CBC Survey

I was asked to participate in a survey from Confirmit.com while reading this morning’s news at CBC.ca. I said yes and answered a series of questions about where I get most of my news: Radio, Internet, Television, Newspapers or Other. I get 90% of my news from CBC.ca or CBC Radio. I don’t watch TV and I don’t often read newspapers. I had no problem sharing this information because I’m happy to do what I can to improve CBC services. I was hoping to see a question about reader comments on CBC.ca so I could say, “Shut it down.” There are better ways to actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression than through the comments feature on CBC.ca which has largely become a haven for trolls. But they didn’t ask about that. Instead, after going out of my way to answer the survey questions, I get this message at the end of it all:

STUPID SURVEY

Nice.

Files with No Extension

What’s up with people sending files with no extension? At least once a week someone sends me a file without an extension. Sometimes I can fix it by adding an .rtf or .doc extension. Sometimes I can’t.

How do people manage to send files without extensions? How do they lose the file extension by sending it as an attachment? And if the file somewhere along the line loses its extension, why wouldn’t they fix it before they send it off?

It’s annoying.

See comments for updates.

Tim Hortons’ Cup Lids

tim hortons cup lidMost portable hot drink cups have a pre-made hole in its cover or one you have to make by bending a flap. Tim Hortons‘ lids have the second type, which fail 50% of the time for me.

Two main problems with Tim Hortons’ cup lids:

  1. Ripping the perforated plastic to the indicated line results in the rip going crooked or pass the line, making it impossible to fold down correctly.
  2. The cleavage on the ripped portion fails to fit in the receptacle on the main portion of the lid, so it doesn’t fasten down.

In either case you have these options:

  1. Rip the whole portion off, else it will remain unfastened and claw at your nose with every sip; however, ripping more off it often results in a drinking hole that ends up too big and slops the beverage over your face.
  2. Manipulate the plastic, trying to make it fit where’s it supposed to go, which can involve using your thumb to force the folded portion into its fastener. This often results in thrusting your finger through the lid into the scolding coffee or spilling it altogether. Option 1 above is often the next step.
  3. Remove the whole cover. This isn’t a practical option while you’re in an automobile or on the move.
  4. Go back to the store and ask for a new lid, so you can try again. I’ve never done this.

What are your experiences with coffee cup lids?

Commemorative Coins – Enough Already!

canadian commemorative quarterSomeone should start a campaign to put an end to commemorative coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, especially those useless quarters that most of us don’t notice until we try to use them in a payphone and the damn things don’t work. One look at the latest quarter they’ve put out and I know that thing will never work in a payphone or a vending machine.

We’ve got stamps for commemorating things — and there is no chance of a commemorative stamp not working. Why not just stick with stamps, or at least cut back on releasing so many useless coins? There seem to be a handful of new commemorative coins coming out every month, but does anyone who isn’t a coin collector even pay attention them? Do Canadian tax dollars pay for the production of all these commemorative coins? And if so, why? Do we really need so many commemorative coins? Is the Royal Canadian Mint just another make-work project? What’s wrong with the traditional quarter? If it’s not broke, why fix it? I’d be happy to see most of these commemorative coins disappear.

I say this after trying to call a cab from a downtown payphone last night and going through 5 quarters in my pocket before I found one the payphone would accept.