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» First World Problems

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

See Slashdot story with same title.

Those f-ing softies think "gas" is dear when it reaches $5/US gallon. Here it is already $8.44 per US Gallon, and has been for months.

Please, please, America, just get over yourselves, you precious little snowflakes.
(Fri 2nd Mar 2012, 14:33, More)

» Bad gigs

I booed a crap warm-up band
Went to see Little Richard play at the Alhambra, Bradford, in the early 60's. Wanted to hear "Good Golly Miss Molly" etc.

There was a really uninteresting warm-up band, who couldn't raise anyone's enthusiasm. I and most of the audience booed them in the hope they'd go off early, so we could see the Man Who Really Knew How to Do Rock.

They were the Rolling Stones.
(Fri 26th Jul 2013, 13:25, More)

» Getting Old

Kids do it to you
I was trying to explain to my kids that we are a family with very long generations. My grandad was born in 1844 (other people's grandads were too young for WWII). And I was telling them that my Dad was born before aeroplanes, before broadcast radio, before TV (before John Logie Baird's TV). They weren't interested. So I said "I was born before computers". Their eyes went all round and their mouths dropped open "YOU WERE BORN BEFORE COMPUTERS??!!!??". That got to me, because I was 22 when mainframe computers really started selling in large numbers, about 5 years before the microchip was invented at Fairchild.
(Thu 7th Jun 2012, 18:01, More)

» First World Problems

Spoilt Bitch Hates Yorkshire
1989, I'm working in Sheffield at Megabank's data centre, on contract from an IT supplier. I'm sitting in the team's work and break room, when the news comes in that the M1 is closed, and has been closed for hours. Female colleague, gorgeous but a Spoilt Bitch Class III, goes into f-word rant about how she hates the f-ing North, how f-ing useless and incompetent Northern cops are for not getting the f-ing motorway open again immediately, and now it's going to take her an extra hour to get out of the f-ing ugly worthless North and back to London.

Then we discover that a 737 has come down onto the M1 while trying to get into East Midlands, there's 47 dead, and several hundred yards of the M1 is covered in a mixture of aircraft parts and body parts.

It has always been a source of regret that I was not able to see her face when she understood what a cow she had been.

Silly bitch didn't even understand that Yorkshire is wonderful.
(Fri 2nd Mar 2012, 13:21, More)