Life’s Little Irritants No. 8

As a web aficionado, you can probably relate to this one. You are innocently surfing when suddenly, without warning, a site inflicts unnecessary sound effects. Or worse still, music. Not very good music at that.

Take this site for example. I think Flashman is a great character and I’ve read all the books, but I don’t really want plinky-plonky bursting out of the speakers, especially if I’m at work. Well, it’s a bit of a giveaway isn’t it? Nor do I expect to be lifted an inch or two out of my seat by this page.

I don’t mind sound on a website as long as a) there is a warning and b) there is a purpose. Which is why you might find Shooting Parrots a tad irritating at the moment because I’ve added one of those Make Poverty History banners at the top of the page that goes click every few seconds to signify another unnecessary death of a child in Africa.

Yes, I know it’s making an important point, but it does drive you nuts. Bear with me though until after the G8 Summit after which I’ll remove it.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Mosher 3rd July 2005

    The most annoying things are that:

    a) if you open several pages at once you've no fucking idea where it's coming from

    b) even though you switch the sound "off" on the little toggle, it doesn't remember so every time you move around it starts up again.

    So you either switch it off or ignore it… not really the sort of message they should be trying to get across, is it?

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  • Laura 3rd July 2005

    So, hmmm, what happened to my comment?! As I was saying, commenting is getting to be difficult now-a-days. I'm a prime example. I forgot and put the wrong username down. DUH!!

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  • Shooting Parrots 4th July 2005

    I haven't deleted your comment, honest!

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  • Laura 4th July 2005

    No, luv, I'm that one that had a blond moment. I managed to delete myself on your blog.

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  • Shooting Parrots 4th July 2005

    As long as it's not my grey moment!

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