Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
The dutiful side of me won out and threw me in the car, staring at my iPhone map and deposited me at a coffee morning with the school-mums. You are right -- that is a bit out of character. I survived. Just.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
"The public seems to have some more confidence - they seem to have believed the talk about green shoots, but actually the data haven't really looked that way at all."
Former MPC member Professor David Blanchflower
David Blanchflower is known as as an expert in the Economics of Happiness and has published several papers on various tangents on the topic. In one study, he asserts that as the GDP goes up, happiness does not necessarily follow. But what about down? I've not found anything by him on that, but, Blanchflower is a big advocate of copious amounts of sex and a long-lasting relationship.
So. Ummm....extrapolating all that, it does appear there might be a variable that could help get the world back on its feet. Perhaps another Valentine's Day needs to be added to the calendar. Right now.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Missmc has been the recipient of some very odd hotel marketing strategies as of late. Rooms in trendy east London for 1pound? Link here. Or, how about some free spa credits in Palm Springs...that sounds a bit more enticing. A self-enclosed universe of elegance-meets-camp design next to the splendor of Joshua National Park...I can almost feel the sunshine.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
My oldest son has just sold me two drawings. After purchasing, he gave me a "Loyalty Card". How sweet. My very first item of this type. There is nothing as lovely as the thought that I will now be loyal to him. Forever and ever. He is one step ahead of his younger brother now.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Do childhood television and movies influence your persona later in life? I'd answer yes. The only television show I watched with regularity and passion as a young child was Gilligan's Island. Shipwrecked on an island, each episode revolves around the potential of getting off the island through self-initiative and invention. I remember thinking whether I wanted to be Ginger, the movie star, or Maryanne, the kind girl. I waffled back and forth, and decided I wanted to be the Professor. But that was impossible, being a girl. I'd have to settle on marrying him. I had a huge crush. There is more than a slight resemblance between the Professor and my husband in the looks department. The same eyebrows. And both the Professor and my current husband are hopeless when it comes to solving the practical problem at hand - the-how-to-get-off-the-island-question. Both are diverted like dreamers toward inapplicable innovative ideas that soak up time and add no added value outside of the headspace they come from. So we remain stuck on the island.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
It is the first day of school for the little one who is entering first grade. After the summer, the basic back-to-school conversation with parents is a quick kiss-kiss-lovely-to-see-you-how-was-your-summer-yes-it-rained-but-we-had-a-splendid-time-and-you-and-you-hows-your-fine-thanks-you-are-looking-well all conducted with big grins and suntanned faces. Behind the facade, it is "I-might-be-late-let's-get-in-line-oh-my-oh-my-boy-is-going-to-the-big-school".
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Amidst the wildfires of L.A., I have a piece in an art exhibition at LaXart opening tomorrow. Here is a live webcam that might be engulfed by flames sometime in the next week. Looks awfully smoky there...
Sunday, 30 August 2009
I'm back. The "ordinary as spectacle" crept up over and over again whilst traipsing through New York City. New York is a foodie town and current trends often reflect larger cultural shifts before they are evident elsewhere. Things that are reflective of society often are repackaged, remarketed and franchised to the rest of the world. So what is in vogue? Places with simple limited menus - vanilla, chocolate or strawberry served in a Guy Debord kind of spectacle of simplicity. In other words, you will notice the ordinariness of the place in a way that makes it less ordinary.
Back in the good old days, when stylish boutique hotels and restaurants started popping up around the city, there was a trend amongst my peer group to avoid such places. Instead, we'd go skipping happily into the biggest dives in town, eating and drinking under graffiti laden walls and wood paneling. They were our secret places, off limits to tourists. Inside we'd encounter the odd dwarf junkie shooting up, but, that made it "real". And then, this kind of thing became trendy, and, hidden bars and restaurants with no names started popping up to appeal to this anti-place instinct. We'd been packaged. Onward we marched into Williamsburg and Greenpoint into obscurity. Investment bankers followed. Trendy residential buildings sprouted.
Nine years later, this "authenticity", this "ordinaryness" has taken another twist. I spent an evening uptown in touristville in the upmarket Parker Meridian hotel. We went to the cafe inside entitled "The Burger Joint". It was a genuine piece of performance art. The queue was about 45 minutes. The sign, painted on cardboard gave precise instructions. Know what you want before you reach the counter or you will be sent to the back of the line. A real New Yorker kind of rule. A staccato menu was posted -- hamburger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. Don't forget to say how you would like it cooked. Wood paneling laden with graffiti and tacky old-school posters adorned the walls. Familiar trendy songs of old wafted in the air. Fire leapt from the tiny open kitchen. Phones rang, people jostled for tables and the service was crisp and laid the onus for pleasure on the customer side.
What should one think upon entering an upmarket New York Hotel and encountering a scene from the lower east side of old? Beyond irony, turning left at sincerity and grabbing a few props along the way, it was pure theatre. And a very odd thing to think that the cherished hipster experience had gone full circle in clientele. The path from from a) it is genuine and the people are from places you have never known to b) here come the artists to c) let's market that to d) it is no longer genuine but the people are again from places you have never known...
The ordinary as spectacle had gone full circle. Loop de loop. And the burger was most delicious.
There are indeed too many things in the world. That is something that was highlighted by the economic crisis. Guilty about consumption? No problem. New York is on the case. If you are offered three quality items, no more, it cuts out the anxiety for you. And you can still overpay for that ice cream cone, or hamburger, guilt free.
So. You will know when the economic crisis is over when these places no longer hold the heart and soul approval of NYC foodies. When the ordinary as spectacle subsides, and, a more ornate kind of culinary presentation again reemerges (like the tall food embelishments of days past), well, then, perhaps we've gone past back on track and the bubble alarm ought to be ringing again...
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
...a study by the C.I.A., now declassified, found that Bueno de Mesquita’s predictions "hit the bull's-eye" twice as often as its own analysts did.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
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Thank you for contacting Dell Hardware Chat support for the UK and Republic of Ireland. I am Sourav and I will be assisting you today, please give me a couple of minutes while I pull out your system records.
hi - the system was freezing and i tried to remove battery as no other reset was working and the battery is stuck. this machine just came back from repair.
also - i don't know the password to do system updates.
Hello, Susan. How are you doing today?
is there any way to get you to take this computer back and send me a fresh one? i am leaving on hol thurs and bought it to do work with me and it seems to have a host of problems.
are you there?
so...what do you think?
Susan, I see that, the system you're referring to has UBUNTU as the Operating System.
that is correct
besides the system freezes, it seems more to be a hardware issue with the battery stuck and bad mousepad...
Susan, you'll need to contact our UBUNTU Support on 0844 338 1122.
and sound issue...and everything issue. can we do an exchange and start fresh???
They would certainly be able to assist you with your query today.
that is crazy. i am not paying for phone support. i want this computer replaced. it has been a lemon since it landed. It just came back after a week of service at Dell for software issues.
Susan, I'm afraid, as the Operating System installed is UBUNTU, I'll not be able to assist you with your query today.
Hence, you'll need to contact on the above mentioned phone number.
are you there?
this is a hardware issue, not an os problem.
battery and keypad - can we start there? they are disfunctional.
Please understand, as per process, you'll need to contact UBUNTU Support on 0844 338 1122.
They are available from Mon - Fri, 8AM - 8PM GMT.
i have paid for millions of h9ours getting the first problem sorted. i want someone to come take this computer back
There is no chat support for the UBUNTU Dept. and you've reached the wrong dept.
yes but can you give me the we-will-take-your-computer-back and give you a working one dept - something online so i don't have to queue and pay?
Susan, if you contact the above mentioned phone number, the Technicians on the phone, will certainly be able to assist you address your queries for today.
ultimately, this is a hardware issue.
i do not have an ubuntu problem. i have a hardware problem.
are you there?
Susan, please understand, you'll need to contact Ubuntu Support, as I'm not authorised to assist you for this issue.
is there a dept. that i can reach via online to get this computer exchanged?
are you there?
Susan, I'm afraid, there is no online support, for UBUNTU Dept. and you'll need to contact them on the above mentioned phone number.
You can contact UBUNTU Support on 0844 338 1122.
I am not asking for ubuntu dept. I am asking for customer service to exchange fault hardware. it is not the os that is the issue.
I can provide you the contact no. of the Customer Care Dept. but they will not be able to assist you with this.
You'll need to contact the UBUNTU Technical Support Dept. and they'll certainly assist you and if required will also provide you with a replacement system.
a battery problem is not a software problem - why can't you assist? this has nothing to do with ubuntu
Susan, please understand, an issue with a battery could sometimes be due to a BIOS issue. This has to be checked and resolved in the Operating System as well. Since we are not trained on UBUNTU I would not know which BIOS update to run or know where to look for an update. This is the reason there is a separate UBUNTU queue.
no. that is not the case. the battery is literally stuck in the machine.
I understand that however there are other issues with the system as well such as the sound issue. These need to be addressed in Ubuntu. In addition your request for a replacement machine can only be looked into by the Ubuntu department
can i have the customer care number? i am really n9ot happy to keep spending money on service calls when this machine arrived with some issues, went back for service, and now is having more issues. it is costing too much to deal with a system that has not worked properly since arriving.
You can contact Customer Care Dept. on 0844 444 4712 / 0844 444 3792. They're available from 9AM - 6PM GMT, Monday to Friday.
You can also email them.
Please use this link to email: http://support.euro.
thank you. this is really now a customer care issue I am sure you would agree.
Susan, as you have technical issues with the system, Customer Care Dept. might recommend you to contact Ubuntu Technical Support Dept.
But, you can still go ahead and discuss the matter with the Customer Care Dept.
it is a pity that following a script on your end prevents you from assisting with this problem. thanks, susan