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May 31, 2012

A nice touch from the makers of Fantastical

Filed under: Experiential,Mac OS X,Software — admin @ 11:36 am

Whilst setting up Fantastical for the first time, you get a lovely little walkthrough that contains this particular gem:

Fantastical intro walkthrough showing you how to 'always allow' it access to your keychain

Above: Fantastical points you at the right button to hit. Nice.

Sauber’s cutaway F1 car

Filed under: Formula One — admin @ 11:09 am

This is awesome: Sauber have spent two years sawing an F1 car in half.

May 30, 2012

Brendan Rodgers to Anfield

Filed under: Football — admin @ 5:28 pm

From the BBC: Brendan Rodgers agrees deal to become new Liverpool manager:

The 39-year-old will sign a three-year contract at Anfield and his appointment is likely to be officially confirmed within 24 hours.

I give him just one of those three seasons.

May 17, 2012

‘Kin(g) Kenny

Filed under: Football — admin @ 12:20 pm

Just over a month after Liverpool sacked Damien Comolli, Kenny Dalglish has been shown the door after 16 months in charge at Anfield.

Liverpool finished the season in 8th place — their lowest league finish since 1994 — with the same number of points as Fulham and only five more than West Brom (bonus points for spotting the delicious ironies there). Not since 1980 have they scored fewer points in the league.

And it’s not as if they were pipped to the post for a Champions League spot either (their stated goal, pre-season, was to finish in the top four & qualify for the Champions League). Tottenham placed 4th in the table and scored 17 more points than Liverpool. Newcastle (5th) scored 13 more and Chelsea (6th) scored 12 more. Everton — fierce local rivals — scored 4 more and finished the season one place ahead of Liverpool.

Under Dalglish, Liverpool fell short of their fourth place target by 17 points.

May 3, 2012

Making ATMs more fun to use

Filed under: Experiential,Financial Services — admin @ 9:28 am

This is great –there are ATMs in London that offer cockney rhyming slang as a language option.

[Ron Delnevo] maintains that it makes it more fun for people to use cash machines and that it also creates a conversation piece. So a speckled hen becomes £10, a cab rank is a bank, and sausage and mash is cash.

Ismat Ullah never understood why people laughed as they walked away from the cash machine situated in front on his convenience store in East London’s Commercial Road, until somebody explained to him the intricacies of cockney rhyming slang.

“I am glad to hear about people walking away from the machine laughing because that is how we want people to react to it,” Mr Delnevo says.

“At the same time it helps foster a bit of British culture.”

May 2, 2012

Roy Hodgson appointed England manager

Filed under: Football — admin @ 1:48 pm

I was expecting it to be ‘Arry, but the FA have gone for Roy.

When I heard the news, I was a bit disappointed — Roy’s unhappy stint at Liverpool forefront in my mind. But, I’ll admit, I knew little else of the man and, over the past few days, have changed my mind.

He’s won titles — lots of them. He’s managed internationally. He speaks five different languages (which speaks to the intelligence of the man). His Wikipedia page will tell you more, particularly his career statistics.

I wish him well. I think the timing of his appointment means that expectations are low. He’s stated that he’d be disappointed not to get out of the group stage at the Euros but I think I’d be happy seeing England playing well, as a unit, without all the normal distractions & backbiting one associates with the England national side.

Solid foundations. Pick the best team, not the best individual players. Pick players that want to play. Drop anyone who doesn’t, no matter how big their name. Don’t pick players who have a habit of alienating managers. Create a sense of camaraderie. Trust in youth. Ignore the press. Be confident. Stop shit like this and this.

Do that and you’ll create a team the nation can get behind and be proud of.

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