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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:59 am

Feeling old, yesterday I had lunch with my relatives in Torquay, for my aunt's 70th birthday, all of my cousins were there, including one who turned 18 just before Christmas. I remembered we went to visit him as a newborn baby on the exact same date 18 years ago, and how the time has flown very quickly.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:56 am

Still not having any electricity. Last I saw a light on at my house was Tuesday night (time of writing being midday Saturday).

Here's hoping it comes on this year (looking less and less likely however).
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Hawkeye » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:10 pm

Lt. Commander Data wrote:Still not having any electricity. Last I saw a light on at my house was Tuesday night (time of writing being midday Saturday).

Here's hoping it comes on this year (looking less and less likely however).

Doubt it would honestly, they've probably all gone away for the long weekend and they'll come back and fix it sometime next week :|
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:12 pm

Unfortunately it is definitely looking that way :evil:
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Merc1107 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:11 pm

Heihachi_73 wrote:The Religious Dictatorship of Australia wins again, by forcing most businesses to close (or to open late/close early) on Christmas Day and costing the country a billion dollars nationwide, instead of simply making the day work-optional, "come in if you have nothing else to do." Get with the times, Australia (or Victoria at least), the country (Aboriginal/indigenous people aside) isn't comprised entirely of white Christians anymore.

Problem with this is non-religious seem to like the idea of a holiday (i.e. Christmas, Easter) but get upset at the religious connotation.

The problem with saying business should be open is that some people may not get a choice in being rostered for the day. If everyone says, "Nope, not me this year!" where does that leave management in terms of staffing? The end result is you're running a (barely) skeleton staff who don't want to be there, customers get upset and the big-wigs loose their temper with whatever staff are on.

Its a bit like shops in the USA being open for "Thanksgiving Sales." Forget spending time with your family when you can go and KILL somebody (or get killed / maimed / injured) at the massive sales; funding corporate greed and while forcing employees to work.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Heihachi_73 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:55 am

Actually, I don't mind at all that people want to take their given holidays and/or have the Christmas/Easter holidays with their family/friends or going to church or whatever their place of worship happens to be (mine could arguably have been Crown Casino until they got rid of the old machines in 2007). What I don't like is how Victorian (and other) laws state that places must remain closed or be fined or otherwise penalised if they don't comply (unless exempt) - it doesn't happen on the Queen's Birthday or the stupid Victorian-only AFL Grand Final or Melbourne Cup holidays, only on the Easter and Christmas holidays (note that Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday and the following Tuesday aren't even public holidays in the Vatican, let alone the entire country of Italy - only Easter Monday is).

Anyway, a new one for the New Year:

134g Pringles. I have refused to buy them ever since they dropped them from 150g as they were a blatant ripoff even when on special ($3 is still a ripoff), but that is not what gives me the S&#Ts for the new year. I was given one such canister of BBQ Pringles on New Year's Eve to devour; however, they taste like crap, with hardly any flavouring on the "crisps" whatsoever. As in, cheap no-name supermarket brand level of crap, except they are smaller and way more expensive. The "crisps" were practically potato-yellow with the tiniest pinch of flavouring imaginable (which gave them a very slight orange tint on the few parts where the flavouring actually hit the chip), and it was on one side only. The old Pringles in the 150g canisters used to be almost brown with the BBQ flavouring. They are also made in Malaysia, home of the other Pringle-knockoffs which taste just as bad (think cardboard with a pinch of salt, sugar and a bit of vacuum cleaner dust as flavouring). The original ones were made in the US for as long as I can remember, and used to be "bursting with flavour", as their catchphrase used to be (the other being "Once you pop, you can't stop") - I used to be able to lick the BBQ flavouring off to the point that the chips broke from being wet! The new ones don't even smell like Pringles. The barcode number for the 134g versions is 8886467103469 - the US-made ones had a 12-digit UPC barcode 038000846526. Both barcodes are/were from the ones sold at Coles (I still have a number of empty 150g Pringles canisters as I clean them out and reuse them for packing things on eBay).

Another one:
Costco Ringwood has an exhaust fan system which makes a constant, loud low-pitched noise when it's turned on (picture a vertical truck exhaust with the flap thing on the top, but the pipe being the length of a 3-storey apartment and the thickness of a stereotypical Milo tin ricer exhaust), which can be at completely random times. Tonight it's been happening since around 5AM and still going at nearly 9AM. It happens at least once a fortnight and almost always when no-one is there. Sometimes it goes for a few minutes before someone shuts it off, sometimes hours on end like now. Anyone got some expanding foam? :)
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby CCCC » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:25 am

Heihachi_73 wrote:Actually, I don't mind at all that people want to take their given holidays and/or have the Christmas/Easter holidays with their family/friends or going to church or whatever their place of worship happens to be (mine could arguably have been Crown Casino until they got rid of the old machines in 2007). What I don't like is how Victorian (and other) laws state that places must remain closed or be fined or otherwise penalised if they don't comply (unless exempt) - it doesn't happen on the Queen's Birthday or the stupid Victorian-only AFL Grand Final or Melbourne Cup holidays, only on the Easter and Christmas holidays (note that Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday and the following Tuesday aren't even public holidays in the Vatican, let alone the entire country of Italy - only Easter Monday is).

Anyway, a new one for the New Year:

134g Pringles. I have refused to buy them ever since they dropped them from 150g as they were a blatant ripoff even when on special ($3 is still a ripoff), but that is not what gives me the S&#Ts for the new year. I was given one such canister of BBQ Pringles on New Year's Eve to devour; however, they taste like crap, with hardly any flavouring on the "crisps" whatsoever. As in, cheap no-name supermarket brand level of crap, except they are smaller and way more expensive. The "crisps" were practically potato-yellow with the tiniest pinch of flavouring imaginable (which gave them a very slight orange tint on the few parts where the flavouring actually hit the chip), and it was on one side only. The old Pringles in the 150g canisters used to be almost brown with the BBQ flavouring. They are also made in Malaysia, home of the other Pringle-knockoffs which taste just as bad (think cardboard with a pinch of salt, sugar and a bit of vacuum cleaner dust as flavouring). The original ones were made in the US for as long as I can remember, and used to be "bursting with flavour", as their catchphrase used to be (the other being "Once you pop, you can't stop") - I used to be able to lick the BBQ flavouring off to the point that the chips broke from being wet! The new ones don't even smell like Pringles. The barcode number for the 134g versions is 8886467103469 - the US-made ones had a 12-digit UPC barcode 038000846526. Both barcodes are/were from the ones sold at Coles (I still have a number of empty 150g Pringles canisters as I clean them out and reuse them for packing things on eBay).

Another one:
Costco Ringwood has an exhaust fan system which makes a constant, loud low-pitched noise when it's turned on (picture a vertical truck exhaust with the flap thing on the top, but the pipe being the length of a 3-storey apartment and the thickness of a stereotypical Milo tin ricer exhaust), which can be at completely random times. Tonight it's been happening since around 5AM and still going at nearly 9AM. It happens at least once a fortnight and almost always when no-one is there. Sometimes it goes for a few minutes before someone shuts it off, sometimes hours on end like now. Anyone got some expanding foam? :)



I think we've got a winner here .

Heihachi I sincerely hope 2017 is a better year for you.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Shoudy Chen » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:57 am

ABCNYE coverage. Broadcasted for the fourth straight year. The segments in this coverage wasn't that interesting and The Pub Quiz was disgustingly cringe worthy. During the Midnight Fireworks, ABC played some scenes that contained a bit of nudity.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:12 am

Still not having the basic service of electricity. Day 5 with no power.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:47 pm

Coogee NYE fireworks display attracting bigger crowds than ever from far afield. It was nice while it lasted...
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:08 pm

Lt. Commander Data wrote:Still not having the basic service of electricity. Day 5 with no power.

I'd demand compensation from the SA government(s), for listening to the Watermelons (the Greenies - no insult to that fruit meant!) about electricity!

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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ben73 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:24 pm

Isn't SA 100% renewable?

Good in theory. All I ever hear about it is how many days they have gone without power.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby TA3001 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:27 pm

Folks that are oblivious of their surroundings!

I'm walking past a pub, and this middle aged lady walks in front of me, turns around, and then just as I go to step around her, she moves to the right, I move to the left, she moves over again without even noticing the whole time that I am there! No apologies or anything. Didn't even hear me say excuse me.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:40 am

Should have said move your arse lady. She would have taken notice then.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby TA3001 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:53 pm

I'll blame my mother for at least (trying) to teach me manners and courtesy then :).
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:18 pm

Channel surfing on this hot Melbourne Sunday, and amazed at the absolute proliferation of trashy American home renovation shows on mainly channel 94, such as Flip and Flop, Flop and Flip, Masters of Flip,Texas Flip and Move etc, drives you flipping mad, the producers of these shows must make a packet, I was forced to play a board game with a kid of friends we visited over Christmas called Pop and Hop, and we wondered if someone could make a TV show out of it.

I wonder if someone could invent a reality show promo blocker, when hooked up to a TV, blocks all promos for reality shows, and also block the actual shows as well, so we can be spared watching rubbish like MKR or Married At First Sight, but the remote may be a cheaper option.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Merc1107 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:30 pm

scott wrote:I wonder if someone could invent a reality show promo blocker, when hooked up to a TV, blocks all promos for reality shows, and also block the actual shows as well, so we can be spared watching rubbish like MKR or Married At First Sight, but the remote may be a cheaper option.

I'd pay good money for such an invention (and you'd get an honorable mention in "What doesn't give you the S&#T's!?"

Its obvious networks like TEN are rapidly shedding viewers when garbage shows like Family Feud are simultaneously broadcast across several channels at once. I really wish some "ratings agency" would hurry up and fling a survey in my direction - as I *will* raise hell about the generally poor programming.

An additional feature for your "reality show promo blocker" would be a mute function for Channel 9 & 10's irritating voice-over announcers.
9 seems to have adopted a deep, creepy/disturbing sound, while 10's male voice-over seems to greatly exaggerate certain syllables. I'll go as far as to say 10's voice adds an additional syllable with their drawn-out announcement style.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Heihachi_73 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:51 pm

They should move the reality shows and other useless rubbish they come up with (scott, how could you forget to mention X-Factor among the rubbish!?) onto their own spinoff channels and leave the base channels 7/9/10 etc. for normal TV programmes, news, movies, sport (when nothing else is on) and the grandfathered-in long-runners like Neighbours/Home & Away that would cause World War 3 if they were canned (who was the idiot who canned Prisoner back in 1986?)

And bring back the live lotto draws already Channel 7, not this five-second flash of the numbers in the middle of a sh!t show/sport that no-one wants to watch.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:47 pm

At least they were reigned in somewhat with the hilarious failure of the much touted Restaurant Revolution and that Zombie's Just Desserts fizzer after the cluster bomb of promotions with that brain piercing whistle jingle!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby TA3001 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:37 pm

Always seeing the crappiest SL202s in Adelaide end up on this shift that I've tracked through Transit Times. It's always 1610, 1612, 1619 or 861 on this stupid shift. Never 859, or even 1605.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Shoudy Chen » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:43 pm

Andy Maher is a pain to listen to when watching BBL, he should stick to radio commitments instead.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:02 pm

Foreign ads used here with Australian voices so obviously dubbed over the foreign actress own accented original voice. One example is Scholl GelActive insoles with that blonde woman saying "like being on a cloud" in that horrible generic Australian dubbed over voice.
Of these multinational tax dodging corporations want to penny pinch by using foreign footage in their commercials, they should be made to screen it only with the actor's original voices or produce them with local talent!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby TA3001 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:53 am

1636 being driven at 45 kph or less EVERY bloody time I catch it. It's like it's governed to this speed and can't go any faster! I guess it's the norm with these high floors which have unfortunately been condemned to Newton I guess.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby busrider » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:21 pm

Traffic jams caused by buses sitting at stops on main roads for a few minutes, waiting for departure from a time point...
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:29 pm

Pompous posters on ATDB largely. I won't name names.
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