Sunday, November 04, 2007

For Andrew ????

We don't know Andrew's second name, but he is our kind of guy. He jammed a girl's mobile phone because she used the word 'like' too often. He used a cellphone jammer. This is illegal, but it should be mandatory. Repeated use of the words 'like', 'robust', 'source' as a verb, and, in deference to the ladies, 'moist' should result in instant jamming of phones in the vicinity.  A man called James Katz - who is, improbably, director of the Center for Mobile Communications Studies at Rutgers University - got it in one when he said, 'If anything characterises the twenty-first century, it's our inability to restrain ourselves for the benefit of other people.' Somehow I wouldn't have expected the D of the CMCS at Rutgers to say that, but, there you go, life is full of surprises. Anyway, for guardians of the English language - all of you, I trust - who want to get out there and start jamming, I can recommend the Mini Phone Jammer, a steal at $149.


  1. I'm not sure why the phone deflector thingy is illegal.Surely anything that moves microwaves further from one could only be a fine thing.
    While the Phthalo versus Sap green. There is an overall feeling that the sound of hooves that one hears over the hill are those of Asses, rather than the big tech' solution.
    Most, who can, are doing all they can afford to reduce their carbon. But in a realistic way. All see that there is no point in heating the outside of the house.

  2. More power to that architect Andrew. I've gotten to where I can't stand to ride the train because of loud, inane cellphone conversations going on around me. On the other hand, I'd be fearful of jamming a transmission and getting caught -- at least by some of the big, scary guys who are also using their cellphones.

    There will be a lawsuit soon over this when jammer and jammed collide. Let's see what precedent gets set.....

  3. Perhaps his surname began with a K:

    In truth any upright man would take a stand against the babbling of the inane & insane. Buses are worst. There's a schizophrenic Indian women who regularly gets on my bus to & from work to harange Freemasons. She stands over passengers and tries to offer them pamphlets. When one guy said "sorry, I don't have time" she wailed "Oh my God! That is a Masonic code! This bus is a Freemason bus!"

    Damn schizos love buses. But what about listening to rah girls from London: "so, like, Tristan came over, like, and we're, like, getting pissed, like, and, like, I spilt my vodka all over my dress, like -" etc. etc. The only reason i'd get a MP3-player would be so i don't have to listen to this crap.

    The real problem isn't so much technology as the human race.

  4. It might be better if the jammer made the phones ring nonstop whether answered or not. This would soon force their users to switch the things off entirely rather than wait, try again, wait, etc. Ideally, the ringtone could be set from the jammer - something from Snow White for the big, scary guys, a riff from the Pope for visiting Middle Easterners, etc.

  5. I very much like the idea of jamming the phone calls, even though the word "jamming" has become associated in my mind with the pretentious "culture jammers."

    Similar but different: A little while ago I read an article about the creator of a device called TV-B-Gone, which is basically a universal remote control with the sole function of turning off intrusive televisions in public places. This struck me as the best use of science for humanitarian purposes since Norman Borlaug.

  6. I want one of those TV-B-Gone models, Peter. The phone jammer would a nice gadget but the tv eliminator would quickly become a necessity of life.

  7. Rutgers is full of restrained people, of the politically correct kind. Or at least it was when I spent a year there.