I popped in to my local chemist today to buy a pack of Panadeine (100’s) – my chosen pain relief.

My recipe for instant relief from pain: 2 x Panadeine and a strong cup of coffee. It works every time.

Anyway, sometimes I get asked for ID, sometimes not. I suspect it’s when I buy more than 24 tablets. Anyway, the young shop girl mumbled something to me, and being hard of hearing I said “Pardon?”.

She said: “I have to take your details ‘cos deviants use this stuff for making heroin!”

I nearly roared with laughter. Mind you, I had camo shorts on, black wooly socks, a baggy old polar neck sweater, and a rather bushy beard. Perhaps I looked like the deviant she was referring to.

Top selling supermarket items for 2007

EggsWhat were the top selling items in New World supermarkets in 2007?

How do I know the answer to this question?

The simple fact is I don’t know it for sure, but, I have it on good authority from a friend of a friend who owns a central North Island supermarket that the top three items are [drum roll……]

  1. One dozen eggs, size 7
  2. Holiday 25’s cigarettes
  3. Anchor 2 litre milk, blue top

The type of person eating, drinking and smoking this combination does not bear thinking about. Suffice to say that they are likely to have serious health issues…high cholesterol (from excessive egg eating), lung cancer (from excessive smoking) and milk (the jury is out on that one but if you’re going to buy a lot of it why not make it the yellow top – less fat and more calcium).

This reminds me of a post I made back in August on our excessive drug taking. If these products continue to be in such high demand then our drug use for the diet related ailments will also increase.

Merry Christmas from the family

From the southern end of the world – the first place that Santa visits – we wish you all a Merry Christmas.

For some Christmas cheer, courtesy of Robert Earl Keen’s fine song writing, and Skinny La Veal’s once fine vocals have a festive time appreciating your friends and family.

Mattel and lead toys

Destroying lead based toysIt seems that Mattel are turning the recalled lead toys into park benches , so next time you sit down to rest your weary feet in a city park, don’t be tempted to have a suck or chew on your seat.

Other ideas they have had for these recalled products are sending them to other countries where they aren’t particularly worried about lead based paint – like Mexico, where life is cheap, presumably.

And, don’t you think the accompanying image is just a little OTT?

Drug or Web 2.0

I have always thought that Web 2.0 companies choose names that look like bad txt messages: Flickr , IYomu , Bebo etc. I made a comment on Umami to the same effect – Johnny had been to Tech Crunch earlier this year and virtually every company had nonsensical names.

So I found this quiz that makes you choose whether the name is a Pharmaceutical or a Web 2.o company.

Have a go at it here . I got 24/40 = 60%.

Apple power

My Apple Powerbook G4 threw a wobbly last night – an electrical burning smell pervaded my study, and my laptop slowly lost power, moving onto reserve power before I shut it down to save my work.

I traced the fault to an arcing power lead. A break in the plastic had caused it to short and I could actually see sparks. Potentially very dangerous.

So, I called in to Magnum Mac on my way to work this morning to buy a replacement part.

It was $149.00.

You can buy a jug lead for about $8.00. I bought a five plug board with cutout fuse for $6.50. How can a power lead for a laptop cost $149.00?

It’s made in China. Wages are low. It’s got to be a 1000% markup.

It does look good though. Ah, the price of vanity.

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