Archive for the 'life' Category

Best Bug Report. Ever.

Not to be read with little-uns reading!

There are times when it is prudent to self-censor.

Then there’s this chap’s bug report.

Edit: Now links to the https web site as the non-ssl version now redirects to Gnome.org home page probably due to digg.com traffic.

Chinese getting pissed with strong American demand for shit

Possibly the best article from the Chinese manufacturing front-line ever: The Onion interviews a factory worker for whom making random plastic goods for the Western world is getting a tag boring.

Of all the “goods” he has helped to manufacture perhaps the most rediculous is the “toothpick dispenser”. But I’ll leave you to judge yourselves.

UK prison pays inmates to sit still and do nothing

UK prison Whatton in Nottinghamshire is under fire for literally giving inmates money in return for doing nothing.

It is perhaps the ultimate job. Sit there and earn money. I checked and found nothing like it down the local job centre.

While on Wednesday prison officers across Britain were on an unofficial strike over pay and conditions the inmates at Whatton decided that rather than behave in a manner unbefitting a human being, they would in fact sit still and wait for their guards to return. Apparently the prison Governor Peter Wright noticed this and decided a £2 (US $4) bonus payment should be awarded to each one.

Now paying prisoners is not without precedent. They can earn money (up to £8 per week) by cleaning and gardening and other essential yet not exactly risky or exciting jobs. But rather unsurprisingly the Prison Officer’s Association isn’t welcoming the idea of paying them for doing precisely what any normal human being would be expected to do under similar circumstances.

Glyn Travis, Assistant Secretary of the Association told the BBC it was “absolutely despicable“.

Can’t really argue with that conclusion…

I might however argue that if the UK Government felt it had some spare change:

  • Could I have some money for paying my bills? On time, naturally.
  • Could I have some money for going to the gym to try and keep healthy?
  • Could I have some money for mowing the lawn?
  • Could I have some money for yawning and going to bed?

How To Ruin Lunch

So we’re out shopping before the hols. We decide to get lunch in the city centre. Turns out the place we picked is rather expensive.

Regardless after a cheese and tomato toasted sandwitch I’m still rather hungry so I get a delicious slice of coffee and walnut cake. Just as I’m savouring this, some old woman on the other table doubles up and is sick.

Not her fault but the looks of our faces in the dining areas said it all. I couldn’t finish the cake. Honest.