Monthly Archives: September 2011

Microsoft Solution Unhelpful

Microsoft told me it had a solution to a new problem I was encountering and when I clicked on the NEW! solution, I just got the below message it was being ‘Researched’.

It then asked me if this information was helpful??! I responded No.


What Age Do We Stop Being Young?

by Jake McMillan
Kids are quite clearly young and pensioners are obviously old farts, but at what age do you stop being considered young and when do you start being old?Perception of age has changed over the last generation or so. You will have heard 40 is the new 30 I am sure, but what does that really mean and what does that make 30 then? Well, let’s clear all this age nonsense up.

24 is the last age you are officially young. You have not yet reached the mid point of your twenties and so you can still legitimately be considered young.

25 is a no mans land age. You are neither young nor old.

26 is the beginning of oldness to which there are many stages. At 26 you can no longer be described as young as you have crossed over that mid-20s marker and definitely have 30 clear in your sights. You will have left any education long behind and be firmly on your way career-wise.

30 is the next milestone to be reached. However, just like 40 year olds today are considered to be the equivalent of 30 year olds in previous generations, 30 year olds are now the new 25 year olds. Being 30 is not quite the massive milestone it once was as although you are no longer in your 20s (which sucks big time), society does not expect or judge you necessarily to have progressed in areas such as career, marriage, family and home ownership like it used to. In 2011, being 33 and being single and renting your home is perfectly fine, whereas in 1961 it would have been different.

40 is the new 30 as we all know with the expectations of a 40 year old in terms of where they are in their life comparable to what they used to be for a 30 year old a couple of generations ago. When you reach your 40s you are starting that ‘middle age’. You are old, but you are not dead yet.

So is 50 the new 40? Yes, the logic carries through to being 50 compared to societal expectations of 40 year olds 40-50 years ago. The same applies to 60 being the new 50.

And is 70 the knew 60? I’m too young care.

The Psychology of Regulating the Service

by Jake McMillan

All too often now we are hearing messages on buses and on the London Underground that we are being held here “to regulate the service”. We are told that regulating the service is so that people do not have to wait at train stations and bus stops longer than necessary. This is all sounds logical, but does not take into consideration the psychology of passengers.

None of us like to wait and we don’t want to wait any longer than we have to. However, psychologically we are used to and expect to wait on station platforms and at bus stops. We are not used to having to wait on buses and trains that are deliberately not moving.

Once we have waited for and got onto a mode of transport, we don’t want it stop and wait, we want and demand that it gets to our destination as soon as possible! We would actually rather wait longer at the bus top or on the platform than to have to wait arbitrarily to regulate the service. We already did our waiting at the bus stop, why do we need to more?

I often have to catch a bus to get to a nearby station, Clapham Junction (South London), and usually there is a specific train I am trying to catch. If you’ve had to wait a while at the bus stop for it to arrive and you know it is going to be close as to whether you will make the train, the last thing you want is the bus stopping to regulate the service. You know full well the bus ‘could’ be moving but the bus operator has decided you have to wait. So now I am worrying I am going to miss my train and it won’t be because of traffic or because I left too little time to catch the bus. It will be because of regulating the effing service! This does not sit well and only goes to aggravate passengers.

So please transport regulators out there, remember us passengers will always moan about waiting, but psychologically we are okay with waiting on platforms and at bus stops. Once we are on the transport, we want it to keep moving!


The Scrunch or Fold Debate: Have you Voted?

Did you know the whole world is divided into scrunchers and folders? Some people fold toilet paper before using it and others prefer to scrunch.

Which one do you do?

To cast your anonymous VOTE and find out more about the debate CLICK HERE

The Hierarchy of UK Supermarkets

by Jake McMillan
The supermarket brands here in the UK are so well developed that there is a clear hierarchy of the supermarket chains:
  • Top is quite clearly Waitrose, followed by Sainsbury’s.
  • Tescos, ASDA & Morrisons are at the same level. People do argue about which of these three are best, but essentially they are on the same level with individuals having slight preferences over the other two.
  • Iceland is on a level between the above and LiDL and ALDI as although Iceland is seen as being quite ‘pikey’ it actually does sell well known branded products. LiDL and ALDI are quite firmly bottom as they both sell very cheap foreign branded products.