Send it by mail
Here’s one for Apple fans and posted on the “wonderful things” boing-boing website – a picture of a recycled Kiwi letter box, and, yes, it is made from an old Apple G4 tower. It was snapped by a Flickr user in its new, very green guise on an Auckland roadside.
It maybe a has-been Mac but it is still right-on there, man. Having lately been angsting about what to do with some very old, defunct electronic hardware, and finding the council tip is the main, very ungreen, option available, E-tales was thrilled to bits with this Mac aficionado’s recycling choice.
And he or she scores cool points too.
You read it here first
E-tales was interested to read that Telecom has got itself a slapped wrist for claiming the winner of its Xtra Broadband competition earlier this year would win a space ride.
No, no, no, said the Advertising Standards Authority, the promised ride – in a Russian MiG fighter jet, not a space shuttle or similar – was only into the stratosphere.
Back in February, E-tales made the same observation when we wrote that the 85,000ft the jet would take the winner up to was certainly a ride into the stratosphere – but not into space. The ASA concurred, adding that the competition adverts’ made a claim likely to exploit consumers’ lack of knowledge about space travel.
For the record – again – according to the United States Department of Defence, space begins at 81kms (50 miles) – 85,000ft is just under 26kms. The department awards all pilots who fly above this altitude astronaut wings.
The Xtra marketing department was obviously a bit spaced out on this one — but their prize certainly wasn’t. Which is probably why the competition winner, wisely in our view, chose to take the less stratospheric, but probably more enjoyable, alternative prize offered — of a trip to the Maldives.
It's not rocket science
Still not on rockets and, in this case, a boo-boo by the New Zealand Software Association, which should surely, of all organisations, know the importance of keeping one’s website up to date?
One of our E-talers, while searching for (gasp) a phone number, found himself confronted with a “contact us” page that contained only postal and email addresses. Undeterred (we’ve seen worse), our intrepid reporter gallantly clicked on the “about us” button, hoping against hope to find a phone number, or even a name.
Sadly, the NZSA hasn’t updated its site lately and the executive team’s page has “expired”.
Crazy World Cup soccer
You can’t keep a good frog down. Crazy Frog, of the most-annoying-ringtone-ever fame, is in the running to become the Brit World Cup croakster – along with some singing sheep and song by a doubtful former pollie.
A long Brit tradition, poppy football songs are usually catchy, occasionally filthy and probably provide a little maudlin solace when the footie-obsessed nation fails to win the coveted cup yet again.
Crazy Frog has produced a cover of iconic operatic rock band Queen’s We Are the Champions. Definitely living in hope with that one, we feel. It’s in competition with a flock of sheep, hailing from the picturesque but chilly Lake District, the “Baarmy Sheep”, who bleat to the tune of English anthem Land of Hope and Glory. This one comes courtesy of the Cumbria tourist board.
The bookies’ favourite, however, is Tonedef Allstars’ sing-along-a-tune, based on the ancient but much-loved BBC World War Two comedy Dad’s Army.