Saturday, June 27, 2009

iPhone Picture Messaging Horror

I love my iPhone, it's sleek and sexy. I love showing off the features, for example, how cool is the pinching the screen to make things bigger or smaller thing!

So when the new version 3.0 of the iPhone software was released I couldn't wait to try out the new features ... Landscape texting: Thought it was going to be better than it is (too used to the portrait keyboard) ... Cut and Paste, magic ... MMS capabilities ... thats where my problem lies.

For the first week or so (til the novelty wore off), wherever I was I thought about what cool and amusing pictures I could send to Aimee. This seems fine on the surface, but highlights a problem with the way the iPhone starts the messaging application. For those not blessed enough to have such a device, it always starts on the last screen you were on. Mostly the last person your texted so additional care is required before you send the message to ensure the correct person receives the message.

I have made this error before sending silly texts to friends and clients alike, but adding photos makes it sooooo much worse! So far I have sent a picture of a prawn cracker I was eating while waiting for a takeaway to one of my clients and worse still (by some distance) was the other day when I was in a particularly silly mood ...

We were getting ready to go out to the pub for one of our friends birthdays last weekend. While I was, erm, flushing the system out (so to speak) I took my phone so I could check the news and update my facebook status (who doesn't!). Then my great idea came to me ... Heeeeeeyy! I could send Aimee is picture of me on the loo ... she'll love that. So I proceeded to spend a good few minutes trying to capture a good picture of myself on the karzie (which meant taking several where I was almost not in the picture ... not great for self portraits the iPhone). Finally, when I was happy I proceeded to send the message with a cheeky chuckle to myself.

Then it happened ... I noticed WHO I was sending it to ... it was to one of my mates ... oh shit ... Queue pathetic attempts to prevent the text from going ... shake it to see if the undo function works ... nope ... cover the phone with my hands, hide it under my jumper, anything to make it loose reception ... improved if anything ... Swear at it ... no reaction ... Cover my own face with hands hoping the phone would take pity ... it didn't.

Below is the actual screen shot from the phone, the "O." is the only remaining evidence of my panic ... quite appropriate methinks!



Can I be the only one to have this problem?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Classic Comedy - Monty Pythons Flying Circus

This is the first post about comedy I find funny and inspiring ... there will be many more!

First cab off the ranks is Monty Pythons Flying Circus. It is clear to see how modern comedy has been inspired by this show (eg. "Fast Show" and "Little Britain"). They were the masters of silliness, characters changing mid-sketch and themes which flit in and out throughout the episodes. Their punch lines can still be heard around the world (think "nudge, nudge, wink, wink").

I am not going to go into massive and boring details about the history of Monty Python because there are millions of sites around where you can get that information so I will just tell you who's in it and,
"GET ON WITH IT!"
  • John Cleese
  • Eric Idle
  • Michael Palin
  • Graham Chapman
  • Terry Jones
  • Terry Gilliam

I could have included many sketches here including the most famous Dead Parrot sketch ... but I wanted to use 2 that particularly appeal to me, hope you enjoy!

Man Turns Into Scotsman Sketch (Series 1, Episode 7)

I chose this sketch for a couple of reasons. First, cos it is piss funny, second because I have quite a few Scottish friends which adds that extra relevance :)

I particularly love how the inspector tries to determine any scottishness from the mans wife ...
He never got drunk at night or brought home black puddings?

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Four Yorkshiremen

This video, recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl, shows the four rich Yorshiremen trying to out-do each other as to how poor they used to be with increasing silliness.

Being a proud Yorkshireman myself how could I not include this one? Enjoy ...


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Feel free to share your opinions ...

Cheers ...

Jason



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Monday, June 15, 2009

Call a bog a bog


I am unsure why the word "toilet" is forbidden to say in public.

Women cunningly disguise their disgusting habit of going to the loo by instead visiting the "bathroom" ... I used to wonder what world of feminine bliss lay behind the grimy green door at the Prince of Wales. I had visions of plush carpets, dressing tables and, well, a bath! I can now going to expose that as a lie ... it is, in fact, a slightly less smelly version of the male "bathroom" (as I am trying to avoid toilet humour I will leave the comparison there).




Bowing to this female pressure shopping centres across the country (Australia) are increasingly referring to the little boys room as "Rest Rooms" How posh, and a jolly good idea I thought. At last, a male luxury sanctuary where I can sink into a chesterfield with the paper and a single malt while the missus goes "ooo" a lot at shoes . May read a book, watch the rugger or play Billiards with a chap who has a double barreled surname (might even have a piss while I'm at it, who knows). But wait ... in another exclusive Twaddle Factory expose we can bring you the truth about these so called "Rest" rooms ... they are ... in fact ... just a normal bog (Gasp).

So come on people, next time you are in the pub, or restaurant and you need to pay a visit, forget all the pretentious bollocks, stand up, puff out your chest and say in a booming, confident voice...

"Get the beers in ... I'm off for a slash"

A very witty birthday card


Selecting a card for someone can be such a struggle for me. Firstly, unless someone has died or is dying it has to be funny. Secondly there is often a severe lack of genuinely witty cards which appeal to my sense of humour (Random Whinge: Can Americans spell ANYTHING? There is a "u" in humour! I can see this is particular whinge will come up regularly).

This year for my girlfriends birthday I had the rare experience of finding the absolute perfect card for her, straight away ... how we laughed :)



Welcome to the Twaddle Factory

Hurray! My first blog ever. Seems like everyone is doing it these days so why not me ...

I am looking forward to reviewing this initial blog in months to come to see if any of my misplaced intentions for this blog are realised. (Random and inconveniently placed whinge: Why can't you include the PROPER English spelling of "realised" in the dictionary by default? And while I am at it, I don't appreciate your futile attempts to change my ways through the auto correction function). Right, where was I? ... yes, my blogging intentions.

I hereby declare my blog will include:
  • Reviews and ramblings, good and bad, about comedy shows and movies I like and watch
  • Funny stories which I have either happened, or not happened (except in my brain).
  • Jokes, although I have to admit they will have to be VERY funny cos I don't normally like stuff like that
  • Items which tickle my fancy.
  • Sketches and ideas derived from drunken evenings in our back yard (thats mainly me at t'missus) which we mistakenly believe to be amusing at the time. This blog will hopefully prove to us that we are comedic geniuses and not (as we suspect) quite unfunny indeed.
I also promise (with my fingers firmly crossed) to blog on a regular basis and that all posts will be rather amusing or about rather amusing things.

In the mean time I am going to do some work, otherwise I will not earn any money and will subsequently not be able to pay for my internet connection and won't be able to blog (I am going to drop that word into conversations on a more regular basis from now on I have decided) therefore depriving the public of my total and utter twaddle ...

A Beintot (as they say in France, probably).

Jason

P.S Sorry French speaking people, but there are no options in this to add the funny line over the "A" or the hat shaped thingy over the "o". Therefore some imagination is required to ensure the correct pronunciation of the phrase.


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