Author Topic: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.  (Read 672184 times)

hellymedic

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9975 on: April 20, 2018, 10:54:45 pm »
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE.  THIS VEHICLE IS ANNOYING.

I make various sounds when being pushed.
'Excuse me please.'
'WARNING, HIS VEHICLE IS ADVANCING.'
'BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP'

Takes a lot to shift some folk!

ElyDave

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9976 on: April 20, 2018, 11:33:45 pm »
my daughter and I make beeping noises when reversing my landrover on the drive.

I normally do the beeps
She does the "this vehicle is reversing"
Small things  ;D
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9977 on: April 20, 2018, 11:34:30 pm »
Yeah, it's a recumbent trike staple, too.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9978 on: April 21, 2018, 05:05:32 pm »
Another annoying neighbourly noise - the hours of “sproing, sproing, sproing” from the garden trampoline, oft accompanied by barbecue smoke. Ah the joys of summer  ::-)
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9979 on: April 22, 2018, 08:51:30 pm »
Bloody Eurostar  >:(      I booked 3 return tickets from London to Paris return , intending to phone up for their discounted connecting tickets at a later date.  Called today & can't do this anymore.  Can't book them by the website either.   Maninseat61 advises you can get tickets to a mysterious place called London International CIV to connect to Eurostar but none of the ticket sites recognise it.   I'll have to go to the local office & see if they can help.   


Why are things so difficult ?  :'(


I went down to the ticket  office at Liverpool Lime St who helped me organise tickets to Portsmouth for my French trip in May.   They couldn't help with the connecting tickets for Eurostar.   For some reason they can't book any tickets out of Liverpool on Friday 22nd June,  the chap said this could be because Lime St is closed then for engineering work & trains are going via South Parkway ,  but I've just checked & can book tickets from South Parkway to Oxford for Rich Forrest's birthday weekend on 7th June.  ???
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9980 on: April 23, 2018, 10:58:46 am »
Nah, they don't just want Powerpoint, they want 4:3. It's like 1995 all over again.

Anyway, it's a presentation with animation and cool stuff, so no. It's 2018 and it really shouldn't take a moment to swap an HDMI cable. Of course, good luck when you plug a Windows laptop back in, they still can't manage switching display outputs. This means despite not owning a Windows machine, I am still ninja with the display settings on any and every version of Windows.

Mind you, most conference centre IT is 1995.

They're doing my head in now. No, dear organizer (evidently some intern who's taking the slide deck organization to heart), I don't want you to convert it to Powerpoint for me. I'm quite capable of selecting the 'Export to Powerpoint' option myself. The problem is the results are shit because the presentation features pan-and-zoom (so people at the back can see the fiddly stuff that would otherwise be a 'sorry, I know you can't see this...' moment, and that drives me crazy, if the audience can't see it, don't put it on a bloody slide). Powerpoint doesn't support vectors, so everything ends up a downsampled blur that looks like it was fingerpainted by a monkey.

Seriously, just swap the fucking HDMI cable, it takes seconds. Or worse case, use the PDF, it'll lose the animation but at least avoid the loss of resolution.

At least half the Tidy-Haired Thought Leaders™ use Macs these days. And we laugh at the ones who use Powerpoint. Sometimes we take their dinner money too.
!nataS pihsroW

hellymedic

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9981 on: April 23, 2018, 08:31:11 pm »
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9982 on: April 26, 2018, 03:23:40 pm »
A system upgrade a couple of weeks ago. The business partner involved has been testing it on the live platform since with some errors coming to light. Ok, we'll fix that and roll it out to all users.. Nope, says she, not until I've seen it go end to end error free. I have to test it in life she adds, because the test model does things different to the live platform.

<fx:sounds of Bearded head being repeatedly hit against the wall>

I despair.
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9983 on: April 27, 2018, 07:17:06 pm »
My wife is delayed at the airport in Rome. Which means she's sending me a text every 5 seconds updating me on her activities in the terminal. Every five seconds. Bing.

I, on the other hand, am trying to finish off some work. I know you're bored dear, but I have to finish this. No, I'm not going to take a picture of the cat. I don't know what's in the fridge. Yes, thanks for the picture of your ravioli. No I don't know what I'm doing in three weekends time. I don't know if you need to ring the taxi company. No I won't drink that beer. I am not lying, I won't drink it.
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David Martin

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9984 on: April 28, 2018, 09:50:35 pm »
Is that because drink is future tense and drank is past tense?
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes

Feanor

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9985 on: April 28, 2018, 10:03:42 pm »
My wife is delayed at the airport in Rome. Which means she's sending me a text every 5 seconds updating me on her activities in the terminal. Every five seconds. Bing.

I, on the other hand, am trying to finish off some work. I know you're bored dear, but I have to finish this. No, I'm not going to take a picture of the cat. I don't know what's in the fridge. Yes, thanks for the picture of your ravioli. No I don't know what I'm doing in three weekends time. I don't know if you need to ring the taxi company. No I won't drink that beer. I am not lying, I won't drink it.

Hah.

Last week, Mrs F and I were on separate business trips:
I had been to Germany, she had been to London.

Turned out we both had the same flight back from LHR to ABZ.
So we met up in the departures area of LHR teminal 5 and had a hasty dinner in the Gordon Ramsay place, and then ran for the gate.

It was almost furtive.

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9986 on: April 29, 2018, 03:16:34 pm »
I’m going over to Manchester On Tuesday evening. To save a bit of time I ordered tickets online & popped into the station to pick them up today. The machine gave me a ticket for 1 journey & a seat reservation for the return  :facepalm:   All queries to the hell desk please.
Why are trains so difficult....
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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9987 on: April 29, 2018, 05:34:44 pm »
'Cos we dont have an integrated transport strategy and the train set is broken.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9988 on: April 29, 2018, 06:51:30 pm »
I’m going over to Manchester On Tuesday evening. To save a bit of time I ordered tickets online & popped into the station to pick them up today. The machine gave me a ticket for 1 journey & a seat reservation for the return  :facepalm:   All queries to the hell desk please.
Why are trains so difficult....

The profit motive.  Take the money and shrug.

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9989 on: April 30, 2018, 09:52:19 am »
So I fly off tomorrow to give a presentation and host two workshops, then go to a conference. Super. Or it would be, if I hadn't just developed a nasty sore, swollen, phlegmy throat. Attempts to speak make it sound like I'm gargling toads.

Ah, well, it has until Wednesday to absent itself otherwise I'll be presenting, not for the first time, as mime.
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nicknack

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9990 on: April 30, 2018, 11:37:52 am »
You could try interpretative dance.
There's no vibrations, but wait.

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9991 on: April 30, 2018, 11:59:52 am »
It's an option.

That said, I feel crap too, so I may just lie down and hold up a series poster boards like that REM video.

Occupational hazard. Travel around the world. Meet people. Catch their diseases.
!nataS pihsroW

Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9992 on: April 30, 2018, 12:07:57 pm »
It's an option.

That said, I feel crap too, so I may just lie down and hold up a series poster boards like that REM video.

Occupational hazard. Travel around the world. Meet people. Catch their diseases.
It's all that travel on sealed metal tubes that cause the issues. The air conditioning on this tubes is very efficient in sharing all airborne contagions liberally amongst the passangers.
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9993 on: April 30, 2018, 12:54:58 pm »
I think they studied that phenomenon and it turned out not to be the case, the air recirculation doesn't have an effect. It's just a function of proximity to sick people and their contagions. Like any public place really. Anyway, I presume I picked this on up in Brussels, and I took the train. Some kind of euro-plague.

Oh well, I suppose I'll do my bit by passing it along to our cousins in the America colonies.
!nataS pihsroW

ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9994 on: April 30, 2018, 01:54:57 pm »
My wife is delayed at the airport in Rome. Which means she's sending me a text every 5 seconds updating me on her activities in the terminal. Every five seconds. Bing.

I, on the other hand, am trying to finish off some work. I know you're bored dear, but I have to finish this. No, I'm not going to take a picture of the cat. I don't know what's in the fridge. Yes, thanks for the picture of your ravioli. No I don't know what I'm doing in three weekends time. I don't know if you need to ring the taxi company. No I won't drink that beer. I am not lying, I won't drink it.

Hah.

Last week, Mrs F and I were on separate business trips:
I had been to Germany, she had been to London.

Turned out we both had the same flight back from LHR to ABZ.
So we met up in the departures area of LHR teminal 5 and had a hasty dinner in the Gordon Ramsay place, and then ran for the gate.

It was almost furtive.

Reminds me, but I was flying out to Philadelphia back in January and walking down the travelator to the Virgin gates at Heathrow I looked up and thought I really recognise that woman passing on the other side of the glass. It honestly took a few moments to realise that it was a my wife, arriving back from San Francisco. I knew she was coming back, but wasn't expecting to pass her in the terminal.

It seems we're both in Chicago on different trips at the end of May. I shall attempt to drag her away from the many delights of clinical oncology for a surreptitious meal.
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woollypigs

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9995 on: April 30, 2018, 02:28:25 pm »
hmm seems to me that Ian sees his beloved more while abroad than at home :)
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9996 on: April 30, 2018, 02:49:01 pm »
Once, several years ago, she was working out in New Jersey. I decided to visit and not tell her. Instead, spotting the opportunity to really put the surprise in my surprise visit as I approached her hotel, I merely emerged from the foliage beside her as she waited outside. She wasn't, I guess, expecting me to be disgorged by a bush, which explained how hard she kicked me.
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Torslanda

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9997 on: April 30, 2018, 02:57:26 pm »
Ian. You're a dick - but a nice one . . .  :thumbsup:
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

TheLurker

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9998 on: April 30, 2018, 07:49:44 pm »
{snip}
 Anyway, I presume I picked this on up in Brussels, and I took the train. Some kind of euro-plague.
Oh well, I suppose I'll do my bit by passing it along to our cousins in the America colonies.
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ian

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Re: The Grumble Thread - No energy for a full on rant.
« Reply #9999 on: May 09, 2018, 09:59:50 pm »
Dear airline, if you’re going to cancel my flight and put me on the earlier one it’s probably useful to tell me this using one of the many contact methods I’ve provided. I got the news friom the taxi company picking me up in the morning. Otherwise I’d be in the bar blissfully unaware I’m holding a boarding pass for a flight that has ceased to exist.
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