Triple M Rocks

I was riding the bus this morning reading my book, when I heard a young and slightly disabled boy begin yelling at another passenger.

“Get away from me, I only like people my own age.”

He was glaring at an old lady who had seated herself in front of him. He got up and moved to a seat across the aisle. Unfortunately there were other pensioners embarking at this particular bus stop. When an old man sat behind him leaped into the air and yelled.

“What did I just say! I only like people my own age”

He came to the back of the bus and sat in the seat across from me and then finished his commentary.

“I only like people my own age, with all their hair, who listen to triple M”

He repeated this statement several times and then settled down to listen to his radio. His only other outburst throughout the journey was to announce to all and sundry

“Triple M Rocks!!”

Perhaps it does

This Internet thing

I have been doing my first contract job designing a website for a mining equipment supplier around Lismore. The fellow for whom I am working is particularly strong headed about what he wants on his website, which is essentially all the bells and whistles that are possible. Being new to the game of interacting with clients and managing their expectations, I have essentially tried to give him everything he wanted. Somehow, of his own accord he cottoned onto the fact that what he was getting was unlikely to be indexed well in the search engines. He confronted me about this and lambasted me about not telling him this fact. (Update 2011: In my defense you have to remember that Google was in its early days, and search engines were basically useless.) He demanded that I explain to him about how search engines work. I happily indulged him, being personally interested in the field. When I came to Google and started explaining how the Page Rank algorithm worked my client got very agitated and angry. He finished our discussion with what has become one of my favorite outbursts, ‘Well if that is how it works, this Internet thing will never last’.