Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Doorbell layout

Confusing layout. Do the middle numbers point up or down? At first glance, not clear. I live in number 53, and I get so many bell rings from people who intended to ring number 47.
(Also 57 actually, though I can't explain that.)


Alex said...

No, it's clear, but maybe not well lit at night.

Since there are effectively only two rows of flat buttons, then without the top numbering, the context of the middle numbers is blatantly obvious.

I prefer top numbering, then you can hover your finger over the button and read confirmation of what you are about to do.

The best is if there is space to etch a frame around the button and its associated number/tag.

Still beggars can't be, and for Bolton, that is pretty high tech. Next you'll be telling me they have 'lectric street lights and alarm clocks, not gas lights and knocker uppers...

(Sorry, just watched Hindle Wakes, which is about a Bolton type town.)

Anyway, all those wrong numbers, great way to meat people. Comfort Of Strangers...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah, it's awesome, they've just upgraded the television set in the window in high street to colour!

Alex said...

Do you still need a colour licence for a colour telly?

Ast thou been ferretin' lately, or are you more a pidgeon fancier?

See, I am going through NW withdrawal, on TV of late I've been watching Life On Mars, The Street, Clocking Off, Hindle Wakes, Taste of Honey, Blow Dry, Ashes to Ashes, Cracker. Boy am I starting to miss being on the soggy side o't'Pennines, taking Sunday runs to Buxton and Saturdays around the Arnie (what the IRA left of it). At least I get a decent mug a Tetley and chocolate Hob Nobs once in a while, and I get ta sup a bit o' Boddies once in a while. Ey lad, I almost envy thee up there in Lancashire.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I know, it's the rich life.

One of t' good shows is "Ideal" ("I deal"). Very manchurian, very funny.

Alex said...

Hmm, Google thinks I asked for "ideal" and won't tell me about the show.

Bad news on the Life on Mars front. Lisa Bonet was cast as Maya. In the UK version Maya was only in two episodes, and then briefly. Personally I'd like to see more of the young Cosby.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, she is underused.
I re-watched Angel Heart just for her. Hottttt.

Try ideal and "johnny vegas".

I meant "mancunian"...
I did think it was too cool to be true that the "Manchurian Candidate" was from Manchester...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Not that young anymore, actually. I was surprised by "High Fidelity", she was 32 then but looked more like 42. (And now she's 41, I hope she doesn't look 52.)

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

It's quite simple: those who ring you for 57 are dyslexic. They mix up the lower 53 and the upper 47.

What's the "TRADE" button for? House-to-house sollicitors?

"I prefer top numbering, then you can hover your finger over the button and read confirmation of what you are about to do."
Can't argue with THAT. Makes perfect sense.
But then again, you're not the one those competent professionals at the button-making company hired, so what do you know? ;-)

"great way to meat people"?
I'm not too interested myself into socialising with butchers...

"I did think it was too cool to be true that the "Manchurian Candidate" was from Manchester"
Well d'uh! Were else? :-)
As if Indiana Jones was from Kentucky!

"(And now she's 41, I hope she doesn't look 52.)"

"What age are you?", the wife of some famous man was once very tactlessly asked by a reporter.
"Well, let's see... when I married him I was 20 and he was 35. So, now he's twice that age... that means I'm 40!" (I can just imagine the adorable impish smile she made after saying that. :-)

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I don't think the Trade button is connected to anything in this building.
I don't know why they used this panel then. Perhaps they had them left over. This was clearly quite a cheaply made building. (I replaced the windows though the building was only built in 1990.)
Nothing I can't live with though, and I did get it enormously cheap. (The price then doubled within four years.)

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Doubled within four years?
You know, I'd hate to burst your real-estate bubble...
So I won't! :-)

I think there actually is a Trad Building in Lebanon. Trad is a local family name. Unlike Baxter.

We have many local family names which in a creativity contest could give Stobblehouse a run for its money.
But if I mention them, Hollywood will soon rip them off for their next cheap action movie about some generic oriental terrorists getting chopped off by Steven Seagall, mowed down by Dolph Lundgren, roundhouse-kicked by Chuck Norris, leg-splitted by Van Damme, "not assaulted" by O.J. Simpson, or screwed to death by Michael Jackson. Or all of the above in sequence, if it's a really big budget action movie.

Oh, what the hey, here's a couple of them!
"Abrass", which translates as "leper".
"Zabriti", almost meaning "my little kiddie penis".
"Rassi": "my head". Expect a lot of family intellectuals.
"Hariri": my silk, silk man. Also happens to be the name of the country's richest man...
"Ghosn", like Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn: "branch".
"Murr": "bitter". Murr politicians are often the subject of heated popular controversies.

Awright, John Woo, tine to activate your idea vacuum cleaner.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

The housing evaluator said that this area was then behind the pricing escalation, and it seems it was true, it was damn cheap. And then suddenly it caught up. I was really lucky.

I was told that house prices have never fallen in Bolton, only stagnated at most. If the current crisis gets worse, we'll see if that changes. Nobody can get loans now except at exorbitant rates.