Monday, January 9, 2012

Reasons smart phones suck and my old flip phone still rules - Part 2

Oo! I just thought of more!

#178: You hung up with your cheek? What a great modern age we live in.

#24: Internet browsing cost how much?


  1. Yes, but all of these are outweighed by a single factor - mobile pornography.

  2. Good point. On another, unrelated topic, I'm never touching anyone's smart phone ever again.

  3. I recently read an article in which a guy griped that 50 years ago technology gave us the moon landing and today it's given us 140 characters. Unfortunately, the guy who said that was the inventor of PayPal, and he sort of doesn't see any irony in that. What a great modern age indeed.

  4. My favourite modern age acronym is still PEBCAK and it will always be the way until we all become androids.

    Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard

    No matter how glorious and modern the human race becomes, we're still going to be mostly a bunch of monkeys who hit our opposable thumbs with hammers.

  5. I have an ancient phone too. I can make calls on it and receive them and, if pressured, will send an SMS even though I hate doing so. It's good enough for me.

    Love PEBCAK!

  6. I think they should start selling Dumb Phones with reduced capabilities for plebs like us.
    At a reduced cost, of course!

  7. Franzy - they do. You can buy dumd phones on eBay. That's where I got mine. I liked it so much I bought a 2nd one to stash away for when the first one died. #2 son inherited one of them, I have the other now. About 6 years later they are both still going strong. (Unlike #1 son's moderately smart phone that died... replaced at his request by a Very Smart Phone. With no data plan !!!)

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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