Friday, November 17, 2006

The truth about vandalism

Digi has been having these apparently 'brilliant marketing ideas' lately, which I think is targeted to the audience that spends 50 cents per SMS typing out messages so they can participate in one of those TV chat programs. Adolescents have always been an impressionable lot, but somehow I have a feeling that it can only get worse.

These kids as I have noticed on my commutes on the LRT are loud, lazy, and disrespectful (note the part(s) that make me sound like a grumpy old man). I've seen not one but a few of these children of the future, that will bring our country to greater heights, who are so lazy they can't even stand in the train on one of those corners beside the doors that people usually lean into? These kids just squat there, give me a look and wonder whats the matter with it.

Anyway back to the subject. I have really opposed to Digi's campaign of late. I have been having problems with their service and have written to them on numerous occasions. The thing about this is that they reply your questions with more questions. What the hell is that about? Sometimes they have system glitches so I will get a lot of cross lines, or people calling me when they didn't intend to dial my number. SMS's that never arrive the destination, that sort of thing. They have the audacity to ask me in return when I made that call, to which number, where was I, and all that? To which I replied them in protest, and later provided them with as much as I could remember, however...I'm still waiting for them to get back to me.

Then they have these stupid campaigns, I don't know why. The latest of which is something that's called Well, everyone knows what that is, a promotional thing, in a dated sense it might have been seen as a brilliant idea, to advertise without using their company logo. That is the power of branding, and of course for people who didn't get it immediately, they'd be curious to find out what its all about.

Today was the pinnacle of all stupidity. It is called school holidays + free stickers. These are thetruthaboutprepaid stickers, yellow in color, 15 in all. It has promotional taglines, and the website address. I don't need a supercomputer to calculate the amount of vandalism over 15 million stickers can generate all over the city. I think the community cleaners are going to be really pissed. Can they be held responsible for this mess? I really doubt it.

People over here have gotten away with worse anyway.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

polyacrylonitrile + not growing up

Maybe it never ended, so I couldn't have wondered when it started again, but as I reclaimed my keys to my car again, the skippy little Vios that had been scratched, and trashed about without my knowledge for the past few months, something called out to me to repair it. Respray the paint, and see if the clips to the bumper are broken.

And then it started.

If you are respraying the car, why not fit a bodykit, change the tires, change the rims because the new tires won't fit, change the springs coz the new rims would increase the ride height, change the shocks because you shouldn't use race springs with stock shocks, have front and rear strut bars, chuck in a rev/speed meter, voltage stabilizer, how about a cold air intake, and that MP3 player that's always in your mind to get, the amps, tweeters, mids, woofers, change the alarm, get leather seats, HIDs, that sort of thing.

In the end I decided to just leave it be. I'll just leave the outside looking stock, and change the stuff inside as and when need be. The first would be Racecraft carbon fibre front and rear strut bars.

Polyacrylonitrile is what they use to make carbon fibre, which is stronger, and lighter than steel. Essentially these polymers are made up of carbon and hydrogen, so the heating of this element releases the hydrogen molecules from this polymer, called pyrolysis, which results in the end result, carbon fibre. They use this material in most of the high tech applications like F1 or speedboats and that sort of thing, and soon I will be using it to brace my vehicle's structure. How cool is that? There is a trend now that carbon fibre is slightly cheaper that tuners are using carbon fibre hoods, which is why you see some cars having black hoods. The funny thing is some people paint their hoods black to get that look, but honestly I think it's pretty ugly. Then again most of these modders have no sense of color coordination anyway. For me, it has to be functional and it's got to look good as well.

Seems like some things never really go away, no matter how many years you put in between.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A new blogger?

This is a new blogger, you may not notice, or see it, because it publishes the same, so you don't notice a thing. But as for me I'm typing on a new interface, which I hope will be a lot more stable than the old one, which I think they intentionally have been ignoring. That's why I haven't been posting up anything lately because everytime I write something and I click on 'Publish' it just hangs, for the last 2 months, at least.

Maybe it'll be better, I don't know? We'll just wait and see. Perhaps some changes are for the better?

One thing's for sure, I'll be posting lots more interesting, informative stuff here for your occassional getaway from the monotony of life, and that's nothing new.