Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Room Service Frappé

The Frappé search & enjoy mission continues. My mom has also gotten into the act. This is a good development.

She got involved when I took her to Starbucks and we shared a Venti Mocha Frappuccino. She really liked it. A lot. The caffeine got her pumping. It was fun to watch.

Anyhow, whilst my mom appreciated the experience, she does not like the idea of forking out over $5.00 for what is basically ice and some flavouring. She is also concerned about her caffeine intake as she basically never drinks coffee and was freaked out by how the caffeine made her feel. So she has started to experiment with the *old* liquidiser in her quest to make homestyle Frappé's.

After several attempts yesterday she pretty much got it right. I know this cause I was slaving away at my computer and she brought down her latest (and greatest) attempt for me to sample. That was the best room service ever! The texture was pretty much there (no anomalous crunchy bits) and the flavour was quite good.

Today promises more experimentation, possibly involving fruit. I think she is going to make some chocolaty ones as well. Life is suddenly very good!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Purple Silk

Am finally on vacation :)

Created this fractal recently. Stared at it for a long time and still have no idea what it is.

Purple silk fractal

Monday, September 13, 2004

Bad Adverts

Was inspired by the fact that Fair Go is doing the ad award thing again and thought I would make some nominations.

Seen as I spend more time in my car listening to the radio, then at home watching TV, all of my "bad ads" are from the stations that I listen to. The thing with radio ads is that you can't fast forward them like you can if you are watching something taped on TV. Best you can do is turn the sound off, wait a bit and then turn it on again. A risky strategy but in some cases it is all that will keep you sane.

My worst ever radio add is the one for Rob Loader motors. It used to run twice within the space of a minute and featured a guy saying "ROB LOADER MOTORS" in the most annoying voice imaginable every two seconds or so. As in they would make a statement about their cars and then go "ROB LOADER MOTORS". This ad was so bad, that I eventually contacted Rob, of "ROB LOADER MOTORS" fame (he is a really nice guy by the way) and he assured me that their advert had won awards. I could not believe it! Some people actually liked it. Guess this just goes to prove Dzeni's Theory.

Another ad which really gets on my nerves is one for a "drop in" panel beating service. The ad in question features a woman (clearly insane) who is trying to get her dog to "drop it". The dog in question is barking its head off. The woman is getting more and more frustrated. The idea here is that "you don't get that kind of hassle when you use our drop in centre". Only someone forgot to tell these people that if a dog is barking, then it can't be holding onto a ball at the same time!!

And then there are the cliches / stupid phrases

PhraseProductIts Stupid Because ...
"Professional and Human"Financial / legal servicesThe alternative would be what exactly - "professional and alien".
"Honest, Trutheful Advice"CarpetsFirst, its redundant, second, if you have to tell me you are telling the truth, then I am not sure I believe you
"Real fruit flavour"Fruit juice / lolliesAs opposed to fake fruit flavour ???

There are plenty more such gems just begging for your attention. My question is, why do advertisers treat us as if we are idiots ??? Some days, the only thing for it is to pop in a music tape! (my car does not have a CD player - deep sigh)

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Feeling Guilty

Am feeling guilty cause I have not updated this blog for over a week.

So here goes ...

Fireman Fractal

The above was created using Fracint and then edited with Paint Shop Pro. If you want to know all the details, you can write a comment and ask me :)

I recon the above is good for at least a thousand words.