Monthly Archives: February 2012

Intrusive Rudeness

I’d forgotten about this ’til now, but it annoyed me at the time.

Over the weekend, I went in to the local Asda store.Along with some other things, I bought some Diet Coke in 500ml bottles. I prefer them that way for drinking in the car, or whatever.

Anyway, I got to the till, and put them on the conveyor belt thingy. At which point the woman stood behind me pointed at them and said “Osteoporosis“.

*shrug* OK, weird. I know, but frankly what business is it of yours, lady?

Obviously she hadn’t stuck her nose in enough yet…

That’s really bad for you, you know

Yep, I know. Mind you, I’ve always said that it’s either Diet Coke, or I can take up heroin instead.

Her daughter laughed out loud.

And I can’t imagine all that chocolate and sweetener you’re buying is going to do you any good.



But really, how fucking rude do you have to be, to shove your (unwanted) opinion in someone else’s face in the middle of a supermarket?

So, I’ve now linked this site to my Twitter page

With luck, this will be the first Fat Al post to show on Fat Al’s twitter…

Twitter Connected

One of the things I’m working on at the moment is my identity on social networks.

On Twitter I’m already FatAlDotCom – although there’s not much going on there yet.

On Facebook I’m also FatAlDotCom – and again, there’s not much there yet.

Social Network stuff is just another of the facets of this entire project, but it’s something that has to be done.

Social Identity

Deleting Your History

On March 1st, Google’s privacy policy is changing.

If you don’t want your web history stored past that date, you need to delete it in the next week. If you leave it ’til 1st March, it will be too late – you need to have done it by the end of 29th Feb.

The EFF has a useful page here about how to delete your Google web history.

E.L Doctorow on writing novels :

“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

Make it up as you go along

Making a Good Looking eBook

Another interesting article from FutureBook, providing some insight on how to make a good-looking eBook.

Thirty Percent

“For every £100 I’m paid, £30 isn’t mine.”

Over on MoneySaving Expert (MSE) Martin Lewis has a piece about how freelancers and the self-employed need to remember about Tax, and save it away rather than treating it as ‘just another bill when it comes in’.

It’s a really good point – and it’s something that does need to be remembered. That ‘bill’ can easily run into thousands, and cause real hardships and issues. Just think, if you’ve earned £10,000 in the year then it can be a £3,000 bill. Earn £35,000, and it’s a £10,500 bill. Scary amounts, scarily quickly.  And if you’re VAT registered, that can be another chunk.

Every time you get paid, put 30% of it into another account, ‘the taxman’s account’, and don’t touch it. As Lewis says, it’s not your money, it’s the taxman’s. Don’t even think of it as ‘my money’ – otherwise you’ll be tempted to use it ‘on a rainy day’. Keep it separate, and pay the bill when it comes.

It’s something I’ll need to remember as time goes on, whether for work or for writing  – and even more so when/if my writing becomes my work (oh please, oh please) – so I figure it’s best to put it here now, and remember it every day/week/month/year.

Internet Safety

Today is, allegedly, “Safer Internet Day“.

Surprisingly, it’s not being mentioned or promoted by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection bunch of muppets Centre. Not a thing.

Wouldn’t you think that – if CEOP were actually any fucking use at all – they’d support and cross-promote this Safer Internet Day? Or even have created the concept themselves.