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There are 40 posts tagged: "grumpy"

11 January 2022
One of the appliances in my pied-à-terre has gone on the blink. After almost a week, the service company has deigned to send an engineer to look at it tomorrow. FWP, eh? (more…)
Sky vs. Sony: who hates me most?
22 December 2021
I received a loyalty bonus: a one-month—as opposed to the standard one-week—free trial for Sky Show in Switzerland. Yay! (more…)
Tail wagging the dog
17 December 2021
We're having a problem with one of our vendors. Or, rather, InstantlyForgettableNameCorp's admin are having a problem with one of our vendors' admin. I can't pretend that I understand it, because I haven't been involved in the discussions. (more…)
By these four steps
6 December 2021
Don't you just hate supermarket carparks that are entered close to the store's doors, and then filter to the furthest part? Nobody seems to want to just be sensible, and move on to the areas where there are plenty of available spaces, because that would involve walking. No, they have to dither as close to the store as possible, holding up everyone else as they do so. (angry) (more…)
A vacant lot
29 November 2021
End-of-year bullshit from the mouth-breathers in MegaCorpCH's HR department. (more…)
Yippy, not yippee
19 November 2021
I don't hate dogs. But I do have a passionate dislike of some dog owners. (more…)
Saving lives: one fat, brown, gay kiss at a time
27 October 2021
According to hyperbolic tosspots at the premiere of Eternals, the representation of fat, non-white, and gay superheroes is affirming and will save lives. (more…)
12 October 2021
After several postponements, No Time To Die has finally made it to cinemas, two years later than planned. Early reviews suggest that it's both better, and worse, than some had feared. On the plus side, it's not the hatchet job to the character that early marketing had suggested. Whether this is because the marketing was misguided, or whether the excesses had been walked back by the producers in the intervening period, is anyone's guess. I really don't care. (more…)
Change monkey: change for the sake of it
12 October 2021
I hadn't realised that Apple have released a new version of iOS. So, when my 'phone announced a new update was available, I absent-mindedly installed it. Oh, bugger! (more…)
24 September 2021
Since backing Trent Kaniuga's CreeD RE:Imaginary, I found Billy Tucci and Maria Sanopo's Miss Fury: Joy Division. What are the odds? It's only $30. So, I thought, why not? (more…)
Representation, arse
20 September 2021
Apropos of nothing in particular, just getting this down, really. (more…)
Dial 'M' for monotonous
26 August 2021
YouTube's random algorithm has thrown up the promotional video for M's Pop Music at me, several times in the last couple of weeks. I really didn't like that song back in 1979, and the forty-odd intervening years have done nothing to improve my opinion of it. (more…)
If you manage the micros, the macros will manage themselves
24 August 2021
When I first spoke with my current line manager, after he joined the company, he assured me that he's not a micromanager. If that's true, then he certainly demonstrates micromanaging tendencies. Is there anyone more pathetic and less awe-inspiring than a man, or woman, with a tracking spreadsheet? (more…)
15 August 2021
I watched Law & Order on UK terrestrial TV, back in the day. It was a reasonable enough way to pass the time, given that would've passed anyway. The police procedural half of the show was entertaining, but although the prosecution half wrapped the story up, I was never that interested in lawyers talking legal bollocks. Lawyers aren't likeable heroes. Even if they're on the side of good, they're at best a necessary evil. (more…)
Doesn't ad up
8 August 2021
Many moons ago—over eight years' worth, in fact—I lamented Google's inability to use HTTP headers to detect language preferences. Things haven't changed much, if at all, since then. (more…)
Can I have a 'please, no more emojis' emoji?
25 July 2021
It appears that the BBC considers the creation of emojis to be of such importance that they assigned not one, but two of their crack business reporters to the task of writing an article on emojis that don't exist. Yet. (more…)
The sixth sense
23 July 2021
Writing for BBC Future, David Robson explores the complexities of vaccine hesitancy. To cut a dull story short, much of the reluctance is attributed to the 5Cs: confidence; complacency; calculation; constraints, or convenience; and collective responsibility. (more…)
Iron Fist
18 July 2021
I recently happened across Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix. I'd never heard of the character before, but I can only assume that the comic book version must've been way less irritating. Otherwise, he'd never have got his own show. Right? (more…)
Game for a laugh
13 July 2021
A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for a record $1.5m. This is the price range previously occupied only by significant works of art, which can be hung on a wall and admired for the artist's skill. In this case, however, the high price is commanded for physical memorabilia, in the same way as rare trading cards. (more…)
Is this really 'news'?
9 July 2021
The BBC claims to be the world's most trusted international news broadcaster. I take this to mean that it broadcasts news of international importance. If so, how on earth does this non-story make the homepage? (more…)
Just. Can't. Stop.
7 July 2021
See? They just can't help themselves. (more…)
55 years and counting
28 June 2021
Heading into their last sixteen Euro 2020 match against Germany, England manager Gareth Southgate describes it as an historic opportunity. (more…)
Hello, Dolly!
9 June 2021
Beth Roars asks What Happened to Miley Cyrus' Voice? (more…)
9 June 2021
British Airways is in the news. Again. For all the wrong reasons. Again. (more…)
Ba-da-Bing ba-da-bong
5 June 2021
Tank Man was an iconic symbol of the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. A lone, unidentified man stood in front of a column of Chinese PLA tanks, only moving as the lead tank tried to manoeuvre around him, to once again block its path. China has censored all reference to this protest within the country. The L in PLA is as ironic as Tank Man is iconic. (more…)
My mum's newspaper, as an audiobook
27 May 2021
YouTube's algorithm is broken. Again. Or possibly it's because I can't set preferences, since I'm not signed into an account that I don't have. Whatever, the borg keeps bringing up The Podcast Of The Lotus Eaters and, worse, Alex Bellend Belfield, the self-styled voices in his head voice of reason in my recommended videos. For the love of the children, why? (more…)
16 May 2021
Beyond subsistence, what's the point of quinoa in a modern diet? It doesn't taste of anything, let alone anything interesting, and you can't eat it with a fork. If flavours were colours, it would be something inoffensive and dull, like beige or pale-to-mid grey. Yet restaurants, bistros, and supermarkets insist on including it in salads, where all that it adds is bulk. (more…)
Null points
2 April 2021
The Dutch government has given permission for 3,500 fans to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in person this year. I'm surprised that there are that many. Obviously lockdown has had a greater detrimental effect on the Dutch psyche than I'd imagined. (more…)
The Price is right
23 March 2021
Alexander Price, a teacher at Denbigh High School in north Wales, has been struck off the teachers' register for two years, for inappropriate, offensive, or derogatory blog posts, in which he mocked the school's pupils and teaching staff. Among other thoughts, he described the girls attending school prom as dressing like Eastern European prostitutes and Kardashian clones; having poorly applied fake tans, because they were too illiterate to read the instructions; and as overweight girls being shoehorned into gowns and paraded through the town like cattle. (more…)
I have a dream...that one day I'll be LinkedOut
1 September 2020
While I don't do social media, I do have an account with LinkedIn, although I'd rather not. Anyhow, I received an email from LinkedIn advising me of improvements to their mapping data, whatever the hell that means. (more…)
Masking the joy
15 July 2020
Part of the fun of thrill rides is the opportunity to let it all out. This doesn't look like fun to me. (more…)
Looking a gift horse in the mouth
18 December 2019
'Tis the season of glad tidings, and MegaCorpCH is in generous mood. My US colleagues have each received a $25 gift voucher, to dispose of as they wish. (more…)
Safety in mind
5 December 2019
MegaCorpCH is committed to worker safety. This gives all of its employees a warm, fuzzy feeling, for it means that the man cares about us. (more…)
Who ya gonna call? Cardi, Cardi
She sounds like a 'tardi, 'tardi
23 April 2018
Rap and hip-hop music, you either love it or hate it. Or you're indifferent to it. I guess that covers all the bases. (more…)
Seeing double
21 September 2016
Another day, another black man killed by US police. It's so every day that it doesn't bear comment. But I am angry at the abuse of the English language by a woman claiming to be Keith Lamont Scott's sister: He didn't have no gun, and He wasn't messing with nobody. (more…)
Adobe updates
30 August 2014
I really do wish Adobe would go fuck themselves. And I don't care how many legal, moral, or religious rules this would break. Really I don't. (more…)
27 June 2013
Hoji Takahashi, 71, is seeking 1.4 million yen ($14,300; £9,300) in damages from Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, for mental distress resulting from excessive use of loanwords borrowed from English in their news and entertainment programmes. These include such commonly used English words as toraburu, trouble; risuku, risk; shisutemu, system; kompulaianse, compliance; kolaborasion, collaboration; dejitaru, digital; and taoru, towel. (more…)
An open letter to Google
20 April 2013
Dear Google, (more…)
Happy holidays from MegaCorpUSA
7 December 2011
MegaCorpUSA shares the office complex with a small subsidiary joint-venture company, for which Frank works. I was having lunch with Frank today, during which he bemoaned the Christmas gift that he, and all the other office staff, had received: an iPad. (more…)
Security checkpoints
10 November 2004
Okay, not so much security checkpoints because they more often than not play an important role. The problem is with the cockheads who know they have to show their security pass but, instead of having it ready, dick around looking in pockets, bags, and glove boxes. Coming in to work today, I got stuck behind two cars where the driver had to hunt for their pass. I mean, that fucking checkpoint has been there for years, what the hell were they expecting? (more…)