Thursday, 25 September 2003

Les Triplettes de Belleville

Went to see Les Triplettes de Belleville last night with a friend from work. We went because the film is nominally about cycling -- a cyclist in the Tour de France is kidnapped by the French Mafia, but instead we were treated to possibly the wittiest, most entertaining and most charming film we had ever seen in our lives. We were both laughing out loud throughout the entire film, where there are so many funny little touches, little digs at American and French culture (and at French cars), it is impossible not to love this film. Don't let the fact that it is listed as a French language film with no subtitles put you off, between the two of us we probably had about four words of French (and most of those were rude), there is so little dialogue in the film that you won't miss a beat...

Find out where you can see this film as soon as possible and then go and see it, you will not regret the 80 minutes of your life spent in this quirky little French world.

Monday, 22 September 2003

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It's so overcomplicated... not satisfied with an email conversation with me (I'm either a 'real' person or a damm clever AI), they are going to phone me this afternoon - what will that prove over and above the email - unless I'm a damm clever AI with a voice processor...

Sunday, 21 September 2003

Why do they have to make tax returns such complete fun... I mean, they've already deducted the bloody tax before I even get to see any of the money, why do they then have to rub my face in it by forcing me to spend hours of my life researching and completing an enormous form just to tell them how much tax they've already bloody well had off me!!!!

It really really really sucks! Another part of my life to add to the list!

Internet purchasing just isn't there yet is it? I walk into any shop on the high street and I can pick up any item and, subject to the limit on my credit card, I can buy it there and then and take it home. No intrusive questions, no need to validate that I'm a 'real' person (what does a 'fake' person even look like).

I order something off the Internet however and it's a whole different story... It's only $25 for crying out loud, but they want to know my address (why, are they going to ftp the software through my letterbox?), my home telephone number (yeah right - they can make do with the office number), and an email address - this is the only part I can even understand, I mean obviously they have to email me the confirmation and a link to the every so secret location to download the frigging software. Not a problem, fire up Sneakemail and create a new address just for them (I can always delete it if/when they sell it).

But no, this isn't good enough, they have the cheek to email me asking if I have "an additional email address", as apparently free ones are "conduits for fraud". I thought the whole point of the VISA system was that VISA carried the can for fraud and not the individual or the vendor...

If it takes too long, I feel a cancellation coming on...

Saturday, 20 September 2003

Back again (again)

A relaxing week on the Algarve staying at the Four Seasons resort in Quinta do Largo - I'm sure it would be heaven if I actually played golf... Took over a hundred photos, some of which are borderline close to publishable.

Other than that, the same old same old I guess...