The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Stormbringer » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:33 pm

Stephen King.

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Post by Wrathbone » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:09 pm

Modern Christmas TV adverts. Specifically the trend started by John Lewis, which changed the marketing tactics from "Hooray, it's Christmas, buy things" to "Go on, cry. Cry, y'bastards!"

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Stormbringer » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:16 pm

Especially the way that the JL adverts are treated as some kind of major cultural event.
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Post by Wrathbone » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:26 pm

Yeah, I don't get it at all.

On the subject of Christmas (which I do generally love), when you're merrily humming along to a Christmas song only to realise that it's Gary Glitter's Another Rock 'n Roll Christmas. :?

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Post by Maturin » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:29 pm

I'm completely immune to adverts trying to make me sentimental anyway, so they all just blur together into one commercialised morass for me.

Same thing goes for all the charity adverts with juicy close up shots of children crying. I'd have no confidence whatsoever that my £2 a month would actually do anything worthwhile; probably just line the pockets of someone on a 6-figure salary, or get thrown into their employees private pension fund.

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Mantis » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:52 pm

Stormbringer wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:16 pm
Especially the way that the JL adverts are treated as some kind of major cultural event.
It's quite a nice summation of modern society that we actually treat it as one.

It has replaced the Coca Cola trucks advert as the starting gun for consumer season. "That's right, buy EVERYTHING, ya shits".

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Post by Wrathbone » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:34 am

Idiotic business management structures, or the lack thereof. Though I have one line manager, I effectively have five managers. That bit in Office Space where Peter explains that whenever he makes a mistake, each of his managers comes to let him know about it? That's too bloody accurate to be funny anymore. And there's always that one manager who isn't really your manager but expects you to drop everything you're doing to placate their whims and meet their sudden, unexpected and unreasonable deadlines. And the manager who is never there when you need an answer from them, but will happily turn up and plonk a great, steaming work-turd on your desk at the worst possible times.

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Rossell » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:02 pm

The internet of shit.

My sisters bagged some lightbulbs which can be tied to Alexa/my router. "Alexa turn the landing lights on!" etc

Asked my sister what do we do when the lightbulbs eventually blow..."Umm....I haven't thought of that!" :lol:

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Raid » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:54 pm

Rossell wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:02 pm
Asked my sister what do we do when the lightbulbs eventually blow..."Umm....I haven't thought of that!" :lol:
I don't understand that as a criticism; you do the same thing you do when any other bulb blows, surely.

Hue bulbs (which are LED based) are listed as having a lifespan of 15000 hours. I reckon even my most used bulbs will last me 10 years each.

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Post by Rossell » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:22 pm

Heh. I was under the impression that the bulbs had some spangly expensive WiFi setup on the actual bulb that would be trashed when the bulb goes. Just seen it and they look like regular bulbs with a dongle you plonk somewhere.

Mind you though, a dongle and 2 bulbs is 60 quid. I'm not a Yorkshire man but...

Naturally this led me to look up other things that are Web connected. Wasn't long before I found the smart condom.

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Post by Mantis » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:32 pm

Rossell wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:22 pm
Naturally this led me to look up other things that are Web connected. Wasn't long before I found the smart condom.
I doubt you'll get 15000 hours out of that.

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Raid » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:12 pm

Rossell wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:22 pm
Heh. I was under the impression that the bulbs had some spangly expensive WiFi setup on the actual bulb that would be trashed when the bulb goes. Just seen it and they look like regular bulbs with a dongle you plonk somewhere.
The bulbs do have built in wireless connectivity that you would dispose of when the LEDs die, at least if we're talking about Hue.

I am a Yorkshireman, and we kitted out almost our entire house with them. I can't pretend they're cheap, but so long as you buy them on sale they're not prohibitively expensive.

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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Stormbringer » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:52 pm

Didn't realise you were a fellow Yorkshireman, Raid. Where abouts from?
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Re: The Room 101 thread - for things you hate or just having a bloody good moan

Post by Raid » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:55 pm

Heh. I'm only technically a Yorkshireman in that I was born in Harrogate hospital. I lived in Darlington as a kid.

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