Today was fined £45 for having the wheels of my car slightly over the white lines of an almost completely empty carpark! |(
The fine is actually £90, which is halved if paid within 2 weeks.......it's big of them.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
That would annoy me, Cno...
This will make me unpopular, since we struggle to go a week on this forum without one popping up, but obituary threads wind me up.
I can't understand outpourings of grief following the death of someone you don't know but have seen on television from time to time. It's of course sad when anyone dies, but if you don't know them directly and you're not part of their life, the most their passing should merit is a comment of "Oh, that's a shame."
Rather, we get "A very sad day for all. A true legend. We will never see their like again." It doesn't matter who the personality/celebrity is. It's always "A great loss." For their family and friends, certainly, but for the rest of us the death of famous person should barely register.
I struggled to fathom the public response to Diana's death (Mail and Express readers vilify me now). Large sections of the UK population seemed inconsolable, lining the streets, distraught as her coffin passed. Again, you can sympathise/empathise with her family, but the national reaction was disproportionate to the event.
I think what I'm really railing against is a sense that we think we know somebody because we've seen them on television or read about them in newspapers and magazines. At best we have a highly subjective and distorted view of who they actually are. We're often not particularly discriminating about whose loss we feel we should mourn.
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People who start their You Tube videos with "what's going on everybody". What is "what's going on" supposed to mean? It's even worse than "what's up everybody" and that was bad enough.
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You don't need to put it in park, just neutral (which usually is conveniently located between R and D), then apply the handbrake. In any case, for reasons which should be obvious, it's really not a good idea to leave an automatic in gear with your foot on the brake for long periods (eg at traffic lights). Surprising though how many people do this, then they wonder why the gearbox wears-out prematurely.
UK television advertisements for Scientology.org.
Call me a nanny state apologist, but I think advertising cult membership should be illegal (as should gambling advertisements, which seem to comprise half of TV advertisements these days).
As far as I can tell, daytime adverts are split into three approximately equal proportions: gambling, payday loans and PPI claims.
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
How else will the unemployed make ends meet?
People asking really dumb questions on forums.
Can you elucidate?
I'd rather not. But let's say hypothetically your CD player has died and you've got this bright idea to use your DVD or BD player instead. Would you (a) pull-out the DVD/BD player and check if it has the appropriate phono line-outs on the back, clearly labelled something like 'AUDIO OUT L&R' (and if it does, connect them up), or would you (b) log into a HiFi forum and ask 'hey guys can I plug my DVD/BD player into my amp?'.
Maybe it's just me. (I think if I ever write my biography, I'm going to call it that.)
Oh yeah, the old "it's taken me longer to type this question than it would have done just to try it myself"-a-roony, they are particularly irritating.
Except when it's "Can I plug my speakers into BOTH my amps at the same time?", in which case it's probably best they ask first...
No signature worth mentioning...
(c) Google your BD player's name and click on images...
I've been known to do this to save myself pulling out equipment (unless it's absolutely necessary).
I also keep instructions (mostly .pdf files in a folder called 'instructions') which - according to an ex member of Haymarket staff - makes me a woman.
('Real men' apparently throw all the packaging and instructions and accessories in the bin immediately - it's all an affront to their innate male technical abilities - and then ask questions online later when a setting needs changing or firmware needs downloading or they can't work out how to use some feature or plug something in. In the old days- before the internet - they'd ask 'some bloke down the pub'.)
....and then there's me, who carefully puts them in an obviously safe place........and then like an amnesiac dog, forget where i buried them!
Think I just found what your on about.
Such questions seem dumb to people that frequent this forum, since most of us live and breathe hi-fi and/or home cinema. However, those with limited knowledge of audio and video equipment may feel justifiably confounded by interconnections.
For instance, an inexperienced user may appreciate that a particular cable fits a certain socket, but in an age of analogue and digital connections, they may be concerned about damaging equipment. Such concerns would be unfounded, but if you're unsure, it's better to check.
I'm almost certainly one of the nation's worst cooks. If I posted questions on a cookery forum, my enquiries would doubtless seem stupid to experienced members, though from my perspective those questions would seen entirely valid.
Sorry, not being difficult, but you could be scaring new posters away! Then they'll try to force an Ethernet cable into an HDMI socket...
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