Archive for August 29th, 2008

Apparently it can play MP3s

This has appeared in a few JB Hi-Fi catalogues now, the latest of which arrived in my letter box today.

MP3 CD Player

I suppose it depends on your definition of “play”. If by “play” you mean “can hold a CD which has MP3s on it” then yes, I’d consider the advertisement to be accurate. Unfortunately, I don’t consider “impossible to turn on” or “dead on arrival” to be a reasonable definition of “Plays MP3s”, but then again, maybe I was just unlucky and bought a dud unit.

Either way, I didn’t have an opportunity to return to the store for a replacement in the three days after purchasing it, and as I had more pressing matters to attend to, I forgot about it, leaving it sitting in a cupboard which it has now been residing in for about three weeks…and I now don’t believe that a replacement unit or a $28 refund would be worth the hassle of returning to the store with it and arguing about the definition of a reasonable amount of time in which to work out that an item doesn’t work…especially when I’m considering buying an iPod in the next month or so anyway.

It would be more fun to take the CD player apart (in to ten pieces) and post one piece to the JB Hi-Fi head office each weekday for two weeks and see if they send anything back, such as a letter from the confused person who opens each parcel…that would be worth the $28 plus Australia Post charges. I might do that…it sounds like fun. I’ll keep you posted.


August 29th, 2008 at 08:54pm

Eight Weeks Later…

We find out what we already knew:

An exploding oxygen tank forced an emergency landing of a Qantas jet in Manila after it blew a hole in the fuselage, air safety investigators have found.

The tank failed and burst, blasting through the cabin floor from a storage area between business and economy class seats on a Hong Kong to Melbourne flight last month, a preliminary report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found.

Unfortunately, eight weeks is only enough to catch up on information already known, not to actually find out anything new or useful

Bureau investigators are yet to determine why the tank exploded, almost two months after the July 5 incident.

And as it seems to be a day of quotes, bleeding obvious quote of the day goes to Julian Walsh from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The passengers were obviously very lucky

Slow news day perhaps?


August 29th, 2008 at 02:57pm

Silly quote of the day

Goes to somebody who happened to be at Baker’s Delight in Weston a few minutes ago

What is your nice bread for sandwiches and stuff?


August 29th, 2008 at 01:50pm

Quote of the day

Goes to Norvan Vogt, Community Alliance Party candidate for the ACT Election

In the past 4 years the upkeep of our city has been sacrificed for some bizarre ALP social experiment and it has to stop.

Well said Norvan.


August 29th, 2008 at 12:24pm

Mark Parton running as an independent candidate in the ACT Election

I’ll save some of my thoughts for an editorial that I’m writing, but I noted on 2CC’s news at 8am that former Mix 106.3 breakfast host Mark Parton is going to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming ACT election.

Mark has noted on his blog that he will make an announcement on 666 ABC Canberra at 8:30am. Sorry Mark, looks like 2CC beat the exclusive.

Anyway, this should make for an interesting contest. Mark is quite popular in this town, so it will be interesting to see how that translates to the electorate.

Update 10:48am: The official announcement will be at 11am according to Mark. If I wasn’t working, I’d probably be interested in attending even though he is not in my electorate.

Most people who have listened to me in the last 10 years know what I stand for. I stand for the community.
For families, I want this city to be a sustainable, prosperous community so that my children and hopefully their children can proudly call it home.
I am for common sense in Government and for supporting and nurturing business people who have the courage to put their neck on the line and “have a go”.
We need to think green, but we need to do it in a practical common sense way and I want to foster that approach in our community and in business.
I stand for openness and honesty in Government and for solutions that are not shaped by party politics.

Grand statements, but a good brief summary that people will be able to remember the gist of. The Ginninderra electoral race just became interesting. End Update

August 29th, 2008 at 08:13am


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