter that is applicable to me, or both!

“That is a really giving me cause for concern” YES!

At the rate lazy language is spreading in the UK it will devolve back to grunts before you can say “Ug!” This was of course caused by the BBC letting non-public school educated people (Americans read private school) into broadcasting, so the inadequately educated became our role models. My English is not perfect, I was not privately educated, but at least I care, and I try to get it right.

I guess that makes me an elitist. Well I do prefer aspiration to exasperation.

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Tail wagging dog since November 20, 1985

The thing I hate about Windows is the amount of constant attention it demands for updates, fixes, and just sitting waiting while it boots or hangs.

I want to turn it on, have it start quickly, and then I get on with whatever I want to do. Then I want to turn it off and have it shut down quickly. I want all updates to happen quickly and automatically, with no need for any input from me.

After 32 years of development, Windows still cannot do this.

I wrote this article on my Mac.

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Like Radio, Hate Ads?

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If you use a foreign proxy server to listen to your favorite internet radio station, chances are you will be served audio ads for the country the proxy is located in. So chose a country that you cannot understand the language of. That way you still get ads but they are in a language you can’t understand for products you never heard of, that you cannot buy. Hooray now it just sounds fun exotic instead of brainwash annoying.

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I’m Tom…

“I’m Tom…”

Unfortunately if the internet thinks you live in Eastern England you will have heard this whiny afflicted youth who apparently got so far up the nose of his teacher that his teacher thought he could put his voice to better use in a debating society, all over your internet radio ad nauseam. Even the irony has worn off now.

Advert teacher must be an ubermensch because a trip to Beachy Head wrapped in a carpet might be more like what the average human might feel like prescribing after hearing this whingey twang for more than 15 seconds, even once.

This annoying advert has actually stopped me listening to several stations that I usually love to bits. I-Tunes/Radionomy 101 Smooth Jazz for instance. So dear radio station, having a really irritating ad might get you some income, but also cost you listeners, so it’s not all bright in the accounts department there hey?

This ad is brought to us by the UK Govt “Get into teaching” teacher recruitment campaign. Get Into teaching

If ever I harbored even the slightest notion to become a teacher, Tom is the reason I would consider a career in rest-room sanitizing services first.

Symbolism in the NatWest advert

Fair use stills for review purposes:

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The children throw coins into a fountain. Ever heard of a wishing well? It’s an ancient pagan ritual. Occult.

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Ever heard of pennies for a dead man’s eyes. How sinister do you need?

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An octagon, in church symbology midway between heaven (the circle) and earth (the square) – why show the octagonal form of the fountain so clearly? Remember – in this 30 second commercial so there are no wasted shots.

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Oh that logo is a bit illuminating isn’t it. Three 6-sided cubes? 666?

Does NatWest have a monopoly on such symbolism? Hardly. One of its competitors has a dark horse that canters down through time like a death horseman of the apocalypse into a maternity ward.

Christians recognize these symbols. Our Lord reveals what is hidden in plain sight. The love of money is the root of all evil, the wages of sin is death. Now there is some money sense.

It IS a trick (not a treat).

Skulls are everywhere, even on baby clothes. The icon of the death cult is ever more pervasive due to the sterling efforts of that very dubious artist with the aptly dubious name. Well there ARE NO COINCIDENCES. The evil IS hidden in plain sight, and the only reason most people can’t see it is because they are not born again Christians, they have not had their eyes opened by the light of our Savior. Other symbols are also hidden in plain sight.

So for you edification and education I re-present to you an illuminati ufo glowing triangle disguised as a play button, that takes you to a little occult game where you can ritualistically practice drawing symbols. Can you feel it sucking you in yet? Or maybe just adding to the background relentless acclimatization to the occult just like the relentless acclimatization they have going on to deviant lifestyles and many other things that are contrary to the way God would prefer we choose to live our lives.

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Also, for the record, I’m feeling blessed, not “lucky” as there is no such thing as “luck” either.

Missing in Asda

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It looks nice, there is a car park. How inviting…

That Asda store is handy I can buy a soft drink on this sunny day…

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I am not superstitious being a Christian, but I do recognise irony and it was Friday 13th.

I wish to stress that the performance of Asda at Anchor Retail Park I experienced is no reflection on the Anchor Retail Park itself or any other businesses based there. I have been with a friend to another shop on the park in the past (to Currys) and we were fully satisfied.

Asda you have given me an appalling impression of your store and organisation. Not that I have shopped much at Asda’s for decades, because compared to  the supermarkets that I do use, I find Asda stores INCREDIBLY DULL and their prices not special at all, but you have definitely encouraged me to continue going elsewhere.

I called in at the store in London to buy a soft drink on my way by because I was working in London that day. The drink was on offer at £1 (UKP) according to the sign on the shelf. As queues were long I went to the service till to pay. The till operator went away and left a queue of us waiting until we began to comment and talk (cheerfully) among ourselves, and then eventually give up and approach other tills. Another till closed as we approached despite it being busy. The spare member of staff manning the security desk just sat there watching the problems. A robot till user was calling for help but no-one went to help him. Finally I got to the till and was told my drink was not on offer. I took the till assistant  to the shelf (she insisted that the shelf she went to was where the product was, but I then took her to the different shelf where the product actually was) and showed her. She angrily pulled the price ticket off and said that should not be there. I said well your store put it there and I want the goods at the price your store has posted. She grumbled and finally agreed to sell me the item at the posted price. Robot till guy was still calling for help, now in an angry raised voice. Static security assistant guy was still statically observing the chaos. Missing assistants one and two were still missing. I think it took me about 25 minutes to get one carton of drink at the posted price, and to have a customer experience that was about as enjoyable as falling into a thorn bush.

I filled out their online feedback, you can imagine eh?

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The store manager’s name makes a pun – selling. Irony huh.

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NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer or store to mention the products or stores featured in this blog article. By completing the Asda customer feedback as I did, I do stand to win £1000 (UKP) in their feedback competition draw (or whatever it is) which would be nice but that’s not why I filled it in, but I would accept the money if I won as hey why not they made my hard day of work feel a tiny bit worse so some money to cheer me up would not be turned away. I hope if I do win however, I can spend it at some other stores than Asda.

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You Tube scores a “Norway”

The silly ads on You Tube have hit a new peak of irrelevancy.

You Tube know who I am and what I watch, they are perfectly capable of targeting me with vaguely relevant and sometimes uncannily relevant ads. I am a British Christian that looks at British Christian things. My You Tube browsing includes Jazz and Pastors and cute funny cat & kitten videos.

So You Tube really hit the irelevancy sweet spot with the ad for the Almohtarif channel.

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What this guy is waffling on about I am pretty unsure, as it’s all in Arabic, a language I do not speak or read. I have not provided a link as it might be something nasty – I just don’t know as I cannot read or speak Arabic…

I did  a Google translate on a bit of what I found at the other end of the links and it said this…

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As you can see it was talking about Allah and phones and jail – I assume but perhaps wrongly the guy is suggesting you “jailbreak” your Apple Phone. Something personally I would not be recommending as although it is just about legal in many countries it isn’t a great thing to do to your expensive nice phone if you want to keep your warranty. The “Allah content” of the tiny scrap I translated at random doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence either.

A look at his website shows it to be covered in a rash of tacky ads for “investments”.

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Consumion says… “Norway”

Nil Points You Tube!