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Mabel Morgan
16 April 2009 @ 01:18 pm
I love it when irate patients come through to me on my phone extention and start screaming about missed appointments and the like.

"Hello? My name is Missus Bladeblah and on the 17th November I called you to book a transport appointment and no one answered so I left a message, but then no one called me back and then I called back and left another message and someone called me back that time but on the date of the appointment I didn't get my ride. So now I am calling to make another appointment and I have been calling continuously for the last three days and.."

"Can I stop you a moment?"

"...I want to book an appointment for the frac.."

"You have the wrong number"

"What?"

"You have dialled the wrong number. This is not the hospital"

"Oh"

"Bye"

It's very satisfying to know that I have taken the wind out of their sails and that I don't have to actually deal with their complaint. Back when I worked in a call centre, dealing with screamers was almost as bad as the mind-numbing monotony of working there the rest of the time. Being able to say "No, not my problem" and hang up is like some kinda compensation.
 
 
Mabel Morgan
15 April 2009 @ 02:23 pm
Dear Everyone I bet that Obama Would be the First US President to Invade an African Country,


At the time of making the bet I specifically excluded anything to to with Black Hawk Down and Operation Hope Things Go Alright, because I felt that counted as a UN operation led by the US given that so many other countries were involved. Anyway, the point is, get your money ready, because I reckon Obama is gonna invade Somalia and this time it will count because I said so.

Cheers,

Mabel.
 
 
Mabel Morgan


I have his albums. They are a bit self-righteous, but he puts a new perspective on the Somali pirates. Not sure his view is not as one-sided as that of CNN, but it's nice to hear the other side.
 
 
Mabel Morgan
13 April 2009 @ 06:49 pm
To be honest, it's hard to tell the difference between this and the real ad.

 
 
Mabel Morgan
08 April 2009 @ 12:33 pm
Blair questions Papal gay policy


I read that headline on my RSS feeder several times before clicking on it thinking that PAYPAL had decided not to allow gay porn to be purchased through their system. My mind is slow.
 
 
 
Mabel Morgan
07 April 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Is the new Eminem video/song just more anti-lesbian/anti-female wank? I am sick of this cockmaster.

http://www.rapradar.com/Focus/eminem-qwe-made-youq-video.html
 
 
Mabel Morgan
05 April 2009 @ 12:55 am
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/05/google-internet-piracy

The guy who wrote that article appears to hate Google more than I hate Apple, which is actually quite hard. His arguments are much more thought out than my (almost) irrational dislike of Macs and ipods. Having said that, I am not so sure about the tone he's taking. He makes out that Google is just another corporate giant and lists in varying detail the many evil things they do. One of the main points he's making is that Google allows people to access music, books and various copyrighted content for free. The punters get their content, Google gets their money from advertisers and the "intellectual property" owner gets screwed.

Now, in this sense the guy does have a good point - Google know nothing of creativity and originality and are just an collators of content. They don't offer a replacement for the stuff that may die out due to their indifferent pilfering and they stand on some very dodgy ground when it comes to privacy. However, I think the guy fails to acknowledge the beauty of many of their products and the neat symbiotic relationship Google has with so many third party developers.

Additionally, I have a huge issue with "creatives" whining about copyright infringement and people "stealing their stuff" (one of the reasons I secretly hate Wil Wheton is that he continually whines about people stealing his stuff). I especially dislike this whining from liberals and those on the Left - the anarchist in me does not believe in property and "intellectual property" is at the bottom of the list. I can see how it would annoy you that someone was making money off your creative endeavours while you were not (as Google does). But I don't think sitting round writing songs, writing books, playing music, making films etc should be favoured so disproportionately (that's the Marxist in me) and to some degree there is something to be said for the equality of opportunity that something like YouTube brings.

These same people that whine on about their work being devalued because it is available for free remind me of all those actors who hate reality TV. They can't stand that someone could gain fame, exposure and fortune for doing something that requires only slightly less talent than most professional actors posses. The other day I read something complaining about bloggers\columnists vs investigative journalists. Essentially the author was saying that people who comment on the news are lazy and benefit from the real work done by journalists who have to get off their arses and work a story with verifiable facts before they file copy. (Actually, I don't think I read it, I think it was on The WIre Season 5 DVD - but I digress).

And these are salient points, but I am not so sure that it is quite such a bad thing for there to be bloggers and reality TV stars and free access to books out of print but not copyright. Part of me believes that these are anti-capitalist activities and that the "creatives" whining about them are just pissed that their mystique has been shattered. Unfortunately, like other anti-capitalist activities - organic farming, sustainable living etc - this one has been co-opted by big business and sold back to the masses. Unfortunately it's another revolution that's been televised.
 
 
Mabel Morgan
01 April 2009 @ 12:15 pm
As capitalism eats itself and the world becomes more and more ridiculous, I am finding it harder to understand what is or isn't real. It's April Fool's Day so the Look & Leap Programme could be either a sophisticated joke or just a very, very, very sad indictment of our society. Note the price of the course.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/lookandleap.html

“Thinking about making someone redundant?”

Are you at the point in your role as a senior manager or business owner where you have to seriously consider making one of your colleagues redundant? If so, you may be experiencing a high level of personal discomfort.
Why do you feel the way you do?

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Mabel Morgan
Yesterday I came across this cartoon while farting around on Twitter.




I generally don't find cartoons offensive, even when they are trying to be, but this one really pushed my buttons. I suppose what got to me about it was the inadvertent racism. I did contemplate that this might be deliberate, but having looked at the rest of the guy's cartoons I decided that no, this was indeed racist and offensive claptrap. Here's the correspondence I have had with this guy so far:

I wanted to add at the end "And you can suck my dick" but changed my mind.

Edit: It gets better. Here's his reply to that email.
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Mabel Morgan
29 March 2009 @ 07:44 am

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Originally uploaded by ibster.

This is a picture of Adina that I took the other week while at my Mum's. See how tiny she is? She has a look that says "Lemme alone, I'm sleepy"