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F'king humans Aug. 26th, 2005 10:05 pm
Woman in the restaurant listening to each ringtone on her phone in turn.
Me: "Excuse me, that really doesn't harmonise with the background music in here".
Her: "I'm setting the ringtone"
Me: "I can't believe you need to do that right now"
Her: "But I'm bored"
No response to that, really. She shut up though.

Then the next-door neighbour comes round with some petition he wants us to sign. Having made three attempts to read his letter I determined that it was incomprehensible, aggressive, but (as much as I could tell) self-contradictory, selfish, and suggested that certain of the proposed parking restrictions should be removed "as pedestrians could walk on the road instead". This he has the gall to put out under the banner of RoadPeace. On returning the unsigned petition to him I'm told (in a loud, highly aggressive fashion) that my opinion doesn't count as it differs from most of the rest of the street - including his buddies at the garage who use the street as a scrapyard. Whether many of them had actually read it, or been intimidated into it (or more likely just signed it to get rid of the drunken fool) I can only wonder.

Learning a bunch of XSL at the moment - anyone recommend any good resources?
Don't seem to have any work 'til Wednesday now. Tomorrow's plans don't seem to have got made.

From: achanchinou
Date: August 26th, 2005 - 11:18 pm (Link)
I often have to wonder if people who insist that sidewalks, cross walks, parking areas and the like are annoying and in the way understand the concept of being run down by a car. Or heaven forbid, having enough room to get by in a wheelchair.
From: fellcat
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 12:03 am (Link)
  • Write to the relevant authorities in support of the proposed restrictions −I assume that you do support them, as you refused to sign the petition. That way, your opinion will count.
  • Write to RoadPeace about the misuse of their name in connection with a campaign that would increase the risk to pedestrians.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 01:08 am (Link)
That would be the neighbour with the "Girl run down by truck" poster in his window, wouldn't it? Can't quite work out how that ties with making people walk in the road ...
From: valkyriekaren
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 09:39 am (Link)
Indeed - the guy's own daughter was killed in an RTA, but apparently because that was the fault of the driver, it's OK to keep roads unsafe.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 05:08 pm (Link)
Because, obviously, making life more difficult for drivers and pedestrians will only improve road safety ...
From: jhaelan
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 06:14 am (Link)
XSL: Try www.xml.com, they have a series by Bob DuCharme on transformations; try www.zvon.org, they have examples and an easy to navigate reference section; try O'Reilly's XSLT book; try the xsl list (at mulberry I think); and if you're stuck you can always drop me a mail
From: themadcatlady
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 08:19 am (Link)
That's another reason why I left London. At least there's not so *many* fucking humans where I live and if there are, they're gone again the next week (I'm talking tourists!).

As for the ringtones, they should really do an option on your phone when you're setting them to also set the *volume* while you're setting them, so you can do it *quietly*.... the option not being there is much more annoying than people actually making noise with their ringtones, methinks. :(
From: valkyriekaren
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 09:41 am (Link)
I don't think she had that much clue - she continued to burble on until her food arrived about how she couldn't tell if her phone was ringing because she didn't recognise tone, which she'd accidentally changed.
From: kelemvor
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 01:45 pm (Link)
And the concept of vibration alerts simply passed this person by...
From: fellcat
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 11:29 pm (Link)
The concept of turning the 'phone off at the table had also evidently passed her by. Don't parents teach table manners any more? Oh no, of course not, this is 21st century Britain after all; being courteous is so last century daahling.

[Fumes at idiot compatriots.]

The usual

From: webcowgirl
Date: August 27th, 2005 - 11:58 am (Link)
Sorry to hear about today not getting organized. Maybe we can go to a museum Tuesday day if you'd like. Call me and let me know.