There was no one person, or group, or account, anywhere on the internet or offline, that brain-rinsed me, discouraged me, or influenced me in any way whatsoever from not bothering to go to the cinema and waste my time and money watching The Rise of Skywalker on the big screen.
The reason I didn’t bother wasting my time going to see The Rise of Skywalker at the cinema, having been a Star Wars fan since I saw Return of the Jedi at the cinema in 1983, was because I saw The Last Jedi.
Yeah sorry about that not-Star Wars fans who will not give up trying to tell the internet that The Last Jedi was a great film…
Here we go. The Brit Awards are upon us and Sky News ran a piece about “lack of diversity in the Brits nominees“. No that might not be the headline on their site but it was the clear narrative they were running on their TV news – mentioning the D word.
Let’s look at the male nominees shall we:
Oh looky there – just 2 white men out of 5 (well that’s not very diverse in a predominantly Caucasian nation but NO WE DIDN’T MEAN THAT VERSION OF DIVERSITY) Who the fuck is “Dave”, by the way? Anyway I digress. Let’s look at the “Best New Artist” nominees shall we:
Now obviously I don’t have a fucking clue who the fuck 4 out of 5 of those but oh looky there – a black geezer, white men, and a woman. Uummmmmm just when will these fucking weirdos actually be content….??? Tell you what, create yourself a category of “Best New Black Transgender Autistic Amputee” – let’s see you fill that one with 5 candidates.
The story is the same as ever from Sky News – loads of people hurt at Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres. They’re not yet killing their staff and covering it up like they are in America, but trust me it’s only a matter of time before they do.
But heeeyyyy, you want your free (it isn’t free – you’ve just been paying £89 a year for it you gullible muppet) next day delivery yeah!
You want the kind of prices that simply cannot be BEATEN!!
Cos everything is cheapest on Amazon, right?!!
I love what their wheeled out ‘Head of Amazon UK’ (to be honest that person changes on a weekly basis depending on how awkward the questions are) says about “we’ve invested over 9 billion Pounds here in the UK”….SO WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU PAYING THE LUXEMBOURGER CORPORATE TAX RATE, you cunts. Yes yes “we pay all applicable taxes”. Very fucking generic Amazon-speak for “we have a fuck tonne of lawyers finding loopholes every year”.
I’ve been reading up half the weekend on the endless reports of Windows 10 PC’s and indeed laptops too not waking up the monitor after it going to standby (though who is stupid enough to leave a laptop on long enough for it to even go to standby is a separate matter).
Some solutions say “set hybrid hibernation to NEVER”. Some say “set hybrid hibernation to ALWAYS”. Yeah thanks……
Eventually though I spotted someone’s own solution that might just make a little sense – I’ve switched my graphics card to the other PCI-Express slot – he cited “the one that’s nearest the CPU” and this one definitely is that one. The reason I put it in the lower slot is because I just wanted it away from my sound card to improve the airflow that comes through the front of the case from the 2 14″ front case fans – however minor that benefit might have been.
Anyway, time to see if this works. If not I’m going to remain out of my mind here. Constantly pressing reset on a PC whenever you come back to it after a few hours is not an option.
In other news, I think I’ve decided on a Gigabyte IPS monitor. I was going to auto-go Asus, until I started reading not 1, not 2, not a handful, but actual owner after actual owner of them bemoaning dead pixels on their monitors. So far I’ve not seen any response from Asus themselves about this one. One person was even asking if they buy up b-grade panels. When you’re spending £350 on up for a decent monitor the last thing you want to hear about is quite a few users having dead pixels – sometimes over several Asus monitors too. But in any case, I think I’m going to sit this one out a little and wait for a price drop. But after one reviewer mentioning noticing no light bleed whatsoever, that’s a very appealing sell. Display Ninja said “better monitors can be found” but Display Ninja basically says that about every single monitor ever released.
I’ve said it dozens of times and I’ll say it again : Windows 10 IS a fucking train wreck. Pull your “lalala not listening” fingers out of that sticky ‘*shrugs* – cloud service is where all the profit is now anyway’ pie and fucking fix it, Microsoft. You look about as competent at OS engineering as college grads these days.
Signed up on the 10th of February to a 50gb plan at £24. Got the .pdf file confirming this a day or so later. (Incidentally, don’t say “pdf file” too quickly over the phone to complete strangers)…
Come the end of last week I then had a further billing letter from EE….for £20 for 30gb a month. What………
Called up EE, to be told “yes that is correct, your contract is for 30gb of data for £20 a month. I was actually asked to take a photo of the .pdf contract to prove what I’d signed up for was what I said it was, and only after perusing that did EE come back to me saying they’re adding 20gb of data but keeping the same price. It’s a nice solution, sure, but come on, people….in this day of instant data, this is fucking pathetic and amateurish.
I was also…ahem..’delighted’ to find out that come April my bill, just 2 fucking months in, will increase by 50p per month. “Oh but it’s only 50p!!” KIND of not the fucking point, is it. You go to the trouble of signing up for a 12 month contract, only to have that broken within 2 months….????!! Jesus these people are crooks. “Oh but RPI Stephen, we got you over a barrel – fuck you”. Yeah you know what, fuck you too, EE, I might just demand to cancel due to you breaking the contract already. How’s about “due to RPI, I’ve had to change my bank account details so you can’t take payment anymore”.
Well I’ve been on Gab.com, mooted as one of the biggest alternatives to Twitter, though also a “haven for extremist views“. No this site isn’t full of “extremists” it’s full of the Cult of Donald. Fairly harmless bunch in general, except they’re brain rinsed by the very person who’s constantly banging on that the “fake news media” is always trying to brainwash US. Gab is systematic of the problems of both sides who can only think in simple binaries. Everyone in the Cult of Donald thinks “free speech” is only referring to the poor downtrodden Donald Trump supporters and little children who want to keep their little guns, and they’re all being set upon. Those equally stupid far leftists, think “this is just a haven for racists”. To sincerely believe that anyone who supports Donald is racist is very very basic level thinking, and shows just how closed and shallow your mind is. I deleted my account within an hour of signing up for one once I discovered that their merchandise to support the site revolved around “Orange Man Good” t-shirts and various gun loving t-shirts. You’re incredibly insular if you don’t consider the fact (obvious to anyone who isn’t running the site) that there are actually countries on the planet other than America. So, that was Gab.com out the window.
Mastodon is touted in more than one place as being “one of the biggest” alternatives to Twitter. But when the server stats look like this:
It’s pretty hard to swallow that claim. I didn’t even bother signing up after looking through the pitiful interest level in everyone’s stuff.
I have signed up with minds.com, but it’s a bit of a disorganised mess. Some people like that. But I’m talking about a visually unappealing disorganised mess, with no obvious pointers on where to go and what to do. But it does, at least, seem to be well populated, and I had about 12 views of my first post within the first 20 minutes of posting it just after sign up. That’s more than half my Twitter posts used to get after a fucking month.
Tumblr is clearly designed for faux suicidal 18 year olds with A.D.D. (yeah I’m old school – before the cool kids came along and dropped that one and replaced it with ADHD – suck it, bitch).
So I’ll see how that goes. Other than that – it’s pretty bleak out there. Even though they fucked Twitter up last year with a horrible re-vamp it was basically still the most usable instant gratification rant-fest.
Basically I’ll be staying here, lost in the wind….