Friday, September 29, 2006


Leading on from Roger's Starter for 10...

I have Toys.
On my desk.
As you can see.

Thing is - These were ALL gifts.


Edward Scissorhands: A gift from Roger
Wolverine: A gift from Me
Edward's Dog: A gift from Roger
Skeletor: A gift from Big Poppa
Gibaffe: A gift from Wossage
Nintendo DS Lite: A gift from my previous work colleagues.

This is what we do.
We buy each other COOL things.

We do not spend our money on cushions.
Or cardigans.
Well - certainly not for our friends anyway.

Friends buy their friends cool stuff.

Growdups should do this too, but they don't.
They just don't get it...



Tuesday, September 26, 2006


So my big sister has a new phone of which she is very proud. It does video, MP3, sings, dances, makes the tea, you name it. Problem is it doesn't come with a training course.

Sis: Can you have a look at my phone? I made a video but it only comes out in black and white and I don't know why.

Me: OK, well, I'm not all that technical but I'll have a look for you.

Sis: It's this one, the one of my cat (shows me)

4 and a half nanoseconds later

Me: Right, I see your problem. Um. What colour is the cat?

Sis: Black and white...

Realisation slowly dawns.

Yes, you are ahead of me. It was in fact a colour video of a black and white cat. For goodness' sake.



Tuesday, September 19, 2006

YAAAAARRRRR!!!! It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

My pirate name is:

Black Mary Bonney

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network

Of course, growdups wouldn't understand this.



Sometimes it's the simplest things....

"What's a PSP?"

One long and enthusiastic explanation - encompassing the myriad wonders of portable gaming, music and movies, and including the joy that is Loco Roco - later...

"Oh. Doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in then. Alright for kids I suppose."

Glad I didn't start trying to explain the DS....



Monday, September 18, 2006

Even geeks don't understand...

So there I am in Richmond's number one comic book store: "They Walk Among Us", minding my own business, browsing the comics and I hear the Store Dude (SD) chatting to a Old Customer(OC)...

SD: Oh hello there...
OC: Hi!
SD: You'll be after some Xbox360 games won't you... have you played Dead Rising?
OC: Oh er... No. I don't think I've heard of it...
SD: Well! Its Bri...

(at this point there's a slight interuption)



SD and OC both kind of pivot on the spot to stare at the random mutterings coming from the end of the store...

SD: Yes, well... there are a quite a few Zo...
OC: Really?
ME: YES!!! And you can KILL THEM!
SD: Well of course..

Now I'm not sure if the OC bought himself a copy of Dead Rising or not...
But the SD started a conversation about Lego Star Wars so I kind of shut off after that...


Zombies are awesome.

Killing them in new and inventive ways is also... Awesome.

But sometimes - even geeks don't understand.



Starter for 10

So I come in this morning and there in my pigeonhole is a parcel from Play containing my Shaun of the Dead figure, which I duly open and take up to the office. Two colleagues are in my office (Grownups 1 and 2) when I get there, following conversation ensues:

G1: So, what’s that then?
ME: It’s Shaun of the Dead (*duh*)
G2: Ahh, is it a present for someone?
G1: Or was it a freebie from somewhere?
ME: No, it’s mine.


ME: Look, it’s got a little bunch of flowers and a wee cricket bat and..and..EVERYTHING. (am baffled by how anybody can fail to be impressed by this)

More silence

G1: Riiiiight.

By this time I have turned on my computer and the screensaver – Chris the Ninja Pirate from Weebl and Bob, comes on.

G2: What on earth is that?
ME: It’s Chris.


ME: He’s a Ninja Pirate.

More baffled silence. Man, it’s hot in here.

ME: Look, you can tell because he has an eyepatch, see, and a little ninja sword, and he’s saying ‘Yaaarrrr’. Ninja Pirate. Yass.

They shake collective heads, give up and go away.

Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing in this place. I mean, really. *sigh*.