Stop it!

February 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm (annoying) (, , , , )

Enough is enough. I fail to see why any person in their right mind sends an SMS before 7 am?

I am so gatvol of my phone I actually want to smash it to bits now. The reason? People sending messages at odd hours of the day.

I can understand if you’re asking for something or you desperately need something but sending me a message about friendship lasting forever at that time of the day is bound to make me want that friendship to end immediately.

This morning, at 6.45, my phone goes off and I immediately think something has happened. So when I read the SMS I nearly lost my mind. Lost it.

Anyone who knows me should know I do not function then. I’m still unconscious then for heaven’s sake!

Just because it’s an SMS and not a call it doesn’t make it any less intrusive. In fact, would you call me then? No, so why the hell send me a message. SMS is still communication, it still makes a noise and it still disturbs the person.

What should I do?

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What women want

November 12, 2007 at 9:33 am (abuse against women, advertising) (, , , , , , , , , )

Do advertisers think we’re stupid? Really man – do they think all women are brainless tits with nothing more than childbearing capabilities?

I’m starting to believe that’s the case. Just take these three ads. If you’re familiar with them, you don’thave to read the descriptions. Just give your comments on what you think of them.

I’m almost sure there is not a single woman on the teams who created these ads (bar those acting in the actual ad) – and if there are, shame on them for being part of such garbage.

I just wish I knew how many women still go out and buy the stuff based on the rubbish we’re fed on our screens.

1. Nivea Cellulite ad

Most vomit-inducing of the three – five or so girls sing an annoying song about how happy and great their lives are now they’re cellulite free. The Sex-in-the-Cityish vibe shows these women are carefree, flitting about in revealing clothes and being happy because their bodies are now perfect.
Firstly, they look as if they’ve never had cellulite in their entire lives.
Secondly, the fine print on the ad is so ridiculously small and flashes away so quickly that I’m sure it reveals a crucial fact (such as this study/statistic/fact was found in a study of three women. So two people saying they like it would be something like 75% women love it or some other crap like that).
Thirdly, why are we still perpetuating the myth that those cellulite creams work and that we need to be cellulite-free to be beautiful?
And lastly, why do we create ads for men when we’re selling stuff for women?

2. Kellogg’s Special K muesli

Unbelievable. Not as in this-is-unbelievably-great. More as in this-is-such-crap-I-can’t-believe-they-made-it. In the ad a woman has been dumped by her boyfriend.
Her friends rally around as she laments, “He’s just not that into me.” In a twist on the classic stuffing her face after she’s been dumped thing, the friends hand Crying Carla a bowl of muesli. Presumably, this is supposed to perk her up in a way that the comfort food would have done.
In the next screen we see the dumpee “looking and feeling great” in a red dress dismissing her former beau with a flick of her blonde ponytail.

Geez. . . nobody with half a braincell would buy this bullshit. Nobody.

3. Zoot “unscripted” veet ad

It’s unscripted. Riiiggghtt. The two women in this ad (I think the one’s from Survivor and the other is Irene but can’t be 100% sure) discussing the great things Veet hair removal cream can do. It works for all skin types, the one gushes, so I’m recommending it to all my friends.
I know for a fact that’s nonsense because it burnt my skin badly but that’s not what sticks in my craw. It’s the little line that says “this is an unscripted advertisement” that made me think these people really are taking us for a gat.

I mean really, come the fuck on.

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Rewire their brains

October 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

I hate IT people. They think they know shit others don’t even when they have no clue what they’re doing.

We have an IT department that’s more gevrek than most. In the time it took the guy to respond to a call logged by our office manager, I had moved my own PC and set it up myself. It’s not rocket science people.

Now, I don’t mind if we get the floppy haired, striped-jersey wearing types coming to fix our machines but if they don’t know what the hell they’re doing they should say so.

But do they? Of course not. They give you a bunch of mumbo-jumbo techno kak (which, if you know anything about tech stuff, you’d know is the biggest bunch of BS) before leaving without fixing the problem. 

My colleague discovered their BS-ing after I pointed out to him what the issues were and how they could be fixed. He called them. Said floppy-haired guy said there’s nothing wrong and that he just needs more space, clean-up, etc.

Fuck that. I know for a fact my colleague’s machine is as dead as Britney’s career. And when I pointed out to my technologically challenged colleague (he only got a microwave two years ago!)  he realised the IT dudes had been pulling the electrical wires over his eyes all this time.

I do so wish there were clever IT dudes around. Just one. But I guess that’s asking too much – almost as much as asking Britney to wear panties.

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