Phone groan:
I had to buy a new top-up card for my mobile. Why do mobile phone users have to give their geographical locations when someone calls? “I’m in the train!” etc. Yes, we know you’re in the train; everyone in the train carriage (and probably the next one) can hear you gabbling. Eventually there will be an easier way of telling the caller the location/weather trivia. The phone will ‘know’ where it is, what that location’s weather is like, and even the direction the user is travelling and any hold-ups that are likely to be encountered. And it’ll tell a caller all this and more, before connecting to the phone’s owner. That packet of info may suffice instead of the call itself. But by the time your phone has this capability it’ll probably have evolved into a colour- camera /gameboy/gambling-machine; and users will be too busy ogling tiny little phone-screens and playing multiplayer games until their credit-cards burn up, to answer voice calls. It looks like mobiles may be the only place that the much-touted ‘media convergance’ actually happens. Still; anything to stop people talking into them, eh? 🙂

The cycle of Spring:
I always know when it’s really Spring; I see the first female off-road cyclist of the year, as I did today. Where do they go in the winter, that’s what I want to know? Are there some giant heated indoor cycle-dromes that I’m missing out on? 😉


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