Category Archives: Consumer

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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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.

Skulduggery

“Skulduggery” these days means underhand behaviour and deception. The word originates probably from a Scottish word for adultery. Adultery as well as being  sexual sin, also implies adulteration, the adding of an impurity to something wholesome for bad reasons. The word also offers a handy pun for this blog article…

Is it me?

No it isn’t. The world really is peppered with satanic symbols and it really is trying to push, ease, cajole and groom you stealthily through nasty little gateways into bad stuff.

So here’s what I found on just one popular culture website on one day – Cool Hunting website today – without even really trying hard.

SKULL image; PYRAMID image; GOAT-HEAD image; Invite to “BE GREEDY.”

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WORLD-TURTLE image; outline of FEMALE TORSO FLOWERS image (suggests deflowering or dismemberment of the female – if you think I am unique in seeing that, then see what Klee thought!); Invite to “BE GREEDY” again.

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An up-beat non-critical article about transgender options in virtual reality SIMS game, a similarly toned article about recreational Cannabis use (yes I do characterise this example as recreational not medical), and an article about getting orgasms from your music.

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So, do we think this is a bunch of wholesome and healthy stuff that a Christian would feel happy to push out onto the world’s lifestyles?

Fortunately we know that the saved reborn are given eyes to see what the unsaved, sadly even when it is pointed out to them, cannot see. If you want to see what is really afoot in this world, you need to light of the world to see by, Jesus.

John 8:12 (KJV)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

Grate idea

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Followers will know I am on an experiment to eliminate modern chemicals from my bathing routine. This means I am using old-fashioned soap bars rather than modern bottles of shampoo detergents.

I wanted a nice soap dish, and came across an item that is not intended as a soap dish but it makes a very good one. Ceramic ginger graters are the perfect size and shape for soap bars, and the spikes mean the soap sticks on the dish once it has dried so you can pick up the whole dish and soap. Take care you don’t drop and break it of course as the ceramic shards would be sharp. You can also use the grater to grate off flakes of soap if you want soapflakes. I purchased mine in John Lewis in the UK, but the link above shows they are easy to find.

 

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.

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Disappearing Cambridge

Mill Road is changing. We have lost the incredibly historic CB1 Internet Cafe with the very old computers on display, we have lost the atmospheric and odd Jaffa Net Cafe with its Hookah Pipe tent, and today I noticed the iconic Cambridge Resale is no more as a physical shop. They are, according to the notice on the old shop door, a website only now (their website needs updating as it says they have a shop, which apparently now, they don’t). At least they have kept their typeface, which they have had as long as I can remember.

I appreciate that change is inevitable, but what I miss is the informality that makes a place interesting. If property prices mean a place just becomes gentrified housing and clone chain coffeeshops, then have not all the things than made the area unique, interesting and desirable (and so property prices high) not been driven out? I don’t want run-down “interesting” slums, but nor do I want empty soul-less endless gated communities that separate people as that is deeply un-Christian, and unsurprisingly therefore, not nice. Does gentrification have within it the seeds of its own destruction? Signs of the (end) times maybe…

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Jesus keeps giving

You may have read about a sofa and the Grace of Jesus that made this very expensive item affordable for us in my blog article What’s Going On?

So here is the sofa – it arrived today. Whoopee! It took several hours fiddling and struggling to assemble from the many boxes that were delivered. It was very exciting and I was really pleased to see my wife enjoying the process. It made me feel a bit like newly-weds – young people just getting new things in their home together. The sofa really was a sort of “anniversary” present from Jesus, so having those feelings was an extra nice thing He did.

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But Jesus just keeps on giving! We ordered a green cover. But the shop didn’t have a green one so they gave us a free red one and will send a green one next week. They also gave us a free protector cover. Those are worth £113 UKP (about $80 USD).

I feel very aware that we are blessed and that many people do not have all the things they want or even the things they need, they don’t have a job or a home or good health or a loving relationship or even food and safety. So thank you Jesus, we do know how blessed we are, and so we are reminded that we need to help others all we can.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

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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