Stuff published as stuff stuffs up…

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What a day it’s been. Two hour blackouts, completely incompetent Microsoft Xbox 360 support staff — maybe it’s just me, but four months to replace a dead hard drive seems a touch excessive — wobbly router performance, children throwing wobblies at the slightest provocation, and enough heat to melt what few nerves I had left. […]

Ouch…

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At 4:29am (SA time) yesterday morning, I was asleep in a beautiful (and surprisingly cheap) apartment at the Glenelg Gateway Apartments. At 4:30am, my alarm clock went off. By 5:30am, I was on the road, sharing driving duties with my wife, with three kids in the back, ranging from four months to four years old. […]

Dear Mrs BP Cobar Service-Station Attendant

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Your request for me to move the car along would be more acceptable if: A) I wasn’t changing a nappy at the time. Being arm deep in infant urine doesn’t put me in the best mood. B) You didn’t complain about “holding up customers” when in fact you didn’t have any except for me. Cobar […]

You may be right… I may be crazy…

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Or I might just be a workaholic. It’s just possible. Consider, for example, the December Issue of Netguide Magazine , on store shelves right about now(ish). It’s a veritable cavalcade of Kidman-penned content, including a roundup of 13 mobile phones — one for every month of the year, plus one extra to lose down the […]

Lulu, The Crime Fighting Magician

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(Headline courtesy of this. It’s very similar to the way my mind works, or refuses to, sometimes) Remember earlier on today, when I said I’d been working rather hard? Sure you do — you were paying attention, weren’t you? There will be a test on this in the morning… Sorry — I think I was […]

Four walls, washbasin, prison cell…

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If you asked my beautiful and patient wife where I’d spent the last month, she would without a doubt — and with nary a pause — state that I’ve spent the last month in the office, writing and testing to the point of collapse. And she’d be right. I’ve been working and working and working […]

Could this be tax deductible?

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Because it should be. Just imagine. I could have him stand in the corner of the office, pitying all the products for me. Can you imagine how much time that would save? (to be fair to the original author, go and check out Sheldoncomics.com, from whence that sprang. Or is it sprung? No, that’s the […]

She gave her Angels, that summer night…

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A Prince lyric — I’m still a big Prince afficionado — and an apt one, given the conversation I just had with Zoe. Well, conversation in the Zoe sense; she spoke and I listened. “This is a dog angel. Do you know dogs? They have teeth. When they teeth wiggle, then they fall out. Then […]

A close shave…

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I’ve always wanted to use that headline. And now I can. GadgetGuy.com.au has four of my reviews up, and all of them are rather outside my normal product area. Still, it does one no harm whatsoever to expand your horizons, and in this case it also allowed me to undergo some unusual benchmarking techniques — […]

You want to do WHAT?

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This is a conversation, more or less precisely, that I just had with my daughter, Zoe. Zoe: Daddy! Daddy! I need to get married! Alex: Oh. (Bear in mind, she’s only four) Zoe: Yes, I need to get married. Who can I get married to? Alex: How about Harriet? (she’s one of our cats) Zoe: […]