Secret Agenda Online

Lately this blog as been more of a chore than anything else, and again I had to remind myself why I started writing in the first place. I had to vent a bit, and that is the gist of it. I find it pretty interesting to see why people visit my site. Some find their way here via stumble, but there are also the odd few that land up here because they want to spy on me :)

At the moment I guess I’m giving them a pretty tough time, cause there really isn’t anything much personal on here. I have started another blog which is taking up some of my time, but its also much more specific than this one. If you don’t mind admitting that you read my blog, you’re more than welcome to contact me for the new address so you can have a peek around.

I’m also contemplating on the future of this blog, and feel very indifferent about it at the moment. There was a time when I felt more nostalgic over it, but now I feel kind of guilty for NOT feeling nostalgic enough.

Anyhow, I will post my verdict here again in due time. Until then…

Burj Dubai Khalifa Fountain

Even though it takes a while to load this video (with an internet connection in South Africa), its well worth it!!

I posted about theDubai Magic in 2008, when this fountain was only a concept design. This week someone posted the Youtube link on Twitter, and I finally saw the end result!! How breathtakingly awesome is this? Even more amazing than the pictures in the design.  I just can’t believe that I only saw this for the first time this week!

This fountain was built at a cost of US$217 million, this record-setting system was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 coloured projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 150 m (490 ft) into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. On 26 October 2008 Emaar announced that based on results of a naming contest the fountain would be called the Dubai Fountain.

Source: Wikipedia

This Is Not How You Spell Shepherd

Okay, the first pet peeve I have it people who stick stuff on their cars. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like it. Second pet peeve, I cannot stand spelling mistakes. We all make them, but then hopefully its your aim to fix them when you learn the correct spelling!

I was driving home today when I spotted this on a bakkie…

Mr.I cannot spell shepherd.jpg

Now, for those who question what’s wrong with the picture, that is NOT how you spell SHEPHERD. Perhaps if it was your surname, but not in the context above.

I realize that not all are inclined to spell correctly by nature, but there are dictionaries, there’s Google, Microsoft Word… Whatever you need to make sure you have those important words spelt correctly.

One would think that it makes sense to double check the spelling of a word before permanently sticking it on your car? I guess not to everyone?

"I like it on the dining room chair"

Blogs Against Breast Cancer

You have probably noticed that all the females’ status messages have gone a bit suspicious lately… All starting with “I like it…” and then a place. Most men have wondered what the heck we were on about, and were probably hoping that their guesses were correct. Alas gentlemen, you most probably guessed wrong, as we were all referring to where we like to leave our handbags…

October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and this status message was just a clever way of us getting noticed for the worthy cause :)

As URLesque explains:

Millions of women are updating their Facebook status today to read “I like it on the floor,” or “I like it on the chair,” or “I like it on the kitchen counter.” Sexy, right?

It’s not, of course, where they want to have sex. (Thank god, because my mom wrote “I like it on the laundry room coat hook.”) It’s where they like to put their purses or handbags.

The Facebook “I like it on…” meme is intended to “increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month,” much like last year’s Facebook bra color status updates, according to the chain letter being passed around Facebook.

So what then? What happens after awareness of breast cancer has been increased? What do “they” expect us to do? Instead of just updating your status to something nifty that will have people talking, try to do a bit extra. Read up on how you can become involved, give a donation, adopt a project, and most importantly ladies; HAVE YOURSELF CHECKED! Whatever level of involvement suites you, just don’t let this campaign pass you by with only your Facebook status as a memory.

Ethics Of Recruitment Agencies?

Just last week I got a call on the landline in the office, from a guy named “Mduduzi” claiming that was calling from ABSA when asked by the lady who answered the phone. Its our company’s policy that we don’t receive any personal calls on the office line, unless its an emergency, and I did find it strange that ABSA even had my office number since I rarely give it out.

I took the call nonetheless, Mduduzi introduced himself to me, and when I asked where he was calling from, it was a recruitment agency!!

I cannot believe that he had LIED about phoning from ABSA, I’m sure ABSA could probably sue his company for something like this? Besides lying, he’s also quite obviously poaching people – I suspect he used Linkdin to find me, and then our company website for contact details. Seems like the same person had contacted another three people in our company that same week!

Incredible how conniving these people are? Be very weary of which recruitment agency you trust, not only as a candidate, but also as company!