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January 23, 2014
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Miss answering the phone

JR Ewing

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I used to pick it up and answer with my best Larry Hagman Dallas style “Yello'”. That was once I had stopped answering with “British Gas Emergency Service, how may I help?” Working in a call center will condition you to pick up any phone and launch straight into the spiel, and I used to do it at home all the time.


Now, with mobile’s, there’s no need for a generic “Hello”. You can see who is calling, and it’s more like bumping into them in the street – you greet rather them rather than answer with all encompassing greeting.


Although I guess you can still answer calls from people you don’t know that way, but I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize. Which probably isn’t the best approach to take as a freelancer, but hey. That’s me, I’m digital, you’ll find a non-phone call way of contacting me I’m sure.


So this morning I realized I hadn’t answered with my Dallas style Larry Hagman “Yello” in a long while, and that was a shame.


I just might plug in my land line phone just to recreate the old days before mobiles, but I doubt it. A couple of years in a call center – and an emergency one at that, however many years ago, will condition you to expect nothing but the worst, which is fine when you are being paid by the hour to answer the phone, not so fun when it’s your own time.


September 11, 2013
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Flying Saucers and cameras


“We’ve relentlessly outfitted just about everyone with a pocket-sized video camera. And as we’ve done that, the UFOs have stopped visiting us.” – Seth’s Blog


Too lazy to search for the impact that phones (is there any reason to call them mobile anymore?*) have had on, say, the need to explain why a character doesn’t just make a phone call in a thriller – “Oops, no service…” and the clever reversal of that and its dramatic repercussions in the To’hajiilee episode of Breaking Bad – but the disappearance of the non-existent (imho) flying saucer has been dramatic, and seems to have been replaced with our desire to spot the lurking menace amongst us, whether real or imagined, from bombers to the slender man.


*Recently lent my 94 year old neighbour my landline phone when her’s broke and didn’t miss it; it hasn’t been plugged in for the last few years.


August 9, 2013
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Cinemas and digital technology

Anil Dash has a post on how cinema is changing, the long and short of it being “deal with it” when it comes to people using mobiles in a cinema or whooping and hollering.


I get the difference between watching a Transformers movie with a loud enthusiastic crowd, and watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi with a more contemplative audience. The loud crowd can add to a film – especially a comedy: I didn’t really like A Fish Called Wanda when I saw it with my cousin years ago and we sat on the smoking side of the cinema; the non-smokers were laughing, the smokers weren’t, and I think that made a difference. If the people around you are into the film the atmosphere builds and it adds to the experience.


What doesn’t add to the experience is someone with a phone out. That person isn’t into the film – they’re elsewhere. They’re also detracting from my experience if the glare of their mobile pulls me out of the moment. If they are sharing their experience of the film with their friends, which is probably more a U.S phenomenon than a U.K one, then they should have brought their friends.


And if they’re are checking Facebook or Twitter updates then they should leave the film as they are not in the moment. They’re elsewhere. Turn the phone off and get into the movie.



I suspect he really despises the people who ruin films for him and is hoping to kick up a hornets nest of people who feel the same in order to do something about it ;)


See also: The Only Way to Solve Movie Theaters’ Talking and Texting Problem Is to Give In to It