Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If you could just reassure me that I'm not crazy

Doesn't everyone give the two-fingered Jedi command-wave as they approach automatic doors?


  1. You're not crazy. But then again, I might just be saying that because I've been 'tricked.

  2. which case you aren't crazy. Or we're both crazy.

  3. You're not crazy. I'd certainly do that if I'd thought of it. as it is, i usually just imagine that the doors are being opened by Roman slaves as in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum or by elves as in any Terry Pratchett Discworld book.

  4. i didn't do it, but i certainly will now!

  5. Love Chunks does it, but I tend to go for the "And here's the prize winning showcase..." move that you need two hands for, palms upwards. Maybe that's why I like wearing an over-shoulder bag to keep my hands free *just* for automatic doors.

  6. Jedi command wave?? Hell no!! I just stride up to those doors and they open. "They" know who I am, they wouldn't dare to stay closed.

  7. @Jonathan Shaw: YOU got to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum?? I'm so jealous. I missed it. (due to a serious lack of funds at the time)

  8. GTH; doing a little howling at the moon Franzy?

  9. Kiki - Just like your father before you ...

    Kath - I love it! Not only as an alternative, but also as a subtle differentiator between us two and our respective cultural backgrounds. One could almost imagine it as a question in a personality test:

    When approaching automatic doors, do you pretend to be:
    a) a Jedi
    b) a game show host
    c) a Perfect Match contestant
    d) Captain Kirk
    e) Captain Picard

    River - More like I'm posting "once in a blue"

  10. Don't worry, you're only crazy when you start to believe that you can break these cuffs.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32