Thursday, May 08, 2003

New stodge.net website?

I'm tempted to create a new stodge.net website. The current one is great to look at, but it seems to impersonal somehow. I'm working away on my local test server so hopefully I'll have something to show soon.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Stop the internet, I want to get off!

The internet is a great thing; it allows millions of people to publicise themselves on the web. Fine. It lets people from all around the world communicate. Fine. It lets people share information, ideas and jokes. Fine.

What isn't "fine", is the fact that it's killing peoples' ability to use correct spelling and grammar. Sure, I know that when you're posting something on the internet or writing a quick email to a friend, it doesn't matter if your spelling is wrong, or if you use "ur" or "your" instead of "you're". What does matter is that when you write like this every day, these shortcuts and mistakes will eventually work their way into your handwriting and everyday life.

It's scary how many people use bad grammar and spelling on the web; it's literally killing the English (and American and Canadian etc..) language and it's also lowering the standard of education among children. It feels like children can't add two numbers together without using a personal computer, never mind a calculator! I have this scary vision that we, and the internet, are educating a generation of illiterate children.

Sometimes I want to re-wind time and return to the days before the internet when children could spell you're and knew when to use it. Hell I even find myself using the wrong word at the wrong time.

Stop the internet..........!

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

If only.....

If only products performed as well at home as they do on TV. For example, I was just trying to wrap some saran wrap (cling film) around a bowl to put in the fridge. I had more chance of getting a politician to tell the truth than I did of getting that saran wrap to stick properly. If you watch the current saran commercials here in Canada, you'll clearly see the actor covering a bowl as if it was the easiest thing in the world. There wasn't a single ripple on his saran wrap; in fact it was so damn taut you could bounce an elephant off of it. Now my attempt was so damn messy the wrap would fall off if I breathed on it. Sure, it could just be a "man thing"; half the time I can't event tear off a piece of saran wrap without it ending up in a scrunched up ball. I think there's a secret method that only women know and can master. It must be a "gene thing"....