Target Audience

7 08 2009

In all things, one must identify one’s target audience, and then appeal to that audience. This is the way that everything works, from business to charity. Businesses would wither if they simply provided their product without having any idea who was buying and who they should be appealing to and persuading to buy. Those begger children/women with children/blind people at the intersection have to have a good idea of what makes people give them money, or they would starve.

It is thusly that I have come to a conclusion. This blog is never going to be popular. It will never have enough visitors that I will be able to write a book (see: MushyPeas) or even enough to earn me money. This blog that you are now visiting will primarily be a way for you (my loyal readers) to hear my rantings, ravings, theories, observations and anything else I care to post here.

And I’m fine with that.

If you guys are willing to keep on reading my nonsense, I’m going to keep on writing it.





Something Silly to Make you Laugh

17 07 2009

When I was younger, I thought that the flying squad (you know the police?) was gonna come in their planes and drop bombs and what not when they got a call.

Lame hey?

Hope you got a laugh or two out of that πŸ™‚





The Gillette Advantage

11 07 2009

Shaving. It’s kak. It’s ok to admit it, although sadly it is a neccessary part of everybody’s day to day life. Luckily for me, my facial hair is not yet advanced enough to require me to shave every day. Every second or third day for me personally will ensure a smooth face.

The worst part of shaving is the cuts. Aside from stubbing your toe, paper cuts and getting hit in the testicles (for guys), cuts from a razor on your face is the worst thing in the world. It hurts like hell, bleeds like hell for about 15 minutes and looks like you put your face in a blender. And if you’re really unlucky, they leave unsightly scabs on your face for the next week or so, that just screams to everybody “Hey look! I don’t know how to shave!!”

My personal experience (only using disposable razors), is that Gillette really does make the best. I’ve tried no-name brands, I’ve tried Bic. I’ve tried two blades, I’ve tried three blades. The only razor that I’ve found to consistently NOT cut my face to shreds is Gillette razors. No matter the brand or number of blades, there is just something about Gillette that just works for me. Maybe it’s the tilting heads or something, I don’t know.

Now, before this starts sounding like a Gillette advert (no, I’m not getting paid: I wish though!), let me point out some things. I don’t think we need 5 blades on a razor, Gillette, so please stop pushing your Fusion down my throat. I don’t see the point of a battery powered manual razor: what’s the pulsing going to do except cut me? I hate your “precision trimmer” concept on your Fusion: You know what we used to call “precision trimmers”? Razors! Finally, your products are such a rip off. I am not going to pay R200 (or whatever crazy price they are asking nowadays) for three blades; especially when you are putting a 4,750% markup on them (check this article for more info on that one).

In short, I like your razors but you are crazy. Thank you.

Oh, and please comment on this story and share your best (or worst) shaving stories. I for one would love to read them.





100s club and Guitar Hero

24 06 2009

So two more things crossed off my list. Host a 100s Club night and a Guitar Hero night. Strangely, both happened on the same night. Haha.

100s Club

Friday, June 19. Me, seven friends and a lot of beer. Me and four other people had a goal: to consume 100 shots of beer (25ml by our estimates) in 100 minutes. One per minute. You throw up, you’re out. You miss a shot, you’re out. For me, it didn’t go great. I got to 34, and felt sick and stopped. How lame. Another friend went out on 52, and another friend had dropped out before me. The last two contestants went on to the magic 100, and are now proud members of the 100s club. Congratulations Greg and Matthew!

Guitar Hero

Well, after the revelry of much drinking, we all went inside and played Guitar Hero: World Tour. It was pretty fun: Greg had brought his drumset so we had two different drums and could play versus drumming. It was pretty awesome. Otherwise we all took turns playing various instruments and singing, which was all good fun (especially the hardcore songs which I screamed my voice out to).

So there you have it. Another two things to cross off the list. It’s really going quite quickly now. Until next time…





The Dearth

21 06 2009

So it’s been a while since I last posted. Sorry about that, my whole loyal (?) readership of three people. I’m going to blame it squarely on exams … I don’t know what everybody else’s excuse is, because there seems to have been a general lack of updates from most of the blogs I follow. Yes, you know who I’m talking about … *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough*

But, exams are now over. Finished this past Friday, and man am I glad to be on holiday. All pretty tough exams, but I’m fairly confident that I passed them all, so that’s good.

Sorry this post isn’t very exciting. It’s 01:30, and I’m a little tired. I do have some interesting news that you may or may not find interesting.

I am now a contributing writer / editor for a small American based gaming blog called “No More Game Blogs“. Still getting started, but there’s some interesting opinions posted already, and I’ve got two articles posted. So go check that out if you get time.

Otherwise, I’m thinking of starting something new on Bet This is Original Reviews. It’s basically a limited word review, like maybe 10 or 20 words? The point is to get the post count up and ensure more regularly updated content. What do you good people think about that? Would you care? Does it affect you?





International Band? Check!

12 05 2009

Another item to check off my list! “See an international music act”.

So as mentioned, I got my ticket for Haste the Day (My second favourite band, I’d say…) a while ago. I don’t know if the tickets were selling badly or what, but they dropped the price, so when we (Me and Brian) went to the event, we were given the option of either getting a ticket to another show, or R60 cash back per ticket. Not being willing to go to a show on Tuesday night in Edenvale (at Doors), I chose the cash.

The venue was Tempos Entertainment Park … unfortunately. I really don’t like that place. The sound is terribly uneven and this makes it hurt my ears and leave them ringing. Quite annoying. Also, it seems that the bands also struggle to play there, as when Knave played they were sound-checking for quite a while and were being quite sarcastic while they checked. Things like “I guess that’ll have to do”. Also, when a band is still fine-tuning their levels 4 songs into a 6 song set, there is some problem. But anyway.

In my opinion, it would have been better to host the event at a venue with one stage being used, instead of the three different places that Tempos used. Just like at the Underoath concert a few months back, where everybody will know which bands and playing where, instead of running around the venue trying to work out which stage is which. I mean seriously, put some signs up or something Tempos?

The bands lined up to play did nothing for me. Aside from Knave, there was really nothing that stood out for me. Again, the venue might have made everybody sound worse? But I doubt it. Knave were awesome as usual, and aside from the greedy jackasses “stealing” all the free stuff being thrown out, it was a really great set.

And then … the main event. Haste the Day. Wow. They blew my mind. Simply amazing they were. The crowd packed into the tiny venue, and when a mosh pit tried to break out, there was simply no room to get it properly started. So, everybody pretty much just pushed the people in the middle back and forth, and bumped into each other. It was quite a workout trying to stay upright and push all the idiots off you. I almost drowned in the pit, as I lost my footing and fell to the ground. Luckily some people picked me up though. I love the kindness shown in the pits. Everybody went mad for Haste the Day, and I was so sad when they finished without an encore.

Merch πŸ™‚ I managed to pick up a relatively cheap copy of their new CD: Dreamer, as well as two awesome shirts. I love merch πŸ™‚ Oh, and the lead singer was signing stuff at the merch table, but I had no idea who he was (until later when he was on stage, singing) so I didn’t get anything signed. Probably for the best, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to wash my shirt. In hindsight it would have been cool to get my CD signed. Oh well πŸ™‚

All in all a great day. Really awesome, and I got to check another thing off my list!





A – Z

5 05 2009

A – Available?
Nope.

B – Best friend
Brian

C – Cake or Pie?
Cake. Chocolate cake.

D – Drink of choice:
Hmmm … Mountain dew. Or hot chocolate if it’s cold.

E – Essential thing used everyday
Cellphone. For everything.

F – Favourite color:
Deep blue.

G – Gummi bears or worms:
Worms I suppose?

H – Hometown:
Johannesburg.

I – Indulgence:
Sleeping.

J – January or February:
January (what a lame question).

K – Kids and names:
Ugh. Who wants kids?

L – Life:
Is hard. Friends help though.

M – Marriage date:
“Don’t even think about getting married until you’re 30.” (so 8 years minimum).

N – Number of siblings:
Two older brothers.

O – Oranges or apples:
Oranges

P – Phobias:
Parktown prawns. *Shudder* those things freak me out.

Q – Quote:
“If the dawn means the day is upon us, I say forever I will hide in the shadows. And if maturity means I am condemned to the cold, I will forever burn bright in childishness. If they tell me to settle for one who is less than ideal, I will always, always be alone. And if the tide brings in a trend of apathy, I will drown in my passion before it is taken away. And finally, if being warm, happy, content, and well-adjusted means selling myself to become what they say I should be, I will scream in the pain and agony of my abnormality for all eternity.” – Andrew Schwab

R – Reason to smile:
It’s raining right now. And my awesome friends.

S – Season:
Spring is good. And summer.

T – Tag three people:
Brian
Kelly
Shaun

U – Unknown fact about me:
Well if I told you it wouldn’t be unknown anymore, now would it? Haha just kidding. Um … I don’t have much faith in myself.

V – Vegetable you do not like:
Cauliflower. My absolute worst.

W – Worst habit:
Biting my nails.

X – X-rays you have had:
Jaw, right leg (multiple times). Think that’s it.

Y – Your favorite food:
Pizza. Cliched I know.

Z – Zodiac:
Aries (Anybody believe in this stuff?)