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Friday, October 07, 2005


The t&al Sports Tickertape says: ALDS: Yankees 1 - Angels 1 (darn); NHL: Canucks 3 - Coyotes 2.

Sunset Bridge
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Just a few thoughts - and pics - for the week (that's not covered in the posts of the week, that is):

Moron, Again
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Just when I thought I'd only need to blog about one moron cutting into a nicely-formed line of cars...

This one, just outside the studio on the Sunday when I had the car to use. No license plate though; not safe to be keying in numbers while driving, but the image should be clear enough for people to see.


Cats Grown Up
Originally uploaded by Terz.

Cats all grown up and moved away...

I don't have the original image any more (not since my previous mobile went for an owner-swap - the missus should still have the image on her phone though), but the three kittens from a year ago, now reduced to just the two, still huddle up and take naps together at the void deck of our block.

As it turns out, the missus did blog about it:

Originally uploaded by Tym.

Same cats, shot on 2 December 2004.


This one was shot 2 days ago on my way to work:

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Same deal. Driver cutting in and out of traffic, and then coming to a sudden and unsignalled halt just outside the last row of shophouses before the last intersection before the studio. I should have shot the reactions of the other drivers as they came to sudden stops of their own.


And finally, something from today, as I walked to the bank to deposit my latest paycheck:

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Uh, you know... at $1, I really don't want know at what stage of wear it'll fall apart on the owner.

Originally uploaded by Terz.

And sock. Yep, 50 cents for a sock. Another 50 cents for the other one.


And finally, a peeve of mine:

See this?

Originally uploaded by Terz.

Convenient little device, really. Press the button beneath the arrow and the lights eventually change so you get to cross the street without getting run over by the morons in one-ton hunks of metal. Simple to use too: just press the button and step back - no hassle at all. And somewhere inside that contraption an electronic timer starts counting down to when the lights will change; and the timing just depends on the time of the day it got pressed (longer if it's rush hour) and whether or not the road you're at happens to be busy, usually. There's even a red light on the thing to tell you that someone's already pressed the button and all you have to do is wait.

So why do people (delete where inapplicable) press and hold down the button/ continuously press the button / punch the button repeatedly / hit the button hard at regular intervals? Look, this is not like one of those first-person shooter games where you hold the 'open' or 'use' key to arm / disarm the bomb, set up the radio, etc. It's a simple life-saving device people. Abusing it isn't going to make your wait shorter. All that'll do is damage the bloody thing and then, what happens to the next person trying to use it?



  • At 7:09 PM, October 07, 2005, Blogger  said…

    cats are super cute. sweet.

  • At 7:54 PM, October 07, 2005, Blogger wahj said…

    All that button mashing is the result of people who don't realise that electronic equipment doesn't work like the rest of the physical world: most of the time, when you bash something harder, it gets more bashed - but pressing a lift button, traffic light button etc harder won't make it work better, or faster.

    What you see are medieval brains struggling to operate in a modern enivronment. I posted an entry about this almost a year ago, when a taxi driver wore a groove into my new credit card by repeatedly swiping it in his reader (with increasing intensity and speed) when it didn't work the first time. Annoyed me to no end.

  • At 7:55 PM, October 07, 2005, Blogger wahj said…

    Oh, and yes ...

    ... those cats are really cute! = )

  • At 2:14 PM, October 08, 2005, Blogger  said…

    hey wahj, i remember this similar discussion we had about manual (mechanical) and digital cameras. =)

  • At 10:29 AM, October 10, 2005, Blogger Cowboy Caleb said…

    Wow dude, you bring your cam everywhere you go hor?

  • At 11:03 AM, October 10, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    CC - No dude, it's the phone cam.

  • At 3:36 PM, October 11, 2005, Blogger lancerlord said…

    You must be bored waiting in the car. Those drivers also bored, so they have to cut queue. :)


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