Monday, November 30, 2009

A trifle mad

About two months ago, we were doing out big shop in HEB and they had a small area where they sell a selection of British foods.

I spotted a box of Bird's trifle mix and excitedly put it in the cart. I haven't had trifle for years and haven't seen it for sale in the US.

My wife decided it cost far more than it was worth so we decided to wait until we went to England where we would buy one for much cheaper and bring it back.

Only we forgot.

So yesterday we found ourselves in HEB again and picked up the trifle mix we didn't get two bloody months ago!


Friday, November 27, 2009

Beware cyber pick pockets now we've told them how to do it!

The local news in Houston is a great source for this blog and they didn't let me down the other night.

They ran a story and a frightening new form of 'cyber pick pocketing'.

Apparently, there are now some credit card machines that you just place your credit card against instead of swiping it and some kind of chip inside can be read giving your details.

Obviously, with new technology, villains are not far behind with a way to exploit it and this is no different.

The credit cards can be read by a hand held device without you knowing while they are still in your wallet or purse.

This really is scary stuff and the local news were right in building it up as their main story. Only there haven't actually been any recorded cases of this happening. They were just letting us know that it 'could' happen.

Yes. Of course it could. Now you've shown everyone how to do it on TV!!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wide awake club

I've been on holiday for a couple of weeks to the UK & Ireland.

We got back on Monday night and I've been waking up early since.

It's 4am and I am most definitely in the wide awake club!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's easy to be offended if you try hard enough!

Comedian Jimmy Carr was in trouble this week for a joke he made.

As the first word in this post suggested, Jimmy Carr is a comedian. It's his job to tell jokes and make light of things in the news but this time, there have been plenty of people who felt offended.

The joke itself was about how with all of the servicemen getting injured over in Iraq and Afghanistan we'll have one hell of a paralympic team in a few years.

I can understand if you are, or know someone who was injured in a war, but the truth is, most of us don't and when something horrific happens, those who aren't directly affected by it make light of and crack jokes about it. It's how we cope.

All Jimmy Carr did was make a humourous observation about something good that could come out of a horrible situation.

It was a joke.

Some people will go out of their way to be offended and bore the rest of us with their complaints. Obviously the media love a bit of controversy and they'll make this story much bigger than it really is.

Don't let the media make you feel like this is a personal insult to each and everyone of us. It was a joke made by a comedian. End of story.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The longest day of the year

Don't believe the hype, today is the longest day of the year.

Popular opinion tells us that the longest day is some time in June, which may be the middle day of the year, and the one in which we get most sunlight (by a fraction of a second) but it's not 25 hours long is it?

Some days at work may seem longer but the clocks went back an hour at 2am this morning which means that today is undoubtedly the longest day of the year.

So there.