Posts tagged with "Weirdness"
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:54:03 PM
Apparently it's another of the things you may be acquainted with if you are one of the lucky few with dyslexia. On the one hand you may be lucky and find you're ambidextrous, on the other hand you may suffer from a touch of the OCDs.
Now me, I'm no Mr. Monk, but I do occasionally push someone's piles of CDs straight for them (I tell them I was afraid they were going to fall over).
So, with the weather below freezing some of the time, I decided to defrost the freezer. I loaded everything in it into freezer-bags and put them outside into the snow, then I switched it off. This is something I have to do by touch because the freezer and the 'fridge stand besides each other on one side of a window and the plug socket is about 6' up from the floor on the other side of the window. It's a small window and part of it is obscured by the edge of the 'fridge. Pictured it yet?
One day we were offered a cupboard. I believe mum had been complaining about our tiny larder, the one in our previous home was a walk-in job, this one is more like a tall wooden box attached to the wall, so one of our neighbours who was throwing a cupboard out offered it to us.
It turned out to be a very tall cupboard, it stood about 3" short of the ceiling and just fitted into the space between the cupboard and the 'fridge with about a hand's width between them. Now if I wanted to switch off the freezer or the 'fridge... I think I mentioned all that. Basically I needed a stool or a stepladder and then had to lean over the 'fridge and feel behind the cupboard in order to get to the mains switch.
Am I back to the present day yet?
I got a bit lazy when I switched off the day before yesterday, I grabbed a nearby box and used that to stand on. I leant on the top of the 'fridge and just managed to reach the first switch and flip it off. I knew it was the right switch because as anyone with OCD will tell you, the device on the right is controlled by the switch on the right, and the switch on the left, which is the one I'd flipped off, therefore turned off the freezer. On the left.
Today I came home from taking mum out for her daily drive and wondered why there was a pool of water on the floor which had obviously not come from the freezer.
As you've probably guessed, it was from the 'fridge, as I realised as soon as I opened it and the light didn't come on.
For two days I've been leaving the heat on in the kitchen, occasionally leaving the door between the kitchen and the living room open so more heat can bleed through, and constantly spraying the ice with freezer-defroster, then wondering why it was steadfastly refusing to melt. I'd reached the point where I was about to put a pan of boiling water into the freezer, which is treatment I usually reserve for when there's a huge block of ice in there, and all the time the poor old freezer was desperately trying to re-freeze.
We've been promised more snow tonight, I just hope it's enough to save all the food I put out, I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
Meanwhile I can but ponder what went wrong. Why did I put the left plug into the right socket?
It's coming to something when you can't even trust your OCD to do the right thing.
Friday, January 18, 2013 11:45:39 PM
For years now I've been complaining that someone in the area of my home has an electronic key which unlocks my mother's car, only to be greeted with the opinion that I had probably forgotten to lock it because the odds on anyone having a duplication of our key is ginormous in the extreme.
Yesterday I drove into the car park of a little café and went in for for a drink and a nibble. When I came out a small fairly recent car had parked alongside us. I clicked the magic button and unlocked the car next to us.
OK, so I've proved it's possible, but what now? Surely I should now lock the little car again? Nope, I couldn't. I locked the other car and I locked ours, I unlocked ours and... You get the story.
Someone sensible and nice would have driven their car some distance away then walked back and locked the other car, but it had started snowing and I got a bit of a skid going on the way across the car park, and... well, I forgot.
Somewhere there's a driver out there trying to convince a disbelieving world that they had locked their car, and someone else must have unlocked it.
They have my apologies, and my sympathy.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:40:53 AM
Not that this post is anything to do with that, I just thought I'd mention it.
What I'm writing about is this:-
Stick it in Google maps and switch to satellite view, now get in as close as you want, what in the hall is it?
I think we should be told.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:40:18 PM
Yet again Private Eye uncovers the statistic that others can't reach.
Number of countries in which protests against the film 'Innocence of Muslims' have been held, mostly violent, and in some of which people have died: 28.
Number of people who have actually seen the full version of the film at its only showing: 10.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:57:39 PM
We pulled in to a lay-by and I got out to take a picture of a strange looking sky. Then mum asked if I'd dropped something.
I picked up the something and it turned out to be an unused ticket for a trip from Hollyhead to Dublin on the 14th of August 2009 via the Stena Line. The passenger's name was Jamie Rolph and the ticket was for 4 passengers and 1 car.
I'd love to know if he/she got to make the trip without his/her ticket, but even more, I'd love to know how the heck his/her ticket came to be blowing around a layby on the Winchester to Newbury road 3 years, almost to the day, later.
I think we should be told.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:03:28 PM
On the radio today they were dissecting all the contradictory information that we're being flooded with about the state of the economy. Meanwhile the Euro Zone is preparing itself to dive back into recession with us. Figures in the USA show them as having very similar problems, and now China and India are suffering from problems caused by our problems.
So let me explain the problem to them.
The world is only worth so much, so as the rich get richer the poor get poorer. But eventually you reach the point where the poor can't get any poorer without either dying or launching a revolution.
We're almost there.
There's no more money to be made, the rich have got too much of it and there's not enough left to go 'round. It's simple maths really. I learnt it in school. First you take a finite number of monkeys...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:32:23 AM
Yup, Vinnie and Rob, those two sons of fun property developers, correction, multi millionaire property developers, are going to sue the Serious Fraud Office over the collapsed case against them.
As I endlessly point out, when people sue a public body they do not sue the individuals responsible for their ire, they sue us, the taxpayer. Quite frankly when multi-millionaires sue me for something I haven't done I tend to get a bit ratty about it.
This annoyance that I feel is somewhat compounded by the fact that they were, in all probability, guilty as hell, but the SFO screwed up the investigation. At this point the annoyance picks up a little compound interest because, in throwing out the case, the judge opined that the reason for the SFO's shortcutting of the system was that it was underfunded. Its annual budget is £32 million. Not really enough to take on two multi-millionaires, let alone all the other cases they're handling, so I'm inclined to side with the judge in this case.
It seems hard to imagine in these days, that in the 50s there were only 8 millionaires in the whole world. Now the national lottery creates two millionaires a week in Britain alone. Also back in the 50s science fiction authors were being mocked for predicting that the mega rich would, in the future, be more powerful than the state.
Welcome to the future.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:46:00 PM
This fortnight's Private Eye has a G4S timeline. It goes:-
February: G4S wins 'Security company of the year'
May: They win 'Best recruitment strategy'. Head of resourcing says that "The quality of workers and the speed in which we can recruit, train, and deploy them is critically important."
July: They cock-up their Olympics job so badly they have to be bailed out.
I think I can go back a little further.
Many years ago, before G4 got their 'S', we were parked on a village green somewhere having a sandwich and a cup of tea when a guy dressed in overall came trotting across the green, stood just in front of us looking up and down the road, then moved on. I don't know where, we weren't that interested. Moments later two guys in G4 uniforms came tearing across the green, perspiring heavily. They stopped for a moment at the road, then ran in different directions till one shouted to the other who turned and ran back after him
I've no idea what it was all about, but I know what it looked like.
Monday, July 23, 2012 9:05:48 PM
Spain's borrowing rate has gone up to 7½%. In other words they're getting ever closer to needing a bailout.
But whoever sets these lending rates knows that, so why do it? It's not because they're afraid of not getting their money back because it makes it more likely, and not because they think they'll get more money out of the country because they obviously won't.
The advice I'm always given is "Follow the money".
So someone tell me, who stands to gain out of Spain going bust?
I think we should be told.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:06:41 PM
Jimmy Carr finally commented on the furore he caused, for just about long enough to call Cameron something beginning with 'C'.
He has something to complain about. According to Private Eye the reason he was picked on was probably that he was once at a social evening attended by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He wasn't a friend, but he was a friend of someone who worked as a spin-doctor for the Labour party, and that was enough for his £3.3 million scheme to annoy the now-Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst Tory donor Gary Barlow's £26 million scheme seems to have escaped his notice.
But then, stuff like this does seem to escape Cameron's notice. Michael Ashcroft, who has invested around £10m in the Conservative party, is also a... well, supporter
of tax havens, and previous Prime Minister Tony Blair moved his financial organisation's tax date back from 31st May to 31st March in 2010, thus avoiding making an unwanted acquaintance with the 50% tax rate.
They're all in it together.
Where would this blog be without 'I' and 'Private Eye'? I might have to start thinking for myself or something.
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