March 11th, 2005


Quick Poll

You know how men are. They think "no" means "yes" and "get lost" is "take me, I'm yours!"

The phrase is

sexist against men
sexist against women
sexist against both
sexist against neither

I'll post tonight on the fuss that it caused...

All is well

I got my new phone working, I managed to connect my PDA to it (long, complicated process involving typing AT codes into my PDA - ick!) and can now do webby things remarkably quickly from the PDA. Vastly better than GPRS (which never managed to give me more than 1.5k/s, which was the point, so I'm happy.

Still getting the hang of the interface, but I'm sure I'll get there.

Have spent most of the day refactoring C# joyously, which is nice. Now for the weekend!


Many years ago, The Walt Disney Corporation produced a motion picture called "Hercules". They decided to advertise it's existence to the multitudes by placing posters of the more important characters on billboards alongside quotes which defined the characters.

One of these was Meg, a fairly strong female character who is first encountered being menaced by Nessus, a huge demonic creature. She quips to Hercules You know how men are. They think "no" means "yes" and "get lost" is "take me, I'm yours!". Which is pretty amusing as this huge beast attempts to kidnap her, and aptly demonstrated her ability to remain cool under pressure.

Anyway, some glaswegian women campaigned against this posteron the grounds that it was sexist and demeaning to women. Completely failing to notice that the quote was something said _by a woman_ which was offensive stereotypical about _all men_, they ignored all the words apart from "No" means "yes" and "get lost" is "take me I'm yours" and leaped into attack the sexism inherent in these words.

I'm not sure why this stayed with me for so long, except that it's probably the perfect example of how arguments can be frequently be based around nothing more than the inability of some people to read whatever it is they've decided to disagree with, even when _not_ on the internet.

La Guerre Des Etoiles

Just downloaded the new Star Wars trailer (shown yesterday on US TV, undoubtably making its way to the cinema at some point).

Oh My Goodness.

If I wasn't going to bed soon anyway I'd need to change my pants.