Posted by: Bruce | July 30, 2015

Good Morning Vietnam – I’m wondering …..

This morning I checked my blog stats (an addictive behaviour of highs and lows).

Things are usually quiet before my stats go ballistic ( going ballistic might not be the truth ) and this often gives me cause to wonder.

At this point of the day, three visitors have looked at three separate posts on my blog. Two from Australia and one from Vietnam. Two of the posts were of Australian topics, the other post is a YouTube video of an old ‘You Are My Sunshine’ song. That’s all the stats tell me, nothing else.

Therefore, I’d like to say hi to those two from Australia. Thanks for looking and I hope you liked what I’ve written. I wonder what part of Oz you live in? Down the road, Tasmania or Northern Territory?

VietnameseFlag a Google imageSeparately, I’d like to say hi to the person from Vietnam, the reason for this quick post today. Visits from other countries always make me wonder, especially if what I’ve written has nothing to do with a particular country; in this case Vietnam.

Are you a Vietnamese citizen, an Australian living in Vietnam or a person of another nationality? Do you live in the city or country? Is there anything in particular you like to read? You don’t have to answer, I just want you to know I’ve noticed and I wonder.

Chances are, the three visitors up till now, will not read this. Nevertheless, I’ve always thought it’s the thought that counts. Perhaps I’ll give a wave to statistics more often. Time to hit the road.

Word for today;      Readers  –   I wonder about them.

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

Open Slather Image by Comedy Channel

Sunday, July 12 and the telly was free. No tapping keys or checking eBay for trail bike parts. Tonight I wanted some laughs. With a clean slate of expectation, I watched another show but to no avail. Good laughs were not to be had, at least for me.

A skit of a guy with a golden glow and funny accent seemed a throwback to Fast Forward days. It could have been funny but wasn’t. Another of a guy with a gigantic mole on his face looked to have originated from The Spy Who Shagged Me or Goldmember movie of Austin Powers fame. A smile or two happened but a laugh, no. The Bill Shorten Sleep Miracle should have brought in some laughs, but didn’t.

I smiled once when Paul Hogan as a Cardinal, mused on his reflection in a store window. A bit of classic Hoges, but no laugh.

An absolutely terrible skit with an ex-con Aussie yobbo as a Guru, talking to couples sitting on the floor in front of him, was probably the worst bit of viewing. Every second word it seemed was f… and f… and f… How incredibly dumb. And why?

The closing skit, ‘Instantly Cool’, was of an adult talking to school kids about life. A role reversal it seems.A few clever bits, but not funny.

BBH Reviews rates Ep 8 with a score of 3/10.

1 point – Because I almost laughed a few times + ….

2 points – Because two school girls in the skit finished the show saying ‘That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen’. Their comment was pretty close to the mark for me. (They almost mimicked the video in my post on Episode 2)

Good laughs from the show? It hasn’t happened overnight, but it might happen.

For a bit of balance I’ve included links to a review of the first show. The writer raved about it. The second link, to Wikipedia, shows the drop off in viewing numbers as the weeks pass.

http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/open-slather-review-the-comedy-channel-foxtel/24466

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Slather

Word for today;       Humour – Not in Open Slather Comedy

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | July 14, 2015

The wonders of me – call centres.

Dinner time, the phone rings.

‘Hullo? Me here’.

A couple of seconds of nothing, then the voice of a man or woman with a strong non-aussie accent echoes down the line ……

‘This is Microsoft calling about your computer. My name is Ralph, ……okay?’.

Usually I just hang up. Sometimes ……

‘It’s okay with me old bean; Ralph is a splendid name.’ ………….Then I hang up.

or ….

‘This is Microsoft calling about your computer. My name is Ethel, …. okay?’.

‘Excellent Ethel, you remembered’…………. Then I hang up.

Sometimes though, I wonder if it would be for the best to just follow the young ladies’ example in the video……(7 secs – no rude stuff but a smidge of volume toward the end)

Words for today;      Call centre ettiquette – Is there any?

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | July 11, 2015

Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Chanel and … a UFO?

On the June 23, 2015 (a cracker of a day) and July 7, 2015 (cold, overcast, then rainy) I had some time to fill around sunset and did so with the camera. The camera also provided a bit of a mystery.

What is this? - NoNeg Imaging

The photos are at Swansea Chanel, Blacksmiths Beach and looking east or thereabouts from the northern breakwall. A click on any pic will quickly present all images, enlarged, in a gallery for better viewing. The first five images were taken June 23, the rest on July 7, 2015.

When checking out the images from 7th July, I was surprised to see some strange lines or swirls in a photo taken of tankers anchored off shore. I missed this the first couple of times, then it had my attention. The last three images shown in the gallery will save explanations. The original is pretty dark and flat, the next with auto contrast that’s a little odd with its colour but shows the shape, the last image is cropped showing the shape in the cloud line. Is it something or nothing? It looks weird to me.

Originally I thought camera shake but ruled that out as the camera was propped on a boulder. The ship and ocean would have moved (a big swell was on) but not the relatively stationary clouds. Was it a hair on the lens or sensor? If so, it didn’t hang around for any other other shots that I can see. Two more shots followed within the next 20 secs. I thought it might be a bird that flew into view but at 1/5 second the blur doesn’t look right.

Anyway, I hope the photos are easy on the eye and if you have a suggestion about the shape or swirls I’d like to hear it. A bird might be the go but I’m unsure. I only see an interesting effect showing a shape, above and longer than the tankers below it. I’m still guessing.

Word for today;   Images  –  There for the taking

More to come;   same blog time, same blog chanel

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