Friday, 27 February 2009

The Best Days of Your Life

Some people say educational standards have slipped, but I disagree.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Gmail Goggles Prevents Drunk Emails

New in Gmail Labs: When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?

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Thursday, 2 October 2008

The moral of the story is don't be such a fat bitch

This made me laugh today. Basically the story is a woman got fined £150 for breaching the 75 minute maximum stay in a KFC car park. The reason she overstayed was because she and a "pal" shared a bargain bucket.

FAST food fan Natalie Jackson was hit with a £150 fine at KFC — for staying too long gorging on a monster-sized “family bucket”.

The trainee nurse and a pal plumped for FOURTEEN chicken pieces, SIX bags of fries and large cokes after driving to their local branch.

They spent an hour and a half scoffing the 5,456-calorie feast. Days later regular customer Natalie got the fine in the post for breaking the restaurant car park’s 75-minute limit.

The 24-year-old fumed yesterday: “It’s disgusting. I spend a lot of money in there. Now I’m never going back.”

Hmm. Not sure I sympathise. Especially since she's sold her story to The Sun which probably more than covers the cost of the fine. The "I'm never going back" comment is classic. You eat there three times a week love, I'm betting you will.

£150 fine... for staying too long at the KFC

Monday, 22 September 2008


Fed EX Kinko's on Tottenham Court Road just charged me £11.99 to scan and email 2 pages.

That was my first and last time at Kinko's. Never been there before so had no idea of the prices and there's no obvious pricing anywhere within the store. However, never in a million years did it cross my mind that it would cost me the best part of twenty quid to scan and email two sheets of paper.

I asked if I could scan two pages of documents and email them to someone. The clerk said yes and scanned my forms. On returning after he'd scanned them he said, "By the way it's £10 for the first sheet and 20p for each additional sheet."

My first reaction was nearly "Fuck off", but I was in a time sensitive situation and this was my last hope. I had no choice. I grudgingly gave him the email address to send the PDF to. Adding insult to injury, after the job was complete I went to pay and he's like, "That's £11.99 please". WTF?? I kicked off, asking why he'd told me it was £10.20 just 3 minutes ago. "Nah mate; £10.20+VAT..."

I asked him them why he didn't tell me the price before and also why he quoted the price without VAT and he acknowledged that he should have told me these things beforehand.

I guess I should have asked what the cost would be before asking him to do it, but it never crossed my mind scanning and emailing 2 sheets of paper would cost £11.99.

For anyone going to Kinkos, my advice would be make sure you confirm the price first before doing anything. It may be WAY higher than you expect. Don't make the same mistake I did.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The future of music distribution?

Hey readers (lol) I'm back after finishing my exams. I was going to pack this whole blogging thing in but had to reconsider after all the thousands of requests to get back into the saddle. "What will will do without you?", "Please never stop", and "The baby's yours" were the most common comments on the subject of my cessation of Oversaturated. Now that I have a lot more time on my hands you can expect more frequent updates (than once a month).

First on the agenda; The future of music distribution. Read an interesting article here about a company called Sellaband which uses the power of Crowdsourcing to launch new bands without the commercial and creative straitjacket of a record deal. The method is beautifully simple; Music fans on Sellaband invest 10 dollars in an artist they want to back. If the artist gets to 5,000 believers they get $50,000 and then Sellaband steps in to get the band to record an album in a real studio.

I think it's a really simple idea that while not perfect, could potentially be the basis for quite a good model for upcoming bands to kick off. Imagine a subsection of Itunes dedicated to a concept like Sellaband. Could change the music industry.

I also really like the idea I read here about Apple looking to charge say a $100 premium on an Ipod that would give you "all you can eat" music downloading service. I doubt it will ever come to fruition; there's a million legal/technical hurdles not least the slice of the pie the record companies get and whether the downloads are DRMed and how long you're able to keep them. But the idea that for one-off payment of an extra $100 strikes me as genius and one that I would definitely subscribe to.

SellaBand wins $5 million in Series A

Warner Music seeks to offer 'all you can eat' digital music

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

The new i

They've done it again. Apple, in their infinite wisdom and imperious majesty have created a product that revolutionises the paradigm shift of existance and reality. I give you - the i:

The Apple "i"

Monday, 14 April 2008


An illicit copy of the steamy, still-FBI-classified reel - 15 minutes of 16mm film footage in which the original blond bombshell performs oral sex on an unidentified man - was just sold to a New York businessman for $1.5 million, said Keya Morgan, the well-known memorabilia collector who discovered the film and brokered its purchase.

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