Right, you’ve all seen the

Right, you’ve all seen the new Amazon logo. Now… the European view. I hate it. Why do Americans always try to sell something with a smile? Why must everything always be ‘FUN’? I remember someone ranting about this, he had seen live lobster sold at New Orleans airport in a box with ribbon tied around it and a logo that said ‘Lobster’s FUN, your children will love it’ or something to that effect, and the poor aul’ lobster completely stressed out. I don’t want fun. Don’t want smiley anywhere other than in my e-mail, so that I know when someone is trying out their nation’s version of irony on me. I want to fight for my right to be grumpy. (ooooh, was that a rant?) [ update: Hmm, mebbe this isn’t funny if you haven’t had a lot of conversations about how grumpy Europeans are compared to Americans. ]

Happy days are here again.

Happy days are here again.
I almost went back on the smokes, if the shops had been open this morning as I walked to work, I would have got some. I was gagging for a drag of Gauloise Blondes. (I quit July 12, 1996 and haven’t had one since). Friends provided me with a lovely dinner and wine and talk (and I fixed the settings on their e-mail progs and proxy on their browser… UPC doesn’t seem to do their job when they install your cable connection) and now I will have to catch up on some sleep. I apologise for sounding mysterious, but it’s not my story to tell. Back to our scheduled service.