Step Out of the Front Door

Like a Ghost Into the Fog


Monday morning lol
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Soooo, presenter of Radio 4 Today, James Naughtie accidentally introduced the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as Jeremy Cunt live on air this morning.



Seriously, this is priceless. Dude tries SO BLOODY HARD to continue reading the news but....bless. Naughty Naughtie.

Hup hup Harry
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Ramblings about the new Harry Potter film under the clutter; contains spoilers. You have been warnedCollapse )

LULZEEEE
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Lol. This article amused me. I like it when people try and understand the internet.

Best bit:

Christopher Poole, founder of anarchic image message board 4Chan, had been called to testify during the trial of the man accused of hacking into US politician Sarah Palin's e-mail account.

At one point during the exchange, Mr Poole was asked to define "rickrolling".

"Rickroll is a meme or internet kind of trend that started on 4chan where users - it's basically a bait and switch. Users link you to a video of Rick Astley performing Never Gonna Give You Up," said Mr Poole.

"And the term "rickroll" - you said it tries to make people go to a site where they think it is going be one thing, but it is a video of Rick Astley, right?," asked the lawyer.

"Yes."

"He was some kind of singer?"

"Yes."

"It's a joke?"

"Yes."

The internet prank was just one of several terms including "lurker", "troll" and "caps" that Mr Poole was asked to explain to a seemingly baffled court.

Gra
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I wish anecdotes were banned in debates, as in, if you insisted on using them to 'back up' your argument then your punishment would be...something horrid like being forced to watch this on repeat forever. Then we wouldn't have things like this recently-witnessed argument:

Comment A: Unemployment is statistically higher in certain parts of Europe (like Greece and Spain) than in Australia.

Comment B: Yes we know all that, but still out of all the family and friends I have across Europe, not one is without a job, not one is struggling and not one is unhappy. I know plenty of people in Australia without a job, who struggle and who are very unhappy.


WHAT POINT DOES HE THINK HE IS MAKING? IDGI. I mean, I'm not on either side of this argument but Comment B is still just so stupid it's making my eyes bleed. I really want to reply with "you are a fucking moron" (this is the last in a long line of stupid comments) but then I think I'll be banned. It may end up being worth it though.

Writer's Block: Do-over!
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If you were given a life do-over card, would you keep it or give it to a friend? If you kept it, would you prefer to be born to the same or different parents? Would you want to keep your memories?


I wouldn't want a do-over but I'd sell it on ebay, NO RESERVE, ROLL UP ROLL UP.

Help me love my baby
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Sadly, I can't embed it but Channel 4 has put a lot of their documentaries on youtube and some of them are awesome. I just watched this fascinating one about a woman with twins, suffering from post-natal depression. She was able to feel love for one of the twins but couldn't connect at all with the other one, who had been kept in the ICU for longer, as she was weaker.

The documentary follows her journey as she starts therapy, and there's this wonderful, pivotal moment when mother and daughter connect. Ahh, I love human interest stuff like this. :)

The twins are sooo cute but not as cute as notodette's! ;-)

Euro English
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I'm sure most people have seen this but it's worth repeating haha (and I imagine UKIP followers will be all "SEE? WE KNEW IT? It's a CONSPIRACY!).

Euro-English
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards *kan* have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling *kan* be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords **kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united Urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepls.

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I just watched two documentaries about people that keep monkies as babies.

So, I can see that, for some of them, their monkey is really honestly like their baby and they love it loads and blablabla, but holy shit, this is all kinds of wrong. Normally the baby stays with its (real, ie. MONKEY) mother for a year after birth but breeders take the baby away after a few days. And then, in one of the documentaries, the people adopting the baby monkey carry it in to the compound where the mother is in her cage. And the mother is so clearly distressed and can see her baby there.

Not. Okay. At. All.

It's JUST like Fulham!
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Ahaha, I could watch this all day.

Think of the children
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So, you're thinking of children's play to put on. What springs to mind? Oh, I dunno, how about SCARFACE? Wtf is this shit.


Ukulelekid
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This kid is sooooo cool. I want to be like that when I'm four years old.


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The French always bring the lulz. Quick (French/Belgian equivalent of McDonald's) is accused of "subordinating the supply of a good, the hamburger, to belonging or not belonging to a particular religion". Why? Because they are planning to serve only Halal burgers in a few branches. Wtf, people, it's not like it changes the taste.

I'm sure this shouldn't make me cry a bit but it DOES, DAMNIT.
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Seriously, everyone in the world. Wear your bloody seat belts.

Um
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I just walked past a sign that looked like one of the official police signs with a little City of London emblem thingy on it.

Except the sign said: It is prohibited to photograph this sign.

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My new fave video
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Facebook's new privacy changes are total shit. Now, it's impossible to make the following things private: Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Current City, Networks, Friend List, and Pages.

Yes, you can limit who can search for you to either friends or friends of friends. However, non-friends can still see you and click on you via your friends' friends lists; then, they'll be able to access all the above information about you. There's no way of limiting this which is total bullshit. Epic facebook fail.

Awesome
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Iraq war, baby! Full article here.

Also, AIDS is still most fatal disease - though only if left untreated.Collapse )

Flor-ite
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I saw New Moon yesterday. RPattz was massively uninteresting and boring. Why any woman would go after him instead of dude-playing-Jacob (SERIOUSLY THAT BOY HAS GROWN UP BETWEEN MOVIES) is beyond my understanding. It's not even looks-wise (well...); RPattz is just such a rubbish actor and his character is so one-dimensional.

I've now read Twilight and New Moon and found New Moon far more readable, mainly because Eddie isn't in it very much. I don't want to read any more because the first few pages of Eclipse and Bella's idolising, driveling shit "EDWARD, MY MIRACLE" is just IMPOSSIBLE TO STOMACH OR READ. Someone told me that I couldn't whine about Twilight until I had read them, otherwise I was being a snob. Do you think reading two of them now qualifies me?

Apart from that, film-New Moon was alright. It has quite a few funny bits though I suspect some of them were not quite intentional. But, who cares. Jacob and Bella's relationship was adequately conveyed - it was convincing. Bella and Edward's isn't, thus the film begins to be annoying again (after her OMG HE LEFT ME I DIE parts) when she insists on rushing to his side like some stupid, moronic weirdo. I just don't BELIEVE she can feel all that much for him because he has no personality and is made of cardboard.

I'm not really interested in watching any of the other films unless they change it and she gets together with Jacob.

Dakota Fanning was cute. She's 15, holy shit!

I saw the first guy reading a Twilight book today, on the tube. He was reading Breaking Dawn and looked REALLY into it.

Tangent: I know that Stephenie Meyer isn't required to write a book for teenage girls that actually teaches them useful stuff, however - while watching New Moon I was sad to think of how great it would have been if the Twilight series, and New Moon in particular, HAD done exactly that. Imagine if Bella had watched Edward leave and said "Fine, fuck you asshole", gritted her teeth, and forced herself to GET THE FUCK OVER IT. In the way that the majority of the teenage girls watching these movies is going to have to do at one stage in their life. Then, if Bella had been, yes, heartbroken (love sucks, that's common knowledge) but manages to rally with the help of her good friend Jacob who, in time, she comes to appreciate more and more until she falls in love with him. Thus, we realise that One True Love doesn't exist, we shouldn't believe in it lest we ignore life in favour of wallowing in depression when someone we love leaves us because he was THE ONE, and get the fuck on with reality, understanding that happiness can be found in many different places and doesn't lie with one individual.

It's not Stephenie Meyer's job to write that, I realise. But I hate the idea of loads of teens watching that and thinking, "So, THAT is what romance/love is all about". No, it really isn't. What makes me despair more is the amount of adults that watch that and still think that way. Love isn't like that, thankfully. I know movies are escapism but it's concerning when they inform the way people may choose to view life.

It reminds me of my friend L who is with this guy who has treated her like shit since Day 1. She says, however, that it's okay because "as miserable as she is with him, she'd be even more miserable without him".

Great. Women and men should be striving for a hell of a lot more than that but I feel that films like Twilight muddy the view. If I felt that everyone would watch it as purely entertainment then that's great, because it serves that purpose. Putting more value on it than that, however (teens sighing "I need to go find my Edward"), is not so good.

Oh, the soundtrack is good.

Fuck, I've just written WAY too much about Twilight. So, here are some photos of Florence.Collapse )

Holy shit
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This is flipping awesome. A STORM, people, it's a STORM. Gay people getting married is taking away my FREEEEEEEDOM. :D :D :D



Via Stephen Fry's twitter, he rocks my socks.

A medical bank
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For FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF's sake.

I have to sectorise (is this a word?) a whole pile of medical devices companies. They all manufacture these products that I DO NOT UNDERSTAND*. It's very difficult to sort a bunch of companies into piles when you don't have a frickin clue what they actually DO. Also, stupid person who put this list together hasn't bothered to, I dunno, actually research any of them - hence there are a couple of companies listed as MEDICAL DEVICES TARGETS when, in reality, they are - for instance - a CHEMICALS COMPANY that happens to manufacture HAND SANITISER which is sold to hospitals. And accounts for about 1% of company revenue. YEAH REALLY GREAT MEDICAL DEVICES COMPANY THERE, STUPID TRAINEE PERSON. You're so annoying that you are making me speak in caps. And I'm so annoyed that I'm stuck having to sort out your shit that I'm going to send this to the partners with the names scored out of all the stupid, non-medical devices companies and explain why they should never have been in the list in the first place.

Pisses moi off.

* Anyone fancy telling me which sub-sector a company that manufactures dual-energy X-ray bone densitometry systems (among other things) should go into? Electromedical apparatuses? Maybe hospital harware? No, I know! Imaging! Wtfffffff.


So, the effing banks are all smug after the Supreme Court ruled in their favour in regard to overdraft charges. There have been quite a few posts about this around LJLand, with quite a few people saying "WELL I AM GLAD THAT THEY WON PEOPLE SHOULD BE MORE RESPONSIBLE WITH THEIR MONEY AND I DON'T WANNA PAY FOR THEIR STUPIDITY".

Yeah, except no. What people don't appear to realise is that banks depend on overdraft charges; they make up c.25% of retail banking revenue. Which means that: if all these holier-than-thou people actually got their way and everyone who is currently paying £25-£38 per transaction over their limit suddenly became very 'responsible' and never went over their overdraft limit again........then free banking would stop.

The only people who actually 'pay' for their banking in the UK are 1) very rich people who have lots of savings in their accounts, as the bank makes tidy net interest sums, 2) people who pay a monthy fee (HSBC Premier Bank etc) and 3) people who go over their limit and are charged. This is how retail banks make their money so, in this scenario, the people who are actually getting a free ride are the ones who don't have lots of cash in their accounts but also don't go over their limit. Their 'right' to free banking is being subsidised by those with vast savings and those who (either because they don't check or because they can't afford otherwise) go over their limit and get penalised.

It's bollocks. And I say that as one of those people who currently receives that free ride.

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