Friday, 28 October 2011

For All The Caffeine Addicts Out There

I think I'm going to have to start increasing my daily dose of caffeine!
I'm pretty sure you'll have to click the picture to be able to read it.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Not at all impressed with Smith and Wollensky

This weekend I was at a 21st at Smith and Wollensky Eastgate. What I'd always considered to be a smart, well-managed restaurant turned out to be one of the worst experiences I've ever had eating out.

  • The waiters seemed to be incompetent - they brought the wrong change, the wrong drinks, didn't know what was going on with the orders.
  • In the few short hours that we were there, about 3 glasses were knocked over and broken by waiters.
  • Standing in the queue for the carvery, I was repeatedly bumped in to and pushed out of the way by waiters coming from the kitchen.
  • I was given a dirty plate by the gentleman serving the food at the carvery, and when I asked for a clean one, he went to the kitchen to get me a brand new plate. Upon inspection, I found that there was old food dried underneath the plate - it hadn't been washed. 
  • Also, I ordered a glass of tap water that came with all kinds of things floating in it.

All round, not a pleasant experience. Every other time I've been to Smith and Wollensky I've been really impressed with the food and general service. Not sure what went on this day, but I probably won't be going back there for a while. 

Friday, 29 July 2011

Simple Wall Art

The wall above my bed is utterly bare. The problem with me and decorating is that I get bored so fast. I really like this idea of sticking up colourful photos or postcards that I can easily re-arrange or remove when I want something fresh.

I'll be keeping an eye out for postcards that are really eye-catching like these ones. I guess I'll start with tourist shops?

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Knot Your Average Pony

I plan to spend the rest of my evening trying to achieve this: 

I Approach All Intersections With My Windows Closed

Not for fear of being hijacked (not primarily anyway), but because I try to avoid being guilt-tripped into buying bubble guns and ear muffs and cheap plastic rosaries. That, and I can't handle the hawkers shoving their heads in my car and whining at me for money.

But here's a thought: What if instead of selling bizarre pieces of junk (I even saw them selling pink dildos and fluffy vibrators once) they sold food. Like, packets of crisps and chocolates and the like. I'd probably roll up to the traffic light whistling and trying to flag a guy down. How many times have you sat in traffic, parched half to death and with a stomach making obscene noises. I'm just saying. It's a business opportunity for hobos to consider.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Social Media Overload?

Any day now,  this will be known as the Social Media Age, and not the Information Age anymore. 

When fire up my web browser, the first thing I do is open up tabs for Facebook, Twitter, Google + (dull as it is), Tumblr, Blogspot, and StumbleUpon.  These are all social media platforms that are dominating hours of our time each day -  I'm not sure if I can keep up anymore. 

The question is whether or not there's really a need for so many social media platforms.  Are they crowding each other out? It's not always convenient (or sensible) to repeat posts/tweets on more than one platform, but we try to stay active on all of them anyway. Wouldn't it make more sense to collaborate all platforms into one? 

Essentially Google + has combined Twitter and Facebook, and added a few elements of its own.  Whether the two aforementioned platforms will become redundant once Google + really takes off is something I'll be interested to see, but I doubt it  -  

The online community seems to be loving things just the way they are, embracing each new social tool and giving a few more hours a week to the social media phenomenon we're all so addicted to (and I am no exception). 

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Battle of the Browers

When it comes to internet browsers, I suppose we all have our preferences - but the image above is a pretty apt description of how I feel about the matter. I gave up using Internet Explorer pretty much the same day I, as a twelve year old, learnt that there were other (better) options.

I then moved on to Firefox, which I used up until Chrome was released - again, a better option. And then Rockmelt came along, which I was impressed with for about two months, until they got ahead of themselves and tried to take over Facebook (the way I used it, at any rate).

So now here I stand, a die-hard Chrome loyalist, waiting for the next big thing.