Making You Shop

Ever gone into a shop and ended up purchasing more than you planned? It should come as no surprise that this is not an accident. All sorts of scientific research has gone into determining the ideal conditions to encourage you to spend. Here's a nice A-Z list from the Space Hijackers of some of the tricks (if you can bear the annoying background image). See if you can spot any next time you shop.

Modern Gaming

The kids and I were having a game of cards today. Good old, low-tech cards. The low-tech effect was somewhat ruined when Tinkerbell left to go to the toilet with, "Pause the game, Dad."

Patent #3

I received news today that my third patent has been filed with the USPTO. This is all done through my employer, so they own the rights, but my name is on the patent.

My employer recognises the patent system is hopelessly broken, but like most companies invests in patents (I get a bonus) to build up a defensive portfolio. I wonder if (when?) the patent system will collapse under its own weight. Certainly it will be a while (a few years) before my patent is actually processed and awarded (or rejected).

Words Not To Misspell


Vale: Steve Irwin

I haven't been a big fan of the Crocodile Hunter, although his Australia Zoo is excellent. Nevertheless his death is still rather shocking. Surprisingly to me, it's huge news around the world, especially in the USA. Who knew he was so famous?

His death, due to a sting ray, is the third such recorded death in Australia. Incredibly a colleague at work is the grandson of one of the others.

Father's Day

Ah Father's Day! Sleep in. Go out for brunch. Presents. Family. Wonderful!

Best present: The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. I love his books - can't wait to read it.

Early Spring

It's only late August and already I've seen blossoms, had to mow the lawn, had a swim in an outdoor pool and everyone's wearing shorts. Is this climate change?

Australia Qualifies For 2007 Asian Cup

Australia defeated Kuwait 2-0 at the SFS in its second group match this evening. Results elsewhere and the withdrawal of Lebanon, mean we have qualified for the finals already. The Socceroos squad was made up entirely of A-League players. While a bit scrappy, they got the job done. The ABC has a match report.

Not White Bread

I think it is generally accepted that kids prefer white bread over brown. Naruto, on the other hand, has always preferred brown, probably because that's all we ever gave him. Last night we were out of bread so I popped out to the local store to get some more. They only had white bread left so that's what I got.

So when I made Naruto a sandwich for his lunch today it was made with white bread. Now I know he prefers brown, but do you really expect the following from a kid.

Naruto: What's this sandwich? White bread?!

He almost didn't eat it.

The Shampoo Incident

Jamie had to wash her hair today. The shampoo bottle proved exceptionally difficult to open and use in the shower, resulting in much muttering from the bathroom. It is somewhat ironic then, that the particular brand of shampoo advertises itself as "unstressful shampoo".


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