Daily Archives: 18 January, 2012

William Shatner & crimes against humanity.

InterrobangWilliam Shatner has had a long and chequered career.  Of course he is most famous for his role as Captain James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series and also Captain/Admiral James T Kirk in the Movie franchise.

He is also remembered for his role as Police Officer T J Hooker in the television of the same name.

Mercifully he is less well known for his efforts as a recording artist. I say mercifully but not mercifully enough as it turns out he made a few absolutely awful cover versions of well known and loved songs including the Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and the Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man.

Here they are for your viewing…um…pleasure.  Listen if you dare. My advice don’t. You’ve been warned. Continue reading

Killer Quotes – Oscar Wilde – optimism and point of view

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Oscar Wilde – Lady Windermere’s Fan

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish novelist, poet and bon vivant.  Famous for his charm and his wit and for corrupting the morals of youth for which he spent time in Reading gaol.  This is one of my favourite Wilde quotes of which I have many.

Classic Tweets – Models & Performance Enhancement

Classic Tweets Medal

“If steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are illegal for athletes, shouldn’t Photoshop be illegal for models?”

Tweeted by – @brucemills on 18 Jan 2012

Killer Quotes – James Gleick on the perfection of the book, the hammer and the bicycle.

“As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer. Likewise, the bicycle is alive and well. It was invented in a world without automobiles, and for speed and range it was quickly surpassed by motorcycles and all kinds of powered scooters. But there is nothing quaint about bicycles. They outsell cars. “

James Glieck

Sometimes we forget, as the pace of life quickens and the technology available to us accelerates, develops and evolves wonders undreamed of twenty, ten even five years ago and blinds us to what we have already achieved and what is already available to us – even necessary to us even in the face of even greater advancement, that sometimes the simple things in life really are the best and newer faster shinier and more advanced is not necessarily better suited to the task at hand.  

Rant – It’s January and there’s Easter eggs in the shops WTF!?

We are not amused

So I trotted down to my local supermarket just after New Years to stock up on some bits and pieces (mainly the bits as pieces I have plenty of) only to be confronted by an assortment of Hot Cross Buns, Easter Eggs and chocolate fauna in preparation for the celebration of Easter IN APRIL!!!

Now I understand that retailers are stretched as much as the next business in this economic climate but seriously folks do you have to insult our intelligence by bombarding us with Easter fare on January 3?  Surely there are other commercial opportunities between New Years Day and 8 April (Easter Sunday) which could attract your attention.  For example there’s Australia Day on 26 January and St Patrick’s Day on 17 March not to mention the overblown hype and sentiment that can be poured all over Valentine’s Day on 14 February.  Never mind that 2012 is a leap year and 29 February is the day on which women traditionally propose to the men in their lives.  Surely this is a rich vein of celebratory hoopla upon which you can base your retail themes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a Hot Cross Bun as much as the next guy especially if the next guy happens to love them and biting the ears of a chocolate Bilby or Bunny or Bunyip is very satisfying to me as is demolishing the odd chocolate egg BUT NOT IN JANUARY!!!

To my way of thinking this just goes to show the whole overcommercialisation of traditional holidays.  Shopping is becoming one long holiday themed ordeal and I for one have had it up to my bunny ears.  How much more can a Koala bear?

Dad Joke of the day

Q – Why was Ronald McDonald able to escape from the cannibals?
A – Cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny so they let him go.

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