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http://dontevenreply.com

by Alex on Feb.20, 2010, under Blog

Brilliant!

I love this kind of mick-taking humour, it’s like a less-sophisticated Henry Root, and I don’t mean that in the pejorative sense.

When I had the pleasure of finding this site the most recent post started:

Original ad:
**** Disguisable weapons wanted ****
Wanted: hidden blades, belt buckle knives, cane swords, etc…..
Offering: cash, items for barter

From Me to **********@***********.org:

Hey,

I saw your ad looking for concealable/disguised weapons. I have several fine-crafted items you may be interested in. Respond if you are interested and I will send you pictures and prices.

Thanks,

Mike

From Jeff ****** to Me:

I am. lets see what you got.

From Me to Jeff ******:

Jeff,

Here you go:

knife1

Looks like a normal spoon, right?

knife2

Wrong. It is actually a deadly 2.5″ half-smooth, half-serrated knife with tactical grip. One minute you are enjoying a bowl of cereal, and the next you are fighting off attackers with this deadly and disguised weapon.

I am asking $50 for the blade. Let me know if you want to stop by and take a look at it.

Mike

From Jeff ****** to Me:

that is stupid as hell and looks like crap. unless you have anything better to offer, dont waste my time.

From Me to Jeff ******:

Jeff,

I am sorry you feel that way about the spoon blade. I do have some other weapons that I think you will feel differently about.

Check out what other weapons were offered.

This too is similarly funny 27bslash6.

I’m amazed at how stupid the recipients of this guys banter are not to realise it’s a piss take…

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The numbers all go to eleven

by Alex on Jan.04, 2010, under Blog

I really really really hope that the fact that the volume on the BBC iPlayer goes up to eleven (see the bottom right of the pic below) can be attributed to the above clip from This is Spinal Tap

iplayer
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Us, in context

by Alex on Jan.01, 2010, under Blog

I find it healthy to reflect on how insignificant I am from time to time…

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Let me google that for you

by Alex on Oct.02, 2009, under Blog

How many times do people ask you questions that can be answered with a simple websearch? Loads I’d warrant. I find it particularly odd/lazy, especially in and office-based situation, when it would have taken less time to google your question than to ask someone else and have them google it and give you the answer.

Anyway, here’s a particularly banterous way to deal with mundane questions and to unsubtly hint to the questioner that they might not waste your time and find the answer themselves:

Let me Google that for you (dot com)

Type in the question they’ve asked, copy the link that is generated by the site and e-mail it to them. The page they’re taken to shows their question being typed into Google and then takes them to the search results – brilliant.

Interestingly, well to me and maybe other linguaphiles (can’t find that word in a dictionary by the way) I’d written ‘find the answer themself‘ above. Apparently ‘themself’ is not good use of English, details of which are below:

Ask Oxford

Language Log

Canadian Department of Justice

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How much do you value your time?

by Alex on Aug.22, 2009, under Blog

I’ve often resented having my time what I consider to be wasted when paying for a service. If I’m to spend my money in a supermarket I do not want to have to queue slash wait in line for 10 minutes – my time is valuable to me and I think it reasonable that if you want me to spend my money and time with you then you need to serve me quickly and efficiently and, if you can manage it, with a smile and maybe at a push a happy word. If I’ve paid not an inconsiderable sum to take the train to the airport, referring specifically to London’s Heathrow Express, I strongly object to being subject to aural advertising from which I cannot chose to escape. I’d not say that I harbour particularly vandalistic tendencies but were I to be able to get hold of a handy pocket-sized EMP device (electro-magnetic pulse – one of them things what frys things electric), I’d have no qualms in taking out the speakers that offend me so.

Anyway, this post was not to be me ranting about impositions on my time.

A friend of mine clearly has feelings on this subject that exceed mine to the power n. Well actually with Paul one may never presume what his feelings nor motivations for his actions might be. I’ve witnessed acts of such oddness and banter of such randomness that I’ve been 100% certain that save he and I, no one else party to his doings has had any idea that he’s fooling around, a man of true Morrisesquetendency and someone with whom I wish I’d taken more opportunity to hang out when I was in the UK.

Over a period of six weeks, Paul recorded all the time and money he spent as a consumer and has subsequently invoiced over 50 companies for time he spent with their brand. “I did this for two main reasons: firstly, to further understand how I spend my life as a consumer, and secondly to challenge the basic assumption that consumers are subservient to brands.”

Brilliant! Why indeed should we as consumers be used as free marketing tools? His study has received much attention – 12,000 site visits as of last week and one example of his press coverage is this post in London´s Metro (newspaper).

I’m sure Paul’s got a lot of people athinking, perhaps most notibly the MD of Cranberry who may well be lamenting his somewhat sarcastic response to Paul’s invoice, especially when compared to the response from Pret a Manger who actually paid up, albeit in a very tongue-in-cheek manner – nonetheless a very astute PR decision considering the coverage Paul’s getting and worth many many times the value of the cheque they sent to him.

Read aaaaall about it at #sixweeks and follow Paul on Twitter here

Crudders, this is brilliant. Were I to to be wearing a hat I would most certainly take it off to your good self, I hope to catch up with you when I’m back in London.

Update:

During the #sixweeks study Paul received 40,000 unique visitors to his site and estimates the story reached an audience of about 250,000. See an overview of #sixweeks here.

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Down The Line

by Alex on May.17, 2009, under Blog

Some fantastic comedy has come out of Radio 4 over the years, many later becoming high-profile TV shows. I could research and give loads of hexamples but I can’t be arsed. Have I Got News For You and Who’s Line Is It Anyway are two that spring to mind though.

Anyway. Down The Line is classic. It’s a spoof call in show with Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson probably being the most famous participants, staring Rhys Thomas as the host Gary Bellamy and featuring Amelia Bullmore, Simon Day, Felix Dexter and Lucy Montgomery.

Listen to it – well quality!

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ID card madness

by Alex on May.15, 2009, under Blog

I’m, very much with Richiebabee on this one:

Why do we need ID cards?

I’d love to hear about any pros of mandatory ID card carrying…

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A little ham and eggs comin’ at ya

by Alex on May.08, 2009, under Blog

It’s late and I have to be somewhere, I’ll work out soon how to embed or whatever you call it the video into the page. During the meanwhilst the link below will have to suffice:

check this out

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The dark side of Dubai

by Alex on Apr.12, 2009, under Blog

A very enlightening article from The Independent On Sunday (UK newspaper), well worth a read.

The dark side of Dubai

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