The Hunting of the Snark

16/07/2011

Why on earth would anyone want 6 1/2 movies?

The face of a boy with glasses and a scar on his forehead, rolling his eyes

ComPLETEly ridiculous

As the Harry Potter film franchise fires its final, phenomenal, fantastical shot, I am horrified at the new marketing depths I have just seen Warner Bros. stoop to.

In the supermarket, there is a DVD boxed set for sale of Harry Potter Years 1-7, Part 1.

Are you kidding me? It was bad enough that they produced boxed sets of every sub-series up to that point, although I would have supposed they were hoping they could trick people who weren’t familiar with the books into thinking, ‘Hmm… I’ll get films 1-6 now, then 7-12 when they release those,’ and so on. (Poor Daniel, Rupert and Emma.)

But just exactly how stupid do they think people are? If anyone is enough of a completionist to want a boxed set of the entire series, why, oh why, oh why would they get this product, only to have to get Part 2 all by its lonely self?

– The Snark

06/04/2011

Epiphany

Filed under: Serious — Jeremy Irish @ 18:44
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If I don’t
place myself under
pressure
to
post-something-every-single-day
I think
this blog will
hold my interest better
and
I will have the
stamina to keep working on it longer
and
I will enjoy it more.

28/04/2010

The End of Bridge, Part 2

The bridge replacement has been a tremendous source of free entertainment in this area. So, great news: it looks as though there’s no way on earth they can finish on time! (Also a great surprise.)

Now and then, there have been throngs of people gawking, snapping photos, even taking video. And to some extent I can understand their interest. It’s not every day that you see a 15-metre crane hoist the entire steel siding off of a bridge at once. And it is on other rare days, again, that you see one crane lashed to another whose evident purpose is to act as an unimaginably heavy counterweight.

Sorry, don’t have a camera phone, so I missed those. But I thought I’d better get a small piece of the action and borrowed my wife’s non-phone camera yesterday.

Cockton Hill Railway Bridge construction, very busy and heavily-signposted site entrance

Don't think they're open for business yet

5 weeks, eh? That would make it… this weekend that they have to wrap it up. What do you reckon?

Cockton Hill Railway Bridge construction, still a long way from being paved

Looks safe to me

Meanwhile, until they take them away, those orange and white plastic barriers with the hole on top make handy recycling bins:

Cockton Hill Railway Bridge construction, beer cans in a barrier

Better than the gutter

One other thing. Since the construction company will presumably have to pay a penalty based on how late they run, does that mean my council tax bill will be lower?

– The Snark

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