Archive for July 26th, 2007

They say that common sense isn’t all that common…

…apparently the same can be said for logic.

I was in Queanbeyan today and walked past a rather amusing incident. A parking inspector was writing a parking ticket for a car, and noticed that the driver of the car behind this one was about to get in to his car.

The parking inspector called out “You’ll be getting one of these in the mail” to which the driver replied “Why, what did I do wrong?”. The parking inspector pointed at a bus zone sign and said “It’s a bus stop” to which the driver quite remarkably replied “Oh, but I only read the green sign”.

The tone of the message indicated that the driver thought he was innocent because he only read one sign (it was a shared zone, a red sign indicated the times that it is a bus stop, and the green sign indicated the times that it’s a car park). Putting the fact that the green sign indicated that the spot was not a car park at the time of the incident to one side, the logic behind this statement is quite astounding.

Based on this driver’s logic, if you walk in to a store and want to purchase a $1000 television for example, you could claim that when you read the price tag it said “$100”, and the store would be required to sell the television to you for $100.

The parking inspector had the final word before producing the parking ticket when he informed the driver that “you have to read all the signs”.

The whole incident, and especially the final line from the parking inspector, amused me immensely, although I would have to admit that the notion of that man driving a car on a public road does concern me.


7 comments July 26th, 2007 at 05:02pm

Happy Birthday John Howard

Today is prime minister John Howard’s 68th birthday. One does have to wonder if it will be his last birthday as prime minister…the polls certainly seem to indicate that it will be.


8 comments July 26th, 2007 at 01:41pm

John Brennan

I thought I wrote this the other day, but apparently not.

John Brennan OAM, 2GB program director, former 2UE program director, and absolute radio industry legend, has retired.

Brennan is the most successful program director in the history of Australian radio, and will be sorely missed.

Best wishes for your retirement Brenno!


11 comments July 26th, 2007 at 10:24am

The peculiar bored picture spammers

Following on from my comments yesterday about spammers claiming to be female whilst using male names, I have finally picked out one of these strange people to try and work out what the point of this spam is.

As far as I can tell there doesn’t seem to be any logic to this spam as I can’t see any way that it would be of any benefit to the spammer. Surely a Nigerian money scam would be much more profitable?

Anyway, I’m going to find out, and attempt to keep you up to date on the progress of this project. Here is the email I have chosen to reply to.

From: Simon Schafer <>
Date: Jul 25, 2007 12:35 AM
Subject: Re: Pics
Hello! I am tired tonight. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at only, because I am writing not from my personal email. I want to show you some pictures.

And my reply:

From: Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Date: Jul 26, 2007 3:57 AM
Subject: Hello Simon
Hello Simon,

I am sorry to hear that you are bored and I hope that I will be able to make you feel better.

I look forward to chatting with you…and it is rather interesting that you mention that you would like to show me some pictures, because I have some pictures that I would like to show to you. Isn’t that amazing? I think that coincidence proves that we are going to have a great conversation.

I eagerly look forward to your reply!

Best wishes,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Does anyone else think that Simon will be surprised when he finds out that the pictures I have for him are of construction sites in Civic?


8 comments July 26th, 2007 at 03:56am

The Reincarnated Bug Advertisement

I have noticed a rather peculiar Google Ad recently:

Will you be reincarnated?
Are you coming back as a bug? Find out why you were born.

Naturally the prospect of having someone tell me if I am going to be reincarnated as a bug was too good to pass up, so I followed the link and ended up with this PDF file. It is very long and does its best to explain why everything is as it is, however it does not at any time make any mention of bugs or reincarnation.

I followed that link hoping to find some crackpot who was willing to tell me whether or not I will be reincarnated as a bug, and so far I haven’t been even remotely enlightened. If today was Sunday I might have considered ringing Psychic Sharyn about it, but as today is not Sunday, and I don’t really want to know whether or not I will come back as a bug, I don’t think I’ll bother.

Of course if one of you knows the answer and wants to let me know, feel free to leave a comment.


3 comments July 26th, 2007 at 03:00am


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