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05 May 2010 @ 01:04 am
Points, short and mildly deranged  
* You know, Diana Gabaldon, one thing that 'International Copyright Law' (by which I assume she means the Berne Convention and similar agreements) fully allows fanfic writers to do is to create parodies. Having suffered through the first three chapters of Cross Stitch (I think it's Outlander in the US) several times in a bid to read the bloody thing, I find myself thinking your opus is ripe for satire.

* We went for a walk tonight and found many cats to pat. One of them was on a pillar and basically lost its mind with glee, it ended up half-off the pillar, leaning its head into Mr Brammers's chest while it was patted and scratched, and left a 20cm-diameter drool puddle on his T-shirt. Disgusting, but strangely charming.

* The other month I bought a phone. I talked to two people at the phone shop, saying: 'The one thing I want is a phone that works. It needs to be reliable above all else.' Going on their advice, I purchased a model that is apparently the one tradies like because it is tough and survives anything and gives good constant performance. Except mine turned itself off randomly, usually in the middle of long texts.

I took it back to the shop, ranted a little, was told 'Maybe if you just add a memory card', informed them that a memory card was unlikely to help the random cutouts, which occurred when nothing was being done to the phone as well as when I was trying to use it. It was sent away, came back with a new motherboard, and I was assured it was fixed. Just to be on the safe side, I added a memory card. It is still switching itself off, though at least the additional memory means it reboots faster. For those wondering why I have not texted you back: I have tried to, but generally give up on about the third attempt.

I will be back at the 3 shop in Wynyard tomorrow: if you are passing and see a short woman ranting in a very polite accent, do stop and say hello.

* I'm working my way up to a political rant. The Australian government, which went to Kyoto pointing out that we were going to screw both the environment and our long-term economies if we chose short term political gain over long-term action on climate change has just ... do you even need me to finish this sentence? 
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on May 4th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I never had any problems with Sony Ericssons and I use them since I got my first mobile.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 4th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I like their interface a lot, but their build quality is a little flimsy for me: I texted the face off the last one I had.

[Edited because I originally wrote fascia: apparently my brain has decided that random body parts beginning with the same letter are interchangeable. Sigh.]

Hey, that reminds me! When I have more than two minutes, I want to do an Iron Man review here and wanted to mention what we were talking about because I think you make an excellent point about the lack of change. Is that all right?

Edited at 2010-05-04 03:27 pm (UTC)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on May 4th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't mind mentioning the discussion we had.

Also, I had to check what fascia is, and I still don't get it. I get one idea, but have to check the Polish translation of the word to make sure that what I think isn't wrong.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 5th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I meant face, as in the shiny parts of the phone around the keys cracked and fell apart thanks to over texting. My minor brain damage occasionally substitutes one word when it means another, silly brain!
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on May 5th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I know that, but I didn't know what part of the body fascia is. Now I do, both in Polish and English. I didn't know such thing existed.
Brissygirlbrissygirl on May 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I currently have an iphone, but that's probably to fancy for what your wanting it for. Prior to this one I've had a Sharp and a Nokia. I think Nokia's are the best, very sturdy. I know I've dropped my old nokia from my front landing onto concrete and it's survived.

The memory card shouldn't make any difference to why your phone is constantly losing power, that sounds more like a faulty battery. Ask the shop people to test the battery if they can and see if tat's the problem.

Good luck!
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on May 5th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've got a Nokia and am very happy with it too, however I bought it several years ago before DayX: Nokia had a manufacturing plant in Germany for which they received lots of subsidies, and when those subsidies where used up they simply closed it off and moved to another country, leaving behind several hundred unemployed people and a big minus in the finances of the local city.

I know that the laws need to be changed and politicians need to behave differently, but Nokia was so brutal and blunt in their behaviour that they seriously pissed off everybody here.
being_herebeing_here on May 4th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Heh. Cat drool. You know your spirit has been broken when you take it as a compliment!
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on May 5th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)

see my post further down the list *lol*
feralcheryl on May 4th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Rant away!
K Rudd deserves to lose the next election. Just not to the Mad Monk.

Former St Kevinite who is truelly disgusted with the recent excuses for gutless, dishonest, immoral policy decisions.
adores_dracoadores_draco on May 4th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I feel your mobile phone pain. I bought mine six years ago. It looks so awful and old-fashioned that kind people give me coins if they see me use it. The thing is that it worked about two weeks after I bought it. So I took it back to the store. After two weeks I got it back fixed. It worked for about a week...so I took it back again. I'm afraid I might have told the sales people my opinion about the phone. *cough* Another two weeks and I got my phone back. After that it has worked so well that I'll never get another one. It looks really horrible but it works well and that's the important part of the deal. Several museums have offered me huge amounts of money for it but I want to keep the Old Faithful forever. :)
illereynillereyn on May 5th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree - the Rudd government hasn't delivered on many of its promises - but when has a government done so? The Climate Change reversal was such a shock, though - after creating a whole _Ministerial position_ for it? But at least it's better than the Opposition's stance - which ranges from no policies to denying that there is a problem at all. In fact, I'm not sure I've heard any concrete policies on anything from Tony Abbott and co - all they do is criticise. So currently for me it's a decision between Useless and Useless-er. *Goes off to vote for a minor party instead*
anna_wing on May 5th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
I have a good relationship with my Samsung dual-SIM, which is very convenient for people who travel a lot. I don't use it for the internet, though it has that capability, for various reasons. LG also has one (also convenient for travellers especially in Asia) that is dual-SIM for CDMA and GSM.
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on May 5th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
I agree with brissygirl regarding Nokia phones. My old Nokia was 5 years old and I only replaced it on the weekend with a newer version and that was because it got soaked in oil (I have previously soaked it in water and dropped it many times and it fell apart). My old phone still works (even if the screen is a bit darker) but I decided that I didn't want to risk it not working when I needed it most so I bought a new phone.
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on May 5th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
My cat used to droole too when she was extremely pleased and relaxed. Yes, it's a bit disgusting, but on the other hand what greater compliment can you get....I was enchanted every time ;-)

I once met a cat on the street that carefully nibbled at my fingers when I patted her - also weird but strangely charming :-D
being_herebeing_here on May 5th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah-ha! You prove my point!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on May 5th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
3 *EXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVEEXPLETIVE* manages that all their phones do that. Mother had hers sent in five times, I'm not even going. It disconnects calls randomnly and I don't believe it's the hardware but then again why would my phone crash like a computer when I try to send a mail which the most basic crap could do fifteen years ago.

argh so regret changing from one crap supplier to 3. This is to say: sending in is never any use, they "clean" it like most bad tech support.