Archive for May, 2008

Doctors who handwrite prescriptions

Following on from the discussion yesterday about almost unreadable prescriptions handwritten by doctors, padders sent in the following cartoon. Enjoy!

Prescriptions

Samuel

May 31st, 2008 at 03:05pm

3AW finally get to use 13 13 32

I was listening to most of the second half of last night’s AFL match between Adelaide and Essendon through 3AW (via the AFL website) and after the match they noted that callers in Melbourne could ring on the regular number 96 900 693 and callers outside Melbourne could call 13 13 32.

13 13 32 has been shared between 2UE in Sydney and 4BC in Brisbane for ages (with Brisbane callers being diverted to Sydney when 4BC are relaying 2UE), so it’s good to see that Fairfax decided to do something sensible with the phones and provide 3AW’s network listeners across Victoria with a flat-fee number. It should have been done a long time ago, kudos to Fairfax for actually getting it done.

Samuel

May 31st, 2008 at 02:47am

You know you’re obsessed when…

2CC are broadcasting a Canberra Raiders match and you’re more interested in the Brisbane V Parramatta match, and you can’t stand the Channel Nine commentary team, so you mute the television, listen to the 2GB webstream, and use a PVR to delay the television coverage of the match by about ten seconds to bring it in sync with the 2GB webstream.

I’m glad that 2GB are able to stream their coverage of NRL matches (unlike the way the AFL’s radio partners are treated…a case of “you can’t stream the match, but we’ll stream your station through our website”)…if it hadn’t been for the webstream of Andrew Moore, Steven Roach and Peter Psaltis’ call of the match, I probably would have just gone to bed.

Samuel

May 30th, 2008 at 10:03pm

Bunnings Warehouse Copywriters say…

Andrew, apparently a Bunnings Warehouse team member, talks about the people who comes to Bunnings’ DIY Workshops:
“They come in with an idea on how to learn something”

Samuel says: “No comment”.

Samuel

May 30th, 2008 at 09:46pm

And an email to 2GB’s Andrew Moore

Hi Andrew,

Actually this is the second time the scores have been level in the match, not the first. The first was nil all.

Love the call.

Samuel
Canberra

May 30th, 2008 at 09:00pm

Ray Warren says…

“He almost nearly lost that”

I’m going back to the radio coverage now.

Samuel

May 30th, 2008 at 08:26pm

Odd Jobs

There’s definitely something odd about job advertisements on a Friday. A quick look through the jobs advertised on seek.com.au in the ACT region today has tossed up these:

  • A laundromat job which requires a police check
  • The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (Australia’s overseas secret intelligence collection agency) looking for a locksmith who can travel interstate and overseas at short notice.
  • The federal Department of Education, Training and the Arts listing three identical ads for a physiotherapist job in Queensland as an ACT job in the space of two minutes.
  • Frontline Retail (a recruitment agency) posting the majority of their brief job descriptions (the short blurbs which appear in search results) for the day entirely in capital letters with excessive use of exclamation marks and question marks.

At least I’m being entertained by the job advertisements.

Samuel

May 30th, 2008 at 08:17pm

Prescription number 077954

After seeing a neurologist this afternoon to discuss ongoing persistent migraines, I visited the pharmacy in Cooleman Court to hand in an almost unreadable prescription. I left with prescription receipt number 077954 and returned about ten minutes later, at which time the pharmacist was summoned to talk to me about the medication.

I don’t know about you, but when a pharmacist looks at a box of medication and announces that he has never seen it before and has no idea what it does, and then decides to read bits of the medicine’s documentation to me, I am not filled with confidence.

He managed to retract more confidence a short time later when he thought that Lexapro (the other medication that I am taking at the moment) was two different medications, and didn’t know what either of them did.

This is a contrast to my usual pharmacy where advice from the pharmacist comes in the form of stickers on the box. Human interactions are generally limited to “Here’s your prescription, pay at the counter”. If this is the standard of care in our pharmacies, perhaps there isn’t anything to lose by letting supermarkets have in-store pharmacies…as long as they don’t start charging us by the litre.

Samuel

3 comments May 30th, 2008 at 05:03pm

The Bath Song

The things people will do in the name of educating children can be quite disturbing. I originally found this with the intent of playing every time Nattie has a bath and seeing how long it takes her to make the connection…the videos was far too amusingly disturbing to subject an innocent dog to though, so I abandoned the experiment and saved the link for the benefit of a slow day on this blog.

Enjoy!

Samuel

May 30th, 2008 at 12:25pm

Spam aimed at seedy real estate investment salespeople?

A spam email:

From: Vern Brewster
Subject: Easy Life

1. Find a girl
2. Invite her to your appartments
3. Use subject product V (or C)
4. Have fun
5. Take her number
6. Profit?

This is followed by a link which I’m not going to repeat here…but on the assumption that the poorly spelled “appartments” is supposed to be plural, and the final step involves profit, I can only assume that this is a strange invitation to show a girl a bunch of apartments, force an illegal substance on her, make her buy the apartments by taking her number (credit card number) and then skip the country with the money before the credit card company initiate a chargeback.

Very odd.

Samuel

2 comments May 29th, 2008 at 03:40pm

Well that’s karma for you…

For those of you who have been having trouble reaching this website since about 8:30 this morning, it would appear that karma caught up with me and decided that once the power was restored in Mitchell and Kaleen, I had to be punished for enjoying 2CC’s endeavours in the darkness of a power outage by having my hosting provider’s network go “wonky” (as Clive Robertson would most likely say).

Of course, the fact that I work there (I may have resigned but I’m still in my notice period) and was part of the team dealing with many customers who were also affected by the wonky network just made Dr. Karma so much happier.

For slightly more details of the wonky network, see http://status.aussiehq.com.au/item/2025.html

Samuel

2 comments May 29th, 2008 at 11:12am

Power Failure in Mitchell and Kaleen

There is currently a power failure in Mitchell and Kaleen. ActewAGL hope to have the power back on by about 8:30am.

Update 8:30am: Power has been restored. ActewAGL are blaming an accident on the corner of Hoskins Street and Sandford Street in Mitchell for the outage. End Update

Since 2CC got back on the air just after the 7:30 news was replaced by the emergency tape version of The Carpenters, Mike Jeffreys and Jason Morrison have been having a rather amusing conversation. It’s almost a pity that they’ve gone to a sensible conversation, although they did manage to get the SMS system back online and listener opinions have been fairly evenly divided whether to continue the rambling or have a sensible conversation…the “no music” opinion has been quite unanimous though.

Update 7:58am: Of course Greens MLA Dr. Deb Foskey would be on to talk about carbon rationing during a power failure. Goodness knows what the buzzing noise on the phone line was just when Mike and Deb seemed to be agreeing on the subject of energy efficient houses. “That’s an interesting noise” said Dr. Foskey. All things considered, she took the whole “we’re running on backup power and I can see the time if I point a torch at the clock” thing quite well.

Just a thought, will the satellite receiver work on emergency power? If not Steve Price might be missing a station today. He has already missed his usual chat with Mike at 7:55. End Update

Update 8:15am: Even though I can rarely ever get words right in text messages, I sent 2CC a text message: “2cc no carpenters, but you can croon if you like. Hang in there mike, this is great entertainment from this end of the radio. Samuel”. Mike believes that I just like it because it’s unusual and has put everyone at the radio station in an odd position…well yes, but I also like the fact that this is live, almost completely unplanned radio, and there are a number of people with a good sense of humour keeping the ball rolling. Perhaps I should have suggested that this is precisely why we need to new power station near Hume. End Update

Samuel

May 29th, 2008 at 07:53am

A fog free day

Hi Mike,

After your parting wish of a fog free day this morning just before your insightful announcement that ACTION's new direction would not fit in before the news, I felt compelled to tell you how much I like fog. I've always been quite partial to a good fog.

I do remember one day in winter of 2006 at work on a particularly foggy day when I commented about the "nice fog" one of my co-workers informed me that there was nothing appealing about a fog. Naturally I disagreed, fogs are wonderful mysterious things that change the visual landscape in a different way every time, some bits are thick and other bits aren't…and it wafts, I love a fog of varying density that wafts. There is something very special about standing in a fog with a torch and watching the beam of light change as the fog wafts past.

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment May 28th, 2008 at 05:30pm

Who wants my job?

On Monday I resigned from my job as Senior Customer Service Representative at AussieHQ for mostly personal reasons. The job has now been advertised, so the question now is who will get it when I leave?

AussieHQ Senior Customer Service Representative
AussieHQ Senior Customer Service Representative
(Image taken from the Seek version of the job advertisement)

If this sounds like the job for you, then you might as well apply because I won’t be in the job for much longer. The job advertisement can be found on Seek, CapitalJobs and Whirlpool.

Other jobs currently on offer at AussieHQ
Customer Service Representative: SeekCapitalJobsWhirlpool
Customer Service Manager: SeekCapitalJobsWhirlpool
Assistant Manager – Corporate Services: SeekCapitalJobs
Accounts Receivable Officer: SeekCapitalJobs

For what it’s worth, I have every intention of remaining a customer of AussieHQ and think anybody who is interested in one of the available jobs will enjoy the work environment. For those of you who do decide to apply, best of luck with your application.

Samuel

1 comment May 28th, 2008 at 12:23pm

Frank and Dale are back

I’m a tad late welcoming them back, but none-the-less, welcome back to the only animated online series (Samuel In Dolgnwot) excluded, that has really every interested me. Frank and Dale are back for a second series. A quick warning though, there is some coarse language so if you don’t want to hear coarse language, don’t follow the link.

By the way, do any of the 2UE (or associated network stations) listeners recognise one of the character voices? I’m not going to say any more than that right now…maybe next week if nobody gets it earlier.

Samuel

4 comments May 28th, 2008 at 11:24am

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